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· The Republican Party of Maricopa County Executive Guidance Council voted to formally oppose City of Phoenix Proposition 104, the $31.5 billion dollar light rail proposition, according to Tyler Bowyer, MCRC Chairman. According to a statement that will be released Friday, Prop104 is a proposal to levy more than $30 billion in new taxes on the citizens of Phoenix for the next 35 years. The proposal also includes the construction of 41.2 miles of new light rail track at a staggering cost of more than $160 million per mile at a time when the light rail is currently losing 53% on farebox recovery and serves less than 1% of Phoenicians. “Proposition 104 is more of the same tax and spend policies from a Mayor that has consistently chosen his union cronies and big business buddies over the citizens and taxpayers he was elected to serve,” said Bowyer. “I am grateful for the principled leadership of the Republican Party of Maricopa County Executive Guidance Council in opposing this scam and standing up for the citizens, taxpayers and small business that call Phoenix home.” City of Phoenix Proposition 104 is bad for Phoenicians, bad for businesses and bad for the Arizona economy. The Republican Party of Maricopa County opposes Prop 104.
· All The LD Chairman In Attendance at last night’s Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee meeting voted NO on Prop 104 except for LD 28 chairman-by- proxy, Walter Dudley who was filling in for LD28 Chairman Vernon Parker. Dudley indicated LD28 prefers to remain open to all sides as it continues to seek more information via presentations on the issue, according to attendees.
· The Word Is Out That Former Secretary Ken Bennett will soon publicly announce his candidacy for CD1. It seems he has already met and committed to GOP hierarchy in southern county’s in CD1. This should come as no surprise. We’ve all been waiting to see what Bennett’s next move would be. The former Prescott resident currently serves as Chairman of LD24 in Phoenix.
· Update -- Maricopa County Chairman Tyler Bowyer Responds to rumors flying around last night that he had moved into an LD with no PC openings: “I have not moved yet, but the precinct I am moving into has vacancies and I will be appointed a PC when I move there. My wife and I have not yet officially announced it, but we are delighted to be moving to downtown Mesa, into a 1920 bungalow, not far from where my grandfather and dad grew up. We are looking forward to living in LD-25!
“As far as elected position goes for the county, when someone is elected into a leadership position, they serve for the length of the term based on location when elected. In this scenario, I will be moving even more central to the county which should help my access to more LDs. :)
“As far as state committee is concerned, the county chairman is automatically a state committeeman in that role, no matter where he/she lives, so LD-25 will be gaining a new SC to their final number.” Ok, folks – there you have it straight from the horse’s mouth.
· Maricopa County Republicans, AzRA, Tempe Republican Women and LD 26 Republicans will be tabling at the Tempe Fourth of July Fireworks.
· Keep Pets Safe on Fourth of July While humans enjoy all the fun and festivities associated with celebrating our nation's Independence, Fourth of July festivites can be very stressful for our four-legged friends.
· As The Fourth Of July Weekend Approaches, state and local agencies are focusing efforts on promoting safety along the busy highways, including Interstate 17 between north Phoenix and Camp Verde, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. ADOT and its contractors will not schedule construction closures along state highways between Thursday afternoon and late Sunday night. Drivers are urged to use caution over the weekend, especially in areas that have been narrowed due to existing work zones.
· The Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Breakfast Fundraiser with Gov Doug Ducey is scheduled at 7:30 am., Aug 11 at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix, 10831 S 51st St, Phoenix, AZ 85044. $25 Members/Associates. $30 Non-Members See flyer www.ahwatukeerepublicanwomen.com
· Charlie Ellis, Former LD29 Chairman And Founder Of Operation Enduring Gratitude is holding a fundraiser from 10am – 2 pm Sat., July 4 at Hooters West car wash and dining, 2820 N 75th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035 (map) Hooters is donating a percentage of food and drink purchases to Operation Enduring Gratitude. Contact: (480) 678-0938 charlie@OperationEnduringGratitude.Org www.OperationEnduringGratitude.Org https://www.facebook.com/Veteranextremehomemakeover
· See Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring discuss his opposition to Prop 104 on “Politics Unplugged at You can watch the video by clicking here.
· Prescott Mayoral Candidates Dan Fraijo and Harry Oberg will participate in the July 4 Prescott Rodeo Parade, starting at 9 am., Saturday morning.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 5:30 pm., July 9 (6:15 pm dinner/mtg) at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phx. to hear Phoenix Mayoral candidate Anna Brennan and Mike Noble. Noble will address Prop 104. $22 per person. RSVP by July 5 to Tina Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org, or 623-934-9730.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet on Thurs., Aug 27. There will be no September meeting due to the AzFRW/NFRW Conventions.
· The Town of Prescott Valley celebrates its 20th annual salute to the Red, White, and Blue! Enjoy free concerts, a huge fun and games zone, and plenty of food and drink for all.
· Lake Pleasant to celebrate Fourth of July 9 pm., Fri., July 3 fireworks will be launched from Vista Point – near Pleasant Habor Marina. The Regional Park is located at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road. Take Junction I-17 north to the Carefree Highway (AZ 74) then head west to Castle Hot Springs Road (Milepost 19) where you’ll turn north. The park entrance is located on the east side of the road.
· Volunteers Are Needed To Walk beside the Republican Women of Prescott’s float and pass out flyers along the seven block Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo parade route, starting at 9 am, Sat., July 4. Candidates are welcome to carry signs and wear campaign T-shirts. No campaign banners. RSVP: Elsie Tyree email@example.com or 928-778-0235.
· Adonia Deakin to Robert Graham: First of all, your rant against Art (Olivas) is unprofessional and unbecoming of AZGOP leadership.
Second, No-where did I see a denial from McCain or you regarding the 52K. Can hardly wait to see how much more John received in 2nd quarter.
Third, it is Primary season, and since McCain has 1 maybe 2 challengers (Hell No, Not Jim) you need to refrain from any favorable comment or unfavorable comments of All candidates.
Unless Of Course You Already Sold Arizona Out With A 2016 Victory Plan.
· Wes Harris: As You Know The City Of Phoenix Will Feature Prop 104, a $31.5 Billion bond on the August 25th ballot. This will increase sales taxes in the city to unprecedented highs and make our city's tax rate the highest in the nation. Ostensively for the expansion of the 150 year old technology abandoned over 50 years ago as unworkable, light rail will be the primary recipient for these funds. The bond issue goes on to include everything but the kitchen sink that 'MAY' be funded by this bond issue. The operative word here is "MAY" because with this wording the city can spend the money any way it wants...like more salary increases (the current budget includes over $17 Million for this year alone) funding their runaway pension plans, covering up incompetent budget short falls, etc. etc.
While somewhere up to 80% of the voters in Phoenix receive early ballots, less than 20% actually return them. We are pushing for our P.C.s to get out in their precincts and urge Republicans to vote NO on this Bond plus we will be setting up a phone bank sponsored by the MCRC and ARC to call early ballot voters and urge them to mail in their NO vote. Early ballots come out on July 30 so we have just 25 days to stop this sham perpetrated on the citizens of Phoenix.
One of the main reasons that only 20% vote is because the election is held in odd years and in the hottest month...August. We all are programed to vote in even years and in November. All the Best and thank you for all that you do. Contact: Harris - 602-942-9281, 602-432-2871 (cell), 602-942-5327 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org Republican P.C., Block Captain , 2nd Vice Chair L.D. 20, & State Committeeman
· Text of the Ordinance:
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE FORM OF THE
BALLOT FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX MAYOR AND
COUNCIL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25,2015
FOR PROPOSITION 104.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHOENIX, as
SECTION 1. That the form of the ballot for Proposition 104 at the City of
Phoenix Election on August 25, 2015, shall be established to read substantially as
PROPOSITION NUMBER 104
COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
An Ordinance To Fund A Comprehensive Transportation Plan For Phoenix To
Maintain And Expand The Light Rail And Bus Systems, Improve City Streets And
Roadways, And Provide Phoenix Residents With More Transportation Choices.
Chapter 14 of the Phoenix City Code shall be amended where applicable to set the
portion of the transaction privilege and use tax rate for transportation to seven-tenths of one penny per dollar for a period of 35 years beginning on January 1, 2016.
