Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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OCEA Opens The Spigot

The Orange County Employees Association — the only visible means of support John Leos’ campaign has – has really started to open the money spigot. According to a late contribution report filed by the government union today, since October 1 it has dumped $350,000 in members’ dues money into its Issues Committee (the OCEA maintains several campaign committees). Last month, OCEA opened up the “Committee ...

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Lucille Kring’s 1% Solution for Civic Unrest

Former Councilwoman Lucille Kring is to be commended for opposing the admission tax idea being embraced by several of her competitors (see my post on how John Leos and Brian Chuchua lent their support to the idea at the Anna Drive candidate forum; Jordan Brandman and Steve Chavez Lodge oppose the proposed tax). But her substitute motion for carving out ...

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John Leos’ Ticket Tax Is Harmful Policy

At the Anna Drive candidate forum last week, most of the candidates in attendance endorsed the idea of imposing a tax of $1 a ticket on the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Stadium and the Honda Center in order to fund “youth programs and neighborhood development.” Those pro-tax candidates include government union activist John Leos, Green Party activist Duane Roberts and Brian ...

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Brandman Calls On Smith To “Stop Campaign of Harassment”

This just came over the transom from the Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council campaign: Troubled Board Member Katherine H. Smith Continues Campaign of Harassment   (Anaheim) – Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Trustee and small business owner Jordan Brandman today categorically denied the false accusations made by disgruntled Board Member Katherine H. Smith.  Jordan Brandman called the baseless allegations made ...

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Katherine Smith Lays the Smear On Jordan Brandman

It is an old political trick: file a complaint against Candidate X with a government agency. Then, when that agency responds as it is supposed to by saying, “Tes, we’ll look into it,” the candidate’s opponent(s) send out mail saying “Candidate X is being investigated by (fill in government agency name here)!” Usually it’s done by filing a complaint with ...

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