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January 10, 2015
· Tyler Bowyer was elected to the Chairmanship of the Maricopa County Republican Committee in a run-off with two-time loser Lisa Gray. Bowyer beat Gray 983-904 in a run off during yesterday’s MCRC Statutory meeting in Phoenix. Bowyer and Gray beat out Tom Morrissey in the first found of voting. Morrissey requested his backers throw their support to Bowyer when the run-off was announced – resulting in Gray’s defeat for the second time in the past two years for the MCRC Chairmanship. Bowyer is a former LD17 Chairman. Gray, the past LD21 Chairman, was reportedly backed by Sen John McCain, this year. McCain was censured by the MCRC and the AZGOP during the 2014 Statutory meetings. Outgoing Chairman A. J. LaFaro trounced Gray’s attempt at the chairmanship two years ago.
· Aaron Border beat Andrew Costanzo 977-907 in the run-off race for Second Vice-Chairman. Border race solo, while Costanzo was part of Bowyer’s “Conservative Team” slate.
· Jeni White won over April Riggins in the first balloting for First Vice Chairman. White, the outgoing MCRC secretary was Gray’s running mate. Riggins, the outgoing First Vice-Chair, was on Bower’s “Conservative Team” slate.
· Matt Eberle took the Secretary race over Pat Oldroyd in the first go around of voting. Eberle was running solo, while Oldroyd was on Bowyer’s team.
· Unchallenged David Ludwig Was Elected Treasurer by acclimation before ballots were cast.
· A Total Of 960 Precinct Committeemen Registered into the meeting early yesterday morning - carrying 1009 proxies, according to the official credentials report. Details will be posted tomorrow.
· Dan Grimm, long-time activist and meeting arranger presented outgoing Chairman A J LaFaro with a large appreciation plaque for his leadership the past two years. You can always spot Grimm - he’s the energizer bunny with the Kelly Green top hat that keeps meetings moving along.
· You couldn’t miss the lady candidates – as they were all wearing bright red garments. A few red ties were spot among the male candidates.
· Gotta Hand It To 2nd Vice Chair Candidate Art Olivas. He gave one hell of a fiery patriotic campaign speech. There is no wimpy talk coming from the outspoken Olivas.
· Russell Luten, MCRC’s oldest PC (age 96) and Keeley Quinlan, MCRC’s youngest PC ( age 18) led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting
· The Impressive Color Guard from Luke Air Force Base presented colors. LD13 PC and retired veterans Ernie McCullom was overheard thanking the young men as they departed the auditorium after presenting colors.
· Contrary To Reports That None Of Arizona’s Congressional Delegation was in attendance, Congressman Matt Salmon was recognized by Chairman A J LaFaro, as Salmon sat among his district PCs. Congressman David Schweikert’s free coffee wagon that served up the hot beverage as PCs arrived in the chilly morning weather. Incidentally Salmon and Schweikert are both considered potential candidates to run against Sen John McCain – was censured at last year’s MCRC Statutory meeting but indicates he will run for re-election in 2016 anyway. Salmon and Schweikert did not address the meeting because LaFaro had invited a whole string of elected county officials to say a few words.
· County officials were given three minutes to enlightened the PCs. They included:
ü MC Board of Supervisors Chr Steve Chucri
ü MC Assessor Paul Petersen
ü MC Attorney Bill Montgomery
ü MC Clerk of the Superior Court Michael Jeanes
ü MC Recorder Helen Purcell
ü MC Sheriff Joe Arpaio
ü MC Superintendent of Schools Don Covey
ü MC Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins and
ü MC Board of Supervisors Denny Barney and Andy Kunasek
· Sheriff Joe Arpaio Received Standing Ovations – both before and after his speech (which he run beyond the time limit).
· Yvonne Reed, The 23 Year Assistant To MC Recorder Helen Purcell will be retiring this year. Reed will definitely be missed as she was the “go to lady” for many of us. Reed has assisted Purcell at numerous county and state elections – and always with a smile.
· Newly elected GOP Supt of Education Diane Douglas was constantly surrounded by well-wishers as she moved throughout the assembly. The soft-spoken Douglas has already met with Tucson School District officials regarding their flagrant violation of the law in their continued LaRaza teachings in some classrooms.
· If you think all political business was tended to inside the auditorium, you should have observed some of the animated conversations going in the lobby and courtyard. Movers and shakers could be seen rubbing shoulders with has-beens and wannabees over numerous issues.
· It was good to see Don Goldwater out and about again. You may recall that Goldwater took a serious tumble during or after one of the meetings a couple of years ago doing considerable damage to his neck.
· Former State Chairman Randy Pullen and former MCRC Chairman Rob Haney were spotted in the crowd.
· And speaking of crowds, the lines of PCs trying to get registered before the 9 am meeting were something else. You could barely get some one side of the lobby to the lobby – even turning sideways. Briefs always feels sorry those volunteers who are trying to get everyone checked in.
· And again speaking of crowds. Whoever contracts future meeting facilities should include a clause that insists an adequate supply of toilet paper be installed in the ladies restroom. “Is there any toilet paper?” was over heard several times before the meeting adjourned!
· Three of Five Proposed Resolutions Passed During the 2015 MCRC Statutory Meeting
RESOLUTION #1 - CLOSED REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES IN ARIZONA
YES 1,225 NO 596 Submitted by A.J. LaFaro, Corbell Precinct
ü WHEREAS, Republicans believe the First Amendment guarantees freedom of association; and
ü WHEREAS, Republicans believe in and support the U.S. Constitution, Arizona Constitution and Republican Party Platform and should nominate Republican candidates that do the same; and
ü WHEREAS, Republicans favor the battle of ideas over the dominance of money and special interests in nominating our candidates; and
ü WHEREAS, Republicans do not support the concept of a “top two primary system”; and
ü WHEREAS, Republicans should nominate Republican candidates without the threat of outside interference; therefore be it
ü RESOLVED, that Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen support a closed primary system to nominate Republican candidates for general elections; be it further
ü RESOLVED, that Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen call upon Arizona legislators to sponsor and pass legislation replacing Arizona’s semi-closed primaries with closed primaries; be it further
ü RESOLVED, that Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen hereby direct the Arizona Republican party executive committee and legal counsel to file all necessary paperwork with the Arizona courts to seek summary judgment restoring closed primaries in partisan elections; be it further
ü RESOLVED, that Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen urge the Arizona Republican party, each County party and District organization to adopt identical resolutions supporting closed primaries to nominate Republican candidates for general elections while preserving the ability of persons wishing to run without the endorsement of a recognized political party to get on another ballot.
RESOLUTION #2 - PROTECTING ARIZONA’S STATE RIGHTS
YES 1,330 NO 461 Submitted by Joel Alcott, Sunnyslope Precinct
ü WHEREAS the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people". Proposition 122 having passed into law, has now become a “mandate” for Legislators and the Governor to pass laws supporting the 10th Amendment; therefore be it
ü RESOLVED by the Maricopa County Republican Party, that the State of Arizona shall claim sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution and that this resolution shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers; be it further
ü RESOLVED that pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Arizona State Legislature and Governor shall pass and sign into law, legislation in support of: 1) 4th Amendment protection from warrantless spying by Federal and State agencies on U.S. citizens, 2) “Sheriffs First” laws asserting localized constitutional jurisdiction over federal agencies, 3) “Property Rights” laws to protect Arizona Citizens from federal land grabs, 4) 2nd Amendment Protection laws; be it further
ü RESOLVED that pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the Arizona State Legislature and Governor shall pass and sign into law, legislation in opposition to: 1) Any law in relationship to or facilitating the “Affordable Health Care Act,” 2) NDAA legislation specifying indefinite detention of U.S. Citizens without charge or trial, as well as unmitigated “Authorized Use of Military Force” on U.S. soil.
RESOLUTION #3 - PROTECTING ARIZONANS’ PRIVACY
YES 1,315 NO 478 Submitted by Matt Papke, Hudson Precinct
ü WHEREAS, the 4th Amendment of the Bill of Rights within the United States Constitution, the SUPREME law of the land, reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized;” be it therefore
ü RESOLVED, We the Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen do hereby reaffirm our oaths to our constituents to promote the proper role of constitutional government by defending the 4th Amendment without compromise. Furthermore we recognize that the right to privacy is one of the founding principles of our Country and will work to defend the constitutionally protected privacy of all Americans and call upon our elected leaders to act in kind; be it further
ü RESOLVED that Precinct Committeemen call upon all elected officials to uphold the 4th Amendment and pass language reflecting the 4th Amendment Protection Act SB 1156 (2013) which states that the State of Arizona shall not: use any assets, State monies or monies allocated by the State to local entities, in whole or in part, to engage in any activity that aids a federal agency, a federal agent or corporation providing services to the federal government in the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action that is not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.
