Aug 152017
 

I am learning that there is a movement afoot to allow Chad Mayes to resign and keep his ego in tact. In essence, it is to be a soft landing allowing him to resign without having to acknowledge the disastrous consequences of his tenure – including losing AD60, AD65 and AD66 in 2016. This leads right back to a post from a week ago about the coronation of Jay Obernolte.

The consensus appears to be avoiding conflict at all costs – similar to the feckless pattern I’ve seen in Republican ranks for years – even if it means retaining the mortally wounded Chad Mayes for a few extra face-saving months. Some members are alleged to be privately telling potential suitors for leadership positions that they will vote to retain Chad Mayes if there is a fight versus a peaceful transition.

The situation is complicated as Mayes is alleged to have a cadre of sycophants helping him hold together amidst the firestorm related to his personal and leadership failures.

Melissa Melendez is making calls as well as Jay Obernolte to members of the Assembly in an attempt to see if they can get critical mass to be selected as the next caucus leader.

If you want to call some of these folks to register your opinion, their office numbers are simple to derive. Dial 916-319-20XX. XX=District Number. For example Chad Mayes is 916-319-2042

All this said, Here is my take and where everyone stands as of now: Click here to see the caucus webpage

CHAD MAYES Assembly Republican Leader, District 42 – obviously, he is voting for himself

DANTE ACOSTA Assembly District 38 – Was opposed to Cap and Trade because he did not like the deal. It is likely he is a vote to retain Mayes, but has made no definitive statements

TRAVIS ALLEN Assembly District 72 – Is running for Governor to everyone’s right. There is no way he supports retaining Mayes, who he supports for leader is unknown although it is alleged he is negotiating a deal with those interested

CATHARINE BAKER Assembly District 16 – Is the most liberal member of the Caucus. She is largely given a pass for her cap and trade vote as she campaigned from the left on the environment. She is regarded as a Chad Mayes loyalist.

FRANK BIGELOW Assembly District 5 – Was a yes vote on Cap and Trade who voted no as he was not needed. (We detailed his twitter activity as evidence) He has been part of Mayes’ Leadership Team from the beginning. It is a reasonable conclusion he is a Chad Mayes loyalist.

WILLIAM “BILL” BROUGH Assembly District 73 – a hard-core Conservative, solid vote against Cap and Trade and Chad Mayes

PHILLIP CHEN Assembly District 55 – I spoke with him directly as have others. It is clear he was solidly against Cap and Trade and is lukewarn at best toward Chad Mayes.

STEVEN CHOI Assembly District 68 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade, activists in Orange County indicate he is opposed to Chad Mayes as well

ROCKY CHAVEZ Assembly District 76 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and Mayes Loyalist

JORDAN CUNNINGHAM Assembly District 35 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and likely a Mayes Loyalist

BRIAN DAHLE Assembly District 1 – voted no on Cap and Trade. Insider activity in his camp indicates that he is lukewarn on Chad Mayes at best.

HEATH FLORA Assembly District 12 – an original #CAPANDTRAITOR and likely a Mayes Loyalist

VINCE FONG Assembly District 34 – a rumored, never real candidate against Chad Mayes for leader. Definately opposed to Chad Mayes

JAMES GALLAGHER Assembly District 3 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade from the beginning. Is regarded as being close to Chad Mayes, however this could be changing as some of his allies in the assembly are off the reservation.

MATTHEW HARPER Assembly District 74 – was an opponent of Cap and Trade, yet has been non-committal regarding leadership, roiling activists in Orange County.

KEVIN KILEY Assembly District 6 – responded to me directly about his consistent from the beginning opposition to Cap and Trade. I’ve yet to get comment from him regarding Chad Mayes, some staffers are claiming he is a yes vote. I will be contacting his office shortly.

TOM LACKEY Assembly District 36 – was an outspoken opponent of Cap and Trade within the Caucus. It is likely he is not on the Chad Mayes bandwagon either.

BRIAN MAIENSCHEIN Assembly District 77 – voted yes on a couple Cap and Trade procedural votes before opposing the final reading. Unclear his stance on Mayes.

DEVON MATHIS Assembly District 26 – shocked many with his apparently sudden vote in favor of Cap and Trade. Counting him as a Mayes Vote is also as unpredictable

MELISSA MELENDEZ Assembly District 67 – has been put in the “Dog House” by Chad Mayes.

JAY OBERNOLTE Assembly District 33 – rumored favorite to replace Chad Mayes. Looks more likely as he has not been retaliated against and “The Deal” is in the works.

