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LD22PC Tom Platt: I would like to ask all of Arizona’s Republican US congressmen and women through the Republican Briefs if they plan to vote yes on any federal healthcare plan, where in the constitution does it give the Federal Government authority to be involved with healthcare…..except for repealing the entire Obamacare law? Can they or a representative from their office, through the Republican Briefs, explain to their constitutes where the authority originates in the constitution?
PC Lolly Hathhorn: “Since THE BEAT GOES ON AND ON……maybe someone on the AZGOP Committee can take the bull by the horns and send out an e-mail to ALL State Committeemen and ALL County Chairmen and call them to ACTION! It just seems that the majority of the members of the State Committee are not as dedicated as they should be. When you see something wrong, do something about it. Unification is needed now more than ever since AZGOP seems to be in left field. How can one person (Lines) have so much power? Did ‘We The People’ not elect him? I say that ‘We the People’ should say what happens next. This MISTAKE needs to be taken care of once and for all and have someone who is a dedicated Republican who is interested in ‘We The People’ and not Me, Myself and I. I have now added another 2 cents worth. Just saying.
Tim Horn, LD23 1st Vice Chair: AZGOP: A Sad Situation (Part One) - It IS sad, really, to think about what has been going on in the headquarters of our party since the state mandatory meeting and elections. Multiple Party faithful have asked me about this subject and particularly about the first meeting with AZGOP after the election of the new Chairman. As a GOP activist, State Committeeman, PC Captain, Alt. Delegate to the National Convention, Donor, 1st Vice Chair of LD23, Campaign Assistant to opposing candidate for AZGOP Chair Jim O’Connor, and because I am one of the few actually present for several negative AZGOP actions, I probably have an obligation to “weigh in”. In several parts I will relate what happened on Election Day, and how the NON Establishment (NE) has been treated since. You should know facts rather than rumors. Day of State Meeting/Election, 1/28/17: This is an important day when State Committeemen choose Party leadership. The “Election Rules” established that any candidate could access an election’s documentation. The day primarily featured the elections of AZGOP Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman. The NE candidates Gabby Mercer and Bob Lettieri respectively won. For Chairman, Jim O’Connor lost by 34 votes. I went to the back of the platform to a former AZGOP staffer and the day’s Parliamentarian to tell them that we wanted to review the supporting election documents. I specifically stated “We are NOT alleging fraud, but since the vote was so close, we need to make sure for our many supporters that there was no mistake.” I reiterated that to the Yellow Sheet reporter in attendance. The Parliamentarian instructed to make that statement to the executive meeting which was to follow. Mercer and Lettieri made that request at that follow-on meeting. Editor’s Note: See the rest of Horn’s statement at AZGOP: A Sad Situation
Former AZ PC Wayne Blair: I have come to the opinion that we have very few real Conservatives in any political office - Fed., State, & Local. The Progressive way is how many (most all) are raised. Take Global Warming as an example, most people believe that mankind is the major cause and forget about the natural disasters like volcano which cause more damage to our atmosphere than all of mankind. What is taught to our children will become the law of the land. Look at healthcare, children are not kicked out of the nest until 26 years of age. But we do not look at the birds/animals of the world that once they are taught to fly/stand on their own then the nest is not theirs any longer. Now we have the GOP believing that they have to provide HealthCare to all Americans. What about standing on our own two feet? So if the GOP believe they need to provide for us Americans, then they are no different than the DEM/ Progressives. The only difference at present is the DEMs are more RADICAL. Leave it to your own thought as to who are the Progressive and Conservative in Congress. I would say it would be real hard to name 100 Conservative Congressman/Senators in DC. Trump has a very big job in getting the Swamp Drained. Come 2018, The Trump supports have a big job to help him Drain that Swamp.
Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3: From all of us at Maricopa County, I want to wish you a Happy Independence Day and a blessed Fourth of July. We are fortunate to live in a great nation, state, and county. I encourage all of us to take a moment this Independence Day to count our blessings while we enjoy a day off with friends and family. I want to thank the Maricopa County Real Estate Department, Councilwoman Debra Stark and the City of Phoenix, and all of our constituents who attended the Shaw Butte public safety improvement meeting last week. Thanks to a great turnout, we were able to effectively communicate the details of the public safety improvement project.
The Arizona Project will not meet on Monday, July 3, according to Chairman Ron Ludders. Their next meeting is scheduled Mon., July 10 at 3375 E Shea Blvd #2 in Phoenix. Ronald Ludders 602.677.1496
Due To The Excessive Heat, the July 2 “Flags Along the Border” event has been rescheduled in August. Rescheduling tba.
Contrary To Reports Floating Around earlier this week, long-time Yavapai activist Sue Goodchild was not evacuated due to the Goodwin Wildfire. Yesterday morning she was in her kitchen preparing a catered luncheon for a dozen people.
AAARC Chairman Rev Clyde Bowen says the Feb 25 Emancipation Proclamation Observance FIVE Official Black History Month photos taken by photographer Michael Goodman are available for viewing at http://www.charity.photos/Major-Events/Emancipation-Proclamation-Main/EPOD-2017/EPOD5/
The State Transportation Board approved an annual update to ADOT’s Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program, which includes projects in Greater Arizona and the Maricopa County and Pima County regions. See list of major projects at azdot.gov/fiveyearprogram.
Radio Talk Show Host Alex Meluskey will address Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s federal trial, supporting President Donald Trump, the pending Healthcare Bill, Dr Carl Goldberg and threats from Sharia Law and Islam, and whether John F Kennedy would be running as a Republican is he were a candidate in today’s world. Show times Saturday at 6 pm at 1130AM KQNA, 4 pm at 1100AM KFNX and 9 pm., at 960AM KKNT. Contact: Virtuous Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Arizona’s Firearms Expert Alan Korwin: In a “more guns” bill that alarmed even pro-gun-rights activists, representative Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has proposed arming federal legislators to the exclusion of regular citizens. An existing bill, HR 38, to make the firearm-carry permits of normal American citizens valid nationally, has languished in Congress since the election of Donald Trump. Concealed Carry For Congress, But Not For You
Congressman Andy Biggs will hold a press conference at 11 am., Sat., July 1 with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Sen Steve Smith and Steve Ronneck regarding passage yesterday of H.R. 3003 today in the House of Representatives, which includes Congressman Biggs’ bill Grant’s Law.
Robo Graham, son of former AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and his wife Julia, was inducted into the Naval Academy yesterday.
The United States Will Impose Tough New Security Measures on all international flights bound for the United States. DHS officials said 280 airports in 105 countries would be affected by the tightened security, affecting around 2,000 flights a day. Airlines have been warned that a failure to comply with these enhanced security measures would carry consequences, including banning laptops altogether on the airlines U.S.-bound flights. Read more
Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3: As a Deer Valley High School graduate, I’m pleased to announce the Deer Valley Unified School District was the recipient of $120,000 in Federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant funding which it will use to cover 25% of the cost to purchase three new cleaner burning diesel school buses. Not only will the new busses reduce emissions by 50%, it will also increase gas mileage, saving the District over 30,000 gallons of fuel per year, reducing operating costs to the District and helping to improve air quality.
RNC Chr Ronna McDaniel: "You have to look at the evolution of this. Obamacare has failed on every level. You couldn't keep your doctor, you couldn't keep your plan. All these things were promised that you could keep; premiums have gone up. Now you have several states that will have just one insurer. When you have on insurer in a state, guess what they do: they jack up your premiums. We will have to find a consensus, but there are things Republicans agree on universally. We want to make the patient-doctor relationship stronger again; we want to restore that. We want to put more flexibility in the states so they can deal with their uninsured and make it a better plan. We want to get those premiums down. So we have to craft that, but right now the choice is failing Obamacare or finding a solution. Republicans are the only ones sitting at the table trying to find a solution to help the American people. It is shameful that the Democrats are nowhere to be found when they created this mess to begin with."
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so they have ample food.
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Congressman Trent Franks: The House Armed Services Committee has approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) after 14 hours of debate and amendments. The NDAA authorizes $696.5 billion in defense spending for 2018, a 10% increase over the proposed Obama budget. Franks successfully amended the NDAA to take steps to implement a Space-Based Ballistic Missile Intercept Layer in order to protect America from nuclear attack. Franks said: “This year’s defense budget helps revitalize the military that Obama let atrophy by taking strides to provide our troops with the best training and equipment available. We were able to provide the resources our troops need to ensure their success in keeping the American homeland safe. More than that, this year’s defense budget bolsters our efforts to create a robust missile defense system. We took the single biggest step since Reagan in preventing a nuclear attack by passing the Development of a Space-Based Ballistic Missile Defense Layer Amendment with bipartisan support. As the world becomes more dangerous and volatile, we need to be able to protect the American homeland from world actors bent on violence and destruction. By taking our presence into space, we will have the ultimate high ground to defend our home.”
Congressman Trent Franks: The House has passed two bills – the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law – that are designed to create safe cities and protect American citizens from violence. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act begins to address the problem of “sanctuary cities,” or cities that choose to not comply with federal immigration laws. Kate’s Law increases penalties for illegal aliens who re-enter the United States or are repeat offenders, and it creates an office to aid victims of immigration crime. Franks’ on the passage of the immigration bills: “Public safety should be an easy priority for Americans to rally around – today’s legislative victories move the ball forward. Lax enforcement of our immigration laws has failed the American people – partisan negligence has been responsible for the death of multiple innocent citizens. Those victims, Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck, as well as too many others, are especially tragic seeing as their deaths were preventable. Let us not forget their fates and make sure we are doing all we can to keep American citizens safe.”
Congressman Andy Biggs: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004). Congressman Andy Biggs co-authored The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which included his bill, Grant’s Law. Congressman Biggs said: “Everybody in America agrees that someone who is criminally violent should not be released on the streets of America. Yet for years, the policies of the Obama Administration have allowed exactly the opposite to happen, leading to countless innocent Americans being put in harm’s way. One of them, my constituent, Grant Ronnebeck, was murdered in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had a long criminal record and had been released from federal custody while awaiting deportation proceedings. We cannot allow tragedies like this one to continue to happen, and I am pleased that Congress has taken action to bring these lax policies to an end. I would be remiss if I did not thank my predecessor, Matt Salmon, whose initial work on “Grant’s Law” in the House helped to make today possible. I also wish to mention Steve Ronnebeck, father of Grant, whose dedication to the cause has energized countless lawmakers and activists around the country to protect innocent Americans. I am grateful for the leadership and commitment of Chairman Bob Goodlatte to ensure that these important bills received consideration and passed the House of Representatives. I hope these bills receive a swift vote in the Senate and are quickly signed into law by President Trump.”
US Senator John McCain on a Russian court’s conviction of five people for the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov: “Whatever the guilt or innocence of the men convicted in Moscow, the reality is that the criminal who is truly responsible for the murder of Boris Nemtsov remains at large and ensconced in the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin may not have ordered Boris’s assassination. But what is so frightening about Putin’s Russia is that he didn’t need to. My friend Boris was killed because of the culture of impunity that Vladimir Putin has created in Russia, where individuals who dare to speak the truth about Putin’s tyranny and corruption are routinely persecuted, attacked, and often killed, but those responsible are never held accountable. Vladimir Putin and his thugs may have succeeded in taking Boris’s life, but they did not silence him. His memory, and the cause for which he gave his life, lives on in the hearts and minds of true Russian patriots, tens of thousands of whom have been taking to the streets in recent months to fight for truth and liberty for the Russian people. Inspired by Boris’s example, I know that someday they will succeed.”
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