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Condolences To The Family To Jerry Baker (Alice Lara’s father in law), who passed away Thanksgiving night at age 89. Baker was a Korean War photographer.
Congrats To Al Melvin’s Parents who have been married for 75 years.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, it’s ok to call your Christmas event a Christmas Party instead of a ‘Holiday’ gathering this year. – ft
Readers Are Welcome To Submit their Republican Christmas party, meeting, activities photos to Briefs for consideration for posting. Be sure to identify those in the photos, left to right. And give the photographer credit. - ft
Over The Thanksgiving Weekend, there seemed to be confusion over how to submit Maricopa County Republican Committee “member-at-large” nominations for the five openings on the Executive Board that will be voted on at the Jan 13, 2018 Mandatory meeting. MCR Chairman Chris Herring has informed Briefs, “There is not a form” for submitting nominees. Herring said to send an email to (1)Aaron Flannery, the nominations chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org and (2) Herring at email@example.com letting them know that you want to be considered a nominee is all that is necessary. The deadline to have names considered for ballot printing is 11:59 pm on Dec 2, 2017. Members-at-large are voting members of the Executive Guidance Committee. They do not have a specific list of duties, they serve the board's strategic needs as determined by the chairman at any given time. Editor’s Note. Briefs suggests nominees also send a copy of their announcement, along with a head/shoulders photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for posting in the Briefs so precinct committeemen have time to learn a little about the nominees are before Jan 13, 2018 Mandatory Meeting election. –ft
Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeemen need to mark their calendars for the Jan 13, 2018 MCR Mandatory Meeting. THE AZGOP Mandatory meeting is Jan 27, 2018. Details tba for both meetings.
In Preparation For The Jan 13 MCR Meeting, MCR Chairman Chris Herring requests that the names and a photo of any precinct committeeman who passed away in 2017, be submitted to your district chairman no later than Nov 30, 2017.
Proposed County Resolutions must be submitted to Resolutions Chairman Barry Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 28, 2017.
Reservations Are Due for the Arrowhead Republican Women’s Sat., Dec 2 Christmas party that will be highlighting American troops. Speakers include Alex Meluskey of Contract with America and Debbie Lee, founder of America’s Mighty Warriors. The event is scheduled at 11:30 am., Sat., Dec 2 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West. Check ins starts at 10:45 am. $20 per person. Final count is due by Nov 28 at the latest. Contact Lezlee at 602-354-5224.
Generation Opportunity, part of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), is planning a criminal justice reform event with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery between 6-8 pm., Mon., Nov 27 at the Arizona Charter School Association building, 12439 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032. (off of 32nd St., north of Cactus.) RSVP/Register: talking-criminal-justice-tickets Contact: Chalon Hutson, field director, 480.215.4064 CHutson@genopp.org
The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30 am, Sat., Dec 2 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R. H. Johnson Blvd. Coffee and donuts are available for $2, which helps pay for the room rental. All Republicans from the Sun Cities, Surprise, and surrounding areas are welcome to attend to hear Gerald "Jerry" Sheridan who has been associated with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for four decades. Sheridan started as a reserve deputy sheriff at age 18. He spent the last six years of his career as the Chief Deputy and managed the daily operations of the 4th largest Sheriff's Office in the Country with an annual operating budget of about $350 million dollars & approximately 3500 employees. Sheridan has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management. He attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia which is considered the most prestigious leadership training for law enforcement executives in the world. He will speak about the complex operations at the Sheriff's Office. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity, 623-214-8010 www.GOP.SCWCLUBS.COM
LD13 Will Conduct A Special Meeting at 7 pm., Tues., Dec 12 for the election of the chairman and second vice chairman at Verrado Heritage Elementary School , 20895 W Hamilton St, Buckeye, AZ 85396. 6:30 PM Registration and Credentials. Chairman Ben Boon recently resigned to take an out of state position. Michael Carbone, 2nd Vice Chairman, has resigned his position so he can run for the chairmanship. Letters of nomination are due to nominating committee chairman Matt King by 6:30 pm., Nov 28 at 20953 W Cora Vista, Buckeye, AZ 85396. email@example.com. The November meeting was cancelled to allow for the 14-day nomination period. If a precinct committeemen cannot attend this meeting, a proxy form can be voted in your absence. According to MCRC Bylaws Article IV, Section 3 – Proxies, “The proxy must be carried by a registered Republican currently residing in the same Precinct, and must be signed by a Notary or two (2) witnesses other than the proxy carrier and the PC," according to Matt King. On Nov 22, 2016 the following officers were elected by the LD 13 precinct committeeman: Chairman – Chairmann; 1st VC – Matt King, 2 VC - Michael Carbone, Secretary – Karri King and Treasurer – Kim Schoag. 37 state delegates were elected the same evening.
