The Federalist Society luncheon in Phoenix today was well-attended, likely because United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in town to keynote the event. Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, is pictured here with Scalia. The Supreme Court is currently considering the arguments made by Arizona’s Legislature in the case of Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission where the legislature argues that it, not an unelected commission, has the authority to draw congressional district lines.
AZGOP Executive Committee Members Gather to Plan for Republican Victories
PHOENIX – Today Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party chaired a day-long meeting of the state party’s Executive Committee at the headquarters in Phoenix. Committee members from throughout the state met to plan for victories in 2016 and take the steps needed to ensure Republican candidates compete successfully for every level of government office in Arizona.
“I’m happy to report that we had a significantly productive session that involved getting party leaders from throughout the state engaged in a cooperative effort to produce the best outcome,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “The Republican Party is ready to compete across the board, and we’re not just building on our past successes but we’re prepared to help our nominees overwhelm the opposition with a strong ground game and a powerful get out the vote program.”
Graham won approval of a multi-million dollar fundraising plan to fund party operations and support candidates throughout the state, including establishing more than a dozen Victory 2016 offices at strategic locations statewide. Attendees heard numerous committee reports and presentations, including topics such as the newly-approved election reforms recently signed by Governor Ducey, challenges involving the 1998 voter-approved open primary, and the upcoming decision from the U. S. Supreme Court that the party hopes will overturn the actions of the Independent Redistricting Commission that illegally favored Democrat congressional candidates.
The committee voted overwhelmingly against a motion to spend party contributions to close the primary election. A vote to recess the meeting to allow for further review of the issue of closing the primary was also defeated.
PHOENIX – This week Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party visited the new memorial at the Arizona State Capitol dedicated to life of Raul H. Castro, who was elected Governor of Arizona in 1975 before being appointed U. S. Ambassador to Argentina in 1977. Castro passed on April 10, 2015.
“Public service is both an honor and a calling, and Governor Castro was a perfect example of the kind of selflessness and dedication to our state and our nation that we should all emulate, regardless of party membership.” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “As the first Latino elected to serve as governor, he provides a model for everyone who not only aspires to greatness but actually achieves it.”
Graham and his father, Robert Graham, Sr. visited the first memorial exhibit honoring Gov. Castro at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. Additional biographical information here.
State GOP Presents Annual Awards at 2015 Legislative Salute Ceremony
PHOENIX – This weekend the Arizona Republican Party awarded five top GOP legislators with coveted awards in a ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Governor Doug Ducey provided the keynote address to a myriad of elected officials and party supporters from throughout Arizona.
“Our event was a great success and we got a great start in raising funds to take us into the 2016 elections,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “We joined with Governor Ducey to honor our legislators, and we’re proud to present these trophies to a select few Republican leaders who hold a special place in our hearts and in our party.”
House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro was awarded Legislator of the Year, and he then joined AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham on stage to present awards to the following members of the Arizona House of Representatives:
- Representative Darin Mitchell: Citizen Legislator Award
- Representative Justin Olson: Taxpayers BFF Award (Best Friend Forever)
- Representative Jill Norgaard: Rookie Legislator of the Year Award
Members of the Arizona Senate received the following awards:
- Senator Debbie Lesko: Arizona Republican Party Liberty Award
- Senator Kimberly Yee: Arizona Republican Party Guardian of the Public Award
Before Governor Ducey’s keynote address, more than 300 attendees were treated to Congresswoman Martha McSally’s wonderful singing of the Star-Spangled Banner followed by U. S. Senator Jeff Flake’s touching and memorable invocation. Beautiful and talented Samoan dancers entertained the crowd, and even invited a few guests onto the stage for a crash course in traditional dance moves from Samoa, all fueled by a powerful and complex percussion rhythm that caused more than a few toes to get tapping. A wickedly satirical video presentation provided a hilariously comic interpretation of the legislative session, and guests stayed long into the night visiting and enjoying the company of Arizona’s Republican legislators.
“We know how important it is to pause and thank those of our elected officials who do so much of the heavy lifting in pursuit of our shared Republican principles, and it’s our duty to honor them as they make the same kind of personal sacrifices that grassroots party activists know all too well,” Graham concluded.
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Caps Decades of Controversy with Announcement of Campaign for President, Leaving Democrats Embarrassed about Untrustworthy Candidate
PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party commented on the announcement by Hillary Clinton yesterday that she is seeking the Democrats’ nomination for president of the United States.
“Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy, and we’d hope the Democrats would find someone more prepared to engage in an honest conversation about our nation,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “She can’t be honest about herself, she can’t be honest with our country. It’s not just her lapses in judgement, and there are many, but her outright deception in matters of great importance have disqualified her from leadership.”
Graham noted that the Arizona Republican Party is already fully engaged in the 2016 election, not just in the race to replace President Obama with a Republican, but to bring GOP victories throughout the state. Graham’s leadership means all Arizona voters will continue to learn more about Hillary Clinton and her ongoing failures, including her well-deserved reputation as ethically-challenged, hypocritical, and far less than transparent.
President To Meet Gov. Doug Ducey, Who Can Show Him What True Executive Leadership Is Like
PHOENIX – This morning Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party commented on the today’s visit by President Obama, whom Arizona voters rejected in the 2012 election by nearly ten percentage points.
“Arizona has been fed up with Obama for a long time and we’re looking forward to putting a Republican in the White House in 2016,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Voters in Arizona have consistently elected Republicans to every statewide office, and elected Republicans are the majority in both the state house and senate.”
Graham noted that less than three months into his term, Governor Doug Ducey balanced the state budget which was approved by a bipartisan vote in the state legislature. The budget, signed the day before the President’s visit, increased classroom dollars without a tax hike.
“The contrast between Obama’s rule through one-sided edicts and unconstitutional executive orders, and Doug Ducey’s consensus-based leadership and fiscal responsibility is stark,” added Graham.