La Paz County Chairman Russell Sias today made public a complete revamp of the Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP) Bylaws (Click on AZGOP PROPOSED BYLAWS here or in navigation bar above). It is unusual for one person to perform this arduous task, but Russell did it in order to call attention to the fact that the bylaws amendments the party leadership will present for a vote at January's annual meeting of the party state committee is ineligible for a vote!
Anyone following Arizona Republican Party politics is aware that the Bylaws Committee called by the leadership of the AZGOP has been working throughout 2017 on a series of amendments to the current party bylaws.
What they found out, today, through an item on the newsletter Republican Briefs was that the "official" bylaws committee was formed in contradiction to the current bylaws, and is therefore out of order.
The committee, chaired by RINO Kathie Petsas, has been fraught with controversy from day one. Petsas has insisted on absolute secrecy to all discussions of bylaws changes, whereas this is a process that should be totally transparent. Petsas has even refused to allow committee members--who come from all corners of the state--to share email and phone contact information. She has forbidden them to discuss what goes on in the meetings with anyone--even each other! Petsas also refused to accept the substitute member named by Russell Sias, when he left to work outside Arizona for the summer. When Sias returned, Petsas expelled him from the bylaws committee altogether.
In response, Sias decided to take definitive action to call attention to the fact that the Petsas-run committee was formed in contradiction to the current bylaws, thus its work product is ineligible to be voted on at the annual meeting, in January. The labor is not lost, as it's long been the conventional wisdom that a revamp is necessary.
To see the proposed revamped bylaws, click on "AZGOP PROPOSED BYLAWS" in the navigation bar above. Russell Sias says he doesn't expect this rewrite to be perfect, as it stands, but sees it as an important starting point. He is anxious to receive your suggestions, in the space below this article. The community of active AZGOP PCs and SCs could certainly use a fullsome discussion of something so important to the functioning of a state party that many agree is currently mired in a horrific state of dysfunction.
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