State Republicans endorse
water bond, rainy-day fund
California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats.
Before closing out their biannual convention, the activists voted to support Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, and Proposition 2, the rainy-day fund, signing off on recommendations issued earlier by a party committee led by wealthy megadonor Charles Munger Jr.
The party also voted to oppose Proposition 45, which would give the state’s elected insurance commissioner more authority over health insurance rates. “The last thing we need is yet another flawed ballot initiative that further embeds government into private health care decisions,” said Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway of Tulare.
The state GOP also opposes Proposition 46, which would quadruple the limit on medical malpractice awards and require random drug and alcohol testing of doctors, and Proposition 47, which would reduce crimes such as drug possession and receiving stolen property to misdemeanors. It will remain neutral on Proposition 48, which would approve a hotly contested tribal gaming compact.
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Sen. Bob Huff, GOP leader, this weekend countering then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2007 statement to Republican convention delegates that the party in California was “dying at the box office.”