Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2-10-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs


Editor - Frosty Taylor or     Web Master John Strasser

LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor: Opposition to National Popular Vote - Good morning all. AZ Senate President Andy Biggs is in need of calls and emails to his office demanding a NO vote on the National Popular Vote Bills now in his senate chamber. The House passed HB2456 last Friday and sent it to the Senate. Senator Don Shooter prime sponsor of SB 1218 (the twin bill of HB 2456) is hot to move forward given his current 20/10 members in favor of NPV advantage. Biggs reports that he is receiving calls in favor of the NPV at a ratio of 2/1. This is the CQ paid machine doing what they get paid to do. They are also assisted by the Democrat machine. Andy needs to hear from us at his office. He stands with us against these horrible bills and  now needs the evidence of our strength. Please Blast Out To Contact Andy Today at 602-926-4371 and Email him at This link contains a report by Heritage Action in their "Daily Signal" E-Publication on this subject in our State. Also read Thank you, Jim O'Connor

Former LD13 Chairman Robert Branch was elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Parks Commission Board on Feb 9. Branch was reappointed to the Maricopa County Parks Commission on Jan 13 by Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman. Two rising GOP stars with tremendous futures.

Marla Closen, Pima County Supervisor Candidate: "As an engineer, former business owner, and Navy combat veteran, I understand the importance of finding the right solution to every stop irresponsible spending and restore accountability and pro-business principles to the Pima County Board of Supervisors." - Marla Closen

Those Interested In A Recall Movement against Phoenix Mayor Stanton and several city council members over the Satanic Prayer issue should contact LD20 2nd Vice Chairman Wes Harris 602-432-2871 (cell) or

Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney will speak to LD 18 at 7 pm. this evening at the Clarion Hotel, 5121 E. La Puente Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85226.

Tempe Republican Women Program Chair Darryl Jacobson-Barnes was just unanimously approved to represent Maricopa County District 1 on the State Board of Equalization. She was sworn in following her official appointment and taking her oath of office on February 3, 2016. She will serve as a hearing officer through December 31, 2016.

Republican Candidate For Pima County D4 Marla Closen will be at the Triple Play Restaurant between 6-7:30 pm., March 8 to share her ideas, concerns, and solutions for Pima County government. The venue is located at 1570 W Duval Mine Rd., Exit 69 on I19. One free glass of Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Dinner can be purchased. Contact, or

McKee Announces For Senate:  After hearing of Senator Driggs’ decision to not pursue a fourth term in the Arizona Senate, Kate Brophy McGee announced her intention to run for the newly vacated seat saying: “Senator Driggs and his family have had a long and distinguished career in public service for our great state.  Senator Driggs has served his constituents in LD28 loyally and tirelessly.  He has always served in the Legislature with integrity, nobility, and dignity.  I’m proud of Senator Driggs’ accomplishments.  In that legacy of strong, principled leadership, I am announcing my candidacy for the LD28 Senate.  I am deeply grateful for Senator Driggs’ endorsement to kick off my campaign.

“This is an important race for Arizona.  I am ready, enthusiastic and prepared, and fully committed to winning this campaign and continuing my dedicated service to this state and my district.  The campaign will focus on the issues that matter to Arizonans, and seek to build on the recent progress we have made in the economy, education, and providing for our most vulnerable citizens.  We need a Senator who is able to work with the Republican majority and the Governor to advance sound public policy.”

LD13 Senator Don Shooter has taken the lead in restoring funding to Arizona’s Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs). The House has now decided to put Shooter’s plan on “the fast track.”

Congressman Trent Franks’ activities regarding Border Security and Barack Obama’s unconstitutional actions”

· Unconstitutionality Of Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

· Examining The Adequacy And Enforcement Of Our Nation's Immigration Laws

· Constitution-Subcommittee-Chair-Praises-Judiciary-Hearing-Obama-Administrations

