Thursday, February 16, 2017

Maricopa County GOP Chairman Chris Herring Appoints Lisa Gray As Executive Director

Cites Gray’s personal integrity and extensive record of service as instrumental in decision
PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Maricopa County GOP Chairman Chris Herring named Lisa Gray as the new Executive Director of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) under his direction. The position is crucial to the activation of the chairman’s objectives and the day to day operations of the largest Republican county committee in the nation. Gray, a former District Chairman and campaign manager for Jeff DeWit’s bid to be state Treasurer, has also developed a website dedicated to PC recruitment and been instrumental in PC training.
Herring, who was elected by a 2-1 margin at the Maricopa County Statutory Meeting on January 14, 2017 was confident in his pick, “Lisa has been tirelessly working to advance the principles of our party and doing so with integrity and outstanding results. The election of Treasurer Jeff DeWit is a perfect example of her vision and tenacity.” Chairman Herring continued, “From the grassroots to the grasstops, there is not one step of activism that Lisa is not personally experienced in, making her uniquely qualified for this position. She supports my expectation of a highly functioning committee, focused on building and growth with inclusivity and transparency.”
As the Chairman of the nation’s largest Republican county, Herring has already met with several legislative districts, other shareholder groups, and is actively organizing the MCRC to move forward in preparations for the 2018 elections.  Filling additional appointed positions, Herring has tapped Kathy Petsas, District Chairman of LD28 to serve as the county Parliamentarian; Wes Harris, Member-at-Large from LD20 as Assistant Parliamentarian; and John Eaton, First-Vice Chairman of LD27 as Sergeant-At-Arms.
About the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC): The MCRC is comprised of all elected precinct committeemen (PC’s) from the 20 legislative districts within Maricopa County. By statute, PC’s are elected during the party primary and represent 1 PC for every 125 registered voters in the precinct. The Chairman is elected every two years by the elected PC’s at the Statutory Meeting as defined ARS Title 16.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Join us this Saturday, February 18th to hear a powerful presentation on: "Lobbyists: Who's to Bless & Who's to Blame?"

Saturday, February 18th 2017
Gainey Golf Club 
7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258
9:30AM Social | 10:00AM Meeting | 11:00AM Brunch
Join us on Saturday, February 18th to hear a powerful presentation on:
"Lobbyists: Who's to Bless & Who's to Blame?"
We often hear about lobbyists on the national level - unions & Fortune 500 companies protesting & influencing legislation... Maybe it's time to take a closer look at local AZ lobbyists.
***A NEW YEAR & A NEW TIME!***
9:30AM Social | 10:00AM Meeting | 11:00AM Brunch 
 
MENU DETAILS:
 
Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon & Breakfast Potatoes
Tickets: $28 per Person 
(A Reservation Made Is A Reservation Paid.)
 STILL NEED TO RENEW YOUR 2017 MEMBERSHIP?   
Remember, annual dues
are payable by January 1st of current membership year and delinquent March 1st.
DON'T WAIT! Click here to join/renew online AND for access to a printable application (PDF format).  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Join us Saturday, February 18th to hear a powerful presentation on: "Lobbyists: Who's to Bless & Who's to Blame?"

Saturday, February 18th 2017
Gainey Golf Club 
7600 E Gainey Club Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258
9:30AM Social | 10:00AM Meeting | 11:00AM Brunch
Join us on Saturday, February 18th to hear a powerful presentation on:
"Lobbyists: Who's to Bless & Who's to Blame?"
We often hear about lobbyists on the national level - unions & Fortune 500 companies protesting & influencing legislation... Maybe it's time to take a closer look at local AZ lobbyists.
***A NEW YEAR & A NEW TIME!***
9:30AM Social | 10:00AM Meeting | 11:00AM Brunch 
 
MENU DETAILS:
 
Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon & Breakfast Potatoes
Tickets: $28 per Person 
(A Reservation Made Is A Reservation Paid.)
 STILL NEED TO RENEW YOUR 2017 MEMBERSHIP?   
Remember, annual dues
are payable by January 1st of current membership year and delinquent March 1st.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Frank Thorwald No Longer An AZGOP Chairman Candidate

