Thursday, February 20, 2014

2-19-14 MCRC Briefs

Maricopa County Republican Briefs

Chairman: AJ LaFaro

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser

Feb 19, 2014


·  McCain-Sucks-Up To Anderson-Cooper-Over Pro-Jihadist-Coverage


·  McCain To Kerry: What Planet Are You On?


·  Obama’s-OFA-Thanks-Paul-Ryan, John-McCain-For-Helping-Push-Amnesty


·       Fri, Feb 21 – Is The Absolute Deadline for submitting nominations for precinct committee awards at the Maricopa County Republican Lincoln Luncheon. Nominations go to Jose Borrajero (


·       Deadline For Ordering Your Tickets for the March 8 Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day Luncheon by Fri, Feb 21. $30 per person.

·        Info: Lincoln_Day_Lunch_2014   Online

·       Reservations: 

·        Mail in reservations form:_LDL_Flyer.pdf

·       Table sponsorships: Lori Urban or 480-221-9633


·       Do You Have Raffle Items For The Maricopa County Lincoln Day Luncheon?  Contact: LDL Raffle Chair Lady  Margot Wittenberg at  480-488-9098


·       The New Maricopa County Republican Committee Web Address Is:   If there's something that you need and can't find, please contact Webmaster John Strasser at 480-273-8798 or 


·  The Home Town Patriots will be filming a commercial at Salsa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, 20221 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308  on Feb 27. Dino Kontofakas, the generous owner, has agreed to donate proceeds from menu sales to help keep the MCRC West Valley office open.  The filming was originally scheduled for 10 am, Feb 20, but has been re-scheduled on the Feb 27 – probably early afternoon…. So mark your calendars for Feb 27. Briefs will let you know the film schedule as soon as we have it.  Some folks have already committed $100 toward the office fund.


·       Sen John McCain Will Hold Three Events on Metro Phx on Friday, Feb. 21:

·       7:30 am, in the LaSala Ballroom on the ASU West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird, Glendale. Contact: Reshma Pudota at 623-435-0431 ext. 203 or

·       9 am, in the Ethington Theatre at Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phx. Contact: Bob Romantic at 602-639-7611 or

·       11 am, BAE Systems, 7822 S. 46th St., Phx. Contact: Heather Russell at 602-643-7260 or by close of business Thur, Feb 10.


·        Over In LD13, Team Work will be the word for the Saturday morning petition walking events hosted by Rep Steve Montenegro’s and his wife Melissa, along with Rep Darin Mitchell aka the M&M team. Volunteers will meet at the Montenegro’s for bit of training on how to use walking lists and how to obtain petitions signatures as they walk the neighborhoods for candidates Montenegro, Mitchell, Sen. Don Shooter and Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Clint Hickman. Contact: Melissa Montenegro at


·       Make Your March 8 Maricopa County Republican Lincoln Day Luncheon Reservations:

·       General information:  Lincoln_Day_Lunch_2014

·       Online Reservations: Lincoln_Day_Lunch Reservations

·       Mail-In Reservations Form   LDL reservations form

“Last year's Lincoln Day Luncheon was a tremendous success, and with your support, this year's will be even better.  We had 317 attendees last year and our goal this year is 500 plus.  This year's keynote speaker is nationally known Mark Herr Sr., Co-Founder and President of The Center for Self Governance (CSG), according to MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro.


·        Phx City Councilman Jim Waring was elected Vice Mayor at the Feb 19 council meeting. The District 2 councilman  will start his vice mayor term at the beginning of 2015. He will replace outgoing Vice Mayor Bill Gates. Waring, a former seven year Arizona senator,  was sworn in as a city councilman in September 2011. He was named a "Champion of the Taxpayer" by the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers; "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business; "Legislator of the Year," twice, by The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, among other honors. Waring holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University. He and his wife, Kitty, are the proud parents of twin boys.


·       The Maricopa County Republican Lincoln Day Luncheon is scheduled for Sat, March 8, at the El-Zaribah Shrine Temple, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.  Registration begins at 11 am with the luncheon at 11:30 am.  For table sponsorships - contact Lori Urban or 480-221-9633. Reservations postmarked no later than Feb 21.  Mail to Lynne Weaver, luncheon co-chairman, 2610 East Spring Road, Phoenix AZ, 85032.  Payment only by credit card or checks payable to MCRC.  Contact Lynne Weaver at or go to and make reservations online.   First Vice Chairman April Riggins, luncheon co-chairman.


