• Paso Robles Republican Women Federated

    Paso Robles Republican Women Federated was chartered on May 4, 1925 and has been an active club since 1964. Many of our past members, and some of our present members, are from pioneer families from the Paso Robles, San Miguel, and Templeton areas.

    At present time, several of our members hold offices with CFRW, in both State and Central Division capacities. Our club has won the Diamond Club Award twelve times, which is bestowed to clubs achieving the high achievement goals set forth by CFRW. It is a two-year project, and PRRWF has already begun working toward a high point total for 2015.

    So far, 2014 has been a very busy year with the primary elections on June 3rd. Many of our members have been very active in local campaigns, volunteering to walk precincts, helping with fundraisers, and phoning voters to ask their support for a particular candidate. After the primary election on June 3rd, we will then be able to get “boots on the ground” to work for our 24th District Congressional candidate. Our members will do their share to work the Republican Booth at the Mid-State Fair, handing out campaign brochures for our Republican candidates and registering voters.

    The Paso Robles Republican Women Federated is a Traditions Sponsor for the 125th Paso Robles Anniversary, and donated $500 toward the celebration events that will take place throughout the year. A few of our other outreach activities include participation in the Fourth of July and October Pioneer Day parades in Paso Robles, the collection and donation of teddy bears and women’s shoes to local charities, $500 scholarships awarded to two Paso Robles high school seniors, and volunteering as Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the Christmas holiday period.

    Throughout the year, our luncheon meeting speakers inform and educate our members on both local and national issues. Our club was the first to hold a Forum with the five Republican candidates for the 24th Congressional District to oppose Lois Capps in November. We are enlisting member volunteers for training in the Election Integrity Project prior to the November elections to enable us to be election observers at several of our local polling locations.

    As you can see, we have a very active and energetic group of ladies in our club, and since one of our mottos is “Strength in Numbers,” we are working diligently to increase our membership totals. Our goal is to have 100 members by the end of 2014. We currently have 85 members, up from 78 at the end of 2013, so we are well on the way to reach our goal.

    Peggy Strickland
    PRRWF President

  • Will it be Party or Country?

    This week the Congress has reached several milestones in the interminable committee hearings and investigations that garner much or little news coverage. The IRS committee has finally cited a recalcitrant and arrogant IRS manager, Lois Learner, for contempt for refusing to answer questions after making a speech asserting she’d broken no laws…except you can’t do that if you’re exercising your 5th amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. You have to keep your mouth shut. Why should we care about what democrats assert is only a partisan witch-hunt? If you were a campaign contributor to conservative groups, like the Tea Party or newly involved in politics, you would suddenly find yourself subjected to significant intimidation by various arms of the federal government. A memo released just last week revealed that the IRS subjected Tea Party and like-minded groups to 10 times the level of scrutiny afforded to any other groups. Imagine having your chances of an IRS audit increase by ten-fold; would that not make you think twice about becoming involved or contributing money to a political group or cause? Under Learner’s supervision, the IRS illegally shared private tax data with other government agencies, specifically the Federal Elections Commission, in an attempt to have groups she disliked prosecuted under election laws in addition to denying them tax exempt status routinely granted to similar liberal groups of which she approved. To put it mildly, that’s not fair let alone legal. It’s a calculated attempt to suppress the political speech of Americans with whom she disagrees using the power of the Federal government to violate the civil liberties of fellow citizens. Not until the contempt citation was issued did the IRS finally agree to provide investigating congressional committees Learner’s e-mails in a timely manner.

    The Benghazi Select Committee has finally been approved, an action long overdue. Multiple committees have investigated various components of what occurred at the Benghazi, Libya consulate on September 11, 2011, when our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. Significant evidence exists that Ambassador Stevens was tortured before he was murdered by Islamic terrorists. The constitution of a select committee to investigate Benghazi will allow one committee to pull all of the evidence from the disparate congressional committees into one source, enable comparison of prior testimony and depositions and allow trained prosecutors to take depositions from witnesses under oath and at length. No more political speeches from congressmen attempting to obfuscate the issues or witnesses stonewalling until the five-minute time limit for questions expires, as has happened for the last two years.

