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When we revised the Republican State Platform in 2014, two major changes were made. The first was to establish a ‘Principles’ page which, unlike previous platforms, has not changed now in almost a decade, because, our principles should not change. The second was to create ‘legislative priorities,’ what you, the grassroots, wanted to see addressed, instead of planks, or mere suggestions.

It took several letters and meetings with the Republican leadership to convince them that we were serious, but in the end, they got the message. If we as Republicans put our priorities out there for all to view, and those priorities resonate with the public and help you get elected, then pay attention to them and get them done.

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We, on the State Platform Committee, stayed on top of this for the first two election cycles and it seemed like all was going well. So, like the parent holding on to the back of the bicycle seat who thinks the time is right, we let go. We should not have, because it seems like the politicians have short memories and need constant guidance.

So, here is a little advice about the upcoming Republican caucuses. The Republican State Platform is distilled through the county, district and state conventions and their associated platform committees. But it all starts by you presenting your ideas and priorities at the county caucuses. Do not try to write legislation, keep it short and to the point, like we did with the platform.

RPI’s main concern with the caucuses is mostly clerical and developing lists for them and candidates to use for various reasons during the election cycle, not to mention they are establishment-leaning. The Platform Committee’s main concern with the caucuses is making sure your voice is heard. And, over the years, I would have to say that we are much more conservative, anti-establishment leaning.

Therefore, if you liked what you heard in Gov. Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech, then get to the caucuses and participate, because her speech was a litany of legislative priorities in the Republican State Platform and it all starts with you on Monday, Feb. 7. You can also be assured that the hand will certainly have a firm grasp on the back of the bicycle seat once again.

Author: Thomas Hansen

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