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SPECIAL ELECTION DEADLINES
- Voter registration deadline (Special), May 14, 2012.
- Early ballots mailed May 17 , 2012.
- Early voting period from May 17 to June 8, 2012.
- Candidate nomination petitions for the CD 2 congressional election are due Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. (prior to the Special Election)
- Normal statutory rules for legal challenges to candidate nomination petitions apply to general election.
- 'Special' Election Day is Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Political Calendar For The Week of April 22, 2012
Sunday, April 22: Earth Day. See Earth Day 2012 - Mobilize the Earth | Earth Day Network.
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.: Congressman Raúl Grijalva and A Whole Lot of People invite you to an open house at their new campaign HQ, 657 W. St. Mary's Road (Tucson) from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Food, beverages and fun times! For more information please contact (520) 629-0050 or visit our web site at www.standwithraul.com.
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats will host Pima County candidates Elaine Richardson, candidate for County Treasurer, and F. Ann Rodriguez, candidate for County Recorder. For more information and directions please contact (520) 749-4673.
Continuing to April 29: Pima County Fair, at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road (Located South of I/10 and Houghton Rd. Exit 275). Admission $8, children 6-10 $3, children 5 and under free. Parking $5 per vehicle. For more information call (520) 762-3247.
Monday, April 23, 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 Rep. Steve Farley (LD 28) and LD 9 Senate Candidate, and Andrea Dalessandro, LD 2 House Candidate. Visit DGT's web site at www.tucsondemocrats.org. Next Week: Carolyn Isaacs, American Friends Service Committee, on "The problem with private prisons."
Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.: Douglas Area Democrats meeting, at the El Alamo Restaurant, 1449 G Avenue (Douglas). Featured speaker is The Honorable James L. Conlogue. For more information or to RSVP, please contact email@example.com or call (520) 249-0163.
Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.: Legislative District 27 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library dowmtown, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Greg Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org (520) 784-8355.
Tuesday, April 24: "Mini Super Tuesday": Connecticut Primary, Rhode Island Primary, Delaware Primary, Pennsylvania Primary, New York Primary.
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.: (Special Date) Legislative District 26 meeting, at the Metro Water (Board Room), 6265 N. La Cañada Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at (520) 323-1234.
Wednesday, April 25: U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Arizona v. United States, 11-182 (2012) re: SB 1070. Immigrant rights advocates plan to hold a protest in downtown Phoenix. Organizers of the April 25 rally say they will protest the state’s immigration law and other state and federal policies that they contend erode civil rights.
Wednesday, April 25, Noon: Northside Democrats Club meeting, at (note new location!) Lindy's at Redline Sports Grill, 445 W. Wetmore Road (just West of Oracle Road). Featured speaker is Andrea Witte from Connect the Dots, USA, for a "Dude, Where's My Job?" presentation. Please arrive a few minutes early if you plan to order from the menu – food & beverages available for purchase. No charge, all welcome. Stay for free coffee and cookies after the program and socialize with fellow Democrats. For more information please contact Rod McLeod at (520) 297-0095 or at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.: Debate sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America, Tucson Chapter: "Should Arizona Switch to an open primary (top two) system?," at the Hotel Tucson City Center Inn Suites, 475 N. Granada Avenue (Tucson). Pro: UA professor and former state Rep. Ted Downing, Con: UA professor and former Tucson Mayor Tom Volgy. An initiative group called Open Elections/Open Government is gathering signatures to put an open primaries initiative on the November 2012 ballot. With an open primary, all candidates regardless of party would be on one ballot, and voters could vote for any of them. Following the open primary, the top two vote-getters (regardless of party) would face each other in the general election. The open primary system has been adopted in Washington state and California. Doors open at 6 p.m. Debate begins at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands club house, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. (Marana). For more information please contact Sandi Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 28: Worker's Memorial Day.
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.: The national "Unite Against the War on Women" March, sponsored by UniteWomen.org at the AZ State Capitol Building - House Lawn, 1700 W. Washington. Help defend women's rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states, "Enough is enough!" The Capitol Buildings will be closed. We are providing porta-pottys. We are providing bottled water. There are trees providing shade on the House Lawn, but please plan for a late-morning to mid-afternoon, April Arizona day -- don't forget your sunscreen! GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Congressman Raul Grijalva, CD-7; Lilia Alvarez, Candidate for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Wenona Benally Balendegro, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CD-1; Scott Michael Prior, candidate for State Senate LD-16; Frances Causey, Co-Producer/Co-Director of the documentary Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, and a CNN Journalist; Diane D’Angelo, Chair City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission. ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDING: French Girls – with more to be added. A bus from Pima County to the state capitol in Phoenix has been arranged. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Laurie Cirrincione at email@example.com or (520) 625-3133. Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/UniteWomen and Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/NatlWOW, and watch us on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/unitewomen.
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democrats meeting, at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W. 6th Street (Benson). Featured speaker is Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Luis Heredia. For more information contact Mark Suagee at (520) 586-9153 or Marv Sorensen at (520) 586-0786.
Sunday, April 29, 3:30 p.m.: Democratic Congressional District 1 candidate Ann Kirkpatrick will hold a meet-and-greet fundraiser at the Continental Ranch Recreation Center, 8881 N. Coachline Blvd., in Marana from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Note: for additional Democratic Party events around the state see http://azdem.org/events/Calendar/.
