Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dennis election to Chairman highlights RLCCA convention

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Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

Dennis election to Chairman highlights RLCCA convention

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 20, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California is pleased to announce the election of its new Chairman, John Dennis of San Francisco. Dennis sprang to national attention in 2010 during the course of his spirited campaign against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th congressional district. During his Congressional campaign, Dennis received the endorsement of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul said Dennis was “truly committed to Liberty, personal freedom, fiscal discipline, and a more sensible foreign policy.”

"I'm honored that RLCCA members chose me for this position. The RLC represents the core values of the Republican Party, and California is one of its most prestigious chapters," said newly elected RLCCA Chairman John Dennis.

Following Dennis's comments, Ward Connerly, delivered the RLCCA convention keynote address. Connerly is the founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national nonprofit aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond race. Connerly spoke of race preferences and their effect on liberty, the discrepancy between the belief in a colorblind government and the official pursuit of “diversity”, and what the role of Republicans ought to be in the preservation of liberty with regard to race.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents from 1993-2005, Mr. Connerly was instrumental in leading Board members to end the University’s use of race as a means for admissions. Connerly spoke of his experience battling against race preferences and for equality under the law for all residents in public education, public employment, and public contracting.

Also at the convention, incumbent officers Rick Jacobs and Parke Bostrom were reelected to the respective offices of Vice-Chairman and Secretary. Former Chairman Matt Heath was elected Treasurer. Sarah Fulka of San Bernardino was appointed to an At-Large Director seat. Four new alternates were elected to the Board: Daniel DeVaney, Nick Hankoff, David Johnson and Forest Baker.

The Saturday after the RLCCA convention, the RLCCA conducted a straw poll of 2012 presidential candidates at the state Republican convention at the Sacramento Hyatt. Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the poll with 17.8% of the vote. Former governor Mitt Romney came in second with 10.9%, and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came in third with 7.9%.

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org or www.rlc.org.

(Download the the press release, PDF 36KB.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ron Paul Wins RLCCA Presidential Straw Poll!

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Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

Ron Paul Wins RLCCA Presidential Straw Poll!

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 19, 2011 - Ron Paul won the Presidential straw poll conducted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The straw poll was conducted on Saturday March 19 at the RLCCA booth at the statewide Republican convention held at the Sacramento Hyatt and convention center. Participation was limited to convention delegates, party activists, and registered Republican voters.

2008 presidential candidate and Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas won the poll with 17.8%.

“Given that Congressman Paul and the RLC share a common commitment to individual rights, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional principles we are happy with the results,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis. "In these times of big government and even bigger deficits, it is exciting to see increased conservative interest in candidates such as Paul.”

Former governor Mitt Romney, who signed Massachusetts's individual health insurance mandate into law in 2006, came in second with 10.9%. In the 2008 California presidential primary, Romney came in second with 34.6% of the vote.

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin came in third with 7.9%.

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org or www.rlc.org.

(Download the complete straw poll results in the press release, PDF 57KB.)

RLCCA opposes all current CRP open primary bylaws proposals.

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Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

RLCCA opposes all current CRP open primary bylaws proposals.

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 19, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California announced its opposition to the current CRP Bylaw amendments related to the open primary, both the “Nehring” and the “Legislative” proposal.

“The Republican Party needs to invite all interested Republicans to participate in the process of choosing our nominees. Neither the “Nehring” proposal nor the “Legislative” one will help energize grassroots Republican voters,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis.

“Caucus are not merely a selection process. Caucuses will keep Republicans actively engaged with the party and serve as a networking and fundraising opportunity for candidates,” said RLCCA Treasurer Matt Heath.

The RLCCA looks forward to working with a broad coalition of California Republicans to draft a bylaws amendment, to be considered at the Fall 2011 CRP convention, that will create a grassroots caucus process, allowing the maximum number of Republican voters to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominee.

Founded in 1991, the RLC is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

(Download the press release, PDF 255KB.)