Wednesday, April 18, 2018

4-18-18 Briefs

Barbara Bush 3Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away yesterday in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Along with Abigail Adams, Mrs. Bush is one of only two First Ladies in American history to see a child follow her husband to the U.S. Presidency. The White House released this statement last night: President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush. The U.S. flag will fly at half-staff until sunset of the day that Mrs. Bush is laid to rest. Read statements from the Vice President and Karen Pence and from First Lady Melania Trump.

archie dicksionUPDATE:  Hearing Alert On SB1519 From Archie Dicksion: On the legislative website the hearing is scheduled for 10 am., Thurs., April 19 in SHR 1 or upon recess of floor. The “Strike All” Bill now consists of 82 pages instead of the original 52 pages. Some takeaways from my hurried reading of the proposed legislation. There is no definition of the term “Severe Threat”. I have gone to 3 or 4 different sections referred to in the Bill to try to ascertain the meaning of that term. We still have the same violations of the 4th and 14th amendments. Now the detained person will have a right to a court hearing only upon written request. There is no specification as to whom that written request must be submitter or how it is to be submitted. You are entitled to an attorney, problem is, you do not know you need an attorney until after you are arrested. There is no provision for how you are entitled to contact an attorney or who will pay for that attorney if you cannot afford to pay. It could also impose criminal penalties upon third persons who have no knowledge of what is transpiring. It also imposes upon school teachers the duty to acquire additional education on mental health to observe students to determine if they are a threat to commit suicide. School district must now create new departments  and hire new employees solely for mental health purposes and what is called resource officers. This Bill in my opinion will cost hundreds of millions of dollars each year for the Department of Education. The Bill makes no provision to indicate where these funds will be derived. This Bill if possible is worse than the original.

Paul Eppihimer, Pima Co 2017Pima County Republican Party Chairman David Eppihimer put a stop to Anti-Gun Rally in Tucson School District when he sent this letter to Superintendent of Education Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, I know you are a busy man so I will be brief and to the point. I am aware of the upcoming Town Hall scheduled during 6th period this Friday at RUHS. This is an anti-gun presentation by three Democrat active candidates for public office; Steve Farley, Dr. Randy Friese and Yahya Yuksel, JD. To say this is an inappropriate use of publicly funded school property is an understatement, if not illegal. Ironically, the presentation is titled “Gun Violence and Public Education Funding.” I am calling on you to cancel this activity immediately, and further to make certain it is not rescheduled later at any other TUSD location. You must stop this publicly funded campaign appearance by these three candidates. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

     Trujillo replied: Good evening Mr. Eppihimer,Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. It is our policy and obligation to ensure that all on campus activities, assemblies, and gatherings are politically, religiously, and partisan neutral. Additionally, while on school property and during work hours, it is prohibited for any of our employees to use their respective positions to promote any political, religious, or partisan viewpoint or belief with students or with colleagues who may or may not share their respective opinions. We will be working with the Rincon administration to cancel the event. If the event is to be re-scheduled, it shall be re-scheduled as an evening event, after school hours, and shall be inclusive of Republican party lawmakers and/or candidates for public office. Rincon, in addition to our other 9 high schools, is attempting to create and facilitate an “on campus” alternative to student walk outs on April 20th (commemoration of Columbine). Any and all such on campus activities shall be politically neutral on the part of the adults, with the understanding that the school and district’s ability to regulate students’ expression of their 1st amendment rights is significantly less than the extent to which these behaviors can be regulated and enforced with our employees.

     Eppihimer response to Trujillo: Thank you Dr Trujillo for your swift action. In the event the meeting is rescheduled, which we hope will not be the case, we would have to consider carefully our participating through Republican lawmakers and /or candidates, as you suggest. You may or may not be aware that #ENOUGH is a George Soros sponsored initiative, which would seem to disqualify this event from ever being considered politically neutral, even with Republican representation.

Don Shooter LD13 SenShooter Files Notice Of Claim Against Mesnard, Adams : …In February, Rep. Don Shooter was expelled from the House of Representatives in connection to a claim made by Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita that he had sexually harassed her. In response, Shooter’s attorneys filed a Notice of Claim against House Speaker JD Mesnard and Governor Doug Ducey’s Chief of Staff Kirk Adams yesterday. At the time of his removal, many of his fellow legislators believed he was denied due process….

