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Friday, April 17, 2015
· McCain Gets Kid Glove Treatment From Left-Leaning Politico “…The 1,150 to 351 censure vote against him by elected state committeemen at the 2014 Republican statutory meeting resulted in an orchestrated effort played out by his surrogates to oust longtime conservatives from the party ranks. He now has a chokehold on the state GOP, with ambitious chairman Robert Graham obediently falling in line.”
· 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.
· PCs Planning To Participate In The 9 Am, Sat., April 18 Protest Rally at AZGOP HQ. 3501 N. 24th St., Phx to “give Chairman Graham the chance to open the doors to us” should contact “Get A Life” organizer Peggy McClain at email@example.com McClain is the LD18 PC whom AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham “tweeted” Easter night and told her to “Get A Life” when she questioned his closing the AZGOP Executive Committee meeting to State Committeemen and PC observers.
· Southern AZ GOP Activist Jim Ehl: … As state chairman of the AZ GOP, faced with an approved censure of an elected official, what would be expected of the chairman? It has been on the net that Senator John McCain would fare better in an open election more so that a closed one. However, if this executive meeting (April 18 ) shows that Robert Graham has sided with McCain rather than the membership, and/or if Senator McCain is invited to speak at this meeting – it would seem that would be grounds for recalling Graham and electing a chairman who will represent the membership.
· Arizona Freedom Alliance is urging Patriotic PCs to call AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham at AZGOP HQ (602) 957-7770 requesting admittance to the Sat., April 18 Executive Committee meeting that AZGOP Chairman has closed to PC observers.
· Congressman Matt Salmon: I've posted a new update on the latest from Washington on my website. See full post Link America has a taxing problem. This week was tax week, the deadline for hard working Americans to file their tax returns so that the U.S. Government will return to them the money they took from their paychecks over the past year. As government spends more, so too does it tax more, and tax week reminds us yet again that major reforms are needed. On Wednesday, I sent out a video update highlighting the efforts I’ve made over the last year to reform our tax code
· The Saddlebrooke Republican Club Luncheon is scheduled at 11:15 am, Mon., April 20 at 64500 E SaddleBrooke Blvd., Tucson, 85739. Congresswoman Martha McSally will address the group. More Information
· Politics on the Rocks and Scottsdale Nights are hosting "Candidates & Cocktails" at The Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl at 2 pm., Sat., April 18 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
· The Quail Creek Republicans will hear Dr. Lyle McCurdy address ‘ACT! for America’ at 9 am., Sat., April 18 in the Madera Club House, Ballroom C.
· The Arizona Citizens Defense League is raffling two custom built AR-15 pistols by Forward Operating Base in Phoenix. AzCDL’s logo is laser etched on the lower of each pistol. The pistols are chambered for the 5.56 NATO round. Only 900 tickets will be sold. Each ticket represents 2 chances to win. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at gun shows and other events where AzCDL has a table. Tickets may also be purchased at AzCDL’s online store. The drawing for both pistols will be held on Sun, June 14, 2015. Contact: Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.
· IRS-Mistakes-Were-Made Judicial Watch has just released a new batch of documents forced out of the IRS that show the Obama administration’s scandalous misuse of the IRS to target Tea Party and other conservatives goes far deeper than realized.
· LD3 Will Meet At 9 am., Sat., April 18 at the Golden Corral 6385 S Midvale Park Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746 to hear former legislator Frank Antenori address Republican issues.
