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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Thursday morning.

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League of Women Voters

Group leaders say they were called ‘liberal’ by Steve Adams’ campaign, which denies the allegation.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

For years, Riverside’s League of Women Voters has partnered with other community groups to host election forums on issues and candidates, but they won’t be part of Thursday’s event featuring 41st Congressional District candidates Mark Takano and Steve Adams.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 – Updated: 3:36 p.m.

Cars have become an advertising theme in the race for California’s 36th Congressional District.

The pro-Democrat House Majority PAC is paying for a 30-second TV spot that portrays Republican and state Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert as a career politician who mooches off taxpayers for expenses as well as gas and maintenance for his family car and enjoys trips paid for by special interests.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Inland congressional incumbents favored on Election Day

Campaigns

Two Democrats are mounting their first re-election campaigns as GOP Rep. Ken Calvert seeks a 12th term.

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Some are defending their seats for the first time. Others have been in Congress for years.

Regardless, incumbents in the 2014 Inland congressional races are favored to win re-election to two-year terms. They’ve raised more money than their challengers and, with one exception, represent districts friendly to their parties.

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

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to their debate Monday evening in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester — Staff photographer)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/20/14, 9:10 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

Congressional candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot debated the issues of the state’s 31st District in front of a lively crowd Monday at the University of Redlands.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Aguilar-Chabot race draws national spotlight

Campaigns

The campaign for the seat is a key battle in the larger war for control of the House of Representatives.

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 – Updated: 11:45 p.m.

The race for California’s 31st Congressional District is not just about who represents part of San Bernardino County on Capitol Hill.

From a national perspective, the seat is a strategic chess piece in a larger battle for control of the House of Representatives. It’s been described as the most Democratic-friendly district in the nation to have a Republican congressman.

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

SJMercuryNews: Jerry Brown’s investments belie monastic image

Jerry Brown Real Estate

By Thomas Peele and Josh Richman, Staff writers
Posted: 10/19/2014 06:37:18 AM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2014 08:00:08 AM PDT

Throughout his political career, Jerry Brown has cultivated an almost monastic image, famously sleeping on a mattress on the floor during his first go-round as governor and flying for peanuts on Southwest during his current term.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Chabot calls on Aguilar to renounce special interest money

Paul Chabot

Chabot

Published: Oct. 17, 2014 – Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Republican Paul Chabot is trying to use his rival’s words against him.

In a news release issued Friday, Chabot, who is running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat, called on his opponent, Democrat and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, to honor a City Council resolution Chabot said Aguilar offered in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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

SJM-USSENATE-1018-90

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/17/2014 03:16:45 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2014 06:34:14 PM PDT

Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize — the reins of the U.S. Senate.

But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Friday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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democrat_donkey

Posted: 10/16/14, 5:32 PM PDT |

The Redlands Area Democratic Club will meet Saturday at Napoli Restaurant, 24960 Redlands Blvd., Loma Linda.

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Chabot+Aguilar

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/16/14, 10:37 AM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The venue and time for Monday’s congressional debate hosted by the Redlands Daily Facts has been changed to accommodate a larger audience.

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Money

By Jean Merl
October 16, 2014

Paul Chabot and Elan S. Carr have some things in common. Both are Republicans and first-time candidates, running this fall for open seats in Congress. Both are military veterans and they have the same campaign strategist.

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InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

Campaigns

Thursday, October 15, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s a funding drought for Inland Empire republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this case the numbers speak for themselves.

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DailyBulletin: 31st Congressional District hopefuls share plans for education reform

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar (D) left. Paul Chabot (R) right.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Naval officer Paul Chabot offered different approaches to soaring education costs Tuesday inside San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Country Club.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Tuesday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Aguilar, Chabot to get late exposure

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R) left. Pete Aguilar (D) right.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Both candidates running in the 31st Congressional District contest will finally have some face time together.

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Campaigns

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Four years ago, the Inland Empire was a battleground in the struggle for Sacramento.

Today, attention and money are going elsewhere, leaving a relatively subdued set of California state Assembly races on the Nov. 4 ballot in Riverside County. Much of the intrigue is in the 28th Senate District contest between Republicans Bonnie Garcia and Jeff Stone.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:06 am

In most states, being elected to Congress is a big political deal – a major step up the political ladder to higher office.

In California, it’s pretty much a political dead end.

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U.S. Senate

Senate control looks tantalizingly close for the GOP, but Democrats still have a fair chance to hold the line.