JIM PATTERSON Assembly District 23 – openly hostile to Cap and Trade and Chad Mayes.

MARC STEINORTH Assembly District 40 – original #CAPANDTRAITOR. As a side note, he hates Jay Obernolte with a purple passion.

RANDY VOEPEL Assembly District 71 – have yet to see him make a bad vote. Unclear where he stands on Mayes.

MARIE WALDRON Assembly District 75 – she is a hard-core conservative who opposed the Cap and Trade disaster. However, she has been confirmed to be a Chad Mayes loyalist.

As you can see, it is far from a foregone conclusion that Chad Mayes will lose his post as Assembly Permanent Minority Leader. This alone should be cause for activists and those of us left in California that have not gone insane to burn the whole thing down. I fear that many in the Assembly that are tone-deaf to the grassroots, regardless of their vote on Cap and Trade are going to have to feel the fire if indeed Mr. Mayes is allowed to continue to infest the office of Minority Leader.

Aug 092017
 

I’ve heard it for years. Munger. Blame everything on Charles Munger.

Charles Munger has help. CREPAC – the Realtors. Dental PAC. Chevron. PG&E. The California Chamber of Commerce (aka Chamber PAC) also JOBSPAC. If you look at the reports, you will see this crew behind every effort to take over partisan offices and central committees. Heck, if you look really close, you will see Sierra Pacific Industries, Eli Lilly and a host of other household names in there as well.

If you look even closer – you will see that Charles Munger is no longer bankrolling the California Republican Party and further research shows that his voter registration efforts have abated. If those statements were not clear, take a look at the CAGOP Treasurer Report at the next convention, you will see much smaller checks from Mr. Munger to the CRP. Ask any of the major vendors that do voter registration, they will tell you their efforts are no longer funded by Mr. Munger. It appears that he is focused on buying mail and TV ads for campaign independent expenditures only now, and who knows if that continues with the irrelevance of the GOP in California.

The lesson here is know your enemy. Know who they are and what they are doing. You can learn a lot from searching the California Secretary of State’s Website.

Lesson Number 2? Know why Donors do what they do. For most it is a business decision and is not steeped in ideology. They need people they can work with. It sounds slimy, but it is the world we live in.

If you’re a conservative activist in California, you know that your candidate for Assembly, State Senate or Congress is not going to be in favor. This means from the beginning of the campaign, the volunteers and activists have to organize and work smart.

  1. Stay off social media with conspiracy theories while you are campaigning actively for a candidate. Chemtrails, Flouride, Illuminati stories are a few such items I see, it does not matter if you believe this stuff is true, most think it is crazy. Accept it and drive on. Persist and you will make your candidate look bad.
  2. Sign-Waiving is useless. If you are on overpasses or street corners, you are wasting your time. I have seen this time and time again amongst tea party and conservative groups.
  3. Walk Precincts, knock on doors and talk to people. This is what people / volunteers hate doing. This is the single most effective thing you can do for a candidate. Even the most poorly funded candidate can afford voter lists from the county that can be used to make precinct lists.
  4. Make Phone Calls if you are not physically able to walk neighborhoods.
  5. Let the candidate and their staff do all the public events. You simply can not meet enough people by going to rotary clubs, republican clubs, etc to win an election. The candidate and their staff can find new volunteers at these events you can work with, but you should be on the phone and at the front door.
  6. Give your candidate money. Ask others to give them money. The more donors a candidate has, the more likely “The Swamp” does not go after them. There is strength in numbers.

Too many times, when the mass money from “The Swamp” comes, it overwhelms the Conservative Target because there has been precious little contact in the neighborhood. When the Mail and Ads come down and the target of them is standing on the street corner with signs, it actually makes the attacks more effective because raising the visability of the subject of smears causes people to ask the wrong questions.

IF you’ve actually been out there doing the work and telling individual people the story, then the attacks do not work.

Once “The Swamp” starts dropping the money bomb then what?

  1. Get ahold of everyone you know on a personal level, tell them that “CREPAC, the Spirit of Democracy or whatever” is spending huge to elect a tax-raiser (or whatever the issue is). Are you going to let them win? Can you help us reach people?
  2. Then late at night or early in the morning when you can’t call people or walk precincts, use social media and email to forward your guy’s stuff. It takes 7-10 repetitions, so once a day on social media and once every other day via email is the right interval. Again, if you are doing this without also walking precincts or making phone calls – it is a waste
  3. Give your candidate money. Ask others to give them money.

Money – Conservatives are the worst donors in the world. This is why Conservative candidates are sitting ducks a lot of the time for “The Swamp” to take out. Stop calling yourselves “Fiscal Conservatives” as an excuse for not donating to causes. If you support something, yet are unwilling to even give $20 to it, you really don’t support it. Remember “Faith without works is dead”.

I have a really hard time feeling bad for groups of people that complain about a Heath Flora or a Rocky Chavez in a safe district who are “Moderates” that go up on Cap and Trade when they never knocked on a door, made a call or gave a dime – yet there they are on Facebook fighting the good fight.

Drop the campaign sign, get off of Facebook, stick a crowbar in your checkbook and then let’s complain about election results.

Next up – I am going to tie posts 1-5 together so that there is a clear sense of what it takes and what you can do to burn down the California Republican Party and take our party back from the donors, squishes, unprincipled, elitists and (fill in the type of heresy here).

You can’t win unless you take ownership of your part. You can’t win unless you are willing to do the work. To be continued.

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 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
 

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
 

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.

Jun 262017
 

A good friend of mine and a die-hard Clippers fan has a family tragedy. Their youngest son, a lifelong Clipper fan declared he is now a Golden State Warrior fan.  Despite widespread household opposition to this tragic moment, it took them some time to digest and understand this move.  I think I get it now as well, as even though I don’t like Basketball and don’t follow it, there is an allegory to real life here.

The kid is tired of losing. He’s tired of the season ending after one or two rounds in the playoffs.  I think I get it, he wants to follow his team all the way into June.  I’ve seen the light. Few are like me, that will stick with a team like the Raiders, despite withering criticism from sissy bandwagon jumping Niner Fans, mentally ill Charger Fans and of course the most decrepit Patriot fans. (Chiefs and Broncos are a combination of the previous… hopefully everyone reading is offended now)

No one likes a loser, which leads me to the California Republican Party’s Clipper problem.

Trying to understand the new “registered voter” numbers, I’m puzzled. How could a state, so red when I was young, now be so blue?  Simple. California republicans are losers and no one likes a loser. Having been around the CAGOP for 20 years, I’ve seen it first hand. I call it controlled failure.

We lose everything. We lose vote battles in the capitol, we lose presidential elections, we lose ballot measures and we even lose statewide office elections.  And we have for some time. And when we win, like Prop 8, the Democrats make us lose.

After so much losing, like the kid abandoning our Clippers, Republican voters have abandoned our party and chosen to be independent.  Who wants to be associated with a loser? Not more than 30% of the electorate. Apparently, a lot in leadership like losing. It has become crystal clear to me that a ton of people in leadership understand that failure does not matter as election after election – the consultant class still get paid and the handful of Republicans in safe seats stay there. As long as they are one of the chosen few remaining GOP electeds, that is the most important.

Many point to Pete Wilson as the reason for our losses and his position on illegal immigration, but he left office almost 20 years ago.  I find it hard to fathom that actions in the last millennium still impact our votes.  The electorate in our country has the attention span of a gnat, so is Wilson really the reason? He’s certainly an easy scapegoat, similar to the national democrats and their lackeys in the media pushing the “Russia Did It Lie” to cover for their humiliation at the ballot box in 2016.

As our party leaders have attempted to become “Republican light” and separate themselves from Washington Republicans, it’s clear, voters don’t know who the Republicans are.  Our state republicans seem confused too.  When our conservative anti-tax legislators vote for tax increases they appeared to have lost the compass.  There is no party unity in the state capitol, in our central committees or on our neighborhood blocks.  No one knows who we are.

However, many of those at the top of leadership are content to see the tent shrink as it becomes easier to control.

When the platform of the Republican party is clear, our state party leaders should stand up for that platform and fight for it.  Instead, our state leaders throw the ball to the other team and help them score.  For instance, last month, Assembly GOP leadership tweeted acknowledgment of Harvey Milk Day, and outraged core Republicans.  Sure, he may be working to find middle ground, but does he really need to hail a king of the opposition?

Prior to that, Assembly minority leader Chad Mayes tweeted his pleasure and excitement in appearing with assembly speaker at an event saying, “any time I get to hang with @Rendon63rd I’m in.”  Can you imagine someone like Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer saying that about the leaders in their chambers?

The ability of Republicans to just flop over and take what’s coming is absurd.  I’m ashamed of the behavior and disgusted that no one has stood up to fight.

When Democrats forcefully removed Senator Janet Nguyen from the State Capitol earlier this year, there was no party outrage, no unified action among our elected officials and no repercussion for the super majority democrats.  What happened to the fight? It was left to a rag-tag bunch of keyboard commandos with little action from the GOP leaders within the building.

