Archive for March 18th, 2014

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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Riverside-County-Seal

March 17, 2014; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors must decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that blocks the use of millions of tax dollars for certain projects authorized by the county’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency, including a plan to revitalize a rundown Jurupa Valley shopping center.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Mike Morrell

Morrell

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/17/14, 7:49 PM PDT |

There’s a week to go until five candidates square off to replace Bill Emmerson as the state senator from District 23, but campaign donors have already voted, supporting Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, in a landslide.

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Jerry Brown

Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown snap photos of him after his speech to the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles on March 8. On Monday in Sacramento, he gave a rousing pro-worker speech to a ballroom filled with union representatives, thanking organized labor for helping pass his vote-approved tax hike in 2012 and vowing to be “around for the next five years.” (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times / March 8, 2014)

By Phil Willon
March 17, 2014, 9:27 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown gave a rousing pro-worker speech to a ballroom filled with union representatives Monday night, thanking organized labor for helping pass his vote-approved tax hike in 2012 and worker’s compensation reform and vowing to be “around for the next five years.’’

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 17, 2014

California faces a “civil rights crisis” because of years of funding reductions for the judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday afternoon during her third State of the Judiciary Address.

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SacBee: GOP blocks California campaign disclosure bill

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 17, 2014

With a single vote to spare, Republicans blocked a California campaign finance reform bill on Monday, demonstrating the limits of a diminished Democratic caucus.

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California Assembly Seal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 17, 2014

In an historically significant decision, Assembly Democrats on Monday voted to make Assemblywoman Toni Atkins their next speaker.

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Rep. Raul Ruiz

With a short history in elected office, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) is going to have to work especially hard to let residents of his 36th District know what he has done for them. All four embattled Democrats will need to figure out ways to win voters outside the party without alienating those within it to the point that they stay home on election day, a strategist said. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2012)

By Jean Merl
March 17, 2014, 10:05 p.m.

At a recent reception in their honor, four of California’s Democratic freshman House members posed for photos and beamed at well-wishers. But signs of the battles they face were hard to miss.

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Politico: The rich strike back

Rich Strike Back

From top left, clockwise: Bill de Blasio, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Dave Camp, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are shown around a sign on Wall Street in this composite. | Getty Images

Politico

By BEN WHITE and MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/18/14 4:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.

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