Sunday, June 3, 2018

6-3-18 Briefs

cathy carlatCongrats to Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, who received the Westside Signarama award as the Business Person of the Month for May 2018. Briefs remembers her when she was in elementary school. Carlat grew up a few houses away, just south of 32nd Street and Shea in Phoenix. Her wonderful grandma lived with the family and she was the best babysitter in the neighborhood. “Grandma Sam,” as we affectionately called her, didn’t just sit in front of the TV after she put the littles to bed; she’d go into the kitchen and whip a batch of cookies, a cake or some other goodie while she took it upon herself to help out with the ironing or any other chore she noticed needed done. What a God-send she was in my younger days as a mom/ reporter! And Cathy’s mom is a go-getter too. The whole neighborhood marveled at her taking up a hammer and building beds for her daughters that pulled up flat against the wall so there was more play space on the carpet…. And she didn’t stop there, she decided to build a backyard swimming pool and did it herself. Cathy comes from a line of amazing women.

jon seatonRegarding Questions As To What Jon Seaton aka a McCain Operative is doing in the AZGOP office in the absence of Exec Director Matt Kenney. (Kenney had back surgery). An interesting message/photo came in yesterday claiming the photograph was Seaton giving hand signals to the AZGOP elite at the January mandatory meeting during the discussion on the removal of AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines. People in the know are concerned that Seaton is AZGOP HQ  to make sure Sen John McCain maintains control of the state party. See Communication Director Ayshia Connor’s explanation at 6-2-18 Briefs

Tars  FaithAZFRW President Loraine Pellegrino present a $500 Dodie Londen Memorial TARs Scholarship to Faith Graham, daughter of former AZGOP chairman Robert Graham and his wife Julia, during the recent TARs Awards banquet in Scottsdale. The criteria for the scholarship states that the recipient must be a leader among her piers by encouraging young men and women to take part in the political process and to support the principles of the Republican Party. In addition we ask that this monetary award be used to attend the TARS National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, according to Pellegrino.

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AZFRW President Loraine Pellegrino present a $500 Dodie Londen Memorial TARs Scholarship to Alton Zhang, during the May 19 TARs Awards banquet in Scottsdale. The recipient must be a leader among his/her piers by encouraging young men and women to take part in the political process and to support the principles of the Republican Party. This monetary award must be used to attend the TARS National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, according to Pellegrino

Candidate reminder: Candidates with literature and other paraphanalia still remaining in the West Valley Office should pick material as soon as possible. All left-overs will be destroyed on Thurs, June 8.

The Pima County Republican Women’s Club “Crazy Hat” Fundraiser Breakfast is scheduled Sat., June 16 at the Viscount Hotel & Suites, 4855 E Broadway Blvd in Tucson. $15 per person. RSVP to or 820-269-1809.

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 5 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086He would be honored with the presence of those who have not had a chance to meet him or hear him speak, according to Sue Goodchild. 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

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LD17 House candidate Julie Willoughby will be featured at a BBQ/fundraiser hosted by Edward and LeAnn Basha at 6:30 pm., Thurs., June 21 at 2618 E Virgo Place in Chandler. RSVP to 602-799-6073 by June 18 .

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A Fundraiser Dinner For CD2 Candidate Brandon Martin, featuring speaker Jesse Romero, is schedujled at 6:30 pm., Tues., June 12 at the Viscount Hotel, 4855 E Broadway in Tucson. RSVP to


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Tues., June 5 is the deadline for registering for the Arizona Federation of Republican Women’s Board of Director’s Summer meeting scheduled June 8 and 9 at the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center in Sierra Vista. AFRW Chairman Loraine Pelligrino has quite an agenda laid out for the meeting Registration HERE Register Online HEREThe meeting is open to all members.

ATTN Candidates/Campaign Managers: Briefs posts candidate announcements, but does not endorse candidates, nor do we post endorsement statements. – ft

Ken Bennett - flag Bob Branch jim O'Connor 2 marlene hintonBarbara and Bill Blewster are hosting an open house between 4-6 pm., Sat., June 9 at 915 W Fairway Drive in Mesa for Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett, Supt of Public Instruction candidate Bob Branch; Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor and LD25 House candidate Marlene Hinton. Barbara reports,We have several other great candidates we support. We support Americans who believe in self-reliance, that our U.S. Constitution is to be honored and revered and  ‘in God we trust’ is our personal motto. We believe in the separation of powers; city, county, state and federal have different powers and responsibilities.  Please invite others to this event. Light refreshments.

Floating the Internet -- Letter to the Boss: I have enjoyed working here these past several years.  You have paid me very well and given me benefits beyond belief.  I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die, and a health plan that most people can only dream about. Despite this I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position.  During that time I will show up for work when it is convenient.  In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job. Oh yes, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status.  Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.  I can and will do this. Sincerely, Every Senator or Congressman running for re-election….. Are we stupid or what?

