Thursday, December 17, 2015

12-16-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor - Frosty Taylor or
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Wednesday – Dec 16, 2015

·         Arizona Republican Lawyers Association’s 11:30 am., Thurs., Dec 17 luncheon, featuring AZ Sen President Andy Biggs and Rep Eddie Farnsworth, has been moved to Ballard Spahr, Ballard Spahr, 1 E Washington St #2300, Phoenix, AZ 85004. No charge. CLE and lunch will be provided. RSVP

·         US Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey will speakto the Coconino County Republican Committee at the Double Tree by the Hilton, 1175 Route 66 in Flagstaff on Saturday, Dec 19.

·         Yavapai County PC Frances Emma Barwood: We sure had a great meeting on Monday night with a packed house.  God Bless Sheriff Joe and his security officers for making the trip up to us in the cold-er country.  We are so lucky to have Sheriff Joe as a friend of our club.  Thank you all for coming.  He is a great and brave man.  Please keep his wife of 58 years, Ava, in your prayers and ask for a healing for her and strength for Joe. We wish you all a VEry Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and great New Year.  In our very chaotic world focus on God and make sure you are prepared just in case of an extreme emergency, then relax with your loved ones and enjoy the holidays.

·         LD4 House Candidate Richard Hopkins is facing off against Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma again in 2016.  Fernandez was recognized as the most liberal member of the state legislature in 2015.  Planned Parenthood of Arizona lists her on the advocacy website as one of their top supporters.  Hopkins lost the 2014 race to her 12,251 to 12,063 as a result of  alleged ballot harvesting efforts in precincts along the Mexican border in Yuma County.  His petition can be signed on at  Contact Hopkins at

·         LD4 House Candidate Richard Hopkins, a member of the Buckeye Elementary School District  BESD) Governing Board, was presented with both a Master of  Boardsman award and the First Cluster award for exceeding the Master requirements in October. The BESD board was presented a Total Board Award by the Arizona School Boards Association on December 11.  Since Hopkins joined the board in 2007, the district has cut the tax rate by $2 while giving teachers close to 25% in raises.  The Auditor General’s Report says BESD is the top elementary or high school district in the state for having the smallest administration, cutting over 19% in administrative costs since 2010.  The district has also gone from having “D” schools to a “B” district. 

·         Congressman David Schweikert was among the hosts for the fundraiser this evening for Presidential candidate Rand Paul.  Co-hosts included former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., Goldwater Institute co-founder Roy Miller, businessmen Eric Crown and Francis Najafi, Dr. Jeff Singer and attorney Mark Dioguardi.

·         The Ahwatukee Tea Party is asking taxpayers to help them protest the renewal of a $1 a year, 15 year lease agreement between the Tempe Union High School District and the City of Tempe for Benedict Park (Kyrene & Guadalupe). Opponents say the  tempe-union-high-school-district-is-financially-supporting-the city of tempe. Contact the TUHSD Board Members  or attend the 7 pm., Dec 16 TUHSD Board meeting. Contact Tea Party at

·         The Prescott Valley Oathkeepers have moved their meeting to to 5 pm., Thurs., Dec 17 in the rear dining room of  the Puerta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey, AZ, 86327 (green building), just south of the Fain Road/PCC intersection.  Please park in the event parking area.  The group will start meeting the first Thursday of the month starting Jan 7 , 2016. Each meeting of the Oathkeepers is another lesson on how to prepare for any emergency. RSVP to  Frances Emma Barwood For information go to

·         The National Association Of Home Builder’s gauge of homebuilder sentiment slipped to 61 in December from 62 the month prior. Expectations for 63. See

·         A Full Week Of  GOP Related Activities can be viewed when you scroll down to the Calendar of Events section. – ft

·         The 2015 Arizona Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament is now available at the Arizona Capitol Museum Store.  See  The 2014 edition is now available for $3.95.  Shop open: M-F 9 am-4 pm., Sat, 10am-2 pm (Sept – May). 602-926-3620.

·         AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham is asking for donations of new toys for the joint Toys for Tots/AZGOP Toy Drive to help families throughout Arizona. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at AZGOP headquarters (3501 N. 24th Street, Phoenix) no later than Mon, Dec 21.

·         Forests-Ready-For Christmas-Tree-Cutting-Season   Permits no longer available at chain of sporting goods stores;  must be purchased at forest service ranger stations.

