Arizona congressman wants VA to strip benefits from veterans involved in U.S. Capitol riot
Scott Applewhite)PHOENIX – Arizona congressman Ruben Gallego wants the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to strip benefits from any service member or veteran who participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to KTVU reporting. “Any veteran, retiree, or servicemember who attacked the Capitol on January 6 should be stripped of all veterans’ benefits,” the Democratic representative wrote on Twitter on March 19. Gallego said he believed that the U.S. Veterans Affairs Code justifies the withdrawal of benefits. Ad“This situation is unjust,” Gallego wrote in the letter to McDonough.
Racist slurs interrupt funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon
(AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a virtual funeral for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday by hackers yelling racist slurs. “I condemn the racists who disrupted Vice Mayor Goode’s funeral services. “Former councilman Calvin Goode was a civil rights leader who served with honor and distinction. “The hate act that occurred during the celebration of life for Vice Mayor Goode today was atrocious and unforgivable,” Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski said in a statement. We saw it today at the funeral of Calvin Goode.
Phoenix to honor late civil rights icon Calvin C. Goode
One of Calvin C. Goode's sons, Vernon "Zina" Goode, poses with members of his family at the open casket viewing of former Phoenix Vice Mayor and city councilman Calvin C. Goode on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Phoenix, Ariz. Goode died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)PHOENIX – Phoenix city officials, residents and prominent members of the Black community will honor late civil rights icon, city leader and longtime Arizona resident Calvin Coolidge Goode in the coming weeks. In 1977, Stewart said Goode welcomed him to Phoenix and spoke at his installation as pastor of First Institutional. But Stewart said “the most prestigious” memory he had was receiving the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Goode was a soft-spoken man, but lion-hearted — an unshakeable force for progress, equality and civil rights," Democratic state Rep. Reginald Bolding said in a statement.
Democrats win big in Arizona, now a former GOP stronghold
The outcome delighted Democrats and was sure to bring a reckoning for Republicans who have enjoyed decades of dominance in Arizona politics. In turning toward friendly territory for Democrats, Arizona is following a path blazed by its neighbors Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. It’s also the Democrats’ brightest light among the Sun Belt states they tried to flip from the GOP this year. A decade of work organizing Latinos to vote helped Arizona Democrats outperform other states where Democrats came up short, Gallego said. President Bill Clinton won Arizona in his 1996 reelection bid.
Biden, Harris aim to tip battleground Arizona for Democrats
Harris introduced Biden by blasting Trump’s “reckless disregard for human life and for the well-being of the American people” when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. Arizona’s transformation seems stark for a state that just a decade ago was the epicenter of Republicans' push against anti-illegal immigration push. To varying degrees, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico have all moved closer to Democrats since the turn of the century. Since 1952, a Democrat has won Arizona only once — Bill Clinton in 1996, with about 46% of the vote. Biden will look to run up the score there and on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona.