Aaron Park

Aug 022017
 

Within the California Republican Party are a series of volunteer clubs. I will list most of them with a brief description and then conclude with ideas about how they can play a role in preventing the “Third House” and Republican Leadership from having free reign to run amok.

AS I wrote about County Central Committees being basically useless without real people doing real things to raise money, recruit candidates and promote the endorsements, this is also true of a volunteer club. Several clubs are basically shells with only a few members left that accomplish little. That said, some of those groups represent real opportunities for perceived influence.

My personal feelings about organizations aside, here is as close to an impartial analysis as I can offer:

The California Impact Republicans (Note: I am a state board member) are a conservative grassroots group centered around winning elections, recruiting candidates, electing candidates, raising money and promoting Conservative Republican Values co-equally.

The California Republican Assembly (CRA) is a far-right group that is centered around debating and endorsing candidates.

The California Congress of Republicans is a center-right grassroots group with a handful of chapters statewide. They endorse.

The College Republicans are an age-based GOP group across the ideological spectrum. They are known for turning out volunteers for “target races” around the state.

The California Young Republican Federation is also an age-based GOP group of people from College to age 41. They endorse and also turn out volunteers for elections.

The Republican Women Federated is a gender-based group of people of all ages. They do not endorse. They are a volunteer club.

The Log Cabin Republicans. They are a the LGBT republicans.

There are smaller groups centered around ethnicity or the Republican Lawyers – but most all exist on paper only.

Similar to taking over a Republican Central Committee, organizing a grassroots club can be a tool to create a movement of its’ own. There are a limited number of seats on a County Central Committee, but an unlimited number of memberships to a grassroots group.

You can see why “The Swamp” like to manipulate and play in the outcomes of the College and Young Republican’s elections and why in the past they played in the CRA elections. Similar to manipulating and controlling county parties, clubs present perceived power.

In the past, I’ve been a chapter president of a local club that organized to take over the Placer GOP Central Committee, elected 6 of its’ members to local office and registered hundreds of voters. Volunteer Groups can be far more effective than a county Central Committee could ever dream of being… especially when that group has a PAC committee to use for elections.

How do you participate in a successful volunteer club? You have to have something to sell…

  1. A good club has events that draw people in
  2. A good club has a clear vision of what it is trying to accomplish
  3. A good club is active, making phone calls, walking precincts, hosting events and recruiting candidates
  4. A good club communicates with its’ members frequently
  5. Note: I did not mention social media. Facebook is useless as a tool for beating the Third House or the Swamp

How do these volunteer groups relate to burning down the California Republican Party?

A volunteer group with 30-50 members can create terror in the heart of a rogue Republican Elected. 30-50 people talking, walking precincts, making phone calls, contributing to their opponent, and hosting events is an army. 30-50 people whining on Facebook is background noise.

If the group has stable, ethical leadership with their egos in check, there is literally nothing that can stop them from having a devastating impact on an election. If fights to the death for ideological purity or being right carry the day, then the swamp wins.

The swamp also counts on good Conservatives having too many excuses to organize an effective movement. If you care about burning down the GOP to take it away from the money people, special interests, consultants and unprincipled electeds then it requires a sacrifice of personal time to do so.

Volunteer groups are an effective and almost immediate way to cause the earth to shift politically.

In Part 4, I will detail how Central Committees and Volunteer Groups play a role in the California Republican Party, the next target in the “Burn it Down Series”

Aug 022017
 

I took a press release from the John Cox for Governor Campaign (BTW – The Impact Republicans Endorsed John Cox) and cut and pasted pieces of it to tell the story:

California — A poll conducted last week along with fundraising reports show Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox in second place.

A poll commissioned by the Cox campaign and conducted by SmithJohnson Research shows Gavin Newsom at 25.2 percent, Cox at 14.1 percent, Antonio Villaraigosa at 12.4 percent, Travis Allen at 9.6 percent, John Chiang at 7.4 percent, Delaine Eastin at 3.2 percent, and 28 percent remaining undecided.

“John Cox has consistently shown the ability to earn a significant percentage of support in every public and private survey released to date,” said Cox senior strategist Wayne Johnson. “These latest results show that even with a second tier GOP spoiler running under 10 percent, Cox is in a strong position to make the top two.”

