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21. PCRC Approves Motion to Censure Shope, Pratt, and Coleman

Sources from within the Pinal County Republican Committee (PCRC) have advised Gila Watch that today, November 16, 2013, the PCRC voted to: 

"Censure Arizona Representatives Frank Pratt (LD8), T J Shope (LD8), and Douglas Coleman (LD16) for voting for the Medicaid expansion against the expressed position of this body and the Republican Party platform, aligning with the democrats and helping welfare expansion and Obamacare in Arizona. We therefore censure these legislators, and encourage other Pinal County Republicans to likewise disassociate themselves from any of these who may be candidates for office in the upcoming 2014 elections."

The motion passed with just under 70% of the vote.

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Tags: Medicaid Expansion, Arizona Legislature, Obama
22. Arizona State Legislator Heroes

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Medicaid Expansion, Obamacare
23. Maricopa County Republican Committee's EGC - Resolution to Censure Gov. Jan Brewer and 14 State Legislators

On November 7, 2013, the Maricopa County Republican Committee’s Executive Guidance Committee (MCRC EGC) Passed A Resolution To Censure Gov. Jan Brewer And 14 State Legislators:

·       Statement From A J LaFaro, MCRC Chairman: "It's unfortunate the Resolution to Censure even needed to be considered and voted on; however, the Republican Party is at a critical crossroads in its history.  A majority of Republicans are frustrated and ‘mad as hell’ with people who say they are Republican but do not support the principles and policies set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform.  It's time to purge the Republican Party of the individuals who say they are Republican but support and vote with the progressive socialist Democrats,

 According to Article I Section 1 of the MCRC Continuing By-Laws Revised January 12, 2013:

Section 1 - Objective

The objective of the MCRC is to uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform.

We will promote the political education of all Republican Party workers and loyalty to the Republican Party platform. We will also support the election of our party candidates who uphold the principles and policies as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Republican Party Platform.  Our Republican members and the public should never forget what the Governor and 14 State Legislators did.  These links should help.

 Arizona's House Republican Heroes.   Biggs vs. Brewer

A Resolution of the Executive Guidance Committee (EGC) of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC)

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Leftists, Medicaid Expansion, Obama
24. Yavapai County GOP group battles Against Republican Officials Who Refuse to Act Like Republicans

Did you read about the Precinct Committeemen in Yavapai County who voted to censure the so-called "Republicans" who voted for the Medicaid Expansion?  Good for them!   Those who know when somebody is lying to them and have the guts to stand up for their principles voted for the Censure.  They include people like Tom Steele, who rejoined the Republican Party five years ago.  He said the censure represents Republican values. 

What a concept. 

It's incredible that RINOs like Sen. Steve Pierce (LD1) and Rep. Karen Fann (LD1) were so disappointed that their minions pay more attention to Republican principles than to them and other members of the Ruling Class.  After all, Pierce told the peasants, he had the support of the entire Yavapai County Board of Supervisors!   

Here is what Prince Pierce had to say to his ungrateful underlings:  "I didn't really hear anyone complaining or writing me; nobody called my office. It's a shame we have gotten to this instead of letting me hear about it before, but it is what it is."

NOT EXACTLY.  On March 19, 2013, LD1 sent Sen. Pierce and Rep. Karen Fann a Resolution Opposing Gov. Brewer's Medicaid Expansion.  It was a unanimous vote of all of the LD1 Precinct Committeemen.  LD1 also copied Rep. Andy Tobin, Robert Graham, A. J. LaFaro, Frosty Taylor (who publishes the MCRC Briefs).  They also sent it to me.  (See the entire text on the next page.)

On April 12, 2013, the Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee approved a Resolution in Opposition to the Governor's Expansion of Medicaid.  (See the entire text on the next page.)      

Is Pierce's job to represent his constituents?  Or live in a bubble? 

As for Rep. Fann's arrogant statement:   "I travel this state daily. I cannot you tell the hundreds, thousands, of people who said they are fed up with what's going on in the Republican Party right now. The divisiveness. They appreciate everybody's opinions, but they are tired of all this bickering and fighting."

Gilbert Watch Translation:  " I don't like the heat you're giving me for not standing with you on our Republican principles, so knock it off........peasants."

