Saturday, March 5, 2011

Legislature readies for budget vote; Democrats need to court Republican votes to move special election forward

Legislature readies for budget vote; Democrats need to court Republican votes to move special election forward - Times-Standard
A state budget conference committee approved a package of bills Thursday that will come before lawmakers next week.

Now the real fun begins, as Democrats and the governor press and haggle for a total of five Republican votes -- two in the Assembly and three in the Senate -- needed to pass the package and place a number of tax extension measures before voters in a June special election.

The packages are tentatively expected to come to votes in both the Senate and the Assembly on Wednesday, in advance of the March 10 deadline set by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Local representatives are currently poring through the package, and readying for what promises to be an eventful week in the capitol....

Friday, March 4, 2011

$105 billion hidden in the bill

What is collective bargaining?

What’s collective bargaining, and why are they saying those things about it? - neoneocon discusses this Wall Street Journal article.
Unions vs. the Right to Work - Collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.

Eric Cantor Statement on February Jobs Report


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement on the February jobs report:
“Today’s jobs report showing 192,000 new jobs is an encouraging sign that businesses are beginning to hire and people are getting back to work. However, an unemployment rate of 8.9% is still too high and we need to continue our efforts to make sure private sector employers have sure footing to invest in new employees and expand their businesses.

“House Republicans are taking decisive action to foster a pro-growth environment in this country. Our Committee Chairmen are engaged in a top to bottom review of job-destroying federal regulations and working on important pro-growth policies like tax reform and trade agreements. This week, we passed a bill to keep the government running while cutting spending by $4 billion. We also repealed the onerous 1099 provision from the ObamaCare law so that businesses aren’t bogged down in paperwork by a needless tax mandate. Interestingly enough, both of these items were passed with significant support from our Democrat colleagues. Hopefully this means they will join us in supporting further measures to fund our government responsibly and ensure that Washington begins to live within its means, but I remain concerned that their only proposals to date have been more status-quo, stimulus-style spending.

“Republicans are responding to voters’ calls in the last election to change the culture in Washington. To put it simply: less government spending equals more private sector jobs. We will continue our efforts to cut spending, overreaching regulations and government waste so that businesses have certainty to grow and create jobs and more people can get back to work.”
You can also check in on the progress of ◼ YouCut - remember, YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project - is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. Each week that the House is in session, they will take the winning item and offer it to the full House for an up-or-down vote, so that you can see where your representative stands on your priorities.

On the table this week:
Terminate the Neighborhood Stabilization Program?
Approximate $1 billion in savings - Created in 2008, this program provides funding to state and local government to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed homes. Congress has appropriated $7 billion for the program, including $2 billion in the Obama Administration’s stimulus bill. This program encourages government purchase of private homes and some critics have argued that it does not benefit at-risk homeowners facing foreclosure, and may instead create perverse incentives for banks and other lenders to foreclose on troubled borrowers – arguably worsening the housing crisis. This proposal would terminate the last installment of funding which was included in the financial regulation bill in the last Congress, savings taxpayers up to $1 billion.

Terminate the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)?

The Obama Administration’s signature anti-foreclosure effort, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), has failed to help a sufficient number of distressed homeowners to justify the program’s cost. According to the Administration, HAMP was supposed to help 4 million homeowners. Instead, only 521,630 loans have been permanently modified under this program and the re-default rate is high. Far from helping at-risk homeowners, HAMP has actually made many worse off, according to the non-partisan Inspector General’s report. The Inspector General also concluded that the program “"continues to fall dramatically short of any meaningful standard of success."

To date, the Administration has spent approximately $840 million of the $29 billion earmarked for HAMP from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). This proposal would prohibit the government from incurring any additional obligations under this program, thus generating significant savings for taxpayers.

Terminate the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program?

Last year, Congress reauthorized the long-expired Emergency Homeowners’ Relief Act of 1975 and provided $1 billion to authorize the Department of Housing and Urban Development to make emergency mortgage relief payments to homeowners facing foreclosure for up to 12 months, with a possible extension of another 12 months. These loans will serve to increase the amount of the borrower’s indebtedness, so a borrower who is unable to pay back either the original amount of principal or the additional loans made under the program will be worse off in the long run. This proposal would terminate this program generating savings for taxpayers.

Weigh in.

Progress report: 112th Congress YouCut Votes - a list of winning items from the 111th Congress.
Week One: End Duplicative Government Printing
Week Two: End the Presidential Election Fund ($520 Million Savings)
Week Three: Obtain Refund of U.N. Tax Equalization Fund ($180 Million Savings)
House Republicans have passed a Continuing Resolution that will reduce spending by at least $100 billion in the next seven months – a historic effort to get our fiscal house in order and restore certainty to the economy.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bankruptcy is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Bankruptcy, Don’t Go There - CA - The Flash Report

Bankruptcy is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But to read some of the advocacy in behalf of allowing states to go bankrupt you might think so. Want to break a labor contract why then go bankrupt. Want to reduce pension benefits why then go bankrupt....

