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In 2016, Ward signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her primary challenge to Senator John McCain, making a written commitment to Arizonans that she would oppose all tax increases. She lost that election but was elected as Party Chairwoman two years later in 2018. Her supporters have long claimed she would remove the RINO-establishment influences from the party.
“Kelli Ward promised the people of Arizona in writing that she would oppose any and all tax increases. She just called for a sales tax hike that would damage every citizen of Arizona,”
– Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.
Ward suddenly announced her support behind Senate Concurrent Resolution 1001 and House Concurrent Resolution 2024. If approved by the legislature, would raise $1.1 billion dollars to education through a new sales tax. A move which has shocked her closest supporters into open rebellion.
The AZGOP is bankrupt. The Jonathan Lines and McCain donors have withheld their funds and are acting independently since she took office. Ward has had great deal of difficulty in finding replacements for the upcoming elections. Rumors have been circulating that she was convinced to support this bill to gain favor with the remnants of the RINO establishment. Rodney Glassman is a former Democrat who ran against John McCain in 2010 for the Senate. After it was discovered that Glassman forged ballot signatures, plagiarized his Ph.D. dissertation, and ruined his reputation in the Democratic Party, he switched to the GOP and was embraced by Jeff Flake cronies like Bill Montgomery. Glassman, who is a trust-fund millionaire, pushed for a double digit tax increase for the last two years.
According to State Senator Vince Leach of District 11, Glassman organized a fundraiser with Ben Carson, Leo Beus, and Paul Gilbert in exchange for Ward’s support of the tax increase.
(Update 5/21: According to FEC Reports, Glassman donated $2,000 YTD to the AZGOP, most recently on April 18th just a week before the Ben Carson Fundraiser)
During the 2016 Corporation Commission race, Glassman raised twice the amount of any other candidate totaling $767k. $200k of which was donated by himself. Glassman is reported to have used Union and Planned Parenthood money from his 2010 campaign, money that was suppose to have been returned.
Glassman is associated with several organizations like Lucha AZ, an open borders advocacy group. As well as a family PAC called the Arizona Stronger Universities (ASU) that was seed funded by his wife with $26k. She is still a registered Democrat. It’s not a stretch of the imagination that the PAC takes money from unions and then applies it to his campaign.
Why would Ward do this? All sorts of ridiculous explanations have been thrown around. “To expose the left’s agenda, and put people on record for supporting a tax increase while giving into the demands of the education unions.” As some form of 4th Dimensional Chess. The Ward sycophants need to wake up and start holding her accountable. This isn’t gaining any favors with the left, Joe Thomas, the head of the Arizona Education Association teacher’ union, called Ward’s tax increase “Too little. Too late.” No amount of money will make up for the base abandoning her leadership. You are not going to gain supporters by trying to outspend Democrats either.
Ward has a terrible record when it comes to criticism by unfriending and blocking Republicans on social media. Perhaps its time for Republicans to rebuke her and start looking for a replacement.
Former state legislator Frank Antenori provided an impassioned history lesson about Arizona politics
In 1999, Juanita Broaddrick burst into the public consciousness when she accused President Bill Clinton on national television of raping her in 1978 when he was the Arkansas Attorney General and running for Governor. She was a registered nurse and nursing home owner at the time. The NBC Dateline interview was suppose to air during President Clinton’s impeachment trial, but was held by NBC until the hearing was over.
She has now written a book, “You’d Better Get Some Ice On That”, telling her story of survival from the assault at the hands of the future President to the veiled threats by a seemingly complicit presidential wannabe, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Juanita lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She has been interviewed numerous times in the last two years by Sean Hannity, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Laura Ingraham of Fox News, Jake Tapper and SE Cupp of CNN and Aaron Klein of Brietbart. She was also a guest of President Donald Trump at the 2nd presidential debate in 2016, along with other victims of Bill Clinton.
On February 28th 2019, College Republicans United hosted Juanita Broaddrick at Arizona State University
In response to an opinion piece to the Gilbert Sun – https://issuu.com/timespub/docs/gsn_0217_11c1fac0144dfa/22
I’m a 29-year-old ASU student majoring in healthcare compliance and father of two boys. I’m the Vice President of College Republicans United at ASU and also am pursuing to become a Precinct Committeeman for LD12.
