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Tony Audra and Children

California GOP Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and California GOP State Senator Tony Strickland with children Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul

As you recall Tony Strickland won a tight race for California State Senate in November. Strickland was sworn into office in December.

Today, Flap was invited to Strickland’s Volunteer Victory Party and the following photos were taken by me (Please see my Creative Commons License for use).

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Ventura County Republican Party Chairman Mike Osborn
, Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and Chris Wangsaporn, Chief of Staff, Senator Tony Strickland


Flap and Senator Tony Strickland

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Sentor Tony Strickland and Thousand Oaks Planning Commissioner and Chairwoman of the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated

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Ventura County Republican Party Chairman Mike Osborn, Chris Collier, newly selected Executive Director of the Ventura County Republican Party and volunteer Harry Cofel.

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Rondi Guthrie, District Director for Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and her husband, Matt Guthrie, Press Secretary for the Strickland Campaign and District Communications Director for Senator Strickland

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Senator Strickland speaks to the volunteers

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Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and daughter Ruby Ruth

The event was small and private on a picture perfect day at a private home in Simi Valley. There was much discussion about the direction of the Ventura County Republican Party and especially online efforts.

Stay tuned for Flap’s interviews with this husband-wife team of California Republican Legislators.

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Day By Day 013109

Day By Day by Chris Muir

The U.S. Senate takes up HR 1 on Monday, Barack Obama and Democrat Congressional Leader’s pork laden stimulus bill. House GOP leaders marshalled their forces to unanimously oppose the bill.

Undoubtedly, the Senate version of the bill will be reworked this weekend to attempt to pick off GOP Senators. Complicating this matter is New Hampshire GOP Senator Judd Gregg (up for re-election in a blue leaning state) who is a top contender for an Obama Administration post, Secretary of Commerce.

In order to avoid a Senate Republican filibuster Demcorat Majority leader Harry Reid must have 60 votes for the bill.

Stay tuned for the countdown as to whether the Senate GOP will be able to exert party discipline for unanimous opposition or whether President Obama will capitulate and change the bill sufficiently to reach a bipartisan concensus (or at least a 60 vote majority).

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  • The Fix is spending his Friday ensconced in the Capital Hilton as the Republican National Committee chooses its new leader.
    We took a first crack at this Line right after the 2008 election ended but the picture is significantly clearer today with some stars ascending (former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman) and others waning (California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner).

    To be clear: this Line should not be taken as a proxy for the 2012 Republican presidential race. The goal is rather to highlight ten folks who will play a major role in leading Republicans out of the electoral wilderness in which they currently find themselves.
    Flap would add Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman.

    (tags: GOP)
  • "Whether it is the National Endowment of the Arts or some of the STD funding or contraceptive funding, all we did was just tee up ammunition for the other side to tear this thing down," McCaskill said. "And I would like to think we are smarter than that. I'm hopeful on the Senate side we will be smarter than that."

    McCaskill chalked up the mistakes to Democrats getting comfortable to life without a Republican president. "There has been such a starvation diet for some of these programs that the appropriators got a little over-anxious in the House. They probably did some things they shouldn't have."

  • ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.

    The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend, a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.

    It remains an open question as to whether this is a "speed bump," as a Democratic Senate ally of Daschle put it, or something more damaging.
    Another Obama nominee with tax problems.

    Good grief…..

    (tags: tom_daschle)
  • Thousands of state workers who until now have been considered outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order are finding out that he wants to pull them in.

    A Schwarzenegger spokesman told The Bee this afternoon that the governor has sent the necessary documents to the State Controller's Office to furlough employees of state constitutional officers beginning Feb. 6.

    "Upon review of the court rulings, it's clear that the governor has the authority," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. "We have called the constitutional officers to inform them."

    The governor also sent "pay letters" to Controller John Chiang, one of the state's eight constitutional officers, authorizing furloughs and the attendant roughly 10 percent reduction in pay.

    The affected offices are: attorney general/department of justice, superintendent of public instruction/department of education, state controller, state treasurer, secretary of state, lieutenant governor, and board of equalization.

  • Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina is making some moves that strongly suggest she's got her eye on a political future in California — and the buzz is that it may even have something to do with that 2010 race against Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

    Last week, Fiorina — the former leader of the Republican National Committee's 2008 Victory drive and chief adviser to presidential candidate John McCain — emerged, after months out of the presidential 2008 campaign spotlight. This time, she was the new political analyst — and a good one, we may add — on George Stephanopolous' ''This Week'' show, talking up the economy and the Obama stiumulus package.

  • Senator Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican, confirmed this morning that he is being considered by President Obama for the post of Secretary of Commerce. The White House said no decision has been made.

    "I am aware that my name is one of those being considered by the White House for Secretary of Commerce, and am honored to be considered, along with others, for the position," Gregg said in a statement. "Beyond that there is nothing more I can say at this time.”

    Democratic sources separately also confirmed that Gregg is being considered.

  • The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant's 4,000 computer servers nationwide.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on one count of computer intrusion.

    U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says Makwana was fired Oct. 24.

    Rosenstein says that on that day, Makwana programmed a computer with a malicious code that was set to spread throughout the Fannie Mae network and destroy all data this Saturday.

    (tags: fannie_mae)
  • Former rival tells “Fox and Friends” Friday he can't understand why the president would go after the conservative radio king.

    “He has a very wide viewing audience. He is entitled to his views. People listen very carefully to him… I don't know why the president would take him on.”


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Sarah Palin state of state

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin delivers her 2009 State of the State speech to a packed joint legislative floor in the Capitol Building on January 22, 2009

Sarah Palin is in D.C. as Flap is writing this piece meeting with Congressional Leaders and maintaining a low profile – at least until tomorrow night’s Alfalfa Club dinner.

Sarah Palin has firmly remained in the media spotlight since her bid for the vice presidency ended four months ago, but the Alaska governor is set to embrace a decidedly lower profile when she travels to the nation’s capital this weekend.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate has scheduled a busy itinerary of closed-door events and face time with congressional Democrats and Republicans.

She also announced earlier this week she’s making the 4,500-mile trek from Alaska to Washington primarily to attend the Alfalfa Club Dinner — an annual closed-door roast of the nation’s political elite.

But it’s what’s missing from Palin’s schedule that is causing more than a few heads to turn. In a city that is ground-zero for national political journalists, Palin has not scheduled a single media interview or indicated she will hold a press conference.

“She has requested we do not schedule any interviews for her,” said Bill McAllister, Palin’s communications director. Instead, McAllister said, Palin is traveling to Washington to lobby senators to approve certain infrastructure projects for Alaska in the economic stimulus package.

On the Palin schedule for Friday night is a private dinner at the home of prominent businessman and former GOP operative Fred Malek. Guests will include Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senate GOP Minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The Governor will attend a Saturday luncheon at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign policy think tank.

Sarah Palin needs to be “SCHOOLED” and she knows that you cannot improve yourself if you are always in the media spotlight.  She set up her PAC, SarahPac.Com this week and now is the time for slow, but steady progress back toward the national political arena.

Flap knows the cameras will be watching though on Saturday night as she shares the stage with President Obama.

Stay tuned……

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