Thursday, October 29, 2015

10-28-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs


Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor

Web Master   John Strasser


Wednesday – Oct 28, 2015


·       Condolences To The Family of arizona-cowboy-legislator-jack-brown White Mountains Dem served 17 terms in the state Legislature, spanning 46 years.


·       Please Say A Few Prayers For Holly Samsill as she goes into surgery Thurs., Oct 29 morning at Barrow’s for removal of a benign tumor on her pituitary gland in her brain.  Born and raised in Wickenburg, the pretty, young western singer recently returned to her hometown from several months of gigs in Texas. When she is home, the singer/songwriter,  keeps the locals entertained.  All gigs have been cancelled through January.


·       Maricopa County Republicans Chairman Tyler Bowyer told Briefs this evening that the $35K intake he reported last spring from the March 28 Lincoln Dinner is the gross income and that the net income (profit) from the Lincoln Dinner will be revealed when the MCRC files its finance report.  MCRC Second Vice Chairman Aaron Borders claims that the MCRC treasurer reports the gross figure as roughly $14K. A $21K conflict in gross income reports from MCRC officers isn’t chicken feed.  ‘Tis little wonder grassroots precinct committeemen are a tad bewildered. Seven months after the fact, precinct committeemen aka PCs (the party worker bees) still don’t know the net profit from the event???


·       Speaking Of The Maricopa County Republican Worker Bees, Chairman Tyler Bowyer’s has responded to reports that some award winners haven’t received their recognition awards from the March 28 Lincoln Dinner  Bowyer said,  “…certificates were given to the Legislative District Chairs to be distributed. If LD chairs do not have them it is because they did not attend or left them at previous EGC meetings.”   So… if you are an awardee who didn’t get your recognition certificate, check with your LD chair.


·       Gov Doug Ducey: “I just called lawmakers back to the Arizona State Capitol to vote on a major K-12 funding package. It injects an additional $3.5 billion into our public schools over the next 10 years, and it permanently establishes certainty for K-12 funding. Working together with legislative and education leaders, we’ve built a winning plan that gives educators the resources they’ve been asking for and sends a strong message about the value of education in Arizona. Our plan is to better utilize dollars in the state’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. It will get billions of dollars flowing to our kids and teachers all while protecting our general fund budget – and it WON’T raise taxes on Arizonans. Learn more here. There is strong support and momentum behind this effort. It’s time to stop paying lawyers and start paying teachers. Let’s get this done.”


·       Gov Doug Ducey Has Issued A Call To The Arizona State Legislature For A Special Session beginning today, October 28, 2015, for lawmakers to act on a plan that injects $3.5 billion in additional dollars into Arizona schools over the next 10 years, permanently establishes certainty for K-12 funding and resolves the ongoing lawsuit over education funding. “In January’s State of the State address, I called on both sides to settle this lawsuit. Now, we are ready to do just that,” said Ducey. “By working together with legislative and education leaders, we’ve built a winning plan that gives educators the resources they’ve been asking for and sends a strong message about the value of education in Arizona. Finally, we can stop paying lawyers, and start paying teachers. By better utilizing dollars in the state’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund, this plan will get billions of dollars flowing to our kids and teachers all while protecting our general fund budget and without raising taxes on Arizonans.There is strong support and momentum behind this effort. We’ve worked together to get to this point; now it’s time to get this done for Arizona kids, families and teachers.” Special session proclamation here.


·       While The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) firmly believes that the K-12 District School System in Arizona was adequately funded with the $10.041 Billion (JLBC) in tax revenue - not counting non-tax revenues - it received in the last fiscal year (the highest in history), we also understand that sometimes it is time to stop the fighting and look to the future.  Therefore, while we do not endorse that huge increase in taxpayer liability to a system that is dysfunctional, we will not actively fight the implementation if certain safeguards are put in place for the expenditure of the funds.

First, and foremost, the schools must restore spending to the classroom to the FY2006 levels by FY2018 using the Auditor General Dollars to the Classroom definition.  Further, the district schools must meet the national average for spending to the classroom using the Auditor General Dollars to the Classroom definition by FY2021.  The message from the ASBA has always been that we owe it to the teachers and the children.  It is time to put that rhetoric into practice and put the money into the classroom.  In furtherance of these goals, there must be real and actionable penalties for any school district that does not meet the stated goals.

Second, the Sept 22 plan published by the Classrooms First Initiative Council advocates the elimination of the Auditor General “Dollars to the Classroom Report”.  The $$$ to the Classroom Report must be retained as we move forward.  In addition, there must be no redefinition of the term “Classroom Spending”.  Last year, much confusion was created when SB1476 directed school districts to display Function 1000, Function 2100 And Function 2200 on the cover of their budget submissions to the ADE.  Function 1000 – Instruction is the only yardstick defined nationally to determine classroom spending by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and used by the Arizona Auditor General every year since 2001.  Any change in that definition will dramatically impact the public’s ability to hold their school officials accountable.

The “Dollars to the Classroom Report” in conjunction with the “Superintendents Annual Financial Report” (SAFR) are the only transparent documents that are easily read, understood and consistent from year to year.  We call for one additional item to be included on the SAFR report –  A Total Revenue from All Sources Item.  Currently all the items on the report only capture state tax, local tax and federal tax revenues.  There are Billions of additional revenues that school districts receive from other sources that are not accounted for in these reports and should be made transparent.

Third, there must be strong statutory mandates and penalties for failure to follow those mandates whenever non-elected people are expending billions of taxpayer dollars.  The Classrooms First Initiative Council proposes to place school finance laws in State Board of Education rules or policy handbooks rather than statute.  Taking school finance laws out from under the scrutiny of the legislature is one of the most dangerous proposals we can think of.  While this may not seem the time or place to have this discussion, we believe that when you have the power of the purse at your disposal, it is exactly the time to have this discussion.  Once you give the money from the purse, you lose the power.

Last, the headline in the Capitol Times reads:  Education officials say $3.5 billion finance deal would stabilize school funding”  If that is true, now is the time to eliminate ALL override and bond proposals as part of this huge new funding.  As you know, the courts ruled a few years ago that every student deserved equal education opportunity and overrides and bonding violated the essence of that ruling.  In addition, the people of Arizona are taxed enough already and need your protection – especially those on fixed incomes who are literally being taxed out of their homes.

The Bottom Line:  We disagree with the need for any additional money for K-12 education and even more strongly disagree with any abdication of legislative authority as proposed by the Classrooms First Initiative Council.   Thank you for your time and attention and please ensure responsible fiscal policy by applying appropriate fiscal restraints. --   AzRA President Thayer Verschoor   Editor’s Note: The AzRA piece runs beyond the normal 300 word limit because this group has been doing an in depth study on school financing  for the past several months. School financing  issues are among the major hot button topics facing the state at the moment and will impact all Arizonans for the next decade and beyond. – Frosty Taylor, editor

·       Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at the conclusion of the CNBC Republican Primary Debate: "While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters. Our diverse field of talented and exceptionally qualified candidates did their best to share ideas for how to reinvigorate the economy and put Americans back to work despite deeply unfortunate questioning from CNBC," said RNC Chairman Priebus. "One of the great things about our party is that we are able to have a dynamic exchange about which solutions will secure a prosperous future, and I will fight to ensure future debates allow for a more robust exchange. CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”


·       Vets2work Founder Lance Whitford is looking for unemployed veterans to hire to work for his Nov 6-10 “Operation Serving Our Community projects.” The Veterans will be paid $15 an hour to assist doing community projects. We will have human resources people to counsel/coach them to help them become better candidates. Whitford is also in contact with other companies interested in hiring veterans immediately. He can always use extra volunteers too. Contact: Lance Whitford   928-499-8391


·       Eleven year Air Force Veteran Lance Whitford is a local-vet-work-30 jobs in 30 days to help others veterans get hired as part of a campaign called Operation Serving Our Community.  Whitford founded Vets-2-Work  which connects veterans to businesses who want to hire veterans. The week of Nov 6-10, he will use the money he makes for all of his daily jobs to hire veterans for ‘Operation Serving Our Community’  to do projects throughout the Valley. They will work:

ü  Nov. 6-7 & 9-10 from 7:30am -12:30 pm. at Habitat for Humanity community in Avondale. At 12:30 pm, Sat., Nov 7 they will have their ‘Thank A Veteran Social’  at the job site.

ü  Sunday Nov. 8 we will assist in the building and installation of a handicap ramp on American Legion Post #1's meeting facility.

ü  During the duration they will conduct a Homeless Veterans Clothing Drive to re-stock the clothing room at the Prescott VA and both the Prescott and Phoenix US VETS.

ü  They will also have crews that can be dispatched to out community members in need of some labor assistance. For more information go to: local-vet-works-30   valley-man-works-30-jobs-30-days-help-veterans   kpho.veteran-works-30-jobs-in-30-days or call Whitford at 928-499-8391.


·       US Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey today confirmed his attendance at the upcoming Nov 12 LD 23 GOP US Senate Candidate Forum.  Meluskey said, I graciously accept the invitation from LD 23 to their U.S. Senate candidate forum and look forward to being on stage with two of the other candidates. I do not expect John McCain to confirm his attendance, as I do not believe he is willing or able to engage in a substantive conversation about the issues facing Arizona and America. From the start of this campaign I have been all around Arizona encouraging Republicans and LD chairs to take a deep look at all the candidates side by side. I encourage John McCain to accept chairman Jim O’Connor’s invitation and engage me and his other rivals as Republican voters have a right to hear all of us on the same stage.” The LD23 candidate forum starts at 7 pm in the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E. Palisades Blvd. Contact: Joel Andres Frewa:


·       LD14 will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., Nov 14 at the Benson City Council Chambers, 120 W. 6th Street, Benson, AZ. Sign in opens at 9 am.   Speaker Kale Kiyabu will address the "CON" Argument to the Convention of States. Contact:  Maureen Tozzi, LD-14 Secretary  520 429.1395


·        The Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal, and Republican National Committee Republican Presidential Primary Debate will take place on Nov 10, 2015 at the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Details tba.


·       Reince-Priebus-Blasts-CNBC   Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus went straight into the spin room after the third GOP debate wrapped up, and ripped into CNBC. "I'm very disappointed in the moderators, and I'm very disappointed in CNBC," Priebus said, blasting "gotcha questions" and the "hostile" environment of the debate. CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled," he tweeted soon after.Priebus' comments joined the chorus of criticism for CNBC and the moderators, with the candidates themselves, others in the media, and campaign operatives bashing the network.


·       Rule Changes to 'Empower' Rank-and-File Republicans Could Come Before Speaker Election Leaders of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who have been the loudest in calling for altering process and rules to empower rank-and-file members, are optimistic change could come before Rep. Paul Ryan, the expected new speaker, begins work. Read More


·       The National Governors Association released the following statement regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015: “The recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 by the United States House of Representatives creates longer-term certainty for the economies of our states and the nation. Governors are pleased to see that the bill includes provisions to handle rising Medicare premiums. We look forward to the Senate addressing these important issues and working with Congress to finalize the appropriations process.”


·       Lyle Rapacki: There Was A Special Moment when Sheriff David Clarke met with members of the Phoenix Police Department Sky Harbor Airport Bureau Friday morning (Oct 23) prior to Clark’s return flight to Wisconsin after three busy days in Phoenix where he addressed the Arizona Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). Clarke spoke candidly with the Sky Harbor officers about their oaths as law enforcement officers and the hostilities they encounter. The national recognized peace officer, who has appeared on numerous Fox News and CNN shows, spoke without regard for political correctness about the political climate that puts officers at higher risk than ever before. Clarke was blunt telling them NOT to take as hard truth the disinformation being propagated by rogue media and a radical ideological minority who claim the public has turned against law enforcement.  Clarke’s straight forward response was, “this is simply not true!  Do your sworn jobs.  Carry-out your jobs well and professionally, as you have been trained.  Remember your training and rely on your training.  Make a positive difference in the lives of those with whom you come in contact with, and then go home and enjoy your family.”

I was privileged to coordinate a professional protective detail and be the lead agent during S Clarke’s visit to Arizona.  I was never far from him and witnessed many exchanges with people who simply needed to let Clarke know how much they appreciate his leadership, standing for the Rule of Law and the principles that made America a truly exceptional nation.  I had the privilege of significant time alone with Sheriff Clarke, and I can attest he is one in the same, whether in public before media or an audience -  away from the lights and cameras.  Rapacki is Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist and consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment

·       Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released fourth and eighth grade math and reading results from the 2015 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP assessment, or Nation’s Report Card, is a common yardstick that tests what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Scores for Arizona students did not change significantly in any of the subject/grade level combinations tested, while national scores dipped in both fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading.

“It is a testament to the hard work of Arizona teachers and students that NAEP scores have remained stable given the many significant changes to our state’s education system in recent years,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “Our schools should absolutely be commended for the steadiness seen in these results. However, we cannot ignore the fact that nationally NAEP scores showed significant declines for the first time since the test began in the early 1990s. As a state, we must ask ourselves if this downward trend is related to the disruption caused by the one-size-fits-all education ‘improvements’ many states across the country have adopted. Are changes like national standards and common assessments really the answer, or are they part of the problem?”

Arizona is now statistically similar to the national average in both grade 8 reading and math, which was not the case in 2013. Arizona students also maintained the progress seen in the 2013 fourth grade math results and have made slight (though not statistically significant) gains in both grade 4 reading and math and grade 8 reading.

Arizona Compared to Other States: In 2015, fourth grade math students in Arizona scored higher than seven other states or jurisdictions, lower than 25 and were not statistically different than 19. Arizona’s eighth grade math scores were higher than 16 other states or jurisdictions, lower than 13 and statistically the same as 22. Arizona’s reading scores for 2015 in fourth grade were higher than one state/jurisdiction, lower than 36 and not significantly different than 14. Eighth grade showed Arizona higher than nine states/jurisdictions, lower than 28 and not significantly different than 14.


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·        The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in fourth grade math was 38 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 79 percent.

·        The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in eighth grade math was 35 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 72 percent.

·        The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in fourth grade reading was 30 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 62 percent.

·        The percentage of Arizona students who performed at or above proficiency in eighth grade reading was 31 percent. Those who performed at or above basic level was 74 percent.

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(All grade levels and subject assessments are on different scales)  The full report of the 2015 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Results is available at


·       The Clean Elections Commission will hold a public meeting at 9:30 am., Thur., Oct 29. At 1616 W Adams #110, Phoenix, AZ 85007.  Details: 


·       Former LD20 Chairman Ray Malnar, who is running for Councilman in the Nov 3 Glendale City Race is asking for volunteers to help out on Sat, Oct 31 to walk his nine precincts from 9 am until noon. Contact Malnar at, or call 623-869-1160.


·       Fri., Nov 13 is the deadline for public feedback to the Standards Development Committee  at  Public comments on the existing Mathematics Standards and English Language Arts Standards (ELA) may be submitted online through Nov 20 --  Or attend one of the 6 pm., public hearings scheduled across the state:  Schedule:

ü  Oct 29  - Tucson, Pima Community College  Downtown Campus.

ü  Nov 2 – Maricopa County, Chandler Center for the Arts.

ü  Nov 2 – Pinal County, San Tan Valley, WalkerButte K-8 School.

ü  Nov 3 - Apache/Navajo County,  Show Low, Whipple Ranch Ele School Multipurpose Rm.

ü  Nov 4 - Coconino County ,  Flagstaff, Flagstaff High School.

ü  Nov 5 – Cochise County, Sierra Vista, Rothery Educational Services Center.

ü  Nov 9  - Mohave County, Kingman,  Mohave County Admin Bldg.

ü  Nov 9 -  Maricopa County , Peoria,  Peoria High School

ü  Nov 10 - La Paz County , Parker High School.

ü  Nov 10 - Graham/Greenlee County, Safford Graham County General Services Bldg.

