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But Nuclear Power is Perfectly Safe….Isn’t It?

Where’s Chuck DeVore when you need him? Of course, he’s in Texas writing fiction about the Rick Perry miracle.  But close to home and across the Pacific, the ‘nuclear power is perfectly safe” argument continues to lose some luster. First off in Japan, things are still bad at the damaged nuclear reactor in the Northern…

Irvine Mayor Kang’s State of the City Address

I’ve known Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang for several years now.  And through a combination of his business experience and management style, he’s worked hard with the City Council and the City staff to guide Irvine through a terrible economic climate without cutting services and by making sound choices.  Jobs didn’t get filled when a vacancy…

Perez, Martinez Tout Endorsements for AD-69

Labor activist Julio Perez and Santa Ana council member Michele Martinez can both tout endorsements in their race for AD-69.  Perez announced an endorsement from Democracy For America-OC chapter while Martinez got a very personal endorsement from fellow Santa Ana councilman Vincent Sarmiento. From the DFA-OC endorsement: “Julio Perez will be the progressive champion we…

Koman Official Resigns After Planned Parenthood Flap

The Washington Post is reporting that Karen Handel, the anti-choice former GOP candidate for governor of Georgia at the heart of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity dust up with Planned Parenthood, has resigned as Koman’s vice president of policy today. From the story:  “I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations…

Washington Post Releases Detailed Report on Congressional Earmarks

The Washington Post’s Tuesday editions carry this comprehensive report on Congressional earmarks and it will report that Congressionla Representatives steered earmarks towards projects within two miles of personal property they own. The report hits both parties hard. Of the 33 members of Congress who were tracked by the Post, 22 were Republicans. From the story:  “Thirty-three…

The Economy Turns the Corner

It’s an election year and the Republicans who were counting on riding a lousy economy into the Oval Office may have skidded off the road.  Two reports today — one showing robust job growth and declining unemployment from this morning and another showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching its highest mark in 11 years…