Saturday, July 28, 2018

7-28-18 Briefs

Condolences To The Family Leona Johnson, former Arizona Federation Of Republican Club President And Paradise Republican Women’s Club Member who passed away July 26, 2018.

Condolences To The Family Of Lois Fitch, a founding Lincoln Republican Women’s Club member and founder of the Arizona Teen Republicans. She passed away on July 23, 2013.

AzFRW President Loraine Bennett Pellegrino will keep us posted on services for both of these fantastic Republican women.

A “Meet & Greet” For The Wickenburg Town Council Candidates is scheduled between 2-4 pm., Sat., July 28 at Lydia's La Canasta, 2023 W. Wickenburg Way in Wickenburg (SW corner of Hwy 60/Vulture Mine Road). Meet the candidates and ask your questions. All the candidates have been invited.

College Republicans United reported that they will have three members – Rick Thomas, Kevin Decuyper and Chase Smith - on the Chips N Salsa Radio at 4 pm., today. Thomas  is the founder and President of College Republicans United at ASU. The club broke away from the College Republicans last year due to corruption and infighting within the student org. Despite being completely independent and without any financial support from a national organization, CRU has grown to be the largest conservative club on campus since January of this year. Thomas is the Director of Social Media for Charles Loftus' State Senate Campaign in LD20. Thomas has a business associates from Chandler Gilbert Community College, and is seeking a Bachelors in Education at ASU. He will become a Republican Party  Precinct Committeeman this fall. Decuyper has been a Republican activist since his involvement in the ASU College Republicans executive board at the beginning of his freshman year. The following year Decuyper was elected Secretary of the Arizona Federation of College Republicans. In two years he would work his way up to Vice Chairman. In 2017 Decuyper graduated from Arizona State University with a wher BS in Business Finance and a minor in small business entrepreneurship. With the help of friends last January, he co-founded the one-of-a-kind club College Republicans United at ASU You may see Kevin knocking at least a thousand doors a week for his job canvassing for local Republican campaigns. Smith  is a relatively new member with CRU. He's running for secretary of the club next semester, and will become a Libertarian Party Precinct Committeeman this fall.  His major is Computer Science. Other members have been encouraged to join the studio audience and may also be interviewed on the program.  Contact the CRU at

The Secretary Of State’s Notary Workshop is scheduled between 9 am-noon, Tues., July 31 in the Grand Canyon Room at the State Capitol, 1700 W Washington in Phoenix. See

AzFRW President Loraine Bennett Pellegrino: The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity urges the citizens of Arizona to vote NO on the state’s income tax hike proposal, the so-called “Invest in Education” proposal. This proposition would turn Arizona into a high-tax state, hurt our state’s small business owners, and put teacher pay in jeopardy. It would be the largest permanent tax increase in Arizona history, making Arizona’s top income tax rate the fifth-highest in the country and the highest in the Southwest region. Click here to sign the petition and sign up for future information on this ballot prop:

The Tempe Republican Women’s Club is having a bowling night, hosted by Diselle Brandriet, between 6-8:30 pm., Mon., Aug 27 at the Amf Mcray Plaza Lanes, 3825 W Ran Road in Chandler for those who want to bowl, just watch, or cheer on bowlers. $12.50 for two hours of bowling, includes shoe rental. RSVP by Aug 22. . Contact Brandriet at 480-203-3905.

Central Republican Women of Phoenix invites all Republicans to forum between US Senate candidates Dr Kelli Ward and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio at 5:30 pm., Thur., Aug 2 at Aunt Chilada’s Restaurant, 7330 N Dream Draw in Phoenix. Candidate Congresswoman Martha McSally is unable to attend. $20 substantial appetizers. . AZ Legislative candidate Senator Kate Brophy-McGee and Lisa Atkins will also speak.  RSVP to

US Senate candidate Dr Kelli Ward will speak at the Rim Country Republican Club at 11 am., Mon., July 30 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E Hwy 250 in Payson.

Secretary of State Michele Reagan reports that the Annual Report of divisions under her authority, can be viewed at

Arizona Treasurer Eileen I. Klein has announced the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund (PLETF) recorded a 9.09% return for fiscal year-end June 30, 2018. The performance outpaces last year’s 8.6% gains. The PLETF also achieved a 10-year average annual return through fiscal year-end 2018 of 7.73%; exceeding the 10-year return through 2017 of 6.56%. This year-end PLETF performance, along with all other final 2018 fiscal year-end Treasury investment activity, will be discussed at this month's State Board of Investment meeting on July 31. The meeting starts at 1:30pm at the Treasury Office and is open to the public.

