(Now, I could link you to my boring old boilerplate "official" statement,
On You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web03nxRmbY
NEW! Guest Column by W John Williamson:
Till It is Done, till the wheels fall off, or till I run out of road ...
& then I'll STILL keep walking.
THX for all the support. Don't forget to friend us on Facebook:
& Laugh along on Twitter:
"Ah, THX I guess. I would like to thank all the little people who made this possible ... lol"
Happy Flag Day/ Happy Fathers Day
On June 14th, 2014, the Mohave County Democratic Party and the Kingman Democratic Women’s Club helped bring Kingman’s Flag Day to life at last. The town had not been holding a Flag Day celebration so in 2013 the women’s group, led by Carol Decker-Noli, created an event at Metcalf Park; but the park had no flagpole. County chair Joe Longoria said there had to be a way and the process began. One year later, after dozens of meetings w the city and dozens of flag pins sold by the women’s club to get the entire community involved, Kingman got to hold a true Flag Day with a massive flag which had flown over the US Capitol and been donated to the Democrats by Ms Flor Reyes. The Boy Scout color guard is as proud as can be and note the little kid in the center of the first two pictures. I wish we all could focus that intently on honoring our country. Imagine the world we could have if we’d each tried this hard to uphold the flag--
It's questionnaire season and the rightwing think tank, Center for Arizona Policy's, questionnaire is known far and wide as the liberals 3rd rail of politics. "It'll kill ya if ya touch it!"At least that's what progressives are generally told. CAP'll twist every answer through distortion and cherry picking answers.
THX to You,
We Did It!
1,276 miles, 986 petition signatures, 22 cities visited, 9 legislative districts, 8 days, 7 counties; 12 legislative district candidates, 7 statewide candidates, & 10 PCs collected for.
AZ-04 Represents Like Never Before!
Special THX to:
BethWeisser, Joe n Jon Longoria, Michelle Moore, Marty n Maria, Carol, Danny & Ed. Archie & Julie, Judith Lee & her son, Chris Wampsher, Perry, Theo n Russell, Gerald, Pete, Pat, Mike n Juanita, Aaron Marquez, Sam Lindamanis, Mike Mazilla, Mr & Ms. Radic, & Nicole Rudolph, Marshall, Megan, Lando & Hans, The Ben Franklin Plumber guy, Joan, Jade, Jack, Dante, Karen & Michael + Trixie, Brian & Sarah, John n Terri, Jim, & Rita, Woody, Bill & Kathy, Marcus Ferrell, Sharon & Darlene, Sarai, Frank, Nikki, Judy & Jim, Cheryl Tupper, Andy & Toni, Valerie, Blossom, Hannah, Israel & Forrest, Kathy & Bill, Paul, Hanne, Gretchen, Mark, Christina, Travis & Azellia, Jesse, Gary, Jan, Michael & Nancy & Butch, John Zigler & Johnny Lingo Trio, Dave, Manny, Chris, Chris, Barb & Maynard, Wheatie, Scott again, Jerry, Janet, Eric Meyer, Janie & Frank, Ron, Dj, Dj, the incredibly amazing Jackie Adams, Bill Roe, Chis & Sam. Sharon & Chris and Gracie, Barry, Barbara Kelly, Henry Wade, Battlin' Barry McCain, Dan O'Neal + Boots, Megan & Lilli, Cynthia + Guy & William, Jerry & Max, Ron, and the folks I am grateful to, though currently forgetting.
Best Part of the Trip?
Thank You My Love!
Explanation of Gap in Story of the Great Canvass Quest:
After setting up the whole elaborate stage dressing of keeping a roving blog while completing the mammoth trip first my phone, then my computer died right about the time my phone limped back to life. All in all it became another matter of it being more important to live life than write about it. So the rest of the tale of the travel has been reduced to the acknowledgements above for now. THX for following along. We'll try to meet that travel blog challenge on our next big trip!
The Great Canvass Quest Day Three:
"The Buddha Says--"
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!
(from our Kingman 1st Friday performance, 5/2/14)
From the Mikel Weisser for US Congress Campaign
Thanks again to all the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who help make the difference everyday!
