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Condolences to the John Upton Hays family. Hays, 88, a long-time political activist, passed away June 10 at his Prescott home. He served in the Arizona House for eight years and the Senate for seven years. Hays was born in Prescott in 1928, grew up on the family ranch in Peeples Valley, attended the Brown Military Academy in San Diego, the University of Arizona in Tucson and the University of the Americas in Mexico City. He served on the Yavapai County Plannning and Zone Commission, the Nature Conservancy and Arizona State Parks Board. Contributions can be made to the Marley House-Good Samaritan Hospice, 1063 Ruth St., Prescott, AZ 86301 or the Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society at PO Box 1057, Yarnell, Arizona 85362.
Bruce-Ash, AZ’s-National-Committeeman to RNC-Members: Earlier this week I was attacked by The Daily Caller - a site that exploits political issues and political people. They went to the Arizona Daily Independent which has been slamming Republicans for some time and a self-described “reformed democrat” shock jock talk show host—James T. Harris — who already has problems with me and the state/county parties. He attacks GOP office holders and GOP candidates. These people are not on our side today and have rarely been on our side. Yesterday Harris made a big deal out of a piece run in The ADI and The Daily Caller about my comments on the “conscience” movement and the Trump nomination. Republican-National-Committee-Member-Calls-For-Trump-Staffers-To-Be-Shot-In-The-Back-Of-The-Head What I said Saturday on a local radio show, which I have co-hosted since before I became an RNC member, was my analysis of the convention at the time. I have enormous respect for Mitt Romney, however, in view of his support of the NeverTrump movement I questioned how it looked that two of the leaders in the 2012 Romney campaign (Enid Mickelson and Ron Kaufman) were running convention rules and former RNC Chair Haley Barbour is running Permanent Organization in the middle of a rising “conscience” vote movement being organized by Governor Romney and others who seek to nullify 56 state contests and possibly bring in another nominee? Worse yet run a third party campaign. It was announced today Governor Scott Walker agrees there is room for a conscience vote at the convention. I stand by my analysis because I have concerns about the appointees who have worked with Romney in the past and despite well intentioned assurances, might possibly work to deny him (Trump) the nomination he has earned. I find it quite remarkable that the RNC might actually be leaning toward a vote to essentially invoke “The Curly Haugland Rules” to reverse the results of the primary contests and unbind our delegates.
Former MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro: There are different degrees of controversy. Political speech is one thing. Advocating for individuals to be killed goes beyond the pale of society. Ash crossed the line. That's totally unacceptable, especially in this extremely violent society we live in today - he needs to immediately resign.
Editor’s Note: For varying viewpoints go to SeeingRedAZ’s AZ Nat’l Committeeman Bruce Ash Urges Violence Against Trump Staff, AFA’s RNC Committeeman Speaks Out To RNC and American Freedom by Barbara’s Important-Message From -AZ-RNC-National Committeeman: Re - Trump/Convention
Delegate Uprising Threatens Trump The push to stop Donald Trump from becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee at the GOP convention in Cleveland is picking up steam as concerns about his campaign multiply. Read full story here
LD6 PC/State Committeeman Lolly Hathhorn: I am deeply disappointed in the people who have decided not to be delegates after they were elected to be one. There were some of us who would have loved to go to the Convention but were outnumbered by the so-called “elites” of the Party. The citizenry of Arizona have spoken and they have chosen “Donald Trump for President”. I cast my vote for a delegate to go and support Mr. Trump. Thank heaven for such loyalty as these persons have demonstrated. NOT!!! I guess some people are happy with what is going on in this wonderful Country of ours. I guess it is why we are $19T in debt, criminals running rampant, racism and divisiveness on the rise (again) and these people would rather see a Democrat in the White House. Shame on you! It is time for someone with some sense of Americanism to take over. Stop the feeding at the trough! I hope that the people in AZ see these people for what they are. I don’t need friends like them – I unfriend them! See Delegates-Resign-In-Opposition-To-Trump
Former MCRC Chairman A J LaFaro: Some people are saying the "Free the Delegates" movement headed up by the all knowing Kendal Unruh to sabotage Mr. Trump's nomination is legal. The RNC Credentials Committee to the National Convention should not recognize or credential any of these traitors! Energy-Builds-For-Idea-To-Reject-Trump-At-RNC- Convention All of these GOP "bat s*** crazies" are going to give Clinton the White House, destroy America and the Republican Party. Why isn't anyone aggressively organizing a counter movement to fight these traitors?
