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Historian/Lecturer Carl Goldberg: “Today, I received a letter from Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party asking for money. Instead of sending them money, I used their postage-paid return envelope to send Robert Graham the following letter. I urge you to do something similar.

Dear Bob, In today’s mail I received your letter asking for money. I must tell you that, until the Arizona Republican Party takes a strong and unequivocal stand against the Muslim Brotherhood, you will get no money from me or my friends. In addition, in my presentations about Islam as ideology, I will encourage my listeners to demand that all Republican candidates declare their stand on the Muslim Brotherhood before they are given support. A few months back, Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation act in the Senate So far, only three Republicans have publicly supported it. Why aren’t the other 51 Republicans supporting it? Why isn’t the Arizona GOP demanding that Senators McCain and Flake support that crucially important bill??? I urge you to read John Guandolo’s excellent book, “Raising a Jihadi GenerationUnderstanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America.” The Muslim Brotherhood is America’s greatest enemy, and the Republican Party has, at best been AWOL on the issue, and, at worst, has been actively aiding the Muslim Brotherhood both at home and abroad. If the GOP does not save us from the Islamic threat, no one will.” Goldberg is a historian (PhD in Russian history) who has devoted over 13 years to intense study of the Quran, the Haddith, and the writings of Islamic scholars and Imams

The Republican National Committee's Rules Committee chose to punt on changing rules for how a presidential nominee is chosen. In avoiding a high-profile battle to simplify the rules, the committee rallied behind chairman Reince Priebus's repeated insistence that no changes should be made before the July convention. The committee adjourned just one hour after it began without making any changes, including one that could have made it more difficult for party leaders to nominate a "white knight" candidate — one who is not in the race currently. full story here

Watchdog Sues GOP 'Party Hacks' Over Delegate Fight: Most races to be political-party nominees for president in recent years have been decided before summertime conventions, with one clear leader. This year that isn't happening, and it's bringing up a whole host of new issues, including how the party establishment may handle picking that ultimate nominee. One activist lawyer says the voters need to decide, and now he has sued the Florida state and national Republican parties over what he charges has been a developing plan by "insiders" to "manipulate ... the election system to end up with a candidate that fits their own political and financial agendas." The complaint was filed by attorney Larry Klayman, founder of both Judicial Watch and the newer Freedom Watch, in Leon County Circuit Court in his home state of Florida. He explains in the complaint that he wants the party to support the candidate the voters pick. Continue Reading...

Scottsdale veteran Josh Wolosonovich is asking for help in a “Operation Nine Line: New Trails” fundraiser for a five day, 75 mile hike in the Colorado Mountains in June for veterans between June 27- July in which 75 people from around the country will participate in  the backpacking journeys that will test all participants mentally, spiritually, and physically. Their purpose is to raise awareness of all the various physical, mental and emotional needs of the nation’s veterans and help make an impact on the toll these injuries (including the hidden ones) have on them and their families. “Nine Line” is a combat emergency medevac request, and is often the difference between life and death for the most severely wounded soldiers. See WWW.NINELINEFOUNDATION.ORG or NineLineOperationNewTrails2016-josh-wolosonovich Wolosonovich has lived in Chandler, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and now Scottsdale since 2007. He worked on staff for Travis Grantham in 2012 and Wendy Rogers in 2014. Contact Wolosonovich at joshua.wolosonovich@gmail.com

Arizona-Attorney-General-Accused-Of-Evidence-Tampering …“This week, papers were filed with the Arizona Supreme Court alleging that Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich has tampered with evidence in criminal investigation of attorneys with the Snell and Wilmer law firm and victim businessman Will Graven. According to the filing, “AG Brnovich, to insure that Pinal County would support his (Brnovich) claims that there was insufficient evidence to take the Snell & Wilmer Case to the State Grand Jury, has tampered with the materials/evidence that he transferred to Pinal County…in fact, he has not sent the “entire criminal file,” he has withheld key evidence.”

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 Briefs alerted readers to this investigation in mid-March. –ft

Click on Scandal to listen to National Committeeman Bruce Ash’s radio opinion piece on another Obama/Clinton failure related to the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ash has broadcast weekly political radio messages since September 2006 as a way to serve as a voice for Arizona conservatives.

