Political Calendar: Week of October 25, 2015

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 25, 2015:

Sunday, October 25, 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, October 26, 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 Rep. Stefanie Mach LD 10 substituting for Rep. Randy Friese (LD 9) who could not make it, Legislative Update. Next Week: Pamela Powers-Hannley, candidate for LD 9 House, campaign update.

Monday, October 26, 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, October 27, 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.

Wednesday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills).  Featured speaker is Courtney Osterfelt is the director of LaunchPad, the Prescott teen center.  She is also the founder of Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough, a nonprofit foundation that supports teen girls in Yavapai County. Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Deadline for ordering is October 21. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m.: CNBC GOP Presidential primary Debate, at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, CO. Top 10 candidates in the Hunger Games main event at 8:00 p.m. ET. Kiddie Table debate at 6:00 ET. Moderated by Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Harwood.

Thursday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at Maricopa County Democratic Party HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30: Green Valley County Fair/White Elephant Celebration (Continental Shopping Plaza’s Fall Sidewalk Sale and Art Festival), at the Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. DCSRA will be tabling the event. Please contact Joyce McGlaston at joycemc2@gmail.com or (520) 648-7518.

Friday, October 30: Last day for early voting in the Tucson Mayor and City Council Election and Pima County Bonds Election. Last day to return mail your early ballot — do not mail it after today. Drop it off at polling sites.

Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

Friday, October 30, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Keynote Speaker is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and featuring senate candidate Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. Tickets are $125 for Dem-AZ and PC members, individual tickets $250, sponsors $1,000. Purchase tickets at www.actblue.com/contribute/page/adphalloffame. This is a link http://hofnominee.azdems.org to nominate worthy Democrats to the Hall of Fame. We would appreciate if you would complete and return the nomination form to blubin@azdem.org by close of business Thursday, Oct. 15. The selection committee will review the nominations and make selections over the following weekend.

Bob Bland Memorial Dinner and Volunteer Awards Dinner

Friday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party’s Bob Bland Memorial Dinner and Volunteer Awards Dinner, at La Casita Mexican Restaurant, 465 E. Fry Bld., Sierra Vista. Please join us as we recognize the valuable contributions of our volunteers and honor our outstanding Democrats of the past year. Dr. Matt Heinz, Congressional District 2 candidate, will be our Keynote speaker. Mexican buffet. Tickets are $40 for PCs, $50 individual tickets; $30 for Young Democrats. Purchase tickets HERE. Send your nominations for Democrat of the Year, Young Democrat of the Year, Campaign Volunteer of the halloween-Year, Headquarters Volunteer of the Year, Club of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to: cochisecodems@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 31: Halloween.

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, November 1, 10:00 a.m.: Cyclovia Tucson. Car free bicycling event in Downtown Tucson.

Monday, November 2: Emergency Voting at the Pima County Recorder’s Downtown office and Recorder’s Ballot Processing Center only.

Tuesday, November 3: ELECTION DAY for Tucson Mayor and City Council Election, and Pima County Bond Election. Polls close at 7:00 p.m.

Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Party

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Part, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Bonsai-Boojum Room, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Come watch the election returns with your fellow Democrats. RSVP to heath@pimadems.org or 520-326-3716.

DCSRA’s Annual Dinner and Auction ‘Believe in Blue’

Thursday, November 5, 5:00 p.m.: The Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts its annual dinner and auction, “Believe in the Blue,” in the ballroom of the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek. Enjoy a gala evening with a wide assortment of live and silent auction offerings. Our very special auctioneer is David Fitzsimmons, the noted cartoonist, humor columnist, and blogger for the Arizona Daily Star. It should be an enjoyable evening! A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Dinner will be a choice of salmon with buerre blanc or stuffed loin of pork filled with spinach, polenta, garlic, mozzarella cheese finished with a maderia tomato demi glaze. Special diets and requests are also available. If you have a special diet need or have questions, please call Polly Daly at (815 370-4614. The cost of a basic ticket is $75.00. You may also choose to be a Sponsor at $100.00 per ticket or a Patron at $200.00 per ticket. Reservations must be made by November 2, 2015. To RSVP and to purchase tickets secure online, go to ACT BLUE.

Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Saturday, November 7, 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.

