Saturday, January 21, 2017

1-21-17 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Editor Frosty Taylor       Web Master John Strasser

FULL SPEECH: President Donald Trump Inaugural Address

clip_image002President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, vowing that yesterday “will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. "Trump vowed to fight “the crime, and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives.”

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump said with former President Barack Obama looking on. Read the full transcript.

"We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power," Trump said. "From this day forward it's going to be only 'America first! America first!'" The Obamas departed the Capitol via helicopter on their way to Palm Springs, California, for a vacation.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly have been sworn in to their new Cabinet jobs. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday night administered the oath of office to each in separate ceremonies in the vice president's ceremonial office.

Retired Border Patrol Supervisor Zack Taylor will address the AZ Republican Assembly – Western Pima County Chapter at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 23 at the Central Events Hall, 408 N Sacaton St. #2, in Casa Grande (SE corner W Florence Blvd/N Sacaton St).clip_image004In 1976 he received a competitive appointment with the US Border Patrol and retired in 2003 after a distinguished career on the US/Mexico Border. His first primary duty was patrolling the border for drug and alien intrusions into the United States on both private and public lands. Beginning in 1988 until his retirement, he served as a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at Nogales, specializing in field intelligence gathering and training other Border Patrol Officers how to safely operate along the Arizona Border while performing drug and alien smuggling detection and apprehension duties on Public Land. He resides within sight of the Mexican Border at Rio Rico is a Charter Member of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers and has testified at Congressional Hearings as an expert witness concerning criminal activity in Wilderness designation areas. He recently was featured in Glenn Beck’s Rumors of War III documentary, is credited in Beck’s book, Cowards, and is quoted in William R. Daniel’s book, One If by Land...What Every American Needs to Know About Our Border. Contact: Nancy Hawkins

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#18: Since there are so many unhappy campers over phone voting difficulties (lack of WIFI connections, people leaving in frustration without voting, etc ) at county/state conventions, would you support reverting back to paper ballots.

      JIM O’CONNOR: To me the real question is one of confidence in the team running the election. Going back to the State Convention and the major fiasco with afternoon voting via cell phone technology, I heard many complaints suggesting a purposefully manipulated process to achieve the outcome desired by a few bad actors. Unfortunately the lack of integrity demonstrated by our current party chairman diminishes the confidence of all of us working to build a strong and appealing organization for the future. As to the technology itself, I am fully prepared to move our party into the modern era through trainings and practices at every County and LD meeting. Our goal is to increase the comfort level of all participating PCs. The state party is committed to provide those training sessions statewide immediately after my taking office. These processes will also be added to bylaw changes recommended by the EC upon a thorough study of every issue after which a vote will be taken to recommend changes to the State Committeemen. It is intended that we conduct a Special Meeting for Bylaw changes as early as this summer.

      JONATHAN LINES: I was at the state convention last year and the MCRC meeting this past Saturday where electronic voting took place. The problems that I witnessed were the lack of sufficient bandwidth to cover the demand, a general misunderstanding of the procedure based on unclear instructions/noise, etc and the limited number of devices for all who needed them. At the MCRC meeting however there was another issue that caused some serious concern among many of those I spoke with – the privacy of the vote. The login was specific to name, alarming some that the votes could be traced. Technology can be a cost and time savings tool, but it must be efficient for all and without any possible violations of privacy or interference with the right of all to cast their vote in an orderly and fair manner. If those cannot be guaranteed, then a paper ballot would be used.

      FRANK THORWALD: No response at post time. Thorwald says he will catch up.

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson has announced that the Arizona Game and Fish has postponed the Sat., Jan 21 Open House at Planet Ranch due to access requires travel through several major washes. The event will be rescheduled on a “drier” weekend – possibly Sat., Jan 28. Contact: Wildlife Manager Supervisor Deanna Pfleger 928-916-2004.

