President's Message - Fall 2019 Newsletter

2019 has been a year marked by Democrats' repeated attempts to change election law in order to make it easier for liberals to win - from H.R. 1 in February to the SHIELD Act last month.

These bills would undermine states’ efforts to protect the integrity of elections and would restrict Americans’ political speech - all the while not preventing any foreign interference in our elections.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been steadfast in preventing dangerous federal election legislation from passing; however, Democrats are also zoned in on election changes at the state level.

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President Trump Celebrates Judicial Confirmation Successes

Regardless of where you fall -- long-time supporter, never-Trumper, establishment Republican, fair-minded Independent, or someone who believes judges should not make law -- all can agree President Trump has done a great job appointing judges who respect the rule of law.

On Wednesday, November 6, the President spoke on his judicial accomplishments and I was honored to be invited to the East Room as RNLA’s representative for the ceremony celebrating President Trump’s successes.

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RNLA Law Student Members: Fall Law Clerk Austin Cromack

The RNLA values its law student members and brings on board a law clerk each semester.  Austin Cromack is serving as the RNLA law clerk this fall:

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Lee Goodman Honored as 2019 Republican Lawyer of the Year

The Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) has named Lee Goodman of Virginia the 2019 Republican Lawyer of the Year.

Mr. Goodman was selected in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and years of tireless dedication in service to the Republican Party. He will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, November 13.

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RNLA Nevada Chapter Chair Supports Lawrence VanDyke's Ninth Circuit Nomination

RNLA Nevada Chapter Chair David O'Mara sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Ninth Circuit nominee Lawrence VanDyke:

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RNLA Sends Letter to the House Opposing the SHIELD Act

Today, the RNLA sent a letter to U.S. House leadership opposing H.R. 4617, Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act (SHIELD Act), which contains the Honest Ads Act plus some additional provisions:

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RNLA Floridian Members and Friends Send Letter of Support for 11th Circuit Nominees to Senate Judiciary

Today, the RNLA sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of President Trump's nominees to the Eleventh Circuit, current Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck. It was signed by Floridian members and friends of the RNLA:

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RNLA Thanks Matthew Petersen for His Service on the Federal Election Commission

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) thanks Federal Election Commission (FEC) Commissioner Matthew Petersen for his years of public service on the FEC. Commissioner Petersen announced today that he would leave the FEC effective August 31.

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RNLA Honors Anne Ware Lewis with the 2019 Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) has named Anne Ware Lewis the 2019 honoree of the RNLA’s Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award. This recognition, posthumously honoring Lewis, marks her sustaining legacy in Republican circles both in Georgia and nation-wide. She was honored during the RNLA’s National Election Law Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 2, 2019.

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RNLA Voices Support for H.R. 3412: The Election Security Assistance Act to Address the Nation’s Cyber-Security Needs in Elections

The RNLA submitted a letter to support H.R. 3412: The Election Security Assistance Act to Address the Nation’s Cyber-Security Needs in Elections. The letter states in part:

We believe H.R. 2722, known as The SAFE Act, does not accomplish the public’s demand for open, fair, and honest elections. H.R. 2722 places too much control in the hands of the federal government. It takes away local autonomy over elections and jeopardizes the power of states to craft solutions to threats and outside influence. The independence of states and localities to carry out elections is a key component of our federal constitutional system.

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