TRUNK LINE FRESNO COUNTY & CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED Affiliated with the California & National Federated Republican Women THE LARGEST ALL WOMEN’S VOLUNTEER POLITICAL ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES
+,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,+ Cheryl Storer, President, 559-325-1525, firstname.lastname@example.org JUNE 2013 Judy Harlan, Membership Secretary, 559-431-9631, email@example.com Roberta Genini, Editor 559-435-7667, firstname.lastname@example.org
Edition XIV, Number 6
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THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013 LUNCHEON AT THE RAMADA INN ROOM SHAW A - Freeway 41 and Shaw East Off-Ramp
Government Overreach Is Fundamentally Transforming Education in America! So Don’t Miss:
Orlean Koehle, State President, Eagle Forum of California
“Common Core – A Trojan Horse for Education Reform” Every attendee who brings a new children’s book (K – 8th) for donation to a local school will receive a free raffle ticket. And of course…. Look for the ladies offering raffle tickets
Plus a special treat at the June luncheon: Local homeschooler, Emily Casado, first place winner at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions for Homeschool Speech and Debate, will perform her winning speech.
Please reserve by Tuesday, June 25. For reservations you may call Una Freitas (559-224-3720) or simply email your reservation to email@example.com or you may make a reservation by paying online at our new website www.fresnorepublicanwomen.org $18 at the door with reservation. Reservations are needed!
Check-in starts at 11:30 AM - Lunch served at 12:00 Noon – Program at 12:30 PM. Please make checks out ahead to FCCRWF for luncheon and dues.
MENU: CAESAR SALAD, ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH CHICKEN, GREEN BEANS AMANDINE, BEVERAGES, DESSERT Reminder: Menu substitutions available only when making reservations, and only for vegetarian, vegan or non-dairy entrée.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I n 2 0 11 t h e N a t i o n a l Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) adopted a resolution against the “Common Core State Standards Initiative.” According to the NFRW these standards, and the curriculum and testing they create, are the “centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s agenda to centralize education at the federal level”. NFRW urges us to lobby our elected leaders to reject Common Core and hold on to local and state control of our schools. We have asked one of the
Sunshine Keeps On Shining By Connie Silva, Sunshine Committee
Do you know of a member who has had a recent bereavement, an illness, or who could just use a kind word of encouragement? Please let me know at (559) 276-2386 or email me at muf firstname.lastname@example.org Do not forget to inform me of contact information for the person who might appreciate a card or other greeting from FCCRWF.
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Get Ready for the Glorious Fourth with our wonderful patriotic jewelry for sale at the luncheon!
country’s leading voices against Common Core, Orlean Koehle, to speak to our members and guests this month. Ms. Koehle, a former teacher, is author of the book, Common Core—A Trojan Horse for Education Reform. Parents want their children to learn our “common heritage” and the ideas of Western Civilization—ideas that helped create our great nation and the Constitution. But a common heritage does not mean national standards, national curricula, and national testing which is what California is getting through the Common Core standards. As Republicans, we believe parents, teachers, and our local school boards are the best partners for creating quality education for our children. Join us on June 27 to learn about the threat of Common Core. Cheryl Storer, President
CARING for AMERICA By Evelyn Thompson, Caring for America Chairman
F C C R W F ’s c o l l e c t i o n o f items for the troops has been a little scanty in the last few months! Ladies, we all care about our troops, so here is an idea we might try: Cut out the short list of needed items, below, and keep it handy in your purse. Then just make it a habit to think of the troops’ needs when you do your regular shopping. If every member who attends the club’s monthly luncheons brought in just one item per month, Una Freitas and I would have a generous amount of gifts for our troops to deliver to the National Guard Armory each month. Donatable Items to Help Our Troops: toiletries, moist wipes, shaving cream, dry skin lotion, shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste… and for the little ones waiting for Mom or Dad to come back safe and sound, diapers, especially for older babies.
At our June luncheon we will also gratefully receive your tax deductible monetary contributions to Evangel Home, http://www.evangelhome.org/ Evangel Home has been serving homeless women and ch i l d re n s i n c e 1 9 5 5 . Yo u r contribution by check made out to Evangel Home will serve as your receipt.
SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON KRISTIN OLSEN, ASSEMBLY MEMBER, DISTRICT 12 By Roberta Genini, Editor
Some people do not even need a spotlight…. They seem to shine all by themselves. Kristin Olsen is just such a person. The current political murk in Sacramento could certainly use many more like her. She became Chief Republican Whip in her first term because of her “people” skills. First elected in 2010, she was resoundingly reelected in 2012. She represents a number of San Joaquin Valley communities, Modesto being the largest. District 12, Kristin’s district, includes Oakhurst. She was named Legislator of the Year in 2012 by the Regional Council of Rural Counties, in recognition of her hard work and legislative achievements on behalf of her constituents and rural residents throughout the State. Kristin serves on many important committees. She was selected by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation to participate in its 2012 Emerging Leaders Program, which brought Republicans and Democrats together in conference at the University of Virginia. She embraces conservative values, and uses them to unite, not divide. A Modestan born and raised, she is now raising her own family of three young children in her hometown with husband Ron. As a Modesto City Council member from 2005 to 2009, she stood up for fiscal responsibility, public safety and economic development. She has directed CSU Stanislaus’ marketing and communications programs, and is dedicated to the education of youth. She serves on the board of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. In a recent opinion piece published in The Stockton Record (June 13, 2013), Kristin took the State Senate to task for passing Senate Bill 323. She explains that the purpose of this bill is “to revoke the tax-exempt status of charitable youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts that do not adhere to its definition of ‘values.’ [The State Senate] did this even though the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the First Amendment rights of the Boy Scouts to determine its membership.” “The Senate’s action sets a dangerous precedent,” Senator Olsen argues. “If liberal politicians can punish a group as well-known as the Boy Scouts, they will surely go after lessprominent groups with which they may disagree. “Imposing taxes on nonprofit organizations to punish their viewpoints or to ‘encourage’ them to change their views is dangerous to liberty. What the Legislature is trying to do in California is eerily similar to what the IRS has done -— unfairly targeting groups for invasive tax audits based on their beliefs. “However one may feel about the Boy Scouts, we should all be troubled by the politicization of the tax code. If we allow state tax agencies to judge whether a group is adhering to the worldview of whoever controls the Legislature at the time, we create a very slippery slope,” she concludes. FCCRWF salutes Kristin Olsen’s accomplished and diligent service to sanity in our state.
DO YOU KNOW? Education Committee
. . .that if you bring a children’s book to the June 27 luncheon, you will receive a free raffle ticket which may lead to a very nice prize? The books will then be donated to a school library. Please put this on your “to do” list—the children love to receive new books. . . .that the FCCRWF Read to Know book club met on June 13 and enjoyed an interesting discussion of Angelo Codevilla’s book, The Ruling Class? Marian Mosley was our leader. The book for discussion at our July 11 gathering is Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at their Own Game by Timothy Daughtry and Gary Casselman. The book club meets on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00 AM, at the home of Adair Murphy. You may call Adair for further information at (559) 439-7094. All women are welcome.
Meet Her a t the June L uncheo n – at Luncheo uncheon eaker H o mesch oo led Prize winning Sp meschoo ooled Prizewinning Speaker Emil y Ca sado Emily Casado By Sharon Gerardi, First Vice President
Local homeschooler Emily Casado was the first place winner at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions for Homeschool Speech and Debate, which took place in May. Emily is the daughter of Andrew and Ann Casado of Clovis and won her first place trophy in the Open Interpretation event with a sixth place in the Storytelling Speech category. This year’s national competition was held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Approximately 600 home school students from all over the United States participated in twelve speech and three debate events. Emily and seven other members of the Coram Deo Speech and Debate Club of Fresno competed at the national tournament. Emily will be entering tenth grade this fall and will be performing her award-winning speech at the FCCRWF luncheon meeting on June 27. Do not miss it!
In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill. Sir Winston Churchill
Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. Herman Cain
After Measure G —We Go Back to the Drawing Board By Roberta Genini, Editor
As “Yes on G” Campaign spokesman Tim Clark pointed out after it became clear that the “no” votes would outnumber the “yes” votes: “Only 13.6% of the City’s voters cast ballots against Measure G.” So, we may well ask, how is it possible that even when so few citizens of Fresno oppose the common sense proposals of Measure G, those meager numbers exceeded the number of ballots sending a vote of support to Measure G’s wise provisions for Fresno’s future? Tim Clark was quick to note that despite City union representatives’ high-fiving each other and their jubilation over the defeat of Measure G, “as if some mandate had been achieved,” a mandate cannot be deduced from such low numbers of opponents. Rather, the only logical conclusion to be drawn from such puny numbers is that even Fresno’s registered voters are mostly woefully disconnected from civic participation, to say nothing of the many who do not bother to register to vote. Tim Clark concluded the Measure G campaign’s reaction to the loss by calling attention to the irony that “just a few blocks away [from the County Clerk’s office, where the final outcome was being announced], grim budget options were being presented to the City Council, including the news that at least 30 City employees will lose their jobs to budget cuts because Measure G funds are not available. That’s at least 30 families that will find themselves without a paycheck to provide for food and rent….So, while the defeat of Measure G is a small victory for City union leaders, it’s a huge loss for Fresno families.” Mayor Ashley Swearengin faced the final result with admirable equanimity, and, without missing a beat, offered a backup plan. Fresno got a dose of what union organizing can accomplish in the face of “low information” public apathy.
“I hope Mr. Obama will ponder these words. Peace, while the other side is still attacking, is not peace. It is surrender.” .Ben Stein, reacting to President Obama’s speech “declaring peace” in the War on Terror, CBS “Sunday Morning,” June 2, 2013
For Ben Stein’s complete response to President Obama’s June 2 speech go to http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57587203/ben-stein-declaring-end-to-war-on-terror-is-surrender/
ACTION ITEMS for JUNE Work for Andy Vidak! The July 23 election can be won. Only 87 votes were needed to have won the May 21 Primary Election. Please refer to information in the Calendar section, below, or for more information you may contact Christine Caprelian (559) 579-7065 email@example.com or Nathan Alonzo (559) 761-5701 firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks to all the volunteers that turned out to help Andy establish a handy percentage lead following the May 21 Special Primary, though he fell just short of the 50 percent plus one needed to win outright. CFRW was on high alert to promote Andy statewide then as now, recognizing the great strategic importance of a Vidak victory in the July 23 runoff election. As Capitol Alert (from The Sacramento Bee) reported on May 30, 2013: “It initially appeared that Republican farmer Andy Vidak built a big enough lead in last week’s 16th Senate District election to avert a runoff, but the Secretary of State’s official results show Vidak dipping below the needed 50-percent-plus-one margin. “That means Vidak and his Democratic challenger, Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez, will square off in a July 23 [special] general election. Vidak still bested Perez by a few percentage points — the final tally gave him 49.8 percent to Perez’s 43.9 percent — but a field cleared of other candidates could shake things up. “A Vidak win would not deprive Senate Democrats of their two-thirds super majority, but it would reduce it to a more precarious 28-12 margin — one more than what they need to retain their ability to do things like pass new taxes or constitutional amendments without Republican input.”
Stop SB 323 This bill would, in part, “provide that an organization that is a public charity youth organization that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation is not exempt from the taxes imposed by that law.” (See “Shining the Spotlight on Kristin Olsen”, this issue.) As Senator Olsen advised The Stockton Record (June 13, 2013) : “There is still time to stop SB323. It is now pending in the Assembly, where it must pass by a two-thirds vote to reach the governor’s desk…. We have an opportunity to make it absolutely clear that we should not be punishing groups for the crime of having positions contrary to those held by the political party in power.” Let your assembly member know immediately that you want special attention paid to rounding up NO votes on this bill that has moved to the Assembly.
Oppose AB 1266 The State Senate Education Committee passed AB 1266, “The School Success and Opportunity Act.” It now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. AB 1266 (Ammiano, D) “would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities - including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” What this boils down to is allowing students to use bathrooms and locker rooms with the gender they identify with, not the gender “on their record.” While “CFRW supports any student struggling with discrimination, this blanket solution does not work for all California schools.” CFRW states, “We believe that an issue this delicate should be left up to individual school sites and parental organizations. The bill does not address at all the potential for the abuse of the privacy rights of other students.”
Be alert to the fate of H.R. 1797, proudly co-sponsored by two area congressmen, Jeff Denham (10
CD) and Devin Nunes (22 nd CD), the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” It is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives during the week of June 17. The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” will prohibit an abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater – unless the mother’s life is in danger. The horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s so-called clinic have moved the American public in the direction of wishing to protect, insofar as possible, unborn children clearly capable of feeling pain.
PLEASE MAKE PLANS! June 6 – July 23 (election day) - 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, help Andy Vidak’s Fresno Campaign at his campaign office 2767 W. Shaw Avenue (Located at the Southeast corner of Shaw and Marks Avenue in the Outback Steakhouse shopping center next to Marian’s Mexican Restaurant) to do phone banking and precinct walking June 21 .... 6:30 p.m. Vidak for Senate/Vidak Family Fundraiser, ................. Tacos, Homemade Dessert Bar, Silent Auction. ................. Location: Sanchez Barn, 13863 Ave. 352,Visalia, CA 93292. ................. Please call 559/905-7050 or 799-5677. $30/person June 27 .... Luncheon, Ramada, 11:30 a.m. July 4 ....... Independence Day – Celebrate freedom! July 8 ....... Fresno County Republican Central Committee Monthly Meeting, Elbow Room, Banquet Room, 6 p.m. July 11 ..... Read to Know Book Club, 10:00 a.m., Adair’s Home July 11 ..... FCCRWF Board of Directors meeting at Sierra Grande Apts. 1:00-2:30 July 23 ..... Special Election to determine whether Andy Vidak (R) or Leticia Perez (D) will represent ................. California’s 16 th Senate District. July 25 Fresno County and City Republican Women Federated Monthly Luncheon Meeting, Ramada Inn.
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