Martin Wisckol

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Jon Madison Runs for Laguna Beach Council and Away from Queries About His Past Claims

    "In my 57 to 61 years on this earth, I respect people enough that I would not lie to them." -Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison to Stu News Laguna. The community news site was following up on a report by the Orange County Register's veteran political reporter Martin Wisckol, who quest ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2013

    Aaron Kushner: Our Own Journalism Jesus

    [Moxley Confidential] The OC Register owner takes his savior schtick to MSNBC

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Incarcerated Ex-OC Congressional Candidate Sues OC Weekly For $75 Million

    Here at OC Weekly World Headquarters in Costa Mesa we've known for eons that colleague Matt Coker is sadistic.Season after losing season, Coker--an award-winning, veteran journalist--periodically makes himself wear Oakland Raiders paraphernalia to the office as if he's permanently stuck in January 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Delecia Holt, 3-Time Candidate for Congress, Loses Appeal of Felony Fraud Conviction

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 23, 5:18 P.M.: The state appeals court in Santa Ana rejected three-time congressional candidate Delecia Holt's appeal of seven of the nine fraud felonies that have her locked up at the state prison in Chowchilla (say hi to Omaima Nelson!). The 49-year-old Republican who has floated b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2011

    When is the Orange County Register Going to Start Labeling the California Coalition for Immigration Reform as a Hate Group?

    ​Every time the Orange County Register does a story about the Reconquista and refers to local Know Nothings as "anti-illegal immigration activists", I laugh. Loudly. Nelson Muntz style. As we've documented in this paper since forever, it's never been about the legal part in our immigration wars--w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Approved Redistricting Maps Favor California Democrats, Help OC Dems, Too

    ​Well, things are looking up for California Democrats. The latest round of congressional and state legislative redistricting maps, which the California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved this morning, favor Democrats--at least according to a couple of different news sources. In h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to Tie the Knot in Private Ceremony Tomorrow

    ​Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is getting' hitched in Santa Ana on Saturday.​Who's the lucky dude? Attorney, lobbyist and retired Army Col. Jack Einwechter.The OC Register's political reporter Martin Wisckol reports that the press was not invited. (Way to crush the dreams of every newspaperman i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Little Saigon Might Be Lumped With, Dominated By Long Beach In New Congressional Redistricting Plan

    ​In the ongoing struggle over which congressional district to put Little Saigon in, the latest proposal may end up lumping it in with Long Beach. The OC Register's political reporter Martin Wisckol reports that the recently revealed map puts Little Saigon and other parts of Orange County in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    [UPDATED with New Sanchez Plan, Agendas Set:] Proposals Target Districts of Dana Rohrabacher and Loretta Sanchez

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 7, 1:56 P.M.: Orange County Register political reporter Martin Wisckol writes today that the Latino-heavy congressional district of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), which had been virtually wiped out under a previous redistricting proposal, has been largely restored under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The Top 2010 OC Story That Didn't Make the Register's Year-End List

    ​Veteran Orange County Register reporter Martin Wisckol has named his "Top 10" political events of 2010.It's a thorough list, except for one thing: it omitted arguably the top local political story of the year.Oops.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Nativo Lopez Slammed by Court For Calling Frozen Food Company "Racist"

    Nativo Lopez​Nativo Lopez, Orange County's most controversial political activist, helped organize a 2009 protest against a Southern California frozen food company and distributed leaflets branding the business a "racist employer" because it fired almost 300 warehouse workers who'd provided fake So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Does Loretta Sanchez Have "Retaliatory Hands"?

    Doesn't fear a tan​Poor Tan Nguyen. The only folks who pay attention to his perennial congressional campaigns are apparently in the local U.S. Attorney's office. Worse, nowadays Nguyen is proving better at collecting criminal charges than votes.According to Martin Wisckol at the OC Regis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Lady Gaga is Orly Taitz? Old News, OC Register

    OC Register screen shotGrounds for a RICO suit, we say.​Total Buzz, the Orange County Register's "insiders' hotline to politics in O.C.," posted an item over the weekend with an insider tip from a Register photo editor saying that Laguna Niguel Obama-suer Orly Taitz looks, kinda, like pop diva La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Tan Nguyen's Latino Voter Suppression Case Inching To Trial

