Political Calendar: Week of January 19, 2014

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Political Calendar For The Week of January 19, 2014:

MLKMonday, January 20, 8:30 a.m.: Martin Luther King Day. The Tucson Martin Luther King Committee presents the annual Martin Luther King Day March and Festival. Marchers will gather at the University Of Arizona Mall on Jan. 20th at 8:30 a.m., by 9:00 a.m. the march will proceed south on Campbell Avenue and proceed to Reid Park Demeester Center. Festival activities will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. This year’s celebration is also a Tribute to Nelson Mandela and includes speakers, dancers, praise dance, choirs from various churches, jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, barbecue, catfish, chickenwings, cake and pie. For more information please contact Donna Liggins 237-7806 or drliggins33@hotmail.com

Monday, January 20, 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), buffet lunch costs $8.50. No DGT in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Next week: Daniel Hernandez, Sunnyside School District Board Member on “Lessons from the political arena.”

Tuesday, January 21, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, (Sierra Vista). Guest speaker is Christie Brown on climate change. The lunch is $15.00. Please reserve your seat with Patricia Hickey at 520-459-1054 or 520-456-5596 or email jopath54@live.com.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Renee Barbaree at reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Northwest Medical Center (in the La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom), 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Wednesday, January 22, 4:15 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party hosts Jocelyn Strauss, Regional Manager for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, at the Cochise County Meeting room, 4001 Foothills Dr., Sierra Vista (northeast corner of Foothills Dr. and Hwy 92). “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms and families to advocate for stronger gun laws. Our common-sense, middle-ground solutions to the escalating problem of gun violence in America are straightforward. We are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, and we want you to join us!” http://momsdemandaction.org. For more information about the presentation, please contact Pat Fleming at cochisecedems@gmail.com or (520) 378-4386.

Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). Featured speaker is Bob Clark for "Safer Arizona," an all volunteer group that is sponsoring an initiative to amend the Arizona state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana/cannabis/industrial hemp use and commerce.The group filed the measure in June 2013 with the Secretary of State. It now aims to gather over 300,000 valid voter signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.: Planned Parenthood Arizona's "Let's Talk About Sex" movie night in Tucson, at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. (Tucson). LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers. Here in Arizona, schools are not required to provide any kind of sexuality education. Consequently, Arizona has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. We know that comprehensive sexuality education is critical to helping Arizona’s teens be healthy. Come and find out what you can do to get the conversation started in your school district and in your community. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here ahead of time: http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=109322&view=Detail.

Thursday, January 23, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower Democrats meeting, at the Rock 'n' Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road in Marana (corner of Twin Peaks and Coachline Road). For more information please contact Buddy Gill at buddygill@comcast.net.

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m.: Why Marriage Matters Arizona, Open Community Meeting, at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue (Tucson). Why Marriage Matters Arizona (WMMAz) will host an open community meeting to discuss the campaign's progress in Arizona. WMMAz is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Arizona. This campaign is about sharing stories and fostering conversation – showing that every LGBT person is part of someone’s family and should be treated with compassion and respect. For more information please contact Paula Aboud at (520) 323-7264. Visit Why Marriage Matters Arizona for more information on the campaign.

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.: Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) presents "Public banking – should Arizona move its money?," at the Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st Street (Tucson). Creation of an Arizona state bank could spur economic development by creating jobs and growing local businesses. Special guest Councilwoman Karin Uhlich will discuss Tucson’s pilot Move Your Money efforts to promote local investment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Event at 7 p.m. For more information please call (520) 609-0178.

Thursday, January 23, 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 Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 25, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Winter State Committee Meeting, at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox (Phoenix). Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by Caucus meetings, with the Call to Order set for 1 p.m. Get more information at he ADP website. On Friday evening before the meeting, the Maricopa County Democratic Party takes on the rest of the state in a "Bowl Off" fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. $20 per person gets two hours of bowling (shoes included). RSVP online or pay at the door.

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting, at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 West 6th Street (Benson). Congressman Ron Barber will be our guest speaker. For more information please contact Kathy or Mark Suagee at soprano.58@hotmail.com or(520) 586-9153.

For additional political calendar items see the Arizona Democratic Party: Calendar.

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 Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com.

