Monday, November 3, 2008

HSU Republicans appeal to university to change nondiscrimination policy

Some of Humboldt State University's student Republicans feel like minorities on campus, and are asking the university to change its nondiscrimination policy to include ideological views. = Donna Tam/The Times-Standard 11/03/2008

”The point is that everyone should be getting a chance to be heard,” said Jerilyn Gashi, president of the HSU College Conservatives, formerly the College Republicans. “Too often, the definition of diversity ends at a certain list. It should be extended to everyone, Republicans included.”

The club is asking HSU to amend the university's nondiscrimination policy to include a clause prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ideological view or affiliation with major political parties.

”I am a minority on this campus,” Gashi said. “I routinely get shot down when I'm trying to speak.”

Gashi said she personally experiences harassment because of her political affiliation every week.

...While she knew HSU was a liberal school, Gashi, a music student from Colorado, said she came here to study with a specific professor.

”I didn't know quite what I was getting myself into,” she said.

Gashi said she recognizes that most public college campuses are more politically left-leaning.

“It's fine as long as it doesn't interfere in education,” she said, adding that professors are letting their political views seep into the classroom.

”I see it as a real case of hypocrisy, because at the same time we are promoting diversity and listening to people of different backgrounds, but they don't want to hear about my background,” Gashi said.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Eureka Republican Women Federated Welcomes Jerry Partain

November 20, 2008
Red Lion, Eureka
Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00

The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Joy at 845-2575 for your reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be welcomed.

For John McCain...

9) Over a quarter-century in public life, John McCain has defended the interests of the taxpayer, not only speaking for lower taxes (that’s easy) but fighting for the essential precondition of lower taxes, less government spending. - David Frum/NRO

I do not fear Barack Obama. I even rather like him. I certainly feel I have much more in common with him than I do with John McCain. To lead this country, though, I prefer the man who has seen more and suffered more and felt more. For all his faults, it is John McCain who is the more universal man.

I vote for John McCain.

One final comment. As readers of this space know, I have been very critical of the selection of Sarah Palin. Yet I do not regard her as a reason to cast aside the principles of my life on voting day. She may not bring much knowledge to this ticket. Yet she is obviously no fool. Indeed, using the favored metric of Joe Biden ("I think I have a higher IQ than you"), my guess is that she would probably outscore the Democratic vice presidential candidate on a standardized aptitude test. To his credit, Biden has conscientiously worked to familiarize himself with the great questions of national policy. To her discredit, Palin has not. But on Tuesday, I will trust that she can learn. She has governed a state - and she did risk her career by defying the corrupt leaders of the Alaska Republican party.

Beyond that, it says something important that so many millions of people respond to her as somebody who incarnates their beliefs and values. At a time when the great American middle often seems to be falling further and further behind, there may be a special need for a national leader who represents and symbolizes that middle. And if worse did come to worst, who doubts that the whole country - including Colin Powell and Larry Eagleburger - would rally to the aid and support of the first woman president, thrust into office by some unexpected tragedy?

This is a great and greatly enduring country. It flourishes because of the genius of its institutions and the decent and moderate instincts of its people. I look to the American future with confidence always - under a President McCain preferably, under a President Obama if it must be.


(National Federation of Republican Women) Nov 6, 2008
Let's remember to celebrate these bright spots:

◼ Despite the outcome of the presidential race, Gov. Sarah Palin has emerged as a star in the Republican Party. Palin made history as the Party's first female vice presidential candidate.

With a direct approach and dynamic personality, she was a powerful force on the campaign trail. Sarah, as she is often affectionately called, is energetic, enthusiastic, intelligent, courageous, a strong leader who still is "one of us." I truly believe we haven't seen the last of this amazing Republican woman on the national stage.

