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Yesterday Briefs received AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s response to a Dec 18 question asking if he had sent letters to any other LDs besides LD23, that had complaints regarding their organizational meetings. Graham says he sent a letter to one other LD and its problem had been resolved. Graham did not say which LD it was, nor what was resolved. See Graham and Ordowski’s letters at ld23gop.org/
Radio Talk Show Host Alex Meluskey will be chatting with AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor at 6 am., Sat, Dec 31 on 1130AM KQNA, at 4 pm on 1100AM KFNX and at 9 pm on 960AM KKNT.
Ongoing Saga Between AZGOP Robert Graham And LD23:
· Dec 27 – AFA - AZGOP Chairman Graham calls on LD23 PCs to Revolt! Graham’s Dec 19 letter to LD23 PCs.
· Dec 27 –Duo I and II allegations challenged 12-27-16-briefs
· Dec 22 – AZ Daily Independent – Arizona’s-Republicans-Leaders-Continue-Waging-War-On-Grassroots
· Dec 21 – Sonoran Alliance - LD23’s Very Own Obama-Pelosi Duo – Part II
· Dec 20 - Bartlett’s Bunker - “Complaints About The Game Playing Within The Party Just Keep Coming In” See 12-20-16-briefs
· Dec 18 - Briefs sent a message to Graham Sunday - (Dec 18) and resent it again about 2 pm Tuesday, Dec 20 afternoon, asking if any other LDs received a similar letter.
· Dec 18 – Sonoran Alliance: Arizona-LD23s-Very-Own-Obama-Pelosi-Duo-Part-I
· Dec 17 – Arizona Freedom Alliance: AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham Tries to Invalidate Legitimate State Committeemen Elections
· Dec 15 – LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski Response To Graham
· Dec 9 - Letter from Graham to Chairman Emeritus Jim O'Connor (candidate for AZGOP Chairman) Graham-Dec 9 letter.
· Dec 6 –Graham’s letter to District & County Chairmen. 12-10-16 Briefs archives
AZGOP candidate Jonathan Lines: I believe that both Frank (Thorwald) and Jim (O’Connor) are essential to the success of our Party. I want to make it clear that I stand by my promise not to talk negatively about either of them. O'Connor has led in LD 23, recruiting PCs and has been involved in many campaigns, including the grassroots campaign of (Alex) Meluskey for US Senate. Thorwald, even while very new to Arizona, has done a good job as Maricopa's 1st VC and is a rising star in our party. So, regardless of who is elected in January, I want us all to work together to promote Republican candidates and causes for years to come. We have done so in the past and it's imperative that we do so in the future. I have been a grassroots activist for almost four decades. As a nine-year old, I knocked on over 4,000 doors for President Reagan's run and have not stopped being a grassroots activist since. I have learned that grassroots activists are the backbone of our party and the only way a candidate can get elected. Like most grassroots activists, I have learned that we garner the most support when we embrace Reagan’s 11th Commandment--the commandment of inclusion. Implementing Reagan’s “Big Tent” vision has helped me be successful as a County Chairman. That is why I refuse to run a campaign that alienates or attacks any other Republican and will only run a campaign based on my experience, record and vision.
AZGOP Chairman Candidate Jim O’Connor has the following speaking engagements schedules:
· Wed, Jan 4 at Francine Romesburg’s Grassroots Tea Party (time and location to follow)
· Sat, Jan 7 at Sun City Republican Club at 8am; Foundation Bldg. 14465 W. RH Johnson Blvd. Sun City West, AZ 85375
· Sat, Jan 7 at Paradise Republican Woman’s Club at 10am Gainey Ranch Clubhouse
· Tues, Jan 10 at Pima Tea Party at 6pm in Tucson (details tba)
· Wed, Jan 11 at LD 18 Candidate Forum at 6:30pm at Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 South 48th St., Phoenix 85044.
