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H UMBOLDT R EPUBLICAN W OMEN F EDERATED ,
Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
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Colleen Hedrick, President ∙ Joy Finley, Newsletter Editor ∙ Terry Roberts, Membership Chair
Humboldt Republican Women, Federated Welcomes
Richard G. Fields
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
11:30 Buffet Lunch ~ 12-1 p.m. General Meeting Elks Lodge, 445 Herrick Ave, Eureka, CA
Climategate ~ Scientific Fraud
Richard Fields is Development Officer for Pacific Legal Foundation of Sacramento, CA. He is responsible for thanking the donors for their support and encouraging even greater donor support for Pacific Legal Foundation’s goal of restoring and enhancing private property rights and other individual rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Before joining PLF in 2006, he was in the media business, including owning and operating radio stations, radio announcing and selling advertising. His avocations include hosting “The Libertarian Counterpoint,” a 30-minute cable TV program in Sacramento and on the web at www.accesssacramento.org, discussing the issues of the day. Richard will be speaking about the dangers of global warming hysteria as evidenced by the Climategate scandal and what Pacific Legal Foundation is doing to right the situation. By the way, he also climbs mountains! Please join us for this informative event and bring guests! Buffet Lunch & Speaker ~ $14.50 ~ Beverage & Speaker ~ $4.00 Please RSVP to Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101 *Early lunch reservations appreciated and to be honored ~ Payable to Elks Lodge
~ VOTE ON JUNE 8TH ~ We are a Diamond Awards Club.
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Humboldt Republican women are candidates
by Colleen Hedrick HRWF is in the fortunate and proud position of having two members standing for election in the June 8 Primary. They are Johanna Rodoni, candidate for Humboldt County Assessor; and Karen Brooks, campaigning to unseat Wesley Chesbro for the California State Assembly. Each of our outstanding members/candidates personify HRWF‟s goals for conservative government with the goal of best serving their constituents. Johanna Rodoni, a native Californian, has been a Humboldt County resident since 1971 and a full-time rancher since 1981. She earned her credentials for the assessor through consistent strong concerns with local and state government, her background in business, community service in the arenas of wild life and natural resources, and extensive service on the county‟s General Plan. The judgment of the Humboldt County Grand Jury listed extensive changes needed in the assessor‟s office; Johanna is the woman for the job. Karen Brooks describes herself as “a citizen candidate for the assembly seat currently occupied by Wesley Chesbro.“ She became a candidate because of increasing concerns with the ever-increasing problems in people‟s lives created by self -serving politicians, overspending, and ever-expanding burdens created by government. Her 28 years in private sector business management and marketing, plus a long history of public service, equip her well to analyze California‟s evergrowing debt and loss of businesses and to work on solutions to start our state and county on the road to less invasive government and far better days. Karen is also actively concerned with the state„s drastic failure to best serve families, poor handling of the problems of the disabled, and working for positive solutions, Her election would be a referendum on the unfortunate” musical chairs” practices of many of our state‟s elected officials who figuratively spit in the face of the people‟s affirmative vote for term limits. It is a woefully repeated practice to serve a tem in the assembly, go from that to a term in the senate, then back to the assembly. As this is repeated, it becomes increasingly difficult for a candidate from either party to compete successfully for the elected offices because of the avalanche of advantages of the deeply entrenched incumbents. It‟s a shabby practice and it‟s well past time to call a halt on all participants. Good citizens like Johanna and Karen are first-rate examples of powerful antidotes for the ills that have beset us for too long. Please serve yourself, your county and state with your vote and help get out supporting votes. Then, after the Primary, let‟s go all out with campaign support and fundraisers on our collective way to the ballot box on November 2. When Women Work, We Win.
