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Dan Grimm - Co-Chair MCRC Jan 16 Mandatory Meeting Planning Committee: There was some confusion due to one slide from the training session this past weekend.
The MCRC Bylaws allow for passing off credentials from one person to the next at the meeting.
In previous years, this was erroneously limited to those within the same LD or even the same precinct. However, the bylaws do NOT place such limits. The credentials may be passed on to any member of the body. This process is referred to in the bylaws as a "Verbal" proxy.
We will make this clear at the Credentials tables Saturday! Per the MCRC Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2, Sub-Section C2 (Page 10)
2. After registration at meeting, votes may be cast by registrant or may be passed on by verbal proxy to other voting members of the body using a form pre-printed on their voting credentials that they receive when registering at Credentials and Tally. Proxies thus created at the meeting may not be re-proxied to a third party.
Therefore, once credentialed, any Credentialed attendee may pass off their credentials to ANY OTHER Credentialed attendee at the meeting, one time.
Please accept my apologies for the erroneous explanation at our training on Saturday! firstname.lastname@example.org 480-570-8570
Daniel Grimm Co-Chair MCRC Mandatory Meeting Planning Committee to District Chairman and Precinct Committeemen: In reviewing the Maricopa County Republican Committee bylaws, as pertains to Special Meetings (Article V, Section 4), all elected and appointed PCs may vote in any duly called Special Meeting. Therefore, any PC appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors upon their last meeting held December 9, 2015 is eligible to vote at the upcoming scheduled Special Meeting of the MCRC. The Call to Meeting is attached. A Special table will be set aside for Registration to accommodate those PCs appointed in December. Please locate this table to register and collect your ballot for the Special Meeting. Please note that while the Special Meeting is not scheduled to start earlier than 2:30 PM, Registration opens at 7:30 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Church for the Nations, located at 6225 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. (Registration will close at 9:00 AM). Please arrive promptly for Registration (7:30 AM) and again at 2:30PM for the start of the Special Meeting.
The Republican Party of Maricopa County Firearms Prize Drawing (aka as a raffle) at the 1/16/16 Mandatory Meeting. The three prizes include:
1st Prize: DPMS Panther, 308 AR15. MSRP: $999.
2nd Prize: Smith & Wesson, M & P, .223 AR15. MSRP: $739.
3rd Prize: Ruger, RS22, .22 semi-automatic pistol, MSRP: $349.
One (1) ticket for a $10 donation or three (3) tickets for a $20 donation. Winner need not be present to win. Drawing will be held at the 1/16/16 MCRC Mandatory Meeting. Credit & Debit Card Payment will be accepted at the Mandatory Meeting. Early tickets are available now by mailing a check payable to the Maricopa County Republican Committee addressed to: Andrew Costanzo, PO Box 28091, Tempe, AZ 85285. Please include a self-address stamped envelope for the return of your ticket stubs. Tickets are 1 of $10 and 3 for $20. Contact Andrew Costanzo, email@example.com 480 677-0697. Firearms supplied by Arizona Firearms in Tempe; they are donating the Ruger, RS22 pistol to the MCRC. All winners must qualify in accordance with Arizona firearm laws. Winners will receive an Arizona Firearms gift card in lieu of the prize won.
Gary Johnson, Chairman of the Jan 16 MCRC Mandatory Meeting Talley Committee, need at least 40 volunteers to help monitor the 10 election machines that will be receiving and tabulating thousands of ballots for various elections scheduled during the meetings. These monitors play an extremely important role in helping protect the integrity of those elections. There will be two monitors at each machine – checking credentials and two additional monitors watching the ballots being inserted into the voting machines. Contact Johnson at 602-999-4284 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Grimm - Co-Chair MCRC Planning Committee : Thanks for all you do to communicate with our PCs, and I personally appreciate your willingness to share our MCRC information (mistakes and all!)
MCRC Member At Large Candidate Sophia Johnson: Johnson is the 1st Vice Chairman for Legislative District 19. In 2014, she ran for State House in a Democratic district. Her past and current elected offices include State Committeeman in Legislative Districts 12, 20, 26, and 19. In 2010, she was elected LD20 Secretary and served her constituents as a delegate at the Arizona State Convention in 2012.
