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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

4-2-13 MCRC Briefs


“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”
– Columnist Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles Times

April 2, 2013

·        Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham announced today that his fundraising efforts for the AZGOP's Legislative Salute Dinner have secured contributions of more than $100,000 to the state party, with more than a week left before the event on April 10th. "We certainly have a long way to go, but this is an early indication that we're on the right track and that the Republican Party's best and biggest supporters in Arizona are on board with our plans for victory in 2014,"said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.  "We're excited about the progress we've made and the huge interest in our April 10th Legislative Salute Dinner -- it's going to be a great event."
The keynote address will be given by Frank Luntz, a well-respected Republican strategist and Fox News Channel analyst also known as the GOP's "Maestro of Messaging."  The event is April 10 at 6pm at the Airport Marriott in Phoenix, details are available online or by calling 602-957-7770. The Legislative Salute is one of the AZGOP's major annual fundraising events and is complemented by numerous community events throughout Arizona during the year.

·        Attorney General Tom Horne has issued a letter to the Bisbee City Council stating that the Civil Union Ordinance, if passed, would be unconstitutional and require the Attorney General’s office to initiate an action in the Courts to enjoin, or stop it.All three members of the legislature representing Bisbee have expressed deep concerns about the constitutionality of the ordinance.
In a statement today, Attorney General Tom Horne said: “I have today sent a letter to the Bisbee City Attorney and City Council members stating that they have no authority to pass the ordinance that they will be considering tonight.  This is in response to a complaint received from all three state legislators representing Bisbee: Senator Gail Griffin, Representative David Gowan and Representative David Stevens.
The ordinance seeks to change seven separate State statutes within the boundaries of the city, dealing with issues such as community property, inheritance of property, and appointment of personal representatives.  The only proper way to change a statute is through the Legislature, not through actions of the City Council attempting to change a State statute within its boundaries.  I emphasize that I am not expressing any opinion on the policy of the ordinance.  My job is to enforce the laws that exist and I am obligated to respond to complaints from state legislators. If the ordinance is passed, the Office will initiate a special action in the Courts to enjoin it.”

·        Former Senator Russell Pearce On Mesa Planning Meeting: Mesa Planning Meetings - To Change Mesa for the Better? “Our elected officials have no respect for your private property or your hard earned dollars. Is light rail so critical we steal property from our citizens?  Remember Randy Bailey and his brake shop?  Mesa tried to take it by eminent domain to give to another taxpayer because he could generate more revenue for the city!!! 
“I remember when Republicans were the gate keeper to stop runaway government.  However, many of them have become the gift giver with your dollars, more expansion of socialist programs, more taxpayer infrastructure for private business, expanded entitlement programs and large bloated government bureaucracies, enough is enough.  Mesa already has a several million dollar deficit in part because they took Obama dollars to grow government they could not afford.  They are will to use government power (abuse of eminent domain) to further the boondoggle called light rail.  Light Rail is the most expensive and least efficient mode of transportation.  Government would be better off to lease a small Cadillac for you, the cost to the taxpayers of one who uses light rail to and from work is more expensive.  Then of course there are the revoked, suspended, unemployed, transient populations who use public transportation (I know many good folks use public transportation also, but at the non-user taxpayer’s expense) and many don’t pay at all.  The taxpayer certainly does.  This is outrageous abuse by big government, entitlement folks running our city and all in the name of “it is your city and this is good for us”. 
“Many of our elected officials suffer from “Infrastructure Envy,” apparently you are not a real city unless you have taxpayer paid for light rail, taxpayer paid for stadiums and apparently no concern for the expense.  Do the Math/Study!!!”   - Russell Pearce is also the First Vice Chair of the AZGOP.

·        Pension Reform Efforts Threatened By Princes In Black Robes ( Borrowed from Tom Jenney’s Americans for Prosperity newsletter): Arizona’s government employee pension system is insolvent, with liabilities projected to take up to 20 percent of the state's future general fund budgets every year. The good news is that House Speaker Andy Tobin (R-Yavapai County) and Representative Phil Lovas (R-Surprise/NW Valley) have done Arizona a great service by introducing HB 2608, which would reform Arizona’s Elected Officials Retirement Plan (EORP). Unfortunately, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, the reform faces hurdles in the Arizona Senate, where Arizona judges are lobbying to be exempted from the reform -- even though their pensions are among the most underfunded of any in the state...

