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Eureka Republican Women Federated meeting at the Red Lion,
Thursday July 20, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Lunch prices are 14-dollars and coffee is 6-dollars. The telephone committee will be in touch with you. All Interested persons are welcome!
Volume 31, Issue 7 July 2006
Lesley Craig, President Colleen Hedrick, Program Chair
Guest speaker, Tom Cookman
The Declining Enrollment in our Local Schools
D o n ‟ m i th i o p p o rtu n i to h e a r T o m C o o km a n a d d re ss th i i e th a t i cl d e s th o u g h ts t ss s ty s ssu n u on the political environment in Humboldt County, the California Teachers' Association and its agenda, logging and the local business environment, and the environmentalists' zero growth mentality. He will also give his views on why Republicans lose elections in Humboldt County and what can be done to reverse all these trends. Calling all teachers… ... W e h o p e th a t yo u w il ta ke ti e o u t o f yo u r su m m e r va ca ti n to l m o enjoy a friendly informative meeting and the opportunity to hear and discuss a subject close to your hearts. Come and be acknowledged and bring your friends as well.
EUREKA REPUBLICAN WOMEN, FEDERATED * SINCE 1938 SERVING THE REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY
The Redwood Alert
As a legal immigrant who arrived in this great country with my husband and three teenage children in 1988, I watch with great interest, the immigration debate. I look back on our own experiences in the immigration process and empathize with all legal immigrants who spent years jumping through INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) hoops to get green cards. We all have stories to tell. If the laws regarding immigration had been consistently enforced over the years, we would not have this mountain of a problem. The quickest fix of all would be to enforce border control and prosecute employers of illegal aliens. I wonder where it will all end? If you are looking for uplifting reading material, I recommend Laura Bush, An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, by Ronald Kessler. I was inspired by her steadfastness and faith, her knowledge and insights gained through her love and passion for reading, her successes in community services, especially in promoting literacy (amazing how silent the press is on this subject), her long-lasting friendships with people from all political persuasions and races, the respect given her by foreign diplomats who are awed by her knowledge of their countries, her many talents which include her transformation of The White House; her love, support and close b o n d s w i “B u sh i ”, h e r d a u g h te rs, a n d p a re n ts, a n d h e r g re a t se n se o f h u m o r a n d h u m ii th e lty. What a woman! The November elections are just around the corner! Our help is needed in volunteering hours at the Republican Headquarters, getting the word out and registering voters at the County Fair and in our neighborhoods. We need to be more involved as Republican women in community affairs. Suggestions are appreciated – m a n y h a n d s m ake lg h t w o rk. L e t‟ a l b e i s l motivators and motivated!
WAYS and MEANS – Joy Finley
This month we are truly blessed with a great opportunity drawing Prize. Tom Stafford has donated one of his beloved bonsais. It is a gorgeous cypress tree. As some of you know, this is Tom's hobby. Thank you, Tom. Thank you to all who participate in our club meetings. Remember, with all your help, we can do great things.
Page 2 JUNE MEETING RECAP- JoAnn Kaney, Recording Secretary
T HE RE DWO O D AL E RT
The June 15, 2006 Eureka Republican Women, Federated meeting was held in the Evergreen Room of the Red Lion Inn. The meeting, attended by 51 members and guests, was chaired by Vice President Colleen Hedrick. Legislative Chair, Vee Sorenson alerted us to the SB 2590 Federal Funding Transparency and Accountability Act and made cards available to state our disapproval of this bill. Our guest speakers, Brian Morrissey and Randy Gans of Security National described the plans the company has for the Balloon Tract. It will consist of mixed land use incorporating commercial buildings, affordable housing, shops and restaurants, offices and a parking structure. It was predicted 1,100 jobs would be created and $110 million generated with a tax base of $546,000 and $490,000 for schools. A p ri e ri d i n e r fo r tw o a t O H ‟ a g i ce rti ca te fro m N o rm a n ‟ D ry C l a n e rs a n d tw o $ 2 5 g i ca rd s fro m R e n n e rs m b n s, ft fi s e ft were given in the opportunity drawing. WANTED: ENTHUSIASTIC VOLUNTEERS - Patricia Welch, Regional Field Director, North - CA Victory 2006 The 2006 Campaign is off and running! Many of you greeted the Governor at the Samoa Cookhouse on June 7th; w h e n h e a ske d fo r yo u r su p p o rt I h e a rd e n th u si sti a n d l u d „ se s‟ co m i g fro m th e cro w d . a c o ye n Governor Schwarzenegger is endeavoring to build the largest full-ticket Republican grassroots effort in California history. Ladies, that means he needs YOUR help! We know that the Federation is the backbone of the Republican Party because WE ARE the GRASSROOTS. I need phone callers every week from now until November 7th. I have lists with scripts; they take less than a minute for each call. I will even let you take the call sheets and call from home. My goal is to have 20 callers making 10-20 phone calls per week. This effort is slowly building, but it would be fantastic to have calls being made every week starting the week of July 10th. I h a ve i ce n ti s… l n ch e s, g i ce rti ca te s… yo u r n a m e i lg h ts! If yo u ca n h e l , p l a se ca l m e a t 2 2 7 -6562 or n ve u ft fi n i p e l 786-4 5 4 2 . C o m e o n , l d i s a n d g e n tl m e n ! T h i i yo u r ch a n ce to h e l „ a i t th e sta te re d !‟ a e e s s p p n
– E sp e ci ly N o t A t T h e B e g i n i g O f C a lfo rn i ‟ F i al n n i a s re Season. The Additional Troops Would Have Been Sent To www.JoinArnold.com Arizona And New Mexico. Other states need to do Picture by Bill Odonnell their part and send an adequate number of troops to Voters have a clear choice this November about the future assist with border security. Committing Additional of our state. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office: Troops Would Leave The National Guard Stretched He has cut the state's structural deficit by 80%. Too Thin In California. The Governor will make sure He revoked the illegal hike of the car tax. the California National Guard is prepared to respond He reformed workers' compensation insurance. to an emergency. Before Agreeing To The Initial Na He has put forth a bold plan to rebuild California's tional Guard Plan, Governor Schwarzenegger Deroads, bridges, levees and schools. manded That His Concerns Be Addressed. With the He is working to fix our borders and reform our immiinitial Memorandum of Understanding between Caligration system. fornia and the federal government, the Governor AND California has created more than 500,000 new agreed to send 1,000 troops to the border once the jobs. following terms were agreed upon: The federal govWe are going to continue moving forward with robust ecoernment pays for all direct and indirect costs of the nomic growth, new jobs and strong leadership, mission Troops are deployed on a strictly temporary From: Matt David [mailto:Matt.David@joinarnold.com] basis, Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 1:38 PM excluded from border duty, Troops not engage in law ADDITIONAL NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS Governor Schwarzenegger Will Not Send National enforcement activities, And California remain prepared to respond to its own emergencies.
Get Out the Vote for Governor Schwarzenegger
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V O L UM E 3 1 , IS S U E 7
Did you know that there are thirteen initiatives on the November ballot ?
June 29 was the final day for initiatives to qualify; five were placed there by the state Legislature, while eight made it onto the ballot through the initiative petition process. Legislative Constitutional Amendment 1A: Transportation Funding Protection. Would protect transportation funding for traffic congestion relief projects, safety improvements and local streets and roads, prohibiting the state sales tax on motor vehicle fuels from being used for any purpose other than transportation improvements. Legislative Bond Acts 1B: Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006. Would make safety improvements and repairs to state highways and freeways, local streets and roads and local bridges, expand public transit, increase car pool lanes, reduce air pollution and improve security at shipping ports. 1C: Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006. Would provide shelters for battered women and their children, housing for low-income senior citizens, homeownership assistance for disabled citizens, veterans and working families and repairs to apartments for families and disabled citizens. 1D: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006. Would address public school overcrowding and repair of older schools, improve earthquake safety and fund vocational educational facilities. Would also address public college and universi b u id i g s‟ re p a i a n d n e w cl ssro o m s. ty l n rs a 1E: Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006. Would repair flood control structures and protect the drinking water supply system by rebuilding delta levees. Interested residents are invited to submit pro or con arguments for any of the ballot measures; if selected, those arguments will be included in the official ballot pamphlet information provided to the public for review. Arguments must be 500 words or less and are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. Once selected, the arguments will be exchanged between opposing authors for 250-word rebuttals, which are due by 5 p.m. on July 20. For more information, phone the elections division at 916-657-2 1 6 6 o r vi t th e se cre ta ry o f sta te ‟ W e b si a t www.ss.ca.gov. si s te
We will look at the 8 Initiative Constitutional Amendments and Statutes in the August newsletter
News from the Republican Central Committee - Mike Harvey--HCRP
Check out the updated www.humboldtgop.org website. We have a new poll on the most important issue facing Humboldt County. Please vote and express your views on how to improve Humboldt County. The party needs you to volunteer for the upcoming elections. Join our new volunteer site on the home page.
