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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
· The Tempe Republican Women Unanimously Approved A Resolution Monday evening to officially endorse efforts made to close Republican primaries in Arizona. The Resolution directs the Arizona Republican Party to file a summary judgment in Federal Court, according to Jessica Merrow, club president. “It is important for the integrity of our party that Republicans elect our Republican nominees,” Merrow said. The resolution supports the resolutions passed by The Maricopa County Republican Committee Precinct Committeemen and the Arizona GOP State Committeemen at their statutory meetings in January. Both of those campaigns for closed primaries were led by Immediate Past MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro.
· Senators Syliva Allen, Judy Burges: Gail Griffin, Kelli Ward have introduced SB1309, that will curb the abuse of “harvesting” proxy for the state, county and legislative districts meetings. The senators need your support. SB1309 limitations:
ü A person may not carry more than 10 proxies from members of the state committee to a meeting of the state committee
ü A person may not carry more than four proxies from members of the county committee to a meeting of the county committee.
ü A person may not carry more than four proxies from members of the legislative district committee to a meeting of the legislative district committee.
The bill amends sections 16-822, 16-823, 16-824, 16-826 and 16-828, Arizona Revised Statues; relating to political party organization and government. see bill
Contact your Senate members at azleg.gov and request support for SB1309.
· Grassroots Precinct Committeemen (PC) witnessed the gathering of multiple proxies for the legislative districts reorganizational meetings in November/December 2014 and the county and state GOP Statutory meetings in January 2015. Throughout November reports surfaced of individual PCs carrying from five 10 to 30 proxies to their reorganizational meetings. Multiple proxy carriers slowed down registration and balloting lines during the January MCRC Statutory elections meeting. Photos have circulated of proxy harvesters registered at the AZGOP State Statutory meeting. It is no secret that proxies harvested from newly elected PC - who never attended a LD meeting before they were elected State Committeemen - are now swaying internal party elections. This could continue right through the 2016 Presidential elections if LDs if something isn’t done to stop it.
PCs are constantly told they are the most important members of the party. Are they, or are they just pawns in the political game? If their proxies are just harvested to benefit factions battling over party control - then they are being used. Briefs has watched the misuse and abuse of gathering proxies get progressive worse over the last half decade. This is past year is undoubtedly the worst as efforts were made to cleanse precincts/LDs of conservative PCs. Last Fall, LD14 had the wisdom to make a bylaws revision allowing PCs to carry only four proxies at any given meeting. Other LDs should follow their lead.
Due to the severity of this statewide problem, four senators have stepped forward with SB1309 to curb this misuse and abuse. PC needs to get behind this bill to put a stop to proxy harvesting. Contact your senator at http://azleg.gov/MemberRoster – Editor Frosty Taylor
· Arizona Republican Assembly Chairman And Former Sen Thayer Verschoor is asking voters to contact the Education Committee members by 9 am, Thur., Feb 26 and request they vote against HB2184 aka “Kelli Ward Amendment” -- that is being amended in the Senate Education Committee to do what failed (SB1038) yesterday in the Senate Appropriations committee. He said, “Under this proposed amendment, the Superintendent of Public Instruction - elected by the people of this state - will be required to execute whatever policies (i,e. Common Core) that are agreed to by the non-elected State Board of Education. This is a case of the elected officials abdicating their authority to unelected folks who don't answer to the voters. Next thing you will see is the non-elected State Board of Education given authority to fund education so our elected official can wash their hands of raising taxes. This is Very Bad Policy. Please call your Senator and urge the members below on the Education Committee to VOTE NO on this last minute amendment that will be heard at 9 am, Thur., Feb 26.”
ü Sylvia Allen email@example.com 602-926-5409
ü Jeff Dial firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-5550
ü Steve Smith email@example.com 602-926-5686
ü Chr Kelli Ward firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-4138
ü Vice-Chr Kimberly Yee email@example.com 602-926-3024
“Protect the voters, students, and parents of this state from the consequences of redirecting the powers of the Superintendent of Public Instruction - or any other elected official in the future - to an unelected board that is unaccountable to the voters,” Verschoor said.
· The Western Pinal County Chapter of the Arizona Republican Assembly will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon, March 2 at the Legacy Suites, 540 N. Cacheris Ct, Casa Grande (½ mile west of I-10 on Florence Blvd.) to hear Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity State Director Tom Jenney address “ReformAmerica2015” - AFP's plan for Congress to get America back on the road to prosperity and growth. Contact: WPCC of AZRA Secretary Jason Hayes (602) 734-5603 firstname.lastname@example.org
· If You Are Trying To Get Your Message To Gov Doug Ducey submit your message on the online form at: http://www.azgovernor.gov/governor/engage.
· The Phoenix Fire Department Is Giving Free Vaccinations to uninsured and under insured residents. The shots will be available to children six weeks of age to 18-years-old. The shots will protect children against 15 childhood diseases, including measles. The shot clinic takes place at the Deer Valley Community Center on Thursday, Feb 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - See: free-vaccinations
McCain’s Voting Record: From Jan 1987 to Feb 2015, McCain missed 970 of 9,420 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time. govtrack.us/congress/members/john_mccain
· Washington, D.C.’s Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later What if John McCain had stayed home and worried about his constituents in Arizona instead of non-constituents 6,000 miles away? By Ron Paul
· The SaddleBrooke Republican Club will host former National Rifle Association President Sandy Froman March 4 at the Mountain View Club House Ballroom at SaddleBrooke HOA#2 , 38735 S. Mountain View Blvd Tucson AZ 85739. Doors open at 3:45 pm. Mtg at 4:15 pm. Froman, a NRA board member since 1992 will address Second Amendment issues, focusing on thoe role of guns, and the 2016 elections. Contact: Vice President Neil MacDonald . email@example.com
· The Sun City Republican Club will host a Pot Luck dinner at 6:30 pm., Fri., March 6 in the Sundial Center, 14801 N 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ. The club will furnish chicken, plates, utensils, drinks and napkins. Members are asked to bring a side dish for eight people. An open discussion will follow. $2 for non-members.
· Congressman Paul A. Gosar penned the following op-ed for the Arizona Republic, addressing the looming DHS shutdown and the realities of our current failed national security policies. The full text of the Congressman’s op-ed is. The Arizona Republic posted a condensed version .
· As The Gov Doug Ducey Vs Supt Of Public Instruction Diane Douglas saga continues, readers have sent reminders that when the Arizona Republican Party sent out “Ducey’s Team” funded flyer for the Nov 4 election… Douglas was conspicuous absent from the line up.
· Jose Barrajero's AZRRT-call-to-action-and-weekly-report-150220-0510 This link is time sensitive and will change every week.
· Updates On AZ Firearms Bills: See AzCDL www.azcdl.org/html/bill_tracking
Latest Actions On Bills: www.azleg.gov
· The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., March 3 at the Anthem Civic Bldg, 3701 W Anthem Way to hear Shane Krauser of the American Academy for Constitutional Education and Sen Kelli Ward, who is considering a run against John McCain for his Senate seat in Washington. Contact: Chr Vera Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org .
· The Arizona Corporation Commission will meet Mon, March 2 and Tues.,March 3. See: Open Meeting Notice.
· Don't Cripple Homeland Security: Pass immigration reform before President Obama can overreach again. Column by Congresswoman Martha McSally http://www.usatoday.com
· The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold an open hearing at 9:30 am., Thurs., Feb 26 on worldwide threats with the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart in Washington, DC.
· Congressman Trent Franks: In light of constant threats to the electric grid that have directly threatened the survivability and functionality of critical United States infrastructure Congressman Franks introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act today. "The Department of Homeland Security has the specific responsibility to secure the key resources and critical infrastructure in the United States, to include power production, generation and distribution systems. Yet 13 years after this job description was enacted, our nation's most critical infrastructure - and the systems that more than 300 million Americans depend upon every day for basic activities - are still vulnerable to large scale blackouts. Anyone who understands how critical our power grid has become in modern America to feeding our families or keeping our children warm will understand why this act is so crucially important. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act will enhance DHS threat assessments for geomagnetic disturbances and electromagnetic pulse blackouts which will enable practical steps to protect the vital electric grid that serves America and her critical financial, agricultural, medical and emergency response capabilities and many other critical systems. I am encouraged that the House of Representatives passed this legislation unanimously last Congress. I look forward to working with both my House and Senate colleagues in this new Congress to ensure this critical measure makes it to the President's desk,” Franks said.
· Gov Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Juan Ciscomani as director of the governor's Southern Arizona office. Ciscomani has been with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) since 2011, initially joining as membership director and more recently serving as vice president. He leads all of the THCC's outreach efforts with members, sponsors, community leaders and three affiliate Hispanic Chambers in Sierra Vista, Douglas and Nogales. "Juan's strong ties and positive relationships with the Southern Arizona community will be immensely valuable to our administration," said Ducey. "His longstanding commitment to civic leadership, coupled with a tested record of success in business growth, will be vital as we continue to improve our economic competitiveness in Southern Arizona and throughout the state."
· The Arizona Capitol Museum will open its newest exhibit, “Ernest McFarland and the G.I. Bill” at 11 am., Sat., Feb 28 .The McFarland room is the latest addition to the exhibit Arizona: Defense to Development, which explores the impact World War II had on the state. “Since 1944, more than 19 million service members nationwide have benefitted from Senator McFarland’s legislation,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan. “A veteran of World War I, it was important to McFarland to assist veterans transitioning back into civilian life.”