Cox has raised over $204,000 from over 1,500 individual donors in the second quarter of 2017, in addition to his own $3 million contribution.

In the first six months of 2017 Newsom has raised $5,329,682, Cox has raised $3,205,122, Chiang has raised $2,560,963, Villaraigosa has raised $2,291,747, Eastin has raised $313,037, and Travis Allen has raised $78,403.

“I’m irrevocably committed to this race,” Cox said. “Nineteen states have recently elected Republican business people to governorships, including traditionally Democratic states such as Maryland and Massachusetts – I believe we can do that here. I’m in it to win, and that has been resonating with people throughout California.”

“Californians are tired of the status quo in Sacramento and want honest change,” Cox said. “I’m the only candidate in the race for governor that isn’t a politician and who actually has a real plan to break the special interest money hold on our state capitol and return power to the people.”

The poll listed each candidate along with their likely ballot description and party affiliation. The poll was done through live telephone interviews with 500 likely 2018 primary voters from July 27 through 30. The sampling error is +/- 4.4 percent.

John Cox is a husband, father, businessman and Republican candidate for California Governor in 2018. Born and raised on the south-side of Chicago by a single mother public school teacher, John is a CPA who built his small business from the ground up. He is a longtime government reform advocate and conservative, and is running to eliminate the corrupting influence of special interest money that has made California the highest taxed and regulated state in the nation.

Why is Travis Allen running for Governor? $77K in the bank? This is a worse showing than Tim Donnelly…

The SF Chronicle shows the humiliating position for Mr. Allen. Allen told me to my face that he is done in the Assembly. That’s great, but there are 4 Statewide Races without a Republican in them. Go run for one of those instead of helping the democrats get a D vs D runoff.

Aug 012017
 

Those of you that read this blog know I have been fiercely critical of the OCGOP and their fealty to incumbents. It appears that may be changing. All that said, Fred Whitaker deserves credit and the OCGOP itself deserve credit for doing the right thing here.

As outlined on Joseph Turner’s BlogFred Whitaker signed a letter calling on Chad Mayes to resign over his failed leadership selling out the taxpayers of California with the “Cap and Trade” deal.

I try to give recognition to people that show leadership despite past criticism. Mr. Whitaker and the OCGOP deserve some respect for doing what they did.

Bonus: Another group I have torched, the OC Lincoln Club (speaking of incumbent fealty) also lit Chad Mayes up.

Thank You Fred Whitaker
Thank You OCGOP
Thank You OC Lincoln Club

Side note: Not one member of the Orange County Republican Delegation voted in favor of Cap and Trade. It was rumored that one member was a potential yes vote due to his perceived affinithy for Mr. Mayes.

Aug 012017
 

A lot of local activists are fixated on their local Central Committees. It is easy to see why as there is perceived power in the local County Party apparatus.

A local County Party can vet and endorse candidates and with that comes a lot of perceived power.

In practice, most County Central Committees are debating societies with people that are barely civil toward each other. Most County Central Committees raise no money, have few if any events and accomplish next to nothing. I am aware that even today many County Central Committees can’t make quorum. (meaning that the minimum number of members required to be present are not, thus no legal meeting can occur) Most all accomplish nothing.

The fixation on Central Committees by activists has allowed the Swamp to keep activists distracted while they go out and spend massive amounts of money electing unprincipled puppets.

So, part 2 of the Burn Down the California Republican Party series is to put Central Committees in proper perspective. They can be an effective tool in forcing accountability from elected officials and they can be a gigantic, ineffective waste of time.

If you want to take over a local County Party, you are going to have to have a plan. (If you are in a large county, this will have to be replicated across each Assembly District)

  1. You will need a plan to raise money for the committee itself so that endorsements made mean something
  2. In order to raise money, you need something to sell meaning:
  3. You need to have a plan with volunteers or paid staff that registers voters
  4. You need real, participating volunteers that will seek out candidates for local office
  5. You need a real plan to reach out to people in the community to get them to buy in to your vision for the future
  6. Do you have a cohesive vision for the future? If not, why do you want to take over a County Central Committee?
  7. Will the people involved in this effort be cohesive with each other? Are they healthy people with their egos in check? Are they kind of people that you’d be proud to be with in public?

