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5-31-18 Briefs


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Congressman Andy Biggs “Salute to Veterans and Service Members is scheduled at 6:30 pm, this evening at the Without Walls Church in Mesa. RSVP to AZ05.VetsEvents@mail.house.gov or 480.699.8239 for seating.

    


Martha McSally 3 US Reps Martha McSally and David Schweikert will host Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at multiple locations along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona today. The officials will take an operation tour of thdavid schweikert (2)e Port of Nogales DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, AZ. They will participate in a roundtable with border stakeholders to include members of the business community, ranchers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Arizona National Guard. Additionally, they will take a line tour to   view enforcement challenges, border fencing, terrain features and threats, and spotter lookout points. The trip comes a day after McSally conducted a field hearing in Phoenix to examine the opioid epidemic and the illicit flow of opioids across our southwest border.

Moses SanchezPhoenix Mayoral candidate Moses Sanchez will be featured at an appetizers and cocktails vevent between 5:30-7:30, Wed., June 6 at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge, 1734 E Stetson Drive in Scottsdale hosted by Bret King, Cody King, Marcelle Costello, Eric Crown, Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines, Ira Gaines, Jason DiFrancesco, Robin Macy, Erik Anderson, Rene Kyl and Tom Speaks. Suggested contrbutions: host committee-$500, supporter - $250, and friend - $100. RSVP by Fri., June 1 to Laura Minter at 541-272-1125 or laura@lovasco.com or Corinne Lovas at 623-218-6616 corinne@lovaco.com

seth liebsohnWith Seth Leibsohn retirement from radio to run for congress, 960 The Patriot is bringing former AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham to the air on the new Buskirk and Graham show. Graham served two terms as Chairman of the Arizona State Republican Party. In 2015, Governor Doug Ducey appointed Graham to the Arizona Commission of African-American Affairs. He has been seen on national television.Buskirk & Graham will air between 3-6 pm weekdays. This weeks guests include: Corey Lewandowski and Congresswoman Martha McSally. Photos below, left to right: Graham, Lewandowski, McSally

 robert graham corey 3 Martha McSally 3

Debbie LeskoNewly elected Congresswoman Debbi Lesko staff in Washington, DC and Phoenix currently (she’s still rounding out her staff) consists of

Washington D.C. Office

  • Abby Gunderson-Schwarz (Chief of Staff)
  • Matthew Simon (Legislative Director)
  • Annie Clark (Legislative Assistant)
  • Bobby Bravo (Legislative Correspondent)
  • Johnny Zwaanstra (Staff Assistant)

District Office ( Phoenix)

  • Lisa Gray (District Director)
  • Chelsea Lett (Deputy District Director)

    Abby Gunderson-Schwarz served  the past four years as Legislative Director for Congressman Lamar Smith.  She brings over a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.  Simon, was a former policy advisor at the Arizona Senate and Goldwater Institute, and  Gray is the former  Operations Manager of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the Executive Assistant to the Director.


    michele reagan 3Central Republican Women Of Phoenix invites all Republicans to their monthly Steve Gaynor 2meeting at 6:15 pm., Thurs., June 7 at Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak, 7330 N. Dreamy Draw in Phoenix. 5:30 pm social. Speakers are incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan and candidate Steve Gaynor. $20 includes appetizers. Happy hour prices. RSVP to reservations@CRWOP.org


Bob BranchDr Robert Branch, Supt of Public Instruction candidate, will speak at the Arizona Breakfast Club at 8:30 am., Sat., June 2 Denny’s at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85054. Branch will address “Dismantling the U.S. Department of Education” and “Making Education Great Again”. $15 fee, including breakfast. The Arizona Breakfast Club was formed in 1968 (50 years ago) and has hosted many legendary speakers including Barry Goldwater. Make a contribution and volunteer for the Branch’s campaign at: www.Vote4Branch.com


Alice & George OrtizThe Chips N Salsa Show Broadcasts Saturdays LIVE At 4pm on Center Right Radio with Hispanic hosts George Ortiz & Alice Lara offering a Republican review of headlines and politics.  On June 1st they welcome back Krav Maga instructor Charlie Powell who has taught many youngsters the art of self-reliance and defense.  Recommended online viewing as he'll bring his teen son Jacob and there may be live demos.  The COCOTASO and WHOLE ENCHILADA awards will be featured along with the weekly Prather Point -  Fast & Furious Whistleblower Jeff Prather's report on the dark state.  livestream or http://centerright.live/

Lynne BreyerThe AZRA Scottsdale/Fountain Hills Chapters will have an informal "living room" conversation with two Supt of Public Instruction front runner candidates Frank Riggs and Dr. Robert Branch, at 6:15 pm., Thur., June 7 at Via Linda Sr. Center, RM7, 10440 E Via Linda, Scottsdale. This will be an interactive conversation with these two candidates, according to President Lynne Breyer. RSVP required for non-members for seating purposes. Email azra.nem.chapter@gmail.com to reserve your seat at the table.

