Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you have any connection with a Scam PAC called the Black Republican Fund?

Republican Party of the Virgin Islands
Box 24261
Christiansted, St. Croix
US Virgin Islands 00820-4485
Saturday, August 29, 2015
 
TO:  National Black Republican Association
 
Dear Republican Friends,
 
Does your prestigious organization have any direct association with Ed Couzar and the Black Republican Fund? Solicitation are being sent out, via scam direct mail, requesting donations and naming themselves as "The Black Republican Fund-- A project of the VIGOP." It seems to come out of the same location in Arlington, VA with solicitations sent out from Base Connect (AKA ForthRight Stategy) in Washington, DC, claiming to raise money for "black" candidates, but according to the FEC, is keeping most of the money to pay themselves and their cronies.  Please let me know if this direct mail campaign has anything to do with your organization.
 
Thanks,
 
Herb Schoenbohm
Virgin Island Republican Party Vice Chairman
_________________
 
FROM:  National Black Republican Association
 
TO:  Mr. Herb Schoenbohm, Virgin Island Republican Party Vice Chairman
 
Dear Mr. Schoenbohm,
 
Thank you for your e-mail and inquiry.  Please know that our organization has absolutely nothing to do with that  Black Republican Fund, Mr. Ed Couzar, nor any of those other suspicious groups being run by that direct mail, fundraising company operating in the state of Virginia, with Mr. Scott MacKenzie functioning as the treasurer for all of the groups. 
 
As the below article, which appeared in the New York Times on May 6, 2014 shows, that direct mail company is operating a huge scam to milk hard-working Americans out of their money for the primary benefit of the owners of that company. They are the equivalent of a cancer that grows and feasts on our body politic and preys on innocent people.  It's too bad there is no legal way to stop them.  Bad publicity could ruin them, but they have a way of morphing, shifting names and addresses, so no one can pin them down.  May they roast in Hell!
 
Regards,
 
Frances Rice
Chairman
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A Mysterious Republican Committee in the Virgin Islands
 
 
MAY 6, 2014
 
 
Committee
Contributions
Percent spent
Tea Party Victory Fund
$159,219
50.0
Freedom's Defense Fund
$2,065,638
8.6
VIGOP
$221,279
6.7
Warriors for Liberty
$324,913
4.5
Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress
$349,423
2.6
The Conservative StrikeForce
$2,623,955
2.0
Conservative Majority Fund
$3,512,012
1.9
Black Republican
$477,339
1.0
Veterans Victory Fund
$433,610
0.1
 
Millions Raised but Little Spent on Elections
 
Total contributions to and the percentage spent on election activity by PACs that employ Scott B. MacKenzie as treasurer.
 
There are a few things you should know about the Virgin Islands Republican Party: It has no full-time staff, has not had regular meetings for nearly two years, and only about 4 percent of the $200,000 it has raised since last fall has gone to party coffers.
 
Through the end of March, it moved exactly $7,927 to the party. Most of the contributions, solicited by mail sent to people across the United States, end up in a bank in Fairfax, Va., and are used to solicit yet more donations.
 
The Virgin Islands committee has made two donations — to Republican candidates running for the Senate in South Carolina (Tim Scott) and Oklahoma (T. W. Shannon). Its third donation was to a Georgia state superintendent candidate.
 
The Virgin Islands committee spends the overwhelming bulk of its money not for basic political activities like voter registration or party messages, but to raise more money. A few other conservative political committees employ this technique, and the biggest beneficiaries are a number of fund-raising companies in Northern Virginia.
 
Philanthropic experts often gauge charities by their efficiency in spending money for the main purpose of the organization. These political committees are spending tiny fractions of their overall revenue — mostly raised in small amounts from retirees — on political activity.

The expensive direct-mail fund-raising campaign is the hallmark of committees that employ Scott MacKenzie, who is treasurer of the Virgin Island committee, known as VIGOP.
 
The VIGOP committee is different from other state party committees in several respects. First, it appears to raise no significant money from the territory, whereas most state parties depend on in-state support from individual donors. Second, it has no local bank account listed on its registration form, and the same person — Mr. MacKenzie — is listed as both the custodian of the committee's records and its treasurer. Third, no Virgin Islander is listed on the committee's forms.
 