The Wickenburg Republican Club will not meet Mon., Jan 23. Meetings will resume March 27. Contact: Chr Frosty Taylor

The Fountain Hills Republican Club meets at 9 am this morning (Sat., Jan 21) to elect new officers and get legislative updates from LD23 Sen John Kavanagh and Reps M Ugenti-Rita and Jay Lawrence. Coffee/breakfast snacks at 8:20 am. Only paid members can vote on the officers. Dues are $20 for individuals or 30 per family. Judge Michael Reagan will swear in the newly elected officers.   Club members Sheila Muehling and Yvonne Cahill were elected Maricopa County Republican Committee officers at the MCRC Statutory meeting earlier this month. Muehling is treasurer and Cahill is second vice chair.

Maricopa County Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will give her “State of Education speech and answer questions between 2-5 pm., Mon., Jan 23. Contact: Stefan Swiat, PIO 602-542-2086

The Quail Creek Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am, March 17 in the Kino Conference Room, adjacent to the QC Qual, with new Republican Sheriff Mark Napier of Tucson.

AAARC Will Meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Feb 26 at GOP headquarters 3501 N. 24th St, Phx. Contact Chr Rev Clyde Bowen 602 309 6015

Residents of Alpine and Springerville, Ariz., and Reserve, N.M. and surrounding areas may notice several daily flights of a low-flying helicopter over their communities in late January and early February as biologists working on the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project conduct their annual wolf population survey and capture. The reintroduction project is a multi-agency cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department (department), U.S. Forest Service, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services and White Mountain Apache Tribe. “Our biologists and wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners are working diligently to bring the Mexican wolf population back to a healthy level on a working landscape,” said Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle. “Conducting this annual wolf count provides us a good indication of where we are in the reintroduction process.” The aerial operation is scheduled to run Jan. 23 - Feb. 4, weather permitting. Survey flights will occur in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area, focusing primarily in forested areas wolves currently occupy. Results of the survey will be made available to the public in February by a news release and a posting on the department’s website at or

Mark Lewis: Avinash is on the front page of the main SE Asian news site. Good job Avinash. after-trump-next-stop-hong-kong-indian-data-wizard An accidental immigrant, and a political junkie with the natural touch for data analytics helped Donald Trump win the presidency, and he is just getting started. Lewis is a Maricopa County Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board member.

Larry Hilliard: Thursday, Jan 19, I attended the ASU College Republicans meeting with Dr Critchlow from the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at ASU giving a presentation on the ‘Future of the Republican Party.’  The Dr's comments were informative and I'd encourage others to start attending activities put on by the Center. Dr Critchlow started taking questions and all went well until one of our Republican PCs asked about citizenship and proceeded to act abhorrently. This PC owes Dr Critchlow and all of the ASU College Republicans an apology.

Activist Estelle Beswick: Frosty, your reporting is excellent. Thank you…

AFA Staff Lynne Breyer: I just now had time to read 1-19-17 Briefs Thank you so much for showcasing at the very top of your Thursday edition our research on Proxy Harvesting and how it adversely impacts voter outcomes. And thanks to our team member who did the research for this information. This is an important issue in the same vein of Ballot Harvesting.

Tom Morrissey, Immediate Past Chairman AZ GOP: After witnessing the back and forth between Chairman Graham and LD 23 over the legitimacy of the seating of LD 23 state committeemen, it brought back memories of my time as Chairman. Of course, I came from the conservative ranks as you all know. And when Chairman, I needed to represent the entire party, not just one side. In order to do this, I had to set aside my personal biases, and seek fairness by letting the members determine the outcome of whatever the issues were at the time. Without a doubt, our purpose as a party is to elect Republicans. Internally, however, it gets tougher, but again honesty and fairness must prevail. Interference on the part of the Chairman is unacceptable under any circumstance. Our organization is not typical in that the LD's and Counties operate mostly autonomously from the State. As such, they are free to conduct their business as they see fit, under guidelines of the bylaws and to the best of their ability. Let the organization determine their leadership team, not the special interests of the current Chair. My appeal is to all State Committeemen - do not let special interests or back room deals determine our future leadership. Do not allow yourselves to be railroaded into the hands of those who wish to dominate our party. Vote for the person you think will best serve our party as Chairman.

