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1-19-17 Briefs

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Editor Frosty Taylor  repcomm@cox.net       Web Master John Strasser

 

The Chart Below Was Prepared By Arizona Freedom Alliance: See Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO! to read the entire article: 

MCRC Statutory Meeting January 14, 2017 Stats

Red = More proxies than people.    Blue – about 1/2 proxies, 1/2 peopke

Legislative District

Total PCs in District

Number of Pcs Attending In Person

% of Total PCs Attending in Person

Number of Pcs AttendingBy Proxy

% of Total PCs Attending by Proxy

Number of PCs Attending in person or by Proxy

% Attending in person or by Proxy

% of Attendees by Proxy

Avg no of proxies carried by person

No of Precincts with NO PCs

1

98

27

27.55%

48

48.98%

75

76.53%

64.00%

1.78

1

4

17

12

70.59%

1

5.88%

13

76.47%

7.69%

0.08

13

12

267

70

26.22%

99

37.08%

169

63.30%

58.58%

1.41

1

13

115

23

20.00%

52

45.22%

75

65.22%

69.33%

2.26

15

15

163

48

29.45%

28

17.18%

76

46.63%

36.84%

0.58

11

16

81

26

32.10%

16

19.75%

42

51.85%

38.10%

0.62

4

17

254

60

23.62%

113

44.49%

173

68.11%

65.32%

1.88

9

18

186

71

38.17%

59

31.72%

130

69.89%

45.38%

0.83

2

19

33

11

33.33%

15

45.45%

26

78.79%

57.69%

1.36

20

20

97

41

42.27%

20

20.62%

61

62.89%

32.79%

0.49

20

21

80

29

36.25%

26

32.50%

55

68.75%

47.27%

0.90

16

22

143

56

39.16%

28

19.58%

84

58.74%

33.33%

0.50

12

23

356

141

39.61%

113

31.74%

254

71.35%

44.49%

0.80

10

24

86

32

37.21%

19

22.09%

51

59.30%

37.25%

0.59

12

25

237

74

31.22%

45

18.99%

119

50.21%

37.82%

0.61

8

26

55

24

43.64%

16

29.09%

40

72.73%

40.00%

0.67

14

27

27

13

48.15%

3

11.11%

16

59.26%

18.75%

0.23

25

28

321

75

23.36%

139

43.30%

214

66.67%

64.95%

1.85

7

29

28

15

53.57%

1

3.57%

16

57.14%

6.25%

0.07

18

30

74

38

51.35%

27

36.49%

65

87.84%

41.54%

0.71

9

Total

2718

886

32.60%

868

31.94%

1754

64.53%

49.49%

0.98

227

CONCLUSION: At this meeting, 304 PCs present in person carried 493 proxies. This is ONLY among those seven districts that had more proxies than people in person. 189 votes were cast on behalf of ghosts in those seven districts where the predominance of votes were by proxy.... not by the actual PCs who didn't even show up. There were 868 total votes by proxies, many of them ghost proxies*. Is that right, by any measure? Remember, two candidates were elected by 54 and 45 votes. You see how proxies elected these two board members. Is that right? If YOU were there, you got only ONE vote but for those who carried proxies, some got as many as nine or ten votes but the average was 1.62 votes for those in person.

Editor’s Note: For over a month, Precinct Committeemen/State Committee have watched the Graham vs LD23 Saga unfold, wondering whether 119 LD23 delegates would be credentialed at the Jan 28 State Convention. Due to the conflicting stories, Briefs is posting Graham’s entire letter so there is no misunderstandings as to what AZGOP Robert Graham’s wrote in his 5:58 pm, Wed., Jan 18 e-mail to Executive Members. Also see LD23 Tim Horn Gives The LD23 Side Of The Story and LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski’s Timeline 2017_01_11_archive on this issue.  

