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Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has issued the official canvass of results for the 2016 General Election. The Secretary was joined by Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Chief Justice Scott Bales for the formal certification. Reagan reported 2.6 million Arizonans voted in the general election, making it the highest number of ballots cast in state history. While there were a historic number of votes, turnout was about average at 74% ranking 6th highest in Arizona history.
1. 1980 - 80.1% Reagan - Carter
2. 2008 - 77.7% Obama - McCain
3. 1992 - 77.2% Clinton - Bush
4. 2004 - 77.1% Bush - Kerry
5. 2012 - 74.4% Obama - Romney
6. 2016 - 74.2% Trump – Clinton
Demographically, women made up 55% of Arizona’s electorate while 18-24 year olds made up 6%. The average age of the Arizona voter is 55.
Early balloting continues to grow and the rising number of provisional ballots has finally been stopped. The general election saw 73% of the electorate vote by early ballot, up from 54% in 2012. While the number of early voters continues to increase, the issuance of provisional ballots declined by 80,000 since the 2012 general election.
“The reduction of provisional ballots is extremely good news, as it shows us our voter education efforts are working,” said Reagan. “In the last three presidential elections, the issuance of provisional ballots had increased every year. This particular election seems to indicate a new positive trend and I hope it continues. Running four statewide elections this year was extremely challenging for election administrators around the state. Some things went well, and we uncovered a number of things we’d like to improve. Finally, I’d like to thank our counties for their diligence to process and tabulate ballots as efficiently as they do. While we will continue to explore options to get to results faster, we will always prioritize accuracy over expediency.”
Arizona's Common Core Rebrand is Just Lipstick on a Pig! (by Jennifer Reynolds, publisher of Arizonans Against Common Core.) “A Rebrand of Common Core is coming unless we stop it through our combined voices speaking against the proposed 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. Very little has changed with these 2016 Standards and we will still have Common Core”!
Mommy Lobby AZ will conduct a Common Core protest at 9am, Wed., Dec 14 at the Arizona Department of Education Bldg.,1535 W Jefferson St., in Phoenix where the Arizona Standards Development Committee will be voting on the “new” Arizona’s K-12 Academic Standards, containing the original Common Core Standards. The Mommy Lobby AZ will provide stickers and badges to make their presence known. For More Information: text 480-745-5289
Arizona Gov's 2016 Report Scroll through Gov Doug Ducey's annual report for highlights from the year.
Condolences To The Steve Hirsch Family. Services for Steve Hirsch, chairman of the Wildlife For Tomorrow Board of Directors for over a decade, will be conducted at 4 pm., Sat., Dec 10 at Church of the Beatitudes at 7th Ave and Glendale, followed with a Celebration of Life. Many of you may remember Steve’s father, Bob Hirsch, the long-time, well-known Arizona sportswriter and wildlife conservation advocate. Steve followed in his dad’s footstep as a wildlife spokesman.- ft
The Paradise Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party is scheduled at 10:30 am., Sat., Dec 10 at Gainey Golf Club: 7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258. Secretary of State Michele Reagan will speak and Rags Allen Trio will perform. Visit www.PRWC.org for details.
2018 US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward’s campaign team needs volunteers are needed for to gather petitions signatures between 9-12 pm, noon – 3 pm, and 3-5 or 6 pm., January 13, 14, 15 at the Lake Havasu Balloon Fest at the TheIsland Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1040 McCulloch Blvd. North, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. RSVP to Carolyn Leff email@example.com 1-928-230-0633.
Ron Ludders' Conservative Business League/Arizona Project is hosting a Potluck Christmas Party from 6:30-9pm, Mon., Dec 12 at 3375 E Shea Blvd., in Phoenix. Phoenix. Quests are asked to bring a side to share; the main dish will be provided. RSVP to Christmas Chair: Aaron Gidwani 602-821-9076 Merry Christmas!
Points To Ponder: Dark Horse Picks For Trump
Inside-The-Shadowy-Campaign-To-Control-Your-Local-Movie-Theater Editor’s Note: A group of local Trump supports were recently briefed on the concerns over China gaining more and more control of America’s movie theaters – which have tremendous impact and influence on the US public via subtle use of various brand names, background settings, ideology, social change, etc. This is a long read, but something worth keeping an eye on. - ft
The Family Health Talk Show will highlight the “Journey of Two Prostate Cancer Survivors & Prostate Cancer updates” at 10 am., Thurs., Dec 8 featuring Wayne Tormalam, Dr. Regina Ponder, Lori Murphy, Susan Ciardullo and Fred Taylor, Executive Director of SWPCF. We will provide some personal tidbits about the trials that men face dealing with Prostate Cancer. Catch the show on KXXT 1010 AM Online – www.familyvaluesradio1010.com Call-in: 602.977-1010.
