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  • Long Beach's George Deukmejian: At 83, a quiet retirement

    07/05/2011 11:48:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 7/4/11 | Doug Krikorian
    He belies his age as he navigates the neighborhoods near his home in Belmont Park where he has resided for 51 years with his wife and where they raised their three children. The gait is firm, the voice is strong, the eyes are alert, the posture is erect, the hair is plentiful, and the face is unlined. His birth certificate insists he's 83, but the laws of time have been rescinded with George Deukmejian, who doesn't look that dramatically different now than he did when serving two terms as governor of California. He was in the political maelstrom for 28...
  • Michele Bachmann, hell's Barbie (Barf - SF Libs nervous)

    06/29/2011 10:55:51 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 29, 2011 | Mark Morford
    Meanwhile, while you were sleeping, while you were allowing your attention to wander to issues more pressing, heartwarming and good, such as gay New Yorkers in love and goofy dogs running marathons, easily the most insane and wide-eyed squirrelmonkey pseudo-politician in your lifetime announced that she is hereby running for president of the United States. And by "running" she does not mean putting on those supercute little silver jogging shoes with the funny blinky LED lights in the heels that she saw at DSW that one time, because that would be silly and not make any sense at all, and...
  • Breitbart Dishes on Gingrich, Weiner, Palin

    06/14/2011 12:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | June 13, 2011 | Jonah Lowenfeld
    Andrew Breitbart, the self-described “biased journalist” who first released photographs “sexted” to various women by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), closed out the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual Summer Bash on Sunday night, June 12. By the time Breitbart took the stage, all but one of the television cameras and most of the members of the local and national press who had come to cover the foreign policy speech given by Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich earlier in the evening had packed up and left. In an interview earlier in the evening with the Jewish Journal, Breitbart called the former House speaker “a...
  • Janice Hahn ad compares GOP rival Craig Huey to Sarah Palin

    06/06/2011 12:46:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/6/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Sarah Palin is making a cameo on the South Bay political scene, and it isn't part of the bus tour that created a media frenzy as she traveled the East Coast last week. Democrat Janice Hahn, a candidate for the vacant 36th Congressional District seat, is hitting the airwaves this week with a TV spot comparing Republican rival Craig Huey to the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate. The 30-second spot, which will run on cable channels throughout the district, blasts Huey's stance on abortion and support for GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's federal budget plan as too conservative...
  • Bowen concedes, ensuring race between Hahn and Huey

    05/20/2011 8:21:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/20/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Secretary of State Debra Bowen conceded the second spot in a Los Angeles-area congressional race Thursday, leaving the runoff between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey. Bowen, a Democrat who represented the Southland's coastal cities in the Legislature for more than a decade, had been considered a front-runner in the contest to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic Rep. Jane Harman.
  • Beth Gaines finally gets sworn in, but hold the conspiracy theories

    05/13/2011 12:36:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: The Buzz ^ | 5/13/11 | Jim Sanders
    New Assemblywoman Beth Gaines finally was sworn in to office Thursday, more than a week after her election – but don't trot out conspiracy theories about Democrats trying to keep her away.Sen. Ted Gaines, her husband, said Assembly Democratic leadership did not stall at seating the Roseville Republican.After her election May 4, the Assembly held two other floor sessions. The first was two days after balloting, too soon for the Gaineses to ensure that relatives and friends could attend a swearing-in. The second was Monday when Assembly chambers promised to be crowded for an annual ceremony honoring Latino newsmakers. Thursday...
  • Republican Beth Gaines wins California Assembly contest

    05/04/2011 8:41:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/4/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Republican Beth Gaines has won the election to fill her husband's former Assembly seat. Gaines was ahead of Roseville Democrat Dennis Campanale in Tuesday's runoff election for the 4th Assembly District, leading 55 percent to 45 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The two emerged as the top vote-getters in an eight-way March primary election triggered by the January election of her husband, Ted Gaines, to an overlapping state Senate seat. While Gaines edged out her closest GOP rival by just one percentage point in the primary, she was considered the clear front-runner in this round of balloting. Campanale,...
  • Harmeet Dhillon, Republican leader with S.F. twist

