Tuesday, March 15, 2016

3-15-16 Briefs

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A Resolution Calling For AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Resignation at the April 30, 2016 State Convention has been submitted to the AZGOP by LD18 Precinct and State Committeeman A J LaFaro. In accordance with the Continuing Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party Article VI Section F. Resolutions, the Graham Resignation Resolution was submitted at least 45 days before the April 30, 2016 Arizona Republican Party's (AZGOP) 2016 State Convention.  LaFaro wrote, “I expect the resolution be immediately forwarded to the Resolutions Committee Chairman and Committee Members with an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt being sent to me at I also expect the submitted resolution be sent to each delegate and alternate with the “Call” of all of the state convention in accordance with the Continuing Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party Article VI Section F(2) Procedures. I have copied several Arizona Republican leaders and at the RNC as "witnesses" in hopes this resolution isn't sabotaged like resolutions were in 2014, 2015 and 2016.” LaFaro encouraged “those individuals to volunteer to be the Chairman and Committee Members of the Resolutions Committee so the chicanery pulled in 2014 and 2015 doesn't happen again,” referring to a complaint under investigation of alleged violations of Robert's Rules of Order and the AZGOP Bylaws during the Jan. 23, 2016 Mandatory AZGOP meeting.

AZGOP State Convention Delegates’ Resolution

Demanding Chairman Robert Graham Resign

We, the 2016 State Convention Delegates of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP) are obligated to hold all of our leaders accountable for their actions. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both in as much Robert Graham is by far one of the worst Party Chairman the AZGOP has ever endured. So with conviction we rise and declare:

WHEREAS, Chairman Robert Graham has continued to violate the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Bylaws of the Arizona Republican Party, the bylaws of several of the County and Legislative District Republican Committees, and the latest Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order; and

has repeatedly disregarded and disrespected the will of an overwhelming majority of the AZGOP State and Precinct Committeemen; and

has conducted dictatorial actions that have been calculated and an insidious conspiracy - including but not limited to the AZGOP 2016 State Convention - for his personal benefit, the benefit of his cronies and the Republican establishment cabal.

BE IT RESOLVED that Robert Graham’s constant intimidation, bullying, overreach and unilateral policies will no longer be tolerated;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the AZGOP State Convention Delegates censure Robert Graham for his continued disservice to our Party, State and Nation;

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the AZGOP State Convention Delegates have lost confidence in Robert Graham, will no longer support him or his actions and demand his immediate resignation.

LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor Has Issued A Call To Action regarding SB1416 - state board; superintendent; powers; duties - that has been repackaged as a Strike Everything bill introduced by LD20 Rep Paul Boyer as SB1313. The bill will be heard at 2 pm., Wed., March 16 in HHR4 at the state capitol. According to O’Connor, “This striker bill strips powers from our elected Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and hands power over to the unelected State Board of Education, which saddled us with Common Core.” Boyer’s 74 page Striker Bill HB1313 can be viewed at proposed/h.1313boyer.pdf O’Connor can be reached at SB1313 opponents can contact AZRA Education Committee Chairman Vicki Alger at 602.363.8475. O’Connor also urged voters to contact the House Education Committee members and tell them:

· The people elected Supt Diane Douglas

· We want the will of the people respected

· We don’t want any more authority stripped from her office

· The unelected State Board of Education cannot handle its current duties—the last thing we should be doing is giving them more to do.







