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To all Kossacks:  Please take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable.  They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.  

There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds."  To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback.  We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.

We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Arizona's 4th Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

This isn't going to be much of a diary.  You can add anything you want about Arizona's 4th Congressional District.  Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes.  Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not.  Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.

What issues directly affect people in Arizona's 4th Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 4th Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Paul Gosar.


U.S. House, Arizona, District 4 General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate                                         Vote %    Votes
        Republican    Paul Gosar                         66.8%    162,907
        Democratic     Johnnie Robinson                 28.4%    69,154
        Libertarian     Joe Pamelia                 3.8%    9,306
        Independent     Richard Grayson         1%    2,393

Total Votes:  243,760

Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
http://www.azsos.gov/...

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to Arizona's 4th Congressional District and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.

So far, we only have the basic information.  What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?

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  •  Where do I start? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mother Mags, Lujane

    As part of the 1st District, we were formerly represented by Ann Kirkpatrick (D). Kirkpatrick is from Flagstaff. Then Gosar, a dentist Tea Bagger, also a Flag resident, ran against her in 2010 and won. With redistricting in place and Gosar knowing it was unlikely he'd win again when Kirkpatrick ran against him in the 1st district, he moved to Prescott, AZ and ran virtually unopposed in the new 4th District. Kirkpatrick won in the 1st, but now the 4th is stuck with this ignoramus.

    Gosar SUPPORTS "CLEAN" COAL in one of the sunniest states in the Union.  He hates the Federal govt, but is willing to grab with both hands & feet any ARRA money that comes his way.  He's against everything, particularly entitlements, abortion, spending on infrastructure, you name it.  

    No personality whatsoever. No business sense--hasn't and won't do a thing for small businesses, which are all northern AZ has. Economically speaking, things are very, very bad in n. AZ. No jobs, small businesses on the brink of disaster.

    The key to Dems winning the 4th District is registering new voters, particularly Latinos. At the moment that's about all I can think of that will help us get rid of the half-wit Gosar.

    •  Well said. Registration is key in 4, and it's (3+ / 0-)
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      cactusgal, Lujane, thomask

      do-able, especially with the Latino communities in the district. And run a good candidate! Duh. Gosar is the typical pro-gun, anti-abortion, anti-government winger, and "no personality" describes him perfectly. A strong, principled candidate, who the Dem Party supports, should be able to make it a contest.

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:35:46 PM PDT

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  •  I was the 2012 Americans Elect Party candidate (1+ / 0-)
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    paradise50

    I understand that you want information about the district, not whether it can be won, but the most important demographic fact about this district is that it has the highest Republican registration in percentage terms of any of the Arizona congressional districts and thus was a gift to the Democrats, packing as many GOP voters as possible in AZ-04 so that Democrats could win by close margins in AZ-01, AZ-02, and AZ-09 in 2012 and take a 5-4 majority in the state's US House delegation.

    The most important geographic fact about this district is that it is larger than the State of Illinois, stretching across hundreds of miles or mostly rural areas in seven of Arizona's 15 counties.  The best way to see this is to look at a map.  I live in the city of Apache Junction, next to Mesa, in the East Valley, and we are a suburb of Phoenix.  The district also bumps against the borders of California, Utah and Nevada, very far away from where I live and with no real connection to Pinal County, where I live.  Indeed, it includes such other widely disparate cities as part of Yuma by the CA border to the south, which is hundreds of miles away from cities like Kingman and Lake Havasu City, which are quite close to Las Vegas.

    The district is largely rural, overwhelmingly white, and fairly elderly.  The average voter is a poorly educated older white Protestant of average income -- in other words, the moronic cohort that makes up the Tea Party.

    It is extremely conservative.  I ran as the American Elect Party candidate in 2012, and I endorsed President Obama, Vice President Biden, and US Senate candidate Richard Carmona while the Democratic candidate did not do so, at least publicly.  He also stated that protecting "Second Amendment" gun ownership was one of his main issues.  (Check Project Vote Smart.)  Although he was opposed to repeal of ACA, he publicly would not state whether he was pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, or favored any other usual liberal Democratic issue.

    He won the Democratic primary with a handful of votes over a more traditional Democratic liberal and party activist, Mikel Weisser of Kingman, who is running again for the seat in 2014.  People interested in this district should contact Mikel.

    To me, this district is basically a shithole where they put the biggest morons in Arizona, who of course are the biggest morons in any of the 50 states.

    The Americans Elect Party will be on the ballot in Arizona in 2014, and as leader of the party, I am looking for anyone to run on the Americans Elect line, particularly in districts where there will be no Democrat running.  (About a third of the seats in the legislature in 2012 had no Democratic candidate.)  Why run on Americans Elect rather than the Democratic line?  You can avoid petitioning, file a simple one-page statement that you're a write-in candidate, and win the primary with a plurality of the votes (only votes for state-registered write-ins count).  I won the 2010 nomination for the Green party in the old AZ-06 with only 6 votes and was the candidate against Jeff Flake.  Last year I won the AE party primary with just 11 write-in votes.

    This is a hopeless hellhole of a district for Democrats, and Arizona Democrats like it that way because it makes it easier to win in the other districts.  

    •  ...I tried to be a delegate for AD03 in California (0+ / 0-)

      ...I got 27 votes and came in 7th in the men's category. I did get the mayor and two city counsel people to vote for me. But it would have take 57 votes to make it...

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      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

      by paradise50 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 07:56:01 AM PDT

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