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Briefs Editor Frosty Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Master John Strasser
Monday, January 19, 2015
· Tickets are sold out for the Friday Night AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner at the At the Four Points by Sheraton South Mountain.
· Things Sometime Get Confusing: At 10:25 pm (Mon), Briefs received AZGOP Resolution Chairman Ray Sweeney’s e-mail saying the final negotiations with Chairman Robert Graham regarding petition gathering for resolutions that could arise from the floor at the Jan 24 meeting are: “As the state committeemen are checked in with their credentials, they will be referred to the room for the purpose of signing your resolutions if they choose to do so. NO RESOLUTIONS PETITIONS CAN BE CIRCULATED TO STATE COMMITTEEMEN IN ATTENDANCE BEFORE THEY ARE CHECKED IN WITH THEIR CREDENTIALS.”
At 11:30 pm, Briefs received Andy Costanzo’s e-mail checking to make sure Briefs updated an announcement to 6:30 am for volunteers to meet in the parking lot Saturday morning to gather petitions to bring the original MCRC PCs approved “Closed Republican Primaries In Arizona” Resolution to the floor of the meeting. So I phone Costanzo and ask if he is aware of the Sweeney/Graham directive that petitions couldn’t be gathered prior to State Committeemen getting their credentials.
Since resolutions/petitions signatures have traditionally been gathered in the parking lot as State Committeeman (before they ever enter the building for credentialing) , the surprised Costanzo checked the AZGOP Bylaws and found no bylaw preventing petition gathering prior to State Committeemen getting their credentials.
Remembering prior year’s line for credentialing, Briefs sent an e-mail to Graham, Sweeney and Costanzo at 11:59 pm, asking if they had considered the chaos that could occur in trying to get petitions signed in a separate side room between credentialing and the start of the 9 am meeting.
Briefs hasn’t heard back as of this posting time (10:40 am Tues) , so check Briefs tomorrow to see how this behind the scenes confusion plays out.
· One Of The Resolutions That Some Want Brought To The Floor is the Original “Closed Republican Primaries In Arizona” Resolution that Maricopa County PCs approved 1,225 to 596 at the Jan 10 MCRC Statutory meeting.
· The Original MCRC PCs Approved “Closed Republican Primaries In Arizona” Resolution was modified by the AZGOP Resolution Committee (allowable by AZGOP bylaws) prior to placing it on AZGOP agenda. Charging the modified version “gutted, weakened, and changed the whole meaning” of the MCRC PC approved resolution,” immediate past MCRC Chairman A.J. LaFaro has withdrawn his named (as author) from the modified AZGOP version. He says the modified version “bears little resemblance to the intent of the original resolution as passed by the MCRC PCs. The AZGOP Committee claims they clarified and strength the resolution. ( See Resolution Committee’s explanation below).
In accordance with the AZGOP Bylaws, to bring the original Maricopa County PCs approved resolution to the floor at the Sat., Jan 24 AZGOP meeting, volunteers must collect the names of at least 20% of the delegates in person and who represent at least four counties. The signature collection was scheduled to take place Saturday morning prior to the start of the AZGOP Statutory Meeting – as has been the tradition.
· Statement From The AZGOP Resolutions Committee Members: The Members Of The AZGOP Resolutions Committee wish to clarify misunderstandings regarding the decision to follow the AZGOP Bylaws regarding submission of Resolutions for consideration at the Jan 24 Statutory meeting: State Committee members volunteered or were asked by Chairman Ray Sweeney to serve on the Resolutions Committee. The By-laws of the AZ State Party say that resolutions must be submitted to the State Party 45 days prior to the state meeting or be brought from the floor.
The deadline for submission should have been December 11th. Only two state committeemen submitted resolutions on time. The State Party was late in creating the committee, however, Chairman Robert Graham extended the deadline in an effort to make sure that people could submit resolutions.
While the Chairman acted in good faith we (the committee) needed to hold to the by-laws deadline. Reasons:
1). If we approved resolutions and someone challenged these resolutions from the floor (because of the bylaws), they may be rejected on the floor.
2). Resolutions can and have often been brought to the floor through the procedure listed in the bylaws.
3). We understand that the bylaws may be poorly written, but we felt that we must still stick to the
The State Committee still has the opportunity to bring forward their resolutions from the floor. The State Committee may also submit their resolutions to this committee for consideration at the next state meeting. Our decision was Unanimous (8 - 0) with No dissenting votes, including that of Chairman Ray Sweeney. A spirited debate preceded our vote.
