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LATimes: Sen. De Leon removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation

Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) watches a vote count on Aug. 21 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 18, 2014

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills.

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UTSanDiego: Sen. Hueso gets probation in DUI case

San Diego lawmaker also ordered to complete alcohol education program
By Chris Nichols
Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated2:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ben Hueso was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to complete an alcohol education program stemming from his August arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol near the Capitol.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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SacBee: Opinion: Arizona Republicans’ lawsuit could help California Democrats

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Politico

Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
By DAVID ROGERS
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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SacBee: De León eliminates government oversight office

california_state_senate

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
12/12/2014 11:26 PM

California Senate leader Kevin de León has eliminated a legislative staff unit that focused on government oversight, a creation of his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

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LATimes: Koch-backed group sues Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris over donor list

Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: New Valley College president’s credentials questioned

Gloria Fisher

Gloria Fisher, who has served 18 months as interim president, has no bachelor’s degree or academic doctoral degree. District administrators defend her qualifications.

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 8:55 a.m.

Current and former faculty of San Bernardino Valley College have raised concerns about the qualifications of the school’s newly named president, Gloria Fisher.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprse, click here.

SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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Federal Omnibus Spending Bill 2014-15

A copy of the fiscal 2014 spending bill is arranged for a photograph in Washington Jan. 14. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Ed O’Keefe
December 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

{This item has been updated and revised.}

The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.

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Political: Budget bill shows GOP’s new muscle

House Speaker John Boehner Holds Weekly News Conference

Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By David Rogers
12/9/14 8:41 PM EST
Updated 12/10/14 8:51 AM EST

Capping weeks of backroom talks, House Republicans filed a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill Tuesday night — a giant package that’s both a last marker for this Congress and first step toward GOP control in the next.

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BloombergPolitics
An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

GOP

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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SacBee: California’s tax battle looms in ’16

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/05/2014 10:12 PM

When Democrats lost their legislative supermajorities last month, it doomed even the very faint chance that legislators would enact the hefty tax increases liberal groups yearn to impose.

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SacBee: A long string of blunders for Kevin de León

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/04/2014 11:00 PM

Kevin de León, president pro tem of the state Senate for just a few weeks, has already run up a remarkable string of political missteps and gaffes.

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SacBee: Multimillion dollar California Senate shortfall behind layoffs

Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, left, seen with Gov. Jerry Brown, found out he had to cut the Senate’s budget. The California Senate faced an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week. (Steve Yeater The Associated Press)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
12/03/2014 10:14 p.m.

//The California Senate faces an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week, offering the first detailed explanation of the fiscal problems behind last month’s layoffs of 39 Senate employees.

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SacBee: Opinion: California Legislature’s new session gets a preview

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/01/2014 5:37 PM

The Legislature returned to Sacramento on Monday – or, as a dystopian might say, to the scene of its previous crimes.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Sarah Mimms
November 30, 2014

Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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SacBee: Top-15 donors to California fall campaigns

Money

jmiller@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 5:13 PM

Tens of millions of state campaign dollars changed hands in the run-up to California’s Nov. 4 election, with a select group of donors generating many of the contributions, based on a tally of late contribution filings with the secretary of state’s office.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

Election Results

November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 12:01 AM

Going into the Nov. 4 election, Republicans appeared to have an excellent chance of recouping several congressional seats they’d lost in 2012, and their optimism was bolstered on election night.

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WashPost: Obama: America wants ‘that new car smell’

New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

Campaigns

Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

BY MARTIN WISCKOL AND KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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Politico: Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

House members go on the record with rare open criticism of their leaders.

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French
Updated 11/18/14 10:50 AM EST

The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

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InlandPolitics: The gift that keeps on giving

ObamaCare

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

Obamacare. The Gift that keeps on giving!

My last story on Obamacare isn’t even a week old and already there’s another controversy.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist’s dual roles spark watchdog scrutiny

Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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DailyBulletin: Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres learning the ropes in Washington

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/14/14, 9:29 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Democrats Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres, the Inland Empire’s newly elected congressional members, will spend the next few days learning the ins and outs of Washington during the new member orientation.

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Field Poll

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

California was an exception to the Republican wave that swept the nation in Nov. 4’s low-turnout midterm election in part because Californians are happier than the rest of the nation with how things are going, according to a new Field Poll memo.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Hagman overcomes funding gap to win supervisor seat

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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

InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!

ObamaCare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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fined

Democratiec Assemblyman Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income.

By Patrick McGreevy
November 11, 2014

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

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fppc logo

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote checks to Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, as well as House GOP leader John Boehner and Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi. | AP Photo

PoliticoPro
By Tony Romm
11/11/14 5:05 AM EST

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

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InlandPolitics: Turnout numbers speak for themselves

I Voted

Monday, November 10, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

California and Inland Empire voter turnout was dismal last Tuesday.

