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 >>
Supporters of SanTana councilwoman and 69th Assembly District candidate Michele Martinez try to paint her as a liberal lioness, a progressive puma, but anyone who has tracked her career knows that Martinez is a craven opportunist who'll side with whomever will guarantee her a shot at victory. Tha ... More >>
In the most hilariously misguided local effort to get Latinos to vote Republican since Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina downed tequila shots in Newport Beach, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, that august group of rainmakers whose donations make or break candidates and issues, have proposed a way t ... More >>
Given the overwhelming success organizers had with lectures at the Fullerton Public Library regarding the Alex Bernal housing-desegregation case and Lalo Alcaraz, the Fullerton Public Library and Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (for which I'm a part-time lecturer) ... More >>
Van Tran There's no doubt that three months before the November election polling showed Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez might be in danger of losing to Little Saigon state Assemblyman Van Tran.To thwart Tran's potential rise, Sanchez--already known as a tireless campaigner--doubled he ... More >>
Rev. Schuller: Give me mo' money!15. "I want to tongue every inch of you because I love you."--A text message Oxford Academy high-school history teacher Christopher John Ontiveros allegedly sent to a 17-year-old female student before his arrest for sex crimes.14. "[Barney Frank] will be shot dead ... More >>
Headline: The Block to Change Name, Add More Outlet StoresComment by LES: How about the Orange Barrio Outlet? Once it catches on, people will say "Let's go to OBO", and watch the gang bangers walk around aimlessly.Comment by NAMELESS: "The Orange Barrio Outlet" Racism, for the win.
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 >>
Should we credit/blame Latino voters for Jerry Brown returning to the governor's office, Barbara Boxer remaining in the U.S. Senate and Democrats not only holding the nation's upper house but picking up a seat in the California Assembly? Latino advocacy groups think so.
Election 2010: Scenes from some of the few races where Dems didn't get tsunami'd
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: Alka-Seltzer...my pockets hurt. Loretta Sanchez has pulled away by thousands of votes, but we'll wait until the official ... More >>
1:28 p.m.: Orange County agreed with state voters on most ballot initiatives, although more of us did want to keep choking on polluted air until the unemployment rate drops and most like the state budget approval process to remain fucked-up, thank you very much (probably because many are philosop ... More >>
Crypt from the headlines, here are our annual 31 flavors of fiendishness
KNBC/Channel 4 political reporter Conan Nolan is raising a very plausible notion: that Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger--likely miffed over negative portrayals of the Governator by Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman--"sandbagged" both candidates.And it all went down in Long Beach, where Shriver i ... More >>
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 >>
Local news highlights include:Register against Loretta Sanchez but drags out marijuana stanceThe editorial staff of the OC Register has declared itself for congressional candidate Van Tran, a Republican; U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a Republican; and Whitman, yep, a Republican. "From our ... More >>
Meg Whitman can down all the tequila shots with vendidos that she wants, but the fact is that the Republican gubernatorial candidate's name is mud with most any Latino voter in California. Her alliance with former California governor Pete Wilson might've played well with the CCIR crowd but antago ... More >>
Meg Whitman, your Republican nominee for governor, tours Earth Friendly Products in Garden Grove at 10 this morning, before pausing to tell workers how she is going to create jobs.Great. But why share her cure with a bunch of people who already have jobs? Why not face the huddled masses yearning ... More >>
Four fliers delivered to my mailbox this afternoon bring to mind instant images of Meg Whitman, your Republican nominee for governor of California. What follows is the actual order I pulled these fliers out of the box at Casa de Coker:
When it comes to the four major party candidates for California's highest state offices this November--Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman for governor and Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate--it is Fiorina who has so established herself as ... More >>
Happy 10-10-10 to you.Weekend news highlights from various media sources include:Fred Phelps thinks he knows whyYou can thank UC Irvine researchers for this good news: The future "Big One" earthquake along the San Andreas fault will be much worse and much sooner than previously expected, accordin ... More >>
The California campaign for Prop 19 this November is searching couch cushions for loose change, but that has not stopped chatter to get marijuana-legalization initiatives on more state ballots to drive Democrats to the polls in 2012.
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.
News highlights include:Meg Whitman's cash is buying her second placeCathleen Decker of the LA Times reports that new polling shows Jerry Brown gaining a "slight edge" over Meg Whitman and that Barbara Boxer has "opened a wider margin over GOP nominee Carly Fiorina in the race for U.S. Senate. ... More >>
OC Dems party at the zooToday's local highlights include:Jerry Brown enjoys OC lovefest at zooDuring a Labor Day weekend party sponsored by local unions and inside the Santa Ana Zoo, attendees treated Jerry Brown, the state's current AG who wants to be governor again, like a rock star. Seema Meht ... More >>
"With Prop 8 resoundingly rejected in federal court, there is no reason marriages can't resume now."Jerry Brown, who wants to be California's next governor (again) posted that on his Twitter page less than an hour ago.However, as the Golden State's current attorney general, he has done much more ... More >>
We told you here how California Democrats are hopeful the marijuana-legalization initiative will help the ticket in November despite the party's gubernatorial nominee coming out against it.Republicans are hopeful the anti-immigration fervor does the same for their ticket despite the party's guber ... More >>
Illustration by Jay BrockmanDianne Feinstein, our U.S. senator who is not up for reelection this November, joins Reps. Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Marin) and gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in coming out against Prop. 19, the marijuana legalization initiati ... More >>
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 >>
On the night declared the start of 'the year of the woman,' Sheriff Sandra Hutchens wins big enough to avoid a run-off with either the tea-party guy or the OC Republican-establishment guy
The blurry end.12:56 Downstairs, in the lobby bar, there is still a decent sized crowd of very well dressed people clutching cold drinks. The general idea is that government as business is back, and it's riding on the backs of women. Though I don't hear much political banter and as far as I can t ... More >>
Hunt: May you surround yourself with sane people next time...I was in San Francisco all of yesterday, so couldn't join in the election coverage like Coker, Scott, Spencer, and Megan. But I spent most of last night in a hotel room updating the Orange County Registrar of Voters website, sure that t ... More >>
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 >>
Meg Whitman and Condoleezza Rice appear together at an Irvine fund-raising event tonight.
R. Scott MoxleyNote the lower left corner of the OCGOP websiteEarth to Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh.
Photo by Christopher VictorioMeg Whitman campaigns in Buena Park.Money is not an issue for Meg Whitman as she seeks the governor's office. She has vowed to spend $150 million of her own money, if that is what it takes to win. With seven months until election day, she's well on her way.Chase Davis ... More >>
Considering Sunday's 7.2 earthquake just south of California's border with Mexico, the 4.1 shaker six miles southwest of Malibu and assorted aftershocks felt up and down the state as this is banged out with fingers crossed, it's obvious God is peeved at something. Before Pat Robertston, Wiley Dra ... More >>
Jerry Brown: "I've already indicated that that's not a provision I am likely to support."The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 was certified for November's ballot this week after backers turned in signatures from hundreds of thousands of California voters, but the three top candid ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioMeg Whitman presses the flesh in Buena Park earlier this month.California governor wannabe Meg Whitman won Monday's GOP debate in Costa Mesa, according to dean of Capitol muckrakers Dan Walters ("an indirect win"), conservative blogger Eric Hogue ("a win by split deci ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Is GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman really Arnold Schwarzenegger with a skirt?
"These are some big fuckin' numbers. She's buying the whole shebang." --Bill Carrick, veteran Democratic media consultant, after reviewing the Gross Rating Point report measuring the size and reach of the Meg Whitman gubernatorial campaign's current advertising buy. The broadcast schedule in 11 Cali ... More >>
(photo by Chris Victorio / OC Weekly)John Eastman: "I ain't evolving!"It looked as if someone had placed a lamp in the middle of the California Republican Assembly (CRA) state convention last Saturday, but it was actually a delegate wearing a straw hat with tea bags hanging from the brim. The sym ... More >>
Steve Poizner photo by Jack GouldWhitman for sale; heil, Poizner!From Los Angeles Times Capitol Journal columnist George Skelton: Steve Poizner's Wild-Eyed Accusations Against Meg Whitman Don't Bode Well: The GOP gubernatorial candidate alleges his opponent used attempted bribery and extortion to ... More >>
It was revealed today that Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach was the high bidder in the state's auction of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa--with a bid that was much lower than the $96 million to $180 million the 150-acre property had been expected to fetch.The owner of several outle ... More >>
Not OC news, but we are in California: San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the race to be governor.It now looks like Attorney General Jerry Brown--you know, the crusty guy who used to be governor--faces very little Democratic primary opposition. Meanwhile, the Republican nominatio ... More >>
Tom Campbell and Steve PoiznerSo much to learn.Did you know that there is a Chapman University System? That there's a university in Irvine that's a part of that system? That this university will host two a debate between Republican gubernatorial candidates? And that members of the public had a ch ... More >>
Matt Coker already did a nice job previewing the Western Conservative Political Action Conference taking place today and tomorrow at the Radisson in Newport Beach. But the Washington Independent's David Weigel -- who loves Orly Taitz as much as we do -- points out that this conference isn't ... More >>
Andrew Breitbart: From Fox News to Newport BeachWhat would you do if you found out conservatives Andrew Breitbart, Jim Lacy, Tom Fuentes, Bruce Herschesohn, Sir Eldon Griffiths, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Meg Whitman, Chuck DeVore, Jeff Miller, Ralph Reed, Da ... More >>
Courtesy of Jerry Brown 2010Buddy comedy stars Sean Penn and Jerry Brown.With the Golden State crumbling around the feet of the Democratic Party and an ineffective, GOP-loathed Republican governor, billionaires Meg Whitman (of CEO of eBay fame) and Steve Poizner (of state insurance commissioner and ... More >>