Happy New Year from an improved Blog for Arizona (updated)


Dear readers,

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been having problems with our comments approving automatically (or not) for a few months. I’ve been approving the legitimate ones when I’m online.  Some spam ones have gotten through the filters, and I’ve been deleting those.  Because we haven’t been able to fix the problem, our webmaster consultant has recommended we migrate to a new Blog for Arizona blogsite, where I have been posting  quite a few upcoming Calendar items.  Also, for some reason a recent Word Press update stopped allowing me to publish them on this current, older website.  Bear with us as we transition shortly.

Here’s a Swearing In event at Pima County Dem HQ for Jan. 3rd, which is on the new blogsite Calendar, but not on this one.  Note below that flyer time has been updated.


“Southern Arizona, together we have worked incredibly hard to elect some real representation for our district. We flipped #AZ02 from #redtoBLUE.

Now, it’s time to celebrate our massive success. Join Team Kirkpatrick and the Pima County Democratic Party as we watch the official swearing-in ceremony for our new Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. We will be LIVE streaming the ceremony as she’s sworn into office for the116th Congress.

Morning refreshments, coffee and stimulating conversation will be available.

When: 9:30 am – 1 p.m. January 3rd 2019  (time has been updated from 8:30 a.m.)

Where: Pima County Democratic Party Headquarters 4639 E 1st St, Tucson, AZ 85711

Please RSVP by Wednesday January 2nd.”


—-Happy New Year from us at Blog for Arizona!

Carolyn Classen (BfAZ blogger since 2/11/14, formerly with Tucsoncitizen.com)

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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. Hi all, the migration to our new, improved Blog for Arizona site is taking longer than expected due to several requests from the Editorial Bd. So not sure when it will occur and so some events on the new Calendar will not be published this weekend. I’ll do my best to see if I can publish some on the front page. Sorry for the bother.

  2. Hi – I just realized that I have been dropped from your email list for about 10 days. How do I resubscribe ? I cant find a link on your website. Thank you.

    • We are in the process of transitioning/migrating tonight or tomorrow night, so stay tuned for a sign up window via email. Not sure what the new Blog for Arizona site will be like. The Editorial Board met this week to decide on what should be kept and what improved (but I was unable to attend.) Thanks.

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