Friday, January 22, 2016

1-21-16 Briefs

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Thursday – January 21, 2016


The AZGOP Mandatory meeting is scheduled to open 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. The agenda includes election of officers for the non-statutory First, Second, and Third Vice Chairmen, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms positions. Concern is surfacing among state committeemen over the lack of a list of candidate nominees in the call letter. Those sending their proxy to the meeting via other committeemen report they have no way of knowing who to designate their votes should be cast for. Briefs has sent an inquiry to Chairman Robert Graham and his top assistants Chad Heywood and Tim Seifert as to (1) why there is no nominee list in the call letter, (2) whether a nominating committee was convened and (3) who the nominating committee chair/members are. 


At Least 32 Volunteers Are Needed at 6:30 am (time change from previously announced 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 for each resolution to take the two proposed  resolutions to the floor to a vote.

The resolution against McCain was passed by the Maricopa County precinct committeemen by a 921-582 ballot vote during the Jan 16 Maricopa County GOP mandatory meeting.  The Censure Graham Resolution is specific to the Jan 23 AZGOP meeting and was not addressed during the Maricopa County meeting. For signature forms or more information on either of these two resolutions contact LD18 State Committeeman AJ LaFaro at 480-752-9164  or


Give-Me-A-Reason-To-Believe-In-Those-We-Elect   Russell rips AZGOP Resolution Committee: “I am as mad as hell and if you are not you are not paying attention.”


LD22 Chairman Eric Morgan has cautioned state committeemen, who cannot attend the state meeting, to be sure they know and trust whoever is carrying their proxy.

Proxy voting was started with the good intention of helping those who couldn’t make it to the meetings due to health, family or other emergency problems.  However, there is growing concern that individuals collecting massive amounts of proxies from their precincts can sway elections.  A year or so ago, photos circulated the net of GOP activists laden down with numerous ballot credentials collected from those not in attendance.


Former MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro cautions AZGOP state committeemen to be on the alert for individuals who might be recording private conversations at the upcoming meeting in Phoenix.  LaFaro reports an individual became “rude and belligerent” when LaFaro requested  the individual stop recording a private conversation between himself  and Rob Haney, another former MCRC Chairman, during last Saturday’s MCRC Mandatory meeting.  MCRC officials have verified receiving reports of alleged “political operatives” standing behind people recording their private conversations. LaFaro recommends that state committeemen  immediately report any suspicious activity to Alberto Guitier, AZGOP Sergeant-of-Arms, or the MCSO Sheriff's Deputies on duty.


LD27 State Committeeman Andrew Costanzo To State Committeemen: I have witnessed continued disrespect for our committee and violations of our bylaws by AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham.

Graham failed to follow the Resolute Order of the Committeemen to close the Republican Primary Elections.  The AZ Libertarian Party was successful in closing their Primary Elections, yet Graham failed to take action.

Graham committed to fund the Republican Party of Maricopa County's East Valley Office through the 2016 election cycle, yet without any warning payment was stopped. Defunding was alleged retribution for welcoming Presidential candidate Donald Trump by the county committee last summer.

Voter data access, promised by Graham to all PCs, has now been denied.  In this critical 2016 election year, a PC must now receive voter data from the AZ GOP, instead of their district or county.

Graham has attempted unwarranted influence at the local level in LD 30.  These members of the Maricopa County Republican Committee had issues, but they worked them out -  on their own - at the local level.  The last thing they needed was added distractions from those outside of their jurisdiction.

The Resolutions and the Nominating Committee for this Saturday's Mandatory Meeting both allegedly failed to comply with the bylaws.  It is the privilege of State Committeemen to expect and demand that their Chairman follow the AZ GOP Bylaws.

