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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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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McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

McSally in Cosmo Magazine – wait, WHAT?

Accurate Representation, Equality
Oct 19, 2017 We started this Change.org campaign to ask the Editors of “Cosmopolitan” Magazine to: "Tell your readers the truth about Martha McSally Helen Gurley Brown, the long-time editor of “Cosmopolitan,” famously transformed it from a staid family magazine to a frank (sometimes brazen) advice manual for the modern, single career woman. In 2014, then-editor Joanna Coles expanded Cosmo’s scope to politics, “researching political candidates so you don’t have to.” She announced that only politicians who support the best interests of Cosmo readers (including equal pay, access to abortion, gun control and affordable health care) would receive the magazine’s endorsement. Based on that criteria, the only way you’d expect to see Rep. Martha McSally featured on the Cosmo’s web site is in a big red warning to steer clear. McSally has…
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McSally Lost Her Voice – Charlottesville

McSally Lost Her Voice – Charlottesville

Equality
Aug 15, 2017 Rep. Martha McSally’s constituents have been calling her office repeatedly, imploring her to speak out and condemn the horrific acts of domestic violence visited on Charlottesville, VA this weekend by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Her response: total silence. It’s baffling. Where is the woman who promised, over and over, she’d be “an independent voice” for Southern Arizonans? Where is the woman who insisted she could provide leadership in Washington, D.C.? Of the 30 members of the House Homeland Security Committee, only 4 have refused to condemn the despicable acts of terrorism visited on Charlottesville by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Three of the holdouts, unsurprisingly, come from safe red districts in the former Confederate South. Mike Rogers (AL), Clay Higgins (LA), John Rutherford (FL). The last is Martha McSally.…
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Where Does McSally Stand on Transgender Military Ban?

Where Does McSally Stand on Transgender Military Ban?

Defense, Equality, National Politics
McSally's Positions on LGBTQ Rights are Confusing Jul 27, 2017 Martha McSally's positions on the issue of LGBTQ rights are a confusing bag.  As with most issues that aren't related to the border or the A-10, it is hard to unpack her positions.  Yesterday the President set off a storm with a series of Tweets about banning people who are transgender from serving in the military. After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....victory and cannot be burdened with the…
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McSally on Equal Pay for Women

McSally on Equal Pay for Women

Equality
Jun 6, 2017 While campaigning in 2014, Martha McSally promised to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act: “As someone who has fought for women my entire life, I know first-hand that women are still not treated equally in the workplace, and if I was in Congress, I would vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act because it's the right thing to do… Sometimes the 'best man for the job' to fight for women is a woman. When I replace Congressman Barber, I'll wake up fighting for women in this community everyday."[1]   She ran ads with the line: “Martha is standing up to her own party - supporting equal pay for equal work.”[2]   But in April of 2015, McSally voted to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act.[3] The bill…
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McSally on LGBTQ rights

McSally on LGBTQ rights

Equality
WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS Jun 5, 2017 Rep. McSally has a score of 48 from the Human Rights Campaign. To put that in context, all the Democratic representatives from Arizona have a score of 100, and all the other Republican representatives have a score of zero. [1]   A representative from the HRC explained the mixed results to us this way: generally McSally will vote in favor of workplace protections for LGBTQ people, but then will vote for broad religious exemptions that undercut those same protections.   For example, in May of 2016, McSally was one of only 29 Republican members who voted for the Maloney amendment to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors in military construction.   But she also voted for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that…
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McSally on Prejudice

McSally on Prejudice

Equality
*from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*    PREJUDICE / HATE SPEECH First, an ethnic breakdown of CD2: It’s 64% white, 28% Hispanic, and about 4% black, 3% Asian and 1% Native American. * A religious breakdown of Arizona (Pew Survey, 2015): 27% none, 26% Evangelical, 21% Catholic, 13% Protestant, 5% Mormon, 6% non~Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc.) Arizona’s Congressional delegation has 5 Catholics, 2 Mormons, 1 Baptist, 1 Episcopalian, 1 Unaffiliated, and then Martha McSally, listed as “Unspecified Protestant.” In 2015, Rep. McSally spoke at a tribute to Arizona’s first Mexican~American governor: “It took people like Raul Castro to stand up and continue to push through people’s prejudices. He is a tremendous example for all of us…and as we stand here today to honor him, we have…
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