Monday, August 22, 2011

RLCCA Summer 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. In the first half of 2011, the RLCCA has been busy working to promote the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the California Republican Party.

In March the RLCCA met in Sacramento and held our annual convention. 2010 Congressional Candidate John Dennis was elected Chairman of the RLCCA. Ward Connerly, founder and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, was the keynote speaker.

The RLCCA continues to grow in 2011. In June, the San Bernardino chapter of the RLCCA was created. The Los Angeles chapter will be created in the near future. Local chapters allow for local activism and create networking opportunities inside the Republican party at the local level. The biggest part of creating a local chapter is finding and/or recruiting 10 local members who want to start a chapter. If you would like to start a local RLC chapter in your area, please send an email to contact@rlcca.org.

September Los Angeles Presidential Straw Poll

The Politics Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the CRP is going to hold a presidential straw poll at the upcoming CRP convention in Los Angeles on September 16-18. The Chronicle writes: “The straw poll will be a marquee event at the convention expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates and party activists when it convenes Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott at LA Live, state party chair Tom Del Beccaro told us today.”

However, there is no mention of the “marquee” straw poll event on the agenda for the CRP convention. (Read more...)

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to speak at September Event in Los Angeles

The 2012 election cycle is getting started, and the race for the Republican nomination for President is heating up. It is exciting to see that two members of the RLC's Board of Advisors are seeking the Republican nomination. They are Texas Congressman and 2008 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Candidate Ron Paul will speak at an RLCCA event at the fall CRP convention in Los Angeles on Saturday September 17. (Read more...)

RLCCA Proposes CRP Open Primary Endorsement System

In June of 2010, the voters of California passed Proposition 14, thereby changing the manner in which (non-Presidential) primary elections are conducted in California. The RLCCA is helping the CRP respond to arrival of open primaries by proposing a system of rules that would maximize the opportunity for grassroots Republicans to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominees prior to the open primary election. (Read more...)

Thank you for reading the RLCCA Summer 2011 Newsletter! Please remember to support the RLCCA so we can continue to promote liberty within the Republican Party of California!

September Los Angeles Presidential Straw Poll

The Politics Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the CRP is going to hold a presidential straw poll at the upcoming CRP convention in Los Angeles on September 16-18. The Chronicle writes: “The straw poll will be a marquee event at the convention expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates and party activists when it convenes Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott at LA Live, state party chair Tom Del Beccaro told us today.”

However, there is no mention of the “marquee” straw poll event on the agenda for the CRP convention.

At the March convention in Sacramento, the RLCCA conducted a presidential straw poll. The results of that poll were later reported by Fox News, among other news outlets and blogs.

The RLCCA plans on conducting another straw poll at the convention in Los Angeles. Our straw poll will be held on Saturday, September 17, and will be open to convention delegates and registered Republican voters. The exact hours of the poll are TBD. The Sacramento straw poll was open from something like 10am to 6pm. It is possible that if the CRP really is conducting a high profile straw poll at the convention, we will cancel the RLCCA straw poll and direct liberty Republicans to vote in the CRP straw poll instead.

RLCCA Proposes CRP Open Primary Endorsement Rules

In June of 2010, the voters of California passed Proposition 14, thereby changing the manner in which (non-Presidential) primary elections are conducted in California. The RLCCA is helping the CRP respond to arrival of open primaries by proposing a system of rules that would maximize the opportunity for grassroots Republicans to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominees prior to the open primary election.

Some background information:

Prior to the passage of Prop 14, California had partisan primaries. In the primary, registered Republicans would choose the Republican nominee, registered Democrats the Democratic nominee, and so on for the minor parties.

Proposition 14 changed this system to an open primary system, in which all candidates share a single ballot, any voter can vote for any candidate, and the top two candidates advance to a runoff race. This means it is theoretically possible that (depending on the leanings of a given district), in some cases there will be no Republican or Democratic candidate in the general election.

Proposition 14 was opposed by the RLCCA, the CRP, the California Democratic Party, and all the minor parties as well. This should not be surprising, as it is fairly clear that an open primary will dilute the ability of a party to choose its candidate for the general election. Despite unified opposition by all the political parties, the voters passed Prop. 14 anyway.

Following the passage of Prop. 14, the CRP has been considering various bylaws amendments to create a system of caucus or internal party elections to allow the CRP to "endorse" or "nominate" a single Republican candidate prior to the open primary election. Supporting
candidates is an essential task for a political party, and if the CRP cannot create a method for deciding which candidate to support, the CRP will lose much of its political relevance.

Various proposals have been considered, and thus far all of them have been rejected. The key difference between the various proposal are who gets to choose the Republican nominee. Some of the proposals make it very difficult (if not impossible) to deny re-nomination to a
sitting incumbent. Other proposal have given "veto power" for every local Assembly and Senate district to the CRP Board of Directors (a single small group of fewer than 20 well connected olitical insiders).

The RLCCA proposal decentralizes the nomination process, allowing each Republican county central committee to determine the best method for allowing local Republicans to participate in the process. The proposal guarantees that oversees military voters can participate, provides a method for aggregating the results from different counties, and prevents the CRP Board of irectors from interfering in local Republican politics.

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to speak at September Event in Los Angeles

The 2012 election cycle is getting started, and the race for the Republican nomination for President is heating up. It is exciting to see that two members of the RLC's Board of Advisors are seeking the Republican nomination. They are Texas Congressman and 2008 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Candidate Ron Paul will speak at an RLCCA event at the fall CRP convention in Los Angeles on Saturday September 17. The event will be held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 900 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exact time of the event is TBD, so please check our website at RLCCA.org in the weeks ahead for updates about this event. The event is free and open to the public.

Your membership dues and other financial support help the RLC bring liberty Republican speakers like Congressman Paul and Governor Johnson to state party conventions in California and other states. Our outreach helps introduce mainstream Republicans to the exciting ideals of liberty and individual freedom. Thank you for your support!

Attending this event is a great opportunity for Paul supporters to learn about the opportunities for spreading the ideas of liberty inside the Republican Party. So mark Saturday September 17 on your calendar today!