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· AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham has requested the GOP gubernatorial candidates ‘refrain’ from personal attacks in their campaigning. His point is well taken – civility is important as long as it doesn’t interfere with the “people’s right to know” everything they possibly can about each of the candidates. Valid points are being raised regarding the sealed records. Republicans have been extremely vocal regarding President Obama’s sealed records. Yet, we allow GOP candidates to do the same. We should demand transparency of all candidates. It is understandable that candidates don’t want their personal/business lives paraded on the front pages – but every candidate opens that can of worms when they opt to run for public office. As voters, we need to know what may lie in the shadows of those who want to lead us; whether a candidate is truthful or deceitful, their moral and work ethics, etc. Where, oh where are the good investigative reporters of yesteryear? As to the mudslinging regarding voting records of candidates; those who have served in public office have a trail. Their votes are public record and easily accessible if you just take the time to research. In 45 years as an Arizona journalist, I’ve watched some pretty rough and tumble battles … but this primary is rapidly becoming one of the ugliest. And to make matters worse, our candidates are providing ammo for the Dems for the November general election. Graham should be concerned. The Dems only gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal must go to bed with a smile on his face. – Editor Frosty Taylor
· Funeral Services For Senator Chester Crandell will be held Saturday, August 9, at the LDS Church, 1858 AZ Highway 260, in Heber. The viewing is from 8:30 am to 10:30 am., followed by the funeral service at 11 am. Anyone wishing to send their condolences to Crandell’s wife, Alice, and the family may send cards to their home: 1837 Despain Street, Heber, AZ 85928. Please keep the family in your prayers. We will all miss our friend, Senator Crandell. Contact: Sylvia Oliver- Sr. Executive Assistant - Arizona State Senate 602-926-3843 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Condolences To The Family Of Former Pinal County Republican Chairman Tommy Tucker. A Celebration of Life for former Pinal County Republican Committee Chairman Tommy Tucker at 2 pm, Sat., Sept 6 at the Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church 3001 E, Mira Vista Lane Tucson, AZ 85739. Tucker held many titles and worked tirelessly for his fellow Republicans. Funeral services will be held in Iowa the week of Aug 18.
· The US Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a public information session in the afternoon and a public comment meeting in the evening at the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and proposed 10(j) rule changes Monday, Aug 11 at Hon Dah in Pinetop. details click here The Mexican Gray wolf will be a major topic of interest. On August 6th, the AZ Game & Fish Commission put out a News Release voicing serious concerns that the Alternative proposed to the Service was ignored. Click here to see the News Release.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs And LD22 Sen Judy Burges will present a Town Hall Meeting on Healthcare & State Sovereignty at 6 pm, Tues., Aug 12 in the Sun City West Foundation Building – Palo Verde Rm, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West. Refreshments will be served.
· Congressman Matt Salmon: House Takes Action to Address Border Crisis - As a member of the House Border Crisis Working Group, I was invited to attend a field hearing in McAllen, TX in July to see firsthand the conditions along the Texas border and to assess how we could take action to address them. We learned about the challenges faced on the border by our Border Patrol agents and the steps being taken by Texas to try and stem the flow illegal immigrants and specifically children from crossing the border. Before we adjourned, the House voted to put some of these suggestions to work. The Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014 passed the House and provided real solutions. Not only did it address some of the causes of the border crisis, but it appropriated more money for our Border Patrol and authorized and funded the National Guard to begin taking actions to secure the border.
· Readers Are Reminding Briefs that Chuck Coughlin of High Ground Consulting is a consultant for Sen. John McCain, Gov. Jan Brewer, Gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith… and represents big medical donors who supported passage of Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion. Jez, some of us remember when he was one of former Attorney General Grant Woods side-kicks in the early 90s before transferring to then Gov. Fife Symington’s office. You’ve have built quite a career, Chuck.
· Christine Crossen of Mesa is the second place winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Arizona’s Fifth District. Her piece, Water Balloons, is on display now Congressman Matt Salmon’s Washington, D.C. office.