UPDATE: American Freedom Alliance has posted a rebuttal to Graham’s letter that drips of red ink where AFA points out errors of omission and alleged misleading statements. See Robert Graham's Last Stand (The AFA Team shreds Graham’s letter to Exec Board) - ft

AZGOP Robert Graham to Members of the AZGOP Executive Committee: LD23 Election and Nomination Issues Letter to LD 23 PCs

   The purpose of this letter is to assure that every Republican precinct committeeman within the State of Arizona has a clear understanding surrounding the ongoing discussions with respect to LD 23 and the nomination of their state committeemen.

   The discussions do NOT regard the call letter, how it was sent, or the Attorney General’s opinion defining “mail” and “electric communication.” Further, the discussions do NOT and need not address LD 23’s election of new leadership. State committeemen, once elected, have the awesome responsibility to represent their district and/or county in a material way each year. Every precinct committeeman has the right to a fair and well-defined nomination process to assure that everyone has the option to pursue their interest of becoming a state committeeman.

   Like any club, organization, or business, it is normal to find new members who have little working experience or knowledge to apply to their newfound responsibilities. This reality adds additional responsibilities to leadership to assure everyone -- in this case newly elected precinct committeemen -- are included and are completely aware of the nomination process of becoming a state committeeman.

   The Complaint:

      The AZGOP was made aware by many new precinct committeemen and later confirmed by Nancy Ordowski, the new Chairman of LD 23, that there were over 28 precinct committeemen that were never made aware of the nomination process to become a state committeemen.

      The LD 23 leadership worked to acquire email addresses and any electronic means of communicating with the new precinct committeemen. Not all precinct committeemen responded to the requests. By not responding, leadership within all counties and district leadership must recognize the obligation to communicate with all elected precinct committeemen and the nomination process to run for state committeeman. If leadership does not have everyone’s email addresses or social media handle, USPS (mail) is the last resort to assure everyone is included. LD 23 did this with their call letters but not the nomination process for state committeeman. Herein lies the problem: to assure that everyone that would have wanted to be a state committeeman has a fair and equal opportunity to become a statecommitteemen.

     Many have complained this was a bad process, one that alienated conservative stalwarts who are important to the party and its success. Congressman David Schweikert and his wife's proxies were not permitted. There was arbitrary enforcement of proxy rules.

     C.T. Wright, a black leader in our party whom many of you know from his stirring invocations at our state party functions, was left alienated.

     Conservative attorney Mike Liburdi, an active volunteer in the Republican Lawyers Association in the past, gave notice to Chairman O'Connor that he could not attend the meeting and was not allowed to run for state committeeman. He was not given notice of the deadline for making the ballot, gave advance notice of his desire to run in writing, and had a proxy at the meeting but was denied the ability to run.

     Based on these examples and other similar complaints, AZGOP simply asked LD 23 to improve its process and hold a new election. They instead decided to hire lawyers and spent at least $5,000 fighting this. One is left wondering: what do you have to fear? Details are below, but the AZGOP simply offered to directly appoint Jim O'Connor as a state committeemen, allaying any fears that he would be prevented from campaigning for higher office in the party.

     In any case, after reviewing the complaints and having multiple meetings with leadership from LD 23 and their legal counsel, it is clear that there was neither bad behavior nor the intent to disenfranchise the new precinct committeemen of LD 23. The challenge lies with the outcome of the 119 nominated state committeemen and the question “would the results be different if the 28 plus precinct committeemen were notified properly and included in the election for the state committee both as voters or candidates for state committeeman.”

What has the AZGOP Offered as a Resolution?

   1) New Election: The AZGOP has offered to pay for a new election that would include ALL elected precinct committeemen from LD 23. This offer included paying for facilities, printing and postage. This offer was made weeks prior to the Maricopa County January 14th meeting and would assure compliance to all bylaws and Arizona Revised Statutes. A new election would have put forth best efforts to help assure that no one would have been left out of the process. Leadership in LD 23 said NO to this offer.

