Thursday, December 4, 2014

12-3-14 MCRC Briefs

MCRC Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser



My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud.  I would say that’s a major accomplishment.” - Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014  (What did she say???)


December 3, 2014


·       The Dec 4 Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) agenda includes consideration of a ‘Resolution to Censure’ regarding MCRC precinct committeemen (PCs) who reportedly endorsed non-Republican candidates during recent elections. The topic was tabled during the Nov 6 EGC meeting.  The MCRC EGC meeting is scheduled at 7 pm, Thurs., Dec 4 in the AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phx.  Only registered Republicans with photo ID will be considered for entrance into the meeting room. See full Resolution to Censure at  12-2-14 MCRC Briefs


·       To All MCRC Precinct Committeemen Interested In Running For A MCRC Executive Office: Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer. In accordance with the 2014 MCRC Continuing Bylaws, you must send a "Letter of Intent" by 5 pm, Dec 6, via e-mail to Chairman LaFaro at Even if you're possibly running as a member of a slate, you must e-mail your "Letter of Intent" separately. - - A. J. LaFaro,   Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)


·       Questions Surface About AZGOP Robert Graham’s re-election campaign website. AZGOP-Chair-Graham-Sets-Up-Web-Site-For Campaign


·       Cochise, Greenlee, Graham and Pima County LD14 PCs have passed a resolution limiting PCS to carrying “no more than for proxies,” according to Chairman Tom Crosby. This prevents individual PCs from “stacking the deck” by carrying numerous proxy.


·       Reports Continue To Surface Across Maricopa County of PCs carrying numerous proxies to the LD Organizational meetings for PCs who have never been seen at LD meetings. Political insiders report these faceless PCs names are now appearing on the State Committeeman rosters?  Coincidence or well-orchestrated?


·       The former West Valley Republican ‘Victory’ office will reopen at 9 am, Mon., Dec 8 at its new location - 10050 W Bell Road, Suite 50, Sun City AZ 85351. Group discussion meetings will resume at 9:30 am, Tues., Dec 9, according to manager Peter Lee. Office hours will be from 9 am-5 pm, Mon – Fri, and from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday.  Office phone 623-977-4532.


·       West Valley Republican Office Managers Phyllis and  Peter Lee are singing the praises of the volunteers who appear on Nov 21 to move the office equipment and furniture to the new site within the same mall. The Heroes of the day include Mike Kleving and Tom Hick, who brought their trucks, to assist volunteers Larry Dick, Paul Geale, Ted Farmer, Phyllis Lee, Gini Keating, Jennifer Bontrager and son, Lisa Gray, Joyce Crist, John Heep, Alyce Umatum, Ed Freund, Rita Hick and Sheila Nerone.  “One volunteer, Jennifer, took it upon herself to scrub down both of the bathrooms in the new suite. Both rooms were extremely gross before she set about to clean them up. Thanks to all of the hard work completed by the above folks!” said Peter Lee.


·       A ‘Special Thanks’ to Neil Feinglass and Peter Lee for hardwiring the three office computers into the wireless network – a job that took more a couple of hours of running wires at the new West Valley Republican office.


·       As You May Recall, The GOP ‘Victory’ Office was required to move out of Suite 26 by Nov 15 because it had been rented to a new tenant. When the AZGOP hadn’t moved out by Nov 15, the new tenant installed new locks  - with the GOP furniture/boxed up equipment still inside.  Office Manager Peter Lee arranged for volunteers to move the equipment into Suite 50 on Nov 21.

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham told Briefs a couple of days ago that the West Valley GOP office had been open since Nov 21. Graham said a fire marshall inspection of the site was not required because it wasn’t a new construction site, nor had AZGOP done any remodeling to the new suite.

However, Phyllis Lee – office co-manager – said the office has not been open since Nov 21 because it had taken 11 days to arrange an appointment for the Sun City Fire Marshall to inspect/approve the suite. “We waited and followed the regulations,” she said. The Fire Marshall toured the office with the Lee’s the afternoon of Dec 2.

