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Thursday, January 15, 2015
· Former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey Refutes Robert Graham’s Claims: “I wasn’t planning to respond to all the unacceptable campaigning, misinformation, whining and ridiculous diatribes by Robert Graham and his campaign team – however, enough is enough! Despite all of Graham’s fabrications of doing so many wondrous things since becoming AZGOP Chairman and all the problems he supposedly inherited from me, the facts are - It was during the Chairmanship of Tom Morrissey that:
ü We raised $3.8 million
ü We retired all debt and left office with $37,000 in the bank and donations still coming in
ü AZGOP HQ was completely repainted by volunteers led by Kris Morrissey
ü New carpeting was installed in the large main meeting area
ü The main air conditioning unit was replaced and the remaining three air conditioning units were refurbished
ü All new furniture for the meeting room was procured along with new office furniture for several of the offices and a new reception area ensemble
ü A new computer system was installed completely replacing the old virus plagued system
ü The National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee returned to a good working relationship with the AZGOP because "they trusted us once again"
ü There were hundreds more precinct committeemen
ü Hosted highly successful Republican Party Presidential Debate on 02/22/2012
ü Presidential Preference Election held on 02/28/2012
ü There were tens of thousands more registered Republican voters than today (32,800 lost the past two years, per Secretary of States office).
ü Our GOTV efforts were much more successful
ü In 2012, we experienced the most successful election in the history of the AZGOP
ü Community outreach was extremely successful and doors were opened to many of Arizona’s minority groups ‐ including the Hispanic community.
It’s amazing to me that so many of Graham’s endorsers and precinct committeemen seem to have turned a blind eye to the truth. ” – Tom Morrissey
· MCRC Statutory Meeting Contributions: On behalf of the entire MCRC, we want to thank the precinct committeemen who contributed monies at the 2015 MCRC Statutory Meeting, and the individuals and organizations who paid for tables/flyers/banners. We were able to raise $8,685.21 thanks to your generosity. The monies raised will pay for the cost of the meeting.
ü 2015 MCRC Statutory Meeting Pass the Hat Sub- Total $7,360.21
ü 2015 MCRC Statutory Mtg Tables/Flyers/Banners Sub-Total $1,325.
2015 MCRC Statutory Meeting Grand Total: $8,685.21
- David Ludwig, Dan Grimm, April Riggins, A. J. LaFaro and Tyler Bowyer
· Dr. Michael P Ward is the newly elected Chairman of the Mohave County Republican Central Committee. Ward is married to LD5 Sen Kelli Ward.
· It’s Confirmed. Jonathan Lines Of Yuma is a candidate for the AZGOP treasurer’s position. More on his bio scheduled for tomorrow’s Briefs.
· Congressmen Paul Gosar (R) and Anne Kirkpatrick (D) will host a Congressional Town Hall at 2 pm., Sat., Jan 23 at 775 N Main St., Florence, AZ 84132. Contact 928-445-1683. Open to the public.
· Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction, will update the Surprise Tea Party Patriots on education issues at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 20 in the Powell Rm at Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd. Sun City West, AZ. Publius Huldah will speak on the dangers of an Article V convention (video). The group meets again on Feb 3 and Feb 17.
· Get Well Wishes To Former County Sheriff Richard Mack is recovering at homefrom surgery, following a heart attack on Monday. Send a few prayers his way for a rapid recovery. The former Arizona sheriff is national recognized for his his activities with the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).
· Rep Bob Thorpe Wants To Make It Harder On Individuals who wear a mask or a disguise in the commission of a crime. “We are not trying to stop people from wearing a costume of any kind for any reason, including peaceful protests,” said Rep. Bob Thorpe. “We are trying to target those individuals who wear a mask in the commission of a crime.” California has an identical law already in place, and law enforcement has been very supportive of the measure, see Calif. Penal Code Section 182-185. “I want to have as many good tools on the books as possible for law enforcement, and public safety,” said Thorpe. “House Bill 2143 would meet this objective.”
