California Republican Party

CA Republican Deputy Leader Quits to Protest Cap-and-Trade

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), who had served as the deputy to Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), resigned her leadership post on Thursday in protest against Mayes’ vote for Governor Jerry Brown’s “cap-and-trade” extension bill.

Melissa Melendez (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

FLEISCHMAN: GOP Votes Give Jerry Brown Big Win on Cap-and-Trade

The “shadow presidency” of California Governor Jerry Brown scored a win Monday night as eight Republican legislators crossed the political aisle and voted with most Democrats to extend a key component of the “cap- and-trade” program that has literally shifted $4.42 billion from the private sector to the government since mid-2012.

Jerry Brown cap-and-trade (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

FLEISCHMAN: Time for California GOP to Consider Embracing Trump

California’s Republican leaders are distancing themselves from President-elect Trump – but they may want to consider a different strategy. Frankly, it’s going to take a new strategy, and a bit of a “Hail Mary” for the GOP to find a path back to relevance in the Golden State.

BURLINGAME, CA - APRIL 29: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the California Republican Party Convention on April 29, 2016 in Burlingame, California. Trump is preparing for the California Primary on June 7. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)