Saturday, January 6, 2018

1-6-18 Briefs


Widespread Influenza Activity Causing Long Wait Times at Emergency Rooms Statewide: Influenza activity is at record levels in Arizona and there are several hospitals statewide experiencing long emergency room wait times due to the increased number of sick Arizonans. After consulting with healthcare and public health partners, the Arizona Department of Health Services is advising ill people to only seek emergency medical care if they are at high risk for serious complications or are experiencing severe symptoms.  “Influenza is a very serious illness, so if you’re at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, cannot drink fluids, or have flu like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

·         People at high risk of serious complications from influenza are:

·         Children younger than 5 years old

·         Adults aged 65 and older

·         People with chronic disease, especially heart and lung disease

·         People with immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV infection

·         Women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery)

·         People younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

·         American Indians/Alaska Natives

·         People with extreme obesity

·         Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

"If you have symptoms and are in a high risk group, or if you feel very sick or worried about your illness, talk to your medical provider,” Dr. Christ said. “Most people with mild flu symptoms will get better without seeing the doctor and should stay home to prevent spreading it to others. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest when you have the flu.  You can also treat symptoms with over the counter medications."

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders will huddle at Camp David this weekend to talk about their 2018 agenda and the perilous midterm landscape. "Amid rising concern that Republicans could lose their majorities in November, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California will lead separate presentations on 2018," Alex Isenstadt reports. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) will also attend this weekend's confab. More:

sine kerrThe Attractive, Newly Appointed LD13 Senator Sine Kerr will be sworn into office at 11 am., Mon, Jan 21, according to Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Clint Hickman – who is also from LD13. She was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former LD13 Senator Steve Montenegro, who resigned to run for Congressman Trent Franks. Franks resigned in the midst of the sexual harassment allegations that that swept through DC this past fall and winter.

aaron flanneryAaron Flannery has officially filed to run for Maricopa County Recorder in 2020. "While the election is not in the immediate future, the future of our elections is at stake," he said.  I intend on running a voter education campaign this year and look forward to working with voters to stop the erosion of voter integrity being proposed at the office now.  -Aaron Flannery MBA, MBA.

Lori Klein 2Former Sen Lori Klein-Corbin has filed papers to run for the Secretary of State and will be making a formal announcement in the next few days. She is currently Arizona’s Republican National Committee Woman and is married to former AZ Attorney General Robert Corbin.

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 20,m 2018. Contact Francine Romesburg at 602-499-9553 (my cell) Dave Romesburg at 602-499-0681 (Dave’s cell)

richard mackFormer 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 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.)

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

The Chips N Salsa Show returns with its first performance of 2018 at 4 pm., Sat., Jan 6 from its new home, Center Right Radio. Tune in LIVE on Facebook or via with hosts George Ortiz and Alice Lara.  Scheduled guests are Kathy Pearce, founder of Az Heroes to Hometowns & her son Brent Bretz, veteran hero. Also featured LD GOP 27 Chairman Brandon Jones along with the Prather Point and more. Happy 2018 Chipsters!

LD 27 will meet at 7 pm., Tues., Jan 9 at the Mountain Gate Clubhouse,  9629 S 14th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041 with radio host James T Harris, the new afternoon drive host for KFYI who recently relocated from Tucson. Contact Chairman Brandon Jones at

bluesuit chronoiclesThe 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. After serving in two tours of Vietnam, he became uniformed police officer for 10 years in Bellevue, WA.  his was a turbulent time, when vets were not welcomed home as heroes. John explains the environment and lack of receptively from military service in unpopular war. Only to enter another problemed environment of drug & crime. (another blue suit)!  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 will also be speaking. Miller has served as a social worker the Health Care for Homeless Veterans programs for the Phoenix VA HealthCare System since 2008. 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. Penny has obtained both her Masters of Social Work and her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Arizona State University. $28 per person. Click here to RSVP Online & Pay at the Door. Contact Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.

Chairwoman McDaniel: Democrats are Ignoring Instant Results of the Tax Cut Legislation: Right now, you have Democrats actually rooting against these tax cuts and what they’re going to bring the American people. That’s not a great position for them to be in, when people in February start to see their paychecks get bigger. As we’ve already seen over 100 companies either giving bonuses to their employees or increasing their pay. We are seeing so many great things happen for our country as a result of the historic deregulation and the tax cuts and Democrats are on the sidelines saying, "We don’t want this to work because we didn’t help vote for this." And that’s going to be something they’re going to carry into November. It’s interesting that Joe Manchin went home and saw a big banner that said “we’ll remember in November.” Well we’re going to make sure that voters remember in November the list of accomplishments that Democrats have had, at least in this first year of the Trump presidency and it’s zero. They’ve done nothing to help the American people except obstruct and resist at every turn, and I just don’t think that’s going to be a winning message for them.

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.

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

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:

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). 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  Bert Moll at 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 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

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

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:

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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Jose Borrajero’s 180105-2050 AZRRT INITIAL UPDATE – 2018 KICK OFF: As this is written, we are about 60 hours away from the opening of the second regular session of the 53rd AZ legislature, which is a good time to share some observations with you all.

What to Expect: Over the next 100 or so days that the session is supposed to last, you will be receiving periodic (mostly weekly) messages to (a) Inform you of how our legislators voted, which is useful in determining support or opposition at election time, without relying on campaign rhetoric, which often is notoriously inaccurate at best and misleading at worst. (b) To alert you of upcoming activity on the bills we are tracking, to facilitate the expression of your opinions by contacting legislators and participating in committee hearings, both in person and remotely from the convenience of your home.

Useful information and tools: In our website, at you will find four articles that should be a tremendous help to newcomers to this endeavor and a useful refresher to those who have been at it for a while. Their titles are: Using request to speak, e-mailing legislators, how an idea becomes law, and how to obtain bill information.

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These are very challenging times for conservatives in AZ. We have a Republican majority in both chambers, but not a conservative majority. In the house we have five Republicans that consistently vote with Democrats on important issues. Fortunately that still leaves us with a conservative majority albeit paper thin. The picture in the senate is dismal. Three Republican senators consistently join Democrats in defeating conservative legislation. That is enough to give us a 14-16 minority. So, if we care about the state of our state, we can no longer afford the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. On that note… Happy activism to y’all.

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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. 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.

Jan 9

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.

Jan 10

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 or by contacting Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224.

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:


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