2020 Elections

Union Boss & OC Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceno Barely Re-Elected Party Office

Last year, UNITE-HERE Local 11 boss Ada Briceno was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Briceno is pretty hard Left, and her ascension was greeted with elation in the left-wing quarters of the party.  Briceno and Councilman Jose F. Moreno are thick as thieves. The passage of council district elections and other initiatives to advance progressive Democrat ...

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Ballot Parties All The Rage On The Left

We reported last week on the “ballot party” held February 15 by the Democratic Party of Orange County and UNITE-HERE Local 11, in which Local 11 members were summoned to bring their ballots so party and union officials could direct them how to vote. This past Saturday, the Bernie Sanders for President campaign held a ballot party at Ponderosa Park ...

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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 to 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 ...

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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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