Boyer, Paul *




Bolding, Reginald




Coleman, Doug




Lawrence, Jay




Montenegro, Steve




Norgaard, Jill




Otondo, Lisa




Thorpe, Bob




Radical, Soros-Backed Leftists Plan And Execute Concerted Effort To Attack Donald Trump And Stifle The Free Speech Of Millions Of His Supporters "We wanted to show Trump that this is Chicago, and we run Chicago" (INTELLIHUB) — Thousands of radical leftist protesters descended on downtown Chicago Friday in what many mainstream news outlets originally called a grassroots reaction to the “hate and terror” of the Donald Trump campaign. Read more of this post

State-Grand-Jury-Review-Sought-In-AZ-AG-Snell-And-Wilmer-Investigation A Peremptory Writ of Mandamus has been filed with the Arizona Supreme Court asking that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office present the results of investigations into the actions of attorneys with the Snell and Wilmer law firm as well as several officials from the City of Victorville, California to a State Grand Jury. ag-can-do-it-sundays-comic

The Chino Valley Pachyderm Club will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., March 17 at Randall’s Restaurant in the Prescott Golf And Country Club in Dewey, AZ. Early Birds – 5 pm. Former Congressman and former gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs and Congressman Trent Frank’s intern Jarrod Ogden and 2014 legislative candidate Aaron Gidwani will address “What is a Conservative?” RSVP to Chairman Sue Goodchild or 928-636-7355

The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Wed., March 16 at the Grayhawk Golf Club 85620 Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Speakers are Mona K.Oshana and Sam Darmo who will recount their struggles and escape from Iraq ; and the the continued persecution of Christians in the Middle East. 11 am social. $26/Cash, $27/Credit card. RSVP to or call 480-298-7818. Or Kelly Sallaway 602-300-5767

Volunteers Are Needed on Sat., March 26 to help with the final clean-up for Operation Enduring Gratitude project for a veteran who recently lost his home to a house fire. Contact to sign up to help: Charlie Ellis, Founder - Operation Enduring gratitude. (480) 678-0938 Charlie@OperationEnduringGratitude.Org www.OperationEnduringGratitude.Org

Mohave County Board of Supervisors Buster Johnson was reelected as Chairman of the Quadstate Local Government Authority on Friday during the Authority’s quarterly meeting. “I am honored to be elected to serve in this position for another year,” Johnson stated. This will be Johnson’s 8th consecutive year as Chairman.

Todd Palin, Husband To Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is seriously injured in a snow machine crash in Alaska and is in intensive care, a source close to the Palin family says. Palin has canceled a campaign event set to take place in Florida on the heels of the news.

Robert Branch Republican Shenanigans? The Republican Party is now saying that all allocated delegates do not have to vote for the candidates that won the election in their state. If that happens all hell will break loose. rnc-rules-comm-member-every-delegate-at-gop-convention-not-bound-on-first-ballot/

Arrowhead Republican Women will hear from State Treasurer Jeff DeWit at 11:45 am., Wed., April 13, at Briarwood Country Club - 20800 N. 135th Ave. Check-in begins at 10:45am. Cost is $20 payable by cash or check. Advanced reservations required. RSVP - or contact Lezlee Alexander 602-345-5224.

Mike Gibbs, of the Tenth Amendment Center and Arizona Citizens Defense League, was scheduled to be on the 4:30 pm., Mon. March 14 “James T. Harris” radio show on.   The show is broadcast from Tucson’s radio station KQTH 104.1.  Subject matter will be Tenth Amendment Center sponsored and supported legislation and related topics.Listeners can tune in anywhere by clicking on this link:

LD22 Has Called For It’s Delegation Election meeting for March 28. The Call Letter and appropriate documents are be viewed/downloaded at  LD 22 2016 State Delegate Election Call Letter Nomination Form Certified Proxy State Delegate Form State Alternate Form 03-28-2016 Meeting Agenda Contact Secretary Van DiCarlo van@dicarlo.phxcoxmail.

CD1 Candidate David Gowan: Our campaign is hard at work spreading our message of limited government and proven conservative leadership across the First Congressional District. This week we need volunteers for the Pinal County Fair in Casa Grande on Friday and/or Saturday. We also have a great opportunity for you to help us collect signatures at your local polling place on Tuesday, March 22nd. This is also a great chance for you to get your Precinct Committeemen signatures if you haven’t already done so. If you can help us out for even just one hour at any of these events, please email my Campaign Manager Trey Terry at or call him at 928-235-8257. Thank you, David Gowan, AZ-1

Rev Franklin Graham will lead a prayer rally on the Arizona House of Rep Lawn at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phx at noon, Fri., March 18 as part of his Decision America Tour. "America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word."