The funds will support a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation plan that provides Phoenix residents with more transportation choices including light rail and buses, as well as builds and improves public streets and roadways. To advance transparency, public input, and government accountability, all expenditures under this plan shall be reviewed by a Citizens Transportation Committee.
The revenues raised may be spent for activities including the following:
• Expanding light rail and high-capacity transit to serve more Phoenix
neighborhoods and employment, education and entertainment centers;
• Adding bus service to unserved major arterial streets and increasing bus service
frequency on existing routes;
• Extending bus and Dial-a-Ride service hours to coincide with light rail service
throughout the transit environment;
• Improving streets and roadways throughout the city by fixing potholes,
resurfacing streets, increasing ADA accessibility, and adding new sidewalks,
streetlights, bike lanes and bus pullouts;
• Building new roads and bridges and upgrading technology for more efficient
• Increasing security measures throughout the City's public transit system,
including transit vehicles, bus stops, light rail stations and park-and-rides; and
• Providing additional transportation services, including shade at all bus stops,
wireless Internet technology on buses and light rail cars, reloadable transit fare
cards, and real-time data for trip planning.
This measure also addresses City payment for utility relocation required by projects in this plan. ·
A lower tax rate shall be adopted for the sale or use of a single item of tangible personal property on the value in excess of $10,000.00.
Shall Chapter 14 of the Phoenix City Code be amended as described above to
fund a comprehensive transportation plan for Phoenix?
· The “Plus 1” Ice Cream Social for Tucson City Council Republican candidates – Margaret Burkholder, Kelly Lawton and Bill Hunt is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Wed., July 8 at the Elks Lodge #2532, 615 S Pantano Rd., Tucson. Bring your $10 campaign contribution.
· Tips from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors:
· Mohave County’s Marine Corp League Detactment # 727 celebrated 92 year old Marine Leo Arsenault's Birthday at Prestige Assisted Living in Lake Havasu City this past month.
· Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Clint Hickman visited his hometown Peoria to dedicate the opening of the Genesis Youth Program. The Maricopa County program is designed to help disconnected youth 14-24 through career training, education, mentoring, and other services. Hickman has supported this program which gives young people “a second chance” to put their lives together, get more training and education, and the necessary credentials to move ahead. The Genesis Program, for youth 14-24, recently won an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. What Clint hadn’t realized was that the program would be housed at the Peoria Community Center, which was once Central Elementary, Hickman’s own grammar school. During the program he was able to share some of his fond memories with the students and officials. www.maricopa.gov/dist4
· The Ahwatukee Republican Women Breakfast Fundraiser featuring Gov Doug Ducey is scheduled at 7:30 am., Tues., Aug 11 at Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix, 10831 S 51st St., Phx, 85044. $25 per member. $30 for non-members. Menu: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Potatoes, Fruit, Pastries Registration ahwatukeerepublicanwomen.upcoming-events Contact: Debbie Smith email@example.com 480-529-4828.
· The Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., July 6 at 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 2, Phoenix, AZ 85028 with Maricopa County Community College Board members Johanna Haver who will discuss the college budget and benefits to veterans. The second speaker is Retired Major Iram Groot (USAF) – flight nurse, 491st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron who will address PTSD, Veteran Administration Hospitals and how Veterans are treated. Contact: Chr Ronald Ludders 602.677.1496
· Clint Hickman, District 4 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: The Board has unanimously adopted a conservative, “steady as you go,” $2.2 billion budget for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year. This budget addresses our major priorities, with 52 percent of our spending on public safety and criminal justice. I am also pleased that it includes some additional spending for flood control, including the very important Loop 303 Outfall Channel that will provide some much needed freeway protection for West Valley commuters. The Flood Control District partnered with the state Transportation Department to construct a nearly five-mile drainage channel from Van Buren Street north along the Loop 303. However, as President of the Arizona County Supervisors Association and Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I have one persistent concern. State lawmakers continue to tap Maricopa County taxpayers to balance the state budget, shifting some state responsibilities to the counties. This year, our county absorbed $32.2 million in these costs. Since 2007, Maricopa County has “given” the state $269 million. That’s not fair. At Maricopa County, we balance our budgets. The state should do the same. Our citizens should not be used as a piggy bank for the state. www.maricopa.gov/dist4
· Congressman Matt Salmon: This week I was honored to announce a new bill I've introduced to honor Grant Ronnebeck, the 21-year-old clerk who was murdered in cold blood by an illegal immigrant in Mesa earlier this year. Apolinar Altamirano, his murderer, was a convicted felon released by ICE. Grant's Law would require the Department of Homeland Security to detain any alien who is unlawfully present in the United States and is arrested for criminal offenses which would render them inadmissible or deportable. It would also mandate completion of their removal proceedings within 90 days.In case you missed it, please take a look at this opinion piece by an Arizona Republic Columnist and let me know your thoughts. Nothing we do can bring Grant back, but we can require that the President's broken Catch-and-Release policy stop.
· Maricopa County Has Earned 47 Achievement Awards for outstanding innovation – the highest in the country – from the National Association of Counties. The county has often been among the top winners in the annual NACO awards, but 47 is a singular achievement. Among my favorite programs is a collaboration between Animal Care & Control and Parks and Recreation bringing two breeds, Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls, together with prospective owners for a hike in a county park. The Wag N’ Walk program is held the first Saturday of every month from October to April. – Supervisor Clint Hickman
· Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson participated in this year’s Annual Radio Field Day Event sponsored by the National Association of Amateur Radio. Ham radio operators around the country put on the event to demonstrate and train for what might happen in case of a nationwide emergency. “In the event we experience a natural disaster or a man made catastrophe that shuts down the power grid, our only line of communication may depend on these association members,” Johnson stated.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS .
· The Prescott Rodeo Parade is scheduled at 9 am., Sat., July 4.
· The Traditional Arcadia Fourth of July Parade registration opens at 7:30 am., for the 8 am neighborhood parade that starts at 60th Street and Calle Tuberia. The focus is honoring our country, out troops, the community and local families. Participants are asked to dress as patriotic as you can. Parade watchers can bring chairs and line up in the neighborhood. Non-melting candy will be tossed to parade watchers. Free food available prior, during and after the parade. The Phoenix Fire Dept will hose down the crowd after the parade – if they wish to get wet. Parking available in and around the parade area. Details www.arcadiaparade.com LD24 participants can contact LD24 Parade Organizer Roger Pongratz. firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Free AZGOP Breakfast with Robert Graham is scheduled at 8 am., Sat., July 4 at Redi Park, Ramada 3, at 22nd St and Country Club, Tucson, AZ 85716. email@example.com
· Professor Terry Lovell will facilitate discussion following the D'Souza movie, “America- Imagine the World Without Her” at 7 pm., Tues., July 7 at the Elks Theater/Performing Arts Center in Prescott. Tickets: $10. 928-777-1370 for tickets.
· The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will heard former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas at 6:30 PM., July 7 in the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. Thomas is now a fellow with the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research. Contact: Vera Anderson, phone 602.821.4675 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· 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 Meet and Greet City Council Candidate’s Ice Cream Social is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Wed., July 8 at the Elks Lodge #2532, 615 S Pantano, Tucson. Speakers – candidates Margaret Burkholder, Bill Hunt and Kelly Lawton. email@example.com
· Tucson and Pima County Budgets will be reviewed at 6 pm, Thurs., July 9 at Miller-Golf Links Public Library, 9640 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson, AZ 85730. firstname.lastname@example.org
· A Foundation for Responsible Accountable Government Summer Series (FRAG ) www.fragaz.com has scheduled three meetings regarding holding government accountable at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Rd, Tucson:
· Thurs., July 9, 6-8 pm, Topic: Tucson and Pima County Budgets.
- Thurs., Aug 13, 6-8 pm., Topic: Pima County Bond Election.
- Sat., Sept 26, 2-4 pm, Topic: Election Integrity in Pima County.
Contact: Christine Bauserman 520-235-2234
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 6:15 pm., July 9 for dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central, Phoenix, to hear speakers Mike Noble From Taken for a Ride, the group opposing Prop 104, and Anna Brennan, Republican Mayoral candidate for Phoenix. Social at 5:30 pm. $22 per dinner. RSVP: Tina Shaw email@example.com or 623-934-9730. A reservation made is a reservation paid. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org (602) 252-6300.
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