Wednesday, August 10, 2016

8-10-16 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor Frosty Taylor      Web Master John Strasser


The Maricopa County Republicans Committee (MCRC) Dinner Awards Guidelines have been announced by MCRC Executive Director April Riggins: All awards are based on actions taken by prospective recipients in the year preceding the actual year that the Awards Dinner is held. EXAMPLE: The 2011 awards are given as the result of actions taken during CY2010. One of the reasons that a dinner is held is to recognize the hard work of our Precinct Committeemen and honor them for their dedication and commitment under what are, sometimes, trying circumstances. There are four (4) levels of awards:

1.  CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT – To be presented to precinct committeemen who have done an outstanding job during the previous year.  These recipients are selected by the District.  One Certificate will be awarded for every twenty-five (25) precinct committeemen, or major portion thereof, within the District.   Maximum of eight (8) Certificates per District. 

2.  VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD-- One (1) award to be presented to the most outstanding volunteer in each District.

3.  THE LINCOLN BUST—To be presented to the one person selected by the Awards Committee to receive the County’s highest award.  Only one (1) Lincoln Bust will be presented in the Area.  Only one award will be made to an individual in a lifetime.  The following criteria will apply:

A.       Must be an elected Precinct Committeeman

B.       Neither elected public officials nor current District Chairmen are   eligible

C.       Give priority for work done in the Precincts

D.       Consider the number of years served as a Precinct Committeeman

E.       Consider other party activities engaged in

F.       Consider participation in Community and Civic Activities

G.       Paid staff are not eligible for award

4.  THE REAGAN PLAQUE—To be presented to a person meeting the same general criteria as the Lincoln Bust with the exception that the Reagan Award may be given to someone who has not yet exhibited a lifetime of service to the Party, and an individual may, conceivable, receive more than one Reagan Award in their lifetime.

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) has extended the deadline to Aug 20 for submitting award nominations (via the legislative district (LD) chairmen) for the Fall Awards Dinner. Date/location tba. All nominee recommendations must be submitted by Aug 20 to Frank Thorwald at Three new awards will be given related to recruitment and activity of new precinct committeemen (PCs). Nominees for the “Most Valuable PC Of The Year,” along with the annual Lifetime Lincoln Bust and Reagan Bust Service awards are also being sought. Each LD chairman is asked to submit one name. PCs can nominate any club for the “Outstanding Club for 2016” award. For more information contact Thorwald.

AZ GOP Activist Shiree Verdone is a family friend of Donald and Melania Trump and has hosted several AZ Delegates and heirarchy. She comments, “It was an incredible experience, the best convention I've ever experienced. It was an honor to be there as Co-Chair for Arizona Trump Victory, it also provided me an opportunity to meet new contacts across the nation, as well as many dignitaries that could possibly help us in Arizona. I’m proud to say the zip code for the number one source of individual contributions to the Trump campaign is right here in Arizona.  Our Arizona Trump Victory team has raised close to $1,000,000 and we are working very hard to increase that number daily.”

Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Marsha Hill is challenging Sheriff Joe Arpaio to a “debate on issues facing Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in light of federal court orders relating to Melendres case,” according to R J Morris, one of Hill’s campaign management team. Morris says Hill is also challenging Arpaio and all county sheriffs in Arizona to “do the right thing and provide deputies for polling places to prevent ‘vote harvesting’ - which is now a felony. Our Recorder Helen Purcell has said she is not equipped to enforce this law, leaving voter frauds free to pursue that enterprise without fear of enforcement. Take some initiative Sheriffs of Arizona! Enforce the Law, please!” Contact: 602-774-2774 Website: .marshahillforsheriff2016

State Senate Write-In Candidate Itasca Small will speak to the East Valley Tea Party at the 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 10 at the Burke Basic School, 131 E Southern Ave., in Mesa. Contact: Gene Defoe at 480-835-9637 or Merrianne Geisdorf 480-225-0720.