LD23 Former House Candidate Robert Lettieri: I noticed in yesterdays Briefs that CQ (Constantin Querard) is challenging the signatures of a candidate in LD13. Last week I withdrew as a candidate for LD23 House of Representatives because of a challenge. There was an article written by Hank Stephensen of the Capital Times in the June 17th edition about my withdrawal and about CQ's pattern of this type of challenge for the incumbents he works for. I always thought that in the "Republic for which we stand" that the people decide who governs not the court. Is what CQ is doing hurting or helping the Republic? I am interested in learning the outcome of the LD13 court case.
LD13 House Candidate Ray Kouns remains on the Aug 30 Primary Election ballot following a hearing this morning in which a judge tossed out challenges by House candidate Don Shooter’s political consultant Constantin “CQ” Querard. Kouns said the Maricopa County Recorder’s office verified he had enough valid signatures and the Secretary of State’s office didn’t not support Querard’s challenges that Kouns had flawed election dates on his petitions signature papers. Querard had challenged Kouns use of the general election date instead of the primary election date – which Kouns claimed the SOS office had directed him to use. Several days ago Kouns said Querard/Shooter were just trying to get him off the Aug 30 Primary ballot. See more 6-22-16 briefs archives -ft
A Salad Extravaganza For LD6 Sen Sylvia Allen is scheduled at 6 pm., Thurs., June 23 at the Republican Headquarters, 307 C South Beeline Hwy (behind Buffalo Grill). $20 per person. The event is hosted by Lolly Hathhorn, Nancy Cox, Shirley Dye, Tom Loeffler, Andy McKinney, Elouise Justice, Marylyn Knoner, Barbara Buntin, Carolyn Eppler, and Vicki Cool. Tickets available at GOP HQ or RSVP email@example.com Voice Mail 928-536-3566 ( pay at the door)
The Western Pinal County Chapter of The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., June 27 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ. The building on the southeast corner of W Florence Blvd. and N Sacaton St. to hear a presentation by Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. Contact: Jason Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
LD23 Sen John Kavanagh: Donald Trump stopped to thank my wife, Linda, and I at his recent rally in Phoenix. Linda, as mayor of Fountain Hills, facilitated the approval of Trump's rally in Fountain Hills Park in March. I, as a state senator, passed a law increasing the penalty for obstructing traffic when the purpose is to stop people from attending political and government events, which is what the anti-Trump demonstrators did near the March rally.
Babeu Leads In Key House Race Less than two months before Republicans select a congressional nominee in Arizona's open 1st District, a just-completed survey shows Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — by far one of the most unique GOP contenders for Congress anywhere in the U.S. — topping the seven-candidate primary field with 40 per cent of the vote.
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist Lyle Rapacki: A kindergarten graduation ceremony in the Gaza was professionally filmed and placed on the internet. You will watch 5-year olds role play what they have been taught, and you will notice how well these children are trained and indoctrinated into Jihadists. Film does not lie unlike adults who know how to spin a story. You will notice near the end how you are told what you just observed is for peace purposes. This statement would be laughable if it were not so pathetically false and damning with sobering repercussions the west is just now awakening to. Click on kindergarten graduation ceremony and see indoctrination of children, and you get a glimpse of what Americans cannot bring themselves to believe, much less prepare for in our country as Jihad now turns its’ force in our direction.
Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Don Covey: An important duty of the County School Superintendent is to fill school governing board vacancies (ARS 15-302 ). As of today, Maricopa County has four school districts that have seven governing board member vacancies. These vacancies are due to mid-term resignations or not having enough candidates during the past election. School districts need consistent leadership and often cannot wait for a general election. Waiting for the general election puts the school district at risk for stalled decision-making and fractured leadership. Holding a special election before the general election can cost a school district thousands of dollars. School districts with high numbers of electorates can incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in election costs. For example, it would cost Phoenix Union High School District anywhere from $100 thousand dollars to over $600 thousand dollars to hold a special election. To save school districts time and money I initiated an award-winning alliance member partnership model that engages the local school board, local school leaders, and local community members to come together to fill these vacancies. This results in an honest and transparent community-centered process that protects the interest of the community and saves the school district thousands of dollars. It also places the power where it belongs- at the local level. Although my office has the authority to appoint without a process, my school-based stakeholders and I believe this takes control away from the community. As your County School Superintendent, I am committed to continuing to equip the local community to decide who will represent them and lead their school districts.
