Thursday, December 31, 2015

12-30-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor - Frosty Taylor or
Web Master   John Strasser

Wednesday – Dec 30, 2015


Gov Doug Ducey has appointed former Speaker of the House Andy Tobin to fill the rest of Susan Bitter Smith’s term ( through 2016) on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Commission Chairman Bitter Smith resigned Dec. 17 - effective Mon, Jan 4 - due to conflict of interest allegations, which she denies.
     Tobin has played music chairs for Ducey since losing the 2014 Congressional District One race. Since the first of this year, Tobin has been appointed director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. In October he was moved to director of Arizona Department of Insurance and a couple of weeks ago he was named interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.  He leaves these top gun positions to take the commission seat, dropping his salary to $80,000 a year. andy-tobins-wild-salary-ride-in-2015
     Three of the five commission seats are up for election in 2016. Commissioner Bob Stump is terming out. Commissioner Robert Burns is up for re-election.
    This week  Doug Little was named temporary Corporation Commission chairman A commission chair will be elected in the near future.

Free tickets to Headlines Live are available at headlines-live-governor-doug-ducey for the 6:30 pm., Jan 6 production scheduled at 2828 N Central Ave., Phoenix.  Hear Gov Doug Ducey chat with Arizona Republican reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez as he reflects over the past year and prepares for the upcoming legislative session. A Q&A with Guv follows the session. Light snacks and beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets available are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Event check-in starts at 6 p.m. Program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seating at the event is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  
MCRC Nominating Committee Chairman Raymond C Jones responds to Art Olivas commentary  See 12-29-15-briefs  I emailed Art last night after receiving yesterday's email message and I talked with him on the phone today.  Art was not excluded from the list of candidates intentionally. Here are a few points of clarification regarding this year's committee:
(1) The deadline to submit a letter of intent to the MCRC Chairman was December 4 at midnight.  Art did not meet this deadline.
(2) No member of the nominating committee nominated Art Olivas during the committee meeting on December 12.  Eleven of the twenty LDs were represented at this meeting.
(3) There is still one option available to Art (and any PC) to be a candidate for Member-at-Large and appear on the pre-printed ballot according to the MCRC Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1.B.7, "The name of any candidate seeking a county elective office, who was not nominated through the nominating committee, will be placed on the pre-printed ballot if petitions representing five percent (5%) of the elected county PCs are submitted to the MCRC Chairman at least fourteen (14) days prior to the MCRC Meeting." Since the list of Precinct Committeemen as of 12/06/2015 shows 3,350 Republican PCs were elected or appointed as of 11/18/2015, a PC would need 168 signatures and would need to get the petitions to Tyler Bowyer no later than Saturday, January 2.
(4) According to the MCRC Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1.B.8, "Additional candidates may be nominated from the floor at the time of the meeting."  Art could utilize this bylaw on January 16, 2016.
I hold no malice towards Art or anyone else.   (602) 633-4639  - Jones is also the LD26 Chairman and he served as the 2014 Nominating Committee Chairman when Olivas submitted his letter of intent to run for Second Vice Chairman on time and was included on the candidate list.   - ft 

Francine Romesburg:  Thanks Frosty for all you do.

'The Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet Wed., Feb 17 at a yet to be determined location to hear Constitutional attorney, author and radio host KrisAnne Hall address constitutional issues.  Contact:  See video on Hall at 

LD20 Vice Chairman Wes Harris has announced his candidacy for a Member-at-Large position for the Maricopa County Republican Committee.  Harris is a state committeeman and Moon Valley block captain. He founded Harris Gunworks and Harris Barrelworks in 1986 ( a Fortune 500 corporation). He was twice nominated for LD6 PC of the Year, ran GOTV forLD6 and LD20 and has been active in the fight against Common Core, against Phoenix Prop 104, and the current redistricting, introduced two bills aimed at cleaning up Arizona’s Courts , formed the first Tea Party in Phoenix, graduated from the City of Phoenix Citizen’s Police Academy and has worked on numerous political campaigns over the years. Contact:  602-432-2871 (cell)

ATTN Readers: Open the latest Briefs posting at anytime. Archives are listed down the left hand side if you are looking for past issues. ft

Oooops:  A couple of days ago we received information from a friend of Sheriff Joe Arpaio that Joe’s wife Ava was in the hospital.  Although appreciative of concerns, Lisa Allen, Arpaio’s long-time communications director, says Ava is not in the hospital, she  went in for some tests and went home.

