Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

What Brian Chuchua Didn’t Tell Atlas PAC

I saw a post over at OC Political entitled “Atlas PAC Endorsed Candidates Make Their Final Push.” For readers unfamiliar with Atlas PAC, it is a conservative group committed to “individual liberty, free enterprise, limited and fair taxation and limited government regulation.” I didn’t know until reading the post that Atlas PAC, like the OC Republican Party, endorsed Brian Chuchua for ...

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Former Councilman Frank Feldhaus Withdraws Endorsement of Kring

Former Anaheim Councilman Frank Feldhaus has pulled his endorsement of council candidate Lucille Kring (with whom he served on the council from 1998 to 2002). The reason: Kring’s changing her position on the “Take Back Anaheim” initiative, a ballot-box budgeting measure that would take one specific revenue stream — the transient occupancy tax — and require a city-wide vote on its ...

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Update On Sleazy OCEA Attack On Brandman

I posted yesterday on the sleazy mailer from the Orange County Employees Association, accusing Anaheim City Council candidate Jordan Brandman of breaking the law — without any evidence whatsoever. Illustrating just how unhinged Anaheim politics have become in a few short months, you have a member of the Orange County Labor Federation (OCFL) attacking a candidate who as been endorsed ...

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Anaheim Mailbox: Sleazy OCEA Hit On Brandman

There had been a rumor on the political street of a non-aggression pact between the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) and Anaheim City Council candidate Jordan Brandman. The OCEA has killed that rumor with this hit piece it sent out against Brandman: Readers will recall that Brandman’s erratic, less-than-truthful AUHSD Board of Trustees colleague Katherine Smith filed a complaint accusing him of misusing district ...

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Leos Floats Into Anaheim Mailboxes On Wings Of Government Union Money

As Anaheim Blog has noted, the OCEA and other government unions are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to put John Leos on the Anaheim City Council.  Leos is a county employee who is also an OCEA shop steward, and served on the board of directors for both the OCEA and the OCEA political action committee until earlier this year. Leos’ own ...

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OC GOP Burning Money In Anaheim

If you’re looking for an example of how the OC Republican Party Central Committee endorsement process continues to misfire, Anaheim is a perfect example. The main value to a candidate of this endorsement is the hope that somehow, from someone, money will arrive at the OC GOP to fund a “member communication” — usually a mail piece touting the endorsed ...

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Another Gang-Related Shooting In Anaheim

There was another gang-related shooting in Anaheim, which took place this evening on the 700 block of north East Street. The OC Register reports: Officers arrived to find a male suffering from at least one gunshot wound lying on a sidewalk in front of a residence. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Dunn said. It wasn’t ...

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OCEA Dumps Another $250,000 Into Pro-Leos Campaign

Amazing. Voice of OC writes a long article about the “hidden hand” of Disney in the Anaheim City Council elections because the company has spent about $189,000 supporting two candidates, Jordan Brandman and Steve Lodge. But no mention that the Orange County Employees Associations — with a little help from other government employee unions — has put $188,000 behind just ...

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More Government Union Money Pours In For Leos

In a repeat of 2010, government employee unions ae pulling out the stops for John Leos’ campaign for Anaheim City Council. The OCEA-sponsored “Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Councl 2102” reported $138,000 in contributions from the United Employee Organizations of Orange County Independent Expenditure Committee (UEOOC). The UEOOC is an IE committee through which the OCEA, the Orange County Attorneys Association, ...

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The Anti-Choice Candidate

The modern Democratic Party has turned the word “choice” into a code-word for “legalized abortion.” But let’s get back to the real meaning of the word: letting people choose. As in, “I choose not to let my union automatically deduct money from my paycheck and use it to fund candidates and causes I oppose.” It’s really in line with that phrase from ...

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