AZ MC GOP turns out in force prior to midterms

January 14, 2018

Republican Maricopa County elected precinct committeemen assembled over 1,400 strong (in person and by proxy) Saturday for their mandatory meeting, presided over by chairman Chris Herring. In addition to voting on bylaws amendments, resolutions and electing five members-at-large, the gathering provided a showcase for candidates and elected officials to see and be seen. Nominating petitions and pens got a workout, with earnest handshaking in abundance. This is the foreplay to the 2018 election cycle, which is guaranteed to be unlike any other in memory.

Arizona is staring both of its U.S. Senate seats in the eyes, as Jeff Flake, seeing his bottom-dragging polling numbers in the wake of his repeated attacks on President Trump, has decided to take himself out of the race, rather than be unceremoniously kicked to the curb by the electorate he’s enflamed with his sneering insolence directed at the Republican president. John McCain is battling what has been described as an “aggressive” form of brain cancer, first revealed in July 2017. He’s been undergoing debilitating treatment and few expect him to return to Washington.

 U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (CD 8) on the heels of an abrupt retirement was no where in sight, but was the recipient of hearty applause as District 4 County Supervisor Clint Hickman reminded those in attendance that he deserved thanks for his years of service.  At last count, Arizona was closing in on two senate vacancies and one in the U.S. House prompting numerous candidates to announce.

 Taking to the podium were Gov. Doug Ducey, U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs (CD-5), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6). County Attorney Bill Montgomery, County Assessor Paul Peterson, County School Superintendent, Steve Watson, and Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri all gave speeches — strictly limited to 2 minutes. Clerk of the Superior Court, Michael Jeanes, surprised many with his announced intention to retire after two decades, effective Feb. 5.  Gov. Ducey will appoint his successor.

Schmoozing outside the auditorium, were Martha McMcSally, who bungled into the senate race with her bizarre Friday announcement telling the GOP to “grow a pair of ovaries.” Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, also newly announced in the senate race, was frequently surrounded by groupies and reporters.  Conservative Dr. Kelli Ward maintained a dominant presence, with abundant signs and volunteers circulating nominating petitions.

But the most telling segment, taking the pulse on the mood of the day was the speech by Member-at-Large candidate Joe Neglia, who tossed the routine, “I will work hard for you” speech in favor of asking the assembled committeemen if they were happy with Sen. Jeff Flake’s donation to the Democrat in the Alabama senate race, if they liked Flake pushing for the confirmation of an Obama nominated Democrat to the U.S. Supreme Court, and if they liked Jeff Flake routinely tearing down Pres. Trump.  His questions were met with loud replies of, “No!!” The same negative response followed his question concerning John McCain voting with the Democrats to retain Obamacare. Neglia followed that by questioning the silence on these treacherous acts from the state GOP chairman.

Joe Neglia won — both in winning a MAL seat and in capturing the frustration of political conservatives who loyally volunteer for the Republican Party.

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Gruesome killers on southern border confirm need for wall

November 21, 2017

The United States has a generous system for legal applications for those who can benefit our nation

The grisly murder of Border Patrol Agent Rogilio Martinez, 36, who was ambushed by illegal aliens he was tracking, once again highlights the lawlessness on our southern border.  It is being reported that Agent Martinez’ skull was crushed when struck multiple times with a rock. Another agent — still unidentified — has suffered “extensive injuries,“ and has been hospitalized in serious condition.

Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, is quoted as saying, “The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks. These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.”

According to the report, the unconscionable attacks occurred in the Big Bend Sector of Texas, about 30 miles north of Mexico. The FBI is leading the investigation while Border Patrol Special Operations agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations  aircrews continue to search the area for the attackers.

American cities have become havens for illegal aliens. Liberals in charge have created sanctuaries for them. The monetary cost to American taxpayers is encroaching on $150 billion a year. The costs in crime is incalculable.

Grant Ronnebeck, a 21 year old Mesa clerk shot in the face by an illegal previously given a plea deal, is sadly but one of countless others senselessly murdered here in the Valley. Nationally, the numbers are astronomical. The murder of Kate Steinle called attention to the practice of allowing deported illegals to keep returning and commit even more heinous acts.

A secure nation is a basic right included in the Preamble to the Constitution. It‘s not a political football. The time to build the wall is now. It’s one of the primary reasons people across the nation rallied to support the presidency of Donald Trump. For decades Arizona’s politicians have given lip service to this crucial issue when elections roll around and then revert to putting foreign nationals who have illegally breached our border in the forefront of their agenda, with so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” as McCain and Kyl were dedicated to repeatedly promoting, or being instrumental in forming the “Gang of Eight,” as orchestrated by McCain and Flake.

We have the opportunity for a clean slate of senators, with Jeff Flake’s decision to retire after acknowledging the reality of his abysmal polling numbers — and octogenarian John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis, which will limit the six-year term he was elected to in 2016.

Ask your state legislative candidates their position on the border. Don’t accept double talk. We’ve already seen where that’s gotten us These double-crossers all ran as conservatives. For a memory refresher, these were the blatant campaign lies told by Senators Jon Kyl, John McCain and Jeff Flake.


It’s time to ditch McCain’s negative influence, not embrace it

November 20, 2017

MCRC Briefs makes mention of an upcoming fundraiser referred to as a “Red Hot & Blue BBQ.” The event, benefits two “moderate” incumbent state Representatives, Jill Norgaard (LD-18) and Maria Syms (LD-28) and one retread candidate, Shawnna Bolick, who has switched legislative districts for a better shot at the political golden ring. She’s previously missed the mark twice in her old hunting ground.

The event, featuring Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez will be hosted at the Paradise Valley home of Debbie and Bill Cheatham.

Many remember Bill Cheatham as the McCain Inc. backed choice, clobbered in his attempt to unseat conservative Rob Haney as Maricopa County Republican Chairman. Cheatham not only failed, he failed miserably.

Haney, the former Legislative District 11 chairman (now reconfigured as 28), was swept to victory garnering almost 70 percent of the ballots cast in the county race. His slate of officers also won overwhelmingly. The six Maricopa County Committee by-law changes were also big winners, as each won by over 1,000 votes.

The full account of that Jan.8, 2011 meeting can be read here.

And while we’re on the topics of actual conservatives vs. the McCain influence, women candidates, and the 2018 election cycle, take a look at the most recent polling figures in the Arizona U.S. Senate race, provided by Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights. Conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, running an issues centered campaign, crushes CD-2 incumbent Martha McSally in the primary. Outside of her left-leaning Pima County base, McSally’s name ID is low. Revily polling positions Ward as the front-runner in an early match up with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9), who has magically transformed herself from radical to mainstream. (The linked post was written just before Jeff Flake shut down his reelection campaign.)

This Arizona race will be defining not only for our state, but will have far-reaching consequences nationally. .After years in the Republlicrat wilderness, we finally have a conservative candidate. Do what you can to get Dr. Kelli Ward elected.


Fed. Judge dismisses charges against former sheriff Joe Arpaio

October 5, 2017

Following the presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has dismissed a guilty verdict against him.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and Arpaio’s defense team requested the dismissal. Arpaio had been found guilty in July of misdemeanor criminal contempt for “flagrant disregard” of a judge’s order. He faced up to 6-month’s incarceration.

Bolton had denied Arpaio the jury trial he requested, opting to sit as both judge and jury herself. Joe Arpaio was an immensely popular sheriff, having been elected to an unprecedented 6-four-year terms.

Relentless, in-tandem, daily attacks by the local newspaper’s editorial board, columnists, reporters and cartoonist, coupled with the infusion of $ 2 million pumped into the campaign of Arpaio’s Democrat challenger Paul Penzone by Socialist billionaire George Soros, proved too much for the respected sheriff to overcome. Politico reports Soros is on a mission to overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system to fit his radically left-wing ideal. In a display of gratitude to his benefactor, Penzone entered office by referring to illegal invaders as “guests.”

The charges against Arpaio, which many viewed as the culmination of a witch hunt, stemmed from his office’s enforcement of the law relating to illegal immigration. Arpaio had not yet been sentenced when the president issued the pardon in August.

Denied the perp walk and mug shot that was always the newspaper’s end game, it greeted the news of the dismissal with a small two sentence front page report, continuing with a jump to a page 10. The Diamondbacks victory over the Rockies dominated Page One, complete with an oversize photo of the game’s relief pitcher. The Arizona Republic’s despair is palpable.

Arpaio is quoted as saying, “I’m happy the conviction was dismissed, especially since I am not guilty.” He also praised President Trump, saying, “It took me 85 years to find my hero and it’s the president of the United States.”

Classic Joe.

We join Arizona’s law-abiding citizens in wishing him well.


