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  • Poll Finds Mario Guerra Leading Tony Mendoza by 37% in Race for 32nd State Senate District (CA)

    09/20/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    Los Cerritos News ^ | September 15, 2014 | Randy Economy and Brian Hews
    Downey City Councilman Mario A. Guerra is running well ahead of former Assemblyman Tony Mendoza in the race for the 32nd State Senate District here in California, according to a poll obtained by Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper on Monday. Guerra, a popular member of the Downey City Council and a successful business owner is facing former termed out California State Assemblyman Tony Mendoza. If the election were held today, with voters informed on all aspects of each candidate, the outcome would result in a 37 percent lead in favor of a Guerra victory. The poll was conducted by Moore Information...
  • Janet Nguyen, Jose Solorio debate in 34th state Senate District race (California alert)

    09/13/2014 1:52:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Erika I. Ritchie
    Two Orange County candidates – facing off in a key state Senate race – pushed their platforms to win votes and encourage voter turnout in November during a forum Wednesday. County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, a Garden Grove Republican, and former state Assemblyman Jose Solorio, a Santa Ana Democrat, took part in a 34th Senate District candidate forum moderated by former television news anchor Ed Arnold at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. A political who’s who from the county, cities and special-interest groups attended. The event was sponsored by the Orange County Public Affairs Association. Both candidates emphasized the importance...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Nancy Pelosi Says American Women Always Victims: 'Starved,' 'Force-Fed'

    08/30/2014 2:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 29, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the “war on women” and victimhood are always in style when election season rolls around. According to CNS News.com, on Thursday, Pelosi said on a conference call that American women have been victims throughout the history of the nation. “It was a struggle all the way,” Pelosi said. “Women marched. Women starved. Women were starved. Women were force-fed. Women could barely speak up in their own homes.” She continued: Women left their homes to take the message. And it was successful, and the right to vote, again, so precious, so hard fought. ......
  • Rob Reiner Likens Tea Party to Hamas

    08/15/2014 6:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Hollywood director and liberal activist Rob Reiner told talk-show host Larry King that the Tea Party is like the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them. “[Y]ou can’t negotiate with that, you have to say either Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution,” said Reiner. Drawing a parallel with the Tea Party, he said, “anytime you’re dealing with an extreme group,...
  • IMMIGRATION: Jeff Stone, Bonnie Garcia weigh in on Murrieta showdown (CA state Senate election)

    08/09/2014 10:46:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jeff Horseman
    The ongoing uproar over the influx of detainees to a U.S. Border Patrol outpost in Murrieta has become political fodder for two Inland state Senate candidates. Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican running in the 28th Senate District, sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a meeting to discuss possible solutions to a wave of Central American immigration that’s overwhelmed border patrol stations in Texas and forced officials to send undocumented immigrants to Murrieta for processing. Not to be outdone, Republican Bonnie Garcia, Stone’s opponent in the Senate race, penned an op-ed on immigration titled “Humanitarian Crisis...
  • GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

    08/09/2014 10:24:41 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin -
    The push to elect the Asian-American women is part of Republican efforts to tap into Democrat-style identity politics to try to find a way to stop — or even reverse — its eroding support among minority voters. “California is a precursor of the dynamic change, demographicswise, in America,” said Shawn Steel, a member of the Republican National Committee from California whose wife, Michelle, is one of the candidates. “So this is a harbinger. This is a call in the dark night saying, ‘Look, guys, let’s change. We have to adapt or die.’” In the state that controls the single biggest...
  • Michael Steele: Beware pizza with Ted Cruz

    08/04/2014 6:26:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 4, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Michael Steele thinks House Speaker John Boehner needs to keep closer tabs on Sen. Ted Cruz. The former Republican National Committee chairman on Monday poked fun at reports that some House Republicans changed their minds on crucial border legislation last week after meeting with Cruz, the Texas Republican and tea party icon. “For John Boehner, whenever any of his members says, ‘Hey, I’m about to have pizza and beer with Ted Cruz,’ he should be concerned,” Steele joked. “Really look at the calendar and see if there’s a vote coming up,” he said, adding that Cruz “undermined” GOP leaders. Steele...
  • What Liberals Really Want: 5 Goals for End of Obama’s Presidency (Voting, guns, student loans)

    07/18/2014 3:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Caleb Jackson and Noah Weiland
    From reducing student loan debt to expanding voter rights to dealing with the scourge of violent crime, liberals have laid out an ambitious agenda for the waning years of the Obama presidency. At a day-long summit Wednesday organized by Generation Progress, the youth division of the influential Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress, speakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi articulated their goals to a Washington audience of more than 1,000. Here are five issues that came up again and again at the Make Progress National Summit, and the...
  • Divided they stand? Billionaire in push to carve up California into six states

    07/15/2014 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Reckoner · 32 replies
    Fox New ^ | July 15, 2014 | Unknown
    A billionaire tech investor says he has enough backing to put on the ballot a plan to split California into six states. Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in such tech companies as Twitter, HotMail, Skype and Tesla, told Reuters he has the 808,000 signatures needed on a petition to force the measure onto a public referendum in November 2016. Under the far-fetched plan, one state would be called "Silicon Valley" and would include the tech mecca, as well as San Francisco. "California needs a reboot," Draper, who has spent...
  • Border-state Democrat: Obama "one step behind" on immigration (Obama's "Hurricane Katrina?")

    07/06/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | July 6, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Obama administration is facing fresh criticism for its handling of the immigration crisis from two voices at the center of the debate. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, California - the small town that rose up in protest after federal officials bused illegal immigrants to a facility there - both criticized the administration for failing to fix a broken system and address what they called a foreseeable problem. "With all due respect to the administration, they're one step behind. They should have seen this coming a long time ago," Cuellar, a red-state Democrat, told CNN's...
  • Sarah Palin: Nancy Pelosi Cares More About Illegals at Border than Unborn in America

    06/29/2014 9:06:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cares more about illegal immigrant children than the unborn in the United States after Pelosi went to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday and said America should view the border crisis as a "humanitarian opportunity." Palin said her sister sent her the Breitbart TV report about Pelosi's comments over the weekend. According to Palin, Pelosi was "either speaking such gibberish, considering her track record, or confessing one heck of a great conversion." "Yesterday, Ms. Pelosi spoke highly of illegal immigrants storming our U.S. border, including the children being...
  • Nancy Pelosi at Illegal Immigrant Holding Facility “We’re All Americans” (Video)

    06/28/2014 3:57:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Minority leader Nancy Pelosi visited the border on Saturday. The former Speaker made a statement to reporters, “I wish I could take all those children home with me… We’re all Americans in this hemisphere, North and South Amrerica.” KGBT reported:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Breitbart reported: Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, which she called a “humanitarian opportunity.” Pelosi explained, “We are all Americans — north and south in this hemisphere,” and urged America to...
  • Pelosi: Boehner Using Word ‘Alien’ to Describe Illegals is 'Reprehensible'

    06/20/2014 7:11:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 20, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuked House Speaker John Boehner on Friday for calling illegal immigrants ‘aliens’ in a tweet he sent out. Speaker John Boehner ✔ @SpeakerBoehner Obama admin should immediately deploy additional personnel to assist in the processing & removal of these aliens: http://j.mp/1lbtIxH 10:40 AM - 20 Jun 2014 38 Retweets 27 favorites “Mr. Speaker, these comments and labels are inexcusable and reprehensible — no one should be politicizing the ordeal of these children in such a manner,” Pelosi’s office said. Newsflash, NP: ‘alien’ is the correct legal term—even DHS uses it (Unaccompanied Alien Children).
  • Brian Schweitzer says his 'gaydar' goes off when he sees Eric Cantor

    06/19/2014 2:52:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer chose an interesting path and offered puzzling critiques since he tossed his name in the hat for a potential presidential run in 2016. But comments the Democrat made about Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a lengthy profile published by National Journal have probably knocked him off that path. In the piece, Schweitzer shared his perceptions on Cantor's sexuality while discussing the Virginia Republican's shocking loss last week against an unknown primary candidate. “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would...
  • GOP Strategist Accuses Pelosi of Starting 'Ugly Race War'

    05/03/2014 1:45:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 14, 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been accused by a leading black Republican strategist of attempting to start "an ugly race war" in Congress. Ron Christie, a former member of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff, wrote in The Daily Beast that Democrats will "stop at nothing to consolidate their perks and power … by smearing Republicans [by accusing them] of being racist." In his column, titled "Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save Democrats," Christie continued, "Their latest ploy? Republicans must be racist for resisting calls by the Democrats and President Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform." He was referring to...
  • Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats

    04/14/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ron Christie
    Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement. The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year. All of these claims were assessed and identified by...
  • Senator Leland Yee, al Qaeda, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    04/07/2014 8:47:44 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | April 6, 2014 | NYYRC
    Considering the Obama administration’s implicit and explicit support in ousting Egyptian Hosni Mubarak, Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi (both whom were subsequently replaced by Muslim Brotherhood governments), and the administration’s ongoing attempts to force Bashar Assad to cede control of Syria to al Qaeda rebels, the transgressions of Senator Yee highlight yet again a disturbing trend in the American government to provide aid and comfort to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. (And, lest we forget Fast & Furious, Mexican drug cartels, including the infamous Sinaloa cartel.) If Senator Yee is found guilty of his crimes, he should be charged with...
  • Hypothetical Scenario:If Harry Reid Or Pelosi Were Asked About Flight 370,How Would They Respond?

    03/12/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 16 replies
    Considering the lies,arrogance and hidden anger of Harry Reid we have been seeing lately,can you just imagine if a reporter were to ask him what his theory/explanation/opinion is of flight 370?,It would be beyond obvious what he would likely say.Just like when Liberals were blaming the GOP and Sarah Palin for all of the mass shootings since 2009.Rush made a comical comment that the Kock Brothers hijacked the plane.Although it is a little odd that the far left hasn't said anything yet regarding the tragedy being they are always the first ones to blame all tragic events on the GOP&Conservatives.
  • Pelosi: GOP friend-of-mine told me his party is “indifferent” to “really hungry children,” you know

    03/11/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    What does that even mean? That some shall-remain-unnamed Republican colleague literally told her, presumably when asked why he supported the one percent budget cut to the federal food stamp program recently passed in the farm bill or why he did not support extending unemployment benefits or something, that his entire party’s policy platform is based off of its collective and utter indifference to the plight of families in poverty? …Why do I feel skeptical? Via RCP:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This...
  • Report: Sandra Fluke Mulls Run for Henry Waxman's Seat

    01/30/2014 1:51:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 30, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sandra Fluke, the birth-control activist who helped Democrats launch their "Republican war on women" theme in the 2012 elections, is reported to be considering a run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). Waxman announced his retirement after 20 terms in the U.S. House on Thursday morning. Fluke, who reports her profession as "Social Justice Attorney," is from Los Angeles. The field of potential Democratic candidates is already filling quickly with state and local politicians who have bided their time for four decades, waiting for Waxman to leave an opening. But Fluke's national profile could draw big...
  • California Republican Tim Donnelly releases one of the strangest ads ever (María Conchita Alonso)

    01/19/2014 6:39:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Salon ^ | January 16, 2014 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly almost certainly won’t succeed in his quest to become the Golden State’s governor, but give him this much: He’s made what’ll probably be the most bizarre political ad of the 2014 cycle. Donnelly’s three-minute Web ad, titled “The People United,” is strange in a few ways. For one thing, Donnelly apparently decided that the best way to win back California’s Latino community — whom he has no doubt thoroughly alienated with his Minuteman vigilantism — is to have Cuban-born actress and singer María Conchita Alonso join him in the ad, translating (and sometimes reinterpreting) whatever...
  • Armed Services Chairman McKeon retiring (California Republican)

