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Long-time Arizona Balladeer Dolan Ellis (R) will perform a Springtime Concert at 7 pm., Sat., April 8 at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th St. in Phoenix. Ellis, an original member of The New Christy Minstrels” was the Off-Highway Vehicles Coordinator for AZ Game and Fish some 15 years ago. Employees loved it because he tried out his latest songs on them during their break time.
A Memorial Service is planned at 4 pm., Fri., April 7 in the Scottsdale United Methodist Church on Miller/Indian School Roads. for Activist Jan Sylvia who passed away on March 31 from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Jan 2, 2017. . In lieu of flowers, the family says JAN would say "ADOPT a rescue dog, or donate to the Arizona Human Society.” Cards can be mailed to her family at 8556 E Roma Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or call 480-0946-0975.
Ivanka Trump is gaining a growing role in her father's presidency, but on Wednesday, she ruled out running for her own seat in the Oval Office in 2024 during an interview on “CBS This Morning.” Read More Here
Attention, Women Shooters: If you’re new to the shotgun shooting sports, or just need a refresher, you’re invited to attend the Desert Roses women’s shotgun program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. There’s no better way for women 9 and older to learn about firearm safety and receive hands-on instruction shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays. For $10, a shooter can sign up for the final three sessions of the season – a single session at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, and a double session at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20. The fee includes use of a loaner shotgun, ammunition, eye and ear protection, targets and coaching by certified instructors. Desert Roses meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month from October through April. This is a seasonal program; sessions are not offered during the summer months. Contact Mark Williams at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (623) 434-8119.
Gabriela “Gabby" Saucedo Mercer will address the Western Pinal County Chapter of the Arizona Republican Assembly at 6:30 pm., Mon., April 10 at 408 N. Sacaton St. #2 in Casa Grande, AZ. Mercer was born and raised in Mexico, immigrated legally to the USA in 1986 and became a Naturalized Citizen on July 3, 1991. She left the work force in the Aerospace Industry in 1992 in order to raise her three children and continue her education. She has held positions of leadership within the Republican Party in Pima County and the state party – including past 2nd vice chairman and currently the AZGOP Secretary. In 2012 and again in 2014 she ran Congress against Raul Grijalva (D) in CD3. Gabby has been involved with the Republican Party in Pima County as well as the State Party. She has held several elected offices and currently serves as the AZ GOP Secretary. AZRA Meetings are Free, donations accepted. Contact: Nancy Hawkins at email@example.com
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: "The Democrats have put up the most obstructive path. We're looking at what they did with healthcare. They didn't come across to try to fix the problem that they created. Now you're seeing it with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. They're going to filibuster, for the first time, Democrats will filibuster a Supreme Court nominee." Click To Watch
LD26 PC Barbara Medal: I am wondering why our new county chairman failed to notify post or generally let all the Maricopa Precinct Committeemen know that an election was going to be held for the office of county Member at Large so that any PC so desiring could chose to put their hat in the ring??? We hear that our Party leaders are open, honest and transparent yet the PCs are the last to know anything. As the EGC actually stands for the Executive GUIDANCE Committee one wonders if the District Chairmen were advised and GUIDED to let their PCs know of the opportunity to run for a county office! My district Chairman certainly did not pass on any such information and isn’t that the job of our chairmen; all of which have been duly elected by the PCs to represent us - the PC who deserve much more information and accountability from the leadership that they put in place to LEAD? It was stated by one District Chair that he was too busy to read emails and send out any special notification that PCs need to know. Maybe too busy to be a chairman??? Fellow PCs we put them in office to represent us yet the need to know what they are doing seems to be just another way to control who gets to run and to keep the leaders in the ‘good ole boy’ club; we the peons just do what they tell us to do and when to do it. NOT what I signed on for, I represent the Republican voters and their best interest not the advancement of cronyism and control of the Party by a few. Time to stand up PCs; they forget who they represent -- it is us the PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN!
