Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12-6-17 Briefs


Editor’s Note: Briefs will probably not be posted Thur, Dec 7 due to prior commitments. Incoming messages will be monitored. Remember tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day! - ft

Condolences To The Family Of Tempe Republican Club member Linda Faye Bertocchi who passed away on Dec 1 in Tempe. Her husband Mike is a LD18 prescinct committeeman. A Celebration of her life will be held between 3-5 pm., Wed., Dec 6 on at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S Dobson Road in Mesa.

Navajo County Republican Committee Chairman Steve Slaton: LOOKS LIKE COLLUSION BETWEEN SENATOR ALLEN AND AZGOP! We challenge the statement by Chairman Jonathan Lines and AZGOP general council, recognizing the new NCRC leadership: Let’s get this cleared up once and for all because the AZGOP, their lawyers (McCain) and Sylvia Allen have decided that the illegal meeting that was held to remove the existing NCRC officers …..  was deemed, legal.  

    The NCRC by-laws were clearly violated in this meeting call and continue to be no matter what their conclusion is.  We have stated many times and put in writing a copy of the bylaws and the meeting procedures that the committee MUST follow.   That includes the AZGOP and its chairman and executive committee.  

   Because the AZGOP and Chairman Lines have refused to hand over records to the duly elected secretary and treasurer since January 2017, and have gotten away with it because the AZGOP members have not stood up and demanded the AZGOP committee follow the law, they’ve clearly been given a mandate to do whatever it is they deem necessary to achieve their goal and that is to purge the party of all conservative GOP members.  After all, we are not McCain supporters. We will continue this fight on the principle of the rule of law…. that no man is above the law, certainly not Chairman Lines, a puppet of McCain and his council, the real power behind the AZGOP, who have withdrawn their financial support due to the recent recall effort to remove Lines.   This is as corrupt a committee as you’ll ever encounter so who would, in their right mind, want to be a part of it other than supporting our president, who truly encompasses our passion for American values and is willing to fight for us all.   We will do the same here in Navajo county.     Editor’s Note: Also see Jim Vance statement 12-5-17-briefs.

David Cook - LD8 repThe Western Pinal County Chapter of AZRA will meet at 6:30 pm., Dec 11 at 408 N Sacaton St #2 in Casa Grande to hear LD8 Rep David Cook, who is up for re-election. Cook, a life-long Arizonan, owns and operate the DC Cattle Company. In his first term he has established himself as a leader on issues that relate to ranching, agriculture, rural issues, water, and education. His focus on getting government out of the people’s way has resulted in him being able to vote on bills to bring more jobs and growth to Arizona. He and his wife Diana have two children. He is active in his community and makes time to cheer on the Arizona Cardinals and Diamondbacks. Pizza and Christmas goodies to be served. Contact: President Nancy Hawkins

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The Paradise Republican Women will meet at 11 am for brunch on Sat., Dec 8 at the Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale to install new officers. 9 am social. 10 am meeting. Live entertainment, Christmas Carols, raffles. $28 per person. RSVP Online & Pay at the Door.  Contact Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.

A Meet and Greet fundraiser is scheduled for US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward between 6-8 pm., Fri., Dec 8. Light refreshments will be served. For further details RSVP at 602-702-5275 or

cathyCathy Herrod, President of the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) , was among those attending a rally Tuesday morning on the steps of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. where nine Supreme Court judges heard the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. See Herrod interview Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs and others at the CAP Facebook page. Herrod reports they will probably not get a Court’s ruling until late psring or early summer. They will probably rally at the Arizona State Capitol in January to promote and defend the right of all to live and work according to their faith.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Southern Arizona Quail Forever Chapter are conducting a free inaugural Quail Festival between 1-4 pm., Sat., Dec 9 at Pioneer Hall at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 S. Highway 83, Sonoita, AZ, 85637. The festival will feature a quail cleaning station, raffle items, and hamburgers and hotdogs. Join us along with representatives from the Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever, North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Southern Arizona German Shorthaired Pointer Club and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Van's Crossroads radio show will address “Is AZ a Republic or Socialist State?” at 1 pm., Wed., Dec 6 at or  Contact host Clair Van Steenwyk 657-383-1673

Grassroots Republicans are urged to sign Archie Dicksion’s Proxy Petition To Curb Proxy Abuse Http://Bit.Ly/2rzg2w8. When signing the petition, you have two choices, total ban or limit to two per person. There has been great concern over the use of proxies the past five or years or more to control elections at both the AZGOP and Maricopa County Republican Mandatory meeting held every January. Complaints have been voiced for several years of “Bell Cows” carrying up to 40 proxies for PC who rarely, if ever attend meetings. Opponents of the excessive use of proxies say the misuse and abuse of proxies has resulted in the cleansing of conservative grassroots Republicans from leadership roles a at the district, county and state level by RINOs or McCainites.

The Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity is gearing up for the 2018 session of the Arizona Legislature with a series of (free) dinners in which the AFP-Arizona will discuss its draft 2018 Legislative Agenda with grassroots activists. To sign up for one of the sessions go to: Thurs, Dec 7 in Ahwatukee   and Thurs, Dec 14 in Prescott Valley
To set up agenda planning meetings in other locations contact Tom Jenney at

pearlAn Arizona Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled at 10:55 am., Thurs., Dec 7 at Wesley Bolen Memorial Plaza in Phoenix in memory that 183 Japanese attacked US Military and Naval facilities on Oahu in the in the Hawaiian Islands without warning Casualties to U.S. personnel were: 2.343 killed, 960 missing and 1,272 wounded All 8 U.S. battleships at anchor in Pearl Harbor were sunk or damaged & 151 U.S. planes were destroyed on the ground. At a cost of only 28 attacking airplanes shot down, the Japanese had dealt a staggering blow. Dec 8th the U.S. declared war on Japan. Between the Mast and Anchor of the USS Arizona rests the historic gun barrels from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri as a representation of the beginning and end of the war. Between the barrels, a steel structure in the shape of the USS Arizona's hull displays the names of Arizona's servicemen and women who died during WWII. For those of you that have never visited the free Capital Museum the first floor contain many rooms filled with artifacts from the USS Arizona as well as models, pictures and a piece of the hull.

LD13 Will Conduct A Special Meeting at 7 pm., Tues., Dec 12 for the election of the chairman and second vice chairman at Verrado Heritage Elementary School , 20895 W Hamilton St, Buckeye, AZ 85396. 6:30 PM Registration and Credentials. Chairman Ben Boon recently resigned to take an out of state position. Michael Carbone, 2nd Vice Chairman, has resigned his position so he can run for the chairmanship. Letters of nomination are due to nominating committee chairman Matt King by 6:30 pm., Nov 28 at 20953 W Cora Vista, Buckeye, AZ 85396. The November meeting was cancelled to allow for the 14-day nomination period.  If a precinct committeemen cannot attend this meeting, a proxy form can be voted in your absence. According to MCRC Bylaws Article IV, Section 3 – Proxies, “The proxy must be carried by a registered Republican currently residing in the same Precinct, and must be signed by a Notary or two (2) witnesses other than the proxy carrier and the PC," according to Matt King. On Nov 22, 2016 the following officers were elected by the LD 13 precinct committeeman: Chairman – Chairmann; 1st VC – Matt King, 2 VC - Michael Carbone, Secretary – Karri King and Treasurer – Kim Schoag. 37 state delegates were elected the same evening.

The Arizona Department of Revenue will conduct a public auction of unclaimed property at noon, Fri, Dec 8 at Sierra Auction, 3570 Grand Avenue in Phoenix, feature a variety of merchandise including vintage U.S. currency, jewelry and precious metals. Live in-person bids will be accepted, and bids can also be placed online at prior to the auction as well as during a live, online simulcast of the auction. An online auction is being held at  from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10 until 5 p.m. The auction is for property from safe deposit boxes that has been unclaimed for a period of at least five years. Proceeds from items sold via auction are transferred to a custodial account and will remain available to their rightful owners for claiming. There is no deadline to file a claim. The Arizona Department of Revenue's Unclaimed Property Unit returns millions of dollars of unclaimed property to their rightful owners every year. In fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), more than $57 million was paid out to claimants, the best year on record.  The Department returns property to owners who provide documentation showing their right to claim the property. People must include with their claim form a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or other applicable identification, and documentation linking them to the owner’s last known address, as reported by the company that filed the unclaimed property. Claimants must also provide documentation demonstrating a legal right to claim any property listed in another name. For more information about the Arizona Department of Revenue’s Unclaimed Property Unit, go to and click on the Unclaimed Property tab.

