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  • Illegal immigrant using false name and IDs gains access to D-M

    12/31/2013 2:05:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    KVOA ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Faye DeHoff
    PINAL COUNTY - An illegal immigrant is arrested in Pinal County and it's discovered he had gained access to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. On Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on Interstate 10 near milepost 180 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle identified himself, using an Arizona Identification Card, as 37-year old Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. The deputy did a routine license and warrant check. Villalobos returned with a "No License" status and a felony warrant for his arrest out of Texas. The warrant showed he...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • CA: OC Councilman Carlos Bustamante Charged with Sex Crimes

    07/03/2012 9:51:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies ^ | 7/3/12 | KTLA News
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante has gone from a rising political star to a felony sexual assault suspect. The Orange County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday will detail the criminal charges it plans to file against Bustamante. The 47-year-old councilman was arrested around 4:15 p.m. Monday, right before a regularly scheduled Santa Ana City Council meeting. Bustamante faces multiple felony charges, including stalking, false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery. ... Bustamante was elected to the City Council in November of 2004. The charges against him may stem from his time as the director of...
  • U.N. official to visit Prince William to study illegal-immigration policy

    06/05/2008 9:18:52 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 15 replies · 117+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | June 5, 2008 | Dan Genz
    WASHINGTON-The United Nations plans to examine Prince William County’s aggressive crackdown on illegal immigrants during a visit next week. Jorge Bustamante, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on migrants’ rights, plans to tour Manassas and Woodbridge, receive briefings on local enforcement measures, and attempt to meet with local officials. He contacted immigrant leaders in the county two months ago to begin preparing for a visit, saying he was interested in the landmark nature of the county’s actions. Special rapporteurs are tasked with reviewing human-rights issues of international concern to raise political pressure and shape public opinion, but cannot issue sanctions. The...
  • The Fifth Column's Return to Iraq-Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of parliament

    08/30/2006 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 1,792+ views ^ | August 30, 2006 | Ben Johnson
    Cindy Sheehan, Tom Hayden, and the Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of the Iraqi parliament to discuss “peace.” TO FIND PEOPLE WHO HATE AMERICA AS MUCH AS THEY DO, the Fifth Column Left had to go halfway around the world to meet with Iraqi political leaders who call terrorism “honorable national resistance” and say foreign jihadists “are guaranteed Paradise” – and at least one of whom has ties to militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr. By the end of the trip, the American leftists would echo these sentiments. Somehow most of the media – occupied with interminable coverage of Hurricane...
  • Bustamante job hunting after roles at the top

    01/08/2007 7:51:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 341+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/8/7 | E.J. Schultz
    At 2:28 p.m. Sunday, Cruz Bustamante's elective political career came to a likely end. At that moment, former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi was sworn in as the state's new lieutenant governor, leaving the Dinuba-born Bustamante without an elected political job for the first time since 1993. He smiled and clapped as he watched his successor's ceremony in Sacramento, but Bustamante gave little indication of his next move -- except to say that it probably won't involve running for office. "I think partisan office is pretty much done now," he said in an interview. "I'm out of this activity. There are...
  • Live Thread - California General Election - 7 November 2006

    11/07/2006 7:06:48 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 406 replies · 10,738+ views
    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • Is Cruz Bustamante Running For Office, or "The Biggest Loser"?

    11/04/2006 11:54:28 PM PST · by L.N. Smithee · 20 replies · 1,248+ views
    November 4, 2006 | L.N. Smithee
    As a news junkie, over the years I have seen a lot of political campaigns. Some were brilliant, some pathetic, some nasty as all get out. But I have never seen anything like this: A major party candidate trying to get elected by mostly talking about how much weight he has lost. That's right -- current California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat, who is running against liberal Republican high-tech billionaire Steve Poizner for the state Insurance Commissioner post, is battling a multimedia blitz portraying him as in the pocket of the insurance industry by talking about his 70-pound weight...
  • CA: Race is tight for key post of insurance commissioner

