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Downfall of the California Republican Party

 The Elise Richmond Show presents “Bob’s Brain “

Part I: The Problem

The leadership of the California Republican Party is killing the California Republican Party. The Republican Party has been historically a “bottom up” political organization. The roots support the party, not the pretty flowers on the top.

In 1999, shortly after Governor Pete Wilson left office, the state had 5,238,000 million registered Republican voters. In February 2013, the end of Tom Del Becarro’s term as chairman of the California Republican Party, the registered Republicans numbered 5,225,000 million.  Our Party lost a total of 13,000 registered Republican voters in 14 years.

In March 2013, Jim Brute was elected chairman of the California Republican Party. In his own words, he said, “I will rebuild the Party from the ground up”.  Brulte was seen as a true political genius and the savior of the California Republican Party. I am not sure why Brulte decided, shortly after he started his reign, to discontinue the California Republican Party Voter Registration Program?   

In Brulte’s first 3 years as the Einstein of the California Republican Party, the total number of registered Republicans voters in California fell to 4,767,000 million, a loss of 458,000 registered Republican voters.                                          (All of these numbers can be fact checked at www.sos.ca.gov)

Our party is dying. Jim Brulte has led our party down a road to destruction. When asked where he stands on bills that increase the power of public unions, he has no answers. He just accepts checks, totaling over $500,000 from SEIU unions. If asked where he stands on bills that raise taxes, all you get is more silence.

There is no leadership, coming from Chairman Brulte or our Vice – Chairwoman Dhillon to grow our party in numbers and in strength “from the ground up” or to grow our voter registration numbers. Do the party leaders know of the declining Republican registered voters? Did you know of this decline in the last 3 years of 458,000 registered California Republican voters?

Brulte and Dhillon are our state party elected leaders. I would hope that they have knowledge of this problem. Where is the plan for Republican ideals to WIN again in California? Don’t you want to WIN again? The lack of Republican leadership is causing the extinction of the Republican Party in California. Republicans want to WIN again.

You get chaos, when there is no team leader and no direction for the state Republican elected officials. With no team leader, the mind set becomes, how do I get the most for me? That is what careerists do. But chaos favors the weak. It is time for us, the little guys, to take advantage of the chaos caused by our cowardly caucus.

Republicans believe in limited taxes and smaller government. Right? If you believe that lower taxes and reduced regulations help in growing the economy, then you are thinking like a Republican. If you think that higher taxes, increased regulation and public employee unions are the answer to the state’s ills, then you are a democrat. What works is obvious. It is the Republican plan of lower taxes and smaller government.

However, just last week the leader of the Republican Senate (Huff) and the leader of the Assembly (Mayes) voted to pass a new tax, because the old tax is expiring. Are these guys Republicans or simply careerists?

The old expiring tax was passed 3 years ago without a single Republican vote.The assembly leader (Mayes) whipped the vote and 10 other Republican assembly members voted like progressive liberal democrats to pass thenew tax increase.

In the last few months, the state Republicans elected officials stood united against new taxes, not once, but twice. On the Democrats’ third try, the Republicans folded like cheap suits. Were the first two votes just a game to play hard to get? Maybe to see how much more the Republican elected officials could get for themselves in return for their vote on a third try at the new taxes?

Do Chairman Brulte and Vice – Chairwoman Dhillon believe it is acceptable for our state Republican elected officials to vote in new taxes and grow government bigger? Was Brulte involved in the negotiations on this new tax increase? Where is the leadership for the Republican ideal of lower taxes? Where are our team leaders?

Soon the California Republican Party leaders are proving to be the doctors for the assisted suicide to end the misery of our feeble opposition Party. Who will stand for lower taxes and smaller government then?

We know that we are sad about our dying Party.  Are you?

Elise Richmond, The Elise Richmond Show, Saying what YOU are thinking!

Bob Richmond, Past Chairman Riverside County Republican Party 08-09

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The Elise Richmond Show presents “Bob’s Brain “

 Part 2 -The Symptoms

Bob and I wrote a blog last May entitled, “The Unionization of the Republican Party, Part 1 & 2”.  Since then, the Republican state legislators have dramatically increased their pro union voting record. (See graph below.)

Do Chairman Brulte and Vice Chair Dhillon view this pro union voting pattern as good strategy for Republicans and the Republican Party? Is this part of their plan to build a stronger Republican Party? Are they in favor of this pro union voting record? The Elise Richmond Show and Bob’s Brain are not.  Are you?

Have you heard anything from your state leadership about a change in Republican ideals that would explain why unions are now our allies? Is this the path you want your legislators and Ca Republican Party to take? Is being pro union now a good thing?  Are Republicans and our Republican ideals now aligned with unions?

When Assemblyman Chad Mayes was elected leader of the Assembly, he said he believed in the Republican ideals of “limited government, low taxes and empowering individuals”.

Did you know that in 2015 our Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes scored a whopping 71% pro union voting record from the United Domestic Workers Union scorecard?  This same union led the way for a victory passage of the $15 dollar minimum wage for Ca.  We bet that the UDW union bosses are really happy with the leadership of Assemblyman Mayes, who is reaching across the aisle and voting with the Democrat Union.

Assembly Leader Mayes also led the charge by whipping 10 other Republican assembly members to vote “Yes” on a new tax.  Mayes explains that this is a vote that saved us, the taxpayers, $100 Million. The “yes” vote passed a new bill that will tax all MCO healthcare plans. Three years earlier not one Republican legislator voted for this tax. Now we have 13 Republicans voting for this tax. What changed in the last three years to make this tax Pro Republican?

This was a Pro Obamacare vote to help save Obamacare and Medi-Cal in California by throwing more money at it. By the way, if all Republicans had voted “No”, this tax would not have passed. Why? Because the tax increases require a 2/3 majority vote that the Obamacare loving, Democrat unions did not have. When did it change that Republicans now support Obamacare?

I have a question for Republican Leader Chad Mayes. How much would we have saved on taxes, if he would have voted “NO”? We doubt he will answer that question with a monetary amount. We believe that the answer is $1.6 Billion with a “No” vote. You decide what vote, “Yes or No”, would have been beneficial to you? With this vote, did Assemblyman Mayes follow the Republican ideals that he stated, when chosen leader of the Republican Assembly?

In October 2015, the UDW union bosses gave Assemblyman Mayes $4,100 for his 2016 re-election campaign. This was just one month after Mayes was elected leader of the Republican Assembly. Why did the UDW bosses reward Mayes with this generous monetary donation?

Mayes is the only Republican that received such a large donation so far in this election cycle. Will more union rewards go to the other Republicans that voted “YES”?  Wanta bet?

The UDW union bosses gave $127,000 to other Democrat counties, candidates, clubs, and to the Ca Democrat Party in this resent reporting period. What made Republican Assemblyman Mayes so special to receive this money from the UDW union bosses?

 In our opinion, this money influenced Mayes’ vote. Mayes also whipped other Republicans to vote “YES” for this new Obamacare tax. Mayes got $4,100. Taxpayers got a $1.6 Billion tax bill.

Are these the actions of a leader of an opposition Republican Party? Could this be part of the problem?  Is this why our Party is dying in Ca? Are our leaders helping the Republican Party morph into the Democrat party for their own personal gain?

Do we need a new plan of action from our Republican Leaders or do we need to find new Leaders?

Elise Richmond, The Elise Richmond Show, Saying what YOU are thinking!

Bob Richmond, Past Chairman Riverside County Republican Party 08-09


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