Congresswoman Martha McSally: March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate pioneering women, their accomplishments, and the barriers they broke down. Yet, for the pilots who paved the way for all women to serve in our military, the fight against sexism continues. The Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, were the first women to fly planes in the military and stepped up to serve when our country needed them most. They deserve the right to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, a right that was recently taken from them. I’ve led the fight in Congress to reinstate the WASPs at Arlington. Last week, I spoke with CBS News about our efforts. WASP press-conference

German Voters Turned To The Far Right in droves yesterday in a damning verdict on Angela Merkel's open door border policy. In regional elections she was humiliated by the anti-immigrant AfD – Alternative for Germany – party. Formed just three years ago, it has surged in popularity following Mrs Merkel's decision to roll out the red carpet for more than a million migrants. Continue Reading...

At 9:30 a.m, Tues. March 15, Dr. Kelli Ward, will join the West Valley Republican Morning Coffee Group to discuss her US Senate campaign. Area Republicans are invited to have coffee and donuts with her and ask questions.  The office is located on the NW corner of 99th Avenue and Bell Road. 
The Help Stop Federal Gun Control Hearing is scheduled at 9 am., March 15: There is reportedly “heavy behind-the-scenes pressure to kill HB2300” - which takes on any and all new federal gun control, whether by executive order, agency rule, or act of congress. Proponents are asked to let committee members know you want a YES vote on HB2300 hb2300h.htm&Session .…/2nd-amendment-p…/ Contact LD22 Senator Judy Burges, Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee Chairman at (602) 926-5861. Also call committee members (be politie):

David C. Farnsworth (602) 926-3020
Nancy Barto (602) 926-5766
David Bradley (602) 926-5262
Olivia Cajero Bedford (602) 926-5835
Andrew C. Sherwood (602) 926-3028
Steve Smith (602) 926-5685 or your senator:

The Arizona Republican Party State Convention is April 30. Tickets here. $50 admission fee. For information on how to get elected as a delegate to represent Republicans from your county or legislative district to go to . If you wish to run you should read instructions here and be sure to attend the Republican election meeting in your area. The delegates at the Arizona Republican Party State Convention will elect delegates to represent Arizona Republican voters at the Republican National Convention.

Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today applauded the final passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced that would promote Taiwan’s participation as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL.

“There is no good reason to categorically exclude a vibrant nation like Taiwan from membership in INTERPOL.  The Taiwanese government faces the same disturbing international criminals as other nations in the world. In addition to encouraging the full sharing of information on international criminal gangs, terrorists, and bad actors worldwide, the bipartisan bill I introduced continues the United States’ very important show of solidarity with the democratic Taiwanese government.  I look forward to this bill quickly becoming law.” Background: INTERPOL was designed to promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  From 1964 until 1984, Taiwan enjoyed full membership in INTERPOL, but was removed when the People’s Republic of China applied for membership.  This bill, first introduced by Congressman Salmon in 2015 and sent to the Senate in November, will require the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in INTERPOL.  Specifically, it requires an official request for observer status for Taiwan, active urging of member states to assist in the effort, and a status report to Congress.

Zack Taylor, National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) Chairman and Border Security Expert: This administration, aided and abetted by Congress, has rendered the Immigration Law Safeguards of America irrelevant, to include the physical border.  Chinese, Pakistanis, Indians, Middle Easterners, etc. continue to stream across the southern border without inspection. Sanctuary Cities are the root of the problem that pose the greatest danger to America because they not only allow criminals to live among us they provide an invitation to safe haven for them to enter illegally and as they ply their trade in crime.  Providing such inducement and sanctuary is already against the law, see 8 USC 1324.  This is terribly wrong and amounts to a combination of Nero fiddling as Rome burned and Chamberlain warming to Hitler.  This must be stopped.