    10/06/2006 2:55:41 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 230+ views
    SDUT - Copley News Service ^ | October 6, 2006 | James P. Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO – A political newcomer seeking his first elected office faces a familiar figure admittedly nearing the end of his political career in this year's campaign for state insurance commissioner. Republican Steve Poizner and Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante are in an open race that appears to be among the closest of all the so-called down-ballot contests. For motorists, homeowners, business owners and anyone else who buys insurance, the choice may be one of the most important votes they cast on Nov. 7. The insurance commissioner has broad regulatory powers, including the authority to approve or reject the rates on...
  • CA: Jerry Brown, Poochigian Square Off In Debate (and other down-ticket candidates)

    10/05/2006 7:57:28 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 448+ views
    Click Here To Watch Debate (CBS 5 / The Chronicle) SAN FRANCISCO--The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial board hosted a 60-minute debate between attorney general candidates Jerry Brown and Chuck Poochigian on Thursday afternoon at the CBS 5 studios in San Francisco. This was the first debate between the two candidates, and is the only one currently scheduled. The debate is presented via streaming video here on and is the first of several Chronicle Editorial board candidate debates that will be offered via live and tape streams here on Other upcoming debates will include: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2...
  • Insurance commissioner candidates contrast in experience [ Poizner vs Bustamante ]

    09/29/2006 9:59:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 258+ views
    MediaNews ^ | 9/29/6 | Brandon Bailey
    The next state insurance commissioner will be facing industry pressure to back away from some controversial regulations, including new rules that require insurers to base automobile rates primarily on driving records instead of zip codes.Consumer advocates support the new regulations. And both groups are closely watching the contest between Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a veteran Democratic politician who says the job of insurance commissioner may be his last elective office, and Silicon Valley businessman Steve Poizner, a wealthy Republican who is hoping to make it his first.Both candidates promise to uphold the regulations, although insurers contend they are costly and...
  • CA: For lieutenant governor - McClintock could elevate a job Bustamante lowered.

    09/06/2006 11:24:04 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 20 replies · 445+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | September 6, 2006
    Voters may best remember state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, from the surreal 2003 recall election in which voters removed former Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. McClintock, who many wags viewed as the most qualified candidate, came in a respectable third place behind Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and well ahead, we might add, of the likes of former child star Gary Coleman and porn king Larry Flynt. But instead of engendering bitterness, or disappearing from the radar (but not the payroll) like Bustamante, McClintock went to work with Schwarzenegger on scrapping the car tax. McClintock,...
  • CA: Unions, Immigrant Rights Groups Rally

    09/04/2006 10:32:23 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 301+ views
    CBS ^ | Sept. 4, 2006 | AP
    Unions and immigrant rights groups will hold a Labor Day rally Monday morning in Wilmington. State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante will join other lawmakers at a labor breakfast at the downtown Catholic Cathedral.
  • N.M. Cash Over Limit In Calif. Campaign:Bustamante (Dem Culture of Corruption)

    08/06/2006 8:21:48 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 3 replies · 412+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 6, 2006 | Mike Gallagher
    With about a month to go before the October special election, the California Democrat's campaign received an injection of more than $150,000 in cash from three prominent New Mexicans or companies with which they are affiliated. Questions were raised about Bustamante's campaign finances after he lost the election.The California Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces the state's campaign finance laws, sued Bustamante in 2004 for accepting contributions over the allowable limit of $21,200.
  • Live Thread - California Primary Election - 6 June 2006

    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • California Democratic candidates spend time in church

    06/05/2006 11:09:56 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 29 replies · 689+ views
    Democratic candidates spend time in church The Democratic candidates for governor went to church on Sunday and prayed for victory, as well they might in a race that is neck and neck heading into Tuesday's primary. Steve Westly, who made his fortune at eBay, and Phil Angelides, a wealthy former developer, have been battering each other with nasty television ads for several weeks. Analysts say voters may respond to the negativity campaign by not voting. Westly, the state controller, appeared with Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles, at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, which he joined three...
  • Schwarzenegger's Travels Lead to Criticism

