Mar 192019
 
The CIR Board with Jessica Patterson and Jay Obernolte

On 3-16-2019, the CIR met for its’ Third Annual Convention. We’ve now had more conventions than most non-permanently chartered CAGOP Organizations. The CIR was created to be a place for Conservatives to go that want to win elections who want to elect the most conservative candidate that can win. (The Buckley principle). The CIR has been created with 80% new members that have not been a part of another GOP Group.

The CIR has 11 Chapters in 14 Counties and lists around 300 members statewide. This has been built from scratch, the first such effort within the CAGOP in 30 years.

This convention was a celebration of success, marking the first time we’ve met as a fully chartered group. It was also a celebration of some turnover of leadership and new leadership joining our ranks.

You have not been to a John Briscoe-Led Event Until You’ve Gotten a Coffee Mug From Him

Jay Obernolte was the afternoon speaker, he dove in to some detailed analysis of the election of 2018 (HINT: IT WAS NOT ALL ABOUT TRUMP), as well as some of the insanity in Sacramento. It is the belief of this blogger that Obernolte is on his way to Congress soon.

Your Intrepid Blogger had a chance to introduce newly minted CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson. I basically shared with the group all of the positive things I learned about her from my research. She was effervescent, interacting with people, smiling and seemed to be far more relaxed than at any point during her campaign. Yes – Relaxed and Happy, that was Jessica Patterson.

There are a lot of things going on in various parts of California that I will get in to at a later time that are sending mixed messages about what direction the leadership of the CAGOP are going in. That said, Jessica Patterson’s message was very clear.

Her Message: Voter Registration, Voter Turnout, Actually Doing Stuff, Actually communicating and messaging (versus a stand-off at a distance media type campaign) and trying to deliver resources to local organizations or committees. Seems simple, but so often these things get lip service and those in charge resume their behavior that has yielded years of losing.

Patterson also demonstrated a clear and concise knowledge of the issues within the party itself. She demonstrated a clear knowledge of the 2018 election. She made herself available for questions and demonstrated further competence in answering them.

While I await the Platform Drill, as it will tell us all where those in leadership stand, I will say that I have no doubt Jessica Patterson has the skill set to do the job as CAGOP Chair.

While it is my belief that there is going to be a huge internal fight over the CAGOP Platform, I think that Patterson has the skill set necessary to be effective. As I continue writing about things CAGOP, the goal is to report accurately what is going on in an attempt to help those now in charge to succeed.

I appreciated Jessica showing up so soon after the election as the CIR endorsed Travis Allen. I want her to succeed, and as you will begin to learn, there are issues in many areas of the state.

If you care about the CAGOP – you should want Jessica Patterson to succeed as well.

Jul 202017
 
Want to make a difference? Join California Impact Republicans – we lead when others cower in the corner.
This is a resolution the CIR adopted drawing a clear line in the sand against the alleged leadership of our party in the State Legislature.
WHEREAS, the values of moderate and conservative Republican alike include fiscal responsibility, smaller government and lower taxes; and

WHEREAS, AB 396 (known as “Cap and Trade”) represents a gas tax increase from $.71 a gallon to as much as $1.40 a gallon, a 50-100% increase in utility rates, and an untold impact on the prices of goods and services by delegating massive government authority to a command and control structure known as the California Air Resources Board; and

WHEREAS, Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes began negotiating with the Democrats to find an excuse to support this massive tax and regulation package; and

WHEREAS, Senator Tom Berryhill who is term limited out of office (meaning there was no accountability to the voters for his actions), made his own deal to support this massive tax and regulation package and has joined Senator Anthony Cannella as a tax sellout; and

WHEREAS, Assembly members Heath Flora, Rocky Chavez, Jordan Cunningham, Marc Steinorth, Chad Mayes and Catherine Baker, all of whom received massive independent expenditures of establishment money supporting their original elections, voted in favor of AB396; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of the Republican Party have made excuses over the last 30 years to abandon core Republican Principles such as Life, Family Values, Gun Rights, Property Rights, Citizenship and now have added Regulation, Size of Government and Excessive Taxation to the list of Democrat values they have adopted; therefore, be it

RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans, refuse to accept this sort of behavior; we refuse to allow the Republican Party to be defined by the lack of adherence to principles and values that we have suffered under for a generation in California; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans, call upon each of the above-named “cap and traitors,” plus Devon Mathis who also voted yes, to resign from office effective immediately; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that, should Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Chad Mayes fail to resign from the state assembly, we, the Board of Directors of California Impact Republicans, call upon the California Assembly Republican Caucus to remove said “cap and traitor” from his position as Minority Leader; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the Board of Directors of the California Impact Republicans salute those Republicans who stood up for us and held firm against higher taxes, and resolve to support them and recruit and elect more Republicans like them.

Apr 242017
 

Source: John Cox for Governor 2018

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2017

Contact:          Tim Rosales

                        916.475.4900

Statewide grassroots organization-California Impact Republicans-endorse and unite behind Businessman John Cox for Governor 2018

San Diego, CA – Republican businessman and candidate for Governor John Cox received a key endorsement Saturday from the statewide Republican grassroots organization, California Impact Republicans.  TheCalifornia Impact Republicans (CIR) is a statewide organization that notes their mission is to recruit candidates, equip leaders, expand the Republican Party and give real support to electing Republicans to office. Cox is the first Republican candidate for statewide office to be endorsed by CIR for the 2018 election.

