Wednesday, May 30, 2018

5-30-18 Briefs

jan martinson  4All CD8, LD21 and 22 candidates running in the August 28th primary are asked to make reservations to participate in the Arrow Republican Women’s Candidates Forum scheduled between 2-5 pm., June 2 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave. Sun City West.  85375. Over 200 Republican attendees expected. No charge. Food provided. Cash bar. Candidates will give opening and closing remarks. Written questions will complete the program. Space for candidate materials will be provided. Make reservations with Jan Martinson  Phone:  623-546-3753.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering truncating Congress's typical month long August recess in order to get more work done. But if there's one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it's that Congress spends too much time away from Capitol Hill. See more.72% Say Congress Spends Too Much Time on Vacation

It all started when Senator John McCain called Trump supporters a bunch of "crazies" during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then-candidate Donald Trump infamously responded by labeling McCain as "not a war hero" and saying that if he were a war hero, it was only because he was captured. See more The Rasmussen Minute: The Trump-McCain War

Bob BranchYou are Invited to a "Meet & Greet" to hear accomplished Dr. Bob Branch, Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction between 6-8:30 pm., Tues., June 6 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086  Hostesses Sue Goodchild, Vera Anderson and Shirley Coddington encourage anyone who has not heard Branch, to join them. Light Refreshments will be served. Contact Goodchild at

The National Federation Scholarship Deadline is June 1, 2018. National Pathfinder and Betty Rendel Scholarship applications due to state presidents.   Contact:  Loraine Pellegrino at .

Jeff Fine 2Grassroots Tea Party Activists will host Jeff Fine, candidate for the Maricopa charlie loftus 3County Clerk of the Court and Charlie Loftus, LD20 senate candidate. Fine is a retired Air Force Reserve member. He is a father, husband, former judge, military veteran, veteran police officers, judicial branch educator, veteran court administrator and has lived in the Maricopa County for the past 40 years. Loftus was born in Nogales, raised in Phoenix and has been in law enforcement for over 30 years including served in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, Arizona State University police, the Arizona Attorney General’s office and Inspector General at DES. After retiring from law enforcement, Loftus became an instructor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU teaching counter-terrorism, domestic terrorism, and intelligence. The meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm., Wed, May 30 at the at Denny’s Restaurant Meeting Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy; Access Rd; just south of Dunlap Ave exit off the I-17. Contact: Francine Romesburg at

Ken Bennett - GovThe Tempe Republican Women invite you to join them for their annual luncheon at 11:30 am., Sat., June 9 at the Embassy Suites by Phoenix Hilton Tempe, 4400 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281 with speaker Ken Bennett former Arizona Secretary of State (now gubernatorial candidate). Tickets: Members & Associates $25, guest $30, pay at the door $35. Checks may be mailed to:Alison Quinn, 1264 E. Weslyan Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282or pay through Anedot with credit card here (

don kennedyLoriDeLuca reports that a videographer will filming for a video for the Don Kennedy Scholarship on Sat., June 2 in Ahwatukee and is looking for volunteers who would like speak for a few seconds on the importance of preserving the Constitution in the classroom, or discuss Kenney and his work. For more information contact Click here to support Don Kennedy Teachers Scholarship organized by Lori DeLuca

Newly elected Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines shared a birthday yesterday. The little birdie didn’t share their ages with Briefs.

The Palo Verde Republican Women will meet with Bob Hathorne and Alex Meluskey to discuss why the National Popular Vote Initiative must not be enacted. US Senate candidate Joe Arpaio and Secretary of State candidate Steve Gaynor will also speak to the group. The meeting is scheduled at 11:30 am., Wed., June 20 in the Grayhawk Golf Club “Fairway House,” 8620 E Thompson Peak Parkway. 11 am social. Reservations required. $35 per person. Contact: Linda Rizzo at See speakers below –left to right – Hathorne, Meluskey, Arpaio and Gaynor.

