Lincoln Day Dinner Address from WCRP Chairman Michael Kadenacy

January 25, 2020. Two and a half years ago we began the task of reinventing our county party.  While the job is certainly not complete, together we have transformed our party from a carp that spent almost all of its time and energy to attack, not democrats, but each other.  Our meetings were long, the noise level high, we threw chairs, but we decided nothing and did nothing to get Republican elected.  We were against lots of things and people but never for anything.  We were considered a joke, probably with some justification.

Last cycle that changed.  We fielded paid interns from UNR, upgraded our tech capabilities to support phone banks, sent out a slate mailer designed inhouse to 70,000 Republican households in Washoe County and sponsored Get Out the Vote Radio Spots.

And we did all of that thanks to many of you who volunteered to do the many tasks necessary to run the various programs of your county party.

Those programs would also never been possible had we not increased our fundraising sights significantly.  Thanks to many of you in this room tonight believed that the County Party could be effective in getting Republicans elected and thanks to you we raised $288,000 in the last cycle.

The Washoe County Republican Party executed multiple programs to get local Republicans elected and we raised the necessary funds ourselves.

We are now in another election cycle and have planned accordingly.

Building on what we learned in our first cycle, we will strengthen our paid intern program.  We have already hired our first 6 interns and have broadened our recruiting pool.  Reaching out to our youth, we have hired from the College Republicans and Turning Point USA at UNR and from our young veterans’ community in Reno.

We plan to do 2 slate card mailings, one to Republican households and one to minor party and non-aligned households.

We will again sponsor GOTV radio spots but intend to increase the number of those spots.

And to get more people involved in the political process, we will continue organizing and facilitating neighborhood meetings especially in our targeted areas.  In this cycle there have already been 27 such meetings.

Phone banks will also be part of our GOTV efforts.

We intend to focus our efforts on specific races. We have identified SD15, ADs 27,30, and 31 as races where Republicans can be successful.  In addition, there are other local races where their districts are wholly or partly with those SD and ADs.

To do this the Washoe County Republican Party needs to raise $269,000.  The good news is that in the last calendar year the party raised $50k above our budgeted goal.

A budget summary is on the screens now so that you can see exactly where we raise our funds and exactly what each of our programs are anticipated to cost.

We are well on our way to raise the needed funds with this most successful Lincoln Day Dinner event and I want to thank the event chair, Linda Musselman and her committee for their effort and commitment to making this event so successful.

However, we ask that you consider making a significant contribution to the Washoe County Republican Party tonight so that we can accomplish or perhaps even expand our programs for this election cycle.

We think that the Washoe County Republican Party’s programs delivers a lot of Bang for the Buck.  We ask for your continued support.

Thank you.

 

Washoe County Republican Party Will Hold Precinct Meetings on Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Washoe County Republican Party (WCRP) is holding precinct meetings this Saturday, February 1, 2020. Registration opens at 8:30 am at each location and meetings will begin at 9:00 am.

“It’s important for republican registrants to attend precinct meetings. We need participation on the Washoe County Central Committee and the only path for that is to attend the meeting in your precinct and sign up to be nominated”, said WCRP Chairman Michael Kadenacy. “The Central Committee meets only four times per year however, they are crucial meetings if we are going to move our state toward a turn around.”

Photo ID is required for everyone. If you do not know your precinct number, you can visit the Registrar of Voters at: https://www.washoecounty.us/voters.

Many precinct locations have changed this year. To check for your precinct please visit the Washoe County Republican Party Website at: www.washoegop.org .

Washoe County Republican Party Hosts Its Annual Lincoln Day Dinner

January 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Valerie Michael

Washoe County Republican Party

(702) 308-8308

Washoe County Republican Party Hosts Its Annual Lincoln Day Dinner

Reno, NV – The Washoe County Republican Party (WCRP) is hosting its Annual Lincoln Day Dinner (LDD) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino.

The event begins at 6:15 pm in the main ballroom with doors opening at 5:00 pm. The featured speakers for the evening are Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei followed by Dr. Roger Butters, Associate Professor at Hillsdale College. WCRP Chairman Michael Kadenacy will host the evening’s events.

“The Lincoln Day Dinner is a major fundraiser for the County party. Republicans have really stepped up to make this event our most successful to date,” Kadenacy said earlier today.

LDD Committee Chair Linda Musselman echoed the Chairman’s words stating, “This event is nearly sold out. Our members have shown incredible support, and the committee has worked hard to deliver a very exciting evening.”