◼ During the final weeks of the campaign, Senate Democrats began playing up the possibility of achieving a filibuster-proof 60 seats. Thankfully, it doesn't look like this will materialize. The Democrats needed nine additional seats to get to that magic number. So far, they have added five seats, but will need to sweep the remaining four undecided races in Alaska, Georgia, Minnesota and Oregon - a very unlikely scenario. If the filibuster is preserved, our Republican senators are going to play a critical role in the upcoming legislative session, and they will need all of the support we can give them, so be prepared for action.

◼ Two Republicans are newly-elected to the U.S. Senate. Former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns has won the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), while Idaho Lt. Gov. James Risch has won the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID).

◼ Although results are still being tabulated, so far, four state legislative chambers have switched from Democrat to Republican. They are the Tennessee House and the Tennessee Senate (the first time since Reconstruction that Republicans have controlled both legislative chambers), the Oklahoma Senate (the first time in state history), and the Montana Senate.

◼ All incumbent Republican governors running for reelection won their races. They are: Mitch Daniels of Indiana, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah, and Jim Douglas of Vermont. Also, Republicans picked up the governorship in Puerto Rico for the first time since 1969, with Luis Fortuño winning in a landslide election.

How did Republican women candidates fare? In Kansas, state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins unseated Democrat incumbent Nancy Boyda in the second congressional district race. In Oklahoma, Dana Murphy soundly defeated Democrat incumbent Jim Roth in the Corporation Commission race. In Wyoming, former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis won the at-large congressional seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY). All three are members of the NFRW.

While I hesitate to end on a sad note, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize three outstanding Republican women leaders who unfortunately lost their bids for reelection: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) and U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA). We are grateful for their distinguished service to our nation, and wish them all the best.

Thank you again for everything you have done to help our Republican candidates and for making the National Federation of Republican Women an organization committed to excellence and accomplishment. I am so proud of each one of you!

President’s Message - November 2008

This is the last message of my two year tenure and there are so many people I need to thank for helping me. It has been a privilege to serve again. I want to thank Margaret Stafford, Barbara Hecathorn, Terry Roberts, Lynda Pozel, Chris Wennerholm, Vee Sorenson, Cindy Lewis and the entire executive board who worked tirelessly to make this club a success. Without their direction and dedication, I could not have survived. As you know this election cycle has taken a toll on our entire group. Thanks to all who volunteered at headquarters, walked precincts, and phone-banked. We had a great time even though we didn’t win every race.

I want to thank all the speakers, members, and guests that supported our club simply by coming to the meetings every month. Our bulletin was awarded a medal at the California Federation of
Republican Women Convention.
Thanks to Sondra Kirtley at Scapper’s Edge for all her efforts to improve the quality of the Redwood Alert. And lastly, I’d like to thank all the advertisers, vendors, and donors who have supported us every year. Good luck to the new board and the new
president, Colleen Hedrick. And, one more time, When Women Work We Win!! BY JOY FINLEY

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Harvard Trial Lawyer for McCain

A Harvard Trial Lawyer for McCain -
Barack Obama also is the deep thinker who ponders great things. And the thing that Barack Obama seems to ponder most is his own greatness. He doesn't write biographies, he writes only autobiographies. He gives speeches which he declares to be historic. He recognizes his place in history long before he has created history. This nation is but a stage upon which Barack Obama creates his life story, and it's all about him.

Yet Barack Obama has never been in one place long enough to make a real difference, or to fight the hard fights. He was a community activist for a few years, then a law student, then in private practice for not too long, then a state senator for not too long, then a United States Senator for not too long. The paint was barely dry in his Senate office when he began running for President. Barack Obama's career is a series of not-too-long positions, each one more grand than the one before it.

Yet what great achievement has Barack Obama obtained other than his own political advancement? What historic law did he author, what historic court case did he argue, what historic battle did he fight, what cause greater than himself warranted more than a passing interest in his historic life? If my life were on the line, I wouldn't hire Barack Obama as my lawyer. I'd be concerned that he'd be up late at night working on a draft of his book about how my case affected his life.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Coming Obama Thugocracy

In this campaign, we have seen the coming of the Obama thugocracy, suppressing free speech, and we may see its flourishing in the four or eight years ahead. - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner @michaelbarone

‘I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people’s faces. They seem determined to shut people up.

