#CRA2014 Shattered the Paradigm

Where were you last weekend? If you were not in Buena Park, you missed out on what some CRA Old-Timers described as “the best convention in a generation”.

#CRA2014 had it all.

  • Media Coverage!
  • An underdog conservative hero running for Governor who was endorsed by CRA – Tim Donnelly
  • Up and Coming GOP Stars like Young Kim, Paul Tanaka, Phillip Chen, Melissa Melendez and Igor Birman
  • Established Conservative Icons like Mike Morrell, Diane Harkey and Michelle Steel
  • National Political Figures like Sharron Angle, Ann-Marie Murrell and Rafael Cruz (Father of Ted Cruz)
  • Packed Meal Functions – with good food!

When you EXPECT MORE, you GET MORE and #CRA2014 delivered!

#CRA2014 featured a lineup of speakers unrivaled in years, and an energy level and buzz not seen in any California Republican group in memory!

On behalf of the CRA’s board of directors, we’d like to thank all of you who helped make #CRA2014 the best CRA Convention in a generation. We could not have done it without you!

John Briscoe
President, California Republican Assembly
pres@cragop.org

P.S. What’s in store for #CRA2015? We’d say register now, but George Park hasn’t made it home from Disneyland yet… 

CRA 2014 Convention Agenda

Friday, February 28, 2013

3:00 pm Registration & Information Desks Open

4:00 pm CRA Board of Directors Meeting 

6:30 pm Registration & Information Desks Close 

6:30 pm Friday Night Banquet

  • BOE Member Michelle Steel,
    Candidate for Orange Co Supervisor
  • Assembly 65 Candidate Young Kim  
  • Assembly Member Melissa Melendez 
  • NFRA President Sharron Angle 
  • Ann-Marie Murrell, Anchor & National 
    Director/Editor-in-Chief of PolitiChicks.tv 

8:30 pm Private After Dinner Reception

  • BOE Member Michelle Steel,
    Candidate for Orange Co Supervisor
  • and Speakers

 

 

Saturday, March 1, 2013

7:30 am Registration & Information Desks Open 

7:30 am Continental Breakfast
Self Service to 9:30 am 

Local Endorsing Conventions:

8:00 am

  • L. A. County

8:30 am

  • Orange County / San Diego County 

9:30 am

  • Inland Empire
  • Central Valley
  • Northern CA
  • Bay Area

12:30 pm Saturday Luncheon

  • Assembly Member Diane Harkey,
    Candidate for BOE
  • Hon. Ling Ling Chang,
    Candidate for Assembly District 55   
  • Hon. Paul Tanaka,
    Candidate for L.A. County Sherif  
  • CA Senator Mimi Walters,
    Candidate for Congress, District 45  

 

Saturday, March 1, 2013 (continued)

1:45 pm General Session (Convention Business)

  • CA Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte 
  • NFRA President Sharron Angle 
  • CRA Officer Nominations and Speeches 

5:30 pm Registration & Information Desks Close 

6:30 pm Saturday Night Banquet

  • Assembly Member Tim Donnelly,
    Candidate for Governor 
  • Assembly Member Mike Morrell,
    Candidate for State Senate District 23 
  • Igor Birman,
    Candidate for Congress, District 7 
  • CYRF President Nathan Miller 
  • CRA President John Briscoe 

8:30 pm Private After Dinner Reception

  • Assembly Member Tim Donnelly,
    Candidate for Governor 
  • and Speakers 

Sunday March 2, 2013

7:00 am Registration & Information Desks Open 

7:30am Prayer Breakfast

  • Rafael Cruz 
  • Assembly Member Shannon Grove 

9:15 am General Session Convention Business

  • CRA Officer Elections
  • Statewide Endorsing Convention 

10:15 am Registration & Information Desks Close 

  • CRA Board Meeting 30 Minutes After
  • Convention Adjourns
    CRA Board Members
 

CRA Convention is a Must Attend Event

the 2014 CRA Convention is expected to be the best convention in more than a decade, CRA units from every part of California are all in, electing delegates to come join the action. The #CRA2014 convention is going to be absolutely awesome.
 
We want to make sure you do not miss a moment.

