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Paula Linker Presented with Top Award!

At Saturday’s annual Lincoln Day Luncheon hosted by the Maricopa County GOP, Palo Verde RW member Paula Linker was honored for her long-time commitment to the Arizona Republican party. As a result of her “courage and determination” (per Rep. David Schweikert’s words entered into the Congressional Record–see text below), Paula was presented with the most prestigious Lincoln Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Paula! 

Left to right: Rae Chornenky, Maricopa GOP Chairman Chris Herring, Paula Linker, Bruce Linker and Lori Stefanovich.

Rep. David Schweikert Touts Paula Linker’s Achievements, Enters Them into the Congressional Record: 


Mr. SCHWEIKERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank a very special member of my community. For as long as I have been involved in working for Arizona, Paula Linker has been a friend and supporter. Those who know Paula admire her for her courage and determination. She is forthright and dependable. She works every single day to make sure that the causes and people she cares for most have all the support she has to give. And, it is in that spirit that I am so pleased she is being awarded the Lincoln Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maricopa County Republican Committee. The community celebrates Paula, and it is with great enthusiasm that I include these remarks into the RECORD of the U.S. House of Representatives.




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Announcing Our September 20th Luncheon

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Upcoming Event: Mix & Mingle!

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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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