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Repeal of Prop 8: Prepare to Prevail in 2012

In the wake of the Proposition 8 victory at the polls in November we have witnessed rallies and protest marches calling for the repeal of the ballot measure that stripped the right to marriage equality for same-gender couples in California. This was followed by additional protests, rallies, meetings, and actual movement towards a repeal effort…

Sanchez Supports a Public Option in Health Care Reform

On Friday, Dena Bunis of the Orange County Register wrote about the divisions between lawmakers in congress over healthcare reform legislation Health reform divides lawmakers. From the story: On the one hand Republicans and Democrats are worlds apart on this issue, which is to be expected. But there’s also a fissure among Democrats, one that…

From the “Watch what you say” Crowd

Remember when Ari Fleischer was press secretary and he admonished any member of the dissenting press and those opposed to the war in Iraq with the words, “what what you say….” and even “warned” a reporter that “his questions were noted in the White House” which was basically a threat to that reporter’s ability to…

Administration Audit Contradicts Governor’s IHSS Reform Pitch

Note: This just in from the 7th District Assemblywoman Noreen Evans’ and Budget Committee Chair, refuting the Governor’s inflated claims of fraud in IHSS.  In my opinion, if Schwarzenegger wants to root out fraud, he should look at his own reflection in the mirror. Making outlandish claims when he knows them to be untrue is…

County Pension Reform Legislation Moves Out of Committee

Senate Bill SB752 was heard this morning in the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee. The legislation will enable a second-tier pension option for new and existing Orange County employees that was negotiated as part of the new contract agreements for county workers represented by the Orange County Employee’s Association. The option is expected…

Differently Abled Shut Governor’s Office Down

Disabled activist Christie Rudder, along with two other Orange County activists (see photo at right)  from the Dayle McIntosh Center, was one of 15 people arrested today at the Governor’s office Tuesday evening in Sacramento. Rudder kept me updated on their progress throughout the day while the small but dedicated group prevented access to the Governator’s office. The action…

The Sheriff’s Race and Confusion over Concealed Weapons Permits

Bill Hunt has entered the race for Sheriff against current OC sheriff Sandra Hutchens.  Hunt seems to be making an issue over the politicization of the issuance of concealed weapons permits (CCWs).  The corrupt, disgraced, former sheriff, convicted felon Mike Carona (who’s going to the big house later this month) used to issue CCWs to reward political…