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May 15 Meeting

We’re excited to see that the CDC changed the guidance regarding wearing masks and social distancing today for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Masks and distancing so are no longer needed two weeks after the final shot. After months and months of Zoom meetings, it will be great to see each other face-to-face again!

We have scheduled a meet and greet at our usual meeting time, Saturday, May 15 from 1-2 p.m., at a local restaurant. They asked that we let them know how many people are coming, so please RSVP on our Facebook group or send an email to info@stvdems.com if you’d like to join us and we’ll tell you where it will be held.

Delina DiSanto, who’s running for the U.S. Congress in CD 4, told us she would be there, and while she won’t be formally speaking, it will be a chance to meet her and sign her petition for 2022!

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Watering The Grassroots

We will be starting a new series called “Watering the Grassroots” on our Blog page. Here we will offer opinions and articles written by our very own STVDems Precinct Committeepersons about current events or bills in the Arizona legislature. If there’s something in particular you’d like to see, please let us know!

The Trifecta of Bills that Disrespect Public Education

By Eric Kadel
Precinct 28
Retired School Teacher & School Administrator

Proposition 208 was passed in 2020 by 51.75% of the state voters which would allow a 3.5% tax surcharge on taxable annual income over $250,000 for single persons or married persons filing separately, or $500,000 for married persons filing jointly or heads of households to increase funding for public education. These monies would be used to increase teacher salaries and fund school initiatives, which I believe we would all agree on needs to be done.  How many of us were behind the Red For Ed movement and cheered on the teachers as they marched on the capitol? However, JD Mesnard (R-17) has sponsored SB 1783 which would create an alternative tax system which would allow some businesses from paying the new surcharge. By sponsoring this bill it appears Sen. Mesnard and his Republican henchmen would rather have the financially struggling citizens of the state have their taxes increased so as to improve public education rather than those who can afford the tax increase to pay their fair share.  Republicans believe that the 99% should pay more than their fair share so as to not inconvenience the 1%. An example of:  If you don’t get what you want, then change the rules so you can!!

If you are not able to stop the raising taxes that would adequately fund public education, then you should devise ways on how to siphon those monies off to support your cause.  Here JD Mesnard (R-17) has sponsored SB 1273 to expand School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit vouchers to cover: band uniforms, extra curricular activities, lab materials and even out-of-state school trips. Band uniforms are a necessity for schools that have bands, but what if your school doesn’t have a band because they can’t afford to pay for a band teacher?  Sure, relieving the school expenditure for lab materials would be great, but if your school doesn’t have a lab or can’t utilize the lab because it no longer meets building code then what?  What could your neighborhood public school do with an extra million dollars?

Lastly, SB 1280 sponsored by Rick Gray (R-21) and striker from Shawnna Bolick (R-20) feel that parents who have their children attend “choice” school should be compensated for their transportation.  As long as parents live within 20 miles of the “choice” school they would be eligible for an $80 / month grant without any oversight or verification.  Are we really incentivizing parents to take their children to school?  What happened to getting your child to school as being a parental responsibility?  Those parents chose to enroll their students in a school that might be 20 miles away from their house, so they should be held responsible for getting their students to school without compensation. Republicans want us to choose between providing parents with a financial gain versus providing safe buses for public school students.

Fellow Democrats we need to open the REAL EYES of our neighbors so they REALIZE the truth versus the REAL LIES.

Contact your state Senator and Representative NOW to OPPOSE SB 1273, SB 1783, SB 1280 so as to protect public education.

Sources: https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_Proposition_208,_Tax_on_Incomes_Exceeding_$250,000_for_Teacher_Salaries_and_Schools_Initiative_(2020) 
https://www.cebv.us/

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March, 2021

Our next monthly meeting will be Saturday, April 17. We want to start meeting in-person again and plan to start out small. If you’d like to join us in April, please join our private Facebook group or subscribe to the newsletter to learn how. We will not be advertising the in-person meetings to the public yet.

