Trump Phoenix Rally 8/22/17

Several Gila County Republicans traveled to Phoenix for the Pres. Trump rally, including chairman Gary Morris. Here is his report and some pictures:Trump lashes out during combative speech at campaign-style rally in Phoenix

Aug 23, 2017 1:35 AM EDT

In Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night, President Trump insulted journalists, complained about Republican senators, defended his remarks concerning the rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and many wounded and strongly implied he would soon pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Mr. Trump started off by criticizing the press. “I’m really doing this to show you how … dishonest these people are,” Mr. Trump said toward the beginning of the speech, referring to the media.

The president spent roughly the first half of his rally defending his response to the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He called the media’s coverage of his initial statement unfair and began reading a transcription of his first statement verbatim.

“They don’t report it,” Mr. Trump said of the media as he began to read a transcript of his initial statement.

Tuesday evening’s rally was the first since Mr. Trump’s comments blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. The remarks were heavily criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Analyzing Trump’s wide-ranging speech in Arizona

Mr. Trump referred to the “failing New York Times” and labeled The Washington Post as a “lobbying tool” for Amazon. He also had predictably harsh words for CNN, a network his White House has frequently feuded with.

“I really think they don’t like our country. I really believe that,” Mr. Trump said of the media.

And although he didn’t mention them by name, Mr. Trump also had harsh words for Arizona’s two Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain. The president indicated his reluctance to mention McCain and Flake by name was due to pleas from White House staff.

McCain cast the vote that terminated the president’s long-promised plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has since been subject to verbal attacks from Mr. Trump ever since. During Tuesday’s speech, Mr. Trump frequently complained that Obamacare had not been repealed due to “one vote.”

Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018, has been a vocal critic of the president. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump called him “your other senator who is weak on borders and weak on crime.”

Mr. Trump has tweeted in support of Flake’s competitor, Dr. Kelli Ward. He criticized Flake for being “WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate,” earlier this month.

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

As expected, Mr. Trump also spent some time discussing immigration. “The most sacred duty of government is to protect the lives of its citizens,” Mr. Trump said as he promised to secure the United States borders, enforce immigration laws and promote “extreme vetting.”

He said that immigration places a “burden” on American citizens and reasserted the near future of his long-promised southern border wall.

“We are building a wall on the southern border,” Mr. Trump said, calling the effort “absolutely necessary.”

He then knocked “obstructionist” Democrats in Congress for “putting all of America’s safety at risk” by opposing funding for the wall along southern border.

Earlier Tuesday, the president visited Yuma, a city in Arizona that borders Mexico, to tour U.S. Customs and Border Protection border equipment and meet with immigration authorities there. The question of border wall funding is on both Mr. Trump’s and Congress’ agenda after the August recess.

While there was speculation that Mr. Trump may pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the rally, he only hinted that this will probably happen in the near future.

“He’s going to be just fine,” Mr. Trump said. “I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, okay? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal charges last month and a federal judge found him guilty of disproportionately targeting Latinos through traffic patrols. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

Protest outside Trump Arizona Rally gets unruly

The speech lasted more than an hour and drew thousands of Trump supporters as well as protesters. As the rally came to a close, police tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead had said on Monday that state resources will be on standby as a “backstop” in case Phoenix Police needed reinforcements.

Thousands of Trump Supporters

Chairman Morris continues…

I noted fake media reports immediately after the Trump rally, and the following morning, describing the event as “lightly attended”. When I arrived at the convention center at 4 PM there was a line going two blocks up the street, around the corner and up the street to the next corner, then turning back two blocks onto the next street towards the convention center entrance.

the line was three to four persons wide. I’m sure that the line lengthened as more people arrived over the next three hours or so.

By chance, once I arrived in the hall holding the event, I was selected to be on stage directly behind the President;. I was assigned to row 6 in the middle, which had an elevated view of the entire hall.

As you will note from the pictures, the crowd was wall to wall. As people were leaving after the event, I stopped to pace the floor for dimensions. That hall was about 100 yards by 100 yards! That basically is TWO football fields (nearly 100,000 square feet) full of Trump supporters! If you remove the vacant space around the podium and off the sides and allow four square feet per person, that comes to nearly 20,000 people!

Live Updates:

“This is our moment”

Mr. Trump promised that “our beloved nation will succeed” before ending the rally on a resounding “We will make America great again,” which the crowd said in unison with the president.

