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Sept. 11 to 25

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Featured Events Are A Variety Of Citizens Clean Elections Commission Sponsored Debates For Participating Legislative Candidates


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 11, 2012 — The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission will host many debates for candidates running for public office who have agreed to participate in the public election financing system.

The Clean Elections law passed in 1998 and provides candidates for races in Arizona with a set allocation of cash to run for public office. Candidates are required to gather a certain number of $5 donations, depending on the size of the anticipated constituency. They are also barred from accepting any other campaign donations.

Candidates who participate in Clean Elections to run for office are required to attend one debate in the general election unless they are running unopposed. Candidates who are not running with Clean Elections funding are allowed to join the debate, but their attendance is optional.

For the past several years, conservatives have looked to shutdown the commission their financing of candidates on philosophical grounds as well as in attempt to take some of the more than $15 million budget. The commission is financed by a surcharge on court fees and had also been funded by a dollar-for dollar tax deduction. The commission agreed to surrender that mechanism in order to stop legislative attempts to place a repeal measure on the ballot.

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Sept. 12

LUCHA is sponsoring a Deferred Action For Dreamers event beginning at 5 p.m. at 3120 N. 19th Ave., suite 190, Phoenix. The group will help all those who want to apply to fill out the application and submit a packet to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Those wanting to attend should contact Erika Pacheco at or by calling 602-388-9745. For more information, visit,    

Democrats will participate in a video conference call with President Barack Obama from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the GEMDEMS at 7153 E. Main St. in Mesa. Following the video conference call is night phone banking. For more information contact John Curran at 480-924-3367 or visit:

Sept. 13

The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale will host and moderate a post-primary mayoral and city council candidates' forum at 6:30 p.m. The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale is a resident and small business owners' advocacy group that promotes "consistent land use policy and protecting our unique quality of life." For more information, contact COGS chair Sonnie Kirtley at 602-717-3886 or send an e-mail to

Sierra Club Chapter Director and lobbyist Sandy Bahr will speak to the Sierra Club’s Rincon Group about the Arizona Legislature and policies that many feel make the public body a polluters best friend at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at SEIU, 1600 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson. For more information, visit or contact Keith Bagwell at

Sept. 14

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications’ 30th Annual Economic Outlook 2013 will be revealed beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. The event will feature, “a new international perspective,” and will present information from three speakers: Paul Thomas, Chief Economist and Manager of Market Sizing and Forecasting at Intel Corporation, Dr. Beckie Holmes of Cox Communications and Elliott Pollack of Elliott D. Pollack & Company. Registration is $85 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

Arizona officials will hold a public meetings to discuss options for Medicaid expansion under federal health-care reform beginning at 11 a.m. at the Yuma County Public Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Yuma. Comments also can be submitted at

Sept. 15

The 2012 Arizona Deaf Festival will held at the Tempe Mission Palms, 60 E. Fifth Street, Tempe. Included in the activities is music, educational opportunities and other deaf items of interest. Admission is free. For more information, visit

A planning meeting for Code Pink 10-year anniversary will be held beginning at 10 a.m. at Amp Island in Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, including a potluck. According to Code Pink, “10 years ago Code Pink occupied the White House for 4 months, leading to several arrests of activists for peace and change. They have are frequently involved in Anti-War Demonstrations, travel the world to see warzones first hand and have given support to other groups like Occupy. For the 10th Anniversary, Lets Celebrate the Power of Women and how coming together they can change things.” For more information, visit

The city of Glendale is promoting Community Service Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St., Mesa. Teens 12 to 18 can earn four hours of community service credit. Participants will help with library events, organize materials and other tasks while remaining for the full four hours of the event to receive credit. Those completing court-ordered community service cannot participate in this event. Call 623-930-3537 to register or visit

Sept. 16

The Arizona Advocacy Network is sponsoring a screening of Pricele$$, a film that explores the costs of running for U.S. Congress and how it impacts our republic at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Following the screening will be a discussion of the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission and the 2012 ballot measures. For more information, visit

Practical Art will host another meeting of the Socrates Cafe Philosophical Discussion Group at 2 p.m. Sept. 16. This new group meets the first and third Sundays every month at Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. According to the group’s Facebook page, “Don't be don't need to know anything about philosophy. Socrates Cafe is a way to participate in (or observe) an in-person, engaging conversation between actual humans. It's a dying art, so throw away your cell phones and join us!” For more information, visit

Sept. 17

A march and rally in commemoration of S17, the one year anniversary since a group of like-minded individuals began the Occupy movement at Zuccotti Park in New York City on Sept. 17, 2011, will begin at 4 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sept. 18

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar hosted by representatives from Univision, about how to market to Hispanics. According to the chamber, “This presentation will start the process of determining the viability of the Hispanic market for your business and address some of the concerns and assumptions which may have held marketers back.” The event will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

Arizona officials will hold a public meetings to discuss options for Medicaid expansion under federal health-care reform beginning at 1 p.m. at the Unity Way Community Resource Campus, 330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson. Comments also can be submitted at

Bitter Seeds Occupy the Food Supply Film organized an event at the One Voice Community Center,  4442 N 7th Ave, Phoenix Sept. 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.. Director Micha X. Peled introduces some of the people from a small town in India that have to deal with the impacts of GMO seed in the community. While a local journalist raise awareness about farmers in India driven to suicide because of it and to expose the connection between them.
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Sept. 19

Activists will be holding a Silent Biohazard Vigil in front of McDonalds, 223 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, beginning at 5 p.m.  For more information, visit

The League Of Women Voters is sponsoring a discussion, Does Religion Have A Place in Politics? in Phoenix College Osborn Site’s Dome Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave., Phoenix at 6:30 p.m. Paul Bender, ASU Law College Dean Emeritus and Constitutional expert, and a seven-member panel representing different theological perspectives will drive the discussion about the place of religion in politics. For more information, visit

Sept. 21

People angry with banks for their home purchasing lending policies will march from Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, 1275 W. Washington Street, Phoenix to demand he does not convert homeowner recovery funds to the private prison industry. For more information, visit

Sept. 22

People will be protesting at Walmart, 800 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, beginning at 3 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, “Protest - How Wal-Mart led the way to the destruction of small businesses. Protest - How Wal-Mart helped bring the average middle classes wages down by being one of the first to cause the movement of jobs from America to Communist China. For more information, contact or visit!/events/139091259567706?__user=100000928924392

Sept. 23

The first day of Autumn has been designated International Mother Earth & Anon Day. People are asked to clean up the Earth while supporting the Anonymous movement. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

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Register to Vote

In order to vote in the general election, registration must be completed by Oct. 8.

How to register:

Online: Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration
Note: In order to use this link you must have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) on or after October 1, 1996.
Print a Form: You may obtain a printable form online, fill in the form, print the form, sign and date it, affix the proper postage and mail the form to the County Recorder of the county in which you are a legal resident.
By Mail: You may request an Arizona Voter Registration form from the County Recorder in the county in which you are a legal resident.
In Person: You may visit the County Recorder in the county in which you are a legal resident and complete an Arizona Voter Registration form.
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