July 2019 Newsletter

Why We Need to Fight

The first Democratic debates have now aired, and we are getting our first glimpse at our presidential nominee. As we look at our diverse field of candidates, though, we must not lose sight of the highly consequential politics in our state.

What does it mean for us when there is a Republican majority legislature in Arizona? Of the 320 bills signed into law by Gov. Ducey during the 2019 legislative session:

  • Only eight Democratic-sponsored bills (2.5 percent) were signed
  • Yet Democrats hold 13 seats in the state senate (43 percent)
  • And 29 seats in the state house (48 percent)

This means that Democratic voters of Arizona continue to be disenfranchised as the narrow Republican majority hamstrings our elected representatives.

Republican-control means that bills like the Equal Rights Amendment did not get heard. And criminal justice reform bills supported by our party did not get a fair hearing. They were:

  • HB2270 which sought to address Arizona’s so-called truth-in- sentencing requirements 
  • HB2245 would have provided greater discretion to judges to reduce mandatory minimum sentences
  • HB2362 proposed to give judges discretion to seal defendants’ criminal records

Also, Sen. Juan Mendez’s (D-LD26) SB1201 sought to require schools to post the vaccination rate for their student body on the school’s website. This too received no formal consideration in our Republican-controlled legislature. 

Arizona Democrats must keep in mind that our fight has to include supporting and voting for our Legislative candidates in the 2020 election. Only when this happens will real change occur at home.

Highlights of Our June Meeting

Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Recorder, gave us a breakdown of the many ways he is making voting in our state is as painless as possible while ensuring that legitimate ballots are verified and tabulated.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes

He spoke of how his office is making in-person voting faster by reducing voter check-in times by 75 percent. Adrian also addressed the controversy over the way his office continued to verify (“cure”) and count valid, timely  ballots after election day. 

The state Republican Party had sued him to stop the tabulation in hopes that they might salvage a Senate win for Martha McSally. The county recorders and the state GOP eventually reached a settlement in which they agreed that all counties would uniformly allow more time for signature verification as Maricopa had done. He noted his efforts to ensure our sacred right to have our votes counted will continue to be protected under his tenure.

Legislative Update

While the abysmal passage rate of Democrat-sponsored bills is a great reason to stay energized for turning the state blue, our own Rep. Jennifer Pawlik gave some encouraging words about Democratic accomplishments during the legislative session. 

For example, a bill she supported lengthening the statute of limitations on reporting child abuse did pass. Jennifer also worked very hard on the passage of the bill to get more counselors in Arizona classrooms. 

Yes, these laws just don’t impact those of us in Chandler, Sun Lakes and Gilbert but all of Arizona. This illustrates that when you support and elect Democrats from our district, the positive effects ripple throughout the entire state.

June Highlights

Great turnout for our canvass. Thank you volunteers!
U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton addresses LD17 Dems at the Purple-to-Blue fundraiser. And of course we always have a table to collects signatures and donations.
Two successful canvasses in June. Thank you volunteers!

LD17

Meetings begin at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The meeting is held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 769 Union Hall, 220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert  85233. Next meeting is July 2

Speakers: Rachel Yanof, ED, Achieve 60; LD 17’s own, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik

Sun Lakes Dems:   

Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N.), Navajo Room. Next meeting is July 8.Speakers: Out Law Dirty Money Initiative; Rachel Yanof, ED, Achieve 60; Jen Buck, ED of All Hands Arizona; 17’s own, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik

The Sun Lakes Democratic Club collects non-perishable food items and cash for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Please bring your dollar-for- dollar, tax-deductible contributions to the Drop Off Area in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ask for a receipt. In May, 48 pounds of food and $90 in cash were donated, bringing this year’s totals, so far, to 502 pounds of food and $298 in cash.

We appreciate all you do. 

Upcoming Events

  • Canvassing Training Tuesday, July 2, 6pm – 7pm (prior to July’s LD meeting) IBEW, 220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert  
  • PC Training Saturday, July 20, 10am – 12:30pm MCDP HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue (NW Corner of Thomas)
  • Maricopa County Democratic Party Summer Convention, Saturday, July 27 12:30pm – 4pm, The Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N 16th St, Phoenix

Saturday Canvasses — 10am, one Saturday a month thru Sept. 
Sunday Canvasses – 10am, one Sunday a month thru Sept.
Gather at Valley of the Sun Real Estate, 290 S Alma School Rd, Ste. 15, Chandler. Drivers and canvassers needed. 
Sign up for either Saturday or Sunday

School Supplies Needed Operation Back to School Chandler helps provide needed essentials for Chandler District school children that may not be able to start school without these supplies. Please bring items, which will be distributed in July, to our monthly meeting on July 2. Here’s what’s needed. 

Mark Your Calendar

  •  LD17 Dems meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6
  • The Sun Lakes meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 12


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