The Vital Caucus

You may have thought you had done your duty when you voted in the Primary, back in March.  I know I rested under that illusion.

The problem is, the race for the nomination is such that a key next step is picking the Delegates to the National Convention in Cleveland in July.

For the first round of voting it should be straight forward, based on how we voted back in March (for our District, two for Trump and one for Cruz).  There is the possibility of a faithless delegate, but that is unlikely.  The problem is the second round.  If you want the delegates to all vote for Mr Trump (or Mr Cruz) if it goes to a second round, you need to vote for the right Slate of delegates.

There will be several Slates presented to us.  There will be the official Trump Slate.  There will be a "Cruz on the Second Round" Slate.  And I know of at least one more, one that wants to make sure the "Establishment" doesn't monkey with "Rule 40B".

The choice is yours.  Join me at the Third Congressional District Republican Caucus (9 AM show for a 10 AM meeting).  The venue is Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, at 703 Chicopee Row, in Groton, MA 01450.

Don't be late.  They will probably "close the doors" at Ten O'Clock.

Regards  —  Cliff

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A Progressive Pub on Hillary

Not everyone on the other side like Ms Hillary Clinton as a Presidential Candidate.  For example, the very Progressive Nation of Change has an article out, "How Democrats Could Snatch Defeat Out of the Jaws Of Victory", which suggests that the Democratic Party Establishment out to think twice before it jumps "all in" for Ms Clinton.  The writer is Mr Michael Payne.

For those of you who think that Ms Hillary Clinton has a lock on the November Election, relax a little and look around.  Even Democrats know she has baggage.  Just not the Democrat Establishment.  Don't be shocked by that.

Regards  —  Cliff

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Democrat Third Party?

From MSNBC, a couple of days ago, we had an article asking "Could Sanders supporters form a new party?".  The sub-headline is "With tensions rising high in the Democratic race, there is growing concern that some Bernie Sanders’ supporters won’t show up to vote for Hillary Clinton in November if she wins the nomination."  Well, those are two different thoughts, but while we on the GOP side have our issues, the Democrats are not out of the woods yet.

Regards  —  Cliff


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Meanwhile, in Massachusetts

Today is the Primary in New York, with its large cache of delegates.  Someone pointed out that for the Democrats, 75% of the voteres will be in New York City, but for the Republican 75% will be Up State (outside NYC).

In the mean time, here is an article from Real Clear Politics (and Reporter Carl M Cannon), "Elizabeth Warren Would Have Annihilated Them".  Yes, that would be our Senator.  I am not sure I agree with Mr Cannon, but it is something to think about.  At some point we may have to run someone against Senator Warren.  For example, if she runs again for her US Senate Seat.


Regards  --  Cliff

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Presidential Campaigns

The late Reporter H L Mencken advised us that:

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.

This year more than most.

We did part of our job by voting in the Primary, back in March.

Now we get to do another job, going to our 3rd Congressional District Caucus to pick our three Delegates to the National Convention in Cleveland, and three Alternate Delegates.  (By the way, four years ago our Secretary, Brandon Navom was selected to go.  Here is the 'gen: 

Pre-register to attend the 3rd Congressional District Caucus at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School! This MassGOP congressional delegate caucus will take place on Saturday, 30 April, at 10AM and is open to any Republican voter in the 3rd District who was registered as a Republican by February 10, 2016. (You can look up your congressional district and registration status at If you don't show, contact the LRCC Chairman to get it fixed.)

You are asked to "pre-register" by 23 April, to speed the checking process on 30 April.

Prior to April 30, the MassGOP will connect with pre-registered caucus participants to confirm your registration status and provide further details on the caucuses. Check-in at the caucuses begins at 9AM. You are required to bring a Massachusetts government-issued photo ID.

See you there.

Regards  --  Cliff

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LRCC Reorganized

On Thursday, 7 April 2016 we met at the VFW and voted to reorganize the City Committee, based upon the 2016 Primary.

The Chairman is still Cliff Krieger and the Vice Chairman is Joe Mendonça.

The new Treasurer is Mike Dinneen and the Secretary is now Brandon Navom and his voice recorder.

We are also organizing a number of Wards.  The others we will pick up as we go along.

Details to follow.

Regards  --  Cliff

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Final Push for Victory

I admit to cribbing this from the Blog Site, Right Side of Lowell.

This Saturday, the 18th of October, will be the Mass GOP “Super Saturday”.  The goal will be to support ALL of our candidates, including Charlie Baker, Karyn Polito, Brian Herr, Ann Wofford, John Miller, Mike Heffernan, David D’Arcangelo and Patricia Saint Aubin.

The center of operations will be the Region 4 Mass Victory office,♠ located at “The Zeus Building”, 227 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA.  The Mass Victory office will be open on Saturday from 8:30AM until 9:00 PM.


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Homelessness As An Election Issue

Here is a story out of Holyoke about homelessness.  Since our Commonwealth is a "Right to Shelter" State we, the taxpayers, are obligated to pay for housing for the homeless.  Frankly, it is the right thing to do and it makes economic sense, in that, amongst other things, over a year period people housed cost a lot less at the local Hospital Emergency Department (ER) door.  It is just a fact.  Thus the phrase "Housing First".  Many need help in coping with life and their own problems.  Thus the idea of a "Medical Model" of care.  And, the good news is that properly executed, such programs actually save money.

But, homelessness is a bit of a mess.  I have had the good fortune to talk to our Republican Candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker, and he agrees that we need to take action to clean up the administration of the program.  Fix things like warehousing real human families in motels for extended periods.

The other thing is that homelessness is not a thing, but a spectrum of things, from the person who lost a job to a person who is a drug addict to a person who is mentally ill.  We need a comprehensive, a whole of government, approach.

Regards  --  Cliff

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LRCC October Meeting

This month we are meeting at the Mass Victory Center, in Chelmsford.  That would be today.  And, at 6:30 PM.  Short meeting, with pizza, and then helping out the Mass Victory Office.  Maybe even the dreaded phone banking.

Regards  --  Cliff

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What Do People Want?

The vote in Scotland last week on the question of Independence raises an interesting question as to what underlying problem was driving the surge for independence.  Here is an article from The New York Times by a writer, Mr Kenan Malik, which suggests that the People feel disconnected.

To what extent do we suffer from the same problem?  The high percentage of unenrolled suggests a problem, and not just an economic problem of not wishing to offend people.

I would suggest our Party Platform lacks the ideas that could unite people behind Republican Candidates.  We need to relook that problem.

Regards  --  Cliff

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