Tuesday, January 12, 2016

1-11-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor - Frosty Taylor or
Web Master   John Strasser

Monday – January 11, 2016

Some Folks Aren’t Playing Nice as we move toward the Jan 16 MCRC Mandatory meeting in Phoenix. If you receive an e-mail with a campaign notice that Barbara Medal and Dan Schultz are running for first and second vice chairman of the MCRC – disregard it, it is bogus. Medal and Schultz know nothing about the meddlesome memo that is obviously meant to stir up the pot… as if there isn’t already enough strife and hostile under-current between the party conservatives and RINOs.

MCRC Executive Director April Riggins: The envelopes for the MCRC Mandatory meeting return address is: Arizona Republican Party. This was done as in previous years as required to use the bulk rate stamp associated with the state party. Dan Grimm and I appreciate the AZGOP working with the MCRC again on our mailing. We are looking forward to seeing all on Saturday. Riggins is referring to complaints that people are mistakingly viewing the MCRC “Call letter” envelope as junk mail.- ft

Listed Are The 11 Candidates vying for the five Member-At-Large openings on the Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC).  Candidates include
·         Joshua Askey (LD17)
·         Linda Brickman (LD15)
·         Lilia Dashevsky (LD15)
·         Gene Dufoe (LD25)
·         Jeff Greenspan (LD24)
·         Wesley W. Harris (LD20)
·         Sophia E. Johnson (LD19)
·         Tom Morrissey (LD18)
·         Ed Pellegrino (LD18)
·         Mark Spencer (LD28)
·         Lynne Weaver (LD28)

The  “Constitution Platform” aka “conservative” slate consists of Tom Morrissey, Linda Brickman, Gene Dufoe, Wes Harris and Mark Spencer.

AZGOP Robert Graham To Fellow Maricopa County Precinct Committeeman: If you're reading this letter you've been called to a meeting to vote in a recall election targeting several officials whom you elected to serve as leaders of the Maricopa County Republican Party.
As your peer in the party, as a fellow grassroots activist, and also as chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, I ask that you refrain from voting to remove any of the duly elected volunteers (Tyler Bowyer, Jeni White, and Aaron Borders) who are serving us.
While no one seems to have the courage to take responsibility for this recall effort, let me be very clear that the only person who put this recall election on the ballot, unilateraly (sic), by himself, is Chairman Tyler Bowyer. Even having the authority…one needs to ask, why would he do this and what are his motivations to create a recall and include himself to be recalled? That leaves no one but you to judge the merits of reversing a decision you made, quite recently, to put these individuals into leadership positions in our county party.
There is a small minority within the party that would rather fight each other than fight the progressive Democratic left. They allow their rage and hatred for those who do not align with their party infighting to disrupt, derail and waste our precious meeting time as PCs.
Many of us who are especially active in the party have heard absurd rumors and ridiculous conspiracy theories. I, for one, reject any gossip or activity that is not focused on helping the GOP win in November. Keep in mind what is in front of us…the Presidential election. We as Arizona Republicans and specifically Precinct Committeemen must commit ourselves to taking back the White House. We took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Imagine if Hillary wins the Presidency…she will have the likely opportunity to appoint 2 – 4 Supreme Court Justices. What would that do to our nation?
Far too much is at stake to make enemies when we need to make friends.
It is my hope, and the hope of the great many among us who volunteer to serve our party, our nation and our Constitution, that our greatest efforts will be against our greatest enemy, and that petty squabbles will not deter us from success in our mission to save our state and nation. 
Editor’s Note: It is no secret that Graham and Bowyer have been at odds for most of 2015, as Graham and former MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro were throughout 2014 -- which brings some PCs to wonder why Graham is again meddling in Maricopa County GOP issues. See Robert Graham attempts to protect low level McCain operatives   PCs have been complaining about Graham’s shenanigans and leadership or lack thereof - including suggestions he resign - for the past year.  Is Graham concerned that he could face a movement from the floor for his removal as AZGOP chairman, along with the “Anyone But McCain” resolution during the upcoming Jan 23 AZGOP Mandatory meeting???