    04/26/2011 10:29:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/26/11 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Harmeet Dhillon has the loneliest job in politics: chairwoman of the Republican Party in San Francisco, a very liberal city that former California GOP leader Ron Nehring described as "just to the left" of the capital of communist North Korea. Dhillon, a tall, dark-haired attorney, has long been comfortable being the loud voice at the front of unpopular battles. Smart, blunt and outspoken, she is determined to make the GOP brand, which has been moribund in San Francisco for decades, relevant in the city and statewide. She's a different kind of Republican. Harping on social issues, she said, isn't the...
  • Cheating charges abound at 'conscience of the GOP' confab

    04/19/2011 12:45:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/19/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Allegations of fraud and vote fixing. Courts intervening in the election process. A call to police as officials convene behind closed doors to determine who is eligible to cast a vote. Sounds like the makings of a political thriller. But that's what unfolded at an Arden-area hotel over the weekend as political infighting (and maybe some real fighting) spiced up what could have been a drab weekend of bylaw amendments and officer elections at the California Republican Assembly's spring convention. Divisions at the conservative group -- which bills itself as the "conscience of the Republican party" -- emerged amid conservative...
  • GOP kicks off budget roadshow of its own

    04/07/2011 3:19:31 PM PDT · by SmithL
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/7/11 | David Siders
    Add the California Republican Party to the list of politicians taking their budget cases on the road. Starting a yearlong set of visits with a stop tonight in Fresno, Republican lawmakers said today they will talk about proposals for regulatory, pension and other government changes while objecting to Gov. Jerry Brown's tax plan. "Sometimes we get, I think we get insular across the street in that building," Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway said. "And it's a great opportunity to get out and talk to what I call real people, real Californians." She may cross paths with the Democratic governor or...
  • I can't believe my best friend is a Republican

    04/06/2011 5:49:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | April 5, 2011 | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
    I love everything about Janet -- except how she stands for all the things I find bad and wrong in the world. Janet and I would likely have never met, save for the thing that unites so many women across divides of income and age: fat. We met in a weight-loss group. There were six or seven of us in that group, but Janet and I were drawn toward each other. I liked her refusal to lie about what she'd eaten or rationalize it. She liked my tenacity and optimism. She handed me a business card that said her name,...
  • Dan Walters: California GOP hits sharp skid

    03/28/2011 11:38:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/28/11 | Dan Walters
    Two sets of official numbers that were released this month should make California's Republican Party leaders – if they exist – very nervous. First were the results of the 2010 census that confirmed anew the state's incredible demographic and cultural change. California's rapidly aging white population, an overwhelming majority a few decades ago, has now dropped to scarcely 40 percent, while the rapidly growing Latino and Asian populations are now more than 50 percent. The second set of numbers was a new voter registration report, showing Republicans dropping to 30.9 percent, their lowest level in recorded history, while rival Democrats...
  • GOP's top presidential prospects bypass California party convention

    03/21/2011 7:37:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/21/11 | Jack Chang
    For just a moment during the state Republican Party convention this past weekend, hundreds of GOP delegates felt the excitement of the presidential race gearing up nationwide. Fox News commentator Frank Luntz asked the delegates gathered at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento to applaud their support for potential candidates such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The hotel ballroom erupted in cheers as the names of presidential hopefuls flew by. Now that the convention is over, California Republicans shouldn't expect many more invitations for input. The nation's biggest state has already become a Democratic bastion...
  • California GOP struggles with internal strife