MCR Member at Large Wes Harris: Regarding Triston Manos' comments 4-5-17-briefs concerning the MCR EGC (we are no longer the MCRC) meeting last night I cannot let his comments go unchallenged because the election of MCR Member At Large held last night was anything but what Triston perceived. He must have been on the moon to not know about this special election to replace Mr. Tom Morrissey who moved out of Maricopa County and therefor resigned his position three months ago. The special election was to be held at last month MCR EGC meeting (which I believe Triston attended) but was postponed by Chairman Chris Herring in order to insure that every eligible member of the Maricopa County Republicans could and would be properly noticed of the opening. Notices were emailed and each LD Chair was instructed to inform their respective PCs of this election. If Triston wanted to be considered he was welcome to place his name in nomination from the floor as did Mr. Timothy Schwartz. Only two PCs actually contacted the Nominations Committee to place their names in nomination so the ballot was wide open for any PC that wished to be considered. Frankly, here of late the Briefs seems enamored with negative comments by a small group of disgruntled PCs who are apparently more interested in driving the GOP down than promoting our Republican Principals and getting out there and recruiting both Republican voters and Republican PCs. I think we need a moratorium on this pettiness with more emphasis on promoting our Conservative Principles offered to the Voters and getting more people to step up and get involved with Making America Great Again. Editor’s Note: Letters reflect the opinions of the PCs who write/sign them – “disgruntled” or pleased. Be assured Briefs is not “enamored” with some of their comments, but they have the same right to express their opinions that you do. – ft
MCR Chairman Chris Herring: Thank you Wes. I spoke at length with Tristan after the meeting last night. I explained to him that we do not have an email list for our PCs so I could not email all PCs directly so the Chairs were asked to notify PCs. To my understanding this has been the standard approach for these vacancies in the past as well. Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, when the LD Chairs don’t forward information to the Precinct Captains or PCs, the PCs remain in the dark. - ft
Mark Lewis, Director Central AZ Project: News of a Whitehouse supported Carbon Tax, is yet another attempt at fake news by WaPo and others to keep Trump off balance. A Carbon tax is wildly un popular with Reps. and Dems, but very popular with renewable energy companies and big utility companies looking to have tax payers subsidize their company. Obama was planning a massive carbon tax under the Clean Power plan and EPA rules that the Republicans in Congress and Whitehouse rescinded some parts of that tax last week. The best friend of the low cost energy sector is Rep. Paul Gosar and his leadership at the Western Caucus. His efforts to save mining jobs, and hydropower projects are the greatest thing to happen in 10 years.
Trump supports Hydropower in his latest statements Hydro a "great, great form of power"on Monday. The CAP Water System has options to make hydropower, that I support. Hydropower works at night and provides more than 8% of AZ clean power needs. (graphic below) America was built on Hydropower, Coal and Nuclear over the past 110 years in the west. Here is the current energy mix for AZ now, however our coal power is at risk.
Keep in mind when you drain the swamp the swamp is going to fight back. Call your congressman, and offer to help write letters, organize meetings and do research for them on swap draining projects. Fake News is everywhere, so do some research before you react to news items. You have to act now to save the Republic from fake news. Lewis is representing Maricopa County on the CAP Water board and not the view of the CAP BOD. See: White House Disavows Two Controversial Tax Ideas Hours After Officials Say They’re Under Consideration Trump-Hydro-A-Great-Great-Form-Of-Power Senate-Energy-Subcommittee-Approves-Several-Hydroelectric-Power-Related-Bills
Darcy Olsen, CEOGoldwater Institute: You might have heard about Juan Carlos Montesdeoca, targeted by Arizona bureaucrats for giving free haircuts to homeless people. Once homeless, Juan finished cosmetology school last year and decided to use his newly learned skills to give back to the community. But Juan received a warning from the Arizona Cosmetology Board to stop giving free haircuts immediately! The board threatened to never give Juan a license because of his good deed. Regulators routinely shut down businesses before they have a chance to start and routinely go after creative new businesses that don’t fit neatly into the current regulatory structure. We believe people should have the right to start businesses as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. Creativity and entrepreneurship go to the heart of the American Dream. That’s why we developed the Right to Earn a Living Act, or the “innocent until proven guilty” rule. This new law, signed today by Arizona Governor Ducey, protects the right of Americans to start new business ventures. Under the law, regulators can’t harass new startups or interfere with someone’s plans to launch a business and get to work unless they can prove that the entrepreneur’s activity is harmful. This means someone like Juan – could proceed with his work. Over the years, state courts have downgraded the right to earn a living to second-class status. The reform restores that right to an original position. Government still can issue regulations that promote public health and safety. But under the Right To Earn A Living Act, agencies must prove their rules actually protect the public from harm. With this reform, business owners are “innocent until proven guilty,” which is as American as it gets. We expect to see many more businesses open…and this is exactly how it should be! To learn more about the Right To Earn A Living Act, please visit here. We’re thrilled to have restored the American Dream in Arizona and will now move this idea across the country. See https://goldwaterinstitute.org/en/donate/.
