Condoleezza Rice is in demand.
The former secretary of state is scheduled as the keynote speaker at two upcoming events, including the California Republican Partys spring convention March 15 in Burlingame. The speech comes as GOP Chairman Jim Brulte works to revive the state party and begin chipping away at the Democrats dominance.
Secretary Rice is one of our most respected and popular leaders in our country, and her personal story is a powerful example of strength, intelligence and dignity, Brulte said in the announcement. This is a terrific opportunity for our party members to spend time with a true pioneer of foreign policy, and were honored to have her join us.
Rice, who teaches at Stanford University, received praise from inside the party for the speech she gave at the Republican National Convention in 2012. She is expected to be a key voice for the party on economic inequality as the midterm elections approach.
The National Republican Congressional Committee last week also chose Rice as its keynote speaker at the committees annual fundraising dinner in March.
California shed 5.5 percent of the state government workforce during Gov. Jerry Browns administration, new state pay data show. An average 218,360 employees received a monthly paycheck last year, down from 2011s monthly average of 231,000. Experts attribute the trend to more retirements and less hiring during tight budget years.
Declaring a drought is only the first step. ... Increased water storage will provide for a more consistent source of water for farmers and residential use during the dry years.
STATE SEN. JIM NIELSEN, R-Gerber