Enjoy Hot Art at Heart of Tucson studio tour


2016 2nd Annual FALL Tour
Saturday, October 29, 2016 (11 AM – 5 PM)
Sunday, October 30, 2016 (11 AM – 5 PM)

“HOTA welcomes the general public on a free self-guided two day tour into the intimate settings of the artist’s studio! This gives artists a chance to expose & sell their work, while visitors will get the chance to learn more about the individual artist, the artistic process and support the arts! “

Complete list of participating artists in 2016:


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Remember in November

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) just released a new report on states’ investments in their public schools. “Public investment in K-12 schools – crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity – has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade” reports the CBPP. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arizona ranks 15th in the nation for the number of students enrolled in public K-12 schools, but 48th in per pupil spending, with state funding per pupil down 36.6%. In state dollars alone (per pupil), Arizona only provided 56.5% of the national average according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Public Education Finances: 2014 report released this year.

Greatly exacerbating the situation (especially moving forward) is the fact that Arizona is one of the five states having “enacted income tax rate cuts costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars each year rather than restore education funding.” Nationwide, states made up 45% of their budget shortfalls between 2008 and 2012 with spending cuts and only 16% with taxes and fees. Governor Ducey has promised to cut income tax every year he is in office, continuing two decades of tax cuts that that will cost the state’s 2016 general fund $4 billion in revenue. He and the Arizona Legislature may blame the recession on Arizona’s budget woes, but “more than 90% of the decline in revenue resulted from tax reductions…the remainder is due to the recession. Adding to the problem is that the Federal education aid programs shrunk at the same time. Those cuts are critical given that one in four of Arizona’s children live in poverty and Federal assistance for high-poverty schools is down 8.3% since 2010. Federal spending for the education of disabled students is also down by 6.4%. Continue reading

Political Calendar: Week of October 23, 2016

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Political Calendar for the Week of October 23, 2016:

Sunday, October 23, 9:30 a.m.:  “Stronger Together” DNC Bus Tour Rally with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, at Pima County Democratic HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street Tucson. Please join us for a canvass launch at Pima County Democratic HQ with the “Stronger Together” DNC Bus and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. For more information please call (520) 326-3716.

Sunday, October 23, Noon:  Get Out the Vote Phone Bank with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, at Pima County Democratic HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street Tucson. Join Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, as we work to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president and turn Arizona blue—don’t forget to bring a friend! For more information please call (520) 326-3716.

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, October 23, 3:30 p.m.: Ralph Atchue, District 11 Senate candidate meet & greet, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. come hear a pro-public education candidate for the Arizona state senate.

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Cartoon of The Week




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Cubs win! The curse of the goat is over!

harry-careyI have waited my entire life for this moment. So close, so many times, only to have the “lovable losers” break their fans hearts.

But last night the Chicago Cubs finally broke the curse of the goat and won the National League Pennant. On to the World Series!

This one’s for you, Harry. Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!




Laugh freely with Laughing Liberally, before the 2016 General Election (new location)


They’re back…after a brief hiatus. Laughing Liberally Tucson Comedy Showcase is back, in time for the General Election of 2016, to lampoon U.S. Presidential candidates Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominee for President.  Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are also running.

These stand up comic guys/gals were at Sky Bar for a year, then moved to Club Congress for a few months, and are now appearing on October 23, at their new location The Flycatcher (SW corner of E. 6th St. and N. 4th Avenue) — formerly Plush bar, 340 E. 6th Street.

I repeat….vote wisely on or before November 8, 2016. Early Arizona voting started on October 12, 2016, so don’t delay if you want to vote early.  This is no laughing matter.  Your vote does count (or does it?).

RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/177516819322807/