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Yesterday’s Briefs carried AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s statement in which he refers to the AZ GOP as “…working tirelessly to end the horrible, special-interest-driven ballot harvesting” and a video explaining balloting harvesting (starring Graham) in which he urges voters to “tell our Representatives that they should Vote YES on HB 2023.” See Graham’s complete statement 2-4-16-briefs
It was quickly pointed out that it was not Graham who did the groundwork on this legislation. Nevertheless, the charismatic, handsome, slick, AZGOP pitchman will be able to use the video as part of his resume when he moves on to whatever higher level that Graham aspires to – you know, the one that Congressman Trent Franks referred to during his AZGOP Jan 23 meeting presentation (presumably Chair of the Republican National Committee as current chairman Reince Priebus moves on).
Former MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro: Before starting to set the record straight about ballot harvesting, stuffing and tampering legislation - I want to acknowledge a few individuals who helped lead the charge and worked tirelessly to make these egregious activities illegal in Arizona:
Secretary of State Michele Reagan
Representative Michelle Ugenti-Rita
Representative Anthony Kern
Representative J. D. Mesnard
Representative Eddie Farnsworth
Senator Don Shooter
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell
Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio
The are just a few of the many elected officials I worked with. There are countless more.
In February 2013, Reagan, Purcell and Osborne asked if I would testify at the Arizona Senate Elections Committee Hearing on SB1003 legislation that would make ballot harvesting illegal - because they knew of my fight against this activity. I felt it critical to speak out as the newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC). Unfortunately, Arizona's progressive socialist and RINO legislators prevented SB1003 from becoming law. 2-12-14 Senate Election Committee mtg
During the 2014 and 2015 Arizona legislative sessions, I continued to lobby and testify in favor of legislation to make ballot harvesting, stuffing and tampering illegal here in Arizona.
In August, 2014, as Chairman of the MCRC and while acting as the official liaison between the Republican Party and Maricopa County Elections, I witnessed and proved that ballot harvesting, stuffing and tampering does occur in Arizona. The video has been viewed almost 550,000 times. See Stuffing?
For exposing the person in the video and the progressive socialist organization he worked for, I was punished with a frivolous 14 month civil lawsuit. Because of my fantastic attorney Dennis Wilenchik and his legal team at Wilenchik & Bartness, the court ruled in my favor and dismissed the lawsuit in December, 2015. Rumors that current MCRC Counsels Ted Naeckel, Karyl Krug and current MCRC Chairman Tyler Bowyer were helpful in getting my case dismissed are the inaccurate. court minutes.pdf more court minutes
In February 2015, I decided to develop a PowerPoint presentation concerning ballot harvesting, stuffing, tampering and closing our primaries. I've traveled all over Arizona making presentations to LDs and County Republican Committees, Republican Clubs and Tea Party organizations. Almost 3,000 people so far. From the positive feedback it is definitely helping educate our grassroots activists.
Here it is February 2016, and the discussion and debate to make ballot harvesting, stuffing and tampering illegal is continuing at the State Capitol. My appreciation to Rep Michelle Ugenti-Rita for her unwavering conviction and heroic February 4, 2016 House Floor fight. Her bill - HB2023- passed its Third Read 34 Ayes, 23 Nays, 3 No Vote and was transmitted to the Senate on February 5th.
I encourage everyone to contact our Arizona Senators and ask them to support and pass HB2023 so we can make ballot harvesting, stuffing and tampering illegal in Arizona. Also contact our Arizona Representatives, especially Rep Michelle Ugenti-Rita, and thank them for their efforts. Links to the HB2023 Bill Status Overview, the Senate Roster and House Roster Contact: LaFaro at email@example.com LaFaro is also the National Director for the Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA)
Mohave County Recorder Carol Meier, according to an announcement by the Mohave Board of Superviors. She served the community for over 24 years starting her career in the Assessor’s Office and eventually holding an elected office since January 2009. “Carol Meier’s bubbly personality and dedication to Mohave County will certainly be missed” said Board Chairman Jean Bishop “please keep Carol and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
US Senate Candidate Alex Melusky will address the Cottonwood Republicans at 11:15 am., Tues., Feb 9 at the VFW Post 7400, East Aspen Street, Cottonwood, AZ.
