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Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates. Their answers will be posted every day until the Jan 28 Mandatory Meeting election. Question #5 Do you perceive a major split with the AZGOP? If so, would you share your first five actions you will take to unite the State Party? What is your time line to accomplish this?
· JIM O’CONNOR: There is no denying that there has been a fundamental divide within our party in Arizona. We all have to say that out loud because it is TRUE. Any attempt to cover that up with clever language by either side of the divide, will lessen our chances of curing the problem under the next administration. It existed when I first began participating in my LD and continues to this very day. So I invite all of us to get real as an alternative to getting even. Both sides use the same tools to engage in this fruitless battle: Proxy abuse, attitudes and facial expressions at meetings (that would scare off new PC prospects), some party leadership who show favoritism to certain PCs, just to name a few. If I go on with this laundry list, I shall fail to make my point.
These destructive behaviors must stop. A thorough audit of our State Party is long overdue. And by audit I mean much more than a financial audit. We need the soon to be elected Executive Committee (EC) to be empowered to act. These 84 members represent every County and Congressional District across Arizona. The issues to be addressed by the EC are: By-Law Review, Proxy Abuse, Technology, Teleconferencing, PC Recruitment And Training. I invite you to join with me to create a formidable organization focused on registering Republican voters, recruiting new PCs, and working to get good Republicans elected. After all, ours is a Republic, if we can keep it.
· FRANK THORWALD: “Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – Ronald Reagan” I would create a kitchen cabinet with representatives of each of the factions of the party including rural areas, so that they can have a place to voice their opinions prior to decisions being made that affect the party. Decisions and activates will be transparent and inclusive. This gives everybody a voice in the direction the party takes and strengthens and expands the party when getting Republicans elected. This should also reduce the bickering, so that we can effectively raise the capital necessary to defeat Democrats and elect Republicans.
I would work with the PC’s in the county and LDs, so we may jointly develop a plan that is tailored to their specific needs utilizing the backbone of the party - the PCs to expand the party. Establish regular training for PC’s on issues, communications, how we determined whether stories on the internet are truth, fiction or propaganda. Establish ongoing rapid response to questions and news media reports as well as social media.
Some say times have changed since Reagan was President. We have forgotten how Reagan accomplished goals through a series of small changes. “Die-hard conservatives thought that if I couldn't get everything I asked for, I should jump off the cliff with the flag flying-go down in flames. No, if I can get 70 or 80 percent of what it is I'm trying to get ... I'll take that and then continue to try to get the rest in the future. – Ronald Reagan” Democrats have used it effectively against Republicans ever since.
There are around 55 million Republicans, 175 million registered voters, another 50 or so million voters eligible to register, around 135 million voted in the last 2 elections. Where will the voters come from if we keep fighting; how will we get larger numbers of Republicans elected to office so we can make changes? All of this may seem unrelated to the question, however, all these items must be addressed upfront if we ever have a chance to unite a majority of the party.
JONATHAN LINES: This is what I know: What unites us is far greater than anything that may divide us. As Republicans, we stand for smaller government, for lower taxes on families and small business, for a culture that welcomes all life, and a belief that God, not government, must be our ultimate guide. This unifying vision is why I have been re-elected twice as county chair, and have the overwhelming support of Yuma’s Precinct Committeemen.
As a candidate for state chair, I’ve committed to running a unified GOP, and I believe our slate reflects that. Our candidate for Secretary, Cindy Coleman, is a long-time committed conservative leader from Pima County, while our candidate for treasurer, Eric Morgan, is a member of AZRA, a former legislative district chair, and a well-respected activist in his own rite. Together, I believe we represent some of the many varied backgrounds and interests within the party, and are well equipped to unify the GOP
One way to avoid division is to have a strict policy against endorsing candidates in contested Republican primaries. Candidates know that I am an honest broker, and after the primary, we unify as one party. This happens to be a difference between myself and one of my worthy opponents for AZGOP Chair. Last year, he endorsed Alex Meluskey over Kelli Ward, who was clearly the more viable opponent to Senator McCain. My opponent also endorsed Christine Jones over Congressman-elect Andy Biggs. Everyone has their own style of leadership, but in my opinion, avoiding division starts with a rule of strict neutrality in GOP primaries, and that has worked very well for us in Yuma County. Unity isn’t about “to-do” lists or 5-point plans. It’s about being fair, inclusive, open and transparent. That’s my record, and that’s how I’ll lead.
