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A 4th of July to Celebrate

By Betsy Mahan
Chair, Sacramento County Republican Party

As our nation approaches the holiday when we honor our independence, we have much to celebrate.

Despite the swamp creatures who keep emerging to discredit Republicans, our President, House of Representatives and Senate are moving forward with the promises made during the 2016 Election. The President is signing bills and issuing executive orders. His administration is implementing policies to keep us safe, improve our economy, while demonstrating the USA is back as a leader on the world stage.

Since the media is preoccupied with chasing President Trump’s Tweets (brilliant, right?) you don’t hear about this progress in the mainstream media, so a few examples are provided below as well as an encouraging decision from the US Supreme Court.

While Democrats use scare tactics to protect the failing Obamacare system, I am pleased the Senate did not force the vote on the Republican healthcare bill. It’s too important to rush through and our own caucus still has much to discuss. Meanwhile, policies coming out of Washington will stimulate employment in higher paying jobs, which is the best way to ensure people can afford healthcare.

Here is the President’s reaction to the CBO Report. Read more from the White House on this important issue.

Watch this interview of Speaker Ryan on healthcare and their legislative agenda.

Vice President Pence held a “listening session” with victims of Obamacare.

Veterans Affairs Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act

With bipartisan support, Senator Marco Rubio’s S. 1094 streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. It also expands protections for whistleblowers while barring the VA from removing an employee who has an open complaint. The VA Secretary may appoint permanent medical directors who can provide consistent leadership.

Signed by President Trump on June 23rd.

Read the bill.

Expanding Apprenticeships in America

By Executive Order, the President addressed the need for affordable education and rewarding jobs for American workers. He cited the fact that despite billions of taxpayer dollars being invested in federal programs, Americans are still struggling to find full-time work. Citing the importance of “the dignity of work,” President Trump directed his administration to propose regulations that promote apprenticeship programs by non-government entities and to use existing funds to promote such programs. His Secretary of Education is directed to work with higher education to incorporate apprenticeships into their courses of study.

Read the Order 

Read more about the program in Fortune

Supreme Court Decision on Suspension of Entry to US

By unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court upheld most of the President’s travel suspension for foreign nationals from six terror-prone countries. The exception is for those who “have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court released a per curiam opinion in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii, granting the petitions for certiorari, consolidating the cases for argument during the October session, and granting in part the government’s applications to stay the lower-court’s injunctions.

Read more from the SCOTUS Blog

Read more in the LA Times

Strengthening Policy Toward Cuba

The President issued the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba on June 16th.

Citing the need to respect human rights and increase free enterprise in Cuba, the President called for restrictions on certain financial transactions and travel to encourage the Cuban government to address current abuses. This will be accomplished by ending practices that disproportionately benefit the Cuban government or its military at the expense of the Cuban people.

Read more.

We hope all Americans will enjoy the holiday associated with the 4th of July, and that they will not forget the reason we celebrate – personal freedom and independence from foreign governments!

People from around the world still seek citizenship in the United States to find freedom and opportunity. If you would like to welcome those who have made the effort to become legal citizens, you can join with Republican volunteers at upcoming New Citizens Ceremonies.

Republicans of River City Chair Carl Burton would welcome your attendance and assistance as he registers new voters!

Details:

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
1515 J Street, Sacramento
10:00 am

Upcoming Dates: July 26, August 23, September 27 and October 25.

Let Carl know you’d like to participate by calling (916) 485-5741.

Happy Fourth of July!

Voter’s Choice Act To Impact Sacramento County Elections

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has approved the County’s participation in the Voter’s Choice Act to replace the current voting system. Voters will see many changes for the upcoming elections in 2018 as polling places are replaced by Regional Voting Centers and vote-by-mail ballots.

The Voter’s Choice Act is a result of SB 450, state legislation passed in 2016 with the support of Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The bill established pilot programs in 14 counties, including Sacramento, with full statewide implementation to take place in 2020.