It makes no sense whatsoever to try and take over a County Party Committee if you do not have enough active participants that will engage and make the control of the Party Apparatus mean something. It also will fail if the effort is led by nerds, malcontents or otherwise unhealthy people. You must have ethical, balanced, healthy people at the head of any effort. Remember – the money is against the Conservatives so our effort has to be efficient, well run and mistake free or “the Swamp” will win.

I don’t know of many groups, let alone conservative groups capable of mustering this sort of plan or vision. It can, however be done with discipline, commitment and focus.

The Third House spent money in 40+ county party races in an effort to neutralize County Parties or in some cases to be able to use them as funding conduits for their anointed legislative candidates in future elections. They don’t need to have a group of activists or a vision – with no cohesive opposition they can spend their way to what they want.

If the Conservatives can unify and focus, then taking over a County Central Committee can be devastating. A body that can recruit and fund candidates for office, with a volunteer army can not be stopped by the Third House because Conservatives have the passion of their conviction. When conviction is combined with a few dollars and a few boots, it is a winner in an election.

So how do you take over a County Central Committee in 2017? The elections are not until 2020.

  1. You need to know the rules in your county. How many per supervisor district (or Assembly District in certain larger counties)?
  2. Recruit a candidate for EVERY open seat there is. Get the exact number, don’t recruit too many or too few as this will cause you to lose seats
  3. Get each person running to commit $250 – $500 to the effort, create a PAC if needed for everyone to chip in to. This way you can buy advertisements. (those annoying slate mail cards)
  4. You can buy the voter file in your county cheaply and use it to find people to talk to. You have 3 years to start developing a support base that will withstand the thousands spent against you
  5. Join a volunteer club and get active. (this will be the subject of another post)

If you spend all of your time on social media are not out in the community meeting people, don’t bother even trying to file for Central Committee or any other office. It is completely unfair that Conservatives have to run actual campaigns to counter the wads of money being spent by the “third house” trying to control the County Parties, but until we beat them they will continue spending the money.

Think it through as an unprincipled business decision for the Swamp / Third House. They are looking for a result from their investment. If they start losing, they will go away.

County Central Committees only mean something if there are real volunteers doing community outreach, recruiting, fundraising and campaigning. Having Conservatives in charge of County Central Committees with a real plan and real results will cause those in office to start thinking twice before supporting insane bills like “Cap and Trade”. Effective Central Committees are a counter balance to unprincipled leadership – and so are Volunteer Clubs…

Up next in the series, Volunteer Clubs

Jul 202017
 

Today (7/20/2017), the Assembly Republican Caucus met and did not depose Chad Mayes. Their meeting was too short for a leadership vote to happen so we are told.

The real story as put to me is that democrat members were texting Republican members trying to hurry them back on to the floor to finish business in order to make their flights. Please note, the democrats can make quorum by themselves without any Republicans present.

That said, it is the opinion of this blogger that the democrat texting drill to disrupt the caucus meeting was orchestrated.

Chad Mayes Chief of Staff is Joe Justin, he also doubles as a political consultant running some campaigns every election cycle. Justin is also quite liberal for a Republican and is alleged to have advised Ling-Ling Chang to vote yes on some anti-gun bills in advance of her senate run.

Mr. Justin is also quite intelligent and methodical. It makes sense to me after plotting the events on a timeline that this whole thing was in the works weeks ago being guided by Mr. Justin and others and was played out like political theater for the masses. Too bad the masses became enraged by the sell-out. Mr. Justin’s view of the world is germane as his advice is typically leaning left of center on issues of the day. It is also fair to assume that said advice is colored by his worldview.

Many will recall that Chad Mayes was tweeting 5 days before the sell out that “there was no deal”. This was on 7/13, a day after…

On July 12, CIR-Endorsed Governor Candidate John Cox blasted Cap and Trade and the impending deal. He coined the term #CAPANDTRAITORS

On July 14, after backlash from activists, Chad Mayes sent out a carefully worded press release to try to get people off the scent. We here at Right on Daily recognized it was a ruse.

Hours later there was a media story about a ballot measure proposed by Chad Mayes as part of a sell out on Cap and Trade.

July 18th, the deed is done. Cap and Trade Passes with 8 Republicans in support.