The committee used its authority to modify and strengthen a resolution that was submitted by A.J. LaFaro on the closing of Republican primaries. The committee voted 7 - 1 in favor of closing the primaries. We added language that we felt clarified and strengthened the resolution. MCRC, Article III, Sub-Section H, Item 2 - Procedures states: “The committee may initiate, recommend, modify or reject any resolution. Since the committee’s purpose is to give the full assembly the benefit of its complete debate and mature judgment, motions to table or to close or limit debate will not be allowed.” -- Members of the Resolution Committee, Sergio Arellano, Nancy Edwards, Marcus Huey, Ron Ludders, Brandon Urness, Jeni White.
Editor’s Note: Here are both the original and modified resolutions:
Resolution in Support of
CLOSED REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES IN ARIZONA (original)
Passed 1,225 to 596 by Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen (PCs)
at the Jan 10 Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) meeting,
Submitted by A.J. LaFaro, Corbell Precinct
ü WHEREAS, Republicans believe the First Amendment guarantees freedom of
ü WHEREAS, Republicans believe in and support the U.S. Constitution, Arizona
ü 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 semiclosed 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.
Editor’s Note: ** Upgraded to “Arizona’s Republican precinct and state committeemen” instead of “Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeemen” (upgrades from county to state status for AZGOP meeting).
Resolution in Support of
CLOSED REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES IN ARIZONA
(Resolutions Committtee modified version currently on the Sat agenda)
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 rather than 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; be it therefor
***These two resolves were changed from the original resolution:
ü RESOLVED that Arizona Republican state committeemen support a closed primary system to nominate Republican candidates for general elections; be it further
ü RESOLVED that Arizona Republican state committeemen hereby direct the Republican state chairman to establish a committee within (45) days of passage of this resolution, to: 1) Examine all options to close primaries, including but not limited to legal action, legislation, and ballot initiative, 2) Report its' finding to the Executive committee by a deadline date established by the state chairman, and 3) Recommend a course of action based on its' findings.
· The Other Resolution That The Committee Approved for the Jan 24 AZGOP Statutory Meeting agenda can be viewed in the 1-6-15-mcrc-briefs archives archives. See:
1. A Resolution in Support Of Exemption From Sales Tax On Food Purchased For Home Consumption, Prescription Medicine, Clothing And Footwear.
The 10 ‘missed deadline’ rejected resolutions, that could possibly be raised from the floor, are posted in the 1-7-15-mcrc-briefs archives. They are:
1. Resolution to Retire Senator John McCain
2. Resolution For Proper Use Of Proxies
3. Resolution In Support Of Transfer The Management Of Federal Lands To The State Of Arizona
4. A Resolution In Support Of Protecting Arizonan's Privacy
5. Resolution In Support Of Agricultural Freedom
6. Resolution In Support Of Fostering Civic Competence, Civic Responsibility, And A Commitment To The Fundamental
Principles Of Our Constitutional Republic.
7. Resolution In Support Of Protecting Arizona's State Rights
8. Resolution In Support Of Arizona's Border Security
9. Support for the Federal Reserve Transparency Act
10. Resolution In Support Of National Security And Defense Capability.
· Gov Doug Ducey Will Give His State Of The State Address at 11:30 am, Jan 21 at Arizona Western College, 3C Bldg – Don Schoening Conference Center, Yuma. Limited seating - 350. $20 per person, includes luncheon. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-state-address-with-governor-doug-ducey-tickets-15182284622
· Links To Both AZGOP Chairman Candidates running for election at the Jan 24 Statutory Meeting:
ü Incumbent Robert Graham http://graham4arizona.com/
ü Challenger Lori Urban - azgopgal.com
· The Conservative Republican Club of Kingman held its first meeting this week.
· Talk Show Host Mike Broomhead traveled to DC to be Congressman Matt Salmon’s guest at the State of the Uniono address.
· Freedom Fires Live! will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 21 at Faith Christian School, 7464 E Main St., Mesa to hear Ammon Bundy tell his story about the Bundy Ranch confrontation with the BLM and the recent interaction with TSA. $2 admission.
· The Fourth Annual Pro-Life Concert will be held at 7 pm., Fri., Jan 23 at the Clearview Cultural Center, 1355 S Clearview Ave., Mesa. Free family event. Donations welcome. RSVP’s not necessary, but appreciated for seating arrangement. You may RSVP to this e-mail or call 480-216-7217 for concert seating or 623-215-3639 for the “You are a Masterpiece” presentation.
· Congressman Martha McSally’s guest for the Jan 20 State of the Union speech will be 17 year-old GilbertValenzjula, an Alta Vista High School honors student, who is also the Roy Drachmann Clubhouse Youth of the Year and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. Congressmen are given one guest tickets to the President’s speech. “I never imagined I would be going to Washington DC and be present when the President addresses the nation,” said Valenzuela. “I am so thankful that by participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs, working hard in school and pursuing my dreams every day has put me in a position to do this really cool thing. I’m beyond honored to have been chosen to represent my Clubhouse and my community.” His goal is to be a professional music artist, recording engineer, and run his own recording studio/record label. He plans to attend college when he graduates Alta Vista High School in 2016.
