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George Runner, member of the Board of Equalization, will be our next guest speaker. Please join us! 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6 Margaritas Mexican Grill, 23320 Valencia Blvd.

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I’M PROUD OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS PRESIDENT’S REPORT Mark Hershey

am honored to serve as the president of the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans and grateful for the opportunity to work with so many outstanding people. Last year was very busy and our club hosted or participated in many functions supporting the April City council election, the June primary, and the National election in November.

On February 27, our club hosted the Santa Clarita City Council Candidate Roundtable Discussion at the Repertory East Playhouse. All five candidates participated in the event which was moderated by Joe Messina. Joe did an outstanding job of providing lively conversation between the candidates in an informative and respectful See REPORT on Page 7


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RNC CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR HOLDER TO RESIGN

eince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign after the revelation that he allowed the Justice Department to monitor Associated Press reporters’ phone conversations in a direct violation of the First Amendment. “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society,” Priebus said. “The First Amendment doesn’t request the fed-

eral government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution.” Because Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, Priebus said, “the president should ask for his immediate resignation.”

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ssemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced April 24 that Assembly Bill (AB 806) passed the Higher Education committee with bi-partisan support with a vote of 7-3. Assembly Bill 806 would include Community College counselors on the instructor side of the 50 percent rule, which requires half of community college districts’ expenditures for “salaries of classroom instructors.” This bill allows districts greater allocation to hire more college counselors. “During my time as a Community College Board Trustee, the number one concern I heard from community college students was the inability to meet with counselors,” said Wilk. “If we can cut down the amount of time students spend in their local community college system, it will save the students money, it will save the taxpayers money and it will allow students to complete their educational goals in the most efficient way possible.” AB 806 now moves on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Wilk was elected to the Assembly in November, taking the seat of termed-out Cameron Smyth. Wilk previously served on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees.

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If Obama refuses, “the message will be unmistakable: The President of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press,” he added. It was also learned that the Justice Department also had seized phone and email records of a Fox News reporter and his family members, going so far as to characterize the reporter as a “co-conspirator” in a crime for simply doing his job.

OFFICERS Mark Hershey PRESIDENT

Phil Ellis

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Katie Varner

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Jeff Brown

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Patty Kelly

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James McCarthy Gloria Mercado-Fortine Joe Messina Marian Sandnes Richard Sandnes Cindy Tanner

KNIGHT CALLS ON BROWN TO KEEP PROP 30 PROMISE

tate Sen. Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to uphold the promise of education funding that was included in Proposition 30. While it’s encouraging that Brown’s recently released budget does not include more tax increases, “it is vital that we uphold the promise made to the state’s voters to provide high-quality education in exchange for higher taxes, by guaranteeing all of Proposition 30 dollars are allocated to education funding,” Knight said. Education is a key component to building a strong workforceand economic environment, Knight said, adding: “The governor’s plan appears to be prudent, honest, and looks forward with a focus on fiscal discipline.”

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manner. All of the candidates did an outstanding job expressing their views. On Thursday, March 1, the CCR board met and endorsed incumbent Councilman Bob Kellar. None of the other candidates obtained a two-thirds majority vote for endorsement, but we are grateful for their participation. Congratulations to Bob Kellar and TimBen Boydston for their election to the Santa Clarita city council in the April election. On April 23rd, our club joined efforts with the California Republican Assembly, Lincoln Club, Conservative Republicans of California, and the Women’s Federated and held a roundtable discussion with the three Republican candidates for the 38th Assembly seat at the Canyon Theatre Guild.

