Saturday, December 23, 2017



Deadline Dec 24: Several “in the know” AZGOP leaders brought it to the attention of Briefs yesterday that some AZGOP Executive Committee members haven’t passed along the procedures for submitting nominations to the precinct committeemen that was sent out to the ExComm at 12:33 pm., Dec 7 by AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines and Executive Director Matt Kenney. See their notification below:

Dear Executive Committee Members,

We have prepared Nominations Procedures for submitting Nominations to Executive Committee Office (see below) for consideration at the January 27, 2018 Mandatory Meeting.

The following non-statutory offices stand for election: First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Third Vice-Chair, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.

DEADLINE for submitting Nominations is December 24, 2017, 11:59 pm Arizona Time. After the deadline, Floor Nominations may be made at the January 27, 2018 meeting by State Committeemen who are present.

Further, we have appointed Christopher Campbell as chairman of the Nominations Committee (Christopher is the current 3rd Vice-Chairman for the AZ GOP, a PC and SC in Yavapai County). Please immediately disseminate this information to your State Committeemen. Thank you, - Chairman Jonathan Lines and Executive Director Matthew Kenney

AZGOP NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE - Chairman: Christopher Campbell,

Procedure for Submitting Nominations

DEADLINE: December 24, 2017, 11:59pm Arizona time (to be received by AZGOP Nominations Committee at

WHERE TO SUBMIT? Send all Nominations to


FORMAT OF NOMINATION: Send an E-mail from a State Committeman wishing to nominate themselves (or on behalf of a State Committeeman subject to their request).


· Name of SC (first, last name)

· Address of SC

· SC’s phone #, email

· County Name

· Legislative District (LD) number

· Office sought

Floor Nominations: Any state committeeman present in person who was either elected or appointed prior to the start of the meeting and properly credentialed; may nominate any state committeeman (elected or appointed, including themselves) who is present in person to any of the offices that stand for election at the meeting.

ACTION OF NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE: All submitted nominations must be verified.


“These National Articles Substantiate The Purge/Cleansing Of Conservatives,” according to a very knowledgeable reader who notes that some AZGOP folks deny a purge occurred in Arizona over the past few years:

· McCain-Using-Obama-San-Francisco-Donor-To Purge Arizona Tea Partiers-Daniel-Greenfield

· McCain's Big Purge - POLITICO John-McCain-Arizona-Tea-Party

· Report-John-McCain-Leading-Purge-Of-AZ-Conservatives

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio reports Santa’s wife will head down from the North Pole to make a special appearance at Phoenix Premium Outlets from noon – 2 pm., Sat., Dec 23 at the Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlet Way, Gila River Reservations. Free admission.. Families can enjoy cookies and cocoa as they listen to Mrs. Claus sing Christmas carols. Photo ops will be available at the holiday photo booth.

terry Goddard - DFormer Arizona Attorney General and former Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard has gone to Facebook to promote his “Outlaw Dirty Money Petition Campaign.” Goddard writes: “… doesn’t have to be wrapped, looks great on a table or under the tree and will keep on giving for years to come. Get yours today at, Terry Goddard An other post reads: What is the best item to bring to Holiday parties with friends and family this year? Not fruitcake or even wine, it's the Outlaw Dirty Money petition! Go to and sign up. Editor’s Note: Goddard, a Dem just happens to have the support of former AG Tom Horne (R) on this issue. Hmmm.Does that give the AZGOP Establishment a migraine???- ft

The Sun City West Republican Club will conduct a candidate’s forum for Supt of Public Instruction at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 6, 2018 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd.  Candidates: Supt. Candidates: Bob "Dr. Bob" Branch, incumbent Supt. Diane Douglas, Jonathan Gelbert, Tracy Livingston, and Frank Riggs are confirmed. Doors open at 8am. Coffee and donuts available.  A $2 donation is requested which helps pay for the room rental.  All Republicans from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are invited.  Candidate forums will conducted from January – June for Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Corporation Commission, and LD22 Republican PC. Candidates in those contested races can contact Clair Van Steenwyk 623-322-9979 or  to confirm dates and attendance. Contact: Jean Goncalves, publicity, at 623-214-8010 or

Congrats to Sheriff Joe and Ava Arpaio, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.


