RLC Vice Chairman
| The RLC has a singular purpose:
"promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited
government and free enterprise within the Republican
Party." Our Bylaws identify three methods: promoting these
ideals among Party officials, supporting sympathetic candidates
and promoting Caucus membership.
We are not policy wonks nor a think tank, but activists engaged in changing the course of the GOP. We have explicit Principles and Positions which govern our advocacy as an organization. While we do take positions on current issues, our primary task is advocacy: promoting our ideals within the party.
Our new Vice Chairman, Philip Blumel, has done an excellent job at that task, winning the Chairman's Liberty Award for 2005. Phil has been a member and officer since the RLC founding in 1991. Few members have contributed so much to our success. This edition takes note of many of his accomplishments this year. He also contributed to the FSP PorcFest, noted in our last edition, as both a speaker and an advocate. We look forward to his continued contributions to the RLC.
We hope you'll join him in the effort.
|Social Security Blanket
If the President
deserves credit for anything, it's surely his consistent, if
unsuccessful, pursuit of Social Security reform. RLCers support
any move away from this unconstitutional entitlement program. VP
Phil Blumel arranged for RLCer John Hallman, Florida Director of
to address Republicans in West Palm Beach on efforts to add
personal retirement accounts to Social Security and addressed a
half-dozen other GOP events with RLC help.
|John Stossel Event
Emmy Award-wining ABC host John Stossel addressed a packed house at Florida Atlantic University in March, under the sponsorship of Freedom Works. VC Blumel and RLCer John Hallman made the arrangements in cooperation with FAU College Republicans in Boca Raton.
|National ID Coalition
has supported the efforts of the Liberty Coalition to
oppose various national ID plans and Patriot Act
provisions. Public letters
to federal legislators are signed by the ACU, GOA, IJ, and ACLU
organizational members and are frequently published,
gaining broad media attention for the RLC.
|Southeast* Chapter News|
Members have been very active around the state in response to the Kelo property takings. RLCer Bob White organized a Townhall meeting with Bob McClure, President of the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee; Aaron O'Brien has spoken to city councils in Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers; Andy Anderson, Deputy Mayor of Palm Bay, proposed a Charter Amendment that would outlaw the use of eminent domain for private development.
State Senator and RLC Honorary Chair David Shafer is working with local members to re-activate the state Charter. He recruited 20 legislators to sign the RLC Liberty Compact in 2004 and has begun his own campaign with a focus on property takings. You can make contributions to favored RLC candidates through the Freedom Fund of Georgia. Visit the Georgia RLC website or contact Shafer to assist with RLC activism.
National RLC Treasurer Jeffrey Palmer will be presenting the "World's Smallest Political Quiz" at the January 28th meeting of the Triangle-West Republican Club, one of the fastest growing GOP organizations in the country. Visit their website for details or contact Jeff.
|* The Editors reserve the right to "liberally" construe geographic regions.|
|Sanford for President?
The Governor of South
Carolina, Mark Sanford,
has enjoyed RLC support in all of his electoral campaigns and
many had hoped that he might be a candidate for President in
2008. Sanford now says
that won't happen.
The RLC scored a ratings coup last year, releasing its Liberty Index scores for every member of Congress earlier than any other ratings organization. We hope to do the same for the 2005 scores, which will be instrumental in 2006 candidate endorsements.
State Lookup of 2004 Liberty Index scores.
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