Due To Reports Circulating the past couple of weeks, Briefs asked AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor: (1) Did you endorse Alex Meluskey over Kelli Ward in the Senate race? (2) Did you endorse Christine Jones over Andy Biggs? O’Connor ‘s response:
Question 1: “In May, 2015 the precinct committeemen of LD 23 adopted new bylaws allowing for a vote by all PCs within the district to propose any candidate they choose to be placed on a printed ballot and to endorse Republican candidates PROVIDED they attain the very high threshold of 2/3rds of all those voting in person OR by Proxy.
“My 5 member executive committee and I did NOT nominate one candidate. We left it entirely up to the PCs in our district. We were acting on the notion of giving the “power” to the PCs. Once the vote for or against each candidate was concluded, those receiving 2/3rds and greater earned the “endorsement” of the PCs of LD 23. It is very IMPORTANT to understand that neither the executive committee nor its Chairman could make this endorsement without the affirmative consent of 2/3rds of those PCs voting in person or by proxy.
“So to be absolutely clear Jim O’Connor did not endorse Alex Meluskey, nor any other candidate, but as required our bylaws was permitted to speak on behalf of the 2/3rds majority of the district members in favor of one Republican candidate over another in the primary. The districts motivation to arm itself with “endorsement power” was a direct reaction to our Republican Governor Jan Brewer weighing in on the 2014 primary senate race in LD 23 via her “endorsement” of Jeff Schwartz over our favorite son candidate John Kavanagh. As a Republican committee, we have had to put up with primary endorsements from the teachers union, fire & police unions, SEIU operations, Chambers Of Commerce and others expressing their opinions through endorsements. It was our turn and we did it.
Question 2: “Now for the rumor being spread largely within CD 5 accusing me of endorsing my friend Christine Jones over Andy Biggs in that primary contest. As Chairman of LD 23, entirely within the boundaries of CD 6, I was personally duty bound to refrain from endorsing ANY CANDIDATE in a Republican primary contest. That neutral position allowed me to fairly represent ALL Republican candidates after the primary through their respective general elections. I enjoy an excellent relationship with Congressman Biggs and remain most appreciative of his bold stand last year in opposition to the National Popular Vote Compact. I credit him for not allowing that horrific idea to see the light of day in last year’s State Senate under his Presidency. May I also mention that I did not approach Andy or any other elected official for endorsements in my run for the Chairman’s job at AZGOP because I do not believe it builds our party, but rather is further dividing it.”
AZGOP Chairman candidate Jonathan Lines yesterday announced the addition of two hard-working Republicans to his slate. Eric Morgan, the former Chairman of Legislative District 22 and an active member of the Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA), is running for Treasurer, and Cindy Coleman, a long-time conservative leader in Pima County, is running for Secretary. Lines said, “I am truly honored that my friends and fellow conservative Republicans, Eric and Cindy, would join our team and run on my slate. There is a reason why both of them are so well regarded by the grassroots; they are both hard-working, thoughtful Republicans that focus on the success of Republican candidates and the conservative agenda. That is why I know that they are the right individuals to assume the roles of Treasurer and Secretary of the Arizona Republican Party.” The election of a new AZGOP Chairman will take place on January 28th at the Statutory Meeting and will be voted on by newly elected State Committeeman from every district or county committee. Contact Lines, Morgan or Coleman at www.linesforazgop.com
RINO: Joe Biden tells McCain "Thank God You're Here. I'm So Glad You Ran Again!" The mostly ceremonial proceedings went off as it usually does, but there was one important moment that spoke to the greatest fears and beliefs of many conservatives. The moment took place when Vice President Joe Biden (D) swore Senator John McCain (R-AZ) into office, as the two men briefly met for a photo-op Biden could be heard thanking McCain for running for office again. “Thank God you’re here,” Biden told McCain. “I’m so glad you ran again.”
