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  • Republicans Hold Statewide Convention in Bay Area

    03/16/2014 12:23:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mar 15, 2014
    Republicans are holding their statewide convention in the Bay Area this weekend, and they are facing a few challenges, including a well-known incumbent for governor and a battle with the Tea Party. NBC Bay Area’s Monte Francis is in Burlingame with the latest.
  • CALIFORNIA: True source of $11M contribution revealed

    11/05/2012 6:52:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/5/12 | Marisa Lagos
    Americans for Job Security, a conservative, pro-business national group, is the true source of the $11 million last-minute infusion of campaign cash into a California political committee that supports an antiunion ballot measure and opposes Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposition, state campaign finance regulators announced early Monday. But the hard-fought disclosure, which comes just one day before the election, creates more questions than it answers, because under federal law, Americans for Job Security does not have to reveal its donors.
  • {CA State} Senate GOP leader 'cautiously optimistic' about blocking two-thirds

    11/05/2012 7:04:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/5/12 | Torey Van Oot
    It's not just Democrats making a final push in the state's four competitive Senate seats. Senate GOP leader Bob Huff hit the trail last week to boost candidates he needs to win to prevent Democrats from winning a veto-proof supermajority in the upper house. . . .
  • GOP registration dips below 30 percent in Calif.

    11/02/2012 6:19:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 59 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/2/12 | HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press
    ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday. In its final update before Tuesday's general election, the secretary of state's office said the number of registered voters has increased by 950,000 since the 2008 presidential contest. Officials attribute that surge in part to the state's new online registration system, which helped many young, Democratic-leaning Californians sign up to vote this fall. That system was seen as a threat to the...
  • Pugno decides to challenge Beth Gaines after all

    09/11/2012 7:47:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/11/12 | Torey Van Oot
    The race is officially on in the 6th Assembly District. Republican Assembly candidate Andrew Pugno announced Monday that he plans to move forward with his bid to unseat Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, on the Nov. 6 ballot, despite an earlier pledge to stop campaigning if another Republican came in first in the June primary. The Folsom attorney said in a statement that he has concluded he "cannot, in good conscience, endorse (Gaines') dishonest and unethical campaign tactics," citing what he called "last-minute attack ads that she knew were lies." "As the only other candidate on the November ballot, stepping aside...
  • Calif. Republicans steer clear of Tampa

    08/26/2012 5:46:02 PM PDT · by thecodont · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 7:33 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Like teenagers on vacation with their parents, Republicans from blue states and Democrats from red states don't want to be seen with party elders. "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Mitt Romney," Elizabeth Emken, the Republican who will face off against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, recently told me. "That's the truth. I've never met him." Emken thinks she has a shot at winning the election precisely because she is not the pick of the GOP establishment. "We've had millionaires and billionaires and CEOs and movie stars," said Emken in a not-so-subtle swipe at former top-of-the...
  • Republican Mayor's pro-same-sex-marriage ad to air during GOP convention

    08/25/2012 4:00:15 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 33 replies
    CNN Political Ticker Blog ^ | Aug 25 2012 | Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) – The Republican mayor of San Diego has announced plans to air an ad advocating for same-sex marriage rights during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa. The spot, titled "Family and Freedom," comes after the Republican Party developed its official plank on gay marriage, which pushes for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage. The platform is expected to be officially confirmed at the convention next week. The Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry said they will run the spot from Monday through Thursday next week in a $30,000 television ad buy in the Tampa...
  • To California GOP, Tampa a Far-Away and Hostile Planet

    08/26/2012 5:52:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Like teenagers on vacation with their parents, Republicans from blue states and Democrats from red states don't want to be seen with party elders. "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Mitt Romney," Elizabeth Emken, the Republican who will face off against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, recently told me. "That's the truth. I've never met him." Emken thinks she has a shot at winning the election precisely because she is not the pick of the GOP establishment. "We've had millionaires and billionaires and CEOs and movie stars," said Emken in a not-so-subtle swipe at former top-of-the...
  • CALIFORNIA: U.S. senators, legislative leaders call for tax cease-fire

