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D26 Democrats Monthly Meeting

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month
What: This month we are having a special Activist Academy! It's political speed dating, but without the dating (unless you get lucky!). Take mini-classes led by experts with "lectures" including: Inside the AZ Legislature, Must Know Political Issues in Tempe, Mesa and statewide, Rocking Social Media, Getting Your Op-Ed Printed, and more!


Academy professors leading classes include: Rep. Mendez, Rep. Sherwood, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Tempe City Councilmember Lauren Kuby, AZ Dem. Party Exec. Director Sheila Healy, AZAN Exec. Director Sam Wercinski, Recall Diane Douglas Chair Max Goshert, Steve Muratore, Stacy Holmstedt, Berdetta Hodge, and more!


Come get to know fellow Democrats and learn new skills to help move AZ forward.
When: Tuesday, September 8 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: Escalante Center, Rio Bravo Room - 2150 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting

What: The Arizona Democratic Party and various party caucuses gather to discuss state party issues. All are welcome, but only official state committee members can vote.
When: Saturday, September 12th
  • Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Caucus Meetings & Workshops: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch Served: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (cash purchase, must RSVP)
Where: Coconino High School - 2801 Izabel Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Important: If you are a state committee person and cannot make the meeting, be sure to get your proxy vote to an LD26 precinct committee person who will be there. Proxy forms found here


Talk Like A Pirate Bowl-a-thon

When: Saturday, September 19th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Where: The Main Event, Tempe - 8545 S Emerald Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284
Cost: $30 per Mateys / $100 per 4-some

Yes Support Our Schools Kick-Off Event

When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Four Peaks Tasting Room - 2401 S Wilson St, Tempe, AZ 85282
Contact: Veekas Shrivastava or 480-264-0124

Yes Support Our Schools Canvass

When: Saturday, September 26th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Meyer Park - 2727 S Dorsey Ln Tempe, AZ 85282
Contact: Veekas Shrivastava or 480-264-0124

D26 Monthly Social: Light rail, Beer, & Football

What: Let's celebrate the expansion of the Mesa light rail by riding it to downtown Mesa and watching the USC v ASU game at the AZ Desert Brewing Company.
When: Saturday, September 26th - Meet at Price & Apache at 5 pm to take the light rail or meet us there around 5:30 pm
Where: Desert Eagle Brewing Company - 150 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201


Monthly Food Drive

1 in 4 children; 1 in 5 adults; and 1 in 7 seniors struggle with hunger. Arizona is tied as the worst state in the U.S. when it comes to child hunger. Please bring non-perishable food to our monthly meeting to help end hunger in Arizona. The food will be donated to the United Food Bank.

Summer Library Tabling

Every Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm we will be at the Tempe and Mesa Libraries registering voters and gathering signatures for Democratic candidates. Email Samantha Pstross to sign up.

Check out The Manifesto Project - Please Share!

The Manifesto Project is a statewide organization committed to engaging, developing, and retaining Arizona's young professionals.

In January of 2013, The Center for the Future of Arizona, in partnership with the Gallup Institute, released the second iteration of its climacteric report "The Arizona We Want 2.0." This report, which canvassed local nonprofit, business, and political stakeholders, called upon Arizonans to make Arizona the "place-to-be" for young talent. Furthermore, the report provided a number of disturbing statistics, which illustrated just how far we were from achieving that lofty goal.

As a response, The Manifesto Project's Board Apprenticeship Program encourages organizations to reserve a "shadow" position on their Board of Directors, executive committee, or subcommittee for a high potential young professional who has been matched to their organization or identified internally. Individuals selected will receive high quality board and professional development training through the Manifesto Project's community partners, be assigned a mentor within the host organization, and serve a 1-year, non-voting term where they will gain invaluable high-level strategic experience in their chosen sector. We believe that this experience will give our participants a greater stake in their communities, inspire them to seek future leadership roles, and encourage them to begin and continue their careers in the state of Arizona.


Democratic Blogs

Random Musings:

AZSOS Michele Reagan to Clean Elections Commission: "Do as I do, not as I say"

...In her case, what she says is all about transparent and honest elections; what she *does* is most assuredly not about about transparent and honest elections.

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The Arizona Eagletarian:

For ACC chair Bitter Smith, the plot thickens

As noted yesterday, local attorney Thomas Ryan apparently is still working on preparing his complaint to be filed with Attorney General Brnovich demanding that Susan Bitter Smith be ousted from office for violation of the strict conflict of interest statute governing Corporation Commissioners.

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Democratic Diva:

Turns out all the Planned Parenthood "sting" videos were deceptively edited. Will some mainstream reporters who legitimized the story care?

Planned Parenthood isn't taking the bogus "sells baby parts!" attacks on them sitting down, and commissioned an independent expert to analyze the supposed full video footage released by the fake Center for Medical Progress outfit.

» Read More

Democrats in the News

Ableser to leave Arizona Senate for Nevada post

State Sen. Ed Ableser is resigning his legislative seat after nearly a decade to lead a new division at the Nevada Department of Education.

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David Schapira: Why I want public campaign financing

Our national system of selecting leaders was meant to allow voters to choose candidates with the best ideas - ones who represent the values of their constituents. Sadly, I don't think that's how most Americans would describe today's process.

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Sheila Healy: Into the Mind: How to turn 'red state' Arizona blue

Into the Mind: Sheila Healy, Arizona's Democratic Party executive director, talks about the party's problems and opportunities.

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Andrew Sherwood - My Turn: To reduce abortions, fund education

Everyone wants fewer unwanted pregnancies and fewer abortions. Can't we find middle ground for a solution?

I used to wonder what happened to the kids whose parents would not sign the permission slip to attend sex-ed class, until I dated one of them.

We were both in our 20s and this woman had no idea how her own body worked. Her parents didn't want her studying "that" information because they thought she might use it in a way they didn't approve. They effectively instilled their fears instead of their confidence upon their daughter.

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Rep. Sherwood: When it comes to ethics, local Republican Party has nothing to offer

There is a distinct possibility that Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump may have engaged in illegal campaign coordination. To find out if he has, a group called the Checks and Balances Project is inquiring into Stump's text communications with campaigns and the utilities he regulates. As a result, Republicans have launched an attack ad trying to discredit the investigation through good ol' fashioned shooting the messenger.

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