Political Calendar: Week of January 13, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of January 13, 2019:

Opening Day of the Arizona Legislature – State of  The State Address

Monday, January 14: Opening Day of the 54th Arizona Legislature (First Regular Session) — Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address. The legislature gets to work on Tuesday.  “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain.

Monday, January 14, 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 Buzz Davis. : Next Week: No DGT in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Following Week: Jeremey Lasher, 2018 DCCC National Canvass Director.

Monday, January 14, 5:00 p.m.: Silent Auction for Tucson Women’s March 2019, at La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina, 204 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson.

Monday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 13 organizational meeting. Ward 3 City Council Office, 1510 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ.  Monthly meetings, 2nd Monday. Veterans for Peace is an international organization of military veterans from all branches of services, military family members, and allies, dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war.    For more info www.veteransforpeace.org or contact Cara Bissell at cabissell@fastmail.fm or 718-721-5527.

Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is Brian Bickel, from our own Leadership Council. Brian has become an expert on redistricting. Meet the second Monday of each month. The meeting is open to the public at no cost. PLEASE Bring a friend!For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.

State of  The State Address – Tucson

Tuesday, January 15, 11:30 a.m.: 2019 State of  The State Luncheon, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson. The Tucson Metro Chamber will host Governor Doug Ducey at the annual State of the State luncheon to deliver his State of the State address detailing the issues affecting not only Southern Arizona, but the entire state of Arizona. Register Now. For more information, see 2019 State of the State Luncheon.

Tuesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For reservations, please contact Kathy Marvin, President of the DWSEA through email at kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, January 16, 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). 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.

Wednesday, January 16, 4 p.m.  Veterans for Peace, Chapter 13 Veterans Administration gate action at the VA gate on 3601 S. 6th Avenue.  The monthly gate action protests the privatization of the Veterans Administration Health Care.  For more info contact Buzz Davis at dbuzzdavis@aol.com or 608-239-5354.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at Pinal County HQ, 345 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge. For more information please contact David Coward at Pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, January 17, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Guest speakers are Harriet Young and Anne Schneider on the upcoming legislative session. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, January 17 – 6:30 p.m. TUSD Superintendent Community Forum. Join Dr. Gabriel Trujillo at the Superintendent Community Forum to talk about what’s happening in TUSD, at Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Road, Tucson.

29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Saturday, January 19, 8:00 a.m.: 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by the Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association, at the Boys and Girls Club, 2585 E. 36th Street, Tucson. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. with presentation of colors and the National Black Antehm, followed by the program and speakers, and a raffle. Breakfast is free with donations accepted at the door. (suggested donation is $5, raffle tickets will be sold). All proceeds are used to help area children with scholarships to help them achieve their dreams.

Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. 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.

3rd Annual Women’s March

Saturday, January 19 – 10:00 a.m.: Phoenix Women’s March at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix.

Saturday, January 19 – 11:30 a.m.: Women’s Rally at Esperanza & La Canada in Green Valley. Cosponsored by Alliance4Action, DCSRA and Democratic Club of Quail Creek.

Sunday, January 20 – 10:00 a.m.: Tucson Women’s March. Jacome Plaza (Corner of Stone and Pennington),Tucson.

Saturday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.: Defending Democracy at the State Legislature – Oro Valley, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. The Arizona Advocacy Network & Foundation presents a training session on how to use the Request to Speak system, the Arizona legislative process, and answering all of your questions about the legislative session.

Saturday, January 19,2:00 p.m.: Defending Democracy at the State Legislature – Tucson, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. The Arizona Advocacy Network & Foundation presents a training session on how to use the Request to Speak system, the Arizona legislative process, and answering all of your questions about the legislative session.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Current Events 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 (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). 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 Ermanos Back Room, 220 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. 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 our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). There’s some street, a parking lot across the street, and the streetcar stops outside their door.

Monday, January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Monday, January 21, 8:00 a.m.: Annual Martin Luther King Day March in Tucson. Begins at MLK Way at The Bridges in the UofA Tech Park (S. Kino Parkway and 36th Street), march to Reid Park, Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Alvernon Way. Celebration in the park 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 21, 4:oo p.m.: MLK Celebration After Party, at the Dunbar Auditorium, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson.

Tuesday, January 22 (Time TBD): State of The Union Address.

Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of LIfe Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, January 23, 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). 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, January 24, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, January 24, 6:00 p.m.: NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Gala, at the Rhythm Room, 1019E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Featuring live music by whiskey kiss. For more information see our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/events/2178080049146248/.

Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 26, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee meeting at Carl Hayden High School, 3333 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix. Registration will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caucus meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon. Plenary session and elections begin at 1 p.m. For more information, see HERE.

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m.: Democrats of the RedRocks Annual Meeting, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Piñon Drive, Sedona.  It will be a pot luck so bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. Come and learn about other upcoming events, meet many candidates, and elect the DORR Board of Directors for 2019. Sign up sheets for food will be at the Breakfasts on Dec 20 and Jan 17th, or email Jan Graham at adobegraham@cableone.net. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 212-1357.

.Sunday, January 27, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month.

Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3: The 81st Annual O’odham Wapkial Ha-tas Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo and Fair, at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex located three (3) miles west of Sells, Arizona along State Route 86.

Sunday, February 3: Super Bowl LIII, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on CBS.

Tuesday, February 5: Chinese New Year – Year of The Pig.

Monday, February 12: Pitchers and catchers report for 2019 Cactus League Spring Training.

Wednesday, February 13, 8:30 a.m.: Environmental Day at the Arizona Capitol, hosted by Sierra Club – Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter and Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend for all or part of the day. We will be delivering a birthday card to legislative leaders and the governor with Five Cs for a Sustainable Future, hearing from speakers, and meeting with legislators in teams to discuss important environmental issues, bills, and more. No experience is necessary and training is provided. To find out more information or to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org. It is important let us know you will be attending, so we can connect you with a team to meet with your own legislators.

Thursday, February 14: Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day.

Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Miller-Golf Links Library, 9640 E. Golf Links Road, Tucson. Sen. David Bradley and Reps. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia give a legislative update and answer your questions in a Q&A.

Arizona List 15th Anniversary

Saturday, February 16, 11:30 a.m.: Arizona List 15th Anniversary Luncheon, at the Marriott Tucson University Park, 880 E 2nd Street, Tucson. Theme: “Women make change happen.” Keynote speaker is Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Emily’s List Vice President of  National Outreach and Training. Save the Date! For more information please contact info@arizonalist.org or call (520) 327-0520.

Saturday, February 16, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona List 15th AnniversarySunset Reception, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix. Theme: “Women make change happen.” Keynote speaker is Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Emily’s List Vice President of  National Outreach and Training. Save the Date! For more information please contact info@arizonalist.org or call (520) 327-0520.

Monday, February 18: Presidents Day.

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.: LD 10 Town Hall, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson. Sen. David Bradley and Reps. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia give a legislative update and answer your questions in a Q&A.

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