Political Scandals

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2012

    Dana Rohrabacher Fans Claim "Conniving, Wily Latinos" Who Stole 2012 Election For Barack Obama Were Too Smart To Get Caught

    On Dec. 8, I reported that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher claimed Democratic operatives paid poor people and "illegals" to steal the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama.Rohrabacher offered no proof of his claim and so I challenged him to name just one crony who paid one identified "illega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    NBFF Midway: Reflexoes de um Liquidificador, High Road Premiere, Aaron Sorkin, California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown

    Searching the High Road.​Checking in on the Newport Beach Film Festival at its halfway mark, viewers have been treated in this 12th year to the option of sticking to one genre of presentations--say, only shorts or comedies or Spanish-language movies--or creating their own cultural bouillabai ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Rep. John Campbell Skates in House Ethics Report

    ​This morning, an independent ethics office recommended the further investigation of Representative John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) and two other congressmen for possible wrongdoing because they raised funds from financial lobbyists around the time in December 2009 the House voted on a sweeping ov ... 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

    July 22, 2009

    The Other F-Me Pump Drops for Sarah Palin

    Right after her stunning loss to Loretta Sanchez in the Great Navel Gazing Fashion-off, the other pump dropped for former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Apparently, The Associated Press got ahold of a report about an ethics complaint involving Alaska's departing governor and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Friday Film Funnies: Larry "Nativo" Lopez

    My email and Facebook in-box have been invaded with the news that longtime Latino activist/racialist Larry "Nativo" Lopez was arrested on felony counts of voter fraud this Wednesday. We'll see whether the charges (that he voted in Boyle Heights but lives in OC), but my only comment at this point is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Mike Carona Struts After Learning Jury Still Deadlocked

    Thirty long hours. That's how much time the 11 men and lone woman of the jury have deliberated the federal corruption charges against ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona without reaching verdicts. Meanwhile, boredom has driven reporters to gossip, play poker, gossip, plan vacations, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Saint Mike Carona?

    "He worked hard for you. He was a tireless worker. He worked all the time. He did great things. He helped at-risk kids and he did so much for the vulnerable people in our community." --Exasperated, red-faced lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz (pictured) wrapping up an eight hour closing argument today in h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Deep Throat Dies

    The famed and enigmatic anonymous source credited with grinding Richard Nixon's perfidious presidency to a halt, died yesterday in northern California. A career FBI director, W. Mark Felt Sr. confessed to being "Deep Throat" in 2005, after 30 years of denial. He was the man, he admitted, who walked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Sheriff Mike Carona Corruption Trial Quote of the Day! Part Two

    "The cover story was that he wasn't there to obtain a blowjob. It was to sign [legal] documents." --Prosecution witness and current Orange County Sheriff's Department employee Sandy Murphy testifying today how Mike Carona and his mistress Debra Hoffman helped devise a lie to mask the assertion that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Quote of the Day in the Mike Carona Corruption Trial

    "I'm sure it's memorable." --Sassy defense lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz on a Newport Beach cop's recollections today about Orange County Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo wearing a "Hawaiian shirt" over his uniform while trying to block a 2002 police investigation into the videotaped gang rape of an unc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    6 Observations about Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's corruption trial

    1. If it's his decision to make, indicted ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who is a superbly confident man with rare charisma, will testify in his public corruption trial. 2. Although the FBI and IRS appear to have nailed Debra V. Hoffman, Carona's top mistress, on bankruptcy fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Mike Carona Corruption Trial Quote of the Day!

    "He would be the fucking sheriff of Orange County. They'd be, uh, he'd be riding fat. All he had to do was be a white guy about it." --Then-Sheriff Mike Carona speaking to a confidante without knowing he's being recorded during an August 2007 meeting and bitching that George Jaramillo, his onetime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    But Mike Carona Cried on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power. . .

    “Cocksucker . . . He can suck my dick . . . Bob McDonell’s a lying cocksucker. Uh, most of what he’s done is illegal and my guess is that at some point in time, um, he’ll either get the shit sued out of him or he’s gonna get indicted on something, so you can tell him I said that.” --In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Look! Up in the Sky! It's Bad News for Mike Carona?

    "He looks up in the sky and says, 'From here on out we've got to be real careful and be concerned about [FBI] surveillance.'" --Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying today about Mike Carona's 2002 private reaction to speculation in the Orange County Sheriff's Department that federal agents had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    The Billboard on Mike Carona's Sizable Forehead

    "In plain terms, you have to do a little dance with politicians to get them to do what you want later. These two guys came in with 'For Sale' signs on them." --Don Haidl, a used car business owner and eventual assistant sheriff who admits to a long history of trying to buy influence from politician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Carona Ordered "Back Door" Treatment for Gang Rapist's Father

    "They took me in the back door. They were good guys." --Millionaire Don Haidl explaining today in Sheriff Mike Carona's federal corruption trial that Carona had ordered the Dignitary Protection Unit of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to give him special, taxpayer-funded courthouse escorts du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Perhaps Mike Carona Only Meant to Order More Crab Cakes

    "Okay." --Inside a Newport Beach restaurant in August 2007, then-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's secretly recorded response to a co-conspirator's plan to "burn" a document concerning a federal grand jury's corruption probe. (R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly)

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Sheriff Mike Carona Gave A Badge to His Favorite Restaurant Owner

    "Nobody was going to admit anything." --Ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haild testifying today in the federal corruption trial of indicted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who allegedly ordered silence about the department giving badges, guns, concealed weapon permits and police powers to unqualified i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Crime Made Sheriff Mike Carona Hungry

    "Crab cakes sounds good. How about that French brie too?" --Then-Sheriff Mike Carona pausing temporarily in August 2007 from plotting how to foil a federal grand jury corruption probe during a meeting at a Newport Beach restaurant with Don Haidl, his onetime assistant sheriff who is secretly wearin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Wire: Haidl and Carona Caught on Tape

    Today at ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's federal corruption trial, prosecutor Brett Sagel introduced the following inflammatory excerpt of a secretly recorded July 7, 2007, conversation between then-Sheriff Carona and Don Haidl, who had served as assistant sheriff. At the time of the conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Carona Corruption Trial Quote Of The Day

    "A 'hubcap deal' was in regards to [then Sheriff Mike Carona's appointed assistant sheriff and best friend] George Jaramillo. A standing joke going way, way back [to 1998] while I was trying to control Jaramillo and Carona. George could be told that he would get a new car tomorrow and he'd steal it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Why Would The Sheriff of OC Be "Scared Shitless"?

    "Yeah, me too." --Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona said in July 2007 to his onetime Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl who'd just described himself as "scared shitless" that another alleged co-conspirator, Debra V. Hoffman--Carona's chief mistress, had talked at length to FBI agents in Newport Beach. Car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008

    And Now There Are Two

    Five months after indicted Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona resigned to prepare for his corruption trial, the county's board of supervisors (BOS) today narrowed the prospective replacement list from nine candidates to just two: Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters and ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff's ... More >>

  • 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 5, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 11/05

    WINE & CHEESE TASTING, 4pm Featured every Monday night. Reservations recommended. Located at The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Ste. A-102, Costa Mesa, (714) 545-1411 ANAHEIM DUCKS, 7pm Hockey! vs. Dallas Stars Honda Center, 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Moxley called it

    Moxley called it: Last night, the Los Angeles Times reported that OC Sheriff Mike Carona had been indicted on federal corruption charges. If you haven't already, read R.Scott Moxley's post on the subject, with links to his ballsy coverage of the official over the years. Note: The indictment is unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    OC Sheriff Carona Indicted For Corruption After FBI Probe

    Christine Hanley at the Los Angeles Times is reporting late night that Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona (pictured in a Newport Beach bar with convicted felon Rick Rizzolo, a Chicago Mafia associate) "has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from a lengthy investigation into al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007

    Sheriff Loses Battle To End Federal Case

    A U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has refused Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s demand to dismiss a First Amendment complaint filed by former Carona challenger, ex-sheriff’s Lt. William Hunt, according to a press release issued this morning by Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine. Hunt attorne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    OC Lawyer Tossed From CA Republican Bribery Case

    A federal judge in San Diego removed Mark Geragos from a sensational bribery case yesterday because the (in)famous Orange County-based defense lawyer refused to agree to a federal background check before receiving classified national-security-related data. Geragos—who worked for convicted wife-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Va Tech Murders Give OC Sheriff Pal Excuse

    At the insistence of John Barnett, OC 's legendary defense lawyer, a San Bernardino County judge refused to allow opening statements Monday in the jury trial of Raymond K. Yi, a former OC reserve deputy who faces six felony charges for a 2005 gun-related temper tantrum on a golf course. Barnett, fa ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 11, 2007

    Hey, You!

    Rosy Outlook

  • 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 >>

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Cocaine Airways

    A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    Sampling Dana

    Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall catches the ex-CIA bigwig at the center of one of Washington's more intriguing ongoing scandals (the one with the hookers), Dusty Foggo, trying to pass off as his own a memorable bit of nonsense first used by everyone's favorite Surfin' Congressman, D. Rohr ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006

    Lou Sheldon's Movin' On Up

    OC reverend played the gay card to aid FBI corruption target

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    Punchin' Judy

    NY Times First Amendment 'martyr' Miller comes to town

  • News

    September 15, 2005


    Your DA declines to prosecute his friends

  • Columns

    September 8, 2005
  • Columns

    July 21, 2005

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Why does George W. Bush want the terrorists to win?

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Slammer Time!

    Huntington Beach councilwoman faces federal case

  • Columns

    April 17, 2003
  • News

    March 4, 1999


    Reg allows conservatives to blast foes-anonymously

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Constitutional Cuisinart

    OC congressmen try to chop U.S. birthright out of the 14th Amendment

  • Columns

    August 20, 1998
  • News

    May 1, 1997

    Jerque Du Soleil

    Bob Dornan's Circus Comes to SoCal and Leaves Once More Without Making Its Case

  • News

    January 23, 1997

    The Sore-Losers Club

    A Bitter Ex-Congressman Secretly Feeds Voter Probe

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