2020 Elections

UNITE-HERE/DPOC “Ballot Parties”: So Much For The Secret Ballot

In the late 19th Century, the U.S. switched to the secret ballot as an antidote to urban machine politics and allow individual citizens to vote their conscience shielded from outside pressure from political bosses. Now, a new state law requiring every voter be sent a vote-by-mail ballot is undermining what used to be a time-honored symbol of the democratic franchise. ...

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Sen. Moorlach Commends Gavin Newsom Focus On Homelessness

From the office of Senator John M.W. Moorlach: Sen. John M.W. Moorlach Commends Gov. Newsom for Stressing Homeless Solutions in State of the State SACRAMENTO – State Sen. John M.W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, issued the following statement today after Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his 2020 State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature: “I want ...

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District 1: Council Candidate Ryan Balius Off To Impressive Start

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, is off to an impressive start in his campaign. This is first bid for elected office by Balius, a long-time member of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission who is active in the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND). First-time candidates without a deep background in political activism ...

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James Carville Has Some Advice For Al Jabbar

In an interview with Vox.com, Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has some advice for Al Jabbar, the Anaheim Union High School District trustee, supervisorial staffer and progressive fire-breather. OK – Carvill isn’t directing it personally at Jabbar, but it is applicable nonetheless. Earlier this week, we published video of Jabbar pumping up a group of fellow Berniecrats by talking about ...

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UPDATED Fact Check: Councilmember Barnes Misleads Public About Homeless Shelter Plans

[Editor’s Note: the story has been updated with reporting from Councilwoman Barnes’ community meeting.] District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes may or may not be running for re-election in 2020, but she is actively engaging in political mischief and gamesmanship. Last week, she used her councilmember Facebook page to feed the public very misleading information about a proposal to increase the ...

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OC Board of Education: Rich Anti-Charter School Candidate Pours Another $60,000 Into Campaign

Andy Thorburn, the rich, left-wing Democrat running on an anti-charter school, pro-teacher union platform to oust incumbent Dr. Ken Williams from the OC Board of Education, has written another $60,000 check to his campaign treasury. Thorburn has now poured $710,000 of his fortune into his campaign – a county record for an Orange County Board of Education seat. And vote-be-mail ...

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