Thursday, May 4, 2017

5-4-17 Briefs

Former Sen Russell Pearce: Wimpy And Incompetent Congress, Promises Made, Promised Not Kept: Why are we surprised? Can’t repeal Obamacare as promised. Can’t defund Planned Parenthood as promised. Can’t defund the all of the PBS subsidies. No border wall. No penalty for cities and Sheriffs who refuse to enforce our laws. And now another Democrat budget by a Republican Congress. More money for corrupt baby killers Planned Parenthood, more money for the dangerous and stupid refugee program, more money for EPA and no money for the wall, clearly a wimpy and incompetent Congress. Liberals are still in charge. Congress should be defending Constitutional government, the Rule of Law, federalism, protecting innocent life, state’s rights, free speech, secure America, cutting spending and a pass a pro taxpayer budget. Get out of the business of stealing one’s property taxpayers earn and re-distributing it to those that did not earn it. It is called THEFT. Apparently it does not really matter who has the majority in Congress. While we have Paul (Rino) Ryan and others working behind the scenes with the open border Democrats against America and the Rule of Law it won’t happen. I am sick and tired of weak kneed politicians that refuse to keep their promises to the American people and to secure our borders, deport every single illegal alien in the U.S, control spending, defend the Rule of Law, State’s Rights, traditional marriage and families, defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and put Americans First. I will not vote for anyone who does not put America first, and fully support enforcement efforts. Illegal immigration is the #1 cost in lives, lost jobs, crime and all because of the illegal alien invasion. Continued at

Kevin McCarthy: US GOP Majority Leader: Don’t-Believe-Fear-Mongering-Plan-Pre-Existing-Conditions-Covered In an attempt to induce panic, Congressional Democrats—blindly echoed by some in the media—have begun to assert the false narrative that the American Health Care Act won’t cover people with pre-existing conditions. This is a completely dishonest distortion of the truth that is being used demagogically to defeat efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare not with arguments, but with fear. It is a clear and simple fact that Obamacare’s federal mandates are not the only way to cover people with pre-existing conditions. In fact, by forcing insurers out of the marketplace, Obamacare will de facto leave people with and without pre-existing conditions uncovered. After all, if nobody is left to sell insurance in the individual market, people won’t have insurance, no matter what the letter of the law says. The American Health Care Act will cover people with pre-existing conditions. Here’s how:

1. Competition and market forces will lower premiums, making health care easier for people to afford.

2. Those who still have trouble affording health care will receive refundable tax credits according to their need to help them purchase insurance.

3. Nobody will be charged higher premiums if they keep up their coverage.

4. Nobody can be denied coverage.

5. And for all the concern about states receiving waivers from Obamacare regulations, every state that makes that choice will receive hundreds of millions of dollars to fund high-risk pools that cover costs for those with pre-existing conditions—including $8 billion provided for in the Upton amendment, set aside to bring down premiums and out-of-pocket costs for the small group that could have fallen into the gap.

That isn’t just protection for people with pre-existing conditions—that’s a five-layer defense. To claim or imply that our plan doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions is a lie. The American Health Care Act will cover those with pre-existing conditions while decreasing the cost of health care overall and resurrecting an insurance marketplace that provides people choices they can afford. That’s much better than Obamacare’s dead-letter deal.

Editor’s Note: Bear with us folks – we are working on some cyber gremlins problems. Many of you have recently called or e-mailed wondering about the irregularity in Briefs posting/notifications. We are experiencing some technical difficulties that we hope to overcome soon. You can see the May 1 Briefs at 5-1-2017 Briefs archives , May 2 Briefs at 5-2-2017 Briefs archives and May 3 Briefs at 5-3-17-Briefs . Sorry for the inconvenience to our readers. – Editor Frosty Taylor

Robert Richards of Glendale: Today is National Day of Prayer. President Trump will sign an important directive promoting Religious Freedoms & should be commended for doing so.

