Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 2/26/21


I always thought the goal of the Republican Party in California, especially its office holders was to increase the number of Republicans in the Legislature.

In 2020, State Senator Shannon Grove, then the Minority Leader, was responsible for electing Republicans to the State Senate.  In SD 15, in the San Jose area, an incumbent was termed out.  Her efforts were to get an NPP to run for the seat, not a Republican.  At the end of the primary, it was two Democrats and NO Republican on the ballot.

Next Tuesday there is a special election in the 30SD—where the incumbent won a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.  This is a 7% Republican District and 44% NPP.  The LAGOP has endorsed a GOP candidate for the seat, along with the CRP, But Grove is helping the NPP candidate..

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with Renata Duncan, a registered Republican.  She informed me that Senator Grove talked her out of running as a Republican, instead to run as an NPP.  So, on the March 2 ballot her Party Preference is listed as NPP.

.How do we grow the Republican Party if our leaders tell folks NOT to run as Republican?  Or our leaders give sanctuary to Mike Madrid and the Lincoln Project, never denouncing them for working to defeat President Trump and seven GOP U.S. Senators?


  1. The people of California, in a Proposition passed years ago, demanded that no bill be given a hearing until it has been in print for 30 days.  The purposes is to allow the public to organize, debate, discuss and tell their legislators their thoughts on a bill.  Now the Democrats in the Senate, along with the Republican Minority Leader have ended this transparency, instead allowing a bill to be noticed on Friday and heard on a Monday—without any public involvement.  The Democrats had ended schools and churches, along with free speech in this nation—now the Sacramento Democrats are limiting the public right to know about legislation and a Republican Leader supports this.

From the California Globe,:

“The California Legislature appears to dislike transparency… as well as the public being able to lobby the body directly.

Senate Pro Tem President Toni Atkins and Senate leadership is preparing to suspend the Constitution (specifically Article IV, Section 8 (a)) to allow bills to be amended and heard in committee before the 30-day-in-print rule.

This means a bill introduced today can be heard in a committee as soon as it’s been print 72 hours.

They’ve already limited the public’s access to the legislative process because of the COVID lockdowns, and now they want to limit the public’s right to mobilize against legislation.

The Globe was informed that Senate Republican leader Scott Wilk has signed off on this as the email below confirms, but several members in the Republican Caucus are not happy.” (and he voted for it)

What do you think about this?  Contact your member of the Assembly.  Which GOP Senators voted NO on this?  Grove, Melendez, Nielsen and Dahle.

2. Police data: Burglaries in S.F.’s Richmond District up 370% from 2020

San Francisco’s Richmond District has reported a 370% spike in burglaries this year compared to 2020, according to city data. The number of burglaries reported stood at 108 as of Feb. 7 according to a report from the San Francisco Police Department’s Richmond Station. That’s up from 23 reported at the same time last year. San Francisco police define burglaries as an unlawful entry into a home or business to commit a felony or a theft. The department defines “attempted forcible entry,” “forcible entry” and “unlawful entry,” where no force is used, as different types of crimes.

3. FYI—Faulconer agrees with Newsom on school openings, from Politico:

But, as POLITICO’s Mackenzie Mays reports, neither Republican had many concrete details on what they’d do differently — and indeed, Faulconer’s points broadly aligned with Newsom’s. As Mackenzie writes, that underscores “just how difficult the school reopening balance has been for Newsom to pull off in deep-blue California,” particularly as “unions in big districts have not backed down on their demands, with some superintendents warning in-person classes will not resume any time soon.”

4. Something’s rotten in the state of California. Is it Democratic political corruption?” by the Sac Bee’s Editorial Board: “Recent stories revealing questionable monetary contributions and lucrative no-bid contracts suggest there’s truth to the adage that ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.’”


 (Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. Fran Freedle says

    This is another example of legislators doing what they please in spite of the voters expressing opposite opinions. Disgusting!

  2. First, NPP. What is this? I would sure be nice if the first use of such could be spelled out.

    And, the Republicans have not been any more reliable then the Dems in doing as they have said they would. This puts them in the same hole. True, not everyone should be put into the same hole but it has become quite difficult to differentiate.

  3. Terry L Gherardi says

    This is a No Party Preference registered voter. Not all true, as far as Republicans, Trump certainly fulfilled his campaign promises. And we have what I believe other Republican elected who are definitely on our side and have a spine, such as Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – in Congress Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Scallise, Ron Johnson, etc., etc.

    Let’s get out there and recruit/support candidates that model them, a Trump supporter , while at the same time call out those Republicans, like a Shannon Grove. t is on us, and we are showing that we are not going to take it anymore, just by virtue of the Recall of Gavin Newsom, 2022 is the time to bring change in the state legislature, senate, U.S. Senate, Governor’s administration.

  4. Vincent De Vargas says

    I was not aware that the legislature could “suspend” the state Constitution. I thought the Constitution could only be change by a constitutional amendment for which the Constitution defines the process. It appears that at this time the Constitution has no meaning to the Democrat majority and they do whatever they want whenever they want without regard to the Constitution. That is not democratic process, it is Democrat’s complete contempt and disregard for the rule of law. California is out of control as defined by the rule of law and its people live in a autocratic dictatorship. There is little hope of fixing it as the system is fixed by Dem whim. Wonder why CA’s population fell for the first time in decades? Wonder why CA is the laughing stock of the United States? Wonder why the largest organizations and corporations and employers are leaving the state is droves? Look in the mirror, voters, you allowed this to happen.

  5. It was despicable when Republicans thought they could win by being Dem-“lite”…but now they’re not even attempting to represent their conservative constituents. Until we get organized, focused and sufficiently MOTIVATED to do everything we can to change things….things will indeed change — they’ll get worse. First guarantee the recall (GET AS MANY SIGS AS YOU CAN!), then get behind a candidate WHO CAN WIN to replace Newsom.

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