Political Calendar: Week of December 6, 2015

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Political Calendar for the Week of December 6, 2015:

ChanukaSunday, December 6: Hanukkah begins at sun down (eight days).

Monday, December 7: Pearl Harbor Day.

Tucson Mayor and Council Inauguration Celebration Luncheon Group

Monday, December 7, 11:30 a.m.: Tucson Mayor and Council Inauguration Celebration Luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom, 260 S. Church Avenue. Individual Tickets $100, Table Sponsor $1,000, Event Sponsor $2,500. Purchase Tickets Here. For more information please contact Heath at heath@pimadems.org or (520) 326-3716.

Monday, December 7, 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 Dan Millis from the Sierra Club on border issues and the legislature. We will be taking nominations from the floor for our election of officers. Next Week: Dr. Matt Heinz, Democratic candidate for Congress in CD 2.

Monday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, December 8: U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in election law cases of Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (redistricting)and Evenwel v. Abbott (one person, one vote standard).

Tuesday, December 8, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats Club meeting, at 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). For more information please contact Hollace Lyon at Email Us or visit our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Wednesday, December 9, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Wednesday, December 9, 5:15 p.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Ave., Ste. 6, Flagstaff. For more information please call (928) 214-0393.

Arizona List Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 9, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona List Holiday party, hosted by Pam Grissom, at 7230 N. Star Fury Place (Cobblestone Estates) Tucson, AZ. Speical Guest is Felicia Rotellini. We’ll have news about Arizona List, fine food, holiday drinks. live music and a great raffle. Please RSVP to (520) 327-0520 or info@arizonalist.org.

Thursday, December 10, 5:30 p.m.: [No Meeting in Dccember] Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

4th Avenue Winter Street Fair

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13; 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair, Tucson. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (dusk) each day. The Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, Main Stage, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Click here for a map. Free to the public.

Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, December 12, 9:30 a.m.: San Tan Valley Democrats meeting, at the SRP Service Center, 3735 E. Combs Road (San Tan Valley). For more information please contact Dwight Snyder at dsnider@cox.net or (480) 331-9386, or visit our web site santanvalleydems.org and Like Us on Facebook.

Saturday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Annual meeting and Pot Luck, at the Green Valley Recreation East Social Center, 7 S. Abrego Drive, Green Valley, AZ. Bylaws changes and election of officers.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Sunday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 holiday party, at Vero Amore,12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd #104, (at Tangerine Road), Marana. Please RSVP to legdist11dems@gmail.com so we can give the restaurant an expected number.

Monday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley Holiday Party, at Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant, Oracle Road and Ina Road, 7360 N. Oracle Road. $10 at the door includes mini dinner buffet and the holiday dessert! Happy Hour drinks $3.00 for 10 oz. Margaritas, house wines, draft beer, and well drinks. Bring a few extra dollars for the holiday raffle. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, December 15, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona holiday meeting, at the Manda Lé Restaurant, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista. Speakers will be from the sponsored charities: Peach’s Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank. For reservations, please contact Fran Micheau at franmich03@yahoo.com. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Tuesday, December 15, 5:00 p.m.: CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from Las Vegas, NV. Moderator Wolf Blitzer. Details TBA.

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.: [Note: No December meeting] Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Renee Barbaree at reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Wednesday, December 16, 4:00 p.m.: Tucson’s Metropolitan Education Commission meeting, at the Tucson Pima Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ. Discussion of Prop. 123 (May Special Election) featuring Dr. Timothy Ogle, Arizona School Boards Association and Andrew Morrill of the Arizona Education Association. Ogle and Morrill support the proposition and their organizations were involved in negotiating it. The full agenda of the meeting can be found at the MEC office at 930 E. Broadway, or call 670-0055. MEC can also be contacted by e-mail at metcom@theriver.com.

Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, December 17, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Featured speaker is Roger Clark, program Director of Grand Canyon Trust. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Discussion on voting rights and election issues. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, December 17, 5:30 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Friday, December 18, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 16 Election Kickoff Party, at the Multi-generation Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction, AZ. Come meet the candidates for LD 16 and enjoy some fellowship with fellow Democrats as we make plans for the upcoming 2016 elections for our senate and house legislators. All our candidates need your signatures and $5 donations to qualify to get on the ballot and qualify for Clean Elections funds. For more information please contact Roman Ulman at rwulman@aol.com.

Saturday, December 19, 11:00 a.m.: (Special Date) Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the home of Jesse & Sandy Hummingbird, Naco Rd., Bisbee. Please bring a side dish to share. For more information please contact John Vivertos at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, December 19, 11:00 a.m.: Somerton Tamale Festival, in Somerton, AZ. Come and enjoy one of the best food festivals in the region. Over 30,000 attendees, 44 different tamale vendors, and great family fun!

Saturday, December 19, 5:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party holiday party, at the home of Fran and Phil Micheau in Sierra Vista. For more information please contact Fran Micheau at franmich03@yahoo.com.

Saturday, December 19, 6:30 p.m.: 21st Annual Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights. Enjoy a day Downtown by grabbing a bite to eat, shopping and visiting the holiday festival at Armory Park beginning at 4pm. Stay for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:45pm and then celebrate the holidays with the parade at 6:30pm!

Saturday, December 19 (Time TBA): ABC Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Manchester, NH. Details TBA.

Tuesday,December 22, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Thursday, December 24, 3:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Christmas] Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Urgent Care meeting room, 8333 N. Silverbell Road (on the southwest corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop). For more information please contact democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com or call(520)251-8247.

Thursday, December 24, 6:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Christmas] Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, December 24, 7:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Christmas] Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). ChristmasFor more information please contact Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, December 25: Christmas Day.

Saturday, December 26, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, December 26, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) For more information please contact Jo Holt at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, December 27, 7:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN…it’s FREE…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Monday, December 28, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, December 29, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!) for more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

New_Year2016

Friday. January 1: New Year’s Day.

Saturday, January 2, 11:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Sunday, January 10, 5:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks annual meeting, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, Sedona AZ. Legislative Update. Election of Officers and Directors. Pot Luck Supper. Get Ready for Elections 2016! For details and to volunteer to help with pot luck items go to our Membership Meetings page.

Monday, January 11: Opening Day of the 52nd Arizona Legislature (Second Regular Session). “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain.

Monday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.: BCS NCAA Football National Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ.

Sunday, January 17 (Time TBA): NBC Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Charleston, SC. Details TBA.

Monday, January 18: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (observed).

Wednesday, January 20, 4:00 p.m.: Tucson’s Metropolitan Education Commission meeting, at the Tucson Pima Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ. Discussion of Prop. 123 (May Special Election) featuring Arizona Treasurer Jeff Dewit. Dewit has been vocal about his opposition to Prop 123. The full agenda of the meeting can be found at the MEC office at 930 E. Broadway, or call 670-0055. MEC can also be contacted by e-mail at metcom@theriver.com.

Thursday, January 28 (Time TBA): FOX News Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from Iowa. Moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. Details TBA.

Monday, February 1: Iowa Caucus.

Saturday, February 6 (Time TBA): ABC Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Details TBA.

Sunday, February 7: Super Bowl 50, from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (CBS).

Monday, February 8: Chinese New Year – Year of The Monkey.

Tuesday, February 9: Mardis Gras – Fat Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 9: New Hampshire Primary.

Thursday, February 11 (Time TBA): PBS Democratic Primary Debate, from Wisconsin. Details TBA.

Saturday, February 13 (Time TBA): CBS Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Moderated by John Dickerson, Details TBA.

Sunday, February 14: Valentine’s Day, Arizona Statehood Day.

Monday, February 15: President’s Day (observed).

Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19: “Pitchers and catchers report” to MLB Spring Training.

