Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12-27-17 Briefs



 Torunn’s Tantrum: Sunday’s Comic from the Sunday edition of the Arizona Daily Independent. See Sinclair’s original note in 12-20-17 Briefs. See reader response in the 12-21-17 Briefs 12-22-17 Briefs and 12-23-17 Briefs

Tomorrow Night’s (Dec 28) LD13 Elections: As you may recall, the first LD13 election call letter that AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines distributed had the wrong day of the week listed with the meeting date; so the meeting was rescheduled and a second call letter went out for the two elections slated for tomorrow evening at 5 pm and 6:30 pm, at the Comfort Suites’ Ballroom, 15575 W Roosevelt in Goodyear

     Upon receiving the second call letter, Briefs noticed an error on the LD13 business agenda. Not knowing if the agenda error could create an election problem, Briefs sent a note to Lines, AZGOP Matt Kennedy, LD13 Second Vice-chair Matt King, and LD13 Secretary Karri King on Dec 20, alerting them that under “new business” the enclosed LD13 agendas for the LD13 Special meeting (election of officers) and the Senatorial elections both read “Election of State Senate Candidates.” The 6:30 pm LD election is actually to elect a new chairman and vice chairman, to replace officers who have resigned. As of post time, none of the four responded.

    As the week progressed, Briefs learned that in the last minute rush before Christmas, some PCs had tossed out their call letter postmarked Dec 18 – thinking it was junk mail because there was no AZGOP logo on the envelope. Others, who opened the envelope containing nine pages of information/instructions, etc, didn’t see that the heavy envelope included separate proxies for the two separate meeting. Others thought one proxy covered both meetings. Some didn’t notice the change of venue although the location was bold faced in the call letter.

    Some feel setting the second meeting between Christmas and New Year’s couldn’t be worse timing due to the start of the New Year’s Eve weekend parties and some PCs being out of town. Others have a houseful of holiday company. Some had prior festivities planned for that evening.

    And questions circulate. Who wants to squeeze in 5 pm political meeting in the midst of the holidays??? Will they get a quorum? Will this become another attempt to further purge conservative candidates from a leadership role in the already divided-district? Will this election result in a so-called “Mormon Mafia” take over as reportedly happened in Yuma and Navajo counties?

    Which brings us to the candidates? LD13 PCs need to pay attention to the qualifications of those running for the appointment to replace State Senator Steve Montenegro, who resigned to go for Trent Franks US House seat. Just prior to Christmas, Ray Kouns, Sinn Kerr, Joanne Osborne tossed their competitive hats into the ring with already announced Trey Terry and Brent Backus. Diane Landis has withdrawn from the appointment list. Some believe she didn’t have a chance after losing both of her prior House and Senate races. Others speculate the game plan is for Landis to urge her supporters toward Osborne tomorrow night, then team up with Osborne for the 2018 primary.

    Three candidates will be elected to forward to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) for selection. Which ones will make the best senator? Do LD13 really know anything about any or all of these nominees? Which ones will vote with the Dems on major issues including transportation, budgets, education, gun owner’s rights, etc. If the candidate has held public office - check their voting record. No matter what they may say - in an effort to get your vote, voting records are very telling. City council members or school board members, who are anxious to move up the political ladder but have a reputation for spending money like it’s going out of style, will do the same thing as legislators. Example: Check out your water rates in comparison to surrounding areas.

    Who will make the best leader? Briefs does not endorse candidates, but when it comes to leadership, it is apparent that the 31 year-old Trey Terry’s leadership abilities rise to the top. The former combat veteran – an Army Cavalry Scout - was stationed along the DMZ in Korea for a year. He also spent more than a year in Iraq where his recon platoon performed over 100 time-sensitive raids to capture high-ranking Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed military insurgents – with a 91% success rate. That alone indicates he has the cajones to deal with the mischief down at the capitol in Phoenix. In August, he teamed up with LD13 grassroots conservative House member Darrin Mitchell for the 2018 primary. If the LD13 RINOs prevent him from making the list of three to go to the BOS, their appointee incumbent will face the Mitchell/Terry team in the primary. Word has it that LD13 House member Don Shooter, who is currently under sexual harassment investigation, plans to run for again for his former senate seat in the 2018 primary, as well.. Everything considered, tomorrow night’s LD13 elections should prove quite interesting. - ft

The Grassroots Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm., Wed., Dec 27 at Denny's Restaurant, 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Access Road (nw cor. I-17 and Dunlap), to hear Russell Sias, La Paz County chairman and co-author of a complete revamp of the party’s bylaws. See side by side comparison between the old bylaws and Sias proposed bylaws to be presented at the Jan 28 AZGOP mandatory meeting in Phoenix, where State Committeeman will have the opportunity to chose between the old bylaws, the AZGOP Bylaws Committee proposal and Sias proposal. Facilitator Francine Romesburg.

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 PCs 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. Identical Anti-Proxy House Bills have been introduced to limit the use of proxies to control internal AZGOP elections, particularly at the annual January county and state mandatory meetings. LD23 Rep Michelle Ugenti-Rita introduced HB2012 and LD23 Rep Jay Lawrence introduced HB2029.