President-elect Donald Trump critics are squawking their heads off about his cabinet appointments, but one reader – a longtime businessman – points out the squawkers are missing the point in Trump’s appointment of Don Carson as the Secretary Of Housing & Urban Development. “He was raised in the ghetto. He knows more about what needs to be done than any of those stuffed shirts in DC,” the reader said.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced yesterday that the 2016 Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year is Victoria Gonzales of Starlight Park Elementary in the Cartwright School District in west Phoenix. Gonzales will be honored at a banquet on Wed., Dec. 7 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) 2016 Conference, “Cultivating Language for Life.” Additional information about Gonzales and the Arizona ELL Teacher of the Year Award can be found at www.azed.gov/english-language-learners/arizona-ell-teacher-of-the-year/.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Co-Chair Sharon Day on commemorating the anniversary of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1955-1956: “Rosa Parks’ courage on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in December 1955 helped fuel one of the great demonstrations for freedom and equality in our nation’s history. Her stand for human dignity and equality lit the spark of conscience in citizens across Montgomery, leading to a bus boycott which dealt a blow to injustice and drew national attention to the burgeoning civil rights movement. By refusing to take the bus, freedom-minded people across that city made a 381-day declaration that liberty was of infinitely greater importance than any convenience in getting where they had to go. Today we commemorate the Montgomery bus boycott, a bold act of conviction which helped put segregation to death and moved America one step closer to completely honoring the Declaration of Independence’s truism that “all men are created equal.”
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The Mandatory Meeting for all Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen will be held on Sat, Jan 14, 2017. Location tba.
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The Surprise Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., will meet again Tues., Dec 6. Grand Canyon Room at the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd, Sun City West.
The Yavapai County Trump Campaign will have a Victory/Christmas Party between 4-6 pm., Tues., Dec 6 at Cuppers Coffee Bistro at 258 Lee Blvd., near Trader Joe's, in Prescott. Bistro owner Andrea Mauk has put together a three choice menu. Don Yarbrough, who performs with the Prescott Fine Arts, will be singing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." along with other songs. Speakers include Trump's Arizona Fundraiser Chair Shiree Verdone, Chair of the Trump Coconino County Campaign Al Bradshaw and Chair of the Yavapai GOP Chairman Dr. Mark Sensmeier. The cost is $18 per person which can be mailed to Yavapai County Trump Campaign Chairman Brenda Dickinson, 4791 N. Miner Rd., Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 or pay at the door. RSVP at (928) 772-2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun City West Office Manager Peter Lee says that AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham will address volunteers at 10 am., Tues, Dec 6 in at the West Valley GOP Office, 10050 W Bell Road, #50. Coffee time begins at 9:30 am.
FreedomWorks is hosting a Free Grassroots Dinner at 6 pm., Wed., Dec 7 at the Phoenix City Grille, (Bethany East Shopping Center), 5816 N 16th St in Phoenix. RSVP: https://fwact.org/VfHi76q Christina Sandefur, Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute, will be discussing the upcoming legislative battles in Arizona, and Noah Wall, FreedomWorks National Director of Campaigns, will be talking about FreedomWorks' 2017 legislative agenda in DC. Contact FreedomWorks Campaign Manager, Colby Bledsoe at 202-942-7681 or email at email@example.com.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will speak to the Grassroots Tea Party Patrios at 6:30 pm., Wed., Dec 7 at Denny's Restaurant Banquet Room, 2717 W Bell Rd, Phx.
The Colorado River Tea Party Christmas Potluck is scheduled from 6-9 pm., Thurs., Dec 8 in the last building at C0mmunity Church, 6480 E Haw95 in Yuma. Participants are asked to bring a vegetable, salad, or desert serving four or more. Main dish will be provided.
The Colorado River Tea Party Tea Party Christmas Potluck will be held between 6-8 pm., Thurs., Dec 8 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
Americans for Prosperity Arizona will be honoring our top activists-America's freedom fighters, friends, legislators and local government officials with the designation of Friend of the Taxpayer of higher on our annual scorecards between 6-8 pm, Fri., Dec 9 at the Christ Church Lutheran Arizona Room, 3901 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Dinner and drinks will be provided .RSVP Liberty Celebration (Legislative Scorecard and Local Government Scorecard). AFP contacted 30 million Americans at the phone and the door - that's 10% of the entire country! All told, AFP advocated against Senate candidates in eight states. All but one of those candidates were defeated. That's something to celebrate! We will giving each top winner a prized jackalope.
