Cheers, tears from Arizona delegation as Clinton gives historic acceptance speech

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By EMILY ZENTNER
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PHILADELPHIA – Tucson resident Joseline Mata, a Hillary Clinton delegate from the beginning, was crying in the stands of the Democratic National Convention Thursday as Clinton accepted the party’s nomination, the first woman in history to do so.

“It was amazing,” Mata said. “Every single issue that she touched on is important to me and she just really reflects what we as Americans care about. And it just, still in shock.”

For Clinton, it was the end of a road that began eight years ago with a loss to then-Sen. Barack Obama. Continue reading “Cheers, tears from Arizona delegation as Clinton gives historic acceptance speech”

Delegates discuss ‘Black Lives’ movement a day after Tempe shooting

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By EMILY ZENTNER
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PHILADELPHIA – The normally placid breakfast meetings of Arizona’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention turned into a lively discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday, one day after Tempe police shot a black suspect during a robbery.

Ahwatukee delegate M. Lisa Scinto said she was not trying hijack the meeting, but that delegates who attended a Black Caucus meeting a day earlier had been urged by former Attorney General Eric Holder to talk about officer-involved shootings of black people.

“At the Black Caucus meeting yesterday, Eric Holder talked about it very, very much,” she said. “He told us we need to talk about this.” Continue reading “Delegates discuss ‘Black Lives’ movement a day after Tempe shooting”

Gallego gets high marks for speech, convention leadership from delegates

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By EMILY ZENTNER
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PHILADELPHIA – For a sense of how effective Rep. Ruben Gallego was in his speech to the Democratic National Convention, look no further than Arizona delegate Michael Gordy.

Gordy, a staunch supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, said Gallego’s speech opened his eyes to reasons to get behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton now that Sanders is out of the race.

“Everyone who was on that stage last night told us things we were not totally aware of,” Gordy said.

Gallego was one of two Arizonans who addressed the convention Wednesday night, along with former Rep. Gabby Giffords. But it’s not just his speech that’s been garnering attention for Gallego, who got high marks from convention-goers for his leadership of the state’s delegation. Continue reading “Gallego gets high marks for speech, convention leadership from delegates”

Giffords’ endorsement of Clinton ‘very, very emotional’ for convention audience

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PHILADELPHIA – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords veered from her usual theme against gun violence to add her endorsement of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an address to the Democratic National Convention that one Arizona lawmaker called “very, very emotional.”

“She will fight to make our families safer. In the White House, she will stand up to the gun lobby,” Giffords said of Clinton. “That’s why I’m voting for Hillary!”

Her Wednesday address, which lasted just over two minutes, was met with a standing ovation as the audience held their purple “Stronger Together” signs high and chants of “Gabby, Gabby!” echoed across the arena. Continue reading “Giffords’ endorsement of Clinton ‘very, very emotional’ for convention audience”

Coyotes sign defensemen Connor Murphy and Michael Stone

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PHOENIX — The Coyotes locked up Connor Murphy and Michael Stone on Thursday, giving the team nine defensemen with legitimate NHL experience.

Arizona signed Murphy to a six-year, $23 million contract and Stone to a one-year deal worth $4 million as the team looks for the right blue-line combination. Continue reading “Coyotes sign defensemen Connor Murphy and Michael Stone”

Griner ready to represent her country as Olympian

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LOS ANGELES — First-time Olympian Brittney Griner understands what it means to serve and represent her country.

“I’m super excited. I wanted to enlist when I was younger. My dad enlisted in the military,” Griner said. “I have a lot of military and law enforcement in my family. To be able to play for my country means everything to me and my dad.”

Griner, a center for the Phoenix Mercury, is one of three first-time Olympians on this year’s U.S. women’s basketball team, which is favored to capture its sixth consecutive gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading “Griner ready to represent her country as Olympian”

Taurasi looking to join elite list with four Olympic gold medals in basketball

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By Ryan Wright
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LOS ANGELES — Four Olympic gold medals is a feat that only two basketball players, male or female, have ever accomplished. Diana Taurasi, along with teammates Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings, will lengthen that list with a gold medal in next month’s Summer Olympics.

