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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city council candidates square off

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Adelanto hopefuls address bankruptcy, utility tax, new prison

Posted Oct. 1, 2014 @ 12:08 am
Updated at 12:19 AM

ADELANTO — With the city on the verge of bankruptcy, it was a no holds barred Tuesday night as the candidates for Adelanto mayor and city council took on some hard-hitting financial questions.

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The Hill: GOP casts Clinton as third term for Obama

Hillary Clinton

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The Hill

By Amie Parnes – 09/30/14 06:00 AM EDT

Republicans are working hard to define a Hillary Clinton presidency as a third term for President Obama’s White House.

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InlandPolitics: County GOP gives Derry endorsement in council race


Monday, September 29, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee has endorsed Former County Supervisor Neil Derry for a seat on the Redlands City Council.

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H., in July. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Post Politics
By Hunter Schwarz
September 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM


Mitt Romney has been adamant about not running for president again in 2016 for the better part of two years, but beginning late this summer, his answers have become more “probably not” than just a straight “no.”

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DailyBulletin: Fontana schedules two candidates forum

Fontana Seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/27/14, 8:32 PM PDT |

Candidate forums for the City Council and mayoral election will be held next week in a race that pits a long-time mayor against a former U.S. congressman.

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Ballot Measures

By Patrick McGreevy
September 28, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved a bill that would give proponents of initiatives a chance to work with lawmakers on compromise legislation to address their concerns without having to go through an expensive election campaign.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

Recently released voter registration figures show that a years-long trend in the makeup of California’s electorate – one that already has fundamentally altered the state’s political dynamics – is continuing.

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PoliticoMagazine: Bill in a Box

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s biggest asset is also her greatest potential liability.

September 25, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting has a priceless asset, a super weapon strong enough to strike fear in her most determined rival. It also has a dangerous liability, a burden able to drag her into dead ends and drive her to distraction. It’s Clinton’s peculiar fate that both just happen to be her husband.

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Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot a Republican candidate for the 31st Congressional District, which represents part of San Bernardino County, poses for a picture at Starbucks in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Monday, April 28, 2014. (Photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:51 PM PDT |

Colton >> Republican candidate Paul Chabot believes his military and public safety background will give him the edge among voters in the 31st Congressional District this fall.

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Pete Aguilar

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has his portrait taken on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. Aguilar is running as a Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 31st district. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:46 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

Redlands >> After eight years on the Redlands City Council and four years as its mayor, Pete Aguilar wants to take tackle the issues facing the Inland Empire from a national perspective, including improving education and the economy.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council candidates forum set Oct. 6

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Posted: 09/26/14, 5:03 PM PDT |

A City Council candidates forum will be held Oct. 6 at 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 460 N. Euclid Ave.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown mum on tax pledge

Jerry Brown

By David Siders
Published: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 4:26 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 5:04 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown declined to say Friday if he will maintain the pledge he made in 2010 not to raise taxes without a public vote if – as is widely expected – he wins re-election in November.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: GOP candidate embraces voter registration trend

Marc Steinorth


September 25th, 2014, 12:06 pm

A recent voter registration trend has a Republican state Assembly candidate feeling optimistic.

The GOP now leads the Democratic Party by 152 voters in the 40th Assembly District, which includes Rancho Cucamonga, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands and part of the city of San Bernardino. Democrats held a 1,467-voter edge over Republicans as of May.

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

The PE: REDLANDS: Council candidates debate

Redlands City Council Forum

All six canddiates running for three seats on the Redlands City Council participated in a forum Tuesday night presented by the Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Erin Waldner)

Published: Sept. 25, 2014 Updated: 3:02 p.m.

Attracting new businesses and supporting the small ones that exist were among the topics at a Redlands City Council candidates forum Tuesday night.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: So just how is business done at Redlands City Hall?


Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

So just how is business actually done at Redlands City Hall?

The question is now being asked following the publication of a story in Thursday’s Redlands Daily Facts.

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Published: Sept. 24, 2014 Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Tallying the results of the Nov. 4 election in Riverside County could take twice as long as the June primary because the ballot is twice as big.

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

Neil Derry

Neil Derry, a former county supervisor, is being opposed by a new political action committee in his bid to be elected to the Redlands City Council. (Courtesy photo)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/24/14, 12:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

A political action committee opposing Neil Derry’s candidacy to the City Council has filed with the city and state.

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InlandPolitics: Redlands: Foster has Derry on the brain at council forum

Paul Foster

Councilman Paul “Crotchety” Foster

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce held a City Council candidate forum Tuesday night.

Six of seven candidates on the ballot appeared for the ninety minute event held in the Council Chambers at Redlands City Hall.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 5

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Congressman Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

Published: Sept. 23, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and Republican challenger Brian Nestande will participate in a televised debate at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5.

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Neil Derry


By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> City Council candidate Neil Derry called Tuesday for the city to ban outdoor growing of medical marijuana after a high school student was killed apparently trying to cut marijuana from a man’s yard.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:26 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

REDLANDS >> The six candidates running for City Council on Tuesday participated in their first forum of the campaign season hosted by the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.

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By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is making it clear it’s spending to win in CD-31.

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InlandPolitics: California GOP has bigger problems


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Well let’s just say the California Republican Party has bigger issues than democrats running the show in Sacramento.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The Redlands Chanber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for Tuesday night.

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Published: Sept. 22, 2014 Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot is demanding that Time Warner Cable pull a Democratic ad that portrays him as do-little state bureaucrat who earned a six-figure salary while advocating for cuts to school spending.

To read story in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: GOP Texas gubernatorial candidate riding California

Texas Flag + California Flag

By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 – 11:37 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 – 11:47 am

That Texas-California rivalry may not be going away for some time.

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InlandPolitics: National Democrats ramping up on Chabot


Monday, September 22, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

The heat is slowly inching up in the race between Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands). Both men are vying to represent the 31st Congressional District.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Some person, or persons, is taking aim at signs of republican candidates in the Redlands area.

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VVDailyPress: Cook, Conaway differ on water rules

Posted Sep. 21, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A bill approved this month blocking the federal government from asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands was heralded by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, for protecting control of local waters.

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LATimes: A show of disunity at California GOP convention

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
September 20, 2014

It was a double indignity for Neel Kashkari this weekend when not just one but two fellow Republicans on November’s statewide ballot declined to endorse his campaign to oust Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte center.

By David Siders
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 11:25 pm

LOS ANGELES — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in an e-mail to party leaders Saturday that he never thought the party should hold a convention so close to the general election and that he wants fewer conventions in the future.

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Politico: Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The party has lost confidence in her as a unifying leader and a party spokesperson.


By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 9/17/14 5:46 PM EDT Updated: 9/20/14 3:59 PM EDT

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Analysis shows path to victory for Paul Chabot


Paul Chabot(R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.

Published: Sept. 19, 2014 – Updated: 1:48 p.m.

The race for the 31stCongressional District in San Bernardino County is a toss-up, according to a Virginia-based government and public affairs consulting firm.

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

AP: GOP pushes diverse candidates, but will it matter?


Juliet Williams | AP
September 19, 10:05 AM

The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November’s election. The question heading into this weekend’s state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

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Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns


Democrats believe that the election outcome remains unpredictable just 46 days out.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/19/14 5:41 PM EDT Updated: 9/19/14 9:05 PM EDT

House Democrats are considering taking out a $10 million loan to help fund TV ads and get-out-the-vote operations in the run-up to Election Day, according to Democratic sources.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande ad portrays Ruiz as tax-and-spend liberal

Published: Sept. 18, 2014 – Updated: 10:07 a.m.

A TV ad from Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande portrays his Democratic opponent as a liberal lover of big government in contrast to Nestande’s belief in the free market economy.

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


By Jean Merl
September 18, 2014

Adding to events that have buffeted state Sen. Stephen Knight’s campaign for Congress in recent days, the former rival Democrat who had endorsed him pulled his support on Thursday.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified: Recall attempt comes up short

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:40 AM PDT | Updated: 23 hrs ago

Rialto >> An attempt to recall two Rialto Unified school board members has failed, the group has announced.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown surges ahead with the ‘non-campaign’ campaign

Jerry Brown

In this May 28, 2014, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown poses in his Capitol office in Sacramento,Calif. Incumbent Brown faces Republican Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who has never held elective office, in the November election. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:42 am, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has $22 million in the bank and a 21-point lead in the polls, but as he seeks a historic fourth term, he’s conducting one of the most unusual re-election campaigns ever witnessed by state voters – one in which he hasn’t starred in a single TV or radio spot, campaign mailer, or Web video.