Though Patricia McKeon and Paul Strickland decided not to participate, Mark Vafiades moderated an outstanding discussion with Scott Wilk. Approximately 150 voters observed the event. On May 22nd, the Congress of Republicans hosted a reverse roundtable discussion for U.S. Senate candidate Al Ramirez at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The discussion panel consisted of Joe Messina, Mark Hershey, RJ Kelly, and Wendy Albright, who posed discussion topics for approximately sixty minutes. Al Ramirez spoke intelligently on all of the subject matters and proved a worthy candidate for the U.S. Senate. Approximately 40 people attended the event. The Congress of Republicans spearheaded the Republican float entry for the 4th of July Parade with unified support from the other local clubs. The float was beautifully and patriotically decorated and had Candidates Steve Knight, Todd Zink, and Bronze Star recipient Bill Reynolds riding on it. Many thanks to Katie Varner for her leadership and energy in the production of our float. Thanks also to BJ Atkins for his decorating talents and for the use of his house. Thanks to John Green for driving our float safely through the parade route and without incident. On August 30th, 2012, a “Meet and Greet” was hosted by all of the Santa Clarita Republican clubs with support of the 38th AD Republican Central Committee and was held at the Republican Headquarters on Carl Boyer Drive. Candidates Scott Wilk, Steve Knight, Todd Zink, and Ron Smith were present and made brief statements for the attendees. The evening transitioned to viewing the Republican National Convention on television and listening to inspiring speeches by Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Food was provided by

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Final Score restaurant and beverages provided by the local clubs. An estimated 160 Republicans attended the event and christened the opening of the headquarters. The November election was a painful experience for our party, but we did have success locally. Congratulations to Buck McKeon for his re-election to U.S. Congress, to Scott Wilk for his election to the State Assembly representing the 38th District, and to Steve Knight for his election to the State Senate representing the 21st District. And further kudos for Congress of Republican members B.J. Atkins, Joe Messina, and Wendy Albright who won seats on the 38th AD Central Committee for the Republican Party. The California Congress of Republicans held its semi-annual 2013 Convention from January 25th to 27th in Ontario. Patty and RJ Kelly, Doug and Katie Varner, John Dortch, and Mark Hershey attended the conference. The luncheon had approximately 60 guests who heard speeches from Harmeet Dhillon and Evan,Sayet. Ron Nehring made a presentation in the afternoon focused on the recent, disappointing November election. He provided statistics and insight on our shortcomings, but provided optimism and strategies for the future. The Dinner Banquet showcased Jim Brulte as the featured speaker. The California Republican Party Convention is being held in Sacramento from March 1st to 3rd. The Luncheon has Carl Rove scheduled as the keynote speaker. I look forward to another year working with the outstanding people in this club. My goals are to double the membership of our local club, renew optimism and energy to our Party members, and continue to forward the values we hold dear as Republicans.

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RNC SEEKS THE TRUTH ABOUT IRS TARGETING he Republican National Committee sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Internal Revenue Service on May 22 in an effort to provide the American people with the facts related to the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and donors – information that the Obama administration still has not adequately addressed. “As each day passes, Americans find ourselves with more questions about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and donors – and what the White House and Treasury Department knew and when,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said. “Because the administration refuses to be forthright with the American people, I instructed the RNC counsel’s office to file a FOIA request with the IRS to make the facts available for the public.” Lois Lerner, the head of the tax exempt organizations division of the IRS, pleaded the Fifth before Congress, delivering a statement that she had broken no laws and done nothing wrong before refusing to

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we remain, taxpayers must write a check from a shrinking bank account. After September 11th, the majority of Americans swore to stop our enemy from being able to keep its safe havens in Afghanistan. I was one of those and I am committed to getting the job done right. But without a willing partner in Afghanistan, I will not support an unworkable strategy that gets us deeper into debt without an increase in our own security. As a first step, I believe we ought to have a tough, public conversation about troop levels post-2014. The President is silent on the issue, although there has been plenty of speculation about what the White House might do. Central Command commander Gen. James Mattis has testified that his recommendation is 13,600 troops. My take away from speaking to our current commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joe Dunford, and his

answer any questions. Priebus said that her refusal to answer questions indicates that “there’s clearly something serious the American people are not being told.” “The Obama administration may not be eager to address the important questions, but Americans deserve answers,” Priebus said. “What other words were used to target organizations? Were taxpayers audited as a result of their political donations? How involved were employees at IRS headquarters, and how much did White House and Treasury officials communicate with the IRS? “When the liberal group ProPublica filed a FOIA request with the IRS in November for information on conservative groups, the IRS released that confidential information to them within 13 days,” Priebus added. “We hope the IRS will handle our request for information with the same expediency.” Priebus also called for President Obama to take responsibility for the IRS scandal, saying the president’s initial

