The Buzz: Colbert spars with Cardenas over porn, ‘Taco Tuesday’

April 25, 2014 

New Congress

Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, had some awkward moments on “The Colbert Report” as he took a grilling from the satiric host.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS — The Associated Press

  • By the numbers

    As it emerged from the worst recession since the Great Depression in 2012, California had the nation’s fourth-highest growth of personal income, even after adjustment for its high cost of living, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report. Californians’ income increase, 3.4 percent, was more than 50 percent higher than the national increase, ranking fourth behind oil-rich North Dakota’s 15.1 percent, and 3.7 percent in Montana and Indiana.

    – Dan Walters

Another congressman gets the Colbert treatment

Nearly a decade ago, Stephen Colbert profiled the San Fernando Valley as part of his long-running segment called “Better Know a District,” playfully grilling Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the region’s well-earned reputation as a pornography Mecca.

“The San Fernando Valley has seen more tail than a toilet seat,” Colbert asserted.

Given his reputation, it might seem ill-advised to appear on the program. But this week, another valley lawmaker agreed to endure the verbal punishment in exchange for some national exposure. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Los Angeles, was seemingly undeterred as he fielded racially charged questions about immigration and his family.

Colbert started by giving the congressman an indecipherable “porn name” and asking why he sponsored a resolution for Mexican Heritage Month. “You guys already have Cinco de Mayo – and Taco Tuesday,” Colbert said. Cardenas held his ground.

Later, Colbert accepted a delivered burrito, which he ate suggestively over adult film-inspired music. The congressman kept his composure, concluding that Colbert was “just loco.”

– Christopher Cadelago

Worth repeating

“The court did a 180. We hope the appellate court will see things the way we do.”

Leah Castella, attorney for Brentwood, announcing an appeal after a trial court judge reversed course on the city’s lawsuit challenging the state law ending redevelopment.

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