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Republican Leaders Oppose Repeal of Top Two

“As former Republican state legislative leaders, we’ve each been responsible for electing Republicans. We know what it takes to win, and what’s at stake.

We’re writing to strongly recommend that Republican delegates reject the current efforts to repeal Proposition 14. Repealing Proposition 14 right now would rescue California Democrats from their brutal and costly infighting, and would almost certainly unleash a potentially devastating tsunami of money against our Republican candidates, a tsunami that might put us in super minority status indefinitely.

Just look at the facts. As reported by Cal Watchdog, over the past three election cycles, Democrats have spent a staggering $197 million on intraparty battles under Proposition 14. The Democratic infighting under Proposition 14 has become so vicious that Politico recently wrote that California’s Democratic Party has plunged into “civil war,” and the Chair of the Democratic Party recently warned that Proposition 14 is the “gravest danger” facing the Democratic Party.

When your opponents are attacking each other, the best strategy is to get out of the way.

It’s difficult enough to win legislative seats when Democrats are currently outraising Republicans 3 to 1. You don’t have to fully support the top two primary to realize that now is no time to repeal Proposition 14 and give the Democrats a $197 million dollar gift – enough to spend $3 million targeting every single Republican legislator in the State Senate or State Assembly.

Our California Republican Party faces challenges, and the comeback won’t happen overnight. But needed reforms are taking hold and the party is headed in the right direction in the long term. Whether you support Proposition 14 or not, we should all agree that it’s a positive development that the Democrats are spending $197 million against their own candidates instead of against ours.

Let’s focus on rebuilding our party – not theirs. We urge you to join us in rejecting current efforts to repeal Proposition 14.”

Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader
2012-2015

Martin Garrick
Assembly Republican Leader 2010

Sam Blakeslee
Assembly Republican Leader
2009-2010

George Plescia
Assembly Republican Leader
2006

Robert Naylor
Assembly Republican Leader 1982-1984
CRP Chairman 1987-1989

 

Convention Invitation

 
Dear Republican Delegate/Friend,
 
I hope you can join me this weekend for the BayAreaGOP Reception at the California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim.  There will be lots going on, and you won’t want to miss it.
 
BayAreaGOP Convention Reception – Saturday Evening
Refreshments at 9 pm
Platinum 7 Ballroom at the Marriott

I invite you to join us after dinner Saturday night at the BayAreaGOP briefing, where you can catch up on the latest developments and socialize with fellow Bay Area delegates and activists.  We will discuss key issues coming up at the convention, committee results, and plans for the Sunday morning floor session.  “Tacos and S’Mores” plus beverages will be served starting at 9:00 pm.
  
Convention Program and Registration
The Convention hotel is the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim.  
 
You can see the program here. You can register and purchase event tickets here. There will be committee meetings, voter file labs, hospitality suites, vendors, and hundreds of great Republicans from around the state.
CRP Committees Will Consider Issues
  
At the convention the Rules, Resolutions, and Proxies and Credentials Committees will be meeting to consider rules changes, proposed resolutions, and proxy matters, respectively.  The committees will make recommendations for the delegates to act upon in the General Session on Sunday.  Meeting times are shown below.
 
The Rules Committee will consider eight proposals, including two that would allow the CAGOP to endorse statewide candidates and one to pay the State Chairman for his or her work.  The Resolutions Committee will consider a number of resolutions, including a Top Two Primary resolution.  More information about the Top Two Primary is available at www.letsbuildourparty.com.

 

Schedule
Key events and times of special interest for Bay Area attendees include:
 
Friday, October 20
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – County Chairman’s Association Meeting  
Saturday, October 21
  • 10:00 – 11:30 – Rules Committee in Grand G-H.
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Associate Representative Election 
  • 12:00 noon – Deadline to turn in Proxies
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saturday Speaker Series Featuring Judge Jeanine Pirro, Stephen Moore, Grover Norquist and Charlie Kirk
  • 4:00 – 5:30 – Resolutions Committee in Grand D.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 – Proxies and Credentials Committee in Grand G-H.
     
