Turning Arizona Blue

Ron Williams Host

In its third season, Turning Arizona Blue is about influencing change in Arizona's politics from a traditional Red State to a more progressive Blue State. The podcasts feature discussions, interviews and opinions on the public policies, people and politicians in power and out. After developing content and messaging to support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris nationally and Mark Kelly to the US Senate in 2020; we are focused on electing Democrats in local, county, state and Congressional races in 2022. Our mission is to promote down-ballot voting in every race -- like our state and country depends on it. Come join us. Please subscribe and like us and follow us at Turning Arizona Blue on Facebook and @TurningAZ on Twitter.

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Dana Allmond and the Values of Duty, Honor and Country to Serve in the AZ Legislature
4d ago
Dana Allmond and the Values of Duty, Honor and Country to Serve in the AZ Legislature
"Duty, Honor, Country." More than words, these are the values that drive Dana Allmond to run for the AZ House of Representatives in LD17 from the Tucson area.Values that Dana committed to as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel (now retired) and still guide her today to serve the citizens of Arizona.In this wide-ranging interview, we cover the issues of voting rights, education and reproductive rights. We also explore the impact and experiences her military career will have on serving in the AZ Legislature; and how her values determined her responses to the Jan 6th insurrection and her resignation from an advisory council to Senator Krysten Sinema (D AZ).Our takeaway is that Dana Allmond has the leadership and integrity to serve the causes and people of Arizona. And the voters in LD 17 will have the "honor" of electing her on Nov. 8th. Please go to her website link allmond4az.com and support her candidacy.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Dana Allmond and the Values of Duty, Honor and Country to Serve in the AZ Legislature
4d ago
Dana Allmond and the Values of Duty, Honor and Country to Serve in the AZ Legislature
"Duty, Honor, Country." More than words, these are the values that drive Dana Allmond to run for the AZ House of Representatives in LD17 from the Tucson area.Values that Dana committed to as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel (now retired) and still guide her today to serve the citizens of Arizona.In this wide-ranging interview, we cover the issues of voting rights, education and reproductive rights. We also explore the impact and experiences her military career will have on serving in the AZ Legislature; and how her values determined her responses to the Jan 6th insurrection and her resignation from an advisory council to Senator Krysten Sinema (D AZ).Our takeaway is that Dana Allmond has the leadership and integrity to serve the causes and people of Arizona. And the voters in LD 17 will have the "honor" of electing her on Nov. 8th. Please go to her website link allmond4az.com and support her candidacy.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Down-Ballot Race with National Impact: Julie Gunnigle for Maricopa County Attorney
Aug 29 2022
Down-Ballot Race with National Impact: Julie Gunnigle for Maricopa County Attorney
Post the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the national media is calling the 2022 race for Maricopa County Attorney the most significant "battleground" election due to the office being the third-largest prosecutorial jurisdiction in the country.And one candidate, Julie Gunnigle, has put it all on the line vowing "not now, not ever" to criminalizing abortion healthcare. By contrast, her opponent played a critical role in the Roe decision by helping expand SCOTUS with an extremist jurist.Please listen as this mother, fighter and advocate outlines her "Peoples Plan for Real Justice" to protect vulnerable populations, enact criminal justice reform and overturn decades of political corruption and favoritism in the Maricopa County Attorney Office.Go to to sign up and support Julie in this down-ballot, local race with national implications. We can and must win this race.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
School Vouchers are Back to Siphon $1B From AZ Public Schools to Private Interests
Aug 25 2022
School Vouchers are Back to Siphon $1B From AZ Public Schools to Private Interests
Like a bad Vampire movie, what was once dead -- AZ expanded school voucher programs -- are back to suck the life-blood out of public education to  benefit private education interests.Arizona voters overwhelmingly stopped school voucher expansion in 2018. Only to have the MAGA Republican extremists in the AZ Legislature raise it up again as a "Universal Voucher Expansion" that will siphon $1 billion in public school funding to private corporations and other "dark money" contributors out to destroy public education that a vast majority of Arizonans support.In this episode, we'll hear from Marisol Garcia  and Chico Robinson with the Arizona Education Assn. (AEA); Beth Lewis and Raquel Mamani with SOS Arizona; AZ Democratic Senate candidates Jeanne Casteen and Cindy Hans; and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and State Rep. Sarah Ligouri. All are supporting a statewide petition drive for signatures to stop voucher expansion in AZ -- again.Please go to to find where to sign petitions and get petitions for your family, friends and community to sign.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Bottom-of-the-Ballot School Board Races Will Define Democratic Success in Arizona
