Too Political and Too Divisive?

Joe Biden speaks at a podium emblazoned with the seal of the US presidency in front of a historic building bathed in dark red and navy blue lights.

Dramatic lighting and a patriotic military presence played into a speech that touted America’s founding ideals. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Not once have I seen a reporter, or read a column or story, where the Common Democrat is asked…

“How does it feel to be accused of being a thief – and all you did was vote? Why did you want Joe Biden to steal the election from President Trump – who is the rightful President – right?”

Most networks refused to carry our President’s address. Why? President Biden was forced to address The Un-Asked Question. are the actions of my kin, John Fremont, to end slavery in America. You can say he was VERY DIVISIVE!

Above are pics of Governor Perry and wife with Neo-Confederates. Would Nixon and Reagan take our President’s side, knowing Insurrectionists and Neo-Confederates took over the Republican Party, and, are poised to take over our Democracy? If they do, will they allow Democrats – and their children – the right to vote, or, even be members of The Only Party?

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Several major news networks opted to not air President Joe Biden’s “soul of the nation” address on Thursday night, due in part to the contents of the speech and for how close the speech was given ahead of the midterm elections.

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CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox News did not air the speech, in which Biden criticized former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” for trying to take the country backwards, live. The networks instead chose to air reruns of their shows while Fox aired the most recent episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, while MSNBC and CNN aired the speech live, according to the Washington Post.

“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” Biden said during his address. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”

The Republican Party was born in the 1850s as a primary vehicle to oppose the expansion of slavery in the United States. In 1856, Republicans nominated one of California’s inaugural senators, John C. Frémont, for the 1856 presidential election,[4] but he lost the state by a wide margin to Democrat and eventual winner James Buchanan, though he did win the state of New York. Later in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency as the first Republican president. The Republican Party would emerge as primary opposition to the Democratic Party until the present day.

The California Republican Party (CAGOP) is the affiliate of the United States Republican Party in the U.S. state of California. The party is based in Sacramento and is led by chair Jessica Millan Patterson.[2]

As of October 2020, Republicans represent approximately 24% of the state’s registered voters,[3] placing the party far behind the California Democratic Party which has 46% of registered voters. The party is a superminority in the California State Legislature, holding only 19 seats out of 80 in the California State Assembly and 9 seats out of 40 in the California State Senate. The party holds none of the eight statewide executive branch offices, 11 of the state’s 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives delegation, and neither of California’s seats in the U.S. Senate.

After Ted Nugent performed at Perry’s 2007 inauguration ball wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag, reporter Jay Root called Nugent to ask about the uproar. Nugent, who calls it the “Rebel Flag,” said the “good governor” called him afterward to express his continued support.

“He called me to tell me, when they attack me for wearing the Rebel Flag, ‘Be sure you tell them that I as governor support the waving of the Rebel Flag at the Laredo Airport,’” Nugent says in the interview. Nugent says Perry told him what to say to the critics: “Tell them to drop dead.”

Multimedia: Parsing Perry’s Past on Race | The Texas Tribune

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Rick Perry made national headlines in 2009 when, during a speech to a Tea Party group, he floated the possibility that Texas could secede from the union. But the governor’s substantive ties to the neo-Confederate movement may be deeper than previously known.

A 1998 voting guide published by a leading neo-Confederate group and obtained by Salon not only endorses Perry for lieutenant governor but also describes him as “a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.” Perry’s office did not respond to a request for comment about the governor’s possible membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

This is the document, published by the League of the South on its website; it was unearthed by Edward Sebesta, a Texas-based independent researcher and co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction.” (Click the image for larger size.)



The Republican Party was born in the 1850s as a primary vehicle to oppose the expansion of slavery in the United States. In 1856, Republicans nominated one of California’s inaugural senators, John C. Frémont, for the 1856 presidential election,[4] but he lost the state by a wide margin to Democrat and eventual winner James Buchanan, though he did win the state of New York. Later in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency as the first Republican president. The Republican Party would emerge as primary opposition to the Democratic Party until the present day.

