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Friday, May 5, 2017

5-5-17 Briefs

Many Of You Have Called or e-mailed wondering about the irregularity in Briefs posting/notifications. Bear with us folks – we are working on some cyber gremlins challenges. 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 and May 4 at 5-4-17-Briefs . Sorry for the inconvenience. – Editor Frosty Taylor

Washington Insiders say the scare tactic story Under-The-GOP’s-Health-Plan-Sexual-Assault-Would-Be-Considered-A-Preexisting-Condition that has been floating around is false. Congressman Trent Franks long-time Arizona assistance Shari Farrington told Briefs yesterday, “There’s so much “fake news” going around - we have young mothers calling here in tears because they are so scared for their children.  Please relay the message that pre-existing conditions are covered, the premiums are not going to be unaffordable and the Republicans are really not pushing little old grannies over the cliffs...!!”

PC Art Olivas: I have been saying this for years. Nobody has paid attention to me! Maybe, just maybe, you will pay attention to Sen. Russell Pearce’s Wimpy-And-Incompetent…Promised-Not-Kept I will not be holding my breath. Arizona Republican state run by Democrats and John McCain's RINOs!! - Arthur Olivas Jr. I say what I mean and I mean what I say!!!   

The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Ave in Phoenix is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration between 6:30-10 pm., Fri., May 5. Contact 602-258-0109 or info@azirish.org

The Sun City West Republican Club will be raffling a large wine basket (worth more than $100) at 8:30 am., Sat., May 6 in the Quail Room, SCW Foundation Bldg, according to President Jan Martinson. Coffee/donuts at 8 am., A $2 donation helps defray room rental costs.  Contact: www.GOP.scwclubs.com

Yesterday, Arizona Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard saluted LD23 Rep Michelle Ugenti-Rita and LD21 Rep Tony Rivero for fighting to increase the personal exemption by $100 over the next two years, at which point it will be indexed for inflation each year. Arizona taxpayers can currently claim personal exemptions of $2100 for individuals, $4200 for married couples, or $6300 for married couples with at least one dependent.  Increasing the exemption positively affects every Arizona household.  “Reps. Ugenti-Rita and Rivero led a significant portion of our caucus who wanted to see the personal exemption increased,”said Mesnard.  “Thanks to their advocacy, Arizona taxpayers will get to keep more of what they earn. This increase in the personal exemption will benefit every taxpayer in Arizona,” said Ugenti-Rita.  “Taxpayers ought to be able to keep more of their hard-earned money, and I’m proud to have fought for this important provision in the budget.”  Rivero said, “An increase in the personal exemption, as well as automatic inflationary increases in the future, is a big victory for taxpayers. By increasing the amount of the Arizona individual income tax exemption, we help hard-working Arizonans.  This increase in the exemption amount helps working-class Arizonans who earn wages and pay taxes.  These are people who work hard but don’t earn the kind of money that allows them to
take advantage of the special tax breaks high-income folks get when they itemize their tax deductions.  In short, by providing this change to our tax laws, we are giving a tax cut to hard-working families who most need the help.”  HB 2528, sponsored by Mesnard and a top priority for Governor Ducey, unanimously passed the House earlier this session.  In addition to phasing out unused tax exemptions, the bill will provide for inflationary increases to the personal exemption. 

AZ Citizens Defense League Action Alert: There are two pro-rights firearms bills remaining this session, HB 2287 and SB 1159.  Both were blocked by the Legislative Leadership shortly after Americans for Responsible Solutions visited Arizona bragging about a war chest of $15 Million to spend on legislators supporting their anti-rights agenda.  Coincidence?...
HB 2287 passed out of the House, followed by a "Do Pass" recommendation from the Senate Government committee, then Senate President Steve Yarbrough suddenly declared that "The Senate is not going to consider this bill.  The bill now sits in the Senate Rules Committee that he chairs. HB 2287 would amend "Shannon's Law" that was passed 17 years ago after the tragic death of a teenager killed by celebratory gunfire.  The stated purpose of the law was to punish people who recklessly fired their guns in the air without considering the consequences of their actions.  Unfortunately the requirement for a conviction under Shannon's Law is the low standard of "criminal negligence" which allows prosecutors to categorize virtually every firearms discharge as a Class 6 felony unless specifically exempted by the statute itself.  This includes accidental or negligent discharges, as well as simply shooting at a target in the desert on the wrong side of the "city limits" line. HB 2287 would change the requirement to "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" discharging a firearm, in keeping with the original intent of the law.
SB 1159 cleared the Senate and was followed by a "Do Pass" recommendation from the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee.  The bill is now sitting in the House Rules committee which, apparently at the behest of the House Leadership, will not schedule SB 1159 for a review. SB 1159 protects property owners from liability if they respect people's fundamental right of self-defense.  Under current law, property owners who prevent people from lawfully exercising their right to keep and bear arms face possible lawsuits for their dangerous and potentially negligent attempt to deny a person's civil rights should they become a victim of an attack while on the property.  That will remain true if this bill passes.  However, if a property owner does not prevent people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms; this bill would protect the property owner from being held liable for other people misusing firearms on their property, unless the property owner was grossly negligent or intended to cause harm.
The Leadership in both chambers needs to realize that they shouldn't be able to pull these kinds of stunts without consequences.  send email on HB 2287 to the Senate Leadership.
email on SB 1159 to the House Leadership. Contact Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, admitted this week there has yet to be concrete evidence presented that demonstrates a direct link between Russia and President Donald Trump. Read More Here