For those who honor the federal Constitution there is a big reason that states do not file for bankruptcy. They are sovereign entities who cannot cede their sovereignty to the Federal government. It is disappointing to hear so many conservatives ignoring the consequences of a state submitting its powers to a federal judge. If states are admitted under federal bankruptcy laws then America becomes a united state and no longer is the United States. ...

Mark Levin discusses U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling

Listen here

Breaking: Judge Vinson Stays His Obamacare Ruling (Update: Analysis Added) at Patterico
...has given the Obama administration seven days to file an appeal of his ruling on Obamacare....
Breaking: Vinson stays ruling on ObamaCare – but just for seven days at HotAir
A mild surprise here, as Judge Roger Vinson’s earlier ruling seemed fairly categorical. If a law is unconstitutional, then implementation should be abandoned, and Vinson’s ruling suggested that no further clarification would be necessary. In his stay, Vinson now appears to press for an expedited Supreme Court review...
Otherwise, Vinson ruled, his original ruling has an immediate injunctive effect that nullifies the entirety of the ObamaCare law. He also expressed no small amount of derision for the respondents’ argument to the contrary...
Judge Roger Vinson issues stay of own ruling at Politico
Florida judge wants an end to DOJ foot-dragging on Obamacare at Michelle Malkin

Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana

Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana - Wall St. Journal
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Indiana ratcheted up the pressure on their absent Democratic colleagues Thursday, aiming to force an end to standoffs over bills that would limit public workers' bargaining rights.

In Wisconsin, Republican senators passed a unanimous resolution finding their 14 Democratic colleagues in contempt. They ordered the Democrats to return to the Senate in Madison by 4 p.m.—and threatened them with arrest if they resisted. Indiana House Republicans moved to start fining missing Democrats $250 a day, beginning Monday.

Wisconsin's Democratic senators fled to Illinois two weeks ago to prevent the state Senate from reaching a quorum needed to vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill." The Senate needs at least one Democrat present to vote on the bill, which passed the state Assembly last Friday....

Greenspan Says Surge in Government `Activism' Is Hampering U.S. Recovery

Greenspan Says Surge in Government `Activism' Is Hampering U.S. Recovery - bloomberg
...At least half of the shortfall in companies’ capital spending “can be explained by the shock of vastly greater government- created uncertainties embedded in the competitive, regulatory and financial environments...”

Humboldt Republican Central Committee BY-LAWS

SUPERCEDED BY ◼ APRIL 2, 2013 AMENDED BY-LAWS

Humboldt County Republican Party
As amended March 3, 2011
(Section 5.02, as amended Sept 1, 2011)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE 1: NAME
SEC. 1.01 NAME
SEC. 1.02 USE OF THE NAME
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
SEC. 3.01 REGULAR MEMBERS
SEC. 3.02 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
SEC. 3.03 ALTERNATE MEMBERS
SEC. 3.04 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS
SEC. 4.01 OFFICERS DESIGNATED
SEC. 4.02 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SEC. 4.03 REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
SEC. 4.04 VACANCIES IN OFFICE
ARTICLE 5: VACANCIES ON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
SEC. 5.01 VACANCIES
SEC. 5.02 METHOD OF FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
SEC. 5.03 ABSENCES FROM MEETINGS
SEC. 5.04 AFFILIATION, REGISTRATION OR MEMBERSHIP IN ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY
ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 6.01 CHAIRMAN
SEC. 6.02 VICE CHAIRMAN
SEC. 6.03 SECRETARY
SEC. 6.04 TREASURER
ARTICLE 7: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 7.01 REGULAR MEETINGS
SEC. 7.02 SPECIAL MEETINGS
SEC. 7.03 QUORUM
SEC. 7.04 RESOLUTIONS
SEC. 7.05 PERSONNEL ACTIONS
ARTICLE 8: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 9: FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
ARTICLE 10: GENERAL COUNSEL
ARTICLE 11: PARLIAMENTARIAN
ARTICLE 12: RULES OF ORDER
ARTICLE 13: AMENDING BY-LAWS
ARTICLE 14: [Deleted.]
ARTICLE 15: COMMITTEES
ARTICLE 16: ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS
SEC. 16.01 TERM COMMENCEMENT
SEC. 16.02 DATE OF ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
SEC. 16.03 LOCATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
SEC. 16.04 ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN AT ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
ARTICLE 17: OATHS OF OFFICE
ARTICLE 18: ENDORSEMENTS
SEC. 18.01 ENDORSEMENTS PROHIBITED
SEC.18.02 ENDORSEMENTS ALLOWED
SEC. 18.03 ENDORSEMENTS BY MEMBERS
SEC. 18.04 CLUB ENDORSEMENTS

BY-LAWS
HUMBOLDT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY


ARTICLE 1: NAME

SEC. 1.01 NAME: This organization shall be known as the HUMBOLDT COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE, also known as the HUMBOLDT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY, hereinafter referred to as the Central Committee, and shall act in conformity with the Election Code of the State of California.

SEC. 1.02 USE OF THE NAME: No Member shall commit any act or take any action on behalf of, or in the name of, the Central Committee unless authorized by the Executive Committee, the Central Committee, or these By-Laws.

ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

SEC. 2.01: The Central Committee shall do everything it considers necessary and desirable:
• To elect Republican candidates;

• To make known the official position, platforms, and policies of the Republican Party upon county, state and national issues;

• To strengthen the Republican Party in every way, with particular emphasis on the creation and maintenance of an official and permanent grassroots political organization throughout Humboldt County;

• To encourage participation of and cooperation with all officially recognized volunteer Republican organizations in Humboldt County; and,

• To perform such other activities, duties and services for the Republican Party as seem to be for the benefit and best interests of the Republican Party.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP

SEC. 3.01 REGULAR MEMBERS: Regular Members of the Central Committee shall be all persons elected in accordance with the California Elections Code (E.C. 7420) and all persons appointed by the Central Committee to fill vacancies as provided herein (E.C. 7409,7410).

SEC. 3.02 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS: Ex-Officio Members of the Central Committee shall be as provided in the Election Code (E.C. 7404, 7405). They shall be defined as those persons who received the Republican nomination as candidates for the Assembly, the California Senate, or the United States House of Representatives, provided that their respective districts include some portion of Humboldt County. Republican nominees and incumbents for all other partisan offices shall also be Ex-Officio Members if they reside in Humboldt County. Ex-Officio Members shall have all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of Regular Members.

SEC. 3.03 ALTERNATE MEMBERS: Each of the Regular and Ex-Officio Members of the Central Committee may designate in writing the name of a person as an Alternate Member, who must meet the same qualifications as the sponsoring Member, subject to the approval of the Central Committee. The designation shall be continuing unless revoked in writing by the sponsoring Member.
• An Alternate Member may vote in the absence of the sponsoring Member at any meeting of the Central Committee.

• No Regular Member or Ex-Officio Member shall act as an Alternate Member.

• An Alternate Member shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Central Committee.

• No Alternate Member may serve as an alternate for more than one Member at a time.
• An Alternate Member shall be eligible for appointment to and full participation in the proceedings of all Standing and Special Committees.

• An Alternate Member shall have all rights and privileges of Regular Members except the right to vote unless acting under the provision of paragraph Sec. 3.03 of the Article.
SEC. 3.04 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Regular or Ex-Officio Members of the Central Committee may appoint Associate Members.
• Associate Members must be registered Republicans and reside in Humboldt County.

• Associate Members shall be eligible for appointment to and full participation in the proceedings of all Standing and Special Committees.

• Associate Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Regular Members except the right to vote in meetings of the Central Committee and to hold an office on the Central Committee.
SEC. 3.05 YOUTH ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Regular or Ex-Officio Members of the Central Committee may appoint Youth Associate Members.
• Youth Associate Members must reside in Humboldt County, be under eighteen years old and must have indicated an intention to affiliate with the Republican Party upon reaching voting age.
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS

SEC. 4.01 OFFICERS DESIGNATED: The officers of the Central Committee shall be: a Chairman, a First Vice Chairman, a Second Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and the Immediate Past Chairman. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these By-Laws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Central Committee and shall be elected in the manner set forth herein.

SEC. 4.02 ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
• The election of officers shall be conducted by a secret ballot vote of the voting Members of the Central Committee pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.

• Each officer so elected shall serve a term of two years after his/her election or until he/she shall resign, by removed, or be otherwise disqualified.

• Regular and Ex-Officio Members or their Alternates duly appointed pursuant to Sec. 3.03 of Article 3 of these By-Laws, shall constitute voting Membership at the organizational meeting.
SEC. 4.03 REMOVAL OF OFFICERS:
• Any officer may be removed for cause by a vote of the majority of all voting Members of the Central Committee, written/fax/or email notice by any voting Member of such intent having been mailed/faxed/emailed to all voting Members not less than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting where the motion to remove shall be made. Such motion may be made at any regular or special meeting of the Membership.

• Any officer who files for election to partisan remunerative public office shall be deemed to have resigned his/her office.
SEC. 4.04 VACANCIES IN OFFICE: In the event of a vacancy in any elected office, written notice of a special election shall be given to all voting Members not less than ten days prior to the date of the special election. Nominations to fill the vacancy shall be presented at a meeting of the Central Committee, and a vote by secret ballot shall be taken to elect a person to fill such vacancy. If such election creates a subsequent vacancy, the subsequent vacancy may be filled at that same meeting.

ARTICLE 5: VACANCIES ON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

SEC. 5.01: VACANCIES: A vacancy on the Central Committee shall exist when a Regular Member dies, resigns, becomes permanently incapacitated to act, moves from the county, or from the supervisorial district in which he/she resided at the time of his/her election to the Central Committee, ceases to be a Member of the Republican Party, or is otherwise removed from office or fails to meet the qualifications as required under the statues of the State of California or under these By-Laws.