    03/21/2011 7:35:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/11 | Joe Garofoli, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers
    Today is Tom Del Beccaro's first full day as chair of the beleaguered California Republican Party - and he freely says the next two years will be the most challenging the party ever experiences, bemoaning how the GOP has "trapped ourselves into talking to the converted.""We've become the party of limited communication," Del Beccaro, a Lafayette attorney, told 1,000 delegates and attendees Sunday at the close of the three-day California Republican Party convention.The party's troubles go deeper than communication - or that no Republicans hold statewide office. The weekend confab, held across the street from where the Legislature is deadlocked...
  • California Republican convention scorns Brown's tax plan

    03/20/2011 7:49:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/20/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Taxes and primary endorsements were the talk of the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento on Saturday, as party officials and delegates wrestled with ways to boost their share of the statewide electorate. Some party officials and activists rallied around opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to put tax extensions on the ballot. "If Republicans vote to raise taxes, hell hath no fury like a taxpayer scorned," conservative commentator and pollster Frank Luntz told several hundred delegates attending a Saturday luncheon. "Don't you dare vote for those taxes." Sacramento delegate Karen Klinger said the party needs more Republicans who will...
  • GOP convention filled with drama

    03/20/2011 2:48:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/20/11 | Steven Harmon
    Saturday was just another drama-free day at the state Republican Party convention. Unless, that is, you count a protest by seven disabled activists who quietly commandeered a small tract of the Hyatt Regency lobby, holding signs that read "Tax Big Oil" and "Taxes Save Lives" while lying prone on the carpet. Or the initial decision by Republican officials to ban reporters from pollster Frank Luntz's luncheon address -- before backing down and letting them back in with the proviso that he would have to dial down his message. Defusing one of the controversial issues that hung over the convention, party...
  • GOP rules committee passes ambitious endorsement plan

    03/20/2011 9:03:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/20/11 | Jack Chang
    The California Republican Party's rules committee approved by a 10-8 vote late last night an ambitious endorsement plan that would have the party send out ballots to all registered Republican voters in the state to determine the party's officially endorsed candidates. The plan comes as a response to Proposition 14, passed in 2010, which created a top-two runoff system, regardless of party affiliation. That proposition has drawn the ire of both major parties, which have looked for ways to stay involved in the process of selecting official party candidates, If approved in the party's general session today, as is expected,...
  • Divided Calif. GOP seeks to reverse decline

    03/19/2011 8:22:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/19/11 | JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- After steep losses at the polls and successive years of dwindling registration, California Republicans gathered this weekend amid infighting over the direction of a party that is ideologically divided and facing an uncertain future in a rapidly changing state. For the first time in many years, frustrated moderates are publicly pushing back, resisting efforts to further insulate the party in what they say is an effort to save the California GOP from itself. In the process, they hope the party will begin to appeal to independent and minority voters, the fastest-growing segments of the state's electorate....
  • Sparks fly at California Republican Party convention over top-two primaries

    03/19/2011 9:07:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/19/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Sparks flew on the opening day of the California Republican Party convention Friday as party officials and delegates debated competing proposals to address the party's role in candidate nominations under the new top-two primary system. Outgoing party Chairman Ron Nehring is pushing a proposal to force pre-primary candidate endorsements under the new election system created by voter-approved Proposition 14. Instead of party primaries, the top two vote-getters in an all-party primary now advance to a runoff election.
  • Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton bashes Obama on Libya

    03/19/2011 12:34:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2011 | Maeve Reston
    John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, accused President Obama on Friday of failing to address threats to U.S. national security and called the administration's approach to the crisis in Libya "pathetic." Hours after the president warned that the United Nations was ready to launch a military strike to defend the Libyan people if their leader Moammar Kadafi did not halt his attacks on civilians and pull back from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities, Bolton cast the president as indecisive, inconsistent and uninterested in foreign...
  • State GOP Convention: Will big party donors desert over internal combat?