Sun City Fire Marshall Jim Fox, who did the Dec 2 site inspection, said the Sun City Fire Department does an inspection with every change in  tenants for safety reasons  --  and so the fire department is aware of any changes that might have been made to the suite. He said annual inspections also occur during occupancy.  Fox said the new Sun City GOP office maximum occupancy is 50 based on the seating arrangement set up during yesterday’s inspection.

Phyllis Lee said the West Valley Republican office is now available for West Valley LDs to hold meetings at the new site since it is twice the size of the previous offices and the rent is paid for by the AZGOP.


·       The Yavapai Republican Men's Forum/Hwy 69 Republicans Joint Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 am., Dec 8 at the St. Michael's Hotel Ballroom, 205 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Speakers:  Government Stand-off Nevada Cattle Rancher Ammon Bundy, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and Pastor Dan Storvick. $25 per person. RSVP by noon, Thurs., Dec 4 to Bob Luzius (928) 717-2551 or     For information: Contact: Barry Denton @ (928) 442-3290 or or go to


·       Hwy 69 Republicans Will Not Have An Evening  Meeting in December in lieu of the above noted Christmas lunch with the Yavapai Republicans Men’s Forum.


·       Dec 11 Is The Deadline For the Paradise Republican Women’s Christmas Party reservations. Meet Secretary of State Elect Michele Reagan, who is a club member. The event is at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.  10:30 am social. 11:30 am program/luncheon including silent auction. $28 per person.  Mail reservations/check  to Rosalie Barley, PRWC Treasurer, PO Box 14425, Scottsdale, AZ 85267 by Thurs.,  Dec ll.


·       Charles Heller of the AZ Citizens Defense League and Mark Spencer,  former President of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (now with Judicial Watch) will discuss what is occurring in Ferguson., MO, the Second Amendment and the Constitution with  960 The Patriot/KKNT  Talk Show Host Russell Pearce and co-host Royce Flora between 6-7 pm, Sat., Dec 6. Call in- live show at 602-508-0960.  Contact Pearce at cell #480-703-6700.


·       The LD26 Christmas Party Features a presentation of  The Miracle of Valley Forge as told by Constitutional scholar Shane Krauser at 6 pm., Dec 16 the Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210.   The Miracle of Valley Forge highlights the harsh winter of 1777 and General George Washington’s Army’s miraculous survival. The event also features a food drive, raffles, music and pot luck. Contact or (480) 242-2208


·        Chairman A. J. LaFaro Is Asking For The Past LD Chairmen to forward notification to the newly elected LD Chairmen and request that they send their contact information to LaFaro at  or Secretary Jeni White at so the MCRC EGC roster can be updated. The EGC will not hold its regular monthly meeting in January due to credentials/tally training and packet stuffing for the Jan. 10 Statutory Meeting scheduled at Grace Community Church.


·       Bruce Fein, Attorney And Vocal Opponent Of The NSA Domestic Spying on American citizens, will be speaking at  5:30 pm, Dec 15 at the Arizona State University's downtown campus A.E. England Building at Civic Space Park, Phoenix, AZ. Hosted by KnowledgeWorks and Young Americans for Liberty: Tickets:


·       The Arrowhead Republican Women are planning a “Fabulous & Blingy” luncheon at 11:30 am, Dec 10 at the Briarwood Country Club, 135thAve/Meeker. Check in opens at 10:45 am.  AG Tom Horne will present a short piano recital.  $25 per person. Wear your blingiest holiday outfits! Jewelry sales will be available for your last minute holiday purchases. Reservations/cancellation deadline – Mon, Dec 8.  Contact LezLee 602-354-5224 or


·       Arizona House Speaker-elect David Gowan applauds Governor-elect Doug Ducey’s decision to select Kirk Adams as his chief of staff and congratulates former House Speaker Adams on his appointment. “As a former Speaker of the House and someone intimately familiar with the legislative process, Kirk Adams is the right person for the job,” said Gowan. “Adams is someone I am confident I can work with to develop public policy that will serve the people of Arizona.” In picking Kirk Adams, Governor-elect Ducey sends a strong signal to the Legislature that a close, working relationship will be in place when the 52nd Legislative Session begins Jan. 12, 2015.


