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Scott Baugh will step down as OC GOP Chair in January

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OC GOP chairman Scott Baugh will leave his position in January 2015 according to a story in the Orange County Register.  Baugh cites demands on his available time from his real estate business and law firm, and has taken on a larger role in running his family’s Northern California ranch due to his father’s declining health.  Under Baugh,…

Deputies and Supervisors reach tentative agreement

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By the Fourth of July holiday, word was out that the members of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s had approved a tentative agreement with the County of Orange after more than two years at the negotiating table. The two year agreement has deputies ramping up towards paying their share of pension contributions over the next two years.

Irvine Star Chamber calls for New Transparency Ballot Measure While Operating in Secret

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To say that Irvine City Council member Jeff Lalloway is shameless at times can be a serious understatement.  Lalloway is proposing a new transparency ballot measure for the Great Park operations for the November election when he and Council member Christina Shea have been anything but transparent in the management of the Forensic Audit and…

Righeimer: Repeat! Shut-Up!

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Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, with the assistance of his Imperial Court, is again attacking the right of the public to disagree with the policy agenda he has for the city. Righeimer and his allies have decided that the Mayor should be able to censor comments that are (in the Mayor’s opinion) outside the jurisdiction of the city council or attempting to engage the audiance rather than the city council, by making such commentary a crime, a misdemeanor.

Harris decision is narrow in scope and impact

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Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision regarding Harris v. Quinn (US 11-681 6/30/14), ruled that partial public employees cannot be compelled to pay their fair share of representation costs if they choose to not join the union representing them. This ruling does not overturn the Court’s precedent set by Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Education (1977). That decision requires public employees to pay their share of representation costs if they do not join the union representing their class of employees at a public agency.

Two Stinkers from the Supreme Court

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Monday’s announced decisions from the Supreme Court show why its so important to elect another Democrat president in 2016.  Two decisions, one that favors corporate personhood over individual rights and one that limits the ability of unions to collect dues from part-time workers who benefit from Union negotiations came down on the side of conservatives.…

Reporters to Gather for Furlough Friday while Register Brass Plans Gala July 4 Party in Newport Beach

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Tonight in Orange, the OC Press Club, which features quite a few newly-departed OC Register reporters, editors and photographers, will gather for the first Furlough Friday — a “Drinking Liberally” of sorts for journalists.  That’s at Paul’s Cocktails on West Chapman in Orange starting at 6PM.  Consider stopping by and buying a round.  The invite…