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AZ senator: Many liberties at stake ahead of election

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Thursday, July 11, 2024   

Abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, gun-violence and democracy itself are some of the issues Democrats said are at stake ahead of November's election.

Sen. Priya Sundareshan, D-Tucson, took part in the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee's "Summer of the States" event where the power and role of state legislatures was discussed.

She said within the Arizona legislature, Democrats are currently only two seats away from potentially flipping both chambers, which would deliver what she called a "Democratic trifecta" for the Grand Canyon State. Sundareshan has been an advocate for protecting contraception and reproductive rights in Arizona.

"It was Democrats who led the effort, successfully, to repeal our 1864 abortion ban," Sundareshan pointed out. "We got one or two Republicans to join with us but that was not an effort that the Republican majority led."

Sundareshan and other Democrats are banking on abortion to drive voters to the polls this November in Arizona, where President Joe Biden won by just 10,000 votes in 2020. Recent polls show Biden is currently behind former President Donald Trump in their likely rematch.

Meanwhile, the coalition Arizona for Abortion Access recently submitted 800,000 signatures to get a measure on the ballot to enact a constitutional protection for abortion.

Sundareshan noted Republican lawmakers have been able to bypass Gov. Katie Hobbs' veto pen by placing several ballot referrals to voters she argued are anti-democracy, anti-immigrant and anti-worker. House House Concurrent Resolution 2060 will be on the November ballot. It could expand regulations for businesses to verify the status of independent subcontractors and make it more difficult for migrants to access public benefits.

While backers said it will achieve what the federal government has failed to do, Sundareshan countered the proposal will only hurt Arizona.

"We are the backstop against attacks on our democracy and Arizona is at the forefront of these attacks," Sundareshan emphasized.

Sundareshan added all eyes will be on Arizona as a key battleground state. She reminded voters while the presidential race does garner lots of buzz, state lawmakers are vitally important in safeguarding the everyday freedoms and protections citizens reap.


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