On Wednesday, June 22 at Bear Lakes, Keynote speaker Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union, gave his views on current events and emphasized how important it is to stand on principles, such as boldly supporting the Ryan budget, given it is the only “real” proposal on the table to fix our structural fiscal problems. He considers it a moderate document, since it takes 28 years to achieve balance and does not touch Social Security. We need to stand for conservative principles, both while running for election and governing. Consistency provides mandates – if you take a controversial stand and are elected on that basis, then you have a mandate to implement that position. Ambassador Cardenas also announced that a regional CPAC convention is to be held in Orlando coincident with Presidency 5.
Also noted at the meeting was the formation of a new grass roots group in the county, the Palm Beach County Tea Party. Pam Wohlschlegel, formerly county coordinator for SFTP, has formed a new group to build a coalition of activists from related organizations dedicated to fiscal responsibility, constitutionaly limited government and free markets. She pointed out that she has been a Republican since her school days, but decided to work through a non-partisan group because of their success in attracting disaffected Democrats and Independents to the conservative cause.
Also speaking were Joe Kaufman, candidate for CD20 (Debbie Wasserman Schultz), and Starla Brown, PB and Broward coordinator for the Mike McCallister for Senate campaign. The meeting was hosted by Bette Anne Starkey.
Pictures by Boris Balaban and Delia Garcia Menocal.
Last Wednesday, the Republican Executive Committee held its bi-monthly meeting at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center. The agenda for the June meeting was exciting and substantive. The REC welcomed Colonel Mike McCallister, who is running in the Republican primary and hopes to ultimately join Marco Rubio as a United States Senator from the great state of Florida. McCallister spoke of his deep concern over the expansion of Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law, and the threats that they pose to both the United States and its allies abroad. He also expressed great passion about our nation’s fiscal status, calling for an end to the era of ever-increasing government spending. This election season is shaping up to be exciting and important, as McCalister challenges formidable Senate hopefuls, Mike Haridopolos, George LeMieux and Adam Hasner, for the chance to go to Washington and usher in a new age of robust economic growth and increased prosperity for all Americans.
The REC also took up a discussion over the issue of illegal immigration and the proposed e-verify procedures considered during the last legislative session in Tallahassee. The topic proved for a lively debate, as members expressed competing perspectives on the proposed legislation. While some touted the law as a viable and necessary means of combating illegal immigration and the associated dangers, others observed that the new law will impose upon Florida businesses an added and substantial cost of doing business which, like most government regulation over private industry, will limit the ability of Florida businesses to compete, create jobs, and grow our local economy. The debate served as a reminder of the great importance of public discourse, so that we can fully appreciate the complexity of the issues facing our society and ensure that our state and nation can move forward instead of backward in the coming election cycle.Thursday, July 7, 2011 6 – 9pm The Beach Club 755 North County Road Palm Beach, FL Tenth Annual Lobsterfest! Spacious, cool indoor location on the OCEAN! Hear the Latest from Honorary Chairman Jeff Atwater, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, and other Elected Officials and Candidates Menu:
South African Lobster Tails, Chicken, Salads,
Corn on the Cob and Dessert • Cash bar$80 per person • Casual Attire
Buy your eTickets for the 10th Annual Lobster Fest- Republican Party of Palm Beach County-by clicking this link: https://www.donationtickets.com/donationticket/eventTicket.asp?guidEvent=565756
The Officers of RCPB have agreed to donate $100. Won’t you please consider this a worthy cause too?
Two Florida Atlantic University students are representing Florida as voting delegates to the College Republican National Committee Bi-annual Convention, held in Washington, D.C. in July. This is believed to be not only the first time any Florida Atlantic University students have served on the Florida Federation of College Republicans (FFCR) Executive Board, but also the first time Florida Atlantic University has been represented by one voting delegate, let alone two!
Ashley Anastasi, President of the College Republicans at Florida Atlantic University, is the Secretary for the FFCR. Ashley, a Sophomore majoring in Political Science, interns for Congressman Allen West and also serves in the Boca Raton House of Representatives. Jon Taylor, the Vice President of the College Republicans at Florida Atlantic University, is also the Treasurer for the FFCR. Jon, a Senior double-majoring in Accounting and Finance, was admitted to the Equity Analyst Program which begins in the Fall 2011 term. We started the club at the end of the Fall term 2010, which was our first term as students at Florida Atlantic University. Just a few weeks ago, we won the Best New Club award for 2011.
This is a great opportunity for the newly re-established College Republicans at Florida Atlantic University. Not only are we going to make nation-wide connections that will be very beneficial to drawing attention to the University, we will also be given valuable training in operating and growing the chapter. This convention is held every other year, and we are unsure whether or not Florida Atlantic University will have a delegate spot in the future.
We are asking for help from our supporters to fund this trip. We’ve estimated total expenses to be $1,500 for both of us. This covers airfare and hotels. We’ve already paid the registration fees, and did not include them in the total. We have big plans for the 2011-2012 academic year, and your donation will only help to propel us further.
Thank you for your continued support!
Ashley Anastasi and Jon Taylor
GO OWLS!Join Republican Club of the Palm Beaches as we host New Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Al Cardenas Our Luncheon Speaker. Al Cardenas began his passionate conservative activities in 1975 as Florida’s Co-Chairman of Ronald Regan’s 1976 challenge to then President Gerald Ford and attended the ’76 GOP National Convention as a Regan delegate. In 1993 Al was elected Co-Chair and then Chairman of the RPOF. In his decade of service the Florida GOP gained majorities in the state legislature and congressional delegation for the first time since reconstruction. As the Florida GOP Chairman he led our state to elect George HW Bush as the 41st President of the United States. Al Cardenas was elected Chairman of the American Conservative Union this year being nominated by Secretary Bolton. You have seen him frequently on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Univion, CNN Espanol, and Telemundo. He is also a regular guest columnist. In addition he was elected by his peers nationally as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2007-2010.