Political Calendar: Week of April 24, 2016


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Political Calendar for the Week of April 24, 2016:

Sunday, April 24, Noon: Paul Penzone for Maricopa County Sheriff Campaign Kickoff, at Steele Indian School Park, located on the northeast corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue in Encanto Village, Phoenix (near the flag pole). Join us at a rally to support Paul Penzone’s race to become the next Maricopa County Sheriff. Find out how you can assist the campaign. For more information please email us at info@penzone2016.com.

Monday, April 25, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speaker is Morgan Abraham, Chair of No on Prop. 123 Committee. Next Week: John Abraham, director of Final Exit Network, on end of life issues.

Monday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, April 26: Connecticut Primary, Delaware Primary, Maryland Primary, Pennsylvania Primary, Rhode Island Primary.

Tuesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!) For more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Mountainbrooke Village Center in the Palo Verde Room (off the south parking lot), 5762 S. Moutainbrooke Drive, Gold Canyon, AZ. Come meet candidates running for office in LD16 and state wide. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 27 – Sunday, May 1: Verde Valley Fair, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

Wednesday, April 27, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Speakers: candidates Bill Mundell and Tom Chabin for Arizona Corporation Commission. Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Thursday, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Thursday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, April 28, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic party meeting, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 522 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact  cochisecodems@gmail.com.

Maricopa County Democratic Party Diamond Event

Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Diamond Event, at 40 Owls Gallery, 815 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Join the excitement as we Celebrate What Matters – fighting for our Democratic values and working on behalf of all of our great candidates.  Please be with us for the inaugural presentation of the Jacqueline Adams Legacy of Service Awards – honoring the work of great Democrats in Maricopa County. Enjoy food and drinks while chatting face to face with some of the brightest political stars of the county and state.  Mix and mingle with officeholders and candidates, surrounded by hundreds of your fellow Democrats under the stars.  Don’t miss this year’s political social event of the season and help us continue to turn Arizona blue! For tickets go to https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8598627931310655488.

Saturday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of The Santa Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, upstairs meeting room, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Candidate Forum for County Attorney. Joel Feinman has confirmed to attend but Pima County attorney Barbara LaWall has not yet confirmed. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Saturday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Meals on Wheels dining room at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Street in Prescott, with not one, but TWO Donald Trump piñatas that you could take a whack at for a buck a try. The cost is $15 per person and includes Mexican food catered by an authentic Prescott Valley restaurant, Maya Mercado, and is delicious! Beer, wine and sangria will be available for a donation, as well as tea and lemonade. Help support our scholarship programs and have fun at the same time! RSVP at DWPrescottArea@gmail.com.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks willattend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of a problem and there’s plenty of free parking.

Sunday, May 1: International Worker’s Day.

Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, May 3: National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Tuesday, May 3: Indiana Primary.

Wednesday, May 4: Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sunset).

DCSRA Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area Cinco de Mayo Celebration, at American Legion Post 66 Hall, 1560 W. DuVal Mine Road, Green Valley. 5:00 p.m. cash bar; 6:00 p.m. Mexican buffet; 7:15 p.m. performance by Pueblo Magnet High School Mariachi Band. Tickets are $25 per person. Pay at ACT Blue.

Thursday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday, May 7: 11th Annual West End Fair on Fry Blvd. from Garden Avenue to North Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ.

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Saturday,May 7, 10:00 a.m.: [Need to verify location] Legislative District 2 meeting,at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of The Santa Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, upstairs meeting room, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. State Senator Andrea Dalessandro is our featured speaker discussing the 2016 legislative term, “Legislative Wrap-up Challenges and Successes: Implications for Arizona’s Future” with Q&A followed by a reception. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

LD 11 and Five Clubs Picnic

Saturday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.: LD 11 and 5 Clubs Picnic, at the Sun City Activity Center, 1495 W. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley, AZ. Menu: grilled hamburgers, brats and veggie burgers with all the fixin’s, delicious salads, side dishes, plus scrumptious desserts, drinks and popcorn. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. (Buy from a club seller to provide the required donation information). All proceeds go to LD11 Democratic Committee. For more information please contact legdist11dems@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day.

Monday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, May 10: Nebraska (GOP Primary), West Virginia Primary.

Tuesday, May 10, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). For more information please contact Hollace Lyon at Email Us or visit our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 10, Noon: Democratic Women of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott, AZ. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to (928) 541-0413.

Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner

Friday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner, at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Keynote speaker is Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. PCs and Dem AZ members can purchase tickets for $125. CSLC members are entitled to a complimentary seat as part of their membership. PC’s, DEM AZ and CSLC members should reserve their tickets by contacting Herschel Fink at 602-234-6808 or hfink@azdem.org. Individual tickets are $250, and VIP tickets are $1,000.To RSVP and to purchase tickets, RSVP here.

Arizona Democratic Party Stgate Committee Meeting

Saturday, May 14, Time TBD: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee meeting, location TBD. State Committee persons will elect as delegate to the Democratic National Convention the remainder of the delegation including party leaders, elected officials, at-large delegates and alternates.

Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Monday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.: The White Mountain Democrats’ major fund-raiser for the Love Kitchen and Meals on Wheels at the Pinetop-Lakeside Town Hall. Features music, refreshments and a silent auction. The benefit provides thousands of dollars in funding, as well as food items, to support these two important institutions in our community.

Tuesday, May 17: Special Election for school funding inflation adjustment settlement and changes to Arizona Constitution.

Tuesday, May 17: Kentucky (Democratic Primary), Oregon Primary.

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

5th Annual Morris and Stewart Udall Dinner

Friday, May 27, Time TBA: Pima County Democratic Party’s 5th Annual Morris and Stewart Udall Dinner, details TBA. Keynote speaker is former Texas state senator Wendy Davis. Sponsorship packages are available, please inquire with Executive Director Heath Butrum at 520-326-3716 or heath@pimadems.org.

Wednesday, June 1: Last day to file candidate nomination petitions.

3rd Annual PALF Community Partnership Awards

Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.: 3rd Annual PALF Community Partnership Awards, at the Randolph Golf Course Club House 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. PALF is a coalition of labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The purpose of the awards celebration is to honor individuals and organizations (both union and non-union) for their ability to raise awareness about local issues and union activities through acts of civic engagement. Doors open at 6:00 PM with Dinner/No Host Cocktails and Silent Auction. Program: 7-8 PM. Individual tickets and great raffle prizes tickets are available at the PALF Office. Individual Tickets $50.00/ Raffle Tickets prices $10 each or 3/$25. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Dancing In The Streets scholarship fund.
Please contact awards.palf@gmail.com for Sponsorship packages and more information.

Sunday, June 5: Puerto Rico (Democratic Primary).

Tuesday, June 7: California Primary, Montana Primary, New Jersey Primary, New Mexico Primary, North Dakota (Democratic), South Dakota Primary.

Tuesday, June 14: Flag Day.

Tuesday, June 14: Washington, D.C. Primary.

46th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June, 19: 46th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival, at the Donna Liggins Center at Mansfield Park, 2160 N. 6th Avenue, Tucson. Fun, food, education, fellowship and entertainment. Everyone is invited to this free, fun, family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For more information please call (520) 429-1724 or visit us on Facebook Tucson Juneteenth Celebration – Facebook.

Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day.

Thursday, July 7: Last day to file constitution and initiative petitions.

Wednesday, July 13: Last day to file arguments for or against ballot measures (General Election).

Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21: Republican National Convention in Cleveland aka “the mistake by the lake” — seems almost prescient.

Thursday July 21: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election.

Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28: Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Monday, August 1: Deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election. Note: Those of you not registered with a political party will need to request a primary ballot for the party of your choice.

Wednesday, August 3: Early voting begins in the Primary Election.

Tuesday, August 30: Primary Election.

Sunday, September 18, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon. Details TBA.

Thursday, September 29: Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.

Monday, October 10: Voter registration deadline for General Election.

Wednesday, October 12: Early voting begins in the General Election.

Tuesday, November 8: ELECTION DAY.

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