· PC Art Olivas: “This tells us how Speaker John Boehner is making money off Obama care. Some people are wondering if any of our Arizona Congressmen doing it also?” … While Boehner’s political stock has been falling because of his inaction on the Affordable Care Act, his financial stocks have been doing quite well because of government intervention in the health care industry. See boehner-in major corruption-scandal
· Former LD13 Second Vice Chairman Ernie McCollum, who has been oxygen since recovering from pneumonia, notes “Many of us have breathing issues and if we could reduce the number of trips in the county by 6% it would improve the quality of our air. We have the communications capability to provide a college education online to 65 % of the students on any given school day. Write you’re state Rep’s demand that they require the college system start protecting the environment and offer online classes to all students at ½ price. They can have the best teacher teach the class and have Teacher /Assistants do the grading and tutoring. It will not only reduce the amount of carbon put out by cars it also reduces the pollution created to heat and cool buildings. Help Grand Ma and Grand Pa to breathe better. We should also demand that the salary of educators be regulated just like they want for private companies.”
· LD22 Chairman Eric Morgan sends a reminder that LD22 PCs will not be having their regular January meeting in lieu of the State and County Statutory meetings.
· The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management urges the public to give input to a 26-question survey in English and Spanish online through Feb 6.“We work to ensure citizen involvement and transparency in county government,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Chucri. This year’s survey focuses on individual preparedness. Individual responses will be kept confidential, but the data collected across the whole community will be studied and shared with municipalities and response agencies. Contact: 602-244-1409.
· Following A Briefing By Air Force Officials, AZ Congressman Martha McSally today reiterated her support for the A-10 Warthog and its importance to our national security: “The A-10 continues to be a critical asset to our military and its ability to provide close air support to our troops, demonstrated by the fact that we currently have A-10s deployed in the fight against ISIS,” said McSally. “Having flown the A-10 and commanded a squadron of A-10s in combat, I know first-hand it brings irreplaceable capabilities to the battlefield, as we’re currently seeing in the Middle East. We must not overlook the importance of defending against the serious and growing threats we currently face as we plan for the long-term, which is why I pledge to continue working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure this important weapons system is not prematurely retired.”
· The Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide - 2014 Edition (ATF P 5300.4) is now available, featuring updated sections on ATF rulings, general information, and questions and answers. Downloaded free of charge firearms-publications-library in both PDF and e-book formats. Printed copies http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ or 866- 512-1800 or (202) 512-1800(Washington, DC area or International customers). Download to your computer or mobile device.
ü iPhone/Android– Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide – 2014 Edition (.epub)
ü Kindle – Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide – 2014 Edition (.mobi)
· The Number Of Americans Filing For First-Time Unemployment benefits rose last week to 316,000 from an upwardly revised 297,000 the week prior. Wall Street expected claims to fall to 291,000 from an initially reported 294,000. FoxBusiness.com
· The Labor Department Reports Prices At The Wholesale Level Fell 0.3% in December from the month prior, a shallower fall than the 0.4% decline Wall Street expected. Excluding the food and energy components, prices rose 0.3% for the month, compared to expectations for a 0.1% tick higher. FoxBusiness.com
· For Parents, A Child’s Struggle With Heroin Addiction Can Be All-Consuming By Imelda Mejia At meetings held around Arizona, parents gather to share stories about trials such as finding discarded tin foil with black lines on it – a telltale sign of heroin use. Having a child addicted to heroin has left many Arizona parents struggling for answers and support. Some find help at gatherings like these.
· For addicts and parents, first steps key to breaking heroin’s grip By Alicia Canales Breaking heroin addiction is a battle not just for the user but for his or her family and friends. It's common knowledge that the most important step is addicts admitting they have a problem. But what should they do next? And what are the first steps for family and friends?
· The conversation: When, how to talk with kids about heroin, other drugs By Anastasia Reynolds For parents, it's never too early to begin talking with children about heroin and other drugs. Explore when and how to have these conversations in this video Q&A with experts from NotMyKid and DrugFreeAZKids.org.
· Arizona Splits Along Party Lines In Vote On Obama’s Immigration Action By Jessica Boehm Republicans voted overwhelmingly to fund Homeland Security but strip out funds for President Obama's executive action on immigration. Supporters called it a response to presidential overreach, but Democrats called it little more than a political move doomed to Senate failure.
· Taiwan Rotary International President Gary Huang has cancelled his appearance at the Prescott Rotary Youth Leadership event on Saturday., Jan 17. The Rotary Youth event will not be cancelled, according to Rusty Pile, public relations for Rotary #5490. The Rotary teens are packing 30,000 meals for starving children across the world.
· Phoenix City Councilman And Vice Mayor Jim Waring will host a meet and greet with Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner at 6 pm, Tues., Jan 20 at Paradise Valley Community Center (Room D1), 17402 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ
· Congressman Matt Salmon Announced H.R. 283, The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act Of 2015 saying: “The Founding Fathers learned first-hand the cost of unchecked power. That experience, gained the hard way, offered them critical insights into how a government for and by the people ought to conduct itself. The Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of security from unreasonable searches of our ‘persons, houses, papers, and effects’ does not disappear because we’ve invented new ways to communicate. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure government doesn’t trample our rights by using those same innovations to see and record every email, instant message, tweet, post, and comment we write. The message is simple: Get a warrant. The same procedures law enforcement uses to investigate dangerous criminals and prevent acts of terrorism should apply to people’s digital lives—as should the same protections.” Background: Rep. Salmon first introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, during the 113th Congress to provide effective legislative and judicial branch oversight of the search practices of law enforcement agencies in the digital age. He has reintroduced the full bill in the 114th Congress. Full text of the bill: salmon.house.gov/files/
Attention AZGOP Officer Candidates: Briefs is posting reader questions for AZGOP candidates running for election at the Jan 24 Statutory meeting. Officer candidates are asked to respond to each question in 300 words or less. Candidate answers will be posted in the “What The Candidates Are Saying” section. Please keep to the issues. Respond to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
1. What are your qualifications to serve in the position you are running for?
2. What are your goals, if elected?
3. Arizona was one of only four states not to achieve an increase in Republican Legislators in 2014 despite the Republican wave across the nation. How do you plan to get more AZ Republican legislators elected?
4. Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count?
5. How would you go about closing the Primary to allow only GOP voters to vote? And what resources (funds, manpower) would you use to close primaries?
6. Are you for or against amnesty?
7. How do you feel about “dark money” (out of state funded PACs) coming into AZ to influence elections?
8. Will you carry out the Censure of Sen John McCain? McCain was censured “for his continued disservice to our State and Nation” in Jan 2014 by the GOP State Committeemen, Maricopa County Republicans PCs, plus several outlaying counties “…until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.”
9. Do you support reported attempts to remove conservative PCs from leadership roles?
· Candidates for the January 24, 2015 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting. (Candidates must be State Committeemen. State Committeemen only eligible to vote. Nomination can be made from the floor.)
ü Candidate Slate consisting of :
o Chairman – Lori Urban
o 1st Vice Chairman - A. J. LaFaro
o 2nd Vice Chairman- Gabby Saucedo-Mercer
o Ardith Hildebrant
o 1st Vice Chairman - Parralee Schneider
o 2nd Vice Chairman - Jeni White
o Secretary - Linda White
o Treasurer – Jonathan Lines
· Newly Elected MCRC Officers For 2015-16:
Chairman – Tyler Bowyer
First Vice-Chairman – Jeni White
Second Vice-Chairman – Aaron Border
Secretary – Matt Eberle
Treasurer – David Ludwig
· In The First Week Of Legislative Session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have sent HB 2064, the American Civics Act, to Gov Doug Ducey in an effort to ensure Arizona high school graduates have a basic understanding of United States civics and history. If signed into law, the legislation will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year and require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship Civics test, the same test all immigrants applying for citizenship must pass, with a 60 percent or better grade as a condition for graduation. Students will be able to take the test on the first day of high school or the last day, and as many times as necessary to pass and schools will be allowed to administer it as they see fit. A well-established test that has free study materials is available online, so there will be no additional cost to the schools or taxpayers. “As stated by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and mentioned by Governor Doug Ducey in his state-of-the-state address, civics deficiency is the ‘quiet crisis’ in education,” said House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, the Primary Sponsor of the legislation. “I’m excited to have worked with Governor Ducey and my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle, to make Arizona the first state in the country with such a requirement for high school graduation.” Two-thirds of students tested below proficient on the civics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in both 2006 and 2010. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services which administers the test as part of the naturalization process, 92 percent of immigrants who take the test pass it on their first try. Twelve other states are working towards similar legislative efforts. To view the Unites States Citizenship Civics test mentioned above, please click here.