In the Blog
THX 2 ALL
4 a Wonderful KABAM!
Now It's back to the Fight!
(Luca Zanna the survivalist, weapons-enthusiast, right-wing musician and talk show host leads the attack on liberal values, as he interviews Mikel Weisser for his gun-focused talkshow, Love, Guns & Freedom--NEW IN THE BLOG)
The MIKEL WEISSER FOR US HOUSE Campaign
is proud to have been part of the push against SB1062
Congratulations Arizona and America,
With Liberty & Justice for All!
Update 2/27/14 -
"The Truth About SB1122 (Kelli Ward's "hemp bill')
& Other Updates"
A You Tube Video Report
(in the blog)
(In the blog)
threatens our future. Endless ACA attacks, Benghazi boondoggles, debt ceiling showdowns, government shutdowns,gutting education, cutting unemployment and food stamps, all the while protecting WallSt wolves; these acts verge on treason. If America is to have a future, the TeaParty must be stopped.”
The true adventure of our 2014 campaign begins tomorrow. I would like to try to thank all the wonderful souls who have helped me during this year in no certain order:
Thank You, Julie Thompson, Cynthia Engstrom, Brian Scully, Bill Gauslow, Kathy Svendsen, Dennis Bohlke, Eugenio Cifelli, & Perry Wickerd.
Josh, Jay, Jean, Joe Longoria (& Jon), Danny Baker, La Deana, Dean, Archy, Aidan & the bug, Mert & Kari, Carol & Susie, Ed, Flor, Betsy, Chris & Will, George & Leonard, Jeanie-Michelle, Butch, Butch & Andy, & Denise. Joan Lewis, the late great Jim Kanelos, Capt. O'Donoughe, Kim Alsheimer, Pete, Tamara Kelly, & Gary, Bruce, Trish, Celestine Stoltenberg, Wayne Wissinger, Angela, Randy & Heather, Scott & Nancy, Michael Packer, Donna Cat, Donna Grenek & Alan, Evan & Theo. Geo Oceguerra, Audrea Cardoza, the Colemans, Chris Ash, CJ Love, Cristian Curiel, Chad Starr, Lorena Quinones, Bryan Ayala, Kai Mayer. Cheryll Zapp, Tuttie & Ms. Bennett. Pete & Carol, Hillary & Joel, Alice, Julie, Alberta, Mark, Dave Hamilton, Darcy, Pat Daly-Carle & Pat Coburn, Jon Vick, Ed Carlson, Michael & Juanita. Vicky & Long & William & the dogs, Patty Anchondo. Marshall, Kay (though you moved), Natalie, Al, Joan McDermott, Dave & Rosemary, Jim McCullough, Merritt & Paul. Ed Foster, John & Jade Jones. Tim Corrimal, Lou Show, Laffy, & Marnus3. Tucson Miles & guitar playing Miles, Joe Thomas, Andrew Morrill, Chris Mayer & John Campbell. William Morse. Lindsay Bell, LaBeth Pondish, Jo Kelleher, Toni Denis, Ellie, Sandy, Jim Pullaro, Maggie Garvey & her folks, Ralph Hess, Dawn, Gwen & Jeri, Dick & John, James Kimes, Frances & Joel, Toni & Andy, Dennis Duvall, Jackie Zeigler, Paul Mitchell, Valerie & Joe and the all Wiesner girl choir, Glenn Miller, & Margaret & Jon Fullen. Ryan Brown, Josh Wiss, Even Dissinger, Jackson, Gabbie, Sunshine, Wildflower & her folks Maple & Sarah & Joe, Harriet Young, Steve Peru, Doug & Louisa, & Eva & Joe. Andy & Ginger & Brian's dad & sister, Vogue, Al Moyer, & all the crowd at Human Experience. Jay Cravath. Wendy & Mudje. Mark Johnson, Teri Conrads & Byron, Crystelle & Byron, Barbara Tellman, Barbara Kelly, Barbara Luben, Barbara Njos & Barb Olbinski, Donna Wickerd, Donna Crouse, Donna Crane Donna Gratehouse & Donna Stebbins. Mark, Ken, Larry, Ruthana, Arky, Rhonda and Roma. Woody, Bill Ford, & John & Teri. Jesse, Sarah Lydick, Paul Moreno, Dante Mitchell & his mom, John & Jody, Adele, Ira Bohm-Sanchez, Colby, Alicia, & Karl. Kevin, Henry, Maynard, David Coward, Mary Desio, Mike Weaver, Roberto Reveles, Carolyn Cooper, & Carolyn Gordon, & mah man Barry McCain! Rebecca DeWitt, Olga, Belen Sisa & Joel & her folks, Yanet & the AZ Original Dreamers, Randy, Beto, & the good folks at CBA, the good folks at PDA including Dan & Randall, Viriginia Hauflaire, Joe Murphy, John Gallagher,Toby & Hal, John & Mary, Deborah Curtis, John Rider & Rome, Karyn & the good folks at DFA too. Alison Porter, Jim Parker, Lizzy AZ, Janey & Frank, & Janet Tillitson. Marcus, Ferrell, Luis Heredia, Fred DuVal, Felecia Rotellini, Steve Brittle, Jim Holway & Rita, their friend Guy, Guy the dog at Cynthia's house, William too of course, here daughters too. Chris Campas. Barb Meyer & Michelle Steinberg & Dr. Julie from training. Sen Shooter, Sen. Ward, Sen. Pancrazi, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Bradley, & Sen. Crandall. Rep. Dial, Rep. Otondo, Rep. Quezada, Rep. Gallego (& Kate), Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Steele, Rep. Mach, Rep. Myers, Rep. Carter. Rep. Sherwood, Rep. Mendez, Rep. Larkin, Rep Fann, Rep. Goodale, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Wheeler, & Rep Pierce. The incomparable Jackie Adams & DJ Quinlan, Chris, Frank, Sam, Dan, the late great Fred. Eli Blake. Bill Roe, Adam Kinsey & Emily, Jim & Pam, Michael Gordy, Audra Antone, Bob Clark & Shawn Earl, Tom & John, Ezra Letra (u rock!). John Howlett, Eric Johnson, Rain, Kimmie, Aari, Russel Davis, James Davis, Krissy, Krystine Kuhl & Damien, & Michael. Alison, Alice, Jeff, Geoff, Geoff, Jeff & Karen. CJ, Eddie & Cj's puppies, Sharon, Ben, Aurora & Sharon's puppies, Mike Mogliotti & Ray, Peter Wilson & Brooklyn. (Bo & Cindy) Kathy & Dave, Andrew Myers, Steve Muratore, Thomas Meadows, Ray Chubb, & Dave W, Michelle Anderson, Jon Tackett, Howlett's kids, Jerry & Sue, Jonne, Brittany, Lori Justus, Christie. Seth Walker, Jese Parent, Jessica Standifird, Aaron Johnson, Carol Hogan, Chrissy, Bill Campana, Jack Evans, Shawnte Orion, Klute, Rowie, Tristan, Crystal, Lauren, CFG, Azami, Gary Every, Carol Fish, Chris Harbster, Angela, Susan Cloud & David, Gary, Michael & Steve. S.A. & Lorraine, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Michael C Ford, Angel & Nick, Ellyn, Murray, Richard, Matt, Phillip, Elaine, & Beyond Baroque. Ethan, Al, Scott Simpson, Joe Coffey, Christine Collins & the dozens of donors & all the other super important people I can't list right now.
Beth, Victoria & Shane, Valerie & Atlantis (& Robin), Jan & John, Sam & Ramie, Evan, Sean, Elise, Jo-Jo, Keith & Stacy, Madeleine & Pinky, Erin & Dave. Jack. Lefty, Bailey, Moose & even Wheatie. & yes, the cats (but not that one cat), the fish and the chickens, especially the ones we've eaten this year. Thank you.
& thank YOU, whether you read through that list or not!
Be the change you want to see. You can make more difference than you could imagine.
May 2014 transform you and our country for the better.
May you have Peace, Love & Beagles this holiday season. At times like this, I realize the gift your faith is for me. Thank You so much for this present. My wife & I thank you all for the wonderful times we've enjoyed so far & the Golden Times ahead. Merry Christmas!
