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Friday, January 20, 2017

1-20-17 Briefs

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Editor Frosty Taylor  repcomm@cox.net          Web Master John Strasser

Inauguration Day for President Donald J Trump

Wednesday evening, Briefs received a copy of a letter that AZGOP Robert Graham had e-mailed to the AZGOP Executive Board at 5:58 pm., Jan 18 regarding the Graham vs LD23 Saga that has been dragging on since early December. Due to conflicting stories circulating and noticing some omissions in the four-page letter, Briefs made an exception to its 300 word limit policy and posted the entire letter 1-19-17-briefs archives so there would be “no misunderstanding as to what Graham wrote.” Thursday afternoon, the Arizona Freedom Alliance Team posted a rebuttal to Graham’s letter Robert Graham's Last Stand that is riddled with red ink where LD23 PCs on the AFA team point out alleged flaws, inaccuracies and misleading information. They literally shred Graham’s letter. Also see LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski’s Timeline 1-11-17 Briefs archive and LD23 Tim Horn Gives The LD23 Side Of The Story As we move toward the Jan 28 AZGOP Statutory meeting, State Committeemen (who will elect the new state officers) need to be as well informed as possible regarding what is going on behind the scenes. This is getting uglier by the day. – ft

Navajo County Republican Committee Chairman Steven Slaton and First Vice-Chairman Karen M MacKean to Chairman Graham: We, the Navajo County Republican Committee, do not support your ongoing actions towards LD-23, our fellow precinct committeemen and their legal process to elect State Committeemen. By all accounts they, per their published communications, followed the State by-laws and procedures in the fair and defined nominations for their precinct committeemen to be elected as state committeemen.

    We find these actions by the outgoing chairman abusive and overstepping his authority as AZ GOP Chairman. We find Chairman Graham, in trying to stop the LD-23 state committeemen from voting in the state convention on January 28, would be over stepping his authority which is not granted within the state by-laws, as well as meddling into a districts administrative process. After 5 weeks, Chairman Graham never produced any evidence of a complaint filed by any LD-23 committeemen, or passed along evidence to the other state county chairmen for review. It is unwarranted by any chairman to solicit complaints or to fabricate a non-issue. These un-proven claims being brought by Chairman Graham to be used to stop the largest LD district from voting is a disgrace to the GOP.

    To the best of our knowledge neither, Jonathan Lines or Frank Thorwald have stood up and rejected this abuse of power and nonsense! It’s this type of drama that makes state committeemen not want to participate in the state convention process. All State Committeemen, being duly elected, spend their time, energy & money as concerned citizens to attend these meetings and they should be run in a more businesslike and certainly a more respectful manor for all those involved. Perhaps, if the Chairman was concerned about a specific candidate’s election, he should go out and campaign for him rather than trying to destroy an entire legislative district.

Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: In case one didn’t receive what's really happening in LD23 Could someone explain how Chairman Graham, with no authority to do so, can try to disenfranchise LD23 state chairmen candudate Jim O’Connor??   You, PCs, who have set on your back sides and ignored his autocratic running of the AZ GOP for 4 years may have to face the piper!

Activist Barbara Medal: Greetings fellow state committeemen. It is with great pride and much gratitude from me that Jim O’Connor is willing to take on the state GOP chairmanship. Jim is a just, moral and principled man. His knowledge of our Constitution and his willingness and dedication to protect it along with his support of our Republican platform ensures that ALL the precinct committeemen of AZ can be assured he will work with and for us to do the job we have been prevented from doing for too long. Jim’s competence is and has been clearly demonstrated throughout the years as he has served in various offices as well as his personal and professional accomplishments. We PCs, who are the base of this Party and from whence the power emanates have been hampered, attacked and some have even prevented from continuing to be a serving precinct committeeman.  Attacks and misinformation and, yes, I would go as far as to say many untruths have been used to try to decimate this moral and gentle man. It is up to you state committeemen to vote for the finest and most competent candidate so together we can rebuild the Republican Party to the Grand Old Party of the past..

Arizona GOP Candidates for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms).  Candidates are:

·         Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O'Connor  & jimoconnorazgop.com/  (Slate:  Sec Gabby Saucedo-Mercer and Treasurer Bob Lettieri.)

·         Jonathan Lines  Jonathan-Lines  (Slate - Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)

·         Frank Thorwald  Frank-Thorwald- (no slate)

·         Secretary Gabby Mercer   Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer , Cindy Coleman cindyc22@msn.com  and Marla Festenese.

