April 25, 2018

Washington Post, Republicans got a win in Arizona — but it just made them more nervous

By Dave Weigel and John Wagner, 4/25/18 Republicans’ narrow win in a conservative Arizona district is prompting nervous House leaders to warn incumbents to not get complacent and to brace for the worst in November’s midterm elections. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told rank-and-file members in a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning that Debbie Lesko’s… Read more »

April 24, 2018

ABC15, Arizona lawmakers meet with Gov. Ducey’s staff ahead of teacher walkout

By Lexi Sutter, 4/24/18 PHOENIX – The Red for Ed Movement is showing no signs of a slow down. Meantime, lawmakers are struggling to meet in the middle with a plan to prevent teacher walkouts. “There is no need for politics,” said Democratic Senator Steve Farley, “We have a crisis that affects everybody.” Sen. Farley is one… Read more »

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 »