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We can restore our Republic, beginning at the local level.  First, learn all you can about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  Study the Founders themselves, and the Founders’ Principles that guided them in creating those documents.  Go to the experts for this information:  Shane Krauser, the National Center for Constitutional Studies, and The Thomas Jefferson Center.   Also, learn how to exert your Civic Authority.  Go to the Center for Self-Governance to find out when the 5 classes are available near you.   "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

July 25, 2014
Would your Candidate Support Life, Marriage and Family, Religious Freedom?

The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) surveyed the candidates running for federal and state offices.  CAP promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. 

Find out how the candidates answered the questions.  Simply Click on the link ArizonaVoterGuide.Com.  Fill in the blanks in order to immediately obtain your personalized voter guide, and click on each number to see the survey question, and how candidates responded.  

The results might surprise you.  Candidate for Governor Scott Smith's answers are a good example.

Remember the battle against Medicaid Expansion?  The Center for Arizona Policy was cited in the following passionate statements made by Steve Smith, who was a Republican respresentative from LD11 at the time (not to be confused with Scott Smith).  Steve explains that the expansion of Medicaid would also increase the number of abortions.  Scott Smith, candidate for Governor, supports Medicaid Expansion.

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Tags: Abortion, Pro Life, Scott Smith, CAP, Christian Persecution
July 23, 2014
Upcoming Payson Events!

Submitted by Shirley Dye.

Thursday, July 24, 2014.  6:00-8:00 pm. Payson Tea Party.

Three candidates for Gila County Superior Court Judge will be featured, including Steve Burke, Chuck Walker, and Tim Wright.  Also speaking will be Mayoral candidate Randy Roberson and Payson Council candidates Su Connell and Fred Carpenter, as well as Star Valley Council candidate Andy McKinney.  Other local candidates will present their platforms in future weeks.  The meeting will be held at Tiny’s Family Restaurant 600 East 260, Payson.  Members and guests are invited to arrive early to order dinner and socialize.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014.  10:00 am.  Gila County Republican Committee Meeting.  

Please attend this meeting and bring a guest!  The meeting takes place at the new Payson Republican Headquarters, 719 S. Beeline Hwy (across from Courthouse).  It's a gorgeous building!  Please let your friends know that the Payson Republican Headquarters is open 9am - 6pm Monday through Friday.  You can pick up literature and yard signs on all the candidates to share with friends.  You can make donations, get copies of voter lists and maps of neighborhoods.  Call the early mail in voters and encourage them to fill out their ballots and mail them in.  Anyone can make calls from the HQ or home to help get out the vote.  Call Shirley at 928-468-1131 if you have questions.  

Important!  The terms of the previously elected and appointed PCs for the past two years will expire August 29.  52 PCs completed their nomination and signature pages to become newly elected PCs for the next two year term.  We need to appoint another 75 or so PCs in the few months to fill all precincts and qualify to elect another 30-40 State Committeemen right after the November Election.  There are openings in all precincts except two.  If you would like to be re-appointed or become a new PC please let us know.  Also, Please identify folks in your neighborhoods who might become PCs and let Shirley Dye or Gary Morris know so we can get them applications.

Monday, July 28, 2014.  11:30 am.  Rim Country Republican Club.

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Tags: Payson TEA Party, Andy McKinney
July 23, 2014
AMERICA Coming to Payson Friday, July 25!

Dinesh D'Souza's film AMERICA will be showing at the Sawmill Theater in Payson beginning Friday, July 25.  Show times are 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, and 7:30 pm.  The film should remain in the theater for about a week.  If the film does well, it could be held over longer.  The Sawmill Theater is located at 201 W. Main (SW corner of Highway 87 and Main St.)  The phone number of the box office is 928-468-7546.

Here is the trailer of the film.  (Of historical note is that George Washington wrote a letter to his brother John stating:  "I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.")  See George Washington to John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755.  

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Tags: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, American Values
July 23, 2014
Please Help Bob Thorpe with his $5.00 Contributions!

Our Republican Representative Bob Thorpe (LD6) has done an excellent job fighting for us against expanding ObamaCare in Arizona, and against onerous regulations.  He sponsored bills that would help us take back our lands and protect our property rights.  He worked hard to help us gain local control of our schools.   We need him in the legislature to do battle for us again.

Please click HERE to print out a Clean Elections $5.00 Contribution form, complete and send directly to Bob Thorpe at the address on the form.  Please print out extra forms and ask friends to donate $5.00 also.

Or, go to www.azsos.gov/equal/.   Answer the initial questions.  Follow prompts.  Then, scroll down to Robert Thorp and click to make your $5.00 donation.   For each $5.00 donation, Clean Elections will give Bob $133.00.  

You can also send Bob up to $160.00 in seed money directly.  Make checks out to “Bob Thorpe” and mail to 490 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ   86001.  Please also provide your name, address, occupation and employer on a separate piece of paper.  Phone numbers and email addresses are always welcome too. 

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Tags: Bob Thorpe
July 22, 2014
Sen. Jeff Sessions Slams Bill Gates for Laying off Americans in Favor of Foreign Nationals

Bill Gates, brilliant billionaire entrepreneur, who has plugged nearly $200 million into promoting the Common Core State Standards because he knows how to run America's educational system, just did the following: 

He co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times calling for more visas for skilled tech workers, while at nearly the same time Microsoft fired some 18,000 people.  The lay-off has also affected an unknown number of contract workers.

If there is a tech labor shortage, one would expect to see higher wages used to attract workers.  That isn't what's happening.  Salaries have remained flat.  What is happening is that the tech giants want more foreign nationals to take those high tech jobs.  Why?  Cheap labor.  

Sen. Jeff Sessions recently slammed Bill Gates for demanding more guest workers while Microsoft lays off Americans.

Candidate for Governor Scott Smith is another one who believes the big corporation myth about the "high tech labor shortage."  He wants to bring in engineers and other high-skilled workers from other countries.   See Mesa Mayor Fears Congress Won't act on Immigration.  

As stated in Bill Gates Under Fire for Immigration Stance After Microsoft Lay-offs:

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Tags: Common Core, Congress, Schools
July 22, 2014
Payson TEA Party Presents $500 Scholarship Award to Savannah Grassel

Some months ago, the Payson Tea Party voted to start an annual $500 Scholarship fund, to be awarded to a deserving high school senior. 

Last month, Ms. Darlene Younker, president of the Payson Tea Party, announced the recipient of the group's first annual $500 scholarship award.  

“It is with great pleasure that the Payson Tea Party announces the award of our first ever Tea Party Scholarship.  Applicants submitted essays answering the question "Is the Tenth Amendment Relevant in Today's Society?"  Our winner is Savannah Grassel. 

"Miss Grassel, a senior at Payson High School, is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Principal's Honor Roll since 2010.  She is currently the Student Body President.  Savannah is very active in sports having lettered in soccer.   She has also been the Captain of the girls basketball team, has played soft ball, and has participated in track and field.  In addition, Savannah holds several jobs.  This well-rounded young lady has been accepted into Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she will major in Biological Sciences.  She would like to become a sports medicine doctor.  Congratulations, Savannah!”


Presenting the award to Savannah are Darlene Younker, president of the Payson Tea Party, and U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (CD4).  

Here is Savannah's essay:

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Tags: Bill of Rights, Paul Gosar, Payson TEA Party
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