That’s what Obama supporters, alerted by campaign emails, did when conservative Stanley Kurtz appeared on Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio program in Chicago. Kurtz had been researching Obama’s relationship with unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers in Chicago Annenberg Challenge papers in the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago — papers that were closed off to him for some days, apparently at the behest of Obama supporters.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Eureka Republican Women Federated welcomes Tina Christensen

October 16, 2008
Red Lion, Eureka
Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00

The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Joy at 845-2575 for your reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be welcomed.

President’s Message - October 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the final stretch of the race and I need your help. The national election is critical and so are our local races. If you can walk precincts, make phone calls, or volunteer at Republican headquarters, please let me know. I need all of you to make the commitment or face the consequences later.

On a lighter note, our speaker this month is the hardest working woman I know. She is in just about every local committee fighting for our rights. Not only is she a full time Realtor, she is a wife, mother and a grandmother. Her roots run deep in Humboldt County. Her family was in the fishing industry and that was decimated due to regulatory decisions made by politicians.
Fishing went the way of timber production.

That’s right! I am talking about Tina Christensen. She is One of Humboldt County’s strongest advocates and ace Cheerleader’s. Eureka’s own Sarah Palin. BY JOY FINLEY

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse

There’s something about outspoken conservative women that drives the Left mad. - Michelle Malkin

It’s a peculiar pathology I’ve reported on for more than 15 years, both as a witness and a target. Thus, the onset of Palin Derangement Syndrome in the media, Democrat circles, and the cesspools of the blogosphere came as no surprise. They just can’t help themselves.

Liberals hold a special animus for constituencies they deem traitors. Minorities who identify as social and economic conservatives have left the plantation and sold out their people. Women who put an “R” by their name have abandoned their ovaries and betrayed their gender. As Republican officeholders and conservative public figures who are women have grown in number and visibility, the progression of Conservative Female Abuse has worsened. The astonishing vitriol and virulent hatred directed at GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the most severe manifestation to date....

It's Like Totally Different When a Liberal Blowhard Guy Calls a Conservative Woman a Twat! - Nick Gillespie/Reason Mar. 6, 2012

The war on conservative women - Michelle Malkin March 7, 2012


Monday, September 1, 2008

President’s Message - September 2008

Summer is quickly coming to an end and the weather just keeps getting better! I really missed seeing you all in August but we needed to charge our batteries for the upcoming Presidential election. How about our choice for the first Republican Woman Vice President?
Is she hot or what? I am so impressed with her and can’t wait to work on the McCain/Palin campaign. Her acceptance speech was a home run! I am chairman for the Woman’s Coalition for
McCain and am looking for volunteers to phone bank and work for the ticket.

I am excited about this month’s speaker, Haider Agina. I also want to thank Frank Jager for addressing our group last month and was sorry that I had to miss the meeting because of my broken foot. Thanks and kudos to Margaret Stafford for stepping up to the plate.

Hope to see you all at the Red Lion on September 18th BY JOY FINLEY

Eureka Republican Women Federated welcomes Haider M. Ajina

Haider M. Ajina was born in Baghdad, Iraq to an Iraqi father and a German mother. His primary education was in Iraq and Germany. He finished high school and his first year of college in England. In 1983 he came to Humboldt State University to study Environmental Engineering. In 1985 he married Claire and they have three sons and one daughter. Haider was exporting fresh produce to Europe prior to starting as a financial consultant with Smith Barney in 1992. He is now a Vice President with Smith Barney.

Haider’s organizational affiliations include serving as president of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and president of the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a director of the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run for six years, and as a director of the Tour of Trinidad. He has served as treasurer of the HSU Alumni Association and was cofounder of the HSU Humboldt Bay Paddle Fest.

Haider will be speaking about the current situation in Iraq.

September 18, 2008
Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00

The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not
contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Joy at 845-2575 for your
reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be
A reservations made is a reservation paid AND cancellations a necessity.

6 Questions for Haider Ajina The Journal Dec. 05
FROM HAIDER AJINA: mudvillegazette March 08
NEWS FROM IRAQ mudvillegazette Nov. 05

CFRW NEWS - September 2008

I know that all of you will be busy working to help elect our Republicans from the bottom to the top of the ticket, but there are a few events of which you should be aware.

The California Federation of Republican Women Fall Conference will be held October 17-19 at the LAX Marriot in Los Angeles. There will be great speakers such as California Republican Party Chairman, Ron Nehring, and Motivational Speaker Terry Paulsen, plus great workshops. This is chance to build your Federation knowledge, learn new skills and meet new friends.

Conference Registration: $155.00 by October 1, 2008, which includes Saturday lunch, Saturday banquet and Sunday breakfast. The hotel rate is $135 and deadline for hotel reservation is October.

In November, Northern Division will hold its Fall Conference the weekend of the 22nd-23rd in
Foster City at the Crowne Plaza Hotel; room rate is $107. More information on speakers will be coming shortly.

I would strongly encourage you to attend both of these events. Both conferences offer outstanding speakers, Federation education, leadership training, and networking with other Republican women. One of the goals of the Federation is to develop leadership, each and every one of you are leaders -- plan to attend these events and hone your skills! I hope to many
of you at these Federation Conferences.

For more information, please contact either President Joy or me. BY PATRICIA WELCH


SEPTEMBER 2008 - Your local Party is gearing up for another busy campaign season. I couldn’t be more excited! We have a great Republican Team! However, we have much to do to not only elect Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin to the White House, but we have much work to do elect our local candidates such as Jim Pell to the Assembly, Polly Endert and Frank Jager to Eureka City Council, and Supervisor Johanna Rodoni to the Board of Supervisors.

Last Thursday, the Party hosted a Convention Watching party to watch Senator McCain give his acceptance speech; we had a great turnout. There are more events on the horizon, including debate watching parties as the debates between the presidential and vice presidential candidates
happen. Please watch your mailbox and inbox for more information.

We will begin our calling this week and walking precincts next week. We will also need
volunteers to help staff our headquarters. WE NEED YOUR HELP in these endeavors—your country and your county depend on you!

Please call me at 707-227-6562 to volunteer and for any other information. Thank you for your support of your local Party activities and our Republican candidates; it is greatly appreciated.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - September 2008

How do you define victory? When we scan the news, we see stories about sport teams experiencing victory. We read about victories in battles that take place in our court rooms across America. We are encouraged when we read of victories over the war against terrorism.

What about victory for the Christian believer? In Psalms 44, we are reminded that God has always provided a way of victory for His people. He provided for the defeat of evil by sending his son to bring us the ultimate victory.

It is discouraging for us as Republicans to experience election defeats, especially on the local scene, but let us all remain encouraged and steadfast in the knowledge that good will triumph over evil in the end in God’s good time. BY VEE SORENSON


From LTG Bill Ginn, USAF Ret.
Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played. According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10,
Sec. 171: 'During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present --
except those in uniform -- are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. '

"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides," Obama said. "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it."

"I don't want to be perceived as taking sides" ???????

For the President, there isno other side!!


A funny thing happened on the way home from the convention in that the media’s darling, Barack Obama, commented that he had been so falsely targeted by Sarah Palin, the newly nominated vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

A polar bear in high heels came in off the tundra to call Obama’s hand on just a few of the many issues that the media has repeatedly given him a free ride on for all these many months.

There is certainly fine irony in Obama’s criticism of Palin’s convention speech. Many media
members gave him fat thumbs up on his address in Denver last week. He compared himself to giving a John F. Kennedy speech. I attended John F. Kennedy’s convention address in Los Angeles and to repeat a famous quote on the topic, “Obama is no John Kennedy.” Kennedy was for limited government, strong no nonsense national defense, and low taxes. He absolutely rejected the concepts of the Marxist redistribution of wealth so advocated and guaranteed by Obama.

Did they really listen to the promises made by Obama? He claims his government will provide for all of us the same level of elite medical care that he is given as a senator. Further everyone will have a good job, everyone can go to college, all schools will have high caliber teachers, everyone will drive less and enjoy it more, and there won’t be a cotton picking problem this Utopian wonderland won’t solve because the wealthy will pay all the taxes and the rest of us will get a free ride.

In the brass tacks memory of Ronald Reagan—Tear down those Grecian pillars, get a grip on reality, and pity those who believe all these promises of everything for nothing.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - September 2008

September 11 We Will Never Forget
September 18 EFRW Meeting @ Red Lion, Eureka
October 17-19 CFRW Fall Conference LAX Marriot, Los Angeles
November 4 Nationwide Election
November 14 NFRW Regional Meeting Las Vegas (tentative date)

Roger Rodoni, in November 2004, on the game of politics and the use of anonymously funded attack ads. “In politics we’re dealing with power. And people get quite desperate about that, and they
will do desperate things, say desperate things...Personally I give the electorate credit. I think people are intelligent enough to figure it out.”

Justice William O’Douglas: ”Those in power need checks and restraints lest they come to identify the common good for their own tastes and desires, and their continuation in office as essential to the preservation of the nation.”


Thank goodness, Senator McCain had the good foresight to select Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate! Sarah is a breath of fresh air we haven’t enjoyed since Ronald Reagan! I predict the McCain/Palin ticket will win and that the Republicans will put the first
woman in the White House, in the next four or eight years from now! And she will be a traditional woman…you know, one who loves her husband, children, and country!

It didn’t take long for the dems to begin savage attacks and then whine that her acceptance speech was mean-spirited! What a hoot! Bring it on, bring it on! The more they attack, the higher the McCain/Palin poll points climb!

The funniest charge is that Sarah is too inexperienced to be vice president. WRONG!

She has more under her belt as mayor and governor than Obama and Biden combined! Obama’s rationalization that he has “more executive experience” by running for president for the
past two years is hilarious! Somehow, the fact that all he has accomplished in the Senate is to
vote “present” time after time escapes him! Sarah’s comment that being a community organizer is sorta like being a mayor, only a mayor actually has responsibilities!

My 8th through 11th graders will be watching the debates and recording there opinions on the candidates’ answers. I made the same assignments four years ago and was surprised at the depth of understanding my students expressed in their responses. The additional benefit was that their parents sat down and watched the debates also. Most commented that they would not have watched had their students not been required to do so!

As far as Obama’s executive experience…actually, having been president of Eureka Republican Women Federated for a full year…I have more executive experience than he. SHERYL FEARRIEN

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I’d like to thank Rex Bohn for his informative speech in June that gave us insight to a great company and employer. As always, Rex showed great humor. This month our guest speaker will be Frank Jager.

We will NOT meet in August. The executive board agreed that this is vacation and Humboldt County Fair time. We will be back in September and gearing up for upcoming elections. Any of you who want to participate, I can advise you or you can join the Humboldt GOP to help. Remember,
When Women Work We Win!

Please remember Vee and Dick Sorenson in your prayers.
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CARDS FOR SOLDIERS I have received a donation of approximately 500 decks of cards from Cherae-Heights. I still need help getting these to our brave troops in Iraq. If any of you can give me a couple of hours to get these out, I would appreciate it. Please contact me at 845-2575. Thanks, JOY FINLEY