Treasurer – Bob Lettieri rlett5484@aol.com   Wes Harris wwharris@msn.com  Bill Beard wglbeard@hotmail.com and Eric Morgan

The AZGOP Chairman's Awards Dinner 2017 is scheduled at 6 pm., (reception at 5:30 pm.) Fri., Jan 27 at the downtown Phoenix Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 N 2nd St. in Phoenix. Live entertainment. $60 per person for $500 per table. Tickets at 2017awards@azgop.org 602-957-7770.

The Current Tentative List of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected:  http://az.gop/arizona-republican-state-meeting-2017-committeemen/

Editor’s Note: Announcements or statements are limited to 300 words. If longer, they will be edited to conform to policy.

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson has announced that the Arizona Game and Fish has postponed the Sat., Jan 21 Open House at Planet Ranch due to access requires travel through several major washes. The event will be rescheduled on a “drier” weekend – possibly Sat., Jan 28. Contact: Wildlife Manager Supervisor Deanna Pfleger 928-916-2004.

A Benefit Yard Sale For “Super Sammy, a young child fighting brain cancer, Medulloblastoma and Posterior Fossa Syndrome will be held between 8 am-4 pm., Jan 20 and 21 at Desert Hills Baptist Church, 20909 W Yuma Road in Buckeye. Sammy, who is receiving chemo treatments, is the son a local police officer and crew chief in the Air Force Reserves. Donations go directly to the family to help relieve financial stress. Donations can be dropped off at the church or www.gofundme.com/pumamedicalfund Sammy’s story at www.adventuresofsupersammy.com Contact: 480-399-6772 or 623-302-4542.

Ron Ludders is hyping the 6:30pm., Mon, Jan 23 Arizona Project meeting as the “first ever held under a Republican President.” He also recommends watching New Day. Monday evening Ben Wick will the second part of a series on a citizen’s responsibility in a Republican Democracy and "Strategies to Light the Fires of Liberty".  The meeting is scheduled at 3375 E Shea Blvd., in Phoenix. Contact Ludders at 602.677.1496

Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates. Their answers will be posted every day, in the order in which they came in, until the Jan 28 Mandatory Meeting election. Question#17: Would you support state legislation or AZGOP bylaw changes that would prohibit proxies at legislative district/county/state level meetings.

       JONATHAN LINES: I welcome discussion of any bylaw reforms on proxies that are driven by the grassroots and supported by the membership. I understand the need to encourage trust and integrity in our voting process and eliminate concern that the scales are unfairly tipped. Whatever we do, we must keep in mind that the volunteer precinct committeemen in rural Arizona have hours to drive, overnight stays, and significant expense to come to state, and in some places, county meetings, the use of proxies guarantees that their voice and vote are represented. I'd support fixes of any abuses. Since the meetings are at a specific time and place, from time to time there may be personal and religious reasons for people to miss these meetings and no one should be denied their vote, as a representative of the voters who elected them. But abuses and too many proxies per individual carrier further personal agendas that have no positive effect on the party or the people who attend the meeting.

      JIM O’CONNOR: As part of my calling the state party Executive Committee (EC) to an all day workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2017, included on the agenda for that meeting will be a robust discussion of all major issues plaguing our party. Among those are bylaw amendments to stop the abuse of proxies and much more. What is important to understand is that my agenda is to listen to every side of this and the other troubling issues with a goal of reaching practical common sense solutions to these chronic yet ignored blockages to a cooperative operation of AZGOP and all its committees throughout the state. Our goal will be to identify every major problem area and to rewrite our State Bylaws to address those concerns but only after full discussions and a vote of the majority of the Executive Committee. This new chairman will do nothing without a strong consensus of the EC.

      FRANK THORWALD: No response at post time. Thorwald says he will catch up starting tomorrow.

Trump Taps a Quail Hunter for Secretary of Agriculture Seat An avid sportsman, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has the kind of personal and policy experience that is likely to benefit the nation’s farmers and ranchers, as well as fish and wildlife habitat on private and public lands. With today’s announcement, the hunting and fishing community recognizes the significant potential for collaboration and compromise.

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods is heading up newly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone's citizen commission on whether to keep Tent City open.

Did Anyone find a back pack from the stage Saturday?  Purple and black with “East Cobb Vikings” logo? If anyone knows the whereabouts of the back pack, or if you found any other lost items during the Jan 14 Maricopa County Republican Committee’s meeting, please contact George Teegarden at gteegarden@tgasd.com

Ahwatukee Republican Women will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 25 at Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 with Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives JD Mesnard and Colby Bledsoe, Campaign Manager for FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center dedicated to helping activists fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. Networking at 6:30 pm. Contact: www.ahwatukeerepublicanwomen.com Questions/RSVP: Cindy Casaus at 602-300-4185 or cindy.casaus@gmail.com

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet at 6 pm.,Thurs., Jan 26 at Firehouse #43, 4110 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Dr. Lance Hurley will portray George Washington in his presentation.  Last year he portrayed Patrick Henry. Parking and access are on the west side of building. Info: www.tukeeteaparty.com


Yesterday the Republican National Committee (RNC) elected Ronna McDaniel Chairwoman and Bob Paduchik Co-Chair. McDaniel is the second woman ever elected Chair of the RNC. Outgoing Chairman Reince Priebus gave his final remarks to the RNC, capping the most successful run as Chairman in RNC history. The votes electing McDaniel and Paduchik to their respective positions were both unanimous.
    This November, Ronna McDaniel helped deliver Michigan for Donald Trump and the GOP for the first time in decades. She was elected as the State Chairman from Michigan in February of 2015. Ronna served as a Trump delegate and chaired the Michigan Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention. She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District. In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.
    Bob Paduchik most recently served as the Ohio State Director for the Trump-Pence presidential campaign. He was the Campaign Manager for Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010, and was the Ohio State Director for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in both 2000 and 2004, helping President Bush carry the state both times. From 2011 through 2015, Bob worked in a variety of roles at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade association representing the coal-fueled electricity industry. From October 2001 to January 2003, Bob served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Gov Doug Ducey: Last week, I gave my third annual State of the State address to our new legislature. It outlined my agenda for this coming legislative session and how Arizona can work to provide opportunity for all to succeed. Some of the highlights:

· Next steps to improve K-12 education like updating our teacher certification to allow professionals to bring their knowledge from the workforce to the classroom

· A review of our successes in the past year; for instance, the reduction in wait times at the MVD by an average of 20 minutes

· Working with our federal delegation to remove Arizona from the overburdened 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

· Protecting Good Samaritans who save the lives of children and pets

· Working with small business owners to remove onerous regulations on small businesses

· Offering a “Grandmother Stipend” to extended families who take in a relative from the foster system so they have the resources to provide for that child.

Investing in cybersecurity to protect our citizens’ data. Watch Ducey speech

23 Intelligence-Military Veterans Demand Obama Release Proof Of Russian Hacking Or Admit It’s A Lie 23 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans have written an extraordinary letter calling on Obama to release the evidence that Russia had hacked the 2016 presidential election in order to elect Donald Trump, or admit that there is no proof.

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) announced today that Greenlee County has been declared the winner of the state’s largest annual youth-led competition between all 15 counties. Youth volunteer hours and projects were logged on the Governor’s Youth Commission website between September 19, 2016 and January 7, 2017.  During that time, youth from across the state logged an impressive 65,504 service hours.   As the least populous county in Arizona, Greenlee County led the state with 1,336 youth volunteers and 3,785 service hours. The value of their time, talents, and energy is worth $86,411.55, based on The Independent Sector: http://independentsector.org/volunteer_time. Youth groups from Greenlee County will be invited to the Capitol to celebrate their accomplishments with Governor Ducey.

LD18 meet last night at the Mountain View Lutheran Church with newly elected officers:

·         Chairperson Jennifer Szatkowski

·         1st Vice Chair Ed Pellegrino

·         2nd Vice Chair Connie Sunday

·         3rd  Vice Chair Sharon Rihs

·         4th Vice Chair Mike Noble

·         Secretary Pam Derks

·         Treasurer Reid Pixler

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 26-1 to recommend that the Senate give its advice and consent to the nomination of James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense when it is received by the Senate from the President. As a result of the action taken by the committee, General Mattis’s official nomination will be sent directly to the Senate without referral to the committee. Background: The Senate Armed Services Committee has previously taken action on a prospective nomination from an incoming president. Prior to the inauguration of President George W. Bush, the committee favorably reported the nomination of Donald Rumsfeld to be Secretary of Defense to the Senate on January 19, 2001.

