California Politics

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    May 9, 2014

    Darrell Issa Calls GOP Governor Candidate Tim Donnelly "Stupid," "Unfit for Any Office"

    See Update No. 2 at the end of Page 3 on U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Dana Point) blasting the "stupidty" of Tim Donnelly and saying the GOP candidate for governor is "unfit for any office." Update No. 1 is on Donnelly's foe Neel Kashkari swearing he's not pushing for Sharia law. ORIGINAL POST, MAY ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Mexicans Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva Face Strong Election Challenges from Asians

    Will Democrats holding/losing supermajorities in the California Assembly and State Senate come down to whether two veteran Mexican politicians in Orange County can fend off challenges from charging Asian-American GOP candidates? Jose Solorio and Sharon Quirk-Silva would surely like to know the answe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Will California's Next Governor Come from OC?

    Gene Maddus at our sister paper LA Weekly had this funny headline over a blog post Thursday: "Republicans Abel Maldonado and Tim Donnelly in Fierce Contest for Right to Lose to Jerry Brown." It's not a bad call considering the Field Poll that just came out that shows the governor with the support of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    California Assembly Passes Immigrant-Friendly TRUST Act; OC's Dem Assemblymembers Join GOP in Not Voting for It

    The Trust Act made its way once more through the California Assembly yesterday by a final vote of 44-22. The legislation was vetoed late last year when it reached the desk of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. Supporters say the bill authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will limit deportations fueled b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Jessica Karp, UCI Adjunct Professor, Seeks to Expose ICE's "Secret" Meetings with Gov. Brown

    The American public must be let in on what's going on behind closed doors regarding the federal government's attempts to preserve the full force of its controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, a UC Irvine law professor argues."There's a public right to know about issues surr ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

    The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Governor Jerry Brown's Actions on Immigrant Legislation Draws Ire from Advocates

    With a midnight deadline looming, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the Trust Act yesterday calling it "fatally flawed" while singing into law legislation on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under President Obama's deferred action policy. The National Day Laborer Organ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom To Address Orange County Democrats Tonight in Anaheim

    Gavin Newsom--the onetime San Francisco mayor, current California lieutenant governor and possible future governor or U.S. senator--is scheduled to give the keynote speech tonight at the 18th Annual Truman Awards Dinner in Anaheim for the Democratic Party of Orange County.Newsom follows Barney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Poets and Politicians: Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Governor Jerry Brown

    ​Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor of Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Backers of Mandatory Helmets for Kids on Ski Slopes Think Gov. Brown Has Rocks in His Head

    ​Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required skiers and snowboarders under 18 to wear protective helmets.State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and child psychologist, authored SB 105, which had received bi-partisan support in the state legislature.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Jerry Brown Criticized For Not Going Latino With California Supreme Court Pick

    Goodwin Liu​​​Today, Gov. Jerry Brown nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Shortly after, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, whose district includes Buena Park, issued a statement about the pick. In it, he congratulates Liu, yada yada, and then tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Will Gov. Brown Kill Garden Grove's Fantasy Hotel Resort Project?

    ​For Garden Grove city officials, who've been trying for years to transform their benighted Harbor Blvd. corridor into a world class resort destination, the good news is that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the state budget last week. If it had passed, the budget would have killed local redevelopment agen ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011

    Fair Games Over the OC Fairgrounds

    The huge swath of public land is in play. But is the whole thing rigged?

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    As State Supremes Vow to Rule on Prop 8 Backers' Standing, Tom Harman Tries to Make Matter Moot

    Presumably non-gay State Sen. Tom Harman​The California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to analyze whether Proposition 8 proponents have standing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the Golden State--a legal detour that could delay an appellate decision o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Steven Greenhut Left The Orange County Register for Sacramento, But His Poison Pen Still Stings Jim Silva

    ​The Orange County Register's longtime columnist and senior editor Steven Greenhut left the Santa Ana daily in 2009 to open a Sacramento news bureau for the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market, individual liberty think tank based in San Francisco. But it's obvious he misses Orange County, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Long Beach Says Goodbye to Annual Celebrity-Studded Women's Conference

    ​The annual, superstar-studded women's conference that brought speakers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, Sarah McLachlan and Suze Orman to Long Beach, along with major tourism dollars, will not be back to the city this year.    It is uncerta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Meg Whitman, Chuck DeVore's Choice for Governor, is Now a "Self-Funded Dilettante"

    ​Chuck DeVore, who is leaving his Irvine-based state Assembly seat for private life after losing the U.S. Senate GOP primary to eventual general election loser Carly Fiorina, posted this on his Facebook page Oct. 4:"If we are to win and provide an opportunity to enact our ideas, we need to vote fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Gustavo Drinks Through the Election, Or: Trashing the Dems and Bashing Whitman

    ​Updated throughout the day, with the freshest post on top. Click after the jump for vignettes on Barbara Coe, Loretta Sanchez, Meg Whitman, and Borat!Midnight. Drink of choice: pockets hurt. Loretta Sanchez has pulled away by thousands of votes, but we'll wait until the official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    $100 Million Orange County Fairgrounds Sale OK'd by State, But Fight is Just Beginning

    ​The state is moving forward with plans to the sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to Facilities Management West, a Newport Beach-based company formed solely to operate the 150-acre property, for $100 million, officials disclosed today.To say the sale, which is aimed at easing California's budget w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Pounds Van Tran Again For Sleeping At His Desk

    A different sleeping robot​Van Tran must be feeling sore under his chin after Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez slugged him again today with another hostile mailbox piece that capitalizes on the unfortunate picture of a closed-eyed Tran apparently sleeping at his state assembly desk."California's econ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Will Maid's "Explosive Allegations" Sink Meg Whitman's Latino Outreach?

    ​UPDATE: New details throughout . . . Billionaire Meg Whitman exploited a Latina housekeeper the GOP nominee for California governor knew was in the country illegally, alleged celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred this morning, setting off an array of charges and counter-charges.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Jose Solorio, Assemblyman Recommends Governor Drop Sale of OC Fairgrounds

    ​When it comes to the Orange County Fairgrounds, state Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) is "now recommending to the Governor that he consider dropping the sale altogether," according to a statement released by his office.Solorio had been working to get legislation passed in the Legislature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Governor Loretta Sanchez?

    Is Sacramento ready for Loretta?​Never underestimate Loretta Sanchez.Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the veteran Orange County congresswoman opened a bank account for a 2014 campaign to become California's governor.But is Sanchez, OC's lone congressional Democrat, serious about a race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2010

    Today's Best Quote

    Goodbye guv​"He calls himself the green governor and I would agree with that. He's molding."--Irvine insurance broker Ira Forkish in today's Washington Post article, "Arnold Schwarzenegger on the outs in California's Republican Party." Among other points, Sandhya Somashekhar's story notes that Sch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Schwarzenegger Signs Off on OC Fairgrounds Deal; Latino Legislators Still Vow to Spike It

    ​Stung by a failed auction in January, the Schwarzenegger administration announced Wednesday it has signed off on the deal to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa for $96 million.However, standing in the way of final approval is the state Legislature, which includes Latino members who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Today's Important Unimportant Election, From My TV Screen to Your Computer/Phone Screen

    ​11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Ross Johnson "The Reformer" Retires

    Kenn Minter​In November 2008, the Weekly presented "The Reformer: Longtime OC GOP legislator Ross Johnson finds new life as a campaign-finance watchdog in Sacramento."Well, The Reformer is hanging up his cape.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    California Republican Negative Nabob of Negativity Party Opposes Pot Legalization

    Compassionate use conservatism​The California Republican Party has made it official: no on legalization of the devil's weed.

  • News

    May 21, 2009
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    April 7, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Fragged by Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has just fragged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road. The road, proposed by the Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies, would cut through the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, itself mitigation for the Talega development, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Sacks Shriver

    Governor Schwarzenegger sent a message to every one of his appointees this week by effectively firing the chair and vice-chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. Bobby Shriver, chairman of the Commission, is a Santa Monica City Councilman and the Governor's brother-in-law. Clin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Has Lynn Daucher been a naughty girl?

    In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Orange County Republican Lynn Daucher as director of California's Department of Aging. At the time, Daucher--a 2006 campaign loser to Lou Correa for a state Senate seat--uttered a predictable line about the elation of public service. “I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007


    A variety of stories lurching forward this morning… It looks like the most special of all special elections is finally over, and Janet Nguyen is the new First District Supervisor, winning by a total of 3 votes.   Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner rejected Trung Nguyen's claim th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    Them That's Got

    If you belong to one of the groups targeted for a good squeezin' called on to sacrifice in the governor's budget plan-- college students, public school teachers, families on welfare-- rest assured that the truly needy will still be well taken care of. Kate Folmar reports in the San Jose Mercury New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Healthcare and that Jolly Ol' Elf

    There's been a lot of talk about the governor's universal healthcare plan, but once you get past all the talk you discover… well, that plan may be too strong of a word. The governor's universal healthcare good intention may be more accurate. Anthony York explains in the Capitol Weekly. (emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Numbers, Numbers (and a semi-Nun)

    First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think. If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Healthy Skepticism

    The first thing to notice about Governor Schwarzenegger's plan, which is being billed as a universal healthcare plan, is that it isn't a universal healthcare plan. It's a mandatory health insurance plan. It will not make sure a sick person gets the treatment he or she needs-- the treatments, drugs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Arnold's New Era Begins

    In his inaugural address last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the beginning of a new chapter in California history, the "post-partisan" era, explaining, "The question is not what are the needs of Republicans or Democrats? The real question is what are the needs of our people?… Post- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2006

    Ackerman Wins

    At the end of last week, it appeared that OC's Dick Ackerman was about to lose his position as Minority Leader in the State Senate. He stood accused by many of his fellow Republicans of being too ready to cut deals with Governor Schwarzenegger and too pro-infrastructure bonds. Sure, voters had alr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Less than an hour until the polls close...

    ... and I'm soooooo confused. I was out of town last Thursday through Sunday, and when I returned there were 17 messages on my phone from the likes of Pete Wilson, Dick Ackerman, Hillary Clinton, someone yammering about Jessica's Law, the Nguyen running for an OC school board seat and his partner in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Wherefore Late Democratic Gains?

    Interesting; two hours ago (around 9:45) Dem John Garamendi was 2.5% behind Repub Tom McClintock for Lieutenant Governor. Now, at nigh-midnight, he's up by 1.5%. His gains have been incremental, but constant and steady. Similarly, Dem Debra Bowen has creeped an eensy 0.2% above Bruce McPherson for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2006

    The Distance Between Things

    Who knew Newton's laws of motion applied to flying politicians? Consider the case of President Bush, Governor Schwarzenegger, and Newton's third law, which states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." President Bush flies into California to campaign for two Republican poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2006

    The Leafy Green

    There are now 171 cases of people sickened by E. coli tainted spinach from Salinas Valley. But don't worry, the Schwarzenegger administration has a plan. True, the source of the infection hasn't been identified yet, though the Sacramento Bee reported last week, The spinach-packaging company in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006

    Your Tax Dollars on the Campaign Trail

    Well, Arnold promised to be a different kind of governor when he ran for office back in the recall election, and he is. In some ways. In June, Governor Schwarzenegger's office put out a press release marking the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and hailing the heroism of the US troops. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    The Short Shelf Life of Rev. Lou's Man

    What's a frothing-at-the-mouth preacher, who's been named one of the Top 10 Power Broker of the Religious Right and can squeeze more than $6 million a year out of the faithful (and/or gullible), got to do to get a public display of affection from the California Republican Party? If you know, you sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    State Secret: Arnold's Big Night Out

    How desperate is Governor Schwarzenegger to avoid reminding people that he belongs to same political party as George W. Bush, let alone remind them that he was one of the featured speakers supporting Bush at the 2004 Republican Convention? Desperate enough to sneak across the country and into the Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    Another Star Chamber Turn

    My colleague Alex Brant-Zawadzki is right about the potential of television for doing good– his pro-having-sex-with-George Clooney stance, I'll pass over in silence– but Edward R. Murrow is long dead, and TV nowadays seems to be mostly offering up "the evil of banality", to use Alex Cock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2006

    Of Swallows, Schwarzenegger, and Swift Boats

    The faithful of Orange County have traditionally been willing to pretend to believe in miracles, even when they know better. Consider the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Anyone in San Juan Cap with eyes to see, or a freshly washed car to be shat on, knows the birds return March-ishly each year, and ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2005

    A Strange Man, Indeed, but a Pervert?

    Lawsuit alleges top Schwarzenegger donor sexually harassed woman in OC

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    June 25, 1998
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