Archive for March, 2014

The Sun: San Bernardino County DA’s campaign treasury dwarfs challenger’s

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Grover Merritt

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 7:59 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos is trailing his challenger in contributions by nearly $22,000, according to recently released campaign finance reports reflecting the period Jan. 1 to March 27, but Ramos possesses a substantially larger war chest.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 8:01 PM PDT |

Twenty-six thousand feet above the Pacific coastline, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra lays on his stomach in the tail of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, staring out a window, eyes affixed to an approaching C-17 Globemaster.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/14, 4:32 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

UPLAND >> A schedule of implementation for the top 22 provisions — out of the 47 identified by the city Fiscal Response Task Force, to be addressed in the next 12 months — has received City Council approval.

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Darrell Steinberg

By Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati
Staff writers
Posted: 03/31/2014 06:00:11 AM PDT
Updated: 03/31/2014 06:00:21 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Darrell Steinberg succeeded Don Perata as the state Senate’s leader in 2008, many Capitol observers believed it would usher in a new era of political ethics.

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Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:59 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film “American Hustle,” about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

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Gavel-Legal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 31, 2014

A class-action lawsuit contends that California judges are owed back pay and a pension increase because their salary, frozen for five years, did not keep pace with average increases in state worker pay as required by law.

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Health Insurance Rates

Far more Californians than expected have bought plans through the state health insurance exchange. How sick they are will factor into next year’s prices.

By Chad Terhune
March 30, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now.

Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders is impressive for a brand new government program, the number of sicker patients is what’s likely to draw the most attention.

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National Journal

Politics
By Alex Roarty
March 30, 2014

Bracing for a rough midterm-election outcome, Democrats aren’t waiting until Election Day to start blaming one another for the party’s problems. Anticipating the possibility that Republicans will flip the Senate, the finger-pointing game is already underway between the party’s warring factions.

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The Hill: Poll: Dems missing mark with swing voters

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
03/30/14 02:00 PM EDT

A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters.

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LATimes: Indispensable insider looks out for Gov. Jerry Brown’s interests

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide, leads a meeting in the governor’s office in the Capitol. Before working for Brown she held senior posts in the Clinton administration and at PG&E. (Robert Durell, For The Times / March 13, 2014)

By Anthony York
March 29, 2014, 6:25 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:11 pm

One of the conceits of Capitol politicians – much on display during this election year – is that they finally balanced the state budget after years of deficits.

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Among the 20 firms buying the most California real estate since January 2012, purchases are down more than 70% compared with last year in each of the last four months.

By Tim Logan
March 29, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

This time last year, investment firms raced to buy dozens of single-family homes in neighborhoods from Fontana to South Los Angeles to lease them out, transforming the mom-and-pop rental business into a Wall Street juggernaut.

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Jeb Bush

Wilfredo Lee/AP – GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy.

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
Sunday, March 30, 2014

LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

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Private Eye

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/28/14, 7:53 PM PDT |

When a prestigious El Segundo-based private investigations firm was hired to investigate the key witness in a major San Bernardino County corruption case, they subcontracted the work — or at least part of it — to a rural Alabama woman who had no license and a spotty criminal record.

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Sens. Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), right, and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) confer after a bipartisan vote to suspend three Democratic senators. The three — Ronald Calderon, Leland Yee and Roderick Wright — will continue to be paid. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press / March 29, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 28, 2014, 4:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Reeling from embarrassing bribery, corruption and voter fraud scandals, the state Senate took the unprecedented action Friday of voting to suspend three Democratic lawmakers from office pending the resolution of criminal charges against them.

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GaryMiller

When Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced he would not seek reelection, he set off a battle among Republicans hoping to succeed him. (March 28, 2014)

By Jean Merl
March 28, 2014, 6:44 p.m.

Four Democrats have been battling for months over who was best suited to challenge Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) for his Inland Empire congressional seat.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos loses republican endorsement

Mike Ramos

Ramos

Friday, March 28, 2014 – 05:45 am.

What was supposed to be a sure thing didn’t happen on Thursday night.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/27/14, 5:38 PM PDT |

A report by WalletHub.com, a personal finance social network, rated 150 cities in the United States to determine how easy it was to start a new business there. Ontario was ranked No. 141.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/27/14, 6:49 PM PDT |

Rialto >> After Judith Marie Oakes was arrested Aug. 7 on suspicion of embezzling more than a million dollars in lunch money, no one in Rialto Unified mentioned it in an email, a memo or even a Post-It Note, according to district officials.

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Leland Yee

State Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday in San Francisco. He withdrew Thursday from the secretary of state race. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / March 27, 2014)

By Maura Dolan
March 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Legal analysts said Thursday that the public corruption charges against Sen. Leland Yee — the most serious counts the state lawmaker faces — are more complicated to prove when the alleged bribe involves campaign contributions.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 10:29 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 11:22 pm

The business of crime has become a staple of cable television drama in recent years.

