Press Release: Log Cabin Republicans of DC Applaud LRAA Veto

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans commends Mayor Gray for doing the right thing for all District residents and the local business community by vetoing the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA).

“We are pleased to see that the Mayor saw through the misguided presentation from the LRAA’s advocates on the Council and special interest labor unions, and recognized the need to promote an environment in the District that attracts economic development and brings jobs to our residents across all Wards,” said President Chris Allen.  “The passage of the LRAA would have made the District rank No. 1 across the nation – No. 1 for worst environment for businesses.”

“We urge the Council to abandon any efforts to try to override the Mayor’s veto and instead take steps to improve the District’s tarnished reputation as a desirable location for new businesses.  The Council can achieve its goal of reducing unemployment and making wages go further by adopting policies that attract outside investment and by lower taxes. These actions will expand the tax base in the city, while also putting more money back into our residents’ pockets,” Allen concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Log Cabin Republicans of DC Urge Mayor Gray to Veto LRAA

WASHINGTON, DC – As the D.C. Council finally sends the “Large Retailer Accountability Act” (LRAA) to Mayor Gray, the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans urges the Mayor to do the right thing for all District residents and the local economy and veto this unfair and discriminatory bill.

“As an organization that supports policies of limited government and free markets, we believe the LRAA not only unfairly targets large job-providers while exempting and grandfathering in the bills’ supporters that meet the same criteria, but it also diminishes the city’s business reputation to attract more outside investment,” said President Chris Allen.  “As our city struggles with a rising unemployment rate and a weak economic recovery, the last thing we need is to abandon the free market principles that determine price and wages through healthy competition, in favor of burdensome and imbalanced government interference.”

“The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Victor Hoskins, has estimated that the LRAA could cost as many as 3,000 to 4,000 jobs in the District.  The Mayor should continue to support policies that incentivize and attract businesses to the District like he did with Living Social and the DC Tech Incentives Program,” Allen concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.

DC Log Cabin in Roll Call

D.C. Log Cabin Republicans Fete Ex-Rep. Jim Kolbe

By Julie Ershadi Posted at 6:22 p.m. on May 23

Roll Call

The Washington, D.C. chapter of organized gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Republicans hosted former Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., and his husband at a small mixer Wednesday night.

The D.C. Log Cabin Republicans convened the event at the Roosevelt Camden apartments on 16th Street Northwest to discuss the Senate immigration bill and Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s withdrawal of his amendment to include consideration for LGBT families in the bill’s provisions at this week’s markup.  more…

DC Log Cabin Endorses Pat Mara

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DC LOG CABIN ENDORSES PAT MARA

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans last night unanimously voted to endorse Republican candidate Patrick Mara in the upcoming April 23rd special election to replace now-Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for his former At-Large seat. Mara is no novice at vying for an At-Large seat, having first ran in 2008 and then again coming in a close second during the 2011 special election.

“Pat has shown time and again that he is a friend of not just Log Cabin, but the entire LGBT community. Gays and lesbians of all political stripes know the true sense of Pat Mara. He was the first straight Republican Council candidate to show support for marriage equality five years ago. In addition, Pat has a greater depth of understanding of the issues affecting our community than just about anyone in this race,” said outgoing President Robert Turner II. “For this Council race, the choice is easy. We strongly support Pat Mara!” Turner concluded.

All endorsed candidates support the core principles of the Log Cabin Republicans, which are limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans. They also agree that marriage equality is settled law in the District of Columbia, and will not support efforts to change, repeal or overturn that law. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin: Mayor Gray Must Go!

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July 12, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Log Cabin: Mayor Gray Must Go!

WASHINGTON, DC – In what is sure to sound like a broken record, the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans calls for the resignation of yet another elected official. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign has been plagued with complaints and allegations of unethical behavior. This week, three campaign workers pled guilty to charges of running a shadow campaign. U.S. Attorney Machen speaks of the campaign as being compromised by backroom deals, secret payments and a flood of unreported cash.

In an about face from previous Council scandals this year, Councilmembers Muriel Bowser, David Catania, and Mary Cheh have called for Mayor Gray’s resignation. “I applaud those Councilmembers who have called for the mayor to step down. Perhaps they are as tired as their constituents are of the mess in the Wilson Building,” said Robert Turner II, President of the DC Log Cabin Republicans. If forced out of office, Gray will become the third elected official to step down this year.

While no formal allegations have been presented to the Mayor, his entire administration has had an odor of disreputable behavior.  “The Mayor now wants us to distinguish between his job as mayor and how he went about getting there,” said Turner, adding, “When it comes to governing the nation’s capital, the ends cannot justify the means.  One month ago, I asked who’s next.  We now have our answer.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform

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DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the DC Republican Committee (DCRC), the DC equivalent of a state party, became the first Republican state party to insert inclusive language into its party platform leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Under the heading of ‘Family and Marriage,’ the DCRC added, “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Robert Turner II, President of the DC chapter of Log Cabin Republicans and a newly elected member of the DCRC praised the work of the committee saying, “We are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins! Marriage equality is settled law here in the District. All citizens, including LGBT citizens should be treated equally.” Turner testified before the Platform Committee earlier this month and offered language that was similar to what was officially adopted. “We didn’t get the exact wording we had hoped for, but we are extremely happy with the outcome. We commend Chairman Bob Kabel on his efforts in putting this document together,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Statement on the Resignation of Kwame Brown

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DC Log Cabin Statement on the Resignation of Kwame Brown

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the resignation of Council Chairman Kwame Brown, DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II released the following statement:

“Barely six months into the year, and we have the second resignation from a member of the D.C. Council. Kwame Brown said he wanted to take the honorable course by resigning. The honorable course is not to commit fraud in the first place. The honorable course is to respect the trust one is given from the people when elected. As long as this trend of political corruption continues with our elected officials, Congress will never allow us to have full voting representation or budget autonomy. If this keeps up, look for talks of another Control Board. Sadly, the question of everybody’s mind is ‘who’s next?’”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Applauds Valiant Efforts of Tim Day

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May 16, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN APPLAUDS VALIANT EFFORTS OF TIM DAY

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans congratulate Tim Day for running a valiant campaign for the open Ward 5 seat vacated by disgraced former DC Councilmember Harry Thomas.  With just under fifteen percent voting, turnout was near historic lows.  Day placed fourth out of 11 candidates.

“Of course we’re not pleased with the outcome, but we live in a democracy.  Tim ran a vigorous race and was a model of integrity despite bullying and intimidation,” said President Robert Turner II.  “We congratulate Kenyan McDuffie and wish him well.  We are here to put the councilmember-elect and the rest of the City Council on notice that we will be watching!

“While we did not win this battle, we are winning the war on corruption down at the Wilson Building.  Yesterday’s election would not have taken place were in not for Tim.  We now set our eyes on the fall election where we have two outstanding candidates for Council in the Ward 7 and At-Large races,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin-Endorsed Candidates Sweep Primaries; Members Take Top RNC Spots

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DC Log Cabin-Endorsed Candidates Sweep Primaries;
Members Take Top RNC Spots

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans congratulates its endorsed candidates, all of whom won their respective races in Tuesday night’s primary, including longtime member and DC GOP Chair Bob Kabel, who won a contested primary for National Committeeman. In Ward 7, Ron Moten, won over 57% of the vote to earn the right to face incumbent Councilmember Yvette Alexander in November. Uncontested races were won by Mary Brooks Beatty, running for At-Large Member of the DC Council, and Nelson Rimensnyder, running for DC “Shadow Senator.” Jill Homan, also a member, won a close election to serve as the District’s National Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee.

Robert Turner, President of the DC Chapter, congratulated all of the candidates and expressed excitement at the prospects for additional victories in November. “DC Log Cabin looks forward to actively supporting Ron Moten and Mary Brooks Beatty in their races this fall. Together with a Tim Day victory in next month’s Ward 5 special election, these contests will show our party’s renewed energy in the District, and DC Log Cabin will do all we can to restore trust and commonsense leadership to the Council.”

Turner praised Kabel and Homan for their victories, noting that the District will be the first jurisdiction to have two Log Cabin members serving simultaneously as Committeeman and Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee. “Bob and Jill are friends of Log Cabin and we look forward to working with them to represent our core principles on the RNC.” Turner thanked fellow member Teri Galvez for her honest and spirited campaign for National Committeewoman and newcomer Jordan Gehrke for introducing good ideas into the debate.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Congratulates LCR Member Tom Weirich On DC GOP Award

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DC Log Cabin Congratulates LCR Member Tom Weirich On DC GOP Award


WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans would like to congratulate one of its own for being recognized by the DC Republican Committee. Last night at its annual Lincoln-Douglass Day Dinner, the DC Republican Party awarded Tom Weirich the “Up and Coming” Award, one of only two awards presented.

Weirich, an expert in renewable energy, is the creator and Chair of the ’35 under 35 Program.’ The mission of the 35 Under 35 Program of the DC Republican Committee is to create a forum for young urban Republican professionals to make an impact within the DC Republican Committee and more broadly the Republican Party.

“We congratulate Tom on this well deserved recognition, said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II. “He is indeed the next generation of the Republican Party, and through his continued leadership, will help our party appeal to younger and urban voters,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Endorses for Upcoming Elections

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DC Log Cabin Endorses for Upcoming Elections

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans last night voted to endorse Republican candidates appearing on the ballot on April 3rd and in the Special Election May 15th.  In the DC Council races, Log Cabin endorsed Mary Brooks Beatty for At-Large, Ron Moten for Ward 7, and Tim Day in the Special Election for Ward 5.  The membership also endorsed current DC GOP Chair Bob Kabel for National Committeeman.  In the National Committeewoman race, the membership chose the option of no endorsement.  Additionally, the membership endorsed Nelson Rimensnyder, running for U.S. Shadow Senator.