Former LD Chairman/Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: We, in the rural counties, don’t always know what is going on with state party operations or the most populace Maricopa county. We sometimes have to read between the lines. It starts with Frosty’s Briefs: “Also see Graham to O'Connor 12-9-16 ; and newly elected LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski’s response challenging what her LD23 Board and their legal counsel “believe is an unjustifiable attempt to prevent their participation in the upcoming AZGOP Statutory meeting.” Ordowski to Graham 12-15-16. – ft” The Arizona Town Crier has railed against the AZ GOP autocratic bylaws, poor leadership and the laid back Executive Committee for a long time. Next month there is a chance to change that by electing new AZ GOP leadership. It seems that Robert Graham doesn’t like the idea of changing much of anything. Previous LD23 chair Jim O’Connor is one of three candidates running for AZGOP Chairmanship. See LD23 at www.ld23gop.org . It looks like Jim has has reached out to WE THE PEOPLE and is willing to properly represent the party membership. Looks like Robert Graham doesn’t like that. If you read the letter from Graham to O’Connor, you will see that Graham is trying to interfere with some party operations that are clearly none of his business. If Graham gets his way, his actions could preclude O’Connor from running for the AZ GOP chairmanship! The ARS does call for the state to call for duties of the PC, which the state party bylaws have never done; but the management of electing, vacating, and appointing PCs is clearly laid out as a responsibility and function of the county chairs and the county supervisors. Take a moment to read the ARS on PCs election and it will show how autocratic Graham has been for years and no one, not even the AzRA has bothered to address this. It’s your party, don’t let Graham run away with it. See ARS:
A. Any member of a recognized political party who is a registered voter in the precinct is eligible to seek the office of precinct committeeman of his party in that precinct.
B. If the number of persons who file nominating petitions for an election to fill precinct committeeman positions is less than or equal to the number of precinct committeeman positions, the county board of supervisors may cancel the election for those positions not sooner than seventy-five days before the election and appoint the person who filed the nominating petition to fill the position. If no person has filed a nominating petition to fill a position, the position is deemed vacant and shall be filled as otherwise provided by law. A precinct committeeman who is appointed pursuant to this subsection after filing a nominating petition shall be deemed and elected precinct committeeman.
C. If the number of persons who file nominating petitions for an election to fill precinct committeeman positions is more than the number of precinct committeeman positions for a recognized political party in a precinct, a separate ballot shall be prepared for the election of precinct committeemen for the political party in that precinct. The ballot shall conform as nearly as practicable to ballot requirements in this title, and to the official ballot prepared for that party in the primary election, but shall be designated as the "official ballot for electing precinct committeemen of the __________ party, primary election (date), __________ precinct, __________ county, state of Arizona." Only persons who are registered as members of that political party in that precinct may vote that precinct committeeman ballot. The election board or official shall provide the partisan precinct committeeman ballot to voters who are registered with that party in addition to the official ballot prepared for that party in the primary election.
D. In addition to other provisions of law regarding removal from office, a vacancy shall exist in the office of precinct committeeman when the precinct committeeman moves from the precinct from which elected or changes his political party from the party in which he was elected.
E. The minimum duties of a precinct committeeman shall be to assist his political party in voter registration and to assist the voters of his political party to vote on election days. Additional duties shall be as provided for in the state committee bylaws of the party of which he is a member.
ARS 16-821.B. The board of supervisors upon the recommendation of the county chairman, or the recommendation of a committee designated in the bylaws of the county committee for that purpose, shall determine when a vacancy exists in the office of precinct committeeman. If a vacancy exists, the vacancy shall be filled by the board of supervisors from a list of names submitted by the county chairman of the appropriate political party. Only a precinct committeeman elected at the primary election prior to the date of a state or county committee organizing meeting shall be permitted to vote at such meeting. The criteria used to establish when a vacancy exists in the office of precinct committeeman shall be as established in section 38-291.
Mike Broomhead will be the Master of Ceremonies for a Tribute to Sheriff Joe dinner on Jan 13 at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The Extended Hands Food Bank is responsible for food and ticketing, while the Fountain Hills Republican Club is planning the speakers and entertainment. All ticket/food profit to the Extended Hands Food Bank. Speaker line-up and entertainment to be announced. Tickets online at http://www.honorsheriffjoe.com. Tickets are $50 each. Seating is limited to 300.
