Wednesday, September 6, 2017

9-6-17 Briefs


Long-time Yavapai GOP Activist Bob Luzius is having some health problems and could use your prayers.

Congressman Martha McSally is asking her constituents to answer her Congressional Priorities Survey Click Here to Start

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

Activist Irene Littleton: I have read the piece created by Tom Morrissey. I am not trying to discount any of his statements. Marianne Ferrari did not deserve what was thrown at her. However, I would like to add a few statements of my own. No one should be slinging mud, but it happened and I abhor it. But this also happened. Someone took a shot at Frosty Taylor, a woman who supplies us with these Briefs every day of the week! Shirley Dye, who is one of the hardest workers for the Republican Party, for her choice of speakers at Gila County Ronald Reagan Dinner. Mike Burke because he dared to give his opinion of this recall. A list of folk that disagreed with the recall referred to as “Quizlings.” Stop! We have a big job ahead of us. I for one am willing to work with anyone in the Republican Party who is willing to support our cause. The 2018 midterms are upon us! We need to unite behind President Trump and our Republican candidates and bring our candidates over the finish line as winners​.

Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: In reading over Tom Morrissey’s list one must ask, WHY?? The answer is simple -  APATHY by the state committeemen and lack of leadership by county chairs, who have purview over the precinct committeemen! First off, we can forgive the state committeemen to a point.  After all, the state committeemen in formal session voted to censure Senator John McCain, but what did the party leadership do about that??  Nothing that made any difference! And McCain was re-elected!  It appears that the AZ GOP has always been under ‘one man rule’ and there has never been enough leadership ability among the county chairs to make a difference in the AZ GOP.  Morrissey appears to be the most senior AZ GOP elected officer that is active. Since AzRA has been established what have they done in correcting or supporting any change to the AZ GOP?  So, if Tom could muster the majority of the ‘laid back’ county chairmen, they could take over the leadership of the AZ GOP and make the AZ GOP something to be proud of.

Yavapai County PC Rick Hennessey To former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey - whom I know and like. Your op-ed in the 9-5-17-Briefs was quite correct. My question is how do we move forward?? Contact: 928 499 9342

Tom Morrissey, Past Chairman AZ GOP: To clear the air regarding the piece I wrote in 9-5-17-Briefs In no way was I leveling "veiled threats" against Jim O'Connor and Gabby Mercer.  I have the greatest respect for both of them. Who I was referring to is the Ruling Class Establishment Elite. I am deeply disappointed with the way the effort to fight this part of our party has fizzled. That said, I still believe strongly that "Evil succeeds when good people do nothing."   Marianne Ferrari did not stand by and do nothing.  That's a FACT! 

Marianne Ferrari, LD20 State Committeeman/PC -- As of last Tues (Aug 29), 269 courageous conservatives signed the call letter that guaranteed a special meeting would be held for Jonathan Lines to face removal by the state committee --an enormous victory for conservatives in Arizona! Twenty conservatives worked for weeks gathering signatures. With one phone call, Jim O’Connor destroyed the progress of some 300 people, plus the hopes of hundreds more, when he called to let me know he had arranged to have 21 people instruct Gabby Mercer to strike out their signatures, thus disqualifying the call letter and six months of meticulous work. The reason Jim gave me was that he “knew” we could not win the vote. That is an unacceptable reason to give up, when just holding the meeting represented a huge victory. More importantly, Jim had no authority or right to interfere with our initiative. Nor would he have known how many signatures we had gathered, had I not confided in him. That’s all that need be said. I resigned my AzRA membership.

     Because of this strange ending to my effort to call a special meeting, I have an ominous feeling about where we stand as a conservative movement. Changes are in process that are not good for us, but we are not paying attention. What does systematic purging of conservatives from party positions tell us? It is the story of a complete takeover in progress, right? Should we not feel urgency, knowing that? I’m beginning to realize that it may have only been a half-measure to try to unseat the chairman, using the bylaws. Maybe there is something much larger and more direct that we all should have done together.

