Thursday, April 12, 2018

4-12-18 Briefs

robert graham 2012Reports Have Been Confirmed that the Federal Election Commission Jonathan Lines 2has fined the AZGOP $23,000 for reporting issues during the 2016 election cycle when AZGOP Robert Graham was the AZGOP Chairman. Current AZGOP chairman Jonathan Lines was the AZGOP treasurer for Graham during the 2016 election cycle.

Bradlee DeanGrassroots Tea Party Activist will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., April 12 at the Paseo Verde Christian Church, 7569 W Greenway Road in Peoria with Bradley Dean. $2.50 suggested donations per person to help cover expenses. There will be books, DVD, CDs, etc. for sale and he will do book/DVD/CD signings. Contact facilitator Francine Romesburg at 602-499-9553

Some Grassroots Republicans in Arizona remember when precinct committeemen were welcome to attend the State Committeemen’s meeting. They weren’t allowed to participate but could listen and observe what transpired – which certainly led to a feeling of transparency. -ft

LD27 aka South Mountain GOP is planning a Grassroots Republican Cinco de Mayo between 11 am and 2 pm., Sat., May 5 at El Prado Park, 6428 S 19th Ave. in Phoenix. Voter registration will be available, along with food and a bouncy house for the kiddies. Candidates are welcome to ‘meet and greet.’ Contact VC2 Ron Harders at 602-243-0111.

Marc Bretz 2Marc Bretz, field organizer for LD1, is calling for help this weekend for the National Day Debbie Leskoof Action. You are invited to come out to the West Valley GOP Office at 10050 W Bell Rd, Ste 50, Sun City, AZ 85351 for shifts stating at 9 am., and 1 pm., Sat, April 14. CD8 candidate Debbie Lesko will be in attendance. Lunch will be provided to the volunteers. Contact Bretz at or (623) 396-7415.

Action Alert: Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) - Good news!  HB 2211 passed out of the Legislature and was sent to the Governor on Mon, April 9.  HB 2211 would add a personal exemption for firearms to the state's bankruptcy statutes.  The Governor has 5 days to make a decision on HB 2211.The time to contact the Governor is now!  We have prepared an email for you to send to the Governor urging him to sign HB 2211 into law.  You can send it as is or customize it with your remarks. Click here to send your email to Governor Ducey We thank everyone who has been contacting their legislators.  Your activism made this happen.

The Pinal County Republican Committee will meet at 10 am., Sat., April 21 at the Florence School District Auditorium, 1000 S Main St Florence, AZ 85132. The PCRC will be hosting a candidate forum for Arizona Treasurer candidates. The following candidates will be attending, AZ Senator Kimberly Yee (LD-20), Corporate Commissioner Tom Forese, and Jo Ann Sabbagh. Also, two guest speakers, Palmer Miller, Candidate for AZ Senate (LD-8) and Scott McKee, candidate for Clerk of the Superior Court, will be speaking. Contact Pinal County GOP Secretary Gilberto Mendez at

Chips N Salsa Show hosts George Ortiz & Alice Lara will interview Phoenix Mayoral candidate and Navy Veteran Moses Sanchez at 5 pm., Sat., April 14 at .  Prather Point with Jeff Prather plus the Cocotaso and Whole Enchilada awards will also be featured.

Bill Gates #4 Bd of SuperSupervisor Bill Gates will discuss updates to the New River/Daisy Mountain Area Plan at 6:30 pm., Wed., April 18 at the Stepping Stones Academy multipurpose rm, 35812 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85086 Attendees will see an overview of current regulatory statutes, an overview of the 1999 Area Plan, and discuss guidelines and a timeline moving forward. Free and open to the public. Contact: or (602) 506-7562.

