Saturday, January 13, 2018

1-13-18 Briefs


Reports In From Last Night’s LD21 senate nominee election to replace Sen Debbie Lesko reveal that Tony Revero, Jean McGrath and Rick Gray are the nominees. Now it’s up to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to pick one to serve out Leskos’ term. Lesko has resigned to run in the February election to replace former Congressman Trent Franks. With the wide field of candidates trying for Franks congressional seat, things are destined to get interesting over the next few weeks.

Some Folks Are Wondering What Kind Of Attendance the MCR Mandatory meeting will have today, due to the flu epidemic that Arizona is experiencing. Several readers contacted Briefs saying they were not venturing into large crowds of coughing, sneezing, feverish people who probably should be home in bed. Some don’t want a relapse of the flu. Others think low attendance will give the “cow belles” - who carry and vote numerous proxies – total control over voting issues. Other won’t attend because of prior shenanigans.- ft

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The AZ Dept of Health Service is cautioning people to avoid situations where the flu can easily be spread. Emergency rooms waiting lines are long. Some hospitals have maxed out on ICU beds. California has already had several deaths from the widespread flu.

Firearms Expert Alan Korwin now has The Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States available. Go to

Jeffrey Prather, a retired US Army Major and author of “Chase – Terror on the Border” is getting a five star review on his book on Amazon. See Chase-Terror-Border-Jeffrey-Prather-ebook Prather’s Point is a frequent guest on the 4 pm., Saturday ‘Chips & Salsa’ radio talk show.

Procedures For Submitting Nominations to AZGOP Executive Committee Office for the Jan 27 Mandatory meeting  here

Sign Candidate Petitions Here This link leads you to the Secretary of State office form.

Candidates Wanting To Participate in the Sun City West Republican Club Candidate Forums should contact coordinator Clair Van Steenwyk at 623-322-9979 or email or,


Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. – ft

LD18 PC Dan Schulz: I will have three large bags of popcorn and 20 theater-style popcorn bags with me tomorrow at the MCRC Mandatory Meeting in case you would like to literally eat popcorn during the circus show.  I hope to get there by 8:30 am.  So seek me out at the LD 18 area.  I will have on my white MAGA hat.  First come, first served.

Barry WongPC Ren Ramsey: I submitted a Resolution for conducting all Maricopa County Republican Party elections by paper ballots to Barry Wong, who chairs the Resolution Committees for both the Jan 13 MCR mandatory meeting and the Jan 27 AZGOP mandatory meeting. I was not informed of the date, time and location of the Resolutions Committee meetings which unilaterally rejected this resolution. According to Wong, the resolution exceeded the 250 word limitation. It was clear that Wong included the Title Sentence as part of the resolution. Yet, Wong’s own format he specifically stipulates that the Title is not included in the resolution word count. My request that the Resolution Committee reconsider was rejected. This causes us to question Wong’s decisions/responsibility as they undermine trust in the process. Like the proposed Proxy Resolutions, the paper Ballots Resolutions were denied at both the State and County Resolution Committee levels.

     My email Notice of Action to MCR Resolution Committee: I received your email regarding the rejection of the proposed resolution on paper ballots sent on Nov 28, 2017.I find that the decision in error. I want the Resolution Committee to review once again the resolution prior to the Maricopa County meeting in January. Committee reply: “Your proposed resolution was determined to be in non-compliance with MCR Bylaws on the word count maximum limitation for proposed resolutions; the maximum allowed is 250 words (excluding the title), your actual word count (excluding the title) exceeded this limit.  Because your proposed resolution did not meet all the MCR Bylaw requirements for proposed resolutions it was not eligible for further consideration by the Resolutions Committee.  Therefore, the Committee took no further action on it and it was not forwarded to the MCR chairman and executive director."

