Thursday, June 8, 2017

6-8-17 Briefs

Republican Briefs

Motorists Driving On Interstate 17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction will see a hot, new message on a couple of The ADOT overhead signs, encouraging travelers tune in to 1690 AM and 1650 AM for wildfire information. The effort is a partnership between ADOT, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs and Bureau of Land Management. From June 1 to July 15, signs on northbound I-17 at Sunset Point Rest Area and southbound I-17 at Cordes Junction will read: WILDFIRE INFO, TUNE TO 1690 AM. WILDFIRE INFO, TUNE TO 1650 AM. Motorists can help prevent brush fires – and the associated road closures – from occurring along state highways by following these tips:

  • Don’t park in tall grass, as the heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire.
  • Make sure nothing is hanging from underneath your vehicle and dragging on the pavement.
  • Dragging chains during towing can cause sparks. Never substitute parts when towing.
  • Check tire pressure before you travel. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.

For more information on wildfire prevention and current fires, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website.

Collecting “Support President Trump” Postcards will be one of the highlights of the Grassroots Tea Party Activists of Arizona “Celebration of the Rebirth of America” event scheduled at 4 pm., July 4 at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon, 47801 N Black Canyon Hwy in New River. See details 6-7-17-briefs Postcards are available to pick up and sign at GRPPA meetings or at the July 4 event. Romesburg said they will have a large white Support Trump board for attendees to sign. The postcards collected on July 4 will be mass mailed to the White House. Packs of 10 for $10 can be purchased at the Tea Party meeting, according to organizer Francine Romesburg. She said Marshall Hill is arranging to have decorative red, white, and blue bell shaped ornaments available at the July 4 event. Price tba. Hill says she sends at least four of the Support Trump post cards per week directly to the White House. Contact: Romesburg at 602-499-9553

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes announced the public input period for new precinct lines will run until Aug 15, 2017. The lines then must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.  Reprecincting often occurs after each federal general election. The last time Maricopa redrew precincts was in 2012. The purpose for this process is to best allocate voting and polling place resources for upcoming elections. "After looking at extended polling place wait times and voter registration totals in 2016, with expert insight from our GIS team, I decided it was necessary for us to look to even out precincts across the county to improve voter experience in 2018," said Fontes.  The number of voting precincts has fluctuated over the years. After the 1999 reprecincting, there were 1,004 precincts; after the 2005 reprecincting, there were 1,142 precincts. In 2011, the current 724 voting precincts were created; lessened because of the creation of the permanent early voting list in 2006. In the current 724 voting precincts within Maricopa County, some have fewer than 30 voters and some have more than 13,000 voters. There are reasons for the large variance including where the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission drew the Congressional and Legislative district boundaries after the last decennial census as well as the high growth in different parts of the county over the past few years. The goals (where practicable) for voting precinct reprecincting are:

Between 4,000 and 5,000 voters in each voting precinct.

  • 2,000 or less voters within each voting precinct who have not signed up for the permanent early voting list.
  • Minimizing the number of potential ballot styles for each precinct. This is accomplished by having as few jurisdictional district types (cities, school districts, fire districts, etc…) as possible in each precinct.
  • Not splitting communities of interest (homeowners' associations, retirement communities, Native American Communities).

The proposed precinct lines and feedback form are available on the County Recorder’s website here: mapservice=VotingPrecinctsUC.  Contact: Karen Loschiavo 602-506-2825

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel regarding former Director Comey's opening statement: "President Trump was right," said McDaniel. "Director Comey’s statement reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along -  he was never under investigation."

Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward will meet with Tucson Republicans for lunch at 1 pm., Sat., June 10 at Sir Vezas Taco Garage, 220 W Wetmore Road in Tucson. Lunch can be purchased for about $15 from the menu. She will be available to answer questions. To reserve a seat go to campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing#tickets Contact: Karen Schutte at 520-877-3230.

LD11 Sen candidate Vince Leach will fill in for Donna McBride as the speaker for the Arizona Republican Assembly West Pinal County Chapter meeting at 6:30 pm., Mon., June 12 at 408 N. Sacaton St. Ste. II, in Casa Grande. McBride cancelled due to a family emergency and will be re-scheduled at a later date. Leach, who is a LD6 Representative received the AZGOP ‘Legislator of the Year’ award earlier this year. AzRA meetings are free, but attendees must be members of the Republican Party. Donations accepted. Contact Nancy Hawkins at

Congressman Andy Biggs wrote an op-ed on the Financial CHOICE Act yesterday for The Hill. See: The House will vote today on The Financial CHOICE Act.

Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward will be featured at the 9:30 am., Tues. June 20 “Coffee & Politics” at the Maricopa County GOP office, 10050 W Bell Road #49 in Sun City. She will address her campaign for the US Senate, followed by a questions/answer period. Her nominating petitions will be available to sign. Campaign swags will also be available. Contact/RSVP: Carolyn Leff

Keving Dang is the new chairman of the Asian American Committee. Jae Chin is the the Vice Chairman and Director of Operations and Venkat Kommineni is the Director of Fundraising.

Arizona Center for Urology and Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation are sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening between 8 am and noon, Sat., June 10 at the Arrowhead Hospital campus, AZ Center for Urology, 6320 W Union Hills Drive #B-2600, in Glendale. The services provided are Prostate Specific Antigen (“PSA”) or blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (“DRE”). Both exams are VITAL to best determine your prostate health. Over 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and 35,200 of those will not survive. With early detection survival rates are over 90%!! Services will be provided by appointment only. RSVP 602-547-3806 or e-mail at A display of Corvettes hosted by the Fast Glass Corvette Club will available for viewing. Contact: Fred Taylor, Executive Director - Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 12186, Glendale, Arizona 85318

Arizona Project Chairman Ron Ludders is calling for volunteers to help plan and organize the Citizens Business League of Arizona’s 2018 State Hood Day activities scheduled Fri, Feb 16 and Sat., Feb 17, 2018 at Pioneer Living History Village, 3901 W Pioneer Road (I-17 and Pioneer Road), Phoenix, AZ 85076 in celebration of Arizona’s 106th birthday. (Statehood day is actually, Wed., Feb 14.) Activities include a parade, vendors, demonstrations, displays, petting zoo, booths, and numerous other family activities. Ludders can be reached at 602.677.1496

Arizona Republican Party Communications Director Torunn Sinclair is still calling for Councilman Ryan Winkle's resignation one month after his DUI arrest.  "This is getting ridiculous," said Sinclair. "Councilman Winkle was pulled over drunk after nearly hitting pedestrians, and he blew a .22 -- that's nearly three times the legal limit. and to top it off, it was his second DUI. How in the world this guy can justify continuing to represent the people of Mesa is beyond me. Instead of taking an Uber home, he drove drunk. Think about that. Think about how easy it is to get a ride home after a night out in Greater Phoenix. But, instead of calling an Uber, he got behind the wheel and was so drunk he blew a 'super extreme' DUI. It's so selfish it's sickening. What makes it worse is he wants to keep his seat. I think he proved a month ago how seriously he takes his constituents. It's time to let someone take the wheel who actually cares about the people of Mesa and their safety. Winkle needs to resign."

For The Most Current Information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information site at or call 511.

Salvation Army Heat Relief Stations Open across the Valley. With the return of 100-degree temperatures, the Salvation Army is setting up heat relief stations across the Valley.  Read full article »

US Intelligence Chiefs Deny Feeling Pressure From President The nation's intelligence chiefs, facing questions from Congress one day before former FBI Director James Comey provides his first public account of the events leading up to his firing, have declared they have never felt pressure to do anything they considered illegal.

