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InlandPolitics: GOP Polls: Donald Trump expands lead in New Hampshire

Polling

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 01:30 p.m.

Five fresh polls out of the state of New Hampshire released on Sunday Morning give a better indication on voter preference in the state.

The news was good for front-runner Donald J. Trump.

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InlandPolitics: CNN/Fox News: What a difference!

CNN

Fox News

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

I had the opportunity to watch the entire ABC/WMUR GOP debate on Saturday Night, and honestly there’s wasn’t much to speak about.

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Dan Walters

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2016 3:40 PM

  • Bullet train, tunnels would be governor’s legacies
  • Both projects, however, face critical tests
  • Financing for both still very uncertain

The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments.

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GOP Debate - 020716

By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz
Feb. 6, 2016 – 11:44 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Dissension in paradise?

Paradise

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

There are new rumblings of political dissension at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

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Eloise Gomez Reyes

Democratic Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes.

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 Updated: 1:49 p.m.

After her rival won the Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement, state Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes is striking back with the AFL-CIO’s help.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Hill: Poll: Sanders nearly tied with Clinton nationwide

Bernie Sanders

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The Hill

By Bradford Richardson
February 05, 2016, 08:17 am

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has dramatically cut into the nationwide lead of primary rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

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question-mark

Published: Feb. 4, 2016 – Updated: 10:08 a.m.

Is Shellie Milne the most prolific fundraiser in the race for Riverside County supervisor? Or is it Chuck Washington?

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

Hit Pieces

A screen grab of VoterPros, part of a new crop of web-based platforms that allow candidates to design and send their own campaign mailers.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 1:09 PM

  • Website from California consultants is latest in growing field

Campaign mailers promoting candidates, a staple of political races even in an age of social media appeals, are getting a reboot of sorts.

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Sean Flynn
Congressional candidate Sean Flynn. (Sean Flynn for Congress)

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

Another Republican has entered the race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), a first-term congressman whose Inland Empire seat is considered vulnerable this fall by both national Democrats and Republicans.

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CCPOA

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 5:38 PM

At 11,459 pages, the political action committee finance statement filed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Monday night is a hefty tome and quite possible a record-setter for the largest disclosure ever filed by a PAC.

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Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: congress.1018.kjs --- Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register -- 10/17/15 Coverage of a debate for candidates seeking to replacing outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange. 10/17/15

Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. (Kevin Sullivan – Staff Photographer)

By Teri Sforza
Feb. 1, 2016
Updated Feb. 2, 2016 – 12:07 a.m.

The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Monday, February 1, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

New fundraising reports show two Democrats lead the field in California’s U.S. Senate race, just as they do in recent polls.

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Campaigns

Abby Sewell
February 1, 2016

Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Iowa Caucus: Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Carson, Paul and Bush earn delegates

Election Results

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 p.m.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (27.7%) took first place in the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening.

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Election 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The Iowa Caucus is finally here.

Thank God!

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

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U.S. News and World Report

By Jeff Horwitz and Jack Gillum, Associated Press
Associated Press
Jan. 31, 2016, at 11:56 p.m.

  • Trump’s personal loan accounted for much of his fundraising during the last few months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign filings show the billionaire show the Republican front-runner spent just $6.8 million in the final three months of last year. The outlay is less than half of what Ted Cruz, his nearest rival in the polls, spent during the same period.

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Money

Bloomberg Business

By Adam Pearce and Mira Rojanasakul
January 31, 2016

On Jan. 31, presidential candidates reported how much they raised and spent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Super-PACs also filed their third and fourth quarter fundraising and spending. Here are the latest standings.

To read expanded article, click here.

Bloomberg: How Trump Carved Up Cruz’s Support in Weeks Before Iowa Caucus

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

New data from the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll, and interviews with the candidates’ campaign managers, shed light on the clash that could decide the Monday’s winner.

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Bloomberg Politics

Joshua Green and Sahil Kapur
January 31, 2016 — 9:09 AM PST

Over the last several weeks, the story of the Iowa caucuses has become the battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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The newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is escorted by Chief Justice John Roberts, as they step outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, for photos following an investiture ceremony with their colleagues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.

The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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Cheryl Brown

Saxophonist Eddie M dances with Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a Sheila E. concert on the Capitol steps hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus on June 17, 2015. (Andrew Seng / The Sacramento Bee file)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
January 30, 2016 3:23 PM

  • Assemblywoman receives 80 percent of pre-endorsement vote from local Democratic delegates
  • Brown faces controversial challenge from fellow Democrat after vote on climate change bill last session
  • In another intraparty fight, longtime Rep. Mike Honda narrowly fails to win pre-endorsement

Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention.

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Primary Schedule - 2016

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 01/30/2016 – 01:24:46 PM PST

After months of nonstop cable TV chatter and a political story line worthy of an Aaron Sorkin parallel universe, it’s finally time for the country to start picking its presidential nominees. But this time might be different — Californians’ votes could really count for the first time in decades.

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Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.

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Politico

A new batch of just over 900 messages released Friday contains 11 deemed ‘secret’.

By Josh Gerstein and Rachael Bade
Published: 01/29/16 – 03:27 PM EST
Updated: 01/29/16 – 08:39 PM EST

The furor over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account grew more serious for the Democratic presidential front-runner Friday as the State Department designated 22 of the messages from her account “top secret.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: AG Harris ducks big betting bill

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 28, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Kamala Harris silent as Legislature weighs sports betting
  • It should be a bedrock issue for an attorney general’s input
  • Her passivity raises doubts about her being a U.S. senator

California’s attorney general has responsibilities and powers second only to those of the governor, and the office’s occupant is always in position to climb the political ladder.

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InlandPolitics: Trump-Fox News Feud Highlights Need for Fox News Alternative

Fox News Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

The ongoing dust-up between GOP front runner Donald Trump and Fox News is highlighting the schism that is developing between Fox News and its conservative viewers.

After Fox News put out a childish and unprofessional press release mocking Trump and his concerns about the impartiality of debate moderator Megyn Kelly, he announced he would boycott the Thursday’s debate. The network then spent the entirety of Tuesday night lampooning Trump and attempting to stake out the moral high ground.

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InlandPolitics: The Big Mo! – Trump juggernaut continues

Polls

Tuesday, January 26, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Trump train has left the station and it’s gaining steam.

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Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. talk over each other during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 25, 2016 – Updated 8:15 pm

When Bernie Sanders hits rival Hillary Clinton for taking humongous speaking fees from big banks — notably the $675,000 Goldman Sachs paid her for three speeches while she eyed the Oval Office — he struck Clinton’s Achilles’ heel. Both the former secretary of state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cashed in since they left the White House in 2000. The New York Times reported last year that the Clintons earned $139 million from 2007 to 2014. The Clintons’ focus on accumulating wealth clouds their judgment.

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The Hill: Seven-day sprint to Iowa

Campaigns

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The Hill

By Niall Stanage
01/25/16 – 06:00 AM EST

The 2016 presidential candidates are entering the final sprint to the Iowa caucuses, which take place one week from today.

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InlandPolitics: Sunday polling dump has Trump up big in all early voting states

Donald Trump

New polling data suggests that Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump is building new momentum in early voting states, including Iowa.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

A large polling data release on Sunday morning has GOP Front-runner Donald Trump fully in the lead in all early voting states.

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Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the COP 21 climate conference in France last month. (Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

A run by the former New York City mayor could upset an already volatile contest
By Mara Gay
Updated Jan. 23, 2016 – 11:59 p.m. ET

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering a run for president and is asking aides to explore a potential bid.

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InlandPolitics: New ‘uber conservative’ attack on Donald Trump is rich

Panic Button

Friday, January 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The attack on GOP Front-runner Donald Trump by the editor’s of the National Review is, well, to be blunt, quite rich to say the least.

