Democratic women senators of Arizona have banded together and put their names, all 73 of them, to an open letter addressing the problematic Senator Kyrsten Sinema. We publish the letter, which was released by EMILY's List, in its entirety here:

After a year of obstructing every major policy of President Joe Biden’s agenda by protecting the Jim Crow filibuster and opposing several key elements of the Build Back Better bill, Senator Kyrsten Sinema has demonstrated that she cares more about protecting the interests of her corporate donors rather than democracy and voters who elected her.

Emily’s List, an organization that claims to ignite change, has stood firmly by our Senator and her defense of a racist, archaic Senate rule that stands in the way of legislation sitting in the Senate that would protect women’s reproductive rights, protect voting rights, raise the minimum wage, advance workers’ rights, act on the climate crisis, prevent gun violence, enact immigration reform, and so much more.

With this continued support of Senator Sinema and silence in the face of a crisis for our democracy and women’s rights, Emily’s List is losing credibility as an institution that promotes progress. Emily’s List claims to “reject apathy and the status quo” and to be “…committed to driving progressive change”, but these claims ring increasingly hollow when the organization fails to recognize how detrimental the Jim-Crow era Senate rule is to our democracy and progress and enables one of its only defenders among the Democratic caucus.

We, the undersigned Democratic women active in Arizona’s politics, call on Emily's list to immediately make a public demand to Senator Sinema to support ending the filibuster now. With the upcoming vote on filibuster reform planned for Tuesday, January 18th, the day after MLK Day, delay is unacceptable.

Celia Barotz, Former City of Flagstaff Vice-Mayor and Councilmember

Nancy Bonsall AZ LD10

Dorothy M. Barth, AZ CD2

Roberta Callahan, CD8 and LD20

Hazel Chandler, CD6 and LD 20

Casey Clowes, AZ CD9 and LD26

Georgia Conroy, AZ CD3, LD3

Carole Edelsky, AZ

Sharon Edgar, AZ CD1 and LD6

Barbara Erickson, AZ CD2, LD9

Gina Griffiths, AZ CD6 and LD28

Barbara Groleau, CD6 and LD20

Linda Guarino, AZ CD1 and LD6

Ann Heitland, AZ CD1 and LD7

Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, PC and state committee representative for LD3

