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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump continues march to the Presidency

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

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

Billionaire GOP Presumptive Nominee Donald Trump is storming his way to the nominating convention.

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Bloomberg: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, Inspector General Finds

Hillary Clinton

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Ben Brody
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Published: May 25, 2016 — 7:51 AM PDT
Updated:   May 25, 2016 — 9:39 AM PDT

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state violated State Department rules, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report that will hand Republicans an additional line of attack as the general election campaign gets under way.

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Daily Bulletin: Bernie Sanders visits San Bernardino

Campaigns

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise,
Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/24/16 – 3:33 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his campaign of unity and diversity to a crowd of more than 5,200 supporters Tuesday at the National Orange Show Events Center.

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Politico

By Carla Marinucci |
May. 24, 2016 – 7:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes?

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The Sacramento Bee: Clinton campaign declines invitation to California debate

Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members at the union’s 2016 International Convention, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio – AP Photo)

National Politics
By Will Lester – Associated Press
May 23, 2016 5:29 PM

  • Sanders ‘Disturbed’ Clinton Won’t Debate

WASHINGTON —

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state’s June 7 primary.

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Daily Bulletin: Election 2016: Bill Clinton on campaign trail in Pomona

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton spoke in support of his wife, Hillary, Saturday before approximately 300 people at Ganesha High School in Pomona. The rally was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/21/16 – 8:48 PM PDT |

POMONA >> The 42nd President of the United States was on the campaign trail Saturday, hoping to help his wife become the 45th.

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he walks onto the stage during a rally May 17 in Carson. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/21/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire will be the center of the political universe Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both holding separate public rallies.

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The Press-Enterprise: HILLARY CLINTON: Democratic contender visits UCR Tuesday

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to her official campaign website.

Published: May 20, 2016
Updated:   May 21, 2016 12:05 p.m.

UPDATE (Saturday, May 21): Members of the public can now RSVP for the event.

The Inland Empire is getting its first visit from a 2016 presidential candidate and members of the public will have a chance to attend.

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to a campaign press release Saturday, May 21. The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination will attend “an organizing event” at the Johnson Family Practice Center, the release read.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 3:19 PM

  • Those who don’t follow popular opinions face harassment
  • Rush to enact new gun laws shows trend
  • Another bill would punish free speech

Those who, by word and deed, are out of sync with California’s deeply blue political ethos risk social ostracism.

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Inland Regional Center

Flowers and American flags honoring the victims of the San Bernardino attack a few days after the assault are placed outside the Inland Regional Center where the fatal shooting took place. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

Patrick McGreevy
May 19, 2016

The state Senate on Thursday approved sweeping new restrictions on using guns in California in response to the December mass shooting by two terrorists that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.

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Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state visits key states in her quest to become the Democratic nominee for president.

By Anne Gearan and Dan Balz
May 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Hillary Clinton’s declining personal image, ongoing battle to break free of the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders and struggle to adapt to an anti-establishment mood among voters this year have become caution signs for her campaign and the focus of new efforts to fortify her position as she prepares for a bruising general election.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: AG says CPUC probe hasn’t stalled

Kamala Harris

At this past week’s Senate debate, Kamala Harris said of the utilities commission, “We are concerned about what’s going on there, that’s why there’s an active criminal investigation. And the bottom line is this: We are going to go where the facts lead us.” — (Hayne Palmour IV)

By Jeff McDonald |
May 14, 2016 – 8 a.m.

  • Reports of missed deadlines are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ Harris says

Eighteen months ago, when the Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant on the California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco, agents carted away computers, files and other materials by the armful.

It was more than a raid. It was a dramatic message to utility regulators: Attorney General Kamala Harris was serious about investigating government corruption.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

By Joe Garofoli
May 13, 2016
Updated: May 13, 2016 – 2:57pm

California’s U.S. Senate race has been overshadowed by the high-profile presidential campaign but that might change a bit Friday when Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez launched TV commercials.

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Cheryl Brown

Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 11, 2016 – 6:45 a.m.

