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6-28-18 Briefs


The Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Committee will meet at 7 pm, Tues., July 10 at the AZGOP HQ (instead of the usual first Tuesday of the month).  Contact Cindy Casaus cindy.casaus@gmail.com

or Chairman Chris Herring chrisherringaz@yahoo.com

The AAARC will host US Senate candidate Kelli Ward and LD6 House candidate and Walt Blackman at 7 pm, Thur., June 28 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St, in Phoenix. Contact Chairman Rev Clyde Bowen - 602 309 6015.

Anyone state–wide wishing to help put up signs for Bob Branch, Supt of Public Instruction candidate, can reach him at Vote4Branch.com Team Branch will get the signs and rebar to you.

Former Senator Lester Pearce will teach the good and bad parts of the Arizona Constitution at 7 pm., Thur., June 28 at the home of Barbara Blewste, 915 W Fairway Drive in Mesa.

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at 6 pm, Thurs., July 19 with LD13 incumbent House candidate Tim Dunn. CD3 candidate Sergio Arellano, and gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett, at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma.

Pima County Republicans will host a premier showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film “Death of a Nation – a historical perspective on racism in America, at 6:30 pm., Tues., July 31 at the El Con Theater, 3601 E Broadway Blvd in Tucson. $15 per person. Tickets available on line on July 1 at www.PimaGOP.org. Limited seats available.

The Paradise Republican Women’s “Cavalcade of Candidates”, featuring Corporation Commission candidates is scheduled between 6-8 pm, Mon, July 2 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale $10 per person, includes all you can eat pizza and salad. Another forum is scheduled Aug. Details tba. Corp Comm candidates below, left to right, Jim O’Connor, Eric Sloan, Rodney Glassman, and incumbent Justin Olson.

Central Republican Women of Phoenix will not meet in July. Meetings will resume Thurs., Aug 2. RSVP contact 2nd VP Jan Webb at CRWOP@reservations.org

The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will host a Cavalcade of Candidates July 2 and Aug 1 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road in Scottsdale. $10 – all the pizza and salad you can eat.

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

Early Ballots Are Not forwarded by the Post Office, so if you will be out of town and want to participate in the election, you need to send a signed letter to the Maricopa County Recorder, at 111 S. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 stating your name, your current address, your date of birth, and Voter ID # (if known) and the address to which you want the ballot sent.  It must have a written signature that can be matched with that on the voter registration card on file. If you are not on the Permanent Early Voter List and want a mail-in ballot, you can request an early ballot for the Aug 28 Primary election by phone or mail.  Call 602-506-1511, Mon-Fri between 8 a and 5 pm. to do so by phone or send the written request to the address listed above.  

Important election dates: 

· July 30 – Deadline to register to vote in the Aug 28 Primary election.

· Aug 1 – Early ballots mailed out for the Primary Election

· August 29 - Election Day.  Mailed in ballots must be received at elections office by 7 p.m.

· Oct 9 – Deadline to register to vote in November General Election.

Arizona Firearms Expert Alan Korwin talks about the upcoming student gun control tour and points out adults behind the scenes who are pulling the strings. He says calls for background checks fix nothing. Click HERE

Mark your calendars:

July 30 – Deadline to register to vote in the Aug 28 Primary election.

Aug 1 – Early ballots mailed out for the Primary Election

Oct 9 – Deadline to register to vote in November General Election.

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CANDIDATE COMMENTARY

Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. Opinions expressed below are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Briefs does not endorse candidates. – ft

US Senate Candidate Dr Kelli Ward: Op-Ed In The June 25 Washington Examiner: Ignore-The-Open-Border-Establishment; President-Trump-Is-Right-On-Immigration Yesterday the Washington Examiner published my latest op-ed...It's called "Ignore the open-border establishment - President Trump is right on immigration," and I encourage you to read it here and share it with other concerned patriots.This piece is so important because illegal immigration has become our nation's No. 1 crisis... and we need solutions that work.We need to secure our borders and implement a variety of America First immigration policies that will keep our country safe and secure. This is why I am running so hard to defeat my opponents Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema in this race. Both favor policies that cater to illegal aliens over American citizens, and both of them continue to oppose President Trump and his plan to build the Wall.
I'm running for the U.S. Senate to represent our constituents -- not citizens of foreign countries -- and put America First again.
Chip in. When even Republicans refuse to secure our borders, it’s time for new leadership in Washington. We recently released our latest ad "Relentless", highlighting my mission to secure our southern border. watch here


US Senate candidate Martha McSally: We are 5 days out from our critical end-of-quarter deadline, and our digital fundraising numbers are not where they need to be. I am over $40,000 short of the MINIMUM target for the quarter. Unless people like YOU step up right now, we are not going to make it. CONTRIBUTE . This is the strategic budget my team created at the beginning of this campaign. My campaign team runs a very tight ship, and I know they have budgeted down to the day, and if we don't hit this budgetary goal it WILL mean real consequences. We are depending on the money we raise before our JUNE 30th deadline to fund the next phase of this campaign.If we fail to hit our goals, it could make the difference between a us winning the campaign or sending another career politician Democrat to the U.S. Senate. We have the chance to right this ship now, but it's going to take action from people like you. If every person reading this email donated $25 today, CLOSE THE GAP → DONATE $25 I am asking you to dig down deep today, and think about this election and all that is at stake. If we return the power in the U.S. Senate to Chuck Schumer and his henchmen, they will put a stop to the American First agenda that has boosted out economy and made this country safer.
You have my solemn word that each dollar you donate TODAY will go directly to my fight to become the next Republican Senator on the ground here in Arizona. My ambitious democrat opponent has amassed nearly a $7 million dollar war chest in the YEARS she's been preparing and campaigning for this seat. All while I spend each day I am deployed in our nation's capitol maintaining mission focus to get things done and put our county back on the path to prosperity. I'm coming to you now because I know there is so much left to be done in that fight, and the U.S. Senate is at stake.
CONTRIBUTE

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 28

LD13 House candidate Tim Dunn of Yuma will be featured at a Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm., Mon., June 25 at Reds Bar & Grill at the Wigwam Golf Club, 300 N Wigwam in Litchfield Park, , hosted by Diane Landis and Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf. RSVP to Diane at 623-935-5589 or itsa-smallworld.com

Former Gov Jan Brewer and Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee will host a luncheon for Yee at 11:30 am., Thur., June 28 at the Great Wall, 3446 W Camelback Road in Phoenix. Registrations open at 11 am. To RSVP to Tysen Schlink at 480-789-9869 tysen@schlink.me

The Colorado River Tea Party’s Candidate Forum is scheduled between 2-4 pm., Sat., July 28 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. At post time, confirmed candidates for LD13 House include incumbent Darin Mitchell and candidates Joanne Osborne and Trey Terry, along with LD13 senate incumbent Sine Kerr and challenger Brent Backus. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219.

A reception for Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs is scheduled between 5:30-7:30 pm., Thur., June 28 at 8038 E Desert Cove in Scottsdale. Light refreshments to be served. Suggested donations $75 per person or $150 per couple. Hosted by David Hooser, Nreeyda Lopez, Brion Crum, Jared & Diane Taylor, Jake & Kimberly Hoffman, Jim & Kitt Waring. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or riggsforaz@gmail.com

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller and Frank Olivieri are hosting a meet & greet/fundraiser for CD1 candidate Brandon Martin between 6 -8-pm, Thur., June 28 at the Barnfire Mesquite Grill, 8310 N Thornydale Road, Tucson, AZ 85741. RSVP to Tucvcad@comcast.net

CD2 GOP candidate Lea Marquez Peterson will be featured at a fundraiser at 5:30 pm., Thurs., June 28 at the home of Raena Janes. Appetizers & Light Refreshments RSVP to lucy@voteforlea.com

JULY 2

The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will host a Cavalcade of Candidates July 2 and Aug 1 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road in Scottsdale. $10 – all the pizza and salad you can eat.

Connie Uribe, Chairman of the Yuma Chapter of AZRA Chairman/ Yuma County PC: AZRA will host author and anti- National Popular Vote activist Tim Horn at 6 pm., Mon., July 2 at The Crossing Restaurant, 2690 S 4th Avenue. Defeating the NPV Compact has been the focus of our last three meetings, one featuring a presentation by Ardith Hildebrandt and Lynne Breyer on using social media to kill the NPV. Uribe reports chapter numbers are growing and true conservatives are welcome to join. Contact: https://azraaz.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Mostly-Good-News-From-The-U-S-Supreme-Court

· Scotus-Hands-Trump-Travel-Vindication-Flake-Fumes

· Joe-Arpaio-Needs-To-View-Larger-Picture-Act-Admirably

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Trump Shows Favoritism To Illegals: Americans Kids Are Separated

· 9 US Consulates & One US Embassy In Mexico Where Illegals Can Apply For Asylum

· Illegal With Kids Shouldn't Be A Get Out Of Jail Free Card

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· More Winning - Supreme Court Rules Against Mandatory Union Fees In Janus V. AFSCME

· VIDEO: "The Plan To Save The World"

· Q's Back...

· Up Next: 1970s-Style Bombings, Warns Progressive

· A Fish Rots From The Head Down

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NEWS LINKS

· Goodyear-Set-To-Replace-Osborne-In-City-Council

· Democratic-Congressional-Intern-Yelled-F***-You-To-The-President; Remains On The Payroll

· Modern Civil War Without Guns -- For Far

ARIZONA

· Melania-Trump-Expected-Arizona-Tour-Immigration-Facilities

· Congressman Schweikert Received Death-Threats

· Turn Around And Check — Kids And Pets In Hot Cars Spell Disaster

· Water-Rights-The-Topic-At-Greenlee-Republican-Meeting

· It's Final: Don Shooter Will Be On Ballot For Az Legislature, Supremem Court Says

· Goodyear-Set-To-Replace-Osborne-In-City-Council

· Travel Ban Upheld, Senator Flake Takes A Stand On Tariffs, And The Unraveling Of Civility

· A Fish Rots From The Head Down

· Arizona-Republic-To Sell-Downtown-Phoenix-Building, Parking-Garage

· Greenlee’s Scheduled Fourth Of July Events

· Gosar Votes Against Attempt To Grant Amnesty To Illegal Aliens

· Congressman-Biggs-Votes-Against-Attempt-To Grant-Amnesty-To Illegal-Aliens

· School Closings: Focus On Menlo Park Elementary

· Pima County Domestic Relationship Ends With Fatal Shooting

· GOP Lawmakers Introduce Censure Measure, Call Ono Maxine Waters To Resign

· John-McCain-Viewed-More-Favorably-By-Arizona-Democrats-Than-By-Republicans

· McCain's Staff Member Urged IRS To Bankrupt Grassroots Conservative Groups

WHITE HOUSE

· Sarah-Sanders-Comes-Down-On-Waters-For-Inciting-Bad-Behavior

· Sarah Sanders Shows Grace When Responding To Va Restaurant Who Refused To Serve Her

· Comey Admits Having ‘Negative Opinion’ Of Trump Before Ever Meeting Him

· President Trump Has Some Strong Words For The ‘Dirty’ Restaurant That Kicked Out Sarah Sanders

CONGRESS

· GOP Rep Ron Desantis Says Maxine Waters Is Not Fit To Serve In Congress

· Watch – Maxine Waters Encouraging Harassment Of White House Staff

· Waters Downplays Dems’ Rebukes Of Her Call To Harass Trump Officials

· Florida Man Arrested, Accused Of Threatening To Kill Children Of GOP Rep Over Immigration Policies

· Maxine-Waters-Confronted - Doesn't Like It

PROTESTORS

· Protesters Are Terrorizing The Dhs Secretary – It Ain’t Pretty

· The-Doxxing-Of-ICE-Agents-Isn’t-Oversight; Its-Insurrection

SHOOTINGS

· Parkland-Shooting-School-Security-Guards-Fired

SECOND AMENDMENT/GUN CONTROL

· Couple-Works-Together-Shooting-Three-Armed-Attackers-Outside-Grocery-Store

MEDIA

· CNN’s Jim Acosta Gets Taste of His Own Medicine at Trump Rally

JUDGES/COURTS

· The Supreme Court Just BACKED President Trump And Upheld His Travel Ban For The Safety Of America

· Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

ILLEGALS/BORDERS

· REPORT: Hillary Used Border Crisis To Line Her Own Pockets

· Former Border Patrol Agent Thinks He Can Solve Illegal Immigration Tea Party Patriots Action Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin met with former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor, current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.

CLINTONS

· Report: Hillary Used Border Crisis To Line Her Own Pockets

INTERNATIONAL

· U.S. Urges Allies To End Iranian Oil Imports

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6-27-18 Briefs


Heroes to Hometowns is calling for help to provide 2,000 military families with turkey’s for Thanksgiving. AZ Heroes to Hometowns has been helping to feed and support our wounded heroes and their families for years. But, we certainly cannot do it without your help.  We are asking for help by donating grocery gift cards or cash to our 2018 Turkeys to Troops. Your donation helps to feed one or more families of Wounded Heroes, Families of Deployed, National Guard, Reserves, and returning Military Veterans and it is time to show their service and sacrifice is not forgotten. Too many struggle each day just to put food on the table, but Thanksgiving should NOT be one of those days.  AZ Heroes to Hometowns needs 2,000 ($20.00 grocery gift cards) or monetary donations for a turkey or ham to complete our Thanksgiving food boxes. Your donation of grocery gift cards and/or checks will help our Veterans this holiday. Please help by mailing your donation to: AZ Heroes to Hometowns, PO Box 31646, Mesa AZ 85275. You can also use PayPal to make your donation. Please go to www.azherostohometowns.org for more information.

Please consider helping the families that have done their part to fight for our freedom:

____ $1,000 feeds 50 families                  ____ $500 feeds 25 families  

____   $200 feeds 10 families                   ___ $20 feeds 1 family

Contact: Founder/CEO Kathy Pearce Cell 480.330.1632   kathy@azheroestohometowns.org

The AAARC will host US Senate candidate Kelli Ward and LD6 House candidate and Walt Blackman at 7 pm, Thur., June 28 at AZGOP Headquarters, 3501 N 24th St, in Phoenix. Contact Chairman Rev Clyde Bowen - 602 309 6015.

