Wednesday, March 7, 2012

No Women Candidates On The GOP Radar

Washington- Three of the four Republican candidates for Congress from GA-12 have been granted "On the Radar" status by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). These three candidates are Rick Allen, Rep. Lee Anderson, and Wright McLeod. They were 3 out of only 21 congressional candidates nationwide and the only 3 from Georgia that were granted this status as part of the Young Guns program. According to a statement released by Pete Sessions (R-TX), NRCC Chairman, “These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November."

Maria Sheffield (pictured) who also is running for the 12th District seat might be the last women running for office in the GOP ticket since it is seems the Republican Party won't longer encourage women to run neither endorse.

"It is definitely exciting news for the 12th District Republican Party to have three of our congressional candidates recognized nationally by the NRCC for their efforts. We look forward to working with the NRCC and our eventual nominee to defeat Rep. John Barrow in November," officials said. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced its newest round of ‘On the Radar' candidates. By reaching the second step of the four-step ‘Young Guns' program, these Republican candidates "have reached the fundamental benchmarks to place them on the road to victory. Now, these 21 candidates are ready to take on the Democrat establishment and return fiscal sanity to Washington."

"Middle-class taxpayers are tired of watching the Democrat majority spend this country deeper into recession while they have been forced to tighten their belts. With Americans desperate for change, these 21 candidates are determined to rein in reckless spending, cut taxes and return the economy back to a state of vitality," stated Sessions.

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan remain actively involved in the Young Guns program, working together to "recruit and prime conservative leaders for victory."

After reaching the second step of the four-step program, these ‘On the Radar' candidates now face a new set of rigorous benchmarks that will continue to help them build competitive, effective and "winning campaigns."

The NRCC's ‘On The Radar' Candidates Are:

Marcus Richmond (AR-04)
Tony Strickland (CA-26)
John Tavaglione (CA-41)
Chris Meek (CT-04)
Steve Obsitnik (CT-04)
Andrew Roraback (CT-05)
Adam Hasner (FL-22)
Rick Allen (GA-12)
Lee Anderson (GA-12)
Wright McLeod (GA-12)
John Archer (IA-02)
Dan Dolan (IA-02)
Jason Plummer (IL-12)
Kevin Raye (ME-02)
Daniel Barry (NC-08)
Richard Hudson (NC-08)
Scott Keadle (NC-08) 
John Whitley (NC-08) 
Mark Rosen (NY-18)
Matt Doheny (NY-23)
Stephen Sandstrom (UT-04)

The 12th congressional district of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Candidates wishing to run must file by the signature filing deadline of May 25, 2012. The primary elections will be held on July 31, 2012.

The district's boundaries have been redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to Georgia. The first election using the new district boundaries (listed below) will be the 2012 congressional elections. The district covers portions of the eastern and southeastern parts of the state. It includes the cities of Augusta, Dublin, Douglas, and Statesboro.

Heading into the election the incumbent is democratic John Barrow, who was first elected in 2004.
Georgia gained one seat from the reapportionment after the 2010 census. The state population grew to over 9.7 million residents, an increase of 18.3 percent, thanks to the "illegal" immigrants who responded to the census and now being targeted by Republicans with anti immigrants laws such as HB 87 among others. The 2011 redistricting cycle is the first in Georgia's history where the GOP controls the redistricting process

Incorporated place                           2000 Population   2010 Population Percent Change

Atlanta city                                                416,474             420,003                   0.8%
Augusta-Richmond County 
consolidated government                          199,775              200,549                  0.4%
Columbus city                                          186,291              189,885                 1.9%
Savannah city                                          131,510              136,286                 3.6%
Athens-Clarke County 
unified government                                  101,489              116,714                15.0%  

GOP "Social Engineering" and Women 

Republican presidential precandidate Newt Gingrich on Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint blasted as “right-wing social engineering.”

The Ryan plan is a central issue in the 2012 congressional and presidential races. The House Budget Committee chairman calls for revamping Medicare and transforming it into a voucher system, an approach Democrats are convinced will alienate older swing voters.

The budget proposal put forth by Paul Ryan is a vicious and cruel all-out attack on everyone under the age of 55, but the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that the Ryan plan propose would be felt in a particularly acute way by women, who make up more than half of the beneficiaries of both programs, and women retire closer to the poverty line than men do. Women who are alone, who either never married or who are divorced or widowed and never remarried are particularly vulnerable.

Senator Barbara Boxer said "This is a sick proposal," about the GOP budget.

What is difficult to understand is why the GOP is endorsing a proposal that not only will eliminate liberal women from health coverage. Or they don't care about conservative poor women or they deliberately want poor women in general being punished for earning less than $100,000 and born as a women.


Mary Bono Mack said the caucus' formation was not a direct response to the ongoing debates, but rather to a sense of "frustration" over the last year with some ways in which House Republicans had been conducting business, as well as with some GOP policies themselves.

The congresswoman declined to point to specific "frustrations," but noted the desire to present the Republican agenda through "a different perspective."

Probably the last generation of GOP women trying to survive "On the Radar"

She says the caucus will "inadvertently" focus on reaching out to women voters ahead of the November elections, but called the notion that women and men care about different issues "annoying."

"I don't believe that there are separate issues for women and men," she said.

However, there is not one mention of subjects such as contraception, reproductive rights or domestic violence, despite the fact that controversy surrounding those areas -- and some of the Republican Party's responses -- catapulted women's issues into the national spotlight in recent months. Also, two of the women in the video voted against the draconian laws imposed by the GOP to women health. 

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner praised the caucus members for being leaders "on all issues."

"Make no mistake, these aren't just leaders on so-called 'women's issues,' these are women leaders on all issues," he said. "I am confident the Women's Policy Committee will offer a fresh, new perspective on a vast array of challenges confronting Congress and be an important voice for the Republican Conference."

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