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C OLLEEN H EDRICK
The Primary ballot box awaits us on June 8. Among the propositions is number 14 and that one calls loudly for our NO votes. Enough of those NO votes will avoid one of the more dangerous legislative issues to be offered in recent times. Prop 14 would abolish candidates being identified by their party affiliation. Write-in candidates are not allowed in general elections. In many parts of California, Democrats may not vote for Democrats and Republicans won‟t be allowed to vote for Republicans. Those favoring the bill would have us believe that this will end partisan politics. But Proposition 14 is a backroom product brewed up to pass a budget that‟s written in red ink and adds up to billions. California Nurses, Firefighters, and Teachers are joining with Howard Jarvis Taxpayers‟ Association to oppose this Sneaky Pete deal. Something that gets those organizations falling in line with us conservatives is worthy of toasts (and we‟re not talking rye bread on this deal.) Big time major bucks are being spent by insurance companies, banks, and developers to deceive us into voting for it so there‟s another good reason to say, “There‟s my NO vote in your face, Buster.“ There‟s a hot reason to call, email, fax, and write senators and representatives , or maybe send a photo of yourself in a t-shirt with an appropriate message. The thing is that Congress is so married to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that the prenuptial must have been written with enough strings that the Congressional Mafia is scared as all hell about what will unravel if any of the outside layers get removed. If the public got a halfway decent look at the real reasons for these two houses of cards not only avoiding the exams and brutal critiques given to other lenders, but being granted absolute open funding with no end markers designated, they would be outraged. These institutions were the biggest offenders on irresponsible lending („everyone deserves a house, even if they don„t have a job‟.) Both President Bush and Senator McCain urged change on several occasions and warned that collapse of the housing bubble was imminent. That didn‟t change a thing and it didn‟t bring any effort for restitution of the millions stolen by one of the lending giant‟s crooked top dogs. Their grasp on sound lending practices was further demonstrated by megabuck donations to Democratic candidates. Senator Obama (at that time) was the third most blessed recipient of their generosity with taxpayers‟ dollars. These financial jokesters also proved their love of Senators Chris Dodd and Chuck Schumer and Representative Frank with generous campaign contributions. Can you manufacture a reason that a government-funded entity should make campaign contributions? Not one of those campaign dollars has been returned. Dodd got such sweetheart financing on two property loans that he was finally done in on his parasite deals with our money. Even his extremely liberal state decided „enough is enough‟. For the first time in his adult life, Dodd will not be feeding at the public trough. If that sounds like gloating, let‟s grant that there is some of that present but, more importantly, at least one of those most responsible for the country‟s economic collapse will be gone after November. For now, none of the guilty has been held responsible, and all of them are still being paid. President Bush gets blamed, of course. And just to light the brandy‟s blue flame on their Cherries Jubilee, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae‟s six-figure board members still have blank checks on our dime. That should blaze the trail to the ballot box. Stay
July 17th is the drawing for the Gas Grill and top prizes! Only $15.00 per ticket. Need not be present to win. Grill is assembled and funds benefit our scholarship and projects, so get tickets and tell your friends!
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B OARD OF D IRECTORS
POSITION President 1st Vice 2nd Vice Treasurer Parliamentarian Director-at-Large Americanism Auditor Business Business Co-Chair Care Home Chair Care Home Co-Chair Chaplain Cookbook Co-Chair Cookbook Co-Chair Corr. Secretary County Politics Education Co-Chair Co-Chair Hospitality Host Hostess Membership Name Tags News Editor Co-Chair Co-Chair State Legislation Ways & Means Telephone NAME Colleen Hedrick Debbie Walker Joy Finley Mary Jerland Barbara Hecathorn Pat Murphy Chris Wennerholm JoAnn Stanhope Liana Simpson Bernice Huston Sue Finch Linda Vann Hills Vee Sorenson Lynda Pozel Kathy Rodriquez Donna Bellairs Joy Finley Sheryl Fearrien Connie Mortensen Mary Scott Haline Sundet Jim Pell Margaret Stafford Terry Roberts Delores Theuerkauf Joy Finley Chris Wennerholm Colleen Hedrick Vee Sorensen Joy Finley PHONE 268-0101 441-1126 845-2575 443-1228 442-7124 441-9206 725-2020 822-4776 445-9641 822-0997 725-5896 445-4112 822-2359 443-1283 839-8105 442-6648 845-2575 726-0147 725-5837 442-3056 442-2623 496-7415 822-3255 599-3255 822-5090 845-2575 725-2020 268-0101 822-2359 845-2575 839-8105 441-1126 839-5538 443-2529 725-4031 445-3732 725-5837 443-4419 445-9686 442-4117 EMAIL
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W AYS & M EANS
BY J OY F INLEY Last month we made $149.00 on our Opportunity Drawing. Thanks to Colleen for donating a beautiful shawl, won by Vee Sorenson, and a Gardening book, won by our Republican of the Year, Muriel Dinsmore. Thanks to all who contributed to our club through time and donations. This month we have even more opportunities.
