CAGOP Convention Report
At the California Republican Party Organizing Convention in Sacramento last weekend, delegates elected statewide officers Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, Secretary Deborah Wilder, and Treasurer Mario Guerra for another term, all without opposition.
Bay Area delegates who arrived Friday afternoon had the opportunity to visit the new state-of-the-art CRP state headquarters, just a couple of blocks from the hotel.
Radio talk show host and author Hugh Hewitt, who has many connections with CRP leaders and described himself as "a Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell Republican", spoke at the Friday evening banquet.
He applauded new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a person who would enforce the law but not create regulations to go beyond it. Hewitt has dealt with such regulations as an attorney.
Hewitt predicted that if Democrats take the House in 2018, they will impeach Trump (but not be able to remove him). He said that there needs to be a bankruptcy provision for states, as some may face bankruptcy soon.
At the Bay Area regional caucus Saturday morning, delegates unanimously elected a new Regional Vice Chair: Alameda County Republican Chair Sue Caro.
The Northwest Region elected Jim McCully, the past chair from Solano County, while the Central Coast Region reelected Rob Bernosky of San Benito County. The Central Region elected Kern County's Joy Stewart, a past CFRW president, as its Regional Vice Chair.
At the Saturday lunch banquet State Senator Janet Nguyen was added to the program. When speaking about Vietnam War opponent Tom Hayden in the State Senate Thursday morning, she was interrupted and ejected from the Senate by the Democrat leadership. Many delegates donned "I Stand with Janet" stickers in support.
The main luncheon speaker was Congressman Darrell Issa. He mentioned that Republicans do not silence those who disagree. We need to find those who can be moved and talk to them. It's not the leaders, but the people of America that are its greatness.
On Saturday afternoon Assemblywoman Catharine Baker led a tour of the State Assembly chamber for
interested Bay Area delegates. She explained the operation and history of the Assembly.
The Saturday evening dinner speaker was Representative Devin Nunes of the Central Valley. He explained that a huge amount of water has flowed out to the ocean this winter - when more of it could have been stored. He said that despite the left's talk about income inequality, they ignore how their water policies hurt farm workers.
Nunes suggested a tactic of repeatedly putting several initiatives on the ballot every two years - until they pass. These would include moving high-speed rail funds to water storage and paycheck protection for government union employees.
At the BayAreaGOP reception Sue Caro hosted a special thank you celebration for outgoing Regional Vice Chair Kevin Krick, including an entertaining slide show which poked fun at Kevin's career. (Here's
Many delegates attended the fun Karaoke Night, hosted by Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, and took their turns at the microphone, including Kristin herself and Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes.
At the General Session Sunday morning delegates elected statewide officers and dealt with the various committee reports, which are available
The next CRP convention will be held October 20-22 at the Anaheim Marriott.
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Republican Legislative Leaders Make Their Case
with Videos and Social Media
Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes shared a series of videos produced by the Caucus that depict voters who are fed up with increases in violent crime, a lack of opportunity for workers and a failing infrastructure. Using the hashtag #CADeservesBetter, Assemblyman Mayes has launched a campaign on social media to make voters aware of the Democrats' policy failures and Republican solutions.
California Senate and Assembly Republican Leaders used videos and social media to blast Democrat policies at the California Republican Party Convention last weekend.
Last Thursday, two days after Democrats praised the late anti-Vietnam War Sen. Tom Hayden, State Senator Janet Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam who had family members killed by the communists, offered the Senate another perspective on Hayden. In an outrageous move, the presiding Democrat curtailed her speech and had her physically ejected from the chamber.
On the Senate Floor, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller said she was deeply enraged and called for a clarification of the Senate Rules that have allowed comments similar to Senator Nguyen's by Democrat members. Cell phone video of the incident, now allowed by Prop. 54, the legislative transparency initiative, was promptly posted on the internet, helping to expose the incident to the media. Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ultimately apologized. See
View the videos on the Assembly Republican Caucus Facebook or Twitter pages.
Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Gregory D. Lee
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 / 11:30 am
Lawrence's Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting. Their guest speaker will be Gregory D. Lee, retired Chief Warrant Officer Five/Special Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID). Mr. Lee's expertise covers the entire law enforcement spectrum. He will speak about terrorism and immigration.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email email@example.com or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15 for lunch. Guests may also just come to hear the speaker.