    03/18/2011 10:25:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 3/18/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    After a combative meeting today marked by tough words and legislative walkouts, California Republicans continued to debate a controversial plan to change the way the party endorses candidates Friday night. Jeff Miller, the finance chair for the state party, warned Republicans gathered tonight that the party's most loyal donor community is "frustrated with the party'' in the wake of efforts by conservative activists lead by outgoing chair Ron Nehring to change the endorsment process. He said that big California GOP key check-writers think that most of the party is speaking to "30 percent of the state,'' not concentrating on its...
  • California GOP official has a new playbook

    03/18/2011 9:30:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/18/11 | Torey Van Oot
    The video touting the California Republican Party's incoming chairman boasts that he "has a new playbook to help us be proud to be Republicans again." But what Tom Del Beccaro doesn't have as he maps out the party's comeback is a reserve of candidates with the appeal and credentials to be elected statewide.
  • Fractured California GOP aims to rebuild party

    03/17/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/17/11
    After suffering widespread losses at the polls in 2010, the California Republican Party is trying to regroup and stay relevant in a state that appears to be leaning less and less toward Republican ideology. The party has had trouble attracting support from non-white residents, a troubling sign in a state that U.S. Census data show is becoming increasingly diverse. But Republicans also have been caught up for several years in a family feud over ideology — one that tends to flare up around its twice-yearly state conventions. The party's three-day spring convention opens Friday night with an address by former...
  • CALIFORNIA: Freshman lawmaker leaves Assembly today -- for Afghanistan

    03/17/2011 12:45:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/17/11 | Jim Sanders
    Months after taking office, Jeff Gorell is leaving the Assembly today - for a military deployment to Afghanistan. The Camarillo Republican, a lieutenant commander in the Navy reserve, previously was deployed to Afghanistan shortly after the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. "I felt very safe when I was there before. and I hope I'll feel the same way when I'm there this time," Gorell said when asked about dangers inherent in his "boots on the ground" job as an intelligence officer. "I'll see when I get there." Gorell, a 40-year-old freshman who was sworn into office in December,...
  • GOP faction presses party's legislators on budget

    03/15/2011 10:42:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/15/11 | Wyatt Buchanan,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Democrats are planning to put at least part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan up for a vote this week, days after the governor's self-imposed March 10 deadline. And while no budget deal has been reached, Republican lawmakers already wary of a compromise are facing a new pressure: At this weekend's GOP convention, one group is threatening to label anyone who supports the governor's plan a traitor. The California Republican Assembly, a hard-line conservative group, has introduced a resolution for consideration at the party convention in Sacramento to censure lawmakers who vote in favor of putting additional taxes on a...
  • Palin's Unpresidential Calendar (She's skipping NBC/Politico debate, as she should)

    03/08/2011 10:43:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Yesterday Sarah Palin sent another signal that she probably won't enter the 2012 presidential race when it was announced she would be doing an event in Denver on May 2—the same day as the first Republican presidential debate. Ms. Palin has agreed to appear in suburban Lakewood at a "Tribute to the Troops with Sarah Palin," a fundraiser for the families of fallen soldiers in suburban Denver. John Andrews, a former GOP gubernatorial nominee who heads the Centennial Institute, says Ms. Palin will not accept a fee and all proceeds from the event will go to family members who have...
  • Republican chairman pushing for new nominating process

    02/15/2011 10:10:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/15/11 | Torey Van Oot
    With the state's first elections under the "top two" primary created by Proposition 14 under way, California Republican Party officials are stepping up efforts to create a new internal party nomination system. The party has not endorsed in primaries in recent years, but members approved last year the idea of creating a nomination process as a result of of the new system, which abolished party primaries in favor of a system that sends the top two finishers in a primary, regardless of party, to a run-off. CRP Chairman Ron Nehring has drafted an amendment to the organization's bylaws that outlines...
  • {Former California} Gov. Wilson: GOP won't put Brown's tax plan on the ballot

    02/03/2011 12:26:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/3/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Add former GOP Gov. Pete Wilson to the list of those who don't think Republicans will go for putting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax extensions on the ballot. And if a special election is called? Wilson outlined to Joel Fox of Fox & Hounds Daily the only way he thinks the voters would approve extending the higher temporary tax rates . . .
  • Got To Love It!Illinois Rasing Taxes,Businesses Moving To Wisconsin&Indiana.More Red States?