Briefs Sent MCRC Chairman Candidates identical questions so you can get to acquainted with both candidates. Candidates are limited to 300 words for their response. Question #2: How many years have you been ACTIVELY involved in MCRC/AZGOP? How long have you been a precinct committeeman?
· Tristan Manos: As for my experience in "The Great State of Arizona," I’ve been actively involved since volunteering for Republican candidates in 2004 (I moved to Phoenix in 2001) and volunteering for Republican-themed, -sponsored, -endorsed proposition campaigns and related activities around the same time up to now, and I plan on serving the Republican Party, promoting the Republican Platform, Republican candidates, and, importantly, working directly with other Republicans for Republican victories for the rest of my life. Serving as an elected Precinct Committeeman, I’ve been an active, enthusiastic, and hard-working MCRC PC since 2012. I’ve also served as a State Committeeman. In the interest of time, preserving space, and respecting the readership of Frosty’s “Briefs,” always jam-packed with good and important info on current events and the upcoming MCRC and AZGOP Statutory Meetings and Elections, I invite you to take a moment and click on the link to my "Elect Tristan Manos for MCRC Chairman" Candidate Campaign Bio for more information relating to this (and more). Also, there’s a link at the bottom of my Candidate Bio to my Candidate Campaign Promo Flyer presenting my "3-Point Republican-Strong Action Plan.” Thank you
· Chris Herring: I’ve been a Republican since I registered to vote as a teenager in Los Angeles. (Somehow I survived liberal land.) I’ve been involved in AZ politics for over three years and 2017 will be my fourth year as a PC. I’ve been active for all of those years. I rarely ever miss LD meetings and have attended Tea Party and Republican club meetings all over the state during that time.
· 1st Vice Chairman: Aaron Flannery email@example.com.
· Secretary: Cindy Casaus
· Treasurer: Wesley W. Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Arizona GOP Candidates announced for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms). Candidates are:
· Jonathan Lines Jonathan-Lines (Slate - Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)
· Frank Thorwald Frank-Thorwald- ??????
· Secretary Gabby Mercer Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer and Cindy Coleman.
Briefs Has Invited All Candidates running for AZGOP office and Maricopa County Republican Committee office, during the January 2017 Mandatory meetings, to submit their candidate announcement or a resume for posting to help PCs get acquainted with the candidates they will vote on. 300 word limit per candidate.
Activist Gene Daily: Great job, Happy New Year
LD23 PC Sheila Muehling: I, representing a group of six Precinct Committeemen, have asked to see the proxies and sign in paperwork from the LD23 Dec 1st Organizational Meeting. This request has been submitted twice to Chairman Ordowski, yet to date, we cannot even get an acknowledgement back saying we could or could not see these documents. In 2014 when this same request was submitted to Nancy Ordowski for the 2013 Organizational Meeting, the answer came from Lynne Breyer. I was told by Breyer that the records were destroyed after the meeting. I am assuming they were not destroyed this term because the MCRC Briefs Jan 2 posting states: “Newly elected LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski, who has the credentialing paper work from the Dec 1 meeting, confirmed that O’Connor only carried two proxies that evening.”
The January 5th MCRC Brief’s again states: Due To Conflicting Stories regarding whether AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor carried two (2) or nine (9) proxies to the Dec 1, LD23 Organizational meeting, Briefs requested that newly elected LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski and keeper of the election records, recheck the paper work to see how many proxies O’Connor carried and how many ballots he cast. Ordowski has confirmed, for the second time, that O’Connor carried two proxies – one for his wife and one for his son (as previously posted in Briefs.) Ordowski said, “I do have the paper work and Jim did only turn in 2 proxies. There are only 10 PCs in Del Joya Precinct and none of the others attended or sent a proxy. The 3 voters in Jim's precinct were: Jim O'Connor-in person, Merrill O'Connor - by proxy and Michael O'Connor - by proxy.” We are now asking publicly for the right to see the records. Chairman Ordowski. As the Chairman we ask for the courtesy of a response.
