The Party belongs to the People, not the Insiders!
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on September 30, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on May 12, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 23, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 25, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on March 21, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 29, 2012 at 5:57pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on December 11, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 15, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on October 31, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments