Repubs gather to protest tax hikes

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BY LOREEN BERLIN: Units of the Orange County Republican Assembly held their annual picnic and  barbecue at Stanton Central Park on Saturday, with Chairwoman Michelle Steel providing 60 pounds of short-ribs cooked by her volunteer representative Tim Whitacre.

Assembly members, their friends, families and elected representatives from throughout the county were invited for a day of fun, food, and festivities. The event was an opportunity to meet other club members as well as for Orange County GOP members to meet new people engaged in their same causes.

BY LOREEN BERLIN: Units of the Orange County Republican Assembly held their annual picnic and  barbecue at Stanton Central Park on Saturday, with Chairwoman Michelle Steel providing 60 pounds of short-ribs cooked by her volunteer representative Tim Whitacre.

Assembly members, their friends, families and elected representatives from throughout the county were invited for a day of fun, food, and festivities. The event was an opportunity to meet other club members as well as for Orange County GOP members to meet new people engaged in their same causes.

The luncheon brought together key Republican leaders from around Orange County, including State Sen. Janet Nguyen, 34th District; OC Republican Assembly Chairman Fred Whitaker; State Republican Assembly President Tom Hudson; Orange County Republican Assembly Vice President Dale Tyler; and National Federated Republican Assembly Committee members Johnnie Morgan and Ayana McCowen.

Also in attendance were 72nd Assemblyman Travis Allen, who is running for California governor; County Recorder Hugh Nguyen; Assemblyman Steven Choi of the 68th District; Assemblyman Phillip Chen of the 55th District; and Orange County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich.

Stanton City Councilman David Shawver organized the event.

“The main theme of the luncheon was to protest raising state taxes, to stop Sacramento from increasing taxes, such as the new gas tax,” said Shawver.

All guest speakers at the luncheon, including Nguyen and Hudson, asked those attending to call their representatives and voice concern and opposition to the cap-and-trade and gas tax hikes.

State Sen. John Moorlach recently sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown about Brown’s proposed gas tax and several of the Republican guest speakers at the luncheon echoed the concern.

Republican activist Baron Night said the Orange County GOP has a booth at the Orange County Fair again this year. Their location is across from the new “Heroes Hall” exhibit near an exit to  parking lot B.

“Please look for us and register or re-register to vote,” said Night. “Those volunteering receive free entrance to the Fair and free parking. To register to work at the booth, go to OCGOP online and register.”