Reminder To Early Voters: If you are supporting a qualified write-in candidate in a contested precinct committeeman precinct, be sure to print their name on the ballot and fill in the arrow – the same way you filled in the arrows for your favorite candidates who were printed on the ballot. Be sure to sign the outside of the envelope.

August 12 Is The Deadline for nominating contestants for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission awards dinner. Submit a Commission Awards nomination, or download a nomination form. Then submit the completed form and all supplemental materials to:  Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: 2016 Commission Awards - DOHQ, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086 or fax to:  623-236-7299 or email to: Submission deadline is 5 p.m. August 12, 2016. The Commission will select the Award recipients at its Aug. 26, 2016 meeting. The awards will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet to be held Sat, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85044.

Scroll down to “Candidate Commentary” for some interesting statements by GOP candidates up for election in the Primary Election.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus congratulating Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on his primary victory in Wisconsin’s 1st District: “Congratulations to my friend Paul Ryan on a well-earned victory,” said Priebus. “Speaker Ryan’s commitment to faithfully representing the people of Wisconsin and making the case for conservatism have never changed, and his years of principled public service make him a trusted leader in our Party. I know Paul will continue to articulate his vision for a confident and strong America, and I look forward to seeing him return to Congress for another term as Speaker of the House.” 

State Senate Write-In Candidate Itasca Small will speak to the Leisure World Republican Club at 7 pm., Mon., Aug 15 at 908 S Power Road in Mesa. Contact Diane Andersen 480-395-5515; Gene Dufoe 480-835-9637 or Merrianne Geisdorf 480-225-0720.

Sen John McCain will hold a Town Hall meeting with Humana Employees at 10 am., Thurs., Agu 11 at Humana Pharmacy, 8990 W Glendale Ave., in Glendale. Contact: Rachael Dean at: or (202) 224-7130.

State Senate Write-In Candidate Itasca Small will address LD25 at 7 pm., Thurs., Aug 18 in the Charles K. Luster Building, 640 N Mesa Dr., in Mesa. Contact: Gene Dufoe 480-835-9637 or Merrianne Geisdorf 480-225-0720.

Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer has announced the need for 70 paid hand-count volunteers for the August 30th Primary. Interested precinct committeemen should e-mail their full name, e-mail address and phone number to by Aug 15. Volunteers will be needed at the MCTEC Facilities,  510 S 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 on:

     · Wed, Aug 31 from 9 – 11 AM – Check-in and Training for Hand Count Board

     · Fri, Sept 2 from 9AM – 5 PM – Counting

     · Sat, Sep 3 from 9AM– 5PM – Counting (if necessary).

Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer is also asking for poll watchers: “In order to be an official poll watcher, (a person that hangs out at the polls all day and observes the ongoing procedures,) you MUST have an inked signature copy of the approval form from me. The page is a salmon color and requires a signed copy from me. This year they are not allowing photocopies, etc. Those will be available after the 15th and will be at the County office or if someone picks one up from me directly. You will need to request and pick up as many as you need for each of your districts/for PCs or candidates that request to have someone present to observe before Aug 29th. We will not be driving around on the day of election to provide these forms.” Contact Bowyer at

Lydia’s La Canasta Restaurant In Wickenburg is hosting the third of four “Believers For Trump” events at 2023 W Wickenburg Way (SW corner of Hwy 60/Vulture Peak Way) at 7 pm., Thurs., Aug 11 to hear Arizona National Committeewoman elect Lori Klein-Corbin of Prescott. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is lined up for the Aug 25 meeting. Attendance is free; no obligation to purchase a meal.  However, the kitchen will be open for the convenience of those who wish to dine before the events start.  Those intending to dine should notify the restaurant in advance by calling Lydia Abril or Renee Sparks at 480-589-0511. Diners should arrive by 6 pm to ensure they have completed their meals before 7pm. A Republican voter registration table will be available at each event for the convenience of those who would like to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. Abril said she is hoping to attract Hispanics from Aguila, Congress, Morristown, Wittman, and Yavapai County who support Trump, but have not yet registered to vote.

