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Maricopa County Republican Briefs
Maricopa County Republican Chairman: AJ LaFaro email@example.com
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Feb 7, 2014
The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Lincoln Day Luncheon is scheduled for Sat, Mar 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. The keynote speaker is nationally known Mark Herr Sr., co-founder and president of The Center for Self Governance (CSG). CSG trains citizen activists how to effectively apply leverage and influence at the local, state and federal levels of government and education. $30 per seat 8 seats per table. For table sponsorships - contact Lori Urban GOPGAL14@gmail.com 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 LynneWeaver@cox.net or First Vice Chairman April Riggins email@example.com
· The Feb 8 Paradise Republican Women gathering will hear gubernational candidate Frank Riggs (AZ businessman and former Congressman) , Secretary of State candidate Justin Pierce, ASU professor/author Don Critchlow, Treasurer candidate Martin Sepulveda and AZ Corporation Commission candidate Bonnie Katz at their 11 am luncheon at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 Gainey Club Dr., Scottsdale. $28 for lunch. Paid reservations required in advance www.paradiserwc.eventbrite.com
· Two Arizona Individuals Responded to Obama's State of the Union Speech in Spanish on Spanish language television networks. LD13 Rep Steve Montenegro was on Univision and MCRC 2nd. Vice Chairman Jose Borrajero was on Telemundo. Link to Jose's response. telemundoarizona.com
· ATTN Teachers: The Arizona Game And Fish Department has opened two sets Heritage Fund Grants - environmental education grants and field trips. Deadline March 14. Contact: Heritage-Grants-award-opportunity.
· If You Are Interested In Sponsoring A Table at the Lincoln Day Luncheon, contact Lori Urban at GOPGAL14@gmail.com or 480-221-9633.
· The Sun Lakes Republican Club will meet at 6:30 pm, Feb 11 in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd, Sun Lakes to hear Secretary of State Ken Bennett will the Arizona budget and state reforms needed to attract employers to Arizona to create jobs, the impact of ObamaCare on Arizona, and other related issues. Sen Steve Yarbrough will give an update on the legislative session. Contact: Mike Tennant, 480-802-0178.
Registration For The Arizona Game And Fish Department 6th Annual Youth Day at the Outdoor Expo is open for school-aged students groups and students interested in a hands-on educational activities focusing on outdoor recreation and environmental education. Youth Day runs from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm, March 28 at the Ben Avery Shooting facility. Limited space. Free admission, free parking. Register online: http://www.azgfd.gov/youthday
LD17 will meet at a 7 pm, Feb 25 in the Tri-City Baptist Christian Seminary Blvd, 2211 W. Germann Road to discuss the 2014 elections and view a video of the Arizona State Republican Committee’s vote to censure Sen John McCain. Contact: Chairman Tyler Bowyer firstname.lastname@example.org
· Coffee Chat With Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates is scheduled at 7:30 am, Feb 12 at the Oink Café, 4326 E. Cactus Road, Phx. Speaker: Bill Mundell, director of registrar of contractors. Coffee provided. Breakfast available for purchase.
· The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. The Service is making that report available for public review, and, beginning Mon, Feb 10, interested stakeholders will have an additional 45 days to provide information that may be helpful to the Service in making a final determination on the proposal. The peer review report is available online, along with instructions on how to provide comment and comprehensive links relating to the proposal, at www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery. Comments and materials received, as well as some of the supporting documentation used in preparing this proposed rule, are available for public inspection at www.regulations.gov under the docket number FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073. The Service will post all comments on www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes. Comments must be received by midnight on March 27. The Federal Register publication of this notice is available online at www.fws.gov/policy/frsystem/default.cfm by clicking on the 2014 Proposed Rules under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. The Service expects to make final determination on the proposal by the end of 2014.
· Congressman Matt Salmon On Latest Benghazi Report - Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs statement on the majority staff committee report on the Sept 11, 2012 terrorist attacks at the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya: “As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I remain committed to uncovering the truth of what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 that resulted in the death of four brave Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. As part of our ongoing efforts, today we released a new report that sheds light on the attack, the negligent level of security for the U.S. Embassy despite increasing threat levels and the systemic failures in the current State Department Accountability Review Board process.
“I will continue to push the Administration for reforms that will ensure answers and accountability, and prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. We must get to the bottom of this for the sake of the families of the victims who were murdered, as well as the safety and security of all Americans serving abroad. This latest Committee report is a step in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done. I continue to believe the most appropriate and thorough way to investigate the Benghazi tragedy is to establish an investigative select committee that will cut across jurisdictional barriers and provide a comprehensive picture of what went wrong and ensure it does not happen again.”