Activist Jon Altmann: Tuesday, Phoenix City Council Candidate Ann Wallack dropped out of the November City Council race. Wallack was one of two female candidates in the race - the other being the new interim council member Debra Stark. Wallack is a past Maricopa County Democratic Party chairwoman and it widely regarded as a strong grass roots campaign organizer. She stated on Facebook that Stark's appointment "had made my campaign politically unfeasible." Councilman Jim Waring does not like the process of picking an incumbent. "In this process, no citizen of District 3 was eligible to vote for their new councilwoman. This is taxation without participation… The council shouldn't choose its own members. The process should be changed," Waring said in The Arizona Republic's June 22nd Community News/Soundoff. Stark is now the sole female in the race with four other male contestants, giving her some possible advantage with women voters. The fund raising demand for any council candidate is expected to exceed more than $100,000 and most likely may end up being the city's most expensive district election yet. Because the district has more than 180,00 voters to reach, effective mailing to create name ID is going to be costly. No one candidate has significant identity with the voters. Also in the race are Dan Carroll, Jim Mapstead and Charles Hargrave. No campaign finance reports are due to be filed until the August 19-26 filing period, so genuine fund raising strength won't be known for more than two months. Chris De Rose is the lone Republican in the race, endorsed by Council members Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio, along with County Attorney Bill Montgomery. DeRose's website is www.deroseforphoenix.com
LD25 Senate Write-In Candidate Itasca Small has30 second radio ads running Mon-Fri on KFNX 1100 this week. She’ll be on Laura Ingram show between 7-9 am, between 10-11 am on Herman Cain; between noon and 2 pm on Joe Walsh, between 5-7 on Michael Savage and from 1-2pm on Steve Kates. Contact Karen Gevaert at email@example.com
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on ex-Clinton IT staffer Bryan Pagliano invoking the Fifth Amendment 125 times today rather than answer questions under oath about Hillary Clinton’s secret email server that exposed classified information on more than 2,000 occasions: “The fact Hillary Clinton’s former IT staffer pleaded the Fifth an astounding 125 times is another reminder of how much she has to hide and how serious the FBI’s criminal investigation really is. It’s important to remember that this wasn’t just any staffer; this was a longtime aide who obtained an unusual political appointment and was paid on the side for the sole purpose of maintaining Clinton’s illicit off-the-books server. “This unprecedented arrangement was an obvious attempt to skirt government transparency laws in order to conceal her shady dealings as Secretary of State, and it ultimately led to the exposure of classified information on more than 2,000 occasions and put our national security at risk. Clinton’s extraordinarily reckless conduct and dishonest attempts to avoid accountability do not fit the profile of someone worthy of the highest office in the land. Clinton’s actions in this case alone are disqualifying and her aide’s stonewalling today is just a prelude to the kind of White House she would run.”
Trump Lambastes Clinton: 'She Gets Rich Making You Poor' Donald Trump launched a blistering attack Wednesday on Hillary Clinton's record and character, slamming his presidential rival as a "world class liar" who raked in personal profits from her tenure at the State... Read full article »
Syrian-Immigrant-Who-Said-911-Changed-The-World-For-Good-Is-A-Homeland-Security-Advisor One of the members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism is a 25-year-old immigrant of Syrian heritage who said that the 9/11 attacks “changed the world for good” and has consistently disparaged America, free speech and white people on social media. Laila Alawa was one of just 15 people tapped to serve on the newly-formed HSAC Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism in 2015 — the same year she became an American citizen. Just last week, the subcommittee submitted a report to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, recommending that the DHS avoid using Muslim terminology like the words “sharia” and “jihad” when discussing terrorism.