It’s time to dump Mitch McConnell: Ken Cuccinelli II, President Senate Conservatives Action is asking voters to Mitch McConnell 2Sign the petition to Ditch Mitch now! Cuccinelli pointed out Senate Majority Leader McConnell needs to go because of McConnell’s effort to blame others for his mistkes. “After failing to deliver on the party’s promises to repeal Obamacare, defund Planning Parenthood, and the bhte border wall, McConnell is determined to avoid responsibility,” Cuccinelli wrote. Specifically, he's working to lower expectations for the midterm elections and to make President Trump responsible for the fallout. McConnell's supporters have begun a coordinated PR campaign to argue that it's President Trump, not Senator McConnell, who is responsible for the outcome of the midterm elections. Cuccinelli also notes,Karl Rove and others are now arguing that Mitch McConnell would have delivered on a robust legislative agenda if not for a string of conservative candidates who cost them seats in past elections. This is the argument they always pull out when their backs are really against the wall. It's total nonsense. First, it's Mitch McConnell who has cost Republicans numerous Senate seats by nominating weak establishment candidates and by abandoning viable conservative candidates. And it's Mitch McConnell who continues to insist on passing bills with 60 votes when he has several tools to pass reforms with a simple majority. Even when he had a chance to repeal Obamacare with just 50 votes, he wouldn't do it! The truth is that Mitch McConnell does not support a conservative legislative agenda and there is no amount of power that would lead him to pass conservative reforms. He could have 70 Republicans in the Senate and he would still make excuses.” He also said, “It’s time to elect more true conservatives to the senate… electing more Republicans like John McCain isn’t the answer because they can’t be counted on to keep promises.”

sheriff joe arpaio  4Fountain Hills AZ Tea Party. (3rd Thurs - April 19) 6:30 pm, Fountain Hills Unified School District Learning Center, 16000 E Palisades Blvd. (Palisades Blvd. & Golden Eagle Blvd.): Speaker: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Sheriff Joe is one of the Republican candidates for United States Senate in the August primary and will be giving an update on his campaign and probably offering comments on illegal immigration. Follow-up discussion about the proposed new primary property tax in Fountain Hills, which would increase total property tax by about 20%.  Admission is free. Donations accepted to help offset expensesContact:  Richard Rutkowski  or visit

Jody Rushton NFRW Prexy 2018-20Jody Rushton, President Of The National Federation Of Republican Women, on President Trump signing into law the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865): "Today, Republican women across the country are celebrating this important step toward shutting down the despicable websites used to exploit women through sex-trafficking and punishing those responsible. The NFRW has championed the fight against human trafficking - a crime whose victims are disproportionately women. President Trump's signature on this anti-human-trafficking legislation is a strike for freedom for women - and we look forward to building on today's momentum to finally put an end to this modern form of slavery." FOSTA was introduced by Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri and received broad support from many other Republican women in Congress. Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.

Ronna_Romney_McDaniel_2018Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement: “Paul Ryan has been a champion for his constituents and a respected leader among his peers," said McDaniel. "He has left an indelible mark on Congress as an institution, most notably helping to secure the largest tax cut for the American people in a generation. We are grateful for his service to our country and his leadership in our Party."

Drivers Across Arizona Should Be Prepared For Strong Winds, possible blowing dust and an increased fire danger on Thursday, April 12. The National Weather Service has issued advisories covering the entire state forecasting strong winds and low humidity, conditions that could make driving hazardous in areas prone to blowing dust and for drivers with high-profile vehicles. Statewide, winds of 25-30 mph are forecast, with gusts likely to reach 40 mph. Winds are expected to reach the center of the state by midday on Thursday. The strongest winds are likely in northwest Arizona, including Kingman and Lake Havasu City. Conditions are expected to return to normal on Friday across the state.The Arizona Department of Transportation encourages drivers to avoid driving into a through a dust storm. Drivers may want to consider delaying travel until Friday. Drivers should slow down after checking traffic around their vehicle and completely exit the highway if possible. Additional safety tips from :

     * Pull entirely off the highway if possible.

     * Turn off all vehicle lights, set the parking brake and take your foot off the brake to reduce the likelihood of being hit by following drivers.

     * Remain in your vehicle with your seatbelts buckled.

     * Wait for the storm to pass.

For current road and weather conditions, passengers should check on Twitter with ADOT (@ArizonaDOT) and the National Weather Service (@NWSPhoenix and @NWSTucson).