While there are still rules and regulations to be determined, the County of Sacramento will implement this new voting model as follows:

77 Regional Voting Centers to replace neighborhood polling places

  • 16 sites open 10 days prior to Election Day
  • 61 additional sites open 3 days prior to Election Day for a minimum of 8 hours
  • Centers open from 7am – 8pm on Election Day
  • Voters have total of 11 days to vote at any Center
  • Voters may update their registration or register to vote same day at any Center
  • Voters may access replacement or provisional ballots at any Center
  • Voting machines will be available for voters with disabilities
  • Center locations will be near public transportation routes where possible
  • Election officials on-site will have access to voter registration data (name, address, date of birth, language preference, party preference, precinct, ballot status)
  • Election materials available in all languages required in that jurisdiction

54 Ballot Drop Off Sites

  • available 29 days before the election
  • these sites are in addition to Voting Centers

Vote-By-Mail Ballots

  • voters automatically receive VBM ballots 29 days before the election
  • ballots returned in envelope provided by mail or dropping off at any County drop-box or Vote Center

The county elections official is required to establish a language accessibility advisory committee that is comprised of representatives of language minority communities, and a voting accessibility advisory committee that is comprised of voters with disabilities.

The county elections official is also required to publicly notice the draft plan for administration of elections, and to accept public comments on the draft for at least 14 days before a public meeting is held. Once the county election official adopts a final plan for administration of elections, it shall be submitted to the Secretary of State, along with a voter education and outreach plan, for approval.

Let’s Make This An Opportunity To Support Republican Candidates

The County Elections office will be responsible for an outreach campaign to encourage greater voter turnout. This presents an opportunity for increased awareness and interest in the mid-term election.

The Sacramento County Republican Party has established a Voter Engagement Committee to provide outreach to all communities, and to implement a get-out-the-vote strategy under the new voting model. This will require substantial human and financial resources to succeed.

Be sure to sign up as a volunteer on our Contact page, and consider donating to support this important effort.

Learn more on the Sacramento County Website.

 

INSIST! on Budget Transparency

Republican Legislators Recently Called for Transparency in the California Budget Calculation

Read this announcement from Senator Jim Nielsen, Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, and Assembly Member Jay Obernolte, Vice Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Non-partisan Legislative Analyst Says State Ignored $22 Billion in Budget Calculation

Following the testimony of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office that the Brown Administration may be spending nearly $2 billion over the state’s voter-approved spending limit (Gann Limit), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) called for transparency in how Brown’s finance officials calculated their spending plan. Below are excerpts from their joint letter:

“We are writing to request that you provide the Legislature with important information regarding the Administration’s method of calculating state spending under the voter-enacted constitutional spending limit known as the State Appropriations Limit or ‘Gann limit.’

“Last week, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) testified to a budget subcommittee that the May Revision may be spending over the Gann limit by nearly $2 billion, thus confirming concerns the LAO raised earlier regarding the Administration’s calculation of Gann limit spending.

“We are concerned that the Administration’s decision to change the accepted methodology for the Gann limit is a budget gimmick.

“If left unchallenged, this gimmick will avoid the requirement California voters put in place to ensure that spending over the constitutional limit would be invested in education and tax rebates for working Californians.”

BACKGROUND:

The Governor’s January budget proposal significantly altered the method of calculating the Gann limit, which could have consequences for the Legislature’s choices on state spending.  If the state spends above the Gann limit for two consecutive years, the California Constitution automatically directs the excess spending to certain education programs and to tax rebates.
On March 2, 2017, the LAO issued a report that identified major concerns with the Governor’s revised methodology.  The LAO concluded that the new method could violate the state constitution as a result of what the LAO described as “nowhere money,” meaning expenditures that are counted neither against local spending limits nor the state’s spending limit.  The effect is to improperly raise the state’s limit, thus providing “extra room” for state spending to increase without triggering the constitutional requirements.


Gann Limit:
a voter approved Constitution Amendment passed by voters in 1979 to “establish an annual appropriations limit for the state and for each entity of local government.”


Click here to read Nielsen’s and Obernolte’s letter in its entirety and the legislative counsel opinion.

 

The First 100 Days – He’s Only Just Begun

President Trump is bucking the system in Washington, governing his way. Just as he promised to do during the election.

