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· Volunteers Are Needed At 6:30 Am. Saturday Morning To Help Gather Petitions Signatures to allow the original “Closed Republican Primaries In Arizona” Resolution to be brought to the floor at the Jan 24 AZGOP Statutory meeting at the Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, 85282. Meet in the guest parking area near the Connection Center and the Lamb Chapel along the north wall of the church parking lot for material distribution and final instructions. Volunteers should bring a clipboard and pens and a clip-on lamp or a flashlight for your clipboard. Volunteer contact: Coordinator Andrew Costanzo, MCRC EGC Member-at-Large at 480 677-0697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· The AZGOP Statutory Meeting Will Convene At 9 Am, Sat., Jan 24 at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282. Registration opens at 7:30 am. State Committeemen will elect new officers, address two proposed resolutions on the agenda and address other issues that may arise from the floor.
· As Of Posting Time, AZGOP Resolutions Chairman Ray Sweeney has not gotten any response to his 5:20 am Jan 21 e-mail to AZGOP Robert Graham regarding the Monday night directive that petition signatures could not be gathered until after State Committeemen received their credentials at the Sat., Jan 24 State meeting. Since there is nothing in the bylaws supporting the directive, Sweeney has ask Graham to clarify “that there is no need to limit the gathering of signatures to the tables and room which you have provided and that signatures may be gathered from qualified attendees on campus.” It has been tradition for those wishing to bring a resolution to the floor of the state meeting, to gather the required signatures in the parking lot as state committeemen arrive. However, the directive sent out Monday evening prevents that, which has drawn the ire of State Committeemen wishing to bring resolutions to the floor during the Jan 24 meeting. Some view the directive as an attempt to prevent resolutions from coming from the floor during the meeting. 10 of the 12 resolutions submitted to the Resolution Committee were rejected, including a Resolution to Retire Senator John McCain 1-7-15-mcrc-briefs. McCain was censured by State Committee during last year’s State Meeting, and by Maricopa County Republicans, as well as several other county committees throughout the state. See 1-20-15-mcrc-briefs for background on the current resolution and petitions gathering upheavals.
· The AZ Teenage Republicans (TARs) will be selling donuts, muffins/cupcakes, granola bars, sandwiches, chips, and drinks at the AZ GOP meeting this Saturday. Preferred method of payment is cash, but the TARs accept checks as well. If you would like to donate in advance, please contact the State Chair Lilia Dashevsky - email@example.com. Also, stay tuned for announcements regarding the TARs' annual banquet!"
· Links To Both AZGOP Chairman Candidates running for election at the Jan 24 Statutory Meeting:
ü Incumbent Robert Graham http://graham4arizona.com/
ü Challenger Lori Urban - azgopgal.com
· ‘Arizona Voter Turnout Plunges To All-Time Low’ read a headline a couple of days after the Nov General election. Arizona voter turnout had plummeted an estimated 44% reported Jared Day, the “lowest turnout since the 1970s.”
· The Western Pinal County Republicans elected new officers this evening. The new officers are:
ü Garland Shreves – President
ü Frank Mejia - Vice President
ü Barbra Watson – Secretary
ü Tom Miller - Treasurer
ü Executive Board -- Matt Herman, Harold Vangilder, Teresa Ottesen Binder and Charlie Weaver.
Club contact: Teresa Ottesen Binder 602-397-2007 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Commentary From LD16 State Committeeman Teri Grier’s on Arizona politics from his experience as a congressional staff and consultant stirred some interesting reactions.
Grier’s closing comment, “…It took a great deal to get everyone playing together in the Republican sandbox. Let’s make sure we know who plays well together, so we don’t have another deep freeze settle on Arizona….” drew this
reader response, “In other words, if you don't toe the line the "Big Boys in DC want, you're out! How shameful!!”
From the grassroots precinct committeeman’s view point, if we have to play by DC Power Brokers rules to get into sandbox to get financial help from the Party Power Brokers in DC then we have failed to get the message across that ‘we elect our congressional delegation. They work for us… it’s not we work for them.’
Long-time Arizona activists are aware that when grassroots PCs don’t buckle under and elect the Power Broker’s choice for state and county chairmen – the $ flow dries up. If you don’t acquiesce, you don’t get any candy! Or the school yard bully who dominates with “do it my way or I’ll take your lunch money.” We have watched this happened in Arizona when PCs haven’t elected the Power Brokers choice of candidates as our county and state leaders. But we have survived it - several times.