·       November’s Closing Market Value for the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit another milestone surpassing the $5 billion mark for the first time in Arizona’s history. The fund eclipsed $4 billion in February 2014 and is now valued at $5,048,901,965.73. The unrealized gains for the fund are also at an all-time high of $2.08 billion.  “Arizonans have five billion reasons to remain optimistic about our future,” said State Treasurer and Governor-elect Doug Ducey. “These dollars are invested to benefit education and I am proud of the work our office has done to not only protect them, but to also maximize returns.” Earning money for Arizona’s public schools is the primary mission of the trust’s management. Of the 13 beneficiaries of the fund, K-12 education is the largest receiving approximately 93 percent of the earnings. The FY 2015 K-12 distribution will be $75.9 million, a 12.1 percent increase over the previous year.


·       The Oro Valley Republican Women Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am, Dec 12 at the Oro Valley Country Club.  RSVP your to no later than noon Wed Dec. 10.


·       Attention LD Chairmen.  The deadline to submit memorials for the January 2015 Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Statutory Meeting is Sat, Dec 12. The MCRC wants to recognize and remember fellow Precinct Committeeman who passed away this past year. Please keep the memorials to 250 words and include a photo. The memorials will be printed and put into each Precinct Committeeman’s packet for the Statutory Meeting.  E-mail memorials to LD12 Chairman Mickie Niland at


·       Arizona House Speaker-Elect David Gowan has announced House Standing Committees members for the 52nd Legislature. Bills are assigned to one or more of the 19 House Committees on first reading. Standing Committees review bills and conduct inquiries as part of the early stages of the legislative process. Membership and meeting times for each House Committee are  listed below:

o   Agriculture, Water and Lands (Thursday morning) Chair – Brenda Barton, Vice Chair – Darin Mitchell, Regina Cobb, Karen Fann, Steve Montenegro, T.J. Shope, Jennifer Benally, Rosanna Gabaldon, Lisa Otondo.

o   Appropriations (Wednesday afternoon) Chair – Justin Olson, Vice Chair – Vince Leach, John Allen, Russell “Rusty” Bowers, Rick Gray, Warren Petersen, Tony Rivero, David Stevens, Michelle Ugenti, Lela Alston, Mark Cardenas, Stefanie Mach, Eric Meyer, Andrew Sherwood.

o   Banking and Financial Services (Tuesday afternoon) Chair – Kate Brophy McGee, Vice Chair – Jeff Weninger, John Allen, Eddie Farnsworth, Jill Norgaard, Diego Espinoza, Rosanna Gabaldon, Debbie McCune Davis.

o   Children and Family Affairs (Monday afternoon) Chair – John Allen, Vice Chair – Kate Brophy McGee, John Christopher Ackerley, Regina Cobb, Phil Lovas, Kelly Townsend, Sally Ann Gonzales, Juan Jose Mendez, Rebecca Rios.

o   Commerce (Wednesday morning) Chair – Warren Petersen, Vice Chair – Jill Norgaard, Jay Lawrence, Tony Rivero, T.J. Shope, Diego Espinoza, Charlene Fernandez, Stefanie Mach.

o   County and Municipal Affairs (Monday afternoon) Chair – Doug Coleman, Vice Chair – Tony Rivero, Paul Boyer, Karen Fann, Rick Gray, Lela Alston, Reginald Bolding, Rosanna Gabaldon.