    01/12/2011 4:03:13 PM PST · by TheTeaPartyChannel · 5 replies
    Can we compare the State Of Cally,New York&Illinois to The Three Blind Mice?or Monkey See,Monkey Hear,Monkey Do? As far as conservatives see those states,they are through. Billions in debt and no way to pay it off. If this keeps up Obama will only carry about ten states in 2012.
  • CALIFORNIA: GOP Assembly leader Connie Conway sees opportunity in new role

    12/26/2010 9:10:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/26/10 | Jim Sanders
    When Connie Conway was elected to the Assembly, a colleague quipped that the former county supervisor was going "from the frying pan into the bonfire." Fast forward two years, and the one-liner seems prophetic as Conway assumes leadership of the Assembly Republican caucus while lawmakers brace for a new fight over billions in red ink. "I don't have to worry about the freezing weather," Conway quipped when asked about political heat at the Capitol. "I'm warm all the time." Conway, 60, takes the GOP reins at a time when Democrats control the Governor's Office, Assembly and Senate – and recent...
  • Asked Where Const. Authorizes Congress Order To Health Ins., Pelosi Says: 'Are You Serious?'

    12/13/2010 9:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2010 | Matt Cover originally published this story in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the question of whether Obamacare was constitutional on Oct. 22, 2009. When asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance--a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill--Pelosi dismissed the question by saying: “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Pelosi's press secretary later responded to written follow-up questions from by emailing a press release on the “Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform,” that argues that Congress derives the...
  • Dick Morris: The Republican Senate

    12/08/2010 8:29:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 8, 2010 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    Republicans gnashed their teeth in frustration as the national tide of GOP resurgence washed up against the massive Democratic fortresses in Nevada, Washington state, Colorado and California. When they neither toppled nor faltered, most conservatives resigned themselves to a divided Congress with the Republican House and the Democratic Senate forever at war. Not so. The vote on the extension of the Bush tax cuts reveals that the Republican Party has, in fact, gained effective control of the U.S. Senate. We are facing the same situation Ronald Reagan confronted in 1980 when his revolution brought him control of the Senate, but...
  • California GOP grumbles over campaign mailer that never was

    11/23/2010 8:04:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/23/10 | Torey Van Oot
    The multipage brochure was set to tout the official endorsements of the California Republican Party, delivering the party's stamp of approval on down-ticket candidates and ballot measures to Republican voters' mailboxes across the state. But the glossy mailer, a staple most election years, never made it out the door. The voter communication piece was tabled after disagreements erupted over control of the mailing. With Republicans in California on the verge of suffering a Democratic sweep of statewide offices, GOP operatives are grumbling that the party and Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign failed to deliver on their promises to boost GOP candidates...
  • "Calfornia's Done!"The New Political Catch Phrase.Brown&Boxer Wins,Bye Bye Cally!

    11/16/2010 10:57:49 PM PST · by JohnThune2012 · 28 replies
    Odds are,we all said California is done,screwed themselves,etc. after the election. If over half the population voted for Democrats expecting Obama to just keep printing billions and handing it to the "Lazy Half Of California",They are just digging their own graves. What are all these Democrats gonna do when "The Republicans Stop The Printing Press"? Lets just hope all the California Conservatives MOVE OUT ASAP! Then Moonball wont be able to steal their money!
  • Pelosi seen winning House party leader job

    11/15/2010 12:28:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2010 | Richard Cowan
    Outgoing House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to secure the top Democratic leadership spot for next year, as the only lawmaker expected to mount a challenge acknowledged on Sunday that he will not have the support to topple her. "You know, I can add and subtract pretty well. I don't have the numbers to be able to win," Representative Heath Shuler said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." Even if she succeeds in Wednesday's leadership election, Pelosi, the first woman to hold the job of House Speaker, will get a demotion....
  • Pelosi country: From sea to shining sea, and nothing in between

