Sunday, January 22, 2017

1-22-17 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor Frosty Taylor     Web Master John Strasser

Graham’s Last Scam: Sunday’s Comic

It’s Amazing how some folks think they can just waltz into the county or state GOP conventions and distribute their literature on the delegate chairs. Perhaps no one has informed them that there is a fee for purchasing a table, displaying banners, and the distribution of flyers, etc. The MCRC Convention planning committee distributed flyers, listing the table, banner and flyer fees, weeks prior to the Jan 14 meeting. All of this information was posted time and again in Briefs, nevertheless a group of well-meaning ladies had to be escorted out of the Maricopa County Republican Convention meeting room three times on because they kept going back into the room to lay their flyers on chairs. Perhaps they aren’t aware that those in charge of planning the conventions are responsible for screening what gets into the meeting room or the registration packets. Perhaps they don’t realize that the income from the table, banner and packet info fees helps pay for the expense of renting the convention hall. The reason the committee now screens what can be distributed is because nearly a decade ago, some very disturbing literature was distributed (without permission), which resulted in officials scampering up and down the aisles removing the unwelcome flyer before the meeting started. – ft

ATTN AZGOP State Committeemen: For the past year, PCs and State Committeemen have complained about some of the shenanigans that were pulled at last year’s Maricopa County and AZGOP Statutory meetings. In an effort to prepare this year’s attendees, the Silliness Site has posted a well-researched two-part YouTube video narration Of-Improper-Motions, Voters-Representation, Precinct-Committeemen-Political-Parties-Statutes-And-Bylaws A written version can be downloaded at the same link. It is well worth you time to get acquainted with the guidelines. Watch the video, be prepared, particularly if you think your LD might be targeted for disenfranchisement to keep you from voting on agenda items or from running for an officer position at the Jan 28 AZGOP Statutory meeting in Phoenix. - ft

Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates the past couple of weeks to help our readers become better acquainted with those seeking to head up the state party. Their answers have been posted daily and will resume again tomorrow. The trio had a very long day yesterday, chasing votes at events in Pinal and Pima counties, so we’ll give them a break to rest up a bit today. Question #19 is scheduled for tomorrow. - ft

And Speaking Of The AZGOP Chairman Candidates response to Briefs questions, Yavapai County Chairman Mark Sensmeier has saved a file of all the Q&A that have been posted so that he can make it available to his state committeemen before they head for the Jan 28 AZGOP Statutory meeting in Phoenix this coming weekend.

The Current Tentative List of 1,235 state committeemen can be viewed or downloaded at:

The AZGOP Chairman's Awards Dinner 2017 is scheduled at 6 pm., (reception at 5:30 pm.) Fri., Jan 27 at the downtown Phoenix Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 N 2nd St. in Phoenix. Live entertainment. $60 per person for $500 per table. Tickets at 602-957-7770.

The AZGOP Mandatory Meeting for all Arizona Republican State Committeemen is scheduled for Sat., Jan 28, 2017 at the Church of the Nations at 6225 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012. Call headquarters for further information such as credentialing, meeting time, agenda items, etc. 602-957-7770.

A Reminder to outgoing AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham to go shopping this week. As some may recall, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave his wife Ava a diamond every year he served in public office. Based on that tradition, Graham’s wife Julia, is due a few good sized rocks. Maybe a diamond pendant and matching earrings would cover the past four years. Toss in a dozen roses, too.

Inaugural-Speech-Dims-GOP-Hopes-For-A-More-Conservative-Trump-Agenda "Pre-empting the threat of reprisal, Mr. McCain said he intended to be true to what he saw as his party and his voters: “Trump carried Arizona by four points. I carried my state by 14 points.”"

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet at 6:30 pm, Wed., Jan 25 at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave. in Glendale with Nohl Rosen, Founders of Rallies for Law Enforcement Rallies, of Wickenburg to discuss the Jan 28 rally in Glendale. There is no Feb 1 GTPA meeting. Chris DeRose, candidate in the Phoenix City Council runoff election will speak on Feb 8.