First off, so-called “man-made climate change” is nothing more than an attempt at population control engineered by the UN. Since when does the UN dictate American policy? It’s high time the UN lose the United States as a participant for the sake of maintaining national sovereignty here at home and more hardworking American families keep their hard-earned tax dollars. Please don’t insult our intelligence and say global warming is caused by humans giving off more carbon dioxide, that is junk science.
A Green New Deal will only increase the federal government’s control over our state’s resources and would require a tremendous increase in tax dollar spending. Contrary to Al Gore in 2006 in his An Inconvenient Truth, the polar ice caps still remain and the polar bear population has increased, rather than decreased according to the Global Warming Policy Foundation from 22,500 to about 30,000 in the span of 12 years. Now THAT is an inconvenient truth!
Contrary to the progressive narrative that the sky is falling and we’re running out of fossil fuel resources, the opposite is the truth. According to the Institute for Energy Research, both Alaska and Texas continue to discover new resources amounting to over 2.5 billion barrels of oil and 75 TRILLION cubic feet of natural gas beginning in 2016. What do these increases in domestic oil and natural gas reserves mean for us? According to a 2017 article in Bloomberg, “By 2025, the growth in American oil production will equal that achieved by Saudi Arabia at the height of its expansion, and increases in natural gas will surpass those of the former Soviet Union, the International Energy Agency predicted. The boom will turn the U.S., still among the biggest oil importers, into a net exporter of fossil fuels.” In other words, fossil fuels in America will not be completely depleted for many, many years to come, arguably well beyond our lifetime.
What investment would you, the Gilbert taxpayer, wish to see fulfilled: an updated US-Mexico border wall protecting you and your families for roughly $5 billion, or hundreds of trillions of dollars to implement Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal? Let’s face the real facts, the majority of American citizens continue to NOT want to be taxed to death to produce the futuristic “green utopia” of the Democratic-Socialist Party!
-Matthew Northway , Vice President of College Republicans United
Matthew Northway arrived at the Church of the Nations around 7:20 AM and walked with Mark Grigoriev from the parking lot to the front of the church grounds. They stood with their protest signs and yellow vests on at that location for about half an hour until approached by a gentleman wearing a pro-Lines sticker. This gentleman read our signs and asked who we were with. Mark responded, “Republicans United” while Matthew was beginning to say “College….” The gentleman (Douglas Yelin) finished his sentence and told us we weren’t allowed to protest on church grounds. Mark asked him where we could go, and Mr. Yelin mentioned “around the back by the dumpsters.”
Mark and Matthew then left the location and walked towards the rear of the building. They stopped where other anti-Lines protesters were located and spoke with a pro-Ward supporter. Mark and Matt told her what happened, and she went inside to ask for clarification. She returned to us with another unknown individual verifying that we couldn’t protest on church grounds.
Mark and Matt moved away towards the opposite side of the church, then was approached by Jonathan Lines himself who said, “You can’t be here, see the Sergeant-at-arms. This is a private event.” Barbara Medal was walking behind Jonathan Lines and saw him telling us to move and was asking him questions as he was walking into the building. Mark and Matthew then moved off church property after speaking with Alice Lara (Chips ‘n Salsa). As we were walking away from the church, Matthew caught a verbal confrontation between Lyle Tuttle and an SC named Alberto Gutier III where Lyle asked why we couldn’t protest on the grounds. Alberto got frustrated saying, “I’m resigning from the Party! This is why I’m resigning!” After this exchange, Mark and Matthew protested on the sidewalk opposite the church building until Rick Thomas arrived.
Rick went back onto the property and spoke with several pro-Lines teens carrying signs asking who organized them, their opinions on Jeff Flake, Romney and other RINOs. None of them were confident to talk about why they were there or anything else beyond the pro-lines rhetoric they were told to say. Rick then spoke with another group of Anti-Lines protesters and informed them what took place with Matthew and Mark. This individual encouraged CRU to return back to the property and group up to prevent harassment from Jonathan Line’s henchmen.
Rick was then approached by what appeared to be one of the organizers for the teens. The individual then berated Rick on his anti-lines views, made insults on Rick’s “Faggy” Air Force Boots, Jacket, and choice of clothing. When asked why he hated the AirForce he replied that he use to be an Army Ranger so it was ok. The man was visually unhinged, but what made the situation worse was the Teens who accompanied him who started to echo his insults. The man eventually scurried away. Our side was later reinforced by Joshua Bernard and Kevin Decuyper. The rest of the day went on without further incidents.
