WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee confirmed this week that Arizona is one of eight battleground states it has targeted for the 2020 elections, already hiring organizers in the state and focusing on suburban and Latino voters.

DNC officials said in a briefing Thursday that the shifting demographics in Arizona, its growing Latino population and declining approval ratings of President Donald Trump put the state in play.

The move is part of what the DNC is calling an “unprecedented” national investment, that began more than a year before the general election, to ensure that the party’s eventual nominee “has a pool of trained, ready-to-hire field talent.”

David Bergstein, DNC director of battleground state communications, said the party is “learning from our lessons in 2016,” when Donald Trump won an upset victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

But Trump only carried the state by 3.5 percentage points, and Democratic victories since then have many thinking Arizona is no longer a reliably red state. That threat has been taken up by Republicans as a rallying cry.

State and national GOP groups did not respond to requests for comment this week. But the Republican National Committee said earlier this year that the Trump campaign hired veteran Arizona operative Brian Seitchik in April, a full 18 months before the election.

Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward said at the time that the state party will “need a lot of resources, a lot of energy, a lot of ground game” to fight off an expected Democratic threat.

“There is no complacency here on the ground because we know that the Democrats are organized and salivating at the opportunity to turn Arizona blue,” Ward told the Washington Examiner then.

That’s the goal of the DNC’s new program, “Organizing Corps 2020,” that trains college students and recent graduates with a goal of 1,000 full-time organizers by June. Bergstein said the party has already deployed 25 organizers to Arizona and expects to deploy more in the second and third waves of hiring.

The party also plans to work closely with Latino and Native American groups in the state, working to “define and localize” what they call Trump’s record of broken promises.

Jason Rose, a political analyst, said Democrats saw an opportunity in Arizona after Trump was nominated, but they got involved in the state too late. Things began to turn around in 2018, when Arizona elected Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to the U.S. Senate, and are expected to continue next year with Democrat Mark Kelly, a well-funded challenger to Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

“This time, you have Sen. Sinema’s victory. You have Mark Kelly performing very well in the state,” Rose said. “You have some really favorable trends and some incredibly strong candidates and so it would be political malpractice for the Democrats not to compete.”

James Thurber, founder of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, agreed that Democrats have an opening in the state.

“Arizona, because of their voting patterns and the results from prior elections, show that what was once a longtime Republican state can now go either way,” Thurber said. “The demographic trends present an advantage to the Democrats.”

But that doesn’t mean it will be easy, he warns. Democrats will have to work to get the higher voter turnout they will need to win the state, he said.

“They need to have vigorous voting organization to have a voter turnout, the Hispanic population in particular,” Thurber said. “It’s too close to call in Arizona … but they’re trying to have the state lean more Democratic.”

Matt Grodksy, a spokesman for the Arizona Democratic Party, pointed to recent elections as evidence that the shift is already happening.

“We are coming off of a historic night in Tucson where we elected Democrat Regina Romero the first Latina mayor the city has had since its founding,” Grodsky said. “Democratic mayors now control nine cities across our state, we are on the cusp of flipping our state legislature, and Trump’s approval rating is underwater.”

Besides the 2018 election of Sinema, DNC officials also point to victories last year by Democrats Katie Hobbs and Kathy Hoffman in the races for secretary of state and state school superintendent, respectively.

But while he sees an opportunity for Democrats, Rose is not ready to call Arizona a purple state for presidential politics just yet. The day is still far off, he said, when Arizona can tilt an election, “like Ohio or Pennsylvania or Florida that is a traditional toss-up state.”

“If Arizona goes Democrat, it’s likely to be a wave or near wave year for the Democratic nominee, meaning Arizona is coming along for the ride,” Rose said.

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JVW

The Stock Market at a altimeter high. Stop Whining and go look at your retirement fund.

Almost 4 million jobs created since election.

More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.

We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.

Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.

Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.

New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.

Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.

African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.

Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.

Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.

Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.

Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.

Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.

Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.

Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.

The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.

95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.

Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.

Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.

As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.

Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

Record number of regulations eliminated.

Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.

Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.

My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.

Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.

We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.

Signed Right-To-Try legislation.

Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.

Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.

United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.

Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.

Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.

Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.

NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.

Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.

Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.

Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.

Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.

Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.

Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.

Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.

Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.

Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.

Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.

Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.

We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

Heres a couple of good things that you haven't herd from the Fake news

HwyRovr

THINGS THAT HAVE GONE UP UNDER TRUMP:

Budget deficit - Civilian casualties - Conflicts of interest - Executive orders -

False/misleading claims - Family separations - Farmer bankruptcies - Golf outings

GHG emissions - Hate crimes - Healthcare costs – homelessness - Household debt

Individual tax burden - Mass shootings - Migrant child deaths - National debt

Percent of people living paycheck-to-paycheck - Recession fears - Retaliatory tariffs

Taliban control - Tax expenditures - Trade deficit - Travel costs - Turnover rate

Uninsured rate - US corruption - US disapproval - Vacant/acting positions - "Wealthfare"

JVW

rovR AKA Shaggy. Pretty small Paragraph you got there. You're very misleading in your accusations. All BS but these are over the top. Family Separations,M Child deaths.

You should throw DACA in Then you would have something correct...

Hillary Clinton Lost. say it out loud 10 times rovR. you'll feel better 😘

HwyRovr

"HwyRovr" - Want some more, you got it - Just a few of idiot trump’s accomplishments -

Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.

Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.

Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.

Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.

Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.

Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.

Promotes buy USA, but everything he and his family sells is made in third world countries.

Rescinded an Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.

Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal court threw out the law.

Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.

Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.

Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.

Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Reviewed the status of national monuments for possible reversal. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering

a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside

would have that status revoked.

Withdrew a rule regulating fracking on public land.

Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.

Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.

Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.

Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.

Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska

and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.

Repealed a rule that would have centralized federal land management.

Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.

Foreign policy and immigration

Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.

Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.

Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.

Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.

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Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.

Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.

Other policy areas

Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.

Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.

Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.

Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.

Repealed a rule mandating consolidation of transit planning authorities.

Trump tells his golf buddies the White House is a dump.

Repeal restrictions on police access to excess military gear, allowing the federal government to immediately resume handing out free bayonets, grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles such as tanks and other equipment to law enforcement departments around the country.

JVW

rovR. Your Response is why Trump got elected. Take a breath and read through what you jotted down. Theres a few fabrication's 1) The voters ID law. Read what you wrote? 2) Rising sea levels? Reported this morning "Almost record high sea levels in Venice,Italy" Listen to what they are feeding you.

Most everything you put down or pasted is a useless law/red tape. READ IT. Use some common sense

I really like the one. "Removed the Bike-sharing station at the Whitehorse". LMAO Lil rovR. You honestly should have worked in Stand-Up comedy. You Made my Hump-Day great again

How did the reciting Hilary Clinton Lost 10 times go. You feel better?

simon1dog

Thank you JVW.

JVW

😉

Proudindependent

Sounds like opinion not fact, facts are Trump is a serial liar, fact is Trump said he would close tax loop holes for the rich, instead he passed a huge tax cut for the rich, fact is Trump said he had no relationship with Russia during the election while he was pursuing a hotel deal during that time in Russia. Fact is Russia sought to influence the election in Trumps favor. Lots of facts. Fact is Az Republican leadership stole funds intended for schools to cover deficits they created. Yea facts are fun

hruns100s

And now 45 is threatening Social Security.

JVW

runs100. You said it it must be true..

HwyRovr

23 May 2019 – “Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in Social Security cuts. The proposed cuts were a huge betrayal of his campaign promise to protect our Social Security system.

“Trump and his budget director/chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who has long been hostile to Social Security, are trying another tactic to cut our earned benefits.

“Last week, the Trump administration revealed that it is planning to employ the so-called chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) in a way that does not need congressional approval. ‘Chained CPI’ might sound technical and boring, but anyone who has closely followed the Social Security debate knows better. It has long been proposed as a deceptive, hard-to-understand way to cut our earned Social Security benefits.

“Trump plans to switch to the chained CPI to index the federal definition of poverty. If he succeeds, the impact will be that over time, fewer people will meet the government’s definition of poverty — even though in reality, they will not be any less poor. So, what does this have to do with Social Security? Like the poverty level, Social Security’s modest benefits are automatically adjusted to keep pace with inflation. If not adjusted, those benefits will erode, slowly but inexorably losing their purchasing power over time. These annual adjustments are already too low, but they are better than no adjustment at all. The chained CPI would make these adjustments even less adequate.“

simon1dog

Whenever I debate someone I tactfully use statistics and not innuendo to prove a point. Fact: Statistics show that Democrats represent everything bad in this country. It's hard to argue against stats.

HwyRovr

I did a bit of research and when I say a bit I mean it didn't take long and there is no comparison. When comparing criminal indictments of those serving in the executive branch of presidential administrations, it's so lopsided as to be ridiculous. Yet all I ever hear about is how supposedly "corrupt" the Democrats are. So why don't we break it down by president and the numbers?

Obama (D) - 8 yrs in office. Zero criminal indictments, zero convictions and zero prison sentences. So the next time somebody describes the Obama administration as "scandal free" they aren't speaking wishfully, they're simply telling the truth.

Bush, George W. (R) - 8 yrs in office. 16 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 9 prison sentences.

Clinton (D) - 8 yrs in office. 2 criminal indictments. One conviction. One prison sentence. That's right nearly 8 yrs of investigations. Tens of millions spent and 30 yrs of claiming them the most corrupt ever and there was exactly one person convicted of a crime.

Bush, George H. W. (R) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment. One conviction. One prison sentence.

Reagan (R) - 8 yrs in office. 26 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 8 prison sentences.

Carter (D) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment. Zero convictions and zero prison sentences.

Ford (R) - 4 yrs in office. One indictment and one conviction. One prison sentence.

Nixon (R) - 6 yrs in office. 76 criminal indictments. 55 convictions. 15 prison sentences.

Johnson (D) - 5 yrs in office. Zero indictments. Zero convictions. Zero prison sentences.

So, let’s see where that leaves us. In the last 53 years, Democrats have been in the Oval Office for 25 of those years, while Republicans held it for 28. In their 25 yrs in office Democrats had a total of three executive branch officials indicted with one conviction and one prison sentence. That's one whole executive branch official convicted of a crime in two and a half decades of Democrat leadership.

In the 28 yrs that Republicans held office over the last 53 yrs they have had a total of (a drum roll would be more than appropriate), 120 criminal indictments of executive branch officials. 89 criminal convictions and 34 prison sentences handed down. That's more prison sentences than years in office since 1968 for Republicans. If you want to count articles of impeachment as indictments (they aren't really but we can count them as an action), both sides get one more. However, Clinton wasn't found guilty while Nixon resigned and was pardoned by Ford (and a pardon carries with it a legal admission of guilt on the part of the pardoned). So those only serve to make Republicans look even worse.

With everything going on with Trump and his people right now, it's a safe bet Republicans are gonna be padding their numbers a bit real soon.

So let's just go over the numbers one more time, shall we? 120 indictments for Republicans. 89 convictions, and 34 prison sentences. Those aren't "feelings" or "alternate facts." Those are simply the stats by the numbers. Republicans are, and have been for my entire lifetime, the most criminally corrupt party to hold the office of the presidency.

JVW

rovR. What a Waste of Clean Air.

HwyRovr

"HwyRovr" - Yes, the lying, draft-dodging, racist, low-life, scum, coward currently squatting in our White House is determined to make clean air a thing of the past and you support your grandchildren choking as they attempt to breathe. You are a pathetic, disgusting, American hating fool.

simon1dog

David Bergstein, DNC director of battleground state communications, said the party is “learning from our lessons in 2016,” when Donald Trump won an upset victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. "David - It was a political spanking! Ready for another one - this time only harder with holes in the paddle?"

HwyRovr

McSally is the Republican "go to?" Now that is some funny stuff!

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