Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Thursday, June 18

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·         ​The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly will meet at 6:30 pm, Mon., June 22 at Legacy Suites, 540 N Cacheris Ct., Casa Grande (1/2 mi W of I-10 on Florence Blvd.), accosting to Chairman Jason Hayes. Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller will address the group. Contact Hayes  202-394-7202

·         Meet Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller:  (see the Pinal County website for Supervisor Miller's full bio) Arizona native and resident of Pinal County for more than 40 years, Steve Miller took office in January 2013 as District 3 Supervisor representing the Casa Grande region.  Supervisor Miller was nominated by his peers on the board to be the first Chairman of the now five-member Pinal County Board of Supervisors. Miller served more than 10 years on the Casa Grande City Council, giving him valuable experience in public service, budget management and leading government out of more than one fiscal crisis.  Miller’s professional experience was in the lumber and truss manufacturing business and as a licensed home and commercial builder in Arizona and New Mexico.  Miller is past president of the Western Pinal Republican Club and has remained active in civic and political causes throughout his career. With his wife Laurie, Miller raised three grown children who, as adults now, also call Pinal County home.  They have four grandchildren.

·         Attorney General Brnovich Named to Executive Board of Conference of Western Attorneys General and will service as the second vice-chair for the National Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) in San Diego. “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Conference of Western Attorneys General leadership,” said Brnovich. “I look forward to continuing my efforts with CWAG in the upcoming year and working with my colleagues to shed light on uniquely Western issues. In addition, I will continue to grow and strengthen an important binational project focusing on strengthening the rule of law in Mexico.” The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) is a bipartisan group comprised of the attorneys general of 15 western states and three Pacific territories. CWAG, founded in 1968, addresses emerging legal topics along with focusing on common areas of interest to the west: water, fish and wildlife, public lands, minerals, environmental protection and Indian law. CWAG's primary function is to provide a forum for chief legal officers of member states and jurisdictions to cultivate knowledge, cooperate on concerns and coordinate actions which improve the quality of legal services available to members.

·          Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas  today announced that she will host an additional meeting in Oro Valley as part her “We Are Listening” statewide tour. “We had such a large response from the greater Tucson community asking for more ways to share their thoughts on K-12 education, I felt it was important to take advantage of this additional opportunity.” The last tour stop will take place from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at the El Conquistador Resort’s Presidio V conference room as part of the Arizona Department of Education’s 2015 Leading Change conference. Originally scheduled as an opportunity for conference attendees to share their thoughts, Douglas decided to open the meeting to the public after high demand from Tucson students, parents, and educators.

·         Approximately 1,200 Arizonans have attended Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’s first 12 tour meetings and more than 300 of those participants have spoken at the events. Additionally, ADE has received hundreds of comments via email and Twitter. “I appreciate that so many Arizonans have found time to express their views by using the multiple channels we have provided,” said Douglas. “In the past, policies have been implemented with limited to no feedback from the public and we’re trying to change that. It is crucial to hear from the people education directly affects.” The most common concerns addressed during the tour include the need for competitive salaries to recruit and retain teachers, current funding options for Arizona’s schools, the importance of parental involvement in students’ education, the heavy weight of test scores and Arizona’s English language arts and mathematics standards. The tour continues this week with a stop this evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock. She also will host a meeting this Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Round Valley High School Auditorium in Springerville.
·         The “We Are Listening” Tour will make a total of 15 stops around the state through the end of June. Members of the public also can submit their feedback via email at, online at, or via the @azedschools Twitter account using #HearingEveryVoice.

·         Congressman David Schweikert is accepting applications for full and part-time congressional internships in his Arizona and D.C. offices for the Fall 2015 term. Candidates should be motivated, detail-oriented, multi-tasking and service-oriented students looking to learn more about the responsibilities of a Congressional office. Responsibilities in the Arizona office include answering the phone, assisting with constituent casework, correspondence, and events.  Responsibilities in the Washington, D.C. office include answering the phone, giving tours of the Capitol, and assisting with constituent correspondence. Applicants should submit the following:
-              Cover letter
-              Resume
-              Three letters of recommendation
-              A short writing sample for review.
Interested candidates may submit their applications in an email with “Fall Internship Applicant” in the subject line to the following staff:
-              Arizona:  Ernestina Borquez-Smith
-              Washington, D.C.: Thomas Leander
The application deadline is Sat, July 25, 2015.  Applications may be accepted on a rotating basis. For more information please contact the office or visit congressional-internships.

·         Today, The Members Of The Title 15 Working Group (Working Group) were announced by Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas sought the creation of an annual independent group to propose legislative changes to reduce unnecessary burdens and outdated statutory provisions affecting Arizona’s public schools.
The Working Group will be available to the public for comments and suggested legislative changes during a public forum on July 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Thunderbird High School conference room of Bldg A, 1750 W. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023. The public may also submit suggested changes to Please provide the members any suggestions that you may have; the Working Group is eager to propose changes next legislative session that will greatly benefit the students of Arizona. Members include:

1.    Ernest Calderón (Chairman) - President Emeritus of the Arizona Board of Regents & Partner in Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis law firm providing expertise in education law (Policy Representative).

2.    Kevin Hegarty (Vice Chairman) - Executive Director of Business and Operations at Laveen Elementary School District (Business Operations Representative).

3.    Erica Avila Hlavaty - Director of Student Services focusing on transforming the special education program at Isaac School District (Special Education Representative).

4.    Jeremy Calles - CFO at Kyrene Elementary School District (School Finance Representative).

5.    Jeanne Casteen - Member of Creighton School District Governing Board & current teacher at North High School (Teacher & School Board Member Representative).

6.    April Hamilton - Associate attorney at Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis law firm practicing in the area of education law (Policy Representative).

7.    Ricardo Hernandez - Deputy County School Superintendent and CFO at the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent (County Representative).

8.    Todd Jaeger - Associate Superintendent and General Counsel and Executive Director of Human Resources at Amphitheater Unified School District (Support Services Representative).

9.    Jody Johnson - Founder & CEO of Pointe Charter Schools (Charter School Representative).

10.  Dr. Quinn Kellis - Superintendent of Madison School District (Superintendent Representative).

11.  Bill Maas - Retired Associate Superintendent of Fiscal Services for Deer Valley Unified School District (Superintendent Representative).

12.  Dr. David Peterson - Superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District (Superintendent Representative).

13.  Thomas Pickrell - General Counsel for Mesa Public Schools (Large District & Legal Representative).

14.  Jennifer Reynolds - Parent of four school aged children (Parent Representative).

15.  Carol Weekly - Director of Child Nutrition at Queen Creek Unified School District (Health & Nutrition Representative).

16.  Travis Zander - CFO at Agua Fria Union High School District (High School & School Finance Representative).

·         The Pima County Republican Women’s Club will met Thurs., June 25 to hear the three Tucson City Council candidates at the La Paloma Country Club, 3800 E Sunrise Dr. $25 per plate. RSVP to Wendy Reuter 520-548-1323 or  by Mon, June 22.

·         The Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita and Sahuarita Tea Party Patriots 2015 Annual ‘Taking Back American” BBQ is scheduled Sat., Sept 12 at the Cow Palace, I-19, exit.

·         An Emancipation Proclamation Celebration is scheduled at 10 am., Sat., June 2 0 in Mansfield Park, 2000 N 4th Ave., Tucson.

·         Saturday is Americans for Prosperity's National Day of Action for June featuring phone banks at theAFP Field Offices. Volunteers are urged to fight for freedom in air-conditioned offices at one of our state wide phone banks. Food and beverages provided.
Flagstaff Office 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Contact: Flagstaff Field Director Karen MacKean
Phoenix Office 10 AM to 3 PM,  West valley Field Director is Chalon Hutson  East valley Field Director is Jason Lloyd
Tucson Office 9 AM to Noon  2 PM to 5PM  Contact Tucson Field Director Jaimie Kleshock

·         The Recent LD27 Meeting must have gotten a tad testy, according to activist Art Olivas.  It will be interesting to be how the dust settles.

·         Americans for Prosperity is planning the official Grand Opening of a Tucson Field Office south of the southeast corner of Broadway and Tucson Blvd on Fri, June 19 between 4-8 pm CLICK HERE to RSVP. Registering will help figure out how much food to buy. Contact: Leslie White - Deputy State Director, Americans for Prosperity Arizona

·         LD 26 Republicans passed a resolution in support of “Closed Primaries in Arizona at the June 9 meeting: See complete resolution at

·         See Resolution Urging Citizen Caucus Duane Engdahl, Chairman of the Nomination Reform Committee:  Our committee originated at the Republican Party Committee in LD-20, but now that our initiative has been passed by the Maricopa County Committee and the Arizona Republican Party, we are going into statewide action to enact legislation to bring about this reform. While this reform has been initiated by Republicans, it is a non-partisan reform which will benefit Democrats and Republicans alike.

