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Off the Radar Screen as Unifying Principles...

The following principles may be important to selected members, but they are not unifying principles to the majority of republicans who responded to the survey. The challenge is celebrating the diversity of opinion as a strength in our party.

7. Support More Immigration Controls (10% of surveyed members with 4% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Immigration Controls: Tightening up our northern and southern borders, deporting those here illegally, getting back to the rules that worked, namely, if you want to enter our country you must have a job and a sponsor, and you must report to the INS regularly or you are gone. This is the time to get work done on this issue! People are ready for it!!" Kiki

"Turn up the heat on the melting pot." Anonymous

"Immigration - We need a marketing plan to educate the legal aliens and a plan to allow illegal ones to become legal. Proposition 187 scared legal and illegal as well, and the Democrats kept the fire burning. I did not see one positive statement that said simply: 'If you have a visa -- green card you are legal and need not be worried!'" Tony

"We are at a crossroads in California, as Latinos and Asians surge to a majority. Now more than ever we should emphasize freedom and opportunity and take a firm stand for those ethnic minorities who want to work hard and contribute to our economy." Art

"Third, voter registration and reaching out to the very conservative Hispanic community. I feel that Hispanics come to the US to take part in 'our democracy,' and what better way to do it than be in the Democratic Party. We need to educate and embrace the new immigrant and let them know the democrat party isn't democratic." Randy

8. Fight Crime (7% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Criminals should be punished." Duf

"Tougher law enforcement." Peggy

"Strong laws and support of those who enforce it!" GS

9. Support Family Values (6% of surveyed members with 1% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Conservative family values..." GS

"As for promoting "family values", I see that no where in the federal Constitution. Let's stick with the constitutional fundamentals." Karin

10. Support the Environment (6% of surveyed members with 1% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Water and preservation of natural resources, particularly water allocation, storage and responsible construction development while maintaining agricultural use and open space protection." Billy

"Environment: We need to take this issue away from the left ! We need good and people-respecting environmental principles. That means getting rid of the ESA but we can't say that. We CAN talk about those poor firemen in Washington who died because of FISH and the people in Klamath who are losing their livelihood because of FISH! Do we care about fish? YES! Do we care more about people? YES! I'm sure we can find scary stories from literally every state in the union!!" Kiki

"Private property rights ie. the tremendous loss of productivity and resources both human and economic as the result of over zealous enforcement of environmental laws that go way beyond a reasonable balance." JK

11. Support a Strong Energy Plan (4% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Have energy plans to promote alternate energy systems--Encompassing fossil fuel, wind, solar, water & nuclear. Promote R & D. Energy plans could very possibly bring in better paying jobs." Tony

"There are a number of issues that Californians must come to term with including energy, water and traffic congestion." Art

12. (Tie) Support Social Security Reforms (3% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"The Social Security system must be partially (and voluntarily) privatized in order to remain solvent, and the Medicare program must be scrutinized and supervised so as to prevent fraud." Karin Dowdy

"Fix Social Security/Medicare and provide prescription drug coverage for Senior Citizens. I prefer it be a part of Medicare." Laura

12. (Tie) Support Healthcare Reform (3% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Intrusion of government into trying to promote HMO's and creating more and more federally subsidized medical programs is destroying the best system of health delivery care in the world. Hospitals are failing. Emergency rooms and trauma centers are being eliminated. The brightest young people are no longer seeking degrees in the health care professions." James

"Further, federal Medicare and insurance regulations are driving doctors out of business and severely reducing health care capability nationwide." Karin

12. (Tie) Resist Gun Control and Support the Right to Bear Arms (3% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"The Party has stood for the government having limited effect on personal decisions. We should have the right to bear arms. I have no objection to laws requiring the proper training and issuing a license before one purchases a gun." James

13. (Tie) Make California a Right to Work State (1% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"We should strive to make California a right to work state. An agency fee a union imposes is no different than being forced to tithe to my church. Again it's insane to force people to my way of thinking." Randy

13. (Tie) Support Campaign Finance Reform (1% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

13. (Tie) Support Drug Controls and Intervention (1% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"The scourge of drugs must be eliminated by neutralizing the users." Kenny

13. (Tie) Limit Public Welfare (1% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"As we must make people responsible for their own actions and decisions, I do not believe that single mothers should be subsidized every time they have another baby. There is obviously a father to every baby that is born. If the mother is not willing to identify the father and to hold him financially responsible, than no subsidies should be given. The welfare fraud is getting out of hand. Understand that I consider myself socially liberal, but we should not allow citizens to take advantage of the government." Anonymous

13. (Tie) Support Judicial Restraint and Tort Reform (1% of surveyed members) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"We are best served by a justice system that enforces the l aws instead of setting policy." Duf

14. (Tie) Take a Stand Against Expanded Gay Rights (1% of surveyed members with 1% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"I can tell you three principles under which we will not unite: 1. support of tax-funded abortions; 2. Support of the Homosexual life style; 3. Uncontrolled immigration. There are many other divisive issues including support for Government schools, National endowment of Arts, to name a few." Vishnu

14. (Tie) Support the Free Exercise of Religious Expression (1% of surveyed members with 1% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"Extremists like Dan Lungren frightened voters, particularly women and moderates, who feared he would "pack" the State Supreme Court with anti-abortion zealots, push religion into our lives (some Californians are not Christians, by the way, but people like Lungren did not recognize that Jews, Muslims and even athiests and agnostics also are citizens and should not be "force-fed" one politician's version of religion." Bob

15. Support a Pro-Life Abortion Stand (6% of surveyed members with 7% suggesting this not be our focus) Here's a sample of what some republicans felt on this issue:

"One issue that does NOT belong in the Republican platform, either state or national, is the abortion issue. I have never understood how Republicans can propose on one hand more government intervention in that very personal issue while on the other hand urging government to get out of people's lives so as to encourage personal responsibility." Karin

"It has been proven that if the Republican party as a conservative party unites behind the Pro Life, homosexual and family issues they will win. In the past many of the candidates have switched their position on these issues at the last minute and they have lost.... When our political leaders learn this we will win." Lloyd

"The Party has been torn apart by it's conservative stand on abortion, which is a private matter and can not and should not be controlled by legislation. Women are going to do what they want to do regarding that matter, no matter what is legislated. If the wealthy want an abortion than they will go somewhere here it is legal. If the poor want an abortion they may use devices which could endanger their health." James

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