DCSRA Discussion Group
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at Green Valley Democratic Party HQ, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Upstairs Meeting Room (elevator is available). 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 Amy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW DAY! Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street (at 4th Avenue). Starting Wednesday March 28 we are moving these weekly meetings to Wednesdays, same time, same place. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.
First Lady Michelle Obama Fundraiser in Tucson
Monday, April 30, 3:30 p.m.: The Arizona Finance Committee hosts First lady Michelle Obama for a Fundraiser Reception at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue in Tucson. For details and to RSVP online: https://my.barackobama.com/April30TucsonReception, or contact Michael Gilmore with questions at email@example.com or (213) 479-3179.
Monday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party meeting, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1010 E. Fry Blvd. (Sierra Vista). For more information please contact (520) 458-9467.
Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democratic Club meeting, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1010 E. Fry Blvd. (Sierra Vista). Featured speaker is city councilwoman Gwen Calhoun, who is running for reelection. The public is invited. For more information please contact Phil Micheau at (520) 459-8728.
Wednesday, May 2 to May 6: Verde Valley Fair, at the county fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry Street (Cottonwood) - accessible from both Interstate 17 and Highway 89A. Theme is "cowboy boots and country roots." For more information please call (928) 634-3290 or visit our web site at www.verdevalleyfair.com.
Monday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. New LD Chairs and Executive Committee Representatives please attend.
Monday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.: Douglas Area Democrats meeting, at the Los Obreros Hall, 406 8th Street (Douglas). For more information please contact Corny Munoz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 227-7125.
Tuesday, May 8: North Carolina Primary, West Virginia Primary, Indiana Primary.
Wednesday, May 9, Noon: Northside Democrats Club meeting, at (note new location!) Lindy's at Redline Sports Grill, 445 W. Wetmore Road (just West of Oracle Road). Featured speakers are former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate for Congress in CD 1, and Victoria Steele, candidate for the House in the new LD 9. Please arrive a few minutes early if you plan to order from the menu – food & beverages available for purchase. No charge, all welcome. Stay for free coffee and cookies after the program and socialize with fellow Democrats. For more information please contact Rod McLeod at (520) 297-0095 or at email@example.com.
Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscounte Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Featured speaker is Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. For more information please contact Martin Bacal at (520) 326-3716.
Arizona Democratic Party 2012 Heritage Dinner
Thursday, May 10, 6:00 p.m.: The Arizona Democratic Party 2012 Heritage Dinner, at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. Keynote Speaker is Governor Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association. 6:00 p.m. VIP & General Receptions, Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices: DemAZ and Precinct Committeepersons $75, Individual Tickets $150, Individual Sponsors $1,000, Table Sponsor levels and Dinner Sponsorship level available; Free for ADP Members (with RSVP). Please RSVP to Rebecca Pringle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 234-6821.
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Bisbee Senior Center (on Collins Road behind the Safeway and off Naco Road). For more information please contact John Viverto at Vivertos@aol.com or (520) 432-2366.
Sunday, May 13: Mother's Day.
Tuesday, May 15: Nebraska Primary, Oregon Primary.
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.: NEW Legislative District 10 meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). Election of First and Second Vice-Chairs, and discussion of draft Bylaws. For more information please contact LD 10 Chair Matt Kopec at email@example.com or (520) 400-3020.
Friday, May 18, 2:15 p.m.: Democratic Women in Action meeting, at the Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Drive (Green Valley). Featured speaker is Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. She will talk about some of the programs that her office has put in place, under her leadership, including what she has done to make our schools safer and the creation of a nationally modeled truancy enforcement program. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the community justice boards – how community members are involved in stopping and preventing juvenile crime. It is possible that candidates for various offices may be present. For more informaton please contact Laurie Cirrincione at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 625-3133.
Monday, May 21, 6:00 p.m.: NEW Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library dowmtown, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact LD 3 Chair Greg Wagner at email@example.com (520) 784-8355.
Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.: NEW Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (Oro Valley). For more information please contact LD 11 Chair Mike Dayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 742-3774.
Tuesday, May 22: Kentucky Primary, Arkansas Primary.
Tuesday, May 29: Texas Primary.
Tuesday, June 5: "Mini Super Tuesday": New Jersey Primary, South Dakota Primary, Montana Primary, New Mexico Primary, California Primary.
Mule Mountain Democrat Club Picnic - Save the Date!
Saturday, June 9, 11:00 a.m.: The Mule Mountain Democrat Club picnic will be held at the home of Sandy & Jesse Hummingbird (102 Naco Hwy, Bisbee) from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. Menu: smoked chicken, pow-wow beans, salad & bread, drink and dessert for a $10 donation to the scholarship fund. ALL CANDIDATES in Cochise County are invited to attend and will be provided time to speak. And there will be a door prize! For more information please contact John Viverto at (520) 432-2366 or Vivertos@aol.com.
Democratic Candidate Rally in Green Valley - Save the Date!
Saturday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.: A rally featuring Democratic candidates for office, at the outdoor plaza, Continental Mall, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63) in Green Valley. Sponsored by the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area (DCSRA), Democratic Women in Action (DeWA), and Democratic Club of Quail Creek (DCQC). For more information please contact Bill Maki at email@example.com or (520) 232-3117.
Tuesday, June 26: Utah Primary (last of state primaries).