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Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor    repcomm@cox.net
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Monday, June 22 

·       The West Valley Republican Office coffee and donuts/discussions begin at 9:30 am today,Tues., June 23 featuring AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham. Discussions run until 11 am. at the Bell Road office in Sun City. Contact: Office manager Peter Lee mdcyclist@live.com

·       LD5 Sen Kelli Ward spoke to the Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Club this evening at the Clarion Hotel in Phoenix. To book Ward for an appearance contact 928-230-0633 KelliWardArizona@gmail.com Twitter: @KelliWardAZ  www.Facebook.com/KelliWardForArizona

·       The Estrella Conservative Republican Club and LD4 will hold their monthly meeting  at 7pm, June 24 at the Estrella Foothills High School. The guest speaker will be Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit . Contact: Richard Newcomer rln2011@msn.com

·       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 would be. 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 repcomm@cox.net or frostytaylor@cox.net   The June 15, June 16,  June17 and June 18 Briefs were posted  and can be viewed at http://archives.mcrcbriefs.org/.   – Frosty

·       LD5 Senate Kelli Ward: Let's be honest with each other. Senator John McCain is not a Conservative. He has more in common with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than he does with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Mike Lee. He has betrayed the Constitution and the Conservative movement too many times. He needs to be replaced. He has served his country honorably, and deserves to be commended for it. But it's time for him to step down and make way for a fresh Conservative face. McCain's record on today's big issues speaks for itself, and it's unacceptable.
     John McCain’s Pro-Amnesty Record:
ü  Helped hyper-liberal Ted Kennedy create a full-blown amnesty program
ü  Co-sponsored the DREAM Act amnesty program
ü  Voted to give Barack Obama a blank check on amnesty funding
ü  Worked with radical leftists to push the “Gang of 8” amnesty bill
John McCain’s Support for Big Government:
ü  The NRA called him “one of the premier flag-carriers for enemies of the Second Amendment.”
ü  Global warming supporter. When running for President, said “I will dedicate myself to addressing the issue of climate change globally."
ü  Helped Harry Reid fund ObamaCare
Does this sound like the record of a Conservative to you? Or just another DC politician?

·      Update-On-Resolution-To-Close-The-Primaries    A.J. La Faro   It's been five months now since the "Resolution in Support of Closed Republican Primaries in Arizona" passed by super majorities at the annual statutory meetings of the...

·       Arizona Dems Are Gearing Up For A Battle if the Supreme Court rules against the current redistricting map. A couple of days ago they went out a fundraising message to its membership that reads: ‘AZ GOP ready to tear up congressional map’ and further claims the Gov. Doug Ducey’s legislature is going to get to draw new congressional maps that would rig elections in their favor.

·       Fountain  Hills Republican Activist Bo James: “Virginia is just about the opposite of AZ. In VA, the Legislature set the Congressional boundaries and the Democrats sued and there is talk of setting up an "Independent" Redistricting Commission/Committee to do the redistricting . In Arizona an Independent Redistricting Commission set the boundaries and the Republicans sue and there is talk of doing away with the IRC and having the Legislature do the redistricting. How ironic.”  simple-answer-redistricting-fight

·       Attention: City Of Phoenix Mayoral Election Voters: We must make the most of getting out the vote. Early Ballot voting begins Thurs, July 30 and runs through Election Day, Tues, Aug 25. The last day to request an Early Ballot is Fri, Aug 14. Link to the easy, do-it-yourself City of Phoenix Election Early Ballot form: https://goo.gl/o99G1G   Link to the official website for the only Republican candidate for Phoenix Mayor, Anna Brennan: http://brennanformayor2015.com

·       The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will feature LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell at 6 pm., Thurs., July 2 in the Community Chritian Church,6480 E Hwy 95, Yuma. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer coloradoriverteaparty@reagan.com   928-210-1219  www.coloradoriverteaparty.org 

·       The Colorado River Tea Party is planning a “First Republican Presidential Candidates Debate potluck dinner starting at 5:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 6. Bring your favorite potluck meal – serving 4-6 people. Water and sodas – 50 cents each. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer 928-210-1219  coloradoriverteaparty@reagan.com   www.coloradoriverteaparty.org 

·       Congressman Matt Salmon: Legislation unveiled in the House this week would eliminate funding for an Environmental Protection Agency account for climate change research. Salmon argued that using funds in the EPA's science and technology account for such studies are duplicative because the Department of Energy conducts similar research. "Americans don't need to pay for research in the Department of Energy and then pay the EPA to do it again," Salmon said. According to Salmon's office, his bill would eliminate $734.6 million. The measure is part of a series of bills Salmon has introduced to cut federal spending. Earlier this year, the Arizona Republican offered a measure to defund the National Labor Relations Board. Next week, the House will consider the annual Interior Department appropriations bill on the floor. It includes $7.4 billion for the EPA, which is a 9 percent cut from the current spending level.

·       The House Panel Investigating the deadly 2012 siege in Benghazi, Libya released 60 emails from Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal on Monday and is challenging the State Department on whether it already had those communications. "These emails should have been part of the public record when Secretary Clinton left office and at a bare minimum included when the State Department released Clinton's self-selected records on Libya," House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement. "For that reason, the committee has made the decision to release the latest set of Clinton's public records unearthed by the committee." Gowdy gave the department until the end of the day on Monday to determine whether it has copies of the 60 emails Blumenthal himself turned over to the select committee earlier this month. State said it is working "right now to determine" if any of Blumenthal's memos match the nearly 300 emails from Clinton's private email server that it made public last month, spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing. That first batch showed Clinton received about 25 memos from Blumenthal regarding Libya while she was secretary of State. Clinton, a 2016 presidential candidate has said that she turned over all work-related emails to State before erasing the remaining personal messages from her server. Gowdy also rejected a request from the panel's Democrats and Blumenthal's attorney to release a transcript of the nearly nine-hour long deposition that Blumenthal gave the select committee last week. The nearly 180 pages of emails released Monday stretch from February 2011 to December 2012. They cite intelligence from a number of sources, including some inside the Libyan transitional government, about security conditions on the ground during and after the country's civil war. The memos also include a number of press clippings written about the conflict

·       Sen John McCain on removing the Confederate battle flag from the state Capitol grounds: “I am very proud of the statements by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott supporting the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state Capitol grounds. I have long believed that to be the right decision to move our nation forward in reconciliation. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the terrible, hate-filled act of violence in Charleston last week, and to all the people of South Carolina at this most difficult time.”

·       $2.2B Budget Focuses On Criminal Justice, A Balanced Budget  County Supervisors unanimously adopted a conservative, $2.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget adds significant funding for criminal justice, including more prosecutors, probation officers, public defense, and money to replace the existing Durango Jail.

·       Gov Doug Ducey has briefed the Arizona Commerce Authority on his visit to the Paris Air Show and Mexico City, reiterating his commitment to expanding and strengthening the Arizona-Mexico relationship and actively meeting with CEOs to pitch them on Arizona’s great business climate. While in Paris, Ducey met with 35 CEOs over a two-day period. After the Paris Air Show, Ducey took a red-eye flight to Mexico City to lead a trade delegation of Arizona business leaders, where they met with elected officials and companies from critical economic sectors including mining and copper, trade, financial, agribusiness, health and other industries. In 2014, Arizona’s total exports to Mexico were valued at $8.6 billion, and imports from Mexico were valued at $7.3 billion. Visitors from Mexico spend an average of $7.3 million per day in the State of Arizona.

·       Sen John McCain on reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs will request that Congress move funds for the Veterans Choice Program, which was established under the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act signed into law last year, to other VA programs:

·       $2.2B Budget Focuses On Criminal Justice, A Balanced Budget County Supervisors unanimously adopted a conservative, $2.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget adds significant funding for criminal justice, including more prosecutors, probation officers, public defense, and money to replace the existing Durango Jail.

·       Stephen Slivinski, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Economic Liberty will address "Can we eliminate Arizona's income taxes?" at the Americans for Prosperity birthday celebration of the Late Nobel laureate economist and free-mark advocate Dr. Milton Friendman with free speaker events on Fri., July 31 in Phoenix and Tucson.
o   11:30 am., July 31 at DoubleTree, 445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. Speaker:  RSVP Info:  Leslie White, lwhite@afphq.org (480) 290-2286  EventBrite Link: https://miltonbdaytucson7152015.eventbrite.com/ Lunch and light beverages will be served.   RSVP mandatory.
o   6 pm., Fri., July 31 at Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004. RSVP Info:  Leslie White, lwhite@afphq.org (480) 290-2286   EventBrite Link:   http://miltonbdayphx073115.eventbrite.com/ Buffet dinner and light beverages will be served.

