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Hillary Clinton Email

The previously private messages highlight Team Clinton’s focus on her image and press coverage.

Jennifer Epstein
Ben Brody
Jun 30, 2015 – 6:29 PM PDT

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her staff fretted over her press coverage, celebrating favorable stories and trying to tone down others, some 3,000 e-mails released late Tuesday by the State Department showed.

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Tax Reform

AP California News
By Femit Nirappil and Judy Lin
Associated Press
June 29, 2015 – 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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Barbara Boxer+John Burton

John Burton, California Democratic Party chairman, introduces U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, during a California Democratic Party’s convention in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 17, 2010. | hamezcua@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Executive Director Shawnda Westly steps down, takes role of ‘senior strategist’
  • Chairman John Burton confirms he will leave office in 2017

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton confirmed Saturday he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2017, and the party’s executive director, Shawnda Westly, has stepped down in anticipation of his departure.

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InlandPolitics: We really are flattered!

Blog

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos, planning on a reelection bid for a second term, has been out polling his constituents.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
June 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush laid out ambitious agendas in their announcement speeches over the past eight days. If they are as good as their word, the coming months of the presidential campaign could be remembered for something unusual: a summer of substance.

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The Sacramento Bee: This time for real: Legislature passes (another) budget

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 19, 2015

Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached agreement on a $115.4 billion general fund state spending plan, lawmakers in both houses on Friday ratified the deal.

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The Sacramento Bee: Fact check: Jerry Brown was asked about tax pledge last year

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 28, 2015. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
June 16, 2015
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com

  • Brown says he wasn’t asked about keeping tax pledge in fourth term
  • He was asked, but ducked the question

Gov. Jerry Brown, asked Tuesday if he would now be willing to sign tax increases without voter approval, said that is an “open question.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Lawmakers send Jerry Brown incomplete budget

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Vote meets deadline, ensuring lawmakers continue to be paid
  • Spending plan comes despite ongoing negotiations with governor
  • Republican lawmaker: ‘It’s the legislative paycheck protection act’

The budget California state lawmakers passed Monday did not reflect a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and, for that reason, has almost no hope of being enacted.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. is joined by, from left to right, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as they head to a press conference at the state Capitol. | Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Budget passage meets constitutional deadline
  • Actions set stage for negotiations with Gov. Brown
  • Legislature’s leaders can blame governor for blocking their programs

Some years ago, a state senator publicly accused a colleague of uttering “mindless blather.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 13, 2015

  • Anthropologist would find Legislature fascinating
  • Its two houses have distinct cultures
  • Senate now the bastion of bad behavior

Anthropologists probe the evolution of primitive societies, which makes the Capitol a perfect laboratory.

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The Sun: Former ‘Blue Dog’ Rep. Joe Baca goes Republican

Joe Baca

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/15 – 11:25 PM PDT |

Joe Baca, a longtime Democrat who represented San Bernardino County citizens for more than 30 years as a trustee for the San Bernardino Community College District, an assemblyman, state senator and congressman, is now a registered Republican.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Updated 3:08 pm

“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.

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California Roads

Efforts to chip away at the estimated $59 billion in upgrades needed for California highways and bridges would become more difficult if the state faces new shortfalls. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

Even as California’s leaders prepare a new state budget that is flush with cash, Gov. Jerry Brown has increasingly raised the specter of another recession that could undo years of hard-won financial progress.

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Proposition 13

By Phil Willon
June 10, 2015

Saying a major “loophole” allows some business to unfairly avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, two Democratic state senators on Wednesday filed a proposed constitutional amendment to revise Proposition 13, the landmark property tax initiative approved by California voters in 1978.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Updated 5:40 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new crusade. The Democrats’ only name female candidate for president sees “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.”

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Los Angeles Times: California state senators to propose overhaul of Prop. 13

California Taxes

California Sens. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), left, and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) want offices and factories to be regularly reassessed for property taxes.

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO — Two Democratic state senators plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to overhaul Proposition 13, the state’s landmark restrictions on property taxes, so local governments can raise more revenue from commercial and industrial properties.

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The Press-Enterprise: ASSEMBLY: Sabrina Cervantes to run in 60th district

Campaigns

Published: June 8, 2015 – Updated: 11:48 a.m.

The district director for Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, has declared her candidacy for a neighboring Assembly district.

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

The Weekly Standard: The Coming Democratic Panic

The Weekly Standard

Watch what happens if Hillary Clinton falls behind in the polls.

