Follows is a September 2017 letter written by Gary Morris, Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee, to the Editor of the Payson Roundup newspaper. It seems that this newspaper, like many others across Arizona, despise Republicans and will do all possible to defeat them. In this case, Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen is the target.
The Roundup recently published a front-page story titled “Feuding factions in GOP” about disagreements between State Senator Sylvia Allen and Navajo County Republican Committee Chairman Steve Slaton. It was placed at the top of the front page fold (a position generally reserved for only BIG stories).
I’m a bit confused as to why a small story in a town 100 miles away would be pertinent, or of interest, to Roundup readers to rate such an important “headline” position — except for a political punch.
Could it be that the Roundup’s true intent was to discredit REPUBLICAN State Senator Sylvia Allen? Or to also discredit any Republican candidate, committees, or clubs in Gila County?
Please join your fellow Republicans at the Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Gila County Republican Committee, on Friday, March 2. The social hour with cash bar opens at 5 PM followed by dinner at 6 PM. This event will be held in the Mazatzal Casino’s Ballroom, Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson. Guest speakers begin their presentations at 6:30 PM. Both Rep. Paul Gosar and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward have been confirmed as speakers. Other candidates and elected officials have also been invited to speak. A Q and A period following presentations will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other elected officials and candidates.
The buffet dinner will include breast of chicken in mushroom wine sauce, baked cod, salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, and a beverage. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by clicking HERE.
Please come to the Memorial Day meeting of the Rim Country Republican Club to hear a presentation byTom Morrissey, Past Chairman of the AZ GOP. The meeting will be held on May 29 at Tiny’s Restaurant, Highway 260 in Payson Arizona at 11:00 am. Mr. Morrissey’s talk will be about his experiences with the Establishment in our party when he was State Chairman and what really goes on behind closed doors, far from the eyes and ears of the grassroots and true believers.
The next meeting of the Rim Country Republican Club will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 East Highway 260, Payson. This is an opportunity to enjoy lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 am, Bob Burns of the Arizona Corporation Commission, will give a presentation.
Please join your friends and neighbors at the Gila County Republican Committee’s 17th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Saturday, March 11, 2017, to be held at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino main ball room. The Casino is located on Hwy 87 at mile post 251, just south of Payson. Click HERE to see flyer.
This year’s featured guests are Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is also advisor to the Trump Transition Team; and Congressional District 4 Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar. Get behind the scenes reports on the Trump election campaign and the latest on President Trump’s plans.
A Cash Bar Social starts at 5:15 pm, followed by a Prime Rib dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60.00 each. There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 Raffle, and silent auction.
#1: My personal experience of Jim O’Connor has been extremely positive. First, he educated me on the serious problems associated with Rep. J. D. Mesnard’s National Popular Vote bill (HB2456), which he brought up during last year’s legislative session. This was a complex issue, and Mr. O’Connor and I exchanged several emails and telephone calls in the process. I also did independent research. This resulted in an article that I published titled “Stop the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona." Mr. O’Connor made a very impressive appeal before the House of Representatives against the National Popular Vote leading them to defeat that bill last session. He’s prepared to do it again.
Second, as a member of the Mommy Lobby, I deeply appreciated Mr. O’Connor’s leadership in LD23 in helping to pass HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information. He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach." She voted in favor on reconsideration, and this bill passed. Mr. O’Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.
by Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman Tyler Bowyer
Many have seen in recent weeks a few endorsements from Public Office Holders of Candidates for those who wish to serve in County and State Party positions. I want to make a statement and say this is absolutely wrong. One of the primary reasons that the Republican Party exists is to hold Elected Officials accountable. Having our Party Officeholders beholden to Elected Officials through endorsements and donations is precisely what’s wrong with the GOP today. It should raise many red flags of Party Candidates who seek these endorsements as it is akin to the adage of the "Fox in the Henhouse." This is terrible judgment both on the part of the candidate and the elected official.
Arizona Republican Senator John Kavanagh (LD23) will be introducing a bill during the upcoming Legislative Session that will make stealing the American flag a Class 6 felony. In the following Fox News interview, Sen. Kavanagh explains that currently, stealing the flag is only a misdemeanor theft, akin to stealing a pack of gum from a convenience store. When someone steals a flag from someone’s yard, they aren’t just stealing something that doesn’t belong to them. Not only is the flag a venerated object, but also, when someone displays the American flag, they are exercising their Constitutionally-guaranteed First Amendment freedom of expression. They might be displaying the flag to express patriotism, mourning someone’s death, or as a protest. This is an important right.
"Democracy" has a nice ring to it: One Person, One Vote. However, that’s exactly what the Founders did not want: Majority (aka Mob) Rule. When Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,"A Republic, if you can keep it." Ours is a Constitutional Republic, but only if we, the people, care enough to participate in keeping it.
Our presidents are chosen through a combination of a popular vote and the Electoral College that represents the states. Each state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for Senators. This keeps a handful of the most populous states from dominating all the other states. For example, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Arizona. Thus, the Republican party’s 11 Electors will vote for president. Had Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Arizona’s 11 Democrat Electors would be voting for president. (In contrast, California has 55 Electors.) See below for two short videos: Do you Understand the Electoral College? and The Popular Vote vs the Electoral College.
Unfortunately, there is a movement across America that is gaining traction called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It would distort the procedures of the Electoral College. It would usher in the very "democracy" that the Founders did not want. It is unconstitutional.