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Leslie White 2017Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Constitution in the Classroom is being offered beginning June 2 and continuing every Saturday for the month. This five-week training will impart everything future freedom lovers need to know to appreciate and defend the values that have made our nation to prosperous and successful. Space is limited. Constitution in the Classroom is a volunteer group that will educate you, your kids and your grandkids about essential concepts such as free enterprise, rule of law, checks and balances and all the rights laid out in the Constitution. There's even a session on the Founders and the Declaration of Independence. Register Here. Contact AFP Grassroots Director Leslie White at lwhite@afphq.org 480.290.2286 lwhite@afphq.org | t: @ArizonaAFP

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30am., Sat., June 2 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd.  Doors open at 8am Coffee and donuts will be available - a $2 donation, please, to help defray the cost of the room rental.  All Republicans and Independents from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Since 2018 is an election year, they are sponsoring forums thru June where Republican candidates for state offices will be given an opportunity to present an opening statement and then we will have a Q&A.  Candidates speaking at this meeting will be John Heep, incumbent Maricopa County College Board member; Clair Van Steenwyk, Crossroads with Van radio talk show host; Kellie Pawluk, a pediatric nurse who advocates for safe quality care, and Mathew Bullock, a business owner who has created hundreds of jobs. More information at vanscrossroads1@gmail.com or 623+322-9979. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair Lady SCW  623+214-8010. Photos below, left to right, Heep, Van Steenwyk, Pawluk, Bullock

john heep clair van steenwyk Kellie Pawluk Matthew Bullock


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dave kopp  2Dave Kopp, President, Arizona Citizens Defense League: I wanted to reach out and personally thank you for the activism that helped us fight Gov. Ducey’s Firearms Confiscation Bill, SB 1519. Because of the nearly 37,000 emails you sent, and the calls you made to your legislators, AzCDL was able to work with the Governor’s office to make significant changes to the bill. Donate to help us continue our fight. Even after our modifications, SB 1519 was still flawed, and did not pass, but that doesn’t mean your rights are now safe. Ducey has already expressed interest in introducing similar legislation next year, and many of our left leaning representatives are urging him to call a special session. We need your help to prepare for what another attempt at this proposal could bring­—another blatant and outrageous attack on your firearms freedoms. Will you donate $20 to help us get ready for another battle for your rights? You’ve proven that our voices—when sounded together as one—are heard by our representatives. Don’t let the momentum you worked so hard to give us be lost! Please continue to make your voice heard. Thank you.

Lynne BreyerLynne Breyer, President AZTA Scottsdale: The Education System across America is in turmoil. Is there anything more important than Arizona's kids who deserve and need a proper education, but too often are not getting one?  We think the Superintendent of Public Instruction race is among the most important elections for 2018.  Who we elect to run that agency matters.  That is why we will have an informal "living room" conversation with two front runner candidates:  Frank Riggs and Dr. Robert Branch. Bob BranchThis will not be a forum or debate with some moderator asking the questions. This will be an interactive conversation with these two candidates. The goal is to hear their positions and thoughts on issues but also to Frank Riggssee how they handle themselves when challenged, their personalities and their credentials for this job.  These are two very different candidates in many respects.  This is the time to get "a feel" for each of these candidates beyond political chatter. We invite AZRA members and non-AZRA members to come participate in this conversation. Vote Smart in this election.  Reservations a must for those who are not members of our AZRA Scottsdale Chapter as space is a smaller, more personal setting.  Please email to azra.nem.chapter@gmail.com to reserve your seat at the table. Meeting at 6:15 pm., Thurs., June 7 at Via Linda Sr. Center, Room 7, 10440 E via Linda, Scottsdale. azra.nem.chapter@gmail.com

Dale GohrDale Gohr of Clarkdale: In the May 30, 2018 Verde Independent, page 5 Governor Doug Ducey absolutely contradicts himself; and shows partially why things like evolution need to be taught in schools; however, teaching Evolution as scientific fact is ludicrous, preposterous and nonsensical. To claim evolution as science is to deny any existence of God or intelligent design to anything in all of creation. Although the evolution theory should definitely be taught and discussed; to allow and encourage opportunities for the students to learn through “in depth study and critical thinking”. As it stands today in probably over 90% of public and nearly as bad in some private schools; the children are not being educated, they are being programed or propagandized. This is nothing new, the education system has progressed in this manner since at least the early 1900’s. If you care to check you can find the changes in the Ivy League Universities from their Christian roots to the secular norms; occurred graphically during the era of 1910 through 1940. Now critical thought and questioning the status quo is vilified as heresy. How dare you question science?

     I consider evolution to be near absolute insanity; however, I want evolution to be taught alongside creation; both as theories. I want them discussed in class, I want evolution and creation to be critically compared by the students. In other words, I believe:students should be taught how to think, not what to think - which is the way it looks to be going today. Know it all, teachers and professors need to honestly re-evaluate their own knowledge and instructional styles; as in spending time on the many factors they do not know for sure and less on foolishly trying to make students believe they know everything. I learned a long time back that the more I learn, the less I know. Each new thing I learn opens areas that expand the depth of things I had no way of knowing even existed; thus I learn one thing and realize there are three more things to learn about, of which I was previously unaware. Electronic gadgetry is replacing intellectual dialog at an alarming rate and instead of the Individuals controlling the electronics; the individuals are becoming Slaves to the device masters and their 1gadgets and contraptions. Good educators will encourage thoughtful dialog and expand the minds of those they teach. You do not need any examples of those who stymie individual thoughts.

CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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seth liebsohnSeth Leibsohn signed off his show on 960am/KKNT in order to file his petition signatures to run for Congressional District 9 House of Representatives. 960am/KKNT General Manager Jim Ryan stated, “While we are so sad to see Seth leave our airwaves as a host, we are delighted to see him run for office, something I and our listeners have long encouraged him to do.”
Leibsohn’s family has lived in the CD-9 are for over 80 years. His father was a physician, his mother a social worker. Born and raised here, Leibsohn graduated Arcadia High School before commencing a long career in academia, public policy, and communications. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the Claremont Colleges, studying under the renowned conservative scholar Harry V. Jaffa. After law school, he worked in Washington, DC for as the Chief of Staff to Jack Kemp and William J. Bennett, running their and Jeane Kirkpatrick’s think-tank, Empower America. Before becoming the Vice President of the Claremont Institute think tank, he had formed Americans for Victory Over Terrorism and ghost-wrote several books and speeches for several political leaders and public policy experts. In his own name, he co-authored The Fight of our Lives with William J. Bennett and American Greatness with Chris Buskirk.
Leibsohn is the former Chairman of the Board of NotMYKid, an Arizona-based non-profit dedicated to substance abuse prevention and the inspiring of positive life choices for our state’s children.
Debbie Moak, Leibsohn Campaign Chair, stated, “I’ve come to know and work with a lot of dedicated and really smart people, but nobody more dedicated and smarter than Seth, especially on the most important of issues—we in District 9 are so fortunate to have a candidate and Congressman of his caliber.”
Leibsohn is an Arizona native who has dedicated his career to commonsense conservative policy. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Senior Fellow for The Claremont Institute he is the author of several books and op-eds on issues related to education, drug abuse, foreign policy, and the economy. He has been a radio host with Bill Bennett in Washington D.C. and locally. In 2016 he was awarded the Arizona Capitol Times Volunteerism Award for his dedication to work in substance abuse prevention
www.seth4congress.com

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clair van steenwykLD22 candidate Clair Van Steenwyk: I turned in my signatures on May 25, and my name is now on the ballot. I'm running in LD 22 for the Senate. As the only non-career politician I'm looking forward to adding my perspective and platform to the race for the LD 22 Senate Seat. I want to thank all of you for your help in attaining ballot access, especially my wife Jean, Ron Gosselin and other friends as well who helped collect the 1,996 signatures guaranteeing our place on the ballot won't be challenged, we call them the Senior Brigade. We couldn't have done it without their help and support. I also want to say thanks you to the hundreds of wonderful people of LD 22 who took the time to stop and sign my petitions. It was great to hear your thoughts and encouraging comments. We're excited to officially begin my campaign for the Senate Seat in LD 22. Van's inviting all to check out the website for more information and ways to get involved at   http://vote4van.com/, and looking forward to hearing from all of you. -  Clair & Jean Van Steenwyk

Kelli Ward - physician 2US Senate candidate Kelli Ward: Fake Jeff Flake recently told Harvard Law School graduates that "our presidency has been debased." And this week he said that President Trump is "just totally wrong" and claimed he is in the process of organizing a so-called "constitutional crisis." Give me a break...The fact that Flake is vacating his seat is truly a cause for conservatives to celebrate. As a junior senator, he devoted his time almost entirely to combating President Trump and siding with the left on things like DACA and the Iran Deal. But with Flake on his way out, Arizona is at a crossroads... between me — an America First conservative — and my opponent, Martha "McAmnesty" McSally. I'm giving my all to win this race and maintain our first-place position, but with the month drawing to a close I am reaching out to ask you for your immediate support. Will you chip-in As your senator, I'll stand with President Trump and fight for the things we both believe in:

· We'll secure our borders and build the Wall

· We'll propose sound budgets and slash government waste

· We'll fight for free-market health care solutions

· And, most of all, we'll put America First!

So please help me and my team kick our campaign into overdrive by making a special end-of-month contribution today. With NeverTrumper Jeff Flake leaving Washington, it's our time to lead! Thanks for running with me to victory — together we'll beat the opposition and begin to set things right again.

Version 2Arrowhead JP candidate Craig Wismer: As you know I currently serve as the Judge of the Arrowhead Justice Court and am running for re-election.  More information about me may be found at: wismerforjp.com or facebook.com/wismerforjp or simply type my name into any Internet search engine. Below is a link to an article that appeared in the May 30, 2018 edition of "The Phoenix New Times" concerning the campaign for election as the Arrowhead Justice of the Peace. Phillip-Woolbright,Disgraced Arizona-Justice-Of-The-Peace, Wants Job Back

Kelli Ward - physicianUS Senate candidate Kelli Ward: Last week, Fortune magazine published my latest op-ed on the opioid epidemic and our current border crisis. It’s a strong case for the Wall and why Congress needs to act. I encourage you to read it here. Now, I understand this doesn’t come as “news” to you. You know that I’m for strong borders and common-sense, America First immigration laws...And the American people are calling on the House and Senate to step up and do their duty to secure our borders—especially the southern border between the United States and Mexico…Of course, Arizona knows that—unlike Sanctuary Senator Jeff Flake and my opponent Martha McAmnesty—I’ll work with President Trump to build the Wall...That’s why I’m asking you to help me continue to fight for these things we both so strongly believe in. Can our team count on you to stand with us? Help me build the Wall, Patriot. Together, we’ll get this done!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 31

A fundraiser, hosted by Steve Nannini, Jeff Utsch, Alex Dely, Barney Brenner, Dr. Mark Russell, Carol Dart, Carol Ann Whigham and Randy Graff for Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs is scheduled from 6-7:30 pm., Thurs., May 31 at 7777 N Via Bellini in Tucson. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $50 per person or $75 per couple. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or riggsforaz@gmail.com Checks to Riggs for Arizona, PO Box 1690, Cave Creek, AZ 85327

June 2

The Thunder Mountain Republican Women will host a brunch with GOP candidates at 9:30 am., Sat., June 2 at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista. $10 per person, cash only, payable at the door. RSVP to Cathy Duarte 610-704-6554 or a76erfab@centurylink.net or Jane Strain 520-249-4057 or jstrain810@gmail.com by May 22.