ü  Nov 10  - Yuma County, Yuma  School District One

ü  Nov 12 - Santa Cruz County , Nogales, Santa Cruz County Complex

ü  Nov 17 - Maricopa County , Phoenix, Madison Elementary School District

ü  Nov 18 – Gila County, Globe, Gila County Board of Supervisors Room


·       The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will seek public input on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards at 6 pm., Thurs., Oct 29 at Pima County College, Downtown Campus, 1255 N Stone Ave, Bldg CC – Rm 180, Tucson, AZ. For information on Arizona’s K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards, please visit: Sybmit feedback online to https://k12standards comments  Contact: Debbie D’Amore  (520) 724-8451 or  Jennifer Reynolds  480-961-4214


·       There Is Still Room For Two Or Three Viet Nam Vet’s on the Colorado River Tea Party “Welcome Home Viet Nam Veterans” float scheduled for the Tues., Nov 13 Veterans Day Parade in Yuma.  Contact: Chr Sally Kizer


·       The Alex Meluskey For Senate Campaign has a new campaign headquarters, at 10603 N. Hayden Rd. Suite 110. Scottsdale, AZ 85260. There will be a grand opening “Open House” on Nov 7, preceded by a press conference and open interviews with Meluskey.  Contact: Comm Dir  Joel Andrews Frewa JoelFrewa  (954) 907-3292


·       AZ Heroes to  Hometowns  needs of donations by Nov 11 to purchase 2,500 turkeys hams, along with $20 grocery gift cards to provide meals for military families at Thanksgiving, according to founder Kathy Pearce.






OCT 29

·        The Payson Tea Party meeting will meet at 6 pm., Oct 29 at Tiny's Family Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy 260, Payson AZ to hear senate candidate   Alexander Meluskey address his run for the Arizona senate seat.

OCT 30

·        Do You Know Why Saguaros Grow Arms?  Take a walk with the Usery Mountain Regional Park Ranger at 9 am., Oct 30 and find out. Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. The park is at 3939 N Usery Pass Road, Mesa. Ph: (480) 984-0032


OCT 31

·        A One-Hour Session On Desert Survival will be presented at noon, Oct 31 at Usery Park, 3030 N. Usrey Pass Road, Mesa. Ph: (480) 984-0032


·        A One-Hour Presentation Of Gila Monsters will be presented by the park ranger at noon, Oct 31 in Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N Usery Pass Road, Mesa 85207. Ph: (480) 984-0032


·        Pioneer Living History Museum Harvest Fest is scheduled from 9 am-5 pm., Oct 17-18, 24-25 and Oct 31-Nov 1 at 3901 W Pioneer,  (Phoenix Exit 225 from I-17 North of Carefree Highway). Free pumpkins while supply lasts. Gun shows, pumpkin patch painting, hayrides, vendors, music, family entertainment, gold panning etc. Tickets  $24 At Gate, kids 2 and under free. Police Officers/Firefighters:  $1 per paid head (attendance) will be donated to the 100 Club and Firefighters Charities (it will be a split .50 each per paid person). 25% off to firefighters and police officers along with their families (up to 3 guests). This can be combined with coupons.



·        A National Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil  is scheduled at 5 pm., Sun., Nov 1 at Wesley Bolin Park – by the ‘Fallen Officers’ Memorial’ in Phoenix to remember victims of illegal aliens.  The event is hosted by a coalition consisting of United for a Sovereign America, BAN Amnesty Now, Arizonan’s for Immigration Reform, The Tea Party Immigration Coalition, American Freedom Riders, Arizona Rebel Alliance, ACU, The Remembrance Project, Riders USA, and Remember 1986. Contact:  Publicity Coordinator Barbra Heller,



·        The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet for dinner at 6:20 pm., Mon., Nov 2 at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort,  Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch,  7401 North Scottsdale Road.  Scottsdale, AZ.   5:30 pm meet and greet, 6 pm meeting. The 7 pm program consists of  Melissa Meierdierks of the Veterans Administration  and “A Soldier’s Best Friend” – veterans with PTSD using rescue dogs trained as medical service dogs. $35 per person. RSVP by Thurs., Oct 29 to Judy Eisenhower, 7915 E. Sage, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. 480-941-8162