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michael fultonThe Flood Control District of Maricopa County has hired Michael Fulton, as the new Agency Director to replace retiring Chief Engineer and General Manager, Bill Wiley. Effective April 16, 2018, Arizona native Fulton will assume the role of FCD Director while FCD Engineering Division Manager, Scott VogelC. Scott Vogel, P.E., steps in concurrently as Chief Engineer and General Manager. Fulton holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest-Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. For three years, he has served as Deputy Director of Maricopa County Air Quality Department overseeing general department operations, Air Monitoring, Trip Reduction and Inter-Governmental Relations programs. Prior to his County service, Fulton devoted over 27 years to a variety of roles at State of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and, most recently, as Water Quality Division Director. Prior ADEQ assignments included Tank Programs Division Director and Waste Programs Division Deputy Director. Vogel has agreed to serve as Chief Engineer and General Manager while maintaining his current role as FCD Engineering Division Manager. He is a registered, professional civil engineer who has been developing comprehensive solutions to drainage problems for regional flood control agencies for over 29 years. Vogel has experience as an FCD project manager and was a flood control design engineer in Orange County, California.Contact:

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The Clerk of the Maricopa County Clerk’s regional offices will be open between 9am-3 pm., for the next two Saturdays

· April 14 - Clerk’s Northeast Regional Center, 18380 N. 40th St. in Phoenix

· April 14 - Clerk’s Southeast Court Center, located at 222 E. Javelina in Mesa

· April 21 – Court Center, 601 W. Jackson St. in downtown Phoenix.

Contacts: For more information on passports, see the Clerk’s website at

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tom morrisseyTom Morrissey, Author And Past Chairman Of The AZGOP: Seems that we're not the only ones having trouble with the Establishment publishing world these days. See NY Times Admits Pro-Trump 'Killing Deep State' Bestseller

LD27 State Committeeman Alice Lara: Thank You Frosty - I don't know how you do it but I am glad you do!

American Post-Gazette - Teachers Are Lying To Us: Arizona’s teachers have joined other teachers from around the nation protesting low pay. (This begs the question: If they knew the salaries going in, why did they still choose to be in the profession and then complain about it?) Arizona teachers are lying to us, or rather, their unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and Arizona Education Association (AEA) leaders are lying to them and to us. They angrily claim, “We’re 50th in the nation in teacher pay!” That is simply not true. If we are going to have a discussion on what teachers should be paid, we need to start with the facts not lies.

     According to the latest numbers, using the NEA’s own figures and the Cost of Living Index (COLI) to account for different costs of living (as an example, New Jersey [higher COLI] and Arizona [lower COLI]) Arizona ranks #40 in the U.S. for average teacher pay at $47,218. Not in the high-end ranking of salaries, but also not last. So let us at least start with the truth. And let's be honest: $47,000 are not poverty wages.

     And here’s a truth: If teachers want to get paid better, they need to begin by protesting their local school boards and, in many cases, their highly-paid school superintendents. The Arizona Legislature does not set teacher salaries; the local school boards in counsel with the superintendents do. Arizona voters have passed several measures to inject more money into the schools for increased teacher pay; Proposition 301 being the most obvious. The teachers need to ask their local administrators where all that money went. Proposition 301 was sold to the voters as a direct means for increased teacher pay. Barely half went to teachers' salaries.

     There are 237 public school districts in Arizona. According to a recent report by the Arizona Department of Education on school superintendent salaries for FY 2017, there are some very well-paid supers, including 35 (that we have record of) making a base salary of $150,000 or more per year, 10 of whom are making over $200,000 per year. 42 districts did not report their superintendents’ salaries, including a few big districts like Chandler USD, Gilbert USD, and Phoenix UHSD, so that number will go up. I chose $150,000/year because that is the cutoff for what is considered “the rich,” the upper 10% in the U.S. And these are base salaries; they do not include additional perks, such as auto, travel, and lots and lots of “free” meals. What is not in the report are all the assistant superintendents' salaries, many of whom also make in the mid-$100,000s and above, plus perks. Teachers need to be paid more. Arizona voters agree and have supported those efforts. But to start, teachers need to look closer to home – not to the Legislature and the Governor – for answers of accountability. Get those answers first – and stop the lying.

