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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: 2016, School Choice & Homelessness

Mic

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party and Georgine Trujillo, Lou’s favorite Democrat, join the program.

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SFChronicle: That other Bush steps in the ring

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco on Friday. Bush is considering running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / © 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP)

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 26, 2015 – Updated 5:01 pm

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents, who can tap into their vaunted fund-raising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

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NationalJournal: The Rise of Dark Money and the Koch Party

National Journal

It’s time for 21st-century campaign finance reform: No limits, instant disclosure.

By Ron Fournier
January 27, 2015

This week may be remembered as the birth of the Koch Party. A usurper of the GOP and a rival to Democrats, the network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch pledged Monday to spend $889 million on the 2016 election.

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Campaigns

Published: Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated: 2:08 p.m.

He just started a new term. But Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit is already thinking about his next one.

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

money

Charles Koch and David Koch are backing a network of advocacy groups that plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 presidential election.

By Matea Gold
January 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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WashPost: Charles Koch calls on fellow conservative donors to expand their commitment

Charles koch

FILE: Charles Koch in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

By Matea Gold
January 24, 2015 at 9:33 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.— Conservative benefactor Charles Koch on Saturday called on other wealthy donors to expand their commitment to promoting free-market ideas and shrinking government, saying they would only succeed if the cause was “a central part of our lives.”

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Money

Five years after Citizens United ruling, big money reigns

Michael Hiltzik
January 24, 2015

If you’re wondering why issues favored by a majority of Americans such as raising the minimum wage, gun control and net neutrality get scarcely any attention in the halls of Congress, the Citizens United case is the reason.

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, middle, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2015

Former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster, who rebounded after receiving a double lung transplant three years ago, was the only candidate to file papers by Friday’s deadline to run in a special election to fill a Senate seat vacated when Steve Knight was elected to Congress.

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SacBee: Chris Christie to keynote California GOP convention

Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during an inaugural ceremony at the statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/23/2015 10:03 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a reliable source of entertainment – and inspiration – for California Republicans, will keynote the state party’s spring convention, organizers said Friday.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Prop 47 & 2016 Candidates

Mic

Friday, January 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to discuss AB 150, which would amend Prop 47 to make the theft of a firearm under $950 a felony.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, shown in Sacramento in 2013, is weighing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan
January 22, 2015

With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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SacBee: Opinion: U.S. Senate race sees a big pullout

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 8:18 PM

For two weeks, ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer declared she would not run for a fifth term in 2016, hedge fund billionaire/environmental activist Tom Steyer had conducted a Hamlet-like soliloquy.

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SacBee: Tom Steyer will not run for Boxer Senate seat

Tom Steyer

Steyer

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 1:10 PM

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will not be a candidate to succeed U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer and instead will continue his focus on helping Democrats and working to reverse the effects of global climate change.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa(Ethan Miller)

National Journal

Kamala Harris is getting national buzz, but there’s a counter-movement building on behalf of a potential rival.

By Andrea Drusch
January 21, 2015

With only weeks gone but years left in California’s Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris’ candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner.

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Politico: Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats

Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa

Attorney General Kamala Harris , right with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks at a news conference regarding criminal and civil responses to mortgage fraud in Los Angeles Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Politico

The rush by Democrats in Washington to back California’s Kamala Harris for Senate raises hackles.

By Alex Isenstadt
1/21/15 – 8:03 PM EST

The procession of prominent Washington Democrats who lined up last week to sing the praises of California Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senate had the feel of an anointment. Sen. Cory Booker said he was “so excited” about her candidacy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Harris, a favorite of the Obama White House, “smart” and “tough.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told supporters she needed Harris “by my side.”

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The PE: POLITICS: Potential White House hopefuls to headline Riverside event

GOP

Published: Jan. 20, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Three potential contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are expected to be in Riverside next month for a gathering of Inland conservative activists.

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

SFChronicle: Kamala Harris’ camp hoping to keep Tom Steyer out of Senate race

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris is likely to face challenges from other Democrats coveting Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat.

By Matier & Ross
Monday, January 19, 2015

Having jumped into the U.S. Senate race “feet first,” state Attorney General Kamala Harris will be hitting the phones to score as much money and as many endorsements possible — all in the hope of keeping rival Democrats from jumping in as well.

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Politico: 4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event

Politico

The invitees are all potential 2016 presidential contenders.
By Kenneth P. Vogel
1/19/15 11:24 PM EST
Updated 1/20/15 8:44 AM EST

Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO.

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SacBee: Steyer outlining one-term objectives for U.S. Senate

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist weighing a run for U.S. Senate in California, in San Francisco, Feb. 13, 2014. (Jason Henry/The New York Times)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/18/2015 4:50 PM

Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate change activist weighing a run for U.S. Senate, is telling potential supporters he would commit to serving only one term if he can’t reach goals dealing with the environment, economy and education within six years.

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A CBS News poll finds enthusiasm for the once—and future?—nominee.
Ali Elkin
Jan 18, 2015 10:18 AM PST

GOP leaders appear skeptical about Mitt Romney’s prospects if he seeks the White House for a third time in 2016, but according to a new poll, everyday Republicans’ message to the former governor is: Come on in, the water’s fine.

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Politico: Poll: Run Hillary. Run Mitt.

Politico

They fare much better than Christie and Perry in a survey of would-be contenders.
By David Cohen
1/18/15 6:48 PM EST
Updated 1/18/15 11:02 PM EST

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are the would-be candidates that Americans most want to run for president in 2016, while solid pluralities would prefer that Chris Christie and Rick Perry sit this election out, according to a new CBS News Poll released Sunday.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutgkueck
Posted on January 17, 2015

(January 14) — In local Democratic Party circles there is already peripheral discussion of the need to mount a challenge of Marc Steinorth in the 40th Assembly District in 2016.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greets customers at Pink’s Hot Dogs as part of a farewell tour before leaving office in 2013. His next move could be to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. That would require him to defeat Attorney General Kamala Harris, an ally in previous campaigns. (Nick Ut/Associated Press-file)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 11:12 PM

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa planned to use the year to, as he put it recently, continue on a journey of reflection.

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Hillary Clinton

FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University, in Washington. Neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Mitt Romney have yet said they’re running for president. But within a few hours on Friday, the likely candidates previewed a 2016 campaign that appears headed to a debate over who is best able to boost the paychecks of every day Americans. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

By DAVID SCOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press
01/18/2015 9:27 AM

CORONADO, Calif.

Not yet in the presidential race, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney already are previewing the likely focus of the 2016 campaign, a competition over who’s better able to boost paychecks for working Americans.

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UTSanDiego: Romney focused on poverty in possible bid

Ann Romney+Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for President, and his wife Ann Romney mingle with the crowd after Mitt Romney spoke while on board the USS Midway Museum in San Diego on Friday. (Hayne Palmour IV)

Former presidential candidate speaks to Republican leaders aboard Midway
By David Garrick9:27 p.m.Jan. 16, 2015

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Mitt Romney stressed the need to sharply reduce poverty in America Friday night during a speech to members of the Republican National Committee.

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UTSanDiego: Walker among GOP hopefuls in town

Scott Walker

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in West Allis, Wis. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what’s shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Wisconsin governor says his reform agenda could sweep nation
By David Garrick
Jan. 15, 2015

CORONADO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Republican National Committee members on Thursday night that the success he’s had cutting public employee benefits and lowering taxes could sweep the nation and help Republicans take back the White House in 2016.

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VVDailyPress: Runner will vie for state Senate seat

Sharon Runner

Former assemblywoman, state senator officially announces candidacy

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 14, 2015 @ 8:26 pm
Updated at 8:32 PM

Former Assemblywoman and state Senator Sharon Runner made it official Wednesday, declaring that she will run for the recently vacated state 21st Senate District seat, which includes the Victor and Antelope valleys.

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CCTimes: Tom Steyer looks good in his own Senate 2016 poll

Josh Richman

By Josh Richman
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 12:13 am

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday he’s considering whether to run for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016, but apparently he’s been mulling this for a while: A polling memo shows he commissioned a survey on his chances in mid-December.

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George Skelton

George Skelton, Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2015
george.skelton​@latimes.com
@latimesskelton

Who will be California’s next U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer?

It’ll be another Democrat, bet on that.

