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Please join the TVRC for our monthly Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Wednesday, 30 December 2099 00:00

SATURDAY,  August 9,  2014
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION

Please join the TVRC for our monthly Breakfast
at the Radisson Hotel in Madison
8721 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL  (map)
Coffee, Talk, and Breakfast Buffet at 8 - 9 AM, Speakers and More Talk at 9 AM

Come early - we sometimes start before 9 AM to accommodate our speakers. We finish by 10 AM.
The optional breakfast buffet is $10.
Join the TVRC - just attend a meeting.


 

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TVRC August Program


Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R, SD2, Madison)


Chris Horn, candidate for Alabama House District 53


Walker McGinnis, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 4

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 15:45
 
We Have T-shirts For Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Tuesday, 29 December 2099 00:00

We now have TVRC T-shirts for sale. They are available at any of our regular monthly meetings. Pictures of a shirt are attached to this post, or come see it modeled at our next meeting.

 

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The Valley Young Republicans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Weber   
Tuesday, 15 December 2099 14:55
The Valley Young Republicans
The Valley Young Republicans usually meet the 4th Thursday monthly, 6 - 8 PM at Pie i n the Sky Fresh Pizzeria & Pub, 8141 Hwy 72, Madison, AL. Contact is Eric Harris at 256-258-9171 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Their allied club, Madison County Young Republicans, will continue to meet the 3rd Tuesday as noted in the club section near the bottom of the newsletter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:30
 
Our July TVRC Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:56
Our July TVRC Meeting

The TVRC met for breakfast on Saturday, July 12 with president Cate Summer (pictured) presiding. We heard from Anson Knowles (candidate for Huntsville BOE, district 3), Kimberly Battle (candidate for Huntsville BOE, district 4), Chip Beeker (candidate for Public Service Commission, place 2), and Matt Massey (candidate for Madison County superintendent of education).

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 15:58
 
News and Opinion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:55
News and Opinion by Thomas Scovill
Impeach the Director of the CIA. For those House Republicans who lack of the stomach to impeach the president, there are other worthy impeachment targets. The spying-lying director of the CIA has clearly broken the law. Impeach Brennan and give the president the opportunity to defend his underling's law breaking.

Alabama Jobs Report. No good news. In its latest report, the Alabama Department of Labor says there are 1,994,537 persons with jobs,a loss of 600 since Governor Bentley took office.  The peak before the recession was 2,120,896 jobs in December 2006. That was 126,000 more than we have today. I use the seasonally adjusted data just as Governor Bentley does when he talks about the U3 unemployment rate. These are data from the Current Population Survey (CPS).

 
We Need an Elected Board of Education in the City of Madison PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:53
We Need an Elected Board of Education in the City of Madison by Thomas Scovill
Ongoing government overreach in the city of Madison by its unelected Board of Education (BOE) shows the problem is not limited to federal officials and agencies.
In 2013 our Republican led legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act to provide flexibility to school districts and to permit students in failing schools to transfer to better schools. I think this was the best thing the legislature did during the recently completed quadrennium. But the Alabama Education Association (AEA) and their fully owned subsidiary, the Democrat Party of Alabama, oppose the law and in May they convinced a Montgomery circuit judge to declare the law unconstitutional. He has since stayed his injunction pending appeal.
The court ruling was based on how the bill was enacted and whether the rules of the legislature were followed in a House - Senate conference. But there was ample regular order for this bill which was passed by each chamber, amended in joint conference, passed again, signed by the governor, amended and passed once more by both House and Senate, and a veto by the governor overridden. The Democrat lawsuit is frivolous. The appeal will surely prevail based on the principle of separation of powers. And the action of the Republican legislature was sustained in the recent primary elections and will soon be sustained again in the general election in November.
The issue is not an area of  expertise of the Madison BOE. We elected Republicans to run the legislature and they do not need help from unelected education bureaucrats. Yet on July 30, the five members of the unelected Madison BOE instructed their superintendent to draft an amicus brief to support the judge's ruling and fight the appeal in cahoots with the Alabama Education Association (AEA)  and other Democrats.
Voters elected legislators to pass laws. The Madison BOE was not elected by anyone. They were appointed by a seven-person city council to run the the city's schools and supervise their superintendent. And we give the BOE tax revenue to run the schools, that money should not be used to help the AEA and Democrats win in court what was lost in the people's legislature. The Madison BOE are in bed with the AEA and Democrats on a frivolous, partisan issue.

The Madison BOE are well out of their lane. We need an elected board to help them find their place and ensure they do not lose it again. A recent precedent is the referendum approved by voters in Hartselle in 2010. Let's petition our legislature for a referendum to create an elected BOE in Madison. Please contact me if you want to help, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 256-509-4522.

 
Big Cotton Pulled a Fast One On July 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:53
Big Cotton Pulled a Fast One On July 15 by Thomas Scovill
On July 15, I hope you voted NO on Amendment 1. Sadly, it's likely that you first learned about this referendum when you saw it on your ballot. At that point it's hard to do any research and thoughtful deliberation. Big Cotton was flying under the radar.
This measure was approved by voters and the constitution of Alabama has now been amended to allow some cotton producers to compel other cotton producers to pay a tax of $1 per bale to the private Alabama Cotton Commission.
By current law, the Alabama Department of Agriculture collects $1 per bale at the time the cotton is processed at the cotton gin. This money is sent to the Alabama Cotton Commission to fund research and promotion programs selected by this private organization. A cotton producer can request a refund if he does not want to participate in this voluntary program.
Currently about 93 percent of cotton producers choose to participate and 7 percent request and receive refunds. In 2013, Alabama produced 590,000 bales of cotton. The Alabama Cotton Commission got about $550,000 of revenue from the $1 per bale fee and about $40,000 was returned to producers who requested a refund.
Although most would consider a voluntary program with over 90 percent participation to be very successful, this is not enough to satisfy proponents of the program. They want 100 percent participation and have asked the state of Alabama to compel  a few dozen farmers to do something they do not want to do and cannot be forced to do by the private Alabama Cotton Commission.
A consensus among cotton farms does not provide any authority for a majority of cotton farmers to compel a minority of cotton farmers to do anything at all. In this country, government has a monopoly on the use of force. I do not think the coercive power of the government should be used to favor one faction of farmers at the expense of another.
Was this a worthy reason to amend our constitution? No. This was really a scheme enabled by our legislators to raise taxes. It is pathetic that the Alabama Farmers Federation have demanded they do so on a matter of only $40,000.

This is not a farmers'-only issue because the majority really only rules when they have the authority to compel the minority to do as instructed. That coercive authority belongs to government. Our kowtowing legislators should not have given that authority to the Alabama Cotton Commission.

 
We Are Getting a New MCREC Chairman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:51
We Are Getting a New MCREC Chairman by Thomas Scovill
On July 25, John Como resigned as Chairman of the Madison County Republican Executive Committee (MCREC) so he can better deal with out of state family matters. Let's remember him in our prayers and thank him for his service to the party.
Vice Chairman Randy Hairston will fill in until a new chairman is elected by the committee at the MCREC meeting on August 18 to finish the term which ends at the end of this year. Officers for the 2015 - 2016 term are scheduled to be elected in November.

As a new member of the committee I solicit your questions and views on selecting our new chairman, especially if you live in MCREC district 11 (precincts 89, 90, and 91 voting at Madison Baptist Church, St. John's Catholic Church, and Restoration Church respectively). Contact me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 256-509-4522.

 
Huntsville Municipal Election is August 26 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:50
Huntsville Municipal Election is August 26 by Thomas Scovill
This issue is a special edition for the Huntsville municipal election on August 26. Below is a summary table of candidates and the offices they are seeking. This is a non partisan election and candidates are not registered by party. Several of the candidates are familiar to Republicans and they and others have visited Republican events to meet and talk with voters. We solicited input from some candidates but were not able to contact all of them. Further down are the articles which were submitted.
Huntsville has five voting districts. The elections for them are staggered with three this year and the other two in 2016. City of Madison municipal elections will also be in 2016.
District 2 District 3 District 4
City Council
  • Mark Russell (incumbent)
  • Bill Kling (incumbent)
  • Jackie Reed
Board of
Education
Links: City of Huntsville,  Huntsville City Schools,  District Map (same for BOE and council)

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2014/07/ballot_is_set_for_aug_26_hunts.html

 
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