Attention Republican Candidates: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either or Briefs does NOT post endorsements, nor does it endorse candidates. – Editor Frosty Taylor

If You Missed The Aug 1 Deadline to register to vote in the Aug 30 Primary, you can still have until Oct 10 to register to vote in the Nov 8 General Election. .. or update your current voter information. You can register and update information online. You can also pick up registrations forms at the US post office or local Motor Vehicle Department.

Congressman Paul Gosar has yard signs available. Contact his campaign at

Important 2016 Election Dates And Deadlines

      · Aug 30 – Primary Election

      · Sept 29 – Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election.

      · Oct 10 – Voter registration deadline for General Election.

      · Oct 12 – Early Ballot Voting begins for General Election.

       · Nov 8 – General Election Day.

Hand Ballot Counters Needed – The Maricopa Elections Dept. is in need of 60 registered Republicans for Hand Counting ballots for the Primary Election. Training will be held from 2-4 pm., Wed., Aug 31 at the Sheriff’s Training Facility, 2627 S 35th Ave (35th Ave/Lower Buckeye) in Phoenix. Actual hand-counting will be conducted from 9 am-5 pm., Thurs., Sept 1 and (if necessary) carried over to Fri., Sept 2. Confirmation letters will be mailed to those who sign up at the Maricopa County Elections Dept closer to Aug. 30. Participants will earn $10 per hour; lunch provided. Interested persons can call the AZ Republican West Valley Office at 623-977-4532. Give your Name, Home Address and E-mail address to the receptionist.


Aug 10

Shane Krauser will present Senatorial Candidate Dr. Kelli Ward at the 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 10 Freedom Fires meeting at Burke Basic School, 131 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210.

Aug 11

Arizona GOP National Committeewomen elect Lori Klein-Corbin will speak at the 7 pm., Aug 11 “Believers For Donald Trump” meeting at Lydia’s La Canasta Restaurant In Wickenburg. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be the Aug 25 speaker. For details call 480-589-0511

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women’s Fall meeting is scheduled Sept 23-24, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reid Park, 445 S Alvernon Way in Tucson. Download Registration HERE or contact Arrangements Chair Kathy Dolge at 602-510-8986 or Block rates expires Sept 1. Gaslight Theatre is sold out. Waiting line contact Mary Baumbach at 602-206-1189 or

LD23 will host candidates at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 11 meeting. US Senate Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk will speak at the in hopes of gaining support from former US Senate candidate Alex Meluskey, who has suspended his campaign.

Aug 12

The Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club luncheon is scheduled Fri., Aug 12 with LD11

Sen Steve Smith, and Reps Mark Finchem and Vince Leach. All three are running unopposed in the Aug 30 primary. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:50 am., at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W Greenock Dr., Oro Valley. Meet & Greet at 11:30 am. $22 per person. For reservations RSVP no later than 1:30 pm., Tues., Aug 9 to Nancy Newman at or 520-297-3401 A reservation made is a reservation paid if not canceled. The Sept 9 program will be a presentation on “Marijuana Threats to Society” by MatForce of Prescott and a mother whose son died from marijuana.

Aug 13

NW Maricopa County Chapter AZRA will meet at 9:15 am, Sat., Aug 13 at the Maricopa County NW Service Facility, 12975 W Bell Road in Surprise. Speakers include Phil Mason, Sr who will update the group on election news and outreach; Rep Phil Lovas will update the group on the Arizona Trump campaign and the Arizona House; and Sen Judy Burges will update the group on the Arizona Senate. The meeting is open to the public; doors open at 8:45 AM. Contact: Sec Patricia Templeton

The Colorado River Tea Party “Candidate’s Soap Box Rally” for both Democrat and Republican candidates is scheduled the afternoon of Sat., Aug 13 in the Martin Luther King Career Center, 300 S 13th Ave., Yuma. Each candidate will be given five minutes on the “soap box” to ask for your Aug 30 vote. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219.