Editor’s Note: When Briefs asked LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski about Muehling’s request, she replied, “Sheila is not an officer and we had no authority to honor her request or that of the five unnamed others she wanted me to meet with.”
AzCDL Alert: On January 3, Rep Richard Hudson of North Carolina introduced national concealed carry reciprocity legislation. Hudson's bill, HR 38, would require any state that allows people to carry concealed firearms to recognize permits issued by other states or allow a person to carry without a permit if they are "entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides..." (i.e., Constitutional Carry). Where you can carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws. If HR 38 becomes law it appears that as a resident of Arizona you would be able to carry in any state that allows concealed carry, with or without a CCW permit, since Arizona issues permits but is also a Constitutional Carry state. HR 38 contains provisions that place the burden of proof on each state to show that a person discreetly carrying a firearm did not comply with their laws. It also provides for the award of attorney's fees and damages to victorious plaintiffs. However, the proposed federal law does not prevent you from being arrested in states that refuse to recognize your right to carry. It only means that if you can get your case to federal court the law is more apt to be on your side. A final caveat about HR 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law. With Republicans in the control of both chambers of the federal Congress and an incoming President who supports national reciprocity we are cautiously optimistic about the success of HR 38. We will monitor its progress and keep you informed. Contact: Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.
ASU Students At The Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism and Mass Communication are airing Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction - a special investigative report on Arizona’s alarming rise in prescription opioid abuse, on every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona on Jan 10 beginning at 5pm in Spanish and 6:30pm in English. “The opioid epidemic facing our state is not just a big city problem – it’s an epidemic that knows no zip code, class, race or economic status,” stated Gov Doug Ducey. “I am proud of the leadership and collaboration demonstrated by ASU and Arizona’s substance abuse coalitions and nonprofits in addressing this important issue for our state.” More information http://rethinkrxabuse.org
Yesterday, the Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP) filed its appeal of a challenge to McCain-Feingold’s “soft money” ban as it applied to the independent voter-mobilization activities of state and local political parties. The Jurisdictional Statement shows the U.S. Supreme Court why it should accept the appeal and decide the case on the merits. LAGOP challenges federal “soft money” restrictions preventing state and local political parties from using state-regulated funds for traditional party voter-mobilization activities such as voter registration, voter identification, get-out-the-vote activities, party-promotion communications, and candidate advocacy. These traditional activities of state and local parties are protected by the First Amendment right to speech, association, and participation in democracy; however the McCain-Feingold restrictions were upheld on their face in McConnell v. FEC in 2003. McCain-Feingold requires that federally-regulated funds, i.e. “hard money” be used for state and local party voter-mobilization activities, not state-regulated funds, i.e. “soft money.” Key case documents are available here.
ATTN PCs: Official Call to MCRC Statutory Organizational Meeting scheduled Jan 14, 2017 at El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N 40 th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Former PC Wayne Blair responds to Bryan Reilly: I see that he is going to treat illegal immigrants as guest. So you would assume that Maricopa County will become a sanctuary same as Phoenix. What a liberal thing to happen. See Brian,that is another reason I will not apologize for what I called you back before the election of being a partner with G. Soros.
Reilly responds: Wayne, Since you no longer live here in Maricopa County or in Arizona, you really don't have a dog in this fight regarding who our sheriff is or isn't. And, for your information, I didn't vote for Arpaio or Penzone. I couldn't vote for a sheriff who is facing a criminal contempt charge in federal court and I couldn't vote for a guy who didn't disavow the support he received from George Soros and the Daily Kos. And for the record, I vote for the best candidate not a candidate because they simply have an (R) behind their name. Think in terms of Jeff Flake (R) or John McCain (R). I could never in good conscience vote for either one, just as I couldn't vote for their opponents. Perhaps people like you are the reason candidates like Flake and McCain are still in office. Voting for Donald Trump (R) was easy and an honor.