Arizona’s Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash: Here is the resolution I presented with Connecticut NCM Leora Levy which has passed at The RNC Resolutions Committee and was scheduled to be voted on at Thursday's RNC General Session

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL AND OPPOSITION TO

UN RESOLUTION 2334 AND THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE

· WHEREAS, The nation of Israel is a sovereign country which since the establishment of the state in 1948 has faced many different military, diplomatic and economic crises from foreign powers who wish to destroy the Jewish State;

· WHEREAS, The United States and Israel have had a special relationship making Israel one of the most important and strategic allies of the United States of America since President Harry Truman established diplomatic relations with the new Jewish State following its establishment by the United Nations in 1948;

· WHEREAS, The 2016 Republican Party Platform states our unequivocal support for Israel as a beacon of Democracy, shared values and Freedom;

· WHEREAS, The 2016 Republican Party Platform reaffirms America’s commitment to Israel’s security and supports Israel’s right to “defend itself against terror attacks upon its people and against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it legally, economically, culturally, and otherwise;”

· WHEREAS, The United States has offered its good offices and has facilitated direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties toward achieving a permanent solution ending all outstanding claims and establishing peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors;

· WHEREAS, “It is the long-standing policy of the United States that a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only come through direct, bilateral negotiations between the two parties;”

· WHEREAS, “It is the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and, if necessary, veto United Nations Security Council resolutions dictating additional binding parameters on the peace process;”

· WHEREAS, In December 2016 The United States delegation at the United Nations worked behind the scenes to pass UN Resolution 2334 which reversed long standing American and United Nations policy based on UN resolutions 242 and 338 in support of negotiations of a plan for peace between Israel and her regional neighbors;

· WHEREAS, As a result of UN Resolution 2334 French President Francois Hollande convened a conference of foreign ministers from more than 70 states who passed a resolution accepting UN Resolution 2334’s anti-Israeli statements; and

· WHEREAS, All of the above actions are expected to lead to a proposal for full recognition by the United Nations to a new terror sponsor — Palestine (The Palestinian Authority); therefore, be it

· RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee opposes economic, military, cultural, or diplomatic sanctions against Israel based on the terms of UN Resolution 2334 or subsequent UN resolutions against Israel;

· RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee supports the new Administration’s pursuit of constructive diplomatic action to reverse the impact of UN Resolution 2334 and of the Paris conference, and not allow any further movement in formal diplomatic relationships with any opposing groups until such groups assure and enforce Israel’s right to exist with secure borders, and, be it finally

· RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee supports the right of the United States of America to immediately relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JAN 20

The Republican Office at 99th and Bell, 10050 West Bell Road, Suite #50 is planning a “pot luck bunch” and will live stream Donald Trump's 2017 Inauguration ceremonies at 10am Arizona time, Fri., Jan 20. Some egg dishes will be available. If attending, please bring fruit, orange juice or rolls to share. Or give a financial donation. LD21 is holding a 50/50 drawing. Doors open at 9 am. Contact: Manage Phyllis/Peter Lee mdcyclist@live.com

The ASU College Republicans are hosting Dr. Donald Critchlow from the Center for Political Thought and Leadership to give a presentation on the ‘Future of the Republican Party.’ Critchlow will discuss what he believes the GOP needs to do to stay relevant and win elections as voter demographics and culture change. The meeting will be on Thurs, Jan19 at 6:30 at the ASU Tempe Campus in room BAC 324. Contact: President Kevin Calabrese kevincalabrese@outlook.com or facebook.com/events

The Pima County Republicans will celebrate with a Fri., Jan 20 starting with:

· 6 am. BBQ Breakfast, Fri., Jan 20 at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 7850 N Oracle Rd (MaGee). No cover charge. Breakfast options available. Live broadcast KNST AM790.

· 6pm dinner (5:30 cocktails) is scheduled at the Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 Tucson Blvd in Tucson. $15 per person RSVP: Joyce at 520-484-3358;

· and separate party scheduled between 5:30-10 pm at the Wilbur’s Grill at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E Broadway in Tucson.

JAN 21

The Sonoita-Elgin Tea Party urges residents to attend the 30 minute US Fish & Wildlife Service documentary “Wolves in Government Clothing” between 2-4 pm., Sat., Jan 21 in the Pioneer Hall at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. The documentary revolves around USFWS plans to expand the wolf reintroduction area from I-10 south to the US/Mexican border.  Also see “Living with Wolves” presented by Wink Crigler, Owner X Diamond Cattle Ranch from Greer, AZ who was Named Society of Range Management's Top Range Manager 2011; along with Cindy Coping, Chair of Pima Natural Resources Conservation District; Mary Darling, former Appeals & Litigation Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service; and Emcee Dean Fish: Manager of the Santa Fe Ranch, Nogales, AZ. Open to the public – free of charge. Complimentary beverages and snacks.  Sponsored by the Bowman and Stradling History Center. Contact: Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party Website

The Pinal County Republican Committee is hosting the three AZGOP Chairman candidates - Jim O'Connor, Jonathan Lines and Frank Thorwald, at 10 am., Sat., Jan 21 in Florence. Contact: Irene Littleton at irene7235@gmail.com

The Arizona Republican Assembly West Chapter will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 21 at Culver’s, 5127 N 99th Ave., in Glendale. Contact: President Cirico (CID) DeLaFuente azraswc@yahoo.com (623)312-7054.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am , Sat., Jan 21 for a legislative update LD 23 Legislators Senator J. Kavanagh and Representatives M. Ugenti-Rita and J. Lawrence.  Judge Michael Reagan will swear in newly elected officers. Only paid members can vote on the officers. Dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for families Coffee and breakfast snacks commence at 8:30 am.

Jan 23

Tempe Republican Women will meet with Alison Gentala of Arizona Families for Home Education and Vicki Algier, author of Failure: The Federal Miseducation of America's Children at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 23 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282. They will be handing out free National School Choice swag (scarves and posters.) A group photo will be taken at the end of the meeting. RSVP TempeRepublicanWomen/events Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow - merrowjessica@gmail.com

Jan24

The Fountain Hills Republican Club's "GOP Social" is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., Jan 24 in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268.  The GOP Socials are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month at the Fireside Grill.  NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food). The  Club's "GOP Socials" are open to all interested persons, membership in the FH Republican Club is not required.  Everyone is welcome.  

Jan 25

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave in Glendale. Order food at 6 pm., mtg at 6:30 pm. Speaker: LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell addressing new plans for Arizona grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com

National Trump Campaign COO and AZ State Treasurer Jeff DeWit is scheduled to address the Feb 25, 2017 Annual Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Lincoln dinner. Details tba.

JAN 26

A School Choice Rally is scheduled between noon and 1:30 pm., Thurs., Jan 26 at the Capitol Building, 1700 W Washington St in Phoenix. Participants are asked to bring your yellow scarves. Hosted by National School Choice Week.

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS/ACTION

300 word limit policy. If statements exceed the limit, it will be edited

Congresswoman Martha McSally after voting to provide a waiver for General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense. Current law prohibits a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces from serving as Secretary of Defense within seven years of service without an exception passed by Congress. “This is the first time in 67 years this type of waiver is being considered, and I do not take it lightly. As a 26-year Air Force veteran, I am especially aware of the importance of the principle of civilian control of our military. While I am disappointed that the transition team restricted General Mattis from appearing before the House Armed Services Committee, I was able to speak with him over the phone to discuss my concerns...”

Congressman Paul A. Gosar after Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced that the United States would be revoking the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants: “While I appreciate the Obama Administration finally agreeing that it is time to end the outdated practice of granting amnesty to Cuban aliens, I regret to inform the president that he has no authority to unilaterally change U.S. immigration policy. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution clearly states that Congress, not the Executive Branch, has authority over immigration law. The only way to end the underlying policy of wet foot, dry foot is to pass legislation amending the Cuban Adjustment Act. That is why I introduced legislation during the 114th Congress that would terminate three outdated policies providing amnesty to Cuban aliens that are costing taxpayers billions of dollars…” Gosar introduced H.R. 3818, the Ending Special National Origin-Based Immigration Programs for Cubans Act on October 23, 2015. This bill repeals the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, calls for termination of the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy and requires that all immigrants from Cuba are treated in the same manner as any other person seeking to immigrate to the United States.

Sen. Jeff Flake has introduced the January 8th National Memorial Act alongside Sen. John McCain. The bill would establish a permanent memorial in tribute to the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson.  See more here.

US Sen John McCain called on President Obama to issue a posthumous pardon for the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, for his racially charged conviction in 1913: “It is disappointing that after issuing hundreds of commutations and pardons to individuals across the nation, President Obama still has not issued a posthumous pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson, whose unjust conviction stands as a symbol of racial injustice in this country. Jack Johnson’s reputation was ruined by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago after he was charged with transporting a white woman across state lines in violation of the Mann Act…”

US Senate John McCain and Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, have introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, that would continue the Veterans Choice Program and ensure that veterans are able to use the Veterans Choice Card to access quality health care in their communities. The Veterans Choice Program that was created by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act is set to expire three years after the law’s enactment on August 7, 2017. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has indicated to the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees that potentially $1 billion of the original allocated funding for the program could still be available on this date.

