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May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day
· Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s State Balladeer Since 1966, wrote lyrics in 2009, specifically for the dedication of a historic cemetery that was recently built at Ft. Huachuca to accommodate the remains of 57 United States Cavalry soldiers from the 1800's. Their graves were found beneath the streets of old downtown Tucson as the footers for a new county building were being dug. These lost and forgotten soldiers had been accidentally left behind when the old Ft. Lowell Military Cemetery was moved in early 1900 - to accommodate the ever growing downtown area. Ellis sang this song immediately after Governor Jan Brewer's dedication of the new cemetery. Fifty-seven tiny new pine coffins, containing the partial remains of these Civil War soldiers, and each covered by an American flag, lay before him as he sang. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd...including his, while he sang "May They Rest in Peace" - a rewrite of "Amazing Grace". https://www.dropbox.com/sc/8yux3038tm56och/AAAdw_bcot69nemUFfx46JP_a
· Congressman Trent Franks, a senior Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee: "This Memorial Day, may we resolve to remember that the greatest men and women America has ever produced have for generations stood prepared to pay the ultimate price so that we might all continue to walk awhile longer in the sunlight of freedom. Today, we remember those who laid down their lives so that we could be free. May we also resolve that those who do come home -- too often broken by the heavy toll of their sacrifices on the battlefield – will be met not only with the gratitude and respect of an entire nation, but with resources and care befitting American heroes.”
· LD13 Chairman Robert Branch: “I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks and praise to our men and women, past and present, who served and who are serving in our armed services keeping our nation free. The words, “Freedom is not free,” is inscribed on the Korean War Veterans Memorial reminding us of the cost our veterans have paid for our freedom. Since the United States became a nation, almost 238 years ago, the freedom secured by our veterans provided us with a stable government, and America has flourished under the United States Constitution. If you do not think that this is a great feat, consider these facts, since America became a nation, “…France has had fifteen different governments; Brazil has had seven since 1822; Poland, seven since 1921; Afghanistan, five since 1923; Russia, four since 1918; and the story is similar for other nations throughout Europe, Africa, South America, and the rest of the world.” (Wallbuilders, 2006, p. 1)
· NAFBPO’s Zack Taylor on FOX & Friends at 8:15 am, Tues., May 27 Zack Taylor - President Obama Gave Organ Mountains Monument Status -- A Retired Border Agent Can Speak Freely About The Real Dangers. Also see NAFBPO Border Presentation - the truth about criminal violence along the AZ/MX Border - Caution: very graphic photos
· Condolences to the family of former Senator Tom Smith who passed away this weekend. Smith was from the old LD26 Kaibab precinct (east Phoenix and Paradise Valley). He was a Colonel in the Marines, former Scottsdale School District principal, and a longtime party activist promoting “honesty and integrity”. He was a LD28 precinct committeemen. His passing is a great loss to the Republican cause. Services are pending.
· Call to Action - Precinct Committeemen: You have until 5 pm, May 28 to get your affidavit and petition signatures delivered to Maricopa County Elections Department, Attn: Kristi/Berta, 111 S. 3rd Ave., Phoenix AZ 85003. Postmarked May 28 doesn't count.
· ATTENTION PCs: Several people contact Chairman A J LaFaro about strangers coming to their homes or phoning them with a series of questions about Sen. John McCain and asking whether they are running for precinct committeeman (PC) again. Some of them are offering to notarize your PC affidavit and take your signature petitions and affidavit to the County Elections Office for you. Please do not give your signature petitions or affidavit to any stranger. Hand deliver them to County Elections Office no later than 5 pm, May 28.
· A Notary Is Available At AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., to help precinct committeemen needing to have their candidate affidavit notarized before taking it to the Recorder’s office before 5 pm, May 28. If you need to schedule a notary, call HQ AT (602) 957-7770 to see if they can send one to you. No charge.
· Rob Haney, Past Chairman Of The Maricopa County Republicans, and Charlie Joiner, wore their service hats at the Casa Grande gun show booth for gubernatorial candidate Andy Thomas. Haney is a Vietnam-era Air Force veterans. Joiner served in the Army in Viet Nam, as did Thomas’s dad.
