Democrats Think They Can Take Back Control of Arizona Legislature

Categories: Election 2014
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Matthew Hendley


The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee identified Arizona as a state where Democrats could either make significant gains or seize control of a state legislature.

Recall that just four years ago, Republicans won a super-majority, occupying two-thirds of the seats in both the Arizona House and Senate.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported this morning on the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee's (DLCC) claim that Arizona's now in play for Democrats to some degree.

The DLCC is similar to the Democratic Congressional Committee, in which it works on fundraising and campaigning for Democratic candidates, but at the state legislature level.

The DLCC announced that it "released its Flip Chart 2014, which is a list of legislative chambers where Democrats have the greatest opportunity to cut into Republican majorities and potentially 'flip' the chambers to Democratic control."

"Emerging Majorities notes legislative chambers where Democrats have the greatest opportunity to cut into Republican majorities and potentially "flip" the chambers to Democratic control," the website says.

Under that, the Arizona Senate is listed. Republicans currently hold a 17-13 majority there.

"Chambers to Watch are where we believe strong Democratic gains are possible in 2014 and could position Democrats to compete for the majority in future cycles," the DLCC website says. "These are also chambers where Democrats can reach constitutionally significant benchmarks in 2014."

Republicans have a 36-24 advantage in the House.

The DLCC identifies just 10 other legislative bodies around the country where it believes it can take the majority or compete for the majority in the future.

DLCC executive director Michael Sargeant said the following in a statement:
"No doubt about it, Democrats are poised to make gains this cycle. We have great candidate recruitment across the country and are seeing a lot of enthusiasm from both our candidates and from voters. As part of the DLCC's big emphasis on our field efforts, called the Grassroots Victory Program, over 220 field organizers are spread across the country in key races and organizing community by community. Field organizing will go a long way toward making sure that Democratic voters are energized in an off-year election. Democrats are in a great position right now to make gains, win some new majorities, hold the majorities we have-- and make key investments and gains in chambers that we can flip in '16, '18 and '20."
Arizona Republicans lost their super-majorities in 2012, but it seems a bit lofty of a goal for Dems to think they could take over either chamber this year.

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Larry Gorst
Larry Gorst

Would that be the same group loving the illegal invasion? Ha, good luck getting a goddamn single vote now.

chilylily10
chilylily10

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Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

agree, as long as there is no ballot tampering.

Carol Croft
Carol Croft

Wtf did you just say?? Teabagging bahaha the rest is gibberish, or I'm waaaaaaaayyyyu high.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Matthew Hendley, your close seems to indicate you may not be able to see the trees because of the forest... or maybe the forest because of the trees.

Either way, I think you do a pretty good job of summarizing many of the news items posted in the PNT. But you seem to not realize the many things GOP state lawmakers have done over the last few years, which despite the traditionally short attention span of the electorate, will not be so easily forgotten this time.

Throughout history, when people have recognized the oppression visited upon them by the ruling class, they have rebelled. Do you forget HB2305 so soon?

No problem. What about Kavanagh's private prison advocacy?


Or Kimberly Yee's dramatic disrespect to veterans with PTSD?

Or... I could go on. And generally do, on my blog.


Roger Morris
Roger Morris

please Lord we can't take too much more these too racist fail assimilation is futile teabaggers screaming at children all JT ready what the assault rifles on their backs blaming the president for all of their theft an incompetent actions against all. Jans GOP Kobach for ALEC Scholarships and dinner with Dorothy and Toto has to turn BLUE.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

IDK voters are mad about the illegal alien issue and Mexicans firing into our state. Personally I don't like partisan political gang warfare.

Danny Berg
Danny Berg

If only...*sigh* But I think we need a few more elections cycles to realize this dream. Then maybe our state can finally have nice things!

Bill Cole
Bill Cole

Agree that democrats think so? I guess. Irrelevant question, methinks.