“Islamic Refugee” With Gas Pipeline Plans Arrested in New Mexico Border County — Police in a U.S. town bordering Mexico have apprehended an undocumented, Middle Eastern woman in possession of the region’s gas pipeline plans, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch. Authorities…http://jwatch.us/Moq3un
DHS Records Reveal Top Officials Were Exempted from Strict Ban Placed on Web-Based Personal Email Account — Judicial Watch announced it obtained 693 pages of Department of Homeland Security records revealing that Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other agency officials used government computers…http://jwatch.us/c64UDQ
Judicial Watch Sues Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Over Executive Order Granting 206,000 Felons Voting Rights — Judicial Watch announced that it today filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Virginia voters against Governor Terry McAuliffe and other commonwealth official over McAuliffe’s executive order…http://jwatch.us/p4JDR6
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The CD5 Candidate’s Forum is scheduled at 6:45 pm., Thurs., June 23 at the Islands Community Center, 825 S Islands Drive West in Gilbert, featuring Andy Biggs, Christine Jones, Justin Olson and Dan Stapley. Limited seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Contact Moderator Bert Moll at 480-302-5155.
The Prescott Valley Oathkeepers will meet at 5 pm., Thurs, June 23 to discuss Emergency Preparedness in the rear dining room of the Puerta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey, AZ, 86327. Please park in the back lot event parking area. RSVP so the restaurant knows how many to prepare for. Contact: Frances Emma Barwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will host Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who will address legal issues of the Prop. to legalize Marijuana in Arizona, at the 6:30 pm., Tues., June 21 meeting at 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. No July meeting. The Aug the 2 & Aug 16 meetings are open to candidates wishing to speak. Call Chairman Vera Anderson at 602-821-4675 or email her at veraanderson41@gmail
The Sonoita-Elgin Tea Party Mexican Buffet fundraiser is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Thurs., June 23 at the 22 Hitchcock Lane. Ticket $25 each. RSVP email@example.com or Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party Website
The Arizona AMERICAN African Republican Committee (AAARC) will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., June 23 GOP headquarters, 3501 N24th St., Phx, Contact: Rev Clyde Bowen, 6022745439, firstname.lastname@example.org
A “Salad Extravaganza” Fundraiser is scheduled for Sen Sylvia Allen between 6-8 pm., Thur., June 23 at GOP Headquarters, 307 C South Beeline Hwy (Behind Buffalo Grill). $20 per person. Tickets/RSVP email@example.com Voice Mail 928-536-3566 (can pay at the door). The evented is hosted by Lolly Hathhorn, Nancy Cox, Shirley Dye, Tom Loeffler, Andy McKinney, Elouise Justice, Marylyn Knoner, Barbara Buntin, Carolyn Eppler and Vicki Cool.
The Yavapai County Republicans to Elect Donald Trump for President Committee will conduct a 9 am., Sat., June 25 Walkathon at Tonto Park North in Prescott Valley.t Contact Chairman Brenda Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
LD18 Senate Candidate Frank Schmuck team volunteers will conduct neighborhood walks between 7-10 am., Sat., June 25 in Ahwatukee, and parts of Chandler, Mesa and Tempe. Complimentary bagels and cream cheese with coffee, water or gatorade provided before walk. Register individually or as a group to get the address and your gate code to the community you will be canvassing. Click Here to Register. All particpants will receive a Schmuck team T-shirt and bumper stickers.
LD27 Chairman Ron Harders will host the ChiTown ExPat radio program at 2pm every Saturday through October on KING FM. Sponsors needed. Interviewees should call 602-243-0111 to schedule an appearance. Contact: Harders email@example.com
The Pima County Republican Committee’s Campaign Workshop is scheduled from 8 am-noon, Sat., June 25 at Plaza Arboleda Conference Center, 2502 N Dodge Blvd., Tucson. $10 continental breakfast. Reservations by 5 pm, June 20. Call 520-321-1492.
LD 13 Legislative Candidates are welcome to address the Wickenburg Republican Club at 7 pm., Mon., June 27 at the Lifeline Ambulance training room, 1155 N. Tegner. Contact Chr Frosty Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Marsha Hill will be speaking at the 7 pm., Tonopah Town Hall on June 27.
A Meet & Greet For US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward is scheduled between 5:30-7 pm, Mon., June 27 at the Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E Highland Ave in Phoenix. Contact: Carolyn Leff email@example.com 1-928-230-0633.
