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Editor’s Note: If some of you encountered an emtpy page when you tried to open yesterday’s Briefs, please accept my apology. While working on the site, the original 1-27-16 Briefs posting disappeared and I did not become aware of it until late last night. I have tried to repost as much as possible. See http://archives.mcrcbriefs.org/2016/01/1-27-16-briefs_29.html Please bear with us, while we are making some techie changes. Sorry for the inconvenience. - Frosty Taylor
National Republican Committeewomen Sharon Geise is recuperating nicely from the tumble down the steps as she started to depart the stage during the Jan 23 AZGOP meeting in Phoenix. Geise, who broke the fibula bone in one of her legs, could use some get well wishes. Briefs wishes her a speedy recovery.
A “Stand With America” Rally in behalf of LaVoy Finicum, Arizona rancher who was killed in Oregon this week in an incident related to the stand-off between ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), will be held at 4 pm., this afternoon in Wesley Bolin Plaza – across from the State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phoenix.
Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a call for the U.S. Congress to establish another federal circuit court of appeals that removes Arizona from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Ducey stated, “…due to its voluminous caseload and disproportionate size, the Ninth Circuit has an abysmal turnaround time of over 15 months for an average ruling… Arizonans deserve better than this from the people in power, and that includes a judicial process that is judicious in nature. It’s time that Congress takes overdue action to resolve this crisis in our courts.” Ducey further pointed out that the Ninth Circuit is consistently overturned with a 77% reversal rate. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined in stating: “The Ninth Circuit is overloaded and it’s bringing on new cases faster than it can resolve old ones. Reform in this area is long overdue.” See full press releases here as well as Governor Ducey’s letter to Congress.
A School Choice Rally will be held between 3-4 pm, Fri., Jan 29 on the lawn of the Arizona State Capitol. Governor Doug Ducey and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie will join students, parents, teachers, community leaders, and elected officials at the event.The event is organized by A for Arizona Arizona School Choice Trust/Choose A School America Federation for Children Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Arizona Charter Schools Association HCREO Goldwater Institute Institute for Better Education. Contact: (952) 334-2734 americansforprosperity or
LD16 State Committeeman Dr. Nicholas Hagen: Here's what my Robert's Rules says about the role of a parliamentarian: "During a meeting the work of the parliamentarian should be limited to giving advice to the chair, and when requested, to any other member. It is also the duty of the parliamentarian--as inconspicuously as he can--to call the attention of the chair to any error in the proceedings that may affect the substantive rights of any member or may otherwise do harm. Only on the most involved matters should the parliamentarian actually be called upon to speak, and the practice should be avoided if at all possible. The parliamentarian should be assigned a seat next to the chair, so as to be convenient for consultation, in a low voice, but the chair should try to avoid checking with the parliamentarian too frequently or to obviously. After the parliamentarian has expressed an opinion on a point, the chair has the duty to make the final ruling, and, in so doing, has the right to follow the advice of the parliamentarian, or to disregard it."
Obviously (AZGOP Chairman Robert) Graham and his parliamentarian either didn't know the role of a parliamentarian according to Robert's Rules or chose to ignore it. I'm taking no bets on which occurred. Editor’s Note: Hagen is referring to the Jan 23 AZGOP Mandatory meeting in which Parliamentarian Al Gage ruled against bringing two resolutions – ‘Anyone But John McCain’ and ‘Censure Robert Graham’ to the floor after state committeeman gathered enough petition signatures to take both resolutions to a vote. See full coverage:
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AzCDL’s Alert on HB 2494: HB 2494, which would allow for a tax credit for CCW training, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday, February 1. Please log into your RTS account and vote “for” HB 2494 to pass out of committee.We strongly encourage everyone to create an
RTS (Request to Speak) account. RTS is the ideal method to register your position on bills scheduled for committee hearings. RTS “votes” and comments are transmitted to the committee members and recorded into the committee meeting record. Once you have created your RTS account, it only takes a few mouse clicks to relay your position on any bill scheduled for a committee hearing. Detailed instructions on creating your RTS Account are available at AzCDL’s RTS page. The status of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found at our Bill Tracking page.
Word Of Internal Strife Within The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Board members has rapidly spread. A few days ago the Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) criticized MCCCD board member Johanna Haver for nominating/supporting Democrat board member Alfredo Gutierrez for board president instead of backing fellow Republican John Heep for the position.
AzRA officials have referred to Haver as a RINO and a “traitor” to the Republicans who knocked on doors to get her elected. They also say the LD15 precinct committeeman should have her voting rights rescinded for violating MCRC bylaws by endorsing a Democrat.