PRI and Institute for Justice Present Dick Carpenter
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 / 12:00 noon
Omni Hotel, 500 California Street, San Francisco
The Pacific Research Institute and the Institute for Justice will present a luncheon and book signing with author Dick Carpenter. He will discuss his book,
Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
provides a rich history and well-researched examples of bottleneckers in one occupation after another, pointing the way to positive reforms and a resource to push back on the forces of bigger government.
. Cost: $30 for SAFFS Members; $60 for Non-Members.
MPRWF Luncheon Featuring Assemblywoman Shannon Grove
Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 11:30 am
Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with special guest Assemblywoman and State Senate Candidate Shannon Grove. Her topic will be "Freedom of Religion and Liberty."
Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at
by Monday, March 6 to make reservations. Cost: $25 for members; $28 for non-members. Social begins at 11:00am; Lunch at Noon.
Napa Valley RWF Lunch with Johanna Talcott
Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 11:30 am
Runway Restaurant, 2044 Airport Road, Napa
The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with property rights advocate and attorney Johanna Talcott. Her topic will be Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. She will also discuss current property rights cases. Learn more.
or call (707) 224-8558. Cost: $35. Luncheon begins at 11:30am.
Blackhawk RWF Evening Featuring Professor Patrick Downey
Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 5:30 pm
Blackhawk Country Club Grille Room, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to an evening featuring St. Mary's College Professor of Philosophy Patrick Downey. His topic will be "The Philosophical and Academic Sources of Identity Politics." Professor Downey will be available to autograph purchased copies of his book
Email or call Jane Parish at
or (925) 216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $25 made payable to "Blackhawk Republican Women" to arrive no later than Tuesday, March 7th at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Speaker at 6:00 pm.
Tri-Valley RWF Dinner Featuring June Gilliam
Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Beeb's Restaurant Banquet Room, 915 Clubhouse Dr, Livermore
The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated invites you to their dinner meeting with guest speaker June Gilliam. Born in China, Ms. Gilliam offers honest insights of China to raise awareness of China's human rights issues.
RSVP: Call Jo Molz at (925) 846-6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $30 for TVRWF Members; $35 for Guests.
Novato RWF Luncheon with Claire Chiara
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 / 11:00 am
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato
The Novato Republican Women, Federated invite you to attend their March luncheon featuring Claire Chiara, a UC Berkeley Student, and active member of the statewide Young Republicans. Claire, who previously ran for State Assembly in District 15 (East Bay), was the youngest delegate from California at the 2016 Republican National Convention. She will be speaking about her campus experiences as a young female conservative and her candidacy, as well as the different ways social media and technology may be shaping the way millennials view politics today.
RSVP: Cost: $33. Register by 5 pm Friday, March 10 at novatorwf.org. Check-in begins at 11:00am, Speaker at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:15pm.
SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring Nick Adams
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 9:00 am
Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Avenue, San Jose
The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their breakfast meeting with guest speaker Nick Adams, Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG). Adams has appeared on virtually every major television and radio program promoting American exceptionalism and combating anti-Americanism worldwide. His topic is "Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness."
RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.
Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 5:00 pm
Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton
You are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women's Dinner Meeting featuring Patty O'Day and Ernie Wheeler, who attended the Inauguration of Donald Trump.
RSVP: Contact Terri at email@example.com or call (925) 766-4603 by Friday, March 10th. Cost: $40. Check-in time is 5pm.
SPARC Dinner Featuring Professor Tom Campbell
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 6:00 pm
Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) March dinner meeting will feature former Bay Area Congressman Tom Campbell. Now serving as a Law and Economics Professor at Chapman College, Campbell has a distinguished career in academia and government. He will provide his perspective on the current U.S. Supreme Court.
RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit www.sparc1.org. Early-bird Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID. After Sunday, March 12th, $45 for members; $50 for non-members.
Sonoma County GOP March Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Sonoma County GOP Headquarters, 1421 Guerneville Road, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa
The Sonoma County Republican Party encourages Republicans to consider their view on a local ballot measure that creates a new cannabis tax. Measure A will be on the March 7, 2017 ballot in a special election called by the Board of Supervisors. Learn more.
