MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY APPROVES NEW PLATFORM
Revised immigration policy calls for increased border security and visas for workers needed to strengthen California’s economy.
At its recent convention the California Republican Party overwhelmingly approved a new platform. This document, the first update in eight years, reflects the changing attitudes and composition of CRP convention delegates.
The most highlighted change was the immigration plank, approved by a 74 – 24 vote in platform committee and modified slightly at the general session.
The new immigration plank:
- Welcomes legal immigrants
- Reaffirms our commitment to control our borders
- Supports visas for workers needed to strengthen California’s economy
- Calls for defunding of sanctuary cities that fail to cooperate with immigration officials
- Supports a nationwide e-verify system
- Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants
- Recognizes learning English as key to effective participation in American society
- In addition, the platform committee adopted several changes to the platform recommended by the drafting committee. The final platform:
- Includes a revised crime and justice plank that calls for victims’ testimony at parole hearings
- Supports strengthening locally developed education standards while opposing national common core standards
- Supports laws prohibiting discrimination in housing and employment based on disability and sexual orientation
- States that religious institutions should not have to perform marriages that their faith does not recognize
- Incorporates the California Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion without discrimination or preference
- Adds a new section on election integrity advocating increased ballot access for elderly, handicapped and military voters, and improved verification of voter identity for both in-person and vote-by-mail ballots
The new California Republican Party Platform can be accessed by clicking here.
BayAreaGOP thanks and congratulates the many CRP delegates from the Bay Area who participated in this successful process.
No Tax Increases As Republican Legislators Stand Firm
Huff | Fuller | Olsen
As the state legislative session closed, Republican legislators stood united and defeated all proposed tax and fee increases. Democrats had proposed over $29 billion in increases.
At the CRP Fall Convention in Anaheim, convention delegates celebrated the achievements of the legislative leaders, Senators Jean Fuller and Bob Huff and Assembly Member Kristin Olsen, who were able to hold their teams together to defeat the tax increases. The Senate Republican leadership passed from Huff to Fuller in late August.
Democrats had proposed increases in sales taxes, property taxes, the gas tax, the vehicle license fee, the tobacco tax, real estate taxes and more. (See the flyer.)
In a recent article, Republican Senator Mike Morrell stated that California “… brought in $10 billion more in tax revenue last year than was expected by budget experts, leading to a record-setting $265 billion budget. This money could have been used to appropriately fund priorities like our streets and roads. Instead, the majority party neglected that core government responsibility in a dishonest attempt to leverage higher taxes …”
In contrast, Sen. Morrell said, “We proposed our own proactive, tax-free measures to fund maintenance and repairs. We remained firm in our commitment to reducing the size of government, showing that it is possible to live within our means.”
Republican legislators scored another win on SB350, the high-profile bill to reduce greenhouse gases. Thanks to Republicans and a few moderate Democrats, the bill was amended in the Assembly to strike language that required a reduction in petroleum use in motor vehicles by 50%. That could have led to Draconian restrictions on gas use and higher gas prices for drivers. Vehicles impacted by this proposal would have included cars, motorcycles, farm equipment, locomotives and even marine vessels.
Other information about CRP convention results is available on the BayAreaGOP Convention page.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By John Hrabe
October 2, 2015
When California Republican activists converged on the Anaheim Marriott in mid-September, they experienced something they hadn’t felt in years.
“It’s an exciting time for the delegates as we embark on a journey in 2016 by selling principles of limited government and holding the line on taxes,” said Allen Wilson, a delegate to the state party and member of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee. “That resonates with millions of Californians.”
U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the odds-on favorite to become the second House speaker from California in less than a decade, a remarkable run of clout for the nation’s largest state.
But McCarthy, a Bakersfield Republican expected to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner as the most powerful figure in Congress, must overcome a daunting array of political challenges if he is to succeed where Boehner failed.
Like the outgoing speaker, McCarthy will face a Republican insurgency in the House that could thwart his leadership.
McCarthy, 50, also will face stiff head winds back home in liberal California as he pursues an agenda at odds with that of the state’s Democratic leaders.
By Sheila Weinberg
Fox & Hounds
September 21, 2015
Earlier this week, fifteen Republican presidential candidates took the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and leading up to the debate, several candidates even likened themselves to Ronald Reagan. But what would he say if he knew 49 of the 50 states are hiding their retirement debt, including California?
California’s financials reveal the state government has a massive amount of hidden debt – $111 billion worth. When compared with other states in the West and Pacific Northwest, California has the highest hidden debt.
By John Hrabe
September 21, 2015
California Republicans wrapped up their annual fall convention Sunday — optimistic and united.
The three-day convention in Anaheim marked the second consecutive convention where Republicans have avoided controversial internal fights and expanded its reach to groups traditionally excluded from the party.
By Senator John M. W. Moorlach
September 9, 2015
In 6 Years Following Great Recession, Gas Tax Revenue Grew by $1.75 Billion; Road Spending Remained Stagnant
A fresh review of post-recession California budget data revealed that California’s road spending remained stagnant at roughly $10 billion per year over the past six years, while revenues from gas and diesel taxes and fees grew from $6.9 billion to $8.7 billion.
With gas tax revenue up, the state has actually decreased its funding allocation to our roads by diverting those funds to other line-items,” said State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) “Now we’re being told we have a road emergency, and we need to raise taxes.”