…an illegal alien is a non-citizen who is present in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization.[2] This could be because they overstayed their welcome or they slipped through the border undetected. Moreover, Sancturay Cities, the Asylum and Refugee processes as currently misapplied in America (Trojan Horse), pose the greatest threat to America that has ever been applied by any enemy at any time in our history and it is elected American officials and appointed bureaucrats that are successfully waging this war against America.  To ignore this threat is to be complicit with the application of tactics (The Art of War) described centuries ago.  The threat is that clear. If you don't understand this you simply are not paying attention.  The signs are everywhere.  Please read and heed today's below article from Conservative Review for current details about five Americans killed by one Illegal Alien (8 USC 1365) that should not have been in America in the first place as a direct result of unlawful Sanctuary City Policies in Kansas. Every state in the Union is now a Border State because of unlawful Sanctuary City policies.  Kansas is just the latest example of the moment.

The Colorado River Tea Party meets the first and third Thursday of the month in the Community Christian Church,6480 E. Hwy 95. The next meeting at 6 pm., Thurs., March 17 with Pat Andrews, District Capt of LD4 for the Convention of States Project. Contact: Sally Kizer, Chairman 928-210-1219

The Chino Valley Pachyderm meet at 6 pm., Thurs., March 17 at Randall's Restaurant In The Prescott Golf And Country Club, Dewey, Az. Speakers include former Gubernatorial candidate and former Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Frank Riggs, AarrodOgden, an intern for Congressman Trent Franks and activist Aaron Guidwani. RSVP to Chairman Sue Goodchild OR 928-636-7355

160313-1505 - AZRRT CALL TO ACTION By Jose Borrajero

SPECIAL NOTE ON EDUCATION RELATED BILLS SB1010, SB1351, SB1455, SB1416. Too much information to place on this message, but read it by clicking HERE 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.















estimates; state budget; notice




TUE 3/15

2:00 PM



estimates; state budget; notice




WED 3/16

2:00 PM



refugee resettlement; procedures; audit



TUE 3/15

9:00 AM



initiative, referendum; vote percentage requirements



TUE 3/15

9:00 AM



national defense laws; prohibited actions




WED 3/16

9:00 AM



municipalities; taxes and fees; notification




WED 3/16

2:00 PM



sentence enhancements; unlawful presence; release




THU 3/17

9:00 AM



firearms; prohibited governmental activities




TUE 3/15

9:00 AM



(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) For a roster of legislators, including committee members and contact info, go to

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

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

Additionally, 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

How to use the ALIS/RTS program, go to

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:

Senator John McCain (R- AZ) 202-224-2235 202-228-2862

Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ) 202-224-4521 202-228-0515

Rep Ann Kirkpatrick (D1) 202-225-3361 202-225-3462

Rep Martha McSally (R2) 202-225-2542 520-881-3588

Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3) 202-225-2435 202-225-1541

Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4) 202-225-2315 202-226-9739

Rep Matt Salmon (R5) 202-225-2635 202-226-4386

Rep David Schweikert (R6) 202-225-2190 202-225-0096

Rep Reuben Gallego (D7) 202-225-4065 202-225-1655

Rep Trent Franks (R8) 202-225-4576 202-225-6328

Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9) 202-225-9888 202-225-9731


March 15

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will address the Surprise Tea Party Patriots at 6:30 pm., Tues., March 15 in the Grand Canyon Rm of the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375. Public welcome. Contact: John Madeira 480-359-1784

The Sun City Oro Valley Republican Club will host CD1 House candidate Gary Kiehne at 3 pm., Tues., March 15. Contact: Darwin Thornton, Chairman

