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· ATTN: MCRC PCs: If you have not received your Jan 10 Statutory Meeting Call letter, download the call letter at http://maricopa.arizonagop.us/page.php?t=Statutory_Meeting_2015
· ATTN: MCRC PCs - The Call Letter for the Maricopa County Republican Committee Statutory Meeting has been sent out with the ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PARTY return address as in the previous year. Please look for this in your mail. (MCRC pays the State party for the bulk rate postage they have in place as this is a savings to the MCRC, as a courtesy from the AZGOP) Thank you --April Riggins, 1st Vice Chairman. Maricopa County Republican Committee.
· Concerned Veterans for America will protest President Obama between 8:30-11 am in front of the Phoenix VA during his Jan 8 trip to Phoenix. Preliminary plans call to march from VA by meeting at SE corner of 7th St and Indian School to Central High School about a half mile away. It is hoped there will be more protesters gathered at the High School. Participate can either march with the CVA or just show up at the High School. Contact: Mike Mitchell at 480.292.3295 or Matt Kenney email@example.com or http://www.tfaforms.com/359352 or http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/obama-greeting
· Defund Amnesty/Impeach Obama NOW will protest President Obama at 8 am., Thur., Jan 8 at Central High School, 4525 N. Central Ave in Phoenix. His talk is scheduled at 10 or 10:30 am. Free parking on nearby side streets. See: http://ion-us.net/2015/01/03/defund-amnesty-impeach-obama-protest-phoenix-arizona/
· Volunteer Are Needed For The Sat., Jan 10 MCRC Statutory Meeting
ü Proxy Checkers still needed (must have Windows Laptop), contact George Teegarden: firstname.lastname@example.org
ü Tally Checkers needed to assist at voting machines, contact Wes Harris: email@example.com
Security / Parking volunteers willing to show up at 6:30 AM, may contact Jerry Clingman: Kayjerry@q.com
· Ten Of The 12 Resolutions Submitted To The AZGOP Resolutions Committee for the Jan 24 State Meeting were rejected although the authors followed instructions issued by AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham, according to Resolutions Committee Chairman Ray Sweeney. “The revised deadline date of December 30, 2014, was declared invalid by the committee due to a strict interpretation of the State by-laws which calls for a deadline date of (45) days prior to the convening of the State Statutory meeting. Consequently, the remaining (10) resolutions submitted beyond the (45) day deadline as prescribed by the State by-laws Article III, Section H, Paragraph 2, were ineligible for inclusion in the deliberations by the committee,” according to Sweeney. Editor’s Note: Briefs has not received a response to a request to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for an explanation as to why the AZGOP didn’t follow the AZGOP bylaws in establishing the Jan 24 meeting Resolution Committee/deadlines. The two resolutions accepted for presentation at the Jan 24 AZGOP Mandatory meeting are posted at http://archives.mcrcbriefs.org/2015/01/1-6-15-mcrc-briefs.html
· Something Smells In The AZGOP Resolutions Committee … “What is going on with the State Resolutions Committee in the Republican party and why were nearly all of the Resolutions submitted for consideration for presentation at the State Republican Party Meeting on January 24 thrown out? … Yes, even if you followed the instructions given to you!”
· Editor’s Note: Here Are The 10 Resolutions Submitted To The AZGOP Resolutions Committee, but rejected because AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham instructions did not conform to the ByLaws. These proposed resolutions can be presented from the floor at the Jan 24 AZGOP Mandatory meeting provided they have 20% of the signatures of the attendees representing four counties.
