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SacBee: Dan Walters: Perez’s recount sends politics into uncharted territory

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 7:45 am

California politics is meandering into uncharted procedural and legal territory with former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s go-for-broke decision to seek a vote recount in his duel with Board of Equalization member Betty Yee for a spot on the November state controller ballot.

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Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 7/7/14 9:00 PM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 5:41 AM EDT

At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: A mushroom bill on home care workers may backfire

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

At any given moment, dozens of comatose bills float around the Legislature – vessels to be filled with whatever the powers-that-be want to enact quickly and semi-clandestinely.

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Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at a May dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. (Richard Drew/Press Pool)

Politics and Policy
Presumed Presidential Candidate Makes Clear She Won’t Be Running for de Facto Third Obama Term
By Peter Nicholas
July 6, 2014 – 8:13 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery.

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Ethics Reform

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/05/2014 04:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2014 06:47:14 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After state Sen. Leland Yee’s stunning arrest earlier this year, the Legislature’s highest-ranking member urged his colleagues to finally fix a long-standing problem in California politics — the corrupting allure of money.

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LATimes: Democrats’ Senate majority hinges on rallying key voting blocs

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President Obama’s diminished popularity and recurring questions about government competence have been a drag thus far on Democratic candidates, polls show.

Michael A. Memoli
July 4, 2014

Democrats headed into the Fourth of July recess facing stiff head winds in their quest to maintain a Senate majority this fall, contending with voters’ unease over the economy and a slew of Washington controversies.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Looking ahead in the 31st Congressional District

Elections

June 26, 2014

Now that Lesli Gooch has dropped her request for a recount in the 31st Congressional District, Republican Paul Chabot and Democrat Pete Aguilar can now focus on the Nov. 4 general election.

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

WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: Government by fiat

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Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer
June 26 at 8:08 PM

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

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DailyBulletin: Torres’ anti-corruption bills pass two more Assembly committees

Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/14, 8:45 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A pair of legislative bills drafted by Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, in response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case passed two Assembly committees on Tuesday, continuing their path to Gov. Jerry Brown for final review and possible signing into law.

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Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
June 25, 2014

Democrat Jerry Brown has little to fear from his GOP challenger, Neel Kashkari, according to the latest Field Poll that finds the governor leading by 20 points – 52-32% — including 13% among Republicans.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Jerry Brown may not be universally admired, but polls indicate that he’s virtually certain to win a record fourth term as governor, perhaps even in a landslide, and thus four more years to cement his place in political history.

However, that place depends largely on how well these major acts, all works in progress, of term No. 3 pan out:

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Politico: Takeaways from a wild primary night

Campaigns

Politico

By JAMES HOHMANN | 6/25/14 1:16 AM EDT Updated: 6/25/14 7:22 AM EDT

Tuesday night was bad for Democrats, good for the GOP establishment and great for incumbents of both parties.

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Reuters: Michelle Obama says will not go into politics after White House

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, June 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

By Annika McGinnis
WASHINGTON Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:25pm EDT

(Reuters) – U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will not go into politics after leaving the White House, she said on Monday, dismissing rumors she might follow in the footsteps of predecessor Hillary Clinton and run for the Senate after her husband leaves office.

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Senate Democrats Address Press After Weekly Policy Luncheon

Senate Majorirty Leader Harry Reid is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT | 6/23/14 11:26 PM EDT Updated: 6/24/14 5:26 AM EDT

Harry Reid has a new dilemma on his hands: restless Senate Democrats who are frustrated they aren’t casting enough votes.

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NYPost: The feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’

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In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — and how it could explode in 2016. (Photo: (Left) Getty Images, (right) WireImage)

By Edward Klein
June 21, 2014 | 6:48pm

In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — and how it could explode in 2016.

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Politico: NBC/WSJ poll: Obama approval rating low point

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Obama’s approval rating on foreign policy sets a new low.

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

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is tied for the lowest mark since the beginning of his presidency, a new poll says.

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Hillary Clinton

Dan Balz

Dan Balz
June 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

It is a near-perfect storm that has come together as Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the country promoting her new book and preparing for a possible presidential campaign in 2016.

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DailyBulletin: What would it take for Gov. Jerry Brown to lose?

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Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, walks outside the Old Governors Mansion on election night in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Brown easily advanced to the November general election with early returns showing him with 57 percent of the vote. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Josh Richman, jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/17/14, 9:04 PM PDT |

Gov. Jerry Brown in a steamy political scandal? Unlikely.

Another national economic collapse? Also a long shot.

After this month’s primary election, the real question is: Does a rookie Republican like Neel Kashkari have any chance of toppling a popular governor in an ultrablue state?

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SacBee: California Senate passes fundraising ban it killed last week

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 16, 2014

The California Senate reversed course Monday by approving a fundraising ban it rejected last week.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 7:16 am

The political infighting over the next state budget began Sunday night, just minutes after the Legislature passed one that would spend $156.4 billion – $200 billion-plus when federal funds are included – in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am

The Capitol has a long, sometimes unsavory, history of attaching extraneous matters of uncertain lineage to the state budget at the last minute.

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Zip It

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 2:01 pm, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rarely has a major court decision been met with such stony silence by California politicians as the ruling declaring that the state’s teacher tenure laws hurt poor and minority-heavy schools and are unconstitutional.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Two bills would undermine California initiative process

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

The state constitution bans changing voter-passed initiatives unless voters agree, or the initiatives themselves allow legislative amendment.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, legislative leaders tout budget agreement

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

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WashPost: Obama’s image hits record lows in trio of polls

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Post Politics
By Sean Sullivan
June 13, 2014

At least three polls released this week showed President Obama’s favorability rating hitting new lows.

In his first term, his favorable rating held steady even as his job approval rating slipped. But that’s no longer true.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: It’s official! Aguilar to face Chabot

Election Results

Friday, June 13, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s official!

Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in a November runoff to decide who will replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

In the pecking order of statewide offices, controller falls somewhere in the middle – below the governor or the attorney general, certainly, but higher in political stature than the insurance commissioner, the state schools superintendent or, at the very bottom, the lieutenant governor.

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Schools

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Democrats’ congressional seats at risk in California

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 12:49 am

Months ago, without saying it publicly, Democrats gave up hopes of regaining control of the House of Representatives and began concentrating resources on saving their command of the U.S. Senate.

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Politico

By BURGESS EVERETT | 6/9/14 8:26 PM EDT – Updated: 6/10/14 6:28 AM EDT

She stood beside President Barack Obama through the politically damaging revelations over NSA data-mining, but Dianne Feinstein can’t seem to stay on the White House’s call list.

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California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 6:13 am

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

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By Josh Hicks
June 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee suggested Sunday that the White House has done a poor job of sharing information with Congress about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his recent release from Taliban captivity.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: The worst of both worlds?

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Republican Paul Chabot left. Democrat Pete Aguilar right.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will now face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in the runoff election to decide who will represent the 31st Congressional District.

What a choice!

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At the Races — Roll Call’s Politics Blog
By Emily Cahn Posted at 8:22 p.m. on June 6

In California’s 31st District, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar maintained a 181-vote lead over Republican Lesli Gooch Friday, after the San Bernardino County Elections Office released an updated vote tally.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am

Approval ratings of the California Legislature, as measured in periodic polling, were in the teens a few years ago but have since improved.

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WashPost: Clinton’s book sets foundation for 2016 run

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A political life: Looking back at the career of the former secretary of state, senator and first lady.

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Are you ready for Hillary? If not, this is a week to turn off the television, put aside your morning paper, get off the Internet, never look at your Twitter feed, avoid Facebook and stay out of bookstores.

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IEBusinessDaily: Democrats Survive in the 31st Congressional Seat

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
June 7, 2014

Democrat Pete Aguilar survived the race for second place to make the runoff against Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional Race.

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The PE: ELECTION: Recounts possible for close Inland races

Election Results

Pete Aguilar still holds second in the 31st Congressional District; the same goes for Bonnie Garcia in her state Senate campaign. Their rivals aren’t conceding.

Published: June 6, 2014 Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Two of the tightest Inland races from Tuesday’s primary election could be headed for recounts, as candidates hoping for a coveted November ballot spot have yet to concede.

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

Pete Aguilar

Aguilar

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/06/14, 7:50 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Another batch of votes added to the total Friday made it less likely though still statistically possible that Republican Lesli Gooch will knock Democrat Pete Aguilar out of the 31st Congressional District race, but already the campaigns are moving to the next stage.

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Money

Seema Mehta, Phil Willon
June 6, 2014

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who struggled to raise money in his primary bid, said Friday he would need to raise at least $20 million to compete with Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein: No threat to Bergdahl

Senate Democrats Speak To The Media After Their Weekly Policy Luncheon

Feinstein says the administration is obligated to investigate Bergdahl’s capture. | Getty

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 6/6/14 1:32 PM EDT

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she has not seen any evidence that the Taliban would have killed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if details of an agreement had leaked, contrary to what Obama administration officials have said.

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LATimes: Kashkari challenges Brown to 10 debates, echoing Brown in 2010

Neel Kashkari

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari addresses supporters during a primary-night party June 4 in Newport Beach. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
June 5, 2014

California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday challenged Gov. Jerry Brown to a series of debates, echoing a tactic Brown deployed four years ago against then-rival Meg Whitman.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Recount possible in close congressional race!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 04:05 p.m.

Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will likely be the candidate, who will face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga), in a November runoff to decide who will represent the 31st Congressional District.

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GOP

Maeve Reston
June 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari launched his general election campaign Wednesday by charging that California Gov. Jerry Brown had failed the middle class, and insisting that he could win his uphill race by expanding the appeal of the Republican Party — creating “the biggest tent you’ve ever seen in your life.”

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State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 4, 2014

Last election cycle, the main story was Democrats claiming a decisive two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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Politico: White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash

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By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 6/4/14 7:07 PM EDT Updated: 6/5/14 10:31 AM EDT

President Barack Obama’s Rose Garden appearance Saturday afternoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents was an attempt to humanize the prisoner swap to deflect potential criticism of letting five Taliban leaders out of Guantánamo Bay, White House aides say.

It didn’t work.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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Campaigns

Melanie Mason, Patrick McGreevy
June 3, 2014

Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.

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Carolyn Lochhead

Posted on Tuesday, June 3 at 2:43pm | By Carolyn Lochhead

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday that she got a call from the White House apologizing for not letting Congress know about its exchange of Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of Afghan rebels since 2009.

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The Sun: Low voter turnout expected for primary election in Inland Empire

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:27 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

While it’s anyone’s guess who will move on past today’s primary election, local political analysts do know one thing for certain – voter turnout will be low this year.

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Politico: Dems give big to Senate Majority PAC

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Nine sitting Democratic senators have plowed a total of $1.4 million

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By BURGESS EVERETT and TARINI PARTI | 6/2/14 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: 6/3/14 10:16 AM EDT

Majority Leader Harry Reid and his caucus are bent on outlawing billionaire Koch-style political spending.

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InlandPolitics: Will GOP score in CD-31?

Campaigns

Monday, June 2, 2014 – 05: 30 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hit Lesli Gooch (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in mailboxes again today.

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Elections

In poll, Republican Neel Kashkari makes gains against GOP rival Tim Donnelly

Seema Mehta, Michael Finnegan
June 1, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday’s election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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IEBusinessDaily: 31st Congressional District Crap Shoot

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, May 31, 2014

What a difference a week makes, and a million dollars in independent campaign expenditures. Apparently, with the low returns on vote-by-mail ballots and expectations of even lower turnout on election day, no one is certain about what will happen in Tuesday’s California Primary.

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Vote

Patrick McGreevy
May 30, 2014

Just days before the June 3 primary, California’s chief elections officer reported Friday that the percentage of voters registered with no party preference has increased while the percentages for registered Republicans and Democrats declined.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Congressional “free-for-all” intensifies

Leslie Gooch

Democrats are reacting to Republican Lesli Gooch’s rise in recent polling numbers.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The anticipated record low turnout for the June 3 Primary Election has made the contest for the 31st Congressional District seat an absolute “free-for-all”.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Conservative Democrat Veronica Franco (D) lashes out on Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) on The Lou Desmond Show, broadcast on San Bernardino-based KTIE-AM 590, Thursday evening (5/29/14).

To hear the interview in the second segment of the podcast, click the following link: The Lou Desmond Show

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:03 am, Friday, May 30, 2014

(05-29) 18:40 PDT Sacramento — Calling last year’s minimum wage hike a good first step, the California Senate approved a measure Thursday that would further lift the pay floor to $13 an hour by 2017.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Dems battling it out to face Chabot

Campaigns

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

No matter how you slice it, the contest to replace Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), in the 31st Congressional District, has all the ingredients of fiercely competitive contest.

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Elections

May 24, 2014

Today’s episode of “Inland Attack Ads” takes us to the 31st Congressional District in San Bernardino County, where four candidates are greedy lobbyists and another is a tax deadbeat if you believe what’s in your mailbox.

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

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received nearly $2 million from donors who gave to the GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2010. That’s more than three times what these donors have given to Brown’s 2014 Republican rivals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 25, 2014

With Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown expected to romp to reelection this year against little-known rivals, many donors who gave Republican candidates more than $37 million in the last gubernatorial contest are now keeping their hands in their pockets.

But those who are writing checks are largely giving them to … Jerry Brown.

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 7:43 am

Bill Bloomfield, a businessman and real estate developer from Manhattan Beach, spent more than $7 million of his own money two years ago in a losing attempt to win a seat in Congress.

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LATimes: Pete Aguilar’s campaign surpasses $1 million in House race

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Jean Merl
May 22, 2014

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has raised more than $1 million in his race for an open Inland Empire congressional district seat, his campaign reported Thursday.

