Saturday, March 3, 2018

3-3-18 Briefs

CaroleMass Will Be Held For Long-Time Republican Activist Carole Joyce at 11 am, Wed., March 7 at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church, 32nd Avenue and Greenway in Phoenix, immediately followed by a reception at St Raphael, 5525 W. Acoma Rd. Glendale, AZ 85306. She passed away from lung cancer earlier this week. Sympathy cards can be sent to the family Harold Joyce, Bobby Joyce and Stacy Joyce Rorvig, at 1029 W. Solcito Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Internment will be in Connecticut. Donations in memory of Carole can be made to The Kwamie Lassiter Foundation 2820 S. Alma School Rd. #18-300, Chandler, AZ 85286. All donations will go directly to the patients battling cancer and Sickle-Cell Anemia at Phoenix Children's Hospital. See azgop-remembers-carol-joyce.

breakfastMaricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman and AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines will host a CD8 Victory Breakfast featuring CD8 Republican nominee Debbie Lesko at 7:30 am., Sat., March 3 at the West Valley Victory Office, 10050 W Bell Road #50, in Sun City. Free to PCs and activist.  Volunteers will be given precinct walkbooks to get out the vote for Lesko for the April 24 Special Election.

The Sun City West Republican Club Candidate Forum featuring State Treasurer candidates JoAnn Sabbagh and Sen Kimberly Yee will be held at 8:30 am., this morning in the Foundation Building, 14454 W RH Johnson in Sun City West. Coffee at 8 am. $2 donation to help with rental fee.

Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen will be out in force between 9 am-noon this morning talking about President Trumps conservative agenda and registered voters for the 2018 elections to keep Maricopa County red. Sign up for this event, HERE to set up a phone app or get a walkbook. Contact with any questions.

The Colorado River Tea Party needs volunteers to work their booth at the April 3-8 Yuma County Fair. Time slots are two or three hours. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219

The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am, Wed, March 21 at the Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway, The Fairway House at 11 for social, followed by luncheon and a program. $35 per person. Speakers include State Treasurer candidate Kimberley Yee, Secretary of State candidate Lori Klein Corbin, and AZ Corporation Commission candidate Eric Sloan. In addition, Nancy Kay Arnold, award-winning children’s author will spend some time regaling the group with stories of America’s first First Lady Martha Washington. Kay’s books include Patriotic Pups as well as Pioneer Pups and Pilgrim Pups. Reservations required: RSVP at

Alex Meluskey - talk show hostRadio Talk Show Host Alex Meluskey will discuss political races – what works, what doesn’t and why during his three shows on Saturday. He will also discuss President Donald Trump’s position on trade and guns and provide information on an upcoming conference scheduled in Phoenix. Show times are at 6 am on 1130AM KQNA, 4 pm on 1100 AM KFNX and 9 pm on 960 AM KKNT. Saturday programs are posted on Monday afternoon at Contact Meluskey at Virtuous Communications

CD8 Special Election winner Debbie Lesko is a long-time member of the Arrowhead Republican Women’s Club.

Tim-HornThe Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., March 15 at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 to hear National Popular Vote Compact Opponent Tim Horn discuss why the NPV must be defeated. Horn is the Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA) Point man in Opposition to the NPV Compact, a AZGOP state committeeman, author of “Ruling the Elite”, and is the former host of the conservative political “ Tim Horn Show.”

Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order to create the Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT), a diverse team of experts from state, local, and federal government, the private sector, and higher education to work together to protect Arizonans from a cyber attack…Gov Ducey Forms Arizona Cybersecurity Team

For The Second Year In A Row, the Clerk of the Court’s office took first place in the state’s tax intercept program in 2017. Intercepted funds are posted to child support, court-ordered fees, and uncollected filing fees. At more than two million dollars, Maricopa County’s collections were nearly twice that of the next closest agency and were approximately $10,000 short of exceeding the Clerk’s all-time high collection amount from 2012.

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

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

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State Treasurer Jeff DeWit’s can be viewed at Arizona Treasurer’s Quarterly Report. To see more details on pool performance, check out monthly Board of Investment reports. Contact: Communications Director Dajana Zlaticanin 602.542.7842

Where the Money Goes Secretary of State’s Michele Reagan’s new spending website.

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 Contact Kathy Pearce or AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.

LD17 could use some volunteers to help with their booth at the March 9, 10 and 11 Ostrich Festival in Chandler. Contact Anne Kirkham at 801-652-2999. Click here to sign up!

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.

Jennifer_ReynoldsJennifer Reynolds, Creator of Arizonans Against Common Core and member of Mommy Lobby AZ: I agree with Frosty Taylor's statement that "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." 3-1-18 Briefs archives I was one of the Mom's from Mommy Lobby AZ who was bounced out of the AZGOP meetings- in 2017 when we were passing out literature exposing the "2nd Rebrand of Common Core." We were first setting this literature on chairs which we were told by April Riggins we could not do this. So we picked up our literature and started handing it out in person to fellow PC's. As far as I know, there is no rule that we cannot hand out literature to fellow PC's in person. We were kicked out of the Maricopa County meeting entirely, by April Riggins, and we had to pass out our "Rebrand literature" outside these meetings- county and later the state meeting- to fellow PC's who were coming inside. It is a complete double-standard that "Republican slates" running for office can hand out literature but individual PC's cannot. It's complete double-standard that those of us in 2012 who were handing out literature for a Republican candidate, Ron Paul, who was running for President, were also not allowed to put literature on chairs. Which one is it? The rules seem to change at random depending on who is running these AZGOP meetings. Ron Paul was a valid Republican candidate who was running for office and we were still not allowed to put literature on chairs. I personally feel it's our First Amendment right to pass out whatever literature we choose inside or outside of these Republican meetings. Why are we so afraid of exposing truth and promoting liberty especially when it comes to the evil of Common Core, and our Republican leaders in our state who Rebranded Common Core a 2nd time and ignored parents- Superintendent Diane Douglas and Governor Doug Ducey! Inquiring minds would like to know why we are so afraid to proliferate truth in these meetings? BTW, it is part of the National Republican (Common-Core-Resolution-Final.pdf) and State Republican (MCRC_Resolution_Concerning_Common_Core_FINAL.pdf) platforms to reject Common Core. We were completely justified in putting fliers on chairs especially since it's part of the Republican platform!

REG MONACHINOReg Monachino - Cave Creek PC: As a Republican PC, I want strong GOP candidates for each of our statewide offices to keep Arizona under Republican control.  This includes the Corporation Commission. With all of the negative attention given to the Commission I want us to avoid giving the Democrats an easy chance to take one or both of the 2 seats up for election this November. I heard from most of our candidates recently and they sounded good. Then I'm listening to one of Jim O'Connor's volunteers tell us that Eric Sloan actually worked for APS during the 2016 campaign when he ran their independent expenditure committee that spent millions to elect their preferred candidates.  Why is this not bigger news? If Sloan wants to promise to recuse himself from every case involving APS then voters can decide what value there is to electing someone who won't be able to vote on a large number of rate cases.  On the other hand, if Sloan won't promise to recuse himself on APS matters, then the Democrats will have an easy time painting one of our nominees as being in the pockets of the very entity he's supposed to independently regulate.  I can see lots of fox in the hen house ads resulting in a Democrat winning the race in November. We've got plenty of other good candidates to choose from.  Let's pick two Republicans who can keep these seats in GOP hands.

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AZRRT How They Voted Report By Jose Borrajero
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MORE INFO ON HB2112 - funding; gifted pupils  Bills should be read very carefully
This is another one of many bills this session that contain language like “in addition to any other funding” or similar language. Because of this language, these bills will extract moneys from taxpayers regardless of what happens with the state budget. In addition, HB2112 was approved by the House with language substantially different from the original language which, among other provisions, makes this additional funding permanent.
     Original language: “The sum of $5,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2018-2019 to the department of education to be allocated in the following amounts for the following purposes:…”
Enacted language, as amended: “In addition to other monies appropriated for this purpose in fiscal year 2018-2019, $2,900,000 shall be appropriated from the general fund to the department of education for additional assistance for gifted programs in fiscal year 2018-2019 and $3,400,000 shall be appropriated from the general fund to the department of education for additional assistance for gifted programs every year thereafter.”
If one reads the bill carefully, one will note that the amendment language was not a substitute for the original language, but an addition. To paraphrase a famous Republican senator, “A couple of million here and a couple of million there, pretty soon you are talking real money.” This bill passed handily even though 8 Republicans voted against it: Allen J-LD15 Cook-LD8 Farnsworth E-LD12 Grantham-LD12 Kern-LD20 Payne-LD21 Toma-LD22 and Ugenti-Rita-LD23.


The following table contains the results of recent votes on bills we are tracking. This information could be very valuable at election time, to evaluate whether candidates’ campaign rhetoric are supported or contradicted by their actions.
(*) To see exactly how every legislator voted, click on
BILL SEARCH to access bill overview, enter bill number, and then scroll down to the vote you are interested in.






SB1251 - PSPRS; CORP; modifications

House Banking and Insurance


Farnsworth, D – General clean up of the two retirement plans. Passed Senate 29-0


SB1008 - common schools; average daily membership

House Education


Petersen - Include total hours in calculation of ADM for students  Passed Senate 29-0


SB1057 - county school superintendent; report; approval

House Education


Burges - County SPI no longer to receive
Annual Financial report Passed Senate 30-0


SB1082 - full-day kindergarten; instruction requirements

House Education


Allen S - School Districts & Charters that offer a voluntary Kindergarten more than 2 ½ hours need to meet academic standards by the SBE              Passed Senate 28-1


SB1083 - schools; recess periods

House Education


Allen S – Micromanages school recess policy. Two recesses for K-5 if full day K, one recess for K-5 half day  
Passed Senate 26-3


SB1444 - schools; American civics education

All Senators
Senate COW


Yee –Requires American civics education to be included in high school social studies standards prescribed by the SBE, among other requirements


HB2060 - aggregate mined land reclamation; variances

Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water


Bowers – Allows operators to vary from plan if it does not hurt public safety or the original intent
Passed House 58-0


HB2097 - pension funding policies; employers

Senate Finance


Livingston – A step toward improving Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
Weakened by Floor Amendment
Passed House 58-0


HB2385 - property tax appeals; court findings.

Senate Finance


Clodfelder - In valuation disputes, court can not increase valuation above original amount
Passed House 51-7


HB2319 - (NOW: JTEDs; letter grades; exclusion)

Senate Education


Bowers - Prohibits joint technical education districts (JTEDs) from being assigned an A-F letter grade.


HB2460 - charter schools; vacant buildings; equipment

Senate Education


Leach – Districts can not discriminate against charter and private schools when selling property to highest bidder
Passed House 34-23


HB2461 - zoning regulations; private schools

Senate Education


Leach – Prohibits local governments from imposing discriminatory regulations on private schools
Passed House 34-23


HB2205 - JTED governing boards; membership; prohibition

Senate Education


Bowers:Coleman prohibits those who teach JTED satellite programs to be a member or serve on JTED governing board
Passed House 37-27


HB2238 - administrative decisions; review; scope

Senate Judiciary


Farnsworth, E - In a proceeding brought by or against the regulated party, the court shall decide all questions of law, without deference to any previous determination that may have been made on the question by the agency.
Passed House 38-21


HB2112 - funding; gifted pupils

House Third Reading


Carter – Permanent appropriation of extra money for the gifted children in addition to any other funding


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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 Chips N Salsa Radio Show with hosts George Ortiz and Alice Lara is scheduled at 4 pm., Sat., March 3 on Facebook livestream or  Center Right Radio  at Featured is the weekly Prather Point with Fast & Furious Whistleblower Jeff Prather as well as the COCOTASO awards. Their special guest will be Gene Kopelson, author of Reagan's 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK and Reagan's Emergence as a World Statesman.  Contact Lara at


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


The Paradise Republican Women will meet at 10 am., Sat., March 10 at the Gainey Golf Club, 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.

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· Mayor-Of-Crime-Capitol-Oakland-Alerts-Illegals-To-ICE-Sweeps Democrat Mayor Obstructs Justice While Empowering Criminal Invaders

· Dems-Yell-‘Russia!’-Ignore-Mexican-Election-Interference/

· Lesko-Wins-CD-8-GOP-Special-Primary


· AZGOP-Remembers-Carol-Joyce

· Its-Not-NRA, Its-Not-Guns, It’s The Person-Who Went On A Shooting Rampage.


