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Merry Christmas: Political Cartoons

Enforce laws on guns held by known abusers

Whatever their views on interpreting the Second Amendment and on the possibilities and limitations of gun control in protecting the public safety, Americans are united in their desire to find workable ways to stem the violence of this current epidemic of mass shootings.

As we noted in this space Thursday, the best way forward in the current predicament is to intensify the ways that agreed-upon laws regulating firearms already on the books are enforced.

As law enforcement and academic researchers deepen their search for patterns in the makeup of American mass shooters, one common thread running through them — not always,

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/23/enforce-laws-on-guns-held-by-known-abusers/
Date: 1511523638

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Talk to North Korea? Tillerson beats Trump

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insists that contrary to news reports he did not consider resigning. However, he failed to deny that he called the president a moron. President Donald Trump returned the favor in his own unique way.

Secretary Tillerson recently indicated that “we are probing” North Korea, with which American officials have “lines of communication,” regarding possible negotiations. Indeed, added Tillerson, “We can talk to them, we do talk to them.”

But then the president declared the secretary was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” That was the same President Trump who once said he

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/12/talk-to-north-korea-tillerson-beats-trump/
Date: 1510566849

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Addressing mass shootings: Every idea on the table

For some children of the ’60s, the decade’s most traumatic crimes weren’t the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy or the martyrdom of Martin Luther King — or even the appalling 1963 Klan church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham. It wasn’t even the rape, torture and strangulation of eight student nurses by a psycho named Richard Speck in Chicago in mid-July of 1966.

The most terrifying violence came two weeks later when a former U.S. Marine named Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother before taking an arsenal to the University of Texas tower and shooting everyone

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/11/addressing-mass-shootings-every-idea-on-the-table/
Date: 1510479865

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Town halls and the rise of the organic green tea party

Over the last year a number of Republican members of Congress have returned to their districts and been screamed at during town hall meetings over health care reform, tax cuts, the various Russia investigations and any number of other hot-button issues.

Many of these attendees seem to believe the louder the profanity-laced tirade, the more their congressman and the press would understand that they mean business.

After all, nothing seduces a congressman quite like treating them as if they were a United Airlines gate agent on a delayed flight.

The media largely billed these spectacles as proof that President Trump’s voters have

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/25/town-halls-and-the-rise-of-the-organic-green-tea-party/
Date: 1509000767

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Proposition 65 warnings in need of reform

Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was intended to protect Californians from potentially dangerous chemicals, but over time, the law has developed its own toxic side-effects.

Prop. 65 requires businesses to warn consumers if their products or premises contain chemicals “known to the state of California to cause cancer, reproductive or developmental harm.” A business that fails to post a warning may be liable for penalties of $2,500 per day, per exposure. That can add up to millions of dollars if a company’s products are widely distributed.

The law can be enforced by private parties

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/25/proposition-65-warnings-in-need-of-reform/
Date: 1509000752

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s challenges come from the left

When state Senate leader Kevin de León announced that he would challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the 2018 primary, he told his supporters he is doing it because they “deserve a seat at the table.” He added: “I’ve taken on the establishment all my life, and I’ve been told to wait my turn.”

For political observers the battle of these two Democratic power players has major implications for next year’s midterm election in California. But, beyond that, this battle underscores the fracturing of the Democratic Party between its establishment wing and its progressive, or Berniecrat, wing.

De León belongs

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/23/sen-dianne-feinsteins-challenges-come-from-the-left/
Date: 1508826540

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California high-speed rail blows past another deadline

The bond measure that California voters approved in 2008 to build a bullet train contained plenty of safeguards to make sure the high-speed rail project didn’t become a half-finished boondoggle and an ongoing burden to taxpayers. It was a good try.

Proposition 1A promised a train that would travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes without a tax increase or a public subsidy. It contained assurances that no money would be spent to begin construction on a segment until the rail authority had submitted detailed funding plans to the state’s Department of Finance and

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/07/california-high-speed-rail-blows-past-another-deadline/
Date: 1507434249

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Will next governor end California government corruption?

The well-documented corruption in various wings of California state government shows few signs of abating soon.

Even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest questionable appointees to the state’s powerful Public Utilities Commission have been held up, no one has yet been penalized for several fix-is-in decisions there that are costing consumers billions of dollars.

Energy Commission members who handed out many millions of dollars in hydrogen highway grants to cronies with conflicts of interest weren’t punished; they were reappointed.

Nothing happened to University of California President Janet Napolitano and her aides who accumulated a $175 million slush fund while students were assessed about

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/02/will-next-governor-end-california-government-corruption/
Date: 1506999140

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DACA dealings: Cartoons

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