The Oro Valley Republican Women’s Club luncheon will start at 11:30 am, Fri., Dec 9 with a meet and greet, followed by lunch at 11:50 am., and a program at 12:15 pm at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W Greenock Dr., Oro Valley, AZ 85737. Program: Olga Taro presenting “Common Core and Its Issues.” RSVP by 1:30 pm., Tues., Dec 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org 520-297-3401 or 520-861-0334
Yavapai County Republicans will celebrate Acker Night between 5:30-8:30 pm., Fri., Dec 9 at YAVGOP headquarters, 112B E. Union St., in Prescott. Music by Rusty Pistols. Refreshment. Guests are asked to contribute to “Tips for Scholarships.” All monetary donations go to Yavapai County school age children for music lessons. J.S. Acker started a trust specifically to promote the culture of music to Yavapai County children in 1988. This year in downtown Prescott there will be over 120 musical groups donating their time. You will hear all kinds of music from jazz combos to chorales. Participants are asked to donate at each venue.
The Pinal County Republican Committee will meet at 10 am, Sat., Dec 10 (second Saturday instead of the usual third Saturday) in the Florence High School Adm Bldg, 1000 S Main St. in Florence. Contact: PCRC Secretary Mary Rodriguez email@example.com
The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will meet at 10:30 am., Sat., Dec 10 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Dr., Scottsdale AZ 85258. Social hour 10:30 am. Speaker – Secretary of State Michele Reagan. $30 per person. Reservations required. RSVP: www.PRWC.org
The Eastside Republicans, Tucson Republican Women and LD10 will hold their 4th annual “Support the Troops, Sun., Dec 11 at the Tucson Country Club, 2950 N Camino Principal. Please bring homebaked cookies (6 cookies per zip bag) between 12:30-3:30 pm. Bake 3 dozen total or more if you wish. Join the Tucson Republican Women for lunch - $25 per person. RSVP by Thurs., Dec 8 to Parralee at 250-5073 and Caroline at 722-7447.
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Congressman Trent Franks: Friday the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. This legislation fulfills Congress’ Constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense” by funding our national defense with $619 billion. To commemorate the significant achievements of the NDAA, Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement: "Today we celebrate the passage of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act which provides the largest pay raise in six years for those who serve our country with honor. The NDAA will increase ground and aviation training to bolster our readiness and strengthen our national defense. Guantanamo Bay is staying open, keeping dangerous terrorists from returning to the battlefield. Active and retired military personnel remain protected against increased out of pocket healthcare costs. This legislation equips our troops with the necessary tools and resources to protect this great nation and keep Americans safe at home and abroad.”
Congresswoman Martha McSally: For too long, our failed mental health care system has left families and communities with nowhere to turn. Last week, the House took giant steps to improve how we help families and communities get the assistance and care they need. On Wednesday, the House passed my legislation to help communities better respond to mental health crises and provide better treatment options for families and individuals struggling with mental illness. These provisions were the result of months of hard work and the bipartisan support of a diverse group of lawmakers and organizations, including mental health advocates and law enforcement. We also passed the largest overhaul to our mental health system in 50 years. I’m proud to see these important reforms pass the House and will continue to work to get them passed in the Senate and signed into law.
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, demanded accountability for the Navy’s troubled Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which has experienced significant cost overruns and scheduling delays while failing to reach the operational capabilities needed for deployment. “The Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, is an unfortunate yet all too common example of defense acquisition gone awry,” said Chairman McCain. “Since the early stages of this program, I have been critical of fundamental LCS shortcomings. And here we are 15 years later with an alleged warship that according to Dr. Gilmore’s assessments can’t survive a hostile combat environment and has yet to demonstrate its most important warfighting functions, and a program chosen for affordability that, as the GAO has reported, has doubled in cost with the potential for further overruns. Taxpayers have paid a heavy price for these mistakes,” he continued. “The LCS was initially expected to cost $220 million per ship. But the cost of each ship has more than doubled to $478 million. The LCS’s first urgently needed combat capability in mine countermeasures was supposed to deliver in 2008. That capability is still not operational, nor is it expected to be until 2020. 12 years late. 12 years late… This is unacceptable. And this committee wants to know, Secretary Stackley, who is responsible and who has been held accountable.” The hearing follows a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stating that the LCS “stands at a crossroads” and questioning whether Congress should authorize as much as $14 billion for the program, even as it “costs twice as much yet delivers less capability than planned.” Watch the full committee hearing here.
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Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Wednesday, Phoenix City Councilmembers Debra Stark, Laura Pastor, Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Kate Gallego, Thelda Williams and Mayor Greg Stanton voted to use your taxpayer monies to fund union activity. The government unions can now use your taxpayer dollars to fund their union activities, which will include lobbying elected officials. Councilman Jim Waring and I voted against this misuse of taxpayer funds. This is such an unfortunate step backwards for us. It is hard to justify giving unions this money when the city is so short on vital resources. But this is what happens when politicians are controlled by unions. You have my commitment that I will continue to protect your hard earned taxpayer dollars by always putting your interests first.
PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP
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