Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Republican Victory Office Needs You!

Volunteer Anytime!

That's right. With the new Republican Victory Office in Provo - you can volunteer for John McCain and Sarah Palin anytime you want! You only have an hour a week? Perfect. Go to www.tinyurl.com/phonebank and choose the time that works for you!

What can I expect?

At the Victory Office you make outgoing phone calls to Colorado or New Mexico - important swing states this election. They have a script for you to use and you just ask a few simple survey questions. The information we gain helps Republicans run an even more effective, and more personal campaign in those states!

Questions: apiner@rnchq.org

Mike Duncan - RNC Chairman

Tomorrow morning from 10:45 am-12:00 noon the Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan will be in Utah visiting the Provo Victory Office. He'll be joined by local Congressional candidates Jason Chaffetz and Bill Dew.

Come and help us welcome the Chairman to the great state of Utah!

RNC Victory Office
746 E 820 N Provo
Across the Street from Cougar Copy
Wed. Oct. 1st, 10:45am
Parking will be available behind the building - no one will be towed that morning.

Please RSVP to: apiner@rnchq.org

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Town Hall Meetings with Jason Chaffetz

September 23rd
· Elk Ridge Town Hall Meeting - 7:30 pm - With Mike Morley and Mark Madsen at Liberty Academy.

September 27th
· Juab County Visit - 10 am - 160 North Main Street, County Commission Chambers, Nephi
· Beaver County Visit - 2pm - Beaver Senior Citizen Center


Presidential Debates
· Friday, September 26, 7:00 pm - First presidential debate

Vice-Presidents Debates
· Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm - Palin/Biden debate (the only vice-presidential debate)

Utah Debates
District 3:
· Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 pm - Daily Herald Debate at UVU
· Monday, October 6, 9:00 am - Mark Maxon Show debate AM 630
· Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm - KSL-TV Conversation with the Candidates
· Friday, October 24, 7:30 KUED Debate
· Wednesday, October 29, 9:00 pm - KBYU Debate

Friday, September 12, 2008

Milken Institute's Best Area to Live In

The Milken Institute came out with a new ranking this week.
They deemed the Provo/Orem area as the
#1 "The best city/area to live in".


Presidential Election Information

Election Day: November 4, 2008 - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Early Voting: Weekdays October 21 - October 31 at the locations and times listed below. Bring your ID and proof of address (utility bill).

Utah Community Credit Union - Hours 1 to 5 pm, 1364 North Commerce Drive, Saratoga Springs

American Fork Library - Hours 3 to 7 pm (3 to 5 on Oct 31), 64 S 100 E, American Fork

Utah Valley University, Sorensen Student Center - Hours 10 am to 2 pm, UVUSA Office (SCI05), 800 W University Parkway, Orem

Utah County Administration Building - Hours 8 am to 5 pm, 100 E Center Street, Room LL900, Provo

Spanish Fork National Guard Armory - Hours 3 to 7 pm (3 to 5 on Oct 31), 2801 N Main, Spanish Fork

In-Office Registration:Utah County Clerk's Office - October 7 - October 20, 8 am - 5 pm.

Absentee Ballots: Please call the Utah County Clerk's Office at 851-8128 to request an absentee ballot and an application form will be mailed to you. Please have all absentee requests made as early as possible and all applications in the mail as soon as possible to ensure your ballot arrives in time for the election.

You may check your registration and obtain your polling place location and sample ballot by going to the Lt. Governor's web site: http://elections.utah.gov/ OR by calling the County Elections Clerk at 851-8128.

Central Committee Meeting

Last night we had our Utah County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting. The legislators all got shirts with their last name and district #.There wasn't really any items of business, just lots of information about upcoming events and a few speakers.
Jason Chaffetz spoke about meeting our soldiers, spending the last few days in Sevier County, going to see miners in coal mines, and going to Alaska where he and several others, including Governor Palin, spoke in favor of drilling in ANWAR. As Vice President, Sarah Palin will help to bring drilling in ANWAR.

Our Legislative District had the best attendance. We had 25 officers/delegates there. I believe there are about 13 districts and our district has 22 precincts.

Things to note:
The RNC (Republican National Committee) has opened an office at 746 E. 820 N., in Provo. They can be reached at 374-9968. For the next 6 weeks The Utah County Republican Party will share the office with them. Just so you know they only have 5 McCain/Palin signs right now so give them a week or so before they get more in. They are also in need of volunteers to help with the phone banks. If you can help please stop by.

(thanks for this info, Lisa):

WANTED: Voter Registration.
DEADLINE is October 6 for this election.
Fact:Utah has the lowest percent of registered voters in the U.S.

WANTED: Poll Workers. Hours: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm on November 4, 2008. Pay ranges from $100 for poll workers to $180 for poll managers. Attendance at training sessions is mandatory for all poll workers. If interested, call the elections office: 851-8130.

WANTED: Informed and United Republicans. The RNC has crafted a new National Republican Party Platform. Each state had two members work on it. They had great consensus and feel it is the best ever! To read the platform, go to: http://www.gop.com/2008Platform/

WANTED: Your attendance. Bring your family. A public celebration commemorating the signing of the US Constitution will be held at the Provo Tabernacle on September 17 at 7pm.

Save the U.S. Treasury $5M

This was sent to me - just something to think about!

A president's pension currently is $191,300 per year.

Assume the next president lives to age 80.

Sen McCain would receive ZERO pension as he would reach 80 at the end of two terms as president.

Sen Obama would be retired for 26 years after two terms and would receive $4,973,800 in pension.

Therefore it would certainly make MORE economic sense to elect McCain in November.

How's that for non-partisan thinking?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Attempted Child Abduction

Last week there were 2 attempted child abductions.

The first was around the Lakeview Elementary School. The man (20-30 yr) had a dark complexion, wavy hair, and a mustache. He was in a light blue truck.

The second was around Amelia Earhart Elementary School. This time the man was driving a white minivan, but the description is the same. The police believe this is the same man.

Please use this as a reminder to talk to your kids about stranger danger. It's always good to talk to them and help them to understand so that if they are ever in a terrible situation that the will instantly know what to do.

If you near these schools when kids are coming and leaving, you might want to spend a few minutes outside or watching out your window to make sure that the kids passing your yard do so in safety.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Why Women Should Vote

This was sent to me. I do not know who the original author is. I did do some research to see if the stories were true. Although I didn't look at every account, I did find supporting material from the National Archives and other resources. I think all women should understand what it took to have the freedom to vote.

WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE - {author unknown}

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis)

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
(Alice Paul)

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because- -why, exactly?

We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' {Christy's side note - this movie came out in 2004} It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say.

I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.'

The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

History is being made.

Meghan's Blog

Check out Meghan's blog for a first hand account of life on the political trail with her father, John McCain.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Republican Convention

The Utah State delegates are blogging about the convention. To have a first hand account of what is going on there in Minnesota - check out the site: http://leadershipthatdelivers.com/