The Fountain Hills Tea Party meets at 6:30 pm., Tues., March 15 in the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.) to hear Tom Jenney, Director of Americans for Prosperity - Arizona and Rick Gutridge.  Jenney will give an update on how to fight for smaller, responsible government and Gutridge will discuss the link (or lack thereof) between funding for K-12 education and student achievement.  There will be ample opportunity for Q & A. Admission is free but donations to help offset expenses are welcome and appreciated.  Contact:  Richard Rutkowski  or

March 16

The Eastside Republican Club meets at 6:30 pm., Wed., March 16 in the Bear Canyon Library Community Room, 8959 E. Tanque Verde to hear Pima County Board of Supervisors candidate Marla Closen. Contact: Chairman Parralee Schneider 250-5073 or

Americans for Prosperity is hosting a "Dessert at the Capitol," a day for activists to meet their legislators, on the third floor lobby of the Arizona Capitol’s Senate Building between 11 am-2p m, Wed., March 16. If interested in going to lunch afterwoods RSVP HERE

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will address the Surprise Tea Party at 6:30 pm., Tues., March 15 in Sun City. RSVP

March 17

The Republican Party of Mesa will meet at 7 pm., Thurs., March 17 at the Charles K Luster Building (formerly the Mesa Utilities Building) 640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ to hear US Senate candidate Kelli Ward and Senate President/CD5 Candidate Andy Biggs. Contact: LD25 Chairman Ian Murray (602)524-7786.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., March 17 to hear Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Clarion Hotel, 5121 E. LA Puente Ave ., Phoenix, AZ 85044 (I-10 & Elliot Rd).

LD24 Will Meet At 6:30 Pm., Thurs., March 17 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., in Phoenix with Chris DeRose, a New York Times best selling author, and LD28 Sen Adam Driggs, chairman of the Senate Veterans/Military Affairs Committee. Contact: Chr Timothy Lee or Corresponding Secretary Carol Joyce

The Chino Valley Pachyderm meet at 6 pm., Thurs., March 17 at Randall's Restaurant In The Prescott Golf And Country Club, Dewey, Az. Speakers include former Gubernatorial candidate and former Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Frank Riggs, Aarrod Ogden, an intern for Congressman Trent Franks and activist Aaron Guidwani. RSVP to Chairman Sue Goodchild OR 928-636-7355

The Center For Arizona Policy “Onward, Engaging The Culture Without Losing The Gospel” featuring Dr. Russell Moore is scheduled at 11:30 am., Thurs., March 17 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 85016, according to President Cathie Herrod. Tickets $25 per person, including lunch. Tickets here Pastors breakout session at 1:30 pm: Protecting Your Ministry .


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

March 19

The February Pinal County Republican Committee mtg has been cancelled. PCRC will resume meeting on March 19 in the Administration building. Contact Mary Rodriguez at

The Wickenburg Aspiring Merchants are conducting March 19 and 20 festivities at 10 am., at the American Legion Hall in Wickenburg that include two of the WWII Navajo Codetalkers, a flute and drum performance, the mayor, honor guard, code talker book signing and lecture Darci Bitsui, (Water is Life), Pam Hauer (History of Pueblo Pottery), (History Of Taos), Standing Bear Forest (Native Colonial Trade & Exchange, and Wampum Diplomacy), Joe Luna (Life & Notes on Native American History), Star Wolf, Cindy Thrasher, native items and artifacts, tools, weapons, food, refreshments.  For information, call:  928-684-9018 (No answering machine, call later if no answer). 

The Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party is hosting a free discussion on property taxes at 9 am., Sat., March 19 in Pioneer Hall at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita with representatives from the Santa Cruz Flood Control District, County Sheriff, Sonoita School District #25 (Elgin School)(, Patagonai Union High School, Santa Cruz Provisional Community College, County Board of Supervisors, Sonoita-Elgin Fire District and the County Assessor’s office.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will present its “Republican of the Year” Award during the 9 am, March 19 breakfast fundraising in the Fellowship Center of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N Fountain hills Blvd., Fountain hills, AZ 85268. Doors open at 8:30 am. AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham is the speaker. Breakfast tickets $15 for club members and $18 for non-members, or $18 at the door for all.   Youth 12 and under free. RSVP Candidate tables (includes 2 breakfast tickets) are $60 each (or $50 for FHRC members).  Table Contact - 2nd VP Leona Johnston (

The Arrowhead Republican Women “Desert Jewels” Luncheon And Fashion Show is scheduled at 12:30 pm., Sat., March 19 at the Briarwood Country Club, 135th Avenue & Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ. Doors Open At 11am. Lunch Served At 12:30 p.m. $35 per person. Fashions from Dillards. Table reservations available for groups of 8. Doors open at 11 am for your shopping pleasure. Vendors, musical entertainment, raffles, prizes, etc. Cash bar. RSVP/Reservations- Tickets deadline March 5 contact Judi Bourd at or 623-433-9449. Event info Barbara Melkin At or 623-249-5085.

The February Pinal County Republican Committee Forum for the Arizona Corporation Commission candidates - Al Melvin, Bob Burns and Rick Gray and Pinal County Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Jill Broussard and Patrick Thompson will meet at 10 am, March 19 at the Administration Building of the Florence Unified School District in Florence. All candidates have confirmed. Contact: Contact Mary Rodriguez at

March 21

Maricopa County Sheriff Candidate Marsha Hill will address the Sun City Republican Club at 7 pm., March 21 in the Sundial Recreation Center – East Hall. Contact:

Firearms Expert And Author Alan Korwin will address the Leisure World Republican Club at 7 pm., Mon., March 21 in the Rec 1 Ballroom, at 908 S Power Road, Mesa, AZ. Please stop at the guard gate, tell them you are attending the Republican Club meeting and ask for directions to the Rec 1 Ballroom. Contact: Diane Andersen at 480 395-5515

The Sun City Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Mon., March 21 in the Sundial Recreation Center's East Hall, 14801 N 103rd Ave. in Sun City. 6:30 pm social/refreshments. Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Marsha Hill and Concerned Veterans for America’s Josh Stanwitz will make presentation. Club membership $5. Escorted guests - $2 admission. An April 18 picnic is scheduled at the pavilion at Quail run Golf Course with Secretary of State Michele Reagan. Contact: Patti 713-557-5800

Breitbart 2nd Amendment Reporter AWR Hawkins will address Second Amendment issues at an upcoming “We Are Breitbart Meetup” scheduled at 5:30 pm., March 21 at 380 Happy Warriors in Phoenix. Casual dress. Free admission. Details see We Are Breitbart - Phoenix Meetup

Candidate Commentary

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Scottsdale City Council Candidate Virginia Korte: Last week I shared with you how proud I am about the remarkable revitalization Southern Scottsdale is experiencing.  It is truly worth celebrating.Here is an important fact not many people know about this wonderful area of our city:  Southern Scottsdale comprises 4% of the city’s landmass.  However, 20% of our entire city’s population lives south of Osborn Road.  And the population is growing.
More and more people are moving to Southern Scottsdale.  New businesses are starting and some of our older ones are thriving again.  SkySong continues to expand, so now there are almost 2,000 people working there.  New restaurants are also being planned on its campus that will attract more people to the area.  Additionally, existing home values are appreciating at greater rates than most regions in the Valley.
It’s great news for our economy and the quality of life throughout Southern Scottsdale.  But that success is generating more traffic than ever.
In order to sustain the revitalization of Southern Scottsdale, it’s vital that we avoid critical mass on our streets by accommodating the transportation needs of our workforce, residents and visitors.  That’s why Southern Scottsdale is such an integral part of the 20-year Transportation Master Plan, including possible bus and rail routes in the McDowell Road Corridor. I urge you to take part in the dialogue about the Transportation Master Plan when the City Council reviews and discusses it later this spring – because it’s important that we have as much citizen input as possible.

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