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Out-of-state Republicans poured money into repeal effort hoping to weaken Dems

By Graham Womack
August 23, 2018

As city governments marshal their opposition to a Republican-led repeal effort of California’s new gas tax, the fate of the 12 cent-per-gallon surcharge could have broader implications for the Democratic Party.

There’s a question if more voters in November will believe this or insistence from gas tax opponents that California already had ample transportation funds.

“I think that voters are seeing more and more that the Democrat leadership in the legislature, it has an insatiable appetite for tax dollars,” said Sacramento County Republican Party chair Betsy Mahan. “We think they need to learn to live within their means and we don’t think that we have an obligation to enable their spending habits.”

Skepticism remains, though, with Mahan saying Prop. 6 supporters were preparing a 2020 ballot measure to dedicate original gas tax revenues to road maintenance and improvements, and to divert the car sales tax to state transportation rather than the general fund.

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California billionaire hosts town hall calling for Trump's impeachment

By Brandi Cummings
June 18, 2018

The effort to impeach President Donald Trump came to Sacramento Monday night.

California billionaire Tom Steyer made his case before a large crowd at Beatnick Studios on S Street. He has spent more than $40 million in his efforts that launched in October 2017.

KCRA 3 contacted the Sacramento County Republican Party. Chairwoman Betsy Mahan sent this statement:

“Steyer is wasting his fortune on this endeavor. The voters have decided, and it’s time Democrats accept their decision.”

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Democratic Congressman Ami Bera is in an unfamiliar position – he’s a heavy favorite

By Emily Cadei
Sacramento Bee
July 19, 2018

After barely edging out his opponents in three straight congressional races, Sacramento-area Rep. Ami Bera is in the unfamiliar position of being the odds-on favorite this November.

Local Republicans, however, insist that the narrow divide between Democrats and Republicans in district means it will inevitably be competitive and say Grant, a former Marine, has a shot at ousting Bera despite his lack of cash. As of June 30, Bera had $1.7 million in his campaign account, compared to just $72,000 for Grant.

Sacramento County Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy Mahan predicted that gap would close now that Republicans are uniting behind Grant. He bested another Republican, Fair Oaks Dr. Yona Barash, in the “top two” primary to advance to the general election against Bera.

“I think you’ll see very different numbers coming out going forward,” said Mahan, who added that the contest remained one of local Republicans’ “top priorities.”

“We have a much more aggressive grassroots operation this year,” she added.

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