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Russ Otten, RPSC Chair

Special RPSC Caucus to Add Board Positions & Hear State of the Party

November 20, 2022

Russ Otten

Fellow RPSC Members and Patriots, you are invited to a very special caucus/meeting on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 6:30PM, at the HQ (1122 Indiana Avenue in Sheboygan).

First, there will be a members-only vote on a motion to add 2 new positions to the RPSC Board. Currently, there are 7 positions. The new positions will be for Electronic Communications Chair and Events Chair. (See attached for rationale and motion with a full list of Board positions.) The motion will need a 2/3 majority of all attending RPSC members.

RPSC Board Positions Proposed for 2023



A Red Wave Breaks

Art DeJong

Unlike the hurricanes that headed out to sea after battering both east and west coasts of Florida, the red tsunami that hit there surged all the way into the upper mid-west, flooding 56 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin and 66 of the 83 counties in Michigan. Every township, village, small city, and suburb in Sheboygan County, except Elkhart Lake, joined the surge which stopped abruptly at Sheboygan’s city limits. There, 20 of the 21 wards voted for big government Democrats. This raises a Bidonese, two word question, “Why?” Not why did it stop, but why did it happen? Was it climate change?

News Update

Monarch Library System Seeks to Fill Board Vacancy

A resignation has opened a member-at-large position on the Monarch Library System Board.

The candidate would be appointed by Count Board Chairman Vernon Koch to serve a three-year term expiring December 31, 2025.  The Board meets the second Thursday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. at the Kewaskum Town Hall.

Those interested are being encouraged to send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the attention of County Board Chair Vernon Koch at the Sheboygan County Administration Building, 508 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081.  Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9th, 2022.  The appointment will be confirmed at the December 20, 2022 Board meeting.

Fellow Patriots:

Thanks for your hard work to win so many crucial elections!

We are now actively engaged on Spring elections to transform our local school boards and city councils!

Please consider joining our movement to bring back the values that made Sheboygan County great!


Call 920-452-0010 before coming.

HQ Hours through December 31st.



WEDS:   10am - NOON

                 4pm - 6pm


FRI:        CLOSED

SAT:      10am - 1pm



Founding of the Republican Party

On July 6, 1854, just after the anniversary of the nation, an anti-slavery state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The hot day forced the large crowd outside to a nearby oak grove. At this “Under the Oaks Convention” the first statewide candidates were selected for what would become the Republican Party.

Birthplace of the Republican Party

Birthplace of the Republican Party

United by desire to abolish slavery, it was in Jackson that the Platform of the Under the Oaks Convention read: “…we will cooperate and be known as REPUBLICANS…” Prior to July, smaller groups had gathered in intimate settings like the schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin. However, the meeting in Jackson would be the first ever mass gathering of the Republican Party. The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Party of Freedom

Though popularized in a Thomas Nast cartoon, the GOP’s elephant symbol originated during the 1860 campaign, as a symbol of Republican strength. Republicans envisioned “free soil, free speech, free labor.” Under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, the GOP became the Party of the Union as well.

The Republican Party called for the abolition of slavery

The Republican Party called for the abolition of slavery.

President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but it was the entire Republican Party who freed the slaves. The 1864 Republican National Convention called for the abolition of slavery, and Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment unanimously, with only a few Democrat votes. The early women’s rights movement was solidly Republican, as it was a continuation of abolitionism. They were careful not to be overly partisan, but as did Susan B. Anthony, most suffragists favored the GOP. The 19th Amendment was written by a Republican senator and garnered greater support from Republicans than from Democrats.