    05/15/2006 10:32:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 206+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been out of state all or part of 163 days since his inauguration in November 2003 — nearly one of every five days he's been in office. The celebrity governor always promised to promote California, and he's traveled as far as China to pitch everything from avocados to zinfandel. While many of Schwarzenegger's trips on official business are extensively publicized, he also can slip away on a private jet with an e-mail from his office: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has left the state." Schwarzenegger's regular and sometimes unexplained jaunts expose him to criticism that...
  • Catering to the illegal immigrant lobby - (Let the Hispandering begin)

    04/28/2006 7:24:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 556+ views ^ | 4/28/06 | Jill MIller
    WITH CALIFORNIA political leaders already behaving illogically and erratically on illegal immigration, I have a sense of dread about what they'll do after the May 1 job walkout by backers of amnesty for illegal immigrants. For years, illegal-immigration policy in California has been driven by fear -- fear of being unfairly labeled "anti-Latino" is one reason the California Legislature doesn't study basic questions, such as, "What does it cost the average California taxpayer to support an illegal immigrant?" Nervous Sacramento politicians don't talk openly about crucial policy issues, such as the cost to California's infrastructure from illegal immigration. Now, even...
  • California Latino leaders play down death threats

    04/25/2006 2:56:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 434+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/25/06 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prominent Latino leaders in California on Tuesday played down death threats apparently sparked by the divisive debate over illegal immigration. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told reporters on Monday that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante had both been targets of "disturbing and hateful death threats." "Hate, racism and intolerance are never accepted in our public debates," said Schwarzenegger, himself an immigrant from Austria. "That is not what California stands for. The greatness of California is its rich diversity." Police are investigating the threats, which came in postcards, e-mails and an Internet...
  • CA: Threats Issued to Latino Leaders (Bustamante and Villaraigosa)

    04/25/2006 10:30:23 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 43 replies · 849+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | Peter Nicholas and Duke Helfand
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that prominent public officials of Mexican heritage, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have recently received racially motivated death threats. At a news conference in the Capitol, Schwarzenegger said he had asked district attorneys throughout the state to take extra precautions against hate-based crimes. Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante have both "received disturbing and hateful death threats," the governor said. The governor's advisors had heard about the threats from a Sacramento news report. They told the governor, who decided to make a public statement. (snip) Villaraigosa told KCAL-TV Channel 9 news late...
  • Schwarzenegger says immigration debate has prompted threats (Villaraigosa, Bustamante)

    04/24/2006 6:16:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 635+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/24/06 | Juliet Williams - ap
    Prominent Hispanic elected officials, including the mayor of Los Angeles and California's lieutenant governor, have received threats in the midst of a heated national debate over immigration policy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday. Schwarzenegger told reporters about the threats against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, both Democrats, during a news conference in his office Monday. "There's something very important that I need to speak to my fellow Californians about," he said. "It has come to my attention that our Lieutenant Gov. Bustamante and our Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and other elected officials of Mexican heritage have received...
  • 2006 shaping up as watershed political season (CA)

    04/01/2006 1:08:34 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 515+ views
    KnoxSutido/Sacramento Bee ^ | April 2, 2006 | DAN WALTERS
    Every decade or so, California experiences a watershed election year which realigns the state's cast of politicians - bringing some careers to an end and jump-starting others - and 2006 could be one of those events. Whether Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his governorship or becomes an idiosyncratic footnote to history is, of course, the biggest political question hanging over the state. But polls indicate that Schwarzenegger's political position is improving - in part because voters are giving him credit for trying to fix infrastructure - and his two would-be challengers, Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly, have their own problems....
  • CA: Bustamante daughter charged in DUI (UC Berkeley grad, now a union leader)

    03/15/2006 10:07:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 847+ views
    OAKLAND — The 25-year-old daughter of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante was charged Monday with driving under the influence, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Sonia Bustamante, a University of California, Berkeley graduate who lives in Oakland, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday after an officer spotted her driving erratically on eastbound Interstate 580 near the Grand Avenue curve, court records show. She failed a field sobriety test and registered a 0.16 blood-alcohol level — twice the legal limit — on the first of two Breathalyzer tests, authorities said. A second Breathalyzer registered...
  • Calorie counting with Cruz

