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October 6, 2011
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has said that Republicans won't even vote on the American Jobs Act. I want to know why. It would be one thing if the Republican Party, or if Cantor himself, had some specific objection to the act, but to refuse to vote at all makes me worry that there needs to be legislation requiring members of Congress to vote one way or another on each piece of legislation put before them — isn't that the job of a member of...
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By TOM HARMAN | November 5, 2006
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year, the federal government was quick to declare it one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike our country. Emergency aid was rushed to the area and billions of dollars were showered on the region by a benevolent Congress. However, it quickly became apparent that the crisis was spinning out of control. Immediately after the hurricane struck, the efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency were inept, wasteful and did little to help the victims of Katrina.
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June 21, 2008
Considering his profession, Sen. John McCain seems a decent man. Most people in charge can and will display a temper from time to time. There are too many built-in safeguards and therefore a minimal chance McCain will push the nuclear button and obliterate everything. More important is his seeming lack of concern about the fact that the cost of gas has doubled and that more than 13,000 American kids have been killed or maimed over the course of the last seven years. Since securing the GOP nomination, he has talked extensively about our economy, which is definitely in the tank, and about people who need to get a second or third job, if necessary, to pay for the home they shouldn’t have purchased in the first place.
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By Michael Miller | March 19, 2008
Will Newport Beach soon be known as the home base of Vice President Christopher Cox? That’s the question on some people’s minds this week as syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak, in an article Monday, said a number of conservative members of Congress are pushing for the former Newport Beach congressman as a running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain this year. Novak didn’t specify which members of Congress are backing Cox for the vice presidential slot, but said his supporters favor him for his “stature in the conservative movement.
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August 9, 2007
Several Democrats in the House called on the Judiciary Committee to consider impeaching Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales after questions have been raised about whether he misled Congress during testimony about the firing of eight federal prosecutors and about a government eavesdropping program. Do you think an investigation is warranted or is this just partisan politics? This Congress has been called the "post office Congress" because literally most of the bills passed and signed into law thus far have been those bills renaming post offices.
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December 20, 2007
Former Sen. George Mitchell last week released his long-awaited blistering attack on Major League Baseball and its handling of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. The report of rampant steroid and human growth hormone abuse has got some in Washington interested in intervening if MLB does not move quickly to clean up its act. At what point, if ever, do you think Congress should involve itself in regulating illegal doping in baseball?   I do not believe Congress should inject itself in the internal rules of Major League Baseball.
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February 19, 2004
What is the most pressing issue in the state? In Newport-Mesa? State: Out-of-control Sacramento spending and resultant budget crisis aggravated by out-of-control illegal immigration. Local: impact of out-of-control state spending on local tax base, crippling efforts to roll back teenage/youth drug use and efforts to address substandard education. How will you be able to address the concerns of Newport-Mesa in Washington? The exact same way I did for years representing Orange County in Congress.
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By Chuck Cassity | January 5, 2010
Editor’s note: The following is the second of two parts on Chuck Cassity’s predictions for 2010. Here are my New Year’s predictions: 8. The partnership of Orange County and Costa Mesa will submit a competitive bid to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds. Unfortunately, before the bid can be opened Sacramento will have closed. 9. A Force 5 hurricane will strike the Southeastern Seaboard in August. Congress will convene a committee to assess blame.
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By Bradley Zint | April 8, 2014
A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress. Suzanne Joyce Savary, 67, a Newport Beach resident of 15 years, said Tuesday that she plans to run in the June primary race for the 48th Congressional District. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) is seeking his 14th term. Savary, a Democrat, co-founded the Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club in 2007 and has long been active on Balboa Island, where she lives. She also served on a city committee that worked to update Newport's city charter.
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By Bradley Zint | December 4, 2013
Supervisor John Moorlach, who gained political recognition in 1994 when he raised concerns about the vulnerability of Orange County's investment pool during his campaign for county treasurer, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for Congress. The county declared bankruptcy in December of that year. The former county treasurer-tax collector said he will seek the 45th Congressional District seat being vacated next year by U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine), who plans to retire.
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By Bradley Zint | July 2, 2013
State Sen. Mimi Walters announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the 45th Congressional District seat retiring U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) will vacate next year. Walters, a Republican, currently represents the 37th District in the California Senate. The district includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and portions of Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach. "John Campbell has served the people of Orange County, California and the United States with distinction and with a commitment to a firm set of principles," Walters said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
October 6, 2011
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has said that Republicans won't even vote on the American Jobs Act. I want to know why. It would be one thing if the Republican Party, or if Cantor himself, had some specific objection to the act, but to refuse to vote at all makes me worry that there needs to be legislation requiring members of Congress to vote one way or another on each piece of legislation put before them — isn't that the job of a member of...
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August 13, 2010
I would like to add to Mr. Lightfoot's argument about the Roosevelt administration in prolonging the Great Depression. After President Hoover tried to tax America into being prosperous, FDR decided he would even do bigger tax increases in the name of prosperity. This led to a double-dip depression and made everything worse. Higher taxes on everyone, especially the so-called rich, simply retards employment, government revenue and sales for businesses. It seems to me that the current administration and Congress should take a look at the 1990s when President Clinton was forced by a GOP-controlled Congress to balance a budget and rein in spending.
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By Tom Ragan | April 13, 2010
He likes to surf. In fact, he’s slightly hard of hearing because he spends too much time in the ocean. And he thinks marijuana should be legalized among adults in California. It’s a waste of resources, he says, for police to try and catch dope smokers who grow the stuff in their own backyards. He thinks global warming is a complete and utter lie, that illegal immigration must be stopped, and that there’s no such thing as dirty air any more. You should have seen Southern California when he was growing up, he said.
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By Brianna Bailey | April 8, 2010
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked Congress for $23.7 million in federal funding to clean up Newport Harbor. City officials expect to have word on whether the project will get a chunk of federal money later this year. Congress isn’t expected to approve appropriations until after the November election. Feinstein also helped obtain federal money to dredge Upper Newport Bay; Congress approved $17.3 million in stimulus money last year to finish dredging in the Upper Bay. That project is slated for completion later this year.
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By Brianna Bailey | April 7, 2010
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked Congress for $23.7 million in federal funding to clean up Newport Harbor. City officials expect to have word on whether the project will get a chunk of federal money later this year. Congress isn’t expected to approve appropriations until after the November election. Feinstein also played a role in obtaining federal money to dredge Upper Newport Bay — Congress approved $17.3 million in federal stimulus money last year to finish dredging in the Upper Bay. That project is slated for completion later this year.
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