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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
· Is-The-Tea-Party-Afraid-Of-John-McCain? “That’s how we fight wars, by the way: You just crush the opponent, and then you don’t have to worry about as many opponents,” said former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, referring to McCain’s campaign tactics.
· Speaking Of Sen John McCain, there is speculation that one reason AZGOP Robert Graham closed the April 18 State Executive Committee meeting in Phoenix to elected State Committeemen and Precinct Committee is because Graham plans to slip McCain into the meeting– like he did at a previous Executive Committee meeting and at the AZGOP Statutory meeting in January. McCain has been promoting ‘open primary’ which is in direct conflict with the ‘Closed Primary’ Resolutions that were overwhelmingly passed at the AZGOP and Maricopa County Republican Committee Statutory meetings in January 2015. Reports are afloat that McCain can’t win a closed primary in Arizona, therefore, he wants/needs the primary kept open in an attempt to draw independent votes. Readers also wonder if McCain’s makes another “surprise” visit to one of Graham’s meeting, if McCain will bring in a bus load of supporters – as he did for the January Statutory meeting???
· AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham stirred up a Horne’s Nest when he told a LD18 PC Peggy McClain to “get a life” on “Tweeter” Easter night when she questioned his closing the April 18 AZGOP State Executive meeting to State Committeemen and PCs as observers. Consequently, some of McClain’s fellow PCs are riled enough that they are planning to rally at 9 am, April 18 at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phx., to “give Chairman Graham the chance to open the doors to us.” PCs interested in joining the “Get A Life” rally should contact McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Art Olivas Reports That The Latino Legal Immigrant Tea Party Patriots will be joining McClain’s groups in their efforts to get Graham to open the April 18 meeting to State Committeemen and precinct Committeemen.
· Although AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and his Communication Director Tim Sifert claim Executive Committee meetings were never open, the two past AZGOP Chairmen – Randy Pullen and Tom Morrissey – never closed the AZGOP Executive Committee meetings. Pullen and Morrissey welcomed elected state committeemen and precinct committee to attend the Executive Committee meeting as observers.
· Out-Of-State Dems have told Briefs that it benefits the Dems for the GOP to have open primaries. It gives Dems the opportunity to change party affiliations for the primary election so they can help put the weakest GOP candidate on the ballot – then reregister as Dems for the general election and so they can vote for a Dem candidate – greatly increase the chance for a Dem win. If it works in other states, it certainly can work to their advantage in Arizona too. Think about it!
· Hugh Hallman Spoke To The Western Pinal Republican Club this evening. Rumor has it that Hallman is toying with the idea of running for CD1 in 2016.
· Last Week CD1 Candidate Gary Kiehne spoke to the LD11 about his plans for the 2016 race.
· Leslie Carlyle-Burnett Resigns From School Board There's an open spot on the Maricopa Unified School District Governing board and officials want individuals to apply to fill the vacancy.
· Immediate Past LD13 Chairman Robert Branch: Since the LD is in a little disorder, I do not want it overlooked that the House Majority Leader - our LD13 Steve Montenegro, was just awarded ‘Legislator of the Year’ and that LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell received the ‘Citizen Legislator Award’ at the Legislative Salute last Saturday. Congratulations to Montenegro and Mitchell.
The May 8 Tempe Republican Women’s 1920’s ‘speakeasy’ Cocktail Party tickets are available online. $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $35 for at-the-door registrants. Participants are asked to dress in prohibition era flapper wear. http://temperw.weebly.com/trw-cocktail-party.html
· Maggie Zehring Is Leaving Her Position as Communications Director for Congressman David Schweikert to open up her own social and digital consulting firm. She writes, “Over the next month I will be assisting staff with this transition. I have enjoyed being a part of such an incredible team here in Arizona and D.C. and am so thankful for the opportunity I had to work with such an outstanding Member of Congress.”
· AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and his father visited the memorial dedicated to former Gov Raul H Castro (D) that is on display at the state capital. Graham says, “Public service is both an honor and a calling, and Governor Castro was a perfect example of the kind of selflessness and dedication to our state and our nation that we should all emulate, regardless of party membership. As the first Latino elected to serve as governor, he provides a model for everyone who not only aspires to greatness but actually achieves it."
· Congressman Matt Salmon: Tax day us upon us yet again. This year, as we reach the deadline to complete the most complicated tax filing in recent history, Americans are also faced with a host of new taxes and government agencies so inept that they won't even get taxpayers the information they need to file on time. But the time they spend filling out numerous tax forms is substantial-- 7.6 billion hours. One thing is clear: Our tax system needs serious reform. See full video. for a quick update on some of the initiatives I'm taking to fight for your right to keep your hard earned dollars, and ensure equality under our tax laws.
