Independence Day with the Coco Dems
We hope that you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Thank you to everyone who participated and cheered on our entry in Flagstaff’s Independence Day parade & joined us after at our annual Ice Cream Social. We welcomed candidates from around the county and connected with new & familiar faces. We encourage you to read the text of the Declaration of Independence and remember why we continue our work of Defending Democracy.
We’re out and about in the community and would love to have you volunteer with us! Stop by and visit us at the Community Farmer’s Market every Sunday; our table is in front of City Hall, to the east of the Market entrance on Aspen Ave. Sign up for a shift here.
- Our next big event is the Coconino County Fair, September 1-4, 2023. Click here to volunteer for a shift!
- Join us in Tuba City for the weekly Outdoor Market. Email Deydrek Scott for more information.
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Media Matters: Philip Bump, Washington Post columnist
We continue with our series of short pieces in this newsletter, sharing links to media sources that some of our leaders and volunteers find useful in filtering the noise.
Linda Guarino, a local activist and PC in Coconino County, recommends the writings from Philip Bump in the Washington Post
One of my favorite columnists is Philip Bump. He is a political commentator for the Washington Post with a focus on the numbers behind politics. One recent column I particularly liked is here. He explains why favorability polls should be read with a dose of skepticism. You may have noticed that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been posting some impressive poll numbers against Biden recently. But an examination of polling data reveals that RFK Jr’s popularity is due to the fact that Republicans view him favorably, presumably because he shares many of their views (anti-vaccine, for example) and also because Republicans prefer him over Biden. Among Democrats, however, he performs poorly. And, of course, it’s Democrats who will decide the nominee.
Unfortunately, the article I mentioned will not be available to those of you who do not have a subscription to the Washington Post. But anyone can sign up to receive Philip Bump’s weekly newsletter “How to Read this Chart” here. This is a weekly dive into the data behind political news, and I always like that he reminds me that even accurate data can be easily misrepresented, like the polling data above. He also discusses charts he likes because they present information in an easily accessible form. This graph (below) from FiveThirtyEight, for example, clearly shows the effects of abortion laws on abortion access across the country. You can see that Arizona is not the worst state for access but we are not where we would like to be.
July Monthly Meeting – This Saturday 7/08/23
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