Within hours, pre-produced TV ads start airing in support of the sellouts. This suggests that the ads were being produced even before Chad Mayes allegedly had his “deal”. This again shows premeditation.

If that was not enough, a long dead PAC, inactive since 2002 was brought back from the dead to be used for said effort. See Arthur Schaper writing about the effort using CARE (PAC) to support Devon Mathis.

In the interim Chad Mayes was quoted as saying, “Man I’m so tired, I was at a Bruno Mars concert last night” – that was a real quote in the halls of government.

Then, 7/20/2017 the revolt within the caucus was supposed to come to a head. It was clear that the vote to depose Chad Mayes would be close – then the antics detailed above occurred in order to delay the inevitable.

Mr. Mayes has a fundraiser at $500 a person on 7/27. Since he is still leader, he will be able to hit the swamp ATM for more cash in order to try to save himself in 2018 from a primary challenge.

The goal was for Mayes to be able to save face and leave with his pride. A key rule in politics is to never admit fault and save face as much as possible. He has lost his ability to lead and it is clear in the caucus.

BTW – as a footnote, it has come to my attention that Brian Manschein voted yes on procedural votes before voting no on Cap and Trade. It was also presented to me that Dante Acosta and Frank Bigelow were attempting to make deals of their own, ultimately voting no when said deals were not consummated. I am aware of one more member alleged to have made comments in support of the deal behind closed doors, yet opposed it in public. It turns out that the sellout almost infected the entire Assembly GOP Caucus, and most had no clue the outrage it would fuel.

In addition, Chad Mayes sordid personal life was exposed in the process.

We have all been affected severely by Mr. Mayes Mid-Life crisis – it is time to remove him from leadership and office so he can watch Bruno Mars concerts with his girlfriend util his divorce is final. Mr. Mayes, please leave the rest of us alone so we can pick up the pieces.

Jul 202017
 
Want to make a difference? Join California Impact Republicans – we lead when others cower in the corner.
This is a resolution the CIR adopted drawing a clear line in the sand against the alleged leadership of our party in the State Legislature.
WHEREAS, the values of moderate and conservative Republican alike include fiscal responsibility, smaller government and lower taxes; and

WHEREAS, AB 396 (known as “Cap and Trade”) represents a gas tax increase from $.71 a gallon to as much as $1.40 a gallon, a 50-100% increase in utility rates, and an untold impact on the prices of goods and services by delegating massive government authority to a command and control structure known as the California Air Resources Board; and

WHEREAS, Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes began negotiating with the Democrats to find an excuse to support this massive tax and regulation package; and

WHEREAS, Senator Tom Berryhill who is term limited out of office (meaning there was no accountability to the voters for his actions), made his own deal to support this massive tax and regulation package and has joined Senator Anthony Cannella as a tax sellout; and

WHEREAS, Assembly members Heath Flora, Rocky Chavez, Jordan Cunningham, Marc Steinorth, Chad Mayes and Catherine Baker, all of whom received massive independent expenditures of establishment money supporting their original elections, voted in favor of AB396; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of the Republican Party have made excuses over the last 30 years to abandon core Republican Principles such as Life, Family Values, Gun Rights, Property Rights, Citizenship and now have added Regulation, Size of Government and Excessive Taxation to the list of Democrat values they have adopted; therefore, be it

RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans, refuse to accept this sort of behavior; we refuse to allow the Republican Party to be defined by the lack of adherence to principles and values that we have suffered under for a generation in California; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans, call upon each of the above-named “cap and traitors,” plus Devon Mathis who also voted yes, to resign from office effective immediately; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that, should Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes fail to resign from the state assembly, we, the Board of Directors of California Impact Republicans, call upon the California Assembly Republican Caucus to remove said “cap and traitor” from his position as Minority Leader; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans salute those Republicans who stood up for us and held firm against higher taxes, and resolve to support them and recruit and elect more Republicans like them.

Jul 202017
 

The purpose of this series is to share some of my 20 years of knowledge of the levers of power, the system and the like in order to inform those willing to read how they can really make a serious impact on the California Republican Party. Since it appears there needs to be a major league house-cleaning, (aka Burn it Down) hence the title.

