Archive for November 11th, 2012

The PE: ELECTION 2012: Democrats post major Riverside County gains

Published: 10 November 2012 – 04:52 PM

Until last week, Democrats were 0-for-some-20-years in legislative and congressional races in western Riverside County, where the party’s candidates have often been little more than sacrificial lambs during campaign season.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/10/2012 06:12:26 AM PST
Updated: 11/10/2012 08:06:44 PM PST

California, where Republicans Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan rose to prominence on the way to the White House, is on the brink of becoming a one-party state in the hands of the Democrats.

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Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/10/2012 06:12:24 AM PST
Updated: 11/10/2012 02:35:17 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The civil trial between Lanny Swerdlow, a medical marijuana advocate, and Paul Chabot, the founder and president of the Coalition for a Drug Free California, has been postponed until next year.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to get $54M in power plant suit

City settles litigation with Foxborough design firm
November 09, 2012 6:36 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • The city of Victorville will receive $54 million from the designer of the failed Foxborough power plant, after the City Council approved a settlement offer during a closed session meeting Friday afternoon.

While the award won’t right all of the city’s financial woes, Mayor Ryan McEachron said “it’s a huge step in the right direction.”

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SFChronicle: GOP’s state losses hint at national fate

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:39 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012

Conservatives have long dismissed California, the nation’s most-populous state and the world’s ninth-largest economy, as the Left Coast, Wackyville and La-La Land.

But after Tuesday’s election, there is one thing that Republicans across the nation can no longer do – ignore it.

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SacBee: California GOP ponders life in the irrelevant lane

By Jim Sanders
Published: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

What little muscle they had, California Republican lawmakers used, blocking cigarette, liquor, oil production and other proposed tax hikes the past few years.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain, Senior editor
Published: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1E
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 – 6:55 am

As they make their big plans, Democrats emboldened by their likely supermajority in the Legislature should study Betsy Butler and Michael Allen, two Democratic Assembly members who might not be coming back to Sacramento.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California vote bolstered status quo

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Every poll of Californians’ attitudes toward the Legislature and other pieces of state government find deep disdain.

The mood is so sour, in fact, that even when the state’s politicians sponsor ballot measures, they seek to exploit it. One example: Ads for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30, assured voters – quite erroneously – that the money would be protected from “Sacramento politicians.”

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SFChronicle: California Democratic leaders rile allies

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
Updated 8:06 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012

Labor leaders and advocates for social services that have borne the brunt of recent state budget cuts are ripped over legislative leaders Darrell Steinberg and John Pérez’s out-the-gate pledge not to raise taxes, even though it looks like the Democrats will have supermajorities in both houses.

No one will talk on the record, but the feeling is, “We finally get the power, and you guys already give it up?”

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The GOP’s share of voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has waned in the last decade. New political boundaries, drawn last year, have let pent-up Democratic power push to the surface.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2012, 7:50 p.m.

Stirred by a decade of astronomical growth, economic heartache and the rising political influence of Latinos, the Inland Empire proved treacherous territory last week for a Republican Party that just a decade ago considered it the new GOP frontier.

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