World Politics

  • Film

    May 23, 2013

    Hate-Watching 'Hating Breitbart'

    Fudging the truth with the late Tea Partier

  • 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

    February 18, 2013

    Diane Harkey Seeks State Tax Board Seat as Husband's Company Goes Belly Up to Stop Suits

    After many starts and stops, the day in court seemed to finally arrive Thursday for 80 investors who felt they'd been hornswoggled by the husband of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point).But now a fatal blow to the $43 million lawsuit against Dan Harkey and his Point Center Financial has likely ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2013

    Capitol Steps

    Carpenter Center

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Newt Gingrich, "Wrong" and "Dumbfounded," Stumbling into Nixon Library

    A "wrong" and "dumbfounded" Newt Gingrich is coming to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda later this month. The former House speaker and 2012 candidate for the GOP presidential nomination used those adjectives to describe his pre-election prediction that Mitt Romney wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Diane Harkey Faces Assembly Voters Tuesday, Those Suing Her for Fraud and Abuse Always

    Those suing state Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and her husband for alleged elder abuse and investor fraud learned last week the civil court trial has been delayed yet again. That spared the Dana Point Republican the indignity of having to face jurors while facing voters Tuesday, when she seeks reelect ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Rush the Vote

    [Ask Exene] Is it better to take a side in a presidential election sooner rather than later?

  • 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

    June 15, 2012

    [UPDATED with More Delegates Join Revolt:] Is a GOP Goon Squad Intimidating Ron Paul Delegates into Voting Romney at Convention?

    See update at end of this post about 40 more national convention delegates seeking to join the 123 who have filed suit and "hundreds more" possibly ready to do the same. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 12:39 P.M.: The Republican National Committee (RNC) is using violence, intimidation and ballot stuffing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Will Untapped Latinos Sink Mitt Romney?

    You may have missed it on the tele, but apparently Latinos are being counted on to play a huge role in determining who will be elected president in November.To that end, the liberal Center for American Progress is singling out the top 10 states with the most unregistered eligible voters as well a n ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    The Billionaires' Club Gets a Visit From Mitt Romney

    Dropping by for campaign funds, the Republican candidate inspires equal loathing from Occupiers and Tea Partiers

  • Columns

    May 17, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Have So Many Names?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And your last reminder to buy 'Taco USA' before Gustavo gets deported!

  • 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

    February 2, 2012

    Barack Obama Goes Rogue, Ventures into Corona del Mar to Scoop Up Campaign Cash

    ​Barack Obama will tread where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have already been this presidential election season: Corona del Mar.You read that right: this month our Democratic Prez Dog is venturing deep into Newport Beach, which for decades and decades has served as an ATM machine for Republican o ... 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 >>

  • News

    April 21, 2011

    Marilyn Davenport: The Evolution of a Scandal

    [Moxley Confidential] How that racist Obama-family-chimpanzee email has driven the OC GOP apeshit

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Silva and Wagner in Lonely Company Voting for Arizona-Style Anti-Immigrantion Bill for California

    Silva​Assemblymen Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) and Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) provided two of the three committee votes in favor of anti-immigration legislation in California modeled after Arizona's SB 1070.But seven Democrats lined up against Hesperia Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's AB 26 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Five Union Songs for Wiscosin Workers

    ​In Wisconsin, a bill stripping public unions of most collective bargaining rights awaits the signature of Republican Governor Scott Walker. It's the latest phase in an ongoing legislative saga that intensified a month ago when all 14 Democratic state Senators fled to Illinois to prevent quorum on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    As State Supremes Vow to Rule on Prop 8 Backers' Standing, Tom Harman Tries to Make Matter Moot

    Presumably non-gay State Sen. Tom Harman​The California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to analyze whether Proposition 8 proponents have standing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the Golden State--a legal detour that could delay an appellate decision o ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

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

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Sarah Palin Fingers Ed Royce For Powerful House Financial Post

    Royce​Ed Royce, the Fullerton Republican congressman dreaming of taking over Rep. Barney Frank's House financial services committee, has captured a powerful ally: Sarah Palin.The new alliance apparently wasn't based on Royce's competence but because he is not Spencer Bachus, a more senior Alabama ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle, doesn't work

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Jose Solorio, Assemblyman Recommends Governor Drop Sale of OC Fairgrounds

    ​When it comes to the Orange County Fairgrounds, state Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) is "now recommending to the Governor that he consider dropping the sale altogether," according to a statement released by his office.Solorio had been working to get legislation passed in the Legislature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Governor Loretta Sanchez?

