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Arizona Democrats Push ERA One More Time, Republicans Block Them Again

For the third time in three years and the second this legislative session, Arizona Democrats tried Tuesday to force a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment in the state legislature.

Once again, Republicans blocked them, along with any real debate on equal pay or other salient aspects of gender equity, effectively killing all chances of the ERA's ratification in Arizona this year.

Representative Pamela Powers Hannley, a Democrat from Tucson, made the motion to bring a resolution to ratify the ERA to a vote. She had to invoke an emergency declaration to do so, because the resolution had never had a first reading in the House.

Then Republican Warren Petersen made a motion to table Powers Hannley's motion.

Read more: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-democrats-give-the-era-one-more-push-11271623

AZ GOP Chair Kelli Ward Shares Stage With Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer

Standing on a stage outside Gilbert's town hall, conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer invoked the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota married her brother.

"She's a terrorist," Alexandra Foster shouted from the audience of more than 100, whose constituents sat on lawn chairs and held up signs supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump in 2020.

Loomer, a 25-year-old Tucson native, has propelled to far-right stardom for her videos confronting prominent Democrats. She drew some of the biggest cheers during the Tea Party Community's event for Patriotism Over Socialism, which also featured appearances from Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward and Arizona U.S. Representative Andy Biggs of the east Valley.

Loomer's speech, focused on touting her popularity and lambasting "fake news," was sprinkled with references to conspiracy theories that have been pushed by conservative celebrities like Infowars' Alex Jones to Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Read more: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-gop-head-shares-stage-with-conspiracy-theorist-11271498

Betsy DeVos' family boosts McSally's 2020 campaign with $22K in contributions in 2019

WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ family members spent $22,400 so far this year to help fund Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally’s re-election prospects, according to federal campaign finance data released this week.

DeVos’ in-laws – Michigan conservative donors and heirs to the Amway fortune – have plowed cash into the coffers of Republican Senate candidates across the country who are up for re-election in 2020, the records show.

DeVos’ husband, Dick, has three siblings – Doug, Daniel and Suzanne – each of whom contributed $5,600 to McSally’s campaign in March. Doug’s wife, Maria DeVos, also contributed $5,600 to the campaign. That’s the maximum contribution allowed per election cycle under federal election law.

McSally, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to take the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, is facing a special election in 2020 to determine who will serve the final two years of the term. McSally lost her 2018 Arizona Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, and she’s expected to face a serious challenge in 2020 from Democrat Mark Kelly, a former astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/2019/04/18/betsy-devos-family-boosts-mcsallys-2020-campaign-with-22k-in-contributions-in-2019/

Hate group Identity Evropa rebrands itself in Arizona

The hate group Identity Evropa is attempting to rebrand itself and has chosen Arizona as its home in doing so.

Non-profit news agency Unicorn Riot first reported on the filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission that bears the name of the founder of the group.

The group’s leader, Patrick Casey, has described the name change as a maneuver to avoid the online bans that plagued Identity Evropa as well as an attempt to side-step “baggage” after Charlottesville (such as legal liability). The group is also seeking to tap into wider right-wing support by using patriotic imagery as cover for their white supremacist ideology.


The new entity, Foundation for American Society, was filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission last month and is registered to Identity Evropa leader Patrick Casey, a white nationalist who has said that he plans to “take over” the GOP. The group also calls itself the American Identity Movement.

Casey lists his address as a P.O. box in Virginia and Foundation for American Society lists the Oro Valley address of its filing agent, a company called Arizona Registered Agent, as its Arizona address.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/blog/hate-group-identity-evropa-rebrands-itself-in-arizona/

Ducey Signs Revised Anti-Boycott Law

On Tuesday Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1167 into law. It's an amendment of a previous law that required all government contractors to certify they are not participating in the boycott, divest and sanction movement (BDS) against Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

That law, passed in 2016, was quickly challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union in court. They argued it violated First Amendment rights to free speech and protest.

U.S. District Court Judge Diane J. Humetewa agreed and blocked the measure, writing:

"The Court also finds that the balance of equities tips in favor of Plaintiffs [contractors]. Defendants [the state] will experience little to no hardship by enjoining the enforcement of a law that does nothing to further any economic state interest and infringes on First Amendment protections. Although generally barring discrimination on the basis of national origin is a legitimate state interest, the State clearly has less intrusive and more viewpoint-neutral means to combat such discrimination. Plaintiffs, on the other hand, have shown a likelihood of irreparable harm if the Certification Requirement is not enjoined. Moreover, public interest favors an injunction as the public has little interest in enforcement of unconstitutional laws."


The state appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court, which scheduled oral arguments for the appeal on June 6. However, Arizona lawmakers successfully passed SB 1167, which avoids another loss in court.

Read more: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2019/04/18/ducey-signs-revised-anti-boycott-law

Arizona is a signature away from texting while driving ban

Arizona is a step closer to becoming the 48th state to ban texting while driving.

But some lawmakers aren’t convinced that alone will save lives and voted to take the fight against distracted driving a step further.

The House passed Rep. Noel Campbell’s HB2318, which bans texting while driving but also effectively outlaws handheld cell phone use while driving.

The House additionally passed Sen. J.D. Mesnard’s SB1141 along party lines, empowering officers to not only pull over drivers for using their phones while driving but also for other activities that distract them from driving safely.

Read more: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2019/04/18/arizona-is-a-signature-away-from-texting-while-driving-ban/

House passes proposed repeal of 'no promo homo' law

The House voted today by a wide margin to strike down the state’s “no promo homo” law and render a lawsuit against the decades-old provision moot.

The repeal of a portion of the state’s law on AIDS instruction that specifically prohibits the promotion of a homosexual lifestyle and safe homosexual sex was approved 55-5. Republican Reps. John Fillmore, Mark Finchem, Anthony Kern, Warren Petersen and Bret Roberts voted “no.”

The repeal was offered as an amendment to Senate Bill 1346. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, offered the amendment to eliminate the “antiquated” law and save the taxpayer dollars that may have otherwise been spent defending it.

Rep. Daniel Hernandez, D-Tucson, thanked Shope and everyone who supported his amendment for “changing laws for the betterment of all students in Arizona public schools.”

Read more: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2019/04/10/house-passes-proposed-repeal-of-no-promo-homo-law128495/

O'Rourke on Trump in Derry: 'Not the best defense of tyranny'

DERRY — In his second visit to New Hampshire since March, Beto O’Rourke said at a town hall meeting Thursday that it’s up to all Americans to work for change.

The Texas Democrat and former congressman running for President spoke to a crowd of close to 100 people at the Grind Rail Trail Cafe in Derry for about 20 minutes, covering a range of issues, before taking questions from the audience.

“Something I’m learning in my old age of 46 years is that there is an inertia to power,” O’Rourke said. “There is not an inertia to change.”

He said he used to believe things like increased justice, and expansion of rights and opportunities, came inexorably through the passage of time. Now, he said he believes people have to act to make those things possible.

Read more: https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/o-rourke-on-trump-in-derry-not-the-best-defense/article_44bc7742-4c70-5f31-92d6-af1f5efebc17.html

Transcript from WMUR:

>> WE CALLED FOR AN END TO THE WAR ON DRUGS. >> THERE’S NO QUESTION BETO O’ROURKE CAN COMMAND THE ATTENTION OF A FULL ROOM OR PACK A CROWD INTO A NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESS. THE TASK AHEAD FOR THE FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN IS CONVERTING THAT ENERGY INTO AN ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT HIS BID TO WIN THE FIRST IN THE NATION PRIMARY. >> WE’VE BEEN REALLY LUCKY, THE VOLUNTEERS WHO’VE STEPPED UP TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, THE PEOPLE WE’VE JUST MET IN DERRY EARLIER TODAY, THE PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER A LITTLE WHILE AGO, THAT WE’LL SEE IN CONCORD, AND THEN LATER TONIGHT IN NASHUA, WHO ARE ALL LISTENING, TAKING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE FIRST PRIMARY STATE VERY SERIOUSLY. >> O’ROURKE WAS ON THE TRAIL AS HEADLINES FROM THE RELEASE OF THE REDACTED MUELLER REPORT CAPTIVATED WASHINGTON. HE SAYS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH. >> ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS COUNTRY IS THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >> NEW HAMPSHIRE IS ONE BIG CROWDED NEIGHBORHOOD OF CANDIDATES THESE DAYS. ENGAGED VOTERS HAVE SEEN A FEW OF THEM, AND ARE EAGER TO SEE MORE. >> THEY’RE ALL VERY DIFFERENT. SENATOR WARREN IS ALL ABOUT THE FIGHT, AND I LIKE THAT, BUT I WONDER IF BETO’S MESSAGE OF COMING TOGETHER IS MORE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. >> ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME NOW IS THAT WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST BEFORE WE ARE ANYTHING ELSE. >> O’ROURKE IS CLOSING OUT HIS CAMPAIGN DAY WITH A TOWN HALL AT NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HE’LL WRAP UP HIS TRIP TOMORROW WITH AN EVENT IN SOMERSWORTH. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, ADAM SEXTON, WMUR N


https://www.wmur.com/article/o-rourke-meets-with-voters-in-nh/27199828

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O'Rourke on Trump in Derry: 'Not the best defense of tyranny'

