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President Trump: Please Let us Save the PaGOP!

Dear President Trump:


          Thank you for everything you are doing for our country.  We Pennsylvanian Republicans are all proud of you and indebted to your service.

I was the Chair of the Blair County Republican Committee in central Pennsylvania when you were running for election in 2016.  It was a whirlwind campaign.  We never saw anything like it in any other presidential election year.

          I want to tell you what it was like in Blair County,…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on July 5, 2019 at 7:06am — No Comments

How to Run a Republican Attorney General Race in 2020

The word on the street is that the Republican Party will not be able to run a viable candidate against the Democrats for Attorney General In Pennsylvania next in 2020. That may or may not be true. However, there is a useful strategy to employ in situations where no one expects to win. Let me tell you how to win, even if you can't get elected!

All eyes will be on the presidential race next year. First we will be entertained by the Democratic Primary circus with their 20+ candidates. It will… Continue

Added by Lois Kaneshiki on June 11, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Cruz is Out; our Fight is Just Beginning

I am writing to you in great sadness for our country that Ted Cruz has dropped out of the presidential race.  I was originally a Rand Paul supporter, but gladly switched to Cruz when Rand dropped out of the race early on.  Ted Cruz is a great defender of our liberties and would have made an excellent president.  But it was not mean to be this year.

          Ironically, I had gotten off a conference call earlier tonight with…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on May 3, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Pennsylvania Rules can be changed in May to Bind Delegates in the Future

     The fact that the Pennsylvania Republican Party rules do NOT bind delegates elected in the congressional districts has caused some ill will within our party this election cycle, with calls for individual delegates to unilaterally pledge to “vote with their districts” on the first ballot.



Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 17, 2016 at 2:54pm — No Comments

GOP Delegate Chaos

   The fact that no presidential candidate will likely go to the Republican National Convention in July with the requisite 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination puts individual delegates in play for the final nomination.  This fact has Primary voters asking for the first time, "Who are these delegates?  How will they vote?  What is the party establishment going to 'push through'?"…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 5, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Let's Elect Hillary Now?

Bret Stephens wrote an interesting op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, where he criticizes "extremist" Republicans who won't settle for anything less than the perfect candidate, so why not just Elect Hillary Now?

I think he is a little off the mark, and I wrote this response to Mr. Stephens today:

I read with interest your piece in today’s Journal.  I wanted to give you my perspective from the trenches of the Republican Party, where I play a part.


I am…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on December 22, 2015 at 7:39pm — No Comments

30 Rogue Republicans Who Won't Play Along?

   If you're an establishment Republican who votes the way the leadership wants you to so that you can get favors brought back to your district and you can climb through the GOP ranks, how do you defend your voting record if there are fellow Republicans who won't play the Washington Game?

   Well, you have to discredit their behavior…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 15, 2015 at 10:47am — No Comments

Pennsylvanians Elect Judges: Let's Keep it That Way

Pennsylvanians elect their judges.  Let’s keep it that way.

          Every 2 years we have the predicted hand-wringing from certain quarters regarding the fact that voters are electing judges whom they don’t know.

          Voters elect people they don’t know all the time.  Why do you think judges would be any…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on June 22, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

Shuster Donates $5k to Democrat Fleck

          Congressman Bill Shuster’s “Bill PAC” donated $5,000 to Democrat Mike Fleck of the 81st state house district on Nov. 5, 2014, the day before the General Election.

          Why?  Because he was a “friend of Bill’s?



Added by Lois Kaneshiki on February 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Congressman Keith Rothfus

I have emailed, called to blast my 12th District Congressman Keith Rothfus. He also voted for the Omnibus funding bill in December. We did not send these Congressmen to rubberstamp a bill they did not read. Inside the Funding bill was Abortion Funding. I will hold every Republican that voted yes on that bill responsible for every abortion held in 2015. I also will fight to remove them and replace…


Added by Ed McGarvey on January 8, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Republicans Blast Shuster

The following resolution has been signed by 52 members of the Blair County Republican Committee, and 14 members of the Indiana County Republican Committee:

We Republican Committee members in Blair County, do hereby express our disappointment in Congressman Shuster for his vote on December 11, 2014, in favor of  H.R. 83, the so-called “Cromnibus” $1.1 trillion, 1,600 page spending bill.…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 8, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Why Didn’t the Pennsylvania GOP benefit from the nationwide Republican Wave?

          Governor Corbett and the Pa GOP state committee have the notorious distinction of having lost the first incumbent governor re-election since the 1968 change in the state Constitution, which allowed for a second gubernatorial term.  What an embarrassment for Rob Gleason and the state GOP.…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 5, 2014 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Whining Season for Third Parties

         About this time every even-numbered election year, we hear the expected whining of third parties, their candidates, and “Independents” about how “unfair” the Pennsylvania ballot access system is.  Access to the ballot is a lot less “fair” than in fact it is claimed to be, especially when you analyze how hard it is for challengers to the two major parties to get “access” to the General…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 2, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Party "Unity"

     What is meant when you hear “We have to have a united party!” Usually, it means when their candidate obliterates yours in the Primary because they smear your candidate mercilessly and spend ten times the amount of money, they want you to support their candidate in the General.

    But it’s not meant to be applied in the reverse…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on May 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

How Can "Inspired Amateurs" Get Elected?

In the May 12 Wall Street Journal, there was an op-ed entitled, “Inspired Amateurs Should Avoid Politics,” written by Philip Terzian, editor of the Weekly Standard. 

Mr. Terzian wrote the piece as a reaction to a book he received written by Dr. Ben Carson, which appears to be part of an effort to find out if there is enough support among conservatives to run Dr. Carson for presidential in 2016.

Mr. Terzian goes on to argue that history and experience are stacked against someone…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on May 13, 2014 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

Letter to the editor from retiring York County State Committee woman

Musings from a York County GOP committee person (column)By Marie Hess


tenure as York County State Republican committeewoman is coming to an

end. Due to the demands of a new baby as well as other personal

pursuits, I won't be running again. But I would be remiss not to pass on

some pearls of wisdom based on my experience.

As a state committee person, it is our job to be active through the

year by providing information about candidates,…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 21, 2014 at 7:17am — No Comments

RE: Take Back our Primary!

Sorry ,…


Added by Edgar Stephan on April 13, 2014 at 8:41pm — No Comments

The Great Shuster Debate: Will it Happen, and Why Should it?

        Last fall, about 200 voters heard 9th District Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster that he “looked forward” to the opportunity for a debate with his opponents in the Republican Primary.  We heard it with our own ears.  Now, of course, his campaign team is trying its best to keep him from doing just that.



Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 28, 2014 at 6:43pm — No Comments

How Many GOP Committee Spots will be Vacant on Election Day?

  On May 20th, this is what thousands of Pennsylvanians will see on their Primary Election ballot under "county committee person:"


The spots will be blank.


Because no one cares about the maintenance of their local political party?

People don't care about the future of the political process and how candidates are recruited and elected?

People think the status quo is hunky-dory?

I don't…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on February 5, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments

Don't Like the GOP? Then Change it!

I hear conservatives complain about the GOP all the time.

"The party left me, I didn't leave the party."

"The Republican Party doesn't fight for conservative values."

"The Republicans don't want to run on conservative ideas."

How many of these frustrated conservatives know about the local county Republican Committee?

How many have actually run for a committee seat in their precinct?

These same people tell you it's time for a third…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 12, 2014 at 3:34pm — No Comments

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