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· The AZGOP Statutory Meeting Will Convene At 9 Am, Sat., Jan 24 at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282. Registration opens at 7:30 am. State Committeemen will elect new officers, address two proposed resolutions on the agenda and address other resolutions/issues that may arise from the floor.
· Volunteers Are Needed At 6:30 Am. Sat., Jan 24 To Help Gather Petitions Signatures to allow the original MCRC PCs approved “Closed Republican Primaries In Arizona” Resolution to be brought to the floor at the AZGOP Statutory meeting at the Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, 85282. Volunteers are to meet in the guest parking area near the Connection Center/ Lamb Chapel along the north wall of the church parking lot for material distribution and final instructions. Volunteers should bring a clipboard and pens and a clip-on lamp or a flashlight for your clipboard. Contact: Coordinator Andrew Costanzo, MCRC EGC Member-at-Large at 480 677-0697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Original Resolution Passed 1,225 To 596 By Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen (PC) at the Jan 10 Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) meeting. However, the AZGOP Resolution Committee modified the resolution that it submitted for the AZGOP Jan 24 meeting agenda. Supporters of the original MCRC PCs passed resolution say the Resolution Committee gutted and weakened the resolution, thus neutering its intent. 1-6-15-mcrc-briefs.archives Committee members says they clarified the resolution. 11-19-15-mcrc-briefs
· Traditionally, Gathering Petition Signatures to get a resolution on the statutory meeting floor is done in the parking lot as State Committeemen arrive at the Statutory meeting. However, late last night (Jan 19) an AZGOP restrictive directive was sent out that reads: “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.” 11-19-15-mcrc-briefs archives The directive further states: “ There is NO specific form for the resolutions petitions. HOWEVER, as required by the State GOP By-laws, the petitions must contain the following information LEGIBLY WRITTEN:
Printed Name of signer
Full Mailing Address including zipcode
CD Number of the signer
LD Number of the signer
You will be required to gather signatures which total 20% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ATTENDEES/PROXIES at the meeting which MUST BE FROM A MINIMUM OF (4) COUNTIES. EACH PETITION PAGE MUST CONTAIN SIGNATURES FROM A SINGLE COUNTY--no mixing of counties on a single page.”
· The Restriction Violates AZ GOP Bylaws, According To Andrew Costanzo, Petition Gathering Coordinator. Costanzo says there is nothing in the AZ GOP Bylaws that restricts the traditional early morning petitions gathering, Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws_Rev_2011_01_22.Pdf.
· Today (Jan 20) PRP President Vivian Vicent – Arizona Alpha Unit of Parlimentarians, advised Andy Costanzo that when Bylaws are silent on a subject tradition or custom may prevail. Vicent referenced: Robert's Rules of Order may sometimes come to be followed as a matter of established custom so that it is treated practically as if it were prescribed by a rule. If there is no contrary provision in the parliamentary authority or written rules of the organization, the established custom should be adhered to unless the assembly, by a majority vote, agrees in a particular instance to do otherwise."
· AZGOP Resolutions Chairman Ray Sweeney says the Mon, Jan 19 AZGOP restrictive directive was given to him by AZGOP Secretary Linda White. (See Sweeney statement below). The resolutions upheaval results from the AZGOP delayed appointment of a AZGOP Resolution Committee. Consequently, 10 resolutions were not submitted to the Resolution Committee 45 days (Dec 11) prior to the Statutory Meeting. AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham extended the resolutions submission deadline, however, the Resolutions Committee opted to follow the AZGOP Bylaws. One of the two resolutions submitted on time was the original MCRC PCs approved “Closed Primary” Resolution – that was modified by the Committee. 11-19-15-mcrc-briefsThe 10 rejected late resolutions listed 11-19-15-mcrc-briefs can also be brought to the floor if the supporters collect the required signatures and meet the other requirements.
· AZGOP Resolutions Chairman Ray Sweeney Statement: Let's get this straight: The signature requirements for the petitions was given to me last night by Linda White, Secretary of AZ GOP. I DID NOT MAKE THESE REQUIREMENTS. So, if you've got demands or complaints, direct them to her, NOT ME.
I have fought ALONE against my own committee to do everything possible to have ALL the resolutions submitted published in the Call letter to help the authors move their resolutions forward without the need for expensive copying, and to secure a room with free tables to accommodate signature gathering. 1-6-15-mcrc-briefs. and 1-7-15-mcrc-briefs.
Where were all of you who are making these demands during the past three weeks while I was up to my eyeballs in trying my level best to make sure the resolutions saw the light of day? How many of you have come forward with volunteers to help with the monumental process of verifying signatures on your own petitions. How many of you have had hit pieces against you published to everyone but me from my own committee? (1-19-15-mcrc-briefs How many of you volunteered to be on the Resolutions committee?
I am still receiving calls from many folks who just decided 4 days before the State Committee meeting that they're going to submit resolutions from the floor and want to know everything from format to composition to by-laws to protocol to procedure to how to gather signatures and the like.
