The Party belongs to the People, not the Insiders!
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
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 15, 2015 at 10:47am — No Comments
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
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
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
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?
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on September 16, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on August 14, 2012 at 7:02am — 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
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
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…Continue
Added by Lois Kaneshiki on January 24, 2012 at 5:10pm — 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