·       Taxpayers Against Pima Bonds are accepting donations in their determination to stop proposed tax increases. See .   http://pimabondfacts.com/

·       Citizens for Fair Taxation (CFFT) or Taxpayers Against Pinal County tax increases will meet at 4 pm., June 24 at the MountainView Club House, Ballroom at HOA#2 38759 Mountain View Blvd, SaddleBrooke, AZ. to discuss recalling four board members – Districts 1 , 3, 4, and 5 and to fight off the the Central Arizona College Board of Governors (CAC) May 19, 2015 vote to raise homeowners tax rate for the college district by 45.4 %.  More Recently, On June 9, 2015, The CAC voted to raise their tax rate by just 20 percent instead of the previous 45.4 percent. Contact:   Neil MacDonald 825 4361

·       A Foundation for Responsible Accountable Government Summer Series to hold government accountable will meet between 2-4 pm., Sat., June 27 at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Rd, Tucson, to address the US Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare and the Arizona Supreme Court Ruling on Redistricting. Additional meetings are scheduled:
o   Thurs., July 9, 6-8 pm, Topic: Tucson and Pima County Budgets.
o   Thurs., Aug 13, 6-8 pm., Topic: Pima County Bond Election.
o   Sat., Sept 26, 2-4 pm, Topic: Election Integrity in Pima County.   

·       Twin City Water Work, Inc., a Utah non-profit corporation that does business in Colorado City, Arizona, recently plead guilty to a class 6 undesignated Felony of Attempted Knowing Failure to File Tax with the Intent to Evade in the Superior Court of Arizona. As a result of the June 10, 2015 plea, the company will pay $390,683 in back taxes and penalties and will be placed on three years of probation. $20,000 in fines will go to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office anti-racketeering fund, and $370,683.16 in restitution will go to the Department of Revenue to pay for the company’s Arizona corporate tax liability and interest for the tax year ending 1996 to the tax year ending in 2013.  Twin City Water acknowledged evading taxes in Arizona and will be required to submit proof of yearly federal and state tax filings, returns and reporting documents for future monitoring.    The Criminal Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office successfully prosecuted this case.  Twin City Water Plea 

·       From Radio Free Europe:  “U.S. Senator John McCain has again called on the United States to send weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country. At a press conference in Kyiv on June 20 with two other visiting U.S. senators, McCain (Republican-Arizona) said it would be "disgraceful and shameful" for the West not to act as Russian President Vladimir Putin, in McCain's view, sought to dismember Ukraine. McCain, one of the most vocal supporters in the U.S. Congress on arming Ukraine, said the Ukrainians had "proven they are willing to fight." "This is shameful that we will not provide [the Ukrainians] with weapons to defend themselves. They are fighting with 20th-century weapons against Russia's 21st-century weapons. That's not a fair fight," McCain said. Asked how to best counter Russian propaganda on the Ukraine conflict, McCain said RFE/RL and Voice of America had been crucial to winning the Cold War.” http://goo.gl/w4oye7

·       Out Of Uniform And Into The Political Fray  From Foreign Policy:  “Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn retired and immediately began bashing the administration. Has he crossed a line? The witness at the June 10 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing was tossing the equivalent of red meat to his Republican questioners, who were practically slavering in gratitude. President Barack Obama’s plan to impose “snapback sanctions” should Iran violate a nuclear deal? “Wishful thinking.” The awkwardness of having U.S. trainers and Iranian forces both in Iraq helping to counter a common enemy? “We have allowed this thing to get so out of kilter.” The president’s June 8 remark that “we don’t yet have a complete strategy” for training Iraqi forces to combat the Islamic State? “I was stunned by his comments,” the witness said. “Stunned.” But the wiry, sharp-featured man giving the representatives what they wanted and then some was no pundit from a right-leaning think tank, nor was he an alumnus of former President George W. Bush’s administration. No, the man in the gray suit sounding the alarm over the current administration’s approach to the Middle East was none other than Obama’s most recent director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.” https://goo.gl/ZZjf0d

·       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.

·       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: http://goo.gl/nOxYgp


·       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:  Leslie.R.Foti@gmail.com   Contribution: $200 suggested  ($5,200 per person maximum for Congressional elections). Checks payble to Paul Gosar for Congress, PO Box 2967,  Prescott, AZ 86302.

·       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: hq@pimagop.org  (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  Ernestina.Borquez-Smith@mail.house.gov
Washington, D.C.: Thomas Leander Thomas.Leander@mail.house.gov
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 PolicyInbox@azed.gov.

·         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 Wendyr60@cox.net  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 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.

·         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 https://www.senate.gov/ or Representatives http://www.house.gov/   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


CALENDAR OF EVENTS .

TUESDAY JUNE 23
·         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  tyree200@msn.com, (928-778-0235 or Pam Calhoon  pjcalhoon@hotmail.com (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  FHRepublican@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24
·         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 ywishnick@gmail.com 

THURSDAY JUNE 25
·         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. www.azlibrary.gov/events. For more information, contact the State Library of Arizona at research@azlibrary.gov 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: hq@pimagop.org  (520) 321-1492.

SATURDAY JUNE 27
·         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.

MONDAY JUNE 29
·         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,   egiaz@cox.net

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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