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Stephen Frank

Back to Basics: Steve Frank Candidate for California Republican Party Chair

The November 6 election results in California were a disaster no matter what way you look at it. For Republicans it reaffirmed that we are on the wrong track, that our messaging is severely amiss. For Californians generally, their choice has been whittled down to a single party, a party that does not resemble anything the Founding Fathers would recognize.

Democrats now hold every Statewide Constructional office, and a Super-Super Majority (not a typo) in the Assembly and State Senate, and we, the Republican Party need to undertake a critical analysis of how we operate; critical triage of just what it is that needs to be addressed. Without understanding where we are and how we came to be in this situation, 2020 will be a further decline of our once great CRP, if that is even conceivable.

We need new leadership and a new direction. But first we must agree that we should go back to basics. And my platform provides this. Amongst other issues, my ‘Back to Basics’ plan addresses:

1. Voter Registration. Since March, 2013, the California Republican Party has not spent a dime for voter registration and in fact has a policy against registering voters.… Read More

Katy Grimes

California’s ‘Grand Theft Election’

On election night, California Republicans were heading for victories. Less than one month later, while ballots arestillbeing counted, half of California’s Republican Congressional races were flipped by Democrat challengers, none of whom have ever held an elected public office.

Republicans lost election night leads for five members of Congress, three state Assembly races, two state Senate seats and a Board of Equalization candidate, Shawn Steelwrotein a column this week.

Assembly Republicans nowtotal only 20 out of 80 members of the Assembly, and Senate Republicans aredownto 11 members out of 40 Senators, for a grand total of 31 elected Republicans out of 140 total legislators in all of… Read More

David Hadley

The CRP’s Darkest Hour or our Finest Hour?

When Winston Churchill was appointed Britain’s Prime Minister in May 1940, it was his country’s darkest hour. German armies were rampaging through France. Britain faced the likely destruction of its army at Dunkirk, and then invasion.

Churchill rose to the occasion:

He formed a war cabinet on the broadest possible basis. He knew victory was impossible without unity. He famously offered his “blood, toil, tears and sweat.” He announced his aim in one word: victory. But he acknowledged it would not be easy or fast.

In the wake of the midterm elections, the California Republican Party is facing our own darkest hour. None of our statewide candidates reached 40% of the vote. Democrats have a super-majority in Sacramento with seats to spare in both chambers. They have 46 of 53 Congressional seats and have occupied Orange County. GOP voter registration is less than 25%.

I don’t launch my campaign for CRP chair with a cure-all plan or a sound bite. With all due respect to other candidates, the plans and taglines offered so far are like a cavalry charge against tanks: not up to the… Read More

Asm. Travis Allen

Time for a Republican Revolution in California

The 2018 midterm elections were a disaster for California Republicans. The Republican candidate for Governor lost in the worst election result in 40 years and half of our Republican Congressional delegation was wiped out in the worst relative loss since 1883.

California’s State Legislative Republicans weren’t spared from the carnage either. Already in the super-minority, California’s… Read More

Richard Rider

Latest SKY HIGH CA residential electricity rates — and the case for CA home solar power

Below is my personal electricity bill for the month of October, 2018 — and my history for this past year. Don’t be overly impressed by the low cost bills. It’s the result of a very expensive solar electricity array on our roof.

But DO be impressed (and appalled) by the SDG&E residential electricity RATES I included. Below 400 kWh use, the price is 27 cents per kWh — double or more what customers pay in other states.

But it gets worse. Above 401 kWh usage a month, the price is a mind-blowing (and wallet-emptying) 47 cents/kWh. Above 1,245 kWh the price rises even further to 55 cents/kWh. I might add that these prices are probably similar to the rates of the other two major electricity utilities in the Golden State — PG&E, and SoCal Edison. Folks in other states should look at THEIR electricity bills to get a feel for the ASTONISHINGdifference in CA rates vs. the otherRead More

Katy Grimes

Gov. Elect Gavin Newsom Casting Some Big #MeToo Stones

Gov. Elect Gavin Newsom is casting some big #MeToo stones forgetting that his house is all glass.

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman has been accused of sexual harassment and assault. Staffers told the Los Angeles Times that during his time as party chair, Bauman, who is gay, would “regularly make sexually explicit comments in the workplace to men and women, including remarks about sexual acts, his and other staffers’ genitalia, and being sexually attracted to staff members,” CBS Los Angelesreported.

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Katy Grimes

‘New Way California:’ Wrong Way, Deceptive Way

An odd group of Never-Trump Republican centrists and political has-beens who formed “New Way California” earlier this year, claim New Way is needed because they are “committed to policies that increase opportunities for all Californians.”

What they are committed to is remaining in power, even if that means being subservient to the Democrat Party and leftism. In June I wrote “New Way California is WrongWay.

Remember what I warned in myrecent book, “California’s War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?” that rather than working on fixing their own failing state, California politicians would do much better for the state by dropping the hostility and political grandstanding.

Chad Mayes started “… Read More

Katy Grimes

Claremont School District Blacklists Popular Farmer’s Historical Reenactments

For nearly 40 years, Jim Riley and his family have lived on their 760-acre apple farm in Oak Glen, California, in San Bernardino County.

Jim and his wife built a Colonial-inspired home on the farm in 1994, and were thinking about doing 18th century dinner theater. Shortly thereafter, the Riley’s were approached by parents of local elementary school students asking for historical field trips at the farm. “We started doing American Revolution-themed tours, and Civil War reenactments for 5th graders in Southern California,” Riley said when we talked recently.… Read More

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