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Congressman Trent Franks On NAU Shooting, US House Leadership

Here is the latest video from Congressman Trent Franks on the NAU shooting. Congressman Franks also addresses why leadership in the US House is changing and what is pushing those changes in leadership. Congressman Trent Franks opposed Kevin McCarthy’s intention to seek House Speaker as a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Franks points out that the Senate filibuster has been the elephant in the room when it comes to what is driving a change in the next Speaker of the House.

Arizona Right to Life Event – Gianna Jessen – October 17th

Arizona Right to Life

Gianna Jessen

Recently Gianna Jessen was invited to speak about abortion before the House Judiciary Committee because her testimony is vital to the entire abortion debate swirling around our country presently. “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?” Her pointed question cannot be answered, only avoided.

We are so excited to bring Gianna here to Phoenix on October 17th to encourage and inspire.More than just revealing her own incredible personal testimony, Gianna speaks to the heart and marrow of the abortion issue, exploring the topic with conviction and courage to a degree that no one else can.

Please join us at our Fall fundraising evening. We need your help more than ever to reach hearts and minds on college campuses and within the church. I look forward to seeing you on the 17th. Additionally, if you purchase a general admission ticket you will get a free copy of Trent Horn’s book Persuasive Pro-Life.

Jason Walsh, Executive Director



Say It Isn’t So, Joe

If this story is even partially true, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has finally jumped the shark.  Many conservatives around the state—and country—have held him up both as a hero in his law enforcement ardency and in his refusal to bow to the surrounding left-liberal commentariat and activists.  Over the past couple of years, he has made that job more difficult with some poor decisions, but now he is making it impossible.

Just last month he announced a new effort to go after street dealers of drugs, a la Giuliani and Bratton, including marijuana.  That is a good idea and did wonders for the Big Apple.  Knowing how problematic and crime-driving drug sales are, and how everything from marijuana to heroin is increasingly ending up in too many of our teens’ hands and brains, it is an even better idea for Arizona.   Now, however, he is a featured speaker at a fundraiser for a group supporting legalizing marijuana.  While the event seems to be billed as an educational event on how seniors can benefit from medical marijuana, the group sponsoring it is all over and all about legalizing recreational use as well, that is, legalizing marijuana.  And their promotional material seems to confuse those issues to boot.

People can have their opinions on this—we tend to side with the position that legalizing a product that more and more science is showing to be more and more potent is actually a bad idea.  We also note how marijuana legalization will actually be bad for law enforcement, generally, and how we can read by the week about new illegal grows and law enforcement seizures in places like Colorado and Washington where the black market is still thriving.  And we think it as close to horrific as can be that, yes, it’s still getting into the hands of our teens.

With all that said, just what is Sheriff Joe doing, and, moreover, what is he communicating?  We know from the Arizona Department of Health Services that “medical marijuana” is simply not something most seniors are interested in, with about five percent of such “card holders” being over the age of 71 (and the vast plurality of “card holders” being under forty).  Is the point to get more of them to use?  Is it to fundraise for legalization as the sponsoring group wants to do and issues reports on?

Sheriff Joe has had a long and noble career with both the DEA and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office—he should not be, at once, putting the brakes and accelerator on an issue he has committed his life toward, all the while sending mixed signals to our community, and helping fundraise for the opposite of what his Department says it is doing.  If he’s being used as a dupe, he should stop.  If he’s caving in on an issue he’s dedicated his career to, that’s another matter—but he should tell us clearly so we can all know just what it is he is up to.  And, if he’s simply not sure anymore, and jumped the shark, then he should resign.

Monday Poll: The Race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District

Monday Poll: September 28, 2015

Arizona Republican LD-30 Chairman Resigns – No Special Meeting

Apparently, a special meeting was scheduled for tonight – Monday, September 30, 2015 – in order to conduct a recall election of Gary Hirsch.

That meeting has been cancelled.

Here is a statement released by Maricopa County Republican Committee Executive Director, April Higgins:

The Scheduled “Special Meeting” per the MCRC By Laws, for this evening for LD 30 Precinct Committeemen has been CANCELLED. Chairman Gary Hirsch has officially resigned as Chairman of LD 30. 

April Riggins, Executive Director MCRC

Even more telling about the machinations on LD-30 was a recent Facebook post by Lisa Gray on :

Precinct Committeemen following the saga in LD30…here’s a picture of the number of PCs that showed up for their LD meeting tonight [September 14, 2015]…even though roughly 98 PCs were recruited and appointed outside of the county bylaws (because some just don’t have to follow the rules). They recruited these 98 for ONE reason and ONE reason only and that is to recall the current Chairman that was elected fair and square. So what was on tonights agenda? PC Training. You’d think that more that 15 would show up out of all those newly appointed PCs with such a topic.

Let me say this…because you aren’t going to read this in the biased Briefs… Chairman Hirsch and the LD30 board have done a PHENOMENAL job getting that district up to basic standards that were long overlooked and overdue. It’s a darn shame that they’ve had to put up with the constant conflict and harassment by the former Chairman…all because he didn’t win reelection. I sure would like to see his fellow LD Chairmen rally behind Gary and support him…because what is going on in LD30 could happen to ANY LD Chairman and district.


Photo taken September 14, 2015 at LD-30 meeting.



It’s too bad when political egos and ambitions get in the way of moving political agendas [editor’s note].

Arizona Republican Party Video: Excitement in Diverse Presidential Candidate Field

The Arizona Republican Party just released a new video showing excitement for the diverse field of Republican presidential candidates. Moreover, the video shows new youth, energy and diversity among Republican voters.

If well-produced videos like this are any indication of the year ahead, Republicans have plenty of optimism and hope to look forward to as the presidential campaign kicks into full gear in 2016.

Congratulations to Chairman Robert Graham and crew and a special thanks to Seth Leibsohn and the staff at KKNT 960 for a well produced event!

Who Won The 9/16 Debate?

What do you think is motivating the Arizona freeway shooter?