Meeting Minutes



May 5th


Clay Shore                     Sally & Warren Wilcox                Don Hagar                   Leila Hagar                          Aubin Hutchison

Bob Hutchison             Tavis Ryan                                        Ethan Buckley          Judy S.                                    Robert Allen

George Willis                 Terry Willis                                      Hal Hearne                 Leslie Shilling                       Coley Grindle

Steve Brancato             Cynthia Greene                               David Justice            Tyler Stegenga                      Jamie Huizenga

Stu Ferguson

Old Business

  • Past meeting minutes
  • treasures report
  • review of State Assembly

New Business

  • Future Fundraiser August 4th

Other fundraising ideas

  • Auctions
  • Bingo & Raffles
  • Pay a price to enter & then vote
  • 10% of raised money as prize
  • Bottle Water
  • Creation of a commity for fundraising

Other News

  • Comissioners meeting passed approval of two gas wells.
  • they also passed a donation of land to Habitat for Humanity.

Closed Meeting.

April 7th


Luke Korowski                      Sharbel Dussault                 Conor Dussault                      Wayne Castka                       Vicky Castka

Gerald Lain                             Frank Buffington                  Marlys Buffington                 Paul Wayne                      Donna Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson                         Robert Boulds                       Ed Saughenhaup                  Robert Allen                     Clay Shore

Scott Renneck                        Gwenda Rennick                 David Thompson                  Bonnie Thompson           Pat Phillips

Marianne Phillim                   Terry Willis                            George Willis                      Jamie Huizenga                   Warren Wilcox

Sally Wilcox                            Jane Wyman                           Heather Coleman             Tom Coleman                        Chris della Volpe

  1. Review Meeting Minutes
  2. Treasures Report
  3. Review Caucus & LDD

New Business

  • Delgates to state assembly pay $60, $30 for alternates, to GCRCC for fees.
  • LDD Review
  • More fundraising activity, Chili cookoff, trivia, bingo, raffle for summer fundraiser
  • June 7th Cocktail Party
  • Advertising Yard signs move away from newspaper.
  • July 21 Summit county Republican Revival
  • Cattlemans days July 6-15

February 3, 2012


Wayne & Vicky Castka

Sharbel Dussault

Carer Dussault

Gerald Laily

Frank Borrington

Marlys Buffington

Paul Wayne Foreman

Donna Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson

Robert Bowlds

Tavis Ryan

Ethan Buckley

Stu Ferguson

Jeff Brown

Ed Slaughenhaupt

Robert & Janet Allen

Clay Shore

David Thompson

Bonnie Thompson

Heather Coleman

1. Old Business

  • People need to become invovled in fundraising
  • Final Caucus Count was 250
  • LDD is Friday the 23rd
  • Tickets available
  • Beef & Chicken Buffet
  • Scott Tipton is speaking
  • If there is anything a person would like to donate please come forward.

New Business

  • County Assembly is March 14 @ 5:30
  • Look up Cu Regent race, possible first time majority for republicans.
  • 22 delegates to Denver with 22 alternates
  • Jay Paul Brown spoke
  • Speaker for David Justice.

Motioned to Close

Motion Passed.

January 14th


Lyndsey Ruehle                                                     Andrew Lamb

Joel Ruehle                                                              Cody Kanz

Bob Delahay                                                             David Thompson

Alex Laird                                                                 Jill Brown

Clay Shore                                                                 Terry Willis

Billy Eherhard                                                         George D. Willis

Anne Ash                                                                  Robert Allan

David Justice                                                           Denny R. Willis

Karen Anderson                                                     Tavis Ryan

Leila Hagar                                                               Ethan Buckley

Carolyn Summers                                                  Frank Buffington

Jed Orgill                                                                   Thomas Coleman

Perry Anderson                                                      Heather Lynn Coleman

Sally Wilcox                                                              Chris della Volpe

Warren O. Wilcox                                                    Ed Slaughenhaupt

Desiree Helwig                                                          Tyler Stegenga

