Upcoming Payson Events!

Submitted by Shirley Dye

The Payson TEA Party will feature Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Vice Mayor Michael Hughes, and possibly Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin.  They will provide information on many Payson issues, including the Home Rule Proposition and the continuation of the 1/2 cent county tax that will be on the Ballot.  

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at Tiny’s Restaurant.  Tiny’s is located at 600 Arizona Highway 260, Payson.  


There will be a Tonto National Forest Hearing to discuss Cultural Resources, Terrestrial Resources (Wildlife & Vegetation.  (Think Endangered Species Act regulations and Tribal Heritage/Artifacts.)  It’s worth your time to attend this hearing.  

The meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W Main St., Payson.


Candidate Yard signs can be placed on your property NOW and must be removed no later than 10 days after the Primary.  Signs may not be placed in the 87/260 right of way but may be placed at the property line.  We need to find friendly business who will allow us to place signs on their property just behind the right of way.  If you know of any, please contact Shirley Dye at shirleyujest@npgcable.com.


The Gila County Republican Party has secured a Headquarters, which will open soon.  It is located in the rear two story building at 719 S. Beeline Hwy, across from the Court House, south of the car wash.  There will be lots of candidate signs and literature available for residents.  Please watch for the Grand opening. 

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Matt Salmon Visits U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi in Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement after visiting U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi at el Hongo II prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

"Today, I had the opportunity sit down with Sgt. Tahmooressi and discuss his treatment by prison personnel and his legal case going forward.  While I’m deeply offended by some of the treatment he received at the hands of prison officials at his previous detainment facility, I’m pleased to report he is doing well and is in good spirits since being relocated to el Hongo II. I also had the opportunity to tour this facility, and I leave confident that he will be treated respectfully.  I also expressed to both prison officials and U.S. consular personnel that his care going forward is of the utmost importance and that our expectations are that when Andrew comes home, he will be in good physical condition. 

“In addition, Sgt. Tahmooressi and I were able to hold a private discussion regarding his case and strategy for his upcoming hearing.  He seems comfortable with his new attorney and is hopeful that he will have a successful hearing where his story will be fully explained.

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Urgent Last Call for Petition Signatures and $5 Clean Elections Money!

The deadline for all of our conservative Republican candidates to turn in their petition signatures and their minimum required number of $5.00 Clean Elections contributions is the middle of next week!  Remember that Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day, so we don’t have much Time!

Follows are the names of our preferred candidates who have asked for more signatures and/or $5.00 Clean Elections contributions.  

Click HERE to sign their petitions.  You can use the same link to contribute $5.00 Clean Elections minimum.  You can contribute to as many candidates as you wish.  However, you can contribute the $5.00 Clean Elections money only once to each candidate.  

Brenda Barton for Arizona House LD6 (Petition Signatures only)

Diane Douglas for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Forese for Arizona Corporation Commission

Doug Little for Arizona Corporation Commission

Irene Littleton for Arizona Senate LD8

Ralph Heap for Arizona Senate LD25

Dale Eames for Arizona Senate LD26 (Petition Signatures Only)

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Rim Country Republican Club – Barbeque – Bake Sale – Rummage Sale – May 3, 2014!

Please join the Rim Country Republican Club’s biggest fund raiser!  Meet lots of candidates running for statewide offices.  It will be held in Payson at Rumsey Park, Ramada #5, this Saturday, May 3. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.  There will be a rummage and bake sale and a silent auction.  Plan on enjoying the $5.00 pulled pork sandwich lunch with drink. Candidates start their speeches at 10 am.  

Please invite your family and friends.  Sign the candidates’ petitions, so they qualify to get on the primary ballot.  Please also bring your check book or cash to donate $5.00 to the clean elections candidates, or write a bigger check for our candidates who are running traditional campaigns.   We must give sacrificially to our conservative candidates.  This is a critical year and there is opposition with deep pockets running against some of our great candidates. 

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Cobre Valley Republican Club Meeting 4/19: Gary Kiehne Guest Speaker

Please come to the April 19 meeting of the Cobre Valley Republican Club at 9:30 AM, to be held at 424 N. Broad Street, Globe, Arizona.  Gary Kiehne is running for Congress in the Republican primary in Congressional District 1.   The Republican who wins that race will go up against Ann Kirkpatrick, the big government Democrat who voted for Obamacare.  The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. 

Gary will be in the Globe area all day to answer questions.  

Cobre Valley Fundraiser – May 17

CVRC has been working on a Fundraiser Luncheon for Republican candidates.  It will be held May 17 at 11:30 am at the Globe Elk’s Club.  Tickets can be purchased at the April 19 meeting.  Posters are in progress.  Guest speakers will be America’s 2011 "Sheriff of the Year"  Sheriff Paul Babeu and Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp, Ticket prices will be:  $25.00 each or 2 for $45.00.

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Please Meet Mark Brnovich, Candidate for AZ Attorney General Monday, 3/31

The Rim Country Republican Club (RCRC) will meet Monday, March 31, 2014 at Tiny’s Restaurant.  Come at 11 am to order lunch and socialize. At 11:30 am, speaker Mark Brnovich, candidate for Arizona Attorney General, will make a presentation. Click HERE for more information about Mr. Brnovich. 

Tiny’s is located at 600 Arizona Highway 260, Payson.

Also, the RCRC will be holding a Rummage/Bake Sale/BBQ and Meet and Greet on May 3.  Many candidates running for office will be there.  Please collect rummage sale items and spread the word!  Please bring small items to the March 31 meeting.  Furniture and large items need to be brought the day of the sale if possible. Please help out on the day of the sale and show our Republican candidates that coming to Payson is worth their while. This is a major fundraiser, and the RCRC needs every penny!!! Please email Jane Evans for more information at JBEvansaz@npgcable.com. 

See Below for a List of 2014 RCRC Fundraising Events!

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New Poll: John McCain is the Least Popular Senator in America

According to a new poll published by Public Policy Polling, Arizona Senator John McCain is the least popular Senator in America.  Here is their brutal analysis:  

PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents.

McCain trails in hypothetical general election match ups with both 2012 nominee Richard Carmona (41/35) and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (42/35). He would lead though in a match-up with former Governor Janet Napolitano, 44/36. This has the potential to be an interesting one in 2016.

According to the Universal Free Press:

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Lincoln Day Luncheon – March 15 – Guest Speaker Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The Gila County Republican Committee is featuring America’s Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio as the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day Luncheon.  Please hurry and buy a ticket before they’re sold out!   The luncheon is at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 15 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. 

Tickets are $30.00 each or 2 for $55.00.  (No tickets will be sold at the door.)  This is the most important fund raising event for the Gila County Republican Party.  The money raised allows us to contribute to conservative Republican candidates.  Please invite your friends and neighbors. 

Tickets are available from the following Precinct Committeemen: 

Gary Morris               602-803-7366  Pine Strawberry Area

Lolly Hathhorn          928-474-2334  Payson area

Patty Ihle                    928-468-1435  Payson area

Madra Bernard         928-221-0772 Tonto Basin area

Judy Alexander         928-701-2195  Globe area

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