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Equality is elevating women’s role in public life

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize their achievement

By Sharon Day

For more than a century, women in the United States organized, protested and downright fought to achieve the right to vote.

The legacy of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton is firmly woven into the fabric of our country and the history of the Republican Party, yet their efforts too often are treated as mere footnotes in American history.

The vast majority of Americans are likely unaware that March is Women’s History Month. While that is troubling, it is even more troubling that many Americans don’t realize the role that Republican women have played in our nation’s history.

This is no surprise when most history books still focus on the stories of men, without giving enough time to the remarkable stories of American women. The impact of this is felt at the highest levels of business and politics, where women still struggle for true equality. Currently, women elected to Congress represent less than 20 percent of the governing body, even though women represent 52 percent of the American electorate. 

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San Diego’s Kevin Faulconer: A sign of hope for city Republicans

Daily Caller Op-Ed
Jill Homan
Republican National Committeewoman, DC

February 13, 2014


Overcoming a 13-point Republican voter registration deficit and outspending by $1 million, Kevin Faulconer pulled off a decisive nine-point victory to become mayor of San Diego yesterday. And, San Diego now becomes the largest city with a Republican chief executive.

Unfortunately, victories like this are few and far between for the GOP. Once the party of the big city mayor, Republicans now control only three mayoral seats and roughly fewer than 20 percent of the city council seats in the top 25 most populated cities. It’s a trend that doesn’t bode well for the party’s future electoral success.

Yet a handful of urban Republicans are bucking this trend — and their successes hold important lessons for a national party that seeks to best position itself for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

For example, Republicans who have stemmed the deep blue tide in our nation’s cities have a few key characteristics in common: They’ve championed conservative reforms for improving education, lowering taxes, and providing opportunities for all residents, while avoiding divisive social issues that don’t reflect the beliefs of many city-dwellers.

They’ve also been aided by the failings (both personal and political) of entrenched Democratic interests. For instance, the special election in San Diego to replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner created a unique opening for Republicans. Even though President Obama carried San Diego County by almost six points, Republican Kevin Faulconer won with a well-run campaign pulling support from diverse coalitions of business people, faith leaders, a well-known homeless advocate, police union, and Democrats, including a former opponent. He embraced endorsements from the San Diego Jewish World and members of the LGBT community and focused on his experience and platform to restore integrity to the office, increase financial stability of the city, grow the economy, and protect the environment.

Further up Interstate 5 from San Diego is another mayoral race underway where Republicans are poised to take advantage of an electorate that’s recently supported conservative reforms on city pensions. As a bunch of Democrats battle with the incumbent Democrat mayor in San Jose’s June primary, Republican Pete Constant stands alone as an experienced challenger. No stranger to conflict, Councilman Constant is a 14-year police veteran and the lone Republican on the City Council in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by approximately 20 points. But with San Jose residents still experiencing impacts from the recession, they may be open to conservative fiscal solutions once more.

Even in cities where a Republican face long odds, robust campaigning can help strengthen conservative voting margins — with national implications. Consider Colorado, where Republican Martin Walsh is seeking to unseat nine-term incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette by targeting his generation of Millennials and portraying her as an out-of-touch Washington insider. Walsh faces an uphill challenge in the Denver-based district, but has an opportunity to make Republican inroads in the city which yielded 210,000 votes for Obama to 70,000 for challenger Mitt Romney. Considering that President Obama only won Colorado by 113,000 votes in 2012, a grassroots Republican campaign in Denver in 2014 may prove to be a useful Republican investment in 2016.

Similarly, Chicago’s elections in 2014 may have statewide implications. Just last month, the Chicago Republican Party filed petitions for an unprecedented eighteen candidates in 16 districts for the state legislature. These Republican candidates canvassing Democrat neighborhoods could tip the balance to the GOP in 2014 “up ballot” races for U.S. Senate and Governor, considering Republican Sen. Mark Kirk won with just 60,000 votes and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Bradley lost by only 32,000 votes.

Clearly, elections in cities are tough for the GOP. However, by making investments in these urban communities, the Republican Party positions itself for a brighter future. My own effort, CityGOP.org, is launching this week to advocate for more resources for Republicans running for elected office in cities and connect urban Republican parties and candidates with the financial and strategic resources they need to succeed. Also, the national party has put over 130 engagement staffers into the field and opened offices in some urban areas, including Detroit.

It’s an uphill battle to win conservative victories in urban areas. But one thing is guaranteed: If we don’t try, we can’t succeed.

Jill Homan is the Republican National Committeewoman for DC. She served as co-chair for the Romney-Ryan campaign in the District. She launched www.citygop.org to advocate for Republican candidates and the GOP in cities.


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RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day Speaking at the National Student Leadership Conference

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Joins GOP Conference to Introduce New "Energia Norteamericana" 5/22/13

Our economy is struggling.

Our community is struggling.

With more than 2 million Latinos looking for work, we need more job opportunities as soon as possible.

That's why House Republicans are pursuing an all-American energy plan.

Tapping into American energy would unleash countless job opportunities for you, for your families, and for your community.

It would create jobs, lower prices at the pump, and give all of us a more secure future.

It's not fair that Washington is standing in the way of jobs. 

We are eager for the opportunity work, so let's build the Keystone pipeline and let's explore new sources of energy.

Republicans are working every day to improve peoples' lives in our communities and create more jobs.

An all-American energy plan would do just that. Thank you.


Weekly Republican Address 5/11/13 Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

In this week's address, Rep. Martha Roby speaks about the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, which the House passed this week. This common-sense legislation modernizes outdated government regulations by giving hourly wage workers in the private sector the freedom to receive time off instead of cash wages for overtime work as they choose. Meeting the demands of both work and family is never easy, but because of this bill, hardworking Americans will have more flexibility to better balance their time between both. House Republicans are committed to helping you make the most of your time as we work to grow our economy and create more jobs for all Americans.

One-Minute of the Week: Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)

This week's Conference One-Minute of the Week comes from Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee, who provided her personal perspective as a working mother while speaking in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.

One-Minute of the Week: Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2)

This week's Conference One-Minute of the Week comes from Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri, who called attention to the politically-motivated flight delays being felt by travelers at airports all across America. Published 4/26/2013

Weekly Republican Address 4/13/13 Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

In this week's address, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) discusses the disappointing facts in President Obama's budget: a tax increase on middle-class families, hundreds of billions of dollars added to the national debt, and never achieving balance. Americans don't need another tax increase, especially with April 15th around the corner. House Republicans have a solution to reign in wasteful spending and simplify our tax code with a balanced budget:http://GOP.gov/budget

Weekly Republican Address 2/16/13: Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

In this week's address, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) discusses the devastating cuts in President Obama's sequester, due to take effect March 1st. The House has passed two replacement plans with responsible spending cuts, and the President and Senate Democrats have yet to offer a serious replacement. It's time Washington Democrats work with us the replace the President's damaging sequester.

Weekly Republican Address 2/2/13: Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) gives an update on our efforts to get our economy moving again and the importance of having a budget.



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