1. Approval of last meetings minutes

2. Treasures Report

3. Old business: Caucus volunteers & Agenda

4. New Business

  • volunteers for precinct secretary
  • David proposed resolution to adopt a state bank
  •                                  Repeal 16th Amendment to the Constitution
  •                                  Repeal Federal Reserve Act
  •                                  Return to a sound monetary policy and the constitutional means for funding the federal government, providing by Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States;
  •                                 An amendment to the Colorado Constitution providing for the establishment of a Bank of Colorado for  the specific and limited purposes of:
  •                                  Providing for a State repository to store the fees and taxes collected from the People of Colorado, and the profits derived from the operation of the government corporations, programs and investments, for the specific and limited purpose of administering state funds in interest of interest of and a manner most beneficial for the People of Colorado
  •                                    Granting state banking charters to private banks who apply for membership;
  •                                    Acting as correspondentbank (a lending partner) for chartered member banks;
  • Tyler proposed a Private Property Rights Advisory Council
  •                                    The mission of the PRC is to review county government activities and inter-governmental activities to determine whether the activities may cause adverse impact to private property rights pursuant to a property rights impact review process (“Review Process”).

5. next meeting date February 4th 8:30

December 3, 2011


Tavis Ryan                    Hal Hearne

Kevin Duncan              Craig Duncan

Roy Duncan                  Bettey Eberhard

Tom Trendwan            Anme Ash

David Thompson        Karen Anderson

Desiree’ Helwig            Clay Shore

Tyler Stegenga             David Justice

Peter Caloger                Ed Slaughenhaupt

Joe West                         Don Hagar

Waren Wilcox               Leila Hagar

Sally Wilcox                   Andrew Lamb

1. Approval of last months minutes

2. Treasures report: 20$ or more donations need a receipt

3. Clay motioned to elect Tavis Ryan as secretary, Motion Seconded. Motion approved.

4. Old Business:

                              1. Last day to affiliate Republican for precinct Republican caucus is December 7th. Last day to register to vote in the Republican Precinct Caucus is January 9th

                              2. Party Platform:

                                                                    1. Taxes & Economics

                                                                    2. Restore Constitutional Government

                                                                     3. Monetary Policy

5. New Business

                               1. Scott Tipton plans to reach out to unaffliated voters. Republican party should identify itself as the working party.

                                2. County : Find Commissioner Candidates that will support Sheriff Besecker

                                3. Scott Tipton Might show at LDD

                                4. Poll Watchers – Online Courses available

6. Next Meeting Date: January 14, 2011

November 5, 2011


Bonnie Thompson Judy Sunderlin

Kelly Black Joe and Cindi West

Ed Sloughenhaupt Nancy Riemer

Clay Shore David Justice

Betty Eberhard Stacia Smith

Anne Ash

Gwenda Rennick

Scott Rennick

Ethan Buckley

Phil Chamberland

Tavis Ryan

Sally and Warren Wilcox

Scott Rennick opened the meeting with a reading from 1 Chronicles.

I.  Review and approval of last meeting minutes:

Phil made a motion to approve, Anne second

II.  Treasures report:

III.  Old Business:

A. Library and prop. 103 failed.

B. Caucus – February 7th. Rick Santerelli is going to help Scott with organizing the caucus. We need volunteers. 13 precinct tables to set up. Need people who are precinct captains. We also need to make sure everyone in Somerset knows they are included. Phil and Ricky will contact the people in Somerset. Copies of the precincts can be obtained from the elections office. Contact Ethan Buck if you know of people or want to volunteer – 618-531-5399. caucus will be at Webster Hall.

Things to do at caucus:

1) Resolutions – what our platform is. Comes up to vote. Make a statement to the community. Example: mission statement. We send resolutions to state body and either get included or throw out.

Categories of resolutions:

Taxes – economic

Regulations – government and economic development.




States rights

Healthcare – senior care


Balanced budget amendment

Term limits

Foreign aid and subsidies –local –agriculture

Traditional marriage

MSAHA – mine safety

– training facility

Public land use


Labor Policy – NLRB

Resource Development

Foreign Policy


– We need to get the word out you need to be a registered Republican to vote in the primary.

IV. New business

Anne Ash said the Gunnison Arts Center has a new strategic plan for support for profit entities. Ex. ORSH program.

Constitution class the 16th of November at the Bean.

Tavis Ryan has volunteered to be our next secretary. Will be voted in the next meeting.

Election verification and canvassing at the elections office November 15th and 16th in the am and pm. Call Scott if you want to volunteer.

Ryan call offered to come over to Gunnison and answer questions.

V. Next meeting date: December 3rd at 8:30 a.m. at the Almont Resort.

VI. Meeting adjourned: Sally Wilcox made a motion and Phil second the motion.

October 1, 2011


Scott Rennick                    Cathie Mitchell

Clay Shore                          Ethan Buckley

David Justice                    Tavis Ryan

Phil Chamberland           Alyce and Larry Meredith

Missy Chamberland       Stacia Smith

David Thompson            Warren and Sally Wilcox

Bonnie Thompson

Scott Rennick opened the meeting with a prayer.

1. Review and approval of last meeting minutes, Phil made a motion to approve, Clay seconded.

2. Treasures report

3. Old Business:

Caucus -February 7th

Don Hager will help with caucus. There will be a training session at Ethan’s house Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6:00. October 5th testing for ballot machines, 3 hours. David Thompson and David Justice volunteered.

4. New Business:

Library : Larry Meredith, executive director and board member for library. Addressed questions that people had submitted. Generate revenue from library from sales tax. Asked 6.5 million for 20 years. Childrens library annex in Crested Butte. 1A on the ballot is for mill levy increase. Approximately $13.35 per 100,000 actual value of home. There were several incentives/priorites that were discussed for the coming year for the library: 1) Children’s and youth early literacy programs. After school programs. 2) Increase and use in technology. Checking out kindles, readers, etc. Download books free of charge from website. 3) Create a learning center. Literacy action program. The library wwill cost an estimated 6.2 million and the library board is asking 5.2 million.

5. Clay made a motion to adjourn, Tavis seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned

6. Next meeting date was November 5, 2011

September 10, 2011 Meeting Minutes


Scott and Gwend Rennick

Clay Shore

Don and Leila Hagar

Judy Sunderlin

Ethan Buckley

Tavis Ryan

David and Bonnie Thompson

Warren and Sally Wilcox

Pete Caloger

Stacia Smith

Randy Spydell

Phil and Missy Chamberland

Pat McKee

Gwenda Rennick opened the meeting with prayer.

1. Reveiw and approval of last meeting minutes: Gwenda made a motion to approve, Judy second

2. Tresures report

3. Old Business: Paperwork and filing requirements are finished. December 14th first Treasures report due. Caucus-March 6th at Webster Hall. Floor chart for how caucus works. Personnel requirements. 25-30 people to run caucus. By November meeting need to have a list of volunteers. List of precinct captains. There are lots of regulations for a cacus.

4. New Business: Fund raising-Lincoln Day Dinner. Crested Butte house at Skyland is an option to have dinner, approx. $25 per person, Phil will get information. Tentative date is April 28th. Possible summer event at harmels. Vice Chairman- Voted in a new Vice Chairman, Ethan Buckley. Phil Chamberland made a motion to replace Sara Newberry, Sally Wilcox second the motion. Phil made a motion to elect Ethan Buckley as our new Vice Chairman, Pete Caloger second the motion. Library, local issues- We need to take the issue to friends and neighbors. Need to flood the newspaper with letters. Library bond issues requires 1) 3.2 mil levy 2) $14 per  $100,000 value of home. 3rd year 3 X that price. Randy Spydell suggested we speak to Larry Meredith, head of the library board. November 1st is the ballot.

5. Next meeting: October 1, 2011

6. Meeting was addjourned by Ethan Bucley. Tavis Ryan made the motion, Phil Chamberland seconded the motion.

MAY 14, 2011 Meeting Minutes


Scott Rennick                         Don Hager

Phil Chamberland                   Leila Hager

Clay Shore                              Sally Wilcox

Gerald Lain                             Warren Wilcox

Peter Caloger                          David and Bonnie Thompson

Roger Drake                           Wayne and Vicky Castka

Pat McKee                              Judy Sunderlin

Joan McKee

Warren Wilcox opened the meeting with prayer.

I.  Review and approval of last meeting minutes: ClayShore approved, Sally Wilcox second

II.  Treasures report:  Balance

III.  Old Business:

A. Fundraising:  we need money.  Scott Tipton, getting on his schedule for him to speak at fundraising event.

Suggestions to have barbecue, etc. Lincoln Day Dinner will be next February.  Joan McKee suggested a “Keep Your Independence”  dinner. Contact Harv Rees about advertising, public service announcements, etc.  Phil Chamberland volunteered to cook for any event.  Joan, have hamburgers and hotdogs and have it at the multipurpose bldg like last time.  People just gave donations and the food was free.  Scott wants people to know this is a fundraising event.  Also,needs to be casual.  Schedule for publicity to see when Scott Tipton is available, August 7th, 14th, 21st.   Joan also suggested we need to have a few to keep momentum. Maybe 2nd week of September. Scott Tipton will probably be late July or early August.  Clay Shore will handle advertising.  Also David and Bonnie Thompson said they would help.B.  Voter Vault:

  • Get involved before next election.
  • Can get info on people registered .