These RINOs dig deeper and deeper into RINO-land and will call those who abide by the Republican Platform some of the nastiest, most demeaning names their handlers have told them to call us.  We are "TEA party extremists," "divisive," "right-wingers," "fringe." 

Like many of you, I talked with people from several counties as I gathered signatures.  Those who signed (and many who didn’t because they are too disgusted with people like McCain, Brewer, Pierce, and Fann) aren’t fed up with the “bickering” in the Republican Party.  They are glad we are fighting to rid the Republican Party of the RINOs!  

Here's the article Yavapai County GOP battles over Medicaid Expansion 

To read the Censure, go to Frosty Taylor's MCRC Briefs.  9/22/2013.  (LD10 also passed a Censure.)

Click on Read More (below) to see the LD1 Resolution Opposing Gov. Brewer's Medicaid Expansion as well as the .Area Directors of the Yavapai County Republican Committee Resolution in Opposition to the Governor's Expansion of Medicaid.

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Tags: Medicaid Expansion, Arizona Legislature, Obamacare
25. The Arizona Republican Party Platform that our Republican leaders Have Never Read

There are two issues of critical importance to all law-abiding, taxpaying American citizens--ObamaCare (and one of its cornerstones: Medicaid Expansion) and "Immigration" (aka Amnesty) Reform.   How have our elected representatives voted on these issues? According to Republican Party principles and the Party Platform?  Or something else?  

Here is the Arizona Republican Party Platform, as found on the AZGOP Homepage.  To many Republicans, it's a collection of quaint, outdated meaningless trash.  I suppose they won't change any of it to suit their actual voting record, because if they did, they would see a massive exodus from the Republican party.   

In fact, anyone who stands up for the Platform is, according to the Leftsts and Ruling Class Republicans, a "wacko bird, extremist, racist, hard right Tea-bagger."  

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Tags: Medicaid Expansion, Illegal Aliens, Obama, Republicans
26. Emory Healthcare to cut 100 Jobs, Partly because of Obamacare

Here's the article titled Emory Healthcare to cut 100 Jobs, Partly because of Obamacare.   So, you tell me if this is a good thing?  

"An Emory spokesman, Vincent Dollard, said the new health care law backed by the president played a role in the layoffs. Dollard added the economy was also a factor."

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Tags: Obama, Taxes, Medicaid Expansion, Economy
27. Message from URAPC Chairman Christine Bauserman: And the Numbers

As seen on Frosty Taylor's September 14, 2013 MCRC News Briefs.  (If you don't subscribe to Frosty's daily Briefs, please do.  You will know everything about everything going on in Conservative Arizona, and then some.)

Message From URAPC Chairman Christine Bauserman:  Personal letter from Christine Bauserman: "The number one response I am receiving about the URAPC movement is:  "thank you for doing something". You are all welcome. And thank you for joining Frank, Ron and I in this battle. I am still trying to get my head wrapped around the enormity of what we just did - and make no mistake it is significant. Even in the hours of defeat the majority of you warriors grasped the fact that we stood up and we did something.  At the Capitol when I made the announcement and over the next few days the overwhelming response was thankful. This makes you all so amazing. It is an incredible feeling to face you in defeat and receive such overwhelming support and confidence. No criticizing, no blame. Thankful to me for starting this - immediately followed by “what are we going to do next”.  Really?  You are thankful for working 77 days in 100 degree temperatures? You are thankful for sacrificing your vacations and lives for months? You are each incredible patriots and your dedication to this great country and our freedoms is inspiring. What we have accomplished far outweighs our failure and this synergy is powerful. You define the word principled and I am grateful for meeting each and every one of you."

Last Night Briefs Posted The Final URAPC Petitions Signatures Via County as submitted by URAPC Chairman Christine Bauserman: 

Final Signature Count by County

Total Count: 81459       Needed: 86405       Difference:  4946

77 Days, 1058 Signatures everyday  

Maricopa County:  48230, 59.2%
Pima:  15815, 19.4%
Pinal:  2279,    2.8%
Yavapai:  2100, 2.5%
Navajo:  2049,   2.5%
Mohave:  1598, 1.9%
Gila:  1538, 1.8%
Cochise:  1503, 1.8%
Coconino:  383, .47%
Apache:  381, .47%
Santa Cruz:  330, .40%
Graham:  326, .40%
Yuma:  252, .31%
Greenlee:  21
La Paz: 14

This Evening Briefs Received Some Interesting Comparison Figures Sent To “Arizona Town Crier” Jim Ehl:
Here is one reply to the Arizona Town Crier email titled ‘County Results’ that noted the results by county to the URAPC effort to derail ‘Brewercare’. 