Grier’s point that “… it is just as important for the state precinct committeeman to know the bios of those running as well as what has happened in the recent past” is well taken. State Committeemen need to be very careful in their selection of officers at the Jan 24 AZGOP Statutory Meeting. Don’t be lead like sheep. Think for yourselves. Do a thorough job of checking out all of the candidates before you vote. Don’t fall for slick talk, rumor, and campaign shenanigans. Check candidate records. Do they deserve your vote? Are they trustworthy? How long have they been active party workers? What are their qualifications? Who are the worker bees? Are they merely power hungry? Are they all hat and no cattle? Whose sandbox are they playing in? Are they/or will they become puppets for the DC Power Brokers? Will they work in the best interests of the State? Decide for yourself. Go to the State Meeting well informed. – Frosty Taylor, editor.
· The Yavapai County Republicans Lincoln/Reagan Dinner scheduled for Feb 14 has been changed to March 21 at the Prescott Resort. The cost is $65 per person.
· The Arizona Federation of Republican Women has scheduled its Feb 27 and 28 Winter Meeting in Tucson. www.AzFRW.com
· The Arizona Federation of Republican Women have extended the registration deadline to Jan 30 for the April 17-19, 2015 trip to the Reagan Presidential Library. Contact Trip Coordinator Susan Kay Schultz 480 / 945-1490. DetailsHM@cox.net . Reservations: 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
· The 10 Am, Jan 22 S/W Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Family Health Radio Talk Show will highlight a panel on the “Dangers Of Childhood Obestiy” and A Cancer Caregivers Seminar On KXXT 1010 AM. Online – Www.Familyvaluesradio1010.Com Call-In: 602.977-1010. Panelists : Kelly Grose, Barbara Kavanagh, Dr. Tursha’ Hamilton, Lois Owens, Dr. Adriana Perez, Dr. Valentina Khoury And Fred Taylor, Executive Director Of SWPCF.
· The Center for Arizona Policy day at the Capitol with Gov Doug Ducey is scheduled from 9 am-2:30, Wed., Feb 11, 1700 W Washington, Phx. Agenda includes a Capitol tour, House and Senate floor sessions, and lunch with the legislators. Dta. Contact 602-424-2525.
· The Arizona Citizens Defense League has scheduled its Sixth Annual Spring Fling at the Front Sight’s Nevada facility between March 27-31, 2015. Front Sight is offering the following classes over that extended weekend of Friday March 27 to Monday March 30:
2 and 4 day Defensive Handgun
2 and 4 day Practical Rifle
2 and 4 day Tactical Shotgun
2 and 4 day Rope and Rappel
For those who attend either the 2 day or 4 day Defensive Pistol class, a multi-state CCW class is offered on Tuesday, March 31. This class will satisfy the Nevada CCW permit requirements. Class information: website. After making your course reservations, please contact Drake at email@example.com who will work with Front Sight to ensure AzCDL participants train on the same ranges. If you do not have a Front Sight membership or single class certificate, AzCDL has all-inclusive Front Sight Diamond memberships, which allow you to attend all Front Sight classes as often as you want, available at our online store for a steeply discounted price (scroll to the bottom of the online store page). If you have not attended a Front Sight class this year, they will charge you an additional fee to perform a background check. Special hotel arrangements: Wine Ridge Resort and the Best Western that offer discounted rates for AzCDL Front Sight studen ts. The Saddle West, across the street from the Best Western, also offers discounted rates to Front Sight members. For more information, please contact Drake. Make your own course and hotel reservations. Further information
: http://www.f rontsight.com/FirearmTraining/front-sight.asp.
· Residents And Motorist In The Vicinity Of University Of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday may see a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fly over the site of Super Bowl XLIX around noon. The fighter aircraft and pilots, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing in Tucson, will briefly pass over the area at a few thousand feet above ground level to highlight North American Aerospace Defense Command's mission to enforce the FAA's temporary flight restriction during the NFL's championship game on Feb. 1.
The Super Bowl mission falls in line with the Air Guard's 24-7, 365-days-per-year mission of protecting U.S. skies as part of Operation Noble Eagle. Noble Eagle began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since its inception, Arizona's 162nd Wing has performed this mission for the Southwest United States from its Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
On game day, NORAD Fighters will be enforcing the FAA's temporary flight restriction area over the stadium to ensure the safety and security of guests attending the game and related activities. The 162nd Wing performed this mission in 2008 when its aircraft and pilots enforced the FAA's temporary flight restriction during Super Bowl XLII.