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By Wesley Lowery
September 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to entertain a scenario in which Democrats lose control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections, telling reporters Tuesday, “We’re doing fine.”

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WashPost: Do newly registered voters actually vote? In California: Yes.


The Fix
By Philip Bump
September 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

As voter registration deadlines before the November general election begin to pass, new disputes over voter registration efforts have erupted. In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrats launched a voter registration effort, angering some local Republicans. More recently, a registration effort led by a Democratic Georgia state representative — which has turned in a number of new voter applications — is being investigated by the Republican secretary of state.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums coming this week



Posted Sep. 14, 2014 @ 10:05 am
Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

VICTORVILLE — Partnering with Victor Valley College and its Associated Student Body, the Daily Press will facilitate forums on back-to-back nights this week to provide voters a chance to hear from candidates in various races impacting the High Desert.

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Barack Obama

President Obama has found his economic message drowned out by events abroad. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The White House didn’t plan to spend the summer consumed by foreign policy.
By George E. Condon Jr.
September 14, 2014

White House hopes for the summer were sky-high as plans were made for a messaging blitz the administration hoped would buoy struggling Democratic candidates across the country. But now, after yet another week dominated by foreign policy messes, missiles, and mayhem, President Obama has been reduced to looking for new ways to slip his preferred message into any openings he can find—even if it doesn’t seem to fit.

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The Atlantic

Russell Berman
Associated Press
Sep 14, 2014 10:00AM ET / 2014 Midterms

As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

Scales of Justice

Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Six Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot


By Jim Miller
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm

A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Peterson may have best shot at GOP win this year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 – 10:39 pm

If Republicans have any chance this year of winning statewide office in this blue state, it probably rests on the shoulders of Pete Peterson, who’s running for secretary of state, or Ashley Swearengin, the GOP candidate for state controller.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Police reports filed over signs?


Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has filed two police reports over his signs being vandalized.


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Mark Takano


Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 9:52 a.m.

Two media outlets popular with conservatives are reporting that Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, said during a recent town hall in Jurupa Valley that the meeting wasn’t a public forum.

The Washington Times and World Net Daily quoted Beth Baumann’s account of what took place. Baumann is described by WND as “a conservative activist in a number of fields.”

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

DailyBulletin: Campaign signs for Congressional candidate Paul Chabot vandalized

Paul Chabot

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot this week filed police reports over vandalized campaign signs in Redlands.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/09/14, 11:09 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Some campaign signs in Redlands and San Bernardino supporting Congressional Republican candidate Paul Chabot have been vandalized.

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By Melanie Mason
September 9, 2014

A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state’s ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year’s ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

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Webster Guillory

Official didn’t personally witness signatures being collected, though he signed the form saying he did, according to the DA.

Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Prosecutors charged Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory on Tuesday with filing false nomination papers, alleging that during his re-election bid, he claimed to have personally collected signatures on petitions that were circulated by an associate.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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RollCall: Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats


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By Stuart Rothenberg
Posted at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2014

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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Barack Obama

Despite a promise to act on immigration policy by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay taking action on the issue until after the November congressional elections.

By David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
September 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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InlandPolitics: A few takes, questions from California Governor debate

Jerry Brown


Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The debate between California Governor Jerry Brown and republican Neel Kashkari, held Thursday night, was somewhat entertaining.

Brown, in his elderly style, routinely patted Kashkari on the head, while Kashkari kept raising Brown’s blood pressure, by poking at him on issues.

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/14, 1:15 PM PDT |

A day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee debuted its television ad attacking his opponent, congressional candidate Pete Aguilar debuted his own television ad — the first of the general election — on Thursday morning.

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By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. Thu Sep 4, 2014 11:36pm EDT

(Reuters) – The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state’s election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration.

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By Jean Merl
September 4, 2014

With the fall election season shifting into high gear, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday launched cable-TV ads in two of California’s contested House races.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a TV ad that attacks Republican 31st Congressional District candidate Paul Chabot for collecting a $108,167 annual salary as a hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings in 2007.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/03/14, 1:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Although Election Day is Nov. 4, the date many campaigns are worrying the most about is Oct. 6, when vote by mail ballots begin to be sent out.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP rival Neel Kashkari hold their only debate Thursday night. (Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am – Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari wasn’t even in grade school when Jerry Brown – in his first-ever televised gubernatorial debate – engaged in what one newspaper account described as a “slashing style of accusations and innuendo” during a “political street fight lacking even the thin veneer of courtesy.”

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CallBuzz: Can Neel Beat the Spread? Plus New Poll Numbers

Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
September 4, 2014

California’s most prosaic election in memory, our Department of Spectator Sport Politics and Insensate Choices is girding its loins (ow!) for the fall campaign by reviewing the words of the late Senator Gene (Not Joe) McCarthy:

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LATimes: Low turnout in California in November could lift prospects for GOP


By Michael Finnegan
September 2, 2014

The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot


Politicians wade into tight California races with troops, cash.

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 8:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON – If you feel like congressional campaigns started early – a candidate’s knock on your door, a political ad on TV – you are right.

This year, the long knives of campaign battle came out almost as soon as the last California primary vote was counted in June, especially in a handful of tight races where Democrats or Republicans see an opportunity to nab a seat in the House of Representatives.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in The Press-Enterprise, click here.


By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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InlandPolitics: GOP committment for Chabot?


Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Will the GOP commit resources into the campaign of Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga)?

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IEBusinessDaily: Interesting Race for Redlands City Council


Saturday, August 30, 2014

The City of Redlands will elect three council members on November 4th. Seven candidates have successfully filed for the race including two incumbents, a former county supervisor, a former public information officer, an insurance agent, a tattoo parlor owner, and a “domestic engineer.” Council member Bob Gardner decided not to seek reelection leaving an open seat.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 3


Published: Aug. 29, 2014 – Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 3.

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


By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter, instead of the current semi-annual filing schedule.

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By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 8/29/14 4:51 PM EDT Updated: 8/30/14 7:26 AM EDT

DALLAS – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a Friday afternoon speech that sounded a lot like presidential red meat, accused President Barack Obama of overstepping his constitutional authority and abdicating national defense at home and abroad.

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The Hill: Could Romney really run?

Mitt Romney

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The Hill

By Peter Sullivan – 08/27/14 06:29 PM EDT

Mitt Romney is in demand, and it’s raising speculation about another White House run, however far-fetched that might seem.

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Politico: Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa

Mitt Romney

According to the poll, 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for him if he ran. | AP Photo


By JONATHAN TOPAZ and KENDALL BREITMAN | 8/27/14 3:05 PM EDT Updated: 8/27/14 3:29 PM EDT

The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters.

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The Sun: San Bernardino charter change arguments set

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/14, 6:30 PM PDT | Updated: 6 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The statements voters will find on their ballots arguing for and against changing the city charter are decided.

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Paul Chabot


By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/25/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose 31st Congressional District seat was considered the most vulnerable in the upcoming election, has formally handed the baton to candidate Paul Chabot, announcing his endorsement in a news release on Monday.

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National Journal

Financial reports filed this week detail the people—almost all of them men—who gave the most money to super PACs last month.

By Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
August 22, 2014

Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names.

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InlandPolitics: Political (water) consultant candidate for O.C. water board


Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

From political/campaign consultant to water consultant! Really?

The political blogs down in the O.C. are buzzing this week over the new candidacy of campaign consultant Dave Ellis.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporter Mary Jo Pitzer at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Spending in recall, upcoming election detailed

Moreno Valley seal

Spending in the recall election against former Mayor Tom Owings was around $86,000 while four candidates have begun campaign spending for the fall race.

Published: Aug. 17, 2014 Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Candidates and committees spent a combined $86,000 in the June recall election in which former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings lost his seat, according to the latest campaign finance statements.

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Jim Brulte

A path above superminority status seem well-lit, but either way, party leader Jim Brulte sees to have a formula for rebuilding the party one voter at a time.

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.

When Jim Brulte ran for California Republican Party chairman, he campaigned on three things: Help maintain the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, eliminate the Democrats’ supermajority in the Assembly and rebuild the party from the ground up.

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Politico: Poll: Reelection rating at 20-year low



By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 8/18/14 6:17 AM EDT

Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.

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