Northwest and Bay Area Hold Successful Trainings
More Coming Up:
East Bay Feb. 27 and Monterey March 5

In the wake of two successful political training days, there are two more training opportunities coming up soon. The Lincoln Club of Northern California and CRP Bay Area Regional Vice Chair Kevin Krick host an East Bay Campaign College at the Walnut Creek Library on Saturday, February 27. The program includes Filing, Coalition Building, Media, Fundraising and Social Media. Get the details here.

On March 5 the California Republican Party will again bring its resources for a regional training in Monterey. Top experts will conduct workshops on GOTV operations, volunteer recruitment, how to identify targets, fundraising tools, and how to access and use data resources. More details are available on the BayAreaGOP Monterey page.

On January 16 the Northwest region led off with about 75 attendees at their training in Santa Rosa. The CRP provided expert staff and consultants to teach key skills to get better organized for the number one goal of county parties: electing Republicans to office. Regional Vice Chair Elissa Wadleigh reported that among the highlights were techniques for how to get into schools and recruit students, described by CRP Political Director David Creager.

The January 23 Bay Area meeting in Saratoga had about 120 Republican activists attend. Megan Range, Executive Director of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, gave a lively presentation on how to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to reach young voters. Mike Madrid of GrassrootsLab, who maintains a database of local elected officials, explained how local Republicans have been successful in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse counties in the country, because of the issues they run on.

I hope you had or will have the opportunity to improve your game, and will put your knowledge to work to elect Republicans this year.
Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Candace Anderson Leads Contra Costa County
Board of Supervisors 


Supervisor Candace Andersen has been elected this year’s Chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

She said, “It’s truly an honor to have served the last three years.  I have a passion for what I do and it’s been an amazing experience to see the difference that properly run county government can make in the life of citizens.”

Supervisor Andersen’s top goals for the year are to enhance public safety, improve transportation, continue fiscal responsibility, encourage economic development, protect our natural resources, help those in need, maintain the County’s buildings and infrastructure, and work as a united board to solve County problems. (Details)

Candace Andersen was first elected a county supervisor in June, 2012, when she won big with nearly 60% of the vote in a three-way race.  She previously had served as mayor and council member in Danville.

Andersen has achieved several significant accomplishments as supervisor.  She has worked towards pension reform.  When she took office in 2012, county pensions were funded at 69%, and through a variety of measures supported by the board, they’re now 82% funded.

When the Board of Supervisors voted for a 32% pay raise in late 2014, Candace Andersen cast the one vote against it.  A huge furor erupted from county employees and the public, and the Board ultimately reduced the raise.

She spearheaded the effort to implement Laura’s Law, which authorizes court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill.  The Board approved it early last year.

She has also had success in keeping the county budget balanced, implementing transportation solutions on Highway 680, and reforming emergency medical services.

Supervisor Andersen represents Supervisorial District Two, which includes much of the San Ramon Valley, running from San Ramon to Orinda. (See the map).

She serves on about twenty commissions and committees.  She revealed one of her secrets for staying awake in long meetings.  “Dove dark chocolate. I always have one or two in my purse. A square will give me another hour boost easily.”

Candace grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received both her B.A. in Public Policy and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University.

She began her legal career as a Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu and worked as a civil practitioner with a law firm in Morgan Hill.  She served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990’s, while she and husband Philip started a family of six kids, before moving to Danville.

You can learn more about Candace Andersen on her Supervisor’s website or on her 2016 re-election campaign website.  She will be having a joint town hall meeting on Saturday, February 6.

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California tax measures loom like El Niño deluge

By Andrew McGall
Contra Costa Times
January 30, 2016

Tax propositions might rain down on Bay Area residents like an El Niño downpour this year as cities, counties, school districts and agencies try to persuade voters to pay for improved transit, smoother roads, school repairs, city building rehab, and bay water and wildlife conservation.

