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Entries in grassroots (8)


GOP 2012 field still wide open on Main Street

Newsmax ran a feature in the May, 2011 issue (print edition), ‘Who Will Be the Strongest GOP Candidate in 2012?’ The article was written by Doug Schoen, an analyst who is a Democrat. Four possible candidates’ photos are on the first page. They are all former governors: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee.

Other potential candidates like Congressman Ron Paul, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump are mentioned in the article; photos of those potentials and others appear at the end of the article.

Oddly Herman Cain is not included. Schoen mentions Sen. Marco Rubio as a possible vice president.

Cain is very interesting because he has held positions at long-standing US companies—he has actually created private sector jobs. Cain has stumped around the country and garnered a lot of praise (and straw poll positives) from grassroots groups

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Sen. Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer force blogger to join Tea Party

Updated on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 3:30PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Boston Tea Party engraving on post card from US Library of Congress’ digital collection. Had it not been for the Tea Party and other efforts on behalf of liberty, there would have been no USA.

If you listen to Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), you’d think they don’t sound like friends of any Tea Party group. In fact, they are.

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Cain supporters ramp up volume with new grassroots site

Updated on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 6:11PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain told CNN that in the U.S., there's "too much regulation, too much legislation and too much taxation." [Screen Snip from video at Cain exploratory site]Supporters of Herman Cain have formed a grassroots group, Draft Herman Cain, to develop teams of volunteers and organizers on a grassroots level in all 50 states.

Cain supporters are maneuvering for position ahead of 2012 as the charismatic businessman—one of the few GOP hopefuls with private sector success—conducts what can only be described as a Herculean effort to elevate his brand.

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Man on a mission: Herman Cain takes to the grassroots

Herman Cain wowed the crowd at CPAC. (Photo from Cain's Facebook page.)Ink and pixels are growing about potential Republican nominees hoping to oppose President Barack Obama in the 2012 general election. One potential candidate—an emerging national brand in the political market—is gaining grassroots support.

He’s being talked about on Facebook and Twitter; he’s been featured in The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller and in other print/web media. Not long ago a dear one and I were having coffee when Cain popped up on the TV on one of those political talk shows. My dear one listened for a few minutes and more excitement ensued than I’ve seen in a long time (at least when it comes to presidential potentials).

The response from my companion?

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FFRW chair doesn’t’ want GOP to rest on laurels: On to Illinois

Republicans are celebrating the historic win in Massachusetts—who would have thought Massachusetts would decide against a Democrat for the U.S. Senate?

After Republican Scott Brown won the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said, "Massachusetts has not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972, and President Obama won 62 percent of the vote in the Bay State just 13 months ago. This Senate seat was held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 50 years and was considered one of the safest Democratic seats in the entire country.”

Cindy Graves, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, is reminding voters there’s another race on the horizon.

“We applaud the efforts of grassroots activists who worked endlessly to accomplish this unprecedented victory. We are especially grateful for the members of the Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women for their grassroots leadership, as well as the thousands of Floridians who made calls into Massachusetts throughout the weekend and Monday to get out the vote. Working together, everyday patriots will save this country,” said Graves.
The next national step, Graves went on to say, is the February 2nd Illinois Primary for the US Senate seat.

The Illinois Republican Primary has Rep. Mark Kirk (R) tangling with Patrick Hughes. Kirk is perceived by many as a little too much to the left of moderate. The best example was his vote for HR 2454, Cap and Trade. His own constituents, in a state with record unemployment—more than 10 percent—would especially be hard hit by that bill. But because the bill would, as President Barack Obama promised, cause electricity costs “to skyrocket,” the whole nation will suffer if Cap and Trade is enacted.

Hughes doesn’t have the name recognition or the Party clout Kirk has. But many see Hughes as a grassroots candidate—Graves called Hughes a “bright new conservative”—who has appeal similar to that of Brown. Based on position statements on his website, Hughes appears to be a fiscal conservative who believes in smaller government, and those two beliefs are the two that every conservative, regardless of differences on social issues, must endorse in order to call himself a conservative.

Less spending/taxes and smaller government are central themes for Republicans, Tea Partiers, Libertarians and conservatives of all persuasion.

The Massachusetts race should give Republicans cause to celebrate, but it’s a reminder to refrain from resting on laurels. And it's a reminder to the Democrat Party the people can speak for themselves.



Three aspire to be RPOF chair, and, well, it’s complicated

Analysis by Kay B. Day

By all accounts, if national leadership can come up with a platform that will put the U.S. back on track, the Republican Party may be able to topple the Democrat monopoly in the 2010 elections. In the nation’s fourth largest state, Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer resigned, leaving a financial mess in his wake and an empty chair for about 11 months.

 Three solid conservatives have expressed interest in serving the remainder of the term for the chairman’s position for the 11 months Greer would’ve served.  In January, 2011 a new state chair will be elected.

While some grumble about one or the other in the trio of aspiring chairs, it’s actually pretty impressive that 3 people are willing to take on a daunting job—to raise a lot of money fast. The Tampa Tribune claims the GOP needs approximately $40 million over a 7 month period.

Whatever a leftwing paper claims, it’s a fact those 2010 elections are staring GOP candidates in the face and they will definitely need money to challenge Democrats.

Regardless of what pundits say, I think this is the overwhelming priority in determining who will fill Greer’s vacant chair. There's also another way to look at this. Having so many talented people is a pretty good thing for any Party. [Story continues after photo.]

‘An Elephant on His Hands’, a cartoon showing President William H. Taft, as a ringmaster telling two men, "radical republican" and "conservative republican," who are fighting as they get in a G.O.P. elephant costume, "Hey! Get together in there!" They didn't and the Party lost the presidential election.[L.M. Glackens, artist; 1911; Library of Congress]

The three potential chairs are state Senator John Thrasher, Sharon Day and Mark Cross.

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The Marco Rubio campaign: From evolution to revolution

Commentary by Donna Barrow

Last May I wrote an article detailing my evolution from “super voter” to “grassroots activist.”  I wrote that the U.S. Senate race between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is what it is all about for a political junkie like me because there is nothing more exciting and motivating than a candidate I am passionate about. I also stated that I believed that this race is for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, and that many super voters would have the same epiphany I had in 2004 and realize now is the time to take that next evolutionary step from super voter to grassroots volunteer. Others have come forward to do so; the numbers grow daily. [Commentary continues after video.]

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9.12 March on Washington—Tea Party protesters head to capital

The Tea Party Express launches Friday in San Francisco and will then travel across the US to Washington. The official website  has a preliminary agenda up for the 9.12.09 March on Washington. Thousands of activists will converge from a number of grassroots groups to let Congress and the president witness a peaceful but firm statement about fiscal conservatism.

Dick Armey, Matt Kibbe, Yaron Brook, Lloyd Marcus, Steve Baldwin and Mario Lopez are among dozens of speakers listed on the prelim. I’ve seen most of these people on TV. All are engaging speakers and entertainers. Members of Congress will also be part of the gathering—Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will speak at the Saturday rally, and speakers for the Doctors’ Rally include Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Tom Price.

One of the sponsor organizations, FreedomWorks, is chaired by Dick Armey, former majority leader in the US House. Matt Kibbe is FW president.

March organizers came up with a donation gadget telling you where your money will be spent

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