“Being selected to the Olympics again means a lot to me. I take a lot of pride in doing this,” Taurasi said. “This is what it’s all about.” Continue reading “Taurasi looking to join elite list with four Olympic gold medals in basketball”

Cronkite News Digest for Thursday, July 28

Here is the Cronkite News lineup for Thursday, July 87. If you have questions on news stories, please contact Steve Crane in the Washington, D.C., bureau at 202-684-2398 or steve.crane@asu.edu, or call the Phoenix bureau for Kevin Dale at 602-496-5168 or kevin.dale@asu.edu or Venita James at venita.hawthorne.james@asu.edu or 602-496-5280. For business story questions, please contact Christina Leonard at 602-361-5893 or christina.leonard@asu.edu. Questions on sports stories should be directed to Kevin Dale 303-809-6066 or kevin.dale@asu.edu. Stories promised for today along with photos and links to multimedia elements will move on our client site at cronkitenews.asu.edu/clients.

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CLARIFICATION to July 27 story on Democrats’ electoral chances

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged BC-CNS-Blue Arizona that moved Wednesday, July 27, under a PHILADELPHIA dateline, are asked to use the following clarification. An updated version of the story has been posted here.

PHILADELPHIA – The placement of quotes in a July 27 Cronkite News story on Arizona Democrats’ hopes for electoral success this fall may have left the incorrect impression that Arizona Republican spokesman Tim Sifert was commenting on voter access to the polls. Sifert’s comments were aimed at what he sees as the unlikelihood that Democrats will be successful in the state.

Trump fundraising spikes in Arizona, still trails well behind Clinton’s

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By SOPHIA KUNTHARA
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WASHINGTON – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission.

Trump brought in more than $340,000 from the state in June, after it became clear that he would be the party’s nominee, bringing his total from the state to nearly $460,000.

But experts say that still leaves the Trump campaign well behind where it should be for fundraising from Republican-leaning Arizona, a fact that one consultant said is proof that support among the state’s donor class is still “quite weak.” Continue reading “Trump fundraising spikes in Arizona, still trails well behind Clinton’s”

At 102, Prescott woman’s seen a lot; with Clinton nomination she’s seen it all

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PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Emmett didn’t think she would live to see her mother win the right to vote – much less to see the first woman win a major U.S. party presidential nomination.

But the 102-year-old Prescott resident had a front-row seat to just that Tuesday when she helped deliver Arizona’s delegation votes at the Democratic National Convention that named Hillary Clinton its 2016 nominee.

“We were all cheering when my mother got to go out and vote all by herself,” said Emmett, who was born in Iowa in 1914. “I didn’t even know I’d live to see my mother get to vote.” Continue reading “At 102, Prescott woman’s seen a lot; with Clinton nomination she’s seen it all”

Blue state or blue sky? Arizona Democrats hopeful for fall elections

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EDS: The placement of quotes in an earlier version of this story may have left the incorrect impression that Arizona Republican spokesman Tim Sifert was commenting on voter access to the polls. Sifert’s comments were aimed at what he sees as the unlikelihood that Democrats will be successful in the state. The story here has been revised to clarify, but clients who used previous versions of this story are asked to run the clarification that can be found here.

By EMILY ZENTNER
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PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. party, Arizona Democrats said they think the historically Republican state could turn blue – or at least purple – this fall.

“I think that Arizona is ready for a big transition back to the Democrats,” said Flagstaff resident Patrice Horstman, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention here. “It was (Bill) Clinton that turned the state blue and now it’s going to be Hillary Clinton that’s going to turn it blue again.”

Political experts didn’t say it couldn’t happen, but they were not as optimistic as the state’s Democrats. Continue reading “Blue state or blue sky? Arizona Democrats hopeful for fall elections”

Suns hope Devin Booker continues crash course in leadership, growth

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By John Alvarado
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PHOENIX – Devin Booker was a few weeks past his 19th birthday when he became a part of the Phoenix Suns starting lineup. A season-season ending injury to fellow guard Eric Bledsoe in December pushed Booker into a larger role.

Now, three months away from his 20th birthday, he is becoming more vocal and a leader on the team.

“I had to mature really quick,” Booker said. “I’m in a grown man’s world and I am looked at as an icon and a role model in a lot of communities. I have to carry myself that way. Life has changed a lot. It’s the best thing I have ever asked for so I’m blessed to be in this situation. ” Continue reading “Suns hope Devin Booker continues crash course in leadership, growth”

Major League Baseball draft light on Arizona players despite sport’s popularity

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PHOENIX — By the time the Milwaukee Brewers selected former Brophy Preparatory Academy third baseman Chad McClanahan in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft last month, McClanahan had begun to think his name might never be called.

“Once we got past the second and third round I started to think, ‘well they might just not draft me,’” McClanahan said.

For most high school baseball players in the state of Arizona, they will never get the call that McClanahan got during the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Continue reading “Major League Baseball draft light on Arizona players despite sport’s popularity”

Sanders supporters continue protests as Democrats nominate Clinton

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PHILADELPHIA – Arizona native Jason Hurst came to Philadelphia with a message for Democrats on the night they were expected to formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president: “I can’t stomach the thought of even voting for Clinton.”