           I urge you to join me in signing the signature petition and voting to censure Chairman

Graham at the AZ GOP Mandatory Meeting.  Please become a cosponsor signer prior to the meeting and vote to censure Graham to remind him that he works for us, the State Committeemen, not his establishment and donor class friends.
          The censure doesn't remove Graham from office.  It simply declares our official dissatisfaction of his continued disrespect and egregious acts.  - LD 27 Precinct and State Committeeman Andrew Costanzo


LD25 Chairman Ian Murray To Fellow Republicans and State Committeemen: On Saturday a resolution will be introduced to Censure GOP State Chairman Robert Graham.  I am opposed to this resolution.   This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced at the November MCRC EGC that was designed to undermine Chairman Tyler Bowyer.  Just like that resolution, this one has no upside.  For those that have issues with Chairman Graham, I urge them to set up a meeting to resolve those differences.  We have elections to win and this resolution does nothing to further that goal.

My preference is that this resolution is not introduced, but if it is, I will be voting No. - Ian Murray, Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Chairman Republican Party of Mesa LD-25  (602)524-7786.


Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has a photo taken with behind the scenes police protectors after every one of his political rallies as he moved across the nation.


The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will be putting the US senate candidates – incumbent John McCain, and challengers Dr. Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey and Clair Van Steenwyk “in the hot seat” during a 6 pm., Feb 1 dinner forum at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort - Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85253-3548 (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds, on the East side  of Scottsdale Road). Spouses invited. 5:30 meet/greet. 6 pm mtg,  6:20 pm dinner, 7 pm, forum. $35 per person.  Reservations Required . Deadline  Thur, Jan 28.  Check made out to “LRWC” to Patricia Kaufman,  7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 . Call 480-368-2777  or email


The Ahwatukee, Arizona Federation of Republican Women, Chandler Republican Women, Estrella Conservative Republicans, Fountain Hills Republican Club, Maricopa County Young Professional Republicans, Palo Verde Republican Women and the Republican Women of Prescott at among the nominees to be recognized as the “Best Republican Club” during Friday evenings AZGOP Chairman’s Dinner in Phoenix.


Bet you didn’t know that retiring Maricopa County Treasurer "Hos" Hoskins is a former Viet Nam pilot and war hero . Thanks “Hos,” for your military and civic service!


Maricopa County Treasurer candidate Royce Flora will address the Arizona Project at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 25 at 3375 E Shea Blvd #2, Phx, according to Chairman Ron Ludders.  602-677-1496.


US Sen John McCain and former US Sen Jon Kyl will speak to the Arizona Chamber Leadership breakfast Series entitled, “Protecting Arizona,” to discuss issues uniquely affecting Arizona and the Southwest at 8 am., Fri., Jan 22 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Paradise Valley. .

Fountain Hills Republican Club is among the 8 finalists for Best Republican Club.  Award to be presented tomorrow night at the AZ GOP Chairman's Awards Dinner.


Mayor Linda Kavanagh is speaker at the 9 am.,Sat., Jan 23 Fountain Hills Republican Club meeting at at Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N la Montana Drive.  Meet and Greet starts at 8:30.


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.


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, 


A Fundraiser For Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, featuring Ted Nugent, Steven Segal, Jack Scala and others will be held between 3-6 pm., Sat., Jan 30. RSVP at   to make your reservation. Contact: Liz Alcorn  - 602-315-0349


The Arizona Game and Fish Department will conduct an educator webinar on Arizona State Symbols at 7 pm., Feb 11 to bring different wildlife concepts into the classroom. Participate from home while you earn professional development credit. 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. 


Corporation Commission Candidate Frank Riggs is collecting signatures as a Clean Election candidate, requiring $5 contributions on his web site ( Contact:  480-437-1032. 


Rev Franklin Graham plans a rally at noon, March 18 on the House lawn at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phx.  see rally


The “Remembering Our Fallen - a memorial exhibit with personal photos of those who have given their lives since 9-11,  will be displayed at the Arizona Capitol through Feb 6. Open Mon through Fri, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission/parking. or 602-926-3620.


Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate or Representatives   Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable.  Arizona delegation phone numbers: 




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


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  or 602-957-7770.


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.


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


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  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 or visit


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, 


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.


JAN 26

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


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


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 or


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.



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