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  • There are over three thousand registered Republicans in Montclair. If you are one of them, or if you're an Independent or Democrat who's come to the conclusion that taxation, regulation, bureaucratic waste, and entitlement spending have reached critical, unsustainable levels, you are not alone in our town.

    The Montclair Republican club meets bi-monthly, hosting eminent speakers from state and local government, conservative lobbying groups, and think tanks that incubate libertarian ideas and initiatives. We also provide a platform for interested citizens to get involved in campaigns and in influencing policy at the county and municipal levels. Most importantly, we're a safe haven for those who want to express their political beliefs freely, in a town which, beautiful though it is, is known to suffer from a lack of diversity and tolerance regarding alternative ideas about the role of government in our economic lives.

    Please send your contact information if you'd like to receive updates on the club's activities, or you'd like to attend a meeting. We welcome anyone at all with an interest in free thinking, and the direction and future of our town and our country



    John Van Wagner, President
    Gene Byrne, Vice President
    Mary Henderson, Treasurer
    Stacia Meyer, Secretary



    Notes on Club Meetings

    September 25, 2012

    The meeting was exceptionally informative, Walter Luers led the group through the process of filing for information regarding pay packages for public employees, union contracts, etc. It largely conformed to the meeting announcement, so I'm not sure how much more information there is to share about it.

    September 24th Meeting Financials

    Deposit 9/25 $ 282


    10 dinners@ $23 230
    2 dues 50 (C.Meade, M Henderson)
    1 donation 2 (D. Mancini)

    Outflows Cost of Dinner $ 315 (Minimum 15 @ $21)
    Cost of Wine 50
    Dinner Shortfall $135
    Total Shortfall for evenng 83 (includes donation and $50 dues)

    Current Bank Balance $ 2,264.59
    -after $315 ck clears $ 1,949.59
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    Dues Payors 2013 Attendees @ 9/24 mtg.

    James & Susan Noran-40
    C Y Trainor+ husband
    Jeffrey Jackson-25
    Diane Mancini
    John Marren -25 (25 for 2012 too)
    Carol Meade
    John Van Wagner-25
    Michael Vassallo
    Tom Halgrin-25
    Daniel & Nancy Bush
    Mary Henderson-25 Alex Zakenin
    Carol Meade -25
    John Van Wagner


    Mary Henderson


    Program

    Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.

    Most of us are in the dark when it comes to the mischief made in the back rooms and corridors of our elected and appointed public offices. We don't regularly attend town council meetings, let alone the Board of Ed, zoning board, etc. Yet these are the very places where deals are done and decisions made that, while invisible to the naked eye, gum up our lives with rulings, fees and ordinances that we often feel powerless protest. Those things that go "bump" are real.

    So let's turn on the lights. On September 25 we'll welcome Walter Luers, who serves as President of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government and as a Trustee of the New Jersey Taxpayers Association. For his work on the Open Public Records Act Walter was recognized as one of ten "Lawyers of the Year" by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2010. A graduate of Rutgers and Fordham Law School, Walter has concentrated on rendering advice and handling litigation regarding OPRA. Walter advises and successfully represents individuals and corporations in lawsuits and administrative actions against public agencies that have violated these acts.

    This will be an evening of disclosure. We may not like what we hear, but bringing secrets out into daylight is the first step toward eradicating bureaucratic despotism. Hope to see you there.

    John Van Wagner
    12 Marquette Rd.
    Montclair, NJ 07043



    Here are the details on the 9/25 presentation:

    The New Jersey Taxpayers' Association presents Walter Luers Esq. for an Open Government Workshop, to discuss the importance of obtaining public records and attending public meetings.

    Walter Luers serves as President of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government and as a Trustee of the New Jersey Taxpayers' Association. Walter is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1996, and from Fordham University in 1999. Since 2007, Walter has concentrated on rendering advice and handling litigation regarding the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act. Walter advises and successfully represents individuals and corporations in lawsuits and administrative actions against public agencies that have violated these acts. He also continues to speak to community groups around the state on the topic of open government. In 2010, for his work on OPRA, Walter was recognized as one of ten "Lawyers of the Year" by the New Jersey Law Journal.

    August 7, 2012

    A very short report on the Montclair Republican Club Meeting, August 7

    Forty-five people came to the Montclair Republican Club Meeting at Tapastry last night to hear Steve Lonegan speak.

    Steve's presentation was excellent. He started by reviewing the history of New Jersey, how New Jersey led the country and the world in both manufacturing and agriculture (for you old timers, you will remember that the Garden State was a deserved nickname and not a joke).

    He then proceeded to review how New Jersey moved from this economic powerhouse to the cellar of economic viability -- starting in the 60's we moved from a no sales tax, no income tax, reasonable property tax state to one of the highest taxed states in the union. Like the first imposition of a 3% sales tax, each additional tax was justified using the mantra of keeping seniors in their homes, educating our children, and lowing property taxes. Unfortunately, we have never learned that both Democratic and Republican legislators and Governors used this deception to enact higher taxes.

    He told us that our constitution provides for a free education for all children between 5 and 18 and that the State must have voter approval to borrow money. Both clauses have been ignored i.e. overturned, when the court mandated pre-K in the abbot districts and allowed the State to borrow money without voter approval.

    His message that free markets and personal choice creates economic prosperity was compelling. His message that so many people are dependant upon the government and want bigger government was frightening.

    He closed by saying that we all needed to work together to convince people that to achieve economic prosperity we must turn around this trend to ever bigger government, higher taxes, and less personal freedom.

    Cub reporter
    Roland Straten