    11/13/2010 12:06:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The World Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Is outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentally stable? Sanity — at least for Democrats — is subjective. Yet, following the Republicans' historic election landslide, it was assumed that Mrs. Pelosi would step down as House Democratic leader. Some even thought the unpopular San Francisco liberal would resign from Congress. After all, it was Mrs. Pelosi who became the poster child for the radical leftist agenda pushed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The GOP successfully nationalized the election by making Mrs. Pelosi the very symbol of limousine liberalism, a leader who presided over an out-of-control, out-of-touch and arrogant Congress. The...
  • Reagan Presidential Library Foundation to Host First GOP Presidential Debate of the 2012 Campaign

    11/11/2010 8:27:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Marketwire ^ | November 11, 2010 | Melissa Giller
    SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Former First Lady Nancy Reagan today announced plans to invite all of the leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination to two debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The Reagan Presidential Foundation plans to play host to both the first GOP presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle in spring 2011 and a second GOP debate on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries. The Reagan Foundation has confirmed NBC News as the television partner and POLITICO as the online partner of the first debate. The media partners...
  • Lessons of 2010: No. 2

    11/06/2010 2:09:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 2+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2010 | Don Surber
    Republicans did well this year. 61 seats in the House. 6 in the Senate. All in all, a pretty good haul. It could have been better. Over the next few days, I shall explain why in lessons from the 2010 elections. No. 2: Solicit money. What do Republicans Carly Fiorina, Carl Paladino and Meg Whitman share in common? Money. And what did they do? They self-financed their campaigns. And how did they do? They did not win. There is a reason self-financed campaigns are difficult to win; voters have no stake in the race. A candidate who collects five bucks...
  • Conservative Voting Sites

    11/01/2010 11:46:04 PM PDT · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 1 replies
    Conservative Party, Tea Party, LA Conservatives ^ | November 2010 | Conservative Party, Tea Party, LA Conservatives
    Three helpful sites to read for CA conservative voters
  • CALIFORNIA: Assembly candidate Gorell recalled to Afghanistan

    10/30/2010 11:20:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/30/10
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- A candidate for the state Assembly from Southern California and member of the Naval Reserve has been recalled to service in Afghanistan. Republican Jeff Gorell announced Saturday that he will begin one year of active duty overseas on March 18, 2011.
  • GOP slugfest at center stage in race to replace Cox {CA 1st Senate District}

    10/28/2010 12:45:01 PM PDT · by SmithL
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/28/10 | Susan Ferriss
    In the blue state of California, a Republican stronghold east of Sacramento has been buffeted by a fierce GOP internal battle for hearts, minds and votes. The tempest is fueled by a dose of local tea party politics and pits three GOP rivals against one another – and a Democrat – who are all vying Nov. 2 for California's 1st Senate District. The Republican rivalry for the seat is testing whether one of them, termed-out Assemblyman Roger Niello, can survive what for many in the GOP is a cardinal sin: voting last year for tax increases to help close a...
  • CALIFORNIA: RNC dings slate mailer for trademark violation

    10/27/2010 12:51:00 PM PDT · by SmithL
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/27/10 | Dan Walters
    The Republican National Commitee has told Orange County political consultant Scott Hart to stop using its trademarked elephant symbol on a slate mailer, calling it "disgraceful" since the mailer advocates ballot measure positions that the party doesn't support. "I'll probably remove it," Hart said Wednesday after receiving the harshly worded letter from John R. Phillippe Jr., the RNC's chief counsel. "I'm a good Republican."
  • Listen to Frank Pastore live discussing Prop 19 in CA until 7 PM

    10/26/2010 6:16:50 PM PDT · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 7 replies · 1+ views
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  • Republican Leads by 10 Points in California District that is 67% Hispanic: Canary in a coal mine

