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30 Jan
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WSJ Covers RNC on Twitter

The Wall Street Journal has a front page article today on how some in the RNC are actively using Twitter. According to the article:

“Some Republicans worry that all the tech talk is overshadowing more fundamental tasks, like recruiting new candidates and broadening the party’s appeal.”

Why should one need to overshadow the other? Why not a two-pronged approach to increasing the party’s presence and influence online, while also reenergizing the party’s message? The RNC desperately needs to work on its appeal, but it is also important that the RNC doesn’t end up even more behind in technology when the next election rolls around.

For a list of influential conservatives on Twitter, check out:

23 Jan
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NYYRC Statement on Gillibrand

January 23, 2009


New York, NYThe New York Young Republican Club, Inc. (NYYRC) issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate:

Lynn Krogh, president, NYYRC, stated, “Though we are relieved that Governor Paterson has at least chosen someone who has been elected to a public office, we are disappointed that he has not chosen someone with greater experience. New York is a large state, and our new Senator will have to balance the needs of the long-term unemployment upstate with reverberating impact of the Wall Street implosion downstate, and we do not believe that Kirsten Gillibrand is up to this challenge. That being said, we are encouraged that Ms. Gillibrand has not strictly adhered to liberal dogma and hope that she will rise to the challenge of delivering what will be best for the people of New York.”

The New York Young Republican Club, Inc., is a not-for-profit political organization that exists to bring Republicans aged 18-40 together to discuss the Republican Party platform and aid the Republican Party in the education of the public about the Republican agenda and the promotion of Republican candidates for office. To find out more about the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. please visit the Website at

19 Jan
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SGP’s 1st Annual Twitterball

Please join me in participating in Smart Girl Politics 1st Annual SGP Twitterball on January 20, 2009 at 9:00 PM EST. Twitterball is a virtual party for the entire Conservative online community.

Some of the best and brightest in the Republican party joining us for this tremendous event:

Saul Anuzis, Republican National Committee Chairman Candidate
Chip Saltsman, Republican National Committee Chairman Candidate
Sharon Day, Republican National Committee Secretary Candidate
Michelle Malkin, columnist and Fox News Contributor
Amanda Carpenter, columnist and regular on Bill O’Reilly
S.E. Cupp, author and columnist

For more information about the event, please visit Also, follow @SGPolitics on Twitter.

Please email me at if you have questions.

22 Dec
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Some lessons are never learned

A cautionary tale about protectionism from The Economist – The battle of Smoot-Hawley.

Of note:

“Smoot-Hawley did most harm by souring trade relations with other countries.”

Despite all of the arguments from the left about all of the damage that Bush was doing to the US reputation abroad, or the fact that our trade with emerging markets improves the quality of life for those whose cause the left supposedly champions, given the inevitable failure of the Big 3 bailout, we can expect to see stepped up protectionist propaganda from the unions, the left, and unfortunately, some segments of the right.

18 Dec
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NYYRC Prez Lynn Krogh Appointed to NY GOP Planning Commission

NYYRC President Lynn Krogh has been appointed to the New York State Republican Strategic Planning Commission, which has been tasked with developing a blueprint for the state party.

Congrats Lynn!

Here is the press release:

Chairman Mondello Launches Planning Commission
December 18th, 2008
Announces Goals, Schedule, Initial Members

New York State Republican Committee Chairman Joseph N. Mondello today formally announced the creation of the New York State Republican Strategic Planning Commission to study the latest political technology and strategies and develop a forward-looking blueprint for New York’s Republican Party. Andrew S. Eristoff of New York City will serve as the Commission’s Chair.

“Today, our party’s ongoing rebuilding efforts will take a new and significant step forward toward a stronger, more vibrant future,” said Chairman Mondello. “I’ve asked this Commission to do a thorough and independent assessment of the best strategies and techniques to provide a gameplan for moving our party forward. I am confident that this talented group of individuals will provide the quality research, analysis, and proposals we need to be successful.”

In naming him to Chair the Commission, Chairman Mondello cited Andrew Eristoff’s service as a former New York County Republican Chairman, New York City Councilmember, and former New York City and New York State Finance Commissioner.

“I look forward to working with this dynamic group of fellow Republicans to help shape a path toward a bright and competitive future for our New York State Republican Party,” said Andrew Eristoff. “Although we will certainly examine issues related to messaging and communications, much of our work will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of building a vital and competitive state party, such as candidate recruitment and support, registration, fundraising, technology, organization and administration.”

Commission working groups will focus on key rebuilding challenges in three categories: communications and outreach, finance and administration , and operations. The Commission will have an initial organizing conference call before Christmas and will begin working group activity immediately after the first of the year. The Commission plans to provide a preliminary report to Chairman Mondello and the Republican County Chairs in mid-winter on the most time sensitive action issues, with a final report scheduled to be completed in the Spring.

“This aggressive timeframe will ensure our party can begin acting on critical issues quickly in order to be successful this coming Fall, while also providing sufficient time for a thorough and valuable review,” added Chairman Mondello.

The Commission will be comprised of dedicated Republicans from across New York State and includes former elected, appointed, and party officials as well as long-time activists and coalition leaders within the party. Additional members of the Commission and advisory council members will be added in the coming days and weeks to provide additional depth and specialization. Elected officials, Republican coalitions and auxiliary organizations will be encouraged to participate in the process and provide advice and input.

