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Since 2016 TAGG has been working in several areas in the state. We are currently focusing on Legislative District 11 up through the election because all three state legislators consistently act against the issues we support.

If we increase LD11 voter turnout, we have the chance, for the first time in too long, to elect a majority in the AZ Legislature who will create policies that provide support, equity and justice to critical issues that directly affect our lives. Please see ‘Critical Issues’ listed below.

Below we have compiled resources to help you be informed this election

Voting by mail is safe, secure & trackable!

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Count your lucky stars Arizonans!

Over 70% of voters are registered to vote by mail. In some states you need a medical excuse to vote by mail. . . In Arizona We can just sign-up!

Go to the website: and follow these step-by-step instructions to become a Permanent Early Voter to sign up and become and early voter and get your ballot by mail .

AZ Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, quoted in Mother Jones magazine: Voting-by-Mail

October 5th:

Last day to Register to Vote
in order to vote in the Presidential election
Go to

October 7th:

Mailing Date The Pima County Recorder mails out your 'Vote by Mail' ballot

October 13th:
Our recommended last day

Last day to sign up for the PEVL -to vote by mail

Last day to request a ballot - by mail

Click Here to Download Step-by-Step Instructions

October 20th:

Ensure Your Ballot is Received On Time by Mailing Early We suggest this is the last day to put your ballot in the mail.
(Pima County Recorder recommends mail back ballot: October 27th)

Early Voting Drop-Off Sites Pima County Early Voting Sites
Pinal County Early Voting Sites
Was Your Ballot Received? Did Pima County Receive My Ballot?
Did Pinal County Receive My Ballot?
November 3rd:

Election Day! Hopefully you already voted by mail.

For further information contact your local County Recorder

VOTE EARLY! If you are a PEVL Voter which means that you get your ballot by mail. PLEASE fill it out and mail it back right away. You can also drop off your ballot to all Early Voting sites when they are open.

Pima County Early Voting Sites
Pinal County Early Voting Sites

Was Your Ballot Received?

Did Pima County Receive My Ballot?
Did Pinal County Receive My Ballot?

Help our community by completing the 2020 Census:

  • Federal Funding: Census provides important data to determine where to send billions of dollars across the country. This directly impacts our communities.
  • What does this funding get spent on? Visit this link for more info
    • Grants for buses, public transit
    • Head Start program, Special Education, Mental Health Services and SNAP.
    • Prevent child abuse, prepare for wildfires and much more!
  • What else can change due to the Census?
    • Arizona can gain one Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!
    • Data from the Census helps grocery stores and businesses choose new locations
    • Redistricting is directly affected by the Census every 10 years.

As of August 8th AZ only had a 60.1% response rate.

Census Dates:

April 16-June 19:

Census takers scheduled for colleges, senior centers, prisons etc

May 27- August 14:

Census takers to contact individuals in their homes who have not responded to the Census 2020.

March 31, 2021:

By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Completing the Census helps our community and our state!

Every person who lives in AZ regardless of citizenship
gets to participate in the Census.


To find into on 'Who Will Be On Your Ballot' based on your precinct, check out:

Each Legislative District in AZ has 1 State Senator.

Democratic Candidate running to be your next AZ State Senator: JoAnna Mendoza (D) We are proud to support Joanna Mendoza to win this election. Our LD 11 deserves a candidate that builds on the founding principles of unlimited opportunity, quality education, and the freedom to pursue your dreams.

Each Legislative District in AZ has 2 AZ House members:

This year there will only be one Democratic candidate, Dr Felipe Perez (D). Vote for Just One! This is called a Single-Shot! This is the only way to ensure he wins. We are proud to support Dr. Perez to win this election.

In LD11, Mark Finchem (R) and Bret Roberts (R) are the current elected State Representatives.

