State Committee Reorg Meeting April 5, 2016

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With little dissent, the term of Kirsten Hughes as Chair was extended through 2016.

Ron Kaufman was re-elected by unanimous proclamation as National Committeeman.

Keiko Orall defeated Chanel Prunier to become the new National Committeewoman by a vote of 41 to 37, with one blank.

Angela Davis was re-appointed as Secretary.  Brendan O’Connell lost to incumbent Treasurer Brent Anderson by a vote of 45 to 34.

Rich Berrena won re-election as Region 1 Chair.  Rob Cappuci won the Region 3 Chair seat.  Mark Townsend won Region 5.  The results of Region 2 are not known at this time.  Region 4 is undecided as of now.

 

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CRTC t-shirt sale Vote Republican – We Believe in America

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Fellow Patriots,
The Chelmsford Republican Town Committee is proud to offer our new “Vote Republican – We Believe in America” t-shirt for sale! 2016 is an exciting year to be a Republican, so show your pride with our t-shirt while also helping the CRTC with our fundraising efforts. The CRTC uses the funds to help support Republican candidates in local, state, and federal elections, as well funding our annual Maxine Vaitses Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to a college-bound high school senior.
We will be selling the t-shirts to the public at various events throughout the year, but we are offering the shirts to our members and to friends of the CRTC first.
Design: Please see the attached file for an image of the front & back of the t-shirt.
Fabric: 100% cotton, pre-shrunk (but still expect a small amount of shrinkage)
Sizes: Men’s sizes (unisex) – S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL; Youth sizes available S, M, L, XL
Price: Only $15 per t-shirt! This is a great quality t-shirt – you can’t have too many of those!
Ordering: Respond to this email with the number of t-shirts and sizes you would like. I will respond to your email to confirm and will coordinate payment and delivery. Please make checks payable to “CRTC”.
Timing: Once the initial t-shirt order is placed (approximately one week from today), it will take another two weeks for the t-shirts to be produced. So please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
A special “thank you” to Center Sports at 4 Alpine Lane in Chelmsford for partnering with the CRTC to offer these t-shirts!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me or you can call me at 978-764-8037.
We look forward to your order, and to seeing everyone show their enthusiasm to Vote Republican! Please visit our website for information on the CRTC at www.chelmsfordgop.net.
Regards,
Janet Askenburg
Chelmsford Republican Town Committee

 

MA GOP News

Massachusetts Republican Party

I wanted to reach out with another Political Update to provide you with some important information and resources related to MassGOP activities, candidates, and causes:

1) Municipal Campaign Tools: The MassGOP is ready to help with the tools and resources that you’ll need with the local elections quickly approaching. As a state party, we are committed to assisting local candidates in Massachusetts in order to build the party from the bottom up. Please see below some of the many resources we can provide:

2) Caucuses: Republicans have energy and momentum on our side heading into this summer’s national convention, as we look to turn the page on the failed Obama years. On April 30, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the process to send delegates to the convention.The congressional district caucuses to elect Massachusetts’ delegates to the Republican National Convention will take place at nine different locations across the Commonwealth. If you were registered as a Republican by February 10, you can participate in the caucuses and even run for delegate! Learn more at www.massgop.com/caucus.

Please make sure to pre-register so we can confirm your partisan registration to ensure that the beginning of the caucuses goes quickly and smoothly. We hope you’ll join us in this exciting grassroots exercise to determine delegates for the National Convention and grow our Party here in the Commonwealth! We hope you’ll pre-register for your local caucus today!

3) Signature Deadlines: Key deadlines for nomination papers for county and legislative candidates are fast approaching Nomination papers are available by telephone or in writing, and available to be picked up in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth in the Boston, Fall River, and Springfield offices. Nomination papers must be submitted to local election officials no later than 5 p.m. on May 3rd, 2016! For more information on the signature process and deadlines please click here.

If you want to help candidates collect signatures, click here and the MassGOP will get you in touch with candidates in your area!

Thanks so much for all you do for our Party. Feel free to get in touch with our office at any time with questions.

Chris Lane
Political Director, MassGOP

 

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MassGOP Announces Details For Congressional District Delegate Caucuses

BOSTON — Today, the Massachusetts Republican Party announced details for the nine congressional district caucuses that will elect Massachusetts delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The nine congressional district caucuses will take place on April 30 at 10AM, and each caucus will elect 3 delegates and 3 alternate delegates.