"It is time we insisted we have a government that is of the people and for the people for a change ..."
Weisser Campaign Kicks Off
Left Coast Statewide Dem Candidate
An Open Letter Dated 11/26/13:
Dear Representatives of the Arizona Democratic Party
& the DuVal, Taylor, Rotellini, Kennedy & Holway campaigns,
I am very happy to inform you our campaign, Mikel Weisser for US Congress, completed the field work this weekend to assure statewide Dems had collected the minimum # of petition signatures from La Paz County in a timely manner. While I could not connect w all the statewide Democratic candidates before heading west, each candidate listed above now has 18 La Paz signatures, from Quartzsite and Parker.
Being as there is no structured Democratic Party in La Paz (and that Mohave County and La Paz make up the LD5 legislative district), my county chair, Joe Longoria, & I discussed ways to show that LD5 Dems are ready to contribute our part to the statewide Dem movement. In addition to collecting these pages, I have also made some connections that could work for the party as the season progresses. I heartily encourage ALL statewide Dems to make an effort to create a presence in La Paz and am prepared to help create events around the LD5 area to help spread the Dem message.
LEFT COAST REPRESENT!
My name is Mikel Weisser. I am a former construction worker and retired history teacher taking on Paul Gosar and the Tea Party in Western Arizona. I want your help in the fight ...
For Immediate Release
Golden Valley, AZ - Today is an historic day for the Mikel Weisser for US Congress campaign and for Democrats all across Arizona’s 4th congressional district. As of 11/6/13, Mikel Weisser has become the first Democrat in the 4th congressional district to raise enough money to file financial statements with the FEC. Having added professional congressional campaign staff and a robust fund-raising program, the 2014 Weisser campaign is poised to be the 1st major Democratic challenge to the Republican control of western Arizona. With hard work and diligence from Mikel Weisser, his campaign is stepping into a new territory on his quest to challenge Paul Gosar and his destructively wrong-headed policies. People in the 4th district are beginning to see that Representative Gosar and his Tea Party pals have no place in today’s Washington.Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, affectionately known as "the Left Coast of AZ," includes parts of 7 counties, or 9 legislative districts, and covers the western 1/3 of the state as well as rural Maricopa County, northern Gila County and the San Tan Valley area of Pinal County. Weisser himself, a former construction worker, history teacher, entertainer, and community activist, constantly travels this great district aiding local organizers and learning the needs of the people from Mohave to Yavapai to Pinal to Yuma counties and everywhere in between. Mikel is willing to answer the tough questions and ready to take on the challenge for the good of people. A voice for western & rural Arizona, Mikel Weisser's filing with the FEC, to launch a full-scale campaign, is just the start of showing the people of the 4th congressional district what kind of candidate he is.
--Brian Scully, Finance Manager
For further information contact:
attn:Julie Thompson, office manager
Mikel Weisser for US Congress
P.O. Box 22211
Original Text of My Orange County Speech, Oct. 28 2013
" ... Hey folks on Monday Oct. 28, I gave a speech on why Orange County should help AZ turn blue, with their money & volunteerism, sure, but also by paying attention to our struggle. Your attention makes our struggle matter ..."
Bye, Bye Pinkie
On Sept. 30th my computer was stolen along w all my campaign notes since the last computer back-up in March. While this is a tremendous blow the campaign continues on. Thank you for your support and patience as we deal w this set-back. We are still operating w limited technical abilities and will do our best to keep you updated as to our progress.
PS: Now that the campaign season is heating up, please remember it is only your generous donations that make this happy adventure possible. We will do as much as you empower us to do. Please Visit our link at ACT BLUE
& There's this:
The Mikel Weisser Campaign Does NOT
support armed intervention in Syria.
(Please contact your elected Representative
and encourage them to resist the march to war)
(seen in Tucson)
Mikel Weisser sez:
THANK YOU YAVAPAI DEMOCRATS!
FOR A WONDERFUL PICNIC!