National Journal

By Scott Bland, Andrea Drusch and Alex Roarty
October 13, 2014

Three weeks before Election Day, Republicans are on the brink of winning the Senate. But their advantage is so slight that a morale-sapping defeat is still very much possible.

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LATimes: Brown pitches Props. 1, 2 but remains mum on 4th-term agenda

George Skelton

George Skelton
Los Angeles Times
george.skelton​@latimes.com
October 12, 2014

About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they’re being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They’re handy stage props for the governor’s reelection campaign.

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The PE: POLITICS: Party’s over for many

vote

Fed up with the two-party process, scores of Inland voters are filing as independents.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

The percentage of independent voters statewide has hit an all-time high, the California Secretary of State’s Office recently reported. Almost 1 in 4 voters is not registered with a political party, up from 20 percent in 2010.

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

Jerry Brown

By Juliet Williams, The Associated Press
Posted: 10/11/14, 12:20 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SACRAMENTO >> Mandarin Restraint and steady progress don’t necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California’s fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown’s central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

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RollCall: Record Disapproval for Obama in Gallup Poll

Barack Obama

Obama hasn’t had a Gallup approval rating over 50 percent since before his State of the Union address in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call Logo

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 8:57 p.m. on Oct. 11

Updated 10:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama lodged his worst-ever disapproval Saturday in the Gallup tracking poll — another ominous sign for Democrats scrambling on defense ahead of the midterm elections less than a month away.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 11, 2014

For months, voters have been barraged by claims and counterclaims from Republicans and Democrats about the degree to which the landscape is shifting in the race for control of the Senate, which polls are correct and who has the best voter turnout operation. Get ready for more, and be wary about what you hear.

Two narratives have competed for attention since Campaign 2014 got underway.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Political veterans battle for supervisorial seat

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Why won’t Aguilar, Chabot debate?

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.
While some congressional candidates enjoy facing their opponents, others in high-profile races see the forum as risky.

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:47 p.m.

The candidates in one of the Inland Empire’s most competitive and closely watched political races have not debated since the primary, and there are no plans to do so any time soon.

The lack of a debate between Democrat Pete Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional District frustrates some voters. The San Bernardino County seat on the Nov. 4 ballot is open after the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Two years ago, Democrats won what were quickly dubbed “supermajorities” in both houses of the Legislature, but in the ensuing months, they lost the Senate supermajority.

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Vote

In this Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, file photo, the sun shines behind a voting sign outside a polling location in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

By Aaron Blake
October 9, 2014

The fact that Democratic voters are less enthusiastic about the 2014 election isn’t news. We’ve known for a while that the so-called Obama Coalition isn’t exactly conducive to winning midterm elections.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/14, 5:05 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> The second highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives shared his vision for national economic growth at a forum in Ontario on Wednesday hosted by State Sen. Norma Torres, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership business advocacy group.

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Fox News

By Dana Blanton
Published October 08, 2014
FoxNews.com
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New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend in the fight for the U.S. Senate.The GOP candidates — helped by anti-Barack Obama sentiment and strong support from male voters — lead in all five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Sparring from Ruiz/Nestande debate continues

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 7, 2014 Updated: 4:53 p.m.

The candidates the 36th Congressional District continued to use Sunday night’s debate to attack each other and declare victory in the televised forum.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Ruiz, Nestande clash during debate

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Ruiz, (D-Palm Desert) at left, is running for re-election against Nestande, a Republican state assemblyman

Published: Oct. 5, 2014 Updated: Oct. 6, 2014 1:07 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz tried to project a moderate image while Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande tried to tie him to an unpopular president during a televised debate Sunday night.

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

LATimes: California congressional races heat up as parties look ahead to 2016

Campaigns

By Jean Merl contact
October 4, 2014

Both major political parties and groups of their deep-pocketed supporters are playing big in the handful of fiercely fought congressional races in California this year.

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WashPost: A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Aguilar goes after Chabot in latest TV ad

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 – Updated: 5:44 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Pete Aguilar is taking on his Republican opponent directly in his latest TV ad for the 31st Congressional District seat.

Up until now, Aguilar, who is mayor of Redlands, has let the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launch negative ads against Paul Chabot while his campaign aired spots highlighting his working-class roots.

