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Republican Liberty Caucus Announces Support for Federal Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 24)

The “Audit the Fed” bill has been reintroduced to both chambers of Congress in a joint effort to prevent the Federal Reserve from masking important operating information from Congress. The bill would allow the nonpartisan, independent Government Accountability Office (GOA) to conduct a complete audit of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and reserve banks within one year of passage and to report to Congress within 90 days of completion.

“The Republican Liberty Caucus believes in free markets for currency and credit, and that no institution should wield the monopoly power of the Federal Reserve,” said Nye. “We strongly support efforts to audit the Federal Reserve in the short term and advocate an end to this institution in the long term.”

“Audit the Fed” would amend section 714b of Title 31 of the US Code and give the GOA the untethered ability to audit; transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or non private international financing organization; deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters; transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)-(3) of this subsection according to a report from Sen. Paul.

“The modern-day boom-bust business cycle is caused by the Federal Reserve’s arbitrary manipulation of the credit markets,” said Matt Nye, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. “In the wake of the 2008 TARP bailouts, the Federal Reserve added trillions to its balance sheet at a rate never before seen in history, while simultaneously holding interest rates at all time lows, thus causing the misallocation of trillions of dollars in capital. This misallocation of capital is commonly referred to as a ‘bubble’, and this latest bubble – the largest ever – is now one of the greatest threats to American economic prosperity we face.”

The Republican Liberty Caucus recommends strong support for H.R. 24 and S. 148 “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2019” and recommends supporters relay their support to the sponsors of the bill.

RLC of Florida 2019 Liberty Lobby Days A Tremendous Success!

Thirty plus RLC members from all corners of Florida descended on Tallahassee March 11th and 12th for what many are describing as our best “Liberty Lobby Days” trip ever. These members enthusiastically supported our 2019 Legislative Agenda in one on one meetings with legislators from their home districts, in large group meetings with various members of the Florida House and Senate, and in House and Senate committee hearings where bills in our agenda we’re being considered. A highlight of the trip was the Monday evening legislative reception held at the James Madison Institute headquarters. The reception was well attended by members of both the House and Senate.

A special thank you to Legislative Affairs Chairman John Hallman for his efforts scheduling and coordinating this trip. Given the enthusiastic response of our members participating this year, we expect and even larger contingent for next year’s trip!

Texas Republican Liberty Caucus Holds Legislative Day in State Capitol

The RLCTX was out in full force at the Texas Capitol for its Legislative Day, Febuarauy 21, 2019. The Texas Legislature only meets every two years and is strictly adherent to a calendar and time limit, regardless what business is left unfinished. The first of three legislative events planned, included the RLCTX delegation meeting with RLCTX endorsed Representatives as well as Representatives who have bills filed and referred to committees on Civil Asset forfeiture Refom, Cannabis Reform and Property Tax Relief.

In Texas, large numbers of bills are filed at the beginning of session and then referred to committees where the bill can either be heard for public testimony and consideration of a vote to be moved forward, or never heard, in effect, killing the bill. RLCTX Chairman, Jeff LeBlanc recently testified on HB 63 which is moving small amounts of marijuana possession in Texas to a civil penalty over a criminal conviction as it currently is in Texas.

The committee then can choose to vote on the bill which moves it forward to a calendar committee which sets the bill for being heard and voted on, on the floor by all Representatives, in effect the second committee has a chance to not set the bill or schedule it so late on the calendar the clock will run out before it reaches the floor, in effect killing it. Finally the bill can pass the House, but never be taken up in the Senate, killing it. The Senate works the same with committees.

And, lastly, the Governor has veto power if it does pass both chambers. By design, it is hard to pass bills in Texas, so constant engagement and committee meetings are a must for any meaningful legislation to pass. During session the RLCTX board and our Legislative Directors are in constant contact with Representatives and Committee Members to push our bills and priorities.

New Chapters Fuel Explosive Growth for RLC Florida

Thanks to the efforts of local organizers the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida continues to lead the nation in membership. Many new county and area chapters have been added and more organizational meetings are scheduled around the state.

