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The five best Internet reactions to the Romney - Obama Town Hall debate

Patrick Swayze's Dirty Dancing appearance was not forgotten last night as jokesters piled on during the Binder meme.

The Internet poked fun at President Bill Clinton during the Binder buzz.

Pouty U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney seems unimpressed with this binder of women.


Playboy's Hugh Hefner was the butt of one of the Binder jokes.


A parody of the 80s-era school binder Trapper Keeper.


The "Overly Attached Girlfriend" made it into the Binders meme.

5. The Town Hall debate Songified - rarely has autotune been used in such a humorous way. 

4. When talking about pay equality between men and women, Gov. Romney recalled a time when he was formulating his cabinet.  Romney said he was originally presented with only male applicants. "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

And in that split second the Binders Full of Women jokes errupted through the web including this one celebrating the Trapper Keeper binder of days gone by.

3. Because comedy is bipartisan, former President Bill Clinton also got sucked into the Binders meme.

2. The Twitter account @Romneys Binder gets 14,900 followers in less than 24 hours.

1. The Facebook group Binders Full of Women attracts more than 325,000 likes in less than a day.


Richard Alarcon, wife ordered to stand trial for perjury, voter fraud

Councilman Probe

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Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife Flora were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on voter fraud and perjury charges. They will be arraigned on Oct. 18.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife will face trial for 23 felonies, including voter fraud and perjury, for allegedly living outside of the councilman’s Seventh District.

After a 10-day preliminary hearing that stretched out over two months, Judge M. L. Villar de Longoria determined there was enough evidence for both Richard and Flora Alarcon to face trial. The councilman is charged with:

  • Nine counts of perjury
  • Seven counts of voter fraud
  • One count of false declaration of candidacy 

A second charge of filing a false declaration of candidacy was dismissed. Flora Alarcon is charged with three counts of perjury and three counts of voter fraud.

Arraignment for the couple is scheduled for Oct. 18. Attorneys for the Alarcons said they would file motions to dismiss the case.


LA City Council approves reduced pension benefits; union threatens lawsuit

SEIU Local 721

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Members of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions protested the city's pension reform plan. They wore cheesehead hats as they likened Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s treatment of union workers to that of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Over the objections of unions that represent thousands of employees, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to scale back retirement benefits for future hires in an effort to reign in what city budget officials say are unsustainable costs.

The 14-0 vote came after passionate speeches from union members and city council members alike. A last minute motion from Councilman Richard Alarcon asked labor leaders and budget officials to meet in the next 30 days, at which point the pension ordinance will come back for a second vote, as mandated by the city's charter. 

The new benefits would impact civilian workers hired on or after July 1, 2013.

The Coalition of L.A. City Unions has threatened to sue the city for breach of contract, and a letter from the group’s attorney said an unfair employment practice charge could be filed with the Employee Relations Board. 


18-year-old Simi Valley high schooler selected for Electoral College

Dr. Lee Rogers

Dr. Lee Rogers, a candidate for Congress appointed an 18-year-old to the Electoral College.

It's not rare for an 18-year-old to find himself in college, but a Simi Valley teen yesterday was selected to be a member of an exclusive college: the U.S. Electoral College.

Chris Tumbeiro, a senior at Royal High School was appointed Friday by Dr. Lee Rogers, a congressional candidate in California’s 25th district. 

“I wanted to choose someone different than the typical political appointee and I thought giving a student this opportunity would be a great learning experience for him and his whole class," Rogers said in a press conference Friday.

Although he is not a congressman yet, Rogers won the primary for the 25th district and is authorized by the state Democratic Party to appoint an elector. The 25th includes Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Simi Valley, and Porter Ranch.

"I chose Chris Tumbeiro after an interview because I know I can trust him to be a faithful elector, which is his primary duty. Additionally, he comes highly recommended from his teacher, Mr. [Brian] Dennert. He has a great responsibility, making sure that California’s voice is heard in the selection of the President of the United States,” Rogers added.


Attorney confirmed to LA's Police Commission

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The nomination of an attorney who previously served on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners was unanimously approved the Police Commission

Attorney Rafael Bernardino was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners Friday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Bernardino previously served on the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commission. During his confirmation hearing, Bernardino expressed concern about the city’s worker compensation claims.

High profile cases of alleged police misconduct, such as the use of force cases involving Alesia Thomas and Michelle Jordan, are also a financial problem for the city, Bernardino said.

“I see it as — that’s $400,000 in legal fees and that’s a potential $2 million case,” he said. “When I look at the City of Los Angeles, made up of working men and women, especially in these difficult times — you know, $2.5 million for 10 seconds of bad judgment is a cost benefit that we cannot afford.”

Bernardino replaces former commissioner Debra Wong Yang. The Police Commission is the five-member civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department.