National Director - Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) A J LaFaro to State Representatives & Senators: I am requesting that you vote no and throw SB1218 and HB2456 "into the drawer".  Any bill and/or legislation that supports the progressive socialist movement for a National Popular Vote (NPV) will hasten America's demise.  That's maybe why the Communist Party U.S.A. endorsed National Popular Vote in 1957. Communist_Party_Wants_NPV.pdf
     Unlike many of Arizona's Representatives and Senators, I declined the paid lobbyist's repeated advances and attempts to persuade me.  I've studied the issue at length and firmly believe the people supporting this initiative clearly do not understand, or do not fathom the
consequences of their actions.
     This recent article “
does-your-state-want-to-replace-electoral-college-with-popular-vote-for-president?" helps explain the consequences if NPV is passed.
     Robert Hathorne, a Republican activist residing in Arizona, warns that the initiative would “fundamentally change America” by shifting the national political system from a representative democracy to a pure democracy.  “Majority rules was the greatest fear of our Founding Fathers;
this is why ‘democracy’ is not written one time in the 4,543 words of the Constitution.”
     Also see
national-popular-vote-compact-sets dangerous-precedent -LaFaro is the immediate past chairman of the MCRC and a LD18 PC/State Committeeman

LD20 Activist Wes Harris: I apologize for the numerous requests but we are in panic mode given the many bills being processed by the Legislature.  LD 23 Chairman Jim O'Connor sums up my position on these two bills.  Please send a note to Senate President Andy Biggs indicating your concerns about these two bills...SB 1218 and HB 2456.  These bills render the Electoral College mute while not actually amending the U.S. Constitution.  This is a bad idea if, for no other reason, the U.S. Communist Party endorses them. – Harris is a state committeeman, 2nd VC of LD20 and a MCRC Member-at-Large

Former LD22 Secretary Jane Schutte: Please contact Andy Biggs, , and ask him to oppose HB2456.  If the National Popular Vote were being used in 2000 Al Gore would have been elected.  It helps elect Democrats.  Send to your friends.    Oppose HB2456.  Thanks

Constantin Querard, Arizona State Director for Cruz for President, is setting up a Nevada Strike-Force convoy to help win the Nevada Caususes. Contact Querard at Sign up for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Phone from Home program.  Querard is also looking for Cruz Crew Precinct Captains.

Effective Sat., Jan 13, Paradise Republican Women’s Club will accept debit and credit cards a the door for their luncheon meetings. contact Barb McMullen for reservations.

Senator John McCain spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon on the Empowering Patients First Act, legislation he introduced with Senator David Perdue (R-GA) that would fully repeal and replace Obamacare with health care reform that works for the American people. Watch here.                  Legislation here.

Congressman Paul Gosar after the United States Supreme Court issued a stay blocking implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan while 26 states, including Arizona, challenge this overreaching regulation in federal court: Rep. Gosar on Supreme Court Blocking Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, introduced the Distribution and Promotion of Rights and Knowledge (DPRK) Act to update programs that broadcast information radio into North Korea and provide new technologies, improved content, and greater access of information to empower the people of North Korea. “Knowledge is power—especially in one of the most secretive and secluded societies on earth.  Now, as Kim Jung Un continues to destabilize the region, he uses misinformation to brainwash the North Korean people into thinking that America is their enemy.  The DPRK Act will build on the United States’ long history of working to educate those behind the curtain of oppressive regimes and will win the hearts of North Koreans with the message of freedom and liberty.  We have the power to show North Koreans the brighter future that awaits them if the regime gives up its nuclear weapons.”

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is no longer questioning Sen. John McCain's credentials as a war hero, but he is still hitting the 2008 Republican nominee for his handling of veterans issues. "John McCain is a nice man. I like John McCain. But he has not been effective in taking care of the Veterans Administration. The veterans are absolutely in a bad way, they're being treated worse in many cases than illegal immigrants that come over our borders," Trump said Tuesday in a phone call to Fox News. donald-trump softens tone on-john-mccain, stands firm on waterboarding

