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. Congressman Darrell Issa was also announced as the speaker for the Saturday Lunch Banquet.

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.

You can book a room at the Hyatt although no rooms are available at the CRP’s discount rate. You can also pre-register for the convention here.

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.

Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

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. 

Sue enjoys the support of many Republicans in the Bay Area.  Check out her Facebook page.  If you would like to endorse Sue in her campaign, contact her at

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Silenced state senator steals show at GOP convention

By Chris Reed
February 26, 2017

About 1,200 California Republicans are held their annual spring convention at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency this weekend and the star Saturday wasn’t featured speakers like Congressmen Darrell Issa of Vista or Devin Nunes of the San Joaquin Valley or high-profile media types like radio host Hugh Hewitt. It was state Sen. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove, who wasn’t even planning to come to the event until asked at the last moment by state GOP leaders.

The invite was triggered by what happened Thursday. Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, took to the state Senate floor to criticize former California politician Tom Hayden, who died recently. It led to her being forcibly removed for being out of order.

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California Democrats spend significant campaign cash fighting each other because of Prop. 14

By James Poulos
February 23, 2017

New figures on the November 2016 election cycle showed that Golden State Democrats continued to shell out substantial sums to compete with one another for elective office. Numbers taken from the California Secretary of State, and verified with Cal-Access campaign records, illustrate how the state’s blanket primary system, which pits the top two first-round vote-getters against one another in general elections regardless of party, has changed election dynamics.

“In the 2016 election cycle, Democrats raised or spent $91.5 million on same-party races – a 69 percent increase from 2014 when Democrats spent $54.3 million,” according to Forward Observer, which gathered and analyzed the data. “The average budget for a same-party race between Democrats was $3.97 million in the 2016 cycle, up 32 percent since 2014.”

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Rep. Darrell Issa to Headline CRP Convention Saturday Lunch Banquet

February 17, 2017

The California Republican Party announced today that Congressman Darrell Issa will speak at the California Republican Party 2017 Organizing Convention Lunch Banquet on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

“Congressman Issa has been a strong advocate for Californians and taxpayers across the nation,” said California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte. “We are very excited to welcome the Congressman and to hear more about the path Congress is taking forward to protect taxpayers.”

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Buy a car, help fix California’s roads

By Jim Miller
Sacramento Bee
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.

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  • 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.


  • Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Gregory D. Lee

    Tuesday, March 7, 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 Gregory D. Lee, retired Chief Warrant Officer Five/Special Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID).  Mr. Lee’s expertise covers the entire law enforcement spectrum. He will speak about terrorism and immigration.

    RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15 for lunch. Guests may also just come to hear the speaker.


  • 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 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. 


  • San Benito County Republican Central Committee Meeting

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm – Veterans’ Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St, Hollister

    The monthly meeting of the San Benito County Republican Party Central Committee is normally held on the second Tuesday of the month.


  • 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 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.


  • Sonoma County GOP March Meeting

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm – Sonoma County GOP Headquarters, 1421 Guerneville Road, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa

    The Sonoma County Republican Party encourages Republicans to consider their view on a local ballot measure that creates a new cannabis tax. Measure A will be on the March 7, 2017 ballot in a special election called by the Board of Supervisors. Learn more.

    All registered Republicans are welcome to attend their March meeting.


  • 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

    Allison OlsonThe 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 by Friday, March 17. Cost: $35 per person.


  • 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.


  • 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.


View later events on the Calendar of Upcoming Events or view the Monthly Calendar of Events.

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