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Ray Haynes

We Have Met the Enemy…Part IV…Rethinking the Party

I am a conservative. I believe in conservative principles, and have spent my time in politics fighting for those principles. Less Taxes–I worked to lower the car tax in 1998, and helped keep it low throughout my remaining time in the Legislature. Safe neighborhoods–I helped pass Three Strikes in 1994 (the right three strikes, not the watered down one that is now in effect). At each turn, through legislation and political activity, I spent my effort pushing the conservative agenda. Even in the party fights, I fought for conservatives to run the party. I sat in the meetings when we conservatives planned the strategies to keep the Republican Party in conservative hands.

And we conservatives blew it. We mishandled the party, its operations, its money, its organization, and we have reaped the results of our actions in the losses that have occurred.

Don’t get me wrong. The party’s principles shouldn’t change. We must focus on freedom, family, free enterprise and strong communities. That being said, we conservatives spent so much time trying to maintain philosophical purity that we forgot that the purpose of the party is strengthen… Read More

Katy Grimes

Lawsuit Against Santa Barbara School District Over ‘Unconscious Bias’ Curriculum

Los Angeles attorney Eric Early, working with a group of Santa Barbara parents and teachers over anti-Caucasian, anti-male, anti-Christian and ‘Unconscious Bias’ curriculum, filed a complaint complaintMonday evening in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf ofFair Education Santa Barbaraagainst the Santa Barbara Unified School District andJUST CommunitiesCentral Coast.

In an interview, Early said they brought suit against the “anti-Caucasian, anti-Christian organization calling itself, Just Communities Central Coast, Inc. (“JCCC”), and its’ willing enabler, SBUSD,” because Defendants have employed and continue to employ policies and procedures for teaching SBUSD’s teachers and students that unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and religion.

From the lawsuit, Early includes the following chart, one of many examples, copied directly from… Read More

Ray Haynes

We Have Met The Enemy…Part III…Fundamentally Rethinking How We Run Campaigns

To honestly assess our assets to figure out a way forward, we must next look at our candidates’ addiction to political consultants. Political consultants are necessary for a campaign, but we must figure out their proper role in a campaign. In one post mortem on the last campaign, I read the following quote:

Brulte argues that there is no voter fraud and that he and others had been educating the national party and California GOP candidates on the new election rules that took place this year. Yes, we can dislike the college football overtime rules but they are what they are and have to be prepared. Unfortunately, while Democrats were developing a ground game for two years after their 2016 heartbreak, Republicans–driven by consultants who work on commission–were more focused on raising SuperPAC money for ad wars rather than the ballots themselves.California Democrats have voter numbers in their favor, the voting system changes have favored them, and they had far more money to drive ground turnout. As the former political Republicans opine, the party needs to staunch the bleed of party registration and invest more in voter targetingRead More

Ray Haynes

We Have Met the Enemy…Part II…There Is A Way Back

Before we can assess a way back from where Republicans are in this state, we have to assess our assets, and how best to utilize them. The best asset available to Republicans in this state are elected Republicans. The question is: Do these elected Republicans care about bringing our party back?

They should. If the last 10 years have been any lesson to Republicans in this state, it is that most elected Republicans have cared about themselves, and not about us. The cause of freedom is the cause of the people, and conservative Republican values promote freedom, that is, smaller government, less taxes, stronger families, private property rights, and individual freedom. When the Republican leadership (folks like Arnold Schwarzenegger) “negotiate” with the Democrats in this state to raise our taxes or increase regulations on our businesses or our families or on our communities, they negotiate our freedom away.

I have heard good excuses as to why taxes and regulations must be increased. My favorite is “climate change.” It is the best one for the Democrats. No proof that climate change is occurring, or that it is man-made, or that any tax… Read More

Will Swaim

Early Christmas for LAUSD teacher: a refund of his UTLA union dues – and an end to future deductions

Just in time for Christmas, the Los Angeles teachers union gave Thomas Few some good news: a refund of $433.31 dues he paid and the union’s promise to stop taking $80 per month from his paycheck.

Few said he is “elated by the victory,” but also determined to press forward with his lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers of Los Angeles.

“On June 27, the Supreme Court said government employees – including my fellow teachers in Los Angeles Unified – have the right to fund or to not fund union… Read More

Ray Haynes

We Have Met the Enemy And He is Us, Part I

The post mortem assessments of this last election, an ugly one to be sure, are just now being completed, and, like every other election in which we Republicans in California have lost, each faction of the California Republican Party is quick to blame the other factions for the loss. It’s not my fault, they say, it is a conservative message, or cheating by Democrats, or party leaders, or Donald Trump, or Jim Brulte or [insert anybody else’s name but mine here] who are responsible for our losses. The fact is we are a dysfunctional family. We are all to blame for the loss.

Some of my Republican friends who call themselves moderate are quick to blame the conservative message. They are wrong. Conservatives are the heart and the soul of the Republican Party. Abandon the message that brought conservatives to the party, and the party will fall apart. Those in Wrong Way, err..excuse me, New Way California are simply espousing the message that kept the Republican Party in the minority from 1954 to 1980. The resurgence of the conservative message from Reagan, through 1994, through Donald Trump, brought us from a permanent minority to a competitive political… Read More

Ron Nehring

How to Choose a New California Republican Chairman

The campaign to lead the California Republican Party is under way. While the election itself will take place at our party convention in February, the campaign for Chairman is an important process during which the views of the grassroots delegates of our party are heard as candidates travel the state working to build support.

In the wake of serious losses in the 2018 election, there will be much to discuss. One of the challenges facing delegates will be separating out what a California Republican Party Chairman can and should do from issues that are of concern but beyond the ability of the CRP Chairman to effect.

Having served as Chairman of the California Republican Party for the maximum of two terms, and before that as Vice Chairman, President of the County Chairmen’s Association, and a county Republican chairman I’ve experienced first hand the difference between subjects for grandstanding, and what the party itself can actually effect.

We all want to reposition the Republican Party for success. Yet, political parties are defined nationally. The Republican Party and its brand will be defined by President Donald J. Trump for every single… Read More

Katy Grimes

#MeToo 2020: Sen. Kamala Harris Claims Ignorance Over Long-time Employee Sex Abuse Case

It is no secret that U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris has her eye on a run for the Presidency in 2020. Yet Larry Wallace, a senior staffer for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly resigned on Wednesday over the discovery he was involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit and $400,000 payout to the victim whileworkingfor then California Attorney General Kamala Harris. And Kamala Harris claims to know nothing of this.… Read More

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