Tuesday, September 26, 2017

9-26-17 Briefs


Condolence To The Family Of Lorin and Marilyn Lafoe. A memorial service for Lorin Lafoe, husband of past Chandler Republican Women President and Parliamentarian Marilyn LaFoe, will be held at 11 am., Sat., Sept 30 at the Trinity Christian Fellowship Church, 50 S McQueen Road Rm23 in Chandler AZ (map here)

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is taking a short survey on considering an increase to several fees (camping, day-use entry, additional annual pass cards, and the special use application fee). In addition, the department is also considering expansion of the annual pass program to include a six month seasonal pass. If approved, these fees would go into effect in March or April 2018.. Survey results will be accepted through noon, Thurs., Oct 12. All feedback must be submitted through the electronic survey to be considered. Direct link to survey:

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Oct 7 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd.  Coffee and donuts are available before the meeting.  A $2 donation is requested which helps to pay for the room rental.  All Republicans from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are invited to their informative meetings. Former AZ GOP State Chairman Tom Morrissey, will be speaking on his experiences from the inside of the campaign of President Trump.  We will hear first-hand what a presidential campaign is really like. Morrissey was elected as Chairman of the AZGOP in January 2011.  He has had a remarkable career in music, film production, law enforcement, political activism and the martial arts.  He has written a new “factual fiction” novel with film star Steven Seagal depicting events surrounding the Deep State involvement in government corruption in the United States, Mexico and their ties to Islamic terrorists moving about this country. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair   623-214-8010

The Arizona American African Republican Committee resumes at 7 pm, Thurs., Oct 27 at GOP headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St. in Phoenix. Contact Chairman Rev Clyde Bowen, 602-309- 6015.

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CANCELLATION: The Arizona Corporation Commissions 10 am., Thurs., Oct 19 workshop on into the role of forest bioenergy in Arizona has been cancelled.

Secretary of State Michele Reagan will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day at Arizona State University at 11:30 am, Tues., Sept 26 to encourage students to register and participate in the electoral process. Reagan’s Voter Outreach staff will hold a mock election on Hayden Lawn of ASU’s Tempe campus from 11am-3pm.  Parking is available within the Apache Boulevard parking structure on the corner of Apache & Normal.  The entrance is on the north side of the building on E. Lemon. 

LD17 will meet at 6 pm., Tues., Sept 26 for precinct committeeman training, followed by a 7 pm presentation by Earl Taylor, who will address the Constitution and its relevance to work as PCs. The meetings will be held at Heritage Chapel, Rm 140, Tri-City Baptist Church,  2211 W. Germann Road in Chandler.

Sean Brearcliffe has been appointed to the Court of Appeals, Division Two by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet with Author And 25-Year Arabic Translator/Analyst For The National Security Agency Barry Web who will address "Interfering In The Elections Of Other Countries: The Obama and Hillary Style” at 7 pm, Thurs., Sept 28 at the Ahwatukee Fire Station, 4110 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix 85044. Web’s Power Point show will expose the many times that the Obama Administration interfered in the political processes of other countries. 

Lydia Abril will be hosting Wickenburg “Believers For Trump” prayer meetings every Thursday evening at 6 pm., in the suite adjacent to Lydia’s Canasta Restaurant, 2027 W Wickenburg Way in Wickenburg.

Sept. 26 is National Voter Registration Day. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes (D) and staff will be registering voters across the county as part of the national effort to register voters before the Nov. 7 elections.  Arizona's voter registration deadline is 29 days before an election. It falls on Oct. 10 this year. (Oct. 9 is a government holiday). Fontes will be at the following five events throughout the day. Media are welcome at all events.

  • From 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. he will speak to Fountain Hills High School juniors and seniors about the importance of voter registration.
  • From 11 to 11:45 a.m. he will be registering voters with ASU Undergraduate Student Government on the Tempe Campus Student Services Lawn.
  • From 12 to 1:30 p.m. he will visit Ability 360's Voter Empowerment Day to meet voters and advocates working to improve civic engagement for citizens with disabilities. Recorder staff will be on site all day demonstrating voting equipment for voters with disabilities.
  • From 2 to 3 p.m. he will visit Tempe Elementary School District and give short remarks at their voter registration drive for parents, staff and community members at the district office.
  • From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. he will visit Kyrene School District for their voter registration drive for parents, staff and community members at the district office.

Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words.

Activist Diane Ortiz-Parsons: Maricopa County Community College District Board President Laurin Hendrix (R-Gilbert), with the support of Tracy Livingston (R-Peoria), Jean McGrath (R-Sun City) and Johanna Haver (R-Phoenix), saved Maricopa County taxpayers more than $700,000 with a single UNIFIED vote. Their vote has eliminated the common practice of classified employee union groups getting paid to conduct union business during work hours. Not only do they have to meet in their off-duty hours now but they also must find an off-site location since they are no longer allowed to use any campus locations or classrooms to conduct union activities or union-sponsored events.

LD27 PC Art Olivas: Chris, you are the prime example of what I call an uninformed Republican. The last time I helped you and the LD27, we met at your house. We were to walk the precincts in the LD and you gave me most of the addresses in gated communities. I said then that I was no longer going to waste my time - that this was no better than going to the park. Now let’s talk about helping - not just the LD - but also the AZGOP. I have helped every one that has run for office in our LD with money or labor just as I have for the AZGOP. My wife and I gave money for the rent of the office that we had to get when Bruce Ash kick us out of Sun City. My wife and I also gave about $800 to AZGOP when Tom Morrissey was State Chairman. We have more Republican shirts in our closet than we can wear. I have done more for LD27 and the AZCOP by accident than you will ever do on purpose. What you have done for the LD other than help them run it down. You can believe I will let everyone see you answer! Editor’s Note: Olivas is responding to Chris Morrill, who answered directly to Olivas with, “Once again Art is all talk. Funny that a guy who wouldn't lift a finger to help the LD in over 2 years is critical of how it is run or efforts to grow,” regarding Oliva’s 9-25-17-briefs commentary. If I recall correctly, Ash provided office space in Sun City for some time - until his partners decided they could no longer provide courtesy space to the GOP. - ft

Alicia Williams is the New Executive Director for the State Board of Education. Williams will replace Dr. Karol Schmidt, who announced in August that had taken another position. Williams joined the Board staff in July 2016 and served as the Deputy Director of Policy and Initiatives.

AzCDL Is Raffling Off A Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Pistol chambered in 9mm on Sat., Sept 30. The pistol features for this striker fired pistol include a matte black stainless steel slide, black polymer frame, 7+1 or 8+1 capacity, white dot front sight, 2-dot rear sights, 3.1" barrel and 18 degree grip angle. Tickets are $10 each.  click here for a link to the raffle website. New to AzCDL's online raffles?  A link to the raffle website along with instructions on how to buy tickets can be found on AzCDL's Raffle page.

Six Year House Dems’ Communications Director C Murphy Herbert has taken a position as the communications director for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Keely Varvel, former Dem Chief of Staff, move to the Recorder’s office in December as the deputy recorder.


Robyn Cushman, Central Republican Women of Phoenix, holds the CRWOP Gold Achievement Award, presented by National Federation of Republican Women President Carrie Almond (right) during the recent national convention in Philly. Photo courtesy Cindy Cacaus.


SEPT 26.

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer Association, (CSPOA) will meet at 7 pm., Tues., Sept 26 at Paseo Verde Church, 7569 W Greenway Road in Peoria to learn about the Muslim Brotherhood in America and the serious threat they pose to our country and our national security. This is an introduction to address just how entrenched they have become in our society and government. This is a lead into a three-hour follow up presentation to be conducted on a Sat, Sept 30.  This presents you with the chronological order; with facts supported by evidence presented in court. Doors open at 6:30. Bring a friend, neighbor, relative or co-worker that has the same concerns and frustrations about where our country is heading. People need to turn off the TV and get informed and involved. Contact Randy Miller (623) 866-3544

LD17 will start PC training at 6 pm., Tues., Sept 26, followed by their regular business meeting at 7 pm., where Earl Taylor will address the Constitution and its relevance to work of PCs. He meeting is scheduled in the Heritage Chapel, RM 140, Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W Germann Road, Chandler, AZ.

