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The Memorial Mass For Former Fountain Hills GOP Activist Arlie Denomme will be held at 11 am., Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at the Catholic Church of the Ascension, 12615 N. Fountain Hills Blvd., Fountain Hills, followed by a 1 pm., Celebration of Arlie’s Life at the American Legion, Post-58, 16837 Parkview Avenue in Fountain Hills. She passed away peacefully on Sun., Jan 14, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, Post-58 Auxiliary, at the aforementioned address. Kindly write 'Arlie Memorial' on the memo line.
Former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey will be a guest on retired New York Police Dept detective Lou Telano’s “Street Wise” Radio Show from New York on Sat., Jan 20, to discuss “The Way of the Shadow Wolves.” The TV series Starsky and Hutch was inspired by Telano. WGBB1240AM & 95.9FM - Live/Stream AM1240WGBB And “STREETWISEPRO.COM” Call in Number - 631 888-8811.
“The Way of the Shadow Wolves” co-author Tom Morrissey will be featured on the Russ Clark Show at 7 am., Fri, Jan 19 on KBLU in Yuma.
Candidates Qualified For The CD8 Ballot: www.Arizona.Vote/CongressionalDistrict8 Voter Registration Deadline: January 29, 2018 @ 11:59 pm. .Early Voting: January 31, 2018
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Canceled: LD24 Will Not Hold its regularly scheduled Jan 18 meeting due to the January mandatory meeting. LD24 will meet again on Thur., Feb 15 at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St in Phoenix., according to Chairman Barry Wong. LD24 will have at least one table reserved for the Jan 26 AZGOP Chairman’s Award Dinner scheduled at the CambyHotel, (formerly Ritz-Carlton), 2401 E Camelback in Phoenix. $60 per person. Reservations to Wong at email@example.com
Nominations for the Fountain Hills Republican of the Year are now being accepted. Please forward nominations to 2nd Vice President/membership Chair Chris Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Procedures For Submitting Nominations to AZGOP Executive Committee Office for the Jan 27 Mandatory meeting here
Sign Candidate Petitions Here This link leads you to the Secretary of State office form.
Candidates Wanting To Participate in the Sun City West Republican Club Candidate Forums should contact coordinator Clair Van Steenwyk at 623-322-9979 or email email@example.com,
Want to work elections? Got a passion for registering voter? s The Maricopa County Elections Department is offering limited free orientation sessions at the Maricopa County Tabulation/Election Center, 510 S 3rd Ave., in Phoenix. Free registration. View Map View MapTop of Form Get an introduction to the many ways of becoming a part of Elections in Maricopa County. All opportunities require you to be registered to vote in Maricopa County. There are four tracks available, including volunteering as a Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars train to register voters across Maricopa County. We will explain each track and its requirements and give you an opportunity to meet the Recorder to have any of your questions answered. Parking: You can park anywhere in the lot at MCTEC after 5pm or on weekends. Register to vote here: evoter/register Attendance is limited. RSVP Today. Those on the inside note this is being run by Dem Recorder Adrian Fontes and that the GOP needs to get Republicans signed up ASAP.
The Fountain Hills Republican Club will feature candidates running for office at its Sat., March 17 meeting. For a candidate table contact VP/Program Chair Leona Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting is FREE for attendees and candidates.
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Linda Butler Of Tonapah: AHWATUKEE residents recently complained to the City about stinky odors in their neighborhood. They say it smells like a mixture of sewer, trash & sulfur (TV#5 12-27-17). An RV Park in DEER VALLEY complained about stench from a waste/compost business nearby. This business ultimately had their permit denied. The Tolleson Wastewater plant, that had less than 50 complaints in one year of operation, was shut down until their odor problems could be corrected. Tonopah has filed over 300 complaints within the past 3 years with no County action taken against the offending business. They may not be aware that Maricopa County Air Quality Dept (MCAQD) is in the process of changing an Air Quality Rule (Rule 320) that WILL ELIMINATE THE TERM ‘ODOR’ OR ‘GASEOUS ODOR’ FROM BEING A VIOLATION. The County will document your complaint, but won’t be required to enforce or punish the offending business. It will gut any ability for the public to complain about obnoxious or hazardous odors whether it’s from a sewage plant, compost waste business, dairy, or others.By removing these “odor” terms it allows businesses unlimited ability to emit stench, robbing the community of their right to enjoy their homes and property, not to mention the health issues of those dealing with respiratory problems and asthma. Arizona Statutes say regulations may be strengthened, but NOT made less stringent. Notify MCAQD that YOU DO NOT WANT THESE TERMS REMOVED from the current Rule 320. Contact MCAQD Director email@example.com or 602.506.6701 . Get involved! Attend the Board of Health meeting at 3 pm., Jan 22 at 301 W. Jefferson . Review Rule 320 changes at www.Facebook.com/STOPPsavetonopah/. STOPP is dedicated to holding MCAQD accountable “…to provide clean air to Maricopa County residents and visitors so they can live, work and play in a healthy environment”. Contact Butler at 805-452-5450
