Saturday, December 19, 2015

12-18-15 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor - Frosty Taylor or
Web Master   John Strasser

Friday – Dec 18, 2015

·         Difference Over Who Is In Charge Of LD30 Are Surfacing Again. Newly elected Chairman Anna Stowe sent a message to LD30 precinct committeemen (PCs)  last Saturday (Dec 12) – giving the PCs the option of setting the regular monthly meeting for either 7 pm on the second Monday night of the month or 1 pm on the second Saturday. 

Thursday morning, Dec 17 former LD30 Chairman Gary Hirsch sent an e-mail to Stowe, saying,I will leave scheduling meetings and other LD 30 business to Acting Chairman (Bud) Zomok and the duly elected and appointed members of the LD 30 Executive Committee.  Regarding the vote to eliminate the regularly scheduled Monday evening district meetings, please see the verbatim excerpt from the approved Meeting Minutes of August 10, 2015. Following approval of the LD 30 EC, these minutes were originally distributed on September 22, 2015.   An overwhelming number of the votes in favor of the motion were made by proxy, not in person.”

Hirsch resigned as chairman on September 27, 2015 just prior to a meeting scheduled to attempt to recall him. Hirsch’s resignation moved First Vice Chair Zomok into the “acting chairman” position.  Zomok opted not to call for a special meeting to elect a new chairman, consequently LD30 PCs called a special election meeting on Nov 16.

At the Nov 12 LD30 executive board meeting, some LD30 board members opt to resign.  At 9:42 pm, Nov12, Zomok sent another board member an e-mail that reads in part   “….  In addition, all members of the board with the exception of (Secretary) Sharon (Altenhoff) will be submitting their resignation tonight and I will forward mine and their resignations to MCRC (Maricopa County Republican Committee) tomorrow.  We are not resigning our roles as PC, just resigning our roles as board members. ..”

On Nov 14 at 11:11 am, LD30 Nominating Committee Chairman Gary Cox sent Zomock an e-mail that reads in part “I have decided to rescind my resignation until AFTER the meeting Monday night.”  In November, Zomock told Briefs after thinking about it, he also rescinded. Cox contends the Nov 16 special election meeting was called illegally. Others question if/when/whether resignations – verbally or written – can be rescinded?

On Nov 16, a quorum of LD30 PCs met and elected Stowe as the new chairman.

On Nov 19, the Yellow Sheet reported that AZGOP counsel Timothy LaSota had advised AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham that the Nov 16 LD30 meeting was not proper call, therefore, was not legally binding.

At that point in time, Zomok told the Briefs he didn’t request that Graham obtain legal counsel regarding the Nov 16 LD election. Nor did Zomock know who did. Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Chairman Tyler Bowyer also said he did not seek Graham’s advice or legal counsel regarding the Nov 16 meeting. Bowyer did not attend the Nov 16 special meeting, however, MCRC officers said some county officers were in attendance.

The Dec 3, 2015 Capitol Times  LD30-GOP-Members-Have-Acted-According-To-The-Bylaws article written by MCRC Member at Large and Bowyer appointed MCRC LD30 Liaison Andrew Costanzo – counters the AZGOP obtained opinion, pointing out that LD30 precinct committeemen followed the LD30 bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order in calling for the Nov 16 LD30  special meeting and election of Stowe. Costanzo writes, “They (AZGOP) do not have the authority to under-mine the will of the majority precinct committeemen in LD30.”

With the county and state mandatory meetings coming up in January, PCs are wondering:
ü  What are the rules about rescinding resignations?
ü  Can you resign – verbally or in writing - and reclaim the position several days later?
ü  Who will be recognized as the official chairmanship – Stowe or Zomock – at the upcoming AZGOP and Maricopa County Mandatory meetings in January 2016.
ü  Why was the AZGOP meddling in the Maricopa County Republican LD election that falls under the jurisdiction of the MCRC?