Sunday, July 21st, the beautiful Watson Lake Park just north of Prescott was the home of the annual Yavapai County Democratic Party Picnic. It was my 2nd year of attending and bringing music to the party, playing acoustic favorites and enjoying the wonderful BBQ feast, coordinated by Barnie Blashill and featuring terrific speeches by my fellow Democratic candidates, Fred Duvall, Felecia Rotellini, Ellie Laumark, newly declared corporation commission candidate Jim Holway & Prescott's best bet yet to get some good governance, my friend Lindsay Bell, who is running for mayor. I was honored to be in the company of such good Democrats. Go Team!
FIND THE HIDDEN PICTURE
Just for Fun Count How Many Democratic Values Are Embedded in This Picture
The Mikel Weisser Campaign, Lake Havasu Democrats & the entire Mohave County Democratic organization owes a lifelong debt of gratitude to Kay Lilland, retiring at 76 after serving our county for decades. Kay was one of the first to support our campaign and we were just one of dozens of lives changed by Kay and her wonderful husband, Les Goldie. Thank you again & again!
(photo courtesy of Al Garcia)
Speaking of Thank Yous--
Thank You Democrats for Joining the Dance!
(photo courtesy of Vickie Hobbs)
(While the pic is from Oatman and outrageously photoshopped, I am referring to the great fun this past weekend w Gary Lamaster, Mike Cosintino, Jan Graham, John O'Donnell, Jim & Rita Ledbetter & all the Smarties in the Democrats of the Verde Valley who just hosted the state quarterly convention.)
I did attend the Prescott Valley Yarnell 19 Memorial at Tim's Toyota Arena and had my camera die just as I entered.
But later in the day I visited the memorial wall people have made in Prescott across from Fire Station 7. All the pomp & circumstance of dignitaries from across the nation could not match the heartfelt outpouring at Fire Station 7. There were a couple of film crews there, when we arrived. Prescott volunteer Bill Gauslow got shots of me adding the number "19" to my already busy back window.
But the real experience that inspired me from this foray was walking along the length of the amazing spontaneous memorial that runs 100s of feet around three corners. Here is video so you can see for yourself.
Happy 4th of July!
First Friday Open Mic at The Dems
HONOR THE YARNELL 19
(We are all inspired by your courage)
New in the Blog
A Shout-Out to the 2013 Graduates of Mohave High School
(my students of 2008-2009)
New in "TELL THE RIGHT THEY'RE WRONG:https://sites.google.com/site/mikelweisserforuscongress/tell-the-right-they-re-wrong
New in the Blog:
New in Events: Kingman Dems Host a "Quartro De Mayo!" Celebration!
Also Available on "Tell the Right, They're Wrong!"
MEET N GREET IN KINGMAN, April 11th
5th St Books (Glancy's Books)
5th & Oak
Come Ask Questions, Come Bring Answers!
New Alison McLeod Videos added below:
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT/STATEMENT TO THE PRESS:
"Arizonans have had enough of Tom Horne’s opinions wielding the force of law. Tom Horne has got to go. " READ MORE ON MY STANCE: Here
VIDEO FROM THE HEATED BISBEE PUBLIC DEBATE (Courtesy of Alison McLeod):
NEWAnother Kind of Preacher--Seth Polley at BISBEE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CIVIL UNIONS
“You are making a civic and legislative decision, not a religious and theological one.” Episcopalian priest Seth Polley voices his support for civil unions at the controversial April 2 Bisbee City Council meeting.
NEW Bisbee City Attorney's Statement on Civil Unions http://youtu.be/ibbWB6yAlZg
Bisbee City Attorney John MacKinnon delivers his legal opinion – plus an offer to defend the city free of charge - at the controversial April 2, 2013 Bisbee City Council session where the Council voted 5-2 to recognize civil unions in the city of Bisbee.
NEW Doug Stanhope, Famous Comedian Who Lives in Bisbee, As Seen Through a Photographer's Backside at the Bisbee City Council http://youtu.be/aYel_9svhoc
I’ve had several requests for this video of Doug Stanhope’s speech at the controversial April 2 Bisbee City Council meeting, but it was standing room only when I got there. Thanks to my friend Tami Birch for getting me in.
