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Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal. Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch. “The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge…

VADPAC launches YouTube ad against Van Tran

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7pGgiA4V4Q[/youtube] The Vietnamese American Democratic PAC of Orange County just launched two new ads against State Rep. Van Tran in his race against Rep.  Loretta Sanchez. The ads are very hardhitting andin Vietnamese.  So click on the ad and read along: “In his six years in the state legislature, Van Tran has:  VOTED against the…

Follow the Proposition Money

The California Voter Foundation has created a “Follow the Money” guide to November’s propositions. You can see the top 5 contributors, pro and con, to each ballot measure by going to their November 2010 General Election Guide and clicking on each Proposition number. Select “Follow the Money/Top 5 Donors” to see who are the major…

Pot Calls Kettle Black: SAUSD Candidate Art Pedroza filed for Santa Ana Business License on Sept 22 for His Blogs

Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee SAUSD candidate Art Pedroza, owner of OC’s oldest political blog, filed for a proper business license for his Orange Juice and New Santa Ana blogs on September 22, 2010, according to documents obtained by TheLiberalOC through a public records inquiry with the City of Santa Ana.  Pedroza has a business license…

Taking the Fight to Orange County

Orange County is one of the most pivotal electoral battlegrounds in the nation as Democrats struggle to maintain majorities in the State Assembly and Congress. Despite minimal support from the Democratic Party leadership, Orange County has great potential to fare well in the November elections. The Obama 2008 campaign did better in Orange County than any other Democratic presidential candidate in history, raising eyebrows among some party activists.

The Terrible Public Pension Threat

It’s time for a class war over public union pensions… Despite defined benefit (DB) pensions, like the ones public employees get, being more economically efficient and offering better returns, private employers have mostly switched to 401(k) plans, or defined contribution (DC) plans, because they’re cheaper. Between 1979 and 2001, the portion of the workforce covered by defined benefit pensions dropped by half. By 2008, only 20 percent of private workers had such a pension.