Thursday, June 7, 2018

6-7-18 Briefs

GCRC 2018 HQ JuneThe Grand Opening For The Gila County Republican Committee headquarters at 307 S Beeline Hwy in Payson is scheduled between 9-11 am., Sat., June 16, according to Gila County Chairman Gary Morris. Gary Morris, Gila ChrThe 2,200 square foot headquarters will be staffed by volunteers each weekday from 9 am-5 pm. All candidates and fellow Republicans are welcome to attend. Candidates can also deliver yards signs and candidate literature to the facility for the public to pick up. A second Republican headquarters in the County will also be opened in Globe and operated by the Cobre Valley Republican Club, Morris said.

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The Gila County Republican Committee conducts a monthly one hour Bob Branchradio program on KMOG 1420 AM radio the second Monday of each month starting at 9am. The Mon, June 11 show will have guests Sen Sylvia Allen who is running for re-election and Dr. Bob Branch, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, according to GCRC Chairman Gary Morris

White Mountain Conservatives & AzRA - Navajo County chapter will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., June 7 at the Trumped Brenda Barton LD6Store, 1041 E. Deuce of Clubs with LD6 Senate candidate Brenda Barton and LD6 House candidate Stuart McDaniel. Barton has served eight years as a representative and is now running against incumbent Sylvia Allen for the senate set.Stuart McDaniel LD6 McDaniel is running for a vacant House position. 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. Coffee and cookies will be served. Contact Karen MacKean, President AZRA Navajo County AzRA at 520-444-6880 or AZRA President Steven Slaton at

Jonathan Lines 2AZGOP Chairman Jonathon Lines is calling for talented individuals to fill the Regional Field Director (RFD) and Field Organizer (FO) positions. Regional Field Directors execute the campaign plan in their respective region. They are the advocates in their region and they typically have prior field experience and multiple political cycles under their belt.  Field Organizers are responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing GOP activists. FO's are the "boots on the ground" and the face of their communities. Applicants should contact Arizona State Director, Matt Pagano at

The Norton Family Meet & Greet for local, state, and federal candidates is scheduled between 5:30-7:30 pm, Mon., June 11 at 4371 E Santa Rose Place in Gilbert. Candidate speeches start at 6 pm. Confirmed candidates include James Candland and Eddie Cook – Gilbert Town Council, LD12 Rep Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham, LD12 Sen Warren Petersen, Frank Riggs – Supt of Public Instruction, CD5 Congressman Andy Biggs, and US Sen candidate Kelli Ward. The event is hosted by Bill and Ingra Norton, Councilman Jared and Dianne Taylor, Councilman Victor and Joyce Petersen, Tyson & Jaime Breinholt, Leroy and Kelly Breinholt, Jason and Tracy Barney and Candice Copple.

Ooops. Someone errantly submitted information that the Thunder Mountain Republican Women would be hosting a candidate’s brunch on Sat., June 9. That is inaccurate. They held their brunch on June 2, according to TMRW President Kathy Dolge.

Eileen Klein, AZ treasurerArizona Treasurer Eileen I. Klein announced today the appointment of former Phoenix Consumer Reporter Dave Cherry as Press Secretary. Cherry will be responsible for all State Treasury communications and public information. For nearly 15 years, dave cherryCherry has worked with thousands of Arizona consumers as 'Call 12 for Action' Reporter at Channel 12 and 'CBS 5 Advocate' at Channel 5 resolving their financial disputes and providing important money advice. In this new role, Cherry will be responsible for communicating with state agencies, local governments and the education community who rely on the Arizona Treasury to protect and grow taxpayer money for the important functions they serve. In addition, he will provide public information to Arizonans about the role and performance of the office, along with economic and financial information that impacts investments and the state budget. "I’ve been blessed with a long and rewarding journalism career and I'm proud of my extensive on-air work that helped save millions of dollars for the hard-working people of Arizona," said Cherry. "I look forward to serving the public in this new role and showcasing the many meaningful ways the Arizona Treasury impacts their lives."

David Stringer LD1Rep David Stringer (R-1) today was named chair of the newly-formed Ad Hoc Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform by Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-17. JT Mesnard LD17 - speaker of houseThe committee will investigate the root causes of Arizona’s incarceration rate and issues related to prisoner reentry that contribute to recidivism. Rep Tony Rivero (R-21) has been named vice-chair, and other members of the committee are Reps Ben Toma (R-22), Kirsten Engel (D-10), and Tony Navarrete (D-30).

    The committee will immediately begin work with an organizational meeting at 2:30 pm., Wed., June 6 in Tony Rivero LD21House Hearing Room 1. The committee will meet twice monthly over the next six months at the State Capitol. All meetings will be open to the public.ben toma According to the United States Department of Justice, Arizona currently has the 4th highest imprisonment rate in the nation and a recidivism rate that is above the national average. The incarceration of roughly 40,000 prisoners in the state prison system costs Arizona taxpayers nearly $1.1 billion per year, or roughly 11% of the state budget. This is a higher percentage than all but a handful of states.