Congressional Representative:

Current U.S. Representative: Tom O'Halleran (D)

Republican Challenger: Tiffany Shedd (R)

Current U.S. Senators:

U.S. Senators: Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally. (Only McSally is up for re-election this year)

New Democratic Candidate: Mark Kelly (D) We are proud to support Mark Kelly to be the next US Senator from Arizona. If we feel it is important to have affordable health care, good wages, social security and Medicare there when we retire, there is no other choice but to vote for Mark Kelly.

How do the current candidates stand on the issues?

To start, here are links to these candidate's Ratings and Endorsements from the site:

Learn and know how to vote for the Judges on your ballot from

New this year: statewide rankings! Judges should be impartial, of course, but finding the facts can be tricky. CEBV reviewed judges' backgrounds, work history and professional affiliations, looking at reviews from the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, DM Cantor and Robing Room; public financial statements; membership or activity in The Federalist Society; and the judges' own opinions on high-profile cases. Our focus was less on how litigants (who may have won or lost) rated the judges, and more on whether the judges brought ideological bias into their work.

One of the most troubling threats to our nation’s system of justice is judges who, through bias or corruption, prevent citizens from getting a fair hearing in court.

CEBV's Gavel Watch spreadsheet has the complete rundown, listing every judge, and including multiple sources of information on those who didn't earn our highest recommendation.

Ballot Initiatives:

2020 General Election Initiative info on the AZ Secretary of State's website

What is a ballot initiative & How does it work in AZ. Some are proposed by the Legislature. Some are proposed by Individuals.

In order for an Initiative to get on the ballot, AZ citizens need to sign the petitions in person. Due to Covid 19, it is extremely difficult to get the massive amount of signatures necessary to place any of these initiatives on the ballot.

The only initiatives that are on the ballot this year:

There will be Local School District Bonds and Pima Community College Proposition 481

Key issues for Arizona
  1. Efforts to re-politicize the redistricting process: Arizona's approach to redistricting was established by voter initiative and is considered a model of what the process should look like everywhere. However, the Republican legislature has filed (and lost) lawsuits seeking to undermine it, and they continue to modify it in ways that compromise process integrity. Recent attacks on the process include governor appointments to the redistricting commission that do not meet the intent of the law in terms of political independence.
  2. Efforts to reduce access to voting by prohibiting collection of ballots by volunteers or organizations.
  3. Efforts to reduce ability of citizens to pass initiatives: efforts to limit citizen initiatives include extremely strict signatures rules (e.g. eliminating signatures that go outside of the lines of a petition), limiting who can collect signatures, adding onerous geographic and other signature requirements, etc.
Key concerns with current representation
Mark Finchem

Proposal to require that initiatives collect signatures from every county – early 2020

HCR 2039, pushed by Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, would require that signatures on initiative petitions be gathered from each of the state's 30 legislative districts. More to the point, they would have to get one-thirtieth of the minimum number of signatures from each of those districts.

Giving lip service to fraudulent claims of voter fraud

Stats from his office: 21 convictions of voter fraud since 2010; 1.7m votes cast in 2010, 2.5 cast in 2016

Proposed repealing the 17th amendment to allow US Senators to be appointed by state legislatures instead of directly elected

Vince Leach

And Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, has crafted SCR 1020, which would at least partly override the 1998 Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from repealing or making changes to anything voters have approved.

Bill that would restrict ability of public to request public information

Successfully passed SB1451: procedures; nomination petitions; registered circulators, which erects additional barriers for signature gathering and provides another reason to disqualify signatures, that a paid circulator's number is not on the petition. It also will result in more petitions being disqualified due to how paid petition circulators will be notified of subpoenas—just by mail with no guarantee they actually receive it. This bill provides more means to disqualify a ballot measure based on technicalities. The Legislature has already made it extremely difficult for anyone other than those with deep pockets to promote a citizen initiative. This legislation makes it even more difficult.

Why This is Important?

