Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8-14-18 Briefs

It’s Really Important That You Check Out Candidates before you mark your ballots. You can’t believe everything you are hearing/reading about various candidates as the primary comes down to the wire. The flyers we are being flooded with can be a deceptive as well. I, for one, am also tired of the constant phone polls that don’t amount to a hill of beans. I know people who purposely give inaccurate info to the poll takers just for the fun of it. – ft

LD13 incumbent Darin Mitchell says that reports that he has dumped his teammate Trey Terry are “absolutely false.” Others say anyone who saw the conservative duo at the Wickenburg forum on Saturday would know it isn’t true. Seems RINOs are hell bent to do them in. - ft

When Briefs asked CD3 Sergio Arrelano about reports that he a member of LaRaza, the Army combat veteran responded,The answer is not only no but HELL NO! Seems like having done Hispanic outreach on behalf of Republican candidates, statewide and nationally labels me a La Raza member and it truly is disheartening.” Questions are also circulating as to whether Arrelano’s has duo-citizenship. At post time Arrelano hadn’t answered a separate question regarding duo-citizenship. - ft

Those Attending The Candidate Event At Lydia’s Restaurant in Wickenburg, say it was the best organized forum they have attended. Reports of between 60-100 people attended have come in. Plans for an event for the Wickenburg City Council candidates are underway for Aug 25.

Nationally Syndicated Radio host Alex Meluskey is asking for positive Arizona candidate stories that tell something non-political about candidates. He wants  to share stories that tell the character of the candidates. Meluskey said, “So often, we hear of the immoral or foolish behavior of candidates, or we see them grandstanding for their own benefit.  I want to share the good a candidate does when they think nobody is watching and when they’ve nothing to personally gain for their actions. We’ve a couple of weeks before the elections, and this might be a way to help those stuck on the fence as to how to pull that lever. If you’ve a personal story you would like to have shared on air, please email

Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Jim O’Connor’s schedule:

· Thursday 8/16, 6pm- San Tan Valley Republican Club Meet And Greet

· Thursday 8/16, 6:30pm- Sun City Grand Republican Club

· Saturday 8/18, 9am- LD 2 meeting

· Saturday 8/18, 3:30- 4pm- Chips and Salsa Radio Show

Maricopa County is looking for poll watcher’s for this year’s elections. Interested volunteers should contact David Garcia at

Arrowhead Republican Women will meet at 11:30 am., Wed., Sept 12 at the Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N 135th Ave in Sun City West with Secretary of State incumbent Michele Reagan. Registration begins at 10:45am. $20 per person, payable at the door - includes lunch, Reservations required via or contact Lezlee Alexander at 602-354-5224.

AZRA update from President Lynne Breyer: In the past few months, The Trumped Store in Show Low has enjoyed the fruits of the policies of their namesake, President Trump. That has been great news for our member, Steve Slaton, who co-owns that store.  But it is taking so much of his time that he has had to resign from AZRA saying he just can't do justice to the organization. Congratulations to Steve!  We wish all good things for Steve and the Trumped Store.

   · We are deeply disturbed by the recent salacious and innuendo-filled campaign ads being run by Wendy Rogers. We stand wholeheartedly with conservative Republican leaders and law enforcement who have categorically denounced in the strongest terms such appalling ads. This is what we expect from Democrats and has no place in the Republican Party of Lincoln.   

   · In June, the Board of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies met and endorsed Rep. Jim Jordon for the next Speaker of the House to replace Speaker Ryan. The Board is made up of the NFRA Executive Committee plus three members from each state chapter.     

   · In other AZRA news, all of our chapters have kept very busy this election season doing what AZRA is focused on doing: helping conservative Republican candidates with their campaigns, engaging in GOTV activities and taking on such projects as National Popular Vote and election integrity. Tim Horn, our point man for NPV, has traveled across the state speaking to groups about the dangers inherent in NPV.  AZRA member, Alex Meluskey, has been doing likewise and we applaud both of these fine men for their dedication. While proponents failed to get this measure on the ballot this year, we know it will be back and we will remain steadfast on the issue. All of our chapters have added new members and we expect that trend to continue.  