Download the convention registration form and register today.

 
*** NOTE: MEAL FUNCTIONS ARE SOLD OUT ***
 
$50 Convention Registration Only

   

Here are a few reasons why YOU need to register today and join us at convention!

  1. Regional local endorsing conventions are being called concurrent with the 2014 Convention on Saturday morning March 1st.
  2. The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel serves the same famous and critically acclaimed food that millions of visitors to Knott’s Berry Farm have enjoyed for years!  
  3. We have a jam packed and exciting line-up of speakers all weekend long:
Friday Night – Ann-Marie Murrell from PolitiChicks.tv, NFRA President and Tea Party Legend Sharron Angle, Assembly Member Melissa Melendez, AD55 Candidate Young Kim and Dinner Sponsor and BOE Member Michelle Park Steel

Saturday Lunch – State Senator Mimi Walters, LA County Sheriff Candidate Paul Tanaka, AD55 Candidate Ling-Ling Chang and Assembly Member Diane Harkey. Both Diane Harkey and Ling-Ling Chang have stepped up to be major sponsors of your 2014 CRA Convention!

Saturday Dinner – Assembly Member  Mike Morrell, CYRF President Nathan Miller, CRA President John Briscoe, Congressional Candidate CD 7 (former McClintock Chief of Staff) Igor Birman and your Title Sponsor Assembly Member Tim Donnelly for Governor.

Sunday Prayer Breakfast – Assembly Member Shannon Grove and a Major Announcement coming soon that will blow you away!

(Oh, and CA GOP Chairman Jim Brulte is stopping by Saturday Afternoon)
What are you waiting for? – The CRA Convention is the place to spend your weekend!

Oh so you want to know what the weekends menu is and whether the mystery meals of past conventions will return? Feast your eyes on this gourmet selection for the weekend’s menu:

  • Friday Dinner: Chicken Marsala, Caesar Salad, and Apple Pie
  • Saturday Lunch: Beef Forestiere, Fresh Fruit Cocktail, and Chocolate Cake 
  • Saturday Dinner: Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken, Fresh Garden Salad, and Boysenberry Pie
  • Sunday Prayer Breakfast: All American Breakfast of Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, and Potatoes

We will even provide you with the best price on Knott’s Berry Farm tickets for a special CRA price of $39 per adult and $29 per child. This is almost half off the regular admission price!
 
You asked and we have delivered – CRA 2014 CONVENTION: EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE!

(You must purchase the convention package or a meal ticket in order to attend the candidate speeches during meal events.)

This convention is not like last year’s or the ones before it.  Download the convention registration form today.

CRA 2014 Convention – Brought to you by Tim Donnelly for Governor, including major support from Diane Harkey for BOE.

We want you to be there!

A Message From CRA President, John Briscoe

Thursday, July 4, 2013

President’s Message

It has been a very busy 2 months since the convention. May, we held a retreat for the state wide officers. Goals were set in various areas. Late June, a Board of Directors meeting was held. We had a great turnout of officers at both meetings. And I’m happy to announce that CRA membership is up 15% in these first two months. We are growing!!

Many of our members have been very active in the Andy Vidak campaign for State Senate in Fresno. Things will be heating up (literally) in Fresno between now and Election Day, July 23rd. It is extremely important to help with this election. We have an incredible opportunity to pick up the Senate seat; getting us closer to the day when the Dems will not have their 2/3 majority. Thank you VP, Tim Thiesen, for all your hard work on this.

VP, Alice Khosravy, and her crew of dedicated conservatives are close to starting new units in Pasadena and Camarillo. I was honored to have attended the reorganization of the Chatsworth/Northridge units. In addition Alice is our Communications Director. Two new units, reorganization and keeping communication going, great job Alice!!

VP, Craig Alexander, has been busy putting together a North San Diego unit. He has them very excited about CRA. And of course, his region boasts the summer social event of the season, the Orange County CRA picnic. Stanton RA President (and Mayor) Dave Shawver has generously donated all the food.