A “Meet And Greet” will be hosted for Supt of Public Instruction Dr Robert Branch and Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor between 11 am-2 pm., Sat., April 21 at Bible Baptist Church, 3490 N State Route 89, Chino Valley AZ 86323. RVP or text 928-636-8465.

Denny Barney #1 Bd of SuperMaricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension will host a catered breakfast and dialogue between 7-9 a.m., April 19 at the Boyle Dairy, 11598 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. Guests are asked to bring canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to the United Food Bank. RSVP required to Liz Foster by April 13 at

Debbie LeskoLD1 Maricopa County Field Organizer Marc Bretz is asking for volunteers to man phone banks between 9am- noon and from 1-4 pm., Monday-Friday, in the West Valley GOP office, 10050 W Bell Road in Sun City on behalf of candidate Debbie Lesko . Lesko is in a Special Election to replace former Congressman Trent Franks, who recently resigned his position. Phone banking and canvassing are occurring daily. Contact or (623) 396-7415 to volunteer.

The Ahwatukee Republican Women will meet at 6:30pm, Tues., April 24 at 11002 S 48th St., in Phoenix.

sen kimberly yeeThe Lincoln Republican Women will meet for dinner at 5:30 pm., Mon., May 7 at the New McCormick Resort, 7401 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale with LD20 Senator Kimberly Yee, who is currently running as a candidate for the State Treasurer position. $35 per person. Spouses welcome. 5:30 social, 6 pm meeting, 6:20 pm dinner, 7 pm program. Checks accepted made out to “LRW” or bring cash. RSVP - Pat Kaufman, 7436 E. Tuckey Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250,.. phone 480-368-2777 or 602-214-2114

The Maricopa County West Chapter will meet at 8 am., Sat, April 21 at Culvers on 99th with Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor. Contact: Elwood Kuentzler

andrea kadarFlagstaff Republican Women presents “The Abuse of Marijuana (“pot”), Opioids, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin and Fentanyl in Arizona: What is our Arizona Solution?” at 11 am., Thurs., April 19 at the Hilton Doubletree, 1175 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001,  Contact:

Concerned Citizens For America (CC4A) will host LD6 candidate Walter Blackman, LD6 incumbent Senator Sylvia Allen, Yavapai County Field Director Steven Sensmeier and Yavapai County Area 3 Director Niles Haton at 6:30 pm., Thur., May 3 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road in Sedona to discuss the Democrats, the media and some Republicans and their relentless attacks on President Trump, Conservatives, and the Constitutional Republic. All voters welcome. Desserts provided. Contact: Andrea Kadar

awardLt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins (Ret.), MOAA President and CEO presents Congresswoman McSally with the Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award: U.S. Representative Martha McSally yesterday was recognized by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for her congressional leadership in support of the military and veterans. McSally was awarded the Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, named for the retired Marine Corps colonel who founded MOAA in 1929. It is presented annually to members of Congress who distinguish themselves in protecting the rights and interests of uniformed services members, their families, and survivors. “We selected Representative McSally for her enduring commitment to the men and women serving in uniform. As a combat veteran herself, she offers a valuable perspective on the unique challenges veterans face, and is able to effectively shape national policy,” said Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins (Ret.), MOAA President and CEO. “As the only female officer in the House of Representatives, a lifetime member of MOAA, and someone who has personally served, I’m humbled to receive this award. When I took the oath of office here in Congress, it was the very same oath I took as an officer in the military. I do consider my time deployed to DC as my next assignment, except in civilian clothes. I want service members, veterans, and their families to know that I’ve got their back. We’ve gone into battle together before and now that I’m in DC, I’m going to keep fighting for you,” said Congresswoman McSally. Full story click HERE.

