Monday, January 8, 2018

1-8-18 Briefs


Canceled due to 80% rain forecast: The Jan 9 Arizona Republican Assembly (ASRA) sponsored PC Day at the Capitol has been canceled due to heavy rain forecasts and a Jan 9 morning mandatory legislative meeting. A reschedule date has been NOT been announced.

LD4 Republicans are having their second annual firearms fundraiser.  Last year they gave away a Ruger 10-22, engraved in honor of the 225th Anniversary of the Second Amendment.  This year, the prize is a Trump .45.  This Trump 45 is a Ruger stainless steel 1911 model .45, with beavertail safety grip, competition hammer & trigger, has been custom engraved in honor of President Donald Trump, the 45th President Of Our United States.  Comes with custom proud to be an American grips.  Every American needs the 45 because we had the 44 for eight years, but it didn't work out for any of us. You can see it at AZ Firearms, 215 E Western Ave, Avondale, AZ.  This Is A One-Of-A-Kind Must Have For The Serious Collector Or Fan Of Our President.  Please Share With The PCs In Your District And Everyone Else You Know.  Chances are only $10 each, or 3 chances for $25.  Checks payable to LD4 Republicans, PO Box 134, Buckeye,/ AZ  85326 and we'll mail back your stubs.  We'll have a table at the county meeting where you can buy more tickets. Richard Hopkins

Frustrations Have Boiled Over For Nearly A Year over the alleged controversial AZGOP ByLaws Committee, appointed by AZGOP Chair Jonathon Lines and chaired by LD28 Chairman Kathy Petsas. The bickering, infighting, as well as the inability to communicate with other committee members resulted in some members recently sending the alleged ByLaws Committee  list to the Briefs. If anyone is errantly listed, please contact Briefs immediately at The AZGOP Bylaw participants - as members presented to Briefs - are reportedly:

·         Pauline Hart Cochise County Appointee

·         Jeff Oravits Coconino County Chairman

·         Glen Galster Gila County Appointee*

·         Keith Alexander Graham County Appointee

·         Russell Sias La Paz Chairman – never allowed to participate

·         Chris Herring Maricopa County Chairman

·         LaJuana Gillette Mohave County Appointee

·         Tim Hunt Navajo County Appointee*

·         Ana Henderson Pima County Appointee

·         Jim Dutton Yavapai Appointee

·         Paul Brierley Yuma County Appointee

·         Cathy Schwanke LD01 Chairman

·         Dick Newcomer LD04 Chairman

·         Brad Johns LD09 Chairman

·         Cindy Coleman LD10 Appointee

·         Roger Heywood LD12 Appointee

·         Matt King LD13 Appointee

·         Jack Clark LD15 Appointee

·         Jerry Clingman LD16 Chairman

·         LD17 Appointee*

·         Jeni White LD18 appointee

·         Kim Owens LD19 Appointee

·         Colleen Lombard LD20 Chairman

·         Eileen Mueller LD21 Chairman

·         Rae Chornenky LD22 Chairman

·         Jim O'Connor LD23 Appointee

·         Brian Kauffman LD24 appointee

·         Karen Winfield LD25 Appointee*

·         Raymond Jones LD26 Chairman

·         LD27 Appointee*

·         Kathy Petsas LD28 Chairman

·         Jan Syverson LD29 Appointee*

·         Timothy Schwartz LD30 Appointee

·         Ex-Officio Member, State Chairman Jonathan Lines and Non-Voting Members - Gail Golden, Apache County*, Matthew Kenney, AZGOP Executive Director, Kory Langhofer, AZGOP Legal Counsel, and  Al Gage, Advisor & Counsel.  *Those without representation, or have not replied if appointed 


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

Pinal County Republica Committee #7  Chr Christina Dumal, D.V.M. to AZGOP Ex Dir Matt Kenney: First, if indeed I was misinformed about the LDS 'political room', then may I suggest that you alert those within the AZGOP state office to quit spreading rumors.  Again, let me stress that no one I know speaks against particular religious views, however discussions of Mormon candidates or other candidates at the LDS church is unconscionable. I have been in touch with Kyle Pierce for over a year to no avail about this issue.  First we were going to get the i360, then this last fall we were getting a better system, Advantage. In the last few months, I discussed this issue with AZ01 Regional director, Jeff Ristick, who was supposed to deal with it. I'm still waiting. More recently, I spoke to another individual and was informed that the specific information that I needed had been sent to Chairman Lines. I'm still waiting.  With all due respect, Mr. Kenney, this lack of communication and results between the AZGOP and those of us in the field is frustrating and I believe that it needs to be addressed. As such, maybe we can stop the infighting and get on with the business of electing qualified conservative individuals who support our platform. Finally am I correct in that there is a recall in NCRC?  If so, why is the AZGOP involved ? I would think there would be specific guidelines in their bylaws which would delineate how they would deal with such an issue. I do appreciate your information but I admit that your negativity toward Steve Slaton was not necessary.

