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March 2015 Featured PC: Steve Muratore

Steve MuratoreLD26 Precinct Committeeman (representing the Honda precinct) and publisher of the Arizona Eagletarian, Steve Muratore returned this week from Washington, DC, where he witnessed and wrote about the oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in the lawsuit he "affectionately" refers to as the Arizona Legislature v. the Will of the Voters. He believes the trip gave him insight to help dispel notions (in quite a few corporate media news stories and editorials) that independent redistricting is doomed because of what took place when the right-wing justices aggressively questioned redistricting commission attorney Seth Waxman. Steve is convinced that the nine justices will consider a number of factors that were not directly referenced in the oral arguments.

As usual, Steve continues to provide in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the issues and controversies surrounding the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and we thank him.

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October 2014 Featured PC: Michael Martinez

Many people would say that I have always been interested in politics.  Thinking back, I would probably have to agree but I don’t think that I fully understood the impact it had on my life until my mid-20’s.  Until then, I was apathetic.  I knew things needed to change.  I knew there was definite inequality in our society.  Heck, I had experienced it myself numerous times while growing up.  However,  I never thought that I had the capability of influencing that change.

In 2008, my attitude on the situation was radically adjusted.  When Barack Obama was elected, I knew that change was possible and I could be apart of it.  After he took office, I made what I consider to be the best decision of my life and, at the age of 25, I chose to go back to school and earn a degree in Political Science. 

While I was at ASU, and after redistricting had formed the new D26, I applied and was accepted into the Arizona Legislative Internship Program where I worked with Democratic staff in our State Senate.  It was there that Senator Anna Tovar gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received.  She told me if I wanted to make a change, I should start by becoming a PC.  That night I looked up when and where D26’s meetings where, and I showed up at the next one.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Five years have passed since I made the decision to go back to school, and it’s been more than a year and a half since my path led me to D26.  It’ has been an incredible learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world and every day I remember why I decided to get involved.  Ultimately, the election of President Obama convinced me that future generations did not have to face the same struggles I did.  Equality, both social and economic, could be accomplished if enough of us decided to fight for it and I’ll continue to just that until our goal is realized. 

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Yep. I'm 32.

That's right. I've officially made it around the sun for the 32nd time. I decided to become active in politics when I was 27, and I really can't believe it's been 5 years already. I'm not sure where the time went, but I'm certain that it was well-spent.

As you know, the D26 Democrats are taking the lead on organizing a GOTV rally in West Mesa. Scheduled for Saturday, October 25th, we are targeting RAE voters from all over D26 and are going to invite them several times to the "Rally to Move #AZForward." The Rally's goal is to energize and motivate these fellow Democrats that don't typically vote in midterm years to cast their ballot in 2014. Even a modest increase in RAE turn out has the potential to swing the statewide and congressional races in our favor. In short we have an opportunity to help do something big.

Of course, these things cost money. Between the venue, food, city fees, advertising and having literature printed, D26 and the Krysten Sinema campaign are going to be making a significant investment in getting RAE voters invited as many times as possible between now and the 25th.

There are moments when being LD chair is very trying, and moments when it's very rewarding. Playing a significant role in the Pearce recall, sponsoring our local DREAMERs DACA applications, raising money for our friend Randall in his time of need, embarrassing the D26 Republicans by tripling the haul of their AR-15 fundraiser, and being the only LD to have a net gain of PCs from 2012 to 2014 are just some things that make me particularly proud. Those successes were honestly some of the most rewarding in my life. Will you help make my 32nd birthday another one?

For my 32nd birthday, I'm looking for 32 people to donate $32 to D26. That would raise $1024 today, and be very helpful in making sure we have the resources we need to fire on all cylinders. Of course, 100% of the money donated will be used at turning out RAE voters right here in D26.

Not a day goes by without someone thanking me for work I do, and I really appreciate that. Truth is for all the ups and downs, I couldn't imagine not doing it, and I couldn't do it with the help of so many people. So, I'm asking you to help out once more, *|FNAME|*. Will you be one of D26's 32?

Thank you,

Randy Keating
Chair - D26 Democrats

PS: If not for me, then do it for the cute kid I once was!