There is also good info for precinct leaders.  Warren Wilcox has a disc of registered voters.  Voter Vault is a Republican national effort to know what our target voter groups are.  Demographics of who are listed, good resource.  Phil said to get the college students involved also.

IV.  New Business:

Scott Rennick will attend a meeting with Pitkin Co and San

Miguel County Republicans in June.  Talk about meeting and forming a coalition of Republican Committees.  Kathleen Curry and with the Western Slope chairpersons.  Anyone who would like to attend can.  Expand to other counties andget to know them locally.

B.  Poll

Watchers:  Scott said we need to recruit poll watchers. The county trains poll watchers. Phil said if you use poll watching properly you can get a list of who has been to the poll and can contact the people who haven’t voted yet.  Poll training – 2 sessions the elections office puts on.  Observers go to election officials  and are certified.  People gave a lot of examples about how poll watchers helped stop voter fraud. Training is only a couple of hours. We also need more Republican judges for the election.  Phil – we need to get criteria for poll watching and judges.  Judy said that the local Democratic party each are responsible for the area they live.  They call each other and get people to attend important meetings.  The numbers of Independents in our valley was discussed.

C.  Redistricting map/discussions:  Republicans argued how districts are mapped.  This has been pushed into the courts.  Colorado redistricting map is on line.  The supreme court in the state of Colorado consists of 3 Democrats.  We need to win back the Senate seat and get majority in the Senate.

D.  Report from Phil

Chamberland:  County redistricting –County Precincts may change.  All three districts have to have equal population.

District 1 – 5,118 change to 5,118; District 2 – ,650 to 5101;  District 3 – 5,566 change to 5105.  Will change along Jacks Cabin.  Phil said they want to get more straight lines.

V.  Proper tax protest:  June 1st is the deadline to get your protest in.  Several examples were given to the outrageous property tax assessments.  Gerald Lane gave a presentation on how you can get comparables on line on your property.

Phil Chamberland discussed mill levy’s and tax base.  Gerald talked about the situation in Crested Butte and how 2nd homeowners have supported the county.

A. Board of CountyCommissioners meetings/agenda:  the county government has cut a few employees.  You can go online to see the agendas for the meetings.  Ex. Planning office.  Budget proposals will be starting.

VI.  Next meeting date:  to be announced. Motion was made to close the meeting.  Judy Sunderland second the motion.


Posted on April 20, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee


Scott Rennick

Stacia Smith

Sally Wilcox

Warren Wilcox

Travis Ryan

Ethan Buckley

Drew Nelson

Ann Ash

Betty Eberhard


Leila Hagan

Don Hagan

Hal Hearne

Ed Slaughenhaupt

Bill Matthews

Call to Order and Opening Prayer:  Scott Rennick and Warren Wilcox

I.  Review and approval of minutes from March.  Don Hagan approved minutes and Sally Wilcox second the motion.

II. Treasurers report: ClayShore, Treasurer reported that we have a balance of $507.31.

a. We have a credit at the Gunnison Country Shopper.

III. Old business:

1.  Tea Party formation discussions:  This issue will be tabled for a while.  Betty                                   Eberhard discussed the possibility of having Tea Party representatives at our meetings. Scott stressed the importance of having more people at our meetings.

2.  Information conduit for state/federal representative actions:  Sarah Newberry is in charge of getting information on-line regarding links to representative’s pages, etc.

3.  State chair results and report on state organizational meeting (Scott Rennick):  Scott filled everyone in on the state meeting.  Ryan Call won the Colorado Republican Committee Chair.   Ken Bucks wife, Perry is secretary.  The whole essence of the meeting was “out with the old and in with the new”.  And the overall message was it is not the government’s money, it is our money.   The Colorado Speaker of the House (Frank McNulty) wants to fight state unions, ex. What is going on in Wisconsin.  John Suthers, Co. Attorney General is fighting Obamacare as it is unconstitutional.  Small business was also the topic with there being the loss of small businesses in Colorado.  Scott also spoke with Ryan Call himself about getting help to run caucuses and fund raising.  Chairman Call wants to get rural communities more engaged at a state level.   Scott Tipton spoke on 1) single issue ballots at the federal level, i.e. ballots that deal with a single topic, especially important ones.  What is happening is several issues are being tagged onto a ballot and they get rushed through and passed without discussion.  Also, a 10% corporate income tax or flat income tax was discussed.   Look at this congressional website for details:

4.  Fundraising:  Congressman Tipton said he would do a fundraising meeting.   Drew Nelson is working on putting together a fundraising committee.  Need to get a list of registered Republicans and get them involved, business owners, etc.

IV.   New business:

1.  Visiting speakers for the future:  Scott Tipton.

2.  Report from Phil Chamberland:  Phil is working on a moratorium on linkage fees and revising the LUR.  He is taking both these issues head on.  Linkage fees were meant for affordable housing funding.  Ex. Business owners have to pay a fee for employees to live here.  We need to create a market first, then housing.  Building is being affected because of all the fees that you have to pay.  Also, re-districting is coming soon.  Phil wants us to email him and give him feedback.

– Hal Hearne is going through a land use change and had to pay $10,000 just to have the issue looked at.

– It is imperative that we elect people of a different mindset.

3.  Scott Rennick discussed the bond issue and our county rating.

4.  Upcoming elections, etc.:  We need to get a list of electorates and email addresses of republicans in the county to get more information out.  Suggestions: call a thon, return address cards to the GCRCC with information, general mailing, ads in the shopper with meeting times, etc, and letters to the editor asking for people to send us their email addresses.

V.  Next meeting date:  Tentatively May 14, 2011.   WSC graduation is the first weekend in May.   Will let everyone know exactly when our next meeting is.

VI. Scott Rennick adjourned the meeting.  Bill Matthews made a motion and  Sally Wilcox  second the motion and the meeting was adjourned.

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Posted on April 19, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

Colorado Republicans web site:

Congressman Scott Tipton

John Suthers:  fighting Obamacare

Speaker of the House McNulty on re-districting:


ColoradoStatesman Publication:

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March 5, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Posted on March 30, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee


Scott Rennick

Stacia Smith

Sarah Newberry

Sally Wilcox

Warren Wilcox

Travis Ryan

Ethan Buckley

Drew Nelson

Marjorie Scarpella

Ann Ash

Betty Eberhard

Call to Order and Opening Prayer: Scott Rennick

I. Review and approval of minutes from February. Ann Ash approved minutes and Sarah Newberry second the motion.

Scott introduced, Sarah Newberry as our new Vice President as she was unable to make the last meeting.

II. Treasurers report: Clay Shore, Treasurer was not at the meeting, but we have approximately $400 in the bank.

III. Old business:

1. Tea Party formation discussions: There wasn’t anyone in attendance from the last meeting to give an update. Warren Wilcox has attended Tea Party meetings. Generally, they understand we do not need to separate as a separate party.

2. Scott discussed about investigating the Gunnison County budget. Shared how important it is to be individual activists/accountability.

3. Sarah Newberry will help gather information for state and federal representative actions; which means getting information out to party members on what is happing on the state and federal level. Also, putting links on the GCRCC website. Gunnison Country Times is going to start placing information in the paper about government decisions that will affect us locally.

IV. New business:

1. State chair meeting: Will send out names about Republican State Chairperson candidates. Scott discussed the State Chair’s role in governor’s election in Colorado. He also shared information about some of the candidates.

2. Fundraising: Possible summer event? Economy will be a factor in our fundraising. Drew Nelson will head a fundraising committee to come up with ideas. Fact of note is that there are limits to events where political parties can fundraise.

3. City Council elections: Some group activists have started using the “fear factor” in the paper, etc. We stressed the importance of needing to find people for these offices.

4. Phil Chamberland could not be at this meeting because of a prior commitment, but Scott spoke to him about items in the county budget. Phil has gotten on task with what he promised he would in the county. Phil will also be bringing up the County’s rating regarding bonds at our next meeting.