The state republicans seem to have taken on the position of the Obama administration foreign policy, that essentially said, if we don’t upset anyone, no one will bother us.  Well I’m getting tired of it.  We abhor Obama but act just like him.  We quote Reagan, and act nothing like him.

There are some very good and strong leaders, but with just three or four shining stars, who can wannabe Republicans relate to and follow?  And by follow, I don’t mean on Twitter, I mean, actually follow.  Who wants to lead us?  Who will take the torch of our party in this state and lead. Genuinely. We need a hero and we need one bad.

This is the thesis for why I endorsed John Cox. He is a disruptor, he is not one of “them”, yet the leadership of controlled failure can not stop trying to find a spoiler just to keep Cox out of the fall 2018 runoff. I am convinced this is the nexus. It is similar to the near panic that ensued after Super Tuesday in 2016 when Donald Trump solidified his grasp on front-runner status. Now that John Cox has gone in for $3 Million of his own money, there is a near melt-down in insider circles.

Back to my Raiders. For 15 years, almost no one had Raiders stuff on their cars or bodies. When I’d see someone, there was a camaraderie, like a Pyrrhic victory through team loyalty… as we kept losing. Unlike the CAGOP, when the Raiders figured out how to draft good players again, they did not go out to find another Quarterback to compete with Derek Carr… they moved on to other positions on the field. (see also Lt. Gov, Sec of State, etc…)

And, much like the Clippers who announced recently an intention to build a new stadium and an effort to re identify who they are, the Republicans need to abandon their current state, re-identify, and start fighting.  I don’t want any more Sesame Street from my Republican politicians I want more “House of Cards” (without the felonies).  I want to see strategy. Fore-thought. Offense. I want brains.  I don’t want my Republican party to play dead any longer.

Now, I see Raiders stuff everywhere and the annoying Niner crap I saw for years is few and far between. The same thing will happen if the CAGOP surrenders control and starts leading, people will be wearing their stuff again as well.

Yes, Republicans need to be more like Democrats, but not in the policy realm.  California Republicans need to fight like Washington democrats and recognize they are indeed in a fight.  Behave like it. And start winning.  Just like the Clippers, our Republicans need to start winning, so everyone can start cheering, again.

Mar 122017
 
I’ve talked to many conservative activists all over the state about the just concluded Central Committee Organizing Meetings. Now that I have had the time to process what happened, let RightonDaily share some inside info based on an amalgamation of what I know about the process used and the reasoning. Please note, I have off the record accounts from a variety of people. You can feel free to regard this as fake news if you like as I will not burn my sources.

It is my understanding that $1.7 Million Plus was spent in roughly 40 counties on mail and slate mail cards in order to influence the outcomes of Central Committee elections. GOP mega-donor Charles T Munger, Jr. largely financed the effort. This I did see on campaign finance filings.

Based on what I have read/seen, it appears that Mr. Munger and a group of smaller donors spent something like $10 million between them on a variety of causes and issues in 2016 alone out of the Spirit of Democracy PAC. This I did see on campaign filings.

There are handful of consultants on retainer at the behest of both Republican Leadership and his independent expenditure committee that give input in to decisions regarding spending. This of course allows those on the payroll to inject their own personal bias in to the recommendations. I only have circumstantial evidence and anonymous testimony from people to validate this claim.

In Butte County, the personal bias of a consultant was clear. The Chairman Mike Zuccolillo was singled out because the Butte GOP allowed a primary challenger to Doug LaMalfa to speak at an event. It got blown out of proportion, money flowed in and it culminated with a disastrous organizational meeting in December. Some people I consider friends ended up on the short end of the stick. Mike Zuccolillo was a well respected county chairman within the GOP. The nexus for this was basically one man that drew targets on a group of people he did not like in favor of legislative staff and the Congressman’s family. It is the opinion of this blogger that people in GOP leadership a hundred or more miles away did not have their own eyes on the ground and the decisions were made in a vacuum.

I feel for those on Butte, because at least when $100k was spent going after me (and others in Placer) in 2012, I had been paid by Andy Pugno in his attempt to unseat Beth Gaines. All Butte did was let Joe Montes speak! I earned the revenge of GOP Leadership because I actively attempted to (GASP!) take out a feckless loser of an incumbent. I do not regret that decision at all.

There were several other counties where money was spent and the nexus was not as clear as political consultant revenge. For example, the moribund Sacramento Central Committee was gutted. Good long time activists of all stripes were blown out in favor of legislative staff and political consultants.

