Who will win the Super Bowl?

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Tell Boehner: Drop the Lawsuit! You’ll Fight for Executive Action!

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John Boehner is threatening to sue President Obama AGAIN — this time to block executive action on immigration.

Boehner and the Republicans want to go back to a failed policy of breaking up families and forcing hard working people into the shadows. That’s just wrong!

Sign the petition and tell John Boehner to drop the lawsuit!

Tell Boehner: You Stand with Obama on Executive Action

John Boehner is threatening to sue President Obama AGAIN — this time to block executive action on immigration.

Boehner and the Republicans want to go back to a failed policy of breaking up families and forcing hard working people into the shadows. That’s just wrong!

Sign the petition and tell John Boehner to drop the lawsuit!

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Do You Agree with President Obama’s Proposal That Community College Should Be Free?

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Celebrate Tomorrow with Congressman-Elect Ruben Gallego!

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We hope you can join us tomorrow, January 6, 2015, to celebrate Ruben’s swearing in as a Member of Congress. This achievement would not have been possible without your support and encouragement. We are so appreciative, and we hope to see you there so that we can mark this occasion together!

Please join us at any or all of the following events:

Open House (all day) – Congressman Ruben Gallego’s Office
1218 Longworth House Office Building
9:00AM – 5:00PM

Welcome Reception – Ceremonial Swearing-In
Jones Day, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Top Floor
10:00AM – 11:30AM

Televised Swearing In Ceremony
1218 Longworth House Office Building
1:45PM – 2:00PM (approximately)

Post-Swearing In Reception/Happy Hour
Hawk ‘n’ Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Second Floor
3:00PM – 5:00PM

All events are business attire. Please RSVP to DC2015RSVP@gmail.com

Thanks,
Ruben and Kate

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What is your top priority for Congress?

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Say thank you to Ron Barber

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Ron Barber has been a remarkable public servant to Arizona. I’m saddened by the result of his race, but I am incredibly thankful for all that Ron has done to make Arizona a better place. Join me in saying thanks to Ron Barber.

Say thanks to Ron Barber

End date: Dec 28, 2014

Signatures collected: 3

3 signatures
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Tom Coburn is single-handedly blocking the veterans suicide prevention bill. Tell him to stop.

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Tom Coburn was happy to demand reform when the VA’s problems were in the news. But now that it has come time to vote for funding for a suicide prevention bill for veterans, Coburn has single-handedly blocked the bill’s passage.

This is outrageous. If Coburn had talked to any veterans before doing this, he would know how wrong it is.

Sign the petition and tell Tom Coburn to stop blocking the veterans suicide prevention bill.

Tom Coburn is single-handedly blocking a veterans suicide prevention bill. Tell him to stop.

End date: Dec 31, 2014

Signatures collected: 823

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Holiday Toy Drive

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Please join me to bring a smile to deserving families with a toy this holiday season.

I will be collecting toys from now until December 18th for my annual toy drive for the children of Guadalupe. We are looking for new, small toys for ages of 2-12 and sports equipment for kids above that age. Clothes are also appreciated.

The Maricopa County Democratic Party has offered its space as a drop off spot, between the hours of 9am-5pm at 2910 North Central Avenue. So please drop off any toys you would like for us to distribute to kids living in Guadalupe.

I will also gladly do any pickups of toys. Please email me at ruben@gallegoforarizona.com so I can arrange a pick up.

Any donation is greatly appreciated,

Thank you,
Ruben Gallego

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Results: How Should Arizona Democrats Move Forward?

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Following the 2014 elections, we wanted to hear from you on what you think Arizona Democrats should do moving forward.

We asked an intentionally open-ended question because we wanted to encourage a conversation. What worked? What didn’t? What would you like to change?

The response was overwhelming. Nearly 400 of you went to our website to provide your thoughts – and the results provided an incredible cross-section of insight into what Arizona Democrats are thinking.

Three messages came across much more frequently than the rest. But before we get to that, we want to provide a quick note on methodology. This is not a scientific survey. We didn’t weight the answers or respondents as you would a poll – nor did we try to screen out respondents who are not registered Democrats.

Instead, this is our best attempt to capture a conversation we hoped to encourage. We look forward to hearing your continued responses.

What we heard from you:
1. Democrats should run as progressives
The most frequent line we heard is that Democrats should run on our progressive values. This response came in a few varieties, from a desire that Democrats more strongly defending President Obama’s policies to more forcefully attacking Republicans on progressive issues.

There is a clear demand for a progressive vision in Arizona. Those who responded to this survey indicated they believe the state would be likely to back a candidate who supports progressive ideas rather than one who runs away from them.

2. Democrats need to do more to make sure our voters vote
The second most common message was that Democrats aren’t voting and/or aren’t doing enough to make sure Democrats vote. We saw record low turnout throughout the state, and clearly there is a lot of rethinking that needs to occur regarding our get out the vote operations in Arizona.

But low turnout was a problem throughout the country, despite enormous resources being spent on both sides. Many of those who wrote about low turnout connected it to negative advertising and “dark money.”

There was a common belief throughout the survey that the tone of the campaign depressed turnout. Part of this line of response blamed the Citizens United decision for opening up corporate spending on our politics. There was also a sense, however, that our candidates need to present a more positive vision.

3. Democrats need to work harder all year round
This third message captures a sense within the survey that Democrats just need to do “more” in order to win in Arizona.

Advice on where those additional efforts should be directed fell into three major camps:
1. More outreach to Democratic base votes
2. More effort behind articulating what we believe
3. More work to turnout young voters and Latino voters

Each of these responses speaks to a belief that not enough people are participating in the democratic process. The most common solution to that problem is more consistent engagement with voters throughout the year.

Conclusion:
2014 was an extraordinarily difficult year for Democrats throughout the country. But Arizona Democrats do not believe that wholesale changes to the party’s identity or message are needed.

The most common thread throughout this survey is that Arizona Democrats are proud of who they are and what they represent. They believe this state can change and that Arizona will one day be a blue state. Arizona Democrats also believe the state is ready to embrace a progressive message, and want to see candidates who project that belief.

This survey, again, is not a scientific reflection on Democratic voters. But before moving on to 2016, we wanted to hear your thoughts on 2014. What’s above is simply what you had to say.

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