·        From Fighter Runway To Fashion Runway: Colonel (retired) Martha McSally, first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter aircraft in combat and first to command a fighter squadron, will fly to New York City this weekend to participate in the April  9 "From Scotland with Love" Fashion Show to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.  McSally will join a host of A-list international celebrities, athletes, models, and wounded warriors to support this program that assists wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "I am honored to be invited to take part in this fun event to highlight and raise funds to support our returning wounded heroes and their families.  I look forward to trading my combat boots for high heels on this occasion to assist in this noble and important cause.  I have been fortunate to achieve a lot of firsts in my life's journey, and modeling in a New York City Fashion Show will be a first for me," McSally said.  The fashion show will take place at 9 pm, April 9  EST at Stage 48 in New York City. See:  http://www.DressedToKilt.com/  Contact:  Kristen Douglas at: 520-488-9286 or Kristen@marthamcsally.com     http://marthamcsally.com/


·        A Second Amendment Rally Is Scheduled From Noon Until 2 Pm, April 27 at the State Capitol. See flyer:  http://www.tactrain.net/KnowGunsKnowFreedomFlyer.pdf. The rally sponsors are looking for volunteers, and donations.  To volunteer/information contact: George Dean at George@tactrain.net.  Donations can be made at: http://www.tactrain.net/2ndAmendmentRallyContributionPage.shtml.

·        Author Ben Shapiro will highlight the April 6 Teen Age Republicans (TARS) fundraiser Banquet at 6:30 pm at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Tickets: $65 each. RSVP/Reservations: Lois Fitch at  480-947-6931 or Rhonda Driver at 480-451-0947. aztars@hotmail.com

·        The April 9 Sun Lakes Republican Club has a full agenda when it meets at 6:30 pm at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd, Sun Lakes.  Jennifer Reynolds will address Agenda 21 and how it effects the community; Maricopa County Supervisors Denny Barney and Sen. Steve Yarbrough will give updates.  Contact: Michael Tennant  mstennant@yahoo.com   Cell:  262-880-4620

·        The AZGOP “Legislative Salute” Is Scheduled At 6 Pm, April 10 at the Marriott at Sky Harbor, 1101 North 44th St., Phx. featuring Republican Strategist Frank Luntz. Registration & Reception 6 pm.  Dinner & Program 7 pm. Salute to Arizona legislators and find out more about the path to victory in 2014. Details: more  RSVP: Gretchen Martinez gretchen.martinez@azgop.org  or 602.957.7770 for sponsorship and tickets information.

·        Brigitte Gabriel, One Of The Foremost Speakers On “Terrorism, The Middle East And Radical Islam” will address the Arizona Red Mountain Patriots at 7 pm, April 8 at East Valley High School, 7420 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at www.arizonapatriot.com  $8 day of event. Limited seating.

·        The Goldwater Institute Will Host A Debate Watching Party of the debate about the role of labor unions in state and local government” from 5:15-7 pm, April 7 at 500 E. Coronado Rd, Phx -  as broadcast from KTVK-TV (Chan 3). Facing off on Channel 3’s “Politics Unplugged” will be Goldwater Institute constitutional policy expert Nick Dranias and former state Senator David Lujan, whose experience with union issues includes his prior service as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. And tensions have been high at the state capitol this year as state lawmakers have been sharply divided on proposals to limit the influence of unions. This debate will examine the principles and the proper role for labor unions and collective bargaining in the government. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.  Limited seating. RSVP: Michael Pfeifer at mpfeifer@goldwaterinstitute.org or (602) 462-5000, ext. 274.

·        Congressman Paul Gosar And AZ State Treasurer will be the speakers at the 11:30, April 8 Yavapai Men’s Luncheon at the St. Michael’s Hotel, 205 W. Gurley,  in Prescott. $18 per person.  RSVP: Bob Luzius –928-717-2551or hilltop237@hotmail.com For information: Barry Denton, 928-442-3290   barrybarubar@gmail.net

·        The Goldwater Institute Will Host A Debate Watching Party of the debate about the role of labor unions in state and local government” from 5:15-7 pm, April 7 at 500 E. Coronado Rd, Phx -  as broadcast from KTVK-TV (Chan 3). Facing off on Channel 3’s “Politics Unplugged” will be Goldwater Institute constitutional policy expert Nick Dranias and former state Senator David Lujan, whose experience with union issues includes his prior service as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. And tensions have been high at the state capitol this year as state lawmakers have been sharply divided on proposals to limit the influence of unions. This debate will examine the principles and the proper role for labor unions and collective bargaining in the government. Free admission. Refreshments will be served.  Limited seating. RSVP: Michael Pfeifer at mpfeifer@goldwaterinstitute.org or (602) 462-5000, ext. 274.

