Thursday, April 30, 2015

4-29-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


Wednesday - April 29, 2015


·       Due To Conflicting Reports That Have Surfaced regarding the AZGOP budget passed by the State Executive Committee during April 18 “closed” ExCom meeting,  Briefs sent these questions to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and Treasurer Jonathon Lines on April 24: 

ü  Who prepared the Treasurer’s report?  Jonathan Lines or Robert Graham?

ü  Were the attendees given a line-item budget or a one page sheet? 

ü  Did they pass a one or a two year budget? 

Briefs  sent the questions to Graham and Lines again this morning because of new reports that Lines hadn’t seen the budget prior to arriving at headquarters that morning. Some state committeemen felt that  Lines didn’t seem familiar with the report and others have commented that Graham frequently overrode Lines during the treasurer’s report.

This evening, Graham responded:  Thanks for resending the questions regarding the 2015 budget.  The treasurer’s report was prepared by Jonathan Lines.  He was assisted by Timothy Lee due to the fact this was Jonathan’s first time presenting the report to the Executive Committee.  The format was the same as it has been for many years.  The budget for the 2015 was prepared by me, the AZ GOP Staff and the treasure.   It is an operational budget that focuses on building our base with voter registration, ID work, community engagement, operations, etc… We shared two versions of the budget.  The first was a condensed one page budget.  It was a high level budget that groups the line items in categories.  The version was the line item version.  Because of the number of pages we walked through the line items during the meeting.  We offered to print a copy for any member of the committee that requested a detailed copy.  Only one member of the committee requested a copy of the line items. The budget that was approved was for 2015.”


·       More Concerns Surfaced Early This Week noting that the ExCom approved the 2015 budget early in the April 18 meeting,  unaware that passage of the budget prior to the “Closed Primary Resolution” discussion, precluded adding funds to litigate  the Closed Primary’ resolutions – if need be.  The ‘Closed Primary’ Resolution was passed by precinct committeemen at both the AZGOP and the Maricopa County Republican Statutory meetings in January 2015.  Later in the ExCom meeting, when Committee CD4 Member-at-Large Don Ascoli moved to put $75,000 into the 2015 AZGOP budget to proceed with the “Closed Primary’  resolution directive,  ExCom members were informed they could not add it to the budget they had passed earlier in the meeting.  See Briefs 4-27-15-briefs  Scroll to “Commentary” section for a link to Ascoli’s entire statement.  Or click on Forced To Re-Debate The Issue "Out Of Order"

·       EJMontini: Betting A Billion (Of Your) Bucks To Block A Casino Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jeff Flake and a few others Arizona politicians are playing a winner-take-all-game of political poker – with your money – with the tribe building a casino in the West Valley… The vice mayor of Glendale, Ian Hugh, along with Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gamez, wrote a letter to The Arizona Republic in support of the casino and against the proposed law. "We were not consulted on this legislation, and we stand together to affirm that those closest to the project are solidly in support of this development," the letter reads in part. Adding, "Construction is well underway and our constituents are already benefiting from the 1,300 construction jobs and $200 million that will be invested during 2015. When the facility opens later this year, more than 500 new and permanent jobs will be created."


·       Newly Appointed LD13 Precinct Committeeman Matthew  Holloway is not a happy camper that he was not allowed a ballot in last night’s LD13 Chairmanship election.  After the meeting, Holloway notified newly elected Chairman Wally Campbell: “I  would like to formally protest that at this evenings meeting I was not recognized as the Precinct committeeman for Alsup precinct and not permitted to vote. I have actively sought appointment since July 2014. It is no wonder we're losing this country, we must be the hardest party to become involved in. This is a tragic embarrassment to the Republican Party. This horrific inefficiency and ineffectiveness is why I am the only man in the room under thirty. We aim to reach out to millennials when ONE enthusiastic person cannot effectively participate? Preposterous.”  Editor’s Note:  Holloway resubmitted his PC application in March 2015 and was approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on April 8, 2015. However, there was lag time between the time of supervisor’s approval and getting listed on the official April 14, 2015 Recorder’s PC rolls which were used to confirm PC’s voting rights last night.


