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Gila County GOP Chairman Gary P Morris: I made note of the Briefs report of the bureaucracy of U.S. Forest Service’s delaying getting a wildfire air tanker aircraft approved to fight evolving wildfires in Arizona. Worlds-Largest-Air-Tanker-On-The-Sidelines-As-AZ-Fires-Burn I’m not surprised. As a fire chief of the Pine Strawberry Fire District, with fire crews currently out on wildfires, I have my own personal experience with the Forest Service’s ignoring public safety issues. My fire district responds to rescues in Fossil Creek. For the years 2015 and 2016, rescue agencies rescued 490 hikers! There were 4 fatalities. An astonishing number. The Forest Service has closed three road accesses that previously allowed a one and a half hour rescue. Today, a rescue takes between 5 and 7 hours and up to 2 dozen rescuers to extract a victim and move them 4 plus miles up hill and out of the canyon! After three years of trying to get the local Forest Service rangers to address the crisis, in April, Senator McCain’s office arranged a meeting with senior members of the Forest Service in D.C. that I attended. Teleconferencing in were County Board of Supervisors from Yavapai and Gila County, the two sheriffs, and other elected officials and rescue agencies. These senior Forest Service members listened politely, asked a few questions, and made no commitments to solve the public safety crisis. We have not heard from them since and rescue operations are becoming more frequent. They’ve become another regulatory government agency that ignores the public and, in this case, is ignoring a major life safety issue. Editor’s Note: Morris is also a retired Phoenix Firefighter with many years of experience. – ft
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
Due To The Excessive Heat, Glen Spencer’s July 2 “Flags Along the Border” event has been rescheduled in August. Rescheduling tba. Contact 520-803-7703. See Flags Along the Border tradition
Clint Hickman, District 4 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recommends the Guided Bird Walk On Saturday, July 1 At 7:15 Am at the Hassayampa River Preserve. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has assumed day-to-day management of the preserve near Wickenburg, 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.
Who-Actually-Colluded-With-Russia? Where-Was-The-Coverage? “… how about John McCain’s notorious ‘dossier’ that he was all too happy to hand carry to then-FBI director James Comey, supposedly implicating newly elected President Trump in a compromising Russian scandal? The U.K.‘s Daily Mail outs McCain as a virulent enemy of Donald Trump. Rebublicrats McCain and Jeff Flake refused to support the Republican nominee during the 2016 presidential election. Both of Arizona’s U.S. Senators aided liberal Hillary Clinton, who was actually scandal plagued. As we now know, that ‘dossier’ was, as Van Jones would say, ‘a real nothing burger.’”
Coconino County Republicans will participate in the 9 am, Flagstaff Fourth of July parade with a four-section entry. Staging begins at 7 am., participants are asked to be on site by 8 am at Hunt Street between Leroux/San Francisco Avenues. Sen Sylvia Allen will be riding in a convertible, accompanied by Sen Steve Smith who will walk the parade route. Julie Richie will be driving an eight-passenger golf cart for the Flagstaff Republican Women, followed by Terry O’Neil driving a 1955 Cadillac pulling the seven foot elephant with the American flag in his trunk. Bringing up the rear will be the Coconino County Republican Committee’s entry – a 1969 Dodge Station Wagon, driven by CCRC Chairman Jeff Oravits, pulling a 12 passenger primary flat carrying George Washington. Karen Henderson will have coffee on site and Steve Harris will bring the donuts. 20,000 people are expected to view the parade. Contact: Merle Henderson at (928) 699-7701.
Arizona-Lawmakers-Want-Pentagon-Give-Breakdown-Trumps-Travel-Costs …Arizona House Dems, Tom O’Halleran and Ruben Gallego, want to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties that he and his family own. O’Halleran and Gallego planned to introduce an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Air Force to regularly submit presidential travel expense reports to Congress. Each report would include “costs incurred” for travel to a property owned or operated by Trump or his immediate family, according to their amendment. The two lawmakers have been sharply critical of what they have described as Trump’s “frivolous trips,” and say presidential travel puts heavy demands on the defense budget… Editor’s Note: Have they bothered to check Air Force One travel/vacation expenses when Obama was in office?
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This Low-Cost Phone And Internet Program wastes millions in federal funding, auditors say. Lifeline, a federal program, gives thousands in benefits to fake and dead people each year, auditors say. Read more »
Congresswoman Martha McSally will be singing the National Anthem at the Tucson Saguaros Baseball Game at 8:45 pm, Independence Day game in Tucson.
While State Route 69 Has Reopened between Interstate 17 and State Route 169 near Prescott, drivers need to use caution as crews in the area continue fighting the Goodwin Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Those using SR 69 through the affected area should slow down and watch out for vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the highway. In addition, windblown smoke can reduce visibility. Other options for reaching the Prescott area from the Valley include taking SR 169 west from Interstate 17 or taking SR 89 north from US 93 via US 60 through Wickenburg. Because both SR 169 and SR 89 are one lane in each direction most of the way, heavy traffic can lead to slowing on those routes. ADOT’s Traveler Information site az511.gov, Twitter @ArizonaDOT or call 511.
Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia led Friday’s letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - signed by 10 GOP senators saying that there is simply too much unfinished business to take the traditional extended break in August.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey are partnering on an aerial survey of wild burros in and near the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area. The survey is part of ongoing research studies to collect information to guide future management of wild burros in Arizona. Read more
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
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 email@example.com
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.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department was one of the cooperating partners recently honored with the Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award for work on the State Route 77 Widening and Wildlife Crossing Project. The innovative project near Tucson maintains a connection between important wildlife habitat in the Tortolita and Santa Catalina mountains while making the highway safer for motorists. Read more
Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3: The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its final FY 2018 budget to ensure Maricopa County’s status as the fastest-growing county in the nation is sustainable. The $2.49 billion budget makes significant investments in future growth while adhering to the county’s commitment to lean, customer-service oriented government. Click HERE for more details.
I-10 Alert: Weekend Closures West of Downtown Phoenix - Bridge work July 7-10 part of South Mountain Freeway project. Drivers using Interstate 10 through west Phoenix should plan ahead to avoid two closures of the westbound lanes at 59th Avenue for initial work to build a flyover bridge that will eventually connect to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. See SouthMountainFreeway.com. Highway conditions az511.gov or by calling 511.
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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
CANCELLED DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT: 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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Congressman David Schweikert: Uses-Demographics-Highlight-State-Us-Economy - We have a math problem in this country. By FY2027, CBO projects only 11% of our budget will be designated to discretionary spending (medical research, environment, education, etc), while the rest goes to mandatory spending. In my Floor speech last night, I used demographics to highlight one of the greatest threats to our society--out of control government spending.
Congressman Andy Biggs: illegal-Immigrants-Who-Commit-Crimes-Get-A-Break-- On a Thursday morning in January 2015, Grant Ronnebeck, a 21-year-old convenience store clerk, was working the graveyard shift at a Quick Trip in Mesa, Arizona. Just before 4 a.m., an angry customer walked in, demanded a pack of cigarettes, and dumped a handful of change on the store counter. When Grant attempted to count the money, the man pointed a gun at Grant’s head. Grant immediately handed over the cigarettes. The man murdered Grant, took the cigarettes, and casually walked out of the store.
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar: “After putting boots on the ground last week in Minnesota, I am confident, beyond a shadow of a doubt that President Obama shamelessly scapegoated responsible mining operations for his own anti-mining agenda by canceling these no-brainer leases and taking inappropriate actions that could result in nearly half a million acres being withdrawn from responsible development,” Gosar. “Instead of prioritizing good-paying jobs, public education and local economies, the Obama Administration put the misguided agenda of extremist special-interest groups first, to the detriment of the people of Minnesota. I look forward to working with Secretaries Zinke and Perdue to right this wrong, create jobs and ensure good education funding for future generations in the Gopher State.”
Congresswoman Martha McSally has led a bipartisan meeting with other Representatives of southern border communities and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to discuss the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Alliance (NAFTA). The representatives encouraged the administration to use this opportunity to work towards a fairer playing field that will help further economic growth and harness job creation. Their priorities included agriculture, infrastructure, e-commerce, cargo inspections—and others related to cross-border economic activity. “Mexico is Arizona’s number one trading partner, and we have over 100,000 jobs in Arizona because of cross-border economic activity. We want to make sure that as we renegotiate NAFTA that they hear our united voice to do no harm and increase economic growth and opportunities for border communities like ours,” said McSally. On May 18, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, beginning a 90 day window for Congress to provide input. Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, the U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and the Border Trade Alliance all testified this week before the United States Trade Representative regarding this intent to renegotiate NAFTA in response to USTR’s Federal Register notice published May 23, 2017 requesting public comment. Trade with Mexico and Canada is a big component of our economy in Southern Arizona. Cross-border commerce supports more than 1 in 5 jobs in Arizona. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, trade with Mexico accounted for 40 percent of our state’s exports to foreign markets in 2015, totaling $9.2 billion. Arizona’s bilateral relationship with Mexico directly supports more than 100,000 Arizona jobs.
Sen John McCain: We draw upon the spirit of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Four years ago, 19 brave members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire. That fateful day marked the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1933 and the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks. These heroes risked everything to protect the lives and property of all Arizonans, dedicating themselves with passion and courage to serve a cause much greater than themselves.
Sen Jeff Flake introduced the Serve Veterans First Act, legislation that will ensure no Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee is paid for union or labor-organizing activities while veterans are still forced to endure wait times for VA medical care. “The VA should not pay employees for union work while veterans are forced to wait for medical care,” said Flake. “The VA exists to serve veterans and their families, period. If that wasn’t apparent to some VA employees, the Serve Veterans First Act will make it crystal clear.” In 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found VA employees used almost 1.1 million federal work hours for official union activities. That investigation also uncovered 346 VA employees who spent 100 percent of their working hours on union activities. These figures could be larger due to the fact that the VA does not consistently track official union time. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the VA spent nearly $50 million on official union time in fiscal year 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. At the same time, in 2014, a VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation uncovered long medical appointment wait times had contributed to the deaths of veterans. Within the Phoenix VA Healthcare System (PVAHCS) some veterans were found to have waited up to 300 days for critical appointments. In 2015, VA OIG reported 215 patients died with pending VA medical appointments and determined delayed care contributed to the death of at least one veteran at the PVAHCS. In 2016, VA OIG uncovered approximately 38,000 veterans were waiting for a medical appointment at the PVAHCS and nearly 5,000 veterans endured waits exceeding 30 days. VA employees at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System were also found to have altered wait-time data for 400 orthopedic appointments and 600 urology appointments in an attempt to conceal long wait times. Flake’s bill would prohibit the use of official time for labor-organizing activities by VA employees unless all veterans seeking hospital care or medical services from the VA are able to receive an appointment within the 30-day wait-time goal of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Full text of the bill, here.
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