   · We are looking forward to a robust campaign season and will be holding our Endorsing Convention on September 22 in Scottsdale. Stay tuned for the details about that.  AZRA is on the move!

   ·  And lastly, we wish North Central Chapter President, Vera Anderson, a speedy recovery from her recent shoulder surgery. Get well soon, Vera. - AZRA Executive Committee, Lynne Breyer, President

LD17 will meet at 6 pm., Tues., Aug 14 in its new Victory Office, 1600 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85224, Suite 220 This work meeting will start at 6PM and workers will be providing pizza, soda, and water. This meeting is is lieu of the Aug 28 meeting, which fell on election day. Contact: President Bert Moll at

The Chips N Salsa Radio Show welcomes author/Republican activist Tim Horn as fill-in host at 4 pm., Sat., Aug 18. His guests will be gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett and AZ Corporation Commission candidate Jim O'Connor. Hosts Alice Lara and George Ortiz return the following weekend. You'll hear the Prather Point with Jeff Prather on CENTER RIGHT RADIO and Facebook livestream.

Grassroots Tea Party Activists of Arizona will meet with State Treasurer candidate JoAnn Sabbagh at 6:30 pm., Wed., Aug 15 at Denny¹s Restaurant Banquet Room, 9030 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Access Rd, Dunlap / I-17.  Meeting starts 6:30 with doors opening at 6 pm. She has served as a campaign committee treasurer for more than 17 years ranging from legislatore to congressmen. She will be discussing the propositions on the Aug 28 primary ballot. Contact Francine Baumsburg at

The Gila County Republican Party’s 2018 Reagan Day (Prime Rib) Dinner is scheduled at 6 pm., Thurs., Aug 23 at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson. Social hour begins at 5 pm. Speakers include Gov Doug Ducy and Congressman Dr Paul Gosar. Speakers will take questions from the floor. Ticket $60 each. Tickets available at or at the Payson Republican Headquarters, 307 S. Beeline Hwy just north of Bonita, at the rear of the shopping center, 9 am-5 pm, M-F.  The Mazatzal Casino is located just south of Payson at mile post 251 on Hwy 87. Many other elected officials and candidates willbe attending. Contact Chairman Gary Morris at 928-478- 8186 or Shirley 928-951-6774

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2:30-7 pm., Wed.,Aug 15 at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Appointments recommended.



Opinions expressed by readers are not necessarily those of the Briefs. Briefs does NOT endorse pre-primary candidates. Comments running over 400 words are subject to editing. Please include your phone number with your submission for verification of author purposes. – ft

LD21 Senate candidate Randy Miller regarding the Darin Mitchel Too Liberal Flyer: Okay, this is possibly dirty politics being played. If so, I don't agree with. Does anyone know of these accusations? Here's my issue with it. I don't have the time to investigate, nor do I want to. There may be good reasons that we aren’t privy to for not voting for these bills. His traffic ticket, which is not something anyone would be immune from, could be misscatagorized as criminal when they are most of the time infractions. The tax thing could have been from many years ago or longer, and again, no specifics given just mud throwing. His not living in the district...well, was this  during redistricting and he moved? Or was he in the process of moving? I know you have to live in your district for a year but this ad is pretty typical of dirty politics from the left.

