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By Alicia Robinson | August 2, 2007
To keep up his fight against rampant federal spending, Newport Beach Rep. John Campbell this week said he'll introduce a plan to reform earmarks, or spending on pet projects lawmakers tack onto bills, sometimes with little scrutiny. The House passed an ethics and lobbying reform bill that largely focused on lobbyists and their relationships with members of Congress on Tuesday, but Campbell dismissed it as ineffectual. "I voted for it because it's not bad,but it certainly doesn't do much good," he said.
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December 16, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH Residents and skippers celebrate local tradition The 99th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade set sail this week with a pageantry of illumination reflecting this year’s theme, “Twas the Lights Before Christmas.” The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce event drew big crowds who enjoyed the brightly decorated water crafts. Spectators waved and cheered as the boats passed by, sharing in the community spirit.
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By Alicia Robinson | March 17, 2007
EDITOR'S NOTE: Behind the Headlines is a regular feature that focuses on the people involved in the stories making news. It allows them to speak in depth on the issues that have the community talking. Always-outspoken Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher this week stepped into the latest Capitol Hill controversy, joining two other Republican members of Congress in calling for the dismissal of U.S. Atty. General Alberto Gonzales. Rohrabacher is displeased with how Gonzales — and the White House — handled the recent conviction of two Border Patrol agents, and the firing of eight U.S. attorneys has added fuel to the fire.
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By Alicia Robinson | December 28, 2006
A policy that prevents Border Patrol agents from shooting at suspects unless they are directly threatened with a weapon is "about as nonsensical as anything I've ever seen in my 30 or 40 years of public awareness," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach said last week. Rohrabacher has been calling on President Bush to pardon two Border Patrol agents who were convicted earlier this year after shooting a drug smuggler who had illegally entered the country with a van full of marijuana.
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By Alicia Robinson | March 15, 2007
Sushi. That's one thing Costa Mesa Assemblyman Van Tran said he's looking forward to during a trip to Japan to meet with high-ranking government officials and discuss trade relations. Tran was specially invited by the Japanese foreign ministry and left Tuesday for a five-day trip. "Basically this is a long-standing invitation that's gone on for about a year now," Tran said by phone Tuesday before leaving. He planned to meet with Japan's ministers of justice, science and technology, and also with corporate officials from Panasonic, Honda and Kikkoman.
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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.
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By From Pilot staff reports | December 31, 2007
1 City Hall Lead City Hall in the Park proponent Bill Ficker has proved you can fight city hall, or at least have a say in where the next one should be built. After Newport Beach City Council members rejected his suggestions on building the next city hall on a parcel of city-owned land next to the municipal library on Avocado Avenue, he went out with petitions for a ballot measure and came back in August with more than 15,000 signatures, representing nearly a quarter of the city’s registered voters.
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