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November 2017

Hello all, welcome to November. This is the time of year when most parts of the country see leaves changing, cold rains coming, and people prepping their bikes for the winter. Here in Arizona, we are just relieved that the 100+ temperatures are generally gone. We do have some elections going on, mostly school bond overrides, city council elections, or municipal bond issues. We are also seeing people jockeying for position for the 2018 election season. Next year looks like there will be many candidates for office as some state legislators are term limited and others are seeking higher office. Congressional District 9 is one to watch since Kyrsten Sinema is running in a primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jeff Flake. There are others running as well. It is important that everyone vote in the upcoming election. Everyone should vote in every election. The United States has nearly the lowest participation rate of any other nation on earth. Arizona is a bit higher than the average state but we are still just above 50% participation. When I think of the Revolutionary War, where people died to produce a republic that was run by democratically elected representatives, I think of how terrible the rule of a king or despot is on the people. Through the ages, people have suffered at the hands of unelected monarchs. At the end of World War II, many nations were saved from a tyrannical dictator by the sacrifices of brave people who died to keep people free. When I look at election results and see that barely half of all eligible voters are registered and only about half of those people vote, I feel like we are spitting on the graves of those valiant warriors.

If you lost your voting rights, there is a way to get them restored. Every month except July and December, Community Legal Services sponsors set aside clinics. This November 15 there will be one at Ocotillo Library, 102 W Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85041, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602-258-3434. Please call ahead of time to confirm the date and time and make an appointment for yourself. When a felony conviction is set aside, you automatically have your voting and gun rights restored. Community Legal Services will provide an attorney who will represent you free of charge for that specific matter. You do not have to go to court or file any paperwork. Get this done before next year so you can participate in our democratic process. This contact information will be valid next year and you can get information on the upcoming clinics in 2018. You can find information on who is running for what office.

On January 8, 2018, our legislature opens its new session. As always, I invite everyone to come down to the capitol on 17th Avenue between Jefferson and Adams Streets. The address is 1700 W. Washington, but Washington ends just before the capitol building and the road forks. Check your maps to see this. It usually gets interesting about 10:00 am. Every group with issues before the legislature sends people down there. Bikers have been going to this event for some years now and we always attract legislators and other government officials. Please try to make it. It really is an interesting event.

That is all I have for now. The best riding time of the year is upon us, be safe out there. Happy holidays.

Johnny D ALMA MC
ACMC Designated Lobbyist
ABATE State PAC Officer