Saturday, February 9, 2013

2-8-13 MCRC Briefs

Feb 8, 2013
·        Maricopa-County-Health-Care-Chief-Big-Raise  “Bick” Bicknell, former two-year chairman and current vice chairman of the Maricopa County Health Care District Board, opposed the raise: “The Board of Directors have a fiduciary responsibility to the public that elected them.  Giving a member of the Staff of MIHS a raise of over 33 % ($125.00) is ludicrous. All one can ask is that the voting public should be taking notice and contact those that voted such a raise -- me I voted against it as did Sue Gerard. It's not that the CEO didn’t deserve it it's that we cannot afford it. Just last year we laid off some members of the staff. The raise is more than most people make alone for a yearly salary, in some cases, about three times more,” said Bicknell.  “I think some of the people may have the wrong idea of just what is MIHS --  Maricopa Medical Center and its 11 Family Health Centers and physic clients and dental clinics, 11 in total. They are not part of the state  -they are a separate "special Health Care District" A taxable district over and above state taxes. Maricopa County contributes about $60 Million year toward keeping the Hospitals and clinics open. “I hope that helps to clarify the tax thing. I would ask please citizens of Maricopa County start to come to the formal "public meetings.  I've been there now some five yrs (elected to the board in 2009) and seldom if ever do I see any one from the public there.”  Bicknell, a former Aguila resident is currently a LD12 PC. He is a past vice chair of the Wickenburg Republican Club, a former New Hampshire legislator and retired NH highway patrolman.
·        The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) Is Asking For Your Help in getting pro firearms bills heard at the Arizona legislature this year. According to AzCDL, “While firearms related bills are normally assigned only to the House Judiciary Committee, this year a number of bills are also, or alternatively, being assigned to the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs (PSMRA) Committee where committee chair, Rep. Justin Pierce, has yet to schedule them for hearings. The deadline for his committee to hear bills is February 22nd. The bills that need to be heard are:
Ø  HB 2234 - An AzCDL-requested bill that would standardize the definition of firearms in ARS 13-105 and remove duplicate and/or conflicting definitions in other statutes. 
Ø  HB 2288 and HB 2554 - AzCDL requested bills that would require public buildings, which ban firearms, to provide armed security and metal detectors to ensure the safety of those entering.
Ø  HB 2432 - Would create a Citizens Marksmanship fund to provide firearms for the training of citizens who are eligible for service in the Arizona Guard.
Ø  HB 2433 - Would eliminate the age cap (currently 45 years old) on who is a member of the state militia (i.e., all able-bodied citizens capable of bearing arms).
Ø  HB 2455 - An AzCDL requested bill that would clarify that even firearms that are voluntarily surrendered to a state or local entity (i.e., via a "buy back" program) cannot be destroyed and must be sold.
Ø  HB 2468 - Would allow for reduced hunting license fee for members of the military and veterans.
·        Representatives controlling the fate of legislation in the House are :Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House; Javan Mesnard, Speaker Pro Tempore; David Gowan, Majority Leader; Rick Gray, Majority Whip. A prepared letter, addressed to all the House leaders, is waiting for you at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center. You can send the AzCDL prepared message  or edit what is there. AzCDL is monitoring at our Bill Tracking page.
·        Congressman Matt Salmon Is Hosting A Grand Opening Of His New District Office at 9:30 am, Feb. 9 at 207 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 209 in Gilbert.  RSVP to 480-699-8239.  Light refreshments will be served.
·        Newly Elected AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham Is scheduled on the 8 am, Channel 12 “Sunday Square Off With Brahm Resnik.
·        Gov Jan Brewer Will Announce The Introduction Of Legislation Designed To Simplify Arizona’s TPT “Sales Tax” System at 11 am, Feb. 11 at the State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phx. Arizona’s  currently has the most complex in the nation. She will be joined by a broad coalition of Arizona business owners, legislators and other effort supporters.
·        April Riggins  and Phil Mason  are the c-chairmen of the MCRC Lincoln Day Awards Committee.  All nominees for the District Certificates of Achievement and Volunteer of the Year Awards must be e-mailed and received by Riggins or Mason by 5 pm, Feb 11. The use of e-mail is required to be considered. Late submittals will not be considered
·        The Maricopa County Republican “Lincoln Day Luncheon”  - honoring MCRC precinct committeemen -  will be held Feb. 23 at the El-Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phx. 11 am registration. Program starts at 11:30 am. The Lincoln Bust and the Reagan Plaque will be awarded to exceptional precinct committeemen, according to County Chairman A J LaFaro. Special guests include Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Congressman Matt Salmon. Tickets are $30 per person. There are 8 seats per table. Event sponsorships - $200 (includes 2 seats & recognition at the table). Call 623-977-4532 to purchase tickets by credit card.