Blair writes back: Frosty, you know that Brian Reilly was on the 1st team of people that went to Sheriff Joe to have him pursue this issue and fought real hard with this group until he lost control of what was going on in the investigation. At first he was for it before he got against it. Sounds a lot like our politicians in DC that are liberal doesn’t it? To answer Brian’s email of yesterday: I do not live in AZ any longer because of my wife’s health and our age but we did live in SCW for 15 yrs where we were involved in the politics of Maricopa County and AZ as PC working for our fellow County, State, and Fed. GOP candidates, especially Jack Harper, Judy Burges, work with the then Project 2012 headed by Ron Ludders and many other people in the Valley. So I do have great interest in the politics of Maricopa Count and AZ even though I do not live there any long. When a person does not like the candidate the GOP has choose to run against the opposed party candidate, one does not go against their party openly but does that when voting. Expressing your opinion openly does have influence on other people which in turn can and I’m sure did cause Sheriff Joe to lose. You have to live with that and suffer the consequences of your choice.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. – Editor Frosty Taylor
A Tribute Honoring long-time Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his wife Ava is scheduled at 6 pm., Jan 13 at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 with Master of Ceremonies KFYI radio personality Mike Broomhead. Tickets $50 each. http://www.HonorSheriffJoe.com Tickets. Advance tickets only, no sales at the door. Contact : Reverend David Iverson, 480-837-0303 or email@example.com
The Mandatory Meeting for all Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen will be held on Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at the El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Credentialing opens at 9 am and closes at 10:30am.
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.
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AZGOP Chairman Candidates Jim O’Connor And Frank Thorwald will appear before the Paradise Republican Women Sat., Jan 7 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. 9 am – social, 10 am - mtg, 11 am – brunch. Tickets: $28 per Person. reservations here
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet with AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor on “Building GOP legislative Districts” and his campaign for chairmanship of the Arizona Republican Party at 8:30 am, Sat., Jan 7 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation Bldg. Social hour – 8 am coffee/donuts. $2 admission to help defray room rental costs. O’Connor is the immediate past LD23 Chairman and is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Arizona Republican Assembly. Club membership dues are $10. Contact: www.GOP.scwclubs.com or Jean Goncalves www.scwrepublicans.com 623-214-8010.
The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Statutory Organizational Meeting to elect officers is scheduled Sat., Jan 7, 2017.
The Annual Capitol Prayer Walk is scheduled at 7 am., Mon. Jan 9 – the opening day of the 2017 legislative session, at the Arizona state Ca[otp;.700 W Washington St. in Phoenix. Participants will meet at the Capitol flagpole. Dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and bring your Bible. Click here information.
The Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA) will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 9 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, in Casa Grande with Americans for Prosperity Arizona Field Director Jason Lloyd, AFP – Arizona Field Director who will address AFP accomplishments in 2016. Contact: Nancy Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club Dinner Meeting is scheduled at 6:20 pm., Mon., Jan 9 at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253-3548. 5:30 pm – meet & greet, 6 pm meeting; 7pm program with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery address county updates. AZFRW President Loraine Pellegrino will install newly elected officers. $35 per plate. Reservations/checks to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Contact Kaufman at 480-368-2777 or email@example.com
LD 29 Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 pm., Jan 9 at Grifols Academy-Plasmapheresis, 5242 W Camelback Rd #101 Glendale AZ 85301. AZGOP chairman candidate Frank Thorwald, and MCRC Chairman candidates Tristan Manos and Chris Herring will address the group. Contact LD Chr Alan Gaugert at firstname.lastname@example.org 623-330-3622.