 

“After seeing record Republican turnout in the Massachusetts presidential primary, the MassGOP is excited to continue our grassroots momentum at the delegate caucuses this spring,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “While Democrats bolt from their Party because of uninspiring, out-of-touch candidates, Republicans are energized to turn the page and elect a GOP President this fall, and the caucuses are an important step in that process.”

Caucuses are open to any voter registered as a Republican by February 10, 2016, the same registration deadline for the presidential primary. Voters interested in attending may pre-register for their congressional district’s caucus at www.massgop.com/caucus.

Click here to see the nine caucus locations.

Background:

Basics: Per the rules of the Republican National Committee, Massachusetts sends 42 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. All 42 delegates were assigned to candidates based on the results of the March 1 primary. 27 of these delegates will be elected at the congressional district caucuses, while 12 delegates will be elected by the Republican State Committee, and 3 delegates are automatic (the state chairman, and the National Committeeman and Committeewoman).

Process: Republican voters who meet the above criteria may pre-register to attend their caucus so their registration status may be confirmed ahead of time. Caucus participants will arrive on April 30 and begin the process of electing 3 delegates and 3 alternate delegates from each district. The allocation of candidate-specific delegates to each caucus will be set by the Allocation Committee, a sub-committee of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee that will also include representatives of the presidential campaigns who will receive delegates. The Allocation Committee will complete its work by mid-April, at which time the delegate allotments will be assigned to each district caucus, the 12 at-large delegate slots, and the 3 RNC delegate slots.

Click here to read further details on the delegate process.

 

Support Rep. Lombardo’s Bill to End Sanctuary Cities

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Friends,

As the Presidential races continue to dominate the headlines it becomes increasingly apparent that immigration remains one of the most important issues to the American voter. But as presidential candidates continue to promote bigger and bigger immigrations plans we must not lose sight of the immigration fight happening here in Massachusetts at the state level.

Legislation like H. 1856, An Act relative to sanctuary cities and towns, sponsored by Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) seeks to end the practice of sanctuary cities in Massachusetts by denying unrestricted government aid to any city that provides safe haven to criminal illegal aliens. Passage of H. 1856 would ensure that taxpayers dollars are not being spent to aid any of the six sanctuary cities and towns in Massachusetts that are harboring criminals.

In 2015 these six communities received over $90,000,000 in general government aid from the taxpayers of Massachusetts.  At the same time these communities were choosing to ignore federal immigration laws and protect illegal aliens, allowing them to continue to live among us.  Passage of H. 1856 would leave these communities no choice but to end the practice of protecting and harboring these criminals at the expense of the law abiding citizens of these and surrounding communities.

While easy to get distracted by the grandiose immigration plans of many of the presidential candidates this year, its vital that we recognize that the opportunity for real immigration reform can start here at the state level. Please use the link below to encourage your legislator to support and co-sponsor Rep. Lombardo’s bill, H. 1856, to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to harbor criminal illegal aliens.

Thank you,

Daniel Grayton
Operations Director

Thank You

Dear friends,
I would like to thank all those who supported my campaign for Republican State Committee. I especially appreciate those who bravely held signs in the very cold weather yesterday as well as for every single vote.
Congratulations to Representative Sheila Harrington for becoming the First Middlesex Senatorial District’s Republican State Committeewoman. I give her my full support. She won decisively in all towns except my home town of Lowell, where I won 58% of the vote. Thank you, Lowell!
I will continue to support the Groton Republican Town Committee, the Westford Republican Town Committee, and the Lowell Republican City Committee. Let’s organize the Republican town committees in Pepperell, Dunstable, and Tyngsboro so we can give our candidates the support they need to win elections. Together let’s stand strong for core Republican principles.
Thank you for believing that freedom is always worth fighting for and that each one of us can make a difference.
Sincerely,
Jann

 

WRTC Endorses McGaha and Galvin for State Committee

March 1st, voters across the Commonwealth will participate in the Presidential Primary selecting the best candidate to represent their party in the 2016 election. The ballot will also ask party voters to choose their representative to the State Committees and local party leaders. State and local representatives play an important role in forming the party’s platform, recruiting and supporting party candidates and challenging the opposition’s viewpoint.

