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· See AZGOP Robert Graham’s ‘Thank You To Executive Board’ and announcement for re-election under “What The Candidates Are Saying.”
· The Annual ‘PC Day At The Capitol’ is scheduled for Jan 15, according to the MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro. He urges PCs to RVSP to www.pcday.eventbrite.com for lunch reservations. The schedule:
o 9 am-11:03 am - Meet with your legislators
o 11:30 -1 pm – Rally and lunch in the Rose Garden (W of House Bldg) Reservations/tickets required. Reservations at www.pcday.eventbrite.com Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pc-day-at-the-capitol-tickets-10071328615
o 1 pm – House Gallery – Introduced by the Speaker
o 1:30 pm - Senate Gallery – Introduced by the President
o 2 pm – group meetings with legislators
o All day – Sign up on ALIS request to speak – House/Senate lobbyists.
Co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Republican Committee and the Arizona Republican Assembly. Activities: See AzRA2014@zoho.com
· The Sun City Grand Republican Interest Group would like to wish everyone "A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2015". Their next meeting is scheduled at 9 am, Sat.,(4th Sat) Jan 24 in the Hopi Room at the Chaparral Center, 19781 N. Remington Dr., Surprise 85374. Coffee and light refreshments are available beginning at 8:30 am. Meetings are open to Sun City Grand residents and their guests, elected officials and candidates. The speaker will be from: "A Soldiers Best Friend". Dogs trained to help Veterans with PTSD is the purpose of this group. Contact: Ginny Nyre, President email@example.com (623-544-7187) or Ruth Seiter, Vice President, Programs firstname.lastname@example.org (623-544-9309) or visit our website at www.grandpop.com
· Rev Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the AAARC, is asking for donations to help fund the third Emancipation Proclamation Observance Day of Thanksgiving Event scheduled at noon, Jan 1, 2015 at East Lake Park, 16th St. and Jefferson St. Phoenix. “We are asking you to help us fund this important event. It is our way of starting out the Republican New Year on the ‘right’ foot, setting the historical record ‘right’ and reaching out to all Americans. We believe this day was the ‘word’ made flesh, i.e; The Declarations of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution were glorious writings. The Emancipation Proclamation was an action, a beacon of light for America and the world to see. This freeing of people in bondage, said to all, come to America for freedom and liberty and justice for all. We believe many freedoms actually came from this first, bold act by President Abraham Lincoln. We are the Party of Lincoln. Help us spread this very important message by helping to fund our effort. Contact Bowen: email@example.com or 602 274-5439.
· Gov Jan Brewer On DACA Ruling: “The right to determine who is issued a driver license is reserved for the states – not the federal government or an unelected judiciary. It is outrageous that Arizona is being forced to ignore longstanding state law and comply with a flawed federal court mandate that requires the state, at least temporarily, to issue driver licenses to individuals whose presence is in violation of federal law, as established by the United States Congress. At stake in this case are the fundamental issues of constitutional law and state sovereignty. Arizona has the constitutional right and authority to enforce state statute. This right must be protected. It must be defended. And as long as I am governor, I will do exactly that. It is important to remember that courts have yet to consider the full merits of the case, and I believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail. Consequently, I have instructed my legal team to move forward in pursuing a full review of this matter before the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible.”
· House Speaker-elect David Gowan applauds Governor-elect Doug Ducey’s staff picks and congratulates each appointee. “I want to send a special welcome to my former seat-mate Ted Vogt,” said Gowan. “I am looking forward to working with him again, and I know he will make an excellent chief of operations. As a veteran of the Afghanistan War, Vogt’s commitment to serving the people of Arizona is one of the highest. Danny Seiden is also someone who I have worked with, and I know will be a tremendous asset to the people of Arizona as Governor-elect Ducey’s deputy chief of staff for external affairs and policy development,” said Gowan. “I also look forward to working with Sara Mueller, Senior Advisor, and Gretchen Martinez, Director of Legislative Affairs.”
· Funeral services for former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs will be held at 10:30 am., Sat., Dec 20 at the LDS Church, 4225 N. 56th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Viewing at 9 am. Reception immediately following at the home of Anne and Fred Christensen. See story on Driggs phoenix-mayor-john-driggs-dies
· Arizona’s 20th Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced the members of her incoming administration. The new leadership team consists of Lee Miller as Deputy Secretary of State, Eric Spencer as State Election Director, Liz Atkinson as CFO and Matt Roberts as Director of Communications. “It was important to me and my transition team to place highly-regarded and experienced professionals in positions of leadership within my administration,” said Secretary-elect Reagan. “Each one of them has an exceptional skill set that will help implement my vision for improving one of the most important offices in state government.”