I Am Not an Abomination-- BISBEE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CIVIL UNIONS http://youtu.be/7DqRcwqf8Mg After sitting through a series of condemnations from local churchgoers, Mark and Hywel make a simple and eloquent request of the Bisbee City Council.
PREACH IT, MARIE--at Bisbee City Council Votes Yes on Civil Unions http://youtu.be/_6gRO8wvGOA
After two hours of Old Testament quotes and predictions of blight and bestiality, the first person to speak in favor of Bisbee civil unions dropped her prepared speech and spoke from the heart. Yes, the Spirit WAS in the room that night.
Alex the Pride of Bisbee---at BISBEE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CIVIL UNIONS http://youtu.be/1VQvz87lbeE
He’s sixteen years old, and his astute observations made my heart glow with pride at living in this fantastic town.
Alison McLeod, RN, BSN
Southern Arizona Field Videographer
Progressive Democrats of America
CAMPAIGN SWINGS INTO THE BIG LEAGUES
"... I have a volunteer office manager, Julie Thompson, with non-profit and fundraising experience and we are lined up to hire a national level fundraising team, Dark Horse Campaigns ... Now is the time for all good citizens to come to the aid of our country. This is a race that must be fought!"
Read More In The New Blog:
Catch Mikel in L.A. Next WeeK:
Feral Fusion No-Ho 3/14
Rapp Saloon Santa Monica 3/15
Poetry Rodeo Venice 3/16
Campaign Positions Interviewing: PHX, Yuma, Prescott, Mohave.
Sign On Now:
ACT BLUE Partners With Mikel to Fund Campaign!
Democratic fundraising powerhouse, ACT Blue is now listing the Mikel Weisser for US Congress campaign for the 2014 Democratic primary. The Finance Committee is interviewing prospective campaign managers. A network for Local Campaign Committee is being formed. You can become part of the team in Kingman-Bullhead City-Lake Havasu, Prescott, Cottonwood, Payson, Yuma & Phoenix.
F.E.C. paperwork updated, ACT BLUE Reactivated
(Actually, the Act Blue account may take a couple of days to be online; but if you are just so compelled to donate that you just can't wait, drive by the house and throw money at Beth. We have a leaf rake
and a shop vac if necessary)
"Announced I have met w ADP & am filing my FEC papers at the monthly Mohave Dem meeting tonight. Oh Baby, Here We Go!"
--sent into the Twitter-verse 12:15am 2/21/13
More Details as They Develop!
Political News: December saw me elected to Mohave County Party Secretary and in January i was elected northern vice chair for the ADP Progressive Caucus. Disorganizational meetings have begun. Make the decision to help make the difference today. AZ is as blue as we wanna make it. Let's make it happen.
928-234-5633 for details. Check out this Congressional District map to see if there is a place for you to make a wiser difference in your neighborhood.
"If at First You Don't Secede!" 12/4/12
"What Money Can't Buy" 11/15/12
Mohave County Democrats Elect New Officers:
What Does a Year of Campaigning in AZ
As a Progressive Look Like?
thanks again everybody.
LET'S GET READY FOR 2014!
I am calling for a return to the ideas of the Preamble of the Constitution: unity, tranquility, justice, providing for a common defense and promoting the general welfare. I believe our country and our existing political process has been hijacked by the radical right and turned against the public interest for their own personal and political gain. I am a reform/protest candidate calling for a return to concepts of ethics in economics, social justice and equality of infrastructure. Win or lose, this message must go on--
For the last 40 years our country has been dominated by an extreme Republican Right. And they are dead wrong for America. Their experts claim to know what they're talking about, but they obviously don't know what they're doing. WMDs, deregulation, slashing social services, destroying education, militarizing the economy with tax cuts for their friends, poverty for the rest of us and all the while stifling the majority for their zealots and bigots. They're running scared, trying to turn back time. I want a country for the world we live in today. I want us to build a future. America is changing. Share your voice--
Here is the current Map of AZ Congressional Districts
* --for those who really care about such things, you already have probably figured out, I am clearly an Aquarius, With four houses in Aquarius, in fact. (Born Feb. 7, 1959, 9:15am Beaumont, TX for all you guys playing at home.)
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