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Who Endorsed Judges for Retention in September?

As many of you are aware, there was a state Republican Committee meeting in September.

How many of you got committee reports from your county chair or one or more of your state committee people, advising you of what happened at that meeting?

How many of you even know if your state committee people…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 13, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

July 4th and the Political Committees

            On July 4th, as we celebrate our Founders’ decision to exercise our right to be a nation sovereign from the King of England, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect upon the legacy of America, and whether or not we have lived up to our promise to be a nation built on the principle that people are born to be free and autonomous, and have the right to live with minimal government intervention.

 

            Our nation, founded on the principle of…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on July 4, 2013 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

One Committee Person's Election Day Story

I take my job as a committee person seriously.

I know my job is to get the vote out in my precinct for our ticket on Election Day. 

On Nov. 6, I was a poll watcher in my polling place, so I knew I would have limited time to make the necessary phone calls to get the rest of the vote out.  So I recruited 4 others to divide my calling list up at…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 18, 2012 at 12:14pm — No Comments

What I Learned at My Teacher Conference

          Today I had conferences with my ninth grade daughter’s teachers.  It was a bit of deja-vu, since my older daughter also had most of these teachers. 

          I feel like I should justify to you why I would take some of this precious and limited time to speak to my daughter’s teachers not about how my daughter could be the next Nobel Prize winner, but about larger educational issues, but I won’t bore you with that.

          The conversation with my…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 13, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Somerset County Republican Committee is thriving!

I can assure you that the Somerset County Republican Committee is thriving.

Rome wasn't built in a day.  That being said, let me tell you what we have gotten accomplished.

The facts are that, during the primary election, we have elected a new and young chairman, J. T. Yoder, a man with the intentions of building up and including more Republicans than has been seen in his beloved county of Somerset for years. 

We now have a healthy and fortified executive committee and…

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Added by Vivian Berkebile on November 3, 2012 at 4:20pm — No Comments

"Professional" Consultants Get Florida GOP in Trouble

   The Republican National Committee asked state committees in five states to hire Strategic Allied Consulting to help with voter registration efforts.  The Florida GOP fired SAC this past week for incorrect information collected on registration forms.

   Voter registration is a function of the county committees.  In most states, the county committees have 2 representatives in every precinct.  Some counties can have over 1,000…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on September 30, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

Why Won't Rep. Ron Miller bring Right to Work legislation up for a vote in the House Labor Committee?

Ron Miller is the Chairman of the state house Labor Committee.  House bills 50-53, otherwise known as "Right to Work" legislation, have been sitting in his committee for over a year without being brought for a vote.

The Republicans have a majority on the Labor Committee, a majority in the state house and state senate, and we have a Republican governor.  Why can't we get labor reform in Pennsylvania?  Why are the Republicans afraid even to bring this legislation to a vote?

Ron…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on September 16, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments

What Kind of Committeeperson Are You?

   There are three types of committee people:  the ones that serve the party, the ones that serve themselves, and the ones that serve their constituents.

  Committee people who "serve the party" might be there to serve a particular politician or perhaps the party in general.  They might feel that serving the party will indirectly serve…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 14, 2012 at 7:02am — No Comments

The Primary is for Fighters; the General is for Grown-ups

   The Party does not seem to like contested Primary Elections.  At least some in the party don't.  In January at the PA GOP winter meeting, Governor Corbett pleaded with the committee to "come together" and show "party unity" by backing a single candidate, namely Steve Welch, in an otherwise contested race.

  The Primary is not the time for unity.  The Primary is the time to fight for the meaning and values of your party.  The Primary is the time to test the metal of the candidates…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on May 12, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Election Day GOP Vacancies

In the 2008 Republican Primary Election, over 800,000 Republicans cast votes for a presidential candidate.  Many of these voters spent months reviewing, watching, and discussing the presidential Primary candidates, even though their vote had approximately 1/800,000 worth of effect on the outcome of the election.

 

Many of these same individuals had no one on their ballot for the most important spot in the GOP:  their local county committee.

 

That was…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 23, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments

"Reaganizing the GOP" talk given at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference March 24, 2012

Here is the talk I gave at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Saturday about the Precinct Project:

‘Reaganizing’ the PA GOP

 

 

          Any kind of healthy reform in our political system is going to necessitate an organized and systematic increase in grassroots political involvement.  That involvement must become more sophisticated than ad hoc rallies and sign-waves.  Conservatives must take their rightful place…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 25, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Cameron County GOP will have NO Committee Candidates on Primary Ballot

In a "there's a first time for everything" moment for the Precinct Project, we learned this morning that Cameron County will have no canddidates on the ballot for Cameron County Republican Committee.

Apparently out of 1800 registered Republican voters, the GOP could not find 10 or so people who could be bothered with obtaining 10 signatures from the Republican neighbors so candidates could be on the ballot to…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 21, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Blair County Republican Women Pass Resolution Against Birth Control Pill Mandate

 During their March meeting, the Blair County chapter of the Federation of Republican Women passed the following resolution:…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 18, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

If Primary contests are "healthy for the Party," why must we endorse?

 

Recently, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus stated on Fox News that Primary contests are "healthy for the party."  Certainly, national voters would be quite upset if the RNC endorsed a candidate today and effectively ended the contest for our Presidential nominee.

 

So why is Pennsylvania so different?

Only 3 state Republican committees endorse a candidate before the Primary: Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. 

How do the other states get by without…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 29, 2012 at 5:57pm — No Comments

State GOP Endorsement Vote in Trouble

A source close to state committee leadership says that state gop leaders are having trouble ratcheting up the necessary support for a YES vote on the endorsement question for this Saturday morning's meeting in Harrisburg. 

 

The source claims that state committee leaders are scrambling this week and doing some arm-twisting in a last-minute effort to get the necessary support for Saturday's "do or die" vote.

Will the people get their Primary back??

Make a road trip…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 24, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Reservations against and Arguments for a Resolution Excluding Felons from Certain Party Activities

Excluding Certain Felons from Critical GOP Activities

During the last week of November an area committee of the Republican Party in southeastern Pennsylvania began the formal process of considering a resolution concerning the role that certain convicted felons ought to play in the Republican Party.  While this group did not solve the problem, it surfaced the issues in a respectful discussion that was characterized by responsible civic participation.  The arguments for…

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Added by Philip G. Duffy on December 21, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Resolution Proposed to an Area within the Republican Committee of Chester County

Resolution

WHEREAS, the citizens of Chester County are seeking political parties to return to principle;



WHEREAS, campaign funding, or its absence, is a significant factor in the encouragement or discouragement of qualified candidates for political office;



WHEREAS, the source and uses of these campaign funds must give the citizens of Chester County confidence that undue influence has not been exerted upon candidates; and

WHEREAS, persons…

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Added by Philip G. Duffy on December 21, 2011 at 5:28pm — No Comments

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says Contested Primaries are healthy on Fox News!

The other day, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stated that Primary Election challenges are good for the party on Fox News.

 

So then why does the state GOP discourage Primary challeges by endorsing candidates BEFORE the Primary?

 

This endorsement means the candidates will have access to state GOP funds and other resources that the other candidates will not.  These are resources that could be saved and utilized to run against the Democrat in…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on December 11, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

Taking Back the Political Process

 

Taking Back the Political Process

Are rallies and sign-waves good enough??

 

          In April, 2009, Tea Party and 9-12 groups formed all across America in local communities to protest the growth of government, corporate bailouts, and the takeover of our healthcare system.  We marched on the National Mall to try to get Congress to vote down the president’s proposal that will drastically change the way…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 15, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

Northampton County GOP defeats effort to change committee terms to 4 years

  In a stunning defeat of the GOP establishment, the Northampton County Republican Committee defeated an attempt to change the county committee persons' terms from 2 years to 4 years.

  The state committee has put pressure on the counties to "keep in line" with the state committee since they changed state committee terms from 2 years to 4 years in 2009.

  Why would we want to make the terms longer when so many committee seats are effectively vacant as it is?  Also, why wouldn't…

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Added by Lois Kaneshiki on October 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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