Saturday, March 19, 2016

3-19-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs


Editor - Frosty Taylor or   Web Master John Strasser

GOP Presidential Frontrunner Candidate Donald Trump And FOX News Commentary Sean Hannity will conduct a Townhall between 9-11 am, Sat., March 19 in the Phoenix Convention Center – South Ballroom, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Doors open at 6 am. GET TICKETS HERE Seating – first come, first served.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally at 11 am., Sat., March 19 in Fountain Hills Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Doors open at 8 am. RSVP for free tickets here Another rally is scheduled Saturday afternoon in Tucson.

Trump-Rally-To-Be-Held-In-Sheriff-Joe-Arpaio’s-Hometown Donald Trump is bringing his get-tough message on illegal immigration to metro Phoenix, where voters have more than a decade of pent-up anger about the problem and protesters plan to line up outside the event to denounce the GOP front-runner.The real estate developer will hold a rally Saturday morning at a park in Fountain Hills, an affluent Phoenix suburb that's the hometown of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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At The Door Tickets Are Available for the 9 am., Sat., March 19 Fountain Hills Republican Club fundraiser breakfast featuring AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham in the Fellowship Center of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills. Tickets are $18. Age 12 and under are free. If presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Fountain Hills before his scheduled 11 am rally in Fountain Hills Park, he has been invited to stop by the breakfast site, according to club secretary Boe James.

Due To The Above Mentioned Events the Yavapai County Republicans to Elect Donald Trump for President Committee Walkathon scheduled for Sat., March 19, is cancelled. - Committee Chairman Brenda Dickinson (928) 772-2835 or (928) 925-1549

Presidential candidate Donald Trump will conduct a rally at 3 pm., Sat., March 19 in the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave., Tucson. For tickets see trump-in-tucson-az-tickets

Ted-Cruz-Rally: Cruz Calls Kasich 'The Spoiler' Ted Cruz, the high-octane conservative U.S. senator from Texas, made the case Friday night in Phoenix that he provides the only viable alternative to GOP front-runner Donald Trump. During a nationally televised appearance before a raucous, at-capacity crowd at Arizona Christian University, Cruz criticized Ohio Gov. John Kasich for staying in the Republican race and continuing to split the anti-Trump vote. Kasich has won just one state this primary season: his home state.

Seeking volunteers: Anyone interesting in volunteering for US Senator candidate Dr. Kelli Ward should contact her assistant Carolyn Leff at 928-230-0633

Twitter: @KelliWardAZ

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Polling Places For March 22 Presidential Primary In AZ

Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack will address the Wickenburg Republican Club at 7 pm., March 28 in the Lifeline Ambulance Training Building, 1155 N Tegner, Wickenburg. Contact: Frosty Taylor

Sheriff Richard Mack will speak to the 6:30 pm., April 5 meeting of the Surprise Tea Party Patriots in the Grand Canyon room of the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375. Contact: John Madeira

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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

Mike Monahan, 65, A Captain Of The Navajo County Sheriff's Search And Rescue Team, was the victim of a fatal ATV accident near Superior on March 17. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the death of an ATV rider on a trail near the Picket Post Trailhead outside of Superior. At about 8:30 p.m. on March 17, Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “Our initial investigation into this tragic death shows that this was most likely an accident. Evidence at the scene showed the man most likely lost control of his ATV causing him to drive off the trail and into the wash. The impact of the fall off the eight-foot ledge caused the victim massive head trauma.”

Sheriff-David-Clark: John-Kasich-Pulled-Over-Video Conservative Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke posted a resurfaced video of Presidential candidate John Kasich on Twitter Wednesday. The video shows the governor in a traffic stop from 2008. In addition, Clarke called Kasich a “rat bastard” and accused him of lying.

Congresswoman Martha McSally addressed the “Head Over Heels” Women’s Business Conference and Expo hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at noon today at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson.

Robert Weaver: A lot of people have brought up the fact that they won't vote for Trump if he's the eventual nominee. I just want to put something in perspective. Justice Scalia's seat is vacant. Ginsberg is 82 years old, Kennedy is 79, Breyer is 77, and Thomas is 67. Nowadays, the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75. These are 5 vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next President will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed in their ideology. Think about that... 7-2. If the next President appoints 5 young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions which are seemed to be lacking in mandate.
Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period. Everyone saying that they won't vote for one candidate or the other if they are the GOP nominee, please realize this. If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another Conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever. Now, this is scary! If you are a Conservative, a vote for anyone but the GOP nominee, whomever that will be, is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

Dear-America: Delegate-Says-Establishment-Decides-GOP-Nominee, Not-You --- Are-You-Ok-With-That? This delegate just said that We the People aren’t actually the ones who decide who we want in office — that it is the Establishment that does that. Do you agree with him?