· Whoever Is Destroying Political Signs Throughout Maricopa County should remember that it is Class 2 Misdemeanor (ARS 16-1019 –political signs http://www.azleg.gov/ars/16/01019.htm ) if caught and prosecuted. If you see someone destroying or messing with political signs, please photograph them and take the photos to the victims or send them to MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro email@example.com
· Congressman Matt Salmon: As we learned earlier this year, the Veterans Administration is in bad shape. Veterans were being denied access to the healthcare they need, and records were forged to cover up this atrocious treatment. Some veterans even lost their lives while waiting for appointments scheduled months in the future. In July, the House and Senate acted to take up two bills that gave the VA the tools it needed to support our veterans and begin fundamentally reforming the way the VA does business. The House also passed a bill which would bolster border security and address the flow of illegal immigrants entering the country from Mexico. This is a dangerous situation, both for Americans and the countless illegal immigrants forced to endure the abhorrent treatment of the human smugglers bringing them to our country. In their struggle to stop terrorist organizations inside the Gaza strip from launching further attacks, Israel began a military campaign aimed at destroying the tunnels and rocket launching equipment used by Hamas on Israeli civilians. The House and Senate both passed legislation to bolster Israel’s ability to defend its people by providing continued funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system. While we’ve been busy in Washington, I was also fortunate to meet with many constituents in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. If you or someone you know would like to sign up for my next open office hours, be sure to visit my website for the next date and time. It is an honor to serve you in Congress and I look forward to seeing you in Arizona.
· CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten’s red ‘Wooten for Congress’ T-shirts are now available. Order at http://www.wooten2014.com/
· LD 19 meets on the 2nd Monday of the month (Aug 11) at 7pm in the Total Wine & More conference room, 1416 N Litchfield Rd (Palm Valley Pavilions West Shopping Center) Litchfield Park, AZ. Contact LD 19 Chairman, Cherie Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
· LD 13 meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (Aug 12) at 7pm in the PebbleCreek Tuscany Falls Clubhouse – Ball Room, 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ. 85395. Contact: Chairman Robert Branch, 602-334-6519.
· LD 4/Estrella Conservative Republican Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month (Aug 27). Contact LD 4 Chairman, Fred Amator, email@example.com or 623-980-6007 or for The Estrella Conservative Republican Club contact Richard Newcomer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-512-1340.
· The Arizona Game And Fish Department And the University Sustainability Practices at ASU are conducting a new educator workshop from 9 am –noon, Sat., Aug 16 at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee, for educators interested in building a wildlife-friendly habitat on their school grounds. Space is limited and registration is required. Additional details will be sent to all registered applicants. To register http://goo.gl/wwtr8e
· Early Voters Be Sure To Mail Your Ballots in so they are in the Recorder’s office by Thurs., Aug 22. The sooner your ballot is in the Recorder’s office, the sooner you name is removed from those pesky robo calls.
· The AZGOP Is Hiring Ballot Collectors In Casa Grande for the Primary Election. Collecting will take place Monday through Friday, 4-8pm and Saturdays, 10am-6pm. Work anywhere from 8-28 hours per week. Space is limited. Inquire soon. Contact: email@example.com
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· Republican Candidate Announcements, fundraiser, neighborhood walks and other events can be sent to email@example.com 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/
AUG 9 EVENTS
· Precinct Walk And Get Out The Vote with CD 3 Congressional Candidate Gabby Saucedo Mercer, LD 4 Candidates Dr. Connie Uribe (AZ Senate) and Richard Hopkins (AZ House) this Sat, Aug 9. They will meet at 8:30 am and walk from 9 to 12. Meet at the Walgreens , 25073 W Southern Ave. Buckeye, AZ 85326 (SE Corner of Southern and Miller Rd). They will finish walking Hopeville Precinct in Legislative District 4, Buckeye. Bring water, a clip board, sun screen and an extra friend. Wear patriotic, comfortable clothing and a hat. Don't worry if you have never done this before, we will team you with someone who has. RSVP to Andrew Costanzo at, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480 677-0697
· Ray Carroll Is Conducting A Pima County District 4 Townhall at 1 pm., Sat., Aug 9 at Mt Lemmon Community Center, 12949 N Sabino Canyon Parkway, Tucson. Special guests: Pima County Administrator John Bernal, Waste Water Management Director Jackson Jenkins, Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Christopher Nanos, Mt. Lemmon Fire Department’s Randy Ogden and Emergency Management Deputy Director Jeff Guthrie. Contact: email@example.com or (520) 724-8094.
· Phx City Council Bill Gates will be cutting the ribbon of the new Greenway Parkway Bridge at 7:30 am, Sat., Aug 9 between 145h/1th Avenues. The bridge will be open to walking traffic before it opens to the public on Mon, Aug 11. information here.
· The Arizona Federation of Republican Women Region VIII has scheduled a voting workshop Aug 9 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E. Gainey Club Dr., Scottsdale. 9 am registration – coffee & muffins. 9:30 workshop with Shane Krauser and Cheryl Pelletier. 11 am – get out the vote. 11:45am – working lunch. $30 per person. Coffee/tea thru the morning. Limited seating. Reservations required: Contact/tickets: Lori Urban, AZFRW Director for Region VIII 480-221-9633 firstname.lastname@example.org
· CD2 Candidate Chuck Wooten is calling for supporters to “Walk For Wooten” between 8-11 am, Sat., Aug 9 starting at Purple Heart Park, 10050 East Rita Road, Tucson, AZ 85747. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Confirmed participation at at email@example.com or wooten2014.com
· Meet Incumbent Gilbert Town Council Candidates Victor Petersen, Jordan Ray, and Eddie Cook and Rep Warren Petersen at 7 pm, Sat., Aug 9 at a reception at the home of Grant and Amy Peterson, 2531 E Libra St, Gilbert.
· A Constitutional Studies Seminar is planned from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Aug 9 at the Liberty Arts Charter School, 3015 S Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212. Cost: $10 (covers the seminar guide) Taught by Lester Pearce. RSVP to: Spencer Pearce 480-593 4540 pearce_spencer@Hotmail.com Mara Benson 480-215-6658 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Walton 480-323 6446 email@example.com
Aug 11 EVENTS
· Aug 11 - LD 19 meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm in the conference room of Total Wine & More - in shopping center at McDowell and Litchfield Rd., 1416 N Litchfield Rd (Palm Valley Pavilions West Shopping Center) Litchfield Park, AZ. Contact LD 19 Chairman, Cherie Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Yavapai Republican Men's Forum will be held at 11:30 am, Aug 11 at the Hotel St. Michael Ballroom, 205 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ. $18 per person. Speakers: AZ LD1 House of Representative Candidates: Noel Campbell, Sean Englund, Karen Fann, & Linda Gray. RSVP by noon, Thurs, Aug 7 with Bob Luzius at (928) 717-2551 or email@example.com
· The Highway 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm, Aug 11 at Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey, AZ (Rear Dining Room. 5 pm social hour. Sheriff Scott Mascher & Staff and Candidates running for Primary.
AUG 12 EVENTS
A Fundraiser For Justice Of The Peace Candidate Malba Alvarez and Constable candidate David Lara will be held at 5 pm, Tues., Aug 12 at the American Legion Post #19, 2575 W Virginia Dr., Yuma. Bake Potato Bar w/all the fixin's & salad. Tickets: $15 per person
WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Bennett: This race is very close and will come down to who can best turn out their vote. That’s why I need you now more than ever.If you have received an early ballot, I humbly ask for your support. If you haven’t made up your mind, I invite you to visit www.BennettArizona.com/plan to review my 9-point detailed plan to move Arizona forward. Arizona’s economy is still extremely fragile and we have many complex issues facing our state. We need steadfast leadership to guide us through these still uncertain times. My experience includes a successful career in business with public service experience at the state, legislative AND local level. Arizona is at a crossroads. If we are to live up to our potential, we must select a leader who can get the job done. I will be that Governor.
· CD1 Candidate Andy Kwasman: There he goes again. Poor Andy Tobin. Since his campaign ran out of money (AZ Capitol Times Yellowsheet Report 8/15/14), he is flailing wildly. Beware! Tobin will do anything to distract the voters about the issues that matter. Now he's attacking me about my financial disclosure. But I have nothing to hide. My statement is about as interesting as paint drying. I have no debt or secret investments. Over the past two years, I've been fighting for liberty full-time! Now, let's get to the issues that matter in this election. These are the issues that Tobin doesn't want to talk about. (1) Amnesty: Tobin supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and has been quoted in the paper and in debates for his pro-amnesty position.state-and-regional/brewer-skeptical-of-immigration-reform-by-mccain (2) Common Core: Tobin voted for Common Core testing in 2013. House vote (3) ObamaCare Expansion: Tobin wrote his own bill to expand ObamaCare in Arizona. arizona-house-budget-medicaid-vote I believe you are smart. I believe you deserve to know the truth. I believe you won't be tricked into voting for a big government, establishment politician, like Andy Tobin. We can do better. I believe that limited, Constitutional government puts us on the best path to prosperity. We have a choice this year to replace Ann Kirkpatrick with an honest and authentic conservative. Let's do just that.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs: We're now less than 20 days away from the August 26th primary election and we need all hands on deck to finish strong. Today I'm asking you a simple question: Can I count on your support? If so, I need your help. Please forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues so that they can learn more about me and my campaign to be the next Governor of Arizona. This is one of the quickest, easiest ways you can help our campaign right now. Our new mail piece shows that I have the experience and conservative credentials we need in the Governor's Office. Share it with your friends and let them know why you're standing with me in this campaign. You can find larger versions of the mail here or you can share the images below. I appreciate your support and willingness to forward this email along.