    There are some who don’t want you to know what happened as the result could be politically embarrassing if not devastating to the careers of those who defend the indefensible. Why do we really need this as haven’t we been endlessly told that there’s nothing else to know? We haven’t heard from any of the 31 survivors of the Consulate or CIA annex attacked on September 11th; they were sequestered in Germany, sworn to secrecy via “non-disclosure agreements” which if violated, subject the signer to severe criminal penalties, not to mention end of career and loss of pension. Many were transferred to far-flung locations to prevent access by congressional investigators. Thousands of subpoenaed documents were received by congress either as blank pages or “redacted,” completely blacked out by markers and then classified to prevent release.

    The September 11th attack on the Benghazi consulate occurred at a facility left hopelessly and unnecessarily vulnerable. The captain of this ship was Hillary Clinton; she was at the helm when it ran aground. The web of lies and deceit afterwards has been a national disgrace. Subsequently, Clinton failed to hold senior officials accountable; all the State Department employees temporarily suspended were returned to full duty in the face of the worst State Department debacle in 30 years, one that left four good men dead.

    We also know, thanks to individual arrogance, that a White House National Security Council spokesman, a political operative personally close to President Obama for over a decade, took an active part in formulating the talking-points used by UN Ambassador Susan Rice, blaming a video for that Benghazi attack. In an interview with FOX News, he let slip that he personally changed intelligence references to an “attack” to say “demonstration” but quickly back-tracked when the FOX anchor called him on his comment. The response was, “Dude, that was like two years ago” as he feigned a sudden loss of memory.

    The Democrats now have the choice Republicans did forty years ago in Watergate; in the latter, President Nixon was brought down because Republicans joined Democrats in demanding truth and accountability. So, will the Democrats choose Party or Country and join Republicans in demanding full truth and accountability from those who serve us?

    by Al Fonzi
    President, Lincoln Club of San Luis Obispo County

  • Assembly Katch Achadjian, AD-35 – Know Your Government

    220px-Katcho_AchadjianBorn in Lebanon, Katcho Achadjian came to California in 1971 to complete his education and pursue the American Dream. After attending Cuesta Community College, Katcho graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, it was his passion for the community led him to settle down on the Central Coast. He and his wife Araxie married in 1984, and they have a son, Hratch, and daughter, Nyri.

    A lifelong community volunteer, Katcho has volunteered in support of numerous civic, service, and non-profit organizations. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Chairman of San Luis Obispo’s French Hospital. Since 2008, he has also served as a mentor to college students through the Executive Partners Leadership Council at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business.

    In both his private and public service, Katcho has been a supporter of public safety. He has served as a Charter Board member of the San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation since 2002, serving as Secretary of in 2002 and Vice President from 2004 to 2010. He has been a member of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Council since 1989 serving as its Chairman from 1994 to 1995. Katcho was recognized with the California Attorney General’s Certificate of Appreciation for Support of Law Enforcement in September 2004.

    The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Katcho was named a Cuesta College Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of California in 2008. He was also recognized as Arroyo Grande Citizen of the Year in 1984.

    Katcho has been recognized for his work in the community by two separate Governors. In 1992, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Katcho to the state Fair Board to represent our county. Then In 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to serve as a member of the Coastal Commission, charged with protecting the beauty of California’s coastline.

    Prior to his election to the Legislature, Katcho served for three terms as an elected member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Where he was able to work with his colleagues to deliver on time and balanced budgets twelve straight years. Also, they were able to put millions of dollars away in reserve for a rainy day fund.

    Katcho has been a registered Republican since becoming a U.S. citizen. He has an extensive track record of helping and supporting local, state, and federal Republican candidates. In 1991, he was elected to the Central Coast Republican Committee. Katcho was also a proud founding member of the San Luis Lincoln Club.

    He carries with him a distinctive work ethic which has served him throughout his life as a businessman, community volunteer, and legislator. Along with these values, he is always mindful of his Armenian heritage, and enjoys sharing the Armenian culture with others and spreading awareness of its history.