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#1 Savile Row

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 10:39 PM

Clark County Republicans are Surging!



#2 Savile Row

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 10:41 PM

Clark County Republicans are Surging!
The Clark County Democratic Party is so beaten down
that it may take at least another 15 years for them to be relevant again.

Clark County Republican Chairman Jamey Noel, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore,
and the emerging leadership of the Republican Party has done a remarkable job
of recruiting candidates and creating a network of workers and support.
There is a lot of energy, excitement, and enthusiasm.

The Clark County Republicans also hold,
among others, the Charlestown Mayor's office,
five of seven of the Clarksville Town Council slots,
seven of nine of the Jeffersonville City Council posts,
four of the county council seats,
the Prosecutor, the Sheriff, Treasurer,
Auditor, Recorder, Coroner, all three commissioners,
state senators and reps, a circuit judgeship, on and on.....

The GOP website lists the office holders.
Click and look at the amazing number of local Clark County elected Republicans:
http://www.clarkgop....epublicans.html


One sage observer noted
that prior to the recent, dramatic successes,
only Judge George "Buzz" Jacobs had won at the county level in many decades.

Another very capable person noted:

"The Clark County Young Republicans are
being established exactly in the same manner
as the Clark County Young Democrats
were in the early 1970's".
That group
and their allies won a lot of races.

Jamey Noel and Mike Moore
and the entire leadership of the Republican Party
is recruiting, training, and establishing successful
candidates for office. Already Bryan Glover and Zack Payne
have won city council races and then moved up to county level offices.
(A similar plan was the three terms of Todd Young
as a US Rep. whom is now running for the US Senate.)

When the Republican Party
had very few office holders in Clark County,

they could basically speak with a "monolithic voice".
Now, with the mounting success, the GOP will
obviously see more internal competition.
The Democrats had feisty candidates
and strong efforts; however,
that era has passed
with
a loud thud.
Several of the "Way Old Time" Republicans are not on board
with the new momentum and expanded opportunity. They are carping now
about the new dynamic Republican leadership
and youthful exuberance
just like they once did about the Democrats.

There will be
increased rivalries and competition
among the Republicans in Clark County.
Feisty primaries and candidates once helped fuel the Democrats'
successes for many long decades. It will take quite
a smart new dynamic direction or a change
in philosophy to make the D's
competitive again.

In summary, the Clark County Republican Party
is just at the start of a long ascendancy.

The R's are expanding their base substantially.
They are well led, well organized, well financed,
have very good candidates, a smooth
game plan, and the issues
are on their side.
 

 

:popcorn:


Edited by Savile Row, 10 January 2016 - 11:07 PM.

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#3 Holy Cow

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 06:05 AM

SR, does my memory serve me correctly in the fact that when many of those office holders you mentioned were working feverishly to build the local Republican Party, Mayor Moore was a democrat because he did not think he could win elections as a republican?
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Posted 11 January 2016 - 09:55 AM

Savile Row, I must say that your assessment is spot on.

 

The Clark County Democrat Party, under the leadership of Chairman Galligan, has nothing but a history of losses . . . and big ones at that.

 

The only hope that Chairman Galligan had for ensuring that his Party could remain relevant not only through 2016 but through municipal elections for years to come was to either assist Dennis Julius in defeating Mayor Mike Moore or finding a wedge issue where Mayor Moore would have won only by the amount he did in 2011. However, the 8 point victory was so strong, that many Clark County Democrats of old are starting to see the writing of the wall and are calling for a change in leadership.

 

Also, Chairman Galligan needs to do a better job when it comes to candidate recruitment. If you support people like John Perkins and Josh Rodriquez, you're only asking voters to not trust your judgement of character.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:00 AM

Political affiliations aside, I do not disagree with your assessment, JeffConservative17. I do not though think SR is spot on in how he chararacterizes Mayor Moore as having a whole lot to do with the building and emergence of the Clark County Republicans over the past 5-10 years.

Edited by Holy Cow, 11 January 2016 - 10:00 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 11:34 AM

Political affiliations aside, I do not disagree with your assessment, JeffConservative17. I do not though think SR is spot on in how he chararacterizes Mayor Moore as having a whole lot to do with the building and emergence of the Clark County Republicans over the past 5-10 years.

 

Actually Mayor Moore has had very little to do with it.  Upon observation that even though I like the Mayor, he is for himself not the republican party.  If memory serves me correctly, he only switched parties to avoid a democrat primary with Tom Galligan and Rob Waiz.

If you look at his appointments, they are mostly Waiz administration holdovers. 



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 02:15 PM

Holy Cow and Big Bopper,

 

I can see how you say that Mayor Moore has not been the catalyst in the GOP surge within Clark County over the course of the last 5 to 10 years. However, look at how he campaigned with a large majority of GOP candidates this year. Also, if he makes it a priority to fundraise for both the Party and other candidates over the next 2 years, he will certainly continue to be well-respected by the Party Faithful.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 05:08 PM

Breakfast Club Pol Eval

 

The

Republicans

at the county level could  only elect

one person for around

100 years and longer:

Judge George "Buzz" Jacobs.