·        Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will have dinner at 6:20 pm., Mon., Nov 2 at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort,  Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. 5:30pm- meet and greet. 6 pm meeting, and 7 pm program. Spouses invited. Melissa Meierdierks, Coordinator, Veterans Administration Community Resource & Referral Center for homeless Vets will address veterans with PRST using rescue dogs trained as medical service dogs. Vets and dogs will be in attendance. $35 per person. Reservations required by Oct 29. Contact: Patricia Kaufman


·        In Honor Of Veteran’s Day,  Lincoln Republican Women will be collecting zip-lock gallon bags filled with Full sized shampoo, deodorant, tooth brushes and tooth paste, razors and shaving cream, bar soap or body wash, combs, hand lotion, chap stick, feminine hygiene items at their 6 pm., Nov 2 meeting scheduled at  The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort -  Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Contact: Patricia Kaufman


·        The Ahwatukee Tea Party will hold its November and December meetings at the Fire Station #43 at 4110 E Chandler Blvd, on the 3rd Thursday. Meetings will resume at the Clarion Hotel in January 2016. Contact:



·        The Arizona Liberty Caucus will meet at 7 pm., Tues., Nov 3 at the American Legion Post 44,  7145 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 to discuss due process. Contact: Matthew Papke  480 - 242 – 2208.


·        The Americans for Prosperity Foundation is conducting a six-week certification course, beginning Nov 3 and , that provides attendees with the skills and knowledge to be effective grassroots leaders.  Classes free, includes dinner.

·        Sign up HERE for the Tucson class beginning Tues, Nov 3.

·        Sign up HERE for the Phoenix class beginning Wed, Nov 4.


·        Rep Bob Thorpe will be discussing "Civil Asset Forfeiture” At  7 pm., Tues., Nov 3 at the Arizona Liberty Caucus meeting scheduled at the American Legion Post 44,  7145 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 8525. Contact: Matthew Papke  480 -242- 2208.


·        An Election Night Returns Party for Steve Didio, Ryan Hartung, Shir LaMonna, and Pat Stranney is scheduled from 7-10 pm., Tues., Nov 3 at El Molinito, 10180 N Oracle Drive in Oro Valley.


·        ACT! For America Tucson/Marana Chapter will meet at 6 pm., Wed., Nov 4 at the Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road, Tucson, AZ 85741 (520-594-5365). Speaker Col Jon Gold, US Army Retired, will discuss “The Refugee Crisis:  Phase 6 - Islamic Invasion.” Goodies to be provided.   RSVP: Lyle at  or cell at (520) 820-8258  See website at & ACT national at 



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·       Congressman Matt Salmon: "Last year, I began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because we know every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets. I called this program my Shrink Our Spending Initiative. This year, I found 3 billion of your hard-earned tax dollars that the government has decided to fritter away on ineffective, duplicative, or downright wasteful programs. Join me in my fight to cut spending and protect your hard-earned tax dollars." More About  Initiative – Matt


·       Rep. Matt Salmon after voting against agreeing to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. “Each time a debt limit increase has come to the floor without reciprocal spending cuts, I’ve voted against it.  Establishing a statutory debt limit, and then raising it whenever the set amount is reached highlights a problem Americans have been aware of for some time: Washington politicians are unwilling to ever rein in their spending.  The same is true today. Through this misguided bill, our departing Speaker cut a deal with President Obama and Congressional Democrats, behind closed doors, to ensure that our nation reaches $20 trillion in debt and forced it on the House in violation of the commitments we made to the American people only a few, short years ago.Unfortunately, the problems with this bill don’t end there.  The bill ‘pays for’ a bailout to the Social Security Disability Trust Fund by stealing from America’s retirees and further imperiling the Social Security Trust Fund.  It also destroys the Budget Control Act caps, beyond the funds needed to supply our military, which were a hard-fought and important conservative victory to finally control D.C.’s wasteful spending. I agree with the statement made by then-Senator Obama that continued raises in the debt ceiling are a failure in leadership that burdens our children and grandchildren.  It’s unfortunate that more of my colleagues didn’t join me in this vote, but I will still work toward changing Washington’s culture of waste.”


·        Congresswoman Martha McSally:  In the past several weeks, since the shootings in Roseburg, Oregon, our nation has been having a renewed discussion about how to prevent gun violence. Earlier this month, with the support of an equal number of cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, I introduced legislation that aims to prevent gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and fixing our broken mental health system, while not infringing on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
      This bill, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, has been endorsed by mental health, law enforcement, and Second Amendment advocacy groups including the National Rifle Association, National Sports Shooting Foundation, National Association of Police Organizations, and National Association on Mental Illness. It strengthens the existing background check system without expanding it, enhances the ability of families and communities to identify mental illness, improves treatment for mental illness, and strengthens responses to mental health crises. Everyone wants to stop gun violence and tragedies like the one which took place in Roseburg. Unfortunately, too often in discussing solutions people from different ends of the political spectrum focus on points where we disagree and we end up talking past each other, rather than looking for areas of consensus where we can work together to make a difference.

·       Sen Jeff Flake: The Border Jobs For Veterans Act which I introduced and passed on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of the Senate – was just signed into law. In a time when partisanship is more divisive than ever, both parties put political gamesmanship aside and helped address two critical problems – improving security at America's borders and points of entry by matching desperately needed staff positions at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with deserving veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. These new CBP officers are filling an urgent need – and represent what government can do when leaders put the nation, and the nation's needs, first. I'm proud of the work I did to make this new law a reality, but there are so many challenges still to face. I'm also aware that I must ramp up preparations for my re-election effort now or face losing my opportunity to continue.


·       Sens John McCain) and Jeff Flake sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall today urging the agency to examine concerns raised about the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) questionable practices, which have negatively impacted power customers in Arizona. Last week, customers including the Irrigation and Electrical Districts Association of Arizona (IEDA), the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA), and the Arizona Municipal Power Users Association (AMPUA) sent a letter to Senators McCain and Flake raising concerns that WAPA has sought to expand the scope of its mission, increased its overhead, and unfairly attempted to pass on costs to its customers. ..


·       Congresswomen Martha McSally today after voting in support of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement: “Today’s vote is about providing certainty to Southern Arizona families, businesses, and seniors and strengthening our national defense. The Bipartisan Budget Agreement takes us away from the harmful partisan brinkmanship and salami slice-style budgeting that has weakened our military and hurt our readiness. It provides stability to our brave men and women serving in harm’s way, whom the President has shamefully been using as a political bargaining chip over the last month. This deal puts an end to his grandstanding by setting a minimum defense budget for the next two years.The agreement also takes many positive actions like preventing a Medicare premium spike on millions of seniors, avoiding a catastrophic default on our debt, and restoring Congress’ ability to make appropriations that reflect our country’s priorities. However, today’s deal does not replace the need for a defense authorization bill, which the President vetoed last week. We still have work to do to ensure the provisions I fought for protecting the A-10 and EC-130H next year are signed into law, and I’ll continue to work to make that happen.”


·       Sen John McCain Chairman Of The Senate Armed Services Committee, on the Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength released today, which shows that the military’s strength and capabilities have deteriorated as a result of spending cuts to national defense: “The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength confirms what every top military commander has warned: mindless across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration are crippling America’s military readiness and capability at a time when we face a complex array of challenges not seen since the end of World War II. According to the report, the United States does not have the forces needed today to effectively respond to more than one major contingency at a time. Read the full report here.        


