Doug Ducey  

Republican Doug Ducey (Republican) was the 23rd Governor of Arizona. He was first elected governor in 2014 and served two terms. Ducey was ineligible to run for re-election in 2022 due to term limits. Ducey succeeded term-limited Gov. Jan Brewer (R). He won re-election in 2018. Before his election as governor, Ducey served a single term as state treasurer, winning election in 2010. Ducey's fellow Republican governors elected him chair of the Republican Governors Association for 2021 and co-chair in 2022. Ducey is term-limited and ineligible to seek a third term as governor. An effort to recall Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) was launched on February 11, 2021. Supporters of the recall had until June 11, 2021, to collect 594,111 signatures to require a recall election. No signatures were filed with the secretary of state's office by the deadline. Recall supporters criticized Ducey over violating his oath of office.
How Can Gov. Doug Ducey Vow To Fight Antisemitism When He Supports Sen. Wendy Rogers?
"If Gov. Doug Ducey really wants to fight the scourge of antisemitism, he should work for the defeat of Sen. Wendy Rogers in this year's election."
Apr. 27, 2022

Arizona Governor Won't Say Transgender People Exist

Apr. 1, 2022

"PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey refused to say Thursday if transgender people actually exist, twice dodging direct questions on the subject just a day after he signed legislation limiting transgender rights.
The Republican worked instead to defend his signatures on bills that bar transgender girls and women from playing on girls high school and women's college sports teams and barring gender affirming surgery for anyone under age 18.
When specifically asked if he believed that there “are really transgender people,” the governor paused for several seconds before answering."

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"Asked again if he believed there are “actual transgender people,” he again answered slowly and carefully.
“I ... am going to respect everyone, and I’m going to respect everyone’s rights. And I’m going to protect female sports. And that’s what the legislation does,” Ducey said.
Ducey's response was “appalling,” according to the Arizona director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights group that advocates for equality for LGBTQ people. The organization worked to ensure families and transgender young people came to the Capitol to testify against the bills as the Republican-led House and Senate considered them this session."
Ducey Stacked The Supreme Court. In Return, It Diminished The Power Of The People While Expanding The Power Of His Allies
"Gov. Doug Ducey and his wealthy special interest pals were absolutely gleeful last week when the voter-approved education initiative known as the Invest in Education Act was overturned. Ducey & Co. worked overtime to ensure that nearly $900 million in additional education dollars will never reach our classrooms and that our tragic underfunding of special education programs, our bottom-of-the-barrel per-pupil funding, and our teacher shortage crisis continue. But it’s important for Arizonans to understand that schoolchildren and teachers are not the only ones adversely affected by this decision. Our state constitution and the right of all Arizona citizens to create policy via the ballot has been greatly diminished, as well."
Mar. 15, 2022
Where Sen. Mitt Romney Sees 'Morons', Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Sees Allies
"Gov. Doug Ducey could learn something from Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Liz Cheney, who spoke out against an Arizona politician who pals around with white nationalists."
Feb. 28,2022

Arizona Governor Says He’d Rather Have A White Nationalist In State Legislature Than A Democrat

"Doug Ducey spent $500,000 to help elect Wendy Rogers — a lawmaker who’s making common cause with overt racists. He’s apparently just fine with that decision."