     I believe the key lies in the truth about the RINOs. They are not Republicans; everybody knows it, but nobody does anything about it! They are RUNNING the party - like dictators. We have become complacent as our situation has worsened. Now, the unacceptable are in charge, and we can’t remove them, because some conservatives say it isn’t the right time - even though the RINOs are busy removing us! Our AZGOP is occupied by non-republicans who are funded by huge donors from other states. The RINOs in charge are systematically removing conservatives from the PC and SC ranks, if the many reports to that effect are to be believed. Some would call that an emergency. If you don’t see it as an emergency, it is incumbent on you, at the very least, to ask yourself why not? Editor’s Note: Ferrari’s letter was condensed to conform with Brief’s 400 word limit. See her complete statement at – ft

Editor’s Note: In an effort to give readers both sides of this hot topic removal meeting cancellation, yesterday afternoon Briefs spoke with O’Connor regarding Ferrari’s charges against him. O’Connor says that he and a small group of petitioners requested AZGOP Secretary Gabby Mercer remove their names because “The numbers weren’t there. It was not a win situation.” He contradicts the allegation that she confided to him that she had 269 petition signatures., saying  “The last I heard from her she believed she was going to be very close to the 249 required.” According to O’Connor, that evening he heard from someone else that she had collected 269 signatures. He pointed out that 269 signatures didn’t assure Lines removal when they don’t know how many of the approximately 1,234  state committeemen would attend the “removal meeting” or vote. He also expressed concern that the announced venue location hadn’t been confirmed.

     When asked if he was acting as AzRA chairman or in behalf of himself, O’Connor emphasized, “AZRA has had NO part at any time in Marianne’s removal program. That subject was never mentioned nor discussed at any AzRA Executive Committee meeting or Board meeting. I never acted on this matter on behalf of AZRA. I signed as an elected State Committeeman because I believed Marianne was conducting a legitimate activity pursuant to AZGOP Bylaws. Beginning Aug 20, 2017 it became clear to me that Marianne was misrepresenting the status of her removal program.”

Yavapai County PC Rick Hennessey: So is it me or am I'm missing something? Congress has been on VACATION for all of August. Today they went back to work for 12 days. Half of that is flying time. Then they take another recess. Sign me up! That's not too bad to have a job where you spend more time at home than getting anything accomplished. This is why we need to DRAIN THE SWAMP!!! You can't make this up. Even the MSM reports it. Why aren't more people standing up and asking these scum sucking Rats What Are We Paying You For?

LD23 PC Boe James: People asked what good Navy ships can do by being sent to Texas post Hurricane Harvey? The USS Kearsarge LHD 3 and the USS Oak Hill LSD LSD 51 have significant medical, search and rescue, and command and control capabilities; and can provide logistical support, including fuel and electricity to the local communities. The USS Kearsarge, designed as the primary casualty receiving ship for combat wounded Marines has 6 Operating Rooms, 17 ICU Beds, 47 Ward Beds with 60 Overflow beds. She has a fully equipped medical lab, X-Ray capabilities and a fully stocked blood bank that is larger than many hospitals.  Kearsarge's organic medical crew consists of 2 Doctors, 1 dentist, 0 Nurses, 0 Anesthesia Provider, 1 Med. Service Corps Officer (medical system administrator), 18 Hospital Corpsmen and 4 Dental Technicians. She can be quickly augmented with surgical doctors, OR nurses, anesthesists, and other medical and dental personnel. 

