Posted in 2022 Senate Campaign Analysis

With Senate again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

  By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News July 21, 2021   Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign…

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The National Weather Service shared video footage captured by the U.S. Forest Service showing a firenado that formed over the Tennant Fire in California's Siskiyou County on June 29, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Posted in Climate change Filibuster Politics Wild Fire

‘This is what bipartisanship looks like’: Fire tornado caught on film in California

“Climate policy isn’t about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It’s a zero-sum battle with physics.”   by Jon Queally, Staff Writer July 8, 2021 Responding to…

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At the center of the New York Times reporting are Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, photographed here in Las Vegas for a 2020 Democratic primary debate. "They had insinuated themselves into the fabric of progressive movements in the West," the paper reports. (Photo: Screenshot via the Times)
Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Republicans

Right-wing ‘spies’ with deep pockets infiltrated Democratic Party across West

‘This Is Bonkers’ “Wyoming’s far-right promotes tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories,” said one of the operation’s targets. “It makes sense that they would use spies to try to attack their opposition or uncover some imagined liberal plot.” by…

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Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after taking part in a non-violent protest in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2021. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in News Poor Peoples Campaign Voting rights

Nonviolent protest over voting rights ends with arrests in DC

‘We’re Not Going Away!’ “We’re saying across this country, it’s time for people… to march on these Senate offices,” declared Rev. William Barber. by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Activists with the national…

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Posted in Filibuster Politics Voting rights

Sinema defends filibuster on same day it’s used to stall voting rights

In a prepared statement after the bill was blocked Tuesday, Sinema said she was “proud to support the For the People Act because it restores safeguards that protect every American’s right to vote, reduces the influence…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on Wednesday on June 16, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema op-ed defending Senate filibuster ‘delusional’

Rep. Mondaire Jones said Sinema is effectively arguing that “we should let Republicans destroy democracy now because at some indeterminate time in the future they may try again.” by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Tuesday, June 22,…

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Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Politics

Facebook let pro-Trump group pose as leftists to split Democratic vote

Republican Troll Farm in Phoenix “This is a story about Facebook, the FEC, and broken systems,” said a former Facebook employee. “Now it’s time for the FEC to prove that perverting justice has consequences.” by Julia…

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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News Poor Peoples Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign to march against Manchin obstructionism in West Virginia

‘We Are Coming’ “Manchin’s positions are wrong, constitutionally inconsistent, historically inaccurate, morally indefensible, economically insane, and politically unacceptable,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. by Brett Wilkins, Staff Writer June 8, 2021    …

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Students, families, and supporters of "March For Our Lives" took to the streets of New York City on March 24, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Courts Guns News

Comparing AR-15s to Swiss Army knives, federal judge overturns California’s assault weapons ban

“People are going to die because of this ruling,” warned the father of a gun violence victim. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June 5, 2021 Gun safety advocates, relatives of gun violence victims, and members…

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Posted in Breaking News Filibuster

100+ groups push Schumer, Dems to nuke filibuster

‘Perilous New Moment for Our Democracy’ “In the face of Republicans’ inability and unwillingness to defend our democracy, it is clearer than ever that the filibuster needs to be eliminated.” “In the face of Republicans’ inability…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks through the halls of the Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Elections

Sinema lambasted for claiming filibuster ‘protects’ democracy as it’s used to block Voting Rights bill

“It’s completely insane that some Dems (ahem Manchin/Sinema) would rather keep the Jim Crow filibuster than stop an avalanche of Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 3, 2021  …

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on April 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in Infrastructure Politics Restart 2021

Sanders warns Dems could lose Congress if they get mired in ‘never-ending’ negotiations with GOP

“The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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Donald Trump heads back into the elevator at Trump Tower on January 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in News Politics

New York AG announces Trump Organization probe is now a criminal investigation

“This is huge,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 19, 2021   The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced late Tuesday that it has…

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Michael Harrington, dust jacket photo from Twilight of Capitalism (1977)
Posted in Columns Guest Column Politics

Michael Harrington

by Tom Gallagher Saturday, May 15, 2021 A talk given to the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America. During the dark ages of American socialism, well before the first Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, a friend of…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

120+ Retired US Generals and Admirals pen ‘disturbing’ letter parroting Trump election lies

“This should bust the myth that generals automatically deserve our respect,” said Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, May 12, 2021   More than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

WHO declares Covid mutation found in India a ‘variant of concern’ for global health

“I think what we’re seeing is more transmissible,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 10, 2021 The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in…

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A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, looks down ahead of an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.
Posted in Dirty Tricks News Politics

Federal agents execute search warrant for Giuliani, signaling turning point in probe into Ukraine dealings

“A judge had to conclude that there was probable cause that evidence of crime(s) would be found there” in order to allow the search of Giuliani’s home. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, April 28, 2021…

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Posted in Arizona News Voter suppression

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 26, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session…

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Posted in Guns News

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

“We are at a crossroads,” Giffords said. “We can let the shooting continue, or we can act.” By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 14, 2021 WASHINGTON  –  Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands…

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Posted in Guns News Politics

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

By Ethan Kispert Cronkite News Guns are ingrained in the Arizona psyche, from the legendary Shootout at the OK Corral that morphed into tourist-dependent Tombstone to the CNN broadcast of Donald Trump supporters casually carrying long…

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Posted in News Voter suppression

Georgia GOP transforms 2-page bill Into 93-page assault on Voting Rights

‘Hijacking of Democracy in Plain Sight’ “Surprising advocates, legislators, and voters with a nearly 100-page bill is undemocratic and unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 18, 2021   Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups…

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