PC Irene Littleton: All My Arizona Friends - I am concerned about what is going on in Arizona. I understand that today National Popular Vote passed the House and is headed for the Senate. We are giving away our State's Sovereignty. Please contact your Senator and tell them NO on National Popular Vote, it hurts Arizona. Go read the bill!
The Heroes to Hometowns ‘Salute a Soldier’ 5K run or 1-mile walk, honoring wounded veterans, is scheduled at 8:30 am., Sat., March 12 At Freestone Park, 1034 E Juniper Road., Gilbert AZ. $40 for 5Krun, $30 military rate for 5K or $25 for walk. Contact Kathy Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-330-1632.
US Senate Candidate Alex Melusky will address the Sun Lake Republicans at 6:30 pm., Feb 9 at the Sun lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 95249. Constitutional attoraney Shane Krauser will also address constitutional education. Contact: Contact Chr Mike Tennant, 480-802-178. http://www.slgop.org
Congresswoman Martha McSally will be joined by Southern Arizona officials and community leaders at 11:45 am, Mon, Feb 8 press conference to discuss the Administration’s delay of the A-10 retirement. The conference will be held outside of the outside of the Tucson Association of Realtors, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ. On Feb 2, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the Administration will delay the A-10’s retirement until 2022 in their upcoming budget request. The announcement comes after McSally’s continuous efforts to oppose the A-10’s premature retirement and amendments she offered that were passed into law to fully protect our A-10 fleet this year. The Administration’s full budget request is expected to be released on Tues, Feb 9. RSVP to Patrick Ptak at Patrick.email@example.com or 202-603-3100. Participants will include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson, Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board of Directors Chair Lisa Lovallo, Southern Arizona Defense Alliance David Godlewski, Vice President of DM50 Bob Logan, President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Michael Varney, President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lea Marquez-Peterson, and Tucson Association of Realtors Board of Directors President Eric Gibbs.Read more Tucson Sentinel.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on the January jobs report: “The economy is still failing the millions of Americans who have given up looking for work,” said Priebus. “With economic growth at a crawl, America can’t afford another Democrat president committed to extending President Obama’s failed policies. With Hillary Clinton proposing tax hikes economists say will slow growth, slash wages, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, it’s clear only a Republican president can move our economy in the right direction for middle class families.”
Arizona Project Evening Edition (Mon, Feb 8) meeting will feature a discussion regarding 1) Obama's lower court appointments coming in the last 1/2 year of this term. These are life-time appointments and will leave a group of "activist judges" on the the bench for a decade or two. What can be done to stop this travesty? Find out. 2) Do you know what a Professional Sentinel is? Find out from Treavor Lakey of Heritage Action. 3) We'll learn the Value of Twitter in the upcoming Presidential race. Contact: Chr Ronald Ludder 602.677.1496.
LD19 will meet at 7 pm., Mon., Feb 8 at 1416 N Litchfield Rd (Palm Valley Pavilions West Shopping Center) in Goodyear. LD19 Second Vice Chair Kim Owens will be sharing information on the Iowa Caucus; how it’s run, what it looks like in person, and how it represents the voters of Iowa. Contact: Owens firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTN Candidates: Plans are underway for the Sun City West Republican Club Spring “Candidates Forum” that will feature national, state, and LD22 candidates running in 2016. Candidates are asked to contact Forum Chairman Jan Martinson at email@example.com or 623-546-3753 for a spot on the agenda. Put “Candidates Forum” on the subject line. The event will be video-taped so you can use it for promotion. No charge for candidate participation. It’s an opportunity for candidates to speak to at least 200 people at one time. For details call Martinson at 623-546-3753.
