Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8-16-17 Briefs

Republican Briefs

President Donald Trump will hold a rally at 7 pm., Tues., Aug 22 at the Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Get your tickets here Doors open at 4 pm. Limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue. No homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable len, tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks, back pack or large bags will be permitted into the venue. Merchandise will be sold. If you are unable to attend, you can pick up MAGA gear online here, according to Team Trump–Pence.

Volunteers Wishing To Help At The Trump Rally Should Contact Marina Dewit at as soon as possible as volunteers must be vetted for security purposes. Marina is the official volunteer coordinator for this Trump-Pence Team event.

Upon Seeing Yesterday's Statement AZ Democrats And The American Flag, by AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines  and the related AZ Republic article about the AZGOP donating a U.S. flag, flagpole, and installation to the Arizona Democratic Party, LD24 PC Tristan Manos observes: "It's remarkably ironic — to the point of being bizarre — how this AZGOP administration makes something like that a ‘priority,’ especially when the U.S. flag standing on AZGOP's own property goes dark when the sun goes down. As per U.S. Flag Code, ‘It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.’”

     “Please excuse me for being a strong believer in ‘1st Things 1st,’ especially as it goes for running an organization. If the present AZGOP administration sees prioritizing (as Lines says in his statement) [being] ‘always happy to work with the other side of the aisle when it comes to showing our American Spirit’ before getting the AZGOP's  U.S. flag right, one may wonder, are the AZGOP's priorities about 1st Things 1st, or what?’”

     I'm calling on any patriotic, interested, and motivated AZ Republicans (PCs especially) to join me in getting the U.S. flag standing outside AZGOP HQ "properly illuminated during the hours of darkness." Of course, it's AZGOP property, so we'll work with the AZGOP, as appropriate. Then again, if the AZGOP somehow "sees the light" to make this the high priority it really is, maybe the AZGOP will get the flag lit before we get to it? Before waiting around for the AZGOP to act on its own, if and whenever that may be, let's plan to get the flag lit up ASAP. If you're "in," please contact me. Thank you. Contact: Editor’s Note: Former employees tells Briefs there was a solar light at AZGOP flag pole that required occasional battery changes. Has anyone checked the battery? - ft

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch Mcconnell, R-KY, told a Rotary Club gathering that: “Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before, I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.” I submit that it’s to President Trump’s credit to not have been a carskunk mcconnelleer fraud, err, I mean career politician. This gives President Trump the unique perspective of actually knowing how to accomplish things, ahead of schedule and under budget. What McConnell was really saying in thinly veiled nuances was that President Trump doesn’t know what he is doing and that President Trump isn’t qualified for the position he holds because he’s never been a politician and he isn’t one of “them.” See full article is mitch mcconnell a skunk, rotten, or a rotten skunk?

The Pima County GOP Trunk N Tusk Dinner, featuring Congresswoman Martha McSally, is scheduled at 7 pm., Wed., Aug 23. A 6 pm., VIP Reception is scheduled, according to Chairman Eppihimer. Tickets at or call 321-1492 through Aug. 19. Dinner tickets $50 each or two for $90. Dinner/reception single tickets $100, includes reception, dinner and photo op.

LD13 PC Marsha Hill: Thank you to those who have shared their stories with me on criminal behavior of illegal aliens BUT we NEED for anyone with a story to please step up. I have heard hundreds of stories (including deaths) over the  years, but only YOU can tell your story. There is even a quilt a woman has made with names of murdered victims of illegals. Would love taking it. I would like going to DC with F.A.I.R. with an armful of your stories to make the point that AZ does NOT want to be a sanctuary state. Deadline is August 31. If you personally don't have a story, I bet you know someone who does. Please email them to: Delegates will speak on Kate's Law and the Raise Act. Thank you!

“Who is Grant Woods?” questions have surface since the Briefs post that he is allegedly Sen John McCain’s choice of potential replacements if McCain can’t return to the senate. Yesterday, a reader sent this interesting 1990 article on Grant-Woods prior to his first term as Arizona’s Attorney General.

Talk Show Host Tom Morrissey: My new Radio Riders Show will be on from 3-5 pm., Thurs., Aug 17 on KRIM 96.3 FM in the Payson area.  Otherwise go to on your computers or smart phones.  This week we have a one hour history in music of the life of Glen Campbell. Due to Rodeo Week in Payson we will be saluting the Outlaw County Music Artists who have brought us some of the greatest music over the years.

The West Valley “Keep It Red” will be held Sat., Oct14 at the home of Sen Debbie Lesko. All LD22 Republicans are invited. Details tba.