Since the elections ended last November a new RLC Treasure Coast area chapter was launched covering St. Lucie and Martin counties, and a new area chapter was launched covering Lake and Sumter counties. County chapters have been established in Volusia county and Seminole county. “Local leadership in these counties has been tremendous and deserves all the credit” said Bob White, RLC Florida Chairman. “A huge shout out also to our National Chairman Matt Nye and our Central Florida Regional Director John Hallman for their help in driving all this growth.”

“We’re not done by a long shot” said White. “We have organizational meetings scheduled in March and April for proposed new chapters in East Volusia County, Leon, Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Lee counties, and we have folks interested in organizing in other areas of the state as well.” If you would like to organize a chapter in your area you can contact Chairman White at rwhite345@hotmail.com. Let’s bring a new voice for liberty to your county!

Matt Heath Wins California Republican Regional Vice Chairman

At the California state Republican convention held February 22-24 in Sacramento, RLC member Matt Heath was elected Regional Vice Chairman (Northwest). Matt is one of just eight Regional Vice Chairmen in California, the largest Republican state party with over 5 million registered voters.

By virtue of his election, Matt now also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Republican Party

Matt is a longtime liberty champion who worked on Ron Paul’s presidential campaigns, chaired the state chapter of the Campaign for Liberty and is a former chairman of the RLC California (RLCCA). He is by far the most successful liberty activist in California Republican politics. Way to go Matt!!

Are You Interested in Joining a Committee for the RLC?

The committees of the Republican Liberty Caucus are the backbone of our organization. People from all over the country with specialized skills in many areas come together to keep the RLC moving forward and successful. However, we are always looking for a new perspective from our members. Committee volunteers are needed all year round.

Republican Liberty Caucus Committees include:

Candidate Committee
This committee tracks our current legislators in Washington, DC to evaluate how the align with the RLC ideals and principles. The Candidate Committee is also tasked with finding candidates throughout the country that align with the RLC principles and all RLC endorsements.

Communications Committee
The Communications Committee handles all communications for the RLC. This would include social media volunteers, article writers for the newsletter and website, website management, press release writing and email creation.

Convention Committee
This committee overseas and organizes the bi-annual National Republican Liberty Caucus Convention. Members could be tasked with volunteer coordination at the convention, tasks during the convention operation and planning.

Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee looks for new opportunities or events that would help bring in donations for the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Membership Committee
This Committee Implements new ideas for membership growth and management of the RLC database.

If you feel you have skills to help any of our committees, please contact the Operations Director, Danielle Snitker at Danielle@RLC.org

RLC State Charters are Re-Organizing All Over the Country

2018 was a great year for the Republican Liberty Caucus. A flurry of new activity saw states all over the country reorganizing and building. States like South Carolina and Ohio held largely successful conventions bringing in new members and leadership while other states like Missouri and Louisiana who had become less active reorganized.

Our membership and supporters have grown to over 30,000 strong and 2019 is already beginning with new organizational meetings to keep building on the momentum of the past year.

This month organizational meetings will be held for 4 states:

The RLC of Kansas will be held on January 8th

The RLC of Nevada will be held on January 10th

The RLC of Massachusetts will be held on January 16th

The RLC of Arkansas will be held on January 17th

This is only the beginning with many more states looking to expand. These meetings will be held by the Republican Liberty Caucus’ national executive director, Alex Snitker and will go over information on how the National Republican Liberty Caucus can help our state charters be successful. These organizational meetings helped many of our states become not only more active but hold incredible influence on the political landscape in their states.

If you would like more information on how to help reorganize the charter in your state contact Alex@RLC.org

Managing Voicemail

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Using the RLC Voicemail System

Checking voicemail by phone

Call your system phone number.
If you have a menu with a custom greeting, press star (*) then enter your extension number.
or
Once you have reached a voicemail box press star (*).
Enter your password.
Press 1 to check voicemail.

Downloading messages as mp3 files

To download a message as an mp3 file, in the Messages table simply click the download icon ()for the message you wish to download. You will be prompted by your browser as to where to save the file.

Recording your outgoing message

When making a recording be sure to use a high-quality phone in a quiet room for a better quality sounding message. Background noise and a poor phone will only contribute to your message sounding unprofessional. Write your message down and practice it before starting to record. If you make a mistake or are unhappy with your recording, you can rerecord it at any time.

