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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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Arizona GOP Candidate Willing to Go On Record

Arizona GOP Candidate Willing to Go On Record

Accurate Representation, Candidates
Mar 15, 2018 In a political atmosphere that punishes taking stands, we have an Arizona CD2 GOP Candidate that is willing to have his positions on record. And it isn't the front runner, who appears to be laying low in a strategy that is very familiar to Southern Arizona constituents. As an organization, our mission is to educate voters so that they can make choices at the polls based on their values, not the slick PR campaigns that mislead the average voter. We have found that the candidates want to control a narrative that often doesn’t match the reality of their votes and positions. Our purpose is to let people know the truth, in a time when the press is printing/posting press releases verbatim. Or not following up with questions…
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Anti-Consumer McSally

Anti-Consumer McSally

Accurate Representation
Anti-Consumer McSally   Mar 3, 2018 an opinion post by Gail Kanamas Rep. Martha McSally is no friend to consumers.  So far this year, McSally has voted five times for anti-consumer legislation.  The only time she voted pro-consumer was with a unanimous House (HR 4292).  This record tops her count of anti-consumer votes in 2017 and it's only February.  Her votes are consistent with the Republican alignment with big banks and moneyed interests who want deregulation at all costs.  The votes she has taken mostly allow banks and other lenders to roll back consumer financial protections.  Examples include cutting back on record keeping and disclosure requirements for smaller banks which could allow discrimination in lending to go undiscovered.  Other bills she signed onto manipulate information about fees for mortgages that…
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