Jeffrey M. Vath – Freedom Fighter – Rest In Peace

Jeff Vath

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!

In Memoriam: Tribute to Andrew Breitbart – I Can’t Stand to Say Goodbye

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
Here
Gone
Unfinished Song
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
Lessened
Cheated
Robbed us all

I can’t stand to say goodbye
Oh No…

Memories
Not enough
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
Oh No…

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
Goodbye
Oh No…

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

Downtown Mesa to be future home of Goldwater Library and Archives

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/.

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Congressman Sam Steiger (1929-2012)

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.”

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Mitt Romney: Thank You

Rep. Ben Quayle Pays Tribute to Our Fallen Soldiers

Travis Grantham: Remembering America’s Bravest

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,

Travis Grantham

David Schweikert on Memorial Day

Friends,

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,

CD-9 Martin Sepulveda releases Memorial Day Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmal0E2sSLY

To sign the online petition supporting Veterans, click here.