The Arrowhead Republican Womens Candidates’ Forum is scheduled from 2-5 pm., Sat., June 2 at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. 20 candidates are confirmed to participate including newly elected US Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett, Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee, US Senate candidate Kelli Ward, LD21 and LD22 candidates, along with the Supt of Public Instruction and Secretary of State candidates, campaign chairman Jan Martinson reports. She urges attendees to arrive early to get photos with their favorite candidates. Drawing tickets available. Light refreshments will be served at this adult only gathering. Republicans welcome to this free event. Contact Jan Martinson, Campaign Chairman 623-546-3753--jlmart15102@aol.com

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30am., Sat., June 2 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd.  Doors open at 8am Coffee and donuts will be available - a $2 donation, please, to help defray the cost of the room rental.  All Republicans and Independents from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Since 2018 is an election year, they are sponsoring forums thru June where Republican candidates for state offices will be given an opportunity to present an opening statement and then we will have a Q&A.  Legislative 22 Candidates speaking at this meeting will be John Heep, incumbent Maricopa County College Board member; Clair Van Steenwyk, Crossroads with Van radio talk show host; Kellie Pawluk, a pediatric nurse who advocates for safe quality care, and Mathew Bullock, a business owner who has created hundreds of jobs. More information at vanscrossroads1@gmail.com or 623+322-9979. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair Lady SCW  623+214-8010.

JUNE 7

Mesa Republican Women will host candidates for Secretary of State Steve Gaynor and incumbent Michele Reagan at 11:30 am., Thurs., June 7 at the Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Rd in Mesa. Doors open at 11:00 am and the program begins at 11:30. Other candidates wishing to speak may do so for 2 minutes.  Contact Nancy Cottle nancy@thebrandedimage.com to reserve a spot. Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for non-members/guests.  RSVP to mesarepublicanwomen@hotmail.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Will-Gov-Ducey-Gift-His-Former-Boss-The Az-Senate-Job Questions Swirl Around Mccain’s Senate Seat As Arizonans Go Unrepresented

· Major-Reason-To-Steer-Clear-Of-Deceptive-Az-Republic

· All-Roads-Lead-To-McCain

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· AZGOP Needs To Learn What The Word Memorial Means-Happy Is Not Appropriate

· Today We Honor All The Men and Women Who have Served in The US Armed Forces

· ICYMI: President Trump Participates IN US Naval Graduation Ceremony-Shakes Hands With All VIDEO

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Lock ‘Em Up: New Bill Would Put Sanctuary City Politicians in Jail

· The Statewide and Federal Election Field as We See It in 2018 Primary

· Martha McSally Republican In Arizona's Senate Race Is Being Funded By Prominent Never Trumpers

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NEWS LINKS

· ABC Cancels 'Roseanne'...

· Consumer-Confidence-Rose-In-May, Current-Conditions-Hits-17-Year-High

· George-Soros-Spending-Heavily-To-Defeat-Law-And-Order-Da-Candidates

· 38-Shot, 8-Killed-In-Gun-Controlled-Chicago-Over-Memorial-Day-Weekend

· Fact Check: Yes, George Soros Was A Nazi Collaborator By Daniel Greenfield

· Sham Election Under Venezuelan Dictatorship… Elicits Scorn From Native Who Came To U.S. In ’80s

· Day-Of-Reckoning-Grassley-Schedules-Date-For-Hillary-Email-Hearings

ARIZONA

· New Report Suggests Who Might Succeed John McCain In Office

· Rolling Thunder Brings Washington A Raucous Reminder Of POW/MIA Issue

· Phillip-Woolbright, Disgraced Arizona-Justice-Of-The-Peace, Wants His Office Back

· Comment Period For Proposed AZ K-12 Science Standards Extended

· Stanton Resigns To Run For CD9

· Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: The Haunting Regret Of Failing Our Ideal Selves

· Former Investment Advisor Accused Of Stealing Retirement Accounts

· ADHS Publishes Updated Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

· Arizona Cities Not Among Best For Basketball Fans

· Young Bear Euthanized After Capture In Anthem

WHITE HOUSE

· Sessions-Under-Fire-Trump-Says-He-Wishes-He-Picked-A-Different-AG

· Liberal-Admission-Obama-Aide-Responds-After-Phony-Trump-Smear

· Watch President Trump’s Memorial Day Message.

· This Memorial Day, A Win For America’s Veterans

· The-Trump-Economy-Is-A-Boon-For-Asian-American-Small-Business-Owners

· The-Latest:-Utah-Man-Freed-From-Venezuelan-Jail-Returns-Home

· Trump-VA-Pick-Boosts-Hopes-For-Reform

· Learn More About President Trump’s Civil Service Reforms That Put Taxpayers First.

