Political Calendar: Week of October 12, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 12, 2014:

Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m.: Congressman Raúl Grijalva GOTV Kickoff — Canvass and BBQ — at Grijalva HQ, 309 E. 7th Street (at 5th Avenue). Carne asada for canvassers! Please RSVP to (520) 629-0050.

Monday, October 13: Columbus Day (observed).

Monday, October 13, 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 Tom McCann, Operational Manager of Central Arizona Project and Mitch Basefsky, Communications Representative for the CAP, on “What role does the CAP play in the economic health of Southern Arizona?” Next Week: Mark Hannah and Michael Duran, candidates Pima Community college Governing Board.

Monday, October 13, 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 Pamela Powers Hannley from Blog for Arizona and the Tucson Progressive blog. 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, October 14, 11:45 a.m.: Gubernatorial Debate on Women’s Issues, presented by two prestigious women’s groups, Arizona Women’s Forum and Charter 100.  Moderated by Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor. Sponsored by SRP and Wells Fargo Bank. Go to azcentral.com to watch the debate live.

Tuesday, October 14, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road, Payson, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Beth or Eric at (928) 474-2800.

Sierra Vista CD 2 Congressional Debate

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.: The Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Vista Herald host a CD 2 Congressional Debate, at Buena High School Auditorium, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista.

Marana CD 1 Congressional Debate

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.: CD 1 Congressional debate at Mountain View High School, 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd. (at Thornydale Road). Before the debate, join the Democrats of Oro Valley sign making party, 2-4 p.m., at 10550 N. La Cañada Dr., Suite 130 (at Lambert Ln.) Pizza provided! RSVP or direct questions to Alison Marciniak by email or phone: (520) 308-4056.

Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Debate for LD 11 Senate and House, at Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, Tucson, AZ.

Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Gila County Board of Supervisors hearing Room #202, 1400 E. Ash Street, Globe, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Bethel at (928) 425-3231.

Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Tohono O’odham Leg. Chambers, E. Main Street (across the street from the Indian Oasis Elementary School), Sells, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Irene Ortega at (520) 383-2470.

Wednesday, October 15, 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, October 15, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Debate for LD 10 Senate and House, at Pima Community College District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting [Note: Members should attend the CCEC debate for LD 10 at 6:00 p.m.] For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Pima County Public Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Leslie at (520) 594-5500.

Thursday, October 16, 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. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 203-5858.

Thursday, October 16, 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.

Thursday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.: Progressive Democrats of America (Tucson Chapter) presentation on “Fighting Dark Money in Elections, at the Ward 3 City Council Office, 1510 E. Grant Road (Tucson). PDA Tucson’s Clean Elections IOT Leader Rick Grapp will introduce the topic and give some elections statistics. PDA Tucson Chair and former Arizona Senate Minority Leader Phil Lopes will talk about how to win when you’re running clean. PDA Tucson Media Coordinator Pamela Powers Hannley will talk about the @Bad4AZ Twitter campaign and how to combat dark money with social media. Lee Stanfield will talk about the importance of the Move to Amend movement which would create a Constitutional amendment to say corporations are not people and money is not speech. This would overturn the Citizens United ruling which has allowed limitless amounts of cash to flood elections. An Arizona Advocacy Network representative will discuss advances that have been made in Arizona on saving and building clean elections, despite attacks from the Arizona Legislature.

Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19: Helldorado Days in Tombstone, AZ.

Saturday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.: Pima Prospers Ballot Measures Forum, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson. (Free parking in the Library Underground Garage with entrance off Alameda). Light refreshment from 9:30 am to 10 am, program from 10 am to noon. Free and Open to the Public.

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. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Sunday, October 19, 4:15 p.m.: Foothills Forum presents Inequality For All (registration), at St. Phillips Episcopal church for a screening of this informative film, with a roundtable discussion to follow.

Monday, October 20, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Room #120, 2150 N. Congress Drive, Nogales, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact (520) 375-7812.

Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.: TUSD Board Candidates Forum, at the YMCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue (East of Grande and West of I-10; North of Congress and South of St. Mary’s). Cosponsored by Voices for Edciation, Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, Bricjta Neighborhood Association, and Legislative District 3 Democrats. The two sponsoring neighborhood associations are particularly concerned about Proposition 420, which would authorize TUSD to sell nine schools which have been closed, including Brichta and Menlo Park Elementary Schools. This proposition was placed on the ballot by TUSD without consulting the neighborhoods that would be affected. Come with your questions fro the candidates.

Monday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.: Citizens Clean Elections Debate for LD 25 Senate and House, at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ.

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Palm Ridge recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Rosetta at (623) 544-6129.

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Cochise County Board of Supervisors hearing Room, 1415 Melody Lane, Bldg. G, Bisbee, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Arlethe Rios at (520) 432-9200.

