Thursday, August 15, 2019

Palmyra Town Convention Notice

A Republican town convention will be held on Sunday, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon for the purposes of selecting the Republican nominee for Palmyra Clerk-Treasurer.

To participate in the town convention, you must be a registered voter in the town for at least 29 days before the date of the convention (July 17). You must also be able to sign a sworn statement, under penalties of perjury, stating that you are a member of the Republican Party and no other and either A) voted in past Republican primaries and supported the Republican candidates nominated for those general elections, or B) have a signed and completed copy of Republican Party Form IRSC/VO-1 attesting that you intend to support the Republican Party and its candidates. This form must be countersigned by the Republican county chairman. Copies of this form will be available at the town convention.

Participants will also need to show valid photo identification, in accordance with Indiana's Voter ID Law.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Corydon Town Convention Results

Congratulations to Tyson Uhl, who won tonight’s Corydon Republican Town Convention to be the Republican nominee for Ward 4 Town Council.

As no one else filed for the Ward 4 Town Council seat—there is no contest this November—Tyson Uhl is the Councilman-Elect and will take office on January 1.

The Republican Party, Corydon, and Harrison County were blessed to have two fine, capable men as Tony Myers and Tyson Uhl to step forward to offer themselves as candidates for public service.

This is the first town convention for Corydon in recent history and perhaps the first Republican convention for the town ever.

We hope to announce a date for the Palmyra Town Convention soon.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Corydon Town Convention Notice

A Republican town convention will be held on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon for the purposes of selecting the Republican nominee for the Corydon Ward 4 Town Council seat.

To participate in the town convention, you must be a registered voter in the town for at least 29 days before the date of the convention (July 14). You must also be able to sign a sworn statement, under penalties of perjury, stating that you are a member of the Republican Party and no other and either A) voted in the Republican primary in 2018 and supported the Republican candidates nominated for the 2018 general election, or B) have a signed and completed copy of Republican Party Form IRSC/VO-1 attesting that you intend to support the Republican Party and its candidates. This form must be countersigned by the Republican county chairman. Copies of this form will be available at the town convention.

Participants will also need to show valid photo identification, in accordance with Indiana's Voter ID Law.

UPDATE: This post previously referenced Republican Party Form IRSC/CA-1. Indiana Republican Party staff have advised that this is incorrect. Republican Party Form IRSC/VO-1 is the correct form.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Town Elections

Congratulations and good luck to our Republican town candidates!

Paul Hamann
Candidate for Corydon Town Council Ward 2

Lester Rhoads
Candidate for Corydon Town Council Ward 3

Tony Myers
Tyson Uhl
Candidates for Corydon Town Council Ward 4

Doug Castetter
Candidate for Corydon Town Council Ward 5

Melvin Hood
Crandall Town Councilman-Elect (unopposed)

Tammy Eschbacher
Laconia Town Councilwoman-Elect (unopposed)

James Powers
Herb Schneider
Lanesville Town Councilmen-Elect (unopposed)

Robert Crosier
Holly Kingsley
Nancy Kirby
Mauckport Town Councilpersons-Elect (unopposed)

Regina Glass
New Amsterdam Clerk-Treasurer-Elect (unopposed)

Lee McCullum
Patrick Thompson
New Amsterdam Councilmen-Elect (unopposed)

Shana Lyons
New Middletown Clerk-Treasurer-Elect (unopposed)

Fred Lawson
Jordan Morris
Judy Ward
New Middletown Councilpersons-Elect (unopposed)

Deborah Hess
Debra Jones
Candidates for Palmyra Clerk-Treasurer

Gerard Blayton
Wyman Lee Childers
Heather Hug
Debra Ray
Candidates for Palmyra Town Council At-Large (3 spots)

We would like to thank all of these individuals for stepping up to run for office. As George Washington once said, "Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country." We thank them for being willing to serve.

The deadline to file to run for town office was yesterday at noon. These elected offices are not glamorous and seldom pay much, but they are an important part of local government. They oversee critical things like water, sewers, street repair, trash pickup, and taxes--among other matters--in Harrison County's nine incorporated towns (a tenth town, Milltown, is split with Crawford County).

Many of these town candidates are unopposed and Indiana law does not require elections to be held in towns under 3,500 people in which the elections are uncontested. All of the towns have a three member town board elected town-wide, except Corydon, which has a five-member board elected in wards.

There will be contested town elections this November in Corydon and Palmyra.

In both towns, there are several races in which multiple candidates are vying for the chance to be the Republican nominee on the November ballot in their town (Council Ward 4 in Corydon, and Clerk-Treasurer and Council in Palmyra). This goes to show the level of excitement and interest in these towns for conservative, Republican leadership.

None of Harrison County's towns held a primary election in May, a decision that is made by the town board before filing starts. Under Indiana election law, this means that the process of selecting the Republican nominee for these town offices will be conducted by a process called a town convention. A town convention is a gathering of registered Republicans in the town to hear from the candidates and then vote to select the nominee.

Town conventions are somewhat rare in Harrison County. Only one has been held in the past ten years, and that was in the town of New Amsterdam in 2015.

We are brushing up on the rules for holding a town convention, and will be providing information about the date, time, and location of the conventions in Corydon and Palmyra soon. By law, the convention must be held no later than Wednesday, August 21.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Pancakes & Pachyderms: Summer GOP Breakfast

The Harrison County Republicans invite you to join us at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, for “Pancakes & Pachyderms”, our Spring GOP breakfast at the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon.

We will be joined by State Senator Erin Houchin and State Representative Karen Engleman.

Erin and Karen will present an update on the Indiana General Assembly, then they will take questions from the audience.

Breakfast is free, though donations will be accepted.

We hope to see you there!

Please note that the breakfast will replace the regular monthly party meeting.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Declaration of Independence

The Harrison County Republicans hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Fourth of July.

If you have a few minutes, we encourage you to remember the 1337 words that we are celebrating today, words that changed the word:

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is in the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the Present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let the Facts be submitted to a candid World.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People; unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislaton:

For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond the Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule in these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Powers to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic Insurrections among us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Signed by ORDER and
in BEHALF OF THE CONGRESS
JOHN HANCOCK,
PRESIDENT.

ATTEST.
CHARLES THOMSON,
SECRETARY.

PHILADELPHIA:
PRINTED BY JOHN DUNLAP..

Happy Birthday, America!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!