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Thursday, January 21, 2016

1-20-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs

 

Pima County Republican Party Chairman Bill Beard received this message this morning (at 9:26 am., Jan 20, 2016)  from Pima County Elections Director Brad R Nelson: “As you may recall the 2016 Presidential Preference Election (PPE) will be conducted on March 22. The PPE is subject to a hand count audit if the major parties participate in the audit.
            The hand count audit for the 2016 PPE will unfortunately occur during Easter weekend (the hand count will be conducted on March 26 – Easter is March 27).
            I would respectfully ask that you both consider not having your party participate in the hand count audit so that the holiday weekend is not impacted. 
            It’s your call and whatever you decide, my office will be ready to accommodate that decision.” – Brad Nelson

Beard Response This Afternoon:  As chairman of the Pima County Republican Party I take the constitutional responsibility for over site of elections in Arizona very seriously. The Pima County Republican Party will have the adequate number of people to complete the Presidential Preference Election Hand Count at the appropriately legal time and place.” – Bill Beard

            Beard also notes, “The Election Laws in the state of Arizona are very clear. The public, acting through the political parties has the direct responsibility for over site of elections. The principle of Checks and Balances is not something any citizen can allow to be casually discarded. The Pima County Republican Party stands foursquare behind those principles and will not allow government officials to overlook their responsibilities.”

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.

 

At Least 32 Volunteers Are Needed at 6:45 am Sat., Jan 23 to gather petition signatures necessary to take the “Anyone BUT John McCain” resolution and a “Censure AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham” resolution ( See briefs for both full resolutions)  to the floor during the AZGOP State Committeeman Mandatory meeting.  Petition signatures will be gathered in the parking lot prior to the 8:58 am opening of the meeting.  320 state committeemen signatures from at least four (4) counties are required to take the resolutions to the floor. The resolution against McCain was passed by the Maricopa County precinct committeemen by a 921-582 ballot vote during their Jan 16 mandatory meeting.  The Censure Graham Resolution is specific to the AZGOP Mandatory meeting and was not address during the Maricopa County meeting. For signature forms or more information contact State Committeeman AJ LaFaro, LD18 PC at 480-752-9164  or  aj_ml@hotmail.com

 

If You Are A Yuma Republican State Committeeman and will not be able to attend the Jan 23 Annual GOP Mandatory meeting scheduled in Tempe, you can take your proxy to the Jan 21 Colorado River Tea Party meeting, where it can be signed and witnessed by two people and carried to the state meeting. Contact: Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

 

The AZGOP Mandatory meeting is scheduled at 8:58 am., Sat., Jan 23 at the Grace Community Church, 1200 E Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282 for all state committeemen - in person or by proxy. Election of officers for the First, Second, and Third Vice Chairmen, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms are on the agenda. These are two year terms, beginning and ending, with the mandatory meeting. 

 

The AZGOP Call Letter does not list the nominees for these offices.  State Committeemen sending their proxy with fellow committeemen are in the dark as to who they should designate their proxy vote should go to.

 

LD25 PC Capt Karen Gevaert: Dear state committeemen did you received any info in regards to those folks who are running for AZGOP positions this coming 01-23-16 meeting.  Actually, in my district we never had anyone come to campaign. How then can you vote?  I'm sure that this Violates some rule of order.

 

Gabby S. Mercer Is Running For Re-Election as Second Vice Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party Executive Board election to be held during the Jan 23 AZGOP Mandatory meeting at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

 

Timothy Lee, AZGOP Compliance Officer, is also running for the Second Vice Chairman of the AZGOP.

 

State Treasurer Jeff  DeWit has been named Presidential candidate Donald Trumps ‘Campaign Manager for Arizona’. DeWit’s support team of long-time Arizona GOP community leaders includes former State Attorney General/ former NRA President Bob Corbin, former State Senator Lori Klein Corbin, former State Senator President Pro Tempore/former House Majority Whip Robert Blendu, former Arizona State Republican Chairman Tom Morrissey, former Maricopa County Republican Chairman Lyle Tuttle, former National Committeewoman Lori Urban and former State Treasurer/former State Senator/and former Yavapai County Supervisor Carol Springer.