“The Sopranos,” depicting the lives of a Mafia family in New Jersey, set the tone – organized crime is a business.

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LATimes: Softer demand seen in SoCal housing market

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In San Bernardino County, nearly 11,000 more people moved out than moved in, and the county had the second-slowest population growth in the Southland. (Los Angeles Times / May 3, 1999)

By Tim Logan
March 27, 2014, 6:08 p.m.

Population growth in Southern California slowed last year, and that helped lead to softer demand for housing.

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ObamaCare

By Juliet Eilperin
March 27 at 2:30 pm

A tea party member reaches for a pamphlet titled “The Impact of Obamacare”, at a “Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally” in Littleton, N.H. in this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

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InlandPolitics: AD-33: Candidate loans fuel fundraising in Assembly contest

Money

Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Personal loans are the primary funding source for the two main candidates to succeed Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in the 33rd Assembly District.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Speaking of blowing power.

The democrats in the California State Senate, who have seemingly had it their way in recent times, have blown their supermajority for the year.

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Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos (Photographer: John Valenzuela, Los Angeles News Group)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/14, 12:27 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt has challenged incumbent District Attorney Michael A. Ramos to three public debates to be sponsored by the county’s three regional state bar associations.

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Legal

By Adam Poulisse, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 03/26/14, 9:59 PM PDT | Updated: 15 mins ago

A disbarred attorney on Wednesday was sentenced for stealing more than $3 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other clients while handling their cases, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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The PE: POLITICS: Effort on to revive city redevelopment

March 26, 2014; 09:30 PM

SACRAMENTO — A proposed ballot measure is seeking to revive California’s redevelopment agencies, and supporters have received some financial help from several cities, including $50,000 from Ontario and $25,000 from Anaheim.

To read story by Laura Olson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 26, 2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he was shocked and sickened by the allegations brought against a member of his caucus Wednesday, saying Sen. Leland Yee has until Friday to resign from office or face certain suspension.

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Leland Lee

Senator Leland Yee is chased by reporters as he leaves the federal building in San Francisco, CA, Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014. The FBI raided State Sen. Leland Yee’s office in Sacramento and other locations were searched by the FBI in San Francisco. He was reportedly arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning amid raids of his office in Sacramento and searches by the FBI in San Francisco. Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle

Marisa Lagos, Henry K. Lee and Bob Egelko
Thursday, March 27, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control and open government, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes – campaign cash paid by men who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 26, 2014

Tim Donnelly leads the field of Republicans bidding to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown early in this year’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.

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U.S. President Barack Obama have lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant - DC

By Aaron Blake
March 26 at 3:38 pm

Negative views of President Obama have hit a new high, according to a poll.

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SanManuel

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 10:45 a.m.

A lawyer for two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, convicted in a Murder-for-Hire scheme, is now trying to get a civil case moved.

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InlandPolitics: SD-23: Morrell scores outright victory

Mike Morrell

Morrell

Wednesday, March 26, 2015 – 12:15 a.m.

State Assemblyman Mike Morrell will now become State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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SBCO Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/25/14, 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County officials publicly reviewed possible changes to the county charter on Tuesday and will continue the discussion at a date to be determined, with no set timeline for when the changes might be made.

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By Daniel Newhauser
Roll Call Staff
March 26, 2014, 5 a.m.

Reid, left, plans to bring the bipartisan unemployment benefits extension to the Senate floor soon. In the House, Boehner and his fellow Republicans plan to hold out for more concessions from Democrats.

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InlandPolitics: Riverside County: Campaign finance update

Money

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in Riverside County this week.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Republicans are making it easy for democrats to pickup the 31st Congressional District this time around.

After all, GOP candidates shooting themselves in the head is commonplace these days.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance update

Money

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in San Bernardino County this week.

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Election Day

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 08:00 a.m.

Today, voters will decide on Bill Emmerson’s replacement to represent the 23rd State Senate District.

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Campaigns

March 24, 2014; 12:23 PM

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was still missing as of early last week. But it somehow found its way into the 28th Senate District race.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/24/14, 1:15 PM PDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago

Today the county supervisors will discuss a new proposed charter covering a range of topics including term limits for supervisors, how vacancies on the board are filled, and how elected officials’ pay is disclosed to the public.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 24, 2014

After he raised nearly $1 million in the first two weeks of his gubernatorial campaign, Republican Neel Kashkari’s fundraising appears to be leveling off.