response to the disclosure of IRS targeting of conservative groups failed to address Americans’ real questions. “Simply allowing the acting head of the IRS to resign is not enough,” Priebus said. “This is clearly a scapegoat that distracts from answering the core questions from information that has been known within the administration for over a year: Who in the White House knew what and when? If they were aware earlier of improper activity, why wasn’t action taken sooner? “The president still owes Americans – especially the targeted groups – an apology,” Priebus added. “(President Obama) spent years maligning them. He called some groups ‘tea-baggers’ and said in 2010 he would ‘punish our enemies.’ There’s no denying he created a culture in his administration that encouraged the targeting of these groups. Ultimately, he should take responsibility for what happened and stop avoiding the tough questions.”

predecessor, Gen. John Allen, is that there are risks and opportunities associated with a variety of force levels. I am sure the President has received wise counsel from each of these officers. I believe that numbers count. We have our mission with our Afghan allies and we must keep adequate force protection for the troops who stay behind. For their sake, I would rather pursue a less risky option and dial it back if we are more successful than we anticipate. General Mattis’ recommendation seems to be a reasonable insurance policy. This has been a long, tough war. But after a decade of fighting, we’re on the verge of setting Afghanistan on the right path.

President Obama can be the President that defied history and pulled Afghanistan from its dark fate, principally for the good of Americans. Or he can be the President that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. McKeon is chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

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IT’S NOT THE GUNS!

have been hearing for weeks now guns this, guns that. Those nasty guns! And who needs more than 10 bullets to hit a deer? Then “the left” starts with the automatic weapons. Who needs an automatic weapon? Why do we need guns? Well, let’s apply some common sense here. Let’s stop the hysteria and get to real facts. First, the loss of any life including those precious young kids is unacceptable. My heart goes out to those families. BUT STOP BLAMING THE GUNS! I have yet to hear any stories where a gun, sitting in a drawer or on a table, went off and killed someone as they walked by. Never! However, I have heard MANY stories about how someone with a mental disorder used the gun of a law-abiding citizen and killed someone. I have also heard of carjacked vehicles killing someone. And I have also heard of people being beat with a tire iron or baseball bat. You say, “Joe, you’re being ridiculous. You can kill and maim so many more with a gun. Really?! So, when the 77 year-old drove his car through the Third Street Promenade killing 12 and hurting many others, did we pull licenses from all 77 year-olds? Why haven’t we raised the driving age or banned ALL teenagers from having phones with text capabilities. It’s the number one killer of teens. When gun bans were put in place during the Clinton administration violent gun crimes didn’t stop or drop at all! Over the last 30 years guns sales are up over 40%. Crime, however, is down overall. HELLO! Numbers count. You have to take the emotion out of it. In Los Angeles County alone 4 million

guns have been sold over the last 10 years. Crime? It’s dropped. Why aren’t gun related deaths and violence up exponentially with all these additional guns? Because guns are NOT The problem. In Florida, Texas, and other places where gun permits are easier to obtain crime drops. Take out the emotion look at the numbers. Criminals don’t follow the law. That’s why they are called criminals and why they do time. California dealers sold 600,000 guns in 2011, only 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sales tallied by the California attorney general’s office. The number of hospitalizations in California due to gun injuries DROPPED roughly 28 percent, from about 4,000 in 2002 to 2,900 in 2011, according to records newly collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Gun-related deaths in California fell 13 percent over the same period, from 3,200 to about 2,800, according to the California Department of Public Health. According to Mark Kleiman, a UCLA public policy professor who has written on guns and crime, the most likely group to be killed or hurt by guns are young men. Imagine a whole community of old women who all owned guns for protection. How many violent gun incidents do you think we would have? How many silveron-silver-haired violence incidents would we have? I personally believe there would be NONE! There are over 211 million guns owned in the United States. There are almost 350

million people living in the United States. If we use the logic and numbers thrown out by “the left”, we should have a major incident with multiple deaths nearly every 13 minutes! Many crimes are committed using stolen guns. 40% of the guns used in crimes are stolen or purchased on the street illegally according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. So for those of you who think that banning any kind of gun, hand gun or assault

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rifle is going to help. Just check out what’s happening in Chicago and Washington DC. Crime is up. The numbers don’t lie. Tougher gun laws equal more violence and deadly crime. Reasonable gun laws that allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves equal less crime. The gun issue is just another distraction from the real problem… Democrats in Power!!

