Tag: Jon Fleischman

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)

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.

Ted Cruz and daughter (John Locher / Associated Press)

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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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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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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Republican Minority in Sacramento Defends Proposition 13

It would appear that the appetite for increasing the size and scope of state government in Sacramento is insatiable. The Democrats who control all of the levers of power are about to pass the largest state budget in the history of California–but that is not good enough or big enough, it would seem.