How-The-GOP-Elite-Plan-To-Rob-Donald-Trump Cleveland, ladies and gentlemen, won’t be for the faint of heart

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced her intent to specifically target parents during a statewide outreach campaign that will extend to all corners of Arizona. “Parents are the strongest and, in my opinion, only true advocates for education for their children,” said Douglas. “Without knowing the will of parents, politicians do little justice to education policy and a great disservice to the children of Arizona.” Since her inauguration, Douglas has focused heavily on incorporating parents in developing education policy within the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Beginning in 2015, Douglas has sought to include parental feedback within education decisions, including conducting a statewide listening tour which culminated in the AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! education plan. See plan at The public can submit suggestions for consideration at

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was notified late yesterday of a favorable U.S District Court ruling in the matter of Longoria v. Pinal County, involving a 2014 deputy-involved shooting. Judge Susan Bolton granted summary judgment in favor of Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu and Deputy Heath Rankin, clearing them of any wrong-doing in the case. Babeu said of yesterday’s favorable ruling, “I have faith in our judicial process which considers the totality of the known facts in coming to the right decision. The judge in this case heard the undisputed facts and determined the deputy’s response to Mr. Longoria’s actions was reasonable and did not violate any constitutional rights or state laws.”

AZ CDL Update: Committee Hearing Success - Great news!  We thank everyone who took the time to contact committee members using the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  Your activism worked!  The bills listed below passed out of their respective committees and are heading for Committee of the Whole (COW) debates.  Following a successful COW hearing is a Third Read floor vote, the last major step before being sent to the Governor.
      It’s time to contact your Senator and Representatives and urge them to support the bills listed below.  For those familiar with this part of the process, all the emails to your legislators are prepared and waiting for you at AzCDL’s
Legislative Action Center. Contact your Legislators today!

·        HB 2081 would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers. Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to support HB 2081.

·        HB 2224 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors.   support HB 2224.

·        HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way, such as city streets and sidewalks that happen to pass through campuses.   support HB 2338.

·        HB 2524 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law.   support HB 2524.

·        SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.   support SB 1257.

·        SB 1266 would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes.   support SB 1266.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.



160317-1945 - AZRRT Call To Action – SB1416  By Jose Borrajero

     SB1416 has been assigned to the House Appropriations Committee, but a hearing has not been scheduled. We must keep it that way: this is the third time during this session that we issue an “all hands on deck” appeal. We do not do this lightly. It is extremely important that we kill SB1416. If you are consider yourself a protector of the right of “we the people” to have a direct voice at the state board of education, then you must respond by contacting the members of the House Appropriations Committee and request that the house appropriations committee do not schedule SB1416 for a hearing, but instead let it wither on the vine. (rts testimony not available at this time). Contact information for the members of the House Appropriations Committee:











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      Here are rebuttals to the two most often used arguments in favor of SB1416:

 Bogus Argument #1: Read the AZ constitution. The legislature has the power to define the role of the Superintendent of Public Education.

Rebuttal #1: Of course the legislature has that power. But we the people want the legislature to give the SPI the maximum level of power allowed under the constitution, not the minimum.

Bogus Argument #2: Half the bill was written by the SPI’s chief of staff.

Rebuttal #2: It is a bad bill, no matter who wrote it. This is not about the current SPI or the current chief of staff. It is about the office of the SPI, currently and in the future. It is about the people having the loudest possible voice at the SBE.

For more information on this, check out the attached file containing a letter from the SPI to legislators.


GOP Presidential Candidate Contacts:

Donald Trump        

John Kasich            

Ted Cruz                


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


160318-1350 - AZRRT Results Of Recent Votes  By Jose Borrajero    SPECIAL NOTICE: The 2016 session is rapidly approaching conclusion. We at the AZRRT are finished with alerts on standing committee hearings and RTS testimony. During the remaining days we will concentrate on bills scheduled for COW hearings, 3rd Reading votes, and final votes. If you know of any specific bills that need special attention, please let us know via a reply to this e-mail.

