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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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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Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA

Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA

Immigration & Border
Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA Jan 11, 2018 As Martha McSally’s anti-climactic unveiling of her run for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat looms, it is important to listen to the rhetoric change  in her carefully crafted persona. For years, her constituents have tried to nail her down on issues important to them. She carefully controls her message resulting in voters not really knowing where she stands on most issues, particularly when her rhetoric doesn’t match her votes. But a particularly disturbing trend began when she decided to run for Senate and “leaked” it to her colleagues over 2 months ago.  Trump, whom she had gone to great lengths to distance herself from, was now her new BFF. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic wrote about it…
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McSally on Michael Flynn- phone in townhall recording

McSally on Michael Flynn- phone in townhall recording

National Politics
Dec 2, 2017 With today's Michael Flynn admission of lying to the FBI and willingness to cooperate with the investigation, suddenly this audio recording of Martha McSally is again relevant. In it, you can hear her say "it's time to move on" after Flynn's ouster. (Heaven forbid we actually look for wrongdoing.) Let's hope Mueller is on it... Thanks to Connor Welton for sharing this recording with us! https://vimeo.com/210868393
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Martha McSally endorses the tax bill, but does she know what’s in it?

Martha McSally endorses the tax bill, but does she know what’s in it?

Taxes
Martha McSally endorses the tax bill, but does she know what’s in it? Nov 28, 2017 Martha McSally was a teenager attending an all-girls Catholic school when Ronald Reagan first took office. The politics of that time had such an impact on her that 30 years later, she described her own political mission as “continuing the tradition of true Reagan conservatism.”   So maybe it’s nostalgia for the Reagan era that explains her current enthusiasm for the Republican tax cut bill. Certainly the Trump administration is relying heavily on ‘80s-era talking points, with chief economic adviser Gary Cohn literally referring to its “trickle-down” effect, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin trotting out the old canard that a big tax cut will “pay for itself” and “reduce the deficit.”   There are…
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Skyward – Community Commentary

Skyward – Community Commentary

Equality
Skyward By Carol Fiore   I have always looked up—at clouds, at birds, at airplanes. I climb to the tops of hills and hotels and relish the feeling of being high, embracing the world below. As a child, my most prized possession was a cheap, vinyl bag with the words Pan Am emblazoned on the side—a reminder of an adventure in the sky. When I was 13, I saw a documentary about Amelia Earhart. While everyone else was enthralled with the mystery surrounding her disappearance, I was drawn to her freckles, and her quick smile, and her eyes that screamed, “Flying is the most amazing thing you could ever do.” That was the day I began my journey to the sky. I was determined to become a pilot. Along the…
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Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

Donors, Fact Checks, Jobs & Business, National Politics
Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill Nov 5, 2017 On the same day House Republicans unveiled their new tax cut proposal, Martha McSally indicated her enthusiastic support, both in an official statement and a flurry of tweets.   How enthusiastic? Unlike with the health care bill, she managed to refrain from using f-bombs. But it’s clear she’s all in.   That’s not a surprise. McSally is hugely dependent for her campaign financing on House Speaker Paul Ryan and his political ally, New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; it was a given they’d have her support on this, their top legislative priority.   Why are they so eager? It’s no mystery; the bill was written to benefit the donor class. Here’s a partial list of the bill’s provisions which impact…
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