Resolution to Retire Senator John McCain
Submitted by Bob and Sue Pullar -- Cario Precinct
ü WHEREAS, in 2010 Senator John McCain campaigned to “Complete the danged fence.” 4 years later the fence remains uncompleted and border is unsecure; and
ü WHEREAS Senator John McCain has advocated and voted in favor of TARP (H.R. 1424), the airline industry bailouts (S. 347), and continues to back failed economic policies that have directly contributed to the near $18 Trillion dollars of US debt; and
ü WHEREAS, Senator John McCain in 2102 removed the Smith-Amash Amendment while chairing the NDAA Conference Committee. The Smith-Amash Amendment which would have protected American citizens Constitutionally protected right to due process in the FY2013 NDAA; and
ü WHEREAS, Senator John McCain has worked to purge the party of grassroots conservative precinct committee men and women using out of states funding via the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC; and
ü WHEREAS, Senator John McCain has done a tremendous disservice to his State party by campaigning against conservative activists in order to protect his 2016 aspirations.
ü NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the State Committeemen and Women of the Arizona Republican Party, that the undersigned do formally ask Senator John McCain not to seek any elected office in 2016 and to retire gracefully.
ü FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned agree to offer no financial, moral or otherwise support for Senator John McCain’s primary election should he choose to seek office in 2016.
Resolution For Proper Use Of Proxies
Submitted By James Roy -- Buckley Precinct
ü WHEREAS, the Republican Party is founded in the blood, sweat and tears of the grassroots day in and day out activists; and
ü WHEREAS, the Republican Party’s role is to support these activists in every way, shape and form possible; and
ü WHEREAS, the role of a State Committeeman is to represent their District or County; and
ü WHEREAS, proxies serve a valuable and valid purpose, and should be used prudently and fairly in all instances; and
ü WHEREAS, the original intent of the proxy has been abused by many individuals. In some cases, individuals have carried excessive numbers of proxies and voted in critical elections using these proxies.
ü WHEREAS, large numbers of proxy votes may be cast contrary to the will of the individual;
ü BE IT THEN RESOLVED, the State Committee men and women of the Arizona Republican Party do call upon the Chairman of the party to expeditiously form a committee to analyze and develop recommendations to ensure the proxy system is not abused.
ü FURTHERMORE, the undersigned do recommend the following elements be studied by the duly appointed committee.
1. Limit the number of Proxies per individual to a reasonable number
2. Enact failsafe controls to ensure proxies are valid and not fraudulent
3. Examine instances where proxies have been abused within the Republican Party of Arizona.
ü FURTHERMORE, the undersigned demand the committee’s hearings and records be made publically available to all elected officials in the Republican Party and that the committee submit a report not later than June 1, 2015 detailing it’s findings and recommendations.
A Resolution In Support Of Transfer The Management
Of Federal Lands To The State Of Arizona
Submitted by Shirley Dye -- Payson Precinct #2
ü WHEREAS: Eastern and Midwestern states have only 5-10 percent federal land, but Arizona has about 85 percent designated as Military bases, Tribal lands, State Trust Lands, Bureau of Land Management Lands and Forest Service Lands, ALL NOT TAXABLE;
ü WHEREAS: The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 has severely limited revenue from timber stump fees, grazing fees, mining, and recreation;
ü WHEREAS: Since 1980s Mines and Utilities have reduced their assessed valuations from 60 to 25 percent due to federal regulations, with the private sector making up the difference in lost revenue;
ü WHEREAS: “Payment in Lieu of Taxes” from the Federal Government is minimal compared to the revenue derived from the productive use of the federal lands;
ü WHEREAS: Forest health has declined under federal management causing devastating crown fires that destroy millions of acres of timber and animals, and pollute our air, streams, and rivers;
ü WHEREAS: Watersheds produce less water due to overgrowth sucking up rain and limiting a deep annual snow pack;
ü WHEREAS: Studies indicate Arizona would produce more revenue for education and other budget needs at less cost, and be better stewards and resource developers;
ü BE IT RESOLVED THAT:The Gila County Republican Party petition the Arizona State Legislature and Governor to work toward transfer of management of Arizona federal lands to the citizens of Arizona that they may reap the benefits of said action.
