Sunday, June 21, 2015

6-21-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor
Web Master   John Strasser:

Sunday, June 21  - Happy Father’s Day

·       Editor’s Note:  Thanks for the notes of concern from those who missed getting Briefs notification the past 10 days.  I was in Hawaii with my family and experienced some technical difficulties with new equipment that didn’t work from the cruise ship as I had been assured it would. Some of your messages did not come through, so if you sent news tips or announcements for June/July events and they aren’t yet posted, --- please resend them to or   The June 15, June 16,  June17 and June 18 Briefs were posted  and can be viewed at   – Frosty

·       John Strasser has resigned as the Maricopa County Republican IT. He informed County Chairman Tyler Bowyer last week that he no longer has time to provide the volunteer service.

·       Reports Say The June LD18 meeting got a tad spirited when AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham got an earful from veterans who expect legislator Jeff  Dial to release his military record that recently surfaced as questionable.

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

·       Things Are Heating Up In Yavapai County, as enough petitions signatures have been gathered to recall Yavapai County GOP Chairman Michael Sanders. However, the Yavapai GOP county office refused to accept the certified package of petition signatures when they were delivered June 19, according to recall leader Rick Hennessey. The special recall meeting should be called within 45 days of delivery of the petitions signatures. Sanders opponents note that Sanders resigned as Mayor of Chino Valley a few years ago when recall efforts surfaced as he reportedly attempted to run Chino Valley in the same manner he allegedly is using to control the Yavapai County GOP.  Sanders opponent have compiled a list of 12 complaints for recalling Sanders, whom they claim changed the GOP office locks and locked board members out of the office after he took office in early 2015. Changing computer codes which were not shared with offices, intimidation tactics, shutting the board out members out of financial decisions, lack of communications, not notifying newly appointed precinct committeemen, were among some of the dozen recall complaints.

·       A Special Yavapai County GOP meeting was held Sat., June 20 to elect a vice chairman to replace the recently resigned vice-chairman. Attendees claim Yavapai County Chairman Mark Sanders failed to put the treasurer’s report on the agenda, and the meeting was heavily covered by security personnel.

·       AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham, his wife Julia and their two oldest children, just returned from a trip to Paris.  

·       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.

·       PC Dan Schultz: I saw the Tea Party Patriots petition to “demand” that the RNC hold fair debates. The RNC members could not care less about any petitions signed by random people.  And Tea Party Patriots knows it.  Ever hear any of the “national coordinators” urge their conservative donors and petition-signers to actually get involved in the real ball game of politics and become precinct committeeman in the political party of their choice?  Martin makes about $500,000/year now off of all those donations being sent in by people who think that by doing so TPP is “doing something” to change things politically.  If TPP really wanted to make an impact on the RNC members, they’d explain that the constituency of the RNC are those “inside” the Republican Party who voted them into their RNC slots.  In AZ, it’s the state committeemen, elected by the precinct committeemen who elect the AZ GOP chairman to a two year term on the RNC, and it’s the delegates to the state presidential nomination convention, elected by precinct committeemen, who elect the national committeeman and the national committeewoman to four year terms on the RNC. Why doesn’t TPP make that kind of pitch?  Because it’s all about getting the rubes to send them money.  Over half of the precinct committeeman slots in both major parties are vacant, the rubes don’t need to send money to any of these groups. Instead, they ought to invest their time and money getting involved in their political party at the precinct level to actually change their party and the outcomes of the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections.  Tea Party Patriots has zero political accomplishments they can point to, other than lining the pockets of their “national coordinators” and their cronies who make their ads for more fundraising.  – Dan Schultz

·       Phx City Councilman Sal DiCiccio:  One of the most important jobs a man can have in life is the role of "Father." I am grateful to my own father who has been the most important man in my life. A father who immigrated to this country with only a sixth grade education and no knowledge of the English language.  He worked hard for our family.  He worked in a steel mill and many other jobs just so his children would have a better life than he did.  He came to our great country in search of the American Dream - a dream for his children.  This is no different than those of you and your families.  This Father’s Day we need to remember the sacrifices our families made for all of us and how blessed we are to live in this country.  A country where dreams of a better life can still come through. On this Father's Day not only do I celebrate alongside all the other fathers, but I also call on men to stand up to be the best fathers they can be to their children. Your influence will have a lifelong effect on their lives. Happy Father's Day to all the fathers. Happy Father's Day to my Dad and Thank You for everything you have done for our family!

·       Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., June 22 to learn more about the lack of care that was promised by the Veteran’s Administration from Matt Kenney, Concerned Veterans for America, and  LD5 Rep Sonny Borrelli. Kenney served as a Company Commander (Captain) U. S. Army in Iraq. Borrelli is a retired gunnery Sergeant, USMC and serves on the legislative Military Affairs and Public Safety Subcommittee. Contact: Chr Ronald Ludders 602-677-1496.

·       The Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita and Sahuarita Tea Party Patriots 2015 Annual ‘Taking Back America with Boots on the Ground” Roundup/BBQ is scheduled from 5-8 pm.,Sat., Sept 12 at the Cow Palace, I-19, exit 48. Details:

·       A Re-Election Reception For Congressman Paul Gosar is scheduled between 3-5 pm., Sat., June 27 at the Double Tree by Hilton, 1175 W Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.  RSVP:   Contribution: $200 suggested  ($5,200 per person maximum for Congressional elections). Checks payble to Paul Gosar for Congress, PO Box 2967,  Prescott, AZ 86302.

·       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 was 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.

·       Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will host an additional meeting in Oro Valley as part of her “We Are Listening” statewide tour 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.

·       Pima County Republicans will be hosting a free breakfast with AZGOP Robert Graham at 8 am, Sat., July 4 in Reid Park, Ramada 3,  22nd St. and Country Club Tucson, AZ 85716. Contact:  (520) 321-1492.

·         LD 26 Republicans passed a resolution in support of “Closed Primaries in Arizona at the June 9 meeting: See complete resolution at 6-16-15-briefs

·         See Resolution Urging Citizen Caucus 6-16-15-briefs  Originated by the LD20, initiative has been passed by the Maricopa County Committee and the Arizona Republican Party, now a statewide action to enact legislation to bring about reform. While this reform has been initiated by Republicans, it is a non-partisan reform which will benefit Democrats and Republicans alike, according to Duane Engdahl, Chairman of the Nomination Reform Committee:    

·          LD20 Passes Resolution Against Phoenix Prop 104: 6-16-15-briefs 

·       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 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.

·         Members Of The Title 15 Working Group have been named by Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. The Group will conduct a public forum from 5:30-7:30 pm, July 8 at Thunderbird High School conference room of Bldg A, 1750 W. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023. The public may also submit suggested changes to

·         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.

·        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.

·         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

·         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.

·         Latest Highway Conditions call 5-1-1; outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).
·         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


·         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. Phoenix City Councilmen Jim Waring, Bill Gates and Sal DeCiccio will address Prop 104 and the upcoming Phoenix election. There will be no July meeting. The group will resume meeting on its regular scheduled Aug 3.  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,

·         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.