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4-19-18 Briefs

Barbara BushRemembering Barbara Bush: Former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, is being remembered for her strong presence, grace, dignity and unwavering devotion to her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, and their family ... Bush died days after her family announced she was in failing health and would decline further medical treatment in favor of "comfort care." Her funeral will take place Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which she and her husband regularly attended. She will be laid to rest on grounds of the Bush library at Texas A&M University in College Station. With her cloud of snow-white hair, signature three strand pearls and compelling presence, Barbara Bush's image was what she laughingly called "everybody's grandmother." But she was also feisty, outspoken, a tireless advocate for literacy and both wife and mother of a U.S. president. George H.W. Bush was “brokenhearted” over the loss of his “beloved Barbara” and was said to have held her hand all day. He was “at her side” when she passed away, his chief of staff said. (FOX news)

archie dicksionHearing Alert On SB1519 From Archie Dicksion: On the legislative website the hearing is scheduled for 10 am., Thur., April 19 in SHR 1 or upon recess of floor. The “Strike All” Bill now consists of 82 pages instead of the original 52 pages. Some takeaways from my hurried reading of the proposed legislation. There is no definition of the term “Severe Threat”. I have gone to 3 or 4 different sections referred to in the Bill to try to ascertain the meaning of that term. We still have the same violations of the 4th and 14th amendments. Now the detained person will have a right to a court hearing only upon written request. There is no specification as to whom that written request must be submitter or how it is to be submitted. You are entitled to an attorney, problem is, you do not know you need an attorney until after you are arrested. There is no provision for how you are entitled to contact an attorney or who will pay for that attorney if you cannot afford to pay. It could also impose criminal penalties upon third persons who have no knowledge of what is transpiring. It also imposes upon school teachers the duty to acquire additional education on mental health to observe students to determine if they are a threat to commit suicide. School district must now create new departments  and hire new employees solely for mental health purposes and what is called resource officers. This Bill in my opinion will cost hundreds of millions of dollars each year for the Department of Education. The Bill makes no provision to indicate where these funds will be derived. This Bill if possible is worse than the original.

dave kopp  2AzCDL Action Alert! The Senate Commerce and Public Safety (COMPS) Committee scheduled a hearing on SB 1519 fat 10 am,. Thurs, April 19 SB 1519 is the legislation based on the Governor's "Safer Arizona Schools" proposal.  While SB 1519 is an improvement over the original proposal it is still unacceptable as filed. Thanks to your activism that generated almost 37,000 emails to the Legislature, the Governor's staff reached out to AzCDL and concerned legislators to discuss changes to the proposed legislation.  The result is an 82 page "strike everything" amendment that, if passed, will replace the original language in the bill. The proposed amendment is a significant improvement over the original bill.  The standard for issuing a "severe threat order of protection" has been raised to proving a "credible threat of death or serious physical injury."  There is recourse against someone filing a false claim.  Proper due process has been added.  Firearms restrictions can only occur after court hearings and a professional mental health evaluation upholding the original claim.  However, as much as the amendment improves on the original bill there are still issues remaining that need to be addressed.  We are working with the bill's sponsor, Senator Steve Smith (R-LD11), on an additional committee amendment to address our concerns. We remain opposed to SB 1519 as filed.  However, if the proposed committee amendments are approved by the COMPS committee and adopted by the full Senate, we will shift to a "neutral" position. Time critical.  Your RTS "vote" on SB 1519 must be entered before the hearing scheduled for 10 am on Thurs, April 19.To register your opinion on SB 1519, visit the AZ Legislature Applications page, sign into your account, click on the big blue "Request to Speak" icon, then click on the "New Request" icon on the left side of the page.A new window will open up.  In the "Search Phrase" line, enter the bill number without any spaces (SB1519) and click on blue "Search" button. Your search results will appear below the "Search" button. Click on the blue "Add Request" button on the right side of your search results to bring up the page where you can register your position on SB 1519.
Unless you plan on attending and testifying at the hearing, always answer "No" to the "Do you wish to speak?" question.  If you are able to attend the hearing, please contact Dave Knopp at
president@azcdl.org. After voting, click on the blue "Submit" button. These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

Leslie White 2017Americans For Prosperity Arizona Is Making calls on Sat., April 21 to Calls To Remind People To Vote in the CD8 Special Election. Food, prizes and humor will be provided to all volunteers, according to Leslie White, AFP Grassroots Director. Phone bank will be operating:

· Prescott: Between 10 am-4 pm., at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Road in the King Engineering Bldg. RSVP: https://cd8gotv.eventbrite.com Contact: Jeremiah Cota, Jcota@afphq.org

· Central Phoenix: 3835 N. 32nd Street, Suite 7, Phoenix, AZ 85018 9AM-1PM Contact: Leslie White, Lwhite@afphq.org

· East Valley: Mountain View Church 11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044 9AM-1PM Contact: Darla Gonzalez, DGonzalez@afphq.org

AzCDL Is Raffling off one Slide Fire SSAR-15 SBS "bump stock" at noon, Fri., April 20. . Tickets are $10 each.  click here to go directly to the raffle website.  Note: The raffle ticket website works best using the Google Chrome browser. New to AzCDL's online raffles?  A link to the raffle website along with instructions on how to buy tickets can be found on AzCDL's Raffle page.

Nick PiersonThe Chips N Salsa Show, hosted by American Latino Republican radio hosts LD 19 Chairman George Ortiz and LD27 State Committeeman Alice Lara will feature CD3 candidate Nick Pierson at 4 pm., Sat., April 21 on CENTER RIGHT RADIO at http://centerright.live/ or FACEBOOK Livestream. Prather Point with Jeff Prather will also be on. Spice up your weekend with their Whole Enchilada And Cocotaso awards.  Contact Alice@ChipsNSalsaShow.com. GRACIAS Chipsters!

Wake Up GOP – Dems Committed To Turning AZ Blue: The Pima County Democratic Party is making its final push in behalf of CD8 Special Election Dem candidate Dr Hital Tipirneni by chartering a bus to take volunteers to a Sat., April 21 Rally and Canvass with Gabby Giffords to turn out the vote. Seats are free – limited.

wendy davyWendy Davy has been named the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Chief Accountability Officer by Supt of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “I am excited to work with Wendy on the continuing support of our state’s Accountability system,” Douglas said. “The top priority of Arizona’s Accountability system is to evaluate and inform the academic performance of public schools, which Wendy has excellent insight into from her prior experience in research, evaluation and analysis. She will be instrumental in leading the Accountability and Data Research Teams, as well as an invaluable asset in fostering ongoing collaboration with education leaders and stakeholders from around our great state.” With 19 years of experience in K-12 education, Davy has spent the last 16 years with the Peoria Unified School District, most recently in the role of Director of Research, Assessment and Planning. Davy will replace the position previously held by Dr. Jennifer Fletcher, who will remain at the Department until August. Until that time, Dr. Fletcher and Davy will work together to ensure that a seamless transition occurs for Arizona schools. She and her husband, Leonard, have three children: Kent, Amanda and Emily.

CD8 Election Information:

· General Election – April 24, 2018

· March 26 – Voter Registration Deadline

· March 28 –Ballots Mailed

· April 13 – Last Day To Request Ballot By Mail

· April 18 – Last Day For Mailing Ballots (Recommended Deadline)

· April 20 – Early Voting Locations Close

· April 24 – Election Day

· Call 602.506.1511 or visit www.maricopa.vote

Controlled Rock Blasting For The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway west of 32nd Lane is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 19, requiring brief closures of a road leading to a residential development currently under construction. Periodic closures of Shaughnessey Road are expected to last approximately 30 minutes, as crews need to secure and clear the area before breaking large rock into smaller, more manageable pieces to create a path for the freeway through two ridges at the southwestern edge of South Mountain Park. All controlled rock blasts will be scheduled during daylight hours through early 2019. Message boards will provide advance notice of any traffic restrictions.

Marc Bretz 2LD1 Maricopa County Field Organizer Marc Bretz is asking for Debbie Leskovolunteers to man phone banks between 9am- noon and from 1-4 pm., Monday-Friday, in the West Valley GOP office, 10050 W Bell Road in Sun City on behalf of candidate Debbie Lesko . Lesko is in a Special Election to replace former Congressman Trent Franks, who recently resigned his position. Phone banking and canvassing are occurring daily. Contact Marc.Bretz@azgop.org or (623) 396-7415 to volunteer.

