Monday, August 8, 2016

8-8-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor Frosty Taylor      Web Master John Strasser


The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm, Aug 15 in the Ballroom, 908 S Power Road, Mesa, AZ. Speakers include CD5 US House candidates Don Stapley and Christine Jones, Maricopa County Recorder candidate Aaron Flannery, Maricopa County Supt of School candidates Steve Watson and Jana Jackson; along with Justin Olson, Andy Biggs, Itasca Small and Nancy Cottle (representing Kelli Ward.) Gene Klund will give a brief report on the recent RNC. Contact Diane Andersen at or 480 395-5515.

LD13 will not meet Tues, Aug 9, according to Chairman Wally Campbell. Meetings will resume in Sept.

Lydia’s La Canasta Restaurant In Wickenburg is hosting the third of four “Believers For Trump” events at 2023 W Wickenburg Way (SW corner of Hwy 60/Vulture Peak Way) at 7 pm., Thurs., Aug 11 to hear the newly elected Arizona National Committeewoman  Lori Klein-Corbin of Prescott. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is lined up for the Aug 25 meeting. Attendance is free; no obligation to purchase a meal.  However, the kitchen will be open for the convenience of those who wish to dine before the events start.  Those intending to dine should notify the restaurant in advance by calling Lydia Abril or Renee Sparks at 480-589-0511. Diners should arrive by 6 pm to ensure they have completed their meals before 7pm. A Republican voter registration table will be available at each event for the convenience of those who would like to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. Abril said she is hoping to attract Hispanics from Aguila, Congress, Morristown, Wittman, and Yavapai County who support Trump, but have not yet registered to vote.

NW Maricopa County Chapter AZRA will meet at 9:15 am, Sat., Aug 13 at the Maricopa County NW Service Facility, 12975 W Bell Road in Surprise. Speakers include Phil Mason, Sr who will update the group on election news and outreach; Rep Phil Lovas will update the group on the Arizona Trump campaign and the Arizona House; and Sen Judy Burges will update the group on the Arizona Senate. The meeting is open to the public; doors open at 8:45 AM. Contact: Sec Patricia Templeton

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) has extended the deadline to Aug 20 for submitting award nominations (via the legislative district (LD) chairmen) for the Fall Awards Dinner. Date tba. All nominee recommendations must be submitted by Aug 20 to Frank Thorwald at Three new awards will be given related to recruitment and activity of new precinct committeemen (PCs). Nominees for the “Most Valuable PC Of The Year,” along with the annual Lifetime Lincoln Bust and Reagan Bust Service awards are also being sought. Each LD chairman is asked to submit one name. PCs can nominate any club for the “Outstanding Club for 2016” award. For more information contact Thorwald.

LD23 will host candidates at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 11 meeting. US Senate Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk will speak in hopes of gaining support of former US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey backers. Melusey recently  suspended his campaign.

US Sen John McCain will speak at the 12:30 pm., Mon, Aug 8 Winslow Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.523 W Second St., in Winslow and host a Town Hall at 2 the Hulet Elementary School, 600 W Buffalo St., in Holbrook. Contact: Lorna Romero at

The Arizona Trump/Pence Team will be operating a phone bank from 5-8 pm., Tues., Aug 9 at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St., in Phoenix and in the AZGOP West Valley Office, 10050 W. Bell Rd, Suite 51, in Sun City. Volunteers RSVP here or trump-tuesday

US Sen John McCain will speak at a luncheon with former Gov Jane Hull at noon, Tues., Aug 9 in the Pinetop Country Club, 6734 Country Club Dr in Pinetop. Contact: Lorna Romero at

Maricopa County Supt Of School Candidate Jana Jackson will address the Wickenburg Republican Club at 7 pm., Tues., Aug 22 in the Lifeline Ambulance Training Center, 1155 N Tegner, Wickenburg. Other local candidates are welcome to give brief presentations prior to the Aug 30 primary election. Contact: Chairman Frosty Taylor at to be put on the agenda.

