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SFChronicle: Kamala Harris talks federal issues, but not Clinton endorsement

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.

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

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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Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

By Jose A. DelReal
April 13 at 6:30 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement Monday that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination makes him the fourth major candidate to announce a White House bid in the last three weeks — and he could be the last big candidate to join the fray until late May.

Here’s what we know about several candidates’ timelines:

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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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Money

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/12/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

DIAMOND BAR — When Republican state Sen. Bob Huff campaigns for Los Angeles County supervisor next year, he’ll use roughly $300,000 he raised for a different race to help him compete.

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Mike Antonovich

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has held his seat representing northern L.A. County for almost 35 years. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
April 12, 2015

Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich won’t leave office until the end of next year. But the race to succeed him already has drawn seven candidates, with one high-profile elected official expected to join the field any day and another seriously considering running.

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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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Hillary Clinton

By Robert Costa
April 11, 2015

The deluge of derision this weekend from Republicans responding to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential launch is the start of a highly coordinated effort by national GOP leaders and conservative groups to effectively begin the general-election campaign against the likely Democratic nominee.

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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 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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San Francisco Chronicle: Libertarian-ish Rand Paul is good for the GOP

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 5:02 pm

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

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GOP

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
April 8, 2015 – Updated April 9, 2015 – 7:03 a.m.

Presidential candidates continue to parade into town to meet Orange County’s famously wealthy and generous Republican donors – seven hopefuls so far this year, including three this week alone.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 7, 2015 – 05:15 p.m.

Tonight on the show Tim Donnelly, former gubernatorial candidate and former assemblyman, joins Lou to talk about the California drought.

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Campaigns

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 1:12 p.m.

Palm Springs Democrat Gregory Rodriguez, former district director for Rep Raul Ruiz, D-Yucca Valley, has announced his intent to run for the 42nd Assembly District next year.

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

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky waves to the crowd of supporters during the kickoff of his presidential campaign April 7. (Michael B. Thomas / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
April 7, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul’s jump into the 2016 presidential contest underscored the challenges ahead for the Kentucky Republican as he tries to move beyond his libertarian niche to find a foothold in the campaign for the White House.

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The Sacramento Bee: California lawmakers’ campaign debt piled high in 2014

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
04/07/2015 – 12:05 AM

To get to the California state Senate, Temecula Republican Jeff Stone survived a $3 million blitz of mailers, TV ads and other campaigning last year by Sacramento-based groups opposing him or supporting his GOP rival, former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia.

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The Press-Enterprise: Politics: What are your campaign donations paying for?

Money

Most donated money goes toward ads, consultants and other campaign-related costs. But some goes to things like hotels, steaks, cigars.

Published: April 5, 2015 – Updated: 8:24 p.m.

Donate to an Inland lawmaker’s campaign and your money will probably pay for ads, consultants or other costs related to running for office. But there’s a chance it could pay for a gourmet meal, five-star hotel room or Christmas bonuses for staff.

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

Politico

The two-time Democratic presidential candidate is alarmed by current ‘dynastic’ politics.

By Jonathan Topaz
4/5/15 – 2:08 PM EDT
Updated 4/6/15 – 7:49 AM EDT

Gary Hart has serious reservations about a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

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Kamala Harris

By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 04/04/2015 – 08:50:03 AM PDT

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general and the clear front-runner for an open U.S. Senate seat, has an unusual image problem.

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In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger Jr., pictured in 2008. (Brian Baer / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan and Maloy Moore
April 4, 2015

A month after Charles Munger Jr. wrote his first $100,000 check to a political campaign, he got a taste of the chronic rejection familiar to California’s big Republican donors: The 2005 ballot measure he backed lost by a landslide.

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Carla Marinucci

By Carla Marinucci
Friday, April 3, 2015 – Updated 9:15 pm

When U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris held a campaign kickoff in San Francisco this week, the media was barred — an unusual move that has some people complaining she’s shielding herself from the press.

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Jeb Bush

An ally of Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, has created a tax-exempt organization that would be closely intertwined with Bush’s political operation. The group would serve as a policy hub for the campaign, its founder said. (Randall Hill/Reuters)

By Ed O’Keefe and Matea Gold
March 31, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Jeb Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected White House bid.

