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Tuesday - May 26, 2015


LD14’s Closed Republican Primaries Resolution

(passed May 23)

ü  WHEREAS, the LD 14 Republican Committee believes that the AZGOP Chairman and the Executive Committee must follow the mandate of State Committeemen passed January 24, 2015 at the AZ GOP Statutory Meeting to restore our closed primary system

ü  WHEREAS, the LD 14 Republican Committee believes the provision allowing non-Republicans to vote in election of Republican Precinct Committeemen, violates our First Amendment right to freedom of association

ü  WHEREAS, the Court recognized in the case/ruling of Betsey BAYLESS, (see below) the strength of a party's interest in selecting its own leaders.}

ü  Resolved, the LD-14 Republican Committee again directs the AZGOP to pursue via lawsuit and/or legislative action closure of the Republican primary elections to non-Republicans.

ü  Resolved, LD 14 supports clarifying the AZGOP rules section making Resolutions binding on the AZGOP and requiring regular updates to the Party members as they are enacted upon and completed. 

·       Referenced Above:

Betsey BAYLESS, Arizona Secretary of State, Defendant-Appellant,
and Board of Supervisors of Pima County, Arizona, Defendant.

No. 02-16535.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Argued and Submitted June 9, 2003 — San Francisco, California.

Filed December 8, 2003.

      The district court correctly held that allowing nonmembers to vote for party prcinct committeemen violates the Libertarian Party's associational rights. Precinct committeemen are important party leaders who choose replacement candidates for candidates who die or resign before an election, Ariz.Rev.Stat. § 16-343, and collectively constitute the state party committee, Ariz.Rev.Stat. §§ 16-821, 16-825. In Eu, the Supreme Court held that California's restrictions on how parties should be organized and how they select their leaders unconstitutionally burdened political parties' freedom of association. 489 U.S. at 230-31, 109 S.Ct. 1013 ("Here, party members do not seek to associate with nonparty members, but only with one another in freely choosing their party leaders."). The Court recognized the strength of a party's interest in selecting its own leaders. See id. at 230, 109 S.Ct. 1013. It also noted the important role party leaders play in shaping the party's message. See id. at 231 n. 21, 109 S.Ct. 1013.

      Arizona Secretary of State, Defendant-Appellant, and Board of Supervisors of Pima County, Arizona, Defendant. No. 02-16535 would also apply to Arizona Republican Party. United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Judge upheld/ stated;  {district court correctly held that allowing nonmembers to vote for party precinct committeemen violates the Libertarian Party's associational rights.} and  { ("Here, party members do not seek to associate with nonparty members, but only with one another in freely choosing their party leaders.").


·       LD14 ChairmanTom Crosby:  It isn’t like a Corporation -   When we look at what the founding fathers intended for our country, and the moto, “E Pluribus Unum”, we realize that what they intended was a bottom up power structure in the government and political organization.  In fact, the basic tenet of Republicanism is self- governance through elected representation.
The Republican Party isn’t supposed to be like a military structure where those of lesser rank are expected to obey without question or hesitation those of higher rank.  It isn’t like the Politboro, where one of a county’s highest ranking politicians would presume to dominate even the smallest political subdivision and its election processes.
I’m so honored to have been elected Chairman three times since the first ad hoc organization of LD 14.  We have never shied away from the most difficult and controversial issues,  like Medicaid expansion, limiting proxies, and defining Republican values.
As PC’s we either believe the proper relative power structure is from the bottom up, or we acquiesce to the agenda of someone of “higher rank”.  I’ve reviewed the several letters and information used to justify the State Committee’s refusal to act upon the will of the State Delegates.  In my opinion, that information was far from being conclusive regarding the issue of closing the primaries being a “lost cause”. 
Yes, it’s prudent to count the cost of going to battle.  But you don’t avoid doing the right thing by magnifying the obstacles to where they’re presumed to be insurmountable.  You don’t choose what is expedient over doing the right thing.  In my opinion, conservative Republicans who stick to the Constitution, and refuse the slide toward crony capitalism are the proverbial last man standing in our country. 
Closing the primaries is the right thing to do to help reverse the continued slide away from our republic and even away from democracy, toward oligarchy.  It is the Republican Party’s fault that we have allowed our own disintegration.  We have to stop it, and reverse it.
I have said it many times; I am at the bottom of the LD 14 power structure.   If I ever act like that’s not the case, give me the boot.  I refer everyone to Article VIII, Section D of the LD 14 Bylaws.  It takes a 66% vote by at least 25% of the membership.