This week Haver became the topic of concern among a string of e-mails between LD20 officers who point out that MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer should be notified of her violations of MCRC bylaws. Newly elected MCRC Member-at-Large Wes Harris said he has concerns about Haver’s positions but that Haver’s LD15 needs to deal with her nomination of a non-Republican for public office. LD20 State Committeeman Bob Stannard responded to a fellow LD20 PC with: “I believe this should be brought up and discussed at our 2/1/16 meeting. Ms. Haver has broken our bylaws and should be denied her party voting rights per those bylaws. She falsely presented herself to many of our LDs, Tea Parties and other groups as a conservative. Her performance in office has belied that, and should be pointed out to our Maricopa County GOP Chairman.”
AzRA sent out a memo yesterday alerting its membership that … “On Tuesday evening Johanna Haver voted AGAIN with Democrat Alfredo Gutierrez to cover-up an illegal expenditure of more than $400,000 of our tax dollars. We voted for Johanna because we thought she would protect our tax dollars. We thought she would end the corruption that has perpetuated the district for years. We thought she would work with other Republicans on the board to make college affordable for students.” Her campaign running mates Jean McGrath and John Heep opposed the $400,000 expenditure.
The AzRa memo further states, “ In addition, district administrators announced at the board meeting that next on the agenda is their recommendation for both a PROPERTY TAX increase and TUITION increase.”
Maricopa County Community College Board Member Johanna Haver Rebuttal: John Heep and Jean McGrath were at the finance meeting where Tracy Livingston and I argued strongly Against raising property taxes or tuition. McGrath is the only member who has said we should raise tuition for nursing students because of the high cost of training equipment (nursing students pay fees for that).
I went up against McGrath regarding the extension of the Glendale Community College Veterans Center -- housed in a very small, cramped building constructed in 1977 so wasn’t even up to code. I took her on point by point and won. The Board voted 7-0.
It is being paid for by bond money approved by the voters of Maricopa. New President Alfredo Gutierrez, a vet, visits our vet centers. When I told the vets at GCC that Gutierrez was the new president, they were thrilled. It felt great to be the bearer of good news. You can visit the GCC temporary vets center (new one is scheduled for completion in several months) and ask about Gutierrez or me. Then ask how they feel about Jean McGrath – who, by the way, is now in a huff over a regional-type vets center planned for the west Valley – paid for with donations (not tax dollars) to the Maricopa Foundation. McGrath is searching for something to complain about – really desperate of her to go after the vets centers that are required along with the services they offer by state and federal law if the colleges want to be designated “Veteran Supportive.” See ARS 41-609 (Arizona veteran supportive campuses; department lists; reports; definition). When I agreed to run (recruited by McGrath), I did not agree to give up my mind to her. She should have researched me – my five years of community columns and two books – and would have learned that I have my own mind and do not put up with crap from anyone, ever.
Call to Action from LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor: While PC’s have been busy conducting County, State and District meetings, Republican in our State House & Senate have lined up with Democrats in sponsorship of the both HB2456 and SB1218 (national popular vote; interstate agreement) Bills. These identical Bills are in support of Arizona joining a “Compact of States” for the purpose of contributing our states’ 11 Electoral Votes to the winner of the National Popular Vote. This move, once the Compact member states total 270 electoral votes, will change the USA from a Republic to a Democracy.
The Republicans sponsoring them in both House & Senate shocked me, as they will you. The House version has 25 Republican sponsors and 20 Democrats. The Senate Bill has 8 Republican sponsors and 12 Democrats. With margins like that these Bills are highly likely to sail through both House & Senate easily. That is unless we engage with our republican members immediately. Legislative MemberRoster
Please join me in opposing both HB 2456 and SB 1218. I have a one page summary of my objections and a 10 page research report prepared by LD23 PC Robert Hathorne, who after hearing the presentation by the NPV lobbyist in early November was moved to learn more. (Contact O’Connor at 602-538-9387 cell or email@example.com to obtain a copies)
Many other prominent and respected national organizations hold similar positions against the NPV including but not limited to JBS, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Caucus, Eagle Forum, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEX), and the CATO Institute. See this five minute YouTube video do you understand the electoral college? by Prager University on the Electoral College which the pending legislation will render moot.
Please ask those Republican members who have signed on as sponsors and cosponsors to these bad bills to your next meeting and ask them to explain their decisions. Please be respectful as I believe they have been lead astray on this one. (Contact O’Connor at 602-538-9387 cell or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copies)
In a letter to President Barak Obama and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, U.S. Representative Martha McSally today called for full funding for the A-10 Warthog in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget…“As a former A-10 pilot and squadron commander, I consider it reckless to retire the A-10 ahead of schedule, without a next-generation A-10. There is no aircraft, either in the fleet or in development, that can replace the Warthog’s unique capabilities.” During debate for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, McSally’s efforts led to full funding for our entire A-10 fleet. She also successfully offered amendments to that legislation and the Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 prohibiting any future A-10 moves to back-up status. Both her amendments were signed into law. See her full letter HERE.