· LD30 Republican Candidates Michael Aaron Gidwani (House) and Gary Cox (Senate) have registered to be officially on the ballot. Both are Clean Elections candidates who are grateful for all who helped with the petition drives. Gidwani remarked, "This November Arizona will have a public official who will put AZ Families First .I am humbled by the generous outpouring of support from so many friends, family members and voters for putting their trust in a new candidate. Thank you. I look forward to serving Arizona well & faithfully execute the oath of office." LD30 is currently controlled by Dems Sen Meza & Rep Debbie McCune-Davis & Rep Larkin. Contact: Gidwani: www.facebook.com/gidwaniazhouse
· LD23 House Candidate John Strasser invites volunteers to join his team tonight as they finish collecting signatures. Give him a call (480 – 273 – 8798) or check out his website (http://johnstrasser.us) to sign up. LD23 consists of portions of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.
The LD17 Candidates Roundtable is scheduled at 7 pm, Tues, May 27 at the Islands Community Center, 825 S. Islands Dr. West, Gilbert. Confirmed candidates - Michele Reagan and Justin Pierce for Secretary of State, Randy Pullen and Hugh Hallman for State Treasurer, Tom Horne and Mark Brnovich for Attorney General, Diane Douglas and John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction. $10 donation recommended. Printable Flyer HERE Contact: Carolyn McCorkle, First Vice Chairman , firstname.lastname@example.org
· LD 18 State Senate Candidate Tom Morrissey reports a successful fundraising event in Bullhead City on May 24 that was attended by an overflow crowd in a private home on the Colorado River. Sheriff Joe was a special guest. Morrissey said, "I am told that this was the 'event of the season’ in Mohave County. I was humbled by the turnout and the amount of money raised.” The event was hosted by Hildy Angius, District 2 Mohave County Supervisor Board Chairman.
· CD2 Candidate Shelley Kais Turned In 2,623 Signatures last week - more than double the 1,267 required to appear on the Aug. 26 primary ballot. Kais is a small-business owner with expertise in federal financial management who brought her knowledge of government operations to Arizona in 2008 when she opened her Tucson office. For over 25 years she has guided organizations to define their vision, implement solutions, and build and create productive workforces. As a local business owner in Southern Arizona, she is dedicated to the economic prosperity of the region’s business community. Contact: www.shelleykaisforcongress.com.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will file his nominations petitions at 9:30 am, May 27 followed by a campaign rally in the Rose Garden at the State Capitol, 19th Avenue & Washington, Phx. RSVP Darcie at 480-437-1033 or info@RiggsforAZGOV.com
· Attorney General incumbent Tom Horne will address the Pima County Republican Club luncheon at 11:30 am, Tues, May 27 at the Sabbar Shriner Temple, 450 W Tucson Blvd. $11 for lunch.
CD2 Candidate Martha McSally requests that her supporters get her nominating petitions to her by 11 am., Tues, May 27 at 4400 E. Broadway Blvd, Ste 50, Tucson, 857ll. RSVP to Matt Brown at Matt@mcsallyforcongress.com
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs will address the 7 pm, May 27 , East Valley Tea Party at Burke Basic School., 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. The former California Congressman Riggs has been a resident of Arizona for 12 years. See Frank Riggs Congressman Matt Salmon will be the June 3 speaker.
· Arizona Project Will Meet At 6:30 May 27 to hear constitutional attorney Shane Krauser discuss the Bill of Rights – a continuation of his seminar at 3375 S Shea Blvd., Phx. Contact: Chairman Ron Ludder 602-677-1496
· The Fountain Hills Republican Club Social will meet at 6 pm, Tues, May 27 at the
HOA Resturant, 11849 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.
· Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board will host a public hearing at 6:30 pm, May 27 to receive input on a proposed 2-percent property tax increase (raising taxes from $125.73 a year home with an assessed value of $100,000 to $128.24). Meeting scheduled at the Maricopa Community Colleges District Office, 2411 W. 14th St., Tempe.