Bruce Piepho - 2Activist Bruce M Piepho: Maybe - just maybe Trump has spoofed the Demcoms? Omnibus_Bill_Is_Not_A_Federal_Budget,_Potus_Wins Comments in the link - article: I want to ask this of every person posting this thing about it not being a budget, if this is true, why are none of the talking head experts talking about it?   Not slamming you but it seems like false hope. Of course I am not a crystal ball as to what he will do the way I read the ruling on omnibus was congress offers direction to where they want the money to go but and this is vague he can slow walk the money or redirect it because his EO in Dec created a national emergency POTUS could declare Marshall Law tomorrow if he wanted and the Rinos and commies can pound sand all day and Mikka and Joe can chew crayolas and there is not a damn thing they can do about it. Also Obama set precedent for that. Just trying to make lemonade. What happened to all those “shovel ready jobs”? What happened to the “Infrastructure” that Congress appropriated money for? Ozero didn’t spend the money on those things, did he. He also spent money on things that weren’t appropriated…like all that SWAT gear and ammo for all those govt agencies that aren’t supposed to be armed like military forces. Obama -zero was never bound by a Budget! Wait For It!! I am not a predictor of the future, but synthesis of many facts leads to - August - September - Many rescinding legislation request will come out of the White House.  All the Democrats and RINOs running for re-election will be sweating bullets on how not to offend the Planned Parent Hood and all the other recipients of the pork barrel goodies. See:

· $1-3-trillion-omnibus-bill-sold-as-national-security-funds-avowed-to-americas-enemies/

· conservative-lawmakers-push-abandoned-tool-as-way-for-trump-to-slash-spending/

· fears-grow-trump-will-ignore-congress-spending-241768

LD20 PC Marcus Kelley: This is meant as a very respectful (and hopefully illuminating) response to your query about candidates not debating.  However, I bet you already know every word of my response and you were just jabbing at McSally: I think just about any political consultant, left or right, will advise their clients that if they're in the lead, they shouldn't debate their opponent because the risk of misstep is too great.  Whenever you see a candidate refusing to debate, it's most likely the case that they believe they're in the lead and want to maintain that lead.  There's also the possibility that the campaign believes that the candidate is not a strong debater.  Campaigns also calculate if they can reach more potential voters at other events rather than attending a debate.  So, in the specific case of McSally, I'd guess that McSally's campaign believes they are in the lead and that there is no value in debating Ward or Arpaio.  Yes, we, as political junkies, like to see debates, but candidates would rather get their message to voters without interference from the other side.

mark lewis  (2)Mark Lewis, Director Central AZ Project, To Transportation Legislators: I am happy to support President Trumps effort to cut red tape for massive infrastructure projects signed Monday. The MOU signed by 11 federal agencies will make freeway, water and energy projects move much faster. If we had this One Agency plan in place, the $2 billion Loop 101 South mountain freeway would have started 5 years ago. Please email your senators and reps in Transportation and Public works and ask them to speed up construction projects in AZ so we can put people to work today. The link to the agreement for speeding up construction projects is here:MOU-One-Federal-Decision-m-18-13-Part-2 Please post a thank you President Trump on his twitter account at @RealDonaldTrump The MOU reflects the President’s directive in Executive Order 13807 to improve the environmental review of major infrastructure projects. Remember that Trump promised to stop Job killing EPA regulations, and this is the promise made promise kept for the Trump guys. (MOU)  streamlines the environmental review of major infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The MOU sets forth an agreement among the agencies to:

  • Complete all environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within 2 years;
  • Adopt a One Federal Decision framework;
  • Actively communicate with other reviewing agencies to identify concerns, raise potential issues early in the review process, and identify solutions;
  • Carry out environmental reviews and authorizations concurrently;
  • Meet project milestones;
  • Continue to improve the NEPA review process and amend NEPA implementing procedures where appropriate; and
  • (if applicable) Participate in FERC review as a cooperating agency.

