UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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Voters in Senate District 29 Persevere to Continue Recall of Senator Josh Newman

With passage of SB 117 in late August of 2017, Democrats added to a series of obstacles to a recall effort for Senator Josh Newman who cast a deciding vote on the gas tax increase. In an attempt to protect their colleague, and more importantly, their supermajority in the State Senate, this new law set up a daunting calendar of events that must transpire before a recall election can be called by the Governor.

Proponents of the recall effort could not be thwarted, and on October 25, 2017, voters in the 29th Senate District submitted a sufficient number of signatures to initiate a recall election.  This triggered a 30-day time period for a cost assessment to take place, with results announced by the State Department of Finance on December 11th.

Comparing the findings became the task of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that was given yet another 30 days under SB 117 to review and comment. According to the report, a special election will cost $2,678,000 and a consolidated election will cost $931,000.

On or before January 11, when the 30 days have expired, the Secretary of State will certify the sufficiency of the signatures and the Governor will then set the date of the election. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to call a recall election within 60 to 80 days or to consolidate it with a regularly scheduled election that is within 180 days of the certification of the signatures.

Whether he will use the higher cost of a special election to justify delaying the recall until June is not known, but is likely, since it would put the Senator at an advantage with a larger voter turnout.

In the meantime, the California Republican Party has a robust voter ID phone bank that has reached over 100,000 voters in the 29th Senate District. This operation will continue until the recall election.

For more information on the recall campaign, visit FireJoshNewman.com

Bay Area Businesswoman Cristina Osmeña to Run for Congressional District 14

Republican businesswoman Cristina Osmeña will run in the 14th Congressional District on a platform that focuses on fiscal responsibility, immigration reform, and combatting human trafficking.

The 14th Congressional district includes portions of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Osmeña immigrated to the United States from the Philippines at the age of six when her family opposed, then fled, the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. She grew up in California, exiled until the People Power revolution of 1986 brought President Corazon Aquino to power.

Cristina Osmeña built an independent life in the United States, put herself through UC Berkeley, and settled into a 20-year career in the financial industry. She was in New York, working as an equity analyst, when the World Trade Center was attacked.

Transitioning into the renewable energy industry, Osmeña worked with SunEdison and then took on an executive role at SunPreme, a solar module manufacturer based in Sunnyvale. She is currently on a leave of absence as the Vice President of Corporate Development.

Her platform of fiscal responsibility is based on her desire to take the next step toward fiscal reform. Having achieved tax reform that benefits all levels of income, and makes our businesses more competitive, she states we now need to reign in expenses to address the growing national debt, without sacrificing those in need of entitlements. She recently addressed the Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C., and defends the tax bill in an article she wrote prior to passage. Read about her other priorities on her campaign website.

Osmeña is the great grand-daughter of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña (1944-46) who walked ashore with General McArthur after the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Cristina is married to Stephen O’Rourke, a developer of large scale renewable energy power plants. She currently writes a weekly column for the Philippine News.

 

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


California labor unions brace for a loss in landmark case

By Adam Ashton
Sacramento Bee
October 24, 2017

California labor leaders sound almost apocalyptic when they describe a looming Supreme Court case that many of them concede likely will cost them members and money.

“Everything is at stake,” says Yvonne Walker, president of Service Employees International Local 1000, state government’s largest union.

“It’s a blatant political attack,” says Eric Heins, the leader of the massive California Teachers Association.

“That’s a way that the corporations are trying to take our legs out from under us,” says Kim Cowart, a state registered nurse and SEIU union leader.

They’re alarmed by Janus v. AFSCME, the Illinois lawsuit that challenges the rights of unions in 22 states to collect so-called “fair-share” fees from employees who do not want to join bargaining groups but may benefit from representation. That practice has been legal and common since 1977, when the Supreme Court favored union arguments for fair-share fees in a lawsuit against the Detroit Board of Education.

Since then, business-backed groups and politicians have chipped away at fair-share fees across the country. They contend that the fees subsidize a union’s political activities, undermining the First Amendment rights of some workers.

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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


By Steven Greenhut
CalWatchdog.com
July 26, 2017

Before the recent legislative recess, California Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown announced their intention to tackle one of the state’s biggest crises: housing affordability. It’s the rare instance where virtually everyone in the Capitol at least is in agreement about the scope of the problem, even though there’s far less agreement on solutions.

Real-estate prices have gotten so high that they stretch family budgets and are a root cause of California’s highest-in-the-nation poverty rates, based on the Census Bureau’s new cost-of-living-adjusted poverty measure.

The situation is so acute it’s drawn the attention of the national media. “A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, marked by a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families,” according to a recent New York Times article. Median home prices have hit a “staggering $500,000, twice the national cost.”

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Union bill will drive up counties’ costs of providing services

By Steven Greenhut
California Policy Center
July 25, 2017

Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But as pension, health-care and other compensation costs soar for workers and retirees alike, local governments are struggling to fulfill these basic functions.

There’s even a term to describe that situation. “Service insolvency” is when localities have enough money to pay their bills, but not enough left over to provide adequate public service. These governments are not insolvent per se, but there’s little they can afford beyond paying the salaries and benefits of their workers.

As a city manager quoted in a newspaper article once quipped, California cities have become pension providers that offer a few public services on the side. It’s a sad state of affairs when local governments exist to do little more than pay the people who work for them.

