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The Arrowhead Republican Women’s Victory Celebration Picnic is scheduled between noon and 4 pm., Sat, April 29 at Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West. Tickets available at the event for $10 which includes a meal of sloppy joe’s, potato salad, coleslaw, cookie, and water or soda. No advance reservation needed. Ticket includes a door prize opportunity for golfing at Briarwood Country Club. Raffle baskets available for an additional ticket price. Political speakers and voter registration available.
Friends of David Gonzales, Arizona’s current US Marshall for the Federal District, were quick to point out that Gonzales was a former President George W. Bush appointee – not a two-time Barack Obama appointee – as stated in a sample letter posted 4-28-17-briefs regarding former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey’s bid for the US Marshall position. Gonzales said his association with former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is through his wife – who had worked with Napolitano in the same law firm. “I’m a life-long Republican – not a big D as implied,” Gonzales commented.
Gonzales has submitted his resume for re-appointment under President Donald Trump/ USAZ Jeff Sessions. He was nominated by G.W. Bush in 2002 and confirmed by the US Senate - at the request of Sens Jon Kyl and John McCain. He was reappointed by Obama at the request of Arizona’s Senators, the entire Arizona Democratic Congressional delegation, Arizona Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, Arizona Federal Judiciary and numerous community organizations. He was one of four Republicans appointed by Bush (out of 94 appointees) to be retained by Obama. Under his watch, the District of Arizona has received the “Large District of the Year” Award four (4) times. A record no other District in the Marshals Service has achieved. He implemented a Mexican Investigation Liaison Unit on the Mexican border and manages the largest contract in the US Marshals Service with a private prison company – processing over 84,000 prisoners for court appearances in federal courthouses in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff. He began his law enforcement career as a Coconino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy in 1973 – at age 19, he was the youngest commissioned police officer in the US. At age 21, he became a trooper with the Arizona Dept of Public Safety in Tucson. He has worked undercover narcotics, conducted agency audits, managed detectives conducting organized crime, conspiracy and money laundering investigations. He developed the first full-time statewide gang task force in the nation and was selected as a FBI Executive Fellow. Gonzales and his wife Nancy have two grown children – one is a special federal agent.
LD24 PC Tristan Manos: A big and grateful "Thank You" to LD24 Chairman Barry Wong and LD24 Corresponding Secretary Carole Joyce for emailing LD24 PCs the MCRC EGC Monthly Meeting Agenda for the upcoming EGC meeting (Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm, AZGOP HQ). Also, thanks to the MCRC Executive Committee for getting the EGC meeting agendas out so soon. In good faith, I'd like to think all MCRC LD Chairmen are also -- or, will be, as soon as possible -- emailing the MCRC EGC monthly meeting agendas and minutes to their PCs (in a timely manner), seeing the potential win-win-win for the good of being proactive and transparent, providing "We The PCs" important MCRC information, plans, activities, and opportunities for PCs to help make the MCRC the best it can be, promoting the Republican Party Platform and serving and representing Republicans throughout Maricopa County and beyond.
Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs and Mission Restore Bronze’s Thomas Pawlak will be featured on the 4 pm., Sat., “Chips N Salsa Show” with talk show hosts Alice Lara & George Ortiz. Contact alice@ChipsNSalsaShow.com.
President Donald Trump supporters are invited to join the Mobilization of Conservatives (MOC) between 1-2 pm., Tues., May 2 at 122 N Cortez St. (Bulleri Bldg) for a counter demonstration to “Prescott Resistance Tuesdays” – the Anti Trump and Anti America movement. MOC participants are asked to bring their own pro America and Pro Trump gear and signs. Contact: Myrna Lieberman at MOC1776@GMAIL.com
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio was among the guests at last night’s Ahwatukee Republican Women & Legislative District 18 GOP Beer, Wine & Soda BBQ Fundraiser.
AZGOP Treasurer Robert Lettieri: Responding to Briefs question as to whether the AZGOP is currently under a Forensic Audit - “The AZGOP is not under a Forensic Audit. The AZGOP is in compliance with all required monthly and quarterly financial reports required by the FEC and State of Arizona. We plan on engaging and Independent CPA firm to conduct an audit for the fiscal year ended 2016.” Editor’s Note: Briefs asked Lettieri about the “Forensic Audit” in an effort to clarify some of misinformation that is floating around. –ft 4-28-17-briefs,
An Eagle-Eyed Reader wants to know if the AZGOP isn’t under a current Forensic Audit 4-28-17-briefs, what/where are the results of the 2014 Forensic Audit? In case you are wondering, a “forensic audit” means every scrap of records is reportedly examined.