Jul 23 2022
Bottom-of-the-Ballot School Board Races Will Define Democratic Success in Arizona
For the 2022 Arizona elections, Democrats are focused on "Bottom-Up" races -- the ones closest to the people -- and start at the bottom of our ballots. A great example are school boards elections that will determine the future of public education in every district, city and town in Arizona. In this episode, we talk to Mary Gaudio ( and Robb Vaules ( running in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).We find their issues in urban Maricopa County are the same issues and consequences faced in rural Kingman, small town Payson and tribal areas of the state. They are: the neglect of public school funding; the threat of universal vouchers -- rejected by voters in 2018 and back again -- that would put tax dollars in private school systems with no accountability, and the culture war attacks on educators and school board members across the state.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Rural Action Summit: Direct Voter Contact Training and Statewide Candidates
Jun 16 2022
Rural Action Summit: Direct Voter Contact Training and Statewide Candidates
Recently, the Rural Action Summit in Prescott, AZ gathered progressive organizers, democratic activists, volunteers and PC's for Direct Voter Contact Training for rural Arizona.Personal canvassing, phone banking and social media contacts are the most effective means of increasing voter turnout for an election. Jay Ruby, Events Chair for the Yavapai County Democratic Party, hosted a full-day of training for several dozen leaders, organizers, volunteers and supporters to turn Arizona Blue in 2022!In this episode, the summit organized several statewide candidates to address the attendees. You'll hear from Democrats: Congressman Tom O'Halleran,  Kris Mayes for AZ Attorney General, Martin Quezada for AZ State Treasurer, Lauren Kuby for AZ Corp. Commission, and Kathy Hoffman AZ State Superintendent of Public Instruction. And John Lutes, Chair, Yavapai County Democratic Party.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for its support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
These Rural AZ 'Clean Slate for Democracy' Candidates Fighting for Democratic Values
May 27 2022
These Rural AZ 'Clean Slate for Democracy' Candidates Fighting for Democratic Values
Running as Democrats in rural red districts in Arizona requires creative strategies to build voter awareness. Yavapai County Democrats have accomplished that with the Clean Slate for Democracy candidates for the AZ State Legislature in LD1. Three Democratic Clean Elections candidates have joined together to challenge the extremist Republican candidates and current legislators to achieve a blue majority in the AZ Senate and House of Representatives. Jay Ruby, campaign manager, introduces us to Mike Fogel for Senate and Cathy Ransom and Neil Sinclair for the two House seats. Each candidate talks about the Democratic values gaining hold in rural AZ over the past decades in the areas of education, the economy and environmental progress.Please support their efforts by going to: big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Three Voter Initiatives: Will Increase Voter Turnout for a Blue Arizona in 2022
May 19 2022
Three Voter Initiatives: Will Increase Voter Turnout for a Blue Arizona in 2022
Democratic voters, Independents  and disenchanted Republicans -- in addition to the motivation to eliminate extremists from  every elective office -- will have three voter initiatives on the 2022 ballot to secure "good governance" in our state.Provided we all pitch in to get signatures on petitions to place them on the ballot, the Stop Dark Money, Healthcare Rising and Arizonans for Fair Elections initiatives could make the difference in significant voter turnout. Collectively: they will stop anonymous political advertising, eliminate predatory debt collection practices in healthcare and will secure voting rights for everyone.We recently caught up with initiative spokespersons Terry Goddard, Crystal Carrillo and Rita Meehan at an AZ Democratic LD4 meeting in Phoenix.A big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Electing Sandoval and Fernandez from LD23 Will Help Flip AZ Legislature to Democratic Majority
May 2 2022
Electing Sandoval and Fernandez from LD23 Will Help Flip AZ Legislature to Democratic Majority
Electing Democratic legislators is the surest way to overturn the slim majorities in the AZ House and Senate of right-wing, extremist-elites who are cutting taxes for the rich, grossly underfunding public education and casting uncertainty in democracy itself.Democratic candidates Mariana Sandoval for the House and current House Rep. Brian Fernandez for the Senate in LD23 have been working on the education, economic and environmental issues that impact most Arizonans left out of the policy power structure in AZ. Well, no longer! With our collective help in electing candidates like Sandoval and Fernandez and others, we will simultaneously have a democratic majority in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature and restore the governance values that most Arizonans support.A big thank you goes to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Eric Meyer's Long Quest: AZ Democratic Legislative Majority is at Hand in 2022