      Oak Hills and Kearsarge both can be used as temporary housing for evacuees as was done aboard USS Iwo Jima after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  With extensive supplies always carried for NEO and humanitarian relief operations, Kearsarge and Oak Hill can help provide needed supplies for the local population.  Both have helicopter landing and refueling facilities and have maintenance facilities for vehicles and aircraft, so Navy helicopters can be refueled and fixed onsite.  Kearsarge normally carries both helicopters and Harrier jets.  For relief operations, her helicopter load can be increased, although she typically carries about 20 troop carrying helos each of which can be used in search and rescue, evacuation or logistical resupply. Both carry landing craft which can be used in evacuation efforts.

      The ships can do a lot for the local population. Since they have a combined crew of over 1300, who can help and they bring order and disciplined methods.  Navy amphibious force ships have participated in many relief and recovery and humanitarian efforts world wide. Either ship can supply electrical power to the shore and fully support hundreds if not thousands of homes and businesses. LHAs/LHDs and other amphibious force ships such as Oak Hill have been sent to a number of disaster areas both in the US and overseas.  Amphibious force ships were sent to San Francisco after the major earthquake and to New Orleans where the USS Iwo Jima was the command headquarters for the entire relief effort. The two ships can carry over 2,000 Marines plus SeaBees (Navy Construction Battalion personnel who are trained and equipped to build ports, bases, airfield, etc in non-developed war zones, so you can imagine what they can do in a developed disaster area). Editor’s Note: James is a retired naval officer.

Yuma’s First Modern Roundabout for a freeway interchange has opened at the Giss Parkway ramps connecting with Interstate 8. Some work remains on the $2.5 million project to replace a T intersection for the on- and off-ramps from westbound I-8, the last exit before drivers reach the Colorado River. The project also includes improved lighting, signage and drainage, as well as accommodations for cyclists.

Caution: Don’t Drive Into Dust Storms. Remember, Pull Aside, Stay Alive

The 10 am, Thur., Sept 6 Family Health Talk Show will cover Coronary Disease - the leading cause of death in the USA. The second discussion will highlight the Cancer Caregivers Seminar focused on Helping Cancer Caregivers in the Work Place, according to Executive Director Fred Taylor: Contact: 602-547-3806

The 7:30 am., Sept 21, Fountain Hills Networking Breakfast will feature candidates for the FH Sanitary District Board of Directors at the Eagle Mt Gold Club. No charge.

Arizona Republican Legislative District 22 has a new prize contest underway. Only 300 $10 tickets are available and nearly 150 have been sold. FIRST PRIZE: Springfield Armory “SAINT” Carbine, 5.56 caliber complete with hard locking carrying case, two 30 round magazines, gun lock and 420 rounds of Federal ammunition in a metal ammo box. SECOND PRIZE: Training Class - Winner’s Choice of One of Three Classes: Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Permit (Valid in Arizona and 33 other states), Pistol Handling and Shooting Training or Carbine Tactical Training. THIRD PRIZE: $100 Travel Gift Certificate. FOURTH PRIZE: Lunch for Two. Contact Bill Gaddis (623) 695-3546 Or Glenn Haynes (714) 267-1693.

Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates will meet with New River/Desert Hills/Anthem area constituents between noon and 2 pm., Tues., Sept 19 at the Daisy Mountain Fire Department , 43814 N. New River Road in New River.

Landon Stevens Is The New Policy Advisor for Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin. Stevens will be advising Tobin on current policy initiatives and various cases before the Commission. Additionally, he will serve as Tobin’s primary representative on the Corporation Commission’s Water Committee which is actively working on a more proactive approach to water loss policy. Stevens begins his new post September 5, 2017. As a sixth generation Arizonan and grandson of former Arizona Senate President Stan Turley, Stevens is no stranger to issues facing the state. Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University and received a Master of Public Policy with a focus on energy policy from George Mason University.