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Rick Perry

He will be paid $45,000 to speak and answer audience questions at the 24th annual Western Riverside Council of Governments General Assembly and Leadership Address. (Stan Lim/File Photo)

Published: March 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Former Texas governor and possible presidential candidate Rick Perry will return to Riverside County in June to be the keynote speaker for an annual gathering of local elected leaders.

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

Campaign 2016

By Matea Gold
March 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush kicked off a four-day, five-city fundraising tour through California Monday with a luncheon at San Diego’s luxury Grand Del Mar resort.

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National Journal

By Shane Goldmacher
March 30, 2015

Jeb Bush previewed his plans Monday to attack one of Hillary Clinton’s supposed strengths, criticizing her foreign policy record and blaming current global unrest in part on her term as secretary of State.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina speaks during a forum on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2015, in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Josh Hicks
March 29, 2015

Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said her chances of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are “very high.”

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 Campaign 2016

By David A. Fahrenthold
March 28, 2015 at 9:37 PM

There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns.

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Orange County Seal

By Emily Foxhall, Doug Smith and Anh Do
March 27, 2015

On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa’s to win.

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Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting award in Washington

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Politics | Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:53pm EDT

Washington —

(Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case.

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Washinton Post: The GOP racing form: First edition

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Opinion
By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
March 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to discuss risk versus reward. What are we willing to take risks for? Also, who has the better scar story, Lou or Ed?

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InlandPolitics: Harry Reid calls it quits

Harry Reid

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, shown last week in Atlanta, will be in California next week for fundraising stops in Newport Beach, Bel-Air and San Francisco. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

By Alice Walton
March 25, 2015

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won California since 1988 but that doesn’t stop GOP candidates from visiting the Golden State. That’s because it’s home to so many wealthy donors. (Remember the stat that California has more billionaires than any other state — and almost any other country?)

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 05;00 P.M.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou’s favorite liberal Georgine Trujillo is on the show to talk about the Middle East. After that the two will talk about automatic voter registration in California. Is it a good idea? Then they talk about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comments on Sen. Ted Cruz. What kind of leadership is the Republican Party looking for?

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 4:08 PM

Every eligible Californian would be automatically registered to vote under legislation Secretary of State Alex Padilla is exploring.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar and professor, to discuss voter ID laws in Wisconsin, joins Lou. After that, the two discuss freedom of speech and the Confederate flag.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 8:14 AM

Gov. Pat Brown, when asked a half-century ago when he would declare his intention to run for re-election, famously replied “when the snow flies in the Sierra.”

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Politico Magazine: Jeb’s Talk Radio Problem

Jeb Bush

Forget Meerkat and Snapchat. For the GOP front-runner, the medium that matters was invented in 1895. Lead image by Illustration by POLITICO / Getty Image.

Politico

By Michael Kruse
March 22, 2015

“He’s not a conservative.” That’s Rush Limbaugh talking about Jeb Bush. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” That, too.

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By Michael Finnegan and Noah Bierman
March 20, 2015

After 14 years in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank is finally getting the kind of coverage that ambitious politicians crave: CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC and NPR have all come calling in recent weeks.

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National Journal: What Californians Could Spend $100 Million Fighting Over in 2016

Money

California is set to host a big-money contest over union pensions.(KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

National Journal

State labor unions say they’ll spend whatever it takes to defeat a ballot measure on government pensions.

By Jack Fitzpatrick
March 19, 2015

Last week, pension-reform advocates in California announced plans to again push a 2016 ballot measure that would pave the way for cuts to public employees’ pension plans. The move sets the stage for a clash between organized labor and fiscal conservatives whose price tag could rival even the most expensive of Senate races.

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Hillary Clinton

A spokeswoman said protocol wasn’t followed on disclosure. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By Rosalind S. Helderman
March 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation failed to disclose contributors who donated to its health access program for several years while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, a violation of the foundation’s ethics agreement with the Obama administration, a foundation official told Reuters this week.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by his favorite liberal, Georgine Trujillo. They talk about Janet Napolitano’s comments in regard to student protestors.

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The Atlantic: Why Is Al Gore Warming Up?

The Atlantic

Six potential culprits for the former vice president’s sudden reappearance as a rumored presidential candidate

David A. Graham
Mar 18 2015 – 7:00 AM ET

Al Gore, just like the planet, is getting hotter by the hour these days.

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 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York, on March 16, 2015. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

By Anne Gearan and Robert Costa
March 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running her presidential campaign — against the Republican Congress. And the GOP is only happy to oblige.

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, center, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 17, 2015

Voters on Tuesday sent Republican Sharon Runner back to the state Senate three years after she underwent a double lung transplant. She was the only candidate on the ballot for a special election in a district representing parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

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Sacramento Bee: Ho-hum California election cycle paid off for political world

Money

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
03/15/2015 – 11:18 PM

Printers churned out tens of millions of dollars’ worth of campaign mailers and signs. Media buyers locked up pricey political airtime at dozens of TV and radio stations around California. Digital marketing companies helped campaigns target ads and videos at voters surfing the Web.

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New York Times: An Open Letter to hdr22@clintonemail.com

Hillary Clinton

The United Nations last week. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
March 14, 2015

WASHINGTON —

SINCE open letters to secretive and duplicitous regimes are in fashion, we would like to post an Open Letter to the Leaders of the Clinton Republic of Chappaqua:

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Daily Press: Special election could cost $300K locally, registrar says

Special Election

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The state’s 21st Senate District special election Tuesday is likely to cost taxpayers in San Bernardino County between $200,000 to $300,000, despite only one candidate appearing on the ballot, Registrar Michael J. Scarpello said this week.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Does anyone believe Hillary Clinton?

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Updated 3:54 pm

As Hillary Clinton took questions from the media about the personal e-mail account she used as secretary of state, I felt a flashback coming on. She said she simply chose to use a personal account with a personal server “for convenience.” I felt I had traveled back in time to 1998 Washington was screaming across the aisle. First lady Hillary Clinton charged that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was behind stories that her husband had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. President Bill Clinton denied that he ever had “sexual relations” with the former intern.

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Panic Button

By Philip Rucker and Paul Kane
March 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

Senior Democrats are increasingly worried that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not ready to run for president, fearing that the clumsy and insular handling of the nine-day fracas over her private e-mails was a warning sign about the campaign expected to launch next month.

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Hillary Clinton

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to the media March 10 about recent allegations of an improperly used e-mail account during her tenure at the State Department. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Dan Balz

Dan Balz
By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
March 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to quash the controversy over her use of a personal e-mail account as secretary of state with a strategy that can be reduced to two words: “Trust me.” It is one of the biggest issues that will confront many Americans if and when she asks them to vote for her for president in 2016.

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Washington Post: Clintons and controversy: The circus is back in town

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Hillary and Bill Clinton at the Midwestern Ball on Jan. 21, 1993. (AP)

By Karen Tumulty
March 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

The circus is back in town.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has not yet even announced that she is running for president, but the spectacle of the Clinton years is unfolding again, touched off by the controversy over her practice of using a private e-mail account, rather than an official one, while she was secretary of state.

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Hillary Clinton Email

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

We’re hearing it all on the Hillary Clinton e-mail debacle, which has essentially taken over the near-term national media cycle.

Let’s get up to speed.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/10/15, 12:23 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The decision to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries in the northwest part of the city will not go to the voters until the general election in 2016.

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By Patrick McGreevy
March 10, 2015

Citing inflation, the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency is considering a proposal to raise the fundraising thresholds at which campaigns must report their financing, drawing some concerns from an advocate for fuller disclosure.

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Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a right-to-work bill into law Monday in Brown Deer, Wis. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

By Philip Rucker
March 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

President Obama, in a rare move that inserted himself directly into Republican presidential politics, issued a statement Monday night sharply criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a right-to-work bill into law that marks a major blow to organized labor.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 9, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, estimable economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss what it takes to be a leader in a business setting.

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GOP

By Carla Marinucci
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – Updated 7:53 pm

Republicans are down on their luck in California. They don’t hold a single statewide office, and their image isn’t getting any help from their colleagues in Washington, who seem unable to get anything done in Congress.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 9:05 PM

Let’s assume – at least for this missive – that two years hence, Kamala Harris will have begun her new job: U.S. senator.

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Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

National Journal

There are not two Clinton controversies. There is one big, hairy deal.

By Ron Fournier
March 8, 2015

“Follow the money.” That apocryphal phrase, attributed to Watergate whistle-blower “Deep Throat,” explains why the biggest threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential dreams is not her emails. It’s her family foundation. That’s where the money is: corporate money, foreign money, gobs of money sloshing around a vanity charity that could be renamed “Clinton Conflicts of Interest Foundation.”

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Come Clean

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Hillary Clinton’s silence on the controversy over her e-mail use is likely to “hurt her” going forward.