The Arizona Chapter Of Americans For Prosperity 2017 Awards Dinner starts at 6 pm., Sat., Dec 16 at the Christ Lutheran School in Phoenix where Americans for Prosperity- Arizona (AFP) will present their coveted “jackalope” awards to the legislator and to the local government official believed to have done the most to defend liberty this year.  Volunteer activists will also be honored at the free buffett. Please RSVP here so they can order enough food for all attendees. A second award event is scheduled Mon., Jan 15, 2018 in Tucson/OroValley for those in Pima County. Contact: Tom Jenney, Senior Legislative Advisor at

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The Sun City Republican Club Christmas party and installation of new officers will be held between 6-8 pm, Wed., Dec 6 in the Sundial East Hall, 14801 N 103rd Ave, Sun City. Treats, snacks and drinks (BYOB), holiday music and GOP cheer. Contact Patti at 1-713-557-5800.


The Colorado River Tea Party’s Annual Christmas Potluck is scheduled at 6 pm. Thur., Dec 7 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 (last building behind church) in Yuma. Participants are asked to bring a salad, veggie or dessert. The rest is provided. Also bring a ‘white elephant’ gift. Hosted by Chairman Sally Kizer, Vice Chairman Cecil Boelts, Secretary Cora Lee Schingnitz, Treasurer Nancy Smith and Sargent at Arms Dick Gale. RSVP to 928-210-1219 or

An Arizona Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled at 10:55 am., Thurs., Dec 7 at Wesley Bolen Memorial Plaza in Phoenix in memory that 183 Japanese attacked US Military and Naval facilities on Oahu in the in the Hawaiian Islands without warning.

Concerned Citizens For America (CC4A) will host MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler address the latest news on “Marijuana, the Arizona and the National Landscape” and “the Opioid crisis in our state” at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Dec 7 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road in Sedona. She will also give an update on youth use of drugs in Yavapai County., drug related deaths in the community, the plans that marijuana advocates have to pass another Initiative legalizing recreational “pot”, and what to do to keep your kids off drugs. Desserts to be served. Contact: Andrea Kadar

The Pima County Republican Committee’s Holiday Party is scheduled at 5 pm., Thurs., Dec 7 at the Radisson Hotel, 6555 E Speedway Blvd. Open seating, dinner & cash bar. $30 per person thru Nov 29. $45 per person after Nov 30. Arizona’s National Republican Committeeman Bruce Ash will the speaker. Contact:

The Scottsdale/Fountain Hills Chapter of AZRA will meet on Thurs, Dec 7, 6:00 at Mimi's just east of the 101 on Shea Blvd. in the private room. Last month, Gina Swoboda outlined in detail the problems with what is going on in the new Maricopa County Recorder's office.  This month, Board of Supervisors' Steve Chucri will be the keynote speaker to clarify what will be done to stop illegal activities in the Recorders office Elections Department. Also, Scottsdale is going through a tug-of-war trying to keep the Sonoran McDowell Preserve just that... a preserve.  The City Council wants to turn it into a Disney Land type facility.  Councilman Guy Phillips will discuss the latest developments in the We the People vs the Developers to preserve the Preserve. All conservative Republicans are welcome to attend.  Dinner available but not required.  Order from the menu.

Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 6:15 pm., Tues., Dec 7 at the University Club Garden, 39 E Monte Vista Road in Phoenix for a Christmas celebration and to hear nationally known guitarist Jay Soto. 5:30 pm – social, 6:15 pm – dinner, $30 includes dinner/program. RSVP to Jan Webb by Dec 3 at or 602-318-1010.


Acker Night Will Be Celebrated between 5:30 – 8:30 pm., Fri, Dec 8 at Yavapai County Republican Headquarters, 112 B E Union St., in Prescott. Enjoy Christmas music from around the world. Refreshments to be served. Contributions for Tips for Scholarships can be made at each venue. All monetary donations go to Yavapai County school age children for music lessons.  J.S. Acker started a trust specifically to promote the culture of music to our children in 1988.  This year in downtown Prescott there will be over 120 musical groups donating their time. You will hear all kinds of music from jazz combos to chorales.


AZGOP Field Organizer Landon Andreas is conducting a two-hour Republican Leadership Initiative from 10 am-noon on Dec 9 at the Prescott Valley Library. Contact Andreas at

DEC 10

The Tucson Republican Women, Legislative District 10 and Eastside Republicans “Support the DM Troops luncheon and cookie drop-off is scheduled at noon, Dec 10 at the Tucson Country Club,  2950 N Camino Principal   Bring 3 dozen home baked cookies for Davis Monthan Troops.  Contact/Reservations: Parralee (520) 250-5073

DEC 11

LD22’s Christmas Party is scheduled at 6 pm., Mon. Dec 11 at the home of Rita and Van DiCarlo, 8055 W Louise Dr in Peoria. Participants are asked to bring a dessert or snack. RSVP to the Di Carlo so that they might know the number of guests.