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Unionization of the California Republican GOP

By Elise Richmond May 20, 2015

Do you believe that public sector unions like the SEIU and the teachers’ union are looking out for the best interest of all the people in California? Are the unions in politics to help conservative ideas move forward in the state of California? Do the union bosses have the best interest of Republicans in mind? Would any Republican answer, “yes”, to any of these questions?

On one day alone in 2014, the unions gave $1.59 million in campaign contributions to the California State Democrat Party. $7 hundred thousand came from the California Teachers Association alone.

I read an article from Jon Fleischman in Breitbart.com, entitled, “Big Labor Scorecard reveals slavish Loyalty of California’s Legislators”.

Jon Fleischman’s article begins by saying that a couple of weeks ago a freshman Republican member of the State Assembly said to him, “You were right, this place is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the unions.”

Some additional excerpts from the article are: “The good news (or the bad news) is that if you actually want to see in great detail how much say these unions have in passing or killing legislation, you don’t have to do much in-depth research. Every year, the California Labor Federation actually puts out its own scorecard, listing its top legislative priorities and scoring California’s 120 legislators on how well they towed the union line.” “The scorecard, using a total of 33 different bills that ran the gamut of labor issues, a huge percentage of them are bills that either increase the number of union positions, increase benefits for union members, or require particular types of projects to be reserved for union workers.” “From 2003 to 2012 the California Teachers Association and the Service Employees International Union together spent a stunning $214,022,424 directly on candidates, independent expenditures, or ballot measure campaigns.”

The article ends with, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.”

I was excited to look at that score card to see how well our Republicans were fighting the fight for us against the unions. These are the same unions that work to defeat all of my Republican friends at election time and fight against the Republican Party that I want to continue to believe in.

I first looked up my friend, Tim Donnelly, who has been on my radio show many times. I hosted him on live remote with the Heritage Palms Republican Club. Tim went from a lifetime voting record of 6% with the unions to an 8% voting record with the union in 2014. That’s not bad, as I am a more moderate Republican than he is.

When I looked up my husband’s friend, Assemblyman Eric Linder’s score, Bob and I were flabbergasted. Remember that Bob has always supported Eric from the beginning of his political career. Eric’s voting record with the union went from 22% lifetime to 42% in 2014. You can well imagine our surprise and disappointment. Voting with the unions 42% of the time, when you are a Republican is unacceptable.

The next elected to check on was Melissa Melendez. Melissa has been a guest on my radio show. Bob has also always supported her. As chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party, Bob wrote her an endorsement in her first political campaign for city council. Melissa’s lifetime support for union bills was 15%. That was acceptable to Bob and me.

In my lifetime, I have found that I agree with the Democrats maybe between 10 and 15%, as both Bob and I are more moderate than some Republicans. I was a registered Democrat for 24 years, before growing up. In 2014, Melissa’s vote for the union backed bills went up to 27%. This is too high for me, a reformed Democrat.

In fact, after checking the scorecard, all Republican legislators scored higher in 2014 than their lifetime averages. This is all unacceptable to me. Is this unacceptable to you? Republican legislators are being led more by public sector union bosses than led by conservative voters’ ideals.

Remember the ad campaign, Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Do whatever it takes to stop them. The ad was very effective in encouraging people to take action, so their friends didn’t bring harm to themselves and others. The ad empowered friends to take the responsibility to stop their friends from unacceptable behavior, DRIVING DRUNK.

The new Republican ad campaign that Bob and I are starting is: Republicans don’t let Republican legislators vote union, do whatever it takes to stop them. We want to encourage the Conservative Grassroots to tell our Republican legislators to stand up for us against the union bosses that control the state legislature. These are the same bosses that need a 2/3 majority to pass legislation, even if it means the vote of one Republican senator and four Republican assembly members.

Now, I started to look for the reasons that the scores went up. I began connecting the dots that might have caused this voting trend to go up, move to the left and so I checked all Republican legislators’ union votes. Let’s connect those dots now.

