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Fox News’ Chris Wallace said this was one of the “best joint session speeches he’d ever heard a President give.” “…36 years ago, Ronald Reagan reinvented the speech to the joint session of congress. He was the one who introduced the idea of having people up in the gallery, creating not just a programmatic message but a deeply emotional message. I think Donald Trump reinvented it again tonight, 36 years later. I thought it was by far the best speech I’ve ever heard Donald Trump give. It was one of the best speeches in that setting I've ever heard any president give.” See Coverage of Presidential Address, 2/28/17)
Maureen Bayardi: Rob Haney’s piece on the Catholic Church and its leadership is right on spot. Thank you Rob.
LD11 Representative Mark Finchem: Good morning Frosty. Thank you for the work you do, getting the word out on what is happening around the state. I don't know if you are aware of it yet or not, but former Congressman Ron Paul will be in Phoenix at the Senate Finance Committee hearing March 8th to provide supporting testimony for the legal tender capital gains tax extinguishment bill -HB2014- that I sponsored in the House of Representatives. I have been advised to expect a significant crowd at the Capitol, many of whom will be signing into the Request to Speak system in favor of the bill. The possibility that thousands will be on the campus in support of the bill is highly probable. There will be another bill next year concerning the authorization of gold back bonding by the state treasurer, but that bill is not yet ready for prime time. We will have an opportunity to speak with Dr. Paul when he is here about this bill and we hope to see his support for it as well. Both of these are in pursuit of protecting the earnings of Arizonan's, their pensions and the capital supply needed for growth. Thanks again for all you are doing.
Arizona Town Crier Jim Ely: This could be a turning point in AZ GOP operations. AZ GOP has been just about one of the most disastrous political party operations one could imagine. And, who sees any positive actions in sight? It starts with the AZ GOP bylaws. For years the AZ GOP autocratic bylaws has been violated, ignored or disregarded to one degree another, and there has been little or no accountability. The state chair has now appointed a bylaws committee chair, who, as it is understood, is formalizing a committee. A Town Crier e-mail called for feedback from all chairs. To date we’ve heard from only one chair. While there is no Requirement that the chairs provide any kind of feedback, it does show the current attitude of who gives a damn, and who cares.
And, another interesting point. The new chair of the AZ GOP has initiated an email newsletter that he labels, “The Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party!” What does one then expect to read in that newsletter? “What’s going on the party, AZ GOP”?? Not so! About everything in that newsletter is not about the AZ GOP. If one want to know what is going on with the party they go to the MCRC Briefs by ‘Frosty.’ One would assume that the chair’s newsletter is put together by his communicator. Now compare his newsletter by his communicator who gets paid thousand of bucks with the newsletter put out by ‘Frosty’. How much does she gets paid? Compare the information put out by the Chair with ‘Frosty's’ report and how much does the party pay her??? And in the chair’s newsletter he says, “This is YOUR newsletter, so feel free to send any feedback or to keep us informed of any upcoming event you'd like to make sure we mention.” Has anyone ever seen an “feedback’ in that newsletter??? Editor’s Note: Briefs is independent of the AZGOP. Briefs receives no funding from the AZGOP; never has. – ft
Dave Kopp, President, Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) : I want to let you know that the Arizona Citizens Defense League been hard at work this session, fighting for your rights. With your help we’ve been able to stop the following bills from progressing.
· HB 2150 - This bill would have made it a Class 5 Felony to transfer or sell firearms unless both the transferor (seller) and transferee (buyer) were screened via a NICS background check. "Transfer" is loosely defined and could include having a friend store your firearms while you were out of town.
· SB 1504 - Would have nullified “no duty to retreat” in the statutes justifying the use of deadly force.
