Want Equality Under The Law? Vote For It.

By Jo Craycraft, Prescott

My goal is to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in Arizona, one of thirteen states holding out on this critical safeguard of women’s—and men’s—rights. Only one more state needs to ratify the ERA in order to have it be a constitutional amendment. The Arizona legislature had the opportunity to be that 38th state just last year, but House Republicans denied debate.

Why should this be a Republican or Democratic issue? The ERA guarantees that the rights set forth in the Constitution are meant for all citizens regardless of their sex. Importantly, it would define the meaning of sex discrimination for the courts so that both women and men can be assured of receiving consistent and fair legal adjudication of sex discrimination cases no matter where they live.

One of the most important results of ratification of the ERA would be the guarantee of equal pay for equal work, enabling women to finally achieve salary parity with men. This is not only critical f…

Prescott's Jan Manolis Will Invest in Ed When Elected This Fall

The Arizona Supreme Court's recent ruling to strike the Invest in Ed proposition from the ballots at the behest of corporate interests is a dire setback to Arizona's teachers, students, and families. This decision is an unforgivable breach of the people's will that we must answer.

With removal of the widely-supported, non-partisan Invest in Ed measure just prior to this election, the Republican-led state government sent a clear message. Radical career politicians who don't represent us have hijacked our state and are keeping a stranglehold on our state's future by choking funding for public education.

Along with so many other Arizonans who support public education as a cornerstone of civic good, I was shocked—though unfortunately not surprised—to hear of the loss of Invest in Ed, a measure borne of the wave of grassroots people power during the #RedForEd movement this year. I support Invest in Ed wholeheartedly: the measure would have increased revenue for our over…

Celebrating Women's Right to Vote, Sunday, August 26, 2018, Prescott Plaza

It's well known by now that "Did Not Vote" won the last presidential election by a landslide. Women voters outnumbered men both as a proportion of eligible voters and in absolute numbers. The Democratic candidate, a woman, received about 29% of the popular vote. The Republican man who daily disgraces the office of President got there by attracting just over 27% of voters. Over 54% of women who voted voted for Clinton; only 42% did for you-know-who. Assuming that about half of the 44% of eligible voters who didn't vote are women, we can reasonably infer that women comprise around half of the party of "Did Not Vote."

The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County has just announced that it will soon celebrate the 19th Amendment, which prohibited state and federal officers from denying women the right to vote. With Women's March on Prescott and other co-sponsors, the League is planning a 4 p.m. march and rally on the Prescott Plaza on Sunday August …

Protesting Injustice is Patriotic

I got some good news yesterday, news about a project I've been working on continuously for almost six years. I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to feel whole again, what with feeling like my values and ideals have been whirled in a Vitamix since November 2016. It's tempting to take the day off to savor my moment. Independence Day. Barbecues. Lawn chairs. TV fireworks, since even the Chamber of Commerce concedes that setting off bombs in bone dry forests can be too costly.
On my morning walk I noticed that most of my neighbors are flying American flags in their yards. What sentiments lie behind these displays? National pride? Respect for the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief, or the military? Do all these Stars and Stripes convey Love it or Leave it patriotism? How strongly do my countrymen fear what the Joneses will think if the national colors don't fly in their yard on a day meant to celebrate the love of liberty? For some the flags are probably just garden d…

Why Mayor Mengarelli Should Help Keep Families Together


Jennifer Masse: Why Rep. Gosar Hasn't Earned Another Term in Congress

Rep. Paul Gosar has been the Congressman for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District since 2011.  When he was first elected in 2010, he was hailed as the Tea Party candidate and was endorsed by disgraced politicians Sarah Palin and Joe Arpaio. There are many reasons Paul Gosar does not deserve another term, but here we will focus on the top three:

1. Gosar wants to sell Arizona’s public lands to the highest bidder. 

During his career Rep. Gosar has accepted the fourth highest contribution amounts from the energy and natural resources sector. He has co-sponsored 32 of the 84 anti-public lands bills, despite the fact that 88% of Arizonans believe that public lands are essential to Arizona’s economy. Claiming  “federal overreach,” he champions irresponsible uranium mining and livestock industries regardless of the harm they cause to public lands, water, and health, especially that of Arizona’s indigenous peoples.…

Prescott 8th Grader Meets with LD1 Rep. Stringer, #RedforEd March on the Capitol, April 30

This is my story of what happened at the Capitol on Monday....I think that this is important for voters especially to hear!

My name is Sedona Ortega and I am 14 years old. I am writing because I want to shed some light on what happened on the third floor of the House of Representatives when I went to share my opinions with our State Representative David Stringer about the #RedforEd movement and education funding.
Our conversation began with Mr. Stringer asking me questions about what sustainable education funding meant to me. He was referring to a handwritten letter we had left for him. This was fine, however he kept referring to our letter and the meeting we were having with him as “little”. At that point, my mother (an elementary teacher who is one of the hardest working people I know) kindly asked that he not use the adjective “little” to describe our meeting because it felt belittling, and made it seem like what we were there to talk to him about, wasn’t important. He stood up an…