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Jose Borrajero: ALERT: There is a problem with the Arizona Legislative “Request to Speak” site for people who have registered on line. When signing on, they are accepted as usual, but then are not allowed to access the New Request screen. This problem started early this morning or late last night, which means that many folks have not been able to leave testimony for upcoming committee hearings on pending bills. The problem appears to be confined only to people who registered on line, not to those who registered in person at the capitol. It is sad and frustrating that we encourage people to get involved and when they try, the system fails and they end up disappointed. Some folks are traveling to the capitol on Monday to try to take care of this in person, since there is no one at the legislature that can be raised by e-mail or phone to fix this.
Firearms Expert Alan Korwin: When Obama said John McCain had the kind of gun law we need, the media didn't blink, and the world just presumed it must be so, the president himself said it. Some of us still have memory, and The Daily Caller published the truth.
McCain didn't introduce a background check, or a loophole bill, he proposed licensing gun shows, and registering anyone who entered, whether they bought anything or not, and arrests for non-compliance.
We're fighting against myths, not laws or reason. The first in a series on the myths "progressives" put in the wayof real gun education and progress. It's stunning what they really want: korwin: obamas-gun-control-starts-with-myth
State Treasurer Jeff DeWit announced during the State Board of Investment meeting that based on the Constitutional calculation, the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund will pay a record distribution of $105 million to endowment beneficiaries in FY 2017. Last year the fund paid $93.8 million, the new amount represents a 12.03% increase year over year and will again set a record as the largest amount paid to schools in the 104-year history of the Trust Fund.
These Endowment earnings are distributed directly to school districts and will supplement existing school revenues since the Endowment distributions are not subject to legislative appropriation.
“This shows the wisdom of the current distribution formula and why schools can double the amount of money they receive from the Trust Fund every six to seven years permanently under the present formula if it remains untouched.” DeWit continued. “By safe-guarding the principal of the fund, even with market volatility the current Constitutional distribution formula protects teachers and students now and in the future so these dollars that are sent directly to the classroom will not lose their purchasing power.”
State Trust Lands and the Permanent Endowment Fund were established by Congress when Arizona became a state and are governed by the Arizona Constitution. Proceeds from the state land sales are deposited into the 13 different endowment funds; earnings from investments are distributed by the state Treasurer to its beneficiaries. The Common School Fund for K-12 education is the largest beneficiary with more than $4.7 billion in assets
As a statewide constitutional officer, DeWit serves as the state’s Chief Financial Officer for the State of Arizona, charged with the prudent custody and management of taxpayer monies and oversight of approximately $13.2 billion in assets under management.
Senate President Andy Biggs will update the Grand Valley Republican Women at 5:30 pm.,(doors open at 5 pm), Mon., Feb 1 at 408 N. Sacaton St. #11, Casa Grande. (across from the museum of Casa Grande). Parking available north and south of the building. $5, includes coffee/snacks. Biggs, a retired attorney, served as the old LD22 Representative for eight years, before he was elected to the senate in 2010 in new LD12. Biggs earned the "Champion of the Taxpayer" from Americans for Prosperity, numerous Goldwater Institute “Friend of Liberty” awards and the Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB. RSVP: Sandy Knapp email@example.com or 412-973-3853
LD13 House Candidate Ray Kouns needs help gathering petition signatures to get on the ballot. You can sign on line at the www.azsos.gov Contact Kouns at 928-685-3284 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Morrissey, Immediate Past Chairman AZ GOP: As we proceed headlong into the election season and the “outsider trend” continues to be robust within the “Conservative Wing” of our party. The traditional media and the establishment elites in our party are dumbfounded and starting to panic at the prospect of not being in control when we roll into Columbus and the Convention. It seems that their plan for the next “go along-get along” standard bearer to be firmly in place early on has not gone well, so far. They just did not see the Trump storm coming and when they did see it, they thought it was just a gust of wind. Well, as we well know, it has grown into a major storm and it is sweeping the nation. Why is that? Simple. It’s the message! Like Trump or not, he has forced the issues WE are most concerned about, to the forefront and no matter what “those who know better than we” say or do, WE ain’t buying it. And WE are refusing to go down that PC path the establishment so willingly embraces as the way to the White House. Let’s change POLITICAL CORRECTNESS to PRINCIPLE CORRECTNESS. Still PC in writing but a world apart in reality.
