Angie King: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Angie King


Angie King of Dallas is president of one of the largest GOP women’s clubs in Texas, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), and the co-owner of a highly successful corporate and special events company. King’s contacts are legendary and her events are always memorable.
She contributed to the success of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Despite the long hours, King says “I don’t consider my work a job. I absolutely love what I am doing in every area.”
King recently had a crucial role in electing the new Texas GOP national committeewoman, and her activities were honored at 2011 Dallas County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner.
In 2010 she was re-elected to the SREC as Co-Chair for Senatorial District-23, and this year she was Chairman of the Policy and Procedure Committee at the GOP state convention.
Meetings of her Park Cities Republican Women’s Club are always packed because of the first class speakers she recruits (former Sen. Rick Santorum, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, etc.).
She is a graduate of Texas Tech University. Her education was only beginning when she left campus, and King is an avid reader. One of her favorite subjects is economic theory and policy. The women obviously appreciate the all star lineup, but one member said “I think the best times are when Angie speaks to us. She has an amazing grasp of the issues. Every time I talk to her, I learn something new.”
King has been doing event planning for eight years and specializes in annual retreats, stockholder meetings, large training workshops and holiday/special parties. She strives to make every event unique and Kristin Harvey describes her as “professional and fun. She is really devoted to this and it shows. No wonder the same clients come back every year.”
King rarely has a free Saturday because she is also the top wedding planner in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
King has seen a surprising growth of the state GOP in the past two decades. Many of her friends were skeptical when she backed George W. Bush for Governor in 1994. Bush had never been elected before, and few people wanted the GOP nomination that year. King’s friends told her Gov. Ann Richards (D) could not be defeated, and Democrats appeared to have firm control of the state legislature. Today the GOP has a two-thirds majority.
On a personal level, the petite King says “I always wear heels and need all the help I can get in the height department. My brother is exactly one foot taller.” She is a world traveler and one of her hobbies is shopping. She is one of the best customers at the Saks shoe department.
Her ability as an organizer is apparent in viewing her large closet. It is color coded and organized by length of sleeve!
Her future plans include writing a book. She is not discussing it now, but we hope it will be about special events. To be successful, they obviously require a huge commitment of time and energy. While King makes them appear effortless, we know the tremendous dedication which is required.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Kira Davis: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Kira Davis


Kira Davis of Ladera Ranch, California is an actress, writer, and conservative talk show host. She describes herself as “a mother, wife, proud American and black conservative who is concerned about the nation’s shift away from traditional American values and Constitutional principles. . .
“I am trying like hell to get off the liberal Democrat intellectual plantation and take as many enslaved minds with me as possible”. Her role model is Congressman Allen West (R-FL).
After Obama apologized to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Davis produced a video mocking the White House. It became a YouTube sensation with over one million hits, and Kira was a guest on Fox News.
Her columns appear in the Conservative Daily News, and her radio show, “The Dark Side With Kira Davis” is on at 7 pm Pacific time on Blogtalk Radio. She is the daughter of a white mother and a black father and says: “Race has been a huge issue in my life. . . Between the ages of six and fifteen, I heard the word ‘nigger’ every school day. My classmates threatened and beat me, but administrators told my mother there was nothing they could do. . .
At one time Davis was a militant liberal, but then there was a major transformation. She says “When I became a conservative and began to embrace a philosophy of self-determination and individual responsibility, everything changed.
“I realized the race issue had been my crutch, a giant chip on my shoulder from my childhood, and it had crippled me. I finally shrugged off the chains of victim-hood and embraced the totality of my experience, my race and what it meant for my life.
“It really didn’t mean as much as I originally thought. Because race had played such a huge part of my daily existence for so long, I thought it was all that mattered.
“I was married around the same time. I began to see myself as a wife and then a mother, and race no longer seemed so important. I was not a Black mother, I was a mother. I was not a Black woman, I was a woman. I was not a biracial wife, I was a wife.
“I decided to not allow race to be a part of my every day life. I decided to be proud of who I was . . . I made a pact with myself to never ‘prove’ myself as a Black woman again. I have been happy to finally be me, and I am content with this package.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Missy Irvin: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Missy Irvin