GOP Lawmakers Demand Criminal Probe of Comey, McCabe, Clinton, Lynch: A group of conservative Republicans sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department Wednesday asking prosecutors to consider bringing charges ... more

The Fountain Hills Republican Club's GOP Social is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., April 24 at the Fireside Grill at the Cornerstone Hotel (formerly the Lexington Hotel), 12800 Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.  Everyone is invited.   No host bar, no host hors d'oeuvres, snacks and/or dinner.  No speeches - just socializing.  Socials are the 4th Tuesday January thru October. Contact: Rosemary Hansen rbud88@msn.com

Sexual McCarthyism …"The Special Counselor is sex obsessed. You can't impeach a president over his private sex life. Having affairs isn't a crime. The American people don't care. The prosecutor is over-reaching. The American people elected our president based on his politics, not his personal life. They don't care about his sex life. This is 'Sexual McCarthyism.' The special prosecutor is a "sex pervert." He is jealous of the president. This is a political and sexual witch-hunt." continue

The Pima County Tea Party Patriots invited you to the CD2 Congressional Republican Primary Candidate Debate at 5 pm., Tues., May 1 at Pima County College Northwest, 7600 N Shannon Road #G105 in Tucson. Tickets required. Pre-registration & Picture ID required. Seating is limited. To Register click here All 5 candidates are invited. Submit your questions to admin@pimacountyteapartypatriots.com Donation to cover facility cost accepted at door.

seth liebsohnLD24 will meet at 7 pm., April 19 with Arizona Independent Redistricting Commissioner Scott Day Freeman to discuss holding GOP majority legislative and congressional seats. CD9 candidate Seth Leibsohn and Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board candidate Debi Vandenboom, are also on the agenda. Mtg scheduled at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St, Phoenix. 6:30 pm social. Contact: Chr Barry Wong barry@barrwong.com

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NOTES FROM READERS

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Activist Marcus Kelley: I spoke with a pollster last night regarding the recent poll in the Lesko v. Tipirneni Congressional race putting Tipirneni up by 1%.  According to that pollster, the poll way oversampled Democrats and under-sampled Republicans.  He said that if your poll doesn't accurately reflect who votes, your results will be off.  I don't share this to get Republican volunteers to ease up and not work for Lesko as hard, but I share this to ensure Republicans do not lose hope and stay in the fight.

LD4 Michael Todd: I am disgusted by the AZGOP. As the ONLY PC in the Rainbow Valley Precinct, I have tried several times to get access to the data so that I can make walks and support Republican candidates? Do you think the office will provide me with the data or training on how to get the data? They are willing to help me about as much as Obama or Hillary are willing to help me. Possibly less. I encourage every district to pass a resolution mandating that the GOP Office do their job, and not just the job that a few swamp dwellers want them to do! It’s time that we take back our party. It’s time that we hold the party and the office accountable. These people are using our dollars and are not measuring up to their responsibilities. In a day and age where every vote truly counts, the GOP office MUST start helping the PC’s. I’m so tired of hearing from the county and state offices how important PC’s are, but then they do nothing to support us. I recently saw a fellow Republican say he got more info from a strategist of the Democrat party. We wonder why we are losing elections? Look no further than the GOP State office. The time is now folks to do your job and support the PC’s who are trying to support Republican Candidates. – Michael Todd – Rainbow Valley

Russell Sias -LaPaz  co chrLD-15 PC George Moriarty to Russell Sias, La Paz County Chair:  I encourage you to reconsider your comments and position about quitting. Although the solution to the proxy issue may not exist in La Paz County, that doesn’t mean there’s no solution.  In Maricopa County alone, there are thousands—that’s right, multiples of a thousand—PC vacancies.  We just need to adopt the strategy of our opponents and collect proxies, even though it would be better if we could all be friends and focus our attention on beating democrats.  Consider this:  if, across the state, we recruited 1500 paper PCs, they’d earn us 500 SC proxies to vote, even if the people didn’t attend anything.  Better yet, we could get 2100 PCs and 700 proxies to vote at state meetings.  As you point out, doing what we’ve been doing isn’t working.  Quitting is a poor option, so let’s change strategy and go after a win! – George Moriarty – Happy Valley Precinct