Six people on the committee have refused to own the resolution that they created out of A.J.'s original and refused to consider the 10 resolutions which were submitted outside the 45 day deadline, 1-19-15-mcrc-briefs and considered their job done and over with after throwing all the authors of these resolutions under the bus and refused to even answer my call for revisiting these decisions.
Robert Graham told me last night that tables would be provided and a room for signature gathering would be provided and that once people were checked in with credentials that they be referred to the room.
If you want to circulate petitions to anybody you choose at any place of your choosing, the onus is upon you to stand accountable for the validity of the petitions.
The arrangements for signature gathering were arrived at to accommodate you, not to hinder you, Get over it. - Ray Sweeney
· UPDATE - Ray Sweeney to AZGOP Secretary Linda White (3:57 am - Wed, Jan 21): On Monday evening at the meeting at Arizona Project, you gave me the requirements for the petitions needed to secure the resolutions. You told me that the name, address, signature, LD number and CD number were necessary to be provided on these petitions to sponsor resolutions to be brought on the floor and for the resolutions which appear on the call letter which were not reviewed by the Resolutions Committee. As you can see by the messages, there is a firestorm regarding these requirements. Please advise me/them ASAP whether there is some mistake in requiring these procedures. In your response, please send it in "reply to all" mode so that we can all be on the same page. Many thanks for your prompt reply. - Ray Sweeney, Chairman, State GOP Resolutions Committee
· UPDATE: Ray Sweeney to AZGOP Robert Graham ( 5:20 am, Wed, Jan 21): It is established per your accommodation that a room with tables will be provided for the use of gathering signatures for the resolutions and that the credentials check-in committee will refer credentialed attendees to the room for those that wish to sign the petition/s. Everyone is appreciative of this. There is a firestorm of discontent, however, that there is thought to be a REQUIREMENT that petitions cannot be solicited from attendees UNTIL they pass through the credentialing process. Please clarify that there is no need to limit the gathering of signatures to the tables and room which you have provided and that signatures may be gathered from qualified attendees on campus at the meeting. It is universally accepted that signatures must be verified by the State GOP Secretary according to established procedures once they have been turned-in at the outset of the meeting. Thank you for you prompt clarification and response. Please respond in "reply to all" mode so that the word is promulgated simultaneously to all interested parties. – Ray Sweeney, Resolutions Committee Chair
· Congressman Paul Gosar’s Facebook post on his official page has - in 23 hours reached over 860,000 people, 12,350 likes, and 1665 comments. https://m.facebook.com/repgosar?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frepgosar
· Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will make State of Education presentations at 2 pm, Wed., Jan 21 before the House Education Committee and at 9 am, Thurs., Jan 22 before the Senate Education Committee. These presentations can be watched live at www.azleg.gov and follow prompt or House Hearing Rm 4 Senate hearing room 1 Meetings are subject to change. Check www.azleg.gov for all daily agendas)
· Some Education Bills you may want to review: www.azleg.gov enter the bill number in the search bar at the top right of the webpage.
ü HB2392: Common Core prohibition
ü HB2190: Common Core replacement/data collection issues
ü HB2246: Statewide Assessments/parental opt out
ü HB2174: Empowerment Scholarships/grandkids
ü HB2483: Public School Tax Credit/classroom expense
ü HB2066: Public School Tax Credit/testing
ü HB2180: Menu of Assessments
ü HB2050: Board of Ed member removal criteria
· LD16 State Committeeman Teri Grier: Arizona has a history of being a rough and tumble territory that couldn’t be tamed or conform. Over the last 15-years, Arizona’s Republican leadership sometimes has taken this independent attitude to a point that the Republican leadership in DC opted to invest in races in other states. From 2002-2009, I served a Congressional staff member and a campaign consultant/fund raiser in Arizona races. In 2009, in a meeting with the National RNC Chairman, my client and I were told that the RNC didn’t feel they could work with the current leadership of the Arizona GOP. As a fundraiser and a consultant, that is a dagger in the heart of a campaign. This “deep freeze” seemed to continue until the election Arizona GOP Chairman, Robert Graham. January 27, 2013 Associated Press reported that Robert Graham, “ran on promising to "professionally" manage the state party and "respect grassroots conservatives and Tea Party members." Two years later The Graham team’s checked each box. These successes also repaired the divide between the National and State Party. In 2014, Arizona congressional races had RNC Victory offices, staff, resources, and media. Arizona can now say we have our first Republican Congresswoman. Anyone who has covered the history of Arizona Republican politics knows that it is just as important for the state precinct committeemen to know the bios of those running as well as what has happened in the recent past. It took a great deal to get everyone playing together in the Republican sandbox. Let’s make sure we know who plays well together, so we don’t have another deep freeze settle on Arizona. Our candidates can’t afford that. – Teri Grier, State Precinct Committeeman, LD16 Editor’s Note: Historians and political insiders also know during the so called “deep freeze” period of AZGOP history, that the grassroots Arizona precinct committeemen chose not to elect the Washington power brokers favored candidates. This past season, PCs watched as Washington power brokers ignored grassroots candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer, when a little help thrown her way could have given us two new Republican women congresswomen.
