MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
Republican Legislative Leaders Make Their Case
with Videos and Social Media
California Senate and Assembly Republican Leaders used videos and social media to blast Democrat policies at the California Republican Party Convention last weekend.
Last Thursday, two days after Democrats praised the late anti-Vietnam War Sen. Tom Hayden, State Senator Janet Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam who had family members killed by the communists, offered the Senate another perspective on Hayden. In an outrageous move, the presiding Democrat curtailed her speech and had her physically ejected from the chamber.
On the Senate Floor, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller said she was deeply enraged and called for a clarification of the Senate Rules that have allowed comments similar to Senator Nguyen’s by Democrat members. Cell phone video of the incident, now allowed by Prop 54, the legislative transparency initiative, was promptly posted on the internet, helping to expose the incident to the media. Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ultimately apologized. See the video.
Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes shared a series of videos produced by the Caucus that depict voters who are fed up with increases in violent crime, a lack of opportunity for workers and a failing infrastructure. Using the hashtag #CADeservesBetter, Assemblyman Mayes has launched a campaign on social media to make voters aware of the Democrats’ policy failures and Republican solutions.
View the videos on the Assembly Republican Caucus Facebook or Twitter pages.
CAGOP Convention Report
At the California Republican Party Organizing Convention in Sacramento last weekend, delegates elected statewide officers Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, Secretary Deborah Wilder, and Treasurer Mario Guerra for another term, all without opposition.
Bay Area delegates who arrived Friday afternoon had the opportunity to visit the new state-of-the-art CRP state headquarters, just a couple of blocks from the hotel.
Radio talk show host and author Hugh Hewitt, who has many connections with CRP leaders and described himself as “a Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell Republican”, spoke at the Friday evening banquet.
He applauded new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a person who would enforce the law but not create regulations to go beyond it. Hewitt has dealt with such regulations as an attorney.
Hewitt predicted that if Democrats take the House in 2018, they will impeach Trump (but not be able to remove him). He said that there needs to be a bankruptcy provision for states, as some may face bankruptcy soon.
At the Bay Area regional caucus Saturday morning, delegates unanimously elected a new Regional Vice Chair: Alameda County Republican Chair Sue Caro.
The Northwest Region elected Jim McCully, the past chair from Solano County, while the Central Coast Region reelected Rob Bernosky of San Benito County. The Central Region elected Kern County’s Joy Stewart, a past CFRW president, as its Regional Vice Chair.
At the Saturday lunch banquet State Senator Janet Nguyen was added to the program. When speaking about Vietnam War opponent Tom Hayden in the State Senate Thursday morning, she was interrupted and ejected from the Senate by the Democrat leadership. Many delegates donned “I Stand with Janet” stickers in support.
The main luncheon speaker was Congressman Darrell Issa. He mentioned that Republicans do not silence those who disagree. We need to find those who can be moved and talk to them. It’s not the leaders, but the people of America that are its greatness.
On Saturday afternoon Assemblywoman Catharine Baker led a tour of the State Assembly chamber for
interested Bay Area delegates. She explained the operation and history of the Assembly.
The Saturday evening dinner speaker was Representative Devin Nunes of the Central Valley. He explained that a huge amount of water has flowed out to the ocean this winter – when more of it could have been stored. He said that despite the left’s talk about income inequality, they ignore how their water policies hurt farm workers.
Nunes suggested a tactic of repeatedly putting several initiatives on the ballot every two years – until they pass. These would include moving high-speed rail funds to water storage and paycheck protection for government union employees.
At the BayAreaGOP reception Sue Caro hosted a special thank you celebration for outgoing Regional Vice Chair Kevin Krick, including an entertaining slide show which poked fun at Kevin’s career. (Here’s one picture.)
Many delegates attended the fun Karaoke Night, hosted by Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, and took their turns at the microphone, including Kristin herself and Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes.
At the General Session Sunday morning delegates elected statewide officers and dealt with the various committee reports, which are available here.
The next CRP convention will be held October 20-22 at the Anaheim Marriott.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By Joe Mathews
Fox & Hounds
March 20, 2017
After three years of work, the California Department of Education has produced its new dashboard.
Put simply, it’s a deceptive and useless joke.
What’s wrong with it? Where to begin? Academic measures are buried and misleading. (The LA Times noted that schools where most students don’t test as proficient in math can end up with high ratings, while those with proficiency end up with somewhat lesser ratings). The color coding and display is confounding. There’s no attempt to summarize. Terms are vague and bureaucratic.
By Christopher Cadelago
March 10, 2017
Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco trial attorney and one of California’s three members of the Republican National Committee, is a contestant for a pivotal role in the Trump administration leading the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dhillon, 48, recently interviewed for the position in Washington, according to a source with knowledge of the discussion. Reached late Thursday, Dhillon declined comment.