  • Call your system phone number.
  • If you have a menu with a custom greeting, press star (*) then enter your extension number.
    or
    Once you have reached a voicemail box press star (*).
  • Enter your password.
  • Press 3 and follow the voice prompt instructions.
  • Add “vmnotify@phone.com to your address book

If you have selected to receive notifications via email and/or SMS, make sure to add “vmnotify@phone.com” to your address book to avoid messages being sent to your Spam folder.

Incumbent Lacey defeats Nye in BREC Chairman’s race

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Incumbent Chairman Rick Lacey defeated challenger Matt Nye 95-59 in last night’s closed Brevard Republican Executive Committee meeting. Josiah Gattle, a previously announced candidate for Chairman, dropped and threw his support behind Nye.

The Executive Board of the BREC is now:

Chairman: Rick Lacey*
Vice Chair: Mark Hutchins
Secretary: Paul Oddo*
Treasurer: Sharon Rose
District 1 Chair: Cindy Roberts*
District 2 Chair: John Weiler
District 3 Chair: Joanne Solley-Hansen
District 4 Chair: Susan Hammerling-Hodgers
District 5 Chair: Patricia Fowler
State Committeeman: Mike Thomas**
State Committeewoman: Cheryl Lankes**

*Re-elected
**Not up for re-election until 2020

Vice Chairman Nick Tomboulides attempted to raise a point of order at the beginning of the meeting regarding last minute additions and removals to the membership roster, but was ruled out of order by Chairman Lacey. Forty-five members were removed and eight were added just five days before the elections.

Elections in question as Chairman removes members at last minute

With less than six days to go before the December meeting at which the Brevard Republican Party elects its officers, candidates for the positions still don’t know which members are eligible to vote.

The last roster submitted to the supervisor of elections office was dated 9/29/18, but members and candidates have been told it isn’t the final roster, and some have been notified as recently as earlier this week they are no longer members because they’ve had three or more consecutive unexcused absences.

BREC bylaws state:

“When a member is unable to attend a scheduled meeting, the member must write, fax, text, or e-mail an excuse to the Secretary or District Chair prior to the meeting. A member can request an excuse by telephone. A telephone excuse must be documented by either the District Chair or the Secretary stating the name of the member, the date of the telephone request, the meeting for which the excuse is requested and the reason for the excuse. The excuses will be forwarded to the Chairman for disposition.”

Chairman Lacey’s unilateral decision to purge members from the rolls is troubling for the following reasons:

  • Chairman Lacey has provided no documentation to purged members they did not attend three consecutive meetings and/or did not request excuses in writing or by phone.
  • Under BREC bylaws it is the District Chair or Secretary’s obligation to document phone absence requests. It appears no such documentation occurred so it is impossible to prove that individuals did not request excused absences.
  • At the Trump Club of Brevard Meeting Wednesday night, current Secretary Paul Oddo stated that, contrary to the bylaws, District Chairs were managing the disposition of excuses and purging of membership roles, not the Chair. Furthermore, he stated that different district chairs had different policies which means that not all members are treated equally pursuant to the bylaws.
  • Per BREC bylaws, Chairman Lacey should have been notifying and removing members upon their third missed meeting all along. This would have given anyone that believed they had been unfairly removed the opportunity to contest the removal at the next meeting. It is simply not proper for the Chair to do a mass purge like this just days from the election.

Amongst members, speculation for a reason for the purge is twofold:

  • The members were kept on the roster even though they weren’t attending because Chairman Lacey has promoted the “growth” of the organization as a testament to his leadership skills.
  • The “clean up” is being done to eliminate members who might vote against the sitting Chairman in Wednesday’s upcoming elections. At least one member removed was a vocal critic of Chairman Lacey’s.

Lacey has two challengers in the Chairman’s race: Josiah Gattle, a 26-year-old attorney that was part of the paid Republican staff that put up some of the best numbers in the state in the last election cycle, and local grassroots leader Matt Nye, a 47-year-old entrepreneur that organized the Brevard Tea Parties and currently serves as the National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus.