Sitting US Senator Jeff Flake has announced that he is retiring from the senate at the end of this term. Liberal Krysten Sinema will be the democrtic candidate for this seat. It is widely expected that Republican US Representative Martha McSally will shortly enter the race. There also several minor candidates in the Republican primary race, including radio host Clair Van Steenwyk and unsuccessful 2016 candidate Kelli Ward.
Meet Kyrsten Sinema
Mar 14: Kyrsten voted NO on HR 1116, which require banking regulators to consider various rule changes to allow banks to better serve smaller communities, like many in Arizona. The bill passed with bi-partisan support 247-169.
Feb 15: Krysten voted NO on HR 620, which gives property owners an opportunity to quickly correct alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, before legal action is taken against them. The measure passed 225-192.
Nov 30: Krysten voted NO on HR 3905, which requires BLM to renew existing copper mine permits in Minnesota, and preserve their high-paying jobs. The bill still passed 216-204.
Nov 30: Krysten voted NO on HR 4182, which protects taxpayers by requiring new federal employees to have a two-year probationary period. The bill passed anyway 213-204.
Nov 16; Krysten voted NO on HR 1, the tax cut and overhaul plan which has resulted in huge raises for workers. This economy-boosting plan passed 227-205.
Nov 9: Krysten voted NO on HR 2201, which allows small businesses to more easily sell stock. This small business-growing measure passed anyway 232-188.
Nov 8: Krysten voted NO on HR 3043. This bill consolidates federal hydroelectric regulation in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is designed to lower energy costs, while efficiently protecting the environment. The bill still passed 257-166.
Nov 7: Krysten voted NO on HR 3441. This bill changes an Obama policy to make companies liable only for their own employees, not other company's employees. The measure passed 242-181.
July 24: Krysten voted NO to disapprove the Obama Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule. The disapproval passed 231-190.
July 19: Krysten voted NO on HR 2883, which streamlines the federal approval process for cross-border pipelines. The economy boosting bill passed anyway 254-175.
July 18: Krysten voted NO on HR 806 which delay some Obama air quality rules thereby preserving states' rights. Measure passed 229-199.
July 14: Krysten voted YES to an amendment to HR 2810 intended to stop funding of the border wall with Mexico. The dangerous amendment was defeated 190-235.
July 13: Krysten voted NO to remove taxpayer funded sex-change operations for members of the military and their dependents (amendment to HR 2810). Incredibly, with Tom's help, the ban failed 209-214.
June 29: Krysten voted NO on HR 3003 which would deny law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The common sense measure passed 228-195.
June 28: Krysten voted No on HR 1215 which limits punitive damage and attorney fee awards in medical malpractice suits. The measure passed 218-210.
Jun 12: Krysten voted NO on the California Drought Relief Act (HR 23), which eases federal regulations and permits to utilize and transport water. The measure passed 230-190.
May 4: Krysten Voted NO on HR 1628 to substantially end Obamacare. The House still passed the bill 217-213.
May 2: Krysten voted NO on HR 1180, which gives employees an option to receive comp time rather than overtime pay. The employee rights legislation passed 229-197.
Mar 29: Krysten voted NO on HR 1430, which requires the EPA to disclose all data and studies used to implement new rules. The measure passed 228-194.
Feb 16: Krysten voted NO on HJ Res 43, which overturns a last minute rule by the Obama administration specifically allowing Planned Parenthood to receive federal funds. A yes vote ends the permission to fund Planned Parenthood. The measure passed 230-188.
Feb 15: Krysten voted NO on HJ REs 42, which rolls back Department of Labor rules adopted in the last days of the Obama administration which limits drug testing to receive unemployment benefits to only certain jobs, such as those that involve carrying firearms. A yes vote would allow rules to require any recipient to be drug tested. The bill passed 236-189.
Feb 7: Krysten voted NO on HJ Res 57, which kills rules adopted in the final days of Obama administration which require states and local school districts to implement certain portions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Voting yes removes those requirements. The measure passed without Krysten, 234-190.
Feb 1: Krysten voted NO on HJ Res 38, which overturns a war-on-coal regulation from the Obama administration. The bill passed 228-194.
Jan 24: Krysten voted NO on HR 7, which would prohibit federal tax dollars from being spent on elective abortions. It would also eliminate the requirement for employer heath plans to pay for abortions. The measure passed 238-183.
Jan 11: Krysten voted NO on the Regulatory Accountability Act (HR 5), which allows federal courts to temporarily block federal agency regulations with a cost exceeding $1 billion. The bill still passed 238-183.
Jan 5: Krysten voted NO on the Regulations from the Executive Needing Scrutiny Act (HR 26), which provides protections against government agencies from creating regulations costing more than $100 million without approval from Congress. The measure passed anyway 237-187.