    02/12/2006 9:51:23 AM PST · by Amerigomag · 13 replies · 538+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 02-12-06 | Jim Boren
    Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante used to joke about his ballooning weight, even when he was running against celebrity body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 gubernatorial recall election. Then Bustamante woke up one morning in January and the scales beneath him read 278 pounds. Suddenly, the jokes weren't funny anymore. He wasn't just fat, but clinically obese. To put his weight in perspective, he wrestled at 145 pounds as a 5-foot-7 senior at Tranquillity High School. Bustamante, 53, was a mere 12 pounds short of being exactly twice as heavy as he was when he was sweating to make weight...
  • Report: Mills (Corp.) made donations to politicians tied to SF project (Bustamante,Lockyer,Westly)

    06/25/2005 12:33:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 841+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/25/05 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that sought state approval for a major development deal on the city's waterfront made substantial campaign contributions to politicians who controlled the project's fate, a newspaper reported Saturday. Campaign finance records show that Mills Corp., which long has lobbied to build a $210 million retail and sports complex on Piers 27-31, contributed at least $53,250 to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and state Controller Steve Westly in the months before and after they endorsed the project, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Westly and Bustamante, who sit on the three-member California...
  • The Smearing of Bustamante - The Far Right and Anti-Mexican Racism

    06/20/2005 9:43:32 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 103 replies · 2,693+ views
    The Smearing of BustamanteThe Far Right and Anti-Mexican RacismBy JORGE MARISCAL09/01/03 It would be tempting to dismiss the recent media flap around the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and his membership in the student organization Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) as much to do about nothing. But for those of us who have been following over the last decade the political propaganda of anti-Mexican hate groups, the controversy indicates just how far the rhetoric and tactics of the extreme right have entered the media mainstream. As Bustamante's poll numbers began to rise, his affiliation with MEChA over twenty-five...
  • Police say 80 illegal aliens found at home (Fresno)

    04/17/2005 1:13:45 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 73 replies · 2,774+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 4/17/2005 | Tim Eberly
    Narcotics officers stumbled upon a record number of illegal immigrants Friday evening while searching the Madera County home of a man arrested in a drug sting, police said.Fresno police say they found 80 undocumented Mexican immigrants at the home of 38-year-old Jose Esparza, an accused methamphetamine dealer who allegedly sold an undercover officer a half-pound of drugs Friday afternoon.The discovery marked what appears to be the largest immigrant smuggling ring uncovered by the Fresno Police Department, said Sgt. Alex Flores, supervisor of the major narcotics unit..Flores says federal agents needed two large buses to take the immigrants to Fresno, where...
  • CA: Three months' jail for Bustamante aide who embezzled state money (~$65,000)

    02/26/2005 6:12:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 439+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/26/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante's former fiscal officer was sentenced to three months in jail for embezzling more than $65,000 in state money he spent partly for trips to Hawaii and a down payment on a Nissan 350Z sports car. Michael Keolanui, 34, also will make restitution and serve an additional three months of home confinement. He had faced up to a year in prison under a plea bargain with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in September to forging two checks totaling $53,700, felonies that could have carried a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. He...
  • Governor leaves state for winter vacation (The Vacationator)

    12/23/2004 7:44:44 AM PST · by SierraWasp · 19 replies · 531+ views
    Sacramento BEE ^ | 12/23/04 | Margaret Talev
    Schwarzenegger will have been out of California about one day in five during his tenure. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has left California through the end of the year, handing off control of the state during his absence to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat.
  • Bustamante lashes out at governor in speech

    12/12/2004 6:08:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,255+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/12/04 | Larry Parsons
    MONTEREY - Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante ripped into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Monterey on Friday, accusing the governor of playing presidential politics and engaging in hypocrisy on the use of steroids. Bustamante, the top elected Democrat in California who lost badly in the October 2003 recall election to Schwarzenegger, also took digs at the governor's height, his alleged sexual harassment on movie sets and his early days as an immigrant. A representative of the governor characterized Bustamante's comments as ``a nasty-gram.'' `Sour grapes' ``Our response is that it sounds like sour grapes from someone who is going to be a...
  • California's New Stem-Cell Initiative Is Already Raising Concerns (Special Interest Giveaway)

