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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1-28-13 Briefs


Jan 28, 2013


·        Robert Graham Won The AZGOP Chairmanship with 1,000 votes or 69.93% of the ballots tallied at Saturday’s state mandatory meeting. 

·        Listed Are More Of The Award Winners From The Chairman’s Friday Night Banquet:
ü  Exceptional Dedication and Service to the Republican Party -   Miriam Gutier 
ü  Rookies of the Year: Caroline Coler and Mike Johnson
ü  General Al Rodriguez Awards: Tony Rivero and Art Olivas
ü  Lincoln Award: Dr. C.T. Wright and Rev. Clyde Bowen
ü  Ronald Reagan Award: Alan Heywood, Congressmen David Schweikert and Paul Gosar, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov Gregory Mendoza of the Gila River Indian Community
ü  Talk Walker Award: John Strasser
ü  Lifetime Award:  Parralee

·       Tidbits From The Saturday Convention:
ü  Rev. C.T Wright Opened The Meeting With An Inspiring Patriotic Invocation – as only CT can deliver.
ü  Dressed In Period Costumes, The Arizona Buffalo Soldiers made an awesome patriotic flag presentation
ü  Rev. C.T. Wright and his wife were named “honorary Buffalo Soldiers”  following the flag ceremony.
ü  Congressman Trent Franks said Republicans must pull together to “light the fire of liberty” and save this country.
ü  Congressman Paul Gosar, a former dentist who was losing his voice, drew laughter when he said, “Smiling drives them (progressives, leftists, Dems) crazy.”
ü  Congressman David Schweikert said the US Senate won’t do a budget because they won’t want the American people to know how much financial trouble we are really in. He pointing out 110 million people or one-third of our population in on welfare. He predicts it will be closer to one-half of the nation on welfare in another year or so.  He also said, “The bad guys over reached when they moved toward the 2nd Amendment.”
ü  AG Tom Horne Says He Gets Criticized for personally arguing cases before the higher courts – but he also points out he wins those cases.
ü  Treasurer Doug Doucey said we need to tell Congress that if the state of Arizona can turn a $730M deficit around to a $2B plus surplus in two years, they should be able to do the same thing.
ü  Superintendent of Public School John Huppenthal reminded the convention goers that the National Education Association fights home schooling.
o   Perhaps many of you aren’t aware that NEA chairman Dennis Van Roekel, who draws a $400,000 annual salary from the teacher’s union, got his start right here in Arizona as a math teacher at Paradise Valley High School. He rose from the PVEA chairmanship to Chair the Arizona Education Association (AEA) on his march to Washington, DC.
ü  Gov. Gregory Mendoza of the Gila River Indian Community said “We reject socialism; government is not the solution,” emphasizing both Gila River Indian districts are Republican.
ü  Sheriff Joe Arpaio got a standing ovation when said, “They (feds) are NOT taking our guns. They took sheriffs authority so why help him (Obama) with gun control?”  Arpaio presented outgoing Chairman Tom Morrissey with an encased flag that flew over GOP headquarters in Phoenix.
ü  Chairman Morrissey reminded the assembled state committeemen that the Republican party is the “party of emancipation,” noting he had opened doors to the Spanish, African-American and Native American communities during his two-year tenure.
ü  In closing his term of office, the retired lawman, said, “We have four years of hell coming our way (from DC). We must stand together,”
ü  Morrissey delayed surgery to conduct his final meeting as chairman.
ü  Keith Alexander read the memorials – a list of GOP activities that passed away this past year.
ü  Sen John McCain,  Rep Jeff Flake and Gov Jan Brewer were conspicuously absent from the state GOP convention and banquet
ü  Lyle Tuttle, former MCRC Chairman, who had a recent heart attack and stent implant was there much to the surprise of many. He confirmed he has already played 18 holes of golf (twice) and is on the road to recovery.
ü  Outgoing First Vice Chairman Russell Pearce commented, “Now is the time to pick a fight with DC.  We must fight for our freedoms.”
ü  Doug Little, candidate for state chairman, cautioned that “Power brokers are more interested in their own power than helping the party,” referring to rumors circulated about him during the campaign.
ü  Common courtesy dictates that political campaign losers extend congratulations to the winners.
ü  Contrary to rumors, Doug Little DID congratulate Robert Graham on winning the AZGOP Chairmanship shortly after the tallies were read.
ü  Reports say that AJ LaFaro, who won the Maricopa County Chair two weeks ago, is still waiting.
ü  The state conventioneers passed the recommendation of the Bylaws Committee for the new chairman to appoint a new ByLaws Committee to finish the proposed bylaws.
ü  Maricopa County Chairman AJ LaFaro announced that the Arizona Conservative Educators had helped get 22 out of 28 of the new school board members elected during the November election.
ü  Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell swore in the newly elected Chairman Robert Graham, Secretary Linda White, Treasurer Timothy Lee and Members-At-Large. Graham’s wife and three of their five children were also on stage for the swearing in.
ü  Noted among the audience: The need to shorten the convention business meeting by cutting the political speeches – the mind can only absorb what the posterior can endure!