· Attorney General Mark Brnovich will address ‘Opinions, Thoughts And Goals’ at the Paradise Republican Women 11 am, Sat., May 9 luncheon at the Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E. Gainey Golf Club Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258. 10:30 social. Proposed bylaws changes will be voted on. $30 per person. RSVP by May 8. Mail check and reservation to: PRWC, P.O. Box 14425, Scottsdale, AZ 85267. www.prwc.org
· Applications deadline is April 25 for High School Age Girls interested in applying for an AzFRW Dodie Londen TARS Memorial Scholarship to spend a week in DC at the National TARS Leadership Conference. Tour DC. Meet Congressional leaders. http://www.azfrw.com/scholarships.html Contact AzFRW Scholarship Committee TARS Coordinator Lori Oien, ( 520)-603-3006. 8161 E. Lee Street, Tucson, AZ 85715 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Congresswoman Martha McSally and Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres will co-host a round table of business leaders and local officials to discuss the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center and its future between 1:30-3 pm., Mon., April 20 at the City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Office, 4300 South Park, Tucson, AZ 85714. Recently, McSally led a bipartisan effort by members of the Arizona delegation to call on Postmaster General Megan Brennan to revisit decisions that would consolidate operations at the Cherrybell Processing & Distribution Center in Tucson, effectively terminating all operations there. More than 26,000 businesses across Tucson and Southern Arizona could be impacted by the closure of the processing center. Contacts: Patrick Ptak at (202) 603-3100 or Mark Kerr at (520) 791-4231.
· National Columnist Charles Krauthammer and AZ Gov Doug Ducey will speak at the 6 pm., April 25 Center for Arizona Policy dinner at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, according to CEO Cathy Herod. See details reserve your spot
· Presidential Candidate Sen Marco Rubio will be featured at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce /Industry ‘Leadership Series’ luncheon at noon, May 6 at the Ritz-Carlton, 2401 E Camelback Rd., Phx, 85016. Registrations open at 11 am. Precinct Committee discounted rate of $40 per person. Non-members $50. Contact: Contact Cylee Gutting at email@example.com or (602) 248-9172.
· LD24 Has A New Website http://ld24.arizonagop.net/ thanks to the efforts of Recording Secretary Wendy Anderton. Tristan Manos will assist in maintaining the site.
· The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., May 7 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95m (last building behind church). Contact: Chr Sally Kizer firstname.lastname@example.org 928-210-1219
· SOS Michele Reagan : While Arizona’s 52nd legislature wrapped up business with a number of noteworthy accomplishments, perhaps none will have more of an impact on our system of elections than HB2649. The legislation signed by the Governor this week protects individuals who come together to simply express their First Amendment rights from burdensome government regulation. The new law comes in response to a federal court ruling that Arizona’s definition of a political committee was “vague, overbroad and consequently unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment.” full statement
· Congresswomen Martha McSally delivered Tucson College Spring Graduation Commencement this evening at the Santa Rita High School Auditorium in Tucson. Over 140 graduates along with family members and faculty were in attendance.
· Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is establishing an annual committee to review regulations on education in Arizona’s Education Code A.R.S. Title 15 Education. Professionals interested in participating should submit their C.V. or resume either electronically via email to the ADEInbox@azed.gov or by U.S. Postal Service to Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007 by May 15, 2015, with the first meeting planned for June. Subject line: “Application for Title 15 review committee.
· Pima County Republicans Chairman Bill Beard urges area precinct committeemen to help the three Republican city council candidates Bill Hunt - Ward 1, Kelly Lawton - Ward 2 and Margaret Burkholder - Ward 4. bios to help gather petitions signatures to get them on the ballot. Beard says, “Petitions are due the last week of May so time is short but it can be done. You do NOT have to be a city resident to gather signatures. Any city voter that lives IN the ward can sign the petition for that ward candidate if they are registered as a Republican, Independent/Party Not Determined(PND) or Green. Libertarians and Democrats cannot sign a petition for a Republican candidate.” Blank petitions can be picked up at the Pima County Republican Party headquarters, 17 W Wetmore Rd, Ste 300, Tucson, AZ 85705. Phone: (520) 321-1492 email@example.com Project contacts: Matt Perez or Beard
· The Joe Foss Institute's 2015 Stars In Service Gala will be held at 4:30 pm., Sunday, April 19 at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn. Speakers include Gov. Doug Ducey and the First Lady of North Dakota, Betsy Dalrymple. ‘The Lone Survivor’ former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, will be reunited with the Air Force helicopter crew that rescued him in Afghanistan. Luttrell and the pilot of the helicopter, Air Force LTC Jeff "Spanky" Peterson of Tucson, will both receive awards for their military service. Randy and Ken Kendrick will receive the Foss Institute's Chairman's Council Award for their philanthropic endeavors. The evening will conclude with a performance by entertainer Jay Leno, whose man-on-the-street "Jaywalking" segments. According to Frank Riggs, president and CEO of the Foss Institute (www.joefossinstitute.org), the event will celebrate Arizona's "first in the nation" passage of the Foss Institute's signature Civics Education Initiative requiring high school students to pass the U.S. Citizenship Test in order to graduate. Four other states - North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Idaho - have since enacted similar legislation.
