Monday, October 27, 2014

10-26-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs
Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor
Web Master   John Strasser

October 26, 2014

·       ATTN: All MCRC LD Chairmen Precinct Committeemen.   In nine more days, Arizona voters will elect new statewide officers and legislators, and all nine of our congressional districts are up for a vote. We need your help to get our candidates across the finish line and on to victory.  The Arizona Republican Lawyers Association (AzRLA) needs volunteers to serve as poll watchers on
election  day. This is a very important responsibility and your help is needed to ensure ballot integrity throughout the state. Time is of the essence and we are coordinating with the AzRLA to ensure a fair election.  Please email or call Eric Spencer or 602-301-5158  to volunteer. If you have already committed to volunteer, and have your salmon-colored credential letter from me in hand, please email or call Eric as well to let him know where you will be serving.  This will allow us to better understand where we might have holes in coverage. Finally, please keep this very important phone number handy on election  day: 844-705-5080.  This is the “war room” phone number for AzRLA.  They will be fielding phone your phone calls on election day and dispatch a trained attorney to your location if need be.   -  A. J. LaFaro, MCRC Chairman

·       Reader Question:  Is there a deadline for submitting nominations for LD officers?  MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro responds: Each MCRC LD has its own deadline. As for the Maricopa County EGC Officers to be elected Jan 10, 2015 - the deadline is 12/06/2014 to submit a "Letter of Intent" in writing to run for Office (Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) to  Chairman A. J. LaFaro at

·       A Veteran’s Town Hall with Gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is scheduled at 8 am, Mon., Oct 27 at the American Legion Post 62 at 9847 W Desert Cove Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. RSVP to Join Us!

·       Readers Have Asked when the Maricopa County Recorder’s office starts counting the early ballots.  MCRC Chairman A. J. LaFaro answers: “No early ballots are counted until after the Logic & Accuracy Test of the optical scanning equipment. All early ballots are stored in MCTEC's secure vault that is guarded 24/7 by MCSO Deputies and 24/7 security video surveillance cameras. The Logic & Accuracy Test for the optical scanning equipment is on 10/28 with early ballot processing  beginning on 10/29.”

·       Lezlee Alexander, Chairman of the Arrowhead Republican Women’s Committtee, has presented this slate of officers for election:
o   President: Bonnie Hochberg
o   1st Vice President: Jan Martinson
o   2nd Vice President: Arlene Goldblatt
o   3rd Vice President: Nancy Margaritis
o   Secretary: Barbara Melkin
o   Treasurer: Marilyn Sage
o   Members-at-Large: Lezlee Alexander, Jan Boydston, Judi Bourd
The Arrowhead Republican Women are planning a luncheon/fashion show March 21 at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City. Members will be modeling clothes form Dillards.  More details later.

·       Congressman Paul Gosar has been busy the past couple of weeks within CD4.  His travels to meet with political organizations and business leaders have taken him to Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Gilbert, and Payson.

·       Eleven members of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women won their primary election races and are for election or re-election on the Nov 5 general election ballot.  They include:
o   LD1 – Incumbent Rep Karen Fann
o   LD5 -  Incumbent Sen Kelli Ward
o   LD8 -  Senate Candidate Irene Littleton
o   LD14 – Incumbent Sen Gail Griffin
o   LD18 - House Candidate Jill Norgaard
o   LD19 - House Candidate Sophia Johnson
o   LD21 - Senate Candidate Rep Debbie Lesko
o   LD22 - Incumbent Sen Judy Burges
o   LD23 – Incumbent Michelle Ugenti
o   LD24 – House Candidate Lei Lana Cortez
o   LD28 – Incumbent Rep Kate Brophy McGee

·       Don’t Forget To Sign Your Mail In Ballots Envelope. Did you know that over 5,000 ballots in the primary weren't counted because they weren't signed and they arrived after the Primary.  It is suggested that you mail in your early ballots by Oct 30 so they are sure to be delivered to the Recorder’s office by Nov 4. If you don’t mail your ballot before Oct 30, take it to any polling place within your county.

·       All Mail-In Ballot Cities/Precincts: Voters in these areas should mail in their ballots in at least a week prior to the Nov 4 election to make sure their ballots are received in the County Recorder’s office prior to general election deadline.
o   Buckeye: Durango, Festival, Sundance West, Wyman
o   El Mirage: Dysart, El Mirage, Rancho Mirage, Soledad
o   Fountain Hills: Fountain Hills, Four Peaks, Golden Eagle, Palisades, Saguaro
o   Goodyear:  Desert Blossom, Desert Thunder, Desert Vista, Goodyear, Mobile, Palm Valley, Rio Paseo, Pebble Creek, Westar, Wildflower, Wigwam
o   Litchfield Park: Wigwam (in both Goodyear & Litchfield Park) Cheney, Doubletree, Kiva, Palo Cristi
o   Town of Paradise Valley
o   Queen Creek: Sanokai
Wickenburg: Wickenburg (those who reside within the city limits). The Wickenburg Community Center will be open for those living outside the Town limits.
The All Mail Cities/Towns are the same as they were for the Primary Election. Additionally, the Town of Carefree and City of Goodyear are holding an All Mail special elections in November. The Recorder’s office  will be mailing to voters in the All Mail Cities/Towns from the Primary even if they are not holding a General Election, according to Kristi Passarelli, Maricopa County Elections Dept
Please note that there are still polling locations for precincts that are split (where a portion of the precinct is within a mail ballot city/town and the other portion is not) For example: Wickenburg precinct – The people who live in the Town will get a ballot in the mail. The people who live outside the city boundaries (in Maricopa County) will vote at the community center. For voters to find their assigned polling location or replacement ballot location for all mail areas they need to use our locator:

·       Final Push To Get Out The Vote In CD 3.  This part of the orchestrated strategy is to simply make phone calls to Republicans in CD 3 who have not yet returned their early ballots. The bottom line is that CD3 candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer wins if we can get enough Republicans in CD 3 to vote!  But that is not all; with a Gabby victory we should expect victories for the respective Republican State Senate and House Candidates in LD 4, LD 13, LD 19 and LD 29 and our efforts will also assist our State-wide candidates too.  Voters said that you want to get rid of the leftist incumbent Raul Grijalva, now is your chance to act! We have thousands of calls to make and Gabby needs your help. I promise you that it is really easy; you can secure the vote of 100 Republicans in just a few hours.  If 100 contacts if too many, then just ask for 50. For a sample script and a phone list contact Andrew Costanzo, or 480 677-0697.

·       The Dodie Londen Leadership Series Class of 2015 has been named:  The new class consists of :
o   Giselle Alexander – Maricopa County
o   Jennifer Bontrager – Maricopa County
o   Jessica Lycos – Maricopa County
o   Mara Benson – Maricopa County
o   Bea Rocklin – Maricopa County
o   Jenn Daniels – Maricopa County
o   Amanda Stanford – Pinal County
o   Catherine Traywick – Cochise County

·       Gabriela Saucedo-Mercer is campaigning to unseat CD3 incumbent Raul Grijalva. She will make her case at 6:30 pm, Tues., Oct 28 at the Freedom Fires Live event at Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave., Mesa.  $2 admission (17 and under free).  

·       “The 48th,” A New Political Talk Show featured Secretary of State candidates Michelle Reagan (R) and Terry Goddard (D) at 6 pm, Sat., Nov 1. Show to replay at 4:30 am on Mondays.

·       Watch Harvestor Stuffing Ballots Into A Ballot Box In The WMV Security Surveillance Video Recorded On August 25, 2014, at Maricopa County Elections MCTEC Facility surveillance video  This video had been viewed 517,227 times and had 1,200 comments as of this afternoon. See full story as MCRC Chairman gives a detail account of what he witnessed.

·       True the Vote Online Poll Watcher Training - Catherine Engelbrecht and "True the Vote" - another source and version of online poll watcher training.  or True-the-Vote-Releases-Poll-Watcher-Training-to-Fight-Voter-Fraud

·       The Arizona Corporation Commission has called for a  Special Open Meeting/Workshop  9 am, Fri,  Nov 7.  Agenda: Special Open Meeting/Workshop. Click here for FAQ's regarding attendance and public comment at the Arizona Corporation Commission.

