Domestic Policy

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    The Dream is Now, Immigration Reform Film, Screens Locally with Panel Discussions

    A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Lights AREN'T on and No One's Home When Immigration Activists Visit Ed Royce's Office

    See the update at the end of this post on protesters arriving to Rep. Ed Royce's empty office, the sign that was left on the door for them and the messages they left for the congressman. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 28, 6:05 A.M.: If you thought the arrest of seven people in June outside the Brea district ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Loretta Sanchez Painted as a Net Neutrality Foe

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez is catching heat for essentially saying she opposes net neutrality "to protect Latinos." The Garden Grove Democrat has joined fellow Latino Members of Congress Albio Sires (D-New Jersey) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) in signing a letter penned by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) to supp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    House Republicans Back Dana Rohrabacher's Bid To Ban Marijuana Raids

    Despite our many differences with Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) over the past several years--global warming/a.ka. "dinosaur farts," the Taliban, sloppy housekeeping to name a few--we've always admired his opposition to the federal government's heavy-handed prohibition on marijuana. With more ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Ed Royce, John Campbell End Summer Recess from Congress with Immigration-Reform Call

    While you're starting early on a long holiday weekend, some Orange County progressive types are rallying outside an event this morning featuring Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), then the office of Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) Saturday morning and then Royce's office that afternoon. Organizing for Actio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    UCI Immigration Rally Happening TODAY!

    On Tuesday, May 14, the ASUCI DREAMer community and other concerned UCI Anteaters will hold an immigration rally at UCI's Student Center Terrace at noon. The Student Center Terrace will serve as a platform for students, professors, and activists to voice their reasonable angst over the inaction tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    [Exene Says...] The Way Celebrities Portray Rural White Men With Guns is Really Mature

    Have you viewed Jim Carrey's recent video Cold Dead Hand? Clocking in just under six minutes, the video is a satire with a bull's eye painted on gun advocacy, Charleton Heston and Hee-Haw. Basically everything a rural white guy from the '70s is supposed to hold dear. Released four months after a cel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2013

    In Which A Teacher Writes Back to His Congressman, Gently Correcting His Writing and Thinking Errors

    I am this Sunday morning postponing my terrific and much-anticipated (by me, at least!) reviews of a first novel by OC's own Peggy Hesketh, the new short story collection by Gary Amdahl of Redlands, and Gold Line-chapbook award winner Alisa Slaughter's short stories to offer--completely unsolicited- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2012

    Happiness is a Warm Book About Guns: Intellectual Self-Defense

    I began writing this on Friday, hours after NRA loon-in-chief Wayne LaPierre offered his predictably over-the-top defense of gun nuts, pimps and apologists for the weapons industry. Hard to imagine the cognitive dissonance required of somebody who can stick to his, yes, guns in the face of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    WWJD? Who Would Jesus Deport? Evangelical Leaders, Including a Santa Ana Preacher, Weigh In With Political Statement

    More than 150 evangelical leaders, including one of our very own right here in Orange County, have signed on to a statement calling for what they say is a righteous solution to immigration reform. The "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform" calls for a bipartisan policy that " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Port of Long Beach Pact Allowing Truckers to Police Clean Trucks Program Draws Judge's Rebuke

    ​The Long Beach Harbor Commission illegally violated state environmental law when it weakened its truck cleanup program without first performing the required environmental review, a federal judge has ruled. Finding in favor of the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Legalize Pot, Say Geniuses at Global Commission on Drug Policy

    ​The Los Angeles Times, and just about every other newspaper that covers world news, is reporting today that the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an influential think-tank made up of world leaders, has just issued a report calling the war on drugs "a costly failure" and calling on the United Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    California DREAM Act Passes State Assembly

    ​It's a little confusing, but no less a victory for illegal immigrant college students. While the national DREAM Act, an immigration bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship for young people, died in the U.S. Senate--and possibly forever--last year, the California DREAM Act is very much alive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Loretta Sanchez Defends Obama Attack on GOP Budget Plan

    Obama finally gets Sanchez backing​Appearing this afternoon on MSNBC, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez defended President Barack Obama's morning speech declaring that he will not allow Republicans to continue to force the poor and middle class to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich.In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Loretta Sanchez Asked to Speak About DREAM Act at Pomona College, Talks About Herself Instead

    ​Here at your favorite infernal rag, we have long criticized Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for not having the, um, ovaries to support the DREAM Act, waiting until the tragic death of a DREAMer to co-sponsor the bill in Congress. Of course, we always hear it from Loretta apologists aghast that we c ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales In the Immigration Debate

    Anti-immigrant think tanks are aiming their dubious statistics at the 14th Amendment

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Prop. 19: More Than a Nickel Bag of Opinions

    Six leading OC medical-marijuana and pot-legalization advocates leave no turn unstoned in examining the ballot initiative

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The Super Rich Aren't Like You and Me ... They're Whinier

    ​A letter to the Wall Street Journal by a Newport Beach real estate executive who believes it would be unfair if the Bush tax cuts were not extended for those who make over $250,000-a-year certainly set off McSweeney's writer Edward Murray. "The Poor Top 2 Percent" on the Huffington Post is Murray ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010


    Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Saint Margaret Ranch, er, Rancho Santa Margarita Backs Arizona's SB 1070