A Resolution In Support Of Protecting Arizonan's Privacy
Submitted by Matt Papke -- LD 26 Hudson Precinct
ü WHEREAS, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, our SUPREME law of the land, commands, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized,”
ü RESOLVED, We the Arizona Republican State Committeemen do hereby reaffirm our oaths to our constituents to promote the proper role of Constitutional government by defending, without compromise, the fundamental right to privacy, recognized and protected by the Fourth Amendment, and will work to defend the Constitutionally-protected privacy of all Americans and call upon our elected representatives to act in kind; and
ü Furthermore: We call upon all elected representatives to uphold and defend the Fourth Amendment by passing the Fourth Amendment Protection Act SB 1156 (2013) which states in part, “THIS STATE SHALL NOT: USE ANY ASSETS, STATE MONIES OR MONIES ALLOCATED BY THIS STATE TO LOCAL ENTITIES, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, TO ENGAGE IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT AIDS A FEDERAL AGENCY, FEDERAL AGENT OR CORPORATION PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE COLLECTION OF ELECTRONIC DATA OR METADATA OF ANY PERSON PURSUANT TO ANY ACTION THAT IS NOT BASED ON A WARRANT THAT PARTICULARLY DESCRIBES THE PERSON, PLACE AND THING TO BE SEARCHED OR SEIZED.”
Resolution In Support Of Agricultural Freedom
Submitted by Matt Papke -- LD 26 Hudson Precinct
ü WHEREAS, mankind has cultivated hemp, without government interference, as a source of fiber for thousands of years; and
ü WHEREAS, modern production methods have utilized hemp’s oilseed to make high-grade food and beauty products; and
ü WHEREAS, hemp stalks produce fiber and cellulose for everything from automotive parts and fine clothing to building products and fuel; and
ü WHEREAS, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia have defined industrial hemp as a distinct agricultural crop and removed barriers to its production; and
ü WHEREAS several drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from the hemp plant; and
ü WHEREAS several of America’s founding fathers, without government interference, actively produced and utilized hemp for multiple uses;
ü RESOLVED: We the Arizona Republican State Committeemen call upon the Republican members of the Arizona legislature to pass SB 1122 (2014), which clearly allows for the legalization of industrial hemp production, AND enact similar legislation to restore, without government interference, the public and commercial growing of hemp.
Resolution In Support Of Fostering Civic Competence, Civic
Responsibility, And A Commitment To The Fundamental
Principles Of Our Constitutional Republic.
Submitted by Yale S. Wishnick, Ed.D --Arivaca Precinct 008, LD2
ü WHEREAS the Republican Party believes civic education is essential to the preservation and improvement of our Constitutional Republic; and
ü WHEREAS civic education programs foster understanding of the history and principles of the constitutional government of the United States, including principles that are embodied in certain fundamental documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights; and
ü WHEREAS research shows that too few people in the United States understand basic principles of of our Constitutional Republic; and
ü WHEREAS since the founding of the United States, schools in the United States have had a strong civic mission to prepare students to be informed and involved citizens who are committed to the principles of our Constitutional Republic; be it therefore
ü RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Arizona endorses legislation which requires all Arizona elementary and secondary public schools to require all students to have courses on history and theories of the constitutional government of the United States, using programs and curricula with a demonstrated effectiveness in support of fostering civic competence, civic responsibility, and a commitment to the fundamental principles of our Constitutional Republic.
Resolution In Support Of Protecting Arizona's State Rights
Submitted by Joel Alcott
ü WHEREAS the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people". Proposition 122 having passed into law, has now become a "mandate" for Legislators and the Governor to pass laws supporting the 10th Amendment; there be it
ü RESOLVED by the Maricopa County Republican Party, that the State of Arizona shall claim sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution and that this resolution shall sere as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers; be it further
ü RESOLVED that pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Arizona State Legislature and Governor shall pass and sign into law, legislation in support of: 1) U.S. citizens, 2) "Sheriffs First" laws asserting localized constitutional jurisdiction over federal agencies, 3) "Property Rights" laws to protect Arizona Citizens from federal land grabs, 4) 2nd Amendment Protection laws; be it further
ü RESOLVED that pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Arizona State Legislature and Governor shall pass and sign into law, legislation in opposition to: 1) Any law in relationship to or facilitating the "Affordable Health Care Act", 2) NDAA legislation specifying indefinite detention of U.S. Citizens without charge or trial, as well as unmitigated "Authorize Use of Military Force" on U.S. soil.
