There was a time when Republican officials in the “reddest county in America” were not at all shy about deriding our porous borders and condemning those who advocate amnesty for unauthorized immigrants. But their approach has become more nuanced in recent years.
The board of the Orange County Employees Retirement System is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to dock the pension benefits of former county public works executive Carlos Bustamente because of his sex crimes.
Whether someone thinks voter fraud is a widespread problem, often depends on their party registration. Meanwhile, voter suppression remains an issue in certain corners of the country, and Orange County has a checkered past.
In response to allegations by Lake Forest Mayor Scott Voigts, Scott Baugh writes in an email that Councilman Adam Nick never tried to give him cash or bribe him, only that Nick tried to hire him for “political or legal advice.”
As a city investigation into the finances of Costa Mesa’s 60th anniversary event continues, questions are being raised about payments to an event company co-owned by Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh.