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With Republicans now shut out of all statewide offices, in the minority in both houses of the legislature, and occupying only 14 of the state’s 53 House districts, California has become one of the nation’s most solidly blue states. Yet, it has not always been this way – California had a Republican governor only five years ago. Moreover, as California Democrats face a number of challenges, including divisions on some issues and emerging battles to replace older leaders in the state’s top elected offices, the political landscape may be primed to shift. How will the nation’s grassroots voter unrest affect California? Will it present a challenge to California’s blue state governance model? What does the future hold for California’s Republican Party?
Ms. Bryant is the Executive Director of the California Republican Party. She is the former Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Planning and Research for Governor Schwarzenegger. She has also been the Vice President of the California Charter School Association and the Policy Director for the Senate Republican Caucus. Ms. Bryant is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and the University of California Hastings College of Law.
Ms. Bryant’s talk is sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.