Five Years at Blog for Arizona


It was five years ago that I joined Blog for Arizona, after being “Carolyn’s Community” for the online for over 4.5 years.  So now I’ve been longer at this blog site, mostly posting progressive events (3,092 to date) on our image Calendar, but also posting articles – 1,135 so far according to Word Press.

The huge Resistance movement started up a little over 2 years ago, after Republican U.S. President Donald Trump took office, starting off with the gigantic Women’s March all across America (and the world) in January 2017.  My husband and I just attended the one here in Tucson at Jacome Plaza (outside the Joel D. Valdez main library), attended by about 3,000 people, mostly women.  American women have gained more voice and power in 2018, also due to the long overdue “Me Too” movement.

Progress has been made in Arizona in 2018 with the election of 4 Democratic women to statewide offices:  senior U. S. Senator Kirsten Sinema, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, and Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy.  All other statewide offices are held by Republicans.

And Democrats won back the Southern Arizona Congressional seat in CD 2 with the election of Ann Kirkpatrick.  5 of the 9 U.S. Congress seats are now held by Democrats in Arizona.  Pima County had a high voter turnout in the General Election of Nov. 2018 at 70.55 % of the registered voters.

More progress for Democratic values can be made in 2020, the next US Presidential election.  Is Arizona turning purple?

Where now?  There are more bloggers currently at Blog for Arizona than when I started 5 years ago, and more areas of resistance against the current Administration.  I see my unpaid volunteer job as needed, to continue to inform you readers of what’s happening in Southern Arizona and often the entire state.

Here at Blog for Arizona, we have a new look/theme, so hope you will continue to read our posts and Calendar, and support our progressive efforts and values.

Onward.  Adelante. Imua.

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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).


    • thanks — testing the comments, supposed to automatically post now, and Spam supposed to go into the spam folder, instead of Pending.

  1. Thank you, I will keep going at this Blog for Arizona site, but the Calendar page is a bit overwhelming since I am mostly doing the posting of these numerous, progressive events. And the recent migration to this new site took 5 weeks, and consequently 18 events which I had posted on the new site (which didn’t go live till Feb. 5) were “lost” from public view. Oh well, as I said above — move on into the future, and RESIST.

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