The Arizona Corporation Commission ordered Arizona Public Service Company (APS) to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The topic was introduced during Tuesday’s APS rate application proceedings by Commissioner Boyd W. Dunn.“Arizona has a long history that clearly shows the devastating impact of wildfires,” said Dunn. “Forest bioenergy can serve an important role in maintaining Arizona’s forests, woodlands, and watersheds while providing a viable renewable energy source.” APS representatives agreed to conduct a 90-day study and report back to the Commission.  The report will include an examination of at least three scenarios for bioenergy that look at low, medium, and high use. Forest bioenergy is becoming increasingly important in Arizona and nationwide as a carbon-neutral, renewable source. The 2017 spending bill directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop clear, consistent, and simple federal policies regarding forest bioenergy. Commissioner Andy Tobin supported Dunn’s efforts and was quick to point out how critical it is to explore this topic further. “Two of the biggest infrastructure and safety issues facing Arizona are water and fire,” said Chairman Tom Forese. “The work being done by the Commission today is an elegant solution to these challenges. I am proud of the work that is being done here to help move the needle for developing these resources.” A separate docket has been opened which will continue to explore market development opportunities.  The Commission will also hold workshops at a later date. The docket number is E-00000Q-17-0138. Go to and enter the number in eDocket.

The SaddleBrooke Republican Club is looking for a volunteer who can fill their webmaster position because their regular webmaster is in the hospital with some severe health issues and needs to give up the position. Duties include updating the club website.

The Chips N Salsa Show will welcome fill in co-hosts Auggie Bartning with Judy Avila – potentially the Latino version of James Carville & Mary Matalin – at 4 pm., Sat., Aug 19. Their guest will be Republican political activist Andy Zhang who is gathering signatures to save the Chinese Cultural Center from demolition.  You’ll hear headlines and commentary from a Latino perspective. George Ortiz and Alice Lara will be back the following week for a special two-hour program with US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward.  Listen online King FM or watch Facebook Live.  Contact for guest and sponsorship opportunities as well as internships.

Van Crossroads Talk Show will address whether Sen John McCain should pick his replacement at 3 pm., Wed., Aug 16. Call in 657-383-1673 LINK to Listen In: Website w/ Blogs & More:

Blood Tests For Dementia and free path to wellness health screening will be the topic of the 10 am., Thurs., Aug 17 Family Health Talk Show at Radio Station – KXXT 1010 AM, Online – Call-in phone number: 602.977-1010. A Blood Test for Dementia (Alzheimer's) that can predict with 90% accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's. The second segment will discuss a Free Path to Wellness screening scheduled for August 25, 2017, in Chandler, AZ at the YMCA. They areproviding a plethora of screening test for men and women, according to Executive Director Fred Taylor, S/W Prostate Cancer Foundation 602-547-3806

Americans for Prosperity ­– AZ is hosting a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) to their office between 8am-5 pm., Mon-Fri, Aug14-18 to participate in their school choice campaign to stop the effort by union and leftist activists to repeal the recently-passed expansion of Arizona's education savings account program. For training, please arrive promoptly at 8a m of 1 pm. The AFP office is located at 3835 N 32nd St., #7 in Phoenix ( 1 block south of Indian School). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages provided. If you can bring a laptop computer with you, that would be very helpful.  Secuity checks at the door. If you are not personally known to one of the staff or trusted volunteers, AFP will run a quick background check on you. It is best to contact Senior Legislative Advisor Director Tom Jenney or text (602) 478-0146 several hours prior to going to the office.

The Constitutional Sheriff & Peace Officer Association (CSPOA) will be held at 7 pm., Tues., Aug 22 at the Paseo Verde Christian Church, 7569 W Greenway Rd. Peoria, AZ 85381(behind the Greenway Medical and Professional Center).  Meetings are open to anyone wanting to discuss constitutional issues as they relate to current events.  They also practice and train in communications with Ham radio, emergency medical and personal, group and community security during times of crises or emergency. Drive into the parking lot entrance for Gental Dental and keep going to the rear.  The church is on your right.  Use the door that faces south. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, according to coordinator Randy Miller. Contact Miller at 623-866-3544.

The Estrella Republican Club and LD#4 will meet at 7 pm., Wed., Aug 23 at Estrella Foothills H.S. 13033 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear.  Guest speaker:  Mr. Brian Dalke, City Manager, City of Goodyear.  Other business:  Amendment to bylaws to be discussed and voted upon.  All welcome.  Any questions please call Dick Newcomer, 623-398-5638

Marianne Ferrari, LD20 State Committeeman and spokesman for the Remove AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines “Call” petitions, has released the contact persons in 10 counties that state committeemen can contact to sign the removal call petitions. List can be viewed in the 8-13-17 Briefs Ferrari can be reached at

The Lines Removal Petition group must collect 249 Signatures (20 percent) of 1,242 state committeemen for the “Call” meeting to remove the AZGOP Chairman, along with the first and second vice chairmen.

Any Republican State Committeemen Being Harassed for signing a Remove AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines “call” petition should notified petition spokesman Marianne Ferarri at Rick Hennessy is the Yavapai County contact at 928-499-9342 or Harassment is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, according ARS 19-116 .