Jun 15, 2015 – Vol. 20 / No. 38 • By Fred Barnes

When a CNN poll last week showed Hillary Clinton leading Rand Paul by a single percentage point (48-47) and only three points ahead of Marco Rubio (49-46) and Scott Walker (49-46), it was mildly shocking. In April, her lead over the three Republican presidential candidates had been in double digits: Paul (58-39), Rubio (55-41), and Walker (59-37).

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KPCC: Anti-poverty bills may pile up on Governor Brown’s desk

Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown has faced criticism he’s not doing enough for California’s poor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Rina Palta
June 04, 05:47 PM

As legislative deadlines near, a handfuls of bills aimed at aiding the poor are advancing through the state legislature this week.

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Contra Costa Times: Marijuana reform advocates win 3 of 4 in House

U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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National Journal: Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers Are Slipping

Hillary Clinton

Her favorability numbers have tumbled since March and hit their lowest level since 2001. (Luis Acosta/AFP/GettyImages)

By Emily Schultheis
June 2, 2015

The honeymoon is over for Hillary Clinton, according to two new polls.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, June 1, 2015 0 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. San Bernardino filed their bankruptcy plan thirty minutes before the deadline that Judge Jury set. Also, Martin O’Malley announced his candidacy for the White House this weekend. Can he challenge Hillary’s ties to Wall Street?

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Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks during an event to announce that he is entering the Democratic presidential race, on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, as his wife Katie, right, looks on. O’Malley joined the Democratic presidential race with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination. “I’m running for you,” he told a crowd of about 1,000 people at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before two terms as governor. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
Posted: 05/30/15 – 8:41 AM PDT |

BALTIMORE >> Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general. Her department is investigating an employee who was convicted of unlawfully using one of the department’s badges to pose as a deputy attorney general. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Joseph Serna
May 29. 2015

About a year before an aide to the state’s top prosecutor was put on leave after being accused of impersonating a police officer, another employee in Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office was arrested for posing as a member of law enforcement.

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Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the top ranking Latino legislator in California, speaks at a immigration rally last November in downtown Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
May 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known.

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California Capitol

By Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/26/15 – 9:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO ­>> With less than a month to go until the deadline to pass a new state budget, Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday released dueling spending plans that are oddly far apart on key issues such as child care and higher education.

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The Sun: Rep. Pete Aguilar introduces first bill, for job training

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 3:56 PM PDT |

The former mayor of Redlands has introduced his first piece of legislation at his new job.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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tax

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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Hillary Clinton

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Post Politics
By Robert Costa
May 22, 2015 at 4:50 PM

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sought to distance herself somewhat from both her husband, a previous president, and Barack Obama, the current White House occupant who defeated her in 2008.

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Calbuzz: Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt

Calbuzz

Political news, analysis, commentary and more about California and beyond
By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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The Sacramento Bee: Calderon corruption trial pushed back more than six months

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. | Manny Crisostomo The Sacramento Bee file

Capitol Alert
May 19, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

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California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Left: European Pressphoto Agency; Right: AP)

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
May 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Despite the blur of activity by innumerable candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign so far is a mostly shapeless enterprise, save for one dominant factor: the prominence of money in the narrative. More than anything, money has been the defining characteristic of the race, highlighted by the political and private activities of the brand names of Clinton and Bush.

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Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez greets paradegoers during a Veterans Day celebration in Fullerton in 2008. Some say Sanchez’s lack of restraint could work to her advantage. (File: Michael Goulding / Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
May 18, 2015
Updated: May 19, 2015 – 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

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The Sacramento Bee: Drought could spell trouble for California Democrats

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the “bad news” at a party gathering over the weekend.

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George Stephanopoulos

ABC’s anchor much closer to Hillary’s foundation than he told his viewers.

Peter Schweizer
May 18, 2015 – 10:36 a.m. EDT

Fact-driven, fair, aggressive journalism animates American politics. As an investigative journalist, I am accustomed to asking tough questions. When I publish, I expect tough questions in turn,

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

The contours of California’s U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance.

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Xavier Becerra

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. | Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
May 15, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

Veteran congressman questions where she stands
“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?”

Anaheim — Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, hugs her half-brother, Stephen Sanchez, after announcing she will run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was surrounded by family and supporters at the Santa Ana train station on Thursday. | Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Orange County, rocked the political world nearly two decades ago when she narrowly ousted a sharp-tongued Republican congressman and then defended the seat in a rematch.

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Bill Clinton+George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos, right, interviewing former President Bill Clinton last year for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Credit Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Politics
By Jeremy W. Peters and John Koblin
May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even after more than a decade as an analyst, anchor and public face for ABC News, George Stephanopoulos has never been able to shake the image that many Republicans have of him: Clinton hatchet man.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Pete Aguliar, D-Redlands, and his wife recently spent a week spending no more than $4.73 a day per person on food to call attention to hunger in the Inland Empire.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Super PACs rise in influence in 2016 campaign

Hillary Clinton

In this April 29, 2015 file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush fundraises for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t personally ask for money. | Mark Lennihan, File – AP Photo

By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
May 11, 2015

When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.”

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money

By Cathleen Decker
May 11, 2015

Thursday’s radio report danced with anticipation — rain was on the way — and then anchor Dick Helton broke in with news of another sort.

“Hillary’s in town,” the KNX mainstay chortled. “She’s here for the money.”

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Campaigns

Politics
May 9, 2015
By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections.

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Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

Politico: Hollywood bundlers are losing the spotlight

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 12:  In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Clooney;Barack Obama

Washington – October 12 : In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Politico

Power shifts to those who write giant checks, rather than collect many smaller ones.

By Todd S. Purdum
5/3/15 – 7:50 AM EDT
Updated 5/3/15 10:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES – In the wide-open, Wild West world of political fundraising spawned by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, a once-bright liberal star has dimmed a bit in the current presidential election cycle: The Hollywood bundler.

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Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland governor and potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands on Tuesday, May 5, for a talk at Esri. (Winn McNamee/Getty Images)

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

Former Maryland governor and potential presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands next week as he faces questions about his political future following turmoil in a city he led for eight years.

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

Hillary Clinton

By Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson, Associated Press
May 1, 2015

Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Politico: Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Politico

Donors are having second thoughts about big giving as accusations fly about Hillary Clinton’s role.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
4/30/15 – 6:02 AM EDT
Updated 4/30/15 11:42 AM EDT

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton problems worsen

Smoke and Mirrors

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is rapidly becoming the GOP dream opponent.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is photographed during a round-table discussion in Keene, N.H., on April 20. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

By Cathleen Decker
April 26, 2015

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks both boosted and complicated by the veneer of inevitability.

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Politico Magazine: Bill and Hillary’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

For four years the Clintons roamed the world separately, she for the State Department, he for his foundation, talking the whole time. Does that add up to scandal?

Politico

By Michael Hirsh
April 25, 2015

To get to the bottom of the latest incarnation of Clinton-gate, you’re going to have to get inside one of the most impenetrable marriages ever. Good luck with that.

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San Francisco Chronicle: A properly predicted Clinton campaign conflict

willie-brown_4945

Opinion
By Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Published Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 10:19 pm

My prediction that Hillary Rodham Clinton was inviting nothing but trouble by announcing early that she’s running for president is starting to come true.

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Christina Gagnier

Democratic Assembly candidate Christina Gagnier

Published: April 24, 2015 – Updated: 9:17 a.m.

Former congressional candidate Christina Gagnier has set her sights on an Inland state Assembly seat next year.

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

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, visits a Century City bank branch in July 2013 with Steven A. Sugarman, president and chief executive officer of Banc of California, Inc. Villaraigosa is an advisor to the bank. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan
April 24, 2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, voiced concern Friday that the Democratic Party was “kind of stuck in last year,” saying he expected the former secretary of state to face “a very close election” for president.

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Really

By Patrick McGreevy
April 23, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state.

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BloombergPolitics

David Knowles
Apr 24, 2015 – 2:00 AM PDT

How Hillary Clinton’s new campaign reacted to a brutal morning in the press.

To run the risk of understatement, Thursday did not begin well for the Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign.

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New York Magazine: The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency

Clinton Global Initiative

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton listens to the speech of U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Sheraton New York Hotel on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Chait
April 23, 2015

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.

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Campaigns

Published: April 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:52 a.m.

The mayor of Indio is planning to challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz for his Riverside County congressional seat in 2016.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Senate competitor may reveal the real Kamala Harris

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/22/2015 – 7:43 AM

It’s always perilous for politicians to tell the truth, as President Barack Obama discovered when he commented on Kamala Harris’ good looks in 2013.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, speaks at the Democratic Foundation of Orange County’s luncheon at the Hilton in Irvine on Monday. (KYUSUNG GONG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

April 20, 2015 – Updated 9:19 p.m.
By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER

Sounding like she’s on the verge of declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez encouraged donors in Orange County to pony up Monday and explained why she would be a better choice than Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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Daily Bulletin: Reps. Aguilar, Torres reflect on first 100 days in Congress

Norma Torres

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, greets UPS drivers as they file out of their morning meeting on March 9 at their distribution center in Ontario. Torres, who was elected to Congress in November, was on a “jobs listening tour” of her district to help craft her legislative agenda in Washington. Beau Yarbrough — Staff file photo

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

After 100 days on the job, freshmen Reps. Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres unveiled their plans this past week for creating more jobs in the Inland Empire.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana

April 19, 2015 – Updated 10:06 p.m.
By Martin Wicskol, Staff Columnist

Before heading back to Congress after a two-week Easter recess, Rep. Loretta Sanchez stoked the buzz that she’ll be challenging Attorney General Kamala Harris next year in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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Clinton Cash

By Amy Chozick
April 19, 2015

The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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InlandPolitics: Presidential Campaigns – 2016

Campaigns

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s a few takeaways from the 2016 Presidential campaign trail.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, April 17, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation. They discuss the caring, down to earth Hillary Clinton that Iowa saw this week. Do you buy it?

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Question Mark

By Patrick McGreevy
April 16, 2015

After leaving the state Senate in 2013 for health reasons, and before returning to the Senate in a special election last month, Sharon Runner was kept on the Senate payroll by her Republican colleagues as an aide.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about her 2016 Senate run in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

By Carla Marinucci
April 16, 2015
Updated: April 16, 2015 – 10:26pm

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris tackled some national issues Thursday, expressing support for President Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iran and for authorizing military force against the Islamic State, but she declined to take stands on Internet privacy and easing restrictions on marijuana.

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Elizabeth Warren

In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh AP)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/16/2015 – 10:32 AM

Elizabeth Warren, a champion of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, will headline the California Democratic Party’s annual convention next month in Anaheim, organizers said Thursday.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
April 16, 2015

Hoping to inoculate themselves against challenges next year, most of California’s vulnerable House members already are building campaign war chests.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: April 14, 2015 – 9:43 a.m.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, has raised more than $400,000 for his re-election campaign since Jan. 1, newly filed federal records show.

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Hillary Clinton

By David Martosko
US Political Editor for Dailymail.com
Published: 10:44 EST, 14 April 2015 | Updated: 10:51 EST, 14 April 2015

Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. The two briefly discuss the Masters and the story of Jordan Spieth’s caddy. Then, they talk about Hillary Clinton’s announcement. Apparently she has spent her career fighting families.

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Hillary Clinton

April 12, 2015: It was reported that Hillary Clinton officially launched her 2016 presidential campaign. (File/Getty Images)

April 12, 2015
Updated April 13, 2015 6:52 a.m.

By BLOOMBERG

Within an hour of her campaign’s digital launch Sunday, the tweet Hillary Clinton posted to announce her second bid for the presidency had been viewed 3 million times.

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George Soros

Billionaire financier George Soros helped launch Democracy Alliance, an organization that advises wealthy liberal donors. The alliance is urging its members to invest tens of millions in groups working to help Democrats regain influence in state legislatures. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

By Matea Gold
April 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country.

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The New York Times: Grandmama Mia!

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
Sunday Review | Op-Ed Columnist
April 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — WHEN my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
April 11, 2015 at 12:08 PM

When Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in Iowa next week as a candidate for president in 2016, every statement, gesture, laugh, outfit, facial expression and interaction with voters will be put under a microscope the likes of which few, if any, previous candidates have experienced.

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The Hill: New York, California Dems square off over Iran

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
04/11/15 – 11:34 AM EDT

Democrats are badly split on geographic and political lines over whether to support or oppose a bill allowing Congress to review and possibly vote on a nuclear deal with Iran.

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The Sacramento Bee: Loretta Sanchez jabs Kamala Harris as inexperienced

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, talks with supporters Friday evening at Don Ramon’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. (Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
04/11/2015 – 9:18 AM

SAN FRANCISCO

Venturing far outside her Orange County district, Rep. Loretta Sanchez gave a passionate, campaign-style talk here Friday evening, offering the strongest indication yet that she intends to enter the sleepy contest to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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The Sun: Former aide to Supervisor Ramos pleads not guilty to drug charges

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/15, 8:14 PM PDT |

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court to felony charges of smuggling drugs into a county jail.

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Ron Calderon

Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) sits at his desk during a Senate session last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on about 10 staff members in the California Legislature who may be called as witnesses in the August corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, Capitol sources confirmed Thursday.

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