Winkle for Mesa … In Tempe?

You would think that when you’re running for a local office that you would hold your events in the district, right? Apparently, Ryan Winkle who is running for Mesa City Council in District 3 would disagree!

Winkle is hosting an event that he’s calling a “Community Celebration,” in Tempe. Is that a slap in the face to the voters in Mesa’s 3rd District? We think so… That is the equivalent of someone running for the Phoenix City Council who campaigns in San Tan Valley. It just does not make sense!

Maybe he’s confused about what district and city he is actually going to represent?

Winkle, we know you’re young and naive, but if you’re running to represent people then please run in the district you’re aiming to represent. You are not running for Tempe City Council. The people of Mesa deserve better and deserve to know that you care about them and the issues facing the community. Evidently, you do not.

AZGOP Chairman: Legislative Process Must Performed Legitimately

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PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, issued the following statement regarding this week’s activity at the Arizona Legislature:

“I serve as the elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, with over a million voters strong in our state. 

“I also stand with those hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who voted for Republican candidates, knowing that Republicans support fiscal responsibility. I understand that everyone is under a lot of pressure here today. Many of you have not slept in a few days. We all agree there’s a lot at stake. However, I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with the parliamentary maneuvers that have played out over the past few days. Last year, our Republican legislative majority elected a Senate President and Speaker of the House empowering them to provide leadership consistent with the Republican Party platform. Vested in them is a constitutional responsibility to originate and craft a budget for the legislature to send the Executive branch. To their credit, they have worked long and hard to that end for over 100 days. 

“I now call on all Republican legislators to restore the legitimate process that respects the authority that was given to the duly elected Republican House and Senate leadership. Let’s also make sure that, as we close out the First Regular Session of the 51st Legislature, we support the remaining conservative core pieces of legislation and amendments that define the contrast between our party and that of the left. I understand that each member of the legislature comes from a different district with different constituencies. But I also want to be very clear that each and every Republican who ran for office did so representing our party. As Republicans, we should stand united in the cause of promoting limited government, respect for life, defense of our Constitution, strict adherence to transparent governance and full support of legitimate parliamentary procedures that allow our leadership to do the job they were elected to do.”

More Video on the Arizona Republican Party Chairman’s Race, Graham on Gun Grab

Video that was recently taken at the AZGOP Chairman’s debate in Casa Grande featuring Doug Little and Robert Graham:

In addition, Robert Graham release a statement on Obama’s Executive Orders which were posted on his website – GrahamforArizona.com:

Robert Graham’s Statement on President Obama’s Recent Gun Proposals

PHOENIX — ”The recent tragedies that occurred in Colorado, Connecticut, and most recently California have shaken our communities. I grieve with the families and victims of these senseless acts of violence. Unfortunately, these acts have reminded us that evil will always exist in our world.”

“While I share the grief of the victims and have difficulty understanding these tragedies, I believe it is important that we have a deliberate and thoughtful discussion about preserving the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans in our society. Outright bans have never and will never solve the violence that plagues our society. Instead, we need to have a discussion on the real issues that lead to these tragedies.”

“The Supreme Court has continued to rule that the Second Amendment unequivocally protects an individual’s “Right to Bear Arms.” Unfortunately, President Obama and his allies in the anti-gun establishment are using the recent tragedies to advance a political agenda that will infringe on the Constitutional rights of responsible gun owners.”

“As it was recently reported, President Obama is currently considering circumventing the Constitution and bypassing Congress by enacting a series of Executive Orders to unlawfully enact the Left’s radical agenda. I am strongly opposed to this effort and believe that the President should follow the legal and Constitutional legislative process and have this public debate in the halls of Congress – with all parties and stakeholders present.”

“I would remind the President that the recent tragedies do not represent another crisis that should be exploited, but rather see this as an opportunity to have an adult conversation about the proper role of firearms in our society while protecting the rights we as Americans hold dearly.”

“I will continue to support Second Amendment rights, and I urge our elected leaders, especially President Obama, to have a thorough and open discussion that follows the legislative process and is not enacted through a series of closed door Executive Orders.”

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Video: Arizona Republican Party Chairman’s Debate at LD-17

Tuesday night, AZGOP Chairman candidates squared off in Chandler at the LD-17 meeting. Here is video of both Robert Graham and Doug Little discussing the future of the Arizona Republican Party.

Thank you to LD-26 for providing this video!

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Debate Comes to Mohave County – Robert Graham Wins

Word out of Kingman in Mohave County is that Robert Graham owned the room in the debate against Doug Little.

Doug Little arrived to the event late. Present were about 30-40 people which is a great turnout for a GOP candidate’s debate. Newly-elected Senator Kelli Ward was also in attendance.

Graham completely worked the room – talking to everyone before the lunch-meeting started.

Doug Little didn’t appear to move around the room that much only talking to a few people. Graham passed out shirts, buttons, flyers, yard signs and palm cards while Little made an effort to cover up Graham’s flyers on the tables with his own flyers.

Little spoke first. Graham spoke second. When Little launched into his speech, he attacked Graham’s age arguing that he thought Graham was too young to be Chairman. Little also attacked Graham for fighting for the defeat of a tax increase initiative in California – never mind the fact that Graham was extremely active supporting Arizona congressional candidates AND the effort to defeat the Open Primary initiative and Prop 204. Somewhere along the road, Little forgot to hold to the candidate agreement of staying above the negativity.

When Graham spoke, his ideas and vision were well received throughout the room. Compared to Doug Little, Robert Graham’s remarks, vision and ideas were night and day.

When both candidates took questions, someone asked about their thoughts on the United Nations. Little responded first and said that he did not believe that the US should withdraw from the UN. Most people in the room were shocked. Graham’s response to the same question was the opposite. That resulted with the entire room erupting in applause. (Little tried to take back his comments during the applause.)

When the debate adjourned, Little didn’t stay more than fifteen minutes while Graham remained until the last person departed.

It certainly appears that Graham has locked up Mohave County Republicans!

Don’t miss the next Arizona Republican Party Chairman debate tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 22 – to be held in Chandler at Tri-City Baptist Church located at 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler. Debate starts at 7:30 PM. Be there if you care about the future of the Arizona Republican Party!

Sonoran Alliance has endorsed Robert Graham for Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Team LaFaro Elected to Maricopa County Republican Party Leadership

Congratulations to newly elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, A.J. LaFaro and of course to his team! Here are the results from Saturday’s election:

County Chairman:
A.J. LaFaro – 1,179 (53.35%) | Lisa Gray – 1,030 (46.61%)

1st Vice-Chairman:
April Riggins – 1,128 (50.95%) | Paul Brierley – 1,086 (49.05%)

2nd Vice-Chairman:
Jose Borrajero 
– 1,254 (57.37%) | Rene Lopez – 932 (42.63%)

Secretary:
Jeni White – 1,256 (56.68%) | Colleen Lombard – 960 (43.32%)

Treasurer:
David Ludwig – 1,241 (56.46%) | Walter Dudley – 956 (43.49%

On the resolutions, all passed with the following results:

1B – Petition Circulators – 56.67%
2A – History Education – 76.06%
3C – Repeal 17th Amendment – 68.01%
5A – No amnesty for aliens – 73.65%
6A – State Sovereignty – 81.98%
7A – Don’t hire aliens – 77.43%
9A – No DREAM Act – 76.79%
Floor 2nd Amendment – 87.07%

Regarding the bylaws changes, the following bylaws changed with the necessary 2/3rd’s vote:

1 Art XI Severability – 80.53% – PASS
2 Art I intepretation of bylaws – 69.89% – PASS
3 Art II pc term of office – 54.29% – FAIL
4 Art II “Organization” meeting – 86.47% – PASS
5 Art II LD Chair quorum – 70.55% – PASS
6 Art II pc e-mail addresses – 55.16% – FAIL
7 Art II resign to run repeal – 61.14% – FAIL

Finally, we have posted Chairman LaFaro’s speech in entirety:

Good morning – 

I’m A. J. LaFaro and I want to be your next Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

During these past four months I’ve traveled thousands of miles, met thousands of wonderful people and lost several pounds – and for that I thank you. The journey has been arduous but fun and not without it’s bumps along the way. 

This morning, we’ve come to a fork in the road. 

You have two choices – you can turn to the left and vote for my opponent or you can turn to the right and vote for A. J. LaFaro keeping the MCRC an independent and unbiased voice of the people. 

Why should I be your next Chairman? 

I have the proven executive skills and talents to help lead the Maricopa County Republicans during these next two years. Challenging years to defend against the progressive socialists, liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

My executive leadership skills include being a good planner, organizer, communicator, team builder and a good listener. But more importantly – I’m pragmatic. The top priorities of the Chairman should be raise funds and be the public voice of the Maricopa County Republican Party. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee is made up of twenty legislative districts. Each one a unique franchise. Your neighborhoods, communities, school districts and cities have personalities of their own just like the people we elect to represent us. 

My opponent says our party is broken and needs to be fixed. Her plan – not the peoples plan – speaks to a few vague issues that maybe symptoms but will never address the fundamental problem with our party.

The divisiveness and bitter in-fighting amongst our groups. 

We all call ourselves Republicans and under that umbrella we have people who are right of center all the way to far right. During my travels I’ve even met some left of center. 

There’s probably four groups we align ourselves with – the establishment, the conservatives, the Tea Partiers and the Ron Paul supporters. Each with unique ideologies and beliefs. Many are the same – some are not. 

If elected your next Chairman, I would immediately call for a détente of these four groups to come together, clearly identify our common and unique ideologies. 

I’m confident one strong common goal we all can agree on is to win elections. To beat the progressive socialists, the liberal Democrats and the unions continued attempt to turn Arizona Blue. 

We have a challenging task ahead of us these next two to four years as we fight for God, family and country.

You have the opportunity to elect Team LaFaro today – a stronger team with a much stronger message to help defeat our enemies. 

I’m asking for your vote and support for A. J. LaFaro, April Riggins, Jose Borrajero, Jeni White and David Ludwig so we can keep Arizona Red – Dark Red! 

Ronald Reagan once said: 

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” 

In closing, I want to say may God bless you and God bless America!

Tempe Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party

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Phoenix – Recent Tempe Mayoral candidate Michael Monti has announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Party leadership.

“Republican candidates need all the support they can get from the Party,” said Monti, who narrowly lost his 2012 race against Democrat Mark Mitchell for Mayor of Tempe. “I don’t want to see us lose another winnable race like mine. I have chosen to endorse Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team because I believe that their diplomacy, experience and ability to unify the party behind candidates is exactly what our Party needs to stay relevant and help candidates win in all areas of the county – be they red, blue, or somewhere in-between.”

“I’m truly honored that my team has Michael Monti’s support,” said Gray. “If our Party is to be relevant, we must provide the kind of grassroots support that our candidates need to win races. This includes having a cohesive plan, trained and equipped PCs, and financial resources. We have provided these resources in our districts, and will bring them to Maricopa County when we are elected.”

About Lisa Gray
Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans and Tea Party activists. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. She was also a plaintiff against Proposition 121, which was not only detrimental to the Republican Party, but to all Arizona voters. 

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because of their focus on building the Party to win elections. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) statutory meeting will take place tomorrow, January 12, 2013. All Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen are eligible to vote. To learn more about Lisa, her team and the details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com. 

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Getting Back to the Basics – Our Plan to Build the Party

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We can be on the “right” side of the issues but as we learned the hard way, if we don’t communicate them, raise money, recruit conservative candidates, register voters and get voters to the polls we will not win elections. We must get back to the basics and build the infrastructure of our party if we are going to succeed. Our plan will prepare us for victory in 2014 and beyond.

Below is an outline of our plan to build the Maricopa County Republican Party.

1. Build Our Party’s Image and Effectiveness
We will work to “Build Our Party” by increasing our fundraising efforts, developing leaders, providing the tools to make the grassroots strong and effective, and greatly expanding our online and social media presence.

2. Build Strong Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Programs
It’s a simple equation: Register more voters and get them out to vote and we win!

3. Provide Training and Resources for Precinct Committeemen (PCs)
PCs are only powerful if they are trained and equipped. We will provide them the tools they need to be effective.

4. Provide Training and Resources for District Chairmen and Officers
Districts will thrive with strong, effective leaders. We will provide the tools and support to help district chairmen and their teams be successful!

5. Recruit, Train and Support Candidates for All Offices
All politics is local. We will help districts to recruit, train and support Republicans to run for office at all levels. Our goal is to have a Republican in every race. If we are going to prepare for the future it is imperative that we begin recruiting and preparing the next generation of leaders.

For more on the plan and information about our team visit: www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Editor’s Note: We have turned off comments – ESPECIALLY TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTERS – because we believe the long-term impact to party harmony is damaging. You may find yourself having to work with a party leader and your prior comments will likely make that work very difficult.

Conservative Municipal Leaders across Maricopa County support Lisa Gray’s Team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership

Arizona Party Builders

Maricopa County  – Conservative leaders across Maricopa County are supporting Lisa Gray and her AZ Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership.

Lisa Gray Municiple Endorsements

“I am proud to support Lisa Gray, Paul Brierley and the entire AZ Party Builders Team. They are the conservative leaders that Maricopa County needs right now. Please join me in supporting the AZ Party Builders Team.” – Jeff Weninger, Chandler Vice Mayor

“Over the past few years we have built a strongly conservative Town Council in Gilbert, and it’s making a huge difference. I am excited to see a Team like Lisa Gray’s Arizona Party Builders that will build our party to win elections at all levels. I’ve seen their work, and I know they are exactly what we need for our party.” – Jenn Daniels, Gilbert Town Council

“We are delighted to have the support and trust of city leaders from across the County,” said Gray. “Strong relationships between elected leaders and the grassroots is one of our priorities; having their support shows we’re already on the right track.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections. Lisa and her team continue to garner the support of many conservatives across Maricopa County.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates Endorses Lisa Gray and her team for Maricopa County Leadership

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Phoenix – Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, known for being fiscally responsible and stopping frivolous government spending, today announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her team for leadership of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

“I am proud to support Lisa Gray and the entire Arizona Party Builders team to lead the Maricopa County GOP. As a former District Chair and past member of the County GOP Executive Guidance Committee, I believe Lisa Gray and the Arizona Party Builders team have the experience and focus to grow the Maricopa County Republican Party and lead the party to success in the 2014 elections.”

“Bill Gates has a history of strong leadership in the Maricopa County Republican Party, and is now bringing fiscal transparency and efficiency to the City of Phoenix,” said Gray. “I share Bill’s passion for transparency, and I am honored that someone with Bill’s background and understanding of the Republican Party would endorse my team to lead us to success in the upcoming elections.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections. Lisa and her team continue to garner the support of many conservatives across Maricopa County.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com.

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