District 4

The Myth of the Anti-Disney, Anti-Resort Backlash

Media narratives can be powerful things, which is why politicians and interests seeking to influence public debate try to craft clever narratives.  It’s why the winners of elections always try to claim a “mandate,” whether they won by a landslide or squeaked out an electoral college win while losing the popular vote by millions. In Anaheim, it’s why the progressives ...

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Team Tait Strikes Back

Last week, while Anaheim residents shopped, wrapped presents and were otherwise distracted preparing for Christmas Day, Mayor Tom Tait’s the newly-ensconced council majority plowed through a long list of major policy shifts they had piled onto the agenda with a few days notice. Mayor Tait employed the symbolism of dais to emphasize the new order. Rather than seating the councilmembers ...

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On Mandates And Phony “People v. Special Interests” Narratives

The ballot counting is virtually done. Let’s take another look at the Anaheim city council results and consider what they mean. The most obvious consequence, of course, is that Mayor Tom Tait has, on his third try, secured an ostensible majority on the city council – due to narrow wins by two of his four candidates: Denise Barnes in District ...

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Anaheim: Tait/Progressive-Left Slate Losing in Council Races

[Cross-posted from OC Daily] November 2016 was another election showdown between the traditional “Anaheim Way” coalition and the strange alliance of Mayor Tom Tait and progressive interest groups. And it was another defeat for the Tait/Progressive-Left efforts to take control of the city council. This election is the culmination of a multi-year effort by a coalition of progressive political interests ...

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Kring: What Voters Should Know About My Record In Anaheim

[Originally published in the Orange County Register on November 3, 2016] Since 2012, I have been honored to represent Anaheim on the City Council, including for the past two years as mayor pro tem. In that time, I joined with my council colleagues to support key initiatives benefiting all Anaheim residents. We are in our third year of restoring the ...

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Council Races: So Much For “Neighbors Representing Neighbors”

A principal mantra of by-district council election supporters – repeated ad nauseum – is they would lead to neighbors electing neighbors: people who knew each other getting together to elect someone they knew to the city council. It was touted as an antidote to the at-large system, which district proponents denounced as producing councilmembers who were supported by a handful of outside ...

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Anaheim in Wonderland: Tait Maxing Out To Moreno In Every Way

Flashback to 2012: the Republican Party of Orange County names Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait as its “Local Elected Official of the Year” – an honor bestowed to recognize noteworthiness in advancing the Republican cause: Fast forward to the present day: the same Tom Tait is working hard to elect two hard-left Democrats – Jose F. Moreno and Arturo Ferreras – ...

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