The City of Phx Burton Barr Central Library will reopen at 9 am., Sat., June 16th at 9 am, according to City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. The reopening of the library marks the closure of Phoenix Public Library at Park Central’s temporary location, effective at 5 pm.,

· Fri., June 8. The day will focus on services, programs and resources offered to the community with free, family-friendly programs including:

· Children’s Programming: 9am - Noon. Story times, a Fairytale Princess visit, activity stations and Magician Eric Giliam performs at 11 a.m.

· Press-a-Verse: npp-3 pm. print a keepsake on our century old Washington Hand press

· STE/AM: 2-4:40 p.m. signature STE/AM programs such as Coding Cantina, Build a Droid, and 3D Modeling and more.

· The Accidental Crafter: 3-4:30 p.m. make fun crafts specifically for the reluctant crafter (adults only)

Itty Bitty Beach Parties are scheduled for children, ages six or younger, and their parents, in Phx throughout June. Details click here. Poolside parties include: water safety instruction information for children, parents, and caretakers, games, dance contests, swimsuit contests, Hawaiian leis, refreshments, sunglasses on:

· Fri, June 8 at Paradise Valley Pool, 17648 N. 40th St. from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

· Fri, June 15 at Deer Valley Pool 19400 N. 19th Ave. from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

· Fri, June 22 at Pecos Pool 17010 S. 48th St. from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

· Fri, June 29 at University Pool 1102 W. Van Buren St. from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Bill Gates #4 Bd of SuperLooking for a Maricopa County Contact? Below is a contact list for Maricopa County constituent services – courtesy of Supervisor Bill Gates. Please note: Underlined services are available to all Maricopa County residents. Services that are not underlined are specific to residents of unincorporated County. Those who live in cities or towns should contact their location jurisdiction for assistance with the non-underlined services.

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Opinions expressed by readers are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Commentary running over 400 words is subject to editing. Briefs posts candidate announcements, but does not endorse candidates, nor do we post endorsement statements. - ft.

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Rev Clyde Bowen, AAARC chairman: A big thank you for the inclusion of my comments. You Are a Treasure. No wonder both sides respect you. Let’s get the coarseness out of discourse, not helpful or Christian.

Frank RiggsFormer LD13 PC John Powelson: Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs voting record from California – See congress/members/frank_riggs

Missed Votes: From Jan 1991 to Dec 1998, Riggs missed 314 of 3,459 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. The chart reports missed votes over time.

cathi herrodCathy Herrod, President of Center for Arizona Policy (CAP): Ten days in the Pacific Northwest. Ten days in Washington, D.C. My summer is off to a great start. While in D.C., I attended the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala. SBA List, one of the nation’s premier pro-life groups, dedicates its work to ending abortion by advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. At Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), we consider SBA List to be one of our closest allies. The evening’s highlight featured a 40-minute talk by President Donald J. Trump. While we’ve had other presidents voicing support for pro-life policies, President Trump is on track to become our most pro-life President. Consider SBA’s List of Trump Administration Leadership and Pro-life Victories:

  • Appointed originalist Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Permitted states to defund Planned Parenthood of Title X funds
  • Stopped federal tax dollars from funding organizations that perform abortion overseas
  • Defunded the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund of U.S. tax dollars
  • Enforced Obamacare requirements that insurers disclose if plans cover abortion
  • Granted relief to religious and moral objectors from HHS abortifacient mandate
  • Appointed pro-life personnel to key administration positions
  • Created new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at Health and Human Services
  • Called on Congress to send the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to his desk
  • Became the first President in history to directly address the annual March for Life

As SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote following the event: It was an honor to have President Trump join us tonight, and his encouraging words were warmly received. The president’s keynote address to hundreds of dedicated pro-life advocates from around the country marks a watershed moment in the history of our cause. President Trump has embraced the pro-life movement as his own. True to his word, he is governing as the most pro-life president our nation has ever seen. He has been a fighter and a champion for unborn children, their mothers, and pro-life taxpayers, and his administration has made unprecedented gains for life. With President Trump leading the charge and the pro-life grassroots energized by his agenda, we are closer than ever to ending the injustice of abortion and restoring a society Andy Biggs that protects every mother and child. Another special treat of the evening was sitting with Debbie LeskoArizona Congressman Andy Biggs and newly-elected Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, both dear friends from their days as state legislators. Be encouraged. Listen to President Trump’s remarks. The cause and mission of standing for preborn children and their mothers marches forward stronger than ever.

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 Justin Olson - ACCIn response to recent reports of especially low water pressure for Johnson Utilities customers in San Tan Valley, Commissioner Justin Olson has requested Corporation Commission staff to investigate the cause of this latest failure in the Johnson Utilities water system.

The Commission understands that the low water pressure is affecting the areas of Copper Basin, Johnson Ranch, Oasis Magic Ranch, and Rancho Bella Vista South. On May 30, 2018, Johnson Utilities posted a message to its website advising customers that an important well pump failed resulting in the well going offline. The company originally reported it expected the situation to be resolved in 24 hours and normal operating pressure to return to normal. The Commission has received complaints, however, the recent low water pressure still remains for many customers. Johnson Utilities has reported that a well pump company is working to resolve the situation.