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National Journal

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By Michael Catalini
May 21, 2014

A senior Democratic senator suggested Wednesday that President Obama’s race factored into opposition to the Affordable Care Act, sparking outrage on the part of one of his Republican colleagues.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Democrats in a circular firing squad

Campaigns

Monday, May 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The race to represent the 31st Congressional District continued on a heated trajectory last week.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Dem duels echo an old conflict

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of several dozen bills it calls “job killers,” targeting them for defeat or severe amendment.

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Hillary Clinton

Politics

By BRIAN KNOWLTON
MAY 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, insisted on Sunday that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health and age were fair targets for inquiry ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run, as both he and Karl Rove, the Republican strategist who injected those questions into the debate, suggested that such scrutiny might dissuade her from running.

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LATimes: California GOP sees Democrats Newsom and Harris as sitting pretty

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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, two of the best-known Democrats on the June 3 ballot, are widely seen as unbeatable. (Getty Images, Associated Press)

Michael Finnegan
May 17, 2014

Republicans trying to unseat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris share a common complaint: The two Democrats are so confident of reelection that they’re already laying ground to run for governor in 2018.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 – 12:00 am

Three years ago, early in the 2011 baseball season, the Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, while trying to score in a game against the San Francisco Giants, collided with Buster Posey, the Giants’ star catcher, who was blocking home plate.

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The Hill: Reid wants a no-surprises Senate

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By Alexander Bolton – 05/17/14 12:59 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to decide what Senate floor amendments Republicans can offer to guard against “gotcha” votes that could cost Democrats their majority.

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SFChronicle: Brown doubles down on high-speed rail amid calls for restraint

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:23 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Preparing for looming budget battles with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Friday that lawmakers must balance “desire and need” for expensive social programs – even as he defiantly doubled down on support for the increasingly unpopular high-speed rail system, saying it remains emblematic of his passion to “build great things” in his final term as governor.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Could Inland Democratic nightmare repeat itself?

Elections 2014

May 14, 2014

One of Democrats’ biggest electoral embarrassments in 2012 could repeat itself this year, according to a pollster who recently surveyed a hotly contested Inland congressional district.

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

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton

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By Philip Rucker and Zachary A. Goldfarb
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Amid all the speculation about her political future, Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast herself as a global icon tuning out the noise of domestic politics.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown now faces politics of prosperity

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 – 9:46 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 – 12:44 am

As Jerry Brown sought the governorship again, 28 years after finishing his first stint, he promised to bring adult supervision to a Capitol that badly needed it, especially in managing the state’s roller coaster finances.

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Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate in 2013 in glasses that spawned a critique of her health by Republican strategist Karl Rove. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

Cathleen Decker
May 14, 2014

Judged strictly as strategy, and not, say, for its morality, Karl Rove’s blast at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday demonstrated how the game of political trickery manifests itself in the Internet age. Allegation reported, allegation denied, outrage from the victimized party, all bouncing across the Web, the initial accusation repeated each and every time — a whisper campaign given full baying voice.

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Raul Ruiz

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May 12, 2014; 10:10 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert is expected to ride his name recognition and other advantages of incumbency to one of the top two spots in the June 3 California primary.

To read story by Elizabeth Held in The Press Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Budget talks won’t be easy for governor

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly said there won’t be enough money to fund every worthy program.

Chris Megerian
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state’s reserve fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

This is the drill in the state Senate this year, a least so far:

A scandal of some type erupts and Senate leaders respond with some supposedly corrective changes in rules governing the political game.

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Timothy Geithner

Former Treasury secretary adds context to behind-the-scenes White House budget machinations.

National Journal

By Ron Fournier
May 12, 2014

In his forthcoming memoir, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner captures a moment at which President Obama faced a choice between forging ahead with a promise to seek GOP compromise on the nation’s debt crisis or bow to pressure from his liberal base.

Obama chose surrender.

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LATimes: California’s top-two financial posts are up for grabs in 2014

Politics

Chris Megerian
Monday, May 12, 2014

California’s budget may be on the mend, but the race for a top state financial office could be one of the year’s most tumultuous election battles.

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Dan Walters

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

Next month marks the 36th anniversary of Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and time has not healed its political wounds.

Conservatives still love it, liberals still hate it and it’s perpetual fodder for academic, journalistic and political cogitating.

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Politico: Hillary Clinton’s no good, very bad week

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton is pictured. | AP Photo

Politico

It was arguably the roughest week Clinton has had since she left the State Department.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 5/10/14 7:04 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton isn’t a candidate for president, at least not yet. But last week felt like she was very much in the 2016 grind.

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money

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/14, 10:14 PM PDT |

An independent committee, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, is spending half of a million dollars in support of Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s bid for Fourth District County Supervisor.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:36 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:46 pm

An agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on a rainy-day fund Thursday came uncharacteristically early in the state’s annual budget-making process, with none of the public rancor that seemed likely only recently.

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