·       Former Congressman David Schweikert staffer Daniel Caldwell is hosting a free luncheon with Concerned Veterans for America (CVA)  between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm,  Sun, Feb 23 at Marjele’s Sports Gill in downtown Phx. CVA is a conservative veterans organization that advocates for smaller government, less spending, VA reform, and individual liberty. CVA are not a veterans membership organization. About half of the volunteers/staff are veterans and the other are Americans concerned about this country's future and the nation's military and veterans.  RSVP required by Feb 21:  Contact: Caldwell at  or 602-909-6248.


·       Bills Affecting ‘Common Core’ will be heard at 8:30 am, Feb 20 by the Legislative Education Committee at the Capitol.


·       Angela Ducey, Wife Of State Treasurer Doug Ducey, said it’s been a great week – starting off with her husband’s announcement for the gubernatorial race at the Yard Restaurant in Phoenix, followed by a trip to Tucson and then several ldays of criss-crossing the state.


·       Cathy Riggs, Wife Of Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs, is the scheduler for Riggs campaign. Any group wishing to scheduled Riggs, can reach her at


·       LD20 House Candidate Anthony Kern is asking for volunteers to help walk his neighborhood to obtain petitions signatures to get him on the primary ballot.  Contact: 623-326-0578


·       Attorney General Candidate Mark Brnovich appeared on the Feb 16  Politics-Unplugged  with the Democratic AG candidate. Incumbent candidate Tom Horne was not in attendance.


·       Phoenix Vice Mayor Bll Gates is hosting a 5:30 pm, Feb 27 North 32nd St Corridor Plan Meeting at Shea Middle School Cafeteria, 2728 E.Shea Blvd, where residents can give their input on State Route 51 to Sweetwater Avenue.  Info: 51 corridor


·       Diane Douglas, Candidate For Supt Of Public Instruction, needs volunteer to gather signatures to get her name on the ballot for the August primary. She needs volunteers for:

·       Feb 20 – Scottsdale Tea Party where author Trevor Louden will be speaking.

·       Feb 22 – Western Conservative Conference at the Phx Convention Center.

·       Feb 22 & 23 – Gun Show – Ariz Fairgrounds.

·       Feb 27 - March 2– Parada del Sol Rodeo in Scottsdale

Volunteers should contact Coordinator Kristine Johnson at 480-241-7111.


·       LD29 House Candidate Aaron Borders is looking for volunteers to help with his campaign. Volunteers are needed to walk neighborhoods every Saturday morning. Contact: Tiffani 480-559-3168 or email her at


·       A Reception In Support Of Congressman David Schweikert is scheduled Thur., Feb 20 at the home of Pam Overton Risoleo and Jim Risoleo, 8202 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley. A VIP roundtable is scheduled at 5:30, followed by a general reception at 6:30 pm. Co-hosts include Teddy Eynon, Kurt Budenbender, Tom Gilman, and Dennis Danzik. Cochair – $1,000. Co-host $250. Reception - $100. RSVP: Allison Mary  480-628-2763.


·       Bruce Ash, Arizona’s Republican National Committee Member, will address the Southern Arizona Republicans at 7 p.m. Thurs, Feb. 20, at the Sonoita-Elgin Firehouse.


·       ALIS-And-RTS: -Tools-For-The-Politically-Active  If you need somebody to set up an account for you at the Capitol contact Jose Borrajero ( or Pat O’Malley (


·       Rep. Bob Thorpe Is Sponsoring Legislation that will end Arizona’s participation Aug. 31, 2014, in all programs under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 that were not cooperatively implemented. Unless the program is re-approved by the Legislature, House Bill 2699 requires that any species and their offspring introduced into the state under a non-cooperatively implemented program must be removed by Jan. 1, 2015.

“This legislation is not against protecting endangered species,” Thorpe said. “It is against the way in which the federal government has forced Arizona to protect endangered species without any input or review from the Legislature and citizens.”

Programs that were not cooperatively implemented are ones where Arizona did not first create and submit a plan to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for approval. Non-cooperatively implemented programs typically are the result of a lawsuit. Moreover, section 6 (a) of the Endangered Species Act specifies that programs shall be cooperatively carried out. It reads as follows, “In carrying out the program authorized by this Act, the Secretary shall cooperate to the maximum extent practicable with the States.”