Key info preceding AZ GOP Jan. 28th meeting

January 27, 2017

Jim O’Connor is the conservative candidate for AZ GOP chairman

Republican Briefs is a reliable source for the latest news and updates from a conservative prospective. Editor Frost Taylor’s insights and straightforward reporting are a dependable daily read for many GOP grassroots activists.

That’s why we link directly to her Friday post.  If you are an elected  state committeeman attending the Saturday, Jan. 28 Statutory Meeting, you will benefit from having this information before you vote for intra-party officers and Resolutions.

Earlier this week, Seeing Red AZ wroteIt’s time to take back the AZ Republican Party,” along with an update. It contains a powerful video featuring Tim Horn, first Vice Chair of Legislative District 23, Jim O’Connor’s home district —  exposing outgoing chair Robert Graham’s disenfranchisement scheme to rig the election for his chosen successor Jonathan Lines. 

Jonathan Lines is the establishment candidate for Republican state chairman, endorsed by the untrustworthy Robert Graham and linked to the unsavory senate duo of McCain and Flake — who have been instrumental in purging conservatives from precinct committeemen posts.

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* Photo: McCain, Unknown, Jonathan Lines, Jeff Flake   What a nice cozy little group this is for a man who denies he is a McCain supporter.  Would YOU have dinner with these people?

Photo and caption: Arizona Freedom Alliance


General Election Results: AZ & National — Nov. 8, 2016

November 8, 2016


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Arizona election results can be accessed HERE, via the Arizona Secretary of State.

Federal races, including the President of the United States, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Congressional Representatives in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 can be seen HERE.

State Representatives and Senate candidates, listed by legislative district are available HERE.

Propositions 205 (recreational marijuana legalization) and 206 (raising the minimum wage). Results can be viewed HERE.

Maricopa County election results are available HERE.

Judicial retention votes can be viewed HERE.

Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. this morning and will close at 7:00 p.m. If you haven’t voted by early ballot, locate your polling place HERE. Returns should begin to be available starting around 8:00 p.m.

Fox News Live national election coverage HERE.

CBS News also has Live Presidential Updates: HERE.


AZ Primary Election: The numbers are a’changin’

September 4, 2016

Elected Precinct Committeemen are under siege again

The ponderous Primary Election count has continued long past Tuesday. Winners become losers and losers, winners as the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office processes thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots.

Congressional District 5 candidate Christine Jones, earlier considered the victor, appears to have lost by 9 votes — 29.47% to 29.48%  to former state Senate President Andy Biggs in the final tabulation early Saturday. Jones has already assembled a team of lawyers and election experts to mount a challenge to the updated numbers.

Even County Recorder Helen Purcell, who oversees elections, is not immune to the vagaries of ballot counting. She has also watched as her political light dimmed and brightened, first being declared the runner-up to challenger Aaron Flannery and then called as the winner by 185 votes— or 50.03% to his 49.97% — at the last count — Saturday 2:03 am.

All of the vote totals can be seen here.

Recounts, as spelled out in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Chapter 4, Article 12, are sure to be in the future.

If you ran for election as a precinct committeeman, your wait will be even longer. The final tabulation won’t be available until the proverbial cows come home — probably Wednesday Sept. 7. The elections take on larger significance since longtime PCs, the unpaid, grassroots workers of the political parties are once again having an elbow thrust in their gut, as the GOPe (establishment) is working with Team McCain to oust McCain disloyalists — real or imagined— from the party ranks. Concerted efforts include purposely overfilling the allotted number of committeemen allowed in each precinct and then either mailing out or hand delivering cards to households with the names comprising a “conservative slate.”  The maneuver is intended to aid the establishment by knocking actual conservatives off the roster. The fact that these are loyal Republican workers is of no consequence when it comes to the down in the weeds, devious schemes few would expect U.S. Senators to engage in.

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This is not a new phenomenon. Former Sen. Jon Kyl engaged in these underhanded tactics in 2012. As we pointed out at that time, the precinct committeemen elections are crucial since it is the elected precinct committeemen who elect the party leadership. Having conservatives in these posts hinders the efforts to have malleable stooges voted in to do the biding of the Republicrat honchos, who invariably push for amnesty immediately after they are reelected.

After McCain was censured by elected state committeemen at the 2014 annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party, he undertook a mission to replace conservatives. His scheming with out-of-state Obama donors made the national news. Read about his tyrannical tactics in Front Page mag, Breitbart. and POLITICO.