PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a historical speech given by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery after a brutal battle during the Civil War.
Arizona conservatives lost a freedom fighter last night.
Jeffrey Vath, aka Tony GOPrano, passed away surrounded by his wife, Mary Anne and family.
Jeff and I certainly had our political differences but we were also brothers at arms on a number of issues important to Arizona.
As we say goodbye to this giant in the conservative movement, please keep Mary Anne and Jeff’s family in your prayers.
We will miss you Jeff.
Fight on from the Kingdom of Heaven!
By John Ondrasik
I see Andrew every day. When I fire up my buddy list there is Bodiaz bringing his dose of happy-sad. Thanks, someone, for not turning his computer off.
On the one-year anniversary of his death, many folks will speak of Andrew’s loss to the cause. Go ahead and cube that vacuum a few times. It’s true, in some measure he lives on in all of us. When I was out campaigning for Romney last year, all my tough decisions were decided by a simple What Would Andrew Do?
But for me, and many, it’s not about politics or movements. I’m still mourning the small “b” Breitbart. I miss my friend terribly. I loved the guy.
A few days after Andrew’s funeral last year I wrote a song. It was never meant for public consumption. With his wife’s Susie’s permission, here’s the demo/lyric.
I Can’t Stand to Say Goodbye
All was there
All is lost
No Silver Linings
No God’s will
No Sense or Reason
Our heart is still
All that remains is moving on
Robbed us all
I can’t stand to say goodbye
In the Home of the Brave
You were the best of the lot
There’s no replacing
This hole won’t fill
Death is cold and it’s cruel
Real and unreal
All that remains is to carry on
With Tears and Riddles
We’ll never solve
I can’t stand to say goodbye
I can’t stand to say goodbye
Here at the bridge we will never cross
Here at the bridge…Lost
I can’t stand to say goodbye
I can’t stand to say goodbye
I can’t stand to say goodbye
Reprinted from http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/03/01/Original-Song–Tribute-to-Andrew-Breitbart-I-Cant-Stand-to-Say-Goodbye#sthash.ud8RVwP4
The City of Mesa and the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Library and Archives (BPGLA) are pleased to announce the BPGLA will be located in downtown Mesa. The Library will be built on the southeast corner of Macdonald and First Avenue.
“It is quite an honor for my family to see the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Library and Archives locate in downtown Mesa and become a step closer to reality,” Michael Goldwater said. “Not only will it preserve and tell the story of my father’s life and career, but it honors his commitment to ‘collect, preserve and disseminate’ the history of Arizona and the United States.”
The BPGLA will house a remarkable collection of manuscripts, photographs and rare books owned by the Senator. The Library will also preserve other notable 20th century political and public policy collections including the papers from of the Arizona Congressional Delegation dating back to statehood. The BPGLA will be recognized as a Center for the Study of Congress, raising the profile of one of the premiere Congressional collections in the U.S. In addition to its own materials, the BPGLA will exhibit collections on loan from both Presidential Libraries and other Centers for the Study of Congress.
“Having the Goldwater Library and Archives in our downtown is a tremendous honor for Mesa,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “The combination of the Library, the new colleges and universities along with the light rail extension will create incredible opportunities for both Mesa and Arizona.”
The BPGLA will be housed in a three-story, 40-thousand square foot LEED certified building. LEED is the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design registration. The building will include an exhibition area, reading room, café and automatic archival retrieval system.
“This building will house Arizona’s history as seen through the eyes of Senator Goldwater and others who represented our great state in Washington, D.C.,” District 4 Councilmember and BPGLA Board Member Chris Glover said. “I could not be more proud that this great facility will call downtown Mesa home.”
The Library will be built on City land subject to the City and BPGLA reaching an agreement on the terms. The design, construction and maintenance of the BPGLA will be privately funded. Fundraising is just beginning for construction and the establishment of an endowment fund. The goal is to open the BPGLA in 2016. It is expected to attract an estimated 57,000 visitors per year.
For more information about the BPGLA, visit https://barrygoldwaterlibrary.org/.
Arizona PBS’ Horizon aired a brief tribute to former Congressman Sam Steiger on Monday. Steiger passed away on September 26th and was well known among many in the political world as one of Arizona’s more colorful politicians. Here is the video clip featuring Arizona Capitol Times reporter, Don Harris, who once covered Steiger while at the Arizona Republic.
Governor Jan Brewer: Mourning the Loss and Honoring the Service of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry
Mourning the Loss and Honoring the Service of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry
“This is a day of sorrow as Arizonans bid goodbye to one of our Nation’s heroes. United States Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died July 22, 2012, after sustaining serious injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. At the time of the incident, Staff Sgt. Berry, 27, was serving in the Kandahar Providence of
Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Staff Sgt. Berry had been assigned to the A Company, 508th Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. On this somber day, I encourage all Arizonans to take a moment to reflect upon the daily sacrifice of men and women in uniform such as Staff Sgt. Berry. Their bravery and selfless service protects and preserves the American freedoms we hold dear. Please join me in keeping Staff Sgt. Berry, his family and his fellow servicemen and women in your hearts and prayers during this difficult time.
“On Friday, July 20, President Obama ordered that the American flag be flown at half-staff until sunset July 25, 2012, in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Today, per my order, lowered State flags in Arizona also will stand as special recognition and tribute to Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry for his service and sacrifice to a grateful Nation. State flags will be lowered once more on the day of his interment, for which services are pending.”
On this Memorial Day, words are insufficient to express the gratitude for those who have selflessly served and sacrificed so we can live free in our Republic.
Let us remember that although today is a special day set aside to honor all past, present and future heroes, we should have them in our prayers every day.
Thank you to the families who endure the difficult task bestowed upon them of ensuring home life’s normalcy when members are separated. Whether you and yours gather today honoring a loved one who is currently serving or you spend today missing a loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we thank you.
Not only is today a day to observe America’s true heroes, it is a day to celebrate the fact that America is a nation filled with selfless patriots. They are the backbone of America’s exceptionalism. They are America’s bravest.
May God bless and protect them all,
As we take time to spend with friends and family this Memorial Day, please join me in pausing briefly to remember all of the servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We should also take a moment to thank all of the Americans who have and are currently serving in our nation’s military.
It is because of their collective commitment to our country that we enjoy freedom others can only dream of.
With appreciation to those who make sacrifices for all of us,
To sign the online petition supporting Veterans, click here.
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:
“This weekend, we honor every member of the United States Armed Services who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.
“Those who served, fought, and did not come home–they are our best and bravest. May we always be proud to be American because of these patriots.
“Joyce and I pay tribute to these heroes and realize our thanks will never truly be enough.”
I am in shock and sadness over this…
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.
Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.
One of the days I looked forward to was the day I would finally meet Andrew Breitbart. That day will never come. I actually had the chance to see and hear Andrew over a year ago when I attended a RightOnline conference in San Diego with fellow Arizona activist, Tom Jenney. Andrew gave an incredible accounting of the Shirley Sherrod controversy.
I was mesmerized.
Here was a man who was not afraid to take on the left, the Obama Administration, the mainstream media, the establishment, anyone – in order to get to the truth and expose corruption and the faces of evil.
He was a warrior, and someone who fought bullies.
Anyone who followed his tweets, realtime, know he would oftentimes retweet what his opponents were actually saying about him. It revealed the disgusting vile and despicable evil of the left and he proudly tweeted it as a badge of courage.
He did not care how much power his opponents had. He went into battle with the heart of David taking on the ominous power of Goliath. And he won.
I am tremendously shocked and saddened by the death of Andrew Breitbart.
He was my hero and someone I aspired to be like in my activism.
My hope is that the life Andrew Breitbart lived and the character and person he was will inspire others to take up the challenge to be bold courageous warriors and stand up to the left and the establishment.
If his sudden death means anything, I hope it releases his spirit to raise up an entire army of warriors across this country to fight for truth against evil.
I will miss this man tremendously – even though I never met him – and I know others will too.
Pray for his wife and children that they may be comforted in this sudden and shocking loss.
Rest In Peace O Mighty Warrior.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January, 8, 2012
CONTACT: Apryl Marie Fogel
PRESCOTT, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-01) released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the horrific shootings that killed six people and wounded 13 others at a “Congress On Your Corner” meet-and-greet hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for constituents on January 8, 2011. Gosar said:
“On the one year anniversary of the tragic events that took place at public event hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives or were injured on that day.
I continue to marvel at the resolve of Congresswoman Giffords and her husband for their strength and positive outlook through her recovery.
On this anniversary of this tragedy we should be reminded throughout our state and nation to recognize the importance of identifying and treating those with severe and persistent mental illness. It is my hope that we do not allow this event to further stigmatize those who are in need of or are currently receiving treatment but instead see it as an opportunity to bring attention to this important health issue which affects approximately 60 million Americans.
We must be vigilant and recognize the early warning signs of those who are in need of intervention and crisis treatment before a crisis occurs.”
Additional resources are below:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Public Awareness & Support: http://www.samhsa.gov/publicAwareness
National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2011
CONTACT: Paul Boyer
Representative Michelle Ugenti is sponsoring the Pat Tillman legacy bill that creates a license plate honoring Pat Tillman. She has secured bill number HB2042 to honor Tillman, who wore #42 as a linebacker for Arizona State. Proceeds of the sales of the plates will benefit military service members and their families
“This piece of legislation is personally important to me because of my family’s close relationship with the Tillman family,” Representative Michelle Ugenti said. “My husband, Frank, grew up with the Tillman family in San Jose and is cousins with Marie Tillman, Pat’s widow.”
HB2042 has an emergency clause. If two thirds of the Legislature in both the House and the Senate support the bill and the Governor signs it, the bill will go into effect immediately and in time for the next annual Pat’s Run on April 21, 2012.
“Together with the Pat Tillman Foundation I am proud to introduce the Pat Tillman Legacy Plate,” Ugenti said. “This bill will allow for the sale of a ‘Pat Tillman Foundation’ Arizona license plate. Proceeds from the sales of the plates will benefit military service members and their families.”
“Having known Pat was a great honor and I will always remember his passion for conversation and how he would engage you in debate as often as possible,” Ugenti said. “We would talk politics, religion, social issues, sports…the topics were endless. And when we ran out of topics there was always Trivial Pursuit, his favorite game.”
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I am in complete shock and sadness in having to notify our readers of the passing of a good friend Steve Calabrese. According to what I’ve learned, Steve suffered a heart attack and died on Friday. He was 41 years old.
Steve was one of our writers and frequent commenters here on Sonoran Alliance. He was not afraid to share his opinion and wore his heart on his sleeve.
I got to know Steve over the last few years because we shared similar political interests and visions – fighting for the survival of this Republic.
Steve Calabrese was a true American and Arizona patriot.
Please pray for his family that they may be comforted in this time of grief.
Thank You Steve for being in our lives. You will be sorely missed.