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“Rent” Controversy Makes Front Page of NY Times

As our own Andrew Davey reported earlier in the week, the controversy over a proposed production of “Rent” in Newport Beach has caught the attention of the New York Times. From the story: In the short term, however, “Rent: School Edition” appears to be something of a cultural litmus test, with supporters and opponents of…

Republican Hypocrisy Inaction

How lovely. Even though Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Scandal) proudly voted “NAY!” on the economic recovery bill, he has no problem giving himself a “YEA!” for supposedly ensuring economic recovery in the 44th District. “It’s no surprise that House Republicans are betting on failure, while President Obama and Democrats are investing in success. But for House…

End California’s Hostage Crisis

On this morning’s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of California’s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the state’s dysfunctional budget process. This is a budget the GOP can be proud of, because it’s a profoundly conservative budget. Because they hold a conservative veto over it. And they get the best of both worlds – they don’t have to vote for the budget en masse so they don’t have to own it. In short, the hijacking worked. This is the most important issue facing California – and it’s time for a change.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown? At Least You’re Not Gay?

Is this for real? I guess it is: Corona del Mar High School’s principal Fal Asrani refused to pay the Rent, so now students will have to settle for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In the on-going saga Queerty was the first to tell you about, the Orange County school canceled its originally planned spring musical because of Rent‘s portrayal…

We Have A Budget

For what it’s worth, the hostage crisis in Sacramento is over. While there is certainly some Republican blood on the floors of both legislative houses, no one died. I’m still waiting on some more detailed analysis of the budget provisions adopted early this morning at 6:30 AM, it appears that the gas tax increase has been…

Hey, Ed, Let’s Talk

From Ed Royce via email blast: Royce Opposes Democrats Unstimulating Stimulus  Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) opposed the Democrat Leadership’s unstimulating stimulus package. The $789 billion legislation, loaded with wasteful spending, passed the House 246 to 183. Okay, Ed, and you voted how on all of the Iraq funding bills?  What’s that again, I didn’t…