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Featured Events

D26 Democrats Monthly Meeting

What: We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month
When: Tomorrow, September 9th 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: Secretary of State candidate Terry Goddard


D26 Democrats Happy Hour Fundraiser

What: Randy Keating, D26 Chairman invites you to support our local down-ballot candidates. They face fierce tea-party opposition and need your help!
When: Monday, September 15th, 5:00 to 7:00pm
Where: Handlebar on Mill - 680 S Mill Ave, Tempe
Host Committee: Harry Mitchell, State Senator Ed Ableser; State Representatives Juan Mendez & Andrew Sherwood; Council Members Elect Lauren Kuby & David Schapira; D26 Chair Randy Keating, Sean Bowie, D18 Chair Darin Fisher, Ernesto Fonseca, Karyn Gitlis, Jevin Hodge, David Lucier, Ron Pies, Sam Pstross, Austin Stumpf
RSVP: On the D26 Website or on Facebook.
Donations: Please donate $26 (or whatever you can) to D26 Democrats and/or one of the following candidates:

Tempe Union High School Governing Board
Berdetta Hodge
Veekas Shrivastava
DeeAnne McClenahan

Tempe Elementary District 3
Patrick Morales

Kyrene School District
Allison Ewers

AZ State House of Representatives
Mitzi Epstein


Events

D26 Day of Action

What: With the electoral victories in Tempe, it's time to shift focus to turning out the "Rising American Electorate" in Mesa. Join us for a canvass in the morning, and phone bank in the afternoon to encourage drop off voters to fill out the PEVL forms mailed to them, and invite them to our Beer Summit. Lunch will be provided.
When: Saturday, September 13th.
Canvass: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Phone Bank: 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
Where: D26 Democrats / Sinema for Congress Field Office - 1730 E Apache Blvd Tempe
RSVP: On our Website, or on Facebook.


PEVL Chase 2014 Phone Banking

What: RAE and drop-off voters in Mesa have been, or will be sent 3 rounds of pre-filled out PEVL sign up mailers. We need to chase these down, and encourage people to return them. Being on PEVL greatly increases a voter's likelihood of casting their ballot. This program will greatly benefit our statewide candidates. Please help us make follow-up calls to these highly targeted Democrats! Dinner will be provided!
When: Weekdays for the month of September, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: D26 Democrats / Sinema for Congress Field Office - 1730 E Apache Blvd Tempe
Please Sign Up: Email Randy Keating
RSVP:
On our Website, or on Facebook.


D26 Slate Debates the D26 Republicans

What: Come cheer on our D26 legislative slate as they debate the D26 Republicans in what is sure to be an entertaining exchange of ideas.
When: Thursday, October 2nd, 6:00pm
Where: ASU Memorial Union, Room 236.
RSVP:
On our Website, or on Facebook.


Tempe Tardeada Tabling

What: A D26 tradition! Tempe Tardeada is a celebration of Tempe Hispanic Heritage and we need volunteers to staff our booth at this fun event. Register voters before the deadline and educate voters on our candidates. Several volunteer shifts will be available and Spanish-speaking volunteers are always needed! Can't volunteer? We need donations of water and (non-melting) candy!
When: Sunday, October 5th, 11:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: Tempe Community Complex - 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe
RSVP: On our Website, or on Facebook.


31st Annual Don Carlos Humanitarian Award Dinner

What: Congratulations to Neil Giuliano who has been named the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. Neil will be presented the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award at a ceremony and dinner in his honor. Also being recognized is the Kiwanis Club of Tempe - Guiding Light Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award, Gwen Hanna - Spirit of Tempe Karma Award and a high school student - Young Humanitarian Scholar.
When: Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30pm
Where: SRP PERA Club - 1 E. Continental Drive Tempe
D26 Will Have a Table, Tickets are $50 Each. RSVP on our Website

 

Featured PC - Shirley McKean

Shirley's PC Story

I think I was born interested in politics. If not, I learned at an early age that politics had a direct impact on my life and how important it was to have the best possible political leadership. My father was career Army and I remember hearing my mother and other wives talking with fear in their voices during the Cuban Missile Crisis, worried about the real possibility of war with the Soviet Union.

» Read her full story here.

 

Democratic Blogs

Random Musings:

Arizona Election 2014: Ballot questions

This year, this is going to be a simple post - there are only three state-level ballot questions*, and none were proposed through the petition process, In contrast, in 2006, there were 18, with only six of the questions referred to the ballot by the legislature.

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The Arizona Eagletarian:

Need to know what it means that DuVal is a problem solver? Check this out!

The key takeaway from this interview, as I see it, is that DuVal has a demonstratively better grasp on the complex issues facing our state today and absolutely IS the best candidate to address those issues as the chief executive of Arizona State Government.

» Arizona Public Media's Lorraine Rivera interviewed Fred DuVal.


Democratic Diva:

The Sinema Vet As is Wonderful so Step Off, Haters

I happen to think this is one of the best political ads I've ever seen. The reason for that is, quite simply, that I believe Sinema. There's no reason outside of sheer cynicism to assume that the Congresswoman is "exploiting a veteran's suicide", as her Republican opponent harrumphed into a press release.

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Democrats in the News

Tempe voters opt for change with Kuby, Schapira

In an apparent Election-Day upset that will shift the political make-up on the City Council, Tempe voters opted for challengers Lauren Kuby and David Schapira for two of three seats in a crowded field that included two incumbents, seeking their second and third terms.

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Richardson: Tempe voters indicate desire for change on council

Tempe voters have spoken. Lauren Kuby and David Schapira are the newest members of the Tempe City Council after handily beating incumbents Robin Arredondo-Savage and two-term incumbent Shana Ellis.

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30 in 30: Women Candidates to Watch in 2014 - Kyrsten Sinema

Women are at the forefront of many of this year's critical and most-watched races. From candidates for governorships making waves from red-to-blue states, to game-changing senate seats up for grabs, women are making their voices heard now more than ever.

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Support Our Election Efforts

Big Goals Require Big Money

Our ambitious field/Beer Summit plan for West Mesa is expensive, and several campaigns are sharing the cost with the districts. This means we will need to bring in more money than anticipated in order to keep the office running and our volunteers fed. Please consider making a donation today, every dollar will go to maximizing the number of Democratic votes for all of Arizona's Democrats.

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D26 VOLS ROCK!

We have 2 months to win for our state wide candidates!

We have office space, and we just need to staff it! It's campaign season and will be doing weekly canvasses and nightly phone banks in support of all of our candidates.

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!

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Contact Us: Randy Keating, Chair, D26 Democrats // 480-246-0509 // D26Dems.org

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September 2014 Featured PC: Shirley McKean

I think I was born interested in politics. If not, I learned at an early age that politics had a direct impact on my life and how important it was to have the best possible political leadership. My father was career Army and I remember hearing my mother and other wives talking with fear in their voices during the Cuban Missile Crisis, worried about the real possibility of war with the Soviet Union. Fortunately, John Kennedy was president. As the 1960s progressed, becoming for many of us “the best of times and the worst of times”, I was inspired by Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, but naively believed that even after the tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination, change and a positive future were certain. I volunteered on my first political campaign in 1968. The worst of times got to me. I lost hope and gave up. Although, I always stayed informed and voted, I didn’t get politically active again until the Clarence Thomas Hearings. I realized it was a huge mistake to give up. It’s important to not just vote but be active in the political process and work to get good people in office. Mad as Hell, I got involved my district in north Phoenix, became a PC, state committee person and a Jerry Brown delegate to the 1992 democratic convention. I got involved in Tempe shortly after moving here. I can’t say I enjoy knocking on doors in 100+ degree heat because I don’t enjoy it, but it’s important. I look at it as my job and my responsibility to volunteer for Democratic candidates during each election cycle---and staying mad as Hell!

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August 2014 Featured PC: Marielyn White

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.

I didn't start out as precinct committeeperson (PC). It branched off from earlier community involvement, from fundraising and Chair for Mesa Civic Ballet in the 70s, volunteer for Mesa Human Resources Advisory Board, Southwest Neighbor Committee liaison to preserve and develop affordable housing, Committee on Education, Latino Town Meeting, and from being a teacher in Mesa Public Schools.

I had always voted as a Democrat and helped campaign for candidates at the city, state and national level, but I felt a void when it came to express my political voice in Mesa. In the summer of 2004, I volunteered to campaign for John Kerry and John Edwards (phone banking, canvassing) and received some training in GOTV.

Monthly LD18 meetings offered opportunities to develop political views, and effectiveness in GOTV, which led to more networking. By 2010, more LD18 Mesa Democrats were attending monthly meetings, and the number of PCs roughly doubled when compared to 2008. I was one of the PCs elected to the state committee which gave me a broader view of state politics. One of the standout candidates LD18 supported was Andrew Sherwood. Also LD18 exerted a uniting influence by collecting signatures from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to recall Russell Pierce.

In 2012, the Redistricting Commission (AIRC) created LD26, which includes West Mesa, Tempe, and the Salt River Indian Community. Last summer our new district joined the effort to stop HB 2035 voter repression bill. We went door-to-door to have voters sign the petition. Today, LD26 is represented by Ed Ableser, Juan Mendez, and Andrew Sherwood.

Voting wasn't enough. Today I am the PC for Guerrero precinct with over 700 registered Democrats and a member of the Arizona Democratic Party state committee.

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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


Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
 

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

Did you know that you can make your $5 Clean Elections Qualifying contributions for each of our clean-running candidates online?

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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D26 VOLS ROCK!

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!

Contribute

 

Contact Us: Randy Keating, Chair, D26 Democrats // 480-246-0509 // D26Dems.org

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July 2014 Featured PCs: Phil & Linda Amorosi


Phil and Linda's PC History

I came to Arizona in 1975 to attend Arizona State University. I moved into my precinct in 1985 and never left. I always voted but it wasn’t until 1996 when I started proofing the ballots for Maricopa County that I noticed my precinct did not have a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson. This bugged me because my father was a PC in Philadelphia. I remember him taking me out to go door-to-door at election time and working the polls. I realized this is why Tempe was totally red, nobody was getting the word out. I am proof that every vote counts because when I ran for PC that year I had to do it as a write-in candidate. Even though over 20 people said they would write my name in I got exactly 10 votes.

When I attended my first District meeting I was shocked to see less than a dozen people there, it wasn’t Philadelphia. This was unacceptable to me, I rolled up my sleeves and was determined to make District 27 a viable political machine. There was also a core group that believed like I did. We could not have been successful without the Zavaleta’s, Podlich’s, Regner’s, Thorton’s, Ming’s and Wooten’s of the district.

By 1998 I was voted Chair of then District 27. My wife Linda, who’s parents were also politically active in the Chicago area, got caught up in the excitement and became a PC that year too. We were also elected State Committee persons. The district grew in numbers by setting up tables at every public event we could. We began partnering with the ASU Young Dems. Being visible was the key. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off.

With help from the state party we recruited former Tempe mayor Harry Mitchell to run as our Democratic State Senator. It was his first win in a partisan race and our first victory as a district in decades. The next cycle in 2000 we went after a house seat and single shot Meg Burton-Cahill to victory along with re-electing Harry. The district was on a roll, we tripled the number of activists and PC’s who were attending meetings. We were getting noticed by the county and state party. The area Republicans didn’t know how to handle the competition.

Neighbors were coming over and asking our advice on who to vote for and how to vote on ballot initiatives. They would stop by to see who’s signs were in our front yard. It was a good feeling to know that they trusted our opinion.

In 2002 I tried to run with Meg for the other House seat but was not successful. I relinquished my Chair position to Bruce Martin but we never stopped doing as much as we could to help every candidate get elected.

Our dream of turning Tempe blue was fulfilled in 2004 when Sen. Ed Ableser joined Meg in the House and Harry served his last term in the State Senate before becoming a U.S. Congressman.

Now, 10 years later, the reconfigured District continues to be progressive with so many good, hard working Democrats. We continue to field great candidates but don’t get complacent, remember it only takes one vote and things can change.

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Featured Events

D26 Democrats Monthly Meeting

What: We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month
When: Tuesday, July 8th from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: Escalante Center (Brio Bravo Room) - 2150 E Orange St
Guest Speaker: Sarah Kutzler, Wolf PAC.
Wolf PAC believes that we can no longer count on our Federal Government to do what is in the best interest of the American people due to the unfettered amount of money they receive from outside organizations to fund their campaigns. We must reverse Citizens United, Restore our Democracy, and Save the Republic. Join the Fight for Free and Fair Elections in America!


D26 Field Office Grand Opening

What: Please join us and our candidates on Saturday, July 12th at 9:30am for a D26 Office Opening Kick-off Canvass. We will be talking to the Rising American Electorate to encourage a better Democratic turnout for the 2014 primary and general elections!
When: Saturday, July 12th at 9:30am (canvass), lunch at 12:30pm
Where: D26 Field Office - 1730 E Apache Blvd Tempe
Parking Information: On the D26 website, or the Facebook Event


Events

Community Cheer for Kuby & Schapira

What: Join us for a Happy Hour to cheer on City Council Candidates Lauren Kuby & David Schapira just before the City Council Candidate Forum
When: Monday, July 7th at 5:30pm
Where: Gringo-Star - 501 S Mill Ave #101, Tempe
Donations: Not required, but greatly appreciated!
RSVP: Facebook Event


City Council Candidate Forum

What: You're invited to the most important candidate forum in the City Council race. Audience members will be encouraged to pose queries directly to the candidates. Wear your "Kuby for Council" or "David for Tempe" T-Shirt! The event will be televised by Channel 11 and re-broadcast several times.
When: Monday, July 7th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Tempe City Council Chambers - 5th Street, east of Mill Ave
Parking: Validated at the City Hall Parking Garage at 117 E 5th St
Email your question for the candidates to Dianna Nanez of the Arizona Republic.


