Category Archives: Tucson

PCC Governing Board candidates forum

Two Pima Community College Governing Bd. seats (nonpartisan, volunteer) are up for election in the General Election of  Nov. 6, 2018. Both incumbents are not seeking re-election: District 3 Sylvia Lee and District 5 Luis Gonzales.

District 3 candidates: Maria Garcia, wife of former LD 27 State Senator Jorge Garcia (she was appointed to his seat after his death in office in 2010), and former PCC Board member Vicki Marshall.

Running for District 5 seat is Debi Chess Mabie, formerly with Arts Foundation of Tucson/Southern Arizona and the Loft Cinema, against Luis L. Gonzales, husband of LD 3 Rep. Sally Gonzales (who recently won the LD 3 Senate race). It is a bit confusing with both men (the incumbent and the candidate)  having the same name in this District.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

CD2 Candidate Ann Kirkpatrick Opens New HQ, Launches Dozens of Canvassers

Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Tucson’s CD2, opened her new headquarters at 4742 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705, and launched dozens of volunteers to knock on doors for her and US Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema.

She said the key issues in the race are: protecting choice in women’s health care, immigration reform including citizenship for the DACA recipients, and halting the separation of children from their parents at the border.

She has also called for creating a public option for Americans to buy into Medicare, protecting Medicare and Social Security from Republican attempts to cut earned benefits, and giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices to reduce costs for our seniors.

I canvassed 49 houses myself for four hours in the 101° heat and found that these issues resonated with voters I talked to. I met:

  • An independent voter who is Latino and who is upset by the US immigration policy.
  • A Republican who said he was upset with Trump and will vote for Kirkpatrick and Sinema to put a check on the president.
  • An independent who wanted to know where to donate to the Sinema campaign.

All three of them wanted to volunteer for the Democrats. Continue reading

Who’s running for TUSD Governing Board in 2018?

To answer that question above, there are 2 nonpartisan seats up for election on November 6, 2018 and both incumbent Governing Board members are running for re-election  – Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks.  Grijalva is the daughter of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and has served on this board since 2003.     Hicks is a 2 term board member and is currently the President of the 5 member TUSD Governing Board.

Adelita Grijalva’s campaign website: https://www.adelitafortusd.com/

Michael Hicks’  campaign website: https://michaelhicks4tusd1.org/

incumbent Adelita Grijalva

incumbent Michael Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political newcomer challengers  in 2018 are Leila Counts, Adam Ragan, and Doug Robson.

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How to Vote on Arizona’s 8 Key Ballot Measures

Print this out for future reference. Mail-in ballots will arrive on Oct. 10

Print this out for future reference. Mail-in ballots will arrive on Oct. 10

Faced with a corrupt State Legislature and Supreme Court, Arizona voters will have the chance to fight back on 8 public initiatives.

Teachers, elected representatives, and a transportation official explained the merits of the ballot initiatives at the recent
Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club meeting.

Arrayed against voters are dark money interests and self-dealing corporations that are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to sabotage ballot initiatives to fund public schools, renewable energy, and clean elections.

“I said that this Legislature is owned by dirty money on the state House floor, and I was gaveled down,” says state Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley. “We still have corruption in the state government.”

Echoing these remarks, Luci Messing, the chair of the Tanque Verde Democrats, says, “We have a very corrupt majority in the Legislature who are not looking out for us. We need to take them out. That’s why it’s so important we vote for people who are pro-education, pro-family and will do best for Arizona and not for their pockets or personal gains. It’s definitely one of those issues where we can make a difference. The power is in our hands.” Continue reading

Upcoming Climate Change Forums at Joel D. Valdez main library

Climate Change Forums

“Climate change is real and affecting our home. Hear how to put the brakes on climate change and learn about ways to deal with a hotter future. Meet students who are taking action and arm yourself with information.
All programs take place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101. N. Stone Ave. in the Lower Level Meeting Room. Show up at 2:30 pm to interact with youth environmental groups. Lectures start at 3 pm. These events are sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby and UA Institute of the Environment.
Climate Change and the Future of the Southwest
Saturday, September 8, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Gregg Garfin. Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment.
Designing Policy to Control Climate Change
Saturday, September 29, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Dr. Derek Lemoine. Professor Lemoine’s research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of environmental policy and of energy systems.
Adapting to Climate Change
Saturday, October 20, 2018 (3 pm – 4:30 pm)
Presented by Katharine Jacobs, faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment.”

 

 





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Borderlands Theater presents “Sanctuary” play at Southside Presbyterian Church

“Based on real people and events Sanctuary chronicles the Tucson birth of the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement.

In 1981, when Carol and Mica find out about detained Salvadorans fleeing civil war, they set out to process political asylum applications. After they meet Victor, a Salvadoran in a Border Patrol detention center, they realize they’re going to need help. They call on Father Hartford, who is first to meet Nidia, another Salvadoran with strong but different opinions on the Salvadoran civil war.

Carol and Mica enlist pastor Jeff Chord of Southside Presbyterian Church, who sits on the National Presbyterian Council and before long Quaker Will Hewitt joins the group with ideas of his own. As the number of detained Salvadorans and Guatemalans continues to grow, the group must choose whether or not to stand up for what they believe. Will they choose the law of man or the law of God?

Sanctuary kicks off a trilogy of plays dealing with immigrants seeking refuge in the U.S., exploring the U.S. involvement in Central America, its consequences, and response.”

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