Sunday, October 1, 2017

10-1-17 Briefs


Arizona’s US Rep Martha McSally will become the first member of Congress to hike the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which spans from the U.S. - Mexico Border in Cochise County to Utah. Planning to hike it in segments in the months ahead, today she led members of Cochise County on a 3.6-mile kick off hike at the start of the Arizona Trail near the southwest border in Coronado National Memorial. In embarking on this journey, the Congresswoman will highlight the significance of the Arizona Trial, the importance of public lands for Arizona’s local and state economies, and the need to ensure that these lands have the resources that they need to stay open and accessible to the public. "Known as the backbone of Arizona, the Arizona Trail stretches across our beautiful state and showcases our state’s breathtaking and internationally renowned landscapes," said McSally. "Congress designated the Arizona Trail as a National Scenic Trail in 2009 and I want to be the first member of Congress to hike the entire amazing 800 mile trail. I’m hiking to show our district, our state, and our nation that these treasures matter, that outdoor recreation is important—and most of all—to demonstrate the pride we have in our home of Arizona. Elected officials have a responsibility to help protect our lands for future generations. I’m willing to demonstrate that I take this responsibility seriously." See hike photos .

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Activist Irene Littleton: To Everyone. This may be old, but we need to send this to everyone we know. Our Country is being taken apart piece by piece. On this day, let's all get together and help Her. Enjoy. John Wayne 1970 Variety Show Celebrating America's History

Zack Taylor, Chairman NAFBPO : Let's be aware of the information in this analysis.  I truly suspect it is much more important than we may be aware of as to our governments thinking about Immigration. You will have to come to your own conclusions.  No hints coming from here other than Germany as an example. future-of-the-global-muslim-population-main-factors

LD4 Chairman Richard Newman: LD4 had both Board of Supervisors Clint Hickman and County Recorder Aaron Flannery explain what is being proposed by the incumbent County recorder.  All is not what it appears and there seems to be some ulterior motives by the recorder's office not to mention the cost associated with their intent.  Please keep your ears open and challenge the recorder.  In the long term we need to get the office back .

LaPaz County Chairman Russell Sias response to Briefs request for verification that Siaz appointed LaPaz County First Vice Chairman Jennifer Jones as his replacement on the AZGOP ByLaws Committee. 9-30-17-briefs Siaz wrote: “Yes ma'am, she currently is the appointed (by me, some time ago) as presently, (being a La Paz County state committeeman), the one I appointed to replace myself to participate in the state bylaws committee meetings.  As I was the original member of the bylaws committee and am out of the state presently, I did appoint her to replace myself on this committee.  “It appears to be true that she is moving to Kingman or Golden Valley, but she has not resigned as of yet.  It also appears that this proposed move may not actually happen.  We, of course, will have to replace her probably in the next month or so should her move solidify and she resigns.  It is my suspicion that her move may be still up in the air, so to speak. What is truly interesting is that Petsas & company are so interested in keeping La Paz County in the dark...they have not bothered to notify me that Jennifer's proposed residence change is an issue for them.”

Jennifer Jones, LaPaz County 1st Vice Chair, response to Briefs question – Are you a state committeeman? Jones wrote: “I was appointed as a state committeeman at our January 2nd, 2017 meeting, and it appears that Chairman Sias has stated as much. I have the agenda and minutes from that meeting, although I'm not sure why we should provide them to AZGOP as it was stated in no uncertain terms at the ExCom meeting in June that we are not even required to have agendas or keep minutes. Ms. Petsas needs to provide me with this so called ‘verification’, because if there is an error that needs correcting it appears imperative that it happen, and we can deal with that appropriately at such time. It's suspicious that I am suddenly being prohibited from attending today's (Sat, 9-30-17) meeting with less than 24-hour notice, based on alleged verification which was not provided to me and which may be in error. It may be a question for Mr. Langhoffer as to whether or not prohibiting me from voting today (without due process or finding of fact) invalidates any action taken at today's (9-30-17) meeting. AZGOP does not appear to be conducting itself in an open and transparent manner.

      “Furthermore, I never signed anything agreeing to anything, such as protocols which may or may not have been discussed or ratified at a meeting from which I was physically prohibited from attending, and the minutes of which I requested in writing months ago but have yet to be provided. As I have stated previously, I did sign an email addressed to Chairman Sias which contained these ‘protocols’ to acknowledge that I had read the email, however nothing with my signature should exist which states that I actually agreed to any such thing.”

