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Upcoming AZ Debates

Upcoming AZ Debates

By Carolyn Classen -April 16, 2020 – as seen at Blog for

Every year the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission hosts statewide debates for the contested races in the Arizona Legislative Districts for the primary and the general elections. However this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these debates will not be in person (with videos posted afterwards), but will be livestreamed via YouTube.  Here’s the debate schedule starting April 21 (with LD 19 House):

List of participating Clean Elections candidates:

Also debating this year are six Republican candidates  running for 3 seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission.  I’ve also posted that June 24 primary debate on our image Calendar. There are also 3 Democrats running, but no CCEC debate is necessary in the primary.

Also on our Calendar are debates for LD 2 House, LD 3 House, LD 10 House, LD 11 Senate — all Democratic debates, which I will be following in Southern Arizona.

All debates will be live streamed on the Clean Elections YouTube Page. If you miss the live stream, the recorded debates will continue to be available on BlogforArizona’s YouTube page so you can watch at your convenience.

Any person with a disability may request accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the Commission at (602) 364-3477. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange accommodations.”

Vote wisely on or before August 4, 2020 for the Primary in Arizona.

Trump’s Vanity Wall Violates Tribal Rights, Federal Law

The following statement may be attributed to Alison Jones, Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party

It comes as no surprise that a lawless president would ignore a longstanding agreement to consult with the Tohono O’odham Nation before blasting lands held sacred for 10,000 years.

Nor should anyone be surprised that contractors are bulldozing cacti in Organ Pipe National Park, felling cottonwood trees on the San Pedro River or that the rush to build Trump’s monument to himself is threatening groundwater and disrupting migration patterns.  The Sierra Club counts 38 federal environmental protection laws suspended to build the wall.

No one was shocked when the president plundered funds from the military budget to build his wall – five times more than Congress authorized.

And it’s business-as-usual when Trump pressures the Army Corps of Engineers to award Fisher Sand and Gravel Company a $400 million contract after the North Dakota company lobbied for the job on Fox News. The contract for the steel was won by Zekelman Industries, which donated $1.7 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, the Star reported.  

Trump’s monument to fear is an example of the chaos and corruption that infests this administration. Instead of the comprehensive and humane immigration policy this nation so sorely needs, this “businessman” opts for a multi-billion-dollar wall that anyone with a homemade ladder can scale. This is one of many reasons why Arizonans are changing their party affiliation to Democrat and will turn Arizona blue in November.

LD9 Update | Feb. 2020

LD9 Update | Feb. 2020

Congratulations to our new LD9 EC Representative to Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee, Juan Pablo (JP) Martin!

Have you seen it?
Check out the Request to Speak (RTS) video on the LD9 website home page. It is a short You Tube tutorial to help you access the RTS system.

Additional training is available throughout February at PCDP Headquarters.   Click on the link to go directly to the Events page: (Please Click Here)  Unless you will be able to go to a kiosk in Tucson or Phoenix or stop by one of the “drop in” sessions at HQ to get help doing that,  sign up with Here)  to get your account activated.

RTS is a great way to join the fight for public education, voting rights, health care, etc.  So far in this legislative session a few bills have been removed because of substantial opposition expressed via RTS. We encourage you to get started right away!

What we’re doing now….
For PPE, we are nearing completion. Check with Linda Horowitz or Nancy Koff or your precinct leader for information about this effort.

This is “Signature Gathering” season.  The weather is perfect for walking, even among the hills, to get people thinking about the upcoming elections.  Our candidates still need qualifying signatures, and Outlaw Dirty Money petitions are lagging behind. Our great candidates can’t win if their name isn’t on the ballot!

Voter Registration — Ellen Toigo and Mary Keerins have info about a variety of voter registration activities in our area. Contact Ellen to ask about opportunities.

When we work hard, we can also play hard……
Join us for our LD9 Happy Hour, Monday, February 10, 4-7 PM, Seis Kitchen, 1765 E River Rd., just west of Campbell. Enjoy the company of like-minded Democrats and stay for a drink and dinner.

