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Worlds-Largest-Air-Tanker-On-The-Sidelines-As-AZ-Fires-Burn It's the largest firefighting air tanker in the world. Stationed in southern Arizona, the converted Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet can drop nearly twice the payload of its competitors. But it won't be fighting the fires now burning near Prescott. The owner of the massive plane says it's ready to go, but government bureaucracy is keeping his plane on the ground. "The process that you go through with the Forest Service is not one that gets finished in a hurry," said James Wheeler…
Goodwin-Fire-Now-21000-Acres; 1000-Personnel-Battling-Blaze The wildfire sparked Saturday in the Prescott National Forest, originating in the Pine Flat area. See Arizona Wildfire Forces Thousands Of People From Their Homes The fire is burning in chaparral and ponderosa pine, which officials say "is conducive to extreme erratic fire behavior." Wednesday Media briefings: Goodwin Fire- PART 1 and Goodwin Fire- PART 2
Tuesday evening we stood on the back patio and watched huge plumes of smoke rolling upward from Goodwin fire. Contrary to fire pipeline scuttlebutt that political activist Sue Goodchild was evacuated yesterday, she was not evacuated. In fact, she is in her kitchen cooking up a storm this morning for a meeting she is catering today. Reports that Arizona’s RNC Committeewoman Lori Klein-Corbin’s cabin went up in smoke remain unconfirmed at post time. Some Yavapai County contacts told Briefs that they had put everything they could into their campers in preparation to evacuate. Reports came in that those who couldn’t get their horses/cattle out in time, have tied their phone numbers to their animals and turned them loose in hopes those who might find them can phone them after the fire is over. One fellow was badly in need of horse trailers to remove 50 sheep. Dave Hunt, a retired Game and Fish pilot, happens to be one of the pilots flying the Goodwin fire. So far, the annual Fourth of July Prescott rodeo is still on. - ft
For Eight Years We Heard how the Republican Congressional Delegations would repeal ObamaCare and provide a better plan. Instead of preparing that “better” plan well in advance – waffling, whimpy Mitch McConnell developed a plan behind closed doors that turned out to be less than satisfactory when it surfaced a few days ago. Now the bumbling ole pol is scrambling around trying to come up with a revised plan because he doesn’t have the votes to pass his backfiring plan. Yup, it’s time to drain the swamp of the career pols. The Dems may love him, but he’s an embarrassment to the GOP. –ft
Bruce Piepho, Cochise county State Committee/PC: LD20 PC and State Committeeman Marianne Ferrari asked: As treasurer, why would Jonathan Lines fail to call for the 2016 audit prior to the Statutory Meeting, as bylaws require? 6-26-17 Briefs My answer: Probably because the books were under the control of AZGOP Chair Robert Graham. Before the January 2017 election, Jonathan Lines, AZGOP Treasurer and AZGOP Chair candidate and I discussed on the phone an audit of the AZGOP accounting records. I asked if it was being done by a CPA firm. He said yes actually two audits were to take place or will be soon. One was an internal review and the other by a CPA firm. I asked for the name of the CPA firm but Lines could not remember the name. Was he just Treasurer-in-Name-Only? Probably. If Lines took his oath of office, but never actually served as treasurer, would that not be another breach of the bylaws? YES. A big thank you to Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl 6-28-17-briefs: And, the beat goes on. As Lolly Hathhorn ask, “Where are all of the other County Chairmen? 6-27-17-briefs I have looked up the link provided by Jim and will ask that very question.