·         Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans on Tuesday night that a deal has been reached on a year-end tax and spending bill, according to lawmakers leaving a House GOP conference meeting. The spending bill funds all government agencies through the 2016 budget year. The tax deal extends dozens of breaks worth hundreds of billions. Read more

·         Heros to Hometowns “Pajama and Toy Drive” for wounded veterans and their families is underway. Contact CEO Kathy Pearce at  or 480-330-1632 for a list of needs.  AZ Heroes to Hometowns charity link: Drop of locations for donations are:
ü  AZ Heroes to Hometowns - 40 W. Brown Rd. Ste. 105, Mesa AZ 85201 (by appointment call 480.330.1632)
ü  Office of the Arizona State Treasurer: 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix AZ 85007
ü  Frashers Smokehouse -  3222 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix AZ 85018   (11am to 8pm)
ü  Pinal County Supervisor - 33622 N. Mountain Vista Blvd., San Tan Valley, AZ (by appointment 520.866.6211)
ü  Stella Cook - 10600 W. Griswold Rd., Peoria AZ 85345

DEC 17
·         The Arizona Republican Lawyers Association will host Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs and Rep Eddie Farnsworth to discuss the past year in the Arizona Legislature at its Thurs., Dec 17 luncheon at Ballard Spahr, Ballard Spahr, 1 E Washington St #2300, Phoenix, AZ 85004. CLE will be provided, and, as a special Holiday gift to our members, admission and lunch is free! RSVP to
·         The Ahwatukee Tea Party will hold its 6:30 pm., Thurs., Dec 17 meeting at the Fire Station #43 at 4110 E Chandler Blvd. They will resume meetings at 6:30 pm., Jan 21 at the Clarion Hotel, 5121 E. La Puente Ave., 51 St. & Elliot Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85044.

·         The Colorado River Tea Party Christmas Party Potluck is scheduled at 6 pm., Thurs., Dec 17 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 (last bldg behind church) in Yuma, AZ. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact :

·         Chino Valley Republicans will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Dec 17 at Randall’s Restaurant at the Prescott Golf & Country Club to hear Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. Socal 5 pm. RSVP: Sue Goodyear at or 928-636-7355.

·         LD25, The Republican Party of Mesa, will hold it Christmas meeting and potluck at 7 pm., Thurs., Dec 17 at the Charles K Luster Building (Mesa Utility Building), 640 N. Mesa Dr.  Mesa, AZ.  Former LD-25 Chairman Paul Whetten will make a presentation on the history of the American Flag with actual flags.  Any candidate for office that attend will be given 5 minutes to speak.  Contact: Chairman Ian Murray   (602)524-7786.

DEC 19
·         A Cookie Exchange And “Cookies For Davis Monthan Airmen”: 10 am - noon, Sat., Dec 19 in the Wilmot Library Community Room, 530 N Wilmot. Partipants are asked either bring home-made cookies for the airmen, or for both the exchange and for the airmen.  Parralee Schneider says the first year people donated enough cookies for one squadron. Last year they had enough for two squadrons. This year’s goal is three squadrons. The event is sponsored by the LD10, Tucson Republican Women & Eastside Republicans. Contact:  Parralee Schneider, 250-5073 OR

·         A book signing is scheduled for The Life And Death Of Former Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever – Accident Or Murder”, the recently released “tell-allon the life of well-liked Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever. co-authors William Daniel and Larry Dempster, The Hastings Bookstore in Sierra Vista will conduct a book signing between 13 pm, Dec 19.  The book is a “…record of the events that shaped Sheriff  Dever’s extraordinary life… and pushed him into the national stage.” Contact: 529-586-7700.

·         LD 3 & LD4: 9 am., Sat., Dec 19 at the Golden Coral Resturant. 6383 S Midvale Park Road. Tucson, Arizona.

·         The (Tuscon) Eastside Republicans:10 am., Sat., Dec 19 at 530 N Wilmot Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85710.

·         The Yuma Territorial Gun Show is scheduled from 9 am-5 pm., Sat and Sun, Dec 19 and 20 at the Yuma Civic Center.

·         US Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey and his wife Roberta are hosting a Christmas Open House Fundraiser between 6-9 pm., Sat., Dec 19 at 26100 North 82nd Street, Scottsdale AZ 85255. R S V P   Suggested contribution $100.  RSVP does not obligate you to contribute.    Contributions can be made online or at the party. Please RSVP by Thurs, Dec  17, 2015. Contact: Director of Events Allison Mary     480-628-2763
DEC 20
·         The First United Methodist Church of Gilbert and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are hosting “Handel’s Messiah, community sing-along with orchestra, at 6 pm., Sun., Dec 20 at Gilbert Stapley Stake Center, 1100 N Cooper Road., Gilbert AZ

DEC 21
·         Congressman David Schweikert’s Holiday Reception is scheduled between 5:30-7 pm, Mon., Dec 21 at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. Reception admission $50. Co-host $250. Co-chair $500. Cabinet - $5,000 or Make Check Made Payable To:  “Friends Of David Schweikert”  P.O. Box 15785 • Phoenix, Az 85060. RSVP—Oliver Schwab’s cell (480) 522-4999 or

·         Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will address “Article III: Reign in the Liberal Judges” at 7 pm., Mon, Dec 21 to the Leisure World Republican Club, 908  S Power Road. Enter at the main gate.Contact:

DEC 22
·         The Pima County Republican Club:1:30 am., Tues., Dec 22 at 450 S Tucson Blvd. Tucson, Arizona 85716.

