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.
“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.”
It will be refreshing to hear a different voice representing Orange County in the hearings. While House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, representing portions of southern Orange County, was the politicizing force behind his committees “partisan” investigation, California Representative Linda Sanchez, representing a portion of north-western Orange County, will help provide the counterbalance to the partisan Republican committee.
It is common for the Register to hype the rantings of an outlier scientist to claim that the science on global climate change is far from settled. You don’t have to look too far in the last week to seethe evidence supporting the stark reality of the blatant bias that is pervasive in their coverage of this issue.
While working men and women across the United States and the world prepared to recognize World Labor Day, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have gradually increased the minimum wage in the U.S. to $10.10 an hour. The legislation fell six votes shy of the 60 needed for it to advance to a formal vote in the Senate, 54-42.
Tim Carpenter, a progressive political and social activist, and founder of Progressive Democrats of America passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 55-years-old. For more than three decades Carpenter fought for progressive causes such as single payer health care, nuclear disarmament, campaign finance reform, peace, and economic and social justice.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.