Activist Scott Powelson: Supt of Public Education candidate Frank Riggs is no Republican with a bill like this one he introduced. RINO is all I can say about him. 39. H.R.3074 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing oil and gas leases on certain portions of the Outer Continental Shelf.Sponsor: Rep. Riggs, Frank [R-CA-1] (Introduced 11/13/1997)  Cosponsors: (21)Committees: House – Resources Latest Action: House - 11/25/1997 Executive Comment Requested from Interior. (All Actions)Tracker: Introduced

Activist Barbara Medal: Patriots Alert - How come each day as I read the wonderful Briefs, that our dear Frosty works so hard to supply us with  not only an excellent source of information but a platform to share vital information, call out politicians and alert us to facts that as responsible activists we should know? So then, WHY are so many of you silent??? I am not referring to the food fights nor the vicious attacks by some unwholesome mean-spirited non-patriots like those that have attacked Jim O’Connor with spiteful lies and such vitriol that no matter what personal beef you may have with Jim does not give a license to slander him. Marianne Ferraro I applaud you for your honesty and principles over the malicious, maligning and revengeful lies that some have used to bludgeon people they disagree with. Vetting candidates is important and, yes, negative things are needed to be part of it; but fellow patriots, truth and justice must prevail. Perceptions are not reality and true facts trump malicious accusations and vindictive attacks. I have seen some good people maligned and slandered by-small minded and self-centered people who use their lies to destroy anyone that disagrees with their distorted, bordering on demented, mindset. To some readers I am sure the person I refer to comes to mind, but it does not matter who. What matters is the world of politics is not about us it is about our nation, our values and most important our honor and truthfulness. There is no room for revenge aimed at perceived wrongs with hatchet jobs that have the intention to treacherously influence others with lies and deceit. We don’t stoop to Democrat ways of doing things, we are better than that. Or are we? On a good note those of us that took the time to attend the grand opening of the Turning Point’s new quarters; it was a very uplifting and inspiring event. To know that there are young informed and dedicated people (our future leaders) impacting politics in the most positive and effective manner makes us blessed there are people like Charlie Kirk, Candace Owen and our very own Tyler Bowyer. With high schools, colleges and young adults involved this movement has what it takes, untainted by politicians and driven by principles it will save our Republic. It needs your full moral and financial support.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko responds to Lyle Tuttle's latest statement in the 8-13-18-briefs: I personally emailed Lyle Tuttle on 8/10/18 when I became aware of the statement he posted in the MCRC Briefs saying he hadn't received a response from my office to a question. I copied my D.C. Chief of Staff on the email I sent Lyle and  I apologized for the delay in response from my office and told Lyle I want to make sure that my staff is responding to emails in a timely fashion. I asked Lyle to forward me a copy of his emails/questions he sent to my office and immediately contacted my D.C. staff member that answers the 1000-2000 emails/letters sent to my office every week.  The staff member found one email from Mr. Tuttle dated 7/12/18.  It asked " Can you point me to the source of this document?" referencing a Wall Street Journal article that discussed tariffs.  On the same day 8/10/18 , my Chief of Staff responded to Mr. Tuttle apologizing for the delay in response, copied my D.C. Legislative Director on the email, and gave Mr. Tuttle her direct contact information if he ever has any questions.  On the same day, 8/10/18, my D.C. Legislative Director emailed Mr. Tuttle a list of tariffs and a link to a press release referenced in the Wall Street Journal article.

LD23 Gayla Coletto: Steve Gaynor cites a quote from a "Republican business analyst hired by Maricopa County to analyze the March 2016 election: The ex-county employee, Jeffery Mason, is under investigation for using taxpayer money for campaigning, as the findings were found to be nothing more than a political hit piece. Furthermore, even Recorder Fontes, who spent $75,000 to commission the report, vehemently disavowed the findings. controversial report questions what caused long lines at AZ polls in 2016 election As for the manual, the existing manual can be used each election cycle if the Secretary deems it sufficient. If you disagree that the manual needed updating, focus on that, not the legality, as it has been ruled on.

Brian Reilly to Philip Corbell: Thank you for sending us your email voter recommendation for Dr. Kelli Ward. (We've already voted for Kelli.)  As a former Waking Up America board member, I can say with great conviction that you have made an excellent choice.  It is wonderful to see Waking Up America and others finally seeing the light and hopefully, seeing Joe Arpaio and Martha McSally for what they are, faux conservatives.