Southwest-Airlines-Pilots-Support-Trumps-Air-Traffic-Control-Privatization. Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) President Captain Jon Weaks said Tuesday that President Trump's initiative to privatize the air traffic control system will reduce delays and lower costs for passengers.

State of American Well Being: 2016 Community Rankings for Healthy Eating. Lake Havasu-Kingman, Arizona’s high rate of healthy eating placed it 9thin the country based on a Gallup study of 189 communities.

Commissioner Andy Tobin plans water workshops June 12, June 15, July 25, July 27 and July 28 that address responsible water policy for Arizona. See Commission’s website at and click eDocket. The docket number is WS-00000A-17-0094. All the workshops will take place at the Arizona Corporation Commission at 1200 W. Washington Street in Phoenix at 10 am. The workshops will also be live online at

The Application Period has been Extended for Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals has been extended to June 16 for the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. The applicant must be a Pima County resident for the past three years, be at least 30 years of age, practice law in Arizona and been a resident for the past five years. The judicial application form can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3pm on June 16, 2017. Division Two of the CoA hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties. The new judge will be paid $152,250 annually.

The Mobilization of Conservatives in Prescott, counter the Prescott Resistance Movement between 1-2 pm., every Tues at the Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott. The Resistance’s goal is to turn Arizona blue, while the Conservatives plan to maintain a red state. Contact: MOC chairman Myrna Lieberman

Concerned Voters of Prescott will host a Town Hall with all Prescott mayoral and city council candidates between 3-5 pm., Wed., July 12 at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Dr. in Prescott.

The Arizona Republican Assembly West Chapter will host a “Meet and Greet” between 8a m and noon, Sat., June 10 at Friendship Park, 12325 W McDowell Road in Avondale. Speakers include LD22 Sen Debbie Lesko, LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell, Avondale City Council member Mike Pineda. Free hot dogs, chips and water. Voter registration available. Look for the AzRA banner. Contact President Cirilo (CID) De La Fuente (623)312-7054.

Celebrate Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 85th Birthday with "A Gathering Of Friends" Wednesday, June 14, between 5-8 p.m., at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, hosted by Dave & Liz Alcorn, Cyndi Love, Alex & Roberta Meluskey, And Tom & Kris Morrissey. A Wishing Well will be at his celebration to drop a card or gift if you choose. RSVP to by June 8th.

Public Comment Sought On Superior Court Applicants The public is invited to comment on 20 applicants for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Pima County created by the retirement of Judges Jane L. Eikleberry and Richard Nichols.The applicants are: Lisa I. Abrams, Renee T. Bennett, Justin D. Castillo, Vincent J. Frey, Baird S. Greene, John Hinderaker, John N. Iurino, Kellie L. Johnson, Brian K. Kimminau, Kurt Kroese, Reagen A. Kulseth, Mark D. Lammers, Scott D. McDonald, Nannette C. Morrow, Laurie B. San Angelo, Keith A. Singer, John C. Smith, Vincent J. Sottosanti, John H. Sundt and Wayne E. Yehling. The selected applicants will be interviewed on July 27, 2017. After the interviews, the Commission will recommend

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Call The White House 202-456-1111 Comments. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. Contact Senate or Representatives Let them know how you feel. Hold their feet to the fire. They wanted these positions so badly, hold them accountable. Arizona delegation phone numbers:

Senator John McCain (R- AZ)



Senator Jeff Flake (R- AZ)



Rep Tom O’Halleran (D1)



Rep Martha McSally (R2)



Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D3)



Rep Paul A. Gosar (R4)



Rep Andy Biggs (R5)



Rep David Schweikert (R6)



Rep Reuben Gallego (D7)



Rep Trent Franks (R8)



Rep Kyrsten Sinema (D9)





Commissioner Andy Tobin plans water workshops June 8, June 12, June 15 July 25, July 27 and July 28 that address responsible water policy for Arizona. See Commission’s website at and click eDocket. The docket number is WS-00000A-17-0094. All the workshops will take place at the Arizona Corporation Commission at 1200 W. Washington Street in Phoenix at 10 am. The workshops will also be live online at