Resolution In Support Of Arizona's Border Security
Submitted by Leiann Anderson -- Green Valley Precinct 141, LD 2
ü WHEREAS, Republicans understand that in the US Constitution Article IV Section 4, the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and, on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
ü WHEREAS. Republicans confirm that Mexican drug cartels post sentries with AK-47s on hilltops inside the State of Arizona to protect drug transport routes while human trafficking agent "coyotes" ravage the Arizona desert with their chains of humanity thus causing irreparable misery to all people.
ü WHEREAS, Republicans understand that Article 1, Section 10, Cl. 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America provides that "No state shall, without the consent of Congress ... engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."
ü RESOLVED, that Governor Doug Ducey in using the powers of the Arizona Constitution and the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution, place law enforcement officers on Arizona's southern border to ensure the continued flow of legal commerce and discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in Arizona, a most serious international and domestic problem exacerbated by our own Federal Government.
Support for the Federal Reserve Transparency Act
Submitted by James Roy -- Buckley Precinct
ü WHEREAS, Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution requires the United States Congress to regulate the value of our currency and maintain strict control over the monetary policy of the United States of America; and
ü WHEREAS, since its institution in 1913, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, by inflating the money supply and manipulating interest rates, has eroded the purchasing power of the dollar by approximately ninety-five percent, created price instability, and has contributed to boom and bust business cycles; and
ü WHEREAS House of Representatives Bill 24 passed with an overwhelming super majority to Audit the Federal Reserve; and
ü WHEREAS, a partial audit of the Federal Reserve has informed the American people that trillions of dollars were used to bail out foreign banks without the consent of the United States Congress.
ü NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the State Committeemen and Women of the Arizona Republican Party, that Senators McCain and Flake shall make every effort to support, vote in yes upon and bring to the Senate floor for a full vote the Federal Reserve Transparency Act S. 209;
ü FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Congressional Representatives of Arizona shall support and vote yes upon the Federal Reserve Transparency Act H.R. 24
Resolution In Support Of National Security And Defense Capability
Submitted by Glenn Lundell -- Green Valley Precinct 205, LD2
ü WHEREAS the Republican Party supports strong National Security and Defense,it is essential that the United States develop and maintain military forces capable of flexible response in defense of the United States and its world leadership status; and
ü WHEREAS the State of Arizona contains essential military facilities, e.g., Luke AFB, Davis Monthan AFB, Ft. Huachuca Army Intelligence Base, Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma, Goldwater Bombing Range, Arizona Air Guard Training Facility - Tucson and others; and
ü WHEREAS substantial military contracting capabilities exist within Arizona; be it therefor
· RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Arizona requests and directs that all elected representatives of Arizona in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the Governor and elected officials within the State take strong appropriate action to ensure the personnel and financial viability of the foregoing facilities and activities.
· Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meetings are now streamed Online. Watch Supervisors meetings live Online over the Internet - starting today, according to Supervisor Chairman Steve Chucri.
· 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.
· LD16 Rep Kelly TownsendHats off to the Congressmen who followed through with their word today. They know whom they work for, and voted accordingly. Those who said they would challenge leadership to get elected, and then voted for Boehner anyway, I am disappointed. If you always supported Boehner, then ok, but to deceive the constituents is shameful.
· 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:
· Congressman Paul A. Gosar acceped the position of vice-chairman with the Congressional Western Caucus:“I am honored to have been selected as part of the leadership team for the House Western Caucus. I look forward to working on pragmatic initiatives to protect the traditions of Western states while promoting reform goals that will positively impact our constituents. The mission of the Caucus outlines clear goals for developmental and transformative measures to address the concerns of Americans in Western and rural communities. I believe we have a group of bold and strategic individuals with the mindset to invoke commonsense changes. There is an attack on the West from bureaucrats in Washington D.C. who want control of our land, water and other resources. I will continue to do everything in my power to preserve the uniqueness of our Western and rural cultures as well as make sure our communities are shortchanged by out-of-touch politicians who know little to nothing about our way of life. The abundance of natural resources possessed in the West gives distinct advantages for new and abundant growth and I’m very optimistic about the future. I look forward to this new leadership opportunity representing the interests of Western and rural communities in the 114th Congress.”
· 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
· Groundbreaking For The Maryvale Golf Course Renovation was held Fri., Jan 2. According to the agreement made last fall, the city of Phoenix and Grand Canyon University (GCU) will make significant improvements to Maryvale Golf Course. The agreement allows GCU to operate and maintain the golf course for the next 30 years and requires it to remain a public course with the same rates that currently exist. GCU has agreed to make significant improvements to the clubhouse and completely renovate the course, tees and bunkers, all while maintaining the park-like feel. See details this article from GCU Today.
· Congressman Matt Salmon today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his Thursday visit to Phoenix to understand the immigration crisis his policies are causing. Salmon wrote: “President Obama has repeatedly said he is looking for real solutions and not ‘photo ops.’ Yet, as he purports to ‘fix’ our immigration system with illegal and unconstitutional actions, he has steadfastly refused to visit the border between the United States and Mexico and see firsthand the people his policies affect. As a Representative from a border state, I see firsthand what the President shies away from as he quickly visits Arizona’s capitol. I’m calling on him once more to visit the border and speak with the children and families who have journeyed hundreds of miles and been the victims of cartel thugs in search of his promise of legal status in America. I believe a visit is key to understanding not only their plight, but also the plight of our border patrol and border state law enforcement officials who are challenged every day to enforce our laws and secure our border with no assistance from the Executive Branch of the United States.” View letter at https://salmon.house.gov/media-center/letters/letter-urging-president-obama-to-visit-the-us-mexico-border
· Attention MCRC and AZGOP Officer Candidates: Briefs is posting reader submitted questions for the MCRC and AZGOP officer candidates who are running for election at the Mandatory January meetings. Officer candidates are asked to respond in 300 words or less. Candidate answers are posted in the “What The Candidates Are Saying” section. Please keep to the issues. Scoreboard of candidates responses will be posted Friday. 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? Please answer this before asking for votes. 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 32,000 the past two years, according to the Secretary of State’s report. How you plan to get them back?
11. Why Are The McCain People Supporting Lisa Gray For County Chairman?
12. Have you ever supported John McCain or Jeff Flake for office (worked on their campaign in any way; made a donation to their candidacy)
13. Have you ever attended a Tea Party Meeting?
14. 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)
15. Please list all candidates whose campaigns you have worked on, endorsed, donated to or spoke out for in any way. (school, city, county, state, National...even dog catcher!!)
16. Do you plan to allow legislative district and county chairman to be involved in decision making for the AZGOP?
17. How many PC's have you recruited in AZ?
18. Have you ever held a training session for aspiring or new PC's?
19. Have you ever made a political presentation to any group (who?) for educational or persuasive effect?
· Activist Wes Harris: For conservative Republicans in Arizona it is not so good a morning since on the very first vote of the new Congress our so called 'Conservative' members of the House voted to retain John Boehner as Speaker. If anyone thinks that Congress will fix itself if we elect 'good people' they are bordering on Einstein’s theory of insanity because we continue to do the same thing and vote 'good' people in to represent us and expect a different result. Three of our 'Representatives' who voted for Boehner in spite of the overwhelming number of citizens who lobbied against him purport to be the 'most' conservative of our members...Schweikert (who wants to be a senator), Franks (who quotes scripture) and Salmon (who is every conservatives friend) all voted against their stated principles. McSally ...well who knows? I say shame on all of them and we now know they cannot be trusted to vote to control federal spending if they continue to vote for a Speaker who continues to sell the American people out. – Wes Harris
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
· Congressman Paul A. Gosar after the Arizona Game and Fish Department served a Notice of Intent with the secretary of the Department of Interior and director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The action was taken in an effort to support development of an updated recovery plan: “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been using the same flawed recovery plan for the Mexican Wolf since the early 1980’s. This plan is not based on the best available science and is significantly out of date. Officials in Arizona have been calling for an updated plan for years which includes matrices that if met, will allow for delisting. The agency has failed to comply with an updated plan despite acknowledging that the current plan is not in compliance. The State had no choice but to issue a notice with intent to sue.
WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #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.”) McCain has already been censured. The beauty of our system that the voters will have a chance to remove him in the Primary if they so choose. As 2nd VC I will continue to do as our current 2nd VC has done and not engage in working for ANY Republican against another Republican candidate during the primary. As much as I am not a big fan of McCain, taking part in his primary would set an inappropriate precedence of MCRC Leadership taking part in Primaries and then we would be pressure to jump into other “comparable” races, thus dirtying up the process just like the Democrats do.
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #9.
Do you support reported attempts to remove conservative PCs from leadership roles? I do not know that these claims are a fact. I remember when Rob Haney recruited me he sat me down and asked me A LOT of questions before recommending me to be a PC. Through the appointment process in which this allegation is derived, the appointment paperwork has a spot for Precinct Captains, and LD Chairman to sign, but the MCRC Chairman CAN appoint a PC if the other leadership does not sign it in an attempt to “remove conservatives PCs”. So quite frankly if this is truly happening there is a solution to this problem.
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #10. Arizona Republicans suffered a Voter Registration LOSS of 32,000 the past two years, according to the Secretary of State’s report. How you plan to get them back? Part of my plan if I get the privilege to serve as 2nd VC is this very issue. In my past campaign for the AZ House we identified all of the Independents and undeclared voters who had requested Republican ballots. We then reached out to them to see if they openly identified as Conservative. The ones that did (which were a lot) we then embraced them on our shared conservative beliefs. As 2nd VC we would do the same thing but work hard to bring them back to the party and push the point that by being an active Republican they can hold ALL Republican candidates accountable to support the Republican Platform which is Conservative.
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #11. Why are the McCain people supporting Lisa Gray for county chairman? I have seen everything that has been going around, I have stayed out of it. I am running for 2nd VC as a solo candidate to answer solely to the PCs. I am more interested in building our party to win in 2015- 2016 rather than to give an answer full of surmising comments.
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #12. Have you ever supported John McCain or Jeff Flake for office (worked on their campaign in any way; made a donation to their candidacy). No
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #13. Have you ever attended a Tea Party Meeting? YES, LOTS and I am actually supported by two prominent Tea Party leaders you can find them here www.AaronBorders.us
· Aaron Borders, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate - Responds to question #14. 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) I credit the closeness of my race in such a heavy Democrat district precisely because of my unconventional outreach to clubs, groups and organizations that normally are not part of politics. From Latino groups, Block watch groups , PTSA’s, Coffee with a Cop meetings, Graffiti Clean-up Groups, HOA’s, and many more. This Is The Most Important Part: When our campaign team met with these groups, we were right beside them working to clean and promote our neighborhoods. We used the approach of “concept selling”. When we met with them we worked with them and showed them our shared concern for our neighborhood by our actions not "lip service". I implored my team in each and every situation to find examples of where Less Government would make each and every group and association’s goals be more successful. We then would point out why we are Republicans by using examples They are passionate about. It worked, we built bridges with “A-Political” groups that had Never been involved in politics.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
Thursday, Jan 8
· LD23 Will Meet Thurs., Jan 8 At The Mustang Library, 90th St. (S of Shea Blvd), Scottsdale to hear Sen-elect John Kavanagh, Rep Michelle Ugenti and Rep – elect Jay Lawrence. 6:30- pm sign in. 7 pm mtg. A prayer meeting will be held in the 6 pm in the auditorium, for those interested. Contact: Chairman Jim O’Connor : www.ld23gop.org 602-538-9387.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 5:30 pm for social hour, Jan 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phx. 6:15 pm dinner/meeting. $22 per person. Speakers: Incumbent AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and challenger Lori Urban. Reservations: Tina Shaw at email@example.com or 623-934-9730 no later than Sun, Jan 4th. A reservation made is a reservation paid. Cancellation deadline is Sun, Jan 4th to avoid being charged.
The Colorado River Tea Party plans a round table discussion at noon, Thur., Jan 8 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95. (last building behind church. www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
· A Fundraiser Reception For Sen Gail Griffin And Sen Kimberly Yee is scheduled from 4:30-6:30 pm., Thur., Jan 8 at the Pizza People Pub, 1326 N Central Ave., Phx. Contributions to Yee at PO Box 83561, Phx, AZ 85971. Contributions to Griffin at PO Box 628, Hereford, AZ 8515.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
· The Grande Valley Republican Women will meet at 9 am., Fri., Jan 9 to hear Arizona Director Americans for Prosperity Tom Jenney discuss the “Friend of the Tax Payer” legislative scorecard. $7.50 per person. Check in at 8:30 am. Reservations: contact Glenda Bird at 520.858.2792 or firstname.lastname@example.org. by Wed, Jan 7.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
· The Maricopa County. Republican Committee Statutory Mtg is scheduled Sat., Jan 10 at the Grace Community Church, Tempe, 1200 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282.
· The Yavapai County Republican Statutory/Organizational Meeting is scheduled for Sat., Jan . 10, 2015. Call YavGOP headquarters (928) 776-4500 if interested.
· A Victory Celebration Reception For Attorney General-Elect Mark Brnovich is scheduled at 6:30 pm, Sat., Jan. 10 at St. Sava Church Reception Hall, 4436 E. McKinley St., Phoenix. Food, drink and live music. RSVP: Mark@Mark4AZ.com
· AZ Teenage Republicans (TARS) Will Be At the Jan 10 Maricopa County and Jan 24 AZGOP State Meetings selling donuts, snacks, water and lunch as part of their annual banquet fundraising activities, according to State TARS Chairman Lilia Dashevsky. The annual banquet is scheduled in April tba. TARS is also accepting donations. Contact: Chr (602) 918-3411 email@example.com Twitter: @lilydashevsky
· The Lincoln Republican Women will meet Mon., Jan 12 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, 5401 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (Scottsdale Road between Chaparral and Jackrabbit Rd). $30 per person, 5:30 pm social. 6 pm mtg., 6:30 pm dinner. Speaker: Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Steve Chucri and Arizona Tax Research President Kevin McCarthy on “What The Bleep Just happened? The Passing Of the Maricopa County Healthcare Initiative.” Reservations: Judy Eisenhower 4809418162 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Kaufman 4803682777 email@example.com
· The Highway 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm, Mon., Jan 12 to hear Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher and Prescott Valley Police Department Chief Bryan Jarrell discuss the Ferguson (MO) situation and the 10th Amendment at the Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey AZ, 863275 pm social. Order from menu. RSVP to June at 928-632-4661 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Yavapai Republican Men's Forum meets at 11:30 am, Jan 12 at the St. Michael's Hotel Ballroom, 205 W. Gurley St., Prescott to hear Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher and former Secret Service Agent Wayne Meddaugh. $18 per person. Reservation deadline noon, Thurs., Jan 8. RSVP: Bob Luzius at (928) 717-2551 or email@example.com
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