Thursday, March 1, 2018

3-1-18 Briefs

Diane Douglas Supt of EdOver This Past Weekend a long article entitled Diane-Douglas-Arizona's-Queen-Of-Common-Core was floating around. Parents have every right to be angry that Common Core hasn’t been completely wiped from Arizona schools as promised. Douglas will have to answer to that complaint herself and explain the constraints she has faced. Obviously, she couldn’t make the hated Common Core disappear with a snap of the finger as she was sworn into office. Nor will the Dept of Ed get by with “putting lipstick on a pig,” while concerned parents stay on their toes.

      In reading the postings, something caught Briefs attention – as to distribution of unapproved literature inside county/state mandatory meeting rooms. In  2004 or 2005, when Lyle Tuttle was the Maricopa County Republican Chairman, someone slipped into the mandatory meeting room early that morning – leaving white supremacy literature on chairs. Tuttle immediately had the offensive flyer removed. The culprit had disappeared prior to discovery.

     To prevent a reoccurrence, the then MCRC Executive Board ruled that in the future only committee approved literature, including campaign flyers, resolutions, proposals, announcements, etc would be allowed in the meeting room (via a packet of approved literature distributed to the PCs as they registered and gathered their ballots.) No unauthorized literature can be distributed or placed on the meeting room chairs on the meeting day. This is a good fund raiser, as a fee is charged for inclusion in the approved literature packet. The MCRC Exec Committee also deemed that groups requesting information be placed into the PC packet also purchase a display table for the mandatory meeting, according to former MCRC Executive Director April Riggins. This helps cover room rental.

     In January 2016 or 2017, some of the anti-Common Core members (who were probably unaware of the literature rules), placed flyers on chairs inside the MCRC meeting room. Riggins, (who was responsible for organizing and overseeing operations for that mandatory meeting) escorted three of the violators out of the meeting room. She reported removing a couple of the anti-Common Core individuals a second time.

      While Briefs is in agreement with the parents wanting to get rid of Common Core (which should never have been approved in the first place), protest groups are expected to abide by the same rules that apply to other groups wanting their literature displayed at mandatory meetings. By the same token, GOP leaders need to apply the same rules to all groups wanting to voice an opinion – which has not always been the case at recent meetings. – ft

Jeff DeWit, State Treasurer 2017State Treasurer Jeff DeWit announced during the State Board of Investment meeting that the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund, also referred to as the Schools’ Trust Fund, has hit a record market value of more than $6 Billion. Even with increased distributions totaling more than $793 million to Endowment beneficiaries, which is more than three times that of any previous treasurer, the endowment has grown in excess of $1 billion during DeWit’s tenure. “Credit for this achievement goes to the dedicated work of Senior Portfolio Manager Tim White who has managed the fund for nearly 20 years, along with the rest of the investment staff, and the members of the State Board of Investment,” DeWit said. DeWit, who is chairman of the State Board of Investment, also noted that the Treasurer’s office reached another milestone in January with the month ending value of all investments at $15.85 Billion, an all-time high for assets under management. State Trust Land and the Permanent Endowment Fund were established by Congress when Arizona became a state and are governed by the Arizona Constitution. Proceeds from state land sales are deposited into the Endowment; the Endowment is invested and managed by the Treasurer’s office, and earnings from investments are distributed by the State Treasurer to the Endowment’s beneficiaries, of which more than 87% goes to Arizona K-12 education. As a statewide constitutional officer, DeWit serves as the state’s Banker and Chief Investment Official for the State of Arizona, and Chairman of the State Board of Investment. He is charged with the prudent custody and management of taxpayer monies and oversight of more than $15.8 Billion in assets under management.

Leslie White 2017Grassroots Leadership Academy - Americans for Prosperity Foundation is offering a Leadership Academy training session between 6-9 pm, March 2 at the Mountain View Lutheran Church in the East Valley, according to Grassroots Director Leslie White. Each session runs from 6-9 pm, including a free dinner. Tickets at summit-tickets Contact White at (480) 290 – 2286.

Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman Chris Herring is still accepting resumes for the 20 hour a week position in the MCRC headquarters.

If You Want To Help Your Favorite Republican Candidates get their petitions signed to get on the ballot, sign up on line with the Secretary of State office at voter petitions

cathi herrodThe Paradise Republican Women will meet at 10 am., Sat., March 10 at the Gainey Golf ClConner Teich, Young Americans for freedomub, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive in Scottsdale. 9:30 am social. 11 am brunch. Speakers include Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) and Conner J Teich, secretary for the Young Americans for Freedom Chapter at GCU.

Latest Legislative Activity From Jose Borrajero -- (starting2-26-18 and what happened week ending 2-23-18)

· Latest Call-to-Action:

· Latest How-They-Voted Report:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting on the proposed stocking of rainbow trout and status of the Lees Ferry fishery between 5-7 pm, Mon., March 5 at the old lodge across from Marble Canyon Lodge on U.S. Hwy 89 A in Marble Canyon.

It’s Time To Get Signed Up For The Annual AZ Heroes To Hometowns will Salute A Soldier 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk scheduled 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.

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: 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.

Candidates Wanting To Participate in the Fountain Hills Republican Club “Meet the Candidates” event between 9-1 am, Saturday, March 17 from 9-11 a.m.  or wishing to arrange for extended opportunities to speak at future club meetings should contact 1st VP, Program Chairman Leona Johnston,, 480-837-6068; 480-215-6635.

Attention Republican Group Leaders: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either or – Editor Frosty Taylor

The Sun City West Republican Club is conducting Statewide Candidate Forums through June at 8:30 am in the Foundation Building, 14454 W RH Johnson in Sun City West: Scheduled so far –

· March 3 – State Treasurer candidates JoAnn Sabbagh and Sen KimberlyYee

· April 7 – Secretary of State candidates Lori Klein Corbin and incumbent Michele Reagan.

· June 22 – Arizona legislative candidates are welcome to gather signature or hand out literature. Only scheduled candidates will be given podium time.

Candidates wishing to participate in the forums are encouraged to send their bio and a photo to Clair Van Steenwyk at or call @ 623-322-9979

Attention Republican Group Leaders: If your event announcement is not posted within 24 hours from the time you submitted it - Briefs did NOT receive it. Please resend it to either or – Editor Frosty Taylor

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Opinions expressed by readers are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Commentary running over 400 words is subject to editing. Briefs posts candidate announcements, but does not endorse candidates, nor do we post endorsement statements. ft.

phil & corinne lovasTeam Lovas: Phil and Corinne asked me to send a short note to you. They wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help and support during this campaign. It has meant a great deal to them and they are very appreciative.  Unfortunately, the results weren't what we had hoped for but thank you for being a part of the team. We hope you were proud of the campaign that Phil ran. Phil and Corinne are taking a much-needed reprieve and look forward to touching base with you after March 5. If there is anything you need before then, please let me know. – Kelly Molique Cell #480-213-5910

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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. Briefs does not endorse candidates, nor do we post endorsement statements. ft.


Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. Opinions expressed below are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Briefs does not endorse candidates. – ft

Martha McSally 3Senate candidate Martha McSally: The Democrat money machine is gearing up to spend millions to defeat me. And that doesn't even account for the $5.2 million my Democratic opponent already has in her war chest! It's an attempt by the Left to purchase a win in Arizona. They know Arizona is their best chance to take back the Senate and reverse the "America First" agenda we've worked so hard to put in place. But Friend, this seat is not for sale - not even to the highest bidder. It belongs to you. . . but we have to be prepared to fight back against the liberal's false claims and bogus attacks, and make sure that we win this race. Will you follow this secure link right now to make an emergency contribution to my campaign? We've set a goal of raising $20,000 to show the Democrats the strength of my grassroots support. Every dollar you send will be used strategically to put shoe leather on the ground and ears on the phones, so that we make sure to get-out-the-vote in November and defeat this Democrat onslaught of money. I want to fight for you in Washington, but I can't do it without your help Friend. And I need it today. Every dollar makes an impact, and could make the difference between a win or loss in November. chip in

kelli ward 2018 aSenate candidate Dr Kelli Ward: March is almost upon us, and we're looking for supporters to help us finish the month strong.Can we count on you to chip in Your support right now is so important -- not only does it help our team continue to strategize for victory, but it also shows our campaign's grassroots strength. And with Jeff Flake stepping down after his term, it's crucial we keep our momentum up... because Martha McSally is Flake 2.0 and we must do everything we can to make sure this fake conservative isn't elected. It's time to put our campaign into overdrive... chip in

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Central Republican Women of Phoenix has changed venues and will meet Thursday evening, March 1st at Aunt Chilada's restaurant - 7330 N Dreamy Draw Dr. in Phoenix.  Social hour is 5:30 pm and meeting start is 6:15pm with Gene Kopelson, author of Reagan's 1968 Dress Rehearsal. $20 gets dinner and beverage as well as the company of Rockin' Republican women. RSVP to

Have “Coffee with Supervisor Bill Gates” at 8 am., March 1 at the HonorHealth Sonoran Health and Emergency Center -2nd Floor Sonoran Conference Room, 33423 N. 32nd Ave. (I-17 & Dove Valley Rd.,) in Phoenix. Also hear Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, address the CD8 special election. Refreshments by HonorHealth. Contact Gates at Phone: (602) 506-7562

Concerned Citizens for America will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., March 1 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road in Sedona to hear a presentation on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact by political consultant and NPV spokesman Constantine Querard. Querard will be preceded by CD1 candidate Steve Smith and CCA chairman Andre Kadar

Mesa Republican Women’s Club will meet at 11 am, March 1 at 1900 E. University Suite 11 in Mesa.  The program features State Treasurer candidates Sen. Kimberly Yee and Tom Forese. Yee is a former State senator and Forese served as an Arizona Corporation Commissioner. Doors open at 11am. Member cost is $10; $12 for non-members.  Candidates for other races that wish for “2 Minutes at the Mike” should request to do so no later than Feb 26.  Contact: to schedule. Nancy Cottle, MRW 1VC 602.292.5646

Ted Nugent will be on Tom Morrissey’s radio music s how at 3 pm., Thurs., March 1 on KRIM 96.3 FM in Payson. They’ll be talking about Nugent’s music and his rise to fame.

The Scottsdale/Fountain Hills Chapter of AZRA will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., March 1 at Mimi’s – just east of the 101 on Shea Blvd in Phx. Agena items include a discussion on the fight against the National Popular Vote and view Tim Horn’s new video on the issue. Jerry Sheridan, a long time deputy with Sheriff Arpaio's office, is scheduled to speak on Sheriff Penzone’s leadership. Dinner available but not required. Limited space. RSVP to Chapter President Lynne Breyer at for confirmation

March 2

An Americans for Prosperity Foundation Grassroots Leadership Academy training session is scheduled at 6 pm., March 2 at the Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix in the East Valley – includes free dinner . Tickets: summit-tickets Contact White at (480) 290 – 2286. Contact Leslie White at (480) 290 – 2286.

The Gila County Republican Party’s 18th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled at 6 pm., Fri., March 2 at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson. The social hour with cash bar opens at 5pm. Speakers include Congressman Paul Gosar, along with US Senate candidates Dr. Kelli Ward and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Q and A period to follow speeches. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet a host of other elected officials attending the event. Tickets are $50 each, available at or call Chairman Gary Morris at 928-478-8186 or or Shirley (928) 951-6774.

Jim O'Connor, candidate for Corporation Commission, will attend the Gila County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Fri., March 2. The GCR dinner starts at 5 pm., at the Mazatzal Hotel/Casion in Payson.

The State of Arizona Research Library continues its 2018 Arizona Author Series by hosting author Bernard Wilson as he discusses the process of research for his book, The Lives and Achievements of Tucson’s Unknown African American Pioneers, 1860-1910 at 3 pm., Fri, March 2 at the Polly Rosenbaum Archive and History Building. This free talk is part of the 2018 Arizona Author Series, hosted from on the first Friday of the month in February—July by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of the State. This program is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Contact: Brianna Furcron, Special Collections Librarian 602) 926-3723


The Suns City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30am., Sat., March 3 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd.  Doors open at 8 am. Coffee and donuts will be available.  A $2 donation is requested which helps pay for the room rental.  All Republicans from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are invited.  SCWRC

will be conducting candidate forums from January to June. State Treasurer candidates will be at their March 3 meeting. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair 623-214-8010 or


The Republican Women’s Club will meet with Gene Kopelson, national expert on President Ronald Reagan and author of Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal at 6 pm., Mon., March 5 at Millennium Resort Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. Spouses invited. 5:30 pm meet and greet, 6 pm meeting, 6:20 pm – dinner and 7pm program. $35 per person. RSVP/reservations to Patricia Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, (480-368-2777) or Attendees are urged to wear green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.


The Payson Tea Party meets at 6 pm., March 6 (each Tuesday) at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson. That organization also welcomes candidate speakers. Contact Darlene Younker at 858-395-1850.


The Northwest Conservatives invites you to meet retired Major Jeff Prather as he discusses how the Deep State plots against the Trump administration. The will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., March 8 in the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W Naranja Dr in Oro Valley. Prather served as a Military Intelligence Special Forces Officer, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and on the border for decades with the DEA. He is a world class firearms instructor and martial arts master, author, speaker, chaplain and Fast & Furious whistle-blower. Jeff's on line book Chase: Terror on the Border Click here to RSVP Seating is limited

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