LD21 Senate Candidate Randy Miller Responds To Lyle Tuttle 8-13-18 Briefs archives That letter you received from Debbie Lesko is interesting and contradictory to campaign statements she made  at the Tue, July 31 morning coffee, and again at the Tea Party Patriots meeting on Wed evening, August 8th. While speaking at these meetings, she says she believes in local control of education and getting the federal government out of education all together.  How does her statements in the letter to you line up with that? I ask Senator Lesko to sponsor legislation that starts the dismantling process of the Department of Education based on law, specifically Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution.  Or, I ask Senator Lesko to show the authority for her and all other members of congress to sponsor any legislation that dictates, funds, or initiates any education program or system in all 50 states.  Consider the issue of grants. New York vs. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992) – “The Federal Government”, we held, “May not compel the States to enact or administer a federal regulatory program.”  As a candidate for state senate, I want complete local control of our education system in accordance to law, our Constitution. That means, the practice of taking our state money for education and then returning it for pennies on the dollar will stop.  If Senator Lesko truly believes in local control as she states to us, then back it up with action to support and represent those who voted for you.  I understand you can’t do this alone, so be our voice and start the process of discussion. In the meantime, our state should act to nullify any federal agency’s impact on our state for the very reasons stated above.  Federal grants are a violation of residual state sovereignty by the state being complicit in allowing the state to act as an agent of the federal government and implementing federal control where it otherwise would not exist. New York vs. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992) – “We have held, however, that state legislators are not subject to federal direction.”

Former Maricopa County Republican Chairman Rob Haney said: “With early voting showing Balderson trailing O’Connor 64 percent to 36 percent, I believe Trump’s visit to Ohio on August 4 prevented a Republican defeat. Trump’s popularity rests in the high 40s while the popularity of Congress rests in the mid-teen backwaters. “Trump’s opponents fear his ability to communicate with his base and keep them energized through his unique personality,” Haney said. “No one except Trump has spoken the truth so forcefully in selling his agenda and responding to attacks. “Imagine if Republicans in Congress had Trump’s force of character and had kept their campaign promises. No, it is not because of Trump that pundits are speaking of a Democrat ‘blue wave’,” he said. “The blue-wave threat is due to the mealy-mouthed, sniveling, weak-kneed Republican congressmen who have blocked Trump’s agenda and may suffer the voters’ wrath in November. “If voter backlash occurs, you can bet those Republicans will blame Trump and not their performance and low popularity,” Haney said. “Of course, Trump’s opponents are searching for a way to shut him up in the same manner they have intimidated Republican congressmen, They are now trying to silence Trump by asserting that he will hinder the chances for Republicans in the midterms because of his unconventional frankness, tweets, and tough-talking counterattacks. I think that effort is doomed for failure. We have a very rare and powerful, vocal fighter for ‘truth, justice, and the American way’ in the D.C. swamp. I am so very grateful for Trump’s righteous courage, and I pray for his protection,” said Haney. The left-wing bias of dominant media has been a heavy thumb on the scale of political coverage for as long as many people have been alive, so there’s always this disadvantage to begin with. To switch the metaphor, the Republican runner in a race has 35-pound weights attached to each leg by the media (unless he’s “maverick” Sen. John McCain), while the Democrat competitor gets a bicycle with a little motor. See Who’ll-Be-Able-To-Brag-Of-Big-Catch-Fishing-For-Clues-About-What-Elections-Are-Telling-Us/