The CAP water board can use this new law to speed up replacements of water lines for the CAP canal system a federal reclamation project, if we can keep the DWR from stealing our water. Contact Lewis - 480-788-5003. See:

· Administration-Issues-Memo-Improve-And-Streamline-Environmental-Permitting-Infrastructure

· President-Donald-J-Trumps-Administration-Improving-Inefficient-Permitting-Reviews/

· Infrastructure & Technology

American Post-Gazette - Looking Ahead: Arizona State Senate To Turn Liberal: The Arizona State Senate is at serious risk of turning liberal next session. Right now Republicans hold a 17-13 majority over Democrats, but it’s a tenuous majority. Tenuous because two RINOs, Kate Brophy-McGee of central Phoenix and Bob Worsley of east Mesa, are part of that majority and they have no expected challenges to their re-elections this Fall. That’s unfortunate.

     The makeup of the Senate could turn decidedly left because there will be a larger than normal turnover of Senators come January 2019. At last count, eight sitting Republicans and five sitting Democrats will not be in the upper chamber next year. Some are term-limited out and others are running for other offices. The makeup of the Democrats doesn’t matter because they vote in liberal lockstep on all conservative vs. liberal issues. Seven of the outgoing eight Republican Senators are expected to be replaced by current seatmates who are considered equally conservative or even more so. (If any of the expected switchers lose to a more moderate candidate, the Senate will be at even more risk and the State of Arizona will be in serious trouble. That’s why winning elections is important; elections have consequences.) One of the expected changes will be the difference between another tenuously conservative Senate and a certain liberal Senate. That one change is current Rep Heather Carter of district 15.

     Carter is expected to switch seats with current Senator Nancy Barto. Barto is a solid conservative on most issues, especially on family values issues. Carter will join Brophy-McGee and Worsley as RINOs. Assuming Republicans maintain their current slim majority – and that’s a fairly safe bet – on many issues where conservatives will clash with liberals, these three will often join Democrats in supporting liberal issues and opposing conservative ones. They will caucus with Republicans in body only; their ideologies are anything but Republican and certainly not conservative.

     At the Capitol there are three numbers that drive everything: 31, 16 and 1. 31 votes in the House; 16 votes in the Senate; and one vote in the Governor’s office. With a Carter/Worsley/Brophy-McGee cabal, that 16 will be much harder to get to for good conservative governance to prevail. The three will work together to drive the Senate to the left; and the Democrats will relish every minute of it. Watch for no tax cuts, an expansion of the welfare system, more caving to the teachers’ union, and more vitriol all around.

       The Arizona House of Representatives will need to grow a stronger backbone. Led by a new Speaker, whether that is Rusty Bowers, Darin Mitchell, or someone else, the House needs to up its game, get Governor Ducey to join them, play some hardball with the Senate and hold the line on any liberal shift.

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Lea Marquez PetersonPresident of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CD2 Republican candidate for Congress, Lea Marquez Peterson announces her campaign has raised over $280K during the first quarter. Peterson has raised over $500k in less than 4 months. “I’m grateful for the continued support our campaign has received across the district since we decided to launch in December” said Peterson.  “As I travel the district and talk with voters, it is clear they are looking for someone that has long standing ties to our Southern Arizona communities and a record of getting things done to improve our district. I look forward to campaigning in the coming months to talk about my plan to support our military infrastructure, secure the Southern Arizona border and fight for better paying jobs and opportunities for our families”. The lifelong conservative Republican and a passionate, active community leader has a proven record of delivering results in both the private and public sectors. Since 2009, she has served as President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She served as the Executive Director for Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009. She previously owned and operated a chain of gasoline stations & convenience stores in the Tucson region. She was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to promote economic development in the state. She served on Ducey’s Transition Team in 2014. She currently chairs the board of St Mary’s Hospital, the Pima Association of Governments Economic Vitality Committee and is the past chair of the Tucson Business Alliance. She also serves on the boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Visit Tucson, UA Foundation and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and on the national board for the Latino Coalition, an affiliate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce. Peterson has received dozens of awards including the National Football League 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award, by the University of Arizona Eller College with a 2014 Extraordinary Woman in Business award, by the University of Arizona Alumni Association with the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award, by the 2008 Business Advocate of the Year by MED Week, a 2007 Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business, was recognized as a 40 under 40 recipient and honored with a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow award. In addition, she is a Flinn Brown Fellow and an Honorary Rotarian. She received her undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Dan live in Tucson with their two children. Contact:

