Friday, July 20, 2018

7-19-18 Briefs

Editor’s Note: Briefs will not be posting photos for several more days as John continues to make changes.   With this temporary fix, the June 26, 2018 thru July 19, 2018 issues have been posted. If you want to look at  those back issues , you will find them listed under archives on the far left-hand side of the page. We have a backlog of Notes from Readers that will be posted within the next few days. We apologize for the posting delay and inconvenience to you – our readers.  There are no July 4 or July  18 postings. – Frosty

The Arizona Secretary of State Republican Debate – featuring incumbent Michele Reagan and candidate Steve Gaynor, can be watched live at 5:30 pm., Thur., July 19 on Arizona PBS. PBS Phoenix KAET holds the rights to the debates, thus KUAT Tucson has to purchase the programming and is currently not planning to, according to the Pima Tea Party Patriots. Debate You can stream the debates on-line 24-48 hours after they air.

Free Family Fun Day returns July 21 After moving inside last year, Safford’s Family Fun Day is heading back outdoors. Read more

U.S. Representative Paul A. Gosar and Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison testified on the importance of the bipartisan Cottonwood Land Exchange Act in the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands.)

Two Gosar Sponsored Bills Unanimously Pass House Resources Committee: Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously passed two bipartisan bills sponsored by Gosar, D.D.S H.R. 6146, the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act and H.R. 5556, the Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act. H.R 6146 , is bipartisan legislation that authorizes the conveyance of 80 acres of Coconino National Forest land to Yavapai County, Arizona in exchange for 369 acres of County land that will be conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service. Gosar stated, “The bipartisan Cottonwood Land Exchange consolidates multiple checkerboards of land at the request of local stakeholders. After many years of collaboration with Yavapai County officials, community leaders, students, parents and the Forest Service, we have found a common sense, locally-driven solution that allows for significant improvements at a high-traffic county park and makes the most efficient use of our land for the benefit of the people of Arizona. H.R. 6146 is good for the County, good for the Forest Service, good for local species and good for families that like parks. I am extremely grateful to Yavapai Supervisor Randy Garrison for making the trip to testify on the bill yesterday and can’t thank the County enough for all their help with this legislation. I look forward to seeing this H.R. 6146 on the House floor.”

H.R. 6146 text HERE. Land map HERE. Cosponsors include: CD7 Ruben Gallego, CD8 Debbie Lesko, CD6 David Schweikert , CD9 Kyrsten Sinema and CD1 Tom O’Halleran.

HR 5556, Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act requires federal agencies active in the wholesale power business to disclose the costs of environmental compliance to their customers.“Power customers deserve to be taken out of the dark when it comes to costly environmental laws and policies,” said Gosar. “Right now, in the Pacific Northwest, 30% of the rates are estimated to be related to environmental costs. In Arizona, the Glen Canyon Dam flows are estimated to cost customers up to $50 million annually due to foregone power. More transparency in relation to costs is always a good thing.  I’m pleased to see H.R. 5556 pass Committee today with strong bipartisan support.” HR 5556, Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act  requires the agencies, known as the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), responsible for marketing and delivering power from federal projects like the Hoover Dam, to report to power customers the direct and indirect costs associated with any Federal environmental laws impacting the conservation of fish and wildlife in their monthly billing statements. Direct costs associated with compliance include costs related to environmental studies, capital, operations, maintenance, and staffing. Indirect costs would include forgone generation and replacement power costs. Congressman Gosar’s legislation does not repeal or change a single environmental law; it simply requires much needed transparency that is long overdue. Text HERE. The bill has 16 original bipartisan cosponsors including Arizona CD5 Andy Biggs. The Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act is endorsed by the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, the Irrigation and Electrical Districts Association of Arizona and the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association.

LD10 Rep Todd Clodfelter (R-10) will host “Deseg 101,” an open meeting to inform the community of the status and future of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) desegregation court order. The meeting will take place July 31st at 6 p.m. at Tucson Baptist Church, 1525 S. Columbus Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711. Guest speakers will include Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, TUSD superintendent, and Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst at the Arizona Tax Research Association. Members of the public and other elected officials are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact: Matthew Specht Director of Communications House Republican Caucus 602-926-5518 www.mspecht@azle

CD1 candidate Tiffany Shedd will featured at the Leading Ladies Lunch at 11 am., Wed., Aug 1 at The Henry, 4455 E Camelback Road in Phoenix. Tickets - $150 per person Hosted by Betsey Bayler, Cindy Compton, Beth Coons, Sandy Froman, Lisa James, Randy Kendrick, Kim Owens, Janice Pratt, Julie Muphrr, Melinda Petznick, Karrin Robson, Stefanie Smallhouse, Lynndy Smith and Kathleen Winn. RSVP to Tysen Schlink at 480-789-9869 or