Ed Rowen, the President of the Placer County Republican Assembly, has kept the CRA banner flying high in Placer County. The club recently hosted Assembly Brian Dahle, who provided insights into the dysfunctional California Legislature. On July 27th, the club will hold a picnic with Congressman McClintock and local dignitaries. A reception for local elected officials in Placer County, California’s most Republican county has been scheduled for October 17th. Also, want to mention what a great help VP, Tom Hudson, has been to me as Parliamentarian. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate his advice.

There are so many board members that are going beyond and above what I could have hoped for, VP, Carl Brickey, Secretaries, Todd Blair, Rohit Joy and George Park to name just a few. I’ve been pretty busy too; have visited 14 units to date. I am expecting more from your CRA State officers and they are delivering. We are achieving more.

With less than a year to the June 2014 primary, it is important that we grow CRA with more members in our existing units and add more units. Please ask a fellow conservative to go with you to your unit’s next meeting.

And from my family to yours, we wish you a Happy Independence Day. When you fully grasp what our founding fathers sacrificed so that we could have the liberty that we hold so dear, Independence Day is more than just a day for hot dogs and fireworks.


John Briscoe
President, California Republican Assembly
pres@cragop.org

CRA’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard Released

Six Legislators received perfect 100% ratings from the California Republican Assembly this year in the newly released CRA 

Legislative Scorecard.  This is up from only two legislators in 2011 with perfect scores.
 
Overall twenty-three legislators – eighteen in the Assembly and five in the Senate – received “A” grades by scoring above 90%.
 
“We’d like to congratulate the members of the Legislature who received ‘A’ ratings,”  said CRA President Celeste Greig.  “They continue to demonstrate their commitment to Republican principles even when they have lost ground in the Legislature and been attacked like never before.  They should be thanked.”
 
President Greig announced that the following legislators received 100% ratings: Assemblymembers Diane Harkey, Steve Knight and Dan Logue; Senators Joel Anderson, Ted Gaines and Mimi Walters. 
 
CRA’s scorecard is derived from votes cast on diverse bills ranging from outlawing styrofoam containers to turning crime victims into criminals if they fail to report lost or stolen guns.   The scorecard also focuses on other bills which may not seem important on the surface, but clearly demonstrate the divisions within the Democrat and Republican caucuses.
 
While the total number of 100% scores increased, the total number of zeros increased as well, from only four in 2011 to thirteen this year.
 
“Once again, the Democrats are demonstrating their true liberal colors,” added Greig.  “No wonder they have such extremely low approval ratings.”
 
The highest scoring Democrat on the CRA scorecard was again Senator Lou Correa who received a 56%.  On the Assembly side, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber was once again the highest scoring Democrat with a 44%.
 
Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher who last year had the lowest score of any Republican legislator, would have achieved that distinction again this year with his paltry 17% rating, however Fletcher bolted the Republican Party earlier in the year as part of his bid to win the Mayor’s race in San Diego.  Voters rejected Fletcher in the Primary.
 
This year, Senator Tom Harman and Assemblyman David Valadao share the “honors” of having the lowest ratings.  Harman scored just 54% while Valadao registered a miserable 9% by ducking out on a number of key votes.
 
The Assembly and Senate were fairly consistent this year in their votes.  The Average score for the Assembly was 11% for Democrats and 89% for Republicans, while in the Senate it was 13% for Democrats and 77% for Republicans.
 
The following Legislators received “A” ratings with scores over 90%:
 
Assemblymembers
Connie Conway
Paul Cook
Tim Donnelly
Beth Gaines
Martin Garrick
Shannon Grove
Curt Hagman
Brian Jones
Linda Halderman
Diane Harkey
Kevin Jeffries
Steve Knight
Dan Logue
Allan Mansoor
Mike Morrell
Chris Norby
Jim Silva
Donald Wagner
 
Senators
Joel Anderson
Bob Dutton
Ted Gaines
Doug LaMalfa
Mimi Walters
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Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. 
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. 
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
   John Hancock
Maryland:
   Samuel Chase
   William Paca
   Thomas Stone
   Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
   George Wythe
   Richard Henry Lee
   Thomas Jefferson
   Benjamin Harrison
   Thomas Nelson, Jr.
   Francis Lightfoot Lee
   Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
Delaware:
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
Massachusetts:
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
Connecticut:
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton

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