Tyler Bowyer and AJ LaFaro: The Democrats Secret Weapon

A shout out to our friends at PoliticsArizona.com for this post!

Tyler Bowyer ran for MCRC Chairman promising unity and a stop to the disease of divisiveness that plagued the party under AJ LaFaro. Bowyer promised to turn the page.

Bowyer lied. And in doing so, stabbed his former friend Robert Graham squarely between the shoulder blades. Here’s hoping Chairman Graham won’t forget.

On Saturday, Bowyer flat out went after Graham, the popular Arizona GOP Chairman, conspiring with LaFaro to bring a doomed “censure” of the Chairman to the floor.

While publicly he pretends to support unifying the party…

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…Bowyer is clearly working as a pawn in LaFaro’s plot to divide the party. In a video exclusively obtained by Politics Arizona, Bowyer is seen huddling with LaFaro as their efforts to “censure” Chairman Graham go down in flames.

The next time Tyler Bowyer pats you on the back, be sure to get checked out for stab wounds.

Our take on what’s happening with the Arizona Republican Party in 2016?

Delegate stacking!

There is an effort to put delegates committed to Donald Trump into state delegate positions before the Republican State Convention on April 30th. Those elections of delegates will take place from March 26 – April 9th.

State law states that delegates of the parties shall “make their best effort” to support the winner of the presidential preference election. That Presidential Preference Election will take place on March 22, 2016. Arizona is called a “Winner Take All” state.

If Donald Trump wins the Presidential Preference Election on March 22nd AND, the delegates elected to the Arizona State Convention on April 30th are committed to Trump, there will not be a conflict.

But, if Ted Cruz wins the PPE, AND delegates elected to the Arizona State Convention have pledged to Donald Trump, there will be a massive party fight.

Thus, the theory is  that individuals like AJ LaFaro and Rob Haney ferociously recruited Trump-committed precinct committeemen in 2015 so that Tyler Bowyer would appoint these individuals to elect the delegates to the national convention.

SOS Michele Reagan Refers AZGOP Complaint to AG Mark Brnovich

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has pushed forward a complaint to the Attorney General Mark Brnovich regarding a complaint filed by the Arizona Republican Party related to a political committee headed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson. The complaint alleges that Johnson’s political committee, “Open Nonpartisan Elections” or ONE, violated reporting requirements when it failed to report a $10,000 political contribution from Jeff Covill.

Secretary Reagan also did not find reasonable cause regarding other political contributions and expenditures received and made by a parallel 501(c)4 organization registered under the same name. That complaint alleged that the non-profit organization was involved in electioneering when it received a $100,000 donation from Open Primaries and hired the Phoenix-based political firm HighGround. Donations and expenditures $10,000 or greater are required to be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

The matter now proceeds to the Attorney General’s Office where it will be litigated.

To read Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s letter of reasonable cause, click here.

Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay Joins Republican Party

Begay Leaves Democratic Party Citing Better Opportunities for District’s Education, Infrastructure, Employment Issues as Member of GOPPHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party enthusiastically welcomed Senator Carlyle Begay, who was elected as a Democrat to represent Arizona’s Legislative District 7 but today switched his party registration to Republican. He also joined the GOP caucus in the Arizona Senate, at an event held today at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. District 7 is the nation’s largest state legislative district by area and includes most of Northeastern Arizona including eight different tribal lands.

“My relationship with Senator Begay has grown over the years and I am so proud to see him join with our party so he can better serve the people of his district,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Republicans have proven to have a much more successful approach on the issues important to not just his district but all of Arizona, like education and economic prosperity, and I’m looking forward to working with him to improve opportunities for his community.”

Begay was appointed to the Arizona Senate in 2013 and was reelected in 2014. He released a brief video documenting his upbringing as a Navajo (or Diné) and his lifelong political journey and strong desire to better serve the constituents of his district.

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!

Democrat Amateurs Wanna Recall Diane Douglas

EGBThe Arizona Secretary of State provided notice today that a committee filed an application to recall Diane Douglas.

The committee calls itself “The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas” and has listed Maxwell Goshert as its Chairman and David J. Bier as its Treasurer.

Who you won’t find on the official paperwork is Anthony Espinoza who originally beat his chest about starting the recall. That’s because Espinoza was discovered to be posting gay nude selfies across various websites which becomes a problem when you’re a technology teacher at a west valley elementary school trying to spearhead a major political campaign. Nevertheless, Espinoza remains associated with the recall effort as its “founder” which we find bizarre give political campaigns and their committees never use that title.

According to the application filing with the Secretary of State’s office, the grounds for the filing is:

“Since taking office in January 2015, Diane Douglas has demonstrated that she lacks the ability and expertise to serve professionally and politically in her elected position as the Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction. From a fiduciary standpoint, Superintendent Douglas has consistently and recklessly jeopardized valuable and vital education education funding due to her unwillingness to execute various federal and state education laws and State Board of Education policies. In regards to her leadership role, she has not upheld the virtue of the constitutional public office to which she was elected, refusing to fulfill not only her basic duties under A.R.S. 15-251 but also to adhere to the checks and balances of the Arizona state government system. Most importantly, she is not fulfilling her basic state duties superintending the schools of Arizona, focusing more on how to increase her power and position rather than how to increase student achievement, teacher effectiveness, school performance, stakeholder relations, and educational funding. Education is in a crisis fiscally, professionally, socially, and emotionally in Arizona. Education in Arizona needs a strong leader to lead its stakeholders and citizens during this time of crisis. Diane Douglas has proven she is not that leader.”

Whatever your opinion of Diane Douglas, these young naive liberal activists are amateurs.

Quick to respond to the filing, the Arizona Republican Party issued the following statement:

PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party brushed off the announcement from two voters in the Democratic Party that they would attempt to gather signatures to recall Diane Douglas, the Republican who was elected last year to serve as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“It looks like these young Democrats are following the lead of their party elders and wasting time and money on useless complaining about the outcome of the election in which the Republicans clearly dominated the opposition,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “We have frequent elections at every level of government in this nation for a reason, and as a party we fight hard on behalf of our platform and our candidates. It’s disrespectful to the voters for these Democrats to suddenly wake up and decide they know better than voters.”

Douglas received 740,000 votes in the 2014 election, which was more than enough votes to defeat her opponent for that office. Her vote total also exceeded the vote total for each and every one of the Democrats on the ballot running for statewide office: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Mine Inspector, and Corporation Commission.

“Their plan is to raise and spend at least a million dollars to get enough signatures before the end of the year and they haven’t raised a dime yet, so I think they’re going to have a very disappointing Christmas,” Graham added.

Watch for this recall effort to fail miserably.

The Democratic Party establishment is silent and most likely publicly shunning the effort. (Not a byte on its website or Twitter feed.)

Amateurs are running the show and won’t have the support to collect the signatures to place it on the ballot.

In one year, Diane Douglas will still be the Superintendent of Public Instruction and these young activist will be a little bit wiser. Ironically, they’ll be able to thank their target for teaching them a hard lesson in political science.

 

 

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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