Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce Endorses Robert Graham for Second Term as Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, this morning received an endorsement from former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce in support of Graham’s run for a second two-year term. The election will be held at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Russell Pearce said, “I love this Party and our God loving, Freedom loving Patriots.  I know Robert Graham has been an effective advocate for the Republican Party and he’s worked hard to fight against the left for many years. I know how easy it is to criticize. I know Robert Graham to be a solid conservative and dedicated to the success of the Republican Party and our Platform.  His experience in supporting the conservative cause is something we truly need if we are to continue to combat the progressive forces in 2016. He’s done a great job steering the state party and because of his leadership we’re well-positioned to continue to build upon our success as a party as we get ready for the next election. I ask every Republican, every Conservative, and every Patriot to join me in support of Robert Graham for a second term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Robert Graham for Second Term as Chairman of Arizona Republican Party

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today received an endorsement from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Graham’s run for a second two-year term. The election will be held at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said, “I support Robert Graham for another term as Republican party chairman. Robert cares about the conservative principles of our party, and defends all of its members. His successful efforts and partnerships helped us achieve victory in 2014 and will help all of us elect a Republican president in 2016. Join me is supporting Chairman Robert Graham.”

Robert Graham Announces Two Key Endorsements for Second Term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham is running for a second two-year term as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in an election to be decided at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Bruce Ash, the National Committeeman representing the Arizona Republican Party enthusiastically endorsed Graham today and made the following statement, “Robert has handled the complexities of being chairman and has revolutionized outreach, digital and resource development like no other AZGOP chairman in the past quarter century. His reelection gives the AZGOP a modern and unified strategy for 2016.”

Sharon Giese, the National Committeewoman representing the Arizona Republican Party, was excited to hear of Graham’s plan to run for another term and said, “In our current position as members of the national committee, we get to see state parties that function well and others that struggle. We are grateful that Chairman Robert Graham has chosen to run for reelection as Arizona Chairman. Under his leadership, the state party has worked with everyone in our party, stood for conservative principles, and has had the most well organized and funded ground game in years. We need this type of leadership in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and the national democratic machine. We hope you will join us in supporting Robert Graham for Chairman in January of 2015.”

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Robert Graham, Chairman

Elected in January, 2013, Graham is Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, responsible for leading the state’s GOP initiatives while overseeing and growing a well-funded and organized party. Graham has a record of leadership and experience serving Arizona residents and its charitable organizations through his commitment of time and financial contributions.  Graham was President and CEO of RG Capital, responsible for the company’s financial advisory, investment banking/consulting and corporate development business. He brings more than fifteen years of experience in domestic and international corporate development and operational management.  Graham’s accomplishments in business have been recognized regionally by AZ Business Magazine as a Top Entrepreneur, and nationally by Boomer Market Advisor magazine as Advisor of the Year, and recently appeared in Forbes magazine.  Graham earned a Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management following a Bachelor of Science in Global Business Management and Finance from Arizona State University. In the 2014 elections, Graham led a successful Victory effort that saw Republicans win every statewide leadership position. Graham also led efforts to grow the base of the party by pursuing an aggressive outreach program to Arizona’s different ethnic communities and non-traditional Republican groups.

Graham has lived in Arizona for 20 years. He and his wife, Julia, reside in Phoenix with their five children. Graham and his family are active members of their church and local community.

An Open Letter Responding to Accusations of Fraud in the LD16 Leadership Election

From Deborrah Miller, Assistant Secretary of the Arizona Republican Party

“There is an old saying that if you say a lie long enough and often enough people will start to believe it is true.”

For the past few days I’ve seen attacks on my character and allegations made and assumed that people would know they were bogus. Unfortunately, I’m finding that some folks will lie and malign without regard to facts or due process if it means holding on to a little power, and in a large state and county, people aren’t sure what the facts were. You have only read one side of the story, and it is factually incorrect and offensively defamatory.

For new PCs who may not know me, I am a grassroots conservative who’s been involved in the party for two decades. I’ve given my life to this party. You have elected me as your assistant secretary of the state party twice unopposed. I served under Tom Morrissey, was actively involved in the party under Randy Pullen, and have served the past few years under Chairman Graham. I have been there counting petitions on controversial issues like the McCain censure. At all times I’ve acted with integrity.

