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Our Mission is to protect the American Dream, the American Worker, and the Future of our Children by electing Democrats at the national, state, and local levels.





 
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This newsletter is compiled and edited by the County Party's Communications Chair, Ann Heitland. Please email her at ann@annheitland.com with comments, suggestions, corrections.

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928-214-0393

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Mailing Address:
POB 701
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Office:
201 E. Birch Ave.
Suite 6
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

 
This newsletter is compiled and edited by the County Party's Communications Chair, Ann Heitland. Please email her at ann@annheitland.com with comments, suggestions, corrections.

January 2018 Newsletter:




 
Facebook
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Twitter
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Website
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Interested in becoming a candidate for 2018? Read our guidelines and contact us as soon as possible!

Contact Us:

Phone:
928-214-0393

Email: info@ccdem.org

Mailing Address:
POB 701
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Office:
201 E. Birch Ave.
Suite 6
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

 
This newsletter is compiled and edited by the County Party's Communications Chair, Ann Heitland. Please email her at ann@annheitland.com with comments, suggestions, corrections.

Martin Luther King Day


"If King were alive now, he would be standing with DACA & all immigrants. He would challenge a tax reform bill that transferred $2 trillion from the poor to the wealthy. He would be dealing head-on with healthcare & the resegregation of public schools. Dr. King would challenge a nation that spends 54 cents of every dollar on a military. He would be building a #PoorPeoplesCampaign to shift the moral narrative in America."
~  Rev. Dr. Barber                              

Call for Eleanor Roosevelt Award Nominations


The Eleanor Roosevelt Award is presented annually to members of our community whose work and service to the people of Coconino County embody the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Executive Committee is now accepting nominations for this award to be presented at our annual dinner on March 10. These nominations must be in our office by February 1 and must include a minimum 250-word statement in support of the nomination.

In her day, Mrs. Roosevelt was told to "attend to her own knitting," but she refused. For decades, she wrote a daily newspaper column, traveled to spread FDR's message, and pushed FDR's administration toward more progressive policies. Truman appointed her to represent the United States at the first United Nations meeting.  She said, “I see it as our duty to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable." 

Facing the Nazi threat in Europe in 1939, Mrs. Roosevelt said something that resonates today, "Each American family must snap out of its secure little circle and face stirring problems at home and abroad. The price of keeping our personal liberty is that we shall have to think for ourselves. We are going to have to be willing to face many situations that we have never been willing to face before." Sadly, we seem to be in a similar age.

Who in Coconino County strives to live up to the ideals espoused by Eleanor Roosevelt? Submit your nomination by February 1. Up to five nominees will be selected by the Executive Committee as finalists and announced prior to the RK Dinner. The winner will be announced March 10 at the Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner.

 

What the Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Know About Arizona!


Come to our Democratic Political Action! Meeting this Thursday and learn why the Arizona Corporation Commission is more important to you than you may know. 11:30 a.m. at the Weatherford Hotel. The gathering is open to all Democrats and like-minded Independents.

This is the story the Kochs don’t want you to hear: How big money influences the rates you pay and the importance of electing Democrats to the Corporation Commission, which determines those rates and so much more that impacts the daily lives of Arizona citizens.

Appearing this month will be two of the four Democrats running in the primary for two seats on the Commission: Sandra Kennedy is a former member of the Corporation Commission and Bill Mundell is an Arizona attorney well-versed in regulatory regimes.  Both are experienced in policy and campaign funding.  Both have a story to tell about how outside money influences our elected commissioners.  Next month, we’ll hear from Kiana Sears, who is running in the primary, building on her 10 years of experience working on regulatory issues in the Arizona Senate and for the Corporation Commission. The fourth Democrat in the race is Jake Bell.

Lunch will be available for purchase off the menu, but the purchase is optional. All are welcome to attend and participate in a civil discussion.

2018 Community Action Kickoff
 

 

Save the Date!
Saturday, Feb 10th

10 AM - 12:30 PM

Coconino High School Cafeteria


Come and meet with our

Flagstaff Activist Organizations

and

Democratic Candidates for 2018
 

Candidates will have nominating petitions for you to sign
Each candidate and organization with have a table for you to talk and pick up info
Candidates and organization representatives will speak briefly
Tamales and Refreshments will be for sale

Free Admission & Open to the Public

 

Danger Zone! The Legislature Is in Session! 



Our elected leaders in the Arizona House issued a vision for Arizona this month, but there is little likelihood that these fine plans will become law until we provide them with more Democratic colleagues -- which we plan to do in November! 

AZ House Democrats have laid out a platform for real change covering all of these important issues:

•Education
•Economic Development
•Public Health – Human Services
•Tax Fairness
•Higher Education
•Elections
•Environment & Natural Resources
•Women’s Rights
•Criminal Justice

Read the details of this plan on the Resouces Page of our website.

PC Corner

The Monthly Precinct Committee Meeting held on January 13 was lively asDoc Gooding speaking to CC PCs always with a great turnout!  Our PC Coordinators -- Cathy Fine, Don Howard, and Kim Watson -- had arranged for Doc Gooding of AZBlue2020 to speak. We learned some great ideas for targeting voters. Our guest was impressed with how well organized we are and with our system for integrating new PCs.  Apparently, people in Maricopa County could learn a few things from our great PC Coordinators.

At the outset of Saturday's meeting, PCs were asked to write on an index card a short statement addressing the question: What do Democrats stand for?  In a moving few moments at the end of the meeting, the cards were read. We'll publish the results at the end of the month.

The previous week, our coordinators met with the full group of Regional Captains to discuss techniques, materials, plans, and messaging. The meeting went for over 2.5 hours. We have a hard-working group that's ready to win!

Next PC Discussion Night: 
Wednesday, January 24,  5:30-7 p.m.
Southside Tavern: 117 S. San Francisco

Next Targeted Precinct Canvass Day: Saturday, Feb. 3


Next PC Meeting: February 17, 10 a.m.  -  location TBD
PCs should watch their email boxes for the agenda.

Stay connected: We urge all PCs to be part of the PC Facebook Group and to raise questions and suggested topics for discussion via that group. This is a closed group limited to County PCs. If you have no questions or suggestions, read what others are talking about and perhaps something else will occur to you. We are open to suggestions for training and discussion. Also, follow and share our public posts on our Facebook Page and our tweets on Twitter.

Candidate Watch!


Our Dem LD-6 candidates drew a houseful of folks to a meet and greet event on January 11. They will be back soon for other events; keep your eye on our calendar if you want to meet Wade Carlisle, Felicia French, and Bobby Tyler. Wade is running for the one Senate seat -- to replace Sylvia Allen. Bobby and Felicia are racing to take the two House seats currently occupied by Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe. 

Two candidates for Corporation Commission will be at the DPA Lunch this Thursday. (See article above.)

Meanwhile, the Republicans have two new candidates in addition to (Where's) Bob Thorpe in the LD-6 House race. Or maybe "Where's Bob" isn't going to run for re-election? There are two seats to vie for in the 2018 midterm election and with Brenda Barton retiring, that leaves "Where's Bob?" as the only incumbent. Bob's first spectacular act of the 2018 legislative session was to introduce a bill hiding public records from the public so long as they are stored on private cell phones or computers. 

The new Republican candidates are Stuart McDaniel, who is well-known in Flagstaff as the recently-resigned Vice-President for Government Affairs of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, and Walter Blackman, a recently-minted business consultant now living in Snowflake.
  • As of this month, McDaniel is a full-time political consultant running his own personal consulting shop. Wouldn't we like to know who is hiring him as a "consultant" while he runs a full-time campaign for AZ House? Should any of that money show up on his campaign finance reports? Will it?
  • Blackman spent 20 years in the army and his campaign is touting his experience as a sexual harassment prevention officer. Since the army has an abysmal record in preventing harassment and handling complaints from female soldiers, this should be interesting. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CANDIDATE PETITIONS

Legally, you may sign only as many candidate petitions as there are open slots for the office. For example, for City Council, you may sign only 3 candidate petitions. Keep track! If you have signed three and are offered a fourth to sign, you DO NOT help that candidate by signing -- and in fact, may hurt him or her. That's because we expect our opponents to be scrutinizing these petitions hard and if your signature is challenged, the candidate may not meet the required minimum number of signatures to be on the ballot. This applies to all races -- so, for example, for State House, you may sign only two petitions, and for State Senate or Governor, you may sign only one petition. 
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Candidates schedule their own appearances and other events, sometimes on short notice to us. When we know about events of Democratic candidates, we post them in red type on our Events Calendar. If they offer us Facebook events, we also share those.

Executive Committee Report 


The regular County Party Executive Committee meeting occurred on January 8. Ex Comm members present were Nathan Jones, Harriet Young, Sallie Kladnik, Anita Howard, Kim Watson, and Ann Heitland. Also present: Operations Manager, Kelsey Blakley, and Brandon Lurie, representing the Outreach Committee. Absent: Doug Ballard, Cathy Fine, and Don Howard. Kim left the meeting early to attend a precinct committee meeting in University Heights. 

The Committee voted to issue a Position Statement in support of a proposed City Council Resolution to denounce the building of Trump's campaign promise -- the hateful border wall. You can read the statement we sent to City Council members here.

Treasurer Cathy Fine sent in advance a report showing that we have a larger than usual balance and projected monthly income. Of course, our projected expenses are larger than they have been in past years due largely to the increased PC activity.

The six-week campaign training program sponsored by the party to build our bench for 2020 and beyond is nearly oversubscribed.  

Much of the meeting time was spent planning for upcoming events, including receiving a report from Sallie Kladnik about work of the RK Committee.

Next Meeting: February 5 at 5:15 pm. 

2018 Roosevelt Kennedy Dinner


Invitations to the RK Dinner on March 10 have been printed and will be on the way soon.  The dinner committee is hard at work gathering auction items and planning logistics. We'll be at a new venue this year: The remodeled Little America Hotel and we're making some changes to the program and format that will liven things up! Buy your tickets now.

The theme of the evening will be "Ready to Win." To inspire us, we have confirmed a very exciting keynote speaker: Jevin Hodge. Jevin is a Millennial Inspirational Speaker, noted as “America’s Leading Young Agent for Change” and author of L.Y.F.E. – Living Young Free and Extravagant. He travels the nation speaking to millennials, community leaders, and organizations on how to mobilize, attract, educate, and retain young talent. Jevin is also a vice-chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. 

You'll have an opportunity to meet our 2018 candidates at a special reception prior to the dinner gong.

This event raises the money that keeps us going throughout the year. Please plan to attend. Please seek donations for our auctions. Please tell your friends. Like our RK Dinner Facebook Page to follow updates between now and March 10. 

Upcoming Events


Events are listed on our Calendar and have become too numerous to list individually here. The calendar includes everything sponsored by the Party (in blue) and for candidates when we are notified of candidate events (in red). In addition to these party and candidate events, events organized by other groups that may be of interest to Democrats are listed in red.  To have an event included in our calendars, please contact our Kelsey Blakey, Operations Manager, at info@ccdem.org or Ann Heitland, Communications Chair, at ann@annheitland.com. 
If you want to use the office for a meeting or event, please contact our Operations Manager. Our office has become very busy. (A good thing.)
If you want to use the office for a meeting or event, please contact our Operations Manager. Our office has become very busy. (A good thing.)
If you want to use the office for a meeting or event, please contact our Operations Manager. Our office has become very busy. (A good thing.)
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