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IEBusinessDaily: Judge Postpones Ruling in Colonies Corruption Case

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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Councilman Paul Davis now faces a possible September hearing before his council colleagues, who will decide whether to censure or punish him.

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 11:10 p.m.

An outside investigator found that Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis likely interfered with the city manager’s job performance and violated the city charter.

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

InlandPolitics: Steve Adams tours U.S.-Mexico Border

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 06:00 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman and congressional candidate Steve Adams spent yesterday morning touring the U.S.-Mexico border with Chris Harris, Vice President for Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council. Adams made the trip to the San Diego Sector of the border to get firsthand knowledge of the situation at the border.

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Buck McKeon

A local Democratic club is hosting a forum featuring the two Republican candidates vying to succeed Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, shown above. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state’s top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Smith threw out the conspiracy charges against the four Colonies defendants during a motion hearing.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/23/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.

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Polls

By Melanie Mason
July 23, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state’s landmark global warming law.

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Money

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am, Thursday, July 24, 2014

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation’s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.

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Politico: Barack Obama locks out the press — again

Barack Obama

But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week. | AP Photo

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/23/14 9:02 PM EDT Updated: 7/24/14 12:00 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Accusations, no punishment at councilman Soubirous’ hearing

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Riverside council members voted Tuesday not to take action against Councilman Mike Soubirous after an investigation of complaints against him was inconclusive.

Published: July 22, 2014
Updated: July 23, 2014 12:48 a.m.

An investigation of Councilman Mike Soubirous ended Tuesday with no council action against him, but City Hall still was not a friendly place to be.

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

Elections

Resignations and deaths are bringing new faces to the Eastvale City Council and to Jurupa Valley governing boards

Published: July 22, 2014 Updated: July 23, 2014 12:10 a.m.

November’s election brings the prospect of change on city councils and boards throughout Riverside County.

But due to resignations and deaths, change already is underway in the northwest Riverside County cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – 10:18 pm

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Tuesday morning. In case you missed it!

Appeals court deals blow to Obamacare

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled subsidies paid under The Affordable Care Act in states where no exchanges exist are illegal. Meanwhile, within hours, a Virginia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled exactly the opposite.

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The PE: SIX CALIFORNIAS: Where the Inland Empire fits in

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July 21, 2014

You might have heard about a Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s plan to split California into six states to promote better governance.

Timothy Draper recently submitted 1.3 million signatures to get his “Six Californias” plan on the November 2016 ballot. If voters and Congress approve, the Golden State would be divided into Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

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

The PE: RANCHO MIRAGE: Is Obama buying a home?

Barack Obama

Speculation is swirling that the first family is purchasing a $4.25 million, 8,232-square-foot hilltop estate in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photograher)

Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

More than a month after President Barack Obama vacationed in the opulent desert community of Rancho Mirage, speculation is again swirling that the first family is in the process of buying a home there.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – 12:00 am

One can categorize politicians by many indices – honesty, intelligence, effectiveness and ideology, for instance.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Monday, July 21, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Monday morning. In case you missed it!

Jerry Brown for President?

We’ll start off with this morning’s humor.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 – 12:00 am

In an otherwise lackluster campaign season, California’s most interesting political duel may be one for a rare vacancy on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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By Dustin Volz
July 20, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino on pace to break all-time murder record

Murder Body Outline

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Bankrupt San Bernardino, California had forty-six murders in 2013. It’s not a nice statistic for the troubled city of just over 200,00 residents.

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Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 18, 2014

(July 15)– The preliminary hearing for former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey will be held on September 10, Judge Bridgid McCann ruled this week.

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Young Republicans

By Kyle Smith
July 19, 2014 | 12:28pm

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

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DailyBulletin: Former Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn mulls city council seat

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/18/14, 3:06 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn may be making his way to back to City Hall but this time as a councilman.

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Recount

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 11:08 pm

Assemblyman John A. Pérez abandoned his recount in the California controller’s race Friday, ending an effort to overcome a narrow third-place finish after picking up only a handful of votes amid increasing impatience from Democratic activists and others worried about its impact on the fall election.

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm

California’s political ethics agency has begun posting the names of campaign treasurers who have repeatedly run afoul of state rules, with the goal of alerting candidates and party officials.