· Arizona Today Became The First State To Pass The Civics Education Initiative that says that high school students must pass the USCIS Citizenship Civics Test as a condition of graduation. This is the same test all new immigrants must pass before becoming citizens. The bill passed the Arizona House by a vote of 42-17. In the Senate the results were similarly positive, with 19 for and only10 voting against. “Proud day for Arizonans as we become first in the nation, and lead the way to the bipartisan passage of the Civics Education Initiative in every state,” said Frank Riggs, President and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute (former US Congressman), the organization promoting the legislation. Eighteen other states are currently considering this critical legislation. North Dakota and Utah appear to be next in line. North Dakota House of Representatives also passing the bill today by a 85-1 margin. The leadership of the Joe Foss Institute and the Civics Education Initiative extends special thanks to Governor Doug Ducey, prime sponsor Majority Leader Steve Montenegro (R-13), House Government and Education Committee Chairman Bob Thorpe (R-6) and his committee members , and Minority Leader Dr. Eric Meyer (D-28). In the Senate, special thanks go out to Majority Leader Steve Yarbrough (R-17), Senate Education Committee Chairman Kelli Ward (R-5) and the members of her committee, Senator Barbara McGuire (D-8), and Senator Carlyle Begay (D-7). Video Message from The Joe Foss Institute to Governor Ducey
WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· AZGOP Candidate Lori Urban responds to question #3: Arizona was one of only four states not to achieve an increase in Republican Legislators in 2014 despite the Republican wave across the nation. How do you plan to get more AZ Republican legislators elected? I will work closely with our Republican Party and Elected Officials to identify the districts where we should have experienced victories in the 2014 Nationwide Republican Tsunami, but fell short. Our County and Legislative District Chairmen, as well as our conservative community leaders who have implemented programs like Patriots in the Park, know the demographics of their districts and will be used as key resources in identifying where we can win in 2016. LD8 and LD28 should be united as Republican Districts and there are many other targets of opportunity where we can be successful. If John Ackerley can win in LD2 (a district where registered Republicans comprise less than 25% of the total registered voters) without any assistance from the Party, our ability to break the glass ceiling and restore a super majority in both houses of the legislature is not only achievable but should be our baseline.
· AZGOP Candidate Lori Urban Responds To Question #4: Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count? As stated earlier, increasing the number of Precinct Committeemen will be a major focus of my administration. As importantly, we will enhance the tools, technology and support available to all Precinct Committeemen so they will be better equipped to serve the voters in their precincts. The Headquarters staff will be clearly directed to blend all efforts, whether it be technology, printed material, or training opportunities. We will also restore the pride and respect of the volunteer program that was instrumental in generating Republican victories in the past. The Headquarters should be a place of beehive activity where volunteers look forward to working for Republican victories. I recognize that the Office of Precinct Committeeman is indeed the most important office in our political system. We must restore the pride PCs feel by listening to their concerns and fighting for their values. As your Chairman, I pledge to provide that leadership as we serve together for a vibrant, conservative Arizona.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
· The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am, Jan 17 to hear Sen Jeff Flake, LD23 Rep-elect Jay Lawrence and LD23 Sen elect John Kavanagh and to elect new officers for the next two years – at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills . The slate of candidates consists of President – C T Wright
o First Vice Pres – Rosemary Hansen
o Second Vice Pres – Leona Johnston
o Third Vice Pres – Shari Morris
o Secretary – Boe James and
o Treasurer – Nicole Oswald Walters.
Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. No proxy voting. Contact: Pres Tait Elkie (480) 766-1231 Tait@Elkielaw.com The February Meeting Has Been Moved To Feb. 28.
· County Attorney Bill Montgomery will address the Paradise Republican Women’s Club luncheon Sat., Jan 17 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale. He will discuss issues facing Maricopa with the upcoming PRO Bowl, Super Bowl, and Phoenix Open. 10:30 am social. 11 am program. $30 per person. Checks to PRWC, mailed to PO Box 14425, Scottsdale, AZ 85267 by Thurs., Jan. 15.
MONDAY, JANUARY 19
· The Sun City Republican Club will meet with Tom Scott , a Director of the Community Assistance Network (CAN) at 7 pm., Jan 19 in the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351. Scott will address services available to the members of the Sun City Community, including income tax preparation, help with widow benefits and property tax freezes. 630 pm social hour. Contact: email@example.com
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20
· Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party. (3rd Tues) 6:30 PM., Jan 20. Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.). Speakers: LD23 Sen John Kavanagh, Rep Michelle Ugenti, and newly- Rep Jay Lawrence will provide an update on the upcoming legislative session. Free admission. Donations to help offset expenses are appreciated. Contact: Richard Rutkowski firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fhteaparty.org
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21
The Verde Valley Republican Women's Luncheon is scheduled at 11 am, Jan 21 at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, 2250 Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ Cost: $17. RSVP: Erna Sesek (928) 284-4248 or Sesek@q.com
· LD-25 Will Meet At 7 PM, Jan 21 at the Mesa Utility Building 640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ at instead of Thursday January 15th due to facility scheduling conflicts. The candidates for the AZ State GOP have been invited to speak.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 22 to hear National Review Editor Richard Lowry in the Old Main Carson Ballroom on the Tempe campus. Lowry’s appearance is sponsored by ASU Center for Political thought and Leadership. Contact Roxane.Barwick@asu.edu or asu-center-political-thought-and-leadership
Colorado River Tea Party Round Table Discussion at noon, Jan 22 at Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 ( last bld behind church). www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
· The AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner is scheduled at 6 pm., Sat., Jan 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix South Mountain, 10831 S 51st St., Phx. $40 per person. $300 per table.. Entertainment by a group of Korean Drummers. RSVP to Jennifer Bontrager at email@example.com or 602-957-7770.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
The Sun City Grand Republican Interest Group will meet at 9 am, Sat., Jan 24 in the Apache Room of the Chaparral Center, 19781 N. Remington Dr., Surprise AZ. 85374.Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 8:30am. Meetings are open to Sun City Grand residents and their guests, elected officials and candidates. The speaker will be from “Soldiers Best Friend,” a group that trains dogs to become therapeutic companions for veterans with PTSD. Contact: Ginny Nyre, President firstname.lastname@example.org ( 623-544-7187) or Ruth Seiter, Vice President, Programs, email@example.com (623-544-9309) or visit our website at www.grandpop.com
· A Support Rally For Law Enforcement Officers is scheduled between 10 am and noon. Sat., Jan 24 at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, 550 W Jackson, Phx. The rally is so support for all law enforcement officers in Maricopa County, including DPS, MCSO and surrounding metropolitan police departments. Wear blue or tan. Bring your own signs. Information:
· Major-Score-For-Sheriff-Joe-In-Fight-Against-Obama The President Does Not Have The Authority To Rewrite Immigration Laws'
· Centrist-Republicans-Break-With-Party-On-Deportation-Vote CD2 Martha McSally Voted With Demos On Amendment.
· Now, It's All Up To Tyler
· AZGOP financial reports filed/ AZ Sec of State azsos.gov/cfs/FilerDetail
· FEC filing fec.gov/r/CandidateCommitteeDetail/
· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2No Border News Watch
FIRST AMENDMENT – FREE SPEECH
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO
· Trey-Gowdy-Votes-To Stop-Executive-Overreach Gowdy Votes To Stop Executive Overreach And Hits Out At Obama In The Process. Will The House Ever Find The Courage To Stand Up For Itself?
· House-Votes-To Cancel-Obama-Amnesties House Republicans Vote To Cancel Obama Amnesty; Boehner Slams Executive Overreach
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