A “Back the Badge” Rally is scheduled between 10 am-noon, Sat., Jan 28 at the American Legion Earl E Mitchell Post #29, 6822 N 57th Drive in Glendale (across the Glendale PD headquarters. Co-sponsored by Expendables Motorcycle Club of Arizona, a motorcycle procession will kick off the event and a Thin Blue Line flag will be presented the Glendale Police Dept and the family of fallen GPD officers Bradley Jones. A SWAT vehicle and gear will be on display. Free and open to the public. Aaron Leach will provide music.

The Wickenburg Republican Club will not meet Mon., Jan 23. Meetings will resume March 27. Contact: Chr Frosty Taylor

AAARC Will Meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Jan 26 at GOP headquarters 3501 N. 24th St, Phx. Contact Chr Rev Clyde Bowen 602 309 6015.

Yavapai County Republican Women have become a charter Arizona Federation of Republican Women, giving AzFRW 28 clubs in Arizona. Congrats ladies.

Retired Navy Officer Boe James: Frosty, thanks so very much for posting the link to 'twas-the-night-before-inauguration'  I really loved it as did those I forwarded it to. Thanks again.

Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist Consultant Lyle J. Rapacki,Ph.D: How special to see one of Arizona’s Favorite Sons, former State Senator Carlyle Begay, participate in the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  I remember very well the day, a couple of years back, when Carlyle and I helped another favorite son of Arizona, Senator Chester Crandall, on his ranch during branding operations of cows.  Senators Begay and Crandall knew very well what they were doing, and they smiled a whole lot at me, the “City Slicker.”  Go to Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at 1:59:07, and you will immediately hear Carlyle begin his prayer, and then watch as he comes down the aisle dressed in traditional Navajo wear…just wonderful! Inaugural Prayer Service Live stream Washington National Cathedral

Former Arizona GOP activist Sam Crump: With all the attention on the nation's capital, I wanted to share that my 3x great uncle was Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). He was a great American Sculptor who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial. 3 new photos. He made his home in Stockbridge, MA, and you can visit his home and studio there. If you ever visit there in western Massachussetts, you can also visit the Norman Rockwell museum and attend the Boston Symphony in session at Tanglewood.

Activist Marianne Ferrari: In the 8 years I’ve known Jim O’Connor, I’ve never seen him be anything but honest and fair. In his working life, he was trusted with the management of more than $1.4 Billion in investments, for institutional investors in California. As a volunteer, he also raised millions for a variety of organizations and new ventures, so, he has what it takes to be a formidable fundraiser for our party. In running for state chairman, Jim has no career agenda. He wants to use his considerable skills and knowledge to make the AZ GOP an effective force for good. Jim’s fair-mindedness is real: He will honor our bylaws and will set an inclusive tone. This change, long awaited, will be felt by all, and will unify our party. Most importantly, Jim will be faithful to the Republican platform, and will recruit and fully support candidates who do the same. I have great respect to this true gentleman.

Town Crier Jim Ehl: Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) list the duties of a PC is to register voters and assist voters to the polls, and further duties are to be determined by the state committee bylaws.  Whoop-de-do!  Doesn’t that sound exciting?  The state bylaws do not list any duties for PCs.  Maybe that’s why we have about a third of the over 9,000 PC authorized positions. This is how the 3 AZGOP Chairman candidates answered MCRC Briefs question: “One of the biggest complaints PCs have had for the past few years is the lack of response to phone calls and messages left at HQ for the chairman. How do you plan to provide promptly response to constituent?”

    • O’Connor:  “I will be once again opening the office to PC volunteers. They will be manning the phones and the front doors with warm and friendly attitudes”
    • Lines:  I will always be accessible to PCs to discuss their concerns, support their initiatives and make sure they have the resources they need to elect more Republicans to office.”
    • Thorwald:  No response at post time

    According to the antiquated AZ GOP bylaws “The education chairman, in coordination with the county education chairman, shall provide an appropriate manual and ensure that all precinct committeemen are properly trained.” Has anyone ever seen that happen??? 