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Feb. 20 Meeting

Join us Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:00 p.m. for our monthly meeting. We’ll be introducing Ryan Summers. He recently announced he’s running for the Arizona House in District 16. Jennifer Hilsbos, the Executive Director of Stronger Together AZ, Chair of the Technical/Mapping Redistricting Committee, and Vice Chair of the #RemovePaulGosar Task Force, will also speak. Join us on Zoom or YouTube to hear what’s happening with Democrats in our area.

We’ll be streaming the first part of this month’s meeting on our YouTube channel. While you’re there, please subscribe. Sign up for our Newsletter (below) to learn how to participate on Zoom, and get announcements of future meetings.

If you’re a Democrat living in District 16 (that from Encanterra north to Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and East Mesa), please take minute to sign Ryan’s petition.

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Holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The best stories expose the tensions we constantly face in life. A sanitized or mythic version over-simplifies. Dr. King challenged and helped transform the culture of his time.

We’d like to suggest you spend a while with an exhibit on Dr. King’s life that examines three evils he spoke about in 1967: racism, excessive materialism, and militarism. Here’s the link. We hope you find it though-provoking.

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Holiday

Season’s Greetings

A Holiday Message From Champ And Major Biden

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Happy Kwanzaa! Or… hope you had a Happy Hanukkah. We’re looking forward to the new year!

However you celebrate, we hope Champ and Major will bring a smile to your face!

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Federal

Supreme Courts Speak

Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Supreme Courts of Arizona and the United States assured the will of the voters will stand. They swept aside the web of lies spun by right-wing talk show hosts, lawyers, and politicians.

The U.S. Supreme Court simply said “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.” This rejected a lawsuit asking that Pennsylvania either reject more than 2.5 million ballots cast by mail or allow state lawmakers to select presidential electors.

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower-court decision and confirmed the election of the Biden Electors. The chief justice wrote that the challenge by the state G.O.P. chair, Kelli Ward, failed to present any evidence of “misconduct,” “illegal votes” or that the Biden Electors “did not in fact receive the highest number of votes for office,” let alone establish any degree of fraud or a sufficient error rate that would undermine the certainty of the election results (p. 6).

These decisions came on the day of the “Safe Harbor” deadline. The voters’ decision is conclusive in states that have applied procedures to settle controversies over the election by that date, six days before the Electoral College meets.

On Monday, Dec. 14, electors from Arizona, Pennsylvania, and many other states will vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next President and Vice-President, respectively, of the United States. We look forward to the inauguration on January, 20, 2021!

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Pinal County

Safe Thanksgiving!

We want to echo the Pinal County Public Health Services District advice about having a creative and save Thanksgiving. Here are some ideas they passed along last week.

Last week seven-day moving average of daily new cases of COVID-19 neared the summer high for Pinal County and the state of Arizona. Please be careful and stay safe as you celebrate. Vaccines are on the way, but it will be a while before most of us will be able to get them.

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Thanks!

The Presidential race has now been called by the major news organizations for all 50 states. Joe Biden is President-elect; and Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect. Senator Martha McSally also conceded to soon-to-be Senator Mark Kelly today. Anna Tovar will join Sandra Kennedy on the A.C.C.

We extend our congratulations to them. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to help them win! And to those who turned out to vote and boost them to an early Arizona lead. You helped us make a difference for our country and our state.

Thousands more people in San Tan Valley precincts voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris than there are registered Democrats. Even more voted for Mark Kelly. So thanks, too, to the Independents and Republicans who joined us in voting for our next Senator and President!

We’re sad that our other candidates running in our precincts lost. Just goes to show it wasn’t rigged. We still think they were, and are, the best, even if more voters disagreed. It’s how America works!

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Pinal County

Veterans Day Tribute

Thanks to our veterans for your service. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors held a pre-recorded ceremony for Veterans Day. It took place at the Pinal County 1891 Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom. You can enjoy this virtual tribute wherever you may be. We would like to thank them for this. Please stay safe.

Pinal County Veterans Tribute 2020