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November 15, 2008
Two words come to mind when you consider Assemblyman Chuck DeVore’s bid for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job. Longshot. Gumption. Let’s hope we don’t add “quixotic” to that list. Consider this: She clobbered former California Secretary of State Bill Jones by 20 points four years ago. (An interesting aside: Remember our very own Judge Jim Gray netted about 1.8% of the vote as a Libertarian in that race.) So we know this — DeVore’s going to need a mighty big slingshot to take down the Goliath by the Bay. And he thinks he’s got it in his sense of how to manipulate the new media — just like his new political idol, President-elect Barack Obama.
NEWS
January 31, 2008
Which Democrat — Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama — do you think would give the Republicans the toughest battle for the White House in the general election, and why?   Active members of either major political party are notoriously bad at picking opponents to beat in the other party. One of the most famous examples was in the California governor’s race in 1966 when Democrats were desperate to run against the too-conservative actor Ronald Reagan because the moderate and popular Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco would be harder to beat.
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By Paul Anderson | July 14, 2008
When Edith Sandoval and Tony Figueroa heard Barack Obama planned to be at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Sunday, they knew they had to be there. Problem was it cost a lot of money to meet the Democratic presidential contender. If you wanted to shake his hand and get a picture taken with him, it would cost you $28,500. If you just wanted to hear one of his stump speeches in person and see the man, that would cost $2,300. Why the difference? Because the maximum an individual can give a presidential contender is $2,300 in the general election.
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By Michael Alexander | November 6, 2008
About 600 donors gathered Thursday in the Balboa Bay Club for the annual fundraiser for Birth Choice, a Santa Ana-based chain of clinics aimed at preventing abortions, with programs for transitional housing for new mothers and abstinence education. The socially conservative crowd met to raise money for the group and for a new center in Long Beach, but they also met on a day of mixed feelings for California foes of abortion and same-sex marriage. It was just two days after a nation swept Barack Obama into the White House and his fellow Democrats into more places of power, while California banned same-sex marriage and failed to pass a parental notification law for teens seeking abortions.
NEWS
October 19, 2009
I have just finished reading the letter by Chuck Cassity in your Oct. 15 edition (?Great job Mr. President. Really.?), and I am appalled. Cassity seems perturbed that our president, Barack Obama, has just won the Nobel Peace Prize. I wonder why that bothers him so. One would think that that would be a source of pride for an American. I suspect that there is virtually nothing that Obama does or could do that would please him and his ilk. The acerbic nature of his sarcasm I would expect to hear from spoiled teenagers who have been denied something they really wanted.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford and Alan Blank | September 3, 2008
John McCain’s choice in Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president has swept the nation, including Democratic nominee for California’s 48th District Steve Young. When he left abuzz following the Democratic National Convention, Young weighed in on McCain’s pick, citing her lack of experience to take on the role as commander-in-chief if something should happen to John McCain in office. “What if McCain should be disabled or die shortly after his election?
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By Michael Alexander | November 18, 2008
Every American knows who won the presidential election this year. But what were voters thinking when they went into the polling booths? That’s the question national pollster John Zogby spent more than an hour on as the first speaker this season in UCI’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. His answer? They just wanted someone who could get the job done. “There’s a critical mass of voters, over 80%, telling us they want a problem solver,” he said.
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By James P. Gray | March 15, 2013
People in our country mostly seem to possess an innate faith in government. Probably that has evolved because, while our governments generally are unnecessarily expensive, wasteful and intrusive, they have not been overtly corrupt like so many others around the world. And most people feel that at least government means well. But this growth of government is harmful for at least two reasons. First, government's power almost always comes at the expense of a loss of our individual freedoms and liberties, and second, the government is almost never as effective and efficient as the private sector.
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By Chuck Cassity | October 25, 2012
Every living adult American (and some of the dead ones in and around Chicago) who embraces their civic duties will soon face a major decision: How should we vote Nov. 6? As local issues have been covered ad nauseum by me and others of late, I'll focus my attention on national and statewide matters of import. If you believe that paying more than twice as much for gas than you did when Barack Obama was elected president is OK, and you hope it goes even higher, because if this administration gets another four years, it most certainly will, vote Obama-Biden.
NEWS
January 13, 2010
Clearly not. In a number of instances when a Republican politician, sports figure, celebrity or other news person has made similar, and in many cases, considerably less offensive remarks, the same people now defending Harry Reid have demanded immediate resignation and in some cases contributed to the destruction of their careers. The hypocrisy and double standard here is breathtaking. U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) The fact it took so long for the American public to be made aware of Sen. Reid’s racially insensitive comments, and the lack of outrage by anyone but Republicans demonstrates the double-standard both by the media and liberal Democrats.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | December 19, 2009
For one reason or another, I receive large numbers of e-mails from lots of different sources. One I received recently was from the blog of a man named Stephen Frank, who promotes himself as providing a “frank” discussion for conservatives. This particular edition was sent out under the heading “Barack and Michelle Obama Ignore Christmas.” The thrust of Frank’s message was that the Obamas’ holiday card, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee, makes no religious reference whatsoever.
NEWS
October 20, 2009
I have just finished reading the letter by Chuck Cassity in your Oct. 15 edition (“Great job Mr. President. Really.”), and I am appalled. Cassity seems perturbed that our president, Barack Obama, has just won the Nobel Peace Prize. I wonder why that bothers him so. One would think that that would be a source of pride for an American. I suspect that there is virtually nothing that Obama does or could do that would please him and his ilk. The acerbic nature of his sarcasm I would expect to hear from spoiled teenagers who have been denied something they really wanted.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | November 18, 2008
Every American knows who won the presidential election this year. But what were voters thinking when they went into the polling booths? That’s the question national pollster John Zogby spent more than an hour on as the first speaker this season in UCI’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. His answer? They just wanted someone who could get the job done. “There’s a critical mass of voters, over 80%, telling us they want a problem solver,” he said.
NEWS
November 15, 2008
Two words come to mind when you consider Assemblyman Chuck DeVore’s bid for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job. Longshot. Gumption. Let’s hope we don’t add “quixotic” to that list. Consider this: She clobbered former California Secretary of State Bill Jones by 20 points four years ago. (An interesting aside: Remember our very own Judge Jim Gray netted about 1.8% of the vote as a Libertarian in that race.) So we know this — DeVore’s going to need a mighty big slingshot to take down the Goliath by the Bay. And he thinks he’s got it in his sense of how to manipulate the new media — just like his new political idol, President-elect Barack Obama.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | November 6, 2008
About 600 donors gathered Thursday in the Balboa Bay Club for the annual fundraiser for Birth Choice, a Santa Ana-based chain of clinics aimed at preventing abortions, with programs for transitional housing for new mothers and abstinence education. The socially conservative crowd met to raise money for the group and for a new center in Long Beach, but they also met on a day of mixed feelings for California foes of abortion and same-sex marriage. It was just two days after a nation swept Barack Obama into the White House and his fellow Democrats into more places of power, while California banned same-sex marriage and failed to pass a parental notification law for teens seeking abortions.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | October 7, 2008
About 1,200 Republican supporters braved crowds of protesters shouting “shame on you” to hear vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin accuse Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center at an event that raised $2 million for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid. Fresh off her better-than-expected performance in the vice presidential debate Thursday in St. Louis...
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