Wednesday, March 6, 2013

3-5-13 MCRC Briefs

March 5, 2013

·        HB 2455 Passed Out Of The House Rules Committee on March 4 and will soon be scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing. HB 2455 Is An AzCDL-Requested Bill That Would Clarify That Firearms Voluntarily Surrendered (e.g., via a “buy back” program, etc.) to a state or local entity cannot be destroyed and must be sold. HB 2455 clarifies that firearms in possession of state or local governments cannot be destroyed, regardless of how they were acquired, and must be sold if legal to do so under federal and state law. HB 2455 needs to pass out of the COW hearing before a formal Third Read Vote can be conducted. Third Read is the last step for a House bill before it is sent to the Senate. A letter for you to send to your Representatives on HB 2455 has been prepared and is waiting for you to send at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

·        LD27 And Cochise County Republicans Have Joined LDs 12, 15, 16, 17, 22 And The Pima County Republicans in passing resolutions in opposition to the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion (AHCCCS) in support of Obamacare. 

·        LD1, 13, 20, 21, And 30 Are Also Reportedly Working On Similar Opposition resolutions to bring before their PCs at upcoming meetings.

·        The Northern Arizona University College Republicans are planning a trip to Washington DC for CPAC between March 13-18.  In order to send students they are selling raffle tickets for a Tasers C2 that retails for $400. Tickets are $5 each or $5 for $20.  To purchase tickets ask an NAU CR or send money to Northern Arizona University Union, NAU College Republicans, P.O. Box 6036 #116, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Contact Information:480-406-0299 All proceeds benefit the CRs.

·        The Audio Of Barbara Espinosa’s Interview With AZGO Chairman Robert Graham, conducted Tuesday afternoon, can be heard at  Also available in iTunes and

·        The Sign Outside Of VFW Lincoln Post 11483 Reads: Background Checks. Good Idea Mr. President. Let’s Start With You.

·        Joseph Hobbs, a Member at Large on the Maricopa County Republicans Executive Guidance Committee is the latest activitist to toss a hat into the ring to fill Board Supervisor Max Wilson’s position.  In his official announcement, Hobbs said, “.  “Max Wilson has served with distinction and he will be missed.” said Hobbs, adding “I believe I can continue Max’s work in terms of looking out for the best interests of our district and the taxpayers of Maricopa County as a whole.”
     Joseph Hobbs is an IT Consultant and President of Optical-IP-Networks LLC.  He holds a Master’s degree with emphasis in Telecommunication Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems (Minor in Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems).  
     Hobbs is a member at large on the Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC)  and is an elected precinct committeeman.  Hobbs can be reached at with “Hobbs BoS Volunteer” in the subject line.

·        Long time Republican activist and former AZ Legislator Jean McGrath, who is serving her second term on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors, has also announced her candidacy for Wilson’s Board of Supervisors opening.  She is a long-time GOP precinct committeeman. McGrath ran against Wilson in the 2012 primary. McGrath has been an Arizona resident since childhood, earned a BA degree from Arizona State University, owned McGrath Growers and is a former president of the Peoria-Glendale Farm Bureau.   She served in the Arizona legislature from 1995 to 2000. She received a “Friend of the Taxpayer” from the Americans for Prosperity.

·        Jack Harper, another former Arizona legislator, is also seeking Wilson’s position. Harper grew up in Arizona, attended college before entering the US Army, where he served two years in Germany, followed by six years with theARizona Army National Gudard. He served as an Arizona  legislator for eight years - as both a representative and a senate for old LD4 – terming out in 2012.  Harper and his wife Holly have two grown daughters.  Harper is a long-time GOP precinct committeeman. Contact Harper at

·        Dick Hensley, who ran for the Board of Supervisors in the 2012 primary, has also announced his candidacy for Wilson’s position. He moved to Arizona in 2011. Hensley can be reached at

·        Reports are circulation that one of Wilson’s daughter is also seeking the position. 

·        The Board of Supervisors will make the appointment to fill Wilson’s seat.  You can give them your input at:
ü  Chairman  Andrew Kunasek   602-506-7562
ü  Dennis Barney   602-506-1776
ü  Steve Chucri   602-506-7431
ü  Max Wilson   602-506-7642
ü  Mary Rose Wilcox   602-506-7092

·        A Medicaid Expension Forum is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 pm, March 7 at the Loft Cineman, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, Tucson. Confirmed: AZ State Senator Steve Farley, AZ Representative Ethan Orr, Dr. Orient, Tom Jenney, AZ Director of Americans for Prosperity, AZ Senator Frank Antenori. An invitation has been extended to the Brewer Administration, the Tucson Metro Chamber Board, and to members of the hospital and insurance lobbies. Open to the public. RSVP: Christine: 520-235-2234 or

·        Federal Aid Programs for the Navajo Nation The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Navajo Nation and ordered federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the area affected by a severe freeze during the period of December 15, 2012 to January 21, 2013. Federal funding is available to the Navajo Nation and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe freeze.