o   Education (Wednesday afternoon) Chair – Paul Boyer, Vice Chair – Jay Lawrence, Doug Coleman, Jill Norgaard, Bob Thorpe, Reginald Bolding, Lisa Otondo.

o   Elections (Tuesday morning) Chair – Michelle Ugenti, Vice Chair – J.D. Mesnard, Heather Carter, Jeff Weninger, Ken Clark, Jonathan Larkin.

o   Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (Monday afternoon) Chair – Frank Pratt, Vice Chair – Russell “Rusty” Bowers, Brenda Barton, Heather Carter, Mark Finchem, Vince Leach, Ken Clark, Macario Saldate, Victoria Steele.

o   Federalism and States’ Rights (Wednesday morning)  Chair – Kelly Townsend, Vice Chair – Noel Campbell, Mark Finchem, Darn Mitchell, Bob Thorpe, Rebecca Rios, Ceci Velasquez, Bruce Wheeler.

o   Government and Higher Education (Thursday morning) Chair – Thorpe, Vice Chair – Ackerley, Phil Lovas, Justin Olson, Warren Petersen, Kelly Townsend, Lela Alston, Jonathan Larkin, Macario Saldate.

o   Health (Tuesday afternoon) Chair – Heather Carter, Vice Chair – Regina Cobb, Paul Boyer, Jay Lawrence, Randall “Randy” Friese, Eric Meyer.

o   Insurance (Wednesday morning) Chair – Karen Fann, Vice Chair – David Livingston, Doug Coleman, Phil Lovas, Bob Robson, Jonathan Larkin, Debbie McCune Davis, Lisa Otondo.

o   Judiciary (Wednesday morning) Chair – Eddie Farnsworth, Vice Chair – Sonny Borrelli, Anthony Kern, J.D. Mesnard, Randall “Randy” Friese, Albert Hale.

o   Military Affairs and Public Safety (Thursday morning) Chair – Sonny Borrelli, Vice Chair – Mark Finchem, Noel Campbell, Eddie Farnsworth, Anthony Kern, Frank Pratt, Richard Andrade, Mark Cardenas, Stefanie Mach.

o   Rules (Monday afternoon) Chair – David Stevens, Vice Chair – Steve Montenegro, David Gowan, David Livingston, Bob Robson, Bob Thorpe, Albert Hale, Ceci Velasquez, Bruce Wheeler.

o   Rural and Economic Development (Tuesday afternoon) Chair – T.J. Shope, Vice Chair – Russell “Rusty” Bowers, Brenda Barton, Vince Leach, Frank Pratt, Jennifer Benally, Sally Ann Gonzales, Juan Jose Mendez.

o   Transportation and Infrastructure (Tuesday afternoon)  Chair – Rick Gray, Vice Chair – David Stevens, John Christopher Ackerley, Sonny Borrelli, Noel Campbell, Karen Fann, Richard Andrade, Charlene Fernandez, Victoria Steele.

o   Ways and Means (Monday afternoon)  Chair – Darin Mitchell, Vice Chair – Anthony Kern, J.D. Mesnard, Justin Olson, Michelle Ugenti, Jeff Weninger, Mark Cardenas, Andrew Sherwood, Bruce Wheeler.






·       The Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee will meet at 7 pm, Dec 4 at State GOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St. Limited to  registered Republicans are allowed.  Photo ID required.


·       Concerned Citizens for America, sponsored by the Goldwater Institute Liberty, Free Enterprise and Constitutionally Limited Government will meet at 6:30 pm, Dec 4 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ  86336. Admission:  Free. Bring two canned goods for the Sedona Food Bank. Contact: or


·       Sen Steve Pierce Is Hosting A Holiday Party And Canned Food Drive Benefiting St. Vincent De Paul at 5 pm, Dec 4 at the Palace Saloon, 120 S Montezuma St., Prescott.  Light appetizers and beverages to be served.  Bring non-perishable food items. RSVP:


·       The Colorado River Tea Party - Yuma will meet at noon, Thurs., Dec 4   Thursday, at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95. (last building behind church).