“We are very excited about our Council candidates this year.  They are running campaigns about ethical and responsible government, along with revitalizing our communities,” said President Robert Turner.  “For our party leadership races, we strongly support Bob Kabel for National Committeeman.  He is a long-time member and friend to our chapter.  For the National Committeewoman race, we had an embarrassment of riches.  Both Teri Galvez and Jill Homan are great candidates and are supporters and friends of Log Cabin, so we thought it best not to choose,” Turner concluded.  Each endorsed candidate’s had the opportunity to present themselves, speak to and be questioned by the membership.

All endorsed candidates support the core principles of the Log Cabin Republicans, which are limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans.  They also agree that marriage equality is settled law in the District of Columbia, and will not support efforts to change, repeal or overturn that law.  For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Opposes ‘Prostitution Free Zones’ Bill

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February 1, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Log Cabin Opposes ‘Prostitution Free Zones’ Bill


WASHINGTON, DC –WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans issued the following statement in opposition to a bill recently introduced by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander entitled the Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act of 2011.

“The simple idea of a prostitution-free zone creates the illusion that there are areas within the District where prostitution is allowed in some legal fashion,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II.  “While we concur with groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in calling on the D.C. Council to defeat the bill, our reasoning is much different.

“This is not a bill to curb prostitution.  If it were, it would target larger areas than ones often populated by loitering offenders.  This is an election year gimmick by a councilmember who for the last three years has proven indifferent to the needs of her constituents in Ward 7.  Prostitution is illegal in every square inch of the District.  I guess Ms. Alexander wants to make certain areas ‘super-duper illegal,’” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Harry Thomas, Jr., The ‘King Of Misappropriations’ Is Finally Gone

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Harry Thomas, The ‘King Of Misappropriations’ Is Finally Gone

WASHINGTON, DC – After two calls from DC Log Cabin Republicans last year for him to step down for the good of his constituents, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. has finally agreed to do so. For more than a year, voters of the District of Columbia have been disserved by Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr.’s scandals and corruption charges, having been accused, and now charged with steering hundreds of thousands of dollars from DC earmarks to non-profits from which he personally and politically benefited. His decision to resign, though, has hardly been entirely voluntary. It comes as part of a deal made with Federal prosecutors in settlement of criminal allegations pending against Thomas concerning the same conduct which was the basis for the District’s civil suit settled last summer. The rules that regular citizens live by are finally being applied to Mr. Thomas.

“Today, as a result of research first compiled by DC Log Cabin member Tim Day, a former candidate for DC Council Ward 5 in 2010, the Council has one less ethical issue with which to be concerned. The bad news for the taxpayers is that we now must spend taxpayer dollars on a special election on top of our regularly scheduled elections this year. The good news is that the ‘King of Misappropriations’ is finally gone,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II.

“The people of Ward 5 deserve someone who will first and foremost tend to their issues and concerns, and not personal gain. It is now incumbent upon Republicans to show the voters of Ward 5 and the rest of the District where we as a Republican Party and our candidates for office stand on the issues that are important to them,” concluded Turner.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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GOProud? GOShame!

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December 8, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

GOProud? GOShame!

WASHINGTON, DC – GOProud has just outed pollster Tony Fabrizio. “It is possible to disagree vigorously but respectfully with other people,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner.  “GOProud has disgraced itself in attacking Mr. Fabrizio.  Log Cabin Republicans are against outing, especially for staffers, who have limited if any control over the politicians they work for.”

GOProud has used Twitter to out someone with whom they disagree.  Log Cabin Republicans also disagreed with the Perry ad, but the national office had the backbone to issue an honest press release and list what they disagreed with.  GOProud, by contrast, dribbled out a person’s private life through tweets.  Worse, given that we don’t know the internal workings of the Perry campaign, we don’t know what connection, if any, Mr. Fabrizio had with the noxious ad.  For GOProud to use a person’s sexual orientation against him in such murky circumstances tells us everything we need to know about how much honor they have: none.  GOProud? GOShame!”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Councilmember Harry Thomas Must Resign

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December 2, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

Councilmember Harry Thomas Must Resign

WASHINGTON, DC – In June, DC Log Cabin Republicans called for Harry Thomas to resign. They do so again today. For months, the citizens of the District of Columbia have known that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. had been accused of steering hundreds of thousands of dollars from DC earmarks to non-profits in which he personally and politically benefited. Today, as a result of research first compiled by Tim Day, former candidate for Ward 5 DC Council in 2010 and current candidate for At-Large DC Council, plus the subsequent actions made by the DC Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the FBI raided the home of Councilmember Thomas this morning.

“Log Cabin member Tim Day got the ball rolling,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II. “Thanks to his tenacity and revelations, we’re finally starting to get to the bottom of how Mr. Thomas has used his office to enrich himself at taxpayer expense. It is revolting on many levels,” Turner advises. “We applaud the few members of the council who have called on Thomas to resign. But there are 8 still who sit in silence. They need to stand up for real ethics reform. And that can only begin with resignation of Harry Thomas,” concluded Turner.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Applauds Pro-Equality Candidates for DC Republican Naitonal Committeewoman

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DC Log Cabin Applauds Pro-Equality Candidates for DC Republican Naitonal Committeewoman

WASHINGTON, DC – At its November monthly meeting last Wednesday, the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans heard presentations from the two candidates for the DC National Committeewoman to be elected during this upcoming April’s Republican Primary.   The two candidates are Teri Galvez, a Ward 2 resident and principal of an event planning firm, and Jill Homan, a Ward 6 resident and principal of a commercial real estate investment firm.

In response to questions, both candidates reaffirmed their support for the District’s sovereign state right to enact legal marriage status to the LGBT community.  Both supported the efforts of Log Cabin to achieve recognition that LGBT citizens, just like all others in this nation, are entitled to full equality of treatment under law, and stated that they each would pursue policies that would help make the national Republican Party inclusive of all segments of the American population.

“It is encouraging that candidates for the RNC would seek the support and guidance from Log Cabin members,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner.  “We are fortunate here in the District to have this caliber of current and future Republican leadership representing us on the national level.  This goes to prove that working within the Republican Party helps to make it a more inclusive Republican Party,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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How does it get better? The answer isn’t so simple

Below is the latest op-ed from DC LCR Chapter President Robert Turner II, co-authored by Mike Hubbard in the Washington Blade.

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Washington BladeWashington BladeHow should we deal with bullies? Dan Savage has started the “It Gets Better” campaign, which tells gay kids in school to endure until graduation. Waiting passively for things to get better might not be the best answer, since gays are a unique minority. The picked-on Asian or Black or Catholic child usually has Asian or black or Catholic parents – and very likely has an Asian or black or Catholic community outside of school – but gay kids almost always have straight parents, and relatively few gay kids have any kind of gay community to draw on. We in the gay community should try to protect the next generation, and we need to grasp the complicated dynamics.

The greatest blessing that gay kids can have is the love and support of their parents. Yet parents frequently don’t understand the problem until their gay children come out. And gay kids are right to be cautious about doing so; parents throw too many out of their homes. It’s worth asking what parents hope to accomplish when they do this, since homelessness seems unlikely to make gay kids turn straight. Unthinking parental fury implies that the problem is less the child’s homosexuality than the parents’ feeling that the child reflects badly on them.

Parents should always love their children, but many are bent on children who complement a life they imagined. So long as parents think of their children as accessories to the good life rather than as individuals to be loved, closeted gay kids will be isolated from their best potential allies. And the children become easier potential prey for bullies.

The trouble with bullying is that it’s rooted in human nature to form small groups. People want friends who are like themselves, which is normal and healthy. They define themselves by what they’re not, such as Yankees fans being united in loathing the “Red Sox Nation.” The bully has taken something normal, being in a group and needling outsiders, and turned it into something unhealthy. Gay kids are different, but they are as worthy of respect as their straight peers. Kids with support from parents, churches or elsewhere can shrug bullies off. The isolated gay kids feel lost.

To try to help the kids, people ranging from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Gay Men’s Chorus have recorded videos telling kids that “it gets better.” When Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, and Jon Runyan – Republican congressmen from New Jersey – made an “It Gets Better” video, the left-wing Center for American Progress attacked them for votes on other issues on which CAP disapproved. Rather than praise sometime adversaries for trying to do the right thing, CAP unintentionally revealed a weakness of “It Gets Better”: the videos are less important for the kids than for the video makers.

If these videos were for the children, then having as wide a range of people as possible make them would be a good thing. There would be disagreements on plenty of other issues, but the video makers could all agree that supporting gay kids was good. Like the parents who throw gay kids out of the home, CAP is trying to throw Republicans out of the gay rights movement, which is shortsighted, foolish and wrong. It seems as though CAP sees the videos as status markers: yahoos don’t make them but virtuous people do. And partly because the videos are used more to stroke the egos of video makers, they may well be telling gay kids the wrong thing.

Many kids are already isolated and are desperate to do anything but wait. The kids feel that a better tomorrow won’t come soon enough, and take their lives because waiting is too painful. These gay kids need something more concrete than more stewing in depression. The late William F. Buckley often said that industry is the enemy of melancholy. It might be better for videos to say, “Yes, other kids are bullying. And you shouldn’t wait for it to get better. First, do what you need to be safe. That is our most important goal. You need to be safe from others. But second, you also must be safe from yourself.

In order for life to get better, you need to make yourself better. Play sports, join the band, start a glee club or chess club or theater group. Or better yet, help create a Gay-Straight Alliance in your school. There are groups like GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, that seek to develop school climates where differences are valued for their positive contribution. Don’t hide from your problems with booze or drugs. Make yourself better, and life will get better.

Robert Turner is President of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans. Reach him at robert.turner@dclogcabin.org. Mike Hubbard also serves on the board of directors for the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin.