archie dicksionActivist Archie Dicksion: The concept of providing legislation for the protection of our school students is a laudable one. This Bill does not even come close. We have not gone from a 52 page Bill that is vague, uncertain and ambiguous to an 82 page bill that suffers from those same problems. If someone were to file a complaint under this Bill against anyone of you the first knowledge you would have is when the policeman is standing on your doorstep to arrest you. Where is your right to confront your accuser before you are convict of a crime? You are then hauled directly to a mental health facility and detained involuntarily. Under the Bill, you have a right to a hearing. To whom and how do you convey this request for a hearing? You have a right to an attorney. Since you did not know of the problem until you were arrested, how do you arrange for an attorney to represent you? If you cannot afford an attorney, then are you denied the right to an attorney? Under this Bill, if you refuse to cooperate with the mental health facilities, they report that to the court and now you are guilty of another crime. All of this is done without a hearing in which you can object. Can any of you please direct me to the code section where I can find the definition of the term “severe threat”? The Bill itself does not appear to define that term nor does any of the code section that I could find referred to in the Bill define that term. This Bill is going to require the teachers to obtain additional education on recognizing and reporting on mental illness problems. Are they to obtain this education at their own expense? All of this to be done before the school year begins in 2018. The School Districts are going to be required to form new departments dealing with the issues raised by this Bill. Are those costs to be covered by their current budget or will they be provided additional funds to cover the additional office space, employees and employee benefits? Does each District get to establish its own security measures or is there to be something on a state wide basis to which they all must adhere. Where in this Bill does the specify any steps that are to be taken that will provide student protections from events such as occurred in Parkland Florida?

Krysten SinemaAmerican Post-Gazette - Deceptive Sinema: We are witnessing historical efforts by the Democratic Party, in concert with The Arizona Republic and other local media, to elect one of the most extreme liberals in Arizona to the US Senate. The candidacy of Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is being foisted on us in a typically deceptive manner by the left. She paints herself as a “moderate,” someone willing to work with Republicans to “get things done.” Yes, she has done some of that; but don’t be fooled. Sinema couldn’t get anything done as an Arizona legislator then nor as a congresswoman now without taking a few opportunities to work with Republicans. As a member of the minority party, that is all that she could do.

     No one has claimed she’s stupid; we’ve only claimed she’s a clever opportunist, willing to put her true beliefs aside when the occasion presents itself to work in her best self-interest. She first ran for office in Arizona as a Green Party member, lost, and figured out she had to be at least a Democrat to win. As a member of Congress, she has been given great latitude by her political soulmate, Nancy Pelosi, to vote for enough Republican bills that were going to pass anyway so she could build that “moderate” label – just enough to fool the voters back home. Don't buy it.

    Sinema is no moderate. In 2017, she voted against the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act which would restrict the ability of states and localities to receive federal funds if they refused to cooperate with ICE. A recent Harvard-Harris poll found 80% of American voters believe local authorities should cooperate with ICE. Sinema is certainly in the small minority who believe otherwise. And it’s not just her protection of sanctuary cities that should cause law-abiding American citizens to question her loyalty to the rule of law.

    As a member of the Arizona House: In 2007, Sinema authored HB2286 that would make it a felony if anyone other than law enforcement reported an illegal alien. She also authored HB2278 that would end the death penalty for murderers and rapists. In 2009, she voted against SB1253 that adds drive-by shootings to the classification list of felony murders. Thankfully, that bill passed 50-5; again demonstrating how far out of the mainstream she truly is, even within her own party.

    When Sinema first ran for office, she bragged she was a defense attorney who defended murderers; then, when called out on it, she claimed that her past work shouldn’t count against her. Sinema also believes there aren’t enough American citizens willing to work. One of her first acts as a congresswoman was to hire an illegal alien, Erika Andiola, as her “Outreach Director.” Think about that: a sitting congresswoman hired an illegal alien to work for her in her congressional office. Talk about being tone deaf to Arizona citizens – and to the rule of law. Please notice her currently running TV ad touting her dedication to veterans (an easy sell; almost everyone supports our vets). Sinema doesn’t mention her party affiliation. She’s not stupid, but she is deceptive and conniving and can’t be trusted. -  The Watchman

