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Political Calendar for the Week of June 15, 2014:
Monday, June 16, 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. Featured speakers are Sens. David Bradley (LD 10) and Olivia Cajero-Bedford (LD 3). Next Week: Robbie Sherwood, Executive Director of Progress Now Arizona, on “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!”
Candidates’ Nite in Sierra Vista
Monday, June 16, 5:00 p.m.: The Greater Huachuca Democratic Club and the Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona host Candidates’ Nite in Sierra Vista, at the Manda Le Restaurant, 3455 Canyon De Flores (Sierra Vista). Order from the menu. Come meet and greet city, local, county and state candidates. Public is welcome. RSVP Candidate’s Nite Committee: Phil Micheau – email@example.com; Dotti Wellman – firstname.lastname@example.org; Kathie Crow – email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 17, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 E. St. Andrews Drive, Sierra Vista. (Call to verify). The lunch is $15.00. Please reserve your seat with Patricia Hickey at 520-459-1054 or 520-456-5596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Arizona Candidate Forum
Tuesday, June 17, Noon: Access Arizona hosts the primary election candidates for governor, at Central Arizona College, 540 N. Camino Mercado, Casa Grande, AZ 85122. Please RSVP to Access Arizona, the event sponsor at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 17, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 896-9054.
Tuesday, June 17, 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 email@example.com or (520) 297-3539.
Wednesday, June 18, 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. For more information please contact (520) 297-0095 or visit our web site at www.northsidedems.org.
Wednesday, June 18, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 619-4440.
Wednesday, June 18, 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 email@example.com or (520) 791-2965.
Thursday, June 19, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Monthly Breakfast, at the Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Highway 89A (Sedona), Breakfast is $12, includes buffet and gratuity. Breakfast at 8:00 program at 8;30 a.m. City Council Forum. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (928) 203-5858.
Thursday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 4, at Hampton Inn Yuma, 1600 E. 16th Street, Yuma, AZ 85365.
Thursday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd.
Saturday, June 21, Noon-4:00p.m: Pinal County Democrats Day of Action, at the Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 350 N. Main Street, Florence, AZ. We will begin the CALL TO ACTION campaign on Saturday June 21, 2014 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm by calling on Pinal County Democrats to connect and/or re-connect with the party leading up to the primary. Sign up for a shift Here.
Saturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at the Department of Health Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 822 W. Main, Safford, AZ 85546. For more information please contact Becky Fox at email@example.com or (928) 792-3720.
Sunday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.: Grijalva Campaign HQ Grand Opening, at 309 E. 7th Street (at 5th Avenue). Friends, food and fun! To RSVP or direct questions to Sayanna Molina by email or phone: (520) 629-0050.
Sunday, June 22, 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.
For additional political calendar items see the Arizona Democratic Party: Calendar.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Monday, June 23, 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, June 24, 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 email@example.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, June 24, 5:00 p.m.: El Dia de San Juan Festival, at Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento – at Congress Street (Tucson). One of Tucson’s traditional summer events marks the day the monsoon rains start to build. The celebration honors St. John the Baptist (patron saint of water), and features a traditional procession and the blessing of an altar. The public is welcome to join in the procession. There is the famous charreada (Mexican rodeo), mariachis, folklorico dancers, and live music. Charros and escaramuzas will perform on horseback. There will also be games and activities for children and families; booths and tables offering information on services available to the public, and food and refreshments on sale. Admission is free. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520) 861-4504.
Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 3, at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson AZ 85709.
Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Stone Ridge Golf Course Grille, 1600 Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ. Featured speaker is David Garcia, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.Lunch cost $15. Please note – if a member confirms for lunch, he/she will be responsible for the cost. Please contact DWPAmail@aol.com to RSVP or for more information.
Wednesday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Arizona Corporation Commission, televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at email@example.com or (602) 364-3477.
Wednesday, June 25, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 1, at Prescott City Council Chambers, City Hall, 201 S. Cortez Street, Prescott AZ 86302.
Thursday, June 26, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 26, 5:30 p.m.: Bisbee Democrats Get Together, at the Silver King Hotel, Room 4, in Brewery Gulch, Bisbee. No admission charge, not a fundraiser, just a friendly get-together! All Bisbee area Democrats are encouraged to attend. Please contact Molly Smith at EEO.Source@yahoo.com or (520) 432-3902 for more information.
Thursday, June 26, 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 email@example.com.
Friday, June 27: Candidate campaign signs permitted to go up 60 days before primary election.
