Thursday, December 8, 2011

RLCCA December Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2011 newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. It has been a while since our last newsletter. Our eventual goal is to send out this newsletter on a monthly basis. If you have ideas for newsletter stories, or would like to get involved with the RLCCA, please email contact@rlcca.org.



Ron Paul Delivers Los Angeles Keynote Speech



Ron Paul spoke to a fired up crowd at an event hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The event was on September 17 at the California Republican Party fall convention in Los Angeles. Over 500 activists cheered Dr. Paul's message of free markets, individual responsibility, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.



Click here to watch video of the event...



RLCCA supports "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" signature gathering



The Republican Liberty Caucus of California announced its support for signature gathering for the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" ballot measure. If placed on the ballot and passed by California voters in 2012, the measure will end marijuana prohibition under California law, while legalizing commercial production, as well as small-scale cultivation for personal use, and sales to Californians 21 and older.

The measure, also known as "Measure 1490 (11-0011): Marijuana Legalization", has been cleared to circulate petitions in order to qualify to appear on the ballot in 2012. To qualify, the measure must obtain 504,760 signatures by December 19, 2011. The measure's authors are currently collecting signature pledges and recruiting volunteers for their petition drive, which began on November 1.



Read more...



RLC Attends Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Reno





RLCCA Secretary Parke Bostrom and RLCUT Chair Darcy Van Orden represented the RLC at the 2011 Liberty Political Action Conference (lpac2011.com) in Reno. Bostrom and Van Orden introduced interested attendees to the role and mission of the RLC: promoting individual rights, limited government and free enterprise inside the Republican Party. RLC endorsees Congressman Ron Paul (TX), Senator Rand Paul (KY) and Senator Mike Lee (UT) were among the speakers at the conference.

Coming in January...



Our January newsletter should contain our 2011 California Legislator Scorecard, details about our plans to attend the Spring 2012 CRP convention in Burlingame, and an update on the activities of our local chapters in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego.



The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

RLCCA supports "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" signature gathering

California, October 4, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California
announced its support for signature gathering for the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" ballot measure. If placed on the ballot and passed by California voters in 2012, the measure will end marijuana prohibition under California law, while legalizing commercial production, as well as small-scale cultivation for personal use, and sales
to Californians 21 and older.



The measure, also known as "Measure 1490 (11-0011): Marijuana Legalization",
has been cleared to circulate petitions in order to qualify to appear on the
ballot in 2012. To qualify, the measure must obtain 504,760 signatures by
December 19, 2011. The measure's authors are currently collecting signature
pledges and recruiting volunteers for their petition drive, which began on November 1.



Any registered voter in California is eligible to sign or circulate a petition. We urge our members and other concerned Californians to pledge signatures, help spread the word, and consider volunteering or donating to the campaign. Signup to pledge, donate, and volunteer at regulatemarijuanalikewine.com. After Nov 1, petition forms will also be available at that website to print, sign, and mail back.



Passing this measure would be a major step forward for personal liberty.



California law would recognize that marijuana, like wine and beer, is an
agricultural product with legitimate uses which adults should be trusted to
enjoy responsibly.



Organized crime would lose its monopoly on the marijuana business.
Law enforcement resources would be freed from the burden of enforcing
prohibition and made available to protect the public from more serious
crimes.



Medical marijuana patients would enjoy improved access to their medicine.
Californians would be able to enjoy responsible recreational use without
violating state laws.



State and local government could collect hundreds of millions of dollars in
new sales tax revenue without raising tax rates.



Passing this measure would also serve as a positive example to other states,
and would increase pressure on the federal government to recognize the
rights of the people of each state to decide matters such as this for
themselves.



Please support the ballot measure volunteering today at
www.regulatemarijuanalikewine.com.



The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited
government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the
Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold
these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for
ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ron Paul Delivers Los Angeles Keynote Speech

Ron Paul spoke to a fired up crowd at an event hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The event was on Saturday September 17 at the California Republican Party fall convention in Los Angeles. Over 500 activists cheered Dr. Paul's message of free markets, individual responsibility, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.