ü Lee Miller, tapped as Deputy Secretary of State, will oversee day-to-day operations of the Department of State, the Secretary of State’s office and its numerous divisions, including the State Library, Archive and Public Records Division. Miller’s professional career began working as an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation investigating financial fraud in the banking and savings and loan industries. That work evolved into senior management positions with commercial and residential securities trading firms from coast to coast. A noted election law attorney, Miller has provided consultation and analysis for numerous political campaigns and organizations including the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and pro-bono work for the Arizona Republican Party. “Lee has a unique blend of legal, political, business and management experience which will make him a tremendous asset within the administration,” said Reagan. “Combined with his expertise in government affairs and lobbying, he will be able to run the Department of State efficiently and effectively.”
ü Eric Spencer, an election and political law attorney for Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. was selected to serve as the State Election Director. Spencer will oversee the Election Services Division, which is responsible for voter registration, campaign finance, candidate, lobbyist and elected official filings. Before joining Snell & Wilmer in 2007, Eric was a Captain in the United States Army and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Infantry Division. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Spencer graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, and went on to receive his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. “The only thing more impressive than Eric’s career in law is his service to his country,” continued Reagan. “There are only a handful of people in Arizona qualified to serve as State Elections Director, and I’m delighted to have Eric on our team. We share a passion for our system of elections and we will work diligently to make it even better.”
ü Liz Atkinson returns to the Secretary of State’s office after serving as Administrative Division Director of the Department of Weights and Measures. She previously worked at the AZSOS from 2006 to 2008 as the Advance Directive Coordinator under then Secretary of State Jan Brewer.. Atkinson is a Certified Public Accountant Candidate and holds a M.B.A. in Accounting and Graduate Degree in Financial Analysis from the Keller Graduate School of Business. As CFO, Atkinson will be directly responsible for monitoring expenditures of the Department of State and assist with all human resource issues and staff management among other duties. “Liz was the ideal candidate for the CFO position,” the Secretary-elect said. “With her experience in state government and knowledge of the AZSOS, she will be a vital component of the administration from day one. From all accounts she is an absolute rockstar and I’m really excited to have such a qualified person watching over the books and making sure we are spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned money wisely.
ü Matt Roberts, will continue in his role as Director of Communications managing media inquiries and the dissemination of information from the Secretary of State’s office. Before joining the AZSOS in 2011, Matt worked for the Arizona Republican Party as Communications Director and previously served two New York State Senators where he was responsible for office operations and communications. “Matt’s experience working with the media is vital as we continue to promote the actions of the office,” said Reagan. “His continued effort to provide information to the public through an enhanced communication effort will only improve Arizonans confidence in the 2nd highest elective office.”
Full bios will be available on www.azsos.gov after the inauguration.
· Attorney General-elect Mark Brnovich’s added three key members to his staff this week. Brnovich will assume office Jan 5, 2015. John Johnson joins Brnovich's team as the Division Chief of the Child and Family Protection Division, Leslie Welch will serve as Director of Operations, and Kristen Keogh takes the role of spokesperson. "With these additions, the Attorney General's Office has acquired highly accomplished talent, and I am pleased to have them on my team when I take office next month," said Brnovich.
ü John Johnson, a former Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Maricopa County Attorney will bring years of experience in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse with him as he leads the Child and Family Protection Division. Brnovich says, "Johnson's experience and passion for protecting children is exactly what the Attorney General's Office needs. We will fight harder than ever to protect the most vulnerable members of our community."
ü Leslie Welch will become the Director of Operations after 16 years of extensive work in state government management. Welch previously excelled in multiple roles at the Arizona Department of Gaming. Most recently, she worked at the Arizona Department of Administration where she served as the state’s Deputy Procurement Administrator, managing 12 chief procurement officers providing guidance on procurement policies to state departments, including the Governor’s Office. Welch's experience with human resources, office management, strategic planning, and public outreach made her the clear choice for the Director of Operations role.
ü Kristen Keogh will serve as spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, transitioning from a career in television news. An Arizona native, Keogh recently left her role as an anchor/ reporter at Fox 10 News in Phoenix. "I am honored to be a member of this team and know General Brnovich will make my home state of Arizona an even better place to live," Keogh said.
· CD2 electee Martha McSally Announces The Members Of Her Transition Team. The diverse group from Pima and Cochise Counties will provide input on hiring decisions and help set up McSally's Arizona Congressional offices to ensure a smooth transition to office. "It's a privilege to work with so many talented and accomplished individuals from our community to get our office up and running," said McSally. "Above all, our office needs to work for the people of Southern Arizona. Whether it's constituent services or representing the views of Southern Arizonans in Congress, we need the most efficient and effective set-up possible. I'm grateful to everyone who's lending their time to help make that happen and look forward to hitting the ground running when I take office."The Transition Team consists:
ü Jim Kolbe (Honorary Chair) represented Southern Arizona in the U.S. House for 22 years, where he served on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. Kolbe currently serves as Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a co-chair of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Development, and a Senior Adviser to McLarty Associates, a strategic consulting firm. He also serves on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Community Food Bank and Critical Path Institute.
ü Chris Sheafe (Chair) is President of C. Sheafe Co. and has lived in Southern Arizona for nearly four decades. In addition to his years of experience as a developer, Sheafe has served on the Tucson International Airport Authority, Pima County Bond Committee, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, the Rio Nuevo Board, as well as The Southern Arizona Water Resource Association and Tucson Regional Water Council.
ü Lea Marquez-Peterson is the President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is the owner and Designated Broker for Marquez Peterson Group, LLC. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Women's Business Council, a group that advises the President and Congress on issues facing women business owners. She serves on numerous community boards including Vantage West Credit Union, the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a member of DM-50 and the Tucson Airport Authority.
ü Tim Bee is the Vice President, Government and Community Relations for the University of Arizona and the former President and Senate Majority Leader of the Arizona Senate. He was appointed to serve as Director of Governor Jan Brewer's Southern Arizona Office and prior to that, owned and operated his own business in Tucson.
ü Keri Silvyn is Partner/Owner at Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs PC and was named Tucson's "Woman of the Year" in 2014. Her area of legal practice focuses on land use and infrastructure, and she is the founder of Imagine Greater Tucson whose mission is to connect government, stakeholders and community to create community-driven choices for living, working, learning and playing in the Tucson region. She is a former President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and involved on the Boards of the O'Connor House Project, TREO, Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the University of Arizona Law College Association, and the Tucson Medical Center Foundation Board.
ü Bill Assenmacher is the CEO of Caid Industries, Inc., a mining and metal fabrication company founded in Southern Arizona in 1947. He is the founder and President of the Southern Arizona Business Coalition and serves on the boards of AMIGOS, The New Centurion Foundation, and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, among other groups. He previously served on advisory boards for the University of Arizona College of Engineering and the State of Arizona Commerce Authority.
ü Vera Marie (Bunny) Badertscher a freelance writer and author, served as District Chief of Staff for Rep. Kolbe for eight years and was first Chief of Staff for Gov. Symington. She was campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe's first four campaigns, and for Governor Fife Symington, Tucson Mayor Lew Murphy, and others. Badertscher also ran a political consulting firm for several years.
ü Edmund Marquez is the agency owner for Allstate Insurance and former owner of Edmund Marquez Suzuki in Tucson. He is a past Chairman of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and has served on the community boards for YMCA, the Pima Community College Foundation, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, and the DM-50.
ü Julie Katsel currently serves as Southern Arizona Director for U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and served prior to that as Deputy Regional Director for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl for 18 years and for Congressman Jim Kolbe on his Washington, D.C. staff. A UA graduate, Julie has a long history of community service in Tucson and is currently active on the Board of Directors of the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America.
ü Judi White is the past chair of the Pima County Republican Party and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Rifle Association's Women's Leadership Forum as well as on the Board of Governors of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series. She has extensive experience working with candidates for elected office.
ü Jeff Utsch is the President of Tucson Acquisition and Development Corp., a former USA National Swim Team Member and All-American swimmer and Team Captain at the U of A. He has served for 20 years as a consultant with the Naval Special Warfare community teaching military personnel in tactical swimming applications. He has previously been a director and ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation, is a member of The Compact for America, and teaches on the U.S. Constitution.
ü Larry Lucero is Senior Director, Government Relations and Economic Development at UNS Energy Corporation, Tucson Electric Power. He was appointed to serve on the Arizona State Board of Education and Border Governor's Conference by Governor Janet Napolitano and currently serves as President for the Arizona Mexico Commission and as a board member for Tucson Youth Development, Alternative Computer Education Charter High School, and the Chicanos Por La Causa Tucson Advisory Council.
ü Pam Harrington served as District Scheduler/Executive Assistant to Congressman Jim Kolbe for 17 years and District Scheduler for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for 5 years. She has served with local elected officials and candidates since 1975.
ü Bob Ramirez is the President and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union and has lived in Tucson since 1979. He has served as Chairman of the Credit Union Executive Society Board of Directors and is involved in numerous community organizations including the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the DM-50, Pima Community College Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
ü Si Schorr is a Senior Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber. He has served as first Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority, Chair of the Arizona State Transportation Board, and Chair of the Tucson-Pima County Commission on Improved Government Management. He is a Board member of the Tucson Airport Authority. He also is a founding Board Member of Pima Community College and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
ü Judy Patrick is a member of the Board of Directors for CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Tucson Airport, and Southwestern Fair Commission. She has served on the Pima County Self Insurance Trust Fund, City of Tucson Civil Service Commission, City of Tucson, and Public Safety Retirement Board and is a member of the National Association Corporate Directors and National Association Mutual Insurance Companies.
ü Joe Snell is President of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) and prior to that was President of Metro Denver Network. He is a Board Member for the I-11 Coalition and has served as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Council for the Arizona - Mexico Commission as well as on the Board of Arizona Economic Resource Commission, the Board of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and as Chair of the Arizona Global Network.
ü Daisy Jenkins is President of Daisy Jenkins & Associates, LLC. She is Vice Chair for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and University of Arizona College of Law Board of Visitors. She also is Chair-emeritus of the University of Arizona President's African American Community Council and serves on the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission.
ü Bob Walkup served as Mayor of Tucson for 12 years and also is the former chairman of the Tucson Economic Council. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer and executive in the aerospace industry for 35 years and is a U.S. Army veteran.
ü Sharon Bronson serves as Pima County Supervisor, District 3, and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and has served as President of the County Supervisor's Association of Arizona and the U.S./Mexico Border County Coalition. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), is a board member of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (MTCVB), and is currently on the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties, (NACO).
ü Tom Warne is a local Tucson commercial real estate developer, who has developed in Tucson and Phoenix since the late 70's. He has developed commercial office space, industrial space and retail and is most proud of the Main Gate Square, a private-public partnership, which comprises approximately 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, hotel and retail space.
ü Joe Stroud (Sierra Vista Chair) is President of E.F. Financial, Inc. in Sierra Vista, where he's lived since 1994. Stroud has served on the Arizona Board of Appraisals and the Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission and served 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel.
ü Rick Mueller served as Mayor of Sierra Vista since 2010 and is a former Army Field Artillery Officer. He is a member of the Executive Board for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the Community Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts of America, and the Huachuca 50 and is a Board Member for the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation. Mayor Mueller also is a Commissioner on the Arizona Military Affairs Commission and Vice-Chairman of the Upper San Pedro Partnership.
ü Shay Saucedo is the Southern Arizona Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Senator John McCain. She served as District Aide for Jim Kolbe for 11 years and as Constituent Services Manager for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Congressman Ron Barber for nearly 7 years. She has resided in Southern Arizona for 23 years.
ü Randy Groth is the CEO at AllSource Global Management, LLC as well as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Arizona, a position he has held for nearly 12 years. He earned his PhD from the University of Arizona and served as an Associate Vice President at the University of Arizona and the first Dean of the University of Arizona South.
ü Pat Call Call is serving his fourth term as a Cochise County Supervisor, District 1, where he also serves as county liaison to the Huachuca 50, Chair of the Upper San Pedro Partnership Advisory Commission, advisor to the Hereford NRCD and represents southern Arizona on the Arizona Department of Homeland Security's Southern Regional Area Council. He is the Executive Director for The Cochise Water Project and is a past Governor's appointee to the Arizona Growing Smarter Oversight Group, the Statewide Water Advisory Group and Arizona's Water Resources Development Committee.
ü Alesia Ash grew up in Sierra Vista, where she served on the city's Youth Commission and graduated from Buena High School before attending Arizona State University. She served as Constituent Services Representative and Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Congressman Ron Barber prior to running for office. Ash was elected to the Sierra Vista City Council in August 2014, becoming the youngest person to ever earn a seat on the Council.
ü Jack Blair is the Chief Member Services Officer at Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative and has lived in Sierra Vista for 15 years. He is the Chairman of the Cochise Water Project and Chairman-elect of the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of directors for the Huachuca 50. He served as the past Chairman for the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Foundation and was appointed to Governor Jan Brewer's Solar Task Force. He also is an Army veteran.
ü Danny Ortega is Vice President of Ortega's Stores Inc., a family owned business established in 1923 in Douglas, where he has served as Mayor since 2012. Prior to that, Ortega served 12 years on the Douglas Unified School District, including six years as school board President, and has been an active member of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Cochise County Planning and Zoning Committee, Douglas Noon Lions Club, Douglas Community Area Fund, and Douglas Clean and Beautiful.
ü John Ladd is a fourth generation Arizona rancher whose ranch borders 10 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers, Arizona Cattle Growers Border Committee, the Cochise County Public Lands Advisory Committee, and the Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District.
· The Cobre Valley Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am, Sat. Dec 20 to do some housekeeping things and discussion a way to acoommodate those who are unable to meet on the 3rd Sat of the month. Contact: Chairman Judy Alexander 928-701-2195
· Congressman Paul Gosar: For the second time in as many weeks, I commend the Senate for passing one of my jobs bills, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange, which will create 4,000 jobs and generate $60 billion for Arizona’s economy. Once the operation is running, this mine, located near Superior, Arizona will provide 25% of the United States’ copper supply and be the largest copper mine in North America. I am always happy to see bipartisan efforts from members in both the House and Senate, working together for the good of our constituents who have made it clear that they want Congress to focus on job creation. The land exchange is a remarkable achievement for Arizona and will provide economic and ecological benefits for decades. I urge the president to promptly sign this legislation into law so that Arizona can celebrate the holiday season with a copper Christmas.
· AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham reports that the following chairmanships have been appointed for the Jan 24, 2014 State GOP meeting. They are:
o Resolutions and Memorials Committee - Ray Sweeney
o Nominations – Chris Campbell
o Bylaws – Linda White
Credentials - Helen Purcell and Dan Grimm
Executive Board members wishing to serve on a committee for the meeting should contact Tim Sifert at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chad Heywood at email@example.com
· Dec 31 Is The Deadline To Register For The Arizona Federation Of Republican Women’s April 17-19, 2015 trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Tour in Simi Valley, California. For information contact Reagan Presidential Library Trip Coordinator Susan Kay Schultz at DetailsHM@cox.net or 480-945 1490. All reservations and monies will again flow through AZ Trails Travel | Roxanne and Hank Boryczki, 16650 E. Palisades Blvd. #106, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Roxanne@ArizonaTrails.com www.aztrailstravel.com 480- 837-8665.
· Members Of The Arizona Congressional Delegation toured Luke Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base And The Marine Corps Air Station In Yuma Today. Sen John McCain, Sen Jeff Flake, Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and Matt Salmon were at 8:45 am. Rep elect-Martha McSally joined them at For Huachuca for a Launch Recovery Element’ ribbon cutting at 10 am. She continued with the group as they moved on to Davis-Monthan at noon. She did not continue to Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma with the group.
· Phx Councilman Sal DiCiccio: I have an obligation to speak about issues that affect the safety of our city. I will continue to represent the public and will continue to speak out on issues that impact our citizens. That will not end. To be clear, I have repeatedly spoken out about concerns related to the leadership of the Chief and the impact on the safety of our public and to the police officer on our streets. His policies have resulted in a severe drop in morale among our rank and file police officers. That drop in morale has an impact on how our officers do their jobs and how they protect our citizens. Yesterday, the City Council held a meeting dealing with police. We heard over two hours of public testimony in which citizens all across Phoenix voiced concerns about law enforcement and community engagement. But neither the Chief nor anyone else in his line of command attend this meeting. One of my fellow council members called his absence “inexcusable.” Chief Garcia has lost my confidence. The vote amongst officers will likely show that he has lost their confidence, and his failure to appear at yesterday’s council meeting can’t inspire confidence among our citizens. I have a right and a duty to speak about my concerns, especially when these concerns can affect the safety of our officers and the public. I have stated that I believe there should be change in leadership at the Phoenix PD. But any personnel decision must be made by the city manager. I have never nor will I ever ask the City Manager to fire him. The only thing I have asked the City Manager to do is look into these serious issues. So while I believe there should be a leadership change that decision is and will remain with the City Manager.
· Congressman Trent Franks, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, released the following statement about the tragic Taliban Peshawar school massacre: “Our hearts break for the victims and their families, and we pray in deep solidarity for the families and loved ones of those precious little lives that were taken by Jihadist terrorists yesterday. The evil that took hold over a seemingly obscure Pakistani school is chilling to the point of being incomprehensible, and painfully reminiscent of the ‘Slaughter of Innocents’ that took place over 2,000 years ago. No words can describe the evil and brutality of an ideology that would rationalize the deliberate targeting and slaughter of innocent children. I urge the Obama Administration to match its expression of outrage over the attack with an equal determination to implement a consistent strategy to dismantle the Taliban network responsible for this attack. The United States retreated from Iraq unconditionally, permitted the spread of radical ideologies such as ISIS throughout Syria and Iraq, and is now pulling out of Afghanistan and only leaving a very light residual force. Now, the Taliban feels emboldened because of the devolving power vacuum created by America’s diminished presence in the region.”
· The Former West Valley Republican ‘Victory’ Office is open at its new location - 10050 W Bell Road, Suite 50, Sun City AZ 85351. Group discussion meetings will resume at 9:30 am, Tuesdays, according to managers Phyllis and Peter Lee. Office hours will be from 9 am-5 pm, Mon – Fri, and from 9 am-1 pm on Saturday. Office phone 623-977-4532.
WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· AZGOP Incumbent Robert Graham: Precinct Committeemen, TEA Party Patriots, Republican Clubs and Volunteers. I wanted to thank all of you for the time and efforts towards 2014 Republican Victories. Please watch (Video). Also please consider this letter as a formal announcement of my intention to run for a second term as Arizona State Republican Chairman.
When I became chairman in 2013, the party was in debt, party headquarters was in shambles, and the grassroots who worked so hard in Arizona had no resources or tools to compete against the Democrat Progressives. In less than two short years we, as a focused body of the AZ GOP, revitalized our efforts into a party bustling with youth, energy, and action. The changes we have experienced have been transformational and are helping the conservative cause at every level.
A special thank you and recognition needs should go to the AZ GOP Board during the last two years Treasurer Timothy Lee, Secretary Linda White, Former 1st Vice Chair Russell Pearce, current 1st Vice Chair Parralee Schneider, 2nd Vice Chair Jeni White, 3rd Vice Chair Chris Campbell, Asst. Treasurer John Stevens, Asst. Secretary Deborrah Miller, Sgt. at Arms Alberto Gutier and Asst. Sgt. at Arms Sue Goodchild. This board is a critical part of winning team and each should be recognized.
Our efforts statewide resulted in 300,000 homes being knocked. The canvassers did doorway surveys and literature drops. Close to three million phone calls were made which included ID work, candidate slate calls and get-out-the-vote. Twelve victory offices were opened statewide. To further support GOP victory efforts millions of pieces of mail were sent on behalf of statewide and legislative candidates.
The effort was made possible by volunteers and donors willing to put forth the effort to have the best outcome for the Republican Party of Arizona. We made tremendous headway and look forward to another two years with the theme of “Growing the Base.”
You have proven that by hard work and a concentrated effort we can and will win elections. I want to thank you again for statewide Republican victories. We can do it again! Visit www.grahamforarizona.com for more detailed information and results. - Robert S. Graham, Chairman Arizona Republican Party
CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
· The Coconino County Republican Committee Statutory Meeting will be held at 9:30 am., Dec 20 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton. Contact: Chr Joy Iris Staveley firstname.lastname@example.org 928-606-1131 coconinorepublicans.org
· Dreamers-Ariz-Drivers-Licenses-Ban-Ended Can Apply For Licenses Monday
· Sheriff-Joe-Ratchets-Up-Amnesty-Fight-With-Obama Arpaio Throws Curveball Over Testimony In Federal Lawsuit
· State-Rep-Albert-Hale-Dui-Charge Gin In Coffee While Driving
· GOP-Joins-Democrats-Defending-Obamas-Amnesty-Executive-Order Flake, McCain Vote With Dems
· McCain Compares The CIA Techniques To The Spanish Inquisition
· Democrat Wants The CIA To Apologize To The Terrorists
· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2No Border News Watch
· As Sony Caves To Terror Threat, Rob Lowe Sums Up With One Tweet How Cowardly Hollywood Has Become
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