Americanism Report - July 2008

The mainstream media has long been the propaganda arm of the Democrat party and refuses to print the truth about any of their candidates.
Check out the following…
◼ He voted against banning 'partial birth' abortion.
◼ He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
◼ He supports affirmative action (racial preferences) in colleges and government.
◼ In 2001, he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing.
◼ Instead, says he will deal with street-level drug dealing as a minimum wage affair.
◼ He admitted his own marijuana and cocaine use in high school and in college.
◼ His religious convictions are very murky - even before the Rev. Wright fiasco.
◼ He is willing to meet with our Communist and terrorist foes, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to negotiate our cooperation.
◼ He has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim nations.
◼ He opposed the Patriot Act which has kept 9/11 terrorists from further success on U.S. soil.
◼ The first bill he signed that also passed was campaign finance reform (which has
had the opposite effect).
◼ He voted No on prohibiting frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
◼ He supports universal health-care similar to Europe and Canada's (even though they come here for better health care).
◼ He voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees (constitutional rights for terrorist prisoners in our courts).
◼ He supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants even though that ID would, for instance, allow them to vote.
◼ He supports extending all welfare benefits to illegal immigrants.
◼ He voted yes on the comprehensive immigration reform bill that failed after a public outcry against amnesty.
◼ He voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.
◼ He wants to make the minimum wage a 'living wage'.
◼ He voted with Democratic Party in 96 percent of 251 votes.
◼ He is a big believer in the complete separation of church and state - no religion in the public square.
◼ He is opposed to any effort to privatize Social Security and instead supports massive tax increases.
◼ He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax.
◼ He voted No on repealing the 'Death' Tax (i.e. Inheritance Tax which confiscates 56% of one's estate).
◼ He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax, among many others, as well as institute some new ones.
◼ He has repeatedly said the Surge in Iraq has not succeeded (though our top military claims the opposite), and he will retreat as rapidly as possible, regardless of conditions on the ground.
◼ In his book, he states that if the world's nations cannot agree, he will side with the
Moslem countries.
◼ He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some

Education Report - July 2008

Last month I began reading Obama's book, Dreams from My Father. I had promised a report by this month. After a while, it dawned on me that Obama is either a genius or disingenuous, as liberals of fond of saying. You see, Obama's book is filled with complete quotations of all the conversations he remembers from the time he was a tiny child right on through his wedding. I have a very good memory of most of my childhood, but I can't honestly say I recall all the exact words from every onversation I remember. I will give Obama credit for a superb writing style. I believe his book is either fictionalized or he 'remembers' events the way he wants to. If your goal is to find the real Obama,I doubt this book will help very much!

Now with that out of the way...I would like to share something I find so much more important! Our Aunt Edith Fearrien passed on to Heaven on June 22. It is a comfort to know that she is Heaven, but it is just so hard not having her here with us. Many of you knew her so this won't be news to you! At age 92 (would have been 93 on August 19th) Aunt Edith had lived a very long, busy, engaged, and happy life. But she probably would have lived at least another ten or twelve years if it hadn't been for the accident. Aunt Edith was the baby of the family and her last sister died last year at age 106! Edith passed out walking up church steps in Paradise to attend a wedding on a very hot day. She crashed her head on the steps and never regained consciousness. It was a shock to all her family and friends. All last week I kept thinking of things I wanted to tell her and then would remember that wouldn't be possible. At the celebration of life held in Ferndale and at her funeral services the next morning, family and friends shared their special memories. These brought a lot of smiles, laughter, and yes, tears. Aunt Edith was a very accomplished lady. She worked along side her husbands, Henry from 1938 until his death in 1970 and Fred from 1971 to his death in 2001. She traveled the world extensively and hiked up to the top of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains just three years ago! She could keep up with people half her age and pass up many multiple decades younger! She was very direct and honest and sometimes very funny! I knew she was as her daughter, JoAnn, shared at the celebration of life, "a-dyed- inthe-woolREPUBLICAN"! That was when I came up with a fitting tribute. At the burial, I attached my Republican elephant pin to the pastel flowered spray from our family. JoAnn watched me do this and commented that "Mom would appreciate that!" Aunt Edith is an inspiration for all of us. If God chooses for me to live that long, I truly hope I can be just like her! I want to dance until the party is completely over...just like Aunt Edith! BY SHERYL FEARRIEN