Sentinel Intelligence Services Lyle Rapacki: In the midst of WWII, “kids” who also were fighting enemies on multiple fronts, found time to swing dance.  Either back home for some “R&R” or during a lull in action in theatre or maybe even just passing through a train station, these kids who abruptly had to grow-up could also smile, sing and dance at a moment’s notice or opportunity.  All it took was some music. With the state of the World today, sit back and enjoy our USAF: I pray you are able to go into this New Year dancing at the prospects right in front of you; that you are excited to meet the challenges you have been granted the gift to confront.

A fundraiser for Reps Mark Finchem, Jay Lawrence, Vince Leach, Jill Norgaard and Tony Rivero is scheduled between 3:30-5 pm., Fri., Jan 8 at the Pizza People Pub, 1326 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. 3:30 to 5pm.  Co-hosted by Meghaen  Dell' Artino, Marcus Dell'Artino and LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell.
If you missed Darcy Olsen on C-SPAN2’s “After Words” last weekend, the video is now available online. She talks about the personal stories that inspired her book, “The Right To Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need.
The Mesa Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am, Thurs., Jan 7 for a presentation on “Proposition 123: Easy as ABC or Is It?” – addressing the pros and cons of the special ballot election in May.  Speakers are Chuck Schmidt from the State Board of Education (pro) and Assistant State Treasurer Mark Swenson (con). Meeting location is 1900 E. University Drive, Suite 11, Mesa 85213.  Lunch is $10 for members, $12 for visitors/guests. Membership is $25, Jan-Dec and Men/Associate Memberships are $15. RSVP/ Contact President Sherry Pierce  or (480) 615-0524. 

The Pima County Tea Party Patriots  will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 5  with military intelligence expert Col Jon Gold, US Army (retired) in the Nanini Library Meeting room for a presentation on  “The Islamic Invasion of Europe” to learn
what is really motivating the massive Islamic migration to Europe, the role of immigration in Jihad doctrine and Islamic history, what the invasion means for Europe and America and how America must respond to the refugee crisis to protect our security and way of life. Contacts: Sherese Steffens, Dee Pfeiffer, Frank Olivieri, Dwayne Koval, Grady Rhodes, Maria Elena Leeper, Jan Humble

New York Governor George Pataki is the fifth GOP presidential candidate to drop out of the Republican primary race. The other drop outs are Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Kindal and Scott Walker.

House Democrats Push Resolution to Condemn “Hate Speech” Against Muslims  See: 114th-congress/house-resolution/569   H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States. 
Report: Obama-Uses-NSA-To-Spy-On-Members-Of-Congress  Obama Acts Like A Dictator:   Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a presidential candidate, told Fox News the report just demonstrates the need for more controls on the NSA. “I’m appalled by it,” Paul said Wednesday. “You could see how it would stifle speech if you’re going to eavesdrop on congressmen, and that it might stifle what they say or who they communicate with.”

The Paradise Republican Women will hear Maricopa County Supervisor District 2 Steve Chucri during their Sat., Jan 9 luncheon at the Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. $30 per person. Mail your payment to: Paradise Republican Women,   PO Box 14425, Scottsdale AZ  85267  See:

Arrowhead Republican Women are currently collecting black or white crew socks for veterans in the Phoenix hotel for vets and for Stand Down Arizona, scheduled Jan 28-30, 2016, according to Jan ‘Peaches’ Buchkowski, chairman of the Caring for America Committee.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Phoenix Zoo have partnered for a professional development opportunity for educators who wish to combine their passion of reading with conservation for a virtual book club. The book club will run from January through May 2016 online to discuss the book. Participation is free. The only cost to you is the book - Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, which is available through most bookstores. Full time participants will receive a certificate for professional development credit. They will have the first opportunity to register for a field-based experience that will explore Aldo Leopold's time in Arizona, including locations highlighted in this book. This experience will take place in summer 2016. To register, visit

 New Year’s Resolutions & Grief and Loss  will be the topics of panelists on the 10 am, Thurs., Dec 31 Family Health Talk Show hosted by Fred Taylor, executive director of SWPCF on KXXT 1010AM. Panelists include Wayne Tormala, Dr Maribeth Gallagher, Dr Regina Ponder Lori Murphy, Susan Ciardullo and Taylor.  Online –   Call-in phone number: 602.977-1010