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

Hank Giesecke of Prescott: As you may have seen on the last two days on FOX evening news my son is being held in Bali, Indonesia.  He has been there several years working on permaculture agriculture. He has been in therapy off and on and has a prescription for 5 grams of marijuana. In August he was picked up for 5.7 grams! As a friend here said, it is hard to imagine a third world police dept. being able to accurately measure 7 tenths of one gram!!!!  He has been in Kerobokan jail which was built for 300 inmates and it now has 1600!  In 5 months his defense attorney has not been able to present his case and now they are ready to sentence him to anywhere from 4 years to execution. He and another America got out for several days and now he is being paraded around in shackles and a black hood. The worry is the hood is to hide beatings. Thankfully FOX news has brought this to light and the White House is involved. US Man In Bali Prison For Medical Marijuana Possession Just a couple days ago President Trump pointed out how his administration has been able to help several Americans involved in difficult situations in foreign countries. Actually it might save Indonesia some trouble to just expel him and we can get him home. There is a feeling that since Indonesia is a Muslim nation and since as you saw Indonesia has just shut down a huge annual Christian Christmas event - because of their anger over the President's Jerusalem decision - are they now using my son as a tool.My request is that if you are so inclined could you call the White House and encourage them to get my son Christian home.  The White House number is: (202) 456-1111 They have been very kind and your encouragement would help. Thank you and God Bless you. Editor’s Note: Former Arizona reporter, William La Jeunesse reports the White House may step in after the family of Christian Beasley expresses concern for his safety in Indonesia.

Teresa Mendoza: I want to thank you for what you do! The Briefs are amazing as you are! Thank you so much for this service you do for the party! Please know that you are appreciated, especially by me!

Gina Swoboda, Election Integrity:  For clarity, please note that the paid candidate consulting/training being hosted by the new group named, "Arizona Election Integrity Task Force" by Vera Anderson and Lynn Drabik is in no way affiliated with the work I have done and will continue to do to preserve the integrity of elections in Arizona and on the Federal level.  It has been my great honor to work on election integrity issues over the past year. My sole focus has been, and continues to be, the elections process and the absolute necessity of ensuring the integrity of the system. Without our vote, we have nothing: no policy, no agenda, no VOICE. I am deeply thankful for the local, county, state, and Federal officials who have so generously shared their time with me, and I am incredibly gratifed by the interest of those who have come to hear me speak.  I look forward to continuing my work to maintain our electoral integrity. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Activist Linda Brickman: Thank you Frosty for all you do for the party and the State Of Arizona!

Activist Maureen Bayardi: Thank you for all of your hard work on the Briefs.    No matter what some folks say I say you are THE BEST. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your loved ones.

Mike Kapic, CD8: Thank you for your efforts, they are appreciated. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Larry Sorenson: May I express my sincere wish that you and yours have a meaningful and joyous Christmas.

Daisy Mountain Activist Vera Anderson: Merry Christmas and thank you for all that you do.  We appreciate your MCRC Briefs and look forward to reading them each and every time.

Arizona’s Politics Mitch Martinson: It is heartening to see all of the responses from people who have come to your defense this week! As you know, I concur!

Russell Sias, La Paz County Republican Chairman -Open letter to”. Torunn, I ‘sincerely’ apologize for apparently misunderstanding your mistake. After watching our bylaws routinely ignored, over, and over, again, and again, I made the mistake of assuming that you had proofread your work on the web site, and it had been decided that the bylaws were not worth the trouble any longer exposing them on the web site is causing. I mean, after all, it seems they get ignored anyway – and just generates troubles for party leadership, right? My bad, I apologize.

     I raised a bunch of kids, and I don’t know how many times I had to put my arm around one of them, and say something like: I understand your excuse, but it’s still an excuse – and now you need to apologize. Proofreading, like any software, isn’t the job of the end user. It shouldn’t be. Contrary to the big non-bug-free software companies out there who like to assume it’s the responsibility of the end user to report bugs, this simply isn’t so. For example, if we had to “reboot” our vehicles every few days because of problems inherent in the vehicle, we all would flat-out be raising holy you know what with those manufacturers. Don’t know about you, but I do know me. So, why do we put up with buggy software from these providers? Baffles me! I digress.