· Rep Paul Boyer Has Introduced Legislation With 79 Co-Sponsors that would aid in the rescue of children who are being sexually exploited by online predators. HB2517 would enable the state to hire 25 to 30 full-time investigators and forensic examiners to augment an Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) task force to find and prosecute those who rape, torture and sexually abuse children. The $5 million in funding would come from the Lottery Commission.
According to experts, Arizona has 15,000 unique IP addresses showing people trading child pornography online, and with each lead comes a high probability that the child or children involved are being raped and molested. Currently, Arizona has only four full-time investigators who proactively investigate these horrors. One highly-trained and properly equipped ICAC investigator can handle 25-30 cases per year.
“This bill if passed, would literally aid in the rescue of children who are being tortured and sexually abused, and will help children from falling into the hands of sexual predators,” said Representative Paul Boyer. “The ICAC task force in Arizona made 215 arrests and rescued 70 children from rape, torture and sexual abuse in 2014. Just think how many more kids we can save with these additional resources.”
A record snapshot shows that on January 15 - less than one week ago - on one file sharing network, in one minute, detectives were able to identify 28 suspects living in a single city in Maricopa County, trading child pornography. All of the victims involved were infants to children eight years of age. None of these cases are being investigated right now.
National studies show that the average offender has 14-23 victims before they are caught. In Arizona, roughly 60-65 percent of all victims are pre-pubescent, with another 9 percent infants. Because of their young ages, most victims do not or cannot report abuse. The bill requests $4.5 million to fund the task force, and $500,000 for a victim’s fund.
· The Republican National Committee (RNC) submitted the following questions to the White House’s Second Annual Big Block Of Cheese Day, an online forum that makes administration officials available to the public to answer their questions.
1. How do you explain the President’s rhetoric preaching bipartisanship, when in fact the White House has already issued 7 veto threats against bipartisan legislation the public supports?
2. Is it misleading to call the President’s community college proposal “free” given its $60,000,000,000 price tag?
3. Was it out of touch for the White House to spike the football on the economy in last night’s State of the Union address when in fact we have the smallest workforce since 1978, job creation has primarily been in low-wage sectors, and wages have remained stagnant?
4. Which policies does the White House expect Hillary Clinton to deviate from when she announces her second presidential bid?
5. Why is the Obama Administration secretly sharing consumers’ personal data from Healthcare.gov with companies that specialize in advertising and data analysis?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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?
10. Arizona Republicans suffered a Voter Registration LOSS of 32,800 the past two years, according to the Secretary of State’s report. How you plan to get them back?
11. Have you ever attended a Tea Party Meeting?
12. What organized groups have you reached out to during your active time in AZ politics? (diverse groups, ie, ethnic, political stance, conservative, liberal, etc -- not different LD or GOP run of the mill groups)
· 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
WHAT THE CANDIDATES ARE SAYING
· All Of The Candidates Competing for election to a state office at the Jan 24 AZGOP Statutory meeting have been invited to write up a 300 word bio and to answer the questions posted above and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Briefs does NOT endorse candidates, nor candidate statements. Statements longer than 250/300 words will be edited/condensed.
RESPONSE TO READER QUESTIONS:
· AZGOP Chairman Candidate Lori Urban responds to reader question #1. What are your qualifications to serve in the position you are running for? I am a wife, mother of three boys, small business owner who understands the "bottom line", a leader in the Boy Scouts, four-time Republican Women’s Club President, AFRW Regional Director, and LD23 Election Office Manager. I have served the Arizona Republican Party for over thirty years at virtually every level from Precinct Committeeman to Arizona’s representative on the Republican National Committee. I have been a member of the AZGOP Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and Event Coordinator for hundreds of fundraisers and political rallies for MCRC, AZGOP and our Republican Candidates. I helped organize and fundraise for our Republican Presidential Debate. I worked to bring a positive experience to our AZ Delegates for our National Convention. I know the Republican Party Platform positions AND I BELIEVE IN THEM!
· AZGOP Chairman Candidate Lori Urban responds to reader question #2. What are your goals, if elected?
ü CLOSE OUR PRIMARY! My first action as your Chairman will be to initiate the necessary actions to close our primaries to registered Republicans only.
ü I will increase our Republican Voter Registration. Our Voter Registration dropped by 32,830 Republicans under our current chairman.
