Dan Chmielewski


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The Divisive Politics of Irvine

I’ve been following Irvine politics for about 10 years now.  When my daughter’s soccer coach emailed me Chuck DeVore’s blogpost about my earlier Choi post here (and thanks for the hits Chuck, we appreciate it), I wanted to make a stronger statement that needs saying. The non-partisan City Council race in Irvine is frankly less about…

What are McCain/Palin afraid of?

One of Senator McCain’s aides was quoted saying this campaign was not about the issues.  Now McCain won’t show up to a scheduled debate this Friday in Mississippi and the campaign is also seeking to postpone the VP debate with Gov. Palin and Senator Joe Biden. The truth is, they don’t want to debate.  Both…

McCain’s Talking Points Inadvertently Leaked

HT to PolitickerCO.com McCain announced Wednesday that he directed his campaign to suspend Friday night’s presidential debate between him and Democratic nominee Barack Obama and will suspend all campaigning and advertising. The Colorado Independent had more details: Told by a reporter that the e-mail had been sent to him and others in the media, Kise…

2008 Republican Party Platform Opposes Private Bailouts

Can anyone really trust anything Republicans say? Three weeks ago, in St. Paul, the GOP adopted a party platform for 2008 that specifically opposes government bailouts of private companies. From the section on “Rebuilding Homeownership”, the platform says: We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the…

McCain Cuts and Runs from Friday’s Debate; Suspends Campaign to Deal with Financial Crisis

Senator John McCain has suspended his presidential campaign to head back to Washington “to deal with the financial crisis.”  McCain has called for a postponement of this Friday’s debate with Senator Barack Obama as a result. This is laughable. First, McCain’s campaign manager is outed for his lobbying firm’s continued acceptance of $15,000 a month…

Choi’s Shameful Smear

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast last Friday for the candidates for Mayor and City Council.  Council member Steven Choi, running for re-election despite already having a committee to raise funds for a run at Chuck DeVore assembly seat in 2010, by luck of the draw, was selected to be the final speaker.…