(*) For full info on any bill, click on the bill number column.

     To see exactly how every legislator voted, click on the Results column. 

Make a note of this information because it could be very valuable at election time, to evaluate whether candidates’ campaign rhetoric is supported or contradicted by their actions.

The latest results of actions on bills that we are watching, as reported on, are as follows:

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refugee resettlement; procedures; audit






initiative, referendum; vote percentage requirements






national defense laws; prohibited actions






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municipalities; taxes and fees; notification






sentence enhancements; unlawful presence; release






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This morning AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham released the schedule of delegate election meetings to be conducted by the 40 county and legislative district Republican committees throughout Arizona. The elections are held between March 26th and April 9th and the 1,251 winning delegates will attend the Republican State Convention April 30th.

     The delegates to the State Convention vote for delegates to attend the Republican National Convention, held in Cleveland from July 18 to 22, where they cast their vote for the presidential candidate who wins Arizona’s March 22 election.  Arizona will send 58 delegates to the National Convention.

     “This is an exciting process and it’s a great time to be a Republican in Arizona — we’re seeing a tremendous amount of participation unlike anything we’ve experienced in recent elections, and the Arizona Republican Party is well-positioned to make sure we do our part to see that a Republican takes the White House in November,” said Graham.

     Tickets to the convention are available here.

     Any registered Republican is eligible to stand for election in their district to become a delegate, and the votes in that election are cast by each district or county’s precinct committeemen. Visit and the “Conventions 2016” menu for more information, and enter your address at this website to find your district.

     Meeting Schedule By Legislative District (LD) Or County:

·        Maricopa LD 1 - March 28th - 6:00 PM - Desert Hills Community Church, 34835 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85086. Cathy Schwanke, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 4 - April 2nd - 9:00 AM - Starpointe Residence Club of Estrella, 17665 W. Elliot Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338. LD 4 Chairman,  Dick Newcomer

·        Maricopa LD 12 - March 31st - 7:00 PM - Cafeteria of Cooley Middle School; 1100 S. Recker Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85296. Mickie Niland, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 13 - March 29th - 6:00 PM - Community room next to Litchfield Park Library; 101 W Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Wally Campbell, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 15 - March 29th - 6:30 PM - Arizona Project; 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 2 Phoenix, AZ 85028. David Henderson, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 16 - March 31st - 7:00 PM - Liberty Arts Academy; 3015 S. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212. Denis Brimhall, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 17 - March 29th - 7:00 PM - Tri-City Baptist Church; 2211 W Germann Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286. Shadow Asgari, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 18 - April 5th - 6:00 PM - Quality Inn; 5121 E La Puente Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85044. Mary Fritsche, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 19 - March 28th - 6:30 PM - Girdy Hickman's House; 11141 W. Laurelwood Ln. Avondale 85392. George Ortiz, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 20 - March 28th - 6:00 PM - Washington School District Offices; 4650 W Sweetwater Glendale, AZ 85304. Naomi Kruse, Chairwoman

·        Maricopa LD 21 - March 26th - 9:00 AM - Republican Office; 10015 W. Bell Rd. Suite 50 Sun City, AZ 85351. Chris Herring, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 22 - March 28th - 5:30 PM - Westbrook Vistas Rec Center; 18825 N Country Club Pkwy Peoria, AZ 85382. Eric Morgan, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 23 - March 31st - 6:00 PM - FHUSD Learning Center; 16000 East Palisades Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Jim O'Connor, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 24 - March 31st - 6:30 PM - AZGOP HQ; 3501 N. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016. Timothy Lee, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 25 - March 30th - 6:00 PM - Mesa Utilities Building; 640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ 85201. Ian Murray, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 26 - April 5th - 6:30 PM - Mesa Utilities Building; 640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ 85201. Raymond Jones, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 27 - April 5th - 6:00 PM - Bethesda Baptist; 906 E. Jones st. Phoenix, AZ 85042. Ron Harders, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 28 - April 6th - 7:00 PM - Madison School District Headquaters; 5601 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Tom Haney, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 29 - March 28th - 6:45 PM - 10035 W Turney Ave, Phoenix AZ 85037. Alan Gaugert, Chairman

·        Maricopa LD 30 - April 2nd - 1:00 PM - First United Methodist Church; 7102 N. 58th Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301. Bud Zomok, Chairman

·        Pima LD 2 - April 2nd - 10:00 AM - Quail Creek Madera Clubhouse; 2045 E Quail Crossing Blvd, Green Valley, AZ 85614. Sergio Arellano, Chairman

·        Pima LD 3 - March 26th - 9:00 AM - Kettle Restaurant; 748 W. Starr Pass Tucson, AZ 85713. John Holden, Chairman

·        Pima LD 4 - March 26th - 9:00 AM - Kettle Restaurant; 748 W. Starr Pass Tucson, AZ 85713. Mikki Niemi, Chairman

·        Pima LD 9 - April 2nd - 8:30 AM - La Paloma Urgent Care Center; 4001 E Sunrise Drive, Tucson , Arizona 85718. Bradley Johns, Chairman

·        Pima LD 10 - April 4th - 5:30 PM - Wilmot Public Library; 530 North Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711. Parralee Schneider, Chairwoman

·        Pima LD 11 - April 9th - 10:00 AM - Oro Valley Public Library; 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. Al Melvin, Chairman

·        Pima LD 14 - April 2nd - 9:30 AM - 16461 S Houghton Rd, Corona de Tucson, Az 85641. William Sobeck, Chairman

·        Apache - March 30th - 6:00 PM - Apache County Board of Supervisors Room; 75 W Cleveland St, St Johns, AZ 85936. Delos Bond, Chairman

·        Yavapai - April 9th - 8:00 AM - Centennial Center at Antelope Hills; 1989 Clubhouse Dr. Prescott, AZ 86301. Mark Sensmeier, Chairman

·        Mohave - April 9th - 1:00 PM - Vista Del Sol RV Resort, 3249 Felipe Dr, Bullhead City, AZ 86442. Michael Ward, Chairman

·        La Paz - April 1st - 7:00 PM - Taco Mio Restaurant, 130 East Main Street, Quartzsite, AZ 85346. Russell Sias, Chairman

·        Yuma - March 29th - 7:00 PM - 3097 S. 8th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364. Jonathon Lines, Chairman

·        Pinal - March 26th - 10:00 AM - Florence High School, 1000 S. Main St. Florence, AZ 85132. Irene Littleton, Chairman

·        Gila - April 2nd - 10:00 AM - Tiny's Family Restaurant; 600 Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541. Gary Morris, Chairman

·        Navajo -  March 30th - 7:00 PM - Silver Creek Senior Center in Snowflake, 1658 S Main St, Snowflake, AZ 85937. Annette Hardman, 2nd Vice Chair

·        Greenlee - March 29th - 6:00 PM - Tyler's Taste of Texas; 701 S. Coronado Bvld. Clifton, AZ 85540. Roy Tyler, Chairman

·        Cochise - April 2nd - 10:00 AM - American Legion Hall; 225 E. Allen St. Tombstone, AZ 85638. Casey Jones, Chairman

·        Santa Cruz - March 26th - 10:00 AM - 777 N Grand Ave, Nogales, AZ 85621 Zach Taylor, Chairman

·        Coconino - April 2nd - 9:00 AM - DoubleTree Hotel; 1175 W. Rt 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Joan Harris, Chairwoman

·        Graham - March 31st - 6:00 PM - El Charro Restaurant; 601 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546. J. Duane Rhodes, Chairman

Contact:  (602) 957-7770  |  |



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 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

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

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

'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:

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

March 22

The Fountain Hills Republican Club's monthly GOP Social is at 6 p.m. March 22 (4th Tuesday of each month) at the Fireside Grill in the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro BLVD, FH 8526. No Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food), open to all interested persons, membership in the FH Republican Club not required.  Petitions may be passed around for signature.  Literature may be distributed, but no formal speech to the entire audience.  Since this is Presidential Preference Election Day, expect to watch the results as they come in from AZ, ID and UT.

March 24

The Northwest Pima County Conservatives will conduct a candidate forum at 6:15 pm., Thur., March 24 at the Wheeler Taft Library in Marana. Confirmed guests include CD3 candidate Edna San Miguel – who is challenging incumbent Raul Grjalva, Pima County Supervisors District 3 candidate Kim DeMarco – running again Bronson, Pima County Board of Supervisors District 1 candidate Ally Miller, AZ Corporation Commission candidate Al Melvin and Justice of the Peace Precinct 10 candidate Vince Roberts and Ron Newman. Contact: JoAnn Livingston 520-825-2174

The Arizona AMERICAN African Republican Committee meets at 6:30 pm., Thurs., March 24 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N24th St, Phx, 85016 to hear US Senate candidate Kelli Ward, Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Dan Saban and CD4 candidate Ray Strauss. Contact- Rev Clyde Bowen 602-274-5439


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Congressman Paul A. Gosar after submitting a language request to the House Appropriations Committee aimed at prohibiting senior executives within the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) from receiving bonuses: “It is unconscionable that Lois Lerner and other dishonest senior officials within the IRS have received more than $100,000 in bonuses in recent years. Committing perjury, purposely disposing of hard drives and more than 24,000 emails in order to stymie an investigation, and providing an extremely poor level of service to taxpayers doesn’t warrant a bonus of a penny in my mind, let alone nearly $6 million dollars in the last 5 years.At a time of soaring deficits, and with a federal debt in excess of $19 trillion, allowing lavish bonuses to continue to go to senior management within the IRS is especially wasteful. Most hard-working, law-abiding Americans haven’t received bonuses during these tough economic times. Neither should corrupt government bureaucrats that illegally targeted conservative organizations.”

The Arizona Delegation Of Congressmen Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Matt Salmon, Martha McSally, Along With Senators John McCain And Jeff Flake today called on the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to prevent cuts to Medicare that would hurt Arizona seniors. The cuts were proposed recently in a notice about Medicare coverage rates for next year. “Over 43,000 retired teachers and other retired state employees in the Arizona State Retiree System (ASRS) depend on MA Retiree Coverage that is critical to preserve as it offers seniors robust, well-coordinated, quality care for its beneficiaries including access to disease management tools and prescription drug coverage,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt. “Adopting these dramatic cuts to a popular, successful program would only place burdens on beneficiaries by increasing premiums, reducing benefits, and narrowing provider networks for Arizona’s retirees.”

Sen Jeff Flake: In the past year, I’ve published several oversight reports detailing some of the unbelievable and egregious ways federal agencies are wasting your hard-earned tax dollars. There were the cash bonuses paid to recovering drug addicts for simply not doing drugs. There’s the funding to promote tourism in Lebanon , a country that the State Department warns is unsafe for American tourists. And there’s the study to study marmosets on treadmills …for potential future studies.

While several projects and practices targeted in those reports have since been addressed – including eliminating millions of dollars for paid patriotism and freeing billions of dollars tied to old transportation earmarks – others are left to waste away.

So, in the spirit of March Madness, those wasting away tax-payer funds find themselves on the most busted bracket you’ll see this month – my third annual #Egregious8 tournament of waste.

Yesterday, I tipped off voting for the #Egregious 8 on Fox and Friends where I highlighted some matchups from the first round – including a $707,000 shrimp fight club and $1 million to put marmosets in exercise balls on treadmills. First round votes can be cast through March 25 on my #Egregious8 webpage , official Facebook page , and on twitter using #Egregious8 . Along with the tournament, I unveiled WasteLine, a new initiative to solicit tips on potential government waste. Tips can be left by calling (202) 224-4521 and then pressing 6 or online by clicking the WasteLine icon at .


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Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp: There is little about City Council meetings that I cannot tolerate. I support freedom of speech and welcome people to come to the City Kiva and express their opinions about many subjects. My patience is very well established.

Fault me if you want, but enough is enough when a Satanist group, not even based in Scottsdale, wants to disrupt our meetings by giving an invocation to the entire Council meeting audience. And it is certain this will be a disruption.

The group applied to come to the meeting in April, then backed off when the city administration approved the request. It was obvious the group was just testing our response. We had a slight reprieve, until they came back with another request recently and were given July 6 as the date to be at the Council meeting.

It’s time to make it clear that a rule must be established about who can come and what kind of message is expected. We already have restrictions on who can come to make presentations at the beginning of the Council proceedings. There is not current rule related to the invocation. I welcome all religions that are based in Scottsdale, have an established physical location… church, synagogue, mosque, etc. that provides an uplifting message to its members, and that will bless the Council proceedings. Perhaps this can be the rule, but I am open to other suggestions.

I do not welcome a Satanist group. If they do come, you will not see me bow my head to their message.I will leave the meeting until the “invocation” is over. I will join other faith groups who have promised to hold prayer sessions outside the building. My faith tells me that this is the only action I can take. I am comfortable with my decision.

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