Dan Chmielewski

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…

California Senate Republicans Oust their Leader

The elected Republicans continue to hold the state budget hostage as they drive California over a cliff with stalled budget negotiations.  But now there’s a new driver at the wheel and he’s stepping on the gas. The LA Times reported this morning that a group of Republican senators ousted Senate leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto and replaced him with…