Critics of San Bernardino Democrat Cheryl Brown have a new nickname for the Inland assemblywoman – “Chevron Cheryl.”

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U.S. Senate Debate - 051016

Phil Willon, John Myers
May 10, 2016

U.S. Senate hopeful Kamala Harris found herself under attack Tuesday night during a fiery debate where she was accused of putting her political ambitions ahead of serving Californians as state Attorney General and pressed about why she hasn’t investigated police shootings.

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David Brock

David Brock, once a prominent part of what Hillary Clinton described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to undermine her husband’s presidency, is now a driving force in the effort to get her elected to the White House.

By Evan Halper
May 10, 2016

When the Internet’s legions of Hillary hecklers steal away to chat rooms and Facebook pages to vent grievances about Clinton, express revulsion toward Clinton and launch attacks on Clinton, they now may find themselves in a surprising place – confronted by a multimillion dollar super PAC working with Clinton.

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Southern California News Group: Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate: Endorsement

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) shares remarks at Girl Scouts At 100: The Launch of ToGetHerThere at Capitol Hill Cannon House Office Bldg, Caucus Room on Feb. 1, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of America)

By The Southern California News Group, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 05/06/16 – 4:50 PM PDT |

California in November will elect a new U.S. senator for the first time in 24 years. To replace four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer, who decided not to seek re-election, we endorse Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, because she has demonstrated incredible judgment on the most crucial issues of our generation, taking tough stands in the face of tremendous opposition.

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Fox & Hounds

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Friday, May 6th, 2016

As they say about opera, “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

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Tony Cardenas

Campaign reports show that Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has spent $306,470 of his reelection fund on legal services from five area firms. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah D. Wire
May 5, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has poured more than $300,000 from his reelection campaign fund into legal services with five Los Angeles law firms in the last year, but his attorney says there is no indication the congressman is the subject of a rumored federal investigation.

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Los Angeles Times: Will Loretta Sanchez benefit from Ted Cruz’s demise?

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Phil Willon
May 3, 3016 – 7:51 P.M.

A competitive California presidential primary had all sorts of potential to scramble the other races on June 7. One possible outcome: A surge in Republican turnout could have dashed Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s hopes of making it past the primary and to the general election.

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KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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The Sun: Chabot accuses Aguilar campaign of stealing signs

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Pete Aguilar, left, and Paul Chabot.

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/27/16 – 5:54 PM PDT |

Redlands police are investigating a report from Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot that one of his campaign signs was stolen and replaced with a rival’s sign.

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The Press-Enterprise: DECISION 2016: GOP presidential campaigns active locally

Campaign 2016

GOP and Democratic presidential campaigns see gold in state’s high number of delegates.

Published: April 26, 2016
Updated: April 27, 2016 6:41 a.m.

Campaigns for the three remaining Republican presidential candidates are recruiting local delegates and keeping in touch with Inland GOP leaders as they plot strategies to win convention delegates in what has become a pivotal California primary.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 26, 2016 – 3:50 PM

  • 34 Californians running for U.S. Senate this year
  • Which two will finish 1-2 in primary and face each other?
  • Monday’s debate among five candidates left Sanchez still standing

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire has inspired 34 men and women to seek her U.S. Senate seat this year.

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The Sacramento Bee: U.S. Senate candidates’ styles emerge in first debate

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 25, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

Stockton–

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez offered contrasting styles Monday in the first televised debate of the U.S. Senate contest, while a trio of Republicans leapt at the chance to participate in a bipartisan skirmish.

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Los Angeles Times: Will Trump Democrats play a role in the 2016 presidential race?

Campaigns

By Lisa Mascaro
April 24, 2016

A retired middle school principal was so moved by Donald Trump that he switched his Democratic Party registration so he can vote for the Republican billionaire in next Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez gestures on the steps of a congressional office building in Washington during orientation week for new members of Congress. (Alex Garcia / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon and Noah Bierman
April 22, 2016

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s easygoing, neighborly style has won over Orange County voters for two decades, but that blessing has come with a nettlesome curse: the occasional, stinging political gaffe.