    Is Sacramento ready for Loretta?​Never underestimate Loretta Sanchez.Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the veteran Orange County congresswoman opened a bank account for a 2014 campaign to become California's governor.But is Sanchez, OC's lone congressional Democrat, serious about a race ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Schwarzenegger Signs Off on OC Fairgrounds Deal; Latino Legislators Still Vow to Spike It

    ​Stung by a failed auction in January, the Schwarzenegger administration announced Wednesday it has signed off on the deal to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa for $96 million.However, standing in the way of final approval is the state Legislature, which includes Latino members who ... 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 18, 2010

    Ed Royce Brings House GOP Leader Boehner to OC But Not His District minority leader (and future speaker?) John Boehner.​It costs $200 to join Rep. Ed Royce's Congressional Club, but membership has its privileges. Among them, an invitation to the Fullerton Republican's April 6 "private briefing" on the 2010 elections with House minority l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    One Paper Questions Poizner's Fitness to Govern, Another Makes Same Case Against Whitman

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Obama, Economy, War, Swine Flu, Iran Election Crack Alamanac's Top 10 News Topics of 2009

    Here are The World Almanac and Book of Facts Top Ten News Topics of 2009:​1. Obama Presidency Begins. With the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Barack Obama swearing in as the nation's 44th president Jan. 20 in Washington, DC.her ... 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 10, 2009

    Rohrabacher Goes Against Own Party on Behalf of Uyghurs

    Photo by Jack GouldDo the best hopes for imprisoned Uyghurs rest with this man?Unless it involves legalizing medical marijuana, banning U.S. weapons sales to dictators or erecting a memorial statue for Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) usually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    The Heat is Back on John Yoo

    Photo by Christopher VictorioYoo before his Chapman debate.The April 21 morning "terror memo" lawyer John Yoo appeared at the Chapman University debate, President Barack Obama said it would be up to his attorney general whether to prosecute former Bush administration advisors like Yoo. Since that da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Red County Nearly Turns Blue!

    . . . and if that happened, would the righty Red County blog have to change its name? Final election results from OC: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT Completed Precincts: 2109 of 2109 Vote Count Percentage JOHN MCCAIN / SARAH PALIN (REP) 430,360 50.8% BARACK OBAMA / JOE BIDEN (DEM) 401,605 47.4 ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Mackerel Flats' Folks Leaning Toward Obama? Who Knew?

    Around 11 this morning, KPCC 89.3 FM's AirTalk show presented a call-in segment called "I Didn't Know My Neighbor Was Voting For (Fill In The Blank)!" Host Larry Mantle wanted to know whether anyone's neighbors put political signs on their front lawns that surprised the listener. First caller Garr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    OC Vote: Final count

    Well, the votes from all 2076 precincts have been tallied. No huge surprises, but here are the final numbers in the presidential race: Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 141,668Vote Count: 96,967 55.47.9% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 117,333Vote Count: 109,877 39.77. ... More >>

  • 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

    OC Vote update: 10 PM

    Slowly moving. But CNN's already called California for Clinton. Democrats:Hillary ClintonBarack ObamaVote Count: 53,881Vote Count: 26,297 58.5(.5% Republicans:John McCainMitt Romney Vote Count: 57,378Vote Count: 39,481 42.0(.9%

  • 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."

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Agran's Irvine Machine Gets Challenger

    A majority of Irvine voters are Republicans and yet for years Larry Agran's progressive political machine has controlled the mayor's office. It's a reality Republican city councilwoman Christina Shea hopes to shatter next year. This morning Shea announced that she will run for the job herself. She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    OC congressman: Japan must apologize for WWII sex

    KNBC is reporting today that Orange County Republican Congressman Ed Royce thinks the Japanese government hasn't adequately apologized for converting 200,000 Asian women into sex slaves — or "comfort women" — for its soldiers during World War II. Though Japan's prime minister has already apolog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Register Gone Red?

    The Orange County Register's parent company, Blackstone Group, said Red money is good money May 22 as they accepted $3 billion from its newest partner, the Chinese government, according to reports from several news agencies. Blackstone Group is a private equity firm that owns 28 daily newspapers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2006

    Putting the Right in Civil Rights

    Charlie Savage, the excellent Boston Globe reporter who broke the story of President Bush's governing-by-presidential-signing-statement trick, brings us more disturbing news. The Bush administration is quietly remaking the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, filling the permanent ranks with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2006

    Irvine Offends Thousands of Its Citizens

    An Orange County Grand Jury recently decided that the Irvine City Council is trying to hijack the Great Park, and that the OC Board of Supervisors (who initially approved of Irvine's actions) might look into litigation in order to return control of this huge local resource to the county itself. Irvi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    Now He's Worried

    Kevin Phillips is worried. Perhaps the brightest of the version of "the Best and Brightest" who followed Nixon to the White House in 1968, Phillips looks at today's GOP and doesn't like what he sees. It's the subject of his new book, American Theocracy: The Perils and Politics of Radical Religion, O ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 15, 2003

    Weaponless Warrior

    Newport Beachs Radhika Sainaths War on Terrorism

  • Features

    March 6, 2003

    War College

    67 things you might want to know before the bombs drop

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Clintonesque Cox

    Cox loses China, gains Russia

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    Blood Money

    Anti-abortion activists attack cozy relationship between county republicans and abortion doctor

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