Ellen and I attended the Recognition Dinner for Dan Logue as CARPRO’s Advocate of the Year for 2010 at Penny's Dinner. What a great way to celebrate a Friday evening, dining with friends, catching up on the local political news, chatting with fellow bloggers, and an inspiring presentation by Assemblyman Dan Logue on the future of political action in the California Legislature. We sat with George and JoAnn Rebane and Jennifer Saylor, who is State Senator Doug LaMalfa’s Field Rep. Jennifer’s Office is going to be in Rocklin, not in Grass Valley as once reported.
I was surprised when Dan stop mid speech to recognize NC Media Watch’s contribution to the Prop 23 battle. The left was so intent on stopping Prop 23 that Prop 26 slipped in under the radar. Prop 26 requires a 2/3 vote on all fee increases, including future fees under AB32.
Dan is organizing a Spring trip to Texas with a Legislative Committee with plans to spend 4 days interviewing businesses that left California for Texas, like he did in Nevada several years ago, and interview Texas Legislators and Governor Parry’s administration to uncover the secret of wealth creation in Texas. “What are they doing right that we aren’t”, he said. “It’s going to be big deal, we’re meeting in the Alamo.”
According to Dan the Republican Caucus has met twice with Governor Brown, looking for common ground on the budget and California’s economic recovery. The message was very clear -- JOBs. When the Governor ask how to create more jobs, the answer was get rid of job killing regulations. Which ones, he ask? According to Dan they have a follow up meeting with Governor Brown to discuss the top 20 job killing regulations in two weeks. One of those is AB32. “If you connect the dots, to just pay the salary for one government employee requires 20 jobs in the private sector,” said Dan.
Dan had some advice on Political Strategy, but for now that discussion is best left in the room. We have a lot of work ahead of us to meld the Republican’s, the Tea Party and CABPRO into a single strong conservative voice in Nevada County.
Overall it was a very enjoyable evening, topped off with Dan Logue posing with the conservative bloggers in the room: George Rebane, Barry Pruett, Todd Juvinall, and yours truly. (Head over Dan's shoulder is Martin Light, CABPRO Executive Officer who presented the Award.) Stay Tuned, those other conservative bloggers may have more details on the dinner, the presentation and local political news.
George, Martin, Dan, Barry, Russ and Todd [Greg Marks took picture with George's camera]
Update #1(01-22-11, 06:30): George Rebane, at Rebane's Ruminations, has more details from Dan Logue's speech and one important fact I left out, John Spencer has joined the CABPRO Board of Directors. Congratulations to John Spencer.
Update #2 (01-22-11, 08:55) Todd has some thoughts on the CABPRO dinner at the Sierra Dragon's Breath.