California Republicans and Democrats were competitive throughout the late 19th century. In 1878, Republican California Senator Aaron A. Sargent introduced the language that would become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would allow women the right to vote.[4]

Republicans dominated state politics for most of the 20th century (they controlled the state senate from 1891 to 1958) until the 1960s when the Democrats once again became competitive with the rightward shift of the Republican Party, exemplified by their nomination of Barry Goldwater in 1964 (Goldwater lost California in a landslide).[5] Republicans still saw ample success up until the 1990s. George H. W. Bush carried the state in 1988 after Ronald Reagan twice carried the state in 1984 and 1980Pete Wilson was elected Senator in 1988, and John Seymour was the last Republican Senator from California after being appointed to the seat in 1991.

California’s Latino and Asian populations grew significantly in the 1990s and the growing segment of voters were turned off by the Republican Party’s hard-line stance on immigration (the Party closely tied itself to Proposition 187). Democrats have won most elections at the state, local, and federal levels since the 2000s by comfortable margins. For example, despite failing to win the presidency, Hillary Clinton won a higher percentage of votes than any candidate since Franklin D. Roosevelt.[5]

Still, California elected Arnold Schwarzenegger twice for governor. Schwarzenegger and Steve Poizner, who later became an independent, are the last Republicans to win statewide elections in California.

California has two Republican presidents in U.S. history: Richard Nixon, who was a U.S. representative and senator from California, and Ronald Reagan, who was a governor of California (1967–1975). Herbert Hoover also studied in California and lived there for a number of years. Other notable California Republicans include former Governor and Chief Justice Earl Warren, former Governor and Senator Hiram Johnson, and former Senator and founder of Stanford University Leland Stanford.[4]

In 2018, the California Republican Party had fewer registered voters than voters registered with a no party preference option, but that trend reversed in 2020.[6][7]

Elected officials[edit]

The following is a list of Republican statewide, federal, and legislative officeholders:

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

  • None

Both of California’s U.S. Senate seats have been held by Democrats since 1992John F. Seymour was the last Republican to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in 1991 by Pete Wilson who resigned his Class I Senate seat because he was elected governor in 1990, Seymour lost the 1992 special election to determine who would serve the remainder of the term expiring in 1995. Seymour lost the special election to Democratic challenger Dianne Feinstein, who was subsequently elected to a full term two years later and has held the seat since. Pete Wilson was also the last Republican elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate in 1988, and the last Republican to represent California for a full term in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989.

With the passage of Prop 14 in 2010 setting up a jungle primary system in California, there were two US Senatorial elections in California in which no Republican made the general election: the 2016 election and the 2018 election.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 53 seats California is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 10 are held by Republicans:

Statewide offices[edit]

  • None

California has not had a statewide Republican officer since January 2011. Republicans were last elected to a statewide office in 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected as governor and Steve Poizner was elected insurance commissioner. In 2010, term limits prevented Schwarzenegger from seeking a third term while Poizner chose not to seek re-election as insurance commissioner, instead making an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for governor. In 2018, Poizner attempted to run again for his old seat of insurance commissioner, but did so without the affiliation to the Republican Party.

The last Republican to serve as lieutenant governor was Abel Maldonado, who was appointed in 2010 by Schwarzenegger to fill the vacancy when John Garamendi resigned to take a seat in Congress. Maldonado lost his election in 2010 for a full term, and left office in January 2011. The last Republican elected to the position was Mike Curb, who was elected in 1978 and served until January 1983.

The last Republican to serve as Attorney general was Dan Lungren who was elected in 1990 and served until January 1999.

The last Republican to serve as Secretary of State was Bruce McPherson who was appointed to the position in 2005 and the term ended in January 2007. McPherson lost the election for a full term in 2006. The last Republican elected to the position was Bill Jones who was elected in 1994 and reelected in 1998.

The last Republican to serve as State treasurer was Matt Fong who was elected in 1994 and served until January 1999.

The last Republican to serve as State controller was Houston I. Flournoy who was first elected in 1966 and served until January 1975.

The last Republican to serve as the Superintendent of Public Instruction (which is officially a non-partisan position) is Max Rafferty, who was first elected in 1962 and served until January 1971.