· Congressman Paul A. Gosar - after President Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress: “Despite being responsible for the slowest recovery since the great depression, the president has made it clear that he intends to double down on his tax and spend policies that continue to grow Washington D.C. while crippling our economy. The experiment of big government is over. The American people aren’t fooled anymore. That is why they voted overwhelmingly for a new direction last November. We need a president that is for Main Street, not for big government. The solutions to our biggest problems aren’t going to come from Washington bureaucrats but rather from hardworking Americans on the front lines of our economy. It is time that we eliminate burdensome regulations and reduce tax rates so that our job creators and small businesses have the ability to empower themselves. That is why I have made it my priority to listen to my constituents and ask them ‘where does it hurt?’ and ‘how can I help?’ The president’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude is preventing him from understanding the real problems our country faces. I urge him to put down his veto pen as well as the campaign rhetoric and join House Republicans in advancing common sense solutions that empower all Americans. Our country cannot afford to be governed by ideological executive overreach any longer.”
· Congressman Martha McSally after the President’s State of the Union address: “It was an incredible honor sitting on the House floor as a Member of Congress two weeks after being sworn-in as the President came to address Congress for this historic tradition. The President opened up talking about economic growth, but while that may be happening in his neighborhood, it’s not happening in mine. Southern Arizonans are still struggling. We’ve lost more jobs than anywhere in the country, wages are stagnant, and people are looking for solutions. There was a lot of theatrics involved, but I was tuning in for what ideas are workable. The President mentioned initiatives to support our veterans and improve our cyber-security defenses that were encouraging. He also discussed an issue I feel strongly about: getting Washington working for Americans again. While his words sounded nice, his actions since November have been more divisive than ever. He needs to lead with action, not rhetoric, and work with Congress to get things done that will help struggling Americans.”
· RNC SOTU Recap: This was the most defensive State of the Union address of the Obama Presidency – and Hillary Clinton couldn’t wait a full ten minutes before endorsing it, further proof all she stands for is Obama’s third term. To hear the President tell it, all of his unpopular policies have all worked and all is right in the world, but the facts show otherwise. And for a President whose White House is already saying “we don’t need Congressional Republicans” and has already issued 7 veto threats, Obama’s platitudes on bipartisanship and a “better politics” reached surreal heights. See the compilation of fact checks from RNC Research and response from Chairman Priebus: Watch Chairman Priebus’ Response
· RNC Research SOTU Fact Checks:
· The Tempe Republican Women will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 26 at the Pyle Rec Center 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe. GOP activist Matt Papke will present an update on the Tempe streetcar. Contact: President Jessica Merrow (480) 306-2545 email@example.com
· The Fountain Hills Republican Club "GOP Social" is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tues, Jan 27 at the Saddle Bronc Grill, 11056 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. All Republicans are invited and welcome to attend.
· 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
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
· Candidates for the January 24, 2015 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting. (Candidates must be State Committeemen.)
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 #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? By helping the party to increase its population of working Precinct Committeeman and supporting their efforts in activities such as identifying and vetting candidates who are willing to run for office; by giving them the tools necessary to help the candidates get elected by increasing the republican registration and getting the vote out.
· AZGOP 2nd Vice-Chairman Candidate Gabby Saucedo-Mercer responds to reader question #4. Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count? I will work hand in hand within every legislative district to attract and recruit Precinct Committeeman from Republicans who are already active in school boards, churches, synagogues, civic organizations, fraternal organizations, clubs, and any other group of concerned citizens- especially our disenfranchised Republicans by offering them a seat at the table and empowering them to get involved by listening to their concerns and taking to heart their reasons for quitting as precinct committeemen.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MONDAY, JANUARY 19
· The Sun City Republican Club will meet with Tom Scott , a Director of the Community Assistance Network (CAN) at 7 pm., Jan 19 in the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351. Scott will address services available to the members of the Sun City Community, including income tax preparation, help with widow benefits and property tax freezes. 630 pm social hour. Contact: email@example.com
· The Arizona Project Will Meet At 6:30 Pm, Mon., Jan 19 at 3375 E. Shea Blvd, Phx., to get acquainted with AZGOP candidates Robert Grahamm Parralee Schneider, Jonathan Lines, Linda White, Jeni White of Maricopa
according to AP Chairman Ron Ludder. 602.677.1496
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.
· 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.
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.
· 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.
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
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY Jan 28
· The Estrella Conservative Republican Club And LD4 will meet at 7 pm, Jan 28 at the Estrella Foothills High School. Contact Chr Richard Newcomer at 602-512-1340.
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· AZGOP financial reports filed/ AZ Sec of State azsos.gov/cfs/FilerDetail
· FEC Filing Updated/Current AZGOP Financials Info CandidateCommitteeDetail.do?canId
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· Need2No Border News Watch
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