Self-Professed Nazi War Criminal George Soros continues to go free while radicalizing American politics and society, but not for long. The strategy to take him down is by first openly identifying the organizations he owns and funds. And here they are, finally, out in the open, more than 200 of them he created to sabotage the United States... Revealed-Hundreds-Of-George-Soros-Owned-Organizations

Goldwater Institute CEO Darcy Olsen: One of the most successful freedom-protecting policies we have ever crafted and advanced at the Goldwater Institute is our “Right to Try” policy. So far 34 states have adopted these laws to allow terminal patients to try promising treatments that are being safely used in clinical trials. Federal legislation to protect these state-passed laws is also pending in the U.S. House and Senate. After three years in the trenches fighting for these laws and for the rights of patients, we’ve realized the federal legislation is a key building block to making these laws successful. That’s why I am reaching out to you today. I want to introduce you to my friend, Matt Bellina, a former Navy fighter pilot who has ALS. Matt’s wife Caitlin just had their third baby and we want Matt to live long enough to watch his children grow up. ALS is 100% fatal and there are no treatments on the market today. But there are several in clinical trials—we want Matt and the thousands of patients suffering from ALS to have access to these treatments before it’s too late for them. Will you take a few minutes to watch Matt’s story and learn why Right to Try is so important to us? right to try

Pima County Republicans have scheduled a “Vote No on Prop 101 Sign Wave” at 4:30 pm, Thurs., May 11 at Campbell Fair Shopping Center, (SW corner of Ft Lowell and Campbell). 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: Pimacountyteapartypatriots@gmail.com

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 immediate past LD23 chair and ran for the AZGOP Chairmanship in January 2017.Contact Nancy Hawkins at nancydist3@gmail.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, MAY 6

The AZ Young Republicans Spring Dinner 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 SCWRepublicans.com

MAY 8

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 AzRA State chairman candidate Jim O’Connor. 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 nancydist3@gmail.com Please RSVP by clicking here

MAY 9

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 MOC1776@GMAIL.com

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  www.arrowheadrw.weebly.com 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.

MAY 13

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. Tickets – sold out.

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.

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS/ACTION

(300 word limit. If statements exceed the limit, it will be edited)

Congressman Trent Franks commends House passage of the American Health Care Act: “The federal government is not known for its ability to keep entitlement spending under control. Obamacare has been the perfect example of what health care looks like in the hands of an unimaginably large bureaucracy. Premium cost hikes have crippled American families, Medicaid is failing those most in need, and regulation is stifling innovation.Passing the American Health Care Act is the start of our promise to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. The AHCA moves us closer to a patient-centered system that meets the needs of more Americans better than under Obamacare. People with pre-existing conditions will be protected while allowing States greater flexibility to lower premiums and stabilize the insurance market. I was pleased to vote in favor of this landmark bill.”

Congressman Paul Gosar voted in favor of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House by a vote of 217-213:  “As a dentist impersonating a politician, I am going to tell Arizonans the truth about the updated version of the AHCA: This bill is NOT a full repeal, I repeat NOT a full repeal of Obamacare. However, after working alongside my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus, we have been able to secure Conservative, time-tested changes to the original version of the AHCA. These changes will immediately eliminate Obamacare taxes, lower health insurance premiums, offer more choices for Arizonans and begins the process of rebuilding a patient-centered market. Millions of Americans are drowning right now under the tidal wave of Obamacare regulations and mandates that have destroyed our entire healthcare system. The American Health Care Act is a life raft to those suffering and represents a down payment towards a true market-based solution. Additionally, the AHCA preserves protections for all Americans with pre-existing conditions and gives states the control needed to lower premiums, provide increased patient-centered choices and stabilize the insurance market. Combined with my bipartisan legislation, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, which passed the House by a vote of 416-7, the AHCA takes the necessary first step to rebuilding America’s health insurance market. While I will never stop fighting for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the revised AHCA finally opens the door to free-market solutions that empowers states and individuals to have more control over health care decisions.”   See Courtesy of the House Republican Conference )

