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Republican-Led Red-Baiting Lives on in Irvine

Allan Bartlett

  Twitter is a marvelous tool for some — 140 characters to demonstrate a complete lack of tolerance, demagoguery and good old-fashioned McCarthyism all directed by conservative Irvine city commissioners and senior officials in the Republican Party in the wake of last week’s city council meeting in which there was an effort to expand Irvine’s…

CalPERS Pension Benefits Generate $30 Billion in Economic Activity

CalPERS-Logo

More than $30 billion in economic activity was generated by retirement benefits paid by the State’s pension fund, according to a study released by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The CalPERS Economic Impacts in California report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012, highlights the vital role CalPERS plays in the State’s economy each year. The report demonstrates how CalPERS benefits and investments generate significant economic activity in the state, to stimulate business growth and increased tax revenues, and to support and create jobs for Californians.

Paycheck Fairness Act fails in Senate on party-line vote

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) speaks during a press conference to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, on Capitol Hill April 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 failed to pass out of the United States Senate on a 53-44 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would have strengthened laws prohibiting pay discrimination based upon gender. In the senate, a bill usually requires a vote of at least 60 members to move forward to the floor for consideration. This parliamentary process allows a minority of senators to effectively stop a bill that would pass on a majority vote.

Melissa Fox announces run for Irvine City Council

Melissa Fox

  For many in Orange County, this is one of the worst kept secrets in politics but today it’s official.  Melissa Fox is a candidate for Irvine City Council. As there are two spots open in addition to Mayor, Fox, an Irvine Community Services Commissioner, is taking direct aim at first-term Councilmember Jeff Lalloway.  A…

Building/Construction Trades Demand Diamond’s Removal from DPOC Leadership

Greg Diamond (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

TheLiberalOC has obtained a letter from the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council to Henry Vandermeir of the Democratic Party of Orange County that unless Greg Diamond, a lawyer and candidate for District Attorney, isn’t removed from Diamond’s Vice Chair of the DPOC North leadership post, the union will immediately withdraw all support of…