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2-23-17 Briefs

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Activist Timothy Schwartz writes: Yesterday a spin doctor from AZGOP released a deceptive account concerning Gabby Mercer's attempt to obtain records. 2-22-17 AZGOP Update The facts: On January 28th at the annual State meeting, the race for Chairman was extremely close. Out of over 1,200 votes cast, there were 34 votes separating the candidates. Jim O'Connor's campaign chairman Tim Horn asked to see the records and was told he would be able to. The meeting did not happen. Gabby Mercer the newly elected Secretary began asking for the records. She was stalled with the excuse that the office was in transition. After the 'transition', no changes were made as the personnel running AZGOP were the same. Gabby was denied access to the records. Mercer persisted against continued obstruction. Each attempt was faced with a new excuse, none of them valid.
     The Rules state that after an election of officers, there is a period of 10 days for all the records to be turned over to the newly elected official, the date of that deadline was February 7th. Obviously that deadline has passed, and Mercer's attempts were still in deadlock. Her calls weren't returned, and neither were her emails and text messages. Several days ago, Mercer sent a letter to Chairman Lines asking for a meeting at HQ to obtain the records. On Monday, February 20th, Lines confirmed her appointment for that purpose. With the confirmed appointment of Tuesday Feb. 21 at 10 am, Gabby arrived with the support of Tim Horn, Timothy Schwartz and Lynn Breyer. Although Tim LaSota is lawyer for the party, Kory Langhofer and associate Thomas were there. They reviewed our list of files requested, but after a meeting that lasted for more than 2 hours, never allowed us to see or obtain any of the files we came for. Avinash said all records were available on the website, but none of our requested items exist on the website except a preliminary list of State Committeemen that was dated January 9th and was never updated to the actual list.

     Chairman Lines has advocated transparency, yet all the signs from the last 3-1/2 weeks show anything but transparency. It is truly time for there to be a protest from every elected State Committeeman. We don't give another 2 weeks for you to produce what should have been given weeks ago. The Credentials Committee's work ended on January 28th. What do you have to hide? Does 2 weeks give time to 'make corrections'? This was an election! Those results should speak for themselves. We demand immediate action! Also see sonoranalliance.com    

     Editor’s Note: In Mercer’s meeting confirmation letter to Lines she pointed out “…the bylaws do not preclude me from having the records, and in fact, as the elected Secretary, it is my duty to be the custodian of the records. I fully understand why you would want to maintain a copy of all records at AZGOP, which you should, and which has always been the standard practice. Timothy Lee stated recently that none of the records could leave AZGOP headquarters. If anyone should understand why this would be an error, Mr. Lee should. He was the State Treasurer for many years, lived outside Maricopa County, and had all his reports with him in another County, though he did maintain a copy at headquarters. Further, former Secretary Linda White from Tucson always had the records in her possession, which was standard and proper. Copies were maintained at the AZGOP office. Please note, there would be no other way for the Secretary to take on the lengthy task of transcribing jotted notes and drafts into finalized documents unless he/she had possession of the records. Organizing and maintaining the State records is an arduous task, and it would be impossible to fulfill the duties as the Secretary without the records in my possession. I’m sure you understand this…”

Congressman Paul Gosar will host a live tele-town hall starting at 6 pm., Thurs., Feb 23 (Toll free: 855-840-6970 or sign up http://bit.ly/2mlUyr0). Virginia Congressman Dave Brat, a fellow member of the House Freedom Caucus (chaired by Gosar), will also be on the call. The town hall was original scheduled as a regular town hall, however, Gosar explained that he converted it to a tele-town hall due to extensive interest in participation.

The Mesa Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Thurs., March 2 to hear Dr. Craig Idso, founder, former President and current Chairman of the Board of the Center For The Study Of Carbon Dioxide And Global Change. The Center sharply disputes the consensus scientific opinion on climate change and believes that global warming will be beneficial to mankind, according to Sherry Pierce, president. RSVP required by Sun evening, Feb 26 to (480) 615-0524 or mesarepublicanwomen@cox.net. The group meets at 1900 E. University Drive, Suite 11, Mesa 85213. (NW corner of University Drive/Gilbert Road; Riviera Plaza). Lunch is $10 for members and $12 for visitors/guests. Visitors/guests are asked to pay membership fees after they've attended 2 meetings without being a member. $25/year (Jan-Dec) for full membership and $15 for Associate Members (for men, or women who are members of another Republican Women's club). Contact President Sherry Pierce at (480) 615-0524 or mesarepublicanwomen@cox.net. http://www.co2science.org/index.php

5th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Observance/Official Black History Month Celebration, 1pm., Sat., Feb 25. Food, entertainment, free. Speakers include Congressman David Schweikert, Az Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, Rep Jay Lawrence, Dr CT Wright, Farhana Ahmed, Yvonne Cahill, AZGOP Chairman Jonathon Lines and Rep Maria Sims plus State and Local officials at East lake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson ST, Phoenix 85034. Contact: Rev Clyde Bowen 602 309 6015.

Tucson Tea Party Patriots are asking conservatives to call or contact the offices of Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake and Martha McSally on Mon., Feb 27 to remind them to keep their promises to repeal Obamacare. Suggested/modified text: Dear …. “There are no more excuses. The Affordable Care Act is not affordable. It’s time for you to follow through on your promise and do away with the health-insurance law. I urge you to fully repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including all provisions relating to federal regulation of the insurance market. Congress should pass a simple budget for fiscal year 2018 that lowers spending levels and then debate and pass a series of conservative, free-market healthcare reforms designed to enact consumer choice, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and lower costs. We the People are watching.” Contact:  Congresswoman Martha McSally - Tucson, AZ (520) 881-3588 Washington, DC (202) 225-2542 Sierra Vista, AZ (520) 459-3115. Senator Jeff Flake - Tucson, AZ 520-575-8633 Washington, DC 202-224-4521. Senator John McCain, Tucson, AZ (520) 670-6334 Washington, DC (202) 224-2235

The Chandler Men of Action 5th Annual African American Banquet is scheduled between 6-9 pm, Fri., Feb 24. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, to recognize distinguished men in the City of Chandler for their achievements. The honorees include Man of the Year - Commander Edward Upshaw Chandler Police Department, and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Vice-Mayor Kevin Hartke, and Robert Rice. Bruce Cooper of Phoenix TV Channel 12 will the Master of Ceremonies.  Alonzo Jones, the associate dean of students at Arizona State University is the speaker.  Tickets $40. Contact: mail@chandler-moa.org

LD17 Will Meet at 7 pm, Tues., Feb 28 with AZGOP Executive Director Avinash Iragavarapu at Tri-City Baptist Church (Heritage Chapel, Rm 140), 2211 W. Germann Road in Chandler. LD17 normally meets the 4th Tuesday of the month in the Seminary Building.

Gov Doug Ducey is one of the speakers slated to address the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that started yesterday in Washington D.C. See agenda at http://cpac.conservative.org/agenda/

Amphi School Board Representative Scott Leska will conduct a Town-Hall Meeting on Education at 12:30pm., Sat., March 4 in the Pima County Nanini Public Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road, Tucson AZ 85741. RSVP (scott@voteleska.com) or just show up. 

AZGOP Chairman Johnathan Lines has appointed Irene Littleton of Pinal County and Frank Schmuck of Maricopa County LD18 as co-chairs of the Arizona GOP’s Voter Registration Committee.

Americans For Prosperity-Arizona Is Hosting "Dessert At The Capitol " Between 11:30 Am-1:30 Pm., Wed., March 15 At The Arizona State Capitol, Senate Building, 3rd Floor Lobby To Give Voters An Opportunity Talk With Their Legislators On Issues Facing Arizona. Register At Dessert At The Capitol Free Parking At The Capitol. Contact: AFP Deputy State Director Leslie White.

Arizona Republican Assemblies (Azra) Western Pinal County Chapter will Meet At 6:30 Pm, Mon., Feb 27 At 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, Casa Grande, AZ. (SE Corner W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St.) with Casa Grande Justice of Peace Judge John Ellsworth. Ellsworth, a native arizonan, began his career as a Law Enforcement Specialist in the US Air Force in 1973. He later joined the Casa Grande Police Department, retiring as a sergeant in 1998 and became a criminal investigator for the Arizona Dept Of Corrections in Florence. After 9-11, he joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 2014 as a lieutenant. He was then elected to the Casa Grande Justice Court Justice, taking office in 2015. Contact Nancy Hawkins Nancydist3@Gmail.Com For membership applications to the AZRA.

Fountain Hills VFW Post 7507 is hosting a Beer Garden during the Feb 24-26 Fountain Hills Great Fair.  All profits go to support Veterans causes/chartities. The VFW's Beer Garden sells food and drink (brats, chili, hot dogs, beer, water, soda, wine and mixed drinks), has tables in the shade and the sun with live music during most of the day.  Waitress/table service is available. The Post also sells "Red Shirt Friday" shirts - profit has gone to assist homeless veterans. The main Beer Garden is located on Saguaro Blvd just south of Avenue of the Fountains.  A mini-Beer Garden is located on Verde River Drive near the Fountain Hills Republic Club's "Voter Outreach and Education Booth". The VFW Beer Gardens are the only locations where alcoholic beverages may be consumed.

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Tempe Republican Women will meet with Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir at 6:30 pm., Mon., Feb 27 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave., in Tempe, according to President Jessica Merrow. Contact Merrow at merrowjessica@gmail.com or 480-306-2545.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on last night’s CNN Democrat Leadership Debate: “Democrats have never been more divided and out of touch with Americans across the country,” said McDaniel. “No matter who is charged with picking up the pieces of their broken party, nothing has changed and Democrat leadership remains tone deaf to what voters demanded in November. The American people elected President Trump because they wanted a new direction for our country, yet Democrats are playing politics by blindly obstructing the new administration. The Democrat Party has not been at such a low level of representation in 90 years, and that gap will grow as they continue to ignore the American people.”

Tempe Republican Women will be helping clean up Papago Park during the 7am-noon, March 4 Tempe Cares Volunteer Event. Parking will be at the heritage museum parking lot Just north of Curry on College). The community enrichment project will be held within LoPiano Mesquite Bosque, a 13-acre natural habitat along the north side of Loop 202 between College and Mill Avenue. Volunteers of all ages can serve in project areas including tree limb removal, trail maintenance, painting, and more. T-shirts and a complimentary breakfast will also be provided. For information clean up sign up Club volunteers are also asked to let President Jessica Merrow know at merrowjessica@gmail.com or 480-306-2545.

Arizona Sheriff Releasing 400 “Criminal Illegal Immigrants” Every 10 Days An average of 400 “criminal illegal immigrants” are being released every 10 days by the newly elected sheriff in Arizona’s most populous county, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch, many of them violent offenders. It’s part of Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone’s new policy to protect illegal aliens, even those who have committed serious state crimes, from deportation. Under a longtime partnership between the county and the feds, the Phoenix field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was notified when “aliens unlawfully present with additional Arizona charges” were released from the Maricopa County Jail, which is one of the nation’s largest with a population of about 8,000. That ended when Penzone, who refers to illegal immigrants as “guests,” took office this year and, though he formally announced the change last week, it was put into practice much earlier. See more Releasing “Criminal Illegal Immigrants”

Congresswoman Martha McSally is conducting a 90 minute town-hall-meeting-in Sahuarita sponsored by the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, at 4 pm., Thurs., Feb 23 at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La CaƱada Dr. The venue holds about 300 people; doors open at 3 p.m. No signs will be allowed in the building. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable donations to the Sahuarita Food Bank that is housed within the church. Email questions for McSally to Green Valley News editor Dan Shearer at: dshearer@gvnews.com. Shearer will serve as the town hall moderator.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will have a "Voter Outreach and Education Booth" between 10 am-5 pm., during the Fountain Hills Great Fair Friday - Sunday, February 24-26th.  Everyone is invited to drop by, talk to Republican volunteers and to participate in the survey and the history quizzes.  The booth is located at the southeast corner of Verde River Drive and Avenue of the Fountains (across from the Chamber of Commerce booth). 

The Feb 20-26 Winter Range is transforming the Ben Avery Shooting Facility into a festive scene from the Old West where more than 1,000 competitors from around the world will take part in the 26th annual Single Action Shooting Society’s national championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. Winter Range will feature period military, exhibitions of Western skills and crafts, a fast-draw competition, and vendors purveying period clothing, hats and wigs, antiques, reproductions and more. There also will be roaming balladeers, trick horses and a visit from Wyatt Earp, the great grand-nephew of his namesake, at noon Feb. 25.  A two-day mounted shooting event is expected to draw 100-plus competitors mounted on horses participating in their own arena Feb. 25-26. A variety of food services will be available, including chuck-wagon cooking, barbecue and ice cream. Admission is free (parking is $5). BASF is located on Carefree Highway, west of Interstate 17. Information www.winterrange.com.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club is offering two $500 scholarships; one to a Fountain Hills Senior – the other to any adult resident of Fountain Hills or Fort McDowell.   Scholarship may be used for any college or university or trade school.  Application forms are available at the Fountain Hills High School Counselor’s office, the FH Community Center, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Hills branch Library, Dr. William Myrh’s office at Fort McDowell and at Republican Club meetings.  Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017. For further information contact Board member Edith Stock at eulachris1893@gmail.com.

LD17 Needs Volunteers to registered new voters at their booth at the March 10-12 2017 Ostrich Festival. To register contact 3rd Vice Chair Farhana Ahmed at shifa489@gmail.com. For free entry, volunteers must wear a specifically issued wristband.

The Gila County Republican Committee’s March 11 Lincoln Day Dinner starts with a 5:15 pm cash bar, followed by dinner with speakers Jeff DeWit, Arizona State Treasurer and advisor to the Trump transition team, and Congressman Paul Gosar, at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson. Get a behind the scenes report on the Trump election campaign and the latest on President Trumps plans. Find out what is happening in Congress and its implementation of President Trumps plans. Tickets available at www.gilagop.com/ or call 928-478-8186.

Republican Women of Prescott will participate in “A Day at the Capitol” including a tour of the capitol, museum, and grounds, on March 7 at 1700 W Washington in Phoenix. Coach Bus transportation - $25 per person. Bus departs Prescott at 8 am, returning 4:30 pm. Bus will accommodate 50 people. Spouses and guests invited. For reservations contact: Elsie Tyree 928-778-0235 or tyree200@msn.com

The “Salute A Soldier 5K Run or 1 Mile Walkhonoring wounded heroes is scheduled at 9 am. Sat. March 11 in Freestone Park, 1045 E Juniper Road in Gilbert. Register now and pickup your packet at 8am the day of the race, according to coordinator Kathy Pearce. $40 - 5K RUN/$30 - 5K Run for Military or $25 for 1 Mile Walk . Register: salute-a-soldier-5k-run-1-mile-walk-2017?   or you can visit our website AZHeroestoHometowns.org Register early and receive a $15 discount on the 5K by using code SAS15– good until January 22nd, 2017. Military use MIL10 for $5 off until March 9. Kathy Pearce kathy@azheroestohometowns.org or Mail to: AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.

East ValleyTeenAge Republicans are forming a new club and accepting membership applications from young Republicans between the ages of 13-19. Their first meeting will be held in April to elect officers. For information or membership application e-mail EastValleyTars@gmail.com Face Book @EastValleyTeenAgeRepublicans. Contact Connie Sunday at EastValleyTars@gmail.com

