Jim Brulte takes reins of California GOP and its fight for relevancy

Concord Mayor Dan Helix, Councilman Ron Leone, and Tim Grayson have one thing in common. All were registered Republicans who recently bolted the Party. It is speculated that in the case of these office holders, being a member of the GOP has proven to be a handicap not only for holding local non partisan posts, but also in dealing with political matters outside of city limits. Can the new state GOP chairman turn Republican prospects in California around? Continue reading “Jim Brulte takes reins of California GOP and its fight for relevancy”

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California Republicans; An endangered Species?

What’s wrong with the Republican Party? The thought occurred to me a couple years ago while attending a Candidates Forum at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. At this “rubber chicken” event were the Central Committee members of the GOP, who were trying to figure what and whom to endorse in the sample ballot to be sent out to voters. Continue reading “California Republicans; An endangered Species?”

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California GOP crows about 2010 Governor and Senate races

In an e-mail blast this afternoon, the California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring, crowed about the perceived good news concerning the 2010 Governor and Senate races

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In an e-mail blast this afternoon, the California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring, crowed about the perceived good news concerning the 2010 Governor and Senate races:

The new year is only 12 days old and already it’s turning out to be a bad one for Barbara Boxer, and an even worse one for Jerry Brown.

Republicans have a solid field of candidates to choose from in the June primary here in California. Each of the candidates demonstrates the leadership and strength necessary to take full advantage of the national trend that has shifted decidedly away from Democrats.

This week it was revealed that the national Democratic Party has such low confidence in the lazy Jerry Brown campaign that they’re planning an independent expenditure bailout of his candidacy. The fact that the Democrats have to shift national money to the California governor’s race when they have 36 other state governor races to worry about is an extraordinary vote of no confidence in Jerry Brown.

In the Senate race, Barbara Boxer this week was treated to yet another blow as nationally recognized analyst Charlie Cook named her Senate seat as one of nine Democrat-held seats that are ‘in play’ in 2010.

A national political environment favoring Republicans is one half of a winning political formula. The other half is having a strong field of winning candidates, and for the U.S. Senate and Governor, California Republicans have extraordinarily solid candidates to choose from.

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Meg Whitman pitches Sacramento Republicans

“Jobs, spending, K-12 education. If we do not fix these we will end up with a much diminished workforce and a second rate state.” — Meg Whitman

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Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate for California Governor in 2010, spoke before a Sacramento GOP Holiday Party to pitch her vision for California: “Jobs, spending, K-12 education. If we do not fix these we will end up with a much diminished workforce and a second rate state.”

Meg, it’s real simple:

1. Demand that stimulus money in California be used for real jobs in the private sector and not as a slush fund protection racket for state budget bailouts, political pals, and union hacks.

2. Forget about all the puffery about 2/3 majorities and new and oppressive ways to raise taxes. Demand real reform and cut spending, first!

3. Fund every child equally back to parents the right to choose education for their children instead of trapping them in dead end gubbermint run schools that serve unions, bureaucrats, and politicians—instead of parents, teachers, and children.

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CA GOP Supports FED Audit

CA GOP passes a resolution in support of transparency and accountability – wants to see the Federal Reserve fully audited.

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CRP Fall Convention, Indian Wells, California — With the grassroots assistance of the Alameda County GOP and the Sonoma County GOP, the largest State Republican Party in the nation has adopted an official Party position in full support of legislation aimed to Audit the Federal Reserve (HR 1207 and S.604).

Back in March, Members of the Alameda County Republican Central Committee drafted and passed a resolution in support of Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s bill H.R.1207, titled the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009. At the time, H.R.1207 had 36 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, a small fraction of the support it has today.

Following Alameda County’s resolution, the Sonoma County GOP & the Contra Costa GOP passed similar resolutions that set off a chain reaction with other GOP County Central Committees’ and volunteer groups’ outside of the San Francisco Bay Area and even in other states as far away as Virginia and Tennessee.

Since then, while under review by the House Financial Services Committee, the bill has picked up a tremendous amount of support from both sides of the aisle and includes every Republican Representative in the House as a co-sponsor (178) along with 117 Democrats. With 295 total co-sponsors’ H.R.1207 is now eligible for consideration under suspension of House rules. A hearing was recently held by Congressman Barney Frank, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee.

The companion bill in the United States Senate (S.604) has also received bi-partisan support and currently has 28 co-sponsors. Both bills can be read in less than 5-minutes and call for the audit to be reported by the end of 2010.