Congressman Paul Gosar will host a Bullhead City Townhall at 7 pm., Tues, June 28 at the Bullhead City Council Chamber, 1255 Marina Blvd, Bullhead City. Details: call 480-882-2697 or www.Gosar.house.gov
The LD17 Chandler City Council Candidate’s Forum/Dinner is scheduled at 7 pm., Tues., June 28 featuring incumbent Nora Ellen and candidates Seth Graham, Aaron Harris, Sr., Sam Huang, Gregg Pekau, John Repar and Mark Stewart in the Tri-City Baptist Church Seminary Building, (smaller building on south sideof parking lot), 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286. Contact: Chr Dr. Shadow Asgari LD17shadow@gmail.com
Congressman Paul Gosar will conduct a Townhall at 6 pm., Wed., June 29 in the Lake Havaus City Community Center, 100 Park Ave., in Lake Havasu City. Details: call 480-882-2697 or www.Gosar.house.gov
LD25 Senate Write-in Candidate Itasca Small will be appearing at 7:30 pm., June 29 open house at Barbara Blewster’s, 915 W Fairway Road, Mesa. RSVP Barbara 480-833-4937 or Karen Gevaert 480-710-5676.
Newly appointed District #3 Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark – replaced Bill Gates – will meet with her constitutes at 7:30 am., Thur., June 30 at the North Mountain Visitor’s Center, 12950 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85022, for her first community meeting in the district. Contact: 602-262-7441.
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Sen Jeff Flake: Actually Affordable Healthcare – The National Taxpayers Union published a letter supporting S. 2980, Sen. Flake’s bill to streamline and expand health savings accounts (HSAs). Read NTU’s full letter here. Key Takeaway: “To counter this trend, S. 2980 and H.R. 5324 would expand and improve HSAs in a number of ways. These include increasing contribution limits, removing restrictions on the purchase of over-the-counter products, permitting the use of funds to pay for premiums, and terminating the requirement that forces all HSA owners to purchase a high-deductible health insurance plan. Taken together, these changes would reduce the cost of health care, give consumers more control over health care decisions, and provide many individuals with a significant reduction in their tax liability.”
Ending Steermarks – A spokesperson for Americans for Prosperity published an op-ed in the Washington Examiner that urges Congress to stop blindly funding expired agencies and programs, a practice Sen. Flake has criticized as “steermarking.” Read the full story here. Key Takeaway: "Thankfully there is increasing interest on both sides of Capitol Hill to address the problems…Sen. Jeff Flake recently introduced a resolution that would force votes whenever the Senate considers appropriations that are not authorized, the creatively-named Steermark Accountability Resolution. Leading the charge on the House side is Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers…Sen. Flake's and Congresswoman Rodgers' colleagues should follow their leadership on the issue. Lawmakers in Congress can protect its power of the purse by evaluating programs on time, regularly taking the opportunity to review their purpose and effectiveness when they come up for reauthorizations. American taxpayers deserve at least as much."
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US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey: Senator John McCain’s proposed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 threatens to decrease or eliminate the Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) for married, military couples and those members who share living quarters. If Congress approves of the NDAA, then dual-military couples may have to combine their individually earned compensation packages. “This proposal is absolutely unbelievable from, of all people, Senator John McCain,” said small businessman Meluskey. “He should know more than anyone the amount of debt that is owed to our nation’s military. His willingness to completely cripple the financial well-being of millions of our nation’s military shows just how out of touch he has become.” The proposed policy will have a significant effect on junior enlistees and female service members. By issuing the proposed NDAA, it will not only have an inconsistent effect on a small segment of the military, but it will also allow a person to be penalized for who they choose to marry. “I pledge to do everything thing in my power to ensure that military families never have to face destitution,” said Meluskey.
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Scottsdale City Council Incumbent Virginia Korte: For those of you who have not had the chance to follow the City Council’s process of hiring a permanent city manager, I thought you would appreciate an update on the process. The city received interest in the position from more than 80 applicants. Over several months, the list was reduced to three finalists. Councilmembers met with the candidates last Wednesday and Thursday for one-on-one interviews. Thursday evening the three candidates made presentations to the Council during a public meeting in the Kiva. Following the presentations, Councilmembers went into an executive session to privately discuss how we wanted to move forward. We deliberated for three hours because we were acutely aware of how important it is to the city and community to hire the right city manager. We were not convinced that any of the candidates would be a good fit for Scottsdale. So we agreed to ask the recruiter, the Mercer Group, to initiate a search for more candidates. We were assured the process would be expedited and that we would see new candidates this fall. Our citizens hold Scottsdale to a higher standard than other cities, as well they should. Citizens have an expectation that the employees who work for them are the best we can find. I respect that, and based my decision about how to proceed with the city manager process on the standards our citizens set. As my Dad used to say: “The success of any business is 99% due to its people and having the right people in the right positions.” .
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