Some Updates To The Legislative Contact Sheet that Maricopa County Republican Committee Western Coordinator Aaron Gidwani submitted yesterday.
  • Senator Ableser resigned to take a new position out of state.
  • Rep Andrew Sherwood   was appointed to take his place for the balance of the term.
  • Senator Sherwood's telephone number and email remain the same as it was when he was a Representative in the House. 
  • Replacing then Rep Sherwood is newly appointed  Rep Celeste Plumlee, her contact number is : 602. 926. 4334   E:
  • Senator Carlyle is now a registered Republican as he has changed his party affiliation. 

Voters Say Deportation Policies Not Aggressive Enough   Most voters continue to believe the government isn't cracking down enough on illegal immigration and still take issue with a central provision in President Obama's plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. 

Omnibus Attack on American Jobs   By Phyllis Schlafly   Beyond the question of what to do with illegal immigrants, it's important to reduce the flow of replacement workers into the United States. Guest worker programs have become a racket.

Despite New Limits, The IRS is Not Yet Under Control  The massive omnibus spending package passed by Congress included new limits on the IRS, in particular on the agency's ability to harass political non-profits. Congress is not done, however, as an ongoing dispute between the tax collection agency and Microsoft demonstrates that the IRS continues to operate outside the... 


Jan 2, 2016
·         The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 2 at the Sun City West Foundations Building (Quail Room) 14465 R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, Arizona. The doors open at 8am with coffee and donuts.The $2 admission helps pay for the cost of the room. Speaker: Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. She graduated from Rutgers University and had a distinguished career as a financial expert for a variety of private sector firms. Douglas will make her presentation and then open the floor for questions. Contact: John Neal 

Jan 5
·         The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 5 in the Grand Canyon Room of the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375 to hear speaker Logan Churchwell of True the Vote.  Contact:  John Madeira

·         A Reception honoring Sens Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Gail Griffin, Debbie Lesko and Kimberly Yee is scheduled from 5-7:30 pm., Tues., Jan 5 at Susie Steven’s Home 6116 N. 38th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253. Contributions can be mailed to:
·         Committee to Elect Sylvia Allen, P.O. Box 71297 Phoenix, AZ 85050.
·         Nancy Barto for Senate, Box 71297 Phx, AZ 85050 or PayPal
·         Burges 2016, P.O. Box 5361 Sun City West, AZ  85375
·         Griffin for Senate 2016, P.O. Box 628 Hereford, AZ 85615
·         Debbie Lesko 2016, P.O. Box 5292 Peoria, AZ 85385 or
·         Kimberly Yee for 2016,  PO Box 83561 Phoenix, AZ 85071 or

·         A Fundraiser Reception For LD13 Sen Don Shooter, Rep Steve Montenegro and Rep Darin Mitchell is scheduled at 4:30 pm.,  Wed., Jan 6 at Alexi’s Grill, 3550 N Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85012.  Contributions can be mailed to
ü  Don Shooter 2016, 2109 S Palo Verde Ln #44, Yuma, AZ 85365.
ü  Vote Montenegro, PO Box 2275, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.
ü  Elect Darin Mitchell 2016, 15011 W Highland Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85395.

·         A Fundraising Reception For LD28 Rep Kate Brophy Mcgee is scheduled between 5-7 pm, Jan 6, 2016 at Alexi’s Grill, 3550 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ .

·         An “Adious the Debt” Reception for Sen Steve Pierce is scheduled between 5-7 pm., Thurs., Jan 7 at the Carriage  House, 603 N. 5th Ave., Phx. Contribution $150. RSVP Amilyn Pierce at or 602-708-8980.

·         The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will host Campaign Consultant Constantin Querard at their 6:15 pm., Thurs., Jan 7 dinner meeting at the Hilton Phoenix Suites, 10 E Thomas Road, Phx. Reservations required. Social at 5:30 pm. $35 per dinner. RSVP: Tina Shaw or 623-934-9730.  Contact  602-252-6300.

·         Reservations are due Jan 8 for the Arrowhead Republican Women Luncheon scheduled at 11:30 am. Jan 13 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Check in opens at 10:45am. The speaker will be a representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Post 32-1, an all-volunteer organization of veterans helping veterans. RSVP required to attend; cost is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through or arrowhead luncheon.  RSVP: Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to place a reservation  by Fri., Jan 8.  ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ - Republican men may join as associate members.