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Chevron - Cheryl Brown Campaign Mailer

A campaign mailer, underwritten in part by Chevron, touts Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, as a champion of the environment. She failed to support major climate-change legislation last year. (Dan Smith dssmith@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:29 PM

  • California Environmental Justice Alliance condemns campaign mailer that lauds Brown’s environmental record
  • Brown’s camp defends the Democrat’s depiction as environmental advocate
  • Independent expenditure committee to support Brown’s re-election, largely supported by Chevron, paid for the advertisement

A California environmental group is crying foul after Chevron helped fund a campaign mailer casting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown as an “environmental champion for us all.”

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Fox News

Published: April 20, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton regained their stride in the presidential race Tuesday night, winning their respective primaries in New York — and sending a message to their rivals that their campaigns are back on track after recent stumbles.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 17, 2016 – 12:05 PM

  • Legislature micromanages horse racing, liquor trade
  • Approving Arabian horse races rates an ‘urgency’ bill
  • Important issues languish in preoccupation with minor matters

One might think – or at least hope –that the men and women who occupy the state Capitol would devote themselves tirelessly to resolving complex issues of a very diverse and difficult-to-govern state.

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InlandPolitics: Trump, Clinton lead in new California poll

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have double-digit leads in a new CBS/YouGov poll  of California voters released Sunday.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton at Los Angeles Southwest College

Kurtis Lee and Evan Halper
April 16, 2017

There may have been just one place that could draw Hillary Clinton away this weekend from the electoral brawl in New York, where the Democratic front-runner faces a defining moment in just a few days when voters there decide whether to clear the path for her nomination or send her campaign a destabilizing jolt.

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KPBS-TV: Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

How does a prosecutor build a case if she’s representing a potential witness in her investigation?

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown laughs on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (Andrew Seng)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 14, 2016 – 12:24 PM

  • Brown under fire for environmental record
  • Faces election challenge from fellow Democrat
  • A California Democrat facing a rare challenge from the left over her environmental record has gotten a $1 million boost from Chevron.

The independent expenditure on behalf of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, should sharpen the divisions in a race showcasing liberal discontent with business-friendly Assembly Democrats. Environmental and labor groups angered by Brown’s stance on climate legislation last year have backed a challenger and fellow Democrat, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.

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Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders square off in Brooklyn on April 14, 2016.

Michael A. Memoli and Evan Halper
April 14, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders was anxious to land some tough blows during a debate against Hillary Clinton in his native Brooklyn on Thursday night as he strove for an upset victory over a front-runner whose roots in the crucial electoral state also run deep, but Hillary Clinton came to the matchup prepared.

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Conventions - 2016

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 13, 2016 – 10:38 AM

District-level Democratic delegates run in pre-primary caucuses; Republicans chosen by presidential candidates

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Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, from left, talks with Democratic U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro, Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio on the steps of the Capitol. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Phil Willon
April 13, 2016

The calls to Encino attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik came every few weeks, pleading for her to run for the California state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Fran Pavley.

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The Sacramento Bee: California soda tax bill pulled without a vote

Soda

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 12, 2016 – 3:27 PM

  • Latest setback for effort to limit sugary beverage consumption
  • Year after year, the campaign has met defeat in Sacramento

Elections come and go, legislative leaders rise and fall, but one constant remains in Sacramento: Soda taxes can’t get traction.

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CNN Politics: Polls: Trump, Clinton lead big in NY, PA

CNN

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Sun April 10, 2016 – Updated 10:13 AM ET

(CNN) — Donald Trump is leading his rivals for the Republican nomination by more than 20 points in the upcoming primary contests of New York and Pennsylvania, according to a pair of Fox News polls released Sunday.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 8, 2016 – 1:00 PM

  • 48 percent of likely voters don’t have a candidate in mind
  • Harris, Sanchez continue to hold down top two positions
  • Pollster describes ‘extremely quiet’ contest

Californians have the rare opportunity to vote for a new U.S. senator in two months – but nearly half of likely voters still haven’t settled on a candidate, according to the latest Field Poll.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino

April 5th, 2016 – 11:10 am ·

The signing of a bill that will gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was a cause for celebration among the state’s Democrats on Monday, April 4.