 

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has hired former Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor as Deputy State Director under Arizona State Director Charles Munoz.

 

Membership fees for the Fountain Hills Republican Club are now due. Payment can be made at the Sat., Jan 23  or mail check to the club's Treasurer at P.O.Box 1714, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-7814.  Dues are $15 or $20 for a family membership.  Membership forms at http://www.FHRepublicanClub.org.  Contact: Secretary Boe James  FHRepublican@gmail.com or http://www.FHRepublicanClub.org. 

 

 

Tallies for the Jan 16 MCRC Resolutions:

Resolution Description                Total   Support  Oppose    Support Oppose

1. Strengthen the party                 1548      1199         349         77.5%      22.5%

2. Full repeal Obamacare             1560    1253         307          80.3%     19.7%

3. Ensure honest election             1531     1211         320          79.1%     20.9%

4. Repeal medicinal marijuana    1544      851          693          55.1%     44.9%

*5. Natural born citizen               1492      599          893          40%         59.9%

6. Human Life Amendment          1506     1077         429          71.5%      28.5%

7. Support Sheriff Arpaio            1510     1060         450         70.2%      29.8%

8. Violations of 2nd Amend          1524     1126        398          73.9%      26.1%

9. Defund Planned Parenthd         1555     1225        330          78.8%      21.2%

10. Worksite enforcement            1534     1175         359         76.6%      23.4%

11. End activist judges                 1527     1184        343          77.5%      22.5%

12. Oppose legalized MJ              1552     1080        472          69.6%     30.4%

13. Protect State’s Rights              1479    1060        419           71.7%     28.3%

14. Anyone But John McCain       1503      921        582           61.3%     38.7%

15. MCRC Victory Plan                1444     730        714           50.6%     49.4%

*16. MCRC Audit                         1504     730        773           48.5%     51.4%

*Resolutions 5 and 16 failed. The others passed.

 

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will have a booth at the AZGOP State Mandatory Meeting meeting starting at 7:30 am., Sat., Jan 23 at  Grace Community Church in Tempe, AZ    Petitions. Stickers available.

 

The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly will meet at 6:30 pm on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ.  Doors open at 6pm. Speaker: Al Melvin, candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

 

The Wickenburg Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Mon., Jan 25 in the Lifeline Ambulance training room, 1155 Tegner, to hear senate candidate Clair Van Steenwyk. Contact: Chairman Frosty Taylor, frostytaylor@cox.net 

 

US Senate Candidate Dr Kelli Ward will address the Green Valley/ Sahuarita Republican Club   at 9 am., Fri., Jan 22 at Friends and Deeds in Green Valley, AZ     RSVP

 

The Deer Valley Tea Party meets at 6:30 pm., Fri., Jan 22 at Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, 702 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. Dr Barry A Goodfield, an expert in unconscious nonverbal signals (aka non-berbal  leak) will address his latest book Are They Crazy: - The  Ultimate Guide to the Candidates for American’s Next President.  DVTP meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, excepting holiday periods. Contact: Chr Bob Stannard  swsol@hotmail.com

 

Senate Democrats Have Blocked Consideration Of A Republican Bill To Curb The Flow Of Syrian And Iraqi Refugees into the United States, likely killing it. The 55-43 vote largely split down party lines and fell short of the 60 votes needed for the bill to advance. The refugee bill had passed the House with broad bipartisan support in November. President Obama said he would veto the bill if it made it to his desk. CNN.com

 

Congresswoman Martha McSally will host a mental health roundtable tomorrow at 10 am  Tucson to discuss the most pressing mental health issues facing Southern Arizona and the nation. Roundtable participants will include representatives from area hospitals, mental health and veterans organizations, and law enforcement.  They will meet at the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, 4575 E. Broadway Blvd. Contact: Patrick Ptak at patrick.ptak@mail.house.gov or 202-603-3100.