Press Release: DC Log Cabin Condemns Assault of Taylor Garrett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
November 14, 2011 (202) xxx-xxxx cell

DC LOG CABIN CONDEMNS ASSAULT OF TAYLOR GARRETT

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans condemns the assault of Dallas Republican and reality star Taylor Garrett, as been reported by multiple media outlets.

“Violence against any innocent person is abhorrent,” said President Robert Turner II. “It’s doubly sickening when bloggers such as Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God suggest, before any investigation is completed, suggest that Garrett is faking the hate crime simply because he is a Republican. Should Mr. Garrett be guilty of filing a false statement or any other crime, he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But we have as yet no evidence suggesting that he vandalized his own car and attacked himself for pure media attention.

“The question of who is guilty, an as-yet uncaught assailant or Mr. Garrett, is still open. But Mr. Jervis is unquestionably guilty of bad faith. This type of double standard needs to end!”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Press Release: DC Log Cabin Congratulates LCR Member Marc Morgan on His Washington Blade Award

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October 28, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell
DC LOG CABIN CONGRATULATES LCR MEMBER MARC MORGAN ON HIS WASHINGTON BLADE AWARD
WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans would like to congratulate one of its members, Marc Morgan, who was voted by the readers of the Washington Blade as the Best Gay D.C. Politician in their 10th annual “Best of Gay D.C.” issue. The award was announced last evening at Hotel Helix, where over 300 friends and supporters gathered for special tributes to Frank Kameny and Chris Crowe, who both died earlier this year. Morgan currently serves as President of the LeDroit Park Civic Association and lost a bid for City Council in Ward 1 last year.

“We congratulate Mr. Morgan on his award. It is obvious that the community has noticed his efforts for LeDroit Park and Ward 1,” said President Robert Turner. “I also find it amusing that he beat out the two sitting gay members of the Council. Clearly, David Catania (I-At Large) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) are getting lazy and taking gay voters for granted. It appears that Washingtonians are looking elsewhere for leadership within the gay community. Perhaps the city council should have police arrest fewer people for expired license tags and more for gay bashing.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Op-Ed: Homophobia is a problem for both parties

Below is the latest op-ed from DC LCR Chapter President Robert Turner II in the Washington Blade.

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In 1992, Bill Clinton campaigned hard for gay votes and made promises to end discrimination. He backslid. The anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act passed both houses of Congress with lopsided, bipartisan majorities and was signed into law by none other than President Clinton.

Homophobia is a bipartisan problem and therefore requires a bipartisan solution.  Namely, that bigotry toward gay people is unacceptable and that we are equal to straight people both legally and morally. It’s an imperfect analogy, but just as racists are repudiated, so too should homophobes be ostracized — wherever they arise, in whatever party.

We obviously aren’t there yet. Democrats have improved more than Republicans have, but they’re in danger of backsliding. Consider a state Senate race in Virginia pitting a Democratic incumbent, Janet Howell, against a gay Republican, Patrick Forrest. It’s a close race between the long time legislator and a first-time campaigner who has knocked on 30,000 doors.

Howell has a decent pro-gay rights record. But a Democratic volunteer was caught on tape claiming that Forrest will push a “homosexual agenda in our children’s schools.” As a member of the Fairfax County Textbook Selection Committee, Forrest has said that there’s “too much Marx” in textbooks. That might be an agenda — but a homosexual one? It’s an egregious misrepresentation of his views, particularly since Forrest isn’t running as a gay Republican but rather as someone who cares about traffic congested Northern Virginia and public transit and the budget and who happens to be gay.

More seriously, without defining “homosexual agenda,” Howell’s supporter who made the remarks invites projection: She could mean anything from rainbow flags to pedophilia. She has attempted a smear that affects not just Forrest but all gay men. Will she get away with it? Some people, but not enough, are criticizing Howell’s campaign.

The Washington Blade has reported this incident, Log Cabin Republicans has fired off press releases, and the Victory Fund has sent out e-mails on Forrest’s behalf. Good as these groups are, they aren’t enough. It’s troubling that the Human Rights Campaign and Stonewall Democrats have been silent; it’s worse that the Virginia Partisans (Northern Virginia’s equivalent to Gertrude Stein) have endorsed Howell. The gay groups seem to have an unholy alliance with mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post that haven’t deigned to cover this. Gay people cannot tell a newspaper to cover a bigot, but it ought to be news when a major newspaper covers up bigotry.

Yet when major gay rights organizations stay silent, something else might be at work.  It is no secret that Democrats are generally friendlier than Republicans toward gays. But that does not mean that Democrats always are better friends, nor does it mean that they are always in the right.

In politics, if something works, other people (from both sides) will keep doing it. Take, for example, negative advertising. Despite many voters’ complaints about it, it keeps being used because it works.  In this state Senate race, a Democrat has stooped to gay baiting to win a race; if it works, we’ll surely see more anti-gay smears used against both Republicans and Democrats.