We are currently continuing to be in the midst of a global pandemic . COVID-19 has magnified the existing problems in the access and delivery of both affordable and quality health care in the US.Now, more than 2.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID, and over 116,000 are dead. . We recognize that the lack of accessible health care adversely effects communities of color, low income populations ,people without adequate housing , densely populated urban areas and isolated rural areas.

Compared to the rest of the world WE SPEND MORE and GET LESS
Significance in Arizona

Not only did Arizona open up before we saw a decrease in COVID-19 cases. We now see a surge in cases through the state with increasing deaths and hospitalizations without enough hospital beds and ICU beds .We believe we must exert influence on our state and local administration to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Current hot spots June 16 Eloy and Florence {likely related to high numbers in the prison population}

Where does Arizona rank in Healthcare compared to the rest of the US.

Access-42 and significantly worse in rural Arizona. {large swaths of LD 11 especially in Pinal county

HOW does Arizona leadership affect this issue
  • Governor Ducey is not responding to CDC recommendations.
  • Current LD11 legislators are not recommending any changes to the Ducey responses
  • Congressman Tom O'Halloran [D] has not signed on to Medicare for All bills unlike his Democratic colleagues from AZ: Kirkpatrick, Grijalva , Gallego.
What Can We Do
  • NOW for current crisis
  • Support public proposals that offer immediate and long term solutions
  • Follow recommendations by the scientific and medical communities and experts
  • Elect candidates both nationally and locally who support aid and assistance to those communities in need
  • provide adequate PPE for all health Care Workers
  • Plan and provide enough hospital beds and medical equipment both for now and the future
  • DO not bend to the demonstrations of right wing ideologues
  • NOW to address our general health care issues
We Believe

UNIVERSAL AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS MANDATORY and one way to achieve that is through a single payer system such as Medicare for all
Alert our legislators to support initiatives that address both current and preventive and future needs currently Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, which if passed, would empower Medicare to cover the costs of all treatment for the uninsured and cover all out-of-pocket costs for those with insurance for as long as the pandemic continues including the cost off coronovirus testing and eventual vaccine.

Further Information

Our legal system guarantees justice for all, but that system depends on individuals exercising their independent judgment and being held accountable for those acts of discretion.

We must act to ensure that our legal system is not infected by ignorance, political bias, ambition or fear.

There must be transparency in holding those who we entrust with discretion accountable to the public they serve.

Here are two examples.

House Bill 2537

Why This Is Important?

House Bill 2537 passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Governor Ducey in 2016 expanded the State Supreme Court to seven judges from five.

Significance in Arizona:

Approval of the legislation will cost the state an additional one million dollars and came despite objections from the Chief Justice Scott Bales (now retired), who, in a letter to Ducey, asked the governor to veto the legislation adding that the expansion "is not needed at this time when other court-related needs are underfunded."

How Arizona Leadership Affected This Issue

Governor Ducey strongly supported the bill, despite reported objections from Democrat lawmakers. According to then Democratic Senator Katie Hobbs of Phoenix, "the only reason to do it is so the Governor can stack the Supreme Court with his picks."

This bill was supported by Representatives Mark Finchem and Vince Leach (Leach is currently a member of the Arizona Senate as of 2019).

Further Information

Arizona SB 1445

Why This Is Important?

Arizona SB 1445, introduced in 2015, sought to prohibit Arizona Police Departments from disclosing the name of any police officer involved in an incident which included deadly physical force and resulted in the death or serious injury of an individual for 60 days after the incident, unless the officer is arrested or formally charged for actions related to the incident, the officer gives written consent to disclose his or her name or the criminal investigation of the incident is complete.

Significance In Arizona

The legislation was supported by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and the Arizona Police Association. An investigative study by the Arizona Republic in 2018 shows that Arizona had the fourth highest number of fatal police shootings per capita in the nation. In 2018 alone, police officers in Phoenix fired at more people than any other law enforcement officers in any other city in the United States, with the number of shootings doubling in Phoenix form 2017 to 2018. AZ SB1445 would have prevented the public from learning the names of these officers involved in those shootings for 60 days.

How Arizona Leadership Affects This Issue

The legislation was vetoed by Governor Ducey but Arizona House of Representatives Republican members Mark Finchem and Vince Leach voted in support of the legislation.

Further Information

Why is this important?
  • The Postal service is OBLIGATED to serve all Americans regardless of where they live!
  • The drive to defund our Postal service and then sell it off as a vehicle for private gain instead of public good would result in a decline of services or canceling of services to Rural communities, who will suffer the most.
Significance in Our Country

"America's founders recognized that commerce requires a common infrastructure.

Did you know that when you ship a package through Federal Express, the U.S. Postal Service often carries it the last mile?

In 2014, the Postal Service delivered 1.4 billion packages for FedEx and UPS. In fact, it delivers the last mile for almost a third of FedEx packages. The 618,000 Postal Service workers also delivered nearly 66 billion pieces of first-class mail — that's more than 100,000 pieces per carrier.

The Postal Service can reach all 150 million American households because it's a public system that we've been investing in for over 200 years. Our Constitution tasked the federal government with creating a national postal system and told the Postmaster General to report to the president.

But in 1971, Congress made the service into an "independent agency" managed by a board of governors. And since then, it's been under attack by politicians who never met a public program they liked.

Yes, the rise of UPS, FedEx, and the Internet has created new challenges for your local post office. But the purported "fiscal crisis" is a manufactured one.

In 2006, Congress required the Postal Service — known as USPS for short — to "pre-fund" 75 years of its retirees' health benefits. This added $5.7 billion to its costs in 2014.

No other private company or federal agency has to pre-fund retirement health care benefits. If they did, many corporations would run huge deficits or tumble into bankruptcy. Without these retiree health payments, USPS would actually turn a profit.

Using the deficit created by this requirement as an excuse, the USPS board of governors is closing distribution centers, cutting worker hours, eliminating delivery routes, and slashing jobs. Over five years, USPS cut 94,000 positions.

The job loss alone is a travesty, but a bigger principle is at stake.

Our nation's founders understood that a universal, affordable, and yes, public postal system helps knit us together as a nation. They recognized that commerce requires a common infrastructure and public institutions that belong to and benefit the entire country.

Instead of shrinking the Postal Service, we should build on it. That means, first of all, appreciating that the USPS can be much more than a delivery service.

In many small towns, the local post office continues to be a community hub, a place to meet neighbors and get news. And postal carriers don't just deliver letters — they often keep an eye on the elderly and homebound, and alert first responders if things look amiss.

They could do even more. The Postal Service's fleet of vehicles — the largest in the country — could be equipped to detect air pollutants and report potholes, water leaks, and other infrastructure repair needs.

Why stop there?

The USPS could raise tens of billions of dollars each year by reinstating post office savings accounts and banking services, which it efficiently provided for 55 years in the first half of the 20th century.

Customers received 2-percent interest on their savings accounts, and the post office loaned their money to community banks, which then made loans to local businesses. This virtuous circle benefited the entire community. At its peak, 4 million Americans took advantage of these services, saving $36 billion in 2014 dollars.

Today, 34 million American families live in places without traditional banking services. High-interest payday lenders and check-cashing services charge low-wage working families in those communities an average of over $2,400 a year. Experts estimate that low-cost banking services could save American workers a trillion dollars a year.

Instead of selling off the assets we built together over two centuries, let's invest in our Postal Service — a public system that has served our nation since its birth.

Katherine McFate is the President and CEO of the Center for Effective Government in Washington.

Why This Is Important
  • People who feel very strongly about abortion may be single issue voters : they "are" either "pro-choice" (woman's right to choose) or "pro-life" (anti-abortion) and vote for whomever agrees with them. Period.
  • There are also a large number of people who are not fully comfortable with absolute positions on either side and those people are persuadable voters...folks who, if they have the issue broken down clearly, will vote for someone who can speak reasonably and coherently about what they think and why.
Significance For Arizona
  • The Abortion Debate is about who gets to make the laws that everyone is supposed to follow re: actual availability of abortion services and to whom these services will be available.
  • Because the Abortion Debate is about lawmaking, it is important that every eligible person VOTE for lawmakers (elected officials) at BOTH the STATE and FEDERAL level, who will work to make laws (or not make laws) that reflect your position.
  • In AZ, there are several religiously-oriented groups that are extremely anti-abortion and anti-choice and also have great influence over policy development by our current elected state officials. The most prominent of these organizations is Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), led by Cathi Herrod*.
Where Arizona Leadership Stands
  • Senatorial candidate Mark Kelly and Senator Martha McSally have diametrically opposing positions on abortion. Mark Kelly "supports every woman's right to choose and supports women's reproductive rights, health and gender equity." (
  • Martha McSally's voting record and statements show that she wants to de-fund Planned Parenthood, opposes public funding of abortions, opposes abortion rights" and opposes Obamacare funding going towards abortions. (
  • Vince Leach:
    • Co-Sponsor: "Born Alive Reporting" bill. (SB 1367)
    • Primary Sponsor:
      • bill Restricting Medication Abortions (SB 1324)
      • bill Prohibiting Fetal Tissue Research (SB 1474)
  • Mark Finchem (designated "Worst Arizona Legislator" by blog for AZ):
    • Received a rating of 100% from Cathi Herrod's CAP (see above) 2019
    • Received a rating of 0% from NARAL, 2016
    • Received a rating of 20% from Planned Parenthood of AZ 2016
Further Supporting Information

How Church and State are Different in the United States of America

Sectarian (Church) as compared with Secular (State)
Re: Individuals in Private
Re: Individuals in Community
Religious institutions operate according to rules based on beliefs. Government operates according to rules/"laws" based on provable facts.
Beliefs apply only to the individual who chooses to live by them. Laws apply to everyone, regardless of their personal beliefs.
Individuals believe based on the religious doctrine they choose. Beliefs are thoughts. Both individuals as members of the greater society and Government itself act based on legal rules or "laws". Actions are behaviors.
Consequences for failure to comply with religious doctrine are based on that religious doctrine and are imposed by religious institutions according to the relevant religious doctrine. Consequences for failure to comply with laws are based on those laws and are imposed on individuals by the government* according to the relevant laws.

*See James Madison re: why we have a Constitution
© 2006 by Ruth B. Davis, Tucson, Arizona

"Cathi Herrod is president of Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to promoting and defending the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. A total of one hundred seventy-one (171) CAP-supported bills have been passed into law since CAP made its first appearance at the state Capitol in 1995."

"ERA proponents ought to make their case to the public based on fact: The ERA is not necessary for women's equality or reaching one's "full human potential," but it could set the stage for virtually unrestricted, taxpayer funded abortion."

Arizona law requires that only medical doctors can perform abortions as of 2019. Women have a mandated 24 hour waiting period after seeking an abortion and must undergo in person state mandated counseling.

Why this is important?

We are already experiencing a global climate crisis caused by human activity. We have to act now to mitigate ongoing disasters like extreme weather; halt environmentally disastrous practices like fracking and forest-clearing; and protect the earth's inhabitants and critical habitats.

Significance in Arizona
Water Management
  • With the Arizona population booming and our summers getting longer and hotter due to global warming, water management is a crucial issue.
  • Unfortunately, the recently adopted Drought Contingency Plan authorized and funded additional groundwater pumping rather than adopting adequate long-term protection, and some requirements for water supply planning for new developments are being weakened.
    • As a result, subsidence — where land sinks due to over-pumping of groundwater — is becoming an increasingly common occurrence.
Public Lands
  • 57% percent of land in Arizona is public land, the control of which is frequently the target of efforts to privatize the land or associated revenues.
  • Current federal policies are focused on opening more lands to logging, drilling, and mining, including proposed copper mines on Native-held lands and a proposed uranium mine adjacent to the Grand Canyon.
    Our wildlife is also being compromised by border wall construction, disrupting habitats and migration corridors and weakening the enforcement of environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act.
Renewable energy
  • Despite having some of the highest solar potential in the US, Arizona remains at a fraction of this capacity.
  • Recent changes to net metering and other regulations related to solar have hindered adoption of the technology by residential owners.
How Arizona leadership affects this issue
  • Mark Finchem, Vince Leach, and Bret Roberts have all received an F rating from the Serra Club due to their lack of support for environmental protections.
  • Finchem has repeatedly moved to weaken protections for public lands, and brushed off wildlife concerns in his support for a bill prohibiting localities from requiring a permit for border wall construction on private lands.
  • Leach sponsored a bill to prohibit measures to incentivize electric vehicles, and opposed Bisbee's 2018 ban of plastic shopping bags.
Further Information

Why is This Important?

Tax cuts, tax exemptions, tax credits…many of these tax 'Give-Aways' benefit a small group of people to the detriment of our AZ General Fund and to the General Public. Less services are provided. Less investment in our state infrastructure and more debt is a result of unfair tax policy.
To make-up for the short-fall sales taxes are raised which puts the burden on those who can least afford it.

Significance in Arizona

Tax Give-Aways total a loss of over $13 Billion dollars to the Arizona budget every year. Thanks to corporate tax cuts passed by the Tea Party beginning in 2011, Arizona's corporations got to keep $1 billion in 2017. These tax cuts continue even though we cannot afford them. Almost never has a tax cut been removed from the books!

Representative Tim Dunn, a Yuma farmer decided that he didn't want to pay for fertilizer so, he worked to get a bill passed and signed by the Governor…equaling a $20 million a year loss in tax revenue affecting all Arizonans.

Tax exemptions offered by our leaders just over the last six years have drained hundreds of millions of dollars annually from the state treasury, with more to come. And you wonder why Arizona's teachers are the lowest paid in the nation?

How does Arizona Leadership affect this issue

Though the benefit of not paying taxes on fertilizer has not affected the cost of food, Mark Finchem, LD11 current elected House Rep, voted to pass this Tax Give-Away stating "This is a direct connection to the afford-ability of food."

Further Information

Why is this important?

A good education is the key to unlocking a world of opportunity. During the forming of our country; every State that wanted to join the United States after the original Colonies, was required to provide free public education. This mandate guarantees that our democracy remains viable. If we want to live in a society that respects the rights of all; If we subscribe to the democratic idea that all of us are afforded an equal opportunity and we desire to live peacefully in a free society, then we also understand that this cannot be done without a high-quality public education system.

Significance in Arizona

AZ Education Funding has been cut more than any other U.S. State. We rank near or at the bottom in education funding and have remained there for too many years!

Over 2000 teacher positions stand vacant resulting in over 60,000 students without a permanent certified teacher and classroom overcrowding. Another 3400 classrooms are taught by non-certified, untrained "teachers"

AZ is "ground zero" for school privatization. Funding for public schools has dramatically declined while investment in for-profit ed increases exponentially.

How does Arizona Leadership affect this issue

The AZ Legislature has passed laws since 1995 to defund public schools. From Charter Schools to Student Tuition tax Credits. From Vouchers to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. Local & national reporting show how AZ legislators have lined their pockets with our tax dollars, personally benefiting from passing these laws & undermining our Public Education system. It is criminal.

The AZ legislature, every year, passes Tax breaks & Tax Give-aways,
thereby depleting funding sources to manage our state
and what funding do they cut first?

Our Public Education! Shame on them!

We must elect AZ State Legislators that believe in & support Public Education.

Further Information
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY founder makes millions on schools: American Leadership Academy has grown to a dozen campuses with more than 8,000 students in Florence, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley.

Because of Arizona's light regulations for charter schools, the school's founder has made about $37 million on real estate deals associated with the schools — though he disputes the figure. The taxpayer money was allocated to the businessman's charter schools and then awarded to his companies through no-bid contracts.

PRIMAVERA online charter school CEO takes $8.8 million payout from for-profit charter company: By most academic measures, Primavera online charter school is a failure. Its student-to-teacher ratio is 215-to-1 — 12 times the state average — allowing little or no individualized attention.

On recently released state standardized tests, less than a quarter of its students passed math and about a third passed English, both below the state average. And 49 percent of Primavera students end up dropping out, 10 times the state average.

But by another measure, Primavera is an unmitigated success: making money.

This one is stunning
even by "Wild West," Arizona (lack-of) standards
for its blatant self-dealing:

EDDIE FARNSWORTH, school operator and lawmaker, set to make millions after Charter Board vote: The East Valley charter-school owner was poised for a payday of up to $30 million after the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the transfer of his for-profit charter-school chain to a newly formed non-profit company.

The board OK'd Farnsworth's request to transfer the charter from the for-profit Benjamin Franklin Charter School, which operates four campuses, to a Queen Creek non-profit company with the same name.

That move will allow Farnsworth, a longtime GOP state representative, to sell the campuses — paid for with state tax dollars — to the non-profit company.

According to Sourcewatch, Farnsworth was a member of ALEC, serving on its Civil Justice Task Force.

In August 2019, Farnsworth retired from the Arizona legislature as a "charter school millionaire."

An ALEC-school-choice happy ending, eh?

Why this is important?

The Bill of Rights guarantees the same rights and liberties to everyone. To limit the rights of any person on the basis of race or ethnicity is inhumane and unacceptable.

Significance in Arizona
  • Arizona has the 5th-highest rate of incarceration in the US, disproportionately affecting communities of color.
  • Families are still being torn apart at the Arizona-Mexico border and being subjected to horrendous abuse and neglect and indefinite detention
  • Because of overcrowding and severely limited — or completely absent — medical care, COVID-19 cases are spreading rampantly through both Arizona prisons and ICE detention centers.
How Arizona leadership affects this issue
  • Arizona governor Doug Ducey has stated that he has no desire to remove the numerous Confederate monuments around the state, including the monument located in front of the Arizona State Capitol.
  • Bret Roberts sponsored HB 2598, a bill that would require Arizona agencies and local jurisdictions to comply with immigration detainers, keeping detained individuals in custody "until federal agents can pick them up for deportation proceedings"
  • Mark Finchem is a member of the Oath Keepers, a racist, anti-government militia, and dismissed the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA "a 'Deep State' operation facilitated by the media and Democrats."
  • Finchem's proposed "classroom code of ethics" would prohibit public and charter teachers from discussing "controversial" issues, including "blaming one racial group of students for the "suffering and inequities" experienced by another racial group"
Further Information

Martin Luther King Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Why this is important?

The Bill of Rights guarantees the same rights and liberties to everyone. To limit the rights of any person on the basis of gender identity, expression, or orientation is inhumane and unacceptable.

Significance in Arizona
  • Unfortunately, LGBTQIA Arizonans are still facing shameful attacks from shameless Republican legislators.
  • In March, the AZ House of Representatives voted along party lines to advance HB2706, which aims to prevent transgender female students' participation in sports according to their gender identity.
  • In September, the state Supreme Court ruled against a Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance, thus allowing businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples under the guide of "free speech".
How Arizona leadership affects this issue
  • Stonewall Democrats of Arizona give Vince Leach, Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts a grade of 0% when it comes to Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.
  • HB 2706, the bill preventing transgender female students from involvement in girls' team sports, is backed (and was even introduced) by Mark Finchem
  • Finchem's proposed "classroom code of ethics" would prohibit public and charter teachers from discussing, "controversial" issues, presumably including LGBTQIA rights
Further Information