   2) Lottery: Next was a lottery system to randomly draw precinct committeemen names from a “hat.” All names of the precinct committeemen would be included in the drawing. Once a name was picked they would be contacted to confirm or deny their interest to becoming a state committeeman. If confirmed the AZGOP, under advice and consent of the LD 23 Chairman and Maricopa County Chairman, we would appoint that person. If the person denied interest in becoming a state committeemen, then a new name would be drawn. This process would be followed until all 119 names were confirmed and appointed. Further, there was an additional offer. There has been some suggestion that the AZGOP was attempting to block Jim O’Connor from being eligible for running for state chairman by not allowing his district to be credentialed at the State Meeting. This is false. LD 23 was offered, if they chose the lottery process, that the AZGOP would hold out Jim O’Connor as an automatic appointment to be a state committeeman. He had the top number of votes in his district and the AZGOP thought this was only fair to assure that we did not interrupt or interfere with his statewide campaign. Leadership in LD 23 saidNO to this offer.

   3) Letter to the District: Lastly, in an another effort to make sure that LD 23 had full state committeemen representation to the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017, the AZGOP suggested that a letter come from the immediate past Chairman, Jim O’Connor, who presided over the LD 23 Reorganization and State Committeemen Nomination process, stating “there was NO intent of LD 23 leadership to disenfranchise or not include the block of precinct committeemen that were not included in the state committeeman nomination process. The mistake was a clear oversight and because of the complaints we have received from the LD 23 committee members we have worked with the AZGOP to define and develop uniform guidelines to help assure there will never be confusion in the future. This process would also help assure that everyone would be included or have the option to be included in the state committee nomination process in the future. Uniform guidelines that would be helpful for committees statewide.”

   The AZ GOP has offered/proposed this simple statement as another way to assure that all currently nominated 119 State Committeemen would be credentialed at the upcoming State Statutory meeting with NO changes. Chairman Nancy Ordowski of LD 23 declined this offer too, stating their attorney said a statement of this nature would be an admission of guilt.

   At this point, the AZGOP has offered at least three solutions that would assure LD 23 full representation at the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017.

   Given the reasonable solutions that have been offered, and the continued “no deal” response, it feels as if the intent to “credential LD 23” at the state meeting is not the top priority of previous and current leadership of LD 23. It also feels as if the accusatory “disenfranchisement” narrative being leveled by some is politically motivated.

   As Chairman of the AZGOP I have the responsibility to give surety that all precinct committeemen statewide, within every county and district, have a fair and equitable opportunity to represent the Republican Party as a state committeeman. I am making every attempt to address the concerns brought forward by new and active precinct committeemen of LD 23 and I am continuing to work toward a solution. All precinct committeemen deserve and have the right to confidence in the process. Legitimacy should only be claimed once a fair and equitable resolution has been made.

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The Current Tentative List of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected:  http://az.gop/arizona-republican-state-meeting-2017-committeemen/

Editor’s Note: Announcements or statements are limited to 300 words. If longer, they will be edited to conform to policy.

Attention Republican Group Leaders: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either frostytaylor@cox.net or repcomm@cox.net. – Editor Frosty Taylor

LD25 will meet at 7 pm., Thur., Jan 19 at the Charles K. Lester Building--640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ to hear AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor discuss the AZGOP. Contact Karen Gevaert irisheyes3@cox.net

LD23 PC Joe Romack: Attached are the FEC filings of Jim O'Connor that I believe reveal where his true loyalties lie.  As they say, "Follow the Money" or in this case, lack thereof. Link to verify: http://tinyurl.com/jrnqlnc