Mar 16 2022
Eric Meyer's Long Quest: AZ Democratic Legislative Majority is at Hand in 2022
A decade ago, when Arizona's legislative sessions were dominated by large Republican majorities, then House Minority Leader, Eric Meyer set in motion a vision to reverse those majorities in both chambers. Along with then Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, they established the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) to elect more Democrats.Over time, the ADLCC's hard work paid off to where  -- in this 2022 election -- Democrats are a few seats away in each chamber of realizing that vision. They, and Democrats across the state, have brought Arizona to the edge of reversing attacks on voter suppression, women's reproductive rights, public education, environmental progress and economic equity.Eric Meyer makes the strong case for our supporting the ADLCC by going to adlcc.com to bring sanity and good governance back to Arizona by electing a Democratic legislative majority.Also, a big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Maricopa County Young Democrats -- Engaging The Youth Vote
Feb 22 2022
Maricopa County Young Democrats -- Engaging The Youth Vote
Turns out, interviewing a younger version of yourself can be enlightening and deflating at the same time. Enlightening because Ricardo Serna, President of the Maricopa County Young Democrats (MCYD) offers his analysis of youth voting in previous AZ elections, its impact and influence on MCYD strategies for 2022. Deflating, because at 26, Serna has been involved in 37 campaigns in six years. Me at 26 and President of the Alexandria, VA YD's -- ah not so much. In this episode, Serna applies his political experience and analysis to energize the MCYD's, create new programs and engage young voters at all levels. Listening to him will motivate you to support them by going to mcydems.org donating and encouraging your young family members and friends to get involved.Also a big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Poker N' Politics with Adrian Fontes, Jevin Hodge and Aaron Connor
Feb 3 2022
Poker N' Politics with Adrian Fontes, Jevin Hodge and Aaron Connor
Give credit to Aaron Connor for the idea of doing a Poker N' Politics episode.  The goals being for good Democrats to come  together, relax, have fun and recharge for the election year ahead.  Fortunately, Adrian Fontes and Jevin Hodge were able to join Aaron and the Ole Podcaster for this, hopefully, first in a series of episodes sitting around a poker table to laugh, tell stories and some friendly competition. It was a great evening that we cut down to a digestible length for you to hear the best of the banter and gain insights to their personalities.We want to thank my wife Patricia Williams for hosting the evening with food and beverages. And a thank you to Queen of Hearts Casino Parties for providing a professional poker dealer. How about some Democratic women candidates or politicos for the next Poker N' Politics episode?Also a big thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.
Follow our AZ Democratic Leaders Bolding and Rios for a Legislative Majority in 2022
Jan 14 2022
Follow our AZ Democratic Leaders Bolding and Rios for a Legislative Majority in 2022
I know. After this past year, we Democrats are tired. Tired of the pandemic, the big lie, Arizona seditionists in Congress and a right-wing extremist majority legislature in our state Capitol.But, we have cause to rally around our values and issues as represented by our Democratic leadership in the legislature -- Reginald Bolding, Minority Leader in the House and Rebecca Rios, Minority Leader in the Senate.This truly dynamic duo, recently laid out their "Blueprint for a Better Arizona" before the legislative session began. In a blistering account of Republican policies, Bolding and Rios set an agenda that supports: saving democracy, voting rights, women's reproductive rights, public education, the environment, the Equal Rights Amendment and LGBTQ issues.With their leadership and our focus on these issues -- and holding the right-wing Republicans accountable for every single vote they cast -- we have a golden opportunity to elect a Democratic majority to the state legislature in 2022.  Let's get busy "making good trouble."A big welcome and thank you to our sponsor the Maricopa County Democratic Party for their support. Please visit  the MCDP website to volunteer your time and donate to help elect Democrats from the bottom to the top of the ballot in 2022.Turning Arizona Blue (TAB) the podcast is partnering with The Mule News, an online news service dedicated to Maricopa County Democratic politics. Please subscribe for free and confirm your subscription at our website subscribe to TAB where you get podcasts and follow Turning Arizona Blue on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TurningAz. Please reach us at turningazblue@gmail.com for financial and advertising support on our TAB and The Mule News platforms.