Transportation authorities in Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties are planning sales tax elections. Santa Clara County is also talking about a sales tax to help the homeless.

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The dangerous deficits our candidates aren’t talking about

By Robert J. Samuelson
The Washington Post
January 31, 2016

Just how far have budget deficits drifted off the radar screen of presidential politics? Here’s one indicator: Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its annual “ Budget and Economic Outlook ” report — a detailed examination of White House and congressional policies — and hardly anyone paid heed. The inattention is striking because the report was full of sobering news.

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SCOTUS hears CA Friedrichs case

By James Poulos
January 14, 2016

After years of mounting controversy over compulsory unionization, public pensions and other labor issues,  California has sent the Supreme Court a case that could change the power of unions in America overnight.

As the court hears oral arguments, the challenge has made “unions which represent government workers deeply fearful for their financial future and their public stature,” SCOTUSblog noted. “A significant blow to their treasuries could come if non-union workers are able to turn broad hints by the Supreme Court into final victory in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.”

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GOP candidate lineup announced for Fox Business Network debate

Fox Business News
January 11, 2016

Fox Business Network on Monday announced the candidate lineup for the Jan. 14 Republican presidential debates – and already one candidate has said he will not participate after not qualifying for the prime-time event.

The participants qualifying for the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET debate are:

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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6 Key Measures of California's Fiscal Health

By Sen. John Moorlach
January 7, 2016

Senator Moorlach’s Notes on Analyzing the Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

CA’s “net” financial position is a $117 billion deficit, ($3,014 per person) according to the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

This figure should be positive for healthy organizations.  It’s derived by tallying the state government’s assets (monetary funds, investments, buildings, roadways, bridges, parks, etc.) and subtracting its obligations. The last positive number CA had was Gov. Pete Wilson’s last term with $1.5 billion in net assets.

CA now ranks among the worst states, just above Illinois, whose net position is a negative $68.3 billion, or $5,335 per person. Illinois’ finances are so bad, they’re telling lottery winners that they have to delay their payments.

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  • Alameda GOP Presidential Debate Party and Get Together

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Round Table Pizza, 20920 Redwood Road, Castro Valley

    The 2016 Republican Presidential candidate debates continue as the campaign moves on to South Carolina ahead of the February 20 Primary. Join the Alameda County Republican Party this Saturday night and watch the next debate with your fellow Republicans.


  • Napa GOP Debate Watch Party

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Round Table Pizza, 3331 Solano Avenue, Napa

    NapaDebateWatch 90xJoin Napa County Republicans at their Debate Watch Party and cheer on your favorite candidate!

    There is no charge for this event, but an RSVP would be appreciated. Contact Glenn Ellen Smith at (707) 226-9151 or email


  • GOP Presidential Candidates Debate in South Carolina

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Peace Center, , Greenville

    JohnDickerson CBS Debate ModeratorCBS News will host the second Republican Presidential Primary Debate of the month from South Carolina. Moderators will include Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson along with CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel.

    CBS will stream the debate live online on CBSN.


  • Sonoma GOP Debate Watch Party

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

    Sonoma Debate WatchJoin fellow conservatives for conversation and pizza during the GOP Presidential Debate.

    Learn more on their website. Start time to be confirmed.


  • Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / 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.


  • SFYR Happy Hour

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / 6:30 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.  For questions, contact



  • SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring Hilary Goldschlager

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / 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 Hilary Goldschlager, the youngest member elected to the Executive Committee of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum. An NRA-certified instructor, Ms. Goldschlager promotes firearms education, safety and marksmanship training for all peaceable Americans, especially women, minorities and youth. Her topic will be “The Changing Face of the Gun Culture and Why YOU Should Be Part of It!”

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online or pay at the door. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.  Learn more on their website.


  • Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Luncheon with Tom Del Beccaro

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / 10:15 am – Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton

    Tom Del BeccaroYou are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women’s General Meeting. The speaker will be U.S. Senate candidate Tom Del Beccaro, a former Chair of the California Republican Party.

