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· Salmon Visits U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi In Mexico Tijuana, Mexico: "Today, I had the opportunity sit down with Sgt. Tahmooressi and discuss his treatment by prison personnel and his legal case going forward. While I’m deeply offended by some of the treatment he received at the hands of prison officials at his previous detainment facility, I’m pleased to report he is doing well and is in good spirits since being relocated to El Hongo II. I also had the opportunity to tour this facility, and I leave confident that he will be treated respectfully. I also expressed to both prison officials and U.S. consular personnel that his care going forward is of the utmost importance and that our expectations are that when Andrew comes home, he will be in good physical condition. In addition, Sgt. Tahmooressi and I were able to hold a private discussion regarding his case and strategy for his upcoming hearing. He seems comfortable with his new attorney and is hopeful that he will have a successful hearing where his story will be fully explained. I understand the wheels of justice can be slow, but I remain frustrated that this case, which amounts to a U.S. Marine making a wrong turn, has taken so long to resolve. Andrew has served our country honorably and was in San Diego to receive the scheduled PTSD treatment he desperately needs. It is imperative that we get him home so he can recover. He is a U.S. Marine, He is ours, and he needs to be home.”
· Scottsdale City Council Candidate Kathy Littlefield was the first council candidate to file her nominating papers with 1,727 signatures (1000 required).
· Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson was elected was elected co-chair of the
Arizona/Utah Local Economic Coalition this past week, along with Alan Gardner of Washington County Utah. According to Johnson, the coalition was formed in 2011 between Mohave County and several Utah Counties and cities to further the economic benefit of uranium mining. During the May 28 meeting, the group was updated on the uranium mining withdrawal status by Pam Hill from the American Clean Energy Resources Trust (ACERT). Mohave County along with Quaterra Alaska, Inc. filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the U.S. Department of the Interior, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and BLM Director Robert Abbey over the decision to withdraw over 1 million acres of public lands and National Forest System lands in Mohave County and Coconino County near the Arizona Strip area. See http://mohavecounty.us6.listmanage1.com
· Phx City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Phoenix voted to spend $32 million to build “affordable” apartments. One phase will cost you $281,000 for each apartment – that is $80,000 more than the cost of a single family home.This is how Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and some on the Council voted to spend your hard earned tax dollars. YES, that's $281,000 per apartment. “Affordable” for the politicians - not for you. This vote followed the $650,000 they spent on a study of your personal garbage. This was done in the face of a $38 million deficit, cut police pay and Phoenix received the first credit downgrade ever in history. As elected leaders, we have an obligation to only spend what we need. We can do better. We must focus on core needs and protecting you and your family must be the first priority. Big Tax increases coming your way:
· *$9,500,000 new water tax
· *New parking tax/fee for our parks
· *New fees on seniors for services
· *New grocery bag tax being discussed
With your help we can get Phoenix back on the right track.
· CD1 Candidate Andy Kwasman: Thanks to your hard work, we turned in our final batch of signatures this week. Our total was 2,059, almost twice the required number. I very much appreciate everyone's support and help with this important step in our campaign - Thank you! With signatures filed, the campaign schedule will be as busy as ever. See June calendar.
· CD8 Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk: “I was visited this morning by a PORA / CCR Coordinator, he came to my home to tell me about a state law not allowing me to have a Political Sign in my yard no earlier than 71 days prior to election day, and asked me to remove it. I explained to the gentleman that I'm exercising my 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and have no intention of removing it, since AZ Early Voting Ballots can be mailed in on July 01,2014 that's also well within the 71 day code, even though unconstitutional as appears ...”
· Did You Know That Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith won the basketball team gold medal and sports general knowledge gold medal at the 1073 Boy Scout Explorer Olympics.
· Doug Ducey For Governor Yard Signs At Available For Pick Up at Ducey headquarters, 4455 E. Camelback, Suite E-260, Phoenix. For home delivery contact: Dylan Lefler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Republican Candidate Announcements, fundraiser, neighborhood walks and other events can be sent to email@example.com 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. See Briefs at Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/
· Congressman Paul Gosar: Yesterday, President Obama ostensibly forced Secretary Shinseki to resign over the scandals and systemic failures at the Veterans Administration. I appreciate the President and Secretary Shinseki heeding my call, and those of my colleagues, to resign. But I say accountability ends at the President’s feet. As the sign on President Harry Truman’s desk in the Oval Office stated, "The buck stops here." The resignation of Secretary Shinseki sends the right message that there has to be accountability, but more is needed. The problems must be addressed and the President needs to step up and set a better example of leadership. I have led several legislative efforts to provide accountability and make much-needed reforms to the VA. To read more about them, click HERE. Regarding General Shinseki, I would hope that he be denied any benefits or pensions stemming from his tenure as Secretary, and only be afforded those from his military service. The same goes for those employees found to be complicit in these scandals. Further, after the VA Inspector General and the House Veterans Affairs Committee reports are complete, I believe we will likely need to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against those in the VA who are deemed responsible for this negligence and malfeasance. Click HERE.to read more.
Symington-Files-Complaint-Against Anti-Horne-Effort "Dark Money Campaign" By The Arizona Public Integrity Alliance See: Complaint To Secretary Of State's Office
· MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro: Individuals who want to be PC write-ins will need to complete the PC Affidavit for Write-Ins and submit it to Elections between May 29th and June 11th. http://recorder.maricopa.gov/web/precinctcommitteemen.aspx . Early Ballots Go Out July 31.
