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What is the future of the Democratic Party in Arizona: Voice your opinion at Drinking Liberally

Let’s face it. 2011 looks pretty damn depressing for liberals in Arizona– No Plan Jan will continue her reign of terror aided by corporate chums, private prison lobbyists, and a solidly wing-nut Republican-controlled Legislature.

So, what better way to lift your spirits regarding the impending doom our state faces than to get gather with friends at a local watering hole and kibitz about politics?

This coming Sunday night, Tucson chapter of Drinking Liberally will do just that. The Drinking Liberally Classic topic for Sunday, December 12 is the Future of the Democratic Party in Arizona. Whew. That should be good for a few rounds, at least.

Every two years, the Democrats elect new officers. In recent weeks, four of southern Arizona’s Legislative Districts elected new chairs:

LD27 – Roger Wagner succeeds Jim Hannley
LD 28 – Ted Prezelski succeeds Wood Sanders
LD 29 – Matt Kopec succeeds Laura Elias de la Torre
LD 30 – It is undecided who will succeed Suzanne Newton. Former Legislative candidate Andrea Dalessandro was elected to the LD post but has stepped down.

In January, Pima County Democrats and statewide Democrats will elect new officers to lead the party through the 2012 elections. If you want to voice your opinion (informally) on who should lead the statewide party, vote in the Three Sonorans poll.If you want to voice your opinion even more informally, come to Drinking Liberally on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. on the patio of The Shanty.

The Tucson chapter of Drinking Liberally meets every Sunday evening– same time, same place. The event is free and open to anyone– even Republicans, if you dare. Even if you drink only soda, you’re welcome.

Drinking Liberally is a national social group of progressives with more than 100 chapters nationwide.

6 comments on “What is the future of the Democratic Party in Arizona: Voice your opinion at Drinking Liberally

  1. Mariana
    December 8, 2010

    237 chapters


    • Pamela Powers
      December 8, 2010

      Thanks, Mariana, I couldn’t find a solid number on the national DL website.


  2. Carolyn Classen
    December 8, 2010

    I hear that the State Dem Party’s top two candidates for Chair are Andrei Cherny (candidate for AZ Treasurer) and Rodney Glassman (candidate for U.S. Senate).  Is that true Pam?


    • Pamela Powers
      December 8, 2010

      Carolyn, I have no idea about Cherny. I know Glassman is lobbying for the post.


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  4. fraser007
    December 8, 2010

    Oh please let it be Glassman! We need a clown to laugh at.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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