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Sun City Democrats February Newsletter/Blog

Updated on February 1, 2018

VOTE! January 29th

Your opportunity to change things VOTE!

This will NOT get much coverage and it is SO VERY IMPORTANT that we VOTE in this election. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, put a notice on your back door....on your bathroom mirror. Do whatever it takes to make sure you VOTE!


Primary : February 27, 2018; General April 24, 2018


Primary January 29, 2018; General March; 26, 2018

Register to vote online:

More information : or 602 506 1511

West Valley Democratic Party Office Proposed Site

99th Avenue and Bell Phoenix AZ:
N 99th Ave & W Bell Rd, Sun City, AZ 85351, USA

get directions

Field Office HERE!

February Meeting

SCDC meets every First Thursday at 6pm at Fairway Recreation Center (107thAve & Peoria) in Sun City Arizona. Jevin Hodge, Vice Chairman of the AZ State Democratic Party, will talk about opening a field office in the West Valley and introduce the candidates present for the Candidate Forum. Several candidates (see list below) will introduce themselves in a 3-5 minute speech and then request we sign their petitions and sign up to volunteer in their campaign.

William Pierce - MIne Inspector

Brianna Westbrook - CD 8 - special election

HIral Tipirneni - CD 8 - special election

Bob Musselwhite - CD 8 - general election

Dr. Bradley Hughes - AZ State Legislature LD 21

Bill Mundell. - Corporate Commission

March Meeting

Program Topic: Volunteering in the West Valley Field Office to GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE: What, When and How.

Candidate Forun:

Debra Abbound - US Senate

Sandra Kennedy - Corporate Commission

Kiana Sears - Corporate Commission

Gilbert Romero - AZ State Legislature LD 21

Mark Robert Gordon - Secretary of State

Katie Hobbs - Secretary of State

David Garcia - Governor

Everyone of these candidates has either a web site and/or a Facebook Site. Search their names in your search engine and put their names in the search line of Facebook in order to follow them! Be in the know by following each of them.

Sun City Bus to Women's March

Thanks to Pat for organizing our SECOND attendance to the Woman's March!  (She organized the first one too!)
Thanks to Pat for organizing our SECOND attendance to the Woman's March! (She organized the first one too!) | Source

Women's March Bus from Sun City!

What a group! A busload of 55 Sun City Democratic Club Members marched this January. It was a day of inspiration, determination and JOY!

The Sun City group joined a group of 25,000 people who were all marching for change. The group said their favorite sign was "Last Year We Marched...This Year we RUN."

We thank our very own Pat Tonnema for being the great organizer and go getter for our group. You inspire us!

Starbucks EVERY Monday 9am

IF Starbucks is open we are THERE!  Join us!
IF Starbucks is open we are THERE! Join us! | Source

Coffee Mondays

Meet up EVERY Monday for coffee at the Starbucks and 88th Avenue and Bell in Sun City. A convivial group of fellow Democrats and Independents look forward to catching up with friends and making new friends every Monday at the coffee.

Bring yourself and your neighbor! See you at Starbucks, 99th Avenue & Bell every Monday.

Help Outlaw Dirty Money

Want to learn more about dirty money and how you can take action to get dark money out of Arizona Politics? Go to this website and take ACTION!
Want to learn more about dirty money and how you can take action to get dark money out of Arizona Politics? Go to this website and take ACTION!

See you at the LD21 Meeting Too!

You are invited to attend the LD 21 meetings every 4th Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Centennial High School. LD21 covers Sun City, Youngtown, El Mirage, Surprise, and Peoria. The meeting is held in room 500.

This last meeting Mary Scott and I persuaded (well cajoled the kind people at LD21) to let us do a book fund raiser for them. We gathered $40.00 for the club by raffling off the book "Fire & Fury" for $2.00 a ticket. We promise to not storm the LD 21 very often with our schemes. Thank you Mary for being my partner in money making mayhem!

Be sure to follow them on Facebook! You will be well informed of their activities and meeting topics.

Their speakers and always interesting and it provides you a way to connect with even more Democrats in the area. For more information go to their website @

Loss of our Own, Miki Smith

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our President of the Sun City Democratic Club, Miki Smith.

Miki passed this January in St. Louis, Missouri where she returned for her hospice in order to be near her daughter. Miki brought her vibrant personality to our club and every activity. She was very much looking forward to being our President.

She will be missed.