State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View, Arkansas is the first woman and the first Republican to represent her area. She defeated State Rep. Curren Everett (D) in a 2010 upset, and has had significant impact in the past two years. The Senator donates her entire salary to charity.
She is a former news editor for KATV Channel 7, and an adjunct professor at Hendrix College.
She is from one of the pioneer families of the Arkansas GOP. Her mother is the former president of the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women, and at age 10, Missy was stuffing envelopes in the Reagan headquarters.
One of her five brothers was a GOP Congressional candidate, and she was his campaign manager. She was also Finance Director for a GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Irvin, 41, attended the University of Reading and Oxford University in England, and her undergraduate degree is from Randolph-Macon. She is the mother of four children and is married to a medical doctor.
One of her most memorable experiences was watching the collapse of USSR. She was in the Soviet Union in 1989, and “I witnessed firsthand how a communist, socialist society, without freedom stifled individuals’ self expression, joy for life, and ability to dream for themselves and for their families. There was no expression of color, just shades of gray. The Soviet Union was a stark contrast to America.”
The Senator is a solid conservative and has been helping to change the GOP by bringing in more women, blacks and Hispanics. She has no tolerance for racial jokes or attitudes, and has reprimanded people who have been condescending to minorities. “I’ll just be frank,” Irvin says, “some people in my district are racists.”
She was shocked when parents would not participate in integrated soccer games. She says Arkansas is part of the New South, but unfortunately a few people still have segregationist attitudes of 50 years ago.
Irvin went public to explain why she would not participate in a “patriot group” rally in Stone County. There was no way the Senator would appear on stage with an avowed KKK leader. She also has a low tolerance for Ron Paul supporters who oppose the Civil Rights Act and vaccinations.
She dismisses their concerns about fluoride in drinking water. Her husband’s medical practice has encountered severe health issues among children because of bad oral hygiene.
Irvin says “I believe government must get out of the way to allow the private sector to create jobs.
“We do this by lowering taxes and reducing government regulations. I believe we must work to attract jobs to rural Arkansas. I’ve seen to many people’s children and grandchildren have to move away because there are no jobs. Rural Arkansans know the value of hard work, and are an asset to any business.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

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QUESTION: Was a presidential election ever decided by one electoral vote?

Rutherford B. Hayes


ANSWER: It has happened three times. The first was the 1800 election, which revealed a serious flaw in the US Constitution. Thomas Jefferson and his running mate Aaron Burr each received 73 electoral votes.
The original wording of the Constitution didn’t distinguish between electoral votes for president and vice president, so the decision had to be made in the House of Representatives where each state had one vote.
The voting went on for several days, and in the first 35 ballots, Jefferson had the support of 8 states while Burr had 6. 9 states were needed to win and Jefferson obtained that on the 36th ballot. He would be the next president and Aaron Burr was declared vice president.
The dispute led to ratification of the 12th Amendment, which changed the way the electoral college functioned. The only time the amendment was used was 1824.
That year Andrew Jackson received a plurality, but not a majority, of electoral votes cast. Jackson received 99 electoral votes, John Quincy Adams 84, William H. Crawford 41 and Henry Clay 37.
All the candidates were members of the same party and each had fallen short of the 131 votes necessary to win. The election was again thrown to the House.
According to the 12th Amendment, the House had to choose the president out of the top 3 candidates. This meant Clay was eliminated and he endorsed Adams.
Crawford’s poor health following a stroke made his election unlikely. Because Adams later named Clay his Secretary of State, Jackson’s supporters claimed there was a “corrupt bargain.”
It came down to the vote of single representative from upstate New York, Stephen van Rensselaer III, the founder of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Once again, each state was given one-vote, and Adams had the support of twelve states, one short of what was needed.
When Congressman van Rensselaer entered the Chamber that day, he was ushered into the office of Speaker Henry Clay, who along with Daniel Webster tried to persuade him to vote for Adams. They were unsuccessful, but the combination of the best persuaders in American history may have had an effect.
Before voting, van Rensselaer bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes the first thing he saw on the floor was a slip of paper with Adams’ name on it. Accepting it is a sign from God, he put the slip into the ballot box. Adams carried New York by one vote, and it was the final state needed for his election.
The election of 1876 saw the highest voter turnout in U.S. history, a whopping 82 percent. The nation was enduring a severe depression. Because of the economy, Democrats won a 74 seat majority in the House during the 1874 off year election, but the GOP would reduced that to just 9 seats two years later.
Gov. Samuel Tilden (D-NY) won the popular vote, and Gov. Rutherford B. Hayes (R-OH) initially conceded.
Then the electoral votes in three states were disputed. A single electoral vote decided the outcome in Hayes’ favor. A Democratic-controlled Congress had admitted Colorado in time to participate in the presidential election, when without its votes, Tilden would have won.
The story is told in “By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876” by Michael Holt

Andrea Bottner: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Andrea Bottner

Andrea (“Andi”) Bottner, 41, is an attorney and former Deputy Chief of Staff at the Republican National Committee. She also served as a legislative assistant to two GOP Members of Congress. From 2006 to 2009 she was Director of the Office of International Women’s Issues at the State Department, where she was best known for her efforts to promote women’s rights issues in the Middle East and South America.
Prior to her recruitment by the State Department, Bottner served as Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the Justice Department during the Bush Administration. She managed a budget of $400 million and a staff of 30 attorneys, grant specialists, and policy experts. Bottner’s work is featured in the documentary “Silent Veil: Voices From The Heart of Islam,” which emphasizes what happens to many girls and young women in the Middle East.
Bottner says “The motives of the relatives of the husbands vary: revenge, obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, sexual non-cooperation, or simply being told ‘no’. The women are often ostracized by their families after the attacks and are unable to find jobs. They are confined to their homes in social isolation. Gender based violence and horrific examples like honor-killing are common in too many societies that still accept discrimination, exploitation and violence against women. In too many parts of the world women still do not have full protection under the law or equal access to justice. This is unacceptable”.
Bottner’s most powerful speech topic is “Courageous Women in Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond: A Record of Success in Democratic Transition.” Her law degree is from Boston University and she is mother of one child.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

