RNC Spring Meeting: “Victory 365”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   The Republican National Committee (RNC) will be having its annual spring meeting in Memphis, TN this week on May 7-9. The theme for the week is “Victory 365,” highlighting the RNC’s ongoing field, data and digital effort to help candidates win in November. Please find the schedule below:

RNC Spring Meeting
When: May 7-9, 2014
Where: Peabody Hotel
149 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Wednesday, May 7
10:00 a.m.                       Registration & Business meetings – Closed Press
2:00-8:00 p.m.                 Business meetings and Welcome Reception – Closed Press

Thursday, May 8
9:45-11:00 a.m.              Commission on Convention Planning – Closed Press
9:45-11:00 a.m.              Update on RNC Political and Tech resources- Closed Press
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   Townhall Meeting: GOP Rising Stars- Open Press 
12:15-12:30 p.m.            Rising Stars Media Avail
12:30-2:00 p.m.              Lunch with Governor Bill Haslam- Closed Press 
2:30-4:00 p.m.                Update from the NRCC, NRSC, RGA and RSLC- Closed Press
2:30-4:30 p.m.                Standing Committee on Rules Meeting – Open Press
5:00-6:15 p.m.                National Civil Rights Museum Event- Closed Press
6:15-8:30 p.m.                Dinner with Senator Marco Rubio (FL) - Closed Press

Friday, May 9
10:00-12:00 p.m.            General Session- Open Press
12:30-2:00 p.m.              Lunch with Senator Rand Paul (KY)- Open Press
2:00-5:00 p.m.                Convention Site Selection Committee Meeting- Closed Press
2:00-3:15 p.m.                Messaging for the 2014 Campaign- Closed Press
3:15-5:30 p.m.                Update on Strategic Initiatives and Faith Engagement – Closed Press
6:00-9:30 p.m.                Reception and Dinner- Closed Press

May 7, 2014

RNC Launches Victory 365 Program 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is announcing the formal launch of Victory 365, a new permanent grassroots field operation that will run 365 days a year. Victory 365 is a partnership between local, state and national Republicans to mobilize volunteers nationwide to engage with voters in their communities. The program will focus on sustained relationships through a precinct-based grassroots organizing structure to build long-term relationships.
Victory 365 will be supported by the RNC’s field staff and thousands of precinct captains and volunteers. In the last year, the RNC has hired 193 field staff,  who have recruited over 14,000 precinct leaders nationwide to lead the Victory 365 effort. Minority engagement staff are also working with field staff to engage with voters in Hispanic, African American and Asian communities.
“Today we are launching a national field program that is unlike anything the RNC has done in past election cycles,” said Chairman Priebus. “In earlier years, Republicans were known for a 72-hour program and a victory operation that lasted for a couple months. Victory 365 means that the RNC will engage with voters year-round, non-stop, 365 days a year.”
“Thanks to a more granular, diverse field operation, as well as modernized data and digital capabilities, state parties and campaigns have improved tools to help Republican candidates and campaigns,” said Co-Chairman Day. “I applaud the dedicated volunteers and staff who are working around the clock to further our party and our cause.”
See more about GOP Victory 365: www.gopvictory365.com
V365: Growing Our Party With A Data-Driven, Permanent, Precinct-Focused, Diverse Field Operation
  • From GEAUX Red in Louisiana to Boots on the Ground in North Carolina and Make it Right in West Virginia, Victory 365 is a partnership between local, state and national Republicans that puts the power in the hands of the people, not Washington, DC;
  • Every decision we’re making is based on an increased investment in data and tools that are already helping us locate, communicate with, persuade and turn out voters;
o    Better Data (OneData): we have invested millions to improve our data and technology including our API to provide top-notch data to Republicans across the country;
o    New Tools: we’re funding new canvassing apps with dynamic scripting capabilities in our targeted states as well as rolling out improved query tools (GOP Data Center and Beacon) to all 50 states and the territories;
o    Predictive Analytics (RNC Foresight): we’ve tested and are now implementing a new approach to better use data science to predict voter behavior;
o    Control Panel: we’re rolling out a tool to get real-time results to help inform decision making for campaigns; 
  • We have built and will continue rolling out a permanent groundgame that is focused on communicating with voters in the field 365 days a year instead of ramping up six months before an Election as we have in the past;
o    We have nearly 200 staff in 22 states across the country who are dedicated to winning the 2014 midterm elections while we continue to invest millions in states across all 50 states;
o    91 percent of current RNC staff in the field and not in DC;
o    We will also continue ramping up as our map continues expanding and more races come on line as they did in states like Colorado and New Hampshire;
  • The RNC has moved to a precinct-based grassroots organizing structure to build long-term relationships starting with people in communities;
o    Precinct level engagement combined with improved voter contact will lead to better persuasion and activation of voters;
o    With the help of our state parties and campaigns we have recruited over 14,000 precinct captains in target precincts across 22 states;
  • We’re taking steps to engage specifically with African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, youth, women, people of faith, and conservative allies in order to grow the party;
o    14 in 14: a program to target suburban women under 40 in targeted counties and states to engage their communities similar to the precinct-captain program;
o    Campus Captains: identifying and engaging with leaders on college campuses in targeted states to engage other like-minded young voters;
o    Strategic Initiatives: African American, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander engagement staff and programs in targeted states across the country along with a national engagement effort with faith based and conservative allies;
  • Sustained, diverse precinct level engagement combined with improved voter contact and response tracking will lead to better persuasion and activation of voters to help Republicans win in November and grow our party as we look to the presidential election.