The Secretary of States office has finished processing the "Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment" initiative petitions, and has transmitted the 5% sample of signatures for verification to the state’s 15 counties, according to SOS Michele Reagan.

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 28 - 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 Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), has posted the voting records of all state legislators on key pro-rights firearms bills for the 2017 and 2018 Legislative sessions on its website's Voting Records page. You can find who your State Senator and Representatives are here (scroll to the bottom of the page). These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

The Official Movie Trailer For Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “Death of a Nation” will open nationwide on Aug 3.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting entries for their annual wildlife calendar photo contest. . One best in show and 11 first-place winners will be showcased in the 2019 calendar, published in the November-December 2018 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. The best in show first place winners are featured in the issue and, new this year, the cover photo will also be spotlighted inside the issue on one of the calendar months!  Photos are numbered and evaluated solely on creativity, photographic quality, effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the subject, and whether or not submitted images meet basic size and formatting requirements.The contest accepts entries through Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. MST. Cash prizes will be awarded. Prize money is funded through publications sales. No entry fee. People can enter via email or through a file-sharing website. Official rules are posted at



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Chips ‘N Salsa Radio Talk Show Hostess Alice Lara: Thank You Frosty! Great to have the Briefs back. Appreciate all your political print sweat!

Trump Store Owners Steve Slaton & Karen McKean: The White Mountain Conservatives Navajo County Grassroots organization with Navajo County AzRA Chapter had a great meet and greet with candidates Brenda Barton and Stewart McDaniel at the Trumped Store in Show Low Az. Brenda Barton is running for LD-6 Senate seat currently occupy by Sylvia Allen.Stewart McDaniel, is running for Brenda's old seat as representative to LD-6. We at the Trumped Store Support Brenda and Stewart campaigns. We also at the Trumped Store being in CD-1 gives are full support to Tiffany Shedd Candidate for CD-1. Tiffany has a clear understanding of not only rural issues which concern citizens of CD-1, she has strong conservative back bone to support President Trumps Agenda.

Bruce Piepho: I suspended the Appeal to Heaven during this political season of mid-term elections.  My messages were leaning more and more towards political commentary.  Then I stumbled onto the Capital Ministries.  Now approaching the primary vote we need more then at any time to focus on God and prayer for America. Just days after a story about Ralph Drollinger and Capitol Ministries was published by BBC News, a division of British Broadcasting Corporation, and distributed across the globe, it had reached more than 1 million readers world-wide. For the first time in at least 100 years, the U.S. President's Cabinet has a Bible study group. What do they learn?  What does Donald Trump make of it?  Every Wednesday, some of the world's most powerful people meet in a conference room in Washington DC to learn about God..

Activist Art Olivas: Why people don’t pay attention until we're up to our necks in Do Do - is beyond me. We keep reelecting self serving Rino Politicians year after year. You keep supporting the lobbyist and endorsers and know it all’s like Samuel Adams from American Post-Gazette who hides behind this rag and don't have the cojones to say who they really are! Why do they want us to vote for Kelly Ward who hasn't one tenth of the knowledge that Sheriff Joe has in border problems and in illegal immigration.  The only knowledge and information Kelly Ward has is what the cutout picture of president Trump feeds her.

    Keep this RINO in mind. Receptions In Support Of The Arizona Republican Party, featuring Gov Doug Ducey and AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham, are scheduled between 4:30-6 pm., Sat., Oct 17 at the home of Julia and Barry Smith, 9625 N 55th St., Paradise Valley, AZ and at 7 pm, Tues, Oct 20 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.  Suggested contribution: Host -  $5,000,  PAC or $1,000 Individual, Attendee: $1,000 PAC or $500 Individual. Co-hosts Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Martha McSally, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert and honorary host include former Congressmen Jim Kolbe, Jon Kyl and John Shadegg.  RSVP Michelle Hyde at (602) 633-2777, or Corinne Lovas at (623) 218-6616, corinne@lovasco.comNow

     My wife and I have helped David Schweikert with money and worked in his campaign for office. Last week when I ask him for help on the issue of ID cards for illegals. He ignored me. When I asked him about his voting for Boehner again he said nothing - just kept asking for more Money. In my eyes his only interest is in getting re-elected. Are we better off now then before he got in office? Why he will not help us stop illegals from being a parasite on Arizona! David Schweikert will beg for our money and support. But I believe he will never lift a finger to help us!! He gives out coffee that he buys with your contributions to buy your vote. To get rid of illegal immigrants, we need to get rid of the incumbents that support them.  Like Schweikert, Martha McSally has done nothing for us.  

