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More RNC pictures and Chairman Rapp’s speech from Highlands County Republican meeting Aug 11th

August 17th, 2016

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As reported in a prior post, we had a great meeting last Thursday evening with a good number of members and guests! All elected Highlands County Republicans and candidates were invited and many were able to attend including sheriff candidates Paul Blackman and James Fansler, county commission candidate Madge Stewart and superintendent of schools candidate William “Pep Hutchinson III.

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Highlands County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp, our delegate to the RNC, had an extensive display of RNC memorabilia as shown in the above photo and gave an excellent slide presentation of the highlights of her five days at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  An initial sampling of her pictures was included in a prior report.  The following are brief notes from Chairman Rapp’s speech and comments that followed her slide presentation Thursday evening:

  • We have an excellent Strategy to Win!
  • We have a winning team with Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence!
  • Donald Trump’s speech in Miami today to the National Association of Home Builders was excellent and one of his best.  See  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBZQnL_aIQ
  • Let’s Make America Safe Again! Let’s Make America Grow Again! And Let’s Make America Great Again!
  • Let’s make this the people’s election!
  • Voters want change and they are sick and tired of Obama!
  • Voters do not want four more years of Obama policies under Hillary!
  • New voter registration is key! Must keep up the good work and increase our efforts!
  • We are winning the voter registration battle in Highlands County!  From Jan 1 to July 31, 2016 there were
    • 1590 net gain Republicans registered in Highlands County
    • 102 net gain Democrats
    • 148 net gain NPA/Other
  • We have reached about 2400 voters with over 2000 hand-addressed welcome postcards that have been sent to new Highlands County Republicans since we initiated the welcome postcard mailings to new Republicans.  Thanks to all of our Turf Captains and dedicated volunteers!
  • Unity is the Key Message! – We can win this election if we unify behind our candidates!
  • Did you see world-famous theologian Wayne Grudem’s great article “Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Morally Good Choice” that was posted on our Facebook page? See http://townhall.com/columnists/waynegrudem/2016/07/28/why-voting-for-donald-trump-is-a-morally-good-choice-n2199564
  • The liberal mainstream media is in it for Hillary!  We have to do all the more!
  • Polls are misleading! The mainstream media want Hillary to win and they do all they can to amplify polls that favor her.  Their goal is to deflate our spirits and demotivate.  But the polls are typically skewed 4-5 %.
  • Volunteer Training – Met with Hannah Hughes from the RPOF last week.  She will return on Sept 1, 2016 to train our leadership team and all volunteers who wish to be trained to reach voters.  Training will take place at 6 PM at the Highlands County Republican Headquarters at corner of US 27 and Sparta Road.  Bring your smart phone or ipad.  Call 863 402-5456 for more info or see our website http://www.highlandscounty.gop/

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The Highlands County REC does not endorse or take sides in a Republican Primary Election. All are encouraged to become educated on the candidates before you vote.

Paid for by the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee
P.O. Box 7987, Sebring, FL 33872

http://republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/

http://highlandscounty.gop

 

 

Pictures – August Highlands County Republican Meeting Thursday Aug 11th

August 15th, 2016

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Great meeting last Thursday evening with a good turrnout of members and guests! All elected Highlands County Republicans and candidates were invited. Sheriff candidates attending the August meeting  included Paul Blackman and James Fansler.  County Commission candidate Madge Stewart and Superintendent of Schools candidate William “Pep” Hutchinson III also attended.

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Highlands County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp, our delegate to the RNC, had an extensive display of RNC memorabilia as shown in the above photo and gave an excellent slide presentation of the highlights of her five days at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  An initial sampling of her pictures are included in this report.  Additional pictures from the RNC and highlights from Chairman Rapp’s speech that followed her slide presentation will follow in subsequent posts.

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13697064_282938772061132_6264219429391791106_n  After hearing the positive pro-America speeches at the RNC by our nominees and after seeing the terrible events at the DNC including the disrespect for military and patriotism and the multiple disruptions of the Moment of Silence for Fallen Police Officers,  are you now ready to become actively involved? We have immediate needs for volunteers in all areas of our Strategy to Win efforts.  If you are willing to volunteer, we have a place for you and will match your interests with the positions available.  You can volunteer today at http://www.highlandscounty.gop/volunteer

Email info@highlandscounty.gop for more info or contact Kathy Rapp at rapp1422@gmail.com  We cannot change the direction of our country unless we win Florida. Every vote is going to be needed.  United we win!

 

Highlands County Republican Meeting Thursday Aug 11th at Sebring Elks Lodge

July 31st, 2016

Make plans now to attend the next Highlands County Republican meeting on August 11th at 6:30 PM (optional dinner 5 – 6:30 PM) at the Sebring Elks Lodge.  Invite family and friends to attend with you.  All are welcome! Our delegate to the RNC, Chairman Kathy Rapp, will bring a report and pictures of her five days at the RNC.