Yuma PC Connie Uribe: Last evening was the first meeting of the Yuma County Republican Committee under newly-elected Chairman Russ Jones. There was a lack of the new PCs appointed at the last meeting. Jones reminded us of Reagan's 11th Commandment -- speak not ill of another Republican. Jones offered PC applications for appointments explaining we had 77 PCs. I reminded him Paul Brierley announced at the meeting last month we had 95 PCs -- 51 on record and 44 harvested for the election. I inquired as to what happened to the others. Jones questioned how many voted in last month’s election; and a voice from the back said, "78!" I said there is no way every PC voted in that election, pointing out the difference between his number and the number that voted. He said he'd check into the discrepancy. Later he remarked that Paul Brierley is working on the state bylaws and after they are completed, we need to tackle our local bylaws. I told Jones a committee was formed months ago and it has been working on our bylaws. Jones remarked he wasn't aware of that and I said, "That's because you haven't been around." Talk about touching a nerve! Jones spun around and said, "Oh, you don't need to make a snide remark like that!" I replied with, "All I'm saying is Jonathan or Paul or Nathaniel should have explained this to you if you've been in touch with them." Then a voice from the back of the room (someone who hasn't been around for some time,) shouted for me to shut up. Jones had no response to his loud outburst. This is the third time we've seen Jones at a local GOP meeting since he lost his legislative position to Darin Mitchell three election cycles ago after which Jones sued Mitchell and lost. Editor’s Note: Uribe’s commentary was condensed to conform with the Briefs 300 word limit policy. – ft
Clint Hickman, District 4 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Need a nature fix? Join a guided Bird Walk On Saturday, July 1 at 7:15 am at the Hassayampa River Preserve, of which a portion now officially belongs to Maricopa County. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has assumed day-to-day management of the preserve, including its trails, educational outreach, services and visitor programs. As part of a new partnership, The Nature Conservancy and the Parks and Recreation Department will integrate the 770-acre preserve near Wickenburg as a component of the planned Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, a 71,000-acre regional recreational area west and south of the Hassayampa River Preserve. The 100-mile course of the Hassayampa River flows almost entirely underground, but within the preserve its waters emerge, creating a habitat for wildlife including a spectacular assortment of birds. Summer hours: 7 to 11 a.m. Contact Hickman at www.maricopa.gov/dist4 602-506-7161.
Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced that Arizona’s state and local election officials have successfully brought an end to a lawsuit filed by a national voting rights advocacy organization in 2016. The negotiated settlement with Project Vote will improve the accuracy and accessibility of the information and avoided any finding of liability or imposition of attorneys’ fees against the state. Project Vote sued the state and two of its counties after objecting to the cost of purchasing voter registration information. “We’re extremely pleased to have wrapped up this case and look forward to improving the data contained in the state’s voter registration database,” said Reagan. “While the agreement commits us to do nothing more than the NVRA and state law requires, we will work with our counties to make sure the database contains everything that is required by federal law. Election officials often urge voters to verify their registration status. In addition, counties work diligently to make sure their rolls are as accurate as possible. With this agreement in place, it will be easier for all parties to ensure voters are not inadvertently kept off or canceled for inappropriate reasons.”
AzCDL Has Sold All 300 Tickets for the GSG-5 semi-auto rifle. Volunteers are processing ticket sales and mailing out the tickets. They hope to announced the winning ticket by the end of the week. The winner will receive a new-in-box, never fired, second generation GSG-5 .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle donated by AzCDL Life Member Stephen Wenger.The winner does not have to be present for the drawing. However, the winner must comply with all federal, state, and local laws, and must pick up the firearm from a federally licensed (FFL) firearms dealer. If the winner does not qualify for the possession of this firearm, their ticket is invalid and a new winner will be drawn. Contact: Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL),
Monsoon Season Has Arrived In Arizona. Don’t drive into dust storms. Remember, Pull Aside, Stay Alive
Fourth of July fireworks scheduled at Lake Pleasant at 9 pm., July 3. See Celebrate The Fourth Of July Lakeside for details.
LD24 Will Provide Candies And Flags for the annual 8 am., Tues., July 4th Arcadia neighborhood parade in Phoenix. Participants include kids, pets, bicycles, wagons, cars. Participants/viewers are urged to dress in Patriotic/4th of July wear or colors. Contact LD24 parade coordinator: Roger Pongratz firstname.lastname@example.org (anytime) or 602-617-4473 (day of parade). Parade info www.arcadiaparade.com
Drivers Will Get A Break From Construction-related closures along freeways in the Phoenix area and across the state over the Independence Day weekend, according to ADOT. Drivers are urged to focus on safe driving, including slowing down and using extra caution in existing work zones across the state. Arizona’s “Stay Alert – Stay Alive” highway safety recommendations include:
- Check your vehicle, including the tire pressure
- Get some rest before traveling – fatigue is a serious safety risk
- Never drive while impaired – arrange for a designated driver in advance
- Allow extra travel time and be prepared for unscheduled closures
Clear Your Maricopa County Library Book Fines while stocking local food pantries. Bring non-perishable food items to any County library branch from July 7 – 15 and they’ll waive $2 in overdue fines per item, up to $50 per account, according to District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman.