“Democrats are in control of the Governor’s office and hold supermajorities in both the Assembly and Senate, and California has the highest state income tax in the nation, the highest poverty rate, and not surprisingly ranks dead last in friendliness to business. Their answer is a new $52 billion tax increase,” noted John Briscoe, President of the California Impact Republicans.

“John Cox represents the change and new approach that is desperately needed. He is not only a solid Republican, but John is a small businessman who started from the ground up, creating jobs and working within budgets. His CPA approach will appeal not only to Republicans, but all voters fed up with what is happening in Sacramento.”

With this endorsement, the California Impact Republicans became the first statewide Republican organization to endorse John Cox for Governor, and joins a growing list of Republican grassroots leaders and local elected officials that are supporting his candidacy.

John Cox is a Republican businessman from San Diego who announced his campaign for Governor in February with a message of ending the corrupting influence of special interest money. Information about John Cox and his campaign can be found at JohnCoxforGovernor.com.

The California Impact Republicans (ImpactRepublicans.com) endorsements of candidates are based on a thorough evaluation of several factors including “commitment to expanding the Republican Party, the candidate’s past decisions and actions (if already in office) and commitment to expanding the Republican volunteer base.”

Feb 272017
 

The Placer IR will be meeting in March and will be meeting a couple more times in 2017. The March meeting will be announced once the leadership are done with their respective moves.

The State CIR is Holding their Inaugural Convention on April 22nd.

California Impact Republicans
1st Annual Convention
April 22, 2017
Harris Ranch
24505 W. Dorris Avenue• Coalinga, CA 93210
 
CIR Member Super Early Bird Price: $40.00*
(Convention registration Includes Lunch. Good Through March 10, 2017 $55 thereafter, $65 at the door the day of convention space permitting. Convention agenda and schedule TBA)

Make checks or money orders payable to the “CIR” California Impact Republicans     

Mail Checks to:        CIR, c/o George Park Jr                

Mail Forms to:          1079 Sunrise Ave Ste B #336 * Roseville, CA 95661-7009                 

Questions:               Email [email protected]     

Leave a comment on this post or email if you are interested in Joining and Participating. The comments are moderated and won’t display publicly.

Feb 262017
 

You’d think with the CAGOP at 27% and falling that Conservatives would get a message. There is a term I refer to called “Ideological Narcissism”. This is the believe that since my stances on the issues are morally pure that I will refuse pragmatism, any sort of compromise and will tilt out on a vainglorious campaign regardless of who gets hurt.

Elements of the Tea Party California Caucus and the remnant of the CRA leadership led the opposition to the California Impact Republicans Charter. These were the same groups that opposed the charter of the Log Cabin Republicans. Apparently they believe a small, insular GOP is the way to go. This, ironically was the attack used against the moderate Republicans years ago when I first got involved in the CAGOP. What a circle.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a gay rights group. They tend be be on the left of the GOP.

Quoting the CIR’s Statement of Values:

We Are Pro-Gun – The Second Amendment was created for security and stability. We believe attempts to curb and limit the 2nd Amendment are an attack on freedom.

We Are Pro-Family – We believe that the traditional, nuclear family is the backbone of society. We believe that an agenda-free educational system based on sound fundamentals is critical to our future, including alternatives to the government education systems.

We Are Pro-Life – We believe in protecting life at all stages, from pre-born to elderly, including the disabled.

Whoops. Now what do the Log Cabin Republicans and the CIR have in common other than opposition led by the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister Thomas N Hudson, Steve “Gerbilhead” Frank and Deborah Jackson? Not a whole lot other than the word Republican.

None of them attempted to derail the Charter of the CIR in the Volunteer Committee. They attempted deceptive tactics on the floor designed to confuse delegates. These included a motion to oppose, a motion to table, a motion to extend debate and a motion to end debate on the motion to extend debate. This confusion almost succeeded in delaying the inevitable charter of the CIR.

Last I checked, deception is not a Conservative value. Both Steve Frank and Thomas N Hudson are irrelevant and are widely disdained within the CRP and their opposition likely solidified support for the CIR’s Charter on the Floor. Both of them are relics of the past when do as I say, not as I do Conservatives were in positions of influence within the CRP.

I am sure Deborah Jackson had some important points to make as she was also the lone no vote against re-electing Jim Brulte CRP Chairman and Re-Electing Deborah Wilder CRP Secretary. She never got a chance to enlighten the delegates as debate was truncated in the Hudson-Gerbilhead induced confusion.

Not to be ignored was Baron Night who leveled a personal attack from the CRP floor earning a rebuke from the Party Chairman. It is nice to know that the CRA will be the CRA, ever placing personalities over principles.

It is indeed True that the Moderates are in charge of the CAGOP. They are in charge for a variety of reasons, understanding unity far better than conservatives, understanding personal consistency far better than conservatives, understand the concept of winning elections and lastly the conflict avoidance of a generation of conservative leaders within the CAGOP structure that created a leadership vacuum.

The bottom line, the moderates said, these are the rules. (Ironically that were created under the tenure of Fleischman / Schroeder specifically to make chartering the Log Cabin Group impossible) Then a group of Conservatives followed the rules. The moderates said, yes, you followed the rules and are eligible for a charter. Then a group of conservatives said, no we don’t want them to get a charter.

Got it? This is what happened courtesy of Thomas N Hudson, Gerbilhead and others. The CIR was chartered overwhelmingly.

They can go debate and pass meaningless resolutions. The CIR is going to go win some elections.

Thank you to the CAGOP establishment, most of whom are to the left of the CIR, for chartering our organization. Thank you to the Conservatives within the Tea Party Caucus and the CRA that did not follow their misguided leadership, but supported us as well.

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