Arizona Republican Party Rejects Bid to Close Primary

By Christopher Herring

During a contentious debate, the Arizona Republican Party’s executive committee rejected a proposal to close future primaries to independents.

Although there are good faith arguments in favor of limiting participation to Republicans only, the perception, and most importantly, the financial cost, outweighed any potential benefits.

In 1998, voters approved a measure that allowed independents to vote in the primary of any recognized party. Now part of the Arizona Constitution, the law initially conceived by a Republican controlled legislature, would likely be defended by the Arizona’s Attorney General’s office, greatly increasing the financial cost and risk to an already budget strapped political cycle where every dollar counts.

A significant obstacle to the party is the notion that Republicans support the rule of law and the Arizona Constitution. Suing the state to not administer its constitution isn’t the best headline for the party. Another significant challenge would be that the state party would have to show a severe burden is caused by independents voting in Republican primaries. Specifically that independents voting changed the ideological outcomes of elections in a manner significant enough to overturn the will of the voters to keep the primary open. In the most recent elections, independents have not voted in high numbers in party primaries and the case can be made that Arizona Republicans are more conservative than they have ever been on fiscal and social issues. Proving a severe burden would be a large task for the party’s attorneys.

In fact, every scenario discussed to close the primaries were fraught with risk. Whether it was a lawsuit, assuming the financial obligation of administering the entire primary, or funding a lawsuit to close the primary, the cost would be shouldered by all Republicans with no guarantee of success and a likelihood of failure.

The singular criticism surrounding the partially open primary is the moderating effect it creates on Republican elections. Although independents are growing in America and in Arizona, Republicans continue to enjoy a significant voter registration advantage over the Democratic Party and continue to hold onto every major statewide elected office. Judging by the lack of moderate or liberal Republicans holding statewide offices, it is difficult to prove that the small number of independents are gaming the Republican primary.

If there is a real fear in closing the primary outside of costs, it is alienating Arizona’s right leaning independents. In fact, as independents continue to grow, the Republicans cannot simply ignore their growing influence but must be continually active in persuading them that their principles are aligned with traditional party beliefs. Many independents describe themselves as conservatives but simply don’t want the label of Republican.

The state executive committee made the right call to not divert resources away from the continued march of winning elections and enacting conservative policies by embarking on long and expensive lawsuits with no guarantee of success. Arizona’s Republican Party consists of a diverse group of voters, fighting for conservative principles that make our lives better every day. The Party, under the leadership of Robert Graham, should continue to focus on what it is doing well, winning short term victories and building long term relationships to enhance the Republican brand in Arizona.

Christopher Herring is the President of the Maricopa County Young Republican Professionals and member of the Arizona Republican Party Executive Committee.

AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Sacrifice Means Victory

By Daniel Stefanski

A hearty thanks to AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham for working through another executive board meeting! Today, it sounds like the board voted against funding a lawsuit for closing Republican primaries. As it should have been, Robert allowed the motion to be voted on, and the representatives of the precinct and state committeemen did what they felt was in the best interest of the Arizona Republican Party and election victories in 2015 and 2016.

And for all the heartache by a select few over the closed meeting today, it was not closed to those who were duly elected in previous elections. Want to sit in and participate in future state party executive meetings that may be closed to observers? Run for election for one of those positions next time around. The process isn’t being obstructed. It’s being followed to the letter of the law.

Robert Graham voluntarily signed up for a non-paid job with round-the-clock hours, but he did not sign up for a job that featured lies, distortion and people from his own party working against future Republican victories to serve their own self interests. Before this meeting, Robert did not fight against the resolution to close our primary. Rather, he expressed his opinions and waited for the process to carry itself out. While false allegations that Robert was carrying out other interested party’s wishes swirled around prior to today’s meeting, it is now a fact that the AZGOP executive committee voted within their rights and responsibilities to table the closed primary funding proposal.

Though one will never come, I think Robert Graham is owed an apology for the way he has been treated and maligned by people who claim to be in the same party as him.

And to make up for an apology that will never come, I think Robert deserves thanks and encouragement by all those who appreciate the 2014 victories he was very instrumental in helping to achieve. We who were involved in the 2014 campaigns know how hard the State Party worked throughout the entire cycle.

Robert and the Arizona Republican Party have pledged to stay neutral in primaries, and they have remained faithful to that promise. The AZGOP has also always upheld the party platform during Robert’s tenure as chair. Those who claim that Robert is attempting to pave a path for any individual primary contender are doing so without any factual basis. Robert is not going to pull any favors for any candidate in a contested primary election, and he’s not going to lead the AZGOP towards an ideological potion that does not adhere to the entirety of our platform. Activists may “want” him to do their work for them in a contested primary election, but he’s just not going to do play favorites. So to save everyone’s time, let’s support our primary candidates and await the time when the AZGOP will be waiting for the Democrats with guns a-blazin’ after the winning Republicans make it past their primaries.

Thanks as well to everyone who sacrifices their time to serve at the AZGOP and on the executive committee!

Let’s work for some more GOP victories in 2015 and 2016! Who’s with me?!

Aaron Borders Reveals How He Nearly Pulled Off Upset in Democrat-Dominated District

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PHOENIX – Let’s meet former Arizona House candidate, Aaron Borders, who ran in Legislative District 29 in Phoenix’s West Valley. After nearly two years of campaigning in an uphill battle, Aaron came surprisingly close to winning in an area where he was not supposed to even come close. Zeyna Aouad, the AZGOP’s Voter Data Director, interviewed Aaron to learn more about how he managed to persuade so many voters in a predominately Democrat area to vote for a Republican.

Aaron’s district is located on the west side of Phoenix, one which has consistently elected Democrats to the House. On November 4th, the election results showed that Democrats would keep the two seats; however, the race this time was much closer than expected. This should be very concerning to Democrats, and it signals they’re losing their traditional stronghold there. In this district with only 20 percent of the voters registered as Republican, Aaron earned 30 percent of the vote. That means he not only had the expected Republican support but was tremendously appealing to independent voters. Unfortunately, he was bested by the next highest vote getter, the Democrat who received 34 percent of the vote even though Democrats make up 38 percent of the electorate in the district.

So not only did the Democrat underperform miserably, Aaron overperformed by a 50 percent margin. Were it not for such a lopsided district, Aaron’s efforts would have rewarded him with a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Aaron said his strategy was simple: he started early. “We started this race exactly two years ago on January 17, 2013 — we went to PTA’s in the district, to non-political community events, met the leaders in the community and got deeper involved in basic community activities.” He also mentioned that“apolitical” people in the community were used to politicians talking their ears off with false promises. “What we did was different,” he said. “We showed up with volunteers and went to work with them, whether it was painting over vandalism or helping out at charitable events. It opened up dialogs about my candidacy across all parties, religions, and ethnic groups. It gave me a special platform most candidates never have.”

For Aaron, his ability to appeal to independent voters and ethnic groups won him many votes. “We spent a lot of time in the first 6-8 months polling and finding out what the issues were. Then we picked the top 3 and came up with solutions. We then stayed away from jumping into and interjecting our opinions in every hot-button day-to-day topic and stayed focused on the 3 main issues and 3 solutions.” He also credits a strong social media presence for engaging different types of voters.

During his campaign, his team was able to knock on tens of thousands of doors. When asked what he was most proud of this election cycle, he said he was most proud of his team. “They looked past the political numbers and busted their tail and in the end in a Democrat district that has twice as many Democrats as Republicans, we lost by only a small margin. None of that could have happened without the support of the grassroots team that believed in the strategy.

Voters have not heard the last from Aaron: he’s just been elected to a two year term as 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, and now shares leadership responsibility for Maricopa County’s nearly 700,000 Republican voters.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio Endorses Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

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Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio – a conservative known for leading the charge for fiscal accountability, exposing public union malfeasance, and promoting positive job-friendly solutions to Phoenix problems – has endorsed Lisa Gray and Jeni White for Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership.

“I am thrilled that Lisa is running for Chairman and Jeni as First Vice Chair. You couldn’t ask for a better conservative ticket to lead and represent Maricopa County Republicans than these two. They bring core conservative credentials and have been crucial to the success of the Republican Party in Arizona.  Both are highly effective at building bridges in the party, getting out votes in elections, raising funds for GOTV efforts, and promoting the party and its platform through events and social media – and they’ve probably recruited and mobilized more grassroots Republican PCs than anyone I can remember. They’re a phenomenal team to prepare Maricopa County for the 2016 Presidential election,” said DiCiccio.