U.S. Suicide Rate Rises, Especially For Middle-Aged White Women The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, federal data shows. The statistics also point to an alarming jump in suffocation — mostly hangings — as a suicide method. Read more »

Congressman Trent Franks: “Many of you have reached out to our office by phone, email, letters, and on social media to express your mistrust of Washington and your dissatisfaction with the seemingly constant gridlock in Congress. I couldn’t agree with you more that this is a serious problem. What you may not know is the Senate’s abuse of the filibuster is, at least partly, to blame. In January, I wrote an op-ed about this problem and the way to break the stranglehold on progress”. See ending-the-stealth-filibuster

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will hold a field oversight hearing on “Examining the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Unacceptable Response to Indian Tribes” at 10:30 am., Fri, April 22 in the City of Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W Jefferson in Phoenix. The hearing will provide an opportunity for committee members to demand answers from the EPA regarding the impact of the Gold King Mine disaster on Indian Country and other environmental issues in the region. Committee members will also receive testimony from tribal leaders concerning the EPA’s responses to issues affecting their communities. Subpoenaed: Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC; Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Hopi Tribe Chairman Herman G. Honanie, Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates, and Dr. Clark Lantz, Professor and Associate Head, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.

The 2nd Arizona Civil Rights Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 21 in the Arizona House of Representatives at the State Capitol.  Details tba.

US Senate candidate Kelli Ward will address the Arizona Project on May 2. Contact Chr Ron Ludders at 602.677.1496

LD 15 will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., April 26 at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant (7th Avenue and Deer Valley Road).  Speakers: US Senate candidate Kelli Ward on her campaign against Sen John McCain and State Treasurer Jeff DeWit on Prop 123 opposition. Visitors welcome. Contact: Chr David Henderson dtaheel@cox.net

The Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., April 25 at 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phx. to watch a photo show and hear a litany of “conspiracy theories” presented by photographer Phil Gudenschwager. Tristan Manos will present the second portion of his “The 5,000 Year Leap” presentation. Contact Chr Ron Ludders at 602.677.1496

AZ Corporation Commission candidate Al Melvin addressed the Colorado River Tea Party last night in Yuma. Melvin is a former senator, former candidate for AZ Governor and retired military officer. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

MCRC Member-at-Large/LD20 2 VC Wes Harris: Since taking office Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has been attacked by the Governor's Office, the un-elected State Board of Education and ignored by the Attorney General, all of which has stymied her attempts to get Common Core thrown out of our State supported schools. Because of you volunteers she has been able to accomplish some of the things we want done.  She needs more help in high places. We have 15 County Superintendents of Schools whose job is to distribute funds to their school districts and appoint people to school board vacancies. They can help the State Superintendent but few do. To my knowledge, incumbent Don Covey has not lifted a finger to help, but he appoints virtually only Teacher Union Democrats to fill open positions, completely ignoring his so called 'Republican Roots'.

     The Legislature is no help; lead by Sen Debbie Lesko and Rep Paul Boyer, they tried three time this session to strip Douglas of her constitutional and statutory powers.  We beat them back but the budget has not yet been approved and this could open up a way to get their dastardly deed done.

     This leads to this next election.   It is time to replace incumbent Don Covey with someone who is only motivated by students, We the People, and promises to help Diane get rid of Common Core.  Her name is Dr. Jana Jackson, who teaches STEM at North High in Phoenix and has a staggering list of credentials that overly qualify her to fill the demands of this position.  See JacksonForCoutySuperintendent.com (still under construction)  and help obtain the necessary signatures to get her on the ballot before June 1.  Contact wwharris@msn.com 602-432-2871 (c) 602-942-9281 (h) 602-942-5327 (f) to arrange for her to speak to your group.

Mark Mekler, Convention of States: Despite the fact that HCR 2010 was transmitted to the Senate on February 19th, Senator Andy Biggs has still not fulfilled his duty under the Senate Rules (Rule 2J) to assign it to a committee so that it can have a fair hearing and be voted on by the Senate. In a recent face-to-face meeting with a small group of Arizona citizens, Senator Biggs arrogantly stated that he would wait until the last 15 minutes of session to assign the resolution to a committee, thus ensuring that it will not have time to receive a vote. Friends, that is an outrage to every Arizonan, every American, who believes in the rule of law. This is the same kind of shenanigan that is pulled all the time in Washington, D.C., to the detriment of our great nation. We cannot stand by while it happens in Arizona. Maybe that's why Sen. Biggs has announced he's running for Congress.  Guess he'll fit right in with the games they play there.  Contact: 530-823-0568  bmcadams@cosaction.com

Senator John McCain spoke on the Senate floor today on the state of the U.S. military and his priorities as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. live here.

US Senate candidate Clair Van Steenwyk is asking help in getting petition signatures by May 22 to get on the Primary ballot. Petitions can be downloaded at 2016a.pdf, Mail signature petitions to Van US Senate,  13726 W. Gable Hill Dr. Sun City West, AZ 85375.