 

The Westford Republican Town Committee unanimously endorses Georjann McGaha and Dennis Galvin for State Committee First Middlesex Senatorial District representatives. The First Middlesex Senatorial District includes Lowell, Tyngsborough, Westford, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. One man and one woman are elected for a four-year term.

 

McGaha and Galvin are strongly supported because of their knowledge and experience in the political process and fidelity to Republican principles. Both are life-long Republicans and long-time members of the Westford Republican Town Committee. As active members of the Republican Party, McGaha and Galvin have served as delegates to the Republican National Convention representing Massachusetts.

 

McGaha and Galvin are highly qualified leaders. McGaha has been the president of Middlesex Republican Women and MA Republican Assemblies 3rd Congressional District. Organizing volunteers, McGaha spearheaded successful signature collection drives to oppose the gas tax and Common Core. Galvin has served on the Westford Planning Board and twice run for State Representative. Galvin’s position papers on 2nd Amendment Rights and recreational marijuana have spurred the community to action.

 

Registered Republicans and unenrolled voters may select a Republican ballot in the primary. The Westford Republican Town Committee urges voters to participate in the March 1st election and vote for McGaha and Galvin.ce03d6a173bec96e34e5d128040fdc35

Westford Republican Town Committee

Antonin Scalia, Justice on the Supreme Court, Dies at 79

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Justice Antonin Scalia, whose transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court, was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas. He was 79.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement confirming Justice Scalia’s death. “His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served.”

The cause of death was not immediately released. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, which sent personnel to the scene, said there was nothing to indicate the death was the result of anything other than natural causes.

He was, Judge Richard A. Posner wrote in The New Republic in 2011, “the most influential justice of the last quarter century.” Justice Scalia was a champion of originalism, the theory of constitutional interpretation that seeks to apply the understanding of those who drafted and ratified the Constitution. In Justice Scalia’s hands, originalism generally led to outcomes that pleased political conservatives, but not always. His approach was helpful to criminal defendants in cases involving sentencing and the cross-examination of witnesses.

Justice Scalia also disdained the use of legislative history — statements from members of Congress about the meaning and purposes of laws — in the judicial interpretation of statutes. He railed against vague laws that did not give potential defendants fair warning of what conduct was criminal. He preferred bright-line rules to legal balancing tests, and he was sharply critical of Supreme Court opinions that did not provide lower courts and litigants with clear guidance.

All of these views took shape in dissents. Over time, they came to influence and in many cases dominate the debate at the Supreme Court, in lower courts, among lawyers and in the legal academy.

By the time he wrote his most important majority opinion, finding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms, even the dissenters were engaged in trying to determine the original meaning of the Constitution, the approach he had championed.

That 2008 decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, also illustrated a second point: Justice Scalia in his later years was willing to bend a little to attract votes from his colleagues. In Heller, the price of commanding a majority appeared to be including a passage limiting the practical impact of the decision.

With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010, Justice Scalia became the longest serving member of the current court. By then, Justice Scalia was routinely writing for the majority in the major cases, including ones on the First Amendment, class actions and arbitration.

He was an exceptional stylist who labored over his opinions and took pleasure in finding precisely the right word or phrase. In dissent, he took no prisoners. The author of a majority opinion could be confident that a Scalia dissent would not overlook any shortcomings.

Justice Scalia wrote for a broader audience than most of his colleagues. His opinions were read by lawyers and civilians for pleasure and instruction.

The tenure of the conservative justice spans almost three decades, and includes a legacy of sharply written opinions.

At oral argument, Justice Scalia took professorial delight in sparring with the advocates before him. He seemed to play to the crowd in the courtroom, which rewarded his jokes with generous laughter.

Justice Scalia’s sometimes withering questioning helped transform what had been a sleepy bench when he arrived into one that Chief Justice Roberts has said has become too active, with the justices interrupting the lawyers and each other.

Some of Justice Scalia’s recent comments from the bench were raw and provocative. In an affirmative action case in December, he said that some minority students may be better off at “a less advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.”

“I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible,” he said, describing — some said distorting — an argument in a supporting brief about the harm that can be caused to students with inferior academic credentials by admitting them to colleges where they do not thrive.

Justice Scalia was a man of varied tastes, with a fondness for poker, opera and hunting. His friends called him Nino, and they said he enjoyed nothing more than a good joke at his own expense.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/antonin-scalia-death.html?_r=0