Even though Election day voting somewhat bolstered the numbers. The result was still miserable.

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Joe Baca

Then-state Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for a House seat on Nov. 16, 1999, in San Bernardino. Baca says he is retiring from politics after losing the Fontana mayoral race. (AP Photo)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:21 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

After 34 years of public service, three consecutive failed elections, including one in Fontana that raised hopes for a comeback, veteran politician Joe Baca said he’s calling it quits for now.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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Politico: The Democrats’ lost generation

Bill Clinton, Michelle Nunn, Jason Cater

Former President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Jason Carter, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn. | AP Photo

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/6/14 5:01 AM EST

As Democrats take stock of their grievous losses in the 2014 elections, party leaders are confronting a challenge perhaps even more daunting than their defeats in the House and Senate: the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.

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WSJ: Opinion: A Message Sent to a Grudging President

Barack Obama

At the post-election White House news conference, Nov. 5. Reuters

Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Updated – Nov. 7, 2014 7:02 p.m. ET

The drubbin’, thumpin’, poundin’ was a two-part wave, a significant Republican rise in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic collapse in the governorships.

It was one of those nights neither party ever forgets.

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Boxer+Feinstein

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (Left) and Dianne Feinstein (Right).

By Seema Mehta
November 7, 2014

Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California’s most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Obama Post Election Meeting

The House Majority Leader says it would be difficult for the GOP and President Obama to work together if he follows through with his plans to take executive action on immigration. (AP)

By Ed O’Keefe
November 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.

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Paul Chabot + Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar and R-Paul Chabot debate Oct. 20 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 5:48 PM PST |

Two days after the election and with an additional 15,834 votes counted, Republican Paul Chabot has conceded to his Democratic rival Pete Aguilar in the race for the 31st Congressional District.

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SacBee: Opinion: Low-voting election sets new pattern

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/06/2014 9:22 PM

This week’s election may be establishing a new pattern in California politics that could exacerbate the state’s already high level of polarization.

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InlandPolitics: Red covers Congressional map, six years later

114th Congress - House Map

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 08:00 a.m.

Nothing is as descriptive of Tuesday’s midterm election results than the national map of the projected makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2015.

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Janet Nguyen

In this undated handout photo is Republican Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who won the 34th District state Senate seat.

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
11/05/2014 2:19 PM

Two years after California Democrats swept to commanding two-thirds majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, they were unable to again claim the same margin in the Senate and the Assembly remained in doubt with key races too close to call.

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Barack Obama

At a news conference Wednesday, President Obama deflected suggestions that he bore personal responsibility for Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter
November 6, 2014

President Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell talked of cooperation Wednesday in the aftermath of the huge GOP election victory, but the two sides prepared for renewed conflict on issues that have dominated the campaign and national debate for the last two years.

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SFChronicle: Opinion: U-turn at America’s ballot boxes

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:03 pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats, and won governor’s races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.

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Politico: How the Democrats lost the Senate

Bush Meets With Senators On Immigration Bill

Harry Reid and Barack Obama are pictured. | Getty

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
11/5/14 9:02 AM EST – Updated: 11/5/14 1:07 PM EST

At a late October lunch, President Barack Obama looked across the table at Sen. Chuck Schumer. Wasn’t there anywhere else he could go to campaign?

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire stays blue

Campaigns

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Inland Empire voters returned Democrat and Republican incumbents to their respective congressional offices, and also elected a Democrat to a GOP-held seat on Tuesday.

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GOP

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:55 a.m.

Note: Post was modified to reflect a GOP pickup in the state of Alaska.

It wasn’t just a wave. It was a tidal wave.

The country sent President Barack Obama and his Democrat Party a strong message on Tuesday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Jerry Brown’s fourth term still fuzzy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/04/2014 11:06 PM

Jerry Brown, a political wunderkind who morphed into California’s crusty elder statesman, entered the record books Tuesday by handily winning a fourth term as governor.

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InlandPolitics: Election Day

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s finally here. Election day!

We’ll know by 5 p.m. (Pacific), whether or not it’s going to be a GOP wave.

Republicans are likely to gain control of the U.S. Senate and also increase their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a GOP wave materializes back east, it may suppress Democrat turnout on the West Coast, and in Alaska and Hawaii, which have late poll closings

Vote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

This is the final update of absentee ballot returns. The data shows voters, Democrats in particular, are disengaged.

Depending on Election Day turnout, Raul Ruiz (D) could be ousted by State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R) in CD-36. In CD-31, the battle between Pete Aguilar (D) and Paul Chabot (R) is a toss-up. But the numbers currently don’t favor Aguilar. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down

Vote

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 p.m.