     I retired from a job as a program manager for a software company. Never did I get to lay the blame for my mistakes on a client or another department. If something got by me, I had to own up to my mistake. Now, if your note to the Briefs is an apology, so be it, I’ll accept it as such. But it is not Frosty’s job to proofread your work, nor is it Jim’s job, it is yours. And, I won’t do it. I will, however, this time, assume that it was – a mistake -- if you say so.

     Instead of the party being led where the current ruling cabal thinks it should be going, it is my hope that, through already legally proposed bylaw changes, our leadership can guide the party where its members want it to be led. Here is a link to my own bylaws proposal:


Ray Kouns (3)Ray Kouns Candidate for State Senate:My wife Nancy and I moved to Arizona 24 years ago. We have lived in Legislative District 13 at Eagle Roost Airpark in Aquila for 18 years. I came to Arizona from Ohio with 26 years of marketing experience and entered the data processing field with Avnet in Chandler. I retired after 16 years as a Systems Analyst. I ran for Arizona State Rep in election cycle 2016. It would be an honor to represent the people of Arizona in the State Senate.

Joanne Osbsorne - goodyear city councilJoanne Osborne, a fourth generation Arizonan, is seeking the appointment to the LD13 senate seat vacated by Steve Montenegro. She is a Christian Community Leader, successful business owner and public servant. Hard work, commitment to God and strong family values have helped her live the American Dream. She is a sitting Goodyear City Councilmember and has served the city for the past 10 years. She was elected by her colleagues as the City of Goodyear’s Vice Mayor from June 2011 until June 2013. She is a graduate of the Southwest Valley Citizen Academy and Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Academy, and was also a member of the first graduating class of Goodyear's Police Citizen Academy. In July of 2013, she attended and graduated from Harvard University’s “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” program. Osbsorne was the recipient of Leadership West’s “Outstanding Business Leader of the Year” award in 2016. 

Osborne has demonstrated a deep commitment to Arizona’s youth by mentoring teens and headed the YMCA’s Teen Action Council for many years. Under her leadership, this program was recognized by Westmarc at the Best of the West Awards under the “Leadership of an Organization” category in 2009. She was also the past Vice President of the Homeless Youth Connection Board of Directors. Her efforts continue as she spearheads the Goodyear’s annual education summit, “Building Blocks to Great Schools” and an elementary level reading competition, known as the “City of Goodyear Reading Challenge”, promoting the importance of reading in kindergarten through eighth grade.   Regionally, Osborne serves on the Arizona Municipality Water Users Association (AMWUA) Board of Directors and the Abrazo West Hospital Campus Governing Board. Nationally, she sits on the National League of Cities’ Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations committee. As owners of Osborne Jewelers since 1990, Joanne and her husband, Ken, have been active participants in the Goodyear business community and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. She served as the Chairman of the Chamber's Marketing Committee in 2003 and 2004 and was named the "Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year" in 2003. She and her husband have four children.

Candidates Are Welcome to e-mail their announcements and a photo to Briefs at or for posting so readers can learn who the candidates are. Editor’s Note: Please keep announcement at 400 words. Longer announcements subject to editing to conform. - ft.

ARW Debbie Lesko

Senator Debbie Lesko wears Santa’s as she appears before the Arrowhead Republican Women at the Christmas luncheon.


Jan 4, 2018

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 4, 2018 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95. Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

Jan 6, 2018

The Sun City West Republican Club is planning an 8:30 am., Jan 6 Candidate Forum for the Supt of Public Instruction candidates at the Foundation Building, 14465 W RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West. Doors open at 8a m. All candidates will have an opening statement. A one-hour Q&A has been scheduled. Candidates should contact scheduler Clair Van Steenwyk at or 623-322-9979 to confirm dates and attendance. Candidates Supt. Candidates Tracy Livingston and Jonathan Gelbert are currently confirmed. The SCW will be conducting forums January – June, including secretary of state, state treasurer, corporation commission, AzSPI and LD22l House. Candidates in those contested races are urged to contact Van Steenwyk as soon as possible.