Kathy Rodriquez Debbie Walker Laura Bush Nancy Elcock Pat Stolte Irene Stidston Connie Mortenson Gina Comer OTHER CONTACTS: Bulletin Design Scrapper‟s Edge Website Master Bill Odonnell
With the Primary coming right up, and the long general election season, we are very fortunate to have a community that supports our local candidates and their efforts. One such supporter is Jack Reike, owner of Shafer‟s Ace Hardware, who donated a Coleman Gas Grill for our ongoing opportunity drawing. These tickets are available for just $15.00 apiece. We continue to sell our Tantalizing Cuisine cookbooks. Thanks to all of you who have worked tirelessly to support our club. Remember, When Women Work, We Win!!!
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Letter to editor/flyer
by Colleen Hedrick
Recent mailings of misleading flyers to Republican voters is something of a puzzler. Three local candidates paid to present themselves on advertising that claimed to be an advisory to Republicans on whom and what to support. Many of the recipients believed these false tracts offered information sent by local Republican organizations (Humboldt County Republican Central Committee and the Humboldt Republican Women, Federated.) These voters were, for the most part, dumbfounded as to why their organizations would be advocating for Democrats Bonnie Neely, Paul Gallegos, and Patrick Cleary. Those running for office do often overreach in strange ways, but if it‟s so great to be a Democrat and so worthwhile to vote for a Democratic candidate, why oh why would you present yourself as a Republican? Many Republicans believed for more than two decades that Bonnie Neely was confused because we saw her functioning as a RINO (Republican In Name Only.) Her recent change to Democrat was heartwarming. We thought, “ That‟s great. Now she knows who she really is.” But she‟s confused again and pays to be a Republican at certain times. That needs checking out. It‟s plenty timely to review those many years in office since suddenly she‟s promising jobs after opposing most job opportunities for Humboldters in her past 24 years as Supervisor. If these candidates aren‟t sure which party they represent, how much sense does it make for them to ask to represent the citizens of Humboldt County? Sincerely. Colleen Hedrick *This letter was sent to almost every member of the local media. There were exceptions due to publication dates or for those that do not accept notices or letters of a political nature. Within the situation, our best effort was made to inform our memberships and the community of Humboldt. We urge you to do your best to advance your candidates’ campaigns. Be sure you get your turn at depositing a proud heritage---your ballot. ----------------
Press Release----May 24
False Advice Sent To Registered Republicans Mailings have been sent to many registered Republicans by an organization that self identifies as a California Voters Guide. The fliers claim to be an advisory to tell Republican voters how to vote. With one exception, Loren Hanks, a candidate for the First Congressional District, the Republican Party of Humboldt County and Humboldt Republican Women Federated (HRWF) have not advocated for the candidates presented on the flyers. The candidates paid advertising costs to be presented on the flyers. It appears feasible that those distributing this primarily false information published the flyers as a profit-making venture since whichever candidate bought first was presented as the choices of HRWF and Humboldt County‟s Central Committee for the Republican Party. Colleen Hedrick, President of HRWF and a member of the Central Committee, said, “These appear to be, in part, simply forthe-buck publications. However, if similar flyers targeted registered Democrats, we have not had any reports on that happening. The flyers do not represent advice by our organizations to our county‟s registered voters.”
