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Tea Party supporters hit downtown Phoenix

[Source: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal]

If you want a pin-up poster of Sarah Palin, would like to abolish progressive income taxes or think Ronald Reagan is the best president ever, you’ll probably be in downtown Phoenix this weekend.

Approximately 2,200 tea partiers are in Phoenix this weekend for a policy summit focused on federal spending, health care, taxes and immigration. The weekend event is at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Presidential contenders Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, conservative commentator Dick Morris and U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale/Tempe, are some of the speakers.

Arpaio is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

A host of conservative, anti-tax and anti-government groups are also in Phoenix advocating everything from the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service and progressive income taxes, to fighting labor unions and President Barack Obama on health care.

Sarah Palin will not be there, according to the event schedule. But conservative groupies of the former Alaskan governor can get a large poster of her — as well as Reagan — from the Young America’s Foundation. You just have to sign up for the group’s mailing list.

Judging from the exhibit hall and the sentiments among those attending, Palin enjoys strong support among the tea party activists for a possible 2012 presidential run.

“A Bunch of Crock: Politics, Pundits and Minorities” debuts Friday

This Friday, come check out one of the more unique art exhibits to hit the Valley this year. Phoenix designer/filmmaker Safwat Saleem is debuting A Bunch of Crock on Friday, December 3, 2010 at Bragg’s Pie Factory in downtown Phoenix. Doors open at 6pm and the event will probably go on until 9:30pm.

The exhibit consists of a poster show, and several satirical and over-the-top audio/video installations.

From the artist:

A Bunch of Crock is an art exhibit about the absurdities of political campaigns and the unfortunate role of minorities. Filtering through various political messages in this election year, the common thread seems to be this: 1) politicians and pundits think the general population is too stupid to tell fact from fiction and 2) promoting fear of minorities is good politics.

Using satire and good old-fashioned profanity, this exhibit attempts to bypass the spin and tell the audience what the politicians and pundits actually mean, and how they portray minorities to promote fear and manufacture outrage.

What makes this exhibit unique is that was funded through Kickstarter, a microfunding platform for creative projects. Over 40 donors pledged between $12 and $100 dollars to produce the gallery exhibit which consists of printing large format posters, producing stickers, buttons, postcards and signage, renting audio and video equipment (projectors, screens, speakers, etc) and renting tables and chairs. While the first Friday show has been funded, additional funds are still being sought for rental of a/v equipment for future shows, including a planned third Friday date (Dec 17, 6:30 to 10:00pm)

Safwat’s video submission to Kickstarter explaining the concept and premise for the project can be found HERE.

NOTE: Both the video and website contain profane text.

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Free Workshops on Understanding Your State Legislature

While this is not directly related to (or occurring in) downtown Phoenix, it is a great opportunity to get a handle on how things work at the Capitol. Also, what happens at the Capitol can have a direct impact on downtown’s vitality, so it is important for all residents to understand how it works.

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Two free workshops on Understanding Your State Legislature will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Goelet A.C. Beuf Senior Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road (map), and from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 E. Devonshire Ave (map).

The workshops, presented by the city of Phoenix Office of Government Relations, will offer an overview of the state legislative process and how to become involved in decisions made at the state legislature. Tips also will be presented on effective lobbying techniques and information on how to use technology to track legislation.

Two state lawmakers will be invited to attend the sessions to offer their advice on how to effectively communicate with legislators and how the decisions they make impact your neighborhood.

The free workshops are offered to help demystify the legislative process and encourage public involvement from neighborhood groups and residents to create public policy. Seating is limited. To register for one of the workshops, call 602-256-4257 or visit phoenix.gov/intergov/workshop.html.

Media Contact:

Marcie Colpas 602-262-6164
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GERRYMANDERING: The Movie is Coming to the Valley on November 16

While this event isn’t directly related to downtown Pheonix spoecifically, its subject matter affects us all, regardless of where we live.

The Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition is working to expose power politics in Arizona’s decennial redistricting process. Join them for our kickoff event on November 16th featuring Jeff Reichert, acclaimed director of “Gerrymandering.”

Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition and Research Advisory Services, Inc. present:

GERRYMANDERING The Movie

with special guest: Jeff Reichert, Director of “Gerrymandering” who will do a brief presentation and answer questions about the movie!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30pm

Arizona Historical Society, 1300 North College Avenue. Tempe, AZ  85281

Suggested donation: $10

Limited Seating, so please RSVP today to: azcompetitivedistricts@gmail.com

Want more information about the movie?  Visit the GERRYMANDERING Facebook page or www.gerrymanderingmovie.com

Five Reasons YOU should Gerrymandering, The Movie:

5.  When mapmakers have more of an impact on an election than a campaign or candidate, the system is broken.

4.  Arizona citizens should pick their representatives. They shouldn’t pick us.  Learn the things politicians don’t want you to know about the redistricting process.

3.  “Gerrymandering” will show you how redistricting affects all Arizonans, whether you vote or not.

2.  Think Arizona politics are dysfunctional? Learn how it got this way and what you can do to change it.

1.  “Gerrymandering” is the single most important movie you’ll see this whole year (with apologies to fans of the new Harry Potter movie).

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Downtown Voices Coalition’s Monthly General Meeting is Saturday

The Downtown Voices Coalition will be holding its monthly General Meeting this Saturday, October 9, 9:30 am (sharp!) at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (map).

AGENDA

  • Introductions and minutes review 9-11-10
  • Presentation State Representative Chad Campbell regarding state tax loopholes
  • Hance Park/Deck Park Vision/Master Plan/Conservancy Update-Tim Sprague, Reid Butler
  • Metro Line West through Capitol Mall Update-Reid Butler
  • Discussion DVC Participation in ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Joint Community and Business Advisory Council-Steve Weiss
  • Old Business
  • New Business

Adjourn 11:30 am

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Arizona voter registration deadline at Midnight

[Via About.com]

If you want to vote in the primary election on August 24, 2010 today is the last day to register. You have until midnight to do it. If you have an Arizona driver license or official ID, you can register online. Otherwise, you can download the registration form and hand-deliver it to the County Recorder’s Office in downtown Phoenix at 111 S. 3rd St (map).

If you aren’t sure if you are registered to vote or not, you can check that here.

How To Register to Vote in Arizona:

  1. In order to register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older preceding the next general election.
  2. To register to vote in Arizona, you must be a resident of Arizona 29 days preceding the next general election.
  3. You must not have been convicted of a felony or treason, or if so, your civil rights must have been restored. You must not have been declared incompetent by a court.
  4. Proposition 200, passed by the voters of Arizona at the 2004 General Election requires that proof of citizenship must be submitted with all new voter registration forms. One of the items listed here is all you need to fulfill this requirement.
  5. If you meet the requirements in steps 1-4, there are four ways you can register to vote: print a form, request a form, pick up a form, or register online.
  6. You can print a voter registration form from your computer.
  7. Mail the completed form to: Maricopa County Recorder, 111 S. 3rd Avenue, STE 102, Phoenix, AZ 85003-2294.
  8. You can have a voter registration form mailed to you by calling 602-506-1511, T.D.D. 602-506-2348.
  9. You can obtain voter registration forms from any Elections office in Maricopa County, or from a City or Town Clerk’s office.
  10. You can also obtain voter registration forms from libraries throughout Maricopa County, at some banks, at some grocery stores and at U. S. Post Offices.
  11. If you have an Arizona driver license or official non-operating identification license, you can register to vote online at this web site.
  12. If you are registered to vote in Arizona, you must register again if you moved from one residence to another, if you have changed your name or if you want to change political parties.

Tips:

  1. If you are a registered voter you will receive voter information packets well before any election.
  2. If you don’t receive voter information, your address on file might not be correct and you should contact the County Election Department.
  3. You should receive a voter registration card in the mail after your application has been processed.
  4. Prior to an election, you will receive information in the mail directing you where to go to vote in that upcoming election.
  5. Make sure you have the proper identification with you when you go to the polls to vote.
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