Nohl Rosen has posted an online "Bring-President-Trump-To-Wickenburg, AZ" Petition Rosen said, “We would like President Trump to come to Wickenburg, AZ for a visit and for a rally. The town voted overwhelmingly for President Trump during the election and we believe deserves a presidential visit instead of the big city.” When asked who is sponsoring the petition, and who would be paying for security if Trump made the visit, Rosen said, he posted the petition to see if we can get him to come. Contact Rosen at email@example.com
Pima County Tea Party Patriots have alerted voters that public comments on seven Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals applicants - Sean E. Brearcliffe, David J. Euchner, George O. Krauja, Jacob R. Lines, D. Douglas Metcalf, Regina L. Nassen, and Jonathan Reich – will be heard at 8 am., Thurs., June 29 at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel, 5151 E Grant Road in Tucson. The selected applicants will be interviewed on July 31. The commission will recommend at least three nominees to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint retiring Judge Michael O. Miller’s replacement. The Court hears cases in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties. Contact: Sherese Steffens, Dee Pfeiffer, Frank Olivieri, Grady Rhodes, Maria Elena Leeper or Jan Humble for applicant background information at Pimacountyteapartypatriots@gmail.com
An “Early Bird Breakfast” is scheduled by Prescott Mayoral Candidate Mary Beth Krin at 7 am., Fri., July 7 at Waffles N’ More Restaurant, 1365 Iron Springs Rd in Prescott. $10 per person. RSVP: Brenda Dickinson, campaign manager 928-772-2835 or 928-925-1549.
RNC Chr Ronna McDaniel: "I think Republicans are focused solely on the people who are hurting right now, who recognize that the system is collapsing. People in the near future are not going to have any choice in the marketplace. We've seen these states where they have one insurer left. Premiums go up in some cases up to 43 percent. It's not sustainable for a family to have suddenly $200 added to their monthly bill. They can't do it. We have to find relief for these families; they elected us to do it. It would be great if Democrats would come along and help. It would be great to find a way to work together and not make this a political football. It's unfortunate that Democrats have no interest in solving a problem that they created. Republicans are committed to it. We recognize the urgency, we recognize that people are looking to us to find relief." See It's Unfortunate Democrats Have No Interest In Solving A Problem They Created
President Donald Trump fans and other conservatives are invited to join the 10 am, Sat., July 1 Arizona Sign Waving event between 10-11:30 am., at 650 E Bell Road (7th Street/Bell Road) in Phoenix. The event is part of a MAGA National wide Trump/Pence support day. Participants are asked to bring your trump gear and support signs in support of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, active military, veterans, place and first responders. Contact www.facebook.com/groups/1961294490780543 or www.facebook.com/groups/45150780856810
Judicial Watch announced that it asked a federal court to order the State Department to end its “slow dragging strategy” in producing documents regarding the handling of requests about the false talking points used by…Read More
Clair Van Steenwyk’s “Van’s Crossroads” radio talk featured “America Wake Up and Fight DC Socialism!” at 3 pm., yesterday at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/van-the-radio-man/2017/06/28/vans-crossroads
Americans for Prosperity Grassroots Leadership Academy Classes start at 6 pm., July 18 at the Phoenix Field office, 3835 North 32nd Street, Suite #7, Phoenix AZ 85018, according to Leslie White, field director. Register at http://bit.ly/2rM6shu by June 30. Sessions:
· 7/18/17 - Session 1: Making the Case for Economic Freedom
· 7/25/17 - Session 2: A Brief History of Grassroots Activism & How the Left Operates
· 8/01/17 - Session 3: Building Communities
· 8/08/17 - Session 4: Sharing Freedom by Telling Your Story
· 8/15/17 - Session 5: Persuasive Messaging
· 8/22/17 - Session 6: Data, Technology, and Freedom
Contact: White <LWhite@afphq.org or 480.290.2286.
