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Congrats Sine! The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed LD13 PC Sine Kerr to replace LD13 Sen Steve Montenegro yesterday afternoon. Montenegro resigned in December from his senate seat to run for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks' vacant congressional seat. Franks has also resigned. Kerr is the co-owner of Kerr family farms and has chaired the women’s leadership committee of the Arizona Farm Bureau. Kerr won the first round of votes for the position during last Thursday night’s LD13 Special Meeting to nominate three individuals to send to the BOS for final selection. She has been very active in the community, her church and agricultural organizations. A newly elected PC in 2016, she was elected a Member at large for CD3. Current leadership roles include serving on the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Arizona Farm Bureau's State Women's Leadership Committee Chair, member of the AZ Farm Bureau board of directors, member of the Maricopa County Air Quality Hearing Board, and serving as Chair for the AZ Department of Agriculture's Food and Agriculture Policy Advisory Council. Kerr and her husband have been married for 37 years, have four adult married children, and 10 grandchildren. See more at VoteKerr.com<http://VoteKerr.com
The Fountain Hills Republican Club will be holding a “Meet the Candidates” event between 9-11 am., Sat., March 17 at the Fountain Hills Community Center 13001 N. La Montana, Fountain Hills. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast snacks will be served. A limited number of candidate tables will be available at $25 each. The club which includes members from Scottsdale, the Verde Communities, north Phoenix meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Community Center and holds a monthly evening social at the Fireside Grill at the Lexington Hotel the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. Expanded opportunities for candidates to speak will begin with the April meeting and continue through the August Primary election. To RSVP for the March 17 event, to reserve a table (first come, first served), or to schedule an appearance at another meeting candidates should contact 1st Vice-President, Program Chair Leona Johnston, email@example.com; 480-837-6068; 480-215-6635. Visit www.fountainhillsrepublicanclub.org for further information. Looking for volunteers; seeking contributions? Our members want to be involved. Rosemary Hansen, President.
Candidate Training Workshop, Saturday, January 6, 2018: If you are running for office, at any level, or are just thinking about running, you need this Workshop. American Majority – a national educational organization promoting conservative principles, will conduct a Campaign Training Workshop for candidates, campaigns and potential candidates, seeking to implement messaging, communication and media campaigns to build an effective ground game for campaign success. Training will be provided by Nick McIntyre of American Majority. Location: WCC conference Room at 42104 N. Venture Dr.– Suite D-114, Anthem, AZ 85086, Check In is at 9:30 am. The Workshop runs from 10am to 3pm. Advance registration is required and is open until Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 by contacting Vera Anderson at (602) 821-4675 firstname.lastname@example.org OR, Lynn Drabik at (480) 622-7772, email@example.com. A $32 fee (for Workshop, Training Materials includes lunch) may be paid by cash or check Saturday morning for all who have RSVP’d by Friday Noon.
A Petition Signing Gathering will be held Sat., Jan 6 for CD8 candidate Richard Mark at 6 pm at the home of Mark DelMaestro’s, 11814 N. 56th Drive, Glendale, Az 85304. Approx. 1000 signatures MUST be turned into the Secretary of State office by 5 pm., Wed., Jan 10, 2018. Contact Francine Romesburg at 602-499-9553 ( cell) Dave Romesburg at 602-499-0681 (Dave’s cell)
Radio host Steve Kates Call To Rights Radio Show will feature Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute on the 2018 Forecast at 11 am Sun, Jan 7 on 1100 AM KFNX. Celente developed the Globalnomic methodology to identify, track forecast and manage trends, a political atheist. Unencumbered by political dogma, rigid ideology or conventional wisdom, Celente, who moot is “think for yourself,” observes and analyzes the current events forming future trends for what they are – not for the way he wants them to be. While Celente holds a US passport, he considers himself a citizen of the world. Contact: 602-277-5369 or 1-866-536-1100 www.calltorights.com
The Sun City West Republican Club is planning Candidate Forums starting at 8:30 am. Feb 3, 2018Candidates interested in participating should contact SCW VP Clair Van Steenwyk firstname.lastname@example.org or call @ 623-322-9979 for scheduling. All GOP CD 8 Candidates are being invited to participate in this CD 8 Candidate Forum on Feb. 03, 2018, doors open at 8 am and meeting starts at 8:30, please RSVP asap, Two have already committed to a Forum.
Pima County Tea Party Patriots will host US Sendate 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
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 email@example.com
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: https://azliferally.org
The Arizona Federation of Republican Women will be sponsoring a table at the Jan 20 Arizona Life Rally this year. Volunteers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat, Jan 13, 2018 – Maricopa 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: http://maricopagop.org/mm2018/
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 – AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner recognizing Republican outstanding PCs and volunteers throughout the state. Cost: $60 for PCs (discounted price; regularly $100 for public)Location/Times: The Camby Hotel (formerly Ritz-Carlton), 5:30pm Reception, 6pm Dinner/Program, 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix.