·        The Assembly Overwhelming Passed A “Resolution Affirming The Second Amendment” with a voice vote that reads:
WHEREAS, to prevent federal infringement on the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA); nullifying federal acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 2 Section 26 of the Arizona Constitution
WHEREAS, the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
WHEREAS, Article 2 Second 26 of the Arizona Constitution reads, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”
WHEREAS, all federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations l regarding firearms are in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U. S. Constitution and Article 2 Section  26 of the Arizona Constitution.
WHEREAS, the National Right of self-protection of Life, Liberty and Property is not granted by government, but by our Creator.
THEREFORE, Arizona Republicans hereby declare and affirm; 1. All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the natural right of individuals to protect their life by means of adequate arms as outlined in Article 2, Section 26 of the Arizona Constitution, and are hereby declared to be invalid, shall not be recognized, are specifically rejected by, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
FURTHER, it shall be the duty of the legislature of this State to adopt and enact any and all measures as regulations in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

·        Maricopa County Republican Chairman AJ LaFaro urges Republican PCs to attend the Jan 30 Arizona Conservative Educators Forum scheduled at 6:30 pm at the Bass Pro Shop at the 202/Dobson Road. See the MCRC Calendar for details.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  or go to  www.AZEDU.org

·        The Closing Of A Letter From Sheriff Paul Babeu To President Obama Reads:… “I am writing you this letter today to inform you that any "law" or regulation created by an executive order of your office which is contrary to what the Constitution of the United States of America says, shall be deemed as unlawful and shall not be carried out by myself or my office. I will also push for legislation which would make it a crime for any federal law enforcement officer to infringe upon any of Constitutional rights of the citizens I am sworn to protect. Neither myself nor you have any right to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights of our citizens.”

·        MCRC Chairman AJ LaFaro Has Announced  That The Lincoln Luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 23. Details to be announced.

·        A Feb 12 Republican Precinct Committeeman’s (PC) Day is planned at the State Capitol.  More details later.

·        LD15 Rep Heather Carter has received the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame Society’s 2013 Copper Shield Award for helping Arizona’s veterans, military servicemembers, families and survivors.

·        ATTN: AZ GOP County Chairman – Please send a list of your newly elected county officers to Briefs at repcomm@cox.net

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·        Q&A About Bipartisan Plan
·        Statement From Governor Jan Brewer:  “I have been in contact with Senator McCain regarding the now released immigration reform ideas presented by his working group of Senators.  I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have achieved effective border security. If this occurs, it would be a triumph for the rule of law and a testament to the united voices of Americans from across our country who have been clear in their call for the federal government to uphold its duty to secure the border.
“Our nation cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past by pursuing immigration reform before tangible and effective border security, particularly in the Tucson Sector, is completed.  That is the lesson of the last major immigration reform effort in 1986. The promise of border security was broken, and Americans - especially in border states like mine - have been paying the price ever since. We must not – and will not – let that happen again.
“In the weeks ahead, I will review the specific details of this immigration plan when proposed in actual legislation.  I am hopeful that the immigration system is reformed in a manner that combines the rule of law and human compassion, while strengthening the United States’ competitive position in the world.
“In the meantime, I’ll be speaking with Arizona ranchers, business leaders and other residents of the border region, as well as law enforcement. I will continue to talk with those on the front lines and I will make sure their voices are heard.  I am committed to do everything within my power to make certain our federal government finally upholds its obligation to secure America’s borders.”
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