LD23 Rep Jay Lawrence: Judy and I just returned from "Hillary's America". I am so proud to be a Republican You must see this before it is removed from theaters and before you vote. Once having seen it you will not be able to vote for the Clinton family. We cannot allow the "progressives" to steal our America any more than they already have! Maybe we can even get it back!

AFA Lynne Breyer: There comes a time when facts need to matter. This cycle, there has been more obfuscation of facts than ever before. Just look what has been done to Trump to know that. It has filtered across much smaller races, too. I don't know how that helps the election process. As Republicans, we say we want to elect the best, most honest candidates. But when I hear rumors about candidates, I ask, have you personally vetted that candidate and the other candidates in that race? So far, not one person said, “yes.” I take particular exception when our own Republicans get on social media and post the most hateful words, photo-shopped pictures and false accusations about fellow Republicans, including candidates. When did it stop being enough just to reveal a candidate's positions, real background, campaign finance reports, facts? One local race that has been the quintessential example of how off the rails we have gotten as a party is the U.S. Senate race. We activists want to get rid of John McCain. But some have been willing to ruin Alex Meluskey for exercising his right to be the first candidate, by months, to file to defeat McCain. “Spoilers” aren't the first to file! Good sense has left this building, false information takes center stage. If you think that there was ever a day that Ward and McCain were tied, you fell for a push poll posted on Breitbart that is no longer Andrew's Breitbart. Ward has never polled above 25%, McCain has never polled below 35%. If we want to operate honestly on facts, look at internal polls. Meluskey has never polled as low as 4%. Arizona Freedom Alliance has done plenty of research on this race and has the actual internal poll from 7/26/2016. watching-the-elections

The Gila County Republican Committee’s "Reagan Day Dinner" is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Fri., Aug 26 at the Mazatzal Casino, in Payson. Speakers include Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Secretary of State Michele Reagan, and Congressman Paul Gosar. Tickets are $55. Purchase a table of 8 and get front row seating and recognition by the event moderator. Call Chairman Gary Morris for tickets at 602-803-7366. Morris says, “Hey, make it a date night and stay over at the casino and enjoy the cool pines.”

The Palo Verde Republican Women are planning a “Pie It Forward” – a harvest fest to benefit the Palo Verde Outreach Charities families and veterans – at 6:30 pm., Sat., Oct 8 at MacDonald’s Ranch, 26540 N Scottsdale Rd in north Scottsdale. $35 for BBQ dinner, entertainment, pie & prizes, silent auction. No hosts bar. Live auction for a chance to throw a pie in the face of a special guest. Master of Ceremonies – TV personality and chef Jan D’Atri. Also enter your pie for judging by Cathy Bua of Cathy’s Rum Cakes, Carmella Dodge of the Food Network and Lydia D’Atri, cookbook author and restaurateur. For details contact Joan Lang at

Important 2016 Election Dates And Deadlines

     · Aug 30 – Primary Election

     · Sept 29 – Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.

     · Oct 10 – Voter registration deadline for General Election.

     · Oct 12 – Early Ballot Voting begins for General Election.

     · Nov 8 – General Election Day.

Reminder To Early Voters: If you are supporting a qualified write-in candidate in a contested precinct committeeman precinct, be sure to print their name on the ballot and fill in the arrow – the same way you filled in the arrows for your favorite candidates who were printed on the ballot. Be sure to sign the outside of the envelope.

Hand Ballot Counters Needed – The Maricopa Elections Dept. is in need of 60 registered Republicans for Hand Counting ballots for the Primary Election. Training will be held from 2-4 pm., Wed., Aug 31 at the Sheriff’s Training Facility, 2627 S 35th Ave (35th Ave/Lower Buckeye) in Phoenix. Actual hand-counting will be conducted from 9 am-5 pm., Thurs., Sept 1 and (if necessary) carried over to Fri., Sept 2. Confirmation letters will be mailed to those who sign up at the Maricopa County Elections Dept closer to Aug. 30. Participants will earn $10 per hour; lunch provided. Interested persons can call the AZ Republican West Valley Office at 623-977-4532. Give your Name, Home Address and E-mail address to the receptionist.

The Az Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) Newsletter for August 2016 is available for viewing and downloading at AzCDL.

Attention Republican Candidates: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either or Briefs does NOT post endorsements, nor does it endorse candidates. – Editor Frosty Taylor

If You Missed The Aug 1 Deadline to register to vote in the Aug 30 Primary, you can still have until Oct 10 to register to vote in the Nov 8 General Election. .. or update your current voter information. You can register and update information online. You can also pick up registrations forms at the US post office or local Motor Vehicle Department.

Congressman Paul Gosar has yard signs available. Contact his campaign at

Editor’s Note: Briefs means brief, short, concise. To those submitting commentary – there is a 300 word limit on postings. If you exceed the word limit, your commentary will either not be posted or it will be edited to conform to the word limit policy– Frosty Taylor

LD18 Senate Candidate Frank Schmuck’s satellite campaign office is now open from 6 am-9pm daily at 233 W Krista Way, Tempe where team members can pick up yards signs, a Crew Member T-shirt for volunteering, a call/walking list of your neighborhood, stickers, and work on the phone bank. Please bring your own cell phone. Drinks/food available to workers. RSVP to Connie at 831-234-5660.

Volunteers Are Needed to work in the Cobre Valley Republican Headquarters in Globe between 10 am –2 pm., Mon., Wed., Fri., And Sat. Volunteers should contact Chr Judy Alexander at 928-701-2195.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in partnership with the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, is offering an encore Canyon Lake cruise for the public to see magnificent desert bighorn sheep in their natural environment. The three-hour tour, accompanied by Game and Fish biologists and educators, leaves from Canyon Lake Marina at 7 a.m. on Sat, Aug. 13. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12. The Dolly Steamboat offers both open-air decks and air-conditioned viewing areas, is accessible, and has bathrooms. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable light clothing and bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and binoculars. Limited space. Reservations required: call Dolly Steamboat at (480) 827-9144 or book online at

Kathy Pearce, Founder, CEO AZ Heroes to Hometowns, is in need of 2,500 - $25 grocery gift cards or monetary donations for a turkey or ham to complete the food boxes for Thanksgiving dinner for families of OEF/OIF Injured/Wounded Troops, Deployed Military Families, Guard, Reserves, and Active Duty Military. Donations of grocery gift cards and checks are needed by Nov 11. See Contact Pearce at 480-330-1632 or

August 12 Is The Deadline for nominating contestants for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission awards dinner. Submit a Commission Awards nomination, or download a nomination form. Then submit the completed form and all supplemental materials to:  Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: 2016 Commission Awards - DOHQ, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086 or fax to:  623-236-7299 or email to: Submission deadline is 5 p.m. August 12, 2016. The Commission will select the Award recipients at its Aug. 26, 2016 meeting. The awards will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet to be held Sat, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85044.

Maricopa County Elections Needs Polling Place Volunteers for the August 30 Presidential Primary Election. They need over 4,000 registered voters to work the 724 precincts in Maricopa County. Volunteers will be pay $125 for Election Day, $10 for the training class, and $5 for the setup meeting. Interested people should contact: Fred Lucero - RISCX at


Aug 8

LD29 will meet at 7 pm., Mon, Aug 8 at Grifols Academy-Plasmapheresis, 5242 W Camelback Road #101 in Glendale. Contact Chairman Alan Gaugert at

The Highway 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm. Mon., Aug 8 at the VFW Post 10227, 2375 N s5th St. in Prescott Valley with LD1 House candidates Karen Fann, Noel Campbell, Chip Davis and David Stringer. $9 per person. Limited seating. RSVP to June at 928-899-3150 or

The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Aug 8 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ.(SE corner of W Florence Blvd. and N Sacaton St. Americans for Prosperity representatives will address their new score card and why scores are lower this year. Casa Grande City Council candidates Marty Schmidt and Peter Redwine will also make presentations. Contact:

A Sedona “Meet & Greet” is scheduled for US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward at the CafĂ© Jose Restaurant, 2370 AZ-89A#1 in Sedona at 1 pm., Mon., Aug 8. RSVP or call 928-293-0608.

The Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Aug 8 at 3375 E Shea Blvd in Phoenix with Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Andy Tobin. Contact: Ron Ludders, Chairman 602.677.1496

Aug 9

The Sun Lakes Republican Club will host congressional candidate Andy Biggs at 11 am, Tues, Aug 9 in the Navajo Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N Sun Lakes Blvd., in Sun Lakes. Contact Chairman Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178.

A Meet & Greet is scheduled for Rep Jill Norgaard at 5 pm., Tues., Aug 9, hosted by Terry and Mark Giebelhaus, Barry Aarons and Debra Himes at the Giebelhaus home, 3026 E Rockledge Road in Phoenix. Light refreshments. RSVP 602-402-6844 or

Aug 10

Shane Krauser will present Senatorial Candidate Dr. Kelli Ward at the 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 10 Freedom Fires meeting at Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210.

Aug 11

Arizona GOP National Committeewomen elect Lori Klein-Corbin will speak at the 7 pm., Aug 11 “Believers For Donald Trump” meeting at Lydia’s La Canasta Restaurant In Wickenburg. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be the Aug 25 speaker. For details call 480-589-0511

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women’s Fall meeting is scheduled Sept 23-24, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reid Park, 445 S Alvernon Way in Tucson. Download Registration HERE or contact Arrangements Chair Kathy Dolge at 602-510-8986 or Block rates expires Sept 1. Gaslight Theatre is sold out. Waiting line contact Mary Baumbach at 602-206-1189 or

Aug 12

The Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club luncheon is scheduled Fri., Aug 12 with LD11

Sen Steve Smith, and Reps Mark Finchem and Vince Leach. All three are running unopposed in the Aug 30 primary. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:50 am., at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W Greenock Dr., Oro Valley. Meet & Greet at 11:30 am. $22 per person. For reservations RSVP no later than 1:30 pm., Tues., Aug 9 to Nancy Newman at or 520-297-3401 A reservation made is a reservation paid if not canceled. The Sept 9 program will be a presentation on “Marijuana Threats to Society” by MatForce of Prescott and a mother whose son died from marijuana.


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Cathy Riggs, Republican candidate for Desert Ridge Justice of the Peace (jurisdiction including the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree, northernmost Scottsdale, New River, Deer Valley, South of the 101 to Union Hills and the Desert Ridge communities of North Phoenix):While a "down ballot" race, the office of the Justice of the Peace is important to public safety and civil justice.  JP's adjudicate misdemeanor crimes, traffic offenses, landlord/ tenant and civil lawsuits of $10,000 or less.  I'm running as an experienced law enforcement professional and law school graduate who has the background and qualifications to restore professionalism and integrity to the Desert Ridge Justice Court.  I'm an Arizona native, and 14-year resident of Scottsdale, and a former police officer, police detective and police academy instructor.  I was also the manager of investigations for the Arizona Medical Board.  As a Justice of the Peace directly elected by, and accountable to, the voters, I will raise the bar and maintain high standards for the conduct of the court. For a yard sign or to help me at the polling places on August 30th, please email me at  

US Senate candidate Clair Van Steenwyk urges Maricopa County voters who haven't signed up for an Early Ballot to call 602-506-1511 #0 before Aug 19 to sign up. Van Steenwyk says he requested this line be set up to eliminate any confusion in the process of obtaining Early Ballots for the primary.


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