The Arizona Republican Assemblies Western Pinal County Chapter will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., May 8 at the Central Event Hall, 408 N Sacaton St #2 (SE corner of W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St) in Casa Grande to hear Jim O’Connor, who will be running for AzRA state chairmanship to replace former AzRA chair Thayer Verschoor, who has taken a position with the Trump Team in Washington, DC. O’Connor has served as the AzRA chaplin since its formation in September 2014, is the former LD23 chair and ran for the AZGOP Chairmanship in January 2017.Contact Nancy Hawkins at

AZ Citizens Defense League: SB 1122, which prohibits the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearm), was signed by the Governor on May 1, 2017. We thank the over 2,000 AzCDL members and activists that contacted the Governor and urged him to sign this important legislation.  You made a difference! These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

Pima County Republicans are planning a “Vote No on Prop 101 Sign Wave” at 4:30 pm., Thurs., May 4 in Udall Park (SE corner of Tanque Verde & Sabino Canyon.) Park between the recreation center and Tanque Verde, under the solar panels. Vote No signs will be provided. Participants are asked to bring Trump support signs, posts, American flags, plenty of water, sunscreen and wear MAGA hats! Contact:

The White House insisted Tuesday that the $1 trillion spending bill includes money for 40 miles of border fencing, as President Trump sought to shore up Republican voters by saying the deal also lays the groundwork for rebuilding the military. white-house-spending-deal-has-border-wall-money

President Trump touted the victories he said Republicans secured with a spending deal struck in Congress this week, noting Tuesday that the legislation included increased funding for the military and for border security. trump-spending-deal-is-a-clear-win

The House Voted Overwhelmingly Wednesday To Approve A $1.1 Trillion Government Funding Bill That Keep Agencies Operating Through The End Of September. The vote was 309 to 118. The Senate is expected to clear it Thursday and send to President Donald Trump for his anticipated signature before Friday's deadline when the government would run out of money.

President Donald Trump Supporters are invited to join the Mobilization of Conservatives (MOC) between 1-2 pm., Tues., May 9 at the southeast corner  of Cortez and Gurley Streets on the Courthouse Square in Prescott. This is to counter the “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

170503-0740 - AZRRT REPORT –TENTATIVE BUDGET AGREEMENT: Is it a good budget? You decide, but it makes no difference. Citizen input in the budget process is negligible at best. Anyway, the budget is only a fraction of what it takes to run the state. The rest comes from the federal government, over which we have even less control. For a summary of what is being considered, go to tentative-budget-agreement-reached-in-pictures E-MAIL

Arizona Game & Fish is offering $5 off the price of an Arizona general fishing license purchased online anytime between May 3- 7. An Arizona resident license will cost $32 and a nonresident license will be $50. Your license is valid for one year from the day you purchase it. Youth combo fishing/hunting licenses are only $5 for youth ages 10–17. Fun for the whole family! This promotion ends Sun, May 7, 2017, and is valid only for general fishing licenses purchased online. inco de Mayo is approaching, and what better way to celebrate than to catch fresh fish and make some delicious fish tacos or even some spice-rubbed catfish. See recipes for fish tacos or spice-rubbed catfish. Purchase your license.

Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate or Representatives Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable. Arizona delegation phone numbers:

Senator John McCain (R- AZ)



Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ)



Rep Tom O’Halleran (D1)



Rep Martha McSally (R2)



Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3)



Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4)



Rep Andy Biggs (R5)



Rep David Schweikert (R6)



Rep Reuben Gallego (D7)



Rep Trent Franks (R8)



Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9)





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

National Day of Prayer is scheduled Thurs., May 4. Visit to find an event in your area and to learn more about National Day of Prayer.

The Navajo County Republican Committee (NCRC) will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., May 4 at the American Legion, 510 S. 2nd West, Snowflake, Arizona 85937. Agenda: Vetting candidate committee, voter registration drive, Verde Valley Against Human Sex Trafficking Coalition info., Voting Statistics for the last 4 county elections etc. Contact: 1st VC NCRC Karen M MacKean

“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

Pima County Republicans are planning a “Vote No on Prop 101 Sign Wave” at 4:30 pm., Thurs., May 4 in Udall Park (SE corner of Tanque Verde & Sabino Canyon.) Park between the recreation center and Tanque Verde, under the solar panels. Vote No signs will be provided. Participants are asked to bring Trump support signs, posts, American flags, plenty of water, sunscreen and wear MAGA hats! Contact:


The AZ Young Republicans Spring Dinner meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm., May 6 at the Las Sendas Golf Course with AZ Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard, Majority Whip Kelly Townsend, LD28 Senate candidate Frank Schmuck and Rep David Stringer. Cash bar. Tickets – YR members - $15, State Rep - $25 and YR Supporter – $50. RSVP by Wed., May 3 to arizona-yr-spring-meeting

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 to 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.

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. All Republicans in Sun City West, Sun City, and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chairlady, 623-214-8010


The Arizona Republican Assemblies Western Pinal County Chapter will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., May 8 at the Central Event Hall, 408 N Sacaton St #2 (SE corner of W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St) in Casa Grande to hear Jim O’Connor, who will be running for AzRA state chairmanship to replace former AzRA chair Thayer Verschoor, who has taken a position with the Trump Team in Washington, DC. O’Connor has served as the AzRA chaplin since its formation in September 2014, is the former LD23 chair and ran for the AZGOP Chairmanship in January 2017.Contact Nancy Hawkins at Please RSVP by clicking here

May 10

Arrowhead Republican Women will watch Az/NFRW leader Jan Hermsmeyer portray Abigail Adams at the Wed., May 10 ARW Americanism program at the Briarwood Country Club 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. Registration begins at 10:45am, meeting starts promptly at 11:30am. $20 payable at the door includes lunch, program, and meeting which often includes local politicians sharing current news. Reservations are require by May 7 or by contact Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224. Hermsmeyer’s theatrical presentation covers the time of the Continental Congress and the writing of the Declaration of Independence.


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Congresswoman Martha McSally attended the Commander-in-Chief Trophy Celebration in the Rose Garden yesterday. Each year, the President awards the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the season's winner of the American college football series among the teams of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy. The Air Force Falcons defeated the Army and Navy teams last season, as well as in 2016. Prior to the past two years, they last won the trophy in 2002. “As the only member of Congress to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, I was honored to be in the Rose Garden today to help present Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Falcons. I also appreciate the President’s acknowledgement of my tireless efforts to save the A-10,” said McSally, former Air Force A-10 squadron commander. During the speech, President Trump recognized Rep. McSally’s work to defend the A-10 and her own service in the Air Force. Clip of President Trump recognizing Rep. McSally (CLICK HERE to download, click image to watch on YouTube)

Congressman Andy Biggs voted NO on H.R. 244 – Consolidated Appropriations Act. Biggs released statement: “For the first time in 10 years, Republicans are in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House. We should be optimistic about moving a conservative agenda forward, but we have failed to keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and have followed that up by surrendering to the demands of the Democrats by producing a bill that spends over $1.1 trillion to fund government. While the United States is nearly $20 trillion in debt, I am flabbergasted that the Republican Party would promote a bill that does nothing to address out-of-control spending or deficit reduction. As we tackle a number of major issues in the 115th Congress, I hope the capitulation on this bill is not a foreboding sign that Congress will be willing to cave, compromise, or kick the can down the road in every case. I will continue to fight to uphold the commitments I made to my constituents.” Biggs-On -Consolidated-Appropriations-Act

Sen John McCain on the passing of Lt. Col. Leo Thorsness: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend and fellow POW, Lt. Col. Leo Thorsness. One of the greatest honors of my life was serving with Leo, a man whose service exemplified selfless duty and devotion to others. Leo earned the Medal of Honor for his heroism in a daring combat mission in North Vietnam in 1967 when he flew directly into hostile territory on dangerously low fuel in an attempt to rescue his comrades who had been downed in an attack. Just two weeks after that courageous mission, Leo’s aircraft was shot down and he was taken captive by North Vietnamese soldiers. Leo would spend the next six years imprisoned, including a full year in solitary confinement, and endure unspeakable pain and suffering because of his steadfast adherence to our code of conduct. But Leo never let this experience break his spirit, and inspired the rest of us with his patriotism, perseverance, and hope that we would someday be free. After returning home, Leo continued to live a selfless life of service – as a volunteer, state senator, and public speaker with a simple message: ‘Do what’s right—help others.’ I am forever grateful for Leo’s generosity, friendship and example, and along with Cindy, send my heartfelt condolences to Leo’s wife Gaylee and their entire family as we bid farewell to a genuine American hero.”

Congresswoman Martha McSally’s legislation to address staffing shortages along the border today passed the Committee on Homeland Security. The legislation is McSally’s fifth bill related to national or border security to be favorably reported from the committee since January. “All of the technology and infrastructure deployed along the southern border is useless if we do not have a well-trained agent or officer present to make an arrest, interdict a drug load, screen cargo from a country of concern or speed legitimate transit through a port of entry,” said McSally, Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “My commonsense, bipartisan bill expedites the hiring process for certain, well qualified applicants who have already proved themselves trustworthy in the military and in law enforcement — boosting our national security with trained manpower and bringing good jobs to our local economy. I’m pleased to see this bill move out of committee and I’ll continue working to bring it up for a vote by the full House.” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is critically understaffed and well below its congressionally mandated staffing levels by more than 1,000 Officers and 1,800 Border Patrol Agents. The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 will allow CBP to alleviate the immediate staffing shortage along the border by quickly, yet judiciously, hiring CBP officers and Border Patrol agents from a pool of applicants that already maintain the public’s trust and put their lives on the line for our security and safety on a daily basis. It carves our three narrowly tailored exemptions for state and local law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination, Federal law enforcement officers who have already passed a stringent background investigation, and veterans with at least three consecutive years in the military who have held a clearance and passed a background investigation. McSally has made establishing a better, more effective border strategy a top priority. This measure builds on Rep. McSally’s previous work to provide necessary resources to secure the border, including legislation to conduct a full assessment of border threats, and  her first bill signed into law, the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, to fill the vacancies at our ports of entry with qualified, trained service members. Full bill text HERE.

Legislation Introduced By Senator John McCain aimed at combating veteran suicide: The Veterans Overmedication Prevention Act would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent expert study on the deaths of all veterans being treated at the VA who died by suicide or from a drug overdose in the last five years. This review would ensure that the VA has accurate information about the relationship between veteran suicides and prescription medication. Additionally, this legislation would direct the VA to perform a more comprehensive review of its behavioral health workforce with a focus on mental health counselors in an effort to address workforce shortages. These professionals will increase access to services and help reduce the incidence of suicide. An average of 20 veterans a day die from suicide, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults. Since 2001, the rate of veteran suicide has increased by 32 percent. After controlling for age and gender, this makes the risk of suicide 21 percent higher for veterans than the average U.S. adult. Since 2001, there has been a 259 percent increase in narcotics prescriptions. In the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33 percent higher rate than the rest of the population. Veterans can “double dip” on prescription drugs by filling at the VA and in the community. Although the VA has established State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, there is no real enforcement. “The tragedy of 20 veterans a day dying from suicide is a national scandal,” said McCain.

Senator John McCain: “JFK delivered many memorable speeches during his life… But the address that meant the most to me was one I listened to as a young naval officer in 1962, just a few days after my ship, the USS Enterprise, returned to Oceana Naval Air Station from deployment. In a calm, firm voice, the President described the threat and outlined his response: ‘First: . . . a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba is being initiated. All ships of any kind bound for Cuba from whatever port will, if found to contain cargoes of offensive weapons, will be turned back.’… Who knows if I was as ready to pay that price as I believed I was. But more than a half century later, I can still feel the thrill of believing I might have to, and the pride of thinking that I was among a select number whom the glamorous, inspiring American leader was counting on to execute his decision. He was gone a year later. But I have felt a connection to him and to that address ever since. He was the man who issued my personal summons to history, and who seemed in that moment to be the very best man for the job.” –Opening of New Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibit Celebrating President John F. Kennedy’s Centennial .

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