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Arrowhead Republican Women welcomed several new members to their group at their recent 25th annual fashion show/fundraiser. The newest members are Deborah Hartwick, Lisa Burkett, Joanne Carroll, Mimi Odicho. Frank Carroll joined as an associate member. The club has grown to 143 members and 24 associate members.

Sally Kizer  2The Colorado River Tea Party welcomes candidates to speak at their 6 pm., Thur., July 19 meeting scheduled at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95 (last building the church) in Yuma. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219

The Colorado River Tea Party Candidate Forum, featuring LD13 House incumbent Darin Mitchell, and candidates Tim Dunn, Joanne Osborne and Trey Terry, along with LD13 Senate candidates Brent Backus, Don Shooter and Sine Kerr is scheduled from 2-4 pm., Sat., July 28 at the Community Christian Church. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219

Early ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Aug 1 for the Tuesday, August 28 Primary Election.


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marsha hill 2Former LD13 PC, Almost PC In LD21 Marsha Hill: Collecting signatures for several candidates was quite the education and frankly, like pulling teeth.

· A majority of people do NOT want to be involved in politics

  • When asked if they were registered to vote, many, too many, said NO
  • Too many registered Republicans did not want to sign any petitions
  • 98% of registered voters had zero idea about petitions and why
  • Zero of registered Republicans I spoke to, had any idea what an LD is
  • Most had no idea the political positions candidates were running for even existed
  • 100% of people I spoke with never have been to a political meeting
  • I am in 120 voice choir, all are Republicans. Many don’t vote in AZ. The ones who do, had no idea what LD they were in
  • 99% of people have never heard of you, the candidate.  There is a world outside of Republican Meetings, TeaParty Mtgs, Meet n Greets, LD Meetings. Those are a candidates’ “safe place”
  • Most registered Republicans, I spoke with, only vote in general elections

These peoples’ votes count. It was my pleasure educating those who were willing to listen. Conservative Republicans ~ we have our work cut out for us. We must get out of our known comfy zone and get to know other peoples.

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5kWz3GLS debbie leskoNewly elected CD8 Congresswoman Debbie Lesko was sworn into  office by US House Speaker Paul Ryan as her family watches. They are (left to right) Lesko’s brother Roger Lorenz, her son Jared Lesko, her husband Joe Lesko, and daughter Samantha Lesko.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko: On May 7, 2018 I was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as the Congresswoman from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. I am honored to serve as your Congresswoman and I thank the voters for putting their faith and trust in me. I promise that I will work hard every day for all my constituents in the West and North Valley.

    Since my swearing in, I have hit the ground running. Unlike my fellow Congressmen, I did not have the luxury of having several months to hire staff and set up offices and I was not given weeks of orientation. Instead, in one week I have set up two offices, hired key staff and found a place to live. I am ready to serve!

     My top priority has and always will be to serve my constituents. I plan to support efforts and legislation to secure the border, support our schools and teachers, strengthen our military, protect Luke Air Force Base, preserve the future of Social Security and Medicare, and hold to the freedoms and liberties that make this nation great. I was appointed to the House Committees on Homeland Security and Science, Space and Technology. These two committees will allow me to fight for strong borders, keep the homeland safe and prepare our country for the future of technology.

    With that in mind, I encourage you to reach out to my district office at (623) 776-7911 if you have questions or concerns about federal issues. My district staff will be more than happy to help and assist you. If you are planning a trip to Washington D.C. and would like to arrange a Capitol tour or stop by for a visit please contact my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-4576 or visit my website at


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brandon martin 2CD2 Conservative Republican Candidate Brandon Martin revealed a new website today exposing opponent Lea Marquez Peterson with her own words that reveal a history that only a Democrat could love. Voters and the media can now go to and see a past that is completely against “draining the swamp” and 100% opposed to President Trump and his agenda.