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Politico: Major GOP donor launches pro-Trump super PAC

Donald Trump

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Politico

By Alex Isenstadt
01/21/16 – 11:15 PM EST

Donald Trump, riding a wave of momentum with less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, is about to get the backing of a cash-flush super PAC funded by a major GOP donor.

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Politico: National Review aims to take down Trump

National Review - Trump

The National Review issue features anti-Trump essays from more than 20 conservative thinkers, leaders and commentators. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Shane Goldmacher
01/21/16 – 09:04 PM EST

  • The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.

For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, one of the conservative movement’s most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.

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The Sacramento Bee: Loretta Sanchez: ‘We need a Latina in the U.S. Senate’

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 20, 2016 – 5:43 PM

  • Rep. Sanchez takes aim at rival Kamala Harris
  • Republicans also pile on with critiques of front-runner
  • Harris aide says her approach is resonating with Californians

Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, campaigning Wednesday in Sacramento, again put aside conventional political subtleties and cut right to the point: “I think we need a Latina in the U.S. Senate.”

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Capitol Public Radio: Change To Prop. 13 Could Be Headed For November Ballot

Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

California voters could be asked this fall to touch what’s been an untouchable law: the property tax initiative known as Proposition 13. A potential November ballot proposal would raise taxes on the state’s highest-value properties and spend the money on anti-poverty programs.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump maintains polling advantage

Polling

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

In less than two weeks the presidential primary cycle will commence and GOP front-runner Donald Trump has maintained or expanded his lead in the polls.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump in a December Republican debate. (Robyn Beck / AFP-Getty Images)

Stephen Battaglio
January 19, 2015

The Republican National Committee has made good on its promise to cut NBC out of its primary debate schedule.

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Martin O'Malley+Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Evan Halper and David Lauter
January 18, 2015

After a succession of Democratic presidential debates that largely avoided the acrimony and personal affronts that have defined the GOP face-offs, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed sharply Sunday on guns, healthcare and President Obama’s legacy.

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Politico: Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay

Marco Rubio

“I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people,” Marco Rubio said. | Getty

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Politico

By Isaac Arnsdorf
Published: 01/17/16 – 09:05 AM EST
Updated: 01/17/16 – 12:30 PM EST

Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.

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Donald Trump+Ted Cruz

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
January 16, 2016 at 12:01 AM

As the presidential primary race moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee.

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The Hill

By Elliot Smilowitz
January 16, 2016 – 07:11 am

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took aim at rival Ted Cruz in a series of Saturday morning tweets, taunting Cruz over challenges to his citizenship and reports that he did not disclose campaign loans.

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Debbie Stone+Gino Filippi+Carol Timm

(Debbie Stone, Gino Filippi, Carol Timm / Courtesy Photos)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/16 – 8:02 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Three months after voting to change the city’s guiding development plan, three Upland City Council members are facing a recall attempt.

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InlandPolitics: Ted Cruz steps in it!

Ted Cruz

Friday, January 15, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

GOP Presidential Contender and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has stepped in it.

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Donald Trump+Ted Cruz

“I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump,” Ted Cruz said after his rival questioned the senator’s eligibility to serve. (Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

By Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy
January 14, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas sharply attacked each other on Thursday night over the Canadian-born Mr. Cruz’s eligibility to be president and Mr. Trump’s “New York values,” shedding any semblance of cordiality as they dominated a Republican debate less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate: Shrinking debate field should be more volatile

GOP Debate - 011415

Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Another GOP presidential primary debate is on tap for Thursday night.

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Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 – Updated: 3:11 p.m.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, to donating $17,600 in campaign donations he received from actor Sean Penn to heroin treatment clinics in Ruiz’s district.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Kamala Harris

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris campaigns Sunday at the L.A. headquarters of the Building and Construction Trades Council, an organized labor group that has endorsed her U.S. Senate bid to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Kathleen Decker
January 11, 2016

The upsides of California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ political ambitions have been apparent as she’s climbed in politics: She charms an audience like few candidates do, speaks knowledgeably about criminal justice-related issues and stays relentlessly on message.