Sat, Jan 27, 2018 – Arizona Republican Party Mandatory Meeting. All State Committeeman encouraged to attend In-person or by Proxy at the Church for the Nations, 6225 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Credentials/Sign-in: Starts 7:45am, Ends 9am. Meeting time: Starts 9am.
LD17 has purchased two tables for the annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Meet your Elected Officials breakfast scheduled at 7:30 am, Fri., Jan 5. If you would like to attend, please email Chairman Moll Bert Moll at email@example.com For information CLICK HERE
LD 20 Chairman Colleen Lombard - Candidate Protocol: The next several months we will be welcoming candidates and candidate Field Reps at LD 20. To keep our business meetings on track, we hope candidates and their representatives can help in the following ways: Any candidate who would like to be placed on the agenda to speak, please contact Colleen Lombard, Chairman (at 602-689-1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 10 days in advance of the meeting date. Candidates who just “show up” will be limited to one minute to introduce themselves and, in fairness to all, you will be timed. Candidate Petitions may be circulated but not to interfere with the meetings or guest speakers. 2018 meeting dates through May 2018 are: Jan. 8 - Feb12 - March 12 - April 9 - May 14. Meeting location: WUSD Admin Offices 4650 W. Sweetwater Glendale. The Receptionist will direct you. Sign in at 6:30pm with the meeting starting promptly at 7pm. We look forward to hearing from you.
MCRC Mandatory Meeting scheduled Sat., Jan 13, 2018 at the Church for the Nations, 6225 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Credentialing opens at 7:30am. Meeting starts at 9am
The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet for dinnerr at the New McCormick/”Millennium” Reort at Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale to hear LD20 Rep Paul Boyer, chairman of the AZ House Education Committee, discuss “An Explanation Of How Our Schools Are Financed By The State, County And Local School Districts.” Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm., 6 pm – business meeting, 6:20 dinner, and 7 pm program. $35 per person. Reservations equired by Thur., Jan 4 with Patricia Kaufman, 480-368-2777 email@example.com
The Emancipation Proclamation Observance 6 is scheduled at noon, Sat., Feb 24 in East Lake Park, 16th Street/Jefferson in Phoenix, according to Rev Clyde Bowen, chairman of the AZ American African Republican Committee Aaarc6@centurylink.net
Volunteers are needed to stuff PC packet for the MCRC Mandatory meeting. Stuffing of 2000 packets will occur at 11 am., Sat., Jan 6 at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St. in Phoenix. Contact: Chairman Cathy Schwanke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Review The Proposed Maricopa County Republic Bylaws Amendments at /MCRC-Bylaws-Proposed-Amendments-10-03-17.pdf Precinct Committeemen will vote on them at the MCRC Jan 13 Mandatory meeting. Questions should be directed to your LD chairman.
Maricopa County Republican Committee Mandatory Precinct Committeeman Meeting proxy’s forms are available HERE
Procedures For Submitting Nominations to AZGOP Executive Committee Office for the Jan 27 Mandatory meeting here
To Sign Candidate Petitions Here This link leads you to the Secretary of State office form
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Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words
Former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey: I think that my latest book "The Way Of The Shadow Wolves," co-written with Steven Seagal, has really upset the Swamp Dwelling Deep State Trolls who have come out in full force to attack it on Amazon through their reviews. What is sadly obvious is the way Amazon is presenting the negative reviews, most of which do not have 'verified purchase' next to the reviewers name (usually a disqualifier for a review). Amazon is placing all the negative reviews in positions of prominence. While the positive reviews, all with 'verified purchase' next to the name of the reviewers, are buried behind the negatives. One other factor that is extremely suspicious is that almost all of the negative reviews came in within hours of one another and Amazon has them all up-front. Very unusual. I'm making you aware of this as an example of what extremes the Left will go to silence what they do not agree with. That's how they try to win. But, as of today, one genre they are not winning on is on "Kindle Government Corruption Fiction'. Out of 1400 books "The Way Of The Shadow Wolves" is number one. And on the much bigger genre of 19,600 books "Kindle Native American Fiction" we are at number 132. So despite the Liberal Trolls, some of whom may be part of Amazon, we are not doing bad.