Concerned Citizens For America (CC4A) will be hosting LD6 Sen Sylvia Allen, Sedona mayoral candidate Pete Conrad, and city council candidates Mike Ward, Bill Chishol, Jr. and Noelle Jullian for a discussion on “Home Rule” and its implications for Sedona residents hosts at 6:30 pm., Thurs., July 5 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road, Sedona. Contact: Andrea Kadar andreakadar7@yahoo.com

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet with Jana Jackson of K.I.D.S. Foundation at 6 pm., Wed., June 27 at the Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy; Access Road, Dunlap Ave exit off I-17.  Doors open 6:00 pm/ meeting starts 6:30 pm. Jackson was a candidate for Maricopa County School Superintendent in 2016. Contact facilitators Dave & Francine Romesburg at grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com or www.grassrootsteapartyactivists.com

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds those who applied online for a 2018 fall hunt permit-tag that 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Thurs, June 28, is the deadline to update credit card or debit card information. If payment is declined at the time of the draw, the application will not be drawn. AZGFD no longer calls customers to obtain payment on drawn applications where credit cards or debit cards have failed. Meanwhile, online applicants still can protect their bonus points by purchasing “PointGuard” through 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Thursday, June 28. PointGuard ensures if a successful online applicant is unable to participate in a hunt -- for any reason -- the accumulated bonus points that were expended to draw that hunt permit-tag will be reinstated. A free AZGFD portal account is needed to purchase PointGuard (visit www.azgfd.gov, click on the “My Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, then select “Register”). PointGuard is $5 per species, per applicant. For more information, visit https://www.azgfd.com/hunting/pointguard, or call (602) 942-3000. A portal account allows customers to create a secure account where they can view and manage their contact information, as well as their licenses, draw results history and bonus points in their personal “My AZGFD Dashboard” section. That’s also where draw results will be posted once the process is completed. The department will announce on its website and Facebook page when results officially are released. All hunt permit-tags are expected to be mailed by July 31 (refunds by July 20).

Food for Thought: Floating around the Internet

(1)  Isn’t it weird that in America our flag and culture offend so many people, but our benefits don’t?

(2)  How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back student loans when illegal aliens are receiving a free education?

(3)  Only in America are legal citizens labeled “racists” and “Nazis,” but illegal aliens are called “Dreamers.”

(4)  Liberals say, “If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it’s worth it.” Well, then, if deporting all illegals saves just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?

(5)  I can’t quite figure out how you can proudly wave the flag of another country, but consider it punishment to be sent back there.

(6)  The Constitution: It doesn’t need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread.

(7)  William F. Buckley said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view, and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view.”

(8)  Joseph Sobran said: “‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money. ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.”

(9)  Florida has had 119 hurricanes since 1850, but some people still insist the last one was due to climate change

(10)  Why is it that the people who claim President Trump is mentally unbalanced also claim that there are more than two genders.  Let that sink in.

NOTES FROM READERS

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.

Activist Bryan Flowers: Last week 5 min. before the doors closed at Superior Court of Maricopa County The State Republican party attorney filed on behalf of Paul Mueller an unprecedented 63 page, 16 count complaint alleging fraud against CD8 candidate for U. S Congress Sandra Dowling trying to keep her off the ballot. Today the County signature count supported former Marine Sandra Dowling so Kory Langhofer (State Republican Party Attorney) dropped the frivolous 63 page case against Dowling. Please Support Dowling by going to her website and volunteering and donating to this conservative so we can have someone who will listen to what  We The People Want! https://www.dowlingforcongress.net Donate: dowlingforcongress/donate Link to channel 3 interview

Clarkdale Activist Dale Gohr: There is a simple solution to all of the “Legal Problems In The United States” that would be so much less expensive than our current system. All we have to do is look very closely at the claimed desire of the liberal solution to the current immigration problems. First we declare there is nothing illegal, which would clear the way to monetary savings beyond belief, because we would have no need for:

A. Police, fire departments or security agencies—That amount of savings would be impressive; and add in the side benefits

a. No prison hierarchy and overhead personnel, prisoner transportation or facilities and sustenance expenses. No court, lawyers, or local politicians. This can get exciting!

B. No state politicians, universities, schools, teachers, professors, school meals or daycare facilities paid by the government!

a. Part of this is already in place; to use an old cliché: A large percentage of schools and universities are allowing the inmates to run the asylums; higher education is an SNL Witticism.

C. On the national level is where the real savings would kick-in under this brilliant plan. The use of the phrase “Drain the Swamp” would take on an entirely new meaning if we were to simply send the swamp-DemocRats and RepublicRats (ie; AZ US Senators) packing. I’d say send them home, but the stench of their return may do irreparable environmental damage.

a. No more paying political plum ambassadors, foreign diplomats, foreign aid, extensive entourage travel costs or footing the expenses of our governmental antagonist or nemesis’ in the United Nations, NATO etc.

We could save dollars by adopting the looney liberal leftist pattern for dealing with national trespassers and we could sponsor some busses to transport loads of the huddled masses of illegals to the residence addresses of Henry Fonda’s low-life children Peter & Jane, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, George W./Laura Bush, Adam Schiff, Bill/Hillary Clinton, Barack/Michelle Obama, Jimmy/Rosalynn Carter and any of the other twisted, bias swamp-rats we can find telling the illegals THAT THIS is your place to live; these People will Generously Supply All Your Needs. This is your rights; no matter what any of these people say or do; this is their ‘Gift to you’! They insist on keeping ‘Your Supposed Family’ together and ‘MS-13 Gang Members’, do not matter.”

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ELECTED OFFICALS COMMENTARY

Congressman Andy Biggs: after introducing a resolution to censure and condemn Representative Maxine Waters: “Individuals have the right to debate their differences civilly, without fear of retribution. Unfortunately, Maxine Waters' comments condone public violence and encourage actions that jeopardize the safety and security of government officials and the American people. A little over a year ago, we witnessed a horrific shooting targeted at Congressional Republicans. That day, we promised that we would be better; that we would argue about ideas not people. Unfortunately, we are returning to the vitriol of that day. Those determined to undermine the progress and agenda of President Donald Trump, have taken it upon themselves to demonize their opposition. As Members of Congress we have the responsibility to lead by example and this rhetoric is simply unacceptable.” Congressman Biggs introduces resolution to censure and condemn Rep. Maxine Waters

Arrowhead JP Craig Wismer: Due to the popularity of crime drama television series such as Law and Order, most people probably associate jury trials with felony and capital offenses.  In Arizona such crimes do allow for a trial by a defendant’s jury of his or her peers; however, certain misdemeanors also qualify for one. You might be interested to learn that Arizona territorial law allowed for a jury trial for misdemeanor criminal offenses.  That has changed to some extent over the years.   Presently, in order for a misdemeanor crime to qualify for a jury trial, either state law must expressly permit one, there needs to have existed an antecedent crime prior to statehood that was similar in nature to the present day offense or it must involve allegations of sexual motivation.  Therefore, crimes such as shoplifting, theft, and even reckless driving qualify for jury trials.  State law expressly permits jury trials for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses, while crimes such as indecent exposure fall into the sexual motivation category. In the Arrowhead Justice Court jury trials are conducted on Fridays.  In a jury trial, the judge serves as a referee who is responsible for managing the course and conduct of the trial, but does not actually decide the guilt or innocence of the defendant.  It is the jurors who serve as the triers of fact--that is, to hear the case submitted by the State and determine whether a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt based upon testimony of witnesses and evidence admitted to the record.  Soon after potential jurors report to the Arrowhead Justice Court, they will be called into the courtroom for a questioning process that is known by the French term Voir Dire—“to speak the truth.”  All jurors are asked a series of standard questions by the judge to determine if there exists a bias that would prohibit them from impartially adjudicating the case. Such biases would include prior knowledge of the matter, association with any of the parties involved or preconceived notions concerning the charges.  At the conclusion of the judge’s Voir Dire, all prospective jurors are excused from the courtroom so that individuals may be recalled for further questioning by both the prosecutor and the defendant or defense counsel.  Once all parties, including the judge, agree on six jurors plus an alternate, the remaining pool of prospective jurors is excused for the day and the trial commences.   Ideally misdemeanor jury trials will conclude in one day; however, for various reasons, this is not always possible. www.craigwismer.com

The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Martha McSally’s amendment to increase funding for the A-10 wing replacement program. The amendment increases the total amount of funding for new A-10 wings to $144 million in fiscal year 2019, which will allow for the re-winging of roughly 14-20 planes. “Three years ago, when I first came to Congress I began the fight against the Obama administration and their plan to mothball the entire A-10 Warthog fleet. This is an airplane I flew and commanded in combat - I know a little bit about it and we won that fight,” said McSally. “Since then, the Warthog has continued to be deployed to multiple combat theaters, in some of the most contested environments around the globe. If we only appropriate the base request currently included in the bill we will only secure enough funding to re-wing somewhere between 12-16 aircrafts. At that rate it could take nearly a decade to re-wing the remaining 109 A-10s. That’s not fast enough. These missions are happening NOW. We are literally flying the wings off these airplanes and our enemies won’t wait.”