Brent Backus will Back US:

·         English as the official language of AZ, as approved by the voters.

·         The U.S Constitution.

·         The electoral college. NO popular vote.

·         Nullifying unconstitutional acts of the federal government.

·         No tax payer benefits to illegal aliens and "anchor  babies".

·         No State funding for entities that provide sanctuary status to illegals.

·         Make school vouchers available to all legal AZ residents.

·         Pro life and Pro second amendment.

·         Promote business growth in AZ.

·         Secure water resources for future generations.

·         Amend the law when an HOA can foreclose on your home.

·         Secure additional funding for AZ schools.

Backus Affiliations:

·         Endowment member of the NRA

·         Life member Tenth Amendment Center( TAC)

·         AZ-Lobbyist TAC

·         Judicial Watch

·         Heritage Foundation

·         AZ Republican Assembly

·         AZ Red Roots

·         Former Board Member Citizens for America

Married. Lives in Waddell. 37 years of private and public sector experience. Owned a consulting business. Supported conservative issues since 1980.Elected as a delegate to re-elect President Ronald Reagan.

Steve Smith cd1CD1 candidate Steve Smith today congratulated both President Trump as well as Congressional Republicans for passing and signing the first major tax reform in several decades. It provides an estimated $1.5 Trillion tax cut for the American people. “Tax reform is one of the most difficult issues Congress can take on, but it was also one of the most important if we are going to unshackle our economy and provide needed relief to our families.” said Smith, adding “We are already seeing companies sharing their gains with thousands of employees and the savings for Arizona families will make a real difference in their lives.” The Tax Relief bill has already prompted companies to pay bonuses to employees, raise wages, or make other worker-related investments. Many Arizona families will receive $2,000 or more in tax relief and that is money that can be used for education or health care expenses, major purchases like appliances or cars, or investments like retirement accounts or stock portfolios. Smith noted that Democrat Tom O’Halleran voted lockstep with Nancy Polosi and the rest of the House Democrats against tax relief for the families and businesses of CD1. “Tom O’Halleran has a long and terrible record on taxes, so I don’t think anyone was surprised that he voted to keep higher taxes on Arizonans. But I’m quite sure the voters of the First Congressional District will remember this vote come 2018!”


Sal DiCiccioPhoenix City Councilman #6 Sal DiCiccio: Christmas has arrived, I wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday! There are some exciting things happening in our district and throughout Phoenix this month.

     · Free Clinic at the Phoenix Convention Center December 25-27. No insurance or ID will be required. Your Best Pathway to Health serves the physical needs of the under-served by providing entirely free mobile multi-specialty clinics that offer medical, surgical, dental, eye care, and other critical services. Services offered at 100 N 3rd St., Phoenix. Call 1-623-329-0072 if you have questions about specific services.

     · Library closures - Restoration work at Burton Barr Central Library is still underway until summer 2018. All Phoenix Public Library locations will be closed:

· Sunday, December 24 in observance of Christmas Eve

· Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas

· Monday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day

     · Desert Botanical Garden is hosting Las Nochas De las Luminarias from 5:30-9:30 pm until Dec 30. The Garden feature more than 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the sights and sounds of 10 unique entertainment ensembles, including local favorite, Simply Three.

Dinner at the Garden cost is members is $25 per adult and $10 per child (children under 3 - free). Public admission is $30 per adult and $12.50 per child (children under 3 can get in for free). Tickets here.

     · Cityscape - An Ice Skater’s Dream With A Massive 36-Foot Holiday Tree in the center of the real ice rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park can sip a cup of hot cocoa, and Santa will make an appearance every Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4pm until 8pm.The ice rink is located at 1 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ, December 18-January 2 the hours for Monday through Sunday are the following: 3-5 pm, 5:30-7:30 pm. and 8-11 pm. Admission is $15 on site only. $10 discounted tickets for those with the following ID’s: Military I.D., You are a senior citizen, Children 8 and under (no ID necessary), and Children 3 and under are free. There is also an express pass that can be purchased online only. Tickets: here.



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