Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Ling and Young2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority.

And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority.

“We unseated sitting Democrats for the first time in 20 years because Californians want positive change and because we had great, hard-working candidates on the ballot this year, candidates who are connected with their communities and know the challenges facing people in their districts,” newly elected Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen told CalWatchdog.com. “They were more diverse than ever – in gender, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic upbringing and background.”

Is the GOP changing? In the Assembly, women make up a greater share of the Republican caucus than the Democratic caucus. Although Democrats hold nearly a two-thirds majority in the lower house, there are nearly as many Republican women (eight) as there are Democratic women (currently 9; or 10 if Patty Lopez defeats Raul Bocanegra in AD 39 in a tight race — Lopez currently leads by seven votes; both are Democrats).

The Friday following the election, Olsen introduced to the Sacramento press the three most talked about new members of her caucus — each of whom has a major achievement by virtue of her election. Catharine Baker is the first Republican to win a Bay Area legislative seat in years. Ling-Ling Chang is the first Taiwanese-American Republican woman to join the Assembly. And Young Kim is the first Korean-American Republican elected to the lower house.

Young Kim: First Korean American GOP woman elected to State Assembly

Kim’s election was significant for the Korean-American community and Republicans’ efforts to court Asian-American voters. Kim’s victory, which was front page news in Korean-language newspapers, resonated in Orange County’s  Koreatown and the much larger Koreatown in Los Angeles.
“In particular, the election of Young Kim is being evaluated as a political upset by even the mainstream community,” the Korea Times noted. “In politics, there is a huge advantage of being an incumbent. The probability of a first-time candidate to win over an incumbent is almost impossible. However, Young Kim was able to overcome difficult obstacles and disadvantages and win.”

For the next two years, you can expect Kim to be an almost daily fixture in the Korean-language newspapers, where she’ll be talking about lowering taxes and improving California’s business climate.

“Now that we’ve broken the Democrats’ supermajority in both houses, taxpayers can sleep a little better at night knowing that Proposition 13 is safe, at least for the next two years,” Kim told CalWatchdog.com, referencing the 1978 tax-limitation initiative.

She says she’ll focus on creating a business-friendly environment to help spur job creation in California as well as keeping our communities safe by putting a focus on public safety.

Fast-track to GOP leadership: Ling-Ling Chang

If there’s one freshman Republican on the fast-track to leadership, it’s Chang. She’s a smart, articulate assemblywoman-elect with impressive fundraising at a time when Republicans are serious about re-branding the party.

It’d be a no-brainer for Chang to land a spot on the Assembly Health Committee, one of the most coveted assignments in the lower house. An expert on public health, Chang has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit side of health care. She’s worked in the corporate sector training physicians and medical staff at various hospitals across Southern California.

jay obernolteWith a spot on a juice committee, Chang would boost her already robust fundraising, which aided GOP targets in November. In the final two months of the campaign, Chang contributed more than $60,000 to party committees and legislative targets, including colleagues Kim, David Hadley, Tom Lackey, Marc Steinorth, Catharine Baker and Eric Linder.

When CalWatchdog.com asked her about the incoming GOP class, she quickly focused the spotlight on her colleagues. One colleague, who is getting buzz as an expert in technology, is Jay Obernolte, a fellow Southern California Republican freshman.

“Jay is one of the smartest, most technologically savvy individuals I know,” Chang told us when we asked about the new freshmen class. “His experience as a software and video game developer and business owner will bring a cutting edge perspective for Republicans to the issues facing California.”

Obernolte, the mayor of Big Bear Lake, founded FarSight Studios, a successful video game company that makes “family videogames for the PlayStation3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Apple iPhone, and the PC.” For a caucus looking to make inroads with Silicon Valley, who better than a video-gaming geek who graduated from UCLA and CalTech?

Catharine Baker: Lone GOP voice in Bay Area

Republicans also benefit from Baker’s representation of the Bay Area. For years, Republicans have been without any state or federal elected officials in the region. An attorney from Pleasanton, Baker becomes the most prominent Republican official for hundreds of miles in the Bay Area.

In practical terms, that’s a very big deal. It means she’ll be sending out field representatives to PTA meetings, distributing certificates at chamber breakfasts and fielding constituent calls to help with the DMV– all the boring things that win elections.

“Voters sent a message on Election Day that the culture of corruption and one-party rule in the Legislature is unacceptable and not healthy for our state,” Olsen said.

She added, “Now, our Assembly Republican Caucus will take the responsibility voters have given us and work hard together to put California on a better path for ALL Californians in each and every neighborhood.”

