Novato Republican Women, Federated


The 2018 Elections and What They Will Mean

Stephen Frank,
California Political News and Views

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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.” ( ). 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

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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.


AdobeStock 94429135 ConvertedNRWF Holiday Luncheon Boutique

Tuesday, December 12  |  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marin Country Club, 400 Country Club Dr., Novato

December is our most fun luncheon of the year: The NRWF Holiday Boutique! The only business is the swearing in of our new Board for 2018. This is not a political meeting, so please bring your friends of all stripes for a great dose of holiday spirit and get a head start on your holiday shopping! You bring your nice items, like things that you got for gifts that you can’t wear, didn’t fit, wrong color, or its just not your taste. Some ideas are scarves, hats, jewelry, baked goods, candy, crafted items, wine glasses, decorative items, serving pieces, books (not paperback, but special coffee table or signed books). Bring your unwrapped items with you to the meeting. We will price them for you with a starting bid (or if you know the value you can help us) and place them on the tables for everyone to bid silent auction style.beaubell
We start off with champagne and conversation followed by a fabulous holiday buffet, all the while keeping your eye on your bids on the treasures you desire. This is tons of fun, and you may get your holiday shopping done. Bring cash or check, but we will accept credit cards as well.
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November 15 Speaker Luncheon

Novato Republican Women

Allison Olson,

                              California Federation of Republican Women Allison1Advocate

                             Social Media Impact on Politics Today

Fake news, Bots, “Likes”, Tweets .... the way Americans receive information is rapidly changing and this impacts our politics. New technologies are influencing how decisions are made in often non-obvious ways. When asked to explain two major
political upsets, the Brexit vote and the Trump victory, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair responded, “Populism isn’t new....What is new is social media. Social media changes totally the way politics works.” We welcome back our CFRW Advocate, Allison Olson, to help us better understand what is meant when we hear the term “social media” and explain how each of us can influence political discourse with this tool. She will offer specifics so attendees may want to bring their iPad or internet-connected device. Allison is an effective communicator who has a great knowledge of politics. She authors action alerts and weekly issue updates as the CFRW Legislative Advocate in Sacramento. With the support of volunteer legislative analysts, Allison follows legislation from committee hearings through the voting process. Based in the Sacramento area, she knows state legislators and policy makers, serves as our liaison and advocates for CFRW official endorsements. She reports these insights to 200 Republican clubs across our state as well as internet followers. Allison is a UC Davis graduate and currently is serving on the Yolo County Republican Central Committee.





NRWF Gold Seal transparent300 Days Party – Saturday, November 4 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.TrumpPenceLogo


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.