 

Lisa Gray and Jeni White have been deeply involved in grassroots politics for years.  Both have a long list of concrete accomplishments and leadership positions held, including serving as Legislative District Chairmen, and a proven track record of working together. Election will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Tempe. www.TeamRed.GOP

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Less Than Three Weeks Before Election Day Voters Take to Social Media to Stop Fred DuVal

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Not the First, Won’t Be the Last, But Today Was An Especially Bad Day for Fred DuVal 
 
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party issued the following statement:
 
“Fred DuVal awoke this morning to news that a national environmental group’s poll showed him losing to Doug Ducey by eight percent.  Then voters heard from DuVal, in his own words, that he doesn’t support parents knowing about their children’s abortions, believing government should have more say than parents.  Needless to say, voters didn’t like it.  Next, DuVal was reminded of something haunting from his past: in 1999 DuVal chaired a government committee that made recommendations to give clemency to a terrorist group.  This afternoon, an ad was launched featuring the son of one of the victims killed by the group DuVal was a part of giving clemency to.  We can only imagine how DuVal felt knowing he was a part of giving clemency to despicable people. 
 
“It’s clear that voters are turning away from Fred DuVal.  Is it any wonder that the Democratic Governors Association and Arizona Democrat Party are also running from Fred DuVal?”
 
Social media analytics from today showed the following sentiment about Fred DuVal. 82 percent of voters’ discussions about him were negative.  Unfortunately for Fred DuVal, parents still like to have say in their children’s decisions, and people don’t elect to leadership lobbyists and insiders that give clemency to terrorists.
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Parental Warning: DuVal Wants Your 14 Year Old Daughter to Have An Abortion All By Herself

Fred DuVal Denies Rights of Parents 

Candidate for Governor Would Deny Rights of Parents to Counsel Their 14 Year-old Child — An Expectant Mother — About Abortion
 
PHOENIX – This morning Arizona voters learned more about candidate Fred DuVal’s disregard for parental roles in the raising of their own children when he admitted in this video that even 14 year olds should have unrestricted access to abortion without the knowledge or even consent of either parent.  DuVal is a Democrat and candidate for governor of Arizona and the video was released by the Republican Governors Association.
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“Fred DuVal is denying the role parents have in raising and loving their own children.” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Fred DuVal is a candidate who has an incredible disregard for family life as we know it.  Forget everyday political issues like taxes and budgets and tuition costs — Fred DuVal is the worst thing that could happen to families in Arizona.”

“Mr. DuVal’s position to remove parents from a decision of life and death is completely reckless,” said Pastor Jose Gonzales Q, of Harvest Bible Church.  “Regardless of your position on abortion, we cannot possibly leave these types of decisions to developing minds.  We are entering an age where parental involvement is increasingly important, but to even suggest that a minor – much less a 14 year-old – can intelligently comprehend the long-term impact of such an action is absurd.”

Graham pointed voters to a video of Fred DuVal at a public forum here.

Tone-Deaf Arizona Democrats Now Rely on Washington, DC Liberals to Shore Up State Campaigns

AZGOPBannerAfter Preventing Competition in Primary Election, AZ Democrats Suddenly Interested in Voters?

PHOENIX - Today Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham reminded Arizona voters that state Democrat leaders unilaterally chose their nominees, deliberately avoiding providing meaningful choices for voters in the August primary election.  Graham said no amount of participation from national Democrat leaders now can overcome the resulting weakened state of the Democrat candidates in Arizona.

“Bringing in a figure as controversial as Debbie Wasserman Schultz only serves to show how tone-deaf Arizona Democrats are about the role of voters in their own elections,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “You’d think lobbyist Fred DuVal, who is trying to reposition himself and shed his well-deserved liberal image — that he would join his fellow party insiders and stay away from her hyperpartisanship as leader of the Democratic National Committee.”

While the nation today is celebrating National Voter Registration Day, Democrats still face an uphill battle.  In Maricopa County, which contains more than 60% of the state’s voters, Republican voters outnumber Democrat voters by 12 percent.  And low registration numbers are only part of the Democrats’ problems: Republican turnout in the last month’s primary election was also 12 percent higher than that of the Democrats.