·         Former Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman A J LaFaro: The $1.8   trillion "Christmas gift" the President, Senators and Representatives gave themselves, their special interest groups and crony friends this week demonstrate once again they are out of touch with the American people. Grassroots conservatives knew Paul Ryan was a RINO as bad, or worse, than John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.  This week's $1.8 trillion deal Ryan helped orchestrate clearly demonstrates Ryan needs to go and a real conservative needs to primary him in 2016.  The "How to Bag a RINO" team needs to add Ryan to their 2016 target list.

·         Tucson Republican Women, Legislative District 10 & Eastside Republicans are hosting a Home baked Cookie Exchange between 10 am and noon, Sat., Dec 19 at the Wilmot Library Community Room, 530 N Wilmot.  Bring 12 sets of 6 cookies each for exchanging. Contact Parralee 250-5073 or  Don't want to Exchange Cookies - stop by for coffee, Holiday cheer  and bring some Cookies for the Davis Monthan Airmen 

·         The Pima County Republican Committee’s Presidential Debate Watch is scheduled at 6pm, Thurs., Jan 14 at Wilbur's Grill in the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway in Tucson 85711. Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. Happy Hour prices 5pm to 7:30pm. Contact: Phone: (520) 321-1492

·         LD18 PC Peggy McClain: Update to the Tempe Union High School/City of Tempe $1/year lease deal for Benedict Park. The TUHSD Board has decided to table a decision for now while they do some further research into the previous contract and value of the land.  They also stated they want this decision to be transparent.

·         The word is out. Newly elected LD24 Chairman Timothy Lee brought cookies to the Thursday night meeting that “were just delicious, tasted like my home-made ones…they were even iced!”  a reader reports.  Secretary Carole Joyce brought some pretty tasty fudge, as well.

·         And Speaking Of Timothy Lee, he hit the deck running the day after being elected LD24 Chairman – filling the vacancy left by the resignation of former LD24 Chairman Ken Bennett who has opt to run for CD1. By Friday afternoon Lee had distributed a message to his flock, advising them of the:
ü  Jan 16, 2016 Maricopa County Mandatory GOP meeting scheduled at the Church of the Nations in Phx. Doors open at 7 am.
ü  Jan 22, 2016 AZGOP Chairman’s Award Dinner in Scottsdale. Low cost tickets available to State and Precinct Committeemen.
ü  Jan 23, 2016 AZGOP Mandatory Meeting for State Committeemen at Grace Community Church in Tempe. Doors open at 7 am. There will an area for spouses/visitors who are not State Committeemen.
ü  Training sessions for PCs and officers throughout the first four months of 2016.
ü  Feb  18, 2016 – LD24 meeting at 6:30 pm at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., Phx. Executive Committee to meet prior to the start of the regular meeting.
ü  Need for assistance with the website/Facebook page
ü  March 22 – Arizona Presidential Preference Election
ü  April 30, 2016 - Arizona Republican Convention at Mesa Center for the Arts at 7 am. Elect Delegates to the Republican National Convention and elect National Committeeman and National Committeewoman to the Republican National Committee.
ü  Contact information:
§  Maricopa County Republican Committee
§  Secretary of State
§  Maricopa County Recorder
ü  Directory of Officers:
§  Chairman Timothy Lee -   (602) 518-5860 (Text/Cell)   (602) 449-1000 (H)
§  First Vice Chair Joe Abate
§  Second Vice Chair George Cuprak  
§  Treasurer David Ludwig
§  Recording Secretary Yvonne Raymond   
§  Corresponding Secretary Carole Joyce
ü  Committee Chairman:
§  Hon. Barry Wong, State GOP Asian Coalition
§  Gary Johnson, Member at Large, MCRC
§  Timothy Lee, Chairman of GOP State By-law Revision
§  Paul Smith, Nominating, Credential Chairman  LD 24

·         Tucson Activist Bill Heuisler: Arizona Conservatives are surprised at the lack of representation from (John) McCain. They are gratified at the amount of research and the accuracy of my reports on McCain’s sordid past. I am a former cop and have been an Investigator for various agencies from the City of Tucson to the Federal Government; my business is truth and reality.  Which brings me to the reason for this message of that Big Voice in Maricopa, Jerry Clingman.

Jerry Clingman has been a stalwart Republican leader for decades. He gets to the point and reminds others to do the same. And he’s a Conservative. He remembers Gov (Evan) Mecham whom I mentioned in the last report. He reminded me why calling John McCain a War Hero bothers me. See “Skullduggery” reports 12/12-17-15-briefs Mecham deserves a pat on the back for modesty – and for his gallant service to our country.

Mecham enlisted in WWII to become a pilot flying fighters escorting bomber squadrons over Germany. He was shot down. He was a POW and was decorated for bravery and gallant service. Those who remember the disgraceful actions instigated in 1987 against Gov Mecham by McCain et al will also remember the accusations of campaign finance irregularities were all proven false in court. More important, there was no mention of Mecham’s service, bravery or captivity while he was Governor of Arizona or while he was under attack from McCain and the other Liberals. Calling Mecham a “War Hero” would have embarrassed him. Many from his generation understand the modesty of men like him. The News Media at the time never mentioned Mecham’s service. Evan never reminded them.

Clingman has been distributing my reports to various Republican meetings and he tells me support for McCain is scarce and McCain seems distracted and angry. Good news. When all of us attend meetings and hand out the Truth about McCain he will become even more angry. And Evan Mecham will be smiling.

·         Paul-Ryan-Builds-Border-Fence-Around-Mansion; Doesn’t-Fund-Border-Fence  While Paul Ryan’s omnibus spending bill does not provide funding for the mandatory completion of a 700-mile double-layer border fence that Congress promised the American people nearly a decade ago when it passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act, Paul Ryan has constructed a fence around his property. As Breitbart News’s photographic documentation reveals, Ryan’s home is surrounded by a tall border fence reinforced by equally high bushes— ensuring both privacy and security. Moreover, the fence is manned by an on-duty agent who guards his property’s perimeter. Upon even the slightest appearance of any unusual activity— such as a 5’2″ female taking a photograph of the fence— Ryan’s border agent will deploy into action to ensure the perimeter’s sovereignty.

·         The Dow Jones Industrial Average Fell nearly 370 points, closing down more than two percent on the day; all major stock averages closed in negative territory for the week. More: futures-lower-china-stocks-hold-up-after-rally

·         Senate-Sends-Dollar18-Trillion-Deal-To-Obama  Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump slammed GOP congressional leaders for busting the 2011 spending caps with the omnibus and pairing it with a massive unpaid-for package of tax breaks. “In order to avoid a government shutdown, a cowardly threat from an incompetent president, the elected Republicans in Congress threw in the towel and showed absolutely no budget discipline,” he said in a statement. “The American people will have to absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty and more corporate welfare.”

·         Conservatives-Shocked-By-Change-To-Immigration-Law-Tucked-Inside-Spending-Bill     House conservatives are up in arms over a provision in the omnibus spending bill that could allow more than a quarter-million temporary guest workers into the U.S.  As a significant change to immigration law, the legislation stunned conservative lawmakers, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal. “It came out of nowhere, completely out of nowhere,” Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said, “[and] everyone was shocked there was a change and no one had talked about it.”

·         Alert-Governor-Comes-Forward About-What-Obama-Is-Doing-With-Refugees    We’re not even told by the president,” McCrory said. “I think the most misinformation is that the federal government and Homeland Security and the president tell each governor when these Syrian refugees come to our state. We have no communication whatsoever on when they come, where they go, who they are.”

·         Pope Francis has approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, the Calcutta missionary who became one of the Catholic Church's most famous figures in the 20th century, enabling her to be canonized as a saint sometime next year.
For more on this story, visit pope-francis-approves-miracle-required-to-make-mother-teresa-a saint

·         The Chips N Salsa Show Saturday Online Network Edition is live at 6 pm via with an hour of headlines/pop culture/politics with a conservative Latino perspective.  Hosts George Ortiz, Alice Lara, Auggie Bartning and Loops Munguia will spice up your weekend.  If you have a veteran you would like featured in their military moment contact Alice Lara 

·         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:

·         Congressman David Schweikert’s  Holiday Reception is scheduled between 5:30-7pm, Mon, Dec 21 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 North Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. General reception - $50. Co-host - $250. Co-chair - $500.  Cabinet - $5,000. RSVP: key=schweikert
·         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.
·         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 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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  • U.S. Representative Martha McSally today voted in support of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY2016, legislation to fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2016. The bill passed the House today with wide bipartisan support 316 to 113. “While far from perfect, today’s bipartisan legislation benefits Southern Arizona in many ways. I’ve been a leading voice to stop the dangerous cuts to our depleted military. This agreement does just that. After I fought hard to protect the A-10 and EC-130H, this bill provides full funding for both aircraft as well as my amendment to prevent the retirement of any EC-130H next year. It includes an additional $241 million for three critical missiles produced at Raytheon in Tucson, keeping their lines running and protecting good-paying Southern Arizona jobs. The bill also contains funding for construction at DM and Fort Huachuca, including $18.2 million for personnel recovery training missions conducted in Southern Arizona and $3.9 million to renovate the Joint Interoperability Test Command buildings.”
“In addition, today’s legislation prioritizes protecting our homeland. The bill contains provisions to strengthen the Visa Waiver Program, a recommendation made by my colleagues and me on the bipartisan foreign fighter task force. It increases funding for Customs and Border Protection operations and focuses funds for the FBI to conduct counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities. While these are important steps, we still have  work to do to address all our security vulnerabilities, and I’ll continue to work to pass more solutions to make Americans safer.”

·      U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today on voting “no” to the omnibus spending bill: “In the aftermath of the attack on San Bernardino, and with threats to our national security growing around the world, Congress shamefully took billions of taxpayer dollars that should have been focused on our warfighters and loaded up the omnibus spending bill with wasteful, unnecessary, and inappropriate pork-barrel projects. At a time of war and cuts to our national defense, this 2000-page bill negotiated in secret includes over $2 billion in defense funding for duplicative medical research, the vast majority of which has nothing to do with the mission of the U.S. military or Department of Defense. With our Navy working hard to use limited resources to build the fleet we need for the future, the omnibus includes $225 million for a ship that the Navy does not want and does not need. And as Russia occupies Crimea, destabilizes Ukraine, menaces our NATO allies, and bombs U.S.-backed forces in Syria, the omnibus includes a provision allowing a single U.S. company to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying Russian-made rocket engines from Vladimir Putin and his cronies. This omnibus bill, and the broken process that produced it, represents everything that the American people hate about Washington. The American people deserve better.”

·         Bernie-Sanders-Campaign-Disciplined-For Accessing-Clinton-Data   Sues DNC Over Loss Of Access To Voter Database

·         Sellout Paul Ryan delivers Obama’s $ trillion+ Christmas gift  Omnibus giveaway puts Americans at further risk
·         Trump’s Mesa Rally Draws Massive Crowd Thousands Reliably Turn Out For Trump Braving Extreme Weather Conditions
·         Jeff Flake Exposed As Colluding With Radical Islamist  Playing Politics With Hamas Fellow Traveler
·         Dial “D” For Disappointing
·         Obama’s Promise To America
·         Lying About Gitmo
·         Convention-Of-The-States   Just when you think things couldn't possibly get any worse, along comes Paul Ryan, the new face of Counterfeit Conservatism, and in his first budget deal with the Democrats in Congress, gives Obama everything he could every dream of, and then some.  
·         The Cost Of Left And Lefter
·         BLM Agents in Oregon Burned up Cattle, Homes, Buildings, Fences, GrasslandThe Phoenix Chorale with Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director performing "Ubi Caritas" by Ola Gjeilo.

·         Remember 1986
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·         America’s Brightest? Yale Students Sign Petition To Repeal The First Amendment

·         Two Talks On Muslim Migration
·         Gen-Dempsey-Opposed-Terrorist-Release  “It Is A Matter Of Congressional Record That I Recommended Against Releasing Shaker Aamer.”
·         House-OKs-More-$600B-Tax-Cuts
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