The Arrowhead Republican Women’s Silver Anniversary Fashion Show and Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am., Sat., May 5 at the Briarwood Country Club, 208001 N 135th Ave in Sun City West. A portion of the proceeds will support club projects such as veteran support and scholarships for women. Tickets - $35 each. Credit cards now accepted for purchase of tickets and Calle Rose items. For tickets contact 3rd Vice President Tracy Livingston at or phone 623-229-7092. Ticket purchases DUE BY FRIDAY, APRIL 27. If you can’t attend the May 5 event, you can take advantage of the shopping day between 2-5 pm., Fri., April 20% of all sales will be creditied to ARW. (ARW photo)

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Russell Sias -LaPaz  co chrRussell Sias, La Paz County Chair: It seems we are facing a dilemma. We can continue to fight the cabal(s) in the Republican Party, or we can quit; fighting, I mean. It is my understanding that at the last statemeeting, we had some 384 proxies voting. So, what’s the point? We can either fight and lose, or simply quit fighting. What’s the difference? This is a contest, largely, between the reigning cabal and conservatives within the party. As we continue to fight, we continue to lose. In fact, with cabal supporters carrying 384 proxies in AZ, realistically there can never be any other outcome. Period. Sure, we can continue to fight, and lose, or we can wise up and quit fighting. Either way, we lose, so what’s the difference? The obvious answer is: None. What would this entail? Let’s consider quitting. I am at the point of quitting. The Party. Altogether. Across our country, the problem is the same. Conservatives are being held in check and have little to no voice in the affairs of the party. There are various tools used by the cabal to control, in AZ, its proxies. In UT, it’s allowing conventions to be hamstrung in the way they have recently altered state law to defeat caucus selections of candidates. My point is, RINO’s rule. Whatever, however it’s done, it is time for a do over. Let’s do it.

     When our own senators here in AZ, both of them, can vote to support Democrat positions and still claim to be conservative, there is little point is continuing this charade. We elected Pres. Trump, in the hope that he would clean house, and he is being controlled, not by Democrats, but by RINO’s. Let’s stop pretending that we can have a voice, when it’s painfully obvious we cannot. I propose, we just start over. How about, instead of registering new Republicans, we start registering those new Republicans to a new AND REAL conservative party. As I see the problem, this is the ONLY way we can support the man we elected as president to do what he promised. It’s time to step away from the fight, end this charade, and start over.

Arizona Town Crier Jim Ehl: Leadership starts at the top!   Read the AZGOP bylaws.  You will find that the State Chairman calls all the shots.  Secondly, looks like most of the 15 County Chairmen and state committeemen don’t give a damn.  So matter how many PCs we have, conservative or not, as long as one man calls the shots, what can one expect to change?   Mathematically, we probably have more conservative PCs than RINOs now and look where we are! Recently, an update of the AZGOP bylaws was tried.  It seem that it was so cumbersome that the effort fell on its sword! Opinions are like noses, everyone has one.  Here is mine. Have Mr Sias, an elected County Chairman, ( Or whomever) get the majority of the other 14 County Chairs behind him and complete ONE change to the AZGOP bylaws   Change the Executive committee to be made up of just the County Chairmen (who have purview over all the PCs) who will then select their own chairman, update the duties so they can hold the State Chair responsible for party decisions, no matter how many or what kind of PCs there are.   With no manner to hold the State Chairman responsible, he is free to do whatever, or support for elected office whomever he likes.  Or maybe put the AZGOP into another $23,000 in debt!   Be aware that the ARC legislates that the State Chair be the chair of the ExCom.  It’s none of the state’s business what goes into whose organizational bylaws so that must be addressed.

wes harrieLD20 State Committeeman PC Wes Harris to Gov Doug Ducey: I totally disagree with you on this one.  I agree that we do not pay our teachers enough but your approach...totally outside your purview as this is the responsibility of the School Governing flawed and we see just how much the teacher's unions respect your efforts. The problem is not throwing more money at Education like your Prop 123 but determining where the money that is now in the system is going.  With only 52 cents out of every dollar going into the class room, don't you think that is where the problem lies?  Get rid of unfunded mandates, let teachers teach without undue supervision and meddling on the part of administrators...including you...and the Governing Boards will suddenly have enough money with which to raise their teacher's salaries...which again is their responsibility, not yours! If you want to do something for the us do something about replacing Title 15 which has grown as fast at the IRS regulations...eliminate Middle Schools which takes away the need for school buses, for a starter and then look at why administration costs are draining our education dollars.  Just two ideas and we have many many more.