Prop 14, “top two” open primary, was passed by the voters and authored by the moderate Republican Senator Abel Maldonado. It was supported financially by money from moderate Republican Governor Schwarzenegger’s Dream Team Pac.

“Conservatives and liberal activists are treated like fodder by this system. Special interests and the wealthy are out spending each other for control of the legislature. At the end of the day those elected, mostly with few exceptions, report to their donors instead of their constituents.” Stated by Stephen Frank Capital News and Views.
Charles Munger Jr. spent $3 million in 2010 registering independent voters, figuring they’d support Prop 14, which enacted California’s “top-two” open primary, according to George Skelton Los ANGELES TIMES

“Prop 14, the initiative to put in place California’s new top-two primary system, was backed by business interests and rich folks, such as Charles Munger Jr.” Joe Matthew

I simply think that the unions try to influence the election with money and endorsements to the most pro-union moderate Republican candidate. Wow! Prop 14 was sold as a law to stop the gridlock between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party for a better California. It has not turned out to be better for California, but rather better for the union control of our state.

Under the leadership of Chairman Jim Brulte, the California Republican Party accepted contributions of $25 thousand from the SEIU and teachers union in 2013. In 2014 a donation from the SEIU sponsored PAC, Caring for Californians, gave $530 thousand to our California Republican Party. Caring for Californians is sponsored by the SEIU, the United Healthcare Workers West & California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems. That same SEIU PAC also gave $1.5 million to the Democrat State Party in 2014.

Red State blogs has a great article, describing how the union wants to destroy the California Republican Party. There is another article byStephen Frank on the SEIU, taking control of the state party. All of these articles were written before anyone knew about the $500 thousand donation, secured by Jim Brulte, the chairman of the state GOP. Before reading this article, how many of you knew this was going on?

Ed Ring from Unionwatch thinks this is wrong. A quote from ED’s article, “Public sector unions own California, and they own California’s Democratic Party. If you accept Brulte’s premises, his logic is unassailable. And union money going to the California Republican party, which in-turn is allocated to Republican candidates in strategic races, is not quite the same as union money going directly to the candidates. Either way, the more money the unions give, the more influence they will have. How can this play out?”

Ed didn’t even know about the $530 thousand that the SEIU gave to Jim Brulte, the leader of the Republican Party in 2014. Did Jim Brulte solicit this donate? He has said that his job, as leader, is to raise money. How did he convince the SEIU to give him the money? What was in it for the union bosses? Or, did the check just show up in the mail one day?

Have any of our state chairmen ever lobbied the unions for money? Would any of the chairmen have accepted this amount of money at a time, whether the party was in debt or not?

Do any of them think this is a good idea for our Republican party?

The SEIU has started a “Republican PAC” to support and influence moderate union friendly Republican candidates and help them get elected to support more union bosses. This PAC is called the Golden California Committee PAC. The committee wants to influence in Top Two Primaries and general elections, when two Republicans are running against each other. The SEIU donated $300 thousand to this Republican PAC. A meeting was held in 2014 to lobby and influence Republican assembly candidates and senators. Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Senator Anthony Canella were present.

The Golden California Committee PAC is a fraud, perpetrated by the SEIU. Not one single penny has ever been donated to any Republican candidate from this PAC, since its inception. However, you can bet that this PAC is still trying to influence and lobby our state legislators.

No Republicans received support from this so called Republican PAC. Unions are acting like Obama, which should be no shock to anyone. They say one thing and do the opposite.

This is what I want you take from this article. When unions donate money, they expect something in return. What do they expect? Votes! It is my opinion that the union bosses are out to influence our Republican leadership and state legislators and to destroy our party.

Republicans don’t let Republican legislators vote UNION! Do whatever it takes to stop them.

“Obviously, at the end of 2013 someone needs to create a voting record (with percentages and ranking) of how Republicans voted on labor issues in the California State Legislature. Then there will be some accountability to the voters.” Kevin Dayton from unionwatch.

Don’t forget Jon Fleishman’s saying, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.”


This article is the second part of an investigation into the unionization of the California Republican Party. Part 1 detailed the dramatic increase in union political contribution to the state GOP and the resulting increase GOP support for union- backed legislation. This part expands upon that investigation and explains what you can do to stop this trend.

Unions will save the United States is well worth the 3 minutes to watch this video. It will set the tone why we need to contact Republican legislators who vote for union backed bills. Voting for AB 211 is so wrong.

We want to let everyone know that former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who had the lowest score (8% voting with the union bosses in 2014), is a champion at holding the line against the union takeover of the Republican Party. Tim Donnelly will be missed in the Assembly.

AB 211 takes power away from the counties and centralizes the power in the state legislature to make law for the IHSS, In-Home Special Services, including the power of collective bargaining. AB 211 will give a huge advantage in leverage to the union, when it is time for negotiations between the union and the union-bought legislators. Just like the quote in Part 1 from a freshman assemblyman to Jon Fleischman, “You were right, this place is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the unions.”

AB 211 is born out of the failed SB 1008, which created a pilot program for eight counties, called California’s Coordinated Care Initiative or CCI. Not one single Republican voted for this failed law in June of 2012.
The ultimate goal of the union bosses is to turn these IHSS workers into STATE employees and that is never a good idea. This is exactly how the left creates jobs. Unionize more employees. The entire goal of Obamacare is to transfer control from the private sector to the state. How is that working out?

To take power away from the county and centralize it at the state level is never a good idea. The farther you distance decisions from the provider of the service, the poorer the decision becomes. It’s called centralized planning and is a method used by the extinct Soviet Union. Remember that Russia was called the UNION of Soviet Socialist Republic.

It has been pointed out that because the state pays more of the cost compared to the counties, the state should control the collective bargaining. The state pays 33% of the cost, compared to the counties 17%. The Feds cover the rest. It is assumed that the cost containment is better regulated in collective bargaining in the legislature than in the 58 county boards of supervisors.

In 2014, ten Republican assembly members voted to the raise wages of the public sector union workers by 4.5%. How is that for cost containment?

Common Core is another example of centralized planning. How is that working out?

I prefer the Wisconsin example of de-centralizing power away for the unions. Put the power closer to the service. Wisconsin is a great success for Republican legislators. Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans fought for Republican ideals. This is what all Republican legislators should be fighting for….for us. I think that some of our Legislators have taken the view: Why fight it? Wisconsin will never happen in California. Instead, let’s partner with the unions, because they have the money. The legislators are destroying democracy in California and getting a little something for it at the same time.

We need to let the legislators know that we elected them to fight for the conservative ideals and not to roll over like a trained dog, waiting for a treat from its master. I believe the Assembly and Senate Republicans have rolled over on AB 211 and are waiting for their union treat.

If you want the Republican legislators’ masters to be the union bosses, then do nothing. If you want conservative ideals to lead the Republican legislators and give them the direction that they need, then write a postcard, send a letter or phone or email these elected officials, waiting for a treat. After they do the right thing and follow real conservative principles, we will give them the treat that they have earned…..re-election.

We should not let the union bosses retrain our legislators. If you don’t act now, the unions will win the battle. Can you visualize the Soviet Union at the turn of the 20th century? What was life like then for the Russian people? I believe if we don’t start winning some battles and if we keep letting the unions win battles, California will lose the war and not be too different from what you have just visualized.

The unions want control of the state by creating more workers to give them more money to buy more Republicans. Remember what Jon Fleischman said, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.” And, because they already own the Democrat Party lock, stock and barrel. It’s the same reason they use immigration and push amnesty as an issue. The unions want amnesty to get more votes to own elections for Democrats and to rule the state of California.

AB 211 is one more vehicle for the Union Bosses to rule the state. It takes collective bargaining from the counties and moves it to the state. The union bosses want to make the IHSS workers state employees and raise their pay to a living wage of $15 an hour. It is now under $10 an hour in many counties.