By Sean Sullivan
March 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Sunday on Hillary Clinton to “step up and come out” to explain in more detail why she used a personal e-mail account to conduct government business during her time as secretary of state.

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Gerrymandering

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
March 8, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could force California to redraw its congressional districts has stirred up fears of a return to partisan gerrymandering, a divisive process that has been criticized for both cementing and crushing political careers.

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Campaigns

By Patrick McGreevy
March 8, 2015

Voters will soon cast ballots in special elections to fill three state Senate seats vacated by lawmakers who were elected to Congress last fall.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: June ballot nearly set

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Council seats in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election, but few candidates have surfaced.

Published: March 6, 2015 – 6:10 p.m.

Two Riverside city councilmen won’t have opponents and one will face a challenger in the June 2 election.

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

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton signs her new book “Hard Choices,” at the Common Good Books store in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s troubles are costing her politically, as potential Republican presidential rivals have inched closer to her in 2016 matchups, a new McClatchy-Marist poll found Friday.

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McClatchy DC: Jeb Bush makes Iowa debut

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 27, 2015. (Carolyn Kaster – AP)

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 7, 2015

URBANDALE, Iowa — Jeb Bush made his Iowa debut Friday night, pitching himself as a conservative governor, while taking a swipe at President Barack Obama and his “former Secretary of State” Hillary Clinton.

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Politico: Team Clinton Will Beat the Press – Again

Hillary Clinton

Politico

They know they can outlast the media’s attention, even with the email scandal.

By JACK SHAFER
March 06, 2015

The second-guessing of Hillary Clinton’s email hygiene while secretary of state has produced hundreds of news stories and a slew of compelling questions.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 6, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins Lou to discuss his business and why he operates in the Inland Empire.

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The PE: POLITICS: 2 to run for supervisor’s seat in 2016

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Published: March 5, 2015 – Updated: 6:17 p.m.

Chuck Washington has yet to sit for his first meeting as a Riverside County supervisor and he already faces at least two challengers in next year’s election.

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

National Journal

By Andrea Drusch
March 5, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa may be sitting out the Senate race, but the ambitious former Los Angeles mayor hasn’t closed the book on his political career. The Democrat’s statement last week that he would not run for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat hinted that his eyes remain on California’s 2018 governor’s race—and the possibility that the state’s booming Latino population can finally lift one of its own into high office.

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GOP

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/05/2015 7:46 PM

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday, offering himself as a pragmatic leader focused on strengthening national security, educational opportunities and the state economy.

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NY Observer: California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession

California AG Kamala Harris Holds News Conference On Gun Violence

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)

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Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again

PDF: People v. Velasco-Palacios

By Sidney Powell | 03/04/15 – 1:04pm

When will they ever learn? Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski declared months ago in a much-quoted opinion that there is “an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.” And yet, prosecutors continue to deny there’s a problem. Indeed, the Department of Justice gets outright indignant at the suggestion, and so do many state court prosecutors. They bristle at the very mention of the possibility.

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Hillary Clinton

After e-mail revelations, some Democrats are dodging questions more than offering Clinton cover. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

By Rachel Roubein and Lauren Fox
March 4, 2015

Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Cliff Cummings, president of Toyota of San Bernardino, former California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and Lou’s favorite Liberal, Georgine Trujillo, join Lou to discuss a number of topics.

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SacBee: Legislature may regain mapmaking

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/02/2015 9:53 PM

One can read too much into questions and comments from appellate judges during oral arguments, but with that caveat, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to erase the redrawing of congressional districts by independent commissions created by voters through the initiative process.

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Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses delegates at the California Republican Party Spring 2015 Organizing Convention in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Associated Press Feb. 28, 2015 | 9:57 p.m. EST
By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Live from Bullseye Sports in Riverside

Lou Desmond

Friday, February 27, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight The Lou Desmond & Company Show comes to you live from Bullseye Sports in Riverside.

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Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press / AP)

Politics
By Carla Marinucci
February 26, 2015
Updated: February 26, 2015 – 4:22pm

Not so long ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the brash, rising star of the Republican Party who felt confident enough to pick a fight with the governor of another big state, Jerry Brown, dismissing him as “an old retread” who would deliver a “failed record” for California.

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Campaigns

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/26/2015 12:38 PM

Three months after being elected to their second terms, a pair of California Democratic congressmen are already hearing footsteps.

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