Election Day is here, and absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, hasn’t improved whatsoever.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: SD-34 may go to Nguyen

Jose Solario+janet Nguyen

Jose Solario (D) left. Janet Nguyen (R) right.

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 p.m.

The heated contest between Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R) and State Assemblyman Jose Solario (D) has been hard hitting to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains low

Vote

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

With just one day remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, is at a dramatically low level.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

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

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Vote

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/02/2014 11:34 PM

Four years ago, Republican then-Rep. Dan Lungren bested Democrat Ami Bera by 75 votes in a precinct covering the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County. Two years later, Bera won the precinct by 66 votes on his way to unseating the veteran politician.

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Roll Call Logo

By Steven Dennis
Nov. 2, 2014

Updated 7:20 p.m. | With two days before election day, the Gallup poll has the President Barack Obama approval rating approaching the worst of his presidency.

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Balance of Power

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

For the past few weeks, Inland Empire newspapers have been on some punch drunk trip, spouting off about how a few local U.S. House of Representatives contests are somehow pivotal to Congressional control.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Eight of ten contested states are within the margin of error. Read the rest of this entry »

IEBusinessDaily: 31st Congressional Race Down to the Wire

Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

IE Business Daily

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Question: What do low voter turnout, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Bill Clinton all have in common?

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The Sun: Election 2014: San Bernardino County highlights

Joe Biden+Pete Aguilar

Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic candidate in the 31st Congressional District race, at a Get Out the Vote rally Saturday at Colton High School. (John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/14, 9:56 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

San Bernardino County voters have a part Tuesday in deciding who will represent them in offices from governor to Congress to school board, as well as directly deciding policies in some cities.

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credit-card-debt

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 4:53 PM

California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

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

We’re down to seven states in-play. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains in the tank

Elections 2014

Note: This report will be next updated on Tuesday morning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.

With just 4 days remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, remains pathetic.

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Vote

By John Myers, KQED
Nov 1, 2014

Political parties continue to shrink in California, with voters who state no party preference edging ever closer to being the second-largest subset of the state’s overall electorate.

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Jim Brulte

These are two mailers in the 21st Assembly District race. The mailer on the top is an attack on California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, paid for by the campaign of Assemblyman Adam Gray. The mailer on the bottom was paid for by the California Republican Party and attacks Gray as he campaigns for re-election.(Laurel Rosenhall/lrosenhall@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
10/31/2014 9:11 PM

Last year’s lobbying violations by the high-profile California Strategies public-affairs firm have emerged as a point of attack in the increasingly nasty campaign between Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced and his Republican challenger, Jack Mobley.

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InlandPolitics: Dismal Inland Empire turnout will likely affect races

Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:35 a.m.

New data indicates turnout in the Inland Empire is dismal this year.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

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

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Steve Adams Campaign Mailer

Steve Adams’ flier warns of Islamic extremism and Ebola. Adams, a Republican and Riverside councilman, is running against Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

Published: Oct. 30, 2014 Updated: 10:30 p.m.

An Islamic State militant points a knife at the head of a doomed British aid worker. Workers in biohazard gear carry what appears to be a coffin. Protesters hold signs, one of which reads, “Behead those who insult Islam.”

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

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
October 30 at 7:29 PM

Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.

First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.

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The Sun: Election 2014: Conaway, Cook square off in 8th Congressional District

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 10/29/14, 4:16 PM PDT |

Like the immortal words of Han Solo, never tell Bob Conaway the odds.

The 8th Congressional District, which represents the eastern desert border of California, including portions of San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties, leans to the right — as of Sept. 5, almost 40 percent of the 299,581 registered voters are registered Republicans, more than 7 percent more than registered as Democrats.

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democratic congressional candidates at a rally Wednesday at Oxnard College. From left are Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert, Clinton and Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 30, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Democrats on Wednesday in some of California’s most hotly contested House races.

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InlandPolitics: Will low voter turnout impact results?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The big question this week is will voter turnout affect results in close California contests?

The answer is probably yes.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

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

We’re back to ten states in-play.

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SacBee: Opinion: Californians are blue but also centrist

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

10/28/2014 6:44 PM

While Republicans may make some legislative and congressional gains this year and have an outside chance at a statewide office, Democrats will continue their dominance of what has become a solidly blue state.

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton at an event in Aurora, Colo., to promote that state’s Democratic candidates in the upcoming general election. (David Zalubowski / AP)

By Jean Merl
October 28, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will headline two get-out-the-vote rallies Wednesday for some Democratic House candidates in spirited California races.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

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

Nine states now remain in-play.

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