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Edition XIV, Number 9

Roberta Genini, Editor 559-435-7667,

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2013 “Woman of Distinction” Supervisor Judy Case, Fresno County Board of Supervisors featuring Special Guest Mistress of Ceremonies

Jennifer Lipp, co-host of KMJ’s John and Jen Show “Woman of Distinction” Honoree Judy Case

and celebrating the 75th Birthday of the National Federation of Republican Women MENU: Teriyaki Sliced Tri-tip, rice pilaf, spinach salad, stir-fry veggies, and NFRW’s 75th Birthday Cake Pre-registration price for this event is only $18 if reservation is made on or before September 20, even if payment is made at the door. Reservations made after September 20 will cost $25 per person. All attendees must register and pay for the luncheon. Cancellations will be accepted until 24 hours before the luncheon. For reservations you may call Una Freitas (559-224-3720) or simply email your reservation to or you may make a reservation by paying online at our new website Reminder: Menu substitutions available only when making reservations, and only for vegetarian, vegan or non-dairy entrée. 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.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I always look forward to fall, thinking that the weather will be cooler and leaves will turn color. It takes a while for this to happen in Fresno and the Central Valley, but we are b le s s e d w ith t he lingering good weather while others will see changes faster than they want. This has been a challenging eight plus months for Republicans. T h e da i ly n e ws f ro m Wa s h i n g t o n i s s o discouraging I think most of us have turned to watching something a lot more meaningful…like Duck Dynasty! Instead of watching the tube…pick up a book. I just received a reminder from NFRW (National Federat ion of Republ ican Women) that S ep t emb e r i s L ite r a cy Mon th ! NF RW and Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy are partners working to improve Literacy in our Nation. The Education Committee, under the Chairmanship of Paula Guzman, and the “Read to Know Book Club” under the Chairmanship of A dai r M u r p hy, have incre a s e d th e c lub’s involvement in providing books, dictionaries, etc., for school libraries located in Southwest Fresno, Pinedale and other grade schools. So, as part of Literacy Month, pick up a good book for yourself, donate a book to the club for children any age and join Republican Women in doing our part to provide general knowledge to many children in Fresno County neighborhoods. May I suggest Mark Levin’s new book The Liberty Amendments? There is an outstanding event coming up at the S e p te m b e r 2 6 lu n c h e o n . FCCRW F w i l l b e honoring Fresno County Supervisor Judy Case as 2013 “Woman of Distinction”. When the club selected Supervisor Case to be the honoree, the club was unaware that she was going to retire, so this will be a perfect time to say thank you. Please make your reservations early as a full house is expected with other elected officials and dignitaries attending. I look forward to seeing all of you September 26. Cheryl Storer, President

CARING for AMERICA By Evelyn Thompson, Caring for America Chairman

FCCRWF would like to thank our members for the very generous donations to the Military in August. Because September’s luncheon meeting is FCCRWF’s “Woman of Distinction” there will be no collection for Evangel Home or for our troops’ needs at the September 26 luncheon.

FCCRWF Is Responding to Spreading Sunshine Where Needed By Connie Silva, Sunshine Committee

I would like to thank each and every one of you who have sent me the names and contact information of members who would enjoy an encouraging word in trying life situations. 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 Do not forget to inform me of contact information for the person who might appreciate a card or other greeting from FCCRWF.

Nomination Committee Report From Adair Murphy, Chairman

Committee Members Kathy Miller, Diane Seymour, Martha Kistler, Lois White, and Mary Jane Barbian, Alternate The Nominating Committee wishes to place in nomination at the September 26 luncheon the following names: President—Cheryl Storer First Vice President—Sharon Gerardi Second Vice President—Jessie Robb Recording Secretary—Susan Abbott Treasurer—Kathy Miller Membership Secretary—Judy Harlan Anyone wishing to run for office may be nominated from the floor. Elections will be held at the October meeting.

Holiday Bake Sale… Before We Know It By Yvonne Eytchison, Second Vice President

Hello ladies! Since the Holiday bake and craft sale was so successful and fun (!) last year, another one is being planned for this year. It will be held at the December 5 Christmas Party and Installation Luncheon. So it is time to drag out Holiday recipes and craft instructions and get to work! Your efforts make this a club success. Please feel free to call me, Yvonne Eytchison, with any questions at (559) 322-5988.

FCCRWF Recommends that We Look Into “Defend Rural America” By Roberta Genini, Editor

Fresno Republican Women have certainly begun to be knowledgeable about Agenda 21 and the seemingly neverending water problems of our locality. Fortunately there exists an organization equipped to educate and encourage us to act on the threats to our Valley environment and similar ones across the nation. Please visit Defend Rural America’s website

Mayor Ashley Swearengin Lands TIGER Grant to Refresh Downtown The City of Fresno has received the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant. It brings $16 million to remove the Fulton Mall in an effort to revitalize downtown Fresno. FCCRWF joins in with the Clovis RWF in extending congratulations to the leadership of the Mayor and her team in obtaining this grant! To quote Mayor Swearengin, “Cars bring people and people bring business”. Now it is up to the City Council to act responsibly and accept the grant for the revitalization effort!

A Prominent Valley Democrat Figures Out Why Senate District 16 Is No Longer Held by the Democrats By Roberta Genini, Editor

Democrat Dean Florez, smarting from the loss of the State Senate District 16 seat to Andy Vidak just weeks before, commented in The Hanford Sentinel (July 27, 2013) that the shocking loss of a seat that had been in Democrat hands for 55 years was attributable to the Democrat political machine’s popping out the “next in line” insider candidate instead of looking for someone outside the regular central committee networks. In other words, someone who has local credibility. Dean Florez concluded his analysis by remarking: “The lesson [we take away from the loss]: Outsiders win. The days of insider politicians generated by the party ‘machine’ are over. We, as Democrats, need to get back to basics in the Central Valley. Independent fighters are needed; those generated by the ‘machine’ need not apply.”

Look for FCCRWF’s ¼ Page Ad in The Tea Party Times! A color ad for FCCRWF will appear in the upcoming quarterly local publication The Tea Party Times (Oct.-Dec. edition). FCCRWF hopes to let active Tea Party participants know of the natural affinity between the local Tea Party and Republican Women. It isn’t “us and them”….It’s “us plus them” and “us with them.” FCCRWF wants to work with the Tea Party toward many goals in common , and we would welcome every opportunity to do just that.

NFRW Political Briefing What Does Defunding ObamaCare Really Mean? What You Need to Know The push is being made by some Republicans to defund ObamaCare . Here is what you need to know about this brewing funding fight: • Background: The 2013 fiscal year ends on September 30, and in order to prevent a funding gap, Congress needs to appropriate funds for the government to continue operating. Further, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner yesterday informing him that the debt ceiling will have been reached by mid-October. • Congressional action so far: Some Republicans, like Senator Mike Lee (R-IA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), see this upcoming appropriations process as an opportunity to defund ObamaCare. On July 11, 2013, Senator Cruz introduced the Defund ObamaCare Act, S. 1292, which has 29 Republican co-sponsors. The 16 Republican Senators who chose not to co-sponsor the bill are: Senators Chiesa (NJ), Coats (IN), Coburn (OK), Cochran (MS), Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Crapo (ID), Flake (AZ), Hatch (UT), Hoeven (ND), Johnson (WI), Kirk (IL), McCain (AZ), Murkowski (AK), Sessions (AL), and Shelby (AL). Representative Tom Graves (R-GA) has introduced similar legislation in the House, the Defund ObamaCare Act of 2013, or HR 2682. It was also introduced on July 11, 2013, and has 138 co-sponsors. • Can ObamaCare be defunded through an appropriations bill? Yes. By refusing to appropriate funds to implement and enforce ObamaCare, the law would remain intact but the processes required to implement the bill’s provisions, like the exchange marketplace, could not continue being implemented and the various mandates the law created could not be enforced. • What about the difference between mandatory and discretionary spending? A defunding measure in an appropriations bill can stop discretionary spending and some mandatory spending, and there are two good examples of this being done recently: One, the Hyde Amendment bans federal funding for abortion by amending the Medicaid entitlement program and has been attached to appropriation bills since 1976; as a second example, Congress already defunded the co-op health insurance program which was part of ObamaCare in section 1857 of the Continuing Resolution passed in April 2011. The Heritage Foundation states that, “Congress routinely enacts changes to mandatory spending as part of its annual appropriations process....the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recognizes these changes when analyzing spending bills and scores them as CHiMPS—changes in mandatory program spending.” • Will a fight over defunding ObamaCare lead to a government shutdown? If Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill that defunded ObamaCare but kept intact other government spending, President Obama could veto the bill, in which case it would have to be re-passed by Congress with a 2/3 majority. In the interim, though, if the new fiscal year has started and funds have not been appropriated to continue the operations of the government, agencies “do not have budget authority available for obligation for things like salaries or rent. Under the Antideficiency Act, the agency may obligate funds in certain ‘excepted’ areas, but these obligations are highly restricted. As a consequence, the agency must shut down non-exempted activities until budget authority is provided” according to the Congressional Research Service’s August 6, 2013 report titled “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects.” The last government shutdowns occurred in 1995-1996, for 5 and 21 days respectively. From 1977-1980, there were six funding gaps, or shutdowns, that lasted from 8 to 17 days. From 1981-1995, there were nine shutdowns that lasted up to three days. If Republicans unite and pursue defunding ObamaCare, it could be that an appropriations impasse arises. • Do Republicans have enough votes to defund ObamaCare? Not yet, as Senator Cruz admitted on State of the Union with Candy Crowley.

