Monterey Herald Editorial: Republicans No Longer Relevant in California



By Stephen Frank 

Why is the Republican Party in California no longer relevant?  Let me count the ways:

  1. While claiming to be the Party of limited government and lower taxes, it was a Republican State Senator, Anthony Cannella who gave Guv Brown and the Democrats the needed vote to create a $52 billion slush fund in the name of road repair—maybe 50% of that money will go to roads—and even that will be eaten by by payoffs to unions.
  2. Since 2012 the GOP has lost a net of 306,000 registered voters and the California Republican Party ENDED its registration program and has spent zero dollars in four years.
  3. At it recent convention there were eleven officers up for election, and except for a last minute JOKE nomination for one position, all eleven had NO opposition—why be responsible for an organization that in the past four years gave almost NO interviews to the media on public policy. What does the GOP stand for?  Silence.

“The upshot is that legislation increasingly favors the public employee unions which give heavily to Democratic candidates, and to left-of-center initiatives that would not play well in the Rust Belt or the southern United States, but are unquestioned in California.

The lack of debate on many issues, however, is not healthy. One-party rule historically has led to overreach and even corruption among elected officials, who have no need to moderate positions to appeal to centrist or conservative voters.

It has come to this: Trump has only sounded what for now seems like the death knell for a once-relevant and viable opposition party.”

At least Trump stands for something.  Now the GOP is yelling about the passage of SB-1, the slush fund.  Yet, not one has mentioned it would not have passed with GOP support.  Honesty helps.  Hard work helps.  The Republicans of California need to oppose the racism and violence on campus—for the safety of the students.  We need to push for lower taxes—and say something about those that oppose it.  Believe in the Second Amendment?  A Republican Assemblyman has an anti-Second Amendment bill—AB 1525.  Why is the GOP irrelevant?  Look at the record.

Related Op-ed: Editorial, April 4, 2017: Republicans no longer relevant in California


Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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2 Responses to Monterey Herald Editorial: Republicans No Longer Relevant in California

  1. Sheryl May 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Republicans confuse tax policy with governimg… a new party dedicated to fiscal discipline and transparency should evolve without taking stands on social issues …

  2. William Hicks May 8, 2017 at 10:06 am


    1) Too many R politicians believe the only way they can be elected is to be more like a D. Trump showed a different direction that captured the White House.

    2) Too many active R’s have given up on California as a lost cause and left the State for perceived greener pastures.


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