Volunteers Needed: The Arizona Donald Trump Team is looking for volunteers to work phone banks and distribute campaign material. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Thayer Verschoor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602 703 0266.
Volunteers Needed: Arrowhead Republican Women’s First Vice Chairman Jan Martinson is asking for volunteers to help with the ARW jewelry table at the Feb 20 “Candidate Corral” at Pioneer Village. Contact Martinson at 623-546-3753.
Volunteers Needed: Candidate Corral 2016 coordinator Nina Marlowe is asking for about 30 volunteers to help with the Feb 20 Candidate Corral scheduled at the Pioneer Living History Village. Marlow needs people to help with parking and busing handicap people from their car to the front of the three stages set up for candidates presentations. She also needs set-up and tear down volunteers. Contact Marlow at 602) 541-1436 cell nmarlowCBL@gmail.com
Sponsors/Volunteers Needed: To help with the Heroes to Hometowns ‘Salute a Soldier’ 5K run or 1 mile walk scheduled at 89:30 am., Sat. March 12 at Freestone Park in Glbert. Contact: Kathy Pearce at email@example.com or 480-330-1632.
Go to US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s web site at kelliward.com/ar15 to sign up for a chance to win a custom Kelli Ward AR-15.
The American Gold Star Mothers Tucson Chapter are selling raffle ticket to raise money for Wreaths Across America. Sponsored by Jim Click, the AGSM gets 100% of the ticket sales to put towards Wreaths Across America. The more tickets they sell, the more wreaths they can put on veteran graves. Tickets: Sheron Jones President - American Gold Star Mothers Tucson Chapter and Department President for Arizona 520-390-1704 sheronjones29@yahoo
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is composed of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. Since its inception in 1929, this organizational structure has served as a buffer for the best interests of science-driven wildlife conservation during eight decades of back-and-forth political change. www.azgfd.gov/commission
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus at the conclusion of the Democrat debate in Durham, New Hampshire: "Hillary Clinton’s dodge on releasing transcripts for closed-door, paid speeches before special interest groups is exactly why the American people overwhelmingly see her as dishonest and untrustworthy. Hillary Clinton must do more than just ‘look into’ releasing the transcripts from all her paid speaking engagements; she needs to release them in full. Stonewalling and deception have become a Hillary Clinton trademark, and the American people deserve to know what she said behind closed doors to earn $21.5 million in speaking fees. From conflicts of interests and foreign donations to her family foundation during her tenure at State, to an unsecured secret email server in her basement to skirt transparency, the self-described ‘most transparent person in public life’ seems to have a lot to hide. It’s time for Clinton to come clean for once and release the transcripts before New Hampshire voters head to the polls on Tuesday."
Mark your calendar:
· Feb 22 - Last day to register to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary Election. You must be registered by party affiliation to be eligible to vote in this election.
· Feb 24 - Early voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary Election.(79% of US voters are registered, and of that, only 41% actually vote!)
· March 11 - Last day to request an early ballot by mail.
· March 18 - Last day to vote early in person.
· March 22 - Presidential Preference Primary. 30 vote centers tba.
· April 30 - AZGOP State Convention. Mesa Arts Center. 58 State Delegates and 55 Alternates (28 at large; 3 from each of 9 CD's.) to the Republican National Convention will be elected.
The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) has established a Speakers Bureau of highly qualified members who are available to speak to conservative clubs and community organizations, including Republican Clubs, AFRW Chapters and AzRA Chapters. The current speakers and their topics are:
Dr. Vicki Alger - Education Policy; Standards; ESA's; etc E-mail: Vicki@vickialger.com
A J LaFaro - Ballot Harvesting; Close the Primary E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Mason - K-12 Education Finance E-Mail: Gopphil@aol.com
Dan Schultz - PC Recruitment E-Mail: email@example.com
Additional speakers who will address critical issues facing Arizona will be announced soon. If you know a strong conservative who either is already an AzRA member or who believes in AzRA principles who could be a candidate for the Speakers Bureau, please contact Executive Director Phil Mason at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTN Republicans: Go to the Arizona Secretary of State Website www.azsos.gov/equal to sign candidate petitions for the 2016 ballots and contribute $5 to clean elections candidates. Candidates can get one-half of their signatures and $5 contributions via the website. This saves candidates a lot of time and shoe leather.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet on Sat., Feb 6 at the SCW Foundations building (Quail Room) 14465 R.H.Johnson Blvd, Sun City West. Former LD5 Senator Dr Kelli Ward will address the group on her campaign against US Senate John McCain. Doors open at 8 am with coffee and donuts; the general meeting at 8:30am. $2 donation which helps with the room rental. Contact: Publicist Jean Goncalves 623-214-8010.
