Thursday, April 10, 2014

4-9-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


April 9, 2014


·       Arizona Secretary Of State Ken Bennett will file his nominating petitions and Clean Elections Qualifying Contributions to run for governor of Arizona at 1 pm, Thur, April 10 at the SOS office, 1700 W. Washington, 7th flr. Phx.


·       A Group Of  Florida Tea Party Patriots Are  Planning A “RINO Hunting Rally” and press conference at 6:30 pm, Thurs, April 10 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelid Island, Florida to protest/challenge the Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC fundraising retreat scheduled April 11-13 at the hotel. They object to what they refer to as the “George Soro’s supported Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC building a war chest to defeat Tea Party and conservative candidates.”  Contact: Larissa at 727-259-5994


·       The Consular Corps Of Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Forum is scheduled from 6-8 pm, April 25 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. The event will be moderated by Fox 10’s Troy Hayden. 5:30-7 pm reception, 7-8 pm forum. $75 general admission. $50 for partner organizatins.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine. RSVP  Participating candidates include Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Scott Smith, Christine Jones, Al Melvin, and John Molina.


·       Van The Radio Man Will Discuss “AZ Blue & Red = Purple at 2 pm, April 10 on Crossroads with Van.  Clair Van Steenwyk: “AZ is now a Purple State by all accounts. When you have the GOP & Democratic Party raising our debt, setting up rules to protect incumbents, Common Core & Expanded Medicaid and doing this in the Legislative bodies of AZ it's time to face that we're Purple on the way to being Blue.  Maricopa County GOP Chair made some comments about the political state of AZ and clearly said if we continue in the direction we're headed before long we'd be blue.”   Calls-ins   347-857-4804 and 877-572-4283,


·       Did You Know That Gila County Republican Committee Chairman Gary Morris is a retired assistant fire chief from the Phoenix Fire Department who went on to become the City of Seattle (WA) Fire Chief?  Now retired in Strawberry, he devotes his time to the Gila County GOP.  Way to go Gary!


·       Happy Birthday to State treasurer Doug Ducey who reached the big 50 on April 9.


·       Did you know: House Speaker Andy Tobin’s father is a retired 22-year veteran of the NYPD.


·       LD25 Senate Candidate Ralph Heap’s campaign open house is scheduled from 9am to 2 pm, April 12 at 3535 E Brown, #101, Mesa.


·       Politics On The Rocks is holding a networking event featuring Congressional candidate Andrew Walter at noon,Sat., April 12 at the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl 2014: Spikes & Spokes in the ASU tent at Westworld, Walter will speak on his experiences at NAU, the NFL and his congressional race. Tickets the ASU Tent at Tickets are $22 in advance and $28 at the door. Any ticket purchase provides entry to our event.  Contact Charles Jensen  Politics on the Rocks National Committee


·       LD18 House Candidate Jill Norgaard and her Team Norgaard plan walk in the Ahwatukee Easter Parade at 9 am, Sat., April 19 at Warner Road and 48th Street. They will have a booth from 11 am-5 pm.  Click here to RSVP


·       A Meet And Greet Is Scheduled in the patio at Monti La Casa Vieja, 100 S Mill Ave., Tempe,  between 2-4 pm, April 12  for candidates:

·       Wil Cardon – Secretary of State

·       Diane Douglas – Supt of Public Instruction

·       Doug Little – Arizona Corporation Commission

·       Tom Forese – Arizona Corporation Commission

·       Tom Morrissey – LD18 Senate

·       John King – LD18 House

·       Jill Norgaard – LD18 House

·       Ralph Heap – LD25 Senate

·       Justin  Olson -  LD25 House

·       Rusty Bowers – LD25 House

Contacts:  Jim or  Liz   


·       Tickets For A Glock 17 Gen 4 Package Gun Raffle are on sale at the Yavapai County Republican  office in Prescott or through its Executive Committee members at club meetings. $10 each. The package includes:  A Glock 17 Semi-Automatic Pistol (9mm, 4 1/2" barrel, 17+1 Capacity), 3 magazines, Form fitted custom leather holster with Magazine holder provided by Simply Rugged Holsters in Prescott, and FFL transfer will be handled by Guns N Gear in Chino Valley.  The drawing will be held when all 300 tickets are sold.  (Note:  The Winner must be eligible to own and possess a firearm in Arizona.)  Call (928) 776-4500 for more information.


