Monday, April 18, 2016

4-18-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs


Editor - Frosty Taylor or   Web Master John Strasser


Arizona Dems Were On A Fundraising Kick this weekend in their determination to have Senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick send Republican John McCain to his rocking chair. Dem polls had Kirkpatrick and McCain tied a few days ago. According to Dem Finance Director Herschel Fink, the Dems 1st Vice Chair Bill Roe “Generously volunteered to match any contribution made this weekend up to $25,000.” As of 8 pm., Sun. evening they were only $1,500 short and scrambling to meet the goal prior to the dead line.

Republican Senate candidates Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey and Clair Van Steenwyk are equally determined to retire McCain.

The $4,000 Fee AZGOP Robert Graham has put on the national delegates who will be going to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland in July is still a hot topic. “Delegates, Alternates and guest are responsible for their own expenses in attending the National Convention. The cost for airfare, hotel and meals are estimated to be a minimum of $2,500.00 $4,000.00,” according to convention information posted at

That’s A Big Jump In Estimated Expenses. As one reader says, “We could go on a cruise for much less and get everything...more than 3 meals, 5 star accommodations, wonderful entertainment etc. They probably planned this to help disqualify people.”

Many feel the new fee is just a way of getting PCs - Who Scrimped just to save up  the original $2,500 fee - to remove their names from the national delegate nominee list. Others recommend not jumping the  gun in removing your names - ride this out and withdraw from the floor on April 30 if necessary. National GOP delegates will be elected at the April 30 AZGOP Convention in Mesa. As of Friday, the potential national delegate candidates had been reduced from nearly 950 to something like 625 due to duplications and various technicalities.

And What Exactly Does a Delegate Get For The $4,000 Fee? Briefs sent a note to AZGOP Friday afternoon asking for a complete breakdown on what the $4,000 covers, but hasn’t received an answer at post time.

Alternates From Prior years say they went to  national conventions for about half the estimated price  because they shopped around for less expensive hotels/motels, didn’t attend some of the gala events/parties, and didn’t attend all the “wind-bag” speeches.

UPDATE: Early this morning, AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham responded to Briefs April 12 message to him asking if reports were true that he was “calling Trump supporters, trying to convert them to the Cruz camp?” His answer, “Not true.  I have been open and fair wig (sic) both camps.  I would encourage you to call Charles Munoz who works officially with the Trump campaign.”

State Delegates Would Do Well To Carefully Study the list of potential national delegates and find out where they stand on the front runner candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. We know the delegates are bound to give their first vote to Trump per the PPE election, but from there on they can vote for whom they please.

It Is No Secret That Both The Trump And Cruz Camps are compiling lists of potential national delegate candidates who will support their candidates. Reports were rolling in during the LD state delegate meetings about list making and solicitations occurring at those elections, as well. It was so obvious at one LD election that a gentleman whispered in my ear, “CQ is strutting around out there. The fix is in,” as he walked past me. I couldn’t help but chuckle, since long-time candidate hustler/Political Consultant Constantin Querard aka CQ is one of Cruz’s key players in Arizona.

CQ Burst On The Scene some 15-20 years ago and is well-known within the GOP political circle. He knows how the game is played - take a look at his legislative client list over the years. It’s also in his best interests to guide his clients to run for national delegates. He plays to win -- it’s his livelihood. Yesterday he posted a note on Facebook saying, “The Arizona Cruz Crew is looking for some volunteers to help at the AZGOP State Convention on Saturday April 30th. If you're already going to be there as a delegate or alternate, then this isn't for you. But if you're available to help, we'll pay your entrance fee (includes lunch) and be most grateful. Message me if you can help. Thanks!”

Briefs Has Been Approached several times via phone this past week by Cruz solicitors. I almost have to laugh as the phone workers probably aren’t aware that this state delegate, has absolutely no desire, nor intention of running as a national delegate … nor have I publicly endorsed candidates since I wrote my first political column in the late ‘60s. ft

It’s Common Knowledge That The Republican National Committee is determined to keep Presidential candidate Donald Trump off the ticket, so the RNC appears to be cozying up to Presidential candidate Ted Cruz – you know the guy the Establishment condemned in favor of Jeb Bush, then Marco Rubio. Many are wondering if the RNC is using Cruz to get rid of Trump and will then turn on Cruz and manipulate Presidential candidate John Kasich onto the ticket. Is that what RNC chairman Reince Priebus means when he says the RNC will back one of those running? Is Kasich the unnamed “new face” that Establishment Karl Rove is dangling on TV. Kasich isn’t a “new face” but he certainly hasn’t gotten the national media “face-time” that Trump/Cruz have up until the past few days. Is it coincidence that the Establishment picked Cleveland as the site for the national convention? Depending on which way the convention goes, are Paul Ryan and/or Rubio  standing in the wings waiting for the cue to step forward??? The questions, speculation, and theories are endless.