Aug 15

The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm, Aug 15 in the Ballroom, 908 S Power Road, Mesa, AZ. Speakers include CD5 US House candidates Don Stapley and Christine Jones, Maricopa County Recorder candidate Aaron Flannery, Maricopa County Supt of School candidates Steve Watson and Jana Jackson; Justin Olson, Andy Biggs, Itasca Small and Nancy Cottle (representing Kelli Ward.) Gene Klund will give a brief report on the recent RNC. Contact Diane Andersen at or 480 395-5515.

Aug 16

The Republican Women of Prescott luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am., Tues., Aug 16 at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 E Hwy 69 in Prescott where Dr. David Hess will address "Obamacare - Deadly Medicine." Reservations: Elsie Tyree at or go to

The Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Breakfast Fundraiser with Congressman Jeff Flake is scheduled at 7:30 pm., Tues Aug 16 at the Four Points by Sheraton at 10831 S 51st St in Phoenix. Members $25. Others $30. Sponsorship tables contact: Mary Baumbach at or 480-496-0852 or

The Chandler Republican Women will hold a Forum for Chandler City Council Candidates at 7 pm., Aug 16 at the at Tri-City Baptist Church. Meet and Greet at 6:30 pm.


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US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward: We're only a few weeks from primary day and we have more momentum behind our movement than ever before. We're now in a two-way race, media interest is through the roof, and we're meeting more voters every day who are ready to retire John McCain. We have him on the ropes and we have no intention of letting up. Right now, I'm traveling the state for my “Small Towns, Big Voices” tour. We'll be hitting 40 towns over the next two weeks! That's why I wanted to reach out - chip in to help us really take the fight to the Establishment over the last few weeks of the primary? We couldn't do this without you, and with your help we'll retire McCain. Thank you!

Congressional candidate Ken Bennett: Last week I unveiled the Bennett Balanced Budget Pledge: As an Eagle Scout, I promise to balance the federal budget in six years or not seek reelection. I believe in this pledge for two main reasons. First, we frequently send politicians to Congress who are more interested in furthering their careers than getting things done. I’m not like this. I want to go to Congress to get things done, and if I can’t, then I have no problem coming home and giving someone else a shot. Second, I believe in this six year pledge because I believe we can balance the budget in four years. By implementing the Penny Plan where we make only 1% budget cuts every year for four years and if we can grow the economy to its normal rate of growth, we can quickly balance the federal budget. For these reasons I am happy to pledge that if I can’t balance the budget in six years, I’ll come home. If you support my pledge as well, please help me spread the word. With your help, we can begin bringing some fiscal sanity to Washington, and this will only help to get America working again. Thank you for your support.

US Senate Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk urges Maricopa County voters who haven't signed up for an Early Ballot to call 602-506-1511 #0 before Aug 19 to sign up. To Cast an Early Vote at the Polls go to to find the Early Voting Polling Place. All that's needed is that you're a registered voter. Please take a look at site and find your polling place for early voting. This will aide or eliminate any
confusion in the process of Early Voting for the primary, I'm certainother counties have this available as well.

LD 24 PC David Alger is a write-in candidate, a husband, father, and retired Navy officer who needs 211 votes in the primary to challenge Democrats Lela Alston and Ken Clark in the General Election. Contact Alger at or 480-377-8875."

Congressional District 1 candidate Wendy Rogers: The truth about Paul Babeu is getting out - and he's worried. You can tell because he's trying to distract from his record of scandal. Babeu recently said that I don’t support Social Security. I’m a mom, grandmother, and veteran who has paid into the system for 45 years... and now Paul Babeu’s trying to tell you that I don’t support Social Security?! I want to protect Social Security and keep politicians from raiding the trust fund to pay for other things. my Position On Social Security. Paul Babeu's running scared. support my campaign


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