Well, it’s that day again – February 11—when I celebrate another anniversary blogging here at Blog for Arizona. What a year it has been since January 20, 2017 when Republican political newcomer Donald Trump became our 45th U. S. President. Prior to this site I was online as “Carolyn’s Community” for Tucsoncitizen.com. Folks in town do remember me there.
For four years now I’ve been concentrating on promoting good non-profits and other groups in Tucson, reporting on local politics & elections, and posting passionately in our image Calendar (http://blogforarizona.net/calendar-2/). I’ve individually posted 2,363 events in 4 years, which is quite a lot of progressive events, and 983 articles (almost 1000).
Thanks for reading our opinions/commentary and fact-based reporting.
Our bloggers online now are mostly attorneys (what else?) – Owner/founder & former prosecutor Michael Bryan; the mysterious AZ Blue Meanie who could only be a lawyer with his/her vast knowledge; longtime blogger Phoenix attorney Bob Lord; new blogger attorney/journalist Larry Bodine; and me, a has-been attorney/Hearing Officer in Small Claims Court (for almost 13 years in April, 2018). Fortunately for them, fellow bloggers Karl, Pam and Linda aren’t attorneys (yet). And Craig, Donna, and Steve are on hiatus, but could be back.
This political year one Arizona U.S. Senate seat (being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake), 9 U.S. Congressional seats, Arizona statewide offices are all up for election (including Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction, etc.) and all Arizona Legislative Senate and House seats. A few Governing Board volunteer seats in the local School Districts are also up for election.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged az blue meanie, Blog for Arizona, Bob Lord, Carolyn Classen, donald trump, Larry Bodine, Michael Bryan, political events, politics, progressive news
Well, it’s Christmas Day 2017, and another year is ending in the new Millennium on Earth. Good health has been on my mind, as I fell twice this year by accident (of course), hurting my lower back and later scraping my right knee, with several bruises on my legs. Fortunately nothing was permanent or broken. I’m on the mend and in relatively good health, so that’s something to celebrate. And my family is here this year in Tucson, in Southern Arizona.
It’s time to wish our Blog for Arizona readers Happy Holidays and cheer for the New Year (of the Dog, for us Asians according to our zodiac). It’s been a tough year of the Rooster with the new Republican President and administration in power in D.C. and lots of Resistance efforts ever since Jan. 20, 2017. Just take a look at our Blog for Arizona Calendar if you’re wondering what I do with my free time as an unpaid, part-time blogger. My goal is to help spread the news about progressive events in Southern Arizona (as far south as Nogales), and often up north (Phoenix and Flagstaff).
Season’s greetings to all. Let’s hope 2018 is a better year than 2017 was, politically. Thank you to our loyal Blog for Arizona readers, as we continue to blog into the New Year.
Three years ago on Feb. 11, 2014 (in the days of the Obama Administration) I joined the good folks here at Blog for Arizona, after more than four and a half years blogging at the Tucsoncitizen.com, as “Carolyn’s Community”. You readers have noticed that I have been tirelessly working on posting progressive events on our image Calendar (upper right corner) or online here:
I am passionate about informing our readers about what our non profits and progressive groups and people are doing here in Arizona. Some activists in town are telling me that we now have the “best political calendar” online. Many thanks for the praise.
As for elections, only the Tucson City Council races to report on in 2017: Ward 3 has (so far) 3 Democrats and 1 Libertarian seeking the open seat (with Karin Uhlich retiring), and no challengers to date in Ward 5 (Richard Fimbres) or Ward 6 (Steve Kozachik). Both Councilmen are seeking re-election.
We will keep on blogging…esp. now in the early days of the Trump Administration Stay focused and vigilant, and be aware.
Posted in Activism, Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged Blog for Arizona, Carolyn's Community, Obama Administration, Trump Administration, Tucson City Council, Ward 3 Council, Ward 5 Council, Ward 6 Council, www.tucsoncitizen.com
Well, another political year has passed and a big one is upon us, with the Presidential Election of 2016. To date, 2 Democrats Clinton & Sanders are seeking this seat and still 7 Republicans – Bush, Carson, Cruz, Gilmore, Kasich, Rubio, Trump. Interestingly enough, Cruz and Rubio are half Hispanic.
Stay tuned for lots of action there with all the primaries coming up as we head into the summer national conventions to select the Democrat and Republican who want to be U.S. President. And this year there may even be an Independent Candidate.
Don’t forget to vote in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016, so you can have your say in national politics.
I’ve been online here now for 2 years, having spent over four and half years blogging at the Tucsoncitizen.com (shut down suddenly by Gannett Publishing on Jan. 31, 2014).
Please check out our Blog for Arizona Calendar
for lots of progressive events, which has become primarily my responsibility. I’ll also be on the local campaign trail as the Pima County offices are up for election, as are State House and Senate seats.
Welcome to our new education blogger Linda Lyon. Read her bio here:
Let’s keep on blogging…in 2016 and beyond.
From Phoenix New Times: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/best-of/2015/megalopolitan-life/best-democratic-blog-7677833
BEST DEMOCRATIC BLOG (2015)
Blog for Arizona
“Unapologetically lefty, Blog for Arizona proudly wears its Democratic donkey on its banner, sings the praises of Obamacare, and incessantly is critical of Arizona’s Republican overlords. In other words, for this redder-than-red GOP state, Blog for Arizona is an outlier. That doesn’t make its team of progressive opinionators any less fierce. In fact, they regularly draw blood, whether it’s erstwhile Democratic Congressional candidate Bob Lord’s exposing former Republican schools’ superintendent John Huppenthal as anonymous blog commenter “Falcon 9,” or “Democratic Diva” Donna Gratehouse skewering the Rs over their attempts to restrict abortion rights for women. Like Gratehouse, some of these scribblers have their own blogs, but together they form a left-wing Wu Tang Clan, fighting a guerrilla war against a better-funded and far more populous enemy. They dream of a day when Arizona goes blue, or perhaps purple, though a lighter shade of pink may be the best they ever can hope for.
Carolyn’s note: Kudos to fellow bloggers Bob Lord and Donna Gratehouse for this mention. Prolific writer/blogger Az Blue Meanie should have been mentioned too, but he’s probably still too anonymous. We at Blog for Arizona proudly acknowledge this award from the Phoenix New Times.
Regular commenter “Steve” recently dropped by on my previous post about Democrat Jim Webb’s embarrassing defense of the Confederate flag to inform me that he is deeply concerned about my emotional well-being.
One thing I have noticed in your postings, Donna, you seem to have an unlimited amount of hatred for anyone who disagrees with you. And I don’t mean just a regular sort of hatred…I mean a deep, soul searing, profane type of hatred that blinds you to much that is good in life. I feel very bad for you because in your blindness you miss the bigger picture on issues and even go to length of erasing posts with which you disagree. It allows you to pretend that opposing points of view don’t exist, I suppose, but it also demonstrates a very closed, very bitter mind.
Much as it will disgust you, I am going to pray for you. You need the prayers more than most, and who knows, it might even help you.