Saturday, February 22, 5 PM. The next movie in our PCDP/LD9 Platform Film series will be Backpack Full of Cash, narrated by Matt Damon. Please RSVP now, seating is limited! (Click Here To RSVP)

Make plans now to join us for our annual LD9/LD10 fundraiser, The George and Margie Cunningham St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 14. Not only will you enjoy the best corned beef in town, you will be able to meet and visit with candidates and other like-minded Dems! To find out more (Please Click Here) and buy your tickets: (Click Her to Buy Tickets)

And more Good News…

The Arizona Democratic Party held a successful State Committee Meeting on Saturday in Yuma, their first of three gatherings in 2020. Joined by Congressman Raul Grijalva, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez – Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felicia Rotellini called for party unity.
Arizona Democrats elected a plethora of new leadership members:
● Debbie Nez Manuel – DNC Committeewoman
● Luis Heredia – DNC Committeeman
● Mark Robert Gordon – DNC Committeeman
● Patty Contreras – ADP Vice Chair
● Garrick McFadden – ADP Vice Chair

Arizona Democrats passed four new resolutions to the party’s platform:
● A Resolution Supporting Address Issues within Arizona’s Tribal Lands and Rural Areas
● A Resolution In Support of the “Stop Surprise Billing and Protect Patients Act”
● A Resolution to “Promote 2020 Census Participation”
● A Resolution from the Disability Caucus to ensure “compliance at venues”

Let’s turn Arizona Blue!
Let’s “Just Do It” (Thanks to Marlene Verdery for this quote!)

Kim Holaway, Chair
LD9 Democrats 

St. Patrick’s Day Party (Flyer)

St. Patrick’s Day Party (Buy Tickets)

Paid for by the LD9 Democratic Committee, Brian Bickel, Treasurer

Mission Accomplished at PCDP’s County Meeting

Mission Accomplished at PCDP’s County Meeting

By Richard Wiebe

A full agenda greeted the 224 elected PCs who attended the County Committee Meeting on December 7 in a comfortable lecture hall on the University of Arizona campus.

After a moment of silence to remember those killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years before, Carlos Martinez, president of UA’s Young Democrats, welcomed PCs and observers, and encouraged PCDP to reach out to younger members. 

PCDP Chair Alison Jones introduced the elected officials and PCDP officers in the room, and recognized the many volunteers committed to turning Arizona blue. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Cat Ripley, PCDP’s Executive Director, for her tireless work and incredible contributions to PCDP.

“Cat is the most capable person I know,” she said, to resounding applause.  

Alison also thanked HQ Operations Manager Bill Laray, volunteer coordinators Leftie Vaughn and Barbro Huth, and all others who, she said, have helped turn HQ into a lively and welcoming hub for the party and our Democratic candidates. Thirty volunteers now staff HQ, up from a small handful one year ago.

 ”Something magical is happening at HQ,” Alison said.

By any measure, 2019 was a banner year for PCDP. Tucson elected Regina Romero as its first Latina mayor with the highest voter turnout since 2003 (39%–which gives us a LOT of room for improvement). PCDP hosted the primary mayoral candidate debate, managed finances, and contacted voters through phone banks and canvassing. PCDP also hosted the primary and general-election night parties, and the Inaugural Luncheon – Adelante Tucson! – which attracted many from the business community.

Catalina Democrats, PCDP’s most generous individual contributors, helped PCDP exceed its fundraising goals in 2019. There were only six Catalina Dems one year ago; now there are 60, Alison announced. The Udall Dinner raised a record amount in 2019. The ongoing Platform Film Series explores important social issues, brings previously unengaged community members to PCDP, and brings in revenue. It’s not unusual to have 80 new faces in HQ at these events. Alison thanked Cat and others on the fundraising team for their success.

Treasurer Maggie Winchell reported on the financial condition of PCDP. Successful fundraising in 2019 has put PCDP in a strong cash  position going into 2020.  PCDP is compliant with reporting requirements. A 2020 budget will be presented to the Executive Committee in February, as the bylaws require.    

Training and education programs strengthen and grow PCDP. PCDP held workshops this year to train PCs, convention delegates, treasurers, and the voting public.  “Civics 2.0: What They Didn’t Teach You in Middle School,” is a monthly speakers series that covers issues, legislative news, and the workings of government.

PCDP’s social media reach continues to see “huge’’ gains in Facebook and Instagram visits, and a 90-percent growth in Twitter followers, Alison said. “While we don’t have the number of followers of the state or Maricopa County parties, visitors engage with PCDP sites at a much higher rate,’’ she added.