·       CD4 Paul Gosar and CD1 Ann Kirkpatrick will host a Rural Round Table at 1:30 pm, Dec 5 in the Flagstaff City Hall Council conference Rm, 211 W. Aspen. Open to the public.


·       The Prescott Valley “Festival Of Lights” Parade is scheduled at 4:45 pm, Dec 5 starting at the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E Civic Circle.



·       The Lincoln Republican Women Christmas Brunch will be held at 11:30 am,     Sat., Dec 6 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road., Paradise Valley/Scottsdale. (On Scottsdale Rd. between Chaparral and Jackrabbit Rd. East side of the street).  $30 per person. Spouses invited. 11:30 am - Meet and Greet. Noon - Meeting/ Brunch. Silent Auction Fundraiser and Toys for Tots. Reservations: Judy Eisenhower 480-941-8162 or  or Pat Kaufman at 480-368-2777  Send checks payable to the Lincoln Republican Women’s Club at: Judy Eisenhower, 7915 E. Sage Dr.,  Scottsdale, AZ 85250    480-941-8162.


·       The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Dec 6 at the SCW Foundations building (Quail Room), 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ. Doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts being served. $2 admission to help pay for the cost of the room. AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham will induce the newly elected 2015 officers and address the club. Contact:  602-218-5344  cell:  602-421-8877.


·       Graffiti Busters staff from the Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department will host a free pressure washer training session from 8-10 am, Sat., Dec 6 at the NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.  During the two-hour session, residents will watch a video on how to safely operate a pressure washer and receive hands-on instruction.  Once attendees are comfortable with the equipment, they will remove graffiti under observation.


·       AzCDL Has Scheduled A Gun Show Dec 6-7 in Bullhead City.  Volunteer for the Bullhead City show should contact Mark Spencer (520) 234- 7204.



·       The Paradise Republican Women’s Christmas Party Committee is looking for raffle items by Dec 7.  Contact Shirley Cordasco at


·       The Arizona National Guard’s First Community Open House and Soldiers and Airmen muster in a mass military formation on the field will be held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe at 11 am, Sun., Dec 7 (Pearl Harbor Day).  Stadium gates open at 9:30 am. Admission free. The muster ceremony, a Guard tradition dating back to the first muster of the colonial militia in 1636, is scheduled from 11 am – noon; followed by the community expo adjacent to the stadium from noon – 4 pm. The expo will feature food, live entertainment, attractions, children’s activities, information booths, a job fair and more.




·       The Tempe Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party is scheduled at 6:30 pm, Dec 8 at 2009 E Caroline Ln, Tempe. Admission/Food is free if you join TRW/renew at or before the party. $10 for guests.  At-the-door registrants will be charged $10 for late registration. Members – RSVP by Dec 6 at  Guests -  this link: Pay with Debit/Credit Card or by remitting payment to: Tempe Republican Women’s Club , 7562 E Belleview St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257. Participants are asked to bring a $15 gift for exchange in their “dirty Santa” game.


·       Phx City Councilman Bill Gates Holiday Party is scheduled from 5:30-7pm, Mon., Dec 8 at Let it Roll Bowl, 8925 N 12th St, Phx, AZ 85020. Accepting donations for Betty's Kids - the Desert View Elementary After School Program (details TBA). RSVP to or call 602.262.7441 and let them know if you are interested in bowling so we may reserve lanes.


·       The Yavapai Republican Men's Forum/Hwy 69 Republicans Joint Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 am., Dec 8 at the St. Michael's Hotel Ballroom, 205 W. Gurley St., Prescott. Speakers:   Government Stand-off Nevada Cattle Rancher Ammon Bundy, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and Pastor Dan Storvick. $25 per person. RSVP by noon, Thurs., Dec 4 with Bob Luzius (928) 717-2551 or