·       LD1 Has Scheduled Its Organizational Election for  Thurs., Nov 17 at the NorthGate Church, 23835 N. 7th St., Phx. Registration opens at 6 pm. Mtg at 7 pm. Contact Chr Cathy Schwanke

·       LD 20 Will Hold Its Organization Meeting at 6:30 pm, Mon., Nov 17 at Washington Elementary School District Office, 4650 West Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale, AZ .  Sign-ins open at 6 pm. Contact Chairman:  Ray Malnar

·       ATTN LD Chairman:  As soon as you set your Organizational Meeting dates in Nov or Dec please sent the time, date and location to Briefs at or

·       Call The White House (202) 456-1111  and your Senators or Representatives. Let them know
       what’s on your mind. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly,  hold them accountable.
o   Senator John McCain (R- AZ)           202-224-2235             202-228-2862
o   Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ)                202-224-4521             202-228-0515
o   Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1)                 202-225-3361             202-225-3462
o   Rep Ron Barber (D2)                         202-225-2542             202-225-0378            
o   Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3)                202-225-2435             202-225-1541
o   Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4)                      202-225-2315             202-226-9739
o   Rep Matt Salmon (R5)                       202-225-2635             202-226-4386
o   Rep David Schweikert (R6)               202-225-2190             202-225-0096
o   Rep Ed Pastor (D7)                            202-225-4065             202-225-1655
o   Rep Trent Franks (R8)                       202-225-4576             202-225-6328
o   Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9)                  202-225-9888             202-225-9731

·       AZGOP Victory Offices Where You Can Pick Up Signs, Literature, Etc.
o   AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., Phoenix.
o   Casa Grande, 111 W Florence Blvd.
o   East Valley, 1600 W Chandler Blvd., Suite 150, Chandler
o   Flagstaff,  2625 S Woodlands Village Blvd., Flagstaff.
o   Globe, 424 Broad Street
o   Oro Valley, 1171 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd, #103.  605-321-6224
o   Payson, 719 S Beeline Rd., Payson
o   Prescott , 112 Union St., Prescott
o   Sun City, 10050 W Bell Rd., Ste. 26, Sun City
o   Tucson, 1740 E Fort Lowell, Ste. 120, Tucson
o   Tucson, 5447 E 5th St., Tucson.

·       REMINDER: Destroying Political Signs is a Class 2 Misdemeanor  (ARS 16-1019 –political  signs )  if caught  and prosecuted. If you see someone destroying or messing with Republican political signs for candidates in the General Election in Maricopa County, please photograph them and take the photos to the victims or send them to MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro  

·       Dates To Remember:
o   October 30: Last Day to Safely Mail Early Ballot
o   November 4: Election Day!
o  January 10, 2015: Maricopa Co. Republican Committee Organizational Meeting

·       ATTN: Candidates/LD leaders/Group Chairman:  If you have sent events or announcements to Briefs that have not been posted (except endorsements) or that I have not responded to, please resend them. Messages can be sent to  or  If I do not respond with “thx” within 24 hours, please resend – using one or all of the above e-dressses.  I’d rather get duplications than not receive your e-mails.

·       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. See Briefs at Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/

Send to or  Briefs does NOT endorse candidates, nor candidate statements. Statements longer than 250/300 words will be edited/condensed.

·       CD2 Candidate And Former Fighter Pilot Martha McSally has experienced much in her life to get where she is.  The military didn't want her to fly in combat.  They thought she should wear a Muslim headscarf when on duty in Saudi Arabia.  She stood up and took on the establishment and won.  She became a squadron leader flying in combat, she overturned the miltary rule on Muslim headscarfs. Now she is fighting her liberal opponent and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who is desperately trying to keep her former seat in liberal hands.  Giffords is attacking her.  We must defend McSally and push her over the top in the last week.  She lost by under 1% in 2012, with more help NOW she can win!

·       CD2 Candidate Martha McSally: You already know our race is neck and neck at this point. That means every individual effort between now and Election Day is going to make a difference. Here's the thing, though: if each person reaches out to 25 people in their neighborhood to remind them to vote for Martha, we'll be in great position for Election Day. If you can spare any time between now and Election Day to turn out your neighborhood, it will go a long way. Day 9: Knock 25 doors in your neighborhood. Making personal contacts with voters is the best way to ensure they will turn out to vote.  You can email or call me at any time and I will send you a list of voters who have yet to turn in their ballots. I can be reached at or (520) 488-4610. Of course if you can do more, that's always great too! Thanks for your continued support of our campaign. -- Matt Brown, Political Director

·       CD1 Candidate Andy Tobin: Did you see the below fundraising update? I just got off the phone with our campaign’s finance team. We have FIVE days left to raise what we need to finish this Election strong. This is critical.  See below, and please donate whatever you can to help us meet our fundraising goal. :

·       CD1 Candidate Andy Tobin: Friend, our last monthly fundraising deadline before the Election is in five days. That means we have just FIVE days to raise $7,335 online. If we succeed, we can turn in our final budget.I’ve looked at the numbers. The good news is we can make this goal, and maybe even surpass it. But we need all hands on deck.Please contribute $50 to help us blow past our fundraising deadline.  We have the ads ready to go. We have our volunteers ready to go. Our get-out-the-vote machine is revved up. We just need to make sure we have the money to push it into drive. I know you haven’t been happy with the past two years of Ann Kirkpatrick’s liberal, big government record. Just think: Your donation  may be the only thing standing between us winning and another two years of Ann Kirkpatrick. – Bill Cortese – campaign manager


OCT 27
·       Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and former MC Attorney Rick Romley will join Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey for a 8 am Veterans’ Town Hall on Mon, Oct 27 at the American Legion Post #62 at  9847 W Desert Cove Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. RSVP:  RSVP form

OCT 28
·       LD 15 (4th Tues) 6:30 pm. Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, 702 W. Deer Valley Rd, Phx.   Chr Dave Henderson  

·       LD17  Chandler, Sun Lakes And Gilbert Republicans will meet at 7 pm, Oct 28 at the Tri-City Baptist Christian Seminary Building, (South Side of Parking Lot) 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ  85286.   Chr Tyler Bowyer   480-239-0025
·       The  Fountain Hills Republican Club Social is scheduled at 6 pm, Tues., Oct 28 at the El Encanto, 11044 N. Saguaro Blvd. Order from menu. No reservations required. Contact: Nancy Ordowski

·       The Tucson Republican Women’s Club Luncheon will feature Pima County GOP Chairman Carolyn Cox who will address Ballot Propositions on the Nov. 4 ballot.  The group meets Mon, Oct 27 at the Siscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway, Tucson. 11 am – social 11:30 lunch. RSVP

·       The Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s next Brown Bag event will be held at 1 pm, Tues., Oct 28 in the 9th flr classroom, 1001 N. Central Ave., Phx. Topic: No Burn Day; fireplace and woodburning restrictions in Maricopa County. RSVP: Kim Butler at  Open to the public. No charge. Visitor parking is available in the white, three-story parking garage next to MCAQD Bldg building. Enter bldg., check-in at the reception area in suite 125, then take the elevator to the 9th floor.

·       Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller will address the Pima County Republicans at 11:30 am., Tues., Oct 28 at the Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. Tucson. Lunch $11.

OCT 29
·       “Islam: What Non-Muslims Need To Know About Islam, And Why” will be presented by Dr. Carl Goldberg between 1-3 pm, Wed., Oct 29 and Nov 5 in Surprise. $15 per person. Registration: Call PORA Adult Learning at 623-242-6864.

OCT 30
·       Brown Bag Lunch Series Is Phone Banking at noon Oct 30 at the  Green Valley Republican Headquarters, Green Valley Village, Suite 70, 101 S. La Canada, Green Valley.

·       The Colorado River Tea Party meets at noon, Thur., Oct 30 at the Community Christina Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 (last building).

·       Pima County District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller’s Town Hall is slated for 6 pm, Thurs, Oct 30 at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Rd., Oro Valley. For Information.  Contact District1@Pima.Gov

·       LD30 (1st Sat)  1 pm, Las Casitas Clubhouse, 29th Ave/South of Glendale Ave. Chr: Timothy Schwartz  623-937-8077
·       Congressman Jeff Flake will feature Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey at Flake’s Coffee and Cocoa Club Breakfast at 8 am, Sat., Nov 1 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253. (North of Indian Bend on Scottsdale Rd.) Registration - 7:30 am. Breakfast/ Program – 8 am.  Limited seating. $25 per person.  Coffee cups available for $10/each. Limited supply. RSVP to by Tues, Oct 28th. Contact: or call 602-845-0333.

·       Packages From Home Will Conduct A Fund-Raising Golf Tournament Sat, Nov 1 to raise money for shipping package to our service men and women serving in some nasty places around the world.  Contact: Ron Ludders  602-677-1496.

·       The Sun City West Republican Club will hold its November meeting at 8:30 am, Sat., Nov 1 at the SCW Foundations Building (Quail Room) 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West Arizona. Doors open at 8 am – coffee/donuts. $2 donations to help with room rent. Constitutional law expert Shane Krauser is the speaker. Contact: John Neal - Vice President/ and Program Chairman 602-218-5344 or 602-421-8877