Category: Cronkite News

#RedForEd: What’s about to happen when teachers walk out

Chris McCrory Wednesday, April 25, 2018 #RedForEd: What’s about to happen when teachers walk out PHOENIX – Tens of thousands of educators will march Thursday from Chase Field to the Capitol to demand higher teacher pay and more classroom funding as part of the Red for Ed movement, in a historic walkout across the state. Here are the answers to some common questions: How many people will this walkout affect? At least 75 percent of Arizona’s 1.1 million schoolchildren are in districts that are shutting down during the walkout. As for teachers, 100,000 of them took part in “walk-in” demonstrations over the past three weeks, and organizers expect about half of them will rally Thursday or Friday at the Capitol. The walkout is slated to begin Thursday, but organizers have not said when it will end. Thursday is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, which is a welcome coincidence for some parents who can take their children to work. But if the walkout continues, many will be forced to use other child-care services. Has this ever happened before? This statewide walkout is believed to be unique in the state’s history. But there is plenty of recent precedents across the nation. The Arizona Red for Ed movement is part of a national outcry from teachers and education advocates about low salaries, who have seen success in West Virginia,...

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When a loss is a win: 8th District results called a warning for GOP

Philip Athey Wednesday, April 25, 2018 When a loss is a win: 8th District results called a warning for GOP WASHINGTON – First-time Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni may not have defeated former state Sen. Debbie Lesko in Arizona’s 8th District, but experts say Democrats can still consider the closer-than-expected race Tuesday a victory. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office show Lesko, a Republican, received 52.6 percent of the vote to Tipirneni’s 47.4 percent of the 174,513 votes cast – the slimmest margin of victory for the GOP since the district’s boundaries were drawn in 2012. Experts said Republicans statewide should take the results in a GOP stronghold as a warning sign for fall. Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod called the race “a strong indicator that politics is shifting under the Republican?s feet.” And Republican political consultant Jason Rose said state Republicans have to “pretend and prepare as if the end of the political world is at hand.” But representatives from the Lesko campaign said they met their goal. “Debbie Lesko is congresswomen-elect, and that was the mission,” said Barret Marson, her campaign spokesman, who promised that Lesko would “work hard for the next six months to improve her popularity by November.” Tipirneni has indicated that she will run again in November when the seat is up again, but representatives from her campaign did not respond to requests for...

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Federal judge rules United States must keep DACA and accept new applications

Leah Goldberg Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Federal judge rules United States must keep DACA and accept new applications PHOENIX — In another blow to the Trump Administration’s position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a Federal judge ruled late Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security must continue to accept new and renewal applications for the program. In addition, the department has 90 days to explain why they rescinded DACA last year, otherwise, all DACA applications must continue to be processed. In his opinion , Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said, “DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.” Bates continued, “Neither the meager legal reasoning nor the assessment of litigation risk provided by DHS to support its rescission decision is sufficient to sustain termination of the DACA program” The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, granting temporary status to work and live in the U.S. to people who were brought here illegally as children. In September 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced they were rescinding the DACA program and no longer accepting new applications. “The effect of this unilateral executive amnesty, among other things, contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible...

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Sinema outpaces likely GOP challengers, raises $8 million in Senate bid

Philip Athey Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Sinema outpaces likely GOP challengers, raises $8 million in Senate bid WASHINGTON – New campaign finance reports and recent polls on the U.S. Senate race in Arizona show good news for Democrats, as Republicans look ahead to a hard primary fight. The latest Federal Election Commission filings show Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, has raised over $8.2 million, more than the three leading GOP contenders combined. And a recent poll showed Sinema winning a matchup against any of the three leading Republicans: Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson, former state Sen. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “It’s a little bit early, but I would think she is the favorite given the state of the election,” David Wells, an Arizona State University political science professor, said of Sinema. The state of the election is expected to be a good one for Democrats generally, with few voters in Arizona and elsewhere holding a favorable view of President Donald Trump, said Mike Noble, chief pollster with OH Predictive Insights. “As of today, it’s a toxic environment to be a Republican on the ballot,” Noble said. An OHPI poll released late last week showed just 25 percent of likely independent voters in Arizona view Trump favorably. The poll said 26 percent of independents had a favorable view of McSally and Ward, while Arpaio had just...

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