Sun City West Republican Club President John Neal recently resigned for medical reasons. He is currently in "home isolation" while his immune system rebuilds, according to his wife Jan. She shares his thoughts about how we each need to do our part to help this nation. (Condensed to fit the 300 word limit policy) –ft . John Neal: We are in a “homebound season,” therefore, we watch Sunday church services on television. Yesterday, we heard a pastor preach on "conscience" and how it informs our thinking and response to life, i.e., decision-making "righteousness or wickedness." Living in a fallen world that is becoming increasing vile, evil, dark, and filled with hateful rhetoric allows each of us to let His light shine into these VERY dark places and demands that we stand up for our Christian values...or, WE will BE silenced! It’s time to ask ourselves "How can I step up my game" in public places "speaking the truth in love?" How can I serve this great country in ways I have not, yet, served her? Am I willing to sacrifice some "me time" to serve on political committees, school boards, city councils, etc." These are days that try men's souls and they aren't going to get any better UNLESS we speak out and let the progressive liberals know we are a courageous, self-sacrificing people who are unwilling to lose this great country because we sat back and let "someone else do it." Recently, two new books Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism by Mark Levine, and Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America by David Horowitz, former liberal leftist. Many people have not a clue about what is going on in this country. There are many wicked people who hate America. We Christian patriots have the very real potential to be a part of helping to "Make America Great Again" beginning with prayer. This "4th of July" let each of us sing "God Bless America" with a new passion, a new vision of how we are to serve this land that we love. We Can Do This, Christian Patriots!!! I believe that when each of us reach that "other side," we will be grateful we gave our best while we were here.
Congressman Andy Biggs is looking for interns for both his Washington, D.C. and Arizona offices. Click here if you are interested in applying for an internship with my office.
“Rice’s Personal Involvement in unmasking the identities of U.S. persons from [U.S. intelligence] collection activities is extraordinarily unusual and smacks of an unlawful domestic political intelligence operation being run out of the Obama White House,” Chris Farrell, director of research and investigation for Judicial Watch, told Fox News…Read More
Tickets To The Yavapai County’s "Night With The Eagles" featuring South of Winslow are available at www.yavgop.org or 928—776-4500. The event is scheduled between 5-8 pm., July 15 at the StoneRidge Golf Club. $40 per person. Bring a chair or blanket for an evening of BBQ and music.
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President Donald Trump fans and other conservatives are invited to join the 10 am, Sat., July 1 Arizona Sign Waving event between 10-11:30 am., at 650 E Bell Road (7th Street/Bell Road) in Phoenix. The event is part of a MAGA National wide Trump/Pence support day. Participants are asked to bring your trump gear and support signs in support of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, active military, veterans, place and first resonders. Contact www.facebook.com/groups/1961294490780543 or www.facebook.com/groups/45150780856810
Glen Spencer’s 10th anniversary “Flags Along the Border BBQ” is scheduled between 3-7 pm., Sun., July 2 – featuring The Sons of the Pioneers - at Spencer’s border ranch (overlooking the San Pedro River). Flags are already arriving from across the nation to be displayed along the border. In 2008, Spencer received 2,000 small American Flags. construction of an 18-foot steel beam fence - on the very spot the flags were placed --- was underway. In 2015, he received 50,000 from border fence supporters. Flags Along the Border tradition. A border technology demonstration will be offered between 2-4 pm. 14 years of border technology will be on display. Win a drone. Music. Limited seating. $30 per person or $50 per couple. Kids under 12 - $10. Reservations 520-803-7703. Sponsored by the American Border Patrol.
Grassroots Tea Party Patriots of American is hosting a “Celebration of the Rebirth of America” in support of President Donald Trump, his administration and supporters, law enforcement and first responders, at 4 pm., July 4 at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy in New River. The no admission event includes a kid rodeo, vendors, face painting, music and fireworks. Salvation Army bins will be available to drop off clothing/non-perishable goods. Sign the “We support President Trump” poster and purchase Trump support post cards to send to the White House. Confirmed speakers include AzRA President Jim O’Connor; Sheriff Rickard Mack, Rally for Law Enforcement founder Nohl Rosen, Army JAG officer Eric Ponsati, Radio talk show host Steve Kates, Lance Hurley aka Patrick Henry, singer Peggy Stanton, veterans and former conservation candidates Marsha Hill and Jana Jackson and many others. Contact: Francine Romesburg 602-499-9553 or Dave Romesburg 602-499-0681.