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California labor unions brace for a loss in landmark case

By Adam Ashton
Sacramento Bee
October 24, 2017

California labor leaders sound almost apocalyptic when they describe a looming Supreme Court case that many of them concede likely will cost them members and money.

“Everything is at stake,” says Yvonne Walker, president of Service Employees International Local 1000, state government’s largest union.

“It’s a blatant political attack,” says Eric Heins, the leader of the massive California Teachers Association.

“That’s a way that the corporations are trying to take our legs out from under us,” says Kim Cowart, a state registered nurse and SEIU union leader.

They’re alarmed by Janus v. AFSCME, the Illinois lawsuit that challenges the rights of unions in 22 states to collect so-called “fair-share” fees from employees who do not want to join bargaining groups but may benefit from representation. That practice has been legal and common since 1977, when the Supreme Court favored union arguments for fair-share fees in a lawsuit against the Detroit Board of Education.

Since then, business-backed groups and politicians have chipped away at fair-share fees across the country. They contend that the fees subsidize a union’s political activities, undermining the First Amendment rights of some workers.

Read More


Bay Area Businesswoman Cristina Osmeña to Run for CD 14

Learn about this accomplished businesswoman and her views on fiscal responsibility.

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Voters in Senate District 29 Persevere to Continue Recall of Senator Josh Newman

With passage of SB 117 in late August of 2017, Democrats added to a series of obstacles to a recall effort for Senator Josh Newman who cast a deciding vote on the gas tax increase. In an attempt to protect their colleague, and more importantly, their supermajority in the State Senate, this new law set up a daunting calendar of events that must transpire before a recall election can be called by the Governor.

Proponents of the recall effort could not be thwarted, and on October 25, 2017, voters in the 29th Senate District submitted a sufficient number of signatures to initiate a recall election.  This triggered a 30-day time period for a cost assessment to take place, with results announced by the State Department of Finance on December 11th.

Comparing the findings became the task of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that was given yet another 30 days under SB 117 to review and comment. According to the report, a special election will cost $2,678,000 and a consolidated election will cost $931,000.

On or before January 11, when the 30 days have expired, the Secretary of State will certify the sufficiency of the signatures and the Governor will then set the date of the election. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to call a recall election within 60 to 80 days or to consolidate it with a regularly scheduled election that is within 180 days of the certification of the signatures.

Whether he will use the higher cost of a special election to justify delaying the recall until June is not known, but is likely, since it would put the Senator at an advantage with a larger voter turnout.

In the meantime, the California Republican Party has a robust voter ID phone bank that has reached over 100,000 voters in the 29th Senate District. This operation will continue until the recall election.

For more information on the recall campaign, visit FireJoshNewman.com

Bay Area Businesswoman Cristina Osmeña to Run for Congressional District 14

Republican businesswoman Cristina Osmeña will run in the 14th Congressional District on a platform that focuses on fiscal responsibility, immigration reform, and combatting human trafficking.

The 14th Congressional district includes portions of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

Osmeña immigrated to the United States from the Philippines at the age of six when her family opposed, then fled, the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. She grew up in California, exiled until the People Power revolution of 1986 brought President Corazon Aquino to power.

Cristina Osmeña built an independent life in the United States, put herself through UC Berkeley, and settled into a 20-year career in the financial industry. She was in New York, working as an equity analyst, when the World Trade Center was attacked.

Transitioning into the renewable energy industry, Osmeña worked with SunEdison and then took on an executive role at SunPreme, a solar module manufacturer based in Sunnyvale. She is currently on a leave of absence as the Vice President of Corporate Development.

Her platform of fiscal responsibility is based on her desire to take the next step toward fiscal reform. Having achieved tax reform that benefits all levels of income, and makes our businesses more competitive, she states we now need to reign in expenses to address the growing national debt, without sacrificing those in need of entitlements. She recently addressed the Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C., and defends the tax bill in an article she wrote prior to passage. Read about her other priorities on her campaign website.

Osmeña is the great grand-daughter of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña (1944-46) who walked ashore with General McArthur after the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Cristina is married to Stephen O’Rourke, a developer of large scale renewable energy power plants. She currently writes a weekly column for the Philippine News.

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


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


Democrats and Republicans see different solutions to California housing crisis

By Steven Greenhut
CalWatchdog.com
July 26, 2017

Before the recent legislative recess, California Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown announced their intention to tackle one of the state’s biggest crises: housing affordability. It’s the rare instance where virtually everyone in the Capitol at least is in agreement about the scope of the problem, even though there’s far less agreement on solutions.

Real-estate prices have gotten so high that they stretch family budgets and are a root cause of California’s highest-in-the-nation poverty rates, based on the Census Bureau’s new cost-of-living-adjusted poverty measure.

The situation is so acute it’s drawn the attention of the national media. “A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, marked by a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families,” according to a recent New York Times article. Median home prices have hit a “staggering $500,000, twice the national cost.”

Read More


Union bill will drive up counties’ costs of providing services

By Steven Greenhut
California Policy Center
July 25, 2017

Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But as pension, health-care and other compensation costs soar for workers and retirees alike, local governments are struggling to fulfill these basic functions.

There’s even a term to describe that situation. “Service insolvency” is when localities have enough money to pay their bills, but not enough left over to provide adequate public service. These governments are not insolvent per se, but there’s little they can afford beyond paying the salaries and benefits of their workers.

As a city manager quoted in a newspaper article once quipped, California cities have become pension providers that offer a few public services on the side. It’s a sad state of affairs when local governments exist to do little more than pay the people who work for them.

Read More


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