Blog for Arizona writer Larry Bodine at Democrats of Greater Tucson

    September 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    Attorney/journalist Larry Bodine, blogger at Blog for Arizona will be speaking on local political journalism.   He has been a frequent guest on the John C. Scott radio show, Saturdays 4 to 6 p.m. on KVOI 1030 AM on the dial.


    Larry Bodine

    “Journalist and attorney Larry Bodine enjoys being politically active and helping candidates get elected. As an elected Democratic precinct captain in Precinct #238, he attends many live political events and reports on them for the Blog For Arizona — See

    His 45-year career includes writing for the New York Daily News, where he won 7 awards for investigative journalism while covering numerous beats for the News, which was the largest-circulation US newspaper at the time.

    He is the new Editor and Publisher of News.Law, a just-launched news source for attorneys. Previously Bodine served as editor of many legal publications, including the American Bar Association Journal,, and the National Law Journal.

    This fall Larry will host a progressive political and community talk show on KVOI Radio 1030 AM.
    These days, a lot of political activity happens on social media. Online, Bodine is followed by 23,000 people on Twitter, and manages 7 LinkedIn groups. He has an active Facebook page at

    To keep up with online technology, Bodine stays fresh as the senior legal marketing strategist at LawLytics, a tech startup in Tucson.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Larry of Blog for AZ spoke today (also in attendance from BfAZ were Pam Powers Hannley, myself, and Jana Segal, new blogger). Larry announced that he will be doing a radio show on KVOI in the near future. Good news: 3 Republican state officials defeated in AZ Primary : Diane Douglas (Supe of Public Instruction), Michele Reagan (Sec. of State) and Tom Forese (Corp. Commission). Bad news: Republicans voted 671,000 to Dems 524,000 statewide, and former Maricopa Cnty. Sheriff Joe Arpaio got 116,000 votes for U.S. Senate race. Larry said press coverage is good in Tucson with AZ Daily Star, Tucson Sentinel (online), Tucson Weekly. BfAZ is independent blogsite, founded by atty. Michael Bryan, with anonymous AZ Blue Meanie posting over 12,000 articles so far. Top stories in last 30 days: 4th Southwest Key children detention facility, 3rd private school subsidies 2nd 8 key ballot measures 1st No on Prop. 126. He talked about 3 new stories in the works on 9 flippable seats in AZ Senate and House, recall of 2 Supreme Court justices who voted against Outlaw Dirty $ initiative being on the ballot, a “posse” forming by Outlaw Dirty $ supporters. He asked the audience about effective techniques to elect Democrats and emphasized door to door canvassing. 2 Comments from audience were corrections that Save our Schools is supporting the Justices’ recall effort, that SW Key facility not as bad as depicted. Questions were about feeback from Independents, statement about donating to BfAZ, his most controversial post (on David Garcia’s book on school choice), who would appoint should the S. Ct. justices recall occur, who is blogger AZ Blue Meanie, how to attract Republicans to vote for Democrats, how to dispute negative radio shows/attack ads. CD 2 candidate Ann Kirkpatrick thanked all for their support, introduced her staffers and asked for help in the General Election.

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