Dan Chmielewski

The Disrespecting Republicans and Obama’s OC Visit

President Barack Obama delivers the keynote speech during the UC Irvine 2014 commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday.
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Irvine Council member Beth Krom likes to tell the story about when President George W. Bush visited the city when she was mayor.  While she probably opposed every single policy of that occupant of the White House, he was greeted by the mayor warmly and with great respect.  She also showed a class photo of…

Diamond gets the Bronze

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It’s been a tough couple of months for OJ blogger Greg Diamond.  The Democratic Party of Orange County ousts him from his vice chair’s role by a margin of 70 percent.  County voters beat that margin with more than 73 percent of the county’s voters selecting Tony Rackauckas over Diamond in the June primary and…

Sad Day at the OC Register

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I love newspapers.  I always have.  I get three of them in my driveway every morning.  And as outraged as I was when the OC Register let go a bunch of experienced journos with exceptional institutional knowledge of Orange County in January, it appears that between buyout offers and layoffs that the Register is losing…

CD-45 Voters Fact Check; Drew Leavens Does Live in Irvine

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Some last minute shenanigans need to be dealt with in the race to replace John Campbell in Congress.  Drew Leavens is the only Democrat in the race and he doesn’t have the party’s official endorsement but he certainly has the de facto endorsement of the DPOC members as evidenced from the support Leavens is getting…

California Republicans Retreat

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The Sacramento Bee published this story recently that highlighted the plight of Republicans in California.  The main point — the GOP is bleeding registered voters and California is turning bluer by the minute.  San Francisco has lost nearly a third of its registered Republicans in the last decade meaning the city of Brea has more…