     “Public safety is the first duty of government,” said Stringer. “Yet Arizona’s prisons house many non-violent, low level offenders who need mental health and substance abuse treatment. Only a small percentage of these prisoners actually receive treatment while incarcerated. We need to look at more cost-effective ways of dealing with this population to facilitate their reentry into society and reduce recidivism.”

terry Goddard - DOutlaw Dirty Money Co-Chairman Terry Goddard says a final push for signatures is underway for a ballot initiative that could give Arizona voters the opportunity to transform the state from the “Dirty Money” capital of the United States to the national leader for transparency in political spending. The effort has about 140,000 signatures in hand and is expected to collect another 100,000 thousand through paid petitioners. A total of 225,000 valid signatures are required to qualify. The goal is 300,000 to make certain there are enough to withstand any challenges. The deadline is July 5th. Goddard said, “We cannot afford to be overconfident in getting enough signatures.  We are depending on our more than 2,000 volunteers carrying petitions.  This campaign is literally in their hands. We have every chance of success if volunteers come through as they have been.” The “Stop Political Dirty Money Amendment” would amend the Arizona constitution to require public disclosure of any contributor who spends $2500 or more to influence an election during a two-year cycle, even if those contributions passed through intermediaries. Sat., June 9th is an Arizona Sign a Petition Day where petitions will be available for signing. Volunteers will also be able turn in their signed petitions. See statewide locations .

    Currently, Arizona has the unfortunate distinction of being ground zero for dirty political spending. During the 2014 election cycle, out of $28 million in non-candidate spending for statewide candidates, an estimated $18 million was dirty or “dark money,” giving Arizona the nation’s highest participation of dirty money, as a percentage of total election spending. If approved by voters, the Stop Dirty Money amendment would give Arizona the distinction of having the most transparent law in the nation in terms of political spending.

    At yesterday’s news conference, Goddard – a former Phoenix Mayor - was joined by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson an Independent, and former Republican nominee for Congress and former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker. Support for this initiative crosses political lines. Supporters include conservatives such as former Republican Arizona Attorneys General, Tom Horne and Grant Woods, in addition to Arizona progressives such as former Phoenix Mayors Phil Gordon and Greg Stanton, and Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego. For a complete list of endorsers, petitions, or where to sign a petition on Outlaw Dirty Money go to 602-633-5146, 747 W Roosevelt Phoenix, AZ 85007. Photos – Former Republican AGs Tom Horne, Grant Woods

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ronna mcdaniel - RNCRNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: President Trump's Agenda is Working Across America -- We saw Republicans turning out in droves in six of the seven battleground House seats yesterday, that Democrats were counting on to flip the House. More Republicans turned out than Democrats, and the seventh one was just by a little bit that the Democrats turned out. That 'blue wave' yesterday became a ripple, and I'll tell you why, because the Trump agenda is working across this country, unemployment at a record low. People are feeling better, wages are up, and they want to see the comeback continue, and they're not going to hand the nation over to the obstruct and resist Democrat party of no.

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Congressman Paul Gosar will host a Facebook Live at 10 am., (AZ time) Fri., June 8. He will respond to survey questions you ask HERE.

After Nine Months Of Empty Promises to help young undocumented immigrants, House Republicans are facing a make-or-break moment on Thursday. Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will pitch a long-awaited compromise immigration plan to rank-and-file Republicans in the Capitol basement. The meeting is one of the biggest of the Congress for House Republicans, and it could get heated. See GOP braces for intraparty fight

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will meet AT 8 AM., Fri., June 8 at the at the Mazatzal Hotel (Fireside Room), Highway 87, Mile Marker 251 in Payson. The public can attend in person, view the meeting at, or watch the meeting on streaming video from any regional office statewide. Those who wish to speak to the commission may submit “speaker cards” (blue cards) in person at the meeting or from any Game and Fish office (Friday only). The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast. See the full agenda. On Sat, June 9, the commission and Arizona Game and Fish Department staff may travel to Gillette Ranch for a visit and tour of the property. No legal action will be taken during the field trip.

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Barbara BlewsterBarbara 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, LD25 House candidate Marlene Hinton, incumbent Commissioner Justin Olson, and incumbent LD Rep Rusty Bowers. 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. Photos: Candidates Bennett, Branch, O’Connor, HInton, Olson, Bowers.

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ken bennett 2aThe 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 (

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timothy Schwartz-Timothy LD30 1 VCLD30 Activist Timothy Schwartz: Frosty's Briefs has been reporting that Jon Seaton has been spotted at Republican Party headquarters behind the executive director's chair.

Many reading these series of postings may not realize who Jon Seaton is, and the jon seatonAZGOP communications director is not helpful as she uses wordcraft and spin to cleverly disguise Seaton's true identity. But I remember who Season is, and it's important for me to reveal to you who he is! I've included an article below for that purpose, because even though the article isn't recent, "the internet never forgets". When you find Seaton's name, take careful note of the nefarious activity Seaton was involved in. It's time for revolt! Time for all conservatives to demand that Jon Seaton be immediately and permanently removed from party headquarters! Yes, this is a call to action! Make calls, write letters, refuse to take no for an answer. (Editor’s Note: This is a repost because some of you reported that the link, although alive, didn’t show live on your screens yesterday.)

LD9 Chairman Brad Johns: The Pima GOP has secured a booth at the Juneteenth Event on June 16th.  Ophelia Parker is coordinating and staffing our PIMA GOP booth. She is looking for help to man the booth. Please email Ophelia at or contact via phone at 520-797-2470 if you would like to volunteer. We are also opening this community involvement opportunity to all candidates and clubs.  Also, I understand that Kuuleme's band may be scheduled to perform.  Please see linked flyers for information on the event and an explanation of the Juneteenth Annual Festival.

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Bill Gates #4 Bd of SuperSupervisor Bill Gates: Although it’s not yet officially summer, our daily temperatures are reaching close to 110 and it is important to remember to stay hydrated while hiking and recreating, and most importantly to never leave kids or pets in cars. There are a number of heat relief stations around the valley. View the map HERE. While we haven't seen rain in months, monsoon season officially starts on June 15th. Take a look at Maricopa County's Storm Preparation information page. As monsoon season approaches, make sure you are prepared. Visit the Maricopa County Storm Preparation site and make sure to sign up to receive weather alerts HERE. \

McSally TrumpCongresswoman Martha McSally stood beside President Trump as he signed a Veterans Affairs (VA) Mission Act that will implement a much needed overhaul to the health care programs available to our veterans. Because of Martha and her conservative colleagues willingness to fight for those who fight for us, veterans will get the timely, better care that they deserve. Martha spent over 26 years fighting for our country in the U.S. Air Force, now she's fighting for veterans and their families on Capitol Hill. This bill will streamline and simplify the VA's existing programs to ensure our veterans get the quality of care they deserve - the care they earned in service to our nation. For far too long our veterans have received subpar care and a VA that was marred by scandal and political games at the hands of the Obama administration. President Trump is fighting to finally FIX these shameful flaws, and Martha is standing shoulder to shoulder with him in the fight. Our active and retired military deserve a healthcare system worthy of their great sacrifice, and Martha will not rest until they get it. – Team McSally



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Kelli Ward - physician 2Sen candidate Kelli Ward’s husband: Earlier this year, Kelli sent out a notice on how Martha McSpender ranks among conservatives. Her ratings were terrible in February... but revisiting her scores now show she is performing worse than ever. While McSally maintains her 39% F-rating at the Conservative Review, she has lower numbers at the Heritage Foundation and a record low at FreedomWorks. Heritage now shows McSally with a 55% rating — down 3% since our last update — and gives her a lifetime score of 49%. The drop is due to Martha McSpender's support of two massive government spending bills: the Bipartisan Budget Act and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. And Freedom Works? Well, it looks to be McSally's worst year yet... she gets a whopping 23% rating for 2018. All of this stands to show conservatives the real Martha McSally — her voting record just doesn't square up with her fake campaign conservatism. That's why I'm urging you to chip-in and help Kelli defeat her in the primary. The good news is we're polling in FIRST place... but we must keep the momentum up to secure a win! Thanks for standing with us. - Dr. Michael Ward, Husband and #1 Supporter

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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


The Tempe Republican Women’s Annual Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am., Sat., June 9 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe, 4400 S Rural Road in Tempe. Gubernatorial candidate and former Secretary of State Ken Bennett is the speaker. $25 for members, $30 for guests. Must be paid by June 4. If pay at the door, the cost is $35. Checks may be mailed to Alison Quinn, 1264 E Weslyan, Tempe AZ 85282 . Contact: Membership chairman Diselle Brandrit at 480-203-9025

Barbara 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.

Southern Arizona Activist Bruce M Piepho invites you to attend a Meet & Greet for US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward between 1-3 pm., Sat., June 9 at the American Legion Post 24, at American Legion Post 24, 205 E Allen St Tombstone, AZ. Contact:

Dr Kelli Ward will speak at the LD14 GOP meeting at 9 am., Sat., June 9 in the Benson City Hall, 120 W 6th St in Benson, AZ (two blocks S of the main street in Benson – just off of I-10.)

June 13

The Black Mountain Community Alliance and the Black Mountain Police Precinct will meet at 6:30 pm., Wed., June 13 at the Deer Valley Community Center multipurpose room, 2001 W Wahalla Lane in Phoenix. Refreshments served. Crime prevention materials distributed. Contact or 480-467-7389.

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