Arizona Republican Assembly (AZRA) Western Pinal County Chapter will meet at 6:30 pm., Mon., July 23 at 408 N. Sacaton Street, Suite II in Casa Grande, featuring speaker Aimee Rigler, Director of Communications and Government Affairs for the Arizona Free Enterprise Club. Native-born Arizonan, Rigler grew up in Tempe and Gilbert and has degrees from from Arizona State University and the Objectivist Academic Center in Irvine, CA. From 2006 to 2011, she and her mother owned and operated a local small business retail gift store in Gilbert.  After enduring many market and regulatory challenges, the two of them started an organization in 2009 called the Gilbert Small Business Alliance to assist other small businesses with similar challenges.  From 2009 – 2015 the Small Business Alliance grew to over 600 members and helped dozens of small businesses navigate regulatory obstacles. In 2010, The Small Business Alliance adopted a local program called Operation Welcome Home which held ceremonies for veterans in the community recently returned from deployment and their families.  When the program grew beyond the scope of the Small Business Alliance, Aimee wrote the 501(c)(3) application to make Operation Welcome Home its own non-profit organization.  In 2014 Aimee left the Small Business Alliance to work from County Supervisor Denny Barney where she did constituent services for his office at Maricopa County.  In 2015 Aimee was given the opportunity to work as the Director of Communications and Government Relations for the Arizona Free Enterprise Club. She is the  vice president of Welcome Home Veterans Park and is candidate for Gilbert Town Council.  Contact: AZRA President Nancy Hawkins

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will host a potluck at 6 pm., Thur., July 19 featuring LD13 incumbent Senator Tim Dunn and CD3 candidate Sergio Arellano at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. Attendees should bring a main dish, salad, veggie or fruit platter or dessert, according to Chairman Sally Kizer. Water and ice ted will be provided. Contact Kizer at 928-210-1219

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett will meet and greet guests at the home of Hassaympa Constable Scott Blake at 6 pm., July 18 at 18364 W Ivy Lane in Surprise. Light refreshments. Contact Blake at 623-486-7899.

CD9 candidate Dave Giles will be featured at the C2 Tactical Gun Range between 4-6 pm., Mon., July 23 at 8475 S Emerald Drive in Tempe. Contact: Doug Wolfe at or



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

US Senate candidate Kelli Ward: We're midway through the month and I want to ask a special favor...The campaign is looking to raise $100,000 by July 31 to hit our fundraising goal and I need to know if we can put you down for an immediate contribution? Chip in Your support will help us continue to lead this important race to replace Sanctuary Senator Jeff Flake with a principled, conservative leader in the U.S. Senate. We're holding first place right now but our work is far from over. With your special contribution toward our monthly goal, we're looking to expand our grassroots coalition of liberty-loving Constitutional conservatives who believe in putting America First!



Donald Trump Challenged Status Quo During Helsinki Summit With Putin: Rep. Andy Biggs

Congressman Biggs Votes to Supports ICE Officers: “ICE agents daily put their lives on the line in protection of Americans around the country. Congress must give them the resources they require to do their jobs, instead of partisan attacks from Democrats. I am grateful for these men and women who help maintain the security of Americans.”

Congressman Paul Gosar: ICE is the Price We Pay - Earlier this week, House Democrats introduced legislation to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Check out my op-ed in the Washington Examiner to find out why we can't afford to lose ICE. Click here to read more

Congresswoman Martha McSally: Prioritizing Arizona’s Election Security - Last week, I questioned the Department of Homeland Security's Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Christopher Krebs about the security of Arizona’s election infrastructure. Krebs is in charge of the NPPD, which works to protect and enhance our nation’s physical and cyberspace security. I asked what the NPPD had learned from the reported hack into an Arizona voter registration system in 2016. For years, foreign adversaries, like Russia, have been trying to undermine America’s democratic institutions and attack critical infrastructure. Click HERE to watch our full exchange.

Gov Doug Ducey: To help reduce smuggling Arizona Department of Transportation officers at commercial ports of entry in eastern and western Arizona are using the agency’s first K-9 units. Between December and May, the two K-9 units, based at the Interstate 10 Ehrenberg Port of Entry near California and the Interstate 40 Sanders Port of Entry near New Mexico, have helped officers seize in excess of 350 pounds of marijuana, 600 vials of hash oil and $90,000 in illicit bulk currency. At the I-40 Topock Port of Entry alone, ADOT officers have seized 686 pounds of marijuana, 21 pounds of methamphetamine and 53 pounds of cocaine since 2014.The K-9s, both of the Belgian Malinois breed, are trained to detect illegal drugs and human cargo. From their bases in Ehrenberg and Sanders, the units work at interstate ports of entry along the California and New Mexico state lines. The pilot program to obtain and train both K-9s cost $29,000. Officers with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division also investigate fraud involving driver licenses and vehicle titles and assist other law enforcement agencies when requested.