SEC. 5.02: METHOD OF FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE: A vacant seat may be filled by a secret ballot election at any regular meeting, provided the chairman has declared the vacancy either at the prior regular meeting or by written notice sent by e-mail or regular mail at least ten days prior to the election meeting. Any regular member from the affected district may make a nomination. If the district is entirely vacant any ex officio member may make a nomination.

If the election is uncontested and there is no objection stated, balloting may be waived and the single candidate elected by acclamation; otherwise the first candidate to receive the votes of a majority of the present members eligible to vote shall be elected. If no candidate receives the votes of a majority of the present members eligible to vote, the seat shall remain vacant. (Section 5.02, as amended Sept 1, 2011)

SEC. 5.03: ABSENCES FROM MEETINGS: Pursuant to California Elections Code section 7411, any Regular Member who is absent without excuse from four regular (general) meetings within a twelve-month period is deemed to have resigned, and a vacancy shall be declared, to be filled at the next regular meeting. After the roll call of each meeting, the Secretary shall read and include in the recording of the minutes, the names of any Regular Member who has, thus far, missed three meetings without excuse. Mailing of a copy of these minutes, along with a formal letter, shall serve as notification to the Member that one additional unexcused absence shall constitute resignation from office. Notice is assumed to have been received upon the mailing of said notification. Any absence shall be deemed to be unexcused unless a written or email statement shall be received by the Secretary not more than ten days following the absence, indicating the cause of the absence. Absences shall be excused in accordance with Section 7411 of the California Elections Code.

SEC. 5.04: AFFILIATION, REGISTRATION OR MEMBER SHIP IN ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY: Section 7413 of the California Elections Code provides that the Central Committee may remove any Member, other than an Ex-Officio Member, who during his term of office, affiliates with, or registers as a Member of another political party, or who gives support or avows preference for a candidate of another political party or a candidate who is opposed to the candidate nominated by the Republican Party.

ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SEC. 6.01: CHAIRMAN: The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Central Committee and shall have general supervision and direction of the business and officers of the Central Committee. The Chairman shall be the chief spokesman for the Republican Party in Humboldt County. The Chairman shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Central Committee, shall be an Ex-Officio Member of all standing and special committees, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Central Committee. The Chairman shall be responsible for providing a current copy of the by-laws to every Member of the Central Committee.

SEC. 6.02: VICE CHAIRMAN: In the absence of the Chairman, the First Vice Chairman, or in his/her absence, the Second Vice Chairman, shall perform all the duties of the Chairman and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Chairman. The First Vice Chairman and Second Vice Chairman shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Chairman and/or the Central Committee.

SEC. 6.03: SECRETARY:
• The Secretary shall record the minutes of all regular, special and Executive Committee meetings of the Central Committee and shall include a copy thereof with the written/faxed/or email notices of meetings of the Central Committee as proved in Article 7 of these by-laws.

• The Secretary shall keep proper records of the proceedings of the Central Committee including filing a copy of all regular, special and Executive Committee meeting minutes and meeting notices in the file at Central Committee Headquarters.

• The Secretary shall take written and audible roll call at all regular meetings of the Central Committee in accordance with the requirements of Sec. 5.03 of these by-laws.

• The Secretary shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Chairman of the Central Committee.
SEC. 6.04: TREASURER:
• The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate, accurate, and timely accounts of the properties and financial transactions of the Central Committee, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses. The books of accounts shall, at all reasonable timed and places, be open to inspection by any Member of the Central Committee.

• The Treasurer shall present monthly financial operating statements to the Members setting forth income and disbursements for the previous month.

• The Treasurer shall surrender the books and accounts to the Central Committee for the purpose of an audit at any time the Central Committee deems an audit desirable.

• The Treasurer shall have such other powers and duties as prescribed by the Central Committee.
ARTICLE 7: MEETINGS

SEC. 7.01: REGULAR MEETINGS: Unless otherwise ordered by the Central Committee, regular meetings of the Central Committee shall be held monthly; the date, time and place to be established by the Central Committee. The Secretary shall notify the Members of all meetings. Such notices shall be given by mail/fax/or email; postmarked not less than five days prior to such meeting. Notice of meetings shall specify place, date and hour. The Secretary shall also post a meeting notice at the office/headquarters 72 hours prior to the planned meeting.

SEC. 7.02: SPECIAL MEETINGS: Special meetings of the Central Committee may be called by the Chairman of the Central Committee, by a majority vote of the Executive Committee, or by majority of the voting Members of the Central Committee, or by a written request signed by a majority of the Regular Members. In the event a special meeting is called, the voting Members of the Central Committee shall be given written notice by the Secretary of such meeting, mailed no less than five days prior to the date of such special meeting.

SEC. 7.03: QUORUM: A quorum of the Central Committee shall consist of a majority of the voting Members of the Central Committee. A quorum, once established, shall remain in effect for the complete duration of that meeting.
• The voting Members shall include: the elected officers, all Regular Members, or their Alternates.

SEC. 7.04: RESOLUTIONS: Any Regular, Ex-Officio, Alternate or Associate Member of the Central Committee may sponsor a resolution for the Central Committee’s approval, subject to the following requirements:
• A resolution can be introduced only during the “New Business” portion of a meeting for a “first reading.”

• A resolutions cannot be voted upon unless first read aloud at the preceding meeting of the Central Committee; except said resolution may be voted upon with the consent of two-thirds of those Members present and voting in the affirmative to “waive the first reading.”

• The sponsor of a resolution must provide the text of the resolution to be included with the mailing of the minutes of the meeting at which it was first read. If the resolutions’ length requires extra postage for the mailing of the minutes, the Executive Committee may require the sponsor of the resolution to pay for the additional postage before the resolution can be voted upon by the Central Committee.
SEC. 7.05: PERSONNEL ACTIONS: Any voting Member of the Central Committee may propose the discussion of a personnel action concerning another Member subject to the following requirements:
• Accusations, by name, against Members of the Central Committee may not be made in open session. Actions of this nature will be declared out of order.

• A personnel matter can only be introduced for discussion during the new business portion of a general meeting in the form of a motion for an executive session to discuss a personnel issue.
ARTICE 8: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SEC. 8.01: The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairman, First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, the Immediate Past Chairman, and the Chairman of each district, or in his or her absence the Vice-Chairman of the district. The Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairman, or a majority of the Executive Committee. Each district's Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected by the voting Members of that district.

SEC 8.02: The Executive Committee shall act on behalf of the Central Committee between meetings. The Executive Committee shall not financially obligate the Central Committee without prior approval of the Central Committee unless provided for in the budget as approved by the Central Committee.

SEC. 8.03: The Executive Committee shall prepare and propose to the Central Committee no later than the June regular meeting, a budget covering the term of office of the current Central Committee. That budget, once approved by the Central Committee, shall be managed by the Executive Committee. All non-budgeted items and line-item-transfers shall be returned to the Central Committee for consideration prior to the expense being authorized.

SEC. 8.04: A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of a majority of the entire Executive Committee. There shall be no proxy voting at meetings of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 9: FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
SEC. 9.01: Expenditures or liabilities undertaken by individuals, committee or other organizations shall be the sole responsibility of said individuals, committees or other organizations unless approval or authorization of the Central Committee has been obtained for such expenditures.

ARTICLE 10: GENERAL COUNSEL
SEC. 10.01: The Chairman may appoint an attorney who shall be the general counsel of the Central Committee, who shall serve as an Ex-Officio non-voting Member of all standing and special representative of the Central Committee. In all instances, said attorney shall serve in an advisory capacity only and shall serve without compensation. The General Counsel may also serve as elected office of the Central Committee.

ARTICLE 11: PARLIAMENTARIAN
SEC. 11:01: The Chairman may appoint a Parliamentarian, with the approval of the Executive Committee. The Parliamentarian shall:
• Give advice on parliamentary procedures when called upon by the Chairman.

• Assist volunteer clubs with parliamentary procedures and By-Laws when requested.

• Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chairman or the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 12: RULES OF ORDER

SEC.12.01: Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition and the statutes of the State of California shall determine any question of procedure or order for the conduct of meetings of the Central Committee or any of its committees, where such question is not covered by these By-Laws.

ARTICLE 13: AMENDING BY-LAWS

SEC. 13.01: These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote at any regular meeting of the Central Committee provided that the proposed amendment has been presented in writing at the previous regular meeting.

SEC. 13.02: A copy of the latest amended By-Laws shall be provided to each Member of the Central Committee.

ARTICLE 14: (DELETED)

(Article 14 has been deleted.)

ARTICLE 15: COMMITTEES

SEC. 15.01: Committees, standing or special, shall be established by the Central Committee. Unless otherwise directed by the Central Committee or these bylaws, the Chairman shall appoint all committees, standing or special, and shall designate a chairman of each committee to serve at the pleasure of the Chairman, unless otherwise directed by the Central Committee.

ARTICLE 16: ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

SEC. 16.01: TERM COMMENCEMENT: The terms of members who are elected in a primary election shall commence on the date the Central Committee holds its organizational meeting, as set by Sec. 16.02.

SEC. 16.02: DATE OF ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Pursuant to California Elections Code 7441, the Central Committee shall meet and hold an organizational meeting at its first meeting in either in December or January following the November election.

SEC. 16.03: LOCATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: The organizational meeting shall be held at a location in the County specified by written/fax/or email notice sent by the outgoing Chairman at least twenty (20) days prior to the date of the organizational meeting. Should the outgoing Chairman fail to provide written notice of the location of the organizational meeting at least twenty (20) days prior to the date thereof, a majority of the Members of the Central Committee may establish the location of the organizational meeting by written/fax/or email notice sent at least ten (10) days prior to the date of the organizational meeting. If neither the outgoing Chairman, nor a majority of the Members sets the location of the organizational meeting within the time periods prescribed above, the organizational meeting may thereafter be called upon ten (10) days prior written/fax/or email notice by a majority of the Members of the Central Committee.

For the purpose of receiving and giving notices specified in this Section, the term “Members” shall consist of those persons who were elected or became Ex-Officio Members by virtue of nomination as partisan candidates in the preceding primary election and whose terms commence at the organizational meeting; provided, however, that the terms of Ex-Officio Members shall run from certification of their nomination of a new candidate at a subsequent primary election.

SEC. 16.04: ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN AT ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: The following actions shall be taken at the organizational meeting:
• The outgoing Chairman shall call the meeting to order and appoint a Temporary Secretary.

• All Members elected in the preceding primary election who are present at the organizational meeting shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation provided for in Sec. 7408 of the California Elections Code.

• The outgoing Chairman shall call for nominations for a Temporary Chairman. The election of the Temporary Chairman shall be conducted by a roll call vote of the voting members or duly appointed alternates of the Central Committee. The first nominee to receive a majority vote of those members present and voting shall be elected to the office of Temporary Chairman. A nominee for Temporary Chairman may or may not be a member of the Central Committee.

• The Temporary Chairman shall appoint a Secretary and serve until By-Laws are adopted and all new officers are elected, said elections being conducted as per SEC 4.02(a).

• The Central Committee shall adopt By-Laws that shall govern the affairs of the Committee until the next organizational meeting of the Committee. Said By-Laws shall become effective from the moment of their adoption; provided, however, that any provisions of said By-Laws relating to organizational matters shall govern the conduct of the next organizational meeting at which they were adopted.

• The Central Committee shall elect a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and such other officers as provided for in the By-Laws adopted by the Committee at the previous organizational meeting.
ARTICLE 17: OATHS OF OFFICE

SEC. 17.01: Any Member or Alternate Member of the Central Committee must take an oath of office before assuming their duties as a Member or Alternate (Elections Code 7408).

SEC. 17.02: The oath of office may be administered by a representative of the County Registrar of Voters, a Notary Public, or the Chairman or a Vice Chairman of the Central Committee, provided that the Chairman or Vice Chairman administering the oath has already taken their oath of office.

ARTICLE 18: ENDORSEMENTS

SEC. 18.01: Endorsements Prohibited: The Humboldt County Republican Central Committee shall not endorse, support or oppose any candidate for the Republican nomination in a contested election for partisan elective office at a direct primary election, except as specified by the By-Laws of the California Republican Party with respect to a special election for nomination or election to a partisan elective office.

SEC. 18.02: Endorsements Allowed: The Humboldt County Republican Central Committee may endorse the Republican candidate in a non-partisan election when there is only one Republican candidate in the race and that candidate has requested the endorsement and received at least two-thirds vote of those Members present and voting.

SEC. 18.03: Endorsements by Members: Regular, Alternate and Associate Members of the Central Committee may endorse by name any Republican candidate of their choosing in any contested primary election. However, such endorsement shall not include their title as Member, Alternate Member, or Associate Member of the Central Committee. The Central Committee may remove, censure, or reprove any Member, Alternate, or Associate Member who, during his/her term of membership, publicly advocates that the voter should not vote for the nominee of the Party for any office, or who gives support to or avows a preference for any publically announced candidate of a party other than the Republican Party or for a candidate for a partisan office who is opposed to a candidate nominated by the Republican Party.

SEC.18.04: Club Endorsements: Endorsements by volunteer clubs chartered by the Humboldt County Republican Party shall be defined by each individual club’s by-laws. The Central Committee may suspend or revoke the charter of any organization that endorses or supports any person other than a registered Republican for partisan elective office, publicly advocates that the voters should not vote for the nominee of the party of any office, or gives support to or avows a preference for any publicly announced candidate of a party other than the Republican Party or for a candidate for a partisan office who is opposed to a candidate nominated by the Republican Party.
BY-LAWS: HUMBOLDT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY

DATE ADOPTED: As amended March 3, 2011
SIGNED:

SUPERCEDED BY ◼ APRIL 2, 2013 AMENDED BY-LAWS

1,200 jobs eliminated, total spending slashed by 6.7 percent...

Big cuts: Scott Walker reveals budget proposal to Wisconsin legislature - ALLAHPUNDIT at HotAir
...Walker’s not going to succumb; by skipping town to block the bill, Senate Democrats have made this such a prominent test of wills that his credibility would be shattered if he caved at this point. And even if he could cave while preserving some credibility, I don’t think he would....

Walker's budget cuts would touch most Wisconsinites - jsonline
Wisconsin Governor Seeks Deep Cuts - Wall St. Journal online

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Coward's Way Out

On Spending, Congress Will Take the Coward's Way Out - Alvin Feltzenberg at USNews
...The well-connected and the influential constitute a powerful lobby for spending. Expect Congress to take the coward’s way out by cutting most programs across the board. That will assure that priorities are not established, worthy endeavors get shortchanged, and wasteful spending again escapes the axe. Legislators will pronounce their actions eminently “fair” since “everything had been on the table.” Donors, who used their clout to pass their obligations onto the federal government, will shell out campaign donations to legislators who kept money flowing. And the joke will be on those who thought that the way business is done in Washington might actually change.