Rolling Stone - Feb. 25, 2022

"Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was questioned Thursday about his efforts to get Wendy Rogers elected to the state senate in 2020, and whether he has any regrets in light of how Rogers has been promoting white nationalist causes.
Arizona Mirror reporter Jeremy Duda asked the Republican governor his thoughts on Rogers during an event where Ducey announced a scholarship program for the state’s foster children.
“Are you still happy with that investment? Do you believe that was a good decision?” Duda asked, referring to the governor’s independent expenditures giving half a million dollars to Rogers’ campaign"...
Ducey Will Return To In-Person State Of The State As COVID Cases Rise
"Gov. Doug Ducey won’t repeat last year’s virtual State of the State despite rising COVID-19 numbers and will instead give his final address in-person at the Arizona House of Representatives."
Dec. 28, 2021
Arizona Opened Professional Licenses To Less Qualified Workers. Gov. Ducey's Office Made Sure They Were Granted
"More than 350 pages of emails show how the Governor's Office worked behind the scenes to make sure licensing boards were set up to embrace universal licensing, including dictating wording on web sites."
Dec. 27, 2021
Arizona Governor Working To Spin Referendum Effort To Quash State Tax Cut
"The referendum is simple enough. It asks voters whether they want to ratify or reject the plan approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled legislature to scrap the current state income tax system, with brackets and tax rates based on earnings, and replace it with a 2% flat tax, a rate lower than any that now exist. By definition, the people currently paying the highest tax rates — 4.5% — will get the biggest benefit."
Nov. 18, 2021
GOP Governor Touts Investments Made Possible By Dems' Rescue Package
"Gov. Doug Ducey touted a new initiative made possible by the Democrats' American Rescue Plan. He brushed past the partisan details."
Nov. 16, 2021
Ducey Used State Plane For Trump Events
"For three months in 2020, Arizona taxpayers fronted the bill of nearly $10,000 so Gov. Doug Ducey could campaign for President Trump and Vice President Pence."
Aug. 27, 2021
Doug Ducey Is Soliciting Economic Advice From…Wait For It… His Dentist
"To make good economic policy, Mr. Ducey should consult more reputable economists not discredited supply-siders, and definitely not his dentist."
Jun. 19, 2021
Gov. Doug Ducey Blocks A Vaccine Mandate That Doesn't Exist. ASU Is Saved
"Gov. Doug Ducey looks woefully uninformed by blocking a university vaccine mandate that does not exist. Did he even read what ASU's policy actually says?"
Jun. 17, 2021
Arizona's Sham Election Audit Leads To Real Threats, Exposing A Cowardly Governor
"Ducey should have long ago condemned the lunatic exercise that's been going on at the state fairgrounds and the Republicans behind it. But that would take guts."
May 10, 2021
Arizona Governor Cherry-Picks Illegal Immigration Data To Exaggerate Rise Under Biden
Mar. 24, 2021
Ducey Outlines Approach To Sink Voter-Passed Prop. 208 Which Funds Education
Mar. 23, 2021
Ducey To Pima County: Drop Dead
Mar. 23, 2021
Ducey Defends Arizona’s ‘Model’ Elections, But Says He Might Sign Bills Restricting Voting
Mar. 22, 2021
Ducey Touts 3 Drug Busts By Border Strike Force. All Happened In Routine Traffic Stops, Far From The Border
Mar. 22, 2021