Gov Doug Ducey 2015 2Ducey’s letter to Harris below: Arizona teachers are some of the biggest difference-makers in the lives of children. They deserve to not only be respected for their hard work -- but also rewarded. That’s why we have a plan to provide teachers in Arizona a 20% pay increase by school year 2020. The education community supports this plan because it also makes significant NEW investments in K-12 education -- with flexible dollars for superintendents and principals to use for building improvements, new textbooks, technology or additional raises for support staff.

Here’s how it will work:

  • 10% pay raise for teachers by the start of the fall 2018 school year;
  • A 5% pay raise in 2019;
  • And another 5% pay raise in 2020.

What does this mean? Today, the average teacher pay in Arizona is $48,372. With this plan, it will increase to $52,725 by the new school year this fall. By the beginning of the 2020 school year, the average teacher pay for our teachers will be $58,130.If you agree that Arizona’s teachers deserve a 20% raise, co-sign the plan HERE.

Investing in our teachers and public schools is our top budget priority. Arizona has done big things before, and with your help, we can do it again. Thank you, Doug Ducey

American Post-Gazette - Teachers (Unions) Can Never Be Paid Enough: Arizona teachers demanded a 20% raise. Most of the state thought they were crazy to ask such a thing. Even many teachers thought it was too big a bite to hope for. But Gov. Doug Ducey caved to their demands and he claims to have a way to pay for it over four years. We haven’t seen that yet, but what state programs will be cut to pay for it? Besides, as mentioned in last week’s commentary, teacher pay is decided at the school district level by local school boards and highly-paid superintendents – not at the state level. So their ire is misplaced to begin with.

     But now we find out 20% isn’t enough. Teachers, or at least their angry, greedy, lying union leaders say it isn’t enough. In reality, there will never be enough money to satisfy them. If they ask for a 20% raise for teachers and it’s granted, now they demand more money for support staff. Sadly, they sound like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” In fact, the liars will never be satisfied because it really isn’t just about teacher salaries or even support staff salaries. And it most definitely isn’t about “the children.” Union thug leaders want to brow beat us all into submission. They want total control of the appropriations process, not just for education, but for the entire state budget. And they want Democrats running the show. Liberal Democrats, of course.

     That’s why this #RedforEd is a sham. The Arizona teacher protesters are led by extreme liberal Democrats who want to take over state government. That’s what this “protest” is really about. They are in full-throated support of a Democrat for governor. That’s not what you call a non-partisan approach to salary negotiations. Just the opposite. And Ducey should know that, and he and the Legislature need to act accordingly. The union leaders are using deserving teachers and, of course, “the children,” to provide a smokescreen for what they truly are after: turning Arizona blue. There isn’t enough money in the entire state budget to satisfy the education bureaucracy; and there shouldn’t be enough votes in the state to allow this sham to continue. It is more than evident that most school boards and their highly-paid administrators refuse to use or are incapable of using their resources appropriately and pay teachers properly. So, if Ducey and Legislators can come up with enough money to pay teachers more, great, but it should be written in stone that the money can only go directly to teacher pay and nothing else!

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Sal DiCiccio 2Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Think we have enough police officers on our streets in Phoenix? Think again.For years the council has been underfunding and understaffing our police department in order to make room for their senseless pet projects like light rail expansion. They throw taxpayer money out the window when it should be dedicated to critical services like protecting our citizens. Even with our current hiring, we will be over 150 officers short of where we were before the recession, and a THOUSAND OFFICERS SHORT of where we need to be now with our continued population growth. This has gone on too long and the people of Phoenix deserve to know their police have the resources they need to keep them safe. Fund our police NOW. Driver flees police; chase winds through central Phoenix Police took one person into custody and were looking for another following a pursuit of a vehicle theft suspect that wound through Phoenix in the noontime hour on Tuesday.The driver of a white SUV was weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, narrowly missing other vehicles, plowing through red lights and driving the wrong way. At one point, the SUV drove a length of light-rail track. Phoenix city Councilman Sal DiCiccio tweeted that the police chase was preceded by a carjacking. A police spokesman confirmed that two people had been carjacked at gunpoint during the chase. Officers successfully used stop sticks to deflate the tires of the vehicle near 29th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The SUV then careened onto a residential street and came to a stop in the front yard of a house near the Phoenix-Glendale border. A man and a woman bailed from the SUV and split up. Police in unmarked vehicles quickly closed in on the home and, with guns drawn, took the woman into custody and led her away in handcuffs. "The suspect remains outstanding, although we do believe to have him contained in about a four- to six-home area," Sgt. Jonathan Howard told reporters just before 2 p.m. "We have a SWAT team that is searching those homes and searching the area. "We believe that the overall neighborhood is safe, but if you’re in close, we’re asking that you lock your doors and you call the police if you see anything unusual or you hear anything, report it to us and we’ll send a team over. We’re hoping to have him in custody in the next few minutes."