Activist Lori Deluca: We are looking for petition signatures concerning the City Of Tempe Border Wall Resolution vote on this Thurs, Jan 18. iPetitions - Online petition - Free petitions They are actively collecting signatures from those in favor of this. This will be brought to the meeting and I will be speaking on this issue. Also, anyone can sign this since they seem to be making this a state and national issue themselves!!! Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clair Van Steenwyk: In the 1-17-18-briefs Sheriff Mack stated, “Only their crony friends with massive donors allowed to play in their own sandbox.” I'm no crony friend of GOP or special interest donors, lobbyists or career politicians. While running against Flake in 12 and Franks in 14 & 16, I was not invited, nor allowed to speak at several events & LD’s. Change could be made by PC's, not elites and career politicians. I didn't know invitations were sent in stages. I filed and afterwards I contacted the AP in NY, local AP called and got on 5 pm news, and Robo calls, which basically had excluded me from Robos calls promoting party favorites, so voters believe only they’re relevant.The Parties need proven followers promoted - you know who voted for bills like the National Popular Vote, HB 2184 and SB 1469 removing AZ Supt. Authority, giving it to Ducy’s hand-picked BOE, and put PROP 123 on the ballot in a rigged system which didn't deliver teachers promised raises. While my opponents claim to be conservatives, maybe they are moderates as conservatives don't rob Peter to pay Paul and then say they want balanced budgets. DeWit opposed PROP 123 and told them so. Where are the $$$'s coming from supplying my 3 Opponents? I hope this issue is cleared up, however, as long those running have built in fan clubs that don’t really do the research on their votes - this type of behavior it will continue. Most people know Einstein’s definition of insanity; here’s a political twist. Keep voting for career politicians expecting a different result is political insanity, and if you think not, why is AZ still at the bottom of the barrel in education. The Gov. & Legislature have the real power to fix it, but don't want to rock the gravy train of those who profit from the broken model. You can’t pour gas into a Steam Engine expecting it to start, which is what we’re doing with an Out of Date Ed system top to bottom. President Trump stayed alive because of his $$$'s, and we' re glad he did, but the residual effect of that hasn't been demonstrated in removing Incumbents & career politicians in AZ. For anyone concerned, this puts our Republic at Risk. Contact Van Steenwyk at www.Vote4Van.com
LD-15 PC & CD-8 Resident George Moriarty: I read the Mack campaign press release on his campaign website. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a way to post comments there. Someone posted the same press release to Facebook, and it appeared on my timeline. Here’s how I responded and would have responded on Mack’s website had that been possible: Conveniently omitted from the news release is that Mack doesn't live in CD-8 and previously chased a congressional seat in Texas. I'm a grassroots conservative who lives in CD-8, and I'll never vote for a carpetbagger. Let Mack and his supporters set up a forum for carpetbaggers--there are at least three running for the same seat--and voters who are willing to consider their candidacies can attend. And, don't bother telling me there's no law that requires a candidate to reside in the district. I know that, and it's irrelevant. Finally, the main reason Mack is an author, rather than a career politician, is why he failed to win the elections. Updates:
- Of the three carpetbaggers mentioned, one subsequently withdrew. That’s a great lead for others to follow.
- Whining by children is unbecoming and unacceptable; whining by adults—a la the press release—is unforgivable.
Karen Thomas LD22: Our forum Monday night was well run and attended. To have 12 candidates participate would have made it impossible. Each candidate would have been able to answer about three questions in the time we were allowed for the use of the room. If other LDs want to have a forum and invite those they want, they should do so. Sheriff Mack is from Gilbert and is in CD5 and LD12. Although, by law, he is allowed to run in our CD, I feel he should run in CD5 where he is best able to serve those living in his CD and LD. He has a most impressive background and would be a strong contender for the CD5 seat. I think I speak for many in CD8 when I say that we want someone who lives in CD8 to represent us.