Education Report - Sheryl Fearrien
Recently, I heard on the news that the Assembly or Senate had just passed a bill to include articles on homosexual and lesbian people in the State social studies texts for all grades. It was pointed out that all references to them would be only positive references and they would be identified by their sexuality. In other words, the gay lifestyle is to be promoted, even to very young children who are not even ready to be thinking about persons as sexual beings, let alone deciding gay or straight lifestyles. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, saying homosexuals and lesbians are not an ethnic group (as has been included in social studies texts before). I went up on the Internet to find this bill and the only one that fit the criterion was AB15. It has a long history going back to last summer and the Governor's veto is to be addressed in September. D o n ‟ e xp e ct th i to g o a w a y. The democrats t s are really pushing for it. While the California voters overwhelmingly let it be known that they are against gay/lesbian marriage, it seems the Democrats are once again trying to circumvent the voters and pass their own agenda. You might contact Patty Berg and Wesley Chesbro and let your voice be heard. Who knows? Maybe if enough people do, it will be taken seriously.
ASSEMBLY BILL (SB) 1437
Vee Sorenson - Legislative Chairman. An existing law requires a school district to charge a fee for the use of its facilities by a church or religious organization. The law also places two additional conditions on a church or religious organization before it is able to use a school facility: 1) the use of the facility must be “te m p o ra ry” a n d 2 ) th e re m ust b e n o o th e r su i b l m e e tta e ing place available to the church. None of these restrictions are imposed on secular groups. AB 416 deletes the additional requirements for churches and religious groups and ensures they are treated equally compared with all other groups. AB 416 would level the playing field for church organizations. WHAT CAN WE DO? This is a bill worth supporting and would help fight religious discrimination. Contact our State Assemblywoman and urge her support for AB 416. It will be interesting to w a tch th e “q u e e n o f a ssi d d e a th ” vo te o n th i b il ste s l.
T H E RE D WO O D A L E R T
AMERICANISM REPORT Chris Wennerholm
The 4th of July, Independence Day, is a good time to remember WHO PROTECTS OUR FREEDOMS by Larry Arnn, Constitutional Scholar "Who stands on the frontlines in honor and defense of our nation's proud heritage of justice and liberty? "Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen standing in harm's way around the world. Moms, dads and other family members nurturing the next generation of young patriots. Republican local, state and national officeholders. Conservative students and professors at colleges and universities, often standing alone for what is good and right. Right-thinking employees and employers and professionals. Those in ministry at home and abroad. American Patriots from all walks of life, who "hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. "Throughout history the burden of keeping the flame of liberty bright has fallen on the shoulders of a few men and women. As Founding Patriot Samuel Adams noted, 'It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.' (232) "Daniel Webster was right, 'God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.' "
True Americans understand and accept that commission.
BUDGET NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL
The budget came together more quickly than in recent years thanks largely to the tax windfall. The extra money allowed Democrats to increase spending on popular programs, while allowing Republicans to set aside funds for reserves. U n d e r th e a g re e m e n t… … … … … … … … … … . Schools will receive $55.1 billion next year, an increase of $5.1 billion from the current year. About half of that will go to programs the governor and legislative leaders agreed had been neglected as the state struggled with record budget deficits. Schools will receive $445 million, for example, to restore music, art and physical education programs, hire guidance counselors and expand teacher recruitment and preschool programs. Schools also will be able to apply for more than $1 billion in grants to buy new textbooks and musical equipment, and improve facilities and teacher training. Lawmakers will set aside nearly $4.9 billion, or 4.7 percent of the budget, to repay debt and build reserves. That represents the largest percent of the budget set aside for savings in more than 25 years, administration officials said. It also hands a victory to Schwarzenegger, who ran on a platform of putting the state's fiscal house in order. The savings plan will give the state its largest reserves since the mid-1970s, while the repayment plan will allow the state to pay off most of a multibillion dollar debt owed to the state's transportation fund. The budget, however, does not include a $1 billion payment Schwarzenegger proposed using to make accelerated payments on the bonds voters approved in 2004 to balance the budget. Schwarzenegger had touted that plan as a way to make sure California could afford the $37.3 billion infrastructure bond package voters are being asked to approve in November. Schwarzenegger's finance director said that it was unclear how the change would affect the state's ability to afford the bonds. ''We are within reach of putting the state's books back in order,'' said Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, (before the budget was passed) in urging lawmakers to oppose the budget. ''Shouldn't we use this money sitting in the bank to pay off the credit card before we start on a new spending spree?''
