If Cash Is Determinate, Orange County May Get First Woman-Dominated Board Of Supervisors

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Steel: Show me the money!
Just 50 days remain until the June 3 elections for three seats on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and, as usual, the campaign money race offers hints about the likely frontrunners.

Based on contribution activity (and personalities), the four-person race to replace termed-out 2nd District Supervisor John Moorlach is the most contentious with candidates having stockpiled more than $662,000 in their war chests.

Here's the cash-on-hand (as of the last disclosure report through mid-March) breakdown for those candidates:

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Jon Fleischman, Orange County's Conservative Political Blog King, Joins Breitbart News

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Fleischman
Breitbart.com officials announced this afternoon that longtime Orange County conservative activist and prominent blogger Jon Fleischman will serve as the political editor of the site's California news.

That's the word from Breitbart's senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak, who will become editor of Breitbart California in what the company is calling a major expansion to report the "successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment."

Fleischman--a well-connected, veteran Republican Party activist and founder of the successful FlashReport that has routinely dominated conservative online discussions in the state--said in a press announcement that the move "represents some much-needed reinforcements in the ongoing battle against the institutional left in California."

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Donna Acevedo, Mother of Man Slain by Anaheim Police, Running for Anaheim City Council

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Donna Acevedo
The race for two open seats on the Anaheim city council this year just got a whole hell of a lot more interesting. Donna Acevedo, a mother who lost her 21-year-old son Joel Acevedo to an officer-involved shooting in July 2012, filed papers to run for Anaheim City Council.

"I was already thinking about running before," the lifelong Anaheim resident tells the Weekly, "but the Manuel Diaz verdict yesterday made me want to do it even more."

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Democrat Greg Diamond Plans Challenge To DA Tony Rackauckas

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Diamond for DA
Greg Diamond--a ranking member of the Orange County Democratic Party, a progressive activist as well as a civil lawyer trained at Columbia University--announced this week that he plans to challenge Tony Rackauckas' Republican campaign for a fifth term as district attorney.

You may recall we've had our spats with Diamond in the past, but there's good reason to applaud his move: It's embarrassing that in a conservative-tilting county with a population larger than about 20 U.S. states, voters wouldn't otherwise have a ballot choice.

Anti-Rackauckas citizens had long hoped that Todd Spitzer would run, but he's sitting on the Board of Supervisors and made behind-the-scene promises to fellow Republicans that he won't challenge the incumbent.

In making his announcement, Diamond explained his motivation: "I can't stand that no one is running against Tony Rackauckas--so I'll do it."

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Allan Mansoor Launches Rebel Campaign Against Michelle Steel In Supervisor Race

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Allan Mansoor wants to be your OC supervisor
Conventional wisdom is that Michelle Steel is the presumptive front runner in this year's campaign to replace outgoing Supervisor John Moorlach. Steel announced first, plucked down $100,000 of her own cash and has raised an additional $530,000. Plus her supporters include heavyweight political insiders including divorcing Orange County power couple Mike and Susan Schroeder, lobbyists Lyle Overby and Roger Faubel as well as ambulance and trash companies that rely on lucrative government contracts.

But state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor is determined to give GOP voters an option in the race and late this afternoon he's hosting a campaign kickoff event in Fountain Valley. Mansoor, a former Costa Mesa mayor, is comparatively the rebel Republican to Steel, who is buddies with knuckle-dragging Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. So far, he's reported raising $39,000 from real estate developers, conservative activists, a pawnshop association, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and Poseidon Water, LLC.

In terms of political personalities, Steel is more the traditional establishment Republican while Mansoor is more Ted Cruz.

(Note: An astute, local political pal tells me I botched the comparison and that Mansoor is more Michele Bachmann than Cruz.)

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Tony Rackauckas Seeks Reelection as District Attorney, and We Look Back at His First Year

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas recently announced he'll seek re-election this year, setting himself up for a fifth term as the region's top prosecutor.

But before that, on March 18, he celebrates his 71st birthday. Obviously, the world has changed much during those 71 years, but just look at some of what happened in the DA's first year on Earth.

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Dana Rohrabacher Predictably Botches State of the Union Speech Criticism

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Rohrabacher: All aboard!
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's tequila-fueled, Kookville Express pulled into the D.C. train station last night to "slam" President Barack Obama's State of the Union address for the good folks at National Review Online.

Rohrabacher--who loves to be portrayed as an insightful, tough Republican by fawning media outlets--reportedly called the speech "arrogant" and "belligerent."

As usual, the remarks by Orange County's senior, career politician--the one who first campaigned in 1988 on the dire necessity of term limits and is now seeking a 28th year in Congress--were loaded with stark hypocrisy.

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Investigators Seek Authority To Pursue Larry Agran's Financial Irregularities At Great Park

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Larry Agran: A government park can't be built until after I divert tens of millions of park funds in no-bid contracts to my campaign operatives
The independent forensic audit firm blocked from fully uncovering how three Irvine Democrats misused their control of the proposed Orange County Great Park and its treasury is formally seeking authority to compel cooperation.

The now Republican-controlled Irvine City Council is scheduled to vote Jan. 28 on whether to give Hagen, Streiff, Newton & Oshiro Accountants (HSNO) additional powers to finish its fact-finding mission that has in a preliminary review outlined massive mismanagement and financial irregularities.

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FBI-Arrested Little Saigon Cop Accused of Aiding Loan Shark Hires Celebrity Lawyer

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FBI: Little Saigon cop was muscle in loan-shark operation
The Westminster Police Department officer arrested by the FBI in August with a Little Saigon businessman for allegedly running a loan-sharking operation has dumped his Newport Beach defense lawyer for a Hollywood celebrity attorney who once worked as a federal prosecutor.

According to court records, Anthony Duong Donner booted court-appointed John W. Barton to retain Donald Etra, who has represented rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna (against slugger Chris Brown) and actress Fran Drescher.

In two separate criminal actions (drug and weapon counts) against Snoop Dogg in Orange County, Etra--who is a President George W. Bush appointee to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.--claims he won reductions in charges.

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What's The Ideal Christmas Gift This Year For Congressman Dana Rohrabacher?

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Damn it, Dana! You're one big mess, aren't you?
We know you've been thinking: What's the perfect Christmas gift this year for 13-term, Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher?

Given Rohrabacher's recently revealed aversion to cleanliness, some people have suggested dozens of boxes loaded with Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner.

Others believe an industrial-strength Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner is a more appropriate gift.

Someone else, a prominent local Republican who knows the congressman well and has firsthand knowledge of his grime-covered digs, suggested employing Hazel, the TV maid, for a year.

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