By Susan Shelley
Fox & Hounds
March 10, 2017
One of the more depressing tricks employed by people who favor more government control of everything is this: Put government controls on a business, which causes problems, and then use the problems as a justification for more government controls.
It’s like trying to reverse a case of alcohol poisoning with a jug of moonshine.
Nowhere is the “here, drink this,” cure more discouraging than in the housing market. Just recently, Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and two co-sponsors introduced AB 1506, a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Republicans are fighting to reduce union influence over California's biggest public employee pension fund
By John Myers
Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2017
A quarter of a century after a bitter political fight for control of California’s largest public employee pension fund, a new effort by Republicans in the state Capitol seeks to again dilute the influence of public employee unions by reshaping the agency’s board of directors.
The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), would add two members to the board that oversees the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS. It would also reshape the qualifications for three of the existing 13 positions on the board, either by requiring additional expertise or by limiting participation by those with a connection to public employee unions.
California prison reform laws under fire in aftermath suspected gang member’s murder of Whittier cop
By Drew Gregory Lynch
March 3, 2017
After the killing of a Whittier police officer by a man with suspected gang ties, new focus is being drawn onto California Assembly Bill 109 – legislation signed into law by Gov. Brown in 2011 that critics say illustrates the danger of putting repeat offenders back on the street too soon.
Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, had been arrested five times in the last year before he killed veteran officer Keith Boyer during the scene of an accident on February 20. Mejia was under the supervision of a probation officer, benefiting from the provisions under AB109, the bill enacting so-called “realignment” by shifting prisoners from state prisons to local jails, or releasing them entirely under supervision to deal with overcrowding.
By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
March 3, 2017
The Legislative Analyst’s Office says the governor’s budget proposal attempts to dodge the state spending limit that was overwhelming passed by voters in a 1979 Special Election. In declaring that the governor’s budget does not count $22 billion dollars against any appropriation limit, the LAO report states clearly that the Governor’s proposal violates the spirit of the Gann Limit.
The state spending, or more properly, appropriation limit, named after chief proponent Paul Gann, intended to limit state appropriations to 1978-79 spending with increases allowed for population and inflation growth.
By Goe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2017
Here’s how one political party in California is charting its path to victory. It’s talking about how hard it is to buy a house here. It’s outraged about the income inequality between rich coastal cities and poor Central Valley towns. It wants to help Californians on general assistance get better dental care. It’s talking up class warfare and calling out rich guys in Silicon Valley.
And that party would be the Republican Party of California. Really.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- Palo Alto RWF Luncheon Featuring Captain Zach Perron
Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 11:30 am – University Club, 3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon with guest speaker Palo Alto Police Captain Zach Perron. His topic will be “Increase in Crime in Our Community.”
RSVP: Send check payable to PARWF by March 17 to Jo’Anne Zschokke, 2285 Oberlin Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Cost: $23. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon. Questions? Call Jo’Anne at 857-9395. View the invitation for more details.
- Piedmont Area RWF Luncheon with Allison Olson on “Why Israel Matters”
Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 11:30 am – Sequoya Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland
The Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated invites you to a special luncheon with Allison Olson, Legislative Advocate for the California Federation of Republican Women, who studied counter-terrorism in Israel in 2007. She will discuss topical and current issues, and why it is imperative that we defend the only democracy in the Middle East today.
RSVP: For reservations and information, email email@example.com by Friday, March 17. Cost: $35 per person.
- Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm – Scotts Valley Water District Community Room (Santa Margarita Room), 2 Civic Center Dr, Scotts Valley
Monthly meetings are usually held the last Thursday of each month. The meeting is open to the general public. RSVP
- CoCo Taxpayers Association Presents Greg Marvel
Friday, March 24, 2017 / 7:45 am – Black Bear Diner, 807 Camino Ramon, Danville
Join the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association for their monthly breakfast meeting. Greg Marvel, Member of the Board of Education, will speak on “Public Sector Post-Retirement Pensions and Benefits – A Train Wreck That Has Already Happened – What to Do.” Learn more.
- Danville Mayor’s Town Hall with Assembly Member Catharine Baker
Saturday, March 25, 2017 / 10:00 am – Veterans Memorial Bldg., 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville
Assembly Member Catharine Baker will participate, along with other elected officials, in the Danville Mayor’s Town Hall.
The event is free. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.
- Santa Rosa RWF Dinner Featuring Tim Donnelly
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street , Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will host a dinner meeting with featured speaker former member of the Assembly Tim Donnelly.
RSVP: Call (707) 538-9804 for reservations and information. Cost: $36.
- Make California Great Again with Tim Donnelly
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Location provided upon RSVP, , Silicon Valley
Bay Area Trump supporters and Tea Party activists will join together to inaugurate “Make California Great Again.” The featured speaker will be former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, author of “Patriot Not Politician.” Other speakers include San Carlos City Councilman Matt Grocott and Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams. Learn more.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: Ranges from $50 to $150.
- Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Community Room next to Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae
The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Call 415-446-4111 for more information.
Please come early and have dinner at Jason’s. Great food and even better hospitality! Make a reservation, as they get busy.
On the agenda this month will be an update from the CRP Convention in Sacramento, Lincoln Dinner, July 4th Fair Booth and much more.
- Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Shirley Mark
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting. Their guest speaker will be Shirley Mark, President of the California Federation of Republican Women. She will discuss the Federation and membership goals.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15 for lunch. Guests may also just come to hear the speaker.
- Independent Institute New Bridges Seminar
Friday, April 7, 2017 / 10:00 am – Parc 55 Hotel, Cyril Magnin Ballroom, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco
The Independent Institute and the Lincoln Network will present a seminar and luncheon covering the post-election prospects for liberty and prosperity in a divided America. Guest speakers include Patrick Byrne, Founder of Overstock.com, William Watkins Jr. and Robert Murphy, Research Fellows, Independent Institute, and Lawrence McQuillan, Senior Fellow, Independent Institute. Learn more.
RSVP: Reserve tickets online. Cost: $60 for Regular Seating; $100 for Sponsor Circle Tickets; $1000 for Sponsor Circle Tables.
- Santa Clara County GOP Lincoln Dinner with Rep. Mimi Walters
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / 6:00 pm – , 1135 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale
The Santa Clara County Republican Party will host their Annual Lincoln Gala Dinner with guest speaker Congresswoman Mimi Walters. Rep. Walters represents the 45th Congressional District of California and currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She will provide the latest news from Washington D.C.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: Early Bird Special $100 per person for the Gala Dinner; $250 for the VIP Reception & Dinner. After Wednesday, April 5th, $150 for the Dinner; $300 for the VIP Reception & Dinner. Sponsorships also available. VIP Reception begins at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.
- SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring Chuck Reed
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 9:00 am – Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Avenue, San Jose
The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their breakfast meeting with guest speaker former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. He will address several important topics, including pension debt and the possibility of the Trump Administration withholding funds from sanctuary cities. Learn more.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.
- Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Luncheon with Lynne Leach
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 10:00 am – Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton
You are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women’s luncheon meeting. The speaker will be Lynne Leach, Former State Assembly Member. She will talk about the State of California.
RSVP: Contact Terri at email@example.com or call (925) 766-4603 by Friday, April 14. Cost: $30.
- Piedmont Area RWF “After Five” Event with SMC Prof. Patrick Downey
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, Address Provided Upon RSVP, Piedmont
The Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated invites you to a special evening with guest speaker Professor Patrick Downey of St. Mary’s College of Moraga. His topic will be “Sources of Identity Politics.” Known by his students as “the Republican Professor,” Downey is the author of “Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
RSVP: For reservations and information, email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17. Cost: $20 per person.
- Blackhawk RWF Luncheon Featuring Mike Madrid
Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 11:15 am – Blackhawk Country Club – Main Dining Rm., 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
You are invited to join the Blackhawk Republican Women Federated for their April luncheon meeting featuring Mike Madrid, a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting trends. He is a Principal at Grassroots Lab and Editor and Publisher of California City News. His topic will be “The Road to 2018: California State and Local Government.”
RSVP: Make your check payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” and mail by Tuesday, April 18 to Jane Parish, 399 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506. You may also email email@example.com or call (925) 216-6663. Cost: $30. Check-in and Social at 11:15am; Lunch and Program at Noon.
- SPARC Dinner Featuring Hon. George Shultz
Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) April dinner meeting will feature former U.S. Secretary of State and Distinguished Hoover Institution Fellow George Shultz. He will present his autobiography “Learning From Experience.”
RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit www.sparcgop.org. Early-bird Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID. After April 17th, $45 for members; $50 for non-members.
- Commonwealth Club Presents Ben Shapiro
Monday, April 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco
The Commonwealth Club will host a presentation by Ben Shapiro, Editor-In-Chief, DailyWire.com and Host of “The Ben Shapiro Show.” His topic will be “Rules for Debating the Left.”
RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. General Admission for Members is $20; Non-Members $30; with Premium Options; and $10 for Students. Check-in at 5:30pm; Program at 6:30pm.
- CRP Fall 2017 Convention
Friday, October 20, 2017 / N/A – Anaheim Marriott, 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim
The California Republican Party will hold its Fall 2017 Convention October 20-22. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.