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Don’t forget. This is the last day to get your ballots in the mail so they get delivered to the Recorder’s office in time to be counted!
Phones were jingling late last night over two memos that were e-mailed from the AZGOP Headquarters after the dinner hour. AZGOP Headquarters e-mailed out a message about 7:45 pm, Wed., March 16, from the “Keep the Promise PAC” that reads:
Join us to Welcome Ted Cruz to Arizona!
with Carly Fiorina, Glen Beck, Rick Perry
Arizona Christian University - Student Activity Center
2625 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
Recipients Are Wanting To Know if the AZGOP has suddenly endorsed a GOP presidential candidate without the knowledge of the state committeemen/ precinct committeemen? Why is the AZGOP e-mailing PAC invitations? Wasn’t there a ruckus a year or so ago over the misuse of the state GOP e-mail list? Party delegate elections haven’t even been held in many legislative districts yet for selecting a presidential nominee. Others remember the way AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham turned his back on presidential candidate Donald Trump when he came to Phoenix a few months ago. Will the AZGOP send out an invitation to Trumps event when he’s in Phoenix Saturday? Has the Establishment suddenly switched horses and started throwing its weight behind Cruz in their efforts to keep Trump off the Presidential ticket? As you recall, the Establishment tried to cram presidential candidate Jed Bush down our throats. The RNC shot itself in the foot when they brought failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney back into the limelight long enough for Romney and Karl Rove to take pot shots at Trump. Then they pushed presidential hopeful Marco Rubio until he got sent to the woodshed by his home state of Florida. Do you recall the names Sen John McCain laid on the conservative Cruz not so long ago? “What the Hell is going on now?” one angry voice bellowed. It appears this will be one more thing Graham’s Resignation Resolution proponents will add to their list of reasons to remove Graham. - ft
The second message went out at 10:30 Pm, last Night, (Wed., March 16) from AZGOP Communications officer Tim Sifert regarding rule changes for AZGOP Resolutions submissions for the April 30 State Convention. Sifert wrote: “To all who have sent in resolutions intended for the April 30th convention:
“Only the members of a body can submit resolutions to that body. The state delegates will be members of the state convention and only state delegates can submit resolutions to the state convention. As of this date, we don't have any state delegates elected.
“As per the AZGOP bylaws, the deadline to submit resolutions is 45 days before the meeting. But none of the state delegates get elected 45 days before the meeting. This is a problem in the bylaw, which was discussed in the AZGOP Executive Committee meeting last week and it was decided that the only way to submit a resolution is to submit them from the floor on the day of state convention.
“Anyone who would like to submit resolutions to the state convention is free to get elected as a state delegate first and then submit from the floor with the requisite signatures.
“People who were not part of the Executive Committee might be unaware of this. It was discussed that this would be fixed in the next state meeting with a bylaw amendment.”
In Other Words, the Graham Resignation Resolution submitted earlier this week is not going to get on the April 30 agenda. Instead of the time-honored procedure of submitting a resolution to the AZGOP, you have a new set of rules. Now, you must first get elected as a state delegate, then submit your resolution from the floor (on April 30) “with the requisite signatures”. However, the message doesn’t tell the delegates/resolution authors how many “requisite signatures” are required to get the resolution onto the floor. It doesn’t give them a sample petition, nor tell them what information is require with the requisite signatures. Is the signers legislative district, county, or congressional district required? Nor does it tell them whether they can start getting signatures now, or whether they are requested to gather the signatures in the parking lot early the morning of April 30 – prior to the convention being called to order ---- as was required at the Jan 23 Mandatory meeting. - ft
Ironically, Briefs sent this message to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham on Feb. 15, 2016. “Robert: Who are your Resolutions and Nominating Committee chairmen and members for the April 30 State Convention. People are asking?” He never answered. Nor did he answer the same question ask prior to the Jan. 23, 2016 Mandatory State Meeting.
A Fundraiser Breakfast Buffet & Coffee For Congressman Paul Gosar is scheduled between 8:30 -10:30am, Sat., April 16 - hosted by Ernie McCollum - at Ringo’s Bar and Grill Restaurant in the Wickenburg Country Club, 1420 N. Country Club Dr., Wickenburg. $60 donation. RSVP to http://www.gosar4congress.com/contribute/ Gosar was named the Freedom Works “Congressman of the Month” for February 2016.
Rev Franklin Graham’s “Decision America Tour Prayer Rally” is scheduled at noon, Fri., March 18 at the Capitol House of Reps Lawn, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix.
Two Rallies for Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, featuring Gov Rick Perry of Texas, are scheduled in Phoenix tomorrow. The first rally is scheduled at 1 pm., Thurs., March 17 in the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 Click here to RSVP The second rally will be held at 4 pm., Thur., March 17 in the Pima Auditorium at ASU Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, RM 239, 301 E Orange St., in Tempe. Click here to RSVP
A Third Rally With Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, former TX Gov Rick Perry and political commentator Glenn Beck is scheduled at 7 pm., Fri., March 18 - hosted by Keep The Promise PAC - at the Arizona Christian University Student Activity Center, 2625 E Cactus Road, Phoenix, 85032. Must have ticket to enter. RSVP: ted-cruz-tickets-23169707218
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will be in Phoenix Sat., March 19 at a yet to be announced time and location.