After Kelli Ward won the vote. Jonathan Lines walked past our group, full of hatred and vile, saying “It takes alot of balls to yell at me from a distance” Rick quickly shot back, “Have fun in court with Maria Syms.” The sad little man got into his car with his family and drove away.
College Republicans United will be conducting a protest against AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines January 26th.
For the past few days on the RepublicanBriefs, Frosty Taylor has been advertising our call for the removal of Lines and other RINO collaborators from the party. As a result of this, our inbox has been flooded with messages from various supporters.
Here is a brief sample of the messages we have received.
Congratulations on your efforts to unseat the hugely unpopular and ineffective incumbent Az GOP chairman Jonathan Lines.
As you may already know, I sat for (5) consecutive years on the Maricopa County Executive Guidance Committee, both as Member-At-Large and Second Vice Chairman. During my tenure there, I was made acutely aware of the manipulations exhibited by the Az GOP and the establishment Republicans (Globalists) who routinely usurped the power of the PC’s through the monumental abuse of proxies, which are tantamount to ballot harvesting. This practice, in reality, disenfranchises the hardworking PC’s who actually put boots on the ground and perform the function of PC’s by going to the various meetings and performing their duties. The proxy abuse is designed to give voice to those PC individuals who will never be seen in their precincts or at meetings and are recruited by establishment power cadres in the various LD’s to manipulate elections—both in their respective LD’s and at the Az GOP level.
There have been many instances within the past decade to remedy this situation by limiting the number of proxies that can be carried by a fellow PC, but these efforts have been thwarted by the entrenched establishment power structure in order to keep them in power at ALL costs—legal or otherwise.
Your efforts to bring this to the light of day is a welcome and noble task, and I wish you every success in this effort. The issues at stake go to the very soul of our Republic and our party. My own suggestion for a theme for this effort is: TAKE BACK CONTROL
May the intention of the Founding Fathers be ever your creed, who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in creating the greatest nation on Earth.
Standing for Liberty,
U. S. Marine Corps, retired
Founder/Chairman, V.A.L.O.R. (Veterans Against Losing Our Republic)
Here’s another exchange between CRU Vice President Matthew Northway and CRU President Joshua Bernard with another contributor.
In reading the briefs yesterday and today it states that you are picketing against Lines re-election as State GOP Chair. Who of the remaining 3 candidates do you support???
- – Anonymous
Good afternoon ma’am,
I appreciate your response.I was a PC in Arizona, but am no longer. I am a former 8 year, 2 term County Commissioner in Lane County, Oregon. The only Republican and the only woman on a 5 member board. Oregon definitively has its problems, but at least we know how to groom and start working with candidates. Living here since 2012, I have been appalled at not only the lack of leadership, but the lack of quality of candidates.You continue to recycle the same old hacks time and time again. Primary example is Debbie Lesko. The thought of now having to work with her in DC is not going to happen. I thought Trent Franks was bad, she is a disgrace. We have that whole LD21 click with Rick & Lisa Gray.I have done grassroots lobby work for AF&PA in DC since the mid 80’s focusing on NW & W States. Was never impressed with the Arizona delegation except for Jon Kyle. I worked extensively with him in 1999/2000, when he chaired Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. At that time we passed a major timber bill that hadn’t been done in 20 years. However, Paul Gosar seems to be a possible bright light.Needless to say, I did not vote for Lesko in November. The Republican Party in Arizona has a tendency of eating their own. If Ward is selected Saturday, I can guarantee you that Arizona will become bright purple or blue in 2020. You want to place a wager? You also need some better qualified campaign consultants. Even I can read the tea leaves better than they can.In a pickleball event Saturday from 9 AM to Noon. Not sure I even want to know the outcome of the voting.– Anonymous
State Press Article: link
“Rick Thomas is in it for the laughs.Or at least that’s what he claims.”
Great, so we know right off the bat this article is going to be a hit job. With no context given, we’re given the insinuation CRU is a not a serious organization.
“…has displayed a flag with origins on the online forum 4chan that some describe as a racist hate symbol.”
Who? Biased sources? What does the actual community say it represents?