· Trump: I’m Not Afraid Of Wall Street Or The Establishment/Heads Up Liberals!-Sessions

· 180302-1130 - AZRRT How-They-Voted Report

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· The Hearse Carrying Billy Graham To The US Capitol Was Flying A Very Special Flag

· Condoleezza-Rice-Tosses-Hillary-Under-The-Bus-Says-Clinton-To-Blame-For-Russian-Meddling

· Delta-Reviews-All-Fare-Discount-Programs-After-NRA-Dispute-Costs-Georgia-Tax-Break

· Daniel Greenfield: Muslims Were America’s Top Mass Shooters In Last 2 Of 3 Years

· Boycott Against NRA Backfires

· US-Makes-Staff-Cuts-Embassy-Cuba-Permanent

· Trump-And-Sessions-Face-Reckoning-Relationship-Turns-Bitter-And- Public

· California Nudges Toward New Civil War - Defies Federal Government!

· Condoleeza-Rice Tells Dem Adam Schiff To End Russia Investigation His Reaction Says Everything (Video)

· Mike Huckabee Resigns From Country Music Board, Citing Political And Religious Intolerance


· Meghan-McCain-Takes-on CPAC-Boss-Matt-Schlapp-Over-Boos-Directed-Ailing-Dad-John-Mccain

· Arizona-Senate-Approves-GOP-Plan-Revamp-Redistricting-Panel

· Debbie-Lesko-Hit-New-Complaint-Over-$50,000-Campaign-Cash-Move

· Mesa’s ASU Project Needed To Make Good On Worsley’s “Bet”

· Dreamer-DACA-Permits-Start-Expiring-Soon-Despite-Court-Rulings-Trump

· Could A Former-Arizona-Capitol-Staffer-Replace-Trumps-Close-Advisor-Hope-Hicks?

· Pima County Cow Rabies Death Confirmed

· Utah-Family To-Deliver-Quintuplets-In Phoenix

· Mexican Citizen Assaults Federal Agent, Gets Prison

· New Drivers To Have Take Home Permit Test

· Public Warned Of Convicted Methamphetamine Trafficker On The Run

· Blue-Ridge-Lockdown-Was-Not-A-Drill/

· Havasupai-Children-Write-Letters-Trump-Asking-End-Canyon-Mining

· Arizona Bar Member Suspended, Stems From Money Laundering

· March Comes In Like A Lion

· Woman Arrested For 2016 Tucson Drug Deal Homicide

· TPD Wants To Know Do You Recognize This Man?

· Phone Scammer Poses As Cochise County Official

· Chinle Man Sentenced For Abusive Sexual Contact With Minor

· Blue Gap Man Gets Prison For Assault With Firearm


· Trump’s New Hat Slogan Is The Ultimate Snowflake Trigger

· FBI Investigating Ivanka-Trump’s Financial Ties To Trump Tower In Vancouver But There Is One Problem

· It’s Time-President-Trump-Fire-Wilbur-Ross/

· Merit Based Immigration – Melania Trump Is A Shining Example Of How Immigration Should Work


· Barack Obama Snubs Billy Graham Tributes - This Is What He's Doing Instead


· Messages-Reveal-13-Year-Old-Boy-Planned-School-Shooting-Worse-Than-Columbine-But-Instead-Killed-Hims


· The-Danger-Of-Disarming

· Dan-Bongino-Schools NFL-On Gun-Laws


· After Schumer Voted 'No' on Trump Nominee Because He Was White, Trey Gowdy Goes for the Jugular


· Nancy Pelosi Just Out-Dumbed Herself With Recent ICE Rant

· Liberal Mayor Saves Illegal from ICE Raid - Now Trump's DOJ Is Taking Action


· Poll Reveals Democrats' True Feelings On Gun Control - It's Worse Than Anyone Imagined...


· Man Arrested For Trespassing On Sean-Hannity's Property


· Condoleezza-Rice-Tosses-Hillary-Under-The-Bus-Says-Clinton-To-Blame-For-Russian-Meddling