Congressman Andy Biggs: “Over the past seven years, House Republicans have argued that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is unconstitutional and should be fully repealed. Unfortunately, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) leaves the basic framework of Obamacare in place and continues to commit Republicans to an ill-considered, ill-defined, and an almost certainly ill-fated three-stage plan to completely repeal Obamacare at an unspecified later date. Even worse, I have seen no compelling evidence that the AHCA will offer substantive relief to Arizona families who have been crushed by devastatingly high health insurance premiums. For these reasons, and because I promised my constituents a full repeal, I voted “no” on this legislation. Some of my colleagues claim that by passing the AHCA we are eliminating hundreds of billions of dollars in Obamacare taxes. There is some truth to this argument. But the AHCA does not do anything to eliminate the costly ACA subsidies already in place, and it continues the dangerous precedent established by the ACA of granting the federal government the power to regulate our nation’s healthcare system. I did not come to Washington to give unelected bureaucrats the authority to dictate health insurance options to me, my family, or the residents of the East Valley. This is not a fight I am prepared to surrender. “I submitted two amendments that would have vastly improved the AHCA. One of these amendments would have allowed individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines; the other would have allowed states to opt out of any or all provisions of the ACA or AHCA without prior Department of Health and Human Services waiver approval. Those amendments, which were drafted in good faith and would have brought the AHCA far closer to the goal of full repeal, were not included in the final version of the AHCA. Although I could not vote for the AHCA because of the promises I made to my constituents, I appreciate the good faith and tireless efforts of many of my colleagues. The House Freedom Caucus dramatically improved the AHCA through their negotiations, and I specifically applaud the work of Congressman David Schweikert, whose high-risk pool amendment was included in the final bill, and Congresswoman Martha McSally, who championed a separate bill to ensure that Members of Congress and their staff are not exempted from the laws we pass.

Sen John McCain: “I feel compelled to remind my colleagues of what’s at stake because of our failure – our failure right here – to provide them the resources and equipment they need and deserve…and it’s placing their lives at greater risk. That is not my opinion, that is the opinion of the uniformed leaders of our country who have stated time after time that because of our sequestration – our mindless, meat-axe – that we are putting the lives of the men and women who are serving our nation in uniform at greater risk. Don’t we have an obligation to try to stop that? We’re about to vote on yet another ‘omnibus’ appropriations bill. It’s well over a thousand pages…without a single amendment… Is there any member of the United States Senate that has read this? Is there any member that has read this bill of over a trillion dollars that we are about to vote on – and many of us are going to be compelled to vote for it because we don’t want to shut down the government again?... is it any wonder that the American people are fed up with this way of doing business? To give our men and women in uniform a budget that will allow them to rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century, Congress must change the Budget Control Act, and the only way to do that is with a bipartisan budget agreement. But as we stand here, there is no serious conversation that I am aware of in this body, or anywhere else in Washington, about what the agreement would look like and how it would be achieved. The next four years can’t be like the last four years. We must find a way to provide the military with the resources they need and deserve to perform the missions that we have assigned them. We must provide them with timely authorization and appropriations bills. We must provide them something they haven’t had for years—certainty—so they can properly plan and efficiently use taxpayer dollars to defend the nation.” – SASC Chairman John McCain Speaking on Senate Floor yesterday.

News Links

· House GOP Passes Bill To 'Repeal And Replace' Obamacare

· Biggs Among 20-Republicans-Who-Voted-Against-Obamacare-Repeal

· Arizona-House-OKs-University-Bonding-Senate-Up-Next

· Arizona-Lawmakers-Vote-Strip-Gang-Enforcement-Funding-Maricopa-County-Sheriffs-Office

· Sen-John-McCain: Army-Secretary-Nominees-Past-Comments-Very-Concerning

· Arizonas-Tech-Sector-Taking-Steps-To-Rise-To-Prominence

· Daca Teachers, Used To Comforting, Find Themselves In Need Of Comfort

· Watch: Hannity Discusses FBI Director's Testimony To Congress

· Sanctuary-Cities-Or-Sanctuaries-For-Criminals

· Northern Arizona U. Prof. Heather Martel Orders Student To Stop Reading Bible Before Class