Later on Saturday, Ron Paul won the CRP's straw poll.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ron Paul Wins CRP Straw Poll!

According to the CRP, Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the CRP's straw poll on Saturday.

Disclaimer: As of September 17, the RLC has not endorsed a presidential candidate. Ron Paul is a member of the RLC's Board of Advisors.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to Speak at Republican Convention in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, September 12, 2011 - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak in Los Angeles on Saturday at the fall convention of the California Republican Party at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 West Olympic Boulevard. Paul will deliver the keynote speech at the Freedom Speaks! event hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The event begins at 10:00am. There is no charge for the event, however the RLCCA suggests a donation of $5 to $10.

“The RLCCA’s Freedom Speaks! event, with a keynote speech by candidate Ron Paul, is a wonderful opportunity for Republicans and liberty activists in the greater Los Angeles area to hear Dr. Paul first hand, and to learn about opportunities to promote liberty inside the Republican Party with the RLCCA,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis.

Also on Saturday at the Marriott, the CRP is conducting a presidential straw poll. Any registered Republican who has paid the 2011 Fall Convention registration fee is eligible to vote ($90 online, $100 on-site). Convention attendees must show their registration badge and photo identification in order to participate. The Ron Paul campaign may be able to provide financial assistance to Ron Paul supporters, see www.rlcca.org/notices for details.

“Saturday’s straw poll is a huge opportunity for California Republicans to impact the presidential race, especially because the California primary has been pushed back to June,” said RLCCA Secretary Parke Bostrom.

The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Monday, August 22, 2011

RLCCA Summer 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. In the first half of 2011, the RLCCA has been busy working to promote the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the California Republican Party.

In March the RLCCA met in Sacramento and held our annual convention. 2010 Congressional Candidate John Dennis was elected Chairman of the RLCCA. Ward Connerly, founder and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, was the keynote speaker.

The RLCCA continues to grow in 2011. In June, the San Bernardino chapter of the RLCCA was created. The Los Angeles chapter will be created in the near future. Local chapters allow for local activism and create networking opportunities inside the Republican party at the local level. The biggest part of creating a local chapter is finding and/or recruiting 10 local members who want to start a chapter. If you would like to start a local RLC chapter in your area, please send an email to contact@rlcca.org.

September Los Angeles Presidential Straw Poll

The Politics Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the CRP is going to hold a presidential straw poll at the upcoming CRP convention in Los Angeles on September 16-18. The Chronicle writes: “The straw poll will be a marquee event at the convention expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates and party activists when it convenes Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott at LA Live, state party chair Tom Del Beccaro told us today.”

However, there is no mention of the “marquee” straw poll event on the agenda for the CRP convention. (Read more...)

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to speak at September Event in Los Angeles

The 2012 election cycle is getting started, and the race for the Republican nomination for President is heating up. It is exciting to see that two members of the RLC's Board of Advisors are seeking the Republican nomination. They are Texas Congressman and 2008 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Candidate Ron Paul will speak at an RLCCA event at the fall CRP convention in Los Angeles on Saturday September 17. (Read more...)

RLCCA Proposes CRP Open Primary Endorsement System

In June of 2010, the voters of California passed Proposition 14, thereby changing the manner in which (non-Presidential) primary elections are conducted in California. The RLCCA is helping the CRP respond to arrival of open primaries by proposing a system of rules that would maximize the opportunity for grassroots Republicans to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominees prior to the open primary election. (Read more...)

Thank you for reading the RLCCA Summer 2011 Newsletter! Please remember to support the RLCCA so we can continue to promote liberty within the Republican Party of California!

September Los Angeles Presidential Straw Poll

The Politics Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the CRP is going to hold a presidential straw poll at the upcoming CRP convention in Los Angeles on September 16-18. The Chronicle writes: “The straw poll will be a marquee event at the convention expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates and party activists when it convenes Sept. 16-18 at the JW Marriott at LA Live, state party chair Tom Del Beccaro told us today.”

However, there is no mention of the “marquee” straw poll event on the agenda for the CRP convention.

At the March convention in Sacramento, the RLCCA conducted a presidential straw poll. The results of that poll were later reported by Fox News, among other news outlets and blogs.

The RLCCA plans on conducting another straw poll at the convention in Los Angeles. Our straw poll will be held on Saturday, September 17, and will be open to convention delegates and registered Republican voters. The exact hours of the poll are TBD. The Sacramento straw poll was open from something like 10am to 6pm. It is possible that if the CRP really is conducting a high profile straw poll at the convention, we will cancel the RLCCA straw poll and direct liberty Republicans to vote in the CRP straw poll instead.

RLCCA Proposes CRP Open Primary Endorsement Rules

In June of 2010, the voters of California passed Proposition 14, thereby changing the manner in which (non-Presidential) primary elections are conducted in California. The RLCCA is helping the CRP respond to arrival of open primaries by proposing a system of rules that would maximize the opportunity for grassroots Republicans to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominees prior to the open primary election.

Some background information:

Prior to the passage of Prop 14, California had partisan primaries. In the primary, registered Republicans would choose the Republican nominee, registered Democrats the Democratic nominee, and so on for the minor parties.

Proposition 14 changed this system to an open primary system, in which all candidates share a single ballot, any voter can vote for any candidate, and the top two candidates advance to a runoff race. This means it is theoretically possible that (depending on the leanings of a given district), in some cases there will be no Republican or Democratic candidate in the general election.

Proposition 14 was opposed by the RLCCA, the CRP, the California Democratic Party, and all the minor parties as well. This should not be surprising, as it is fairly clear that an open primary will dilute the ability of a party to choose its candidate for the general election. Despite unified opposition by all the political parties, the voters passed Prop. 14 anyway.

Following the passage of Prop. 14, the CRP has been considering various bylaws amendments to create a system of caucus or internal party elections to allow the CRP to "endorse" or "nominate" a single Republican candidate prior to the open primary election. Supporting
candidates is an essential task for a political party, and if the CRP cannot create a method for deciding which candidate to support, the CRP will lose much of its political relevance.

Various proposals have been considered, and thus far all of them have been rejected. The key difference between the various proposal are who gets to choose the Republican nominee. Some of the proposals make it very difficult (if not impossible) to deny re-nomination to a
sitting incumbent. Other proposal have given "veto power" for every local Assembly and Senate district to the CRP Board of Directors (a single small group of fewer than 20 well connected olitical insiders).

The RLCCA proposal decentralizes the nomination process, allowing each Republican county central committee to determine the best method for allowing local Republicans to participate in the process. The proposal guarantees that oversees military voters can participate, provides a method for aggregating the results from different counties, and prevents the CRP Board of irectors from interfering in local Republican politics.

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul to speak at September Event in Los Angeles

The 2012 election cycle is getting started, and the race for the Republican nomination for President is heating up. It is exciting to see that two members of the RLC's Board of Advisors are seeking the Republican nomination. They are Texas Congressman and 2008 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Candidate Ron Paul will speak at an RLCCA event at the fall CRP convention in Los Angeles on Saturday September 17. The event will be held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 900 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exact time of the event is TBD, so please check our website at RLCCA.org in the weeks ahead for updates about this event. The event is free and open to the public.

Your membership dues and other financial support help the RLC bring liberty Republican speakers like Congressman Paul and Governor Johnson to state party conventions in California and other states. Our outreach helps introduce mainstream Republicans to the exciting ideals of liberty and individual freedom. Thank you for your support!

Attending this event is a great opportunity for Paul supporters to learn about the opportunities for spreading the ideas of liberty inside the Republican Party. So mark Saturday September 17 on your calendar today!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dennis election to Chairman highlights RLCCA convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

Dennis election to Chairman highlights RLCCA convention

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 20, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California is pleased to announce the election of its new Chairman, John Dennis of San Francisco. Dennis sprang to national attention in 2010 during the course of his spirited campaign against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th congressional district. During his Congressional campaign, Dennis received the endorsement of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul said Dennis was “truly committed to Liberty, personal freedom, fiscal discipline, and a more sensible foreign policy.”

"I'm honored that RLCCA members chose me for this position. The RLC represents the core values of the Republican Party, and California is one of its most prestigious chapters," said newly elected RLCCA Chairman John Dennis.

Following Dennis's comments, Ward Connerly, delivered the RLCCA convention keynote address. Connerly is the founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national nonprofit aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond race. Connerly spoke of race preferences and their effect on liberty, the discrepancy between the belief in a colorblind government and the official pursuit of “diversity”, and what the role of Republicans ought to be in the preservation of liberty with regard to race.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents from 1993-2005, Mr. Connerly was instrumental in leading Board members to end the University’s use of race as a means for admissions. Connerly spoke of his experience battling against race preferences and for equality under the law for all residents in public education, public employment, and public contracting.

Also at the convention, incumbent officers Rick Jacobs and Parke Bostrom were reelected to the respective offices of Vice-Chairman and Secretary. Former Chairman Matt Heath was elected Treasurer. Sarah Fulka of San Bernardino was appointed to an At-Large Director seat. Four new alternates were elected to the Board: Daniel DeVaney, Nick Hankoff, David Johnson and Forest Baker.

The Saturday after the RLCCA convention, the RLCCA conducted a straw poll of 2012 presidential candidates at the state Republican convention at the Sacramento Hyatt. Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the poll with 17.8% of the vote. Former governor Mitt Romney came in second with 10.9%, and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came in third with 7.9%.

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org or www.rlc.org.

(Download the the press release, PDF 36KB.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ron Paul Wins RLCCA Presidential Straw Poll!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

Ron Paul Wins RLCCA Presidential Straw Poll!

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 19, 2011 - Ron Paul won the Presidential straw poll conducted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The straw poll was conducted on Saturday March 19 at the RLCCA booth at the statewide Republican convention held at the Sacramento Hyatt and convention center. Participation was limited to convention delegates, party activists, and registered Republican voters.

2008 presidential candidate and Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas won the poll with 17.8%.

“Given that Congressman Paul and the RLC share a common commitment to individual rights, limited government, free enterprise and constitutional principles we are happy with the results,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis. "In these times of big government and even bigger deficits, it is exciting to see increased conservative interest in candidates such as Paul.”

Former governor Mitt Romney, who signed Massachusetts's individual health insurance mandate into law in 2006, came in second with 10.9%. In the 2008 California presidential primary, Romney came in second with 34.6% of the vote.

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin came in third with 7.9%.

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org or www.rlc.org.

(Download the complete straw poll results in the press release, PDF 57KB.)

RLCCA opposes all current CRP open primary bylaws proposals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Dennis, Chairman, RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org, www.rlcca.org

RLCCA opposes all current CRP open primary bylaws proposals.

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 19, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California announced its opposition to the current CRP Bylaw amendments related to the open primary, both the “Nehring” and the “Legislative” proposal.

“The Republican Party needs to invite all interested Republicans to participate in the process of choosing our nominees. Neither the “Nehring” proposal nor the “Legislative” one will help energize grassroots Republican voters,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis.

“Caucus are not merely a selection process. Caucuses will keep Republicans actively engaged with the party and serve as a networking and fundraising opportunity for candidates,” said RLCCA Treasurer Matt Heath.

The RLCCA looks forward to working with a broad coalition of California Republicans to draft a bylaws amendment, to be considered at the Fall 2011 CRP convention, that will create a grassroots caucus process, allowing the maximum number of Republican voters to participate in the process of choosing the Republican nominee.

Founded in 1991, the RLC is a grassroots 527 political organization that promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government and free enterprise within the Republican Party. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

(Download the press release, PDF 255KB.)