U.S. Liberal Politics

  • Film

    July 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Tim Carpenter, OC-Turned-National Progressive Activist, to be Subject of Memorial in Orange

    Tim Carpenter, the recently deceased national progressive activist who has been feted on the East Coast, is now getting a hometown memorial.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Judge Derek Johnson of Bass Ackward Rape Comments Gets Serious Election Challenge

    2008: A Moxley Confidential column reports on Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson opining that if a victim's vagina hadn't been "shredded" during a sexual assault then the woman gave at least partial consent to her attacker. 2012: R. Scott Moxley's scoop results in the California C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    San Antonio's Joaquin Castro Set As Keynote Speaker For Orange County Democrat Event

    Orange County Republicans brought Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in town for their 2013 party fundraiser, but local Democrats think they're getting the better deal by scheduling Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to their big soiree in October. Castro, who represents a large portion of San Antonio in Congress, isn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    OC & Riverside Democrats Struggle to Reverse California's Potpocalypse

    When it comes to mainstream American politics, usually it's the Libertarian Party that one would associate with a pro-marijuana (medical or otherwise) agenda, but now you can add the Democratic Party to that very brief list. To wit: in Riverside, the very town whose fight over a local ban on marij ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Bill Clinton to Stress "Patients" in OC

    Bill Clinton is reportedly returning to Orange County Monday, when he won't be stumping for a candidate but organizers of a nonprofit summit aimed at seeking ways to increase patient safety and decrease costs. Bubba last darkened our collective doorstep in October, when he appeared at a packed UC I ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    Jeff LeTourneau's Grassroots Revival

    The legendary LGBT activist hopes to become chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Tim Carpenter, OC-Tied Director of Progressive Democrats of America, Calls On Federal Spending Boost

    Cal State Fullerton graduate Tim Carpenter--a longtime, popular liberal activist in Orange County before moving to Massachusetts--is calling on Democrats to resist Republican attempts to shortchange middle class and low income Americans in advance of the federal government's so-called looming "fisca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    [UPDATED with More Details:] Bubba Watch 2012: Bill Clinton Reportedly Coming to Irvine Tuesday

    See the update at the end of this post with more details on Bill Clinton's visit to Irvine.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 19, 2:46 P.M.: Bill Clinton is reportedly coming back to Orange County.The 42nd president of these United States is said to be attending a post-(final, thank God)-debate rally somewhere on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Did Julian Castro's DNC Convention Speech Signal The Decline of OC's Loretta Sanchez?

    Just four years ago, Loretta Sanchez--the veteran, Democrat congresswoman from Anaheim--repeatedly won significant national network TV attention on the arm of Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential primaries. Part of that focus happened when Sanchez continued to stridently advocate for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    "Sounds of Truth" Experiments with Empathy in Irvine

    A rare, mostly harmonious gathering commenced on Saturday afternoon as Orange County liberals and conservatives voluntarily came together for a hot dog roastin', frisbee-throwin' picnic at Mason Park in Irvine. The unlikely gathering, dubbed Sounds of Truth, was hosted by OC-based politica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    No Democrat Running Against Janet Nguyen in Supe Race, Further Showing Stupidity of OC Dem Leadership

    You know, I've been so wrapped up in promoting my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, that I lost track of who was going to face off against Janet Nguyen in her reelection bid for the First Supervisorial District seat. I knew Rocco was going to face off against her, but what Democrat would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    OC Young Democrats Reject Tom Daly's State Assembly Candidacy

    ​At one point in modern Orange County history Anaheim's Tom Daly was considered the biggest rising star in the local Democratic Party.That sentiment ended in 1996 with the stunning emergence of Loretta Sanchez, then an unknown character who toppled legendary, Republican Congressman Robert K. Dorna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    [UPDATED with Feinstein Fooked!] Kinde Durkee, Democratic Treasurer Accused of Fraud

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 11:05 A.M.: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is the latest Democrat claiming to have been hornswoggled by campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. Feinstein first revealed her accounts had been totally cleaned out, but her spokesman later corrected that to say the amount of missing funds is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    [UPDATED: A Success!] Orange County Progressive Summit, Starring Jim Hightower, THIS WEEKEND!!!

    Hightower​UPDATE: A wonderful time was had by all, according to Felicity Figueroa, a longtime activist and one of the volunteers at the event. It turns out that there are more than 36 progressives in OC--yay!"It was great!" she told us via email. "We had about 300 people total, 46 exhibitor booths ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    When Will OC Republicans Apologize to California for Pushing Arnold Schwarzenegger on Us?

    ​Kudos to former OC GOP head Tom Fuentes for cracking jokes about his terminal cancer last night during the local Reeps' annual Flag Day dinner last night in Irvine. Of course, for him--who supported more pedophiles, corrupt politicians, and plain old scum than the entirety of Law and Order: SVU h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Seated? Dana Rohrabacher Gets One Right!

    Dana finally finds an issue he can't botch​Okay, sure. Perennially goofy Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher occasionally makes a good point.This week in Washington, Rohrabacher and other Republican politicians questioned planned U.S. aid to China.What does the Obama administration want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    War on Christmas Rages in OC's Wealthiest 'Hoods

    ​Bill O'Reilly, Mike Huckabee and other Fox News blowhards yammer on and on about the "War on Christmas" waged by progressives who choke baby Jeebus in the cradle with their "happy holidays" chatter. Some dare call this fear mongering or lefty smearing, but those patriots are right: There is a War ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Another Reason why the Democratic Party of Orange County is Pathetic: Their Official Party is at Original Mike's

    ​Although we might come across as a left-of-left lefties, people who actually read the entirety of the Weekly know that we harbor a special animus toward local Democrats, who can boast of supporting corrupt politicians (SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido, Irvine boss Larry Agran, convicted fel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Memphis at the Santora and 6ix Park Grill Are the Places to Be Election Night for Dems, Reeps, Respectively

    You can find me reporting from this bar starting 'round 6 p.m, after I partake of Burger Night...​For most Election Night parties, the local Democrats and Republicans tend to rent hotel ballrooms to watch the night unfold--the Donkeys, usually at the Disneyland Hotel or in one of the hotels 'round ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Oliver Stone's South of the Border Out on DVD

    ​South of the Border, Oliver Stone's documentary about the leftist revolution in several South American countries, wasn't exactly embraced by critics when it hit theaters in June. Entertainment Weekly summed it up as "rose-colored agitprop."

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    2012 Election: Tea Party Out, Weed Party In?

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Says "Yes" to Debate With Van Tran

    ​Loretta Sanchez's campaign announced this morning that the Democratic congresswoman has agreed to debate her Republican challenger Van Tran on KOCE.The announcement contained no date because Sanchez is waiting to see if Tran accepts, according to Caroline Hogan, a campaign spokeswoman.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    ​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 >>

  • News

    September 2, 2010

    Barney Frank Rallies Dems for Loretta Sanchez

    [Moxley Confidential] Does she really need his help?

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Rep. Barney Frank Receives Death Threat After OC Event

    ​Following OC Weekly's Saturday night blog post coverage of protesters at the Orange County Democratic Party event featuring Barney Frank as keynote speaker someone left a death threat comment against the Massachusetts Democratic congressman."BF will be shot and dead next time he shows his fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2010

    Protesters Greet Barney Frank in Orange County

    Frank speaking​Late this afternoon more than 40 protesters greeted the arrival of Congressman Barney Frank in Orange County, but the sentiments weren't welcoming in the place once hailed as "Reagan Country." "No more [Sen. Barbara] Boxer!" the protesters shouted repeatedly in unison as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    The Bard of the Gypsy Den Replies to the Democratic Party's Plea for Midterm Money

    What, me worry?​Ann Marie Habershaw, chief operating officer of the Democratic National Committee, sent out one of those mass emails claiming her party has a plan to do well in the mid-term elections--if the person receiving the message sends back five bucks by tonight. Little did H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    A Rare Chance to Spot OC Progressives

    ​Quick, how many Orange County progressives can you fit in a phone booth? OK, that's a totally unfair question. There are no such thing as phone booths anymore.But there are, apparently, people identifying themselves as those Glenn Beck bogeymen. And, these progressives managed to scrape up enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    California Republican Negative Nabob of Negativity Party Opposes Pot Legalization

    Compassionate use conservatism​The California Republican Party has made it official: no on legalization of the devil's weed.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Infuriates the Left, Leaves Dems Mystified With Her Waldo Act on Health-Care Bill

    Loretta: How will she vote?​**UPDATE: Bill passes, Loretta says aye. Reeps are furious, but methinks she just secured her election with this one, contrary to what the Red County crowd may think...As Congress gets ready to vote on one of the most sweeping changes to the nation's health-care system ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010
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    April 16, 2009

    Social Justice Summit

    Cal State Fullerton

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Death, Taxes and the FPPC

    Millionaire Richard J. O'Neill died, reportedly of natural causes, on April 6, but not before the government took its last piece of flesh from Orange County's monumental Democrat. The 85-year-old real estate developer who headed the California Democratic Party 30 years ago and was a major contribut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    John Campbell Targeted By Withering Democrat Copy-Pasting

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a press release yesterday pointing out that South County U.S. representative John Campbell, by opposing the federal stimulus bill, opposed funding for local transportation projects:Representative Campbell Votes Against Major Road Improvements ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Anti-Obama Vandals Target Obama HQ in HB!

    When local Democratic Party activists showed up at their west county office in Huntington Beach this morning, they found evidence of some last-minute desperation among local McCain supporters: a plywood sign calling Obama a "racist" and equating the "liberal media" with un-Americanism. One of our f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008

    Che-ades of Gray

    Gregorio Luke presents “Che Guevara”

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Once Term Limits Champ, Rohrabacher Wants 11th Term in D.C.

    Early in his political career, Dana Rohrabacher hailed himself as a term-limits champion for federal politicians and spoke passionately about the inherent evils of one person staying in power for an extended period of time. Fast-forward 20 years: Rohrabacher, the conservative Republican seeking an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Hey, Barack Obama: Don't Come Back to Orange County

    A few of you might have heard that Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, arrived in Orange County on Sunday, held an exclusive fundraiser for wealthy contributors at the Republican-dominated Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, and left. Some local Democrats gloated a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    The Bono - Jesse Helms connection

    From our good friends at Rock & Rap Confidential: "Jesse Helms died yesterday, the Fourth of July. The LA Times front page described Helms as 'the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who for half a century infuriated liberals with his race-baiting campaign tactics.' President Bush described Hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Classic Film Pick of the Weekend: The Candidate

    Now that Obama has sewn up the Democratic nomination for Presidential candidate, he will begin to face the problem that all principled politicians have faced at one point or another. Stick to the idealistic viewpoints and policies in which they truly believe, though they may alienate a large portion ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    The Osama-Obama connection, and more "scoops" revealed!

    No, not really. But one avid Weekly reader decided to help us out this morning with a little something we like to call a "scoop" in the news business. Apparently our crack team of investigators dropped the ball again, failing to connect the dots because of our liberal agenda. This intrepid reader ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2008

    How did Loretta Sanchez spend her Sunday?

    While the rest of Orange County hit the beach today or watched the San Diego Chargers upset the Colts (Yes!), Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez showed one reason why she keeps winning elections and annoying the local Republican Party. A clipboard-toting Sanchez--and three accompanying aides--registered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Pete Wilson: The Orange County Connection Continues

    The very first article I ever did--and I mean ever; I spent my college years trying to become a Latino Kubrick--dealt with how the Democratic Party used the spectre of former California Governor Pete "Proposition 187" Wilson to scare Latinos into voting Democrat. We haven't heard much from Pete sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007

    Hugh Hewitt is an Idiot (Part One Billion)

    Orange County's most prominent talk-show host (take a seat, Joe Escalante) frequently proclaims himself independent of the Republican Party, but everyone knows that's a damn lie. Hugh Hewitt's latest example, however, is particularly egregious not only because he spins for the GOP, but he also skewe ... 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 2, 2006

    At the Movies

    After a corrupt Congressional electoral committee declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the 1876 presidential election, Samuel Tilden, the Democratic candidate and the actual winner of the election, left politics and, as Gore Vidal delicately put it, "retired to private life and to t ... More >>