Candidate Endorsements
Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs is endorsing the following outstanding Republican candidates

ITíS POLITICS: Speech by Republican gubernatorial candidate place to be for Republican candidates
Fridayís breakfast talk by Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Tim Donnelly given in Santa Fe Springs was the place to be ó at least for other local candidates.

Lincoln Clubs Headquarters Moved
New Location: 43 E. Huntington Dr., Suite C, Arcadia 91006.

Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Thomas LaGrelius
Speaks to Lincoln Clubs on the impact of Obamacare

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.

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Candidate Endorsements

The Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs Board of Governors endorsed the following outstanding Republican  candidates at their Thursday, February 13, 2014 Board of Governors meeting.
State Senator Mimi Walters for the congressional seat of retiring Orange County Congressman John Campbell. Mimi is a former city leader and Assemblywoman who is well respected in Sacramento and Washington DC. She will be the only woman among California's Republican congressional delegation, and we can count on her to be a tough vote for free enterprise and limited government.
Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen for the open 34th State Senate District in central and western Orange County. A portion of the Los Angeles County City of Long Beach is in the 34th District. Janet is running to replace termed out Democrat Senator Lou Correa, the only Democrat in Orange County's Senate delegation.
Long time Congressman Ed Royce staffer Young Kim for the 65th Assembly District in northeast Orange County. This Republican leaning seat was lost to freshman Democrat Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva in an upset in 2012. Young is a top GOP target and excellent fundraiser. We are counting on her to retake it for the Republicans.
State Board of Equalization Vice Chairman Michelle Steel for Orange County Supervisor in the Second District. This is an open seat that has been represented by Michelle on the Board of Equalization since 2006. She is a long time LACLC Member and is known as the taxpayers champion on the Board of Equalization.
Assemblyman Curt Hagman for San Bernardino County Supervisor in the Fourth District. Curt is a long time businessman, and a former Councilman and Mayor of Chino Hills. He has been in the leadership among Assembly Republicans the entire time he has been in Sacramento. Curt is known as a budget hawk who always looks for ways to save taxpayers money and reduce regulations.
Downey Councilman and former Mayor Mario Guerra in the 32nd State Senate District in southeast LA County and the City of Buena Park in Orange County. Mario has lived in the district since the age of six, when he immigrated from Cuba. Mario co-founded Scanlon-Guerra-Burke Insurance Brokers, which was recently named one of the ten largest brokerage firms in Southern California by the Los Angeles Business Journal and one of the Top 100 Brokers in the United States. Mario is President of the Independent Cities Association, representing 53 cities with over seven million residents.
Prominent attorney Rita Topalian for the 57th Assembly District. Rita is a long time civic leader who ran well above registration the last time she ran for Assembly.
Congressman Ed Royce in the San Gabriel Valley and northern Orange County. Ed is a long time friend of the Lincoln Clubs and Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is an important part of the Republican congressional leadership, and we are proud of his outstanding service to taxpayers and to America in general.
Assemblyman Scott Wilk in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Scott has been a good vote for business, and a strong advocate of less government and more freedom.
Juventino “J” Gomez for Los Angeles County Supervisor in the First District. J is a Veteran and former Senior Deputy to Lincoln Clubs friend Supervisor Mike Antonovich. He is a Councilman in the City of El Monte, one of the largest cities in the District. He is running for the seat being vacated by Supervisor Gloria Molina against former Congresswoman and Obama Cabinet Member Hilda Solis.
David Hadley in the 66th Assembly District in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. David is an energetic young businessman who found time to Chair the local Republican Party and raise them $100,000. He also raised over $300,000 for his own Assembly campaign and is one of the bright young stars of the 2014 campaign season.
Look for more endorsements by the Lincoln Clubs Board after the close of filing in March.

ITíS POLITICS: Speech by Republican gubernatorial candidate place to be for Republican candidates

Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and government.

Friday’s breakfast talk by Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Tim Donnelly given in Santa Fe Springs was the place to be — at least for other local candidates.

You had Donna Armstrong, a candidate for judge, John Morris, candidate for Los Angeles County assessor, Bob Olmsted, a candidate for Los Angeles County sheriff, and Rita Topalian, who is running for the state Assembly seat held by Ian Calderon, D-Industry, present.

Barbara Stone, chairwoman of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs that put on the event, said it made sense for candidates to come to the meeting.

“It’s the start of the campaign season,” Stone said. “Candidates for assessor or even sheriff are looking for people who are involved. These folks are opinion leaders.”

The audience of about 30 people included school board members and business owners.

Topalian said Stone and her campaign managers, Charles and Martha House, advised her to go even though she had to leave early because of a business conflict. She had to be in court early in the morning.

“(The club’s meetings) has been known to have people who are politically active,” Topalian said. “A lot didn’t know I was running. I want people to know they have a candidate out there.”

The club is Republican fund-raising group and meets the first Friday of every month at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs.

STATE PARTY TALK: Jim Brulte, California Republican party chairman, will speak at the Whittier Republican Women Federated at the 11 a.m., Friday lunch meeting.

The group will meet at Friendly Hills Country Club 8500 Villaverde Drive, Whittier.

Cost is $20. For reservations, call Carol Gardner, 626-968-2125.

REPUBLICAN TALK: Karla Downing, a member of the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee, will speak at the 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 lunch meeting of the Rancho La Habra Republican Women Federated.

Lois Godfrey, past president of the California Federation of Republican Women, will be the installing officer for the 2014 Board of Directors and Jewels of Liberty will be the vendor of patriotic jewelry.

The club meets at the Hacienda Golf Club 718 East Road, La Habra Heights.

Cost is $25 For reservations, call Doris, 562-697-2595.

Compiled by Mike Sprague. Mail items for It’s Politics to 6737 Bright Ave., Suite 109, Whittier, CA 90601; phone 562-567-7537; or email

Lincoln Clubs Headquarters Moved

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.


Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Thomas LaGrelius

One of the biggest changes in American life over the last one hundred years is due to start impacting your life in a matter of months. “Obamacare” will radically change the practice of medicine and you will be personally affected by it.

What kind of impact will it have on your life? Find out from a very prominent Doctor at the next meeting of the Lincoln Clubs!

Dr. Thomas LaGrelius is a diplomate of the American  Board  of  Family  Practice  and  Geriatric  Medicine, and  a  fellow  of  the  American  Academy  of  Family Physicians.

He has practiced medicine in Los Angeles County for over 35 years.  Dr. LaGrelius has a solo practice in Torrance. He operates a  primary  care  concierge practice,  which  is  limited  to  600  patients  with  an  annual  fee.  This  design  allows  him  to  spend  much  more  time  with  patients, since typical  primary care practices have  between 2,000 – 3,000 patients.  In addition to being available 24/7,  he  makes  house  calls  and  continues  to  follow  his patients  in  the  hospital, a  rarity  these  days.

Dr. LaGrelius serves on numerous medical boards and has a passion for flying airplanes.  He is married to Patti and has three children and two granddaughters.

The Battle We Must Fight

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?



May 2nd - Dr. Michael Shires, Professor and Governance Expert

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February 14th - TBA

March 14th - TBA

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April 24th - Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus

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April 18th - 55th Assembly District Candidate Forum with Ling Ling Chang, Steve Tye and Phillip Chen

May 31st - Ambassador Bruce Linghu of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office

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April 25th - Secretary of State Candidate Dan Schnur

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March 21st - Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus

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May 2nd - Steven Frates, Using Fiscal Data to Win Elections

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