The Commission will also seek the advice and input of party officials, political specialists, party activists, and former party leaders such as William Powers, former New York State Republican Chairman, who has agreed to serve as a Senior Advisor.

The initial members of the Commission include:

Thomas J. Basile, President, Empire Solutions Consulting

Abigail Cable, Treasurer, NYS College Republicans; President, Union College Republicans

Anthony J. Casale, former Member, New York State Assembly

Christopher N. Cox, former New York Executive Director, McCain 2008

Thomas E. L. Dewey, Partner, Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky

Harold E. Doley III, Principal, The Lugano Group Incorporated

Christopher P. Dziedzic, Chair, New York State Young Republicans

Andrew S. Eristoff, Chair

Lolita K. Jackson, Former President, Metropolitan Republican Club

Lynn Krogh, President, New York Young Republican Club

Nicholas Langworthy, Former Executive Director, Erie County Republican Committee

Gary J. Lavine, Attorney

Raymond P. Martinez, Former Commissioner, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Rebecca M. Marino, Secretary, New York State Republican Committee

Meyers Mermel, CEO, Mermel & McLain

Patrick M. Murphy, Former President, New York City Log Cabin Republicans

Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco, Commissioner, New York City Board of Elections

Ron Robbins, North Harbor Dairy, Former NYS Director for USDA Farm Services

Fran Sullivan, Former Member, New York State Assembly

Charles J. Urstadt, Chairman, Urstadt Biddle Propertie

21 Nov
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Hanging Chad’s in MN

The WSJ today outlines some of the shady attempts by the Franken campaign to turn the revote in their favor: Al Franken’s Minnesota – More postelection funny business.

17 Nov
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WSJ – Why Bankruptcy Is the Best Option for GM

Michael Levine explains in today’s WSJ why GM is better served by bankruptcy than a bailout.

Last week, Thomas L. Friedman in his New York Times column “How to Fix a Flat”, makes the case for restrictions that need to be placed on GM if a government bailout is made.

16 Nov
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Special Edition of G. Gordon Liddy Show on Ayn Rand

From the Ayn Rand Institute:

“RadioAmerica’s G. Gordon Liddy is devoting a special broadcast of his nationally syndicated three-hour talk radio show to Ayn Rand, her philosophy, and understanding the current state of events through the lens of Objectivism.

The broadcast will air live on Monday, November 17, 2008, beginning at 10 AM, Eastern Standard Time.

The Ayn Rand Center’s Yaron Brook, Onkar Ghate, Elan Journo, Thomas Bowden and Eric Daniels will be the exclusive guests for this extended broadcast. They will discuss the financial crisis, Bush’s claimed defense of capitalism, today’s challenges to free speech, and the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other topics.

The broadcast will air on 200 radio stations across the country as well as on XM satellite radio (on a delayed basis). Live streaming audio will be available at the RadioAmerica Web site.

G. Gordon Liddy encourages call-in questions from listeners across the country.”

6 Nov
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Letter from the NYYRC President

Dear Fellow Young Republicans,

First and foremost, I want to take a moment to thank you. You took vast amounts of your precious personal time to make calls, walk the streets and donate money to Senator McCain and Governor Palin, as well as for our YR candidates: Bill Buran, John Chromczak, and Saul Farber. Once again I thank you.

More importantly, I need you to know that your efforts were not in vain. Let’s look at the numbers: the New York Young Republican Club had 12 members in August of 2001. Today we have close to 800. In the heart of liberal New York City, we’re the oldest, largest and most active Young Republican Club in the nation.

We had 3 YRs run for office, and in a not-so-friendly Republican year they held their own, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund very difficult campaigns to give New Yorkers a choice on the ballot. I salute them for their tireless effort and for putting themselves out there.

But the fight isn’t over, the political war has just begun and I’m not talking Democrats vs. Republicans. I’m talking our fight for survival in New York State. We face the challenge of a lifetime, right here in New York. The loss of the Presidential Election, the New York State Senate Majority, and our Republican stronghold in Staten Island are just a few reasons why we need to come together.

Friends, we look to the future and you are a part of that future — A future that we must begin, today, together.

The NYYRC is steadfast in its commitment to our party, our ideals, and our values. I ask you today to make a commitment to our party. Make a commitment to not allow this country to remain a “one party-in-power” system. Make a commitment to be a larger part of the organization that’s going to hold the Democrats’ feet to the fire and keep them honest over the next 2-4 years, statewide and nationally. Make a commitment to the New York Young Republican Club. Become a member, become a committee member, just get more involved in anyway you can. The only way to fix a broken system is to get in and get your hands dirty.

It’s like what the great Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” And as you know, that man knew a little something about winning.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are here, we are NOT going away without a fight and I know that in order to get back to winning, we need to get back to basics. We need to get back to the days of Ronald Reagan, where a big tent, an open mind, and personal and fiscal responsibility were the cornerstones of the Grand Old Party. Now is the time to get involved.

Thank You

Lynn Krogh

President – NYYRC, Inc.

1 Nov
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Election Returns Party

Join us to celebrate victory for the GOP locally and nationally.

7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 4
3 W. 51st St.
New York, NY

Free for Members, $35 for Non-Members (includes 2009 membership)

Beer, Wine and Food will be served.

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