QUICK CLIP: Doug Ducey’s Gun Hypocrisy

Doug Ducey was threatened on social media in 2015 by a mentally ill man with an AR-15 — who was barred from buying a gun, but got one through a private exchange. Ducey was protected by taxpayer-funded bodyguards keeping him safe — but he’s failing to keep Arizonans safe from the same private sale loophole.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Doug Ducey has proposed a school safety plan that does nothing to prevent people from getting guns through private sales in Arizona.

Last year, Ducey even banned background checks on private sales, like the one used by a mentally ill man to threaten him, and according to 12 News Arizona’s Brahm Resnick, “Governor Ducey’s school safety plan wouldn’t do anything to change that.” According to former ATF agent David Chipman, the gun show loophole is “a gaping loophole that fully undermines the effectiveness of our gun laws.”

Doug Ducey may be safe from […]

Read more after the jump.

Will Doug Ducey Continue to Stick With Trump Despite Mismanaging the Opioid Crisis?

A recent cavalcade of stories have reported on Trump’s mismanagement of Drug Policy – putting a 24 year-old whose only experience was working on Trump’s campaign in one of the most senior positions at the drug policy epidemic in the midst of a nation-wide opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, Gov. Ducey has been sitting on the sidelines of this crisis – and his silence speaks volumes.

In Arizona, opioid deaths have increased by 16.3% between 2015 and 2016, with heroin on the rise – from 11% of opioid deaths in 2007 to an astonishing 39% in 2016.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“As Arizona faces an alarming opioid epidemic that is only getting worse, Gov. Ducey has failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the opioid crisis. Will he continue to stick […]

Read more after the jump.

Gov. Ducey’s Priorities: 1. Egregious Salary Raises… 382. Arizona Schools

Yesterday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey gave his State of the State Address after controversy surfaced over giving his staff an average of 18% pay raises (including one 125% pay raise) around the same time Arizona teachers and social workers received barely a fraction of that. One would assume he’d want to remedy that in a speech to the legislature and the entire state. But did he make it up to teachers?

Not even remotely. Criticized in an op-ed as “[failing] to step up for schools,” Ducey praised the current school system, which was currently ranked in the bottom 10 states for education. He “tragically” failed to propose a solution for Arizona to adequately fund its schools or pay Arizona teachers anywhere near the national average.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Doug Ducey had a chance to stand up […]

Read more after the jump.

SIREN: Arizona Governor Green-Lights Graham-Cassidy-Heller Plan To Strip Care From 32 Million Americans

“Graham-Cassidy-Heller is the worst Republican healthcare plan yet, and any politician who supports this plan is going to have to answer to their voters for putting partisan politics above their health. This plan a disaster that could strip health care from 32 million Americans, end Medicaidas we know it, and gut protections for pre-existing conditions. That’s why nearly twenty patient and healthcare provider organizations are opposing this plan. In fact, it’s hard to find anyone who supports this plan, except Republican politicians desperate to score partisan points to appease their right-wing base — at the expense of all Americans’ health care,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.




Read more after the jump.

Don’t Be Fooled. Ducey Has No Backbone.

We already know Governor Ducey’s record on DACA, so don’t let his statement fool you. Ducey has had many chances to stand up for DACA recipients, but he’s refused to do so at every turn. Ducey refused to overturn an executive order that kept DACA participants from getting driver’s licenses. And although he claimed he wasn’t involved with the ensuing legal battle, the Attorney General’s office claimed Ducey left the Attorney General out of the matter altogether, instead hiring outside counsel to litigate the issue. Ducey was asked to remove Arizona as one of the plaintiffs challenging DACA in federal court – he passed. And when the Arizona Board of Regents voted to extend in-state tuition to DACA participants, Ducey, an ex officio member, did not participate in the vote.

While Ducey refuses to stand up for the thousands of Arizonans that are working and going to school, a […]

Read more after the jump.

Mitt Romney And Doug Ducey: Ice (Cream) Cold Businessmen

Mitt Romney is continuing his consolation tour of the nation, touting the ideas that handed him a decisive loss two years ago and “boosting” candidates around the country. Today, he’s taking his talents to Mesa, where he’ll campaign with Doug Ducey, a man with whom he has all too much in common.

The two slick-looking businessmen have made a lot of money in their careers, but neither of them seem to have workers in their best interests. As Governor of Massachusetts, Romney belied a campaign promise by vetoing a minimum wage increase, which was promptly overridden by unanimous votes in both chambers of the state legislation. That kind of audacity must impress a man like Doug Ducey.

Ducey has consistently spoken out against raising the minimum wage, and even went so far as to institute his famed singing-for-tips policy at Cold Stone Creamery, in part to avoid paying higher wages to his workers.

Ducey and Romney share other things as well, like a history of presiding over corporate layoffs. All in all, the duo promises to be a real treat for the guys at the top, but their agenda isn’t so sweet for working families.

Read more after the jump.

Education Bullies Chris Christie And Doug Ducey Hit The Trail Together

Doug Ducey needs some support from his friends in his hotly contested Arizona gubernatorial race. So today Ducey is bringing in Chris Christie, a man who would certainly rather enjoy the sunny skies of Scottsville than address the fiscal fiasco he’s built in New Jersey.

Well Chris Christie and Doug Ducey have a good deal in common. Christie has presided over an impressive eight credit downgrades in New Jersey, while Doug Ducey’s Cold Stone had one of the highest franchise default rates of any company in the country. Both support massive tax cuts for the wealthy, shifting the burden toward the middle class.

But the biggest and most damning similarity between Ducey and Christie is their shared insistence on slashing education funding. Christie has cut $1 billion from education in New Jersey, and Arizona can expect much the same if Ducey gets his way. Ducey opposed a court order requiring Arizona to increase education funding. He promises huge tax cuts that would predominately help the richest Arizonans, but claims he will somehow implement them without touching the education budget — a plan that’s been written off as unrealistic. And that’s just the tip of the ice cream cone.

Read more after the jump.

Corroding the Classroom: Republican Gubernatorial Candidates’ Devastating Cuts to Education

In key gubernatorial races across the country, education funding has become a major issue — and that’s bad news for Republicans.

In 2010, a slew of GOP candidates rode a tea party wave to governorships, promising massive budget overhauls that would hand tax cuts to the wealthy and cut other programs to pay for them. Well they delivered on those promises, and one after the next gutted education funding as they reshaped their states in the tea party mold. Now they’re reaping what they’ve sown.

From Rick Scott and Scott Walker to Sam Brownback, Tom Corbett and more, Republican governors are getting slammed for slashing funds for schools, dealing a blow to their respective reelection bids, while prospective governors like Doug Ducey have promised to do the same. Locked in tight races, these Tea Party governors are floundering to explain their draconian cuts to concerned constituents by twisting numbers and distorting their records.

But there is no explaining away the truth: these governors put tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations ahead of children’s education, and families in their states are paying the price.

Read more after the jump.

The Cold Hard Truth About Doug Ducey’s Cold Stone Legacy

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the “10 worst franchise brands in terms of Small Business Administration loan defaults.” Despite touting its rampant success as a reason he would make a good governor, Republican Doug Ducey’s Cold Stone Creamery was found near the top of that list, with its franchisees “defaulting at more than double the rate for SBA borrowers who invested in” other chains, per the Journal’s analysis.

Like an ice cream cone in the summer heat, Cold Stone’s business plan, for which Ducey has claimed credit, created a sticky mess for many franchise owners. Numerous franchisees have been quoted saying Cold Stone’s business model was “defective” and pushed the cost of running a store so high that it was difficult for individuals owners to make a profit. Franchisees have called Ducey’s business practices “deceptive,” and said the company’s business model pushed personal bankruptcies, cost savings, and homes.

What does Doug Ducey have to say to Ken Gornall, who was left to fend for himself using his personal savings when his Cold Stone business was struggling – and eventually had to file for bankruptcy and lost his house? When asked by the press, Cold Stone declined to comment.

Read more after the jump.

New Web Ad: Ducey Misleads On His Record At Coldstone

Former Cold Stone Creamery CEO Doug Ducey has repeatedly bragged about building his ice cream empire without any help from the government, but that doesn’t have a lick of truth to it. The reality is that Cold Stone Creamery received millions of dollars in Small Business Administration loans and defaulted on around 40% of those loans — a remarkably high rate.

Ducey’s running on a business record that is sprinkled with problems, but he’s clearly not afraid to misrepresent it. So whatever he says in his first debate against Fred DuVal tonight, just remember, the real scoop might come out later.

American Bridge is at the ready with our new web ad, available here:

Read more after the jump.