The first person to contact is Republican Senator Anthony Cannella.

As the only Republican with five Democrat legislators out of 120, who received a 100% from the UDW AFSCME Union scorecard, Senator Cannella also received a 76% rating with the California Labor Federation Union scorecard.
Cannella won his primary race by a landslide—64% to 36%. Cannella won the general election in another landslide—-61% to 39% against the same Prop 14 Democrat opponent, Shawn K. Bagley. Democrat Shawn K Bagley only received $2,000 toward his run for senate from one union PAC. Bagley spent a total of $61,000 in this senate race. The public sector unions gave Cannella $42,000 to run against Bagley. Democrat Senator Rubio, who resigned from the senate, gave Cannella $4,100 to run against Bagley. What is wrong with this picture? What is Cannella doing in return for all of these donations? Could it be —- Votes?

Cannella received $111,000 from the California Republican Party. Cannella spent $770,000 to run against Bagley, the Democrat opponent, who spent $61,000. Why did the CRP give $111,000 to Cannella, when money for candidates is always tight? It makes no sense. Didn’t Jim Brulte have a poll showing Cannella leading by such a large margin? Shouldn’t Brulte have known the money would be wasted and not needed in this senate race, because Cannella had raised so much money without the help of the CRP? How confident are we in our leadership, when they waste this kind of money on a Republican union hack. Oh, I forgot the CRP received $500,000 from the SEIU to help this type of Republican get elected.

Cannella is a Co-Author of AB 211, the union bosses’ Co-Sponsored bill. Sponsored by UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, co-sponsors by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, California Labor Federation.

Call or fax Senator Cannella in Sacramento Phone: (916) 651-4012 Fax: (916) 651-4912
In Ceres: 2561 3rd St., Suite A Ceres, CA 95307 Office Phone: (209) 581-9827
Fax: (209) 581-9832
Email the Senator at senator.cannella@sen.ca.gov

Tell him his authorship of this Democrat union-backed bill, AB 211, is unacceptable. He needs to vote No, when it comes to AB 211 and remove himself as co-author.

The second person to contact is my freshman Assemblyman Chad Mayes. He voted YES for AB 211 out of committee to go to the floor of the Assembly. Chad received about $20,000 from the public sector unions to defeat his Democrat opponent in the general election. If Chad received only $20,000, it looks like the union bosses scored big.
When my husband, Bob, read an article in our local newspaper, The Desert Sun, by Jesse Marx, that Assemblyman Chad Mayes had voted against the Republican Caucus by voting for AB 211, he became worried that Chad might lose his position as Whip in the Caucus. Brian Nestande voted against the Caucus on SB 1500 and in my opinion was made to step down.

Bob emailed the leader of the caucus, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, with his concerns about AB 211. This is her response word for word from the e-mail that Bob received from her:

Dear Bob –
Thanks for contacting me about Assemblyman Mayes’ vote on AB 211. So that you are clear, Mr. Mayes did not vote “against” the caucus; he cast a vote in committee that was different than a staff recommendation. This is something that all of our caucus members do – including me – multiple times every session. This is the way it should be because it is members, not staff, who make policy.
Chad is a strong conservative and one of my strongest allies in the caucus. When issues like this come up, many in the caucus look to Chad for guidance given his experience in local government. And while I cannot speak to the action you cite regarding the former leader, you should know that I encourage independent thought on issues and am thankful that leaders like Chad have the courage to do so.
Regards,
Kristin

Bob emailed her two weeks ago and asked her if Assemblyman Mayes was going to whip other Republicans to vote YES on AB 211. He also asked the Assemblywoman, if she agreed with Assemblyman Mayes on AB 211. She hasn’t got back to Bob. I wonder why?

We don’t know if the Republican Caucus is against AB 211. I don’t think we will ever know if the Caucus is against or for anything, as long as Assemblywoman Olson is the leader.

Freshman Assemblyman Chad Mayes Sacramento office (916) 319-2042 Rancho Mirage, district office 760-574-4262 Email Assemblymember.Mayes@assembly.ca.gov P.O. Box 942849, Room 4144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0042

Tell Chad that his vote on AB 211 is unacceptable and stop helping the union bosses destroy the Republican Party and California.

Add to the list Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Leader of the Assembly Caucus and ask her to lead by example and not let others make deals on their own with the unions. That is unacceptable as the leader of the Republican Caucus. She should be appalled by Assemblyman Mayes’ vote. If she is not, maybe she would rather be leader of the Democrat Assembly Caucus.

Sacramento office 916-319-2012, 916-319-2112 fax 3719 Tully Road, Suite #C Modesto, CA 95356
Email Assemblymember.Olsen@assembly.ca.gov

We should not allow Republican legislators to act like Democrats.

Just as in the message of the great ad campaign “Don’t let your friends drive drunk, do whatever it takes to stop them”

I say “Don’t let your legislator vote union, do whatever it takes to stop them.

If you missed part 1 of the Unionization of the California Republican Party go to eliserichmond.com to read it.

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The Republican Party was formed in 1854 by people who were opposed to slavery. Today, the principle of liberty that led individuals to oppose slavery inspires the Republican Party to oppose the idea that the rewards of a person’s labors should be given to others and that our lives should be managed by government bureaucracies.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln expressed the philosophy of the Republican Party with these words.

“to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their individual capacities. In all that people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”

After the Civil War, Republicans passed the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery. They also passed the Fourteenth Amendment which guaranteed equal protection under the law and the Fifteenth Amendment which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. The first African-American Congressional Representatives and Senators were Republicans.

Republicans believe that the principles of the party should be based upon the precepts laid down by the founders of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

– Limitations on the powers of government
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– Equality under the law for all persons
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Republicans believe that good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

Republicans also believe that Free Enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given the United States an economic system unparalleled in history.

Republicans further believe that Americans should value and preserve their feelings of national strength and pride and, at the same time, share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

Differences Between Republicans and Democrats

The modern Democratic Party was founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The central idea of the Party is for the government to adjudicate the distribution of resources among various groups competing for the same monies. Present day Democrats view the United States as an array of groups whose demands must be met and not as a community of individuals.

Democrat administrations have worked to centralize power in Washington D.C. The party has favored federal interventions instead of allowing states and local communities to solve their problems. These federal interventions have resulted in federal regulations and controls that are usually written and administered by unelected bureaucrats.

I AM A REPUBLICAN BECAUSE …

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I BELIEVE the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful government.

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– Country is exceptional.
– America should be energy independent.
– Culture should respect and protect life.
– Children should never be left in failing schools.
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History of National Federation of Republican Women

Republican women’s clubs have existed for over 100 years. They were originally inspired by the Republican Platform of 1872, which said: “The Republican Party is mindful of its obligation to the loyal women of America for their noble devotion to the cause of Freedom.” With that, Republican women’s clubs were off and running. The oldest club on record was founded in Salt Lake City in the late 1800s.

Under the direction of Miss Marion E. Martin, who was then the Assistant Chairman of the Republican National Committee and National Committeewoman for Maine, and with the encouragement of RNC Chairman John D.M. Hamilton, an organizational meeting took place in Chicago on November 4, 1937. Thirty-eight women members of the Republican National Committee met to discuss the “desirability” of federating. The National Federation of Republican Women was founded at a conference held at the Palmer House in Chicago, September 23-24, 1938. The delegates adopted rules for governing the establishment of a National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs to promote education along political lines, and to encourage the following purposes:

“To foster and encourage loyalty to the Republican Party and the ideals for which it stands; to foster cooperation between independent groups and the regular party organization, which are working for the same objectives, namely sound government; to promote interchange of ideas and experiences of various clubs to the end that the policies, which have proven particularly effective in one state, may be adopted in another; and to encourage a national attitude and approach to the problems facing the Republican Party.”

The organization was originally known as the National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs of America (NFWRC). The name was changed in January 1953 to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW).

History of Palm Springs Republican Women Federated

In 1963, the CFRW met at the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs. Donna Murray, a long time Republican woman, was called to a luncheon with her old friends from Pasadena. During that luncheon it was suggested that Donna start a Palm Springs unit. So being a no-nonsense worker, Donna decided to apply for a charter. She found that it required ten members to start a unit. In a few weeks Donna had eight members.

In 1964, Donna Murray, the Charter President, applied for a charter for a Palm Springs Republican Women Federated. Since ten members were required, Donna appealed to some friends in Palm Desert to resign from their club and join Palm Springs. Sue Moore and Lucille Stecke joined Palm Springs to help get it started, then returned to palm Desert to the club called Desert Four. The first members were Donna Murray, President, Sue Moore, Lucille Stecke, Charlene Huston, Ruth Elder, Mavis Hooke, Helen Hansen, Rosella Stoddard, Phyllis Sills, Joan McManus, and Billie Mueller.

During the 1980s, those very exciting years of the Reagan Administration, PSRWF had grown to over 325 members, the largest club in Riverside County. Bob Hope, Betty Ford Pat Robertson, Pete Wilson, and other prominent Republicans were honored speakers at our meetings.

There is more to add to this very abbreviated history of PSRWF.

Republican Party, GOP History

Abraham LincolnThe Republican Party was born in the early 1850’s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.

In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont.” Even though they were considered a “third party” because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.

The Civil War erupted in 1861 and lasted four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.

The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917.

Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. The White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush. Under the last two, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States became the world’s only superpower, winning the Cold War from the old Soviet Union and releasing millions from Communist oppression.

Behind all the elected officials and the candidates of any political party are thousands of hard-working staff and volunteers who raise money, lick the envelopes, and make the phone calls that every winning campaign must have. The national structure of our party starts with the Republican National Committee. Each state has its own Republican State Committee with a Chairman and staff. The Republican structure goes right down to the neighborhoods, where a Republican precinct captain every Election Day organizes Republican workers to get out the vote.

Most states ask voters when they register to express party preference. Voters don’t have to do so, but registration lists let the parties know exactly which voters they want to be sure vote on Election Day. Just because voters register as a Republican, they don’t need to vote that way – many voters split their tickets, voting for candidates in both parties. But the national party is made up of all registered Republicans in all 50 states. They are the heart and soul of the party. Republicans have a long and rich history with basic principles: Individuals, not government, can make the best decisions; all people are entitled to equal rights; and decisions are best made close to home.

The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections way back in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, depicted a Democratic jackass trying to scare a Republican elephant – and both symbols stuck. For a long time Republicans have been known as the “G.O.P.” And party faithfuls thought it meant the “Grand Old Party.” But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was “gallant old party.” And when automobiles were invented it also came to mean, “get out and push.” That’s still a pretty good slogan for Republicans who depend every campaign year on the hard work of hundreds of thousands of volunteers to get out and vote and push people to support the causes of the Republican Party.

From the Beginning
Abolishing slavery. Free speech. Women’s suffrage. These are all stances the Republican Party, in opposition to the Democratic Party, adopted early on.

The First Republican
With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the Republicans firmly established themselves as a major party capable of holding onto the White House for 60 of the next 100 years.

The Bull Moose
Assuming the presidency when McKinley was assassinated in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt busied himself with what he considered to be the most pressing issue, ensuring the Republican principle of competition in a free market.

Leading The Way On the Issues
Republicans fought to abolish slavery, give blacks equal rights and then the vote. Many Republican politicians risked their careers on that period’s “third rail” of politics.

Republican Women
Once again the Republican Party was the vanguard in relation to women. In 1917, Jeannette Rankin, a Montana Republican, became the first woman to serve in the House.

Miss Marion E. Martin, left, Executive Director
Mrs. James R. Arneill Jr, President
National Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs
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