Maricopa County Recorder certifies Save our Schools Arizona petition signatures: The Maricopa County Recorder's Office certified petition signatures yesterday for referendum R-02-2018 sent by the Secretary of State on August 18. Of the 3,931 randomly selected signatures, 3,403 were found to be qualified. 528 were disqualified, making a 86.6 percent success rate.  Signatures were checked three times by trained staff and disqualified pursuant to A.R.S. 19-121.02 (A). Citizen groups interested in verifying signatures can do so for the next five days (including Saturday and Sunday) at the MCTEC Elections Facility at 510 S. 3rd Ave, Phoenix, 85003. Terminals will be assigned first come, first serve. Please send an email to to schedule a terminal.

White House/RNC List Of Recommended Places To Donate Funds to help the Hurricane Harvey victims:

· The Salvation Army –; or 800-SAL-ARMY

· The United Way -; or text UWFLOOD to 41444

· The SPCA of Texas -

· The SPCA of Louisiana -

· The Houston Humane Society -

· The Louisiana Humane Society -

· American Red Cross –; 800-RED-CROSS; or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Phoenix VFW Post 9400 is sending a truck to Houston on Fri., Sept 8, with donations from The Valley. Donations (listed below) can be delivered directly to VFW Post 9400, 804 E Purdue Ave, Phoenix 85020 or to the Fountain Hills VFW Post 7507 of Consignment Center, 9624 Monterey Drive, Building 2) adjacent to VFW Post 7507 (Fountain Hills, AZ) during its business hours 9-5 daily - thru noon on Thurs., Sept 7). Items most in needed are, cleaning supplies bleach, brooms, mops and rags; food/liquids of all kinds, clothes (new or gently used), shoes/socks, under wear, baby food, formula, diapers, wipes, blankets/sheets, personal hygiene items, paper plates and bowls, plastic utensils, school supplies, back packs, animal gear, animal food, and kennels. Please be sure all your donations are NEW or very lightly used. Checks, made payable to Texas VFW Foundation, can be mailed to the Texas VFW Foundation, Disaster Assistance, P.O. Box 14468, Austin, TX 78761.  VFW Post 7507 has already made a $1,000 donation to the Texas VFW Foundation. Contact: VFW Post 7507 Adjutant Boe James 480-836-5520 or  (website)

Attention PCs: Submit your ideas for AZGOP Bylaws revisions by using this form

The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has created a link to RSVP for their public meetings on Reprecincting.


· Wed, Sept 6 - 6 pm Glendale Community College

· Wed, Sept 13 – 6 pm Scottsdale Congregational Church

· Thurs, Sept 14 – 6 pm, Ed Robson Library, Sun Lakes

· Tues, Sept 19 - 6 pm, MCTEC Center, Maricopa County Recorder's Office.

Thirteen public meetings are scheduled in September to review suggestions on how to improve police relations with residents in Phoenix.

· Thurs Sept. 7, 6- 7pm, . Paradise Valley Community Center Multipurpose Rm. 17402 N. 40th St.

· Tues, Sept.12, 6-7: pm., Beuf Community Center Multipurpose Room, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

· Wed, Sept. 13, 6-7 pm., . Sunnyslope Community Center Multipurpose Room, 802 E. Vogel St.

· Thurs, Sept. 14, 8:30 –9:30am, Helen Drake Senior Center 7600 N. 27th Ave.

· Thurs, Sept.14, 6-7 pm, Desert West Community Center Multipurpose Rm, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd.

· Sat, Sept. 16, 11am- noon, Balsz Conference Center Building14, 4309 E. Belleview St.

· Mon, Sept. 18, 6-7 pm, Eastlake Community Center Gymnasium, 1549 E. Jefferson St.

· Thurs, Sept. 21, 6-7pm., Pecos Community Center Multipurpose Room, 17010 S. 48th St.

· Mon, Sept. 25, 6-7 pm, . South Mountain Community Center Century Room, 212 E. Alta Vista Rd.

· Tues, Sept. 26, 6-7 pm,. Estrella Mountain Precinct Community Room, 2111 S. 99th Ave.

· Wed, Sept. 6-7 pm, Black Mountain Precinct Community Room, 33355 N. Cave Creek Rd.

· Thurs, Sept. 28, 6-7 pm.,. Ability360 Conference Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St.



The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will tour the Arizona State Capitol Museum at 10 am., Wed., Sept 6. Reservations deadline if Aug 31. RSVP to: Allison Mary at

Arizona Federation of Republican Women, Region VIII is hosting an Arizona State Capitol Museum Tour, at 10 am., Wed., Sept 6 at 1700 W Washington in phoenix. Free parking available in Wesley Bolin Plaza (east of the museum). Participation limited. Admission is free. $2 donation per person suggested. Reservations: Allison Mary


The Colorado River Team Party will meet at 6 pm., Thurs. Sept 7. Speaker tba. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer at


A “Women for Flake” Breakfast is scheduled at 8 am., Fri., Sept 8 at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E Missouri Ave., in Phoenix with Iowa US Sen Joni Ernst. RSVP to Jess Yescalis at or 602-400-5683. Honorary Co-chairs – Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Cheryl Flake, Caryll Kyl, Cindy McCain, former Gov Jane Dee Hull. Host committee – JaNae Adams, Nichole Barney, Jenn Baughman, Betsey Bayless, Leslie Berry, Parshelle Brimhall, Beth Coons, Meghan Cox, Lisa Dale, Kristen Desmangles, Karen Diethelm, Dawn Giles, Deb Gullett, Sharon Harper, Lisa James, Michelle Jorgensen, Julie Lind, Cheryl Lombard, Jane Lynch, Elaine Miner, Amy Nelson, July Nelson, Kim Owens, Sheryl Palmer, Kimberly Riches, Heather Sandstrom, Kellee Schlink, Kathy Senseman, Jane Sherman, Angela Tahiliani, Erika Voeller, Brandy Wells, Connie Wilhelm, Jim Willems, and Kimberly Wold.


Central Republican Women of Phoenix welcomes AZ Treasurer Jeff DeWit as the speaker for their returning Fall meeting to be held on Saturday morning Sept 9. Registration is 9:30 AM; meeting starts 10AM at the University Club - 39 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix.  $30 for Breakfast/brunch - RSVP by this Sunday 9/3 with Jan Webb at and please give her your selection of french toast with bacon & eggs or turkey Salad - beverage included. 

The Center for Arizona Policy Citizen Forum is scheduled between 9 am-2 pm., Sat., Sept 9 at the Arizona Christian University, 2625 E Cactus Road in Phoenix. $20 per person. Sat., Sept 9. Contact 602-424-2525.

The Wounded Heroes Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled Sat., Sept 9 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. 6:15 registration. 7:am shotgun start. Entry forms must be in by Sept 2nd. Entry Fee Includes: green fee, cart, range balls, tee package, team photo and post tournament lunch. Post tournament lunch, scoring and raffle will be held at: Frasher’s Smokehouse, 3222 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix AZ 8501. See www.azheroestohometowns or Kathy @


The Lincoln Republican Women will meet with former AZ state Senator /Rep Jonathan Paton for dinner at 6 pm., Mon., Sept 11 at the Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Spouses invited. 5:30 – Social. 6 pm meeting; 6:20 pm dinner; 7 pm program. Paton will address the campaign to split the 9th Circuit Court and put AZ in a new 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. He will also address changes since 9-11 attacks in remembrance of 9/11/2001. Reservations: Bring cash or send check made out to “LRW” to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Call her at 480-368-2777 or email her at

Sept 13

Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman Chris Herring will address the Arrowhead Republican Women Wed., Sept 13 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. Registration begins at 10:45am, meeting starts promptly at 11:30am. Cost is $20 payable at the door, including lunch. Reservations are required and may be made via their website at or contact Lezlee Alexander, communications chr, at 602-354-5224.

The Recorder's Office will be conducting public meetings on “Reprecincting” starting at the 6 pm., Sept 13 LD23 meeting at the Scottsdale Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 4425 N. Granite Reef Scottsdale, 85251.  No RSVP required.


· Phoenix, Tucson Get Middling Scores In UN Look At Cities’ Sustainability

· Moron With Fireworks Starts-Columbia-River-Gorge Fire

· John-McCain-Slams-Trump-In-Italy; Recommits-To-Americas-Role-In-World

· John-McCain Returns-To Senate After Brain-Cancer Treatment

· Ex-Sheriff-David-Clarke-To-Join-Pro-Trump-Super-Pac

· As ‘Gig Economy’ Grows, Labor Experts Split On Whether It’s Good Or Bad

· Phoenix-Students-Walk-Out-Protest-DACA-Phaseout/

· Pardon Me?

· Miss-Navajo-Nation-Contest-Stops-Fry-Bread-Making

· Arizonans-React-President-Donald-Trumps-DACA-Announcement

· Uber-Drivers-Ticketed-Phoenix-Mesa-Gateway-Airport

· Arizona Corporation Commission’s Ethics Committee Has Ethical Issues

· Diane-Douglas-Nations-Lowest-Paid-State-Education-Administrator

· Hurricane-Irma-Now-Category-5, 175-Mph-Winds

· DACA Repeal Could Have Negative Economic Impact In Arizona

· Soccer Team Provides Safe Outlet For African Refugees In The Valley

· Former-Prosecutor-And-Sheriff-Arpaio Trump Was Perfectly Within His Right To Pardon

· Heavy Alcohol Use Alters Brain Functioning Differently In Young Men And Women

· GOP-Launches-Aggressive-Effort-To Pressure-Bob-Menendez-To Resign-If-Convicted

· What We Can Learn From Texas’ Monumental Example Of Self-Reliance

· YCSO Animal Cruelty Investigation Results In Arrest


· Pres.Trump Disappoints: Kicks DACA Can Down The Road & UPDATE Unenforceable DACA Rewards, Incentivizes Lawbreakers

· American Legion Comdr.Schmidt Develops McAmnesia

· Pres. And Melania Trump Return To Texas, Distribute Meals To Flood Victims

· Supporting DACA Is Ultimately Suicidal


· President Donald J. Trump Restores Responsibility And The Rule Of Law To Immigration

· President Donald J. Trump Statement On DACA September 5 2017

· President Donald J. Trump Amends Texas Disaster Declaration: How To Donate

· September 12th ABC To Broadcast Live From George Strait's San Antonio Hurricane Benefit Show


· Help The Victims Of Texas Flooding

· Anything But United4Victory

· Declare George Soros A Terrorist And Seize All....


· Montana-Literally-Burning-Place/


· Don’t Mess With Texans: Harvey Victims Take Major Stance Against Looters

· Barron-Trump-He-Will-Do-His-Parents-Proud/

· Houston-Flood-Victim-Grateful-Donations

· As If The Flooding Wasn’t Enough, Now Texas Has To Deal With These Demon Insects


· Former CIA Analyst: North Korea Won’t Stop Until They Can Attack Anywhere In US With Nuke


· Woman Of The People….Multimillionaire Hillary Clinton To Charge Supporters This Outrageous Amount To Meet Her On Her Book Tour

· Why Does Hillary Clinton Think That Her Base Is Any Bigger Than Trump’s?

· Huge-Backlash-Over-Privileged-Chelsea-Clinton-After-Her-Attack-On-The-Presidents-Decision-To-End-Daca/


· Conservative Publisher Has Had Enough Of The New York Times’ Liberal Bias: Ditches NYT’s Best-Sellers List


· North Korea “Begging For War”: Nikki Haley Says ‘Enough Is Enough!’ [VIDEO]

· About 5,000 Students In A Kenyan Refugee Camp Are Competing For One Of The World’s Most Generous Scholarships And A New Life In Canada. But Only 16 Will Make It.