Zack Taylor, Chairman, www.NAFBPO.org: What the political and social situation in Mexico brings to the United States is rarely talked about and when such information is available the reader has to dissect out what is important to understand the illegal drug situation inside the United States. This is one of those articles when read carefully brings to light why the war on drugs inside America has been woefully ineffective for so long. Son Of 'El Chapo' Guzman's Former Right-Hand Man Is Reportedly Talking To US Authorities, Could Be Trouble For Sinaloa Cartel Principally, that the cartels in Mexico still have and maintain their illegal drug distribution infrastructure in place inside the United States to bring the drugs from our external borders to the street level dealers in our cities. Without political protection extended to these distribution networks through Sanctuary City Policies inside the United States and lax interior enforcement of our Immigration Laws the cartels would have a much more difficult task in maintaining these distribution networks. The driving force fueling the illegal drug business is the pursuit of money and power. International drug smuggling in this case is organized crime and organized crime cannot exist without political protection on either side of our borders. DACA appears to have the potential to reinforce and expand this distribution network inside the United States. Track the uptick in the opioid deaths inside the United States and you will see that beginning in 2009 is where the sharp increase began and continues through 2016 which is as far as the updated graphs I have seen take us. To think and propose that increased treatment and counseling will solve this problem is deflecting the conversation away from a real solution and provides cover to the illegal drug business.
LD23 Activist Nancy Plencner - Civics was one of my favorite subjects, is it even taught anymore? The Electoral College - short and sweet: We all need to understand the Electoral College. This piece was on the Internet and it does a wonderful job of explaining the rationale behind the college. I have had it explained many times, but never as clearly as this explanation. I do not care which party you are affiliated with, the logic for the Electoral College has never been explained so clearly. I never understood how much of the country had no voice, regarding their issues, without the College. In their infinite wisdom, the United States’ founders created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?
The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet. It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.
· There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.
· There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.
· Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
· In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. Clinton won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond
· Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
· These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
· When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
· Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country.
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Supt of Public Instruction candidate Dr Robert Branch: Frank Riggs is a California politician with California “bad” ideas! “More recess, less teaching” is Riggs’ “Big Solution” to Arizona’s failed education system! Riggs recently said, “We need more recess and P.E. in our schools… not more testing and seat time!” Really Riggs, more “recess” and “less teaching”? Arizona is ranked 47th in the nation for quality of education, and over half of our students failed both the AzMERIT English and AzMERIT Math tests. Riggs, over 54% of our graduates cannot even pass the entrance exams to our own universities, and the amount of money that reaches the classroom and teachers’ pay is one of the lowest in America! Riggs’ “Big” solution, “More recess, less teaching!” What’s next Frank, comfort lamas and safe spaces?”
I am Dr. Bob Branch, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and I propose a different solution for Arizona’s failed education system, a solution that includes more education in STEM; more vocational training to include, but not limited to: technology, agriculture and veterinarian assistants; and apprenticeship programs with business and industry that lead to good paying jobs. My campaign is the only campaign that is addressing the issues of the type of education our children will need in the year 2030, not just 2018. I am the candidate that is proposing school choice with a blend of online, offline, and face-to-face education. My campaign is the only campaign in this race that stands 100% behind President Trump and President Trump's goal to remove the Federal Government from State education. I am the candidate that knows we need more quality education, not less. Contact: www.Vote4Branch.com
The Pinal County Republican Committee will meet at 10 am., Sat., Jan 20 at the Florence School District Auditorium, 1000 S Main St Florence, AZ 85132. The PCRC will be hosting a candidate forum for US Congressional District 1 candidates Senator Steve Smith and Tiffany Shedd Esq. Contact Gilberto Mendez at email@example.com
The Annual AZ Heroes To Hometowns will Salute A Soldier 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk at 9am, Sat., March 10. Packet pickup day of race starting at 8am at Freestone Park, 1045 E Juniper Road in Gilbert. $40 5K Run. $30.00 5K Run for Military or $25 for 1 Mile Walk. Registration at events/48183653/select-race? or www.AZHeroestoHometowns.org Register early and receive a $10 discount on the 5K by using code SAS10– good until Feb 1, 2018. Military use MIL05 for $5 off until Feb 1. Contact Kathy Pearce @ firstname.lastname@example.org or AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.
The Az Federation of Republican Women’s Board of Directors Winter Meeting (open to all) will be held Sat., Feb 9 in the Radisson Suites Tucson, 6555 E Speedway Blvd in Tucson. REGISTRATION FORM HERE
The Tempe City Council Candidate Forum will start at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan 23 in the Arizona Community Church, 9325 S Rural Road, Bldg G, Rm 2 in Tempe.
Congressman Paul Gosar’s staff will hold office hours in The Wickenburg Library Conference Room, 164 E Apache St in Wickenburg between 10 am and noon, Jan 26. For more information call (480) 882-2697.
Fri, Jan 26, 2018 – AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner recognizing Republican outstanding PCs and volunteers throughout the state. Cost: $60 for PCs (discounted price; regularly $100 for public) at the Camby Hotel (formerly Ritz-Carlton), 5:30pm Reception, 6pm Dinner/Program, 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. www.2018-chairmans-dinner.eventbrite.com
Sat, Jan 27, 2018 – Arizona Republican Party Mandatory Meeting. All State Committeeman encouraged to attend - In-person or by Proxy at the Church for the Nations, 6225 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Credentials/Sign-in: Starts 7:45am, Ends 9am. Meeting time: Starts 9am.
