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Martha McSally is Bad for Military Families

Martha McSally is Bad for Military Families

Candidates, Defense, Immigration & Border, National Politics
Martha used to say "When you value people, you give them freedom." Martha McSally talking to students at National Cathedral School in 2002. Now she is willing to sacrifice the health and welfare of military members’ families by deploying soldiers at the border, solely for political gain. Using the military in this ploy is disrespectful to military members and their families. The troops are being deployed now, but the caravan will not arrive until January. Will the troops stay away from their families for the holidays *just* to perform this political stunt? Here is a reposting of some particularly important tweets from our account today.   By lying about migrant families to unjustly deploy military at the border, Martha is showing she cares more about her political aspirations than she does…
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Martha is Bad for the Women of Arizona

Martha is Bad for the Women of Arizona

Accurate Representation, Equality
Martha McSally has truly reached a new low. I know. It seems so hard to imagine that the “Let’s get this f’ing thing done” migrant-fear-monger could sink any lower, but she has. This week, Martha McSally has been called to task for her vote to remove healthcare from 44,000 of her constituents in Arizona’s CD2 in May of last year. Her response: expensive ads claiming that she fought hard for pre-existing condition protections. But that is just the first of many to come. The latest ads intended to wash away Martha McSally's terrible voting record aren't even trying to tell the truth anymore. Now, the poster child for self-serving representation is trying to convince young women that she is their champion! I know. I know you know. But do young…
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Forum Wrap up and Thank You!

Forum Wrap up and Thank You!

Events
Jul 24, 2018 For those who are interested, the results of our very "scientific" audience survey are in. The winner for our July 19th Candidate Forum was Billy Kovacs! Congratulations, Billy. The audience appreciated your well thought out answers to our questions. 2nd place went to the winner of our last Forum, Bruce Wheeler. Thank you also to Mary Sally Matiella, Dr. Matt Heinz for Arizona, Barb Sherry and Ann Kirkpatrick who endured a feisty crowd to allow CD2 voters have access to the Candidates in order to make the most informed choice. We want to thank all of the people who helped to put together our Candidate Forum, including the audience and of course the Candidates. Bob Phillips and the Veterans For Peace Tucson Chapter 13 for always so graciously making us feel safe and cared for. Jorgiana Jake for donating…
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Where do your donations go?

Where do your donations go?

Finances
Jul 24, 2018 People have asked us what we do with the donations that we solicit and very gratefully receive.  Here are some of the expenses we use these funds for: Putting on Candidate Forums - This is by far our biggest expense.   Each forum costs around $500 - $750 to rent a space.  We have been using Tucson Unified School District locations, so our rental fees go back into supporting the schools we use.  The cost includes the facility rental, TUSD personnel costs, and required event insurance. Printed Materials to hand out at forums – We usually spend around $150 on printing material for each forum, which includes items like the note cards and report cards we handed out at our most recent events.  We love getting your feedback…
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Candidate Yuksel Implored to Drop Out of Race

Candidate Yuksel Implored to Drop Out of Race

Candidates, Events
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2018 Represent Me AZ Revokes Candidate Forum Invitation to CD2 Candidate Yahya Yuksel and Implores Him to Drop Out of Race After a disturbing "press conference" where the candidate attempted to use his age to excuse non consensual sex, and campaign staff and his family went so far as to attack other victims in attendance, we sent the following email to his campaign revoking his invitation to the Candidate Forum scheduled for this Thursday, July 19th at Tucson High School starting at 6:00 pm. "Yahya Yuksel and Campaign: In light of the press conference that our four current board members witnessed in person this morning, we are revoking our invitation to include you in our Candidate Forum on July 19th. We attended the press conference hoping…
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CD2 Candidate Forum July 19th, 2018

CD2 Candidate Forum July 19th, 2018

Events
Jun 13, 2018 We are pleased to announce that ALL SEVEN Democratic candidates for CD2 will be joining us for our Third Candidate Forum. (edited 6/14/18* Republicans were not included in this event but we are looking at multiparty forums for the future) Thursday, July 19th at Tucson Magnet High School 400 N 2nd Avenue from 6:00-8:00 pm Our own Marion Chubon will be moderating and holding the candidates accountable to answer the questions. In this forum, we will be designing questions to address some of the candidates previous statements and to discern differences between them, as well as to see who is best prepared to face a Republican in the General Election. Please join us!
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McSally’s Anti-Immigration Statement Analysis

McSally’s Anti-Immigration Statement Analysis

Fact Checks, Immigration & Border
May 30, 2018 by: Bryna Koch Here in Southern Arizona’s Congressional District 2 we are used to politicians lying about the border and demonizing immigrants to justify anti-immigrant policies, increased surveillance, and wasted money on projects that never really work out. If you are following Representative McSally’s Senate aspirations, you have observed her hard right turn (like her change of position on DACA)--using lies and exaggeration to prove to primary voters that she can be just as hateful towards immigrants as Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio. Her statement on May 22 to the Homeland Security Committee is a a clear example of how she has abandoned caution and human decency to demonize immigrants in an attempt to justify a hard-line against immigration from the south. In our continued series of…
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Lea Marquez Peterson on MSNBC is McSally 2.0

Lea Marquez Peterson on MSNBC is McSally 2.0

Accurate Representation, Candidates
by M. Chubon May 21, 2018   Lea Marquez Peterson was on MSNBC Sunday and it feels like deja vu. Martha McSally used to also appear on news programs other than Fox, until she went full radical immigrant hater to appear more Trump-like in her run for Senate. Lea is the the favored GOP front runner to replace Martha in Arizona's CD2 and this segment was about the dwindling number of Republican women in Congress. In MSNBC logic, why not have a fake Moderate show up and make fake Moderate statements unchecked? We sent our Candidate Questionnaire to Lea in January. She has not filled it out. So we have to parse out her positions based on statements. This sounds so familiar. She says she is hearing from constituents because…
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Candidate Forum May 3rd

Candidate Forum May 3rd

Events
Join us on Thursday, May 3rd at Catalina High School as Represent Me AZ presents our next CD2 Candidate Forum! We are pleased to welcome Dylan Smith of TucsonSentinel.com as our evening's moderator. Doors will open early at 6:00 pm to give you an opportunity to meet the candidates informally, and the program will then begin at 6:30 p.m. You can RSVP on Facebook We look forward to seeing you there!
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Understanding Syria

Understanding Syria

National Politics
Starting Place For Understanding Syrian Conflict. By Janni Simner Apr 20, 2018 After the president authorized airstrikes in Syria, I started sorting through the wide range of responses on social media, only to quickly realize something—that while I knew about the huge toll Syria’s civil war had taken on Syria and its people, I knew less about the war itself: how it got started, how it kept going, who the many groups now fighting there were and how they’d all gotten involved. So I closed my social media apps and started reading. When I returned online, I found myself more well equipped to follow what others were talking about, as well as more equipped to form my own opinions of where to go from here. If, like me, you’re not…
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