· Governor Doug Ducey this afternoon joined elected officials and community leaders at TechShop Chandler Innovation Center to tour the facility, discuss the pro-business policies enacted this session and sign H.B. 2591 - bipartisan priority legislation that will help small Arizona businesses and start-ups grow and thrive in Arizona. "This legislation reaffirms our commitment to making Arizona the most attractive, easiest place to start and grow a business," said Ducey. "Allowing entrepreneurs and start-ups to sell equity in their companies in exchange for public funding will help small-businesses raise up to $2.5 million, save businesses from going into debt, employ thousands of Arizonans and encourage investment in local companies. It's an all-around win for Arizona, and I want to thank Rep. Weninger and all the legislators who came together in a bipartisan manner to get this passed."
· Congresswoman Martha McSally on the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that left four Americans dead, including an MIT Police Officer who was killed three days later, and injured more than 260 others: “Today marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, a race I had the privilege of running during my time in graduate school. It is a day to remember the four victims who lost their lives in the attack and ensuing manhunt, honor the survivors whose lives were changed forever, and thank the brave first responders and medical personnel who worked tirelessly to save lives and protect the City of Boston that day and in the days that followed. This solemn anniversary also serves as a reminder of the need to constantly work to share information and enhance our preparedness through planning, training and exercising. As Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, I am committed to ensuring that emergency response providers across the country have the tools they need to accomplish their important mission of keeping our communities safe."
· Sen John McCain On His Meeting today with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: “Today, I had a productive meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. I am grateful for his steady leadership at a perilous time for his country. We discussed a range of issues related to our common fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the role and conduct of Iranian-backed militias inside Iraq, political inclusion of Iraq's Sunni population, and the progress and development of Iraqi Security Forces into an integrated multi-sectarian organization. As I discussed with Prime Minister Abadi, in order to defeat ISIL, I believe the United States should provide further military assistance to Iraq and deploy additional U.S. personnel, including forward air controllers to strengthen our air campaign.”
· Recapping His First 100 Days In Office, Gov Doug Ducey this morning visited La Senda Antigua, a church that will benefit from one of the many reforms enacted over the past few months. Ducey held a ceremonial bill signing for H.B. 2128, legislation that corrects a significant inequality in the way religious institutions are treated. He pointed out, according to a constitutional provision and long-standing state policy, churches that own their property are exempt from paying property taxes. Under this new state law, now churches that rent their property will qualify for the same exemptions. For faith-based institutions like La Senda Antigua, this will amount to savings of more than $100 per month. "It was great to visit face-to-face with some of the many Arizonans who'll benefit from the positive reforms we've instituted these first 100 days," said Ducey. "Churches provide enormous value to our communities - and whether they're rented or owned shouldn't dictate tax breaks they receive. I was proud to resolve this inequality this session, and appreciate the hard work of the sponsors and stakeholders who championed this measure. It's one more way we're keeping our pledge to ensure opportunity for all."
· RidersUSA Are Planning A Rally And Protest from 3-7 pm., Fri., April 17 in front of the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2201 W Anklam Rd., Tuscon in protest of the ‘Open Borders and Anti-American policies’ of Congressmen Raul Grijalva and Luis Guiterrez who are scheduled to conduct an open forum starting at 5:30 pm in the facility. RidersUSA along with other Motorcyclists and Cages (SUV's and cars) from Phoenix will stage at 3 pm at Love's Truck Stop - Exit 162 off the I-10, I-10 & Sun Dust Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226-5126. (520) 796-1185. Departure (KSU): 3:30pm. If you need a ride from Phoenix (bike or car) email. Bring water and your favorite anti-Amnesty, signage and messaging to reflect how you feel about the egregious disregard of our Rule Of Law and consistent undermining of American Sovereignty by these two congressmen.
· An Interesting Bit Of History: The First Hostess of the United States By Tom Morrow: When we think of grand First Ladies of the White House, Jackie Kennedy is probably the first image that comes to mind. Nancy Reagan leads a short list of other First Ladies, but when the White House was finally completed in the very early 19th century, it was President James Madison’s wife, Dolley, who set the standard most chief executives’ wives have followed since.
Dolley and James Madison occupied the White from 1809 to 1817. She was noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity. She did much to define the role of the President’s wife, but ironically, it wasn’t only for her husband, but for the widowed President Thomas Jefferson before the Madisons moved in.
Born Dolley Payne on May 20, 1768, in New Garden, North Carolina, it was after the War of 1812, she re-furnished the reconstructed White House. The executive mansion was first occupied by President John and Abigail Adams, but the interior was unfinished and unfurnished until Jefferson moved in. Work continued on the White House through the Jefferson administration.
