Payson TEA Party Meeting May 29: Senator Chester Crandell and Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe

The Payson TEA Party will host three speakers on May 29:   Arizona State Senator Chester Crandell and Arizona Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe.  Please come and hear about the issues our Legislative District 6 delegation worked on this past legislative session, including water, education, public lands, Mexican wolves, etc.  They will also discuss their plans for next term after re-election. 

The meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260, Payson.

These Conservative Candidates Need Your Financial Assistance!  

Click HERE to donate to Brenda Barton.

Click HERE to donate to Chester Crandell.

Click HERE to donate to Bob Thorpe.

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UPDATE! Check out Payson Events May 21 and 22

Wednesday, May 21

UPDATE:  4:00-6:00 pm.  Tonto National Forest public meeting specifically to discuss the horse camp at Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Rd. possibly being changed to an OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) track.  This precedes the meeting described below.  

6:00-8:30 pm.  Tonto National Forest public meeting.  Topics include Fire/Fuels, Forestry, Range.  Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W Main St, Payson.  You might ask "To what do you attribute so much dense ladder fuel in the Tonto National Forest"? "How many roads have you closed in the Tonto National Forest and why have you closed them"?  "Why are you proposing an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) track next to a Payson subdivision and church, when there are so many other locations in the Tonto Forest that won’t create noise and traffic congestion"?  There are many other questions you might ask the government managers of this forest.    

Thursday, May 22

9:30-11:30 am.  Meet and Greet Frank Riggs Candidate for Governor.   Mr. Riggs served as a Congressman from N. California for 12 years 1991-93 & 1995-1999 during the Clinton years, and has since been instrumental in developing Charter Schools in Arizona.  Come hear his qualifications and vision for the Governor’s office.  Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260. 

Thursday, May 22  

6:00-8:00 pm.  Payson Tea Party.  The speaker is Al Melvin, candidate for Arizona Governor.  Mr. Melvin is the current Arizona Senator representing LD11.  Senator Melvin will present his credentials and vision for the Governor’s office.  Senator Melvin is a retired Captain in the Navy Reserve, and had a 40 year career in International Trade and Ocean Transportation before he was elected to the AZ Senate 6 years ago. Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260.

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Letter to the Editor: Feds Stole State Lands of the West

Vicki Cool, a precinct committeeman with the Gila County Republican Committee, recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Payson Round-Up.  It was published on April 25, 2014.

Dear Editor:

Only Fox News covered the Bundy/Nevada controversy, but told only half the story. There are 11 states in the West that never got their land after they got statehood. Arizona is one of them.

If this is an issue you care about, go to or call 801-ALC-6622.

You might consider how those who live in New York would pay for their schools if 80 percent of their land was owned and mismanaged by the Forest Service or BLM. Have you ever heard of PILT (payment in lieu of taxes)? They are made by the federal government to the states and are a fraction of what taxes would be were the land held in private ownership.

I guess those of us who live in the West are considered to be too inept to manage and profit from our own land. Perhaps we need to have all western lands covered with those lovely windmills and solar panels. Of course we will get to live with the desert tortoise and Mexican wolves. Those mistakenly endangered species will determine the use of our lands: no copper mining, no lumbering, no ranching, and no fracking. All we get are illegals coming across federal land to use our schools, hospitals, jails, benefits and take our jobs.

Vicki Cool

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Check out Payson Events May 15, 16 and 17!

Thursday, May 15

4:00-6:00 pm.  Americans for Prosperity will bring their "Don’t be an ObamaCare Victim Tour" to Payson.  Learn to phone bank with a computer, smart phone, or tablet.  Those who participate will get a free dinner. Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260.

6:00-7:30 pm.  Payson TEA Party meeting.  Americans for Prosperity will discuss Obamacare. Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 Arizona Highway 260.

Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17

5:00 – 8:00 pm.  Spring Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds. For more information, click HERE.   If you have not already, come sign petitions for our candidates at the Rim Country Republican Club booth, and enjoy an excitement filled evening.  

Saturday, May 17

9:45 am – Noon.  American Lands Council Presents – Ken Ivory, president.  North Scottsdale Christian Church, 28700 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale 85266, N/W corner of Pima & Dynamite.  No charge, but donation accepted.  Ken will speak about how to get our Public lands transferred to us by the Federal Government, as promised! Call Shirley to carpool, 928-951-6774. 

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American Lands Council President Ken Ivory: Debate on May 14

American Lands Council President Ken Ivory and Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart have been asked to participate in a debate on the Transfer of Public Lands hosted by the Salt Lake Tribune. The debate will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm MST at the Salt Lake City Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. (That’s 6:00 pm in Arizona.)

For those who live close enough to attend, the address of this debate is 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City. The auditorium opens at 6, but the public won’t be admitted until 6:15 p.m. with all attendees seated by 6:45 p.m. (the live broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.).

If you are unable to attend, Live streaming audio and video will be available at HERE. Please share this information with your contacts.  This debate has already drawn national attention so this is going to be a tremendous opportunity to educate and get our message out!

Among the other debaters will be Former Clinton Administration BLM Director Pat Shea. You can watch a previous encounter of Ken Ivory and Pat Shea on TribTalk HERE

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Fox News Reporter Dennis Lynch Puts His Life at Risk Standing Up for the Bundy’s

I’m sure that Fox news reporter Dennis Lynch did not anticipate his actions on April  12, 2014.  He suddenly realized that Clive Bundy was right.  The Bundy family was right.  The patriots who stood facing down the BLM thugs with AR-15s were right.  No matter what the letter of the law stated, it was an egregious unjust law.  And then, Mr. Lynch discovered what he was made of.


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HB2699 and HB2700: Good News and Bad News

Recently, Gila Watch asked you to email Arizona Senators asking them to support two important bills:  HB2699 Endangered Species-Program Rescission-Reimbursement and HB2700 …"recover all state lands that have been acquired by the federal government."  

The good news is that HB2699 passed.  The bad news is that HB2700 failed to pass.  

As a precinct committeeman, I visit with citizens.  Most are unaware that our country is swiftly being taken over by the federal government agencies made up of unelected bureaucrats who are paid by the taxpayers.  This lack of awareness stems from their source of news.  These citizens are also unaware that the newspapers they read and most of the television reporting they watch are part of what has truly become the Collectivist Media.   For example, the collectivist media did not report one of the most significant events in American history:  The Cliven Bundy vs the BLM stand-off.  Why?  Because the fact that over 2,000 patriotic Americans standing up for individual liberties does not fit the collectivist agenda.

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HB2700 – April 14 – Senate COW – “….recover all state lands that have been acquired by the Federal Government.”

In light of the situation in Nevada in which the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took over public lands in Nevada and then tried to force Cliven Bundy to pay onerous grazing fees, which he refused to pay, it is time for all of us to email and call our Arizona Senators to strongly encourage them to vote YES to this bill, and stand up for all Arizona citizens and self-rule.

HB2700 was sponsored by Rep. Bob Thorpe (LD6), who has traveled to Nevada with several other Arizona legislators.  A video of his speech at the Arizona Legislature follows this post.

HERE is a link to the Fact Sheet for HB2700.

You can find the email addresses and phone numbers of all Senators HERE.  You are probably wasting your time to email Democrats.  Every Demcrat in the House voted NO, and I would be surprised if the Democrats in the Senate would step out of line.  

If you would like to see the Vote Detail on how the Legislators have voted previously on HB2700, in various Committees and the House, click HERE.

This bill is a good first step.  We also must join other Western states to take our lands back from the federal government.  See American Lands Council, as well as an Op-Ed written by Shirley Dye titled "Tying Statehood and Educational Funding Together.

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