RNC Approves Debate Rule

Posted May 9, 2014

NOTE: This does not go into effect for 30 days.

Proposed Amendment to Rule 10

Insert the following as section (h):
There shall be a Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates, which shall be composed of thirteen (13) members of the Republican National Committee, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and each of the four (4) regions shall elect two (2) members, one man and one woman, at its regional caucus at the RNC Summer Meeting in each even-numbered year in which no Presidential election is held. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall appoint the chairman of the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates from among the members thereof. The Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall have the authority to sanction debates on behalf of the Republican National Committee based on input from presidential campaigns and criteria which may include but are not limited to considerations of timing, frequency, format, media outlet, and the best interests of the Republican Party. Each debate sanctioned by the Standing Committee on Presidential Primary Debates shall be known as a “Sanctioned Debate.” Any presidential candidate who participates in any debate that is not a Sanctioned Debate shall not be eligible to participate in any further Sanctioned Debates.


Below the radar, a bit of controversy over the RNC's Rules continues.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
RNC Spring Meeting General Session
Memphis, TN
May 9, 2014

Remarks Excerpts As Prepared For Delivery 
I’ve been traveling the past few months to office openings and state conventions and Lincoln Day Dinners. And I’ve been telling people we can’t waste time if we’re going to win in November. So I want you to look at your calendar. It’s the beginning of May… in any past year…this was the time the RNC started to deploy staff in the field. But last year we said, “We’re doing things differently.”
So we started building our community-based field operation over a year ago.
And today, we already have staff across the country. Over 90 percent of our political staff is based outside of D.C. We have over 14,000 volunteer Republican precinct captains in our network. They’re recruiting volunteers to get to know people in their neighborhoods across America. It’s unlike anything the RNC has done before.
These people are part of the new program we are formally announcing today… I’m proud to announce that new program is called Victory 365.
…Victory 365 is not the old-style victory program. It’s year round. Every single day of the year.In recent years, we had a victory program that lasted for a couple months, like a 72-day program.
But things have changed. We have to engage with voters year-round, non-stop, 365 days a year. Especially with voters in places where we haven’t been in a long time. Especially voters who don’t know they share values with the GOP. That’s what Victory 365 is about. This work started a year ago. And today we formally launch the volunteer component.
Our volunteers will be equipped with new data tools so they can indentify, target, and persuade voters.They’re empowered by the work that’s happening in our office in Silicon Valley and within the RNC at Para Bellum Labs.
They have access to our OneData program and our Dynamo API. They’ll be guided by RNC Beacon, our Voter Relationship Management System, and RNC Foresight for predictive analytics.
We’re working with all of you to roll these tools out in all 50 states and are beginning to work with candidates so they know what resources they have access to.
This isn’t just about playing in a couple races here and there. It’s about supporting our candidates up and down the ballot this year…and also growing our party for the long term.
At the RNC, we can’t control everything in politics, but we have an important mission. And we’re going to get the job done.
…When something gets in the way of that mission, we have to act.
We all know that it’s often the media that gets in the way. In the past, Republicans would complain about it but didn’t act.
That was the old way. By acting smartly in the most important cases, we’re getting results with the media.
Last year, we stopped NBC and CNN from airing tributes to Hillary Clinton by saying no debates for you. The result? There’s a more level playing field for 2016.
In March, EBONY magazine issued an apology after an editor went on a tirade about black Republicans and one of our staff members. As a result, we have another opening to share our ideas with the black community.
Earlier this year, MSNBC tweeted that conservatives would hate a commercial with a biracial family. We boycotted the network for their narrow mindedness until a personal apology was read on air. That doesn’t mean MSNBC’s going to stop pushing Democrat talking points, but they know we don’t play games.
When Univision announced a partnership with Hillary Clinton, we called them out for it. And now, they’re ready to give us more opportunities to share our message with the Latino community.
And when the media repeated Democrats’ misleading rhetoric about the wage gap, we put out the facts… that the Democrats were lying to Americans with misleading numbers, and, by the way, the Obama White House pays men more than women.
As a result, reporters turned on Jay Carney—and the Democrats’ hypocritical political attack backfired in their faces.
None of this is about just getting an apology. It’s about acting when it matters most so we can level the playing field, hold people accountable, and get our message out there.