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- Monterey Peninsula RWF Luncheon Meeting with Duf Sundheim
Thursday, October 8, 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 Duf Sundheim, former Chair of the California Republican Party and Candidate for the U.S. Senate.
- BBQ, Wine & Politics with Casey Lucius
Thursday, October 8, 2015 / 6:00 pm – The Braga Barn, map upon RSVP, Soledad
Diane Braga, Brad Rice & Stephanie McFarland invite you to BBQ, Wine & Politics in support of Congressional candidate Casey Lucius.
RSVP: $99 per person, sponsors $1000. Make checks payable to “Casey Lucius for Congress” and mail to P.O. Box 8505, Monterey, CA 93943. You may also pay online by clicking here. (In the notes, write: “Braga Barn event”.) Questions to email@example.com.
- Tri-Valley RWF Dinner to Feature Nan Su
Thursday, October 8, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore
The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated invites you to join them for dinner and a presentation by Nan Su, China human rights activist and news commentator for SOH International Chinese Radio Network and NTD International TV network. His topic will be “Changing China: The Past and the Future.”
RSVP: Reservations are due by October 6th by contacting Linda Krikorian, Social Director, at (925) 426-1474, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for Members $30; Non-members $34. Pay by check or cash at the door. Social time starts at 5:30pm; Meeting at 7:00. View the flyer.
- San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 8, 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.
- Santa Cruz RWF Fall Wine Social with Tom Del Beccaro
Saturday, October 10, 2015 / 3:00 pm – Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Drive (off Soquel Drive), Aptos
The Santa Cruz Republican Women Federated invite you to their Fall Wine Social featuring: wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, gift basket raffle. Special Guest Speaker: Tom Del Beccaro, Candidate for the U.S. Senate, 2016
RSVP: $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Sally van Kaathoven at her email or 831-662-2983. No advance payment necessary.
- Fun-Raiser for San Mateo City Council Candidate Karen Schmidt
Saturday, October 10, 2015 / 6:00 pm – LV’s 19th Hole Patio/Bar, 2401 East 3rd Avenue, Foster City
Come get your ticket for a Drink, sign up to Lip-Sync, and Snack the night away at a “Fun-Raiser” for Karen Schmidt, Candidate for San Mateo City Council. The event will take place at Mariners Point Golf Course.
RSVP: Contact Karen Schmidt for City Council. The election takes place on November 3, 2015.
- Marin GOP Lincoln Dinner with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Assem. Catharine Baker
Sunday, October 11, 2015 / 5:30 pm – San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael
The Marin County Republican Party hosts its Lincoln Dinner with keynote speaker San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. They will also celebrate the work of Assembly Member Catherine Baker.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: $50 per person, or sponsorships for $400 a table.
- Lunch with Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina – CANCELLED
Monday, October 12, 2015 / 12:00 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Menlo Park
Due to a scheduling conflict, this event had to be cancelled.
- Reception in Support of Carly for President
Monday, October 12, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Home of Sara and Bill Cumbelich, Address available upon RSVP, Piedmont
Event Hosts Kevin Leader, Mike Novogradac, Doug Scrivner and Phil Lebherz invite you to a reception in support of GOP Candidate for President Carly Fiorina.
RSVP: Reply to Ann Kramer at (916) 706-1015 or email@example.com. Cost: 5:30pm Private Reception with Photo Op – $2,700 per person; 6:00pm General Reception – $500 per person. View the invitation for more information and a response form.
- Napa County Republican Speaker Series with Mayor Jill Techel
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm – To be announced, , Napa
Napa Mayor Jill Techel will be the guest speaker at the second Speaker Series event of the Napa County Republican Party. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents David Spady
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View
The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker David Spady, California State Director of Americans for Prosperity. Find out if California’s water shortage is an accident of nature, or the result of special interests working together to turn a drought into a full-blown crisis.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: 2015 Members – Free; Non-members – $15 online or at the door; First time attendees – $5; Active military and full time students – $1 (must show valid ID at the door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. Learn more on their website.
- Commonwealth Club Presents Ben Bernanke
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 / 6:30 pm – The Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke will be the featured speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California, in conversation with Michael Moritz, Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital. Bernanke is the author of “The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath.”
RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $40 for Non-Members General Admission; $30 for Members; $60 for Premium Members and $70 for Premium Non-Members (seating in first few rows and signed book.) Check-in begins at 5:45pm; Program at 6:30pm.
- Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 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 email@example.com or 408-246-6600.
- Lamorinda RWF Luncheon Featuring Wendy McKeever Lack
Thursday, October 15, 2015 / 11:15 am – Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda
The Lamorinda Republican Women Federated will host a presentation by Wendy McKeever Lack, small business owner and blogger on taxpayer issues. Her topic will be “Pensions and Government 101.”. See invitation for more information.
RSVP: Register by October 9 by email, or send your check made payable to LRWF to Sheri, 3326 Doral Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. 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 Deborah J. La Fetra
Thursday, October 15, 2015 / 11:30 am – Holder’s Country Inn, 998 So. De Anza Blvd., San Jose
Join the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their October luncheon meeting with guest speaker Deborah La Fetra, Principal Attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF). Deborah directs PLF’s Free Enterprise Project that focuses on limiting the expansion of civil liability and protecting the freedom of contract.
RSVP: Reserve your seat by sending a check (must be received by Oct. 12) made payable to “West Valley RWF” to Grace Russo, 2393 Karen Drive, #3, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Cost $21. Questions? Call Grace at 408-244-0280. View the event flyer for more information.