Sunday, November 18, 2012

CFRW Capitol Update

Supermajority in CA

This week at the capitol, Democrats captured their 54th seat in the State Assembly, meaning they successfully gained enough seats to gain the supermajority in both houses. The Democrats have not held this much power in the State Legislature for more than one hundred years, giving them power is something our generation has never seen. This position of the supermajority comes at a critical time in California Politics. State legislators are battling the state deficit, increased spending, tax hikes, a decline in the quality of California’s education, increases in education costs, and businesses leaving the state. As many have noted, California is at a tipping point. Facing these and a number of other important issues, Democratic legislators now have the power to pass bills requiring a two-thirds majority (most importantly taxes) and bypass gubernatorial vetoes. Ultimately, the Democrats in the State Legislature now have the power to do anything they choose.

As conservatives, the fight for our state is now important as ever. While the Democrats may have unyielding power, as Republicans we must remind the Democrats that their power is not unlimited and that they must continue to serve the interests of the California taxpayers and citizens. Election night may have passed, but this does not mean we should abandon our efforts to restore California. We must work harder than ever and continue to show the Democrats in the state legislature that there are still Republicans in California and that we are committed to fiscal responsibility.

Back on the Horse!

I am sure many of you have been disheartened by the outcome of last Tuesday’s election. However, we must remember that although it is easy to be disheartened, we must not be discouraged. We must renew our commitments to moving California forward towards stability and fiscal responsibility. To do this, we must come together as Republicans and reframe the message of the Republican Party. We can rebound from the losses we suffered this election and continue to remind Democrats that they must serve the interests of the citizens. It is imperative, therefore, for all of you to come to the CFRW’s annual conference in San Diego February 8th, 9th, and 10th. There we can come together as Republican women and strengthen our dedication to renewing conservatism in California. We must remind citizens and the electorate that the Republican Party is not a party of fear, but a party of individual and fiscal responsibility. The CFRW is a formidable force, and with the supermajority now held by both houses, we must continue in our efforts to make our Republican voices heard. Join us in San Diego in February and let’s get back on that horse and ride!

Republican Women Victories!

We are excited to congratulate even more Republican Women who won their elections across the state. If you have any more Republican Women election victories to report, please email their name, office, and local RWF club to

Local Races:
Pat Woods, Laguna Nigel Board of Directors
Laurie Davies, Laguna Nigel City Council

President’s Message

Dear CFRW Members,

As we look forward towards next week and reflecting on the things we are thankful for, take a few minutes to let those closest to you know how thankful you are for them. We need to gain some peace in our lives, especially now that the elections are over. We need to think of the peace we need to have in our lives as we prepare for 2013 "CFRW Year of the Woman". This peace will equate into more compassion towards all those we know and hope to know. If we genuinely do this women will gravitate towards our wonderful organization. Once we have compassion it will teach us humility towards ourselves and others, looking more for our common traits and less to finding fault. Gratitude for those around us and thanking them for being in our lives, and most of all it will give you a clear conscience

We have spent too much time condemning people who are not like us, either by race, nationality, religious thinking, looks, and a multitude of other thoughts often traversing through our minds. We need to appreciate all of Our Heavenly Father's Children. It is time to be thankful we live in this beautiful country.

I cannot begin to thank each and every member of this wonderful Federation, but I can thank my Father in Heaven for you each day. During this Thanksgiving week I can and will appreciate all the goodness you have brought and continue to bring into my life. I am always and ever proud to let everyone know that I belong to the CFRW, which has the finest women in this world. We pull together when one stumbles; many are there to pick them up. You truly are the best of the best.

Thank you for enriching my life, thank you for your prayers and blessings and every thank you for the times I may disappoint you, or you feel I am wrong. Thank you for being you.

God bless you and your families. Thank you for this great country , that you give of your time so freely to protect our freedoms. Keep the faith it will get better.

Much love and blessings,

Your Humble President,
Carol Hadley

From a Student’s Perspective: CFRW Volunteer Jilian Plank

It’s been almost two weeks since election night, but this does not mean that the wounds the Republican Party suffered that night are not still fresh. Coming from the standpoint of a college student studying Political Science at UC Davis, election night was very disheartening. Across the country Republicans lost ground, but in California it seems as if nothing went our way. As a student at a liberal arts college, however, it was easier for me to understand the outcomes of the election. Thousands of college students across California learn from an early age to appreciate and take from a society of entitlement. They are not taught to appreciate hard work, but rather expect that their destiny will be provided for them. Talking to many of my liberal friends on campus, very few of them knew the consequences of Proposition 30 and did not realize how much its passage would negatively impact the state’s economy. Instead they are taught to demonize the wealthy and expect those that have worked immensely hard to fork over even more than they already do. Therefore, it is easy for me to understand why conservatives lost so much ground on Election Night. It is because our education system slants the issues, meaning most young adults who come out of universities are biased in the most liberal of fashions. The society of entitlement comes therefore, not only from continued handouts but also from the way in which are youth are educated. As a conservative student, it is hard to fight back against the liberal bias, but doing so is vital to our country’s success.