Mr. Trump thanked the Phoenix rally attendees, shook hands and left the venue.

Trump promises tax reform

“We are committed the passing the first major tax reform in 30 years,” the president promised. He said that he hopes to reduce taxes on businesses and corporations, adding that he plans to enact the “biggest tax cut in the history of our country.”

“It’s time to pass a tax cut for the middle class families,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump says he will “probably terminate NAFTA”

“We have been so badly taken advantage of,” Mr. Trump said. “Personally, I don’t think you can make a deal,” he added, noting that if a mutual agreement to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement cannot be met, the United States will plan to withdraw.

Trump on his presidency: “Most people think I’m crazy to have done this!”

“I don’t believe that any president has accomplished as much as this president in the first six or seven months,” Mr. Trump said of himself. He cited his appointment of the new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, 31 federal judge appointments, 50 signed bills and his administration’s elimination of “job-killing” regulations.

“Maybe something positive can come about” on North Korea

Mr. Trump said that he “respects” the fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be “starting to respect” the United States. His comments come following heightened tension between the United States and North Korea stemming from the regime’s acquisition of nuclear warheads and ICBMs capable of reaching parts of the United States.

Trump vows to build up the military

Following his address to the nation Monday night regarding military action in Afghanistan, Mr. Trump promised an “honorable and enduring outcome in a very tough place.”

Trump references McCain and Flake: “I won’t mention any names”

“See? I haven’t mentioned any names” Mr. Trump joked as he made references to Sen. John McCain’s vote which caused the Senate’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act to fail. He also referenced Sen. Jeff Flake without using his specific name, calling him “your other senator who is weak on borders and weak on crime.”He called on the crowd to speak to their senators.

Trump: Democrats want “a step beyond socialism”

The president said that congressional Democrats’ vision for the nation will leave the borders “wide open,” adding that their policy goals are what he called “a step beyond socialism.” The crowd chanted “drain the swamp!” in response.

Trump calls to remove filibuster rule

Noting that his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate by “one vote,” Mr. Trump said that “some of the best things in health care require 60 votes.”

“You gotta get rid of the filibuster rule, you gotta go to the majority,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump promises “extreme vetting”

“I have a message for Congress tonight: your job is to represent American people, American families and American workers. You need to represent them on the border, on taxes, on health care,” Mr. Trump said.

“We are building a wall on the southern border”

Mr. Trump promised to build his signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it “absolutely necessary.” He called out “obstructionist” congressional Democrats for “putting all of America’s safety at risk” by opposing funding for the wall along southern border.

Trump: Immigration places “burdens” on Americans

The president noted his visit to Yuma, Arizona earlier Tuesday where he met with border patrol and ICE agents, calling them “incredible people.” He said that the visit inspired him to reinforce “already existing laws” surrounding immigration. Mr. Trump also promised to “crack down” on sanctuary cities.

“Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?”

Mr. Trump praised former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and made a prediction that “he’s going to be just fine,” as Arpaio awaits sentencing after being convicted of criminal charges last month and being found guilty of disproportionately targeting Latinos through traffic patrols.

“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, okay? But Sheriff Joe can feel good,” Mr. Trump said, apparently referencing his possible pardon of Arpaio.

Trump promises to be tough on immigration

“The most sacred duty of government is to protect the lives of its citizens,” Mr. Trump said, promising to secure the United States borders and enforce immigration laws.

Trump blames media for divide in nation

“They are trying to take away our history and our heritage,” Mr. Trump said of the media. “The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news.” He then mocked the media present at the rally, noting that cameras filming the event are “turning those red lights off fast.”

Mr. Trump labeled the media as “the source of division” in the United States. He claimed that the media “would rather getting ratings and clicks than tell the truth.” He called out more media outlets by name, but praised Fox News and Sean Hannity for their “fair” coverage of his presidency.

“Jobs will have a positive impact on race relations”

Mr. Trump claimed that under his leadership, the United States has achieved the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, adding that under his administration he believes that “wages will go up.” Mr. Trump noted his hope that the combination of low unemployment and higher wages can calm some of the tension in race relations.