· The Tempe Republican Women will meet at 6:30 pm, May 27 at the Pyle Center, 655 E. Southern, Tempe. Speakers are former AZGOP Chairman and LD18 Senate candidate Tom Morrissey and Don Jan, author of ‘My Grandchildren’s America.’ Contact: Jessica Merrow email@example.com 480-306-2545 www.TempeRW.org
· A Campaign Fundraiser for Marty Hermanson, candidate for Maricopa City Council, is scheduled from 6-8 pm, Tues., May 27 at the Duke Country Club, Maricopa. Speakers: Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin. RSVP -Brendahermansongarza@yahoo.com
A Reception In Support Of LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro (aka the M&M Team), hosted by House Majority Leader David Gowen, Bonnie & Buddy Mitchell, Sr., Miracle & Buddy Mitchell, Jr., Linda & Steve Migliore, and Terri & Nick Simonetta is scheduled at 6 pm, Tues, May 27 at 1150 E. Acacia Circle, Litchfield Park. 5:30 pm VIP reception. Suggested contribution $250. 6 pm general admission $100. Special guest: Congressman David Schweikert. Please RSVP to Allison Mary 480-628-2763 / firstname.lastname@example.org
· A June 4 Reception For Congressman Matt Salmon is scheduled at 6 pm at the International Air Response, 6250 S Taxiway Circle (Gateway Airport), Mesa. $250 per person. RSVP: Kate Fassett at 480-688-2657 or email@example.com
· Reports circulating: Reports have come to my attention that the moderate and left of center Republicans (aka RINOs) are trying to take over the Arizona Republican Party at all levels - state, county and legislative district. Reports are circulating that thousands of dollars are being spent to recruit RINOs to run as candidates for Republican PCs in the August primary. – A J LaFaro, MCRC Chairman
· Attn PCs applicants: Early voting for the Aug 26 primary begins July 31. If there are no extra people running for the open positions in your precinct, your name will not be shown on the primary ballot and you will be automatically elected “by acclamation.” If, however, there are more PC candidates running in your district than open positions, all qualified nominees go on the Aug 26 ballot. You will be notified by the Recorder offices if your name will be on the ballot.
· Eddie Cook For Gilbert City Council needs to have all of his petitions nominations returned immediately to: Eddie Cook, 1760 W. Aspen Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85233. Contact: Paul Brierly, Campaign manager, Paul@VoteEddieCook.com 480-988-9311.
· LD25 Senate Candidate Dr. Ralph Heap needs to borrow rebar to put up signs. If you have some you can loan him, call 480-577-9094.
· Tempe City Council Candidate Matt Papke is calling for volunteers to turn in their nominating petitions so he can file them. Contact: (480) 242 – 2208 http://www.freetempe.com/
· Anyone With Signature Sheets Still Out For LD8 senate candidate Irene Littleton, Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, and Arizona Corporation Commission candidates Doug Little and Tom Forese are asked to turn them immediately so they can be filed by May 28. Go you can go to http://www.azsos.gov/equal/ to sign petitions online and donate $5.
Chandler School Board Candidate Jeff Amberson could also use some help. Contact: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.amberson.9?fref=ts
· The LD4 And Estrella Conservative Republican Club is scheduled ata 6:30 pm, May 28 in the Starpointe Residents Building on Estrella Parkway and Elliott Road to hear gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones. Meet and Greet at 6:30 pm.
· Gov Mitt Romney will be in Arizona on May 28 for a CD1 event for candidate Andy Tobin. Contact Michelle Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· There Will Be A Rally To Free U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from the Mexican jail at 5:30 pm, Wed., May 28 at (approximately) 5775 Camiones Way, San Ysidro, CA 92173. Contact: Dr. Gina Loudon, 217-653-2238. See Greta's show Greta talks about Tahmooressi, Who is in a Mexican jail today for taking a wrong turn and ending up in mexico. Petition the White House to release him
· CD1 Candidate Adam Kwasman is serving ‘Hot Dogs and Apple Pie’ at 6:30 pm, May 28 in Riverfront Park, Oro Valley, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley, AZ. Contact:email@example.com or www.adamkwasman.com
· Young Professionals for Doucy will meet at 5:30, Wed., May 28 at The Mint.
· A Fundraiser For State Treasurer Candidate Hugh Hallman, featuring Barry Goldwater., Jr, is scheduled at 5:30 pm, Wed., May 28 at the Bronzesmith Fine Art Foundry & Gallery, 7331 E. 2nd St., Prescott Valley. RSVP to Jim Kleczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-830-5709. Suggested contribution $50.
· Volunteers are asked to meet Mickie Niland and Sandi Bartlett for a ‘on your own’ lunch at 11:30 am, May 28 and then make phone calls from 1-3 pm for LD25 senate candidate Ralph Heap. Meet at the Cafe Zupas, 3420 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204 (NW corner of Baseline and Val Vista). Phoning will be done from Heap Headquarters: 3535 E. Brown Road, Suite 101 Mesa, AZ 85213 – phones and scripts provided. Contact: Sandi Bartlett 480 600 2874 email@example.com
· Incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne will attend the Green Valley Republican Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon, Thurs., May 29 at Green Valley GOP headquarters, Green Valley Village, Suite 70, (I-19 Exit 65-Continental).
· A Fundraiser For LD23 Sen Candidate John Kavanagh is scheduled at 7 pm, May 30 at the Lexington Hotel –Fireside Grill, 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and live music by “The OK Chorale” singers. Free Italian buffet dinner and cash bar. Minimum donation $25 per person. No RVPS required. Checks can be sent to: Kavanagh for State Senate, 16038 E Seminole Lane, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.
· LD25 Sen Candidate Ralph Heap needs volunteers to man telephones from noon until 8 pm Mon-Fri at his campaign headquarters, 3535 E Brown Road., Mesa. Greetings Volunteer. Call Don 602-284-6240 or Barbara 480-577-9094 to schedule a time.
· The JLBC Staff reports monthly to the Legislature on the status of General Fund revenue collections and other fiscal issues. This report can be found: www.azleg.gov/jlbc.htm. Among the key points of the document:
· The April General Fund revenue results were disappointing. April General Fund revenue collections totaled $856.4 million. Base revenues were (13.3)% below April 2013.
· Overall April General Fund collections were $(85.3) million below the enacted budget’s forecast. Year-to-date base revenues are only 1.7% higher than FY 2013, while total General Fund collections through April are $(37.0) million below forecast.
· A decrease in April collections was not unexpected – due to the acceleration of capital gains in FY 2013 as a result of the federal “fiscal cliff.” The enacted budget
· Assumed revenues would decline by (8.6)% in April. The magnitude of the April decline, however, was greater than projected with most of the forecast loss occurring in the Individual Income Tax category.
· In total, Individual Income Tax collections were $(55.8) million below forecast in April. Current May Individual Income Tax results do not show substantial improvement from the April collection levels.
· Considering the Governor’s vetoes and other adjustments, the projected FY 2015 ending balance is $191 million – up from the $139 million previously projected. However, projections for FY 2016 are for a ($137) million to ($195) million shortfall.
· The Governor has called the legislators into Special Session on May 27 to address the creation of the new Department of Child Safety (replacing CPS). Any additional new funding for this agency is not included in the above numbers. - Sen John McComish, Rep Rep Bob Robson and Rep Jeff Dial
· Contact Your Congressman. Let them know your anger over yet another scandal that has taken the lives of unknown numbers of Americans. Our veterans deserve better.
· Sen John McCain R 202-224-2235 mccain.senate.gov
· Sen Jeff Flake R 202-224-3421 flake.senate.gov
· Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1) 202-225-3361 kirkpatrick.house
· Rep Ron Barber (D2) 202-225-2542 barber.house.gov
· Rep Raul Grijalva (D3) 202-225-2435 grijalva.house.gov
· Rep Paul Gosar (R4) 202-2225-2315 gosar.house.gov
· Rep Matt Salmon (R5) 202-225-2635 salmon.house.gov
· Rep David Schweikert (R6) 202-225-2190 schweikert.house.gov
· Rep Ed Pastor (D7) 202-225-4065 house.gov/pastor
· Rep Trent Franks (8) 202-225-4576 franks.house.gov
· Rep Kyrsten Sineman (D) sinema.house.gov
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· ‘America’s Forum’ Live on Newsmax TV features former AZ Congressman and telecaster J D Hayworth along with Newsmax TV’s John Bachmann from noon to 3 pm, Mon-Fri. Online: View "America’s Forum" live at: www.newsmaxtv.com
· Doug Ducey For Governor Yard Signs at available for pick up at Ducey headquarters, 4455 E. Camelback, Suite E-260, Phoenix. To have delivered to your home, contact political director, Anson Clarkson at email@example.com by tomorrow morning. Bottom of Form
· CD9 Candidate Andrew Walter is expanding office hours at 1243 E. Broadway Rd. #105, Tempe, AZ 85282. New hours are 9 am-8 am, Mon-Thur., and from 9 am-5 pm, Fri & Sat.
· A Reminder To Politically Involved State Employees: See state restrictions (Arizona’s “mini-Hatch Act”) at A.R.S. § 41-752. http://www.azleg.gov/ars/41/00752.htm The public policy behind these limitations is at A.R.S. § 41-752(K).
· Memorable Remarks Of Naval Adm. William H. McRaven To The Graduating Class Of 2014.
· In Flanders Fields. A Poem By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army.
· U.S. Armed Forces - We Must Fight - President Reagan (Hd) Memorial Day 2014
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