Drinking Liberally

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.: (New Day) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Meeting, at St. Andrew's Church, 100 Arroyo Pinion Drive (West Sedona). DRR will be honoring Democratic National Committeewoman Carolyn Warner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information please contact Stephen Williamson at (928) 203-5858.

SaddleBrooke Democratic Club Donkey Kickoff 2014 Dinner

Sunday, January 26, 5:30 p.m.: SaddleBrooke Democratic Club Donkey Kickoff 2014 Dinner, at the MountainView Clubhouse Ballroom, 38759 S. MountainView Blvd. (Saddlebrooke). 5:30 p.m. social hour with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. 6:30 p.m. Mediterranean buffet dinner. Tickets $40 per person, $400 per table of ten. Please use the Donkey Kickoff 2014 Reservation Form.

Monday, January 27, 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 Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). Featured speaker is Paula Pennypacker, Democratic candidate for AZ Senate (LD 23). Other Candidates attending are: Sandra Kennedy, AZ Corporation Commission; Kristie O'Brien, AZ Senate (LD17); Dr. Janie Hydrick, AZ Senate (LD 18); Mikel Weisser for US Congress (AZ04). Also present will be Foothills Dems Chair Carole Pearsall. If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – 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!)

Tuesday, January 28: State of The Union Address.

Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 p.m.: Foothills Democratic Forum hosts "When the Wells Run Dry: Water and Arizona's Economic Future," at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E Saint Andrews Drive (Tucson). Cost is $20 including hot Hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. Register online at When the Wells Run Dry – January 29, 2014.

Thursday, January 30 – Sunday, February 2: 75th Annual Tohono O'odham Nation Rodeo & Fair, at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex located three (3) miles west of Sells, Arizona along State Route 86.

Friday, January 31: Chinese New Year 4712 – Year of the Horse.

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena/South Tucson Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue (Tucson). For more information please contact Marla Daugherty at (520) 594-5265.

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats Club meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 State Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact Joy Mims, bellajoyathome@msn.com.

Saturday,February 1, 1:30 p.m.: Sun City/Vistoso Democrats meeting, at the Social Hall Activity Center, 1563 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. (Oro Valley). For more information please contact Ben Love at (520) 825-8064.

Yuma County Democratic Party 2014 Diamonds and Denim Fundraiser

Saturday, February 1, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party 2014 Diamonds and Denim Fundraiser, at the Cocopah Casino banquet room, 15318 S. Avenue B/South Hwy. 95 (Somerton). Invited guests include Congressman Raul Grijalva and LD 4 legislators Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, and Reps. Lisa Otondo and Juan Carlos Escamilla. Featuring a silent and live auction of political memorabilia. Tickets are $40 per person in advance. To RSVP please contact Sarah at treasurer@yumademocrats.com.

Sunday, February 2: Superbowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Monday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.: The Eastside League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson host Tucson Weekly and KUAT-TV Poliitcal Roundtable host Jim Nintzel for a discussion of Arizona's Clean Elections law. The event is at the Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information please contact Carol West at (520) 298-2447.

Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 23: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats "drop in" meeting, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speakers are Clair Pace, TVVUSD Board and Wayne Peate, PC JTED, on education issues. For more information please contact Luci Messing at lucibmessing@cox.net or (520) 591-7615.

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democratic Club meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue (Bisbee). For more information please contact Sandy Hummingbird at (520) 432-7305.

Saturday, February 8, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Meet & greet with Felecia Rotellini, Democratic candidate for sttorney general, in lieu of meeting. The public is welcome. For more information please contact dcsrapr@gmail.com or (520) 838-0590.

Monday, February 10, 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, February 11, 4:00 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.

Wednesday, February 12: Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Wednesday, February 12, Noon: Northside Democrats meeting at Mimi's Cafe, 4420 N. Oracle Road (Tucson). Please note this is a new location for the Northside Dems meetings, in a separate building in the Tucson Mall property, SW corner. We will be in the Winery Room, please arrive early to order from menu, admission free. Featured speaker is Gayle Hartmann, President of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Association. For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.

Thursday, February 13, 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 Martin Bacal at (520) 326-3716.

Friday, February 14: Valentine's Day. Arizona Statehood Day.

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 a.m.: 15th Annual Vail Pride Day, at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road (from I-10). A huge community-wide event that involves almost every student in the 10,000-student district as well as teachers, staff, businesses and community organizations. Free, food and drink will be available for purchase from food vendors outside as well as from the many clubs and school groups.

Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, February 23: Tucson Rodeo – La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Tucson Rodeo Parade is Thursday, February 20.

Monday, February 17: President's Day.

“Café Roka Rendezvous, Meet the Candidates” Fundraiser in Bisbee

Monday, February 17, 5:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party hosts the Café Roka Rendezvous, Meet the Candidates” Fundraiser in Bisbee. All announced candidates have been invited, and all attending will have an opportunity to make comments to the guests. Attending: David Garcia, Candece Hardt, Jim Holway, Sandra Kennedy, Leah Landrum Taylor, Felecia Rotellini, Hon. Alma Vildosola, and Maricela Solis (on behalf of Congressman Ron Barber). Tentatively scheduled: Fred DuVal. Admission is $50.00 per person, and will include a wonderful Café Roka appetizer buffet, coffee, tea, soft drinks, cash bar. We will have fun Silent Auction (check or cash only) from which our guests can shop. Please make your reservations and send advance payment (again, check or cash only), by Feb. 11, 2014 using the reservation form. For more information about the presentation, please contact Pat Fleming at cochisecedems@gmail.com or (520) 378-4386.

Tuesday, February 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, (Sierra Vista). Guest speaker is Christie Brown on climate change. The lunch is $15.00. Please reserve your seat with Patricia Hickey at 520-459-1054 or 520-456-5596 or email jopath54@live.com.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, at Ak-Chin Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Road (Maricopa), in the Ten Pins Rock'n Roll Room. For more information please contact jjjudd@live.com or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Renee Barbaree at reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Northwest Medical Center (in the La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom), 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 350 N. Main Street (Florence). For more information please contact Henry Wade at hsefndr@aol.com or (602) 619-4440.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). For more information please contact Paul Olson at ld10dems@gmail.com or (520) 791-2965.

Thursday, February 20, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, (location varies). For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Friday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.: Democratic Women in Action meeting, at the Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Drive (Green Valley). Featured speaker is state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro for a Legislative update. For more information please contact Laurie Cirrincione at cinkster54@q.com or (520) 625-3133, or visit our website Democratic Women in Action.

Saturday, February 22: George Washington's birthday.

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting, at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 West 6th Street (Benson). For more information please contact Kathy or Mark Suagee at (520) 586-9153.

Arizona Advocacy Network 3rd Annual Dinner Reclaiming Government for the People, With Ed Schultz

Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.: Join Arizona Advocates and progressive political commentator Ed Schultz in support of Clean Elections, Voting Rights and Fair Courts, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street (Phoenix). Ed is host of MSNBC's The Ed Show and his own talk radio program. Expect an exciting evening with fellow Arizonans who support our nation's founding idea that government should be of, by and for the People. Tickets are $100 per person. Register Here! For more information please contact Josselyn Berry at josselyn@azadvocacy.org or (602) 297-2500.

Sunday, Feburary 23, 2:00 p.m.: (New Day) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, February 24, 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 Luis Gonzales at (520) 594-5500.

Tuesday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – 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!)

Thursday, February 27, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower Democrats meeting, at (New Location) the Continental Reserve Urgent Care meeting room, 8333 N. Silverbell Road (on the southwest corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop). For more information please contact Buddy Gill at buddygill@comcast.net.

Thursday, February 27, 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 Sandra Tiffany at stiffany60@mac.com.

Arizona List Celebrates 10 Years with Political Strategist Celinda Lake – Save the Date!

Saturday March 1: Arizona List Celebrates 10 Years, with Political Strategist Celinda Lake. 11:00 a.m. Marriott Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson. 5:00 p.m. Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix. Get your tickets today at www.arizonalist.org.

Tuesday, March 4: "Fat Tuesday" – Mardis Gras.

Saturday, March 8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2014, Theme: Inspiring Change.

Monday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 19 – Sunday, March 23: Pinal County Fair.

Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30: SAHBA Home & Patio Show at the Tucson Convention Center.

Tuesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 6: Yuma County Fair.

Wednesday, April 9 – Sunday, April 13: Maricopa County Fair.

Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13: University of Arizona Spring Fling.

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 12: Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting in Tucson. Details TBA. Save the date!

Tuesday, April 15: Passover begins at sundown.

Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 27: Pima County Fair.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day.

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