Yes, there are staged protests in blue states, and even violence in the name of stopping Trump’s agenda. The mainstream media obediently covers these events as if they are representative of all Americans.

But we are confident there is also a quiet majority that has very high hopes for the change that President Trump is implementing. They’ve had enough of over-taxation, unproductive regulations, sanctuary cities, jobs leaving the nation, not standing up for our allies abroad, and political correctness that has no basis in reality.

The Sacramento County Republican Party was pleased to host a 100 Day Celebration in honor of our President, and the over one thousand Sacramento County volunteers who helped elect him to serve the people.

Here are some pictures from the event that featured a welcome message from former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness. Below the slide show are the latest videos from President Trump’s first 100 days.

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SCRP Hosts Reception at CAGOP Headquarters

CRP Chair Jim Brulte Welcomes Supporters of SCRP

Supporters of the Sacramento County Republican Party gathered at the headquarters of the California Republican Party in Sacramento named after President Ronald Reagan.

Surrounded by GOP memorabilia and portraits of Republican Presidents and Governors, the guests were treated to a private tour by CRP Chair Jim Brulte of a state-of-the-art political operations facility. Brulte welcomed the donors and invited all to become Social Ambassadors, sharing articles and videos on social media that highlight the work of Republican elected officials.

Senator Jim Nielsen also welcomed everyone and discussed the importance of supporting the work of County Central Committees who are on the front lines in elections. Other elected officials in attendance included Senator Ted Gaines and Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters.

SCRP Chair Betsy Mahan thanked event sponsors Martin Harmon of Auburn Manor Holding Corporation, and Luis Buhler on behalf of Charles Munger, Jr., along with Marty Wilson and the California Chamber PAC who hosted the refreshments.

Ed Pawlowski, owner of the Sacramento County-based Brave Horse Winery, was on hand to pour his wines for guests.

Below are pictures taken at the event, courtesy of event photographer Diana Miller.

 

Democrats Caused California’s High Poverty Rate

By Betsy Mahan
Chair, Sacramento County Republican Party

California – no longer the land of opportunity. And the Democrat-controlled government is to blame.

9000 California Companies Move Headquarters or Divert Projects Out-of-State (BizJournals.com)

As more companies close or leave the “hostile business environment” in the State of California, Democrats push for a higher minimum wage since that’s about all a worker can hope to earn.

Los Angeles led the Top 15 California counties with the highest number of disinvestment, with Sacramento in 9th place.

California Students Rank 41st in Math and 44th in Reading out of 50 States.

According to EdSource data from 2016, only 39% of students in the Sacramento Unified School District met or exceeded the standards in English; with only 31% meeting or exceeding Math standards last year.

As our public education system fails to turn out graduates that excel in math or reading, fewer California public school students can qualify to attend our taxpayer-funded university system. Meanwhile, international student attendance increases to pay for excessive professor salaries and pensions.

Other Contributors to the High Poverty Rate: Sky High Housing and Energy Prices, and Gas Prices Higher Than Much of the Country (Politifact)

Every middle class worker can tell you there is a shortage of low-cost housing in California. Why? Democrats at the local and state levels have imposed high fees and a maze of paperwork for property owners who had planned to develop their land. Frivolous law suits are also used to prevent development, which means fewer rental options for low-income residents.

And even though more people in our state now have healthcare, they can’t afford the deductibles imposed by Obamacare, so they really aren’t covered after all.

Add to all of this – roads and dams in disrepair, as our Governor diverts funds collected for infrastructure to pay for skyrocketing pensions and an unsustainable high speed train while calling for another increase in the gas tax.

Republicans know that the Democrats’ insatiable appetite for our tax dollars cannot be sustained. 

So what are we going to do about it?

The Assembly and Senate Republican Caucuses have introduced legislation to address the causes of California’s high cost of living. Even though Republicans are in the minority, their proposals deserve consideration in the Legislature.

 

Read about Republican Solutions:

Helping the Middle Class & Serving Those in Need – by Assembly Republicans

Budget Subcommittee Spotlight – by Senate Republicans

 
Pay Attention California Voters!

It’s time for California voters to recognize that our government is going to collapse under this massive spending and mismanagement. Democrats will be blaming President Trump for all of their failed policies, even though he wasn’t in office when it all went down hill.

Let your elected officials know that you want solutions to California’s high cost of living. Click here to find your State representatives.
 

CAGOP Convention Wrap-Up

By Betsy Mahan
Chair, Sacramento County Republican Party

The California Republican Party Organizing Convention took place over the weekend, and Sacramento was the Host Committee. The three-day event took place at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, and thanks to a significant police presence, protesters took the weekend off.

Delegates received a Welcome flyer from SCRP that provided helpful tips on parking and navigating around downtown during the Kings game. View the flyer.

Convention speakers included radio talk show host, TV commentator and author Hugh Hewitt, Rep. Devin Nunes who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa, best known for his oversight hearings on Lois Lerner’s actions to deny conservative organizations tax-exempt status with the IRS. All three speakers expressed confidence that President Trump was making good on his campaign promises and that it was the role of delegates to spread the news in our communities. Rep. Nunes pointed out that current water policies and the lack of storage facilities were causing enough cubic feet of water to run out to the ocean equivalent to the amount our California farming industry needed to survive the next decade.

Be sure to visit the CAGOP Vimeo page to view and share videos that expose the Democrat’s mismanagement of California’s government.

Delegates re-elected the CAGOP leadership with Jim Brulte as Chair, former Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen as Vice Chair, Mario Guerra as Treasurer and Deborah Wilder as Secretary. The new Central Valley Region Vice Chair is Joy Stewart, a longtime activist in the GOP.

I had the opportunity to join with other County Committee Chairs at the invitation of Senator Tom Berryhill and Assembly Member Frank Bigelow. We discussed ways to work together to help elect Republicans and raise funds.

As a member of the Executive Committee, we voted to support four resolutions:

  1. Vetting Foreign Nationals from Designated Nations
  2. The Repeal and Replace ObamaCare
  3. Opposing Higher Gas and Vehicle Taxes
  4. Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws and Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Read the details of each resolution in the Executive Committee Report. These measures were approved by the full delegation at the Sunday General Session.

Certainly the highlight of the Convention was the appearance of Republican Senator Janet Nguyen, who a few days prior had been physically removed from the Senate Floor, simply for mentioning the Vietnamese who were killed during the Vietnam war, including members of her family. As a refugee herself, the Senator was offended that the State Senate had adjourned in honor of the late Senator and anti-war activist  Tom Hayden. Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller spoke in support of her colleague, stating that Senator Nguyen was well within her rights to adjourn in the memory of victims of the regime that Hayden supported. Read the statement by Senator Patricia Bates, including the fact that contrary to the Transparency ballot measure passed by voters in 2016, the Democrats shut down the CalChannel TV feed during the removal of the Senator. Several hashtags are now in circulation on social media, including the most prominent #StandWithJanet. Republicans are now demanding a probe of the incident. Here’s CAGOP and former Senator Jim Brulte on the matter:

Share your Convention experience!
If you have pictures of our Sacramento Delegates at the CAGOP Convention, please post them on our Facebook page!

Here are a few pictures of our Delegates at the Sunday General Session.

 

 

Why Resistance is Futile..

By Betsy Mahan, Chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party.

We’ve all seen the preprinted “Resist” signs, courtesy of big donors to the Democrat Party. We know they have an orchestrated effort to call out Republican Members of Congress across the nation to appear in Town Halls so they can show up and RESIST.  It makes them feel like they are accomplishing something to yell at elected officials and intimidate the real constituents who want to hear what their representatives have to say.

But as the Borg said, “Resistance is futile.”

Why? Because the people know that we need change. And they are looking to the Republican Party to bring some sanity back to our government.

Let’s look at California. 

While our Governor refuses to give up on a mismanaged, over-budget, unwanted high speed train to establish his legacy, Californians live in the highest poverty state in the nation. They’re not concerned about taking trips to the opposite end of the State – they just want to be able to feed their families and live in a neighborhood free of crime.

Democrats control our State Government. What’s their solution?

  • More meaningless regulations burdening employers and driving businesses out of the State, and a higher minimum wage because those are the only jobs left in California, if you’re lucky to get one.
  • Higher tuition for college students to pay the exorbitant salaries of a bloated UC Administration with pensions that would support multiple families in neighborhoods they could never afford. And a K-12 education system that has fewer and fewer graduates who can qualify to attend our state-run colleges because Democrats only care about who uses what bathroom, not if they are teaching our kids what they need to know to compete in the global economy.
  • Welcoming illegal immigrants while providing false hope that California offers them a safe and prosperous future. In reality, they must live in the shadows of crime-ridden neighborhoods full of criminals that have been released early due to Props 47 and 57, not to mention AB 109, meant to reduce prison overcrowding and move the financial burden to counties. So now our neighborhoods are overcrowded with murderers, drug lords and thieves who prey on the recent immigrants who fled countries to get away from poverty and thugs, and who must forge documents to get a job, if there are any. But Democrats to the rescue! They want to provide them with free healthcare, college, housing, as long as they’re illegal…. Is this compassionate? I think not.
  • As our dams and roadways crumble and water flows out to the ocean, Governor Brown seeks funding from Washington for drought and floods.

Resistance is futile because the people of California and the nation see that Democrat solutions cannot be sustained, they don’t work, and we’re all worse off than we were five, ten or twenty years ago. We’re tired of our twenty-something kids having to live with us. We see through the fake protests, the fake news, the fake legislation, and the fake Hollywood stars who think we care what they say.

Republicans are responding to the Democrats’ orchestrated resistance with solutions that will appeal to the un- and underemployed, the insured who can’t afford their healthcare deductibles, the forgotten veterans who deserve our support, and the farmers who feed the world.

Protest all you want, but we are living the truth and support our Republican House of Representatives, Senate and President who are moving ahead with the promises they made during the election.

Keep up with their progress on these websites, because you won’t read about it in the Bee!

Speaker of the House – http://www.speaker.gov/

US Senate – http://www.republicanleader.senate.gov/newsroom/weekly-addresses

Office of the President – https://greatagain.gov/

 

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Assembly Member Baker Addresses SCRP

The Sacramento County Republican Central Committee held their February meeting addressing a full agenda. Plans for a 100-Day celebration of GOP control of Washington D.C. was announced to take place in late April. The Committee approved the Sacramento Charter of the California Republican Lawyer’s Association, and after discussion, they endorsed the reelection of California Republican Party leaders, including Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, Secretary Deborah Wilder, and Treasurer Mario Guerra. Special guest John Leslie Brown got the Committee motivated to open doors for others who would like to be involved in politics, and members stepped up to sign on as the precinct captain in their area.

The highlight of the meeting was a presentation by Assembly Member Catharine Baker, the only elected Republican state legislator in the Bay Area. She covered the strategy her campaign used to win re-election to her Assembly seat in this “blue” district, including a sophisticated Voter ID precinct operation and continuous outreach to all constituent groups. Baker emphasized the importance of a unified Republican County Committee and the critical role the Committee plays in getting out the Republican vote.

The next meeting of the Sacramento County GOP will take place on Wednesday, March 8th at the Headquarters.

Below are images from the meeting. Many thanks to Devin Moore who took these pictures at our request.

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SCRP Endorses California Republican Party Leadership

Sacramento County Republican Central Committee

Endorses Re-Election of CRP Leadership

 

The Republican Central Committee of Sacramento County (SCRP) has endorsed the re-election of the following leaders of the California Republican Party.

  • Jim Brulte, Chair
  • Kristin Olsen, Vice Chair
  • Deborah Wilder, Secretary
  • Mario Guerra, Treasurer

“With Jim Brulte’s leadership, the California Republican Party is now solvent and ready to elect Republicans in 2018,” said SCRP Chair Betsy Mahan. “The recent addition of Kristin Olsen will surely improve communications for the Party, and her leadership skills will be an inspiration to those of us at the County level.”

The SCRP Committee also recognized the contributions of Secretary Deborah Wilder and Treasurer Mario Guerra who have worked to move the Party forward from an organizational and financial perspective. “Their dedication is appreciated,” said Mahan.