The Arizona Project will meet on Mon., Jan 9, since Jan 2 is a legal holiday, according to Chairman Ron Ludders. Gov Doug Ducey's State of the State will be the topic of discussion. They will also vote on “who is the Worst Ever President of the United States "POTUS" and why.” AP meets at 3375 E Shea Blvd #2 in Phoenix. Contact Ludders at 602.677.1496
Coconino County Republican Committee Chairman Jeff Oravits speak to the Mingus Mountain Republicans Club at 11 am., Tues., Jan 10. All Verde Valley Republicans are welcome to attend. Contact: http://mm-gop.org/monthlymeeting.html.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will meet at 10 am., Tues., Jan 10 and Wed., Jan 11 in Hearing Room One, 1200 West Washington Street, 1st Floor in Phoenix.
LD17 PC Training will be offered at 6 pm., Wed., Jan 11 in the Student Conference Rm.102 at Tri-City Baptist Church 2211 W. Germann Rd. Chandler, AZ . Contact: Chairman Bert Moll email@example.com
LD17 Will Host several others districts in a meeting at 7 pm, Wed., Jan 11 in the sanctuary of Tri City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286, to hear candidates for the AZGOP governing board, according to newly elected LD17 Contact: Chairman Bill Moll. firstname.lastname@example.org
Grassroots Patriots Will Meet at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave in Glendale instead of Denny’s restaurant on Jan 11. Order food at 6 pm., mtg at 6:30 pm. Grassroots Tea Party Activists email@example.com Scheduled speakers:
- Jan 11 - Southwestern Regional Coordinator Heritage for America Nathan Duel.
- Jan 18 - Activist Nohl Rosen speaking on helping Police officers.
- Jan 25 – LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell addressing new plans for Arizona
The Arizona Republican Assembly (AzRA) is hosting the Thurs., Jan 12 “PC Day at the Capitol.” Lunch will be provided on the lawn in front of the Senate Building from 10am -2pm.
The ASU College Republicans will meet at 6:30 pm., Thur., Jan 12 at BAC324 to discuss their acitivities for the spring semester, reflect on last semester and activism. RSVP: facebook.com/events
The Maricopa County Republican Statutory Meeting is scheduled Jan 14, 2017 at the El Zaribah Shriner’s Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, not the Polly Rosenbaum Building, as originally announced. Contrary to reports, the Shriner’s auditorium has NOT been renamed the Polly Rosenbaum Building. They are located on the opposite sides of metropolitan Phoenix, so be sure you are heading for the Shriner’s Auditorium. You don’t want to arrive late for credentials registration.
Rae Chornenky, LD22 Chairwoman: There will not be the regular monthly meeting of Legislative District 22 in January, 2017. Instead, we will all convene at the Maricopa Statutory Meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the El Zaribah Shrine at 552 N. 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Credentialing begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Call to order will be 10:30 a.m. All PCs in Maricopa County are to attend this meeting. New county officials will be elected and other business will be conducted. The State Statutory Meeting which only our LD 22 elected State Committeemen attend will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017. State officers will be elected at this meeting. Please plan to attend the January 14, 2017 meeting.
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Two Days Ahead Of The Sixth Anniversary of the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, U.S. Representative Martha McSally introduced legislation to designate a permanent January 8th National Memorial. Following the bill’s introduction, she led a press conference in the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room in the U.S. Capitol along with members of the Arizona delegation to discuss the significance of the legislation and memorial. “What happened six years ago wasn’t just an attack on our community, but an assault on civil discourse and representative government,” said McSally. “I’m honored to introduce this legislation and lead this effort on behalf of Southern Arizonans, for whom this memorial means so much.” see press conference video The January 8th National Memorial Act will establish the January 8th National Memorial as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service (NPS). The designation will allow the National Park Service to list the January 8th National Memorial as a part of NPS and will recognize the significance of the memorial. Additionally, the bill will allow NPS to engage in activities on the memorial’s grounds as well as include the memorial in any NPS informational materials produced. Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate. See bill HERE. Yesterday, McSally led a moment of silence on the House floor to honor the 13 victims wounded and 6 killed on Jan 8, 2011. At 2pm, Sun., Jan 8, she will participate in the Tucson's Memorial Foundation Human Embrace event at Hi Corbett Field.
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