The Fountain Hills GOP Social at the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268 will start at 6 pm., Tues., Sept 26. NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food) in a friendly social atmosphere at a local bar/restaurant. Everyone is welcome.  The last GOP Social of 2017 will be next month on October 24th. Contact: Sec Boe James at

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office is holding a National Voter Registration Day event in Fountain Hills between 9:30 am and 4 pm., Tues, Sept 26 at the Fountain Hills Town Hall, 16705 E Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills. . This is an excellent opportunity to see the new voter check in process that will be utilized in upcoming jurisdictional elections. Voter education on the new process for voting which will be utilized in the upcoming FH jurisdictional elections for School District, M&O override 15%, and electing a new person for Sanitary District. There will be one screen for checking in at Ballot Centers for a Demo, and short speeches about Ballot on Demand and Reprecincting. Contact: LD23 PC Gina Swoboda


LD4 and the Estrella Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Sept 27 at Estrella Foothills H.S.  13033 S. Estrella Pkwy with speakers Clint Hickman, Maricopa County Supervisor and Aaron Flannery, First Vice Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Party.  They will also discuss the recall effort of Liberty Schools Board members led by PC Mike Todd.  Contact: Richard Newcomer, LD4 Chr --623-398-5638.

The Ahwatukee Republican Women will host Chairman Jonathan Lines at 7 pm., Wed., Sept 27 at the Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S 48th St, Phoenix, 85044. Contact: ARW President Cindy Casaus 602.300.4185


Tempe Republican Women will host a Zoyo Yogurt Fundraiser between 5-9 pm., Thurs., Sept 28 at Ray/Rural Road. 20% of the proceeds go to the TRW. Contact: President Jessica Merrow

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet with Author And 25-Year Arabic Translator/Analyst For The National Security Agency Barry Web who will address "Interfering In The Elections Of Other Countries: The Obama and Hillary Style” at 7 pm, Thurs., Sept 28 at the Ahwatukee Fire Station, 4110 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix 85044. Web’s Power Point show will expose the many times that the Obama Administration interfered in the political processes of other countries.


The Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita is hosting a Republican Roundup BBQ, featuring speaker Jeff DeWit, State Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer for the 2016 Trump campaign in Arizona, and meet US Senate candidate Kelli Ward at 5 pm., Sat., Sept 30 at the Cow Palace in Amado, AZ. $35 per person. $30 for RCGV/S members. No host bar. Tickets – Send Check To RCGV/S INC., P.O. Box 831, Green Valley, AZ 85622. Questions - contact President Jim Stone 520-336-8495 or Kay Kohler 520-904-9103. For membership contact Vinnie 907-3367)


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CONGRESSMAN TRENT FRANKS, chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus and longtime member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation at 5:42pm ET yesterday that would declare U.S. House support for the Kurdish right to self-determine. Franks has been one of the key figures promoting Kurdish nationalism on Capitol Hill…Regarding the referendum : “Baghdad has failed to secure Kurdish rights and effectively protect the Kurdish people from members of the Islamic State and other violent forces, and as any nation in our international community has the right to self-determination, especially if that people faces existential threats, I feel the United States is obligated to support their bid for independence – if it is in our national interest. After all, when America sought its independence as a sovereign nation, we were supported by sympathetic world leaders. It is now time for the Kurdish people to receive the same blessing. Thank God for the Kurds – they have delivered countless groups and individuals from the hands of ISIS. Without their armed defense of northern territory, and the protection of over 2 million refugees, the medieval horrors of ISIS could have been much more widespread. During the darkest days of the Iraq War, Kurdistan remained a sanctuary of order in the midst of sectarian chaos. If the Kurds can show through their actions that their key ally is the United States of America, and they are neither an ally with the Islamist Sunni regime in Turkey nor an ally of the Islamist Shia regime in Iran, the United States will always gladly support them. While the Obama administration dithered and fought efforts to arm and support the Kurds, the Trump administration has the opportunity to stand with a noble people in their time of need. A free and independent Kurdistan can represent hope for peace in the Middle East. Even as I stand with the Kurds, I must add I encourage them to support the self-determination of other groups in the region, such as the Christians of the Nineveh Plain, the Yezidis of Shengal, and the Turkmen of Tal-Afar.  The Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syriac Christians and their coreligionists may soon face a similar decision, and I encourage the Kurds to respect their decision regarding the Nineveh Plain.”


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Supt Of Public Education Candidate Robert Branch To President Trump: Mr. President, I applaud your shedding light on STEM education, but this need to be at the State level, not the Federal level. I am an engineer, my doctorate specialization is in STEM, and I believe we need to invest heavily in STEM education K-12, but we need to do it at the State level, not the Federal Level. WE need the Federal Government out of State education. Close the US Dept of Ed. #branchingoutforeducation


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