Zack Taylor: Chairman of the National Association of Former Border:: Why doesn't the mainstream media get it? Remember, it is always about money and power. Anyone born since Jimmy Carter left office should know from personal experience, whether they admit it or not, that Marijuana use leads of many other problems. One just does not go from drinking Bud to shooting heroin. But those intermediate problems are glossed over because of various factors related to money and power. The trade in heroin and fentanyl in America is driven by demand in America. No demand equals no fentanyl or heroin sales. No supply equals no use or addiction which equals no related deaths. It is as much as anything else a border security issue and that coupled with the illicit money made being shared with non-traffickers is why we have a heroin/fentanyl death rate so high in America. See how-fentanyl-gets-to-the-us-from-china
AZGOP Executive Director Matthew Kenney responds to Christina Dumal, DVM - Chair, PCRC District 7, 1-3-18 Briefs and Steven Slaton, Chairman Navajo County Republican Committee, 1-3-18 Briefs: I think that we can all agree that attacking candidates because of their religious beliefs is wrong. As for the recall in Navajo county; Steven you were recalled by 78% of the members. To be exact, every single member that was not recalled voted to remove you. Do you really think that you should be representing that county?
Christina, while I am not a member of the LDS church, I have been assured that there are no “special rooms” set aside for political discourse. I’m afraid you were misinformed. I can tell you that the Mormon friends I have are among the most pious, respectful and patriotic people I know. The recent attacks on the Church have been despicable and should stop immediately. Finally, if you are having trouble with the Advantage walk books, I’d be happy to put you in touch with the appropriate Regional Political Director who can help you navigate these issues. Please contact myself or Kyle Pierce, AZGOP Political Director, and we’ll work with you to resolve this or any other issues with Advantage. Editor’s Note: Navajo County Republicans are in an upheaval with Steve Slaton and Jim Vance, both claiming title to the chairmanship.
Warren Woodward of Sedona: In addition to my appeals of the Arizona Corporation Commission's decision in the APS rate case, there are now two more challenges to APS. At the recent ACC's rate case docket, Intervenor Richard Gayer filed a Motion to Compel APS to comply with the ACC's decision. Gayer's Motion rightfully claims that the ACC's decision did not grant APS the right to double bill for meter reading. Right now, APS is billing customers who refuse "smart" meters a meter reading fee of $2.30 per month as well as an additional meter reading fee of $5 per month for having to read a "non-smart" meter. If the ACC does not respond to Gayer's Motion within 20 days, the Motion is deemed denied. If that's the case then Gayer may take the matter to the Court of Appeals. Gayer's Motion is here: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000184699.pdf
The other challenge to APS is currently in the form of a petition for rehearing. In so many words, Arizona Revised Statute § 40-246 allows that if "not less than twenty-five consumers or purchasers, or prospective consumers or purchasers, of the service" of a public service corporation (such as APS) petition for a rehearing then the ACC has to hold a rehearing. The rate increase that the ACC gave APS is a rip-off, and not just for those customers who've refused "smart" meters. After being told the rate increase would be "only 4.5%," many customers are experiencing bills that increased much greater than that. And many customers are paying way more than they did last year even though they are using less electricity than they did last year. As of this writing there are almost 400 signatories to the petition, more than enough to trigger a rehearing. In my opinion, the problem with this approach is that it will most likely lead to nothing more than another ACC rubber stamp on APS's wish list, which is what the ACC's last hearing was. That said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The petition, which has not yet been submitted to the ACC, is here: https://www.change.org/p/arizona-corporation-commission-we-aps-customers-demand-a-rate-hike-rehearing . PS -Since the ACC decision was made, ACC commissioner Doug Little resigned from the ACC to take a job at the U.S. Department of Energy. Governor Doug Ducey appointed Justin Olson to replace Little at the ACC. Olson used to be an Arizona State Representative. Anyone reading this should be able to correctly guess who his largest corporate political donor was
Candidates Are Welcome to e-mail their announcements and a photo to Briefs at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor: Recently, several friends suggested I clean up the Arizona Corporation Commission. They experienced significant ACC approved increases in power and water rates and they are looking for change. Although retired, I have robust corporate experience worthy of the office. I am running as a Clean Elections candidate so that I can fairly execute the responsibilities of the job, free from special interest influence.
But there are two requirements before I can fight for you. First, I must collect 8,000 nomination petition signatures from Independent and Republican voters statewide. Please sign the online petition. Second, I must collect 1,800 five dollar ($5) qualifying contributions from registered Arizona voters of any party. These will be paid to the Arizona Clean Elections Fund. To help me, click the two links, fill out the form and look for the name, James "Jim" O'Connor.