    According to the Briefs question, PCs want to be heard!  Political parties are the ‘go between’ between the voters and the elected elite.  The PCs are elected or appointed officials - 1 in 125 registered voters of their party.  We need a state chairman with enough backbone to change the autocratic AZ GOP bylaws to create a PC recruitment committee with designated members from each county, and change the executive committee membership to have only the county chairs (or their first or second vice) meet monthly during election years, or quarterly during off election years, to evaluate the concerns of the PCs to be passed on by the state chair to our elected elite.

LD15 PC MARCUS HUEY: Over the past six years I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Herring on various political projects. Most recently, in 2014, Chris and I ran as a slate for CD 8 Members at Large, and were successfully elected. Chris has the skill sets needed to be a successful leader of the MCRC, and has proven these skills in his successful duties as Chairman of LD 21 and President of the Maricopa County Young Republicans. Chris is one of the most capable planners/ organizers I have ever worked with. Under Chris' leadership I truly believe that we will see more Republican PCs recruited, more Republican voters registered, and more money raised. At the end of the day these successes will lead to more Republicans elected to office. Chris has my full support as the Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, and I hope he has yours. Thank you for all you do Frosty! Huey Is Also A CD8 Member AZGOP Executive Committee Member At Large.

Arizona Project Chairman Ron Ludders: You may have heard that US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate Democrats will filibuster (or stop) President Trump's Supreme Court nominees so that they cannot receive the needed 60 votes needed to confirm.  By the way, the Constitution does not require 60 votes as you may have heard from Schumer.  To confirm a nominee, all that is needed is 51% of those voting, not 51 Senators.  The Senate rules require 60 votes! These rules can be changed by a majority vote of the Senate.  This is the so-called Nuclear option.

It's time to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and tell him to invoke the Nuclear option when it comes to President Trump's court nominees. McConnell may be reached at any one of the following numbers:

·         Washington DC        202.224.2541

·         Pacucah, KY             270.442.4554

·         Bowling Green, KY   270.781.1673

·         London, KY               606.864.2026

·         Ft. Wright, KY           859.578.0188

·         Lexington KY            859.557.8286 

·         Louisville, KY            502.582.6304

You may keep these numbers because I have a feeling we may be making numerous calls to the Majority Leader


Newly Elected Officers for the Colorado River Tea Party in Yuma are:  

·         Chairmen: Maryanna [Sally] Kizer

·         Vice Chairman:  Cecil Boelts

·         Treasurer:  Nancy Smith

·         Secretary:  Cora Lee Schingnitz

·         Sargent at Arms:  Dick Gale.


The Fountain Hills Republican Club elected new officers Saturday. They are:

·         President:  Rosemary Hansen

·         1st Vice President: Leona Johnston

·         2nd Vice President: David Spelich

·         3rd Vice President: Shari Morris

·         Treasurer: Nicole Oswald

·         Secretary: Boe James

Judge Michael Reagan administered the oath of office.


Arizona GOP Candidates for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms).  Candidates are:

·         Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O'Connor  &  (Slate:  Sec Gabby Saucedo-Mercer and Treasurer Bob Lettieri.)

·         Jonathan Lines  Jonathan-Lines  (Slate - Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)

·         Frank Thorwald  Frank-Thorwald- (no slate)

·         Secretary Gabby Mercer   Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer , Cindy Coleman  and Marla Festenese.

·         Treasurer – Bob Lettieri   Wes Harris  Bill Beard and Eric Morgan.


Arizona Federation of Republican Women Officers for 2016-2017:

·         Loraine Pellegrino, President

·         Donna Tanzi, 1st Vice President

·         Cindy Casaus, 2nd Vice President

·         Mary Baumbach, 3rd Vice President

·         Anita Romero, Secretary

·         Susan Marcell, Treasurer

·         Joan Harris, Region I Director

·         Jo Ann Evans, Region II Director

·         Judy Langer, Region III Director

·         LaJuana Gillette, Region IV Director

·         Susan Cohen, Region V Director

·         Nancy Cottle, Region VI Director

·         Carol Jones, Region VII Director

·         Allison Mary, Region VIII Director


AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor’s “Resolution Opposing National Popular Vote Compact” can be viewed or downloaded at

Editor’s Note: Announcements or statements are limited to 300 words. If longer, they will be edited to conform to policy.

Attention Republican Group Leaders: 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 – Editor Frosty Taylor

Grassroots Legislative Activism Training: LD Chairmen, Heads Of Organizations, And Other Interested Parties: During January and February, Jose Borrajero will be conducting 30 minute training sessions to help your members become more effective at providing input to our state legislators regarding pending legislation, with particular emphasis on how to use the ALIS RTS system. If WI-FI is available at your location, and you have the extra time, an on line, 10-15 minute live demonstration may be added. This service is free to groups within the Phoenix Metro area. Groups outside of this area will be charged a nominal fee to cover travel expenses. Sessions will be booked on a first come first served basis. To schedule a session or get more information, contact Jose at


Jan 23

Tempe Republican Women will meet with Alison Gentala of Arizona Families for Home Education and Vicki Algier, author of Failure: The Federal Miseducation of America's Children at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 23 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282. They will be handing out free National School Choice swag (scarves and posters.) A group photo will be taken at the end of the meeting. RSVP TempeRepublicanWomen/events Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow -

Ron Ludders is hyping the 6:30pm., Mon, Jan 23 Arizona Project meeting as the “first ever held under a Republican President.” He also recommends watching New Day. Monday evening Ben Wick will the second part of a series on a citizen’s responsibility in a Republican Democracy and "Strategies to Light the Fires of Liberty".  The meeting is scheduled at 3375 E Shea Blvd., in Phoenix. Contact Ludders at 602.677.1496

Retired Border Patrol Supervisor Zack Taylor will address the AZ Republican Assembly – Western Pima County Chapter at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 23 at the Central Events Hall, 408 N Sacaton St. #2, in Casa Grande (SE corner W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St). Contact: Nancy Hawkins

The Wickenburg Republican Club will not meet Mon., Jan 23. Meetings will resume March 27. Contact: Chr Frosty Taylor

Maricopa County Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will give her “State of Education speech and answer questions between 2-5 pm., Mon., Jan 23. Contact: Stefan Swiat, PIO 602-542-2086


The Fountain Hills Republican Club's "GOP Social" is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., Jan 24 in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268.  The GOP Socials are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month at the Fireside Grill.  NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food). The  Club's "GOP Socials" are open to all interested persons, membership in the FH Republican Club is not required.  Everyone is welcome.

Jan 25

Ahwatukee Republican Women will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 25 at Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 with Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives JD Mesnard and Colby Bledsoe, Campaign Manager for FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center dedicated to helping activists fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. Networking at 6:30 pm. Contact: Questions/RSVP: Cindy Casaus at 602-300-4185 or

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave in Glendale. Order food at 6 pm., mtg at 6:30 pm. Speaker: LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell addressing new plans for Arizona

National Trump Campaign COO and AZ State Treasurer Jeff DeWit is scheduled to address the Feb 25, 2017 Annual Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Lincoln dinner. Details tba.

JAN 26

A School Choice Rally is scheduled between noon and 1:30 pm., Thurs., Jan 26 at the Capitol Building, 1700 W Washington St in Phoenix. Participants are asked to bring your yellow scarves. Hosted by National School Choice Week.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet at 6 pm.,Thurs., Jan 26 at Firehouse #43
4110 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Dr. Lance Hurley will portray George Washington in his presentation.  Last year he portrayed Patrick Henry. Parking and access are on the west side of building. Info:

AAARC Will Meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Jan 26 at GOP headquarters 3501 N. 24th St, Phx. Contact Chr Rev Clyde Bowen 602 309 6015

Jan 27

The Tempe Republican Women will meet with Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir at 6:30 pm., Feb 27 at the Pyle Center, 655 E Southern Ave in Tempe. RSVP TempeRepublicanWomen/events Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow -

Jan 28

A Pro-police Rally is scheduled in front of the Glendale Police Headquarters, 6835 N 57th Dr in Glendale at 10 am, Jan 28. Hosts are the Pro-police movement Rally For LE and the expendables Motorcycle Club of America. Participants are encouraged to wear blue, bring Thin Blue Line and American flags as well as signs in support of police. Thin Blue Line flags will be presented to both the Glendale Police Department as well to the family of a fallen officer. A motorcycle procession is expected to kick off the event and there will be speakers. Chief St. John and members of the Glendale PD are expected to be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. For information go to

The Mandatory Meeting for all Arizona Republican State Committeemen is scheduled for Sat., Jan 28, 2017. Details tba.