Let’s introduce a few terms to alleviate confusion:

CRP / CAGOP Leadership = The people within the actual volunteer state party apparatus. These would include Jim Brulte the Chairman and Harmeet Dhillon the National Committeewoman. Without getting in to all the board members, etc. The CRP / CAGOP are supposed to manage voter registration drills, participate in trying to elect more Republicans, raising money at the state level, etc.  I used the two most recognizable figures in order to draw the distinction between CAGOP Leadership and…

Republican Leadership = These would include the morally corrupt Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes, and the Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates. There are also assistant leaders and Whips, etc. The distinction is that Republican Leadership are leaders amongst those elected to Partisan Republican Office. They are supposed to promote Republican Principles in Government.

County Central Committees / County Parties = Locally elected County Party Committees that appear on the ballot every 4 years. (Next time is 2020) They are allegedly supposed to raise money for local voter registration, turnout drills, recruit candidates for local office.

Volunteer Clubs = California Impact Republicans (CIR), Young Republicans (CYRF), College Republicans (CR), Congress of Republicans (CCR), Women’s Fed (CWF), California Republican Assembly (CRA), etc. These groups are supposed to function

There are basic functions of the party apparatus that I touched on in the above descriptions, but let’s list them:

  1. Voter Registration
  2. Candidate Recruitment
  3. Raising Money to Support 1 and 2
  4. Promoting Republican Values in the area they are supposed to manage
  5. The State Party Sets the Party Platform

So controlling the party apparatus has benefits for unprincipled people with agendas. The purpose of this series is going to be to discuss who the players are, what they are, how they control (or think they control) outcomes, when various opportunities manifest to interfere with the agenda of and of course why it all matters.

There is another Group of people to discuss, known as the “Third House”. The “Third House” is California’s version of “the Swamp”. The Third house are the political consultants, the lobbyists and the political action committees that wield influence over the legislative process and elections.

Beyond just looking at the surface to see the California Chamber of Commerce, PG&E, Chevron, the Dental PAC, CREPAC (the Realtors) and the Spirit of Democracy, you need to talk about the lobbyists and political consultants that have tentacles across multiple parts of the process.

Conventional wisdom is that you have to have third house support to win elected office. 95% of the time that is true. One of my goals behind writing this series is to help empower the “little people” despite my withering criticism of some of the groups, to take power and control away from the swamp.

I witnessed the power of the Third House first hand when they spent $2 Million helping to save the feckless, ineffective Beth Gaines from the Author of Prop 8, Andy Pugno. They spent the money for three reasons, 1. they could not allow a citizen revolt against an ineffective, incompetent legislator to succeed. 2. Pugno was not someone they could control or negotiate with and 3. Had Pugno won, it would have empowered citizen revolts in other districts. Separate yourself from the personalities and insert any incumbent and challenger in to the mix and the actions of the third house would have been the same.

This theme will repeat as it is my assertion that part of the nexus behind the suicidal decision of Chad Mayes and others to support the largest tax increase in state history is that they knew they would have little, if any risk of loss personally over doing it. The Third House, which will benefit mightily over this action will spend lavishly on the sell-outs, the party apparatus has been taken over by the Third House to a large degree and the volunteer groups, with the exception of CIR (which is very new) are all in decline.

So, on paper, when those that think they are smarter than us were plotting this pre-meditated sell-out of California as they believed they could get away with it.

My personal agenda is clear, I do not seek to profit from this series, in fact, it will likely cost me paid political work in California. I do not seek to control a movement as so many others have tried to.

I want you, the little people to become educated and informed so that you can organize and deal with the scourge that has prostituted Republican Values and led the State of California in to the third world economically. That means, a citizen’s guide to burning down the California Republican Party is for you to use as you see fit to make a real difference.

Stay tuned, this will continue. (PS, share this post liberally as knowledge is power)

Jul 182017
 

I spoke, texted, messaged, etc. several members of the legislature. I won’t list their names in order to comply with some of their wishes to be off the record. This is a commentary on what I heard.

I have to start out by giving props to two of the most insane people I’ve ever met in politics – Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson, the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister – both of these guys have serious personal issues but many years ago they both warned me about the power of Sacramento and what it does to people.

Ken Campbell in particular told me that you have to evaluate everyone by their personal core convictions and nothing else matters. Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen this play out repeatedly. Some of the biggest conservative frauds fell prey to their ego and self-importance. Liberals? They have no core convictions, so when a liberal / moderate / RINO collaborate with the commie-lib-socialists in Sacramento I was never surprised. Campbell’s problem is that his definition of Conservative changed with his medication levels, but if you took his advice and removed his insanity from it, it was spot on.

Thomas N Hudson, whose political life is replete with the skeletons of people he has skewered in his quest to be right, told me that Republican politicians that cut deals with democrats are fools.

Maurice Johannesen, Anthony Peschetti, Anthony Adams, Dick Dickerson, Abel Maldonado, Roger Niello and many others reside in the dust heap of political history after cutting a deal for things far, far less onerous than AB398. All saw their “deals” rescinded the very next legislative cycle as the democrats resent having to make a deal with anyone to serve their god of government.

Many of the liberals supported Proposition 14, which has created a shooting gallery for special interests. This has enabled PG&E, Chevron (two of the biggest winners from the wealth transfer known as Cap and Trade), the Realtors, the Dentists and the Charles Munger funded Spirit of Democracy to spend millions hunting principled conservatives. Rocky Chavez, Heath Flora and other Cap and Trade Supporters benefited from millions of this largess.

The same group spent huge on California Republican Party Central Committee Races and now that has come home to roost.

Chad Mayes, the morally and ethically challenged Assembly Minority Leader led 7 members of the Republican Caucus to vote for “Cap and Trade”. Senator Tom Berryhill was the 8th.

Cap and Trade is a tax on industry in the name of air pollution. These republican leaders believed that by engaging in this process that they could somehow make AB32 / SB32 less onerous on Californians. In so doing, they gave blessing to the second largest tax increase in California History.

In so doing, they put the Republican label on idling tickets hammering Truck Drivers. In so doing, they gave the GOP label to another ($.40-$1.40 depending on who you listen to) additional per gallon gasoline tax.

When I had the flooring put in to my house, it had a “CARB Compliant” sticker on it. How much you want to bet some poor person in Mississippi whose income is less than half of mine is buying the exact same flooring whose cost is inflated by the Republican Leadership backed plan?

How about that $15 hammer at Home Depot? Their prices are the same in the lower 48 states. This means that the poor of Arkansas are subsidizing the horrendous costs of doing business in California.

We are lectured that we need to get millenial voters. Millenials love the environment, so the solution is to jack up the cost of living and tax the poor?

We are lectured that we need to get latino voters, so the solution is to torch family farmers, replacing them with corporate farms living large off of my tax dollars (see also farm subsidies which were larded in to this cap and trade bill en masse) who lay off dozens of workers through consolidation?

They were so convinced they were right that they had TV ads that were likely produced two weeks ago that were just rolled out within hours of the vote being completed.

Years ago I was told it was abortion is a loser. I watched the democrats attack Tom McClintock in 2002 relentlessly over abortion while the liberals in charge of the California GOP poured $10 million in to the feckless Greg Conlon instead of McClintock who lost by 30,000 votes. It wasn’t abortion, it was the Republican Leadership refusing to support a Conservative. McClintock gets $1 Million he’d have won.

Years ago I was told we have to soften our stance on Gay Rights. Once Marriage was gutted, bakers are getting $130,000 fines for not doing cakes for gay weddings, Churches are getting threatened, dudes are marching down main street with a dress on and said pride celebrations involve having sex on sidewalks. Somehow, some in GOP leadership think endorsing these sorts of gateway drugs to societal dissolution are a good thing.

Years ago I was told we are too strident on Gun Rights. Now we have Republicans voting on Magazine Bans, and turning people that bought guns legally in to convicts after the fact.

Years ago I was told we have to support tax increases in certain circumstances because the system is broken. It wasn’t just small tax increases like Measure J, they have gone all out on Car Taxes, Sales Taxes, Massive Bonds, Massive Fee Increases and a potpourri that has seen the state budget detonate in to a third world mess.

I looked at the party platform again and read it. I was looking for anything in the California Republican Party platform that has been unturned by Republican “leaders” in the last few years.

I couldn’t find anything. Perhaps this is why some of the few remaining donors want to gut the platform so it means nothing. There is nothing like removing the measuring stick in order to escape accountability.