Conservative Combat Veteran Trey Terry Files for LD-13 House Seat: Terry, of Litchfield Park, filed campaign paperwork today to run for the open LD-13 House seat being vacated by State Rep Don Shooter. Terry was previously running for the open State Senate seat, but with the resignation of former Senator Steve Montenegro and the appointment of Sine Kerr, Terry will instead run for the open House seat. Terry is a conservative Republican who is dedicated to limited government and free enterprise. He will continue to make Arizona’s economy and education a priority in his campaign. “I was proud to have served my country in the Army. Now I am ready to serve my community in the state legislature.” said Terry. “I will not sit on the sidelines. I will work to improve Arizona’s economy and education, while giving my district the honorable representation it deserves.”LD-13’s other state representative, Darin Mitchell, said, "Trey is a strong conservative who will represent LD-13 extremely well. As a combat veteran, he is uniquely qualified to represent our district which includes three military installations. He shares my commitment to improving Arizona’s schools and growing the economy, while maintaining fiscal restraint and providing tax relief. Trey has my full endorsement." Terry is a 2005 graduate of Millennium High School in Goodyear, in Legislative District 13. After high school, Terry joined the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout in 2005. After spending a year stationed along the DMZ in Korea, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas where he later deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent over one year in Iraq where his recon platoon performed over 100 time-sensitive raids to capture high-value targets with a 91% success rate. He helped capture and eliminate senior leaders of Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and local Iranian-supported militia insurgents, dismantling their operational capacity in the Baghdad region. Since Terry was honorably discharged from the Army, he has fought to elect conservative candidates to local, state, and federal office. Terry has also fought to advance specific conservative issues. He has supported the pro-life March for Life as well as Second Amendment groups opposing gun control. Terry and his wife Elise live in Litchfield Park where he attends Trinity Lutheran Church. They are expecting their first child this summer.
US House candidate Phil Lovas: I hope the New Year finds you well! This quick campaign cycle is going very well, but we need your help! We're in the final push to get my name on the ballot for the CD-8 special election. The deadline to turn in ballot signature petitions is next week -- Jan. 10th! Would you take a quick moment and sign online so my name will appear on the Feb. 27th special election ballot? Just go to the Arizona Secretary of State's website at: http://apps.azsos.gov/equal/ Then, click on the "Sign a Candidate Nominating Petition" box. That's all! It's pretty easy and ensures that I will get on the ballot to help ensure President Trump's agenda is carried out like we all want. Thanks for your time and I appreciate the signature in advance!
Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack is seeking help in getting signatures to make the CD8 Special Election ballot to replace Congressman Trent Franks who recently resigned his congressional position. Mack needs to collect 1,000 signatures in approximately one week – time is of essence. If interested in help Mack at email@example.com 928-432-1879. See his announcement in the 12-18-17- Briefs See a 2-minute video of Sheriff Mack HERE Sign the online petition form to add your signature HERE. (Must be registered to vote in AZ, reside in AZ CD8, and be REP, IND, or PND.) Sign the online petition form to add your signature HERE. (Must be registered to vote in AZ, reside in AZ CD8, and be REP, IND, or PND.)
CD8 House Candidate Clair Van Steenwyk: We in CD 8 and elsewhere, must remember the Bad Votes such as SB 1469 stripping the Supt. of Authority, National Popular Vote, and PROP 123 Stealing from AZ Land Trust, (which never delivered the promised raises to the Teachers but made the Gov. & Legislators look like they did something. According to Treasurer Jeff DeWit, they shrank AZ's Trust Fund--which he campaigned against--but they wouldn't listen). There are more bills which, if listed, would take up more space than allowed.
Our Children are suffering in the AZ Public School system, and continue to finish at the bottom in National Ratings. AZ is still Billions in Debt, and no solution is offered by any who now hold or have held State Office. Legislators pass budgets with no real oversight, and for that reason, I believe most running would just move from the AZ Septic Tank of Politics to the SWAMP in DC without missing a step.
I'm amazed that most running claim how conservative they are, but their Voting Records are mostly never discussed, as many consider that to be attacking them. [I suppose for some, the only ones we're allowed to attack are either the Democrats, or those whom we agree are RINOs. When it comes to GOP officeholders we like, that's a different story.] My Dad always asked how I did in school, and then looked at my Report Card to check my grades; I learned never to Lie to my Father. I wish some of these Candidates Office Holders would learn not to Lie to US.
Jean & I campaigned for Sheriff Joe & President Trump, taking yard signs to meetings in the West Valley and staying to the end to be certain those attending took the signs home did not leave them in the back of the room. We also put their signs in our Front Yard, which is more than I can say for some who claimed to support them.
I do believe the upcoming Special Election in CD 8 is critical, as it's the first time in 15 years we'll be choosing a New Representative. The last thing we need is one more Career Politician. "If elected, I'll serve out the term, and then, would serve for no more than 3 additional terms--equaling 6 years--then, not run for Re-Election. I do believe, after a time, a new set of eyes is needed; on this the Voters in CD 8 & AZ have my Word."
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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 email:firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The Arizona Republican Assembly sponsored PC Day at the Captitol is scheduled between 11 am-1 pm., Tues., Jan 9, 2018. A light lunch will be served, and there will be an opportunity to hear from our Legislators and other elected officials.
The Arrowhead Republican Women will host AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines at their Wed., Jan 10, 2018 luncheon 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. Reservations are required; via our www.arrowheadrw.weebly.com or by contacting Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224.
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.
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