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OC Register: Trump opponent Xavier Becerra confirmed as state attorney general

January 23, 2017
Some Republicans said they voted against him because of his promise to challenge federal policies. Republican Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa says he’s worried Becerra will jeopardize federal funding for California by antagonizing the Trump administration.

LA Times: State Senate votes for final confirmation of Xavier Becerra as state attorney general

January 23, 2017
The state Senate on Monday voted 26-9 in favor of final confirmation of Rep. Xavier Becerra as California’s attorney general, putting on watch a veteran politician who has promised to block efforts by President Trump to roll back state policies on immigration, civil rights and the environment. Sen...

SacBee: Becerra on his way to becoming first Latino California attorney general

January 23, 2017
“I’m a little concerned, colleagues, about the tone,” said Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa. “I don’t want to jeopardize those funds. So, I believe that instead of making it sound like we’re being defiant, I’d prefer that we are looking at offering an olive branch and that we’re at the table, that...

KSBY: The Latest - California lawmakers confirm attorney general

January 23, 2017
Republican Sen. John Moorlach says he's worried Becerra will jeopardize federal funding by attacking the Trump administration.

POLITICO: Becerra confirmed as California attorney general

January 23, 2017
Among Republicans opposing the appointment Monday was Sen. John Moorlach, who objected to what he called the adversarial “tone” of confirmation hearings pitching California as a counterweight to Washington, D.C.

Fox 40: California Lawmakers Confirm Attorney General

January 23, 2017
But Republican Sen. John Moorlach says he’s worried Becerra will jeopardize federal funding by attacking the Trump administration.

OC Register: O.C. Sheriff's Department sought permission to destroy jailhouse snitch records

January 19, 2017
State Sen. John Moorlach, who was an Orange County Supervisor at the time of the 2014 vote, said the department’s request didn’t raise any questions and was considered to be non-controversial. “You don’t read the details on something like that,” Moorlach said. While he didn’t remember the vote, he...

The Mercury News: California lawmaker wants schools to teach children about Russian interference in election

January 18, 2017
One Republican lawmaker, Sen. John Moorlach, of Costa Mesa, called the proposed Russian-interference lesson “petty,” an example of “showmanship.” Asked whether kids needed to learn the difference between real and fake news, he said, “I’d just be happy if we taught kids how to read and write and do...

AP/Merced Sun-Star: $1.9 billion error adds to California deficit projection

January 18, 2017
The massive hole in the Medi-Cal budget surprised state lawmakers. "It makes you wonder what else is not right. ... When something like this happens, the trust factor gets eroded and you lose confidence in what's being provided to you," said Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa who...

R Street: Moorlach wants to take pension reform back to the future

January 17, 2017
But now state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, is having a little fun at the other party’s expense. He introduced a bill that also is named SB32 (hey, it’s a new legislative session). It also is based on a similar backward-looking approach. The legislation deals with his pet issue of unfunded...

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