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New Hampshire GOP Debate: California Reacts

Last night, ABC News hosted the GOP debate for seven of the Republican contenders for the Presidency: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, surgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump.

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California Conservatives React to GOP Debate

On Tuesday night, the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president gathered at the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for the last GOP debate of 2015. Below are some observations from various conservative and Republican leaders around the Golden State.

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GOP Registration Hits Record Low in Orange County

In Orange County, long considered one of the few bastions of conservatism in California, voter registration trends have been decidedly poor for the Republican Party, with GOP registration dropping below 40% of registered voters for the first time ever.

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Kristin Olsen’s Vote For Higher Taxes Gets Her Nowhere

Recently, the Los Angeles Times exposed that special interest groups representing certain “business” interests in Sacramento have put serious pressure on the California Republican Party not to fund the potential candidacy of Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen in a bid against incumbent State Senator Kathleen Galgiani, a Democrat.

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California Conservatives React to GOP Debate

There seems to be universal consensus that between the reduced number of participants, and the quality of the debate questions and follow-up from the panelists, the Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate was the strongest by way of policy substance thus far.

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Speaker Ryan Needs to Reach Beyond the Beltway

Speaker Ryan’s remarks were, for the most part, inside baseball. Multiple times Ryan referred to “regular order,” which to the common person sounds like a reference to getting the same fast food at McDonalds every time you go.

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Unified Republicans in CA State Capitol Block Tax Increases

Early Saturday morning, after midnight, the California legislature ended its regular session, and two special sessions. Despite an immense amount of pressure on them from the Governor, their Democrat colleagues, and powerful special interests – Republicans held the line and successfully

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GOP Rejects Jerry Brown’s New Car Fee, Gas Tax

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants over three billion dollars in new taxes, including a $65 tax on every vehicle, plus increases in gasoline and diesel excise taxes. The money will go to paying for transportation needs that he ignored in his recent budget.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Bogus ‘Green Jobs’ Referendum

California billionaire Tom Steyer–the biggest megadonor in the last election cycle–dumped $74 million of his personal fortune in 2014 to lose most of the elections in which he played. Now Steyer can chalk up yet another political failure: the disastrous implementation of the California “green jobs” initiative (Prop. 39) that he bankrolled with $30 million in 2012.

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California Republicans: A Fateful Choice on Taxes

Republicans in Sacramento will face a key decision on taxes–and a choice about whether state Democrats go into 2016 on defense for not funding infrastructure needs, or whether Democrats score the double win: billions in new taxes and a fractured GOP, ready to be slaughtered in 2006.

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Ballot Measure Will Require Public Vote on Statewide Spending Projects

Activists enraged by California’s runaway spending have begun a campaign for the “Stop Blanks Check” ballot initiative. The measure, sure to make the ballot next November, thanks to $3 million in contributions and loans from wealthy Stockton-area formers and business owners Dean and Joan Cortopassi, aims to make sure that big-ticket multi-billion dollar spending projects have to be approved by the voters before they can move forward.

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7 Ways Jerry Brown and California Democrats Embraced Illegal Aliens

In case you are wondering exactly how aggressive Governor Jerry Brown and his Democratic colleagues in the California legislature have been in trying to erase the distinction between people residing in California legally versus those here in violation of U.S. immigration law, here are seven startling but very real ways that they have done so.