Congressman Paul Gosar is Demanding Answers: I joined my colleagues in the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee joint hearing to shine light on the FBI and DOJ’s handling of two of the most sensitive investigations in the history of our country. There are still many more questions that need to be addressed. I will continue to fight with the last full measure of my efforts to make sure that the American people get the answers they deserve.Click here to read more

Congresswoman Martha McSally: Just three days after Independence Day, Captain Juston Doherty passed away while on Army National Guard training orders at Papago Park Military Reservation. Captain Doherty was the epitome of what makes America great. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned the Medal of Valor during his time as a firefighter. Airman Jason Whitmire, Captain Doherty’s step-son, was denied emergency leave by the U.S. Navy to attend his step-father’s funeral. Although Airman Whitmire lived with Captain Doherty for most of his childhood, he was denied emergency leave because their relationship was not listed on a next-of-kin form. Acting immediately, I led Members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation and sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, and personally called the Under Secretary of the Navy, asserting that a clerical error should not prevent Airman Whitmire from attending his step-father’s funeral. One day later, Airman Whitmire was granted emergency leave, and was able to honor the man who raised him.


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

Secretary of State candidate Steve Gaynor: This week we launched a new digital ad entitled “Awesome.”The spot features footage of Secretary Reagan cheering her website for being so “awesome” despite the fact that the project was $1 million over budget, two years behind schedule, and displays incorrect data.This website is just one of the many failures Michele Reagan has had while in office. There is nothing ‘awesome’ about how poorly Reagan led this project and how much money she wasted.The Secretary of State needs to be a strong leader who will run the office more like a business.

CD1 Steve Smith, the #1 ranked conservative State Senator in the Arizona Legislature by various issue advocacy organizations, is the prime beneficiary of a new poll released yesterday out of Arizona’s 1st Congressional district. Fielded July 15th - July 16th and facilitated with a mix of interactive voice response polling and live polling, the findings show Smith with 27.2%, Wendy Rogers with 23.2%, Tiffany Shedd with 15%, and an undecided voting population of 34.6%. “Today’s polling indicates that our widespread coalition building, consistent barnstorming, and ability to articulate the Constitutional conservative message is on full display,” responded Smith to news of the poll, adding “This campaign’s outreach is unprecedented and unrelenting. Our base of support remains strong in the South, and we’re constantly creating new inroads in the North. I’m proud to be leading the pack for the Republican nomination, and our team will not stop until the people of this district get the quality representation they deserve in Congress.” Smith’s candidacy continues to build a growing list of support. Contact: Jordan Kittleson (626) 826-9618 or

CD1 candidate Wendy Rogers: I’ve got a new video ad - check it out. OK, now the hard part- let’s get this ad out so people can see it. People have to hear how Democrat Tom O’Halleran has been voting with Nancy Pelosi for the radical left-wing agenda. Sure, he pretends to be a moderate while in Arizona. But just like so many do, when they get to DC, they go native. They become part of the Swamp. For Tom O’Halleran, one term was enough- heck, one term was too many! In just one term, he has managed to vote for Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, gun control, and against tax reform and regulatory reform. That’s a horrible record for six terms. But he managed to accomplish all that in just one. That’s why I need to get this ad out- it educates the voters of our district as to why this guy needs to go, and why I will do better. Will you help me? I’d love to get this particular ad out on Facebook and a similar one on TV and radio. Just to get one ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show, 790 AM KNST in Tuscon costs $90. To get one ad on 550 KFYI in Phoenix runs $120…. And that’s just one! Will you help me by sponsoring one ad for $120 (Phoenix), or $90 (Tuscon)? Or sponsor an ad for one day on Facebook for $50, or on TV for $250? We have the right message, and I am the right candidate. Let’s get the word out! America First.




The Colorado River Tea Party welcomes LD13 incumbent candidate Tim Dunn, CD3 candidate Sergio Arellano and Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett 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

The Tea Party Scottsdale Candidate Forum for the Supt of Public Instruction and AZ Corporation Commission is scheduled at 6:30 pm., Thurs., July 19. Supt of Instruction candidates Dr. Robert Branch and Frank Riggs and ACC candidates Eric Sloan, Justin Olson, Jim O'Connor, Josh Offenhartz will be participating. Rodney Glassman (a Major in the USAF JAG Corps) will be TDY on active duty and will be represented by his campaign consultant Constantin Querard.