LD24 PC Tristan Manos: In Friday's 8/10/18 Briefs, Van's post links to Cornell Law School's so-called "Legal Information Institute" (LII) and it's take on "natural born citizen." As per LII's own words: "[LII creates] materials that help people understand law." Actually, in this case, LII creates propaganda promoting it's agenda; here, misrepresenting longstanding constitutional law, both through errors of commission and omission. Wondering how this link made its way into a piece explaining the basics of American citizenship, I called Clair to inquire about it. I made a point of mentioning one of the most remarkable mistakes in LII's own citation: "Consensus exists that anyone born on U.S. soil and subject to its jurisdiction is a natural born citizen, regardless of parental citizenship." That statement is false on its face. Clair personally assured me he understands this and other passages in LLI's citation are in error. By the way, this has been going on for a long time, one example being when a so-called "journalist" wrote a piece for the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ) identifying children born in the U.S. to illegal alien parents as—get this—natural born citizens: "That’s the conclusion of a Stanford University study released Thursday, which examined the use of mental health services of children born in the United States to undocumented immigrant parents. Even though the children studied were natural-born citizens themselves, having an undocumented parent made it more likely they would eventually be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder." According to that misguided theory, children born in the U.S. to illegal alien parents are qualified to be President and Commander-in-chief of the United States of America. Even a direct, person-to-person telephone conversation between me and the LVRJ editor fell short of resolving the matter once and for all (the editor also citing this exact same LLI piece on natural born citizen), so the misrepresentation remains the status quo (in "opposite world," anyway), sourced by others, again and again, in perpetuity. For the record, of course, the ultimate form of U.S. citizenship is, in fact, the natural born citizen: a child born in the U.S. to a U.S. citizen father and U.S. citizen mother. Remarkably, sadly, and tragically, there's all kinds of people out there, even some Republicans, who will never face up to this basic fact, because it represents a direct threat to their agenda, or, somehow, they just miss the point. Contact:


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The City of Phoenix has six ballot measures for voters to decide, several are technical in nature but still make a difference.

· PROPOSITION 411 Vote YES. This will align city elections with state and county elections. Currently Phoenix elections fall on odd-numbered years making it more likely for unions and city employees to have a greater impact on city elections. Moving all elections to be in the Fall of even-numbered years will have the effect of more of the general public involved in the process and cut down on so many different dates for elections and hopefully get more conservatives elected. Unions and public employees won’t like it, but too bad. This makes for a better government.

· PROPOSITION 412 Vote NO. This gives more power to other elected officials to decide who should be in elected office. Specifically, this measure gives the city council power to kick one another off the council if the majority of the members determine one of the members has violated the city’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. It’s way too easy to make that claim and in today’s highly volatile cultural climate this is moving too far too fast.

· PROPOSITION 413 Vote YES. Allows the city to re-new it’s contract with Southwest Gas.

· PROPOSITION 414 Vote NO. The city council wants to be able put charter amendments and ballot initiatives on the ballot by title and a summary only, rather than a complete description of the respective measure. Complete transparency is important. Voters need to be able to read the measures in their entirety on the ballot. Besides, do you really want the city council to determine what the summary is? That is very problematic.

· PROPOSITION 415 Vote YES. Changes the term of the Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected City Officials from odd to even years to correspond with even-year elections (if passed). It will also change the appointments from two to four years.

· PROPOSITION 416 Vote NO. This measure decreases the number of petitions the city needs to verify initiative and referendum on the ballot. Currently the city is required to verify 100% of the petitions; this measure requires only 20% be verified. The U.S. Constitution guarantees us a republic form of government. Initiatives are a part of a democracy, not a republic. Therefore, anything that harms our republic should be discouraged--like making it too easy to put an initiative on the ballot. - S. Adams