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Many of you are excited about the Trump-Pence team if you heard their acceptance speeches and all of the very positive pro-America speeches during the RNC.  After hearing the positive speeches at the RNC by our nominees and after seeing the terrible events at the DNC including the disrespect for military and patriotism and the multiple disruptions of the Moment of Silence for Fallen Police Officers,  are you now ready to get actively involved? We have immediate needs for volunteers in all areas of the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.  If you are willing to volunteer, we have a place for you and will match your interests with the positions available.  You can volunteer today at http://www.highlandscounty.gop/volunteer

We also have many needs for volunteers on our voter engagement committees including Women’s Engagement Committee (contact Joan Hartt), Faith-based Engagement Committee (contact Earl Claire), Minority Engagement Committee (contact Kathy Rapp), Community Engagement Committee (contact Penny Kocarek), Digital Engagement Committee, and the Veteran’s Engagement Committee.  Email info@highlandscounty.gop for more info or contact Kathy Rapp at rapp1422@gmail.com  We cannot change the direction of our country unless we win Florida. Every vote is going to be needed.

There are glaring differences between the Republican and Democrat Platforms adopted at their respective conventions.  See http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/31/glaring-differences-between-republican-democratic-/

Take a good look and decide which overall platform is better for America.  Another brief visual comparison is included below.  Note the differences and the bottom line “The Next President will Appoint the Next Two Supreme Court Justices”.   That should be motivation enough for anyone who cares about the future of our country and the well-being of their family.  Won’t you make plans now to get involved?  Republicans who stay home elect Democrats (and they also elect the Democrat platform.)  United we win!

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Laura Ingraham’s Speech at the RNC – rated by many as one of the very best!

July 25th, 2016

ICYMI – Many including our Florida National Committeeman Peter Feaman rated Laura Ingraham’s speech as one of the very best at the RNC last week.  Listen and share if you agree!

Remember – Republicans who stay home elect Democrats!

Highlands County Republican July Meeting

July 16th, 2016

Great meeting Thursday evening with a large turnout for a July meeting in Highlands County!  Clear evidence of the growing interest in our outstanding Republican candidates and the upcoming elections!

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Highlights included the County Commission District 3 Candidate Forum with excellent speeches by Ron Handley and Madge Stewart, Republican candidates for County Commission District 3.  HCREC Vice Chairman Virgil Beato served as emcee for the forum and led the very interesting and entertaining Q & A session.  IMG_4106IMG_4107IMG_4110IMG_4108

Other highlights of the meeting included a video presentation with comments by Jack Nelson and a very positive update by Jason Biance on the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase to support the Highlands County school system. A  resolution by the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee to support the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase was voted on and passed unanimously!  For additional information on this important issue, see: http://www.highlands.k12.fl.us/sbhc/halfcentsalestax.html

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An additional highlight of the meeting was the addition of the latest new member to the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee.  County Commissioner Jack Richie became an official member of the HCREC in a brief ceremony administered by Highlands County Republican Chairman Kathy Rapp.

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The Highlands County Republican Executive Committee has openings for additional new members in several precincts.  Your support and involvement is needed now.  To find out more about the HCREC, contact one of our board members or see http://www.highlandscounty.gop/hcrec 

For those who missed the news, Chairman Rapp is heading up to Cleveland  Sunday to serve as Highlands County’s only delegate and one of 99 members of the Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention.

The next Highlands County Republican meeting will be Thursday August 11th at 6:30 PM (optional dinner from 5 – 6:30 PM) at the Sebring Elks Lodge.  Make plans to attend and to invite family and friends to attend with you.  The upcoming elections are absolutely crucial.  Florida is a must win state if Republicans are to regain the White House and Make America Great Again!  Volunteers are needed in all areas for the critical get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.   You can volunteer online today at http://www.highlandscounty.gop/volunteer

 

Pictures from the HRWN Republican Candidate Forum at the Sebring Civic Center Monday night

July 12th, 2016

What an outstanding Republican Candidate Forum at the Sebring Civic Center Monday evening! Thanks to each Republican candidate who took the time to speak and to personally meet and greet and to answer questions.  Thanks also to all of the HRWN officers and volunteers for hosting and for all of the good food and logistics to make this event successful.

HRWN President Kathy Rapp welcomed everyone and set the stage  and  County Commissioner Don Elwell was superb as the guest emcee for the event. His entertaining comments and actions to keep the program and speakers on point and on schedule were very well-received.  Candidates who each spoke for five minutes included the two Republican candidates for Highlands County Superintendent, William F. “Pep” Hutchinson III and Dr. Brenda K. Longshore, the three Republican candidates for Highlands County Sheriff, Paul A. Blackman, James Fansler, and James S. Jimmy Sottile,  and the two Republican candidates for County Commission District Three, William R. “Ron” Handley and Madge DeLois Stewart.

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Highlands County Trump Campaign Co-chair Gil Santavenere served as an able spokesman for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.  Gil outlined the very strong reasons for supporting the presumptive nominee and the very compelling reasons to defeat the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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The Highlands County REC does not endorse or take sides in a Republican Primary Election. All are encouraged to become educated on the candidates before you vote.

 

Paid for by the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee
P.O. Box 7987, Sebring, FL 33872

http://republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/

http://highlandscounty.gop

 

HRWN – Republican Candidate Forum July 11

July 1st, 2016

HRWN Candidates' Forum, 2016

ICYMI – Socialism for the Uninformed

June 18th, 2016

From townhall.com – Socialism for the Uninformed

Thomas Sowell
Posted: May 31, 2016 12:01 AM
Socialism for the Uninformed
Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.
While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families.With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.The anti-capitalist policies in Venezuela have worked so well that the number of companies in Venezuela is now a fraction of what it once was. That should certainly reduce capitalist “exploitation,” shouldn’t it?But people who attribute income inequality to capitalists exploiting workers, as Karl Marx claimed, never seem to get around to testing that belief against facts — such as the fact that none of the Marxist regimes around the world has ever had as high a standard of living for working people as there is in many capitalist countries.

Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated.

When Senator Sanders cries, “The system is rigged!” no one asks, “Just what specifically does that mean?” or “What facts do you have to back that up?”

In 2015, the 400 richest people in the world had net losses of $19 billion. If they had rigged the system, surely they could have rigged it better than that.

But the very idea of subjecting their pet notions to the test of hard facts will probably not even occur to those who are cheering for socialism and for other bright ideas of the political left.

How many of the people who are demanding an increase in the minimum wage have ever bothered to check what actually happens when higher minimum wages are imposed? More often they just assume what is assumed by like-minded peers — sometimes known as “everybody,” with their assumptions being what “everybody knows.”

Back in 1948, when inflation had rendered meaningless the minimum wage established a decade earlier, the unemployment rate among 16-17-year-old black males was under 10 percent. But after the minimum wage was raised repeatedly to keep up with inflation, the unemployment rate for black males that age was never under 30 percent for more than 20 consecutive years, from 1971 through 1994. In many of those years, the unemployment rate for black youngsters that age exceeded 40 percent and, for a couple of years, it exceeded 50 percent.

The damage is even greater than these statistics might suggest. Most low-wage jobs are entry-level jobs that young people move up out of, after acquiring work experience and a track record that makes them eligible for better jobs. But you can’t move up the ladder if you don’t get on the ladder.

The great promise of socialism is something for nothing. It is one of the signs of today’s dumbed-down education that so many college students seem to think that the cost of their education should — and will — be paid by raising taxes on “the rich.”

Here again, just a little check of the facts would reveal that higher tax rates on upper-income earners do not automatically translate into more tax revenue coming in to the government. Often high tax rates have led to less revenue than lower tax rates.

In a globalized economy, high tax rates may just lead investors to invest in other countries with lower tax rates. That means that jobs created by those investments will be overseas.

None of this is rocket science. But you do have to stop and think — and that is what too many of our schools and colleges are failing to teach their students to do.

For the rest of this article and others, see: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2016/05/31/socialism-for-the-uninformed-n2171042

Pictures from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Candidate Forum Thursday

June 11th, 2016

Many thanks to the four candidates and the good number of Highlands County residents who turned out in the rain for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Candidate Forum Thursday evening.  The event held at the Sebring Elks Lodge was considered very successful!  It is always a good thing when extra chairs have to be brought in to a meeting particularly on a rainy night in June!  The event was part of the monthly Highlands County Republican meeting and was emceed by County Commissioner Don Elwell, who greatly added to the event with his excellent well-timed comments.  The presentations by the four sheriff’s candidates Paul Blackman, James Fansler, Candido Garcia, and James “Jimmy” Sottile and their answers to a large number of thoughtful questions from the audience received numerous rounds of applause.  The primary election will be held August 30th.

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Highlands County Republican Chairman Kathy Rapp is pictured with the four candidates from left to right James Fansler, Paul Blackman, Candido Garcia, and James “Jimmy” Sottile.  Commissioner Don Elwell who emceed the forum is shown in the second picture.

 

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A County Commissioner Candidate Forum will be held at the start of the next Highlands County Republican meeting on July 14 at the Sebring Elks Lodge.  Candidates will include County Commission District 3 candidates Ron Handley and Madge Stewart.  Make plans now to attend that event at 6:30 PM on July 14th.

The Highlands County REC does not endorse or take sides in a Republican Primary Election. All are encouraged to become educated on the candidates.  Articles of interest will be posted to allow you to become as informed as possible.

Paid for by the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee
P.O. Box 7987, Sebring, FL 33872

http://republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com/

http://highlandscounty.gop

Reminder – Salute to Naturalized Citizens Dinner Saturday June 4th at Sebring Elks Lodge

May 27th, 2016

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Please support this Salute to Naturalized Citizens dinner by purchasing tickets or by donating tickets today.  Please RSVP by calling 863 382-1346 or by email to Kathy Rapp at rapp1422@gmail.com or 863 381-1390.  The RSVP time has been extended to May 29th.

Officers

Chairman
    Kathy Rapp
Vice Chairman
    Virgil Beato
Secretary
    Ida Jackson
Treasurer
    Penny Kocarek

State Committeeman
    Earl Claire

State Committeewoman
    Joan Hartt