Legislative District 14 will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., Feb 6 in the Benson City Council Chambers 120 W. 6th Street, Benson, AZ. Contact: Maureen Tozzi, Secretary - LD14
The Pima County Republicans will hold their Debate Watch Party at 6 pm., Sat., Feb 6 in Wilbur's Grill in Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E Broadway Tucson 85711. Happy Hour prices 4pm to 7:30pm. ½ price on some of their appetizers, provide FREE chips, salsa and one hot item. Sponsors: Tucson Republican Women, Pima County Republican Club, Pima GOP, ALRA - Arizona Latino Republican Association, LD2, LD9, LD10 & Eastside Republicans. Contact: (520) 321-1492 or email@example.com
AZGOP West Valley Victory Office Manager Peter Lee invites you to the Debate Watching Party starting at 6 pm., Sat, Feb 6 and Sat., Feb 13 GOP debates at, 10050 W Bell Road Suite 50, Sun City AZ 85351 starting at 6 pm (AZ time). Only one main debate. No under card debate. BBQ food items will be available for purchase.
US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward’s Mohave County Door Knocking Team will go door-to-door handing out campaign materials and gathering signatures between 10 am-3 pm., Sat., Feb 6, starting at Subway, 3880 Stockton Hill Rd # 102 in Kingman. A trainer will be on site. Events coordinator Carolyn Leff firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-928-230-0633.
US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s Pima County Supporters will conduct a Super Saturday Door Knocking canvas of neighborhoods between 10 am-3 pm., Sat., Feb 6, starting at Safeway, 9050 E Valencia Road in Tucson. Team trainer Stephen Walsh will be on hand to help first time canvassers. Events coordinator Carolyn Leff email@example.com or 1-928-230-0633.
US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s Maricopa County Super Saturday Door Knockers will gather petition signatures and distribute campaign material between 10am-3 pm., Sat., Feb 6 in north Phoenix. starting at the Peter Piper Pizza 12851 W Bell Road, Surprise, AZ 85378. A trainer will be on site. Upon returning that site, the team will have pizza with the candidate. Events coordinator Carolyn Leff firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-928-230-0633.
Feb 7 Is The Deadline for making reservations to hear House Speaker David Gowan address the Arrowhead Republican Women at 11:30 am. Wed., Feb 10 at the Briarwood Country Club, 135th Ave & Meeker Blvd, Sun City West. $20 for multi course luncheon. Choice: burger or salad! Reservations at arrowheadrw.weebly or contact Lezlee at 602-354-5224. You will receive a confirmation that your reservation has been received within 24 hours.
US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward will have Lunch with Supporters at Big House Cafe in Casa Grande RSVP at noon, Mon, Feb 8. She will address the AZRA Meeting in Casa Grande at 6 pm in the Central Events Hall at the Arizona Plaza . RSVP
The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly meets at 6:30 pm., Mon., Feb 8 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ. The building on the southeast corner of W Florence Blvd. and N Sacaton St. US Senate candidate Kelli Ward will address the group. Contact: Secretary Jason Hayes 202-394-7202 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Heritage DVD series by historian David Barton of Wallbuilders will be presented between 1-3 pm., Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29 at the AZ GOP Headquarters West Valley office, 10050 W. Bell Rd. Suite 50. Free to public. Call 623-815-8557 or 623-977-4532 . Facilitated by living history presenter Bonnie Angster. Series will focus on the Constitution, the Judiciary, Education and Black History.