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US Senate candidate Kelli Ward: During an on-the-record interview with the Arizona Republic’s editorial board in late July, Rep. Martha McSally delivered a shocking response to a question posed by Opinion Editor Joanna Allhands, who asked McSally when she first start supporting building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Audio here The exchange begins with Allhands saying she couldn’t “recall hearing” McSally call for a border wall when she was working on a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In response to Allhand’s question, McSally offers a meandering reply, in which she repeats that she’s been “leading on border security” six times in a 42-second span. “Were you saying at that time we needed a border wall?” asks Allhands. “I’ve been leading on border security! Go back and look at all my hearings since I was given the border security gavel, uh, as a freshman, uh, I’ve been leading on this issue – I’ve been leading on how important it is that we have barriers, that we have agents, that we have intelligence-driven operations, that we increase situational awareness and operational control. I’ve had a field hearing here in Arizona about it. I mean, I brought a congressional delegation three weeks into my term – the largest ever to the border. I know maybe because you guys weren’t paying attention because I was in southern Arizona, I’ve been consistently leading on border security. They don’t give you a subcommittee chair on such an important mission unless you’re leading on the issue. And so, I’ve been leading on it since I’ve been there, I’ve been consistent about it, and I’ve been in the arena fighting to make it happen,” says McSally. Not satisfied with the response, Allhands presses a second time to get a clear answer. “That’s border security, but not ‘the Wall’ – I don’t remember hearing [inaudible],” inserts Allhands.
Ward, also present interjects, Ask Lou Dobbs about that” – an aside in
reference to an interview McSally had with Fox Business on April 4, in which Dobbs asked her why she supported and voted for a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that failed to appropriate funding for President Trump’s border wall. At this point in the interview McSally replies: Sure, look, look, the border wall, I, President Trump says the same thing, Secretary Nielsen says the same thing, the border patrol says the same thing – I don’t know why you guys get so caught up on the word ‘wall’.” This comment is the latest in a string of remarks made by McSally, who has claimed to be supportive of a border wall.

Supt of Public Instruction candidate Frank Riggs: In case you missed it, Frank recently filmed a segment for AZTV sharing "7 things" you didn’t know about him and his candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Frank’s had an amazing career - from cop to Congressman to education leader. He wants to put all that experience and know-how to work helping every Arizona student reach their full potential. We’re now less than three weeks until Election Day! Help Frank keep up the momentum by SHARING this video with your friends and encouraging them to vote Frank Riggs for Superintendent of Public Instruction! Thank you for your continued support! - Team Riggs

US Senate candidate Kelli Ward is running for Arizona Senate to represent true conservative values and beliefs. Jeff Flake, the retiring never-Trump GOP Senator does NOT want Kelli Ward to win.  Flake would rather see a liberal take this Senate seat than a true conservative and supporter of the President. Voters need to know how important this primary is. Kelli Ward has the endorsement of conservatives Rand Paul and TV hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. It's clear Kelli is the best choice to uphold conservative values.  This is a Senate race conservatives must win. Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and others know this! Support Kelli Ward, a leader who will fight for We The People! Kelli Ward has a strong record on border security and fighting against sanctuary cities.She supports tax cuts and is committed to helping middle and working class Americans. She knows healthcare firsthand after working as an Emergency room Doctor and will be a leader in reforming healthcare. She has experience as a state politician working on the ground to better the lives of real Americans. Washington D.C. needs more leaders like Kelli Ward! Democrats are doing all they can to take this Senate seat. Conservatives must unite around Ward! contribution here



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

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Early voting for the City of Phoenix Special Election/State Primary Election began on August 1st. Mail-in ballots for the election have already begun being mailed out to voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Voters who are registered as “Independent” or “No Party Preference” must request which ballot type they want, even if they are on the PEVL, to receive an early ballot by mail. "Independent" or "no party preference" voters may request either a specific party ballot or the non-partisan/city-only ballot. Voters who are not already scheduled to receive a ballot by mail can request an early ballot by mail no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, by calling 602-506-1511 or on the internet at Voted early ballots may be returned by mail or may be delivered to any of the Maricopa County Elections offices, the Phoenix City Clerk Department, to any early voting site, or to any polling place on Election Day. To be counted, voted early ballots must be received by an election official no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. In-person early voting also will be available weekdays from Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 24, during normal business hours at Maricopa County Elections offices and on the 15th Floor of Phoenix City Hall. If your early mail-in ballot was damaged or spoiled, you may exchange it at the early voting site. Accessible voting devices that permit voters with disabilities to vote independently will be available at this site. Contact: Phoenix City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683), visit, or use the 7-1-1 Relay System. Follow on Twitter @PHXElections.