Diana Douglas, County Supt Of Public Instruction: I would like to address the issues that have been raised over state standards. There appears to be some misinformation surrounding the standards that were adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education on Mon, Dec 19. The adoption of the new 2016 Arizona English Language Arts and Mathematics standards marked the final step in the repeal and replacement of Common Core in Arizona. This was one of my main campaign promises and has progressed from securing Arizona’s release from the Common Core copyright in March 2015 to the State Board of Education formally reversing their 2010 adoption of Common Core by a 6-2 vote on Oct 26, 2015. Input from parent groups like the Mommy Lobby led to the addition of cursive, a stronger emphasis on phonics, the removal of language that was determined to influence curricula, and a renewed focus on developmental appropriateness. Three anti-Common Core technical reviewers provided feedback on the first draft. Their input was included in the adopted draft of the standards where appropriate. The Literacy Standards that drove Common Core into other subject areas, such as History, Social Studies, Science and Technology, have been removed. These are just a few examples of the momentous changes that have removed Common Core from Arizona’s education landscape. Changes made by the State Board are not a “rebranding of Common Core.” A rebrand is what took place in 2013 when former Gov Jan Brewer renamed the standards from Common Core to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. The new standards are the result of 230 Arizona educators volunteering more than 7,300 hours to consider more than 10,000 public comments. They ensure that teachers - not the federal government - will decide how to teach, and most importantly they represent the best interests of our children. I look forward to discussing the removal of Common Core in greater detail as I visit LD meetings over the course of the upcoming year. See full story: common-core-replacement.
The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Statutory Organizational Meeting to elect officers is scheduled Sat., Jan 7, 2017. Announced candidates are:
Chairman - Brenda Dickinson, Chairman for the Yavapai County Trump Campaign and incumbent Mark Sensmeier.
1st Vice Chair: Myrna Lieberman, Phil Goode and Rudy Kantu
2nd Vice Chair: Craig Kiggens
Secretary - incumbent Rose Sperry
Treasurer – incumbent Roger Reinsch
Assistant Secretary: Karen Benson and Sandra Laney
Assistant Treasurer: Dwight Jaeger and Alex Harris.
Fountain Hills Republican Club Membership Applications are available at http://www.FHRepublicanClub.org 2017 dues are now payable. $20/$30 single/family. Dues can be paid by check to Fountain Hills Republican Club, P.O. Box 17814, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269 or by check or cash at any meeting.
The Maricopa County Statutory Meeting is scheduled Jan 14, 2017 at El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, 85008.
- Meeting Co-Sponsor $ 500.00 includes table.
- Federal Candidates : Tables, Banners, $ 200.00 each.
- Statewide Candidate: Tables, Banners, $ 200.00 each
- Local Candidates: Tables, Banners, $ 200.00 each.
- Republican Clubs: Tables, Banners, $ 200.00 each.
To reserve table or banner – contact Liz Alcorn - 602-315-0349 firstname.lastname@example.org
Make Check Payable To : MCRC (Maricopa County Republican Committee). Mail To : Liz Alcorn , 12040 N 133rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. All fees must be paid for by 1/10/17 no exceptions. Fees can be paid with credit card or check. All Banners To Be Delivered To Alcorn By 1/10/17.
A New Border Patrol Union Radio Show starts at 3 pm, Sundays on 790 KNST in Tucson on Sunday http://www.streamingthe.net/KNST-790-AM-97.1-FM-Tucson-Arizona/p/26959
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 7 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Coffee and donuts at 8am. $2 donation requested to help with room rental. LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor, a AZGOP chairman candidate will address building legislative district Republican organizations. O'Connor is the 2nd Vice-President of Az Republican Assembly and has been contributing to Republican successes since 2006. Contact: www.scwrepublicans.com" or Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chairlady 623-214-8010.
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2018 US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s campaign team needs volunteers are needed for to gather petitions signatures between 9-12 pm, noon – 3 pm, and 3-5 or 6 pm., January 13, 14, 15 at the Lake Havasu Balloon Fest at The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1040 McCulloch Blvd. North, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. RSVP to Carolyn Leff email@example.com 1-928-230-0633.
LD17 Will Host along with several others districts a meeting at 7 pm, Wed., Jan 11 in the sanctuary of Tri City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286, to hear candidates from candidates for the AZGOP office, according to newly elected LD17 Chairman Bill Moll. See Letter from Chairman Bert Moll
Rae Chornenky, LD22 Chairwoman: There will not be the regular monthly meeting of Legislative District 22 in January, 2017. Instead, we will all convene at the Maricopa Statutory Meeting on Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at the El Zaribah Shrine at 552 N. 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Credentialing begins at 9a.m. and the Call to order will be 10:30 a.m. All PCs in Maricopa County are to attend this meeting. New county officials will be elected and other business will be conducted. The State Statutory Meeting which only our LD 22 elected State Committeemen attend will be on Sat, Jan 28, 2017. State officers will be elected at this meeting. Please plan to attend the Jan 14, 2017 meeting.