If you would like to attend Saturday’s event you can do so by purchasing tickets on the WCRP website at: www.washoegop.org or calling the office at 775-827-1900.

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American Citizenship is Eroding

By Victor Davis Hanson
Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College

Today, many condemn the idea of nationalism by connecting it to race hatred (e.g., white nationalism). But historically, the modern nation-state has proven uniquely suitable to preserving individual rights. The American nation in particular was successful in uniting individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds and creeds into one people based on shared principles, a unique physical space, and a common national story. Our nation is the best example in human history of positive nationalism.

The key to this benign nationalism is American citizenship, based on an understanding of American exceptionalism and formed by the American melting pot. But today, our citizenship is eroding and, along with it, American nationalism in the positive sense is disappearing.

American citizenship is eroding in three ways.

First, we are blurring the line between mere residents and citizens. We have between 45-50 million non-native-born residents in the U.S. today—the largest absolute number we’ve ever had. There’s no legal problem with the 30 million of them who have green cards or have acquired citizenship—although even 30 million is a challenge for the American melting pot to assimilate and integrate.

But we also have, according to a recent Yale and MIT study, about 20 million people who are here illegally. In regard to them, the classical ingredients of American citizenship—the right to leave or enter the country as one pleases, for example, or to vote in elections, or to reside here as long as one pleases—are being blurred.

Where I live, in California, if you’re here illegally, you can de facto go back and forth across the border as you wish. In San Francisco, you can vote in some school board elections (the same is under consideration in some places in New England). And as we see with the DACA program, illegal residents can de facto live in the U.S. indefinitely.

Some policies even discriminate against citizens. An illegal resident in California who is charged with a crime is not subject to federal immigration law to the full extent, whereas a citizen who flies into Los Angeles from overseas without a passport will be detained. If you are in California as an illegal resident, you can obtain a driver’s license as citizens have in the past; whereas for citizens, starting next year, there will be an extra burden: to travel by commercial air, they will have to provide at least three sources of proof of citizenship to obtain a valid ID—given the apparent devaluation of the driver’s license.

People who come to the U.S. illegally and in great numbers usually do not have the degree of investment citizens do in our constitutional documents and are often unacquainted with our national story. Candidates from south of the border today fly into California’s Central Valley to campaign. Illegal residents vote in their home countries’ elections—and yet are unacquainted with political issues and candidates here in the U.S.

To avoid a fragmentation of society based on racial and ethnic chauvinism takes an extra effort to keep the melting pot working. We’re no longer making that effort. Indeed, we’re doing the opposite, encouraging diversity rather than unity.

Second, we’re becoming a country of tribes. The idea of multi-racialism—the notion that we’re of different races but we share a common culture—is eroding.

At many colleges and universities today, you can choose in advance the racial background of your roommate. Campuses have “safe spaces” that are reserved for people of particular races. There are dorms where students segregate according to race. Ethnic studies departments thrive by emphasizing racial exceptionalism.

Do we wonder why Elizabeth Warren chose to be a Native American, which, according to her own logic—the power of white privilege and systemic racism—would put her at a disadvantage? The answer is that she sought a careerist advantage. And Harvard was happy to comply: the law school bragged that she was its first “woman of color” faculty member.

I went to a grammar school that was about 90 percent Mexican-American. Some people who I went to first grade with later changed their names from Juan to John and dropped the accent on their last names. Now in their 60s, they’re changing back to Juan and adding back the accents. Why? Because there is now a disadvantage in identifying as an un-hyphenated American, and an advantage to belonging to a tribe. And the danger is that this logic of tribalism leads to the kind of social breakup and civil discord that we saw in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Iraq.

Third, the middle class, which had been encouraged and celebrated since the time of the American Founding, is now under sustained attack.

A solid, property-owning middle class anchors the nation. Traditionally, its members show the sobriety and judgment to achieve autonomy. They don’t look to government for help. They stand as a barrier against both property redistribution and crony capitalism.

Today, America’s middle class is threatened. Homeownership is down to about 62 percent from 71 percent just over ten years ago. The percentage of a family budget that goes to housing has risen from 20-30 percent in the 1950s to 30-40 percent today, especially in coastal corridors. Middle class wages, until an annual increase of three percent under President Trump, had been frozen for ten years. And we have an aggregate $1.6 trillion in student debt.

