PA GOP Statement on Marriage Ruling

“Today, an activist judiciary has substituted its judgment in place of the law created by the elected representatives of Pennsylvania and has stifled the ongoing debate of people with differing points of view. The questions that face our commonwealth are best aired in the legislature with the representatives of the people.  This complete disregard of the important roles held by each branch of government is just another reason why we need to elect principled people to office to uphold our Constitution.

“Grassroots activists came together in 2012 to debate and form our Republican Party Platform, which clearly supports the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

“We believe all Pennsylvanians deserve dignity and respect regardless of their beliefs on this issue. However, the citizens of the Commonwealth also deserved to be participants in the ongoing discussion rather than be dictated to by judicial fiat.”

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley to Speak in Lewisburg

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley will speak at Susquehanna Valley Conservatives monthly meeting at the Best Western Country Cupboard on Monday April 14.  The meeting begins at 7 pm in the Baylor Conference Room.

Republican Women Councils May Not Endorse

Primary season is upon us as more contenders announce their candidacies to gain the Republican Party’s nomination. This is a good time to review the relationship between the Republican Party and Republican Women to highlight a major difference in our operating procedures.

Councils of Republican Women are affiliates of National Federation of Republican Women, an organization aligned with the principles of the Republican Party, but not a part of the Republican Party structure. Republican Women on all levels – national, state and local – are governed by rules established by NFRW.

One important difference is conveyance of endorsements in the Primary Election cycle. While RNC, PAGOP or county Republican committees may choose to endorse candidates before the May 20th election this practice is strictly prohibited by NFRW.

NFRW and its state and local councils follow a non-endorsement policy in all primary campaigns. No club may endorse any candidate for any position with more than one Republican candidate. Further, clubs may not promote one candidate over another and must offer equal opportunity to club activities and events. NFRW instructs Club Presidents to remain neutral during the Primary election cycle.

Individual members may work for the Primary candidates of their choice. In fact, they are encouraged to fully participate in the Primary process. However, they must be careful to inform voters that theirs is a personal choice which does not reflect the views or opinions of the Republican Women’s Club where they are members. At no time may an individual member use the council’s name or identification when helping a primary candidate.

The non-endorsement policy is sometimes confusing, especially when women are active in both the Republican Party and their local Republican Women’s Council. In that case, it is even more important that we follow our rules and hold ourselves to high standards as we advocate for good government.

Area Resolutions Denied at PA GOP Winter Meeting

PA GOP met this past Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Lodge to conduct its Winter Meeting.  SUNACRW would like to thank several state committeemen from central Pennsylvania for their attempts to have the party formally recognize conservative Republican principles via the resolution process.  The issues presented in their resolutions address important priorities of SUN Area Council of Republican Women.

Northumberland County State GOP Committeeman Donald J. Ely submitted an anti-amnesty resolution.  It called upon the Republican Party to affirm its commitment to the rule of law, to protect the American worker from cheap immigrant labor, to beware of repeating past immigration mistakes, and to work for the defeat of S.744 (known as the McCain-Schumer or “Gang of 8” bill).  Unfortunately, Mr. Ely’s proposal was rejected by the Resolutions Committee on Friday afternoon.

Lycoming County State GOP Committeeman Dave Huffman’s resolution would have asked the Legislature to put procedures into place to provide a public accounting of certain WAMs (Walking Around Money) in the recently signed Transportation Bill (HB1060).  Mr. Huffman wanted PA GOP to support adding transparency by requiring an annual review of how transportation dollars were spent and if the provisions of the bill had been implemented to benefit all areas of  the Commonwealth.  He called for an immediate online accounting of WAMs that go exclusively to designated legislators.  Mr. Huffman’s attempt to bring this resolution to the entire Committee was rebuffed.

Centre County State GOP Committeeman Paul Kozlovsky offered a resolution opposing Common Core State Standards, including all variations now being implemented in Pennsylvania schools under other names: Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and Pennsylvania Core Standards.  Mr. Kozlovsky’s resolution called upon the PA GOP to push the State Legislature and Governor Corbett for passage of Republican led bills: HB 1551, HB1552, HB1553 and HB1555.  Further, it called for the discontinuation of funding for programs that are aligned with Common Core and would have required PA GOP to make this action known to the Governor, Legislature, Department of Education and the State Board of Education.  Mr. Kozlovsky’s resolution was disapproved by the Resolutions Committee.

SUNACRW extends sincere thanks for the efforts of these men to uphold core Republican principles.

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