MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
Hugh Hewitt and Rep. Devin Nunes Headline CRP Convention
Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Feb. 24-26
Talk show host Hugh Hewitt and U.S. Representative Devin Nunes will speak at the Friday and Saturday night dinners at the California Republican Party Organizing Convention.
Hugh Hewitt is a radio talk show host, a TV commentator, an author, and a Chapman University law professor. He worked under President Reagan as Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management, Assistant White House Counsel and other positions.
Devin Nunes recently served on the executive committee of the Trump transition team. A seven-term congressman from Tulare, he is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and also serves on the Way and Means Committee.
BayAreaGOP will host receptions and convention briefings following the dinner banquets on Friday and Saturday evenings in the Tahoe Room. Other details will be posted on the BayAreaGOP Convention page.
Return Brulte, Olsen, Wilder and Guerra as CRP Officers
A key activity at the California Republican Party Convention is the election of statewide officers, where Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, Secretary Deborah Wilder, and Treasurer Mario Guerra all have served well and should be returned to office.
During his tenure, Chairman Jim Brulte has erased the previous debt, developed excellent cooperation with the Republican Legislative Leadership, and energized the grass roots. He led the effort to purchase the new CRP headquarters in Sacramento, financing it with the sale of the old, obsolete office. Brulte previously served in the State Senate and Assembly and was Republican Leader of both chambers. You can endorse Jim Brulte here.
State Vice Chair Kristin Olsen just took office in December to fill a vacancy. She represented the Modesto area previously in the Assembly and now as a county supervisor. She served as Assembly Republican Leader, where she enhanced the communications capabilities of the Republican Caucus. See her Facebook page here – you can like her and receive updates or send a message of endorsement.
In addition to taking notes and serving on the state Board of Directors, Secretary Deborah Wilder worked on the CRP Building Committee to develop the new state-of-the-art CRP headquarters. She served on the Personnel Committee, using her experience as a labor law attorney to update Party employment policies. She chaired the platform committee, producing a platform which passed overwhelmingly. She also chaired the Nevada County Republican Party. Endorse Deborah
Treasurer Mario Guerra deals with the complexities of multiple political accounts that must follow both state and federal regulations. He came to the U.S. as a refugee from Cuba at age six, served as mayor and council member in Downey, and continues to serve as a Deacon of his church. Endorse Mario here.
BayAreaGOP endorses Brulte, Olsen, Wilder and Guerra and encourages you to send them your own endorsement.
Sue Caro for Bay Area Regional Vice Chair
Sue Caro, an experienced Republican leader and the Republican Chair for Alameda County, is an excellent choice to serve as the new Bay Area Regional Vice Chair.
Sue is a life-long Republican, who led her Republican Women’s club as its president, chaired her county Republican Party for three years, carried the Party’s banner in a congressional race, and worked successfully as a key supporter to elect a new Republican assemblywoman.
“My vision for the CRP Vice Chair Bay Region position is one of information sharing and communications to connect the dots of our web of Bay Area Republican organizations, especially the county parties,” Sue Caro explained.
Addressing delegates, she said, “The role is one of messenger to the CRP Board about what the Bay Region Republican community cares about and wants to accomplish. It is also a conduit to you about the priorities of the state party and the potential resources available to help your efforts.”
The Regional Vice Chair represents the counties of the Bay Area Region on the California Republican Party’s Board of Directors. The CRP bylaws define the Bay Area Region to include Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Marin Counties. In addition, the regional vice chair works in the region to support county central
committees, build Republican strength, and elect Republican candidates.
CRP Delegates from the region will elect the new regional vice chair at the regional caucus on Saturday, February 25, at the state convention. The position is open, as incumbent Kevin Krick is completing his second term, reaching the term limit.
Sue Caro grew up in Akron, Ohio. As a teenager she worked on local campaigns. She attended Kent State University for two years and then, seeking travel and broader experiences, got a job as a flight attendant with United Airlines.
While working at United, Caro moved to Washington, D.C. and completed her degree in Business and Finance at the University of Maryland. She met her husband Jim on a United flight. They married and moved to Oakland, where they raised a son and daughter.
In her career, Caro has worked as a financial planner, then as Director of Business Operations for a school, and finally as a residential real estate agent.
Sue joined the Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated and eventually served as the club’s president. She chaired the Alameda County Republican Party from 2012 to 2015. During that period she was a strong supporter of the effort to elect Catharine Baker to the state Assembly.
Caro understands the challenges of Republican candidates in the Bay Area well. In 2016, wanting to offer a voice for conservatives, she took on the job of running for Congress against Rep. Barbara Lee in a 6% Republican district.
Sue Caro lives in Oakland with her husband, Jim McPhee. They enjoy golf and Oakland Athletics baseball.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By Jim Miller
February 13, 2017
Assembly Republicans released a road-funding plan Monday that contains no new taxes but poses a $4.6 billion hit to the general fund, the main source of money for state programs.
The $5.6 billion package would get the bulk of its revenue from the estimated $3 billion in sales tax collected on vehicle purchases – money that currently flows into the general fund.
By Assembly Member Kevin Kiley
Special to Sacramento Bee
February 10, 2017
A mob of protesters at UC Berkeley recently busted in windows, lit fires, assaulted innocent bystanders, and carried out other violent and lawless acts in service of a single objective: to stop the utterance of words.
By Mike DeBonis
The Washington Post
February 5, 2017
The day before his inauguration as president, Donald Trump scanned the ballroom during a celebratory luncheon at his Washington hotel: “Where’s Kevin?” he asked. “There’s my Kevin.”
It was a brief but telling acknowledgment of a behind-the-scenes political relationship between two GOP power-brokers on opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — that has set the stage for a rapid legislative blitz in the early months of the Trump administration.
By John Hinderaker
February 3, 2017
One of the people assaulted by leftists at Berkeley yesterday emailed this account to a friend, who forwarded it to me. My friend describes his correspondent as a moderate Republican who voted for Hillary Clinton:
“I can’t say I agree with everything Milo says and, as most of you know, I am NOT a Trump supporter at all, but I totally agree with Milo’s right to speak on campuses. I’m 62 and a lawyer for the last 34 years.”
By The Editorial Board
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
January 24, 2017
A fiery and defiant Gov. Jerry Brown vowed in his State of the State address Tuesday that he will protect California’s “basic principles” — protection of the undocumented, health care and policies to fight climate change — from the new administration in Washington.
But before Gov. Brown attempts to save the world, he ought to focus on his very own state. Perhaps he should start first with California’s large budget deficit or perhaps our poverty rate or even our dismal public education system. But no, instead, he wants to wage war with President Donald Trump.
By Harmeet K. Dhillon
San Francisco Chronicle
January 23, 2017
In Washington for the inauguration of President Trump, I saw the streets thronged with hundreds of thousands of Americans, sharing their happiness in witnessing a peaceful transition of power. As a Republican from San Francisco, where we cautiously reserve our views on the election for meetings populated exclusively by conservatives, it was refreshing — even exhilarating — to see so many openly expressing patriotic fervor on the streets, in bars, restaurants and at galas, and speaking with hope and relief about the coming years.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- SFYR Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P, 3rd Fl., San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour.
- Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Alameda County Republican Headquarters, 1039 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro
This is the monthly leadership meeting of the Alameda County Republican Party. Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month.
- Commonwealth Club Presents Hon. George Shultz
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
The Commonwealth Club will host a presentation by The Honorable George Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former U.S. Secretary of State, Labor, and Treasury; Author, Learning From Experience. He will be joined by Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club. The topic will be “Lessons from Government, Business and Life.”
RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $25 for General Admission; $35 for General Admission Nonmember; $55 for Premium plus Book for Members; $65 for Premium plus Book for Nonmember; $15 for Student. Check in begins 5:30pm; Program at 6:30pm; and Book Signing at 7:30pm. Note the new location.
- San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Sausage Factory, rear dining room, 517 Castro Street, San Francisco
Join the Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco for their fourth Wednesday monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Questions? Contact: Larry Lacko.
- Town Hall with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm – , 3951 East Avenue, Livermore
Assembly Member Catharine Baker will hold a joint Town Hall meeting with Senator Steve Glazer.
Come ask your legislators questions about current state issues. Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.
- California Republican Party Organizing Convention
Friday, February 24, 2017 / – Hyatt Regency Sacramento and Convention Center, 1209 L Street, Sacramento
The California Republican Party State Convention will take place Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2017. This is the CRP’s organizing convention, where new officers will be elected by the delegates. There will also be speakers, workshops, hospitality suites and a general session. For more information, contact the CRP Convention Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check here to reserve your room at the Hyatt by February 1, 2017 to receive your CRP discounted rate of $159 plus tax per night. Rooms may sell out prior to the above date. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call the Hyatt at 888-421-1442 and refer to the California Republican Party.
- San Ramon Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring Debbie Bacigalupi
Monday, February 27, 2017 / 11:30 am – Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville
Join the San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated as they host a luncheon featuring Debbie Bacigalupi, cattle rancher and tireless fighter for property rights, water rights and elimination of draconian business regulations. She will discuss problems with California and what she feels can be done to get our State back on top.
RSVP: Reply by February 7 to email@example.com or call (925) 216-6663. Cost: $27 per person. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch and Program at Noon.
- Santa Rosa RWF Luncheon with Tom Schwedhelm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 / 11:15 am – Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street , Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with featured speaker Santa Rosa City Councilman Tom Schwedhelm. The Councilman serves on the Santa Rosa Homeless Collective. He will provide an update on the actions to be taken to address homelessness, as well as the cannabis law, Courthouse Square reunification, sanctuary city status and rent control. More details…
RSVP: Call (707) 538-9804 for reservations and information. Cost: $26 in advance; $30 at the door.
- SFGOP Central Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco
Monthly meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month. They sometimes have a featured speaker.
- Solano County GOP First Thursday Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2017 / 7:00 pm – Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend.
Contact them at (707) 422-5000.
- PRI and Institute for Justice Present Dick Carpenter
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 / 12:00 pm – Omni Hotel, 500 California Street, San Francisco
The Pacific Research Institute and the Institute for Justice will present a luncheon and book signing with author Dick Carpenter. He will discuss his book, “Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.” Bottleneckers provides a rich history and well-researched examples of bottleneckers in one occupation after another, pointing the way to positive reforms and a resource to push back on the forces of bigger government.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: $30 for SAFFS Members; $60 for Non-Members.
- Blackhawk RWF Evening Featuring Professor Patrick Downey
Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 5:30 pm – Blackhawk Country Club Grille Room, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to an evening featuring St. Mary’s College Professor of Philosophy Patrick Downey. His topic will be “The Philosophical and Academic Sources of Identity Politics.” Professor Downey will be available to autograph purchased copies of his book “Desperately Wicked.” View the invitation.
RSVP: Email or call Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $25 made payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” to arrive no later than Tuesday, March 7th at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Speaker at 6:00 pm.
- SPARC Dinner Featuring Professor Tom Campbell
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) March dinner meeting will feature former Bay Area Congressman Tom Campbell. Now serving as a Law and Economics Professor at Chapman College, Campbell has a distinguished career in academia and government. He will provide his perspective on the current U.S. Supreme Court.
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 March 12th, $45 for members; $50 for non-members.
- 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 April 5th, $150 for the Dinner; $300 for the VIP Reception & Dinner. Sponsorships also available. VIP Reception begins at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.