 

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will talk to the Maricopa City Republican Club about her senate campaign at 7 pm., Thur., Jan 28 at the The Villages in Maricopa, AZ .   RSVP

 

The 10 am., Thurs., Jan 21 Family Talk Show will highlight Her Right To Try -How Federal Government Prevents American’s From Getting Lifesaving Treatments and a Critique of AZ Corporation Commission, according to Executive Director Fred Taylor. Guests include  Christina Sandefur, vice president for police at the Goldwater Institute, and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns.    Radio Station – KXXT 1010 AM Call in 602-997-1010       www.familyvaluesradio1010.com

 

The Northwest Valley Tea Party meets at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 26 at 10050  Bell Road #50, Phoenix, to hear Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. An informative video will be shown from 5 pm to  6pm., meeting starts at 6:30 pm. Contact Dennis Zinke 623-977-8114.

 

The Annual AZGOP Chairman's-Awards-Dinner-2016 is scheduled at 6 pm., Fri., Jan 22 at the  Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Vuillas, 6333 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Reception – 5:30 pm. $500 per table. $60 per person. Live entertainment  RSVP jb@azgop.org  or 602-957-7770.

 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced a new collection of educator webinars to bring different wildlife concepts into the classroom. Participate from home while you earn professional development credit. Upcoming webinars:

ü  January 21, 7pm: It's a Bird, It's a Plane - Learn how the Wright brothers can be used to explore the Nature of Science and biomimicry while integrating wildlife biology, physical science, and history. Register Here.

ü  February 11, 7pm: Arizona's State Symbols - Learn some history and trivia about Arizona's living state symbols, including a brief history and trivia for each while we showcase some unique lessons that use science and social studies. Register Here.

 

Jennifer Reynolds - Common Core Fighters:  I heard from the bill sponsor that HB2056 and HB2088 will not be heard in the House Education Committee  until heard Jan 27th. Please contact the Representatives on this committee to testify in favor of both of these bills. Bill summaries and contact information. --Jennifer Reynolds  arizonansagainstcommoncore.com

ü  HB2056- Parental Opt Out. Requires a form to be developed by the State Board of Education that parents can submit to their principal or teacher to opt out of statewide assessment. Lack of assessment results will not affect school district achievement ranking, school report card, a pupil's ability to be promoted from third grade, or his/her ability to graduate from high school. An alternative, other than a statewide assessment, can be used to determine whether a pupil should be promoted from third grade and/or if they have met the requirements for graduation. hb2056p.htm&Session_ID=115

ü  HB2088- School Surveys and Assessments Informed Consent. Requires Informed consent for any psychological assessment, such as the Common Core-aligned assessments and others that gather psychological data. Informed consent would also be required for intrusive, inappropriate surveys that question pupils about their sexual practices, or any other private information. This bill protects the pupil from retaliation in any form if the parent does not consent, and the teacher from being evaluated according to pupil participation and results.  hb2088p.htm&Session_ID=115

 

160117-1235 - AZRRT Call To Action By Jose Borrajero

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The following table contains legislative bill(s) that are coming up soon for action in our state legislature. Please contact everyone in the “who to contact” column and ask them to vote yes or no, depending on your wishes. For a roster of legislators, including committee members and contact info, go to    AZLEG-ROSTER-2016.xls

(Committee Chairmen are indicated with an asterisk (*)

BILL #

 

SHORT TITLE OR WHAT THE BILL DOES

(1)

WHERE

(2)

DATE

(2)

TIME

(2)

 

WHO TO CONTACT

 

VOTE

(3)

HB2056

PARENTAL OPT-OUT, STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS

HHR-4

WED 1/20

2:00 PM

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Y

HB2058

 

MODIFICATIONS TO AZ BOARD OF EDUCATION

HHR-4

WED 1/20

2:00 PM

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

?

