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Voter Registration Deadline for November 4th Election is Today

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The deadline to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election is Monday, October 20, 2014. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at ocvote.com/registration. Paper registration forms can be obtained at the Registrar of Voters, post offices, libraries and city halls.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Five Marriage Equality Rulings

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Washington, DC –Today, the United States Supreme Court denied review of all petitions for writ of certiorari in all cases regarding the question of marriage equality, including Bostic v. Schaefer, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s marriage ban. With today’s Supreme Court order, gay and lesbian couples in Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana and Oklahoma will…

Sanchez introduces legislation addressing border humanitarian crisis

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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, today introduced H.R. 5261, the Central American and USA (CAUSA) Initiatives Act. More than 50,000 children fleeing extreme violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been apprehended at the U.S.’s southern border since October of last year.

Loretta Sanchez Introduces Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) has joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as the lead Democrat in introducing the Human Trafficking Detection Act, H.R. 5116. This bill would require Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents responsible for monitoring travelers across U.S. borders and through airports receive training to identify potential victims of human trafficking and report these cases to local law enforcement officials.

UCI Grads “Zot” up HOPE from Obama’s Address

President Barack Obama waves to the UC Irvine graduating class of 2014 while flanked by UC President Janet Napolitano, at left, and Chancellor Michael Drake during the 2014 commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium.
MINDY SCHAUER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

And today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad. One member of Congress actually says the world is cooling. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving “dinosaur flatulence” – which I won’t get into.

Cantor Sings the TEA Party Blues

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Yesterday, Congressman Eric Cantor and the leadership of the GOP learned a big, and painful, lesson. When creating a monster, be careful what you wish for. The lesson came in the form of Cantor’s stunning and unprecedented defeat at the hands of TEA Party challenger Dave Brat. Never before has a sitting majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives been defeated in an election contest.

Loretta Sanchez wants troops out of Afghanistan now, not in two years

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

“Our troops have been in Afghanistan for over ten years. They have fought, they have protected and they have trained. Despite thousands of lives and billions of dollars, the situation is not changing. Our soldiers are tired and it’s time for them to come home. Staying until 2016 will not tip the scales in Afghanistan. It’s time to end this war and bring our troops home.”