Said Martin, “I am sick and tired of fake Republicans running for office that don’t even remotely adhere to the American principles that the GOP should be standing for. Instead the National Republican Congressional Committee and DC politicians like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell – RINO’s all – support and promote candidates like my opponent that have a long and vivid history of supporting Democrats and liberal ideas. This will stop once I am elected to Congress to represent the people of Southeast Arizona.”

With the unveiling of the Martin for Freedom campaign of Brandon Martin once again shows GOP voters that only he can take on the liberals who seek to oppose President Trump and his agenda. Among many other policy ideas that conservative Republicans oppose the website shows that Lea Marquez Peterson:

  1. Supports common core
  2. Supports RINO’s Jeff Flake and John McCain, and even co-chaired Hispanics for McCain.
  3. Supports DACA, Dreamers, Amnesty, and is against building a wall.
  4. Hangs out with Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat congresswoman running for U.S. Senate)
  5. Hangs out with Democrat Congressman Ron Barber.
  6. Hangs out with LaRaza.
  7. Hangs out with the Mexican Consul.
  8. Hanging out with the former President of Mexico.
  9. Called Trump a racist and a sexist

Martin continued,These are not the values of a Republican seeking to ‘drain the swamp’. When she went to DC and took special interest money and donations from those that oppose President Trump, she revealed that she cares more about being in the swamp than representing the voters of Southeast Arizona.” Brandon Martin is a former member of the military running for Congress in Arizona’s Second Congressional district. The GOP primary is August 28. For more information see

Dave Giles CD9

CD9 Dave Giles: Happy Memorial Day! This is a day to say, "I'm proud to be an American". There would be no such thing as freedom if it wasn't for our current and fallen soldiers. God bless America!

Kelli Ward - physician 2US Senate candidate Kelli Ward: With the election quickly coming up, it's crucial we keep our momentum to defeat Martha "McAmnesty" McSally. McSally, like Flake, is a fake conservative #NeverTrumper running to serve the Swamp. Despite her recent campaign rhetoric, McSally can't be trusted to stand with President Trump to advance the America First agenda. That's why our team is looking for supporters right now to help us send our strongest fundraising report yet. Can we put you down for a special end-of-month contribution? contribute. Patriot, your support right now is so important -- every dollar you generously give provides our team with the resources to continue rolling out our historic campaign. We're showing McSally and her big Establishment donors the power of the grassroots! So please help us kick our campaign into overdrive....I thank you so much for your continued support, patriot -- we're running to victory together!

Martha McSally 3US Senate candidate Martha McSally: Your support right now means so much to me and the rest of my team. Because of you, we have shifted the momentum to our side. But there are still six months until Election Day — and that means we need to get our message out to the voters. This is key to letting the voters of Arizona know what I stand for and getting our message out. I just got the email below from my deputy campaign manager. We want to make sure that we reach as many people as possible strategically, but in order to do that we need to hit our fundraising goal before the end-of-month deadline in just 72 hours. chip in to help fund the media buy needed to keep going strong through Election day? Thanks for everything you guys... I mean it.

Frank RiggsSupt of Public instruction candidate Frank Riggs: I'm the only candidate for Supt. of Public Instruction with a proven record of executive, educational and legislative leadership, and the only candidate who's been an education leader at the local, state and federal level: (1) as an elected public school district member and president; (2) as president of Arizona Connections Academy, a statewide, online, accredited charter school; and (3) as a U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Education Subcommittee. I authored legislation on special education, career-technical education, and charter schools, and was recognized for my dedication to children with disabilities. I'm a strong and proven supporter of parental school choice, and The Heritage Foundation said, "Representative Riggs spearheaded many cutting-edge initiatives like school choice and charter schools."

    I'm a successful businessman and former CEO of two Arizona companies, as well as former CEO of a national, award-winning education nonprofit. I've been a teacher and coach and am a certified substitute teacher who taught in my local school district when it stayed open during the recent "RedForEd" teacher strike.