    Nguyen to Latinos: Voting can be "dangerous"​In 2006, then five-term Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez faced yet another pathetic Republican challenger, Tan Nguyen, a candidate who equated plastering his campaign placards on every stick, fence and pole in the district with some sort of v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    [UPDATED WITH SENTENCE:] 3-Time GOP Congressional Candidate Delecia Holt Convicted for Defrauding Hotels, Stealing Car

    Courtesy of Orange County District AttorneyDeleica Holt's booking photo.​Delecia Holt, the 48-year-old Aliso Viejo Republican who ran three times for Congress in Orange and San Diego counties, was released from the jail she's been sitting in since her Oct. 7, 2008, arrest for defrauding Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    3-Time GOP Candidate for Congress in Court for Thefts From Hotels, Comedians, Phone Company and Mercedes Dealer

    Not Deleica Holt's campaign poster but her booking photo.​Delecia Holt, 48, of Aliso Viejo, ran as a Republican in special elections to replace Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), who left Congress in 2005 to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-San Dieg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Crank Trifecta: A Birther-Tea Bagger-Town Hall Crier Rolled Into One

    Media Matters gets the scoop on this morning's Fox & Friends bringing together the living embodiment of the "grass-roots" Birther, Tea Party and Healthcare Town Hall movements--without acknowledging it, of course, because that would be embarrassing even to Fox News.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Week: "Go Whites!"

    This week's story is an Aug. 7 column by the Orange County Register's Martin Wisckol, "Whites a minority in California, but still a majority of voters." The story was based on recent Field Poll data that showed that while Whites make up only 43 percent of the state, they represent 65 percent of vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    This Memorial Weekend Brought Us Gross Waters and Bland Cops

    What did you miss by turning off the Internet and getting a sunburn this weekend? John Gilhooley / OCWDid Sandra piss off some more republicans this weekend?Honestly, not a lot. Something happened with North Korea, yeah. But in Orange County? Fluff fluff and fluff. Here's your recommended reading fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Will Little Saigon Bring Down Loretta Sanchez?

    North Orange County state Assemblyman Van Tran announced thru the Register's Martin Wisckol today that he hopes to be the 2010 Republican challenger to OC's lone Democratic member of congress: Loretta Sanchez. The news is as surprising as a six-hour traffic jam on the 55 or four-year-old, three-foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    OC Republicans Satanic!

    From a Martin Wisckol story in the Register yesterday:One indicator is that the county Republican Party pitched in $666,000 last year to help out campaigns, while the Democratic Party here came up with just $90,000, according to campaign disclosure reports.That's right, the Number of the Beast plus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    Orange County Entering Bizarro World

    Dan Chmielewski over at The Liberal OC posted that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama will hold a $2,300-per-plate fundraiser at Newport Beach's Balboa Bay Club but doesn't mention how much of a wrench it is to the county's political cosmology. Read the above again. Barack Hussein Obama. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    Register Atrocity of the Day

    From the Reggie's In Your Face blog, which, as it says, is all about "Cosmetic medicine, celebrities, and you:" The world's most powerful Botoxed celebrities Y'know, I've just realized why so many of the Reggie's blogs are so hard to find -- this one isn't even on the main blog list on their site. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2008

    Reg-O-Meter© -- Week Ending May 10

    TUESDAY, MAY 6 ●A click-up of the Reggie’s website today, and what do we see? Pretty much the most-commented-on headline in Reggie history: MAN SHOOTS DAD IN BUTT. Well, it certainly grabbed our attention. Surprisingly, not one of the Reggie’s citizen pundits were offended, though it did an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008

    Tony Rackauckas Hunting Commies in Little Saigon?

    The Weekly never passes up on an opportunity to make fun of our favorite local lawman—favorite, now that Sheriff Mike Carona's out of the picture, that is—Tony Rackauckas. So when we saw this item on the fiesty and irreverent Bolsavik blog by ex-Nguoi Viet Daily News managing editor Hao-Nhien Vu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    Dina Nguyen Commits Godwin's Law!