· Soliciting Ordinance Quiets Tombstone’s Hawkers

· 4 Tempe Officers Shot At During Investigation In Phoenix

· Deportation-Fears-Fuel-Protest-Over-Police-Officers-At-Schools

· First Two ADOT I-11 Public Meetings

· South Mountain Freeway Bridge Walls Taking Shape At Future Interchange

· Flake Presses 9th Circuit On Court’s Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Efforts Against Split Legislation

· Agents Find 1,100 Lbs. Of Marijuana Near Sonoita Hiking Trail

· Gin Recalled For Having Too Much Alcohol

· Petition: Demand Congress And Trump Designate The Muslim Brotherhood As A Terrorist Group

· Liberals Try To Take Credit For New Border Wall Construction

· CBP Agents Stop Truck Hauling 2,000 Lbs. Of Marijuana Near Elgin

· Faux Outrage And Melodrama Over Comey's Pre-Election Letter

· NAFTA’s Impact: Real Or Imagined, Trump Campaigned On Promise To Renegotiate It, Bring Work Back To U.S.

· Desert Communities And The Search For Hidden Water

· Airport Operations Center Open For Business And Earns Leed Silver

· GOP Leadership Facing Growing Criticism From Conservatives

· How Long Will The GOP Obstruct The Trump Agenda

· YCSO Search & Rescue Volunteers Kept Busy

· Tucker Debates Deranged Illegal Immigrant CEO: “I’m Here Illegally But I’m Not Illegal”

· Startups Can Choose New Option For Claiming Research Credit

· Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Hires Investigators To Examine Special Education

· Flint Threatens To Kick 8,000 Families Out Of Their Homes If They Don’t Pay For Poison Water

SEEING RED AZ

· MC Recorder Fontes Compares Voter Verification To Slavery

· VP-Pence-Calls-Limbaugh’s-Show-To-Defend-Budget-Deal

· Jeff Flake Impersonates A Republican As Reelection Nears

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Report: Shutdown Averted – Spending Deal Reached – $1.070 Trillion…But...

· Stethoscope

· The Republican Will Of Victory Is Gone

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Kushner Left A Lot Off Of His Financial Disclosure ...

· Five-Billion-Dollar-Bank-Failure-First…

RUSSELL PEARCE

· Wimpy-And-Incompetent-Congress, Promises-Made-Promised-Not-Kept

FROSTY WOOLDRIDGE

· What-Happens-When-More-Immigrants-Live-On-Welfare-Than-We-Can-Afford

WHITE HOUSE/PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

· NAFTA’s impact: Real or imagined, Trump campaigned on promise to renegotiate it, bring work back to U.S.

· Trump Slams Susan Rice for Refusing to Testify Over 'Unmasking'

· Top Republican Senator To Trump: Don’t talk to ‘Whack Job’ Kim Jong-un [VIDEO]

· Trump Speech At 75th Anniversary Of Battle Of The Coral Sea

BARACK OBAMA

· Former Obama Aide Declines to Testify in Russian Election Probe

· WATCH: Obama Officially Meddles in French Election

MILITARY/VETERANS

· VA Forces Terminally Ill Veteran To Move To Another State For Life-Saving Surgery

BILL, HILLARY AND CHELSEA

· Axelrod: Comey 'Didn't Tell Hillary Clinton Not To Campaign In Wisconsin'

· More Huma Abedin Emails Reveal More Than 2 Dozen Previously Undisclosed Clinton Emails Containing Classified Info

· Hillary Clinton Says She Takes “Personal Responsibility” For Election Loss… But It Was Comey And Putin’s Fault!

DEMS/LIBERALS

· DNC Just Admitted They Had the Legal Right to Rig the 2016 Primaries

· Elizabeth Warren begins Her Presidential Campaign with Criticism of Obama

WAR AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT/RESPONDERS

· Chicago Gangs Assaulting Police With AR-15 Rifles Despite Gun Ban

CONGRESS

· Cruz-Destroys-Comey’s-Defense-Of Huma-Abedin

INTERNATIONAL

· Prince Philip Will Step Back From Royal Duties, Buckingham Palace Says

· North Korea Threatens China With 'Grave Consequences' For Working With US

· Russia’s Hacking, Disinformation Efforts Aim To Influence German, French Elections

· North Korean ‘Ghost Ships’ With Decomposing Corpses Wash Up In Japan [VIDEO]