Remember the Central Committees? Yeah, the donors spent a couple million gutting crazy tea partiers, trumpanzees, conservatives and anyone else branded as a malcontents off of County Parties. Now the very people that would be screaming the loudest were all rounded up and shot politically by the same donor class fully invested in this horrifying prostitution of Republican values. Most of the Central Committees are controlled by legislative staff and political consultants.

Some wondered why I wrote about Chad Mayes cheating on his wife with Kristen Olsen the current CRP Vice Chair (who also cheated on her husband). Both claim Christian Faith and wear it out there publicly. Mr Mayes morally bankrupt personal behavior means something when you are looking for answers as to why our leaders consistently betray Republican values. Both are party leaders, and both need to resign their leadership posts – even though my profile of both of them says it will not happen.

So I sit here asking myself, what do I tell Republicans is the reason why to stay Republican? Why should a non-Republican register Republican? My pastor once said, don’t let Christians keep you away from Christ. It is still pretty difficult to become a Christian if public examples of Christians sleep with other people’s spouses. It is pretty difficult to talk someone in to joining a GOP grassroots group, much less registering as a Republican when the leaders of the party represent Democrat Party Values.

I am going to stay a Republican. I am going to continue lighting a torch and burning everything down. The current slogan of the CAGOP is rebuilding from the ground up… but there is still something left of the old regime. I am afraid it all needs to be burnt to the ground, purged and the ashes used to fertilize a completely new apparatus. My new slogan is BURN IT DOWN.

I had a legislative chief of staff tell me there is no place for Conservatives in California, and he was serious as he lamented his own irrelevance. The GOP leadership know in their hearts that the California GOP is on life support and desperately wanted to be relevant, and in the process they killed the California Republican Party.

I’ll be dammed if the most paranoid fantasies of Ken Campbell and Thomas N Hudson are coming true.

Jul 182017
 

If you care about what is left of the CAGOP, stop and take a moment to read.

As most of you know, the Assembly GOP Leadership provided 7 critical votes to pass AB396, a $300B tax increase to extend the onerous Cap and Trade program until 2030. It also empowers the California Air Resources Board with unilateral power to ban products, set utility rates and jack up taxes on energy. It is estimated that a short-term impact of this will be  $.72 a gallon gas tax and doubling of utility bills.

Business groups supported this move as higher prices and artificial scarcity created by over regulation will drive up their profit margins. This is a reason why PG&E dropped in $1 Million to oppose the attempt to overturn AB32 upon which AB396 was based, creating the original global warming regulation hysteria.

Here are your #CAPANDTRAITORS:

In the State Senate, Termed out Senator Tom Berryhill voted yes as he had nothing to lose. He is out of office in 2018. Berryhill was supported with tons of establishment cash in his original election.

The establishment donors who line up behind liberal Republicans that will negotiate on everything are typically: PG&E, Chevron, CREPAC (the Realtors), the Dental PAC and the Spirit of Democracy PAC which is almost entirely funded by one donor Charles Munger.

When you take a closer look at the 7 Republicans that provided the deciding votes in the Assembly, 6 of the 7 received massive financial support from that cartel.

Heath Flora received almost $1 Million in support over San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel. Vogel was eviscerated with attack ads while the liberal Heath Flora cruised to victory. In his first term, Flora has responded the way his masters hoped he would.

Jordan Cunningham is a liberal Republican in a soft district on the coast. He was bolstered by hundreds of thousands in spending on his behalf.

Catherine Baker sits in a dem-leaning district in Contra Costa County. She openly campaigned as a supporter of Cap and Trade. She has received massive, in excess of $3 Million at this point support from the establishment.

Marc Steinorth sits in a swing district and this vote will likely cost him re-election in 2018. He was helped in to office by about $1 Million, kept in by another Million and I am not sure if $2 Million will save him in 2018 after this.

Rocky Chavez is a liberal Republican in a safe Republican Seat. The establishment spent about $500k trashing Sherry Hodges on his behalf. Chavez took the lead on this issue and likely has alienated a ton of people. It is unclear if he will face any sort of real threat as a result.

Brian Manschein is in San Diego, he voted yes on several procedural items, yet voted no on the final bill. It bears mention as I had been informed he was in the bag for the bill.

Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes was a the ringleader of the effort. He is awash in establishment cash

Lastly, and most perplexing, Devon Mathis voted yes. Mathis stunned the establishment with his victory in the Tulare County District he is in. Of all the above, I would think Mathis would be the most vulnerable to getting defeated in a primary.

Understand that about 30 years ago there was a shift where consultants and the donor community started to take over undue influence in the outcome of legislative elections. Term limits were installed, thus enabling the donors and stakeholders more influence and control of the election outcomes. When you have term limits experience goes out the door.

For those of us left – the only hope of dealing with this stuff is to burn down the CA GOP. Those that supported this measure need to be taken out in their upcoming primaries. Party leaders that did not stand up against AB396 need to be removed.

I’ve heard that many tea parties are fixated on Central Committees – taking over central committees will change little. Hitting the establishment in their pocketbook will. Taking out a few Republican incumbents would be a much better and much more effective way to deliver a message. The Republican establishment know that the Tea Party / Trump supporters are disorganized, like to in-fight a lot and are focused on things that don’t matter. This empowers them to do what they do.

Only when the establishment have a legitimate fear they will actually lose something will it cause change. If any of you reading care about my opinion and are willing to think this through, it is time to rally behind primary opponents for (all, including democrats) those that supported AB396. #BURNITDOWN

Jul 172017
 

Today, the California Republican Party is going to turn the page on two more key principles of our platform. Regulation and Taxes.

We qualified a recall of State Senator Josh Newman based upon a $.12 Gas Tax Increase and as of right now Republican Leaders are preparing to cast the deciding votes to implement a $300 Billion Tax Increase known as Cap and Trade. Amongst the tax increases is $.72 a Gallon on gasoline.

Cap and Trade is not about the environment, it is about wealth transfer, economic control and more money to spend. Apparently, this is the new set of values that the Assembly GOP Leadership believe in as even the CAGOP Board of Directors went in to revolt at the concept.

Remember, if my electricity bill doubles, I still have to pay it. If a poor person on public assistance has a doubling electricity bill I STILL HAVE TO PAY THAT AS WELL. (Wealth Transfer: my taxes pay for other people’s support)

And, yes estimates state that Cap and Trade will double utility bills – which is why morally corrupt utilities like PG&E support this and spent big to prevent a referendum against the original bill AB32. How much will goods and services increase in cost as a result of this? 10%? 15%?

It is also fair to ask if staffers within government have personal conflicts of interest with firms that will benefit from higher prices? Are they advising Assembly Republican leaders in an honest and forthright manner? (and Democrats for that matter) Or, are they acting on behalf of the “side” clients (see also Cal Chamber, PG&E, MFG Association and others that have endorsed Cap and Trade)?

Why would anyone calling themselves fiscally responsible contribute another $300B to a state whose credit rating is one step above Junk Bond Status?

Why would the leadership of a party be so unfaithful to their rank and file?

This gets me back to Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes.

I never write about rumors of sexual impropriety unless I have a blue dress in my hand, or in this case that the issue is so widely known that reporters from major news sources are calling around asking about it.

Chad Mayes is in the middle of brutal divorce as such things go. One of the reasons is that Mr. Mayes is alleged to have been unfaithful (apparently, many times) to his wife. At the “Reformer’s Meeting”, eyewitness sources had Mayes “awfully close” to former Assembly GOP leader and current CA GOP Vice Chair Kristen Olsen.

The rumor of an affair between the two has spread statewide now, even though I have been aware of the rumor for about a year.

When you add that CAGOP Chairman Jim Brulte is going to retire as CAGOP Chair in 2019, this will hand the reigns over to Mrs. Olsen. This pattern should cause a five alarm fire in everyone’s head.

This will put two morally and ethically challenged people in control of 2/3 of the California Republican Party leadership structure. How can two cheating spouses claim any sort of moral clarity over anything?

It is indeed clear that this erstwhile power couple are taking steps to consolidate power and are attempting to be relevant in statewide politics.

If the information my sources have given me proves to be incorrect, in part or in full I will apologize and retract the inaccuracies. If I am right, and I believe everything I have written to be accurate, then the CAGOP is already dead and I have stumbled upon the cause of death after the fact.