“All we would like to see is the federal government simply following its own rules,” Thorpe added. The legislation also sets up a fund that reimburses Arizonans who have suffered losses from the implementation of a non-cooperative program; the funds would come from the federal government.  HB 2699 will be heard in a special session of the House Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee Thurs, Feb. 20. The legislation has an emergency clause making it effective immediately upon the governor’s signature.


·       U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) And Chris Murphy (D-CT) today released a statement calling for targeted sanctions against Ukrainian persons who have committed, ordered, or materially supported acts of violence against peaceful citizens in Ukraine, or who are complicit in the rollback of Ukraine’s democracy:  “The recent violence in Ukraine is tragic and horrific. We condemn the crimes that have been committed and the loss of life that has occurred, including at the hands of some anti-government protesters. However, the ultimate responsibility for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine lies with the Yanukovich government. It has refused to take meaningful, timely steps to resolve the country’s political and economic crisis through dialogue, while making opaque deals for Russian financing as a means of avoiding necessary reforms. The government has escalated tensions, cracked down on peaceful demonstrators, and taken up arms against its citizens.

“We have consistently made it clear, including during our joint visit to Kyiv in December 2013, that there must be consequences for the escalation of violence in Ukraine. Unfortunately, that time has now come. We have begun working together on legislation that would impose targeted sanctions on government officials and other persons who have committed, ordered, or materially supported acts of violence against peaceful citizens in Ukraine, or who are complicit in the rollback of Ukraine’s democracy. These sanctions should not, and will not, target the people or the country of Ukraine as a whole. Instead, they will be narrowly focused on those individuals who must be held accountable for violating human rights and undermining democracy. We remain in contact with the Administration and look forward to working together on this legislation.”


·       Rep. Brenda Barton Is Sponsoring Legislation that will help deter animal cruelty. In addition, the legislation criminalizes the hoarding of animals and increases penalties for repeat offenders. “Animal mistreatment is both appalling and unacceptable,” Barton said. “This legislation will help protect all animals, livestock and pets from suffering the wilful and malicious infliction of pain.”

The main provisions of House Bill 2587 and its counterpart Senate Bill 1267 are:

·       Strengthens coordination between the Arizona Department of Agriculture and other law enforcement agencies investigating reported animal abuse

·       Classifies the hoarding of animals as animal cruelty

·       Increases penalties for repeat offenders of animal cruelty laws

·       Allows a judge to order repeat offenders to undergo a psychological evaluation and counseling

·       Requires evidence of animal cruelty to be reported to law enforcement within five days

“The vast majority of farmers, ranchers and pet owners care for their animals responsibly,” Barton added. “Those who do not must be held accountable immediately, so that suffering is stopped and perpetrators are punished.”  The bill passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee Wed, Feb. 19. It passed out of the House Agriculture and Water Committee Feb. 11, 2014.


·       Gov Jan Brewer Today celebrated the announcement that three cities in Metro Phoenix – Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale – have been chosen to participate in the Google Fiber expansion program, which could lead to a potential collaboration bringing fiber-optic cable directly to area residents’ homes.  Metro Phoenix is one of nine new areas selected by Google Fiber for this partnership, a venture that would deliver cable and internet speeds up to 100 times faster than in most American cities – and position Metro Phoenix as one of the most attractive locations in the nation for high-tech companies. Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year.


·       Senate Education Committee Agenda For Tomorrow – Thurs, Feb 20 - contains several Common Core related bills: See agendas

SB1095 – withdrawl from PARCC (Crandell, Ward,  Seel, et al)

SB1100 – unused or underused buildings (Yee, Murphy, Ward, et al)

SB1121 – high school graduation; tests moratorium (Ward, Burges, Borrelli et al)

SB1199 – school board members, school employment (Burges)

SB1228 – higher education; tuition; tuition; fee; reduction (Crandell)

SB1229 – higher education vouchers (Crandell)

SB1240 – education; meetings; technical correction, retirement; return to work; (Yee)

SB1310 – common core; prohibition (Melvin)

SB1388 – academic standards; test (Ward, Burges: Griffin)

SB1395 – competency requirements; assessments; optional (Burges, Crandell: Griffin)

SB1396 – assessments (Farnsworth D. Burges)

SB1466 – smart school technology pilot program (McComish, Driggs, Pancrzi, et al)

SB1480 – transporting district conversions (Griffin)

·       Secretary Of State Candidate Wil Cardon’s campaign manager Daniel Caldwell says that a some folks are calling the old senate number which has been deactivated and using the old Senate email.  Cardon’s current campaign can be reached via Caldwell at or call 602-909-6258.


