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These candidates are no longer pending: Rick Tubbs - endorsed, Daniel Sahagun - endorsed, David Benning - did not win his primary. Brian Hendry's endorsement is still pending. We have set up the ning with forums for each of these candidates, this is the place to post events to attend, action that is needed by you and opposition research. The State Leaders have sent out requests for you to help, they are working hard to find one of our members in each district for these candidates to be the Liaison (main contact between iCaucus and these candidates so we can coordinate our efforts.) As a member of our organization, you have made a committment to activiely participate. Unlike many other groups our goal and mission is to participate to get involved with our election process, to have your voice heard in our vetting and endorsements, and to actively campaign for our endorsed candidates. Our leadership is often asked, "What can I do", well for starters you can make a committement of 5 hours a week, to recruit, to attend events, to research, and to organize. How are you suppose to change the direction of our State and our Nation, if you sit back and watch! These candidates have all demonstrated their willingness to stand up and put themselves on the line for us, their Principles have been vetted thoroughly and their sacrifice an inspiration. Now we need to do our part. Who among you are willing to be that person(s) who will make the difference? Leadership can be intimidating, but without it nothing will change. The State Leaders are waiting to hear from you. Northern California - Jim Ricketts email@example.com Central California - Mitzi Fortune firstname.lastname@example.org Southern California - John Petree email@example.com What is iCaucus doing Now? We are setting up training modules for our membership to accomplish their goals. We have been asked to provide the how to's, and we listened, modules have been and continute to be created for you to follow. They explain the iCaucus process for our campaigning efforts. We continue to reach out to our members and recruit coordinators for our CandidateS. With a coordinator for each candidate, the efforts that need to be accomplished becomes infinitely easier. These coordinators work at a more local level with other members to combine our efforts with the candidates campaign efforts. (so step up) We are also promoting other involvement like The American Majority Training classes, the more we know the more effective we will be. Our coordinated efforts Nationwide are being built on the main website. Very soon the main website will contain the Distict forums for each State, Candidate pages to facilitate our campaign efforts, Training Section, as well as State and National efforts. We will be saying good-bye to the ning and other forums out there and incompassing everything we do in a one stop website, the new registration announcement will be starting soon. We are addressing issues that arose during our primary. As most of you know, our endorsement for Governor created quite a stir, most of excitement, but some which questioned our process and actually the leadership of the endorsement. Let me first say that the process for this endorsement followed all of the iCaucus policies. The only irregularity was the length of the conference period, which came about due to the fact that many of our members and leadership did not know either of the candidates that went through our process. I would also like to state that both of the "front runners" were invited to participate on 4 occasions and both refused. The District Leaders and State Directors decided to put both candidates in front of our members and our communities prior to the vote. We held forums and posted them over a one month period of time. All on the ning site, then put the candidates out for a vote. Our voting system does not allow for multiple votes or stacking the deck as has been accused. Each member registers with their email which has an IP address listed, we track this information and allow only one vote. Even with multiple email addresses the IP tracking only allows one vote. The vote was made by iCaucus members throughout the entire State not one area over another. The members decided who to endorse! Our process is thorough and YOU make the decision. If you chose not to participate, then you should not complain. If you joined to get a candidate endorsed and they didn't, then you joined for the wrong reason. If you understand the process then you support the candidate endorsed by your fellow members. The fighting that went on here in CA isn't unique, splitting the vote by multiple grassroots candidates has happened in every State. We are new to this process and we are learning that only united with other like-minded grassroots organization can we effect change. We are the only organization bringing citizen's into the process and thoroughly vetting candidates on principles with a process that has been reviewed and endorsed by Dr. Bob Basso (Thomas Paine) and many other organization throughout our nation. Are we learning as we go? YES! We find areas that need more structure, more detail and more oversite. We are addressing these constantly and with that our policy and procedures manual is in revision now. We have established policies in place for 2010, but we are looking at all of the issues that need to be addressed and revising for 2012. In January we will be presenting the policies for revision to our delegate members for your input and review. COMING UP The March on DC. Last year on September 12th we saw the largest gathering of Constitutional Conservative converge on Washington DC, we expect the same if not more this year. iCaucus has been invited to have an iCaucus endorsed Candidates Convention as part of this event. Frank Anderson will be a speaker at a symposium on September 9th (the first day of the four day event), our Convention will be held on the 10th, and at the memorial service on the 11th, National Director Colleen Gray will be singing her original song titled "Say a Prayer" National Director Stephanie Jahn (me) will be addressing the crowd at the Rally later that afternoon. Our Candidates will be featured in a "2010 iCaucus endorsed Candidates Guide" which will be unveiled at this event. YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND ACTION IS NEEDED! YOU ARE THE KEY TO ICAUCUS, IT IS ABOUT YOU TAKING BACK YOUR REPRESENTATION. IF NOT NOW, WHEN? IF NOT ICAUCUS, WHAT? BY NOT GETTING INVOLVED YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE STATUS QUO!! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?