Political consultant Constantin Querard says the Arizona Cruz Crew is looking for volunteers to help at the Sat., April 30 AZGOP State Convention in Mesa. He’ll pay for volunteers $50 entrance fee, including lunch.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Hillary Clinton's accountant Rorrie Gregorio on Tax Day highlighting the hypocrisy of her tax plan. The letter calls on Clinton to put her money where her mouth is and pay the additional taxes her plan is proposing other Americans of similar income pay. See here.
How Much Clinton Would Owe Under Her 4-Percent Surcharge Tax

YEAR

TAXABLE INCOME

TAXABLE INCOME OVER $5 MILLION

AMOUNT OWED

2001

14,427,526

9,427,526

377,101.04

2002

8,881,115

3,881,115

155,244.60

2003

7,027,281

2,027,281

81,091.24

2004

16,376,091

11,376,091

455,043.64

2005

15,270,582

10,270,582

410,823.28

2006

13,251,979

8,251,979

330,079.16

2007

15,696,172

10,696,172

427,846.88

2008

4,477,303

0

0.00

2009

8,071,656

3,071,656

122,866.24

2010

10,704,263

5,704,263

228,170.52

2011

11,621,445

6,621,445

264,857.80

2012

15,921,409

10,921,409

436,856.36

2013

22,160,687

17,160,687

686,427.48

2014

22,787,248

17,787,248

711,489.92

Total:

186,674,757

117,197,454

4,687,898.16

The Arizona National Delegation has been assigned to the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland South Independence for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Hotel’s website http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-cleveland-independence-CLEHSDT/index.html . Arizona’s delegation representative will receive more detailed information about the hotel assignment in the near future, including the reservation process. For immediate questions, contact Enid Mickelsen, Vice Chairman Committee on Arrangements at 801/520-0166 or Betsy Gehring, Director of Delegate Services, at 216/263-2123

Info For April 30 AZGOP State Convention :

    1. The provisional list of state delegates is here. (Party staff is verifying eligibility)
    2. The provisional list of national delegate candidates is here. (Party staff is verifying eligibility)
    3. More information about the delegate process is here.

Activist Art Olivas: We sent these two videos out two years ago of John McCain with a bunch of his Republicans In Name Only. McCain may be censured but his RINOs keep roaring. See both Republican Victory Tours videos: Republican Victory Tour 1, Aug 26, 2010 and Republican Victory Tour 2, Aug 26, 2010

Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools candidate Jana Jackson needs help gathering about 5,000 signatures on nominating petitions by the end of May to qualify for the ballot. See her website at http://www.jacksonforcountysuperintendent.com/

Tyler Bower, Chairman, Republican Party of Maricopa County: My Fellow Patriot Precinct Committeemen - PC Affidavits and Petitions should be turned in beginning May 2nd to the County Recorder’s office. Your District Chairman should also have a person assigned to collecting these for you. Signature requirements vary by precinct, with the maximum being 10. Please see the requirements at the following address: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/pdf/REP%20PC%20Sig%20Req%20by%20precinct%2003012016.pdf You may also find the Nomination Form and Petition document at the County Recorders site: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/precinctcommitteemen.aspx Feel free to email me with any additional questions! Tyler@MaricopaCountyGOP.com

A Petition Calling For The Resignation Of AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham started circulating in Arizona last week. See Demand-AZGOP-Chair-Robert-Grahams-Resignation Although some say Graham/McCain will do everything possible to prevent the petition from reaching the April 30 State Convention floor – as was done with the resolution calling for Graham’s resignation at the Jan 23 State Mandatory meeting -- it is a reminder to Graham that some grassroots folks are less than happy with him. And it certainly doesn’t look good for his attempt to chair the Republican National Committee (RNC). And speaking of the RNC Chair, the word is out the Mitt Romney’s daughter is also reaching for the same rung on the GOP ladder.

Volunteers Are Needed for CD9 candidate Dave Giles phone bank scheduled between 4:30-6:30 pm, Thurs., April 21 at Giles headquarters, 3030 S Rural Road, Tempe. Refreshments will be served.

Brit Hume, senior political analyst for FOX News will speak at 7 p.m., May 5 at the Center for Arizona Policy Dinner at the AZ Biltmore Resort in Phx. tickets here

AZGOP State Convention Credentials Chairman Diane Ortiz-Parsons needs volunteers to work the credentials tables at the April 30 convention in Mesa. Credentials works must be there at 6:30 am that morning. Interested individuals should contact Ortiz-Parsons at 4802362795 or preference1972@gmail.com

The Conservative Business League is hiring petititon gatherers for Republican candidates.  Contact: Nina Marlow at 480.707.9043.