·       AZGOP Candidate Announcements and Events can be sent to for posting in the Briefs.  In fairness to all GOP primary candidates, Briefs does not post endorsements, nor does it endorse any GOP candidates prior to the primary.


·       International Speaker/Author Trevor Loudon will address “The Enemies Within” during his Arizona tour:

·       Feb 20 – Tea Party Scottsdale, Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd.

·       Feb 21/22 – Western Conservative Conference, Phx Convention Cntr

Contact: Brad Zinn    602-841-6507


·       County Committee Lincoln Day Events:

·       Feb 22 – Cochise County Lincoln Day Dinner  5 pm, Thunder Mountain Activity Centre on Fort Huachuca (ID required), Sierra Vista.

·       Feb 28 - Pima County Lincoln Day Dinner 6 pm Social, 7 pm Dinner. Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 3445 N Dodge, Tucson.

·       March 1- Pinal County Lincoln Day Luncheon   11am . Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, Union Center, 3925 N Sun City Blvd., Florence.

·       March 8 - Maricopa County Lincoln Day Lunch  11 am Registration, Luncheon 11:30 am.,  El–Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix

·       March 15 - Gila County Lincoln Day Luncheon  11:30 am, Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E Highway 260, Payson.



·       Feb 20– LD16 (3rd Thur), 6:30 pm social,  7 pm mtg. Liberty Arts Academy, 3015 S. Power Rd., Mesa. Just south of Guadalupe on east side of Power Rd. In the Auditorium. Contact: Chr Jerry Clingman Cell 480-861-4958  Home 480-986-5236   http://www.ld16gop@us

·       Feb 20 – LD21 (3rd Thurs) 7 mtg. Plaza Del Rio Community Center, 13215 N 94th Drive, Peoria. Speaker:. Chr Kevin Payne -  Website:

·       Feb 20  - LD24 (3rd Thru) 7 pm, AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phx. Contact: Chr LD24 Chr  Brian Kaufman  480-442-2424   bkaufx@gmail,com  

·        Feb 20– LD25  (3rd Thurs) 6:30 pm, Mesa Utilities Bldg., 640 N Mesa Drive Road, Mesa. Chr Paul Whetten

·       Feb 20 – ARIZONA REPUBLICAN LAWYERS ASSN (AzRLA). 11:45 Am, Phoenix Country Club. Speaker: Cindy McCain: The Fight Against Human Trafficking: An Update on State and National Efforts.  $20 for members, $35 for non-members. RSVP by Feb 7 to David Francis, Communications Chair AzRLA

·       Feb 21 & 22 – Western Conservative Conference, Phoenix Convention Center. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be roasted. Conference speakers include activist Ted Nugent, actor Steven Seagal, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Sheriff Richard Mack, Congressman Matt Salmon, former Ariz Sen Russell Pearce. Tickets:

·     Feb 22 - SUN CITY GRAND REPUBLICAN INTEREST GROUP (4th Sat). 9 am, 19781 N. Remington Dr., Chaparral Center - Hopi Room. Speaker:  Congressman Trent Franks.  Mtgs open to Sun City Grand residents, their guests and elected officials.  All candidates and non-residents are to contact Ginny Nyre at prior to the meeting to request attending .  President, Dick Mayfield (623 217-2110); Vice President, Programs,Ginny Nyre  623-544-7187  or

·       Feb 22, 29 - The Russell Pearce Show (Sat). 7 pm, 960AM  The Patriot taking calls at (602) 508-0960.

·       Feb 22, 29  - Shane Krauser's Radio Show  (960 AM 5 pm every Saturday) Call in at 602.508.0960 (Phoenix area) or 888.960.9696 (outside of Phoenix).

·       Feb 22, 29  – Voice Of Veterans Talk Show (Sat) 3-5 pm, Host: Vernon Bagley with co-host Phil Mason.  NBC 1260 AM, 96.1 FM.  480-423-1260. Questions/topics contact: Bagley at  or

·       Feb 22, 29- Steve Kates’ “A Call To Rights” Radio Show. (Sat)  Noon to 2 pm, KFNX 1100 AM   Call in 602-277-5369. 