   The Commission is currently investigating the issue and is demanding answers from the company to confirm the source of the problem and how long customers can expect the low water pressure to last. Commission staff will be testing the water pressure at various locations to ensure the pressure meets Commission standards. "Since being appointed to the Commission seven months ago, I have been shocked by the number of times things have gone wrong at this utility,” said Commissioner Olson. “It is unacceptable that Johnson Utilities customers are forced to once again suffer from the utility's failure to provide reliable public services."

   The news of low water pressure comes on the heels of a lengthy hearing that was recently completed involving long standing water quality, water pressure, and billing complaints leveled against Johnson Utilities. In March, the Commissioners ordered staff to file an Application for an Order to Show Cause as to why an interim manager should not be appointed. The Commission heard testimony and took evidence over the course of 14 hearing days. At this point, the parties have submitted closing briefings and a recommended order and opinion is being prepared by Administrative Law Judge Sarah Harpring. It is currently expected that the final vote will be taken by the Commissioners at the July Open Meeting. All documents related to the investigation into the billing and water quality issues of Johnson Utilities, LLC, may be found in the Commission’s online docket at by searching for docket number WS-02987A-18-0050.

Paul Gosar 2016Congressman Paul Gosar: The investigations into the Hillary Clinton and the Presidential campaign revealed egregious levels of misconduct and mishandling of sensitive information. Recently, I joined my colleagues to introduce a resolution calling for the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate the misconduct that took place. I applaud Congressman Lee Zeldin for his leadership on this resolution and hope the House will get to vote on it. The American people deserve the facts. Click here to read more

Doug Ducey 2015 2Gov Doug Ducey: Arizonans expect a government that works for them. That's why Governor Doug Ducey made it his mission to cut red tape, improve efficiency, and provide better customer service to Arizonans. To date, the governor's administration has eliminated 676 regulations, saving taxpayers an estimated $50 million. As a businessman with years of experience in the private sector, the governor understands that red tape acts like a red stoplight to growth and opportunity. He wasted no time making state government work at the speed of business:

  • As his first action in office, Governor Ducey signed a moratorium stopping all new government rules and regulations.
  • Removed all taxpayer-funded lobbyists at the state Capitol. This ended a long practice of government agencies spending taxpayer dollars to lobby government.
  • Started a Regulation Rollback initiative that eliminated 676 regulations, saving taxpayers an estimated $50 million.
  • Issued an executive order demanding state agencies justify their regulatory burden on Arizona workers.
  • Signed the Right to Earn a Living Act that empowers people to challenge unfair regulations that create barriers to work.

Governor Ducey knows government should never get in the way of finding a job.  That’s why he signed legislation eliminating licensing fees for people living in poverty. Because of Governor Ducey, Arizona is saving money AND delivering better-quality services.  Please help us spread the word! – Ducey Team

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Phoenix Mayoral candidate Moses Sanchez will be featured at an appetizers and cocktails vevent between 5:30-7:30, Wed., June 6 at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge, 1734 E Stetson Drive in Scottsdale hosted by Bret King, Cody King, Marcelle Costello, Eric Crown, Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines, Ira Gaines, Jason DiFrancesco, Robin Macy, Erik Anderson, Rene Kyl and Tom Speaks. Suggested contrbutions: host committee-$500, supporter - $250, and friend - $100. RSVP by Fri., June 1 to Laura Minter at 541-272-1125 or or Corinne Lovas at 623-218-6616


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

The Green Valley/Sahuarita Republican Club & Patriot Alliance CD2 Candidate Forum is scheduled at 9 am., Thurs., June 7 at the American Legion #66, 1560 W. Duval Mine Road,in Green Valley. Contact: Meet The Candidates Danny Morales, Lea Marquez Peterson, Brandon Martin, Casey Welch

Central Republican Women Of Phoenix invites all Republicans to their monthly meeting at 6:15 pm., Thurs., June 7 at Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak, 7330 N. Dreamy Draw in Phoenix. 5:30 pm social. Speakers are incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan and candidate Steve Gaynor. $20 includes appetizers. Happy hour prices. RSVP to

Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates and Secretary of State Michele Reagan will host a county coffee at 8 am., Thurs., June 7 at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, 702 W Deer Valley Road Ste B, Phoenix. Breakfast available for purchase. Contact Gates at or 602-506-7562.


A Meet & Greet for CD9 candidate Dave Giles scheduled between 4-6 pm., Fri., June 8 at Caswells Shooting Range, 856 E Isabella Ave in Mesa. Events include shooting contests, firearms safety training, door prizes and beginner program. You can sign Giles petition at Secretary of State Website ( website uses your driver’s license to veriy your voting district) Contact Doug Wolfe at

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