We asked members of the Republican Security Council to nominate women they admire, and to tell us why. We were thrilled by the strong reader’s response which included over 250,000 page hits. We said the nominees should be intelligent and successful women who are role models for the next generation.
RSC members were asked to nominate women who are positive examples and have a strong commitment to the principles and goals of the Republican Party. An ideal candidate would have an impressive education, a promising career, a purpose in life, and goals they want to achieve. Many past nominees were active volunteers in political and nonprofit organizations. The nominees should be women who have a dream and the drive to achieve it. They should be women who best represent the GOP’s future.
Some choices were surprising and a few recommendations suggested by our administrators did not receive the necessary 100 votes to qualify.
Every year there are many votes for celebrities who are registered Republicans but not active in the GOP (i.e. Sarah Michele Gellar, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Shannon Doherty, etc.). Celebrities who received more that 100 nominations included singer Martina McBride and model Cindy Crawford. They were added to the Honorable Mention category.
The GOP gender gap is especially significant among young women, and we want to highlight people who are not established GOP leaders. Young Republican women are rarely noticed. Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter already have close to 100% name identification, and they do not need our help.
The women on this page are rising stars, and the next generation of GOP leaders. We hope more women will be in senior GOP leadership positions, but that is not true today in the House or Senate. In politics you often learn more by losing then winning. GOP consultant Noelle Nikpour worked for losing candidates Asa Hutchinson (AR), Dick De Vos (MI) and Rudy Giuliani (NY). She believes “The GOP needs a new image especially with young women and college students. The Democrats have done a great job in capturing these important groups. We need more young Republican role models.”
The group is limited to 45 nominees which means many outstanding women were not selected, and they will be considered next year. We asked our members to select the most admired women, and we told them this is not a beauty contest.
A dozen people nominated freshman State Representative Julia Hurley (R-TN), but she was not selected. We admire her for defeating a liberal incumbent and we know she is intelligent and hardworking. However, all the comments we received were about her modeling portfolio and previous work as a Hooters waitress.
Rep. Hurley, 30, is attractive, but our contest is about accomplishment and fostering GOP goals, not physical appearance. Hurley is a young woman with a bright future and we are sure she will be nominated in the future when the focus will be on her legislative accomplishments.
We assume it was part of an organized effort, but our guess is that we received 1,000 messages promoting radio host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham meets all of our criteria except one, she is over 45. If this group was not limited by age, the top 45 Most Admired Republican Women would probably include the women listed below.

First Ladies: Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.
Governors: Jan Brewer, Susana Martinez, Sarah Palin, Linda Lingle and Jodi Rell.
Senators: Kay Bailey Hutchison and Elizabeth Dole.
Representatives: Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mary Bono, Sue Myrick, Barbara Cubin, Lynn Jenkins, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Shelley Moore Capito, Kay Granger, Jo Ann Emerson, Jean Schmidt, Virginia Foxx, Judy Biggert, Ginny Brown-Waite, Candice Miller, Marilyn Musgrave, Thelma Drake, Heather Wilson, Deborah Pryce and Katherine Harris.
Former Cabinet members: Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Spellings, Susan Schwab, Elaine Chao, Mary Peters and Carla Hills.
Commentators: Peggy Noonan, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Linda Chavez.
When President George W. Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act on November 5, 2003, he was surrounded on the White House stage by a large group of lawmakers and party luminaries. What was missing? Not one woman was present. We have to change that picture. Few women continue to be present at many Republican leadership gatherings.
If the gender gap was eliminated, the GOP would definitely be the majority party. While a majority of men tend to vote Republican, women usually lean Democratic and with bigger numbers. They went for Obama by a huge margin in 2008. Over 70 million women voted, against 60.7 million men, and women gave 56 percent of their votes to Obama and just 43 percent to John McCain.
Men split almost evenly. Women are 51 percent of the population and 54 percent of voters. The gender gap between Republicans and Democrats, in presidential elections, has historically ranged from 4 to 11 percent; in Pennsylvania, a key swing state, it was 8 percent in 2008.
In June of 2012, the gender gap was 32% in New Hampshire where women supported Obama by a 24% margin, while men preferred Romney by 8%. In 2004, George W. Bush lost single women by 29%, but ended up winning married women by 15%.