Local Water News
By Barbara Hecathorn
If you have questions about your increasing water rates , you are invited to attend FLOW (Frank Language about Our Water) presented by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. We are presenting three Water Resource Planning sessions this month: McKinleyville - June 1, Arcata - June 3, and Eureka - June 15. It is an opportunity for the community (you) to become informed about water rates and why they are increasing and to voice an opinion on uses for our abundant water supply. These are the last of the public input sessions. The Eureka meeting will be held at the Warfinger Building, June 15, at 6:00 P.M. It would be great to have a number of Republican ladies and associates in attendance to share their thoughts about FLOW. Hope to see you there.
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by Sheryl Fearrien
Item #1 As the 2009-2010 school year ends, I reflect on the changes that have happened in such a short time. Nationally, we are clearly on course for disaster. Our hope is that more eyes are finally open and the House and Senate will be cleansed, as well as the State Assembly and Senate. As bad as a continuation of Obama horrors are for us, our children‟s and grandchildren‟s futures are even sadder. Take heart! WE can turn this around. Do EVERYTHING you can to get our superb, citizen candidates elected. Join my family on Monday, JUNE 7 @ 6PM at the Fortuna Veterans Hall for a benefit barbeque for KAREN BROOKS for ASSEMBLY! Only $30 per family or $20 per person! We have had more than enough of Chesbro and it is time for him to sail off into the sunset, preferably to China, Venezuela, Cuba, or some other liberal nirvana. Item #2 Ladies (and you wonderful gentlemen who support us), we are working diligently to earn money for our first-ever high school scholarship fund. My committee has some fantastic women on board, including our energizer bunny President, Colleen Hedrick, my education co-chair and book distributing Mary Scott, our always smiling multi-tasker 1st V.P. Debbie Walker, and our hit-the-nail-on-the-head humorist, Chris Wennerholm. We are making a big push with our current fund-raiser…selling 150 tickets @ $15 each: Grand Prize is a gas barbeque grill, 1 st Prize is a night at Benbow Inn, plus golf for two people, and beautiful gift baskets from Blue Lake Casino and Cherae Heights Casino. Odds are four chances to win with each ticket purchased! Item #3 This one really upsets me! As a public school teacher, I have long been sickened by the inaccurate portrayals of American and World history in our textbooks and schools. According to Harcourt Publishers, the Cold War was won, not by Ronald Reagan, but instead by Mikhail Gorbachev! Houghton Mifflin also states that Islam is a peaceful religion, and that followers of Christianity, believing that theirs is the only true religion, view using force as an acceptable means of conversion. A history professor from HSU mused that our Founding Fathers “had seen how much trouble religion had caused in the world and were not about to have any of it in their new country”. Unbelievable! In reality, the Founding Fathers, engaged in the writing of the Constitution, prayed at length each morning for God‟s guidance. For the longest time, I just could not believe how books and people could lie like that. I have come to discover that they think they are telling the truth. Over roughly the last century, there has been a steady, progressive (pardon the pun) effort to rewrite history. You have noticed that Obama accepts this Progressive agenda hook, line, and sinker. As you know, he is trying his darnedest to dismantle our freedoms , our economy, and in general, our American way of life. The first big push came from Woodrow Wilson, followed and tweaked a bit by Franklin Roosevelt, and now being arrogantly and boldly crammed down our throats by the so-called “Anointed One”. Ladies, take time to see what is in your children‟s and grandchildren‟s textbooks. Ask them what they are learning in history class. If it is as bad as expected, challenge the textbooks and the teachers. Earlier this year, I was taken to task for assigning Bill O‟Reilly‟s Factor for Kids, because he is “opinionated.” For those of you who have not read it, Bill avoids politics completely and discusses with common sense issues that impact pre-adolescents and teens. My students and their parents absolutely love the book! However, another teacher assigned the book Like Water for Chocolate, which was deemed appropriate for fourteen-year olds! Somehow, I don‟t see reading about an engaged woman having intimate relations with another man before her own wedding as having any literary value for freshmen. The teacher‟s justification was that the book was “multicultural”. If you are so inclined, pray for our teachers and pray for our country and work to turn things around!