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AFGHANISTAN GAINS MUST BE SECURED

he war in Afghanistan is fast approaching an inflection point. This year, NATO forces will transition from combat operations to a narrower mission limited to counterterrorism, and training and assisting Afghan security forces. In spite of the incredible achievements coalition and Afghan forces have made, the region continues to live under the threat of extremism, instability, and nuclear proliferation – which is why a continued presence in central Asia falls squarely in the peg of American national security interests. And it is not unusual. Americans have recognized the need for a continued military presence after the end of other combat operations. Allied forces will focus on standing Afghanistan up as a stable ally in an unforgiving neighborhood, much as we did in Japan, Germany, and South Korea. Like our efforts in these countries, we won’t commit our sons and daughters and our treasure simply to ensure democracy in Afghanistan can flourish or to rebuild a war-torn country out of kindness. We must secure our military gains in Afghanistan because ensuring their security and stability is directly related to securing our own. In many ways it’s harder than any postwar challenge we have previously faced. Defeating terrorism is a long game. For the scourge of suicide bombings and headlinegrabbing attacks on civilians to disappear as a battlefield tactic, not only must the terrorists be beaten in combat, their narrative must be disproven and the civilians they target must reject their tactics and disavow their safe havens. The Taliban have largely been defeated on the field of battle. They are now limited to headline grabbing attacks in city centers, such as the recent attack during my visit earlier this month, which coincided with

Secretary Hagel’s first trip. As the local Afghans I met with know, a despicable attack on civilians is a sign of weakness, not strength. Nevertheless, the Taliban perpetuate their spin that the Americans have no more forU.S. Rep. Howard titude than the Soviets and will abandon Afghanistan to “Buck” McKeon chaos. Sadly, but understandably, Afghans are listening. A crisis of confidence is ensuing. The Afghans I met with are willing to fight for their country, but they are uncertain we will remain to advise them. We Government of Afghanistan cannot levy have it within our power to prove the Tal- taxes upon our military assistance. Furtheriban wrong and ensure Afghanistan is never more, American forces accused of a crime again allowed to become a spawning pool must be held accountable to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Let’s be clear; this for terrorists. Relatively speaking, it won’t take does not mean that U.S. forces should be much – significantly fewer forces than we “immune” from prosecution. These criteria must be negotiated in full have in Korea today and only a quarter of what the military’s currently spending in recognition of Afghanistan’s sovereignty. Afghanistan. It now falls on the Obama To agree with these terms, President Karzai Administration and the Karzai government must be able to demonstrate that to forge a bilateral security agreement that Afghanistan’s security will be improved. provides the framework for this enduring This is one of the few areas where lessons security. Unfortunately, President Obama learned from Iraq are helpful. Unless we failed to achieve a similar accord with the are willing to clearly articulate our commitBaghdad government when the stakes were ment upfront, it is no wonder President not nearly as high. Although Iraq has held Karzai is unwilling to extend his political together, it is undeniable that Islamic mili- capital to secure a meaningful agreement. This is not to excuse his recent behavtants now look at Iraq as low-hanging fruit for what should otherwise have been a ior. It is unconscionable to suggest that we strong U.S. ally in a pretty tough neighbor- are cooperating with the very same enemy who attacked us, to guarantee a longer preshood. A bilateral security agreement is not ence in Afghanistan. Every day that we trivial to negotiate. For our troops to assist remain is a day that our children, siblings, our Afghan partners, they need freedom of and parents are gone from us, with the risk movement across the countryside. As with that they will not come home. Every day the rest of our overseas partnerships, the See AFGHANISTAN on PAGE 6