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

To be honest, nope. This state is full of uneducated knuckle-draggers and they vote, as long as Republicans have their propaganda and have someone to blame for internal problems. Jan Brewers is a terrible governor but since she ran her campaign by blaming brown immigrant and won. Cynical young people and cynical Democrat tend to avoid the polls. Which is why Democrats do not win in State and Local elections.

Mary Shoff
Mary Shoff

Let's change our state to blue! \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Roy Vasquez
Roy Vasquez

I wish they would these Republicans are fuckin up not only this state but this country

Trent Rhodes
Trent Rhodes

I think its possible but not likely, but Democrats do have an excellent chance at winning Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State.

Rheanna Schmidt
Rheanna Schmidt

James Tomczak they can vote in the primary! It recently changed.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

That's asking a great deal out of the General Electorate -- collective IQ:15.

James Tomczak
James Tomczak

until independants start voting in the primaries we're all doomed, only thing that would reform arizona

David Quinze
David Quinze

More illegals, to many brown people that don't belong\

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

You may have not been paying attention to what the GOP has been doing at the capitol the last few years,.. or to the extensive history of human societies and civilizations, but oppression by the ruling class is not long tolerated by the PEOPLE.

The GOP has some VERY vulnerable incumbents and other candidates for that reason... despite legislative boundaries, which, btw, in the first election in which the current ones were used, the GOP supermajority was eliminated. 


That's only the beginning... and also btw, why do you think the legislature and other GOP groups have been suing over the Congressional and legislative maps from the time those maps were first adopted in early 2012?

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Voters are also mad about Voter Suppression bills and the pillaging of the state general fund because of crony capitalism (private prisons) and so many other things the GOP has been doing the last couple of years. 

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Too many people fail to realize the depth of the part of American history where people rebel against oppression.



mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Too (not to) many illiterate and ignorant goobers who eagerly lap up the bullshit spoon fed to them by Fox News and the Koch brothers.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@ConcernedCitizenAZ I should also mention this:

https://news.vice.com/article/meet-the-researcher-who-was-fired-after-trying-to-give-weed-to-veterans

Republicans, especially those who have not been out of the heat this year, don't seem to realize how powerfully effective Colorado's marijuana legalization has been on economic development.

Vindictive actions like those taken by Kimberly Yee and Andy Biggshot will indeed come back to bite them on the ass.

Legalization is a train that ain't gonna be stopped.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee


Mikey, why do you loopy, loony lefty libs fear Fox News (I bet you have never watched it) and the Koch brothers?  Do you think the Koch brothers are any worse than George Soros?     

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee It's so cute that you understand the concept of alliteration - not that you ever have much in the way of substance to offer here - just a lot of shit-talking. Why are cowardly trolls such as yourself so shit-scared to use your name? Must be afraid some "lib" is going to beat you up and take away the lunch money your mommy gave you. You ARE just a lily-livered coward, whatever your real name is. I don't fear Fox News anymore than I fear a cowardly troll like you. I have contempt for you both. For you because you are a bed-wetting little poof who has to hide his/her/its post behind a pseudonym and Fox News because it pretends to be a news channel when it is just 24 hrs. of flatulent right wing opinion. The Koch brothers are a couple of whackos in a family of whackos. I'm not surprised that you defend them. They're about your speed.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee Gosh mikey, there's that phony tough guy talk again.  


"alliteration" is not a concept, but rather a literary term. 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee More lightweight  whiny, bitchy, middle school girl comments from the man/girl/thingie  who dares not use his/her/its real name. And who gets his world view from Fox News. No wonder you are such a nothing-burger. But what else can one expect from a poof? And a masochist?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@mikefrombisbee @fishingblues


"nothing-burger" "poof" ???

You're a chick aren't you mikey?  guys simply do not talk like that.  Well I guess real pussies and transvestites do.  Which is it?    


I know you fear Fox (as well as life itself), but I don't partake.  I don't have cable.  

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@fishingblues @mikefrombisbee What a silly, cowardly thing you are, fishface - you won't even tell us whether you are male, female or eunuch - probably the third. And boring too, I guess the life of a troll DOES have its down side. So your mother won't pay for you to have cable?

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