    ​UPDATE: As expected, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council passed a resolution last night supporting the controversial Arizona immigration-reform law SB 1070. In adopting the thing, one panelist revealed he does not believe in immigration reform (see end of post) . . .Aw hell, Rancho, go all t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Legalization Could Cut Costs, Increase Consumption of Marijuana: RAND Study

    ​A new study shows legalization and distribution of marijuana in California could cut the price of cannabis by up to 80 percent and increase consumption.Findings by the RAND Corp. also show revenues from taxing legal pot could be significantly higher or lower than the $1 billion estimated by the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Obama's Oil Drilling Pipe Dream Harshes Surfrider's Mellow​The Surfrider Foundation released a statement today, expressing their disapproval of Obama's proposal to open areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coastline and Arctic coastline to oil drilling and exploration. They are not stoked.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    State Assembly Panel Weighs Legalizing Weed

    SFWeekly.comAmmiano​The Weekly just published Dave Ferrell's cover story about the creep toward marijuana legalization. The California Cannabis Initiative appears destined for the November ballot. Meanwhile, pressure to legalize it is still being applied in the state Assembly.The Assembly's Public ... More >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    As FCC Weighs Net Neutrality, McCain Tosses in Monkey Wrench

    ​As the Federal Communications Commission meets today to develop some "rules of the road" for the Internet, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Sarah Palin) has thrown up a roadblock.The bitter, defeated presidential nominee today introduced legislation that would block the FCC from creating new "net neutral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    The Other Side of the Health-Care Debate Strikes Back

    The other side of the health-care debate (think opposite of Fox News' town hall criers) has come out swinging of late.California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee just issued a statement with the provocative title, "California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Orange County Clergy Goes Hollywood for Obamacare

    Yes, the people popping up everywhere to disrupt explanations of Obamacare by congress people and administration folk seldom get covered these days. A favorite was two days ago on CNN, when the anchorwoman cut to such a town hall where a U.S. senator was detailing the plan. Without ha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2009

    Reefer Madness

    Maverick Theater

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Barbara Coe Upset Sarah Palin Doesn't Acknowledge Her

    On Sept. 15, California Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe sent off a questionnaire to Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. "The California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) is a nationally recognized nonpartisan grassroots organization representing thousands of p ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    NORML Weekly Cartoon 2.25

    Courtesy of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws:

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    OC NORML Cartoon of the Week

    Courtesy of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws:

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    Public Comment on the Toll Road - NOW!

    Visit Cal-SPAN by CLICKING HERE to watch the public comment section of the Coastal Commission hearing on the Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. More on this tomorrow. The CAL-SPAN network, predominately produced by AGP Video, Inc., is an Internet distribution network enhancing the transpa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    MLK Day and the Bush administration

    One of the things that fuels the belief of some people in some sort of government conspiracy in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the fact that Army Intelligence (along with the usual suspects, the FBI, etc.) was monitoring Dr. King. And now, just in time this year's MLK day comes ... 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 >>

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Osama's Gun

    How to not build bin Ladens AK-47 without even trying

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Speaking of congressional races ...

    Check out this little ray of sunshine from Bloomberg (the news service, not the mayor): Candidates Ignore $1.35 Trillion Minimum Tax `Bomb' By Ryan J. Donmoyer Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional candidates this fall are furiously debating Iraq, Medicare and extending tax cuts. Most are staying qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    The OC GOP Way: extending taxes is NOT raising taxes

    Besides spam for our riches locked in a Nigerian prince's bank vault, a better head of hair and just plain better head, Clockwork's virtual mailbox has been filling lately with messages from the Committee to Renew Measure M. Now, normally when PR maven Meg Waters, Congressman John Campbell (R-Newpor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    In this case, the President has acted, undisputedly, as FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] forbids. FISA is the expressed statutory policy of our Congress. The presidential power, therefore, was exercised at its lowest ebb and cannot be sustained. --from Federal District Court Judge Anna D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2006

    The Quota System (Friendly Skies Edition)

    Everyone's heard stories, always officially denied, that you're more likely to get a traffic ticket near the end of month because the cops have a set quota of tickets they need to write each month. According to KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver, your traffic misery may be following you into the skie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2006

    Ed Royce Makes a Run for the Border

    The San Diego Union-Tribune, whose editorials typically lean solidly to the right, has come out firmly against mixing illegal immigration with the war on terror--and with "The Wrong Mix," they more specifically chide OC's own Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) for chairing an Imperial Beach congressional h ... More >>

  • News

    May 18, 2006

    Gracias, OC!

    'Gustavo Arellano: youre a race-card-playing punk!'

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2006

    Bang, Bang, Shoot, Shoot

    It's always entertaining reading the Fullerton-based California Rifle and Pistol Association newsletter, The Firing Line. The best section, naturally, is On Target -- the letters to the editor. The March 2006 issue does not disappoint, with letters branding U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein "a loser" (h ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 29, 2005

    !Ask a Mexican!

    The year in Mexican-bashing

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    Why Does Daystar Hate Jesus?

    The religious broadcaster fighting for KOCE is already under federal investigation for abuse of the airwaves

  • Columns

    November 6, 2003
  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Green With Anger

    One mans campaign to save a wetland

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    A Higher Fire Power

    Carona puts his faith in more guns after ambush of deputy

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