    01/15/2014 9:56:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | Cameron Joseph and Jeremy Herb
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announce his retirement on Thursday, according to two sources close to McKeon. "Mr. McKeon will be making his announcement tomorrow morning that he'll be retiring," a source close to McKeon tells The Hill. The powerful lawmaker's retirement is likely to spark a battle for his chairmanship — and lead to a competitive race for his House seat. Democrats are hopeful they could compete for McKeon's slightly Republican-leaning district in Southern California now that he's retiring. President Obama won 48 percent of the vote there in 2012. Lee Rogers (D), who held...
  • Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running so Hillary Clinton Will Face No Dem Opposition in ’16

    01/15/2014 5:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 15, 2014 | Jason Easley
    With Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) joining Elizabeth Warren and other in deciding not to run in 2016, it looks like Hillary Clinton will have no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination in 2016. According to the LA Times, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ruled out another run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately.” With his impressive record as governor, Brown would have presenting a serious and interesting challenge to Hillary Clinton. However, it is looking more and more like Democrats have decided to clear the field for Hillary in 2016. Last month, Sen....
  • Tycoon vows ‘full might’ for Hillary Clinton (Israeli-Egyptian behind Power Rangers & Univision)

    11/30/2013 2:28:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 29, 2013 | Maggie Haberman
    Mega-donor and Hollywood figure Haim Saban, a longtime Hillary Clinton backer, on Friday said he’d “pitch in with full might” if she launches a likely 2016 campaign, describing a growing consensus that she is President Barack Obama’s “natural successor.” The remarks to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper came several months after the media tycoon privately commissioned a movie about Clinton upon her departure from the State Department, featuring international figures including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama singing her praises as Secretary of State. “I hope she will run. She would be a wonderful president,” said Saban, who gave $1...
  • Gun control divides candidates in District 45 Assembly race

    11/16/2013 6:05:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Los Angeles Daily News ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dakota Smith
    Matt Dababneh, left, and Susan Shelley at a candidate debate for the 45th Assembly District race on Thursday. Voters will decide the fates of Dababneh and Shelley at the polls on Tuesday. As a gun owner, Glenn Stoddard is wary of tougher gun laws coming out of Sacramento. That’s one reason the Winnetka resident backs Republican Susan Shelley in next Tuesday’s Assembly District 45 election. Shelley’s opponent, Matt Dababneh, is a Democrat and too liberal on the issue, Stoddard believes. If Gov. Jerry Brown is faced with new gun legislation next year, “Dababneh would roll over,” Stoddard predicts,“where I think...
  • Peter King: It’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who are the real RINOs

    10/12/2013 1:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP. Wait, wait, wait — before you start shaking your first at him, isn’t his point here oddly simpatico with what tea partiers say every day about Beltway squishes like King himself? It all depends on what benchmark you use to define “Republican.” The Republican establishment of the past 10 years has been fiercely interventionist, willing to bend on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, and happy to back new entitlement programs like Medicare Part D so long as their guy’s in the White House. Rand Paul, by contrast, tilts towards isolationism, wants to sue the NSA...
  • Pelosi: Let’s face it, Republicans hate Obama because he’s eloquent and “nonpartisan”

    09/21/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2013 | Allahpundit
    The perfect companion vid to Jay Cost’s analysis this morning of how unusually, relentlessly partisan The One’s rhetoric has been as president, especially in his weekly YouTube messages. Oh, and also to Politico’s round-up of Democrats wondering why someone who’s so often touted as a brilliantly eloquent orator can’t seem to sell the public on anything except his own personal awesomeness. (Headline: “The ‘meh’ of a salesman.”) As usual, Nancy is eye-to-eye with reality. Silver lining: A reporter asking a big-name Democrat why righties dislike Obama is almost always bait to accuse them of racism. She doesn’t take it. Second...
  • Dem to Cruz staffer: “May your children all die from debilitating, painful & incurable diseases”