Dale Gohr Of Clarkdale: What does Discrimination really mean? Synonyms: Judgment, discernment, bias and bigotry; however, to clarify what I talk about here we need to narrow the general meaning to more specific usage of the term. I reiterate something I said in a meeting about 22 years ago: “Discrimination has nothing to do with race. Discrimination has to do with differences and ‘Race’ just happens to be an obvious difference”. If what I just stated were not true you could not/would not have the discrimination between the English and the Irish, between African Tribes or between the Apache and Navajo. However, today we are looking at a concept that has become blatantly obvious; still I do not believe most people recognize it as discrimination yet.

      We and our Law Enforcement Agencies have graduated to accepting grossly illegal activities as being a mythical right to protest. No one gave anyone the right to protest. The First Amendment gives us the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of our grievances. Impeding traffic, physical or verbal assaults and all property damage (public or private) are all crimes, which unfortunately, are being ignored as our representative republic is being trashed with the blessing of left-wing politics, politicians, news media, entertainment and social media moguls.

      People are being physically attacked and beaten for wearing any Trump slogan apparel, being harassed in public for being affiliated with the Republican Party. Before you say it happens on the other side too; stop and try to think of a similar though reversed situation. The Facebook CEO trying to denounce any commentary that he does not agree with when he plainly embraced the highly edited and programed [Edited to make the islamists look strong and the victims look weak] islamic beheadings of christians and jews… and cuts off the comments of my wife as too controversial when she mentions anything adverse about Islamic teaching or about Democrat/Socialist prejudice or factual errors.

     And accusing President Trump’s policies for mistreating the children of illegals by the leftists by using pictures taken in 2014 (over a year before Trump became President) in order to find something grotesque enough to garner the sympathetic outrage desired to blame Trump. When confronted about the pictures the leftists claim ‘It don’t matter, when they were taken. Hypocrisy on Steroids!!!

Olga Tarro, State Board of Education's Arizona Standards Development Committee member: I’m a Mom of three who’s been engaged diligently in the political realm since Common Core came home in my kids' backpacks... not just for my children, but for all children in Arizona.I choose to support Frank Riggs for Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) because he’s the most qualified to lead Arizona away from the status quo we’ve been mired in for too long. Frank understands the education issues at the local classroom level, the district level, the state level and the federal level. Working to fix a problem first requires knowing how all the pieces fit together and where the pieces are broken. Moms like me all over the state asked Frank to consider running for SPI. He’s been shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we worked on committees and on legislation to chip away Common Core and more. Moms like me have had hundreds of conversations, emails, and face to face meetings with parents, teachers, students, and leaders at all levels about what needs to be done for Arizona students. Frank is the only one who understands and has a viable plan. Moms like me, who became known as the grassroots group "Mommy Lobby AZ," have spent many hours attending meetings and forums throughout the state to speak with and question all of the SPI candidates. We know the issues and don’t settle for platitudes. We know Arizona is losing a generation of students and we can’t sit back and watch it happen. It takes courage, conviction and vision to change things.



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CD8 House candidate Dr. Sandra E. Dowling: Questions being asked throughout Congressional District 8 by voter’s center on whether Social Security and Medicare are entitlements or earned benefits. US House Speaker Paul Ryan has stated on numerous occasions that Social Security and Medicare are entitlements. Candidates in the Congressional District 8 special election frequently referred to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements. They were wrong! Ryan’s plan is to wait until after the mid-term elections to bring this issue before Congress for a vote. Specifically, his plan will transfer $338 billion from the Social Security Trust Fund into the general fund in an attempt to balance the trillion-dollar federal deficit. If this plan is successful there could be a reduction in the amount current retirees receive in their monthly Social Security checks. Donald Trump declared: “It’s not unreasonable for people who paid into a system for decades to expect to get their money’s worth – that’s not an ‘entitlement,’ that’s honoring a deal.”  I agree whole-heartedly with President Trump. We need a representative in Congressional District 8 who will support the President’s message that Social Security and Medicare are earned benefits. Either the President’s message is wrong, which I don’t believe, or we need a new messenger in Congress. We need to start today to focus not only on Social Security but on Medicare’s high cost of prescription drugs. Seniors are being taken advantage of and it must stop. A vote for Dr. Sandra Dowling as your next Congressman will guarantee a voice in Congress that will protect you.