But in the race between two Democrats for an Inland Assembly seat, the new wage provided more fodder for attacks. Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, voted for the minimum wage legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

Kamala Harris

Her office’s criminal investigation of the nuclear plant’s closure has drawn scrutiny as she runs for U.S. Senate.

By Amita Sharma
Evening Edition
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

When criminal investigators with the California Attorney General’s Office searched the home of a former top utility regulator early last year, they uncovered evidence that upended a story state officials and a major electric utility had been telling consumers about the deal to pay for the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Wage hike a classic Jerry Brown act

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Brown signs a minimum wage bill at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Al Seib – Los Angeles Times)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 4, 2016 – 2:58 PM

  • Governor opposed minimum wage boost, then embraced it
  • It’s similar to his 1978 flip-flop on Proposition 13
  • The consequences won’t be known until he’s exited

Gov. Jerry Brown joined other political figures one evening last week to raise money for a Capitol internship program and deliver a paean to political compromise.

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The Press-Enterprise: DECISION 2016: Mark Takano faces three GOP challengers

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Published: April 1, 2016
Updated:   April 3, 2016 – 10:52 p.m.

Four years ago, Republicans and Democrats at the national level used California’s 41st Congressional District to fight the ongoing war for control of the the House of Representatives.

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

Elections

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 3, 2016 at 3:21 PM

The California Secretary of State and San Bernardino County Election’s office released their lists of certified candidates Friday, detailing the make-up of six pivotal local races. The lists show not much changed in recent weeks with the exception of some fringe candidates not qualifying for the ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 3, 2016 – 8:01 AM

  • Democrats Harris and Sanchez running 1-2 in polls
  • If primary ends that way, they will face each other again
  • Republican and independent voters may be decisive

Bill Carrick, the veteran political consultant who advises U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, was obviously elated last month by a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, and Sen. Richard M. Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, at a meeting on Capitol Hill in February. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Cathleen Decker
March 31, 2016

Don’t ask Dianne Feinstein just yet whether she plans to run for a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate, a seat that will be on the ballot in 2018.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), left, and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. (AP)

Phil Willon
March 28, 2016

California’s U.S. Senate campaign appears stuck in a political stasis, with nearly a third of voters still undecided about who to support in a race lost in the shadow of the nation’s presidential contest, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Raul Ruiz

Democratic incumbent Raul Ruiz faces a challenge from Republicans Jeff Stone and Steven Wolkowicz.

Published: March 25, 2016 – 6:03 p.m.

California’s 36th Congressional District reflects how much Riverside County’s political landscape has changed.

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

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
March 23, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

With just over three months to go before the state’s June primary election, Democrats Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana have more voter support than their Republican rivals in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Loretta Sanchez

I’m the most qualified for the U.S. Senate, says Rep. Loretta Sanchez. The 20-year veteran of Congress is running against California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the June 7 primary.

By Sean Cockerham
scockerham@mcclatchydc.com
March 22, 2016 – 10:50 AM

  • Sanchez is running in the June primary to replace Barbara Boxer, who’s retiring
  • A rare elected Democrat from Orange County, she’s served in Congress for two decades
  • Statements have stirred controversy, but she’s gained respect on military issues

WASHINGTON —

Whether she’s sending out cat Christmas cards, mimicking a Native American war whoop, or suggesting that up to 20 percent of Muslims might resort to violence to overthrow the Western way of life, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California is known as much for her personality as her policy.

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The Press-Enterprise: DECISION 2016: 31st District set for another hot contest

Campaign 2016

Calls for presidential primary debates and strong candidates add interest to 31st District battle

Published: March 20, 2016 – Updated: 9:54 p.m.