Christmas Cards For Deployed Troops. If you wish to send a Christmas card to one of the American deployed military personnel, please bring the signed card to the Sat., Dec 2 Arrowhead Republican Club Women’s luncheon between 11am-1 pm. Financial donations will be accepted to provide gift cards to families of deployed troops. Check should be made out to ARW.
Floating The Internet: Does GOP now mean’ Groping Old Perverts?’
Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 6:15 pm., Tues., Dec 7 at the University Club Garden, 39 E Monte Vista Road in Phoenix for a Christmas celebration and to hear nationally known guitarist Jay Soto. 5:30 pm – social, 6:15 pm – dinner, $30 includes dinner/program. RSVP to Jan Webb by Dec 3 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-318-1010.
The Arizona Tenth Amendment Center will present the 2017 Bill of Rights Day Celebration, Fri, Dec 15 at the Orange Tree Resort, 10601 N. 56th Street in Scottsdale. The 226th anniversary celebration kicks off with a cocktail hour before the reading of the Bill of Rights, followed by the speaker by Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick. Other guest speakers include Joe Wolverton II, Constitutional attorney Michael Gibbs, deputy director of the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center, and a special appearance by Patrick Henry, portrayed by Dr. Lance Hurley. Musical entertainment provided by The Rolling Cajonez. Advance Tickets are required and are $25 for adults, $15 for children 5- 12. Under 5 years are free. Appetizers and a hot buffet are included, cash bar. Limited seating. Tickets: http://arizonatenthamendmentcenter.org
Dr. Bob Branch, State Supt of Public Instruction candidate, spoke to the Prescott Republican Assembly at Sat. at the VFW in Prescott Valley.
Long-time Arizona Republican Activist Shiree Verdone, shared her thoughts with former Donald Trump staffer Steve Bannon, during their flight back to Arizona for former Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s recent benefit dinner in Tucson. Bannon was the fundraiser speaker and also received the one of the three Brian Terry Courage Awards given out that evening.
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club’s Holiday Gathering is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Mon., Dec 4 at The New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort – Scottsdale McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Spouses invited. 5:30 pm – meet and greet. 6 pm – meeting, 6:20 pm – dinner, 7 pm program with Peter Gentala, General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy at Childhelp. Congressman David Schweikert has also been invited. $35 per person. Reservations required. RVSP deadline Nov 30. Send check made out to “LRW” to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 or bring cash. Contact Kaufman at 480-368-2777 email@example.com
Dr. Bob Branch, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will speak to the Rim Country Republican Club at 11 am, Mon, Nov 2711:00 am. at Tiny’s Restaurant 600 N. Hwy 260, Payson, AZ.
Prather Point Talk Show Host Jeffrey Prather has a new book, Chase On The American Border, available for holiday shoppers. Prather is highlighted each Saturday afternoon on Chips N Salsa. Contact Prather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Putting Four Children Through College would be a challenge for most families. But there’s a new policy working its way through Washington that just might help. The Goldwater Institute’s Jonathan Butcher explains how Congress is considering expansion of 529 college savings plans to allow parents to save for a child’s K-12 education, as well as college expenses.
The Chips N Salsa Show broadcasts LIVE every Saturday at 4pm with talk show host Alice Lara. Co-host Don Jorge Ortiz returns in December. They offer headlines /commentary/entertainment from a Latino Republican perspective. Last Saturday’s guest Danielle Zia gave an update on her cousin Brandon. Zia also talked about her work with foster children and her possible UFO sighting. You’ll also hear the latest from Fast & Furious whistleblower Jeff Prather with his weekly Prather Point. online www.CentralCityRadio.com or watch FACEBOOK Live. Contact alice@ChipsNSalsaShow.com
Mitch-McConnell-Losing-The-War-Against-Republican-Base Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is badly losing the war he is waging against his own party’s voters this Thanksgiving, a sign of the failed GOP leader’s waning power in the era of President Donald J. Trump.
An Arizona Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled at 10:55 am., Thurs., Dec 7 at Wesley Bolen Memorial Plaza in Phoenix in memory that 183 Japanese attacked US Military and Naval facilities on Oahu in the in the Hawaiian Islands without warning Casualties to U.S. personnel were: 2.343 killed, 960 missing and 1,272 wounded All 8 U.S. battleships at anchor in Pearl Harbor were sunk or damaged & 151 U.S. planes were destroyed on the ground. At a cost of only 28 attacking airplanes shot down, the Japanese had dealt a staggering blow. Dec 8th the U.S. declared war on Japan. Between the Mast and Anchor of the USS Arizona rests the historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri as a representation of the beginning and end of the war. Between the barrels, a steel structure in the shape of the USS Arizona's hull displays the names of Arizona's servicemen and women who died during WWII. For those of you that have never visited the free Capital Museum the first floor contain many rooms filled with artifacts from the USS Arizona as well as models, pictures and a piece of the hull.
· Dec 29-UT: Paint Bullet Shoot. Closest thing to a real gunfight. $250.
· Jan 30-TVOC: Tactical driving, vehicle shooting and ramming. $425.
· Jan 2-Advanced Tactical Handgun: Next level pistol fighting techniques. $250
· Jan 4-Advanced Tactical Rifle: Special Forces Surgical shooting. $250.Contact
Jeffrey Prather email@example.com MAJ, USA (Ret), BA, BFA, MA, PhD
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LD20 State Committeeman Wes Harris has announced his candidacy for the position of Maricopa County Republican Member-At-Large. Harris said, “As a sitting Member At Large for the Maricopa County Republicans I see the election in 2018 as one of the most important elections in our time and one that I want to be in a position of helping Republicans throughout the County win the contested seats. Being a Member at Large gives me a position that transcends Legislative District boundaries and enables me to be more effective in helping further the cause as stated in the Republican Platform. So that I may continue with this work, especially with the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, I wish to again place my name in nomination as a Member at Large. There are two things that a Precinct Committeeman do which are their primary duties. The first is to promote Republican Candidates duly vetted running for office. The second, and most difficult, is to hold elected representative accountable to We the People and the Republican Platform. It is the latter area that our PCs fail miserably to preform and is the area that I wish to pursue as a Member At Large both doing and encouraging my fellow PCs to engage our elected Representatives while they hold those elected offices. Editor’s Note: Harris is a Republican P.C., Precinct Capt.', State Committeeman, MCR Member at Large and Treasurer National Federation of Republican Assemblies. He can be reached at 602-432-2871 firstname.lastname@example.org
PC Barbara Medal: The Republican County Chairman seems to not always have the facts correct nor does he care about the people he represents i.e. the Maricopa Precinct Committeemen. First off all, Maricopa is not the largest county in the nation - it is the fourth largest county. But that error is insignificant compared to the fact that Chairman Herring actually announced at the last MCRC meeting that questions and statements are not allowed by any guests attending the meeting. As a PC, SC and former officer in my district as well as county appointed Sergeant At Arms, I am appalled that we can no longer be acknowledged at these meetings. I have been attending these meetings since 2009. In all those years any Republican PC or registered Republican could speak, ask questions and expect an answer from the county exec committee who I might add, are voted to their offices by us, the PCs.
We are supposedly a bottom up organization yet our voices have been deliberately silenced at all levels. There has also been the deliberate shutout of some Precinct Committeemen who have served as PCs for many years with applications being buried and/or ignored. This despicable practice must be stopped or we lose our Party to those that align with the likes of McCain, Flake and the many like them who would rather see a Democrat in office than a true constitutional patriot.
