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InlandPolitics: Trump will get first ballot nomination

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump is firmly in the driver’s seat in reaching a first ballot GOP convention nomination.

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InlandPolitics: Trump in Costa Mesa Thursday night

Donald Trump

Thursday, April 27, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Orange County on Thursday night.

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Ted Cruz

Wednesday, April, 27, 2016 – 10:15 p.m.

The Ted Cruz Campaign is coming to San Bernardino County.

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Campaigns

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00 p.m.

The race for the First District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is heating up as the June Primary approaches.

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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.

Daily Press: On Lovingood’s record, a controlled attack

Tim Donnelly+Rick Roelle+Angela Valles

Tim Donnelly, Rick Roelle, and Angela Valles talk with each other during a break of the Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated meeting at Spring Valley Lake on Tuesday. Valles and Roelle are married, yet running against each other in the 1st District Supervisor race. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |
Five Supervisor contenders pitch candidacy at luncheon

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM
Updated at 7:22 AM

SPRING VALLEY LAKE — Former Apple Valley mayor Rick Roelle launched a controlled attack of San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s four-year term Tuesday, criticizing the incumbent’s record on public safety and special interest groups.

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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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NBC News: Poll: Trump Reaches 50 Percent Support Nationally for the First Time

NBC

By Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos
April 26, 2016

Donald Trump has reached 50 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the beginning of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll in late December. This milestone is significant as the 2016 primary heads into its final few weeks of contests, as there has been intense speculation that Trump’s support has a ceiling. Though his support has hovered in the high 40s since mid-March, the front-runner had yet to secure half of Republican voters.

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debate

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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U.S. Senate Sample Ballot - 060716

Sample ballot for the June 7 California Senate primary. (Los Angeles County)

John Myers
April 24, 2016

If elections officials could send just one message to California’s 17.2 million registered voters about the U.S. Senate primary in June, it would probably be this: Read the instructions carefully.

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Politico: Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump

Ted Cruz+John Kasich

The agreement is an acknowledgement by the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns that neither candidate can overtake Donald Trump before the convention, but that they can still deny him a first-ballot victory. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney
Published: 04/24/16 – 10:21 PM EDT
Updated:   04/24/16 – 11:09 PM EDT

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

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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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The Hill

By Jonathan Swan
04/24/16 – 10:30 AM EDT

Republican mega-donors, increasingly fed up with their party’s circus-like presidential primary, are sitting on their checkbooks until the nominee is decided.

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InlandPolitics: Trump gets large bounce out of New York win

Donald Trump

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald J. Trump has the wind at his back, according to recent polling, and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz knows it.

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Kurtis Lee
April 23, 2016

In his quest to win the GOP presidential nomination and avoid a contested party convention this summer, Donald Trump is banking on California.

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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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Donald Trump

(Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Kurtis Lee
April 22, 2016

Donald Trump has a message for people who are not registered with a political party in California: switch your affiliation to Republican in order to vote in the June 7 primary.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a San Diego news conference. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
April 21, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

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Capitol Weekly : Poll: Trump leads in GOP primary

Capitol Weekly

By Jonathan Brown
Posted 04.21.2016

Perhaps all attention on primary night in California should be on the 33rd Congressional District – home to the Trump National Golf Club. After all, in New York, the only Congressional District that Donald Trump didn’t win was the one in which he lives.

Trump is likely to do well in California, too.

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illegal-immigrant-sign

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 10:00 AM

  • Immigration remains major issue for Republicans in Riverside County
  • Republican presidential candidates’ focus on immigration elevates debate
  • Candidates gearing up for critical primary in California on June 7

MURRIETA– Morning light filtered into the doughnut shop in Murrieta’s old downtown, and Bob Swinford lingered over coffee, longing for a revolution.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 2:39 PM

  • California is eliminating at-large voting in local government
  • However, it maintains winner-take-all approach in presidential voting
  • We could apportion our electoral votes by congressional district

Civil rights groups, particularly those representing California’s burgeoning Latino population, have pressed for years to do away with “at-large” elections of city council and school board members.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump celebrates his win in the New York primary on Tuesday night with family and friends at Trump Tower. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
April 21, 2016 at 7:17 PM

  • The next primary is April 26, when five states vote. Stay caught up with the race.
  • Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the state with nine points over Bernie Sanders.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — As the Republican presidential race heads toward a possible contested convention, the three remaining candidates have begun considering vice-presidential picks — with a much different set of calculations from a normal political year.