Emancipation Proclamation Observance Black History Month will be observed at 2 pm., Sat., Feb 27 at East Lake Park, 15149 E. Jefferson St., PHoenix, AZ 85034. Free to the public. The event highlights a speical performance by the Official Centennial Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona, Ladies and gentlemen of the regiment, children’s ballet folklorico Ollin Yoliztli Dancers of South Phx.
The Oracle Neighborhood Watch and the Saddlebrooke Homeowners Association will present Operation Silver Star: A Tribute to Law Enforcement at 7 pm., Jan 29. See ceremony
LD24 will meet at 6:30 pm, Thurs., Feb 18 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., Phoenix with Arizona Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash and Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates. Ash has been Arizona’s RNC Committeeman since 2007. Bates was appointed to represent District 3 in 2009, was elected in 2011 and was the Vice Mayor of Phoenix in 2013.
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Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, actors Jack Scalia and Steven Seagal, along with Congressman Matt Salmon will be attending the 3-6 pm., Sat., Jan 30 “Salute to Sheriff Joe Arpaio” hosted by Dave and Liz Alcorn and Tom and Kris Morrissey. A personally autographed customized Ted Nugent guitar will be auctioned off and Nugent will be performing some special medley’s. Tickets at www.sheriffjoe2016.eventbrite.com Contact: Liz Alcorn at Lisalcorn@ymail.com 602-315-0349.
A Campaign Kick-Off for Queen Creek Town Council candidates Jake Hoffman and Natasha Schaeler is scheduled between 11 am-1 pm, Sat., Jan 30 at The Pecans at Queen Creek, 20509 E Via De Arboles, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Enjoy lunch, music, bounce house and good friends. RSVP/Contact: Contact@jakehoffman.us or Natasha@NatashaSchaeler.com
The Republican Jewish Coalition is presenting “Defending Israel from Media Bias” featuring National USA Executive Director of Honest Reporting Gary Kenzer at 7 pm., Sun., Jan 31 at the Congregation Beth Tefillah, 10636 N 71st Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Free to RJC members. $18 for non-members. Kosher refreshments. RSVP is required. RSVP to Abby Schultz at email@example.com or 202-349-9586.
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will be putting the US senate candidates – incumbent John McCain, and challengers Dr. Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey and Clair Van Steenwyk “in the hot seat” during a 6 pm., Feb 1 dinner forum at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort - Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253-3548 (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds, on the East side of Scottsdale Road). Spouses invited. 5:30 meet/greet. 6 pm mtg, 6:20 pm dinner, 7 pm, forum. $35 per person. Reservations Required . Deadline Thur, Jan 28. Check made out to “LRWC” to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 . Call 480-368-2777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LD20s Presidential Forum is scheduled at 7 pm, Mon., Feb 1 at the Washington School District Office, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale. Social at 6:30. Contact: Naomi Kruse, email@example.com
The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Feb 2 meeting at the Anthem Civic Building 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. Contact: Vera Anderson at: veraanderson41@gmail or 602.821.4675.
The Surprise Tea Party Patriots meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm., Tues, Feb 2 at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375 Grand Canyon Room Speaker: Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey. Contact John Madeira firstname.lastname@example.org
US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward will address the Pima County Republican Club at 11 am., Tues, Feb 2 in the Shriner’s Hall, 450 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson. Contact: Carolyn Leff email@example.com 1-928-230-0633.
The Annual Arrowhead Republican Women Membership Tea is scheduled between 11am-1 pm, Wed., Feb 3 at the home of Gherrie Routzahn, 15506 W. Ballad Dr., Sun City West, 85375. Lunch buffet will be served. Special guests AzFRW President Loraine Pellegrino and past NFRW President Rae Chornenky. Open to all ARW memberships. RSVP To Arlene Goldblatt firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-583-7738.
The Grassroots Tea Party Activists meet at 6:30 pm every Wednesday evening at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road, Phx. Contact: www.grassrootsteapartyactivists.com/ email@example.com
US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward will chat with supporters at Dickie’s BBQ Pit, 7850 N Oracle, Tucson on at noon, Feb 3. Contact: Carolyn Leff at 1-928-230-0633. firstname.lastname@example.org See dickie_s_bbq_pit
The Arizona Republican Lawyers Association (AzRLA) will meet Feb 4 with Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates to kick off the groups seventh anniversary at a yet to be disclosed location. Contact: email@example.com