OBAMA

· Obama-Administration-Was-Corrupt

FBI/CIA/ICE/IRS

· FBI Agents Begging Congress For Subpoenas So They Can Defend President Trump

MEDIA

· Sean-Hannity, CNN-Ratings Hannity Has Higher Ratings Than CNN’s Exclusive Town Hall With Pelosi

MILITARY/VETERANS

· How The Second Amendment Empowers Women

· Migrants-Treat-Wwii-War-Memorial-Like-A-Swimming-Pool-Video-Of-What-Happens-When-Theyre-Confronted

WAR ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

· Woman Who Falsely Accused Texas Trooper Of Sexual Assault Won’t Face Charges [Video]

· Chicago Cops Revolt Against Cop-Hating Mayor Rahm Emanuel

CLINTONS

· Hillary-Wears-Heavy-Coat-And-Scarf-In-Sweltering-90-Degree-Heat-Questions-Arise

EDUCATION

· High-School-Officials-Cancel-National-Anthem-Before-Game-So-The-Crowd-Takes-Matters-Into-Their-Own-Hands

· School-Freaks-Over-Pro-Trump-Shirt-Gets-Sued

· School Can Force Students To Share Bathrooms With Transgender Students, Federal Court Rules

INTERNATIONAL

· Sham Election Under Venezuelan Dictatorship… Elicits Scorn From Native Who Came To U.S. In ’80s

· State-Department: North-Korea Using Executions, Torture Against ‘Serious Threat’ Of Christianity

· 'Allah Hu Akbar' Gunman Kills Two Female Police Officers, One Bystander, In Belgium In Suspected Terror Attack

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

5-30-18 Briefs

jan martinson  4All CD8, LD21 and 22 candidates running in the August 28th primary are asked to make reservations to participate in the Arrow Republican Women’s Candidates Forum scheduled between 2-5 pm., June 2 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave. Sun City West.  85375. Over 200 Republican attendees expected. No charge. Food provided. Cash bar. Candidates will give opening and closing remarks. Written questions will complete the program. Space for candidate materials will be provided. Make reservations with Jan Martinson jlmart15102@aol.com  Phone:  623-546-3753.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering truncating Congress's typical month long August recess in order to get more work done. But if there's one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it's that Congress spends too much time away from Capitol Hill. See more.72% Say Congress Spends Too Much Time on Vacation

It all started when Senator John McCain called Trump supporters a bunch of "crazies" during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then-candidate Donald Trump infamously responded by labeling McCain as "not a war hero" and saying that if he were a war hero, it was only because he was captured. See more The Rasmussen Minute: The Trump-McCain War

Bob BranchYou are Invited to a "Meet & Greet" to hear accomplished Dr. Bob Branch, Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction between 6-8:30 pm., Tues., June 6 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086  Hostesses Sue Goodchild, Vera Anderson and Shirley Coddington encourage anyone who has not heard Branch, to join them. Light Refreshments will be served. Contact Goodchild at suepachy@gmail.com

The National Federation Scholarship Deadline is June 1, 2018. National Pathfinder and Betty Rendel Scholarship applications due to state presidents.   Contact:  Loraine Pellegrino at president@azfrw.com .

Jeff Fine 2Grassroots Tea Party Activists will host Jeff Fine, candidate for the Maricopa charlie loftus 3County Clerk of the Court and Charlie Loftus, LD20 senate candidate. Fine is a retired Air Force Reserve member. He is a father, husband, former judge, military veteran, veteran police officers, judicial branch educator, veteran court administrator and has lived in the Maricopa County for the past 40 years. Loftus was born in Nogales, raised in Phoenix and has been in law enforcement for over 30 years including served in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, Arizona State University police, the Arizona Attorney General’s office and Inspector General at DES. After retiring from law enforcement, Loftus became an instructor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU teaching counter-terrorism, domestic terrorism, and intelligence. The meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm., Wed, May 30 at the at Denny’s Restaurant Meeting Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy; Access Rd; just south of Dunlap Ave exit off the I-17. Contact: Francine Romesburg at grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com

Ken Bennett - GovThe Tempe Republican Women invite you to join them for their annual luncheon at 11:30 am., Sat., June 9 at the Embassy Suites by Phoenix Hilton Tempe, 4400 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281 with speaker Ken Bennett former Arizona Secretary of State (now gubernatorial candidate). Tickets: Members & Associates $25, guest $30, pay at the door $35. Checks may be mailed to:Alison Quinn, 1264 E. Weslyan Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282or pay through Anedot with credit card here (https://secure.anedot.com/b74112e5-dbe4-471e-8303-18d31576123d/juneluncheon)

don kennedyLoriDeLuca reports that a videographer will filming for a video for the Don Kennedy Scholarship on Sat., June 2 in Ahwatukee and is looking for volunteers who would like speak for a few seconds on the importance of preserving the Constitution in the classroom, or discuss Kenney and his work. For more information contact Donkennedyteachersscholarship@cox.net Click here to support Don Kennedy Teachers Scholarship organized by Lori DeLuca

Newly elected Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines shared a birthday yesterday. The little birdie didn’t share their ages with Briefs.

The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet with Bob Hathorne and Alex Meluskey to discuss why the National Popular Vote Initiative must not be enacted. US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio and Secretary of State candidate Steve Gaynor will also speak to the group. The meeting is scheduled at 11:30 am., Wed., June 20 in the Grayhawk Golf Club “Fairway House,” 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway. 11 am social. Reservations required. $35 per person. Contact: Linda Rizzo at pvrwlunch111@yahoo.com See speakers below –left to right – Hathorne, Meluskey, Arpaio and Gaynor.

Bob HathorneAlex Meluskeysheriff joe arpaio  4Steve Gaynor 2

Arrowhead Republican Women welcomed several new members to their group at their recent 25th annual fashion show/fundraiser. The newest members are Deborah Hartwick, Lisa Burkett, Joanne Carroll, Mimi Odicho. Frank Carroll joined as an associate member. The club has grown to 143 members and 24 associate members.