MCRC Member-at-Large Wes Harris: Phoenix entertains Satanists in an upcoming City Council Meeting
Christians have for far too long been pushed into the corner and only 'allowed' (Under 'P.C.') to practice our faith behind the closed doors of our homes and churches. For a country founded on Judaeo/Christian beliefs 400 years ago (counting before the Revolution) we have prospered under the hand of God and Jesus Christ but today we see increasing evil in this country represented by a hand full of minority opinions such as Planned Parenthood...Abortion of our young, the free practice of homosexuality and trans gender ism, sex education in kindergarten, and Agenda 21 subjugation...all sponsored by the elected (Democrat) representatives on the Phoenix City Council and the Mayor's office. Now comes the final straw...the 'sanctioning' of Satanic Worship (or put better...the worship of Evil) to be 'honored' by an 'invocation' at the February 17th City Council Meeting at 2:30 PM. It is no accident that this date falls during Lent...me thinks. (Editor’s Note: Briefs is told that attendees should be lined up outside the chamber doors at least one hour prior (1:30 pm) to the start of the meeting.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio is requesting that citizens of Phoenix and the valley (specifically Christians and Jews) show up at the Council Meeting this Wednesday at 3:30 PM February 3rd to help him block this blasphemy! Please encourage our congregation (and by copy of this note...other congregations) to join us at City Hall and say...Enough of the subversion of our country in the name of 'Diversity' and 'Political (in) Correctness!!! Contact LD20 Vice Chair Harris at 602-942-9281, 602-432-2871 (cell), email@example.com
The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family announced today that La Paz County has been declared the winner of the friendly competition between all 15 counties for the most youth-led service projects logged on the Governor’s Youth Commission website at http://beseenbeheard.az.gov/ The competition began on October 23, 2015 and ended on January 23, 2016. During that time, youth organizations from across the state logged an impressive 44,723 service hours.
As the second-least populous county in Arizona, La Paz County led the state with 56 youth-led service projects, 752 youth volunteers and 5,647 service hours. For the past few months, the youth were very busy planning and implementing projects throughout the county. One youth group served food at the community senior center annual luau party. Another youth group collected over 1800 pounds of food to be distributed to families in need.
Hear Brit Hume’s powerful words on abortion from Special Report with Bret Baier. Brit Hume, senior political analyst for FOX News will address the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) Dinner at 7 pm., Thurs., May 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.
Andrew Costanzo, who has served two terms as a Maricopa County Republican Committee Member-at Large, has announced his candidacy for the MCRC First Vice Chairman position. The position is open due to removal of former First Vice Chair Jeni White during the Jan 16 “special” meeting that followed the MCRC Mandatory meeting.
The MCRC Executive Guidance Committee will elect new First and Second Vice Chairs at 7 pm., Wed., Feb 3 at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., in Phoenix, according to MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer. Candidates can be nominated from the floor. Candidates must be a precinct committeeman and reside in Maricopa County, according to Bowyer.
MCRC Second Vice Chairman Candidate Ray Sweeney: “I hereby announce my candidacy for 2nd Vice Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. I have served four continuous years as elected Member-At-Large and have represented my fellow PC's in an honorable and active way. I hereby call upon my fellow members of the Executive Guidance Committee to support me in this effort by casting your vote for me at the election to be held on Wed, Feb 3, 2016, at the Arizona Republican Committee Headquarters at 7 pm.” - Ray Sweeney, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), Founder/Chairman of Veterans Against Losing Our Republic (V.A.L.O.R.), Moon Valley Precinct Committeeman, LD20 State Committeeman.
MCRC Second Vice Chairman Candidate Art Olivas: “My name is Art Olivas. Candidate for 2nd Vice Chair. I am a LD27 PC and a state PC. I have been Recognized as an Outstanding Precinct Committeemen. And received the General Al Rodriquez Award from the Republican Party! Some other achievements. I have volunteered time and money for J D Hayworth, Janet Contreras and Andrew Thomas campaign. I volunteered time Knocking on doors and donated money for Dan and Sara Coleman, Luis Rodriguez, Ron Harders, Natalie Taswell, Rev. Myron Jackson Sr.And Jose Tello. South Phoenix Republican candidates. I have walked and know my LD and our people well! When we started The Conservative Grassroots Latino Tea Party Movement. One of the first things we did was to protest at the Mexican Consul over their illegals in Arizona. I have confronted UFCW, SEIU, AFofL and CWA Unions. That supported the illegal that disfigured and marched on our flag in front of our State Capitol! I also went against Mary Rose Wilcox, Randy Parrza, and his illegals and Union thugs. In Support and defense of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce and Andrew Thomas! To name a few. I can read and write Spanish. So illegals can't B-S us. I ask for and need your yote to serve you as your 2nd Vice Chair”
Sweeney and Olivas are competing for the vacancy of former Second VC Aaron Borders, who was also removed from office during the Jan 16 MCRC Mandatory meeting in Phoenix.
The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will host US Senate Candidate Alex Meluskey at 6:30 pm., Tues, Feb 2 in the Grand Canyon Room at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Contact: John Madeira firstname.lastname@example.org
Democrat Sen candidate Dr. Matt Heinz is hot after the US senate seat of GOP Congresswoman Martha McSally since she is showing less than 50% in a recent poll.