Forrest is running this race to win, being honest about who he is, proudly running as a Log Cabin Republican with the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He has based his campaign not on who he is but on issues: fiscal conservatism, transportation policy and improving the 32nd District of Virginia. Now that he is a threat, Democrats want to punish him for it. Being criticized for positions is what politics and the First Amendment are all about; we wouldn’t have it any other way. But Howell has allegedly turned to smears and innuendo and everything ugly about politics. Many qualified gay people don’t run for office precisely because of the politics of slander, which Howell is accused of practicing and which the Virginia Partisans, the Washington Post and others are enabling.

If gay activists and the liberal media won’t stand up for a gay Republican against homophobic politics, then Log Cabin Republicans will. We cannot let the politics of personal destruction prevail. Patrick Forrest deserves our support.

We hope that we aren’t in danger of engendering more legalized bigotry like DOMA.  But when Democrats use anti-gay slurs, we’re backsliding. It’s true enough that many straight people have a homophobia problem, but if gay people turn a blind eye to bigots, we deserve their contempt.

New RNC Chair is becoming voice for inclusion

Below is the latest op-ed from DC LCR Chapter President Robert Turner II in the Washington Blade.

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Last week in Forbes magazine, Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote that young voters deserve better. We’ll take that one giant leap forward: all Americans deserve better.

Chairman Priebus talks about our growing national debt and high unemployment. He makes a strong case, focusing on a clear message of jobs, pro-growth policies and a 2012 campaign that capitalizes on the technology and networks that reach younger voters.

What Priebus doesn’t say is conspicuous by its absence. The 2012 campaign is about the economy, creating jobs and rejecting Obama’s failed policies. Nowhere does the chairman mention the social issues that many polls show turn off moderates, independents and voters under 40, and for good reason. The GOP can win younger voters in 2012. We absolutely can take back the White House — but we won’t do it unless we stay focused on the issues that unite us as Republicans and as Americans. [more…]

Statement on the Passing of Dr. Frank Kameny

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
October 12, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF DR. FRANK KAMENY

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, we learned of the death of Dr. Frank Kameny. DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II released the following statement:“Dr. Frank Kameny was more than a pioneer. He was definitely that. But he was also a trailblazer, a mentor, an inspiration — a hero. The list of platitudes to describe the father of the modern gay rights movement is endless. In 1957, Frank was fired as a federal government worker because he was gay. That was then.

“We, as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered all owe a debt of gratitude to the lifetime of work Frank has done on our behalf. May we now stand on his shoulders and continue the fight for equality. Let’s make Frank proud!”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Statement on David Catania Remarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
September 7, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

STATEMENT ON DAVID CATANIA REMARKS

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the remarks of Councilman David Catania insulting many of his constituents and likely now-former supporters, DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II released the following statement:

“Last week, Councilman David Catania was quoted in a Washington Post article about a recent report distributed by the DC Republican Party detailing potential violations of campaign finance rules in connection with the constituent services funds of various councilmembers, in which he said, ‘there doesn’t appear to be any Republican Party in the District outside of Georgetown.’ As a former Republican, Mr. Catania must know that Republicans, while few in the District, are spread all over this city. We are a cross-section of our communities, being of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and economic status. To insinuate otherwise is simply ignorant.

“Catania could not have won his first election as a Republican At-Large City Councilman if the Republicans were limited to Georgetown; it was thanks to the support of many Republicans across the city that he beat Arrington Dixon. He won our support because he campaigned to stand up to corruption and business as usual. We must now ask if he’s at home with ‘constituent services’ funds that are effectively slush funds for well-connected insiders. Has the former paladin of good government sold out?”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Press Release: A New York State of Mind

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
June 28, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans would like to congratulate the New York State Chapter and its coalition in bringing marriage equality to the empire state of New York.  “Welcome to the family!” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II.  “We are ecstatic to add New York to the growing list of places where one is free to marry the person they love, regardless of gender,” he continued.

With last week’s passage of the marriage bill, and their governor’s prompt signage into law, in less than 30 days New York will join the District of Columbia and five other states that honor marriage equality.

In addition to the excellent job done by our sister organization, DC Log Cabin is extremely grateful and proud of State Senators Jim Alesi, Roy McDonald, Mark Grisanti and Stephen Saland who voted on the right side of history.  As stated by others, this achievement marks the first time a Republican-led legislative chamber has enacted marriage equality.  “We are indeed changing hearts and minds one at a time,” concluded Turner.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Press Release: Harry Thomas, Jr. Must Go

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
June 17, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

HARRY THOMAS, JR. MUST GO!

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans echoes the outrage heard across the District when it was learned that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. had been accused of steering hundreds of thousands of dollars from DC earmarks to non-profits in which he personally and politically benefited. As a result, DC Attorney General Irvin Nathan investigated Mr. Thomas due to in part, former challenger Tim Day and the DC GOP’s request. The Attorney General has filed a civil charge against Mr. Thomas for $1 million dollars. Subsequently, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the FBI have both confirmed they are investigating Mr. Thomas as well.

“Log Cabin member Tim Day got the ball rolling,” said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II. “Thanks to his tenacity and revelations, we’re finally starting to get to the bottom of how Mr. Thomas has used his office to enrich himself at taxpayer expense. It is revolting on many levels,” Turner advises. “First, because Mr. Thomas abused the power of his office. Second, because he claimed that the money going to ‘Team Thomas’ to benefit kids was actually going to the ‘Harry Thomas luxury SUV fund’. Third, because in a time of gaping budget deficits, Harry Thomas, Jr. chose to pick the pockets of taxpayers in order to line his own.

“We join Patrick Mara, State Board of Education member for Ward One, in calling for Thomas’s resignation,” Mr. Turner continued! “The residents of DC will get no respect from Congress so long as we are represented by crooks like Harry Thomas. If he has any common decency left, he’ll resign!

Short of that, the city council has the authority to, and should remove him from office. So long as they let him stay, he tarnishes the reputation of our entire city government. Harry Thomas, Jr. must go!”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Condemns Mayor’s New Executive Pay Scale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Robert Turner
June 1, 2011 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN CONDEMNS MAYOR’S NEW EXECUTIVE PAY SCALE

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans echoes the outrage heard across the District yesterday when it was reported that Mayor Vincent Gray introduced legislation last week to increase the salaries of certain city employees by $100,000, to a maximum of $279,000.  In addition to the 56% pay increase, the bill would also remove public hearings, along with congressional oversight from any contracts approved at the new level.
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In a time of fully-loaded leased vehicles and nearly $400 million budget deficits, this is the last thing this city needs,” said President Robert Turner II.  “While it is important to bring in and keep good talent such as the police and fire chiefs, and the Superintendent of Schools, the Mayor perhaps needs a refresher that these are public sector jobs, paid for by the hard-earned tax dollars of the citizens of the District.  Is this why Mayor Gray is trying to raise taxes and cut social services for the poor?” he continued.
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“Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is paid $199,790 per year.  However difficult any of the DC city government jobs are, none are so demanding that they justify $80K above and beyond what presidential cabinet secretaries make,” Turner concluded.It appears that the measure has little chance of advancing in its current iteration out of the Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Councilmember Mary Cheh, who said the bill was “DOA.”
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Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Applauds Valiant Efforts of Mara

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
April 27, 2011
(202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN APPLAUDS VALIANT EFFORTS OF MARA

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Patrick Mara for running a great campaign.  With just over twelve percent voting, it turned out to be a near historic low-voter turn out election.  Log Cabin is pleased that a majority of the precincts with a large concentration of LGBT voters were won by Mara.
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“Of course we’re not pleased with the outcome, but we live in a democracy.  And barring anything major resulting from the provisional and special ballots casts, we congratulate Vincent Orange and wish him well,” said President Robert Turner II.  “But we are here to put the returning councilmember and the rest of the City Council on notice that we will be watching!  We don’t expect our elected officials to be perfect, just honest.  And there is a major shortage of that currently on the Council,” he continued.
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“It really is surprising that the people chose the status quo when all they’ve been talking about for the last three months are the problems with the status quo.  They are not voting for anyone or anything new,” Turner concluded.
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In spite of the narrow loss, Mara will continue to serve on the DC State Board of Education, representing Ward 1.
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Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Endorses Mara For Special Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
March 24, 2011
(202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN ENDORSES MARA FOR SPECIAL ELECTION

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans unanimously endorsed Ward 1 School Board Member Patrick Mara for the At-Large City Council seat in the April 26th special election, in a membership vote at Wednesday’s chapter meeting.  In their endorsement, DC Log Cabin Republicans indicated their intentions to assist the Mara campaign with volunteers and financial support, including a fundraiser set for April 5th. 

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“Patrick is an amazing candidate and a great friend not only to Log Cabin, but also to the entire LGBT community,” said President Robert Turner II.  “He is the only candidate who actually testified in support of bringing marriage equality to the District,” he continued.  “Recent events have shown that the Council needs a watchdog looking out for taxpayers, and we believe Patrick Mara will provide that oversight.  Let’s bring common sense back to the Council,” Turner concluded.

Bob Kabel, Chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee said in a statement, “Patrick is the only candidate for the April 26th special election who has a proven record on gay and lesbian issues.  He vigorously lobbied Republican Members of Congress with me to protect DC’s marriage equality laws.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Thanks Maryland State Senator Kittleman For Standing Up For Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
February 3, 2011
(202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN THANKS MARYLAND STATE SENATOR KITTLEMAN

FOR STANDING UP FOR EQUALITY

WASHINGTON, DC -The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans would like to thank State Senator Allan Kittleman (R-Howard) for his support to bring marriage equality to the State of Maryland with his endorsement of SB 116, Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.

“One is sometimes indeed the loneliest number.  But standing up for justice and equality rarely starts with the masses” said President Robert Turner.  With his endorsement, Kittleman becomes the first Republican Senator to support this bill.  “On behalf of our chapter members who live in Maryland, we want to publically thank and show our support for Senator Kittleman.  ” Turner concluded.

