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3-11-14 MCRC Briefs

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Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor    repcomm@cox.net

Web Master   John Strasser

 

March 11, 2014

 

·       Heartfelt Thanks From Chairman LaFaro:  I want to express my deepest appreciation to all the volunteers that made the 2014 MCRC Lincoln Day Luncheon the most successful in the history of Maricopa County.  It's my honor to be associated with so many hardworking and dedicated people. I have asked April Riggins, the Lead Co-Chair of the Event, to get me a list of all the volunteers so we can recognize them in an upcoming issue of the
MCRC Briefs.
Below are a few of the heart-warming comments I have received so far: 

·       "The most successful MCRC Lincoln Day Luncheon in the history of Maricopa County. 

·       428 attendees and feedback to the effect best Lincoln Day Luncheon Program ever."

·       "Kudos to you!  Greatest luncheon ever.  You were outstanding.  We know you spent a lot of time planning and organizing, and it paid off!"

·       "It was a public relations success for sure and showcasing the Center for Self Governance was the biggest win our party has had since Arizona became a state."

·       "Thank you for a great event. It reflects all the hard work put into it."

·       "It was a terrific turn out and the program was quick keeping everyone engaged. This is a good start of which will be a victorious year for the Republicans."

·       "I have been told by many people that the MCRC Lincoln Day Dinner was the ‘BEST EVER’!  That is high praise indeed.”   - MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro

 

·       The Arizona Chapter of Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) would like to thank Congressman Matt Salmon for co-sponsoring HR 4031, the VA Management Accountability Act. This important piece of legislation will help rid the VA of senior-level managers that have consistently neglected and failed in their mission to serve our nation’s veterans. Throughout his career as both an elected official and private citizen, Congressman Salmon has consistently fought for our veterans and servicemen and women. Whether it was ensuring that our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan had adequate body armor as a President of ArmorWorks or co-sponsoring legislation to hold the VA accountable for its failures, Congressman Salmon has repeatedly demonstrated that protecting our nation’s veterans and service members is one of his top priorities.  - Dan Caldwell,  Concerned Veterans for America   602-999-0888.

 

·       Garry Ong Raised $2,000 For The Family Of Fallen Phoenix Police Detective  John T. Hobbs at his Memorial Dinner on Sunday at the Mu Shu Asian Grill, 1501 W. Thomas Rd. Thank you to all who participated.

 

·       LD 18 Senate Candidate Tom Morrissey, former AZGOP chairman, will be appearing with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Mountain View Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 11002 South 48th St., (Ahwatukee)  at 6 pm, March 21.   They will be discussing the important issues and challenges facing our community, state and nation in plain talk and offering common sense solutions.  

 

·       Congrats to LD24 Chairman Brian Kaufman for recently passing  the  Patent Attorney State Bar Exam.

·       CD9 Candidate Andrew Walter is asking for volunteers to help collect petitions signatures at the  Sat., March 15  St. Patrick’s Day in Phx. Volunteers are asked to gather at 8:45 am in the parking lot at 340 E Palm Lane, (3rd St is closed for the parade, so take 7th Street to get to the meeting place). Please wear a campaign T-shirt, carry water, and wear a hat and walking shoes. Contact:  click here to RSVP.        info@andrewwalter2014.com

·       An Eddie Cook For Gilbert City Council Campaign Kick-Off is scheduled between 7-8 pm, Wed., March 12 at 325 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert. Contact: Paul Brierle    480-323-6832    Paul@VoteEddieCook.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.

 

·       Sue Goodchild, Long Time Yavapai County Activist, is hosting a ‘meet and greet” soup and salad dinner for Supt of Public Education candidate Diane Douglas between 5-7 pm, March 14 in Goodchild’s home, 1905 West Road 2 South, Chino Valley. Minimum donation $10.  RSVP: sgcater@aol.com or 928-636-7355.

 

·       Editor’s Note:  It has been brought to my attention that some folks do not know the meaning of RSVP on some of the event announcements.  RSVP means respond with a yes or no answer to the host or hostesses so they know how many guests to prepare for. A long time ago a RSVP was strictly adhered too.  Unfortunately, over the years many aspects of good manners have gone by the wayside.  Please, as a common courtesy, if you see a RSVP request, contact the host/hostesses several days in advance. It makes event preparation much easier for them.

 

·       Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Address The Gila County Republican’s Lincoln Day Luncheon at 11:30 am, March 15 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway, Payson.  For tickets, call Chairman Gary Morris at 602-803-7366.   mercurymorris@hotmail.com

 

·       The Pinal County Republican ‘Secretary of State Candidate Forum’ is scheduled at 10 am, March 15  (9:30 am meet ‘n greet) at the Union Center, 3855 N. Sun City Blvd., Florence.

 

·       The Annual Fountain Hills Republican Club Breakfast is scheduled at 8:30 am, Sat. March 15 at the FH American Legion. $15 per members paid in advance. $17 for non-member or all paying at the door. Reservations required. Contact: Secretary Nancy Ordowski ncordowski@gmail.com

 

·       Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Bennett, incumbent Sen Michele Reagan, Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich and Treasurer candidate Jeff DeWit will highlight the 10:30 am, March 15 meeting of the Paradise Republican Women’s Club at the Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.  Lunch reservations: Linda Brickman 602-330-9422 Luvbug1611@Cox.Net  Www.Prwc.Org

 

·       Congressman Trent Franks Is Having A Fundraiser Dinner at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m., with special guest Doug Ducey, Candidate for Arizona Governor and Current Arizona Treasurer. Tickets are $250 per person. Please RSVP to Daniel Stefanski at dstefanski11@gmail.com.

 

·       CD4 Congressional Art Competition; Deadline April 23 - Competition is open to all high school students from CD4. The first place winner will be flown to Washington, D.C. for an awards banquet and will have his or her artwork displayed in the US Capitol Complex for one year. Other awards include college scholarships. Click HERE  to learn more about the competition.

·       The  Gila County Lincoln Day Luncheon   is scheduled at 11:30 am, , March 15 at Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E Hightway 260, Payson.

 

·        LD13 Incumbent Representative Steve Montenegro and Yuma High School Supt Toni Badone will address the 6 pm, March 24 The Colorado River Tea Party .

 

·       LD24 Will Meet At 7 Pm, Thurs., March 20 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phoenix. Speakers: incumbent candidate Attorney General Tom  Horne and Treasurer candidate Randy Pullen, former AZGOP chairman. Other candidates in attendance, including LD24 House candidate Lei Lani Cortez, will be given a couple of minutes to speak according to Chairman Brian Kaufman. Contact:  Kaufman (602) 480-2424  bkaufx@gmail.com

    

·       The AZCDL Is Raffling Off  Three Glock Model 23 Gen 4 Pistols. These pistols are chambered for .40 S&W and come with interchangeable grip back straps. Included with each pistol are 3 standard capacity magazines. Only 900 tickets have been printed and each ticket represents 3 chances to win. Tickets can be purchased at AzCDL’s online store. The drawing for all three pistols will be held on March 30, 2014.Participants do not have to be present to win.  However, winners must comply with all federal, state, and local laws, and must pick up the firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.  If the winner does not qualify under federal, state, or local law for the possession of these firearms, their ticket is invalid and a new winner will be drawn.These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

·       LD13 Sen Don Shooter, LD13 Rep Steve Montenegro and Ruth Fennel will attend the Colorado Tea Party luncheon March 14 at Logan’s Restaurant in Yuma. RSVP by March 12 to Contact: M. Sally Kizer   coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com   928-210-1219.

·        Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne And Challenger Mark Brnovich, along with Treasurer candidate Jim DeWit will speak at the 8:30 am, March 15 Fountain Hills Republican Club breakfast at the American Legion Post.  Contact:  Edith Stock   eulachris1893@gmail.com

·       The Tucson Republican Women In Leadership Brunch is scheduled at 11 am, March13. 10 am reception. Speaker: David Keene, opinion editor, Washington Times and immediate past president of the NRA will address the Constitution and Second Amendment. , LaPaloma County Club, 3660 E Sunrise Drive Tucson. $20 payable at the door.  RSVP:  judiwhite1@cox.net

 

·       CD candidate Shelley Kais will address the Oro Valley Republican Women Luncheon, 11:30 am, March 14  at the  Oro Valley Country Club, 300 N. Greenock Dr., Oro Valley. RSVP: steffens2011@gmail.com

·       Luke Air Force Base Open  House & Air Show schedule  March 15 and 16.  This is the first show in three years. See restrictions, what’s allowed on base, what’s not.  Free Admission.  Parking Fee $10. Displays.  9 a.m. - gates open, static aircraft viewable, vendors open; 11 am to 4 pm - air shows; 6 pm gates closed. 

