We’ve done the Research to get you the information on Nancy Young-Wright you’ll need to make an informed voting decision. We’ll add our commentary and tell you our opinions, but we will provide you the links so you can decide for yourself.
Overall the research shows that Young-Wright is a far left Progressive Democrat. She is best described as the “Nancy Pelosi of Pima County”. She is a career politician, or perhaps a serial politician (This is the 4th different elected office she is running for) . She has zero private business experience, and has shown herself to be a radical environmentalist.
NYW Voting History in the State Legislature (2008-2010)
1. HB 2281 – Ethnic Studies Ban <Link>
Bill Prohibits public schools from teaching classes that:
- Promote the overthrow of the United States government;
- Promote resentment towards a race or class of people;
- Are designed primarily for students of a certain race or ethnicity;
- Advocate ethnic solidarity rather than treating people as individuals.
NYW Votes Against banning ethnic studies
2. SB1001 – Authorizing Governor to Challenge Federal Individual Health Care Mandate <Link>
Establishes the right of every individual in the state to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty, and authorizes the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the president of the Senate to direct counsel, other than the Attorney General, to initiate legal proceedings on behalf of the state to enforce such policy.
This is the bill that allowed Arizona to challenge “Obama Care” in court
NYW Votes Against Challenging Obama Care
NYW is a strong supporter of Obama Care. She signed “State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform” letter, which urges the passing of Obama Care <Link>
3. HB2338 – Yellow Light Standardization <Link>
Specifies that red light running detected by a photo enforcement system can only result in a traffic ticket and complaint if the traffic control device conforms to the specifications in the state traffic control device manual (Sec. 2).
This is meant to stop “short yellow lights”, which allow unfair tickets to be given to citizens
NYW Votes Against bill
4. SB1307 – Treatment of Human Embryos <Link>
- Establishes that in vitro must occur between only a human egg and human sperm (Sec 1).
- Prohibits the creation, transportation and possession of human-animal hybrids
NYW Votes Against banning the creation of human-animal hybrids
5. SB 1048 – Prohibiting Partial-Birth abortion <Link>
- makes knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion a class 6 felony
- Has reasonable exemptions to protect the life of the mother among others
NYW Votes Against prohibiting partial-Birth Abortion.
She is a rapid “no restriction or limits on abortion” activist
6. HB 2001 – Scholarships for Disabled or Displaced Students <Link>
Grants tax credits for school tuition to organizations that sponsor disabled or displaced students.
NYW Votes Against scholarships for Disabled Students. She claims to be for education, guess not if you are disabled.
7. HB2192 – development fees; public transportation <Link>.
Current law requires developer paid impact fees to be used for roads and infrastructure only. This bill would allow fees to go to transportation, like the modern street car, public buses, etc. Apparently NYW thinks we have enough money for roads. NYW sponsored this bill, and never made it out of committee.
8. NYW claims she can “Reach across the Aisle” to get things done.
Her record in the AZ house shows just the opposite. She was the Prime sponsor or Co sponsored 144 bills during her tenure. Only 9% of these bills were actually passed into law. That’s less than 1 in 10 bills that actually made it into law. Hardly a testimony to bipartisan support.
NYW had trouble even getting her own party to support her legislation. She was the sole sponsor on 18 bills, that means not even her own party would support these bills. (HB2778, HB2421, HB2852, HB2851, HB2850, HB2849, HB2405, HB2406, HB2407, HB2408, HB2409, HB2410, HB2411, HB2412, HB2413, HB2414, HB2416). Of course none of these bills passed, with no support.
Here’s a couple of bills that she was the sole sponsor of:
1. HB2416 - plastic bag recycling program <Link> . This bill requires stores to recycle plastic bags, and reuse them. Would you want to go to your local grocery store and put your food in recycled plastic bags…. apparently nobody else at the state legislature did either.
2. HB 2410 -active management areas; technical correction <Link> . This Bill simply capitalizes the word “application” in one place. It does not add any words, delete any words, or change the meaning in any way. Was this a good use of our elected officials time…. apparently nobody else at the state legislature thought so.
If you want more detailed information about NYW in the Az house go to Vote smart, it is a non partisan site <Link>
So how did NYW get into the state legislature in 2008? – She was appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to fill the remainder of the term of former Democratic Rep. Lena Saradnik. She was apparently hand picked by Chuck Huckelberry and approved by the very board that she is now running for. <Link> NYW is clearly the “business as usual” candidate.
