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One-Third of Arizona Votes Uncounted Two Days After the Election

Photo courtesy of Adiós Arpaio's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AdiosArpaio?fref=ts

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Protesters are chanting “Count our votes! Count our votes!” in a vigil outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s office they've been holding since Wednesday. At issue are an estimated 600,000 outstanding ballots statewide, representing about a third of the 1.8 million votes cast in Arizona on Tuesday night. The majority of the uncounted votes are in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa. About a third of these ballots are provisional ones, which are issued when there is a discrepancy in the voter’s polling place or registration information. Promise Arizona, the Latino civic engagement group that organized the vigil in Phoenix, is demanding a transparent count of every vote and an explanation for why so many votes were provisional. Several precincts throughout the county reportedly ran out of provisional ballots, an occurrence unheard of before this election.

Sign the petition: Every Vote Needs to be Counted in Arizona

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Arizona Residents Getting Fired Up to Vote Despite Obstacles

Arizona working families are mobilizing to oust Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Mark Udall is a U.S. senator in Colorado, but he is also an Arizona native and the son of the late Morris K. Udall, a beloved and iconic Arizona senator and 1976 Democratic presidential primary candidate. Sen. Udall toured his home state last Saturday to stump for Richard Carmona, who is running for Arizona’s open Senate seat, and motivate campaign volunteers and staff in what has been a tough, but promising, campaign season for Arizona Democrats.

At the gathering at the coordinated campaign office in north Phoenix, Sen. Udall told the overflowing crowd to ignore pundits and super PACs and focus on getting the vote out for Carmona. He described Carmona’s Republican opponent Rep. Jeff Flake as someone who will “bring ideology to the Senate,” in contrast with Carmona’s pragmatic can-do attitude.

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We Can Change Our Communities with Unity and Determination

We Can Change Our Communities with Unity and Determination

This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post's Spanish-language site, Voces, by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Read "El Cambio en Nuestras Comunidades se Logra Con Unión y Determinación" on The Huffington Post. 

What is often missing from the highly politicized discussions about Arizona’s immigration policies and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement practices are the stories of people who live with those policies and practices on a day-to-day basis. People like 15-year-old Carmen of Tempe, Ariz. Carmen’s story helps us see that change is not only possible, but becoming more real every day.  

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Adiós Arpaio Group Registers 21,571 Voters

Photo courtesy of Adiós Arpaio's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AdiosArpaio

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

With a recent poll showing Paul Penzone, Joe Arpaio’s challenger for Maricopa County Sheriff, trailing the longtime incumbent by only a few points, Penzone’s campaign got a shot in the arm yesterday when a coalition of Latino and progressive activists and the Adiós Arpaio campaign delivered more than 21,571 new voter registrations to the county. The effort was led by the Campaign For Arizona’s Future, and on Thursday, a crowd wearing “Adiós Arpaio” T-shirts announced the bonanza of newly registered voters at the Wells Fargo building in downtown Phoenix, where Sheriff Arpaio’s suite of offices is located.  

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Intern Reflects on Union Summer in Arizona

After a hot and busy summer, Union Summer intern Olivia Montesano is now back to pursuing a master’s degree in justice studies with a heavy focus on community organizing at Arizona State University. She’s back to reading about people around the world organizing their communities to make a difference.

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Arizona Public Employees Now Barred from Civil Service Protection

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed her pet project of "personnel reform" into law Friday, claiming it will "modernize the state's personnel system" and make state employees "more accountable and efficient, more competitive and productive." In a nutshell: All new state workers in Arizona will have no civil service protections and those on the job now are being offered a small raise to give up their protection. Public-sector workers put up vigorous opposition to the move, saying it will lead to hiring and firing based on politics and favoritism. Even conservative Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb expressed reservations about it, warning of "potentially dangerous consequences" to turning civil servants performing crucial public functions into at-will employees.

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Arizona Bills on Hold While Governor and GOP Legislators Squabble

Labor advocates in Arizona are getting a brief respite this week as the egregious package of "Wisconsin on steroids" bills attacking public-sector workers are put on hold, along with all other bills not currently on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. Brewer's office told GOP-majority legislators that no bills will be signed until they submit an acceptable budget.

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1,000 Union Members, Allies Rally in Phoenix to Oppose Anti-Worker Bills

1,000 Union Members, Allies Rally in Phoenix to Oppose Anti-Worker Bills

Nearly 1,000 union members and supporters gathered at the state Capitol in Phoenix yesterday to protest anti-worker bills going through the legislature this session. In the morning, groups from all over the state lobbied against the package of bills known as "Wisconsin on Steroids."

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AFL-CIO, National Immigration Forum Call for Immediate Suspension of Secure Communities in Alabama

This from Brenda Loya in AFL-CIO Media Affairs.

The AFL-CIO and the National Immigration Forum (NIF) sent a joint letter yesterday to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressing the urgent need to change the Secure Communities program.

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