 

·       Tom Jenney Of Americans For Prosperity is looking for people who have been hurt by ObamaCare and are willing to tell their stories. AFP has already profiled some of those stories in television. Contact: Tom Jenney –ARP AZ Director   www.aztaxpayers.org   tjenney@afphq.org

 

·       LDl2’s regular monthly meeting (March 13) has been postponed by one week due to Spring break, according to Chairman Mickie Niland.  LD12 will meet at 7 pm, March 20 at the the Quartz Hill Elementary School, 3680 S Quartz St, Gilbert. Contact: LD12 Chr Mickie Niland  Chairman@Azld12.Com  Http://Azld12.Com/

 

·       Sen John McCain:  “I applaud the Pima County Board of Supervisors for passing a resolution today reaffirming its support for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the A-10 mission. Davis-Monthan is a critically important military installation that helps keep America safe while providing a vital pillar for Southern Arizona’s economy. Community support for the mission of Davis-Monthan, and the men and women who serve there, is essential to ensuring its future service to our state and nation.”

 

·       Rep Matt Salmon, Rep David Schweikert and Sen. Jeff Flake will host an informational session on Sat, March 29 for Arizona high school students interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies from 10 am until noon in the Coronado High School Auditorium, 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Salmon.Academy@mail.house.gov with name, phone number, high school, congressional district, and number of people attending the event. Click here to view the event flyer.

Scholarship opportunities available through the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA), the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Representatives from each US Service Academy will be present. Members of Salmon, Schweikert and Flake’s staff will be on hand to explain the Congressional nomination process.  All Arizona high school students, regardless of age, are welcome.

 

·       The Cochise Community Foundation is currently accepting letters of interest from non-profit organizations within Cochise County until 5 pm, March 28, from those interested in grant funding of up to $5,000 for projects in the coming year.   A review panel with countywide participation will determine which proposed projects are most likely to meet key community needs and align most closely with our donors’ intent.  Upon review of the letters of interest, selected projects will then be asked to complete detailed grant applications. Grant applications will only be accepted from those organizations pre-screened through the letter-of-interest process. The competitive grant process will open on May 1, with an application deadline on May 30, 2014. Grants awarded will meet donor intent, depending upon the field of interest, and all projects must benefit Cochise County, with weight given to those making the most impact on Cochise County communities. Details: Grants Initiatives or contact Rebecca Pickett, Grants & Operations Coordinator for the Southeast Region, of the Arizona Community Foundation, at (520) 505-3678 or rpickett@azfoundation.org

 

·       Supt Of Public Instruction Candidate Diane Douglas Schedule:

·       March 14 - 3 pm, Republican Women of Prescott at the Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott, AZ 

·       March 14, 5-7 pm,  Fundraiser hostesses Sue Goodchild at 1905 West Road 2 South, Chino Valley

·       March 15 -2 -5 pm, Sun City West Republican Club Candidate Forum at the Foundations Building Webb Rm, 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West.

·       March 15 – 7 pm, Pro-Life candidates speaking at the East Valley Action Alliance event at the home of James & Barbara Rowley Parker Residence 5345 E. McLellan # 103, Mesa,  AZ 85205   RSVP: 480-216-7217 ~ 480-832-2870  or  life@evactionalliance.org

Contact: Beth Hallgren,  beth40dfl@gmail.com  602-369-2495  www.dianedouglas.com

 

·       Congressman Matt Salmon Activities:

·       Hosted  town halls in Chandler and Gilbert.

·       Spent time at the Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship Church and the Gilbert Senior Center.

·       As chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, he addressed the Global Interdependence Center regarding “Trade in the Americas.”

·       Visited Fremont Junior High Stem and Steam Class in Mesa.

·       Spoke to the Red Mountain High School government class.