Martha McSally 3Congresswoman Martha McSally: With McSally’s support, the House of Representatives passed legislation to choke off human traffickers’ access to the financial system. Specifically, the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017 gives the financial industry more tools to detect and deter money laundering attached to human trafficking and encourages foreign governments to prevent such transactions. Human trafficking is estimated to produce profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers, and these profits have made human trafficking the third most lucrative criminal enterprise in the world, according to the United Nations. “It is disgraceful that in the 21st century, right here in America, humans are still bought and sold as slaves. Human trafficking is rampant and a devastating reality for American youth who become victims, and we feel it acutely in Southern Arizona. During my time in Congress, I have worked hard to provide law enforcement the tools to crack down on perpetrators, including those who exploit young victims online, like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the owners of This bill takes another important step by working to intercept the financial transactions of these criminals. People should never be for sale, so let’s prevent these criminals from cashing in on their profits,” said McSally. The International Labor Organization estimates that over $150 billion in illegal profits are made from forced labor each year and $99 billion is earned from the victims of sexual exploitation. The measure requires the federal government to step up its anti-trafficking operation. Last spring, McSally was invited to the White House when President Trump signed legislation she supported as part of the House Homeland Security Committee’s efforts to combat human trafficking. The bipartisan bill protects victims of human trafficking by providing the right tools to federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as private sector organizations to increase awareness to help stop human trafficking. During her entire tenure in Congress, McSally has been a fierce fighter of human trafficking. She’s held a roundtable with local elected officials, members of law enforcement, and non-profit leaders on ways the community can work together to stop trafficking in Southern Arizona. She declared Pima County a “Zero Tolerance Human Trafficking Zone.” She also has spoken on the House floor in support of legislation to punish offenders who facilitate trafficking of victims online and supported numerous bills aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, several of which have been signed into law.

April 14



Grassroots Tea Party Activist will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., April 12 at the Paseo Verde Christian Church, 7569 W Greenway Road in Peoria.with Bradley Dean. $2.50 suggested donations per person to help cover expenses. There will be books, DVD, CDs, etc. for sale and he will do book/DVD/CD signings. Contact facilitator Francine Romesburg at 602-499-9553

A Reception For Incumbent Attorney General Mark Brnovich, chaired by Cheryl & Michael Pollac, Jordan & Jason Rose and Tracy & Anil Vazirani is scheduled between 5:30-7 pm., Thurs., April 12 at Rose home in Paradise Valley. Address provided upon RSVP. Co-Chair - $5,100 per person, Host Committee- $1,000 per person, Friend - $500 per person, Attendee - $250 per person. RSVP bY Mon., April 9 to Michelle Hyde or Corinne Lovas,


April 13 is the deadline to make reservations for the Arrowhead Republican Women’s  “New/Prospective Member Luncheon & Tea” that is scheduled at 11 am., April 18 at the home of President Arlene Goldblatt. Speakers include AzFRW President Loraine Pellegrino, Second Vice President Cyndi Love and former national President Rae Chornenky. RSVP to Goldblatt at 623-583-7738 by April 13.

Donald T. Critchlow, Katzin Family Professor and Co-Director of Program in Political Thought and Leadership is hosting Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board in a discussion on the “ongoing Washington., DC investigations at 6 pm., Fri., April13 in Neeb Hall on the ASU Tempe Campus. Strassel, a 2014 Bradley Prize recipient, is a regular contributor to Sunday political shows, including CBS's "Face the Nation," Fox News Sunday, and NBC's "Meet the Press." She is the author of "The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech," which chronicles recent attacks on conservative nonprofits, businesses and donors.


Ahwatukee’s Festival of Lights Committee’s 23rd Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Festival is scheduled between 6:30-10:30 pm., Sat., April 14 at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W North Loop Road in Chandler. Advance tickets are $50 and be purchased at any Safeway in Ahwatukee or at $60 at the door. Proceeds go toward the millions of lights glowing along Chandler Blvd during the Christmas season. Volunteers are needed. Interested persons can attend committee meetings at 6:30 pm., April 3 and April 10 at the Desert Foothills United Methodist Church. Contact:

LD14 will meet at 9 am., Sat., April 14 at Benson City Hall. LD14 covers three full counties and Eastern PIMA and their meetings are open to all Republicans or Independents. Contact: Bruce Piepho at

LD17 PCs will be walking in support of CD8 candidate Debbie Lesko on Sat., April 14. Those carpooling should meet at 8am in the parking lot of Crossroads Church, (NE corner of Ray and the 1o1). Google maps click here sign up here Contact: Linda Murtha.