Some other names you may not know — Sharon Giese is our elected National Committeewoman and has served in that capacity with Randy Pullen, Tom Morrissey, and Chairman Graham. She has also served as the RNC’s elected Parliamentarian. Chad Heywood is the Executive Director of the Arizona Republican party. George Khalaf is the Political Director of the Arizona Republican party.

Jerry Clingman, the chairman of LD 16, did not attend his own meeting to stand for re-election. Jerry was in Wisconsin on a hunting vacation, and he’s still there now! That he speaks as if he were a witness to events at the election is a joke. Here are the facts of what happened at the LD 16 meeting, as will be attested by myself, Sharon Giese, Chad Heywood, George Khalaf, and MANY LD 16 PCs who were eye witnesses to the entire process.

Jerry Clingman asked 1st Vice Chairman Mara Benson, a candidate for re-election, to chair the meeting in his absence. Mara asked me for assistance because she knows my background and integrity with the elections process.

Jerry had failed in his duty to appoint a Credentials committee before he left on vacation. Seemingly at the last minute, he asked his live-in partner, Kay Reardon, a candidate for Corresponding Secretary, to manage credentials. It soon became clear to Mara and me, and many other members present, that Kay was in no way prepared for this duty.

1.      Kay had asked volunteers who were not Precinct Committeemen to help with credentials. This is against LD 16 by-laws. I informed Kay that this could not be allowed.
2.      Kay had no plan to validate proxies on signing in or to determine the right amount of ballots for each PC based on proxies carried.
3.      Kay did not bring a ballot box. It makes you wonder if she even realized we were having an election.

Kay’s lack of basic preparation put Mara in a bind as the presiding officer. In order to ensure a smooth and fair election, she asked me to observe and help with the process. Chad Heywood and George Khalaf from the state party were also there to observe. Maricopa County had sent no representation.

Credentials and Proxies

Neither Chad nor George checked anyone in at credentials. Chad simply gave his perspective when asked about disputes.

Jerry Clingman claims that his proxy was rejected. It was not. I questioned Jerry’s proxy initially because it was a fax, not an original. I consulted with Chad Heywood and Sharon Giese; on their recommendation, I approved the proxy and ensure that his assignee, Kay Reardon, received a ballot for him. Apparently AJ LaFaro’s main witness and information source doesn’t even know whether or not he cast a vote at the meeting! (Hint, Jerry: You did.)

Nobody disputed the credential process. There was a motion from the floor to accept the credentials report, and it was passed without questions. Nobody was turned away. Credentials were approved by the body at the meeting and NOT ONE PERSON AT THE MEETING QUESTIONED IT. Not even Kay Reardon.

Kay sought to invalidate two proxy forms because they did not provide the witnesses’ phone numbers. Her argument was that if you don’t have a witnesses number you can’t verify them so they should be thrown out. Take a look at the official proxy forms in the MCRC and AZGOP bylaws, and you’ll see that there isn’t even a place on the forms for a witness phone number.

I concluded and communicated that a proxy form is valid if it includes the correct information and signatures. You can’t throw out a proxy because a witness who is not a voter in this election doesn’t have a phone number. Not even voter registration requires a phone number! Just as the affidavit for becoming a PC asks for email and phone number, but does not require it. The legal counsel to the state Republican party who has served in 3 different chairmen’s administrations agrees with me on this. Mara as the presiding officer accepted the proxies.

Two proxies were thrown out because they did not include the name of the person who was carrying the proxy. Senator Dave Farnsworth was carrying them. Dave understood it was an effort to play by the rules and respected the judgment whole-heartedly. He is a good man.

AT ALL TIMES KAY WAS PART OF THE PROCESS and JERRY CLINGMAN THE ACCUSER WAS NOT IN ATTENDANCE! Michelle Ives who was in attendance sat at the proxy table and viewed what was done. I understand that there can be differences of interpretation, but when that is the case, the chair of the meeting makes the final judgment and the chair of the meeting was Mara Benson.

Ballot Box

Brian Orner grabbed an open crate at the school to be used for a ballot box because Kay did not bring one. Chad Heywood asked Spencer Pearce, a candidate for 2nd Vice Chair and a nephew of Russell Pearce, to observe the box as ballots were cast because he knew that Spencer was a friend of Kay and Jerry and Spencer’s integrity was without question. George Khalaf from the state party also viewed the ballot box to make sure it was observed at all times.

