UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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Congratulations Republican Candidates

While votes are still being counted, the following candidates are expected to be our Republican nominees for the General Election.

Matt Heath for Assembly District 2

Lisa Romero for Assembly District 11

Catharine Baker for Assembly District 16

Steve Slauson for Assembly District 18

Keith Bogdon for Assembly District 19

Christina Laskowski for Assembly District 22

Alex Glew for Assembly District 24

Bob Brunton for Assembly District 25

Michael Snyder for Assembly District 28

Vicki Nohrden for Assembly District 29

Neil Kitchens for Assembly District 30

Victor San Vicente for State Senate District 10

Rob Poythress for State Senate District 12

Dale Mensing for Congressional District 2

Charlie Schaupp for Congressional District 3

Marla Livengood for Congressional District 9

Lisa Remmer for Congressional District 12

Cristina Osmena for Congressional District 14

Rudy Peters for Congressional District 15

Ron Cohen for Congressional District 17

Christine Russell for Congressional District 18


Write-In Votes Are Still Being Counted

Joe Grcar, Ph.D. for Assembly District 20 

Burt Lancaster for Assembly District 27

Jeanne Solnordal for Congressional District 13 

Justin Aguilera for Congressional District 19 

 

 

 

Four Republican Write-In Candidates Step Up: Please Write Yours In
 
Jean Solnordal and Justin Aguilera Run for Congress
G. Burt Lancaster and Joseph Grcar Run for Assembly
 
After no one filed to oppose four incumbent Democrats, write-in candidates have jumped in to oppose them and offer voters a sensible alternative.  They are Jean Solnordal (CD13, incumbent Barbara Lee), Justin Aguilera (CD19 Zoe Lofgren), G.Burt Lancaster (AD27 Ash Kalra), and Joseph Grcar (AD20 Bill Quirk).  If voters write them in, and they come in in the top two, they’ll be on the November ballot as the Republican nominees.  So please write them in if you vote in any of these districts.
Be sure to follow the County’s instructions by writing in the name and completing the arrow to the right. See example below:
 
 
Jeanne Solnordal is running in Congressional District 13, in the Berkeley-Oakland-San Leandro area.  She believes it is important for the Republican Party to be represented on the ballot.  She strongly opposes the sanctuary state law and is working to encourage cities to opt out.  She is a strong believer in freedom of speech and wants to support groups on campus whose freedom of speech has been suppressed.  
 
Jeanne grew up in New Hampshire and takes seriously the state motto, “Live Free or Die”.  She came to California after she joined the Air Force and was assigned to Travis Air Force Base.  She worked her way up at the IRS for 18 years, becoming a manager teaching tax law.  At the same time she earned her BA degree in tax accounting at Golden Gate University and a law degree at JFK University.  Subsequently, she became a real estate broker and now runs a successful real estate company with her husband.  She’s also raised five successful children.  You can contact Jeanne Solnordal at her campaign email address: jeannesolnordal@yahoo.com.
 
Justin Aguilera is running in Congressional District 19, which runs from central San Jose down Highway 101 to Gilroy. (district map)  He was featured in the May issue of the BayAreaGOP Newsletter.
 
Justin has an entrepreneurial spirit.  He has been working in Silicon Valley as Director of Business Development and Marketing for a bail bonds company, as well as similar work for Global Supply Industries Inc.
 
Dedicated to community service, Justin has worked with various charities, including tutoring and passing out goods at Sacred Heart in San Jose, preparing food at Dorothy’s Kitchen, and volunteering at STAR Riders in Marina, where they provide horseback riding to disabled children.
 
Having spoken to many young people, Justin is aware of the many issues that affect the children of Santa Clara County.  They grow up in an age of ever advancing technology, with a staggering amount of student loans, and difficulties in finding affordable housing.
 
Congressional District 19 runs from central San Jose down Highway 101 to Gilroy.  (See the map.)  A voter from the district need only write the name “Justin Aguilera” on the appropriate place on the ballot, for either a mail-in ballot or at the polling place.
 
Read more here. Justin’s campaign webpage is www.JustinAguilera.com.  
 
G. Burt Lancaster is running in Assembly District 27, which includes the eastern and southeastern parts of San Jose plus the downtown area.  He says, “I will work on cutting frivolous spending that plagues our state government”.  He has had a long and successful career involving engineering, entrepreneurship, and consulting.
 