Saturday, February 20: Nevada Caucus (Democrats), South Carolina Primary (Republicans)

Monday, February 22, Midnight: Voter Registration Deadline for Presidential Preference (Primary) Election. Participation in Arizona’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Democratic voters are determined as all those registered on the voter checklist as Democrats or those registered on the voter checklist as Democrats with the Arizona Secretary of State by midnight on Monday, February 22, 2016. (Independent or No Party Preference registered voters cannot participate in the Democratic Presidential Preference (Primary) Election).

Tuesday, February 23: Nevada Caucus (Republican)

Friday, February 26 (Time TBA): NBC/Telemundo (removed by RNC) Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from the University of Houston, in Houston, TX. Details TBA

Saturday, February 27: South Carolina Primary (Democrats)

Tuesday, March 1: Cactus League Spring Training games begin.

Tuesday, March 1: “Super Tuesday”: Alabama, Alaska (GOP), Arkansas, Colorado (Caucuses), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota (Caucuses), North Carolina, North Dakota (Republican), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming (GOP Caucus).

Saturday, March 5: Kansas Caucus, Kentucky (GOP Caucus), Louisiana Primary, Maine (GOP Caucus), Nebraska (Democratic Caucus).

Sunday, March 6: Maine (Democratic Caucus).

Tuesday, March 8: International Women’s Day.

Tuesday, March 8: Hawaii (GOP Caucus), Idaho Primary (GOP), Mississippi Primary, Michigan Primary.

Wednesday, March 9 (Time TBA): Univision Democratic Primary Debate, from Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. Details TBA.

Sunday, March 13: Puerto Rico (GOP Primary).

Tuesday, March 15: Florida Primary, Illinois Primary, Missouri Primary, North Carolina Primary, Ohio Primary.

Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Friday, March 18: District-level Delegate filing deadline. An individual can qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention by filing a statement of candidacy designating his or her singular presidential (or uncommitted) preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) with the Arizona Democratic Party at 2910 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 by March 18, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. A delegate candidate may modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline.

Tuesday, March 22: Arizona Presidential Preference (Primary) Election; Utah Primary.

Saturday, March 26: Alaska (Democratic Caucus), Hawaii (Democratic Caucus), Washington (Democratic Caucus).

Sunday, March 27: Easter Sunday.

Friday, April 1: Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must file with the Arizona Democratic Party Chair by April 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m., a list of all such candidates he or she has approved.

Tuesday, April 5: Wisconsin Primary.

Saturday, April 9: Wyoming (Democratic Caucus).

Tuesday, April 19: New York Primary.

Friday, April 22: Earth Day.

Saturday, April 23, 8:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Caucus for delegate selection to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Arizona is allocated 43 district-level delegates. Arizona has chosen to allocate all of its alternatives at the at-large level. District-level delegates shall be elected at a congressional district level caucus on April 16, 2016, following the Presidential Preference Election. Only elected and appointed precinct committeepersons in your congressional district who support your presidential preference (candidate) will be allowed to vote. All precinct committeepersons that wish to participate and district delegate candidates who filed their nomination form must register their attendance during the registration period of 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. A roster of precinct committee persons shall be available for inspection during the entire caucusing period. Candidates for delegates do not have to be present to be elected. For more information, see the Delegate Selection Plan (.pdf).

Saturday, April 23: Passover begins (sunset).

Tuesday, April 26: Connecticut Primary, Delaware Primary, Maryland Primary, Pennsylvania Primary, Rhode Island Primary.

Tuesday, May 3: Indiana Primary.

Tuesday, May 10: Nebraska (GOP Primary), West Virginia Primary.

Tuesday, May 17: Special Election for school funding inflation adjustment settlement and changes to Arizona Constitution.

Tuesday, May 17: Kentucky (Democratic Primary), Oregon Primary.

Sunday, June 5: Puerto Rico (Democratic Primary).

Tuesday, June 7: California Primary, Montana Primary, New Jersey Primary, New Mexico Primary, North Dakota (Democratic), South Dakota Primary.

Tuesday, June 14: Washington, D.C. Primary.

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