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he war in Afghanistan is fast approaching an inflection point. This year, NATO forces will transition from combat operations to a narrower mission limited to counterterrorism, and training and assisting Afghan security forces. In spite of the incredible achievements coalition and Afghan forces have made, the region continues to live under the threat of extremism, instability, and nuclear proliferation – which is why a continued presence in central Asia falls squarely in the peg of American national security interests. And it is not unusual. Americans have recognized the need for a continued military presence after the end of other combat operations. Allied forces will focus on standing Afghanistan up as a stable ally in an unforgiving neighborhood, much as we did in Japan, Germany, and South Korea. Like our efforts in these countries, we won’t commit our sons and daughters and our treasure simply to ensure democracy in Afghanistan can flourish or to rebuild a war-torn country out of kindness. We must secure our military gains in Afghanistan because ensuring their security and stability is directly related to securing our own. In many ways it’s harder than any postwar challenge we have previously faced. Defeating terrorism is a long game. For the scourge of suicide bombings and headlinegrabbing attacks on civilians to disappear as a battlefield tactic, not only must the terrorists be beaten in combat, their narrative must be disproven and the civilians they target must reject their tactics and disavow their safe havens. The Taliban have largely been defeated on the field of battle. They are now limited to headline grabbing attacks in city centers, such as the recent attack during my visit earlier this month, which coincided with

Secretary Hagel’s first trip. As the local Afghans I met with know, a despicable attack on civilians is a sign of weakness, not strength. Nevertheless, the Taliban perpetuate their spin that the Americans have no more forU.S. Rep. Howard titude than the Soviets and will abandon Afghanistan to “Buck” McKeon chaos. Sadly, but understandably, Afghans are listening. A crisis of confidence is ensuing. The Afghans I met with are willing to fight for their country, but they are uncertain we will remain to advise them. We Government of Afghanistan cannot levy have it within our power to prove the Tal- taxes upon our military assistance. Furtheriban wrong and ensure Afghanistan is never more, American forces accused of a crime again allowed to become a spawning pool must be held accountable to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Let’s be clear; this for terrorists. Relatively speaking, it won’t take does not mean that U.S. forces should be much – significantly fewer forces than we “immune” from prosecution. These criteria must be negotiated in full have in Korea today and only a quarter of what the military’s currently spending in recognition of Afghanistan’s sovereignty. Afghanistan. It now falls on the Obama To agree with these terms, President Karzai Administration and the Karzai government must be able to demonstrate that to forge a bilateral security agreement that Afghanistan’s security will be improved. provides the framework for this enduring This is one of the few areas where lessons security. Unfortunately, President Obama learned from Iraq are helpful. Unless we failed to achieve a similar accord with the are willing to clearly articulate our commitBaghdad government when the stakes were ment upfront, it is no wonder President not nearly as high. Although Iraq has held Karzai is unwilling to extend his political together, it is undeniable that Islamic mili- capital to secure a meaningful agreement. This is not to excuse his recent behavtants now look at Iraq as low-hanging fruit for what should otherwise have been a ior. It is unconscionable to suggest that we strong U.S. ally in a pretty tough neighbor- are cooperating with the very same enemy who attacked us, to guarantee a longer preshood. A bilateral security agreement is not ence in Afghanistan. Every day that we trivial to negotiate. For our troops to assist remain is a day that our children, siblings, our Afghan partners, they need freedom of and parents are gone from us, with the risk movement across the countryside. As with that they will not come home. Every day the rest of our overseas partnerships, the See AFGHANISTAN on PAGE 6

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we remain, taxpayers must write a check from a shrinking bank account. After September 11th, the majority of Americans swore to stop our enemy from being able to keep its safe havens in Afghanistan. I was one of those and I am committed to getting the job done right. But without a willing partner in Afghanistan, I will not support an unworkable strategy that gets us deeper into debt without an increase in our own security. As a first step, I believe we ought to have a tough, public conversation about troop levels post-2014. The President is silent on the issue, although there has been plenty of speculation about what the White House might do. Central Command commander Gen. James Mattis has testified that his recommendation is 13,600 troops. My take away from speaking to our current commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joe Dunford, and his

answer any questions. Priebus said that her refusal to answer questions indicates that “there’s clearly something serious the American people are not being told.” “The Obama administration may not be eager to address the important questions, but Americans deserve answers,” Priebus said. “What other words were used to target organizations? Were taxpayers audited as a result of their political donations? How involved were employees at IRS headquarters, and how much did White House and Treasury officials communicate with the IRS? “When the liberal group ProPublica filed a FOIA request with the IRS in November for information on conservative groups, the IRS released that confidential information to them within 13 days,” Priebus added. “We hope the IRS will handle our request for information with the same expediency.” Priebus also called for President Obama to take responsibility for the IRS scandal, saying the president’s initial

response to the disclosure of IRS targeting of conservative groups failed to address Americans’ real questions. “Simply allowing the acting head of the IRS to resign is not enough,” Priebus said. “This is clearly a scapegoat that distracts from answering the core questions from information that has been known within the administration for over a year: Who in the White House knew what and when? If they were aware earlier of improper activity, why wasn’t action taken sooner? “The president still owes Americans – especially the targeted groups – an apology,” Priebus added. “(President Obama) spent years maligning them. He called some groups ‘tea-baggers’ and said in 2010 he would ‘punish our enemies.’ There’s no denying he created a culture in his administration that encouraged the targeting of these groups. Ultimately, he should take responsibility for what happened and stop avoiding the tough questions.”

predecessor, Gen. John Allen, is that there are risks and opportunities associated with a variety of force levels. I am sure the President has received wise counsel from each of these officers. I believe that numbers count. We have our mission with our Afghan allies and we must keep adequate force protection for the troops who stay behind. For their sake, I would rather pursue a less risky option and dial it back if we are more successful than we anticipate. General Mattis’ recommendation seems to be a reasonable insurance policy. This has been a long, tough war. But after a decade of fighting, we’re on the verge of setting Afghanistan on the right path.

President Obama can be the President that defied history and pulled Afghanistan from its dark fate, principally for the good of Americans. Or he can be the President that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. McKeon is chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

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IT’S NOT THE GUNS!

have been hearing for weeks now guns this, guns that. Those nasty guns! And who needs more than 10 bullets to hit a deer? Then “the left” starts with the automatic weapons. Who needs an automatic weapon? Why do we need guns? Well, let’s apply some common sense here. Let’s stop the hysteria and get to real facts. First, the loss of any life including those precious young kids is unacceptable. My heart goes out to those families. BUT STOP BLAMING THE GUNS! I have yet to hear any stories where a gun, sitting in a drawer or on a table, went off and killed someone as they walked by. Never! However, I have heard MANY stories about how someone with a mental disorder used the gun of a law-abiding citizen and killed someone. I have also heard of carjacked vehicles killing someone. And I have also heard of people being beat with a tire iron or baseball bat. You say, “Joe, you’re being ridiculous. You can kill and maim so many more with a gun. Really?! So, when the 77 year-old drove his car through the Third Street Promenade killing 12 and hurting many others, did we pull licenses from all 77 year-olds? Why haven’t we raised the driving age or banned ALL teenagers from having phones with text capabilities. It’s the number one killer of teens. When gun bans were put in place during the Clinton administration violent gun crimes didn’t stop or drop at all! Over the last 30 years guns sales are up over 40%. Crime, however, is down overall. HELLO! Numbers count. You have to take the emotion out of it. In Los Angeles County alone 4 million