·          LD20 Passes Resolution Against Phoenix Prop 104:  A Public Hearing On The Tax Increase is scheduled at 9:30 am, June 24 in the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room located at Pinal County Administrative Complex, 135 North Pinal Street, Florence, Arizona. In compliance with Section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Pinal County is notifying its property taxpayers of Pinal County’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year’s level. Pinal County is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $4,682,979 or 6%. For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Pinal County’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $377.23 to $399.99. This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

·         ATTN: Early Ballot voting begins July 30 and runs through election day – Aug 25The last day to request an early ballot is Aug 14.  Don't wait.  For those who live in North Phoenix, you can pick up an early ballot form at CBL, 3375 E Shea Blvd. 2-B, Phx 85028 (just off the 51, ext 9).

·         ATTN Early Ballot voters:  If you are going out of town during the election cycle, be sure to mail in your "one time" change of address so your Early Ballot will be sent to your vacation spot.   We must get out the vote.

·         The Organizational Meeting Of The Prescott Valley Oathkeepers scheduled this weekend has been cancelled for Father’s Day. It will meet instead on Sat., July 18 at the Puerta Vallart Mexican Restaurant. Limited seating. Contact Fran Barwood

·         The Prescott Rodeo Parade is scheduled at 9 am., Sat., July 4.

·         A "Meet and Greet" for Prescott Mayoral Candidate  Dan Fraijo is scheduled at 10:30 am., Mon., July 22 at Las Fuentes Village, 1035 Scott Dr.  Prescott, AZ.

·         The Arizona Department of Transportation continues to gather comments on the 2016-2020 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program while reaching out to the public and communities statewide for their input on the direction of the program over the next five years. Hearings are scheduled at 9 am:
ü  June 19 - Pinetop-Lakeside Town Hall, 1360 N. Niels Hansen Lane, Lakeside, AZ 85929

·         To Stay Up To Date With The Latest Highway Conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1; outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).

·         79 Members Of Congress Have Been In Office For At Least 20 Years   John McCain has been in office since. Jan. 6, 1987.  That’s nearly 30 years of campaign rhetoric on the home front while he goes back to DC and votes with the Dems.
·         Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate or Representatives   Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable.  Arizona delegation phone numbers: 
o   Senator John McCain (R- AZ)            202-224-2235              202-228-2862

o   Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ)                 202-224-4521              202-228-0515

o   Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1)                  202-225-3361              202-225-3462 

o   Rep Martha McSally  (R2)                  202-225-2542              520-881-3588             

o   Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3)                 202-225-2435              202-225-1541

o   Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4)                      202-225-2315              202-226-9739

o   Rep Matt Salmon (R5)                        202-225-2635              202-226-4386

o   Rep David Schweikert (R6)               202-225-2190              202-225-0096

o   Rep Reuben Gallego (D7)                  202-225-4065              202-225-1655

o   Rep Trent Franks (R8)                        202-225-4576              202-225-6328

o   Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9)                   202-225-9888              202-225-9731




·         Las Fuentes Village Forum is scheduled from 2:30-4 pm., Fri., June 19 at 1035 Scott Dr. Prescott, AZ.Speakers:  Prescott Mayoral Candidates Dan Fraijo and Harry Oberg. After the forum, a Prescott employee will explain the 3 Referendums on the ballot. Contact: Jacquie Auwarter (928 )776-7453.

·         The Prescott Mayoral Candidate's Forum at Las Fuentes Village,1035 Scotts Dr., Prescott, is scheduled at 2:30 pm., Fri., June 19. Contact:  Jacquie Auwarter 928-848-9289.

·         LD2 will meet at 10 am, Sat., June 20 at a yet to be disclosed location.  Contact:  (520) 321-1492.

·         LD3 plans to meet at 9 am, Sat., June 20 at the Golden Corral 6385 S Midvale Park Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746. Contact:  (520) 321-1492.

·         Must Be Present To Win. Contact: President Jessica Merrow   (480) 306-2545

·         The Moral Action Ministry of North Scottsdale Christian Presents “Ancient Christians in Despair” between 9:45 am-12:30pm., Sat., June 20 featuring
ü  Mona K Oshana discussing “What's Happening In The Middle East Today!”
ü  Sam Darmo--How Did We Get Here? (1840-1940, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Turkey).
Donations Welcome-Organizations promote your cause-tables for free. The event will be held at the North Scottsdale Christian Church, 28700 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ. 85266. Contact: or 602-818-8838.

