Saturday, April 19

GOP Monthly Breakfast
Hampton Inn at the Airport
7:30-8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00-9:00 AM: Speakers, Discussion, Party Business


Please RSVP to Mary Jo Kaiser

812-425-8207 or beamerjo59@gmail.com

John Scott Foster
and friend

Our speakers will be:

Holli Sullivan,
State Representative
District 78
Dr. John Scott Foster,
Executive Director,
Wesselman Nature Center

Save the Date


State Representative Wendy "Mac" McNamara


THURSDAY, April 24, 2014


Cambridge Golf Club


1034 Beacon Hill, Evansville




Registration begins: 10:45 AM

Lunch:  11:00 AM - Noon

Shotgun Start at Noon


For details Contact:

Wendy McNamara


State Representative HD 76



(812) 454-1364



Strong letter to follow


By Gary Varvel














Bloomberg to Spend $50M to Make 2nd Amendment Supporters 'Afraid'


By United Press International


Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said gun control advocates need to make opponents "afraid" as he announced funding for a new group.


Bloomberg said Tuesday he will donate $50 million to Every Town for Gun Safety. He described the group as a counter to the National Rifle Association.


"They say, 'We don't care. We're going to go after you. If you don't vote with us we're going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we're never going to stop,' " Bloomberg said of the N.R.A. "We've got to make them afraid of us."


Bloomberg already backs Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. He plans to move both groups into the new one.


The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 appeared to give more traction to supporters of background checks and other limits on gun ownership. But those stalled, and Bloomberg has little to show for the millions he has already spent.


Polls suggest a majority of U.S. residents support stricter gun laws, and background checks have strong support. But Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America, told The New York Times that supporters of gun rights are more passionate on the issue.

"He's got the money to waste," Pratt said of Bloomberg. "So I guess he's free to do so. But frankly, I think he's going to find out why his side keeps losing."


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 Larry Bucshon


The State of the Union...

I hoped the President would take his State of the Union address as an opportunity to offer real solutions that address the challenges we face as a nation. Families are struggling in the Obama economy, growth is stagnate, and confidence is at an all time low, yet we heard the same political rhetoric.

Meanwhile, the House is working to expand opportunity for all Americans so that they can build better lives. We’ve passed over 40 jobs bills that still sit in the Senate, including approval of the Keystone pipeline. We’ve offered healthcare reforms that reduce rising costs and put patients back in charge of their decisions because our goal is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans. And, we’ve worked to reform taxes so that everyone is on a level playing field. Instead of reaching across the aisle to work with us on these issues, the President spoke more about executive fiat and working around Congress. This is not what our founders intended and is an ineffective approach to leadership during divided government.

Read more about the SOTU here.

New CBO Report: ObamaCare will cost 2.5 million full-time jobs...

The non-partisan, non-biased Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report this week concluding that ObamaCare will push about 2.5 million full-time workers out of the workforce by 2024. The CBO report reaffirms that that ObamaCare is effectively a tax on workers that is hampering job growth and exacerbating our already low labor force participation, which is at the lowest it has been since 1978, according to the last jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other statistics from the report show that 31 million Americans will be uninsured by 2024 and 1 million fewer Americans than what the President projected will be enrolled by the March deadline. While the President and his allies in Congress continue to disregard the obvious signs that this law is failing and hurting the very people it intended to help, the House remains committed to providing relief to American families.
For more information on alternatives I support and action the House has taken regarding ObamaCare, click here.
Continuing our investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack...
Shortly after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, House Republicans asked the Obama administration to explain the Administration’s actions leading up to and during the attack itself to the American people. We also demanded answers on why publicly-available information consistently contradicted Administration accounts describing the cause and nature of the attack.

Through a series of House Committee hearings over the past year, we have engaged in serious, deliberate oversight investigations of what led up to this tragic event, what happened that night, and why the White House still refuses to tell the whole truth. Recently declassified hearings show that the Administration knew right away the attack was executed by terrorists and a recent bipartisan Senate report concluded the attacks were preventable.

Our fight for answers and justice continues and we have provided a resource with all of the unclassified information and findings from this ongoing investigation on this website.

Expand American Energy production, Build Keystone XL...
Last week, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report on the Keystone XL pipeline project after over 1,900 days of review, confirming the landmark jobs and energy project was safe and would not significantly impact the environment. This project will create thousands of jobs right here in America and help expand our energy production. It's time for the President to use his pen to approve this project and start construction.

Read the Wall Street Journal's take on the Keystone project here - "No More Keystone Excuses."

Protecting Your Rights as a Sportsman...

This week, I voted to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens on federal lands and their use of traditional ammunition and tackle. The legislation also reaffirmed the right of Hoosiers to use public lands for hunting, fishing, and shooting in compliance with existing laws by removing unnecessary federal roadblocks. These activities are important pastimes for many families, help educate young people about safety and responsibility, and contribute to our local economies. I’m happy the House passed H.R. 3095 to address many of the pressing concerns of Hoosier sportsmen and women and reinforce our nation’s commitment to our heritage.

Highlights of H.R. 3095:

  • Supports Access for Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands
  • Supports Recreational Shooting and Protects 2nd Amendment Rights
  • Protects the Use of Traditional Ammunition and Fish Tackle
  • Eliminates Government Red Tape for the Importation of Specific, Legal Hunting Trophies

For more information on this bill, click here.




Coats, Members Ask Kerry to Urge for End of Russian Defense Contracts


INDIANAPOLIS – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, joined 10 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that the secretary urge NATO member countries and participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to end all defense contracts with Russia in response to the country’s aggression in Crimea.


“We believe the United States must show leadership by terminating all defense contracts with Russia and ask that you strongly encourage our NATO allies and OSCE participating states to take similar actions,” the members wrote. “We urge you to lead the coordination among NATO and OSCE to halt trade involving military equipment with Russia immediately. We believe this is a crucial step in reestablishing a deterrent against further Russian aggression and strengthening the impact of our targeted economic sanctions against Russia.”


The letter was sent by Senators Coats, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), and Michael Burgess (R-Texas).


In March, Coats introduced an amendment to sanction Russia’s Rosoboronexport, the sole state agency for export of Russian weapons systems and defense-related goods. Additionally, he and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) led a bipartisan letter to President Obama calling for sanctions against Rosoboronexport.

The text of the letter to Secretary Kerry is below:

April 14, 2014
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2201 C Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

We write to express our support for NATO’s decision to suspend military and civilian cooperation with Russia. We also ask that you further urge both NATO member countries and participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to work cooperatively to cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia in response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. This would be a forceful next step by both international organizations (of which the United States is a member) to affirm that there is no more business as usual when it comes to bilateral trade of military equipment given Russia’s hostile actions.


As you are aware, two decades ago the Partnership for Peace program was implemented to foster trust between NATO member countries and the member states of the former Soviet Union, and to acknowledge a shared political commitment to creating lasting and inclusive peace in the Euro-Atlantic area. This integration with the member states of the former Soviet Union was predicated on shared values and common obligations to uphold international law. Likewise, the Helsinki Final Act, which has been signed by 57 OSCE nations, including the United States, affirmed our collective commitment to sovereign equality, respect for human rights, and fundamental freedoms. Russia violated these shared principles by disregarding its treaty obligations under the bilateral Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. We should immediately halt the trade in military equipment now that Russia has reneged on its commitment to abide by international law.


Russia has clearly violated the principles of the Helsinki Final Act, and its actions are antithetical to the principles that NATO member countries like the United States seek to uphold. Nonetheless, significant bilateral trade in military equipment continues. The United Kingdom announced the Military Technical Cooperation Agreement with Russia in January 2014, which would provide a framework for Russian and UK defense companies to cooperate at an unclassified level and enable British and Russian arms producers to exchange defense components and technical data. France has continued an existing contract to sell two high-tech Mistral warships to Russia, and the Hungarian Ministry of Defense recently acquired three Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters produced by Rosoboronexport. Unfortunately and inexplicably, the United States is, at the time of writing, continuing with plans to receive 22 more Mi-17 helicopters from Russia as part of our ongoing assistance to Afghanistan.


We believe the United States must show leadership by terminating all defense contracts with Russia and ask that you strongly encourage our NATO allies and OSCE participating states to take similar actions. We urge you to lead the coordination among NATO and OSCE to halt trade involving military equipment with Russia immediately. We believe this is a crucial step in reestablishing a deterrent against further Russian aggression and strengthening the impact of our targeted economic sanctions against Russia. We thank you for your attention to this matter.


Helping Hoosier Veterans

This past week, Michael Barrentine, a former student of mine, asked me to speak at an event in Evansville for an organization called Soldier Dogs for Independence. Michael serves as the President for Solider Dogs for Independence, a nonprofit organization designed to help local veterans who live with physical and/or mental injuries. I personally know many veterans in the area and love to hear their stories of courage and strength while serving our country.

Solider Dogs, which is located in Evansville chooses dogs from local shelters that are available for adoption to enroll with their new owners in a 20 week training program. Veterans may also enroll their own dog with the organization’s approval. With the help of volunteers, veterans will train their dogs to provide services and help them lead their daily life. Not only can these dogs provide service, but also companionship. These dogs are capable of doing many day-to-day tasks and have potential to make life easier for veterans. Tasks can include bringing a ringing phone or unloading towels from the dryer.

Solider Dogs goal is to “give freedom back to American heroes.” The cost to provide this training program ranges from $600 through $1000. The veteran does not pay any of these costs. These services would be impossible if it weren’t’ for donations from supporters. If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate dog treats, dog food, leashes, or collars please mail to Solider Dogs for Independence PO Box 6895 Evansville, IN 47719. You can also visit their website at soliderdogs.org

I recently learned of a letter writing campaign for World War II veterans taking place in Indiana. On May 10, the Honor Flight Network will fly 69 World War II veterans to Washington D.C., and as a thank you for their service, coordinators are working, to ensure that each veteran receives 10 letters to read.

A simple thank you card can go a very long way for these Hoosier veterans, if you would like to participate in this letter writing campaign you can send a store-bought card, handwritten letters and pictures drawn by children to:

Indy Honor Flight
ATTN: Mail Call
9093 S. SR 39
Mooresville, IN 46158

The salutation on each item should be “Dear Veteran” and should not be dated. These letters must be received by May 2nd in order for the veterans to receive them in time for the flight.

These organizations are working to honor our American heroes, so please join me in letting every veteran know how much we appreciate their service to our great nation.






Senate Update

Jan. 17, 2014


Protecting Young Hoosiers





There is no higher priority than protecting young Hoosiers from danger, especially when they are away from their families and in the care of school officials. With this goal in mind, I'm authoring legislation this session to safeguard children with severe, life-threatening allergies.

Nearly one in 13 children throughout the United States suffers from food allergies, and an estimated three percent suffer from stinging-insect allergies. One study found that 25 percent of children have their first reaction to peanuts or tree nuts in a school setting.


Senate Bill 245 would make sure schools have auto-injectable epinephrine, like EpiPens, on hand to respond quickly to allergy-related emergencies. Epinephrine is a form of adrenaline that reverses the effects of allergic reactions in as little as five seconds.

The bill would also provide legal protections to school nurses and volunteer personnel who administer auto-injectable epinephrine in good faith to a suffering student.






If you haven't already, please share your thoughts and opinions on important issues facing Indiana by completing my 2014 legislative survey.


Your input helps me better serve Hoosiers in Senate District 50.


Please respond by Jan. 31.



Welcoming Feedback

Hello! Sometime soon you may find a postcard from me in your mailbox, introducing me as the new state representative for House District 78. I'm excited for our former representative Suzanne Crouch in her new role as Indiana Auditor of State and am honored to serve in her place at the Statehouse.

I know that you might have already received a survey in the mail from former Rep. Crouch, and I will take those responses into serious consideration. I would like to encourage you to also take my online survey by clicking here to give me further information on how I can best represent our community.

I was sworn into office on the first day of the legislative session and jumped right in to the hustle and bustle of committee meetings, session, informational panels and other legislative activities.

House Bill (HB) 1286, my first bill, passed unanimously out of committee yesterday morning and will now go to the full House for futher discussion. HB 1286 requires the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Indiana Finance Authority and Purdue University to provide annual reports to the joint study committee on transportation an infrastructure assessment solutions.

To read more about this bill and why it is important, please visit my web page. I encourage you to use this site as a resource for information about the current legislative session and what I'm working on at the Statehouse.

Thank you for taking the time to give me feedback by taking my online legislative survey, and I look forward to your comments.





Fellow Republicans:


Welcome to the VCRP

We believe in sensible taxes, smaller and less intrusive government, personal responsibility and accountability, Constitutional government, liberty, and respect for life. Following the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, we strive to promote these common sense values in government and in our community.  Reforming Government to Serve the People.

The American people believe Washington is broken and for good reason. Short-term politics overshadow the long-term interests of the nation. Our national legislature uses a budget process devised long before the Internet and seems unable to deal in realistic ways with the most pressing problems of families, businesses, and communities. Members of Congress have been indicted for violating the public trust. Public disgust with Washington is entirely warranted.

Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. Unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.

The other party wants more government control over people’s lives and earnings; Republicans do not. The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it.

The long term solution for many of Washington’s problems is structural. Congress must respect the limits imposed upon it by the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We look to the model of Republican welfare reform, which, since its enactment in 1996, has accomplished a major transfer of resources and responsibility from the federal government back to the states with an accompanying improvement in the program itself. Applying that approach to other programs will steer Congress back into line with the Constitution, reversing both its intrusion into state matters and its neglect of its central duties.

To aid in the fulfillment of those duties, we propose a National Sunset Commission to review all federal programs and recommend which of them should be terminated due to redundancy, waste, or intrusion into the American family. The Congress would then be required by law to schedule one yea or nay vote on the entire sunset list with no amendments.

Additionally, as important as returning power to the states is returning power to the people. As the Declaration of Independence states, our rights are endowed to us by our Creator and are inalienable: rights to life, liberty, and property. Government does not confer these rights but is instituted by men to protect the rights that man has already been granted. The Republican Party strongly affirms these rights and demands that government respect them.




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