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Marco Rubio Discusses the Proper Role of Government, Live from the Reagan Library

 

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Senator Marco Rubio is probably one of the most promising future national leaders.  He is certainly a rising star in the Republican Party and conservative movement.  Adored by the TEA movement, trusted by fellow Floridians, and admired by Republicans throughout    the nation, freshman United States Senator Rubio has even been talked about as potential presidential nominee in 2012.  But having put that idea to rest, Rubio is settling in a for the long haul and preparing to do the heavylifting that will be required to get our national debt under control, curb spending, reform entitlements, reduce the tax burden and the size and scope of government, and to  make sure that our nation is always constantly defending our people and our liberty.

 Try to take advantage of this opportunity by particpating in the Reagan Library’s live webcast of this event which you can see here.

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New Jersey Republican State Chairman Jay Webber Abruptly Resigns

Bookmark and Share   Assemblyman Jay Webber, the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, has resigned from his position as Chairman. The announcement was an unexpected one which seems to have partially been the result of a number of small disagreements between Webber and Governor Christie. In addition to the Governor being unsettled by a letter concerning the budget of the upcoming State Reapportionment Commission,  the Assemblyman is said to have also  been frustrated with  a level of secrecy surrounding the operations of Reform Jersey Now, a fundraising entity created by Governor Christie’s closest confidants and was uncomfortable with the lack of assistance provided by the Governor on state G.O.P. fundraising efforts during the summer, when the Governor was traveling across the country to campaign for fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates. 
As for the disagreement over the letter that Webber sent out regarding the Reapportionment Commission budget, earlier  today, Assemblyman Webber released the same letter on his Facebook page, leading some to wonder if  he was reinforcing his position despite the Governors sentiments.

In a statement to the press, Webber called his resignation “bittersweet” and stated that the only reason for his early departure was due to his commitment to the once in a decade redistricting process, a process that redraws the new congressional and state legislative districts through a reapportionment commission of which Webber is the Republican delegation’s Chairman to and his commitment to responsibilities in the Assembly as a member of the Labor and ever important Budget Committees.  The Assemblyman felt that now was the most appropriate time for him to step aside as State G.O.P. Chairman, focus on his other important responsibilitiesm and allow for the next NJGOP Chairman to get a head start in giving the critical pre-2011 election operations the attention that they deserve and require in the months ahead.

Jay Webber is probably one of New Jersey’s greatest political assets. He is an outstanding voice for conservatism, an unusually outstanding one for a state like New Jersey. He is additionally a dedicated and responsible representative of his legislative district. He is one of those rare political leaders who emanates a genuine sincerity of purpose and ability to boot. As such, he has been entrusted with the stewardship of many important tasks and therefore does indeed have much on his plate. So Webber’s claim to focus on such things as the ever important state budget and the critical redistricting that will effect elections for the next decade, is quite palatable. But seeing him resign his post as State Party Chairman is a loss and the Governor’s willingness to let Webber leave the post is a disappointing one.

During his less than two years in the position of Chairman, the NJGOP experienced its first statewide victory in 12 years, regained the 3rd Congressional District seat, won over 52% of the Congressional votes statewide in 2010; gained a State Assembly seat and a net gain of 22 countywide seats, regained control of the Bergen and Monmouth County Freeholder Boards; implemented an historic Victory program in 2009 that made over 2.3 million volunteer phone calls, knocked on over 170,000 doors, and recruited more than 3500 volunteers, raised over $4 million for candidates and party operations; and registered more than 42,000 new Republican voters.

While Chris Christie and the nationwide political trends against Democrats, Webber was surely not solely responsible for all of these successes but he most certainly was instrumental in maximizing our gains and organizing the means to take advantage of positive Republican prospects.

Webber’s replacement is expected to be Saddle River Mayor and Christie confidant, Sam Raia.

For his part Raia issued a statement crediting now former Chairman Webber with great success and vowing to build upon that success and to take back the legislature in this year’s elections.

To do so, Raia will have a lot of work to do. For now, considering the big shoes that he has to fill, he will need the support of Republicans throughout the state and the full cooperation of Governor Christie.

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It’s Miller Time! Murkowski Is Out.

Bookmark and Share    In a count of absentee ballots Murkowski could not surpass a 1,200 vote lead by her Republican primary opponent Joe Miller and so she conceded victory to Miller early Tuesday night.

Miller bested Murkowski on election night with a lead of 1,668 votes.  But with a large number of outstanding absentee ballots out, Senator Murkowski refused to concede.  But a week later and with most ballots counted, it became apparent to all, including the Senator, that it was numerically impossible for her to overtake Miller’s lead.

The defeat puts an end to the Murkowski family’s Alaskan political Dynasty, a reign that started when Lisa Murkowski’s father Frank who held the seat his daughter now serves in until he was elected Governor of Alaska.  At that point in time, he appointed his daughter to fill out the remainder of his term.

Perhaps the one person who can take the most credit for the demise of the Murkowski’s is Sarah Palin.

After being appointed by Murkowski to head the Alaska Oil Commission, Palin found many irregularities that she was instructed to keep under hat.  Those orders came from Governor Murkowski’s Administration.  refusing to just sit by and let the establishment get away with insider deals and legal improprieties, Palin made her case public and as a result, several top Murkowski Administration officials went to jail.

Then when it came time for Murkowski to run for reelection, Palin challenged him for the Republican nomination and defeated the powerful Governor and ex-Senator.In the latets loss of a Murkowski, it was Sarah Palin who became the highest profile and one of the only high profiule officials to endorse Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski.  And that endorsement made all the difference.

Evidence of that fact can be found in the numbers where, while in many regions of the state Lisa Murkowski was winning, the areas she lost to Miller produced very slight margin of victories for him.  But it was in the area around Wassilla, Palin’s hometown and the town she was Mayor of, produced a plurality of more than 3,000 votes for Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski. 

That in and of itself shows that Palin still has significant sway in Alaska.  It is alos proof that Palin was probably the key difference that turned Miller’s underdog candidacy into a strorybook victory.

Beyond the Palin angle though is the narrative of this being an election cycle that is placing big targets on the heads of incumbents andf not just incimbent Democrats.  We are talking incumbents of both Parties.  Fortunately for Republicans though, there are more Democrat incumbents than Repoublicans, whic means that Democrats have more seats to defend and more obstacles to overcome this November.

As for the general election in Alaska, even though Republican Murkowski is out, you can bank on consewrvative Republican and TEA  Party backed Miller to keep Alaska Senate seat in Republican hands, just not the Murkowski’s hands.

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