Ballot Counting

Chad Heywood invited Representative Kelly Townsend to observe the vote counting as an act of transparency. Kelly had endorsed and spoken for Jerry Clingman who was not there for his own meeting. I believe that Chad invited her to observe so that Jerry’s supporters would feel confident in the fairness of the process. In the room counting votes were Spencer Pearce, Chad Heywood, myself, Michelle Ives, and another PC whom Jerry and Kay had asked to help with the process.

The state committeeman nomination process began, and voting began for the state committee. Mara the chair then read the results of the officer election.

The results were:

Of the 108 eligible PC’s, 33 attended by proxy and 52 were present for a total of 85 voters. 79% turnout!

Chairman
Trevor Hansen 52 votes
Jerry Clingman 33 votes

1st Vice Chair
Brian Orner 31 votes
Mara Benson 54 votes

2nd Vice Chair
Spencer Pearce unopposed

Treasurer
Thomas Jones 48 votes
Cindy 37 votes

Recording Secretary
Deborrah Miller 59 votes
Geneva 26 votes

Corresponding Secretary
Kay Reardon

Even with the disputed two proxy forms the results were very clear and nobody was in the margin of error.

Chairman AJ Lafaro is also out of town on vacation and DID NOT ATTEND THE MEETING NOR HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT. He unilaterally invalidated our election based on an email of accusations made by Jerry Clingman who was ALSO NOT IN ATTENDANCE. AJ Lafaro
·        has not reviewed our proxy forms.
·        has not asked for the vote count.
·        didn’t have the decency to call me, Chad, Mara, or any of the PC’s to weigh the evidence.

AJ has appointed himself judge, jury, and prosecutor in this matter and still has not given a clear reason of evidence for why he is trying to invalidate and discredit an election that had 79% PC turnout without even consulting or notifying his board and the executive guidance committee. I’m not sure what his motivations are, but I’m more than disappointed — I’m disgusted that he would spread accusations without even making the smallest effort to get more than one side of the story.

Do Chairman LaFaro and Jerry Clingman really think that Sharon Giese, the national parliamentarian, is lying and part of a rigged Legislative District election? That she would approve invalid proxies for two votes in a landslide election?

As a lifelong conservative I would appreciate a public apology from Jerry Clingman and AJ LaFaro for slandering me and the work I did to serve the party at this meeting. I also would like the briefs to apologize for spreading accusations as fact.

Sincerely,

Deborrah Miller, Assistant Secretary of the Arizona Republican Party
PC LD 16 Maricopa County

UNCIVIL WAR! McCain Purging Conservatives From AZGOP

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ArizonaInformer has learned from published reports and interviews with several precinct committeemen that TeamMcCain is attempting to remake the AZGOP in his image prior to his reelection bid for Senate.

In recent months precinct committeemen around the state have been solicited by a group called ‘Arizona Grassroots Action PAC’ which is, oddly enough, based in the Beltway according to OpenSecrets.  Conservative PCs allege this is being done to support McCain-approved candidates for precinct committeemen in order for these PCs to support Liberal Republicans for Legislative District leadership positions and subsequently, State Committeemen who can vote for AZGOP leadership.

This hijacking of the AZGOP comes as no surprise for many Conservative activists as Jon Kyl tipped his hand in this Hill.com article where Kyl was asked to respond to the AZGOP censuring McCain.  Kyl’s response indicates this campaign was well thought out in advance.

 “I think you’ll see a different party make-up after the primary election. There will be a new group of precinct committeemen. I don’t think you’ll see many of the same old faces” ~ Jon Kyl

In the next several weeks, Legislative Districts will be holding their mandatory organizational meetings which will decide the direction of the local party organizations and the state party for the next 2 years.  If you are a ‘Tea Party Republican’, or a ‘Reagan Conservative’, it may be best to get involved in the local level political structure to ensure the Arizona Republican Party remains, well, Republican.

ArizonaInformer will monitor this story and update as the situation warrants.

 

ArizonaInformer.com is a new-media site with the main purpose to call out bias and activism by the local media, monitor Arizona’s institutional left, hold Republicans accountable, and reclaim our rightful place in pop culture.  It’s our primary mission to inform Arizonans with the Truth and amplify the voice of Arizona Citizen Journalists — all with a heavy dose of snark.    We are factually correct and politically incorrect.  #War

Republican PC’s Threaten to Sue Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee

I was not in attendance at tonight’s Maricopa County Republican Executive Guidance Committee meeting but it is being reported that the committee was threatened with a lawsuit if it stripped party voting privileges from 11 Republican precinct committeemen who publicly supported and advocated for the election of several Democrats during the General Election.

Who threatened to sue?

Barbara Espinosa Fred DuValNone other than the racist and loud-mouthed Barbara Espinosa.

Espinosa, a local loose-cannon, supported Fred DuVal over Doug Ducey in the General Election. She even referred to now Governor-elect Ducey as a member of a drug cartel.

She was joined by several other elected Republican precinct committeemen who also threatened to sue if their political party voting privileges were removed.

Many longstanding precinct committeeman believe that these politically traitorous precinct committeemen lost those privileges when they failed to perform their duties in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 16-822 E and the 2014 Continuing Bylaws of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, Article VI, Section 5(B) – “Endorsement of Non-Republican Candidates (link).

Removing voting privileges applies only to party process and NOT to Constitutionally-protected voting rights. (They are not the same). In addition, only party officials have jurisdiction over how these privileges are defined and enforced. It is NOT a government matter and state law does not override a private party matter.

Unfortunately, with the bravado of a lawsuit threat on the table, the EGC quickly buckled and decided to take a pass on stripping these rogue PC’s of their voting privileges.

Now any elected Republican precinct committeeman can actively and publicly help a Democrat candidate to get elected without any ramification(s).

In other news from the EGC meeting, current Maricopa County Chairman AJ LaFaro decided not to seek another term. This means the seat will be open for any Maricopa County Republican Precinct Committeeman to seek in January, 2015.

 

‘MAILER’ UPDATE: AZGOP Stands With Diane

Yesterday roughly 30,000 Republicans in Arizona received  an AZGOP mailer promoting the GOP slate but many activists quickly noticed that the mailer did not include Jeff Dewit (who is running unopposed) and pro-local control of schools candidate Diane Douglas.  After the Chamber of Commerce’s declaration of war against the Tea Party plus the local chamber’s endorsement her pro-Common Core opponent, many interpreted this as an intentional slight of Diane Douglas by an AZGOP hijacked by ‘The Chamber’ — however we are happy to report that is not the case.

AZGOP Executive Director Chad Haywood tells ArizonaInformer that the AZGOP is 100% behind the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.  In fact, AZGOP has sent out ‘slate’ mailers which feature Diane Douglas along with Tom Forese, and Doug Little (see below) and has consistently made calls promoting Diane’s candidacy since August’s Primary. Diane is also scheduled to appear alongside other candidates on the GOP slate, including Republican gubernatorial Doug Ducey in the run-up to Election Day.

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

A recent AZGOP featuring Diane Douglas for Superintendent

The explanation for the sans Douglas mailer is that the AZGOP is one of logistic instead of opposition, corruption, or malice.  By law, the AZGOP must send out ‘slate’ mailers with a minimum of 3 candidates (Arizona has seven candidates on the slate)  and often there is not enough space due to pictures and text to place the entire slate fit onto one mailer.  Thus, the slate mailers is often broken up into two to make room for messaging and picture and the ‘splitting’ of the mailer allows for strategic targeting of certain voting districts.   This ‘splitting’ was the source of the confusion for yesterday’s mailer.

The AZGOP attempted to assist Diane’s campaign in addition to the mailers and robocalls but are hampered by ‘Clean elections’ regulations in what they can and cannot do but are putting their full weight behind every candidate.

“We would love to be able to respond by mail to attacks on Diane. She is a great candidate. Unfortunately we are not allowed to do a piece about 1 candidate because of slate laws and clean elections. Clean elections also prohibits us from donating directly to her campaign. She is at the top of our slate calls and will be included in all of our pieces disseminated to election day voters this weekend.” ~ AZGOP, Executive Director Chad Heywood

Heywood states the AZGOP is looking forward to a clean sweep on Tuesday and after a lengthy discussion with him, we at ArizonaInformer find him to be sincere and have no reason to doubt him or the AZGOP’s efforts to ensure Diane Douglas becomes our next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Now that we’ve had this question asked and answered, there are only 2 more things that need to be done:
1. Defeat the Democrat Ticket Tuesday
2. Recharge for 2016
#War

 

Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Halloween Trick Could Backfire on Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona Democratic Party Dirty Trick Could Backfire On Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in 2014 After Libertarian Voters Wanted Her Recalled In 2013

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Recently, the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) launched a dirty trick in time for Halloween that comes with no treat for Libertarian voters.  The ADP strategy could have worked a couple of cycles ago, but maybe not this time – particularly when Libertarian Mike Shipley filed recall papers against her last year.  Though the Secretary of State spokesman  said he would not order a recall election in Sinema’s case because the congresswoman is not bound by the state’s recall law, the Libertarian group still wants to invalidate her seat.  In light of the controversial mail out by the ADP, Shipley said: “Don’t underestimate Libertarians because we are here to stay.”

Political dirty tricks happen within both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, but the ADP has sunken to an all new low this time.  It appears ADP’s arrogance with regard to Congressional District 9 underscores their belief that CD9 voters are politically under educated.

According to AZ Central:

“Obviously we prefer Kyrsten Sinema,” said Quinlan. But “our calculation is there are probably a lot of conservative voters who realize (Gammill) is a far more consistent conservative than Wendy Rogers. … We’re pretty much taking (Gammill’s) positions directly from his website and sharing them.”

We implore key swing independent voters of Arizona (now largest voting bloc) to teach Rep. Kyrsten Sinema a lesson specifically in Congressional District 9.  We also implore Sinema’s Latino and Chicano Democratic voting constituents to vote anyone but Sinema and recall to their memory her flip flop on immigration Carlos Galindo exposes repeatedly on his national political talk radio program.  Galindo is a former liberal now registered independent voter of Arizona.

Galindo wrote:

It appears Andiola’s recent departure from Sinema’s employ may have been a forced departure, based on pressure that was placed on Sinema and her congressional office for hiring a staffer who is supportive of an Immigration “advocate” who spews anti-USA rhetoric. Just as important, according to sources, Andiola was a $50,000 a year congressional office staffer allegedly mooching for money to take a trip to Washington with her mom. See screenshot below. 

ADP’s DJ Quinlan is banking on his perception of naïve Republicans believing Powell Gammill is more “conservative” than Wendy Rogers when in fact, Libertarian candidate Powell Gammill is for open borders.  It is also well known how Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema flip flopped on the immigration issue; where she gets tough on immigration on one day — while reversing her view on another day.  Unfortunately and the problem we have with Sinema is voters will not know what they will get with her in light of her many reversals and stances to include criticism with regard to her  exploiting veterans and Latinos.

Make no mistake, our group to include independent registered women, Chicanos, and Latinos want legal immigration reform.  We do not want to be used as political footballs, and while the ADP gave Sinema a free pass to the SB1225 regard, our informed community will not give her one nor will we allow her to forget it.

Originally posted on Somos Independents.

Video: Ballot Stuffing is Legal in Arizona

By now, you’ve all seen the video of the Randy Parraz associate walking a box of completed ballots into an early voting location. Did you know there is no law on the books regarding who or how many ballots can be submitted?

The question everyone should be asking (in addition to who was the allegedly obscene ballot stuffer) is how or where did someone obtain so many ballots?

The answer is simple. Community organizers collected the ballots.

How is this done?

The most common practice is to sign up whole neighborhoods for early ballots like a farmer sowing seed in a large field. Once the ballots arrive, community organizers go into the field door to door harvesting the virgin ballots sometimes exchanging an item of value and a promise of political favorism.

Another harvesting method that has been observed is to throw a community event with food, music and political speeches. The entry “fee?” Bring your unmarked ballot. Entry and food is granted and the voter turns over their ballot.

With a fresh harvest of unmarked early ballots, community organizers and union members will gather in private where they fill out the ballots in mass identical fashion, seal them, scribble a signature on to the envelope and pack a crate ready for delivery to the nearest early voting center.

Republicans don’t vote this way because many see the privacy and individuality of their ballot as a sacred right rather than an exercise in mass political production.

Watch for more battles to be waged over how we vote. Republicans will push for strengthening voting integrity while Democrats will move to allow voters to print out their ballot on your home computer.

Just another front on the battle lines for freedom and the rule of law.

 

Americans for Prosperity-Arizona Releases Two New Ads in AZ01 & AZ02

The Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity released the following two ads in Arizona: