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Palin Power
October 25, 2008

2 on the Beat told you several weeks ago that the Harris County Republican Party was launching a fund raising effort to establish Governor Sarah Palin billboards.

Well, it looks like the party was successful because earlier this week I got a glimpse of one of the billboards.

The message is about making history and electing the first female vice president.

It’s clearly aimed at the republican faithful, independents and  woman voters,

2 on the Beat still thinks it’s  a little strange that Senator John McCain – who is on top of the ticket – is not pictured on the billboard. 

But let’s face it, Governor Palin is the one considered to have more star power.

While many accuse her of dragging down the campaign’s poll number,  others say Governor Palin has energized the base, inspired some women, and is drawing bigger and more enthusiastic crowds than her running mate.

Governor Sarah Palin Billboards
October 8, 2008

The Harris County Republican  Party is launching a new billboard project that features Governor Sarah Palin.

To see the billboard, please click here now.

According to Harris County Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, the message is simple: Republicans can make history on November 4th  by electing the first  woman vice president.

2 on the Beat  thinks it is a little odd to feature the vice presidential candidate without Senator John McCain, but Governor Palin has clearly become the star on that ticket.

She has motivated the republican base, and the local party wants to keep up the momentum to help down ballot candidates on election day.

Of course, making history is also the message in the Democratic Party.

Senator Barack Obama would become the first African American president if he is elected!

The Cure for Post-Convention Blues
September 5, 2008

Feeling a little blue because The Republicans and Democrats  have wrapped up their conventions?

Are you daydreaming about Senator Barack Obama’s historic speech?  Still awed by Senator John McCain’s life of service? 

Haven’t decided whether  Senator Joe Biden or Governor Sarah Palin should win the “the most negative attack on your opponent while accepting the vice presidential nomination” award?

2 on the Beat has some suggestions to help you beat the symptoms of  post-convention withdrawal.

#1 – On Saturday, September 6, the Harris County Democratic Party will open is newest campaign office located at 4018 Fairmont. The event begins at 1:00pm. 

The chairman of the party will be joined by Congressman Nick Lampson, County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and a number of democratic candidates.

#2 –   The Harris County Republican Party has just received the first shipment of  McCain/Palin signs hot off the presses, according to chairman Jared Woodfill

The signs can be picked up at the party’s headquarters located at 3311 Richmond Avenue, during the hours of  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, Monday – Friday.

Highlights From Governor Palin’s Speech
September 3, 2008

2 on the Beat received a few highlights from the speech Governor Sarah Palin plans to deliver tonight at the Republican National Convention.

Palin will officially make history when she accepts the  nomination for vice president.  She will be the first woman ever nominated for that position by the republican party.

On her experience as a public servant:

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:
“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”


On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:


“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”

On John McCain:

 “Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”












Do Personal Issues Matter?
September 2, 2008

Harris County G-O-P Chairman Jared Woodfill

Harris County G-O-P Chairman Jared Woodfill

 A 17 year old pregnant daughter.

An investigation into the firing of her former brother in-law’s boss.

These surprising revelations about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have created a lot of buzz with the voting public in general, and the delegates attending the National Republican Party Convention.

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill says Texas delegates are not at all distracted by the personal issues, and that what really matters is Palin’s political experience.

Speaking from the convention today, Woodfill told KPRC Local 2, “I think this has made people more excited about Governor Palin and her candidacy as vice president. They see a person with character, they see a person that is faced with the same challenges that many families are faced with and embracing their daughter.”

Woodfill still calls Senator John McCain’s vice presidential running mate a fantastic pick. “She’s someone that people don’t really know that well,” says Woodfill, “but the more they get to know about her, the more they like her and it’s fired up our base  more than anything I’ve seen in the past few months.”

Republican Convention Getting Back on Track
September 2, 2008

By now you know that  Republican Governor Sarah Palin has announced that her 17 year old daughter, a student in high school, is pregnant, plans to keep her baby and marry her boyfriend.

It will be interesting to see how much of a distraction that surprising issue creates as the National Republican Convention gets back on track this Tuesday.

The R’s decided to downscale Monday’s official start of the convention because of Hurricane Gustav.

President Bush , who was supposed to speak to delegates on Monday, will now address the group via satellite this evening from the White House.

Also speaking will be former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, and Independent Senator (former democratic vice presidential candidate) Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

2 on the Beat will have reaction later from members of the Texas delegation.

Republican Delegates give McCain/Palin a thumbs up!
August 29, 2008

National Delegate Stan Stanart

National Delegate Stan Stanart

 Stan Stanart is a staunch, grass roots conservative republican and a delegate to the national convention. 

The kind of  voter that Senator John McCain was likely thinking about when he chose a vice presidential running mate.

Stanart is thrilled for a number of reasons that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has joined the ticket.

First,  Stanart  is a down ballot candidate in the November elections. He believes that Gov. Palin’s strong conservative credentials will help turn out the base of the party.

Second, he hopes that Palin will help attract more independents and even some moderate women voters into the republican fold on election day. 

So, Stanart will be smiling as he packs his bags and heads to Minneapolis*St. Paul for the convention. 

This is his second time serving as a national delegate. The first was in 2004.

In 2000 Stanart was a member of the electoral college. Remember that election?  (Bush vs. Gore and the hanging chads in Florida)

Republicans are Ready for Battle
August 25, 2008


Harris County G-O-P Chairman Jared Woodfill

Harris County G-O-P Chairman Jared Woodfill

This November Harris County will be a key battleground, but not necessarily in the race for President.

Harris County Republicans are bracing for a strong challenge at the ballot box from local democrats.

The democrats have lost every countywide race since 1994, but this year they have their eye on the 27 judicial races. 

The Dems. also believe they can win the battle for Harris County Sheriff, District Attorney and County Judge with the help of  Senator Barack Obama’s coattails. 

Not so fast says G-O-P chairman Jared Woodfill.

He told 2 on the Beat that the party is seeing “record  numbers in terms of our donations, our joint judicial campaigns and other programs are ten times larger than in the past.”

According to Woodfill, “republicans are willing to give of their time, their talent their treasure. They’re willing to make sure that this is a successful election for the republicans of Harris County.”

The republicans are opening satellite offices around Harris county to make it easier for voters to get involved and stay excited about the election.