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Robert BranchSupt of Public Instruction candidate Robert Branch Response to Frank Riggs'  4-17-18-briefs Commentary: This attack on me is a deflection as Riggs is trying to cover up the truth. Riggs asked why I did not mention HR1377 of 1995?  Simply put, Riggs followed HR1377 of 1995, a year later, with H.R 4062 of 1996. Frank Riggs, did you cosponsor HR 4062 of 1996? Yes, you did; that is a fact! Frank RiggsHere is the summary of that Bill: HR 4062 of 1996 - directs the Secretary of Education to reimburse States for costs of educating illegal aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States and are enrolled in a public school of a local educational agency in a State in an elementary or secondary school level [Kindergarten through the 12th grade] as of September 30, 1996.   Contrary to what Riggs is claiming in his meltdown, I am not making anything up. People, please read. 104th-congress/house-bill/4062/text Riggs thinks that all he has to say is, “I am a three-term U.S. Congressman from California” and we will kiss his ring, believe his untruths, and elect him into office. To me, when I hear, “I am a three-term U.S. Congressman from California” I say, that is “Strike one, two, and three! – You are out of here!” It seems that every time I bring up the truth about Riggs' bad legislation that has a negative impact on his campaign, Riggs has a meltdown; like his latest attack on me in the MCRC Briefs, and his unprofessional outbursts at the Yavapai GOP candidate forum. Dealing with Frank Riggs’ public melt-downs causes me to question his stability and self-control, traits required when holding the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the office responsible for educating our children.  We need leadership from the Superintendent of Public Instruction, stable leadership. I am Dr. Bob Branch, Ph.D., a teacher, school administer, businessman, veteran, and the current (District Four) Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Commissioner and I am fighting for your Child's tomorrow, TODAY!" I will provide stable leadership as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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U.S. Senator John McCain on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush: “Cindy and I are deeply saddened by the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, but we take comfort in knowing she spent her last moments surrounded by the ones she loved the most. A devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother, Barbara understood that the greatest joy in life comes from putting the needs of others before yourself. Barbara carried this remarkable selflessness and a firm resolve into the White House where she dedicated her service as First Lady to advancing literacy – a cause that continues through her foundation today. Barbara remains an example to all of us of kindness and patriotism, and will fondly be remembered for her courage, grit and intense loyalty to those she loved and cared for. We send our prayers and condolences to the entire Bush family as they mourn the loss of an extraordinary woman."


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

A Fundraiser For LD6 House Candidate Stuart McDaniel is scheduled at 5:30 pm., Wed., April 18 at Click CO+Working, 111 E Aspen Ave., in Flagstaff. Food, beverage and live music. SIGN petition. Contributions will be accepted Donate , please make checks payable to McDaniel for House,  822 W Birch Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 He currently serves as Chairman of the Flagstaff Airport Commission. He has also served as a founding member of the Northern Arizona Military Affairs Council (NAMAC), on the Regional Transportation Planning Steering Committee, the Economic Collaborative on Northern Arizona Business Attraction Committee, and the Flagstaff Charter Review Board.

Supervisor 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.

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

Grassroots Tea Party Activists of Arizona will meet at 6:30 pm., Wed., April 18 with Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor at Denny's Restaurant Meeting room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Access Rd, Dunlap Ave exit off the I-17. Doors open at 6 pm meeting starts at 6:30 pm. O’Connor is the former LD23 Chairman, serves on the Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee, immediate past president of the AzRA, and spearheaded the effort to renounce the National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation in Arizona. Contact: Francine Romesburg at 602-499-9553 or


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

Fountain 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 expenses. Contact:  Richard Rutkowski  or visit

Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension will host a catered breakfast and dialogue between 7-9 a.m., April 19 at the Boyle Dairy, 11598 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. Guests are asked to bring canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to the United Food Bank. RSVP required to Liz Foster by April 13 at


The CD8 Final Countdown begins at 9 am., Sat., April 21 at the West Valley GOP Office, 10050 W. Bell Road, Suite 50, Sun City. Join Congressman David Schweikert in supporting Debbie Lesko. Doors Open: 8:30am.  Free Food for Volunteers. Contact AZGOP Field Director Marc Bretz at (623) 396-7415 or! Hope to see you there!

Recreational Shooters Will Commemorate the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Sat., April 21 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Gates open at 6 am (free parking) 8 am, vendors area open to public. 9 am – color guard presents colors at the small bore range for the playing of the national anthem, opening remarks, distinguished guests. 9:15 am participants assemble on the firing line. 9:30 am – firing will commence to commemorate the first s hot of the American Revolutionary War. Advanced registration at Shot-Heard-Round-the-World-Day. First time shooter are urged to watch AZGFD’s shooting safety video before participating. Contact: For booth space contact Kathryn Watson at

A “Meet And Greet” will be hosted for Supt of Public Instruction Dr Robert Branch and Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor between 11 am-2 pm., Sat., April 21 at Bible Baptist Church, 3490 N State Route 89, Chino Valley AZ 86323. RVP or text 928-636-8465.

The Yavapai County Republicans have scheduled their annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner at 6:30 pm., Sat., April 21 at the Prescott Resort. Social hour at 5:30 pm., Dinner ate 6:30pm. Invited speakers include Gov Doug Ducey, Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is a US Senate candidate, US Rep incumbent Martha McSally, and US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward. The first honoree of the Annual Bob Stump Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed! For tickets/reservations got to Yavapai County Republican Party

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

The Center for Arizona Policy aka CAP Family Dinner will feature John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of Breakpoint Podcast; and Eric Metaxas author of Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther, at 6 pm., Sat., April 21 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy in Phoenix. RSVP tables/tickets online or call 602-424-2525

The Navajo County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled at 5 pm., Sat., April 21 at Licano’s, 573 W Deuce of Club in Show Low with speakers Congressman Andy Biggs, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, candidate for US Senate, and State Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee, who is currently the Arizona Senate Majority Leaders. Gov Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward, Congressman Martha McSally, Supt of Public Instruction candidate Tracy Livingston and others have been invited. Dinner Tickets - $50 per person. For tickets go to or contact Dustin Graham at 992-886, 9440; Debbie Vance 928024301799, Kellee Hunt 480-662-9696 or Jill Skaufel 992-242-4542.

Tea Party Scottsdale will meet at 7am., Sat., April 21 at Randy’s Restaurant, 7904 E Chaparral Road, Scottsdale for a no-host breakfast, before starting their 8 am., clean up of Chaparral Road between Hayden & Pima. Volunteers are needed as drivers and banner & flag holders, as well as “worker bees.” CONTACT: Pat Shaler: | (480) 946-8069.

US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio and incumbent Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan will be the first speakers at the 9 am., Sat., April 21 Fountain Hills Republican Club “Meet the Candidates,” according to President Rosemary Hansen. They will be followed with incumbent LD23 Senator John Kavanagh, Mayoral candidate Cecil Yates, Town Council candidates Amberleigh Dabrowski, Mike Scharnow, and David Spelich, and Superior Court candidate Jeff Fine. The Annual Fountain Hills Republican of the Year Award will be presented and the winner of their $500 Education Scholarship will be announced. The meeting is open to all.  Independents are permitted to vote in the Primary of their choice.  Registration will begin at 8:15 A.M., complimentary light breakfast snacks, coffee, tea, and juice will be available.


The Payson Tea Party meets at 6 pm., April 24 (each Tuesday) at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson. That organization also welcomes candidate speakers. Contact Darlene Younker at 858-395-1850.


The Estrella Foothills Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Wed., April 25 at Estrella Foothills High School. Guests will be Rodney Glassman, candidate for AZ Corporation Commission candidate Rodney Glassman and Supt for Public Instruction candidate Tracy Livingston.  Contact: Chairman Dick Newcomer 623-398-5638.

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