Patti and Don Woolley are hosting a fundraising “Kegger” in behalf of Patriot Alliance at 5:30 pm., Tues., July 19 at the American Legion Post 66, Duval Mine Road (Next to Titan Missle Museum) in Sahuarita (I-19 Exit 69 and go West. First beer is free for all. *Patriot Alliance Facebook:


The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am., Sat., July 21 at the FH Community Centenr, 13001 N LaMontana Drive with complimentary Continental breakfast snacks, coffee and juice available. Doors open at 8:15 am. The theme of the meeting is “Art You Still In It To Win it?”. RSVP to President Rosemary Hansen at or 480-816-6296)


The Colorado Tea Party – Yuma will meet between 2-4 pm, Sat., July 28 for Pizza and Questions with LD13 House candidates Darin Mitchell, Joanne Osborne and Trey Terry at the Community Christian Church in Yum. The AZ State Senate Forum has been cancelled.

Canceled: The Yuma Tea Party Senate Candidate Forum, scheduled for Sat., July 28, has been cancelled. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219

Pima County Republicans will host a premier showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film “Death of a Nation – a historical perspective on racism in America, at 6:30 pm., Tues., July 31 at the El Con Theater, 3601 E Broadway Blvd in Tucson. $15 per person. Tickets available on line at Limited seats available.


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· President Trump In Helsinki, Finland Press Conference With Russian President Putin Video

· US Held The First General-Officer Talks With DPRK Since ‘09.

· File Your Taxes On A Postcard: It's Coming In 2019


· US Federal Witness Due To Testify Against Hillary Clinton For Drug Crimes Killed In Massive Explosion

· Witness: ATF And DEA Agents Killed Seth Rich

· Tick Tock: The Complete History Of The Clinton Crime Family And Uranium One From A To Z

· Kimberley Strassel:Trump Could Deliver A Second Tax Cut


· Exposed: Peter Strzok Grew Up In Iran And Saudi Arabia, Worked As Obama And Brennan’s Envoy To Iranian Regime

· Nearly 600 Pregnant Illegal Aliens Hoping To Have Anchor Babies In U.S. Have Been Detained In Last 5 Months


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· Trump-Hits-Two-More-Countries-With-Visa-Sanctions-For-Refusing-To-Take-Back-Deportees

· Report: Democratic-Congress-Members-Furious-At-Paul-Ryan-For-Calling-For-Vote-On-Their-Own-Bill



· HCBs-Goes-To-Border-Realizes-That-Illegal-Immigration-Is-A-Problem/

· San Francisco Has Begun Issuing Voter Cards To Illegal Immigrants In Attempt To Steal 2018 Election

· Judicial Watch: George Soros Turns Back On Obama, Calls Him His ‘Greatest Disappointment’

· Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Denies Cop Service, The Franchise’s Response Is Fantastic

· New Fissure Near Yellowstone Supervolcano Causes Teton National Park Closure


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· Phoenix-Mayoral-Election-Councilman-Daniel-Valenzuela-Resigns

· Beltway-Wizards-Deepen-Cynical-Swamp-By-Promoting-Porous-Borders-Candidate-As-A-Hard-Liner

· Representative Todd Clodfelter to Host Meeting on TUSD Desegregation Court Order

· Arizona Reps. @Kyrstensinema And @Tomohalleran Vote With Republicans In Rebuking #Abolishice Movement

· Flake-Intros-Non-Binding-Resolution-Of-Support-For-Intel-Community
British Soccer Camp Makes Its Way Back To Safford

· County Complex Evacuated After Bomb Threat To GV Justice Court

· Sens. @Jeffflake And @Chriscoons Introduce Resolution Calling For Post-Trump&Putin Summit Hearings And Release Of President's Helsinki Notes

· Ward Not “Another Establishment Patsy”

· Mistrial Declared In Arizona Corporation Commission Bribery Case

· Arizona Residents Victims Of Online Romance Scam

· Pima County Deputy Dragged, Shot Before Killing Assailant

· Border Patrol Agents Nab Human Smugglers

· Supreme Court Urged To Protect Consumers In Google Class Action Case

· Flagstaff Hiker Rescued After 30 Foot Fall In Grand Falls

· Nogales CBP Officers Seize $150K In Hard Drugs

· San Luis CBP Officers Seize Meth, Weapons

· Tucson Bank Robber Sentenced To Prison

· Recalling Pima Museum’s History


· Federal Judge Gives Trump Administration Green Light To Defund Planned Parenthood Abortions

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· Trump Has Had It With Corrupt FBI Agents – Makes One Promise That Fills Them With Fear

· Four Days After Russian Indictments, Rod Rosenstein Summoned To White House For ‘Routine Meetings’…But Details Remain At Large

· Rand Paul Stands By President Trump For Russia Presser: ‘He Should Be Lauded Not Belittled’


· Stephanopoulos-Demands Flake Punish Trump By Blocking Supreme Court Vote

· 34 Democrats, 1 Republican Vote ‘No’ On Resolution To Support Ice

· Rand Paul Waterboards Former CIA Director For Calling Trump Treasonous


· Trey-Gowdy; No Plans To Impeach-Rosenstein


· US Pastor Denied Release In Latest Trial Hearing In Turkey