LINCOLN CLUB NEWS
Lincoln Clubs Win Big in 2014 Election
Republicans make impressive gains, with many more to come!
Fight back, Republicans – Abolish the Filibuster
By Charles Krauthammer
February 22, 2015
Speaker Spotlight - CRP Chairman Jim Brulte
Speaks on the Republican 2016-16 Elections Plan
Lincoln Clubs Headquarters Moved
Location: 43 E. Huntington Dr., Suite C, Arcadia 91006.
The Battle We Must Fight
California is a solid red political state - if you leave out the Bay Area and Los Angeles County.
American Manufacturing Has Declined More Than Most Experts Have Thought
A new report presents a strong case that manufacturing has declined more during the last decade than it did during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Duke Packs Them In at Long Beach Lincoln Club
Local hero Governor George Deukmejian discuss his career and what's in store for us in the future
Revived Foothills Chapter Breaks Record
The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs has had hundreds of outstanding chapter meetings over our thirty years of independent existence.
IN YOUR AREA
The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs were victorious in 2014 as Republicans retook two seats held by legislative Democrats, including one that had been in Democrat hands for two decades.
South Bay Lincoln Club Member and businessman David Hadley upset a Democrat incumbent to win the 66th Assembly District in the beach cities south of LA International Airport down to and including the Palos Verdes Peninsula. No Republican had represented this area at the state or federal level since the early 1990's. The South Bay Lincoln Club, led by grizzled veteran Bob Holmes, began a rebuilding campaign for the local Republican Party ten years ago that paid off now.
First, Holmes set about rebuilding the Republican Central Committee by finding good business and professional candidates to run for these offices and then making sure they won. He then recruited strong candidates to run for Assembly and then started to build a cohesive team in the district. He handed off the Chairmanship of the local Party to one of those businessmen he recruited, David Hadley.
Hadley built a $100,000 support fund for the local central committee and then set out to recruit a strong Assembly candidate, Finding no takers among local Republican elected officials to run against an incumbent Democrat Assemblyman, Hadley decided to run himself and said he would raise $1 million dollars to do it. Many were skeptical, but David Hadley met his goal and was victorious in the election. We couldn't have written a better story line ourselves, and Hadley was a dream candidate right out of central casting. Now he is the Number One state Democrat target for 2016 and we need to do all we can to reelect him.
In the Republican part of our County, the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, a poorly run campaign resulted in an embarrassing loss by the 2012 Republican nominee in the 36th Assembly district. The Party united around Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey in 2014 and he blew out the Democrat incumbent 60-40%.
The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs maxed out to both these fine gentlemen and also heavily supported two other Members who are now Supervisors in neighboring counties - Curt Hagman in San Bernardino County and Michelle Steel in Orange County. We look forward to more successes in 2016 and cordially invite you participation.
By Charles Krauthammer
February 22, 2015
I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.
In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will to secure a legacy on everything from environmental regulation to immigration, the laws of which he would unilaterally suspend.
Republicans find themselves on the sidelines bleating plaintively about violations of the separation of powers. They thought they found an instrument of resistance in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The House has funded the whole department except for the immigration service, which was denied the money to implement Obama’s executive amnesty.
But Democrats have filibustered the bill in the Senate, where it will die. And as the night follows day, Republicans, not the filibustering Democrats,will be blamed for shutting down DHS and jeopardizing the nation’s safety at a time of heightened international terrorism.
A nice cul-de-sac. But there is a way out for the GOP. Go bold. Go nuclear. Abolish the filibuster. Pass the bill and send it to the president.
I know that breaks a lot of china. But Congress is already knee-deep in fractured porcelain. On policy, Obama has repeatedly usurped congressional power, most egregiously with an executive amnesty for illegal immigrants that for four years he himself had insisted was unlawful (a view given significant support this week in a federal district court).
As for procedure, then-majority leader Reid (D-Nev.) went nuclear in November 2013 when he abolished the filibuster for presidential appointees and judicial nominees (below the Supreme Court). He did it to pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with liberals. The nation’s liberal chorus cheered. “Elections are supposed to have consequences,” read one typical commentary. “It was time to push the button.” Boom.
My beef with Reid was not what he did but how he did it. The filibuster has grown in use and power over the decades to the point of dysfunction. Everything needed 60 votes. This is relatively new and nowhere to be found in the Constitution.
My problem was the egregious way Reid changed the rule: by a simple majority, 52-48, with zero Republicans onboard (and three Democrats defecting). As I wrote at the time, “If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules.”
I was not the only one to warn that Democrats would rue the day. Once you go nuclear, so can the other guy.
Reid went first. Time for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to finish the job. Push the button. Abolish the filibuster.
Then immediately pass the House homeland security bill and send it to the president. He is likely to veto it, but the politics will have been radically changed. The current story line is: Republican Congress won’t fund DHS, threatening to shut it down. New story line: Obama vetoes funding for DHS, threatening to shut it down.
The latter narrative is more accurate: Democrats are stopping the funding. Moreover, a presidential veto would lead to a more fair allocation of blame. And it’s blame allocation that determines which side blinks first. The president will have a major incentive to find some face-saving finesse.
But filibuster abolition is more than a one-shot proposition. It would radically change the next two years. It would give Republicans full control of the Congress and allow swift passage of a GOP agenda.
It would also clarify the antagonists: a lawless president vs. a willful Congress. The GOP could be sending bill after bill to the president’s desk — on tax reform, trade, Obamacare and, if it has the guts, immigration.
Obama’s choice? Sign, veto or negotiate a compromise. If he vetoes, then Republicans take that issue to the country in 2016.
What’s the downside? Democrats showed in 2013 their willingness to trash Senate procedure for a mess of pottage — three judges on one court. If Republicans stand pat now, what’s to stop Democrats from abolishing the filibuster altogether when it suits them in the future?
And think of the upside. A GOP resort to the nuclear option might make Democrats come to their senses and negotiate a new understanding that any fundamental change in Senate rules — e.g., altering the filibuster — will henceforth require some agreed-to supermajority. No more bare-majority party-line coups.
This would be ideal. But that’s for later. For now, go for the doable. Abolish the filibuster and challenge the president. And when asked, “How can you do such a thing?” tell them to ask Harry Reid.
We had the pleasure of hearing Jim shortly after he was elected Chairman of the California Republican Party in March of 2013. He served 14 years in the California State Legislature, most recently as Senate Republican Leader, before leaving office to join consulting firm California Strategies. Senator Brulte joined California Strategies in 2004 as a partner and heads the Inland Empire office, the region where he grew up and later represented in the Legislature.
As CRP Chairman, Jim created and implemented a new strategy to rebuild the Party. He brought the major donors back into the Party and focused on putting financial resources only into winnable districts. The special election in the summer of 2013 to fill a vacant Democrat held Senate seat was the first electoral test of the new approach. Now-Senator Andy Vidak overcame a 20+ point registration disadvantage to achieve victory for Republicans.
Last year under Jim’s leadership, Republicans broke the Democrat supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and became relevant in Sacramento again. Arguably the most spectacular win was our own L.A. County Assemblyman David Hadley, who won in an area that had not elected a legislative Republican in decades!
Chairman Brulte has an exciting new plan for the 2015-16 electoral cycle that you can be one of the first to hear about. RSVP today as space is limited and interest is very high!
The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs have moved their headquarters location from the Covina Republican Headquarters, 200 E. Rowland Ave, Covina 91723 to the Arcadia Republican Headquarters, 43 E. Huntington Dr., Suite C, Arcadia 91006.
The Lincoln Clubs believe that Republican headquarters should serve all Republican candidates, and be kept free of personality disputes that harm some Republican candidates and benefit others. Unfortunately, we can no longer endorse or recommend the Covina Republican Headquarters.
