From the CA State Senate Republican Caucus:

Senate Republicans Issue Joint Statement on Water

Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) and other Republican Senators Huff, Cogdill and Aanestad, members of the Legislative Conference Committee on Water, joined by the Carpenters’ Union and Latino Water Coalition held a news conference to point out the need for a serious and comprehensive water package to solve California's growing water crisis.

“We must have a comprehensive solution that reflects the importance of water to our state’s economy. Senator Cogdill has been leading the effort for years to invest in our water infrastructure and we are hopeful we can complete this quickly, and provide the water Californians desperately need,” said Senator Hollingsworth.

“Water is our most critical resource,” stated Senator Huff. “California needs comprehensive water reform and additional storage capacity to meet the needs of our ever-growing population and ensure we have a reliable and safe supply of water to drink from in the future.”

“Water is a statewide issue that affects everyone in California, whether they are a farmer in the Central Valley or a resident of inner-city Los Angeles,” Senator Huff continued. “Water is vital to our state’s economy, and we need a real solution to this crisis.”

“Californians deserve nothing less than a complete solution to this complex problem,” said Senator Cogdill. “More water storage, increased conservation and protecting our fragile Delta are all essential pieces of the final puzzle. I hope that the majority party finally understands how their original bill package missed the mark and that they work with Republicans earnestly to craft legislation that will end this water crisis once and for all.”

“We’re all in this together,” stated Senator Aanestad. “Of that there is no doubt. But Northern California, the Delta and Central and Southern California have very different needs, very different resources and very different problems. Some of these problems can be helped by government and some cannot.

So – there actually has to be co-equal results,” added Senator Aanestad. “And when we use the term ‘co-equal,’ I am talking about all of the stakeholders involved.”

The Legislative Conference Committee on Water is charged with creating a series of reforms that would reshape California’s antiquated water system and lead to a reliable supply of water for all Californians.

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625 CFRW Members signed the the statement below to Republican Leaders. It  was faxed on May 5, 2009 to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

     The Northern Division of the Federation has prepared a statement to send to the Republican Leaders of Congress.  In March, some members got this message and signed the petition. If you have not signed I ask that you do so in order to let our Representatives know what Republican Women and Associate Members expect from our elected leaders. 

Statement to Republican Leaders in Congress

     As a new administration takes office in Washington D.C., Republicans look toward their leaders in Congress to set an agenda for the Republican Party. Unfortunately, what Republicans in the grassroots are hearing is not building confidence. We are hearing a great deal about President Obama succeeding. Success, when his agenda is in sync with Republican principles, is wonderful. However, to give up our principles so that he succeeds is not acceptable to many Republicans. If Congressional Republicans do not fight a socialist agenda and present a positive, conservative program, the election of 2010 will be a disaster since many Republicans will stay home. None of us in California believe for one moment that President Obama will give up what he believes in as he attempts to co-opt the opposition.



“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” – Mark Twain

I second that. Do you? Here is our opportunity, Republican Women, to work as counteragents to the liberally-dominated media, via letters to the editor. Have you ever noticed how the headline of an article may not fully/truthfully reflect the actual information presented within the article? Have you noticed how omission of certain details paints a totally different picture than the reality of a situation? It does matter what and how the media reports events. Many people do not take the time or make the effort to think critically about what they see or hear from the media. Whatever they are spoon-fed, they accept as gospel.
Granted, our letters to the editor will never occupy a bully pulpit like front page headlines and radio/television news bulletins repeated every hour on the hour 24/7. But many, many people do read the opinion page of their local newspaper and there is the outlet for our points of view. I urge you to get involved writing letters to the editor of your area newspaper and do what you can to set the record straight.
The tone of our letters can have an impact on readers; positive or negative. I have been appalled during the past several years at all the contempt and disrespect shown to President George Bush, both from mainstream media and on opinion pages. Whether people liked or disliked President Bush, agreed or disagreed with him, I believe that respect should be shown for our country’s president. That will be my approach, as President Obama takes office. I will certainly continue to write letters to editor expressing my opinions/viewpoints on policies and decisions, but the message will not be disrespectful of the President.   I urge you to do likewise – express your opinion and deal with the issues vigorously, but keep the argument respectful. 
Though we are not happy with the outcome of the recent elections, we can start now to impact the results in 2010 and 2012.    "The past cannot be changed. The future is still in our power." - Hugh White
Sandy Gregory
Special Chairman, Power of the Pen


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