Finally, most state parties link their federal and nonfederal accounts so that they can share administrative expenses between them (see an example here), but the VIGOP committee has no record of any shared expenditures. In fact, the federal committee is focused on elections outside the territory.
 
The fund-raising approach of the Virgin Islands committee is unusual for party organizations, but it's not unusual for Mr. MacKenzie. In addition to the party committee, Mr. MacKenzie is the treasurer of nine other active political action committees that have raised a combined $10.1 million from individuals since the beginning of last year.
 
The committees include the Conservative StrikeForce, Freedom's Defense Fund and the Black Republican PAC. Almost all of them employ similar techniques: using direct mail to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, most of which is spent on more fund-raising activities, although in the past some of the committees ran television advertisements.
 
Mr. MacKenzie, who lives in Arlington, Va., and previously worked on the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Patrick Buchanan, did not respond to several attempts to reach him for comment.
 
With the exception of one committee, the Tea Party Victory Fund, which spends about half of its money on elections, these PACs spend less than 10 percent of their money on getting someone elected. Combined, the PACs have spent $418,392 — or 4.1 percent of the money raised — on candidates.
 
Total contributions to and the percentage spent on election activity by PACs that employ Scott B. MacKenzie as treasurer.
Committee
Contributions
Percent spent
Tea Party Victory Fund
$159,219
50.0
Freedom's Defense Fund
$2,065,638
8.6
VIGOP
$221,279
6.7
Warriors for Liberty
$324,913
4.5
Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress
$349,423
2.6
The Conservative StrikeForce
$2,623,955
2.0
Conservative Majority Fund
$3,512,012
1.9
Black Republican
$477,339
1.0
Veterans Victory Fund
$433,610
0.1
Source: Federal Election Commission filings through March 31, 2014.
 
Most of the money raised by these committees goes to direct mail companies in the Washington area, including Base Connect, which lists Mr. MacKenzie's company as a "strategic partner" on its website, and Century Data Mailing Services, which shares an address with Base Connect.
 
The Virgin Islands committee pays smaller amounts as fund-raising commissions to Coast to Coast Strategies, which is run by the former Michigan Republican party chairman Saul Anuzis. The method has left VIGOP owing more than $123,000 to a handful of Virginia and Washington companies.
 
The committee was authorized by John Canegata, who became the party chairman in 2012. "Our goal with this new federal account is to be effective in electing Republicans nationwide and to build some bridges from these 'tiny insignificant islands' that I love," Mr. Canegata said in an email. "To that end we expect that most of our programs will be federal expenditures, although we will occasionally transfer money to the territorial account for local VIGOP activities." As treasurer, Mr. MacKenzie "has no authority to spend or disburse funds," he wrote. (See all of the committee's expenditures.)
 
The committee's existence does not appear to be well known among Republicans in the Virgin Islands, which is mostly made up of three islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Two former party leaders contacted by a reporter said they had no knowledge of the committee's existence and painted a picture of a party in disarray since Mr. Canegata's elevation as chairman. "I have never, ever heard of this," said Herb Schoenbohm, the former party chairman, who now leads the St. Croix branch of the party organization.
 
The federal committee shares a post office box in Christiansted, a town on St. Croix, with Mr. Canegata, who also is a candidate for the territorial Senate. Mr. Canegata said the committee's outward focus was partly a result of the political circumstances of the Virgin Islands: Democrats outnumber Republicans by 17 to 1 in the territory.
 
The bulk of the committee's money comes in donations of less than $200, the reporting threshold for federal fund-raising, and VIGOP told the Federal Election Commission that it does not use its solicitations to register voters or advocate the election or defeat of any candidates. The donors are mostly described in F.E.C. filings as retirees and homemakers, and several have made multiple donations to the committee in the past four months. Most of them appear to have contributed to other Republican candidates and causes across the nation, suggesting that they have been regularly contacted by conservative political groups.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

President Obama's Two Americas

by Dr. Rich Swier

The two Americas phrase referred to social stratification in American society, made famous in a 2004 speech by former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards. Fast forward to today and we see the realities of President Obama’s two Americas. Obama’s  two Americas is more than the haves and have-nots (i.e. 99% anarchist movement). Much more.

Perhaps President Obama’s two Americas is best understood in the context of the slaughter of two CBS employees by Vester Lee Flanagan, an unemployed angry black homosexual.