CFRW Briefing AB 154 is on the Governor’s Desk! AB 154 (Atkins, D) would allow nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician’s assistants to perform abortions. Why do the Democrats in the legislature seem to think it is OK to pawn off major surgical procedures for women to mid-level healthcare professionals? This is a huge step backwards in women’s health rights. AB 154 is on the Governor’s desk, waiting for his signature. CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY AND TELL HIM TO VETO AB 154!! Also Heading for the Governor’s Desk: SB1 TELL HIM TO VETO THIS AGENDA 21 MEASURE! California Senate Bill 1 (SB1), if signed by Governor Brown, will give our government authority to: · _declare suburban and rural land uses as “inefficient” and therefore can be designated as “BLIGHT.” [Blight: serious property deterioration caused by long-term neglect.] · _set up joint powers authorities (JPAs) in the form of “sustainable community investment areas” thereby diminishing the authority of our city and county governments. · _deny the public a vote to influence or impact any of the decisions these “area” authority boards make. These “areas” will have: · _authority to tax without a vote by the people · _appointed unelected boards which are not accountable to the public and cannot be recalled. · _authority to take our property through eminent domain with contrived criteria in support of “sustainable” land use. Call the Governor: (916) 445-2841 Post to the Governor’s Twitter @JerryBrownGov Send the Governor an opposition letter: Governor Jerry Brown( c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173( Sacramento, CA 95814

CFRW Convention Reminder: California Republican Party Convention! Before we attend the CFRW Biennial Convention there is the California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim, October 4-6, and you will not want to miss it! The Valley is still riding the high from electing Senator Andy Vidak in Senate District 16, but there is more work to be done for Republicans in California! Also at the Friday night dinner, CRP Chairman Jim Brulte will be honoring our very own Kathy Brugger for all of her hard work for the party and the Federation. We want all our CFRW members there supporting Kathy! Note: if you are not a delegate to the CRP, those interested in attending would have to register as a guest and pay all necessary fees as those of a guest.

The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans: What does each Party stand for? Political Party affiliation is a quick way to find out the basic ideas and philosophy for each candidate, both Republicans and Democrats. Political affiliation can be used to understand the core beliefs of each candidate and there are significant differences between them. Core Beliefs Republicans believe that each person is responsible for his or her own place in society. Government should enable each person the ability to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families and for those who are unable to care for themselves. The Republican philosophy is based on limiting the intervention of government as a catalyst of individual prosperity. Government should only intervene in specific cases where society cannot effectively act at the individual level. With the core belief that individual destiny should be in the individual’s hands, governmental power and resources should be kept close to the people, through their state and community leaders, and not centralized in distant federal government agencies. Democrats believe it is the responsibility of government to care for all individuals, even if it means giving up some individual rights and/or subordinating enterprise and initiative. Democrat Party administrations have pushed for the centralization of power in Washington D.C., with only secondary consideration for the rights of both individuals and communities. Democrats have favored federal-level interventions that replace community-based solutions to community problems. These tactics have created several federal regulations and controls that are often in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, causing a severe erosion of local authority. The Economy Republicans believe free enterprise has brought economic growth and innovations that have made this country great. Government should help stimulate a business environment where people are free to use their talents. Democrats believe that the economy is too complicated for individuals to navigate alone. They believe that business decisions should be guided by government officials and in the best interest of labor unions. Taxes and Government Spending Republicans work tirelessly to cut government spending and to eliminate government waste. Republicans believe individuals should control both their own and their government’s pocketbook – the people should authorize all tax increases. Democrats believe that government knows what is best for individuals. They argue that federal bureaucrats better understand the needs of a community than a locally elected council and the federal government should define the tax burden necessary to meet its obligations, because this is too complicated for individuals to understand. National Defense Republicans believe in a strong national defense. Republicans know that defending our nation against its enemies must be a fundamental commitment of the federal government and this requires the best-trained, best-equipped and most effective military in the world. With America as the world’s only superpower, Republicans believe that true security comes from the strength of character to act collaboratively, when possible, and alone when necessary. After the tragedy of 9-11, America must be ready to fight terrorism abroad in order to prevent it at home. In the past 10 years, Democrats have advocated for scaling down the military and reducing the money spent on military intelligence. Democrats believe that true security comes from negotiations with foreign nations, even if they harbor or have financial ties to terrorist groups. Democrats believe that we must ask other nations for permission before we act to protect our own security. Education Republicans believe all students, regardless of race or socio-economic background, should become proficient in both reading and math. While it is desirable that children learn more than one language, mastery of the English language will allow our children to be competitive at the university level. Republicans also believe that schools should be held accountable for student progress through testing, which can be used to identify individual childrens’ needs. These reports, at both the Continued on next page