    10/26/2010 11:31:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 26, 2010 | John McCormack
    A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Jim Costa trailing Republican Andy Vidak by 10 points, 42% to 52%. Obama won the Fresno-based district with 60% of the vote in 2008, and Cook Political Report has the race rated "Leans Democrat." An interesting fact from Cook (subscription required): "This district is now 67 percent Hispanic, but it also has a serious cultural conservative streak. Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban passed statewide [in 2008], garnered 72 percent of the vote here." The provision to fund abortion coverage in Obamacare is probably hurting Costa in this district--SurveyUSA reports that 56% of likely...
  • If Sarah Palin falls in a forest? [Older Lefty womyn attacking Sarah, defending Moochelle]

    10/16/2010 5:35:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | October 16, 2010 | Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief
    It's strange to be aware that Sarah Palin is in California and no one I know seems to care much about it. Sure, my crowd is mostly Democrats, but I'm also thinking about GOP senate candidate Carly Fiorina and our would-be governor Meg Whitman. Both said they had other engagements this weekend -- they're washing their hair? -- and that's particularly hurtful coming from Fiorina. Palin's May endorsement helped shore up the former HP CEO's standing with party right-wingers, since Fiorina was a McCain surrogate in the state, and a real Tea Party candidate, Chuck DeVore, was in the race....
  • Governor Palin Rally-Anaheim (Live Stream)

    10/16/2010 3:21:39 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 135 replies · 3+ views
    CBS News, via PalinTV ^ | October 16, 2010 | CBS News
    Sarah Palin Rally-Anaheim, CA---Live Now!
  • Clinton urges Dems to get out the vote: So the administration can finish the job it started

    10/16/2010 12:09:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 16, 2010 | Seema Mehta and Michael J. Mishak
    Former President Clinton campaigned across Southern California on Friday, urging Democrats to shake off their moribund mind-set and head to the polls so the Obama administration can finish the job it started. Clinton told thousands of listeners at an evening rally at UCLA that they bear responsibility for the nation's future. "It is not enough to have voted for a new president if you will not help him govern and stick behind the members of Congress who stood for him," Clinton said as a light drizzle began to fall. "I am pleading with you, you need to go out and...
  • Sarah Palin finds a receptive crowd of conservatives in heavily Democratic San Jose

    10/14/2010 11:41:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 3+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 14, 2010 | Karl Kahler
    When Sarah Palin, possibly America's most polarizing political figure, stepped into the lion's den of heavily Democratic San Jose on Thursday, was a raucous crowd of tea party fans waiting to welcome her? You betcha. Palin, the conservative icon and 2008 vice presidential nominee, first drew cheers by saluting the San Francisco Giants, then said she was delighted to be in a "state that puts a mama grizzly on its flag." Appearing at the downtown Center for the Performing Arts -- her first public event in the Bay Area -- Palin rallied the faithful to dump the Democrats and elect...
  • Boxer plays abortion card in Hollywood

    10/14/2010 4:00:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 14, 2010 | Darren Samuelshn
    LOS ANGELES – Sen. Barbara Boxer returned on Thursday to a tried and tested campaign strategy by painting her opponent as an extreme anti-abortion conservative who is out of touch with California voters. The three-term Democrat used a rally at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to claim that GOP nominee Carly Fiorina would become a sure Senate vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. "Make no mistake about it," Boxer said alongside actresses Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman and Alfre Woodard and Reps. Jane Harman, Diane Watson and Laura Richardson. "A woman's right to choose is on the ballot here in California this...
  • Palin death threat: Slightly more intense than unidentified flying literature.

    10/12/2010 8:03:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air's Green Room ^ | October 12, 2010 | Diane Suffern
    It was a startling breach of security when the now-infamous shoe thrower got as close to President Bush as he did. Equally sobering was Sajid Ali Khan‘s “daring, courageous, lunatic” book plugging on Sunday. While the image of something nearly sailing over an oblivious Obama’s head arouses immature giggling in some (read: me), we certainly should take these incidents seriously and protect public officials at all costs. Most people harbor no ill intentions, but it only takes one deranged person to inflict maximum harm—and they only have to be successful once. Sarah Palin has received her share of threats from...