    RSVP: Contact Terri at or call (925) 766-4603. Cost: $26. Check-in time is 10:15am with Lunch following.


  • Marin RWF Luncheon with Kerida Moates and Aaron Negherbon

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / 11:30 am – Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Drive, Sausalito

    Kerida MoatesAaronNegherbonThe Marin Republican Women Federated are pleased to present a “double header” at their February luncheon. Speakers will include UC Berkeley College Republicans President Kerida Moates, and CEO of TroopsDirect, Aaron Negherbon.

    RSVP: View the invitation online and email reservations by February 17 to  Or, mail reservations to Kathryn Thompson, 821 Albatross Drive, Novato, CA 94945. Cost: $35.


  • SPARC Dinner Featuring San José Councilman Khamis

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills

    Johnny KhamisThe South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) February dinner meeting will feature San José City Councilman Johnny Khamis. He will discuss the timely and controversial topic of rent control in San José.

    RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID.


  • Lamorinda RWF Luncheon Featuring Mark A. Peterson

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 11:15 am – Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda

    MarkPetersonThe Lamorinda Republican Women Federated will host a presentation by Contra Costa District Attorney Mark A. Peterson.  A former Concord City Councilman, Peterson has served as DA since 2010.

    RSVP: Register by February 12 online or via email, and send your check made payable to LRWF to Dorothy, 110 Hill Girt Ranch Road, Martinez, CA 94553. Cost: $26 per person with lunch; $15 per person for speaker only. Social begins at 11:15am; Lunch at Noon.


  • West Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring George Marotta

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 11:30 am – Holder’s Country Inn, 998 So. De Anza Blvd., San Jose

    George MarottaJoin the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their February luncheon meeting with guest speaker George Marotta, Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution.  George Marotta joined the Hoover Institution after many years of foreign affairs service with the federal government in Washington, D.C., and overseas. He will speak on the global economy.

    RSVP: Reserve your seat by sending a check (must be received by Feb. 15) made payable to “West Valley RWF” to Grace Russo, 2393 Karen Drive, #3, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Cost $24. Questions? Call Grace at (408) 244-0280.  View the event flyer for more information.


  • Campaign Finance and the 2016 Election

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 12:00 pm – Santa Clara University, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room, Santa Clara

    AnnRavelThe Markkula Center for Applied Ethics will present Campaign Finance and the 2016 Election with guest speaker Ann Ravel, Commissioner, Federal Election Commission. She will provide an overview of the federal election finance system, the role of the FEC and the impact of campaign finance on the 2016 elections.

    RSVP: Register for the event online. Contact Monica DeLong at (408) 554-7893 or email


  • Contra Costa GOP Central Committee Meeting with Tom Palzer and Guillermo Moreno

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Massimo’s Restaurant, 1604 Locust Street, Walnut Creek

    The Central Committee of the Republican Party of Contra Costa County holds their monthly meeting. Their speakers will be U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Palzer and CRP Associate Delegate Representative Guillermo Moreno. 6:00 pm Social Hour; 7:00 pm Meeting.



  • Nob Hill RWCF Dinner Featuring Travis Allen

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm – The Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco

    Travis AllenJoin the Nob Hill Republican Women’s Club Federated for their February Dinner Meeting with special guest Travis Allen, Assemblyman for Orange County’s AD72, which includes Garden Grove and Huntington Beach.

    RSVP: To make a reservation, send a check payable to NHRWCF by Friday, February 12 to Joan Leone, 3476 Sacramento Street, #101, San Francisco, CA 94118. Cost:  $55 for Members; $65 for Non-Members. Reception begins at 6:00pm; Dinner at 6:45pm; Speaker at 7:45pm. Questions? Contact Joan at or call (415) 567-7424. View the invitation for more information.


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