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Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan in 2016 faces an uphill battle for his ideas to become law. | Getty

As presidential hopefuls slug it out in a nasty primary, the speaker is trying to build a different identity for House Republicans.

Politico

By Jake Sherman
01/10/16 – 03:50 PM EST
Updated: 01/10/16 – 05:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Paul Ryan talked about the ills of the criminal-justice system. He quizzed GOP presidential hopefuls at a forum here about what they’ve done to help the impoverished and vowed that Republicans, if they put their minds to it, could “make breakthroughs” in the war on poverty.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Jeff Stone set to challenge Raul Ruiz

Jeff Stone

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Published: Jan. 9, 2016 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

  • The 36th Congressional District race now features two well-funded politicians

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9, setting up a heavyweight contest between a veteran Inland lawmaker and a well-financed Democratic incumbent.

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

Politico: Donald Trump’s big tent

Donald Trump

Every one of 10 recent Iowa, New Hampshire, and national polls of Republicans shows Trump with more male support than female support. | Getty

–The GOP should stop fooling itself. Trump is reaching more than just undereducated, angry white men.–

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Politico

By Scott Bland
01/08/16 – 06:35 AM EST

Republicans explain away their unwelcome poll-leader by dismissing his supporters as a loud but narrow network of angry white men and celebrity chasers.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

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

Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 6, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Two Democrats still hold top-two places
  • Twice as many GOP voters remain undecided
  • Harris does well with liberals, while Sanchez leads among Latinos

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez continue to lead the contest to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, but the all-Democratic dynamic could change once more Republican voters begin engaging in the race, according to the new Field Poll.

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Bill Clinton+Ron Burkle

President Clinton visits Ron Burkle at the billionaire’s Santa Monica beach house in 1997. Burkle told The Times this week in a rare interview that he’s still fond of Bill Clinton, though he’s skeptical of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Evan Halper
January 7, 2016

As Hillary Clinton and her surrogates scour the country for mega-donors, the one left-leaning billionaire they are not approaching is the one who knows the first couple more intimately than any of the others.

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InlandPolitics: In 2016, it’s still all Donald Trump, all the time

Polls

Tuesday, January 5, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

It’s January 2016, and it’s still Donald Trump firmly in command.

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Donald Trump - Massachusetts Rally

The Fix
By Chris Cillizza
January 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Donald Trump went to Lowell, Mass. — a town about five miles south of the New Hampshire border — for one of his now-trademark big-arena rallies on Monday night.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 3, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Democrats lost legislative supermajorities in 2014
  • Party hopes to recover lost seats in 2016
  • However, moderate bloc is more important factor

Democrats won supermajorities – more than two-thirds of the seats – in both houses of the Legislature in 2012.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump addresses thousands of supporters last Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
January 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then comes a U.S. battleship launching a cruise-missile strike. It moves swiftly through an explosive montage: The suspects in the recent California terrorist attack. Shadowy figures racing across the U.S.-Mexico border. Islamic State militants.

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The Wall Street Journal: Will the New Year’s Tumult Trump the Old?

Donald Trump

The biggest question for 2016 is whether the Republican Party splits apart.

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Wall Street Journal

By Peggy Noonan
Dec. 31, 2015 – 6:18 p.m. ET

In 2016—soon, in just about a month—we’ll find out if Donald Trump voters vote. They say they’re voters and not just rally-goers. In Iowa on Feb. 1 and New Hampshire on Feb. 9, we’ll know if it’s a movement or a moment.

We are going to learn a lot pretty quickly.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Elections will top New Year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 – 2:26 PM

  • U.S. Senate race will be top contest
  • California could play presidential role
  • High-dollar ballot measures abound

Since 2016 is a number divisible by 2, this is also an election year, and that biennial fact will dominate – and perhaps distort – California politics in the forthcoming months.

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The Sacramento Bee: California politicos to watch in 2016

Loretta Sanchez

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate during a news conference on May 14, 2015, in Santa Ana. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 6:00 AM

  • Sanchez, Newsom are elected officials on the list
  • Senate race, initiatives the focus in 2016
  • Taxes, plastic bags among key issues

As 2016 dawns in California, politics looms large. Dozens of initiatives have been filed for what could become a November ballot of record size. State political parties are calculating their odds in nearly 175 legislative and congressional races. Some candidates for statewide office in 2018 are already campaigning.

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InlandPolitics: Let the game begin!

Donald Trump

While his rivals attack each other. Donald Trump remains the clear GOP front-runner at the start of 2016.

Friday, January 1, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s just ten months and eight days away and counting!

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Bloomberg Politics: Koch Brothers Group Can’t Keep Donor List From California

Bloomberg Politics

By Edward Pettersson
December 29, 2015 — 1:34 PM PST
Updated on December 29, 2015 — 4:30 PM PST

California can ask a nonprofit group started by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch for the names and addresses of its donors, but the state can’t publicly disclose that information.

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InlandPolitics: Trump base expanding?

Donald Trump

Data is starting to show Billionaire Businessman Donald Trump is making larger inroads into ethnic and gender voting blocks.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The political pundits appearing on talk shows this holiday week are starting to take on a somewhat sanguine and dejected tenor.

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Trump Freeway Sign Hack

Published: Dec. 28, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 29, 2015 6:58 a.m.

Motorists driving the 15 in Corona on Christmas Day were given a political directive from a roadside construction alert.

To read article Anne Millerbernd in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Capitol Weekly: Politically, 2015 is a wrap — almost

Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
Posted 12.28.2015

It was, as always, a mixture of hope and disappointment, deals made and unmade, the bizarre and the mundane. For the Capitol community, 2015 was also a year of anticipation.

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Rasmussen Reports: Clinton vs. Trump: Still A Dead Heat

Rasmussen Reports

Monday, December 28, 2015

Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain all tied up in a hypothetical matchup heading into 2016.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Primary — Recent poll an outlier

Donald Trump

Billionaire Businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has skyrocketed in recent national polling numbers.

Saturday, December 26, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

You have to hand it to the so-called mainstream media, and cable network news for that matter.

Anytime a national presidential primary poll emerges showing Donald Trump declining, and anyone else ascending, and I mean anyone; Three groups, 1.) the mainstream media; 2.) the so-called establishment and finally, 3.) the political pundits, all ooze with glee.

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The Hill: Fury of the right falls on Ryan

The Hill

By Scott Wong
12/26/15 – 12:02 PM EST

Outside the Beltway, the right is livid with new Speaker Paul Ryan’s trillion-dollar spending deal with Democrats.

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The Hill: It’s a very Trump Christmas

The Hill

By Lisa Hagen
12/24/15 – 06:00 AM EST

Donald Trump may be getting the best gift of all this holiday season, as he enters 2016 firmly on top in the Republican race for the White House.

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CNN Politics: Trump dominates GOP field heading into 2016

CNN

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Wed December 23, 2015 | Updated 6:25 AM ET

  • Donald Trump has been a constant atop the polls since his ascent to the lead in July
  • This new poll marks the first time Ted Cruz stands significantly apart from the other candidates vying for the nomination

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year’s Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear — yet distant — second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has found.

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Jeff Stone

It’s the third penalty since 2006 for longtime Inland politician Jeff Stone.

Published: Dec. 22, 2015 – 2:58 p.m.

For the third time since 2006, a state agency has fined Jeff Stone’s campaign thousands of dollars for breaking California’s campaign finance rules.