The Arizona Republican Assembly West (AzRA) Chapter will host a “Meet and Greet” between 8a m and noon, Sat., June 10 at Friendship Park, 12325 W McDowell Road in Avondale. Speakers include LD22 Sen Debbie Lesko, LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell, Avondale City Council member Mike Pineda. Free hot dogs, chips and water. Voter registration available. Look for the AzRA banner. Contact President Cirilo (CID) De La Fuente (623)312-7054

The Paradise Republican Women’s Patriotic Flag Day Recognition Brunch with Barbara Hatch, the executive program director founder of Veterans Heritage Project, is scheduled at 10 am., Sat., June 10 at Gainey Golf Club, 6700 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. Social – 9:30 am, 11 am – brunch. “Martha Washington” and “Nanthanael Greene” will also make special appearances. $28 per ticket. RSVP Online & Pay at the Door. Contact: Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.


LD30 will meet with Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio at 7 pm., Mon., June 12 at the First United Methodist Church, 7102 N 58th Dr (Fellowship Hall), Glendale, AZ 85301. Contact: Chair Brett Sexton or  First Vice Chair Timothy Schwartz

The LD 29 Republican Committee will meet at 7 pm., Mon., June 12 at Genie G's restaurant, 7349 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix. 85033. 6:30 pm social hour. Arrive by 6 pm to eat at the restaurant. Contact Chairman Alan Gaugert at or 623.330.3622 .

Commissioner Andy Tobin plans water workshops June 12, June 15 July 25, July 27 and July 28 that address responsible water policy for Arizona. See Commission’s website at and click eDocket. The docket number is WS-00000A-17-0094. All the workshops will take place at the Arizona Corporation Commission at 1200 W. Washington Street in Phoenix at 10 am. The workshops will also be live online at


A Gathering Of Friends Will Celebrate Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 85th birthday between 5-8 pm., Wed., June 14 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 6333 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, hosted by Dave & Liza Alcorn, Cindy Love, Alex & Robert Meluskey, and Tom & Kris Morrissey. RSVP by June 8 to

The Arrowhead Republican Women invite you to a “June Social” at 11:30 am., Wed., June 14 at BJ’s Restaurant, 9784 W Northern Ave in Peoria, followed by a “little retail therapy at Charming Charlie’s, 9784 W Northern Ave in Peoria. RSVP by Fri., June 9 to Barbara Melkin 623-249-5085. RSVP to Barbara (10% discount on purchases.)


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Congressman Andy Biggs: Last night, the House Freedom Caucus took an official position in support of the House of Representatives remaining in session through the August recess. Biggs voted in favor of this position: “Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, the House of Representatives has been very productive. We have passed legislation that rolls back job-killing regulations, makes positive reforms to our Veterans Administration, and protects life and children. In the coming months, we will consider bills to better secure our border, enforce our immigration laws, and repeal Dodd-Frank. Aside from working towards priorities like a full repeal of Obamacare, passage of pro-growth tax reform, and building a border wall, Congress still has a long list of important items that must be completed prior to September 30.  This includes reviewing the federal debt limit, passing a federal budget, providing funding for the next fiscal year, reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and more. Failure to complete these items could have detrimental consequences and will likely lead to Congress once again irresponsibly kicking the can down the road. I am not under the illusion that any of these things will be easy to accomplish, but I fully intend to work in good faith in Congress to remain true to my constituents in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District. I know they will not, and rightfully should not, settle for half-hearted measures, nor a job left undone. With a unified Republican government, Congress can no longer put off following through on the priorities we promised to the American people. To help maintain our pace and deliberations, I strongly support the House Freedom Caucus’ call for the House to suspend the August recess so that Members of Congress can remain focused on enacting the policies we have discussed for the last several years. We cannot afford to lose any of our momentum as we do the peoples’ business in Washington, D.C.”


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