    Years ago, through the wonders of the Library, I learned Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. Per Conversely, you can attack an opponent simply by declaring his position to be consistent with Hitler's. This tactic has long been a fixture of the Usenet newsgroups, which eventually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2008

    Register Bootlicker Returns for Special Easter Sermon!

    Squeezing a gun with both hands sent sensations racing down his spine to a semi-firm, half-inch point between his legs. Gordon Dillow (pictured, for illustration purposes, on his knees with the steel collar around his neck) wanted to moan--purr, really--like he did in the privacy of his home. But he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2008

    Wiley Drake: Reverend or Ayatollah?

    "It's not my hit list; It's God's hit list."

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines. No Surprises: More war money for Costa Mesa

    Janet Nguyen to pay up: OC's newest supervisor recently admitted to collecting funds above the legal limit in the last election and trying to avoid disclosing them. Nguyen has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle state and county investigations into a legal-defense fun she improperly set up (and made $12, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Debbie Carona wants out

    Debbie Carona wants out: On Halloween day, the Weekly sat in a crowded Santa Ana courtroom and watched the odd trio of sheriff, wife and mistress twitching as they sat cuffed and in uncomfortably close quarters. Debbie Carona sat a lawyer away from her hubby and did not so much as look at him the en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2007

    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: Meteor Showers Tonight!

    LA vs. OC: The Southern California airport wars continue this morning in a Daily Breeze article detailing a Los Angeles official’s demand that Orange County residents pay for increasing the burden on LAX. “Share the burden or cough up the cash,” is how reporter Art Marroquin summarized the opi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007
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    September 24, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Ass Slapping Fun!

    Worm Attack in Dana Point? TMZ reports that Orange County police are investigating former Los Angeles Laker/Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for allegedly committing a “crime” inside the Hennessy's Tavern near PCH in Dana Point. The celebrity website says Rodman was accused of slapping a female custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: That Sneaky Chuck DeVore

    Doctor No: The public hospital crisis has placed nearly two dozen private hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties “in dire financial straits and in danger of bankruptcy or closure,” according to a depressing report in today’s Times. Reporters Daniel Costello and Susannah Rosenblatt found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: Register UCI Panic!

    OC Gym Crook Arrested in LA: Police arrested Ronald James Navarrette Jr. of Mission Viejo Friday in El Segundo for breaking into men's lockers at the Spectrum Athletic Club not far from LAX. Gym employees had been on the lookout for the 45-year-old crook they knew from surveillance video taken at ot ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 23, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Nov. 15 - Nov. 21

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Down Goes Daucher

    As of half-past seven Monday night, Lou Correa has over 50% of the vote, beating opponent Lynn Daucher by 1,302 votes and winning California's 34th Senate seat. He collected more votes than opponents Daucher and Otto Bade combined, ending speculation that Bade's last-minute write-in campaign is what ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 11, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Cinco De Me! Of meat and mariachis, Vidal Sassoon, and (ladies and gentlemen) Arnold Schwarzenegger!

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Go Back to Thinking Less of Me

    An open letter from the editor

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Lockyer Dances the Dipsy-Do, Tricky-Lawyer Thing With DA

    Did the attorney general really clear Rackauckas in corruption scandals?

  • Columns

    November 7, 2002

    Heavenly Creatures

    Gene Autry, meet Paul Wellstone

  • News

    October 3, 2002

    Press Clips

    Why did the Metro kill Hugh Hewitt's piece on Larry Agran?

  • Features

    November 29, 2001

    Is It Time for Ted Crisell?

    Well-informed, well-meaning, well-spoken and well-positioned on the issues, the Huntington Beach Democrat is going to get killed in his upcoming battle with Dana Rohrabacher

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Send George Packing!

    Dailies Praise Argyros as a Civic Leader, Ignore Allegations His Firm Ripped-Off Tenants

  • Columns

    February 1, 2001


    Enemies new and old in the return of the Dark Ages

  • Features

    November 16, 2000

    Fat Cat Nation!

    Does this Party know how to party?

  • Columns

    June 22, 2000

    Jazz Hands, Everyone!

    If Ray Cordovas hair were like Henry Rollins neckand could talk!

  • Columns

    March 23, 2000

    The Girl Who Peed Herself

    And other tales of hilarity from election night

  • Columns

    March 16, 2000