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  •  Perfect wedge issue for state initiatives (11+ / 0-)

    Minimum wage initiatives would be a perfect thing to try to get on state ballots for 2014, along with nonpartisan redistricting to get the gerrymanderers out of business.  

    In my city the council is ignoring a vote to increase the minimum wage, and people who know about it are mightily pissed off.  We live in a poor state, and a lot of people could use a raise.  Just up the road in Santa Fe they already have a higher miniimum wage, and it hasn't hurt their economy at all.

    If you want to cut Social Security, you're not a real Democrat.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:13:51 PM PDT

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    •  Non-partisan redistricting is key. (2+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, Wendys Wink

      As a result of our
      Independent Redistricting Commission,
      we now have more Dem Congressional seats in AZ than Republicans and the super-majority of Republicans in the state lege was lowered to just a majority. The state lege agenda, while still awful, was less so.

      I know our people would be better off if AZ was less red, because I recently did a presentation for work on poverty and posted this in a comment.

      AZ is:

      19% living in poverty/6th highest in the nation
      15.9% =national poverty rate
      Increased every year for last 4 years
      Median income fell 2.9% in 2011 to $46,709
      Median income in the nation fell 1.3% to a median of $50,502.
      Loss of 300,000 jobs in 2008-2010
      Minimum wage = $7.65 an hour
      and our cohort on poverty:
      Mississippi, 22.6%
      New Mexico, 21.5%
      Louisiana, 20.4%
      Arkansas, 19.5%
      Georgia, Kentucky, 19.1%
      Alabama, Arizona, 19.0%
      South Carolina, 18.9%
      DC, 18.7%

      No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.--Lily Tomlin

      by Desert Rose on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:31:14 PM PDT

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