All registered Republicans are welcome to attend their March meeting.
Marin RWF Luncheon with Paul Premo
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / 11:30 am
The Club Restaurant, McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael
The Marin Republican Women Federated will host their next luncheon with Paul Premo, Citizens for Sustainable Pension Plans. His topic will be "Marin Pension Unfunded Liabilities - What Can Citizens Do Now?" Learn more.
RSVP: Email reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17. Cost: $30 for Members; $32 for Non-Members. Check in begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.
RWSFF Dinner Featuring Joel B. Pollak
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / 6:00 pm
The Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street (Between Union and Filbert Streets), San Francisco
Join the Republican Women of San Francisco, Federated (formerly the Nob Hill Republican Women's Club Federated) for their dinner meeting with special guest Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large and In-House Counsel at Breitbart News, and Author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution. View the invitation/rsvp form.
RSVP: Register by sending a check payable to RWSFF by Wednesday, March 15, to Joan Leone, 3476 Sacramento Street, #101, San Francisco, CA 94118. Cost: $55 for Members; $65 for Non-Members. Reception begins at 6:00pm; Dinner at 6:45pm; Speakers at 7:30pm. Questions? Contact Joan at email@example.com or call (415) 567-7424.
This section contains information on county committee meetings, club meetings without a speaker, grassroots activities, etc.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend. Contact them at 707-422-5000.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Santa Clara County Administration Building, 70 W. Hedding Street (at First Street), San Jose
The monthly meeting of the Santa Clara County Republican Party. Normally the second Wednesday of the month. Hear about the latest Republican news and events in Santa Clara County. Pre-meeting social 6:30 pm; Committee Meeting 7:00 pm; post-meeting social 8:30 pm. Questions? Contact HQ at
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Veterans' Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St, Hollister
The monthly meeting of the San Benito County Republican Party Central Committee is normally held on the second Tuesday of the month.
Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Alameda County Republican Headquarters, 1039 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro
This is the monthly leadership meeting of the Alameda County Republican Party. Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month (day has changed). Social from 6:30 pm; meeting starts at 7:00.
SFYR Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm
Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P, 3rd Fl., San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour.
San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm
The Sausage Factory, rear dining room, 517 Castro Street, San Francisco
Join the Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco for their fourth Wednesday monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Scotts Valley Water District Community Room (Santa Margarita Room), 2 Civic Center Dr, Scotts Valley
Monthly meetings are usually held the fourth Thursday of each month. The meeting is open to the general public.
Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Community Room next to Jason's Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae
The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Call 415-446-4111 for more information.
Please come early and have dinner at Jason's. Great food and even better hospitality! Make a reservation, as they get busy.
On the agenda this month will be an update from the CRP Convention in Sacramento, Lincoln Dinner, July 4th Fair Booth and much more.
Save the Date!
Independent Institute New Bridges Seminar
Friday, April 7, 2017 / 10:00 am
Parc 55 Hotel, Cyril Magnin Ballroom, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco
The Independent Institute will present a seminar and luncheon covering the post-election prospects for liberty and prosperity in a divided America. Guest speakers include Patrick Byrne, Founder of Overstock.com, William Watkins Jr. and Robert Murphy, Research Fellows, Independent Institute, and Lawrence McQuillan, Senior Fellow, Independent Institute. Learn
. Cost: $60 for Regular Seating; $100 for Sponsor Circle Tickets; $1000 for Sponsor Circle Tables.
Santa Clara County GOP Lincoln Dinner with Rep. Mimi Walters
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / 6:00 pm
1135 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale
The Santa Clara County Republican Party will host their Annual Lincoln Gala Dinner with guest speaker Congresswoman Mimi Walters. Rep. Walters represents the 45th Congressional District of California and currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She will provide the latest news from Washington D.C.
. Cost: Early Bird Special $100 per person for the Gala Dinner; $250 for the VIP Reception & Dinner. After Wednesday, April 5th, $150 for the Dinner; $300 for the VIP Reception & Dinner. Sponsorships also available. VIP Reception begins at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.
CRP Fall 2017 Convention
Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 2017
Anaheim Marriott, 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim
The California Republican Party will hold its Fall 2017 Convention October 20-22. For more info, contact
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