Town Crier Jim Ehl: Hold your friends close, but hold your enemies closer!  For years The Arizona Town Crier, and others have pointed out the disparities of Robert Graham and what a good AZ GOP chairman would have done.   Apparently not wanting to read any criticism, Robert Graham asked to be dropped from the Town Crier list years ago.   In face of all that has happened, and now the LD23 thing, none of the state committeemen, the AZ GOP Executive Committee, the county chairs, the AzRA, all the blogs and web pages have seemingly been so oblivious to the autocratic ruling of the AZ GOP and have done nothing about it!  Now we face this. Robert Graham's Last Stand If Robert gets his way it may just spell the end of the AZ GOP as we would like to have it!

Activist Francis Emma Barwood to Sen John McCain: There have been times when I totally disagreed with you and times I was happy with your voting decisions.  However, this is regarding your upcoming vote on Rex Tillerson.  We are hoping you don't do what the Democrats are hoping you do and vote against him.  Tillerson might have gotten a 'Friends Award' from Russia but what does that mean?  He was not rude or mean to them?  Do you really want to have a back-step into the Cold War of our youth?  I hope not. Please support our new President.  You and others are being talked about in a negative way among the Republicans who worked hard to get the Clintons defeated.  I didn't support Donald Trump to start with and am dismayed that my choice, who insisted that Trump support the chosen nominee, didn't do that himself.  That showed a really bad character and a BIG disappointment to me and those who believed in that promise.  So, as my Senator, I am hoping that you follow through with supporting President Trump's selections and let history show if he choices were the right ones or not. Please unite our divided Republican Party or I fear it will lose more members and the Democrats would love that.  (Barwood is a former Phoenix City Councilwoman.)

Former PC Wayne Blair to Brian Reilly: I sure hope that the MCGOP will be happy with the new sheriff of MC who will treat his guests like any other County person and have Brian Reilly to thank for this through his rhetoric against the General election of Sheriff Joe as their candidate for MC Sheriff and not Dan Saban. That 13% lose is a direct effect of that rhetoric. I think it is better to keep your mouth shut when a member of your party is the nominee and take your opinion to the ballot box. Brian is in the same boat with the NeverTrumpers but was a NeverArpaio which I do belief had some affect on the election outcome. Brian, at least I copy you in on any communication I have about you when that communications is sent to another person.

Activist Stephen Sivigliano: How many more ways can this devil do more damage to America?  Let me not count the ways.  He should just go out and hit more golf balls from now until noon tomorrow.  Maybe he'll get on Air Force One and remove as many luxuries as he can get his grubby little hands on, like the Clintons removed silverware, artwork and furniture from the White House when they left.  He should have gotten down on hands and knees to ask America for forgiveness, instead of boasting about how wonderful he is.  How many times did he say, "me, mine, I, I'm" in the last 8 years?  Good riddance! 

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has brought attention to an issue in the initial FY 2018 budget proposal that will render the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) unable to issue payments to schools on July 1 or earlier if left unchanged. The initial budget recommendation allocated zero dollars for the maintenance and support of ADE’s information technology systems, including those responsible for determining school enrollment numbers and payments, which would cripple its ability to calculate and distribute funding. “I certainly appreciate that Governor Ducey has made education a top priority in his budget, and I was very pleased to see that many of the ideas he has included are similar to the proposals in my 2017 AZ Kids Can’t Wait! plan,” said Douglas. “Unfortunately, without any funding in next year’s budget proposal to support the data system that allows us to collect enrollment information from schools and calculate their allocations, we will soon be unable to process the payments that support Arizona schools, teachers, and students.”

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

·         Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O'Connor  &  (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  and Marla Festenese.

·         Treasurer – Bob Lettieri   Wes Harris  Bill Beard and Eric Morgan.

What's Really Going On With LD23? Tim Horn, first Vice Chair of the Legislative District 23 Republican Committee explains what he see happening.

The AZGOP Chairman's Awards Dinner 2017 is scheduled at 6 pm., (reception at 5:30 pm.) Fri., Jan 27 at the downtown Phoenix Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 N 2nd St. in Phoenix. Live entertainment. $60 per person for $500 per table. Tickets at 602-957-7770.

The Current Tentative List of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected:

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

Did Anyone find a back pack from the stage Saturday?  Purple and black with “East Cobb Vikings” logo? If anyone knows the whereabouts of the back pack, or if you found any other lost items during the Jan 14 Maricopa County Republican Committee’s meeting, please contact George Teegarden at

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 or – Editor Frosty Taylor


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

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 (623)312-7054.

A Benefit Yard Sale For “Super Sammy, a young child fighting brain cancer, Medulloblastoma and Posterior Fossa Syndrome will be held between 8 am-4 pm., Jan 21 at Desert Hills Baptist Church, 20909 W Yuma Road in Buckeye. Sammy, who is receiving chemo treatments, is the son a local police officer and crew chief in the Air Force Reserves. Donations go directly to the family to help relieve financial stress. Donations can be dropped off at the church or Sammy’s story at Contact: 480-399-6772 or 623-302-4542.

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 -

Ron Ludders is hyping the 6:30pm., Mon, Jan 23 Arizona Project meeting as the “first ever held under a Republican President.” He also recommends watching New Day. Monday evening Ben Wick will the second part of a series on a citizen’s responsibility in a Republican Democracy and "Strategies to Light the Fires of Liberty".  The meeting is scheduled at 3375 E Shea Blvd., in Phoenix. Contact Ludders at 602.677.1496


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

Ahwatukee Republican Women will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 25 at Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 with Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives JD Mesnard and Colby Bledsoe, Campaign Manager for FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center dedicated to helping activists fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. Networking at 6:30 pm. Contact: Questions/RSVP: Cindy Casaus at 602-300-4185 or

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

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.

The Ahwatukee Tea Party will meet at 6 pm.,Thurs., Jan 26 at Firehouse #43
4110 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Dr. Lance Hurley will portray George Washington in his presentation.  Last year he portrayed Patrick Henry. Parking and access are on the west side of building. Info:

Jan 27

The Tempe Republican Women will meet with Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir at 6:30 pm., Feb 27 at the Pyle Center, 655 E Southern Ave in Tempe. RSVP TempeRepublicanWomen/events Contact Chairman Jessica Merrow -

Jan 28

A Pro-police Rally is scheduled in front of the Glendale Police Headquarters, 6835 N 57th Dr in Glendale at 10 am, Jan 28. Hosts are the Pro-police movement Rally For LE and the expendables Motorcycle Club of America. Participants are encouraged to wear blue, bring Thin Blue Line and American flags as well as signs in support of police. Thin Blue Line flags will be presented to both the Glendale Police Department as well to the family of a fallen officer. A motorcycle procession is expected to kick off the event and there will be speakers. Chief St. John and members of the Glendale PD are expected to be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. For information go to

The Mandatory Meeting for all Arizona Republican State Committeemen is scheduled for Sat., Jan 28, 2017. Details tba.

Ventana Lakes Republicans are hosting Brad Zinn in”The Great Comemdians” at 7 pm., Jan 28. Tickets: $12 each at the Community Management Office. BYOB/snacks. Contact Melanie at 623-566-6001 oto Deadline Jan 27. No refunds after Jan 18.


· Arpaio In Washington To Enjoy Trump Inauguration

· Protesters March Through Downtown Tucson

· T'was-The-Night-Before-Inauguration

· Arizona Guard Members Wield Ladles And Spatulas For Inaugural Security

· States, Advocates Host Balls Of All Stripes As Inaugural Kicks Off

· Arizonans Join Diverse Women’s March To Protest Trump Inauguration

· Civics At A Cost: Backers, Protesters Eye Steep Tab To Get To Inaugural

· Hill Offices Juggle High Demand, Scant Supply Of Inaugural Tickets

· Road To Mt. Lemmon Reopens With Restrictions

· Penzone To Disband Cold Case Posse That Investigated Obama Birth Certificate

· Navajo Nation Council Members To Attend Trump Inauguration

· The Problem With 'Sanctuary Campuses' - Universities Con Students Into Acting Against Their Own Best Interests

· Arizona Education 'At A Crossroads,' Schools Chief Diane Douglas Says

· Arizona, 13 States Ask Trump To Withdraw Critical Habitat Rules

· Lawsuit Claims Havasupai Students Are Deprived Of ‘Basic General Education’

· Giles Says Veteran Homelessness In Mesa Nears ‘Functional Zero’

· Arizona Lawmakers Mirror House, Split By Party On Obamacare Repeal

· Gas Tax Increase Gains Momentum As Possible Path To Better Roads

· Arizona Supreme Court To Hear Tucson Gun Case

· $3.5 Million Allocated For High School Substance Abuse Prevention

· Navajo Nation, DOJ, EPA Enter Into Settlement With Freeport-McMoran

· Arizona-Based Group Sues Michigan College For Arresting Students Handing Out Us Constitutions

· States, Advocates Host Balls Of All Stripes At Inaugural

· Douglas CBP Officers Seize $150K In Marijuana

· Opponents Protest Donald Trump Inauguration At AZ Capitol

· Putting The Squeeze On Trash In Downtown Phoenix

· Douglas Pans, Sanchez Praises Ducey Education Budget

· Bill Would Require Foster Parents To Learn Cultural Hygiene

· Potential Avalanche Hazards On The San Francisco Peaks

· House Committee Approves Gabaldon’s Silver-Haired Bill

· Western Mayors Talk Water Conservation, Stay Mum On Drought Allotments

· Lawmakers Support ADEQ Lead Screening Program

· MCSO Terminates Accused Detention Officer’s Employment

· ‘Obama Burn In Hell’ Banner Unfurled Outside Us Embassy In Russia



· “President Trump”— The words we’ve been waiting to hear

· Making America Great Again: A Moving Performance By Lee Greenwood

· Obamacare Or Affordable Health Care?


· A Word of Thanks to My Wise Friends

· Robert Graham's Last Stand (AFA shreds Graham’s letter)

· Proxy Harvesting - What to Expect if They GO!

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


· AZGOP-Robert-Graham-Vs-Arizona-Ld23

· President-Donald-J Trump-2017-Inaugural Luncheon Menu

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· President-Trump-Signing-3-Items-On-Day One

· ICYMI: President-Donald-Trumps Speech

· Why-Did-AZGOP-Chair-Graham-Decide-To Use LD23 As Whipping Dog...

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


· Sponsors-Of-Anarchy


· I-Want-Obama-To-Stay-Around-When-He-Leaves-Office We Cannot Forget That Obama Is A Dishonest Lout And Race-Baiter With A Failed Record.

· John-Lewis: Conflicted-But-No-Hero


· How-About-A-Hearing-On-Anti-Trump-Meddling-In-Election

· What-Else-Will-They-Blame-Trump-For



· President-Trump-Signs-Executive-Orders-After-Taking-Office


· Mike Pence Swears In General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense!


· Bill-Clinton-Checking-Out-Ivanka Hillary Catches Him


· Video: Democrat Activists Demonstrate ‘Peaceful’ Transition Of Power … By Breaking Stuff


· the problem with 'sanctuary campuses' - universities con students into acting against their own best interests


· Lawmakers: Obama Won’t OK Grand Canyon Monument Before Leaving