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

McClatchy: Poll: Voters sour on Congress; country’s direction makes them wince

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Most Americans view the country moving in the wrong direction and don’t see their financial futures getting better anytime soon, attitudes likely to make it harder for Democrats to do well this fall, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

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DailyBulletin: Chabot holds press conference denouncing attack ads

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/01/14, 7:46 PM PDT | Updated: 44 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO>> Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, surrounded by friends and supporters at the TVC Mas Latino Studios in San Bernardino, spoke out against a recent rash of political mailers which he called “racist” and “sexist.”

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The Hill: GOP casts Clinton as third term for Obama

Hillary Clinton

Getty Images

The Hill

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

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

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PoliticoMagazine: Bill in a Box

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

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

By TODD S. PURDUM
September 25, 2014

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

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DailyBulletin: Election 2014: Pete Aguilar says middle class “still struggling” in IE

Pete Aguilar

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

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

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

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SacBee: Jerry Brown mum on tax pledge

Jerry Brown

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

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

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

Marc Steinorth

Steinorth

September 25th, 2014, 12:06 pm

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

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

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

Kamala Harris

Harris

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:35 am
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 12:23 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she plans to remain in her current job following speculation she was on the short list to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned Thursday after six years in the post.

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CapitolWeekly: A rise in voters who shun party affiliation

Capitol Weekly

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 09.25.2014

Increasingly, California voters are giving a thumbs down to both major parties when they register to vote, with those who decline to state a party affiliation now comprising nearly a fourth of the electorate.

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Politico: Why Holder Quit

Eric Holder

Politics
The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
By GLENN THRUSH
September 25, 2014

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts— would nail his dismount.

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

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Congressman Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 23, 2014 1:22 p.m.

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

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PPIC

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014 – 9:00 pm

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

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Politico

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/23/14 7:12 PM EDT Updated: 9/24/14 12:32 AM EDT

Just over a year ago at the request of the White House, Hillary Clinton worked the phones with about a half-dozen senators, trying to sell Congress on authorizing military strikes against Syria. Weeks later, at the Clinton Global Initiative, the former secretary of state defended President Barack Obama against Republican efforts to defund his health care overhaul.

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

SEIU

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

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

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Money

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

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

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

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

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

 Veto

Posted on Monday, September 22 at 5:21pm | By Bob Egelko

A bill to add $35 to fines for traffic violations in school zones sailed through both houses of the Legislature without any opposing votes. The money was earmarked for school safety programs. Who could possibly be against that?

Gov. Jerry Brown. And he had a reason.

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InlandPolitics: National Democrats ramping up on Chabot

DCCC

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

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

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VVDailyPress: Cook, Conaway differ on water rules

By WIRE & STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 21, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Pending bill would change initiative system – for the better?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 7:32 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 10:41 pm

By word and deed, the state’s politically dominant Democrats have demonstrated that they want to substantially alter California’s century-old initiative system that allows voters to legislate directly through the ballot box.

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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Politico: Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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

Politico

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

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

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

Chabot+Aguilar

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

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

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

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

SacBee: End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:53 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 10:50 pm

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar.

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Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns

Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry Brown

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

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

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

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Campaigns

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

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

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SacBee: Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Resignation

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 7:32 am

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

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NationalJournal: Obama Wants to Talk About the Economy. Is Anyone Listening?

Barack Obama

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

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

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

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The Atlantic

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

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

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

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

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

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Takano’s handling of town hall scrutinized

Mark Takano

Takano

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

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

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown’s two big legacy projects still face high hurdles

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jerry Brown’s two big legacy projects, a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are approaching points of no return.

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Barack Obama

By Sebastian Payne
September 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s support among younger Americans has dropped again, matching his all-time low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The president now has a 43 percent approval rating among adults 18-29, which is nearly half of what it was at the beginning of his presidency.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

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

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

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RollCall: Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

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

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

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LATimes: Legislature passes three of top four bills backed by organized labor

Unions

By Marc Lifsher
September 7, 2014

Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

The Democrat-dominated Legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills. And Gov. Jerry Brown has already indicated he’ll sign at least one of them.

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No Money

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

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50 Richest Members of Congress - 2014

The 50 Richest Members of Congress in 2014 hail from both parties.

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By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay Hunter
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

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

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

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

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Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:41 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sacramento —

Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she is battling severe depression that has left her physically unable to go to work many days as she waits for the darkness to ease.

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Barack Obama

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: A few takes, questions from California Governor debate

Jerry Brown

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

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

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

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

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

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