     I'm also an Army veteran and former police officer who will work to make our schools safer. I graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University and received the prestigious "Associates Award" as the "Outstanding Graduate in the College of Business & Public Administration." My wife, Cathy, and I (we just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary) have three grown, married children and five wonderful grandchildren - my personal motivation for running to lead our State's schools! Learn more by going to my website:

Ken Bennett - flagGubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: We are two days from the deadline to be an official Arizona Governor candidate. I will be submitting the signatures Wednesday at noon but still need to increase the number to avoid a challenge.  The establishment said we could not do this, and once again, Arizona is proving individual rights and the constitution still matters.  Please ask just one more person to sign online, it takes five minutes and it will give us the buffer we need to stop a challenge. Sign my online petition HERE(You must have your driver license number to verify voter registration.) Governor Ducey will challenge the signatures and play every dirty trick in the book because that is easier then answering why he is caving to outside special interest groups on the 2nd amendment and education.  Signing my petition will stop Governor Ducey from calling a Special Session to pass his Severe Threat Orders of Protection (STOP) plan that allows gun seizures in AZ. I also need $5 contributions to help me qualify for Clean Elections HEREKen Bennett

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john mccain 2Senator John McCain:

· McCain Applauds President Trump For Issuing Posthumous Pardon Of Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

· SASC Completes Markup Of The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2019

· McCain Applauds Senate Passage Of The VA Mission Act

Jeff Flake portraitSenator Jeff Flake:

· Flake Statement On The Potential Auto Tariffs On Vehicle Imports

· Flake Delivers Class Day Speech At Harvard Law School

· Flake Statement On CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel

· Flake Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling To Reverse 9th Circuit Decision Undercutting Public Safety

· VIDEO: Flake Repeats Attempt To Secure Immediate Passage Of Bipartisan “Three-For-Three” DACA Compromise

· Flake, McCain Introduce ADAAPT Act, Address Unattainable Ozone Standard

Paul Gosar 2016Rep Paul Gosar:

· Gosar Votes For FY19 Defense Authorization

· Gosar Offers Amendment To Athorize The Army Corps Of Engineers To Consruct Border Wall

· Buck, Gosar And Biggs Meet With Ag Jeff Sessions To Discuss Immigration Issues

Andy BiggsRep Andy Biggs:

· Congressman Biggs Supports House Passage Of The 2019 NDAA

· U.S. House Sends Right To Try Bill To President Trump's Desk

· Biggs-Statement-Upcoming-Right-Try-Vote-House

· Biggs-Submits-Two-Amendments-To The Fy-2019-Ndaa

· Congressman Biggs Applauds President Trump's Continued Pro-Life Agenda

· Congressman Biggs' Statement On The One-Year Anniversary Of Robert Mueller's Appointment

· Congressman Biggs Votes To Pass The VA MISSION Act

· Congressman Biggs Applauds President Trump's Decision On The Iran Nuclear Agreement

david schweikert (2)Rep David Schwiekert:

· Schweikert Appointed To The Joint Select Committee On The Solvency Of Multiemployer Pension Plans

· Update On H.R. 4841, A Bill Introduced By Rep. David Schweikert (R-Az)

Martha McSally 3Rep Martha McSally:

· McSally's Memorial Day Message

· McSally-Leads-Bi-Partisan-Congressional-Delegation-DMZ-Critical-Time On Korean Peninsula

· With McSally-Leadership-House-Authorizes-Hefty-Funding-For Arizona’s-Defense Assets

· McSally-Delivers-Long-Overdue-Runway-Expansion-And-Munitions-Storage

· Arizona-Hero-Ssg-Gallegos-Honored-In McSally-NDAA-Amendment

· Congresswoman-McSally-Draws-Hard-Line-Immigration-Loopholes

· Udall-Park-Measure-Clears-Senate-Hurdle-Unanimously-Passes-Out-Senate

· McSally-Leadership,House-Votes-To Save & Improve-Veterans-Access-Community Care

· McSally Discusses Leading Upcoming Congressional Delegation To Korean Peninsula On Fox News