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The Sun: San Bernardino holds final public hearing on city charter

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/18/14, 12:26 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents and city employees said their piece Thursday evening at the final public hearing on five proposed amendments to the city charter before the City Council’s planned Aug. 7 vote on whether to put those changes on the ballot.

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Recount

By Chris Megerian
July 17, 2014

The recount in the California controller race has produced only a handful of new votes for Assemblyman John A. Pérez, the candidate who launched the review.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 – 9:25 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 6:52 am

The Legislature’s Democrats voted to place an advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, asking voters whether Congress should pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling removing barriers on corporate contributions in federal campaigns.

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The PE: POLITICS: Ruiz reports stunning $1.9 million war chest

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, reported a stunning $1.9 million cash on hand as of June 30, more than eight times the war chest of his challenger, Republican Brian Nestande, who had $234,632, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Hilda Solis

L.A. County supervisorial candidate Hilda Solis, center, is joined by supporters after getting the endorsement of current Supervisor Gloria Molina, right, during a news conference at L.A. County/USC Medical Center on May 8. Solis won the primary election last month. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Abby Sewell
July 16, 2014

A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an “ongoing law enforcement investigation” related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: California Republicans hosting Chabot fundraiser

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July 16, 2014

California’s Republican congressional delegation is doing its part to help Paul Chabot win in November.

Congressmen including House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, are scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Chabot on Thursday, July 24 in Washington, DC. Others listed on the invite include reps. Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine and Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

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

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By Chris Megerian
July 15, 2014

Controller candidate Betty Yee is getting new financial support from the California Democratic Party as she faces a recount challenge from Assemblyman John A. Pérez, her Democratic opponent in the primary.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesdy morning. In case you missed it.

Brandt to end council service

Upland City Councilman Brendan Brandt has announced he will not seek another term.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) Right.

July 14, 2014

Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot each are making the case for favored candidate status in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

SacBee: Full recount could last beyond November election

Recount

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 3:47 pm

Election officials in Kern and Imperial counties continued hand recounts Monday of thousands of ballots in the state controller’s race, with a new survey by the secretary of state’s office suggesting that the recount could last well beyond the Nov. 4 election if it covers all of the 15 counties sought by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

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CPR: California looks to regulate medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Monday, July 14, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

The strange bedfellows’ society was definitely in session at a recent Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.

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SacBee: Hour after hour after hour, Neel Kashkari is on the air

Neel Kashkari

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 9:21 am

Another radio station cranked up for news talk, and Neel Kashkari chewed pizza outside the studio, ready to go on air.

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InlandPolitics: AD-40: Steinorth’s strong primary numbers

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

All the attention given to the over-hyped drama in the 31st Congressional District contest has admittedly been a distraction. But that contest is over and decided. Now CD-31 is likely to shift from republican to democrat hands in November.

But the numbers in another supposed democrat-contest of a republican-held seat appear to tell a different story.

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Public meetings in September will take community input before council’s decision on whether to make changes to 9-year-old code.

Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: 7:41 p.m.

Riverside residents and council members are asking for changes to the city’s ethics code to make the complaint process more fair and to address concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

Were California a nation, we learned last week, its $2.2 trillion economy could claim eighth place in international economic standings, having bypassed Italy and Russia in the last year.

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The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

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IEBusinessDaily: Immigration Debate Heats Up

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July 12, 2014

No, this is not another opinion as to whether “comprehensive immigration reform” will be passed this year. While we thought that the defeat of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his reelection primary put the final nail in the coffin for this year, other immigration issues have now further embalmed and then cremated the body of any immigration reform legislation, perhaps in perpetuity.

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Chabot+Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/11/14, 9:44 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

The crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant young people and mothers with children from Central America crossing over the border into the United States has provided a source of widely differing views among the candidates running for the 31st Congressional District in November.

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Elections 2014

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 – 10:48 pm

While a historically small number of Californians participated on Election Day, more of them than ever cast their votes by mail.

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VVDailyPress: Three Town Council seats up for election

Apple Valley

GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 10, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Three of the town’s five council seats will be open for election in November. The seats are held by Curt Emick, Scott Nassif and Barb Stanton.