·       Announced the names of the CD5 nominees to service academies. See nominations list here

·       Highlighted Olympic Silver Medal winner Lyndsey Fry of Chandler in his newsletter.  Fry won a silver medal  with the US Women’s Hockey Team in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics.

 

·       Sen Nancy Bartos Says Her Water Development Bill, Forest Protection Bill and the bill to restore HURF road funds, all passed with near unanimous support.

·       Her Forest Health bill will establish funding to the state forester to provide grants and matching funds for cities and counties for forest treatment on Arizona lands. This bill would help clean up the State Trust land with the help of the state forester.

·       HB2691 funds DPS at adequate levels to allow HURF funding to be used by local governments. This issue positively affects rural Arizonans in a big way

·       Her Water Development legislation appropriates funding from the State General Fund to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) for the purposes of funding water supply projects. These monies will be available to cities, counties, towns or other water providers at favorable terms up to 50 years for the undertaking of water supply projects.

 

·       See MCRC Calendar For Complete Listing: Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/  Left Hand Column (In Red)  Maricopa County And State Wide GOP Activity Listings.

 

·        March 12 – ARROWHEAD REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB. (2nd  Wed) 11 am, Briarwood Country Club - 135th Ave & Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.  $20 per person. RSVP required. No jeans. Adults only. Speaker: State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Doug Duce. Guests may attend twice before they are required to become members. Reservations: www.arrowheadrw.weebly.com (Luncheons tab)  or arwlunchrsvp@gmail.com.

·        March 12  – AZ LATINO REPUBLICAN ASSOC. (ALRA) (2nd Wed) 6:30 pm.  AZ Project Offices, 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phx Contact: Jose Borrajero   602-402-5932 Http://Www.Latinogop.Org  RSVP 520-333-4204 Or Www.Saucedomercer.Com

·        March 12 - Politics On The Rocks (2nd Wed) 6 pm, Montelucia Resort Centro Lounge,  4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley.  RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/500327180056905/

·        March 12, 19, 26  – “Legal-Ease With Dennis Wilenchik” - Republican political talk show, (every Wed) 4 pm. KFNX 1100. legaleseonline

·        March 13 – LD23 (2nd Thurs) 6 pm social, 6:30 pm mtg, Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N Drinkwater, Scottsdale. Speakers: Shane Wikfors & Bill Fathauer from Americans for Prosperity - Arizona, who will discuss pending legislation and a plan to regain AZ Congressional seats in 2014. Forum for State Treasurer candidates Randy Pullen and Jeff DeWit. a representative from Hugh Hallman's campaign . Contact: Chr Joe Meli   www.d23azgop.org 

·        March 13 – CENTRAL REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF PHX. (2nd Thur) 5:30 pm social. 6:15 pm program. $22 dinner. Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phx. RSVP travelingtina@cox.net  Contact: WWW.crwop.org

 

·        F-35 Arrives At Glendale's Luke Air Force Base   Air Force test pilot Col. Roderick Cregier guided Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jet on a couple of slow, low loops through the Arizona sky before landing the plane and simultaneously launching a new era for the 72-year-old installation in Glendale.

 

·        McCain-Wont-Run-For President

·        John McCain Wants Ted Cruz To Apologize To Bob Dole For Telling The Truth

·        Brewer Staff Helped Work On SB 1062  When Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062 last month, she criticized the right-to-refuse-service legislation as divisive and aimed at a problem that didn’t exist. What the Republican governor didn’t say is that her staff had worked with supporters for six weeks to shape the legislation, documents show.

 

·        Brewer Aides Met With SB 1062 Creators In January To Make Changes To Bill

·        SB-1062-E-Mails-Released-Brewers-Worked-With-Authors

·        Documents Connect Brewer's Staff, Early Involvement With SB 1062    Docs: Brewer's top aides began in January to negotiate language with Center for Arizona Policy.

 

·        Bill To Safeguard Migrant Informants

·        Clintons Coming To ASU For 3-Day Event

·        Senator John McCain Has Finally Worn Out His Welcome?  

