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

debate

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

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

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

NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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Handcuffs

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 10:22 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 8:57 am

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California’s 25 largest cities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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CPR: Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Mixed Drink

Katie Orr
Monday, August 25, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

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National Journal

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

By Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
August 22, 2014

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

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SJMercuryNews: DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow

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By JULIET WILLIAMS and FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press
Posted: 08/23/2014 10:57:42 AM PDT
Updated: 08/23/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

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Ben Hueso

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:22 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Inland congressional races a referendum on 2012 results

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

debate

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

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

InlandPolitics: LGBT Group slams Takano

Mark Takano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Can you say ouch!

The LGBT website Queer Nation NY is scorching Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside).

The issue is also covered on the P-E Political Empire Blog.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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NRCC Screen Shot

A screen shot of an NRCC-created website meant to look like a local news site.(National Republican Congressional Committee)

By Shane Goldmacher
August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Kamala Harris stays on message, which means she bobs and weaves

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am

Attorney General Kamala Harris will not lose re-election in November, and shouldn’t.

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Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Assemblyman to run for Coachella City Council

V Manuel Perez

Perez

August 7, 2014

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez has set his sights on another public office in wake of his unsuccessful campaign for Riverside County supervisor.

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

AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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DailyBulletin: Sen. Norma Torres’ anti corruption bill clears Senate

Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/14, 2:26 PM PDT | Updated: 10 mins ago

The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved legislation prompted by the Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino County and proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would change the statute of limitations for certain bribery offenses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 10:19 pm

The water squeeze is on. A few sprinkles fell on the Capitol Monday as the Legislature reconvened, but they didn’t relieve either a severe drought or pressure on members to respond.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Negativity enters Adams/Takano race

Elections

August 4, 2014

The campaign between Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams has been relatively civil. Until now.

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

Mitt Romney

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hitting the stump for Republicans this fall — which reminded us of some of his most memorable moments during the 2012 campaign. Here’s a look at some of Romney’s gaffes and a few predictions he got right.

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
August 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

President Obama thumped Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, but now their political standings seem reversed. During a summer in which Democratic candidates are keeping their distance from an unpopular president, Romney is emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most in-demand campaign surrogates.

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NYTimes: Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

U.S. Capitol

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
AUG. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.

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TheWeek: Americans really wish they had elected Mitt Romney instead of Obama

Romney+Obama

July 27, 2014

Mitt Romney 2014?

Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they’d overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor’s bid. That’s just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That’s an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: The vacant presidency

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
July 24, 2014

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: How Adams, Takano spent their summer vacations

Elections

July 25, 2014

Riverside City Councilman and Republican congressional candidate Steve Adams went to the U.S./Mexico border this week to learn about border security.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Takano, the Democratic incumbent Adams hopes to defeat in November, is doing without to learn what life is like for minimum-wage earners.

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

Leland Yee

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 – 2:16 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors for campaign cash.

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LATimes: Democrats to host GOP candidates in House race to succeed McKeon

Buck McKeon

A local Democratic club is hosting a forum featuring the two Republican candidates vying to succeed Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, shown above. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state’s top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

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LATimes: Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20-point lead over challenger Kashkari

Polls

By Melanie Mason
July 23, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state’s landmark global warming law.

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Money

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am, Thursday, July 24, 2014

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation’s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.

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Politico: Barack Obama locks out the press — again

Barack Obama

But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week. | AP Photo

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/23/14 9:02 PM EDT Updated: 7/24/14 12:00 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

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The PE: RANCHO MIRAGE: Is Obama buying a home?

Barack Obama

Speculation is swirling that the first family is purchasing a $4.25 million, 8,232-square-foot hilltop estate in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photograher)

Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

More than a month after President Barack Obama vacationed in the opulent desert community of Rancho Mirage, speculation is again swirling that the first family is in the process of buying a home there.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Monday, July 21, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Monday morning. In case you missed it!

Jerry Brown for President?

We’ll start off with this morning’s humor.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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By Dustin Volz
July 20, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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NYPost: Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

Young Republicans

By Kyle Smith
July 19, 2014 | 12:28pm

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

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SacBee: Pérez calls off recount in California controller’s race

Recount

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 11:08 pm

Assemblyman John A. Pérez abandoned his recount in the California controller’s race Friday, ending an effort to overcome a narrow third-place finish after picking up only a handful of votes amid increasing impatience from Democratic activists and others worried about its impact on the fall election.

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LATimes: Next stop for state controller recount: San Bernardino County

Recount

By Chris Megerian
July 17, 2014

The recount in the California controller race has produced only a handful of new votes for Assemblyman John A. Pérez, the candidate who launched the review.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 – 9:25 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 6:52 am

The Legislature’s Democrats voted to place an advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, asking voters whether Congress should pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling removing barriers on corporate contributions in federal campaigns.

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The PE: POLITICS: Ruiz reports stunning $1.9 million war chest

Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, reported a stunning $1.9 million cash on hand as of June 30, more than eight times the war chest of his challenger, Republican Brian Nestande, who had $234,632, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.

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

Hilda Solis

L.A. County supervisorial candidate Hilda Solis, center, is joined by supporters after getting the endorsement of current Supervisor Gloria Molina, right, during a news conference at L.A. County/USC Medical Center on May 8. Solis won the primary election last month. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Abby Sewell
July 16, 2014

A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an “ongoing law enforcement investigation” related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect.

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LATimes: Democratic Party backs up Betty Yee in controller race recount

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By Chris Megerian
July 15, 2014

Controller candidate Betty Yee is getting new financial support from the California Democratic Party as she faces a recount challenge from Assemblyman John A. Pérez, her Democratic opponent in the primary.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Aguilar, Chabot seek front-runner status

Chabot+Aguilar

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

July 14, 2014

Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot each are making the case for favored candidate status in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

The Hill: Immigration reform fizzles as campaign issue for Democrats

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The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

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DailyBulletin: 31st Congressional District candidates weigh in on border crisis

Chabot+Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/11/14, 9:44 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

The crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant young people and mothers with children from Central America crossing over the border into the United States has provided a source of widely differing views among the candidates running for the 31st Congressional District in November.

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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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Opinions
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’

Barack Obama+Michelle Obama+Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

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?

Jerry Brown

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

money

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

Gallup Obama Ratings - 061314

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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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.