Norberto Santana wrote a truly ridiculous p0st today over at the Voice of OC, which is primarily funded by O.C. Labor. He pontificated that the race for the 69th Assembly District is going to be settled by the unions – and of course he praised labor’s handpicked candidate – the unknown, and socialist, Julio Perez. But when was the last time OC Labor won anything?
We broke the news on our New Santa Blog last November that Supervisor Bill Campbell, who thankfully is terming out after this year, has hired a new Chief of Staff – Laura Cunningham. But did you know she is still listed as a Principal at a lobbying firm she co-owns with her husband, Matt Cunningham?
That’s right. They own Pacific Strategies, a public relations and public affairs company that, supposedly taps “years of government and political experience to assist you in building support for initiatives and projects, creating positive awareness of your organization or project and guiding clients through the governmental process. We’re experienced with effective strategies for favorably influencing elected leaders, government officials, and community and opinion leaders—building coalitions and mobilizing opinion in support of your goals, and neutralizing critics. Our clients are the beneficiaries of relationships we’ve nurtured during the course of nearly two decades.” Yep, lobbyists! Continue reading
One of the few Republican bloggers left at the Orange Juice, Geoff Willis, quit the OJ blog on January 12. The last post he wrote at the OJ blog has since been taken down, but you can read it in Google Cache mode here. I am not sure why the OJ blog’s editor, Vern Nelson, took down the post. But according to comment’s left on Willis’ Facebook page, the comments got out of hand.
Willis wrote 106 posts and got 100,000 hits – and Nelson is going to have a heck of a time replacing him. Why did Willis quit? It all came down to Nelson’s newest blogger, DPOC hack Greg Diamond. Here is what Willis wrote on the way out, “When Greg Diamond joined the editorial board of the Juice I feel that things took a swan dive both in terms of quality of post as well as in quality of comment. His self promoting pieces on the occupy “movement” were his biggest contribution of the year and his poor writing resulted in NONE of his stories placing in the top 40 stories of the year. I find dealing with him simply tiring.”
Just when we thought the Occupy movement in Orange County was dead, or at least on its way out, it is back. Apparently there is going to me a national protest at over 200 courthouses on Jan. 20 (the press release is below), including Santa Ana, the Orange County seat, which has federal and state courts, as well as a federal appeal court.
Occupy’s main beef this time is a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down those provisions of the McCain–Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and unions from broadcasting “electioneering communications. Continue reading
Three Republican candidates are having quite a shoot-out already for the new 74th Assembly District, that includes the Cities of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Laguna Beach. None of the candidates is an incumbent although 68th Assembly District respresentative Allan Mansoor and his supporters would like for us to think otherwise. In truth though only 20% of his current constituents are in the 74th.
The other GOP candidates include Keith Carlson, a lawyer and GOP insider former treasurer of the California Republican Party, who hails from Huntington Beach; and Leslie Daigle, a Council Member in Newport Beach. I have issues with both of them – and Mansoor is not much better. Continue reading
It is a question worth pondering – should gay politicians remain in the closet? The problem I have with that is that some voters, generally Republicans, are anti-gay. That is their choice and it is a choice often steeped in religious values. I don’t share that view – but I respect that some people feel that way.
The problem as I see it is one of blatant dishonesty. What is a Democrat, for example, runs for a local office, say a City Council, and he runs a campaign with a conservative theme? Orange County Democrats do that quite often when they run for local offices, thereby fooling Republican voters. Now what if that Democrat is also a closeted homosexual? Isn’t he lying to these (Republican) voters by remaining in the closet? Is that ethical? Continue reading