Dan Chmielewski

Hold Them to the “Contract With America”

In 1994, Republicans swept into Congress from its famous “Contract with America.” Here’s an excerp:  “….after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with…

Political Endorsements by the OC Register

You’ll read it time and again in the Orange County Register.  They don’t endorse specific candidates for specific office.  And while that’s true, it’s not accurate. The Register’s editorial writers and a number of columnists and certainly their local editorial cartoonist routinely fall back to old line positions and prejudices on liberals, progressives and Democrats. …

The Letter

I found this letter on Time’s website and it’s amazing in its clarity about what’s going on in Iraq by a solider stationed there. I hate this war, but I’m proud of the men and women serving it. I don’t have permission to reprint in whole or in part, but here’s the link. Read it,…

Attribution Matters

You have to love the hit pieces from both sides of the Irvine city council race. There is one clear difference. Attribution. There is a right way and a wrong way to use attribution. In 2004, the Irvine First team published a notorious flier that resembled the Irvine World News and called it the Irvine…

Sugarcoating an Exit Poll

Mitch Goldstone had a letter to the Editor in the Irvine World News yesterday and right wing blogger G. Allan Bartlett picked up the item. The Goldstone letter referred to an exit poll from a recent Irvine Chamber candidates forum that showed that Irvine Chamber members supported John Duong for Mayor with a 60-38 percent…

Choice for Governor This Year: Democrat or Democrat

Jon Fleischman had a post on the FlashReport.org not long ago, blasting Phil Angelides as a terrible candidate; Fleischman called Phil “Bozo the Clown” and ran a cute photo of Bozo too. And Jon is right about one thing; Phil has not been a great candidate (I voted for Westley in the primary). But I…