Maricopa County Precinct Committeeman Tom Morrissey: After reading the recent letter sent to the Republican Precinct Committeemen of Maricopa County, by Mr. Robert Graham, I would like to share my personal feelings regarding the upcoming special election called by Chairman Tyler Bowyer.
First, I think it is important that our fellow PC’s understand that the organization of the Arizona Republican party is that each county and the state stand autonomously from one another. So, for example, the state party has its own duties and responsibilities apart from and outside of the counties. They may occasionally be called upon to assist counties with certain situations that can arise, but each organization conducts its own business. None of the organizations have any authority over one another – NONE.
Second, even though Mr. Graham writes to all of us as a fellow PC, it will be seen by many as some type of directive coming from the “parent” office. Again, there is no parent office in this organization.
While Mr. Graham is writing as a PC, he is the state chairman, and it will be seen as that.  It is not the place or the right of the State Chairman to criticize, anyone, in this case, Chairman Bowyer, for making a decision he does not happen to agree with.
Chairman Graham is entitled to his opinion and I am entitled to mine as well as each and every one of the PC’s in Maricopa County. But, that opinion does not translate into any authority. Please do not replace your due diligence of this important matter by being unduly influenced by perceived power. If our county chairman, Tyler Bowyer thinks this meeting is important, then it behooves all of us to do our part and be there to make an informed choice.  Morrissey is a former AZGOP Chairman. ft

AZGOP Second Vice Chairman Gabby S. Mercer To AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and Executive Director Chad Heywood:  Where is the Call Letter for our mandatory State meeting on January 23rd? Precinct Committeeman are calling me and asking for it.  Some want to send their proxy with qualified State Committeemen but they have not received anything.  
Besides this situation being embarrassing it is unacceptable that AZ GOP has fallen behind on this important issue, even down here in lowly Pima County, historically all PCs receive the call letter a month before our official meeting!
Another thing that disturbs me is the fact that, you would not accept Chris Campbell giving you my name to be added to the ballot as I will be running for reelection for 2nd vice chair.  I heard now that we will NOT have a ballot and every candidate will be nominated from the floor?  May I ask what happened?  Why did we fall behind the eight ball on this?
What do you suggest I tell people when they call/email me regarding this issue?

The Republican Party of Maricopa County Firearms Prize Drawing (aka as a raffle) at the 1/16/16 Mandatory Meeting. The three prizes include:
      1st Prize: DPMS Panther, 308 AR15. MSRP: $999.
      2nd Prize: Smith & Wesson, M & P, .223 AR15. MSRP: $739.
      3rd Prize: Ruger, RS22, .22 semi-automatic pistol, MSRP: $349.
One (1) ticket for a $10 donation or three (3) tickets for a $20 donation. Winner need not be present to win. Drawing will be held at the 1/16/16 MCRC Mandatory Meeting. Credit & Debit Card Payment will be accepted at the Mandatory Meeting. Early tickets are available now by mailing a check payable to the Maricopa County Republican Committee addressed to: Andrew Costanzo, PO Box 28091, Tempe, AZ 85285. Please include a self-address stamped envelope for the return of your ticket stubs. Tickets are 1 of $10 and 3 for $20.  Contact Andrew Costanzo,  480 677-0697. Firearms supplied by Arizona Firearms in Tempe; they are donating the Ruger, RS22 pistol to the MCRC. All winners must qualify in accordance with Arizona firearm laws. Winners will receive an Arizona Firearms gift card in lieu of the prize won.

To Access The Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Jan 16, 2016 Mandatory meeting call letter, agenda, candidates and proxy form go to  Official Calls/Proxies.  Only precinct committeemen who were elected or appointed by Nov 25, 2015 are eligible to enter the assembly room and vote at the mandatory meeting.