Hurst was among the hundreds of “Bernie or Bust” protesters out Tuesday – supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – who were refusing to let go of his campaign even though Sanders himself has urged them to vote for Clinton, his former rival.

It was a continuation of protests that began Monday, the first day of the convention, with Sanders supporters shouting down or chanting over speakers at the convention, even booing Sanders when he called on them to back Clinton and help defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump. Continue reading “Sanders supporters continue protests as Democrats nominate Clinton”

Giffords exhorts crowd to have ‘courage’ to enact gun reform measures

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PHILADELPHIA – Former Tucson Rep. Gabrielle Giffords walked onto the stage unassisted and smiling Tuesday and exhorted a crowd at a gun-control rally in a park here to have the “courage to do what’s right” to pass “responsible” gun reform.

Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011 that left her which left her severely injured, was speaking in advance of a featured speaking slot at Wednesday’s session of the Democratic National Convention. But Giffords urged the crowd gathered Tuesday to stop thinking about gun violence as a partisan issue, saying the country needs to “come together and be responsible—Democrats, Republicans, everyone,” if they want stricter regulations imposed on gun ownership. Continue reading “Giffords exhorts crowd to have ‘courage’ to enact gun reform measures”

Divided Arizona delegation casts votes as Clinton seals nomination

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By ISABEL MENZEL
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PHILADELPHIA – A divided Arizona delegation cast 51 of its 85 convention votes for Hillary Clinton as she wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday after a surprisingly tough, and sometimes bitter, battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The battle was still bitter for some Sanders supporters, who traded chants with Clinton delegates on the floor of the Democratic National Convention during the roll call of the states. Some protesters even walked out of the convention arena to stage sit-ins inside the convention security perimeter shortly after the nomination was made final.

But Arizona delegates, including some who are Sanders supporters, were looking forward Tuesday. Continue reading “Divided Arizona delegation casts votes as Clinton seals nomination”

Not red, not blue, but Green: Sanders supporters eye third-party option

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By EMILY ZENTNER
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WASHINGTON – When Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this month, Phoenix Sanders supporter Susan Martin turned to what she believed was the only other option: the Green Party.

“I filled out the form at work to change to the Green Party,” Martin said. “Jill (Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate) is the only choice that I have to vote for my conscience.”

Martin wasn’t the only one who felt that way. The Green Party’s national spokesman Scott McLarty said he has seen a “flood” of emails from pro-Sanders voters looking to possibly make the switch.

Sanders supporters have been no more amenable at this week’s Democratic National Convention, where protests and chanting have disrupted the party’s nomination of Clinton over Sanders. Continue reading “Not red, not blue, but Green: Sanders supporters eye third-party option”

Stanton says immigration reform should be a priority in Clinton White House

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By EMILY ZENTNER
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PHILADELPHIA – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a panel of mayors here that immigration reform needs to be Hillary Clinton’s “No. 1 domestic priority” if she is elected in November.

Stanton stressed the importance of “young, bilingual, entrepreneurial” Latinos to Arizona’s economy, saying that comprehensive immigration reform would give the city a boost.

“It would be an incredible shot in the arm for our local economy,” Stanton said at the Monday event. “The city of Phoenix would benefit more than any other large city.”

Stanton joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other immigration officials as a part of a panel hosted by Kenney’s office. Continue reading “Stanton says immigration reform should be a priority in Clinton White House”

Revived Arizona KidsCare to bring affordable health care to 30,000 uninsured

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By SOCORRO CARILLO
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PHOENIX — KidsCare returned to Arizona on Tuesday after a more than five-year absence and advocates expect to sign up more than 30,000 children for access to free or affordable medical, dental and vision care by the end of the year.

“Insurance is more than just a card, it really represents having access to care,” said Swapna Reddy, a professor on health disparities at Arizona State University.

Blanca Muñoz knows that firsthand. More than five years ago she got a letter in the mail saying the KidsCare coverage for her three children was being dropped.

“I didn’t understand the communication, because they didn’t speak to me. I thought it was a mistake,” Muñoz said in Spanish.

Muñoz’s children bounced from program to program to find help, not always successfully. Her children did not visit a dentist once during that time.

KidsCare is Arizona’s version of a federal health-insurance program for children and families who aren’t eligible for Medicaid or AHCCCS, Arizona’s affordable-health care program, or don’t have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. KidsCare is free or costs families a maximum of $70 per month.

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