Trump calls out Obama for not condemning “radical Islamic terrorism”

The president met the critique that he didn’t condemn hate groups in Charlottesville by name by equating this notion to former President Barack Obama’s failure to specifically call out “radical Islamic terrorism” following terrorist events during his term in the White House.

Trump continues to defend his response to Charlottesville

The president continued reading his initial statement on Charlottesville, asserting that he was both fast and fair enough in his response, which he said “the media” criticized him for.

“I love all the people of our country”

The president promised to “make America great again” but for “all the people of this country.” A momentary disruption from a protester caused Mr. Trump to pause before the individual was removed from the rally.

Trump says media didn’t cover his Charlottesville response fairly

“I’m really doing this to show you how d**m dishonest these people are,” Mr. Trump said. He noted that he condemned the neo-Nazis and white supremacists present at the “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville in his initial statement following the violence that occurred earlier this month. The president then began to read his initial statement to the rally crowd. “They don’t report it,” Mr. Trump said of the media as he began to read a transcript of his initial statement in an effort to disprove reporters.

Mr. Trump called out the “failing New York Times” and labeled The Washington Post as a “lobbying tool” for Amazon. Upon the mention of CNN, the crowd responded with chants of “CNN s**ks!”

Trump cites Charlottesville

Mr. Trump condemned “the thugs who perpetrate hatred and violence” in Charlottesville. He then called out the media, calling them “truly dishonest people,” pointing to reporters and cameras nearby. The crowd met this with boos and jeers.

Trump: “Loyalty to our nation requires loyalty to each other”

Striking a tone of unity, Mr. Trump said that “when one part of America hurts, we all hurt.” He also said that the “forgotten men and women” will no longer be forgotten. While Mr. Trump said that “we are all American,” he noted that he still believes in his signature “America first” policy.

Trump preaches love, promises to fight for his agenda

“Our movement is built on the conviction that every American from every background is entitled to a government that puts their needs first,” Mr. Trump said, noting that his “movement” is one of “love.”

He also promised to fight for his agenda, pointing out the importance of the Second Amendment– a resonant note in an open carry state such as Arizona. The crowd gathered responded with cheers and chants of “USA! USA!”

President Trump takes the stage

Mr. Trump begins his rally. “What a crowd,” he said to cheers of his name from the audience. Mr. Trump assured that there weren’t “too many people outside protesting.”

“The crowds were so big, almost as big as tonight,” Mr. Trump said, recalling Arizona as the site of his first campaign rally. “Believe me, Arizona, I will never forget.”

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What’s Happening with the Gila County Republican Party?

What’s Happening with the Gila County Republican Party?

Greetings:

My name is Gary Morris and I’m the Chairman of the Gila County Republican Party. As Chairman, my goal is to share with you, and other registered Republicans, what’s going on in Republican politics in Gila County and nationally.

In our joint efforts (you and I) to get Republicans elected (and re-elected) I believe it’s important that you be armed with good and accurate information (not fake news) so that you are better informed to share Republican principles and successes with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Will you join me in that effort?

Reagan Day Dinner

Next, let me tell you about an exciting opportunity to join other Republicans and meet directly with elected Republican officials, both from the national, state, and county levels. It’s a wonderful night out on the town experience.

Our 4th annual Reagan Day Dinner will be September 1st. The cash bar opens at 5 PM and Dinner is 6 PM. Our keynote speaker is Congressman Paul Gosar. Mike Broomhead of KFYI 550AM will entertain and other speakers will follow.

Congressman Gosar will provide the latest and greatest on what’s happening in the Washington D.C. swamp, along with current updates on health care, President Trump’s tax reduction plan and other success for the Trump Administration

Mazatzal Casino produces an elegant event and up to 200 fellow Republican may be attending. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased on our website www.gilagop.com/. Come and join us for a wonderful evening.

Now, some history and successes about the Gila County Republican Party.

For nearly 100 years, Gila County was a Democrat stronghold. In 2010, Republicans were 14 percent behind Democrats in voter registration in the county and Democrats held nearly all the 15 county’s elected offices. Today, Republicans are 27.6 percent ahead in voter registrations (a 42% swing) and the County is solidly red.

In 2012, the first Republican sheriff since statehood was elected. With the 2016 elections, Gila County experienced another historic event when Republicans ousted two incumbent Democrat members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors and for the first time since statehood all three members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors are Republicans.

Additionally, Republicans now hold all but four of the 15 elected offices in the county. And, in another major success for Gila County, Republican Frank Pratt defeated incumbent Democrat State Senator Barbara McGuire to make Arizona Legislative District 8 (south county) all Republican for the first time in recent memory.

For Legislative District 6, (north county) all three incumbent Republicans were re-elected. To achieve this success, the Gila County Republican Committee led a collaborative effort with the Rim Country Republican Club (Payson), the Cobre Valley Republican Club (Globe) and the Payson Tea Party whose presidents participated in the GCRC executive board meetings so that we all had a common goal and didn’t waste time, money or duplication of effort.

Precinct Committee men and women were major players in these successes. If you desire to have more influence on the election of Republican candidates, and the direction of the Republican party in the State, and would like to be a Precinct Committeeman or woman, please contact me at 928-478-8186

 KMOG Radio

Our monthly radio shows on KMOG 1420 AM radio continues. These shows occur at 9 AM the second Monday of the month for a one-hour show on the “Forum” with host Randy Roberson. I and Andy McKinney, who is the immediate past president of the Rim Country Republican Club, deliver the latest news regarding Republican issues at both the national, state, and county levels. This gives us a means to bypass the “fake news” and the left leaning Payson Roundup newspaper to carry the Republican message. Our next show is August 14th.

Gila GOP Website

The GCRC website continues to be updated thanks to the efforts of Shirley Dye and Glen Galster. I invite all of you to keep up with the new postings at www.gilagop.com.

Major Progress by the Trump Administration

The American people are seeing immediate benefits of the Trump Administration. Here’s some key points you can share in discussion and debates;

  • The successful appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court saved the country from sliding into a liberal socialistic disaster.
  • Trump may get a second true conservative Justice on the court. Liberal leaning Justice Kennedy has been advising applicants applying for his clerk positions that he may be retiring in the future. Another conservative Justice would strongly move the Court to a conservative position.
  • Since the election, more the $4 TRILLION of ADDED VALUE has been added to the stock market. That is helping everyone’s retirement 401K to grow – and that growth helps Republicans as well as Democrats.
  • Now, six months after taking office, the Trump affect has increased the stock market by 17%. On the other hand, following Obama’s election in 2008, the market decreased by 29%.
  • Border crossings have dropped as much as 72 percent in some areas of the border and the overall reductions are at 17-year low! Homeland security has been improved. That equals a reduction in welfare costs!
  • June’s new jobs surging ahead at an unexpected rate and well ahead of any job growth during the Obama Administration. June numbers showed continued acceleration of job creation, and now exceed 1 Million New Jobs Created. Companies Returning to America = More Jobs.
  • More Legislation Signed into law (41) than any past President in since Truman.
  • More than 90 executive orders–the most since President Truman.

Special Example. Veteran health care in hospitals is improving…veterans are now permitted to go other hospitals for care using a veteran’s insurance card. New Bill signed regarding VA administrator’s accountability – now firing!

  • Eliminating burdensome and unnecessary regulation by striking two existing regulations for each new regulation issued = More business and more jobs.
  • The House of Representatives has passed H.R.3011 “Kate’s Law” by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. They will mandate deportation of illegal immigrants in the country. Senate Democrats, however, have stalled the bill in the Senate.
  • The Trump Administration is also pursuing penalties on “sanctuary cities” who are protecting illegal immigrates.
  • Trump is proposing a huge tax reduction bill… That will help both business and jobs and more money in Americans pockets.

Another Item of Interest

Poll — Most-Vocal-Republican-Critics-Of-Trump-Are-The-Least-Popular

McCain, Graham, Flake — “Never-Trumpers in ’16” and “Gang of Eighters” — garnered the worst approval ratings of all GOP senators: …A new list of approval polls for all 50 U.S. senators released this week seems to indicate that the Republican senators with the lowest popularity among voters at home are those who have been the most vocally critical of President Donald Trump — and who have historically supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. The least popular GOP senators, according to the series of polls from Morning Consult, were — in this order — Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). McConnell, McCain, and Flake were the three least popular senators overall, regardless of party affiliation. Nearly half — 48 percent — of voters disapprove of McConnell. Nearly as many voters, 47 percent, disapprove of McCain. Flake has a disapproval rating of 45 percent, while 38 percent of voters disapprove of Graham.

Letter to the Editor

The Payson Roundup published my letter to the editor following the “assassination attempt” on Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise on June 14th (see below). This was the first of four letters that I’ve submitted to the editor since the campaign season started after the GOP convention last July. Three editions after my letter was published, the paper also published a letter from Precinct Committeeman Don Cline. And Don’s second letter was published on July 18th.

I had spoken with the Payson Roundup publisher, Mr. Brian Kramer, about taking a “fair and balanced” approach in publishing of Letters to the Editor during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in May. My concern was the Roundup was publishing Democrat letters to the editor while Republican letters were being rejected. So perhaps that “balance” will now continue.

It should be noted, that the editor, Pete Alishire, couldn’t resist trying to cover for the Democrats with his added “editor’s note” at the bottom of the letter. He did the same for Don Cline’s second letter published on July 18th.

Additionally, another reporter, Max Foster, took on my letter, in a separate column of the paper, a few days later, tried to equate President Trumps recorded “locker room trash talk” (which we agree was deplorable) as worse than the “hate speech” currently being spewed by Democrats and the liberal left. Locker room trash talk at the same level as the current hate speech from the left…are you kidding Max? You can see his comments at the end of my letter to the editor at the end of this report. As Democrats often do, they go for the throat. There was no need for him to mention my employer other than an attempt to hurt my employment relationship.

And then there’s Democrat, and frequent letter to the editor writer, Mr. Raymond Spatti, also tried to justify Republican policy positions as hate speech. Here’s some excerpts:

“But then the hateful, Trumpesque letter by the ideological president of local republicans appeared in the Roundup aimed at blaming just one political party for the deranged individual who spewed his venom with a gun”.

“Clearly, the writer is simply following the abhorrent lead of the current president.”

Speaking of inciting violence, why do so many Republicans support the violence of legislation aimed at depriving 22 million people…of health care”.

Why do they defend the violence inflicted by the ever-expanding economic chasm between the hyper wealthy and the millions of people in our country who live for pay check to pay check?

Why do Republicans systematically inflict violence on more than a million Arizonians by persistently depriving our public schools of resources…”

I say to Mr. Spate: None of what you wrote meets the definition of “violence” but the possibility of the assassination of 22 U.S. Congressmen does!

Definition of violence:

Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something. The unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force.

It was an assassination attempt

Jul 4, 2017                   Payson Roundup

Editor:

Let me be direct, the shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and the wounding of four other Republican congressmen, was an assassination attempt on the leadership of the government of the United States! Had there not been a good guy with a gun (two on-scene Capitol police officers) who took out a bad guy with a gun, 22 members of Congress would have been massacred!

The assassin was found to be a dedicated Democrat supporter who espoused hate for all Republicans. He was not insane. He thoughtfully and deliberately plotted. A review of his emails, Facebook, and Google searches determined he believed the vile and violent hate speech spewed about Republicans by the current Democratic Party.

Sadly, this assassination attempt was not unexpected. Republicans began experiencing an escalation of threats and physical assaults by Democrats, and the liberal left, starting last summer during the campaign. Since May, there have been 30 assaults, or serious threats, against Republican congressmen. In one case, a woman chased a congressman in her car and tried to run him off the road.

So, let’s take a look at some of the hateful, vile language and acts associated with Democrats that are inciting violence.

There are two known cases where Republicans were shot and killed by a Democrat during the election campaign in arguments over politics.

There are many videos of Democrat supporters physically assaulting and injuring Republicans who were attending campaign rallies as well as undercover videos of Democrat organizers bragging that they were hired by Democrat financiers for the sole purpose of disrupting Trump campaign events AND to assault Republicans. A Nebraska Democratic Party official was caught on tape stating “I’m glad he was shot … I wish he was dead” and a Democrat strategist has created a website titled “Hunt Republicans.”

Then there is comedian Kathy Griffin photographed holding a severed, blooded head of President Trump and actor Johnny Depp stating, “When’s the last time a president was assassinated by an actor” and added, “maybe it’s time.” Or, Charlie Sheen, after learning that Scalise had been shot, tweeted “Oh God, Trump next, please.” Eleven Hollywood actors have now made statements about assassinating President Trump.

There’s an ongoing play titled “Caesar in the Park” in New York City which is not about Caesar. Rather, it has a Trump look-a-like being assassinated. From the academic field, a Fresno State University professor tweeted, “Trump must hang … the sooner, and the higher, the better.”

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren claims the Republican heath care bill is “blood money” and Senator Chuck Schumer calls the bill “meaner” than the House bill and Hillary Clinton tweets Republicans are the “death party” if they pass a health care bill. Even President Obama’s used the term, “fundamental meanness” in describing the health care bill.

And so, it goes. And there are far more examples.

Democrats can’t deny this institutional hate. The above clearly demonstrates that Democrats have nothing to offer the American people other than hate, rage and intolerance which are inciting violence. Sadly, it’s spewed one assassination attempt and likely will cause more violence unless there is a determined change by the Democratic Party to become more civil and respectful of everyone’s political views.

Gary Morris, Chairman, Gila County Republican Party

Editor’s note: For what it’s worth, Wikipedia’s entry under “political assassinations” includes a list of assassinated politicians in the country’s history that includes 27 Democrats and 14 Republicans. This suggests violent, brutal, maybe crazy people do vile things on both sides. Perhaps it’s time for people on both sides to stop using violent, inflammatory language that sometimes sets off the nut jobs. Any incitement to violence is abhorrent — and a danger to our of civility and violence than Republicans.

The below was inserted into an article that Max Foster was writing about the Pine Library

Off base Gary, way off base.

After reading XXXXXXXXXXX(Employer) Gary Morris’ letter to the editor, “It was an assassination attempt” that appeared in the July 4 Payson Roundup, one has to wonder how did a man who dedicated so much of his life to public service became so jaded, and opinionated.

Sorry Gary, the two-party system works and Democrats are no more responsible for the demise of civility and violence than Republicans.

After all, it wasn’t a Democrat who insisted during his hot mic comments from 2005 that “p____ grabbing” was harmless locker room talk.

Those disgusting comments turned his violence into a slur used to politically harass and intimidate women.

Certainly, Gary wrote the letter as chairman of the Gila County Republican Party, but those of us who have risen to influential positions know what we write and say publicly can be construed as the sentiments of those we represent.

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Historic Successes for the Gila County Republican Committee

The Gila County Republican Committee (GCRC) continues to make historic progress following this year’s General Election.

  • Gila County had the second highest voter turnout of all counties with 77.63 percent (the highest on record for the County).
  • Gila County also had a very high 63.9 percent of the vote to Trump against Clinton’s 31.5 percent.

For nearly 100 years, Gila County was a Democrat stronghold. In 2010, Republicans were 14 percent behind Democrats in voter registration in the county and Democrats held nearly all of the county’s 15 elected offices.

Today, Republicans are 26 percent ahead in voter registrations (a 40% swing) and the County is solidly red. In 2012, the first Republican sheriff since statehood was elected.

With the 2016 elections, Gila County experienced another historic event when Republicans defeated two incumbent Democrat members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, and for the first time since statehood all three members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors are Republicans.

Additionally, Republicans now hold all but four of the 15 elected offices in the county.

And, in another major success for Gila County, Republican Frank Pratt defeated incumbent Democrat Barbara McGuire to make Arizona Legislative District 8 (south county) all Republican for the first time in recent memory.

For Legislative District 6, all three incumbent Republicans were re-elected. To achieve this success, the Gila County Republican Committee led a collaborative effort with the Rim Country Republican Club (Payson), the Cobre Valley Republican Club (Globe) and the Payson Tea Party, whose presidents participated in the GCRC executive board meetings so that we all had a common goal and didn’t waste time, money and effort duplicating our efforts.

Two Republican headquarters were opened – one in Payson and one in Globe. The Payson headquarters saw more than 3,000 visitors. Both headquarters also hosted numerous political events with candidates.

The GCRC conducts two major fund raising dinners each year – the Lincoln Day event in February and a Reagan Day dinner in August. Through these efforts the GCRC raised three times the money raised in 2014 to be used for this year’s candidate contributions. Every candidate who received a contribution won their election.

Thousands of door hangers with Republican candidates names listed were distributed and included in newspaper ads as “cut out” ads that could be taken to the voting booth.

The GCRC placed I-360 phone calls as well as direct phone calls for candidates. We also initiated several Saturday “Trump Wave Days” where members went to the main highways in Payson and Globe and waved Trump signs at passing cars.

The GCRC also purchased 20 weekly, half hour and one hour, radio shows with Payson KMOG Radio 1420 to allow candidates to market themselves and discuss Republican news and principles, both national and local. In addition, the GCRC purchased movie theater ad time as well as newspaper ad space.

Hard work paid off and yet we are doubling the effort this year. Hope to see you involved alongside our dedicated regulars!

Reagan Day Dinner Success

The third annual Reagan Day dinner at the Mazatzal Casino on August 26th was another great success. Attendees enjoyed comments from Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpio, along with Congressman Paul Gosar and Secretary Michele Reagan. The Casino creates an elegant ball room for an enjoyable evening for all attending. The Gila County Republican Committee’s next fund raising event at will be our spring Lincoln Day event celebrating President Lincolns birthday – the first Republican President.

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Sherriff Joe Arpio

Sherriff Joe Arpio

GOP Convention 2016

GOP Convention 2016

GCRC 2016 Pence Support

by Gary Morris, Gila County Republican Committee.

“The Gila County Republican Party welcomes Governor Mike Pence as the Vice President nominee to team with Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Governor Pence is a demonstrated long-time conservative Republican and current Governor of the State of Indiana. Republican principles have proven to be very successful in that state and have created a growing economy which is well ahead of the county’s sluggish economy while also lowering taxes by millions of dollars. That leadership can benefit the economic recovery of the country in a Trump administration. Further, the Governor brings 12 years of experience as a U.S. Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. That strong experience will certainly help to move a President Trump’s “Making America Great” agenda through Congress.”

Chairman Morris is in Cleveland as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention, as well as Precinct Committeewoman Shirley Dye, who is also the Payson Tea Party Vice President, and a Delegate. Shirley is on the Payson School Board and a member of the Northern Arizona Sanitary Board. Also attending the Convention is Precinct Committeewoman Nancy Cox, who is also the Vice President of the Rim Country Republican Club, and is serving as an Alternate Delegate.

Chairman Morris on the convention floor with the Arizona delegation shortly after Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for President

Chairman Morris on the convention floor with the Arizona delegation shortly after Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for President

GCRC Flag Day

Republicans and Tea Party Conservatives Rally on National Flag Day

GilaGOP holding flags
National Flag Day was Sunday, June 14th. That date celebrates the anniversary of the official adoption, in 1777, of the “Stars and Stripes” as the American flag.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that the Union be thirteen stars, white, in a blue field, representing a new constellation”.

The anniversary was originally titled “Flag Birthday”. On August 3rd 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Members of the Gila County Republican Party along with the Rim County Republican Club, and the Payson Tea Party members assembled in Payson on Sunday to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the “Stars and Stripes”. The team lined Route 87 in Payson near the Post Office with multiple flags waving for three hours and got a rousing response from passing cars and motorcycles.

Gila County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Lolly Hathhorn, who organized the event, stated, “The flag represents the freedom and liberties of an exceptional country that people all over the planet aspire to enjoy”. She went on to note that she did not observe any democrats out celebrating the special day.

Cobre Valley Armed Forces Day

The Cobre Valley Republican Club’s Armed Forces Day Luncheon was a momentous occasion Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Globe. We again Salute all WWII Veterans and special thanks to all those who attended this memorable event.

We were honored by many dignitaries some of which were Arizona State Treasurer Jeff Dewitt, AZ State Senator for LD6 Sylvia Allen, AZ Teenage Republican Chairman Lilia Dashevsky, Mayors Terry Wheeler and Darryl Dalley, and Globe VFW Commander Mario Villegas. Invocation was given by Reverend Clyde Bowen with the Globe High School JROTC presenting the Colors.

Honoring our WWII Veterans (2)Jose Angel Medina (928) 200-0820

Gila County–“Best Republican County in Arizona”

Gila County was selected as the Best Republican County in Arizona at the AZGOP Awards Presentation in Phoenix on January 23rd, 2015. Gila County Chairman Gary Morris accepted the award from Arizona Chairman Robert Graham.

DSC_0100In addition, our own Lolly Hathhorn, 1st Vice-Chairman of Gila County, won the prestigious Dodie London award for outstanding service to the Arizona Republican Party. Lolly Hathhorn is accepting the Dodie London Award from Arizona Chairman Robert Graham.DSC_0130A thunderous applause is due to the hard-working volunteers who made this possible!