    08/17/2012 12:02:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a pointed letter critical of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax rival, California's two U.S. senators along with state legislative leaders called Thursday for a cease-fire from campaigns backing the two multibillion-dollar tax hikes on the November ballot. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, said in a letter to the California State PTA that the Proposition 38 campaign has "become increasingly negative" and "engaged in personal attacks against Governor Jerry Brown and Prop. 30." The PTA has joined wealthy attorney Molly Munger in backing Proposition...
  • Is the CA GOP dead? Maybe...

    08/09/2012 8:55:46 AM PDT · by sfwarrior · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 08/08/12 | Adam Sparks
    The NY Times just wrote about the demise of the CA GOP. It claimed its dramatic loss in voter registration, now just 30% of the state's voters, is due to the fact that the party has run out of ideas popular with the electorate and that it has grown increasingly conservative, out of step with independents who decide elections. Yes, the GOP has declined to insignificant status. It's minority status is now so small it can no longer block any legislation or budget that Gov. Brown and the Dems want. We live in a one party state. The state GOP...
  • Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline (Shrinking to rank of minor party)

    07/23/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/2012 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government. But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan (and Richard M. Nixon) — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party. “We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said...
  • California’s Republicans: Fading into irrelevance

    07/02/2012 9:44:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 86 replies
    The Economist ^ | 29 June 2012 | Economist
    AFTER weeks of squabbling, California’s politicians managed to get a budget approved this week. Their dispute had followed a familiar pattern. One side, spooked by yawning budget deficits, wanted to make deeper cuts to welfare payments. The other, fearful of the effects on California’s army of unemployed, sought to find savings elsewhere. It sounds like a classic Republican-Democrat ding-dong. In fact, the row pitted one Democratic force (the governor, Jerry Brown) against another (the state legislature). Shut out of the talks, the state’s opposition Republican legislators were reduced to boycotting budget hearings and issuing sulky statements. ..California gave America two...
  • CA: With runoff looming, Bruce McPherson quits GOP

    06/20/2012 11:37:25 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    Bruce McPherson said Tuesday he is dropping his GOP party affiliation and listing no preference, joining a growing bloc of California voters who've renounced party identification... (snip) An abortion rights supporter who's willing to discuss new taxes, McPherson was known as a moderate during his 11 years in the Legislature. During the years, he has endorsed local Democrats such as Fred Keeley, Henry Mello and Sam Farr. (snip) McPherson said he did not consider registering as a Democrat. "No, because I think the far left of the Democrats is in the same situation as the far right of the Republican...
  • Charles Munger's push for Beth Gaines becomes campaign issue

    05/24/2012 8:46:16 AM PDT · by SmithL
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/23/12 | Jim Sanders
    Competing radio ads spotlight wealthy Stanford physicist Charles T. Munger Jr.'s deep-pockets support for incumbent Assemblywoman Beth Gaines against challenger Andy Pugno in a Placer County-based Assembly district. Spirit of Democracy, an advocacy group funded largely by Munger, has poured more than $175,000 into a radio and mail promotional campaign for Gaines this month. Pugno is attempting to create a backlash by painting the GOP activist as a liberal. Munger is a major GOP donor and was a key financial backer of redistricting reform. He has pushed to moderate the Republican Party by downplaying divisive issues such as abortion, gun...
  • Foes target Boehner/Lungren event in Woodside

    05/22/2012 7:37:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 5/22/12 | Josh Richman
    Liberal activists organized by CREDO SuperPAC are planning to protest outside a fundraiser that House Speaker John Boehner is holding Wednesday on Portola Road in Woodside with Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River. The event with Boehner, R-Ohio, costs up to $35,000 a plate or $5,000 for a photo opportunity, and is occurring just six miles from the Atherton home in which President Obama is scheduled to hold a $35,800-a-plate fundraiser at about the same time.CREDO SuperPAC says it has launched a campaign against Lungren with four full-time organizers and a Carmichael field office to mobilize local voters to defeat a...
  • Wealthy GOP donor jumps into Beth Gaines' Assembly race