ATTN PCs:  Many of you have been asking about your Maricopa County Republican Jan 16 Mandatory meeting “Call letters.” 
·         County officials say they are in the mail.  
·         Others say they thought the call letter was junk mail… so check your incoming mail closely. Watch for a return that reads Arizona Republican Party. If you accidently threw it out, you can download the call letter at
·         The two proxies in the call letter are meeting specific and will only be accepted at the Jan 16 meetings. 
·         A ‘special’ meeting is scheduled at 2:30 pm – immediately following adjournment of the regular session – the second proxy is for that meeting called by the Chairman for the purpose of voting for the Removal of the Chairman Tyler Bowyer, and/or First Vice-Chair Jeni White, and/or Second Vice-Chair Aaron Borders from the MCRC EGC.
·         Briefs is receiving inquiries as to bios on the 11 member at large (MAL) candidates. PCs will be electing five new MALS from the 11 candidates. Briefs has posted all the candidate announcements received from the individual candidates and will post any MAL candidate announcement received prior to noon Thursday, Jan. 14.  MAL candidate  announcements can be sent to or
·         One resolution was accidently left out of the call letter.  See LD28 PC Joe Alcott’s  Resolution In Support Of Protecting Arizona’s State Rights” in the Jan 8, 2016 Briefs archives 1/1-8-16-briefs
·         Please review the call letter meeting rules, and the bylaws and resolutions proposals prior to the meeting.

LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor: There are 17 proposed By-Laws Amendments on the agenda  for the Jan 16 MCRC Mandatory  meeting. See Bylaws-Proposals/Recommendations  for LD23 summaries/ voting recommendations for our LD 23 PCs regarding the proposed amendments to the MCRC By-Laws. With all of the activity planned that day, our elected officers believed, after a careful study, this would be helpful in providing direction for them.  Take a look and decide how you want to vote.  There are no recommendations on MCRC Officers, Members-at-Large or the various Resolutions.
          Additional information for the MCRC meeting:
    1. Please be sure to bring your photo ID that is government issued. Photo credit cards, etc., will not be accepted as valid ID
    2. Lines to check in will be by precinct in alpha order. Please be sure you are in the correct line.
    3. After registering and getting your packet, please be sure to stop one more time at the last station on the table to pick up your ballot(s) for the Special meeting. Your ballot(s) for the Mandatory Meeting (first meeting) will be in your packet
    4. If you cannot find a PC in your precinct to carry your proxy, you may have any registered Republican in your precinct carry your proxy to the meeting just as a fellow PC would do and with the same restrictions. They must produce the same ID and go through the Proxy Process before registering at the Credentials desk.
    5. If you select a non-PC registered Republican to carry your proxy to the meeting, it is your responsibility to fully instruct that person as to the rules.
    6. Ballot hand off: if you are unable to stay for the entire Mandatory and Special meeting for whatever reason, you may hand your tag(s) off to another trusted PC in LD23 as has been the case in the past. You must fill out the back side of your tag for it to be valid. No tag can be passed more than once.
          In addition, please open these attachments.  Print any you feel would be helpful to you at the meeting: 
1.  Resolution accidentally left out of the packet you will receive at the meeting:
2.  Resolution to support Anyone But McCain will be brought from the floor:

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  Contact:  Liz Alcorn at

Young Republicans plan to have a Debate Watch Party January 14 at AZGOP headquarters. Limited space. Details here.

The FOX Business Network has announced the candidate lineups for the two Republican primary debates it will host on Thurs, Jan 14. The 9 p.m. ET debate will feature real estate mogul Donald Trump; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; Florida Senator Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and Ohio Governor John Kasich. The 6 p.m. ET debate roster includes Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former HP (NYSE:HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Americans For Prosperity representatives Jason Lloyd and Boaz Witzbeck will address Freedom Fires at 6:30 pm., Wed., Jan 13 at Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave., Mesa.  

LD18 House Incumbent Jill Norgaard asks that LD voters sign her petitions on line at

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham added another candle to his birthday cake last Saturday… but sources say he’s not telling his age.

The Pro-Life Student Lobby Day is scheduled Jan 19 at the State Capitol. student-pro-life-lobby-day-tickets

The AZGOP Chairman's Awards Dinner is scheduled Jan 22 at the Scottsdale Hilton. Tickets are $60 per person. Tables of 10 - $500. Details here.

Senate Republican Presidential Poll: cast your vote here
The AZGOP State Convention is followed by the 2016 National Convention slated in Cleveland July 18-21. Details tba.  See national GOP convention
Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Balladeer of 50 years, will be performing some new songs at 7 pm, Sat., Jan 16 at the North Mountain Community Center.

The Coconino County Republicans Annual Fundraiser/Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled at 6:15 pm., Mon., Feb 15 at the  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff featuring a CD1 candidate forum with candidates Gary Kiehne, Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu, David Gowan, and Paul Shawn. The forum will be moderated by Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours and City Councilman Jeff Oravits. Doors open at 5 pm, program starts at 6:15, and dinner will be served at 6:30Dinner: $50 per person, $360 for a table of eight. Attire: Business casual. Dinner Reservations: Checks may be mailed to Dan Edel, 3120 W. Tami Lane, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 – must be postmarked NLT February 8. Payment by: cash, checks payable to CCRC, or on line via Pay Pal at  There will be drawings for Gift Certificates, jewelry, wine baskets and more. Winners will be drawn at the close of the program. Tickets are still available for the Colorado River Rafting trip/Janome sewing machine raffle. $10 each/maximum of 250 to be sold.

Jose Borrajero’s Jan 11, 2016 AZRRT Update – Education:  Follow us on Twitter at or Facebook at
 Participation: Please let us know what bills you would like us to monitor, and/or your opinion regarding those bills, by contacting For a list of bills submitted so far, go to
          Most astute observers have been predicting that one of the major legislative topics of 2016 will be education in general and parental rights in particular. Those predictions appear to be coming to fruition at both the state and national levels.
          At the state level we will be tracking two bills, HB2044 by Rep. Finchem and HB2056 by Rep. Ackerley. Please keep a sharp look out for these bills because we will be asking you to contact elected officials at the proper time.
At the national level, two senators, Isakson (R-GA) and Alexander (R-TN), are working on this subject. We at the AZRRT limit our activity to the state level, but you should be aware of what these two senators are doing on our behalf. To that end, please make sure you watch the video included at the end of the article referred to in our latest Facebook posting. Full details  You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to read the post.


JAN 12
·         LD13 PCs will hear Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at 7 pm., Tues., Jan 12 at the PebbleCreek Tuscany Falls Clubhouse Chianti Room, 16262 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ.  Registration opens at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is scheduled Feb 9 at the same location. Contact: Chairman Wally Campbell  623-451-1100.

·         The Northwest Valley Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm, Tues, Jan 12 to hear Mona K. Oshana speaking about how she and her family escaped from Iraq.  She will also address the politics and policies that got us to the current dismal situation in the Middle East.  Co-speaker will be Sam Isaac Darmo.  Darmo will address various issues concerning the Middle East. An informative video will be shown at 5 pm.  Contact: Dennis Zinke  623-977-8114. Meeting takes place at 10050 W. Bell Road, Ste. 50 in Sun City.

·         Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney will address the Sun Lakes Republican Club at 6:30 pm., Tues, Jan 12 in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd, Chandler, AZ.  

·         The Sahuarita Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 12 at the Triple Play, Duval Mine Road West of I-19 for dinner and to hear a report from former Maricopa County Republicans Chairman A J LaFaro regarding ballot harvesting and voter fraud issues. LaFaro is also a national director for the AZ Republican Assemblies. Meeting Contact:

·         The Sun Lakes Republican Club will host Mark Spencer, Southwest Projects Coordinator for Judicial Watch at it’s 6:pm, Jan 12 meeting in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd, Sun Lakes, AZ 8 5248. Spencer will address “Corruption & Public Office: Scandals Exposed”.  Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney will also be present.

JAN 13
·         PC Day at the Capitol is scheduled from 9am-3 pm., Wed., Jan 13 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phx.  9 am - Meet your legislators. 11:30 am – free lunch, rally and greetings from elected officials (free tickets required) Registered here pc-day-at-the-capitol-tickets  1 pm – Houses introduction. 1:30 pm – Senate Introduction. 2 pm – small group meetings with legislators.  Contact 
·         SaddleBrooke Republican Club will meet at 5 pm., Wed., Jan 13 in the Ballroom in HOA#2.  Doors up at 3:30 pm.  Sierra Vista resident Colonel Thomas M. Finnegan, US Army (Retired), will address the group. Finnegan has served on the Board at the Fort Huachuca 50 since 1994.  The Fort Huachuca 50 is a community-based organization founded in 1987 to support the viability of Fort Huachuca for the future.  He served two tours in the Republic of Vietnam and served in a variety of command and staff assignments prior to his retirement in 1993.  From 1994 until his retirement in 2007 he was the Program Manager for L-3 Communications in Sierra Vista. Contact: President Neil MacDonald

·         The Jan 13, 2016 Arrowhead Republican Women Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Check in opens at 10:45am. The speaker will be a representative of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Post 32-1, an all-volunteer organization of veterans helping veterans. Their activities support the Soldier's Best Friend program in Peoria. Reservations required to attend; cost is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through or  RSVP: Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to place a reservation  by Fri., Jan 8.  ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ - Republican men may join as associate members.

JAN 16
·         The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Mandatory meeting is scheduled Jan 16  - same day as the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Mandatory meeting. Calls letters should go out no later than Jan 6 to precinct committeemen qualified to vote at these meetings. 

·         The Maricopa County Republican Committee Mandatory Meeting is scheduled Sat., Jan 16 at the Church of the Nation’s, 6225 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. 85012, according to Executive Director April Riggins.  Riggins and Dan Grimm are co-chairing the event again this year. Those wishing to obtain tables, display banners, have flyers distributed in the packet, or display ground signs  are asked to call Reservations Chairman Liz Alcorn for pricing at  or phone 602-315- 0349. Checks should be made payable to MCRC and mailed to Liz Alcorn, 12040 N. 133rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ. 85259 by Jan 11, 2016. Tables will be assigned when payment is received. No exceptions.

·         The Constitutional Study Group is scheduling classes between 2-3:30 pm., on Saturday, Jan 16  and Feb 13 at three locations in Mesa.
·         American Family Education, 4833 E Southern, Mesa
·         Board room of SWD Urethane Co., 536 S Drew St., Mesa
·         Leisure World Club House, 908 W Power Road., Mesa
Instructors: Nathan Phelps, Veri Farnsworth, Cindy Biggs, Sarah Rowse and Adrienne Weiss. Contact: Farnsworth vfarnsworth13&  or 480-204-0964.
    $5 donation covers Constitution booklet, workbook and all class handouts. 

JAN 18
·         The Newly Formed Hwy 89 Republican Club will meet for the first time at 5 pm., Mon., Jan 18 at the Bonn Fire Restaurant in Chino Valley with a mystery speaker. The new club is open to all Republicans living in the area North along Hwy 89 from the Prescott Airport to Ash Fork along with Williamson Valley and Seligman.   There will also be an election of officers. (To serve as an officer a registered Republican needs to be a Precinct Committeeman and have voted in the last Primary and General elections.)  Contact Ron Godfrey at or 602-688-0979.  

·          The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm,  Mon., Jan 18 in Rec 2 Hopi, 908 S Power Road, Messa, to hear US Senate candidate Kelli Ward address her campaign to replace US Sen John McCain. A Presidential straw poll will also be taken.  In the event you are attending from outside Leisure World please enter through the southern gate at Southern Ave/ and Leisure World Boulevard.  It is about half way between Power/Higley  Roads.  Proceed straight ahead after being cleared at the gate to the large building on your right. Contact: Diane at 480 395-5515.

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