· Hassayampa Constable Candidate Scott Blake: Recently someone asked why I am running for Constable. In a nutshell here is my resume for why I feel that I deserve your vote as the Hassayampa Constable. I am married with five children. I have lived in the west valley for 24 years. I am a conservative Republican with Christian values. As a Boy Scout I discovered my greatest strengths in serving others in my community while I earned the rank of Eagle Scout.I graduated with honors from high school and earned an electrical degree.I worked 10 - 12 hours days providing community services for two years while leading groups of other volunteers as a Trainer, District Leader, Zone Leader and Assistant to the Mission President.Community service continues to play a role in my life with participation in the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and serving with others in my community with Surprise Pride Day.I have owned my carpet cleaning business for 21 years. I started with a single portable unit to a three van operation with employees and while doing this I learned important principles and values that can be implemented into this political office. I have developed strong communication and presentation skills while working in my business and within the community. And I refuse to sling mud or slander either of my opponent. www.facebook.com/scottblakeforarizonaconstable
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith: In the past 48 hours, we've raised over $80,000 and are still on TV across the state. Independent polling shows this race is completely wide open and our campaign is perfectly positioned to come out on top. Stories of the Week: Ducey up, Smith climbing, Jones slipping in new poll Is Scott Smith smarter than we think? 4 takeaways from Scott Smith's surge "I commit to you that I will follow the governor's lead and will work tirelessly to build on the foundation she's made," Smith said. "I will give my all to Arizonans from every part of this great state. We will have a state we will be proud of. For in the end, this is not about me, this is about we." Moments later, he clasped hands with Brewer, and together they lifted their arms into the air." – Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Arizona Republic
· LD23 House Candidate Effie Carlson: There are just over 2 weeks left until we know who will represent LD 23 residents at our State Capitol, and early ballot voting is already well underway. We are thrilled that the momentum continues to grow for our campaign, including the recent endorsement by Governor Jan Brewer. However, we are committed to working harder now, than ever before. This continues to be a tight race, so WE NEED YOUR HELP to ensure Effie is elected….(1) Share your support for Effie on Facebook or Twitter (2) Send an e-mail to your Scottsdale/Fountain Hills friends. Contact us for a template to get you started. (3) Share the opportunities below with your friends and neighbors. (4) Meet and Greet with Effie: 1:30 pm, Wed., Aug 13 (First SUSD Elementary early release day)AZ Airtime, 13802 N Scottsdale Rd. (5) LD 23 and LD 28 Candidate Forum, Hosted by Valley Interfaith Project at 7 pm, Thur., Aug 14 at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley. (6) Donuts and Door Knocking with Effie and Jeff at 8:30 am, Sat., Aug 9. other walking opportunities. (7) Return your early ballot today with a “single shot” vote for Effie (vote only for Effie). (8) Mark your calendar to go to the polls on August 26. Find your polling place.
· Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs: The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA) has released its grades of the candidates for the Arizona Republican gubernatorial nomination. The NRA gave Frank Riggs an “A” grade as a “solidly pro-gun candidate…who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office.” As a three-term U.S. Congressman, Riggs earned an “A” rating from the NRA as a “proven incumbent legislator with an excellent voting record on critical NRA issues who has made an active effort to promote Second Amendment rights.” The vanity candidate, Ms. Jones, and the establishment-picked candidate (and self-described “ice cream guy”), Mr. Ducey, received “AQ” grades from the NRA. The NRA says this rating “is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA Candidate Questionnaire,” and is for a candidate “who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.” Millionaire talk is cheap. Arizona Republican primary voters don’t have to settle for someone who’s a blank slate with no record to match their rhetoric. They’re unvetted and untested and have never had to cast a single tough legislative vote, like the vote Frank Riggs cast as a Member of Congress to overturn the federal ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Time and again, Frank Riggs, Army veteran, ex-cop and former Congressman, has defended the Second Amendment and gun owners’ rights. Frank Riggs’ record and experience prove that he’s tested, trusted and ready to lead from Day One. In a crowded field, he’s the “real deal” and the clear conservative choice for Governor! - See more at: Riggs-grade-A candidate
· Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Smith: The Arizona Capitol Times just reported a poll that has Mayor Scott Smith with a 3.4% lead over Doug Ducey in Maricopa County! See the results below. While we fully expect this race to swing back and forth until Election Day, this is definitely great news. Here are three things you can do today to help elect Scott Smith Governor of Arizona. (1)If you have an early ballot – VOTE for Scott Smith this weekend. (2) donate so we can keep our ads running on TV. (3) Email, call or visit with 10 friends this weekend and ask them to vote for Scott Smith for Governor. POLL: EARLY RETURNS FAVOR SMITH Arizona Capitol Times – Friday, August 8, 2014
"Smith led the way with 25.5 percent, followed by Ducey at 22.1 percent. Third place belonged to Thomas, whose 12.4 percent narrowly edged out Bennett's 12.2 percent. Jones secured only 11.8 percent, and she bested only Riggs, who received 2.4 percent."
· Similarities In Ducey And Obama Campaigns Open The Records
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