Russell Sias, LaPaz County Chairman response to Briefs question as to whether Jones is a state committeeman in La Paz County. Sias replied: “Unless Petsas pulled some hanky-panky, and got her improperly removed from La Paz registration rolls, she is still registered in La Paz and a state committeeman.  My 1st VC, in fact. As I stated, she is in flux, and IF and until she completes her expected move to the Kingman/Golden Valley area, she is and should be, still registered with La Paz.  One way or the other, she should confirm her legit address sometime in October.  Till then, she has not officially completed her move - IF she does move, that is.  (I expect that she will, but until she does...) Petsas obviously has control issues!  In any event, whatever she has done in an attempt to somehow disqualify Jones from being on the bylaws committee, SHE did not bother to notify me!  Who knows?  Maybe she managed to throw me out as the chair, as well!”

Editor’s Note: Briefs sent an e-mail to AZGOP Chairman Jonathon Lines, Exec Director Matt Kennedy and Comm Dir Turoon Sinclair yesterday (Sat., 9-30-17)  asking: “Can one of you direct me to the specific AZGOP bylaw that requires a county chairman to only appoint state committeemen as county representative replacements on a state committee?  I don’t seem to find it, but perhaps I’m just not seeing it. 

Editor’s Note: Since both Sias and Jones claim that Jones is a La Paz County state committeeman and the LaPaz County bylaws appointee, Briefs  sent a note last night to Kathy Petsas asking why Jones status is questioned. - ft

Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: And the beat goes on!  First, we have a state chairman who violated the AZ GOP bylaws by appointing a bylaws committee chair.  While the AZ GOP bylaws authorize the state chair to “C. Other Committees:  The state chairman may appoint such other committees as may be desirable from time to time”. It was not desirable in the case of a bylaws committee since the bylaws already states the procedure for amendments to the bylaws, “B. Method of Amending Bylaws - An amendment to these bylaws may be proposed at any meeting called in accordance with these bylaws. A copy of the proposed amendment together with a statement explaining the purpose to be achieved and the reasons in support thereof shall be mailed to each member by the secretary with the notice of call for that meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members present in person or by proxy shall be necessary to pass any motion to amend.”  Obviously, this procedure excludes the state chair’s involvement in any proposed change.  Imagine, an appointed committee chairman (appointed by the state chair) comes up with a proposal unacceptable by the state chair getting forwarded for a state committeeman vote???  The state chair could then cancel the committee; Mike Minnaugh did years ago! Whether or not Ms. Jones is a state committeeman is not even germane.  This whole effort to amend the AZ GOP bylaws to Ms. Petsas or Chairman Lines desires is an abomination!  All the while the ‘good little’ County Chairmen sit on their butts and ignore this!

Paul Brierley - AZGOP Executive Committee responds to Ehl yesterday: This email chain seems to me much ado about nothing.  Clearly the chairman has the right to appoint any committee he sees fit. Bylaws are not set in stone.  They are meant to be updated regularly to match the way an organization chooses to operate, and to match changes in state statute.  It is rare but valuable to have the bylaws be examined in such a thorough manner.  In my 20+ years of AZGOP involvement I have not seen such a thorough effort, and I think Chairman Petsas is to be commended.  She has given every county and district input to the process. In order to take effect, the recommendations that come out of this committee must go through the process spelled out in the bylaws, along with any other recommendations that are put forth.  In other words, this isn't the only route to amending bylaws and does not exclude anyone else's suggested amendments.  In January this committee and even the state chairman will have no say on what is adopted; the State Committeemen will vote the recommendations up or down in January, on their merits, as they see fit. I commend Chairman Lines for putting this committee together and look forward to an updated, coherent set of bylaws upon which we can run our party, and go after our real, shared, objective of registering and electing more Republicans! – Brierley is a AZGOP Ex Comm Member-at-Large for CD4.

Jim Ehl to Paul Bierley yesterday: Let me commend you for taking an interest in this bylaws discussion.  Too bad more do not seem interested. On the surface you make a good point.  But let me reiterate, if the AZ GOP bylaws says one thing, and the state chairman decided to do another, is that not a violation???  I repeat, I was on the committee Mike Minnugh appointed to do the same thing.  He did not like what we came up with and cancelled the committee and our recommendations never saw the light of day.  That’s why the procedures laid out in the bylaws excluded the chair.  Do you advocate the chair of WE THE PEOPLE should take precedence over the members?