LD9 And 11 Republican Committees Public Forum for State Supt of Public Instruction will be held April 14 at Pima Community College, NW Campus, 7600 N Shannon Road Conference Rm G10 in Tucson. Sign-in and coffee at 9 am., forum at 9:30 am. Brad Johns will serve as the moderator for candidates Dr. Robert Branch, Jonathan Gelberty, Tracy Livingston, and Frank Riggs. See agend at LD9 forum agenda

CD1 candidate Wendy Rogers will be making three stops in Apache County on Sat., April 14 at:

· 1 pm, Trailriders Family Restaurant & Bar, 140 N Main St in Eagar,

· 3 pm., Sanford General Store, 4 8235 in Concho and

· 4 pm., at The Bull Market at Concho Creek meeting room, 7 CR 5100 in Concho.

She also needs to collect 2,000 signatures by the end of May. Petitions available on-line. I also need to collect 2,000 signatures by the end of May. Petition Online She needs contributions to take this seat back from the Democrats. Rogers is a retired US Air Force Lt Col whose mailing address is 2700 S Woodlands Village Blvd #300-240, Flagstff, AZ 86001.

The Gila County Republican Committee will host candidate “meet and greet” between 19 am – 5 pm., Sat., April 14 in conjunction with the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business Showcase and Life Style Expo - in the same shopping center as the GOP HQ, 307 S Beeline Hwy in Payson.Tables will be provided for campaign materials and petition gathering. Several food venders will be in attendance. The food court canopy will be located at their front door. Contact Gila County Republican Chairman Gary Morris at 928-478-8186.

The Paradise Republican Women will meet at 10 am, Sat., April 14 at Gainey Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Drive, in Scottsdale with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, College Republicans United President Rick Thomas, and Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Rodney Glassman. Social at 9:30 am, 11 am brunch. $28 per person. Reservations required. Click here to RSVP Online & Pay at the Door. Contact: Ardith Hildebrant at (480) 861-7170.

Region VI of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) presents “Speed Date Your Candidates” between 10 am and noon., Sat., April 14 at the Chandler Public Library, 22 S Delaware St., Copper Room -2nd floor) in Chandler. US Senate, CD9 and 5, and all statewide candidates invited to participate. map here Registered Republicans and Independents welcome. You will be asked to provide identification or a voter ID care before admitted. Constituents will be in groups and candidates will move to the next table at the blow of a whistle. Campaign tables will be provided. Candidates will not be attending those tables. Candidates are asked to confirm their attendance by April 10. Confirmed candidates include US Senate candidates – US Rep Martha McSally, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and candidate Dr. Kelli Ward; incumbent Michelle Reagan - Secretary of State; Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese and AZ Senator Kimberly Yee - AZ State Treasurer; Seth Leibsohn and Dr. Steve Ferrar – CD9 candidates; incumbent CD5 US Rep Andy Biggs, Justin Olson and Jim O’Connor – Corporation Commission. Refreshments will be provided.

The LD23 Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held between 8:30-11 am, Sat., April 14 at the McDowell Mountain Ranch McDowell Center, 16116 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road in Scottsdale.  All Republicans are invited. Buffet menu of pancakes, ham, quiche, pastries, fruit, coffee, & juice, for $18 in advance or $20 at the door.  Congressman David Schweikert will be sharing a "D.C Swamp" update and other elected officials and candidates will be in attendance.  RSVPs are encouraged. For details click LD23 pancake breakfast Send checks to District 23 Republican Committee” and mail to Valerie Giramberk, Treasurer, 8776 E Shea Blvd. Suite 106-341, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.


