GOP Chair Elise Stefanik: Justice Department Is ‘Trying to Block’ Maricopa County Audit

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who was recently elected as the House Republican Conference chair, said the Department of Justice’s questions about the Maricopa County, Arizona, audit of the 2020 election may be unconstitutional.

On May 5, the Justice Department sent a letter to Arizona Senate leader Karen Fann, a Republican, inquiring about the custody of the ballots under review by a group of private contractors, alleging that the group’s other processes—including the canvassing of addresses—could be considered “voter intimidation.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R.-NY)

“I support that audit,” Stefanik said after being asked about it in a Fox Business interview on May 16. “Transparency is good for the American people. And again, this should be a nonpartisan issue, whether you are Republican, Democrat, independent, or conservative, transparency is important, and the audit was passed by the Arizona state Senate.”

Stefanik later said that the “Biden Department of Justice is trying to block that audit,” which, she said, “is unconstitutional from my perspective.”

“Our states, constitutionally, are responsible for writing states’ constitution law,” she said.

Pamela Karlan, principal deputy assistant attorney general with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, wrote to Fann that “the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters.”

Fann replied that the plan by election auditors to verify the validity of certain voters had been placed on hold.

“If and to the extent the Senate subsequently decides that canvassing is necessary to the successful completion of the audit, its vendor will implement detailed requirements to ensure that the canvassing is conducted in a manner that complies fully with the commands of the United States Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws,” Fann wrote earlier this month.

The Epoch Times reports that Stefanik’s comments on May 16 came just days after Dominion Voting Systems and Maricopa County officials said they wouldn’t provide passwords for election machines in Maricopa County. Dominion said it would comply with the audit, but that Cyber Ninjas—the company hired by the Arizona state Senate—isn’t accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Stefanik was approved last week in a vote by House Republicans to become the Republican Conference chair—the party’s No. 3 position in the House. She took over after GOP lawmakers voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump and other Republicans, from the position.

Posted May 17, 2021

Volunteer for America!

President Donald J. Trump is counting on YOU more than ever as he fights to put our nation back on track — BACK TO WINNING.

The most important election of our lifetime is next month! You can help the President win reelection, or turn the country over to those who support the rioters in Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis.

Mohave County Republicans are currently recruiting poll watchers for duty during early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 3. To volunteer as a poll watcher or to make phone calls, register voters, knock on doors or lend other support in Mohave County, email or call volunteer organizer Steven Robinson today!

Steven C. Robinson, Field Organizer – Western Arizona-Kingman
steven.robinson@AZGOP.org
(928) 279-3950

“Every day matters and we need to treat every volunteer recruitment call, every door knocked, phone call made with the urgency of winning or losing this election based on our actions,” says Drew Sexton, State Director, Arizona – Trump Victory.

You can also go to TrumpVictory.com or Donald J. Trump’s own website and volunteer.

This President has fought for us relentlessly these last three-plus years. Let’s help him finish the job!

Lake Havasu Bureau of Land Management, 3 Sheriffs’ Departments, Havasu Police, Divers Association, Sea Scouts, partner in lake cleanup

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu's Steamboat Cove. Photo-Chris Wonderly-BLM,8x6.jpg

Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu’s Steamboat Cove. Photo – Chris Wonderly, The Real BLM.

Lake Havasu City – Thirty-five divers, including scouts, law enforcement officers, volunteers, and Bureau of Land Management (the real BLM) staff removed trash and other debris from the shoreline and bottom of Steamboat Cove on Sept. 20, making for a cleaner and safer recreation experience. The divers spent a combined 31 dive hours during the event. Two canoes, a kayak, and the larger boats retrieved debris that the divers brought up from the Arizona side of Lake Havasu.

In the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove , the Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office partnered with the Lake Havasu Divers Association, Lake Havasu Sea Scouts, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove, one of the federal BLM’s most popular boat-in recreation sites on Lake Havasu.

Cans, bottles, and plastic cups made the bulk of the litter. Divers also found some more unique items including a tire, watch, cell phone, and anchor. The Lake Havasu Sea Scouts who participated earned an aquatic-based merit badge for their hard work and public service.

Steamboat Cove is one of 73 shoreline recreation sites the federal BLM manages along the Colorado River.

MORE PHOTOS and details HERE.

Sen. Martha McSally, Mark Kelly debate tonight, Oct. 6

Sen. Martha McSally and her dog, Boomer

Martha McSally poses with her dog, Boomer

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly will participate in an Oct. 6 debate on domestic policy, including the country’s response to COVID-19 and the social justice movement, in addition to foreign policy and Arizona issues.

The debate is organized by four Arizona media outlets: The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com; Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; KJZZ-FM (91.5), metro Phoenix’s public radio station; and Arizona Public Media, southern Arizona’s PBS and National Public Radio affiliate.

Voters can watch the 90-minute debate live at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Arizona PBS, KJZZ and AZPM and streamed on azcentral.com or YouTube. A 30-minute debate recap, likely by liberal commentators, will follow the event.

The debate comes one day before early voting begins in Arizona in one of the country’s most-watched U.S. Senate races, a special election to fill the rest of the 2017-2022 term that John McCain (R) was elected to in 2016.

Before she was sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2019, McSally previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Martha serves on the following Senate Committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She broke barriers for women and girls everywhere — becoming not only the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat— but the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.

ICYMI: Here’s Why Three Astronauts Have Endorsed McSally and not Mark Kelly – Townhall.com

Her opponent, Mark Kelly, is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy and astronaut. Kelly is facing backlash for apparent business ties to China. Kelly co-founded World View Enterprises, which originated as a space exploration start up, and served an advisor until launching his bid for the Senate. 

“World View was invested in by a high-profile Chinese technology company, Tencent, owns WeChat, a Chinese social media platform,” Townhall.com reports. “Tencent is known to have used surveillance tactics on its billions of subscribers, and censors language that is critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A handful of GOP senators classify Tencent as a national security threat and a puppet of the CCP.”

Indeed, the United Nations shared the senators’ concern; the UN’s Human Rights Watch chief classified Tencent as “an enabler of Chinese government oppression,” as RealClearPolitics notes.

Aside from the different way they view Chinese interests (McSally is wary of Communist China), the two Senate candidates differ strongly on Second Amendment issues.

Speaking with dozens of members of the firearm and ammunition industry for an National Shooting Sports Foundation PAC virtual town hall, Sen. McSally got right to the point when asked by NSSF’s Larry Keane what the Second Amendment means to her.

“I’ve put my life on the line for the Second Amendment,” she said.

Sen. McSally wrapped up the June 8 town hall by recalling the successes of the Senate and President Donald Trump in placing more than 200 pro-Second Amendment federal judges on the bench, including two on the Supreme Court, reinforcing just how important it is for industry-supporting Senators to remain in office.

Democrat Mark Kelly Democrat Kelly, on the other hand, is a strong proponent of gun control. Outside groups like billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and others are pouring millions of dollars into Arizona to help Kelly, who has spent little time on the campaign trail discussing his anti-2nd Amendment position.

Kelly’s wife, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), survived an assassination attempt in Tucson, AZ. in January 2011. She and 20 other people were shot, including six fatally, in an event for constituents. Giffords was left with severe brain injuries but went on to make a remarkable recovery. After the shooting, she and Kelly founded the Americans for Responsible Solutions (later changing its name to “Giffords”) and campaigned for gun control.

Democrats are hoping that electing Kelly could torpedo President Trump’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated after the death of Ruth B. Ginsberg.

The Citizens Clean Election Commission is sponsoring the 90-minute debate. 

VOTE: McSally for Senate

Mohave Sheriffs arrest four, confiscate 89 pounds of meth in Kingman

Sept. 18 — Four Georgia residents were arrested after Mohave County deputies confiscated almost 90 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Kingman on Sept. 17. The drugs have a street value of approximately $3.9 million, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.

90 pounds of meth

Bundles of methamphetamine, totalling 89 pounds, with a street value of about $3.9 million, was confiscated after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Kingman on Thursday.


The Sheriff’s Office reported the seizure was the result of an interdiction law enforcement operation involving the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) task force and others.

MAGNET detectives conducted a traffic stop at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 40 at approximately Milepost 57. During the traffic stop, an Arizona Department of Public Safety canine (K9) brought to the scene assisted with the stop. After the canine gave “a positive alert,” the vehicle was searched and numerous bundles totaling 89 pounds of methamphetamine was located hidden inside the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs for sale were four people, all Georgia residents: German Alvarado, 22, Marlon Torres, 24, Abril Arreguin, 28, and Moises Moralez-Marquez, 30. They were booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman.

Sources: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office; Mohave Valley Daily News

President Trump rallies in Yuma, Az

Aug. 18 — A bus-load and more of supporters from Mohave County greeted President Donald J. Trump on his campaign stop in Yuma, AZ on Aug. 18. The Mohave County Republican Party arranged for a bus to travel to Yuma from Lake Havasu City.

While in Yuma, he was briefed on border wall construction. At the same time, the Democrat National Convention (or the Blame-America party) was ongoing in Las Vegas, NV.

Arizona Representatives Paul Gosar and Debbie Lesko also joined the President during his trip to Yuma.

After visiting the border wall, Trump delivered remarks on Joe Biden’s failures on immigration and border security.

“The Biden plan would unleash a flood of illegal immigration like the world has never seen. It’s crazy,” the President said. “Biden’s plan is the most radical, extreme, reckless, dangerous and deadly immigration plan ever put forward by a major party candidate.”

During his speech, Trump also focused his attention on COVID-19, lowering taxes, and Biden’s new running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, considered the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate in 2019, according to Govtrack.us.

“She is not the right pick, but she was my number one draft pick,” Trump said. “They asked me that. What do you think I said? I’m very happy. They thought I was happy. They thought I was happy for him. No, I was happy for me.”

Govtrack.us, which says it is “one of the oldest government transparency websites in the world,” publishes the status of federal legislation, information about representatives and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation.

Sen. Harris earned another distinction: She was the 3rd most absent compared to all Senators. Harris missed 61.9% of votes (265 of 428 votes) in 2019., Govtrack.us said.

Here are some photos from President Trump’s Aug. 18 visit to Yuma. See who you know!

Displaying their masks in Yuma
Checking his phone
Waiting for Trump
Waiting for Trump (2)
Intro remarks
Waiting for the President
President Trump arrives on Air Force One
Candid photo of the President speaking in Yuma

CBP seizes narcotics worth $681K at Mid-Valley International Bridges in Texas

PHARR, Texas—Two persons were arrested Sept. 18 in connection with two failed drug smuggling attempts of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana in separate, unrelated incidents.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) made the busts at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility and at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Texas.

“These two seizures of narcotics in separate environments are indicative of drug-smuggling organizations’ persistence in bringing drugs across the border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers remain committed to the safety of our communities and seizures like these are the result.”

At left: Packages containing 486 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge, Texas.

On Sept. 16, 2020, a CBP officer assigned to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge referred for further inspection a 23-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico who was driving a Chrysler Pacifica. Using non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment as part of the secondary examination, officers discovered 21 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 29 pounds (13.24 kg) concealed within the car. The drugs have a street value of $583,778.

Later that day at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, a CBP officer referred a 63-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a tractor with an empty trailer for a secondary examination, which resulted in the discovery of 204 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the trailer. The packages that weighed 486 pounds (220.5 kg) are valued at $97,222.

CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the car and arrested the man and woman. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took them both into custody and continue with the investigations.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For more information about CBP, please click on the attached link.

President Trump: Winning for America

As of Sept. 18, 2020

Trump Administration Accomplishments

*Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
*More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
*We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
*Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
*Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
*New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
*Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
*African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
*Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
*Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
*Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
*Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
*Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
*Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
*Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
*The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
*95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
*Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
*Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
*As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
*Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
*Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
*Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
*Record number of regulations eliminated.
Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
*Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
*Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.

*We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
*Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
*Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
*We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
*Signed VA Choice Act and VA *Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
*Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
*United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
*Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
*Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
*Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
*NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
*Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
*Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
*Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
*Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
*Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
*Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
*Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
*Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
*Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
*Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
*Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
*Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
*Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
*We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.
Source: The White House

Border Patrol intercepts large fentanyl load at Amado, Arizona Checkpoint

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents on Sept. 17 seized more than 17 pounds of fentanyl at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, AZ, 12 miles south of Green Valley.

Tucson Sector agents at the primary inspection lane encountered a 25-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer around 10:30 a.m. Following a trained canine’s alert, agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection, where X-ray scans revealed anomalies within a medical respirator on the backseat. Agents found multiple packages of suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside it.

At left: Agents discovered fentanyl pills inside of a medical respirator.

The highly dangerous opioid pills have an approximate street value of $188,000, the Border Patrol said.

The U.S. citizen driver from Nogales, Arizona, was arrested and the fentanyl pills and vehicle seized. The case has since been taken over by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, who welcome assistance from the community.

CBP officers discover narcotics worth over $2 million at Pharr International Bridge, Texas

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted $2,361,500 worth of alleged methamphetamine and heroin in a commercial trailer arriving from Mexico. The drugs were seized by the CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “CBP continues to analyze smuggling methods and utilize intelligence, experience and technology to keep our border communities safe and secure.”

Packages containing 85.63 pounds of methamphetamine and 16.22 pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

On Sep. 16, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility, a CBP officer referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh produce for further inspection. The secondary examination included the assistance of a (canine team) and subsequently officers discovered suspected narcotics hidden within the shipment. Officers removed 162 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 85.63 pounds (38.84 kg) and 30 packages of alleged heroin weighing 16.22 pounds (7.36 kg). These drugs are valued at $1,712,500 and $649,000, respectively.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Source: CBP newsroom