Vester Lee Flanagan (a.k.a. Bryce Williams)

Flanagan (a.k.a. Bryce Williams) slaughtered an unarmed white female reporter and her white cameraman in Virginia. Pierre Thomas, Jack Cloherty, Jack Date and Mike Levine via ABC’s Good Morning America, report:

Sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that in his attack, Flanagan used a Glock 19 — a firearm similar to one that Cho used in his mass attack.

In Flanagan’s often rambling letter to authorities, family and friends, he writes of a long list of grievances. In one part of the document, Flanagan calls it a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family.”

He says he has been attacked by black men and white females. He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man. He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work.

He chronicles the “tough times” he’s faced, including some “financial crashes.” He says he used to work as a male escort but, “I am proud of it” because he “made thousands.”

 

Allison Parker moments before being shot by Vester Lee Flanagan.

Since his election in 2008 President Obama has:

1.      Created a black white racial divide.

2.      Created an economic divide, which created social stratification (i.e. more haves and abandoned the have-nots).

3.      Used government regulations and departments to attack opponents.

4.      Introduced Common Core into public schools nation wide to indoctrinate not educate.

5.      Created a divide between Christians and anti-Christians (e.g. Muslims, homosexuals, satanists, collectivists).

6.      Created a social divide between naturalized citizens and illegal aliens.

7.      Created class warfare (i.e. the 99% versus the 1%).

8.      Created a war on fossil fuels, especially coal, using Environmental Protection Agency rules.

9.      Created a barrier between law enforcement and citizens (e.g. in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit)

10.  Created a war against lawful gun owners rather than addressing criminals like Vester Lee Flanagan.

11.  Created a opaque government rather than his promised transparent government.

12.  Created a political divide between Democrats and all others opposed to his policies, including some Democrats.

13.  Created a divide between America and Israel.

14.  Created a foreign policy divide between America and global freedom loving movements.

15.  And on, and on, and on…

Before President Obama Americans did not see issues like being black, Hispanic, homosexual or bulling as important. President Obama has made these policies the keystones of his administration.

Question: Can you see that the slaughter of two white CBS employess by Vester Lee Flanagan, an angry black homosexual, is a natural outcome of President Obama and his policies?

http://drrichswier.com/2015/08/27/president-obamas-two-americas/

 

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Wages of Racial Discord

The president will leave office with race relations at their lowest ebb in decades. His politics of division bear much of the responsibility. 
 
By Jason L. Riley
 
One great irony of the current presidency is that Barack Obama won the support of so many seasoned political journalists—not to mention otherwise-skeptical voters—who thought that a black president would improve racial unity. David Remnick of the New Yorker called him “the bridge.” Time magazine’s Joe Klein assured readers that Mr. Obama, who “transcends the racial divide so effortlessly,” would help America turn the page on race. But six years in, that hasn’t happened.
 
According to a CBS News/New York Times poll in July, nearly 60% of Americans, including large majorities of both blacks and whites, say race relations “are generally bad.” Almost 40% say they are getting worse. Other surveys back those findings. CNN pollsters reported in March that the share of people who think race relations have improved on Mr. Obama’s watch had fallen to 15% this year from 32% in 2009, while the share who think relations have worsened grew to 39% from 6%. A Gallup survey in January reported that 62% of respondents are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the state of race relations in the country, versus 40% in 2008.
 
The press has dutifully reported this racial retrogression but is reluctant to lay any blame on Mr. Obama. The president obviously isn’t responsible for the racially charged incidents that have occurred on his watch, from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore, to Charleston, S.C. Still, he ought to be held accountable for the racial impact of his reactions, his polices and his political bedfellows.
 
Mr. Obama campaigned as a racial conciliator, someone who believed, as he said in a speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, that “there is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s the United States of America.”
 
But that is not how he has governed. As president, he has repeatedly—and often prematurely—taken sides in local police matters involving black suspects.
 
He has supported college-admissions policies that favor black applicants over their white and Asian peers. He has dispatched his attorney general to accuse advocates of voter ID laws of trying to disenfranchise blacks and Hispanics. He has pressured wealthy suburbs to change zoning laws and build low-income housing so that he can shoehorn minorities into neighborhoods where they otherwise can’t afford to live. He has leaned on local school districts to discipline students differently based on their race and ethnicity rather than solely on their misbehavior. He has appeared before activists at the NAACP to denounce the criminal-justice system as racially skewed.
 
Then Mr. Obama first ran for president, he went to such lengths to distance himself from professional agitators such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that “Saturday Night Live” ran a cartoon parody that featured then-Sen. Obama sending Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson off to places like Botswana and Paraguay so that they couldn’t interfere with the campaign.
 
These days, Mr. Obama has the reverend on speed dial. Mr. Sharpton is a frequent White House visitor and the president’s point man on civil-rights issues. Given that the president is keeping company with someone who monetizes racial conflict for a living, is it any wonder that so many people believe race relations have regressed?
 
In the CBS News/Times poll, 77% of respondents said that race relations in their own community were generally good, but only 37% said they were good nationwide. One explanation for the disparity could be that the president’s emphasis on race in general and racial conflict in particular has made things seem worse than they really are.
 
Presidents—especially the ones who can count on mostly favorable mainstream-media coverage—have the ability to control the narrative. And racial strife, or the perception of it, works to the political advantage of Mr. Obama and the political left.
 
The Black Lives Matter movement may be built on a falsehood—that cops shooting blacks is somehow a bigger problem than blacks shooting each other—but the falsehood will be indulged by politicians like Mr. Obama because the last thing Democrats want is for black people to stop seeing themselves as helpless victims of systemic racism.
 
“A central problem—perhaps the central problem—in improving the relationship between white and black Americans is the difference in racial crime rates,” observed the late political scientist James Q. Wilson. “The high black crime rate cannot be wished away by talk of racism, overarresting, excessive punishment, or whites having allegedly drugged or armed blacks.”
 
Race relations under Mr. Obama haven’t soured by accident, and so long as a wisher-in-chief occupies the Oval Office, there is little chance of improvement. Community organizers specialize in creating social divisions, not bridging them. So do presidents who profit politically from racial anxiety. America has learned these lessons the hard way.
 
Mr. Riley, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and Journal contributor, is the author of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” (Encounter Books, 2014).
 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Reince Priebus Addresses National Urban League Conference

IN THE NEWS…
 EBONY reports that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus continues to push the Republican Party’s minority outreach efforts with an address at the National Urban League this week.  Earlier this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke at the 2015 National Urban League Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Priebus addressed the organization's leadership during the “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs, Justice” Leadership Luncheon and discussed the RNC’s ongoing efforts to engage Black voters, including the #CommittedToCommunity: Engage, Empower, Uplift campaign. “For too long, some have peddled the idea that only one party cares about communities of color. And for too long, we’ve let that charge go unanswered,” Priebus said. “I’m here to tell you today, we’re doing our part. We’re working. We’re mobilizing people, engaging with voters, and answering the call.” Read more HERE.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hypocrisy in the Democracy

By Raynard Jackson
 
After six years in office, I am amazed that Black folks continue to blindly follow the machinations of president Obama and his administration.  In less than eight years, Obama has radically changed the fabric of America more than all the other 43 previous presidents combined.
 
America is totally unrecognizable from the way it was eight years ago.
 
Eight years ago, Blacks had more net worth than they do today; more Blacks were in university eight years ago; more Blacks had jobs eight years ago; Blacks owned more homes eight years ago than they do today.
 
But Blacks did get the confederate flag taken down all across the country. 
 
Homosexual marriage is now the law of the land.  Children are told they are no longer bound by the gender they were assigned at birth; but rather they can self-identify and choose from moment to moment how they want to be viewed.
 
George W. Bush did more for the Continent of Africa than the sum of all previous U.S. presidents only to have Obama reverse many of the programs Bush put in place.
 
But, did I mention that the confederate flag is no longer flying in South Carolina?
 
By every single metric, Blacks are far worse off now than we have been over the past fifty years.  Even the former head of the NAACP, Ben Jealous, had to admit that Blacks are worse off under Obama than they were under Bush.
 
But did I mention that “Black lives matter?”
 
Obama’s foreign policies have weakened us as a nation.  No one respects us internationally.  Putin of Russia and Assad of Syria are current examples of foreign leaders who have no respect for America and Obama.  They dared Obama to stop their brutality towards their own citizens or their annexation of sovereign countries.
 
