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National Red for Ed Day – September 4, 2018

Join in this effort by the National Education Association and wear red tomorrow, and support public education in America.

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Former Tucson Citizen reporter A.J. Flick authors “Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder in Tucson”

A.J. Flick, former Tucson Citizen reporter for 17  years (31 years plus as a journalist)  has authored a book about the 2004 stabbing murder of  37 year old Tucson ophthamologist Dr. Brian Stidham, allegedly perpetrated by his business partner Dr. Brad  Schwartz.   A.J. reported on this crime so she knew firsthand about this newsworthy murder.

Most of us remember reading all the gory details in the newspapers as this  heinous and famous crime was committed and prosecuted. Dr. Stidham was stabbed 15 times and his body was found in the parking lot of his office. And oddly enough, Dr. Schwatz’s girlfriend Lourdes Lopez was an attorney/county prosecutor.

“A.J. Flick is a writer, editor and repurposed journalist based in Tucson, Ariz. Her byline has appeared in numerous news websites and publications across the country. When she isn’t writing, she loves endurance hikes and wilderness explorations. Just kidding. She would rather read and watch a lot of TV and movies.”

A.J. Flick, photo credit to Kathleen Dreier

Book is available now for pre-order on, and will be released on Oct. 9, 2018.

More info on the murder:

Congratulations AJ!  Can’t wait to read your book. I was one of those former practicing  attorneys who was following this horrible story as it unfolded and waited to see who would be prosecuted for the murder.

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AZ Primary Election results – Southern Arizona Dem races

CD 1  Tom O’Halleran, incumbent   52,986

CD 2 (open seat)

Dr. Matt Heinz     20,704

Ann Kirkpatrick   28,046

Billy Kovacs   4118

Mary Matiella   6163

Barbara Sherry  1,766

Bruce Wheeler  5,900

Yahya Yuksel  1062

CD 3  Raul Grijalva, incumbent  16,018


LD  2   Senate  Andrea Dalessandro (incumbent)  14,179

LD 2 House (2 seats)  AZ SOS site has different figure than Pima County/Santa Cruz County for Gabaldon

Rosanna Gabaldon (incumbent, House)  10,924

Daniel Hernandez Jr. (incumbent, House)  10,505

LD  3 Senate  (open seat)

Sally Gonzales  8691

Betty Villegas   6994

LD 3 House  (2 open seats)  — too close to call

Olivia Cajero Bedford  7884

Andres Cano  8456

Alma Hernandez  8160

LD 9  Senate (open seat)

Jim Love  4265

Victoria Steele  19,474

LD 9 House (2 seats)

Dr. Randy Friese (incumbent)  16,780

Pam Powers Hannley (incumbent)  15,782

JP Martin  4286

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LWVGT’s Guide to Voting in Pima County

Tomorrow is the Arizona Primary 2018 , with polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Many have already voted early, being on the PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List).  If you don’t vote tomorrow, please mark your calendar for the November 6, 2018 General Election.  Up for re-election this year are the Arizona state officers (Governor to Mine Inspector), one U.S. Senate seat, all 9 Congresspersons, the State Senate and State House (2 in each legislative district) , various school board members,  and Justices of the Peace.

More info here by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson’s Guide about voting in Pima County. It’s  your civic duty to vote as U.S. Citizens. The Guide is in English and Spanish.

The LWVGT is non partisan, and members are both men and women.

Voter registration stats (from Arizona Sec. of State website): registered Democrats in Pima County – 200, 943, registered Republicans 157,706, registered as Other 160,746.  Registered as Green 1,485 and Libertarian 4,100.

Vote wisely on or before August 28, 2018.

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Unscrewed Theater reveals The Big Reveal Grand Opening dates

Unscrewed Theater Announces Grand Opening 2.0!

“After over 4 months of construction and hard work, we are *beyond* excited to announce Unscrewed Theater’s Grand Opening 2.0!  Ta Da!  

Our month-long celebration starts with a two-day party on September 7th & 8th.  An open house with two – count ‘em TWO – ribbon cuttings (Tucson Metro Chamber & GLBT Chamber), loads of raffles, Special Guests Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Dylan Smith of the Tucson Sentinel, and our own four Improv House Teams. This weekend will hold more fun and funny than Tucson can handle.

The rest of September holds even more special guests and festivities.  So much so that part of the fun spills over until October.

You see these fine folks on our stage!

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