5. Local businesses: One important thing that we as a party need to start doing is supporting our local businesses and being a voice for them. How do we support business and back them up? Examples are letters to the editor, our website, and getting information to city/county residents. Organize a calling committee and invite business owners to our meetings to show them our support and we are behind them. Make personal touch with constant communication. Letters also need to be written to the Top of the World, which is Western State College’s newspaper.

V. Next meeting date: April 2, 2011.

VI. Scott Rennick adjourned the meeting. Drew Nelson made a motion and Sarah Newberry second the motion and the meeting was adjourned.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

GCRCC Minutes from February 5, 2011

Meeting started at 8:40 a.m. at Almont Resort


Scott Rennick Betty Eerhard

Stacia Smith Anne Ash

John Cattles Al and Faye Davidson

Pat and Joan McKee Ed Slaughenhaupt

Helen Marshall Jean Messner

Carolyn Summers Gwenda Rennick

Don and Leila Hagan Clay Shore

Pete Caloger

Welcome and call to order: Scott Rennick, President opened the meeting. Gwenda opened with prayer.

Election of Officers: Sara Newberry, Vice President; Stacia Smith, Secretary; Clay Shore, Treasurer. Scott went over officers to be elected. Verbal vote was taken. A motion was made to have oral vote taken. Faye Davidson seconds the motion. Call was made for vote for Stacia Smith, secretary. Call was made for vote for Clay Shore for treasurer. Call was made for Sarah Newberry for Vice President. All were in favor.

Review and approval of minutes: Motion was made to approve minutes. Faye Davidson made the motion to approve and Ann Ash second the motion.

Treasurer’s report: Balance 457.51. Check was made to Phil Chamberland for his campaign and to pay for PO Box. Draft resolution from board and members to approve Scott Rennick and Clay Shore to be on checking account. Carolyn made the motion and Pat McKee second the motion.

Old Business:

Tea Party: The floor was opened to discussion about a Tea Party being organized. Scott discussed his view. We need to keep focus on the Republican Party as a whole. Augmenting and working within. Faye Davidson discussed what the Tea Party was about, formation. Pat McKee also discussed the beginning of the Tea Party. Ann Ash discussed exposure. Republican Party can be an umbrella for the Tea Party. It was suggested that someone from our group form a Tea Party liaison to have input. Ed Slaughenhaupt – appoint 1 or 2 to be representative to Tea Party and get report once a month. Scott said between now and next meeting decide who would like to organize and volunteer to get a Tea Party going. Trapper and Fay Davidson will volunteer.

Letters to the Editor:

We need to start writing letters to newspaper to support members. A sign up sheet was sent around for people interested.

New business:

State party elections: March 26th will be the date to elect state party officials. Between now and next meeting we need to look at candidates for party leaders.

Form a committee to take responsibility to find out what our elected officials are doing and keep them accountable. John Cattles suggested that we take an add out in the paper to inform people locally what is going on. Also send out emails. Will see if Sara Newberry can head up committee and research this monthly.

Scott wants a committee to investigate what happened with the 2010 governor’s campaign in Colorado with the Republican Party.

Scott also suggested that we have meetings for 90 minutes so people will have a time frame and allotted time. Next meeting will be March 5, 2011 at Almont Resort.

Meeting was adjourned. Ed Slaughenhaupt made a motion to adjourn and Carolyn Summers second the motion.

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February 5, 2011 Next Meeting Date

Posted on January 11, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

Please join us for our next meeting on February 5, 2011 at the Almont Resort. We start at 8:30 AM. If you wish to order breakfast (at your expense), please arrive a bit earlier. GET INVOLVED!! NOW IS THE TIME!

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MINUTES January 8, 2011

Posted on January 11, 2011 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

GCRCC Minutes from January 8. 2011

Meeting started at 8:37 am at Almont Resort~ (by Chrisann in Scott’s absence)

Attendees:   25

Pete and Susan Dunda                          Stacia Smith

Warren and Sally Wilcox                        Chris Behan

Al Smith                                                Fae and Trapper Davidson

Pete and Phil Chamberland                    Hank Mull

Clay Shore                                            Anne Ashe

Betty Eberhard                                      Drew Nelson

Marjorie Scarpella                                 Andy and Chrisann Steurer

Sarah Newberry                                    Mindy Costanzo

Peter Caloger                                        Carolyn Summers

Don and Leila Hagar

Minutes from November meeting- There were none as we had a Victory party for Phil Chamberland and all the Republicans who won elections—GCRCC picked up the bill for

$166.34 for the buffet breakfast.

Treasurers Report- $1501.31 balance as of today

New Business


as per the bylaws, we will have an Organizational meeting in February for election of new officers to the GCRCC.

next meeting- Feb.5, 2011

Vacancies- Vice Chairman, Secretary (Chrisann announced her plans to move), and Treasurer.  There have been several step up to fill these vacancies and more volunteered at the meeting.

Sarah Newberry- considering Vice Chairman

Drew Nelson- volunteered for Vice Chairman and would consider job sharing

Stacia Smith- considering Treasurer

Clay Shore- volunteered for Treasurer at the meeting

It was explained that if you couldn’t attend the next meeting, you can vote for officers by proxy until 2/4/11.  Chrisann will send out a note to everyone by email when the nominees are all in.

Hank Mull volunteered at Precinct 6 leader (as we had no one in that position)

Letters to the Editor-

It was suggested that people keep writing letters to the paper when they felt passionate about an issue- or even a congratulatory letter to Phil and the newly elected officials in this week’s paper. The newly elected will be sworn in Tuesday at 1 pm at the County Courthouse in the Commissioners office.

Words from Phil Chamberland-

he’s going to focus on Land Use Resolution vacancies- there will be 3 positions available and he’s looking for common sense people to apply by January 18, 2011. He’ll get information out to everyone by email soon.

Planning commission issues- change the permits on the LUR

County salaries need to come down

Funds for small business start up loans through the Foundation

We had a great discussion for about 40 minutes on the state of our affairs in Gunnison County and effects of different entities that need to be focused on…….CBMR, the Oxbow mine, small business, the jail, county salaries and general fund, County Commissioner candidates for 2012, etc.

We voted unanimously to give Phil $1000 from our funds to cover expenses with his campaign and Warren passed the hat and collected $308 to add to that monies.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 am

Submitted by C. Steurer, Sec.


It was mentioned and decided that the official meeting be adjourned and those who had to leave could do so- most stayed and discussed party positions on the direction of the Republican party.  Fae Davidson shared why Bob McConnell felt the way he did and why he resigned from the party…….we discussed the possibility of forming a Tea Party as an arm of our GOP party. We decided to discuss this in more depth next month.

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Posted on September 5, 2010 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

SAVE THE DATE for the Gunnison County Republican “get out the vote rally!” Sunday, September 12th at the IOOF Park at the corner of Main St. and Virginia in downtown Gunnsion (next to Sugah’s Cafe). TIME: 3 – 5 PM Be sure to get out and meet the candidates, network with old and new friends and pick up some literature to help insure you are up on the issues prior to the election on November 3rd.

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How Likely Is a Full Repeal of the New Health Care Law?

Posted on August 8, 2010 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

Article from Week of August 1, 2010

Last month at a town hall in Hayward, Calif., a constituent asked Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) about Obamacare: “If this legislation is Constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government’s ability to tell us how to run our private lives? … If they can do this, what can’t they?” Stark, a longtime advocate of government-run health care, gave an honest yet troubling answer: “The federal government can, yes, do most anything in this country.”

Yesterday a federal court in Virginia agreed with the logic, but not the Constitutional understanding, of Stark’s view of federal government power. In the first substantive legal ruling on President Barack Obama’s health regulation law, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson held that the Commonwealth of Virginia raised a valid substantive theory to challenge Obamacare and that its democratically passed Virginia Health Care Freedom Act provided it standing to challenge the federal individual mandate. On the issue of that mandate, Hudson wrote: “Unquestionably, this regulation radically changes the landscape of health insurance coverage in America. … No reported case from any federal appellate court has extended the Commerce Clause or the Tax Clause to include the regulation of a person’s decision not to purchase a product, notwithstanding its effect on interstate commerce.”

Echoing the court’s ruling, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said: “This lawsuit is not about health care, it’s about our freedom and about standing up and calling on the federal government to follow the ultimate law of the land – the Constitution.” And it is becoming more and more clear that Obamacare makes it next to impossible for Americans to even track, let alone check, federal power. While the Joint Economic Committee released a report showing that the President’s health law created an impenetrable web of at least 47 new bureaucratic entities, a CRS report from earlier in the month drew an even starker conclusion: “The precise number of new entities that will ultimately be created pursuant to PPACA is currently unknowable.”