“It’s no surprise that Fred DuVal would campaign with Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering she is a fellow Washington, DC liberal who supports increasing taxes, more regulations on employers and amnesty for illegal immigrants,” said Jordan Rose, founder and president of Rose Law Group, Arizona’s largest female-owned law firm.  “Wasserman Schultz’s record of advocating for policies that hurt hardworking families is a perfect fit for DuVal, a lobbyist, who intends to run up the debt, explode the size of government and pass the bill on to taxpayers.”

BACKGROUND:

POLITICO recently reported that many of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s fellow Democrats “have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.”  But Fred DuVal and other Arizona Democrats apparently can’t wait to rally with her in Phoenix.

Arizona voters have the chance to hear from the DNC Chair who:

  • Can’t Even Get Along With A Democrat President. “Obama and Wasserman Schultz have rarely even talked since 2011.  They don’t meet about strategy or messaging.  They don’t talk much on the phone … The DNC chair … isn’t involved in the strategy talks with the president.  They don’t want her there.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Is Called “Completely Unprofessional And Rude” By Her Fellow Democrats. “When [White House aide Valerie] Jarrett found out that Wasserman Schultz had had her daughter sit in on the interview with Wicks at the end of July 2013, she called to register her dismay, describing Wasserman Schultz’s behavior, according to people familiar with the conversation, as ‘completely unprofessional and rude.’” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Suggested That Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker And Tea Party Members Beat Women. “In Milwaukee earlier this month for a women’s roundtable, Wasserman Schultz said that Gov. Scott Walker has given the ‘back of his hand’ to women.  ‘I know that is stark.  I know that is direct.  But that is reality,’ she said.  ‘What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back’ … [Walker’s] Democratic opponent, Mary Burke (who wasn’t at the event), quickly distanced herself from Wasserman Schultz’s remarks … [P]eople people say Wasserman Schultz would only be a liability if she returned.  ‘Her ineptitude during her last visit makes it impossible to go back before the election,’ said a person familiar with the Burke campaign.”(Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Democrats Turn On Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” POLITICO, 9/17/14)
  • Received A Taxpayer Score Of “F” From The National Taxpayers Union. “The Taxpayer Score measures the strength of support for reducing spending and regulation and opposing higher taxes … A score significantly below average qualifies for a grade of ‘F.’  This failing grade places the Member into the ‘Big Spender’ category.” (“NTU Rates Congress, 113th Congress, First Session [2013], National Taxpayers Union, 9/16/14)
  • Supports President Obama’s Unilateral Action On Immigration. “Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said President Barack Obama should use his executive power to grant work permits to millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.  ‘The irresponsible thing to do is to do nothing,’ the Florida congresswoman said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.  ‘The president should do within the boundaries of his executive authority what he can do if Congress refuses to act.’” (Lisa Lerer, “Wasserman Schultz Backs Broad Obama Action On Immigration,” Bloomberg, 7/30/14)

Southern Arizona Republicans Make Blacklist

In a very close race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Ron Barber every vote counts. During the time Ron Barber has been in congress, his votes have hurt southern Arizonans through more regulation, higher taxes, more spending, higher debt, weakened national security, increase healthcare premiums and deductions, less quality of care and the list goes on.

Sadly, those who would call themselves “Republicans” went public in their support for Ron Barber and his support of the Pelosi, Reid, Obama agenda that is hurting southern Arizonans.

We thought you ought to know who these Republicans are and bring their name out in the public arena.

Our recommendation is that NONE of these pseudo Republicans be invited to Republican events sponsored or hosted by the Pima and Cochise County Republican Parties, the Arizona Republican Party and the Republican National Committee. This means not being invited to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016. Whether or not you choose to support their businesses is your choice but they have decided to work against the mission and goals of the Republican party to restore fiscal sanity to our local, state and national government.

Here is the list of their names. They are on the official blacklist.

Laura Almquist
Tim Amalong
Nanette Angiulo
Gillian Badenhuizen
Philip Bentley, Major USAF
Daniel Bish
Joseph Branstetter
Anthony Breaux
Dorothy Buckner
Linda Burhans
Jennifer Burns
Ginny Butler
Jimmy Camacho
Marjorie Chmiel
Carol Clemmons
Dave Clifford
George Corbett
Virginia Cox
Phyllis Cutcher
Linda DeWeese
Darryl Dobras
Bruce Dusenberry
Brenda Feller
Jeannine Forston
Richard Fox
Sue Fuegi
Frances Garcia
Jim Garretson
Ruth Gomez
Judith Gonzales
Ana Greif
E. Ray Gross
Gayle Haag
Gary Hamelstrom
Kevin Hartney
Eddie Hayes
Wanda Hein
Pete Hershberger, former Arizona State Representative
Ingrid Hill
Patricia Hoover
John Hudak
Virginia Humble
Kathleen Johnson
Angelique Johnson
Patricia Johnson
Doris Jones
Saundra Jones
Charles Keller
Vida Kimberlin
Brenda Kinsey
Lanny Kope, Colonel USMC (Ret.)
William Kopecky
Craig Kuranz
Betty Lancaster
James Larson
Barbara Larson
Elizabeth Larson
Margaret Laven
Ryan Leed
Patricia Likins
Tanya Lockheart
Sandra Long
Paul Loomis, former Mayor of Oro Valley
Anissa Lopez
Gloria Lupinacci
Kris Mayes, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Beverly McDerment
John Wesley Miller
Richard Moore
Philip Moorhead
Emily Morrison
Karen Mosqueda
Katherine Nanosky
Frances Nixon
Tom Norris, USAF Lt Col (Ret.)
Geoff Oldfather
Elma Oppenheimer
Jill Owen
Sharon Owen
Kevin Paulus
William Peltier
Roberto Perez
Nicola Perrera
Anne Perrin
Loretta Peterson
Albert Petrie
Elaine Petrie
Evelyn Powers
Kelly Prevenas
Antonio Procopio
Michael Racy
Octavio Ramirez
David Rataczak, Major General USAF (Ret.)
Patricia Reed
Thomas Reed
Emma Richards
June Rogers
Melanie Rottweiler
Saul Rubin
Dorothy Ruffle
Lynne Skelton, Council Member Sahuarita
Carol Smith
Barry Spencer
James Spencer
Shirley Sprik
David Stickles
Bob Strain, former Mayor of Sierra Vista
Mark Sykes
Gladys Tygart
LeRoy Vokins
Bob Walkup, former Mayor of Tucson
Katherine Webb
Edith Wheelock
John Wickham, General U.S. Army (Ret.)

Tom Jenney, Taxpayer Activist, Endorses Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer

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Phoenix
 – Jeff DeWit, CEO/Investment Professional and candidate for Arizona State Treasurer, announced today that Tom Jenney has endorsed his candidacy.

“Jeff DeWit is for smaller government, free markets, and low taxes.  He is the only Treasurer candidate who opposes the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.  I believe Jeff DeWit will be a prudent custodian of taxpayer money, and I endorse him as the best choice for Arizona State Treasurer,” said Jenney.

“There is no one in Arizona more tirelessly fighting to protect hard-working taxpayers from government overreach, burdensome regulations, and over-taxation,” said DeWit.  “Tom Jenney is revered amongst Conservatives and the Grassroots for his efforts and successes, and I am deeply honored to have Tom’s endorsement and support of my campaign.”

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About Jeff DeWit: Jeff is a successful CEO/Investment Professional with over 21 years of experience. For more information about Jeff DeWit and his campaign for State Treasurer, please visit www.JeffDeWit.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffDeWitAZ or on Twitter at @JeffDeWitAZ.  

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Pro-Business Group Endorses Jeff DeWit for State Treasurer

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HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL ARIZONA ENDORSES
JEFF DEWIT FOR STATE TREASURER


I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA) which has been representing residential building professionals, suppliers, contractors, and affiliated industry professionals throughout the Valley for over 60 years. Today the HBACA represents more than 500 companies with thousands of employees, and serves as the “Voice of the Residential Construction Industry.”

“As I say frequently, Arizona needs leaders who will promote a thriving business community, as I will.  The path to success for our State involves growing our economy and bringing in jobs, and I will be very supportive of our future Governor in making that happen,” said DeWit.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, click here.
Please help our campaign by sharing this video with others.

About Jeff DeWit: Jeff is a successful CEO/Investment Professional with over 21 years of experience. For more information about Jeff DeWit and his campaign for State Treasurer, please visit www.JeffDeWit.com. You can also follow campaign updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffDeWitAZ or on Twitter at @JeffDeWitAZ.  

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