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student and school level, should be provided to the parents to ensure accountability. Democrats believe that tests burden teachers and waste classroom instruction time. They also believe children should be forced to stay in schools that fail to teach the basic skills. Democrats argue that literacy should be left for unions to define rather than local PTAs or other parent groups Immigration Republicans recognize that our nation is enriched by immigrants seeking a better life. In many cases immigrants have fled violence and oppression searching for peace and freedom. All suffered and sacrificed but hope for a better future for their children in America. Republicans agree that the lack of security along our borders has contributed to the flow of narco-trafficking, gang violence, and the yearly forced servitude and slavery of over 50,000 women and children from foreign countries by human smugglers. While our nation has been enriched by the determination, energy, and diversity of immigrants, Republicans believe that in this nation of laws, immigration policies should be followed and that securing our borders is vital to ensuring the safety of our citizens. Democrats believe that as the world superpower, it is a fundamental right for the United States to provide unconditional aid and comfort to the citizens of other nations. Democrats believe in open borders, unconditional amnesty, and that the laws of this Nation be curtailed to provide non-emergency assistance and legal forms of identification to foreign nationals

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON KATHY BRUGGER By Roberta Genini, Editor I am indebted to the NFRW website for this bio of California’s own Kathy Brugger.

California Republican Women are rooting for a very worthy candidate for NFRW President, Kathy Brugger. She was elected NFRW 2nd vice president at the 36th Biennial Convention in Kansas City and took office in January 2012. She is the director of NFRW Region 4, which includes Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Previously, Kathy served as NFRW member-at-large, adviser to the NFRW Regents Program and director of NFRW Region 1. She has been a Capitol Regent since 2000 and served on the NFRW Nominating Committee in 2005. She is a past president of the CFRW and a long-time Republican activist at the local, county, division and state levels. She has served as a California Republican Party Central Committee delegate and a Golden Leadership member. For more than 30 years, Kathy has served as an elected school board member, and she also was appointed to the board of the California State Teachers Retirement System, the second largest pension fund in the U.S. She is a community member of Assistance League and a life member of the American Association of University Women. She is past president of the Montclair Chamber of Commerce and numerous community organizations. She is an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Theta Phi chapter. Honors include: California Republican Party Chairman’s Leadership Award, 2008; California Republican Party Electoral College, 2008; Woman of Distinction for Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, 2005; Chaffey Community College Alumni of the Year, 2002; and, California Republican Party CFRW Volunteer of the Year, 2001. Kathy has been married to husband, John, for 45 years. They have three adult children and 10 grandchildren. Brugger is a serious businesswoman who works alongside her husband in their construction business. She says she is a “worker bee for Republican causes.”

Kathy Brugger

DO YOU KNOW? Education Committee

…that several bills have been passed or are being pondered by our State Legislature that directly impact California schools, and, more importantly, California students? Thanks to Dr. Sharon Gerardi, the following is a list of some bills you might want to check out: *SB 48, which requires teaching gay history in K-12 public schools, signed by Governor Brown on July 13, 2011. It took effect on January 1, 2012. *AB *AB.. 1266, which allows transgender students to use biologically opposite sex bathrooms and locker rooms, and to join sports of their gender choice. Signed by Gov. Brown on August 12, 2013, it will go into effect on January 1, 2014. *AB 917 requires the approval of 50% of unionized school employees in addition to teaching staff to convert a regular public school to a charter school. It is believed this additional burden will stymie the charter school creation process. This bill now rests on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting his signature or veto. There is still time to make contacts by phone or email to the Governor’s office. … that the Read to Know book club, at their September meeting, discussed Evan Sayet’s book, The KinderGarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks and Why He’s Convinced that Ignorance is Bliss? Marian Mosley led the discussion. October’s book for reading and discussion is Personal Faith Public Policy: The 7 Urgent Issues that We, as People of Faith, Need to Come Together and Solve by Harry R. Jackson. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Adair Murphy’s home. All women are welcome. Please call Adair for further information at (559) 439-7094.

Wine and Tapas with Senator Andy Vidak It’s a backyard “meet and greet” with newly elected State Senator Andy Vidak, 16th District! Don’t miss it! When: Friday, October 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the home of Avnell Daniels, 5450 N. Woodson, Fresno 93711 Cost $20/person RSVP to Judy Harlan at (559) 431-9631 or email FCCRWF at

Join Us on a Fun Bus Trip to CFRW-CD Convention November 16! By Cheryl Storer, President

Ladies! Let’s take advantage of this travel option to the CFRW-CD Convention on November 16 (Saturday). A small bus for 30 people can take FCCRWF to San Luis Obispo and back for only $35 each. Departure from Fresno at 6 a.m., arrival by 9 a.m. for check in, morning session, lunch and voting…possibly leaving at 6:00 a.m. and home by 9:00 p.m. Just think, no driving, no gas and no wear and tear on car or drivers’ bodies! We can party on the way over and party on the way back. If you are interested, call me at (559) 593-5228 or email me at

Defaced American Flag Shocks Observers of the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Gathering By Roberta Genini, Editor

Fifty years had passed since a then-record 250,000 people jammed the Washington Mall and the Rev. Martin Luther King galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. To mark the milestone anniversary last month, a fairly respectable number of marchers, some 30,000 strong, provided a far-distant echo of that gathering, with notable differences. God seemed to have been banished from the music and from the speeches. Whether by design or not, there was no conservative speaker. Although the original March on Washington, known also as the March for Jobs and Freedom, was heavily influenced by socialist thinking in its planning stages, the 1963 March itself bloomed with American genius: Marian Anderson stirred the huge crowd with a very classic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and the Pledge of Allegiance was respectfully recited. Best of all, the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King expressed, with allusions to Shakespeare and the Bible, a timeless American philosophy of what our nation stands for. The time for all people to enjoy American freedom had unquestionably come. The flaws of the 50 year anniversary observance were summed up in one ghastly image: An American flag, carried by a member of a teachers’ union, had been defaced by an image of President Obama replacing the field of stars. The U.S. Flag Code stipulates that “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.” And why would one wish to alter it by any such change, unless one wanted to, say, fundamentally change the United States of America? A change in the flag changes a symbol, which implies a new reality. How apt then to obscure the 50-star field by Obama’s face, for when the federal government has all the power, the fifty states cease to exist really and truly. Isn’t this what Mr. Obama wants? All power invested paternalistically in the federal government? And is this what hard-won civil rights mean to many today…a never-ending ride on welfare that ensures Democrat votes?



September 19-22 .......... NFRW Convention. Louisville, KY September 19-22 .......... Clovis Fest, Clovis September 26 ............... FCCRWF Special Luncheon “Woman of Distinction” October 2-14 ................ Big Fresno Fair October 10 .................... Read-To-Know Book Club at Adair Murphy’s October 11 .................... “Wine & Tapas” meeting with State Senator Andy Vidak October 24 .................... FCCRWF Monthly Luncheon/Meeting, Ramada Inn October 25-27 .............. CFRW Convention in Stockton November 7 .................. FCCRWF Board Meeting, Sierra Grande Clubhouse November 14 ................ Read-To-Know Book Club at Adair Murphy’s November 15-17 .......... CFRW-CD Convention in San Luis Obispo December 5 .................. FCCRWF Christmas Party and Installation of 2014 Officers

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+,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,+ Inside This Issue . . . “Woman of Distinction” Judy Case to Be Honored at September 26 Luncheon ObamaCare and Government Shutdown: What To Do? Wine and Tapas With State Senator Andy Vidak Much Mischief From the Legislature Gets To Governor’s Desk Spotlight on Kathy Brugger, California’s Candidate for NFRW President

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September 2013 Trunkline  
September 2013 Trunkline  

The September 2013 issue of the monthly newsletter for Fresno County & City Republican Women Federated