clear
Friday May 22nd, 2015 7:47PM

RNC chair: Minority outreach must be full time

By The Associated Press
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A GOP effort to send hundreds of party workers into minority communities across the country will continue long after this year's midterm elections are over, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said Tuesday.<br /> <br /> "We need to be a year-round party," Reince Preibus said to a gathering of Georgia Republicans. "We need to be a party that is engaged full time in black, Hispanic and Asian communities. Not just once in a while, but all the time."<br /> <br /> The work will be critical for the GOP, comprised heavily of white voters, as the size and political strength of minority populations continues to grow nationally. In places like Georgia, where every statewide elected official is Republican, Democrats are hoping an increase in minority voters along with an influx of out-of-state residents will make the state more competitive starting this year. And the stakes couldn't be higher as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of President Barack Obama's term.<br /> <br /> The RNC effort, which includes voter registration drives and numerous community meetings, is one of many launched by Republicans this election cycle. The Republican State Leadership Committee has been working to recruit black, Latino and female GOP candidates for state-level offices. And the billionaire Koch brothers have been helping to fund the Libre Initiative, which looks to make inroads among Hispanic voters through conservative-led outreach efforts such as offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas.<br /> <br /> "We are doing the things that I think, unfortunately, for four years the Democrats have been doing full time across this country," Priebus said.<br /> <br /> Priebus' visit to Georgia brought him to Cobb County, a predominantly white suburb north of Atlanta with a fast-growing minority population. The county, which traditionally votes Republican, is about 62 percent white, 25 percent black and 12 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to the 2010 Census.<br /> <br /> Republicans argue their message of fiscal responsibility and a focus on job creation can resonate with minority voters.<br /> <br /> "What we are finding out as we are engaging with minorities is that on some of the fiscal issues, it's almost a no-brainer. People understand that debt is not good, that if America has a sinking boat because of the debt then nobody is going to be able to cross the river to opportunity," said Leo Smith, who oversees the GOP minority outreach effort in Georgia and has been traveling the state over the last year to meet with community groups.<br /> <br /> Smith added social issues remain a concern, but Republicans need to talk about them in a different way. For instance, many Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, have emphasized criminal justice reform because a disproportionate number of the nation's prisoners are black.<br /> <br /> One of the most prominent black Democrats in Georgia, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, said it was important for minorities to be engaged by both parties. However, the broader Republican agenda fails to include them, Abrams said, citing the party's opposition to the minimum wage and the federal health care law.<br /> <br /> "The distance between Republican ideology and Republican legislation is a gulf that too many people of color fall into," Abrams said. "And we're not going to believe your dream of achievement if you are going to do nothing to make that dream a reality."
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 4 months ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 4 months ago )
U.S. News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Hall County conviction, sentencing to be reviewed by SCOGA
The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Hall County man when they reconvene in January.
2:37PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Committee leaves transportation funding to lawmakers
Georgia will have to cover a $1 billion to $1.5 billion transportation funding gap to stay economically competitive, a committee of lawmakers is warning in a report issued Tuesday.
5:36AM ( 4 months ago )
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 4 months ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 4 months ago )
Politics
Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to ful...
1:00PM ( 1 month ago )
Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the d...
8:54PM ( 1 month ago )
Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champi...
7:56PM ( 1 month ago )
Hall, White, Jefferson schools recognized nationally for use of technology
Three school districts in northeast Georgia - Hall, White, and Jefferson - have received national recognition for their use use of innovative technologies. They earned top spots in the Center for Digital Education's and the National School Boards Association's 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey.
By Staff
1:00PM ( 1 month ago )
US Capitol lockdown lifted after man fatally shoots himself
WASHINGTON (AP) — A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted after about two hours Saturday following a suicide by a man carrying a protest sign.The man died after shooting himself on the...
6:15PM ( 1 month ago )