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By Charles Mooney | June 2, 2012
Last Memorial Day weekend, I thought about why we were memorializing our warriors. Like many others who have asked this question, it came down to men and women fighting, and many dying, to protect our democracy, our right to vote and to select our government representatives, and our unalienable rights as individuals. However, I also considered why these values and rights are being changed and, in my opinion, it is due to an anti-American element that has infiltrated the Republican Party.
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By Michael Torres | February 8, 2014
Latinos, who needs them? If you're the Republican Party in California, you do. But there is a big difference among needing, tolerating and identifying with. At the moment, California is a one-party state, big "D" Democrat. The Republican Party is the Yorkshire terrier of California politics. It's there and occasionally barks, but is easily ignored. The Republican Party's solution to irrelevance seems to be pinned on the mythical voting bloc that is Latinos. To keep it simple, let's assume Latinos are a singular group of people, and leave aside the vast geographical diversity of this group and the fact that it is made up of new arrivals and fourth-generation Americans, many of whom love Mexican food but don't speak a word of Spanish.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | April 5, 2006
State Senate candidate Diane Harkey is not afraid of a fight, and in this round, nearly every GOP heavyweight in Orange County is in her corner. Harkey, a Dana Point City Councilwoman, is one of three candidates ? and two Republicans ? running for the 35th District Senate seat, which represents Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and all or part of 12 other cities in Orange County. Demo- crat Larry Caballero and Republican Tom Harman will vie for the seat in a special election Tuesday.
NEWS
October 20, 2007
U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will pay a visit the home of a Newport Beach businessman and big GOP donor Monday. “Huckabee is going to be the Republican nominee for president, and it’s going to happen in Newport Beach,” said local Republican volunteer Richard Dunn, who is helping organize Huckabee’s visit. “This guy is going to come out of nowhere and win. He’s going to go head-to-head with Hillary [Clinton] and win.” Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee will deliver an address Monday evening from the Newport Beach home of Buck Johns, president of Inland Energy Inc. Johns counts Huckabee as one of his personal friends.
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | September 2, 2005
State Sen. John Campbell's congressional campaign coffers might swell now that he's sewn up an endorsement from the New Majority, a major Orange County Republican fundraising group. Campbell is one of 10 Republicans running for the 48th Congressional District seat left open when Rep. Chris Cox became chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. A special primary is set for Oct. 4. Thursday, Campbell added the New Majority's backing to a list that already included an endorsement from the more conservative Lincoln Club.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | November 22, 2007
Shawn Fago of the Orange County Young Republicans and George Andrews, executive director of the county’s GOP, got to talking one day about how they could attract more young Republicans to the party. Half-joking, Andrews suggested a swimsuit calendar. Republicans gone wild? Not exactly. Instead, the Young Republicans have created a “Women of the Orange County Young Republicans” calendar that isn’t as racy as, say, Sports Illustrated, but is definitely designed to disabuse the stereotype that the GOP is dominated by stuffy, old, white men. The calendar, available for $15 at RedCounty.
NEWS
January 10, 2008
What did you think of Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh’s decision to cut his ties with Newport Beach drug and alcohol rehabilitation home operators?    I appreciate his decision. Our local government is non-partisan, and we don’t need party politics to guide us. Don Webb District 3 Councilman    Lesson: If you’re a Republican politico in a Republican community, don’t aggravate a significant portion of the residents.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | March 24, 2007
I’m just back from Rudy Giuliani’s talk to a packed ballroom at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, where people laughed, cried, and kissed campaign donations goodbye — OK, nobody cried. But they did applaud and laugh a lot. Out of the “big three” GOP presidential contenders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has Newport Beach Rep. John Campbell backing him, and Arizona Sen. John McCain has O.C. bigwigs Don Bren and George Argyros, but Giuliani appears to have support from Lincoln Club and New Majority folks, which will be significant for fundraising — and as that always-desired cue to voters.
NEWS
September 30, 2000
Joseph Bell's column ("GOP's 'compassionate conservatism' should extend to gays,"' (Aug. 10) reflected gross misconceptions regarding Republican's stance on homosexuals. The problem is not with individual homosexuals but instead with an agenda perpetrated by homosexual activists and supported by liberal Democrats. One that gives homosexuals special rights and promotes their lifestyle in our public schools. A plan that silences all who disagree with them.
NEWS
By: | September 29, 2005
The Orange County Republican Party on Wednesday censured 48th District Congressional candidate Marilyn Brewer for making several false claims about GOP opponent John Campbell, including that he day-traded energy stocks during the state's energy crisis, said Orange County GOP chairman Scott Baugh. He said the party's ethics committee also found that Brewer violated ethics rules with campaign mailers about Campbell's position on stem cell research and his record on illegal immigration and a mailer that mentions the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Assn.
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March 5, 2014
The California Republican Assembly has endorsed Michelle Steel for Orange County supervisor. Steel, a Surfside resident and vice chairwoman of the California Board of Equalization, hopes to replace John Moorlach on the Board of Supervisors. He is termed out and running for the 45th Congressional District seat. "Michelle is a great conservative leader, she has a proven record standing up for taxpayers, and we need more leaders like her in local government. That's why she earned our support," the California Republican Assembly's president, John Briscoe, said in a news release.
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By Michael Torres | February 8, 2014
Latinos, who needs them? If you're the Republican Party in California, you do. But there is a big difference among needing, tolerating and identifying with. At the moment, California is a one-party state, big "D" Democrat. The Republican Party is the Yorkshire terrier of California politics. It's there and occasionally barks, but is easily ignored. The Republican Party's solution to irrelevance seems to be pinned on the mythical voting bloc that is Latinos. To keep it simple, let's assume Latinos are a singular group of people, and leave aside the vast geographical diversity of this group and the fact that it is made up of new arrivals and fourth-generation Americans, many of whom love Mexican food but don't speak a word of Spanish.
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By Dan Chmielewski | October 5, 2013
One of the great things about social media is it eliminates the echo chamber that often exists in political circles. And last week, a Facebook post of a photo from the most recent Irvine City Council meeting by FlashReport blogger Jon Fleischman, a Republican political consultant and official with the California Republican Party, sought to belittle the progressives on the council but had quite the opposite effect. Fleischman's post that Irvine council members Beth Krom and Larry Agran failed to place their hands over their hearts during the playing of the national anthem got 66 shares on Facebook and nearly 250 likes.
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From the Los Angeles Times | November 15, 2012
The state attorney general has been asked to handle a drunk driving case against former California GOP Chairman Michael J. Schroeder, who was pulled over by a CHP officer who saw his black Porsche swerving on the 55 Freeway in Orange County. Schroeder, a powerful figure in Orange County politics, was arrested earlier this month, authorities said. His wife is chief of staff for the Orange County district attorney's office. Schroeder, 56, was pulled over at 3:20 a.m. on Nov. 1 after an officer observed a black 2004 Porsche that failed to stay in its lane on the 55 Freeway, said CHP Officer Devon Boatman.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 25, 2012
Demonstrators on Saturday gathered in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department to support Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, who they contend was falsely accused of driving drunk by a private investigator who works for a law firm that represents police unions. A motorist tailing Righeimer called 911 Wednesday, saying the councilman was swerving and appeared drunk. Righeimer, who said he only drank a Diet Coke, was given a sobriety test by police at his home and passed. The man who made the call is a fired Riverside police officer who works with a law firm that until recently was retained by the Costa Mesa Police Assn.
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By Joseph Serna | July 23, 2012
Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's health-care reforms and other regulations that some small businesses find burdensome during a campaign stop Monday at a Costa Mesa manufacturing plant. The presumptive Republican nominee, who met with business owners and executives at the Endural LLC plastic container plant, said health-care reform and other regulations are stifling businesses and, in turn, slowing job growth. "It's not just about getting the bad guys, of which there are a few, but also helping the good guys, encouraging entrepreneurs, understanding how hard it is to start a business, grow a business, help it live and thrive," he said.
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From KTLA-5 | June 4, 2012
Editor's note: The Daily Pilot was not granted access to Mitt Romney's visit to the Balboa Bay Club & Resort on Friday night and instead covered the protests outside. This story from pool reports was made available later. * A confident-sounding Mitt Romney in Newport Beach mocked his rival's campaign Friday, hours after the release of disappointing jobs numbers put Democrats on the defensive. At his private fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort — where four tickets fetched as much as $25,000 — Romney joked about a visit former President George W. Bush made to the White House a day earlier for the unveiling of his official portrait.
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By Charles Mooney | June 2, 2012
Last Memorial Day weekend, I thought about why we were memorializing our warriors. Like many others who have asked this question, it came down to men and women fighting, and many dying, to protect our democracy, our right to vote and to select our government representatives, and our unalienable rights as individuals. However, I also considered why these values and rights are being changed and, in my opinion, it is due to an anti-American element that has infiltrated the Republican Party.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | June 2, 2012
Thomas Jefferson supposedly said, "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%. " I am writing this to remind all the people in Costa Mesa, from all of the comments I see posted on the Daily Pilot website, that they live in a democracy and that the Republican Party of Orange County plays no direct part in governing the city. I am tired of seeing people blame all the ills of Costa Mesa on the OCGOP and the City Council majority.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
Stratfor, a private U.S. intelligence company with high-power clients around the globe, disclosed that Sen. John McCain was aware of significant voter fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign. Despite having had evidence that the Democrats had allegedly stuffed ballot boxes in Ohio and Pennsylvania on election night, McCain chose not to pursue charges against the Obama campaign. In essence, he handed the presidency to his opponent without putting up a fight. McCain's behavior seems in stark contrast to his impressive record of heroism as a Naval aviator.
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