  • 9:00 pm – BayAreaGOP Reception starts in the Platinum 7 Ballroom.  Refreshments will be available.   
Sunday, October 22
  • 7:00 am – Proxy Desk opens for proxy pickup
  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Proxies and Credentials Committee in Orange County 2
  • 9:00 am – General Session   

Proxies
 
If you are a delegate and can not attend the General Session Sunday morning, please be sure to arrange a proxy.  You may get the form online here.  If you need assistance, you may contact us at convention@bayareagop.com.
I’ll see you in Anaheim.

Best Regards, 

Luis

GOP IN THE NEWS


Californians are mobilizing against new taxes

By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
For Lincoln News Messenger
September 25, 2017

A few weeks ago, as the Legislature was wrapping up its final business of 2017, the Speaker of the Assembly hailed this year as the most “progressive” in California history. Now, I often do not agree with the Speaker. But in at least one sense, this superlative was accurate: the just-completed legislative session brought the tax burden of Californians to unprecedented heights.

New taxes and fees were slapped onto gasoline, vehicle registration, real estate transactions and even phone bills. While we were successful in defeating a dreadful water tax and yet another income tax hike, the overall growth in revenue – dollars transferred from citizens to government – is staggering, and I believe, exactly the wrong course for our state. And the people of California agree: Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike have registered broad opposition to these burdensome new taxes.

The good news is that citizen opposition is turning into grassroots action. The people of California are starting to fight back. When the Legislature imposed the largest gas tax increase in state history, $52 billion over 10 years, voters responded in two ways: by launching an initiative to repeal the gas tax and by initiating a recall against the Orange County senator who cast the deciding vote. Frustrated with politicians in Sacramento, citizens took matters into their own hands using the tools of direct democracy.

Read More


A Tax By Any Other Name

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
September 27, 2017

A Sacramento judge’s re-writing of the gas tax initiative title and summary will have implications on a title and summary for a second initiative on the same subject–and then the battle begins whether one or both measures make the ballot.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley is probably a fan of the writing style of Winston Churchill. The British Prime Minister, known for his adept use of the English language, said, “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”

The judge admonished the attorney general for trying to use the “amorphous and confusing term “revenues” to refer to “taxes” and “fees.””

The judge went on to say: “This is a remarkable argument since SB 1 raises new “revenues” solely by increasing taxes and fees.”

Read More


Here’s why California’s historic housing legislation won’t bring down costs anytime soon

By Angela Hart
Sacramento Bee
September 27, 2017

California lawmakers this year took historic action to address what one housing economist says is the state’s most serious problem: unaffordability.

“Over the past 30 years, we’ve made it very difficult to build new housing and wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of house prices or rents, to the point it has grown into a crisis. It’s the single biggest problem California faces,” said Ken Rosen, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. “If we don’t solve this problem, the economic impacts over the next five to 10 years will be devastating.

“Companies will move out. Young people won’t be able to afford to stay here. As people retire, they’ll move, and California will no longer be the Golden State,” Rosen said.

Read More


Photo by Max Whittaker

What a difference three days makes: How voters shook up California’s Legislature

By Laurel Rosenhall
CALmatters
September 20, 2017

Something was different this year.

As lawmakers in Sacramento approached the last night of their session—the final opportunity to pass or kill bills for the year—they had had three days to figure out how to vote.

Three days may not sound like much, given the magnitude of the decisions involved in shaping policy for 39 million Californians. But it’s three more days than lawmakers used to have to make up their minds on some measures.

That’s because a new law voters imposed last year forbids them to act on a bill until it’s been available to the public for 72 hours. While most legislation is published online for several weeks or months, every year lawmakers write some new ones at the last minute, leaving almost no time for the public—or even their colleagues in the Legislature—to scrutinize the proposals.

The new routine was met with mixed reviews as lawmakers pounded through hundreds of proposals before adjourning in the wee hours Saturday.

“It takes a lot of tension out of the Legislature in the last week because we don’t have to be jammed with new bills that we haven’t read,” said Democratic Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose. “When you get stuff that’s written, like, two hours before, it’s tough to decide what’s best for your constituents.”

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GOP IN THE NEWS


Californians are mobilizing against new taxes

By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley
For Lincoln News Messenger
September 25, 2017

A few weeks ago, as the Legislature was wrapping up its final business of 2017, the Speaker of the Assembly hailed this year as the most “progressive” in California history. Now, I often do not agree with the Speaker. But in at least one sense, this superlative was accurate: the just-completed legislative session brought the tax burden of Californians to unprecedented heights.

New taxes and fees were slapped onto gasoline, vehicle registration, real estate transactions and even phone bills. While we were successful in defeating a dreadful water tax and yet another income tax hike, the overall growth in revenue – dollars transferred from citizens to government – is staggering, and I believe, exactly the wrong course for our state. And the people of California agree: Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike have registered broad opposition to these burdensome new taxes.

The good news is that citizen opposition is turning into grassroots action. The people of California are starting to fight back. When the Legislature imposed the largest gas tax increase in state history, $52 billion over 10 years, voters responded in two ways: by launching an initiative to repeal the gas tax and by initiating a recall against the Orange County senator who cast the deciding vote. Frustrated with politicians in Sacramento, citizens took matters into their own hands using the tools of direct democracy.

Read More


A Tax By Any Other Name

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
September 27, 2017

A Sacramento judge’s re-writing of the gas tax initiative title and summary will have implications on a title and summary for a second initiative on the same subject–and then the battle begins whether one or both measures make the ballot.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley is probably a fan of the writing style of Winston Churchill. The British Prime Minister, known for his adept use of the English language, said, “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”

The judge admonished the attorney general for trying to use the “amorphous and confusing term “revenues” to refer to “taxes” and “fees.””

The judge went on to say: “This is a remarkable argument since SB 1 raises new “revenues” solely by increasing taxes and fees.”

Read More


CRP Convention October 19-21

BayAreaGOP invites you to attend their Saturday evening reception at the Republican Convention. Read more about other activities of interest to Bay Area Republicans.

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Republican Leaders
Oppose Repeal of Top Two

“As former Republican state legislative leaders, we’ve each been responsible for electing Republicans. We know what it takes to win, and what’s at stake.

We’re writing to strongly recommend that Republican delegates reject the current efforts to repeal Proposition 14. Repealing Proposition 14 right now would rescue California Democrats from their brutal and costly infighting, and would almost certainly unleash a potentially devastating tsunami of money against our Republican candidates, a tsunami that might put us in super minority status indefinitely.

Just look at the facts. As reported by Cal Watchdog, over the past three election cycles, Democrats have spent a staggering $197 million on intraparty battles under Proposition 14. The Democratic infighting under Proposition 14 has become so vicious that Politico recently wrote that California’s Democratic Party has plunged into “civil war,” and the Chair of the Democratic Party recently warned that Proposition 14 is the “gravest danger” facing the Democratic Party.

When your opponents are attacking each other, the best strategy is to get out of the way.

It’s difficult enough to win legislative seats when Democrats are currently outraising Republicans 3 to 1. You don’t have to fully support the top two primary to realize that now is no time to repeal Proposition 14 and give the Democrats a $197 million dollar gift – enough to spend $3 million targeting every single Republican legislator in the State Senate or State Assembly.

Our California Republican Party faces challenges, and the comeback won’t happen overnight. But needed reforms are taking hold and the party is headed in the right direction in the long term. Whether you support Proposition 14 or not, we should all agree that it’s a positive development that the Democrats are spending $197 million against their own candidates instead of against ours.

Let’s focus on rebuilding our party – not theirs. We urge you to join us in rejecting current efforts to repeal Proposition 14.”

Bob Huff
Senate Republican Leader
2012-2015

Martin Garrick
Assembly Republican Leader 2010

Sam Blakeslee
Assembly Republican Leader
2009-2010

George Plescia
Assembly Republican Leader
2006

Robert Naylor
Assembly Republican Leader 1982-1984
CRP Chairman 1987-1989

 

 

Convention Invitation

 
Dear Republican Delegate/Friend,
 
I hope you can join me this weekend for the BayAreaGOP Reception at the California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim.  There will be lots going on, and you won’t want to miss it.
 