Tuesday, October 21, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Election Forum: speakers include candidates Rep. Ron Barber (U.S. Congress), Felecia Rotellini (AZ Attorney General), Jim Burton (AZ Legislature), and Candece Hardt (Cochise County Clerk of Superior Court). In addition, a number of statewide candidates will be represented by surrogate speakers. There will also be discussion of some major ballot issues. The public is welcome. 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. 1st Street, Mesa, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kate Griffin at (480) 644-2725.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, 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.

Tuesday, October 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.

Wednesday, October 22, 11;00 a.m(local): 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at Fort Defiance Chapter House, Rte. 112 Navajo Nation, Fort Defiance, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Leighanne at (928) 729-4352.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Apache County Annex Board of Supervisors, 75 W. Cleveland Street, Saint Johns, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Beth at (928) 337-7503.

Thursday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.(local): 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Veterans Memorial Center Wellness Conference Room , 1 Main Street, Kykotsmovi Hopi Reservation, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Karen Shupla at (928) 734-2507.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Show Low City Council Chambers, 181 N. 9th Street, Show Low, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Ann at (928) 532-4061.

Friday, October 24: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot.

Saturday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.: Red Rocks Oktoberfest at Los Abrigados Creekside Park, 160 Portal Lane (Sedona). Local Arizona craft brewers will bring Oktoberfest beers. German style bratwurst, potato salad, and big pretzels! Music by Big Willie and the Polka Meisters. Entry is $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Rotary Club of Sedona Rocks and the STEM program at Sedona Oak Creek School District.

Monday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street, Wickenburg, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact (602) 652-3000.

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Guadalupe Branch Library, 9241 S. Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Rose at (928) 684-7656 or Tonya at (928) 684-2761.

Wednesday, October 29, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 700 W. Beal Street, Kingman, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Jenny Anderson at (928) 753-0731.

Wednesday, October 29, 6;30 p.m.: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Lake Havasu Police Department Council Chambers, 2360 McCulloch Blvd., N. Lake Havsu City,, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Luanne at (928) 650-5403 or Bob at (928) 855-1171.

Thursday, October 30, Noon: 2014 Ballot Measure Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the Arizona Secretary of State, at the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 198 S. Main Street, Yuma, AZ. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Desiree at (928) 373-1010.halloween-
Friday, October 31: Halloween. Last day to mail your early mail-in ballot if you want your ballot received in time to be counted.

Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.: Living Streets Alliance presents Cyclovia Tucson, in midtown Tucson. The route will connect the North 6th Avenue area with the North 4th Avenue- North Fontana Bike Boulevard. Volunteer opportunities are still available to help make the twice-a-year event a success. For route: Cyclovia Tucson November 2nd.vote

Tuesday, November 4: ELECTION DAY. VOTE!

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Election Night Celebration, at the Tucson Marriott University Hotel, 880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson. Parking available in the 2nd Street Garage. After the polls close, come on down to celebrate with your fellow Democrats and watch the election returns come in! Local Democratic candidates will be present for the media. More details TBA.

DCSRA ‘Embrace The Blue’ Gala Dinner

Thursday, November 6, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area annual gala dinner, “Embrace The Blue,” at the ballroom of the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek. Enjoy a gala evening with a wide assortment of live and silent auction offerings. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Dinner will be a choice of chicken cordon blue or poached salmon in a lemon dill sauce. Special diet dinners will also be available. The cost of a basic ticket is $75.00 but you may also choose a Sponsor level at $100.00 per ticket or a Patron level at $200.00 per ticket. Reservations must be made by November 1, 2014. You can purchase tickets by stopping in at the DCSRA Office, mailing a check to DCSRA P.O. Box 131, Green Valley, AZ 85614 or you can go to Act Blue at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/auction2014. The auction committee is putting together an entertainment basket. Please call Polly Daly if you have requested a special diet dinner or have questions at (815) 370-4614.

Monday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.: (Special Date) Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, November 11: Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November, 12: Foothills Forum presents Immigration Reform (registration). Hear an update about Immigration reform policy from Judy Gans, manager of immigration policy program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Details TBA.

November 15 – December 6: Legislative District Committee reorganizations (Maricopa and Pima Counties).

Saturday, November 22: Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson. Registration for the Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol is OPEN. The new system also makes it easier for you to fundraise for Special Olympics and check out the new incentives! Register Now– the sooner you do, the more you save!

Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m.: (Tentative date) Pima County Democratic Party Legislative District Reorganizations, at Amphi High School, 125 W. Yavapai Road (N. Oracle Road and W. Prince Road). Registration and welcome at 9:00 a.m., breakout sessions for Legislative district elections of officers at 10:00 a.m. Lunch at Noon. Plenary session at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 27: Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, December 1: World AIDS Day.

Tuesday, December 16 (sundown) – Wednesday, December 24: Chanukah.

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day.

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