The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., July 6 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 in Yuma. Speaker tba. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer firstname.lastname@example.org
LD30 will host a 1 pm., Sat., July 8 “Big Mesquite Smoked Brisket BBQ” with Congressman Trent Franks at the First United Methodist Church, 7102 N 58th Dr (Fellowship Hall), Glendale, AZ 85301. RSVP required to First Vice Chair Timothy Schwartz email@example.com so they have ample food.
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Congresswoman Martha McSally yesterday announced she has successfully secured full funding for the A-10 fleet, $103 million for new A-10 wings, $17.5 million for other necessary upgrades, and $6 million for safety inspections. This funding to support the A-10 Warthog was included in both the House Defense Appropriations bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee with a final vote on the entire Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expected later today or tomorrow morning. "The A-10 Warthog, which I flew, is a one-of-a-kind aircraft that is critical on any battlefield to keep our troops alive and rescue anyone trapped behind enemy lines. It is currently in the demilitarized zone protecting against North Korea aggression, destroying ISIS in the Middle East, and regularly deployed to Europe to support NATO and allies in the face of Russian aggression. It is crucial to keep the A-10 fully funded and upgraded until there is a proven, tested, replacement,” said McSally. “Today I secured two more victories with both the House Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Committees, including full funding for the entire A-10 fleet and additional funds to strengthen the wings of the A-10s that require it to fly well into the future." Currently, 110 A-10 aircraft are in need of re-fitted wings, or else these planes will start to be grounded beginning in FY 2018. Throughout her time in Congress, McSally has consistently advocated for necessary funding to keep the A-10 fleet operational. Last June, McSally successfully added an amendment to defense funding legislation for new A-10 wing upgrades, and worked with congressional leadership to include $20 million for new A-10 wings in the final FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. McSally also prevented the proposed premature retirement of the A-10 fleet under the Obama Administration. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Rep. McSally’s district houses 83 A-10 Warthogs.
Congresswoman Martha McSally regarding the decision by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to propose a rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and substantially redefine it to be consistent with Supreme Court decisions and long-standing practice: “WOTUS is a sweeping regulation written by unelected bureaucrats that would give the EPA jurisdiction over any type of body of water on private land—lakes, ponds, creeks, and even desert washes. I have heard from countless small businesses, farmers, and ranchers that this rule prevents them from doing their job, which is why I led dozens of my colleagues in Congress in writing to the Administration in February urging the President to reverse this rule for the sake of Southern Arizona and communities throughout the United States. I am pleased with the EPA’s decision to repeal the harmful WOTUS rule—and I know that Americans across the country are relieved by this news.” Since coming to Congress, McSally has consistently fought to reverse the WOTUS rule. On February 17, 2017, she led a letter signed by 40 members of Congress to President Trump urging him to take action against the WOTUS rule and other overreaching regulations. The President responded by issuing an executive order directing the EPA to reevaluate this rule. The EPA’s proposed new rule fulfills the President’s request and codifies a repeal of WOTUS.
The text of the letter can be found HERE
· Sen John McCain: Resources For Arizona’s Goodwin Fire
US Sen John McCain on the Better Care Reconciliation Act: “As the Senate moves forward with negotiations on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, I will be working hard to include important measures that address the concerns raised by Governor Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill’s impact on Arizona’s Medicaid system. Arizona has been nationally recognized for running one of the most efficient and cost-effective Medicaid programs in the country. This legislation should reward states like Arizona that are responsibly managing their health care services and controlling costs – not penalize them. I continue to believe we must repeal and replace Obamacare, which has hit Arizonans with some of the highest premium increases in the nation and left 14 out of Arizona’s 15 counties with only one provider option on the exchanges this year. But we must do so in a way that recognizes our state’s success, protects our economy, and ensures citizens who are most in need do not have the rug pulled out from under them.”
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