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InlandPolitics: Turnout numbers speak for themselves

I Voted

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

California and Inland Empire voter turnout was dismal last Tuesday.

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

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KQED: Parties Shrink, Races Tighten in Final 2014 California Voter Data

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By John Myers, KQED
Nov 1, 2014

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

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The PE: POLITICS: Party’s over for many

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Fed up with the two-party process, scores of Inland voters are filing as independents.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

The percentage of independent voters statewide has hit an all-time high, the California Secretary of State’s Office recently reported. Almost 1 in 4 voters is not registered with a political party, up from 20 percent in 2010.

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

The Hill: Republicans say IRS can’t be trusted with ObamaCare data

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By William Cutting
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 04:15 p.m.

The train wreck that is ObamaCare is still hurtling down the tracks.  It used to be “out of sight, out of mind” but now its approach is growing closer.  We still can’t see it…but we are starting to hear the rumble echoing through the canyons in the distance.

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InlandPolitics: AD 52: Polling numbers [Update]

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s polling numbers released by one of the campaigns competing in next Tuesday’s special election to represent the 52nd State Assembly District.

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SacBee: Percentage of independent California voters inches upward

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 25, 2013

The proportion of Californians eschewing party politics continued to gradually increase over the past two years, with nearly 21 percent of the electorate now registered to vote with no party preference, according to a report today by the California secretary of state.

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OCRegister: Unaffiliated voters grow despite partisanship

April 4th, 2012, 2:18 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

Despite the high degree of partisanship in Washington and Sacramento, unaffiliated voters in California continue to increase their market share. Decline-to-state voters now account for 21 percent of the state’s electorate, up from the 19 percent of 2008 and double the 10.5 percent of 1995.

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The Sun: Newest 31st district candidate says he relates to low-income constituency

Toni Momberger, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/27/2012 06:48:38 PM PST

REDLANDS – The latest Redlands resident to announce candidacy for the newly drawn 31st Congressional District wants to be clear that he does not live in a manicured part of town.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Will California become another Michigan?

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, May. 22, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Has California’s recession-wracked economy finally bottomed out and begun to recover, albeit slowly?

Or has California become another Michigan, doomed to a semi-permanent state of economic malaise?

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InlandPolitics: Japan Relief – Here’s how you can help

Monday, March 21, 2011 – 11:03 a.m.

Here is how one can help victim’s of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has struck Japan.

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LBPress-Telegram: More California voters decline to pick parties

By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/11/2011 09:50:06 PM PST
Updated: 03/11/2011 10:46:26 PM PST

There’s a new message for Democrats and Republicans: Don’t look back. The number of decline-to-state voters is gaining on you.

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Friday, December 24, 2010 – 03:30 p.m.

A lawsuit filed against the County of San Bernardino and District Attorney Michael Ramos by an alleged former mistress is moving closer to the deposition phase.

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Calbuzz: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid, It Was Character

December 1, 2010

In their last pre-election survey, Oct. 10-17, the Public Policy Institute of California found that six in 10 likely voters said jobs and the economy represented the most important issue facing California and that by a margin of 47-39%, Meg Whitman would do a better job on this pressing concern.

Moreover, while the survey showed Brown leading Whitman 44-36%, it oddly found “independents” – that is, respondents identified as likely voters who said they were registered as independents — divided 36-37% for Whitman.

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InlandPolitics: Heavy vote by mail return in Orange County

Sunday, October 31, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters is reporting heavy absentee ballot return as of this weekend. So far 47.38% or 325,632 out of 687,267 absentee ballots issued have been returned.

County-wide:  47.38%
Republican:   51.84%
Democrat:     43.91%
Ind/DTS:      38.05%

The absentee ballot return is 20.08% or 325,632 of 1,621,534 total registered voters.

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 29, 2010 | 4:06 pm

Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2.2 million in California, according to new figures released Friday by the secretary of state’s office.

The numbers show 44% of the state’s voters are registered Democrats; 31% are registered Republicans. More than 20% of the state’s voters declined to register with any political party. In all, more than 17.2 million Californians are registered to vote, up from just under 17 million Sept. 3.

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The Sun: Candidate miffed at GOP

Gosney seeks Assembly seat
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2010 07:35:35 PM PDT

Robert Gosney doesn’t trust Republicans.

A Republican himself for nearly 20 years, Gosney, now running for the 59th Assembly District seat as an American Independent, says he left the Grand Old Party in 2004.

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With so few specifics from either Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman, there’s very little to talk about except how little there is to talk about as election day draws closer.

By Steve Lopez
August 25, 2010

Do you get the feeling that the campaign for governor of California has been going on for far too long, and yet it hasn’t really begun?

Yeah, me too.

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DailyBulletin: Tea party backers wary of new caucus

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 08/01/2010 07:02:47 AM PDT

Members of San Bernardino County tea party groups don’t want to be ignored by lawmakers, but group leaders say they’re suspicious of an attempt by some members of Congress to take up the tea party flag.

Some tea party leaders say the newly formed congressional Tea Party Caucus could give lawmakers a chance to claim they’re part of the tea party movement without holding to the movement’s ideals.