BayAreaGOP Convention Reception
Saturday Evening
Refreshments at 9 pm
Platinum 7 Ballroom at the Marriott

I invite you to join us after dinner Saturday night at the BayAreaGOP briefing, where you can catch up on the latest developments and socialize with fellow Bay Area delegates and activists.  We will discuss key issues coming up at the convention, committee results, and plans for the Sunday morning floor session.  “Tacos and S’Mores” plus beverages will be served starting at 9:00 pm.
  
Convention Program and Registration
The Convention hotel is the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim.  
 
You can see the program here.  You can register and purchase event tickets here.  There will be committee meetings, voter file labs, hospitality suites, vendors, and hundreds of great Republicans from around the state.
CRP Committees Will Consider Issues
  
At the convention the Rules, Resolutions, and Proxies and Credentials Committees will be meeting to consider rules changes, proposed resolutions, and proxy matters, respectively.  The committees will make recommendations for the delegates to act upon in the General Session on Sunday.  Meeting times are shown below.
 
The Rules Committee will consider eight proposals, including two that would allow the CAGOP to endorse statewide candidates and one to pay the State Chairman for his or her work.  The Resolutions Committee will consider a number of resolutions, including a Top Two Primary resolution.  More information about the Top Two Primary is available at www.letsbuildourparty.com.

 

Schedule
Key events and times of special interest for Bay Area attendees include:
 
Friday, October 20
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – County Chairman’s Association Meeting  
Saturday, October 21
  • 10:00 – 11:30 – Rules Committee in Grand G-H.
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Associate Representative Election 
  • 12:00 noon – Deadline to turn in Proxies
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saturday Speaker Series Featuring Judge Jeanine Pirro, Stephen Moore, Grover Norquist and Charlie Kirk
  • 4:00 – 5:30 – Resolutions Committee in Grand D.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 – Proxies and Credentials Committee in Grand G-H.
  • 9:00 pm – BayAreaGOP Reception starts in the Platinum 7 Ballroom.  Refreshments will be available.   
Sunday, October 22
  • 7:00 am – Proxy Desk opens for proxy pickup
  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Proxies and Credentials Committee in Orange County 2
  • 9:00 am – General Session   
Proxies
 
If you are a delegate and can not attend the General Session Sunday morning, please be sure to arrange a proxy.  You may get the form online here.  If you need assistance, you may contact us at convention@bayareagop.com.
I’ll see you in Anaheim.

Best Regards, 

Luis

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


Here’s why California’s historic housing legislation won’t bring down costs anytime soon

By Angela Hart
Sacramento Bee
September 27, 2017

California lawmakers this year took historic action to address what one housing economist says is the state’s most serious problem: unaffordability.

“Over the past 30 years, we’ve made it very difficult to build new housing and wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of house prices or rents, to the point it has grown into a crisis. It’s the single biggest problem California faces,” said Ken Rosen, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. “If we don’t solve this problem, the economic impacts over the next five to 10 years will be devastating.

“Companies will move out. Young people won’t be able to afford to stay here. As people retire, they’ll move, and California will no longer be the Golden State,” Rosen said.

Read More


What a difference three days makes: How voters shook up California’s Legislature

By Laurel Rosenhall
CALmatters
September 20, 2017

Something was different this year.

As lawmakers in Sacramento approached the last night of their session—the final opportunity to pass or kill bills for the year—they had had three days to figure out how to vote.

Three days may not sound like much, given the magnitude of the decisions involved in shaping policy for 39 million Californians. But it’s three more days than lawmakers used to have to make up their minds on some measures.

That’s because a new law voters imposed last year forbids them to act on a bill until it’s been available to the public for 72 hours. While most legislation is published online for several weeks or months, every year lawmakers write some new ones at the last minute, leaving almost no time for the public—or even their colleagues in the Legislature—to scrutinize the proposals.

The new routine was met with mixed reviews as lawmakers pounded through hundreds of proposals before adjourning in the wee hours Saturday.

Read More


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