·        McCain Most Hated Senator In America Tribune

·        Az-Illustrated-Politics-2/28/14   Bruce Ash And CD1 Candidate Adam Kwasmann

·        Huppenthal Rips Reporting On Choice Program

·        EJ Montini    SB1062: Brewer Made Right Choice For Wrong Reason

·        Laurie Roberts   Why Does The Arizona Legislature Hate Public Schools?

·        Arizona Ski Area Says Snowmaking Saved Its Season

·        Divisive Arizona School Plan Advances In Legislature

·        Phoenix Ranked As 6th Hardest-Working U.S. City

·        Mild Winter Will Affect Number Of Insects And Critters

·        Ticket-Quota-Issued-To-Forest-Service-Rangers

·        Investigators-Catch-OK-Man-Accused-Of-Threatening-Sheriff-Arpaio

·        Police: Half Ton Of Pot Found At Tolleson Home

·        Phoenix Voters May Decide Pension System Issue

·        ATMs Are Facing Tech Deadline For Security

·        Mother Says Teachers Need To Know The Signs Of Potential Suicide, Pushes Legislation

·        Manufacturing Bill Removes City Impact

·        House approves livestock-cruelty bill

·        Arizona House Oks ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill

·        Food-Safety Reform Weighed In Valley

·        Freshman Lawmaker Clinco Dives In

·        Response To New Border Force Policy Mixed

·        Senators Still Don’t Back Gay Marriage

·        Insider: Race For Pastor’s Seat In Full Swing

·        Arizona Abortion Clinic Search Being Questioned

·        Attitudes And Laws Against Pit Bulls Soften

·        Ollie The Trolley Offers Free Rides To Spring Training Games

·        Arizona House To Reconsider 2 Rejected Bills

·        State Program Helps Struggling Homeowners

 

 

ESPRESSO PUNDIT

·        Here's Why Journalists Aren't Political Consultants

SEEING RED AZ

·        Nearly 100 Floridians Falsify Information, Vote Illegally

·        Fading, Agendized AZ Republic Admits Its Irrelevancy

SONORAN ALLIANCE

·        The Official Yuma Police Report For Arizona Senator Don Shooter

·        Time For Toby Farmer To Come Clean, Apologize

FLOYD REPORTS

·        Illegal Aliens, Non-Citizens Caught Voting In Florida In Vast Numbers

·        Idiot Principal Forces Half-Naked Teen Outside During Fire Alarm; Frostbite Results

MICHELLE MALKIN:

·        Michellemalkin/The-Inevitability-Of-Obamacare-For-Illegal-Aliens

 

 

RNC/GOP   www.gop.com

·        Republican-Party-Ups-Investment-Colorado

IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/ILLEGALS

·        M3 Report     Updated Daily    Caution: Graphic Photos  

·        Remember 1986

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        Azborderdefenders  - Hidden Cameras

·        Need2no.Us   Border News Watch:

SECOND AMENDMENT/GUN RIGHTS

·        Molon Labe: Connecticut’s Terrifying Start Of Gun Confiscation - Rachel Alexander - Page 1

·        Obama’s Surgeon General Pick Has An Interesting Take On…Gun Control | Theblaze.Com

·        Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Massachusetts | April 20, 1775 – How The American Revolution Started

CAMPAIGNS/ELECTIONS

·        Rand-On-Cruz: 'I'm Not-Real Excited About Him Mischaracterizing My Views'

BENGHAZI

·        Benghazi And The Politicization Of Intelligence

MILITARY/VETERANS

·        66% Favor Taking Sexual Assault Cases Away From Military Commanders

HILLARY

·        Hillary-Clinton-Shadow-Groups-Grapple-With-Question-Of-Midterms

ECONOMY

·        Americans Still Think Government Workers Have It Better

OBAMACARE/HEALTH

·        Hey, Harry Reid, Is This Baptist Preacher A Liar, Too? Pastor Hit By Truck Another Obamacare Victim

·        New-York-Man-Owes-1800-After-Hospital-Refuses-To-Accept-Obamacare-Plan

·        Oklahoma-Man-Loses-Insurance-Due-To-Obamacare-Owes-100k-In-Bills

WHITE HOUSE/OBAMA

·        Obama Expands Protection For CA Coastline   By Passed Congress    

·        Even-Liberals-Starting-Question-Obamas-Power-Grabs

 

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