No excuses for California Democrat Supermajority

Finally! Democrats in the state legislature can no longer blame their failures on the California GOP. In the recent election Democrats gained a two thirds Supermajority in the Assembly and State Senate. With the new configuration of the legislature, Republicans are unable block any bill, nor can they overturn a veto by Governor Brown. In short the California Republican Party (CRP) is no longer a force to be compromised with in Sacramento. Continue reading “No excuses for California Democrat Supermajority”

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Rats jump local GOP sinking ship

Poulos and Del Beccaro’s resignation come as the CCRP’s ad hoc financial investigation committee nears the release of its report.

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Contra Costa Rerpublican Party Central (CCRP) Committee chairman Greg Poulos, has announced his resignation. Poulos follows the resignation of disgraced former chair and vice-chair Tom Del Beccaro, who also serves as Vice Chair of the California Republican Party, whose leadership is currently mired in sexual scandal.

Poulus was unelected, but was appointed as a member and chairman of the committee by Del Beccaro and was seen as Del Beccaro’s sock puppet. Poulos and his dwindling supporters typically characterized any opposition to the Central Committee’s incompetence, lack of transparency and financial ruin, as attempts to destroy the party.

Poulos and Del Beccaro’s resignation come as the CCRP’s ad hoc financial investigation committee nears the release of its report.

Knowledgeable sources suggest CCRP member Gene Kreps, recovering from knee surgery, would be in line to take over the chairmanship. Del Beccaro supporters Patty O’Day and Treasurer Darci Linn may also be considered.

Questions remain concerning culpability for the organization’s longstanding debt.

POULOS RESIGNATION LETTER

Becky Kolberg
Secretary
Contra Costa County Republican Party

Dear Becky:

I write this notice to formally resign my positions as Chair of the Contra Costa County Republican Party and central Committee member, effective immediately.

I joined this Party to make a difference in my community–to spread the word about conservative values and ideals, to help get Republicans elected, and to make our county and our state a better place to live, work, and raise our families. It has been a pleasure working alongside my fellow Republicans. I am proud to call many of these folks my friends. We have put in a lot of time and hard work together, and, despite the occasional challenges and clashes of local politics, we have accomplished much.

But the position of Chair has come to require more time than I am able to give. Going into the 2010 elections, Contra Costa will need a Chair able to devote even more time than usual to advancing the agenda of the Central Committee and doing our part to secure local and statewide victory at the ballot box.

After my resignation, I look forward to returning my energies full time to my family and business, and serving the efforts of the conservative movement and the Republican Party as I am able.

Therefore, I humbly submit my resignation, and wish the party continued success in the future.

Sincerely,

Greg Poulos
Chairman
Contra Costa Republican Party

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It’s official, the GOP sucks

Polls shows voters have low view of Republican Party

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A CNN Poll released today shows just 36 percent of voters polled said they had a positive view of the Republican Party.

What’s worse, even Republicans hate the GOP!

A new Rasmussen survey national telephone survey finds that 73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.

And then there’s the California Republican Party!

Read more at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/23/gop-favorable-rating-the_n_331799.html

http://biggovernment.com/2009/10/23/73-of-gop-voters-say-congressional-republicans-have-lost-touch-with-their-base/

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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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California GOP death wish

At its state convention kicking off at Indian Wells on September 25, the California GOP (CRP) will consider a number of important issues ostensibly intended to elect more Republicans in 2010.

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At its state convention kicking off at Indian Wells on September 25, the California GOP (CRP) will consider a number of important issues ostensibly intended to elect more Republicans in 2010.

SEE DOCUMENT AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST

Ironically, party leaders will consider adoption of new membership rules that will likely lead to continued GOP losses in the Golden State, by shooing away younger voters from the party. First, some background is in order.

During the past several years a GOP power struggle has been playing out at local and state levels of the party. In no small measure this fight is between generations and their respective values. In demographer’s jargon, this is a brawl between Boomers & Gen Xers (age 40+) vs. the Millenials (ages 20’s and 30’s). Largely fueled by frustration with the GOP’s campaign ’08, Republican organizations in counties up and down the state have been characterized by turmoil and conflict, as newly-elected and generally younger party members have clashed with old guard members in a struggle for party control.

young republicans challenge old guard in california, california politics, california republican party, california gop, crp, changes to bylaws, tom del beccaro, ron nehring, jon fleishmanIn some county party organizations, such as in Alameda County, newly-elected central committee members have successfully seized the reins of party leadership from the autocratic old-guard only to be slapped with a lawsuit from those ousted, with amicus support from the state GOP, but that’s another story. In other county parties, such as in Contra Costa, newly-elected central committee members have been arm-wrestling with tyrannical party leaders who have a track record of doing anything – including flagrantly violation of party by-laws – to retain control of the party organization.

Up and down California younger, thoughtful, libertarian-leaning Republicans have shaken up the fossilized old-timers by challenging their leadership and vociferously criticizing the GOP’s startling lack of results in fundraising and at the ballot box. These energetic, ambitious political newcomers are smart as whips, entrepreneurial, well-informed, tech savvy and, unlike old-line Repubs, possess know-how and ideological clarity.

This new generation of Republicans is fiercely independent and focused on individual freedom and economics rather than social issues. But they are highly diverse: some are affiliated with organized religion, while others are agnostics and atheists. Some supported the ’08 Ron Paul campaign, many others are longtime, hardworking loyal Republicans who have become increasingly humiliated by the characteristic Sheriff-Barney-Fife-esque bungling of the GOP.

Regardless of their differences, these New Republicans expect results, reject strong-arm party tactics and backroom deals, and demand party leadership that is competent. Most importantly, they’re willing to take risks and battle the status quo to achieve positive change in the party, to achieve their ideological goals.

These young Republicans compare the Dems’ masterful exploitation of technology during campaign ’08 with the, um . . . well . . . non-existent tech use by the GOP, to identify a key teachable moment to the Republican establishment: You can’t compete when you forfeit the game.

Fundamentally this new, young breed of Republicans seeks to reform the party to bring it into alignment with core conservative principles advocating limited government and economic freedom. They believe this formula will lead to success at the ballot box – if placed in the right hands that are capable of optimizing 21st century technology to the party’s benefit.

Make no mistake: these freedom-loving individualists and radical capitalists are here to stay. They expect much from themselves and from others, demanding accountability from party leaders and decrying hypocrisy and misconduct wherever it’s found. They have the courage to call ‘em as they see ‘em, to confront the GOP blue bloods who just ain’t cuttin’ it – and, importantly, are unconcerned about maintaining social graces or the preserving a good ol’ boy party network.

Predictably, it follows that these Gen-Nexters eschew the GOP politics-as-usual that elected the likes of George Bush and Arnold Scwarzenegger who expanded the size and scope of government in ways indistinguishable from Democrats. These young ‘uns even reject the term “conservative” because it paints them with the same broad brush used to describe Bush, et. al. The only moniker that has emerged to describe this new breed is the Ron-Paulish term “Constitutional Republicans”, inasmuch as they believe that quaint ideas such as enumerated powers are, well, actually pretty important. As yet, however, this individualistic group largely defies labeling.

In this fractious environment one would expect GOP leadership to make friendly overtures to these Gen-Nexters to bring them into the fold and use their energy, smarts and numbers to fill talent gaps and shore up a demonstrably struggling, weak party. Surely party leaders would respond to the youthful idealism of these party newcomers with understanding, wisdom and openness.

Uh, no. Guess again.

In response to the challenge presented by this new generation of Republicans, the California GOP establishment has sought to discredit the pesky newcomers by actively fueling a paranoid “us vs. them” mentality in the party. It’s enough to make Hugo Chavez proud.

Now, in its latest move, the CRP is proposing to change its rules in a bold and shameless ploy to keep the old-guard in power. At the fall CRP convention GOP delegates will consider new membership “qualifications” that require party members to “be registered Republicans in good standing at least three years before ‘declaring’ candidacy for state and county party positions.”

Translation: All of you registered Republicans who are newly-naturalized citizens or, until recently, were registered as independents or decline-to-states, can go straight to h – – -.

It remains to be seen how the CRP would put this new rule into practice. Would this rule operate retroactively, to purge “undesirables” from county central committees who registered Republican more recently than 2007? Or would it operate prospectively, to shut out party participation by so-called troublemakers who have only recently made the leap from decline-to-state or independent status to party affiliation? The proposed changes circulated by the party don’t offer explanation.

Regardless of the intent behind this new proposed requirement, its likely effect would be to drive away bright, talented young Republicans from the GOP, particularly when combined with the hostile reception newcomers receive at many county party organizations. It’s not overkill to call this prescription a GOP death wish.

Under current CRP leadership, many observers anticipate continued growth in the statewide ranks of independents and decline-to-states in contrast to continued decline in registered Republicans. It is apparent that, rather than reflecting on and adapting to current realities by embracing a new generation of conservatives, CRP leadership prefers to resist change in an effort to defend its shrinking power base anchored by thinning and aging ranks of old, faithful pachyderms.

The proposed membership qualification rule indicates that CRP leaders are more interested in retaining organizational power than in building a party capable of winning elections. In light of this development, Dale Carnegie’s insight into human nature seems apt: “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”

READ THE PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

Proposed CRP Rules Changes Fall2009.Pages

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CRP is the party of stupid

The latest bit of stupidity to come down the pike is that the party of conservatism donated $650,000 to Governor Schwarzenegger. Problem is the money is being used to fund the six ballot measures that are actively opposed by the CRP and hated by Republicans

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The California Republican Party (CRP) was once a noble group of Republicans that produced Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian and a many others.

But as I look at today’s CRP, I see a party of fools.

Republican activists are trying to recall three GOP legislators and the GOP governor, while the GOP leaders in both houses of the legislature have been forced from their top posts.

The latest bit of stupidity to come down the pike is that the party of conservatism donated $650,000 to Governor Schwarzenegger. Problem is the money is being used to fund the six ballot measures that are actively opposed by the CRP and hated by Republicans.

This is truly a WTF moment.

What is wrong with the CRP that they would let this happen? This political party is in need of deep psychotherapy. Meanwhile events just keep getting more twisted as the party is in complete free fall with no bottom in sight.

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