Constable Dennis Dowling, Yavapai County: The Arizona Constables Association is raffling off a 400-500 pound grass-fed steer - butchered to your specifications, plus a freezer (chest or stand up--your choice) to be delivered to your home anywhere in Arizona. Tickets are $20 each. The drawing is Jan 24. Proceeds go to the ACA, promoting the office of Constable, and our annual College scholarships. For tickets call Dowling at 928.499.1785, I will come to you.
A Night To Honor Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Wife Ava, is scheduled at 6 pm., Fri, Jan 13 at the Fountain Hills Community Center Ballroom (13001 N La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268). Price: $50 per Ticket (all proceeds after costs are donated to Extended Hands Food Bank of Fountain Hills). This is not a political event but a tribute to a man and his wife for their years of service. Since 1992, Sheriff Joe and his wife have been a serving Maricopa County and protecting our community. We are grateful for his years of service to not only our nation as a US Army Veteran but also as our Sheriff. All sales are final. No refunds. RSVP: http://ehfb.org/honorsheriffjoe
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The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 3 in the Grand Canyon Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Forster Morgan, the youngest elector in the US to vote for Donald J Trump, will speak about his experience as an elector and how to encourage young people to become involved in the political system. Morgan is the son of immediate past LD22 Chairman Eric Morgan and his wife Heather. Contact: Contact: John Madeira firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coconino County Republican Committee will meet at noon, Jan 4 with Conservative friends for a discussion on “unintended consequences” of Prop 414, Flagstaff’s $15 minimum wage. Contact: Chairman Jeff Oravits
The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 5 with a “New Beginnings” meeting.
Central Republican Women Of Phoenix will meet with Maricopa County Treasurer elect Royce Flora on Jan 5 to discuss property taxes and county financial issues at the Hilton Phoenix Suites, 10 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. The Social begins at 5:30, and dinner/meeting at 6:15 p.m. Reservations required. $30 each includes dinner and program. RSVP by Jan. 1 to Jan Webb at email@example.com or contact: Kathy Hedges firstname.lastname@example.org
Mesa Republican Women meet between 11:30 am-1 pm, Jan 5 – (the first Thursday of each month, except August). January speakers are Senate President Steve Yarborough and Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard. Lunch is $10/members, $12 visitors & guests. Memberships are Jan-Dec: $25 Member and $15 Associate Member. Associate memberships are for men or women who are full members of another AzFRW club. Visitors/guests are allowed two meetings before being asked to pay membership fees. They have a 50/50 pot each month and lots of door prizes. We also sell patriot jewelry and other items to help cover club costs. RSVP deadline is Sun, Jan 1 to President Sherry Pierce at email@example.com or call (480) 615-0524) or 1900 E. University Drive, Suite 11, Mesa 85213. (Northwest corner of University Drive and Gilbert Road; Riviera Plaza).
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Congressman Paul A. Gosar after the president signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 which included a Gosar-McCain sponsored bill H.R. 4601, legislation that will resolve a non-controversial legal hurdle allowing for the pursuit of new economic development projects within the City of Flagstaff: “Arizonans can celebrate an early, bipartisan Christmas gift this year in the form of new jobs and economic growth in Flagstaff at no cost to taxpayers. I’m proud to have worked closely with Senator McCain, BNSF Railroad and the City of Flagstaff to pass this important legislation into public law. This commonsense bill will ensure that private land is utilized for commercial development and will not revert back to the federal government as a result of an outdated provision from the 1860’s. As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, it is critical that federal law supports economic growth and not impede job creators from building a stronger Arizona.”
Congresswoman Martha McSally delivered books being donated from the Library of Congress to TMC for Children. She also read Santa is Coming to Arizona to children receiving care in the 44-bed pediatric unit and visit separately with young patients unable to join for the story in the library area. “Every kid should get to enjoy the happiness and excitement of the holidays. This is especially true for those children who will spend their holidays in the hospital,” said McSally “That’s why I am really looking forward to joining TMC to bring some extra cheer to these young patients and their families and to thank the men and women working through the holidays to provide them with care.” Judy Rich, president and CEO of TMC, thanked the Congresswoman for her support. “One of the things that makes this holiday season so special at TMC is how the community comes together to support its most vulnerable members,” Rich said. “This gesture of warmth and care by Congresswoman McSally will ensure children and families here over the holidays will have a brighter experience this season and we are deeply appreciative of the support.”
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