The new chair is a donor. Despite having a 3-1 advantage in votes, the consultants and staffers that won election ran a brutal organizational meeting that was scripted and ended up being a 20 minute jam-down. This is never a smart thing to do when your majority is that large, just do a 2/3 vote to torch debate, don’t brow-beat people. Worse, they massacred stalwarts of the local GOP, as effective volunteers were annihilated along with the bad actors. It is the opinion of this blogger that if you have leadership that has lost their ability to lead, you confront them and give them a chance to resign before running them over with a steamroller. Roger Canfield, Carl Burton and others were discarded. You don’t strip people of their dignity after years of service.

In Riverside and LA County – several bad actors were wiped off of their Central Committees. The San Bernardino Central Committee was almost completely turned over. I don’t know all the players in those tilts, but I do know that the winners and losers were across ideological lines. One Assembly District Cent Com election in LA saw two guys I know to be psychos (both liked to launch anonymous internet attacks, one got a pot lawyer to sue the current Riverside GOP Chairman and lost badly) ousted from that Cent Com.

This is what I do believe: Republican Leadership are desperate to try to get a handle on the dysfunction in Central Committees, volunteer groups and the State Party. As such, they attempt to spend a lot of money to exert control over the process. They just so happen to have a mega-donor. People think it is Mr. Munger making the decisions on his own, no. People think Mr. Munger is targeting conservatives only, no. Don’t use Charles Munger as a straw man, he has a lot of money, but he is not a lone wolf.

I think the approach that was and has been used is wrong. However, seeing the behavior of the Tea Party Caucus and the CRA at the just concluded CRP Convention certainly validates the tact that the CA GOP leadership is taking. But, spending insane amounts of money in 40+ counties creates a permanent class of the aggrieved. Having a small group of people making decisions about party leadership only reinforces the stereotype about the GOP being the party of old, rich guys.

These people (the Tea Party Caucus and the CRA) opposed both the gay guys and the conservative guys from getting chartered. I watch them disrupt floor sessions, attack leadership on social media, blogs, emails, etc. It is the same concept as the content of this blog no one reads but everyone seems to know what’s on. There are consequences to throwing bombs! People want to “get” me all the time I guess the TPCC leadership and CRA get to join the club of targets.

They (the CRA and the Tea Party Caucus) are also fighting to keep the CA GOP tent small, a conclusion that is easy to draw from what they have been doing. It makes it really hard to be sympathetic to those guys when I hear stories from counties all over the north state about jam down leadership meetings. The Jam Downs are Wrong. The Disruption is wrong. No wonder why I can’t sort this mess out…

I am personally ideologically aligned with the Tea Party. Before an inmate uprising in the CRA Asylum, I was an officer of that group and was expelled for life for amongst other things not being Conservative enough. That is just insane, if I am a liberal than most Republicans are flaming communists.

The sad fact is that many in the GOP Tea Party Caucus desire ideological purity over everything, which is why they continue to fawn over proven frauds like Tim Donnelly. This sort of un-discerning and unstable behavior again validates repeatedly the purges brought by CA GOP leadership. They have got to stop making it so easy for establishment types to paint them as the crazies.

I have a lot of friends, who are really good people that also got purged. This is where the leadership are dead wrong. They were not doing their homework the way they should have been and were not out recruiting complete slates of candidates. In other cases, they filed seats with legislative staff who are beholden to their bosses and are not activists at all. As a result, you have some Central Committees that are a bizarre mix of people. This is the case in Placer where Chairman Dennis Revell won by one vote and the other officers, aligned against him all won by 1-3 votes. It is the opinion of this blogger that people whose paycheck comes from the Government as a public employee should not be allowed to serve on a County Party Committee regardless of how conservative they are or how much I like them personally.

I had gone in to the weekend of the CRP convinced that CA GOP leadership were completely wrong for intervening in Central Committee elections. I also thought the Elected leaders were mostly wrong. Then I saw Steve Frank, Thomas N Hudson and others in action and had in front of my face as another case study for why the “leadership” did what they did.

The lack of clarity is infuriating and is indeed a disaster in some areas and a definite gain in others for the future of the CA GOP. There are a lot of people to blame for it. There are a lot of people hurt by it. Meantime, the CAGOP is at 27% and sliding. From where I sit, there is a ton of blame to spread around.

I am tired of seeing people fight to be right. Why not put a sock in it, register some voters and win some elections? Then, maybe “Leadership” would not freak out and spend a ton of money? Maybe leadership should have some two-way communication with elements of the CA GOP they don’t now so well and maybe good people would not get purged?

Just one blogger and veteran of many unnecessary wars asking some questions here.