    09/20/2013 6:41:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2011 | Guy Benson
    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Communications Director (!) of the Sacramento, CA Democratic Party, responding to an anti-Obamacare tweet from Ted Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter (content warning): @amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases. — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013 Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter‘s asshole. How’s your day so far? — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013 After doubling-down on hate, Brauer performed an abrupt about-face and apologized: Hi @amandacarpenter I am truly sorry for my tweet. I was very upset and lashed out. Your kids...
  • Chris Matthews: Take my word for it — Rand Paul will be the GOP nominee in 2016

    08/08/2013 2:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 8, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Money line: “This is what I do for a living.” Didn’t he predict a Bush/Clinton race in 2016 just nine months ago? If he believes what he says here about the parties swinging like “pendulums” from moderate nominees to ideologues and then back again, why would he have named Jeb as a strong contender last November? In fact, the roots of the counterargument are in Matthews’s own shpiel here: Most of the time, they head to the center. This is what Republicans did most successfully in 1952 – when, after twenty years of Roosevelt and Harry Truman – they wanted...
  • Cindy Sheehan to announce campaign for California Governor

    08/05/2013 2:35:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Halfway to Concord ^ | August 4, 2013 | C.T. Weber
    Cindy Sheehan is running for Governor of California. Her formal announcement will be made in a few weeks, but the campaign team is being put together now. A very few of the specialized positions may be compensated, but basically everyone involved in the campaign will be donating their labor. Can you help? If you can write, edit, speak to people on the telephone, participate in social media activities, register voters, pass out leaflets, raise money, or organize campaign coffees, here is what you need to do to get involved in Cindy’s campaign: Send a message, with your full contact information...
  • Leading Dem casts doubt on possible DOJ charges against Zimmerman (Henry Waxman)

    07/21/2013 7:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | July 20, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    A leading House Democrat questioned Friday whether the Justice Department (DOJ) has the evidence to mount a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of killing an unarmed black teenager in Florida. Rep. Henry Waxman (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a television interview that "it seems unlikely" Attorney General Eric Holder would file discrimination charges against Zimmerman. The killing of Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman's subsequent acquittal have sparked demonstrations around the country. Protests were scheduled nationwide on Saturday as disappointed court-watchers urged DOJ to pursue charges against Zimmerman. Waxman's comments put...
  • Walters announces run for Congress [Updated]

    07/06/2013 2:46:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Huntington Beach Independent ^ | July 2, 2013 | Bradley Zint
    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. "He will leave behind some big shoes to fill. In Congress, I will...
  • Homelessness On The Rise In LA County

    06/28/2013 7:17:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CBSLA.com) | June 28, 2013 5:26 PM
    Homelessness jumped 16 percent in the last two years in Los Angeles County. There are 58,423 homeless people in Los Angeles, which rose from 50,214 in 2011, according to a report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “Over the past year, we’ve seen a significant reduction in federal resources available to fight homelessness,” said LAHSA executive director Michael Arnold. “The increase we see today in our homeless population demonstrates the direct relationship between resources to address the problem and our ability to have an impact.” Homeless single adults jumped from 35,838 in 2011 to 46,303 in 2013. The number...
  • On Benghazi probe, GOP's Issa says 'Hillary Clinton's not a target' (Oh, C'mon!)

    05/12/2013 8:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    NBC News' First Read Blog ^ | May 12, 2013 | Carrie Dann, Political Reporter
    A top GOP critic pushed back Sunday on charges that Republican efforts to investigate last year's Benghazi attack are designed to inflict political damage on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Hillary Clinton's not a target," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on NBC's Meet the Press. "President Obama is not a target." Issa, who heads a panel probing the assault on the diplomatic outpost that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, said he will seek depositions from Benghazi review board heads Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the...
  • Obama: I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know