by Chris Wennerholm
FLY THE FLAG THIS MONTH: June 6- D Day June 14-Flag Day
--------------------OVERSEAS COUPON PROJECT: With your help, last month I mailed app. $11,000worth of coupons for food and household items to the military families at our chosen U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. These coupons are good at every PX around the world and is another way we Republican Women support our troops. Thank you all, and please keep saving them for this worthy cause. ----------------FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES…. I recently asked my friends' little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed. "Wow...what a worthy goal." I told her, "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and rake my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guys hang out, and you can give them the $50 to use toward food and a new house." She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why don't the homeless guys come over and do the work, and you can just pay them the $50?" I shook her hand and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party." ...Her parents still aren't speaking to me.
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M ARK Y OUR C ALENDAR
June 7 Karen Brooks for Assembly Barbecue, 6 p.m. @ Fortuna Veterans Hall, $20 per person, $30 for family or two or more; hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, apple pie June 8 Primary Election June 17 General Meeting @ Elks Lodge, 445 Herrick, Eureka. Pacific Legal Foundation‟s Richard Field to speak---His topic will be Climategate--A Matter of Scientific Fraud June 17 Pacific Legal Foundation- 5-7 p.m., The Ingomar Club Speaker--Rob Rivett ; topic-Cases That Directly Affect Humboldt County June 23-27 Redwood Acres Fair July 1 Central Committee Meeting @ Stantons, 6 p.m. July 4 Independence Day---Treasure this day and Celebrate Your Right To Vote July 15 Program Pending August 5 Central Committee Meeting @ Stanton‟s, 6 p.m. Aug. 12-22 Humboldt County Fair August 19 Peter Hannaford, a veteran of two Ronald Reagan campaigns, to speak @ Elks Lodge--His topic will be Serving Well On Political Campaigns. August 2 Republican Picnic, Jointly sponsored by Central Committee and HRWF @ Rohner Park, Fortuna. Candidates, Chili Cook-off, Pie Baking Contest, Fun for Kids Sept. 16 Wilson Lacey, Harbor District Market Director, to speak at Elks Lodge general meeting. His topic will be No Port, No Town. Sept. 29 NFRW Biennial Convention Kansas City, Missouri. thru Oct. 2 Nov. 2 Election Day---Time to take back our country!!
‘Socks for Soldiers’ Project
by Debbie Walker Our big August project of supporting „Socks for Soldiers‟ has been launched early through the great generosity of our new Las Vegas member, and wonderful Republican supporter, Elaine Chenoweth! We appreciate her generous contributions and heartfelt support of our projects. She has also sent numerous manila envelopes filled with coupons for our Overseas Coupon Project to further support our military. We celebrate Elaine and every member in our great club who steps up to make a difference! Great Americans, all with big hearts! We thank you!
Big Ticket Drawing July 15 Meeting Coleman Gas Grill 3 more great prizes Tickets $15 Need not be present to win.
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Propositions on the June Ballot
The Republican Party recommends the following positions: Proposiiton 13--Limits on Property Tax Assessments---Yes Proposition 14--Primary Election Reform “Top Two” elected---No *See President‟s column for further details Proposition 15-- Election Act---No Proposition 16--Imposes 2/3 voter approval requirement --local public utility---Yes Proposition 17--Auto Insurance Company pricing on Driver‟s History----Yes
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