A Fundraiser Dinner Dance To Benefit CD1Congresional candidate Tiffany Shedd is scheduled between 5:30 -11 pm., Fri, Dec 29 at The Property, 1251 W Gold Bend Hwy, Cass Grande, AZ 85193. Contact or 928-985-1920.

The Sun City West Republican Club is planning an 8:30 am., Jan 6 Candidate Forum for the Supt of Public Instruction candidates at the Foundation Building, 14465 W RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West. Doors open at 8a m. Supt. Candidates: Bob "Dr. Bob" Branch, Supt. Diane Douglas, Jonathan Gelbert, Tracy Livingston, and Frank Riggs are confirmed. All candidates will have an opening statement. A one-hour Q&A has been scheduled. The SCW will be conducting forums January – June, including AZ's SPI, State Treasurer, Sec. of State, Corporation Commission and LD 22 House. Candidates in those contested races are urged to contact scheduler Clair Van Steenwyk @ 623-322-9979 or as soon as possible.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Co-Chair Bob Paduchik in honor of Christmas Day: "Merry Christmas and warm holiday greetings to you and your loved ones, near and far!" said Chairwoman McDaniel. "This season, we reflect on our many blessings and celebrate a Savior whose birth gave us new life, hope, and joy. What a beautiful reminder for us, today and every day. And, to our brave troops spending the holiday season away from family, we’re praying for you, with gratitude in our hearts. May each of you experience joy and blessings, now and in the New Year." See McDaniel’s statement here.
"Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to those celebrating this time of year," said Paduchik. "During this season, give thanks for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and the hope that His life brings. We are also especially grateful for our troops who sacrifice time away from their families and loved ones to fight for our freedom and safety here at home. We continue to keep them and their families in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish each of you a great holiday and Happy New Year."


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

Buckeye City Councilman #5 Craig Heustis: Dec 23 the Buckeye Family Resource Center provided the opportunity for over 440 families to select gifts based on the ages of their 1300 children that made a happier Christmas. Thank you to the many volunteers that helped to make this a Merry Christmas for the families and children. It's a shame we didn't see any of the major media covering this event.    Cell   623-238-4078

Tom Morrissey, Past Chairman AZ GOP: It is so nice to hear people who are working in the stores that I have been shopping in say "Merry Christmas" while looking me in the eye with a smile on their face.  When it was just last Christmas that the same people were mumbling "Happy Holidays" with eyes downcast.  So, to all Never- Trumpers I ask that  you chalk up, maybe another HUGE accomplishment for the Commander-In-Chief. IMHO he has definitely made this Christmas something to celebrate. "Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

AZRA Chairman Jim O’Connor: You are indeed worthy of the high praise you have been receiving for your selfless work at keeping us informed. I add to the chorus of praise and thank you for another year of doing your important part in the process of “keeping our republic”. Bless you and your family this Christmas!

Grassroots Tea Party Facilitator Francine Romesburg to All Tea Party Activists, Precinct Committeeman And State Committeeman La Paz County Chair Russell Sias will make history on Dec 27, when he presents new bylaws (at the GTP mtg) that will bring the aZGOP functionally back into reality. Watch for some fireworks, as Sias has declared the "official" AZGOP Bylaws Committee in breech of current bylaws, therefore, INELIGIBLE for a vote! AZGOP officers will no longer be able to ignore the bylaws with impunity, if the New Proposed AZGOP Bylaws are passed at the (January 2018) Mandatory Meeting. Simply stated, these new bylaws restore control of the party to the members of the state committee, as originally intended, and prevent leadership from becoming lawless. Other significant and dramatic bylaws changes will be highlighted at the Grassroots Tea Party on Wed, Dec 27th at 6:30 pm at Denny's Restaurant, 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Access Road (nw cor. I-17 and Dunlap), by Russell Sias, La Paz County chairman and co-author of this complete revamp of the party’s bylaws. Sias states that the “official” AZGOP bylaws committee was in breech of current bylaws from the moment it was formed. Thus, its work product is not eligible for a vote at the Mandatory Meeting. Only the fully revamped New Proposed AZGOP Bylaws, which were submitted to the Secretary, as stipulated in the current bylaws, are eligible to be voted on by the state committee. Sias has been posting on Briefs about bylaws issues, for months, while the revamp of the current bylaws took place. To see a side-by-side comparison of individual bylaws—current vs new—see link: To find out more, be part of the discussion, ask questions, get answers, join us tonight. Doors open at 6 pm; Meeting starts 6:30 pm. End 8:30 or later. Let’s take the bull by the horns and get our AZGOP and its By-Laws back where they belong vs what we’ve been forced to live under for so long.

