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August 2014 Newsletter

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Featured Events

D26 Democrats Monthly Meeting

What: We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month
When: Tuesday, August 12th from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: D26 Democrats / Sinema for Congress Field Office - 1730 E Apache Blvd Tempe
**Park in the lot to the west of the office. See this graphic.

Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema!

Women Choose Fred

What: An education forum and back-to-school drive with Fred DuVal, Democratic Candidate for Arizona Governor
When: Saturday, August 9th, 2:00 to 3:00pm
Where: Health Sciences Building # 14 Lecture Hall East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W Main St, Mesa
Back-To-School Drive Suggestions: Dry erase markers, Copy/Printer Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Tissues
RSVP: Rachel Snyder at 520-904-4156


Solar Soiree for Lauren Kuby

What: Celebration of our Sustainability Champion Lauren Kuby, Candidate for Tempe City Council. Let's give her the resources she needs to bring this thing home! Happy Hour featuring the "Solartini." Appetizers compliments of local business owner, Julian Wright
When: Tonight, July 30th, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Handlebar Restaurant - 680 S Mill Ave, Tempe
Donations: Donations gratefully accepted (or sign up for GOTV shifts!)
RSVP: Website Event

Open House: Meet the Candidates

What: Bring your friends, and Family to this neighborhood gathering for the following candidates (some in LD18, our sister district!)
Candidates Include: Tempe City Council: Lauren Kuby, David Schapira, and Ernesto Fonseca. State House (LD18): MItzi Epstein, State Senate (LD18): Janie Hydrick, Justice Precinct: Tyler Kissell
When: Thursday, July 31st, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Where: Joe Seelye and Jeff Tucker's Home - 2058 E Fremont Dr, Tempe
Cost: Free
RSVP: Facebook Event

Cocktail Reception for Lauren Kuby

What: Join us for cocktails, light fare and pastries by Honeymoon Sweets and celebrate with Lauren Kuby.
When: Saturday, August 2nd, 5:00to 7:00pm
Where: Home of John White & Mark Messina - 90 E El Freda Circle (Greystone Estates), Tempe
Cost: Free, but donations appreciated.

We're Official! School Board Campaign Kick-off

What: You're invited to celebrate Berdetta Hodge and Veekas Shrivastava officially qualifying to run for the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board! Yard Signs will be available.
When: Saturday, August 16th, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Home of Angie Taylor-Thornton - 1807 E Buena Vista Dr, Tempe
Cost: Contributions are greatly appreciated.
RSVP: Facebook Event

City Council / Prop 425 GOTV

Let's win August for our city council candidates
and for equal rights!

GOTV Phone Bank: Central/North Tempe

Make calls for our Tempe City Council candidates at the D26 Office just west of the corner of McClintock and Apache (1730 E Apache Blvd, Suite # 109) and shifts start at 10AM and 4PM Monday through Friday. We'll also be hosting phone banks throughout the day on weekends. We'd love to have you call whenever you're available! A different local Tempe restaurateur will donate dinner each night! If you have unlimited minutes, bring your cell phone and charger! If you have a laptop bring that, too!

GOTV Phone Bank: South Tempe

Make calls for our Tempe City Council candidates! Ballots drop this Thursday and we need your help to chase them down. The D18 Office is located just west of the corner of Kyrene and Elliot (744 W Elliot Rd, Suite # 104) and shifts start at 11AM and 5PM Monday through Friday. We'll also be hosting phone banks throughout the day on weekends. We'd love to have you call whenever you're available!
Food will be provided! If you have unlimited minutes, bring your cell phone and charger! If you have a laptop bring that, too!

Weekend GOTV Canvasses in 2 Locations:

1. The D26 Democrats / Sinema for Congress Field Office just west of the corner of McClintock and Apache (1730 E Apache Blvd, Suite # 109)
       Every Saturday at 9:30am
       Every Sunday at 2:00pm
2. The D18 Office just west of the corner of Kyrene and Elliot (744 W Elliot Rd Suite # 104)
       Every Saturday at 9:00am
       Every Sunday at 4:00pm

Canvass Anytime: Contact Austin for a walk packet or he can also set you up to make phone calls from home


Featured PC - Marielyn White

Marielyn's PC Story

Sometime after the 2000 general election, and the damage done, the idea dawned on me that voting is not enough. I was frustrated with much of the political leadership at all government levels and was looking for how to be a more active voter.

» Read her full story here.


Democratic Blogs

Random Musings:

Netroots Nation coming to AZ in 2015

The convention, bringing together many of the most outstanding online voices in the progressive universe to share knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration (and also bringing in some of the stars of the progressive political world :) ), is traveling to Phoenix for its 2015 meeting.

» Read More

The Arizona Eagletarian:

Why can't Oil and Gas compete with renewable energy sources without MASSIVE gov't subsidies?

Less than a month ago, I learned that coal-fired electrical power generating facilities get generous Arizona state tax breaks allowing the IOUs (investor owned utilities) which use it to get a competitive advantage over WIND and SOLAR.

Today, Huffington Post reported that despite repeated Obama administration calls for cutting subsidies to oil and gas producers, Congress has failed to act.

» Read More

Democratic Diva:

What about the Ladies with this Boycott thing?

I can't argue with Markos Moulitsas for keeping his pledge to boycott Arizona until SB1070 is fully overturned and I doubt he's going to be persuaded out of it, judging from the scathing statement he issued about Phoenix hosting Netroots Nation in 2015.

» Read More

Democrats in the News

Senator Ableser Debates Capital Punishment on ABC15

In light of the botched execution of James Wood, which took over two hours to execute after administering two doses of lethal injections the debate about the death penalty has gained significant traction as to its constitutionality, purpose, and effectiveness.

» Watch the Video

Representative Sherwood Endorsed by AZCOPS

"With input from our more than ninety local associations, AZCOPS is proud to announce our endorsement... Your unwavering support for public safety issues and public employees is deeply appreciated by our members throughout Arizona." -Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs

Tempe City Council Profiles in The Arizona Republic

  • Candidate Fonseca wants Tempe residents to have greater say:
    Fonseca, who has a doctorate in environmental design and planning, is adamant that Tempe leaders have paid only lip service to the role of citizens in directing city programs, services and tax dollars.
    » Read More
  • Tempe council candidate Kuby looks for the little things:
    Kuby moved from Boston 26 years ago. And despite the heat during the summer, Kuby fell in love with the city.
    » Read More
  • Tempe candidate Schapira banking on 'proven leadership':
    He has represented Tempe in the Arizona House and Senate, most recently as the Arizona Senate minority leader, and now hopes to serve Tempe on the City Council.
    » Read More

Embrace Clean Elections

Help our Slate Qualify for Elections by Giving $5 Qualifying Donation Online

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If you haven't already given a $5 to our Democratic slate, please make a $5 Clean Elections qualifying contribution today.

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The D26 Office is Opening! Will you help us staff it?

We have our new office space, now we just need to staff it! We are jumping right into campaign season and will be doing weekly canvasses and nightly phone banks in support of all of our candidates and the non-discrimination ballot initiative in Tempe.

We will need canvassers, drivers, phone bankers, data managers, and chefs to cook dinner for our dedicated volunteers. There is a lot of work to be done, how will you contribute?

Please use this Google Form to join our 2014 team!


Water the Grassroots

Funds help us to feed our volunteers! Donate online today!



Contact Us: Randy Keating, Chair, D26 Democrats // 480-246-0509 //

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