RESOLUTION #4 - AGRICULTURAL FREEDOM IN ARIZONA
YES 657 NO 1,147 Submitted by Matt Papke, Hudson Precinct
ü WHEREAS, mankind has cultivated hemp products as an inexpensive source of fiber and twine for thousands of years; and
ü WHEREAS Arizona is an ideal climate for mass agricultural production of all different plants and resources; and
ü WHEREAS modern production methods have utilized hemp’s oilseed to make high-grade food and beauty products and the stalks produce fiber and cellulose for everything from automotive parts and fine clothing to building products and fuel; and
ü WHEREAS, the states of California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia have defined industrial hemp as a distinct agricultural crop and removed barriers to its production; and
ü WHEREAS several drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from the hemp plant; and WHEREAS several of America’s founding fathers actively produced and utilized hemp for multiple uses; therefore be it
ü RESOLVED that we, the Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen, do call upon the Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature to pass legislation reflecting the intent of SB 1122 (2014) that clearly calls for legalization of industrial hemp production AND to enact legislation that legalizes public and commercial growing of hemp and hemp related materials to expand the agriculture in Arizona, create jobs and demonstrate that Arizona is an ideal location for economic prosperity.
RESOLUTION #5 - ARIZONA SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS
YES 877 NO 884 Submitted by Ray Sweeney, Moon Valley Precinct
ü WHEREAS the Republican Party is the party of the people; and
ü WHEREAS the Republican Party supports low taxation, free market enterprise competition, lowered regulations on businesses at all levels, and job creation; and
ü WHEREAS clothing, footwear, prescription medicine, and food purchased for home consumption are fundamental human needs; and WHEREAS the people would be burdened with sales tax on these fundamental needs; and
ü WHEREAS businesses which provide these fundamental needs for sale are burdened with the accounting and collection of sales tax, and furthermore disadvantaged by competing with the internet sales of these items which may not be subject to sales tax; and
ü WHEREAS the likely increased volume of sales generated by the elimination of sales tax on these fundamental items would produce greater revenues from the taxes on increased profits from businesses providing these products, that would offset any loss of revenue from sales tax, while opening up the possibility of job creation; be it therefore
ü RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Maricopa County endorses legislation calling for the exemption from sales tax on these certain fundamental needs: Clothing, Footwear, Prescription Medicine, and Food purchased for home consumption, within the State of Arizona and its various counties and municipalities.
· Aaron Gidwani, LD30 State Committeman notes: Today Republicans witnessed new leadership rise to the challenge and answer the call to serve. Two leaders emerged who are both young and passionate to work to win monumental gains within the next two years. Tyler Bowyer, MCRC Chairman responded, “Now is the time for fresh leadership that will give faith to the next generation of conservatives who are waiting in the wings for a Republican Party that shows its worth through goal-oriented action that reveres the Constitution and publicly emphasizes principles that make our country exceptional.” Aaron Borders is the new 2nd Vice Chair of the MCRC and pledged, “I will have an open door policy to every PC in Maricopa County. It is my desire to be the best 2nd VC the MCRC has ever had. I look forward to building the party and winning elections, starting with turning Phoenix red in 2015.” Both, Bowyer and Borders have an exceptional history of getting favorable results and proven record of demonstrating a servant leadership style. There is a nuance of the two working with the Legislative Districts, GOP clubs and Conservative pundits which will increase the scope and heighten awareness of conservative candidates Maricopa County elects. These two leaders will add influence from the millennials which is what the future of our elected Precinct Committeemen voted for – new change and new direction. I am confident Maricopa County is in the right hands and look forward to working with these two leaders. Congratulations Chairman Tyler Bowyer and 2nd Vice Chair Aaron Borders! - Aaron Gidwani
· A Reader’s Observation: “Apparently, John McCain cannot elect a Maricopa County Chairman for love nor money.....forget the love part.”