·       Feb 23 - The Red Pill Radio Blog Talk Show. (Sun) 7-8 pm, WBTN.  Call-in number:  (914) 338-1458. Hosts: Reymundo Torres, Sergio Arellano and Jose Borrajero - topics of interest to conservative Latinos. Call-in number:  (914) 338-1458.    RedPillApprovedWBTN  

·        Sean Noble, Koch Cash And Politics

·        Sen John McCain Meets Duke Schechter  2-18-14   Sen. John McCain Vs "Duke" After McCain Addresses The Pima County Republicans

·        Sen John McCain Vs Keith Van Heyningen  2-18-14  Clash At Pima County Republican Gathering

·        The-Ultimate-Problem-With-The-Rubio McCain-Amnesty-Plan

·        Arpaio To Be Interviewed In Immigration Case

·        Hamas-Cair-Wants-Remove-Pledge-Allegiance-Liberty-Justice-Allahu-Akbar

·        Phoenix Council Approves Extra Vacation Time

·        29% Of All US Adults Under The Age Of 35 Are Living At Home With Parents

·        Getting Rid Of Dark Money, Do You Know Where You Legislators Stand?   Roberts

·        Foster Family: CPS Dropped Off Kids And Disappeared

·        Sheriff: Mexican Shot By US Agent Threw Big Rocks

·        District Schools Have Bigger Worries Than Vouchers    Robb

·        New Bill Could Partially Restrict Teen Phone Use While Driving

·        House To Debate Right To Refuse Service Bill

·        Had Enough? Divorces And Days Off For Federal Employees

·        Ed Zuercher Is Named Phoenix's New City Manager


·        M3 Report     Updated Daily    Caution: Graphic Photos  

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        Azborderdefenders  - Hidden Cameras

·        Need2no.Us   Border News Watch:


·        Connecticut’s Largest Paper Upset That Connecticut Gun Owners Are Ignoring Law

·        DHS Contracted To Purchase 704 Million Rounds Of Ammo Over Next 4 Years: 2,500 Rounds Per Officer | CNS News

·        Superstition Mountain Mystery 3 Gun

·        Idaho Senate Passes Bill To Punish Gun-Seizing Cops


·        Sparks-Fly-As-Gingrich-Takes-Apart-Blitzers-Selective-Outrage-Over-Ted-Nugent


·        Judge-Napolitano: Impeachment-The-Only-Way-To-Stop-Obama's-Executive-Actions


·        Admiral-Obama-Conspired-Americas-Enemies-Kidnap-Chris-Stevens


·        Former-Navy-Seals-Found-Dead-Onboard-Captain-Phillips-Ship


·        The Clintons Must Be Stopped »


·        Confirmed: Barack-Obamas-Brother-In-Bed-With-Man-Wanted-By-International-Criminal-Court-ICC-For-Crimes-Against-Humanity


·        Zimmerman: I Was A 'Scapegoat' To-Further Obamas-Agenda


·        Exposure Of These 2 Cases Of Federal Judge's Wrongdoing Can Provoke National Outrage, Leading To Reform


·        Republicans-To Watch-As Malik-Obama-Dam-Breaks

·        Boehner And Cornyn Should Be Democrats: They Are Already Liberals


·        CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Leave 1 Million Unemployed


·        Nebraska Judge Strikes Down Legislature’s Move Allowing Keystone XL Route


·        More Hospitals Closing Due To Obamacare

·        If This Epic Takedown Of Obamacare Doesn't Make You Laugh, You Might Be A Dem

·        Man In Pain Can’t Find Doctor To Perform Critical Back Surgery Because Of Obamacare…

·        Powerful New Ad: Obamacare ‘Jeopardized My Health’

·        Biden: Health Care Sign-Ups May Fall Short Of Goal

·        Fourth Georgia Hospital Closes Due To Obamacare Payment Cuts


·        Union Members Indicted For Burning Down Quaker Church


·        DHS Contracted To Purchase 704 Million Rounds Of Ammo Over Next 4 Years: 2,500 Rounds Per Officer | CNS News

·        DHS To Create Database To Track Cars Via License Plate Scanners…

·        DHS Cancels National License-Plate Tracking Plan


·        In-Emissions: Case:Supreme-Court-To-Consider-The-Limits-Of-Obamas-Authority

·        Obama Calls Homosexuality One Of Our “Fundamental Freedoms”

·        Issa Rails Against Obama’s “Imperial Presidency”

·        Newt Gingrich Calls For John Kerry To Resign


·        Al-Qaida-Warns-Tourists-To-Stay-Away-From-Egypt




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