· Former MCRC Office Manager Carolyn Berta Remembers: “I noticed you only listed Republican conservative Chairmen (referring to Briefs comment yesterday about the graying of county/state chairman as they served their terms). I was in the County Office when Bob Fannin was Chairman. I don’t remember if he had gray hair before or after his term in office. At that time in my political interests the only ones I noticed were the Presidents of the United States and how they grayed over their terms in office and, by gosh, they seem to want to run for a second term. That second term was when they REALLY turned gray. I’m with you – why would anyone want to run for public office. Has anyone noticed whether the Congress men & women turn gray after one or 2 terms? Needless to say the ones who are in there for 20+ years would turn gray naturally with age. Just wondering. Women probably would dye their hair at the first sign of gray.” Hmm… do you suppose some guys color their hair, too???
· GOP Activist Jose Borrajero is conducting "Training For AZ Legislative Activists (and for those who would like to be)" at 6:30 pm, Wed., Jan 21 at the Arizona Project Headquarters, 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, 85028. No charge. A $5 donation per person will be welcomed. Topics include
ü Contact Legislators Efficiently testify at committee hearings...From your home or office
ü Use the new AZvoices to “vote” on legislative bills
ü Use legislative activity to assist with electioneering
ü This class will include a live, on line demonstration (That is why it must be done while the AZ legislature is in session)
Contact: Jose Borrajero email@example.com
· Volunteers are still needed to assist at the Fountain Hills Republican Club/LD23 Voter Registration and Outreach Booth during the Feb 20-22 Fountain Hills Great Fair. To volunteer: FHRepublican@gmail.com. Specify preferred times or times that you are not available. Or call 480 588-7612 (leave a message if no answer).
· RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Announced that the 2106 RNC Convention in Cleveland OH will start July 18, 2016. This is about six weeks earlier than 2012 and will significantly help our nominee have access to all of the general election dollars raised by the RNC.
Attention AZGOP Officer Candidates: Briefs is posting reader questions for AZGOP candidates running for election at the Jan 24 Statutory meeting. Officer candidates are asked to respond to each question in 300 words or less. Candidate answers will be posted in the “What The Candidates Are Saying” section. Please keep to the issues. Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1. What are your qualifications to serve in the position you are running for?
2. What are your goals, if elected?
3. Arizona was one of only four states not to achieve an increase in Republican Legislators in 2014 despite the Republican wave across the nation. How do you plan to get more AZ Republican legislators elected?
4. Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count?
5. How would you go about closing the Primary to allow only GOP voters to vote? And what resources (funds, manpower) would you use to close primaries?
6. Are you for or against amnesty?
7. How do you feel about “dark money” (out of state funded PACs) coming into AZ to influence elections?
8. Will you carry out the Censure of Sen John McCain? McCain was censured “for his continued disservice to our State and Nation” in Jan 2014 by the GOP State Committeemen, Maricopa County Republicans PCs, plus several outlaying counties “…until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.”
9. Do you support reported attempts to remove conservative PCs from leadership roles?
10. Arizona Republicans suffered a Voter Registration LOSS of 32,800 the past two years, according to the Secretary of State’s report. How you plan to get them back?
11. Have you ever attended a Tea Party Meeting?
12. What organized groups have you reached out to during your active time in AZ politics? (diverse groups, ie, ethnic, political stance, conservative, liberal, etc -- not different LD or GOP run of the mill groups)
· Candidates for the January 24, 2015 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting. (Candidates must be State Committeemen. State Committeemen only eligible to vote. Nomination can be made from the floor.)
ü Candidate Slate consisting of :
o Chairman – Lori Urban
o 1st Vice Chairman - A. J. LaFaro
o 2nd Vice Chairman- Gabby Saucedo-Mercer
o Ardith Hildebrant
o 1st Vice Chairman - Parralee Schneider
o 2nd Vice Chairman - Jeni White
o Secretary - Linda White
o Treasurer – Jonathan Lines
WHAT THE CANDIDATES ARE SAYING
· All Of The Candidates Competing for election to a state office at the Jan 24 AZGOP Statutory meeting have been invited to write up a 300 word bio and to answer the questions posted above and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Briefs does NOT endorse candidates, nor candidate statements. Statements longer than 250/300 words will be edited/condensed.
RESPONSE TO READER QUESTIONS:
· AZGOP 2nd Vice-Chairman Candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer responds to reader question #1. What are your qualifications to serve in the position you are running for?
ü I am a seasoned candidate; this allows me to continue to build relationships throughout Southern Arizona within the GOP legislative districts, Republican clubs, Tea Party organizations and other conservative groups.
ü I have traveled far and wide during my 2012 & 2014 campaigns for Congress; I have met many people and organizations and learned and understood the concerns and issues Republicans have regarding the direction the party is going.
ü I have been active in the Republican Party since 2009, recruited precinct committeeman and volunteers for several GOP projects and I have served on campaigns for Conservative candidates. – Gabby Saucedo-Mercer
· AZGOP 2nd Vice-Chairman Candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer responds to reader question #2. What are your goals, if elected? My goals are to:
ü Focus on Republican voter registration in Arizona.
ü Support Republican candidates who will campaign to remove Obamacare and Common Core from our state or any other big government intrusion. With action, and resources not just words!
ü Increase the number of Precinct Committeemen by encouraging those who have left the party to come back and take a seat at the table by giving them a voice and empower them to get involved so they can be the change they want to see within the Republican party.
ü I will work to insure that Arizona increases the number of Republican legislators in the 2016 election. – Gabby Saucedo-Mercer
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20
Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party. (3rd Tues) 6:30 PM., Jan 20. Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.). Speakers: LD23 Sen John Kavanagh, Rep Michelle Ugenti, and newly- Rep Jay Lawrence will provide an update on the upcoming legislative session. Free admission. Donations to help offset expenses are appreciated. Contact: Richard Rutkowski firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fhteaparty.org
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21
The Verde Valley Republican Women's Luncheon is scheduled at 11 am, Jan 21 at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, 2250 Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ Cost: $17. RSVP: Erna Sesek (928) 284-4248 or Sesek@q.com
The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet at Jan 21 at 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Lunch $25, Social 11am. Program/lunch 11:30am. Yvonne Chahill, Co-Chair of ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership, will present an overview of the Center's mission to train a new generation of leaders versed in principles of democracy. Contact Edith Stock, email@example.com, or 480-298-7818 cell.
· LD-25 Will Meet At 7 PM, Jan 21 at the Mesa Utility Building 640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ at instead of Thursday January 15th due to facility scheduling conflicts. The candidates for the AZ State GOP have been invited to speak.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 22 to hear National Review Editor Richard Lowry in the Old Main Carson Ballroom on the Tempe campus. Lowry’s appearance is sponsored by ASU Center for Political thought and Leadership. Contact Roxane.Barwick@asu.edu or asu-center-political-thought-and-leadership
· The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 22 for a round table discussion. Starting in February the meetings will be held at 6 pm., the first and third Thursdays of the month. firstname.lastname@example.org
· The AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner is scheduled at 6 pm., Fri., Jan 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix South Mountain, 10831 S 51st St., Phx. $40 per person. $300 per table.. Entertainment by a group of Korean Drummers. RSVP to Jennifer Bontrager at email@example.com or 602-957-7770.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
The Sun City Grand Republican Interest Group will meet at 9 am, Sat., Jan 24 in the Apache Room of the Chaparral Center, 19781 N. Remington Dr., Surprise AZ. 85374.Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 8:30am. Meetings are open to Sun City Grand residents and their guests, elected officials and candidates. The speaker will be from “Soldiers Best Friend,” a group that trains dogs to become therapeutic companions for veterans with PTSD. Contact: Ginny Nyre, President firstname.lastname@example.org ( 623-544-7187) or Ruth Seiter, Vice President, Programs, email@example.com (623-544-9309) or visit our website at www.grandpop.com
· A Support Rally For Law Enforcement Officers is scheduled between 10 am and noon. Sat., Jan 24 at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, 550 W Jackson, Phx. The rally is so support for all law enforcement officers in Maricopa County, including DPS, MCSO and surrounding metropolitan police departments. Wear blue or tan. Bring your own signs. Information:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27
· Republican Women of Prescott will meet at 11:30 am, Jan 27 at the Prescott Resort, 1500 E. Hwy. 69, Prescott. $18 per person. Speaker: MatForce panel with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. RSVP: Elsie Tyree, firstname.lastname@example.org, (928) 778-0235 or Pam Calhoon, email@example.com, (928) 778-7157
· The Yavapai Young Republicans will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 27 at the Willow Creek Inn, 2516 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. Order from menu. Contact: Matthew Perry at (928) 830-6115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· These-26-Traitorous-Republicans-Voted-Against-Blocking-Amnesty-Must-Be-Defeated-In-2016 McSally Tagged A Rino
· McCain-Gets-Ready-For-Race-Of-His-Life “…One Of These Old Guys That Should’ve Shoved Off.”
· Former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey Refutes Robert Graham’s Claims
· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily
· Need2No Border News Watch
FIRST AMENDMENT – FREE SPEECH
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WAR ON WOMEN
DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
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