HB2088

 

SCHOOLS, ASSESSMENTS, INFORMED CONSENT PROTECTS PRIVACY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

HHR-4

WED 1/20

2:00 PM

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Y

Footnotes:

(1) It is impossible to provide an adequate description in such limited space. For more information on any bill, click the bill number to access the AZLEG page dealing with that bill. If that does not work for you, go to http://azleg.gov/ and enter bill number on the upper right hand corner of the main page.

(2) When a bill is scheduled to be heard in committee, the location, date, and time are provided. Otherwise the fields are blank

(3) Indicates our recommendation. Y = favor, N = oppose. ? = no consensus or not enough information

If a bill is scheduled to be heard in committee, make sure you submit your comments via the “Request to Speak” ( ALIS / RTS ) program at https://apps.azleg.gov/Account/SignOn?ReturnUrl=%2f

How to use the ALIS/RTS program, go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/j93kqzlvdlwlwxb/RTS-Instructions.doc?dl=0

 

Congressman Matt Salmon: “The President seems to believe in the concept that ‘executive privilege’ shields his office and his administration from accountability to Congress and the people.  When Congress, on behalf of the United States, asks to see what government employees have been doing with their money, ‘No’ isn’t the right answer. The good news today is that a District Court judge agrees, and has vindicated not only Congress’ search for answers in the disastrous Fast and Furious operation, but also our vote to hold former Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. While I welcome the court’s ruling, it can’t bring back a loyal Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, who was killed by weapons bought by federal agents and willingly given to those who mean Americans harm.  Rest assured, I will continue to get answers on who was responsible for this disgraceful program.”

 

Petitions For Arizona State Legislative Candidates can be signed by going to https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/petition/VoterPetnAuth.aspx

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

JAN 21

A Campaign Kickoff For Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney is scheduled between 5:30-7 pm, Thurs., Jan 21 at Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85286.

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu, who has taken on 30 year Senator John McCain, will address the Colorado Tea Party Patriots at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 21 at the Community Christian Church,  6480 E. Hwy 95, Yuma, AZ 8536. Big building behind church - between children's classroom building & Family Bible Study building. Contact:  Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

The Chino Valley Pachyderm will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 21 at Randall’s Restaurant at the Prescott Golf & Country Club in Dewey to hear US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey, who is challenging 30 year incumbent Sen John McCain. Early birds at 5 pm.  RSVP TO: Chairman Sue Goodchild suepachy@gmail.com or call 928-636-7355  Tom Jenny of Americans for Prosperity will host a Saul Alinsky movie for their Feb 18 meeting.

Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will give her State of Education address at 2 pm., Jan 20 MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=8  and at 9 am., Jan 21 in House Ed Cmte Rm HH4 or online:  or watch online:  MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=48

 

The Campaign Kickoff Party For Pima County Supervisors Ally Miller’s re-election is scheduled from 6-8 pm., Thurs., Jan 21, at the Fox and Hound Restaurant, 7625 N LaCholla Blvd. Appetizers/cash bar. Contact: Allyforsupervisors@gmail.com   520-477-2554

The Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet Wed., Feb 16 at Denny’s Restaurant, 2717 W Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85053 to hear Constitutional attorney, author and radio host KrisAnne Hall address constitutional issues.  Contact: http://krisannehall.com

 

JAN 22

The Highway 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm., Mon., Jan 22 to hear Bisbee native Dan Elkins, an author, retired Navy, business owner and intelligence and defense resources consultant, who will address Ann Ryn’s Atlas Shrugged. Elkins and his wife Sandra currently live in Prescott Valley and are members of the Hwy 69 Republicans and Yavapai County Pachyderms. He has authored four editions. His most recent book “Atlas Shrugged Revisited: What We Should Have Learned, But Didn't” was released in December 2015. The club meets in the rear dining room of the Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E Hwy 69, Dewey. RSVP for seating to June 899-3150 or info@highway69republicans.com

 

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.

 

Congressman Matt Salmon is holding open office hours between 1:30-3:30 pm, Fri., Jan 22 in his Gilbert office, 207 N Gilbert Road, #209.  Limited space. Schedule an appointment at (480) 699-8239.

