San Diego and Orange County GOP chairmen both ask Mayes to resign as Assembly Republican Leader

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Tony Krvaric and Fred Whitaker, the respective chairmen of the San Diego County and Orange County Republican Parties, today asked Assemblyman Chad Mayes to step down from his position as Assembly Republican Leader, following Mayes’ support last week of extending the Cap and Trade program. Here is the letter from Krvaric… California Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes State Capitol, Suite …

Melissa Melendez: I Ain’t Working For Chad Mayes

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When will Assembly Members Brian Maienschein, Marie Waldron and Randy Voepel show some leadership?  Assembly Member Melissa Melendez resigns her position as Vice Caucus Leader, citing Chad Mayes’ complete and utter lack of principles: “Assemblyman Mayes’ actions on Cap-and-Trade demonstrate we no longer share the same leadership principles. I was elected by the people of my district to fight for …

Don’t Kid Yourself. The Media Care About Mayes’ Alleged Affair With Olsen.

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A conservative blogger “outed” the allegation that Kristen Olsen’s ex-husband accused Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of having an extramarital affair with his wife. Rod Olsen accused the current Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party, the former Republican Assembly Leader (Olsen), and current Republican Leader (Mayes) of using state funds to cover up the alleged affair. One argument is …

Ouster of Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes in play

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From RNC National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, last night on Facebook… All Points Bulletins — a couple of action item posts for California Republicans: 1) I am asking fellow board members of the CAGOP to join me in calling for a new leader in the Republican Assembly Caucus. I am almost at the votes I need tonight to call a special …

Rostra apologizes for article about alleged affair

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Some SD Rostra readers were apparently offended by an article posted yesterday about a possible extra-marital affair between two State Republican leaders. We’re sorry that Rostra would ever run a piece about a subject that makes people uncomfortable. We know readers would rather not talk about sex and stuff. We know, it’s the two officials’ personal business, not the public’s. …

Was Chad Mayes Blackmailed To Vote for Cap and Trade?

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Five days ago, Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes was against a Cap and Trade extension. He ultimately voted FOR it and whipped enough Republican votes to give vulnerable Democrats cover. You gotta ask yourself, why would he do this when… (a) …he was against it in principle? (b) …he is the Republican Caucus leader. Making Democratic Assembly members vote for …

Rocky Chávez: Waldron, Maienschein, and Voepel Must Be Stoopid

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Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, the local Republican who broke his promise to oppose any and all taxes, spins his vote to extend Cap and Trade until 2030: “Given the state of our nation, and the fact 80 percent of Californians — and 50 percent of Republicans — not only consider the environment one of their primary concerns but also view climate change as a real …

Open Letter to Assembly Members Waldron, Voepel, and Maienschein: Remove Chad Mayes From Leadership

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How do you “punish” Republican elected officials who vote for new taxes? Remove them from leadership. From Harmeet Dhillon, National Republican Committeewoman in California: I can understand voting for a bill because you think it’s the right policy – even if it is bad, stupid policy and you clearly got the math wrong and made a poor deal. But in …

Alleged affair exposed between current and former Assembly GOP leaders

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“California Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) engaged in an extramarital affair with Kristin Olsen, the former leader of the Republican Assembly caucus, and current member of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors,” writes GOP activist Joseph Turner in an exclusive on his website, American Children First. At the heart of the blockbuster story is a copy of a …

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez Breaks His Promise To Taxpayers

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California’s Cap and Trade extension passed today with Republican support:   “The extension was part of a three-bill package, which passed. One measure aims to improve local air quality, and helped bring some Democrats on board with the cap-and-trade deal. Republicans, however, favored a third bill that may give them more of a say in how to spend the money collected …

The hidden costs driving California gas prices up

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This op-ed originally appeared in The Orange County Register and can be viewed here. Gasoline prices around the country have dropped dramatically so far this year, as the price of oil has slumped. Gas prices in California, however, remain much higher than the national average. At the February meeting of the State Board of Equalization, I voted with the majority to …

Top Twenty Worst Bills Worthy of the Governor’s Veto

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This op-ed, co-authored with Senator Bob Dutton, originally appeared in the Flashreport As of today, the Governor has yet to act on any of these bills. When he is done, we will grade Governor Brown on his performance. The Governor’s “letter grade” will be computed using the following scale… If he vetoes 90% or more, the Governor got an “A”, 80% – …