· Arizona candidates that filed: http://www.azsos.gov/election/2014/primary/FullListing.htm
Maricopa County candidates filed: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/web/pdf/2014CANDIDATELISTING.pdf
The Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee will meet at 7 pm, Thur., June 5 at State Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Signs ins at 6 pm. All possible guests are required to sign up. Only registered Republicans with a valid photo ID will be admitted. No news media, audio and/or video recording will be allowed. Johnathan Paton is scheduled to address “Yes on 122 at 7:25 pm. Http://Yeson122.Com/ All 20 LD Chairmen provide updates on district activities. The MCRC EGC will meet against on Thur., July 3. Contact: Chairman A J LaFaro firstname.lastname@example.org
· Congressman Paul Gosar: On Thurs., May 28, the House considered the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The bill appropriates resources for law enforcement activities, trade and patent offices, and scientific programs like NASA. I introduced and passed three amendments to this bill to execute the mission of prioritization of resources.
· My first amendment cut $4.25 million from the Office of Justice Programs Research, Evaluation, and Statistics budget, which was the total increase that program was set to receive over last year’s funding levels. See text HERE and click HERE to read Gosar remarks before the House.
· My second amendment cut $6 million from the mismanaged Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE)—the agency that perpetrated Operation Fast and Furious—and reprogrammed that money to go to the Veterans Treatment Courts program. See text HERE , click HERE for Gosar remarks.
· My third amendment cut $8 million from Department of Justice bureaucrats and transferred that money to bolster the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Prescription drug abuse is increasing and leading to higher rates of heroin use and other drugs. See text HERE, Gosar remarks HERE .
· Attorney General Tom Horne has announced the recent filing of a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against Rise & Shine Exceptional Services, LLC and Desiree and Timothy Truett. The consumer fraud lawsuit alleges that Rise & Shine Exceptional Services, operating as a private school in Maricopa, and its owner, Desiree Truett, defrauded parents and donors by falsely claiming that the school was a non-profit tuition-free school when it did, in fact, charge tuition ranging from $2,000 to over $26,000 per year and it was never a non-profit corporation. The State alleges that defendants misrepresented the for-profit status of the school and the tuition it charged to parents interested in enrolling their children at Rise & Shine. Desiree Truett told the State’s undercover investigator that the school doesn’t “charge any tuition,” they “never charge parents anything,” and “I’ve never taken a penny from a parent. Everything we do is free.”
· CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten on A-10 issue (continued from yesterday’s post): “ Equally disappointing is the inactivity and lack of concern by the other candidates in the CD2 race. They simply do not seem to get it. If the A-10 leaves the Air Force inventory, we as a nation, are needlessly risking lives of our ground troops—who are still on the ground fighting our enemies. Further exacerbating the issue is the dire impact to our District’s economy, should the A-10 leave Davis-Monthan AFB. As the host unit on the installation, the Fighter Wing’s deactivation would certainly expose the base to Base Realignment And Closure consideration. The dramatic loss of jobs and financial impact of $1.4 Billion per year is cause for alarm. All we see coming out of the other candidates (including Congressman Barber) is political finger-pointing and accusation about who isn’t doing something. This is a very serious situation for both our nation and our community. The all-too-familiar, “being asleep at the switch” rhetoric is worn out and does absolutely nothing to restore funding for the Warthog. If these candidates were interested in doing something other than sitting on the sidelines and being critical of each other, they would be welcomed to the fight. We are already working for CD2 and continue our close attention to this effort and are doing everything possible to thwart defunding of the A-10—an American hero.
· Congressman Paul Gosar: On Thurs., May 28, I joined Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and 33 other bipartisan members of the House and Senate in asking Congressional Leadership to continue the moratorium on earmarks in spending bills. Washington has racked up trillions of dollars in debt, much of which stems from wasteful programs, special interests, and pork barrel projects. Ending these practices and this wasteful spending are the primary reasons I came to Washington. Thankfully, House Leadership has indicated that it intends to keep the moratorium in place for the foreseeable future. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to follow their lead. To view the text of the letter, click HERE.
CD8 candidate Clair Van Steenwyk: “I'm asking if AZ Federal Office Holders are Responsible for VA? I'm asking all Americans to ask those who hold office at the Federal Level all over the Country to ask them what they've been doing the last 5 1/2 yrs. since Pres. Obama & Sen. McCain campaigned on this, they knew and did nothing and they have committees in both houses that oversee the VA are they Blind or just don't care unless it's an election... yr? http://vanushouse.com/
· Gubernatorial Candidate Christine Jones: As a Republican candidate for Governor of the great state of Arizona, I am frequently asked where I stand on the issue of immigration. If you haven't heard me say it before, you will definitely hear me say it again: No discussion about immigration is worth having until we secure the border. Here are the facts: In 2011, nearly 40 percent of all illegal immigrant activity on the Southwest border occurred in the Tucson sector. Let's do the math. If the U.S and Mexico share nearly 2,000 total border miles then a significant burden of illegal immigration exists within 262 porous border miles and on the backs of Arizona citizens.”
· Congressman Paul Gosar: This week, Congress continued its most important function which is to establish a budget and properly appropriate taxpayer money. The appropriations process is a primary component of Congress returning to regular order. It is through this process that Congress must evaluate each government program for its efficacy. It is our duty as representatives to cut those programs which are wasteful and inefficient, bolster those that are necessary and serve the public, and given the $18 trillion federal debt, to cut spending overall. Since Republicans took back the House in 2011, we have restored regular order in our chamber, reduced spending, and evaluated programs properly. Unfortunately, the Democrat-led Senate continues to balk and only wishes to maintain the status quo and increase spending.
· CD2 Candidate Martha McSally: Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats showed this week they are going all-in to buy this race. On top of the $350,000 Nancy Pelosi's PAC has already spent, the DCCC is pouring in another $700,000 to reserve commercial time for attack ads against me! It is crucial we show Washington Democrats that we will not back down and our community cannot be bought!
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