·         Mrs. Santa Claus  will be at the Fountain Hills Branch Library Reading Lounge from 10-11 am., Tues., Dec 22, followed by face painting by Joan Langdon and holiday treats from Chef Chrys.

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·         Congressman Matt Salmon today upon notification that the United States had completed the first sale of arms to Taiwan in four years. “As a long-time supporter of Taiwan, I am pleased that our Administration has notified Congress of an arms transfer of two Perry-class frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, defense systems, and missiles to Taiwan—the first arms sale to Taiwan in four years.  The United States has an obligation to aid in Taiwan’s defense under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a commitment I take seriously.
“I was a lead cosponsor of the recently introduced Taiwan Naval Support Act (H.R. 4154), which encouraged this arms transfer. The Administration has finally taken long overdue action to help meet our responsibility to support Taiwan’s self-defense. As a vibrant democracy and a beacon of freedom in the region, I will continue to work to ensure Taiwan's defense capabilities are sufficient to maintain security and peace in the region.” Salmon serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

·         Congressowman Martha McSally today voted in support of legislation to track the flow of foreign fighters to terrorist sanctuaries. The bill is the direct result of a recommendation made by McSally and her colleagues on the Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Task Force, who released a report in September containing 32 key findings and 50 recommendations. Those findings have already led to multiple house-passed bills to address security vulnerabilities.  “We know that 30,000 people from 100 different countries have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamist extremist efforts, including 250 Americans. But ISIS’s reach extends far beyond just these borders,” said Rep. McSally. “ISIS now has a direct presence, affiliates, or groups pledging support in at least 19 countries. We must regularly track the flow of these fighters to all terrorist sanctuaries as part of our intelligence gathering efforts.” McSally speaks on the House floor HERE. Countries with a reported ISIS presence now include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and the Philippines. In addition, militia leaders and Western officials estimate that ISIS has as many as 2,000 fighters in Libya. The Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act follows legislation passed last week, which also was the result of recommendations made by Rep. McSally’s task force, to address vulnerabilities in the Visa Waiver Program.

·         Congresswman Martha  McSally also voted today to pass the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act, which requires the Administration to develop a strategy to combat ISIS on social media. She spoke about that bill earlier this week on Fox News’ “On the Record.” McSally’s interview HERE.

·         Senator John McCain Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the Navy’s determination to award the Purple Heart Medal to the four U.S. Marines and one sailor who were killed in the terrorist attack at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee: “I appreciate the Navy’s decision to award the Purple Heart Medal to the four U.S. Marines and one sailor who were tragically killed in the terrorist attack in Chattanooga. The Director of FBI, the NCIS and the president have all said that this attack was clearly an act of terrorism, and Congress gave the services the authority to present this award to all those killed or wounded under such circumstances. While we can never truly repay the sacrifice of these brave service members, this determination will ensure that our nation provides the five heroes killed in Chattanooga and their family members the recognition they deserve, while ensuring their heroic service is always remembered.”

Arizona Legislators
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·         Senator President Pro Tempore Sylvia Tenney Allen: The terror in Paris and San Bernardino are reminders that evil can appear anywhere. One  terrorist entered Europe embedded in Syrian refugees. One of the California killers entered the US under a “fiancé visa’. I support Gov Doug Ducey’s effort to have a say in who is brought here.  Arizona taxpayers will fund these refugee families and will be harmed if terrorists fall through the vetting cracks.  It is Ducey’s responsibility to protect Arizona’s citizens.
     We must use vigilance. When it comes to Muslim refugees, we should base our decision on what is best for us, and what is also best for them.  Islam is a political system as well as a religious system and Sharia Law is at the center of that system.  Our Constitutional form of government is in direct opposition.  Balancing compassion with common sense would tell America that we should help relocate these refugees in other Muslim countries.   
Glenn Beck’s Mercury One charity relocated 149 Christian refugees from Iraq to Slovakia.  Since the US is not allowing Christian refugees (why aren’t we???), Beck found a country that would take them. Close to 500 refugees are planned for relocation, but the United Nations and the European Union put pressure on Slovakia to stop taking the Christian refugees.
In 1980, my extended family sponsored a family.  That program required fellow Americans to take responsibility for their needs.   We helped a father, mother, three girls and a grandmother who lived at my mother’s house.  I helped get the girls into school and found a job for the father.   The father had fought on the side of America in the Vietnam War.  Today, this family lives in California. The girls have graduated and are good productive citizens.  It was very rewarding to help this family.  I am not against helping people in need. Common sense is needed.   Our lives, as well as the lives of the refugees, depend on it. Tenney - 602-926-5409.


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