All three were elected to four-year terms on Nov. 2, 2010.

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SacBee: Union tells elected officials to shun hospital chain

Prime Healthcare Services

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 4:58 pm

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

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Barack Obama

President Obama took questions Wednesday in Dallas after making a statement on the border crisis, defending his decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. (AP)

Politics
By Katie Zezima and David Nakamura
July 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

DALLAS — President Obama on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision not to visit the Texas border with Mexico to view a burgeoning humanitarian crisis, saying he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenging Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

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The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington, July 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
WASHINGTON Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:02am EDT

(Reuters) – A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve’s long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

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SFChronicle: How GOP hopes early convention will help its 2016 nominee

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:32am | By Carla Marinucci

Republicans get an edge not only with the party’s choice of Cleveland as the site of the party’s 2016 nominating convention, but also in their plans to hold the convention in early summer, says Shawn Steel, a former chair of California GOP and a member of the Republican National Committee site selection committee.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Perez’s recount sends politics into uncharted territory

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 7:45 am

California politics is meandering into uncharted procedural and legal territory with former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s go-for-broke decision to seek a vote recount in his duel with Board of Equalization member Betty Yee for a spot on the November state controller ballot.

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Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 7/7/14 9:00 PM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 5:41 AM EDT

At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

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

Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

At any given moment, dozens of comatose bills float around the Legislature – vessels to be filled with whatever the powers-that-be want to enact quickly and semi-clandestinely.

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Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at a May dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. (Richard Drew/Press Pool)

Politics and Policy
Presumed Presidential Candidate Makes Clear She Won’t Be Running for de Facto Third Obama Term
By Peter Nicholas
July 6, 2014 – 8:13 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery.

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Top Stories
GOP leaders Ed Royce and Darrell Issa handle Congress very differently.
BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: July 7, 2014 7:22 a.m.

They couldn’t be more different: the stiletto who aims for targeted foreign policy legislation and the sledgehammer who pounds away at big domestic investigations.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bid to shift power fails

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Legislation to transfer appointment authority to Riverside County supervisors is stalled in a state Senate committee

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

The latest attempt to let Riverside County supervisors fill vacancies in their ranks appears to be dead, potentially giving the governor the chance to appoint a supervisor by year’s end.

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

Ethics Reform

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/05/2014 04:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2014 06:47:14 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After state Sen. Leland Yee’s stunning arrest earlier this year, the Legislature’s highest-ranking member urged his colleagues to finally fix a long-standing problem in California politics — the corrupting allure of money.

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IEBusinessDaily: The Incredible, Shrinking President

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Political Whispers
Saturday, July 5, 2014

So, as with all Presidential second terms, President Obama is fading from relevance. It is inevitable and common for second term Presidents to become less popular and effective, Republican or Democrat.

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Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

David G. Savage
July 4, 2014

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.

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President Obama’s diminished popularity and recurring questions about government competence have been a drag thus far on Democratic candidates, polls show.

Michael A. Memoli
July 4, 2014

Democrats headed into the Fourth of July recess facing stiff head winds in their quest to maintain a Senate majority this fall, contending with voters’ unease over the economy and a slew of Washington controversies.

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SacBee (AP): Obama under pressure to visit US-Mexico border

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By JULIE PACE and ERICA WERNER
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 – 1:47 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 – 3:18 am

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is facing mounting calls from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the immigration emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, putting him on the spot concerning what he has called the “humanitarian crisis” of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding in from Central America.

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Thumbs Down

Ryan Grim and Kasey Varner
Posted: 07/03/2014 – 5:28 pm EDT
Updated: 07/03/2014 – 5:59 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — People are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore, an extensive new survey of public attitudes toward the government finds.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/01/14, 10:32 PM PDT | Updated: 27 secs ago

ONTARIO >> After a tumultuous few City Council sessions in recent weeks, Tuesday’s meeting saw a relatively short council agenda.

The two items that generated the most discussion dealt with Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and his issues with other council members.

