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April 20, 2018

Talking Points Memo, Strong Showing In AZ House Race Has Dems Excited About Fall Elections

By Cameron Joseph, 4/20/18 Democrats think they’re likely to fall short in their uphill battle to capture a ruby-red congressional district in suburban Phoenix on Tuesday. And they’re just fine with that. Hiral Tipirneni (D), a doctor, is giving former state Sen. Debbie Lesko (R) a real fight in the battle to replace Trent Franks,… Read more »

April 18, 2018

KTAR, Arizona teachers continue ‘walk-ins’ as strike vote outcome looms

By KTAR Staff, 4/18/18   PHOENIX — Public school teachers in Arizona marked a third straight Wednesday staging walk-ins to start their day to protest low pay and classroom conditions. Demonstrations have continued nearly a week after Gov. Doug Ducey proposed to increase instructor pay by 20 percent stretched over two years. Teachers have begun… Read more »

April 13, 2018

Wake Up! Tucson Interview

Wake Up! Tucson, 4/13/18

April 11, 2018

Kingman Daily Miner, Arizona’s education system must improve, and that starts with teacher salaries

By Kingman Daily Miner Staff, 4/11/18 When Arizona became a state in 1912, Congress provided the state government with 10 million acres of land. Congress required that Arizona place revenues from the sale or lease of the land into a trust, which would be used for schools and universities. In a special session in June… Read more »

April 5, 2018

Yahoo News, Democrats hope teacher strikes will mobilize support for midterms

By David Knowles, 4/5/18 With public school teachers taking a stand over low pay and dwindling education budgets in several Republican majority states, Democrats are sensing another opportunity to make inroads in the 2018 midterm elections. After decades of championing private charter schools, school vouchers and tax cuts that gut budgets for public education, Republicans in… Read more »

Arizona Republic, Kids already in private schools could receive tuition vouchers under GOP plan

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Rob O’Dell, 4/5/18 The Arizona Legislature is debating further loosening a key requirement to participate in the state’s school voucher-style program. Legislation, which narrowly passed the state Senate, would eliminate, for some students, the requirement that they first attend public school before receiving an Empowerment Scholarship Account. The legislation would eliminate the public-school attendance… Read more »

April 4, 2018

National Journal, Arizona Democrat Steve Farley raised $265,000 in the first quarter

By Zach Cohen, 4/4/18 AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) raised over $402,000 in March and had $2.1 million on hand as of March 31. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) raised $137,000 and had $1.4 million. Evangelist Scott Dawson (R) raised $92,000 and had $321,000 on hand. State Sen. Bill Hightower (R) raised $71,000 and had $419,000 on hand. Moving Alabama Forward, a super PAC supporting Battle, raised $20,000… Read more »

Politico Morning Score

By Politico Morning Score, 4/4/18 Q1 CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS — Texas Senate: Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign said it raised over $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, with 141,000 contributions. The campaign did not release its cash on hand to The Texas Tribune. Mississippi Senate: Howard Sherman, a businessman who is running as a Democrat, announced… Read more »

March 30, 2018

National Journal, Farley Poll Shows Ducey Up 5 in Arizona

By Zach Cohen, 3/30/18 AZ GOV: According to internal Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research polling (Feb. 23-March 5; 500 voters; +/-4.4%) conducted for state Sen. Steve Farley’s (D) campaign, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) led Farley 49-44 percent. Ducey’s job approval was 41-52 percent compared to Farley’s 15-18 percent favorability. Farley’s campaign also released its first digital ad on Thursday, which describes… Read more »

March 28, 2018

SiriusXM POTUS Channel Midday Report Interview

SiriusXM POTUS Channel Interview, 3/28/18  

March 25, 2018

Washington Post, Why Republicans are now bragging about their investments in education

By Michael Scherer, 3/25/18 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who made his name attacking unions and slashing school funding, is promising a “historic investment” in public schools as he campaigns for reelection. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, another proud cost-cutter, is bragging about his more recent increases to school funding as he prepares to launch a bid… Read more »

March 21, 2018

Associated Press, Sea of red engulfs Capitol as teachers protest

By AP Staff, 3/21/18 Hundreds of red-shirted educators jammed into Capitol hearings rooms and marched around the Legislature Wednesday to protest what they call dismal pay and conditions for their students. The protesters included dozens of teachers from nine schools in west Phoenix and Glendale who called in sick in the first job action teachers… Read more »

February 20, 2018

Daily Miner, State Sen. Steve Farley is in the gubernatorial race

By Claire Whitley, 2/20/18 KINGMAN – For gubernatorial candidate Steve Farley, public office is all about public service. Before he became a legislator, Farley, state senator (D-Tucson) said he was a citizen activist who helped lead the effort to create regional transport. He said he was happy just being an activist when someone pointed out… Read more »

June 5, 2017

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Democrat Sen. Steve Farley enters 2018 race for governor

State Sen. Steve Farley is betting that Arizona doesn’t want another round of Gov. Doug Ducey’s politics and policies. The public-artist- turned-politician formally threw his hat into the 2018 governor’s race Monday, roughly six months after he formed a campaign committee to run for governor. The Tucson Democrat quickly set his sights on his would-be… Read more »

Associated Press, Democrat Steve Farley Expected to Start Arizona Governor Bid

By Bob Christie, 6/5/2017 PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Steve Farley on Monday formally entered the race to knock Republican Gov. Doug Ducey out of office next year, vowing to crisscross the state over the next 18 months to get out his message that Ducey’s policies are harmful to Arizona. Farley scheduled a Monday… Read more »

Arizona Republic, This Democratic state senator thinks he can beat Gov. Doug Ducey

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, 6/5/2017 State Sen. Steve Farley, a Tucson Democrat, is jumping into the race for governor, setting up a primary fight in which he will try to position himself as the best candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Farley has served 11 years in the Legislature, where he has been among the loudest voices of… Read more »