    05/16/2012 4:19:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Jim Sanders
    A political advocacy group funded largely by wealthy Stanford physicist Charles T. Munger Jr. has poured $83,000 this week into an independent push to re-elect Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. Gaines, of Rocklin, is running against attorney and fellow Republican Andy Pugno in the 6th Assembly District, a newly drawn district based in Placer County but extending into Sacramento and El Dorado counties. Democrat Reginald Bronner of Lincoln rounds out the field. A radio advertisement and campaign literature supporting Gaines was funded by Spirit of Democracy, whose coffers consist of $727,000 from Munger and $150,000 from the California Dental Association, records...
  • Report: Fewer than one in three California voters registered as Republican

    05/10/2012 8:16:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/10/12 | Phillip Reese
    Since just before the last California presidential primary, the proportion of voters registered as Republicans has fallen from 33.5 percent to 30.4 percent, according to new figures from the California Secretary of State.
  • DiFi blows away GOP Senate rivals with fundraising

    04/17/2012 6:15:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/17/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Last fall, we pointed out that the California Republican Party was running a bit late in not being able to field — with all due respect — a “name” candidate to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. And now, we see one of the effects of that. DiFi is lapping the GOP field in the latest fundraising disclosures. . . . DiFi is outraising the entire Republican field by about a gazillion to one in the latest fundraising totals. That includes includes her closest GOP rival — Danville autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who was endorsed by the CA GOP....
  • Shocker: One of CA’s most promising young Republicans abandons GOP...

    03/28/2012 1:37:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 3/28/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Shocker: One of CA’s most promising young Republicans abandons GOP in midst of heated SD mayoral raceCalifornia State Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, seen as one of the California Republican Party’s most promising future possibilities for statewide office, announced today he’s abandoning the GOP and “partisan politics” to become an independent. The defection of Fletcher, who served in the Marine Corps for more than a decade and is an Iraq war veteran as well as a spouse of a prominent GOP activist — Mindy Tucker Fletcher, the former campaign spokeswoman for George W. Bush — is an...
  • Tehama GOP rescinds invite to CRP chair Tom Del Beccaro

    03/27/2012 9:52:26 PM PDT · by SmithL
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 3/27/12 | Bill Gram-Reefer
    The Tehama County GOP announced it has disinvited California Republican Party Chairperson Tom Del Beccarro from speaking at its May Lincoln-reagan Dinner. Apparently the Tehama GOP does not appreciate the CRP Chair’s hamfisted disregard for party bylaws and the state party’s controversial endorsement process that picks favorites before the California Primary. Not like we’ve never heard these complaints before. And brushing off bylaws concerning endorsements is just the tip of the iceberg.CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro,After serious discussion of the endorsement actions taken by the California Republican Party Board of Directors during their March 11th meeting, the Tehama County Republican...
  • CA GOP decries Legislature passing 'shell' bills

    03/27/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 22 March 2012 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Republican state lawmakers stood in united but futile opposition Thursday to the practice of approving empty bills that contain no real legislation but will be amended later to include budget legislation. Democrats, who control both houses, each approved several so-called "shell" bills—the Senate 40 of them, and the Assembly 38. The bills contain no actual budget details but will be amended later to include specific language needed to enact the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Passing the bills now makes it quicker and easier to approve a state spending plan before the constitutional deadline in...
  • Folsom Assembly candidate's pledge could mean backing rival

    03/26/2012 6:44:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/26/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Republican Assembly hopeful Andy Pugno kicked off his campaign today with a pledge that could leave him backing his rival over his own candidacy in November. The Folsom Republican is challenging Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, in the 6th Assembly District. Under the state's new top-two primary rules, voters could send both Republicans to the general election. But voters in the safe GOP district might be spared a second round of a same-party slug fest if that happens. Pugno said today that he would support whichever Republican gets the most votes in the June 5 primary -- even if he secures...
  • California Republicans Get Behind Mitt Romney [Leads Santorum by 19 Points: Nominated Sealed?]

    03/24/2012 7:33:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 25, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    California Republicans Get Behind Mitt Romney The national front-runner has a substantial lead in the state over Rick Santorum, with other rivals trailing in the distance. But there's little enthusiasm for the GOP field overall. By Seema Mehta March 25, 2012 Republican voters in California have swung behind Mitt Romney, with the national presidential front-runner crushing his rivals by double digits and substantially expanding his support in the state, a new poll has found. Romney won 42% of registered Republican voters, with his closest rival, Rick Santorum, trailing by 19 points, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Newt...
  • California Could End Up Deciding Republican Presidential Nomination

    03/09/2012 10:16:38 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    KCBS ^ | March 09, 2012 | Megan Goldsby
    California Could End Up Deciding Republican Presidential Nomination Megan Goldsby, CBS Local - San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Republican presidential contest remains unsettled, and California could be the state that finally decides it. Super Tuesday turned out much like a children’s birthday party – everybody left with a prize, according to former California Republican Party chair Ron Nehring. “Everyone is going to stay in this contest throughout the month of March,” said Nehring. “I’d be very surprised if anyone dropped out.” KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports: Republican Presidential Nomination Could Be In California's Hands Even though he didn’t land...
  • The Buzz: Republican Beth Gaines may face two GOP challengers

    03/08/2012 8:12:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    The race for the newly drawn 6th Assembly District is shaping up as a potential political – and personal – Republican slugfest. GOP Assemblywoman Beth Gaines could face two challengers from her side of the aisle in her re-election bid for the safe Republican district. The Rocklin Republican's potential rivals – Folsom attorney Andrew Pugno and Roseville school board member Linda Park – both have ties to Gaines' former rival, Roseville Councilman John Allard. Pugno, who has filed a statement of intention to run but has made no formal announcement, used the same campaign consultant in 2010 that Allard did...
  • Surprise! California Tilts Right of Center

    03/06/2012 7:38:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 | Joe Mathews
    A fine new report from the Public Policy Institute of California updates what we know about the state's political geography. For decades, the political divide in California was between the Democratic north and the Republican south. But in recent times, analysts have talked about a blue Democratic coast vs. the red Republican inland. PPIC's new report concludes that the coast vs. inland explanation isn't exactly right. When you dig deeply into the numbers, the state's real political divide puts the two former rivals -- Los Angeles County and the Bay Area -- on one side of the partisan divide, and...
  • California suddenly matters after Super Tuesday fails to decide GOP contest

    03/07/2012 5:45:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/7/12 | Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
    Suddenly June 5 doesn't seem so far away. With a muddled outcome from the 10 Super Tuesday states, there's no sign the GOP presidential primary process will be resolved before California Republicans hold a vote that pundits once said was too late to matter. In fact, June 5 -- when California and four other states will vote -- is now "one of the key dates between now and the convention" in late August in Tampa, Fla., said renowned election prognosticator Larry Sabato, who directs the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "As it turns out, every state is relevant, just...
  • Newt speaks at the California Republican Convention (Livestream at 3:10 EST, i.e., right now)

    02/25/2012 12:16:14 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 129 replies · 3+ views
    California Republican Party ^ | 2/25/12 | Newt Gingrich
    Livestream to the California GOP Convention. Newt is scheduled to speak right now; as I right this, stream is running, and people are milling about before the speech. (Some twit seems to be harassing the camera operator with dumb questions.)
  • GOP race tightens in California

    02/22/2012 8:57:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Long written off as too late to matter, California's Republican primary June 5 may turn out to matter a lot. A new Field Poll shows former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum just six points behind front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. California's mother lode of 172 delegates has long been considered Romney's firewall against a contested or even brokered national convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. A contested convention is the ultimate nightmare scenario for the GOP, which has savored this year as its best chance since Jimmy Carter to deny a second term to an incumbent Democratic president."It's...
  • Gingrich to address California Republican convention