She has volunteered as the Community Relations Director for American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy for the past six years. She holds Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Business Administration and Theology from Wayland Baptist University. She has a certificate in Public Policy and Management from the University of Arizona through the Southwest Local Leadership Program. Johnson is a graduate of Westmarc’s Leadership West and Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series. She graduated from Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School and Candidate School in Virginia.
Johnson says she is devoted to serving every member of the Republican Party by advancing the principles of less intrusive government, lower taxes and a strong national defense. In 2005, she received Recognition of Distinguished Service to advance the principles of the Republican Party from the RNC.
MCRC Member At Large Candidate Lynn Weaver: I’ve attended just about every MCRC Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) meeting for the past 10 years and am the only Member-at Large (MAL) candidate to do so. I know and understand the workings of the EGC. I previously served as MAL and, with your vote, would be honored to do so again. I am currently an LD 28 PC, was 1st Vice Chairman of the former LD 7, and volunteered on numerous Republican candidate campaigns. As Chairman of Prop 13 Arizona, a citizens’ initiative to limit property taxes, I’m working to uphold the Republican platform principles of lower taxes, limited government, and more freedom. I worked in the airline and fashion industries and earned an MBA in Economics and Econometric Forecasting. My goal as MAL is to register more Republicans and, even more importantly, get more registered Republicans voting! With a good business plan and blueprint for implementation, we can turn out our vote; get more of our Republican candidates elected and by wider margins, showing the strength of our party and platform. We can get the job done – and have fun doing it! Think of all the terrific friends you’ve made through your Republican volunteer work! I would appreciate your vote on January 16th.
The AZGOP Mandatory meeting is scheduled between 9am-4 pm., Sat., Jan 23 at the Grace Community Church , 1200 E Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282 for all state committeemen - in person or by proxy. AZGOP Robert Graham did not convene the Bylaws and Resolutions Committees, so any proposed bylaws or resolutions proposals must come from the floor. No official word has been received by Briefs from the AZGOP as to whether elections will be held for a new First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Third Vice Chairman, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms.
Reps. Matt Salmon and DanKildee invited Amir Hekmati’s sister and brother-in-law to the President’s Jan 12 State of the Union Address. “Today marks the 1,596th day of Amir Hekmati’s unjust imprisonment in Iran on charges fabricated out of whole cloth. The House of Representatives has been adamant that we must secure his release. To draw attention to Amir’s plight, his sister Sarah Hekmati (guest of Rep. Dan Kildee) and her husband Dr. Ramy Kurdi (guest of Rep. Matt Salmon) will be, by agreement of the whole house, seated together tonight at the President’s State of the Union address to Congress. It is our hope that bringing renewed national attention to Amir’s imprisonment will not only keep him in the nation’s prayers, but renew our diplomatic efforts to secure his release.”
Congressman Martha McSally’s guest at the State of the Union will be Tucson high school senior Guadalupe “Lupita” Romero. Lupita has been an active member of the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse for seven years. Romero is 17-years old and a senior at Rincon High School. She has been a member of the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse for seven years. She is currently the Keystone Secretary and successfully completed the Help A Kid Program, providing her leadership and real-world work experience. She also enjoys participating in other Boys & Girls Club programs and giving back to her community. These programs include: Money Matters, Career Launch, Smart Girls, Youth of the Year, and community service projects. Education is a priority to Lupita. After graduation, she hopes to attend college and one day become a lawyer.
Pima County Republicans will gather at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 14 to watch the Presidential Debate at Wilbur's Grill in Viscount Suite Hotel ,4855 E Broadway Tucson 85711. Happy Hour prices 5pm to 7:30pm. $2 draft beers, $3 house wine, $3 Margaritas, ½ price on some of their appetizers, FREE chips, salsa and one hot item. Sponsored by Pima GOP, Tucson Republican Women, Pima County Republican Club, Legislative District 2, Legislative District 9, Legislative District 10, Arizona Latino Republican Association, & Eastside Republicans. Contact: Pima County Republican Party (520) 321-1492 email@example.com
Operation Enduring gratitude – veterans serving veterans (performs extreme home makeovers for veterans in need) will be participating in the Jan 15, 16, and 17 Maricopa County Home & Garden Show at the Arizona State Fairgrounds / Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Contact founder Charlie Ellis (480) 678-0938 Charlie@OperationEnduringGratitude.Org
Dem CD candidate Ann Kirkpatrick is having a heyday developing an anniversay card chiding Sen John McCain for the “past 33 years becoming the very best Washington insider he could be,” as she attempts to make sure he doesn’t have a 34th anniversary in the US senate slot. Her reminders:
1. “McCain lined his coffers with millions of dollars from special interests. His top three lifetime “contributors” are from Wall Street.
