"[T]raditional moderate conservatives [should] stay] in the [Republican P]arty. . . . As the current California crises clearly demonstrate, unlimited one-party (in this case Democratic) rule is a bad thing. . . . . While . . . many traditional moderate conservatives feel alienated from the current Republican Party, abandoning it will only make matters worse. Not only will a smaller Republican Party become even more conservative, it will result in increased power of the Democratic Party extremists, worsening the negative consequences of the current one-party Democratic rule." - David Rosenthal, Central Commitee [Excerpted from Letter to Editor in SF Chronicle 2/19/21]
The Spring 2021 Organizing Convention of the California Republican Party occurs this weekend – February 19 – 21. It meets twice a year. Delegates come from Central Committees and exOfficio members who ran for office in 2020. The web site now lists the CAGOP Candidates, Schedule of Events, and ByLaw Change Proposals - See: https://www.cagop.org/s/convention. Invited Speakers are: Senator Rick Scott - FL, Political Analyst Karl Rove, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik - NY, and Governor Kristi Noem - SD
A word about our Visitor RSVP system for Regular Meetings on the Events page. We assume all elected members will show up. However, visitors, PLEASE click on the RSVP button to register as a visitor, That way, our Chairman can anticipate your arrival and let you into the Zoom meeting. Thus, the count of RSVP people in the Events page reflects how many visitors, excluding our many elected members and their official alternates.
If you plan to attend the California GOP Spring Convention (via ZOOM), see this web link for schedule and early bird rates. - https://www.cagop.org/s/
$75 registration, $75 Friday speaker, $75 Saturday speaker - These early bird prices end at 5pm on 2/3. I do nto know what the late-registrations will cost, but they appear to accept right through the event.
If you are a delegate, register for an advance voting training session since we are using ZOOM instead in person ballots.
I am preaching to the choir here, but I post for anyone else seeking our website for confirmation whether upcoming 1/17 rallies are Republican sponsored. They are not so sponsored. There is nationwide attempts to rally in a violent way at the State Capitals (or at least some of them) this Sunday. There has already been a conservative rally in Tracy on 1/2 and in Sacramento on 1/6. The proposed new rallies are laced with terms of vengeance and physical conflict. I discourage promoting a violent clash of any sort. The upcoming rallies are not advertised as peaceable assemblies. This data comes too late for our Central Committee to vote on a group-worded blog, so I can only speak for myself as sub-chairman of the AD-16 area (Tri-Valley).
Some New Year’s Day good news! It is highly likely that Governor Gavin Newsom will face a special recall election this November. Over 900,000 California residents have signed the petition to recall the governor. On 12/31, the Los Angeles Times pulled back the curtain on Governor Newsom’s relationship with Sacramento lobbyist Jason Kinney. It was Kinney’s recent birthday party at the French Laundry that increased momentum for the recall effort. See: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-31/questions-linger-newsom-french-laundry-lobbyist?_amp=true
Adding your name to the recall is easy! Download the 8.5 by 11 version of the petition, watch the short instruction video, print it, and mail it in. You can add four of your like minded friends to the same document (if same county). See: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Happy New Year! Doug Miller, ACRP Vice Chairman
It is hard to remember but less than two months ago the mainstream media was running numerous stories about “the big blue wave” that would sweep Republicans out to sea. Instead, Republicans picked up 14 congressional seats including three in California! And now Nancy Pelosi is fighting to maintain her position as Speaker of the House.
If you are a California Republican, there is reason to be optimistic. We have just seen that vulnerable California Democrats can be defeated. After the election, the far-left website Axios published a detailed story about Mr. Swalwell’s ties to a Chinese Communist spy. In fairness to Swalwell, he was not only Bay Area Democrat who was targeted by this foreign agent. However, he was the only targeted Democrat who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
Eric Swalwell was also the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 Presidential Primary because he attracted so little interest.
Is this Democrat congressman now vulnerable? The answer is up to us. In the next few months, we need to keep this issue alive by writing letters to the local press, attending Mr. Swalwell’s public events to ask him questions, search for competitive candidates and register Republicans to vote in 2022.
And think about this: Does Congressman Swalwell really represent his voters in the East Bay? When was the last time Mr. Swalwell talked about local issues like crime, transportation, and the high cost of living is this area? And does Mr. Swalwell still live in his district?
I suggest that he can and should be replaced in 2022. - Doug Miller, ACRP Vice Chairman
No, not run away, but run for office! We need to build up our “Farm Team” of conservatives with experience whom we can vote in for County and State Offices. This training ground often starts at Citizen panels, City Councils, School Site Committees, School Boards, Water and Park Districts. If you have a passion for schools , parks, or your local city, start by regularly attending existing meetings of such committees and boards. That prepares you to be up on the front table behind the microphone when YOU get elected! Your volunteering for local governing committees and boards gives us reasons to push your name forward for higher office. So, papa, do run run! (OK, that dates me. LOL!) - Harry Briley, AD16, Republican Central Committee