The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday, February 8th, before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.  In a statement released yesterday, Kittleman said, “As a strong proponent of personal and economic liberty/freedom I simply could not, in good conscience, vote against SB 116.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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WaPo Endorses GOP Candidates for Council

Washington Post

Endorsements in the D.C. Council race

WITH VINCENT C. GRAY and Kwame R. Brown facing only token opposition in their bids for the District’s top two jobs, attention in the Nov. 2 election centers on the competitive D.C. Council races. (There will also be elections for school board, which we will turn to on another day.) Six seats on the 13-member council are up for grabs and — thanks to the efforts of the local Republican Party in recruiting candidates — there are real choices for voters in the ward races.

That’s a welcome development, given the challenges facing the District and the unhealthy long-term consequences of unchallenged one-party rule. Looming budget deficits will require hard decisions about spending and taxes. Reform of the schools is a work in process, and the council will play a critical role in determining whether the changes continue or are slowed. And the council has a role to play in healing divisions of race and geography that emerged in this year’s bitter mayoral contest. [more]

Washington Post Editorial

Below is a great WaPo editorial that was published today on our four candidates running for City Council.

RESIDENTS of the District know better than anyone the indignity of being denied choice in government. It’s important, then, that voters not give short shrift to next month’s general election. There are still significant offices to be decided, and the local Republican Party, for the first time in recent memory, is competing with an interesting slate of candidates.

We are not yet prepared to endorse individual candidates. But it’s important to call attention to the fact that, as critical as the September party primaries were in this Democratic-dominated city, voters do themselves and the District a disservice by not weighing all the alternatives available to them on Nov. 2. Single-party rule is never healthy, and GOP officials deserve credit for this year’s imaginative efforts to build a stronger party.

While not fielding candidates for the citywide races of mayor, D.C. Council chairman or at-large council seats, the local GOP recruited candidates to run in all four city wards on this year’s ballot. The group — Marc Morgan in Ward 1, David Hedgepeth in Ward 3, Timothy Day in Ward 5 and Jim DeMartino in Ward 6 — present themselves as urban Republicans: conservative on fiscal issues and progressive on social issues such as gay rights. [more]

DC Log Cabin Responds To GLAA’s Candidate Ratings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
August 26, 2010
(202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN RESPONDS TO GLAA’S CANDIDATE RATINGS

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) released their rating results for the upcoming Washington, DC City Council primary elections.  The results, which included perfect +10 for Jim Graham and Phil Mendelson, also included a +6 for Ward 5 candidate Harry Thomas Jr.  Gay Republicans Marc Morgan and Timothy Day scored +3 and +1.5 respectively.  Of the other results, the only non-incumbent to score higher than the incumbent was Vincent Gray. who was endorsed in 2006 by the GLAA.
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Robert Turner, President of the DC Log Cabin Republicans made the following statement following the release of the GLAA ‘gay-supportiveness’ rating results on Wednesday.  “It’s outrageous that GLAA thinks they can rate two gay men so low for “gay-supportiveness” and get away with it without anyone asking questions.  This doesn’t pass the smell test.  If GLAA actually put out ratings based on community activism and not party affiliation, we might have some real insight into who will stand up for LGBT rights once on the City Council.”

The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed both Marc Morgan in Ward 1 and Tim Day in Ward 5.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Endorses Candidates for City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
June 28, 2010
(202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans recently voted to endorse the the four candidates who are running for the Republican nomination for City Council.  Those candidates are Marc Morgan, Ward 1; David Hedgepeth, Ward 3; Tim Day, Ward 5; and Jim DeMartino, Ward 6.  The vote occurred after the Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse the candidates.

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“We are fortunate to have such high caliber candidates running this year,” said President Robert Turner.  “Each candidate has presented himself and has had the opportunity to speak before and be questioned by our membership.  DC Log Cabin Republicans are excited to endorse our candidates and supporting them, we will work to bring a more sensible Council.  By helping to get these candidates elected, we will bring fiscal sanity back to the District of Columbia and support full equality for the District’s LGBT residents,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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Log Cabin-DC Announces Election of Officers & Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Robert Turner
May 6, 2010
(202) 253-1830 cell
LOG CABIN-DC ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans yesterday elected new officers and members of its board of directors. The officers are composed of Robert Turner II as President, Chris Scalise as Secretary, and John Tobias as Treasurer. The other elected board members are Christian Berle, Matthew Cook, Chad Polo, Andrew Powaleny, and Michael Zurat. The annual election was held at the Chapter’s May membership meeting.

“This is an exciting time for our organization,” said incoming President Robert Turner. “In this election year, we have four great Republican candidates running for city council and a myriad of others running for school board and ANC. By helping to get these candidates elected, we will strengthen our neighborhoods and schools, bring fiscal sanity back to the District of Columbia and support full equality for the District’s LGBT residents. I want to especially thank Chris Scalise, who has served as an outstanding steward of our organization for the past three years,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977 that believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports local Republican candidates and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit http://www.dclogcabin.org.

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