Riders USA Is Inviting Patriotic Americans to join them in a "Trump & Spirit Of America" support march/rally scheduled between noon and 3 pm March 4 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 Washington in Phoenix to show unity and support for this country. Participants are asked to bring flags, patriotic signs and your friends. See Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1316326535101225/  Az-March 4 Trump/Spirit of America. Speakers include Master of Ceremonies Michelle Dallacrose – Mad Woman Radio, Pastor C.T. Wright, invocation/blessing, Sen Steve Smith, Pre Phil Lovas, Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora, Sheriff Richard Mack, Joanne Selena Lopez Cervantz, Mark Spencer of Judicial Watch, Mary Ann Mendoza, Sheriff Paul Babeu, AZGOP Secretary Gabby Mercer; Arizona Republican National Committeewoman Lori Klein and for Sen Russell Pearce. Contacts Barb Heller ltlwtduv@yahoo.com 602-505-8760 or Vera Anderson veraanderson41@gmail.com 602-821-4675.

The Pima County Republican Women’s Club Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am., Thurs., Feb 23 at Vivace on Campbell. Reservations required. debefleenor@allstate.com  or text at 520-250-1755.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comments on multiple proposed boating and water sports rule changes including boating and water sports regulations and fees. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule changes is Sunday, March 5. The proposed changes were recommended as part of a legally required five-year review of the department’s administrative rules. See complete list of proposed Article 5 changes, click www.azgfd.com/agency and click on “Rulemaking.” Submit comments to 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086; e-mail rulemaking@azgfd.gov or call (623) 236-7390.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Feb 23

Congressman Paul Gosar is hosting a Town Hall meeting between 6 - 7:30 pm on Feb 23, at the Best Western Hotel, Kachina Room, 8333 E. Sunrise Sky Drive in Gold Canyon, AZ. Congressman Dave Brat from Virginia will also be in attendance. Contact: 928-445-1683.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet at 7 pm., Thurs., Feb 23 at Firehouses#43, 4110 E Chandler Blvd. in Phoenix. Parking/access on west side of building. John King, Kyrene School Board President will provide and update on education and the local school district. www.tukeeteaparty.com

Feb 24

Volunteers Are Still Needed between 10 am – 5 pm., for the Fountain Hills Republican Club' Voter Outreach and Education Booth during the Fri-Sun, Feb 24-26 Fountain Hills Great Fair (SE corner of Verde River Drive/ Avenue of the Fountains). Contact Chris Brant at chrisppbrant@gmail.com or 480-837-9725 (e-mail preferred).

Feb 25

The 5th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Observance/Official Black History Month Celebration, 1pm., Sat., Feb 25. Food, entertainment, free. Speakers include Congressman David Schweikert, Az Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, Rep Jay Lawrence, Dr CT Wright, Farhana Ahmed Yvonne Cahill, plus State and Local officials at East lake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson ST, Phoenix 85034. Contact: Rev Clyde Bowen 602 309 6015.

State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who headed up the Arizona Trump Team, will address the Annual Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Lincoln/Reagan Dinner at 6pm, Sat., Feb 25 at the Stoneridge Golf Club Dining room. 5 pm cocktails, 6 pm dinner. $65 per person. $120 per couple RSVP by Feb 20 at www.yavgop.org or email  tyree200@msn.com

Feb 27

The Tempe Republican Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Feb 27 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave., in Tempe with Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir on issues facing Tempe safety and what citizens can do to help.

FEB 28

The Fountain Hills Republican Club's "GOP Social" opens at 6 pm, Tues., Feb 28 in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268.  This is a social event.  NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food). Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome.  GOP Socials are held the 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact: Boe James at FHRepublican@gmail.com or visit

http://www.fhrepublicanclub.org/

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS/ACTION

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Congressman Paul Gosar: This past week I testified before the House Judiciary Committee as they held a legislative hearing on my bill, H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act. This legislation paves the way for "repeal and replace" of Obamacare by restoring anti-trust laws to health insurance companies. This means more competition in the healthcare marketplace and lower prices for YOU the consumer. The federal government's attempt to fix our healthcare system--Obamacare--failed and has only gotten worse...

· Health care prices went up

· Premiums have gone up by double digits multiple years in a row

· Choices have gone down

· Patients lost access to their doctors of choice

· Health insurers quit the markets

As a healthcare provider for more than 25 years, I understand first-hand the importance of a competitive and dynamic health insurance market. Patients, doctors, and hospitals alike benefit when health insurers compete to provide a variety quality coverage options.

Congresswoman Martha McSally has toured border operations in the Rio Grande Valley along with a delegation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and lawmakers. Included in the delegation were U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. The delegation began the day with a helicopter examination of the region followed by a boat tour of the Rio Grande River. The delegation later toured the Rio Grande Valley's first centralized processing center and met with local leaders to hear about their experiences and challenges near the border. “Each section of our 2,000 mile southern border is different, with varying terrain and unique challenges facing law enforcement officials,” said McSally, who is the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “The cartels and other threats across the border will adapt accordingly depending on the region. That’s why our strategy needs to be equally as nimble and responsive to detect incursions and intercept them before they happen. It was helpful for me to hear about the challenges Border Patrol agents experience in the Rio Grande Valley. I look forward to using these experiences to help establish a comprehensive strategy that keeps our entire border safe.”

Congressman Paul Gosar: Federal agencies like the EPA were created to ensure that the best interests of the American people are protected. Yet, under President Obama, a lawless EPA has done far more harm than good for American farmers, ranchers and small business owners. President Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator is a clear signal that people, not politics, will be the top priority of his administration. Pruitt, who was confirmed by the Senate on February 17th, believes the EPA should work with local and state governments to enact common-sense regulations that will protect the environment without crushing our economy. I enthusiastically endorse Scott Pruitt as our next EPA Administrator because I know that he will listen to the unique concerns of our Western communities and work with Congress to develop positive legislative solutions.

Congressman Paul Gosar: This week's confirmation of my good friend and colleague Congressman Mick Mulvaney as Budget Director marks a turning point in our nation’s ongoing spending crisis. For too long, Congress has ignored the dire threat that our $19 trillion debt poses not only to the American economy but also to our national defense. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has warned that the national debt is the biggest threat to our national security. Leaders like Congressman Mulvaney understand this threat and were sent to Washington to fundamentally change the direction of this country—not to protect the status quo. He understands that funding important aspects of our budget, such as providing for a strong military, can still be accomplished in a fiscally responsible way. More importantly, Congressman Mulvaney has proven that he has the courage to take on anyone, including members of his own party, who would rather ignore the moral imperative of our spending crisis.

Congressmanwoman Martha McSally has chaired her first hearing this year as Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee on the cartel threat. The hearing featured testimony from security officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security, including Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Paul Beeson .In one exchange with Beeson, McSally described a barrier breech she had seen in which cartel members, with the aid of spotters, used welding equipment to create a gate in the border fence that could be used repeatedly without getting noticed by agents. “Do you think this level of sophistication is the new normal for cartel operations? Are there additional tools or authorities we need to give you in order to detect and interdict these types of operations so they don’t go on for years before they are detected?” she asked. “They are very sophisticated in their approach,” Beeson responded. “They have the benefit of time. They have plenty of time to wait and seek the right opportunity to engage in their illegal opportunity. They use scouting networks. They utilize encrypted communications.” Beeson went on to discuss improving situational awareness while continuing collaboration with local law enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations units, and intelligence gatherers. Watch the exchange HERE.

Congressman Paul Gosar: In order to begin chipping away at our massive $20 trillion federal debt, elected leaders must search for bold ideas to solve this spending crisis. It begins with creating a culture of eliminating federal waste, fraud and abuse, from top to bottom. A great place to start is reforming the calculation used for determining wages for public works projects which currently costs American taxpayers around $13 billion more than it should. To stop this, I introduced the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act which facilitates competition, equality, accuracy and transparency for everyone while restoring a fair wage for a fair job that is fair to the American taxpayer. Click HERE to learn more

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FIRST LADY

· Ivanka Trump Triumphs Despite Fabricated Leftist Outrage

MEDIA

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DEMS/LIBERALS

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COURTS

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CONGRESS

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EDUCATION

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INTERNATIONAL

· Marine Le Pen Refused To Cover Herself To Meet Muslim Leader [VIDEO]

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