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Mike Huckabee, Ed Royce & Scott Walker
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The California Republican Party Fall Convention offers an impressive lineup of speakers with two presidential candidates: former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker plus Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Huckabee will speak at the Friday Executive Committee lunch, Royce at the Saturday lunch, and Walker at the Saturday dinner. The Huckabee lunch is for Executive Committee members and their guests.
The convention will be held September 18-20 at the Anaheim Marriott. BayAreaGOP will host its usual briefings on Friday and Saturday nights in the Platinum 7 room. We will have live music and refreshments starting at 9 pm, and the briefings will follow at 10 pm. You can find details about convention registration, deadlines, and schedule on the BayAreaGOP Convention page.
The draft platform will be considered by the CRP Platform Committee on Saturday afternoon, September 19 at the CRP convention, and may be considered by the full convention on Sunday. The draft platform is listed in the Delegates section of the CRP website. CRP Secretary Deborah Wilder will serve as Platform Committee Chair.
Associate Delegates may cast a vote Saturday between 11 am and 5 pm to elect the Associate Representative.
I hope you can come to the convention, as it’s important for the Bay Area to be well represented. If you are a Delegate and cannot attend, please submit a proxy. The form is available here. If you need assistance, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in Anaheim.
Fixing Roads: Republicans Seek Reforms – Without Tax Increases
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As the Legislature considers providing funding for California’s transportation infrastructure, Democrats propose increased taxes. In contrast, Republican legislators propose reforms to improve efficiency and accountability, and to fund infrastructure from existing sources.
With the chronic neglect of California’s highway maintenance, the Governor called a special session of the Legislature to enact permanent funding to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure. He estimates $5.7 billion in unfunded repairs each year need to be funded beyond the current $2.3 billion funding from fuel taxes, for a total of $8 billion.
Assembly Republicans responded by putting together a plan to provide $6.6 billion of annual funding without raising taxes. It draws from cap & trade income, uses truck weight fees, eliminates overstaffing at Caltrans, eliminates unfilled state positions, and uses the existing fuel taxes.
Bay Area Assembly Member Catharine Baker, a member of the Transportation Committee, said, “Constituents deserve smarter, stronger infrastructure using funds more efficiently. That is what this proposal does. Rather than raising taxes, this proposal reforms how we spend the money we already have and ensures that our transportation funds are being used wisely”.
In contrast, a prominent Democrat bill by the Senate Transportation Committee chair would raise the gas tax by 12 cents, along with creating other new taxes or fees.
Senator Bob Huff pointed out that Democrats who control the state budget process had $10 billion in unanticipated revenue in this year’s budget. “But they didn’t make transportation infrastructure a priority and instead called on Republicans to increase taxes on California families instead. They had the money and they just didn’t prioritize it.”
Sen. John Moorlach said, “In fact, the “transportation” special session appears to be an exercise designed to pressure legislators into supporting a tax hike on gasoline – even though Californians already pay the nation’s highest taxes.”
Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walter recently asked, “How is it that California motorists are paying some of the nation’s highest fuel taxes, but the highways they use are among the nation’s worst?”
State Senate Republicans have proposed several reforms to transform how California maintains its roads. Sen. Bob Huff said, “This transportation crisis requires that we look at everything. That includes reforming how we build and improve our roads, ensuring that process is more transparent. This package of bills also brings more accountability and transparency to Caltrans.”
“In addition, we need to start giving more control over to the locals who have boots on the ground and can actually assess what is needed and get it built more quickly and efficiently than the bureaucrats in Sacramento.”
Among the proposals is a bill (SCA X1 1) by Sen. Huff that will constitutionally guarantee that the billions in transportation taxes paid by California drivers annually are used only for transportation purposes. The Legislature has diverted transportation funds to other uses several times during eras of tight budgets.
Sen. Andy Vidak’s bill (SB13) will create a Transportation Inspector General to examine Caltrans and the High-Speed Rail Authority for fraud and waste, efficiency opportunities, and best practices. The Transportation IG would investigate and report back to the Legislature.
Another Vidak bill (SB X1 3) would have allowed Californians to vote on whether they want to continue funding High Speed Rail, which is estimated to cost $100 billion to complete. The bill would freeze any further spending on the project until after a vote on June 7, 2016. If approved by voters, any unspent HSR dollars would be redirected to state highways and roads. Unfortunately, this bill was defeated in committee by the Democrats.
Many Republicans criticize the spending on High Speed Rail. They believe that if it worked at all, it would help limited numbers of Californians only after many years at great expense. In contrast, road improvements would help most motorists soon.
Sen. Sharon Runner introduced a bill (SB12) to bring more accountability and transparency to the process by making the California Transportation Commission independent and giving it the power to approve individual repair and maintenance projects to make sure Caltrans is actually putting its resources into the top priority projects and achieving its efficiency goals.
The other bills in the Senate Republican reform package are available here. We’ll see in coming weeks which Republican efforts are successful.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By Jeremy B. White
September 1, 2015
California Assembly Republicans chose first-term Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, to be their next leader in a closed-door vote Tuesday.
Current Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, took over the leadership post last fall after an election that saw Republicans erase a Democratic supermajority. Her effort to build on that momentum came with an expiration date: Term limits prevent Olsen from serving in the Assembly after November 2016.
By Jeanne Kuang
August 30, 2015
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olson, R-Modesto, and other members of the GOP caucus will speak at a press event Monday calling for Democrats to support the minority party’s transportation plan.
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has held a series of press conferences across the state in recent weeks to discuss transportation infrastructure. Republicans on Monday will “urge the Democrats to put the brakes on their political road show” and support the Republican transportation plan, they said in a statement.
CA State Senate
August 27, 2015
As Senate Republican Leader, Senator Huff played a key role in crafting a water bond that appeared on the ballot as Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Without Senator Huff’s leadership, the bond would not have contained billions in funding for new above-ground water storage projects.
Senator Huff also played an instrumental role in the creation and passage of the state’s Rainy Day Fund, which has captured billions in funding with the recent uptick in budget revenues and will protect the state against future economic downturns.
By Joseph Vranich
Fox & Hounds
August 24, 2015
California is considering imposing the most ruthless set of taxes ever placed on businesses in the state’s history – a tsunami of levies that may trigger the worst raid on private-sector finances ever organized by the state’s politicians.
One result will be an increasing number of businesses leaving California for greener domestic or international pastures.
By James Poulos
August 27, 2015
Democratic legislators in the state Senate have brought Californians closer to new hikes on the cost of driving their cars. But the committee vote represented little more than a first step in a complex, intense negotiation between Republicans, Democrats and the man trying to stay influential but above the fray — Gov. Jerry Brown.
Republicans have resisted Democrats’ preferred approach, but California’s business lobby has pressed both parties to embrace new taxes and fees. “Last week, business organizations such as the California Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group said any deal should seek to raise at least $6 billion annually by raising gas and diesel taxes and increasing vehicle registration and license fees,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- Monterey GOP at the County Fair
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / 12:00 pm – Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Volunteers are needed for the Monterey County Republican Party booth at the Monterey County Fair, Wednesday – Monday, September 2-7. Free day passes are available to the volunteers, and shifts are for 2 hours running from noon to 11 pm. Contact Cindy Norlin at cindy@MontereyRepublicans.org or 831-324-0617 if you can help. Fair info.
- San Francisco GOP Central Committee Meeting – Endorsements for Candidates
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / 6:15 pm – Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco
Endorsements for candidates will be considered.
- Palo Alto RWF Luncheon Featuring Nan Su
Thursday, September 3, 2015 / 11:30 am – University Club, 3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon with guest speaker Nan Su. His topic will be “Secrets Behind the China Model.”
RSVP: Send check payable to PARWF 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.
- Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz
Monthly meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month. The meeting is open to the general public.
- Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to the public. Contact them at 707-422-5000.
- Reception In Support of Dr. Ben Carson
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Private Residence, 1100 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Hosts Christine Hughes and Abe Ostrovsky invite you to support Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at a cocktail reception in his honor.
RSVP: Contact Mary Khayat to register for this event by September 4th at (818) 319-3312 or by email at email@example.com. Cost: $500 per person for VIP Reception with Photo Op at 5:30pm; $250 per person for Cocktail Reception at 6:30pm. View the invitation for more information and a response form.
- Napa GOP Presents U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Del Beccaro
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Compadres Rio Grill, 505 Lincoln Avenue, Napa
The Napa County Republican Party invites you to meet Tom Del Beccaro, Candidate for the U.S. Senate, author, and former Chair of the CA Republican Party.
- Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Charlie Kirk
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / 7:00 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View
The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker Charlie Kirk, Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA. He is leading a national student movement that turns young people on to the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. He is a featured columnist for The Washington Times and a contributor at Breitbart.com. You are encouraged to bring young people to hear this 21 year-old’s message. His topic will be “How to Win Over Millenials Using Liberty and Freedom.”
RSVP: Register online. Cost: 2015 Members – Free; Non-members – $15 online or at the door; First time attendees – $10; Active military and full time students – Free (must show valid ID at the door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. Learn more on their website.
- Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Santa Clara County Administration Building, 70 W. Hedding Street (at First Street), San Jose
The monthly meeting of the Santa Clara County Republican Party. Normally the second Wednesday of the month. Hear about the latest Republican news and events in Santa Clara County. Social period 6:30 pm. Questions? Contact HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-246-6600.
- Monterey Peninsula RWF Luncheon Meeting with Jeanne Byrne
Thursday, September 10, 2015 / 11:30 am – Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting with guest speaker Jeanne Byrne, Board Member of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. She will speak on the current status of proposed water projects.
- Silicon Valley RWF Luncheon with Council Member Tara Martin-Milius
Thursday, September 10, 2015 / 11:30 am – Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 2210 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
The Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated will host their General Luncheon Meeting with featured speaker Sunnyvale Vice Mayor & Council Member Tara Martin-Milius. Her topic will be “Drought and the Current Water Situation– How it Impacts Us Locally”. The Vice Mayor’s local inter-governmental responsibilities include: Santa Clara Valley Water Commission, Joint Recycled Water Committee; California League of Cities: Environmental Quality Policy Committee; and the Women’s Caucus.
- Blackhawk RWF Meeting Featuring Tom Del Beccaro
Thursday, September 10, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Blackhawk Country Club – Grille Room, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
Join the Blackhawk Republican Women Federated as they host a meeting with special guest Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party, and Candidate for the U.S. Senate in California. He will speak about his book “The Divided Era.”
RSVP: Send your check made payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” by September 8th to Judy Wright, 2000 Victorine Road, Livermore, CA 94551, or email email@example.com, or call (925) 828-0771. Cost: $25. Check-in and Reception begins at 5:30pm; followed by the Meeting and Speaker at 6:15pm. Click here for more information.
- San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2015 / 7:00 pm – San Mateo American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd., San Mateo
The San Mateo County Republican Party will hold their monthly committee meeting – normally the second Thursday of the month.
- CA Trailblazers All-Day Campaign School
Saturday, September 12, 2015 / All Day – Hilton Huntington Beach, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
California Trailblazers is hosting a daylong campaign school geared toward State Senate and State Assembly races to kick off the 2015-2016 election cycle and teach potential candidates campaign fundamentals. The campaign school will offer insight from Republican leaders and top political experts on what it takes to win. Attendees will have special access to the best political minds in the country to ask questions and seek advice on their campaigns.
- GOP Committees Present Author of “13 Hours In Benghazi”
Sunday, September 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm – Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield
CRP Northwest Region Vice-Chair Elissa Wadleigh and the Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Republican Central Committees will sponsor a reception and dinner featuring Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former Army Ranger and Security & Military Consultant. Kris was a CIA sub-contractor providing security in Benghazi on the day of the attack on our embassy. He will provide his first hand account of the events and answer questions on the topic “13 Hours in Benghazi.”
RSVP: Reply and learn more online. Cost: VIP Package (includes VIP Reception, Kris’ Book & Dinner) – $150; VIP Reception & Book – $100; General Admission for Dinner – $60. The VIP Reception begins at 4:00pm; Dinner at 5:00pm.
- Novato RWF Luncheon with Bill Gaines
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 / 11:00 am – Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato
The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with guest speaker Bill Gaines, Principal of Gaines & Associates Government Relations. Bill is an expert in wildlife politics and wetlands-related issues in California and he provides advocacy services to conservation groups. He was invited to meet with President George W. Bush in 2008 and asked to join in the signing of critical outdoor-related federal legislation.
RSVP: Reserve your seat by the September 11 deadline at www.novatorwf.org. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am, speaker at 11:30am, lunch at 12:15pm.
- Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley Political Roundtable
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
The next Commonwealth Club Week to Week Political Roundtable will feature Dr. Larry Gerston, Professor of Political Science at San Jose State University, and Barbara Marshman, Editor of Editorial Pages for the San Jose Mercury News. They will be previewing the next GOP debate.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online. General admission is $20 for non-members; $10 for members; students are free. A members’ social will take place prior to the program at 6:00pm that is open to all attendees. Program begins at 7:00pm.