The Sun Lakes Republicans will meet with Constitutional attorney Shane Krauser to address constitutional education at 6:30 pm., Tues., Feb 9 in the Arizona Room at Sun lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ 95249. Also meet US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey. Contact Chr Mike Tennant, 480-802-178. www.slgop.org
US Senate Candidate Dr Kelli Ward will have lunch with supporters at noon, Tues., Feb 9 at Dirtwater Springs Restaurant in Apache Junction, AZ RSVP . She will attend a Meet & Greet at Liberty Arts Academy at 4:30 pm in Mesa. RSVP
Marilyn Lawson and Joan Oesterle are sponsoring a Meet-n-Greet for CD1 candidate Gary Kiehne (“he’s rancher, not a politican”) between 5:30-7 pm., Tues., Feb 9 at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W Greenock Dr., Oro Valley, AZ 85737. Cash Bar and Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to Lynne St Angelo 605-321-6224
The deadline to purchase tickets to the Tucson Freedom Expo is 3 pm., Tues., Feb 9. www.freedomexpo16.com
Arrowhead Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Wed., Feb 10 with AZ Speaker of the House David Gowan at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, according to club president Bonnie Hochberg. Check-in begins 10:45am. Reservations required. $20 per person - payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations must be made through email@example.com or readers may go to our website to make a reservation - http://arrowheadrw.weebly.com/luncheons. Or contact Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224 to Reservation deadline is Fri, Feb 5. ARW is open to Republican women registered to vote in AZ. Republican men may join as associate members.
The SaddleBrooke Republican Club will meet at 3:30 pm., Wed., Feb 10 in the Mountain View Clubhouse Ballroom 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd, Saddlebrooke AZ to hear National Republican Committeeman Bruce Ash address the upcoming national elections, the potential for a brokered convention in either party, potential pitfalls for candidates, and the potential of a split of the Republican or Democratic Parties, Contact: President Neil Macdonald
Arizona’s Small-Business Owners will gather between 9 am-1:30pm, Wed., Feb 10 at the State Capitol for their annual Small Business Day at the Capitol, organized by the National Federation of Independent Business. The cost is $35 per person, including lunch. Contact NFIB/Arizona Member Support Manager Melissa Keckler at 602-263-7690.
Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy invites you to join an advocacy training session at 6 pm, Thurs., Feb 11 at Arizona Republican Party Headquarters, 3501 N 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Experts in law and policy will give the facts on marijuana legalization and what it will mean for our communities. Speakers: Communications expert Seth Leibsohn, County Attorney’s Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk, and Debbie Moak, Director of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Families.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department educator webinar is scheduled at 7 pm., Feb 11 on Arizona's State Symbols - Learn the history and trivia about state symbols. Register Here.
District 1 Pima County Board of Supervisors Ally Miller will address the Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club at 300 Greenock Dr., Oro Valley, AZ 85737 at 12:15 pm, Fri., Feb 12. Meet/greet at 11:30 am.,lunch 11:50 am. RSVP before 1 pm., Tues., Feb 9 to Program Chairman Nancy Newman: firstname.lastname@example.org 520-297-3401
The City of Buckeye is sponsoring an 8 am, Feb 13 "Veterans Lift Up" at Odyssey High School (near Verado) Odyssey High School, 1495 S. Airport Rd. Buckeye, AZ - that opens with a free pancake breakfast for veterans. Veterans Lift Up highlights resources, programs, and opportunities for veterans. Contact: Myra Curtis: 623-349-6945.
AZGOP West Valley Victory Office Manager Peter Lee invites you to the Debate Watching Party starting at 6 pm., Sat., Feb 13 GOP debates at, 10050 W Bell Road Suite 50, Sun City AZ 85351 starting at 6 pm (AZ time). Only one main debate. No under card debate. BBQ food items will be available for purchase.
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