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ELECTED OFFICALS SPEAK OUT

DiCiccio headshotPhoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: I am incredibly pleased with the new licensing and zoning regulations passed today by the Phoenix City Council in regards to Sober Living Homes. In combination with a new state law signed by Governor Doug Ducey last week, Phoenix will now become the nationwide leader in addressing the myriad problems of this fast-growing industry; protecting the vulnerable population counting on these facilities to aid their journey to sobriety, and in so doing ensuring a quality neighborhood environment for every resident. Sober Living Homes are a relatively new business model that takes people directly from short-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs, and – at least in intent – helps them transition to a productive, sober life. Unfortunately, since there was previously no regulation or oversight of these businesses, many are little more than insurance or government-subsidized flophouses – places with as many as 10 people, newly released from rehab, living together in questionable conditions entirely without professional assistance or supervision. Tragically, this lack of minimum operating standards has already resulted in the deaths of multiple people nationwide.Now, anyone who sends their loved one to one of these facilities in Arizona can be assured that they will have the support they need to help enable their recovery. Included in some of the new requirements are measures requires Sober Living Homes to have a trained, on-site supervisor to assist them in their recovery, a discharge plan to ensure residents are not simply dumped on the streets when their insurance coverage runs out, along with basic safety measures to ensure the safety and security of residents and neighborhoods alike.I would like to thank, first, the many neighborhood leaders and residents who first brought this issue to our attention and participated in this process from the very beginning. The citizen group, Take Action Phoenix, was key throughout this process, and I would like to especially thank Wally Graham, Jeff Spellman, Linda Colino and every member of TAP for their tireless efforts to work with the City, industry representatives, and experts, to develop these new guidelines.I would also like to thank my fellow Councilmember Debra Stark, as well as State Senator Kate Brophy McGee, without whom none of this would have happened. Lastly, my Chief of Staff, Sam Stone, who took up this cause on behalf of our residents on his first day on the job and fought throughout to make sure their voices were heard.

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Bush's WH Nov. 1990 (2)Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs: Cathy and I first met President George H.W. Bush ("41") and First Lady Barbara Bush at a White House reception they hosted for newly-elected members of Congress and their spouses in November, 1990.  They couldn't have been kinder, inquiring about our children and sharing their memories of first coming to DC as Congressman-elect Bush and wife. Fast forward a couple of years to a reception for congressional wives with Mrs. Bush as the guest of honor.  I had just helped organize the "Gang of 7" -seven Republican freshmen (first term members of Congress) - in exposing the wrongdoing and corruption at the House Bank and Post Office.  The scandals had implicated members of both parties and roiled the House of Representatives, and Cathy was shunned by the other wives (she likened it to high school peer pressure).  Mrs. Bush, though, made it a point to seek out and speak to Cathy and Julie Doolittle, the wife of Congressman John Doolittle, another member of the Gang of 7. President Bush (I'll always think of him that way) and Mrs. Bush were the epitome of class, grace, concern for others, and service to country.  Cathy and I feel blessed to have known them and I'm grateful I had the extraordinary honor and privilege of serving in Congress when they were in the White House.

fenceCD9 candidate Dave Giles : Not one other candidate from CD9 has took the trip to visit the American Border Patrol. The bottom line is, I stand with more border security and if elected, I will do everything in my power to make sure that we're aware of the technology that can be used at the border! We need a candidate that will support more border security, and understand the problems that incur with residents in the area. You can now sign petitions online at the Secretary of State Website.


Frank RiggsSupt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs: Addressing stagnant teacher pay and growing benefit costs requires bipartisan solutions. I’m glad to see Gov. Doug Ducey's proposal to prioritize K-12 education funding in this year’s budget and I support his call for a phased 20% increase in teacher compensation. We should also increase per-pupil funding to pre-Great Recession levels and index it thereafter to student enrollment growth and inflation. The governing boards of school districts and charter schools would then decide how state funds are divided between educators and support personnel, as well as facilities and equipment. I believe in inclusive, aspirational politics, bringing people together rather than exploiting differences. We need a bipartisan approach to solving the challenges we face in improving K-12 education, and Gov. Ducey’s proposal is a good start.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APRIL 19

Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 6:30 p., Thur., April 19 at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with Gordon Brown, founder of the nonprofit Team Veteran Foundation to discuss a non-drug approach to suicide prevention and PTS for veterans. Brown is a service-connected disabled veteran who experienced a near fatal Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI ) in civilian life and this affords him a unique perspective on the challenges that face our Veterans and their families associated with this injury. The VA’s focus on psychotropic drugs is one of the leading causes of the 22-30 daily Veteran suicides. Suicidal thoughts is one of the effects of these drugs along with heart, kidney, thyroid and liver damage. Contact: Paul Klein 602-931-0576 President@TeaPartyScottsdale.com

Pima County Republicans Nando Zepeda and Sandy Kenney, will host the Pima “Dinner Under the Stars with author and radio host Jesse Romero at 6 pm., Thurs., April 19. A Trunk N’Tusk member Reception will open at 5 pm., Tickets $100 per person or $175 per couple. TNT members - $75 person or $150 per couple. Tickets available at www.PimaGOP.org