Resolution Passed To Fine 'Wisconsin 14'

Resolution Passed To Fine 'Wisconsin 14' - 620wtmj.com
MADISON - The 14 Wisconsin state Senate Democrats who left the state two weeks ago will now face fines of $100 for each day they miss, if they miss two or more days.

Republicans remaining in the Senate approved the daily fine on Wednesday morning with none of the Democrats present.

The Democrats left Wisconsin in order to delay indefinitely a Republican-backed bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

The resolution passed on Wednesday also requires the missing Democrats to reimburse the Senate for any costs incurred during attempts to force them to return. Their salary and other per diem payments can be withheld until they pay back the penalties and costs.

Oil surges after Libya airstrike near oil terminal

image via drudge

Oil surges after Libya airstrike near oil terminal
(Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to near 2-1/2 year highs on Wednesday after an airstrike near Libya's oil infrastructure kept the market braced for a prolonged disruption from the OPEC nation and worried unrest might spread to other regional producers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Transcript: Gov. Scott Walker's budget address as prepared for delivery



Gov. Scott Walker's budget address, given Tuesday at the State Capitol.
Part 1: Opening (shown here) | Part 2: Deficit | Part 3: Local revenue | Part 4: K-12 education | Part 5: Higher education | Part 6: Public safety | Part 7: Jobs | Part 8: Closing
madison.com

Speaker Fitzgerald, Speaker Pro Tem Kramer, President Ellis, Majority Leader Fitzgerald, Minority Leader Barca, Supreme Court Justices, Constitutional Officers, tribal leaders, members of the Cabinet, distinguished guests, members of the Legislature, and most importantly, fellow citizens of Wisconsin.

Each and every one of us gathered in the chamber today hold a diverse set of beliefs — beliefs that we are passionate about sharing — and that serve to guide our actions. Each of us has a vision for a better tomorrow in Wisconsin.

Unverified, Twitter: BREAKING: Dem Senator Timothy Cullen has just returned to #WI tonight. w/UPDATE: Rumor denied

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BREAKING: Dem Senator Timothy Cullen has just returned to #WI tonight. WI-14 is now WI-13 #teaparty #wiunion #tcot
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Unverified Report: Dem Senator Headed Back to Wisconsin; UPDATE: Sounds Solid To Me at Patterico
Mob rule video: Unhinged crowd corners Wisconsin GOP senator shouting “F**k you,” “Shame!”; Update: A Fleebagger returns? - Michelle Malkin picks it up... still unverified.

◼ Meanwhile, from Althouse: "This afternoon, at the Wisconsin State Capitol, I witnessed what at times appeared to be the greatest governor in the history of this or any other state..."
"... showered with affection as he announced a bold new plan to rescue Wisconsin from the brink of otherwise certain economic ruin."


Update: ◼ Regarding Wisconsin State Sen. Cullen’s whereabouts …Ed Morrissey says he’s at least broken ranks rhetorically…and (Malkin) reader Patriotburr writes:
I just contacted his office and his aid[e] told me that it is just a rumor, that he has not returned, and that he will “not return without all the others.” “No one wants to be the 20th vote,” she said. I asked if the senator had any plans to return soon and she reiterated, “Not without the others.”

◼ Wisconsin State Journal reports: Republican leader Fitzgerald met with Democrat Cullen on ways to end senator boycott
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald met quietly Monday with one of the 14 Senate Democrats to discuss ways to bring the boycotting senators back from Illinois....

Cullen, who initiated the talks, said Democratic senators are united by their top priority — preserving key collective bargaining rights for employees.
"No one will go back and be the 20th vote," he said. "We'll go back as a group."

Senate Dems agree to GOP bill to cut spending

House nears passage of GOP spending bill to avert gov't shutdown; Senate Dems will go along - yahoofinance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House is on course to pass legislation cutting federal spending by $4 billion and averting a government shutdown for two weeks. And Senate Democrats say they will go along.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters he expects the bill to go to President Barack Obama for his signature in the next 48 hours.

The House is acting first, with a vote expected this afternoon.

Passage of the measure will set a two-week time frame for negotiations on a bill to keep the government running through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year...

Republicans want to slash more than $60 billion from agency budgets over the coming months as a down payment on larger reductions later in the year, but are settling for just $4 billion in especially easy cuts as the price for the two-week stopgap bill...

The $4 billion would hit some programs that Obama has sought to terminate and others that have billions of dollars set aside for pet projects sought by lawmakers. That money's not needed since Republicans have banned earmarks for at least two years.

Carney also said Obama made a call to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to discuss the stopgap legislation.

Earlier on Tuesday, Boehner rebuffed suggestions by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for a month-long measure.

"If there had been a conversation about this 10 days ago or two days ago, we might have had something to talk about." Boehner said. "But the fact is we were forced to move on our own."

The Illinois attorney general says state police must release the name of everyone in the state who is authorized to own a gun.

Atty. general: Ill. should release FOID card list - chicagotribune.com
The Associated Press had requested the list of FOID cardholders but state police said that would violate the privacy of gun owners. The attorney general's office ruled that argument invalid...State police officials have not said whether they will comply with the ruling.

There are Republican-sponsored bills in the Illinois House and Senate that would prohibit disclosure of the information.

Monday, February 28, 2011

“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin”

Walker responds to Obama
Walker’s office issued this statement:

“I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.

“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.

“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
Obama: Public employees should not be vilified - jsonline
Obama: Not Good When The "Rights" Of Public Employees Are Infringed - realclearpolitics

In the meantime, Governor gives Wisconsin Democrats an ultimatum
- return to Wisconsin within 24 hours and vote on a proposal to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state would miss out on a debt restructuring. - reuters

What Percent of California’s State AND Local Budgets are Employee Compensation?

What Percent of California’s State Budget is Employee Compensation? - unionwatch.org
An influential liberal blogger in Orange County, Chris Prevatt, made the following claim on January 25, 2011 in his post “Busting The Myths About Public Employee Pension Costs,” “For California’s budget, salaries represent 7.5 percent of the total state budget. The costs for healthcare and pension benefits are another 3.7 percent.” If only this were true.

...When you add this all up, personnel costs for California’s state government are not somewhere barely above 10% of their total expenditures, as Prevatt asserts, but, doing the math, $41.9 (direct employees) + $18.1 (K-12 employees) = $59.96 / $89.6 = 67%. That is, using data taken directly from the state’s payroll records, combined with overhead calculations courtesy of an exhaustive study commissioned by an (arguably) sympathetic academic institute, along with very reasonable assumptions regarding transfer payments – not even considering transfer payments to localities for line items other than K-12 education – taxpayers are seeing at least 2/3rds of California’s state budget used to pay employee compensation.
They got so much flak on this one they went back and did a more thorough analysis - it's even worse - 84%
Editor’s Note: Given the sensitive nature of the conclusions herein, and based on informed criticism from many who commented and emailed in response to this post, a 2nd, more in-depth analysis was posted on this topic on Feb. 11th, entitled “What Percent of California’s State AND Local Budgets Are Employee Compensation.” In that more thorough analysis, state worker compensation as a percentage of state government revenues (not passed through to local governments and agencies) was actually found to be higher, 84%, than in this analysis, 67%.
What Percent of California’s State AND Local Budgets are Employee Compensation?

The Rise of the Adolescent Mind

The Rise of the Adolescent Mind - Victor Davis Hanson
We live in a therapeutic age, one in which the old tragic view of our ancestors has been replaced by prolonged adolescence. Adolescents hold adult notions of consumption: they understand the comfort of a pricey car; they appreciate the status conveyed by a particular sort of handbag or sunglasses; they sense how outward consumption and refined tastes can translate into popularity and envy; and they appreciate how a slogan or world view can win acceptance among peers without worry over its validity. But they have no adult sense of acquisition, themselves not paying taxes, balancing the family budget, or worrying about household insurance, maintenance, or debt. Theirs is a world view of today or tomorrow, not of next year — or even of next week.... - read the rest

Rasmussen: 58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending Cuts Are Agreed Upon

58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending Cuts Are Agreed Upon - rasmussenreports
As Republicans and Democrats in Congress haggle over the budget, most voters would rather have a partial shutdown of the federal government than keep its spending at current levels.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The partisan differences are striking. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats prefer avoiding a shutdown by going with current spending levels. But 80% of Republicans -- and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party -- think a shutdown is a better option until the two sides can agree on spending cuts....


67% Disapprove of Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid Vote
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tunisia PM announces resignation


Tunisia PM announces resignation - english.aljazeera
Mohammed Ghannouchi, Tunisia's interim prime minister, has resigned, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis, the capital, who were demanding some of his minsters be removed.

Ghannouchi made the announcement on state television on Sunday, saying that he had thought carefully before taking the decision and that he had the support of his family.

"I am not running away from responsibility ... This is to open the way for a new prime minister," he said. "I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties."

John Boehner: NO on Shutdown


John Boehner: NO on Shutdown; YES on Entitlement Reform
In a speech to the National Association of Religious Broadcasters Sunday night in Nashville, Speaker of the House John Boehner will address “the moral responsibility” to cut spending, reduce the deficit, avoid a government shutdown and also address spending on entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare.

The speech comes just two days after House Republicans have proposed a new spending bill that appeared more likely than the previous bill to garner support from Democrats in the Senate and avoid a government shutdown. The government is set to shut down at the end of Friday March 4 if lawmakers cannot agree on a way to extend federal funding before then....

“This is very simple: Americans want the government to stay open, and they want it to spend less money,” Boehner will say

THEY SAID IT BEST


“With mailice toward none, with charity for all”
--Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, Second Inaugural Address, 1865