The Arizona Origin Science Association (AzOSA) will meet at 7 pm., Jan 23 in the City of Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Rd to hear Bruce Malone, former chemical engineer and patent holder for new products with Dow Chemical. His presentation is an overview of the strongest evidence for biblical creation from geology, biology, and astronomy. FREE to the public. Malone authored “Have You Considered Evidence Beyond
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The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will host author Tom Morrissey at 6 pm., Thurs., Jan 18 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95. Chairman Sally Kizer 928-210-1219.
Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 6:30 pm.,Thurs., Jan 18 at 8600 E Anderson Drive in Scottsdale featuring 2016 Senate Primary Candidate, Arizona State Fair Tax Director and Radio Personality Alex Meluskey Contact: Pat Shaler: Patriots@TeaPartyScottsdale.com | (480) 946-8069.
Fountain Hills Az Tea Party will meet at 6:30 pm., Thur., Jan 18 in Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.) LD23 State Senator John Kavanagh, State Reps. Michelle Ugenti-Rita & Jay Lawrence will preview the upcoming issues in the state legislature, followed by Q&A. Free admission; donations welcome. Contact: Richard Rutkowski www.fhteaparty.us
Canceled: LD24 Will Not Hold its regularly scheduled Jan 18 meeting due to the January mandatory meeting. LD24 will meet again on Thur., Feb 15 at AZGOP HQ, 3501 N 24th St in Phoenix., according to Chairman Barry Wong.
The Arizona for Life Coalition March And Rally will begin at 11:30 am., Sat., Jan 20 at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza (2nd Ave. & Washington). The Rally runs from 12:30-2 PM in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park. This will be a family-friendly event with live music, entertainment, food available at the march launch site. Speakers include international pro-life advocates Pam Tebow and Stephanie Gray. Contact: https://azliferally.org
The Arizona Federation of Republican Women will be sponsoring a table at the Jan 20 Arizona Life Rally this year. Volunteers should contact email@example.com
The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am., Sat., Jan 20 at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive with LD23 Sen John Kavanagh and Reps Jay Lawrence and Michelle Urengti-Rita and Mayor Linda Kavanagh. There will also be a “red and green after-Christmas elephant auction” fundraiser. Christmas wrapping not required. Bidding starts at $1.Contact: Boe James at FHRepublican@gmail.com
The Cobre Valley Republican Club will meet at 9:30 am., Jan 20 at the Miami Public Library, 282 Adonis St., in Miami. Contact: Judy Alexander, President 928-701-2195 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pima Canyon Trail at 4500 E Pima Canyon Road in Phoenix will reopen on Jan 20, according to Councilman Sal DiCiccio. Renovation includes expanded parking, permanent restrooms, and a new ramada.
The Surprise Chamber of Commerce is hosting a CD8 Candidate Forum between 10 am-noon, Jan 20 at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Summit Hall A, 13800 W Deer Valley Drive in Sun City West. Free and open to the public. Non-partisan. Special primary election scheduled Feb 27. General election April 24, 2018. These elections are elect a replacement for long-time West Valley Congressman Trent Franks, who recently resigned his position. Glen Hamer, president/CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will be the moderator. No audience/candidate interaction. Contact: Mary Orta at email@example.com
The Yavapai County Republican Women will meet at 5:30pm., Jan 22 at Stoneridge GolfCourse and Restaurant, 1601 N Bluff Top Drive in Prescott Valley. Region 1 Director Joann Harris will install the new officer. A report will be heard on the Yavapai County Jail Tax. Contact Myran Liebermann, Secretary
The Fountain Hills Republican Club Social will be held at 6 pm., Tues., Jan 23 at the Fireside Grill at Centerstone Plaza Hotel (formerly Lexington Hotel), 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills. Contact: Sec. Boe James at FHRepublican@gmail.com
LD4 and the Estrella Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Jan 24 in the Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 Estrella Parkway, in Goodyear with US senate candidate Dr Kelly Ward. Guest are welcome. Contact: Dick Newcomer 623-398-5638.
The Arizona AMERICAN African Republican Committee will NOT meet in December, according to Chairman Rev Clyde Bowen. They will resume meeting Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., in Phoenix. Bowen will contact members about the Jan 1, 2018 wreath laying ceremony at the Human Rights monument in Eastlake Park, 16th St and Jefferson I Phoenix. The annual EPOD6 Freedom celebration will be held Sat., Feb 25, 2018 at noon in Eastlake Park. Contact Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602 309 6015.
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