Friday, January 19, 2018

1-19-18 Briefs


The Maricopa County Recorder's Office released a report on Wednesday detailing the changes implemented and feedback received for the 2017 all ballot by mail local elections. Some highlights of the report include the explanation for the drastic reduction in provisional voting and the results from online surveys sent to voters who participated in the election. A copy of the complete, detailed survey results are also available to read online. This is the first report of its kind from the office and Recorder Adrian Fontes hopes to release a similar report after each election in his effort to improve transparency and accountability of the office. Contact: Karen Loschiavo 602-506-2825

Condolences to the family of Beth Woodin beth-woodin-longtime-arizona-conservation-activist-dies-at 71/

Tea Party Scottsdale met with 2016 Senate Primary Candidate, Arizona State Fair Tax Director and Radio Personality, Alex Meluskey yesterday. Contact: Pat Shaler: | (480) 946-8069.

Sun City West Republicans meet the first Saturday of the month between 8:30-10am in the Quail Rm at the Sun City West Foundation building. Coffee/donuts at 8 am. $2 donation to cover expenses.

Candidates Qualified For The CD8 Ballot: www.Arizona.Vote/CongressionalDistrict8  Voter Registration Deadline: January 29, 2018 @ 11:59 pm. .Early Voting: January 31, 2018

·         Chad Allen

·         Kevin Cavanaugh – withdrawn

·         Brenden Dilley

·         Stephen Dolgos

·         Debbie Lesko

·         David Lien

·         Phil Lovas

·         Richard Mack

·         Steve Montenegro

·         Bob Stump

·         Christopher Sylvester

·         Clair Van Steenwyk

·         Mark Yates

When vetting the former AZ legislative candidates, you go to afp-arizona-legislative-scorecards/ to see how Americans For Prosperity has ranked them over the years. - ft



Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. – ft

Political Activist Lolly Hathhorn: “I am having a very hard time understanding the idiocy of Jeff ‘The Flake’ and his speech.  The man just cannot keep his mouth shut.  I guess you can now consider him a snowFlake!  It is no wonder that he stepped down and is not running for re-election.  As far as I am concerned, he is a traitor to the Republican Party and I say good riddance to him and his kind of RINOS.  I just cannot understand why he has to be so disloyal to my President.  I hear that he might run for Pres in 2020.  Who would vote for him?  He can’t get re-elected and he thinks he has a chance to be the Pres of the U.S.??  Must be a joke because nobody in their right mind would think he is serious.  Too bad that there are so many RINOS in AZ.  If a Republican cannot stand with my President, they need to change parties.  I say GOOD RIDDANCE and don’t you come back no more, no more.  I stand with my President, Donald Trump and my Flag.  I kneel for my GOD!  May GOD bless America, my President and may He have mercy on idiots. 

marsha hillActivist Marsha Hill :  People, learn to research all by yourself. There are three, and only three, standing qualifications for U.S. Senator or Representative in Congress which are expressly set out in the U.S. Constitution: age (25 for the House, 30 for the Senate); citizenship (at least seven years for the House, nine years for the Senate); and inhabitancy in the state at the time elected. U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, cl. 2 (House); and Article I, Section 3, cl. 3 (Senate). The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed the historical understanding that the Constitution provides the exclusive qualifications to be a Member of Congress, and that neither a state nor Congress itself may add to or change such qualifications to federal office, absent a constitutional amendment. Powell v. McCormack, 395 U.S. 486, 522 (1969); U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779, 800-801 (1995); Cook v. Gralike, 531 U.S. 510 (2001).

LD21 PC Randy Miller’s thoughts on candidates running for the open CD 8 seat - #2: This is a serious position. With everything we face with corruption and crimes in Washington, we need an independent thinking, un-beholding, knowledgeable person with strength and determination to honestly represent our values while there. Voters need to check out all of these candidates, then decide which one they prefer. Steve MontenegroSteve Montenegro is a candidate for Congress. He continually boasts he is of “Constitutional” mindset and knowledge. I like Steve and believe he is a good man. However, I believe his understanding of the Constitution, and his position as a legislator with political integrity is seriously lacking. I have had several conversations with him while visiting his LD 13. He stood up in front of the group, trying to explain why he co-sponsored the Popular Vote for President and stumbled over questions. I rose and asked why he supports destroying the Republic and our sovereignty and he told us that wasn’t happening. I asked him who was superior, the federal government or the states? He said the federal government. I informed him how he was wrong with constitution references and he then said “Well, we are equal”. Really? Once again, I stood in front of the group and challenged his take on this. Is this who we want to send to Washington? If you are running for legislator of any state and will be taking the oath to support the constitution, then you damn well better Read it; Know it, and Understand it. How can you be in the state legislature for over 8 years (each time promise to defend the constitution) and co-sponsor HB 2456 - Agreement with the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote? Unforgivable! There were 45 legislators who co-sponsored this garbage, shameful. Most were Republican. See them here:

     Then Saturday evening, Jan 13, 2018, he goes on radio with John Rosato and claims he didn’t support this Bill. This isn’t honest. Although Steve had changed his mind, just presenting it demonstrates complete ignorance and a willingness to steal your sovereignty and independence. Not to mention the entire bill was unconstitutional since the Electoral College is IN THE CONSTITUTION and requires a constitutional amendment which no one in their right mind would support. Maybe 2 campaign donations totaling $1830 from Constantine Querard and another $1284 from Querard’s wife Lisa… See


Candidates Are Welcome to e-mail their announcements and a photo to Briefs at or for posting so readers can learn who the candidates are. Editor’s Note: Please keep announcement at 400 words. Longer announcements subject to editing to conform. - ft.

Virginia KorteVirginia Korte announces for Mayor of Scottsdale: I want you to be one of the first to know about the new commitment I am making to Scottsdale – because I believe you should hear it directly from me. For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to helping maintain our wonderful quality of life.  I have always worked to put Scottsdale first. Now I believe it’s time for me to make the ultimate commitment to helping shape the vision and provide the leadership for our city. I am planning to pursue the office of mayor. The election isn’t until 2020.  However, I want to use the time between now and then to listen to as many people as possible before officially initiating my campaign for mayor.  I want enough time to have thoughtful conversations with people about their priorities for the future of our great city. That’s why I have formed a mayoral exploratory committee. I invite you to join me in this process.  You can contact me at  I also encourage you to visit my new “It’s Time” website at I look forward to hearing from you.


Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. – ft

phil lovas 2018CD8 candidate Phil Lovas: With just 40 days to go till election day and two weeks until early ballots go out, I wanted to give you an update on my race for Congress.  I am on the ballot with nearly 3000 signatures.  Thank you to those of you who volunteered to help me.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and support.  The campaign has a lot of momentum with early ballots going out at the end of the month.

I have been married for 18 years, have three children and attend CCV church in Peoria.  I am staunchly pro-life and pro-second amendment.  I supported and spoke at a rally for Donald Trump in 2015, volunteered on the Trump primary campaign in Nevada and Arizona, was named Arizona campaign chairman in 2016 and appointed to a position in the Trump Administration in 2017.  While other candidates now talk about their support of President Trump, the fact is many of my competitors worked hard in 2015 and 2016 to keep him out of the White House. 

      My voting record in the legislature is consistently conservative.  I voted against the medicaid expansion, against job-killing regulations, for tax cuts and for border security.  I am also the only candidate in the race to cast a vote against national popular vote, which if in effect, would have elected Hillary Clinton.  I was endorsed in previous legislative races by Arizona Right to Life and the NRA. 

     At the legislature, I fought to hold elected officials accountable to you. When I came to the legislature I turned down a pension because I don't believe politicians should add debt to the state and get a potentially more lucrative pension than teachers, cops, and firefighters.  In my first full year in the legislature, I sponsored the bill which shut down the elected officials pension plan.   I also fought successfully against a plan to spend your money on building a gym for members of the state legislature. And if I am elected, I will turn down a congressional pension and work to end congressional pensions for politicians.  I also support term limits and making Congress live by the same laws they pass for us.   If you have any questions about me or my campaign please give me a call at 602-541-5504.  You can also see me online at

Michele Reagan 2017 SOSSecretary of State Michele Reagan Michele Reagan raises $500,000 on first campaign finance report of 2018. Capped by two signature fundraising events headlined by Governor Ducey and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, Secretary Reagan raised nearly a half million dollars over the prior year. Secretary Reagan’s reelection campaign not only sits in a strong financial position but has also collected enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. “I’m feeling very confident about where my campaign is at the moment. We’ve seen support from the business community, grassroots and hardworking taxpayers throughout Arizona. More importantly is the positive response from voters about my efforts to fight voter fraud, the SeeTheMoney website and modernizing the SOS office” said Reagan.


LD4 and the Estrella Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Jan 24 at Estrella Foothills H.S. 13033 Estrella Parkway, Goodyear with US senate candidate Kelly Ward.  All welcome.  Contact: Chr Richard Newcomer—623-398-5638

The AAARC Will Have A Pre EPOD6 Meeting at 7 pm., Thurs., Jan 25 at AZGOP headquarters, 3501 N 24th St in Phoenix. They will be joined by State Superintendent of public instruction Diane Douglas, Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Steve Watson, US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward, AZ Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor. AAARC supporters invited. Come on down, get on board. Wake up, get up, stand up for Arizona! Contact Chr Rev Clyde Bowen,

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a CD8 candidate election forum between 10 am and noon, Jan 20  in Summit Hall A at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive, in Sun City West . Regional candidates are Debbie Lesko, Phil Lovas, Richard Mack, Steve Montengro, Bob Stump, and Clair Van Steenwyk. See full release CLICK HERE.Contact Mary Orta, the Chamber’s Vice President of Marketing, at The CD8 primary election is scheduled Feb 27, 2018 and the general election is April 24, 2018.

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 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 @ or AZ Heroes to Hometowns P. O. BOX 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275.


Jan 20

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:

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women will be sponsoring a table at the Jan 20 Arizona Life Rally this year. Volunteers should contact

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

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

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

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

JAN 22

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

Jan 23

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

A Bob Stump for Congress fundraiser is scheduled between 6:30 -9 pm., Tues., Jan 23. Address will be provided upon RSVP to

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 authoredHave You Considered Evidence Beyond”

JAN 24

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.

Jan 25

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 or 602 309 6015.

Jan 26

Fri, Jan 26, 2018 AZGOP Chairman’s Awards Dinner recognizing Republican outstanding PCs and volunteers throughout the state at the Camby Hotel (formerly Ritz-Carlton), 5:30pm Reception, 6pm Dinner/Program, 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. RSVP HERE . Cost: $60 for PCs (discounted price; regularly $100 for public)


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