If you are a registered voter, you should have received your Sample Ballot. For those in Orange County, Section 6 was the impetus for the first piece below in the OC Register.

Thanks to obtaining the Orange County Republican Party’s endorsement in January of this year, due to Assemblyman Wagner’s desire for a rematch, I was able to be included as one of three Republican Party endorsements. The other races, including long-term incumbents, received "No Endorsement." Thanks, too, to the American Independent Party, as it was able to determine endorsements in time and included me. Also see MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Endorsements — January 21, 2016 january 21, 2016 john moorlach.

The OC Register also repeated the May 12th announcement, where my staff will be present, as I have two other prior commitments (see MOORLACH UPDATE — In The Dark — April 27, 2016 april 27, 2016 john moorlach).

The second piece below is from the Daily Pilot and provides another opportunity to meet with my wonderful District staff representatives.

The Buzz: Cross-party endorsements rouse confusion


My old college pal Frank Mickadeit, whom you may remember as a Register columnist before he bailed for the greater job security of lawyering, was understandably perturbed while studying his Orange County sample ballot last week. He shot me an email – maybe there was a typo on the endorsements page?

The far-right American Independent Party lists endorsements for 12 Republicans candidates for Congress and the state Legislature, while the Republican Party lists just three. County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley assured me there were no typos – these were the endorsements filed by the state chairmen of the two parties.

Fred Whitaker, chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, told me that because of the complexity of the state GOP endorsement process, the initial focus was on the most competitive races in the county. Republican Ling Ling Chang’s state Senate matchup against Democrats Sukhee Kang and Josh Newman, and Republican Young Kim’s defense of her Assembly seat against Sharon Quirk-Silva could determine whether Democrats regain their two-thirds supermajority in each of those chambers.

The party’s endorsement for state Sen. John Moorlach was a sign of support during a period when fellow Republican Don Wagner, a termed-out assemblyman, was planning to get in the race. He subsequently decided not to run.

Those were the endorsements filed by the March 16 deadline to appear in the sample ballot. The GOP has subsequently endorsed eight more state and federal candidates on Orange County ballots.

And it’s not so surprising that the American Independent Party endorsed Republicans, since the only American Independent candidates on Orange County ballots are running for president. As for their GOP choices, there are three distinctly non-establishment picks. And there are endorsements in two races for people who aren’t even on the ballot for those contests.

Perhaps the AIP endorsement process isn’t quite as sophisticated as Republicans’. Email inquiries to AIP officials were not returned.

The next president

If Hillary Clinton wins every state that Democrats have won since 1992 and she wins Florida, she will surpass the 270 electoral college votes required to become president, the Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza points out.

Clinton leads Donald Trump in Florida by 5 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics aggregation of tthe five most recent polls — the most recent of which shows her in front by 13 points and continuing a trend line of pulling away.

But Cillizza also offers several scenarios in which Trump displays crossover appeal that could carry the day.

One is winning Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin in addition to the usual red states. Another is a Midwest sweep of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Either of those scenarios would be breakthroughs, as the GOP presidential nominee hasn’t won Wisconsin since 1984 and hasn’t won Michigan wince 1988.

On the other hand, the usual rules don’t seem to apply to Trump.

Candidate forum

I’ll be moderating a candidates forum at 6 p.m. Monday in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange. It’s free and open to the public, at Memorial Hall, Chapman University, Orange. Event sponsors are Orange County Young Democrats and Chapman University’s Republican and Democratic clubs.

Democrats Joe Dunn and Bao Nguyen, Republicans Bob Peterson, Lynn Schott and Louie Contreras, and independentNancy Trinidad Marin are confirmed. Democrat Lou Correa told me he’s scheduled to be out of town and RepublicanRodolfo "Rudy" Gaona was invited but had not confirmed as of Saturday.

I’m looking forward to seeing Contreras and Marin, who like Gaona, have filed no fundraising paperwork and have yet to attend any forums.

Contact the writer: mwisckol

CdM chamber hosting Good Morning, Corona del Mar

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Good Morning, Corona del Mar event 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The program will bring local leaders, business owners and residents together to discuss community topics. The event will also include Airport Working Group member Tom Naughton as the featured speaker and legislative updates from U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel and state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa).

The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


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