Register now for Lincoln Day Dinner!
Registration is now open for the 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner. This promises to be an exciting event this year, with a national profile guest speaker, so be sure to reserve your places early!
Click here for more information and online registration.
Our final Republican Central Committee meeting of the year will be on December 5, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, at the Guild Building, 1867 Williams Hwy.
We’ll be reviewing what we accomplished over the past year, looking forward to our plans for next year, discussing the Lincoln Day Dinner, our Campaign Headquarters, and other exciting things to come. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet some of the Republican candidates who are running for election next year.
Snacks will be provided, and anybody who would like to bring something to share is encouraged to do so!
This will be both an informative meeting and a celebration of past accomplishments and future successes.
See you there!
A Josephine County High School Senior can win a $250 scholarship and three tickets to the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner by entering the first Josephine County Republican Party “High School Lincoln Essay Competition”.
Featuring keynote speaker David Rufful of the Young Cons, the dinner will be held Friday Night, February 7th, 2014 at the Taprock Event Center in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Interested students may submit essays of 1,000 or fewer words about political leadership, inspired by the theme: “Abraham Lincoln chose to do what was right, rather than what was expedient.” Essays will be judged on writing quality, persuasiveness, historical accuracy and an understanding of the political courage of Abraham Lincoln.
Our goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of Republican leaders by facilitating critical thinking about political issues, contributing to their education and inviting them to take part in one of Josephine County Republican Party’s most cherished traditions.
All essayists must be enrolled in public or private school, or home schooled, and must be residents of Josephine County. Essays must be submitted via e-mail attachment to Keith Trahern at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 5 p.m. or mailed to Josephine County Republican Party, 1867 Williams Hwy, Suite 258, Grants Pass, OR 97527, and postmarked by January 10th.
Others interested in attending our Lincoln Day Dinner event can purchase a seat for $50 or a be a table sponsor of 8 for $450. Click here for more information.
The referendum on the four ordinances succeeded! The voters have spoken. All four measures were resoundingly defeated.
|Measure||Ordinance||No Votes||Yes Votes|
|17.53||Solid Waste & Nuisance Ordinance||76.48%||23.52%|
|17.54||Code Enforcement Officer Ordinance||79.24%||10.76%|
|17.55||Hearings Officer Ordinance||80.15%||19.85%|
|17.56||Environmental Health Ordinance||77.47%||22.53%|
The Josephine County Republican Central Committee voted to pass a resolution opposing these measures last June. Since then, we have received letters of support from the Republican Central Committees in 20 other Oregon counties, as well as from the Oregon Republican Party. These ordinances were badly written and overreaching, and we are very glad that they were defeated at the ballot box.
Voter turnout was high for an off year election. According to County Clerk, Art Harvey, voter turnout usually runs about 40% in off year elections. We had a 49.9% turnout to defeat these ordinances.
This is a big win for Jospehine County!
State GOP Chair Art Robinson has filed to run for Congressional District 4, currently occupied by Peter DeFazio.
Art has faced DeFazio in the last two elections but DeFazio has strong support in the liberal urban areas.
We need to fully support Art this time around and DEFEAT DEFAZIO!
Here is a Quick Reference Sheet on the ordinances. It contains a side by side comparison of the current and proposed Nuisance ordinances and a Fact Sheet on the Code Enforcement and Hearings Officer ordinances. Every statement has a reference to the applicable section in the ordinance for easy verification.
Please print copies and distribute them to everybody you know, especially people who are planning to vote FOR the ordinances. Many people think the claims that have been made against the ordinances are so outrageous they must be lies. This is the quickest and easiest way for them to discover for themselves how really outrageous these ordinances really are — by reading the actual text in the ordinances themselves.
At the Weekly Business Session of the Board of County Commissioners on October 2, Margaret Goodwin presented the case against the four ordinances that were referred to the voters on the November ballot. You can watch a video here. The presentation begins at 32:45 on the video.
You can use the footnotes on each page to look up the referenced sections in the ordinances, which are posted on the County Web site here, and verify the accuracy of every statement.
These are very bad ordinances. The Josephine County Republican Party urges you to vote NO on all four of them.
Our nation, our people, our doctors, and our entire medical industry are seriously threatened by the misguided program known as Obamacare. With our political institutions divided by special interests, our nation’s last line of defense is the Constitutional authority granted to the House of Representatives to control our national expenditures.
We call upon all Republican Congressional Representatives and all Democrat Congressional Representatives, who are concerned about truly representing their constituents, to use their authority to stop Obamacare by withholding funding of the program.
We find overwhelming opposition to Obamacare among the members of our Party. Individual Republicans in Oregon raise many different points in opposition. Most of us, however, agree in our conclusion that Obamacare should be immediately defunded.
Some of the points expressed by individual members of the ORP regarding Obamacare are:
1. Media reports strongly indicate that Oregon’s healthcare exchanges will not be ready by the October 1, 2013 deadline.
2. The 2010 Tea Party Wave gave the Republican Party a sustained majority in the US House of Representatives.
3. Voters trusted these representatives to fulfill their promises to do everything they could to stop the government takeover of the private healthcare industry.
4. The Obama administration has granted waivers of the unworkable requirements of the Affordable Care Act to their political cronies, leaving most hardworking Americans out in the cold.
5. The Republican Party and its representatives have offered many free market based solutions to solve the crisis of skyrocketing healthcare costs which President Obama refused to consider.
6. Recent polling shows that Americans disapprove of the “Affordable Care Act” by as much as a 2-1 margin, and polls have consistently shown, since it was passed, that Americans want the law repealed.
7. Most recent polling shows that the American public approves of the plan to defund Obamacare, even if it means a partial shutdown of the federal government.
8. Government should stay out of the private medical affairs, other personal affairs, and bedrooms of all Americans.
The officers of the Oregon Republican Party,
Art Robinson, Chair
Bill Currier, Vice Chair
Chris Barreto, Secretary
Ken Taylor, Treasurer
Donna Cain, National Committeewoman
Solomon Yue, National Committeeman