·       Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that veterans will “question” Hillary Clinton’s qualifications to become president after she downplayed problems at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “If Hillary Clinton really believes the comments that she made, I don’t see how any veteran who cares about their fellow veterans … could support her quest for being commander in chief,” McCain, a veteran himself, said on a press call in response to a question from the Washington Free Beacon. Clinton said during an appearance on MSNBC Friday that the scandal at the VA has “not been as widespread as it has been made out to be,” accusing Republicans of “berating” the federal agency and making its issues seem graver in order to pursue their “ideological agenda.”  See more: veterans-will-question-hillary-clintons-qualifications-to-be-president




·        Report: Arizona College Grads’ Student Debt Among Lowest In Nation

·        Private-Prison Company Facing Sex Harassment Suit Wins State Contract

·         Controversial Private Prison Bid-Winner Contributed To Multiple Groups Campaigning For Governor Ducey, Including $200,000 To RGA 

·        Matt-Salmon, Martha-Mcsally-Plan-Vote-For Paul-Ryan-For House-Speaker

·        Judge Rules Man Had A Right To Shoot Down Drone Flying Over His Property

·        ASU-Grads Sweep Top-Three Bar-Exam-Law-Scores

·        Arizona-House-Republicans-Meet-Privately-On Education-Funding-Agreement

·        7th Graders Forced To Deny God Is Real Or Take Failing Grade [VIDEO]

·        Ford Recalls 129,000 SUVs To Fix Fuel Leaks

·        Bat Week Hopes To Debunk Negative Rumors About Bats

·        Feds Propose Recovery Plan For Endangered Southwestern Fish

·        Maricopa County Program Provides Mortgage Assistance To A New Demographic

·        McCain-Says Sanders-Has-Better-Record-On-Veterans-Than-Hillary

·        UA Professor Indicted On Sexual Assault Charges

·        Bullies-Attacked-A-Boy-With-Autism-Now-Watch-What-The-Firemen-Do

·        House Republicans Begin Impeachment Against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

·        Esquivel Steps Out Of Consideration As Tucson Police Chief

·        Congress Committee Members Introduce Bill To Impeach IRS Head

·        Arizona Education Board Reverses Common Core Adoption

·        Tempe Distracted-Driving Ordinance Makes Strictest Texting While Driving Law In Arizona

·        Oro Valley Town Council Thwarts Verifiable Elections

·        Austrians Arm Themselves Against Muslim Invaders

·        New Driver Test Grading Scale Allows For Back Parallel Parking

·        Arizona Leaders React To Education Funding Plans

·        Arizonans Encouraged To Address Education Standards Development Committee

·        Child Pornography Defendant Extradited To Yavapai County

·        Open Letter: Consummate Liar- Hardly The Truth (HT) Sanchez

·        Arpaios-Fave-Deputy-Primed-To-Take-Fifth-During-Contempt-Trial

·        DUI Golf Cart Driver’s Actions Result In Passenger’s Death

·        ADPS Rescues Injured McNary Hiker

·        Chinle Bank Robber In Federal Custody



·        Wasn’t Bill Mundell Treated Well Enough By GOP?

·        McCain’s $$ Can’t Boost Unpopular Amnesty Stance  McCain’s Pre-Election Tough Talk Always Reverts To Amnesty After Election

·        Prophetic Show Tune Describes Jeb’s Predicament


·        AP: Ducey Won’t Restore Welfare Cuts Made During Budget Crunch


·        AzRA  Take On 'The $3.5B Education Finance Deal'

·        CNBC GOP Debate Moderator Exposed as Uniparty Hack Running Shield for Hillary Clinton…

·        GOP Plan Would Give Arizona Schools $3.5 Billion Increase

·        SBE Severs Ties To Common Core But Process To Replace Standards Still In Place

·        Arizona Capitol Times Reports



·        The-Sell-Out-Of-America

·        The-Constitution-And-The-Law

·        No-Permission-Slip-Needed-States-Have-Inherent-Authority-To-Enforce-Our-Immigration-Laws-Enough-Of-The-Lies-By-Politicians-And-The-Media


·        Here's All You Need To Know About Print Media In One Picture



·        A-Closetful-Of-Hillary-Clintons-Immigration-Costumes


·        This Is How We Defeat ISIS

MYCHAL MASSIE (The Daily Rant)



·        GOP-Targets-Conservative-Black-Women

·        Republicans-Take-Aim-At-Hillary-Clinton-For-VA-Remarks

·        GOP-Piles-Hillary-Clinton-VA-Remark


·        Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant Charged with Rape, Kidnapping

·        Remember 1986