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June 27, 2014
· MIHS Board Member Elbert “Bick” Bicknell: Where is the rage? Is no one aware of the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), which includes the Burn Center and 11 family centers, one dental unit, several pharmacies, two 2 physic units and one children' s care center(formerly known as County Hospital)? Is anyone aware that its board just passed (by a 4-1 vote) an additional $3.6 million in taxes over last years ($62.6 M) to keep MIHS open. This does not include the numerous federal dollars in taxpayers money it gets also. I voted against this tax increase. It never ceases to amaze me that NO public, NO, press comes to any of these meetings -- yet MIHS has a budget of almost $8oo million in mostly taxpayers money. The reason I voted “no” is simple. We are in a recession, AZ is lacking jobs, many people are on welfare and food stamps, without a job or a future of finding one. The National GDP just dropped to 2.6 - the lowest in a great long time. I asked the Board why the first and second floors of the admin building got new carpets? Why can’t we give a raise to janitors or nurses? Why did they spend over $4 million to replace the entrance to the main hospital when the whole building will be replaced in 5 to 7 yrs in the bond measure goes through? The hospital will get $65 plus million in a month or two, so why not get new carpets, new desks? It’s only money. But hey, who cares right? People are too busy to worry about things like taxes. I guess it is true. "We get the government we deserve".
· Congressman Matt Salmon has visited with Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi in Mexico for the second time. Salmon said, “Once again, I expressed my sincerest thanks for his service and conveyed the overwhelming support he is receiving from all Americans. I remain confident that his situation is improving and that he will be released in the near future to return back to the U.S. and get the medical treatment he needs. I won't stop fighting to #bringbackourmarine.”
· Speaker of the House Andy Tobin said that the attack on our border patrol from a Mexican law enforcement helicopter is another example of how Washington’s border policy is failing. “Thank God no one was hurt or worse,” said Tobin. “But this incident clearly demonstrates a lack of clear policy and coordination with Mexico on border security.”At 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, a Mexican law enforcement helicopter flew about 100 yards north of the international border and then fired two shots at two U.S. Border patrol agents on the ground in Arizona, according to Fox 10 News. The report added that the helicopter was part of a drug interdiction operation and that the Mexican government has apologized to the U.S. government for the incident.
· CD3 Candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer recommends watching an ad put out by the Catholic Church regarding the Nov 2012 elections. Test of Fire
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith is hosting his campaign office grand opening at noon, Sat., June 28 at 4835 E. Indigo St., Mesa, AZ 85205. Catering by Waffle Love food truck!
· A CD3 Candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer LD4 Estrella Foothills Precinct Walk, followed by pizza, is scheduled from 9 am-noon, Sat., June 28. Meet at 8:30 am the Starpointe Residents Club, 17665 W. Elliot Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 (W. Elliot, just west of S. Estrella Parkway). Bring water, a clip board, sun screen and an extra friend. Wear patriotic, comfortable clothing and a hat. If you have never done this before, they will team you with someone who has. contact Andrew Costanzo at, email@example.com or 480 677-0697.
· The Russell Pearce Show, Scheduled At 6 Pm, Every Saturday on KKNT 960 The Patriot, will feature Ted Hayes, a member of the National Black Leadership Alliance, to discuss tough issues critical to grassroots conservative Republicans and Tea Party Patriots. Call ins 602-508-0960 Contact: www.ThePatriot.com Shows on 960 The Patriot/KKNT typically reach approximately 75,000 - 100,000 listeners each between Monday - Sunday, 6am – midnight.
· A Candidate Development Workshop is scheduled from 8:30am-4:30 pm, June 28, at Monti's La Casa Vieja’s Rio Salado Room, 100 S Mill Ave., Tempe, (park south side of bldg.) Hosted by AZ House Majority Leader David Gowan and AZ House Majority Whip Rick Gray. $79, including breakfast, lunch & workshop materials. 40 seats available. Register: Cmontiaz@gmail.com (602) 432-3161
A Meet And Greet For Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs is scheduled at 5 pm, Sat., June 28 at the home of Martha and Ted Ryan, 6335 E Kathleen, Scottsdale. Cohosts – Sarah and TJ Forester, Erin and Matt Riggs, Thayer Verschoor and Wes Harris. RSVP Darcie at 480-437=1033 or info@RiggsforAGOV.com
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith will be featured at a gathering at the home of John and LaCinda Lewis at 8 am, Sat. June 28 at 513 E Campbell Ave., Gilbert. Donuts and beverages will be served. The event is cohosted by Denny & Nicole Barney, Ben & Milena Cooper, Traci & Jason Barney, Kelly & Leroy Breinholt, Margo & Fred Treece and Richard Morrison.
· Concerned Veterans For American ( AZ Chapter) Accountability Breakfast/Workshops are scheduled for
· June 28: 8:30 am, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. RSVP
· July 12: 8:30 am, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. RSVP
· July 26: Location TBD - Chandler, AZ. RSVP
· CD9 Candidate Andrew Walter’s campaign volunteers will meet at 9 am, Sat., June 28 at his headquarters, 1243 E Broadway Rd #105, Tempe, to walk neighorhoods in his campaign against Dem incumbent Kyrsten Sinema. Please RSVP to help.
· Gilbert’s Annual Patriotic Musical Celebration is slated at 7 pm, Sun. June 29 at the Mission Community Church, 4450 E Elliot Road.
A Patriotic BBQ And Fundraiser For Sen. Kelli Ward is scheduled from 1-8 pm, Sun June 29 at 3619 Desert Rose Lane, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404. 1-4 pizza/snacks. 4-7 BBQ. $25 at the door. Bring towel and bathing suit if you want to sue the pool or Jacuzzi. Food, live music, meet other candidates. RSVP electKelliWard@gmail.comRSVP Patriotic BBQ/Fun-Raiser
· The Tonto National Forest Plan Revision Community Forums are scheduled at
· June 30: 6:30 pm, Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek, AZ. Topics: Recreation, Scenic Resources, Designated Areas.
· July 2: 6 pm, Pleasant Valley Community Center, Hwy 288, Young, AZ, Topics: Fire/Fuels, Forestry, Range.
· Retired New York Fireman John Ossipinsky will make a presentation on detoxification of the lymphatic system at the 6:30 pm, Mon, June 30 Arizona Project meeting at 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phx. Contact: Chr Ronald Ludders 602-677-1496.
· June 30 is the deadline for applying to be a Maricopa County GOP Election Board Worker for the Aug 26 Primary Election and the Nov 4 General Election. Maricopa County Elections will be hiring via e-mail and telephone on a first come first serve basis - not by "seniority". Apply online. http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/electboard.aspx Several things are accomplished by working the polls the day of the election:
1. You are able to help make the day of the election run efficiently
2. You are able to monitor the polls where we have Election Board Workers
(we really need Republican Election Board Workers at every polling location)
3. You are able to make a $100 or more for your efforts, and most of all
4. You are able to help prevent any possible voter fraud. A. J. LaFaro, MCRC Chairman, encourages Republican Precinct Committeemen and registered Republican
voters to apply as soon as possible.
· LD29 house candidate Effie Carlson will be featured at a cock tail party at 5:30 pm, Thur., July 8 hosted by Kelly Hart, Lisa James and Courtney Odden. see details.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs is inviting volunteers to walk with him in the July 5 Prescott Parade. Meet at 7:30 am, July 5 at float #22 state area 1W (in front of Bella Home Furnishing, 115 W Willis, Prescott. For details contact Coalitions Director Doug Nickle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Speaker Of The House Andy Tobin was recognized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Leadership Legacy Award at its Annual Awards Luncheon Friday.Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer said that Tobin was one of the most important leaders in a generation, guiding Arizona through its most dire times.Tobin thanked everyone for the award as well as his constituents for the great honor to serve them. He thanked the Chamber for helping the community of Yarnell, and noted that June 30 will mark one year since the Yarnell Hill tragedy in which 19 wildland firefighters were overcome by flames and perished. Tobin noted that the community of Yarnell has also suffered a great loss in property values, which he said has jeopardized the very existence of its public schools, and he asked luncheon attendees to assist the Yarnell school district however they could.
· Arizona Heroes to Hometowns is collecting food for Arizona’s wounded veterans and their families at four Fry’s location between 8 an and noon, Fri, July 25. Please drop off non-parishable foods at:
· 5100 S. McClintock, Tempe 85282 (Baseline and McClintock)
· 4707 E. Shea Blvd. Phoenix, 85028 (Shea Blvd and Tatum)
· 1845 E. Baseline Rd, Gilbert 85233 (Gilbert Rd. and Baseline)
· 10675 W. Indian School Rd., Avondale 85037 (107th Ave and Indian School Rd)
· Gary Power, Jr., Author And Son Of U-2 Pilot Gary Power, will give an overview of the Cold War and misinformation surrounding the U-2 incident involving his father at noon, Thur., July 10 on the third floor on the Arizona Capitol Museum,Historic Senate Chamber, 1700 W Washington St, Phoenix. Free admission Sponsored by the Arizona Military Museum and the Arizona Capitol Museum. The son of Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot brought down over the U.S.S.R. May 1, 1960, will give a brief overview of the Cold War, the misinformation surrounding the U-2 incident, the family’s effort to set the record straight, and current efforts to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. Prior to being recruited by the CIA for the U-2 program, Powers attended The Fighter School at Williams AFB in the early 1950s Following World War II, the United States instituted high altitude reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union because of this aura of mistrust between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The CIA used the U-2 for spying missions, keeping the military out of the picture to avoid any possibilities of open conflict. By 1960, the U.S. had flown numerous “successful” missions over and around the U.S.S.R., but a major incident occurred on May 1, 1960 when a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was brought down near Svedlovsk, Soviet Union. This event had a lasting negative impact on U.S.--U.S.S.R. relations. The details surrounding this event are to this day still shrouded in mystery. Of note to Arizonans, prior to being recruited by the CIA for the U-2 program, Powers attended The Fighter School at Williams AFB in the early 1950s. Attendees will be able to purchase Mr. Powers’ book and Cold War memorabilia. http://www.azdema.gov/museum/ : http://www.azlibrary.gov/museum/
· Donations Are Being Sought By The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission to transport the Sen Barry Goldwater statue to the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. Contributions can be sent to Barry Goldwater Statuary Hall Project, c/o Arizona State Librarian, 1700 W. Washington St., 1938 Addition, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Goldwater was born in the Territory of Arizona on New Year's Day in 1909. Goldwater's political career began with a successful run for Phoenix City Council in 1949. Three years later he won a seat in the United States Senate. Although his 1964 presidential bid proved unsuccessful, he is seen as a leader and visionary of the conservative movement. The 11-foot tall, 1700-pound statue is currently on display at the Arizona Capitol Museum. Contact: Kim Crawford: email@example.com
· Congressman David Schweikert: We've heard in recent news that the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVACHS) Administrators lied in previous interviews and reports about their knowledge of faulty scheduling practices. Unfortunately, I can't say I'm surprised. That's why I co-signed the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, H.R. 4810. The bill directs the Secretary of the VA to enter into contracts with non-Department facilities to provide care for eligible covered veterans who have waited longer than the wait-time goals of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). I think it's time we reconsider the options we're giving to our Veterans. It pains me to know that people put in leadership positions and trusted with the care of veterans were able and willing to lie about their involvement in this tragedy. The sooner we change how our veterans are cared for, the sooner we can solve this problem. I hope this revelation at PVAHCS can be a spark of insight for our interim VA Secretary, Sloan Gibson. He has visited our facilities here in Phoenix and seen the reports that we’ve all seen. It is time those responsible are held accountable.
Republican Candidate Announcements, fundraiser, neighborhood walks and other 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. See Briefs at Http://Archives.Mcrcbriefs.Org/
· Senate Candidate Dr Ralph Heap’s headquarters is calling for volunteers at 3535 E Brown Road #101, Mesa. Contact: 480-825 -7718.
· Americans For Legal Immigration ALIPAC.Us Is Calling For Americans To Mail Their Gently Used Underwear To Barack Obama And John Boehner to answer Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) need for free underwear for the new surge of illegal immigrants crossing America's borders, enticed by promises of immigration reform amnesty. While many Americans will be tempted to send the underwear donations unwashed, ALIPAC is reminding citizens that DC is already full of dirty laundry. Mail used underwear to Barack Obama at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, and John Boehner at Office of the Speaker, H-232 The Capitol, Washington, DC 20515. www.alipac.us.
CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten schedule: email@example.com
· June 28: 6-7 pm, Speaking to Rincon Valley Cowboy Church, 13401 E. Old Spanish Trail/Rocking K Ranch .
· July 4 – 5 pm, Independence Day with Wooten’s, Faith Community East., 8455 E Golf Links Road, Tucson.
· Supt Of Public Instruction Candidate Diane Douglas Schedule:
· July 2 – 6 pm, Grassroots Tea Parties United /Constitutional Liberty Movement Independence Day Celebration at the Brand New Church, 1827 W Grovers, Phx (19th Ave/Grovers).
· July 3 – 7 pm, City of Maricopa and Pinal County residents at the The Maricopa Community Church 44977 W. Hathaway Ave., Maricopa, AZ 85130 (across from the Post Office).
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· LD13 Sen Don Shooter - Arizona Supreme Court ruling: “While I am both surprised and disappointed by today’s decision to let stand the lower court’s ruling, I understand that the courts feel that Arizona law has a gigantic loophole that allows a candidate to participate in forgery without being guilty of the forgery itself. Fixing the law is something that the Legislature will need to take up early next year. For now we will have to leave it up to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to pursue the matter, and I trust that their criminal investigations will discover the truth that Mr. Farmer is working so hard to conceal. I once again call on Mr. Farmer to stop hiding the identity of his campaign’s forger. His silence and disappearing act may be permitted in civil court, and it was a shrewd legal tactic as it turns out. But it makes a mockery of Arizona’s election system and insults the very voters he claims to want to serve. Mr. Farmer owes the victims of his campaign’s forgery an apology. Their identities were stolen in an effort to advance Mr. Farmer’s political ambitions, yet Mr. Farmer has both ducked responsibility while ignoring this crime’s victims. The voters of our district deserve much better than Toby Farmer and this forgery scheme.” Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rea ruled on June 17th that signatures filed by Toby Farmer for his State Senate campaign were forgeries, but to date Toby Farmer has refused to identify the person who forged them. Farmer’s testimony is considered crucial because Farmer signed statements admitting to having witnessed the forgeries. Contact Constantin Querard at (480) 703-8145
· LD23 House candidate Effie Carlson: Just when I think our campaign can’t get more exciting, it does! There is so much going on - endorsements, meeting voters, door hangers, signs, hooray! We continue to meet more and more supporters, from families at Peter Piper Pizza, the LD 23 meeting and senior center events. Get some friends together and I would love to meet you for coffee or a happy hour! Have you heard about Thunderclap? It's a crowd sourcing tool that I am using to remind everyone to get out and vote in the primary election. Help spread the word by signing up. Click here to learn more. We need your help to keep the momentum strong! Can you put some door hangers on your neighbors' doors or make some calls from home? How about a yard sign? Let us know which works for you. Have you seen the sample ballot from the Arizona Republic? Spend 10 minutes learning about all of the candidates that will be on your primary ballot on August 26 – survey responses and even video introductions! Voter calls and evening walks occur weekly. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a few hours this week. Calls can be made from home.
· CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten: With 64 days left in the Primary, this is the real deal. Recently-defeated Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor is coming to our district to support my opponent. Apparently she has not heard the voices in our Party demanding change and is even resorting to insider tricks and lawsuits to have me bumped from the ballot. I need your help immediately.stand Up To The Out-Of-Touch Establishment Candidate By Contributing To Our "Voice Of The People Fund." This campaign is now really underway and we can't let Washington drown out your voice! Even the media is taking note. This is what the Arizona Daily Independent had to say: "Bottom line, the timing is fascinating, the lawsuit being filed mere days after newcomer Dave Brat knocked out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's 7th District. There's nothing like fear of losing an election to a superior candidate to inspire desperate and even ridiculous tactics in political animals-including a political animal like Martha McSally, whose win-loss record wouldn't even keep her on the roster in minor league baseball." With 64 days left in this race, I'm under attack and need your help. wooten for congress wooten2014.com
· CD2 Candidate Martha McSally on the Army's release of a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for its 2020 force structure realignment. The assessment proposes a reduction of 2,700 military and civilian jobs at Fort Huachuca. "As someone who has worked closely with the many critical missions trained and housed at Fort Huachuca throughout my time in uniform, I have firsthand knowledge of the unique capabilities stationed at this base, which is a vital national asset. Cuts of this size would seriously damage our military capabilities and the Sierra Vista economy. We must do all we can to prevent these cuts and defend the crucial missions carried out at Fort Huachuca."
· CD9 Candidate Wendy Rogers: I'm Lt Col Wendy Rogers (ret) . . . working hard to serve my country once again as your congresswoman of Arizona's 9th District. I intend to replace Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. I had the privilege to fly as one of the Air Force's first 100 women pilots, am a 5th generation military veteran, current business owner meeting payroll, mother, and grandmother. We’re only 3 days away from my end-of-quarter fundraising deadline. Thanks to donors from across the 9th district and the entire country, we’re less than $10,000 away from our goal. Join the 1400 donors nationwide who've donated to my campaign. They know I have the strength and support to defeat left-wing incumbent Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November. Together we must end the Obama-Sinema era. Let's get our nation back on the path to prosperity. I’m ready to serve. defeat Kyrsten Sinema in November.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith: We're on the airwaves across the state and Mayor Smith is continuing to receive great feedback on his message of leadership and setting a clear vision for Arizona. Smith spent some time in Gila Valley this week, in Safford for breakfast with community leaders from Graham County, in Maricopa for back to back forums where Mayor Smith continued to prove he is the only candidate with real world solutions and the guts and experience to handle the challenges our state faces. We're excited to open up our Mesa campaign office at 4835 E. Indigo St. #101, Mesa, AZ 85205 on Saturday at Noon - free waffles from the food truck Waffle Love. Smith Statements: Smith Calls For Expedited Removal Hearings For Illegal Immigrants; Calls Out Obama Administration Top Tweets of the Week:
Top Stories of the Week: Governor's race heating up in Arizona GOP governor candidates trade barbs over immigration Thomas qualifies for public funding in bid to become governor Cap'n Al Calls It Quits Quote of the Week: "We've seen third party committees supporting Doug Ducey go after Scott Smith, go after Christine Jones." KTAR Political Expert Mike O'Neil said. "...You're clearly going to need big money to play in this league so Smith and Ducey would be my guess at this point." – Cooper Rummell, KTAR
· Schweikert-Salmon-Gosar What Immigration Reform Must Entail
· Laurie Roberts: Dark-Money-Ads Who's So Afraid Of Christine Jones?