NEWS LINKS

· T'was-The-Night-Before-Inauguration

· ‘Obama Burn In Hell’ Banner Unfurled Outside US Embassy In Russia

· Hundreds Of Prayer Warriors Descend On DC To Provide Shield For Trump

· Arizona-Mexico Border Fence To Get Replaced

· Schools To Black Out Trump's Inaugural Address

· Prepare For Coming Winter Storms, Be Ready To Wait Out Snowfall

· Lawsuit Claims Havasupai Students Are Deprived Of ‘Basic General Education’

· Former Des Director Tim Jeffries Exposes Anti-Catholicism, Bad Players

· Western Mayors Talk Water Conservation, Stay Mum On Drought Allotments

· Border Patrol Begins Project To Replace Portions Of Fence Near Naco

· South Mountain Freeway To Continue, 9th Circuit Denies Challenge

· Bikers For Trump Secure Inauguration Space In Midst Of Radical Anti-Trump Protesters

· Grijalva, Gallego Join Other Democrats Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration

SEEING RED AZ

· Making America Great Again: A Moving Performance By Lee Greenwood

· Obamacare Or Affordable Health Care?

· Obama Commutes Tranny Traitor’s Sentence

· Leftist Radicals Seek To Derail Trump Inauguration, Ball

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Robert Graham's Last Stand (AFA shreds Graham’s letter)

· Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO!

· Is A State-Based Recall Of A U.S. Senator Constitutional?

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Why-Did-AZGOP-Chair-Graham-Decide-To Use LD23 As Whipping Dog...

· RNC-Elects-Ronna-Romney-McDaniel As Chairman

· ICYMI: Ex-Ariz-Congressman-Rick-Renzi Released From Federal Prison

· How Can Former Sen-Russell-Pearce Get By On $233,000 A Year?

· Schedule-Of-Events-For-2017 Inaugural

· No-Arizona-Voters-You-Can’t-Recall John McCain

MICHELLE MALKIN

· Sponsors-Of-Anarchy Hoodlums Will Be Out In Full Force This Inauguration Day Weekend. Count On It.

MYCHAL-MASSIE

· John-Lewis: Conflicted-But-No-Hero

MICHAEL SAVAGE

· How-About-A-Hearing-On-Anti-Trump-Meddling-In-Election

· What-Else-Will-They-Blame-Trump-For

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP

· Trump-Team-Prepares-Dramatic-Cuts Ready To Take An Ax To Government Spending.

· Bikers For Trump Secure Inauguration Space Amid Radical Anti-Trump Protests

· At Least 60 Dems Refusing To Attend Inauguration…Guess What? We Don’t Care!

· 83% Say Trump Likely To Erase Most Of Obama's Achievements

· 52% View Trump Favorably

· Donald Trumps' Mother: From A Scottish Island To New York's Elite

· Fascist Rioters Plan To Violently Crash Trump’s Inauguration

DEMS/LIBERALS

· Rep-John-Lewis-Didn’t-Pay-Taxes-On Nearly-$1-Million-DC-Townhouse

· Progressives Are Calling For Civil Insurrection – Do They Want A Civil War?

ILLEGALS/IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/AMNESTY

· Hispanic Activist Tells ‘White Minority’ They Have ‘Five Years Left’

SECOND AMENDMENT, FIREARMS

· Trump-Jr-Endorses-An-Awesome-New-Gun-Freedom-Law-Liberals-Lose-Their-Minds

CONGRESS

· John Lewis Lied About This Being The First Inauguration He’ll Miss…He Boycotted Bush’s Also

GLOBAL WARMING

· U.S. Government: 2016 Warmest Year On Record

EDUCATION

· 'Toxic Masculinity'? Dude, Now America's Universities Are Turning Men Into Women

STATE DEPARTMENT

· Look At What The State Dept Has Done Just Days Before Trump's Inauguration

INTERNATIONAL

· German Govt. Considers Dumping Money On Africa To Keep Migrants Away

· US B-2 Bombers Struck ISIS Camps In Southern Libya Overnight, Several US Officials Said.

· North Korea Threatens To Nuke DC On Friday

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