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You found us.       NOW DO SOMETHING!             (updated Nov 21, 3:00 pm)         

One of the largest Democratic clubs in Arizona with over 330 members and growing.   We are also on Facebook and Twitter (@SBDemClub).  Like us.  Join us.

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Net Neutrality under attack–AGAIN!  Tell Congress to leave it alone!!

Don’t think you care?  You will when you can’t get cable or satellite TV, because the internet is too slow.  Or, when your smart phone won’t download your emails or an important web site you need because you didn’t agree to a 300%, 400%, 500% (?) increase in your cell phone bill.  When companies start bidding up prices to get a piece of the bandwidth, everyone else loses!

From the NYTimes:  “The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites.

The proposal, put forward by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. The rules prohibited high-speed internet service providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of websites, or charging extra fees for the best quality of streaming and other internet services for their subscribers.” [read more]

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NOT Tax Savings for Middle Class–Call/Write Sen.s Flake and McCain

From Politico:
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Murkowski told Roll Call on Thursday that if lawmakers are going to repeal the individual mandate as part of the tax plan, they “absolutely” must pass separate health legislation aimed at stabilizing health care markets and controlling costs.

“If that tax cut is offset by higher premiums, you haven’t delivered [a] benefit,” she told the newspaper.

But Murkowski said in a statement late Friday that passage of a bipartisan deal to fund Obamacare’s cost-sharing program is not a precondition to her support for the GOP’s tax reform package.

The Alaska Republican said she was planning to review the Finance Committee tax reform bill over the Thanksgiving holiday and will review “the entire package before coming to any conclusion on the legislation.”

McCain praised the Finance Committee, which approved a draft of the plan last night, for “taking another step forward in providing much-needed tax relief,” while also serving notice that he wants plenty of time to offer amendments when the plan reaches the Senate floor.

House Republicans have their own red lines, warning a Senate proposal to end a long-standing deduction for state and local taxes is a nonstarter with their colleagues.[read more]

Meetings & Events

We meet the second Tuesday of the month, 3:30 P.M., (except in July-5:00PM–see below) at the HOA 1 Activity Center, 64518 Galveston Lane (off Ridgeview), Tucson, AZ.

Dec 12th, Activity Center, 3:30 PM
Hubert Humphrey’s Press Secretary, Norman Sherman, will reminisce, sharing inspiring stories from the 1960’s.
Jan. 9th, Activity Center, 3:30 PM
Citizens Climate Lobby will tell us about their endeavors to create coalitions of politicians from both sides of the isle who acknowledge the urgency to limit our carbon emissions.
SAVE THE DATEs!!
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018
We anticipate many marches and other activist events.  Keep it open and join in!  Details as available.
Sat., Jan. 27th
           Shifts 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
AZ Dem Party State Committee Meeting–Pinal Democrats need your help!  The meeting will be at a school in Casa Grande, and Pinal Dems are responsible for registration, lunch line, table set-ups, etc.  There are shifts available 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  email to help: info@pinaldemocrats.org
             5:00 pm
The Property Conference Center, 1251 W Gila Bend Hwy
Casa Grande, AZ 85193  
Pinal County Democrats are having their annual fundraising dinner the night of the State Committee meeting.  Most Democratic State-wide candidates will attend, and our new Arizona Democratic Party Chairperson will attend (elected earlier that day.)  [download details]
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018  Mountain View Club House, 6:00 PM 
Our annual Donkey Kick-off dinner!  Details to be announced.
Previous Meeting:
Tues., Nov 14th, 3:30 PM
Fabulous presentation by Senior Staffer for Congressman Gallego, Luis Heredia:  “The Arizona We Bought.”    Take a look at how it describes how the power players in right-wing politics in Arizona buy and hold their power.

Keep Up the Pressure!!  

There are lots of us quietly taking action after action.

Don’t lose focus.  Pace yourself.  And don’t follow “the shiny object” (wiretapping accusations, etc.) they are waving in front of you.  We will help you keep the focus on the right places.  Visit our Action Center page.  See how to contact our State legislators and National representatives under our Links You Can Use page.

Democratic groups are rising up all over Arizona.  Every Democratic leader in the State is being asked to reach out and help another group get started or give a group some guidance or focus on taking action.

Join the Arizona Democrats’ Rapid Response team, and get emails about what’s happening and what you can do and say to resist and restore reason.

The Arizona Legislature is only in session for approximately 100 days, until about the end of April.  Spend some of your time contacting your legislators and telling them what you expect from them:

– “Support public, district schools and our teachers, so they can give our
        children the best possible educational opportunities.”
– “Make voting easy and accessible for everyone, including young people and
      the disadvantaged.  That’s the democracy that America represents!”
– “Close corporate loopholes in our state tax code and start investing those
       dollars into our schools and infrastructure.  It will put people to work and
       will prepare our children for the dynamic economy.  The thriving state that
       Arizona will become will attract new businesses and grow even more.”
Call one of your members of Congress every day!  Just make a schedule to call Sen. Flake; then Sen. McCain, then Congressman O’Halleran.  Download the App “5 Calls” to your smart phone.  It will help you make it easy.

Welcome to our New Officers

The following candidates were elected for two year terms  beginning January 2017  at our December meeting:

Chairman: Holly Lyon
Vice-chairman:  Tim Koch
Treasurer: Sue Ayers
Secretary: Rollie Prager

INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

This publication, written by experienced staff working in Congress, is a practical guide for groups to influence the particular member of Congress in their own district.  The strategy and tactics were those used by the Tea Party, and serve as a primer for effective action.