Via MCRC Briefs 1-26-17
Frank Thorwald Withdraws As AZGOP Chair Candidate: As of Today, I am no longer a candidate for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. I wish to thank all my supporters for their tireless work on my behalf. Also, I would like to thank the other candidates for chairman for honoring our gentleman’s agreement not to attack one another when campaigning on the issues. As many of you know, I have been in communications since November with Trump’s staff about serving in the Trump Administration. I intended, if elected, to serve as Chairman for two years and then look at the possibilities of serving in the Trump Administration. However, the opportunities are looking extremely positive. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw, at this time, and look to the future for running again as state chairman. During the interim period between now and when I would start serving in the Trump Administration, I have offered my services to assist whichever candidate is elected to the State Chairman. 
   My goals have not altered throughout the campaign; I still believe that we need to have clarity, transparency in all things that we do. The chairman needs a kitchen cabinet made up of all factions of the party, so that they can express their views and ideas. We need to tailor how we grow the party and the training of our wonderful PC resources to each of the counties and LDs throughout the state; reorganize our meeting dates, so that we do not have multiple LDs or counties meeting on the same night, so the trainers, chairman and candidates can visit and work with the county and LD PCs more often. I have proposed and worked with the other candidates for state chairman as well as several county chairmen to develop draft legislation to deal with proxies and to allow for teleconferencing and remote voting, so that we can get greater participation from PCs throughout the state. 
    Again, I wish to thank all of you considering me for chairman and it has been a great honor to meet and work with all the wonderful party members throughout the state. This is not goodbye, simply looking at where my talents can provide the greatest benefit to our nation and to our party.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fountain Hills GOP Social, Tuesday, January 24th

The first monthly GOP Social of 2017 will be tomorrow, Tuesday,January 24th, at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel,12800 N Saguaro Blvd, FH 85268.  The monthly GOP Socials are scheduled for the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Fireside Grill.  These are social events.  NO Speeches, no reservations, no host bar/drinks (with optional food) in a friendly social atmosphere at a local bar/restaurant. Everyone is welcome.  Socialize with old friends while making new friends.    The Fountain Hills Republican Club's "GOP Socials" are open to all interested persons; membership in the FH Republican Club is not required.  Everyone is welcome and invited to bring a friend or neighbor or two.

The next FHRC meeting will be Saturday, February 18th featuring County Supervisor Steve Chucri.  The club meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.  A Meet and Greet/Social period commences at 8:30 with coffee and breakfast snacks available.  All are invited.

The annual FHRC March fundraising breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th in the FH Community Center.  This has always been a great event.  Plan on attending.   

The April 15th meeting will feature Secretary of State Michele Reagan.  Put it on your calendar now.

2017 membership dues are now payable:  $20 single/$30 family.  A membership application is available on the club's website at http://fhrepublicanclub.org/MembershipApplication.pdf.  Dues can be paid by check to Fountain Hills Republican Club, P.O. Box 17814, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269, or by check or cash at any meeting.  

Hope to see you about 6 p.m. in the Fireside Grill inside the Lexington Hotel.
Sincerely,
Boe

Boe James
Secretary,
Fountain Hills Republican Club

Monday, January 23, 2017

What's really going on with Arizona's LD23?

LD23 Chairman Nancy Ordowski’s Timeline2017_01_11_archive on this issue.

WATCH VIDEO 
AZGOP Robert Graham to Members of the AZGOP Executive CommitteeLD23 Election and Nomination Issues Letter to LD 23 PCs
   The purpose of this letter is to assure that every Republican precinct committeeman within the State of Arizona has a clear understanding surrounding the ongoing discussions with respect to LD 23 and the nomination of their state committeemen.
   The discussions do NOT regard the call letter, how it was sent, or the Attorney General’s opinion defining “mail” and “electric communication.” Further, the discussions do NOT and need not address LD 23’s election of new leadership. State committeemen, once elected, have the awesome responsibility to represent their district and/or county in a material way each year. Every precinct committeeman has the right to a fair and well-defined nomination process to assure that everyone has the option to pursue their interest of becoming a state committeeman.
   Like any club, organization, or business, it is normal to find new members who have little working experience or knowledge to apply to their newfound responsibilities. This reality adds additional responsibilities to leadership to assure everyone -- in this case newly elected precinct committeemen -- are included and are completely aware of the nomination process of becoming a state committeeman.
   The Complaint:
      The AZGOP was made aware by many new precinct committeemen and later confirmed by Nancy Ordowski, the new Chairman of LD 23, that there were over 28 precinct committeemen that were never made aware of the nomination process to become a state committeemen.
      The LD 23 leadership worked to acquire email addresses and any electronic means of communicating with the new precinct committeemen. Not all precinct committeemen responded to the requests. By not responding, leadership within all counties and district leadership must recognize the obligation to communicate with all elected precinct committeemen and the nomination process to run for state committeeman. If leadership does not have everyone’s email addresses or social media handle, USPS (mail) is the last resort to assure everyone is included. LD 23 did this with their call letters but not the nomination process for state committeeman. Herein lies the problem: to assure that everyone that would have wanted to be a state committeeman has a fair and equal opportunity to become a statecommitteemen.
     Many have complained this was a bad process, one that alienated conservative stalwarts who are important to the party and its success. Congressman David Schweikert and his wife's proxies were not permitted. There was arbitrary enforcement of proxy rules.
     C.T. Wright, a black leader in our party whom many of you know from his stirring invocations at our state party functions, was left alienated.
     Conservative attorney Mike Liburdi, an active volunteer in the Republican Lawyers Association in the past, gave notice to Chairman O'Connor that he could not attend the meeting and was not allowed to run for state committeeman. He was not given notice of the deadline for making the ballot, gave advance notice of his desire to run in writing, and had a proxy at the meeting but was denied the ability to run.
     Based on these examples and other similar complaints, AZGOP simply asked LD 23 to improve its process and hold a new election. They instead decided to hire lawyers and spent at least $5,000 fighting this. One is left wondering: what do you have to fear? Details are below, but the AZGOP simply offered to directly appoint Jim O'Connor as a state committeemen, allaying any fears that he would be prevented from campaigning for higher office in the party.
     In any case, after reviewing the complaints and having multiple meetings with leadership from LD 23 and their legal counsel, it is clear that there was neither bad behavior nor the intent to disenfranchise the new precinct committeemen of LD 23. The challenge lies with the outcome of the 119 nominated state committeemen and the question “would the results be different if the 28 plus precinct committeemen were notified properly and included in the election for the state committee both as voters or candidates for state committeeman.”
What has the AZGOP Offered as a Resolution?
   1) New Election: The AZGOP has offered to pay for a new election that would include ALL elected precinct committeemen from LD 23. This offer included paying for facilities, printing and postage. This offer was made weeks prior to the Maricopa County January 14th meeting and would assure compliance to all bylaws and Arizona Revised Statutes. A new election would have put forth best efforts to help assure that no one would have been left out of the process. Leadership in LD 23 said NO to this offer.
   2) LotteryNext was a lottery system to randomly draw precinct committeemen names from a “hat.” All names of the precinct committeemen would be included in the drawing. Once a name was picked they would be contacted to confirm or deny their interest to becoming a state committeeman. If confirmed the AZGOP, under advice and consent of the LD 23 Chairman and Maricopa County Chairman, we would appoint that person. If the person denied interest in becoming a state committeemen, then a new name would be drawn. This process would be followed until all 119 names were confirmed and appointed. Further, there was an additional offer. There has been some suggestion that the AZGOP was attempting to block Jim O’Connor from being eligible for running for state chairman by not allowing his district to be credentialed at the State Meeting. This is false. LD 23 was offered, if they chose the lottery process, that the AZGOP would hold out Jim O’Connor as an automatic appointment to be a state committeeman. He had the top number of votes in his district and the AZGOP thought this was only fair to assure that we did not interrupt or interfere with his statewide campaign. Leadership in LD 23 saidNO to this offer.
   3) Letter to the District: Lastly, in an another effort to make sure that LD 23 had full state committeemen representation to the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017, the AZGOP suggested that a letter come from the immediate past Chairman, Jim O’Connor, who presided over the LD 23 Reorganization and State Committeemen Nomination process, stating “there was NO intent of LD 23 leadership to disenfranchise or not include the block of precinct committeemen that were not included in the state committeeman nomination process. The mistake was a clear oversight and because of the complaints we have received from the LD 23 committee members we have worked with the AZGOP to define and develop uniform guidelines to help assure there will never be confusion in the future. This process would also help assure that everyone would be included or have the option to be included in the state committee nomination process in the future. Uniform guidelines that would be helpful for committees statewide.”
   The AZ GOP has offered/proposed this simple statement as another way to assure that all currently nominated 119 State Committeemen would be credentialed at the upcoming State Statutory meeting with NO changes. Chairman Nancy Ordowski of LD 23 declined this offer too, stating their attorney said a statement of this nature would be an admission of guilt.
   At this point, the AZGOP has offered at least three solutions that would assure LD 23 full representation at the State Statutory Meeting on January 28, 2017.
   Given the reasonable solutions that have been offered, and the continued “no deal” response, it feels as if the intent to “credential LD 23” at the state meeting is not the top priority of previous and current leadership of LD 23. It also feels as if the accusatory “disenfranchisement” narrative being leveled by some is politically motivated.
   As Chairman of the AZGOP I have the responsibility to give surety that all precinct committeemen statewide, within every county and district, have a fair and equitable opportunity to represent the Republican Party as a state committeeman. I am making every attempt to address the concerns brought forward by new and active precinct committeemen of LD 23 and I am continuing to work toward a solution. All precinct committeemen deserve and have the right to confidence in the process. Legitimacy should only be claimed once a fair and equitable resolution has been made.
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