Political Calendar: Week of July 24, 2016

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Political Calendar for the Week of July 24, 2016:

Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic

Sunday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party annual picnic, at Watson Lake (Upper Ramada), four miles north of downtown at 3101 Watson Lake Road, Prescott. Candidates, food, fellowship, raffles and the famous pie auction. $12.00 per person/$22.00 per family. (includes parking) Reserve by calling (928) 541-0413 or online at Act Blue.

Sunday, July 24, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. Marana Dems will be screening Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next.” Popcorn provided, bring your own beverages. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Monday, July 25, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Next Week: Joel Feinman, candidate for Pima County Attorney.

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DNC Convention Schedule and Speakers

Speakers are still being added to those speaking at the 2016 DNC Convention in Philadelphia, but here is a recent summary from Newsday. Democratic convention schedule: Clintons, more speakers and dates:

DNC-LogoHere is the planned schedule of events for the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, where Hillary Clinton will be the presumptive presidential nominee. More details will be added as they become available.

MONDAY, JULY 25

3 p.m.  Convention opens. Monday’s theme is “United Together.” First lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Astrid Silva, a Dreamer who came to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant, will focus on “putting the future of American families first” and building an economy that works for all.

A number of “everyday Americans” will also be speaking throughout the convention on various themes, including immigration and gun violence. On Monday, Francisca Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant, and her daughter Karla Ortiz, an American citizen, will be among the speakers.

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WaPo: Donald Trump is a ‘unique and present danger’ to American democracy

The Washington Post’s editorial page has a rare full page editorial arguing that Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy:

TrumpFascismDONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.

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