Two years ago, an open San Bernardino County congressional seat drew seven candidates, national attention and millions of dollars in spending by out-of-town groups.

The 31st Congressional District race is heating up this year.

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

InlandPolitics: Donald Trump is not Arnold Schwarzenegger: Here’s Why…

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – 04:00 p.m.

Donald Trump crushed his opposition on Tuesday and extended his delegate lead over Ted Cruz setting the table for something rather remarkable – Republican voters in the state of California may very well have some say in picking who the next presidential nominee will be.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/14/16 – 2:33 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The last Democratic presidential debate before California’s June 7 primary might be held in San Bernardino.

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By Phil Willon
March 13, 2016

Welcome to your guide to the 2018 California governor’s race. The election may be far away, but listening tours are already underway, political consultants are doling out advice and pundits are handicapping favorites and wildcards.

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Elections 2016

By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/12/16 – 7:48 PM PST |

After meeting Friday’s deadline for submitting nomination papers to county Registrar of Voters offices, scores of candidates seeking seats at the local, state and federal level are gearing up for the June 7 primary election.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), right, speaks at a town hall meeting at San Bernardino Valley College flanked by members of the Assembly’s moderate Democratic caucus. (Christine Mai-Duc)

Christine Mai-Duc
March 12, 2016

What happens when a Democratic lawmaker strays from party leaders on a key piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s policy agenda? One assemblywoman who held back support for a sweeping climate-change bill last year is starting to find out.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, seen in January, is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas for a San Fernando Valley House seat. (Los Angeles Times)

David Zahniser and Sarah D. Wire
March 11, 2016

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who saw his convictions for perjury and voter fraud thrown out two months ago, has another curve ball in store for the San Fernando Valley: He’s running for Congress.

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The Sun: Joe Baca files to run against Rep. Pete Aguilar for 31st District seat

Joe Baca

Then California State Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for the U.S. Congressman 42nd District seat in 1999. (File Photo)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/16 – 10:24 PM PST |

“Working Joe” Baca wants his job back.

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CAGOP

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/16 – 12:16 AM PST |

Even as California’s population is growing, the rate of voter registration is down, and more Californians are declaring themselves independent of the traditional two-party system, a shift that’s come mostly at the expense of the Republican Party.

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taxifornia

Plastic bottles of soda could become more expensive after a state lawmaker in California proposed a soda tax to pay for health programs.

Patrick McGreevy
March 8, 2016

Alarmed by an obesity epidemic, two state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a “health impact fee” of 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened sodas and other drinks sold in California.

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CNN: What to watch on Super Tuesday 2

CNN

By Eric Bradner, CNN
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Updated 7:52 AM ET

  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking to pad their delegate leads Tuesday
  • Michigan is the big prize; Democrats and Republicans also vote in Mississippi
  • Republicans vote in Hawaii and Idaho

(CNN) — The two presidential front-runners are both eyeing Super Tuesday 2 as a chance to build on their momentum and pad their leads as they look to put the races away by the end of the month.

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Cigarette

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
March 3, 2016 – 11:10 AM

  • Legal smoking age would go to 21
  • Military personnel could buy at age 18
  • E-cigarettes would be treated as tobacco products

Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California’s smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products passed the state Assembly on Thursday and should soon go before Gov. Jerry Brown.

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State Capitol

Lawmakers at the State Capitol reported a big haul of gifts last year. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy and Liam Dillon
March 2, 2016

State legislators accepted more than $892,000 in gifts last year, including foreign trips, expensive dinners, concert and sports tickets, golf games, spa treatments, Disneyland admissions and bottles of tequila and wine, according to filings released Wednesday.

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Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer addresses the California Democratic Party convention in San Jose on Saturday. Boxer will retire after the November election. (Ben Margot / AP)

Cathleen Decker
February 28, 2016

The state Democratic Party convention held here over the weekend presented an occasionally jarring contrast: Democrats gathered at what seemed like a 50th college reunion for veteran politicians, and at the same time one of the biggest rounds of applause came at the mention of Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate few of those politicians support.

