Category Archives: Tucson

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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Grand Opening of Unscrewed Theater’s new location

September 7, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

“We’re kicking off our Grand Opening 2.0 Weekend in style! Join us for a ceremonial celebration with the Tucson Metro Chamber, its Ambassadors, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

There will be scissors. There will be ribbons. There will be scissors cutting ribbons, making the #UnscrewedMove complete!

Unscrewed Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, performing, and producing all forms of live improvisational theater in Tucson, AZ.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/241789636537045/

For tickets to Super-sized shows for the grand opening weekend — go to https://www.unscrewedtheater.org/.

There’s even an Open House on Saturday Sept. 8 (12 to 4 p.m.) with behind the scenes peeks: https://www.facebook.com/events/495414190972282/




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Podcast: What You Don’t Know About the Primary Elections

John C. Scott

In this 9/1/18  interview on the John C. Scott Show  broadcast on KVOI 1030 AM, Blog for Arizona writer Larry Bodine reveals his insights about the August 28 Arizona primary races.

Topics include:

  • Who turned out to vote in the primary election? Was it Millennials and Latinos?
  • Astonishingly, 100,000 people voted for a convicted racist crook.
  • Did the GOP or the Democrats turn out in bigger numbers in the primaries?
  • Lea Marquez Peterson had an extremely weak showing against a political nobody. Tucson is a bright spot for Democrats.
  • Why Ann Kirkpatrick’s attack ads were more effective than Matt Heinz’s. And now her support from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is kicking in.
  • How close will the Kyrsten Sinema vs. Martha McSally race be for US Senate? Guess where McSally’s base of support is, compared with Sinema’s. Who is Sinema’s $1.1 million supporter?
  • The nation is watching the Governor’s race: There was a “no” vote by Republicans against Gov. Ducey, who facing David Garcia’s 6,000 volunteers who knocked on 40,000 doors and contacted 400,000 voters.
  • The Trump effect: what Steve Bannon said.
  • Democrats can take comfort in three of the worst public officials who lost their primaries.