Robin Hiller, AZ CD2

Deborah Howard, AZ CD8 and LD22

Mary Keerins, AZ CD2, LD9

Emily Kirkland, AZ CD9 and LD26

Rivko Knox, AZ CD 6 and LD 20

Molly McKasson, AZ CD2

Isabel O`Neal, AZ CD5 and LD12

Eva Putzova, AZ CD1 and Former City of Flagstaff Councilmember

Jenise Porter AZ CD2, LD9

Carol Schneiderman, AZ CD2 and LD3

Belén Sisa, AZ Immigrant Rights Activist

Patti Serrano, Executive Committee Member of ADP, AZ CD5, LD 17

Eve Shapiro, AZ CD2

Aubrey Sonderegger, AZ CD1 and LD6

Lee Stanfield, PC in AZ CD2 and LD10

Christine (“Wendy”) Sticht, AZ

Joanna Sweatt, AZ CD5, LD17

Barbara Tellman AZ CD3, LD3

Beth Trachy, AZ CD7 and LD 24

Barbara H Warren, AZ CD2

Marilyn Weissman, AZ CD1 and LD 6

Sonya Landau, AZ CD2

Katya Peterson, AZ CD2

Cynthia Soffrin, CD2? And LD10

Jean de Jong, AZ CD2

Stephanie Keenan, AZ

Ellen Shenkarow, AZ PC63

Dianne M. Bret Harte, AZ

Beth Mitchneck, AZ CD2, LD10

Claire E. Scheuren, AZ CD 2 and LD 9

Mary Marjorie King, CD2

Laurie Melrood, AZ CD 3 and LD 3

Paula Glitsos Walsh, AZ CD9, LD28

Peggie Jo Vincent, AZ CD-3, LD-1

Shayna Stevens, CD-9, LD-18

Xenia Orona, AZ CD 7 and LD-27

Jennifer Tanner, AZ CD 1 and LD 6

Rebecca Garelli, AZ CD5, LD 12

Elaine Paul

Toby Friedman AZ CD2 and LD6

Charlotte Mullis, AZ

Lori Lagorio, AZ CD2 and LD6

Carolyn Kavanagh, AZ CD2

Virginia Desmond, AZ CD2

Kim Crooks, AZ CD2

Cynthia Lang, AZ CD2

Marilyn Bernhardt, CD2 and LD 6

Rosemary Hooper AZ CD 2

Ann Barry, AZ

Maureen Delaney, AZ CD7 and LD24

Karen Taylor, AZ LD 6

Cathleen Banister-Marx, AZ LD 6

Peggy Natiello, CD2 and LD6

Rosemary Hooper AZ CD2

Elizabeth Holley, Tucson, CD 2, LD 10

Martha Lynne, Tucson, CD3, LD3

Jennifer Bosma, CD2, LD9

Laurie Seymour, AZ

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If you’ve met me, or have been reading my articles, you know that I live, sleep, eat and breathe fitness; it’s my heart and soul. That being said, I’m here to tell you that the concept of “fitness” is oftentimes tragically misunderstood.

Before you get too aggressive with your goal for pool season, let’s dive a bit deeper into what fitness means on the inside versus what it looks like on the outside, and common misconceptions around this concept.

1. Beware of the cultural pitfalls and misleading information around fitness.

Most of the bodies you see in the media are probably not real, they just look very convincing. As a trainer who also moonlights as a photographer and Photoshop wizard, I’m telling you that it is incredibly easy to alter pictures in materially misleading ways. Once you know the tricks of the trade, the imposters are easily spotted. But that’s not what this is about.

The point is: to the untrained eye, it can be devastatingly defeating to see such impossible standards. It seems as though the cultural pressure to look a certain way, to look perfect, has spread all the way from runway models to fitness novices with the help of smartphone apps.

The truth is that we fitness models look that cut, and that lean for only a couple days at a time. That’s it! In many cases, months or even close to a year of training, dieting and programming all go into looking like that for ONE day. Let that sink in for a second. Day to day, I am less cut, less tan and much flatter muscularly than what you see in some of my pictures. That’s just the nature of the beast. So, when you have a bad day on the scale, in the mirror or in any other scenario, remember that we’re all human and that the most legitimate photos you’re comparing yourself against were from someone’s very best day. That should help to keep things in perspective.

2. Most people want the results, without actually doing the work.

Fitness is not six pack abs, it’s not superficial, it is not temporary and it’s not an isolated phase in your life. Further, fitness is not something you do for someone else, do to spite someone else or even to impress someone else.

Fitness is confidence, toughness, dedication, coordination, power, balance, speed, strength (both literally and figuratively) and persistence in the face of all obstacles. This includes control over your attitude, your mood, your sleep, your schedule, your diet and other aspects of your life. This means getting that workout in when you least feel like it.

It’s not easy, and it’s definitely a grind that has good and bad days. You must show up and keep working on the days you’re tired, stressed, rushed, defeated, doubtful, afraid and so on. The days you actually have to overcome something instead of just checking your workout off your to-do list are the days you have the greatest opportunity to really make progress, push your body and see the most improvement.

3. Fitness is really an internal mindset. The external physique is the fringe benefit.

I’ve said this time and time again, and it might sound strange coming from such an aesthetic-focused trainer, but you are not your body. Your body is a tool, it’s a means to an end, to express your internal mindset, belief system, discipline and dedication to your workout program. Your physique will come and go. Your strength will come and go. Your abilities will wax and wane depending on what you’re training for at the time.

The outside will, and should, be always changing, but the inside is what we’re really after here. Good trainers want to train you to believe in yourself when sh*t gets hard. We want to train you to be resilient in the face of injury, obstacles and other setbacks. We want you to set ambitious goals and shoot for the moon because you can get there with smart programming and relentless will (do yourself a favor and ditch the crash diets and the photo editing software).

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