“I think to be fair to all counties the registered voter numbers should be considered in terms of petition signatures.  I suspect you'll find that on a registered voter basis, the smaller counties out performed the two gorillas of the state (Maricopa and Pima).  And credit should be granted where credit is due.” 

As you may recall, the total number of signatures collected was 81,459 of which 48,230 was turned in by Maricopa County, which equates to about 59% of the signatures collected.  So lets play the numbers game as noted by the reader.  By the way, this is not to take away from the hard work that went into this effort.  To form an organization such as the URAPC and try what they did without party support is an almost impossible task, and yet they almost succeeded.  Back to the numbers.

Now, based on the number of registered voters in the county, and the number of signatures collected here are the results:

Gila  --             5%
Maricopa --     3%
Navajo --         3%
Pima  --           3%
Cochise --       2%
Graham --       2%
Yavapai --       2%
Apache --        1%
Coconino --     1%
Mohave --       1%
Pinal --            1%
Santa Cruz -    1%
Greenlee --     .4%
Yuma --           .3%
LaPaz --          .1%

It is interesting to note that Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties have more registered Democrats than registered Republicans.  Although one only needed to be a registered voter to sign a petition, citizen’s initiative, the name URAPC, an acronym for United Republic Alliance Of Principled Conservatives may have been a turn off for many liberals.  This was an effort by CONSERVATIVES and this little numbers game goes to show just where in the state the counties put out the most effort. 

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28. After Action Review by the AFA: Medicaid Expansion Ballot Failure

If you don't subscribe to the Arizona Freedom Alliance, please sign up!  Stop feeding your conservative psyche with Leftist garbage (aka Arizona Republic, television news, and most every other "mainstream" media outlet that practices media malpractice).  Nourish your Republican principles!  

The AFA has written an excellent "After Action Review" of the challenges that we who fought tooth and nail, hammer and tong, to gather signatures, faced.  It is very important to go back and honestly assess any serious project after it concludes, whether you won or lost, and no matter how painful the moment of Truth might be.  We must face our mistakes so we can correct them.  We must document our successes, so we can repeat them.   As for Gilbert Watch, we should have asked for donations to URAPC.ORG, over and over and over.  duh.   

Please read Final Tally and Editorial on Stop Brewercare.   Here are few portions of that editorial:

"AFA commends Christine Bauserman for having the guts and the will to launch this gargantuan effort to give the people of Arizona the right to vote whether to raise taxes on workers/voters. We all know that the Governor imposed what is surely an illegal "hospital bed tax" on sick people in Arizona. She did it just like all the Democrats do it.... at 3:00 am with the help of 100% of the Democrats in the House and Senate and 15 liberal Republicans.

"Let's draw a contrast between the Democrats' effort to challenge HB2305 at the ballot box and the Conservatives effort to challenge an expansion of government at the ballot box.

"1.  The Democrats were dedicated to their cause.  The Democrat leadership and the wealthy Democrats around the country donated the money needed to gather 146,028 signatures to be able to continue voter fraud in Arizona.  It is estimated that they spent in the neighborhood of $400,000 or more to do that.  The Dems know they can't win if they have to compete on ideas in order to win.  They fail at competing fairly, the way the system was designed to work, and they are more than willing to throw everything they have at keeping a fraudulent voting system in place.  That is the Democrat platform and they follow it religiously!

"2.  The Republicans were NOT dedicated to adhere to the Republican platform: less government intrusion, lower taxes, adherence to the Constitution.  The Republican leadership did not support these principles that were all violated in the medicaid expansion debacle.  Not at the National level, not at the State level and not among wealthy Republicans who could have donated.  The Governor spent $364,000 to thwart her own party.  THAT is where the private money went!!  The AZGOP Chairman, Robert Graham, defied the very precinct committeemen who put him in office by refusing to help with this petition drive.  No state money.  No supportive emails encouraging these PCs to get in the battle.  No press conferences called in support of the efforts of grassroots Republicans.  And most of the precinct committeemen who are also charged with the responsibility of upholding the principles of the party platform also did not help.  Score 1 more for the Democrats!"

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Tags: Media Malpractice, Medicaid Expansion, Obama
29. If the Economy is "Recovering," why are so many Companies Laying off Workers?

I keep hearing and reading "statistics" that report that the American economy is recovering....ever so slightly.  Which companies?  Manufacturing?  Small businesses?  The oil industry?  Banking?  Who are they?

Gilbert public employees got a huge raise recently, and Gilbert plans to hire more government workers.  Gilbert school teachers got a small raise.  But growing government destroys wealth.  Private workers create wealth.

If you know of some private, not-tax-subsidized companies that are hiring massive amounts of employees, please let me know!  

In the meantime, here is a sampling of private industries that are laying off workers.  

Bank of America said to cut 2,100 workers in Mortgage Slump.

Mortgage lenders are paring staff as higher interest rates discourage refinancing and cast doubt on how long the housing market rebound will last. Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. home lender, plans more than 2,300 job cuts, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. may dismiss 15,000. Bank of America’s pending home loans fell 5 percent at the end of June from the previous quarter.


Citi Plans to Lay off 2,200 in Mortgage Unit 

Bankrupt Furniture Brands plans Massive Lay-offs

Barnabas Health Lays off Employees, Cites Healthcare Reform

Barnabas Health, the second-largest private employer in the state, said today it was forced to lay off employees because of pressures brought about by healthcare reform.

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Tags: Medicaid Expansion, Obama, Economy
30. Petition Drive Short by 5,056 Signers

All of us who worked long hours all day yesterday, all the way to 1700 W. Washington, and over the last several weeks, at event after event, in our neighborhoods, on street corners, in front of libraries, in every public place possible, in the parking lots of small businesses, etc, etc, etc. were more than disappointed that Power and Money trumped individual liberties......this time.   Even though we failed to obtain the needed signatures, we have gained more in experience, new friendships, and camaraderie than we could have imagined when we started.  We met thousands of extremely concerned Conservative Republicans throughout Arizona.  URAPC and the volunteers never quit and never will.   More on that later.  

This was an historic, incredible petition drive launched by URAPC.ORG, and no doubt mistakes were made.  Quitting was never an option.  

I lay the blame for this shortfall at the feet of the Arizona Republican Party.   This is a Party that refused to help us and refused to stand up for its own Principles and Platform.  Rather, it stands for "R's," no matter how much those "R's" violate our Party's principles.  It stands with the "McCain/Brewer/Flake Power and Money Grubbers."   How do you sell that "platform" to new voters?  

The top 2 angry, disgusted comments cited by those who signed the petition?  1) Can we impeach Obama?  2) Can we repeal John McCain?  

Here is the statement issued by URAPC.  

The URAPC Petition Effort Fail By 5,056 Signers: The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives (URAPC) collected 81,349 signatures to put the Referendum on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion on the ballot falling thousands short of the 86,405 necessary to make it on the ballot, according to Chairman Christine Bauserman

“Governor Brewer’s Team can declare a victory against the Republican Precinct Committeemen and the Principled Conservatives across the entire state of Arizona that stand on the Republican Party Plank: Repeal Obamacare. An unprecedented $364,000 was spent to cause confusion amongst voters and to hire professional blockers to intimidate petition signers and ensure a victory for big government.

“URAPC lost this battle but will regroup and continue to fight against the surrender of Arizona to Obamacare. The grassroots army has fought fiercely and relentlessly across the entire state. They said we would not last three weeks yet we have grown stronger. We worked through record breaking 115 degree desert heat. They predicted a total of 20,000 signatures that number was more than quadrupled. We will now stand-up brush off and continue to hold the executive and legislative branches accountable to their powers as defined by our state constitution.

“URAPC lost this battle but we will regroup and we will continue to fight against the surrender of Arizona to Obamacare. The final breakdown by county will be available on the website,” Bauserman said.

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Tags: Medicaid Expansion, Republicans, Obama

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