Presidential endorsements are risky business for politicos.
Endorse too early, and they risk picking a loser and alienating the party’s eventual nominee (and, possibly, the next president). Endorse too late, and the campaign bandwagon may roll right on by with barely a notice.
On Thursday, Congressman Ruben Gallego became just the second member of Arizona’s delegation to wade into the crowded Democratic presidential field with his endorsement of California Sen.Kamala Harris. Rep. Gallego was also named the campaign’s national security chairman. Rep. Raul Grijalva was first out of the gate with his July endorsement of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Rep. Gallego has shown no hesitancy with his endorsement. Sen. Harris was actually his second choice; in April, Rep. Gallego endorsed and was named chairman of the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t presidential campaign of California Congressman Eric Swalwell.
The vast majority of Arizona Democratic leaders have yet to announce their presidential pick. There’s still plenty of time (the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses aren’t scheduled until Feb. 3, 2020), but the wide open nature of the Democratic field may lead some elected leaders to steer clear of endorsement mania entirely. ABC-15 reported this week that U.S. Reps. Greg Stanton, Ann Kirkpatrick and Tom O’Halleran are expected to withhold any endorsements until the party’s nominee is selected.
Below is a look at prominent Arizona Democrats who’ve endorsed in the Democratic nominating contest:
- Joe Biden – state Rep. Alma Hernandez (LD-3); state Rep. Cesar Chavez (LD-29); state Rep. Myron Tsosie (LD-7); Former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini; Former Gov. Janet Napolitano; Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy; Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
- Julian Castro – state Rep. Arlando Teller (LD-7)
- Kamala Harris – Congressman Ruben Gallego (CD-7)
- Bernie Sanders – state Sen. Juan Mendez (LD-17)
- Elizabeth Warren – Congressman Raul Grijalva (CD-3)
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For decades, women have commanded the majority of the enrolled undergraduate population. At the turn of the century, roughly 57 percent of enrolled undergraduates were women; as of 2017, this proportion is almost exactly the same.
However, until recently, this educational majority hasn’t translated into a workforce majority. Since 2013, the portion of college-educated women in the workforce has hovered around 49 percent.
Last month, that changed; for the first time in history, women comprise more than half of the college-educated workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the Bureau counted 29.234 million educated women, compared to 29.069 million men; and although the difference may seem marginal, this is a crucial milestone for the female workforce.
[…] According to the Census Bureau, women-led households comprised roughly 26 percent of all households in 1980; 38 years later, this figure has jumped to 30.5 percent. Yet even with the added responsibilities that come with leading a household, women have noticeably less earning power than men.
As of 2017, women’s median annual earnings were $41,997, compared to men’s $52,146, according to the American Association of University Women. This means that, on average, women earn 80 percent of men’s earnings.
[…] Women are also commanding more leadership positions within large corporations. As of late June, women make up 27 percent of all S&P 500 company board members, marking the first time in history that women have held more than one in four board seats.
Nevertheless, there’s still progress to be made. With women comprising 57 percent of the college-enrolled population but just 50 percent of the college-educated, working population, there is a seven percent disparity to be covered. This likely falls on societal constructs, Robson notes.
“[The difference] is probably traditional roles in society for women who get married, and they voluntarily take themselves out of the workforce to raise kids and families; and there’s probably other factors, but that’s probably the biggest,” Robson said.
As presidential primary season approaches, President Donald Trump won’t be on a ballot in Arizona.
Arizona’s Republican Party chair Kelli Ward hand-delivered a letter Monday to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office, informing her the party won’t hold a presidential primary in March 2020.
The party’s decision, in the works for several months, means Trump’s potential primary opponents can’t look to Arizona Republicans for support.
[…] “By opting out of the presidential preference election, our united Republican Party of Arizona will save taxpayers millions as we look ahead to the general election on November 3.”
[…] Over the last 20-plus years, both the Republican and Democratic parties in Arizona have chosen not to hold a presidential preference election – the official name of Arizona’s closed primary – when an incumbent president was running for a second term.
The president’s support among Arizona Republicans has remained strong during his presidency.
But many political analysts say Arizona is in play in 2020. Trump’s narrow margin of victory in Arizona in 2016, coupled with Democrats’ once-in-a-generation victories in statewide elections in 2018, suggest the state is trending purple.
Congress heads back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.
Lawmakers return from a month at home with only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.
Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., wrote to House Democrats last week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he expects Congress to pass an “interim continuing resolution to prevent any funding lapse” while the chamber works on passing regular long-term appropriations bills.
It is unclear now whether President Donald Trump will support a short-term funding bill. Asked if the president would back a continuing resolution, a White House official said the administration looks forward to working with Congress to prevent a shutdown and pass full-year appropriations bills.
Lawmakers hope to avoid letting funding expire again only months after the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The partial closure lasted for 35 days in December and January, causing hundreds of thousands of workers to miss paychecks. […]
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We are thrilled that, as in previous years, Diageo has been recognised on the ‘HERoes Champions of Women in Business’ list. This year three members of our Executive Committee are included in the prestigious ranking, which celebrates business leaders who act as role models to improve gender equality and champion women in business.
Syl Saller and Mairéad Nayager both feature on the 100 Women Executives list which is made up of women who are leading by example to drive change, while Ivan Menezes is named as one of 40 Advocate Executives, who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women.
To be recognised by the ‘Champions of Women in Business’ list reflects our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity. At Diageo, we understand that the most successful businesses are those that embrace a diverse workforce with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities. We are proud that 44% of our Board and 40% of our Executive Committee are women and we continue to work towards our target of 40% female representation in senior leadership roles by 2025.
We are proud that this year we have transformed our global parental leave policy into one of the industry’s best for both women and men, improving the working life of Diageo employees around the world. We also sponsored the Creative Equals Returners programme to help women returning to work in the creative industries and celebrated one year on from pledging to ‘Free the Bid’, an initiative to promote equal opportunities for women in the advertising industry.
Could new legislation or a federal marijuana banking law cause current banking and cannabis business restrictions to go up in smoke? While pending legislation may hint at the possibility, Arizona leaders say it might be slightly premature to bank on anything just yet.
Presently, any cannabis-related business remains illegal under federal law. This means that although medical marijuana dispensaries can legally own and operate a licensed facility, when it comes to banking, they face significant roadblocks because of the federal law.
As long as cannabis remains illegal under federal law, federally governed banks and credit unions will not risk getting into the cannabis business.
According to research, only 30 banks or credit unions in the entire United States will currently conduct business with cannabis-related businesses. Now, scale that down to one state: Arizona. The margins of cannabis-business banking relationships are practically nil.
“There are only two banks I know of in Arizona willing to bank with medical marijuana dispensaries,” says Marie Paredes Saloum, owner and CEO of GreenPharms Dispensary. “When we opened our first dispensary and tried to open an account, we ran into problems. Since then, our only hope has been that the bank doesn’t realize that we are a dispensary. You hope they don’t ask. And, sometimes they don’t ask at first. But even a month later, the bank’s back office looks us up and sends a letter saying we have a limited time before our account is closed.”
[…] What can be done?
Despite the taxable revenue, both banks and dispensaries remain in a land-lock.
“The banking industry is not monolithic on the subject,” Hickman says, “but it’s a fairly high consensus that if cannabis is legal in a state where they are doing business, the banks should be able to do business with that industry.”
Hickman goes on to explain that the banking industry’s argument has no moral component.
“All we’re saying is that if it’s a legal and lucrative industry, it should be banked,” he says. “This comes from a place of a parochial and good public policy.”
[…] If passed, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act — or SAFE Act — will allow federally regulated banks to serve cannabis-related businesses. Basically, provided that the cannabis businesses they work with comply with state laws, financial institutions will be protected from federal prosecution.
The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States, or STATES Act, if approved, allows each individual state to determine the best legal approach to marijuana within its borders. The STATES Act also amends the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This would ultimately protect state-compliant cannabis-related businesses from federal enforcement.
[…]“The SAFE act addresses not the legality of marijuana, but how financial services can deal with cannabis businesses,” Hickman says. “It’s the best-case scenario. Ideally, I’d like to see one or both of the SAFE and STATES acts signed and put into law.”
For now, in addition to hope, Hickman offers this: “My advice for both dispensaries and banks is to hang in there.”
MARICOPA — The kids might not have been alive when they happened, but a special ceremony made sure they are aware of the events that took place 18 years ago.
Maricopa was one of the many Legacy Traditional School campuses throughout Arizona and Nevada hosting annual Patriot Day events in remembrance of the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.
Students, staff, first responders, city officials and community members gathered at the school on Wednesday morning to remember those who died on that day 18 years ago and to honor the first responders in the community. The Maricopa High School color guard was also present at the event.
The ceremony included speeches from Vice Mayor Henry Wade, Principal Dion Koltes and four students on behalf of the student body.
[…] The school first responders and other guests and their families breakfast in the gymnasium following the ceremony.
“I don’t think we acknowledge the first responders enough for the services they give us,” Koltes said. “I hope the kids gain knowledge of just knowing that they’re safe. It was a tragic, tragic event on 9/11, but moving forward just knowing that we’re always in a good place, we’re always safe, our first responders are always going to be watching out for us and making sure we’re in a good place.”
Earlier in the morning, a flag-raising ceremony took place outside the Maricopa Police Department substation at Copper Sky Recreation Complex.
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When I walk through the McDowell Healthcare Center, I’m sometimes overwhelmed by the number of people with new HIV infections, like the 27-year-old who appeared recently with rapidly developing black spots on his skin – AIDS-related cancer. He tested HIV positive in August 2018, but delayed treatment because of stigma still associated with the disease.
He is just one of the hundreds of new patients who will seek treatment this year for HIV at my clinic, part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System. No one needs to progress to advanced HIV disease, or full-blown AIDS, because early treatment can prevent this outcome.
In 2017, there were over 18,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in our state, and over 700 new infections. Today, Maricopa County is one of 48 counties across the United States with the highest rates of new infections. These are disproportionately occurring in African American, Native American and Latino communities, which have the highest per capita rates of HIV (36, 16, and 14 cases per 100,000 persons, respectively, compared to seven per 100,000 among whites).
The crisis is so serious that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Phoenix in February to highlight a national initiative to reduce new infections of HIV by 75% in the next five years.
We at MIHS (which is soon to be called Valleywise Health) are fully on board with this national and international goal of “Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.” This means getting to the point of NO new HIV infections.
[…] When MIHS opened the McDowell Healthcare Center in 1989, it was the county’s first and only HIV specialty clinic. This was at the time when AIDS was killing tens of thousands of people nationwide every year and treatment options were few and mostly ineffective. Today, we have many highly effective medication options to treat HIV. For many, HIV has become a manageable, chronic disease.
When individuals with HIV know their status and either take PrEP or quickly start HIV treatment, we can help stop HIV transmission and support the goal of getting to no new infections by 2030.
As the Valley’s only public teaching health system, you can count on our commitment to caring for low-income, safety net patients. Many people infected by HIV are part of this safety net, and like all other patients, these patients deserve the highest level of care.
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