Board of Equalization, State Senate and Assembly[edit]

Board of Equalization[edit]

Republicans hold one of the four non-ex-officio seats on the State Board of Equalization:[8]

State Senate[edit]

Republicans are in the minority, holding nine of the 40 seats in the State Senate. Republicans have been the minority party in the Senate since 1970.

State Assembly[edit]

Republicans hold 19 of the 80 seats in the State Assembly.[9] The last time the Republicans were the majority party in the Assembly was during 1994–1996.

Mayoral offices[edit]

Of California’s ten largest cities, two have Republican mayors as of July 2022:


The California Republican Party is a “political party that has detailed statutory provisions applicable to its operation”, which are in division 7, part 3 of the California Elections Code.[12][13] The Republican State Central Committee (RSCC), the governing body of the California Republican Party, functions pursuant to its standing rules and bylaws.[14][15][16] The RSCC works together with the Republican county central committees and district central committees,[16] with county central committees appointing delegates to the RSCC.[17] The regular officers of the RSCC are the chairman, state vice chairman, eight regional vice chairmen, secretary, and treasurer.[18]

County central committees[edit]

There are semi-autonomous county central committees for each of California’s 58 counties.[12][16] At every direct primary election (presidential primary) or when district boundaries are redrawn,[19] their members are either elected by supervisor district or Assembly district depending on the county.[20]

County partyElected members
Republican Party of Los Angeles CountyAssembly district committee members elected at the direct primary elections.[21]
Republican Party of San Diego CountySix regular members elected from each Assembly district in the county.[22]
Republican Party of Orange CountySix members elected from each Assembly district.[23][24]

Party chairs[edit]

President Richard Nixon (1969−1974)

President Ronald Reagan (1981−1989)

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Election results[edit]


ElectionPresidential TicketVotesVote %Electoral votesResult
1856John C. Frémont/William L. Dayton20,70418.78%0 / 4Lost
1860Abraham Lincoln/Hannibal Hamlin38,73332.32%4 / 4Won
1864Abraham Lincoln/Andrew Johnson62,05358.60%5 / 5Won
1868Ulysses S. Grant/Schuyler Colfax54,58850.24%5 / 5Won
1872Ulysses S. Grant/Henry Wilson54,00756.38%6 / 6Won
1876Rutherford B. Hayes/William A. Wheeler79,25850.88%6 / 6Won
1880James A. Garfield/Chester A. Arthur80,28248.89%1 / 6Lost
1884James G. Blaine/John A. Logan102,36951.97%8 / 8Won
1888Benjamin Harrison/Levi P. Morton124,81649.66%8 / 8Won
1892Benjamin Harrison/Whitelaw Reid118,02743.78%1 / 9Lost
1896William McKinley/Garret Hobart146,68849.16%8 / 9Won
1900William McKinley/Theodore Roosevelt164,75554.50%9 / 9Won
1904Theodore Roosevelt/Charles W. Fairbanks205,22661.84%10 / 10Won
1908William Howard Taft/James S. Sherman214,39855.46%10 / 10Won
1912State party ran Theodore Roosevelt/Hiram Johnson (Progressive)283,61041.83%11 / 13Won
1916Charles E. Hughes/Charles W. Fairbanks462,51646.27%0 / 13Lost
1920Warren G. Harding/Calvin Coolidge624,99266.20%13 / 13Won
1924Calvin Coolidge/Charles G. Dawes733,25057.20%13 / 13Won
1928Herbert Hoover/Charles Curtis1,162,32364.69%13 / 13Won
1932Herbert Hoover/Charles Curtis847,90237.39%0 / 22Lost
1936Alf Landon/Frank Knox1,766,83666.95%0 / 22Lost
1940Wendell Willkie/Charles L. McNary1,877,61857.44%0 / 22Lost
1944Thomas E. Dewey/John W. Bricker1,988,56456.48%0 / 25Lost
1948Thomas E. Dewey/Earl Warren1,913,13447.57%0 / 25Lost
1952Dwight D. Eisenhower/Richard Nixon3,035,58756.83%32 / 32Won
1956Dwight D. Eisenhower/Richard Nixon3,027,66855.39%32 / 32Won
1960Richard Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.3,259,72250.10%32 / 32Won
1964Barry Goldwater/William E. Miller2,879,10840.79%0 / 40Lost
1968Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew3,467,66447.82%40 / 40Won
1972Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew4,602,09655.00%45 / 45Won
1976Gerald Ford/Bob Dole3,882,24449.35%45 / 45Won
1980Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush4,524,85852.69%45 / 45Won
1984Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush5,467,00957.51%47 / 47Won
1988George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle5,054,91751.13%47 / 47Won
1992George H. W. Bush/Dan Quayle3,630,57432.61%0 / 54Lost
1996Bob Dole/Jack Kemp3,828,38038.21%0 / 54Lost
2000George W. Bush/Dick Cheney4,567,42941.65%0 / 54Lost
2004George W. Bush/Dick Cheney5,509,82644.36%0 / 55Lost
2008John McCain/Sarah Palin5,011,78136.95%0 / 55Lost
2012Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan4,839,95837.12%0 / 55Lost
2016Donald Trump/Mike Pence4,483,81031.62%0 / 55Lost
2020Donald Trump/Mike Pence6,006,42934.32%0 / 55Lost


