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Maricopa County Republican Briefs
Maricopa County Republican Chairman: AJ LaFaro email@example.com
Briefs Editor Frosty Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Master John Strasser email@example.com
Feb 16, 2014
· The Maricopa County West Valley Republican Office will be closed Feb 17 in observance of Presidents Day.
· Deadline For Ordering Your Tickets for the March 8 Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Luncheon by Fri, Feb 21. $30 per person.
· Info: Lincoln_Day_Lunch_2014 Online
· Reservations: maricopa.arizonagop.us=Lincoln_Day_Lunch
· Mail in reservations form:_LDL_Flyer.pdf
· Table sponsorships: Lori Urban GOPGAL14@gmail.com or 480-221-9633
· Do You Have Raffle Items For The Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Luncheon? Contact: LDL Raffle Chair Lady Margot Wittenberg at 480-488-909 MsPorsche21@aol.com
· AZGOP Candidate Announcements and Events can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
· The MCRC New Web Address Is: http://maricopa.arizonagop.us If there's something that you need and can't find, please contact MCRC Webmaster John Strasser at 480-273-8798 or email@example.com
· ATTN LD & Club Chairman: The 2-16-14 calendars have been posted at http://briefs.maricopagop.org/ Please check your postings for accuracy so we can keep these constantly changing calendars current. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
· MCRC West Valley Office Must Vacate Location: To All MCRC West Office Volunteers: It is with deep regret I have to inform you that the MCRC West Office will have to permanently close its doors and vacate the premises no later than March 11, 2014.
I was contacted yesterday by Mr. Bruce Ash, Managing Partner Sun Shadows Shopping Center, informing me that due to refinancing and ownership issues with the Sun Shadows Shopping Center that occurred late last year, he will no longer be able to provide the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) office space at no charge. Mr. Ash extended an offer to rent us the current MCRC West Office space for approximately $2,104.38 + any applicable rental sales tax per month. Unfortunately, the MCRC cannot afford this type of monthly expense so it has been decided to permanently shut down the office. It’s unfortunate we have to take this action; however, it appears we have no other choice.
I have asked Roger Byg and Cheryl Campbell to supervise the closing of the office in conjunction with any volunteers that would be willing to help. I have started looking for
an inexpensive self-storage unit and post office box that are centrally located in The Valley in support of the closing.
Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the MCRC West Office volunteers
who have given of themselves and worked tirelessly over the years. It is my understanding that thanks to Mr. Ash, there has been a MCRC Office in the West Valley for approximately six years. At $2,104.38 per month in rent, that is almost $152,000 in lost revenue to Mr. Ash and his partners. The MCRC owes Mr. Ash and his partners our deepest gratitude for their longstanding support and extreme generosity. – Maricopa County Republican Chairman A J LaFaro
· Bills Affecting ‘Common Core’ will be heard at 8:30 am, Feb 20 by the Legislative Education Committee at the Capitol. azleg.gov/agendas/02200157112.pdf
· Bills Common Core Fighters Are Monitoring:
· SB1153- The State Board of Education cannot adopt the Common Core Standards for English or Math- without a hearing in each Congressional District with public testimony from each district; without a fiscal cost analysis to implement these standards; the state shall withdraw from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and provide a an assessment that provides a reliable and timely assessment of student performance; and cannot enter or renew and agreement with an "outside entity" to control curricular standards for our state. (Bill_Number=SB1153)
· SB1310- The State Board of Education may not adopt or revise curricular standards in a manner that would effectively implement the Common Core Standards. The state board shall withdraw from PARCC and shall select an existing national administered standardized test that is currently accepted as a high school achievement and college entrance exam. (Bill_Number=sb1310)
· SB1155- The governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school may opt out of any competency requirements or assessments that are based on the Common Core standards or assessments that are aligned with standards or assessment proposed by PARCC. (Bill_Number=SB1155)
· SB1095- This state shall withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and may not implement the assessments aligned to the Common Core standards by that partnership. This state cannot enter or renew an agreement with any outside entity that develops academic standards and assessment for use in multiple state without approval, in writing, by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. (Bill_Number=SB1095)
· HB2316- Protects local education control and student privacy. The Department of Education may provide guidance and technical assistance to schools but may not require the adoption specific curricula or instructional approaches. Insures a 60 day public review process before a meeting is held where state academic changes are to be made, and these comments must be posted on Department of Education's website. Data collected on our students must meet state and federal laws which are designed to protect student privacy. This data cannot be shared with the federal government or vendors for the purpose of marketing or business development. (Bill_Number=HB2316)
· SB1121- Prevents a school district or charter school from administering a standardized test during the 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school year if a passing score on that test is required for a student to graduate from high school.(Bill_Number=SB1121)
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is holding a FREE informational and training luncheon for both veterans and concerned Americans on Sun, Feb 23 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Marjele's Sports Grill, 24 N 2nd St., Phx. RSVP: concernedveteransforamerica.org
· Congressman David Schweikert recently referred to LD13 Reps Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell as “the Rock Stars of the Arizona Legislature.” The conservative duo is also known as the “M&M Team.”