·        The Fountain Hills Republican annual breakfast will be held at 9 am, March 16 in the the Fountain Hills Community Center featuring Secretary of State Ken Bennett as the speaker.The catered breakfast is $15 for club members and $17 for non-members. Children under 12 are free. For reservations contact Club Treasurer Edith Stock at 480-294-7093 or by e-mail at    or  go to   

·        A “Wisconsinfest”-  Honoring Arizona Residents And Visitors From Wisconsin is scheduled from 11 am to 3 pm, March 16 in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills.

·        TSA Prohibited Items List Changing April 25 - Small Pocket Knives and Some Sporting Goods Items to be Permitted: TSA established a committee to review the prohibited items list based on an overall risk-based security approach. After the review, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to start allowing the following items in carry-on bags beginning April 25:
ü  Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
ü  Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats
ü  Ski Poles
ü  Hockey Sticks
ü  Lacrosse Sticks
ü  Billiard Cues
ü  Golf Clubs (Limit Two)
These similar items will still remain on the prohibited items list:
ü  Razor blades and box cutters will remain prohibited in carry-on luggage.
ü  Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are prohibited items in carry-on luggage.

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·        APACHE COUNTY: Barry Weller
·        COCHISE COUNTY: Casey Jones
·        COCONINO COUNTY: Joy Iris Staveley
·        GILA COUNTY: Pamela Burruel
·        GRAHAM COUNTY: Keith Alexander (
·        GREENLEE COUNTY: Bruce Patton
·        LAPAZ COUNTY:
·        MARICOPA COUNTY: A J LaFaro
·        MOHAVE COUNTY: Ron Gould
·        NAVAJO COUNTY: Dara Vanesian
·        PIMA COUNTY: Carolyn Cox
·        PINAL COUNTY: Sephim Larson
·        SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: Zack Taylor
·        YAVAPAI COUNTY:  Jim Dutton
·        YUMA COUNTY: Jonathan Lines
·     MCRC LD Chairmen:
o   LD1    Cathy Schwanke 
o   LD4    Rhonda King  
o   LD12   Mickie Niland        
o   LD13   Dr. Robert Branch
o   LD15   Dave Henderson
o   LD16  Jerry E. Clingman
o   LD17   Tyler Bowyer     
o   LD18   David Bushman   
o   LD19   Cherie Scott  
o   LD20   Ray Malnar         
o   LD21   Kevin Payne   
o   LD22   Eric Morgan   
o   LD23   Doug Little      
o   LD24   Brian Kaufmann
o   LD25   Paul Whetten    
o   LD26   Raymond Jones
o   LD27   Terry Rapp    
o   LD28   Scott O’Connor  www.AZLD28GOP.ORG
o   LD29   Charlie Ellis   
o   LD30   Timothy Schwartz     
AZ State GOP officials
Gov. Jan Brewer   (602) 542-1361 and (602) 542-4331
AZ Sec. of State Ken Bennett
AZ Treasurer Doug Doucey
AZ Attorney General Tom Horne
AZ Supt of Schools John Huppenthal
AZ Corp Comm   Gary Pierce      602-542-3933
AZ Corp Comm   Brenda Burns    602-542-0745
AZ Corp Comm   Robert Stump    602-542-3935
·        AZGOP Members at Large include:
ü  CD1 –Bill Bridwell, Richard Mihalik, Sylvia Allen.
ü  CD2 – Gail Griffin, Cynthia Coleman, Joshua Michael Townsend.
ü  CD3 – Bob Westerman, Gene Chewning and Harold Hough.
ü  CD4 –Don Ascoli, Laramer  “L.G” Mace, Patti Lewis.
ü  CD5 –Daniel Grimm, Haydee Dawson, Mickie Niland.
ü  CD6 – Jim O’Connor, John Strasser, Laddie Shane.
ü  CD7 – Barry Wong, George Cuprak and Terry Rapp.
ü  CD8 –Emily Sabo, Lyle Tuttle, Marcus Huey.
ü  CD9 –Bill Baxter, Diane Ortiz-Parsons, Nancy Edwards.
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