Watch McSally’s remarks.

CANDIDATE COMMENTARY

Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. Opinions expressed below are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Briefs does not endorse candidates. – ft

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: Bennett is running for Governor because he believes the truth matters. This week Governor Ducey shows an approval rate of only 31% (Emerson College) which is extremely low and means he can be beaten.  Probably why he is running all those TV spots telling you how wonderful he is and how much he has done for you. (Taking credit for President Trump's work.) He will not be telling you that he broke every campaign promise he made on issues very important to Arizona.

1. He caved to #RedForEd: “Ducey was Gov. Milquetoast during the strike, seeking to co-opt and appease, not to confront and thwart.  The first significant act of public employee militancy in these parts in recent memory produced results.  Expect more of it.”     Robert Robb

2. He does not care what Republicans think about his terrible STOP plan that includes seizing guns and has promised to call a Special Session to get it.  This plan fails to keep our schools safe and is simply a step towards gun control. “Undeterred by opposition from his own party, Gov. Doug Ducey is determined to … ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves    or others others – assuming he’s still governor…”

3. He has a plan to appoint Cindy McCain to the Senate seat because he does not support the repeal of Obamacare.

4. He has done nothing to secure the border.

5. "Border Patrol union President Brandon Judd has stated: " ... National Guard deployment 'colossal waste'" He raised your taxes. “In fact, Ducey ended up raising taxes. … Ducey will claim that it is a fee, so doesn’t count as a violation of his “no tax increase” pledge. … But, through various accounting contortions, more than $100 million of it ends up improving the status of the general fund, by relieving costs and increasing revenues, just as a general tax hike would.”

Please contact the Bennett for Governor campaign to help elect Ken Bennett for Governor.  Contact Christine at 520-235-2234.You can give $5.00 to the campaign here.


US Senate Candidate Dr Kelli Ward: Op-Ed In The June 25 Washington Examiner: Ignore-The-Open-Border-Establishment; President-Trump-Is-Right-On-Immigration Yesterday the Washington Examiner published my latest op-ed...It's called "Ignore the open-border establishment - President Trump is right on immigration," and I encourage you to read it here and share it with other concerned patriots.This piece is so important because illegal immigration has become our nation's No. 1 crisis... and we need solutions that work.We need to secure our borders and implement a variety of America First immigration policies that will keep our country safe and secure. This is why I am running so hard to defeat my opponents Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema in this race. Both favor policies that cater to illegal aliens over American citizens, and both of them continue to oppose President Trump and his plan to build the Wall.
I'm running for the U.S. Senate to represent our constituents -- not citizens of foreign countries -- and put America First again.
Chip in. When even Republicans refuse to secure our borders, it’s time for new leadership in Washington. We recently released our latest ad "Relentless", highlighting my mission to secure our southern border. watch here

US Senate candidate Martha McSally: We are 5 days out from our critical end-of-quarter deadline, and our digital fundraising numbers are not where they need to be. I am over $40,000 short of the MINIMUM target for the quarter. Unless people like YOU step up right now, we are not going to make it. CONTRIBUTE . This is the strategic budget my team created at the beginning of this campaign. My campaign team runs a very tight ship, and I know they have budgeted down to the day, and if we don't hit this budgetary goal it WILL mean real consequences. We are depending on the money we raise before our JUNE 30th deadline to fund the next phase of this campaign.If we fail to hit our goals, it could make the difference between a us winning the campaign or sending another career politician Democrat to the U.S. Senate. We have the chance to right this ship now, but it's going to take action from people like you. If every person reading this email donated $25 today, CLOSE THE GAP → DONATE $25 I am asking you to dig down deep today, and think about this election and all that is at stake. If we return the power in the U.S. Senate to Chuck Schumer and his henchmen, they will put a stop to the American First agenda that has boosted out economy and made this country safer. You have my solemn word that each dollar you donate TODAY will go directly to my fight to become the next Republican Senator on the ground here in Arizona. My ambitious democrat opponent has amassed nearly a $7 million dollar war chest in the YEARS she's been preparing and campaigning for this seat. All while I spend each day I am deployed in our nation's capitol maintaining mission focus to get things done and put our county back on the path to prosperity. I'm coming to you now because I know there is so much left to be done in that fight, and the U.S. Senate is at stake. CONTRIBUTE

Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs: I believe parents have a fundamental right (and responsibility) to choose and direct their child's education.  That right is codified in Arizona law under our Parental Bill of Rights statute. I reject the attitude on the part of some who think they know better than parents.  There is no higher authority than parents, the first and most important teacher of their own children. I think the ideal way of funding K-12 education is for the per-pupil funding to follow the student to the educational model and type of schooling chosen as the best and most appropriate for the student by their parents. Regarding the expansion of ESA's that is now the subject of the Prop 305 ballot initiative: I believe the additional 30,000 ESA's should be means-tested to give low-income families priority.  These families often live in communities with historically under-performing schools.  They also are often less mobile and need assistance with transportation to take advantage of an ESA for their child.  I'd like to see the maximum dollar amount of an ESA increased even though many private schools offer tuition waivers and assistance for needy students.One other concern: As part of the ESA expansion legislation, the state legislature imposed an accountability measure.  That provision of the legislation requires any private school enrolling 50 or more ESA-funded students to administer a nationally-normed test to all students and report the test results publicly.  I've heard concerns from parents who have chosen a private school education for their child that this will lead to gradual governmental involvement in and regulation over private schools.  They contend the private schools will use the current state standardized ("AzMERIT") test that is aligned to the Common Core standards.  As a candidate for Supt. of Public Instruction, I constantly face what I call the false dichotomies - the false choices - in the discussion and debate about K-12 education.  I reject those false choices.  I firmly believe that it's possible to value public district schools (which educate the vast majority of our students) and public charter schools, and to value both the education profession and parental school choice.  I think the challenge of leadership, especially in the role of Supt. of Public Instruction, is to reconcile competing and divergent viewpoints in order to forge a common vision about the policies that are in the best interest of Arizona's 1.2 million K-12 students.

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: As a candidate for Governor of Arizona I am announcing my School Safety Operation Plan that will not remove guns but will put guns where necessary to protect our children.  The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. My first order as Governor will be to create a task force that will focus on student safety in our schools during manmade and natural emergencies with an emphasis on the worst case scenario - to control a school during an active shooter situation.  This task force must include emergency response personnel, facility emergency operational control experts, infrastructure specialists, and facility hardening analysts. My guidance will include requiring school personnel to complete training to equip them with basic emergency operational control skills. We currently require school personnel to learn skills like CPR so they can help in the first critical minutes until professionals arrive. This same principle must be applied when a crazed gunmen is shooting at our students and staff.

1. I will recommend as a starting point the Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program in Ohio that trains ‘willing, competent, and capable’ staff members in armed response, crisis management, emergency medical aid, and carrying firearms in schools.

