Category Archives: Announcement

In Memoriam: Martin Bacal

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Martin Bacal, a long-time friend and the heart and soul of the Pima County Democratic Party. There is not a Democratic activist in Arizona who does not know Martin Bacal over decades of dedicated service to the Democratic Party. Martin is irreplaceable, and I will miss him. Goodbye my friend.

Here is the announcement from the Pima County Democratic Party:

Remembering Martin H. Bacal

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October 8, 1932 – February 14, 2017

Martin Bacal, a lifelong Tucson resident, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home. He is survived by his wife Eva, their children Richard (Victoria), David (Diana), Katherine (David), Susan, and Emily, his sister Andrea (Doug), and 6 grandchildren. Martin was born in New York City and has lived in Tucson since 1934. He was a proud graduate of Tucson High and Columbia University. He was the longtime president and owner of Pioneer Paint and Varnish Co. He was active in the Democratic Party and was National Committee person for 12 years. He supported University of Arizona athletics, a season ticket holder for basketball and for football for well over 60 years. He was a past member of Rotary. Martin had an encyclopedic memory of politics, geography, and history, with a special interest in the Civil War. Martin was a loyal friend of Bill W.

Funeral Service 1:30 p.m. Friday February 17, 2017

Congregation Or Chadash, 3939 N. Alvernon Way.

Burial to follow Evergreen Cemetery.

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Women’s March on Washington – Arizona sister-marches (updated)

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The Arizona Republic today has an updated list of the “sister-marches” in Arizona for the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. 10 Arizona women’s marches planned for day after Trump inauguration:

The Arizona sister-march locations are Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, Jerome, Phoenix, Gold Canyon, Tucson, Green Valley, Yuma and Ajo as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Women’s March on Washington’s official website.

At least 5,000 people are expected to attend the Phoenix march, which will be the biggest in the state and recently secured liability insurance, according to Maya Asher, the statewide coordinator. Tucson is expecting about 2,000 people.

“I’ve grown up in Arizona my whole life and there’s always been a slant towards Arizona being conservative and not supportive of things like this, and this experience has changed my perception of that,” said Asher, 31.

“There’s been so much support and encouragement, especially because we aren’t taking an angle of negativity, of being an anti-Trump march.”

Details on all 10 marches


The 1-mile, family-friendly march will be accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Organizers plan to have a small stage and podium for speakers and musicians, and they expect to allow more than a dozen community groups to set up informational tables.

Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21. Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Click here for the Facebook event. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

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DNC Future Forum on Saturday


DNC_DonkeyWHAT: The first in a series of DNC Future Forums

WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017

WHERE: Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

DESCRIPTION: The DNC Future Forums will be a full-day affair starting at 9 a.m. and expected to end no later than 6 p.m.

The day will start at 9 a.m. local time. The first part of the day will feature the following discussion points and will be OPEN to the public and press:

• Regional Political Presentation
• Regional Success Stories
• DNC Look Ahead Discussion:
Featured Speakers: DNC Chair Donna Brazile, Washington Governor Jay Inslee

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Live blogging results later today

Blog for Arizona will be live blogging results later today as the AP calls states in the presidential race and in key senate and house races. We may break up these posts by time zones. There could be a substantial delay between polls closing and a state being called by the AP.

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Our bloggers will also be covering state legislative and county races (Maricopa and Pima), congressional races, and other races of interest.

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Arizona polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. If you are standing in line at 7:00 p.m., stay in line, you are entitled to vote!

If you have an early mail-in ballot, be sure to sign and date the ballot envelope and drop it off at any polling location. No waiting!

If you have questions about your polling location, or you want to report long lines or other problems at your polling location, please contact your county recorder office.

In Maricopa County go to Maricopa County Elections Department or call (602) 506-1511.

In Pima County go to Pima County Recorder (voter information in right-side menu) or call (520) 724-4330.


AZ Secretary of State: Guidance on Polling Place Conduct and Preventionof Voter Intimidation and Discrimination (Scribd)

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division staff is available by phone to receive complaints related to voting rights (1-800-253-3931 toll free or 202-307-2767) or by TTY (202-305-0082). In addition, individuals may also report complaints, problems or concerns related to voting by fax 202-307-3961, by email to and by complaint forms that may be submitted through a link on the department’s website:

Complaints related to violence, threats of violence or intimidation at a polling place should always be reported immediately to local law enforcement authorities by calling 911. They should also be reported to the Department of Justice after local authorities are contacted.


  • Arizona Secretary of State, 602-542-8683 or 1-877-THE VOTE.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Phoenix office, 602-595-2866.
  • FBI, 623-466-1999.
  • National non-partisan Election Protection Coalition, 1-866-OUR VOTE.

GOTV Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders in Phoenix on Sunday

Senator Bernie Sanders is returning to Arizona on Sunday to campaign for Hillary Clinton.


WHAT: Arizona Democratic Party GOTV Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders

WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 11:45 p.m. (Doors open at 10:45 a.m.)

WHERE: Central High School, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona

DESCRIPTION: Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Arizona to discuss Hillary Clinton’s plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Join him on Sunday, November 6th — and bring a friend (or three)! RSVP at