Sadly, the Covina headquarters put personalities above principles and party in the recent election for West Covina City Council. They refused to support former San Gabriel Valley Lincoln Club Chairman Mike Spence or advertise his candidacy through their headquarters. The Lincoln Clubs strongly supported now Councilman Spence for his twenty five year record of leadership on behalf of Republican principles and candidates, including many years of volunteer service as Chairman of the Assembly District Republican Central Committee in which the Covina headquarters was located.
Mr. Spence also served six years on the Board of Directors of the California Republican Party, eight years as Chairman of its Initiatives Committee and six years as President of the California Republican Assembly (CRA). He has been Chief of Staff to two Republican State Legislators.
Mike Spence was born in West Covina and has resided there all of his 47 years. He attended West Covina public schools, and has been an elected Member of the West Covina School Board for the past 22 consecutive years, earning the endorsement of the voters of West Covina six times in a row before receiving their endorsement for the seventh time last month in the City Council race.
Councilman Spence won his election last month by six votes. He is now the only Republican left among the five members of the West Covina City Council, a historic low in that city.
The Lincoln Clubs has requested and received assurances from the Arcadia Republican Headquarters that it will treat all Republican candidates fairly and with respect. We look forward to working with them in years to come, and thank them for their service and support of the mission of the Lincoln Clubs.
California is a solid red political state - if you leave out the Bay Area and Los Angeles County.
These two "black holes" have dragged us as a state into the liberal Democrat quagmire regularly during the 21st century. Election returns make it clear that Republicans must address one of these black holes to win statewide in California on more than an occasional basis. We don't have to win the targeted black hole, but we must be able to pull 40% of the vote.
Republican oriented entities do not have nearly the resources of our opposition, and trying to deal with both of our black holes at once is far beyond our capabilities. Your continued presence in California is the strongest indicator that you haven't yet given up on the Golden State. So if you're staying here, and are a Republican who understands the importance of the political battle we are involved in for the future of our businesses, our children and grandchildren and our very country, how do you select which black hole to tackle?
The chart below shows the number of registered Republicans in the expanded eleven county Bay Area (Alameda,Contra Costa, Solano,Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey) as compared to Los Angeles County. Please note that while Republican registration has declined in both areas, the decline has been faster in the Bay Area.
In this century, Republican registration has declined by 143,500 in Los Angeles County but by 216,665 in the Bay Area. That amounts to 73,165 more Republicans lost in the Bay Area on a smaller population of under seven and a half million compared to Los Angeles County's ten million people.
The current critical mass of Republicans is much larger in Los Angeles County at just over one million registered GOP voters today versus three quarters of a million for the entire eleven county Bay Area.
The Bay Area region has eleven Republican county central committees with minimal functionality and inter county coordination. Los Angeles County has one functional county central committee headed by a competent Chairman.
The Bay Area has the Northern California Lincoln Club, which is not involved in the party mechanics of voter registration and GOTV efforts. Los Angeles County has the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs (LACLC), a network of business and professional leaders who regularly meet in eight component chapters covering all areas of the county. LACLC has worked closely with the county party in the recent past and still has the ability to work directly with them as desired.
LACLC has also taken the leadership role in this century in Republican voter registration. Working with the state and county parties, the Lincoln Clubs have put together their own voter registration network that registered over a quarter million new Republicans and is directly responsible for the continued existence of one million GOP voters in Los Angeles County.
The overwhelming electoral and demographic verdict is that the Republican Party must compete in one of its two political black holes in California to make a comeback. Failure is not an option for those of us who continue to have our families and businesses located here.
Which one do you pick?
March 6th - Claremont Review of Books Senior Editor Dr. William Voegeli
March 13th - TBA
April 10th - Fred Whitaker, Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party
May 8th - TBA
June 12th - TBA
July 10th - Bruce Herschensohn will speak on his new book about Barack Obama
February 24th - Dr. Barbara Stone, Vice-Chairman of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs and Chairman of the SELAC Chapter
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
March 20th - California Republican Party Chairman Senator Jim Brulte
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY
February 27th - Former and Future State Senator Sharon Runner
February 20th - Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES COUNTY
March 6th - California Republican Party Chairman Senator Jim Brulte