All Souls Procession Weekend – Tucson

Saturday, November 7 – Sunday November, 8: All Souls Procession Weekend, gather at at 6th Avenue & 7th Street, procession to Congress Street and Avenida del Convento, in Tucson, AZ. Many Mouths One Stomach presents the All Souls Procession Weekend: Procession of Little Angels and Night of the Living Fest (Saturday), and All Souls Procession (Sunday). The Procession is a 2-mile (roughly 2-hour), human-powered, one-of-a-kind ceremonial walk through downtown Tucson that ends with a celebratory ritual featuring the burning of a gigantic urn filled with messages, prayers, and remembrances provided by participants near and far. For more information see All Souls Procession – Remembering together.

Monday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is Phil Lopes, Progressive Democrats of America, Tucson Chapter. 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, November 10, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). For more information please contact Hollace Lyon at Email Us or visit our web site. VeteransSaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Wednesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day.

Veterans Day Parade – Tucson

Wednesday, November 11: Tucson Veterans Day Parade, participants gather at 8:30 a.m. at  330 W. Franklin Street, Tucson. Parade at 11:00 a.m. Parade route at Tucson Veterans Day Parade 2015.

Wednesday, November 11, 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, November 11, 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.

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott, AZ.  Featured speaker is Howard Mechanic, long time Arizona based environmental activist, on what each person to do about climate change. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to (928) 541-0413.

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 p.m.: [No Meeting in November] 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.

Friday, November 13 to Monday, December 14: Filing period for presidential candidates to file nomination papers to appear on their party presidential preference election ballot in March 2016.

Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. – Sunday, November 15: LD 10 petition signature canvass for Sen. David Bradley, Rep. Stefanie Mach, and House candidate Courtney Frogge,  in shifts of a few hours starting at 9:00am on Saturday. Please meet us near the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N Treat Avenue, and help us get our 2016 campaign off to a great start!

Saturday, November 14, 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, November 14, 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, November 14, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

LD 26 Dems Beer Summit

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.: LD 26 Dems Beer Summit, at the Barnes house, 1104 S. Ash, Tempe. For more information please contact samantha.pstross@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 14 (Time TBA): CBS Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, from Des Moines, Iowa. Details TBA.

LD 9 Pre-Holiday Wine Tasting & Fundraiser

Sunday, November 15, 4:00:00 p.m.: LD 9 Pre-Holiday Wine Tasting & Fundraiser, at Cato Vinos Wine Shoppe, 3063 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. A selection of 6 wines specifically designed to pair with your holiday fare. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wineld9.

Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For reservations, please contact Kathy Marvin, President of the DWSEA through email at kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.: 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, November 17, 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, November 18, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting will be moving to the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location will be Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 18, 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, November 19, 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 Sheila Healy, Executive Director of the Arizona Democratic Party. 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.

Saturday, November 21, 10:00 a.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party meeting, at Party HQ, at 522 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Saturday, November 21, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Party Activist Club (DPAC) meeting, at the Coconino County Democratic Office on Agassiz and Birch at the Ice House. We will discuss Equal Pay for Equal Work. We expect action on a proposal before the city council around this time. Celia Barotz, Eva Putzova, and Katherine Yelle will have information. We welcome all to come discuss and learn! For more information please contact Sallie Kladnik at salliemk@aol.com.

Monday, November 23, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at Maricopa County Democratic Party HQ , 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Monday, November 23, 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, November 24, Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information thanksgiving-clipart-8please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, November 26, 3:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Thanksgiving] 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, November 26, 6:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Thanksgiving] 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, November 26, 7:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Thanksgiving] Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Saturday, November 28, 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, November 28, 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, November 29, 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.

Tuesday, December 1: World AIDS Day.

Saturday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Winter Convention, at the UFCW, 2401 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Registration from 1:00 to 1:30 pm. Meeting from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. For more information please call (602) 298-0503.

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

Tuesday, December 15 (Time TBA): CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate, from Las Vegas, NV. Details TBA.

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

Friday, December 25: Christmas Day.

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.

2016

Friday. January 1: New Year’s Day.

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).

Monday, February 1: Iowa Caucus.

Tuesday, February 9: New Hampshire Primary.

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)

Saturday, February 27: South Carolina Primary (Democrats)

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

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

Tuesday, March 8:  Hawaii Caucus, Mississippi Primary, Michigan Primary.

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

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

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 19: New York Primary.

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).

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: 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, South Dakota Primary.

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

* States that have not yet confirmed their primary date: North Dakota, Idaho, Maine, Washington, Wyoming.

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