If the middle class continues to erode, we will become a nation of peasants and oligarchs. In California, more than one out of five people live below the poverty line—despite the fact that California has one of the highest number of zip codes of America’s most affluent people and the highest number of billionaires. If you drive through Palo Alto, you’ll see people living in RVs because they can’t afford to buy or rent a home—and these are people working for Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Oracle, and Apple, with a total market capitalization of nearly $4 trillion.

Additionally, we are seeing a formal assault on the Constitution by our elites.

Consider the nullification of federal law through the creation of sanctuary cities, in direct defiance of the immigration statutes. (Of course, such nullification seems to go only one way: otherwise, imagine how our elites would respond if the people of Provo, Utah, decided within their municipal jurisdiction to nullify federal handgun registration or the Endangered Species Act.)

Almost every single Democratic candidate for president is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, which is in the Constitution to ensure equal representation to people living outside big cities, and to prevent the splintering of the electorate into several small parties.

There is also a growing academic attack on the mode of electing the U.S. Senate—“Why should North Dakota or Wyoming have the same number of U.S. Senators as New York?” progressives ask, in their eagerness to make U.S. Senators proportionally elected in the manner of House members.

This insidious assault on the Constitution results from the fact that popular elections haven’t been going the Left’s way, and the Left believes that its superior moral agenda justifies using any means necessary.

Ancient authors from Plato and Aristotle to Petronius and Tacitus have suggested that affluence combined with leisure paradoxically creates a laxity that leads to the kind of societal and institutional disintegration we are currently seeing. Another major ingredient of our current crisis is the failure of our education system to offer disinterested instruction, following from the post-1960s takeover by the Left of our colleges and universities.

In response, we need to support colleges that continue to teach the principles and practices of liberty. We must support policies that recognize the distinction between citizens and non-citizens and that bolster the middle class. And we need to defend the Constitution, our last great hope to ensure American continuity and security.

Dr. Hanson’s writings are like a breath of fresh air, they fill one with hope and in a world that is way off balance Dr. Hanson helps one to find their equilibrium. I’m not going to say I’m glad he’s on our side because it’s not a matter of taking sides. He’s an historian and he sees today’s happenings through the lens of history, paradoxically it makes him, like a prophet. Like Trump, Dr. Hanson loves America. It shows.

Union shows how prevailing wage mandates increase construction costs

Las Vegas Review-Journal

January 17, 2020 – 9:00 pm

A Northern Nevada labor union has inadvertently revealed the truth about the prevailing wage.

Earlier this month, the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 169 filed a complaint against the Sparks Redevelopment Agency. The secretary-treasurer of the union is Assemblyman Skip Daly, D-Sparks. The redevelopment agency owned a four-story parking garage in downtown Sparks. It gave the garage, with an assessed value of $950,000, to a developer to build a 10-story, high-end apartment complex on top of the existing structure. In exchange, the city received 90 parking spaces on the first floor of the garage to use as free public parking for the next 50 years.

An analysis found the value of those parking spots is $54,000 a year. The union then claimed that, over the five-decade length of the deal, this translated into a public benefit exceeding the value of the building.

LIUNA Local 169 is correct that there is something worrisome about this. Giving away a four-story parking garage for future parking on one level looks a bit ridiculous. But the union isn’t concerned about saving taxpayer money. Far from it. Because the value of the public parking exceeded the value of the building, the developer under state law didn’t have to pay the prevailing wage.

That’s the union’s gripe. It wants the labor commissioner to ensure that construction workers are “made whole” by requiring they receive prevailing wage rates. Despite the name, the prevailing wage is markedly higher than the average wage. A study by the Nevada Policy Research Institute found prevailing wages were 45 percent higher than market wage rates.

The conclusion is unmistakable. If the developer had to pay the prevailing wage, workers would have been paid more. That’s why LIUNA Local 169 is upset with the redevelopment agency and developer’s arrangement.

That’s an entirely different story than what legislative Democrats espouse in Carson City. Last session, Mr. Daly was a primary sponsor of a bill to increase prevailing wage requirements on school construction projects. Every Assembly Democrat co-sponsored the bill. During the presentation on the proposal, Democrats trotted out UNLV professor Jeffrey Waddoups, who implausibly claimed that a reduced prevailing wage requirement wouldn’t lower school construction costs.

 

Actions speak louder than words. Mr. Daly’s union wants the project developer in Sparks to pay the prevailing wage, because it would increase worker pay. That would increase developer costs. The same thing happens with schools. When you force schools to pay above market wages for labor, it increases costs for taxpayers.

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