JAN 11
·         Gov Doug Ducey will deliver his State of the State address and announce his priorities and policy initiatives for the second regular session of the 52nd Arizona Legislature on January 11, 2016 at the capitol.  Time and details tba.

·         The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet for dinner at 6:20 pm, Mon., Jan 11 at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort, Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch,  7401 North Scottsdale Road,  Scottsdale, AZ 85253-3548     (480) 948-5050  to hear Laura Knaperke, former House Appropriations Chair, address “ Solar Power in Arizona.”  5:30 pm – meet and greet. 6 pm mtg, 7 pm program. $35 per person. Reservations required by Thurs., Jan 7. Send check made out to “LRWC”  to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 or call 480-368-2777 or bring cash. A Reservation Made Is A Reservation Paid!

JAN 12
·         The Northwest Valley Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm, Tues, Jan 12 to hear Mona K. Oshana speaking about her life and how she and her family escaped from Iraq.  She will also address the politics and policies that got us to the current dismal situation in the Middle East.  Co-speaker will be Sam Isaac Darmo.  Darmo will also address various issues concerning the Middle East. An informative video will be shown at 5 pm.  Contact: Dennis Zinke  623-977-8114. Meeting takes place at 10050 W. Bell Road, Ste. 50 in Sun City.

·         The Sahuarita Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 12 at the Triple Play, Duval Mine Road West of I-19 for dinner and to hear a report from former Maricopa County Republicans Chairman A J LaFaro regarding ballot harvesting and voter fraud issues. LaFaro is also a national director for the AZ Republican Assemblies. Meeting Contact: Don and Pat Woolley

·         The Sun Lakes Republican Club will host Mark Spencer, Southwest Projects Coordinator for Judicial Watch at it’s 6:pm, Jan 12 meeting in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd, Sun Lakes, AZ 8 5248. Spencer will address “Corruption & Public Office: Scandals Exposed”.  Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney will also be present.

JAN 13
·         The Jan 13, 2016 Arrowhead Republican Women Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Check in opens at 10:45am. The speaker will be a representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Post 32-1, an all-volunteer organization of veterans helping veterans. Their activities support the Soldier's Best Friend program in Peoria. Reservations required to attend; cost is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through or  RSVP: Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to place a reservation  by Fri., Jan 8.  ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ - Republican men may join as associate members.

JAN 16
·         The Constitutional Study Group is scheduling classes between 2-3:30 pm., on Saturday, Jan 16  and Feb 13 at three locations in Mesa.
·         American Family Education, 4833 E Southern, Mesa
·         Board room of SWD Urethane Co., 536 S Drew St., Mesa
·         Leisure World Club House, 908 W Power Road., Mesa
Instructors: Nathan Phelps, Veri Farnsworth, Cindy Biggs, Sarah Rowse and Adrienne Weiss. Contact: Farnsworth vfarnsworth13&  or 480-204-0964.
    $5 donation covers Constitution booklet, workbook and all class handouts. 

JAN 21
·         A Campaign Kickoff For Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney is scheduled between 5:30-7 pm, Thurs., Jan 21 at Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85286.

·         The Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet Wed., Feb 16 at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85053 to hear Constitutional attorney, author and radio host KrisAnne Hall address constitutional issues.  Contact:

·         The Arizona Game and Fish Department is announcing a new collection of educator webinars to bring different wildlife concepts into the classroom. Participate from home while you earn professional development credit. Upcoming webinars:
ü  January 21, 7pm: It's a Bird, It's a Plane - Learn how the Wright brothers can be used to explore the Nature of Science and biomimicry while integrating wildlife biology, physical science, and history. Register Here.
ü  February 11, 7pm: Arizona's State Symbols - Learn some history and trivia about Arizona's living state symbols, including a brief history and trivia for each while we showcase some unique lessons that use science and social studies. Register Here

·         Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney’s campaign kickoff is scheduled from 5:30-7pm, Thurs., Jan 21 at Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85286.

JAN 30
·         A Fundraiser For Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled from 3-6 pm.,Sat., Jan 30, 2016 in Scottsdale with food, entertainment and live/silent auctions. Contact:  Liz Alcorn at

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