Jan 4: Krysten voted NO on the Midnight Rules Relief Act (HR 21). The act allows congress to use its Constitutional authority to disapprove last minute actions by an outgoing president as a group, rather than one at a time. Measure still passed 238-184.
Jan 3: Krysten voted NO on (H Res 5 )to adopt the rules to govern the US House for the current session, which includes the ability to consider bills to repeal and/or amend Obamacare. Resolution passed 234-190
Nov. 17: Kyrsten voted NO on HR 5711 to effectively ban aircraft sales to Iran. Big banks would not be able to use Americans' deposits to finance the sales. Despite her vote, the measure passed 243-174.
Nov. 17: Kyrsten voted YES on an amendment to HR 5982, which would make it much easier for the Obama adminstration to create new "climate-change" rules during the last few months of the adminstration. Luckily, the bill amendment failed 180-237.
Sept. 21: Kyrsten voted NO on HR 3438, which would have allowed federal judges to delay the implementation of federal rules costing the economy more than $1 billion until any legal challenges were resolved. The measure passed 244-180, but did not make it out of the senate.
July 13: Krysten voted NO on HR 5119, which would prohibit the Department of Energy from purchasing radioactive heavy water from Iran. The bill passed 249-176.
July 13: Krysten voted NO on S 304. This common sense measure remove the requirement that employers provide coverage for abortions when it violates their religious beliefs. It passed without her vote 245-182.
July 12: Krysten voted NO on HR 5538, the 2017 Environmental, Interior, & Arts Budget. This budget cut funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is used to acquire more federal land, including in Arizona. The bill passed 231-196.
July 12: Krysten did vote YES on an amendment to HR 5538, which would allow unelected officials to consider the "social cost" of carbon to impose regulations. The amendment failed 185-241.
July 7: Krysten voted NO on HR 5485. This budget will prevents the IRS from issuing a rule on tax exempt organizations, suspends the FCC's net neutrality rule, and brings the renegade Consumer Financial Protection Agency budget under congressional control. The bill passed 239-185.
May 25: Krysten voted NO on an amendment to HR 5055, which ensures local schools can continue set their own bathroom polices. The amendment to allow schools to keep separate boys' and girls' bathrooms passed 227-192.
May 25: Krysten voted NO on HR 5233, which requires Washington DC to follow the Constitution by having spending approved by Congress in the heavily federally subsidized city. The measure passed 240-179.
May 25: Krysten voted NO on Energy Policy bill S 2012, which eases regulatory burdens for oil & gas leases, increases exports, increases safety & security of the electric grid, and encouraged hydropower. The bill passed 241-178.
May 19: Krysten voted NO to prohibiting President from conscripting military bases to use as housing for unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants. This prohibition on diversion of military resources was luckily passed 219-202.
May 18: Krysten voted NO on HR 5243 to spend $622.1 million to help deal with the Zika virus in the US, as well as South America and the Caribbean. The life-saving bill passed anyway 241-184.
May 18: Krysten voted YES to end funding for ROTC at The Citadel because the school displays a single historic (1939) Confederate flag in it's chapel. the measure failed 181-243.
Apr. 29: Krysten voted NO on HR 4901, which continues school vouchers in Washington, DC. This primarily directly benefits poor and minority students who would otherwise be forced into substandard schools. The measure passed 224-181.
Feb 26: Kyrsten voted NO on HR 2406. This would permit federally funded shooting ranges on state and federal property, prohibit the EPA from regulating ammunition and fishing lures, and allow hunting at some National Park Service locations. Bill still passed 242-161.
What She Doesn't Care About
Nov 2: Krysten did not vote on HR 849 to abolish the Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Panel. This money saving change was supported by all Arizona Republicans as well as two of the democrats... but Krysten was just too busy. The measure passed with bi-partisan support 307-111.
Mar 22: Krysten missed the vote on HR 1101 which would allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines. The House passed it 236-175.
Mar 10: Krysten didn't vote on Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (HR 720). The bill would allow a judge to impose penalties if they determined that a lawsuit was frivolous. The measure passed 230-188.
Sept 7: Krysten didn't show up to vote on HR 5063. This bill would prevent the President from taking money from class action lawsuit victories and using them as a slush fund without congressional approval. Luckily, the bill passed without her 241-174.
The Company She Keeps
These are the ratings she's earned from a few organizations:
Planned Parenthood (2016) 100%
NEA (2015) 100%
Stonewall Democrats AZ (2014) 100%
Am. Immigration Lawers (2014) 100%
AFL-CIO (2014) 91%
La Raza (2014) 88%
Defenders of Wildlife (2015) 75%
ACLU (2015) 75%
Progressive Punch (2015) 75%
NRA (2016) 29%
Christian Coalition (2014) 20%
Citizens Against Gov Waste (2015) 27%
Associated Builders & Contractors 17%
American Family Association (2014) 0%