Glendale Activist Bob Richards: "May God Arise & His Enemies Be Scattered" - The active hostility & opposition to the Trump Administration can be defined by the one word antagonism. This open fact of confrontation that media types like to promote serves but one purpose answering only to their end game….meeting their daily deadlines.  Why? To keep their pay checks coming. So why bother to listen or look at commentaries harvested that neither meets nor advances one’s physical, mental, moral or well being?  Such reporting is much to do about nothing. And many times if you look at their score card summary when it’s tallied it all wrong. Wrong about polling’s. Wrong about nominees. Wrong about candidates. Wrong about whom’s to be declared President. Wrong about immigration. Wrong about the GNP. Wrong about the economy. So what’s right? The Trump Administration is…. about God, Christmas, families, freedoms, and National securities.

     I listened in on Dr. Ben Cason’s (United States Secretary of Housing & Urban Development) prayers opening the last Trump Cabinet Meeting for the 2017 year. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black brings weekly Bible teachings for Congressional leaders and staff choosing to attend. Both men of color are strong family men dedicated to Constitutional Principles that makes our Nation strong and secure under God’s dominion as the Founders so intended it to be. PTL

    Enjoy the Good News of the season with good reason with the biggest Income Tax break for citizens in decades. And here is wishing all a “Merry Christmas & Happy 2018 New Year”. We’ve never had it so good. Thank you Mr President for giving your annual salary away for greater causes and may God continue to bless you with wisdom in the governance of our Nation. Amen & Amen.

Former Sen Russell Pearce: LITTLE TONGUE AND CHEEK: Maybe a Resolution from the legislature would be appropriate: Our Founding Fathers knew the day would come to support such a movement



     WHEREAS, Arizonans in deep respect of the United States of America and our Constitutional Republic that secures the blessings of liberty to us and our posterity, hereby give our complete support to California’s succession, and

     WHEREAS, in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and station to which the Laws of nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation, and

     WHEREAS, California’s form of government has become destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form, as shall seem most likely to affect their Happiness, and

     WHEREAS, with hope of mutual happiness Arizona supports California’s in its endeavor to leave the Union, and

     WHEREAS,  California’s obstruction of the Constitutional Laws of this Republic and its efforts to obstruct federal law and the continued threat to the citizens for its efforts to promote sanctuary policies for the sake of illegal Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to recognize the Rule of Law and the Constitutional and legal rights of citizens, 

     THEREFORE, in order to preserve domestic tranquility, we who support our Constitutional Republic fully support the succession of California from the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America which will serve to make both Arizona and California happy.

Russell Sias, La Paz County Republican Chairman - We’re Being Duped! Part 6: Obviously, the state party cabal reads these Briefs! (Thanks, Frosty, for all you do!) Guess what! The bylaws are back on the state party web site. They now have to be downloaded via a PDF file, but at least they’re back. Let me again address this bylaws committee and its official function(s). What is actually the official vs. intended function of this bylaws committee? Some thoughts:

    1. Those bylaws submitted directly to the bylaws committee should never see the light of day. Some have stated, as has happened in the past with resolution committee reports, they are subject to outright rejection by this redundant bylaws committee.

    2. Bylaw committee members are being sworn to secrecy, even signing a confidentially agreement. They are not even free to communicate with one another outside their official bylaw committee meetings. Who’s to say that whatever report the committee chair sends to the body at the next meeting, is anywhere near legitimate, as to what really happened in these “confidential” and secret meetings?

    3. Chairman Lines certainly has the right to create a committee. To name it whatever he wants. However, naming it DOESN’T make it a legal bylaws committee. It makes it a suspect committee. STILL with NO AUTHORITY to accept bylaw submissions, no right to consider them, not to pass judgment on them; nor even to submit a report to the body about their bylaw committee actions or recommendations. What then, is the real purpose? We should be asking! Duplicate, or perhaps duplicitous?

     4. Read Article 1, B. Recognize what is spelled out, per the current bylaws process. It is to have the secretary include ALL submitted bylaw changes in the call letter for the next meeting. NOWHERE in our existing amendment process, does our bylaws allow for any “monitoring” committee involvement, let alone does it give anyone authority to pass judgment on appropriate bylaw change submissions to our secretary. Like it or not!

     Instead of the party being led where the current ruling cabal thinks it should be going, it is my hope that, through already legally proposed bylaw changes, our leadership can guide the party where its members want it to be led. Link to my bylaws proposal:


Candidates Are Welcome to e-mail their announcements and a photo to Briefs at or for posting so readers can learn who the candidates are. Editor’s Note: Please keep announcement at 400 words. Longer announcements subject to editing to conform. - ft.


Jan 4, 2018

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 4, 2018 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95. Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

Jan 6, 2018

The Sun City West Republican Club is planning an 8:30 am., Jan 6 Candidate Forum for the Supt of Public Instruction candidates at the Foundation Building, 14465 W RH Johnson Blvd in Sun City West. Doors open at 8a m. All candidates will have an opening statement. A one-hour Q&A has been scheduled. Candidates should contact scheduler Clair Van Steenwyk at or 623-322-9979 to confirm dates and attendance. Candidates Supt. Candidates Tracy Livingston and Jonathan Gelbert are currently confirmed. The SCW will be conducting forums January – June, including secretary of state, state treasurer, corporation commission, AzSPI and LD22l House. Candidates in those contested races are urged to contact Van Steenwyk as soon as possible.


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