Prop 306 a NO brainer

Voting No on Proposition 306 is a No Vote Brainer

By David Gordon, LD18 Democrat

Do you want the tentacles of Dark Money special interests regulating our Clean Elections Campaigns in Arizona? That is what could happen if Proposition 306 passes this November.

Currently, the administration of Clean Election Campaigns is governed by the politically neutral Citizens Clean Election Commission (CCEC). This commission was implemented when Arizona Prop 200 was overwhelmingly passed by Arizona voters in 1998, and allows for two Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent on the Board. Currently operating outside of the Governor’s or State Legislature’s sphere, this body sets the rules for publicly funded campaigns.

Governor Ducey and the Republican Legislators want to change the current composition in two ways. First, they want the CCEC to report to the Governors Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) and abide by its recommendations. Second, they seek to restrict how candidates can distribute their Clean Election Funds. With passage, seven members would staff this Regulatory Review Council and the Governor chooses six of them. It is more than a rumor that special interest lobbyists representing conservative interests would populate this governing body.

Clean Elections should be free of the influence of political manipulations. The system is currently organized to accomplish that mission. Clean Elections mean clean and free of influence. To have the CCEC regulated by Dark Money special interest political hacks would undermine that goal.

Voters should vote NO on Proposition 306 to let Clean Elections run successfully as it has for the last 20 years.


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18 ways to be part of the LD18 Dems Blue Wave

By Rebecca Hinton, LD18 Democrats Board Member and Chair of the Environmental Club, and Susie Thornton, LD18 Democrats Social Media & Communications Co-Coordinator

  1. Become a recurring donor. Talk to Jeff Tucker: jefftuckerawa@yahoo.com
  2. Join us on Slack – Don’t know how? Or even what Slack is? Contact Alison Porter: alisonporter26@gmail.com or Melissa Megna: melmegna@gmail.com
  3. Follow Arizona Democrats of Legislative District 18 on Facebook and share posts. Follow us on Twitter @LD18Dems and retweet. Follow us on Instagram at ld18dems.
  4. Help with Voter Registration. To find out how reach out to Alison Porter: alisonporter26@gmail.com or Melissa Megna: melmegna@gmail.com
  5. Canvass for Mitzi Epstein: carriembrownaz@gmail.com. And for Jennifer Jermaine: jermaineforhouse@gmail.com. And for LaDawn Stuben: ladawnstuben@gmail.com
  6. Drive Sean Bowie to meet the voters. Contact Dr. Janie Hydrick: hydrick@aol.com or Sean Bowie: seanmbowie@gmail.com
  7. Join our Social Media & Communications Team (SMAC)! Slack channel for info on upcoming meetings. Contact Susie Thornton: sthornton51@gmail.com or Kate Tice: ktice007@msn.com
  8. Lend us your voice and write a blog for our web page. Blog topics: Environment, Education, Healthcare, & Equality. Contact Laurie Nerat: azlaurie23@cox.net
  9. Like planning events? Helping at events? Our Event Team needs your support! Kevin Walsh: john.walsh@gmail.com
  10. Join the Welcome Committee – meet our members and help at the meetings. Melissa Megna: melmegna@gmail.com
  11. Community service projects? Follow Dems Give Back on Facebook for details. Rebecca Hinton: rahinton@hotmail.com
  12. Monthly meeting setup. Arrive early and help unload vehicles, move tables, put out flyers, etc. Contact Dr. Janie Hydrick: hydrick@aol.com
  13. Do you like taking videos? Volunteer to help with videography at meetings: ktice007@msn.com
  14. Get trained! PC training. Van training. Details: Alison Porter: alisonporter26@gmail.com or Melissa Megna: melmegna@gmail.com
  15. Join our Fundraising Team. We want your ideas and support! Contact Kevin Walsh: john.walsh@gmail.com
  16. Are you trained and ready to speak out on Request to Speak? If not, talk to Cathy Sigmon: sigmon@gmail.com
  17. Work with the SOS team to save public education. Alison Porter: alisonporter26@gmail.com
  18. Data entry/tech stuff, clean up our contact database. Susie Thornton: sthornton51@gmail.com

 

Vote Smart Co-Founder makes a powerful statement

The co-founder of Vote Smart, Richard Kimball, makes an impassioned plea for truth, transparency, and accurate information in our politics and government. At VoteSmart.org you can learn who represents you, see how your representatives voted on individual bills, get bios, read their positions on issues, and more. Vote Smart is an excellent resource for voters. Watch the video, make a donation, and above all, vote smart!

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“Somewhere politicians decided it was more efficient to move us emotionally rather than persuade us intellectually. “ Richard Kimball, co-founder of Vote Smart