AzCDL Update: Action request - SB 1344, the AzCDL-requested bill that would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by the employee or contractor, passed out of the House on Wednesday, April 5. From here it goes to the Governor who will have 5 days to make a decision. The time to contact the Governor is now! We have prepared an email for you to send to the Governor urging him to sign SB 1344 into law. You can send it as is or customize it with your remarks. Click here to send your email to Governor Ducey. We thank everyone who has been contacting their legislators. Your activism made this happen. These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization. AzCDL - Protecting Your Freedom
The Phoenix Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter will meet with with Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Paul Avelar, Senior Attorney - Institute for Justice April 18 at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix. Reception 5-6 pm with open bar and appetizers served. Discussion 6-8 pm, moderated by Paul Avelar with Q&A. This event will qualify for 1.5 HRS of CLE credit. Registration available online only. Click here to register
AZ Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas shared her concerns regarding the lack of important funding for statewide support of K-12 academic standards in the House of Representatives’ initial draft budget framework, which recently was made public. The Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) $1.1 million request to the Governor and Legislature for its K-12 Academic Standards Division, which was completely included in the Governor’s initial budget recommendation in January, would prevent the loss of up to 10 full-time employees who provide essential support and resources in the development, revision and implementation of the state’s academic standards. “It is important to remember that we ended up with Common Core because Arizona was not funding standards support and instead turned to the federal government for money several years ago,” said Douglas. “After finally replacing Common Core with standards that truly belong to Arizona, it would do our children a major disservice to let all of that progress fall by the wayside. We owe it to our students and our schools to fund our standards so that we finish what we started and complete the critical work that is yet to come.” The lack of funding would stop that process and prevent any updates to standards even with changes to requirements or research, and would eliminate the Department’s statewide, consistent system to deliver professional development and resources for standards to schools and teachers. At a minimum, the content areas impacted would include English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, STEM, world and native languages, health, physical education, and educational technology. The Department’s K-12 Standards Unit previously was federally financed through the Race to the Top grant, which has since been eliminated. ADE has attempted to identify alternative sources to support the unit’s work, but will be unable to fund the staff positions beyond this fiscal year.
The Maricopa County Republican’s Lincoln and Precinct Committeeman Recognition Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am, May 13 at Mountain Shadow Resort Center, 5445 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley AZ 85253 – featuring Gov Doug Ducey and AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines. PC tickets - $55. Non-PC tickets - $75. Table of 10- $750.Cash bar. Tickets online: www.MaricopaCountyGOP.org or make checks payable to MCRC and mail to 7949 E Chama Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Contact: 480-473-1881.
Gov Doug Ducey’s office is urging nonprofit organization that offer child abuse prevention programs to apply for funding through the Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Program. This specialty plate has been available for purchase from the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division since November of 1999. Currently there are more than 16,000 vehicles registered in the program. Plates are sold for $25 each, of which $8 is a special plate administration fee and $17 is a tax deductible annual donation. See application at: faith-and-community/grants. The grant application will remain open until April 20, 2017.
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The Colorado River Tea Party will have a booth at the Yuma County Fair instead of holding their regularly scheduled April 6 meeting. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mesa RepublicanWomen will meet at 11:30 am., Thur., April 6 at 1900 E. University Drive, Suite 11, Mesa 85213. (NW corner of University Drive/ Gilbert Road; Riviera Plaza). Christina Sandefur, Executive Vice President from the Goldwater Institute will present "Litigating for Liberty". RSVP required by Sun evening, April 2 to email@example.com or call (480) 615-0524. Lunch is $10 for members and $12 for visitors/guests. Upcoming meetings: May 4th: John Hook, Fox News; June 1st: Congressman Andy Biggs. Contact Prexy Sherry Pierce at (480) 615-0524 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will hear a message on border issues from Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels at 6:15 pm., Thurs., April 6 at Hilton Phoenix Suites 10 E. Central. $30 complete dinner. RSVP to email@example.com 5:30 social hour.
The Navajo County Republicans will meet at 6 pm., April 6 in the Frontier Conference Room, 550 N. 9th Place in Show Low. www.navajocountyazgop.org
Graham County Republicans will meet at noon, Fri., April 7 at the Manor House, 415 E U.S. Highway 70, Safford, AZ 85546 Speaker: Jeff Fleetham, Director of Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Lunch available for purchase. Chr John Duane Rhodes.
LD18 and the ARW will host a Tax Relief Beer, Wine and Soda Tasting event at 6:30 pm., April 7 at 4025 E Tamaya St. The top three winners of a home brew competition will receive awards. Tickets/details https://squareup.com/store/ld18-gop/ Contact: Chr Jennifer Szatkowski 602-281-0939 firstname.lastname@example.org
LD 11 Republicans will meet at 10 am., Sat., April 8 in the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr. Oro Valley, AZ 85737 Dave Erchull, Chairman
LD9 meets at 9:30 am., Sat., April 8 at the La Paloma Country Club, 3660 E. Sunrise Dr. Tucson, AZ 85718. Coffee/doughnuts at 9 am at the La Paloma Urgent Care, 4001 East Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718 Regularly meet the second Saturday of the month. Bradley C. Johns, Chairman
Judicial Watch’s Southwest Project Coordinator Mark Spencer, the top overall police recruit from the Phoenix Regional Police Academy in 1987, has joined the program agenda for the Sat., April 8 Paradise Republican Women’s Club meeting at the Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. Spencer is the chaplain for the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s and the Usual Suspects (retired police motorcycle club.) Tom Jenney, AFT AZ Director, who helped to reduce state income and property taxes, and helped lead the fight to pass Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act will address taxes. 9:30 am social, 10 am meeting, 11 am brunch. Tickets: $28 per Person. Click here to RSVP Online & Pay at the Door. Contact Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.
The Paradise Valley Republican Women will meet with Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity Director Tom Jenney to discuss Fair Tax vs Flat Tax and the impact of tax cut on business/trade at 10 am., Sat., April 8 at 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. 9:30 am social, 11 am brunch. $28 per person. RSVP Online & Pay at the Door.
LD30 will meet at 1 pm., Sat., April 8 at the 1st United Methodist Church, 7102 N. 58th Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301. Chr Brett Sexton email@example.com
Pima County District 4 Supervisor Steve Christy will kick off a community forum at 1:30 p.m. April 10, hosted by the Green Valley Council at West Center, 11111 S Green Valley Drive. A brief overview, annual report and a discussion about budgetary considerations will be followed by a question-answer session. Refreshments will be served. Read more
LD 19 Republicans meet at 7 pm., Mon., April 10 at Total Wine & More, 1416 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395. Contact: Chr George Ortiz firstname.lastname@example.org
The LD 29 Republican Committee will meet at 7 pm, Mon, April 10 at Genie G's restaurant, 7349 W Indian School Rd. Social time starts at 6:30. If you want to eat dinner, please arrive early so the meeting can begin at 7. Contact Chairman Alan Gaugert, email@example.com 623.330.3622.
Sun Lakes Republicans will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., April 11 in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S Sun Lakes Blvd in Sun Lakes to hear Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan address “Safeguarding Our State Elections.” Congressman Andy Biggs or his District Director Greg Safsten will give a national update and Rep Jeff Weninger will provide a state legislative update. Contact: Chairman Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178.
Congressman Andy Biggs will conduct a Town Hall meeting at 7 pm., Tues., April 11 at “Without Walls Church, 1303 W Lindsay Road in Mesa. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Due to limited space, only CD5 constituents will be accommodated. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, address, and email of each person attending.
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Sen John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on yesterday’s chemical attack in Syria: “Yesterday’s chemical attack against innocent men, women and children in Syria is just the latest evidence that the Obama Administration’s much-lauded agreement with Russia to eliminate the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpile was flawed and incomplete. As we once again bear witness to innocent people writhing on the ground and gasping for breath, we know Assad not only disregarded his chemical weapons commitments, but continues to carry on mass atrocities with impunity. Unless and until Assad pays a price for his brutality, the slaughter and destruction in Syria will go on. After six years of indecision and inaction, President Trump has been left with no easy options in Syria. Yet as difficult and complex as our challenges are, President Trump and his administration have an opportunity to finally change course and take action to address this strategic and humanitarian disaster, which has led to more than 400,000 Syrians killed and six million displaced. Seizing this opportunity will require answering some very difficult strategic questions. But until we do, the war, the terror, and the refugees will continue, and America’s national security interests will be placed at greater risk.”
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Phx City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: PHX loses $145 million on hotel - WITH YOUR MONEY: Money that should have gone for Police, Fire, Streets & Parks went to a City of Phoenix owned hotel worth about $145 million less today than it was when the politicians built it with your money. See Laurie Roberts: Phoenix Can't Even Unload Its Hotel For A Dead Loss?
- 2004: Phoenix paid $350 million to buy the downtown Sheraton hotel.
- Value Today: Less than $250 Million
- Projected Operating Losses: $45 Million
- Total Loss to Taxpayers: $145 Million
It's time for this fiscal nonsense to come to an end. Phoenix needs more police officers and our streets are crumbling. $145 million could have added hundreds of police and fixed our streets. And still politicians are not being held accountable for these horrible decisions.
I am supporting a legislative bill sponsored by Senator Warren Petersen that will stop cities from owning hotels, Senate Bill 1371. No surprise here that Phoenix politicians are fighting hard to stop this bill. Please help Senator Petersen help you by voicing your opinion. WPetersen@azleg.gov (602) 926-4136. Follow DiCiccio on Facebook and Twitter.
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