California GOP Fall Convention Report, Anaheim 2013Submitted by The Granger on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 09:21
I lit of out of Mendocino 2 AM and arrived at the Hilton Convention Center in Anaheim a quarter to 1 PM, just in time for my first meeting: CA GOP Treasurers. At these meetings we go over new federal and state election and campaign laws, how to account for them, forms, amounts, accounts. From 1 PM to 4 PM we discuss what is going on in big counties and small, only interrupted by a visit from CA GOP chair, Jim Brulte, telling us what many of us already know, that, "the treasurer has the most profound job of all on any committee", and a guest speaker(s), SPAN, an engineering firm that designed a product called, "Politickets", that's politicket's.com, which is designed with the treasurer in mind, meaning, fundraisers going through Politickets does all the paperwork, all you have to do is hit the print button and fill out the forms for the state and county correctly.
I'm the youngest in the room, and that is interesting because of the interest the CA GOP has taken to "youth" (college students), which I am not; however, products like "politickets" appear to be designed for the future treasurers of the GOP in mind. What was interesting at this meeting for me, is that when my county, Mendocino came up, marijuana was immediately brought up with a VERY POSITIVE view for legalization, as many there said that it is decriminalized in CA, and needs to be made legal for tax and control purposes. This is a huge shift from being ANTI marijuana to PRO legalization.
The CA GOP is definitely changing.
I would say about 30% of the people from the last convention bothered to show up, replaced by LIBERTY movement Republicans, Libertarians and supporters (guests).
Suddenly, the CA GOP, which last convention was half a million in debt is debt free, credit is being given to the campaign of CA Central Valley Senator, Andy Videk, the first republican victory in the area in 16 years. This is the headline news of the convention.
This year the floor of the convention is dominated by Republican Liberty Caucus, (another Liberty group, that is new and for college students) and the new Tea Party Caucus, who all display Ron Paul's books. I talked to a few people at the tables and met a few Libertarians helping their Republican friends.
While in the banguet hall, the event centered on the achievements of Andy Videk and "minority" groups, women, Hispanic and Asian, the big party was being hosted by congressional candidate Greg Raths, who had his good friend Barry Goldwater Junior, encourage the Republican Youth to keep up the good fight because they were absolutely winning, just look at the CA GOP now, the floor is dominated by Libertarians and young Republicans, and personally, I think Ron Paul would have loved this moment.. he would have loved seeing the young people coming together and finding their places, being offered jobs, opportunities, connections, the networking. It is a very exciting and good time to be a Ron Paul Republican in the CA GOP, if you are in college, as the CA GOP is looking to fund, support and carry LIBERTY into the political arena.
The other event that was popular was, "CA Political Chicks", "Ladies Night Champagne Reception", with guests from the Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Angels, and star appearances, for example, Jeana Keough. This was an "establishment" kind of event, all the big money.
There are three periodicals circulating:
1) GRASS ROOTS, from the CA Congress of Republicans (appears they are hosting an event having invited OR Congressman Greg Walden).
2) CA REPUBLICAN, by the CA Republican Assembly, has many opportunities listed for young republicans.
3) JBS big headlines, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS INFLUENCING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, the article inside reminded me of many similar posts on DP.
In overview, it seems the CA GOP has done what it can to retain and cater to it's supporters with money, almost like they have two conventions happening, the other being of, by, and for LIBERTY, where they are actively seeking future candidates and seats. The tea party is so busy trying to re-invent itself to fit in and retain support, knowing, if they don't attract those LIBERTY youth, they will not be long for future conventions.
None of it appears organic to me, but a lot of hard work, especially by the LIBERTY movement in the GOP. WE ARE THE FUTURE is definitely the writing on the wall. I believe many folks on DP would LOVE to be at this convention.. it's a LIBERTY Party and they are definitely WINNING.
This is the day where the GOP has many meetings for it's committee, boards, issues, rules, and the interests, Lincoln Club, Tea Party, Women's Federation meet, offer resolutions and iniatives for the ballot we cast today. The tea part appears the big winner as they were passing out copies of their work, their suite was standing room only and people filed in the hall trying to hear what was being said. This was a remarkable difference than the Spring convention where the Tea Party was miffed.
I don't know how they did it, but the dinner banquet featuring Rick Perry was sold out, 800 tickets sold ($300.00 each). It was announced that this was the first dinner banquet in CA GOP history that was sold out.
I picked up information from the tables.. LIBERTY is everywhere, candidates have LIBERTY on tee shirts..seems to me that the GOP has become the LIBERTY party. I find it interesting. I feel like they went out of their way to make the Republican Liberty Caucus and Young Republicans very welcome.. as I previously mentioned, there appears to be job and volunteer opportunities on many levels and the young folks responded with hope and pride. I don't know for a fact, but I got the feeling that the dinner was sold out because some generous doner who would not be named invited the youth on the floor, paying the $300.00 per dinner. Instead of going through the back way to the dinner, I went around and saw the lines, and the young Republicans were very happy, everyone was dressed beautiful, and they were a very happy bunch, as if they hit the lottery, and I get that's what it felt like. From there it's onto the suites, free drinks, bands, more food, dancing.. special guests.. I'd have to say for the CA GOP it was a great event. So, I'm going to go vote, and begin making my way back home. I'm not used to this smog and chlorinated water.. very rough conditions to live in. I'm looking forward to being home again.
And I learned something, there is a difference between peace and victory. Peace lives to let live, and Victory lives to kill. A person seeking peace searches for ways to make amends. A person seeking victory will do everything in their power to eliminate the other person. For example, if you are posting that other people are trolls, you may be seeking victory rather than PEACE. Something to think about. PEACE