·       Wally Campbell Was Elected Chairman of LD13 last night by 24 precinct committee who carried 25 proxy to the meeting. She moved Ben Boon, second vice chairman,  up to first vice chair as Campbell’s former first vice chairman replacement. A second vice chair will be elected to replace Boon after meetings resume in September, Campbell announced after she was elected. Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, a LD13 PC, swore Campbell and Boon into office last night.


·       The LD13 Meeting Was Over in about 20 meetings, but the real action didn’t occur during the elections. An exchange of words erupted prior to the call to order, between former Treasurer Karen Brogdon and Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf, who was elected LD13 Treasurer in November but failed to respond to Brogdon’s repeated efforts to turn the books over to him since his election five months ago. Schoaf reportedly has not attended a LD13 meeting since his election, but he was introduced to Brogdon last night.  Brogdon admonished Schoaf for not responding to her efforts to transfer the books. He told her to contact him. After five months of waiting for him to prior contacts, she responded, “You contact me!”  Later she commented, “I’ve done all the work he should have done, but he hasn’t even come to the meetings. I want to get rid of those books. They are no longer my responsibility.”


·       An Even More Interesting Dust Up took place after the meeting between differing factions within LD13.  More on that later.


·       Rep Bob Thorpe is taking up a collection to help former Rep Carl Seel and his family as they are facing a rough time. Their 16 year-old son Nathaniel is battling cancer. Donations should go to Meg Reilly in House Room 130, who will note on a card the names of all who helped. Contact:  Bob Thorpe's office at 602-926-5219 or


·       Memorial Fund Established To Help The Family Of LD22 PC Shirley Richards who recently passed away. A family spokesman said: Go to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Arizona or  You can make an on line deposit to "The Wells Fargo Banking" on line attention "The Shirley Richards Memorial Fund" routing # 122105278 Acct # 7425096810. Or call Wells Fargo Bank 623-561-5248 & they will guide you thru the process. The Memorial Fund was established at the Well Fargo Branch located at 20369 N 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308. FYI-RGR.


·       Judicial Watch, AEF File Amici Brief with Supreme Court Supporting Arizona, Kansas Efforts to Require Proof of Citizenship on Voter Registration Forms      -- Judicial Watch announced today that it has joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) to file an amici curiae brief with the United ...


·       Congressman David Schweikert will be at Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85258  at 4 pm., Mon., May 4  for a budget presentation. Contact: Linda Rizzo (480) 946-2411.


·       AZ National Committeewoman Sharon Giese will address the Graham County Republican Committee at noon, May 1 at the Manor House, 415 E. Highway 70, Safford.


·       Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will be the speaker at The Central Republican Women of Phoenix meeting at 6:15 pm, May 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central, Phoenix.   Montgomery will discuss issues facing the state from DUI enforcement to decriminalization of marijuana.  5:30 pm social. Dinner - $22 per person.  RSVP: Tina Shaw or 623-934-9730.  A reservation made is a reservation paid. Contact info:   (602) 252-6300.


·       Freedom Fires, Red Mountain Patriots and the East Valley Tea Party held a pot luck dinner this evening at the Burke School in Mesa.  The groups meet the first and third Wednesday at the Faith Christian School, 7464 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Start time: 7 pm. Admission: $2.50 .They also meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210. Start time: 6:30 p.m. Admission: $2.  May meetings:

ü  Wed, May 6 at 7 pm.: Nationally-syndicated talk show host Bradlee Dean from Minnesota. Meeting Place: Faith Christian School.

ü  Wed, May 13  at 6:30 p.m.: KCarl Smith will be speaking at the Faith Christian School.

ü  Wed, May 20 at 7 pm .: Veteran's Day Celebration with Kirsten Millsap and Company at  Faith Christian School. 

·       The U.S. House Of Representatives has passed legislation to rename the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry in Douglas as the, “Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry.” The bill, H.R. 1075, of which Rep. Martha McSally is a cosponsor, passed the House unanimously by voice vote.  “Today, the House came together to pay tribute to a tremendous public servant and someone who had an immense impact on the people of Arizona,” said McSally. “Growing up outside of Douglas, Governor Castro (D)  overcame countless obstacles to become an example and role model to a generation of young Latinos looking to enter public office. I can think of no more fitting tribute than to designate the Douglas Port, a vital asset to our community and symbol of our important trade relationship with Mexico, in honor of Governor Castro as a way to remember his lasting impact on our state.” Castro graduated from Douglas High School, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a law degree from the University of Arizona. He had a long career of public service that included serving as Pima County Attorney, a judge for the Pima County Superior Court, Governor of Arizona, and Ambassador to Bolivia, El Salvador, and Argentina. He passed away on April 10, 2015 and is survived by his wife, Pat, and daughters, Mary Pat James and Beth Castro.


·       Attention - Common Core Fighters: Applications are due May 6 for those wishing to serve on the State Board of Education (SBE)  “Arizona Standards Development Committee (ASDC).” This is the committee that was established at Gov Doug Ducey’s request to "review and replace the standards" at the SBE meeting on March 23rd. ( See application form:
      These are the ASDC members that the SBE is looking for per the application:

ü  An educator certified in Arizona

ü  A district superintendent or assistant/associate superintendent

ü  A parent of a student attending an Arizona public elementary school, middle school, high school

ü  A human research director of a school district

ü  A county superintendent of schools

ü  An elected member of a school district governing board

ü  An owner, operator or administrator of a charter school

ü  A dean, administrator or faculty member of an educator preparation program approved by the State Board

ü  A member of the business community

ü  A member of the public, unaffiliated with any of the above

Submitted applications, including resume, to  -Jennifer Reynolds   480-961-4214


·       A Fundraiser For Billie Orr, Prescott City Council candidate, is scheduled from 5-7 pm. Thurs., April 30 at the Jersey Lily Saloon, 116 S Montezuma St., Prescott.  Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. $50 donation recommended




·       Editor’s Note:  When expressing opinions, please limit commentary to 300 words.


·       Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring: Last week, Council members Thelda Williams, Bill Gates, Sal DiCiccio and myself voted against a proposal that some believe will allow Phoenix to create its own ID card. This could cost, based on the experiences of other cities, the City of Phoenix millions of dollars in startup costs and millions more in annual costs to produce a card that would not serve as valid identification to police officers.
The City Council should address its budget issues and not spend time on what will be an expensive attempt to circumvent immigration laws, which are the federal government's responsibility. Please see below for a few articles from the Arizona Republic on the issue.

Jim Waring,  Phoenix City Councilman - District 2


·       Phoenix City Councilman Sal DeCiccio:   Phoenix Sheraton Cost You $130 Million in Depreciation: plus $38 Million in Operational Loss - Detroit?  See DiCiccio’s statement at deficit hotel operation





·        The Republican Women of Prescott raffle tickets are now available. Win $10,000, $3,000 or $1,000 at the May 1 drawing. Tickets can be purchased the Republican HQ., 112 B E. Union St., Prescott, AZ 86303   928-776-4500



·        A Going Away Party For Brieanna Peipelman starts at 3:30 am., Sat., May 2 at  HotRods off of  South Houghton Rd by Mary-Cleveland.  After many years of service for the Pima GOP and LD-14, Peipelman is moving to Austin Texas.  


·        The Prescott Valley Clean-up Day is scheduled from 8am – 4 pm., Sat., May 2.


·        An AZGOP Campaign School is scheduled at 9 am., May 2 at Phoenix headquarters, 3502 N. 24th St. The free session includes communications, fundraising, voter data, committee operations, a luncheon panel discussion with consultants Sean Noble, Brian Murray and Constantin Querard, plus a Q&A session. Limited space. RSVP to AZGOP Political Director George Khalaf at


·        The Sun City West Republican Club will met at 8:30 am., Sat., May 2 at the Sun City West Foundations building (Quail Room) 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., in  Sun City West. Doors open at 8 am with coffee/donuts. $2 admission fee to cover cost of the room. Rae Lynne Chornenky, past president of the National Federation of Republican Women will address the group.  Contact: 602-421-8877.


·        An AZGOP Campaign School is scheduled at 9 am., May 2 at Phoenix headquarters, 3502 N. 24th St. The free session includes communications, fundraising, voter data, committee operations, a luncheon panel discussion with consultants Sean Noble, Brian Murray and Constantin Querard, plus a Q&A session. Limited space. RSVP to AZGOP Political Director George Khalaf at



·        The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet at the McCormick  ‘Millennium’ Resort, 7401 N Scottsdale Road., Scottsdale for their May 4 dinner meeting.   5:30 pm – meet/greet. 6 pm mtg, 6:20 dinner, 7 pm program. Matt Kenney/Dan Caldwell of Concerned Veterans for America will address the group. Spouses welcome.  $35 per person. Reservations required. RSVP deadline . Thurs., April 20.  Contact Judy Eisenhower  480-6598962





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·        EJMontini: Betting A Billion (Of Your) Bucks To Block A Casino

·        Arizona-Lawmakers-Propose-Debt-Free-College

·        Five-Angry-Fla-House-Quits-Legislative-Session-3-Days-Early; Bills-Left-For-Dead

·        Footage Of Mt. Everest Avalanche As It Buried Hikers Captures Utter Terror

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·        Arpaio-Objects-To Judge’s-Questioning On Wife-Investigation



·        Congressman J.D. Hayworth Is On The Move!


·        New Poll: Support For Glendale Casino Collapses

·        Arizona Freedom Fest – Next Weekend!


·        A Snow Job

·       Forced To Re-Debate The Issue "Out Of Order"

·        A Fool Proof Way To Keep People Off My Lawn


·        Native-American-Caucus-To-Federal

·        Have-Blacks-Declared-War-On-Themselves

·        Listen-To-K Carl-Smith-Founder-Of Frederick Douglass Republicans In Flagstaff

·        Arizona-My-Sisters-Closet-Clever Ads

·         Borders Are Porous With Drugs By Land And Air


·        Arizona Standards Development Committee - Please Apply and Remove/Replace Common Core! 


·        What Is That "Right" Of Which You Speak?

·        A Giant Step Towards Civility....

·        Goofy Is As Goofy Does


·        Another Episode Of Bad Behavior




·        Maricopa County Republican Committee ByLaws   2014


·        AZGOP financial reports filed/ AZ Sec of State 

·        FEC Filing Updated/Current AZGOP Financials Info

·        Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws


·        MSNBC-Now-Admitting-There-May-Be-Something-To-Benghazi


·        Mexico-Attacks-US-Border-Patrol-Over-Boat-Wreck-Agents-Fight-Back

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·        A Task Force Of New-Americans

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·        Borderland Beat

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        Need2No    Border News Watch  


·        Federal Court Illegally Upholds Magazine & Gun Ban – Cites Emotional Reasons

·        Texas-Teens-Learn-The-Ultimate-Lesson-By-Breaking-Into-This-Mans-Home


·        Elderly Vietnam Veteran Stands Up To Baltimore Rioters, Becomes Hero For A Night

·        CNN Host Blames Veterans For Baltimore Riots; ‘Pathetic’ Explanation Follows Backlash


·        Freddie Gray Was Intentionally Trying To Injure Himself, Witness Says

·        12 Unanswered Questions About The Baltimore Riots That They Don’t Want Us To Ask

·        Mom Who Dragged Son From Riots Speaks Out: ‘He Will Not Be A Freddie Gray’

·        Sheriff Clarke: Why Are We Surprised At Sub-Human Behavior In American Ghettos? Lib Policies Created It

·        Baltimore Citizens Protect Their Protectors, Curfew Violators Clash With Police

·        NFL Legend Ray Lewis Takes On Rioters In POWERFUL Emotional Message: Not On My Watch!

·        Trump Calls Out ‘Our Great African American President’ To DO SOMETHING About Baltimore Thugs

·        Rush Limbaugh: Baltimore’s Getting ‘Benghazi Treatment’

·        Baltimore Mayor’s Stunning Comments: We Gave Rioters ‘Space To Destroy’

·        Elderly Vietnam Veteran Stands Up To Baltimore Rioters, Becomes Hero For A Night


·        James Carville Says 80% Of Democrats Are Politically Clueless


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·        Federal Court Illegally Upholds Magazine & Gun Ban – Cites Emotional Reasons


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·        Judge Nap On How Theater Shooter's Insanity Defense Puts Burden On Prosecution


·        Trump Calls Out ‘Our Great African American President’ To DO SOMETHING About Baltimore Thugs


·        Clinton-Charity Never Provided Donor Data


·        Islamic Congressmen Petition Obama To Ban Geert Wilders From US Due To Anti-Islam Views


·        Father Blasts Principal Over Note Claiming Children’s Absences Were Unexcused Because The Family Learned Together


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