ElectionGubernatorial candidateVotesVote %Result
1857Edward Stanly21,04022.46%Lost Red X
1859Leland Stanford10,1109.84%Lost Red X
1861Leland Stanford56,03646.41%Won Green tick
1863Frederick Low64,28359.03%Won Green tick
1867George Congdon Gorham40,35943.71%Lost Red X
1871Newton Booth62,56152.11%Won Green tick
1875Timothy Guy Phelps31,32225.48%Lost Red X
1879George Clement Perkins67,96542.42%Won Green tick
1882Morris M. Estee67,17540.79%Lost Red X
1886John Franklin Swift84,31643.10%Lost Red X
1890Henry Markham125,12949.56%Won Green tick
1894Morris M. Estee110,73838.92%Lost Red X
1898Henry Gage148,35451.68%Won Green tick
1902George Pardee146,33248.06%Won Green tick
1906James Gillett125,88740.4%Won Green tick
1910Hiram Johnson177,19145.94%Won Green tick
1914John D. Fredericks271,99029.35%Lost Red X
1918William Stephens387,54756.28%Won Green tick
1922Friend Richardson576,44559.69%Won Green tick
1926C. C. Young814,81571.22%Won Green tick
1930James Rolph Jr.999,39372.22%Won Green tick
1934Frank Merriam1,138,62948.87%Won Green tick
1938Frank Merriam1,171,01944.17%Lost Red X
1942Earl Warren1,275,23757.07%Won Green tick
1946Earl Warren2,344,54291.64%Won Green tick
1950Earl Warren2,461,75464.86%Won Green tick
1954Goodwin Knight2,290,51956.83%Won Green tick
1958William Knowland2,110,91140.16%Lost Red X
1962Richard Nixon2,740,35146.87%Lost Red X
1966Ronald Reagan3,742,91357.55%Won Green tick
1970Ronald Reagan3,439,17452.83%Won Green tick
1974Houston Flournoy2,952,95447.25%Lost Red X
1978Evelle Younger2,526,53436.50%Lost Red X
1982George Deukmejian3,881,01449.28%Won Green tick
1986George Deukmejian4,505,60160.54%Won Green tick
1990Pete Wilson3,791,90449.25%Won Green tick
1994Pete Wilson4,781,76655.18%Won Green tick
1998Dan Lungren3,218,03038.38%Lost Red X
2002Bill Simon3,169,80142.40%Lost Red X
2003 (recall)Arnold Schwarzenegger (best-performing)4,206,28448.6%Won Green tick
2006Arnold Schwarzenegger4,850,15755.88%Won Green tick
2010Meg Whitman4,127,39140.9%Lost Red X
2014Neel Kashkari2,929,21340.03%Lost Red X
2018John H. Cox4,742,82538.05%Lost Red X
2021 (recall)Larry Elder (best-performing)3,563,86748.4%Recall failed
2022Brian DahleTBDTBDTBD

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