Salmon is a cosponsor of the following legislation related to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya:
ü H. Res. 36, the establishing of a select congressional committee to fully investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
ü H.R. 1768, the Accountability Review Board Reform Act of 2013
· House GOP bill aims to end 'secret science' in EPA rule making Republican lawmakers in the House are pushing legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing new regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible. The Secret Science Reform Act, introduced Thursday by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., would bar the agency from proposing or finalizing rules without first disclosing all "scientific and technical information" relied on to support its proposed action. "Public policy should come from public data, not based on the whims of far-left environmental groups," Schweikert said in a statement. "For far too long, the EPA has approved regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions."
· Secretary Of State Ken Bennett has announced a 102nd Statehood celebration at noon, Feb 14 in the Arizona Capitol Museum, 3rd floor Historic Senate Chamber, 1700 W. Washington St., Phx., where Bennett will announce this year’s recipient of the Polly Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization that contributes to Arizona’s rich cultural resources. The award is named after teacher and longtime state legislator Polly Rosenbaum, who during her tenure tirelessly supported libraries, museums, archives, and the preservation of Arizona’s history. The Arizona Educational Foundation Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest winners will be recognized and their winning essays will be read in the Historic Senate Chamber. The contest is open to students statewide in grades 7-12 and is made possible by APS. This year’s theme is “How Can Technology Enhance Your Ability to be a Better Citizen?”
· Check Out The New “State Library’s 150th Anniversary Exhibit” at the Arizona Capitol Museum - commemorating the founding of the Territorial Library in 1864. The museum is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm. Free parking for museum guests in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington. Information: museum or 602-926-3620.
· Volunteers are needed to help Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) “Cut Debt, Not Vets” petition campaign that encourages Congress and the President to pass real fiscal reform and not spending deals that actually increase the size of government and cut veteran benefits (like the one recently passed by Congress and signed by the President). You can sign here: http://concernedveteransforamerica.org/cutdebt/
· A $15 Donations To The Maricopa County Republican West Office, 99th Ave & Bell Road, will get you one of the newly arrived “Challenge Coins.” Donations offset office expenses and help fund the MCRC. Stop by and take a look at these new coins.
· The Sun City West Republican Club will host AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham at its 8:30 am, March 1 meeting at the SCW Foundations building (Quail Room) 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ. The doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts . $2 donation to help pay for the cost of the room. Open to the public. If you have questions or are a non-member, please call 602-421-8877, so they know how many donuts to purchase. Contact: John Neal email@example.com phone: 602-218-5344 cell: 602-421-8877
· LD13 Incumbent Candidate Darin Mitchell will be speaking at noon Feb 8 at the Yuma Rodeo.
· Progress Of AzCDL Sponsored Firearms Bills: Bill Tracking page.
Passed out of committee this week are:
ü HB 2103, an AzCDL-requested bill that lowers the age limit for CCW permit eligibility to 19 for those with military service, passed out of the House PSMRA (Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs) Committee on February 5.
ü HB 2483, which strengthens the protection of the lawful use of firearms, air-guns and archery equipment on private property, passed out of the House Judiciary committee on February 6
Scheduled for committee hearings this coming week.
ü Senate Judiciary Committee, Mon, Feb 10: SB 1294 - Declares that federal law that violates the Second Amendment is invalid and void in Arizona and prohibits state and local enforcement of federal firearms laws within the state.
ü House PSMRA, Wed, Feb 12: HB 2336 - Clarifies that law enforcement officers cannot carry a firearm and consume alcohol at licensed liquor establishments unless in the performance of their duties. No such restrictions exist in current law. However law-abiding citizens are forbidden to carry in establishments that serve alcohol unless they possess a CCW permit and the establishment has not posted a “no firearms” sign.
ü HB 2443 - Would allow active duty military personnel stationed in Arizona to obtain hunting permits.
· Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman A.J. LaFaro has announced the Feb 12 PC Day at the Capitol has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond MCRC control. He hopes to revive the event next year.
LaFaro emphasized, “It is it is extremely important that precinct committeemen and patriotic conservatives who are actively engaged, or want to engage, in the Arizona legislative process through the Request to Speak (RTS) System go to the Capitol and create a new account at either the Senate or House Buildings.”
If you can't get to the Capitol to get this done, LaFaro advises that PCs e-mail Jose Borrajero, MCRC's 2nd Vice Chairman and founder of the Arizona Rapid Response Team (AZRRT), at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and e-mail address and he will be glad to go to the Capitol and create an account for you. http://azleg.gov/rts/rts.asp If anyone is interesting in assisting Borrajero during business hours, please contact him at email@example.com
Also contact Tracy Langston, Arizona Director for the Center for Self Governance (CSG). The CSG has a proven training curriculum that teaches activists how to effectively work with elected officials and policy makers at all levels of our government. Tracy can be reached at 480-529-1123 to answer questions and/or enroll you in one of the CSG training courses. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mrspowel.org www.tncsg.org
· Constitutional Expert Shane Krauser will appear at the Tues, Feb 11 Arizona Project meeting at 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phx. Information; call 602-677-1496.
