Dan Chmielewski

“Socks,” the Clinton Family Cat, is dead

“Socks” the two toned black and white cat adopted by 11 year old Chelesa Clinton in 1991 has used up his 9th life and succumbed at the ripe old age of 17 or 18.  Socks went from being an Arkansas stray to having the run of the White House.  He was preceded in death by…

Rep. Issa, an apologist for missing Bush White House emails, wants Obama’s emails preserved

File this under IOKIYAR (It’s OK if you’re a Republican), but Congressman Darrell Issa, who’s district touches South OC, has issued a letter warning the Obama administration to preserve emails. from CNN: “As you know, any e-mail sent or received by White House officials may be subject to retention under the Presidential Records Act (PRA),”…

“Rent” Controversy Makes Front Page of NY Times

As our own Andrew Davey reported earlier in the week, the controversy over a proposed production of “Rent” in Newport Beach has caught the attention of the New York Times. From the story: In the short term, however, “Rent: School Edition” appears to be something of a cultural litmus test, with supporters and opponents of…

Why are Republicans only targeting Abel Maldonado?

It took three GOP senators to vote for the budget deal, but the ire of Republicans angry that the deal passed seems raised only against Senator Abel Maldonado?  At the risk of sounding like Art Pedroza, I wonder if its because Maldonado is Latino. There’s plenty of GOP anger against State Senators Roy Ashburn and…

Restore Democracy to California

I found this over at the Courage Campaign. Sign the pledge to repeal the 2/3rds rule to pass a budget California is in crisis – and Republicans are using it as an opportunity to advance their radical right-wing agenda. They are using the rule requiring a 2/3rds vote to pass a budget to hold the…