·       CD1 Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D) had barely announced that she was going after Sen John McCain’s (R) 30 year senate seat when the Dems put out a  Poll To Show McCain Is In Trouble  LD5 Sen Kelli Ward (R) has already formed an exploratory committee because she also thinks it’s time for McCain to go sit in his rocking chair. Rumor had it that Ward had McCain concerned. Alexander Meluskey has also announced his candidacy to help McCain join the rocking chair brigade. So, now McCain’s got triple trouble!

·       79 Members Of Congress Have Been In Office For At Least 20 Years   The American people absolutely hate the job that Congress is doing, and yet the same clowns just keep getting sent back to Washington again and again. .. John McCain has been in office since. Jan. 6, 1987.

·       ATTN PCs: A Vacancy Is Open For A Member-At-Large on the Republicans of Maricopa County Committee due to the recent passing of Mike Richardson.  The vacancy is to be filled at the Thurs., June 3 Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) meeting at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phx. Members-at-Large may be elected regardless of their location within the county.  Is you wish to put your name on the ballot for the position, contact Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman Tyler Bowyer at 480-239-0025 or tyler@maricopacountygop.com   Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

·       An 'Eggs-Troidinary' Partnership Celebrates 20 Years Hickman’s Family Farms celebrated a 20-year partnership with the Arizona Correctional Institutes last Friday that “teaches, trains, and employs” offenders, all of whom are serving sentences in prisons under the control of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

·       AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham comments on Dem Rep Ann Kirkpatrick’s announcement for Arizona’s CD1 Senate Seat.  “It’s good to see another Democrat who supported Obamacare give up her seat, and it’s  part of a pattern where she’s walked out of her own town hall meetings and failed to show up at televised debates.” said Graham. “Kirkpatrick is clearly just as unpopular in Arizona as Obama, and just as voters elected Republican Martha McSally over Ron Barber, we’re going to help them replace Kirkpatrick with a Republican as well.”

·       AZ Rep Columnist Robert Robb: Not that anyone noticed, but what a great record--  Maricopa County’s no-drama Board of Supervisors is insufficiently appreciated. County finances were hit as hard by the recession as those of any other level of government. The county coped without whining or raising taxes. Today, the county’s property tax is less than legally permitted, it has a two-month operating reserve, and it pays cash rather than borrowing for capital projects. That’s a remarkable record of fiscal management, if anyone is paying attention.   az.newsmemory

·       Sen John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today on the Air Force’s certification today of SpaceX as a provider for defense space launch contracts: "The certification of SpaceX as a provider for defense space launch contracts is a win for competition. Over the last 15 years, as sole-source contracts were awarded, the cost of EELV was quickly becoming unjustifiably high. I am hopeful that this and other new competition will help to bring down launch costs and end our reliance on Russian rocket engines that subsidizes Vladimir Putin and his cronies."

·       Clinton Family's Tangled Finances Face New Criticism  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus insisted that Clinton "come forward immediately" to offer details on the company's activities and her knowledge of it. The revelation that the Clintons had a secret shell company that went unreported on Hillary Clinton's financial disclosures further demonstrates they are not giving voters the full picture of their wealth," Priebus said. "Clearly, there's a lot that they don't want voters to see."

·       iConnectAmerica Has Scheduled an organization dinner meeting at 5 pm., June 24 at the Cow Palace, 28802 S Nogales Hwy, Amado, AZ 85645. No host dinner. Meeting begins at 6 pm. Contact: (520) 398-8000 


·       “Vietnam Has Become A Place Where Americans are welcomed now, a place where English is spoken as a second language. Much of the credit for that goes to Senator John McCain, who for five years was a prisoner of war there. Yet, it was McCain who went back to Vietnam to reconcile with those who had brutally tortured him. In so doing, he opened the way to restore diplomatic relations, and showed us that sometimes forgiveness can be as powerful a force for change as any weapon we might possess.”   – Bob Schieffer, CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” May 24, 2015     

·       Clintons-Omit-Shell-Company-Filing-Financial-Records   Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus argued the Clintons’ failure to report the LLC “further demonstrates they are not giving voters the full picture of their wealth. Clearly, there's a lot that they don't want voters to see. Hillary Clinton needs to come forward immediately and explain what this company did, and what her knowledge of it was prior to it being exposed by the media,” he continued.

·       The Commerce Department reports orders for long-lasting goods fell 0.5% in April, matching Wall Street expectations for the month. Excluding the volatile transportation component, orders rose by 0.5%, more than the 0.3% economists forecast. FoxBusiness.com

·        A Photo of a Veteran's Headstone Just Happens to Capture a Moment So Powerful It Had to Be Fate   “You have no idea just how much this photo means…”

·       The Tempe Republican Women will meet at 6:30pm, Tues., May 26 to elect delegates to the AZFRW convention, and to hear from AZFRW Membership Chairman Joan Lang and Bill Goodman of Morgan Stanley at the Pyle Rec Center - 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe. Contact: President:  Jessica Merrow   480-306-2545.


·       Sen Andy Biggs And His Wife Cindi will be the guests of Barbara Blewster and her husband between 7 -8:30 pm, Sat., May 30 at 915 W. Fairway Drive, Mesa 85201,  to discuss why a Constitutional Convention is a dangerous idea.  Those interested in attending should RSVP to Blewster at 480-833-4937.

·       The Arizona American African Republican Committee (AAARC) will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., June 4 at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N. 24th Street, Phx. Contact Chairman Rev. Clyde Bowen  602 274-5439 aaarc6@centurylink.net

·       ASU-Paid $500K To Clinton-Foundation-For Event  Sen. John McCain said it wasn't worth the university spending half a million dollars. McCain participated in a panel discussion moderated by Bill Clinton as part of the event. "Frankly, if I had known that that was the situation, that they were being paid $500,000, I would have spoken up at the time that I thought it was outrageous," McCain told The Arizona Republic on Friday.
·       The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at  6 pm., June 4 at  the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95, Yuma to hear Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer  928-210-1219 coloradoriverteaparty@reagan.com   www.coloradoriverteaparty.org

·       U.S. Senate Candidate Alexander Meluskey will be visiting all the Legislative Districts in Arizona. If you wish to schedule his appearance, email scheduler@meluskey.com or call 480-659-2410  

·       The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families is searching for youth ambassadors that show leadership, engage communities and mobilize other youth to solve community challenges.  Applications are due by 3 pm., May 27 from those who will high school sophomore, juniors and seniors in the fall. Potential commissioners must submit an application and may be interviewed in June at the State Capitol if selected.  If you are interested in applying you can access the application at www.youthservingarizona.org.  The GYC members will be selected and announced in late June. A mandatory orientation for the Governor’s Youth Commission 2015 - 2016 is on Sat, Aug 8, 2015 in Phoenix.
 

COMMENTARY

·       Editor’s Note:  When expressing opinions, please limit commentary to 300 words.

·       Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Apraio: You must be as overwhelmed as I am about  the actions of the Obama Administration lately when it comes to a lot of things, but especially our illegal immigration problem. Just when you think things can't get any worse, it was recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security released another 30,000 criminal aliens onto our streets. This is on top of the other 35,000 that were released last year.
      One of them was arrested for attempted murder! Other crimes we have seen committed by these illegal aliens include kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, child molestation, sexual abuse, drug smuggling and more. And these are just a few examples! At the same time, the Obama Administration is saying with a straight face that they have deported more illegal immigrants than ever before. Who exactly are they deporting, if they're not kicking out the criminals? Exactly how this is protecting the homeland is certainly a mystery. This administration is placing their political objectives above the safety and security of American citizens. It is simply an outrage!
     And I'm not just blindly repeating news stories here. I know for a fact that these criminal immigrants are being released because I see them come back through my jails over and over again after they have been previously arrested for crimes. We see a 35% return rate for these criminals -- which should be deported or jailed -- come back into my jails. Keep in mind I'm the Sheriff for just ONE county in this entire country. This is the huge challenge I face along with all of the brave people of the Maricopa County Sheriffs' office. And it's my goal to keep on facing the challenge.

AZ CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE




·       Congressman Matt Salmon: This week I introduced my third Shrink our Spending bill designed to defund the EPA’s BEACH Act Grants.  In 2000, the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act (BEACH Act) was signed into law to assist state and local health officials in developing and implementing beach monitoring programs at our nation’s beaches.  Since 2001, EPA has made available nearly 130 million in taxpayer dollars on the program, but President Obama and the EPA both agree that ‘state and local government programs have the technical expertise and procedures to continue beach monitoring without federal support.’  We’re being asked to spend millions of dollars on unnecessary federal efforts that are duplicative at best, so I’m proposing we save the U.S. taxpayer $9.5 million this year alone and end this program.  More information on my SOS initiative is available at my website or by clicking here.
     On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 2250, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016, by a vote of 357-67.  H.R. 2250 provides $3.3 billion for the operations of the Legislative Branch, including funding House committees, Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), Library of Congress (LOC), Government Publishing Office (GPO), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  The bill spends $172.3 million less than the President's request.  Funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 14 percent since the Republicans gained the House majority in 2011.
      In addition, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, by a vote of 387-35.  H.R. 2353 extends the authority of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) through July 31, 2015.  The HTF currently has sufficient resources to fund its obligations through this period.  I voted against this bill because it continues to kick the can down the road on solving the numerous problems with the Highway Trust Fund.

·       Congresssman Matt Salmon: Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Act, by a vote of 217-205.  H.R. 1806 authorizes funding for research and education programs and grants totaling approximately $33 billion over 10 years. It reauthorizes civilian research programs in the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This bill prioritizes basic research while staying within the caps enacted into law by the Budget Control Act.          
     The House also passed H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, by a vote of 274-145.  H.R. 4438 establishes a permanent and simplified formula for calculating the research tax credit and increases this credit from six percent to ten percent.  Additionally, the bill allows qualified small businesses, defined as those businesses with $50 million or less in gross receipts, to claim these tax credits against Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) liability. H.R. 880 would be effective for qualifying amounts paid and incurred after December 31, 2014.
     Finally, on Thursday, the House passed H.R. 2262, the SPACE Act of 2015, by a vote of 284-133.  H.R. 2262 facilitates a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment, creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and improving safety.  Specifically, the bill: reaffirms the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ability to regulate to protect the uninvolved public in the event of an accident or unplanned event;  closes loopholes that leave spaceflight participants vulnerable to financial ruin for participating in commercial human spaceflight; provides flexibility in the experimental permitting and licensing regimes to allow for rapid improvements in safety and reliability systems; and affirms Congress’s commitment to the development of the commercial space industry.
We capped off the week with the Salmon Salute to Veterans and Resource Clinic in Gilbert.  As we enter Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to recognize and honor our vets for their service to our nation.  The Third Annual Salmon Salute to Veterans is our chance to come together and publically appreciate their dedication and service.  But it’s not all about words, following the salute, we arranged to have representatives of the Phoenix VA, including Director Grippen, on hand to answer questions and help vets get access to the services to which they are entitled.  Thank you, once more, to all of our veterans for your dedication and service to our nation.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TUESDAY MAY 26

·        The Fountain Hills Republican Club Social is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., May 26 at El Encanto Restaurant, 11044 N Sauguaro Blvd in Fountain Hills.  The June 23rd Social will be at Sapori D'Italia, 11865 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Contact:FHRepublicanClub.org    FHRepublican@gmail.com

·        LD17 – Chandler, Sun Lakes and Gilbert – will meet at 7 pm, May 26 with Substance Abuse Coalition Consultant Deborrah Miller addressing the impact of marijuana legalization and Republican Party of  Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer.  Meeting location: Tri-City Baptist Church Seminary Building, (south side of parking lot), 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286. Contact: Chairman Shadow Asgari   LD17shadow@Gmail.Com

·        There Will Be A Special Joint Town Council And School Board meeting on May 26th at 5:30 pm at the Wickenburg School Board room at Hassayampa Elementary School (behind the round gym).  The item of discussion will be the Kerkes Trailhead Area and Hassayampa Elementary School Drainage.  See agenda wickenburgaz.org/ArchiveCenter

WEDNESDAY MAY 27
·        A Wealth Management Q&A With Arizona Treasurer Jeff  Dewit is scheduled at 6:30 pm., May 27 at the Grand Canyon University- Cass Building Room 139.  DeWit will answer questions about how he built a business and working in the financial industry. Aaron Borders, a retirement and financial specialist, will answer questions about retirement planning for people at any age. Jeff and Aaron will be sharing about their personal experiences. They will not provide guidance to any personal financial situations or specific direction for individual investments. Hosted by the Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals. Light refreshment provided. Free to MCYRP members. Non members $10. See MCYRP.com/membership Tickets Click Here

·        The Estrella Conservative Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Wed., May 27 at the Estrella Foothills High School to hear immediate past Maricopa County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro address ‘closing the primary” and the bundling of proxies and ballots.  Current Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer will address local political issues. Contact: Chairman Richard Newcomer rln2011@msn.com

THURSDAY, MAY 28
·        Supt of Public Education Diane Douglas’ “Listening Tour” is scheduled at 5 pm., May 28 at Pima Community College West Campus. See azed.gov/public-   for full tour schedule.

SATURDAY, MAY 30
·        The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Community Fishing Program is hosting a free fishing clinic from 8-11 am, Sat., May 30 at Desert West Park, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd. in Phoenix. No license is required to fish during the event. Fishing poles and bait will be available to borrow for free during the event.

·        National Federation of Republican Assemblies President Sharron Angle Sharron_Angle  will address the 9 am, May 30 Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) May membership meeting  at the Devonshire Community Center, 2802 East Devonshire, Phoenix, Arizona  85016.  Angle will   discuss “What would the US Senate look like after Senators John McCain and Harry Reid” and the NFRA Presidential Preference Convention. Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio will address opposition to the $33 billion trolley (aka light rail) being the largest tax boondoggle in the history of Arizona.  Free admission. Tickets required. Priority seating for those with reservations. RSVP eventbrite.com/e/may-azra-meeting-tickets 

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