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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.”

OC Democratic Congresswoman Linda Sanchez to serve on House Select Committee on 2012 Benghazi consulate attack

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

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.

Progressives lose a powerful champion – Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter, Founder Progressive Democrats of America

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.

William Fitzgerald loses his lawsuit appeal against OC Board of Supervisors

William Fitzgerald, Photo: OC Register

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.