US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey is calling volunteers to work his campaign booths at both the Maricopa and Pima County fairs. Contact Field Director Trevor Laky at (480) 659-5503 or Trevor@meluskey.com

US Sen Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk is asking for volunteers to help get petitions signatures for him to get on the ballot. Contact: Ron Gosselin 602-740-4165 or scheduler@vanussenate.com

Seeking Volunteers: Anyone interesting in volunteering for US Senator candidate Dr. Kelli Ward should contact her assistant Carolyn Leff at 928-230-0633 events@kelliward.com www.Facebook.com/KelliWardForArizona

LD13 House Candidate Ray Kouns needs help gathering petition signatures to get on the ballot. You can sign on line at the www.azsos.gov Contact Kouns at 928-685-3284 or at rkouns@tabletoptelephone.com

US Sen Candidates Dr. Kelli Ward, Alex Meluskey, and Clair Van Steenwyk are available to speak at events or to groups. To schedule:

· Ward, Contact Carolyn Leff at 928- 230-0633 or events@kelliward.com

· Meluskey, Contact Joel Andres Frewa scheduler@meluskey.com 480-659-2410

· Van Steenwyk Contact Ron Gosselin 602-740-4165 or scheduler@vanussenate.com

Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate https://www.senate.gov/ or Representatives http://www.house.gov/   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

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 23

A Planned Parenthood Protest is scheduled at 9 am., April 23 at PP headquarters, 4751 N 15th St., Phoenix. Parking will be a challenge. Prepare for warm weather. Contact: Stephen Sivigliano ss068911@gmail.com

Politics on the Rocks is helping sponsor the Sat., April 23 Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic scheduled at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E Osborn Road, Scottsdale. Congressman Matt Salmon will address Prop 123 at 4:30 pm, followed by a rugby match between Arizona State University and the Mexican National Team. Fans will be treated to a balloon glow featuring the world famous and Lucas Films approved Yoda and Darth Vader hot air balloons that will be making their Arizona debut. Tickets start at $12. Kids 12 and under are free. Details: www.therugbybowl.com

US Sen Jeff Flake’s third Coffee/Cocoa Cup Club will meet at 8 am. Sat. April 23 at the Phyoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N 44th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Registration opens at 7:30 am. Limited seating. $30 per person for breakfast. Hot beverage mug available for $12. RSVP by noon, Thur., April 21. Contact: info@jeffflake.com or 602-845-0333.

A Lecture About Islam is planned at 1 pm., Sat., April 23 at the Coffinger Park office in Wickenburg. Call 928-427-0309 or 0088 for reservations.

April 24

Congressman Trent Franks Family All American BBQ is scheduled between 1-3 pm., Sun., April 24 at the farm of Ed and Margaret Bond and Judy Bond Connell, 8404 W Augusta, Glendale. Hot dogs, ice cream and children’s carnival games. Congressmen Paul Gosar and David Schweikert will be in attendance. $100 per family of two adults, plus children. $40 per individual or $75 per couple. Sponsorships available. RSVP Jessica Lycos at 480-494-5784 or jessica@slgroupllc.com

Congressman Trent Franks Family All American BBQ is scheduled between 1-3 pm., Sun., April 24 at the farm of Ed and Margaret Bond and Judy Bond Connell, 8404 W Augusta, Glendale. Hot dogs, ice cream and children’s carnival games. Congressmen Paul Gosar and David Schweikert will be in attendance. $100 per family of two adults, plus children. $40 per individual or $75 per couple. Sponsorships available. RSVP Jessica Lycos at 480-494-5784 or jessica@slgroupllc.com

April 25

The Western Pinal County Chapter of Arizona Republican Assembly( AzRA) CD1 All Candidates Forum will meet at 6 pm., Mon., April 25 at the Central Lutheran Church, 324 N Sacaton St., Casa Grande, AZ. Eight CD1 candidates are confirmed. Contact: Secretary Jason Hayes, 202-394-7202 wpcc.azra@gmail.com or jason@jasonthayes.com

The Tempe Republican Women will hear Dr. Carl Goldberg at 6:30 pm., Mon., April 25 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, Tempe. No admission fee. Goldberg, a historian (PhD in Russian history) who has devoted over 13 years to intense study of the Quran, the Haddith, and the writings of Islamic scholars and Imams, both old and new, will discuss the Syrian refugee crisis.. They will also review proposed Bylaws Amendments that will be voted on at the May meeting. Contact Pres. Jessica Merrow 480-306-2545 TempeAZRW@gmail.com

April 26

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will speak to the Sun Lakes Korean Veterans Club at 10 am., Tues., April 26 at the Sun Lakes Country Club in Sun Lakes, AZ RSVP

US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward will speak to Legislative District 15 at 6 pm., Tues., April 26 at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, AZ.

The Monthly Fountain Hills Republican Club "GOP Socials" are at the Fireside Grill in the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro BLVD, FH 8526 on the 4th Thursday of each month.  The next two are scheduled April 26 and May 24.   This is a social event. No speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food). All FHRC "GOP Socials" are open to all interested persons, membership in the FH Republican Club is not required. Contact: Boe James FHRepublican@yahoo.com

Candidates Wishing To Speak at the April 26 LD17 meeting should contact Chairman Shadow Asgari at ld17shadow@gmail.com by Sat, April 23.