After six years of Obama, no one can define what it means to be American anymore.  You have a significant part of the population who cannot even speak English; some are even citizens.  How is that possible?
But “Black lives matter.”
 
Language is the DNA of a country.  Without a unifying language, you have no country.  States like California and Virginia print government documents in multiple languages because of those in the country who don’t speak English.  That is pure insanity.
Oh, but did I tell you “Black lives matter?”  Not all lives, just Black lives.
Black on Black crime is at epidemic levels in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and we are focusing on flags and slogans that mean absolutely nothing.
 
If Black lives really matter, why are we putting so much energy and time on superfluous issues?  What policies has this president promoted to prove that Black lives matter?  What policies have the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) passed to prove that Black lives matter?
 
Not one member of the CBC has proposed any solutions to the pathologies of Baltimore or Chicago; but yet they spent a whole two weeks fighting over the confederate flag flying in South Carolina.
 
So, what’s going to happen when groups start demanding the removal of statues of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because he was deemed too controversial?  Blacks will scream bloody murder. 
 
You just can’t say remove everything related to the confederacy from government property because “we don’t like it;” but yet defend your right to put people that you respect on the same government property.
 
King’s legacy is just as important as the legacy of the confederacy—they both are part of our history and the whole story must be told no matter how painful.
 
America may never recover from the disastrous effects of the Obama presidency.  He is not only the first “gay” president (according to Newsweek); but he is also the first president of the world because he has totally subjugated our sovereignty to that of international organizations and other countries via trade agreements.
 
So, as opposed to devoting time and attention to things that don’t matter, just maybe all the civil rights groups should focus on promoting a better environment for entrepreneurs to flourish; provide more school choice and vouchers for low income parents; and restore a values based curriculum in our public schools as opposed to teaching about homosexuality.
 
We have too many serious issues to deal with in America and within the Black community.  Time out for the sophomoric games and time to focus on the tangible solutions to the problems facing us; but I am not optimistic.
 
I guess it really is true that weak people take strong positons on weak issues.
 
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Big Brothers of the Poor

The Tenth Circuit forces nuns to obey the contraception mandate.

July 15, 2015 7:06 p.m. ET

These are inauspicious times for religious liberty, and this week’s illustration is the appeals court decision on Tuesday that instructs an order of Catholic nuns to comply with ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate. A 2-1 majority of a Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals panel informs these believers that their moral convictions are wrong on the merits, so shut up and submit.

The Little Sisters of the Poor run nursing homes and hospices and object to their health plan providing contraception including abortifacients. They’re challenging the so-called accommodation afforded in 2012 to religious nonprofits like parochial schools and soup kitchens. Typical of the Obama Administration’s bullying conception of religious freedom, the Little Sisters conclude that the form they must sign to get a supposed exemption from the mandate implicates them in a grave sin.

That’s because their health plan is self-insured, meaning that they use an insurer as a third-party administrator and pay claims directly through a trust. When the Little Sisters join the opt-out contract, their insurer is then obligated to cover birth control for “free” that would not otherwise be provided but for the opt out.

The reality of the accommodation’s accounting fiction is also that the Little Sisters must ultimately settle the bills for the drugs that are supplied in their name. If they refuse to sign the opt out, each of their homes must pay penalties of roughly $2.5 million a year.

The nuns claim this coercion violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which says that when the government substantially burdens the free exercise of religion, it must use the least restrictive means to do so. Au contraire, assert Judges Scott Matheson and Monroe McKay: “Although plaintiffs allege the administrative tasks required to opt out of the mandate make them complicit in the overall delivery scheme, opting out instead relieves them from complicity.” So there.

In other words, the Little Sisters believe they are commissioning a moral transgression. The Tenth Circuit is telling them, no, the opt out is “unremarkable.” Yet standard judicial practice is to refrain from reaching unresolvable questions of theology or ethics, and RFRA was written to give the benefit of the doubt to the faithful.

As Judge Bobby Ray Baldock comments in his dissent, “the accommodation scheme foists upon the self-insured plaintiffs a choice with dire consequences” in violation of RFRA. A less restrictive method could be federal birth-control vouchers, rather than conscripting the health insurance of religiously affiliated institutions.