·       The Yavapai County  Hwy 69 Republicans Will Meet April 14 (5 pm social hour) to hear gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones and incumbent Supt for Public Instruction John Huppental at  Puerta Vallarta Restaurant – rear dining room, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey.  RSVP: June 928-632-4661

·       Officers Of The Yavapai County Hwy 69 Republicans are C-Chairman Tom Thurman and Jack Smith, Vice-President Mike Siavelis, Treasurer June Thurman, Secretary MJ Bradley.


·       LD24 Will Meet At 7 Pm, April 17 featuring gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith, former Mesa Mayor, at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phx. Contact: Chr Brian Kaufman 480-442-2424  

·       Did you know?  Mayor Scott Smith is a fourth-generation Arizonan whose business and leadership experience and acumen in the private and public sector is distinguished.  He is serving his second term as mayor of Mesa, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest city in America. He is also President of the United States Conference of Mayors, the first Arizona mayor to ascend to that position.

Smith has an MBA, and accounting and legal degrees.  He went back to law school in his late 30’s, and in his last year of school, he took a job with a local home-building company, then turned the struggling, small business into a one of Arizona’s largest real estate and development companies, with over 350 employees and $200 million a year in annual sales.  He bought the company, and as its CEO, he decided to sell the company and pursue public service.  

In 2008, he was elected Mayor of Mesa defeating two incumbent members of the city council.  Mayor Smith was unopposed in his re-election to a second term in 2012. 

Smith faced a $62 million budget gap shortly after taking office, he led the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history.  The city workforce was cut by 10%, the budget was balanced, and the city was made more effective, efficient and business-friendly. 

He also led a resurgence in economic development in a city long considered to be an underachiever.  He made Mesa the most business friendly city in Arizona with his “Facilitate, Don’t Regulate” culture changing program.  His most recent accomplishment was leading the city’s efforts to attract and land Apple, Inc. to invest in a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Arizona creating 2,000 new jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction.

Smith was born and grew up in Tucson and moved to Mesa in his youth.  He and his wife Kim have been married more than 35 years and have three children and five grandchildren. He earned a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University. See 1st Photo Mayor Smith Below

·       The Arizona Department Of Transportation continues to gather comments on the 2015-2019 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program while reaching out to the public and communities statewide for their input on the direction of the program over the next five years.

·       April 11 – 9 am, Town of Marana Council Chambers, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive in Marana.

·       April 11  -  9 am,  Public hearing/board meeting, Town of Marana Council Chambers, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, Marana, AZ 85653.

·       May 9 -  9 am,  Public hearing and board meeting in the City of Flagstaff Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

·       June 13 – 9 am, Board meeting, City of Willcox Council Chambers, 300 W. Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ 85643.

·       Go To -   the Arizona Secretary of State's web site -  to sign the petitions of the candidates of your choice and contribute $5 to the Clean Election candidates. Candidates can get half of their signatures and half of their $5 contributions this way.


·       Supt of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is scheduled at address ‘Arizona College and Career Ready Standards’ during a town hall meeting at 5:30 pm, Thurs., April 10 in the Oasis Golf Course Clubhouse, 5764 E. Hunt Hwy, Florence, AZ 85132.

·       LD23 Will Hold Its Annual Breakfast at 8:30 am, May 3 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. National Speakers Dr. Barry Asmus (USA today calls Asmus on of the five beset speakers in the country), Congressman David Schweikert and other politicians.  CONTACT -SHIRLEY -   480-251-7031 mobile.

·       East Valley Precinct Committees Are Hosting A Gubernatorial Open Mic Forum at 7 pm, April 10 at Campo Verde High School, 3870 S Quartz St, Gilbert  (Loop 202 and Val Vista Drive). Contact:  Sandi Bartlett   480 600 2874.