April 28

A Fundraiser For Incumbent Pima County Board of Supervisor Ally Miller is scheduled from 6-8 pm April 28 at Molinitos Restaurant Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. Appetizers served (more info to come). Hosted by Marlene Leeper & Sherese Steffens.

The Arizona American African Republican Committee meets Thursday April 28, 6:30pm, GOP headquarters 3501 N24th St. Phoenix with Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Marsha Hill. Contact Rev Clyde Bowen at 602-274-5439 aaarc6@centurylink.net

Maricopa County Sheriff Candidate Marsha Hill will speak to the Arizona American African Republican Club at 6:30pm., April 28 at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N 24th St., Phx.

Libertarian/Conservative Political Commentator and YouTube celebrity Julie Borowski will be speaking at Glendale Community College at 4 pm., April 28th at Glendale Community College, Student Union (Room 104), 6000 W Olive Ave. Glendale, AZ. Free pizza and soda will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

April 30

The Arizona GOP State Convention starts at 8 am., in the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201.

 

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS

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Congressman Trent Franks: Highlights from a busy first quarter in Washington, DC. -- Legislation passed that will help Arizonans: 

· H.R. 3762 Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act – Passed House January 6th

· H.R. 1644 Supporting Transparency, Regulatory, and Environmental Actions in Mining Act – Passed House January 12th

· H.R. 757 North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act – Passed House January 12th; Became Law February 18th

· H.R. 3700 Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act – Passed House February 2nd

· H.R. 3662 Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act – Passed House February 2nd

· H.R. 1675 Capital Markets Improvement Act – Passed House February 3rd

· H.R. 766 Financial Institution Customer Protection Act – Passed House February 4th

· H.R. 3293 Scientific Research in the National Interest Act – Passed House February 10th

· H.R. 3442 Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act – Passed House February 11th

· H.R. 3716 Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act – Passed March 2nd

In another attempt to scale back the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I voted YES on H.R. 3762 Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act which would dismantle the ACA and would prohibit taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The Senate passed the bill as well and we sent it to the President’s desk. Unfortunately the President vetoed this bill and it did not become law.

Congressman Trent Franks: In advance of the recent hearing on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (HR 4924) which has 87 bipartisan cosponsors, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Rights, Franks, said, “The very bedrock foundation principle that gave birth to America in the first place was the conviction that all human beings are children of God and created equal in his sight. And, in so many ways, we have made great progress in the area of civil rights in this country. But there is one glaring exception. We have overlooked unborn children and that life itself is the most foundational of all civil rights. The terrifying result is that today, in America abortions are targeting unborn children for simply being the “wrong color” or the “wrong sex”. This is not who we are as Americans! Very simply, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (HR 4924), restricts sex-selection, race-selection abortion, and the coercion of a woman to obtain either. When the subject is related in any way to abortion the doors of reason and human compassion in our minds and hearts often close and the humanity of the unborn can oftentimes no longer be seen. But this is the civil-rights struggle that will define our generation, and I hope this hearing today will begin to open our minds and hearts again.” Franks is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, and Capabilities and a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

Sen John McCain has sent a letter to Acting Director of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System raising concerns about allegations that managers and supervisors at the Tucson VA have been interfering in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General (IG) investigation into reports of poor care, unclean facilities and equipment, and whistleblower retaliation. McCain called for an IG investigation following reports of wrongdoing at the Tucson VA. McCain urges the Acting Director to immediately look into allegations of interference; take additional steps to ensure that direct management and supervisory staff at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System refrain from attending any IG interviews, depositions or debriefings of employees during the course of this investigation; and direct the IG to re-interview any employees who were interviewed in the presence of VA management.

Yesterday Rep. Matt Salmon (introduced the third bill in his newly-reintroduced Shrink our Spending Initiative to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of the latest bill, to eliminate funding for further National Science Foundation (NSF) studies on politically-induced stress, Salmon said: “Americans are very stressed, and who could blame them?  Our nation is drowning in debt, what is soon to be over $20 trillion of it, and our representatives in Congress refuse to deny the spending requests of any government freeloader.  In today’s example of government waste, the NSF spent nearly $150,000 last year for a researcher to uncover why social interactions about politics are stressful.  The worst part?  This study is duplicative because the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation had previously released a wide-ranging survey on this very topic.” In 2014, Salmon began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because he knew every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets.  The program was called the “Shrink Our Spending” Initiative and aimed at finding $ 1.5 billion in wasteful spending.  In 2015, the initiative identified and cut over $3 billion in government waste.

