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Spring '11 Newsletter

Spring '11 Newsletter

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COLLEGE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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SPRING 2011
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Fighting for Our Future
Since the consequences of the government’sspending spree over the last decade will fallmostly on future generations, it’s importantthat young people hear a well-communicated,coherent Conservative vision for the future. The College Republican National Committeehas been at the forefront of this effort. The CRNC’s “Don’t Put It On Our Tab”project has become an online communicationspowerhouse, and is
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place to go for young people looking for information on the nationaldebt. The best thing about this importantproject is that it puts our nation’s enormousdebt in context.Consider this: Over the next decade, theUnited States will shell out at least $5.5 trillion in interest on the nationaldebt. Not one penny of principal will be touched—instead the principal will grow by a further $10 trillion. So what if government had beenresponsible over the last few decades? What if it had focused on running a balanced budget?Instead of flushing money to pay interest on the debt, with $5.5 trillionback in the private sector we could:Pay the annual tuition cost for 157.2 million Harvard attendeesPay the annual tuition cost for 783.5 million attendees at a 4 year publicuniversity  Award 1.5 billion Pell Grants to needy students.Pay the annual average cost of textbooks for 6.1 billion studentsBuy nearly 25 million homes at median priceBuy 194 million new Jeep WranglersPay for weddings for 229 million couplesBuy 5 billion Samsung 50' Plasma TelevisionsSend 4.6 billion couples on a one week Hawaiian vacation This is just one series of shocking facts, and just one way in which wehave sought to contextualize the enormity of the problem. Much remainsto be done if we are to win America’s younger generations over to our vision, but with your help, we have made strong progress. Thank you, as always, for your support of our efforts.
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Chairman’s Corner
Zach HowellNational Chairman
CommunicationsDirector Rob Lockwooddiscusses our media presence towards 2012Page 5Finance Director Tierra Warren asksfor your supportPage 11State SpotlightsPages 2
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FEATURES
Brandon Greifediscusses the CBObudget projectionsPages 4
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Eds from a few of our membersPages 9
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10Updates from ourRegional Vice ChairsPages 6
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COLLEGE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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SPRING 2011
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HAWAI’I COLLEGE REPUBLICANS ARE BACK!
I remember, at one of our campus club fair events, an older gentleman approachedour College Republican table and told us, “I’m really glad to see you guys here – itmust be hard for you here.”
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We asked him, “why is that?”
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He replied, “because itusually isn’t until after you get out of college that you get the good sense to be aRepublican.”Funny yes, but unfortunately also true.
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Herein lies the compounded mission theHawai’i State Federation of College Republicans eagerly rises up to face today:
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Our college campuses today suffer from the liberal dominion over our collegefaculty, curriculum and administration.
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This is particularly dangerous to theRepublican Party and to the future of America because the ages of 18 to 24 are when most partisan choices are made.
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With the everyday bombardment of liberalideology and no counterpoint of conservative ideology, as our older gentleman visitor remarked, there is a lack of good sense on college campuses these days.Compounding this specifically in our state, the entire social, cultural and political climates of Hawai’i aredeeply rooted in generations upon generations of Democrat control – our Governor, 86% of our House of Representatives and a stunning 96% of our Senate are Democrats. This must change, and the Hawai’i State Federation of College Republicans will act to make that changehappen, starting on our college campuses.In this heavily liberal environment, our greatest task is sharing good Republican sense and educating theyoung voters of Hawai’i who have grown up in this Democrat culture, and opening their eyes to what being a Republican really is all about.Our mission is to recruit, inform, train, and empower every existing and potential College Republican in thestate of Hawai’i; and to work for the future of the Republican Party and its principles of limitedgovernment, fiscal responsibility, and liberty by balancing debate on our liberal college campuses, andsupporting our Republican candidates and party. We plan on building College Republican chapters on every college campus in our state, aiming to supply theRepublican Party with a young, enthusiastic force of volunteers and support staff in 2012 not only for winning back control of our Legislature but also for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Akaka.
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We believe that we can make a difference in winning one more seat toward Republican control of the U.S. Senate in 2012 and in replacing our current President with one that has much more "good sense." The Hawai’i State Federation of College Republicans looks forward to creating big “waves” of change in2012 and beyond. Aloha and Mahalo,Hawai’i State Federation of College Republicans
- Nash Roehr is the chairman of the Hawaii State Federation of College Republicans. He can be reached at nroehr@my.hpu.edu .
 
COLLEGE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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SPRING 2011
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NEW CHALLENGES FOR GACR WILL SURFACE INEXPANDING TO SMALL, RURAL CAMPUSES
 The Georgia Association of College Republican has had a banner year,and our hard work has brought our organization to new heights. We’vesucceeded in accomplishing our two stated missions of electing Republicans and spreading the conservative word on college campuses. We ranked number one in the nation for campaign hours and rank among one of the largest state federations in the United States. So, where doesour organization go from here? What’s left to accomplish?I believe the 2011-2012 year will bring about their unique challenges, andfighting complacency will be an important goal for our new executiveboard in a non-election year. But, the true challenges lie in preparing ourorganization for the 2012 Presidential elections. Our first mission shouldbe to expand to the many small liberal arts colleges across our state,especially below the gnat-line. Although our organization already has chapters at over 30 colleges and universities around the state, there isstill work to be done. We’ve set a goal to increase our number to 50 chapters by the 2012 elections, and thiscannot be done without the involvement of new chapters at schools with populations of under 2,000students. These schools are in areas of our state that may not traditionally vote Republican (especially at thelocal level), but their presence would have a huge impact on their communities. Colleges like Brewton-Parkerin Mt. Vernon, South Georgia College in Douglas, or Thomas University in Thomasville. Without new chapters at these schools, our efforts to help elect Republicans in many parts of the state are fruitless.Several smaller historically black colleges will also help our mission of spreading the conservative messageon our member campuses. Last year, we welcomed the Savannah State Young Black Conservatives as amember organization. Using their club as a model, we hope to expand to colleges like Fort Valley, Albany State, and Paine College in Augusta, promoting our organization to many students who already identify asconservative. The GACR State Board must play an integral role in helping such smaller schools get off the ground andoperating successfully. Schools with small student bodies often present challenges that larger clubs may takefor granted. Many students may live off campus, speakers hesitate to travel long distances, and county parties may not be able to provide the same support as in larger cities. This is where we must fill the gaps. Through offering livestream video from other chapters’ meetings, facilitating multi-chapter events, having statewide events in different parts of the state, and providing recruitment materials and financial support arejust a few of the answers to building successful small chapters.Our future lies in our ability to expand into uncharted territory. New challenges at small, untraditionalcampuses, far from urban centers will test our resolve to fulfill our mission. We’ve come a long way in thepast year, but this next year will prove if we really are the best of the best. With so much at stake in the2012 election, this is a mission we cannot fail. 
-Andrew Laarhoven is the state chair for the Georgia Association of College Republicans can be reached via email at andrewlaarhoven@gmail.com .

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