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Election 2014: Lessons from the districts that changed parties

Editor's note: Ron Nehring was the Republican nominee for California Lt. Governor in 2014. He previously served as the Chairman of the California Republican Party, and the Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

Last week, I addressed conservative legislators from across America at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington DC. My topic: the 2014 election results and lessons for the future.

at Dec 10, 2014 12:22 PM
       

Saving the GOP from Modern Know-Nothingism

Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham,

at Oct 30, 2014 11:39 AM
       

Instead of the state’s commission, Gavin Newsom focuses on his own “economic development”

With the nation’s highest poverty rate and one of the nation’s worst unemployment rates, it’s pretty clear that California is in need of more economic development. This means generating sufficient private sector job growth to put large numbers of currently unemployed Californians back to work.

California has a commission with just such a mission. It’s chaired by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. And it’s defunct.   Read more »

at Oct 10, 2014 10:08 AM
       

As terrorists again threaten America, is California prepared?

The rapid deterioration of several nations in the Middle East and North Africa has taken many Americans and our leaders by surprise. Iraq, Syria and Libya have all seen terrorist groups spread their influence and grow in both military power and sophistication. Yemen, Egypt and Nigeria each have a substantial Islamic terrorist presence. North Korea possesses nuclear weapons while Iran continues to develop them together with the means of delivering them.   Read more »

at Sep 24, 2014 3:43 PM
       

New reformers needed to curb the lawsuit abuse killing jobs in California

Joblessness and poverty in California are more severe than just about anywhere in America.

In an election year, this is a reality incumbents tend to gloss over. California’s improving, they say, so keep us in charge.

For the millions of Californians suffering in poverty, can’t find a job, or are underemployed, these assurances don’t go very far. Real hope requires job growth, and that means growing small businesses.   Read more »

at Aug 11, 2014 2:17 PM
       

ObamaCare rates in CA soar

How’s this news going to play out for Liberals, as ten million Californians get the sticker shock of ObamaCare premium increases. And unlike those “phony” scandals, this one has been verified…by a Democrat.

Democrat Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones admitted recently that Obama’s promise

at Aug 4, 2014 1:09 PM
       

California’s hardest hit regions, forgotten by Sacramento Democrats, need relief

California’s lagging and uneven economy is leaving millions of people behind. This isn’t the election year spin coming from members of the Ruling Party in Sacramento, but it’s the harsh economic reality being produced by their policies.

Our state’s high 7.6% unemployment rate is well above the national average of 6.3%, and even worse when compared to the 5.1% rate in Texas, California’s toughest economic competitor. These aren’t just numbers: every percentage point means hundreds of thousands of more Californians who are out of work and struggling.   Read more »

at Jul 18, 2014 5:06 PM
       

New Report Correlates Bad State Policies with Underperforming Economy

While Democrats in state capitals such as Sacramento and Albany are busy patting themselves on the back for the great job they’re doing, a new report out today puts California and New York at the bottom of the list for economic performance and outlook, casting doubts about prospects for reducing unemployment creating economic opportunities for millions of Americans living in high tax states.

In “Rich States, Poor States,” the American Legislative Exchange Council and well-respected economist Art Laffer examine each state’s economic performance in areas such as GDP, employment, and domestic migration, all factors that are heavily influenced by state policies. Looking forward, they examine factors

at May 23, 2013 5:00 PM
       

California Implosion

Once we were California dreaming and California was the place that you would go to pursue your dreams. Today, it is the state where you are from, not where you are going. When the largest state, population wise, is failing, it does hurt the nation. The following stats illustrate California’s problems. California has some of the nation's highest state taxes including gasoline, sales taxes and is a top bracket of income taxes,

at Apr 18, 2013 2:50 PM
       

California Dreaming

In the 1960’s, America was “Californian Dreaming”, but today California resembles more of a banana republic than a healthy state economically. As the more productive citizens move on to more fertile ground, the decline of the state continues. Joel Kotkin, in an article for the Daily Beast observed, “Barack Obama learned the rough sport of politics in Chicago, but his domestic policies have been shaped by California’s progressive creed. As the Golden State crumbles, its troubles point to those America may confront in a second Obama term.” If California is our future, then we are doomed as a nation.   Read more »

at May 8, 2012 10:31 AM
       

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