Sen John McCain sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell today raising concerns about the decision by the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHeath, to exit the failed Obamacare exchanges after incurring significant losses. McCain asks Secretary Burwell to address the impact this decision will have on consumers in Arizona, particularly the estimated 45,000 Arizonans who will now be forced to find new coverage. “UnitedHealth’s decision to exit the failed Obamacare exchanges in all but a ‘handful’ of states across the country, including Arizona, is clear indictment of the President’s disastrous health care law,” said McCain. “It’s critical that the Obama Administration answer to the estimated 45,000 Arizonans who will now be scrambling to find new coverage, as well as the rest of the state that may face even higher deductibles and premiums as a result of this decision.”

Congressman Matt Salmon has announced the Financial Literacy for Financial Aid Act, a bill which would improve the Department of Education’s entrance counseling requirements, as well as the information provided to students, before they take on student loan debt. “When entering freshmen are provided paperwork entitling them to borrow thousands of taxpayer dollars, study after study shows these students know little about the liability they are taking on with their signatures. Student loan debt has ballooned in recent years, and with roughly 40% of student borrowers not making payments on their federal student loans, the integrity of this program is at stake. Furthermore, the fact that these loans are backstopped by government insurance means taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook. Ensuring students are well-versed in basic financial literacy should be a priority before lending. My bill would make it so.”

ARIZONA ELECTED OFFICIAL SPEAK OUT

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas thoughts on a meeting the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) meeting in Washington, DC. “I was pleased to hear updates on the ongoing process to develop regulations that will ultimately shape how states implement ESSA,” said Douglas. “As the new law is put into practice here in Arizona, my hope is that federal education officials will honor Congress’ intent and give our state increased flexibility and control when making decisions about the education of our children.” ESSA, which represents the latest update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is scheduled to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year. It will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the primary federal legislation addressing America’s public education system. “Arizonans must have a strong voice as these changes go into effect, so I look forward to hearing parent and stakeholder feedback on ESSA during my upcoming tour of the state. My team at the Department is diligently developing an implementation strategy and will incorporate the thoughts of our citizens to create a proposal that truly meets the needs of Arizona students.” The “We Are Listening Tour” will kick off on May 9 in Buckeye; continue throughout the year. In addition to gathering feedback on ESSA at each tour stop, the Superintendent also will be sharing updates on the progress of several proposals outlined in her AZ Kids Can’t Wait! Plan. The plan, which was released on Oct. 1, 2015, resulted from comments collected during last year’s We Are Listening Tour.

Senate President Pro Tempore Sylvia Tenney Allen: Huge Gains For All Of Arizona Students Are The Result Of A Great Education Environment - The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the gold standard of educational measurement:

  1. 8th grade African American students placed 1st in the nation in math in 2015 up from 8th in 2011. 
  2. 8th grade Hispanic students achieved the 3rd highest math gains in the nation to place 11th in the nation, up from 35th in 2011. 
  3. Overall, Arizona 8th grade students achieved the 2nd highest math gains in the country.

The NAEP test results were first reported in October 2015 and we are now becoming aware of the huge gains that key demographic groups have made. We hear far too often that Arizona is failing its students and how we are failing minority students. The facts do not support this conclusion.

Our teachers and school leaders deserve a huge round of applause. They are pushing our students to reach these amazing outcomes. Educational policy environment: We have a wide range of educational options and choice. Parents have the ability to choose the best school environment. The policies have started to yield strong results. 

Next time you see that Arizona public education ranks 50th, know that is not true. It is the education establishment replaying the same talking points.  We can be proud of our school system. 

Adequately and responsibly funding our schools will always be a priority, but we must be sure that we do not force our schools to adopt a one-size fits all approach to education and allow our system of choice to continue to innovate and flourish. I am excited about the ongoing process of adopting new Arizona academic standards to hold high expectations that are developmentally appropriate and under Arizona control. We are still on the rise and there is still much to do, but I will be one of those screaming from the rooftop about the amazing opportunities for students in Arizona.   

Candidate Commentary

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Republican National Committeewoman Candidate, Former Senator Lori Klein Corbin: Fellow Arizona State Delegate - Congratulations on being elected as a delegate to the forthcoming Arizona Republican Convention. It is an exciting time for our party to recapture the White House and our state as we select our national delegate to the Republican Convention in Cleveland. We will also be voting on our Republican Committeeman and Committeewoman positions. I am running for Republican Committeewoman as your conservative voice to the Republican National Committee. You can count on me to remain true to our platform of social and fiscal conservative principles.I am asking for your vote on April 30 to be your conservative representative to the Republican National Committee. Background:

· Elected LD6 State Senator 2010

· Protector of First & Second Amendments

· Fought for school c hoice

· Exec Dir for Health Care Freedom Act (designed to protect AZ from ObamaCare passed in 2010)

· Exec Dir for Prop 207 to protect property owners –passed 2006.