Another tactic is the practice of sending snail mail literature, paid for by people without scruples who marginalize PCs in contested precincts or place moderate PCs in empty precincts and consequently take over the Party and control the elections of state committeemen by placing ghost PCs or people just like them to fix the outcome. For all reputable state committeemen it is time to come together and hold those in leadership accountable they are not put in office to control us but to serve us. Show up in January and vote for the reputable Party leadership and let your voice be heard. Proxies are a big problem in the hands of the corrupt and not supposed to convenience people who would rather just stay home. In Liberty if we can keep it.
AZRA Chairman Jim O’Connor: A big thank you for all the work you do for us. May God bless you with His continuing presence in your life,
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates: As we approach Thanksgiving, it is a reminder to reflect upon all we are thankful for. I am thankful for my beautiful wife, my two amazing daughters, and the time I get to spend with family and friends. I am also thankful to serve as your Maricopa County Supervisor. It is a honor to represent one of the best counties in our great country. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Talk Show Hostess Alice Lara: Thank you Frosty for your devotion to getting the word out! HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!!
PC PJ: And, again, Happy Thanksgiving. We all have thanks for you and your tremendous contribution to the Republican cause!!
PC Irene Littleton: Good Morning, All of you have played a part in my life and helped me grow. I appreciate all of you whether here or far away. That is why I am thankful to all of you. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! God Bless you all!
DNC update: "The Democratic National Committee's fundraising woes continued last month, when the party posted its lowest total for the month of October in at least 15 years.
"The DNC raised $3.9 million in October -- far short of the $9.2 million raised during the month by the Republican National Committee.
"The RNC has now raised $113.2 million over the 2017 calendar year and has $42.5 million in the bank and no debt. The DNC, meanwhile, has raised $55 million this year. It has $5 million cash on hand and owes $3.2 million in debts.
"It was the worst October for Democrats dating back to 2003 -- the first year the national parties were required to file monthly finance reports. The low totals reflect the difficulty the DNC has had raising money since former President Barack Obama left office.
"But the DNC under new chairman Tom Perez has remained a source of friction, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' backers -- including Our Revolution, the political organization that grew out of his 2016 campaign -- remaining critical of its role.
"Early this month the DNC fired its finance director, Emily Mellencamp Smith, whose hiring was announced in June as part of new chairman Perez's efforts to rebuild the party." Read More, Here.
The LD4 Republican Committee is selling chances on their annual firearms fundraiser. This year’s prized is a Trump 45 is a Ruger stainless steel 1911 model .45, with beavertail safety grip, competition hammer & trigger, has been custom engraved in honor of President Donald Trump, The 45th President. Chances are $10 each, or 3 for $25. Winner to be announced at the Jan 27 2018 AZGOP meeting . Winner must comply with all local, state, and federal firearms regulations. Photos are artist rendering, finished product may be slightly different. Contact: email@example.com See at AZFIREARMS, 215 E Western Ave, Avondale, AZ in mid-December.
CD1 House candidate Kevin Cavanaugh and author Dinesh D’Souza have teamed up for a “Republican Revolt Against Globalism and Leftist Ideology” evening on Feb 15, 2018 at the Mesa Center for Performing Arts in Mesa. General Seating Tickets - $39. Collegle Student Tickets - $25. VIP Reception - $500. Private Dinner With Dinesh -$2,700.
The Arizona Federation of Republican Women’s Club Winter 2018 Board of Directors meeting is scheduled Feb 9 and 10 at the Radisson Suites in Tucson.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LD17 is hosting a (bring a) pie social at its 7 pm., Nov 28 meeting at the Heritage Chapel, (Rm 140), Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286 Map Here PC training at 6 pm.
Lydia Abril Hosts The Wickenburg “Believers For Trump” prayer meeting every Thursday evening at 6 pm., in the suite adjacent to Lydia’s La Canasta Restaurant, 2027 W Wickenburg Way in Wickenburg.