Saturday, June 28, 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.
18th Annual “Pride in the Pines” Festival – Flagstaff
Saturday, June 28 – Sunday, June 29: 18th Annual “Pride in the Pines” Festival, at Thorpe Park, 191 N. Thorpe Road. Flagstaff’s largest festival and everyone is welcomed to attend and PET FRIENDLY. Live music, entertainers, plus some of the GREATEST food vendors Flagstaff has to offer. We are delighted to announce we are bringing back the 2nd Annual Rt 66 Volleyball Tournament! Pre-sale price is $10 per day (online), $15 per day at the gate. See our Event Page for more information.
Tuesday, July 1, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Secretary of State, televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 364-3477.
Wednesday, July 2: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The law also provides the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation. Earlier in 1964, the 24th Amendment abolishes the poll tax, originally instituted in 11 southern states to make it difficult for blacks to vote.
Via The Arizona Republic Phoenix to mark Civil Rights Act anniversary:
Arizona Commemorates the U.S. Civil Rights Act:
June 27- Unveiling the Civil Rights Act Commemorative Memorial
Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave, Second Floor, Phoenix
June 28- Voter registration/ civic engagement kickoff
Arizona State Capitol Lawn
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix
June 29- Multi-faith worship service
Tanner Chapel, AME Church
20 South 8th St., Phoenix
June 29- Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary Dinner
First Institutional Baptist Church
1141 E. Jefferson, Phoenix
July 2- Civil Rights Act Golden Anniversary Community Celebration
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
415 E. Grant St., Phoenix
Those who wish to purchase tickets for the Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary dinner on June 29 at First Institutional Baptist Church should email event organizers at email@example.com. More information regarding the commemorative events is available at the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Golden Anniversary Arizona Celebration Facebook page.
Wednesday, July 2, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Attorney General, televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 364-3477.
Thursday, July 3: Last day to file citizens initiatives for the ballot.
Friday, July 4: Independence Day.
Friday, July 4, 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Cochise County Democratic Party celebrates Independence Day at Sierra Vista Veterans Memorial Park. Please contact Tom Wisniewski at email@example.com or (520) 458-1632 or (520) 508-2098.
Friday, July 4, 8:00am-Noon: Flagstaff Annual 4th of July Parade in Downtown Flagstaff. Coconino County Democratic Party is working the event. Candidates welcome! Please contact Chelsea at (928) 214-0393.
Saturday, July 5, 10:00 a.m.: [Note: no meeting, attend the DCSRA event] Legislative District 2 meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. for more information please contact Marla Daugherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 648-0890.
DCSRA Independence Day Celebration continues on July 5
Saturday, July 5, Noon: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Independence Day Celebration Party at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley.Choice of grilled hamburger or chicken breast, sides of coleslaw and potato salad, holiday cake and beverages (cash bar). 50-50 raffle, Cost is $16.00. Reserve your lunch selection secure online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dcsrajuly5. Please make your reservation by June 25. For more information please contact DCSRA at (520) 838-0590.
Monday, July 7: Last day to file as Write-in Candidate for the Primary.
Monday, July 7, 4:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 11, at Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, Tucson AZ 85709.
Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.
Tuesday, July 8, 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, July 8, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for State Treasurer, televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at email@example.com or (602) 364-3477.
Tuesday, July 8, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 15, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1940 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix AZ 85027.
Wednesday, July 9: Last day to file Arguments For/Against Ballot Measures.
Wednesday, July 9, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.
Thursday, July 10, 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, July 11, 5:00 p.m.: Tucson Talks Transit with Jarrett Walker, at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 E. Broadway (Downtown Tucson). Registration and Reception at 5:00 p.m., Free Public Presentation at 6:00 p.m. Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, including the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and urban structure.
Saturday, July 12, 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.
Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting – Save the Date!
Saturday, July 12: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee meeting – details TBA.
Saturday, July 12, TBD: The Navajo County Democrats Annual Picnic, at the big ramada in Woodland Lake Park, in the heart of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. Details TBA. For more information please contact Eric Kramer at email@example.com or (928) 367-1079.
Monday, July 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). For more information please contact Mike Dayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.
Monday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Supt. of Public Instruction (Democrats), televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at email@example.com or (602) 364-3477.
Tuesday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Supt. of Public Instruction (Republicans), televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 364-3477.
Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 25, at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa AZ 85206.
Thursday, July 17, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11460 W. Hilton Way, Avondale AZ 85323.
