U.S. State Politics

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Is Jerry Brown Nominating the Orange Diocese's Keeper of Pedo-Priest Secrets as a OC Judge?

    The buzz going around the Diocese of Orange is that California governor Jerry Brown is considering general counsel Maria Rullo Schinderle as a judge. And if ever you needed a laugh, it's in that possibility. Schinderle has worked for the Orange diocese since 1998, basically at the beginning of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    California Legalizes Industrial Hemp; Will Feds Interfere?

    On Sept. 27, California Governor Jerry Brown finally signed a bill to legalize industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive close relative of marijuana that can be made into everything from paper and rope to fiberglass substitute, shampoo and toothpaste. The last time hemp was legally grown in the U.S. w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    OC Democrat and Republican Assembly Members Team to Save Beach Fire Rings

    Two freshman Orange County Assembly members have crossed the aisle to co-introduce legislation to "protect beach bonfires for all Californians." Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), seen here burning up over fire pits, and Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) say Assembly Bill 1102 will exempt beach ring ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2012

    Barack Obama Who?

    [Moxley Confidential] Orange County Democrats hold pre-November election summit and forget to rally the faithful for the president's re-election

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Diane Harkey, State Assemblywoman, Sees Return of Point Center Financial Scandal

    When Diane Harkey ran for state Senate (unsuccessfully) and Assembly (successfully), she claimed she financed her campaigns with her own money, earned during her "six-figure" banking career.But later came disclosures that some of the Dana Point Republican's campaign funds--$16,000 worth--came from t ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Diane Harkey, Dana Point Assemblywoman, Helps Kill Bill That Would've Banned Lobbyist Gifts of Tickets to Politicos

    Wow, we haven't checked in on Dana Point-area Assemblywoman Diane Harkey in a couple of years--really, ever since former Weekling (and current Atlantic guy) Spencer Kornhaber took her down a couple of notches some years back. But when you're a self-professed small-government zealot who rails against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Gary Miller, Congressman Who Left OC to Avoid a Run Against a Republican, Faces One Anyway

    An incumbent Republican congressman who jumped districts to avoid facing another GOP Member of Congress in Tuesday's primary will square off against a powerful office-holder from his own party in the fall. Gary Miller, who had been the Orange County congressional delegation's most-wealthy member, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Brandi Chastain Winces as Chris Norby Inserts Soccer Shoe in Mouth at Title IX Recognition

    Professional soccer player Brandi Chastain, who is known internationally for whipping off her jersey and falling to her knees in her sports bra after the U.S. defeated China in the 1999 Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl, was under the California Capitol dome Monday as the state Assembly recognized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Chef Fights For Foie

    The clock ticks ever closer toward the July 1 ban on foie gras to take effect in the state of California, and a council of chefs is not going quietly into that good night. Yesterday, a group calling itself C.H.E.F.S, the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards, took the fight for foie to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Jon Fleischman's FlashReport For California Republicans Gains LA Times Attention

    ​Orange County's Jon Fleischman, the grand daddy of powerful California Republican bloggers, earned a noteworthy news story in today's Los Angeles Times.Though he has plenty of critics, routinely treats me with outright contempt (I wasn't good for his onetime boss Sheriff Mike Carona) and strictly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Oklahoma Senator Wants to Ban Fetuses as Food

    OK State Senate websiteSenator Shortey​Soylent Green will not be manufactured in Oklahoma. Not if that state senator Ralph Shortey gets his way. The freshman Republican introduced a bill this week in the state legislature "prohibiting the sale or manufacture of food or products which contain abort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Bill Targeting Nonprofits That's Inspired by Jerry Sandusky-Penn State Scandal Gets Legs

    ​In the wake of the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky controversy, a California assemblyman has answered a Newport Beach attorney and retired state senator's call for legislation targeting the tax-exempt status of nonprofits that foster, enable and cover up child sexual abuse. The proposed bill would stri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Gabrielle Nestande, Former OC Supervisor's Daughter and Rick Perry Campaign Worker, Indicted on Single Charge in Woman's Hit-and-Run Death in Texas

    ​Gabrielle Jane Nestande--the 24-year-old daughter of former Orange County Supervisor and state Assemblyman Bruce Nestande, half sister of Riverside Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande and former campaign worker for Texas Gov. Rick Perry--has been indicted by the Travis County grand jury on a si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Marian Bergeson Continues 1 1/2-year Hunt for Her Daughter's Killer in Oregon

    ​Marian Bergeson was a Salt Lake City-born, Brigham Young University-educated mom who raised four children and taught school in Newport Beach before launching a long and storied career as a politician that included stints as a city councilwoman, school board trustee, state senator, assemblywoman, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    It's The Mildred Patty Baena Story of a Lifetime

    ​The story of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's family maid-turned-baby mama will be the subject of a Lifetime movie.At least The Mildred Patty Baena Story is a go if comedian Kathy Griffin is to be believed.She shared the clip that follows after the jump on Jimmy Kimmel Live rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Assembly Passes Second California DREAM Act Bill, To Allow State Financial Aid For Illegal Immigrants

    ​Another hurdle cleared for illegal immigrant college students. On Wednesday, the state Assembly passed the second part of the California DREAM Act, a bill that would allow them to apply for state grants.  The two-bill package was introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Gabrielle Jane Nestande, Ex-OC Assemblyman and Supervisor Bruce's Daughter, Held in Fatal Hit-and-Run

    ​The apple really doesn't fall far from the tree: former Orange County Supervisor and state Assemblyman Bruce Nestande served six months of house arrest and three years probation after pleading guilty in 2007 to driving drunk the wrong way on a one-way street and hitting a parked car. Now his 23-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Jerry Brown Death Threat Graffiti Allows Foes to Paint Orange County With Pressurized Can of Hate

    ​Representatives from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Ana Police Department said today there have been no new developments in the case of the death threats against Governor Jerry Brown spray-painted on two walls in Santa Ana. (Brown's office directed all inquiries to the CHP, which is head ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Fate of the OC Fairgrounds Stalled Until January 2011

    ​Update, December 22, 2:15 p.m.: The non-money grubbing side won in the matter of the OC Fairgrounds. Sort of. Yesterday the Fourth District Appellate Court agreed to hear the case, which will prevent the sale of the property until at least Jan. 10, 2011.Why is this a victory? By that time the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Sacramento Bee Slams OC's Tom Harman On Anti-Gay Marriage Idea

    Harman: pro-zealot?​We learned this year that Orange County state Senator Tom Harman shamelessly used personal connections in the local district attorney's office in a plot to steal the weighty if deceitful ballot designation "prosecutor" in his campaign to win the Republican Party primary for Cal ... More >>

  • News

    November 4, 2010

    A Night to Dismember the Democrats

    Election 2010: Scenes from some of the few races where Dems didn't get tsunami'd

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Election 2010: Coker is Spun, Polled, Teabagged

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Dead Woman Wins State Senate Seat, Dead Man Loses City Council Bid

    Jenny Oropeza​Bill Barker did not win one of three open Mission Viejo City Council seats Tuesday, although the fact he received the seventh-most votes out of 12 candidates--and that he died hours before the polls opened--is impressive.But not nearly as impressive as the feat achieved by state Sen. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    California's 5 Worst Ballot Initiatives

    ​Happy Election Day! Could you even sleep last night? Do you view your local polling place like a 5-year-old views a Christmas tree on Christmas morning? Can you not wait one more minute to vote the bastards out?Well, before you go get your teabag on, take a gander at bad initiatives that have gon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Prop 8 is Illegal Because All California Ballot Propositions are Illegal: Appellate Lawyer

    ​An appellate lawyer has filed a brief before the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco that argues same-sex-marriage banning Prop 8 should be struck down because all ballot propositions are illegal.As Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) put it in ... And Justice for All, "You're out of order! You're out of or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Did Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger "Sandbag" Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Orange County DREAM Team Protests Outside Meg Whitman's Santa Ana Offices Over Whitman's Anti-Undocumented College Student Stance

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Meg Whitman, Direct From My Mailbox

    ​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:

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Are Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina Giving Sarah Palin Cold Padded Shoulders?

    ​As Bubba ties up Santa Ana traffic and rallies the Democrats behind his former foe Jerry Brown, his brown amiga Loretta Sanchez and that San Francisco mayor with the hair today, Anaheim is bracing for a traffic/media/politico crush Saturday with the arrival of Sarah Palin, plain and tall.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Duane Roberts, Green Party Nominee for U.S. Senate, Says Democrats are "Anti-Immigrant"

    ​Duane Roberts sounds downright Republican."Beware of the Democrats" warns the Anaheim Green Party member running in November for the U.S. Senate seat held by a Democrat, Barbara Boxer.However, when Roberts explains his proclamation, he does not sound very Republican at all. He accuses Dems of bei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Ho-Hum, a City Official Busted in Surf City

    ​A corruption probe resulted in the arrest of a city official in Huntington Beach this morning. Hell, that's not news, that's just another day in Surf City, you're probably saying to yourself. (Ah, ex-mayors Garofalo and Houchen, how we miss you so!) However, this time the busted city official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Ex-Congressman Drops Facebook Friendship with Orly Taitz; Who's Next?