Letter To Gov. Ducey: Fix Arizona Before Bashing California

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Mar. 21, 2021


"Governor Ducey,
Things must be going well in Arizona, seeing as you have extra time to author an op-ed column celebrating what you think is an exodus to your state from California.
You criticized the state, writing "the Golden State’s luster wore off some time ago" and listed some of its challenges. "These outcomes don’t happen by accident. They are the result of misguided policies and misplaced priorities. Overregulation. Ever-increasing taxes. Nonstop political correctness."
The op-ed boasts how Arizona gained nearly 130,000 new residents while California lost nearly 70,000.
While I know California's not perfect, Gov. Ducey, I've got my own numbers I'd like to share.
For starters, as a former ice cream chain's CEO, you must agree that the firm with the most customers is also most popular, right? So I want to remind you that California has more than five times the population of Arizona — ( 39.4 million to your 7.4 million.
Of course, the businessman in you would certainly say that customer retention is key to any organization.
Did you know, governor, when looking at census migration data based on population size, the typical Arizonan was 40% more likely to leave for another state than a Californian? ( Your state's 2019 exits (the latest stats available) equaled 2.4 departures per 100,000 people vs. 1.7% in the Golden State. By the way, only three states beat the Golden State at this retention rate.
You also suggest in your op-ed that California is bad for business. Well, many Golden Staters see our laws as good for workers. The truth is the states are "even Steven" when it comes to job creation. Arizona bosses in the ( 2010s added one-fifth as many jobs as California employers. That amounted to 500,000 workers in the decade vs. 2.7 million in California. On a percentage basis, the states' hiring was tied at 17%.
Perhaps more telling: Arizona's employers pay three-quarters of the average California paycheck — ( or $56,000 compared with $76,000, respectively.
Yes, Arizona's cost of living is 17% lower than California's, ( based on the federal price parity indexes. But most California workers take a pay cut when relocating to Arizona.
To be fair, governor, I'll agree that California's home prices are double Arizona's. ( By Zillow's valuations, it's $618,000 vs. $309,500. But that's not simply a byproduct of state policy you disagree with. When you ran Cold Stone Creamery, did you see the chain' high-end ice cream concoctions as premium-priced, luxury items or the result of poor management?
Also, Arizona deserves congratulations that your job market fared much better than California in the past year. Arizona lost just 114,000 jobs through January, a 4% dip. California lost 1.75 million, off 10%. But there was a pandemic, no? Did you notice?
Arizona's limited COVID-19 mandates translated to ( pandemic deaths equaling 227 per 100,000 residents since January 2020, the fifth-worst among all of the states. That's nearly two-thirds higher than California's 140 per 100,000 rate, which ranked 30th in the U.S.
You also seem to forget about Election Day 2020 when Arizona voters acted a lot like Californians. Joe Biden became president with Arizona's support. He was the first Democrat to win your state in a quarter-century.
Mark Kelly's victory also means Arizona has two Democratic U.S. senators for the first time in nearly seven decades. And your voters did not act very "conservative" when they approved a ( massive 77% income tax hike on wealthy Arizonans to fund educational improvements.
Now, I'd never brag about California K-12 schools, which rank 11th worst nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report. But your state was fourth-worst!
You wrote that in Arizona "we still value common sense."
Perhaps all those ex-Californians are teaching your state a thing or two."
Ducey At Odds With White House Task Force, Medical Leaders On COVID-19 Policy
Dec. 14, 2020
Where’s Ducey? The Governor Has Not Held A News Conference For 18 Days
Nov. 17, 2020
3 Reasons Why Gov. Doug Ducey Won't Acknowledge That Joe Biden Won The Election
"Arizona's governor should embrace reality, act like a leader and congratulate Joe Biden on winning the election."
Nov. 15, 2020
Arizona governor Doug Ducey making fun of Joe Biden’s stutter to impress Trump. Rally at Prescott Regional Airport in Prescott, Ariz., on Oct. 19, 2020.
Group Launches Recall Initiative Against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Sep. 18, 2020
'A Sinking Ship’: Arizona Docs Say Ducey Steered State Into COVID-19 Surge
Jul. 17, 2020
Arizona Man’s Family Blames His COVID-19 Death On Gov. Doug Ducey
Jul. 14, 2020
Arizona Governor Won't Require Mask Use As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Says People Need To 'Learn To Live' With Virus
Jun. 13, 2020
Ducey Told Trump ‘The More Aggressive Approach Does Work’ Against Unruly Protests
Jun. 1, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey Fires The Scientists Who Warn He's Making A Mistake By Reopening Arizona
May 5, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey Fires The Scientists Who Warn He's Making A Mistake By Reopening Arizona
May 5, 2020
Poll: Ducey Has The Lowest Approval Rating In The Country For COVID-19 Response
Apr. 7, 2020
Ducey Photographed With Member Of Extremist Group Proud Boys
Jan. 22, 2020

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Arizona Governor Says Christians Shouldn't Have To Serve Gays
"According to Ducey, the state has too many laws already, and businesses need the freedom to deny jobs, housing, and public services to LGBTQ+ people."
Sep. 24, 2019
Ducey Sees No Need To Add Gays To Protected Classes
"Ducey said he does not think it’s necessary to provide people who are gay the same legal protections that exist for already established protected classes"
Sep. 19, 2019
AZ Gov Was Warned About State Vendor Who Allowed Woman In Vegetative State To Be Raped, Get Pregnant
Jan. 15, 2019
Ducey Silent On Knowledge Of Campaign Contribution
"Gov. Doug Ducey won’t say whether he knows who is behind the single largest contribution to his re-election campaign."
Dec. 7, 2018
Watchdog Group: Ducey Re-Election PAC Received Illegal $500,000 Contribution
Dec. 4, 2018
Arizona Border Strike Force Works Far From Border, Is Credited With Routine DPS Work
Nov. 4, 2018
Doug Ducey And The Problem Of Dark Money
Oct. 19, 2018
Without Evidence, Ducey Accuses Garcia Of ‘Rigging’
Oct. 2, 2018
Ducey Drops Into Tucson To Highlight Recent Drug Busts, Refuses Questions
Sep. 17, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: Governor
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".


Gov. Doug Ducey Spoke At Event For Turning Point USA, A Group Plagued By Racism Charges
Aug. 16, 2018
Ducey, Republicans Leave $56 Million For Child Care Sitting On The Table
"Doug Ducey and his Republican legislative cronies had $56 million in federal money waiting to be spent to help cover the cost of child care and early childhood education for low income families. They refused to spend it."
Aug. 15, 2018
Doug Ducey Only Governor Candidate To Decline Invite To Student-Led Gun-Control Town Hall
Aug. 14, 2018
Ducey Event: Campaign Stunt Or News Conference?
Jul. 13, 2018
Ducey Takes Credit For Criticizing An Obama Immigration Policy That Never Existed
"Gov. Doug Ducey said this week that he has long been opposed to separating immigrant children from their families, citing his criticism of an Obama-era policy. One problem: Such a policy never existed."
Jun. 22, 2018
Dozens Of Likely Fake Twitter Accounts Are Supporting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's Re-Election
Jun. 20, 2018
Gov. Ducey Won't Debate His GOP Opponent Because He Is A 'Fringe' Candidate
Jun. 20, 2018
Ducey Doesn't Favor Arizona Ratifying Equal Rights Amendment
Jun. 12, 2018
Uber Experiment Blows Up In Gov. Doug Ducey's Face
May 24, 2018
Bennett Says Ducey Campaign Threatened To Sue Petition Firm
May 12, 2018
Ducey Faces Backlash For Photo With Patriot Movement AZ Group
Apr. 29, 2018

Ducey refused to meet with teachers or the AEA but he met with these members of the Patriot Movement AZ (flashing white-power signs) at the Mohave County Republican Party’s Patriot Dinner at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Facebook, Apr. 28, 2018
Ducey’s Strategy: Pass His Plan, Then Shame Teachers
Apr. 25, 2018
Ducey's Drive-By: How Arizona Governor Helped Cause Uber's Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash
Apr. 12, 2018
Arizona Gov. Ducey Won't Meet With 'Political' Teachers As Strike Threat Grows
Apr. 10, 2018
Arizona Voters Overwhelmingly Vote To Ban Dark Money But Governor Tosses the Ban
Apr. 10, 2018
Arizona Governor And Uber Kept Self-Driving Program Secret, Emails Reveal
Mar. 28, 2018
Ducey Makes Another False Claim About Superintendents And Teacher Raises
Mar. 15, 2018
Why Is Gov. Doug Ducey Silent On Theranos' 'Massive Fraud'?
Mar. 14, 2018
Arizona Utility Helps Fund Ducey Re-Election Campaign
Feb. 5, 2018
Brahm Resnik Nails Ducey On His Koch Addiction (Are There Rehab Programs For Funding Abuse?)
Jan. 19, 2018
Ducey Tosses Peanuts To Teachers While Throwing A Banquet For His Staff
Oct. 17, 2017
Doug Ducey Sticks With Trump Over Your Health Care, Your Jobs
Sep. 27, 2017
The Sickening Reason Why Gov. Ducey Supports Disastrous Health-care Bill
Sep. 21, 2017
Ducey's Veto Of Student Press Bill Draws Criticism
May 24, 2017
Remember This Day, When Ducey Stuck It To You, Arizona
Mar. 24, 2017
Gov. Doug Ducey: Arizona Will Not Have Sanctuary Cities
Feb. 6, 2017
Is Ducey Joking? A 4/10th's Of A Percent Pay Raise For Teachers?
Jan. 13, 2017
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Battles AZ Pot Legalization With Behind-The-Scenes Fundraising
Sept. 19, 2016
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Bill Easing Dark Money Rules
Mar. 31, 2016
Ducey Defends Deeper Cuts To Higher Education
Mar. 10, 2015
Arizona Governor Calls Plan To Kick 500,000 Low-Income People Off Of Medicaid ‘Responsible’
Mar. 9, 2015
Arizona’s New Governor: We Have No Money For Public Education, But Let’s Fund This Private Prison
Feb. 12, 2015
Ducey Seeks $70 Million More For Private Prisons
Feb. 3, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: Governor
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.


Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From An Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family
Oct. 14, 2014
Doug Ducey Aligns Perfectly With Cathi Herrod On Candidate Surveys
Sept. 30, 2014
Arizona Political Candidates Hobnob With Cliven Bundy At GOP Picnic
Aug. 22, 2014
Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey And His Double-Speak On Religious Freedom
Jul. 2, 2014
Center For Arizona Policy Head Is Advising Doug Ducey
Aug. 22, 2013
COLD STONE CREAMERY: Failed Franchisees Attack Doug Ducey Campaign
Oct. 17, 2010
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Survey Questions For Arizona And County Candidates
Position Sought: Treasurer
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.


Doug Ducey: Emperor Of Ice Cream Or As Sleazy As They Come?
Aug. 12, 2010
Treasurer Candidate Doug Ducey Didn't Pay '08, '09 Tax
Aug. 8, 2010

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