 

The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is hosting a free “Legislative 101: How To Build Relationships And Make An Impact At The State Capitol”  session between 9:30-11:30 am, Fri., Jan 22. To register email rsvp-leg101@azleague.org  with your name and title or call 602-258-5786.  . The League's senior legislative associate will walk attendees through the legislative process and discuss strategies for building stronger relationships with your legislators. Staff will also answer any questions you have about the legislative process and provide information on how you can make the most impact at the state capitol during the 2016 session. It will be -recorded and available on the League's YouTube channel.

 

JAN 23

The Mandatory AZGOP Meeting for all State Committeemen (in person or by proxy) will be held at 8:58 am., Sat., Jan 23, 2016 at Grace Community Church in Phoenix.

 

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet with FH Mayor Linda Kavanagh at 9 am., Sat., Jan 23 at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N LaMontana Dr., Fountain Hills. Breakfast snacks/social at 8:30 am.  Admission is free. and Sen John McCain will appear on Feb 20 and AZGOP Robert Graham will highlight the March  breakfast.   Contact: Boe James, club Secretary at FHRepublican@gmail.com or visit http://www.FHRepublicaClub.org.

 

JAN 25

The Tempe Republican Women will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 25 at the Pyle Rec Center - 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe to hear Laura Knaparek address “Conservative Alliance Perspective of Solar” and political consultant Constantine Querard talk about the “Natonal Popular Vote.”  Contact: President   Jessica Merrow   480-306-2545.

 

The Wickenburg Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Mon., Jan 25 in the Lifeline Ambulance training room, 1155 Tegner, to hear Senate Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk. Contact: Chairman Frosty Taylor, frostytaylor@cox.net 

 

JAN 26

LD17 (Chandler, Sun Lakes and Gilbert) will meet at 5 pm., Tues., Jan 26. Contact Chairman  Dr. Shadow Asgari LD17shadow@gmail.com

 

The Ahwatukee Republican Women is meeting at 7 pm., Tues., Jan 26 at the Four Points Four Points By Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain., 10831 South 51st St., Phoenix, 85044. State Rep and CD1 Candidate  David Gowan will address the group. Contact: President Cindy Casaus ARWomen@aol.com

 

The Fountain Hills Republican Club GOP Social will be held Jan 26, Feb, 23 and March 22 at the Fireside Grill in the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro BLVD. Strictly social, no speeches, no reservations, no hostbar/drinks.  Contact: Secretary Boe James  FHRepublican@gmail.com or http://www.FHRepublicanClub.org.

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL COMMENTS

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Congressman Paul A. Gosar: “The president is out of touch if he believes blocking WOTUS would ‘deny businesses and communities regulatory certainty and clarity’ when the truth is the exact opposite. Instead of doing his job and working with Congress, President Obama has once again decided to continue blatantly ignoring the will of the House, Senate, 29 states and the American people. He refuses to accept that his attempt to mandate a big government takeover of our nation’s water resources has been resoundingly rejected. Despite an illegal EPA propaganda campaign and repeated efforts to lie and mislead Congress about how certain provisions of this new regulation came to be, the Obama Administration still doesn’t understand that Americans refuse to be ruled by ideological executive overreach.”

“One of the hallmarks of our Constitutional Republic is the separation of powers among the branches of our government. When the president takes action by executive fiat in defiance of Congress, it is an affront to every bedrock principle of this country and opens the door to further expand our monolithic federal regime. Rural Americans, including farmers, ranchers, small businesses, other property owners and water users throughout the country, will continue to suffer because of the regulatory uncertainty caused by this executive overreach. The damage done by this administration’s irresponsible policies cannot end soon enough and I remain committed to doing everything I can to stop WOTUS, whether it is during this administration, or the next.”