Equality Arizona's Summer Launch Event

What: The event will be a fun, free and laid-back opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate this year's progress in the fight for equality and showcase EQ AZ's new website. We'll also be asking attendees to become members of EQ AZ (no pressure) and join us in our fight for equality in Arizona.
When: Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: The Bar on Central - 718 N Central Ave, Phoenix
RSVP: To cohost Alexis Tamerón, or directly to EQAZ.


Solar Soiree for Lauren Kuby

What: A happy hour in support of solar champion, Lauren Kuby for City Council
When: Wednesday, July 30th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. It's the day before ballots drop!
Where: Handlebar Tempe - 680 S Mill Ave, Tempe
Donations: $25, but all donations gratefully accepted.

D26 Office is Opening

Please Help Supply It!

Our office will need a lot of supplies this cycle, can you help us keep it fully stocked as to minimize any downtime?

We will need:

  • Vacuum
  • Refrigerator
  • Pens
  • Printer paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Cleaning products
  • Clipboards
  • Snacks
  • Sports drinks
  • Water
  • Soda
  • Manila envelopes
  • Paper clips
  • Staplers/Staples

Email Randy Keating if you can provide some office supplies for our 2014 field effort, or you could donate to the D26 Democrats directly to help us cover the cost.

 

Featured PCs - Phil & Linda Amorosi

Phil and Linda's PC History

I came to Arizona in 1975 to attend Arizona State University. I moved into my precinct in 1985 and never left. I always voted but it wasn't until 1996 when I started proofing the ballots for Maricopa County that I noticed my precinct did not have a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson. This bugged me because my father was a PC in Philadelphia. I remember him taking me out to go door-to-door at election time and working the polls. I realized this is why Tempe was totally red, nobody was getting the word out. » Read their full story here.

 

Democratic Blogs

Random Musings:

AZ Ballot challenges summary

One of the biannual traditions in AZ politics is legal challenges to candidates' ballot eligibility. There is a short period after the final date to turn in nominating signatures to challenge a candidate's ballot eligibility. If no challenges are raised at that time, the candidate is presumed to be eligible.

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The Arizona Eagletarian:

AIRC to SCOTUS: Dismiss legislature's appeal

On Monday, June 30, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission filed a motion to dismiss or affirm with the Supreme Court of the United States in the Arizona Legislature v AIRC case. The legislature had previously appealed the ruling of the three-judge panel that had dismissed the lawsuit that had attempted to invalidate the vote of the People of Arizona to enact independent redistricting.

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Democrats in the News

City Council Candidates Question of The Week

This week's question is from JT Benton and is made up of three parts.

1. Describe your view of Tempe's relationship with Arizona State University. What improvements would you impart on the way the two entities engage?
2. With major improvements underway along Tempe Town Lake and at Mill Avenue/University corner, what do you believe should Tempe residents look forward to from an economic impact perspective? Is the city doing all it can to educate the residents of the impact? If not, how would you change that?
3. What is the city doing to attract new small businesses. Big job creators are fantastic, and very much needed. But innovation is also important. What are your thoughts around helping draw entrepreneurs to Tempe?

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AZ-GOV: Fred DuVal Leads Field in Cash on Hand, Donors

Phoenix, AZ -- The campaign manager for Fred DuVal's campaign for Arizona governor, Bill Scheel, released the following statement today announcing the campaign's first fundraising report of 2014.

"Fred DuVal is the fundraising leader for the 2014 general election, with more cash on hand than his opponents, and no expensive primary to drain his coffers," said Scheel. "We have more more cash on hand than every other candidate because our campaign is people-powered - more than 3,300 individuals have contributed to our campaign with a median contribution of just $150."

"Our campaign has more than $1.1 million reserved for the general election, while our nearest competitor has just $418,000 in his general election account. Yesterday's filing cemented our campaign's building momentum. It's proof that Fred DuVal is on track to win in November."

 

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

Did you know that you can make your $5 Clean Elections Qualifying contributions for each of our clean-running candidates online?

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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D26 VOLS ROCK!

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!

 

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

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Contact Us: Randy Keating, Chair, D26 Democrats // 480-246-0509 // D26Dems.org

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