· Volunteers Are Sought To Serve on the Deer Valley, Rio Vista, North Gateway and North Mountain Villages Planning Committees. You must live in the Village and also in District 1 as some of the villages share boundaries with other districts. phoenix.gov/pdd/pz/vpcomm.
· AZGOP Candidate Announcements can be sent to email@example.com for posting in the Briefs.
· Feb 8, 15, 22, 29 - The Russell Pearce Show (Sat). 7 pm, 960AM The Patriot taking calls at (602) 508-0960.
· Feb 8, 15, 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 8, 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or MAVS@azgop.org
· Feb 8, 15, 22, 29- Steve Kates’ “A Call To Rights” Radio Show. (Sat) Noon to 2 pm, KFNX 1100 AM Call in 602-277-5369.
· FEB 7 & 8 – AZFRW WINTER STATE MEETING. London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City. Reservations: $89/night + tax for 1 bedroom suite (sleeps 4) $139/night + tax for 2bedroom suite (sleeps 6) Hotel rooms block expires Jan 6. Hotel: 928-855-0888. Don't forget to mention AzFRW when you reserve. Meeting registration forms should be on the AzFRW website.
· Feb 8 – PARADISE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB. 1030 am, Gainey Ranch GolfClub, Scottsdale. Speakers: Former US Congressman Frank Riggs, gubernatorial candidate; Professor/ Author Don Critchlow. Reservations required: Contact: Linda Brickman 602 / 330-9422 email@example.com
· Feb 10 – LD19 (2nd Mon) 7 pm, 1416 N Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park (conference room of Total Wine store Litchfield Rd/McDowell). Contact: Chr Cherie Scott Cherie.firstname.lastname@example.org
· Arizona State Candidates Here
· Arizona Federal Candidates Here
· We Just Had The Best January Ever In AZGOP Fundraising History! Not only are our efforts to strengthen the party from the ground up showing promise, but our community of donors has expanded to the point of making AZGOP fundraising history with more cash on hand at the start of an election year than ever before. We've developed our resources efficiently and we're way ahead of the Democrats who have been running absurd deficits during every month of 2013. I thank all of our donors, our faithful Republican voters and volunteers who are working hard on the front lines to bring our state and nation back to prosperity in 2014! - AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham
· Which AZ Dem Failed 3 Times To Be Elected Governor? This a trivia question, embedded in a trick question, about an important bit of Arizona history. Which Democrat failed three times to become Governor of Arizona? If you guessed Terry Goddard, you're only partly right. Did you know his father, Sam Goddard, also failed three times -- in 1962, 1966, and 1968 -- to become Governor? Terry has apparently quit his quest, preferring to end his political career with an attempt at Secretary of State. Sam Goddard was elected to a single two-year term as Governor in 1964. – AZGOP Chairman’s newsletter
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· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2no.Us Border News Watch: Links To Sites On Matters Of Law Enforcement For Illegal Human And Drug Traffic.
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· Achieve-Olympic-Glory: -Pay-The IRS U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Winners Could Owe Almost $10,000 To The IRS. As 230 U.S. Olympic Athletes Gear Up To Compete In The 2014 Winter Games, The Only Thing Colder Than The Slopes At Sochi Is The Fact That Any Prizes Awarded By The U.S. Olympic Commission (USOC) Will Be Taxed By The IRS. Many Americans Don't Realize That The U.S. Taxes Income Earned Abroad, And As Such Even The Winnings Of Olympic Athletes Are Subject To The Reach Of The IRS.
· House Republicans Seek End To EPA's Secret Science Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology have joined with House Environment Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) to introduce the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012), a bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing regulations based upon science that is not transparent or not reproducible
· $1 Extra in Pay Could Mean $20,000 More in Obamacare Premium Congressional-Budget-Office
· Administration-Will-Allow-People-To-Switch-Obamacare-Plans-To-A-Limited-Degree The Obama administration has quietly reworked rules and computer code for HealthCare.gov to try to stem an outpouring of discontent by some Americans who have discovered that the health plans they bought do not include their old doctors or allow them to add new babies or spouses. Under changes that have not been disclosed to the public, the government will temporarily allow consumers who have gotten coverage through the new online insurance marketplace to switch health plans to a limited degree.
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