• Candidates for State Leadership

    Arizona GOP Candidates for the January 28 Statutory Meeting election of officers (two year terms). Candidates are:

    • Chairman – Jim O’Connor, Jim O’Connor / (Slate: Sec Gabby Saucedo-Mercer and Treasurer Bob Lettieri.)
    • Jonathan Lines Jonathan-Lines (Slate – Sec: Cindy Coleman and Treasurer Eric Morgan.)
    • Frank Thorwald Frank-Thorwald- (no slate)
    • Secretary Gabby Mercer   Gabriela_Saucedo_Mercer , Cindy Coleman cindyc22@msn.com and Marla Festenese.
    • Treasurer – Bob Lettieri rlett5484@aol.com Wes Harris wwharris@msn.com Bill Beard wglbeard@hotmail.com and Eric Morgan.

     

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  • The Buffet Rule

    A Repeat from the Briefs today. . . .

    The Buffett Rule has been floating around the Internet for a while, but it’s well worth reading:

     

    • Salary of retired US Presidents     $180,000 FOR LIFE.
    • Salary of House/Senate members       $174,000 FOR LIFE. Why?
    • Salary of Speaker of the House     $223,500 FOR LIFE. More MONEY than the President gets
    • Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders      $193,400 FOR LIFE. Nice work if you can get it.
    • Average Salary of a teacher     $40,065
    • Average Salary of a deployed Soldier     $38,000.

       Here’s where the cuts should be made! Warren Buffett, in an interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

          The 26th Amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

        Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2017

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman /woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
    2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of 20 people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time!

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  • 2016 Election Stats

    Here are some stats on the scope of Donald Trumps  win:

    1. A groundswell of support: Trump won over 2,600 counties nationwide, the most since President Reagan in 1984. Additionally, he won over 62 million votes in the popular vote, the highest all-time for a Republican nominee.
    2. Turning blue counties red: Trump won over 200 counties nationwide that Obama won in 2012. This was the most counties won by a Republican since 1984.
    • Pinellas County, FL: Trump won Pinellas County, while in 2012 Obama won the county by nearly 25,000 votes.
    • Ashtabula County, OH: Trump won Ashtabula by 7,500 votes, a feat no Republican had achieved in decades.
    • Macomb County, MI: Trump won Macomb County by 12%, or over 48,300 raw votes, while in 2012 Obama won the county.
    • Racine County, WI: Trump won Racine County by 4,000 votes, while in 2012 Obama won the county by over 3,000.
    • Erie County, PA: Trump won Erie county by over 2,000 votes, while in 2012 President Obama won by nearly 20,000 votes.
    1. Converting key Democrat strongholds: President-elect Donald J. Trump’s message resonated with voters in historically blue states.
    • First time winning Wisconsin since 1984.
    • First time winning Pennsylvania and Michigan since 1988.
    • Only second time winning Iowa since 1984.
    1. Resonating message: Trump campaigned in places he knew Republicans have had difficulty winning. It’s clear the Trump win was one that brought Americans of all backgrounds together. With the election in the rear view mirror, Trump is now concentrating his energy on being a president for all Americans and doing the hard work of making sure his administration is ready to deliver results for the nation on day one.
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  • 2 great PragerU Videos- Electoral College

    The differences between the Electoral College and a country run by Popular Vote are large and it’s easy to confuse when the world engages in the double speak it does.  You would be led to believe the Popular Vote is more ‘FAIR’ – DO NOT BE FOOLED

    Watch this short Video to understand how and why we were set up as a Representational Republic

    The Popular Vote vs the Electoral College   watch it     HERE

     

    WATCH THE VIDEO on How the Electoral College Works in 6 minutes     HERE

     

     

    See all the great Prager University videos at:

    www.prageru.com

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  • Bringing Back Earmarks? Standing on Republican Principles

    The Senate the House  and the Presidency will all be controlled by one side for the first time since the 109TH Congress in 2005 -2006 under the George Bush Presidency  – its time to pay attention.

    It starts to become glaringly clear who is really ready willing and able to stand by Republican principles.  The days of sleeping Republicans are over and we must all be alert, take notice and take part in doing what we say and saying what we do. 

    Take the Earmarks ban instituted in 2010 – there are those who are trying , once again, to be able to spend like this. If I, as an elected official, am willing to get money for my own district or go after my pet projects I am also willing to be blind to all the others who want to do the same.

    Either we stand by fiscal responsibility or we do not. It will become glaringly obvious who is willing to do that.

    Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama, and Tom Rooney of Florida are listed as sponsors of the amendment which will be voted on by secret ballot. SECRET BALLOT?

    It is an interesting watch — who is pushing for this and who is against it…. . .

    Here’s a piece from Freedom Partners highlighting more   HERE

    Daily Signal weighs in HERE  with anti-earmark Conservative voices ( Even our own Jeff Flake weighs in)

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  • ARIZONA STATE HOUSE LEADERSHIP

    New 2017 Arizona Senate Leadership:

    • LD17 Senator Steve Yarbrough is the new Senate President – replacing newly elected Congressman Andy Biggs who is to Washington., DC.
    • LD20 Senator Kimberly Yee is the new Majority Leader
    • LD14 Senator Gail Griffin remains the Senate Majority Whip.
    • LD21 Senator Debbie Lesko has been appointed by Yarbrough to serve as President pro tempore.

     

    New 2017 Arizona House Leadership:

    • Rep JD Mesnard – Speaker
    • Rep Kelly Townsend – Majority Whip
    • Rep John Allen – Majority Leader
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  • TRUMP – First 100 Days

    Bold plans and  changes coming. . . .

    Here are some highlights :

    Building a wall and establishing minimum sentences for people who re-enter illegally.

    Tackling Illegal Immigrant Criminals and Drug Cartels to be targeted from the first day

    As will be Immigration reform.

    Lift restrictions on US.Energy production expand vital US Energy projects

    Repeal Common Core and expand school choice

    Reduce the Tax Rate for business, lower the middle class tax burden and reduce the number of tax brackets.

    Reduce the Corporate Tax rate to 15% – from 35% – reduce regulations on small business which have been handcuffed by such burdens.

    Re-negotiate NAFTA

    Withdraw from TPP

    For every new regulation you pass – 2 must be eliminated.

    Ending the EPA AND Targeting massive EPA Regulations

    Read More

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