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SBSun: Tea party backers wary of group formed in Congress

Flag up over new caucus

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2010 09:55:26 PM PDT

Members of San Bernardino County tea party groups don’t want to be ignored by lawmakers, but group leaders say they’re suspicious of an attempt by some members of Congress to take up the tea party flag.

Some tea party leaders say the newly formed congressional Tea Party Caucus could give lawmakers a chance to claim they’re part of the tea party movement without holding to the movement’s ideals.

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InlandPolitics: Whitman needs to spell out position on illegal immigration

Thursday, July 22, 2010 – 11:27 am

It’s time for republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman to clearly articulate her positions on each element of the illegal immigration issue.

Her post-primary campaign strategy has created some bumps in the road with some of the republican base. A potential problem if it continues.

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SBSun: Gubernatorial candidate backs Arizona immigration law

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/14/2010 12:23:04 PM PDT

Only one candidate for California governor, the American Independent Party’s Chelene Nightingale, openly supports S.B. 1070, a controversial new immigration law in Arizona.

Nightingale said she expects that position will help her attract new supporters.

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SBSun: Tea Party’s influence felt at the polls

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/13/2010 09:05:33 PM PDT

If there were any doubt that Tea Party groups could have an impact at the ballot box, the case of Tim Donnelly should lay it to rest.

The Twin Peaks resident and founder of a minuteman group has never before run for office. Still, he now finds himself holding onto a 654-vote lead over opponent Chris Lancaster, a former Covina city councilman whose father was in the state Legislature.

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RivPE: Democrats put little effort in drama-less 37th District race

11:46 PM PDT on Sunday, May 23, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Senate Democrats’ quest to increase their ranks in the state Capitol stops short of the Riverside County line.

The campaign for the June 8 special election in Riverside County’s 37th Senate District is a shadow of the knock-down Republican fight that marked last month’s special primary election.

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RivPE: GOP voter numbers improve

By PE Politics
on April 23, 2010 5:50 PM

The gains are tiny, but Inland Republicans have stopped a months-long skid in voter registration, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state’s office.

From January to April, the GOP’s share of the electorate grew by .17 percentage point in Riverside County (to 41.47 percent) and .05 percentage point in San Bernardino County (to 37.51 percent). That compares to a 0.04 percentage point increase statewide, to 30.79 percent of registered voters.

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SBSun: Shedding light on the Tea Party movement

Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2010 07:45:46 PM PDT

It was one of those “aha!” moments.

Isn’t it amazing what you can learn just by reading a newspaper?

The New York Times/CBS News conducted a poll to shed a little light on the Tea Party movement. The results were printed Thursday.

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msnbc (AP): Poll: 78 percent don’t trust big government

By LIZ SIDOTI
updated 4:56 p.m. PT, Sun., April 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – Can you trust Washington?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they can’t and they have little faith that the massive federal bureaucracy can solve the nation’s ills, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center that shows public confidence in the federal government at one of the lowest points in a half-century.

The poll released Sunday illustrates the ominous situation facing President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall’s elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work.
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RivPE: On tax day, GOP lawmakers embrace Tea Party movement

By PE Politics
on April 15, 2010 9:18 AM

Crowds of flag-waving, sign carrying tea partiers are descending on the National Mall today for a big tax-day rally to protest what they view as government spending run amuck. The Republican Party is jumping at the opportunity as a chance to bring the group into its fold ahead of the 2010 elections.

It could be a tough sell, since the fiscally conservative group hasn’t forgotten that many GOP lawmakers supported the 2008 Wall Street bailouts — a stance many tea partiers have found difficult to forgive.

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THE WEEK

Poizner takes a different tack, moving to the right in search of a conservative base.

By Cathleen Decker

March 7, 2010

Their battle for governor joined, front runners Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown raced last week to find the sweet spot that has guaranteed election in all recent California political contests. Although that place has undoubtedly skittered somewhat since the last election, it still resides in the middle ground of California politics, as was evident in the forays of the leading candidates.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California wants and needs fixing

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Nearly 90 percent of California voters believe that state government needs an overhaul to make it more effective, a new statewide poll found, with virtually identical numbers among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Just 5.5 percent of voters surveyed by Datamar, an El Cajon polling firm, agreed that state government is “fine the way it is. Exactly what kind of reform voters want is less certain, as the Datamar poll found.

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Calbuzz: IE Hit on eMeg Targets Indie Voters, Not Poizner

February 22, 2010

When “Level the Playing Field 2010” – the Democratic, pro-Jerry Brown independent campaign committee – launched their first ads against Meg Whitman, the Armies of eMeg immediately accused the group of meddling in the Republican primary race for governor in a bid to help Steve Poizner.

Team Whitman pointed as precedent to the ad campaign run by the Gray Davis’s consultants against former L.A. Mayor Dick Riordan starting in January 2002. That attack helped cause Riordan’s support to collapse in the GOP primary, leaving Davis facing a weaker general election candidate in conservative businessman Bill Simon.

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LATimes: California’s independent streak

CAPITOL JOURNAL

‘Decline to State’ voters here don’t quite fit the national mold, but they do call most of the shots.
By George Skelton Capitol Journal

January 31, 2010

From Sacramento

Democrats and Republicans will make all the noise, but nonpartisan independents will decide the winners of California’s competitive statewide elections in November.

That has increasingly become the case in recent years.

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