U.S. Politics

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Q & A w/ Luis J. Rodriguez, Famous Chicano Author Who's Running for Governor of California

    Twenty years ago, Luis J. Rodriguez wrote Always Running, the legendary memoir chronicling his transformation from cholo to Chicano activist. Now the author of fifteen books is looking to transform the state of California with a grassroots bid for the Governor's office--because if Norman Mailer coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    [UPDATE: Not Yet...] Should California's "Medical" Marijuana Be Regulated Like Alcohol?

    *See end of post for an update on the state of Ammiano's proposed legislation. Original Post, Sept. 12, 11:29 a.m.: Last week, the Obama Administration announced it had no right to interfere in states with well-regulated medical or recreational pot industries, leaving the door open for Colorado and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    OC Republicans Rebuke Dana Rohrabacher's Anti-Mexican Ways for First Time, Like, Ever

    Earlier this week, Clockwork Coker reported that Dana Rohrabacher (R-Once Had a Pedophile Work for Him) called GOP senator Marco Rubio a "weasel" because of the Floridian's efforts to try and pass immigration reform. Never mind that Rubio's proposal solves nothing, is punitive, and perfectly befitti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2013

    OC Republican Assemblyman Punished After Calling For Transparency In State Spending?

    Did California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez punish an Orange County Republican Assemblyman yesterday for balking at an alleged appalling lack of transparency in state spending proposals? That's a question raised this morning at a "God and Governance" conference in Newport Beach by Allan Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Federal Prosecutors Lift Gag Order After San Diego Mayor Defends Dispensary Owner Ronnie Chang: Update

    Scroll down to the end of this post for an update on Ronnie Chang's case in the wake of Mayor Bob Filner's press conference Monday. Original Post, May 21, 1:30 p.m.: In the midst of a major crackdown on California's medical marijuana movement, where most city officials are either working with the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Petition Drive Tries to Keep LA Times Out of Hands of Right Wingers Like the Koch Brothers

    An online petition is seeking signatures from people who do not want to see the Los Angeles Times fall into the hands of right-wing lunatics. That might not be the exact language of the pitch, but it's pretty dang close as chatter has emerged the Koch Brothers of oil money and el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2012

    Day Laborer Faces Deportation After Anaheim Employer Who Hired Him Filed False Police Report

    Jose Ucelo Gonzalez sought an honest day's work and compensation as many do outside the Home Depot on Brookhurst Street and Crescent Avenue in Anaheim back in March. The day laborer was hired by Michael Tebb, an Anaheim employer who used "Nick" as an alias, for a job in Garden Grove that unfortunate ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2012

    Carlos Bustamante: The Great Brown Flop

    Disgraced Santa Ana councilman is the latest OC GOP Latino golden boy gone pendejo

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Jim Gray, Ex-Orange County Judge, Wins Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nod

    Following the selection this morning of ex-New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as their presidential nominee, Libertarian Party members gathered in Las Vegas named Orange County's Jim Gray as the party's vice presidential choice.Gray--a well-respected, retired OC Superior Court judge--won 357 votes and, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Poets and Politicians: Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Governor Jerry Brown

    ​Governor Jerry Brown named Juan Felipe Rivera, UC Riverside poetry professor of Chair of Creative Writing, as California Poet Laureate on Wednesday, but he's just getting to know the wordsmith. The appointment is a first ever for a Latino in the state and the poet's writings articulate the life e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    California Dream Act Repeal: EPIC FAIL!

    ​Supporters of a state initiative to repeal the California Dream Act Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last year announced today they failed to obtain the 500,000 signatures required to get a proposition on the ballot. See what happens when you have your Mexican gardener's wife distribute petit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    ProPublica Blew Orange County Redistricting Story Targeting Loretta Sanchez

    ​Earlier this month, ProPublica--a respected, investigatory news agency based in New York City--issued a report that blasted Democrats for an unethical campaign to corrupt the California Citizens Redistricting Commission that was charged with designing new boundaries for federal and state election ... 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 >>

  • Columns

    September 8, 2011

    My Daughter, the 13-Year-Old Terrorist

    [Hey, You!] What OC bank told the feds their teen customer was evil?

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Jose Solorio and Tony Mendoza, Assembly Democrats, Blasted for "Anti-Business" Bills

    Solorio​A proposed law authored by one Orange County assemblyman is being called a big favor for big labor, while legislation from another has powerful California business interests lined up against it.The legislators are Democrats and California Latino Legislative Caucus leaders Jose Solorio of S ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    In Fred Karger's Presidential Run, GOP Stands for Gay Old Party

    The OC resident and onetime Republican hatchet man hopes his quixotic campaign can push his party to become more gay-friendly

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    California DREAM Act Passes State Assembly

    ​It's a little confusing, but no less a victory for illegal immigrant college students. While the national DREAM Act, an immigration bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship for young people, died in the U.S. Senate--and possibly forever--last year, the California DREAM Act is very much alive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    KFI Gets Marilyn Davenport On President Obama-Ape Email

    (c) Photo by R. Scott Moxley / OC WeeklyDavenport set to go on KFI​Marilyn Davenport, the Fullerton grandmother and Republican official who gained national notoriety on April 15 after distributing a racist email image of President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee, has agreed to appear live Wednesday o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    Rep. John Campbell: USA Close To 'Collapse'

    Campbell pulling a Nostradamus​Despite $38 billion in federal budget cuts last night, Orange County Congressman John Campbell told Fox News on Saturday morning that the United States soon faces a financial doomsday."Really big changes are needed" to future federal government spending habits o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    [UPDATED] Remember Dana Rohrabacher's Vehement Defense of His Pal Tom DeLay?

    ​Update, Jan. 10, 3:07 p.m.: Former House majority leader Tom DeLay was sentenced today to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas Legislative candidates in 2002, the Washington Post reports. Throughout his political and legal ordeal, DeLay was vehem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2010

    DREAM Act Dies in Senate, Maybe Forever

    ​The dream is over, possibly forever, possibly until some time after the 2012 election--if and when the political climate changes in Washington.Once again, the DREAM Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young people who were brought into the country by the undocumented failed to break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Now Jerry Brown Says Curt Pringle in Conflict Serving on OCTA and Bullet Train Boards

    ​Poor Curt Pringle: Termed out as Anaheim's mayor, no longer in demand as a Howdy Doody impersonator and now this: A second state legal authority has found it is a conflict for him to serve on the boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority AND California High-Speed Rail Authority simulta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Remember Dana Rohrabacher's Vehement Defense of His Pal (and Felon) Tom DeLay?

    ​As Tom DeLay moseys into a possible life prison sentence after being convicted today of federal money laundering charges, let us turn to his pal and Huntington Beach's Surfin' Congresstool, Dana Rohrabacher.We'll begin with something spit out of the Mouth That Rohrabachered, followed by a slimy c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Today's Important Unimportant Election, From My TV Screen to Your Computer/Phone Screen

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Arnold Schwarzenegger's Indian Tribe Tax Idea Slapped Down

    screenrant.comBarbarian Tax Man"We find all of the state's arguments unpersuasive."--From the Ninth Circuit's ruling this week that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's made strong-arm efforts to force the Rincon San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians to accept an illegal tax on tribal gambling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Ross Johnson "The Reformer" Retires

    Kenn Minter​In November 2008, the Weekly presented "The Reformer: Longtime OC GOP legislator Ross Johnson finds new life as a campaign-finance watchdog in Sacramento."Well, The Reformer is hanging up his cape.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Hot Air, Mad Men and Hog Slopping at the California GOP Convention

    Carly Fiorina--the former Silicon Valley CEO and current U.S. Senate candidate who ruffled the feathers of Irvine assemblyman and fellow Republican nomination seeker Chuck DeVore with her campaign's "demon sheep" ad--apparently scored a big hit at this past weekend's GOP state convention in Santa Cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Washington Post Lays GOP Woes at Manicured Feet of Mike Schroeder

    Michael Schroeder​Today's top viewed story on the online edition of the Washington Post essentially blames Corona del Mar attorney and former California Republican Party chairman Michael Schroeder for the fractured state of the GOP."The Republicans' War Within: In California, repercussions of one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    More Republi-Drama at OC GOP Meeting