    11/26/2004 10:11:57 PM PST · by nj26 · 19 replies · 450+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/04 | John M Broder
    As California moves to begin a lushly financed program of embryonic stem cell research, medical ethicists and other skeptics are concerned that the $3 billion that state voters approved for the endeavor could become a bonanza for private profiteers. Critics say the ballot measure that passed by a wide margin on Nov. 2 contains inadequate safeguards to ensure public oversight of the financial allocations and guarantee public benefit from any medical breakthroughs. They also worry that the promise of stem cell studies has been oversold to the public and say the money might better be directed to more mature medical...
  • CA: Nonprofit made illegal gifts, records show Charity contributed to politicians

    10/31/2004 8:06:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 448+ views ^ | 10/31/04 | Todd Wallack
    A San Francisco nonprofit group that touts its ties to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, Assemblyman Leland Yee and other well-known politicians made thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations during the past three years, state and local records show. Campaign finance reports show that America Education Foundation International, a corporate-funded charity set up to help low-income schools and students, made $3,665 in banned political donations from November 2001 to September 2004. The donations include $500 to former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown; $800 to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante; $500 to San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier; $500 to San Francisco...
  • Bustamante agrees to largest ever campaign violation fine

    04/13/2004 7:29:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 223+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/13/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante paid a record $263,000 fine for violating state limits on accepting campaign donations, California's Fair Political Practices Commission said today. The state's political watchdog agency charged in a civil lawsuit filed in January that Bustamante and his supporters improperly moved $3.8 million between campaign committees during the recall election in an effort to skirt contribution limits. Although FPPC officials have said Bustamante faced fines of as much as $9 million, the $263,000 settlement is still the largest ever paid by a candidate.
  • California: Bustamante faces long road back

    04/11/2004 8:29:17 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 3 replies · 128+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Apr. 11, 2004 | Tom Chorneau
    SACRAMENTO - Finding an opening on Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante's schedule is not normally a problem -- even last week when the state's No. 2 executive took over the wheel while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vacationed in Hawaii. Backed up in his lobby one afternoon was a group of Sikh businessmen from Stockton, here to talk to the lieutenant governor about a parade. There was a pair of conference calls on the list as well, an aide explained. And then there was the paperwork to read and sign -- two or three sheets at least that Bustamante busied himself with while...
  • CA: Tapping Donors

    02/03/2004 8:49:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 174+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/3/04 | Ronald Campbell
    <p>Three years after backers of Proposition 34 promised to "put the brakes on special-interest dollars" in California elections, hundreds of well-heeled donors ran over the $21,200 contribution limit.</p> <p>Some 80 people, businesses or labor unions plunked down at least $100,000 on the Oct. 7 recall election, according to reports filed with the secretary of state. A dozen gave $1 million or more - 47 times the Prop. 34 limit.</p>
  • California: Judge takes aim at state's political watchdog. Faults two of panel's decisions

    02/01/2004 6:26:48 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 118+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | February 1, 2004 | James P. Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO – In a pair of searing rulings issued over the past four months, a Sacramento judge has suggested that the state's political watchdog has been behaving more like a lapdog. In both cases – one involving Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and one involving Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante – Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster said the Fair Political Practices Commission overlooked clear language and voters' intent to punch loopholes in a political reform measure approved four years ago. The commission already rewrote one regulation to reflect McMaster's opinion, and it is scheduled to review the other one he rejected. Critics say...
  • * 2004 California Democrat State Convention reports *