    ​The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported last week that Orly Taitz--the Laguna Niguel dentist who famously claims that Barack Obama isn't eligible for the office he holds--lost one of her Facebook friends recently. On Thursday, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal shed his social-networki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    UPDATED: Prop 8 Judge: Same-Sex Weddings Can Resume ... on Wednesday

    Law.UCI.eduChemerinsky​UPDATE: The dean of the UCI Law School does not see grounds for an appeal of the stay against gay weddings in California (see below) . . . U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco today lifted the stay on same-sex marriages in California--beginning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Will Meg Whitman's Stands Against Prop. 187 and Arizona's SB 1070 Chill Her Likely Voters?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Lou Correa Refuses His State Senate Per Diem

    ​State Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is not accepting his $142-per-day subsidies for living expenses (called per diem), retroactive to July 1, when this session's budget impasse began.Correa joins three other legislators refusing their per diem, while a fifth has vowed to donate to a nonprofit fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Solorio: Latino Lawmakers Won't Block OC Fairgrounds Sale

    ​We told you here that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off on selling the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa but that the California Legislature's Latino caucus was still threatening to block the deal because of the city's stance on illegal immigrants. Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    High-Speed Rail Plan Slammed by Berkeley; Curt Pringle in Senator's Cross Hairs

    ​California's planned high-speed rail system has been the target of varied criticism, including from Orange County state assemblywoman Diane Harkey who wants to kill the thing outright. Now, a study from UC Berekely--funded by the high-speed rail authority--says the entire project is based on ride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Chuck DeVore's Latest Endorsement: Barbara Coe?

    Coe, in center, between two of her other pet candidates, Joe Arpayaso and sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt​Now that Irvine state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is fully behind Arizona's anti-illegals SB 1070, the extremists are coming out of their muck to support his quixotic campaign for Senate. Take the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    John Eastman Outflanks Republicans In California AG Race

    (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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    241 Toll Road Delayed Indefinitely

    The 241 Foothill-South Toll Road extension that would have run through San Onofre State Park endangering wild life and costing tax payers $10 million, has been delayed indefinitely, according to Congressman Ken Calvert. In the Congressman's words, "thanks to Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Gil, Drop the Bill

    State Senator Dick Ackerman is as conservative as they come, and must no doubt be thrilled that ICE raids in OC are now as common as sunny days. But his thinking on a proposal by Los Angeles-area State Senator Gil Cedillo to require that California schools teach kiddies about the illegal roundups of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2007

    Over Spitzer's Objection, Gov Delays New Death Chamber

    You've got to wonder how state assemblyman Todd Spitzer--a former Orange County supervisor, prosecutor and LAPD reserve officer--tolerates continual Sacramento BS even within his own Republican Party. McClatchy news reported today that GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger--who oddly still enjoys The Ter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007

    DeVore Speaks (and effs up)

    Legendary Louisiana Governor Earl Long used to offer the following advice to political types: "Don't write anything you can phone. Don't phone anything you can talk. Don't talk anything you can whisper. Don't whisper anything you can smile. Don't smile anything you can nod. Don't nod anything you c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007

    Your Multi-tasking Governor

    "Schwarzenegger had proof of some multi-tasking dexterity," writes LA Times columnist George Skelton, after having a cozy chat with Schwarzenegger in the governor's smoking tent in Sacramento. The column isn't really worth reading, since it mainly recounts Schwarzenegger's very high opinion of Schw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2007

    The Broken Bone and the Big Bucks

    No doubt Governor Schwarzenegger was really looking forward to all this week's inaugural celebrations. Then came the accident on the ski slopes of Idaho. So out went his participation in the public celebration. Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee reports: Sidelined with a broken leg requiring m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2006

    Candidates Debate, Conga Lines Not Mentioned

    Yesterday afternoon's debate between Phil Angelides and Steve Westly on Univision's Voz y Voto (scheduled to air Saturday) "marked a sharp negative turn in the race", according to the Los Angeles Times. The rest of the media agrees– for example, the opening sentence of the San Francisco Chron ... More >>

  • News

    September 5, 2002

    One Gigante Mess

    How a multibillion-dollar corporation played the victim and got its liquor license

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