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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

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

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

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

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

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…


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…


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…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on November 18, 2012 at 12:14pm — 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…


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…


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…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on April 23, 2012 at 7:14am — 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…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 29, 2012 at 5:57pm — 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…


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


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…


Added by Philip G. Duffy on December 21, 2011 at 5:28pm — 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…


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…


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

Gleason is looking for a "party builder??"


 Recently, PaGOP party chair Rob Gleason apparently criticized Sarah Palin.  “I don’t think theater wins elections,” he stated in regard to her bus tours.  “I am looking for party builders.”




Wouldn’t you think the Chair of the state GOP would know something about party-building?  Shouldn’t his opinion carry…


Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 16, 2011 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

"Help Support the Pa GOP???"

Today I got an email from House Minority Leader John Boehner, who will be the keynote speaker at this weekend's state committee meeting in Harrisburg, asking me to "support the Pa GOP." Well, actually the email comes from state committee.

Let's take a look at whether or not local Pennsylvania Republicans ought to send the state committee two cents.

Let's see. In February of this year the majority of state committee members voted to endorse statewide candidates not just BEFORE… Continue

Added by Lois Kaneshiki on September 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

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