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12-29-15 Briefs



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Tuesday – Dec 29, 2015

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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.

Doug Little Was Unanimously Selected as the interim chairman for the Arizona Corporation Commission this afternoon – replacing Chairman Susan Bitter-Smith who resigned effective Jan. 4, 2016.  Little will move into the role on Jan 5, serving as the interim chair until a replacement election is held after Gov Doug Ducey names an appointee to replace Bitter-Smith. The next regular ACC meeting is scheduled Jan 12, 2016.

Gilbert City Councilman Ed Cook has tossed his hat into the ring, along with former senator Al Melvin, as the potential appointee to fill the slot on the Arizona Corporation Commission that will become vacant effective Jan 4 due to Commission Chairman Susan Bitter-Smith resignation. Cook filed for the seat on Dec 23. Gov Doug Ducey will soon be giving one someone the nod for the position.

Commissioners Recently Created An Office Of Special Counsel welcoming Christopher Kempley to the new executive level position that will provide legal services to the Commissioners.

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 www.NancyBarto.com
·         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 www.DebbieLesko.com
·         Kimberly Yee for 2016,  PO Box 83561 Phoenix, AZ 85071 or www.KimberlyYee.com

Activist Art Olivas, MAL Candidate: What is up with Tyler Bowyer and the MCRC? Tyler will accept my money but not me? Do I have to pull a Micheal Jackson and turn White to be able to run for MCRC member at large? When Robert Graham stopped payment on the check for the rent of the new MCRC office; my wife and I put a $200 donation in the hands of MCRC Finance Director Ryan Henderson to help keep the office open. Please don't get me wrong. I don't want and I am not asking for special favors. I just want to be treated like a regular human! I would like to know why Raymond C. Jones & Tyler Bowyer have chosen to ignore this Legal Latino of Yaqui Indian blood! We know that Graham gives minimize help to Latinos like Gabby C. Mercer! But Jones & Bowyer won't even answer my emails! That makes me think that they not just racists; but very prejudice towards me! We need to get Arizona back for Arizona Citizens of all colors! - Arthur Olivas Jr. tudyo@yahoo.com  Olivas submitted his Member at Large candidacy application to Bowyer and Jones on Dec 8.  On Dec 9, he e-mailed them if the application was acceptable and whether there was anything more he should be doing.- ft
Southern Arizona GOP Activist Jim Ehl:  Who is surprised??  The autocratic by laws of the AZ GOP allows the chairman of AZGOP to appoint the resolutions committee (F. Resolutions 1. Resolutions Committee The state chairman shall appoint a resolutions committee).  Is there anyone who thinks that the chairman would appoint someone who didn’t really agree with him?   Secondly, “2. Procedures Proposed resolutions, other than memorial, may be no more than 250 words long and must be submitted 45 days before the scheduled state convention in order to be considered by the resolutions committee. The committee may initiate, recommend, modify, or reject any resolution.”  However, the bylaws does provides for floor resolutions as follows,  “4. Floor Resolutions Any resolution may be brought to the floor if it is sponsored by at least 20% of the delegates in person and who represent at least four counties. Each such resolution, unless previously submitted to the resolutions committee and included with the call, must be submitted in sufficient for all delegates. Committee may initiate, recommend, modify, or reject any resolution?”  So the ‘will’ of the state chairman based on his decision to be on the Resolutions Committee makes it easy to control the input of resolutions submitted through the Resolutions Committee and how difficult to submit a resolution to do or not to do from the floor! Why do chairman controlled resolutions take precedence over will of thousands of state committeemen at an official meeting? 
      All one needs to do is simply read the AZ GOP bylaws to see how much party control is in the pocket of the state chairman.  There is to be work done on the bylaws next month and if the party power is not returned to WE THE PEOPLE we see the continued demise of the Arizona Republican Party.  (Suggested corrections are available on request.) – Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl  arizonatowncrier@gmail.com

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 amilynd@gmail.com or 602-708-8980.

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 donandpatti_w@reagan.com

Christian Palmer has been named the communications director for the Prop 123  (Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools Committee ) campaign headed up by J P Twist, campaign manager. A May 17 ‘special election’ is scheduled for Prop 123. See Prop 123 details at  www.YesProp123.com

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  travelingtina@cox.net or 623-934-9730.  Contact info@crwop.org  602-252-6300.

Arrowhead Republican Women are currently collecting black or white crew socks for veterans in the Phoenix hotel for vets and for StandDown 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 http://tiny.cc/bookclub.


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:
·         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.
·         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.