Burt was born in San Francisco to a poor family and grew up in the East Palo Alto area.  Out of necessity, he began earning money at age 11.  He washed dishes and did odd jobs and was able to join the Sea Scouts.  He earned his college degree at the California Maritime Academy with an emphasis in engineering.  
 
After working as an engineer at Lytton Industries, Burt served in the Navy, aboard the USS Maury in the Pacific.  At age 21 he was the youngest chief engineer of a deep draft vessel in the Navy.  After his service, he returned to Silicon Valley and joined Air Products and became an expert in manufacturing high tech devices.  He started his own consulting business, turned around two companies, and started others.  
 
Today, Burt continues to help many people and companies become successful and has clients around the world.  His community activities include running a senior program in Cupertino for over 25 years.  He and his wife Diane have two adopted Korean children and one grandchild. You can contact G. Burt Lancaster’s campaign at his email address.
 
Joseph Grcar (pronounced Ger-cher) is running in Assembly District 20, which runs from Hayward to northern Fremont.  He says that when the current assemblyman was a city council member in Hayward, he trashed the shoreline by building an ugly power plant to provide power – to San Francisco!  Grcar opposes Regional Measure 3, both for local reasons (East Bay commuters pay heavily but don’t receive many benefits) and general reasons (tolls never sunset and rise automatically; projects are vague and benefits doubtful).
 
Grcar was born in Minnesota.  He and his wife earned their doctorates in the Mid-West, then moved to California.  He says he “was a scientist at the government laboratories in both Livermore and in Berkeley, where I acquired some amazing stories and a healthy skepticism for the wisdom of trying to solve problems by throwing money at them.”  You can learn more about Joseph Grcar on his campaign website, joegrcar.com.

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GOP IN THE NEWS


Republicans Are More Eager to Vote This Year Than Democrats

Rasmussen Reports
June 7, 2018

Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats and independents about voting this November, but all Americans are more eager to vote than they were in the last mid-term elections. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of Likely Republican Voters say they are more likely to vote this year than they have been in past election years. That compares to 64% of Democrats and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party.

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Progressives’ Situational, Self-Serving, Love of Transparency

By Jon Coupal
Fox & Hounds
June 1, 2018

We’ve all heard of “situational ethics.” This column is about “situational transparency,” a phenomenon among progressives who love transparency in matters of public policy, except when they hate it.

Let’s review the areas in which progressives support transparency: the salaries of CEOs, the race and gender of employees, the details of business supply chains and, of course, extensive disclosures about campaign finance.

But in other matters, particularly relating to their own interests, the same people are flatly opposed to transparency. For example, progressives claim to desire disclosure of who pays for political advertising, and they backed legislation such as Assembly Bill 249, a burdensome mandate to add confusing content to political ads. It was so burdensome, in fact, that an exception was made for ads paid for by labor unions, major backers of progressive politicians.

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Checking the math on cap and trade, some experts say it’s not adding up

By Julie Cart
CALmatters
May 22, 2018

As California accelerates its efforts to reduce greenhouses gases over the next decade, experts are pointing to vulnerabilities in its celebrated cap-and-trade system, weaknesses that could make the state’s goals difficult—even impossible—to reach.

Cap and trade, featuring a market where permission to pollute is bought and sold, is a key mechanism California uses to lower the volume of harmful discharges by industries that are subject to state emissions caps. But as the California Air Resources Board ponders a major retrofitting of the highly complex program, state analysts say that in a little over a decade emissions could soar much higher than the legally binding level.

Checking the math on cap and trade has taken on urgency this year because the state is leaning more heavily on the system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The air board projects the program will account for about 46 percent of annual reductions in coming years, a figure that has surprised many experts.

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LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

View more details for events on the Calendar of Upcoming Events or view the Monthly Calendar of Events.

GOP In the News


Republicans Are More Eager to Vote This Year Than Democrats

Rasmussen Reports
June 7, 2018

Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats and independents about voting this November, but all Americans are more eager to vote than they were in the last mid-term elections. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of Likely Republican Voters say they are more likely to vote this year than they have been in past election years. That compares to 64% of Democrats and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party.

Read More


Progressives’ Situational, Self-Serving, Love of Transparency

By Jon Coupal
Fox & Hounds
June 1, 2018

We’ve all heard of “situational ethics.” This column is about “situational transparency,” a phenomenon among progressives who love transparency in matters of public policy, except when they hate it.

Let’s review the areas in which progressives support transparency: the salaries of CEOs, the race and gender of employees, the details of business supply chains and, of course, extensive disclosures about campaign finance.

But in other matters, particularly relating to their own interests, the same people are flatly opposed to transparency. For example, progressives claim to desire disclosure of who pays for political advertising, and they backed legislation such as Assembly Bill 249, a burdensome mandate to add confusing content to political ads. It was so burdensome, in fact, that an exception was made for ads paid for by labor unions, major backers of progressive politicians.

Read More


Battle over gas-tax hike intensifies

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
May 28, 2018

measure to repeal California’s hefty new increases in taxes and fees on motorists, more than $5 billion a year, is awaiting signature verification for a place on November’s ballot.

However, it’s already an issue in some June 5 election contests—especially in a recall effort aimed at state Sen. Josh Newman. The Fullerton Democrat took a seat away from Republicans two years ago and now is being accused of betraying constituents by voting for the tax and fee legislation, Senate Bill 1, last year.

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Checking the math on cap and trade, some experts say it’s not adding up

By Julie Cart
CALmatters
May 22, 2018

As California accelerates its efforts to reduce greenhouses gases over the next decade, experts are pointing to vulnerabilities in its celebrated cap-and-trade system, weaknesses that could make the state’s goals difficult—even impossible—to reach.

Cap and trade, featuring a market where permission to pollute is bought and sold, is a key mechanism California uses to lower the volume of harmful discharges by industries that are subject to state emissions caps. But as the California Air Resources Board ponders a major retrofitting of the highly complex program, state analysts say that in a little over a decade emissions could soar much higher than the legally binding level.

Checking the math on cap and trade has taken on urgency this year because the state is leaning more heavily on the system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The air board projects the program will account for about 46 percent of annual reductions in coming years, a figure that has surprised many experts.

Read More


 

 

Meet the Write-in candidates who deserve your consideration.

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Congratulations Republican Candidates

While votes are still being counted, the following candidates are expected to be our Republican nominees for the General Election.

Matt Heath for Assembly District 2

Lisa Romero for Assembly District 11

Catharine Baker for Assembly District 16

Steve Slauson for Assembly District 18

Keith Bogdon for Assembly District 19

Christina Laskowski for Assembly District 22

Alex Glew for Assembly District 24

Bob Brunton for Assembly District 25

Michael Snyder for Assembly District 28

Vicki Nohrden for Assembly District 29

Neil Kitchens for Assembly District 30

Victor San Vicente for State Senate District 10

Rob Poythress for State Senate District 12

Dale Mensing for Congressional District 2

Charlie Schaupp for Congressional District 3

Marla Livengood for Congressional District 9

Lisa Remmer for Congressional District 12

Cristina Osmena for Congressional District 14

Rudy Peters for Congressional District 15

Ron Cohen for Congressional District 17

Christine Russell for Congressional District 18


Write-In Votes Are Still Being Counted for These Candidates

Joe Grcar, Ph.D. for Assembly District 20 

Burt Lancaster for Assembly District 27 

Jeanne Solnordal for Congressional District 13 

Justin Aguilera for Congressional District 19 

 

Four Republican Write-In Candidates Step Up: Please Write Yours In
 
Jean Solnordal and Justin Aguilera Run for Congress
G. Burt Lancaster and Joseph Grcar Run for Assembly
 
After no one filed to oppose four incumbent Democrats, write-in candidates have jumped in to oppose them and offer voters a sensible alternative.  They are Jean Solnordal (CD13 Barbara Lee), Justin Aguilera (CD19 Zoe Lofgren), G.Burt Lancaster (AD27 Ash Kalra), and Joseph Grcar (AD20 Bill Quirk).  If voters write them in, and they come in in the top two, they’ll be on the November ballot as the Republican nominees.  So please write them in if you vote in any of these districts.
Be sure to follow the County’s instructions by writing in the name and completing the arrow to the right. See example below:
 
Jeanne Solnordal is running in Congressional District 13, in the Berkeley-Oakland-San Leandro area.  She believes it is important for the Republican Party to be represented on the ballot.  She strongly opposes the sanctuary state law and is working
 to encourage cities to opt out.  She is a strong believer in freedom of speech and wants to support groups on campus whose freedom of speech has been suppressed.  
 
Jeanne grew up in New Hampshire and takes seriously the state motto, “Live Free or Die”.  She came to California after she joined the Air Force and was assigned to Travis Air Force Base.  She worked her way up at the IRS for 18 years, becoming a manager teaching tax law.  At the same time she earned her BA degree in tax accounting at Golden Gate University and a law degree at JFK University.  Subsequently, she became a real estate broker and now runs a successful real estate company with her husband.  She’s also raised five successful children.  You can contact Jeanne Solnordal at her campaign email address: jeannesolnordal@yahoo.com.
 
Justin Aguilera is running in Congressional District 19, which runs from central San Jose down Highway 101 to Gilroy. (district map)  He was featured in the May issue of the BayAreaGOP Newsletter.
 
Justin has an entrepreneurial spirit.  He has been working in Silicon Valley as Director of Business Development and Marketing for a bail bonds company, as well as similar work for Global Supply Industries Inc.
 
Dedicated to community service, Justin has worked with various charities, including tutoring and passing out goods at Sacred Heart in San Jose, preparing food at Dorothy’s Kitchen, and volunteering at STAR Riders in Marina, where they provide horseback riding to disabled children.
 
Having spoken to many young people, Justin is aware of the many issues that affect the children of Santa Clara County.  They grow up in an age of ever advancing technology, with a staggering amount of student loans, and difficulties in finding affordable housing.
 
Congressional District 19 runs from central San Jose down Highway 101 to Gilroy.  (See the map.)  A voter from the district need only write the name “Justin Aguilera” on the appropriate place on the ballot, for either a mail-in ballot or at the polling place.
 
Read more here.
 
Justin’s campaign webpage is www.JustinAguilera.com.  
 
G. Burt Lancaster is running in Assembly District 27, which includes the eastern and southeastern parts of San Jose plus the downtown area.  He says, “I will work on cutting frivolous spending that plagues our state government”.  He has had a long and successful career involving engineering, entrepreneurship, and consulting.
 
Burt was born in San Francisco to a poor family and grew up in the East Palo Alto area.  Out of necessity, he began earning money at age 11.  He washed dishes and did odd jobs and was able to join the Sea Scouts.  He earned his college degree at the California Maritime Academy with an emphasis in engineering.  
 
After working as an engineer at Lytton Industries, Burt served in the Navy, aboard the USS Maury in the Pacific.  At age 21 he was the youngest chief engineer of a deep draft vessel in the Navy.  After his service, he returned to Silicon Valley and joined Air Products and became an expert in manufacturing high tech devices.  He started his own consulting business, turned around two companies, and started others.  
 
Today, Burt continues to help many people and companies become successful and has clients around the world.  His community activities include running a senior program in Cupertino for over 25 years.  He and his wife Diane have two adopted Korean children and one grandchild. You can contact G. Burt Lancaster’s campaign at his email address.
 
Joseph Grcar (pronounced Ger-cher) is running in Assembly District 20, which runs from Hayward to northern Fremont.  He says that when the current assemblyman was a city council member in Hayward, he trashed the shoreline by building an ugly power plant to provide power – to San Francisco!  Grcar opposes Regional Measure 3, both for local reasons (East Bay commuters pay heavily but don’t receive many benefits) and general reasons (tolls never sunset and rise automatically; projects are vague and benefits doubtful).
 
Grcar was born in Minnesota.  He and his wife earned their doctorates in the Mid-West, then moved to California.  He says he “was a scientist at the government laboratories in both Livermore and in Berkeley, where I acquired some amazing stories and a healthy skepticism for the wisdom of trying to solve problems by throwing money at them.”  You can learn more about Joseph Grcar on his campaign website, joegrcar.com.

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


The dimensions of California's pension crisis

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
April 22, 2018

California’s public employee pension systems have immense gaps – called “unfunded liabilities” – between what they have in assets and what they will need to meet their obligations to retirees.

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest pension trust fund, and other state and local systems are desperately trying to close those shortfalls, or at least reduce them, mostly by ramping up mandatory “contributions” from public agencies.

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Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots

By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review
April 5, 2018

Donald Trump’s unconventional methods may be exactly what is required for seemingly unsolvable problems.

The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed.

When Alexander the Great arrived, he was challenged to unravel the impossible knot. Instead, he pulled out his sword and cut through it. Problem solved.

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Local tax hikes cleverly packaged

By Dan Walters
CALmatters.org
March 26, 2018

Over the past few years, voters in hundreds of California cities and other local governments were asked to pass tax increases, and indications are that another big batch of local tax measures will be on this year’s ballots.

All but a handful of the previous tax hikes were approved, although one failed sales tax, in Coalinga, was unique. It lost by just 33 votes because of an overwhelming vote against it by residents of Coalinga State Hospital, an institution for the mentally ill, who apparently didn’t want prices to rise for their personal sundries.

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