    01/17/2004 3:16:11 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 26 replies · 439+ views
    San Jose Mercury News/Associated Press | 16, 17 January 2004 | various
    Lockyer apologizes for `frat boy' description (booed for voting for Arnold) *** Calif. Democrats Pledge to Re-Elect Boxer (Bush officials compared to vegetables) *** State Demos fix sights on 2004 (Lyndon LaRouche Jr. stages sit-in) *** Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004 Lockyer apologizes for `frat boy' description By Dion Nissenbaum Mercury News Standing before a large group of skeptical Democratic women, Attorney General Bill Lockyer apologized Friday night for describing allegations that Arnold Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed several women before he became governor as ``frat boy behavior.'' ``Anyone that I offended I apologize to,'' Locker told more than 300...
  • Campaign finance loophole is closed (California)

    01/15/2004 4:54:32 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 115+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Jan. 15, 2004 | Barry Witt
    <p>SACRAMENTO - California campaign regulators Wednesday closed a loophole that had allowed politicians to avoid voter-approved contribution caps, but not before the state Senate's top Democrat took steps to ensure large contributions that he has taken won't have to be returned.</p>
  • Bustamante sued over campaign funds : State watchdog says he took $3.8 million from only 16 donors

    01/08/2004 7:08:55 AM PST · by ZGuy · 19 replies · 112+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 1/8/04 | Mark Simon
    <p>The state's top political oversight agency Wednesday sued Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, alleging that during last year's recall campaign the Democrat illegally used a re-election committee to skirt the state's fund-raising limits.</p> <p>During the recall campaign, Bustamante used his 2002 re-election committee to collect millions of dollars in individual contributions -- each one far in excess of the $21,200 per donation allowed under the state's political finance restrictions.</p>
  • CA: FPPC sues over election funds (Bustamante)

    01/08/2004 9:42:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 144+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/8/04 | Alexa H. Bluth
    <p>The agency that polices campaign finance activity in California sued Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante on Wednesday, accusing him of deliberately evading campaign donation limits and illegally collecting $3.8 million during his failed gubernatorial bid in the recent recall election.</p> <p>Bustamante faces up to $9 million in penalties in the complaint filed after a months-long probe by the Fair Political Practices Commission.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger election to become porn film

    11/04/2003 2:20:24 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 16 replies · 656+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 05nov03
    WASN'T it just bound to happen? The story of the race to become the governor of California is being turned into a porn movie, reports. One of the candidates in the race, adult actress Mary Carey, will soon begin shooting a sexy behind-the-scenes view of the campaign. The two-hour picture will co-star porn veteran Ron Jeremy as California's current deputy governor, Cruz Bustamante, and muscle-bound X-rated actor Lee Stone as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Carey, 23, will play herself. "It's kind of, like, satirical," said Mark Kulkis, president of Kick Ass Pictures, which is producing the film. "I think that Mr....
  • Light, as in Light Weight

    10/21/2003 11:52:11 AM PDT · by Joaquin Black · 1 replies · 143+ views ^ | October 20, 2003 | Joe Guzzardi
    “Light” as in light weight Joe Guzzardi October 20, 2003 California’s most tarnished politician is Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante. He is the only man in the state more discredited than Gray Davis. Having run an inept, lifeless campaign Bustamante not only failed to win over prospective voters, he instead made a long list of new enemies. To understand the totality of Bustamante’s failure, read the column by Steve Sailer on the webzine VDARE. Com. Political analysts agree that Bustamante is terminally damaged goods. According to Tony Quinn, “It's almost impossible two months ago to have thought of any way that...
  • Patrick J. Buchanan Asks "Does America Need a Recall?"

    10/13/2003 6:25:28 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 173+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-13-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Does America need a recall? Posted: October 13, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. "Now that the miserable recall experience is over," is how David Broder mordantly began his Washington Post column on the grass-roots uprising that ousted Gov. Gray Davis of California. In calling this populist uprising a "miserable" experience, Broder speaks for an elite that denounced the recall as a "circus" and "chaos." He does not speak for the people. The people loved it. The recall was topic number one on the beaches and at the bars. Arnold Schwarzenegger drew crowds like a presidential candidate...

    10/10/2003 5:08:25 PM PDT · by Alia · 58 replies · 303+ views
    Yes on Proposition 54 ^ | 10-09-03 | Justin Jones
    SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Ward Connerly, chairman of the Yes on Proposition 54 campaign, today denounced Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante’s graceless, shameful attempt to demonize Proposition 54 and its supporters in a concession speech Bustamante gave on October 7. Bustamante, who lost decisively in his bid to become California’s next governor, bitterly mischaracterized the initiative that was written to be a first, measured step towards a “color-blind” government and society as a racist plot, even though he claims to want a color-blind society himself.“Proposition 54 was bad for health care, public safety and education,” Bustamante said, despite Prop 54’s blanket exemption for all...
  • Schwarzenegger can use popularity to effect change

    10/10/2003 6:24:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 272+ views ^ | October 10, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
    Give Governor-elect Schwarzenegger his due. They threw everything at him. The Los Angeles Times became a journalistic Manhattan project, working late into the night on every possible calculation to nuke the Terminator. Arianna Huffington, the Leona Helmsley of know-nothing liberalism, went after Schwarzenegger in classic Huffington style - like an annoying woman at a cocktail party. California feminists suddenly remembered that they're against sexual harassment (defined as when a Republican behaves inappropriately). Gray Davis came a hair short of simply declaring that Arnold Schwarzenegger eats puppies. I even saw a factoid on CNN that said Schwarzenegger was accused of being...
  • Toon Way out of Line (Calif Taliban whine?)

    10/09/2003 4:58:26 PM PDT · by steplock · 3 replies · 216+ views
    Even Sikhs can be radical left-wing fools as this article shows: But I will admit - this cartoonist needs some world history/geography/religion training - Typical of the "Ugly American" symptom, to the cartoonist all turbans look alike. | home | | comments | subscribe N E W SWaylay Toon Way Out of LineSepetmber 16, 2003: USAby The Sikh SentinelThe quote on her main web page says, "Fellow Paranoids! Here is the A.P. Photo of Cruz Bustamante, as pulled straight off the web," referring to the photo of the Lieutenant Governor of California with the press and a Sikh man in...
  • Black and Hispanic vote went Republican? (my title)

    10/08/2003 5:45:31 PM PDT · by NormalGuy · 6 replies · 840+ views
    USA Today ^ | 10-08-2003 | USA Today/Edison Media Research
    Schwarzenegger 17% of Blacks, 30% of Hispanics 37% OTHERMcClintock- - - 6% of Blacks, 9% of Hispanics McClintock 19% OTHERRepublicans- -23% of Blacks, 39% of Hispanics Republicans 55% OTHER .
  • Slime and Bigotry on the Campaign Trail

    10/08/2003 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 18 replies · 1,099+ views
    Armor for Congress website ^ | 8 October 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Before we get rolling on this week's column, a point of personal privilege: I held off this column for one day to include the results of the California recall election. Almost two months ago I predicted the results of this election in "Nuts and Bolts in California." It turned out exactly as I expected – Davis got a lower proportion of the vote running against himself than Schwarzenegger got in the 135-person race to replace Davis. Even with the third candidate, McClintock, still in the race. And both elections were decided by a landslide. The voter drop-off between the recall...
  • Bustamante: "I'm not going anywhere" ('Rat hangs on to Lt. Gov. position through *TECHNICALITY*)

    10/08/2003 10:42:43 AM PDT · by Sir Valentino · 57 replies · 287+ views
    Desert Sun ^ | October 8, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, now the uneasy second-in-command to Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger in California’s Capitol, reluctantly conceded defeat Tuesday in a speech upstaged by his rival’s victory address.</p> <p>"I’d like to congratulate Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger," Bustamante told supporters. "I may not be moving across the hall to the governor’s office, but I’m not going anywhere."</p>
  • California Recall Daily Thread (10/8/2003) THE DAY AFTER!

    10/08/2003 12:39:04 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 171 replies · 410+ views
    Yesterday the people of California chose a new Governor and as a result set a course that will affect the future of the state and our country in profound ways. This thread was created to keep you informed of the important developments. I invite you to post all the major recall stories here or if it has already been posted, then add links to these posts. We welcome discussions of the candidates, the issues, campaign strategy, the polls, etc. Please be civil in your comments. If you want to be added to a ping list on the recall please freepmail...