US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio will be featured at a “Meet ‘N’ Greet” fundraiser between 5:30-7:30 pm., Mon., April 16 at the Prescott Country Club HOA office meeting room, 1103 Old Chisholm Trail, Dewey, AZ 86327. There will be food for sale, Vic will be grillin’, Sue Goodchild will be tossin’ side salads. Beverage will be bottled water (or bring your own). Seating limited to 70. RSVP to or Arpaio, the former, long-time Maricopa County Sheriff, is running to replace the Senate seat that Jeff Flake is vacating.

The Leisure World Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Mon., April 16 at 908 S Power Road in Mesa with US Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward, Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs, candidate for Clerk of Court Jeff Fine, Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson and Aaron Flannery. Free refreshment and a 50/50 drawing. Contact: Diane Andersen at 480 395-5515 or

The Republican Women of Prescott will meet at 11 am., Mon., April 16 at the Prescott Resort, 1500 Hwy 69 in Prescott. $20 per person. RSVP to Elsie Tyree,, (928-778-0235 or Pam Calhoon, (928) 778-7157.


The Payson Tea Party meets at 6 pm., April 17 (each Tuesday) at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson. That organization also welcomes candidate speakers. Contact Darlene Younker at 858-395-1850.

A Phoenix Community Budget Hearing is scheduled at 6 pm., Tues., April 17 at the Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center - 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Phoenix, AZ (Map)

Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring will meet with constituents at 5 pm., Tues., April 17 for a “Consolidated Elections Hearing” at the Goelet AC Beuf Community Center, 3435 W Pinnacle Peak Road, followed by a community budget hearing at 6 pm. (Map)

April 18

The Arrowhead Republican Women’s “New/Prospective Member Luncheon & Tea” is scheduled at 11 am., April 18 at the home of President Arlene Goldblatt. Speakers include AzFRW President Loraine Pellegrino, Second Vice President Cyndi Love and former national President Rae Chornenky. RSVP to Goldblatt at 623-583-7738.

The Palo Verde Republican Women wll meet at 11:20 am, Wed., April 18 for lunch in the Fairway House at Gray Hawk Golf Club, 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway. 11 am social. Speakers for the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Forum, include incumbent Diane Douglas, and candidates Robert Branch, Jonathan Gelbert, Tracey Livingston, and Frank Riggs, hosted by Cave Creek Supt of Schools Dr. Debbi Burdick, Reservations required at: Cost: $35.

The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 2 pm., Wed., April 18 for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy “Communicating Across the Spectrum, at the American Legion Post 19, 2575 S Virginia Drive in Yuma. Contact Chr Sally Kizer at

The Colorado River Tea Party is hosting a “Communicating Across the Spectrum workshop” at 1 pm., April 18 at the American Legion Post 19 in Yuma. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer at


Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 6:30 p., Thur., April 19 at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with Gordon Brown, founder of the nonprofit Team Veteran Foundation to discuss a non-drug approach to suicide prevention and PTS for veterans. Brown is a service-connected disabled veteran who experienced a near fatal Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI ) in civilian life and this affords him a unique perspective on the challenges that face our Veterans and their families associated with this injury. The VA’s focus on psychotropic drugs is one of the leading causes of the 22-30 daily Veteran suicides. Suicidal thoughts is one of the effects of these drugs along with heart, kidney, thyroid and liver damage. Contact: Paul Klein 602-931-0576

Pima County Republicans Nando Zepeda and Sandy Kenney, will host the Pima “Dinner Under the Stars with author and radio host Jesse Romero at 6 pm., Thurs., April 19. A Trunk N’Tusk member Reception will open at 5 pm., Tickets $100 per person or $175 per couple. TNT members - $75 person or $150 per couple. Tickets available at

The Colorado River Tea Party will meet at 6 pm., the first and third Thursdays at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. The next meeting is Thurs., April 19. Author, filmmaker and speaker Trevor Loudon from New Zealand will address the group on Sat. 6pm March 31 about the Radical left, Marxist, terrorist movements and their influence on mainstream politics. You can also meet local, state, and national candidates. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer at

Dr Robert Branch, candidate for Supt of Public Instruction, will address the Colorado River Tea Party in the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma at 6 pm., Thurs., April 19. Contact Chr Sally Kizer at

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