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by | January 17, 2017 · 9:16 pm

Yvonne Cahill, Palo Verde RW Member, Is Elected 2nd Vice Chairman of Maricopa County GOP


Yvonne Cahill at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.

Congratulations to the new Maricopa County leadership team!

Grassroots Republicans, precinct committeemen and women of Maricopa County, held an election on Saturday, January 14, 2017 and elected new leadership:

  • Chairman – Chris Herring
  • 1st Vice Chairman – Aaron Flannery (elected by acclamation)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman – Yvonne Cahill
  • Secretary – Cynthia Casaus (elected by acclamation)
  • Treasurer – Sheila Muehling
We are so proud of you Yvonne! Congratulations!!!!






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Yvonne Cahill Announces Bid For Maricopa County GOP Committee 2nd Vice Chair


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by | December 21, 2016 · 11:56 pm

Cathy Riggs Beats Republican Incumbent to Move to General Election, Must Beat Independent Candidate in the Race

Update: I jumped the gun on reporting that Cathy Riggs is the next Desert Ridge District Justice of the Peace. Here’s the latest, per Cathy Riggs…

There is no Democrat running in the Desert Ridge JP race, but Cathy must continue to campaign because there is an Independent running against her in the November General election.

I have updated the headline to reflect this new information.  The original report is below.


Congratulations to Cathy Riggs!!!

On Tuesday, August 30th, Cathy beat incumbent Clancy Jayne to become the next Justice of the Peace (JP) for the Desert Ridge District. Cathy ran on a platform to raise the bar for the administration of justice, not just in the Desert Ridge District, but for Maricopa County as a whole.

According to, in a three-way race, Cathy won with 45 percent of the vote. The “former police officer, police academy instructor and law school graduate, left her opponents, Jeff Schapira, who came in a distant second with 29 percent and Jayne with 25 percent, in the dust.”

Since there is no Democrat running in the Desert Ridge JP race Cathy is considered elected to the post.

For more about Cathy click here.

Here is a sampling of Cathy’s campaign material that helped put her over the top…

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Palo Verde RW Says No to the Legalization of Marijuana in Arizona

No to Marijuana

A Resolution pointing out the reasons to vote against legalizing marijuana in Arizona passed unanimously at our April 20th meeting! We already have enough problems with alcohol addiction and doctor prescribed pain killers. Why would we want to legalize another drug that will lead to even more substance abuse? We must vote no on the legalization of marijuana in our state. Here’s why…

Resolution Against Legalizing Marijuana in the State of Arizona

WHEREAS, Since the citizens of Colorado were the first to vote to legalize marijuana in 2012, “teen use [of marijuana] has risen dramatically and is now 74 percent higher than the national average;” and

WHEREAS, Since legalization of marijuana in 2012, “Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana-related traffic fatalities, hospitalization and emergency visits, as well as marijuana-related calls to poison control centers;” and

WHEREAS, “Today’s marijuana is a harmful, psychoactive, addictive substance that is much more potent than ever before – at least five times more powerful than the marijuana of the 1970s;” and

WHEREAS, “The American College of Pediatricians reported grave risks for youth: ‘Marijuana is addicting and has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes;’” and

WHEREAS, “The U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado reported that illicit or black market drug activity in Colorado has not subsided since legalization and in fact, has increased;” and

WHEREAS, “The initiative permits possession of one ounce of marijuana (60 marijuana joints) and an additional six marijuana plants per household (one plant can produce a rough average of 300 joints), one home could easily produce 1,800 joints under the proposed law;” and

WHEREAS, “We know the costs associated with drop-outs, suspensions, and expulsions are exceedingly high, more than $400,000 per high school student in Arizona, and that marijuana use increases the risk of dropping out and lowers educational outcomes for youth”; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Palo Verde Republican Women strongly urge all Arizonans to vote NO to legalizing marijuana when voting in the general election to be held on November 8, 2016.


Information against legalizing marijuana not ‘questionable,’ Seth Leibsohn, chair; and Shelia Polk, vice-chair; Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy,, Retrieved March 13, 2016.

Legalize marijuana? No, there’s too much guesswork, Seth Liebsohn, Retrieved March 13, 2016


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Exciting News! Senator Kelli Ward Is Scheduled To Speak At Our May 20th Luncheon

Our May meeting is one you won’t want to miss!

Senator Kelli Ward, AZ Legislative District 5

Senator Kelli Ward, AZ Legislative District 5

Senator Kelli Ward (serving Arizona’s 5th Legislative District) will speak to us at our May 20th luncheon. She will provide us with a legislative update including a discussion of the state budget. Plus Senator Ward will highlight several important bills currently working their way through the state legislature. Senator Ward will close by taking questions from the audience in order to find out what is important to our members and guests who will be in attendance.

IMPORTANT NOTE! On April 9th, 2015, Senator Ward announced that she is exploring a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate against U.S. Senator of Arizona John McCain.

If you would like to contact Senator Ward in advance of the meeting, please do so using any one of these three ways:



Twitter: @KelliWardAZ

May 20th Program Details:

11:00 a.m. Social

11:30 a.m. Program/Lunch


Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, The Fairway House, Scottsdale, AZ

On the Menu:

Cobb Salad – Mixed greens, egg, bacon, ham, chicken, avocado, tomato, blue cheese crumbles

Strawberry Cheese Cake

Coffee/Iced Tea/Wine Bar

To Make a Reservation:

The cost of the luncheon is $25. Checks are preferred but credit cards are accepted. To make a reservation for our luncheon, contact Edith Stock by email:, or call her at 480.298.7818 (cell). Please note that reservations are REQUIRED.  And a reservation MADE is a reservation PAID!  


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Let’s Unite to Defeat the Democrats in November: GOP Election Results, Arizona Primary

Doug Ducey wins

Congratulations to our winning candidates in the Arizona GOP primary!

First, a shout out to one of our very own AzFRW members, Jill Norgaard (Ahwatukee RW). According to this article in the East Valley Tribune, “in District 18 Jill Norgaard and Bob Robson came out ahead in Tuesday night’s results in the race for [Arizona] House of Representatives. Both will face Democrat Mitzi Epstein in the general election.” We wish you much luck Jill!

U.S. Congressional Seats:

David Schweikert—6th Congressional District

Wendy Rogers—9th Congressional District

For information on other U.S. Congressional elections in Arizona, go here.

Arizona State Offices:

Doug Ducey—Governor

Michele Reagan—Secretary of State

Mark Brnovich—Attorney General

Jeff DeWit—Treasurer

Diane Douglas—Superintendent of Schools

Doug Little and Tom Forese—Arizona Corporation Commission

Arizona House and Senate

If you’re curious about the Arizona Legislative District 23 House and Senate races, according to this source, John Kavanaugh has defeated Jeff Schwartz for the right to be on the ballot in November (Senate). His Democrat opponent will be Paula Pennypacker. Michelle Ugenti and Jay Lawrence defeated Republicans Effie Carlson and Bob Littlefield (House). Ugenti and Lawrence will run unopposed as no Democrats chose to run in this race in Legislative District 23.

Scottsdale City Council

In Scottsdale, there will be a runoff for City Council. According to today, “No candidates were elected outright in Tuesday’s primary election, according to early unofficial results.

As a result, six candidates will advance to the general election on Nov. 4 to compete for three seats opening on the council.

With 47 of 53 precincts reported as of late Tuesday, the top six candidates, in order of votes received, were Linda Milhaven, Jennifer Petersen, David Smith, Dennis Robbins, Kathy Littlefield and Cindy Hill. Votes still were being counted and results were not yet official.”

For full election coverage, click here.

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