Whenever the press uses the phrase “… that some describe as…” it’s typically done in a passive aggressive way to cherry pick inflammatory remarks without taking responsibility for it. Nowhere in this article does Isaac Windes mention that Rick Thomas preferred not to include the flag in the tabling event at ASU. Rick specifically mentioned during the interview that “it was a cringy thing to include for political purposes on campus.” A fellow member however wanted to use it while he tabled, and was approved, because Rick didn’t want to violate his individual freedom of speech.
According to ‘Know Your Meme’, the flag represents a tongue-in-cheek ethnic origin of “shitposters” known as “Kekistanis” who worship the ancient Egyptian diety Kek. In late January 2017, Kekistan began widely circulating on Twitter following its promotion by YouTuber Sargon of Akkad.
“Thomas’ social media includes a slew of tweets featuring alt-right rhetoric and discriminatory language, including posts calling out what he said is a “White Genocide,” a term often used by white nationalists who advocate for a white ethnostate.”
The loaded terminology by the State Press is done to shape public opinion for you. The term ‘White Genocide’ is a critique on modern society which has a double standard against white males.
As an example: If this Georgetown Professor had made the same inflammatory tweet, but replaced the word ‘white’ to ‘black’ or another racial minority, would this professor lose her job? Absolutely! There is clearly a double standard in how we treat groups of people by the color of their skin. Why is it ok for society to be openly hostile to one group and not the other? Is this a political or societal agenda to disenfranchise white males who are known to typically vote conservative?
“White people are genetically inferior and inherently evil and guilty because of their DNA.”
To not recognize this new norm, is a grotesque sign of bias from the State Press.
“I fully support a eugenics policy that utilizes infanticide on pregnancies deemed likely to produce disabled children.” in response to https://twitter.com/HW_BEAT_THAT/status/885135554861510656
This statement is pretty consistent with planned parenting founder and Democratic hero Margaret Sanger “that some describe as” openly racist against African Americans. Secondly this was a tweet, made by Rick, in response to another person from 2017. This tweet was made to mock another user’s opinions on their abortion views. Comparing it to a form of infanticide. Since the original tweet was deleted, it’s extremely irresponsible of the State Press to post this without the proper context.
The rest of the article attempts to further slander Rick and CRU by guilt of association. Yes, racists have been photographed with a Kekistani and Nazi flag… somewhere. Coincidentally the US flag is also in the image, should we also ban American flags from Arizona State University as well? Perhaps the SJWs in the State Press would approve of this.
CRU contains a diverse student population. We have Muslims, Atheists, Jews, and Christians in our ranks. We have White, Black, Native American, Arab, and Indian members. Joshua Bernard, Vice President of College Republicans United was interviewed by Isaac Windes. Strangely enough, he is barely mentioned in the article. Perhaps it’s because Josh is mixed race and does not fit the narrative that CRU is a secret alt right club for white nationalists.
Now that Isaac Windes has built up hype and outrage against CRU, there will probably be a call for action to notify the Dean of Students, review the code of conduct, take funding away, anything to potentially disenfranchise a successful conservative club at ASU.
Brett Michael Kavanaugh is an attorney and jurist who serves as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On July 9th Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump to replace retiring Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Immediately Democrats dubbed Kavanaugh as an extremist who would likely vote to overturn Roe v Wade, Gay Marriage, and other Progressive causes. Liberals across the country have called on Democrats to delay the process for as long as possible, betting Democrats would retake Congress after the midterms and would have the votes to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
On September 16, 2018, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, said Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and he was 17.
Jeff Flake is one of four Republicans who are on the fence to confirm. Earlier in the week he indicated he can only support Kavanaugh after an FBI investigation. Critics say the FBI will not provide any more information that hasn’t already been discovered by the Senate hearing, that this only serves to further delay the process. Current committee chairman Chuck Grassley invoked Joe Biden by quoting:
‘The next person who refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything. The FBI explicitly does not — does not, in this or any other case, reach a conclusion. Period’
– Senator Joe Biden on the Anita Hill hearing 1991.
(Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual assault)
On September 28th on Friday, CRU member Jonathan Rigney proposed an emergency protest at Senator Flake’s office to urge Flake to confirm without delay. The protest was held Saturday morning at Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office. At the gathering, participants signed their names on a petition written by CRU President Rick Thomas. A pdf scan of the document and signatures was emailed directly to Flake’s official account at Senator@flake.senate.gov
College Republicans United had a busy Saturday from early in the morning until the late afternoon. Rick, Kevin, Mark, Brett, Josh and Michaella took to the neighborhood of LD28 and canvassed for Maria Syms’ reelection campaign.