ü Third, I will launch an aggressive program to fill our empty Precinct Committeeman slots statewide by the end of 2016. This program will be implemented utilizing a close partnership with County and Legislative District Chairmen. We have lost over 1000 Precinct Committeemen in the last two years under the “leadership” of our current Chairman.
· AZGOP Chairman Candidate Lori Urban responds to reader 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. Consult our County and Legislative District Chairmen, as well as our conservative community leaders, who have implemented programs like Patriots in the Park. They know the demographics of their districts and will be used as key resources in identifying where we can win in 2016. Seeking out and helping to train candidates will enable us to break the glass ceiling and restore a super majority in both houses of the legislature.
· AZGOP Chairman Candidate Lori Urban responds to reader question 4. Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count? Increasing the number of Precinct Committeemen will be a major focus of my administration. Precinct Committeemen are the foundation of any successful campaign. 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 previously. The Headquarters should be a place of beehive activity where volunteers look forward to working for Republican victories. I will work with County Chairs across the state to provide meaningful opportunities for the PCs to be a vibrant part of our winning formula. I will eliminate the sole focus on Meet/Greet/Eat/Retreat social elitism in favor of a program where people will be excited about being key contributors to our 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.
· AZGOP Chairman Candidate Lori Urban responds to reader question 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? I have already consulted with legal experts and legislators to formulate a two pronged initiative, should I be elected. First, we would seek a summary judgment using the existing case law declaring that registered voters, using their right of association, should have the ability to control the selection of their candidates for the General Election ballot. Second, conservative legislative leaders have assured me they will carry the necessary legislation to defend the rights of Republican voters, if it becomes necessary. I have a finance team ready to help fund this process.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Arizona Project Will Meet At 6:30 Pm, Mon., Jan 19 at 3375 E. Shea Blvd, Phx., to get acquainted with AZGOP candidates Robert Grahamm Parralee Schneider, Jonathan Lines, Linda White, Jeni White of Maricopa
according to AP Chairman Ron Ludder. 602.677.1496
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 email@example.com 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
The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet at Jan 21 at 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Lunch $25, Social 11am. Program/lunch 11:30am. Yvonne Chahill, Co-Chair of ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership, will present an overview of the Center's mission to train a new generation of leaders versed in principles of democracy. Contact Edith Stock, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 480-298-7818 cell.
· 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.
· Freedom Fires Live! will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 21 at Faith Christian School, 7464 E Main St., Mesa to hear Ammon Bundy tell his story about the Bundy Ranch confrontation with the BLM and the recent interaction with TSA. $2 admission.
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
· The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 22 for a round table discussion. Starting in February the meetings will be held at 6 pm., the first and third Thursdays of the month. email@example.com
· SOLD OUT: The AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner is scheduled at 6 pm., Fri., Jan 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix South Mountain, 10831 S 51st St., Phx. Contact: Jennifer Bontrager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-957-7770.
· The Fourth Annual Pro-Life Concert will be held at 7 pm., Fri., Jan 23 at the Clearview Cultural Center, 1355 S Clearview Ave., Mesa. Free family event. Donations welcome. RSVP’s not necessary, but appreciated for seating arrangement. You may RSVP to this e-mail or call 480-216-7217 for concert seating or 623-215-3639 for the “You are a Masterpiece” presentation.
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 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
· 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:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27
· Republican Women of Prescott will meet at 11:30 am, Jan 27 at the Prescott Resort, 1500 E. Hwy. 69, Prescott. $18 per person. Speaker: MatForce panel with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. RSVP: Elsie Tyree, email@example.com, (928) 778-0235 or Pam Calhoon, firstname.lastname@example.org, (928) 778-7157
· The Tempe Republican Women will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 26 at the Pyle Rec Center 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe. GOP activist Matt Papke will present an update on the Tempe streetcar. Contact: President Jessica Merrow (480) 306-2545 email@example.com
· The Fountain Hills Republican Club "GOP Social" is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tues, Jan 27 at the Saddle Bronc Grill, 11056 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. All Republicans are invited and welcome to attend.
The Yavapai Young Republicans will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 27 at the Willow Creek Inn, 2516 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Order from menu. Contact: Matthew Perry at (928) 830-6115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28
· The Estrella Conservative Republican Club And LD4 will meet at 7 pm, Jan 28 at the Estrella Foothills High School. Contact Chr Richard Newcomer at 602-512-1340.