We just can’t count on the media to stand up for us or tell the truth. They say they’re impartial and unbiased. And I say, “Prove it.”
That’s why we took action this week to take ownership of the primary debates. Our candidates deserve a fair hearing. Our voters deserve a real debate. And the liberal media doesn’t deserve to be in the driver’s seat.
I’ll believe they’re unbiased when I see it. Until then, our media victories matter.
…Speaking of victories, I have to mention the McCutcheon Supreme Court case. Because it’s not every day the RNC wins a case at the Supreme Court.
We were plaintiffs, but the real winner was the First Amendment. It was a victory for anyone who believes in free speech, vigorous discourse, and an open, transparent political system. That’s something worth applauding and celebrating.
And I want to thank John Phillippe, John Ryder, Jim Bopp, Erin Murphy, Paul Clement, and the legal team for their great work.
Since our last meeting, the Republican outlook for November has improved. We’ve expanded the map. More Senate races are moving in our favor.
But that doesn’t mean we get comfortable. It only means we have to work harder. Democrats in fear of losing their seats will do desperate things.
And we know Democrats will go to great lengths to lie about their records. Just look at Benghazi. The White House is in trouble again for hiding the truth and misleading the American people. So they’ve turned to their favorite excuse: it’s the Republicans’ fault.
They want you to believe that Benghazi is not an issue. As one of their spokesmen said, “Dude, this was like two years ago.”
But they are the ones who politicized this. From day one, the White House was more worried about their political future than bringing terrorists to justice.
It’s right there in the new emails. The White House didn’t want Americans to think it was terrorism. They wanted to protect their image to save themselves in the 2012 election.
Then, when they were under investigation, they politicized it again. They withheld those emails for fear Americans would see what they were really up to.
And even today, they’re playing politics by attacking Republicans for wanting to get answers for the American people.
But how can Americans trust them anymore? How can Americans trust an administration that put politics first?
They lied about the attacks. They lied about being transparent. They even lied about their lies.
So Republicans are going to keep fighting for the truth—no matter what the Democrats accuse us of. And that’s why we applaud House Republicans for voting to form a Select Committee to investigate.
But in this election, the lies won’t stop with Benghazi or with the White House. There’s nothing too unethical for Harry Reid and his cronies. They’re already on the air with outright lies about our candidates.
And last week, there was a meeting in Chicago of a secretive group called the Democracy Alliance. They are the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrat Party. Their leaders are Tom Steyer and the Soros family. They have one major goal: making energy more expensive in America. This is the group who’s going to kill the Keystone Pipeline and the good jobs it would bring.
And guess who showed up at their gathering: Senate candidates who will do anything for the support of this left-wing group. They say one thing at home and another thing in Chicago.
And DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was there. I don’t know if she was looking for a bailout for the DNC or just letting Tom Steyer renew his lease on the Democrat Party.Either way, this group is dragging Democrats to the far left—and far away from the needs of the American people.
Which makes this election even more important. While they’re fighting for left-wingers, we know who we’re fighting for.
We’re fighting for the inner city kid, who deserves to go to a good school, not the failing school the government forces him to go to.
We’re fighting for the working mom, who lost the insurance she liked and the doctor she liked because the president didn’t think she deserved to keep them.
We’re fighting for the unemployed father, who could be one of thousands of workers building a pipeline across America.
We’re fighting for the recent graduate, who was working hard to pay off his college loans…but had his hours cut because his employer can only afford to pay him part time under ObamaCare.
We’re fighting for every hardworking American who believes the IRS who collects our taxes shouldn’t give bonuses to IRS agents who don’t pay theirs.
We’re fighting for opportunity, for liberty, for fairness, and the chance to create your American Dream.
I think that’s something worth fighting for. And that’s why our work is so important. We’re doing a job that only we can do. If we don’t do this work, no one will.
So we can’t be timid. We have to take a stand and lead America to a better future.
Today is an important day for our party because this year will be an important year for our country.
So thank you for answering the call and for being a part of this mission.

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The Dallas event was held at the Peabody Hotel on May 8.  The DCVB flew in two Dallas
Cowboy Cheerleaders and a custom set of B and G’s.  Dallas' Big Things Happen Here campaign has
several large B and G’s around town where people stand in the middle making the “I” in BIG.

Photos courtesy Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

On May 9, the Site Selection Committee met for several hours
to discuss reports from technical site
visits conducted from April 16-30.