Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5-21-18 Briefs

Editor’s Note:  Due to computer problems, the May 19 and May 20 news tips have been merged into the May 21 Briefs.  - ft

Congressman David Schweikert has been appointed to the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee in Washington, DC.  Republicans on the full committee met yesterday morning to mete out new subcommittee assignments. Schweikert, who is serving his fourth term in the House, was appointed to Ways and Means in January 2017. The former Arizona State Treasurer is the:
·         Co-Founder - House Task Force on Valley Fever
·         Co-Founder - Congressional Blockchain Caucus
·         Co-Founder - Congressional Tunisian Caucus
·         Member - House Access to Credit Caucus
·         Member - Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
·         Member - Congressional Western Caucus
·         Member - Congressional Coalition on Adoption
·         Member - House Down Syndrome Caucus
Editor’s Note:  Briefs remembers the day a very young man walked into a newspapers office in north Phoenix and informed Editor Frosty Taylor that he was running for public office and laid out his plans for the future. David, you have achieved a great deal since the day you walked into my office. – ft

Word Leaked Out of Gov Doug Ducey’s office a few days ago that Ducey’s right hand man Kirk Adams has reportedly taken a high paying position in San Francisco.  Knowledgeable sources note that takes Adams out of the running as a potential appointee to replace Sen John McCain, who is suffering from a brain tumor.   So, who will get the appointment if McCain resigns by the end of the month?  McCain’s wife Cindy’s name is high on the potential appointee list. But Cindy carries years-old baggage related to a  prescription drug scandal. Is former Gov Jan Brewer a consideration?  Voters haven’t forgotten the late night ObamaCare vote taken under her watch. Some think McCain’s protégé Grant Woods is in the running, but others say the GOP Establishment doesn’t want to deal with the uproar that would create. McCain’s daughter Meghan has been mentioned, but she lacks experience – besides that she is well on her way to a successful career. And former Congressman John Shadegg’s name has surfaced as a potential fill in, but others report Shadegg couldn’t get elected as a State Committeeman in his own district. Some think that Ducey will appoint himself to fill the senator’s shoes – but whoa, wait a minute – that would move incumbent Secretary of State Michelle Reagan into the Gov’s office. Old timers say Reagan is a nice gal, but definitely not ready for the gov’s chair.  Then we have senate candidates Joe Arpaio, Kelli Ward, and Martha McSally.  This issue will be the topic of a lot of political chatter at upcoming Memorial Day weekend BBQ’s! – ft

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko has been assigned to the assignment to the House Committee on Homeland Security.” I look forward to working with Chairman Michael McCaul and other committee members on important Homeland Security issues,” Lesko said.  Lesko was recently elected as long-time Arizona Congressman Trent Franks open seat. Franks resigned in December 2017.

Grassroots Tea Party Activist will meet with gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett at 6:30 pm., Wed., May 23 at Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy; Access Rd, Dunlap Ave Exit I-17, in Phoenix. Bennett is a former Secretary of State and opt to run for governor when Gov Doug Ducey buckled on RedForEd, promising 20% teacher raises although that authority belongs to the local school boards/districts.  Contact facilitator Francine L Romesburg at

Congressman Paul Gosar has announced that Military Academy Nomination application for potential CD4 appointees can be obtained from his office at serviceacademynomination  Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. Each congressional delegate may nominate up to 10 individuals for each vacant academy slot alloted to their district.