·        Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, is forming a committee of to plan for Arizona's next redistricting process in 2020. The deadline is Feb. 28, to apply for committee membership.  Call AZGOP Headquarters at 602-957-7770 to apply for the nine member committee - one from each Arizona congressional districts. Redistricting each decade after the US Census population counts are completed and is based on the requirements in the U.S. Constitution.  The borders of Arizona's 30 legislative and nine congressional districts were drawn in 2010 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, but few Republicans are happy with the results.
·        Sheriff Joe responds to recall filing: See complete press release at: arpaio responds     Contributions can be sent to: reelectjoearpaio/donate
·        A  “recall Maricopa Board of Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox” strategy and logistics meeting is scheduled at 7 pm, Feb. 11.  Contact Ron Harders at   location and details.
·        The Graham - Greenlee Lincoln Day Dinner Will Be Held At 6:30 Pm, Feb 18 in the Hoopes Activity Center at Eastern Arizona College.  House Speaker Andy Tobin will address the group. Tickets are $25 each. Silver Sponsorships are $300, including four seats and two tickets to a dignitary meet and greet. Gold Sponsorships are $1000, including  6 seats and 4 tickets to a dignitary meet and greet. Choice of Beef or fish as entree. For tickets: call Keith at 928-651-0455, Duane 928-651-0564, or Charlotte 928-322-1043.
·        Congressman David Schweikert Will Join District 2 Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring the Waring’s Community Meet at 8 am, Feb. 11 at the Paradise Valley Community College, 17811 N. 32nd St., Phx. The event is scheduled in Q Bldg, Rm 120 A/B – Q Bldg is accessed off of 32nd St. between Michigan and Grovers.
·        A “End of the Arizona Centennial Year’ Day Is Planned For Feb 14 at the Arizona State Capitol. Activities will include a presentation of the Arizona Educational Foundation’s annual Polly Rosenbaum Student Writing Contest winners, a 48 Most Intriguing Women of Arizona Luncheon with keynote address by Holocaust survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gerda Weissmann Klein, and Governor’s Capstone Reception.
Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women will host a noon luncheon in the Rose Garden. Honoree Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holocaust survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is the scheduled speaker. Entertainment will be provided by Honoree Isola Jones, a Mezzo-Soprano opera singer who performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 16 seasons. Luncheon tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets: (
The day will conclude with a Governor's Capstone Reception featuring a Centennial Legacy Projects Appreciation and permanent re-lighting of the State Capitol’s newly refurbished Copper Dome and the statue “Winged Victory” that sits atop the dome. This last accomplishment is the culmination of the Arizona 2012 Centennial Foundation’s fundraising accomplishments. For information: or contact Connie Robinson at 602-896-9000 or Anne Wallace at 602-926-3810. Proceeds from the day will be presented to the Arizona Capitol Museum in honor of the Centennial Legacy Projects and Arizona’s Centennial Celebration.
·        Something Stinks At Maricopa Health Board   Laurie Roberts
·        Gun Advocates Rally At State Capitol  Arizona Gun-Rights Advocates Joined Groups Across The Country Rallying At State Capitols.
·        Will Legislature Require Disclosure Of Campaign Funds?   Laurie Roberts
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·        JD Back To DC!
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·        I Will Not Conform

·        The Dangers Of The Agenda 21 will be presented by Dr. Lyle Rapacki and Heather Gass during a Feb 11-16 long tour of Arizona.  Presentations are scheduled for:
o   Feb 11- Sun City West/Surprise area Republican groups and Tea Parties. 6 pm. SCW Foundation – Quail Rm, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West.  Coordinator Sen. Judy Burges.
o   Feb 12 –Private meetings with elected officials (daytime).  Evening open for scheduling.
o   Feb.13 - Sierra Vista area Republican groups and Tea Parties. Time/location tba. Coordinator :Joanne Daley
o   Feb 14 – Payson Tea Party with area Tea Parties/Republican groups.  6-8 pm, Coordinator: Shirley Dye  928-468-1131.
o   Feb 15 – Show Low area Republican groups and Tea Parties. Mid-day. Time/location tba. Coordinator: Karen MacKean 520-444-6880.
o   Feb 15 – Graham County Patriots mtg in Safford -6:30 pm. Location tba. Coordinator:  Don Carter  602-818-1081.
o   Feb 16 – Show Low Tea Party. 1 pm in Show Low with venue tba. Coordinator Karen MacKean 520-444-6880.
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