Full obituary from the St. Louis papers:

"Michelene Rae Smith (nee Hurn), of Sun City, AZ, previously of St. Louis, MO, passed away on January 11, 2018 at her daughter’s home in St Louis. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 1:30pm at Zion United Methodist Church, (1603 Union Road, St Louis, MO 63125). Visitation will be from 11:30am-1:30pm, prior to the service. Please send any donations to Sun City 4 Paws Rescue, Inc or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Michelene was born on May 14, 1947 to the late Raymond and DeVonne (nee Rambo) Hurn. Because her father was in the Air Force, she travelled all over the country, as well as Panama and Brazil, as a child. In 1968 she married the late Omar Thomas Smith, Jr, they had one daughter and they divorced in 1975. She had a short marriage in 1982 and 1983, after which she declared that marriage was not for her. The only love of her life after that was her Golden retriever, Rocky, who was with her from 2000-2010.

Michelene is survived by her daughter, Carrie (Steve) Rotty and her grandchildren, Raymond, Rebecca and Ryan. She also leaves behind her sister, Ann Giles (James) McCauley, her niece, Jennifer (John) Kirkpatrick and her great niece, Jailyn and great nephews, Justin and Jordan.

Family was important to her. She, often attended important school functions and plays, as well as eating dinner with the family and attending birthday parties and sports games when she lived in St Louis. After moving to Arizona, Michelene talked and text regularly with her daughter and grandchildren, as well as visiting them and bringing them to visit her.

She strongly believed you should never stop learning. Michelene graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX in 1965. Throughout her adult years she took many classes, in subjects ranging from cake decorating to religion and horticulture to photography, never really caring if she received college credit or not. She often stressed the importance of education to her daughter, and later her grandchildren. In 2005 her hard work paid off and she received her degree from St Louis Community College. She kept her brain active in any way she could-as recently as a month before she died she was doing the daily crossword and sudoku puzzles on the paper.

Although she wasn’t “religious” all of her life, Michelene had a strong bond with the Methodist Church. In Sun City, AZ she attended First United Methodist Church and she was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in St Louis. She worked with a UMC women’s group in both cities. Her relationship with God was very important to her.

Another passion of Michelene’s was fitness and exercise. Through her adult years she often had a membership (and used it) to a local gym or regularly took classes like yoga, jazzercise, line dancing, tai chi and karate. She was a certified aerobics teacher and, later, a certified personal trainer.

Through the years, Michelene had a diverse work experience. She worked at a Chevrolet dealership, Edward D Jones, the EEOC and the United States Army (as a civilian, not in the military). She retired in 2001.

While she wasn’t really a sports fan, she loved the St Louis Cardinals baseball team and continued to support them after she moved to Arizona. She also cheered for the St Louis Blues, despite the fact she knew nothing about hockey and wasn’t interested.

A bit over four years ago Michelene moved to Sun City, AZ, where, until recently, she lived an active, happy life with many friends and groups she belonged to. She really enjoyed her time there and was sad to leave."

Fire & Fury at Costco

Customer Against the First Amendment

l recently purchased the book Fire and Fury at Costco. It is a fascinating read and I can recommend the book even though the fast edit makes for some typos.

A little story about FINDING the book at Costco. I watched a First Amendment hating Trump follower turn every book upside own and cover it with another book at Costco. His purpose was to hide the book and stop people from purchasing it.

I watched him complete his task. I waited for him to leave. Then I turned all the books up and sat some up for even better viewing. I then stood there for about 30 minutes and every time he strolled back by I nodded and smiled and said "Hello." He finally checked out and left. I have no doubt he will go back and try to hide them again but with all of us being aware, I bet we can keep the books visible!

It has come this in our country, we must protect our rights in the most unlikely of places and times..... Count me in to Stand UP! How about you?

Why I am a Liberal

This is a great read:

This article was posted by Rick Kleber on Facebook:

Let's break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every Liberal is the same, though the majority of Liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

“1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that's interpreted as "I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all." This is not the case. I'm fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it's impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes "let people die because they can't afford healthcare" a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I'm not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don't believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don't want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can't afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.

5. I don't throw around "I'm willing to pay higher taxes" lightly. I'm retired and on a fixed income, but I still pay taxes. If I'm suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it's because I'm fine with paying my share as long as it's actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn't have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is - and should be - illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I'm not "offended by Christianity" -- I'm offended that you're trying to force me to live by your religion's rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That's how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don't force it on me or mine.

8. I don't believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don't believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN'T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they're supposed to be abusing, and if they're "stealing" your job it's because your employer is hiring illegally). I'm not opposed to deporting people who are here illegally, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

10. I don't believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It's not that I want the government's hands in everything -- I just don't trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they're harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized.

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is sensible policies, including background checks, that just MIGHT save one person’s, perhaps a toddler’s, life by the hand of someone who should not have a gun. (Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine).

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?

I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I'm a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn't mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don't believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.”

We will resist; we will persist; and we shall overcome.

Sharon Forbes


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      Betty Cassady 

      9 months ago

      This is good. However, there is no mention of a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions in consultation with her medical provider, not the government. I would like to see this included.


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