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PPIC

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Surtax on high-income Californians, school bonds headed for November ballot
  • Unions support tax extension, education groups and developers want bonds
  • Gov. Jerry Brown has not endorsed either, critical of bond issue

California voters are inclined to extend extra taxes on the state’s high-income residents to support public education and pass a new school construction bond issue, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

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California Voter Registration Form

A California voter registration form. (Los Angeles Times)

George Skelton

George Skelton
Capitol Journal
April 20, 2016

About 400,000 Californians who might be planning to vote in the state’s pivotal Democratic presidential primary June 7 could be in for a shock.

They’ll be told, “Sorry, your vote’s no good here.”

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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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Politico: Trump’s real magic number is less than 1,237

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign is ready to pull out all the stops to woo unbound delegates if the nomination comes down to it. | Getty

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Politico

By Eli Stokols
04/20/16 – 12:13 AM EDT

  • GOP elite whisper about a lower threshold for the front-runner to clinch the nomination.

Even before Donald Trump’s big win in New York Tuesday night, the conversations among party officials and high-level operatives about a contested Republican convention were already shifting dramatically.

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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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Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City leaders have adopted the process by which it will use to abandon at-large voting and instead divide the city into voting districts.

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AIP Check Off

The American Independent Party is California’s largest third party. A poll shows 73% may be in it by mistake. Are you one of them?

By John Myers, Christine Mai-Duc and Ben Welsh
April 17, 2016

With nearly half a million registered members, the American Independent Party is bigger than all of California’s other minor parties combined. The ultraconservative party’s platform opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage, and calls for building a fence along the entire United States border.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who is leading a U.S. Congressional delegation to the Russian Federation speaks during a news conference in U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who led the six-person delegation this week, said at a press conference Sunday that there was “nothing specific” that could have helped April’s bombings, but that the U.S. and Russia needed to work more closely on joint security threats. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, lashed out at former county GOP chief Scott Baugh for raising money to campaign for his congressional seat, expressing concern Friday that his longtime friend would run against him. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP File)

By Martin Wisckol
April 15, 2016
Updated April 16, 2016 – 3:20 p.m.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lashed out at former county GOP chief Scott Baugh for raising money to campaign for his congressional seat, expressing concern Friday that his longtime friend would run against him.

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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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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump regains momentum, Cruz fades

Donald Trump

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 04:30 p.m.

Following a bumpy two-week period in his campaign, GOP Front-runner Donald Trump is flying high again.

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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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The Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Let Me Ask America a Question

Elections

Photo: Getty Images/Blend Images

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

Opinion Commentary

By Donald J. Trump
April 14, 2016 – 7:18 p.m. ET

How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.

On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.

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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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Donald Trump

Donald Trump has not taken independent expenditure money and does not have the kind of war chest typical for a general election campaign. Above, Trump in Rome, N.Y., earlier this month. (Mike Groll / AP)

Stephen Battaglio
April 14, 2016

GOP bigwigs aren’t the only ones worried about Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

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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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Donald Trump

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 13, 2016 – 1:43 PM

  • Republican frontrunner joins Ted Cruz and John Kasich at gathering

Donald Trump will address California Republicans at the state party’s spring convention, joining Ted Cruz and John Kasich at the Bay Area gathering ahead of the state’s critical primary, the party announced Wednesday.

