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Notes From The Chair | Oct 2021

Fall is finally here and the temperature outside is getting cooler. I wish the political temperature would cool down, too, but that is just not the case. At the beginning of August, we had the city Ward primary election. The candidates are Kevin Dahl, Ward 3, and...

Notes From The Chair | Sept 2021

The PCDP newsletter is back! We took a short break over the summer, but we didn’t stop our work at Headquarters. Quite the opposite! We started June with two virtual Ward Forums, one for Ward 3 and one for Ward 6. Both were a success as people got a chance to hear the...

Tucson Opinion: What is Freedom?

By Bonnie Heidler Special to the Arizona Daily Star “Freedom is not the right to do as we please, but rather the opportunity to please to do what is right.” (The Rev. Peter Marshall, in a prayer before the U. S. Senate, April 25, 1947) In the U.S., we are free to...

Notes from the Chair | June 2021

by Bonnie Heidler The Republican-led Arizona state legislature, having failed to pass a budget in time for this session to end, returned on June 10 to continue this debate. The good news is that the votes weren’t there for a 2.5% flat tax, another scheme to enrich the...

Notes From The Chair | May 2021

With summer heat around the corner, it’s the perfect time for PCDP to host a world-class climatologist for our first major fundraising event of 2021. “We CAN (Climate Action Now) Fundraiser” will feature Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric...

Notes From The Chair | April 2021

Isn’t this the best time of year in Tucson? The scent of citrus blossoms sweetens the air. Cacti and wild flowers are blooming. It’s cool enough to sleep with the windows open, and warm enough to truly enjoy the outdoors.

But as our too-brief spring rolls into our too-hot summer, I’ve been thinking ahead to 2022. Elections are as much about issues as candidates, and no issue is more important to democracy than guaranteeing every eligible voter a clear path to the ballot box.

Notes From The Chair | March 2021

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living with COVID-19 for a more than year, and that the virus has cost more than 500,000 American lives. No one is unaffected, whether by the disease itself or the drastic changes the pandemic has forced us to make. Thankfully,...

Notes From The Chair | Feb 2021

Heading into my first full month as PCDP‘s Chair, I knew I’d be inundated with party business, taking a break on January 20 to celebrate the inaugurations of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. But on January 6, two days after the first Executive Committee meeting of 2021, the unthinkable happened: an armed assault on the United States Capitol, where our elected representatives were meeting to certify the election results. Suddenly, I found myself on television, after KGUN and Univision requested statements about the insurrection. I was honored to speak for PCDP about this traumatic event.

Notes From The Chair | Dec. 2020

Finally, 2020 is ending, and like most of you, I can’t wait to turn the page on this awful year. COVID-19 has brought tragedy into millions of American homes. Loved ones have sickened and died, too often alone in a hospital or nursing home. Unemployment and evictions...

Notes From The Chair – Transition of Leadership

Two years ago, as a relative unknown, I asked for the chance to lead PCDP in a new direction. You gave me that vote of confidence, for which I will always be grateful. I hope I have fulfilled your expectations.

Now, as my term winds down, I’m reflecting on the challenges we faced, the lessons we learned, the successes we had, and where we fell short. But first, I must thank so many people who volunteered for our party and did the hard work.

Democracy Prevailed | Note from the Chair

Joe Biden’s election as the 46th U.S. president – and the election of Sen. Kamala Harris, a woman of color, as our first female vice president - shows that despite the country’s deep political divisions, democracy is the true winner. With all of its complications, the...

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