Paul Bierley to Jim Ehl yesterday afternoon: I do not see any violation.  The bylaws do not exclude the chair, they just don't require the chair.  To assume that the current chairman will do what a chairman did nearly 20 years ago seems a bit pessimistic.  Even if that were to occur, any state Committeeman, and certainly any member of this committee, could submit whatever amendments they want to propose to the body in January with or without the chair's concurrence.  That gives WE THE PEOPLE precedence over the chairman, as it should be. I say let's let this play out and focus our energy on the actual opposition.  This committee has complete and diverse representation.  If something goes awry, there is plenty of opportunity to correct that in January. That's my two cents.

Jim Ehl to Paul Bierley yesterday afternoon : Dear Paul, opinions are like noses, everyone has one.  True, what Minnaugh did back when probably has nothing to do with what Lines will do.  The object was to point out a reason why the bylaws didn’t include the state chair in the amendment process.    And you stated, “any member of this committee, could submit whatever amendments they want to propose to the body in January with or without the chair's concurrence.”  Did you not understand the procedure for proposing amendments in the bylaws??  First a proposal to amend the bylaws must be sent by the secretary to all state chairmen before any meeting, and secondly, at the mandatory meeting, “3. Mandatory Meeting Unless otherwise determined by the Chairman,” do you think for a moment that the chair would approve a proposal at the mandatory meeting to amend the bylaws that was never run by the membership before hand???  One can appreciate your interest, Paul, but goodness, give us credit with wanting to comply, honestly, with the autocratic bylaws.  Again, if the bylaws says one thing and the chair decided another, isn’t that a violation??

Activist Diane Ortiz-Parsons: More Kudos for Maricopa County Community College District Board President Laurin Hendrix (R-Gilbert), and members of the board Tracy Livingston (R-Peoria), Jean McGrath (R-Sun City) and Johanna Haver (R-Phoenix). These elected officials that we supported and voted into office have officially eliminated the formerly all-powerful classified employee union. Last month, this fantastic four, voted to eliminate “work-release” time for union activities (the district paying their salary to conduct union activities during the work day).  Finally, elected representatives following through on campaign promises after the election is over! Please take the time to thank these courageous elected representatives for truly representing their constituents and doing the right thing for taxpayers!!!

· Hendrix - Board Office Phone 480-731-8358

· Haver - 480-731-8889 (for messages)

· Livingstone - 480-731-8889 (for messages)

· McGrath 480-731-8889 (for messages)

Dr. Bob Branch, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will be at the Buckeye Elementary School District for a Community Tour between 7:30 am – 1 pm., Wed, Oct 4. This event is not opened to the public. Hickman Family Farms is donating breakfast for the tour. Branch says he “knows that if we are going to bring back quality education to this State, we need to start in elementary school and set our children up for success.

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The Colorado River Tea Party is hosting a candidate forum for three available Yuma city council seats with candidates Gregory Counts, Incumbent Gary Knight, Leslie McClendon, Kristina Rojas-McNair, Ken Rosevear and Karen Watts, between 5:30-8:30pm, Thurs., Oct 5 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. Moderated by Howard Blitz of the Freedom Library. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at

Concerned Citizens for America invites you to a social media “boot camp” at 6:30 pm., Tues., Oct 5 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road in Sedona. Bring your laptop, smart phone or tablet and let instructors Keith and Jackie Summit of Oak Creek will teach you about the effectiveness of social media. They will help you set up a Twitter account and Facebook page. Dwight Kadar will do a Fire District Bond update. Desserts to be served.

Andrea Kadar of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking will present “Human Trafficking in the Verde Valley” at 12:30 pm., Thurs., Oct 5 at Yavapai Community College – Clarkdale Compus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale. The free presentation is open to the public and will cover what human trafficking is, how large a business it has become – internationally, recruitment of local children, recognizing a trafficked child and the latest facts of “sex for sale’ in local communities. Contact: Kadar at

Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates will have coffee with Maricopa County constituents at 8 am., Oct 5 at the Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032.


State Treasurer Jeff DeWit will speak at the Sat., Oct 7 Pima County Republican luncheon at the Tucson Country Club in Tucson. Tickets here:

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.  Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair   623-214-8010


US Senator John McCain

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· McSally To Become First Member Of Congress To Hike 800-Mile Arizona Trail

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