2. “McCain has an absentee rate nearly six times higher than the average senator. He’s missed hundreds of votes, including skipping a defense authorization vote for “Saturday Night Live” rehearsals. That’s comedy we don’t find funny.
3. “Missing votes? No problem. Missing a Sunday talk show appearance? NEVER! McCain appeared on talk shows 88 times in the past few years.
4. “McCain fought against closing the Terror Gap to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns.
5. “McCain said that some U.S jobs “shouldn’t be protected.”
6. “McCain backed a no-strings-attached bailout for some of the biggest banks on the planet.
GOP Sen Candidate Kelli Ward: This evening, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, and he took this last opportunity to double-down on the same delusional policies that have defined his administration: unconstitutional executive actions on gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and the crushing burden of ObamaCare. For eight years, the president has thrust his radical liberal agenda on the nation --- and the Establishment in Congress has done little to stop him. But this November, we have the chance to start anew. I won’t sugarcoat it: it’ll be a tough fight. The DC Establishment has deep pockets, and they’ll spend whatever it takes to keep us from bringing real, conservative change to Washington. But if we work together and stand up for what we believe in --- standing strong for the Second Amendment, securing our border, and passing healthcare reform that empowers patients --- we can defeat the Establishment in November. We can change Washington if we work together and stand up to the Establishment’s deep pockets and fight for our conservative values?
Participation: Please let us know what bills you would like us to monitor, and/or your opinion regarding those bills, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org For a list of bills submitted so far, go to http://www.azleg.gov/Bills.asp
Most astute observers have been predicting that one of the major legislative topics of 2016 will be education in general and parental rights in particular. Those predictions appear to be coming to fruition at both the state and national levels.
At the state level we will be tracking two bills, HB2044 by Rep. Finchem and HB2056 by Rep. Ackerley. Please keep a sharp look out for these bills because we will be asking you to contact elected officials at the proper time.
At the national level, two senators, Isakson (R-GA) and Alexander (R-TN), are working on this subject. We at the AZRRT limit our activity to the state level, but you should be aware of what these two senators are doing on our behalf. To that end, please make sure you watch the video included at the end of the article referred to in our latest Facebook posting. Full details https://www.facebook.com/AZRRT/posts/461865270672416 You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to read the post.
The FOX Business Network has announced the candidate lineups for the two Republican primary debates it will host on Thurs, Jan 14. The 9 p.m. ET debate will feature real estate mogul Donald Trump; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; Florida Senator Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and Ohio Governor John Kasich. The 6 p.m. ET debate roster includes Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former HP (NYSE:HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Nick Dranias- President Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc: With U.S. Senator Rubio and now Texas Governor Abbott supporting efforts by the states to propose amendments by Article V convention, there is no better time to learn more about the Compact for a Balanced Budget! review our completely updated and revised policy brief: "Article V 2.0: The Compact for a Balanced Budget!" Already Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota have joined the "Compact for a Balanced Budget." The Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission - a historic interstate agency, charged with the duty to check and balance Washington's dangerous fiscal policy - is moving forward with the plan. Nearly 20 congressmen are moving forward with the necessary congressional resolution. The Compact for a Balanced Budget allows just 34 more states and simple majorities of Congress to advance and ratify a powerful federal Balanced Budget Amendment. With your help and state leadership, we can stop the insanity of limitless federal borrowing as soon as July 4, 2017. - Nick Dranias, President & Executive Director Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. Mobile: 602-228-2582 Office: 602-539-2703 Nick.Dranias@CompactforAmerica.org Website: www.CompactforAmerica.org Dranias is a former Goldwater Institute representative – ft
LD18 House Incumbent Jill Norgaard asks that LD voters sign her petitions on line at https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/petition/VoterPetnAuth.aspx
AZGOP State Convention will be held at 9 am., Sat., April 30 at Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201, where 55 delegates and 55 alternates will be elected to accompany Arizona National Committeeman Bruce Ash and Committeewoman Sharon Geise to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21. Sponsorship information is here.