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Fox&Hounds: California’s New Republican Boss

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By Tony Quinn
Political Analyst
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Neel Kashkari is the Republican candidate for governor because of the efforts of a mild mannered, bow-tied Stanford University physicist named Charles Munger Jr. Munger is also responsible for the defeat and retirement of several powerful California members of Congress, and he is the major funding source keeping the California Republican Party afloat. Not bad for a guy almost no one has ever heard of.

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WashPost: Obama’s annoyance with Congress boils over

Barack Obama

President Obama speaks in front of Key Bridge in Washington, D.C. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

Politics
By Dan Balz
July 2 at 1:08 PM

President Obama’s displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Grand Jury releases 2013-14 final report

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury has released its final report for 2013-14.

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The PE: POLITICS: State’s open primary is a mixed bag

Politics

State’s two-year old election system, which allows voters to cast ballots for any candidate, has produced a few surprises.

Published: July 1, 2014 Updated: 10:59 p.m.

The state’s fledgling top-two open-primary election system has had unintended consequences – including the election of a Republican congressman in a predominantly Democratic Inland district two years ago.

This year, two Republicans almost made the November face-off for state controller despite Democrats’ 15-point advantage in California voter registration rolls. That’s because Democrats had more candidates splitting the partisan vote.

To read story by Martin Wiscksol in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Highway Construction

Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli
July 1, 2014

In his latest attempt to get Congress to spend money to upgrade America’s roads and bridges, President Obama debuted a new sales pitch Tuesday: patriotism.

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Capitol Weekly

By MIA SHAW
July 1, 2014

Kevin McCarthy, the newly minted House Majority Leader, rose speedily through the GOP ranks during his time as a California legislator – and used political instincts he honed in Sacramento to achieve power in Congress.

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AP: Politics Brings Romney Back to New Hampshire

Mitt Romney

BOSTON — Jul 2, 2014, 3:06 AM ET
By STEVE PEOPLES
Associated Press

He insists he’s not running for president a third time, but Mitt Romney is campaigning again in New Hampshire.

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LATimes: Gallup poll: Confidence in Supreme Court falls to 30%

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There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:15 am

Eighty years ago, California voters tightened up the state’s weak civil-service system to counter the corrupt practice of politicians padding public payrolls with family members, friends and political supporters.

However, the Legislature was exempted from the ballot measure’s provisions.

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AP: Court: Public Union Can’t Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

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WASHINGTON — Jun 30, 2014, 10:08 AM ET
By SAM HANANEL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.

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SacBee: Complaints of nepotism dog California Senate

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

The anonymous letter sent to multiple California state senators last month ended with a sharp question: “Why is it that the Senate is not listing open positions, for other staff to apply for?”

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By PAUL ELIAS
ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 28, 2014, 10:57 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

Who sees to it that California’s 6 million K-12 students receive solid educations?

Who ensures that California has an adequate supply of reasonably priced electric power?

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LATimes: Six ballot measures qualify to go before voters in November

Ballot Measures

Six measures have qualified to go before the voters in the November general election.

Melanie Mason
June 27, 2014

California voters will get to weigh in on six ballot measures this November, including a proposal to reform criminal sentencing and a Gov. Jerry Brown-backed plan for a rainy-day fund.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Looking ahead in the 31st Congressional District

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June 26, 2014

Now that Lesli Gooch has dropped her request for a recount in the 31st Congressional District, Republican Paul Chabot and Democrat Pete Aguilar can now focus on the Nov. 4 general election.

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

Field Poll

By Daniel Rothberg
drothberg@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 6:54 am

Fueled by partisan and geographic differences, satisfaction with the Legislature continued a downward swing that began after a state senator was arrested on corruption charges earlier this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

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The Supreme Court’s decision against recess appointments highlights the president’s risky strategy.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
June 26 at 8:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision invalidating President Obama’s use of recess appointments laid bare the legal and political risks the president faces as he makes the aggressive use of executive power a core tenet of his second term.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: Government by fiat

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Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer
June 26 at 8:08 PM

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Councilman resigns, accuses colleagues of wrongdoing

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June 25, 2014

Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre abruptly resigned Wednesday night after accusing his council colleagues of engaging in “back-door deals,” causing dissension at City Hall and holding meetings that violated California’s open-meeting law.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.