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June 5, 1989 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
Last year was a tough one for county Democrats, even tougher than most in a county where a Democrat can sometimes feel like Sisyphus eternally rolling his stone up the hill in Hades. It was, of course, expected that Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis would lose in the overwhelmingly Republican county. But many had hoped that he would lose by a small enough margin to gain a statewide victory, when balanced against heavily Democratic areas of the state. Bush, however, won the county by more than 300,000 votes as part of a national landslide.
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June 5, 1989 | CLAUDIA LUTHER, Times Political Writer
Last year was a tough one for county Democrats, even tougher than most in a county where a Democrat can sometimes feel like Sisyphus eternally rolling his stone up the hill in Hades. It was, of course, expected that Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis would lose in the overwhelmingly Republican county. But many had hoped that he would lose by a small enough margin to gain a statewide victory, when balanced against heavily Democratic areas of the state. Bush, however, won the county by more than 300,000 votes as part of a national landslide.
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June 23, 1988
Fifteen Orange County Democrats will serve as delegates at the Democratic National Convention July 18 through 21 in Atlanta. Ten of the county delegates are pledged to Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, who is virtually assured of being his party's presidential nominee. Among the 10 are two former Orange County Democratic party chairmen--Howard Adler of Laguna Hills and Bruce W. Sumner of Newport Beach.
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January 29, 1989 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Judging from appearances, Howard Owen Kieffer was a successful southern Orange County businessman. But law enforcement officials say the 33-year-old Trabuco Canyon resident dreamed up fake employers, creating a paper record that garnered him $212,000 in bogus tax refunds in the process. Kieffer, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of defrauding the government and filing fake income tax returns, could face a maximum of 75 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted.
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September 2, 1989 | TED JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
A judge Friday blocked the printing of ballot documents both supporting and opposing the proposed countywide half-cent sales tax for transportation projects, ruling that more time is needed to sort out mutual charges of inaccuracy. Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore set a hearing for Friday to take up both sides' complaints. Under the law, all registered voters in Orange County must receive a pamphlet before the Nov.
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May 23, 1990 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Assembly candidate Jerry Yudelson charged in a complaint to state election officials Tuesday that his Democratic primary opponent has received an improper campaign contribution. Democrat Tom Umberg, who is facing Yudelson in the June 5 primary, disputed the allegations and responded by calling his opponent a "compulsive liar." The complaint was filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission.
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November 6, 1988 | CLAUDIA LUTHER
While Republicans have been raising money in Orange County in $100,000 chunks, local Democrats have been finding hundreds of new contributors who have helped finance the most extensive Democratic presidential campaign in recent memory. Many contributors were excited by Democratic nominee Michael S. Dukakis' early lead in the polls and by Dukakis' pledge to fight for every vote in heavily GOP Orange County.
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January 18, 1990 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
A feud that has been simmering for months among Orange County's Democratic leaders erupted again Wednesday when party Chairman Michael Balmages complained about a "small group of . . . Democrats who have dominated the party's losing tradition." In a letter to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco), Balmages charged that Orange County's "old-time political insiders" are trying to thwart his efforts by "anointing" a candidate to run against Assemblyman Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove).
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December 17, 1989
Last Sunday (Dec. 10), The Times ran an editorial stating, basically, that we Orange County Democrats are dead in the water; that for the "good" of the "two-party system" we should get our act together. We know The Times is well-meaning, but it is a bit out of touch (as they say) with reality. The voters of Orange County do not want a two-party system. They want a one-party system, and we propose to give it to them. We propose the Orange County Democratic Party officially declare that Orange County is run by Republicans.
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November 2, 1987 | Claudia Luther, Claudia Luther is a Times political writer.
The big news last week in the Orange County Republican Party was not what happened, but what didn't: Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham did not appear as scheduled before the party's Silver Circle Club. Mecham is the governor who was satirized in Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip for referring to blacks as "pickaninnies" and who has spawned a cottage industry in the sale of "Gov buster" T-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.
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May 17, 1992 | CHRISTINE M. DIEMER, Christine M. Diemer of Newport Beach is a political activist who has worked in election campaigns on federal, state and local levels. She formerly served as Gov. George Deukmejian's director of California's Department of Housing and Community Development and currently serves as President Bush's appointee on the board of the Federal National Mortgage Assn
Like it or not, the rules have changed. How big the change may eventually be is anybody's guess, but many believe it could be downright cataclysmic. It is not prompted solely by radicals, reactionaries or zealots. The change is women and how they're getting politically involved. It's happening all over the country, including Orange County. What sparked this political change is a matter of debate.
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