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SFChronicle: Carly Fiorina, no longer deadbeat candidate

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
January 14, 2015 10:08 AM

This just in: Carly Fiorina paid off the debt from her losing 2010 Senate campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer. As I wrote last month, the former HP head is mulling over a 2016 presidential run — which made her failure to pay off her handlers and vendors rather puzzling. Losing candidates often owe money, but she’s a rich candidate, who was partially self-funded. Nonetheless, she left behind debt just under $500,000. As I wrote:

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Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement could set up a nightmare election scenario for Democrats.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

National Journal

Or the way Republicans could find themselves shut out of the general election altogether.
By Scott Bland
January 13, 2015

Democrats are far-and-away favored to keep Sen. Barbara Boxer’s California Senate seat when she retires in 2016. They may even be able to shut Republicans out of the general election altogether. But, with both parties still feeling their way through recent and radical changes to the state’s rules for primary races, Democratic insiders see a nightmare scenario in which they fumble away the seat before the general election even begins.

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UTSanDiego: Romney to speak at RNC meeting Friday

Mitt Romney

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, hugs N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston before inaugural ceremonies for Charlie Baker. A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. It appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

By Michael Smolens
Jan. 13, 2015

Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s strongly considering a third run for president, plans to speak at the Republican National Committee winter meetings in San Diego this week.

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WashPost:

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has hired a campaign manager for his likely 2016 White House run. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By Robert Costa
January 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced the hiring of a campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential bid, part of an aggressive effort to build a national political team as the race for the White House heats up.

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InlandPolitics: Constitutional office vacancies filled by Governor

Question Mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

To answer a question from several readers.

In the event California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) takes the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), Governor Jerry Brown (D), not voters, will pick her successor.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 11:29 PM

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate dissipates some of the fog that has been obscuring California’s political landscape.

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, is eyeing a third run for the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Politics
By Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
January 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign.

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InlandPolitics: Harris to run for U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

Monday, January 12, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, who announced last week that she would not seek another term in 2016.

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WashPost: A signal of distaste for dynasties bodes ill for Bush, Clinton

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
January 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

AURORA, Colo. — It’s been a good few weeks for Jeb Bush, who has been setting the pace among prospective 2016 presidential candidates — at least in the view of some in the elite world of political donors, strategists and commentators. But even before the news that Mitt Romney is thinking about a third campaign, a dissenting view on Bush was registered here Thursday night.

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Jeb Bush+Mitt Romney

Jeb Bush, left, was a guest on Mitt Romney’s plane during Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, foreground right, and then-Rep. Connie Mack, foreground left. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Politics
By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
January 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have much in common. Both were pragmatic as governors, mild-mannered as candidates and more comfortable balancing budgets at their desks than clinking glasses at a political dinner.

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WashPost: Romney to GOP donors: ‘I want to be president.’

Mitt Romney

In this July 2, 2014, file photo, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters in New Hampshire. Romney told a small group of donors that he’s considering a third run at the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

By Philip Rucker,, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
January 9, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Mitt Romney forcefully declared his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of powerful Republican donors Friday, disrupting the fluid 2016 GOP field as would-be rival Jeb Bush was moving swiftly to consolidate establishment support.

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Joe Garofoli

By Joe Garofoli
January 8, 2015 – 12:51 PM

Nothing like a political power vacuum to elicit the quality present in all politicians: the innate ability to suck up.

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SacBee: Opinion: Sen. Boxer’s retirement opens door

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 11:32 PM

Feeding frenzy. Musical chairs. Horse race. Free-for-all.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Senate: Barbara Boxer retiring

Barbara Boxer

Thursday, January 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) has announced she will retire at the end of her current term, which ends in December 2016.

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NYTimes: Jeb Bush Begins Wooing Donors for a 2016 Bid

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington in November. Credit Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By MICHAEL BARBARO and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
JAN. 6, 2015

Jeb Bush on Tuesday delivered a powerful message about two of the most vital ingredients in a presidential campaign, money and ideas, transforming himself from a figure who once seemed paralyzed by ambivalence over a White House run into the most forceful presence within the emerging Republican field.

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LATimes: State ethics agency has record number of enforcement actions in 2014

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By Patrick McGreevy
January 5, 2015

The state ethics agency closed a record number of cases with proven violations in 2014 and also set new highs with the number of cases in which public officials agreed to fines, according to an annual report released Monday.

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WashPost: With eye on 2016, Jeb Bush resigns from all boards

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington in November. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Politics
By Tom Hamburger and Lyndsey Layton
December 31, 2014

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, moving closer to a possible presidential run, has resigned all of his corporate and nonprofit board memberships, including with his own education foundation, his office said late Wednesday night.

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SacBee: Sharon Runner prepares for California Senate special election

Kevin McCarthy+Sharon Runner

Then-Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, listen to floor debate about a levee bill in 2006.

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
12/30/2014 6:37 AM

Former Republican state lawmaker Sharon Runner on Monday released a list of high-profile endorsements as she prepares to run for the Antelope Valley Senate seat coming vacant when Sen. Steve Knight officially takes his place in Congress.

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SFChronicle: State’s ballot initiative process remade, and both parties agree

Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Sunday, December 28, 2014 – Updated 8:03 pm

After more than a century in California’s political spotlight, the state’s initiative process will be getting a major revise next year. Even more surprising, both Democrats and Republicans in the famously partisan Legislature are happy to see it happen.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/29/2014 12:01 AM

This year was the second cycle of California’s experiment with the “top-two” primary election system, under which all candidates appear on the same ballot and the No. 1 and No. 2 vote-getters, regardless of party, face each other in the November election.

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CNN: CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

Jeb Bush

By Alexandra Jaffe, CNN
updated 1:15 PM EST, Sun December 28, 2014
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) — Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he’s “actively exploring” a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

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SFChronicle: Carly Fiorina, the deadbeat presidential candidate

Carly Fiorina

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina still owes nearly $500,000 to creditors from her failed 2010 Senate campaign to unseat Barbara Boxer. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, December 26, 2014

Carly Fiorina is gearing up to run for president. The National Journal reports she already has begun hiring staff.

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California Money

By John Wildermuth
Thursday, December 25, 2014

In politics, money matters, and plenty of out-of-work politicians want to hang on to their campaign cash for as long as they can.

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LATimes: Jeb Bush eases out of some businesses, such as firm helped by Obamacare

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington in November. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

By Joseph Tanfani
December 25, 2014

When Jeb Bush completed two terms as governor of Florida in 2007, he reported his net worth at $1.3 million, about $700,000 less than when he took office.

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Dynasty

By Nancy Benac
Associated Press
12/26/2014 8:11 AM

WASHINGTON–

Again? Really?

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president.

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Politico: The tortoise and the hare

Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

Bush’s bold jump catches Clinton backers by surprise.

Politico

By Maggie Haberman
12/18/14 3:51 PM EST

For months, Hillary Clinton’s allies viewed one Republican as posing a bigger threat to her in a 2016 presidential general election matchup than any other: Jeb Bush. But they believed Bush wouldn’t ultimately take the plunge.

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Politico: The week the GOP primary began

Jeb Bush+Marco Rubio+Rand Paul

Jeb Bush (left), Marco Rubio (top) and Rand Paul is pictured. | Getty

Bush’s move and the clash over Cuba accelerates the run-up to 2016.

By Katie Glueck
| 12/19/14 6:07 PM EST
| Updated 12/20/14 11:37 AM EST

Jeb Bush got serious, Marco Rubio railed on a topic close to home and Rand Paul took yet another contrarian view.

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WashPost: Jeb Bush: Front-runner, underdog or both?

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
December 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Jeb Bush could be the most unusual of presidential candidates: both a front-runner and an underdog.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly will not run for state Senate

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press) |

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Tuesday that he will not run for the soon-to-be available seat in the state 21st Senate District.

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Politico: Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush

Politico

By Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:11 PM EST

Republicans in Congress have plenty of nice things to say about Jeb Bush. But influential lawmakers aren’t about to jump on the Bush presidential bandwagon just yet — or bow out of possibly running against him.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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SacBee: Opinion: Arizona Republicans’ lawsuit could help California Democrats

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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SFChronicle: 2016 election poised for initiative avalanche

Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Updated 5:07 pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014

If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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By Matea Gold
December 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

{This post has been updated.}

The end-of-year spending bill deal crafted by congressional leaders Tuesday would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul.

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Paul Chabot

Republican candidate Paul Chabot speaks with a supporter on the phone as he waits for election returns to come in Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot lost to Pete Aguilar. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:23 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

On Nov. 6, Republican Paul Chabot lost his bid for the 31st Congressional District, ending up 3,460 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, out of nearly 100,000 votes cast. But it didn’t have to be that way, Chabot writes in a report posted Monday afternoon on his website: Financial support from the national Republican Party could have made all the difference.

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NYTimes: G.O.P. Donors Seek to Anoint a 2016 Nominee Early

Jeb Bush+Mitt Romney+Chris Christie

From left: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Mitt Romney, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey were thought to be the top three potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 with the largest existing base of top-tier contributors. (Credit Jonathan Ernst/Reuters; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Mel Evans/Associated Press)

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
DEC. 8, 2014

Dozens of the Republican Party’s leading presidential donors and fund-raisers have begun privately discussing how to clear the field for a single establishment candidate to carry the party’s banner in 2016, fearing that a prolonged primary would bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate.

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Sheldon Adelson

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are considering forming their own super PAC to direct their campaign contributions. (John Locher/Associated Press)

By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
December 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Efforts by potential Republican presidential candidates to win over wealthy donors have set off a series of contests for their support that could stall the GOP race for months.

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Money

By MARTIN WISCKOL
STAFF COLUMNIST
mwisckol@ocregister.com
Published: Dec. 7, 2014 Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Studies show that wealthy special interests have limited success supporting ballot measures that would benefit them economically – but they do a lot better when it comes to defeating ballot measures that could hurt their pocketbook.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

GOP

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gove.Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
December 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016. If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner. But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties.

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LATimes: Judge upholds ethics agency’s subpoenas in probe of backers of Sen. Nguyen

Janet Nguyen disputes grand jury report

The state ethics agency is investigating whether some supporters of Sen. Janet Nguyen’s 2012 campaign for Orange County Supervisor were improperly reimbursed by others for their contributions. (Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 5, 2014

A Superior Court judge on Friday ruled that the state’s ethics agency could subpoena financial records as part of an investigation into possible political money laundering involving 11 supporters of newly elected state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

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SacBee: California’s tax battle looms in ’16

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/05/2014 10:12 PM

When Democrats lost their legislative supermajorities last month, it doomed even the very faint chance that legislators would enact the hefty tax increases liberal groups yearn to impose.

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SacBee: California’s record-low voter turnout stirs anxieties

I Voted

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
12/01/2014 11:09 PM

All the pieces were in place before last month’s general election to set a new low for voter turnout in California, from scant competition in top statewide races to the shortage of titillating ballot propositions.

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SacBee: Former lawmaker Anthony Adams charts different course

Anthony Adams

Mendocino County deputy public defender Anthony Adams is a former member of the state Assembly. (Jim Miller jmiller@sacbee.com)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/29/2014 9:30 PM

Four years ago this month, then-Assemblyman Anthony Adams had cleared out his Capitol office following two terms in the Legislature defined by a middle-of-the-night tax vote.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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SacBee: Top-15 donors to California fall campaigns

Money

jmiller@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 5:13 PM

Tens of millions of state campaign dollars changed hands in the run-up to California’s Nov. 4 election, with a select group of donors generating many of the contributions, based on a tally of late contribution filings with the secretary of state’s office.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

Election Results

November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

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

Los Angeles Skyline

A tough battle is expected over an attempt to change how the state’s 36-year-old landmark property tax initiative, Proposition 13, treats commercial property, said Rex Hime, president of the California Business Properties Assn. (Scott Harrison)

By Marc Lifsher
November 27, 2014

Picking a new president might not be the only crucial issue before California voters at the polls in two years’ time.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 12:01 AM

Going into the Nov. 4 election, Republicans appeared to have an excellent chance of recouping several congressional seats they’d lost in 2012, and their optimism was bolstered on election night.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney still favorite of GOP voters for 2016

Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Republican voters haven’t given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard, photographed in September in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

By Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
November 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM

On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO.

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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout in San Bernardino County cause for concern

Voter Apathy

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 1:43 PM PST |

For about four decades political analysts have seen declining local and national voter turnout at the polls, further supported by certified numbers expected Tuesday showing possibly the lowest voter turnout in San Bernardino County history for a general election.

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By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 5:22 pm
Updated Nov 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — Businessman Sal Chavez, chief financial officer and project control coordinator of SC Engineering, a family-owned business in Apple Valley, announced his candidacy for the soon-to-be-vacant 21st State Senate District seat on Monday.

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