Congressman Matt Salmon:  There has been a lot of news made in Washington.  From the President's State of the Union address to the discussions members of the House have had on how best to advance a pro-growth agenda in America, we've been taking a hard look at how to move the country forward. In case you missed it, take a look at the news highlights from the past couple of weeks below as well as a few of the press releases I've put out.

·       KFYI - The Mike Broomhead Show - State of the Union Follow Up

·       KTAR News - State of the Union Follow Up

·       Fox News Opinion - Sarah Hekmati: Why my State of the Union visit to Washington gives me hope

·       The Hill - House Republican: US doing nothing to counter Chinese hacks

·       The Huffington Post - The U.S. Must No Longer Accept China's Denial of Government-Sponsored Hack Attacks

·       PRESS RELEASE: Reps. Dan Kildee and Matt Salmon Invite Sarah Hekmati and Dr. Ramy Kurdi

·       PRESS RELEASE: Chairman Salmon Applauds Passage of North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act

·       PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Salmon Statement on North Korean Bomb Test

·       PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Salmon Applauds IRS Sudden Reversal on Attempts to Intimidate Charitable Donors

·       PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Salmon Responds to President Obama’s Unilateral Power Grab on Guns

·       PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Salmon Statement on Voting in Favor of Repealing Obamacare

 

Congressman  Matt Salmon “After America was fleeced by negotiations with Iran, Members of Congress warned the President that the Iranian regime was not to be trusted.  Not to be deterred by facts, he pushed forward and ultimately signed a terrible deal with an untrustworthy regime.  Since the signing of the deal just a few short months ago,  Iran has test-launched inter-continental missiles (capable of carrying nuclear payloads), fired warning shots at U.S. Naval ships in international waters, and, just yesterday, captured and held American sailors and vessels.  Now it is anticipated that the Administration will move this week to release billions in hard currency to the Iranian regime.  This bill would provide Congress greater oversight over the President’s ability to lift sanctions on entities doing businesses with Iran to the benefit of their ballistic missile program, and force the Administration to take responsibility for their actions by mandating certifications be made by? Congress before sanctions are lifted.  They’re small changes, but exactly what we need to rein in an executive intent on ignoring the will of the American people.”

 

Congresswomen Martha McSally: “Reports that criminals are taking advantage of our own programs to traffic and exploit their victims are sickening,” said McSally. “These are not simply oversights. These are failures of the highest degree that resulted in innocent people being forced into sexual and other forms of slavery. Our agencies have to do better to close these gaps, and this bill will require DHS step up its game and improve the way it acquires and shares information to stop traffickers looking to exploit our systems.”

 

Congresswomen Martha McSally: “It appears the Administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance of A-10s to our troops’ lives and national security. Since before I took office and after, I’ve consistently highlighted the A-10’s irreplaceable capabilities and worked to expose the Administration’s flawed argument for wanting to retire it prematurely. With A-10s deployed in the Middle East to fight ISIS, in Europe to deter Russian aggression, and along the Korean Peninsula, Administration officials can no longer deny how invaluable these planes are to our arsenal and military capabilities. But our fight does not end here. The Administration has been persistent in its efforts to send our best close air support asset to the boneyard without a replacement. That’s unacceptable, and I’ll continue to lead the fight to ensure we keep these planes flying until we know without a doubt we can replace their capabilities.”

 

Congresswoman Martha McSally:  “Since the EPA first announced this harmful, one-size-fits all rule, members from both parties have opposed it. The courts have placed a hold on it. Yet the President is ignoring these voices and the needs of Southern Arizonans and continues to move ahead unilaterally,” said Rep. McSally. “Southern Arizona is one of many places around the country with a very unique landscape. I’m very concerned that this rule’s blanket provisions fail to account for the washes and tributaries that crisscross our community and will end up hurting businesses, ranchers, and everyday families. I’ll continue to work to stand up for their needs and make sure their voices are heard.”