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Politifact CA: A Look At Ted Cruz’ Record With The Truth As He Visits California

Ted Cruz

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a campaign event at Mekeel Christian Academy on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Scotia, N.Y. Cruz is scheduled to campaign in California on Monday.

By Chris Nichols
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.

Republican Ted Cruz will bring his conservative campaign for president to California on Monday, with stops scheduled in Orange County and San Diego.

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The Sacramento Bee: California ballot measure signature bonanza continues

Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
April 10, 2016 – 4:30 PM

  • Campaigns paying $5 and up to get signatures, with volunteers assisting
  • Ballot measure committees raising big money in recent weeks
  • ‘Suggested’ filing deadline of April 26, qualification deadline of June 30

With a suggested filing deadline later this month, proponents of would-be November ballot measures continue to shell out big bucks to try to collect hundreds of thousands of voter signatures.

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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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InlandPolitics: NY Daily News exhibits some humor on Cruz thud

Ted Cruz

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

Hats off to the New York Daily News.

The New York City daily newspaper laid into Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday afternoon.

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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.

Elections 2016

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
April 5, 2016 – 9:14 PM

  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla seeks $32 million in additional money
  • Money needed to print large ballots, handle petition crush
  • Padilla writes Jerry Brown, asking for meeting to discuss needs

Warning of a “surge” of higher-than-usual turnout in California’s June primary election and a book-sized November voter information guide, the state’s elections chief this week requested a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown to press his case for more money.

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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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U.S. Supreme Court

Courts & Law

By Robert Barnes
April 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM
Follow @scotusreporter

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on the total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests that wanted the districts based only on the number of people eligible to vote.

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InlandPolitics: The hyped Wisconsin Primary and Trump voters

Wisconsin Flag

Monday, April 4, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Tuesday is the Wisconsin Primary.

The supposed make or break contest for Front-runner Donald Trump and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Yes I know. Wisconsin make or break? Really???

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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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LA County Seal

Abby Sewell
April 3, 2016

While the contentious presidential contest has drawn most of the spotlight in the lead-up to California’s June primary, the election also marks the next phase of a sea change in Los Angeles County government.

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Do The Math

Guest Post by Jim Hoft
Apr 2nd, 2016 – 11:20 pm

Based on current delegate counts and poll numbers Ted Cruz will be mathematically unable to reach the delegate count required for him to win the Republican Presidential nomination.

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa sat down with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Here’s how the interview went.

Politics
By Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
April 2, 2016 at 6:51 PM
Follow @realbobwoodward Follow @costareports

Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts.

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Election 2016

The field of candidates for Republicans and Democrats is narrowing down in the 2016 presidential race. These front-runners have different campaign styles and carry with them their own special rally atmospheres and celebrity supporters.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 2, 2016 – 5:45 AM

  • Trump, Cruz and Kasich joined by Carson and Gilmore
  • Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Christie all removed from ballot
  • Clinton, Sanders to appear with five unknown challengers

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified the final list of candidates appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

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InlandPolitics: Pro-Trump Super-PAC takes off in Wisconsin

Friday, April 1, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump has the world in another tailspin, once again playing the media and sucking all the oxygen out of the air for his opponents.

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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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Politico: Trump takes back pledge to support GOP nominee

Politico

By Kyle Cheney
Published: 03/29/16 – 09:48 PM EDT
Updated:   03/29/16 – 10:47 PM EDT

Donald Trump has rescinded his pledge to support the Republican nominee for president.

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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.

The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Trump, Sanders rallies planned

Campaign 2016

Candidates not expected to attend events in Temecula and Lake Elsinore.

Published: March 24, 2016
Updated:   March 25, 2016 – 6:22 a.m.

Supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders will be out in force Saturday for rallies about 20 miles apart.

To read article by Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

High-Speed Rail

A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
March 24, 2016 – 2:28 PM

  • 52 percent of adults and 44 percent of likely voters back rail
  • More would back project if it were cheaper than $64 billion
  • A pair of proposed initiatives would threaten rail funding

There’s been little positive buzz of late about California’s high-speed rail system.