LD22 Activist Karen Thomas:  This is in answer to the Arizona Freedom Alliance’s info posted on yesterday’s Briefs saying that LD22 is “arguably the most liberal LD in MC”.    In truth, LD22 happens to be one of the most if not the MOST conservative LD in MC.  I think that is pretty much well known.   We hear this from most of the Republican candidates who come to speak to us.  We are a VERY active LD and work hard to elect the most conservative candidates.  Jeff DeWit, Diane Douglas, Judy Burges, David Livingston, Ben Toma and Phil Lovas are in LD22.  Val DiCarlo, who is running for Member-at-Large, is  our 2nd Vice Chair and a true conservative.  

Activist Linda Brickman: Thank you for your help and continued work for the party, Frosty. NO ONE would be informed with the CORRECT information, if it was not for your and your Briefs. Brickman is a Member at Large, Maricopa County, LD15 State Committeeman, Delegate to National Convention, Ohio 2016, Rules Committee Member to National Conv, Ohio 2016 and AZ Legislative Affairs Chairman for ACT for America, Cell: 602-330-9422

Irene_LittletonIrene Littleton – Chair Voter Registration for Arizona: Thanks Frosty! We have a very important midterm election this year.  We must keep the House and the Senate! We, in Arizona, understand the importance of this election and we need to take action now. So how can all of us contribute to this success?  Voter Registration, Always remember, "you can't get out the vote without registered voters!" So, how do we start? 

· Work with your District Director to learn the Advantage app to conduct surveys and as you do this ensure you are asking for new voters to be registered.

     · Attend events, such as County Fairs.  That is where you may find folks that are not registered at all.

     · Work with Churches and School to have a voter registration table.

     · Some schools will let you talk with Civic classes, ask, if you don’t the answer is NO, but it may be YES if you ask.  You can register a student at 17 as long as they are 18 on or before the election.

      · Voter registration forms can be obtained by your County Recorder.

      · Doing voter registration in conjunction with a petition drive will allow you to capture potential volunteer information as well

      Look for folks who are Party Not Designated (PNDS) and Independents.  Some of these folks may not even know they are PNDs.  Maybe they moved within Arizona and did not re-register.  I can help you get those lists and further info.  NOTE: Please make sure that you create a list of all your new voters and send them to you District Director. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. 520-840-4064.


Grassroots Tea Party Activists of Arizona will meet at 6:30 pm ., Wed., Jan 10 to hear Kim Fisher, Deer Valley Unified School District President, discuss education issues. Facilitator Francine L Romesburg reports that Fisher came to their September meeting to hear Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs speak. Fisher spoke up on education issues and Romesburg claims Riggs “abruptly left our (Sept) meeting for no reason and never did speak.” Fisher is an Operations Manager in the finance department for a public school district and is at the start of her fourth year as a Governing Board Member at DVUSD. She will be running for the Governing Board again in the November 6th general election. The Jan meeting is scheduled at Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy/I-17 & Dunlap exit Access Road.  Doors open 6 pm; meeting starts 6:30 pm. Contact Romesburg at  Editor’s note:  Riggs denies Romesburg statement saying he arrived at the meeting at 6 pm and left when it hadn’t started by 6:50 pm – with no explanation or apology to him.

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

The Fountain Hills Republican Club Social will be held at 6 pm., Tues., Jan 23 at the Fireside Grill at Centerstone Plaza Hotel (formerly Lexington Hotel), 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills. Contact: Sec. Boe James at or visit

Lake Havasu City Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Jan 8 the Quality Inn 271 South Lake Havasu Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Contact: Sue Donahue, President or Please RSVP on LHRW website before attending the meetings

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.

The Huachuca Area Republican Women will meet at 10:30 am. Jan 9 at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, 2770 Saint Andrews Dr., Sierra Vista, 85650. Kathy Jones, President

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet March 17, featuring many of the 2018 candidates. All candidates have been invited. A limited number of candidate tables are available by contacting First VP/Program Chair Leona Johnston at  The meeting is free for attendees and candidates.

The Kingman Republican Women will meet at 12:30 pm., Tues., Jan 9 at the Dambar Steakhouse, 1960 E Andry Devine Ave in Kingman with author Larry Schweikert.

Mohave County Republican Chair Dr. Larry Shiff has appointed Precinct Committeeman Rick Armstrong to the position of the Mohave County Republicans District 1 Director for 2018.

Want to work elections? Got a passion for registering voters? The Maricopa County Elections Department is offering limited free orientation sessions at the Maricopa County Tabulation/Election Center, 510 S 3rd Ave., in Phoenix. Free registration. View Map View MapTop of Form. Get an introduction to the many ways of becoming a part of Elections in Maricopa County. All opportunities require you to be registered to vote in Maricopa County. There are four tracks available, including volunteering as a Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars train to register voters across Maricopa County. We will explain each track and its requirements and give you an opportunity to meet the Recorder to have any of your questions answered. Parking: You can park anywhere in the lot at MCTEC after 5pm or on weekends. Register to vote here: evoter/register Attendance is limited. RSVP Today. Those on the inside note this is being run by Dem Recorder Adrian Fontes and that the GOP needs to get Republicans signed up ASAP.

Arizona Project will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., Jan 8 at 3375 E Shea Blvd in Phoenix. Fellow Patriots to hear retired US Marine Ray Sweeney. Contact: Chr Ron Ludders  602.677.1496

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

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) 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.


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.

Marus KelleyTuesday, Conservative Republican Marcus Kelley announced his candidacy for the State House in legislative district 20. Kelley, an attorney and long-time conservative activist, filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to represent the district that spans the north of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including parts of Glendale, in one of the district’s two house seats. Both seats will likely become open as Representatives Anthony Kern and Paul Boyer vie for the Senate seat in the Republican Primary. Kelley who currently works as an attorney with the law firm of Goldman and Zwillinger, has also worked in state and federal government including for former State Senate President Andy Biggs and Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Marcus has worked for the American Conservative Union and later for the Republican Study Committee when then-Congressman Mike Pence was the Chairman. He graduated from the University of Arizona and the Cardozo School of Law. Kelley also serves on the governing board of a local charter school. “I am seeking a seat in the Arizona House to continue bringing a conservative voice to public policy matters,” Kelley stated. “My years of experience coupled with my track record of consistent conservatism on the issues will represent the constituents of LD-20 well,” he asserted. On the issues, Kelley is a strong social and fiscal conservative. He is pledged to reducing taxes and spending in a balanced and prioritized budget. He is solidly pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and is an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment. Kelley and his wife, Nickie, have been married for more than 13 years and have two children who attend a local charter school. Contact: Marcus Kelley, (480) 842-2047

Linda Brickman: Incumbent Candidate Mal: As an incumbent Member at Large (MAL) for Maricopa County linda brickmanRepublicans, I am running for re-election not only to continue in service to the Party, but also to maintain continuity within the EGC heading into the critical 2018 midterm elections. Over the past two years, I have been actively engaged in on behalf of Chairman Herring and the EGC in -

  • Representing the MRC at LD meetings across the County (LD1, 15, 22, 28, 30 and others as requested),
  • Closely following and reporting on Arizona legislative activities,
  • Working with the RNC Strategic Partnerships Director to help develop a cohesive RNC/AZGOP/Local GOP Leaders team,
  • Active in fundraising,
  • Helping to support all ECG activities (e.g., Lincoln Day Lunch; Constitution Day, Voter Registration activities, PC Enrollment, Ballot Harvesting Issues and Research), as well as
  • Supporting local events and activities.

   During my current two-year term, I was also a participant in the “Making America Great Again” revolution culminating in the election of President Trump . . . as a Precinct Committeeman, Precinct Captain and State Committeeman from LD15 . . . and voted in as a Delegate to the National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio as well as being elected to the Rules Committee. I have seen the resurgence of enthusiasm and patriotism within the Party at all levels. And I have seen a willingness again in our Legislature and Governor Ducey’s office to address those aspects of President Trump’s agenda requiring State action. Given that, I recently accepted the appointment by ACT for America, the nation’s largest grassroots national security organization, as the AZ State Chairman for Legislative Affairs, to mobilize elected officials to impact national security legislative outcomes to protect America. I am requesting your vote to return me as MAL for another two-year term. I pledge to continue to put your interests first, while supporting President Trump’s “Making America Great Again” agenda. Contact LUVBUG1611@COX.NET

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HB2004 - ASRS; waiting period; repeal

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Livingston – Contrary to common practice of waiting a few weeks before benefits kick in. The governor vetoed a similar bill in 2017 for being too expensive

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SB1048 - property taxes; notice; posting

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Farnsworth – Mostly housekeeping. Saves money

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SB1055- charter schools; rulemaking exemption



ALLEN –to adopt rules & policies for the state board for Charter schools

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SB1056- schools; letter grades; absenteeism; illnesses



Requests that the SBE not include a student who has a severe illness verified by physician to be included in a final letter grade for the annual achievement profile

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HB2097 - pension funding policies; employers

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Livingston – Increases transparency in the public safety personnel retirement system. (PSPRS-fire and police)

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IMG_0025Pima County Republican Women, left to right - Roz Bayard, Leslie Lynch, Terri Roberts - enjoy a cup of tea during their December Silver Tea in Tucson. Club photographer David Blevins.



The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet for dinner Jan 8 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. Patricia Kaufman, 480-368-2777

Jan 9

Canceled due to weather forecast: The Arizona Republican Assembly sponsored PC Day at the Capitol 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:

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


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