This case is destined for the Supreme Court, which has stayed the Little Sisters mandate pending appeal. But the spectacle of the Administration attempting to crush the conscience of a religious order is a lasting discredit to the U.S. traditions of pluralism and tolerance.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/big-brothers-of-the-poor-1437001583

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Why Black Americans Can Vote Their Values And Vote Republican

By RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
 
 
If you care about your child's education, or the freedom to worship as you see fit, or the emotional and financial toll of mass incarceration, then you should care about how the political parties are addressing these issues.
 
If you own or want to start a small business, seek an opportunity that will equip you with the tools to get from a low-paying job to a better one, or are frustrated by the taxes eating away at your piece of the American Dream, you should care whether the candidate you vote for will make matters better or worse.
 
For too long, some have peddled the idea that only one party cares about the social ills and racial disparities that are still too prevalent in society today. Not true. But for too long, Republicans have stood by and let the charge stand unchallenged. Not anymore.
 
Rich, poor or middle class, we know that the most pressing and persistent problems that matter to black Americans today are “education, jobs, and justice,” in the words of the National Urban League’s 2015 “State of Black America” report. In Washington and across the country, the Republican Party has real solutions to these very real problems—not just in theory but in practice. And here's why we think starting with less government means more for everyday wage earners, families and institutions of faith.
 
Start with education. America’s education system faces a crisis. We’re slipping behind in the world. But if you’re a black child in America, you likely face even greater challenges. The reality is, there are yawning achievement gaps between black students and white students. This is in no small part due to black students’ confinement to underperforming schools. And that’s why Republicans are such advocates for school choice, the simple yet powerful idea that all parents should have the freedom to choose a good school for their children.
 
Scholarships, like the DC Opportunity Scholarship or similar ones in a number of states, help parents afford a private school when their public school doesn’t meet their needs. Republicans have also expanded cost-free educational options through public charter schools and even virtual schools.
 
And while Democrats have stripped funding from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Republicans continue to advocate for the preservation of the very institutions that are equipping new generations of Frederick Douglasses and Mary McLeod Bethunes.
 
On the jobs front, Republican governors have gone to great lengths to break down the barriers to job creation and to help workers acquire the skills needed for today’s jobs.
 
On the federal level, Senator Tim Scott, for example, has an Opportunity Agenda, addressing both education and job training needs. Many of the proposals of his SKILLS Act were incorporated into a bipartisan job training bill, which the president signed last year. Other components of his agenda focus on energy jobs and expanding apprenticeship opportunities.
 
Finally, the issue of justice, one whose urgency seems to grow every day. From Senator Rob Portman’s Second Chance Act improving prisoner reentry to efforts by Republican congressmen to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, Republicans in Congress are working to expand freedom and ensure justice.
 
At the state level, Republicans have led the way on sentencing reform, gaining bipartisan support for programs from Texas to Georgia to New Jersey that focus on rehabilitation, rather than punishment, for non-violent offenders.
 
To address the rising concerns of injustice at the hands of law enforcement, Republican Senators have stepped up to hold federal hearings on the use of body cameras and other urgently needed reforms.
 
Of course, education and jobs are themselves issues of justice, and Republicans have prioritized them accordingly. These are facts that you may not hear about often or ever, but the work continues as we strive to earn the trust of every voter.
 
That's why we're actively engaging in states like Ohio and cities like Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. In addition to our presence for the first, upcoming GOP presidential debate in Cleveland, expect to see RNC staff in your community, discussing our shared values and actively recruiting people from across the state. You will hear from us often and in media outlets like this one to share our message, mobilize new activists and ask for your vote.
 
With a presidential election process already underway, candidates for the Republican nomination will have an opportunity to outline the ways their specific policies would create more opportunity for black America—and actually address the chronic economic, health, education and social disparities.
 
Despite all this, some say that Republicans shouldn’t bother engaging with the black community. It’s a lost cause, they say, pointing to single-digit support in previous presidential elections. We disagree. We know when we engage, we win, and moreover black America wins. Just last November, in Ohio, one in four black men voted for your Republican governor. They voted their values. This kind of voter engagement can make a big difference. And given the opportunity to make the choice, black voters can help us open doors that expand opportunity for all.
 
As Chairman, I have made this a priority because no voter should be overlooked, and no voter should be taken for granted.
 
Just as the Urban League says of their own well-respected report, “We don’t have all the answers.” But Republicans are working hard to address the most pressing concerns of the day, and we are eager to find common ground wherever we can.