Thank you for your help in defeating these bills. But it’s not time to pat ourselves on the back quite yet. Unfortunately, there are still several other bills that we need your help to stop. ( bill tracking page). We can’t stop these bills without your help. Your donations allow us to keep fighting the good fight and enable us stop the politicians who want to erode our rights. Donate to AzCDL
LD13 PC John Powelson: I find it difficult to consider donations to the MCRC or the state party considering the lack of transparency they have shown with the finances in recent times. Why should I hand over what little control I have for the dollars I spend to anyone like that. I once heard a friend of mine describe giving money to most people in politics as being the same as buying heroin for a junkie. Without more oversight and knowledge as to where the money is and has gone recently I will not be putting any of mine at risk with the new chairman and his, same as the old chairman, attitude of secrecy and stealth. If they are hiding what was done with the money we gave them before it is likely we would not like what they have planned with what they are asking for now.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas have launched an email campaign to show unwavering support for the IT funding necessary to pay teachers, pay schools and protect student data. The campaign comes as a response to the many education stakeholders and concerned citizens who requested a platform to voice their support of Information Technology (IT) funding for the department. In order to underscore the urgency of restoring IT funding, the “Be Heard Arizona! Email Campaign” provides Arizonans with a template email to communicate this vital necessity to their legislators. The initial fiscal year 2018 budget recommendation released in January did not allocate any funds for the maintenance and support of ADE’s IT systems that are responsible for determining school enrollment numbers and distributing billions of dollars to Arizona’s schools. “I cannot emphasize the importance of urgency in this matter enough,” said Douglas. “My staff has spoken with the governor’s office privately and they have assured us that they want to see schools and teachers paid. However, if we cannot promise our award-winning IT staff that they will have a job on July 1, they will leave to take advantage of the booming IT market in Phoenix.” Two programmers have already left the Department for positions elsewhere, one of which cited job uncertainty as his reason for leaving in an exit interview. If the nearly 130 ADE IT staff members continue to accept external offers, the performance of the IT systems that pay schools, take attendance and distribute free and reduced lunch will undoubtedly be affected. See www.azed.gov/beheardAZ.
LD15 Will Meet at 7 pm., Wed., March 1 at the Paradise Valley Community College Conference Center Room Q120, 17811 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (1/2 mile S of the Union Hills/32nd St.) Secretary of State Michelle Reagan will highlight recent accomplishments and future plans for her office. Precinct Committeemen training and tracking pending Arizona legislation are also on the agenda, according to Chairman Dave Ryan. Contact Ryan: email@example.com or see facebook.com/events events/calendar
LD17 Needs Volunteers Republicans to register voters at it’s 2017 Ostrich Festival Booth scheduled March 10-12. To sign up contact 3rd Vice Chair Farhana Ahmed at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arizona Federation of Republican Women is looking for candidates for the 2018 -2020 Executive Committee. Two year terms are open for President, First Vice President (Programs), Second Vice President (Membership), Third Vice President (Fundraising, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and Region Directors 1-8. AzFRW Officer Application 2017
LD17 PC Whitney Lawrence, Phoenix City Council candidate Chris DeRose’s campaign manager, needs volunteers for precinct walks or making calls from home. Walks will meet at 9 am the next two Saturdays at Fry’s Grocery Store, 14th Street/Bell Road. Contract her at 480-381-3868 or email@example.com. See DeRose’s campaign website at https://www.chrisderose.org.
Arrowhead Republican Women are sponsoring a Victory Celebration Picnic between noon and 4 pm., Sat., April 29 in Beardsley Park in Sun City West. $10 per person. All attendees must pay. County, state and national political officers will speak. Candidates running for office are invited to bring their own tables and chairs for set up. Vendors will be present. Raffle baskets available, worth more than $100 each. The door prize is a summer golf membership at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 136th Ave., in Sun City West. No advance tickets. No reservations required. All Republicans welcome. Contact Jan Martinson 623-546-3753.
