Union county Republican Central committee
Date: January 23, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Flying J Travel Plaza
Chair: Greg Barreto
Minutes: Jay Mackley
Subject: UCRCC business
Special Guest Speakers: State Senator Bill Hansell, Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen
Welcome and introduction by Chairman Greg Barreto
Pledge of Allegiance, prayer
Minutes of Nov 14 meeting and approved
John Sprenger announced deadline for running for school board election is March 21.
Treasure’s report given by Lanny Hildebrandt. Report was approved by voice vote. Copies made available.
Greg mentioned sponsoring another Lincoln Day dinner. Was very successful last year.
Town Hall meeting with Greg Walden announced for Saturday, 4-5pm at the Library.
Suggested that committee members call US Senators Widen & Merkley to oppose Senate filibuster rule changes and to call State Reprentatives regarding water bill 401 (restricts water rights) and Pledge of Allegiance issue (removing the word God from the Pledge).
The AFP (Americans for Prosperity) “war room” in Salem was discussed. Anyone can go to it to get informed. Need to find out and publish the hours that it is open.
Bill Hansell spoke and shared his experiences as state senator and new bills, including 5 priority bills before the Senate. He is on the ways and means committee as the only freshman and sub-committee for transportation and also the natural resources committee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Hansell answered questions regarding committee challenges, how he reads and keeps up on bills and measures before the Senate (caucus meets daily, team effort).
Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen spoke on the role of the Sheriff in protecting citizens and also citizen rights and freedoms, including the right to bear arms. He recounted the discussion at the Sheriff’s conference and comments of Sheriff Tim Mueller. Sheriff Rasmussen announced the meeting at the Armory on Jan 29th to get feedback from citizens and to sign petitions.
Leo Castillo mentioned the 2nd amendment preservation ordinance and petitions for union county and expressed his opinions and outlook on gun rights.
Sheriff Rasmussen answered questions about working with local school boards for citizen safety, how he might handle political pressure against citizen rights, and how that he represents local citizens. He stated that his duty is directly to the citizens of Union county.
Bill Hansell reviewed recent favorable Supreme Court rulings regarding 2nd amendment rights. He emphasized that our rights exists independently of government, who role is to protect those rights. He mentioned also that state mental health budgets and standards also need attention.
Rae Anderson presented a painting of Jesus to Greg and Chris Barreto in appreciation for their leadership and devoted efforts.
Motion for adjournment made and seconded.