CANDIDATES CORNER (300 word limit)
· Anna Marie Brennan Announces For Mayor Of Phoenix: Long time Phoenix resident Anna Maria Brennan has filed her paper work as a candidate for Phoenix Mayor. Brennan, a mother of four and a business women is concerned about the direction the City is headed with ever increasing taxes, mayoral lack of concern for the police and fire personal needs, Federal Aviation Administration changes in flight patterns over the city's historic neighborhoods and an overall display of irresponsible leadership. Brennan says this election will be about effective public policy and not political philosophy. Citizens are annoyed with ever increasing water bills, transportation tax increases and downtown parking meter rate increases that make it very costly to transact governmental or private business transactions. Brennan was born in Sicily and while a child came to America where she and her family became citizens. As a young woman she understood that America was truly the "Land of Opportunity" and opened a family restaurant and later received a nursing degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee (a private, coeducational Jesuit, Catholic University). "One of the things I've learned as an immigrant is the value of hard work and tenacity". She's spent time working as a waitress, theatre attendant, grocery store clerk, flight attend, registered nurse and business owner. "I'm anxious to role up my sleeves to serve the people of Phoenix on the issues important to them. I'm beginning my listening tour immediately." Contact: nmarlowCBL@gmail.com 480-707-9043.
· Congressman Paul A. Gosar after introducing H.R. 1869, the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act, which requires federal agencies active in the wholesale power business to disclose the costs of environmental compliance to their customers: “Federal projects like the Hoover Dam have been producing affordable and reliable electricity for millions of customers for nearly 80 years. Hydropower is a clean and renewable source of energy that is carbon free and provides low-cost electricity. Unfortunately, in too many instances throughout the country extremist environmentalist policies are hindering renewable energy sources, like hydropower, and making them less affordable. For far too long, the high cost of burdensome federal environmental policies has been hidden from the public. American energy consumers deserve to know how much environmental policies are costing them on their electrical bills. We need to restore some balance and commonsense to this country....” Full text HERE.
· Congressman Matt Salmon: On the legislative front, the House took on some of these tax issues in the bills we passed this week.
ü Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015, by a vote of 263-162. H.R. 650 amends the Truth in Lending Act to allow for the first mortgage on a homeowner’s principal home to not be considered “high cost” if certain criteria are met. This legislation also clarifies that the definition of “mortgage originator” does not include retailers of manufactured or modular homes, in certain circumstances. This act allows consumers to have increased access to mortgage credit and ensure the availability of financing options for manufactured homes and ensure they are still protected by existing financial reform legislation.
ü The House passed H.R. 685, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2015, 286-140. amending the Truth in Lending Act to exclude insurance held in escrow and, under certain circumstances fees, from the costs that are considered when determining some specifics of a mortgage. It also directs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to issue regulations to carry out this bill within 90 days of enactment.
· Congressman Matt Salmon: On Thursday, H.R. 622, the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015, passed by a vote of 272-152. H.R. 622 amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent an itemized deduction for State and local general sales taxes for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.
ü Passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, by a vote of 240-179. , amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation transfer skipping tax and reduce the highest gift tax rate from 40 to 35 percent. H.R. 1105 also provides for a transition rule for those who died before the date of enactment. That rule provides that an estate tax will not be imposed if certain criteria are met.
