Chris Prevatt

Sanchez introduces legislation addressing border humanitarian crisis

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, today introduced H.R. 5261, the Central American and USA (CAUSA) Initiatives Act. More than 50,000 children fleeing extreme violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been apprehended at the U.S.’s southern border since October of last year.

Loretta Sanchez Introduces Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) has joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as the lead Democrat in introducing the Human Trafficking Detection Act, H.R. 5116. This bill would require Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents responsible for monitoring travelers across U.S. borders and through airports receive training to identify potential victims of human trafficking and report these cases to local law enforcement officials.

Harris decision is narrow in scope and impact

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Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision regarding Harris v. Quinn (US 11-681 6/30/14), ruled that partial public employees cannot be compelled to pay their fair share of representation costs if they choose to not join the union representing them. This ruling does not overturn the Court’s precedent set by Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Education (1977). That decision requires public employees to pay their share of representation costs if they do not join the union representing their class of employees at a public agency.

UCI Grads “Zot” up HOPE from Obama’s Address

President Barack Obama waves to the UC Irvine graduating class of 2014 while flanked by UC President Janet Napolitano, at left, and Chancellor Michael Drake during the 2014 commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium.
MINDY SCHAUER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

And today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad. One member of Congress actually says the world is cooling. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving “dinosaur flatulence” – which I won’t get into.

Cantor Sings the TEA Party Blues

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Yesterday, Congressman Eric Cantor and the leadership of the GOP learned a big, and painful, lesson. When creating a monster, be careful what you wish for. The lesson came in the form of Cantor’s stunning and unprecedented defeat at the hands of TEA Party challenger Dave Brat. Never before has a sitting majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives been defeated in an election contest.

Dramatically low turnout helps Republicans dominate primary results

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The current unofficial turnout numbers for the 2014 Primary Election in Orange County sit at 16.9 percent. In comparison turnout in 2012 was 26.5 percent, and the worst ever in Orange County was in 2006 with 21.5 percent voting. Low turnout drives the results in a primary election tilting in favor of whichever party holds a better registration lead, and turnout average. In Orange County the numbers tilt strongly in favor of Republicans.