Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter 2017 Meeting

The Winter 2017 meeting of Republican State Committee was held this past weekend at the Hershey Lodge.  On Friday afternoon, a session was held reviewing the results of the 2016 elections and how we were able to deliver Pennsylvania for President Donald Trump.  Following that was speeches and a panel discussion with all of our candidates for state-wide judicial office.  The keynote speaker at Friday evening's dinner was State Senator Scott Wagner, who is a candidate for Governor.

Saturday morning began with a Southwest Caucus breakfast meeting which included an update from Speaker Mike Turzai.  Following the caucus breakfast, the regular meeting began.  Out of the 349 members of Republican State Committee, 284 were present in person, 61 sent proxies, and 4 were absent.

The first item for voting was to elect a new Chairman for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.  After a roll call vote, Val DiGiorgio defeated Lawrence Tabas by a very close margin of 173 to 171.  Other officers who were elected unopposed included:
Vice Chair: Bernadette Comfort, Lehigh County
Treasurer: D Raja, Allegheny County
Secretary: Andy Reilly, Delaware County
Assistant Secretary: Peg Ferraro, Northampton County

Following the election of the new officers, a vote was held on whether or not to endorse candidates for state-wide judicial office.  The vote passed, and the following candidates were nominated:

SUPREME COURT
Sallie Mundy

SUPERIOR COURT
Emil Giordano
Wade Kagarise
Paula Patrick
Craig Stedman

COMMONWEALTH COURT
Christine Cannon
Paul Lalley

We look forward to helping elect this excellent judicial slate later this year!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall 2016 meeting recap

On September 23-24, the Fall 2016 meeting of Republican State Committee was held in Harrisburg at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey hotel.  Meeting sessions on Friday afternoon included topics covering the state of the 2016 election, election day operations and legal topics, as well as the plan for the final 40 days of the campaign.  Our guest speaker for the dinner on Friday night was U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.  At age 39, he is currently the youngest member of the U.S. Senate.  Sen. Cotton spoke about his military service and what he and Sen. Pat Toomey are accomplishing in the Senate.  State Senator John Rafferty also addressed the dinner and spoke about his campaign for Pennsylvania Attorney General.
Saturday morning starting with a meeting of the Southwest Caucus, followed by the general meeting.  Congressmen Mike Kelly, Tom Marino, and Scott Perry provided an update from Congress and spoke about the need to elect Donald Trump in November.  State Senator Scott Wagner spoke about the campaigns for State Senate.  Finally, we heard an update from the campaign trail from Auditor General candidate John Brown and Treasurer candidate Otto Voit.
Our Party is energized and working hard to win on November 8th!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall 2016 Meeting

The next meeting of Republican State Committee will be held this week on Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey hotel.  The meeting will include an update on the general election campaigns and a dinner on Friday evening with Senator Tom Cotton as our keynote speaker.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter 2016 meeting recap

The Winter meeting of Republican State Committee was held on January 15-16, 2016 at the Hotel Hershey.  On Friday afternoon, we attended an advanced training session on using GOP Data Center, as well as sessions on legal issues relating to fundraising and federal elections, as well as updates from the state party communications team.  Friday evening we had the opportunity to hear from Senator Pat Toomey.

A meeting of the Southwest Caucus of State Committee was held Saturday morning, followed immediately by the general meeting.  At our Southwest Caucus meeting, we had an opportunity to hear from each of the three Republican candidates running for statewide office:  State Senator John Rafferty for Attorney General, Northampton County Executive John Brown for Auditor General, and Otto Voit for State Treasurer.

During the general meeting, we heard state legislative reports from State Senator Scott Wagner and Speaker Mike Turzai, who received a standing ovation for his efforts to stop Governor Wolf's massive tax hikes.  We also received a Congressional update from Congressman Tim Murphy who spoke about the mental health crisis in America.  Following the reports from elected officials, State Committee voted unanimously to endorse our three candidates for statewide office and each of them gave some brief remarks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall 2015 meeting recap

The Fall meeting of Republican State Committee was held September 18-19 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.  The Friday afternoon meetings included sessions detailing the Frederick Douglass Inclusion Council and plans to reach out to minority voters and support minority candidates for office, as well as cultivating and identifying future candidates. We also heard an update from Andrew Patterson on the state of the Judicial races this fall.  The guest speaker at the dinner Friday night was Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who talked about the challenges of winning an election as a Republican candidate in Massachusetts.
 
Saturday morning began with a breakfast meeting of the Southwest Caucus.  The Southwest Caucus unanimously voted to endorse Sen. Pat Toomey for United States Senator in next year's election.  Following the caucus meeting, the general meeting of the Republican State Committee was held.  Following reports by Senator Toomey, Congressman Tom Marino, Senator John Rafferty, and Representative Todd Stephens, several voice votes were held during new business.  State Committee voted to endorse Senator Pat Toomey for re-election next year.  State Committee also voted to approve the proposed bylaw changes to comply with the new RNC rules regarding selection of at-large delegates.

The next meeting of the Republican State Committee will be held at the Hotel Hershey on January 15-16, 2016.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall 2015 Meeting

After a summer hiatus, Republican State Committee activities are starting back up again as we gear up for the fall election campaign.  Our next meeting will be held on Friday September 18th and Saturday September 19th at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.  More information may also be obtained on the website for the fall meeting at http://www.pagop.org/Fall

The PA GOP is currently accepting internship applications for the fall of 2015 and the spring and summer of 2016.  RCAC is also currently accepting applications for an internship position this fall.  If you know of any students who have an interest in campaign politics, and would be interested in getting involved at our Harrisburg headquarters, County party, or at one of our field offices, please let us know.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northeast Republican Leadership Conference

 
I feel very fortunate that I was able to attend the much publicized Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia that wrapped up June 20th.  There were over 600 attendees from 20 states, but I was one of only a few State Committee people from Southwestern Western Pennsylvania who were able to make the journey this year.  Our State Committee Chairman, Rob Gleason explained that the Northeast Conference was being held in Pennsylvania this year because we will be a battleground state in 2016.  No Democrat has ever become President of the United States without carrying Pennsylvania. Two great highlights of the conference for me were meeting and talking with United States Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa, and then, at the invitation of our National Committee Woman Christine Toretti, leading the Pledge of Allegiance just prior to the keynote address from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The Conference speakers included former New York Governor George Pataki, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Congressman Steve King,  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush Karl Rove, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

In addition to these great speakers, the conference offered a number of policy and  training sessions led by expert panels.  Topics covered included American Foreign Policy and Terrorism, Connecting Social Medial and Local Candidates, How Big Data is Revolutionizing Politics, and Obamacare, HillaryCare, and Winning Healthcare Reform.

A presidential straw poll was conducted throughout the event, and yes, credentials were required to cast your ballot.  The top five vote-getters were lead by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who won the straw poll with 25.3 percent of the vote.  Governor Chris Christie won 11.6 percent taking second place. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished third with 11 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tied with 9.6 percent.

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions about the conference.