ü Next week: H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act; H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act; and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015.
· Congresswoman Martha McSally: The High Price Tag And Slow Repairs To A Part Of The Border Fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico are of great concern, McSally, said Thursday. McSally wrote a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske on Thursday after an Associated Press report found the repairs to about 60 feet of fencing cost $730,000. "Given the limited availability of funding and the need for new, more effective technologies along our southern border, I find the cost of the repairs to be of great concern," McSally wrote. See letter HERE
· Sens John McCain and Lindsey Graham on remarks made by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, diminishing the possible fall of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in Iraq, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “Chairman Dempsey’s statement that Ramadi ‘is not symbolic in any way,’ has ‘not been declared part of the caliphate,’ and is not ‘central to the future of Iraq’ is a gross mischaracterization. Disregarding the strategic importance of Ramadi is a denial of reality and an insult to the families of hundreds of brave young Americans who were killed and wounded during the Surge fighting to free Ramadi from the grip of Al-Qaeda. 150,000 Iraqi men, women, and children, mostly Sunnis, are fleeing ISIL’s murderous advance on Ramadi. General Dempsey does not seem to appreciate that the fall of Ramadi would be seen by Iraqi Sunnis as a failure of the Baghdad government to protect them, and could deal a major blow to political reconciliation efforts that are essential to defeating ISIL. Yet apparently, the current U.S. strategy is to defend an oil refinery in Beiji, but abandon the capital of pivotal Anbar province to ISIL.” Note: Army statistics alone indicate that 187 Army soldiers were killed and over 700 were wounded in Ramadi between August 2005 and March 2007
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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 - 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 602.684.4722
The Pinal County Republican Committee is having its 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: Judy 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
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.
· LDL22 will meet at 6:30pm., Mon, April 20 at Westbrook Vistas Rec Center, 18825 N Country Club Pkwy, Peoria, AZ 85382. 5:30pm social/ set up. Open to public. Traveling east or west on Union Hills Rd. enter Westbrook Village at Country Club Pkwy (first light west of 83rd Ave.) north to Vista’s Rec Center. Chr Eric Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org ld22.arizonagop.net/connect
· Congresswoman Martha McSally will address the SaddleBrooke Republican Club at 11:15 am, Mon, April 20 at 64500 E SaddleBrooke Blvd., Tucson. More Information
· 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
· 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.
· National Republican Committeeman Bruce Ash will address the Pima County Republican Club at 11:30 am., Tues., April 21 at the Sabbar Center.
The Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party (3rd Tues) meets at 6:30 pm., April 21 in the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.). Speaker: Dr M Zuhdi Jasser, practicing physician, former US Naval officer, and a frequent guest on Fox News & CNN, will be speaking on the threat of radical Islam. Free admission, donations welcome. Contact: Richard Rutkowski firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fhteaparty.org
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.
· A Fundraising ‘Breakfast With Gov Doug Ducey’ is scheduled at 8 am, Wed., April 22 with the Rose Law Group, 7144 E Stetson Dr #300, Scottsdale to help reduce Ducey’s $2M campaign loan to himself. RSVP: Katie at 480-505-3936 by April 17. Minimum contribution $500.
· Laurie Roberts: Tohono-Oodham-Casino-State-Fight Ducey Should Play Fair
· McSally-Questions-$730,000 Repairs-To-Nogales-Fence See Letter Here.
· A-J-LaFaro-Dispels-Robert-Grahams-Myth-On-Closing-Primary LaFaro’s Letter To Members Of AZ GOP Executive Committee
· Need More Proof Of McCain Chokehold On AZGOP? Robert Graham Closing Meeting To Elected Precinct Committeemen, Shutting Down Information Flow
· AZGOP financial reports filed/ AZ Sec of State azsos.gov/cfs/FilerDetail
· FEC Filing Updated/Current AZGOP Financials Info CandidateCommitteeDetail.do?canId
· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2No Border News Watch
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