· LD6 Rep Bob Thorpe asks that you review his bills/resolutions and contact your legislators with your opinions:
· HCR2017 - Convention; amendments; balanced federal budget: This resolution is a “postcard” to congress in order to convene an Article V convention of the states for proposing a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment. Two-thirds (34) of the states must send similar requests to congress before the states can have the convention and propose an amendment. Article V of the US Constitution gives both congress and the states the same exact authority, to “propose” amendments, and any proposed amendment must then be ratified by three-quarters (38) of the states.
· HB2700 - Federal acquisition; state lands; monitoring : Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, over 6 million acres of state lands have been taken across the nation by the federal government. Under President Clinton alone, about 100,000 acres of Arizona land was taken in the 1990s. This bill would create an inventory of all the Arizona lands (and their values) taken since we became a state (1912), and would empower the AZ Attorney General to investigate the legitimacy of the takings, and to attempt to get lands returned to AZ, and to protect AZ lands from future federal takings. Thorpe will be speaking with Congressman Gosar next week about how congress can help protect Arizona from future takings.
· HB2699 - Endangered species programs; rescission; reimbursement: This bill would end threatened and endangered species programs in Arizona that were not initiated legally and in accordance with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, such as the Mexican Gray Wolf program. It would require a vote of the legislature on all current and future programs and would require that the federal government establish a fund, under the control of the AZ Attorney General, for reimbursing individuals who have suffered losses due to these programs.
· HB2698 - Air quality; particulates; cooperation prohibited: This bill would end the cooperation of the ADEQ with the EPA in the PM-10 particulate monitoring program, but would allow the ADEQ to continue the program for use for and by Arizona if the director so chooses. The Clean Air Act is extremely vague about defining what PM-10 actually is, other than “…emissions of volatile organic compounds and PM–10 into the ambient air from paints, coatings, and solvents as a pollutant…”. For over forty years, the EPA has been forcing Arizona to track common, naturally occurring “dust” blown from the desert, and has withheld our federal highway funds whenever AZ has failed to convince the EPA that it was a natural dust event and not pollution. In order to comply with the EPA, Arizona cites, counties and private businesses are forced to use our scarce water resources to wet down dirt roads, fields, construction sites, etc.
· HB2697 - Legislative appropriations; state; federal; monies: This bill will take about two-thirds of the state appropriations ($16 billion), that are currently under the control of Governor Brewer, and place them and all appropriations under the control of the AZ legislature. This bill has been run before by other legislators, and each time Brewer has vetoed it.
· HB2613 - Surveillance devices; limitations; violation: This bill will require law enforcement agencies to have a valid search warrant when using an unmanned drone to watch and collect evidence on an individual or concerning private property, and would also make it a criminal trespassing offence when an individual used a personal drone to violate a neighbor’s privacy, for example, being a “Peeping Tom.” This is a 4th Amendment issue for protecting our citizens against “Illegal Search and Seizure.”
· HB2612 - Fire suppression; federal reimbursement: This bill will ensure that our Arizona fire agencies are reimbursed in a timely manner after working on federal assignments. Last year, some AZ fire agencies had to borrow money in order to cover budgets while waiting as long as 12-months for federal reimbursements.
· HB2611 - Rescue operation personnel; limited liability: This bill will protect our search and rescue volunteers from being sued by the victims that they rescued, which has occurred in other states. Our search and rescue volunteers are not paid, they purchase their own equipment and train and respond to searches on their own time, and now they are being forced to purchase liability insurance.
· The Winter Range - The Biggest Cowboy Action Shoot Competition in the country, is scheduled from 8 am to 5 pm daily Feb 24-March 2 at Arizona Game and Fish Dept Ben Avery Range 9 (I-17 & Carefree Hwy) north of Phx. 769 shooters are signed up. Events include mounted shooting, Wild Bunch matches, cowboy action, costume contests, poker contests. $5 per carload. Free parking. Details:http://www.winterrange.com/Shooters%20list%2002.02.14.pdf or
· Religious Liberty Bills To Watch: (SB 1062 and HB 2153).
