August 13, 2021
California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President
Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee
Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, Lou Ann Flaherty,
Val Emick, and Theresa Speake
SB 129 is a $100 million “Trailer Bill” that passed and is just awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature. A Trailer Bill is created to implement items in the final adopted budget which means they start the process after July 1 each year. These bills are supposed to be just budget items but many times there are policy issues attached to them. SB 129 exceeds three hundred pages and includes allocations to various jurisdictions/agencies in the State.
If Democrats represent your community, it is likely your community got much more funding than a Republican-led community. There is another one hundred million allocated for jurisdictions statewide. No bill number has been assigned yet. The State Legislature and staff are working to develop the method to distribute this funding. It is the intent to reimburse jurisdictions (cities, counties, special districts) for their losses due to COVID. Rather than keep it simple, it will require excessive documentation. This process for acquiring the funds is supposed to be completed by September 1. More to come on this one.
STACKING THE SUPREME COURT
The “Keep Nine” Amendment, a top NFRW legislative priority, is the most widely supported specific Supreme Court reform in America, yet it is being ignored by the commission charged with providing an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform. Let’s change that.
Go to keepnine.org 1) Scroll down to the photo of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, 2) Click on the words: “Urge the Presidential Commission…”, 3) Send the message that the “Keep Nine” Amendment should be considered by the Commission. (A pre-written message has been provided for you when you click on the picture, you can simply add your name or add your thoughts to the message, or you can write your own message.)
UPDATE ON NEWSOM RECALL
This past Saturday, August 7, CAGOP delegates met via Zoom to decide whether the CAGOP would endorse a Republican candidate in the recall against Governor Newsom. The result was that 90% of the delegates voted NOT to endorse any Republican. Why? Two main reasons- The recall looks like it could happen- the polling numbers are extremely close. This means every vote will count, and the Delegates did not want to alienate any voters who might be turned off if the endorsement did not go to their preferred candidate. Also, not endorsing anyone weakens the Dems’ argument that the recall is a Republican attempt (they conveniently forget that a substantial number of the signatures turned in to qualify the recall were from Dems and Independents).
We encourage all CFRW members to help GOTV (Get Out the Vote) for “YES” on the RECALL. CFRW offered two training classes to our members and over three hundred members were trained. If you want additional training provided by CFRW, please let us know. Vote “YES” on the first question– “Should Gavin Newsom be recalled?” NOW is the time for CFRW members to participate!
If you would like the directions and materials that were supplied to CFRW to make calls to GOTV to vote “YES” on the RECALL, contact CFRW Region 5 Director Nancy Wofford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nancy will be happy to help you!
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