    04/04/2013 7:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 4, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Obama’s “you’re on your own”-attitude toward the DCCC and the DSCC during the 2012 campaign cycle was not particularly appreciated by his very vexed fellow Democrats, but he’s already starting to make good on his Lone-Ranger-no-more promise to help them with the 2014 midterms — he is going to need a fully Democratic Congress to have any hope of securing his legacy, after all. During the first of the at least fourteen promised Democratic campaign swings this year, the president paid the usual lip service to sincerely wanting to work with Republicans (“Look, my intention here is to try to...
  • Moore: Assault Weapons Ban Would’ve Been Voted On If Reid’s Grandchildren Were Killed In School

    03/20/2013 4:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore had some harsh words for Sen. Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats after they decided not to include an assault weapons ban in gun-control legislation. Moore ranted against the Senate majority leader after Reid removed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to prohibit military-style weapons from the bill because they wouldn’t have the votes. The director behind “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” said people need to “rise up” against the Nevada senator. “There will be an Aurora next month and there will be a Sandy Hook the month after that,” Moore told CNN.....
  • Pelosi: Same Sex Marriage 'Honors Constitution'

    03/28/2013 3:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 28, 2013 | William Bigelow
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, suddenly an expert on the Constitution, said on Wednesday that she and Barack Obama are “honoring the Constitution” in their attacks on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Pelosi pontificated: "And given a choice I think we would all say we’re honoring, as the president does, the Constitution. When you pass a bill in the House, as we did with the health care bill, we made it iron clad constitutionally. You have a responsibility to honor the Constitution. In fact, we take an oath to do just that, and that is the oath that President...
  • Holy cow: Not even 40 votes in the Senate for the assault-weapons ban, says Reid

    03/20/2013 2:01:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 19, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Amazing. I predicted once or twice in writing about the AWB that there might not be 50 votes but I felt silly about it afterwards. Of course there’d be 50 votes. The bill was doomed to be filibustered given the GOP’s solid opposition plus the skittishness of red-state Dems like Mark Pryor, Mark Begich, and Mary Landrieu, but Reid would be able to muster 50 if only because Senate Democrats would want to avoid humiliating Obama after his big gun-control campaign. That way, even when the bill failed on the cloture vote, O could still claim that it had majority...
  • Dianne Feinstein: ‘It’s legal to hunt humans’ with high-capacity magazines [VIDEO]

    03/09/2013 2:44:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    At a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Thursday, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein shot down a proposed amendment exempting veterans from her “assault weapons” ban, bizarrely arguing that it’s legal to hunt humans with high-capacity magazines. “The time has come, America, to step up and ban these weapons,” Feinstein said. “The other very important part of this bill is to ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices — those that hold more than 10 rounds. We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round,...
  • Fmr McCain Aide Schmidt Tells Maher GOP Can't Attract Cutting Edge Workers Because They're Anti-Gay

    03/04/2013 9:20:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Towleroad ^ | March 4, 2013
    Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt told a apanel on Bill Maher which included California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom that the GOP lags in its tech and internet capability because it can't attract young, cutting edge workers. Why? They don't want to work for a bigoted party. Said Schmidt. "If you look at your first guest on talking about brilliant young people in computers who understand all this stuff [and] be at the cutting edge, it's difficult to make the case to work for a political party that wants to discriminate against their friend who happens to be gay. So we...
  • Former Bush staffer: GOP should be ‘outspoken’ advocate for gay marriage (Guess who?)

    03/04/2013 5:30:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    MSNBC's Morning Joe ^ | March 4, 2013 | Drew Katchen
    Last Thursday, in a sign that the GOP is recalibrating its image after 2012, 100 prominent Republicans (many of whom are no longer serving in office) signed a friend-of-the-court brief seeking to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which effectively banned same-sex marriage in the state shortly after it became legal. The brief states the opinion that marriage is a constitutional right for gay couples—a position that goes beyond even President Obama’s stance on marriage equality. One of the signers, former communications chief for George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign Nicolle Wallace, joined Morning Joe Monday morning to...
  • Pelosi: Oh, this minimum wage thing is happening, just get ready

    02/22/2013 4:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 22, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For a moment there the other week, I was kind of thrown by President Obama’s SOTU suggestion that we hike the minimum wage, and I chalked it up to just another lame, old-and-tired faux-stimulus type of suggestion for growing the economy. As Allahpundit already pointed out yesterday, however, it’s really so much more than that. In the run-up to the 2006 midterms, a minimum wage increase was one of the specific issues Democrats used in their collective campaign to take over the House — and in their desperate upcoming bid to win back the House in 2014, they are ready...
  • Woman to Women: Democrat Club talks about gun control

    02/11/2013 3:49:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Atascadero News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Lee Perkins
    On Jan. 17, I attended the Atascadero Democratic Club business meeting and informational forum at 7:30 p.m. on gun safety which had been announced in the Atascadero News calendar to include a field representative from Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office and a local emergency room doctor, Steven Sainsbury, with 25 years emergency room experience speaking on his perspective regarding gun safety. This program was planned after the Sandy Hook Elementary School killing of 20 first graders and six school personnel trying to protect them. As the gun control/safety issue heated up, the club found itself and meeting date right in the...
  • Pelosi jabs DeMint on his way out

    12/06/2012 7:09:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint’s values won't be missed on Capitol Hill. Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker and other GOP senators for voting Tuesday against Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled. “For them [DeMint and other treaty opponents] to slap the face of our veterans, of people with disabilities, of families with children with disabilities, that was one of the saddest days,” Pelosi said in the Capitol, taking care to avoid...
  • POLITICS: Latino organizations not resting after election

    12/01/2012 3:46:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | November 30, 2012 | David Olson
    After a Nov. 6 election that saw unprecedented gains in Latino political power, Latino organizations already are organizing voter-registration and citizenship drives aimed at increasing their influence further. Several groups are preparing to fan out to colleges, high schools and churches in coming months to register new voters. Citizenship workshops, including one in San Bernardino on Saturday, Dec. 1, aim to turn legal permanent residents into voter-eligible citizens. “The Latino vote really fulfilled its potential this past election in a way it hadn’t done before,” said Arnulfo De La Cruz, California director for Mi Familia Vota, a six-state voter-registration campaign...
  • Tea Party speaker fears financial collapse

    11/09/2012 3:17:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Manteca Bulletin ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jason Campbell
    Frank Aquila wasn’t 100 percent positive that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was going to win heading into Tuesday’s election. Despite his strong conservative roots, Aquila – who served as a county chair for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and penned a book about the decision to go with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate – had seen too much transpire over the course of four years to count out to former senator from Illinois that cut his teeth in the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics. And while certain parts of the election – like the Democrats...
  • {CA State} Senate GOP leader 'cautiously optimistic' about blocking two-thirds

    11/05/2012 7:04:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/5/12 | Torey Van Oot
    It's not just Democrats making a final push in the state's four competitive Senate seats. Senate GOP leader Bob Huff hit the trail last week to boost candidates he needs to win to prevent Democrats from winning a veto-proof supermajority in the upper house. . . .
  • GOP registration dips below 30 percent in Calif.

    11/02/2012 6:19:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 59 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/2/12 | HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press
    ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday. In its final update before Tuesday's general election, the secretary of state's office said the number of registered voters has increased by 950,000 since the 2008 presidential contest. Officials attribute that surge in part to the state's new online registration system, which helped many young, Democratic-leaning Californians sign up to vote this fall. That system was seen as a threat to the...
  • Filipinos Leaning Towards Romney

    10/14/2012 4:55:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    New America Media ^ | October 14, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO – About 30 Filipino-American seniors from all over the Bay Area gathered Thursday morning at a community center in a largely Filipino enclave in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market district. Along with their regular breakfast and a mental health workshop, Rudy Asercion, who directs the West Bay Filipino Multi-Services Inc., also served up a good dose of politics, rallying them to register and vote. He also invited them to the center that evening to watch the vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in their first and only televised debate. A recent national survey...