Briefs Offered AZGOP Chairman Jim O’Connor the same opportunity to respond as we did to candidate Jonathan Lines regarding his donations 1-18-17-briefs . O’Connor: I retired to Arizona close to the time I sold my business in 2001. I had amassed a few dollars of savings to carry me and my family through sending our youngest son through college and allow me to spend my senior years contributing my time and my talents to my church, my community in pro bono service. For the past 11 years, much of that time and talent had been in the capacity of a Precinct Committeemen working in my district in many capacities, most recently including District Chairman. Over my lifetime I contributed over $50,000.00 to Republican candidates; but I have been retired full time for the past six years and live on a budget as do other seniors. So instead of giving money, I generously give my time. I chose not to put a price tag on the value of that time, as to me it is priceless. And that is the way I feel about every patriot giving themselves to the great cause of “keeping our Republic”. That is why as Chairman, I will hear your voice and honor your contributions of time, talent and treasure whether large or small.

Arizona GOP Candidates for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms).  Candidates are:

·         Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O'Connor  & jimoconnorazgop.com/  (Slate:  Sec Gabby Saucedo-Mercer and Treasurer Bob Lettieri.)

·         Jonathan Lines  Jonathan-Lines  (Slate - Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)

·         Frank Thorwald  Frank-Thorwald- (no slate)

·         Secretary Gabby Mercer   Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer , Cindy Coleman cindyc22@msn.com  and Marla Festenese.

·         Treasurer – Bob Lettieri rlett5484@aol.com   Wes Harris wwharris@msn.com  Bill Beard wglbeard@hotmail.com and Eric Morgan.

In honor of President Donald J Trump’s Fri, Jan 20 inauguration Panther TEK’s IT company is running a discount for computer repair and trouble shooting services, according to owner Nohl Rosen of Wickenburg. Contact: www.panthertekit.com or 480-980-8541.

LD18 meet last night at the Mountain View Lutheran Church with newly elected officers:

·         Chairperson Jennifer Szatkowski

·         1st Vice Chair Ed Pellegrino

·         2nd Vice Chair Connie Sunday

·         3rd  Vice Chair Sharon Rihs

·         4th Vice Chair Mike Noble

·         Secretary Pam Derks

·         Treasurer Reid Pixler

Briefs Sent Identical Questions to the three AZGOP Chairman candidates. Their answers will be posted every day, in the order in which they came in, until the Jan 28 Mandatory Meeting election. Question #16: Since Sen John McCain is getting a lot of heat over the questionable file he turned over to the FBI regarding allegations against President-elect Donald J Trump, would you back State Committeemen/PCs if they support a resolution asking McCain to step down or the recall of McCain (if it can be done legally via state law)?

JIM O’CONNOR: My personal feeling regarding both of our US Senators lack of support of our Republican President Donald J. Trump is a great disappointment. These men are looked to as leaders of our Arizona Republican Party. They have set a very bad role model. After researching our ability as Arizona Voters to recall a Federally Elected Official, it was reported to me that we are out of luck, Only state and local elected government officials may be removed from office through a “recall” mechanism in our state. Senator McCain was elected to his next six year term and that is our reality. Although I will honor the wishes of the majority of our statewide PCs with respect to “resolutions” they bring forward from time to time, I will be encouraging them to focus their time, talent and treasure on winnable battles. The last few years have proven beyond a doubt that our party has wasted resources on picking the wrong battles to fight. I see it as part of my job to redirect those energies to more productive uses.

JONATHAN LINES: Like most Republicans, I’ve been outraged by the leaks and lies told about our President-elect and his key appointees. The radical left will stop at nothing in an attempt to delegitimize our 45th President, and it is shameful. As for Senator McCain, it would be inappropriate for me as both a County GOP Chair and as a candidate for State GOP chair to publicly attack or demean the Senator. I have often disagreed with a position that the Senator has taken, and have certainly made sure that he is aware of my opinion, but the role of the party is to elect Republicans and defeat Democrats, period. Therefore, I would be breaking my own rules, along with Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, if I were to publicly attack Senator McCain or any other Republican. Furthermore, seeing as there is no provision for a “recall” in Arizona, this seems to be an issue that would only serve to divide our party, when it is my goal to unite us around shared principles and Republican victories! During his most recent primary challenge, I remained completely neutral, despite my close friendship with both Kelli and Michael Ward. While one of my opponents strongly supported a 3rd candidate who did not even remain in the race until election day, I maintained my neutrality throughout. I will take the same approach as Arizona State Chairman, pledging only to do everything I can to elect the Republican nominee once the primary is over.