·        Congressman Paul Gosar And AZ State Treasurer will be the speakers at the 11:30, April 8 Yavapai Men’s Luncheon at the St. Michael’s Hotel, 205 W. Gurley,  in Prescott. $18 per person.  RSVP: Bob Luzius –928-717-2551or hilltop237@hotmail.com For information: Barry Denton, 928-442-3290      barrybarubar@gmail.net

·        Maricopa County GOP LD1, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 22, 23, 25, 26, 27 and 30;Pima County Republican LDs 2, 3 ,4, 9, 10, 11, 14;  the Coconino Republican Executive Committee , along with the Pinal, Cochise and the Cochise County Republican Committees have united in passing resolutions in opposition to the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion (AHCCCS) in support of Obamacare.  Pinal County Republicans passed their resolution back in February.

·        Resolutions Passed By The Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee  (MCRC EGC) at the March 7 are posted on the MCRC Web site.  Go to www.maricopagop.org/ or the 3-8-13 MCRC Briefs at  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  

·        Link For All Of The Medicaid Expansion Related Resolutions:  http://www.maricopagop.org/tag/expansion-of-medicaid/

·        Arizonas-Medicaid-Choices-Made-Simple  Gov Brewer’s Options


·        The NRCC National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has developed a catalog of wasteful federal government spending.

·        NRCC Waste List  Total Value of Government Waste: $42,642,721,597  ($42 Billion)

·        Get your Tickets Now: The Maricopa Country Republican Committee will host Bill Whittle, “one of the best conservative speakers of our time,” on May 15 in Sun City and Phoenix. the event is co-hosted by the Arizona Conservative Educators and the Arizona Conservative  Coalition.
ü  Sun City: Union Hills Country Club, 9860 W Lindgren Ave.,
ü  1:30 pm - VIP Reception $50 per person
ü  2 pm – Conservative Conversation with Whittle.  $20 per person.
ü  Tickets available at www.Whittlesuncity.eventbrite.com  limited seating
ü  Information: Lyle Tuttle   L.tuttle@cox.net   623-583-2354
ü  Phoenix:  El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St.
ü  6 pm – VIP reception, book signing and photo. $150 person
ü  7 pm – Conservative Conversation with Whittle.  $30 per person
ü  Tickets available at www.gopevents.eventbrite.com
·        Group discounts (if paid by May 1) $5 per ticket discount for group (minimum of 10 tickets).  Reserved prime seating for your group. Group will be mentioned in the program as event hosts.  Payment by check to club or GOP Events.  Tickets sent to the club for distribution. Discounted pricing for groups and clubs – if paid for by 5/1/13. Tickets/information contact:  Lori Urban 480-221-9633 or  gopgal@cox.net
·        Sponsorships: Contact Lori Urban Lori Urban 480-221-9633 cell or gopgal@cox.net

·        Congressman Paul Gosar scheduled in AZ:
Ø  April 3 – Chino Valley Constituent Service Hours: 1-5 pm, Suite 101, Hwy 89, Chino Valley.  See flyer: Click HERE
Ø  April 5 – Payson Listening Session:  6 pm, Messinger’s Funeral Home, 901 S. Weserly Rd, Payson. Flyer: Click HERE
Ø  April 6 – Adopt-a-Highway Clean up with Rep. Gosar. 1-3:30 pm, Hwy 89 – Marker Post 326 to 327, Chino Valley . As space is limited, please RSVP to Julie Schreiner   (Julie.Schreiner@mail.house.gov) to secure a spot.    Flyer:  Click HERE

·        Barbara Espinosa, Hostess Of HAIR ON FIRE NEWS TALK RADIO     will the guest of DaTech Guy Peter Ingemi from 9-10 am April 5 and 6 on DaRadio. (noon-2 pm EST) www.americanfreedombybarbara.com       www.blogtalkradio.com/haironfire

·        Phoenix-Gun-Buyback-Wastes-Money  Alan Korwin, Az Gun Laws Expert
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·        Magpul Considering Relocating To AZ Due To New Czzo Gun Control Legislation
·        Petition:  Tell-Congress –Support SB201-To-Stop-Military-Aid-To-Egypt


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