Elections and Voting

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    Is John Eastman Hiding Homo-Haters?

    Former presidential candidate Fred Karger wants the former Chapman University law professor to reveal who's donating money to his fight against gay marriage

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    [UPDATED with "Radical Idiot" Outing:] Fred Karger, Gay GOP Presidential Hopeful, Stumps in Utah

    See update at end of this post about the wife of a Utah county GOP chairman calling Fred Karger "a radical idiot" and saying "thank goodness" he "cant procreate."ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 7, 2:39 P.M.: What does it say about Californians that only 6,641 voted for Laguna Beach's Fred Karger for president, ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Welcome Back, Jim Crow

    [Crossing the Line] New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Wife Took 50% of Congressional Campaign Contributions

    Rohrabacher: Campaign contributions land in family bank account​Costa Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave his wife more than 50 percent of the campaign contributions he raised mostly from corporate sources during July, August and September, according to recently filed records at the Federal Ele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with No Word from OC Registrar of Voters:] E-Vote System Breaks Down in Front of Blogger Critical of It​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 5:08 P.M.: I've swapped a couple emails with Brad Friedman today, and it's clear my original post about the Los Angeles-based blogger's encounter with an Orange County Registrar of Voters electronic voting machine at the OC Fair deserves some clarification.First, whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Prop 8 Backers Want Their Rainbow Flags Back

    It's mine!​When Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an anti-gay/pro-straight marriage proponent with the San Diego-based Ruth Institute made her way into a recent Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Prop 8, she wore a rainbow-colored scarf around her neck.No, Morse was not switch-hitting. She wa ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Fantasy Voter Fraud

    Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was dissed by Russell Pearce over Arizona's Prop. 200 dismissal

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Election Monitor Named for People's Republic of Orange County

    ​An election monitor has been appointed for the People's Republic of Orange County. No, Jimmy Carter isn't coming Tuesday.  Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Mitchell, as he has done before, will serve as the District Election Officer for the Central District of California, which includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    New York Times Data: OC Elections Aren't Really Contests

    Ed Royce: Shoo-in elections are fun.​Do we have real congressional election contests in the Orange County/Long Beach area or, despite all the hullabaloo, is the whole affair preordained?Data from The New York Times, based on FiveThirtyEight Forecasts, shows the answer isn't necessarily uplifting. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    OC's Top Law School Deans Spar Over Prop 8

    Mary Bell/ OC Weekly​The culture clash sparked by Proposition 8 places a premium on sound legal interpretation and commentary.Two of Orange County's preeminent legal scholars are attracting considerable attention from local and national media outlets alike, from CNN to the Weekly. Mirroring the Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Prop 8 Overturned

    ​UPDATE: More details on tonight's celebratory rally (see end of post) . . .In a landmark case, Proposition 8, the 2008 California voter initiative that outlawed gay marriage, was overturned. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco ruled that the voter initiative is unconstitution ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Carly, Tommy, Chuckie and the Demon Sheep

    ​The Interwebs are all a-Twitter over the new campaign ad by California Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina featuring--DUNT-DUNT DUNNNNN!!!--demon sheep.Actually, for the rest of this post to make any sense at all, you should first check out the spot, which cannot be embedded here only ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    LGBT Groups Seek to Intervene in Prop. 8 Challenge

    This just in from the ACLU, which believes the action taken today will help a judge hearing a challenge of Prop. 8 understand the unequal rights inherent in the ballot initiative . . . SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Iowa Gay Marriage Ruling Means Everything or Nothing

    The Iowa Supreme Court's overturning of the law banning same-sex marriage in that state either bolsters the arguments of those pushing for gay marriage in California or has nothing to do with the issue here. It depends on who you ask.National Center for Lesbian Rights legal director Shannon Minter:" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Prop. 8 Backers to Local, State Politicos: Butt Out and Get Back to Work!

    Local and statewide proponents of Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters last November, have a message for local and statewide politicians: stop trying to overturn the election results and get back to work fixing your cities and/or California.State senators and Assembly members ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Harvey Milk: the Man, the Movie, and Orange County

    This past Tuesday night at the Edwards South Coast Village in Santa Ana, and an Orange County Film Society-sponsored advance screening of the new Gus Van Zant-directed, Sean Penn-starring Harvey Milk biopic, simply titled Milk. Go ahead and Google the name if you must -- it's not like Harvey's stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Election Night Music in OC/LB

    Sure, it's fun to sit at home on election night and watch the results come in. I mean, think of all the great moments: Russert with the whiteboard, Florida "erroneously" being called for Gore, and, uh, other things that happened in years other than 2000. But what if you could watch these things - a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Proposition 2 Opponents Use Pete Wilson Card for Their Tricks

    Amazingly, both parties have ignored Mexicans in this election. So leave it to the animal-abusing geniuses behind the No on Proposition 2 campaign (y'know, that nefarious measure that would force farmers to treat their animals humanely) to conjure up the spectre of the Reconquista in this ominous ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Obama Wins Presidential Election Thanks to Baby Hewie!

    The New York Observer is reporting that Orange County conservative yackmouth Hugh Hewitt unsuccessfully tried to sell a book proposal involving Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin. We'd usually laugh at any Baby Hewie gaffe--the proposed title was How Sarah Palin Won the Election ... and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    No on Prop 8 public service announcement

    Weekly contributing writer Dave Barton and his friend Greg Adkins directed and edited this moving No on Prop 8 clip, currently making the rounds of YouTube and even the Daily Kos. The lines being read are from 1 Corinthians. And of course you already knew that Proposition 8 is the November religious ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    OC Vote: Final count

    Well, the votes from all 2076 precincts have been tallied. No huge surprises, but here are the final numbers in the presidential race: Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 141,668Vote Count: 96,967 55.47.9% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 117,333Vote Count: 109,877 39.77. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    OC Vote update: 11 PM

    Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 81,233Vote Count: 46,911 57.33.1% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 75,393Vote Count: 60,108 41.02.7%

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Nguyen vs. Nguyen: Janet Wins!

    Ok, so the timing sort of sucks for us, since we'd have liked to include the information in our story, but it's good news for Janet Nguyen: the California Court of Appeals ruled today, the same day our cover story hit the streets, that Janet did win her election, and therefore does get to stay in of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Who Stole the Election from the Stealers?

    As Gustavo's recent post on Hugh Hewitt suggests, even Republican diehards are beginning to surrender. That raises an important question: how will conspiracy theorists explain the stolen election that wasn't? Many on the left had warned that the GOP had everything wired--from electronic voting machi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2006

    What Could Go Wrong

    Here in Orange County we've got every reason to fear voter fraud. There's that time back in 1988 when Tom Fuentes, then head of the OC Republican Party, authorized the use of poll guards to scare off Latinos. There's the 1996 election when Loretta Sanchez won from nut-bar Bob Dornan (now with extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2006

    Today is Voter Registration DEADLINE

    If you haven't registered to vote in the November 7 general elections, the deadline is 8 p.m. TONIGHT at the Registrar of Voters headquarters: 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana--close to the 5 and 55 freeways. More information can be found at the Registrar's brand new website, www.ocv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2006

    Early and Often

    As you listen to all the clichés in the days leading up to the November 7 election about how a week or a day is a lifetime in politics and how the only poll that matters is one that taken on election day, just remember that as of today, voting is already underway. Absentee ballots are now i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2006

    Ahnuld Terminates Fair Elections

    Perhaps you've seen those commercials showing Phil Angelides walking backward--the same direction the Democrat nominee for governor wants to take the state, according to the folksy narrator. These, of course, are not to be confused with Angelides' response ads, which show someone who looks a lot lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2006

    43 vs. 43

    On On Politics, the San Jose Mercury News' political news blog, Kate Folmar reports: An internal poll conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group out of Washington, D.C. recently found that the governor's race was a dead heat, I'm told. Forty-three percent of respondents favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2006

    Election Results

    Since the world didn't live up to the expectations of nervous Christians and end yesterday, we now have to turn our attention to counting the ballots from yesterday's primary. (Lazy goddamn Antichrist, always making more work for me...) Matt Coker's bold electoral prediction proved corrected. Asses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    The Power of Provisional Voting

    So pulling out of the casa this morning, it dawned that we'd forgotten to confirm our polling place on our sample ballot. No biggie; this neighborhood has had only three different polling places in the 14 years we've disturbed our neighbors here, and all three potential places of poll are very close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    Provisional, Proschmivisional

    Bitching and moaning about having to cast a provisional ballot is one thing. Ladera Ranch resident Marcy Allen just ringy-dingy'd the Weekly to complain that she could not vote AT ALL! Like a good little citizen, Allen arrived at her polling place right when it opened so, like a good little employee ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Tom Fuentes,

    An open letter to the former GOP chairman, current college trustee, forever self-destroyer

  • Features

    November 4, 2004

    O, America . . .

    Reflections on Election Day, 2004

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Pussies Galore!

    What local candidates dont want voters to know

  • Columns

    February 19, 2004

    0 for 6

    Ive never voted for a winner for president. And I wont now

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Rage Against the Voting Machine

    Thank Florida for electronic elections

  • Unknown

    November 23, 2000
  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Shut Em Down!

    Green Party candidate Medea Benjamin brings trade politics to OC

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    You Are Surrounded by Idjits, Mostly

    Our cruel but insightful wrap-up of OC Elections

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Live Like a God!

    How Supervisor Bill Steiner used a phantom political campaign to fund his lavish lifestyle

  • News

    October 15, 1998
  • Features

    August 27, 1998

    How Bob Dornan Turned Political Defeat into a Windfall for his Family

    How to feed your children on political contributions

  • Features

    March 6, 1997
  • News

    January 23, 1997

    The Sore-Losers Club

    A Bitter Ex-Congressman Secretly Feeds Voter Probe

  • News

    January 9, 1997

    The Mexican No-Show Show

    Bob Dornan, the Times and an 18-Vote 'Scandal'

  • News

    November 28, 1996
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