    02/07/2012 1:35:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Republican Party will host presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich during its convention later this month. Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Tuesday that Gingrich will address the twice-annual gathering in Burlingame on Feb. 25th. Del Beccaro calls Gingrich one of the most dynamic figures in GOP politics in the last 50 years....
  • Newt Gingrich coming to Burlingame soon — for CA GOP convention

    02/07/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/7/12 | Joe Garofoli
    The Chronicle has learned that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be speaking at the Saturday lunchtime slot — that’s priiiiiiiimetime at these things — at the California Republican convention in lovely Burlingame. The Feb. 25 gig will be part of a three-day presidential campaign swing through California for Newt. Details are still coming together, but he may do a public event in the Bay Area along with a fundraiser, which of course is the point of coming to California.
  • Report: Fewer than one in three California voters registered as Republican

    02/01/2012 8:20:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/1/12 | Phillip Reese
    Since just before the last California presidential primary, the proportion of voters registered as Republicans has fallen from 33.5 percent to 30.4 percent, according to new figures from the California Secretary of State.
  • California Republican voters still waiting for presidential inspiration

    01/30/2012 3:01:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/30/12 | David Siders
    Jon Fleischman, the conservative blogger, was brooding the other day on Facebook, underwhelmed by the presidential candidates he has left to choose from. It's "pretty alarming to me," the former executive director of the California Republican Party wrote, "how dispassionate, or non-interested I am in this new battle for the Republican nomination between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich." For like-minded Republicans – a cheerless majority of the party in California, according to a recent poll – a virtual therapy session ensued. One friend recommended a prescription for Xanax, another a vote for Ron Paul. Joe Ludlow, who helps run a...
  • Editorial: GOP keeps having bad days in court

    01/28/2012 8:10:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/12 | Editor
    The California Republican Party keeps making matters worse as it struggles against what seems inevitable. On Friday, the California Supreme Court unanimously decided to leave in place state Senate district maps drawn by the voter-created California Redistricting Commission. This was the second time the GOP turned to the court for help, and the second time it was slapped down. The Republicans spent – and probably wasted – $2 million on its drive to qualify a referendum challenging the maps. It's not certain that the measure will qualify for the November ballot.
  • California GOP chief eyes statewide election strategy to boost initiatives, candidates

    01/26/2012 8:19:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/26/12 | Torey Van Oot
    While blue California is almost certain to go for President Barack Obama come November, California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro sees opportunity for the GOP to be a major force from the presidential race down.Del Beccaro laid out his strategy and expectations for the 2012 election in a Wednesday interview with The Bee Capitol Bureau.>Can the Republican Party play at all against Obama in California? The Republican Party historically in California has sent money to other states. So we do have an impact, regardless of whether this particular state is in play. … It will look like a competitive...
  • Shakeup for California's congressional delegation

    01/12/2012 4:12:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    With 17-term Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis of San Bernardino announcing his retirement Thursday, following retirements of two GOP veterans this week, California's huge Congressional delegation could see its biggest shakeup in two decades. The state's new map of congressional districts, drawn by a 14-member citizen redistricting commission, is expected to yield more open seats, more competitive elections and possibly three to five new Democrats in the House, reflecting California's long-term trend toward the Democratic Party. That has some Democrats salivating at the prospect that they could regain the House majority and reinstall San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi as speaker.
  • California Republicans resign themselves to irrelevancy in the GOP presidential race

    01/09/2012 2:49:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/9/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot
    Jeff Miller, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign chairman in California, was in Iowa with a handful of California lawmakers for last week's caucuses. He may find himself in South Carolina when the race arrives there later this month. He isn't missing much back home. "That June primary," Miller said, "might as well be 100 years away." It sure feels like it. While the Republican presidential campaigns fast-forward to New Hampshire on Tuesday and South Carolina on Jan. 21, hardly anyone in California is off the couch. Republicans here know the race may be over before they vote on June...
  • CALIFORNIA: Republicans about to become an afterthought in Capitol

    12/17/2011 10:14:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/17/11 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to take his tax hike initiative directly to the voters, will Republicans have a role to play in the Legislature in 2012? Or will they be relegated to little more than a cranky but irrelevant presence in the Capitol, holding fast to their anti-tax ideology but with little to show for it? Increasingly marginalized with dwindling statewide registration numbers, Republicans have already lost leverage on the budget and may soon lose it on taxes if new district lines leave them short of a simple one-third minority. Perhaps the Republicans' last chance to have...
  • California Republicans still favor Romney but Gingrich now in second

    11/30/2011 9:25:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/30/11 | Dan Smith
    California Republicans still favor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the GOP's presidential primary sweepstakes, but they have a new No. 2: Newt Gingrich. A new Field Poll shows the former House speaker has displaced Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the prime challenger to Romney in the Golden State. Romney leads the field at 26 percent, with Gingrich close behind at 23 percent.
  • Meg Whitman and the GOP's emerging austerity caucus

    10/02/2010 9:43:07 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 133 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 1, 2010 | David Brooks
    (snip) Whitman is representative of an emerging Republican type — what you might call the austerity caucus. Flamboyant performers like Sarah Palin get all the attention, but the governing soul of the party is to be found in statehouses where a loose confederation of uber-wonks have become militant budget balancers. Just as welfare reformers of the 1990s presaged compassionate conservatism, so the austerity brigades presage the national party's next chapter. Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana who I think is most likely to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, is the spiritual leader. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey...
  • A Recap Of the CRP Platform Committee Activity At the Convention (California Republicans)

    09/21/2011 12:04:39 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies
    Flash Report ^ | 20 September 2011 | Jon Fleischman
    A Recap Of the CRP Platform Committee Activity At the Convention There is much to be said about the California Republican Party’s Fall Convention held in downtown Los Angeles last weekend. Presidential candidates and a straw poll, great workshops and townhalls, tributes, speeches and more. The better part of a thousand GOP activists, donors and leaders descended on the L.A. Live! Marriott-Ritz hotel, across from the Staples Center (we were the pre-show for the Emmy Awards, I guess). This column, however, is devoted to only one aspect of the convention – the ongoing process of the quadrennial adoption of the...
  • Jerry Brown says “Legion of Acceptability”controls CA GOP

    09/21/2011 12:51:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/21/11 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    We spit up our oatmeal (which is SO good for artery-cleansing, haters) this morning when we read how Guv Jerry Brown described the Republican opposition to him. He compared it to (of course) the Catholic Church’s Legion of Decency, which rated films in the 1950s. The contemporary incarnation: Jerry said GOP legislators obey strict fealty to the “Legion of Acceptability”….whose roster Jerry told the NYT includes: “Jon Coupal, who works for Howard Jarvis; Grover Norquist; the Ken and John talk show; the guy who does the Flash Report. Any two of those can stop any bill in the Legislature where...
  • California GOP committee blocks more moderate platform

    09/18/2011 7:39:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/18/11 | Torey Van Oot
    A push to adopt a more moderate California Republican Party platform was was defeated in the final hours of the party's fall convention in Los Angeles today. The proposed language, which downplayed traditional GOP positions on gun rights, abortion and same-sex marriage, had come under fire from conservatives. Supporters had argued that the changes emphasized jobs and the economy and presented the party's issue stances in a way that would appeal to more voters. The plan, backed by wealthy GOP donor Charles T. Munger Jr., failed to win approval from the CRP Platform Committee Sunday afternoon. The committee instead approved...
  • Charles T. Munger Jr. puts more than money into California Republican politics

    09/16/2011 3:49:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/16/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Charles T. Munger Jr. isn't your run-of-the-mill Republican donor. The wealthy Stanford physicist is gaining prominence in a state Republican Party now regularly in search of money needed to win in blue California. But Munger's involvement in the state GOP goes beyond writing checks. His influence will be on display this weekend as California Republicans gather in Los Angeles for their fall convention and begin discussing a Munger-inspired platform that downplays traditional GOP positions on gun rights, abortion and same-sex marriage. The bow tie-wearing Republican has spent recent months shepherding a behind-the-scenes effort to adopt a more moderate California Republican...
  • Jerry Brown accuses GOP of unconstitutional delegation of power

    09/15/2011 1:05:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SacBee: Capitol ALert ^ | 9/14/11 | David Siders
    SAN FRANCISCO - Still smarting from the Legislature's defeat of his tax and jobs plan, Gov. Jerry Brown accused Republican lawmakers tonight of an "unconstitutional delegation of power," saying they are controlled by the anti-tax group Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "The Republicans in Sacramento have one jockey," Brown said in a fiery speech to about 1,000 nurses at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The Democratic governor said some Republican senators told him they would like to vote for the measure but couldn't because of the association's political clout. Now, after months of failed negotiations with Republicans, Brown said, "At least...
  • CALIFORNIA - Field Poll: Romney leads Perry among state's GOP

    09/15/2011 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/15/11 | Dan Smith
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is maintaining his edge over a surging Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans looking to California's June 2012 presidential primary, according to a new Field Poll. The poll shows Romney's support has dipped slightly since June while Perry more than tripled his. But Romney still holds an eight-point lead.
  • Dan Lungren won't challenge Tom McClintock for Congress

    09/07/2011 12:37:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/7/11 | Dan Morain
    Rep. Dan Lungren has decided against challenging fellow Republican Congressman Tom McClintock and instead will run in what is a swing district that extends from Elk Grove to Folsom, his campaign manager said today. "Unless something changes, he will run in the 7th Congressional District and is confident in doing so," Lungren adviser Rob Stutzman told The Bee. Lungren had toyed with running against McClintock, the more conservative of the two, in the 2012 GOP primary for the 4th Congressional District.
  • California GOP not the party it was in Ronald Reagan's day

    09/07/2011 8:52:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/7/11 | David Siders
    As the Republican candidates for president arrive today in Simi Valley to debate at the Reagan Presidential Library, they will find the Republican Party in California in decline, its registration falling and its remaining members older and more conservative than in Reagan's time. It wasn't always so hard to be Republican in the Golden State. Republicans Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower all carried California, and Republican presidential candidates took the state nine times in 10 tries between 1952 and 1988. Reagan and Richard Nixon went from California to the White House. But in the years since George H.W....
  • Conservatives upbeat at 2 Bay Area gatherings

    08/28/2011 3:04:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/28/11 | Joe Garofoli, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers
    They've been dismissed as the inconsequential, angry, funny-hat-wearing political fringe. But conservatives and Tea Party activists at lively celebrations in the Bay Area say they're beginning to be recognized as something else as the 2012 elections loom: a mainstream movement. With two big gatherings - a California Young Republican Federation convention in San Francisco on Friday and a Tea Party Express gathering in Napa on Saturday - it wasn't so lonely being a conservative in the Democratic bastion of the Bay Area. "We're not afraid to come to the Bay Area, because the majority of the people in the Bay...
  • Proof GOP is going to (but not helping) the dogs

    08/27/2011 11:43:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/27/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Columnist
    Ever since the Republican Red Tide that swept the country stopped at the Sierra Nevada in November, we've been wondering how California's GOP would attract new party members. (By the way, the Sierra also gave the Donner party problems in November, but that was a snowy winter nearly 165 years ago, and we digress.) The influence of Republicans, who hold just 43 of the Legislature's 120 seats, has been threatened again recently by newly drawn districts, particularly in the Senate. But judging by some votes cast in the Senate last week, members of the state's Grand Old Party aren't quite...