By 4pm CRU was joined by
Cody, Chase, and Armin for Chips N Salsa radio.
Topics covered: Millennial Outreach, RINO Republicans,
Kavanaugh, #MeToo, Libertarianism,
Recently an article was published by the State Press discussing the breakup of the College Republicans. This will serve as our official response to the State Press article.
We previously wrote an extensive post about our history with the College Republicans. If you want the full version check here. When Judah Waxelbaum joined the CRs in the fall of 2017, the club had just gone through a major election and was under new leadership. The newly elected Secretary left to Washington and there was a vacancy in the executive board.
Judah was to be anointed with fan fare designed by the leadership. The President however failed to follow the bylaws of the CRs, either through incompetence or corruption, and a candidate ran against Judah with overwhelming support. When Jennifer realized she didn’t have the votes to secure Judah’s win, she cancelled the election and began a long process fighting against members who would later go on to start College Republicans United.
Judah was quickly made aware of the violations to the bylaws. He was a Freshman, literally his first meeting of the year, he was not qualified to vote or allowed to run. Any sensible person would take a step back, but Judah insisted he was entitled to it. Maybe he grew up with a silver-spoon, maybe he was propped up throughout his time with the Teenage Republicans in High School and believed college would be similar, it’s not clear. Over the next few months Judah definitely grew to resent the founders of College Republicans United and made it his mission to sabotage our club which has gone on to eclipse the CRs.
“But if they’re attacking other republicans, it’s just going to hurt republicans as a whole.” – Judah
- Judah at the Paradise Valley Women’s Club told one of our members in attendance, not knowing he was a member of ours, that College Republicans United was an alt-right organization. – Mark Grigoriev
- Judah upon learning that College Republicans United was invited to speak on Chips N Salsa Radio, wrote to the host Alice, asking to drop CRU because we are racist, misogynistic, etc. – Alice Lara
- During Passport at ASU, we had multiple students asking if we were alt-right after speaking with Judah. – Kevin Decuyper & Josh Bernard
- Eric Sloan, candidate for Corporate Commission informed our group that Jen and Judah reached out to him urging not to attend any further meetings because we “we’re not a conservative club”. – Eric Sloan
Fortunately, Kimberly Yee was the only speaker to back out from meeting with our club after speaking with Jennifer and Judah. Since our founding, our club has tried to avoid any and all associations with the CRs. We believe the CRs are a failed group by backing elements within the GOP that are hostile to the Trump agenda. Which leads us to our next point.
Paul Carrese – SCETL
It’s interesting that Paul Carrese (Director of the School of Civic of Economic Thought and Leadership), speaks about republican division and polarization, yet his programs has supported people such as Bill Kristol and George Will. Who are very open about their Never-Trump views, and have demanded a challenger to combat President Trump’s influence within the GOP.
Mr Carrese points out that this climate has made it difficult for never Trumpers such as Senator Jeff Flake (who is also hostile to Trump) to gain ground in this turbulent Era. Yet, Mr Carrese and Judah Waxelbaum have the gall to criticize CRU for not supporting their brand of what constitutes a “Republican”. It further proves CRU’s point, that the CRs are hypocrites who seem to be disregarding their own advice.
After all, it’s interesting to see the director of the SCETL chastise CRU for not supporting and following so called “Traditional Conservatives” who by and large tend to fall into the Neocon camp of so called conservative thought.
Judah talks about division within the Republican party, but his new supposed “Club adviser”, backs him in his hit piece article in the State Press. Both have a history of backing division and strife within the GOP. CRs association with the SCETL should raise warning flags about their dedication to the GOP, and their ‘supposed’ support for President Trump. After all it seems his own backers have made clear where their stances lie at, which doesn’t seem to align with proven support for the President or even the GOP.
The 2018 midterms will be one of the most critical elections in for the GOP, and its results will be felt for the foreseeable future. As it will be a defining moment not only for the MAGA agenda, but for the GOP’s future as well. A agenda which was essential to bringing in new voters in the Rust Belt region, as well as disenfranchised members of the democratic party, and libertarian party, as well as people who were looking for real shake up of the status quo
The State Press wants to portray a party in disarray with crazy Trump supporters on one side, and temperate sane folks on the other. To affirm this take, they quoted Carrese who contrasted the wild eye crazies who think short term with those who understand compromise.