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

The Grassroots Tea Party Activist of Arizona will meet with author, LD23 first vice chairman, and talk show host Tim Horn aka Joe American to discuss the AzGOP and National Popular Vote (NPV) at 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 16 at Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, (Access Road just south of Dunlap Ave. exit off the I-17). Facilitator: Francine L Romesburg

Tempe is hosting a forum regarding an all mail-in voting system. See flyer at VotebymailForumFlyer.pdf



Republicans Are Invited to celebrate the “Power Of Republican Women” between 4-7 pm, Aug 16 at the Wyndham Garden Midtown lounge at 3600 N. 2nd Avenue in Phoenix.  This is a non- host Happy hour with Happy Hour prices (Limited appetizers courtesy of Wyndham).  Details tba

Central Republican Women of Phoenix will host a Summer Happy Hour between 4-7 pm., Aug 16 at the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown, 3600 N 2nd Ave. in Phoenix. No-host Happy Hour prices for beverages and appetizer. CRWOP tumbles available for purchase. Complimentary garage parking. Contact; Robyn Cushman – President

The Grassroots Tea Party Activist of Arizona will meet with author, LD23 first vice chairman, and talk show host Tim Horn aka Joe American to discuss the AzGOP and National Popular Vote (NPV) at 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 16 at Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, (Access Road just south of Dunlap Ave. exit off the I-17). Facilitator: Francine L Romesburg


The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Aug 17 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma to hear the newly election Yuma County Chairman Russ Jones. Contact Chr Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219.

LD24 will meet at 7 pm., Thurs, Aug 17 with Arizona Corporation Commissioner Robert ‘Bob’ Burns at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St. in Phoenix. Burns will give an update on what’s happening at the ACC, the pending APS rate increase case and numerous other topics. Contact: Chr Barry Wong

The Maricopa County Republican Fundraiser “Keep It Red” is scheduled between 5:30-7:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 17 at the home of Rep Maria Syms and Dr. Mark Syms in Paradise Valley. . Special guests include Congressman David Schweikert, former Congressmen John Shadegg and Barry Goldwater, Jr.; Secretary of State Michelle Reagan; Supervisor Bill Gates, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and Phoenix Councilman Jim Waring. $50 for PC/YRs, $100 supporters. Event Co-hosts include: Rep. Maria Syms & Dr. Mark Syms; Rep Kate Brophy McGee; LD24 Chair Barry Wong. Attire: business casual. RSVP or for more info: Teresa Wright 623-498-7999 or

The Republican Party of Mesa (LD-25) will meet at 7 pm., Thurs., Aug 17 at the Charles K Luster Building (former Mesa Utilities Building) 640 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa, AZ. The scheduled speakers are Congressman Andy Biggs and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. Contact Chairman Ian Murray (602)524-7786.

The Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 17 at the Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.) They are moving to Thursday evening starting with this August meeting. Speakers include Congressman David Schweikert, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri.  Admission is free but donations to help offset expenses are welcome and appreciated.  Contact: Richard Rutkowski  or


A “Remove AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines” meeting for Pima County Republican State Committeemen ONLY - to gather state committeemen signatures on the “call” petitions - is scheduled at 5 pm., Fri., Aug 18 at Rusty’s Sports Grille, 2075 W Grant Road in Tucson. Signature sheets and proxies will be available. Be prepared to identify yourself as a state committeeman. Contact Leiann Anderson 520 289-9600 or

August 19

The Pinal County Republican Committee will meet at 10 am., Sat., Aug 19 at the Old Court House (at the rear of the building), 135 N Pinal Street in Florence with LD11 Sen Steve Smith, who is a CD1 candidate. Contact Gilberto Mendez at

The Fountain Hills Republicans will meet with AZGOP Executive Director Matt Kenney at 9 am., Sat., Aug 19 in the Fountain Hills Community Center, Refreshments at 8:30 am. Kenney will discuss the “grassroots” structure of the AZGOP – from precinct to state committeemen, outreach efforts communication technology and the 2018 state and national election. Contact: Sec Boe James at

AZRA – West Chapter will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Aug 19 at Culver’s, 5127 N 99th Ave in Glendale to hear Southwest Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action Nathan Duell give insight from Obama Care to tax reform. Burger’s available. Contact: President Cirilo ‘CID’ De La Fuente or 623-312-7054

August 22

The Arizona Chapter Of Americans For Prosperity will hold a policy panel on "Death And Taxes: Health Insurance And Tax Reform In Congress" at 5:30 pm., Tues., Aug 22 at a yet to be disclosed location. The panel will feature freshman Congressman Andy Biggs, an outspoken proponent of health insurance and tax reform, and Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a Phoenix surgeon and Cato Institute senior fellow. Tickets : reform-in-congress-tickets Once you have been cleared to attend by their security process, the staff will send you confirmation and more details about the event. - Leslie D. White , Grassroots Director, Americans for Prosperity – AZ

The Fountain Hills GOP Social is set for 6 pm., Tues., Aug 22 inside the Fireside Gill of the Lexington Hotel, 12800 N Saguaro Blvd in Fountain Hills. This is a social event – no speeches, no reservations, no host bar with option food. Open to everyone. Elected officials and candidates welcome.


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