Recruiting new PCs and turning out Democratic votes are high priorities. ADP is working on the details of a coordinated campaign for 2020, but it really doesn’t change what our PCs need to do. The mission of PCs is to get out of our echo chambers and engage with those who have not felt a part of the process. “Talk to everyone you know,” she said. “Have uncomfortable conversations. Tell people why they must vote Democrat. You know what you have to do.”

Labor is fertile ground for PC recruitment. “I’ll go to any meeting Labor will let me in,” Alison said. 

PCDP faces an ongoing challenge to more closely resemble Pima County’s diversity.

“By far, the biggest shortfall is Latinx representation,” Alison said. “The Latinx community apparently does not see value in engaging with our party. That’s on us. It is our responsibility to fix this.”

After two officers elected in 2018 resigned, Alison appointed an acting treasurer and recording secretary. During the meeting, the body elected by acclimation Maggie Winchell and Zoey Fife, who served well in their acting capacities.  

After Michael Dues, a platform committee member from LD9, explained the committee’s year-long process, the full body voted to adopt the proposed platform. Representing a cross-section of PCDP constituencies, the platform committee met at least twice monthly for a year. They consulted local experts and held focus groups of Pima County PCs and others who provided feedback. The committee will recommend updates to the platform as circumstances evolve.

“The platform describes the world in which we want to live. It is aspirational.” Michael said.

The platform can be found HERE

Bylaws updates can be found HERE

They will remain linked in the main menu on our website under “About” so you can find them later.

LD2 Update | Sept 2019

LD2 Update | Sept 2019

By Michele Manos, Chair

At our August meeting, Merrill Eisenberg gave a thorough and inspiring presentation about the Outlaw Dirty Money ballot initiative. A pizza party followed, where we enjoyed socializing and learning more about each other. Our PCs are busy welcoming newly registered Democrats in their precincts, and circulating ODM petitions and petitions for candidates of their choice. We’re also ramping up to begin inviting selected independent voters to register as Democrats for the Presidential Preference Election.

LD9 Update – Summer 2019

LD9 Update – Summer 2019

By Kimberlee Holaway, Chair

Voter Registration – Summer 2019

It’s been a hot summer for voter registration! Teams have been trying out new ideas, partnering with other LDs, and the Field Team 6 organization. LD9 teams tried voter registration at laundromats in July, which they’ll repeat in September or October.

Field Team 6, led by LD11’s Gil Wier, held two “First Day of School” events. The PCC event covered four campuses and generated 81 registrations. The U of A event was also a big success, generating 91 registrations.

LD9 Voter Registration team extended the events with two additional days at PCC and one at U of A. The U of A scored an additional 10 registrations. 

We welcome volunteers from all LDs, clubs and caucuses. Planning a voter-registration event? Contact Mary Keerins or Ellen Toigo and we’ll publicize it to our VR Volunteer email list. We would also love to hear your ideas for events.

Training – The LD9 Training Team has been working with PCDP’s Education Committee to create a calendar of trainings to be held at HQ and other locations. Stay tuned for a calendar of exciting trainings for PCs and volunteers.

And Then They Came for Us – This exciting film event sold out 100 seats, but we’re planning another film event for January.

September 8 – Precinct Leader Kickoff

We will launch LD9’s strategy for electing Democrat Regina Romero Tucson’s mayor!

LD11 Update – August 2019

LD11 Update – August 2019

From Steve Witthoeft, LD11 Chair

LD11 has been working with Field Team 6 to register voters in Tucson and the surrounding area. We have held two 2 day events, the latest being on July 22 and July 23. Gil Wier from our Voter Registration and Contact Issue Action Committee coordinated the events and he reports that a total of 234 forms for voters have been submitted to the Pima County Recorders Office.

We are forming a new Issue Action Committee in LD11 on Healthcare. To kick off the committee, we had Dr. Randy Friese speak at our June meeting. There was great response and we had several people sign up to be on the new committee. At our July meeting Greer Warren is giving a talk on AZ Civics 101. We have encouraged PC’s to bring younger people to learn about how AZ government works.

We are planning our first LD11 and clubs Social Hour on August 1 right after the debates. The event will be at the Overlook restaurant at the Oro Valley Community center. This is a great way for PC’s and members of our eight district democratic clubs to meet and mingle and share thoughts on how to best turn out Democratic voters in our district. We plan to have another one in a few months for our Pinal County PC’s in Maricopa or Casa Grande.