Secretary of State Michele Reagan: ver the last year, the Election Services Division has made great strides in streamlining processes – from archaic paper processing methods to removing obstacles to facilitate a variety of services it provides to voters, candidates, public officers, county partners and the general public. Through various technological applications, such as the candidate portal, the E-Qual application, new campaign finance reporting application, petition processing program, and election night reporting systems, we have made significant improvements in efficiency, accuracy, and transparency. Additionally, Arizona’s elections community embarked on the first steps to build a new state-of-the-art statewide voter registration system. See more

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko has announced the launch of the Congressional App Challenge for middle and high school students in Arizona’s Eighth District. Lesko’s statement encouraging students to participate in the Congressional App Challenge: “As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I know how important it is to encourage student interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. That is why I am pleased to announce that my Congressional Office will be participating in this year’s Congressional App Challenge. I look forward to seeing creative apps from students from across the Eighth District.” The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting a software application, or app, for tablet, mobile, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is open to all middle school and high school students, regardless of coding experience, in the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona, and students may participate individually or in teams of up to four. The apps will be evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from each congressional district which hosted a Challenge will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website ( and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. The registration deadline is September 10, 2018 and all apps must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Contact Lesko at 623-776-7911. See

Sahuarita Mayor Tom Murphy: “Sergio Arellano has been an invaluable asset to the Town of Sahuarita. His tenure on Sahuarita’s Parks and Recreation Commission has been both productive and educational. His positive can-do attitude inspires others and will serve all of the residents of southern Arizona when they elect him as their representative for the Third Congressional District of Arizona (CD3). Politicians make promises, public servants make commitments; Sergio has honored his commitments to the people of Sahuarita. For that reason, I offer my wholehearted support to Sergio.”

Congressman David Schweikert: I joined my fellow Arizona Members Martha McSally, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs, Kyrsten Sinema, and Tom O’Halleran in sending a letter to the Inspector General and Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement demanding there be an investigation to look into the sexual abuse allegations at the Southwest Key facility in Arizona.The letter asks thorough questions related to all of the allegations of sexual and physical abuse at federal funded shelters which housed underage minors. I find that being the father of a two and a half year-old, the types of allegations being reported terrify me down to my bones. Now we are going to take action to find out what has really been going on.To read the content of the letter, follow this link to my website.

Gov Doug Ducey: With the Border Strike Force, Arizonans can sleep better at night knowing law enforcement is on the job and our border is more secure. Thanks to our law enforcement officers and Arizona National Guard troops!  WATCH »

Congresswoman Martha McSally was one of six Members of Congress witnessing President Trump sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law for Fiscal Year 2019. Since taking office in 2015, McSally has led on defense issues in the House, fighting to repair and rebuild our military and securing funding for Arizona's defense assets. The National Defense Authorization Act provides important funding for U.S. military operations across the globe and is crucial for national security. This legislation directly addresses the military readiness crisis and includes the largest pay raise for troops since 2010. In this NDAA, McSally successfully secured critical funding for the A-10 wing replacement program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and other crucial capabilities. The final bill includes Congresswoman McSally's amendment which increases funding for new A-10 wings and provides a total of $144 million to re-wing between 14-20 planes.

These funding items build upon the wins Representative McSally already secured, including support for Arizona’s military installations:

  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base: $15 million for a long-overdue Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) facility.

  Luke Air Force Base: $40 million for additional military construction for F-35 aircraft maintenance unit facility and squad operations.

  Increased resources for our testing ranges at the Yuma Proving Ground and the Electronic Proving Ground at Ft. Huachuca with an additional $58.9 million to improve and modernize these major combat range and test facility bases. This includes procurement of advanced threat radar systems to improve open-air range test capabilities for next-generation equipment and aerial armament.

McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat in US History. She served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring a Colonel. During her military career, Rep. McSally flew 2,600 flight hours, including over 325 combat hours.




Gubernatoral candidate Ken Bennett will participate in the Tues, Aug 14 Governor Town Hall on gun safety, hosted by March For Our Lives, at Temple Solel,  6805 E. Mcdonald Dr, Paradise Valley. Doors open at 5 pm. RSVP for a reserved seat to: or call / text Christine at 520-235-2234.  Just show up if you would like for general admission. Gov Doug Ducey will not participate. Security will be present., according to Bennett’s campaign manager Christine Bauserman

LD13 will meet with Congresswoman Debbie Lesko at 7 pm., Tues., Aug 14 at the Heritage Elementary Library , 20895 W Hamilton St. in Buckeye for an update on Washington., DC. and the precinct committeemen to discuss the “Blue Wave” that Democrats are prepring for Arizona. Contact: Chairman Michael Carbone at


A Meet and Greet for CD3 candidate Sergio Arellano will hosted hosted by Barbara Rochester of the Crossroads Mission in Yuma at 11 am., Aug 15 at the American Legion Hall #19. LD13 candidates Tim Dunn, Trey Terry, Sine Kerr, Supt of Public Instruction candidate Dr Bob Branch and US Senate candidate Kelli Ward will also be there to answer questions.


The San Tan Valley Republican Club Meet & Greet is schedujled at 6 pm, Thr., Aug 16 greet with the candidates and incumbent Kelly Townsend as pre-invited speaker at the Pinal County Building, at 33622 N. Mountain N. Mountain Vista Blvd., San Tan Valley 85142.

Tea Party Scottsdale will host Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery at 6:30 pm., Thurs., Aug 16 at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Scottsdale City Council members Suzanne Klapp and Guy Phillips will have 30 minutes to speak on the Scottsdale sales tax increase which will be on the November ballot.  Contact: Paul Klein 602-931-0576

The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will meet at 6 pm., Thurs., Aug 16 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E Hwy 95 in Yuma for a potluck “Candidate Forum” featuring CD3 candidates Sergio Arellano, Nicolas Pierson and Edna San Miguel. Congressman Grijalva has been invited to participate. All candidates welcome to attend. Contact: Chairman Sally Kizer at 928-210-1219 or


Margaret Nyberg has scheduled a no-host coffee for LD13 incumbent Senator Sine Kerr at 8 am, Sat., Aug 18 at Nana’s Coffee Shop in Wickenburg.

LD17 will hold an 11 am, Sat., Aug 18 grand opening of the Victory Office at 1600 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85224, Suite 220. In lieu of their regularly scheduled Aug 28 meeting, they will meet at 6 pm., Tues, Aug 14 to prepare the office and create candidate packets for the Aug 18 district walk. Coffee and donuts will be available. Volunteers will meet at 8am, and walk between 8:30-11 am. At 11 am they will return to the office for food and refreshments and the candidate meet and greet for the public. The Victory Office is in need of chairs, folding tables and a refrigerator. Contact Chairman Bert Moll at

The Fountain Hills Republican Club will meet at 9 am., Sat., Aug 18 with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich at the Fountain Hills Community Center. A "Farewell Tribute" to the late First Vice President Leona Johnston, will be held. Meeting open to all. Registration begin at 8:15am. Complimentary light breakfast snacks, coffee, and juice provided. for more information. Reminder:  Early ballots for the August 28th Arizona Primary were mailed on August 1.  Independents are permitted to vote in the Primary of their choice.

The West Chapter of CRA will meet at 8:30 am., Sat., Aug 18 at Culvers Restaurant, 5127 N 99th Ave. in Glendale. This will be a voting meeting, according to President Butch Kuentzler



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