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Conservative Flip Flopping on NSA Surveillance

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While Republicans frequently scream about Obamacare, until now they’ve been silent on the Patriot Act which was sweeping legislation passed by both parties in the wake of 9/11.  The conservative noise machine drumbeat into Americans that opposition to this legislation or opposition to the war was almost treasonous and would undermine President George W. Bush…

Anaheim Council Priorities: Tennis Anyone?

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UPDATED – While the priorities and antics of the current majority on the Anaheim City Council have been both entertaining and disturbing, the latest bit of budget news has us asking WTF? Someone on the Council directed staff to resurrect a $6.4 million budget allocation for the renovation of the Anaheim Tennis Center and Wagner House, a city-owned property that is not free to the public.

Irvine GOP Council Members Take Spat to Facebook

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Many of us are still very surprised by Irvine Republican Council member Christina Shea’s decision to break with the Republican majority to cast the deciding vote last Tuesday to restore draconian cuts proposed to the Irvine Barclay Theater, OC Legal Aid Services, the Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Discovery Science Center in Santa…

Kris Murray Majority in Anaheim Rejects Neighborhood Choice in Council Representation

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We are baffled at the decision Tuesday night of the Anaheim City Council to reject district level elections for council members as proposed by the citizen’s advisory committee. The 4-1 vote was led by Kris Murray, who had initially proposed the committee process last year as a solution in response to a voting rights lawsuit challenging the city’s current at-large council elections process.

Irvine City Council Preserves Funding Set for Chopping Block

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With pressure from the community and revenue projections that seem to be too conservative for what is actually anticipated, the Irvine City Council voted 3-1 to preserve funding for the Irvine Barclay Theater, the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the OC Legal Aid Services and the Discovery Science Center with Republican Council member Christina Shea…

The Most Republican County in the Nation? It’s Not OC

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Orange County was once called the place “where good Republicans go to die” according to former President Ronald Reagan, and in spite of overwhelming voter registration statistics that show the gap between Red and Blue in Orange County diminishing, the OC GOP went on Facebook to proclaim OC as the nation’s most Republican County. Nope. …

50 years ago today, JFK’s Speech on Civil Rights Made History

There is considerable debate by Republicans in Orange County about the “greatness” of John F. Kennedy’s presidency; not so much amongst Liberals because many of us believe JFK was an exceptional president who loosened fiscal regulations that helped the 1960s economy take off, launched the Peace Corps, had the vision and drive to create the…