Thursday, August 17th – ERWF luncheon meeting, Red Lion Hotel, 11:30 – 1 p.m. Speaker: Mindy Fletcher She is the Deputy Campaign Manager, Californians for Gov. Schwarzenegger. August 10 to 20, 2006 - Humboldt County Fair. Volunteers needed for the booth. Thursday, September 21st - ERWF luncheon meeting, Red Lion Hotel, 11:30 – 1 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2006. A picnic jointly sponsored by the Humboldt Republican Central Committee and the ERWF will be held in Rohner Park, Fortuna
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Trea su rer’s R ep o rt - Eileen Amos
Balance 5/19/06 Income Expenses Balance 6/30/06 $5,406.27 1,734.00 2,566.45 $ 4,573.82
Page 5 MEMBERSHIP REPORT...... Margaret Stafford
We now have 253 members in our club. Our newest Associate Member is Catherine Martinelli, she is the granddaughter of Colleen Hedrick. We also welcome new members: SUE BAIRD, MARY GREENWOOD, JILL HANSEN, BARBARA McGEE. We are so happy to have you as members of ERWF. The Membership Tea is scheduled for October...more details to be announced soon.
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We are saddened by the loss of our long time member Mary Hassett, who had recently moved to Arkansas, to be near family members. She died in Arkansas. Our “L ast O n e O u t, T u rn O ff th e L i h t” condolences go to her family. She was a sister of Anna g On St. George Reef Lighthouse (DVD) Sparks.
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Mary Jerland and Colleen Hedrick (1st VP ERWF) were there to help enlighten the public. Thank you to our ladies – and husbands - who helped at N a n cy‟ b o o th i O l T o w n , E u re ka , th ro u g h o u t th e d a y s n d on July 4th. Much interest was shown and we also signed up some new voters!
Who among us has not experienced the huge up-swing in mail from an office holder (using government paid letterhead and government paid postage) in election years? Who hasn't noticed a spurt of news from the office holder to be published in the papers in their districts and their sudden willingness to make appearances at events they have no time for in off election years. If you have aspirations to have your baby kissed by an office holder A special featured event of the picnic will be a Chili just watch for an election year Cook-o ff b e tw e e n N a n cy F le m m i g w i h e r “F a m o u s C h ii n th l” Term limits would be the ideal but as long as politicians a n d Jo y F i l y w i h e r “B a yw o o d C o u n try C l b C h ii Come control votes on the issue, term limits has all the chances ne th u l”. taste & test for yourselves. of an exotic dancer's balloons in a straight pin factory. Republican State candidates have been invited to attend. A Sadly it is also true that all too often the longer the office great variety of activities and attractions are being planned for is held the more likely the incumbent is to achieve insider this Republican Round-up. Sign-up sheets will be available advantage, or tenure, or learn where the bodies are burat our general meetings, and you will be hearing much more ied. Then they can get themselves on the much prized apabout this!. Colleen Hedrick: Picnic Chairman propriations committee or committees most courted by lobbyists, and hit pay dirt. The earmarks (or pork as we also know it) are a gold mine the incumbent can manipulate to C o lleen ’s C o m m en tary * T h e C u rses o f harvest votes in their areas thus campaigning on the Incumbency - Colleen Hedrick taxpayers' money. It is also sadly true that the longer ofIncumbency offers enough advantages to office holders fices are held the more often we see the office holder that increasingly we are on over load with politicians who swayed into corruption. win an office and continue to hold that office term after term This settling in for life in a public job goes on at all levels after term. Our nation's founders never had in mind that of government. Too often the incumbent is mired into a rut persons would take on an office with the intent to make it a that rejects any new thinking and they make the job a life long post that they will go to all lengths to keep. hypocritical balancing act. They do and say what they
Save Sunday, September 24 on your calendar for the Republican Picnic to be held at Rohner Park in Fortuna. The event will offer hot dogs and hamburgers, beans, coffee, tea, and sodas. As an old fashion potluck, those whose last names begin with A through L will provide salads and those whose names begin with M through Z will bring desserts. It has been suggested that recipe cards could be offered for the many dishes.
There are some office holders who do such an exemplary job that people are loathe to have them return to private life as was the intent of our forefathers. But more often the entrenched politico uses the office to re-gain the office.
expect will get themselves re-elected thus basing their conduct not on what is best for their constituents but on their own self interest. That's dishonest, unfair to the citizenry, and shameful.
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