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John McLaughlin visits the Lincoln Club

On May 20th, the Lincoln Club hosted John McLaughlin for our first Virtual Freedom Forum over Zoom. John McLaughlin is a strategic consultant and pollster for over 35 years during which he has built an incredible reputation for assisting some of America’s most successful corporations and winning some of the toughest elections in the nation.

John worked as an advisor and pollster to President Donald Trump in 2016, starting from the primaries and finishing through election day. He’s also worked internationally for Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyaho of Israel, The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and much more.

If you missed the call be sure to check out the video below!

John began his presentation reflecting on the tough position President Trump is in not only as a wartime president currently battling what is referred to as the “invisible enemy” with covid19, but also fighting against the economic shutdown that’s reaching greater levels than the great depression.


“We have not seen a political environment this bad since probably Franklin Roosevelt was president.” 


He went on to note how everything is being completely politicized during this pandemic; that in every way the discussions have been a "partisan response."

However, John affirmed that President Trump has a solid base in his support and it will continue to climb as the economy recovers post covid.

He proceeded to go through a series of slides showing the polling they've been recording. We've provided two of them above, if you'd like to look through the rest of them John has kindly sent the Club his slides. Click here to view the Battleground Slides and General Election Polls.

City Hall Should Stop Trying to be Our Mother

The following is an op-ed that was published in the OC Register on May 10, 2020 authored by Lincoln Club Member, Robert Loewen. Read below.


The city of Laguna Beach reopened its beaches recently, and today, I took my first walk on the beach since the shutdown in March. Felt good. I suppose I should be grateful that my local government gave me back this right, but I’m not. Instead, I resent that they took it from me in the first place. I feel like a rebellious teenager because our local elected officials are trying to be my mother.

I was blessed with a great mom. From her I learned to follow the Golden Rule, respect authority, and follow the rules while making my way in the world. So this is not a screed against mothers.

My beef is with the Laguna Beach City Council, which wants to be my mother but isn’t. When it reopened the beaches this week, the city only allowed access from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. So the beaches are still shut down after 10 a.m. Based on what?

We live in a small town, so I know some of the council members. The mayor once coached my son’s little league team, and I know him to be a good man. No doubt, he and the other council members thought they had good reasons for shutting down the beaches after 10 a.m., but I am aware of no evidence that the coronavirus would spread materially faster if the beaches were kept open until, say  noon—or even 6 p.m. So the shutdown time was arbitrary. That’s something a mother would do—decide what is best for her children and set clear rules that she knows they can follow to keep them safe. But the city council is not my mother. Honest, mom, I can make good choices on my own if you just let me.

The City Council has also shut down the parks. We live near one of them–Bluebird Park, a wonderland where young children play on all sorts of swings, slides, and climbing apparatus. My kids grew up in that park. In fact, we have been to weddings of people who were toddlers when they became playmates with my oldest daughter there. She was 8 months old when we moved to Laguna.

Now she is 39 with children of her own. Before the shutdown, our grandchildren played there when they visited. No longer. The city has fenced off the playground equipment even though the COVID-19 death toll among children of that age is essentially zero. Arbitrary, but just what a mom would do.

My wife and I have been sheltering in place and wearing masks during our infrequent visits to the grocery story, not because the governor and city council ordered it, but because it is a rational response to a scary pandemic. Social distancing cannot work without such voluntary cooperation.

Yet by following the model of city council as mother, our local government evokes an emotional response in me that feels like teenager rebellion; I want to break their stupid rules just because. I am 72, so it has been a long time since I felt this way.

Assuming that others feel the same, our elected officials should wonder whether their arbitrary rules are counterproductive.

OPEN LETTER: It's time for the Orange County Supervisors to lead the County and State in economic recovery.

An Open Letter to the Orange County Board of Supervisors

We write today as entrepreneurs, small business owners, restaurateurs, and residents of Orange County to express our grave concern for the County's economic predicament as a result of the 'shelter in' and 'non essential' business shutdown orders from the State and County.

The predicate for the initial 'shelter in' and businesses shutdowns was the need to 'flatten the curve' of infections in order to assure that our healthcare system would not be overwhelmed. However, with each passing day it becomes more evident that the original statistical models driving these drastic measures were flawed and dramatically overstated the risks.

Hoag Hospital was the first hospital to treat a COVID-19 patient. During an April 15 video update, Dr. Brant-Zawadzki, Senior Physician Executive at Hoag Hospital, explained, "the numbers are now stabilizing and going down [in fact,] it's not that the curve has flattened- we're on the other side of the curve and heading down." Dr. Martin Fee, Chief Clinical Officer and Head of Infection Control at Hoag Hospital, also added, "definitely in Orange County it has [flattened]." Orange County's daily COVID-19 infections peaked on April 1 at 104 and has averaged 55 per day since April 22. This successful slowing of the spread of COVID-19 can be largely attributed to the actions of the State and Orange County Board of Supervisors. We thank the OC Board of Supervisors for its hard work and leadership to protect our community during this crisis.

But it has become clear that the status quo is not economically or socially sustainable, even in the short term.  The stress of economic devastation and curtailed civil liberties could one day soon become untenable.


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December, 3rd 2019                                                             (760) 807-7029


Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County voted to endorse Mayor Laurie Davies to replace scandal plagued Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly District.

"Mayor Laurie Davies is the strongest candidate in the race with a long history for working to advance the conservative movement in our county,” said Lincoln Club of Orange County President John Warner. “She is a proven campaigner and fundraiser, having recently been reelected Mayor of Laguna Niguel. This is our opportunity to unite behind the candidate best positioned to defeat Bill Brough and avoid giving the Democrats an easy target in November. And when conservatives and Republicans are united, we win.”

In September the Lincoln Club unanimously rescinded its endorsement of Bill Brough for re-election in the face of numerous, serious and credible allegations of sexual harassment, and the State’s opening of an investigation into Brough’s alleged misuse of $200,000 in campaign funds for personal use.


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September, 12th 2019                                                             (760) 807-7029

LINCOLN CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY ORANGE COUNTY, CA - On Thursday, October 10th the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County voted to endorse Mayor Diane Dixon for the 74th Assembly District.
"When conservatives and Republicans of all stripes are unified, we win,” said Lincoln Club of Orange County President John Warner. “Don Wagner would not be Supervisor had Republicans not unified behind his campaign. Diane is not only the best candidate to defeat Newsom enabler, Cottie Petrie Norris, she is a proven winner with the private and public sector record to back it up."
The Lincoln Club was founded in 1962 after a bruising primary fight left Richard Nixon too weakened and underfunded to beat a vulnerable Pat Brown for California Governor. The Club founders believed that Republicans should save their precious resources and energy for fighting Democrats as opposed to each other.

“We are calling upon Republicans across the county and state to avoid wasting resources and energy and join the club, former Governor Pete Wilson, Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove, and Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron in unifying behind Mayor Diane Dixon,” said Lincoln Club President John Warner.

Founded in 1962, the Lincoln Club of Orange County is the premiere political association in Orange County. Its members are businessmen and women and professionals who are united behind the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. For 55 years the Lincoln Club of Orange County has worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and prosperity for all. 


BREAKING: Lincoln Club rescinds endorsement of Assemblyman Bill Brough for AD73

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September, 12th 2019                                                                    (760) 807-7029



ORANGE COUNTY, CA - Today, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Club of Orange County voted unanimously to rescind its endorsement of Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly District.


"Serious allegations have been made against Assembly Member Brough, and the Lincoln Club takes them seriously,” said Lincoln Club of Orange County President John Warner. “One-party rule in Sacramento is bad for our state, and it’s a disaster for middle class families who are struggling in California. Republicans need strong, unencumbered leadership, undistracted by disturbing accusations about personal behavior."


The Lincoln Club will be actively seeking alternative candidates for the 73rd Assembly district.


Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Visits Lincoln Club

Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and current chair of the Freedom Caucus joined a small group of Lincoln Club members to give them a D.C. update.


Lincoln Club Member Meghan McNulty Interviews Tomi Lahren for The Schpiel

Tomi Lahren’s new book Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable is an excellent manual for today’s professional and successful women as well as up and coming young girls. While the constitutional conservative movement has several leading male voices such as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro, and Charlie Kirk, it lacks representation of young, successful women.

In fact, Tomi Lahren is the only self-made media millionaire under 40, and at twenty six years old, already has a net worth of $3 million and growing. She is also the youngest political talk show host in history, and has millions of dedicated social media followers, many of them young women who have never had a chance to see a successful woman of her age make it in politics.

In Never Play Dead, Tomi explains that one of her critics was trying to silence her, diminish her influence and question her intelligence by calling her Barbie after President Trump shared her message. Tomi shot back, saying, “Barbie is a multibillion-dollar industry so call me Barbie all you want.” The response is brilliant as it shows young women they don’t need to apologize or be diminished for being pretty or feminine, and smart. Tomi shows her readers you can have it all, if you are willing to own it and not play a victim.

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Ken Williams: Bringing Fiscal Discipline to Orange County Schools

Last Thursday, the Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) passed a budget for 2019-2020 with reductions in the spending that was requested by Orange County Department of Education Superintendent Al Mijares.

Some might be concerned that a reduction in education department spending could hurt our kids.

In fact, the opposite is true.

We cut the budget to help our students by scaling back the department’s excessive political and conference travel spending.

Significantly, our budget cuts do not touch spending that affects the quality of education, such as teacher compensation or school funding.

Rather, we have simply made tailored — and overdue — reductions to the county’s lobbying, conferences and travel budgets.

Consider the more than $150,000 that the county education department spent on lobbying last year, much of it in support of Assembly Bill 1505, which threatens charter schools’ growth and long-term existence.

Despite the board’s opposition to AB1505, the county education department and its lobbyists worked to undermine charter schools in Orange County.

They teamed up with the California Teachers Associations to ask county school districts, superintendents and school board members in April 2019 to write letters of support to the state Assembly in Sacramento to support AB1505.

The department used county staff and OCDE budget money earmarked for lobbying to implement an anti-charter school agenda.

These lobbying efforts against charter schools run counter to the expressed values of the board.

We believe that charter schools and parental choice are vital components of the best possible education environment for OC residents.

Indeed, charters are some of the best performing and most in-demand schools in the county.

In addition, department staff spent more than $1.2 million on out-of-county travel junkets last year, which are a nice perk, but have little to no value for improving student academic performance.

These travel expenses, which cover the costs of hotel rooms, meals, rental cars and conference administrative fees, are not consistent with the department’s budget priorities and the funding shortfalls for county schools.

The department also exposed itself as a poor steward of county fiscal resources during its disastrous and unilateral lawsuit initiated in 2016 against the Orange County Employment Retirement System (OCERS) over a pension dispute.

The board was kept at a distance from this lawsuit that was based on little more than Mijares’ own far-fetched legal conjecture.

This quixotic lawsuit ended up costing taxpayers more than $2.4 million, with OCDE and OCERS each incurring about $1.2 million in legal fees — funds which should have gone to students and teachers.

The department lost that suit in 2017, then wasted more money filing an appeal, and lost again earlier this year.

Throughout the lawsuit, the department ignored my objections that as county trustees the board should have oversight or at least some input on this expensive legal adventure.

The budget we adopted, with targeted cuts to travel and lobbying, brings some fiscal discipline to counter the department’s long history otherwise.

Expect to hear dire claims of “school budget cuts” from supporters of the status quo who would like to keep their lobbying and travel perks.

But in reality we are simply cutting the fat.

Orange County residents, parents and students should support the board’s efforts, and their counterparts across Southern California should demand the same from their own local elected officials.

Ken L. Williams serves on the Orange County Board of Education, representing District 3. Read Ken's full bio HERE


Read at OC Register

Lincoln Club Member Bill Evers Covers State of California Education for Wall Street Journal

California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist

A new model curriculum for ‘ethnic studies’ is a handbook for classroom propagandizing.

California’s Education Department has issued an “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” and is soliciting public comments on it until Aug. 15. The legislatively mandated guide is a resource for teachers who want to instruct their students in the field of “ethnic studies,” and was written by an advisory board of teachers, academics and bureaucrats. It's as bad as you imagine.

Read the rest from Lincoln Club member Williamson S. Evers HERE

Listen to Evers on Nightside with Dan Rena discussing the article HERE


Williamson M. Evers is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a former U.S. assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation and policy development. Evers was the leader of the Trump transition’s agency review for the U.S. Department of Education.

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