The Arizona National Delegation has been assigned to the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland South Independence for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Hotel’s website . Arizona’s delegation representative will receive more detailed information about the hotel assignment in the near future, including the reservation process. For immediate questions, contact Enid Mickelsen, Vice Chairman Committee on Arrangements at 801/520-0166 or Betsy Gehring, Director of Delegate Services, at 216/263-2123

Info For April 30 AZGOP State Convention :

    1. The provisional list of state delegates is here. (Party staff is verifying eligibility)
    2. The provisional list of national delegate candidates is here. (Party staff is verifying eligibility)
    3. More information about the delegate process is here.

Activist Art Olivas: We sent these two videos out two years ago of John McCain with a bunch of his Republicans In Name Only. McCain may be censured but his RINOs keep roaring. See both Republican Victory Tours videos: Republican Victory Tour 1, Aug 26, 2010 and Republican Victory Tour 2, Aug 26, 2010

Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools candidate Jana Jackson needs help gathering about 5,000 signatures on nominating petitions by the end of May to qualify for the ballot. See her website at

Tyler Bowyer, Chairman, Republican Party of Maricopa County: My Fellow Patriot Precinct Committeemen - PC Affidavits and Petitions should be turned in beginning May 2nd to the County Recorder’s office. Your District Chairman should also have a person assigned to collecting these for you. Signature requirements vary by precinct, with the maximum being 10. Please see the requirements at the following address: You may also find the Nomination Form and Petition document at the County Recorders site: Feel free to email me with any additional questions!

A Petition Calling For The Resignation Of AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham started circulating in Arizona Republican circles Friday morning. See Demand-AZGOP-Chair-Robert-Grahams-Resignation There were over 100 signatures as of Sunday evening. Although some say Graham/McCain will do everything possible to prevent the petition from reaching the April 30 State Convention floor – as was done with the resolution calling for Graham’s resignation at the Jan 23 State Mandatory meeting -- it is a reminder to Graham that some grassroots folks are less than happy with him. And it certainly doesn’t look good for his attempt to chair the Republican National Committee (RNC). And speaking of the RNC Chair, the word is out the Mitt Romney’s daughter is also reaching for the same rung on the GOP ladder.

LD22 Food Coordinator Heather Morgan is calling for volunteers to bring food to their April 18 meeting. Let her know if you can bring a dish. Contact: 602-410-9817 or

LD22 meets at 6:30 pm, Mon., April 18 at the Westbrook Village Recreation Center located at 18823 N. Country Club Pkwy. Peoria, AZ 85382.  Doors open at 5:30 pm for registration and pre-meeting conversation. 

Volunteers Are Needed for CD9 candidate Dave Giles phone bank scheduled between 4:30-6:30 pm, Thurs., April 21 at Giles headquarters, 3030 S Rural Road, Tempe. Refreshments will be served.

A Meet & Greet For CD9 Candidate Dave Giles will held between 5-7 pm., Wed., May 4 at the Thirsty Lion, 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Suggested contribution $10. Hosted by Doug and Julie Wolfe, Ted Rhodes, and Dale and Toni Giles. RSVP to at 602-499-8600.

Brit Hume, senior political analyst for FOX News will speak at 7 p.m., May 5 at the Center for Arizona Policy Dinner at the AZ Biltmore Resort in Phx. tickets here

Mon, April 18, is the deadline to register to vote for the special May 17 election.


April 18

The Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., April 18 with LD24 PC Tristian Manos to discuss the audio book version the 5,000 Year leap.  Chairman Ron Ludders says, “Is Presidential politics spinning out of control?  Are you surprised to learn the lengths of political chicanery in both political parties?  Are you mad as HELL and need to "blow off a little steam?"  Well, that's what we're here for.” Then come on by Monday evening and let's talk.  You feel better and it's nice to know you are not alone.” The group meets at 3375 E Shea Blvd., Phx. 602.677.1496

The Sun City Republican Club Annual BBQ is scheduled between 6-9 pm., Mon., April 18 at the Quail Run Golf Pavilion, 9774 Alabama Ave. in Sun City. $10 per person. RSVP by April 15 to Patti Thompson at 713-557-5800 Visitors are welcomed but must be escorted by RCSC cardholders. Secretary of State Michele Reagan will address the group. Any candidates in the audience will be recognized. RSVP by April 15 to or Thompson at 713-557-5800. Contact: Peter Lee

Jana Jackson, Candidate for Maricopa County Superintendent of schools, will speak at the LD20 meeting at 7 pm., Mon., April 18 at Washington Elementary #8, located at 4650 W. Sweetwater, Glendale. Contact: 602-516-4781. ​

Governor Doug Ducey will tour Loma Linda Elementary School on Mon., April 18. LLES is an A+ School of Excellence in the Creighton Elementary School District, serving 650 K-8 students.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party Garage Sale is scheduled Sat., April 16 from 6:30 am-3 pm., at 10435 South 47th Street, Ahwatukee. Proceeds to fund monthly meeting room. Contact: Cindy 480-247-1016 or

The Leisure World Republican Club is conducting candidate’s night for US Sen candidate Alex Meluskey and Corporation Commissioner Al Melvin at 7 pm., Mon., April 18 in the King Card Room, 908 S Power Road, Mesa. Contact: Diane Andersen 480-395-5515

Tea Party Patriots will gather on the steps of the Supreme Court building at 8:30 am., Mon, April 18 to protest President Obama’s executive-amnesty agenda and his Supreme Court nomination.