US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward Schedule for this week: Contact: Carolyn Leff, email@example.com 1-928-230-0633
· Feb 2: Tucs.,8 am, “Breakfast with Tucson Supporters” at Bobo’s Resetaurant, 2938 E Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ 85716. RSVP
· Feb 2, Tues., 11:30 am., Pima County Republican Club, Shriners Hall 450 S Tucson Blvd., Tucson. RSVP
· Feb 3, Wed., noon, Lunch with Supporters at Dickie’s BBQ Pit, 7850 N Oracle Rd., Tucson. RSVP
· Feb 4: 9:30 am, “Coffee with Kelli” at Caffee Luce Coffee Roasting Company, 943 E University Blvd., #191, Tucson, AZ 85719.
Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) Legislative Update: The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.
The last day for bills to be introduced is a little over a week away on Monday, February 8. Over 1,100 bills have already been filed. Friday, February 19, is the deadline for bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate). Many bills will never make that deadline and will be effectively dead for the session.
Passed Out Of Committee
HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits the private transfer of firearms from being subject to any state or local government imposed fees, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on January 27 by a 4-2 vote. We thank everyone who registered their position on HB 2224 with the committee using the Request to Speak (RTS) system.
Scheduled for hearings this coming week are the following bills.
HB 2494, which would allow for a tax credit for CCW training costs, is scheduled for a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Monday, February 1.
HB 2446, which would remove an outdated reference to the U.S. Department of the Treasury when referencing the National Firearms Act in regards to the definition of prohibited weapons, is scheduled for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, February 3.
SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, is scheduled for hearings in the Senate Public Safety, Military & Technology Committee and also in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.
SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless security measures are in place to screen everyone entering, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.
RTS Action Needed: For those of you able to access your RTS accounts, please urge the committee members to vote “Yes” on these bills. Please also ask the committee members to pass SB 1266 and SB 1257 “without hostile amendments.” We have learned that there may be attempts to negatively alter these bills during the committee hearings.
Detailed instructions for registering opinions and commenting on bills using RTS can be found at AzCDL’s RTS page. We are investigating the problem that some users are having when trying to access their RTS accounts. We expect to have it resolved shortly.
Republican debates are scheduled :
· Saturday February 6
· Saturday February 13
· Thursday February 25
· Thursday March 10
The Arrowhead Republican Women’s Membership Tea is scheduled at 11 am, 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. RSVP to Arlene Goldblatt firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-583-7738.
Volunteers needed: Candidate Corral 2016 coordinator Nina Marlowe needs about 30 volunteers to help with the Feb 20 Candidate Corral scheduled at the Pioneer Living History Village. Marlow needs people to help with parking and busing handicap people from their car to the front of the three stages set up for candidates presentations. She also needs set-up and tear down volunteers. Contact Marlow at 602) 541-1436 cell nmarlowCBL@gmail.com
Found After The Jan 16 Maricopa County Republican Committee meeting: A small red bag was left at the MCRC Mandatory meeting; can be recovered at the MCRC office, 3030 S. Rural Rd, Tempe. Must identify contents to claim.
LD24 Program line up for 2016:
March 22: AZ Senate President Andy Biggs
April 22: Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell,
May 19: Secretary of State Michele Reagan,
June 16: Attorney/Author Chris DeRose and LD28 Rep Kate Brophy-McGee
July 21: AZ Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin and Corp Comm candidate Rick Gray.
August 18: Sen John McCain event with LD 28 ~ Town Hall/Meet & Greet
Sept 15: Maricopa County Supervisors #2 Steve Chucri.
Oct 20: Cavalcade of Candidates
Nov 17: LD 24 Officer Elections
December Christmas Party TBD
Contacts: LD 24 Corresponding Secretary Carole Joyce email@example.com (602) 433-1048 or Chairman Timothy Lee
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Contact: 480-368-2777 or email email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The Pima County Republican Club Meeting will feature US senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward at 11:30 am, Tues., Feb 2 at the Shriners Hall , 450 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson. RSVP Contact: Carolyn Leff firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet on Sat., Feb 6 at the SCW Foundations building (Quail Room) 14465 R.H.Johnson Blvd, Sun City West. Former LD5 Senator Dr Kelli Ward will address the group on her campaign against US Senate John McCain. Doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts; the general meeting at 8:30am. $2 donation which helps with the room rental. Contact: Publicist Jean Goncalves 623-214-8010.
Legislative District 14 will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., Feb 6 in the Benson City Council Chambers 120 W. 6th Street, Benson, AZ. Contact: Maureen Tozzi, Secretary – LD14
CONGRESSIONAL PRESS RELEASES this past week
· Phx City Council meeting: Satanists to deliver prayer Will Mayor Greg Stanton bow his PC head in reverence?
ARIZONA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY (AzRA)