2. I support tax credits for staff willing to be armed in the schools.

3. I support putting Law Enforcement officers into schools especially when a viable threat is identified to give immediate protection for our students while a threat is analyzed.

4. I will require a proactive component to address the infrastructure needs of our school facilities during an emergency and of students with severe mental health issues.  I will address the difficult issue of tracking severe mental health issues instead of who is getting a gun.  Our teachers must be able to focus on educating our children.

The current administration’s Severe Threat Orders of Protection (STOP) plan focuses too heavily on seizing guns.  My plan restores the focus to protecting our children.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JUNE 27

LD17, LD18, The Chandler Rep Women, And The Chandler Rep Club will present a “Mid-Summer Mixer,” between 6-8 pm., Wed., June 27 at Floridino's Pizza & Pasta, 590 North Alma School Road Chandler, AZ 85224. $10 per person. Hosted by Sen Steve Yarbrough, Reps JD Mesnard, Jeff Wenginger and Jill Norgaard, Commissioner Justin Olson, Nora Ellen, Dr Steve Ferrara, Julie Willoughby, Farhana Shifa, Frank Schmuck and Brady Willis. Contact Moll at 480 707-3495 .

LD 4 and Estrella Republican Club members will meet at 7 pm., Wed., June 27 at Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S.Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear.  Special guest will be Michele Reagan, Az  Secretary of State. Contact: Chairman Dick Newcomer at 623-398-5638.

June 28

LD13 House candidate Tim Dunn of Yuma will be featured at a Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm., Mon., June 25 at Reds Bar & Grill at the Wigwam Golf Club, 300 N Wigwam in Litchfield Park, , hosted by Diane Landis and Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf. RSVP to Diane at 623-935-5589 or itsa-smallworld.com

Former Gov Jan Brewer and Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee will host a luncheon for Yee at 11:30 am., Thur., June 28 at the Great Wall, 3446 W Camelback Road in Phoenix. Registrations open at 11 am. To RSVP to Tysen Schlink at 480-789-9869 tysen@schlink.me

The Colorado River Tea Party’s Candidate Forum is scheduled between 2-4 pm., Sat., July 28 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma. At post time, confirmed candidates for LD13 House include incumbent Darin Mitchell and candidates Joanne Osborne and Trey Terry, along with LD13 senate incumbent Sine Kerr and challenger Brent Backus. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219.

A reception for Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs is scheduled between 5:30-7:30 pm., Thur., June 28 at 8038 E Desert Cove in Scottsdale. Light refreshments to be served. Suggested donations $75 per person or $150 per couple. Hosted by David Hooser, Nreeyda Lopez, Brion Crum, Jared & Diane Taylor, Jake & Kimberly Hoffman, Jim & Kitt Waring. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or riggsforaz@gmail.com

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller and Frank Olivieri are hosting a meet & greet/fundraiser for CD1 candidate Brandon Martin between 6 -8-pm, Thur., June 28 at the Barnfire Mesquite Grill, 8310 N Thornydale Road, Tucson, AZ 85741. RSVP to Tucvcad@comcast.net

CD2 GOP candidate Lea Marquez Peterson will be featured at a fundraiser at 5:30 pm., Thurs., June 28 at the home of Raena Janes. Appetizers & Light Refreshments RSVP to lucy@voteforlea.com

JULY 2

The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will host a Cavalcade of Candidates July 2 and Aug 1 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road in Scottsdale. $10 – all the pizza and salad you can eat.

Connie Uribe, Chairman of the Yuma Chapter of AZRA Chairman/ Yuma County PC: AZRA will host author and anti- National Popular Vote activist Tim Horn at 6 pm., Mon., July 2 at The Crossing Restaurant, 2690 S 4th Avenue. Defeating the NPV Compact has been the focus of our last three meetings, one featuring a presentation by Ardith Hildebrandt and Lynne Breyer on using social media to kill the NPV. Uribe reports chapter numbers are growing and true conservatives are welcome to join. Contact: https://azraaz.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Scotus-Hands-Trump-Travel-Vindication-Flake-Fumes

· Joe-Arpaio-Needs-To-View-Larger-Picture-Act-Admirably

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Trump Shows Favoritism To Illegals: Americans Kids Are Separated

· 9 US Consulates & One US Embassy In Mexico Where Illegals Can Apply For Asylum

· Illegal With Kids Shouldn't Be A Get Out Of Jail Free Card

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· More Winning - Supreme Court Rules Against Mandatory Union Fees In Janus V. AFSCME

· VIDEO: "The Plan To Save The World"

· Q's Back...

· Up Next: 1970s-Style Bombings, Warns Progressive

· A Fish Rots From The Head Down

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6-26-18 Briefs

Former Border Patrol Agent Thinks He Can Solve Illegal Immigration Tea Party Patriots Action Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin met with former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor,  current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.

Kudos to Congressman Andy Biggs on his resolution to censure and condemn Rep Maxine Waters for her comments condoning public violence and jeopardizing government officials and the American people. It’s time someone told the old windbag to stop spewing her constant stream of hate. Now, if someone could censure/condemn ding-bat Nancy Pelosi and her stupid comments. – ft

The Colorado River Tea Party has released an official statement regarding the media coverage of their pot luck dinner last Thursday evening in Yuma: That evening KYMA reporters were greeted with respect in the parking lot where the Colorado River Tea Party was hosting a potluck dinner with Don Shooter as their special guest. A Tea Party representative informed them KYMA that it was a dinner party, that Shooter would not grant any interviews at that time, and that the meeting would not be recorded. At no time were guns “brandished” or “flashed.” At no time did anyone tell the reporters to “get out!” They were politely informed that no interviews would be granted as the potluck dinner was hosted so that supporters could meet with Shooter, and he did not want to dishonor the event.  They were asked to contact Shooter and set up an appointment at a different time for a more focused interview. It was also reported that Shooter refused to address the residency issue. He absolutely did.  Yes, he owns other houses, but he has always considered Yuma as his home.  It would probably be to his political advantage to claim his house in Phoenix as his permanent residence, as 2/3 of his voters reside in that area, but he especially committed to representing Yuma, and it is really important that Yuma be strongly represented. We are going to war over water, and we need people who are committed to protecting Yuma’s water rights.  Reporters are always welcome at Colorado River Tea Party events, but they should respect the rules of our guests, and above all, they should report honestly, factually. – Secretary Cora Lee Schingnit

Excerpt from the June 21 CRTP meeting minutes: Don (Shooter) said that this was the first time in American History that a legislator has been thrown out of office without due process.  He said it would make sense to just get out of the snake pit, but once you see corruption, you cannot un-see it. You can’t walk away. He has never betrayed our trust. The problem is with no bid contracts, millions of dollars for Cloud service’s for example, legislators giving sweet contracts to friends and supporters. Trying to stop it brings on a lot of dark money out of the woodwork, but he made a commitment. The final blow came when he refused to support a water bill that was supported by the party but would undermine Yuma’s water rights. “I said, ‘Absolutely not! The party guys are not my boss.’” Five days later he was expelled from the house. He addressed the residency issue. He does have 3 houses, but he considers his Yuma condo as his permanent residence. It just makes sense for many state politicians to have houses in Phoenix. Since two-thirds of the voters in his district live in Phoenix, it would almost make sense for him to claim that house as his permanent residence; however, “You must dance with the one who brung you.” Yuman’s sent him to Phoenix to give them a voice at the state level and he will continue to be that voice. Don invited guests to visit his website, www.donshooter.com to watch as the action unfolds in the next few weeks.  – Secretary Cora Lee Schingnitz

Grassroots Tea Party Activists will meet with Jana Jackson of K.I.D.S. Foundation at 6 pm., Wed., June 27 at the Denny’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy; Access Road, Dunlap Ave exit off I-17.  Doors open 6:00 pm/ meeting starts 6:30 pm. Jackson was a candidate for Maricopa County School Superintendent in 2016. Contact facilitators Dave & Francine Romesburg at grtp@grassrootsteapartyactivists.com or www.grassrootsteapartyactivists.co

Supt of Public Instruction Dr. Robert Branch’s campaign team is asking the volunteers to help put up signs – statewide. Signs and re-bar will be furnished. Contact Branch’s team at Vote4Branch.com Team Branch will get the signs and rebar to you.

Former Senator Lester Pearce will teach the good and bad parts of the Arizona Constitution at 7 pm., Thur., June 28 at the home of the Blewsters, 915 W Fairway Drive in Mesa.

The City of Maricopa Republican Club will meet at 7 pm., Thur., July 26 at the Village Clubhouse with Corporation Commissions Candidate Eric Sloan. Contact: brendaheremansongarza@gmail.com

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller and Frank Olivieri will hold a meet & Green fundraiser for CD2 candidate Brandon Martin at 6 pm., Thur., June 28 at the Barnfire Mesquite Grill, 8320 N Thornydale Road in Tucson. RSVP to Tucvcad@comcast.net.

The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will host a Cavalcade of Candidates July 2 and Aug 1 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road in Scottsdale. $10 – all the pizza and salad you can eat.

NOTES FROM READERS

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

LD23 Activist Boe James: Almost a month after all petitions have been turned in, why doesn't AZ GOP's website (AZGOP.org)  have current candidate information?   The page listing candidates is reached from the pull down menu under "AZ GOP Directory" and then clicking on "Candidate".   The page http://www.az.gop/candidates/ which supposedly show candidates shows only one candidate running for reelection and does not show his opponent.  A couple of other examples:  The page for Secretary of State lists the wrong opposition to the incumbent, showing two candidates who have dropped out and not showing the one who is still running to oppose the incumbent.  The page for State Treasurer fails to list an actual candidate and still lists someone who withdrew months ago.  The Corporation Commission page is incomplete skipping a name and not having a hyperlink for another. To get accurate information, one must go to the Secretary of State's page at:  https://apps.arizona.vote/electioninfo/elections/2018-primary-election/state/1348/3/0 The AZ GOP leadership should either update their page or take it down and direct people to the Secretary of State's website.

LD22 PC Kellie Pawluk: On June 18th I had to withdraw my candidacy after discovering I was 50 signatures short to qualify for the ballot. Although I am disappointed in the tactics that forced me to withdraw my candidacy, I am grateful for the opportunity to share my platforms on education and healthcare. I was humbled by the stories and encouragement I received from strangers. I also want to say thank to everyone who supported me along this journey, especially my husband Steven. He never wavered in his support and was always the first to help. I will be donating my surplus campaign funds to two amazing organizations, Hope Kids and the ALS foundation. Hope kids is an organization that gives hope to families with life threating diseases by easing their journey during the hardest most imaginable times. I dedicate this to my niece Kellie who suffers from a Mitochondrial disorder that limits her ability to do normal everyday tasks. The rest of the money will go to the ALS foundation in memory of my friend who lost his father to this terrible disease. I am grateful for the short experience I had to represent district 22 and look forward to helping in the future.

Former AZGOP Chairman Tom Morrissey: Received this Wall Street Journal article from a trusted friend and consider it more than worthy of a read. It is amazing to see just how contagious a lie can actually get to be. The only prediction -gone-wrong, which is missing from this 1980's "scientist" report, is the plight of the polar bears.  Thirty Years On, How Well Do Global Warming Predictions Stand Up

Zack Taylor, NAFBPO.org President: A little known Border Patrol function is desert operations that frequently result in rescue and too often body recovery. To get a sense of what BORSTAR does please watch this video.  And yes, 124 degrees F ambient temperature is not uncommon out on the Sonoran Desert.  Imagine what the ground temperature is?   Risk Takers - Border Patrol

Activist Barbara Medal: I suppose it is good to have Jeff Sessions quoting the Bible even if he is not relevant nor in proper context. However I would rather have this mealy mouthed sellout quote the Constitution and the laws he has failed to enforce. Or why he has not defended our POTUS and seems to be missing in action more often than not. Wonder if it was Sessions who prompted POTUS to appoint Christopher Wray to head the FBI. It is hard to understand why he still collects his salary provided by the tax paying people he is stabbing in their hardworking backs. Or why POTUS doesn’t fire his sorry good for nothing candy butt.

LD23 Rep Jay Lawrence: Recently I posted (on Facebook) a description of a meeting I attended that featured Congresswoman Martha McSally. As is my way, I said nice things about the congresswomen. Quite a few people who are supporting Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio took issue with my kindness as though it was somehow an endorsement of her Senate campaign. It was not. She has never asked me for my endorsement and given my conservative beliefs and long-time friendships with both Senator Ward and Sheriff Joe I would certainly not be endorsing her. Congresswoman McSally is well to the right of Krysten Sinema but well to the left of me. I line up on the issues with Ward and Arpaio and would be bound by decades of friendship and his loyalty to me should the Sheriff ever want my endorsement. In the meantime, I plan on continuing to say nice things about people. Please don't read more into it than I'm a nice man who enjoys the company of my friends and participation in political gatherings that are interesting and informative

Brianna Rafidi: Phillip Woolbright is a true leader in all that he does. He has a love for justice and has been to my door to meet me. Reading over his accomplishments, they are vast. He has overcome false accusations, and he is strong in his faith. He is an impartial judge, serves a community selflessly, is an honorary volunteer, gives free consulting advice, is a home builder, basketball official, missionary with his church, and computer chip designer. He plays guitar in a band, is a loving father, counsels youth, performs juggling for kids, helps the homeless, and donates to nonprofit organizations. He has a humanitarian heart, talent and smarts! He shows true dedication. He personally asked me for my vote.    

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ELECTED OFFICALS COMMENTARY

Secretary of State Michele Reagan: Did you know that less than 75 percent of Americans have not expressed their thoughts in writing about how they wish to be cared for at the end of life? Advance Directives such as living wills, medical powers of attorney and mental health powers of attorney can often provide an explicit roadmap for those making important decisions on their behalf. Our Advance Directive Registry is a free registry to electronically store and access your medical directives. The secure and confidential program grants peace of mind to registrants and their families, and easy access to all health care providers. The Directive can be any one or a combination of a Living Will, Health Care/Medical Power of Attorney or Mental Health Care Power of Attorney. The process is simple and you can request the free Guide to Filing Advance Directives from our office, or download it on our website, www.azsos.gov. Filing an advanced directive can go a long way to save your family and friends any additional heartache or legal battles over what may seem to you as an unlikely event. Please consider joining more than 17,000 other Arizonans who have taken healthcare decisions into their own hands. See https://azsos.gov/services/advance-directives


Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar: Yesterday Biggs and Gosar, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, requesting names of everyone who has served - past and present - on Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Ralph Norman, and Scott Perry co-signed the letter belowDear Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, In the recently released report, A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election, Inspector General Michael Horowitz identifies five FBI employees who had unhealthy political biases against President Donald J. Trump. Three of these employees – Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Kevin Clinesmith – were recruited and served on Robert Mueller’s ongoing special counsel investigation. We are disturbed that these individuals were chosen for Mueller’s team. We know that these biases were shared among multiple people at the FBI and could be easily uncovered by Mr. Mueller with simple vetting. These individuals should not have been given an opportunity to influence – directly or indirectly – this special counsel investigation. We understand that government workers may have political leanings, but the report of the Inspector General has demonstrated that certain FBI investigators and decision makers had overt biases and may have attempted to use their official offices to further their political goals of assuring the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the prevention of the election of Donald J. Trump to the office of president. Further, those employees may also be deliberately attempting to discredit President Trump. Mr. Mueller’s probe has extended for more than a year, and he and his team have repeatedly resisted congressional oversight. Congress learned, only through Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s revelation, that at least one additional person with a biased opinion worked on his investigation. We are concerned that there may be more politically biased investigators serving on his team. For this reason, please provide Congress with the names of everyone who has served – past and present – on Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. Congress’s constitutional oversight gives us the responsibility to know who is involved – and whether other members of Mr. Mueller’s team harbor political biases and have conflicts of interest. These investigators endanger our ability to uphold justice. The American people expect more from their representatives.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Phoenix unemployment plummets to 3.4%; Nearly 62K jobs gained in May - The Phoenix metro gained nearly 62,000 jobs in May 2018 over a year earlier, according to the employment report from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. The unemployment rate in Phoenix plummeted 0.7 percent to 3.4 percent compared to May 2017. More than 87 percent of the jobs created in Arizona were generated in the Phoenix metro. Arizona’s unemployment rate declined to 4.7 percent from 4.9 percent last year. The national unemployment rate declined 0.5 percent to 3.8 percent 2018 over 2017. The total Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro workforce, both Maricopa and Pinal counties, increased to 2.84 million from 2.77 million a year earlier. In month-over-month data, the metro lost 6,700 jobs, but retains steady job growth for the second quarter of 2018. The most jobs lost, 5,500, were government positions, and nearly 5,000 of those were in state government.

Congressman Andy Biggs: after introducing a resolution to censure and condemn Representative Maxine Waters: “Individuals have the right to debate their differences civilly, without fear of retribution. Unfortunately, Maxine Waters' comments condone public violence and encourage actions that jeopardize the safety and security of government officials and the American people. A little over a year ago, we witnessed a horrific shooting targeted at Congressional Republicans. That day, we promised that we would be better; that we would argue about ideas not people. Unfortunately, we are returning to the vitriol of that day. Those determined to undermine the progress and agenda of President Donald Trump, have taken it upon themselves to demonize their opposition. As Members of Congress we have the responsibility to lead by example and this rhetoric is simply unacceptable.” Congressman Biggs introduces resolution to censure and condemn Rep. Maxine Waters

CANDIDATE COMMENTARY

Editor’s Note: Please keep opinion pieces to 400 words. If extended, they will be subject to editing. Opinions expressed below are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Briefs does not endorse candidates. – ft

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: Voters Win!  You put me on the Republican Primary ballot to be Governor. In under five weeks we got 6,224 signatures with a 27% cushion. Governor Ducey's team saw your hard work so he offered money to a signature gatherer to not help me and she refused. So less than an hour before the deadline they file a lawsuit challenging the petitions. The lawsuit tried to throw out 12 entire petitions - that I personally gathered! 12 sheets with 10 names each for a total of 120 signatures that I held in my hand, looked the person in the eye, and asked them to sign. I am the candidate and the former Secretary of State and they were trying to throw out petitions I gathered! Just think about that. They came up with 19 separate complaints, such as 'missing address' or 'illegible' and then tried to invalidate the entire sheet of 10 signatures. My mother and sister, who have been politically active for years in their hometown, were also on the list to throw out entire sheets. They knew it was all a ruse and withdrew the complaint the day of the trial. Let's win this Arizona. Honesty still matters. Please help me win the Republican primary to be the Governor of Arizona.

Arrowhead JP candidate Phillip Woolbright: Woolbright wins for youth, wins for the judiciary and wins for what is right. A Referee can be a hero or a villian. Being a team player refereeing youth basketball has its rewards and challenges. A referee can be a hero in the eyes of some and a villain to others. Still, a fair and impartial call is always the desired outcome in a fair game and in the court. Wisdom and integrity are both qualifying attributes in fair play and fair rulings. The circumstances of life mold and make a man shine with quality, fortitude and reason. Woolbright a man with a sound mind, a caring heart and sustainable judgments. Voting for him puts Woolbright back on the bench serving this community, overcoming, showing rehabilitation to others, wisdom, experience like no other, your vote matters to his success.

LD22 House candidate Clair Van Steenwyk: I don’t dispute the legality of the law allowing challenges to ballot access signatures and want to make that crystal clear. The challenges we’ve all been following in the 2018 Election are undoubtedly legal, the question is why are they being done and should those financing them have to be named in the challenge, and if they lose the challenge or cancel it should they have to pay for it including the costs to the challenged candidate, including any costs that may have negatively affected the campaign of the challenged candidate? I believe the person, persons, campaign, lobbyist or other special interest should be required to be named in the filing. if they lose or withdraw it, they’ll have to pay all costs incurred by the candidate being challenged, and the person they use to front the filing must pay ½ the costs; this might just keep others from aiding in this, as was the case from what we’ve been through in the challenge to Dr. Sandra Dowling, who’s running for the CD 8 seat in the August Primary. As the Debbie Lesko camp approached the gentleman to sign onto the filing, and then the attorney fees were paid by Lesko; this shouldn’t be allowed. If you want to challenge a candidate, then you should be named in the challenge so the entire voting public can see what’s going on and realize most of it is just AZ politics as Usual. I hope this clears this up, as do believe this process-- as it stands today-- favors the money politicians over the citizen politicians who just want to try and fix things in AZ. Then when challenged don’t have the funds or Dark Money to defend themselves most of the time. So who really loses? We the Voters, who are then deprived of a person serving us that’s just a citizen wanting to try and fix things. In closing, I realize that most citizens and candidates, have no understanding of the process. But the professional politicians and lobbyists do, and use it to keep the citizen candidates off the ballot, and elect, re-elect or promote the proven candidate who’s already sold-out to them and party politics. We must put a stop to this out of control system by making anyone who tries to hinder our access to ballots pay rather than allow them to stifle Freedom.

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett: As a candidate for Governor of Arizona I am announcing my School Safety Operation Plan that will not remove guns but will put guns where necessary to protect our children.  The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. My first order as Governor will be to create a task force that will focus on student safety in our schools during manmade and natural emergencies with an emphasis on the worst case scenario - to control a school during an active shooter situation.  This task force must include emergency response personnel, facility emergency operational control experts, infrastructure specialists, and facility hardening analysts. My guidance will include requiring school personnel to complete training to equip them with basic emergency operational control skills. We currently require school personnel to learn skills like CPR so they can help in the first critical minutes until professionals arrive. This same principle must be applied when a crazed gunmen is shooting at our students and staff.

1. I will recommend as a starting point the Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program in Ohio that trains ‘willing, competent, and capable’ staff members in armed response, crisis management, emergency medical aid, and carrying firearms in schools.

2. I support tax credits for staff willing to be armed in the schools.

3. I support putting Law Enforcement officers into schools especially when a viable threat is identified to give immediate protection for our students while a threat is analyzed.

4. I will require a proactive component to address the infrastructure needs of our school facilities during an emergency and of students with severe mental health issues.  I will address the difficult issue of tracking severe mental health issues instead of who is getting a gun.  Our teachers must be able to focus on educating our children.

The current administration’s Severe Threat Orders of Protection (STOP) plan focuses too heavily on seizing guns.  My plan restores the focus to protecting our children.


Gov Doug Ducey is barnstorming Arizona. After kicking off our re-election campaign Monday, Governor Ducey hit the road - holding 9 campaign events in just 4 days, and giving more than 20 interviews all over Arizona. Our campaign theme is “Securing Arizona's Future,” and Governor Ducey is taking that message straight to Arizonans. This week, he held campaign events in Tempe, Tucson, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Yuma, Prescott, Lake Havasu City, Duncan, and Phoenix. And we're just getting started. See Securing Jobs Campaign Launched Casa Grande Yuma Stop Ove  Yuma Interview Ducey In Prescott Governor -Stop-In-Havasu Tri-Count    sign Up To Volunteer » - Team Ducey

US Senate Candidate Dr Kelli Ward: Op-Ed In The June 25 Washington Examiner: Ignore-The-Open-Border-Establishment; President-Trump-Is-Right-On-Immigration

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 26

The Fountain Hills Republican Club encourages all FH residents to attend the Mayor Debate at 6:30pm, Tues., June 26 in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Dr., Fountain Hills.  To encourage attendance, the scheduled GOP Social has been cancelled.  Contact: FHRC Secretary Boe James atFHRepublican@gmail.com

US Senate candidates former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Dr Kelli Ward will address the LD17 PCs at 7 pm, Tues., June 26 at the Tri-City Baptist Church

Seminary Building, (Heritage Chapel, Rm. 140), 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286.

JUNE 27

LD17, LD18, The Chandler Rep Women, And The Chandler Rep Club will present a “Mid-Summer Mixer,” between 6-8 pm., Wed., June 27 at Floridino's Pizza & Pasta, 590 North Alma School Road Chandler, AZ 85224. $10 per person. Hosted by Sen Steve Yarbrough, Reps JD Mesnard, Jeff Wenginger and Jill Norgaard, Commissioner Justin Olson, Nora Ellen, Dr Steve Ferrara, Julie Willoughby, Farhana Shifa, Frank Schmuck and Brady Willis. Contact Moll at 480 707-3495 .

LD 4 and Estrella Republican Club members will meet at 7 pm., Wed., June 27 at Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S.Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear.  Special guest will be Michele Reagan, Az  Secretary of State. Contact: Chairman Dick Newcomer at 623-398-5638.

June 28

LD13 House candidate Tim Dunn of Yuma will be featured at a Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm., Mon., June 25 at Reds Bar & Grill at the Wigwam Golf Club, 300 N Wigwam in Litchfield Park, , hosted by Diane Landis and Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf. RSVP to Diane at 623-935-5589 or itsa-smallworld.com

Former Gov Jan Brewer and Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee will host a luncheon for Yee at 11:30 am., Thur., June 28 at the Great Wall, 3446 W Camelback Road in Phoenix. Registrations open at 11 am. To RSVP to Tysen Schlink at 480-789-9869 tysen@schlink.me

A reception for Supt of Public Instruction Frank Riggs is scheduled between 5:30-7:30 pm., Thur., June 28 at 8038 E Desert Cove in Scottsdale. Light refreshments to be served. Suggested donations $75 per person or $150 per couple. Hosted by David Hooser, Nreeyda Lopez, Brion Crum, Jared & Diane Taylor, Jake & Kimberly Hoffman, Jim & Kitt Waring. RSVP to 480-437-1032 or riggsforaz@gmail.com

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller and Frank Olivieri are hosting a meet & greet/fundraiser for CD1 candidate Brandon Martin between 6 -8-pm, Thur., June 28 at the Barnfire Mesquite Grill, 8310 N Thornydale Road, Tucson, AZ 85741. RSVP to Tucvcad@comcast.net

CD2 GOP candidate Lea Marquez Peterson will be featured at a fundraiser at 5:30 pm., Thurs., June 28 at the home of Raena Janes. Appetizers & Light Refreshments RSVP to lucy@voteforlea.com

JULY 2

The Paradise Republican Women’s Club will host a Cavalcade of Candidates July 2 and Aug 1 at Rosati’s Pizza, 18221 N Pima Road in Scottsdale. $10 – all the pizza and salad you can eat.

Connie Uribe, Chairman of the Yuma Chapter of AZRA Chairman/ Yuma County PC: AZRA will host author and anti- National Popular Vote activist Tim Horn at 6 pm., Mon., July 2 at The Crossing Restaurant, 2690 S 4th Avenue. Defeating the NPV Compact has been the focus of our last three meetings, one featuring a presentation by Ardith Hildebrandt and Lynne Breyer on using social media to kill the NPV. Uribe reports chapter numbers are growing and true conservatives are welcome to join. Contact: https://azraaz.com

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SEEING RED AZ

· Loony-Leftists-Go-Full-Circle-Now-Claim-God-Is-On-Our-Side

· What-Did-Arizonans-Do-To-Deserve-McCain-And-Flake?

AMERICAN FREEDOM BY BARBARA

· Trump Shows Favoritism To Illegals: Americans Kids Are Separated

· 9 US Consulates & One US Embassy In Mexico Where Illegals Can Apply For Asylum

· Illegal With Kids Shouldn't Be A Get Out Of Jail Free Card

ARIZONA FREEDOM ALLIANCE

· First 3 U.S. Presidents on American Citizenship & Immigration

· What's $5 Worth To You?

· What A Despicable Sub-Human

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NEWS LINKS

· MS-13 Members BUSTED Shaving THUGS To Look Like Unaccompanied Minors - Look At This!

· Former CIA Director Goes Directly After Trump – Urges His Own Cabinet To Oust Him

· Border Patrol Agent Has Ankle Broken Tring To Protect Oldler Owman From ICE Protesters

· More Violent Acts: DHS Official Finds Decapitated Animal On Front Porch Amidst Threats

· Freedom Caucus Is Busy Dropping HARD TRUTHS Against DOJ And FBI - About Time Someone Fired Back!

· Front-Runner For Mexican Presidency Plans To FLOOD The U.S. With Illegal Aliens

· Socialist-Activist Who Hassed Homeland Secruity Secretary Works For The DOJ

· Congresswoman Attempts Bashing Trump On Auschwitz-Style Photo But Ends Up Spreading Fake News Instead

· Peter Fonda's LATEST Flub Has Border Patrol Officials FED UP! He's Basically BLM And Antifa At This Point

ARIZONA

· GOP Lawmakers Introduce Censure Measure, Call Ono Maxine Waters To Resign

· John-McCain-Viewed-More-Favorably-By-Arizona-Democrats-Than-By-Republicans

· McCain's Staff Member Urged IRS To Bankrupt Grassroots Conservative Groups

· Border Agents Encounter 57 Aliens In Record Heat

· The Death Spiral Of The Democratic Party

· Bisbee Man Attacked By Bobcat

· Man Disappears Near Lake Pleasant After Car Breaks Down

· ASU Partners With Valley Metro To Equip Buses With Thermal Sensors

WHITE HOUSE

· Billionaire Tom Steyer Is Blowing MILLIONS Of Dollars To Get Leftists To Do One

· MAJOR Thing To Get Rid Of Trump…And It Has ZERO CHANCE Of Working

· President Trump Has Some STRONG Words For The ‘Dirty’ Restaurant That Kicked Out Sarah Sanders

· Democrat-Intern-Yelled-At-President Across The Capitol Rotunda

· Sanders Begins Press Briefing With Blistering Message To Restaurant That Kicked Her Out

PROBES/INVESTIGATIONS

· IG Horowitz Testifies That Key Intel Was Redacted From Report That Would Implicate Lynch

FBI/CIA/ICE/DHS /DOJ

· Border-Patrol-Sets-Up-Shop-In-New-England-Quickly-Gets-Results/

ILLEGALS/BORDERS

· Former Border Patrol Agent Thinks He Can Solve Illegal Immigration Tea Party Patriots Action Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin met with former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor, current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.

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