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The Sun: Chabot accuses Aguilar campaign of stealing signs

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

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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CBS - California 041716 Dem

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

United States presidential election, 2016

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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question-mark

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

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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.

To read expanded article, click here.

The newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is escorted by Chief Justice John Roberts, as they step outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, for photos following an investiture ceremony with their colleagues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.

The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.

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Cheryl Brown

Saxophonist Eddie M dances with Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a Sheila E. concert on the Capitol steps hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus on June 17, 2015. (Andrew Seng / The Sacramento Bee file)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
January 30, 2016 3:23 PM

  • Assemblywoman receives 80 percent of pre-endorsement vote from local Democratic delegates
  • Brown faces controversial challenge from fellow Democrat after vote on climate change bill last session
  • In another intraparty fight, longtime Rep. Mike Honda narrowly fails to win pre-endorsement

Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention.

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Primary Schedule - 2016

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 01/30/2016 – 01:24:46 PM PST

After months of nonstop cable TV chatter and a political story line worthy of an Aaron Sorkin parallel universe, it’s finally time for the country to start picking its presidential nominees. But this time might be different — Californians’ votes could really count for the first time in decades.

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Politico: 22 Hillary Clinton emails declared ‘top secret’ by State Dept.

Politico

A new batch of just over 900 messages released Friday contains 11 deemed ‘secret’.

By Josh Gerstein and Rachael Bade
Published: 01/29/16 – 03:27 PM EST
Updated: 01/29/16 – 08:39 PM EST

The furor over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account grew more serious for the Democratic presidential front-runner Friday as the State Department designated 22 of the messages from her account “top secret.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: AG Harris ducks big betting bill

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 28, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Kamala Harris silent as Legislature weighs sports betting
  • It should be a bedrock issue for an attorney general’s input
  • Her passivity raises doubts about her being a U.S. senator

California’s attorney general has responsibilities and powers second only to those of the governor, and the office’s occupant is always in position to climb the political ladder.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Greed is Hillary Clinton’s Achilles’ heel

Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. talk over each other during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 25, 2016 – Updated 8:15 pm

When Bernie Sanders hits rival Hillary Clinton for taking humongous speaking fees from big banks — notably the $675,000 Goldman Sachs paid her for three speeches while she eyed the Oval Office — he struck Clinton’s Achilles’ heel. Both the former secretary of state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cashed in since they left the White House in 2000. The New York Times reported last year that the Clintons earned $139 million from 2007 to 2014. The Clintons’ focus on accumulating wealth clouds their judgment.

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The Hill: Seven-day sprint to Iowa

Campaigns

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The Hill

By Niall Stanage
01/25/16 – 06:00 AM EST

The 2016 presidential candidates are entering the final sprint to the Iowa caucuses, which take place one week from today.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 24, 2016 – 9:02 AM

  • Jerry Brown wants to sock away extra billions
  • Democratic legislators want to spend extra billions
  • Governor warns that reserves needed to cushion recession

The single most important factor in writing a new state budget is determining how much money there is to spend.

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InlandPolitics: Sunday polling dump has Trump up big in all early voting states

Donald Trump

New polling data suggests that Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump is building new momentum in early voting states, including Iowa.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

A large polling data release on Sunday morning has GOP Front-runner Donald Trump fully in the lead in all early voting states.

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Jerry Brown

State of the State address

John Myers
January 21, 2016

In a short speech with a long view of California, Gov. Jerry Brown used his State of the State address to challenge lawmakers to better balance the cyclical nature of success and setback that has dominated state government for the better part of two decades.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 21, 2016 6:08 PM

  • Jerry Brown’s State of the State address explores no new ground
  • He appears content to check off items on political bucket list for California
  • But does he see a political role as governorship winds down?

No Latin phrases. No paeans to pioneer ancestors. No quotes from obscure philosophers. A brief reference to climate change. Just a couple of mild quips.

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Politico: Top Dems want Pelosi to stick around till 2018

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi has given no signs she’s headed for the exit, saying only that she’ll continue to serve as minority leader for the foreseeable future. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Lauren French
01/20/16 – 05:14 AM EST

  • The party has talked about new blood at the leadership table, but changes don’t seem imminent.

A group of senior House Democrats is pushing for Nancy Pelosi to stay on as minority leader until 2018 — a nod to the California Democrat’s leadership and fundraising prowess, despite growing tension in the party around the need to elevate younger members.

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Martin O'Malley+Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Evan Halper and David Lauter
January 18, 2015

After a succession of Democratic presidential debates that largely avoided the acrimony and personal affronts that have defined the GOP face-offs, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed sharply Sunday on guns, healthcare and President Obama’s legacy.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Democrats nearing a big blowup

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 14, 2016 3:39 PM

  • Internal rivalries bubbling to surface
  • Enviros target moderate Democrats
  • Legislative leaders on the spot

There’s nothing like a family feud to expose jealousies and rivalries that have been percolating for years.

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Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 – Updated: 3:11 p.m.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, to donating $17,600 in campaign donations he received from actor Sean Penn to heroin treatment clinics in Ruiz’s district.

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

Kamala Harris

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris campaigns Sunday at the L.A. headquarters of the Building and Construction Trades Council, an organized labor group that has endorsed her U.S. Senate bid to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Kathleen Decker
January 11, 2016

The upsides of California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ political ambitions have been apparent as she’s climbed in politics: She charms an audience like few candidates do, speaks knowledgeably about criminal justice-related issues and stays relentlessly on message.

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Daily Bulletin: Pete Aguilar reflects on his first year in Congress

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/16 – 8:21 PM PST |
REDLANDS >> There’s political experience, and then there’s political experience.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, spent eight years on the Redlands City Council, including six years as mayor, but his first year on Capitol Hill was a brand-new experience, starting with his swearing-in one year ago.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

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

Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 6, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Two Democrats still hold top-two places
  • Twice as many GOP voters remain undecided
  • Harris does well with liberals, while Sanchez leads among Latinos

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez continue to lead the contest to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, but the all-Democratic dynamic could change once more Republican voters begin engaging in the race, according to the new Field Poll.

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Bill Clinton+Ron Burkle

President Clinton visits Ron Burkle at the billionaire’s Santa Monica beach house in 1997. Burkle told The Times this week in a rare interview that he’s still fond of Bill Clinton, though he’s skeptical of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Evan Halper
January 7, 2016

As Hillary Clinton and her surrogates scour the country for mega-donors, the one left-leaning billionaire they are not approaching is the one who knows the first couple more intimately than any of the others.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s budget windfall could be flashpoint

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 4, 2016 2:37 PM

  • State getting billions of extra dollars
  • Democrats want to spend financial windfall
  • Gov. Jerry Brown remains reluctant

Halfway through the 2015-16 fiscal year, state finances are continuing to improve with billions of extra revenue dollars.

Ordinarily, that would be good news.

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