·         The Fountain Hills Republicans Will Hear Jon Riches, an attorney at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, at the Sat, June 20 meeting. The Fountain Hills Republican Club will continue to meet throughout the summer at 9 am on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Dr, F.H. 85268.  "Meet and Greet" Social period with breakfast snacks at 8:30.  The summer speaker schedule is: July  18:  Sheriff Paul Babeu. August 15: Glen Hamer, CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce.  Contact:

·         Heritage Action For America will present Congressman Matt Salmon with an award at 2:30 pm, July 20  at this office for his dedication to the grassroots and continuous fight for conservative principles RSVP 

·         The Fountain Hills Republican Club informally meets socially at 6pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month at various restaurants for a no speeches, no reservations, no host social, No host drinks and food available.  The summer schedule is: June 23 Social: Sapori D’Italia, 11865 N Saguaro Blvd, F.H. The July 28 Social is scheduled at the  Tap House,  16828 Parkview Ave, F.H. Enjoy dinner and drinks or just drinks with fellow Republicans in a friendly social atmosphere.Contact:  Boe James, Club Secretary at 

·         LD20 Will Meet And Greet  At 6:30 Pm., June 22 at the Washington School District Offices, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale, followed with a 7 pm. meeting. There will be no July meeting. The group will resume meeting on its regular scheduled Aug 3.  Contact:  Chr Ray Malnar,

·         LD20 will meet at 7pm, June 22 at the Washington School District Office, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale. Meet & Greet at 6:30 pm, Phoenix City Councilmen Jim Waring, Bill Gates and Sal DeCiccio will address Prop 104 and the upcoming Phoenix election. Contact: Chr Ray Malnar

·         Republican Women of Prescott  will meet at 11:30 am., Tues., June 23 at the

Prescott Resort, 1500 E. Hwy. 69, Prescott, AZ to hear Mark Spencer of Judicial Watch. $20 per person. RSVP:  Elsie Tyree, (928-778-0235 or Pam Calhoon (928) 778-7157.

·         The Fountain Hills Republican Club's GOP Socials are the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at various locations.  These are social events, no speeches, no reservations. Everyone is invited.  The June 23 Social will be at Sapori D'Italia, 11865 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

·         Pima County Republicans are sponsoring an organizational meeting of  “iConnectAmerica - Taking Back Our Republic, One Neighborhood At A Time”  meeting at 6 pm., June 24 for a no host dinner at the Cow Palace, 28802 S Nogales Hwy, Amado, AZ 85645 . Contact: Yale Wishnick, Pima County First Vice Chair 520- 398-8000 

·         U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Managing Attorney Craig Morris is appearing in Phoenix 3 p.m., June 25, at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives Building to talk about trademark basics.  Free admission. Limited seating. For more information, contact the State Library of Arizona at or 602-926-3870.

·         Pima County Republican Women will meet at 5:30 pm. Thurs., June 25 at La Paloma Country Club, (not the resort) 3660 E Sunrise Dr., Tucson, contact Wendy Reuter at 548-1323. Contact:  (520) 321-1492.

·         The Tempe Republican Women Luncheon with Gov. Doug Ducey has been rescheduled to 11 am, June 27 at the Tempe Sheraton, 1600 S 52nd St., Tempe. Guest admission is $50, which includes a plated lunch and a Free membership to Tempe Republican Women. RSVP:june-13th-2015-luncheon-wdoug-ducey  AzGuns of Chandler has donated a gun to be raffled at the luncheon. Raffle tickets $5 each.

·         The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet Mon, June 29 with Congressman David Schweikert to hear him address “Making Cents out of Politics” at the New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort, Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road,  Scottsdale, AZ  85253-3548  (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds on the East side  of Scottsdale Road). Spouses invited 5:30 pm – meet and greet, 6 pm – business meeting, 6:20 pm – dinner  and 6:45 pm program.  $35 per person.  Reservations required by June 25 to Judy Eisenhower,

June 30
·         LD17 Will Meet at 7 pm, June 30 to discuss existing county bylaws and make recommendations for the county committee to considering reviewing the current county bylaws. Speaker for the meeting will be State Sen President Andy Biggs. LD17 will not meet in July, Meetings will resume Aug 25. Meeting locations: Tri-City Baptist Church Seminary Bldg, 2211 W Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286.


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