Goldwater Institute Executive Vice President Christina Sandefur: Private property is a fundamental human right. It is the guardian of all other rights. You cannot have freedom of press or religion if you cannot own a printer or a church. That's why the U.S. Constitution refers to private property more than to any other right. If we cannot be free to own, use, buy or sell property, then we cannot be free at all. Today, we are excited to announce the release of a new report that highlights what the Goldwater Institute is doing to protect this pillar of freedom through the Property Ownership Fairness Act. Building on a decade of success in the state of Arizona, our report encourages other states to adopt this model legislation as the most effective means of stopping government from taking away your property rights. Please view Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in the 21st Century, (aired today): Please tell us what you think of the Property Ownership Fairness Act. Your feedback will be extremely helpful as we move ahead to educate state policymakers about the critical need for this protection. Christina Sandefur, Executive Vice President and Timothy Sandefur, Vice President for Litigation, Goldwater Institute

Free tables are available to political candidates, clubs, LDs1-30, PACs, and veterans groups between 10 am-3 pm, during the Sat., Feb 20 Candidate Corral 2016 scheduled at the Pioneer Living History Village. Bring a table, 2 chairs and a pop-up tent for your group.  Put out your literature, business cards, do a raffle to raise money for your group. To reserve a space go to   or contact event manager Nina Marlow at  (480) 707-9043 (602) 541-1436  cell

ATTN Club Chairmen/Secretaries: Please include the time and location of your event, as well as acontact name, phone or e-mail when submitting event announcements. Thanks for your cooperation. – Editor Frosty Taylor.

The 9th Annual Maricopa Golf Classic will raise funds for Wounded Warriors and the 100 Club when it tees off the morning of April 9. To sign up go to

160206-0700 AZRRT CALL TO ACTION By Jose Borrajero:  Please include proper credit when reproducing all or any part of this material. new website at

The following table contains legislative bill(s) that are coming up soon for action in our state legislature. Please choose the bills that are most important to you, then contact everyone in the “who to contact” column and ask them to vote yes or no, depending on your wishes.
















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sovereign authority; commandeering; prohibition; exception



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schools; desegregation funding; phase-down



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schools; elections; ballot arguments; exclusion



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class six property; higher education.



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legal tender; taxation; regulation



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gold and silver coins; taxation



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consideration of property rights; zoning



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estimates; state budget; notice.



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payroll deductions; charitable contributions; prohibition



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presidential preference election; appropriation; repeal



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prohibited money transfers; information sharing




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personal identifiable information




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state monies; prohibited investments; terrorism



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(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 and enter bill number on the upper right hand corner of the main page.

(2) Legislative roster: AZLEG-ROSTER-2016.xls

(3) When a bill is scheduled to be heard, the location, date, and time are provided.

(4) Jose’s 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 SignOn?ReturnUrl=%2f How to use the ALIS/RTS program,: RTS-Instructions.doc?dl=0

Editor’s Note: Jose’s alerts are run as a courtesy to those who do not have time to research the numerous bill in the hopper while the legislature is session. Briefs does not necessarily agree, nor disagree with the recommendations. This is merely courtesy information for the readers.


FEB 10

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 or readers may go to our website to make a reservation - 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.

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will be available to the public between 11:30am – 1:30 pm., Wed., Feb 10 at the Monastery Restaurant, 4810 E McKellips Road., Mesa. Contact: Carolyn Leff 1-928-230-0633.

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.

FEB 11

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.

Retired Copperhands Old Timers will gather at the American Italian Club in Phoenix at 7 pm, Thurs., Feb 11 to visit with US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward. RSVP

FEB 12

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 520-297-3401

Feb 13

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.

The Gold Canyon Republican Club meets at 9 am, Sat., Feb 13 at Mountain Brook Village Center, 5782 S. Mountain Brook Dr. Gold Canyon.

The Pinal County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Luncheon is scheduled Sat., Feb 13 at The Property in Casa Grande.

Feb 15

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.

LD22 will meet Feb 15 to discuss upcoming delegate elections, the April 30 state convention and the national convention. Contact: Chr Eric Morgan

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman will address the Sun City Republican Club at 7 pm, Mon. Feb 15 in the East Hall of the Sundial Recreation Center. Social at 6:30 pm. Contact: Peter Lee

The American Heritage DVD series by historian David Barton of Wallbuilders will be presented between 1-3 pm., Feb. 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 Highway 89 Republican Club will meet Mon., Feb 15 at the Bonn Fire Restaurant, 1667 S. Hwy 89, Chino Valley, AZ. Contact: Ron Godfrey 602-688-0979 or

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