LD28 House candidate Mary Hamway says it is the first time since 2006 that both LD28 House seats are open. LD28 Rep Kate Brophy McGee has opt to take on Dem Eric Meyer for the open senate seat. Hamway says, “ The upcoming election is a great opportunity for Republicans to take both seats, and I feel that my experiences serving on the Paradise Valley Town Council, representing our community's tourism interest on the Scottsdale Visitors and Convention Bureau and holding several leadership positions for the LD28 GOP, gives me a unique understanding of our district and a leg up in the race. Contact Hamway
Arizona’s World-Famous Official Balladeer Dolan Ellis will perform at 4 pm., Sat., March 19 in the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E Southern Ave., Tempe. When Ellis isn’t traveling Arizona’s byways writing new songs, he is performing in some tour with the New Christy Minstrels… He cut gold records with the original Christies and has a ball traveling with the new generation. He’s often performing at the Arizona Folklore Center in Hereford, AZ on weekends.
LD24 PCs David and Vicki Alger are hosting a “Meet US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward, in Old Town Scottsdale at 6:30 pm., March 30. Attendees will enjoy a relaxing meal while Ward discusses her plan to reform Washington DC and return out government to its people,” according to Alger. RSVP: ForDrKelliWard@AlgerFamily.us. Or call
Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield is running for re-election. Contacts www.boblittlefield.com and 602-228-9145.
US Senate Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk will address the Flagstaff GOP Womens Club at 11:30 am., Fri., March 18 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66
Flagstaff. He’ll discuss his policies and the issues he has with opponents records.
Former Speaker John Boehner said current Speaker Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballo at the national GOP convention. establishment-bombshell: john-boehner-pushing-paul-ryan-for-president
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on the election of Burma’s new President. “I offer my congratulations to Htin Kyaw on his election as President by the Union Parliament of Burma and Henry Van Thio on his election as second vice president. The election of Burma’s first civilian president in decades is yet another important milestone on the country’s transition to democracy. I am encouraged, and support a smooth transition to the newly elected government when it takes office April 1. The United States Congress looks forward to working closely with the new National League for Democracy-led government and the people of Burma in their pursuit of democracy, development, reconciliation, and reform.”
Meet Senator Andy Biggs: Biggs is an Arizona native and has lived in Gilbert with his family for the past 25 years. A retired attorney, Biggs and his wife Cindy have six children. The Senator has a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from BYU and a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He earned a M.A. in Political Science from ASU and has done additional graduate work there. Biggs served Legislative District 22 in the State House of Representatives for eight years before being elected to the State Senate in November of 2010. Andy has earned the designation “Champion of the Taxpayer” from Americans for Prosperity for his cumulative service in the state legislature and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a “Friend of Liberty.”
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AZGOP 2 Vice Chair Gabby Saucedo Mercer: Congratulations to Donald Trump for his win in today's Super Tuesday! It was a sad day in America when freedom of speech was not defended by all the candidates running for president of the USA, instead they get together and attack Trump. George Soros is behind the organized protests against Trump, doesn't Trump has the right to speak and his followers to peacefully assemble?
Congressman Paul A. Gosar submitted a bipartisan programmatic request this week to the House Appropriations Committee advocating for full-funding of the Secure Rural Schools Program (SRS) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 and beyond: “Secure Rural School payments provide critical funding to more than 775 rural counties and 4,400 schools throughout the country who are faced with unique challenges at no fault of their own. Historically, 25 percent of all timber harvest revenues went to counties with significant National Forest Lands within their borders to be used for education, roads and to offset property tax losses. However, with timber harvests down nearly 80% due to misguided forest management policies, rural counties and schools are once again facing the possibility of significant budget shortfalls, including curtailing law enforcement patrols, releasing prisoners from jail and cutting education budgets. Failing to take action and fulfill this long-standing obligation will leave counties and schools across the country without important resources they desperately need to serve their populations. These communities should not be punished as a result of large swaths of federal land within their jurisdictions and poor federal land management policies. Congress must ensure the Secure Rural Schools Program is fully-funded.”
US Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for passing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which includes their language that addresses concerns raised by residents of Phoenix about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also included the senators’ language in its bill, which passed the Committee in February. See summary here.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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 Ian@DesignedForLife.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Corresponding Secretary Carol Joyce email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Jarrod Ogden, an intern for Congressman Trent Franks and activist Aaron Gidwani. RSVP to Chairman Sue Goodchild email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Cobre Valley Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am., Sat., March 19 at the GOP Headquarters in downtown Globe. Speaker this month will be US Senate candidate Dr. Kelly Ward. Contact: Judy Moorhead email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidate tables (includes 2 breakfast tickets) are $60 each (or $50 for FHRC members). Table Contact - 2nd VP Leona Johnston (email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-433-9449. Event info Barbara Melkin At email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: www.marshahillforsheriff2016.com
Firearms Expert And Author Alan Korwin will address the Leisure World Republican Club at y 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 email@example.com www.suncitygopclub.com
'We Are Breitbart Meet-Up' is scheduled from 6:30-8 pm., Mon., March 21 at Flip's Burgers and Brews where AWR Hawkins will speak around 7:30pm and answer questions . Details: http://www.meetup.com/We-are-Breitbart-Phoenix/events/228786656/
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
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