BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
A super-majority in the Tennessee General Assembly and no major elections in 2013 should not be interpreted as a sign that the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women (TFRW) intends to take a year of rest.
In contrast, President Claire Crouch declared Monday that there is plenty of work yet to come.
Crouch addressed the Greene County Republican Women's Club during the organization's monthly luncheon, updating members on the organization's bylaws.
As president of the TFRW, Crouch said in an interview following the meeting that she wants to address recent divisions in the Republican Party that she has seen causing problems across the state.
Locally, such a division was frequently addressed at party meetings prior to the November elections.
"One of our main goals this year is going to be to educate more people on what the Republican Party truly stands for -- what the platform is, what we really stand for, and what we don't stand for," she said.
This includes erroneous portrayals of Republican principles in the news media as well, she said.
"If you say you're a Republican, stand on those principles," she later added. "It's not about personal power; it's not about personal interests.
"It's about working together for the Republican Party -- for what we stand for and communicating what we stand for to everybody."
Beyond work strengthening the Republican Party and working on its image, Crouch said the organization will also be busy keeping an eye on legislation.
Among the legislation she said she intends to follow will be anything related to the Affordable Care Act, school textbook selection, and other education-related topics.
Crouch, a certified professional accountant (CPA), also expressed concern with a proposed bill that would reportedly transfer responsibilities in small counties from the trustee to the finance director.
This, she said, would present a conflict of interest and present a lack of separation of duties.
Following the November elections, the Republican Party gained a "super-majority" in both the state House and state Senate.
This super-majority gives the GOP enough votes to pass bills along purely partisan lines.
"Even though we have a super-majority, our goal is to study the legislation, to be supportive where we can and want to see something made into law, and to let them know when there's something out there we don't like," Crouch explained.
"And to stay active!" she added.