guns have been sold over the last 10 years. Crime? It’s dropped. Why aren’t gun related deaths and violence up exponentially with all these additional guns? Because guns are NOT The problem. In Florida, Texas, and other places where gun permits are easier to obtain crime drops. Take out the emotion look at the numbers. Criminals don’t follow the law. That’s why they are called criminals and why they do time. California dealers sold 600,000 guns in 2011, only 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sales tallied by the California attorney general’s office. The number of hospitalizations in California due to gun injuries DROPPED roughly 28 percent, from about 4,000 in 2002 to 2,900 in 2011, according to records newly collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Gun-related deaths in California fell 13 percent over the same period, from 3,200 to about 2,800, according to the California Department of Public Health. According to Mark Kleiman, a UCLA public policy professor who has written on guns and crime, the most likely group to be killed or hurt by guns are young men. Imagine a whole community of old women who all owned guns for protection. How many violent gun incidents do you think we would have? How many silveron-silver-haired violence incidents would we have? I personally believe there would be NONE! There are over 211 million guns owned in the United States. There are almost 350

million people living in the United States. If we use the logic and numbers thrown out by “the left”, we should have a major incident with multiple deaths nearly every 13 minutes! Many crimes are committed using stolen guns. 40% of the guns used in crimes are stolen or purchased on the street illegally according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. So for those of you who think that banning any kind of gun, hand gun or assault

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rifle is going to help. Just check out what’s happening in Chicago and Washington DC. Crime is up. The numbers don’t lie. Tougher gun laws equal more violence and deadly crime. Reasonable gun laws that allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves equal less crime. The gun issue is just another distraction from the real problem… Democrats in Power!!

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RNC CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR HOLDER TO RESIGN

eince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign after the revelation that he allowed the Justice Department to monitor Associated Press reporters’ phone conversations in a direct violation of the First Amendment. “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society,” Priebus said. “The First Amendment doesn’t request the fed-

eral government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution.” Because Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, Priebus said, “the president should ask for his immediate resignation.”

COMMUNITY COLLEGE BILL MOVES FORWARD

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ssemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced April 24 that Assembly Bill (AB 806) passed the Higher Education committee with bi-partisan support with a vote of 7-3. Assembly Bill 806 would include Community College counselors on the instructor side of the 50 percent rule, which requires half of community college districts’ expenditures for “salaries of classroom instructors.” This bill allows districts greater allocation to hire more college counselors. “During my time as a Community College Board Trustee, the number one concern I heard from community college students was the inability to meet with counselors,” said Wilk. “If we can cut down the amount of time students spend in their local community college system, it will save the students money, it will save the taxpayers money and it will allow students to complete their educational goals in the most efficient way possible.” AB 806 now moves on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Wilk was elected to the Assembly in November, taking the seat of termed-out Cameron Smyth. Wilk previously served on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees.

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If Obama refuses, “the message will be unmistakable: The President of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press,” he added. It was also learned that the Justice Department also had seized phone and email records of a Fox News reporter and his family members, going so far as to characterize the reporter as a “co-conspirator” in a crime for simply doing his job.

OFFICERS Mark Hershey PRESIDENT

Phil Ellis

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Katie Varner

RECORDING SECRETARY

Jeff Brown

Hunt Braly TREASURER

Patty Kelly

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

PAST PRESIDENT

DIRECTORS

Jim Berger Bill Cooper John Dortch John Green RJ Kelly Randell Lawrence

James McCarthy Gloria Mercado-Fortine Joe Messina Marian Sandnes Richard Sandnes Cindy Tanner

KNIGHT CALLS ON BROWN TO KEEP PROP 30 PROMISE

tate Sen. Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to uphold the promise of education funding that was included in Proposition 30. While it’s encouraging that Brown’s recently released budget does not include more tax increases, “it is vital that we uphold the promise made to the state’s voters to provide high-quality education in exchange for higher taxes, by guaranteeing all of Proposition 30 dollars are allocated to education funding,” Knight said. Education is a key component to building a strong workforceand economic environment, Knight said, adding: “The governor’s plan appears to be prudent, honest, and looks forward with a focus on fiscal discipline.”

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT From Page 1

manner. All of the candidates did an outstanding job expressing their views. On Thursday, March 1, the CCR board met and endorsed incumbent Councilman Bob Kellar. None of the other candidates obtained a two-thirds majority vote for endorsement, but we are grateful for their participation. Congratulations to Bob Kellar and TimBen Boydston for their election to the Santa Clarita city council in the April election. On April 23rd, our club joined efforts with the California Republican Assembly, Lincoln Club, Conservative Republicans of California, and the Women’s Federated and held a roundtable discussion with the three Republican candidates for the 38th Assembly seat at the Canyon Theatre Guild.

Though Patricia McKeon and Paul Strickland decided not to participate, Mark Vafiades moderated an outstanding discussion with Scott Wilk. Approximately 150 voters observed the event. On May 22nd, the Congress of Republicans hosted a reverse roundtable discussion for U.S. Senate candidate Al Ramirez at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The discussion panel consisted of Joe Messina, Mark Hershey, RJ Kelly, and Wendy Albright, who posed discussion topics for approximately sixty minutes. Al Ramirez spoke intelligently on all of the subject matters and proved a worthy candidate for the U.S. Senate. Approximately 40 people attended the event. The Congress of Republicans spearheaded the Republican float entry for the 4th of July Parade with unified support from the other local clubs. The float was beautifully and patriotically decorated and had Candidates Steve Knight, Todd Zink, and Bronze Star recipient Bill Reynolds riding on it. Many thanks to Katie Varner for her leadership and energy in the production of our float. Thanks also to BJ Atkins for his decorating talents and for the use of his house. Thanks to John Green for driving our float safely through the parade route and without incident. On August 30th, 2012, a “Meet and Greet” was hosted by all of the Santa Clarita Republican clubs with support of the 38th AD Republican Central Committee and was held at the Republican Headquarters on Carl Boyer Drive. Candidates Scott Wilk, Steve Knight, Todd Zink, and Ron Smith were present and made brief statements for the attendees. The evening transitioned to viewing the Republican National Convention on television and listening to inspiring speeches by Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential running mate, Paul Ryan. Food was provided by

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Final Score restaurant and beverages provided by the local clubs. An estimated 160 Republicans attended the event and christened the opening of the headquarters. The November election was a painful experience for our party, but we did have success locally. Congratulations to Buck McKeon for his re-election to U.S. Congress, to Scott Wilk for his election to the State Assembly representing the 38th District, and to Steve Knight for his election to the State Senate representing the 21st District. And further kudos for Congress of Republican members B.J. Atkins, Joe Messina, and Wendy Albright who won seats on the 38th AD Central Committee for the Republican Party. The California Congress of Republicans held its semi-annual 2013 Convention from January 25th to 27th in Ontario. Patty and RJ Kelly, Doug and Katie Varner, John Dortch, and Mark Hershey attended the conference. The luncheon had approximately 60 guests who heard speeches from Harmeet Dhillon and Evan,Sayet. Ron Nehring made a presentation in the afternoon focused on the recent, disappointing November election. He provided statistics and insight on our shortcomings, but provided optimism and strategies for the future. The Dinner Banquet showcased Jim Brulte as the featured speaker. The California Republican Party Convention is being held in Sacramento from March 1st to 3rd. The Luncheon has Carl Rove scheduled as the keynote speaker. I look forward to another year working with the outstanding people in this club. My goals are to double the membership of our local club, renew optimism and energy to our Party members, and continue to forward the values we hold dear as Republicans.

Mark Hershey is president of the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans.


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State Sen. Steve Knight swears in officers and directors on Jan. 11 (left), while Assemblyman Scott Wilk presents John Dortch with a certificate of recognition (right).

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I’M PROUD OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS PRESIDENT’S REPORT Mark Hershey

am honored to serve as the president of the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans and grateful for the opportunity to work with so many outstanding people. Last year was very busy and our club hosted or participated in many functions supporting the April City council election, the June primary, and the National election in November.

On February 27, our club hosted the Santa Clarita City Council Candidate Roundtable Discussion at the Repertory East Playhouse. All five candidates participated in the event which was moderated by Joe Messina. Joe did an outstanding job of providing lively conversation between the candidates in an informative and respectful See REPORT on Page 7

Synopsis, Spring 2013  

Newsletter of the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, an official chapter of the California Congress of Republicans.

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