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Midterm elections were a year ago today.

While I dreamed of Arizona being the 38th state to #RatifyERA, Virginia is poised to become the final state.

The difference? A democratic majority in the state legislature.
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In 2017, we thought that with the addition of Rep. @DrGerae, there would be a possibility for the #ERA to at least get a committee hearing since Arizona was FIRST in the country in female representation in the legislature at the time. /2…
Gov. @dougducey spent a significant portion of the SOS highlighting the accomplishments of AZ female trailblazers, but notably left out the #EqualRightsAmendment.

To do so felt like an attempt to gloss over the rampant sexual harassment at #azleg. /3…
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Groundwater plays an essential role in the health of AZ's rivers and our state's water security. As our state begins to use less #CORiver water, sustainable management of groundwater will be more important than ever in the years to come. @alisteinbach…
As recent research from @UofA/@coschoolofmines points out, “Arizona has experienced significant declines in stream flows — between 10 and 50% — due purely to groundwater pumping.”…
In 2017, WRA outlined Arizona’s use of groundwater and pointed to sustainable solutions to help communities across Arizona better manage their water resources and mitigate potential future shortages.…
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1/3 🚨BUDGET ALERT:🚨Late-night amendment decimates the #SOS election services budget, which is crucial for ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to keep our elections secure and fair.
2/3 This also means the state cannot meet the match required by the Help America Vote Act Grant. Counties will lose out on $750K of #HAVA funds, that should be used to enhance election security measures.
3/3 To top it off, the amount appropriated for the Presidential Preference Election is not even close to the $7M county election officials said they need to ensure the PPE runs smoothly. #AZLeg #AZBudget
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In a hearing yesterday, Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Tom Buschatzke said this paragraph of our story about Pinal County water was inaccurate and that we refused to correct the story. (Thread 1/7)

Story link:…
He’s right -- we didn’t correct it. Because it was true.

▶️The story accurately quoted DWR. Here’s the email where the info came from: (screenshot shows DWR spokesman Doug MacEachern’s response to my question in bold). 2/7
▶️DWR has never said its initial statement was wrong. They've simply reiterated that no projects with a Certificate of Assured Water Supply (final water permit) are in jeopardy. 3/7
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URGENT THREAD: Across the country, Republicans have used their power to retaliate for Democratic electoral gains. We saw it in WI & MI with the #GOPPowerGrab, and now the GOP is coming after voting rights in Arizona TODAY. #VotingMattersAZ #AZVotingRights…
In the 2018 election, Arizona’s early voting totals surpassed 2014 total voter turnout! With huge surges in Democratic early voting, Republicans in #AZLeg are now retaliating by trying to impose barriers on early voting.
.@MichelleUgenti (LD 23) has introduced three bills to make it harder to vote early: #SB1046, #SB1072, and #SB1090.
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I'll be live tweeting today's #AZLeg Judiciary Committee hearing where another @MichelleUgenti voter suppression bill will be heard. #SB1090 seems to be in retaliation to Maricopa County Recorder's decision to open Emergency Voting Centers the weekend before Election Day 2018. /1
You see, AZ has about a month of early voting. But, strangely, polling places are closed the weekend prior to Election Day. And, in fact, state Senators PASSED a bill just last session to allow for in person voting through & including the weekend prior to Election Day. /2
The state House, for whatever reason, decided the bi-partisan bill passed by the Senate wasn't worth their time so never took it up. Every County Recorder in the state supported the Senate passed bill. /3 #ThingsThatMatterAZ
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While we were watching the horror of the #ParklandShooting unfold, #AZLeg House Judiciary Comm's GOP members passed HB2535, @kevinpayneLD21's bill that'd PROHIBIT all child welfare agencies from adopting or enforcing any rule or policy related to possession or storage of a gun.
In the same breath, Rep. Payne declares that the AZ Department of Child Safety's "primary purpose is to protect children" and that DCS should not maintain the ability to protect children from firearms. These seem like ideas completely at odds w each other, no?
Because we know that, during the first six months of 2017, for example, minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day, with the majority of the shootings occurring in the home.…
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