Shope Holds Up Proxy Bill, Activists Outraged

State Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, rules committee chair

Republican activists are growing impatient with Arizona House of Representatives’ Rules Committee Chair T.J. Shope for apparent refusal to allow a  hearing of HB2012. HB2012, known as the Proxy Bill, would prohibit precinct committeemen from voting more than two proxies at the political parties’ state, county and legislative district level meetings.

Currently, according to activists, both the Republican and Democratic parties’ establishment use proxies to block the efforts and candidates of grassroots’ membership. Activists argue that the candidates, who want to be elected by the people for the benefit of and service to the people, are getting the short end of the stick, and this applies also to grassroots friendly legislators who are seeking reelection.

Activists note that because precinct committeemen (PC), who were recruited for the purpose of providing proxies, have fulfilled their duty once the proxy is executed, the parties cannot count on them to participate in important activities such as attending LD meetings, recruiting, gathering signatures, making phone calls, paying attention to legislation, etc.

Activist warn that legislators, who want to see a return to the days when PCs did the heavy lifting on camapigns, should initiate or get behind an effort to convince Rep. Shope and Speaker Mesnard that HB2012 should be advanced.

Activists believe it is unconscionable that Mr. Shope would get away with single handedly depriving legislators of the opportunity to have a proper discussion and a vote based on the merits of the bill.

A posting on the popular conservative website, MCRC Briefs, is urging the grassroots to contact Shope and other members of the Rules Committee:

Let legislators know how you feel about HB2012 send them an email

CALL TO ACTION: The Word Is Out That HB2012, The PC Proxy Bill that would allow precinct/state committeemen to carry no more than two proxies to state, county and legislative district (LD) political meetings, is reportedly being held up by the House Rules Committee ever since the House Government Committee passed it with a 5-3 vote on Feb 28. If it isn’t heard … it is DEAD. Anyone who has been around for the past few years knows that allowing the current AZGOP leadership and its puppets to continue to carry 40 and 50 (or more) proxies to state/county and LD meetings will only bring more of the same thing… poor leadership, manipulation of bylaws, failure to follow Roberts Rules, secrecy, disregard for grassroots PCs, cleansing of conservatives members from leadership positions, missing secretarial records, finance questions, controlled elections, etc. This misuse and abuse of proxies for the past five years must stop. It’s time to put some heavy duty pressure on the legislative leadership/committee members to get HB2012 moving. Legislators put a stop to ballot harvesting several years ago. Now it’s time to do the same to the proxy harvesting. Voters need to immediately contact their legislators and tell them put a stop to the misuse and abuse of proxies by the party control freaks. Politely remind them that they were elected to represent the people of Arizona and that you expect them to stay on top of bills that will help clean up “Arizona’s swamp.” – ft

Shope has earned a reputation of serving the Republican Party’s establishment. As a result, supporters of the bill are being encouraged to contact other members on the Rules Committee and Speaker of the House JD Mesnard.

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