    Chris Norby, in the fray​After a not-so-harmonious Western Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend and amidst a downright ugly state assembly race in north county, Red County's Alan Bartlett reports that last night's OC GOP Central Committee contained a few moments of strife and hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2009

    Best Written Putdown of OC GOP EVER

    "Those who believe in truly limiting government, in domestic and overseas affairs, should realize that we are no longer part of the conservative movement and certainly not welcome in the Republican Party. We're not loved or wanted. Don't despair. I can guarantee that it's far more entertaining watch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Move Over, OC, Placer County's Now Bastion of Conservatism

    Thomas Shaller of FiveThirtyEight--a website that takes its name from the 535 electoral college votes as it crunches polling data and other numbers--makes a compelling case that Placer County in Northern California is the new Orange County when it comes to bastions of conservatism.While Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Awesome Criminal of the Week, Pt. Douche

    Yoo, Douche.This tale of crime and no punishment has gone back and forth so many times that it's tempting to ignore this latest development, but John Yoo, Orange County's favorite torture enabler, may be back in deep doo-doo over his role in providing the legal justification for the Bush administrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Royce, Sanchez Blast North Korea's Harsh Sentencing of Journos

    Two Orange County representatives in the U.S. Congress came out strongly today against North Korea's harsh sentencing of 12 years hard labor for two U.S. journalists charged with "hostile acts." The other four Members of Congress were silent.Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) emailed the Weekly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Royce, Sanchez Blast North Korea's Harsh Sentencing of Journos

    Two Orange County representatives in the U.S. Congress came out strongly today against North Korea's harsh sentencing of 12 years hard labor for two U.S. journalists charged with "hostile acts." The other four Members of Congress were silent.Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) emailed the Weekly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Will Little Saigon Bring Down Loretta Sanchez?

    Sanchez Slayer?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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Clinton, McCain lead in OC

    From as of 8:10 p.m. Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 52,602Vote Count: 25,443 58.5(.3% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 56,586 Vote Count: 38,611 42.1(.7%Note: Both Clinton and McCain are leading statewide.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    OC Vote update: 9 PM

    Top dogs are still the same as of 9 p.m. and only 106 of 2076 precincts are accounted for. It's gonna be a loooong night! Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 52,854Vote Count: 25,543 58.5(.3% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 56,800Vote Count: 38778 42.1(.7%More here.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Myspace Bulletin from a friend in West L.A.

    8:39 p.m. "I know it's Super Tuesday and all, but it would have been nice if I could have watched Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune when I got home from work like I planned."

  • News

    March 1, 2007

    Stealth Loretta

    Is Congresswoman Sanchez a whore orworsea Republican?

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Dornan in '08

    I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but judging by this report from Drew Cline, editorial page editor of New Hampshire's Manchester Union Leader, the race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination could prove to be very, very entertaining. Cline writes on the Union Leader blog: I just got off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2006

    Wanted (sort of)

    Remember President Bush's steely determination to get Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive? Turns out he meant we'll get him, if we happen to bump into him. The New York Times reports this morning that "The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama b ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Who Is 'Jubal'?

    Republican activists engage in right-wing circle jerk on the Net

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2006

    Hair of the Dog: Not just for hangovers or hot dogs anymore

    When it comes to the Bush administration, it's not so much that rules are made to be broken, it's that rules are made so laws can be broken. The administration issues rules on "interrogations" of "detainees" that violate international law and various treaty obligations. And rules on wiretapping that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2006

    Harmin' Harman

    Another law the Fullerton-based California Rifle and Pistol Association sponsors, and had introduced by Assemblyman Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) would allow those brought up on non-violent weapons charges to enter a "pre-trial diversion program," like traffic school for minor vehicle law offender ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2005

    A Strange Man, Indeed, but a Pervert?

    Lawsuit alleges top Schwarzenegger donor sexually harassed woman in OC

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Queer Eye for the GOP Guy

    Gay activist sets the record straight about Log Cabin Republicans

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Yeah, We Want 'Bush'

    Hell is waiting for George W. Bush with Tom Fuentes as your host

  • Features

    August 17, 2000

    Dear Mr. Fuentes

    Letters to the most powerful Republican in Orange County

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Gay-Baiting Brown

    Did a smear campaign force Republican ''caveman'' out of key Assembly race?

  • Articles

    July 2, 1998
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