Firearms Expert Alan Korwin will be at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show Fri-Sun, Dec 1-3 at the Phoenix Fairgrounds. Korwin will speak at the Sat., Dec 2 lunchtime. Discount admission coupons, times, directions: https://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/
The Yavapai County Republican Women 2nd anniversary “The Roaring 20’s” is scheduled from 6:30-9:30 pm., Fri., Dec 1 at the Prescott Club, StoneRidge Golf Course, 1601 N Bluff Top Drive in Prescott Valley. See details Event Details or Register and purchase ticket(s)
ELECTED OFFICIAL COMMENTS
Steve Chucri, District 2 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Let us take this time of Thanksgiving to pause and reflect on our blessings, including our cherished family and friends. I am deeply honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Maricopa County. As this year comes to a close, I look forward to the New Year and many opportunities that lie ahead. May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving.
Phoenix City Councilman #6 Sal DiCiccio: Starting today, the City will begin replacing all of our street lights with LED bulbs. This project, which will be completed by the fall of 2019, will save the city around $22 million through 2030. Most work on residential streets will be done during daylight hours on weekdays and our major streets will be worked on overnight. You may notice some minor sidewalk and curbside parking restrictions while crews are working, but multiple crews will be deployed throughout the city simultaneously to ensure that the impact is minimal and the work is completed as quickly as possible.
Phoenix City Councilman #6 Sal DiCiccio: You may have heard some rumblings about the proposed new luxury apartment complex, Alta Marlette, being discussed. The developer, Wood Partners, has submitted plans for two buildings housing 245 high-end units just off of 7th Street at Marlette. While this proposal has generated a fair bit of controversy, this is just the tip of the iceberg. More battles are coming. Phoenix is continuing to grow at a ferocious rate, and that growth has to go somewhere. Younger home buyers and renters don’t want to be 45 minutes outside of town, don’t want to spend their weekends working in the yard, and don’t want to be stuck living in struggling areas. They’re looking for apartments and condos with high end amenities, and prime locations – like the ones Wood Partners builds. In fact, Wood Partners’ similar projects elsewhere around the Valley have an occupancy rate in excess of 95%. That’s astounding, and indicative of how much demand there is in this segment. Unfortunately, that demand often creates conflicts like the one we’re seeing play out now. Upscale single family neighborhoods in and around the City center are feeling the squeeze, and worried these developments will take away from their quality of life. While I think those worries are mostly overblown (neighbors tend to be pleased with these projects once they’re completed), they are still very legitimate. So far the project has come up in front of Council twice – and been deferred both times. The developer and neighborhood opposition have been given until Dec 13th to come to an agreement, and we very much hope they are able to do so. But no matter how this particular case is resolved, this is a battle we are going to see play out again and again in coming years.
Phoenix City Councilman #6 Sal DiCiccio: Recently, Fox 10 reporter Kari Lake alerted us to a developing story in Arcadia. One of our residents, Lee Sepanek, known throughout the area as “Christmas Lee” was told by City of Phoenix staff that the amazing display of Christmas lights he’s been putting on for over 30 years now would be shut down due to a couple of complaints. City staff didn’t even bother to alert our office before meeting with Sepanek. That alone was wrong. But trying to shut down Christmas? Totally unacceptable! As soon as the story broke, our office was there to meet with Sepanek, then arrange follow up conversations with City staff to ensure that Christmas Lee and his lights can continue to shine for as long as he’s willing to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Unfortunately, that won’t happen this year. Lee typically spends two full months putting together his display, and after being told by the City that he would be doing all that work only to likely get shut down, he decided it wouldn’t be worth the risk. Our office even offered to gather volunteers to assist, but it was too late. There is a bit of good news, however: Lee couldn’t quite abandon the Christmas spirit entirely, and his lights are now decorating several other houses in the neighborhood – just one more reminder of how we can all use the holidays to come together in celebration, no matter how we choose to celebrate. And Lee says the display will be back on next year – and better than ever!
· Mesa Mayor Giles Gets An Earful From Angry Voters Calling President Trump An “Idiot” Doesn’t Play Well With Conservative East Valley Constituents
WHITE HOUSE/PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
JUDGE ROY MOORE
DOJ, CIA, FBI, ICE
BILL and HILLARY
WAR AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT
WAR AGAINST WOMEN/CHILDREN