Sally Kizer  2The Colorado River Tea Party welcomes candidates to speak at their 6 pm., Thur., July 19 meeting scheduled at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 (last building the church) in Yuma. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219 coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com

The Colorado River Tea Party Candidate Forum, featuring LD13 House incumbent Darin Mitchell, and candidates Tim Dunn, Joanne Osborne and Trey Terry, along with LD13 Senate candidates Brent Backus, Don Shooter and Sine Kerr is scheduled from 2-4 pm., Sat., July 28 at the Community Christian Church. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219 coloradoriverteaparty@yahoo.com

Early ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Aug 1 for the Tuesday, August 28 Primary Election.

NOTES FROM READERS

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.

marsha hill 2Former LD13 PC, Almost PC In LD21 Marsha Hill: Collecting signatures for several candidates was quite the education and frankly, like pulling teeth.

· A majority of people do NOT want to be involved in politics

  • When asked if they were registered to vote, many, too many, said NO
  • Too many registered Republicans did not want to sign any petitions
  • 98% of registered voters had zero idea about petitions and why
  • Zero of registered Republicans I spoke to, had any idea what an LD is
  • Most had no idea the political positions candidates were running for even existed
  • 100% of people I spoke with never have been to a political meeting
  • I am in 120 voice choir, all are Republicans. Many don’t vote in AZ. The ones who do, had no idea what LD they were in
  • 99% of people have never heard of you, the candidate.  There is a world outside of Republican Meetings, TeaParty Mtgs, Meet n Greets, LD Meetings. Those are a candidates’ “safe place”
  • Most registered Republicans, I spoke with, only vote in general elections

These peoples’ votes count. It was my pleasure educating those who were willing to listen. Conservative Republicans ~ we have our work cut out for us. We must get out of our known comfy zone and get to know other peoples.

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ELECTED OFFICALS COMMENTARY

5kWz3GLS debbie leskoNewly elected CD8 Congresswoman Debbie Lesko was sworn into  office by US House Speaker Paul Ryan as her family watches. They are (left to right) Lesko’s brother Roger Lorenz, her son Jared Lesko, her husband Joe Lesko, and daughter Samantha Lesko.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko: On May 7, 2018 I was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as the Congresswoman from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. I am honored to serve as your Congresswoman and I thank the voters for putting their faith and trust in me. I promise that I will work hard every day for all my constituents in the West and North Valley.

    Since my swearing in, I have hit the ground running. Unlike my fellow Congressmen, I did not have the luxury of having several months to hire staff and set up offices and I was not given weeks of orientation. Instead, in one week I have set up two offices, hired key staff and found a place to live. I am ready to serve!

     My top priority has and always will be to serve my constituents. I plan to support efforts and legislation to secure the border, support our schools and teachers, strengthen our military, protect Luke Air Force Base, preserve the future of Social Security and Medicare, and hold to the freedoms and liberties that make this nation great. I was appointed to the House Committees on Homeland Security and Science, Space and Technology. These two committees will allow me to fight for strong borders, keep the homeland safe and prepare our country for the future of technology.

    With that in mind, I encourage you to reach out to my district office at (623) 776-7911 if you have questions or concerns about federal issues. My district staff will be more than happy to help and assist you. If you are planning a trip to Washington D.C. and would like to arrange a Capitol tour or stop by for a visit please contact my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-4576 or visit my website at www.Lesko.house.gov.

CANDIDATE COMMENTARY

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brandon martin 2CD2 Conservative Republican Candidate Brandon Martin revealed a new website today exposing opponent Lea Marquez Peterson with her own words that reveal a history that only a Democrat could love. Voters and the media can now go to www.LeftWingLea.com and see a past that is completely against “draining the swamp” and 100% opposed to President Trump and his agenda.

Said Martin, “I am sick and tired of fake Republicans running for office that don’t even remotely adhere to the American principles that the GOP should be standing for. Instead the National Republican Congressional Committee and DC politicians like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell – RINO’s all – support and promote candidates like my opponent that have a long and vivid history of supporting Democrats and liberal ideas. This will stop once I am elected to Congress to represent the people of Southeast Arizona.”

With the unveiling of www.LeftWingLea.com the Martin for Freedom campaign of Brandon Martin once again shows GOP voters that only he can take on the liberals who seek to oppose President Trump and his agenda. Among many other policy ideas that conservative Republicans oppose the website shows that Lea Marquez Peterson:

  1. Supports common core
  2. Supports RINO’s Jeff Flake and John McCain, and even co-chaired Hispanics for McCain.
  3. Supports DACA, Dreamers, Amnesty, and is against building a wall.
  4. Hangs out with Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat congresswoman running for U.S. Senate)
  5. Hangs out with Democrat Congressman Ron Barber.
  6. Hangs out with LaRaza.
  7. Hangs out with the Mexican Consul.
  8. Hanging out with the former President of Mexico.
  9. Called Trump a racist and a sexist

Martin continued,These are not the values of a Republican seeking to ‘drain the swamp’. When she went to DC and took special interest money and donations from those that oppose President Trump, she revealed that she cares more about being in the swamp than representing the voters of Southeast Arizona.” Brandon Martin is a former member of the military running for Congress in Arizona’s Second Congressional district. The GOP primary is August 28. For more information see www.MartinForFreedom.com.

Dave Giles CD9

CD9 Dave Giles: Happy Memorial Day! This is a day to say, "I'm proud to be an American". There would be no such thing as freedom if it wasn't for our current and fallen soldiers. God bless America!



