Thank you to all of those who came to the Republican Party of Dane Countyís annual caucus and for helping us set the Party up for a successful year. Delegates were named for State Convention and resolutions were voted on (see the text of those resolutions lower down on the page). In addition, as this is an odd-numbered year, new officers were elected to two years terms. Below is the complete list of newly elected officers to the Republican Party of Dane County:
Chair: Mike Herl
Vice Chair: Kirsten Lombard
Secretary: Nancy Bartlett
Treasurer: Brooke Froelich
†††††††††††† Assembly District Chairs: Richard Wood, Michael Glowaeki, Jeff Shields, Jackie Johnson,
Pamela Davenport, Sue Fietzer, Jeff Waksman, Jeff Horn, Brad Smith, Jack Poland,
Aaron McEvoy and Aaron Kipley.
In addition to the elections of officers, several resolutions were passed. Below you can read those resolutions:
In Support of Abolishing the Government Accountability Board:
Resolved that the Republican Party of Dane County (RPDC) urges Republican state legislators to draft and pass legislation to eliminate the GAB; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC urges that such legislation provide for a return to a bipartisan State Elections Board that will be accountable to the state legislature, thereby restoring greater impartiality, integrity, and accountability to Wisconsinís voting and electoral procedure.
In Support of Holding Republican Elected Officials Accountable
Resolved that the RPDC urges its members and members of all other county parties to refuse to support Republican incumbents whose votes have shown disregard for the state party platform and resolutions, and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC urges its rank-and-file members and other likeminded citizens to seek out and recruit viable candidates who will support constitutionally limited government, fiscal sanity, and free market economics to run as primary opponents of those Republican incumbent who fail to uphold the wise principles expressed by membership in the platform and resolutions; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC, urges the RPW also to work diligently to hold Republican candidates and incumbents accountable rather than shielding them from the consequences of decisions that undermine or ignore Republican principles rooted in the US Constitution and free market economics.
In Support of Protecting Constitutional Due Process: DNA Collection
Resolved that the Republican Party of Dane County (RPDC) Ė while appreciative of the intent of Wisconsinís congressional delegation, the governor and the attorney general to pursue the public good Ė rejects and condemns the idea of DNCA collection upon arrest, regardless of the charge, and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC will take the active measure of notifying its membership of the dangers DNA collection upon arrest would pose to their constitutional rights, and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC will additionally encourage its members to contact the governor, the attorney general, and their state legislators regarding this matter in order to make plain the dangers of undermining constitutional due process via automatic DNA collection upon arrest, however well-intentioned the aim of automatic collection may be.
In Support of Protecting Constitutional Due Process: NDAA Nullification
Resolved that the RPDC condemns in no uncertain terms the 2012 NDAA, Sections 1021 and 1022 and corresponding sections of the 2013 NDAA, which either undermine or directly violate wise and proper constitutional limitations on federal power as outlined above; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC finds the enactment into law by the US Congress of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA Public Law Number 112-81, is hostile to the liberty, security and well-being of the people of Wisconsin, and was adopted in violation of the limits of federal power stipulated in the United States Constitution, and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC calls upon the Wisconsin State Legislature and the governor to instruct all agencies of the State of Wisconsin to decline requests by federal agencies, acting under detention powers of the 2012 NDAA, Sections 1021 and 1022 and corresponding sections of the 2013 NDAA, that could infringe upon state residents; freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, rights to counsel, or other rights not here explicitly enumerated, and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC calls upon the Wisconsin State Legislature and the governor to declare it a felony in this state for anyone to aid or act on behalf of federal agencies acting under detention powers of the 2012 NDAA, Sections 1021 and 1022 and corresponding sections of the 2013 NDAA that could infringe upon residents; freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, rights to counsel or other rights not here explicitly enumerated.
In Support of Actively Protecting Wisconsin State Sovereignty and the Individual Liberties of Wisconsinites
Resolved that the Republican Party of Dane county (RPDC), in caucus assembled, urges Republican members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, the governor, the attorney general, and other elected and appointed state officials now to recognize that in any dispute with the federal government, the State of Wisconsin and its citizens, not† the federal courts and the SCOTUS, are the final authority on constitutionality; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC urges these same Republican state officials to embrace their constitutional duty by availing themselves of every constitutionally-based principle and tool, most particularly but not limited to the 9th and 10th Amendments, interposition and nullification, thereby taking the strongest possible stand in what must be a decisive battle against subjugation at the hands of an out-of-control federal government; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC wishes to impress upon Republican state officials an immediate need to leverage such principles and tools in order to resist, at the very least, current high-profile federal infringements, including but not limited to: nationalized health care; firearms restrictions; and obliteration of the due process of law; and be it further
Resolved that, while the RPDC understands the importance of job creation and growth in a difficult economy, its membership intends to hold Wisconsinís state officials accountable to pursing first and foremost their highest duty, which is the protection, maintenance, and restoration of constitutional rights.
In Rejection of the Common Core Standards in Public Education
Resolved that the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPDC), in caucus assembled, urges the governor to return the $22.7 Million in Race to the Top funding recently accepted by this state, along with any other federal education moneys that may currently bind Wisconsin to the Common Core Standards and other related initiatives; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC urges the governor to refuse any further federal education funding going forward, in order to begin restoring: the sovereignty of this state; the eduation of its children; the authority of its parents; the money of its taxpayers; and the liberty of its citizens; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC encourages all of Wisconsinís Republican legislators at the state and federal level to engage in this crucial battle against the Common Core Standards and any related initiatives being advanced by the Federal Department of Education that are, in turn, being administered by the State Department of Public Instruction.
In Support of Ensuring Autonomy to the Republican Party of Wisconsin and its Delegates
Resolved that the RPDC commends the Wisconsin members of the 2012 RNC rules committee for their willingness to take a strong stand against Rule 12, including their willingness to sign an official minority report expressing their dissent; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC commends the integrity of Wisconsinís 2012 RNC delegation for standing as one against Rule 12; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC urges the Republican Party of Wisconsin to take a similarly strong stand against Rule 12 and to work toward its reversal; and be it further
Resolved that the Republican Party of Dane County (RPDC) condemns the wrong disenfranchisement of duly elected delegates to the RNC; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC calls upon the RNC to acknowledge that the rules were improperly adopted at the 2012 Republican national Convention, that the changes are therefore null and void, and that the rules of the 2008 convention are still in force; and be it further
Resolved that the RPDC will actively advocate the non-participation of Wisconsin delegates at future RNC functions should Rule 12, the centralized power it grants to the RNC, and the deprivation it poses to state parties, county parties, and individual delegates remain in force.