Senate Republican Presidential Poll: cast your vote here
The AZGOP State Convention is followed by the 2016 National Convention slated in Cleveland July 18-21. Details tba. See national GOP convention
Arrowhead Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Wed., Feb 10 with AZ Speaker of the House David Gowan at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, according to club president Bonnie Hochberg. Check-in begins 10:45am. Reservations required. $20 per person - payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through email@example.com or readers may go to our website to make a reservation - http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons. Or contact Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to Reservation deadline is Fri, Feb 5. ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ. Republican men may join as associate members.
LD23 will meet at 7 pm, Thurs., Jan 14 at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E Via Linda in Scottsdale. Registration at 6:3 0pm. KKNT 960 The Patriot talk radio host Seth Leibsohn and the Chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy will present opposition to to place the legalization of marijuana for recreational use on the November 2016 ballot. Republican PCs and other registered Republicans are invited to attend. Contact: www.ld23gop.org.
The Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm., January 19 (third Tues) in the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.) This month's meeting will feature a discussion about National Popular Vote, the effort to change the way that the Electoral College functions to elect the president. Pro and con positions will be presented, followed by Q & A. Admission is free but donations to help offset expenses are welcome and appreciated.
The Arrowhead Republican Women’s “Desert Jewels” Luncheon And Fashion Show is scheduled at 12:30 pm., Sat., March 19 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Door open at 11 am for your shopping pleasure. $35 per person. Featuring Dillard’s fashions. Musical Entertainment and vendor shopping. Raffles, prizes, and much more. Contact: Barbara Melkin firstname.lastname@example.org 623-249-5085 or Judi Bourd at email@example.com or 623-433-9449.
The Annual Precinct Committeemen (PC) Day entitled “Pizza & Politics” is scheduled at 9 am., Wed., Jan 13 at the State Capitol where PCs meet with their elected legislators and the Governor's Office. The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) is supply free lunch for everyone who gets a ticket at www.azpcday.eventbrite.com Lunch tickets required! Registration tables open at 9 an in the Rose Garden – just west of the House of Representatives building. Parking is available west of the Capital Executive Tower – off 19th Ave/Jefferson. Call your legislators on Mon or Tues to make an appointment with them between 9 am – 3 pm on Wed. Phone numbers under the “members tab” at www.azleg.gov Inform your representatives of your position on important issues BEFORE they cast their vote. “Complaining after the fact may make us feel good at times but playing 'gotcha' is a trait of the RINOs and we need to proactively make things happen rather than watch things happen, according to an AzRa official.” Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
CD9 candidate Dave Giles is asking for volunteers. Helpers needed:
- Jan 16, 8-11 am or 11am-1 pm, MCRC Mandatory meeting, Church for the Nations, 6225 N Central Ave., Phx.
Contact: 602-499-8600 or Erika@davegilesforcongress.com
Sun Lakes Republican Club Chairman Michael Tennant is asking registered Republicans to help GOP candidates get their nomination petitions signatures for the fall ballot by going to azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/petition to sign petitions electronically. This web site is secure and supported by the Arizona Secretary of State. A driver license number and birthdate are required to take you to the correct district where a petition signature can be submitted for each candidate listed.
· Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate https://www.senate.gov/ or Representatives http://www.house.gov/ Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable. Arizona delegation phone numbers:
- Senator John McCain (R- AZ) 202-224-2235 202-228-2862
- Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ) 202-224-4521 202-228-0515
- Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1) 202-225-3361 202-225-3462
- Rep Martha McSally (R2) 202-225-2542 520-881-3588
- Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3) 202-225-2435 202-225-1541
- Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4) 202-225-2315 202-226-9739
- Rep Matt Salmon (R5) 202-225-2635 202-226-4386
- Rep David Schweikert (R6) 202-225-2190 202-225-0096
- Rep Reuben Gallego (D7) 202-225-4065 202-225-1655
- Rep Trent Franks (R8) 202-225-4576 202-225-6328
- Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9) 202-225-9888 202-225-9731
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
· PC Day at the Capitol is scheduled from 9am-3 pm., Wed., Jan 13 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phx. 9 am - Meet your legislators. 11:30 am – free lunch, rally and greetings from elected officials (free tickets required) Registered here pc-day-at-the-capitol-tickets 1 pm – Houses introduction. 1:30 pm – Senate Introduction. 2 pm – small group meetings with legislators. Contact www.Azra2014@zoho.com
· Americans For Prosperity representatives Jason Lloyd and Boaz Witzbeck will address Freedom Fires at 6:30 pm., Wed., Jan 13 at Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave., Mesa.