Dolley Payne Todd and James Madison, a congressman from Virginia, probably met at social events in Philadelphia. Reportedly, Aaron Burr, a longtime friend of Madison's since their student days at Princeton University, stayed at a rooming house where Dolley, a widow, lived. In May 1794, Burr made the formal introduction between the young widow and Madison, who was 17 years her senior. After a brief courtship, they were married on Sept. 15, 1794.
It was during the War of 1812, Dolley became a heroine. In 1814, as the enemy approached the city, Dolley is credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington, along with a number of other national household treasures. However, in recent years that claim has been challenged. Popular accounts during and after the war years tended to portray Dolley Madison as the one who removed the painting. Early 20th century historians note that Jean Pierre Sioussat, a Frenchman, had directed the servants to remove the painting.
In 1815, after the war, Congress allowed “Madame Dolley Madison a refurbishing allowance of $14,000 to purchase new furniture for the Executive Mansion.” While James Madison is the leading architect of the U.S. Constitution, like Jefferson, their legacies are tainted because they were slave holders. After James’ death on June 28 1836, Dolley remained at their Montpelier plantation for a year. During that time, she organized and copied her husband's papers. Congress authorized $55,000 as payment for seven volumes, including his notes on the Constitutional Convention.
In the fall of 1837, Dolley Madison returned to Washington. She moved into a house, on Lafayette Square. Dolley took her slave butler Paul Jennings with her, forcing him to leave his family in Virginia. While living in Washington, Dolley tried to raise money by selling the rest of Madison’s papers. She also agreed to sell Jennings to Daniel Webster, who allowed Jennings to gain his freedom by paying Webster through work.
Unable to find a buyer for the remaining Madison papers, she sold Montpelier, the remaining slaves, and the furnishings to pay off outstanding debts. In the last days of her life, Dolley was in absolute poverty. Webster often sent Jennings to visit Dolley with food and telling the slave whenever he saw anything she needed to take it to her. In some cases, Jennings would give her money out of his own pocket. In 1848, Congress agreed to buy the rest of James Madison's papers for around $25,000. On July 12, 1849, Dolley Madison died at age 81, in her Washington D.C., home. She was first buried in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, but later moved to a grave at Montpelier plantation next to her husband.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
· LD24 Will Meet With State Treasurer Jeff DeWit at 7 pm., Thurs., April 16 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., Phx. Sen Adam Driggs and Rep Kate Brophy-McGee, and Chairman Ken Bennett will be updating the group, along with Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter-Smith. Cindy Thomas is baking Southern Brownies with pecans for refreshments. The LD24 Executive Board will meet one-half hour prior to the regular meeting. Contact: Corresponding Secretary Carole Joyce email@example.com
· The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet Thurs., April 16 at 6 pm., at the Community Christian Church 6480 E Hwy 95, Yuma. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer 928-210-1219 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
· Chino Valley Pachyderm Chairman Sue Goodchild has announced that Tom Jenney of Americans for Prosperity will address the group on April 16 at the Bonn Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley. Alex Meluskey, who has announced he is running again Sen John McCain for the Senate seat in 2016, will speak at the May 21 meeting.
· LD16 Will Meet At 7 Pm., April 16 to hear LD5 Sen Kelli Ward, a potential primary challenger to incumbent US Senator John McCain, and get legislative updates from Sen Dave Farnsworth, Reps Doug Coleman and Kelly Townsend, and a City of Mesa update by Kevin Thompson. Contact: Chr Trevor Hansen.
· LD25 will meet at 7 pm, April 16 (3rd Thru) at 640 N Mesa Drive Mesa, AZ. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Speaker: Majority Leader Rep. Steve Montenegro. Contact: 1VC Haydee Dawson email@example.com
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
· The Las Fuentes Village Forum will be held at 3 pm., April 17 at 1035 Scott Dr. Prescott, AZ. Speaker: Dr. Phil Jones, ERAU Dean of Security and Intelligence, will address ISIS. Contact: Jacquie Auwarter (928 )776-7453
· An Immigration Forum is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Fri., April 17 at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre West Campus, 2202 W Anklam Rd., Tucson. A flyer carrying the photos of Congressmen Raul M. Grijalva and Luis V Gutierrez reads: “Time to attend a protest at PCC to show our displeasure towards DACA and PACA.” The flyer doesn’t say who is sponsoring the foum/protest.