· McSally Discusses Leading Upcoming Congressional Delegation To Korean Peninsula On Fox News

· McSally Announces Winners Of 2018 Congressional Art Competition

· McSally Secures Infusion Of Resources For Arizona’s Military Assets In Defense Authorization Bill

· McSally Commends Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From The Iran Deal

Debbie LeskoRep Debbie Lesko

· Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Votes To Support Luke Air Force Base, Increase Troop Pay

· Congresswoman Lesko Joins Influential Conservative Caucus

· Congresswoman Lesko Announces Committee Assignments: Homeland Security And Science, Space And Technology

· Congresswoman Lesko Announces Office Locations And Key Staff Hirings

· Congresswoman Lesko Sworn Into Office

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May 31

A fundraiser, hosted by Steve Nannini, Jeff Utsch, Alex Dely, Barney Brenner, Dr. Mark Russell, Carol Dart, Carol Ann Whigham and Randy Graff for Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs is scheduled from 6-7:30 pm., Thurs., May 31 at 7777 N Via Bellini in Tucson. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $50 per person or $75 per couple. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or Checks to Riggs for Arizona, PO Box 1690, Cave Creek, AZ 85327

June 2

The Thunder Mountain Republican Women will host a brunch with GOP candidates at 9:30 am., Sat., June 2 at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista. $10 per person, cash only, payable at the door. RSVP to Cathy Duarte 610-704-6554 or or Jane Strain 520-249-4057 or by May 22.

The Arrowhead Republican Womens Candidates’ Forum is scheduled from 2-5 pm., Sat., June 2 at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. 20 candidates are confirmed to participate including newly elected US Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett, Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee, US Senate candidate Kelli Ward, LD21 and LD22 candidates, along with the Supt of Public Instruction and Secretary of State candidates, campaign chairman Jan Martinson reports. She urges attendees to arrive early to get photos with their favorite candidates. Drawing tickets available. Light refreshments will be served at this adult only gathering. Republicans welcome to this free event. Contact Jan Martinson, Campaign Chairman

The Sun City West Republican Club will meet at 8:30am., Sat., June 2 in the Quail Room of the SCW Foundation, 14465 RH Johnson Blvd.  Doors open at 8am Coffee and donuts will be available - a $2 donation, please, to help defray the cost of the room rental.  All Republicans and Independents from the Sun Cities and surrounding areas are welcome to attend. Since 2018 is an election year, they are sponsoring forums thru June where Republican candidates for state offices will be given an opportunity to present an opening statement and then we will have a Q&A.  Legislative 22 Candidates speaking at this meeting will be John Heep, incumbent Maricopa County College Board member; Clair Van Steenwyk, Crossroads with Van radio talk show host; Kellie Pawluk, a pediatric nurse who advocates for safe quality care, and Mathew Bullock, a business owner who has created hundreds of jobs. More information at or 623+322-9979. Contact: Jean Goncalves, Publicity Chair Lady SCW  623+214-8010.


Mesa Republican Women will host candidates for Secretary of State Steve Gaynor and incumbent Michele Reagan at 11:30 am., Thurs., June 7 at the Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Rd in Mesa. Doors open at 11:00 am and the program begins at 11:30. Other candidates wishing to speak may do so for 2 minutes.  Contact Nancy Cottle to reserve a spot. Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for non-members/guests.  RSVP to

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Martha McSally Republican In Arizona's Senate Race Is Being Funded By Prominent Never Trumpers

· AZGOP Needs To Learn What The Word Memorial Means-Happy Is Not Appropriate

· Today We Honor All The Men and Women Who have Served in The US Armed Forces

· ICYMI: President Trump Participates IN US Naval Graduation Ceremony-Shakes Hands With All VIDEO


· Time To Step Up To The Plate - ACT NOW!

· The Coming Collapse Of The Shadow Government

· Leadership - Who Has It?

· Ken Bennett Makes A Plea

· Time To Clean Up The Swamp: A.K.A. Your Local Public School