How are the American people supposed to check the power of the federal government if even the official research arm of Congress cannot keep track of all the bureaucracies Congress creates? It can’t. The CRS report goes on to say: “Under the new law, the Government Accountability Office must appoint at least 83 new members to six new boards. It is unclear how GAO will be able to independently audit these entities when the [Comptroller General] has appointed their members.” And the matters these new bureaucrats will be regulating are not minor. One such entity, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, is empowered to make Medicare payment policy, including which procedures (like mammograms) the federal government will or will not pay for. And the President insisted on making the IPAB’s decisions virtually impossible to overturn.

As long as President Obama is in the White House, full repeal of Obamacare is not possible. But its web of undemocratic, unaccountable bureaucracies can be defunded. And that is exactly what conservative candidates across the country are promising the American people they will do. This is a good first step, but it is not enough. The Obama administration will stop at nothing to protect the expansion of government. Just last week it wasted $700,000 of your tax dollars on a national cable television propaganda campaign promoting the President’s new law. In the ad, celebrity Andy Griffith tells American seniors that under Obamacare “like always, we’ll have our guaranteed [Medicare] benefits.” But as documented by, “the truth is that the new law is guaranteed to result in benefit cuts” for the 10 million seniors currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

The American people are already fighting back against these tactics, and they are winning. In total, 33 states have mounted legal and legislative challenges to Obamacare. The American people are going to continue to fight this intolerable act in Congress, in the courts and in the states. It may take some time, but they are going to win.

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What Does the Will of the American People Mean to the Obama Administration?

Posted on August 8, 2010 by Gunnison County Republican Central Committee

Article from August 7, 2010

This Tuesday voters in Missouri, by a 40-point margin, approved a ballot measure rejecting the individual mandate at the core of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Asked what the vote meant to the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs said: “Nothing.” Yesterday in San Francisco, federal judge Vaughn Walker gave the exact same weight to a California ballot measure that affirmed marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. Specifically Judge Walker overturned the California Marriage Protection Act after concluding, as a matter of fact, that the majority of Californians who voted to protect marriage were bigots who had no rational basis to define marriage on their own terms. Here are just some of the “facts” Judge Walker found:

Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.

The campaign to pass Proposition 8 relied on stereotypes to show that same-sex relationships are inferior to opposite-sex relationships.

The Proposition 8 campaign relied on fears that children exposed to the concept of same-sex marriage may become gay or lesbian.

The genetic relationship between a parent and a child is not related to a child’s adjustment outcomes.

Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted.

How did Judge Walker arrive at these “facts”?  By agreeing with everything the same-sex marriage proponents “experts” said while ruling that the traditional marriage witness was “unreliable” and “provided no credible evidence to support any of the claimed adverse effects proponents promised to demonstrate.” In so doing, Walker not only ignored the views of millions of Californians, but by basing his decision on the 14th Amendment, he also ignored the factual determinations of every single popular vote that has been held on the issue in the past two decades. According to Judge Walker’s reasoning every single one of these Americans is a bigot whose opinion on marriage has no place under Judge Walker’s Constitution.

From the beginning, it was clear that Judge Walker was more interested in making a political statement than upholding the rule of law. That is why after Judge Walker ruled that the trial could be broadcast live the Supreme Court took the remarkable step of overturning his decision, writing in January: “Not only did [Judge Walker’s court] ignore the federal statute that establishes the procedures by which its rules may be amended, its express purpose was to broadcast a high-profile trial that would include witness testimony about a contentious issue.”

Clearly that Supreme Court would have rightly viewed with great skepticicm every sentence of Judge Walker’s spurious ruling. But that Court will not be deciding this case. Today the Senate will vote on whether to confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The same Elena Kagan who manipulated teh law and facts to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard law students because she did not personally approve of our military’s personnel policies regarding same-sex relationships.

The facts are becoming quite clear. Kagan, Walker, Gibbs and Obama all give the same weight to the will of the American people as expressed at the ballot box: “Nothing.” We’ll see today if the Senate agrees.   (ADDED comment: Well, the Senate confirmed her! Look for a “list” of all Republican Senators who voted to approve her. If they are running for re-election, let’s hope they get caught up in the “out with the bad incumbent” bathwater!