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 27, at ASU – Mercado Room C145, 502 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix AZ 85004.
Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.: DFA hosts “Camp Climate in Sierra Vista, at the Sierra Vista Police Department Training Room, 911 N Coronado Drive Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635. For more inormation please contact Mary Darling at email@example.com or call (520) 223-7140. Details to follow.
Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner
Saturday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner, at the Phoenix Convention Center West Ballroom, 3rd Floor. Keynote speaker is former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. 5:30 p.m. VIP and general receptions, registration. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speaker. For table and dinner sponsorships please contact Herschel Fink, Finance Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 234-6808. Dem-AZ, CSLC and PC dinner ticket $125, individual dinner ticket $250, individual sponsor (VIP ticket, listing in the program) $1,000. To purchase tickets secure online go to https://azdem.org/heritage2014/.
Monday, July 21, 5:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for Governor, televised by KAET-TV Horizon Channel 8. Contact us at email@example.com or (602) 364-3477.
Monday, July 21, 6:o0 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 7, at the Holiday inn Express Show Low, 151 Deuce of Clubs Avenue, Show Low AZ.
Tuesday, July 22, 6:o0 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 5, at Mohave Community College, Bullhead City Campus, 3400 Hwy. 95, Bullhead City AZ 86442.
Wednesday, July 23, 1;00 p.m.: AARP Local Chapter 3123 hosts Sierra Vista City Election Candidates Forum, at Ethel Berger Community Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635. 2014 candidates for Sierra Vista mayor and city council have been invited to participate. The public is welcome. Please contact AARP President Bob Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 249-0529 for more information.
Friday, July 25, 9:00 a.m.: Grand Opening Event for Tucson’s Sun Link Street Car, at 5th Avenue and Congress Street. Free rides July 25-27! Please RSVP at www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/rsvp.
Monday, July 28: Voter Registration cut-off date for the Primary Election.
Tuesday, July 29, 6:o0 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Commission debate for LD 8, at the Florence Town Hall, Council Chambers, 775 N. Main Street, Florence AZ 85132.
Thursday, July 31: Early Voting begins/ballots mailed for Primary Election.
Centennial of World War I: The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Serbia on June 28, 1914, set in motion political alliances that led to the Great War. Timeline of World War I. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1014. Germany declared war on Russia on August 1, 1914. Germany invaded Luxembourg on August 2, and declared war on France and Belgium on August 3, 1914. Britain declared war on Germany in response to its invasion of Belgium on August 4, 1914. Serbia’s ally Montenegro declared war on Austria-Hungary on August 5, 1914, and the following day Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia, and Serbia declared war on Germany. France declared war on Austria-Hungary on August 11, and the next day Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary. Before long, the world was at war. The United States did not enter the Great War until April 6, 1917. For information about events commemorating the Centennial of World War 1, see International Government Commemoration Organizations.
Saturday, August 9: 40th Anniversary of Richard M. Nixon’s resignation from office (resignation address to the nation the previous evening on August 8).
Union Appreciation Day at the Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, August 10, 1:10 p.m.: Union Appreciation Day at the Colorado Rockies v. Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Ticket packages range from $12 per ticket for upper level, to $50 per ticket for lower level/infield seats. To purchase seating for your group, please contact either Garrett King at email@example.com or (602) 462-4238, or Daren Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 462-4233. View the flier at the calendar button above.
Tuesday, August 26: Primary Election Day.
Tuesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.
Monday, September 1: Labor Day.
PALF 18th Annual Labor Day Picnic
Monday, September 1, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.: Pima Area Labor Federation hosts the 18th Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park bandshell, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. PALF Olympics, entertainment, speakers, free soft drinks & hot dogs. Groups interested in tabling the event should contact PALF headquarters at (520) 388-4139.
Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon
Sunday, September 7, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson Awards Luncheon, at the University Marriot Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street (Tucson). Tickets are priced at $65. for individuals and are still the best value of any similar function in the state. Groups may sponsor a table 0f 10 for $700, $800 and $950. At the $700 Contributors’ Level in addition to the 10 seats the contributor is in-titled to a quarter-page advertisement. At the $800 Friends’ Level a half-page ad accompanies the table of 10. Finally at the Sponsors’ Level for $950 the donation includes the table of 10, a full page ad, a banquet banner and recognition from Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Jonathon Rothschild. More details TBA.
Thursday, September 11: Patriot Day.
Tuesday, September 16: Mexico Independence Day.
Wednesday, September 17: Constitution Day.