Kelli Ward - physician 2US Senate candidate Kelli Ward: With the election quickly coming up, it's crucial we keep our momentum to defeat Martha "McAmnesty" McSally. McSally, like Flake, is a fake conservative #NeverTrumper running to serve the Swamp. Despite her recent campaign rhetoric, McSally can't be trusted to stand with President Trump to advance the America First agenda. That's why our team is looking for supporters right now to help us send our strongest fundraising report yet. Can we put you down for a special end-of-month contribution? contribute. Patriot, your support right now is so important -- every dollar you generously give provides our team with the resources to continue rolling out our historic campaign. We're showing McSally and her big Establishment donors the power of the grassroots! So please help us kick our campaign into overdrive....I thank you so much for your continued support, patriot -- we're running to victory together!

Martha McSally 3US Senate candidate Martha McSally: Your support right now means so much to me and the rest of my team. Because of you, we have shifted the momentum to our side. But there are still six months until Election Day — and that means we need to get our message out to the voters. This is key to letting the voters of Arizona know what I stand for and getting our message out. I just got the email below from my deputy campaign manager. We want to make sure that we reach as many people as possible strategically, but in order to do that we need to hit our fundraising goal before the end-of-month deadline in just 72 hours. chip in to help fund the media buy needed to keep going strong through Election day? Thanks for everything you guys... I mean it.

Frank RiggsSupt of Public instruction candidate Frank Riggs: I'm the only candidate for Supt. of Public Instruction with a proven record of executive, educational and legislative leadership, and the only candidate who's been an education leader at the local, state and federal level: (1) as an elected public school district member and president; (2) as president of Arizona Connections Academy, a statewide, online, accredited charter school; and (3) as a U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Education Subcommittee. I authored legislation on special education, career-technical education, and charter schools, and was recognized for my dedication to children with disabilities. I'm a strong and proven supporter of parental school choice, and The Heritage Foundation said, "Representative Riggs spearheaded many cutting-edge initiatives like school choice and charter schools."

    I'm a successful businessman and former CEO of two Arizona companies, as well as former CEO of a national, award-winning education nonprofit. I've been a teacher and coach and am a certified substitute teacher who taught in my local school district when it stayed open during the recent "RedForEd" teacher strike.

     I'm also an Army veteran and former police officer who will work to make our schools safer. I graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University and received the prestigious "Associates Award" as the "Outstanding Graduate in the College of Business & Public Administration." My wife, Cathy, and I (we just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary) have three grown, married children and five wonderful grandchildren - my personal motivation for running to lead our State's schools! Learn more by going to my website: www.riggsforaz.com

Ken Bennett - flagGubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: We are two days from the deadline to be an official Arizona Governor candidate. I will be submitting the signatures Wednesday at noon but still need to increase the number to avoid a challenge.  The establishment said we could not do this, and once again, Arizona is proving individual rights and the constitution still matters.  Please ask just one more person to sign online, it takes five minutes and it will give us the buffer we need to stop a challenge. Sign my online petition HERE(You must have your driver license number to verify voter registration.) Governor Ducey will challenge the signatures and play every dirty trick in the book because that is easier then answering why he is caving to outside special interest groups on the 2nd amendment and education.  Signing my petition will stop Governor Ducey from calling a Special Session to pass his Severe Threat Orders of Protection (STOP) plan that allows gun seizures in AZ. I also need $5 contributions to help me qualify for Clean Elections HEREKen Bennett

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CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION PRESS RELEASES FOR MAY

john mccain 2Senator John McCain:

· McCain Applauds President Trump For Issuing Posthumous Pardon Of Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

· SASC Completes Markup Of The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2019

· McCain Applauds Senate Passage Of The VA Mission Act

Jeff Flake portraitSenator Jeff Flake:

· Flake Statement On The Potential Auto Tariffs On Vehicle Imports

· Flake Delivers Class Day Speech At Harvard Law School

· Flake Statement On CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel

· Flake Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling To Reverse 9th Circuit Decision Undercutting Public Safety

· VIDEO: Flake Repeats Attempt To Secure Immediate Passage Of Bipartisan “Three-For-Three” DACA Compromise

· Flake, McCain Introduce ADAAPT Act, Address Unattainable Ozone Standard

Paul Gosar 2016Rep Paul Gosar:

· Gosar Votes For FY19 Defense Authorization

· Gosar Offers Amendment To Athorize The Army Corps Of Engineers To Consruct Border Wall

· Buck, Gosar And Biggs Meet With Ag Jeff Sessions To Discuss Immigration Issues

Andy BiggsRep Andy Biggs:

· Congressman Biggs Supports House Passage Of The 2019 NDAA

· U.S. House Sends Right To Try Bill To President Trump's Desk

· Biggs-Statement-Upcoming-Right-Try-Vote-House

· Biggs-Submits-Two-Amendments-To The Fy-2019-Ndaa

· Congressman Biggs Applauds President Trump's Continued Pro-Life Agenda

· Congressman Biggs' Statement On The One-Year Anniversary Of Robert Mueller's Appointment

· Congressman Biggs Votes To Pass The VA MISSION Act

· Congressman Biggs Applauds President Trump's Decision On The Iran Nuclear Agreement

david schweikert (2)Rep David Schwiekert:

· Schweikert Appointed To The Joint Select Committee On The Solvency Of Multiemployer Pension Plans

· Update On H.R. 4841, A Bill Introduced By Rep. David Schweikert (R-Az)

Martha McSally 3Rep Martha McSally:

· McSally's Memorial Day Message

· McSally-Leads-Bi-Partisan-Congressional-Delegation-DMZ-Critical-Time On Korean Peninsula

· With McSally-Leadership-House-Authorizes-Hefty-Funding-For Arizona’s-Defense Assets

· McSally-Delivers-Long-Overdue-Runway-Expansion-And-Munitions-Storage

· Arizona-Hero-Ssg-Gallegos-Honored-In McSally-NDAA-Amendment

· Congresswoman-McSally-Draws-Hard-Line-Immigration-Loopholes

· Udall-Park-Measure-Clears-Senate-Hurdle-Unanimously-Passes-Out-Senate

· McSally-Leadership,House-Votes-To Save & Improve-Veterans-Access-Community Care

· McSally Discusses Leading Upcoming Congressional Delegation To Korean Peninsula On Fox News

· McSally Discusses Leading Upcoming Congressional Delegation To Korean Peninsula On Fox News

· McSally Announces Winners Of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

· McSally Secures Infusion Of Resources For Arizona’s Military Assets In Defense Authorization Bill

· McSally Commends Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From The Iran Deal

Debbie LeskoRep Debbie Lesko

· Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Votes To Support Luke Air Force Base, Increase Troop Pay

· Congresswoman Lesko Joins Influential Conservative Caucus

· Congresswoman Lesko Announces Committee Assignments: Homeland Security And Science, Space And Technology

· Congresswoman Lesko Announces Office Locations And Key Staff Hirings

· Congresswoman Lesko Sworn Into Office

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 31

A fundraiser, hosted by Steve Nannini, Jeff Utsch, Alex Dely, Barney Brenner, Dr. Mark Russell, Carol Dart, Carol Ann Whigham and Randy Graff for Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs is scheduled from 6-7:30 pm., Thurs., May 31 at 7777 N Via Bellini in Tucson. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $50 per person or $75 per couple. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or riggsforaz@gmail.com Checks to Riggs for Arizona, PO Box 1690, Cave Creek, AZ 85327

June 2

The Thunder Mountain Republican Women will host a brunch with GOP candidates at 9:30 am., Sat., June 2 at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista. $10 per person, cash only, payable at the door. RSVP to Cathy Duarte 610-704-6554 or a76erfab@centurylink.net or Jane Strain 520-249-4057 or jstrain810@gmail.com by May 22.

The Arrowhead Republican Womens Candidates’ Forum is scheduled from 2-5 pm., Sat., June 2 at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. 20 candidates are confirmed to participate including newly elected US Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett, Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee, US Senate candidate Kelli Ward, LD21 and LD22 candidates, along with the Supt of Public Instruction and Secretary of State candidates, campaign chairman Jan Martinson reports. She urges attendees to arrive early to get photos with their favorite candidates. Drawing tickets available. Light refreshments will be served at this adult only gathering. Republicans welcome to this free event. Contact Jan Martinson, Campaign Chairman 623-546-3753--jlmart15102@aol.com

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30am., Sat., June 2 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd.  Doors open at 8am Coffee and donuts will be available - a $2 donation, please, to help defray the cost of the room rental.  All Republicans and Independents from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Since 2018 is an election year, they are sponsoring forums thru June where Republican candidates for state offices will be given an opportunity to present an opening statement and then we will have a Q&A.  Legislative 22 Candidates speaking at this meeting will be John Heep, incumbent Maricopa County College Board member; Clair Van Steenwyk, Crossroads with Van radio talk show host; Kellie Pawluk, a pediatric nurse who advocates for safe quality care, and Mathew Bullock, a business owner who has created hundreds of jobs. More information at vanscrossroads1@gmail.com or 623+322-9979. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair Lady SCW  623+214-8010.

JUNE 7

Mesa Republican Women will host candidates for Secretary of State Steve Gaynor and incumbent Michele Reagan at 11:30 am., Thurs., June 7 at the Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Rd in Mesa. Doors open at 11:00 am and the program begins at 11:30. Other candidates wishing to speak may do so for 2 minutes.  Contact Nancy Cottle nancy@thebrandedimage.com to reserve a spot. Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for non-members/guests.  RSVP to mesarepublicanwomen@hotmail.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Loony-Left-Condemns-Lovely-Mother-Child-Photo Anything Goes With Open Borders Agenda Liberals

· Memorial-Day-Gratitude-From-Pres-Trump-And-Us-All

· Major-Reason-To-Steer-Clear-Of-Deceptive-Az-Republic

· All-Roads-Lead-To-McCain Arizona Republic Mcskews The News

· Greg-Stanton-Pulls-A-Costly-Fast-One-Exiting-As-Phx-Mayor

· Fraudulent-Flake-Warns-Law-Grads-Against-Degradation-Of-Democracy

· AZ-US-Senate: Who-Would-You-Select-To-Fill-Seat?

· AZ-Republic-Signals-Love-Fest-With-McSally-Is-Over

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

Martha McSally Republican In Arizona's Senate Race Is Being Funded By Prominent Never Trumpers

· AZGOP Needs To Learn What The Word Memorial Means-Happy Is Not Appropriate

· Today We Honor All The Men and Women Who have Served in The US Armed Forces

· ICYMI: President Trump Participates IN US Naval Graduation Ceremony-Shakes Hands With All VIDEO

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· Time To Step Up To The Plate - ACT NOW!

· The Coming Collapse Of The Shadow Government

· Leadership - Who Has It?

· Ken Bennett Makes A Plea

· Time To Clean Up The Swamp: A.K.A. Your Local Public School

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