DERRY — In his second visit to New Hampshire since March, Beto O’Rourke said at a town hall meeting Thursday that it’s up to all Americans to work for change.

The Texas Democrat and former congressman running for President spoke to a crowd of close to 100 people at the Grind Rail Trail Cafe in Derry for about 20 minutes, covering a range of issues, before taking questions from the audience.

“Something I’m learning in my old age of 46 years is that there is an inertia to power,” O’Rourke said. “There is not an inertia to change.”

He said he used to believe things like increased justice, and expansion of rights and opportunities, came inexorably through the passage of time. Now, he said he believes people have to act to make those things possible.

Read more: https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/o-rourke-on-trump-in-derry-not-the-best-defense/article_44bc7742-4c70-5f31-92d6-af1f5efebc17.html

Transcript from WMUR:

>> WE CALLED FOR AN END TO THE WAR ON DRUGS. >> THERE’S NO QUESTION BETO O’ROURKE CAN COMMAND THE ATTENTION OF A FULL ROOM OR PACK A CROWD INTO A NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESS. THE TASK AHEAD FOR THE FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN IS CONVERTING THAT ENERGY INTO AN ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT HIS BID TO WIN THE FIRST IN THE NATION PRIMARY. >> WE’VE BEEN REALLY LUCKY, THE VOLUNTEERS WHO’VE STEPPED UP TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, THE PEOPLE WE’VE JUST MET IN DERRY EARLIER TODAY, THE PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER A LITTLE WHILE AGO, THAT WE’LL SEE IN CONCORD, AND THEN LATER TONIGHT IN NASHUA, WHO ARE ALL LISTENING, TAKING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE FIRST PRIMARY STATE VERY SERIOUSLY. >> O’ROURKE WAS ON THE TRAIL AS HEADLINES FROM THE RELEASE OF THE REDACTED MUELLER REPORT CAPTIVATED WASHINGTON. HE SAYS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH. >> ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS COUNTRY IS THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >> NEW HAMPSHIRE IS ONE BIG CROWDED NEIGHBORHOOD OF CANDIDATES THESE DAYS. ENGAGED VOTERS HAVE SEEN A FEW OF THEM, AND ARE EAGER TO SEE MORE. >> THEY’RE ALL VERY DIFFERENT. SENATOR WARREN IS ALL ABOUT THE FIGHT, AND I LIKE THAT, BUT I WONDER IF BETO’S MESSAGE OF COMING TOGETHER IS MORE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. >> ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME NOW IS THAT WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST BEFORE WE ARE ANYTHING ELSE. >> O’ROURKE IS CLOSING OUT HIS CAMPAIGN DAY WITH A TOWN HALL AT NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HE’LL WRAP UP HIS TRIP TOMORROW WITH AN EVENT IN SOMERSWORTH. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, ADAM SEXTON, WMUR N


https://www.wmur.com/article/o-rourke-meets-with-voters-in-nh/27199828

Video: blob:https://www.wmur.com/9c5eaac5-4c89-4d5a-a457-373c6f61964c

Bill would end Confederate Heroes Day in Texas

Four years after he made headlines as the Austin middle schooler who made eliminating Confederate Heroes Day his cause, Jacob Hale returned to the Texas House Thursday in support of a bill he helped inspire.

House Bill 1183, authored by Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston, would eliminate Confederate Heroes Day from the list of state holidays an agency can observe.

“When you’re dealing with a holiday that is significant to history, you have to do your best to make sure that it is not offensive to one group or another, and I think this Confederate Heroes Day obviously is in itself offensive to many of the people who are on the other side,” Johnson told the American-Statesman.

Hale said he noticed that the holiday, which is designated as January 19, sometimes coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which occurs on the third Monday of January — as it did in 2015.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20190418/bill-would-end-confederate-heroes-day-in-texas
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