· SaddleBrooke Republican Club will meet at 5 pm., Wed., Jan 13 in the Ballroom in HOA#2. Doors up at 3:30 pm. Sierra Vista resident Colonel Thomas M. Finnegan, US Army (Retired), will address the group. Finnegan has served on the Board at the Fort Huachuca 50 since 1994. The Fort Huachuca 50 is a community-based organization founded in 1987 to support the viability of Fort Huachuca for the future. He served two tours in the Republic of Vietnam and served in a variety of command and staff assignments prior to his retirement in 1993. From 1994 until his retirement in 2007 he was the Program Manager for L-3 Communications in Sierra Vista. Contact: President Neil MacDonald email@example.com
· The Jan 13, 2016 Arrowhead Republican Women Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Check in opens at 10:45am. The speaker will be a representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Post 32-1, an all-volunteer organization of veterans helping veterans. Their activities support the Soldier's Best Friend program in Peoria. Reservations required to attend; cost is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through firstname.lastname@example.org or http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons. RSVP: Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to place a reservation by Fri., Jan 8. ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ - Republican men may join as associate members.
· Young Republicans plan to have a Debate Watch Party January 14 at AZGOP headquarters. Limited space. Details here.
· Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Balladeer of 50 years, will be performing some new songs at 7 pm, Sat., Jan 16 at the North Mountain Community Center.
· The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Mandatory meeting is scheduled Jan 16 - same day as the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Mandatory meeting. Calls letters should go out no later than Jan 6 to precinct committeemen qualified to vote at these meetings.
· The Maricopa County Republican Committee Mandatory Meeting is scheduled Sat., Jan 16 at the Church of the Nation’s, 6225 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. 85012, according to Executive Director April Riggins. Riggins and Dan Grimm are co-chairing the event again this year. Those wishing to obtain tables, display banners, have flyers distributed in the packet, or display ground signs are asked to call Reservations Chairman Liz Alcorn for pricing at Lizalcorn@ymail.com or phone 602-315- 0349. Checks should be made payable to MCRC and mailed to Liz Alcorn, 12040 N. 133rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ. 85259 by Jan 11, 2016. Tables will be assigned when payment is received. No exceptions.
· The Constitutional Study Group is scheduling classes between 2-3:30 pm., on Saturday, Jan 16 and Feb 13 at three locations in Mesa.
· American Family Education, 4833 E Southern, Mesa
· Board room of SWD Urethane Co., 536 S Drew St., Mesa
· Leisure World Club House, 908 W Power Road., Mesa
Instructors: Nathan Phelps, Veri Farnsworth, Cindy Biggs, Sarah Rowse and Adrienne Weiss. Contact: Farnsworth vfarnsworth13& yahoo.com or 480-204-0964.
$5 donation covers Constitution booklet, workbook and all class handouts.
· The Newly Formed Hwy 89 Republican Club will meet for the first time at 5 pm., Mon., Jan 18 at the Bonn Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley with a mystery speaker. The new club is open to all Republicans living in the area North along Hwy 89 from the Prescott Airport to Ash Fork along with Williamson Valley and Seligman. There will also be an election of officers. (To serve as an officer a registered Republican needs to be a Precinct Committeeman and have voted in the last Primary and General elections.) Contact Ron Godfrey at email@example.com or 602-688-0979.
· The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm, Mon., Jan 18 in Rec 2 Hopi, 908 S Power Road, Messa, to hear US Senate candidate Kelli Ward address her campaign to replace US Sen John McCain. A Presidential straw poll will also be taken. In the event you are attending from outside Leisure World please enter through the southern gate at Southern Ave/ and Leisure World Boulevard. It is about half way between Power/Higley Roads. Proceed straight ahead after being cleared at the gate to the large building on your right. Contact: Diane at 480 395-5515.
· The Pro-Life Student Lobby Day is scheduled Jan 19 at the State Capitol. student-pro-life-lobby-day-tickets
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Senator John McCain on voting to advance the “Audit the Fed” bill that would subject the Federal Reserve to a comprehensive audit and enhanced congressional oversight: “Today I voted in support of a bill to audit the Federal Reserve so that the American people have greater transparency and accountability into how the Fed creates monetary policy. This bill would mandate much-needed congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve by removing legal barriers that have prevented the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office from fully auditing the Fed. It would also help prevent these central bankers, whose deliberations are kept completely secret from the public, from creating economic booms and busts. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have acted to maintain the status quo and keep the Fed’s policy decisions about the trillions of American tax dollars it controls secret by preventing this bill from moving forward. I will continue working with my colleagues to move this commonsense proposal forward and protect the American people who are directly impacted by the Fed’s policies and decisions.”
Senator John McCain on President Obama’s State of the Union address: “Tonight President Obama decided to start the ‘lame duck’ portion of his presidency early and use his State of the Union address to shape his legacy instead of seriously addressing the challenges we face at home and abroad.
“Ten American sailors have been taken into custody in Iran. But President Obama completely omitted this latest example of Iran’s provocative behavior so as not to interfere with his delusional talking points about his dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.
“As we’ve seen in Paris and San Bernardino, ISIL’s threat to our homeland is real, direct, and growing. But President Obama squandered yet another opportunity to articulate a coherent strategy to achieve ISIL’s lasting defeat.
“The murderous Assad regime is still barrel-bombing the Syrian people and fanning the flames of extremism and sectarianism that gave rise to ISIL. Nearly 10,000 Americans are still in harms’ way in Afghanistan. Russia still occupies Crimea and is destabilizing Ukraine. North Korea just conducted its third nuclear test under this Administration. Yet these topics barely earned a mention in tonight’s address, if at all.
“Our nation does not need lofty words. It needs bold action. Our nation does not need abstract calls to hope. It needs a concrete strategy to confront the challenges of a more dangerous world. Unfortunately, it appears these tasks will be left to the next president.”
ARIZONA ELECTED OFFICIAL SPEAK OUT
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Superintendent of Public Education Diane Douglas: The founders of the state created the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as one of the elected members of the Executive branch of government to expressly guarantee that one official has no other responsibility than to answer to the people for the education of their children.
Laurie Roberts (AZ Republic columnist) calls the position a ‘glorified department head’ with all the decision making done by an appointed board that by statute meets four times per year. The same could be said of the State Mine Inspector, Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, and State Attorney General. Why not just have three offices on the ballot? Governor, Senator and Representative? Under such a system, the people would be ill served indeed.
The State Treasurer was able to weigh in freely on the discussion of the state land trust, resulting in a modification of the proposal. The Attorney General was able to weigh in on the Corporation Commission conflict of interest issue, while the Secretary of State was able to argue her position on clean elections.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I promised the voters that I would get rid of Common Core. Despite the refusal of staff and board members, I was successful on a 6-2 vote to do just that. It would never have happened if I was not an elected official and the people of the state would not have been given what they were promised.
Superintendent of Public Education Diane Douglas: Our Arizona Executive branch is currently composed of all Republicans who on most issues agree completely, such as limited government, lower taxation, more personal freedom and reduction of regulations. However, when we disagree, having equal footing as elected officials is the only way better decisions are made through debate. It is the only way the public would even hear of such disagreements. No department head would ever publicly disagree on a policy issue.
“The real problem Roberts appears to have is not with the office, but with the voters. Despite her best efforts to oppose me in the primary and general elections, to join in saying I’m unfit for office in several vacuous articles and to support the recall efforts, she has failed. Having failed in those efforts, she suggests eliminating the office altogether. I certainly trust the voters in Arizona to select their leaders and their issues more than I do one solitary columnist who opposes the majority of voters on every major issue.
“Any pilot will tell you that in war time you only take flak when you are over the target. If I was irrelevant and not making the important changes that the voters asked me to make, no one would care. It is only as an elected official that the Superintendent has the power to make positive changes for our children’s education, and that is what I’m doing each and every day.
“Later this week I will provide a list of accomplishments of the Arizona Department of Education over the last year. I doubt Roberts will read it, much less agree that the accomplishments are positive changes. Nor do I believe she will let the voters know that their voice is being heard, is strong and is being acted upon.
“We need more democracy, not armchair columnists out of touch with the wishes of voters. I’ll be proud to answer to the people of Arizona for my actions.”
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· 2016 Arizona Student Pro-Life Lobby Day at 10:30 am Jan 19 at State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phoenix. January 22 will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Lunch is free, click HERE to register/information.
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