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

InlandPolitics: Graham departure drops GOP field to 13

Fallen Chess Piece

Monday, December 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out of the GOP presidential nominating contest.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on May 16. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

David Lauter
December 20, 2015

Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential field in polls of Republican voters nationally and in most early-voting states, but some polls may actually be understating his support, according to a new study.

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Bernie Sanders+Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at Saturday’s debate. Donald Trump was attacked by name nine times during the debate, including five times by Clinton. (Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

By Abby Phillip and John Wagner
December 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The day after the Democrats met here for their third presidential debate, much of the attention shifted to a candidate who wasn’t on the stage: the boisterous Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

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Bernie Sanders+Hillary Clinton+Martin O'Malley

Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, from left, greet one another after their New Hampshire debate. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

Cathleen Decker, Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
December 19, 2015

  • Disagreements on Mideast and taxes mark Democratic debate

After two days of intense Democratic infighting, Bernie Sanders apologized for his staff’s snooping into Hillary Clinton’s campaign files at the opening of a cantankerous presidential debate Saturday that underscored sharp differences among the candidates on foreign policy, combating terrorism and raising taxes.

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Los Angeles Times: Here’s how you spend $600,000 on 19 consultants in a Senate race

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris at a September event in Los Angeles. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
December 17, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris spent more than $600,000 on 19 political and fundraising consultants between January and the end of September – close to three times the amount spent combined by her Democratic rival and the three top Republicans in the race.

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Politico: Trump hits a new high in national poll

Donald Trump

The billionaire businessman surges to 41 percent after releasing proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

Politico

By Nick Gass
12/14/15 – 12:00 PM EST
Updated 12/14/15 – 12:48 PM EST

Donald Trump just got a little more vault in his ceiling. Nationwide, the polling-obsessed Manhattan multi-billionaire and leading Republican presidential candidate broke into the 40s on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Primary: New flavor of the month — Ted Cruz

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas gestures as he takes questions from members of the media during a news conference with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is the new leader in the latest Iowa polling.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

The media, political class, political establishment is all lathered-up again over the new GOP flavor of the month in Iowa.

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Donald Trump

An audience member listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College on Nov. 12 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 12, 2015

  • Trump deserves criticism for intolerance
  • However, he’s not the only offender
  • Liberals ignore key American principles when it suits them

Someday, we may know what truly motivated real estate tycoon Donald Trump to seek the presidency.

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Los Angeles Time: Rep. Loretta Sanchez responds to criticism over comment on Muslims

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), shown in November, is facing criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate. (Tomas Ovalle)

Phil Willon
December 11, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is trying to beat back criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate — the establishment of a strict Islamic state — to defend and advance their religious ideology.

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Ben Carson

‘I will not sit by and watch a theft,’ he says.

By Nolan D. McCaskill and Kyle Cheney
12/11/15 -09:53 AM EST
Updated 12/11/15 – 06:09 PM EST

Ben Carson on Friday blasted the Republican National Committee following a Washington Post report that nearly two-dozen establishment party figures were prepping for a potential brokered convention as Donald Trump continues to lead most polls.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who upended Orange County politics by ousting Republican Bob Dornan from Congress in 1996, announced in May she was running for U.S Senate. Mark Boster TNS

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 10, 2015

  • Sanchez says they are willing to use terrorism to target ‘our way of life’
  • Her office issues statement seeking to clarify remarks to Larry King
  • Sanchez adds: ‘I strongly support the Muslim community in America’

California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said as many as 20 percent of Muslims desire to form an Islamic caliphate, “to institute that in any way possible,” and go after Western norms, “our way of life.”

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
December 10, 2015

  • Proponents will poll language to gauge likelihood of success
  • Decision whether to proceed likely by mid-January
  • Unions vow to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at either proposal

California moved one step closer to a public retirement fight after the state issued official summaries for two pension-change ballot proposals on Thursday – and for the first time neither labor unions nor the measures’ proponents griped that the language was politically slanted or inaccurate.

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