· Alan Korwin and The Cartridge Family Band will be performing at the Feb 22 Western Conservative Conference scheduled at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phx. The Second Amendment luncheon, featuring Congressman Trent Franks, starts at 11:45 am. Break out sessions with: Rock star Ted Nugent, actor Steven Seagall, Sheriff Richard Mack, Wall Street Journal Editor Steve Moore, media personalities Neal Boortz, Rusty Humphries, Herman Cain, Accuracy in Media's Don Irvine, international recognized author/blogger Trevor Loudon, local GOP leaders Congressman Matt Salmon, former Sen Russell Pearce, former Attorney General Bob Corbin and others. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – American’s Toughest Sheriff – will be roasted during the evening banquet. RSVP: Tickets/reservations http://www.westernconservative.org Use this code to get the discount rate for the entire event,or just attend the luncheon or some parts: AZGOP
· Bob Littlefield Announces Candidacy For LD23 House race www.BobLittlefield.com
· Kathy Littlefield Is Candidate For Scottsdale City Council www.KathyLittlefield.com
· New Poll Shows Dismal Re-Election Prospects For John McCain Arizona Republicans have increasing contempt for Senator John McCain.
· International Speaker/Author Trevor Loudon will address “The Enemies Within” during his Arizona tour:
· Feb 17 – Red Mountain Patriots, Faith Mountain High School, Mesa
· Feb 18 – Tea Parties of America, North Gate Church, 34985 N. 75th St., Phx.
· Feb 19 – Immaculate Heart High School, 625 E McGee, Oro Valley
· Feb 20 – Tea Party Scottsdale, Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd.
· Feb 21/22 – Western Conservative Conference, Phx Convention Cntr
Contact: Brad Zinn 602-841-6507 email@example.com
Coconino County Republican Committee's Feb 17 Lincoln Day Dinner is just about sold out. The dinner is scheduled at the DoubleTree Hotel on Rt. 66 in Flagstaff. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Candidates are welcome to bring their campaign literature and petitions. Tickets are $50 each. Tables of 8 are $350. Guest speakers are Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Congressman Matt Salmon and AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham. Contact: Chairman Joy Staveley 928-606-1131 firstname.lastname@example.org
· CD1 Candidate Adam Kwasman Is Scheduled to appear at the 6 pm, Feb 17 Coconino Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner. Woodlands Hotel, 1175 W Route 33, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Contact: Joy Staveley, email@example.com
· Sen John McCain will Address The Graham County Lincoln Day luncheon at noon on Mon, Feb 17 at the Eastern Arizona College Hoopes Activities Center, 615 N. Stadium Ave., in Thatcher. RSVP: Keith Alexander at 928-651-0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Dr. Lyle Rapacki of the Sentinel Intelligence Services, will address the 6:30 pm, Mon, Feb 17 Arizona Project meeting at 3375 E. Shea Blvd, Phx. Rapacki will discuss national security and its effect on sovereignty. Rapacki has briefed select members of the Arizona legislature on border security and threats to the state’s sovereignty. Contact: Ron Ludders 602-677-1496.
· Freedom Talk Is Coming Back To Radio - Liberty Storm with Shane Krauser will join a new home this coming Mon., Feb 17. Stream from anywhere in the country, Monday through Friday, from 1- 3 pm (MST). 1100AM KFNX (Phx, AZ) or live stream by going here. Call: 480.347.8969 with recommendations for guests, topics, etc.
· County Committee Lincoln Day Events:
· Feb 17 - Coconino County Lincoln Day Dinner Woodlands/Doubletree Hotel, 1175 W Route 66, Flagstaff. Doors open at 5:30 pm, 6 pm program. RSVP Chairman Joy Staveley 928-606-1131
· Feb 17 - Graham County Lincoln Day Lunch Noon, Eastern AZ College Hoops Activity Center, 615 N Stadium Ave., Thatcher.
· Feb 22 – Cochise County Lincoln Day Dinner 5 pm, Thunder Mountain Activity Centre
on Fort Huachuca (ID required), Sierra Vista.
· Feb 28 - Pima County Lincoln Day Dinner 6 pm Social, 7 pm Dinner. Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 3445 N Dodge, Tucson.
· March 1- Pinal County Lincoln Day Luncheon 11am . Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch, Union Center, 3925 N Sun CIty Blvd., Florence.
· March 8 - Maricopa County Lincoln Day Lunch 11 am Registration, Luncheon 11:30 am., El–Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix
· March 15 - Gila County Lincoln Day Luncheon 11:30 am, Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E Hightway 260, Payson.
· The Sun City Republicans Club ‘Petition Signing’ event is scheduled at 6:30 pm, Feb 17 with the 2014 candidates in the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City. (103rd Ave/Boswell Blvd). Republicans and Independents can sign petitions for their candidates. Those not carry a current RCSC membership card will be asked for a $2 admission fee. Contact: J. Miller, email@example.com or 623-972-5647. Any candidates who have not received an invite also contact J. Miller.
· Chandler Republican Women are hosting all GOP State Treasurer candidates at 7 pm, Feb 18 at the downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225. Candidates Jeff DeWit, Hugh Hallman, Randy Pullen and Martin Sepulveda will make their presentations, followed by a Q&A. The meeting will be held upstairs in the Copper Room. 6:30 pm meet & gfreet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
· Sen John McCain Will Hold A Town Hall meeting with Ventana Medical Systems employees in Tucson at 3 pm, on Tues, Feb. 18.
The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will hold their 6:30 pm, Feb 18 meeting at the North Gate Church, 34835 N. 7th St., Phx, in conjunction the a presentation by international know writer/blogger Trevor Loudon www.trevorloundon.com of New Zealand. Loudon, author of “The Enemies Within” will address national security issues. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Contact Vera Anderson email@example.com
· Nick Dranias, Director of Policy Development and Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, will present, “The Army and Marines: The Convention of the States and Compact for America Approach to Article V (how the constitution can be changed)” at the 6:30 pm, Tues, Feb 18 Surprise Tea Party Patriots meeting scheduled at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 West R.H. Johnson Blvd. Contact: Lynne Hirsch firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.surpriseteapartypatriots.com
The Arizona Republican Lawers Associaton is hosting a Feb 18 seminar on the nuts and bolts of running for public office seminar from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. Third St., Phx. $75 per person, including breakfast and lunch. RSVP to Mike Liburdi at 602-382-6170 or email@example.com
· Feb 17 - THE SUN CITY REPUBLICANS CLUB is hosting a petition signing evening for all candidates running for election in 2014. The event will be open from 6:30-8:30 pm, at The Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City (103rd Ave/Boswell Blvd). Those not carrying a RSCS current membership will be asked for a $2 admission fee. Contact J. Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-972-5647. Any candidates who have not received an invite also contact J. Miller.
· Feb 17 – LD22 (3rd Mon) 6:30 pm. Westbrook Village Community Center. Traveling east or west on Union Hills Rd. enter Westbrook Village at Country Club Pkwy (first light west of 83rd Ave.) north to Vista’s Rec Center. Contact: Chr Eric Morgan at email@example.com
· Feb 17 – LEISURE WORLD REPUBLICAN CLUB (3rd Mon). Rec #1 at Leisure World. Secured facililty. Contact Chr Neil Peterman at firstname.lastname@example.org
· ?Feb 18 – LD4 (with Estrella Republican Club)(3rd Tues) 6:30 pm social. 7 pm mtg. Starpointe in Estrella Mountain Ranch. Contact: LD4 Chairman Rhonda King Rhondaking08@Gmail.Com 623-640-3742 Cell
· Feb 18 – CHANDLER REPUBLICAN WOMEN, (3rd Tues) 6:30 pm social, 7 pm mtg. Downtown Chandler, 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, Speaker: Secretary of State candidate Michele Reagan and Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones. Contact: 2nd Vice-Chair Lisa Askey email@example.com 602-320-9291.
· Feb 19 – PALO VERDE REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB. (3rd Wed) registration 11 am, 11:30 am lunch. Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale. $30 per person. Speaker: Retired Border Patrol Office Zach Taylor will talk about his first-hand experience on the Arizona’ southern border. The Palo Verde ladies were named the "Best Club in State" at the recent State Chairman's GOP Banquet. RSVP: Edith Stock firstname.lastname@example.org, or 480-294-7092 (cell).
· McCain 'Won't Give Up' On Immigration Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Says He's Not Giving Up On Trying To Pass Immigration Reform Yet.
· Another CPS Bungle, Another Baby Dies Roberts
· Exposing What Lies Beneath The Bodies Of Dead Bankers And What Lies Ahead For Us Talley Reportedly Died From Seven Or Eight “Self-Inflicted” Wounds From A Nail Gun Fired Into His Torso And Head
· M3 Report Updated Daily Caution: Graphic Photos
· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2no.Us Border News Watch:
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· Did Obama’s Minions Shut Down Prominent “Birther” Site? “Birther” Activist Miki Booth And Pastor James David Manning Discuss The Mysterious Trouble A Website Called “The Birther Report” Experienced Recently:
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