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UTSanDiego: Fed SDPD audit includes criminal probe

San Diego Police

Audit, requested by city, to cover department’s practices, policies
By Debbi Baker and Kristina Davis
March 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI will conduct a criminal investigation into misconduct at the San Diego Police Department, a probe that will run parallel to an independent federal audit also requested by city officials, authorities said Monday.

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UTSanDiego: Perry seeks out tax-weary Californians

Texas Flag + California Flag

Texas lures people with promise of opportunity
By Steven Greenhut
March 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Bob Lanier, a Texas-drawled Democrat who was Houston’s mayor throughout most of the 1990s, told a meeting I attended a few years ago that he fled his blue-collar hometown for Houston because it is an “open city” – a place where anyone from any background could succeed (or fail) based on his own merits.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Baca conducting ‘live’ telephone poll

Joe Baca

Baca

Monday, March 24, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Campaigns activity is picking up in the hotly-contested 31st Congressional District.

With a congested field of four democrats and two republicans, the election is wide open for both parties.

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Campaigns

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/23/14, 6:04 PM PDT |

San Bernardino >> At a lightly attended political forum Thursday night, organized by radio station KCAA, AM 1050, three of the five candidates seeking to replace Bill Emmerson as the state senator from the 23rd District squared off.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/23/14, 6:24 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents now know what steps the city may take to get its finances back on track and possibly avoid bankruptcy.

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california_state_capitol

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

As the California economy continued its recovery and state revenue grew last year, the Assembly awarded about $1.2 million in raises to a quarter of its full-time employees, including some of its highest-paid staffers, salary records show.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

The Legislature reconvened for its election-year session nearly three months ago but so far has been operating in slow motion.

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McKeon Replacements

Candidates for the 25th Congressional District, from top left, David Bruce, Troy Castagna, Steve Knight, Lee Rogers, Navraj Singh, Tony Strickland and Evan Thomas.

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/23/14, 5:59 PM PDT |

When Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, ended the months of speculation about his future and announced his retirement this year, there was no shortage of candidates wanting to succeed him in the June 3 primary election.

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calstrs

By Ed Mendel
March 24, 2014

The total spending increase needed to get CalSTRS, brought low by mismanagement, back to full funding may be the biggest-dollar scenarios ever presented to a California legislative committee.

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WashPost: DSCC pushes back against Nate Silver

Campaigns

By Sean Sullivan
March 24 at 4:00 am

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is pushing back against data modeling whiz Nate Silver, who projects that Republicans are now favored to win the Senate majority.

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InlandPolitics: Politics: DA race causing stir inside union’s membership

Campaigns

Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The barbs are still flying inside the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA), this weekend.

The union, which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys, has itself in the midst of an internal squabble, due to the apparently unpopular actions of its executive board and president, John Thomas.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has added to his dominant war chest in this year’s gubernatorial race, reporting Friday that he has raised nearly $3 million since Jan. 1 and now has $19.7 million on hand.

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GOP

By Patrick McGreevy
March 22, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans’ hopes of loosening Democrats’ grip on the state Legislature.

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Hillary Clinton

By Philip Rucker
March 22 at 10:34 pm

TEMPE, Ariz. – Hillary Rodham Clinton said here Saturday night that she is weighing another presidential campaign and is “very much concerned” about the direction of the country, citing climate change as a particular focus.

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Politics

By Philip Rucker
March 22 at 3:48 pm

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will get top billing when he and other potential 2016 presidential candidates join billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for an exclusive Republican gathering next week in Las Vegas.

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IEBusinessDaily: Silliness in District Attorney’s Race

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IE Business Daily
March 22, 2014

Political Whispers

For a second week in a row, the headlines in the race for San Bernardino County District Attorney have been focused on non-issue matters.

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March 21, 2014; 04:07 PM

Officials at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms said they expect to lose about 1,100 personnel in the next few months.

The move is part of the ongoing reduction in force that began last year in anticipation of the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. Initially, the wartime high of 202,000 Marines was slated to drop to 186,000 by fiscal year 2017. Government spending cuts have reduced that target number to 175,000.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Mike Ramos

Ramos

March 21, 2014 9:45 AM
Anneli Fogt, For the Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos on Wednesday night denied any involvement in a lawsuit recently brought against his election opponent Grover Merritt, though he said the suit raises legitimate questions about Merritt’s integrity.

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VVDailyPress: VVC deficit expected to grow to $6.3 million

Victor Valley College

March 21, 2014 10:31 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The fight over Victor Valley College’s accreditation in recent months has been closely linked to its finances, forcing college officials to confront a structural budget deficit that is projected to balloon to $6.3 million this year.

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unemployment

The employment gain follows an unexpected drop in January, which many now see as an anomaly rather than as a sign of trouble ahead.

By Shan Li
March 21, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

California’s economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before.

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Politico

By TAL KOPAN | 3/21/14 7:58 AM EDT

President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that Democrats tend to “get clobbered” in midterm elections, and in order to win in November they need to turn out the vote.

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NYTimes: Democrats Plan Ads in Challenge to Koch Brothers

Money

By ASHLEY PARKER
MARCH 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority PAC, a group that supports Democratic Senate candidates, is preparing a $3 million advertising campaign against Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, the libertarian-minded billionaire brothers who support conservative causes and have already poured millions of dollars into the 2014 midterm elections.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Donations to DA candidate’s campaign criticized

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San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt, who is running for DA, accepted contributions from associates of Jeff Burum, a defendant in a corruption case.

March 20, 2014; 03:59 PM

A candidate for San Bernardino County District Attorney accepted campaign contributions from family and associates of a defendant at the center of a high-profile criminal corruption case, according to finance reports.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Sylvia Robles

Sylvia Robles

March 20, 2014

Grand Terrace Councilwoman Sylvia Robles says the time is right for her to run for state Senate in a district representing San Bernardino County.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

InlandPolitics: Ballot statement dispute resolved in District Attorney contest

Really

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

It only took a matter of minutes to resolve an over-hyped ballot statement episode involving District Attorney Candidate Grover Merritt.

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SBCO Sheriff Badge

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Another ballot statement squabble has been quietly hashed-out this week.

Sheriff-Coroner candidate Paul Schrader has been sparring with Registrar of Voters Mike Scarpello over Sheriff-Corner John McMahon’s ballot title designation.

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Mike Ramos+John Thomas

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, pictured second from left. San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association President John Thomas at far right.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

We’ve been covering the dust-up over the ballot statement of San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt.

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MILITARYSEQUESTER

March 19, 2014; 06:35 PM

March Air Reserve Base could lose about 150 personnel if the Department of Defense’s proposed military budget is passed by Congress.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

economy

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 03/19/14, 7:49 PM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

The recession may be over, but it has left a lot of uncertainty in its wake.

Companies remain reluctant to hire because they can’t gauge where the economy is heading. And consumers who have lost their jobs or had their hours scaled back are keeping a tight rein on spending, according to Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, an economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

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Calstrs

By Chris Megerian
March 19, 2014, 2:17 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The longer California’s leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday.

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The Hill: O-Care premiums to skyrocket

ObamaCare

The Hill

March 19, 2014, 06:00 am
By Elise Viebeck

Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.

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The Hill: Pelosi, Dems doubling down on ObamaCare

Nancy Pelosi

The Hill

March 19, 2014, 02:51 pm
By Mike Lillis

House Democratic leaders are doubling down on their bet that President Obama’s healthcare reform law will benefit them politically at the polls in November.

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Bonnie Garcia

Bonnie Garcia

March 18, 2014

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is still missing. But it somehow found its way into the 28th Senate District race.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Eloise Gomez Reyes

March 18, 2014

Got something you want to ask Democratic congressional candidate Eloise Gomez Reyes? MSNBC wants to help you out.

The cable network with a liberal-leaning reputation is seeking questions for Gomez Reyes, one of four Democrats in the 31st Congressional District race.

To read entire story by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Grover Merritt

Merritt

Lawsuit filed this week alleges false candidate statement
March 19, 2014 8:52 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt said Tuesday that he was open to settling a lawsuit brought forth this week by a legal union over language on his recent candidate statement, attributing their contention to “silliness in the political season.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 – 10:10 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 – 10:28 pm

Sunshine, it’s been said, is the best political disinfectant.

Indeed, a good argument can be made that rapid and complete disclosure of campaign contributions would do more for political sanitation than all the other nostrums of self-proclaimed reformers.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If President Obama’s 2012 campaign was known for anything, it was its voter mobilization operation, said to be the most sophisticated ever assembled in a presidential campaign. Which makes David Plouffe’s comments over the weekend all the more telling for Democrats as they look nervously toward the November midterm elections.

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The PE: CONGRESS: SEIU endorses Aguilar, Gomez Reyes

SEIU

March 17, 2014

Two well-funded, liberal Democrats are running for the same congressional seat. What’s a labor union to do?

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Sylvester+Tweedy

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.

When it was Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon in the tank, it was an accident.

But, when it’s District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt. It’s intentional, despicable, dastardly, and outrageous!

We said dastardly right?

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Legal

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 09:00 p.m.

In the first major round of mudslinging in the San Bernadino County District Attorneys election, a new revelation has surfaced.

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 Campaigns

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 07:45 p.m.

The ballot statement squabble between Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt and the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association is headed to Superior Court on Thursday.

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Scales of Justice

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 07:30 p.m.

The Colonies case is finally headed back to San Bernardino County Superior Court, following the issuance of a modified opinion by Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, in Riverside on Monday afternoon.

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