Legislative Update - July 2008

From the Desk of CFRW Legislative Advocate Michelle P Conner:
Status on Bills: The California Federation of Republican Women voted to oppose these tax bills below.
The Good News
AB 1956 by Calderon (D-58) would require state tax officials to begin imposing sales taxes on music, movies, and software purchases made online, such as on iTunes. DEAD
AB 2372 by Coto (D-23) would impose a new 1 percent tax on Californians earning more than one million per year, raising the state’s highest income tax rate to 11.3 percent. DEAD
AB 2388 by Feuer (D-42) would raise the car tax based on the weight of the vehicle and the amount of carbon dioxide emission it emits, to a still-unspecified level. DEAD
AB 2638 by Coto (D-23) would impose a new sales tax on the sale of cars in California that get less than fifteen miles per gallon. DEAD
AB 2744 by Huffman (D-6) would authorize San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials to impose a new gas tax, of as much as 10 cents per gallon, to pay for new government spending. DEAD
AB 2829 by Davis (D-48) would impose a new plastic bag tax, at a still-unspecified level, on the plastic bags used by grocery stores and other retailers to package. DEAD
AB 2897 by Hancock (D-14) would impose a new 10 percent tax rate for individuals earning more than $136,115 every year or $272,230 for joint filers and a new 11 percent tax rate for individuals earning more than $272,230 per year or $544,460 for joint filers. DEAD
The Bad News
AB 2522 by Arambula (D-31) would authorize San Joaquin Valley air quality officials to impose a new thirty dollar car tax on drivers, without a vote of the people. ALIVE
AB 2558 by Feuer (D-42) would authorize Los Angeles transportation officials to impose one of two different taxes, subject to a majority vote, to address climate change -- an increased gas tax as high as three percent, or an increased car tax as high as eighty dollars. ALIVE
AB 2967 by Fuentes (D-39) would impose a new .06 percent tax on the gross operating costs of every California hospital, to pay for new government health care programs. ALIVE
SB 1731 by Yee (D-8) would authorize San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials to impose a higher car tax on local drivers, without a vote of the people. ALIVE
On the National Level
Obama’s Global Poverty Act (S2433) is coming up for a Senate vote sometime after the July 4 recess. According to Lee Cary with the conservative blog this United Nations inspired give away is estimated to cost the US $845 billion. Remember the United Nations humanitarian aid program called “Oil-for Food”?

The Fairness Doctrine is back and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she will resist any effort that opposes reinstatement and she is bottlenecking the Broadcaster Freedom Act in committee.

Eureka Republican Women Federated welcomes Frank J. Jager

July 17, 2008 Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00

About Frank J. Jager: Frank was born in Albany, Oregon and has lived in Eureka for the past 60 years. He attended St. Bernards, College of the Redwoods, and Humboldt State University. Frank currently serves as the Coroner/Public administrator for the County of Humboldt. Previously, he was a Police Officer and Detective for the City of Eureka and a Criminal Investigator and Polygraph Examiner for the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. Frank has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 25 years and they have four children. Frank is active in Boy Scouts and has received numerous honors and awards for his community service activities.

The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Margaret Stafford at 822-3255 for your reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be welcomed. A reservations made is a reservation paid AND cancellations a necessity.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Republican Women topic: tax plan

Eureka Republican Women Federated, at its Jan. 17 meeting, will feature Todd Walker, who will discuss the “Fair Tax Plan” - Times-Standard

Walker is a board-certified CPA, with a background in business accounting and tax planning. He is the current controller for Arcata's Sun Valley Floral Group.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., and Walker will speak at noon at the Red Lion Inn, 1929 Fourth St.

The cost of lunch will be $14.50, and reservations can be made in advance by calling Joy Finley at 845-2575.