 

The Republicans

elected the Auditor

and the Treasurer  in 2010

and some councilmen.

In 2011 Mike Moore observed

that the Democratic mayoral primary,

already split among three serious candidates,

Rob Waiz, Tom Galligan, and  Teresa Perkins,

was way too risky.

The Republicans were being much more responsible

and the national Democrats

were in total disarray.

Moore switched

and knocked off a hard working incumbent,

taking in the first ever Republican majority on the Jeffersonville City Council at 6-3.

The most R's at one time on the city council

ever before was two.

 

Subsequently,

as the very capable

Jamey Noel got even more organized

and with the excellent leadership of the mayor,

in place, the successful series

of Republican victories

surged.

Nationally, the Democrats declined in the congressional elections.

The Clark County Republicans

have been on a roll in 2010,

2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 with historical gains.

Jamey Noel has worked very successfully and

has moved into a very powerful leadership position.

 

:popcorn:


Edited by Savile Row, 11 January 2016 - 05:36 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 05:33 PM

Breakfast Club Pol Eval

The
Republicans
at the county level could only elect
one person for around
75 years.
Judge George "Buzz" Jacobs.

The Republicans
elected the Auditor
and the Treasurer in 2010
and some councilmen.
In 2011 Mike Moore observed
that the Democratic mayoral primary,
already split among three serious candidates,
Rob Waiz, Tom Galligan, and Teresa Perkins,
was way too risky.
The Republicans were being much more responsible
and the national Democrats
were in total disarray.
Moore switched
and knocked off a hard working incumbent,
taking in the first ever Republican majority on the Jeffersonville City Council at 6-3.
The most R's at one time on the city council
ever before was two.

Subsequently,
as the very capable
Jamey Noel got even more organized
and with the excellent leadership of the mayor,
in place, the successful series
of Republican victories
surged.
Nationally, the Democrats declined in the congressional elections.
The Clark County Republicans
have been on a roll in 2010,
2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 with historical gains.
Jamey Noel has worked very successfully and
has moved into a very powerful leadership position.

:popcorn:


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#10 Savile Row

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 06:42 PM

Breakfast Club Observes Political Party State and National Delegate Selections

 

One additional fun activity

is observing the process by which

the warring political types and camp followers

that seek to exert influence by maneuvering

to attempt to become a delegate

to the state and national

political conventions.

 

Clark County

will again see in 2016 

a certain number of delegates

for the state conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties.

There are often elections held in the various party primaries

for these slots for the state level delegates and they

are often selected by township.

 

Will there be peace in the valley this year?


Edited by Savile Row, 11 January 2016 - 06:47 PM.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:31 PM

Breakfast Club Observes Political Party State and National Delegate Selections

One additional fun activity
is observing the process by which
the warring political types and camp followers
that seek to exert influence by maneuvering
to attempt to become a delegate
to the state and national
political conventions.

Clark County
will again see in 2016
a certain number of delegates
for the state conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties.
There are often elections held in the various party primaries
for these slots for the state level delegates and they
are often selected by township.

Will there be peace in the valley this year?


The party leadership at the state and federal level have all but eliminated the delegates voice. Conventions are not like the days of old where the organization was really run bottom up.

The state Republicans (don't know about the Dems) have simply codified into their rules that the top of the party makes the decisions, delegates are just there to pay the convention fees and rubber stamp what has already been decided. It's mostly theater at this point.

(Two time delegate, and once going just as representing the RLC in a booth)

In 2014 the delegates did decide the treasurer race. The establishment and the powerful interests in Indy wanted the guy from Ft Wayne (Seibold iirc). Most of the tea parties wanted Bates. Mitchell was the underdog no one expected to win. (For the record, that's who I supported.). So the delegates did have at least one decision that made a difference that year.

This year delegates will nominate the attorney general & superintendent candidates.
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Posted 12 January 2016 - 11:16 AM

At on the local level I see a big boost in energy on the GOP side.  New people moving to Clark and active younger voters are moving in the GOP direction big time.  Democrats used to have the old guard machine in place and just winning by being Democrats.  Haven't had a strong chairman in a long time and the fact is their base is literally dying off.  Of course I must mention Obama who Republicans won't admit but he is the best thing to happen in a long time. 


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:12 PM

At on the local level I see a big boost in energy on the GOP side.  New people moving to Clark and active younger voters are moving in the GOP direction big time.  Democrats used to have the old guard machine in place and just winning by being Democrats.  Haven't had a strong chairman in a long time and the fact is their base is literally dying off.  Of course I must mention Obama who Republicans won't admit but he is the best thing to happen in a long time. 

 

And Ms. Clinton could possibly be icing on the cake.


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:46 PM

Tina, I think you must have forgotten that the GOP leadership was supportive of and pushed for the mayor of Valpo (Jon Costas) for Attorney General in 2008. The delegates elected Greg Zoeller.

One can make the argument that many or most of the executive branch positions that are currently elected should be appointed by the governor. The appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction was actually an issue that both democrats and republicans have had in their respective platforms. I think it was even in both platforms at the same time!

Edited by Holy Cow, 12 January 2016 - 06:04 PM.





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