Novato Republican Women, Federated
The 2018 Elections and What They Will Mean
California Political News and Views
Stephen Frank will offer, well, a frank assessment of the 2018 elections and what they could mean for California Republicans. Mr. Frank has dedicated 50 years to political and community service. He tweets breaking news @capoliticalnews and advises on Internet use for public outreach. In 2014 he became the Senior Contributing Editor of California Political Review, which also posts Frank’s “California Political News and Views.” (www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews ). In addition to his web writing, Frank appears on television and the radio, and is a regular guest on KSFO.
Our February meeting will focus on “What issues will motivate California voters this year?” Our "bellwether state” leads the nation on many political, business and social issues, but currently stands in direct contrast to many set out by the Trump Administration: immigration issues, tax policy, and even marijuana use. Will these hot topics drive citizens to the polls? Will the state’s infamous gas tax motivate more to vote Republican? Frank will highlight promising races and offer ideas for how we can organize to attract voters and work around Sacramento’s one party shenanigans - and what can we accomplish in time for the June 5 nonpartisan,"Top Two,” California primary.
Mr. Frank lives in Southern California with his wife of 45 years; they have two grown daughters. He served in Viet Nam, First Infantry Division, and then worked for seven years on behalf of prisoners and those missing in action. Along with Bob Dornan, he developed of POW/MIA bracelet. Among his many varied interesting volunteer positions, he served as President, Girl Scout Councils of California.
Novato Republican Women
Vigo G. (Chip) Nielsen, Jr.
Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP
California, a Sanctuary State: What happens when state and federal laws are in conflict?
To kick off 2018, the renowned political lawyer and strategist, Chip Nielsen, will discuss the sanctuary state issue and the issues which arise when state and federal laws conflict. In October 2017 Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54, The Sanctuary State bill, to limit local cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Can our state or local jurisdictions flout federal law? What will the political and legal repercussions be?
Our speaker, Chip Nielsen, is regarded as one of the best lawyers in his field. In 2016 Chambers and Partners ranked Mr. Nielsen as one of the leading Political Law practitioners in the nation. Chip is a senior political law partner in a firm which handles a wide range of political issues. Of the nearly 350 California statewide and local ballot measures represented by this firm, he was general counsel to 55 statewide and 25 local ones, and he has participated as a co-legal compliance counsel in most all of these recent ballot measure committees. He has also been the author of a half dozen statewide initiatives. Chip has managed two statewide candidate campaigns and has been pro-bono legal counsel to George Moscone and Art Agnos for San Francisco Mayor and to Pete Wilson, twice for U.S. Senate and twice for Governor of California.
Before becoming an attorney, Chip was an Administrative Assistant to a California assembly member, Assistant Deputy State Controller, Chief Administrative Officer of the California Assembly as well as a Chief of Staff to a Lt. Governor. Debate over the sanctuary issue continues following the Kate Steinle verdict. There are an estimated 2.4 million immigrants without legal status in California. SB 54 is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018, but there is opposition. Whether it is this issue or one of the other topics where California officials disagree with the Trump Administration, we will see more battles stemming from conflicting political outlooks and policy preferences.
NRWF Holiday Luncheon Boutique
Tuesday, December 12 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Marin Country Club, 400 Country Club Dr., Novato
Novato Republican Women
California Federation of Republican Women Advocate
Social Media Impact on Politics Today
300 Days Party – Saturday, November 4 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Celebrating the third 300 days of our Republican administration, you are invited to a cocktail gathering on Saturday, November 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Novato. You are invited to bring a bottle of wine – no cover charge, no corkage fee!! This will be an evening of good humor and an opportunity to rejoice in the President’s successes, rejoicing it’s still not Hillary! It will be a casual gathering.
The event hostess will contact you after you register to give you directions to her home and additional information.