·       The April 10 Hugh Hallman For State Treasurer Fundraiser will feature Gin Blossoms vocalist and guitarist Jesse Valenzuela, Arizona folk+rock+reggae warrior Walt Richardson, and Mark Zubia & Friends from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm at The Walterdome, 6425 East Thomas Road,  Scottsdale. Snacks and beverages will be served. Admission $25 per person. Contact:  Hallman and Valenzuela are lifelong friends and went to grade/ high school together.Hallman is the former Mayor of Tempe.


·      A Breakfast For Sen Bob Worsley is scheduled at 7 am, April 10 at 63 E Main St.#102, Mesa to discuss Arizona’s future.  RSVP to


·       The Fountain Hills Republican Club Has Changed Its Meeting To 9 am, April 12, a the Fountain Hills High School Learning Center, Palisades 7 Golden Eagle, for the gubernatorial forum. Candidates include Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Go Daddy officer Christine Jones, State Senator Al Melvin, former chief phoenix Indian Medical Center Dr. John Molina, former Congressman Frank Riggs and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.


·       Diane Douglas, Candidate For Superintendent Of Public Instruction, schedule:

·       April 10 – 6:30 pm, Northwest Conservatives, Oro Valley Branch Library, 1305 West Naranja Drive, Oro Valley.


·       LD8 Senate Candidate  Irene Littleton, LD8 Senate Candidate schedule:

·       April 10 – Meet & Greet, private home in Casa Grande.


·       Go To 5-Minute-Stump-Speeches  to hear 29 five minute stump speeches given at the Sun City West Republican Club candidate forum by candidates:


·       Republican Candidate Announcements, fundraiser, neighborhood walks and other 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.

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·       See MCRC Calendar For Complete Listing: Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/  Left Hand Column (In Red) - Maricopa County And State Wide GOP Activity Listings


  • April 10-  LD12 (2nd Thurs) 7:15 pm, Quartz Hill Elementary School, 3680 S Quartz St, Gilbert. Contact: LD12 Chr Mickie Niland  Chairman@Azld12.Com  Http://Azld12.Com/
  • April 10 – LD23 (2nd Thurs) 6:30 pm social, 7 pm mtg, Scottsdale Public Library Mustang Branch Auditorium. Speakers:  Corporation Commission candidate Doug Little, Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich, Secretary of State candidates Rep Justin Pierce and Sen Michele Reagan. Contact: Chr Joe Meli 
  • April 10 - EAST VALLEY PRECINCT COMMITTEES Gubernatorial Open Mic Forum, 7 pm, Camp Verde High School, 3870 S Quartz St., Gilbert.
  • April 10 – CENTRAL REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF PHX. (2nd Thur) 5:30 pm social. 6:15 pm program. $22 dinner. Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phx. RSVP  Contact:
  • April 11 – “ Speak Out” Radio Talk Show (2nd Fri)  with co-host Ron Gould, former AZ legislator of Mohave County. 11 am, Voice of the Free 106.3 FM Listen live
  • April 12 – PARADISE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB (2nd Sat), 10:30 am, Gainey Ranch GolfClub, 600 Gainey Ranch Rd., Scottsdale.  Speakers: tba. Reservations: Linda Brickman 602 / 330-9422
  • April 12 – FOUNTAIN HILLS REPUBLICAN CLUB GUBERNATORIAL FORUM. 9 am, Fountain Hills Learning Center, Contact: Contact Edith Stoc
  • April 12, 29, 26  – “Legal-Ease With Dennis Wilenchik” - Republican political talk show, (every Wed) 4 pm. KFNX 1100. legaleseonline
  • April 12, 19, 26 - The Russell Pearce Show (Sat). 7 pm, 960AM  The Patriot taking calls at (602) 508-0960.
  • April 12, 19, 26  – 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
  • April 12, 19, 26- Steve Kates’ “A Call To Rights” Radio Show. (Sat)  Noon to 2 pm, KFNX 1100 AM   Call in 602-277-5369.