      Prior to our submission we reviewed the protocols for submitting paper ballot resolutions. According to the protocol, resolutions were not to exceed 250 words (excluding the title). Our Nov 27, 2017 Proposed Resolution for paper ballots consists of 250 words, from the first Whereas sentence to the end. We added the brief one sentence title heading, which is not to be counted for word maximum of resolution. The Resolution Committee’s rejection is in error as it incorrectly counted the words of the Title and brief one sentence. Therefore, I ask that the Resolution Committee review the proposed resolution once again as its past determination was in non-compliance with the rules and bylaws of the Resolution Committee of Maricopa County Republican Party. Wong responded by simply restating his first email and stating the Resolution Committee would not reconsider the resolution. Contact:

Gina Swoboda, Election Integrity: CD8 Special, Update 3: The Board of Supervisors has pushed back the date for their vote on the CD8 Special Election plan. As a result, the Maricopa County Recorder will be taking comments through midnight on January 19th.  You can view the proposed polling place map here and submit comments online: Additionally, MCRO has uploaded the materials that were handed out at the Public Meeting of Jan. 11th to a one drive, which you can access here: Contact: Gina Swoboda at

Activist Stephen Sivigliano:Car design.  What the h--l!  What's with this absolutely UGLY new car design these days?  Copy cats all.  Why would anyone want to buy a new car with the front end looking like the distorted face of a monster?  They were perfectly nice looking until Toyota/Lexus (I think), decided to put all that black nonsense on the noses of all their models, followed eagerly by the other companies.  What happened to the bumper?  Only pickups and vans still have any bumpers.  This design is only surpassed in ugliness by all the '58 models with all that garish chrome and ridiculous doodads.  When one of these new models approaches me from the rear, it looks like a giant shark distorted at birth, getting ready to swallow me up. Yuk! 

AFA Team Responds To LD11 PC Jill Henderson regarding spoilers, 1-12-18-briefs let's be sure of the facts.  According to, a spoiler is "any competitor, entrant, or candidate who has no chance of ultimate victory but does well enough to spoil the chances of another."  In 2010 there were two candidates running against John McCain.  However, McCain won 54% of the votes in that election.  J.D. Hayworth got 34% and "Other" candidates got a total of 11%.  If J.D. Hayworth had been the only challenger to McCain, he would have still lost because the combined votes of Hayworth and Other added up to only 45%.  See how this works?

     The same happened in 2016.  McCain got 51.7% of the vote in the Primary, Ward got 39.2% Other got 8.9%.  Using my handy calculator for accuracy, that comes up to McCain 51.7% and Others 48.1%, spoiled .2%.  No one was a spoiler in either race because McCain attained more than 50% + 1 votes both times.  No candidate could be a spoiler unless McCain won with less than 50%.  It is clear from the outcomes that no one candidate had a chance to defeat McCain either time since all other votes together still didn't meet the 50%+1 vote.  Sadly.  Now, what we see in the current Senate race where there is no incumbent but a couple of more likely winners, the rest of the field might be considered spoilers.

Activist Karen Thomas: In answer to Randy Miller’s post about Richard Mack. I have the greatest respect for Sheriff Mack and although he is by law qualified to run for CD8 Representative, he is from CD5 (Gilbert) and Brenden Dilley is from CD9 (Queen Creek) and Kevin Cavanaugh is from CD1 Florence (Pinal County). How can we expect these candidates to do what is best for CD8?  From CD8, we have Phil Lovas, Debbie Lesko and Claire Van Steenwyk who have been Precinct Committeemen for years. And, Phil, Debbie, Steve Montenegro and Bob Stump have served in the AZ House and/or Senate for years. These are tried and true candidates who have worked tirelessly for the Republican Party giving much of their time, money and efforts for us. We have the best people for CD8 right here in CD8.  We need to keep that in mind.


Rev Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the Arizona American African Republican Committee (AAARC) will address the Grassroots Tea Party Activists of Arizona at 7 pm., Wed., Jan 17 at Denny’s Restaurant, Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Access Road/I-17.  Contact: Francine L Romesburg

LD22 is hosting a CD8 Candidate Forum at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 15 at the Westbrook Village Assoc Recreation Center, 18825 N Country Club Parkway in Peoria. Bring your registration card for for the 5:30 pm. check-in… online verification will be available. Limited seating.

The Surprise Chamber of Commerce is hosting a CD8 Candidate Forum between 10 am-noon, Jan 20 at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Summit Hall A, 13800 W Deer Valley Drive in Sun City West. Free and open to the public. Non-partisan. Special primary election scheduled Feb 27. General election April 24, 2018. These elections are elect a replacement for long-time West Valley Congressman Trent Franks, who recently resigned his position. Glen Hamer, president/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will be the moderator. No audience/candidate interaction. Contact: Mary Orta at

The Annual AZ Heroes To Hometowns will Salute A Soldier 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk at 9am, Sat., March 10. Packet pickup day of race starting at 8am at Freestone Park, 1045 E Juniper Road in Gilbert. $40 5K Run. $30.00 5K Run for Military or $25 for 1 Mile Walk. Registration at events/48183653/select-race? or Register early and receive a $10 discount on the 5K by using code SAS10– good until Feb 1, 2018. Military use MIL05 for $5 off until Feb 1. Contact Kathy Pearce @ or AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.

The Fountain Hills Chamber Of Commerce Mayor’s State Of The Town Address Breakfast featuring Mayor Linda Kavanagh will be catered by Chef Alice of Hob Nob Catering.Boe James at or visit by Jan 14.


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.

Lori Klein 2Arizona’s National Republican Woman Lori Klein Corbin has announced her candidacy for Secretary of State. The former LD6 Arizona State Senator, who served as Arizona Chairman for “Women for Trump” in 2016, will continue in her role with the NRC. She is currently the coordinator for the Western Conservative Conference scheduled March 23-24 in Phoenix. She is married to former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin, who is a past President of the National Rifle Association. She said, “I offer my conservative leadership credentials, administrative talents and abilities to oversee our election process and make sure that we keep election integrity and transparency at the highest level. I am committed to protecting the integrity of the ballot. Unfortunately, we cannot deny that there are nefarious forces with socialist/leftist Soros funding that are targeting Arizona in order to take over our election process -- to cheat and game the system for their purposes and to win and turn Arizona blue at all cost. That will not happen on my watch. We cannot afford to hand over the office of SOS to the democrats in 2018. SOS is first in line of succession to the Governor and serves as acting Governor when the need arises. Among the many duties of the office, the most important is to provide secure elections for every voting citizen. Our Nation is healing now economically.We need to continue moving toward freedom and prosperity. I need your vote for Secretary of State on Aug 28, 2018.” Contact: or (602) 315-1737. Go to sign on-line petitions to get her on the ballot.

The Secretary is in charge of four divisions:

Arizona Advance Directive Registry - the official state repository of advance directives such as living wills, Medical Powers of Attorney, and Mental Health Powers of Attorney.

• The Business Services Division - responsible for registering trademarks,trade names, and liens under the Uniform Commercial Code. It also issues apostilles, files intergovernmental agreements, notices of public meetings, regulates notaries public, employment agencies, sports agents, out-of-state landlords, telemarketers, and charitable organizations.The Division is responsible for chartering partnerships; corporations, on the other hand, are the responsibility of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

• The Elections Division - responsible for administering all elections in the state, and certifying their results. It also regulates lobbying and campaign finance.

• The Public Services Division - responsible for filing bills from the Arizona Legislature, registering and publishing administrative regulations, and publishes the Arizona Blue Book, which is an informational guide to the government of Arizona.

Grp shot w Hickman, Desert Jewels, Mar 2016

Arrowhead Republican Women will host a fashion show May 5. This is Dora Sextro’s photo from their March 2016 fashion show. Desert Jewels models, left to right, Barbara Melkin, Marguerite Cummings, Beth Joice, Jan Boydston, Tracy Livingston, County Board of Supervor Clint Hickman, Marilyn Sage, former LD21 Sen Debbie Lesko, Nancy Margaritis, LD22 Sen Judy Burgess, Janet Heintz and moderator Pat Kaufman.


JAN 13

Sat, Jan 13, 2018Maricopa County Republicans Mandatory Meeting: All Precinct Committeeman encouraged to attend In-person or by Proxy at the Church for the Nations, 6225 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Credentialing: Starts 7:45am, Ends 9 am. Meeting time: Starts 9 am, Ends (planned) 2:30pm. Agenda: Hear update from MCR chair and from Elected Officials, Elect 5 Members-at-Large to Executive Guidance Committee of MCR, vote on Bylaws changes, review proposed Resolutions, meet Candidates and mingle with fellow Republicans. More info; website:

A Meet the Game/Fish Commission meeting will be open to the public at 3 pm., Sat., Jan 13 at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Courtroom, 11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, followed by the annual awards banquet.

The Paradise Republican Women's Club will meet with John Hansen, author of "The Bluesuit Chronicles", who transitioned from Vietnam Navy to police officer in July 1970. Today he volunteers in law enforcement for Search & Rescue work on horseback with Maricopa County Mounted Sheriff's Posse in Phoenix, AZ. Travel back in time as John shares his experiences in two careers wearing THE BLUE SUIT at an 11 am brunch, Sat, Jan 13 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. Penny Miller, a social worker the Health Care for Homeless Veterans programs for the Phoenix VA HealthCare System since 2008, will also speak. She has served as the Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC) Coordinator since November 2016, where she values the opportunity to work with a diverse team to serve homeless and at-risk Veterans. Prior to the CRRC, Penny had served with the Veterans Justice Outreach Program since 2009. $28 per person. Click here to RSVP Online & Pay at the Door. Contact Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.

The Mohave County Republican Committee will conduct its’ quarterly meeting on Jan 13 in Lake Havasu City, under the directorship of Chairman Laurence Schiff.

JAN 15

LD22 Is Hosting A CD 8 Candidate Forum for Republican Precinct Committeemen and party volunteers at 6 pm., Mon., Jan 15 at the Westbrook Village Association Recreation Center, 18825 North Country Club Parkway in Peoria.  LD1, 13, 15, 20, and 21 are all invited. Doors open for PC sign in at 6 pm., program begins at 6:30 pm. RSVP not required. Contact:  Chairman Rae Chornenky at

The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Mon., Jan 15 in the Ballroom at 908 S. Power Road in Mesa. Speakers will be former AZRA President Jim O’Conner, a candidate for Corporation Commission; Tim Horn who will address the National Popular Vote and Joe & Jinny Perron with the East Valley Pro Life Alliance. Free refreshments and a 50/50 drawing. Diane Andersen,, 480 395-5515.

JAN 16

The West Valley Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers will meet at 7 pm, Tues., Jan 16 at the Paseo Verde Christian Church, 7569 West Greenway Rd, Peoria, 85381. Contact Coordinator Randy Miller at (623) 866-3544.

Pima County Tea Party Patriots are hosting US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward, between 5:30-7:30 pm., Tues., Jan 16 at the ElMolinito Restaurant private meeting room, 10180 N Oracle Road in Oro Valley. Ward is running for former Sen Jeff Flake’s senate seat. Open menu, cash bar. TO RSVP CLICK HERE

JAN 17

Palo Verde Republican Women’s Club will hold its next luncheon at 11:30 am., Wed, Jan 17 at Grayhawk Golf Club, Fairway House, 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Check in at 11 am. Nationally known comedian, Eric Golub will be entertaining the group. Reservations required by midnight, Thurs, Jan 11 at  Check, cash or credit card at the door

JAN 18

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will host author Tom Morrissey at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 18 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95. Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.

Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 6:30 pm.,Thurs., Jan 18 at 8600 E Anderson Drive in Scottsdale featuring 2016 Senate Primary Candidate, Arizona State Fair Tax Director and Radio Personality Alex Meluskey Contact: Pat Shaler: | (480) 946-8069.

Fountain Hills Az Tea Party. (3rd Thursday - January 18) 6:30 PM, Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.): This month's meeting on Thursday, January 18 will address the state legislative session with LD23 State Senator John Kavanagh, State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, & State Rep. Jay Lawrence. They will provide a preview of upcoming issues in the state legislature.  As always, there will be ample opportunity for Q&A.  All interested parties are invited to join your neighbors and bring a friend to this and all of our meetings.   Admission is free; donations welcome. Richard Rutkowski   or

Due to Mandatory GOP meetings, LD24 will not hold its regularly scheduled Jan 18 meeting. LD13 will meet again on Thur., Feb 15 at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St in Phoenix., according to Chairman Barry Wong. LD24 will have at least one table reserved for the Jan 26 AZGOP Chairman’s Award Dinner scheduled at the CambyHotel, (formerly Ritz-Carlton), 2401 E Camelback in Phoenix. $60 per person. Reservations to Wong at

JAN 20

The Arizona for Life Coalition March And Rally will begin at 11:30 am., Sat., Jan 20 at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza (2nd Ave. & Washington). The Rally runs from 12:30-2 PM in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. This will be a family-friendly event with live music, entertainment, food available at the march launch site. Speakers include international pro-life advocates Pam Tebow and Stephanie Gray. Contact:

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women will be sponsoring a table at the Jan 20 Arizona Life Rally this year. Volunteers should contact

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am., Sat., Jan 20 at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills with LD23 Sen John Kavanagh and Reps Jay Lawrence and Michelle Urengti-Rita. 8:30 am social . Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh has also been invited. Boe James at or visit

The Cobre Valley Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am., Jan 20 at the Miami Public Library, 282 Adonis St., in Miami. Contact: Judy Alexander, President 928-701-2195


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