The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., the first and third Thursdays at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. The next meeting is Thurs., April 19. Author, filmmaker and speaker Trevor Loudon from New Zealand will address the group on Sat. 6pm March 31 about the Radical left, Marxist, terrorist movements and their influence on mainstream politics. You can also meet local, state, and national candidates. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer at coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com

Dr Robert Branch, candidate for Supt of Public Instruction, will address the Colorado River Tea Party in the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma at 6 pm., Thurs., April 19. Contact Chr Sally Kizer at coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com

Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party. (3rd Thurs - April 19) 6:30 pm, Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.): Speaker: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Sheriff Joe is one of the Republican candidates for United States Senate in the August primary and will be giving an update on his campaign and probably offering comments on illegal immigration. Follow-up discussion about the proposed new primary property tax in Fountain Hills, which would increase total property tax by about 20%.  Admission is free. Donations accepted to help offset expenses. Contact:  Richard Rutkowski contact@fhteaparty.us  or visit www.fhteaparty.us

Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension will host a catered breakfast and dialogue between 7-9 a.m., April 19 at the Boyle Dairy, 11598 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. Guests are asked to bring canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to the United Food Bank. RSVP required to Liz Foster by April 13 at lizfoster@azfb.org.

Flagstaff Republican Women presents “The Abuse of Marijuana (“pot”), Opioids, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin and Fentanyl in Arizona: What is our Arizona Solution?” at 11 am., Thurs., April 19 at the Hilton Doubletree, 1175 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001, with speaker Andrea Kadar. Contact:Joan Harris joanharris@reagan.com

APRIL 21

The CD8 Final Countdown begins at 9 am., Sat., April 21 at the West Valley GOP Office, 10050 W. Bell Road, Suite 50, Sun City. Join Congressman David Schweikert in supporting Debbie Lesko. Doors Open: 8:30am.  Free Food for Volunteers. Contact AZGOP Field Director Marc Bretz at (623) 396-7415 or Marc.Bretz@azgop.org! Hope to see you there!

Recreational Shooters Will Commemorate the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Sat., April 21 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Gates open at 6 am (free parking) 8 am, vendors area open to public. 9 am – color guard presents colors at the small bore range for the playing of the national anthem, opening remarks, distinguished guests. 9:15 am participants assemble on the firing line. 9:30 am – firing will commence to commemorate the first s hot of the American Revolutionary War. Advanced registration at Shot-Heard-Round-the-World-Day. First time shooter are urged to watch AZGFD’s shooting safety video before participating. Contact: www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com. For booth space contact Kathryn Watson at kwatson@azgfd.gov

A “Meet And Greet” will be hosted for Supt of Public Instruction Dr Robert Branch and Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor between 11 am-2 pm., Sat., April 21 at Bible Baptist Church, 3490 N State Route 89, Chino Valley AZ 86323. RVP or text 928-636-8465.

The Maricopa County West Chapter will meet at 8 am., Sat, April 21 at Culvers on 99th with Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor. Contact: Elwood Kuentzler e.c.kuentzler2@gmail.com

The Yavapai County Republicans have scheduled their annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner at 6:30 pm., Sat., April 21 at the Prescott Resort. Social hour at 5:30 pm., Dinner ate 6:30pm. Invited speakers include Gov Doug Ducey, Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is a US Senate candidate, US Rep incumbent Martha McSally, and US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward. The first honoree of the Annual Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed! For tickets/reservations got to Yavapai County Republican Party info@yavgop.org

The Pinal County Republican Committee will meet at 10 am., Sat., April 21 at the Florence School District Auditorium, 1000 S Main St Florence, AZ 85132. The PCRC will be hosting a candidate forum for Arizona Treasurer candidates. The following candidates will be attending, AZ Senator Kimberly Yee (LD-20), Corporate Commissioner Tom Forese, and Jo Ann Sabbagh. Also, two guest speakers, Palmer Miller, Candidate for AZ Senate (LD-8) and Scott McKee, candidate for Clerk of the Superior Court, will be speaking. Contact Pinal County GOP Secretary Gilberto Mendez at secretarypcrcaz@gmail.com

