• January 25, 2021
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Election 2020

Deceptive Candidate Mailers

Recent statements made in political advertisements mailed to voters by a local political action committee (PAC) called Atlas PAC are misleading and should be corrected. The flyers refer to City Council candidate Mike Carroll. “Re-Elect Vice Mayor Mike Carroll” is boldly placed in the headers, which is both deceptive and insulting to voters. While it is important […]

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Dark Money Contributions (9/21/20 -10/9/20)

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for clarity. A look at Independent Expenditures from 9/21- 10/9 The charts below show the total amount of dark money contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 9, 2020. These numbers will be updated weekly. An independent expenditure is an expense for a political […]

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Voter Guide: Irvine Mayor & Council Candidates On The Issues

On October 1, Irvine Watchdog hosted an Irvine Mayor & City Council Candidates Forum, giving voters an opportunity to hear candidates’ views on major issues facing the city. Click here to watch the Forum. All the questions asked during the Forum were crowdsourced by Irvine residents via the Irvine Watchdog website. Some questions have been […]

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Dark Money in Irvine Elections

Want to follow the money and find out who contributed to the Political Action Committee behind the attack ad opposing a candidate? Political Action Committees (PACs) can donate directly to campaigns and also make independent expenditures (IE) to oppose or support a candidate. Independent expenditures are done without any authorization or involvement of the candidate, […]

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Irvine Climate Advocates Release Voter Guide Highlighting Candidate Views on Climate and Candidate Viability

An Irvine Climate Voter Guide, a 10-page report with Irvine City Council and Mayoral Candidates’ views on climate issues facing the city, has been released by a group of Irvine volunteers focused on climate in the November 2020 election. The guide features candidates’ answers to seven questions designed to evaluate their sense of urgency on climate […]

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Election 2020: Where Do The Candidates Stand On The Issues? Recap of Last Night’s Candidate Forum (UPDATED)

(This post has been updated for clarity) Irvine Watchdog held its Irvine Mayor & Council Candidates Forum last night, but not without technical issues. We sincerely apologize to the viewers and candidates for the technical issues and the late start. We are grateful for everybody’s patience and understanding. Despite the technical difficulties, the Forum did […]

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WATCH: Irvine Mayor & Council Candidate Forum

IRVINE WATCHDOG’S 2020 MAYOR AND COUNCIL FORUM For candidate websites, voter registration, and the latest election articles from Watchdog, please read on. CANDIDATE WEBSITES For direct links to their campaign websites, click on their name below. For more information, including links to all candidates’ campaign websites, social media accounts, Ballotpedia records, and more, visit the Irvine […]

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Election 2020: Candidates Money Raised from July 1 – Sept 19 (Updated)

(Updated to include additional filings) All candidates running for elected office must provide campaign finance data on who is contributing money, who has received it, and what has been spent. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Irvine City Council Candidates reported on expenses and contributions for the reporting period from July 1, 2020 – September […]

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Irvine Candidate Forum: Thursday, October 1 at 7 PM

Updated 09/30/2020 Irvine Watchdog is excited to announce its second Irvine Mayor and Council Candidate Forum. The event will be live-streamed on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM. Please click here to participate on the day, or to view a recording of the event after the fact. Submit Your Questions This is an important opportunity […]

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Opinion: Irvine Elections Do Not Truly Represent the Majority

Irvine’s City Council election results do not necessarily represent the preferences of the majority of Irvine Voters. Irvine currently has the “plurality” voting system whereby each voter votes for one candidate and the candidate who gets the most votes wins. The winner does not necessarily get the majority of the votes. Irvine has a very […]

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