FRANK THORWALD: No response at post time. Thorwald will resume tomorrow.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jan 19

The ASU College Republicans are hosting Dr. Donald Critchlow from the Center for Political Thought and Leadership to give a presentation on the ‘Future of the Republican Party.’ Critchlow will discuss what he believes the GOP needs to do to stay relevant and win elections as voter demographics and culture change. The meeting will be on Thurs, Jan19 at 6:30 at the ASU Tempe Campus in room BAC 324. Contact: President Kevin Calabrese kevincalabrese@outlook.com or facebook.com/events

LD25 will meet at 7 pm., Thur., Jan 19 at the Charles K. Lester Building--640 N. Mesa Dr. Mesa, AZ to hear AZGOP Chairman candidate Jim O’Connor discuss the AZGOP. Contact Karen Gevaert irisheyes3@cox.net

The Flagstaff Republican Women is hosting a January Inauguration Party Luncheon/celebration between 11:30 am-1 pm., Thurs., Jan 19 at the Doubletree Hotel, 1175 W Route 66 in Flagstaff to kick off “The Year of the Elephant Stampede”. Prizes for the most patriotically dressed. Wear red, white and blue. Raffle prizes include cash, jewelry, elephants and surprise goodies to inaugural souvenirs. RSVP deadline is Sun., Jan 15 to guarantee a seat. $17 members, $20 non-members, $5 non-lunch attendees. RSVP to frwrsvp@gmail.com or Joan Harris 298-226-0502.

The Colorado River Tea Party meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy95 in Yuma. The next meeting is at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 19 with Sheriff Leon Wilmot. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219 coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com

The City of Peoria is having open houses for public comment on redistricting their council site. According to LD21 Chairman Eileen Muller, a lot of LD21 and LD22 folks reside in the City of Peoria and this will impact the 2018 elections. Contact: 623-773-7282 and or www.peoriaaz.gov Residents are urged to attend between 4-7pm:

· Jan 19 at New Life Community Church, 8155 W Thunderbird Ave. #18, Peoria or Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria.

· Jan 20 at Country Meadows School, 8409 N 111 Ave., Peoria or Copper Hills Church, 27035 N. Black Rock Blvd in Peoria.

· Jan 26 at Pinnacle Peak Police Station, 23100 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Peoria or Peoria Communty Center Saddleback Rm, 8335 W Jefferson St., Peoria.

Suggested maps must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2017 to be considered. The final map will be adopted in June 2017. 

JAN 20

The Republican Office at 99th and Bell, 10050 West Bell Road, Suite #50 is planning a “pot luck bunch” and will live stream Donald Trump's 2017 Inauguration ceremonies at 10am Arizona time, Fri., Jan 20. Some egg dishes will be available. If attending, please bring fruit, orange juice or rolls to share. Or give a financial donation. LD21 is holding a 50/50 drawing. Doors open at 9 am. Contact: Manage Phyllis/Peter Lee mdcyclist@live.com

The ASU College Republicans are hosting Dr. Donald Critchlow from the Center for Political Thought and Leadership to give a presentation on the ‘Future of the Republican Party.’ Critchlow will discuss what he believes the GOP needs to do to stay relevant and win elections as voter demographics and culture change. The meeting will be on Thurs, Jan19 at 6:30 at the ASU Tempe Campus in room BAC 324. Contact: President Kevin Calabrese kevincalabrese@outlook.com or facebook.com/events

The Pima County Republicans will celebrate with a Fri., Jan 20 starting with:

· 6 am. BBQ Breakfast, Fri., Jan 20 at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 7850 N Oracle Rd (MaGee). No cover charge. Breakfast options available. Live broadcast KNST AM790.

· 6pm dinner (5:30 cocktails) is scheduled at the Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 Tucson Blvd in Tucson. $15 per person RSVP: Joyce at 520-484-3358;

· and separate party scheduled between 5:30-10 pm at the Wilbur’s Grill at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E Broadway in Tucson.

JAN 21

The Sonoita-Elgin Tea Party urges residents to attend the 30 minute US Fish & Wildlife Service documentary “Wolves in Government Clothing” between 2-4 pm., Sat., Jan 21 in the Pioneer Hall at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. The documentary revolves around USFWS plans to expand the wolf reintroduction area from I-10 south to the US/Mexican border.  Also see “Living with Wolves” presented by Wink Crigler, Owner X Diamond Cattle Ranch from Greer, AZ who was Named Society of Range Management's Top Range Manager 2011; along with Cindy Coping, Chair of Pima Natural Resources Conservation District; Mary Darling, former Appeals & Litigation Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service; and Emcee Dean Fish: Manager of the Santa Fe Ranch, Nogales, AZ. Open to the public – free of charge. Complimentary beverages and snacks.  Sponsored by the Bowman and Stradling History Center. Contact: Sonoita/Elgin Tea Party Website

The Pinal County Republican Committee is hosting the three AZGOP Chairman candidates - Jim O'Connor, Jonathan Lines and Frank Thorwald, at 10 am., Sat., Jan 21 in Florence. Contact: Irene Littleton at irene7235@gmail.com

The Arizona Republican Assembly West Chapter will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Jan 21 at Culver’s, 5127 N 99th Ave., in Glendale. Contact: President Cirico (CID) DeLaFuente azraswc@yahoo.com (623)312-7054.

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am , Sat., Jan 21 for a legislative update LD 23 Legislators Senator J. Kavanagh and Representatives M. Ugenti-Rita and J. Lawrence.  Judge Michael Reagan will swear in newly elected officers. Only paid members can vote on the officers. Dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for families Coffee and breakfast snacks commence at 8:30 am.

Jan 23

Tempe Republican Women will meet with Alison Gentala of Arizona Families for Home Education and Vicki Algier, author of Failure: The Federal Miseducation of America's Children at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 23 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85282. They will be handing out free National School Choice swag (scarves and posters.) A group photo will be taken at the end of the meeting. RSVP TempeRepublicanWomen/events Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow - merrowjessica@gmail.com

Jan24

The Fountain Hills Republican Club's "GOP Social" is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., Jan 24 in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268.  The GOP Socials are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of each month at the Fireside Grill.  NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food). The  Club's "GOP Socials" are open to all interested persons, membership in the FH Republican Club is not required.  Everyone is welcome.  

Jan 25

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet at the IHOP Restaurant, 6601 W Peoria Ave in Glendale. Order food at 6 pm., mtg at 6:30 pm. Speaker: LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell addressing new plans for Arizona grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com

National Trump Campaign COO and AZ State Treasurer Jeff DeWit is scheduled to address the Feb 25, 2017 Annual Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Lincoln dinner. Details tba.

JAN 26

A School Choice Rally is scheduled between noon and 1:30 pm., Thurs., Jan 26 at the Capitol Building, 1700 W Washington St in Phoenix. Participants are asked to bring your yellow scarves. Hosted by National School Choice Week.

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS/ACTION

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Congresswoman Martha McSally after voting for a concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for fiscal year 2017, which will guide the legislative process to repeal and replace the failing Affordable Care Act. “Southern Arizonans deserve access to affordable, quality health care that provides them with choice and meets their needs. Obamacare, which was flawed from the beginning, is collapsing under its own weight – and nowhere have families and individuals been hit harder than Arizona, where premiums are rising faster than anywhere in the country. Today’s vote is the first step to repealing the failing Affordable Care Act and replacing it with legislation that brings down costs, increases competition, and ensures Americans have access to quality health care....”

As A Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jeff Flake is responsible for confirming our nation’s next chief diplomat. He enjoyed a thoughtful conversation with Rex Tillerson, the incoming administration’s selection for Secretary of State. Watch a clip of the meeting here.

The President-Elect’s Pick to lead the Department of the Treasury stopped by Sen. Flake’s office to learn about some of the challenges facing Arizona’s business community. Watch a clip of the meeting here..

Congressman Andy Biggs after President Obama commuted the sentence of Private Manning: "Over the objections of his own Secretary of Defense, President Obama made the decision yesterday to commute the sentence of Private Manning, a former solider convicted of stealing and disseminating almost one million pages of documents and videos. This is yet another example of President Obama’s reckless disregard for the rule of law and American security. A Commander in Chief should never minimize nor incentivize the traitorous actions of people entrusted to keep our country's secrets. Private Manning deserved to serve his full sentence in prison and I am extremely disappointed in the message this sends to the rest of the world."

Sen John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce comprehensive sanctions legislation on Russia for their cyber intrusions, aggression, and destabilizing activities in the United States and around the world. The legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL).“Every American should be alarmed by Russia’s brazen attack on our democracy,” said McCain. “For eight years, the United States has had no policy to deter, respond to, or retaliate against cyberattacks. As a nation, we must demonstrate that if you attack our country, you will pay a price.

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· Petition: Arizona-C4Ls-Petition-To-Prevent-An-Article-V-Constitutional-Convention

· Inaugural Rioters Urged To ‘Go Hard’ In ‘Only Chance’ To ‘Rove The City’ Under ‘Protocol Of The Obama Era’

· Ads In Two Dozen Cities Offer Protesters Up To $2,500 To Agitate At Trump Inaugural

· McCain-Leaning-Toward-Supporting-Tillerson-Despite-Russia

· Thousands-Of Criminal-Illegal-Immigrants-Sent-Home

· How-Phoenix-VA-Overcame-Infection-Outbreak

· McCain: I Worry-Under-Trump-As-I-Worried-Under-Obama

· McCain Calls For Major Boost To Defense Spending, Modernization Of Joint Force

· Head Of D.C. National Guard Asked To Stay Through Inauguration

· Entitlement-Programs-Gained-Tens-Thousands-Beneficiaries-During Obama-Administration Food Stamp Rolls Have Increased 32% Since 2009

· Putin Said That A Damning Dossier On Trump Was "False" And Dismissed Allegations That His Country's Security Services Had Been Monitoring Him As "Rubbish."

 

SEEING RED AZ

· Obama Commutes Tranny Traitor’s Sentence Doles Out Plum Appointments To Friends

· Leftist Radicals Seek To Derail Trump Inauguration, Ball

· Petulant Dem U.S. Reps. Boycott Trump Inauguration

· John McCain’s Latest Border Security Deceit

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO!

· Did The U.S. Intelligence Community Fall for an Internet Prank?

· Is A State-Based Recall Of A U.S. Senator Constitutional?

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· How Can Former Senator-Russell-Pearce Get By On $233,000 A Year?

· The-730-Scandals-That-Have-Plagued Obama Administration

· Be Prepared

· Schedule-Of-Events-For-2017 Inaugural

· No-Arizona-Voters-You-Can’t-Recall John McCain

MICHELLE MALKIN

· Sponsors-Of-Anarchy Hoodlums Will Be Out In Full Force This Inauguration Day Weekend. Count On It.

MYCHAL-MASSIE

· John-Lewis: Conflicted-But-No-Hero

MICHAEL SAVAGE

· What-Else-Will-They-Blame-Trump-For

ALLEN-WEST

· Days Before Inauguration, Trump Warned He’ll “Open The Gates Of Hell”

· Rep. Lewis, On Today Of All Days, This Is Personal

· Who Writes These Asinine Questions For Senator Warren?

 

RNC/GOP

· Larry Kudlow: GOP's Border Adjustment Tax Is 'Voodoo Economics'

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP

· Donald-Trump-Has-Raised-More-Money-For His-Inauguration-Than Any-Other President-In History

· Trump On Hillary: She Was "Guilty As Hell"

· Yes, Trump Can Make Mexico Pay For The Border Wall. Here’s How.

· Reporters Have Worked From The White House For Over 100 Years. Will Trump Evict Them?

· Trump Faces $11 Trillion Social Security Time Bomb

· Paper: Trump-Has-Broad-Powers-To-Stop-Sanctuary-Cities/

· Bikers Won't Let Protesters Ruin Trump's Big Day

· Draining The Swamp: Trump Considering 10% Spending Cuts, 20% Reduction In Federal Workforce

· Rep. John Lewis’ Inauguration Boycott Is Phony Baloney Hustle

· A-Comprehensive-List-Of-Everyone-Donald-Trump-Has-Appointed-To-His-Cabinet-So-Far

MIKE PENCE

· Pence on 'Special Report': Commuting Manning's Sentence Was 'Mistake'

MEDIA

· Tucker Exposes Hoax Group Claiming To Pay Protesters At Trump Inauguration

· Hannity: Obama Came In A Crybaby And Is Leaving A Crybaby

· Media-Prepares-For-War-With-Trump

BILL AND HILLARY

· What Did Bill And Hillary Clinton Do With Haiti’s $3.9 Billion In Aid?

· Close Clinton Friend Arrested For Threat To Trump

DEMS/LIBERALS

· Liberals Are Fuming As Anti-Trump Protestors Face Restrictions At Inauguration Parade

RIOTS/PROTESTS

· Undercover Video: Radicals Plot To Sabotage Trains During Inauguration

· Dumb Lib Alert: Protester Tries Setting Self On Fire Outside Donald Trump’s D.C. Hotel: ‘We Have A Dictator That Has Been Elected’

· 5 Reasons To Believe Inauguration Day May Turn Into A Marxist Riot

TERRORISTS

· Project Veritas Uncovers Group Planning Terrorist Attack at Inauguration

SECOND AMENDMENT, FIREARMS

· Gun Industry, Suicide Prevention Forge Unlikely Alliance

COURTS

· Trump Meets With Possible Supreme Court Pick Who Called Roe V. Wade ‘Worst Abomination In The History Of Constitutional Law’

MILITARY/VETERANS/DEFENSE

· Vets Ask Why Obama Is Pardoning Felons But Not Those With PTSD

· Congressman Calls U.S. Military 'Completely Broken'

· 2. U.S. Forces Team With Turkey Again To Attack ISIS In Syria

CONGRESS

· Dem Rep: If Russians Helped Trump Come Up With Term ‘Crooked Hillary,’ That Could Be An Impeachable Offense [VIDEO]

· John Lewis Is An Income-Stealing Liberal Who Supports Murdering Unborn Black Babies

· Washington Needs Fiscal Sustainability And Government Transformation

· McConnell Introduces Bill To Fund Coal Miner Health Plans

WHITE HOUSE

· Obamas Both Multimillionaires As They Leave White House

· President Barack Obama Has Commuted The Sentence Of Chelsea Manning And Pardoned Retired Four-Star Marine Gen. James Cartwright.

INTERNATIONAL

· Putin Accuses Obama Administration Of Trying To Undermine Trump's Legitimacy

· Putin Issues Dire Warning: Western Elites Plotting ‘Soft Coup’ To ‘Not Let Trump Take Office’

· Putin Accuses Obama Administration Of Trying To Undermine Trump

· Russia Says Ready To Talk To Trump About Nuclear Arms, Syria

· Tourists Flee ‘Nightmare’ Paris Amidst Rising Theft, Assaults, Terror

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