Sun City West Republicans will hear from Robert Michael, who will explain Common Core in laymen’s term, at 8:30 am., Sat., March 4 in the Quail Room of the Sun City West Foundation Buildikng. 8 am – coffee/donuts. $2 donation to help with room rental expenses. www.GOP.scwclubs.com
The Maricopa Golf Classic Tournament – supporting the 100 Club (families of fallen police/firefighters, Dogs for Vets and the City of Maricopa Veterans Relief fund is scheduled at 7:30 am., April 15 at the Duke at Rancho ElDorado, 42660 Ranch El Dorado Pkwy in Maricopa. Registration at 6:30 am. Contact Chairman Marty Hermanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-518-9800 or see www.themarizopagolfclass.com
Riders USA Is hosting the "Trump & Spirit Of America" support march/rally scheduled between noon and 3 pm March 4 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 Washington in Phoenix. Participants are asked to bring flags and patriotic signs to show unity and support for this country. Tim Horn will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, Pastor C.T. Wright will give the invocation/blessing, and Ms Senior Arizona Sharon Friendly will sing. Speakers include Sen Steve Smith, Rep 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, former Sen Russell Pearce, Vietnam War Veteran Mark DeMastro, State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, Rep Anthony Kern, Gary Lvov, Pastor Elisheyah McKinley, Wiccan Widow Gold Star Wife Roberta Stewart and CEO Texas Team Trump Tania Vojvodic. Official Site's: http://mainstreetpatriots.us/ Official Facebook page: events Official GoFundMe page: spirit rally Caution: If you receive requests for donations from any other group, please decline. Arizona is funding its own event. Volunteers should be at the Capitol between 9:30-10 am. Bring your lawn chairs, any snacks for the day. Bottled water will be available for $1. Contact: Vera Anderson, Spirit of America Rally for Trump email@example.com
Former LD23 Chairman Jim O’Connor’s “Resolution Opposing National Popular Vote Compact” can be viewed or downloaded at https://jimoconnorazgop.com/npv-presentation/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For free entry, volunteers must wear a specifically issued wristband.
LD23 holds their meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Via Linda Senior Center on Via Linda , just south of Shea. Doors open at 6:30pm.Meeting is from 7 - 8:30pm. No meetings July, August or December 2017. The meeting date and location can always be checked ld23gop.org
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 email@example.com.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled six public forums to meet with constituents about developing the 2017 fall hunt recommendations for deer, bighorn sheep, turkey, javelina, bison, bear, mountain lion, and small game animals. AzGFD annually makes recommendations to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the management of game species for the annual hunting and trapping regulations, which establish the seasons, dates, bag limits, open areas, and hunt permit-tag allocations based on the framework of the hunt guidelines set by the commission every two years. The meetings will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. at these Game and Fish regional offices:
Thursday, March 2: Pinetop, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
Thursday, March 2: Mesa, 7200 E. University Drive
Thursday, March 2: Yuma, 9140 E. 28th St.
Monday, March 6: Tucson, 555 N. Greasewood Road
The final proposed draft hunt recommendations will be made available for public review at several regional open houses and posted on the department’s website at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines in late March. The final fall hunt recommendations will be presented to the commission for consideration at its April 8 meeting in Phoenix. See hunt recommendations and hunt guidelines processes, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.
The “Salute A Soldier 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk” honoring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mail to: AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.
East Valley Teen Age 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
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Coconino Republican Precinct Committeemen will conduct their first-quarter 2017 meeting at 11 am., Wed., March 1 at Salsa Brava, 2220 E Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. RSVP to Jeff at flagstaffGOP@icloud.com or call 928/606-1028.
The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm.,Thur., March 2 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. Contact: www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
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 email@example.com. 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 Pierce at (480) 615-0524 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.co2science.org/index.php
LD22 Chair Rae Chornenky and PC KarenThomas: On Saturday, March 4, “Spirit of America Pro Trump Rallies” will be held across America, including here in Arizona! We hope you will want to participate. If so, get your signs, flags, etc. ready. For more info, please go to spirit-america-conservative-grassroots-leaders-plan-massive-pro-trump-demonstrations-nationwide.
The Sun City West Republican Club will hold its' March 4 meeting in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Coffee and donuts available before the 8:30am start of the meeting. A $2 donation is requested for room rental. Speaker Robert Michael, who has done extensive work and research into America's educational system, will explain Common Core in layman's terms. All Republicans in SCW, Sun City, Surprise and all surrounding communities are invited to attend. Contact: Publicity chr Jean Goncalves 623-214-8010, or www.SCWRC.org
The Paradise Republican Women will meet at the Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Dr in Scottsdale at 10 am, Sat., March 4 to hear a presentation by Dr Donald Critchlow, author of “Takeover: How the Left’s Quest for Social Justice Corrupted Liberalism.” 9:30 am social; 11 am brunch. $28 per person. Reservations required. RSVP Online & Pay at the Door.
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 (email@example.com) or just show up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-306-2545.
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will be wearing green when they meet for dinner on Mon, March 6 at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253-3548. Meet and Greet at 5:30 pm., 6 pm mtg, 6:20 dinner, 7 pm program. Spouses welcome. $35. Breanna Vales, director of Red Light Rebellion, and John R Raeder, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, are the speakers for the evening. Reservations required. RSVP by sending a check made out to “LRW” or bring Cash to Patricia Kaufman,7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250,480-368-2777or email her at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Congressman Paul A. Gosar after the House Judiciary Committee successfully passed his legislation, H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act during a Markup Hearing: “I’m extremely pleased to see the House Judiciary Committee support my efforts in taking the essential first step to broader healthcare reform. Popular cost-reducing reform priorities–such as selling insurance across state lines and developing diverse consumer-driven plans–are predicated on the robust competitive markets this bill will ensure. 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. I look forward to continue working with House leaders to ensure this bill is part of patient-centered, free market healthcare reforms.” Full statement from today’s Committee Markup can be found HERE
Congressman Andy Biggs: After attending President Trumps Congressional address: “I was honored to attend President Trump’s first address to Congress. Over the past two years, President Trump made a series of promises to the American people, and I am encouraged that he has made incredible progress toward fulfilling those promises in his first month in office. I appreciate his willingness to work alongside Congress in our efforts to provide a more prosperous future for future generations of Americans. Both President Trump and I understand that the American people are tired of excuses and delays on the delivery of the promises we make to our constituents. I support the President’s efforts to repeal Obamacare, secure our borders, reset the regulatory climate, promote economic policies to create more jobs, and defend life and religious freedom. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the White House to ensure that the promises we have made are promises we will keep.”
Congressman Paul Gosar: Last night, President Trump effectively laid out his bold vision for renewing the American spirit. For too long, elected leaders have been content with maintaining the status quo while refusing to take on the real challenges affecting our country. The president made it clear in his speech that those days are over. It is time to get down to the business of delivering meaningful results for all Americans...no more excuses. I am more encouraged than ever that the Trump Administration has the courage to lead on meaningful issues mentioned including healthcare reform, securing our southern border and restarting the American economy. President Trump has proven to be a once in a lifetime leader who isn’t afraid to take on the traditional burdens that have plagued the D.C. swamp. I am committed to supporting the president’s agenda to make America great again and will lead from my position in the House to ensure we fulfill that promise. I was honored to have Navy Captain Todd Flannery as my guest for the speech. Currently, Captain Flannery serves as Director of the House Liaison Office for the Navy.
Congresswoman Martha McSally after President Trump signed an executive order related to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “During my time in Congress I have heard regularly from small business owners, farmers, and ranchers about how burdensome the WOTUS rule has been. Today’s executive action is the first step to relieving these stakeholders from an overreaching, one-size-fits-all Washington mandate. Just a few weeks ago, I led an effort encouraging President Trump to limit the harm this regulation was inflicting on communities in Arizona and across the United States. I am pleased to see him following through on that request.” McSally has been engaged in numerous efforts to reverse the WOTUS rule. On February 17, 2017, she lead a letter signed by 40 members of Congress to President Trump urging him to take action against the WOTUS rule and other overreaching EPA regulations. Letter HERE.
Sen John McCain: “Today’s executive order rolling-back the ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule is an important victory for Arizona’s agriculture and homebuilding industries, which account for a significant portion of economic activity in our state. This onerous, 299-page regulation would have put the EPA in charge of more than 60 percent of all surface water in the United States. This would have given the federal government authority to prevent farmers from building or repairing canals, communities from constructing schools or churches near dry washes, or even private property owners from developing on their own land. Even worse, the EPA would have been given the power to fine farmers or construction yards tens of thousands of dollars for maintaining a ditch near desert dry washes, which are common in Arizona. President Trump made the right decision to roll-back this dangerous expansion of federal regulatory control over businesses vital to Arizona’s economy.”
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