Ventana Lakes Republicans are hosting Brad Zinn in”The Great Comemdians” at 7 pm., Jan 28. Tickets: $12 each at the Community Management Office. BYOB/snacks. Contact Melanie at 623-566-6001 oto Deadline Jan 27. No refunds after Jan 18.


· Graham’s Last Scam: Sunday’s Comic

· Trump’s Inaugural Speech Marks A Sharp Break With Past — And His Party

· Trump Completes Hostile Takeover Of Washington, Puts Both Parties On Notice

· Fires, Bricks Mark Daylong Assault On Inaugural Festivities

· Arizona’s Begay Offers Opening Invocation At National Prayer Service

· Kelli-Ward & Daughter-In-Dc-For-Trump-Inauguration

· Stephanie Grisham Is Going To The White House To Work For Donald Trump

· So Long From White House: Obama Aims Final Messages At Trump

· Prexy And- First-Lady: First-Dance-To-Frank-Sinatra’s-‘My-Way'

· Hero Journalist Who Exposed CIA Infiltration And Manipulation Of Media Found Dead

· This Man Decides What Bills Live Or Die In The AZ Legislature

· Payson/Winter-Storm-Knocks-Out-Power-Service-To-Thousands-In-Payson-Area

· Jackie’s-Wedding-Dress-Designer-Is-Finally-Recognized

· Obama: A Legacy Of Ashes

· Estimated 20,000 [Participate In Phoenix Women's March

· Sick, Sick, Sick: Madonna At Women’s March: “I Thought About Blowing Up White House”

· Women’s March On Phoenix Focuses On Civil Rights

· Women's Marches Across Arizona

· Opossums In Arizona?

· Women’s March Floods Mall With Pink-Hatted Rebuke To Trump Presidency

· Amid Sea Of Maga Hats, Arizonans Relish Moment Of Trump Inauguration

· Ogling Ivanka: Sunday’s Comic

· Because They Cair: Sunday’s Comic

· Ducey’s Common Core Math Fails: Sunday’s Comic

· Winter Storm Brings Water Rescues; Snow Buries Northern Az

· Prepare For Next Storm, Traffic If Heading To Play In The Snow Sunday

· Soros’ Son Quietly Steps Up As Major Liberal Donor



· Donald Trump: We Have A President, At Long Last

· “President Trump”— The words we’ve been waiting to hear

· Making America Great Again: A Moving Performance By Lee Greenwood

· Obamacare Or Affordable Health Care?


· Friday's With Fred Is Coming To AZ

· Sean Spicer: First Official White House Press Conference

· A Word of Thanks to My Wise Friends

· Robert Graham's Last Stand (AFA shreds Graham’s letter)

· Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO!

· Is A State-Based Recall Of A U.S. Senator Constitutional?


· AZGOP-Robert-Graham-Vs-Arizona-LD23

· President-Donald-J Trump-2017-Inaugural Luncheon Menu

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· Why-Did-AZGOP-Chair-Graham-Decide-To Use LD23 As Whipping Dog...

· No-Arizona-Voters-You-Can’t-Recall John McCain


· Sponsors-Of-Anarchy


· I-Want-Obama-To-Stay-Around-When-He-Leaves-Office





· Bill-Clinton-Checking-Out-Ivanka Hillary Catches Him


· Anti-Trump-Protesters-Get-Hosed-With Pepper-Spray!


· Obama-Receives-Letter-From-US-Army-Major


· Video: Democrat Activists Demonstrate ‘Peaceful’ Transition Of Power … By Breaking Stuff


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