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The Sacramento Bee: California Democrats play rhetorical tug-of-war on economy

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Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
February 27, 2016 – 5:07 PM

  • Potential Democratic candidates for governor address income inequality at convention
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer says ‘inequality in California is shocking’
  • Focus on poverty is in contrast to speeches by Gov. Jerry Brown

The chorus at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention on Saturday served to highlight an intraparty tug-of-war over the state of the economy, while previewing the state’s still-distant race for governor.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton wins South Carolina Primary

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 04:05 p.m.

As expected Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defeated Bernie sanders in the South Carolina Primary.

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Sam Clauder

Samuel Hershel Clauder II, a former spokesman and finance chairman for the San Bernardino County Democratic Center Committee. (Staff file photo)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/16 – 3:09 PM PST |

A former up-and-comer in San Bernardino County political circles, who was once wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography, has found himself in the legal spotlight again — this time in Texas for allegedly possessing nearly 200 pounds of marijuana.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Kamala Harris makes campaign stop at union office

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hosts a forum at Service Employees International Union Local 721 in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Milka Soko)

Published: Feb. 21, 2016 – Updated: 5:38 p.m.

  • California’s attorney general is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate.

It makes sense, financially and otherwise, to spend on measures to prevent children from becoming criminals as adults, California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said during a campaign stop in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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

InlandPolitics: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton score wins, while Bush exits

Donald Trump+Hillary Clinton

Businessman Donald Trump and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are firmly on a path for a general election showdown.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each scored election victories on Saturday.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.

Published: Feb. 18, 2016 2:14 p.m.

Two Democrats running to represent part of San Bernardino County in the Assembly continue to gather endorsements that reflect a matchup between the Democratic establishment and liberals who want to take down a moderate incumbent.

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

InlandPolitics: More South Carolina Polling, and the Professional Pundits

United States presidential election, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The professional political pundits are letting Donald Trump, not to mention anyone else that will listen, know he lost the latest GOP presidential debate held in Greenville, North Carolina on Saturday night.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to make Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explain how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont U.S. Bernie Sanders won the same amount of delegates in the New Hampshire Primary.

Even though Sanders crushed Clinton by 22-percentage points.

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InlandPolitics: New Hampshire Primary: Trump, Sanders win handily

New Hampshire Flag

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump is now the official front-runner after his strong New Hampshire Primary Election victory Tuesday night.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 9, 2016 3:25 PM

  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom already running
  • Treasurer John Chiang ‘leaning strongly’
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly and Tom Steyer are in the mix

The 2016 political campaign season has scarcely begun, so of course it’s time to begin noodling about 2018 – and particularly the governorship that Jerry Brown will finally relinquish.

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The Press-Enterprise: ASSEMBLY: Eloise Reyes gets AFL-CIO endorsement

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Democratic Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes.

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

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

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

Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 7:17 PM

  • More than $2.5 million in contributions reported in month leading up to Sept. 11 recess
  • Members of Assembly raised almost all of the money
  • Despite Senate rules restricting fundraising, some members took money

California’s campaign finance disclosure calendar means the public only now is getting a look at elected officials’ fundraising and spending during the second half of 2015.

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Calculator

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 2:06 PM

  • Finance reports show lawmakers have $40 million to spend in election year
  • Legislators collectively had about $3.4 million in outstanding debt Dec. 31.
  • Searchable database shows how much each member has

Members of the California Legislature began the election year with more than $40 million cash on hand after raising about $39 million last year, according to campaign reports filed this week.

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The Hill: Poll: Sanders nearly tied with Clinton nationwide

Bernie Sanders

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The Hill

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

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

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Los Angeles Times: Another Republican jumps into race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar

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

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Capitol Public Radio

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

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

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

Election Results

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 p.m.

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

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Election 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The Iowa Caucus is finally here.

Thank God!

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Money

Bloomberg Business

By Adam Pearce and Mira Rojanasakul
January 31, 2016

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

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