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Homecare workers need living wage

Our elected leaders need to remember that we voted them into office because they promised to fight for working people--not just line the pockets of corporations--and invest in seniors, loved ones with disabilities, and those of us who care for them.

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Can agriculture use less water?

The time has come to start asking the hard questions. Does an industry that adds 1% to the state GDP have the right to mine our groundwater, destroy our flowing rivers, and take water that can never be replaced? Can this industry be reformed or modernized to use less water? How do we better protect Arizona's water resources so that flowing streams and rivers are not dried out by thirsty groundwater wells growing alfalfa for dairy cows? Should certain crops be discouraged or banned? Should groundwater pumping have a monetary cost?

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Reconciliation bill not about climate

On September 10, when progressive activists and legislators held a rally in support of the Democratic budget proposal, also known as the reconciliation bill, their message was clear –passing the reconciliation bill was not only an important step in the fight against climate change, but a necessary one. They couldn’t be more wrong. 

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Rep. Frank Pratt’s legacy

There are numerous examples of why Rep. Pratt’s service positively impacted the lives of so many. While he will receive praise from many throughout the state, Rep. Pratt would be more satisfied with knowing he had made a real difference for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans who may never know his name.

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We need to build back better for Arizona

In October 2020, candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first joint campaign appearance at the Southwest Carpenters Training Center in Phoenix. During this appearance, Biden spoke about the importance of labor unions, and highlighted the benefits of having an “army of carpenters” supporting him. We were behind him then, and we are now. 

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Action needed on climate change to protect tourism, agriculture

Government action to prevent these fires on public land and to follow up and restore after these fires is completely insufficient. Climate change is not a theoretical debate where we live because it affects our lives every day. Our rural communities are all close neighbors with the National Forests that surround us and we need action from our government representatives to address climate change and its many tragic effects.

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Prescription Drug Solutions Overdue, Sinema and Kelly Must Act

During my time as an elected official in Arizona, I have heard anecdotes about impossible decisions families are forced to make due to out-of-control prescription drug costs. Horrible choices like deciding to buy critical medications or paying the rent, buying groceries, or paying the utility bill. This is a choice no one living in a country as prosperous as American should ever have to make.   

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