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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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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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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Support Barack Obama on Executive Action

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Republicans are threatening to shut down the government over President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The only way we’ll stop them is by showing support for this important action that will end the harmful policy of tearing families apart.

Sign the petition and say you stand with President Obama on executive action.

Support Barack Obama's Executive Action

Republicans are threatening to shut down the government over President Obama's executive action. The only way we'll stop them is by showing support for this important action that will end the harmful policy of tearing apart families.

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Stand Up For Choice

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Last week John McCain and the Arizona Right to Life came out in favor of Ruben’s anti-choice opponent. Now, anti-choice state legislator Catherine Miranda is attacking Ruben for supporting a woman’s right to choose.

Are you sensing a pattern?

More and more people are going to start attacking our progressive agenda if we don’t put a stop to it.

Miranda is not just supporting Ruben’s opponent, she also did a robocall in which she highlights Ruben’s support for choice as a reason NOT to support him.

Can you believe that?

Sign the petition and tell Catherine Miranda, John McCain, the Arizona Right to Life and any other anti-choice groups targeting Ruben to back off.

Stand up for Choice

End date: Oct 30, 2014

Signatures collected: 74

Signature goal: 500

74 signatures
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Gallego Statement on 9th Circuit Marriage Equality Decision

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Today’s ruling from the 9th Circuit is a huge step forward for Marriage Equality in Arizona. While the ruling applies to marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, Arizona’s place within the 9th Circuit makes it likely that Marriage Equality will soon be the law of the land here as well.

I got my start in politics as an organizer opposing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages in Arizona (I was inspired after witnessing the first same-sex marriage on the steps of the Cambridge City Hall in 2004). We were the first state in the county to reject such a ban. And remarkably, in only eight years, the idea of Marriage Equality has gone from something that divides our state to something we have now united behind.

This is a great day for our state and for all those who should soon have the freedom to marry. But today’s victory is also a testament to the years of hard work and grassroots advocacy from thousands of people across the Arizona. In celebrating the court’s decision, we should also celebrate our democratic process – it can be slow and frustrating, but today shows that when done right it can also bring incredible social change.

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Recent Polling in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District reveals Gallego is in the Lead

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To: Interested Parties
From: Joshua Ulibarri and Geoff Puryear
Re: Recent Polling in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District

Date: July 28, 2014

A recent survey among likely August 2014 Democratic primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District shows that former State Representative Ruben Gallego holds a clear, 8- point lead over Mary Rose Wilcox. The poll finds that Gallego has strengthened his position since the spring and that Wilcox’s attacks on Gallego have backfired, damaging her own favorability ratings without affecting Gallego’s. As the campaign heads into its final month it is clear that given the resources, Gallego is in a strong position to win this race.

Gallego’s continued lead is fueled by two main factors:

First, despite Wilcox’s attacks, Gallego is more popular than he was at the beginning of the campaign – and he has grown stronger. In May, 43% of voters viewed Gallego favorably and 6% viewed him unfavorably for a net favorable rating of +37. Today Gallego is viewed favorably by 51% of voters and unfavorably by just 11%, for a net favorable rating of +39. In other words, Gallego’s positive, issue-focused campaign has improved his popularity, even as the Wilcox campaign made false attacks on Gallego over issues such as his name.

Second, Wilcox’s attacks on Gallego have backfired and she is more unpopular than she was before the attacks began. During this same period, Wilcox’s popularity has eroded. In May, 48% of likely voter viewed Wilcox favorably and 27% viewed her unfavorably for a net favorable rating of +22. Today, just 40% view her favorably and 30% view her unfavorably, for a net favorable rating of only +11, which is 11 points lower than before her attacks on Gallego began.

The implications are clear: Gallego is leading and is well positioned to become Arizona’s next Member of Congress. As this campaign enters its final stages, Gallego holds a significant lead over Wilcox and is viewed much more favorably than her.

i Methods: Lake Research Partners designed and administered this survey and it was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers July 20-22, 2014. Both landlines and cell phones were called. The survey reached a total of 400 likely August 2014 Democratic Primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Telephone numbers for the sample were generated from a list of registered voters in Arizona. The data were weighted slightly by race, age, region, party registration, and gender. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% and larger for subgroups.

i Methods: Lake Research Partners designed and administered this survey and it was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers July 20-22, 2014. Both landlines and cell phones were called. The survey reached a total of 400 likely August 2014 Democratic Primary voters in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. Telephone numbers for the sample were generated from a list of registered voters in Arizona. The data were weighted slightly by race, age, region, party registration, and gender. The margin of error is +/- 4.9% and larger for subgroups.

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The Sierra Club Endorses Ruben Gallego for Congress

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 17, 2014

CONTACT:
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The Sierra Club Endorses Ruben Gallego for Congress

PHOENIX, AZ — The Sierra Club today endorsed Ruben Gallego for Congress.

“The Sierra Club’s National Political Team and Grand Canyon Chapter are pleased to support your campaign in appreciation of your demonstrated commitment to protecting America’s environment,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

“The Sierra Club is committed to promoting clean energy solutions to move the nation beyond dirty fossil fuels like coal, oil and dangerous nuclear power, and towards a safe, clean energy future. The Sierra Club works to protect public health and ensure safe and healthy communities that are free of toxic air and water pollution… and works to support candidates who share these values,” said Brune.

The Sierra Club is one of the nation’s largest environmental organizations with over two million members and supporters and 64 local chapters.

ABOUT RUBEN GALLEGO

Ruben Gallego is the child of Hispanic immigrants, raised by a single mom on the South Side of Chicago. Ruben enlisted in the Marines while attending Harvard, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. After graduating, Ruben served a tour in Iraq as a Marine with Lima 3/25. Ruben’s Marine Corps unit saw some of the toughest combat of the war.

Ruben was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans, helping lead the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062. As a legislator he also led the push for Medicaid Expansion and secured in-state tuition for veterans. Ruben and his wife Kate live in South Mountain.

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Ruben Gallego Raises more than $272,000 in 2nd Quarter. Nearly $435,000 for the Cycle

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July 14, 2014

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Gallego Raises more than $272,000 this Quarter and Nearly $435,000 for the Cycle – Has more than $300,000 cash on hand

PHOENIX, AZ — Ruben Gallego announced today that he raised more than $272,000 for the second quarter and has more than $300,000 cash on hand going into the final two months of the campaign.

In total, the campaign has raised nearly $435,000 from almost 1,500 donors.

“We have built a grassroots army that will not only help our campaign, but will boost turnout for Democrats statewide. We can win this election and help flip the state for Democrats — but first we needed the resources to do it”

“This report shows we can do that — and I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who has contributed to this campaign.”

Gallego, a former state Representative and Marine Corps combat veteran, is vying for the Congressional seat in Arizona’s seventh district.

The Gallego campaign has continued to demonstrate its strength and momentum with major endorsements from Planned Parenthood, Rep. Raúl Grijalva and former Rep. Harry Mitchell, unions such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, UFCW, and the Teamsters, public safety associations such as the Arizona Highway Patrol Association and Professional Firefighters of Arizona, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta.

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