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PPIC

Phil Willon
March 23, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

New York billionaire Donald Trump enjoys a sizable lead over other GOP presidential candidates among California Republican voters, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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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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InlandPolitics: Delegate math increasingly favors Trump, Bush endorses Cruz

Jeb Bush+Ted Cruz

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has endorsed Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016  – 08:00 a.m.

The delegate math is inching GOP Front-runner Donald Trump’s way after his decisive win in the state of Arizona on Tuesday night.

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Elections

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/16 – 6:40 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga isn’t the only local city scrambling to implement district elections for its city council due to a legal threat: Chino and Upland are known to be doing the same.

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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 Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s low voter turnout a big puzzle

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 21, 2016 – 3:41 PM

  • Voting participation hit record low in 2014
  • Turnout is even lower in local elections
  • Latest turnout cure is merging elections

California’s voter turnout has been drifting downward for decades, finally reaching a record-low level in 2014.

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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.

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Donald Trump speaks during the Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Mar-A-Lago Club on Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

By Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy
March 20 at 10:35 PM
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Donald Trump put $6.9 million more of his personal money into his presidential campaign in February, significantly increasing his investment as he began racking up wins in the Republican presidential primary contest, new filings show.

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GOP

By Joe Garofoli
March 20, 2016
Updated: March 20, 2016 – 8:15pm

With no statewide officeholders, little pull in the Legislature and a dwindling number of registered voters, California Republicans have teetered on the brink of irrelevancy for years.

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InlandPolitics: The GOP contest and Trump

Donald Trump

Jim Erwin
Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.

The race for the republican nomination for president continues to be the talk these days after Front-runner Donald Trump won five of six delegate contests on Tuesday.

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Appellate Courts

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/19/16 – 4:36 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In an unprecedented move, an appellate court has found Upland residents deserve the chance to overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in a special election.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 19, 2016 9:00 AM

  • Over 100 ballot measures were filed this year
  • Voters will face at least a dozen major issues
  • They include taxes, marijuana, condoms, guns, minimum wage

California voters will be hammered by a perfect political storm this year, facing at least a dozen major, high-dollar ballot measures.

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Jim Erwin
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 01:30 p.m.

Hates off to the Super-PAC consultant class.

This consulting cadre, the brain trust behind the $200 million in failed efforts to stop GOP Front-runner Donald trump, has meticulously fleeced the richest of America’s political class.

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InlandPolitics: Revisiting the 2012 Electoral Map

Electoral Map - 2012

Joseph Turner
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 10:15 a.m.

This will be a fairly brief post about the 2012 electoral map as I am preparing to write a series of posts in the future analyzing some swing states.

Most people are seemingly unaware of how close Mitt Romney came to winning the presidential election. Much has been written and it has often been described as a very convincing or solid victory for Obama.

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Trump Perot

Joseph Turner
Friday, March 18, 2016 – 07:38 p.m.

Conventional wisdom, for what that is worth, says that Ross Perot’s third party run in 1992, when he got nearly 20 percent of the total national vote, cost George H. W. Bush the election and handed it over to Bill Clinton.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Candidates qualify for supervisor races

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Challengers in June 7 contests include elected officials from Hemet, Murrieta

Published: March 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:51 p.m.

The field is set for two Riverside County supervisorial seats on the June 7 primary election ballot now that the candidate filing deadline has passed.

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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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 14, 2016 – 3:27 PM

  • California expanding information about political finances
  • Legislature, FPPC move on several fronts
  • Now an upgrade of clunky Cal-Access system proposed

Slowly – perhaps too slowly – but surely, California is shining some much-needed light into the darker corners of its political system.

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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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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump national polling numbers edging higher

Polling

Jim Erwin
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 01:15 p.m.

Did anyone really think that GOP Front-runnerDonald Trump’s polling numbers would start to dip?

That idea may have been wishful thinking.

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