Former AZGOP Executive Director Avinash Iragavarapu and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl. Scuttlebutt has it that Iragavarapu has decided to stay in the US and start a business instead of moving to Hong Kong – as was previously rumored.
There Seems To Be A Lot Of Shuffling in the process of AZGOP administrative turn over. Folks in the know say that Tim Seifert, former chairman Robert Graham’s right hand man, will soon be moving on to other things.
A Reader, who remembers former AZGOP administrator Thayer Verschoor hopping on his moped to pick up chicken for lunch, wonders if Verschoor took his moped to DC when he signed on with the current administration.
Ben Wick will soon be providing the Arizona Project with lessons on the Nation’s President.
The Arizona Project will continue with video discussions from Hillsdale College and Prager University, according to Chr Ron Ludders. Topics will include racism, Islamic extremists and Sharia law at 6:30 pm., Mon., May 1 at 3375 E Shea Blvd in Phoenix. – Ludders 602.677.1496
LD10’s TownHall begins at 10 am., Sat., April 29 in the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, (Wilmot/5th in front of St. Joseph’s Hospital) Tucson, AZ 85710. Participants include LD10 Rep Todd Clodfelter, Rep Kirsten Engel and Sen David Bradley.
The Arizona Republican Lawyers Assoc will meet at 11:45 am., Fri., May 23 at Polsinelli, One E Washington #1200 in Phoenix with Congressman David Schweikert to discuss President Donald Trumps first 100 days in office. $20 per member. $35 for non-members. Pay at the door. RSVP to email@example.com
The Arrowhead Republican Women are accepting reservations for their 11:30 am., Wed., May 10 luncheon at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., $20 per plate. Reservations required RSVP by Sun., May 7 to Lezlee at 602-354-5224.
Former AZ Attorney General Tom Horne will address the Sun City West Republican Club at 8:30 am., Sat., May 6 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West. Coffee/donuts available at 8 am., $2 donation will help pay for the room rental. Horne is also a former Arizona legislator and former State Supt of Public Instruction. As AG, Horne personally argued cases in the AZ Superior Court, Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He personally argued for the State of AZ before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2 cases. Some of the subjects he will be addressing are the Gorsuch appointment and filibuster, capital punishment and voter fraud, (the Supreme Court cases he argued), his war against "ethnic studies", identity politics, and reverse discrimination. All Republicans in Sun City West, Sun City, and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chairlady, 623-214-8010 SCWRepublicans.com
“Coffee with District 3 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates” and his guest Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is scheduled at 8 am., May 4 at North Mountain Brewing, 522 E Dunlap Ave in Phoenix. RSVP here
PC George Taylor: Friday, April 21, 2017, near simultaneous power outages in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco were coincidence ??? I did not see anything on TV about this Saturday, Sunday or Today, much less on radio. Hmmmmm. LAX-SF-NY-Power-Outages Power-Outages-Coincide-In-La, New-York & San-Francisco Coincidence?: Simultaneous-Power-Outages-Give-Credence-To-Cyber-Doomsday-Scenarios
Paradise Republican Women's Club will celebrate the Second Amendment at 10 am., Sat. May 13 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale with firearms expert Alan Korwin, Gun Freedom hostess Cheryl Todd, and firearms trainer Jonathon Bloom. $28 per ticket for 11 am brunch. Contact Ardith Hildebrant at 480-861-7170.
Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: In regard to Navajo County Republican Committee Chairman Steven Slaton’s e-mail to GOP County Chairmen asking for support of potential request by the AZGOP Executive Committee for a forensic audit of the former AZGOP Executive Committee - which has drawn both support and fire from fellow county chairmen. 4-24-17-Briefs This clearly shows that even some of the county chairmen cannot work as a team. Here we see where one chair simply ask for support and another chair wanting to act as a BMOC (Big man of the campus) In addition to that we continue and read some comments from another County Chairman, Chairman Russell Sias of La Paz county. Here we have a County Chairman who has the backbone to point out the duties and failure of the state Executive Committee and nothing done about it! Required meeting of the Executive committee? AZ GOP budget? Finance committee? Treasurer's accountability? Bylaws? If you are a state committeeman you should know the bylaws by heart! County chairmen? The Arizona Town Crier emailed ever county chair and asked if they received the Crier’s emails. Only 6 had the courtesy to respond! What does that tell one about the leadership in AZ GOP? Readers! Doesn’t any of this concern you? Oh, there is the old saying, ‘If it doesn’t affect your pay or liberty, don’t sweat it!” But it does concern you! As members of the Republican Party you have a moral obligation to stand up for the Republican principles and voice of WE THE PEOPLE against the AZ GOP inside establishment. Review ARC title 16. How many laws have been broken and who has done what about it??
Gov Doug Ducey has appointed four new members of the State Board of Education. The appointees are Luke Narducci, an environmental and natural resources law attorney at Snell and Wilmer; Patricia Welborn, chairman of the Empower College Prep board of directors and serves on the Arizona Charter School Assn board; Michele Kaye, CEO of the Leona Group, a charter school operator; and Daniel Corr, Arizona Western College president. They must be confirmed by the Senate Education Committee, along with appointees Calvin Baker and Janice Mak. Ducey has appointed every member of the 11 person board, except for Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas – who was elected.
Arizona Project Chr Ron Ludders: President Trump's 100 day report card is very impressive. Imagine what it would be if Speaker Paul Ryan and numerous renegade Republicans would have gotten behind the various issues Trump verbalized during the election. Healthcare repeal and replacement, immigration, border wall and the original way of looking at our beloved Constitution was the keystone of our 45th President's campaign. Republicans just cannot ignore the age old urge to self-destruction. Trump will overcome this nonsense because he is a leader and that's what leaders do. As Conservatives, we must do all we can to pull together the wayward souls and cement of solid majority to continue our personal freedoms and glory years. At home, here in Arizona, we must do the same, forgiving of each other’s frailties, set a solid goal of keeping Arizona Red and work open-mindedly with each other to secure lofty objectives. And no, that does not mean to sacrifice ones values, but rather to envision a larger picture of political objectives. As an accountant, there are only two ways to increase our numbers and influence. That's through addition and multiplication. Destruction and failure will be our demise if we divide and subtract. Unity must be our goal. That goes for those in our highest elected offices to all our grassroots patriots.
The Arizona Game and Fish Depart is assessing potential impacts to Arizona’s endangered and threatened wildlife recovery program, following a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that lifts a preliminary injunction on releasing Mexican wolves in New Mexico. The court decision issued Tuesday held that the State of New Mexico had not met the legal standard for a preliminary injunction because it did not demonstrate that releasing Mexican wolves without state permits will cause irreparable injury to the state. The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court decision last summer that prohibited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from importing or releasing any Mexican wolves in New Mexico without first obtaining permits from the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. “The Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department are evaluating the potential ramifications of the Appellate Court’s decision for Arizona’s wolf recovery program,” said Jim deVos, AZGFD assistant director for Wildlife Management. “Our agency remains committed to working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and our other partners to ensure Arizona has a voice in providing direction for the program, based on sound science and boots-on-the-ground research.” The case now returns to U.S. District Court for a decision on whether New Mexico can require the USFWS to obtain state permits before releasing wolves. There were a minimum of 113 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico in 2016, according to a recent survey by the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team. The survey found that there were 63 wolves in Arizona and 50 in New Mexico. In 2015, there were an estimated 97 wolves were counted in the wild between both states.
The Latest Voter Registration Figures have been released and according to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the number of registered voters is 3,636,504, a decrease of 9,618 since the last report in January. “Our counties do a great job to ensure the integrity of our voter registration lists is current and up-to-date,” said Reagan. “This decrease in enrollment is a common result after each election cycle.” Of the state's 3.6 million voters, 1,259,406 are Republicans, 1,102,169 are Democrats and 1,235,911 have not designated an officially recognized party preference. Libertarians and members of the Green party make up a little less than one percent of the state’s total registration. The latest voter registration figures compiled by county, congressional district and legislative district are available on http://go.azsos.gov/c6ds or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 29
The Tempe Republican Women luncheon is scheduled at 11 am., April 29 at the Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E Golf Ave., Tempe. $2 per member. $25 per guests. Cost increases to $25 for members and $30 for guests if you purchase within 3 days of the event. Dr Carl Goldberg will address Islam. Buy tickets Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow firstname.lastname@example.org 480-306-2545.
The Arrowhead Republican Women will host a Victory Celebration Picnic between noon and 4 pm., Sat, April 29 at Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West. Tickets will be available at the event for $10 which includes a meal of sloppy joes, potato salad, coleslaw, cookie, and water or soda. No advance reservation needed. Ticket includes a door prize opportunity for golfing at Briarwood Country Club. Raffle baskets available for an additional ticket price. Confirmed speakers include Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, senators & representatives from LD21 & LD22 with many more invitations in process. Voter registration available at the event.
Ahwatukee Foothills presents the Spring Festival of Lights Wine & Beer Tasting Festival at Rawhide Western Town on Saturday, April 29, 2017. There will be over 50 Wines & Beers, Food Sampling, Silent Auction and Live Music! Tickets are available at FOLAZ.org.
MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017
Cochise County Republicans – 4 pm., Cochise County GOP HQ., 325 W Fry Blvd Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
TUESDAY, MAY 2
A Free Briefing On The Regulation Freedom Amendment, featuring Roman Buhler, director of the Madison Coalition, chief proponent of the Regulation Freedom Amendment, is scheduled at 4:30 pm., Tues., May 2 at on the patio of La Canasta Capitolio, 1733 W Van Bren Road in Phoenix.
Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee – 7 pm., AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
WEDNESDAY, May 3
The Lincoln Republican Women will celebrate their 10th anniversary at a 6 pm., Mon., May 3 dinner at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds on the East side of Scottsdale Road). 5:30 pm Meet/Greet. Pro: National Popular Vote Constantin Querard will debate Nay: National Popular Vote Mayor Hugh Hallman. $35 per person. RSVP required. send check made out to “LRW” or bring Cash to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Contact: 480-368-2777or email@example.com
LD 15 Republicans – 7 pm., Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
THURSDAY, MAY 4
The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6pm., Thurs., May 4 at the Community Christian Church 6480 E. Hwy 95 in the last building behind the church. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Navajo County Republicans will meet at 7 pm., May 4 in the LDS Social Hall,
78 West Center, in Snowflake. www.navajocountyazgop.org
County Coffee with Supervisor Gates is scheduled at 8 am., May 4 at North Mountain Brewing, 522 E Dunlap Ave. in Phoenix with Special Guest Sheriff Paul Penzone .
SATURDAY, MAY 6
Cathi Herrod, Chairman of the Center for Arizona Policy, will hostess a 9 am., Sat.,May 6 breakfast with former US Senate Jon Kyl and former US Congressman John Shadegg for get their views on President Donald J Trumps first 100 days in office and provide an update on what they are doing these days. The breakfast is scheduled at the Phoenix Seminary, 4222 E Thomas Road, 4th floor chapel in Phoenix. Register here Calendar
The Arizona TeenAge Republican Students (TARS) Awards Banquet and Fundraiser is scheduled from 1-3 pm., Sat., May 6 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale.
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Congressman David Scheiwkert: I am writing to share two recent media appearances as well as an op-ed I penned with my good friend and fellow conservative Adam Brandon, CEO of FreedomWorks. As I work to repeal Obamacare, fix our broken healthcare system, and bring a revolution to the tax code that creates jobs and economic growth, I continue to hear from stakeholders in our community like you. Arizona is front-and-center to our national priorities. The lost decade of Barack Obama's presidency, with a backwards agenda and runaway government is over. The time to govern is now. Please know how committed I am fighting for you! See Its-Time-For-Tax-Reform-Here-Are-Six-Principles-For-Success Watch Rep-Schweikert-Optimistic-Says-Slowdown-Won-T-Happen
Congressman Paul Gosar after the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously passed legislation sponsored by the Congressman, H.R. 660 the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, during a legislative markup: “In the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, the president has made it clear that business as usual in Washington D.C. is over. No longer will the American people tolerate bloated government agencies that spend us into oblivion while dodging its moral responsibility to provide transparency. Time and time again, history has shown us that this lack of oversight has proven to be a recipe for rampant waste, fraud and abuse. Agencies, like BOR, wield an enormous amount of influence in managing the most important resource for Western states: water. Americans have a right to know if this agency is effectively utilizing our tax dollars in the most efficient way. My bipartisan bill will require a cost estimate and a detailed list of major repairs for BOR facilities and allow for meaningful steps to be taken to address the maintenance backlog. This transparency will ensure an abundant supply of clean water and power for future generations.” Full text of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act HERE.
Congressman Andy Biggs: “This week’s ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco proves yet again that President Trump’s immigration enforcement agenda is under assault by liberal, activist judges, who put their politics above national security interests. Many cities are in open contempt of U.S. law by refusing to cooperate with immigration enforcement laws. The safety and security of their citizens depend on those cities adhering to existing federal law, which is what President Trump’s executive order sought to accomplish. It is no surprise that this week's ruling originated within the boundaries of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – another example of ‘judicial shopping’ meant to undermine President Trump’s policies. Though I respect the balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, there is a clear attempt to wreak havoc on the President’s responsibility and efforts to protect Americans by concentrating these cases in specific jurisdictions. I firmly believe that both of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration vetting and sanctuary cities were rooted in a sincere desire to prioritize American security, based on historical precedent, and within his constitutional authority to execute. Moreover, these judicial antics continue to highlight the need for a new Twelfth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit Court is overburdened, far too often overturned, and does not reflect the values nor laws of states within its jurisdiction. I continue to fight for my legislation, H.R. 250, to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and I support President Trump’s efforts to contest this recent decision in federal court.”
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