LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese at DGT

    November 30, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese
    LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese

    Dr. Randy Friese was elected to LD 9 House in Nov. 2014, upsetting incumbent House Rep. Ethan Orr (R).  He will be giving a legislative update and speaking about “Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.”

    More about Dr. Friese:http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?Member_ID=45&Legislature=52&Session_ID=114. He is a trauma surgeron at Banner – University Medical Center, and was one of the trauma surgeons who assisted the victims of the Tucson Tragedy mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011.



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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Dr. Friese spoke (not on gun violence ) but on Arizona K-12 educational funding, as passed in 2000 by Prop. 201 through 2.5% of state land trust. This was not paid by Governor in 2009 to 2012, spurring a lawsuit which the judge ruled that $330 M was owed to the public schools by Arizona. This lawsuit went to arbitration and settled. Gov. Ducey came up with new funding interest plan to increased Constitutional amt. from 2.5% to 6.9%, which AZ Treasurer Jeff DeWit opposed and counterproposed at 5%. Now the issue is going to the voters with Pro. 123 in May, 2016 which Dr. Friese encouraged voters to oppose. He said to also wait till there is a new 2016 State budget in the spring. Questions from audience were about where the other House/Senate Dems are on this issue, status of the education lawsuit, what if Prop. 123 fails, what is stance of AZ Treasurer now, does land trust fund university/community colleges or just 90% to public ed K-12, what was school boards position on lawsuit, any organized opposition to Prop. 123, what was per student funding at 1996 levels before Senator Russell Pearce was recalled. LD 2 State Senator Andrea Dalessandro in attendance today.


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