The Pima County Republican Committee will meet at 5:30 pm., April 14 at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N Treat Ave, Tucson AZ  85716. Contact: 520.594.5305

Meet US Senate candidate Kelly Ward and Congressional candidate Gary Kiehne between 6-8 pm, Mon, April 18 at Molinitos Restaurant Oracle Rd, Oro Valley . Appetizers served. Everyone welcome.

LD20 will meet at 7 pm., April 18 at the Washington School District offices, 4650 W Sweetwater, Glendale, to hear Vicki Alger, AzRA Education spokesman, address Prop 123. Contact: LD20 Chairman Naomi Kruse,


The Yavapai County Republicans To Elect Donald J. Trump for President Committee Meeting is scheduled at 6 pm, Tues., April 19 at Randall's Restaurant at Prescott Country Club, 1030 N. Prescott Country Club Blvd, Dewey, AZ RSVP:  Brenda Dickinson, (928) 772-2835 or (928) 925-1549. Seating is limited and head count is necessary for staffing. No cost, but order from the menu is requested in order to avoid a room fee.
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The Daisy Mountain Tea Party is scheduled at 6:30 pm., Tues., April 19 in the Anthem Civic Bldg, 3701 W Anthem Way, Anthem to hear historical consultant/author Bill Norton address “Life, Liberty & Property,” according to the US Constitution. Contact: Chr Vera Anderson

The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will host Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Marsha Hill and US Senate candidate Clair Van Steenwyk at the 6:30 pm, Tues., April 19 meeting in the Grand Canyon Room at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd. Sun City West, AZ 85375.


The Central Republican Women of Phoenix ‘Full Board of Directors’ meeting is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Wed., April 20 at Coco's Restaurant 2026 N. 7th Street, Phoenix 85006 (N of McDowell Rd. on the SW corner of 7th St/ Monte Vista). Contact: (602) 252-6300

The LD17 Spring Pizza Fundraiser is scheduled at 6 pm., Wed., April 20 at Floridino’s Pizza & Paste, 590 N Alma School Rd. $15 per person, includes unlimited pizza, salad and soft drink. (Beer and wine are extra). Proceeds to help support LD17 election season. RSVP to Vice Chairman Kevin DeNomie Cell: 480-510-4586  Or Checks payable to: LD17 Republicans. Contact: Chairman Dr Shadow Asgari

April 21

AZ Corporation Commission Candidate Al Melvin will speak to the Colorado River Tea Party at 6 pm., April 21 in the in the Community Christian Church,6480 E. Hwy 95. Contact: Sally Kizer, Chairman 928-210-1219.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party meets at 6:30 pm., Thurs., April 21 at the Quality inn Hotel (former Clarion Hotel), 5121 E LaPuente Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85044 to hear US Senate candidate Kelli Ward. Contact: Cindy 480-247-1016 or

LD 24 will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., April 21 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016 to hear Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell. Contacts: Carole Joyce or Chairman Timothy Lee

The Tea Party Scottsdale will hear fraud expert Brad Heward address “The Cost of Voter Fraud/Welfare Connection” at 6:30pm., Thurs., April 21 at Venue 8600. 8600 E Anderson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Heward has spent years investigating, researching and collecting corroborative data. He’ll reveal which state officials have refused to take action! Contact: Pat 480-478-6300.

April 23

A Planned Parenthood Protest is scheduled at 9 am., April 23 at PP headquarters, 4751 N 15th St., Phoenix. Parking will be a challenge. Prepare for warm weather. Contact: Stephen Sivigliano

US Sen Jeff Flake’s third Coffee/Cocoa Cup Club will meet at 8 am. Sat. April 23 at the Phyoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Registration opens at 7:30 am. Limited seating. $30 per person for breakfast. Hot beverage mug available for $12. RSVP by noon, Thur., April 21. Contact: or 602-845-0333.

A Lecture About Islam is planned at 1 pm., Sat., April 23 at the Coffinger Park office in Wickenburg. Call 928-427-0309 or 0088 for reservations.

April 24

Congressman Trent Franks Family All American BBQ is scheduled between 1-3 pm., Sun., April 24 at the farm of Ed and Margaret Bond and Judy Bond Connell, 8404 W Augusta, Glendale. Hot dogs, ice cream and children’s carnival games. Congressmen Paul Gosar and David Schweikert will be in attendance. $100 per family of two adults, plus children. $40 per individual or $75 per couple. Sponsorships available. RSVP Jessica Lycos at 480-494-5784 or

Congressman Trent Franks Family All American BBQ is scheduled between 1-3 pm., Sun., April 24 at the farm of Ed and Margaret Bond and Judy Bond Connell, 8404 W Augusta, Glendale. Hot dogs, ice cream and children’s carnival games. Congressmen Paul Gosar and David Schweikert will be in attendance. $100 per family of two adults, plus children. $40 per individual or $75 per couple. Sponsorships available. RSVP Jessica Lycos at 480-494-5784 or

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