How did she get out of office. Well, in the 2010 the voters in this district had enough of her left wing ideology and voted her out of office <Link (page 10)>
Now that the 2010 election is over and all the financial data is available we can see who funded NYW. It is interesting to note that a significant amount of her money came from special interests and lobbyists out of Phoenix. She talks alot about special interest groups and money from Phoenix, guess we now know why. <Link>
Another area of campaign finance are the independent expenditures that are common in politics. NYW knows all about them as she was heavily supported by four separate independent expenditures. They funneled over $14,000 to support her campaign. Three of these groups simply appeared in 2010 and funneled money to support her. They appear to have disappeared after the election. The fourth group is a special interest group out of Phoenix. <Link>
Let’s Fact Check NYW’s Resume
NYW’s resume can be found on the state Legislature web site <Link>
Owl Vs the Children
She served on the Amphi School Board District from 1997 to 2007. This was the time when the population was expanding and school crowding was a big issue. The district needed to build a new high school to accommodate student needs. The district started to build the new Ironwood Ridge high school just as the Pygmy Owl was listed as an endangered species. NYW was strong advocate for the Pygmy Owl at the expense of the children. She has been accused of providing sensitive information obtained during executive sessions of the school board to the environmental groups suing the district. During this time the environmental groups burned several homes in Pima Canyon. NYW’s efforts ultimately caused the taxpayers in excess of $3 million and forced our kids into overcrowded trailers for several years. The courts eventually ruled in favor of the district and the school was built. The articles below will spell it out for you:
NYW quit the Amphi school half way through her last term. Apparently she lost interest in education. <Link>
One final item during this time frame that NYW left off of her resume was her unsuccessful run for Mayor of Oro Valley in 2006. The voters remembered her activism on the school board and she was handed a sizable defeat. <Link>
2004-2007, Nancy was the Executive Director of ArtsReach Writing Program, a literacy outreach directed to Native American and Latino students in Southern Arizona. –
Poking around on the net about ArtsReach I could not find a website or much at all, I did find this:
This organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted <Link>
Her resume states: “Nancy is a free-lance writer”
The writings of a person give an in-site into their beliefs. I googled the following search strings :
“books written by Nancy Young Wright tucson az”
“Short Stories written by Nancy Young Wright tucson az”
“Poems written by Nancy Young Wright tucson az”
“Magazine articles written by Nancy Young Wright tucson az”
I came up empty in these searches, so it’s unclear what she has written.
How is NYW rated by Trade Organizations?
1. Americans for prosperity <Link>
NYW earned the lowest rating of all Arizona house and Senate members in their 2010 score card, that’s right, she was dead last, earning the designation of “Hero of big government” <Link>
2. National Rifle Association (NRA)
NYW earned an “F” rating from the NRA <Link>
She voted against every bill in the legislature supporting the second amendment. <Link>
3. National Federation of Independent Business <Link>
ranked NYW a very low 33% out of %100
Who is Supporting NYW?
1. Emily’s List <Link>
Their stated goal is to: “Elect women to create Progressive Change”
They Donated $424 to NYW <Link (on page 21)>
2.Arizona List Super PAC <Link>
Their stated goal is to: “Elect progressive, pro choice, Democratic women”
They have endorsed NYW <Link>
They have donated $2000 directly to her <Link (on page 36)>
They have also donated another $4500 secretly to her campaign. I’m sure that they will expect something in return for this. <Link>
3. Peoria Public Employees Union – AFSCME Local 3282 <link>
The real question is: Why is a public employees union in Maricopa County endorsing NYW….
4. Arizona Communications worker of America – Union <Link>
5. AFL-CIO – Union <Link>
6. SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
They donated $2170 to NYW <Link, page 26> - their PAC is called: ARIZONA FAMILIES UNITED FOR STRONG COMMUNITIES
Another very interesting observation is that NYW is not endorsed by any current Business, city or county leaders. Not even any of the 3 current Democratic county supervisors have endorsed her. Take look at Ally endorsements for a clear difference.
Were is NYW on Jobs creation in Pima County? In a recent mailer she says she will: “Promote education and high tech jobs”. Notice this says “High tech jobs” ; not “jobs”. As someone who has actually worked in high tech industries (Aerospace – Honeywell ; semiconductor – Intel) I am passionate and supportive of these industries. But, what if your skills and passion are in another industry, perhaps construction, hospitality, Real Estate, manufacturing, or mining. NYW pretty much does not care about you and your families job/financial needs.
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