State of Arizona Archives: on Civil Rights


Doug Ducey: Outreach to Navajo tribe: it's all about protecting jobs

Doug Ducey reached out to the Navajo people: "Doug Ducey is running to be the Governor of all the people of Arizona. He understands the issues important to the Navajo people, including access to a clean and reliable water supply, issues relating to jobs and economic growth, and the need to fight back against harmful federal regulations that could shut down the Navajo Generating Station, which employs mostly Navajo people," wrote Ducey's communications director.

Not many Republicans reach out to the heavily Democratic Navajo tribe, but Ducey says it's all about protecting jobs, especially the ones at Navajo Generating station in northern Arizona that employees hundreds of people. Ducey's communications director said, "If elected, Doug will work to kickstart the economy for all of Arizona, remove harmful and burdensome regulations that are keeping businesses from putting people to work, and reform our K-12 education system to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education.

Source: Navajo Post on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 25, 2014

Doug Ducey: Solid conservative record on same sex marriage

State Treasurer Doug Ducey has picked up another conservative endorsement in the Arizona governor's race. The Concerned Woman Political Action Committee announced today it was backing Ducey in the crowded Republican primary to succeed term-limited Jan Brewer. "Doug Ducey has a solid record on issues that matter to conservatives," said Concerned Women's CEO. The Washington group opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 30, 2014

Jan Brewer: Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society

As governor, I insisted that we properly fund and fundamentally reform behavioral health into a holistic, community-based system. With good faith negotiations in the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, this goal was accomplished. This win-win solution allows the seriously mentally ill to participate in society in a more meaningful way, and to receive the services and care they require and deserve. We also introduced metrics to evaluate the system and hold it accountable.

As a result of these historic reforms, I was proud to announce last week an agreement--subject to final court approval--that will end the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, while reaffirming Arizona's commitment to a community-based behavioral health care system.

Now, let me be clear: While this watershed agreement ends more than 30 years of litigation, it is structured so that if a future Governor or Legislature fails to live up to its terms, plaintiffs will be able to reopen the case. This should NEVER happen!

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature Jan 13, 2014

Janet Napolitano: Not gay; just a straight, single workaholic

Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality, including some dirty campaign tricks in 2002 when 'vote gay' fliers were posted next to her campaign signs. She is not gay, she has said, 'just a straight, single workaholic.'
Source: The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2009

Kyrsten Sinema: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Source: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Kyrsten Sinema: Apply Affirmative Action to all state decisions

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: State college and university admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting?

A: Yes.

Source: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Janet Napolitano: Marriage is 1-man-1-woman, but oppose Prop.107 defining it

Arizona voters will be asked to decide on Proposition 107, known as Protect Marriage Arizona. On its surface, the initiative is about gay marriage. Though same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona, if the proposition passes, an article on marriage would be added to the state Constitution that could be changed only by another constitutional amendment.

What it says: "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."

Gov. Napolitano believes marriage is between one man and one woman, but she opposes Proposition 107. Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality. She is not gay, she has said, "just a straight, single workaholic."

Source: Amanda J. Crawford in The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2006

George W. Bush: Help minority business by unbundling government contracts

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Help minority business by small business set-aside programs

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Gabby Giffords: Civil unions ok; marriage definition not ok

Q: Should Arizona include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

A: No.

Source: 2000 Arizona State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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