A Statewide Effort to Create Respectful Dialogue and Discourse on Public Issues

Past Events

O’Connor House Issues & Answers Forum

The Upcoming Elections: “Whose Vote Is It Anyway?”

Wednesday, June 3
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Arizona Historical Society , Steele Auditorium, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe

Featured Panelists:

Chris Herstam

Director of Government Relations, Lewis & Roca

Former Legislator and Gubernatorial Chief of Staff

 Joe Kanefield

Elections Attorney, Ballard Spahr

Served as the State Election Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the Arizona Secretary of State’s office

 Tom Ryan

Attorney and “Dark Money” Opponent

President-Elect of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association

 Karen Osborn

Maricopa County Director of Elections

Moderated by:

Steve Goldstein

Host of KJZZ “Here and Now”

Among the Topics:

  • “Dark Money” and the U.S. Supreme Court’s lift on federal spending limits as well as the Arizona Supreme Court’s opinion that could diminish the role of the Arizona’s Clean Elections Law in campaigns.
  • Has the Primary Election become the “Unofficial” General Election?
  • Arizona ranks in the “Bottom Ten” nationally for voter turn-out.  Why?
  • Independent Voters: Now the #1 voting segment in Arizona, eclipsing Democratic and Republican voters.  Why? What is the impact?

Admission is free but your our early reservation is encouraged:


Arizona Town Hall Annual Meeting

This year’s Arizona Town Hall Annual Meeting will take place in Phoenix at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, June 5th. In the past, Arizona Town Hall members have been spot on with their choice of timely topics that affect Arizona. This is an opportunity for members to have a voice in choosing the topics for the 2015 Town Halls. After the luncheon, members will participate in Arizona Town Hall-style panel discussions on future topics.

Luncheon presentations will include speakers on the top three topics picked by our members from the online survey. New Board members will be welcomed, and our thanks given to the members of the Board whose terms expire in 2014.

Members of the general public are welcome – register today.



Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Join The Arizona We Want Institute for the 2014 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Friday, June 6, 9-11 am

Phoenix Convention Center, West Ballroom, 300 Level

Learn about how candidates Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Fred Duval, Christine Jones, and Scott Smith will address the issues most important to Arizona citizens:

  • education, job creation, land, water and open spaces, infrastructure, healthcare,
  • young talent, encouraging citizen voice and building community.

Space is limited – register at http://www.thearizonawewant.org/events/

McCormick Society Annual Lecture

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe will deliver the 2014 McCormick Lecture on Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Her lecture is entitled, “Bridging the Divide:  What’s Gone Wrong in Washington, and How We Can Fix It.” This event, hosted by the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs, is free and open to the public but registration is required. More information is available at http://www.law.arizona.edu/news/newsall.cfm

O’Connor House Distinguished Speakers Series

The O’Connor House Distinguished Speaks Series provides unique opportunities to hear national and international luminaries address topics of our time.  Scheduled this winter:

James Stravridis      February 27, 2014       Arizona Biltmore

More information available at http://www.oconnorhouse.org/involvement/patrons-circle.php

LWVGT Training Sessions

The Voter Service Committee of the LWVGT (League of Women Voters Greater Tucson) is offering two training sessions:

“How to Plan a Forum” on Saturday, March 29th, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pima County Housing Center Meeting Room, 801 W. Congress

“How to be a Moderator” on Saturday, April 5th, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road

The objective is to build a team of LWV members who can plan and moderate forums for the busy 2014 voting season.    The sessions are OPEN TO ANY who have an interest.  To register and receive more information please email lwvgt@aol.com.  

Arizona Town Hall Community Outreach Programs: Early Childhood Education

  • Flagstaff – Wednesday, February 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $10)In conjunction with AZ Deliberates, NAU’s “1899 Ballroom” located at 307 W. DuPont Avenue, Flagstaff
  • Verde Valley – Thursday, February 27, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $15)In conjunction with AZ Deliberates, Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus, 601 Black Hills Dr., Room M-137, Clarkdale
  • Wickenburg – Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (complimentary refreshments)In conjunction with the Town of Wickenburg, Wickenburg Unified School District, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg
  • Phoenix – Thursday, March 6, noon – 1:00 p.m. (lunch $25)In conjunction with Soroptimist International of Phoenix, Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • Show Low/Lakeside – Monday, March 10, noon – 1:00 p.m. (lunch $12)In conjunction with the White Mountain Rotary Club, Sakura Buffet, 20 W. White Mountain Blvd., Lakeside
  • Yuma – Wednesday, March 19, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $20)Yuma County Main Library, 2951 South 21st Drive, Multipurpose Room A, Yuma
  • Tucson – Wednesday, March 26, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $25)In conjunction with AZ Deliberates, Pima Community College, Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave., Room A-109/A-112, Tucson
  • Sierra Vista – Thursday, March 27, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (breakfast $15)In conjunction with AZ Deliberates, Cochise College, 901 N. Columbo Ave., Student Union Building, Community Room A, Sierra Vista
  • Douglas – Thursday, March 27, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $15)Douglas Golf Course and Clubhouse, 1372 E. Fairway Dr., Douglas
  • Prescott – Tuesday, April 1, noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch $10)In conjunction with AZ Deliberates, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Student Union Building “Hangar” Room, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott
  • Phoenix – Thursday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (complimentary continental breakfast)Phoenix Public Library, 1221 N. Central […]

Issues and Eggs

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is sponsoring an Issues and Eggs breakfast, “Jobs Don’t Grow On Cacti,” April 11th, 7:30 a.m., Doubletree/Hilton Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way.  Tickets, $42.50; mail a check to the League of Women Voters of Great Tucson Office, 2424 E. Broadway, Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85719-6011    For more information, call 520-327-7652

Civil Discourse and Moderator Training

Host:  SpeakOut West Yavapai
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:00am-4:00pm
Where:  Prescott College Crossroads Center Common Room
Trainers:  Alberto Olivas & Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo
Reservation Required . . . For reservation and/or information contact Julie Gustavson – 602-822-2019 or julie@speakoutaz.org

League of Women Voters Civil Discourse Workshop

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The League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County will sponsor a workshop where attendees will learn and practice the art of civil discourse, and leave with practical guidelines for any circumstance that involves discussion where there is not consensus.

The discussion will be facilitated by Julie Gustavson, project coordinator with Speak Out Arizona. She is also a membership specialist with Arizona Community Action Association. The event will be after lunch on April 24 at the Anacapa restaurant in Corte Bella Country Club in Sun City West.

The deadline is April 16 to make the $21 reservation (which includes lunch). For information, call 623-444-9497.