· Breakfast with Sen Jeff Flake will be held at 8 am, Fri., April 17 at 1951 E. Roger Road Tucson, AZ 85719 (map). Conservation/updates. Doors open 8 am. Event begins at 8:20 am. Admission and parking are free, and light breakfast options will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the University of Arizona College Republicans.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
· Arizona Federation of College Republicans will host a fundraiser featuring Congressman David Schweikert at 6:30 pm, Sat., April 18 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Tickets: $75 or $140/couple. Table of ten: $650. RSVP: Zoey Kotzambasis at azcollegeGOP@gmail.com or (520) 591-6191. All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Federation of College Republicans.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix ‘Day Trip’ To The Mazatzal Casino (in Payson) fundraiser is scheduled Sat., April 18, departing at 7:30 am from 1045 S 8th Ave., Phx; departing casino at 3 pm. Invite your spouses, friends and prospective members. Flyer details: Mazatzal Casino Fundraiser Reservations deadline is April 14. RSVP to Linda Spillman at 480-275-2364 firstname.lastname@example.org
· An Informal Meet And Greet for LD18 Rep Jill Norgaard is scheduled between 9-10 am., Sat., April 18 at the home of Matt and Tracy Baginski, 1402 E Silverwood Drive, Phx. RSVP: email@example.com or 602.684.4722
· The Pinal County Republican Committee is having it's regular meeting at 9 am., Sat., April 18 at the Old Historic Court House in Florence. All the Republican Club Leaders in Pinal County are invited to attend. We will have a program that includes getting to know each other, some training and some fun. Contact Chr Irene Littleton firstname.lastname@example.org
Congressman David Schweikert will address the 9 am, Sat., April 18 Fountain Hills Republican Club mtg scheduled 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. email@example.com
· The Cobre Valley Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., April 18 at the Rep. Headquarters 424 N. Broad St. , Globe AZ. LD6 Rep TJ Shope will be the speaker. Contact: J. Mooread CVBC Pres. firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am., Sat., April 18, at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Speaker: CD 6 Congressman, David Schweikert. 8:30 am – social. Contact: email@example.com
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix ‘Fun and Fundraiser’ day trip to the Mazatzal Casino is scheduled Sat., April 18. The bus will depart from Phoenix at 7:30 am from 1045 S 8th Ave., and depart from the casino at 3 pm for the return trip. Reservation deadline – April 14. See details Mazatzal Casino Fundraiser Contact Linda Spillman at 480-275-2364.
Reps. David Schweikert Matt Salmon And Sen. Jeff Flake will host an informational session from 10 am until noon, Sat April 18 at Red Mountain High School, 7301 E Brown Road., Mesa, for high school students interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies - Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org with name, phone number, high school, congressional district, and number of people attending the event. Questions to Ed Kelety at email@example.com , 480-946-2411.
· The Republican Women of Prescott meeting is scheduled at 11:30 am., Mon, April 20 at the Prescott Resort, 1500 E. Hwy. 69, Prescott, AZ. Speaker: Gov Doug Ducey. $18 each. RSVP: Elsie Tyree, firstname.lastname@example.org, (928-778-0235 or Pam Calhoon, email@example.com (928) 778-7157.
· Trevor Loudon — author, political researcher and activist, will address ‘Taking Back America’ at 7 pm., Fri., April 20 at the Brand New Church, 1827 1827 W Grovers Ave Phoenix, AZ 85023. $2.50 donation. Book signing.
· The Sun City Republican Club is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Mon., April 20 at the Quail Run Golf Course, 9774 W Alabama Ave., Sun City, AZ. Confirmed Speakers: LD21 Sen Debbie Lesko and AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham. Tickets - $10 for members, $12 non-members. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org for head count.
· The SaddleBrooke Republican Club presents Congresswoman Martha McSally at its Mon., April 20 ‘Welcome Back’ Luncheon at 11:45 am., in the Vistas Restaurant at Saddlebrooke Country Club, 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85739. Doors open at 11:15 am. RSVP: SBRC1.org Contact: Neil MacDonald VP Communications email@example.com 825 4361.
· The Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals Charter Meeting will be held 7pm Tues, April 21 at AZGOP HQ 3501 N 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Open to 18-40 year old Republicans in the valley. Speakers: AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and MCYRP President Chris Herring speak about the vision for Young Republicans in Maricopa County. RSVP through the Facebook link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Arizona Federation of College Republicans will host Congressman David Schwiekert at 6:30 pm., Sat., April 18 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Road., Paradise Valley AZ 85253. Tickets $75 per person or $140 per couple. Table of 10 - $650. RSVP: Zoey Kotzambasis at azcollegeGOP@gmail.com or 520-591-6191.
The Estrella Conservative Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., April 22 at Estrella Foothills High School. Maricopa County Republicans Chairman Tyler Bowyer will address the groups. Contact: Chr Richard Newcomer email@example.com 602-512-1340.
The Rose Law Group is hosting a political breakfast between 8-9 am., Wed., April 22 in their offices at 7144 E Stetson Dr. #300, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 – featuring Gov Doug Ducey, Phoenix City Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Bill Gates. RSVP: Melissa Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Mohave County GOP District 1 Lincoln Dinner is scheduled at 5 pm., April 22 in Kingman. Speaker: Gov Doug Ducey. Contact: Kingman, 928-279-3950.
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