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 Lisalcorn@ymail.com

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: http://krisannehall.com

The Citizens Business League will host a Candidate’s Corral from 10 am-3 pm., Sat., Feb 20 at North Scottsdale Church, 28799 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. A concert to benefit Veterans organization is scheduled from 6-8 pm. Contacts for candidate tables: Diane Ortizi-Parsons at 480-236-2795 or preference1972@gmail.com or Nina Marlow at 480-707-9043 at nmarlowCBL@gmail.com .

The Heroes to Hometowns ‘Salute a Soldier’ 5K run or 1-mile walk, honoring wounded veterans, is scheduled at 8:30 am., Sat., March 12 At Freestone Park, 1034 E Juniper Road., Gilbert AZ. $40 for 5Krun, $30 military rate for 5K or $25 for walk. Register by Dec 31 for reduced rates.  Code SAS20 or MIL10 for $10 off registration fee. Contact Kathy Pearce at kathy@azheroestohometowns.org or 480-330-1632.

The Western Conservative Conference, chaired by Congressmen Matt Salmon and Paul Gosar, and featuring former presidential candidate Herman Cain, is scheduled March 18 & 19 in Paradise Valley. Current leading presidential candidate Donald Trump has confirmed he will speak. All presidential candidates have been invited to address the group throughout the conference. Panels are scheduled on media, immigration, taxes, grassroots training the first and second amendments and other hot topics. Rush Limbaugh has been invited to present the Western Center for Journalism’s Hero of Freedom Award to Joseph Farah. A Second Amendment luncheon is planned.  Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-conservative-conference-2016-tickets-18959996861?ref=ebtnebregn

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 – www.familyvaluesradio1010.com   Call-in phone number: 602.977-1010

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.

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& yahoo.com  or 480-204-0964.
    $5 donation covers Constitution booklet, workbook and all class handouts. 

Arizona’s Electronic Petition Gathering Program, E-Qual was recently recognized by the Government Innovators Network at Harvard University for its excellence and creativity in the public sector.  The online application allows statewide and legislative candidates the ability to collect up to 50 percent of their petition signatures and $5 qualifying contributions online. Launched by former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the program permits the collection of nominating petition signatures and Clean Elections qualifying contributions in a secure online environment.  After a voter's identity is authenticated, E-Qual matches the voter with the candidates for which the voter is eligible to sign a nominating petition or make a $5 contribution.  "Since the implementation of the program, candidates and voters have found E-Qual convenient, efficient and secure," said Michele Reagan, current secretary of state.  "I applaud Ken for his work to modernize so many of our election processes.  I’m proud our administration is building on the success he had throughout his tenure as secretary.”

Aaron Gidwani Maricopa Republican Committee Western Coordinator:  Here is a list of all current Senators & House Members.  You might want to print it out and keep is handy as the legislature goes into session in 2016.
Senators

Name Sort By Name
District Sort By District
Party
Email
Room
Phone (602)
Fax (602)
26
D
305
926-4118
417-3224
Sylvia Allen 
President Pro Tempore
6
R
303
926-5409
417-3105
15
R
307
926-5766
417-3261
7
D
315
926-5862
417-3099
Andy Biggs 
President
12
R
205
926-4371
417-3248
10
D
315
926-5262
926-3429
22
R
302
926-5861
417-3104
3
D
314
926-5835
417-3262
Lupe Contreras 
Minority Whip
19
D
313
926-5284
417-3106
2
D
312
926-5342
417-3169
18
R
304
926-5550
417-3120
28
R
309
926-3016
417-3007
Steve Farley 
Assistant Minority Leader
9
D
213
926-3022
417-3128
16
R
304
926-3020
417-3119
Gail Griffin 
Majority Whip
14
R
212
926-5895
417-3025
Katie Hobbs 
Minority Leader
24
D
213
926-5325
417-3149
23
R
303A
926-5170
417-3108
21
R
302
926-5413
417-3109
8
D
314
926-5836
417-3131
30
D
311
926-3425
417-3114
27
D
311
926-4893
417-3116
4
D
308
926-3004
417-3179
1
R
301
926-5584
417-3101
Martin Quezada 
Minority Whip
29
D
313
926-5911
417-3113
13
R
200
926-4139
417-3024
11
R
303
926-5685
417-3167
5
R
306
926-4138
417-3165
25
R
310
926-5760
417-3091
Steve Yarbrough 
Majority Leader
17
R
212
926-5863
417-3121
20
R
300
926-3024
417-3110


House of Representatives
Name Sort By Name
District Sort By District
Party
Email
Room
Phone (602)
Fax (602)
2
R
127
926-3077
417-3277
15
R
131
926-4916
417-3150
24
D
330
926-5829
417-3115
29
D
125
926-3130
417-3292
6
R
114
926-4129
417-3010
7
D
121
926-3079
417-3278
27
D
116
926-3132
417-3274
5
R
113
926-5051
417-3153
25
R
309
926-3128
417-3290
20
R
129
926-4173
417-3153
28
R
304
926-4486
417-3170
1
R
345
926-3124
417-3287
19
D
334
926-3014
417-3048
15
R
303
926-5503
417-3107
24
D
115
926-3108
417-3285
5
R
335
926-3126
417-3289
16
R
306
926-3160
417-3151
19
D
118
926-3134
417-3273
1
R
316
926-5874
417-3001
12
R
224
926-5735
417-3122
4
D
126
926-3098
417-3281
11
R
337
926-3122
417-3286
9
D
325
926-3138
417-3272
2
D
117
926-3424
417-3129
3
D
331
926-3278
417-3127
David M. Gowan Sr.
Speaker of the House
14
R
223
926-3312
417-3130
21
R
224
926-5993
417-3225
7
D
323
926-4323
417-3160
20
R
341
926-3102
417-3282
30
D
318
926-5058
417-3015
23
R
339
926-3095
417-3280
11
R
342
926-3106
417-3284
David Livingston
Majority Whip
22
R
207
926-4178
417-3154
22
R
110
926-3297
417-3004
10
D
329
926-3398
417-3126
30
D
333
926-4485
417-3014
26
D
120
926-4124
417-3017
17
R
308
926-4481
417-3152
Eric Meyer
Minority Leader
28
D
320
926-3037
417-3111
13
R
313
926-5894
417-3012
Steve Montenegro
Majority Leader
13
R
208
926-5955
417-3168
18
R
128
926-3140
417-3265
25
R
204
926-5288
417-3161
4
D
123
926-3002
417-3124
12
R
312
926-4136
417-3222
8
R
226
926-5761
417-3023
Rebecca Rios
Minority Whip
27
D
322
926-3073
417-3288
21
R
344
926-3104
417-3283
Bob Robson
Speaker Pro Tempore
18
R
222
926-5549
417-3157
3
D
332
926-4171
417-3162
26
D
119
926-3028
417-3038
8
R
112
926-3012
417-3123
9
D
324
926-5683
417-3147
14
R
205
926-4321
417-3146
6
R
130
926-5219
417-3118
16
R
302
926-4467
417-3018
23
R
111
926-4480
417-3155
29
D
124
926-3144
417-3245
17
R
338
926-3092
417-3279
Bruce Wheeler
Assistant Minority Leader
10
D
321
926-3300
417-3028

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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 nealins@gmail.com 

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 jmadeira@surpriseteapartypatriots.com

JAN 6
·         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 .

JAN 8
·         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 arwlunchrsvp@gmail.com 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
·         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  patiamiam@gmail.com or bring cash. A Reservation Made Is A Reservation Paid!

JAN 12
·         The Northwest Valley Tea Party will meet at 6:40 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.

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 arwlunchrsvp@gmail.com or http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons.  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 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.

CONGRESSIONAL COMMENTS
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Congressman Matt Salmon: Nancy and I wish you a Merry Christmas. This time of year is dear to my heart because of the time I get to spend with my children and grandchildren. As your representative, my duty is to spend large portions of the year in Washington, D.C. defending your interests in Congress, but my heart is in Arizona.   
This December, America was again terrorized by radical Islamic extremists. The attack in San Bernardino, California that left over a dozen Americans dead was another reminder of the threat that we face from ISIS and other radical Islamist sects. In light of the San Bernardino and Paris attacks, I introduced legislation to ensure that our threats from abroad are mitigated.
     Provisions from a bill that I introduced with Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, were included in the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, which would restrict access to individuals who have traveled to countries that sponsor terrorism or where terrorist groups are active, under the Visa Waiver Program. It passed the House with overwhelming, bipartisan support.
     I authored a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to bring up an Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS. It is imperative that Congress takes bold action against one of our biggest threats both abroad and our homeland. This authorization will outline our Commander-in-Chief, military officials, and troops a strategy to combat ISIS, and the necessary tools to eradicate them.
     Back in Arizona, we had a major victory against government overreach. When the Forest Service threatened to impound the Salt River wild horses, I led a letter to pressure the Forest Service to delay the roundup and consult with the local management groups that already work tirelessly to protect these horses.  I’m happy to see that the Forest Service is respecting both the horses that define Arizona and the will of the Arizonans who love them. 

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