 

US Senator John McCain: “I sent a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking him to explain why cases against two senior officials from the Phoenix VA are still unresolved a year and a half after the scandal of denied and delayed care first arose. I continue to be extremely disappointed by the VA’s refusal to hold senior executives accountable for manipulating veterans’ wait-times in order to get bigger bonuses. By allowing these individuals to return to work, the VA has clearly demonstrated that these cases will drag on even longer. Just last week, a senior VA official admitted that he provided inaccurate and incomplete answers under oath multiple times to me during a Senate Veterans Affairs field hearing on these issues. Secretary McDonald is singularly responsible for the VA’s refusal to take action and its failure to expeditiously hold personnel responsible for the gross mismanagement and neglect of our veterans at the Phoenix VA and VA hospitals around the country.”

 

U.S. Senator John McCain: “I welcome reports that the Air Force has decided to keep the A-10 aircraft flying through fiscal year 2017, ensuring our troops have the vital close-air support they need for missions around the world. Today, the A-10 fleet is playing an indispensable role in the fight against ISIL in Iraq and assisting NATO’s efforts to deter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. With growing global chaos and turmoil on the rise, we simply cannot afford to prematurely retire the best close air support weapon in our arsenal without fielding a proper replacement. I’m particularly proud of the important contributions our A-10 pilots from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson continue to make to our national security. When the Obama Administration submits its 2017 budget request in the coming weeks, I hope it will follow through on its plan to keep the A-10 flying so that it can continue to protect American troops, many still serving in harm’s way.”

 

U.S. Senator John McCain Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee: “A day after Iran seized two U.S. Navy vessels and ‘arrested’ ten American sailors, Obama administration officials seem to be falling over themselves to offer praise for Iran’s graciousness in detaining our ships and service members. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the sailors were offered ‘the proper courtesy that you would expect.’ Secretary of State John Kerry offered his ‘gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter.’ This Administration’s craven desire to preserve the dangerous Iranian nuclear deal at all costs evidently knows no limit.

“The Administration is pretending as if nothing out of the ordinary has occurred. Vice President Joe Biden described the incident as ‘standard nautical practice.’ That assertion is patently false. What’s worse, by failing to affirm basic principles of international law, it places our Navy and Coast Guard vessels and the men and women who sail them at increased risk in the future. Under international law, sovereign immune vessels like navy ships and boats do not lose their sovereign immune status when they are in distress at sea.  Under international law, sovereign immune naval vessels are exempt from detention, boarding, or search. Their crews are not subject to detention or arrest. Furthermore, the suggestion by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others that the Iranian nuclear deal somehow aided in these sailors’ return is ludicrous. These sailors were ‘arrested’ in apparent violation of international law and centuries of maritime custom and tradition. Moreover, I doubt the four Americans still languishing in Iranian prisons and their families take great solace in assertions that this new diplomatic relationship with Iran ‘has served us well.’”

 

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·        Arizona-House-Committee-Holds-Bill-That Would-Legalize-Nunchucks

·        Funding-Cuts-Doom-Arizonas-Growing-Career-And-Technical-Education-Programs

·        US Welfare Pays For Four Wives Per Husband

·        Special Forces Wear Burkas To Infiltrate And Kill Isis

·        Islamists Use Unionist Tactics Against Wisconsin Company To Get Special Prayer Breaks

·        It’s Like “Nazi Germany” — Federal Police Officer Furious After Cops Attempt To Rob Him & His Wife

·        Pro-Muslim ‘Refugee’ Filmmakers: Get Robbed By Muslim Refugees While Filming

·        Capitalism Under Attack: Since When Is Getting Rich And Helping Others Wrong?

·        Question: Should Employers Fire Muslim Employees For Unscheduled Prayer Breaks?

 

SEEING RED AZ

·        Phoenix ID Scam Includes Ease In Illegal Voting

·        Liberal KFYI Talk Show Host Shills For McCain   Fill-In Radio Host Barry Markson Lacks Crucial Information, But Keeps Talking

·        Double Talking Marco Rubio: The Amnesty Changeling

·        Anyone-But-McCain-Resolution-Passes-Easily-At-GOP-Meeting 

SONORAN ALLIANCE

·        KJZZ: Constantin Querard And Shane Wikfors Discuss The Schism In The Maricopa GOP

·        The Bloodlust of the Maricopa GOP

·        Why I Am Resigning As A Republican Precinct Committeeman

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

·        Uh, Oh Don’t Look Now, But Ted Cruz Just Caved On Ethanol (Updated)

·        Trump Arizona Campaign Team

·        Status Of Alinsky 8 Levels Of Control

·        Recession

·        Ammon Bundy: Residents Being Intimidated & Threatened In Burns, Oregon - #Oregonfront

·        160119-2230 AZRRT Update – Education Bills

·        Maricopa County GOP Slams McCain Again, But Schweikert Won't Run

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

·        Donald-Trump-Chooses-Arizona-Treasurer

·        State-Committeemen-Are-Planning A Resolution For AZGOP Chairman

·        Will-AZGOP-State-Commiteeman-Meeting-Be Another Donnybrooke?

·        ICYMI: Reported-Maricopa-County Mtg A Donnybrooke

GILBERT/GILA WATCH

·        Please Support HB2056 And HB2088!  By Jennifer Reynolds, Publisher, Arizonans Against Common Core

·        The ESSA Gives States The Right To Allow Parents To Opt Out Of Federally Required Tests

·        Textbook Executive: “Common Core’s All About The Money." 

·        Expect More Arizona In It "For The Money"? 

 

 

ILLEGALS/IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/AMNESTY

·        Well-Known Company Luring Illegal Immigrants Into USA

·        Remember 1986

·        Borderland Beat

·        AZ Border Defenders     Updated Daily

·        Need2no    Border News Watch

SECOND AMENDMENT, FIREARMS

·        Florida Sheriff: Better to Have a Gun in Your Hand than a Cop on the Phone!

·        Thanks-Obama,  50-Cal-‘Fast-And-Furious’-Rifle-Found-With-El-Chapo-At-Hideout?

WAR ON WOMEN

·        Muslim “Refugee” Sexually Assaulted 25-Year-Old Victim After Telling Her ‘German Women Are Just There For Sex’

·        Have-Sex-With-Me: Muslim-Sex-Fiend-Refugee-Gropes-Calls-Swedish-Woman-A-Whore-And-Demands-She-Have-Sex-On-Train-With-Him; She-Secretly-Records-Argument-On-Cell-Phone

·        Female Muslim Professor Says It’s Okay For Muslims To Capture Slave Girls And Then Rape Them To “Humiliate” Them

MILITARY/VETERANS

·        Report: Chinese Soldiers Linked To US Military Hacking Case

·        Navy-SEAl-Allegedly-Kept-Picture-Of-Osama-Bin-Laden’s-Corpse

·        Navy SEAl Turns Over Picture, Faces Investigation Of Business Ties

·        The Islamic State Wants You To Scapegoat Muslims, Warns Australian Prime Minister

·        Veteran-Blood-Bank-May-Play-Key-Role-In-Cancer-Moon-Shot 

·        Supreme Court To Review Obama’s Power On Deportation Policy

·        When_Appeasement_Is_In_Season 

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO

·        Judge Jeanine: The Republican Party Is In Real Trouble

CONGRESS

·        Harry-Reid-Won't-Seek-Fec-Permission-To-Spend-Leftover-Campaign-Cash-For-Personal-Use

GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

·        Oregon-Standoff-Turns-Sour-As-Community-Members-Issue-Ammon-Bundy-Stern-Message

TED CRUZ

·        This-Ad’s-Genius-Play-On-Ted-Cruz-Canada-Controversy

 

EDUCATION

·        4th-At-Same-School-Teacher-Has-Sex-With-Girl

·        School-Takes-Kids-On-Field-Trip-To-Sex-Shop

INTERNATIONAL

·        ISIS Bulldozed The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq

·        “Morocco And Algeria Must Take Back Rejected “Refugees”” Says German Economic Minister.

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