· National Dir of Development for Americans for Fair Taxation (2002-2006)

· Exec Dir/Director of Public Affairs School Choice Turst (1998) and six yrs as Chairman of Advisory Board.

· Exec Dir of Taxpayer Protection Alliance.

Married to former National Rifle Association Chairman and former Arizona Attorney General Robert (Bob) Corbin. Contact: lklein4@cox.net (602) 315-1737 (cell)

 

News Links

· Arizona-GOP-Elite-Says-Trump-Voters-Don’t-Matter

· Senate-To-Protesters; Stop-Traffic-Spend-Six-Months-In-Jail

· Governor-And-Treasurer-Disagree-On-Education-Funding-Proposition

· Doug-Ducey, Jeff-DeWit-Legislature-Proposition DeWit Pitches Alternatives To Proposition 123

· Odd-Couple: Ducey-And-Former-Rival-Duval-Pair-Up-For Prop-123-Ad

· Flight-Diverts-To-Phoenix-After-Bird-Strike-Cracks-Window

· Senior-Citizens-Train-To-Defend-Themselves

· Dishonoring-General-Jackson

· MS-GOP-Chair-Threatens-Police-Armed-With-A-Gun-And-A-Badge-Will-Forcibly-Remove-Trump-Cruz-Backers-From-Delegate-Process

· GOP Veepstakes Begin As Candidates Start Building Lists, Vetting Prospects

· Star Spangled Shariah: The Rise Of America's First Muslim Brotherhood Political Party:

· Trump’s New York Win Not Enough To Unite Party

· Arizonans: Gov Doug Ducey Job Ratings Low: 41% Say AZ On The Wrong Track

· Large-Insurers-Could-Leave-Arizona-Health-Care-Marketplace

· Arizona-Attorney-General-Accused-Of-Evidence-Tampering

· Arizona-Bill-1486-To-Repeal Presidential Primary Elections Held Up In Senate Contact The Senate Now

· Arizona-May-Do-Away-With-Presidential Primary Election Process

· Fireworks-Legislation-A-Disaster-Waiting-To-Happen

· Mormon Growth Slows To Its Lowest Level Since 1937

· Queen’s 90th Birthday: Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch Pictured With Royal Children In Touching Tribute

· Dear America: How Would You Respond If ‘Poor Refugees’ Blocked Your Commute?

· B-52-Bomber-Takes-Out-ISIS-Weapons-Facility-In-Mosul

· Taking The Fight To Isis     By John McCain

· Goldwater Institute Files Suit To Stop Taxpayer Subsidy To Balloon Company

· Schlafly Releases Video After Attempted Coup: I’m Still In Charge (Video)

· State Dept To Bring In How Many Syrian Refugees Per Month By September?

· Pathetic! ESPN Proves Curt Schilling Right – Fires Him Over Transgender Facebook Post!! (Arizona’s World Famous Republican Pitcher)

· Gosar Questions USFW Director On Lake Havasu Closures

· Bill Calls For Review Of Phoenix Flight-Path Changes

· Colorado GOP Legislators Who Voted To Abolish Presidential Primary Election Are All Ted Cruz Supporters

· Maricopa-County-Supervisors Approve 116 Polling Sites For May 17 Election

 

SEEING RED AZ

· McSkewed survey: Smoke, mirrors, hand in your pocket McCain strategists obviously turn to focus groups as Arizonans continue to get McScrewed

· AZ School Funding Sham Exposed: Vote NO On Prop. 123 Problematic Proposition 123 Fraught With Deception

· McCain Plagued By Severe Case Of Tax Amnesia

SONORAN ALLIANCE

· Gov Ducey: Why Vote For Prop 123? Some Teachers Have More Kids Than Books​

· Christine Jones – Right for Congress

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· The Police State Has Officially Arrived

· Prop 123 And Prop 124 – What To Do

· Take Action For Education

· Follow-Up To Take Action For Education!!!

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Arizona-Prop-123: Vote-No

· Arizona-May-Do-Away-With-Presidential Primary Election Process

AZ REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY (AzRA)

· 3-18-16 Legislative Score Card

· AzRA Speakers Bureau

· AzRA Chapters

ESPRESSO PUNDIT

· The Future Of Media....

· Montini Just Making Stuff Up....Again.

· About That Correction....

PAMELA GELLER

· Iran Demands New Bribes — And Obama Rushes To Deliver

· UK Prison Imams Spread Hatred: Devout Muslim Preachers Distributing Leaflets Encouraging Murder Of Apostates, Hatred Of Women And Gays

· Elite Paris University Holds Hijab Day To “Experience The Stigmatisation Experienced By Veiled Women In France”

· Obama Admin Awards $270K To Terror-Tied Islamic Charity

· Arabic-Speaking Passenger Who Heard Conversation Of Muslim Who Was Removed From Plane Says His Comments Were Threatening

· CBC Won’t Name Mass Rapist Because He’s A Muslim Migrant

· Obama's Sharia-Compliant 'Countering Violent Extremism' Program Collapses Into Absurdity

· Canada: Muslim Eighth-Graders Viciously Bully Jewish Student, School Refuses To Do Anything About It

ALLEN WEST

 

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MARICOPA COUNTY MaricopaCountyGOP.com

AZGOP azgop.org/blog/

· Arizona_Republican_Party_Bylaws

RNC/GOP

· Report: Priebus Slammed For ‘Breach Of Trust’ On RNC Rules

· Was The Primary Election In Colorado And Wyoming Rigged By The Establishment?

· Conservative-Activist-Sues-The-RNC-Alleging-Delegate Fraud

ILLEGALS/IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/AMNESTY

· Candidate-Decided-To Tour-Southern-Border; Found-Shocked

· Huge Amount Of Illegal Immigrants Apprehended By Rio Grande

· Remember 1986

· Borderland Beat

· AZ Border Defenders Updated Daily

· Need2no Border News Watch

FIRST AMENDMENT

· Pathetic! ESPN Proves Curt Schilling Right – Fires Him Over Transgender Facebook Post!!

SECOND AMENDMENT, FIREARMS

· Opponents Of California's New Gun Control Measures Are Calling It 'Gunmeggedon'

· Dear Anti-Trump Gun Lovers: What Hillary Just Said About Your Guns Might Make You Vote FOR Donald

· Yikes! Hillary Must Have Forgotten What Her State Dept Did For Company Who Made Sandy Hook Rifle

· Revealed: Eric Holder Participated In Coordinated Effort To Obstruct Congress On Fast And Furious

BENGHAZI

· What The State Dept Did To The Benghazi Files After They Were Subpoenaed

REFUGEES

· Report-German-Refugee-Program-Given-To-Hizballah

· Migrant-Blocked-Ambulance

MEDIA

· Motions-Filed-Demanding-Access-To-Hillary-Emails

WAR ON WOMEN/CHILDREN

· ISIS Executes 250 Women In Mosul After They Refused ‘Sexual Jihad’

DEPT OF JUSTICE

· Revealed: Eric Holder Participated In Coordinated Effort To Obstruct Congress On Fast And Furious

MILITARY/VETERANS

· Soaring Valor Kudos To Gary Sinise!

CONGRESS

· Congressman-Peter-King-I-Hate-Ted-Cruz-And-Might-Take-Cyanide-If-He's-Nominated

· House Republicans Introduce Resolution To Investigate Obama For High Crimes And Misdemeanors!

PROTESTORS

· Whoa! “You Are Evil And Guilty” Protesters Shout At Hillary [Video]

DONALD TRUMP

· Take-It-From-A-Combat-Vet-What-Trump-Just-Did-Is-Masterful

· Why Conservatives Are Voting For Trump In Droves (#Nevertrump Peeps Will Hate This)

· Trump-On-Cabinet: I-Would-Love-To-Have-Marco-Involved

MARCO RUBIO

· Marco-Rubio" Any Republican Nominee Is Better Than Hillary?

· Rubio: Time To End Automatic Refugee Status For Cubans [VIDEO]

BEN CARSON

· Carson: We Can Honor Harriet Tubman Without Kicking Jackson Off The $20

SARAH PALIN

· Sarah Palin Threatens Revolt Against RNC, Here’s Why

BILL AND HILLARY

· Yikes! Hillary Must Have Forgotten What Her State Dept Did For Company Who Made Sandy Hook Rifle

· Is Hillary Getting Paid To Lie About Islam?

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

· Planned-Parenthood-Ceo-Was-Invited-To-Speak-At-A-Catholic-University; Heres-How-Pro-Life-Students-Responded

· New Documents Prove Planned Parenthood Illegally Profited From Selling Aborted Baby Parts

EDUCATION

· School-Forbids-Off-Campus-Christian-Meeting; Students-Response

WHITE HOUSE/OBAMA

· Obama Admin Gives $270,000 Of Your Money To Terror-Tied Islamic Charity

· Obama Admin Warns States On Cutting Medicaid Funds To Planned Parenthood

· Iran Demands New Bribes — And Obama Rushes To Deliver

INTERNATIONAL

· Russia-Blames-US For Buzzing-US-Destroyer

· China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’ Within 15 Years

· Turkey’s Islamist Government Seizes Christian Churches

· Video-Captures-Palestinians-Hailing-Jerusalem Bomber

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