FROM Mike Schroeder
Doctored Chimp Photo Pits Birthers against OC GOP Establishment The Republican Party of Orange County is in an uproar over the picture of a family of chimpanzees with a portrait of President Barack Obama superimposed on one of their faces. A comment says, "Now you know why — No Birth Certificate." GOP County Committee member Marilyn Davenport emailed it to other committee members, and she's refused Chairman Scott Baugh's call to resign. Two other committee members forwarded the email to former state Republican Chairman Mike Schroeder, who alerted the press, among them Martin Wisckol, Politics Editor for the Orange County Register .
What's Wrong with California's Republican Party? California's newest Republican state senator is Sam Blakeslee , who represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. But he says his own party's insiders require "litmus tests" and "fear the rise of strong independent Republicans who don't kiss their ring." Dan Morain, senior opinion editor for the Sacramento Bee , says, "The big tent envisioned by Ronald Reagan has become a pup tent."
UC Irvine Hires and Unhires Erwin Chemerinsky for the Post of Dean UC Irvine is about to open California’s first public law school in forty years, and constitutional scholar Irwin Chemerinsky was picked as the founding Dean. A former professor at USC who’s now at Duke , Legal Affairs magazine calls Chemerinsky one of America’s “ top twenty legal thinkers .” He signed a contract a few weeks ago, but on Tusday UC Irvine’s Chancellor Michael Drake rescinded the offer.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.