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 14 November, 2014, 15:26

    Oh, so the home team won, eh??? HAH HAH HAH! 😀 😀 😀

    Why does the media keep repeating this story line, as if it’s going to change the outcome? Is that any journalist out there who’s willing to speak the truth? Will any one of you point out that it really doesn’t make much difference whether the dems or pubs are in majority, or whether a supermajority exists or not – that NOTHING REALLY CHANGES TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE COMMON EVERYDAY CITIZENS!!!! The examples are NUMEROUS that indicate that the dems and the pub politicians hold hands to screw the ordinary California citizen.
    And it’s no different on the Federal front. I just heard today that the Republcians are backing off on fighting against Obola’s amnesty for 6 million criminal indigent illiterate illegals who stole jobs and freeloaded off the US economy!!! HAH! What did I tell you folks??? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LISTEN TO ME??? We live under a ONE-PARTY SYSTEM – WHO ONLY REPRESENT THE RULING CLASS!!! The illegals get immunity from the law!!! WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU GOT IMMUNITY FROM THE LAW!!!! HAH!!!! 😀
    Wake up, Californians and Americans!!! You are being played by these fascists who don’t give a damn about the laws unless they are laws that YOU are forced to obey. If the laws target the Wall Street bankers or illegal foreign criminals THEY ARE DISMISSED AND IGNORED!!! HAH!!!! Some democracy and “equality under the law”, eh???? HAH! THIS IS A FULL BLOWN ORCHESTRATED INVASIONS!!!! The jokes on YOU!!!! 😀

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 14 November, 2014, 15:30

    Ling-Ling Chang??? Sounds like a cartoon character!!! HAH! I bet she’s a real piece of work!!! And she’s about to make the laws that you are forced to obey!!! GOD HELP US!!!

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 November, 2014, 16:23

    A sickness is consuming CWD.

    Is there a proctologist in the house: Alert. Tome-emptomy

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  4. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 14 November, 2014, 21:44

    WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LISTEN TO ME???

    That’s classic.

    Don’t you hear the echo? Nobody listens. Seriously.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 14 November, 2014, 23:34

      Naturally you can’t form an argument against any of my points, can you SM&D? You can only toss barbs because you KNOW that my comments have substance and truth!!! hah. Otherwise you would post a counterargument! Your comment appears to be an act of self-flagellation. And apparently you don’t have the intellectual capacity to even see it!!! HAH! 😀

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 November, 2014, 23:40

    No sane person reads your jibberish…..no one. Nada. Uno no.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 15 November, 2014, 00:42

      And there you go again. More caustic gibberish. I bet you read my stuff twice at night and once the next morning!!! HAH! You just can’t handle truth. All you’re good for are insults. Nothing of substance. The mark of a L-O-S-E-R! 😀

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 15 November, 2014, 06:35

        The RAGWUS feeders read every word you write LIC, or at least the ones that can read. Responses are what they have trouble with, drooling on their keyboards is another major issue too. 🙂

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        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 15 November, 2014, 10:40

          I know Donkey. None of them has ever had an original thought. They’re like parrots who repeat whatever the DNC teaches them! heh. ‘Libby want a freebie. Libby wanna freebie.’ HAH! 😀

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 November, 2014, 08:38

    The Doomer Twins. No one reads your troll talk……sorry to inform. Don’t attack the messenger of fair and balanced!

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  7. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 15 November, 2014, 14:49

    Ling-Ling is an ‘impressive fundraiser’, eh? I bet she is! No doubt Ling-Ling will hear the sound of Ching-Ching-Chang by the end of her first year in the Assembly. I have the feeling that girl knows the value of the dollar bill and knows how to smell one out. heh. Rising star??? heh. Has she ever held a public leadership position before? Does she know the first thing about governance? Or is she just a dollar magnet? Yeah, sure. You go, Ling-Ling!!! At the end of the day it’s all about the money, ain’t it, honey??? 😀

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  8. RUKidding
    RUKidding 15 November, 2014, 21:19

    Stars? Stars have to earn such an accolade. You do not arrive at Sacto as a “star” you have to prove you are a star by what you do. And besides, “stars” in politics have got us to the deep black hole we’re in. If these new bees can get us out (unlikely) then maybe they can be called at least “shiny” but “stars”? You have to be kidding.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 00:06

      All hype, RU. More ‘hope and change’. The only hope for change is another economic crash. Nothing else will bring it.

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  9. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 22:42

    The LA Time reported that GOP leader Kristen Olsen is taking a junket trip to Maui with a bunch of other Sactown legislators (dems and pubs) to attend a conference at a 5 star hotel funded by big pharma, big oil, big tobacco, big telecommunication and the PRISON GUARDS UNION!!! HAH!!! HAH!!! HAH!!! More play for pay!!! HAH!! HAH!! HAH!! 😀 😀 😀

    What have I told you folks OVER AND OVER AGAIN??? They are ALL in on it!!! It’s a ONE-PARTY SYSTEM corrupted by BIG MONEY!!!

    Grow the hell up and face the facts!!! YOU ARE BEING PLAYED. STOP CHOOSING TEAMS FOR CHRIST SAKES!!! GO GALT!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    PS – Other republican leaders going include Bob Huff and Connie Conway. Oh, yeah….they are working for YOU!!! HAH HAH HAH!!!! 😀 😀 😀

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  10. Ulusses Uhaul
    Ulusses Uhaul 17 November, 2014, 10:00

    This guy is insane….consumer warning!

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