Gubernatoral candidate Ken Bennett: I am asking for your support in the Republican primary for Governor. Governor Ducey has broken his campaign promises and has failed to secure our border and fix education funding.  Ducey is a 'Never-Trumper' who will never support President Trump's MAGA goals. Ducey promised to secure the border but it is a bigger mess than it was four years ago. Illegal activity streams across Arizona and the National Guard he put on the border has been called a 'colossal waste' of your taxpayer money by the Border Patrol Association. Follow the money and you find that Ducey donors are giving hundreds of millions to elect those who support DACA amnesty for 1.3 million and Never-Trumpers. My running in a Clean Elections campaign means I answer to you. I am asking you to give me four years and send backup to President Trump.  If you support me here is what you can do:  Donate $5.Click here if you are able to give an additional donation, you can give up to $160 more. We can beat Doug Ducey and send support to President Trump, if we come together and make this happen! Please act now!



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Congressman Paul Gosar: You may have seen a silly article in the Democrat party propaganda entity called the Arizona Republic about my desire to talk to Governor Ducey last December about the impending senate vacancy.  Quick, stop the presses, a sitting Congressman wants to talk to the Governor.  Quite a story. 

     As all of you know, Sen. McCain, who has had an amazing and long tenure in Congress, but over a year ago he was diagnosed with fatal brain cancer.  He has not voted or been representing Arizona in Congress since last December, which most people are ok with, even if it hurts the state.I wanted to talk with Gov. Ducey about the selection process for when, not if, the senator passes.

     The Senator himself has been publicly making funeral plans.  Dying is a part of life, and I respect this and embrace it as we all must.   My point today is the same thing I would have told the Governor had he decided to meet with me (he didn't): the people of Arizona are not being represented, and responsible adults need to plan for the future.  Just as parents and grand parents create wills and trusts, and just as the Constitution provides for a line of succession in the event the President dies in office, adults plan for transitions. It's what mature people do.

     Anyone who says such planning is "disgraceful" is either foolish, na├»ve or hiding an agenda.  I want transparency in the process.  I want a public discussion.  It has been all back-room talk so far, and that hurts everyone except special interests and sycophants.   The true disgrace is trying to shame people for wanting to plan for the future and refusing to meet with the people's elected representatives.  I am Paul Gosar, I will stand for the truth every time.  – Gosar Team



July 28.

Canceled: The Yuma Tea Party Senate Candidate Forum, scheduled for Sat., July 28, has been cancelled. Contact Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219

July 31

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 Limited seats available.

The Pima County Republicans Blood Drive is scheduled between 9 am - 1 pm., Wed., July 31 at 1740 E Ft. Loowell in Tucson. Contact the Pima GOP office at 321-1492 for appointment. Bring your ID, drink plenty of water. Receuve a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

LD10 Rep Todd Clodfelter (R-10) will host “Deseg 101,” an open meeting to inform the community of the status and future of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) desegregation court order. The meeting will take place July 31st at 6 p.m. at Tucson Baptist Church, 1525 S. Columbus Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711. Guest speakers will include Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, TUSD superintendent, and Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst at the Arizona Tax Research Association. Members of the public and other elected officials are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact: Matthew Specht Director of Communications House Republican Caucus 602-926-5518 www.mspecht@azle


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

CD1 candidate Tiffany Shedd will featured at the Leading Ladies Lunch at 11 am., Wed., Aug 1 at The Henry, 4455 E Camelback Road in Phoenix. Tickets - $150 per person Hosted by Betsey Bayler, Cindy Compton, Beth Coons, Sandy Froman, Lisa James, Randy Kendrick, Kim Owens, Janice Pratt, Julie Muphrr, Melinda Petznick, Karrin Robson, Stefanie Smallhouse, Lynndy Smith and Kathleen Winn. RSVP to Tysen Schlink at 480-789-9869 or


Central Republican Women of Phoenix will resume meeting Thurs., Aug 2. RSVP contact 2nd VP Jan Webb at

AZRA Scottsdale will meet with gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett at 6:15 pm., Thurs., Aug 2 in the Mstang Library Reading Room (90th Street just south of Shea Blvd, just east of Shea/101.) Due to limited seating, RSVP required.AZRA members, current or former, are invited. LD23 PCs welcome.

1030am KVOI is hosting a “Wake up” nightof networking with 2018 candidates between 6-8 pm., Aug 1 at the Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N Hacienda Del Sol. $20 admission, includes dinner. Cash bar. RSVP to

Concerned Citizens for America (CC4A) will meet at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 2 at the Canyon Trails Cowboy Church, 3132 White Bear Road in Sedona to watch “Agenda 2, Masters of Deceit” produced by former Idaho Representatative Curtis Bowers who also produced “The Agenda, Grinding America Down”. Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs will also speak. All voters are welcome. Desserts provided. Contact: Andrea Kadar



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