The Center for Arizona Policy aka CAP Family Dinner will feature John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of Breakpoint Podcast; and Eric Metaxas author of Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther, at 6 pm., Sat., April 21 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy in Phoenix. RSVP tables/tickets online or call 602-424-2525

The Navajo County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled at 5 pm., Sat., April 21 at Licano’s, 573 W Deuce of Club in Show Low with speakers Congressman Andy Biggs, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, candidate for US Senate, and State Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee, who is currently the Arizona Senate Majority Leaders. Gov Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward, Congressman Martha McSally, Supt of Public Instruction candidate Tracy Livingston and others have been invited. Dinner Tickets - $50 per person. For tickets go to www.navajocountyazgop.org or contact Dustin Graham at 992-886, 9440; Debbie Vance 928024301799, Kellee Hunt 480-662-9696 or Jill Skaufel 992-242-4542.

Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 7am., Sat., April 21 at Randy’s Restaurant, 7904 E Chaparral Road, Scottsdale for a no-host breakfast, before starting their 8 am., clean up of Chaparral Road between Hayden & Pima. Volunteers are needed as drivers and banner & flag holders, as well as “worker bees.” CONTACT: Pat Shaler: Patriots@TeaPartyScottsdale.com | (480) 946-8069.

US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio and incumbent Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan will be the first speakers at the 9 am., Sat., April 21 Fountain Hills Republican Club “Meet the Candidates,” according to President Rosemary Hansen. They will be followed with incumbent LD23 Senator John Kavanagh, Mayoral candidate Cecil Yates, Town Council candidates Amberleigh Dabrowski, Mike Scharnow, and David Spelich, and Superior Court candidate Jeff Fine. The Annual Fountain Hills Republican of the Year Award will be presented and the winner of their $500 Education Scholarship will be announced. The meeting is open to all.  Independents are permitted to vote in the Primary of their choice.  Registration will begin at 8:15 A.M., complimentary light breakfast snacks, coffee, tea, and juice will be available.  www.fountainhillsrepublicanclub.org

APRIL 24

The Payson Tea Party meets at 6 pm., April 24 (each Tuesday) at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson. That organization also welcomes candidate speakers. Contact Darlene Younker at 858-395-1850.

The Ahwatukee Republican Women will meet at 6:30pm, Tues., April 24 at 11002 S 48th St., in Phoenix.

APRIL 25

The Estrella Foothills Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Wed., April 25 at Estrella Foothills High School. Guests will be Rodney Glassman, candidate for AZ Corporation Commission candidate Rodney Glassman and Supt for Public Instruction candidate Tracy Livingston.  Contact: Chairman Dick Newcomer 623-398-5638. emrc9876@gmail.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Students-Learn-The-Art-Of-Mob-Rule-From-Teachers

· And-So-It-McBegins: McCain-The-Movie-Star Lies! Action! Camera!

· Educrats-Offer-Sticks-Stones-To-Protect-Kids-From-Violence These Administrators Don’t Have Their Party Affiliation Revealed, But We’re Betting They’re Liberal Democrat Teacher’s Union Members *

· Goldwater-Institute-Sets-Teachers-Straight-On-Pay-Complaints

· Speaker-Ryan-Fires-Parting-Amnesty-Shot-At-Americans

· Az-Gov-Doug-Ducey-Caves-To-Teachers-Outrageous-Demands

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Southwest Airlines Engine Explodes In Flight Kills One

· Democrats Call for Trillion Dollar Tax Hike

· President-Trump-And-First-Lady On Passing Of Barbara Bush

· Bush-Family-Statement-On-Passing-Of Barbara Bush

· Wayne Dupree Asks This Question: Can Anyone Answer It?

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Deceptive Sinema

· Steyer’s Arizona Renewables Campaign Gets $0 In Local Support

· Democrat Operative Leading Teacher Protests In Arizona #RedForEd

· Are Republicans This Desperate To Destroy President Trump?

MARK LEVIN

· Levin: Ryan Retiring Because Spending Bill ‘Was Disastrous for the Country’

GELLER REPORT

· Washington State: Muslim Migrant Stabs His Wife 23 Times In Front Of Their Children

DENNIS MICHAEL LYNCH

· Video-Illegal-Alien-Charged-In-Horrific-Hit-And-Run-Death-Of-Motorcyclist

· GOP-Lawmakers-Send-Letter-Demanding-Hillary-Clinton-And-James-Comey-Be-Prosecuted

· Border-Patrol-Agents-Outwit-Unconventional-Tactics-To-Net-Close-To-$2M-Worth-Of-Marijuana

· Report: Feds Expose Network That Smuggled Illegal Immigrants From Syria To U.S.

MYCHAL MASSIE

· Name One Thing ‘Congressional Hearings’ Have Accomplished

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NEWS LINKS

· The Love-Letter-George-HW Bush Sent To Barbara Bush From WWII

· Comey’s New ‘Tell-All’ Book Is Causing Some SERIOUS Controversy Already, And The FBI Is Getting Involved!

· Southwest Pilot Was As Cool As A Cucumber During Engine Failure

· Alabama Governor Plays Hardball With ‘Out Of State Liberals’ Trying To Take Down Confederate Monuments [Video]

· Supreme Court Makes It Harder To Deport Legal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes

· DISGRACE: Muslim Professor CELEBRATES Barbara Bush's Death - But It Gets Worse!

· Hey, Rod Rosenstein, Why Can't Congress See The Memos Comey Leaked To The New York Times?

· Hoggs-Sister-Unleashes-Furious-Tweets-Because-She-Got-What-She-Asked-For-Video/   It-Appears-David-Hoggs-15-Minutes-Of-Fame-Are-Over-As-He-Calls-For-Another-Boycott/ Hogg's Attempt At Pushing For A Boycott Of Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Backfired On Him And Now He's Attempting To Bully Two More Companies.

· Democrat Introduces Legislation To Lower Age Of Voting To 16 In 2020

· Pro-Military America Explodes When Jacksonville Demands Store Remove Military Flags Or Face Fines

· Muslim-Professor-Cheers-Death-Of Former-First-Lady-Barbara-Bush ‘Happy-Witch-Is Dead’

ARIZONA

· Arizonas-10-Districts-Highest-Average-Pay

· Results-RedforEd-Teacher-Walkout-Vote-Announced-Thursday

· County Votes To Accept Golf Course For New Park

WHITE HOUSE/TRUMP

· Japanese PM Gives President Trump What American Media Won’t: Praise!

· Trump Says There’s A ‘Revolution’ Going On In California

CONGRESS

· GOP Chairman Poised To Subpoena DOJ For Comey Memos

· ‘EGREGIOUS Violations’ Of Unsupervised IT Aides Pose Much Bigger Threat To Congress Than They Want You To Believe…

· Ryan Leaving Washington Broke(N)

· Republicans Call For DOJ Investigation Into Comey, Clinton, Lynch, Strzok And Page

· Criminal Referrals Made By Lawmakers To The DOJ On Senior Obama Officials And Other Key Players

· Why You Should Be Worried When Lawmakers Want To Eliminate Hate Speech

SECOND AMENDMENT/GUN CONTROL

· Second Amendment Supporters Prepare To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Heller Victory

· High School Student Organizes School Walkout To Stand For The Second Amendment On May 2nd

FIRST AMENDMENT

· Pro-Military America Explodes When Jacksonville Demands Store Remove Military Flags or Face Fines

PROBES/INVESTIGATIONS

· Comey ‘Can’t Answer’ If ‘Hillary Clinton Got Justice’

· James-Comey-Hurls-Loretta-Lynch-Under-The-Bus-Now-Lynch-Is-Out-For-Blood

MEDIA

· Popular Conservative Host Fights Back After His Show Was Canceled for “Tweet” About David Hogg

· Meghan McCain Blasts Comey On ‘The View’; “You Sound Like A Political Commentator”

· The Ratings From Last Week Are In, And CNN Is Getting Crushed By Its Competition

FBI/CIA/DOJ/ICE/IRS

· Criminal Referrals Made By Lawmakers To The DOJ On Senior Obama Officials And Other Key Players

JUDGES/COURTS

· Gorsuch-Dead-Wrong-Immigration

· Federal Judge Rules That Men Who Put On Dresses And Chop Their Penises Off Are A Protected Class Under Federal Law

SECOND AMENDMENT

· Second Amendment Organization: If ATF Proposed Regulation Goes Into Effect, Half A Million Bump Stock Owners Will Be Instant Felons

WAR ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

· NYPD Withholding Evidence In 1972 Case Of Cop Murdered In Mosque By Muslims Screaming “Allahu Akbar”

EDUCATION

· School Sends Paper Explaining ‘White Privilege’ Home With 2nd-Grader

INTERNATIONAL

· Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’

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