On September 1st, Alameda County GOP Chairman, Jerry Salcido and Sonoma County GOP Chairman Michael Erickson, submitted a resolution in support of both H.R.1207 & S.604 to the state level to be considered by the California Republican Party delegation at the September 26-27th Fall Convention.

Support H.R.1207 & S.604In the weeks leading up to the convention, Members’ of the Alameda County GOP, Sonoma County GOP, the Campaign for Liberty and the Republican Liberty Caucus of California compiled a list of endorsements from respected Republican leaders in the Party including, but not limited to, Republican Congressman Tom McClintock and Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

Congressman McClintock was one of the first co-sponsors’ of H.R.1207 and enthusiastically endorsed the proposed CRP resolution by Chairman Salcido and Chairman Erickson. Assemblyman DeVore, the Republican frontrunner looking to replace Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010, expressed his strong support for S.604, as well as, protecting tax payer dollars.

At the GOP convention on Saturday, Assemblyman DeVore spoke in support of the proposed resolution during a Resolutions Committee meeting, pointing out the lack of accountability and saying, “…more leaks come out of the CIA than Federal Reserve.” Audience members applauded DeVore after hearing his explaination about why the Federal Reserve needs to be audited.

David LaTour, one of the original authors’ of the resolution, who also serves as the Alameda County GOP Assistant Treasurer and a CRP delegate said, “I was very impressed with Chuck’s understanding of the need for accountability and transparency with the FED. It was great to have his support today and I look forward to helping his campaign in any way that I can. I‘d love to send Boxer into retirement.”

CA GOP supports Audit the FedAfter discussing the proposed resolution, Members of the Resolutions Committee expressed their full support by unanimously voting to recommend approval to the CRP delegation.

The following day, Members of the CRP delegation assembled together and gave final approval to the resolution in support of the FED audit with what sounded like only one gentleman in the audience opposed to the idea.

Matthew Heath, a CRP delegate who serves on the Sonoma County GOP said he hoped that the support from the largest Republican Party in the country would encourage some of the remaining Republican Senators’ that have yet to sign onto to S.604 to do so.

David Ewing, a CRP delegate also from the Sonoma County GOP, said, “It’s our goal to get this important piece of legislation passed in both chambers’ of Congress and onto the President’s desk to be signed into law. Whatever we can do to get it there, we‘re going to do! It‘s that important.”

With the official support of the California Republican Party, activists within the Party have moved one step closer to achieving their goal and the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 has moved one step closer to becoming law.

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State GOP debates open primary

But this move is to reduce the choice of even party members as leadership circles wagons for some candidate of their own choice, as witnessed in the recent endorsement of one candidate during the CD-10 Special Election Primary.

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The California GOP is about to enter open warfare over whether to support Open or Closed Primaries. Moderates, including Abel Maldonado, as well as gubernatorial candidates like Meg Whitman, and Tom Campbell prefer open primaries that allow moderates to appeal to independents for votes.

In contrast, the weakening leadership of the California Republican Party hoped to ban decline-to-state voters, currently 20% of the California electorate and growing, from participating in choosing Republican candidates for statewide and federal office.

John Fleischman, a sycophant of Tom Del Beccaro, the party’s vice chair and vice chair of the clearly failed Contra Costa Republican Party, proposed the ban that will be voted on at the Party’s convention later this month, September 25-27.

Many, like Maldonado, believe that such a ban would be suicide. Meanwhile, the struggling party leadership hopes to keep out unwanted new ideas, new citizens, Ron Paul activists or anyone hoping the party would align itself more with the U.S. Constitution, as well as moderates and independent voices; maybe even conservatives that don’t believe (gasp!) that the U.S., and California in particular, are God’s chosen nation and lost tribe. Amen.

Now we learn that Fleischman has withdrawn his proposal because “the matter was becoming extremely divisive due to a lot of misinformation being spread about the proposal, and its effects.”

Lordy if this doesn’t sound like Obama and the left-wing-nuts complaining about tea baggers.

Normally, I would support closed party primaries just on principle. And a good one. But this move is to reduce the choice of even party members; as leadership circles the rapidly disappearing wagons to promote some candidate of their own choice, as witnessed in the recent endorsement of one candidate, David Harmer, from among six during the CD-10 Special Election Primary.

History shows that Del Beccaro has already driven the Contra Costa GOP into the ground and now it seems he and his rg-tag gang of fifth-tier bloggers like Franks, Fleischman and hot-talk cronies like Brian Sussman intend to ruin what’s left of the party statewide.

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