Ernest McFarland, or “Mac” as he liked to be called, served Arizona as an U.S. Senator (1941-1953), Governor (1955-1959) and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1965-1971). His impact on Arizona is still being felt today; whether it was fighting for water rights, his tireless work on the G.I. Bill of Rights or the impressive amount of opinions he wrote as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice; McFarland has left a lasting legacy of change and improvement across Arizona. “Ernest McFarland represents the ability of Americans to reinvent themselves,” said Joan Clark, Arizona State Librarian. “Through terrible personal and professional loss, he was able to persevere – to find a purpose serving Arizonans.”
The Ernest McFarland Memorial newly rededicated is in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. The Museum is open M-F, 9 am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm. Free parking Wesley Bolin Plaza, 17th Ave/Washington St. Call 602-926-3620.
· Congresswoman Martha McSally today was appointed to a bipartisan task force assigned to develop solutions to increase U.S. security against the risk of foreign terrorists. The Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is comprised of 5 Republicans and 3 Democrats and will meet with top government officials and security experts to evaluate the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent foreign fighters from traveling to the U.S. and develop legislative recommendations to increase U.S. security. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to use my experience overseeing counter-terrorism operations to help improve our nation’s security measures,” said McSally. “We face unprecedented threats from Islamist terrorist groups abroad, who control vast amounts of ungoverned territory and have a growing ability to reach and recruit foreign fighters – many of whom have Western passports. We have to make sure we have a strategy in place to prevent these fighters from traveling to the U.S. to carry out attacks, and I look forward to reviewing what programs are in place and working with my colleagues to enhance our security.” Experts estimate that the total number of foreign fighters to join Sunni Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria exceeds 20,000, making the Syria and Iraq conflict the largest mobilization of foreign fighters in history. Over 4,000 fighters are estimated to come from Western Europe, where many countries have preferred visa status that allows their citizens to travel to the U.S without going through the visa acquisition process.
· Congressman Paul Gosar’s Reforming Federal Contracting, Cutting Billions in Waste Bill: For far too long, wages for public works projects have been determined by an outdated and flawed formula that sacrifices accuracy, jobs and billions of federal tax dollars. The current calculation dates back to the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act and is riddled with fraud and abuse as evidenced by multiple Inspector General and Government Accountability Office reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has proven time and time again that they are the only department capable of accurately determining these wages. Requiring the BLS to calculate these wages will save nearly $9 billion every year. We owe it to the American taxpayer to spend federal dollars in a more efficient manner, allowing for more jobs and worthwhile projects in the process. My bill, the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act, is about competition, equality, accuracy and transparency for everyone. My commonsense legislation will cut waste, create jobs and save billions. This bill will restore a fair wage for a fair job that is fair to the American taxpayer.
· Sens John McCain and Jeff Flake joined 40 Senators to send a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald today urging him to modify the way that the VA determines veterans’ eligibility to receive care at non-VA health care facilities as part of the Choice Card Program, which was established under the Veterans Choice, Access, and Accountability Act of 2014 that was signed into law last year. They also urged Secretary McDonald to stop any attempt to reallocate funds away from the Choice Card to other programs within the VA, which President Obama has proposed in his Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.
“It is deeply troubling that less than one percent of veterans who have received the Choice Card have been able to access care at non-VA health care facilities in the nearly four months since the Veterans Choice, Access, and Accountability Act of 2014 was enacted,” said McCain. “It is clear that the VA’s narrow interpretation of veterans’ eligibility to use the Choice Card is preventing them from gaining the flexibility in care they need. In addition, President Obama’s budget proposal to reallocate funds away from the Veterans Choice Program to other programs within the Department indicates that the VA is giving up on this program before it has even been given a chance to work. Our veterans deserve to have greater choice and flexibility in their health care, and Congress will not stop working to ensure that the VA fulfills its responsibility to carry out the law and deliver the best quality care to all those who have served.” See letter online here
· Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate https://www.senate.gov/ or Representatives http://www.house.gov/ Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. Arizona delegation phone numbers:
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
· The Maricopa Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Thurs., Feb 26 at the Villages Clubhouse, 20991 N Butterfield Pkwy Maricopa, AZ 85138. Speaker: Amanda Stanford, Clerk of the Superior CourtGuest Speaker - Amanda Stanford, Clerk of the Superior Court.
· The Pima County Republican Women’s Club Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., Thurs., Feb 26 in the Old Pueblo Grille, 60 N. Alvernon, Tucson. Speaker: Deborah Brookshire, VA Hospital Volunteer Coordinator.
· Bill Lally and Tim LaSota are hosting a reception for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan between 9-10:30 am., Thurs., Feb 26 at Tiffany & Bosco, PA, Camelback Esplanade II - 7th Floor, 2525 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. Attire: Business/Business casual. RSVP to Sienna Myers at (602) 255-6018 email@example.com.
· Constitution Classes will be offered between 3-5 pm., Feb 26 in the Desert View-Maraposa Room, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, Saddlebrooke in Tucson. Topic: “What is the Organizational Principle of the US Constitution. ” Contact Paul Parisi at paul@4Tucson.com to register.
· A US Constitution Class will be offered at 7 pm., Thurs., Feb 26 at the North Swan Baptist Church, 2727 N. Swan Road, Tucson. Topic: “The Role of Government” – Founders vs. Progressives. Contact Paul Parisi at paul@4Tucson.com to register.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
The Arizona Federation of Republican Women has scheduled it’s Feb 27 and 28 Winter Meeting in Tucson. www.AzFRW.com
· A Fellowship Breakfast is scheduled at 7 am., Fri., Feb 27 at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway, Tucson. $20 mbrs/$25 non-mbrs. Speaker: Doug Meyer.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
· The Arizona Republican Assembly will hold their first meeting for Conservative Republicans in the West Valley at 8 am., Sat, Feb 28, at the Culver's Restaurant ((NW corner of the 101 & Camelback). AZRA membership is open to Conservative Republicans who support the Republican Platform and the US Constitution. New members are subject to vetting. This organization is for Conservative Republicans. Contact AzRA President Thayer Verschoor 602-703-0266.
· A Memorial Service for LD13 PC Bobbie Watts is scheduled at 1:30 pm., Sat., Feb 28 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Litchfield Park, AZ. A celebration of Life will be held from 3-5 pm,(immediately following the service) in the PebbleCreek Eagle’s Ballroom in Goodyear. Watts was well-known in old LD12 and an avid supporter of LD13, volunteering countless hours at the County GOP office on Bell Road, was a officer in the Pebble Creek Republican Club, served as a precinct committeeman, state committeeman and a delegate at the RNC.
· The Sun City Grand Republican Interest Group will meet at 9 am, Sat, Feb 28, in the Chaparral Center, 19781 N. Remington Dr. Surprise 85374. Dr. Carl Goldberg will make a presentation on Islam as Ideology entitled "What Non-Muslims Need To Know About Islam and Why". 8:30 am coffee/light refreshment. Contact: Ginny Nyre, President at 623-544-7187 or Ruth Seiter, Vice President, Programs at 623-544-9309. www.grandpop.com
· The Paradise Republican Women ‘UMOM Birdsong’ Luncheon is scheduled Sat., Feb 28 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. $50 per person. Reservations: Anthea Dyer, PRWC, Caring for America Chair 480-657-7440.
· Sheriff Joe Arpaio will address the 9 am., Sat., Feb 28 Fountain Hills Republican Club mtg in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Program is free with social period commencing at 8:30. firstname.lastname@example.org
· State Treasurer Jeff DeWit will highlight the 5:30 pm, Feb 28 Mohave County GOP District 3 meeting at the Shagrue's Bridgeview Room, Lake Havasu City. Tickets: $45. Call 908-347-7929.
· A ‘Support For All Law Enforcement March’ will start at the Phoenix Police Headquarters, 620 W Washington, Phx at 5 pm., Sat., Feb 28. Participants are asked to gather at 4pm. The group will march from the Phx PD to the Fallen Officer Memorial, 1690 W Jefferson (l.06 miles), arriving at 6:15 pm. See details com/events or contact: Barb Heller at 602-505-8760
· The Pima County Republican Party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled at 5 pm., Sat., Feb 28 at the Doubletree Hotel Reid Park Ballroom, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson featuring new Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally. Precinct Committee will be recognized for their work this past year. 5 pm – cash bar. $35 per person/$60 per couple. Table of 10 - $300. RSVP before Feb. 21 with debt/credit card payment to Pima County Republican Headquarters at 520-321-1492. Sponsorship information call Karen Schuttee 520-877-3230. Silent Auction donations call Mary Preble 520-409-9269.
The Paradise Republican Women and the UMOM Women’s Auxiliary will meet for their annual Birdsong luncheon Sat., Feb 28 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale . $50 per person. Contact: Anthea Dyer, PRWC, Caring for America Chair 480-657-7440 www.prwc.org
MONDAY, MARCH 2
· LD20 will meet at 7 pm., Mon., March 2 at the Washington School District Offices, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale. Contact: Chairman Ray Malnar, email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3
· The Surprise Tea Party Patriots (1st Tues) will hear from Flat Tax expert Stephen C. Eldridge at the 6:30 pm., Tues., March 3 meeting scheduled om the Grand Canyon Rm at the Sun City W Foundation Plaza, 14465 WRH Johnson Blvd, Sun City West.
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