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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Hardball politics over chief of staff contract

San Bernardino Seal

Thursday, November 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis has not had a good first year in office.

First. The city’s neverending bankruptcy proceeding has devolved into a cocktail party joke. Requiring an ultimatum by the judge overseeing the case.

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Bloomberg: Obama Comes Out Swinging

Barack Obama

Hostile Climate
Nov 26, 2014 1:46 PM PST
Post-midterms Obama is ready to fight Congress on his legacy issues, including clean air.

President Barack Obama sure seems itching for a fight—or a few—with the incoming Republican Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives

David Lawder
Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 7:11pm EST

(Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney still favorite of GOP voters for 2016

Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Republican voters haven’t given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll.

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Brendan Brandt


By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/25/14, 3:19 PM PST | Updated: 31 secs ago

Brendan Brandt is leaving the Upland City Council in characteristic fashion: quietly.

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SacBee: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/25/2014 9:31 PM

The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard, photographed in September in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

By Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
November 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM

On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO.

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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout in San Bernardino County cause for concern

Voter Apathy

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 1:43 PM PST |

For about four decades political analysts have seen declining local and national voter turnout at the polls, further supported by certified numbers expected Tuesday showing possibly the lowest voter turnout in San Bernardino County history for a general election.

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Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 5:22 pm
Updated Nov 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — Businessman Sal Chavez, chief financial officer and project control coordinator of SC Engineering, a family-owned business in Apple Valley, announced his candidacy for the soon-to-be-vacant 21st State Senate District seat on Monday.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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WashPost: Obama: America wants ‘that new car smell’

New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/22/2014 9:02 PM

As he sought re-election to his fourth and last term as governor this year, Jerry Brown crowed about a “California comeback” after weathering the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Will board dynamics shift?

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

Curt Hagman

November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

It appears a player in Inland Empire political races “quietly” hit a bump in the road last year.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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By Ed O’Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund
November 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

President Obama unveiled a long-awaited series of changes to the nation’s immigration policies Thursday evening. While most of the details have yet to be announced, here’s a general overview of what to expect in the coming months, based on information provided by the White House:

Who’s in?

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low


Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt says goodbye to government

Gary Ovitt

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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Politico: GOP mulls its own immigration plan


By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
11/18/14 – 1:08 PM EST

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be


Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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Politico: Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

House members go on the record with rare open criticism of their leaders.

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French
Updated 11/18/14 10:50 AM EST

The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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VVDailyPress: Local politicians tie the knot

Angela Valles+Rick Roelle

Roelle, Valles get married on Maui

Posted Nov. 14, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY — It was a wedding in tropical paradise for two people who’ve spent much of their lives in the local political spotlight.

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By Michael Finnegan
November 16, 2014

Less than two weeks after winning a fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to collect more money for his reelection committee Monday at a Sacramento reception with lobbyists and their clients.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist’s dual roles spark watchdog scrutiny

Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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The Sentinel: No bang, just whimper as Sheriff’s POST Cheating prosecution ends


The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Take your raise, supervisor is told

Kevin Jeffries

Kevin Jeffries sought to be excluded from recent pay raises, which he voted against, but the county HR director says that would go against state law.

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is getting a raise, whether he wants one or not.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves raises along with other top elected officials. They extended a previously set formula that ties supervisors’ salaries to 80 percent of what a Superior Court judge makes.

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

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/14/14, 9:29 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Democrats Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres, the Inland Empire’s newly elected congressional members, will spend the next few days learning the ins and outs of Washington during the new member orientation.

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Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert

November 14th, 201 – 9:25 am

Rep. Ken Calvert is headed back to Washington. And once again, he’s doing it as head of California’s Republican congressional delegation.

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

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By Christopher Cadelago
11/14/2014 9:52 PM

The state’s political ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the California Republican Party violated campaign finance rules in the Central Valley’s 21st Assembly District.

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Field Poll

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

California was an exception to the Republican wave that swept the nation in Nov. 4’s low-turnout midterm election in part because Californians are happier than the rest of the nation with how things are going, according to a new Field Poll memo.

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Politico: President Obama on immigration: Why wait?

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks on a conference call from the Oval Office. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Post-election events help clarify internal White House debate on timing.
By Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown
11/14/14 7:11 PM EST

An internal debate over the timing of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration has raged for months, with White House officials gaming out options to minimize the collateral damage yet failing to reach consensus on the best moment to act before their year-end deadline.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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

National Journal

Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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SacBee: California pollsters fret about future turnout


By Christopher Cadelago
11/12/2014 3:15 PM

California’s premier public opinion gurus on Wednesday offered some sobering thoughts about possible continued voter apathy in non-presidential elections. But first, an observation about a pair of Democratic statewide officeholders believed to harbor ambitions of even higher office.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:53pm EST


(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday.

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Individual party members are refloating their proposals, but leadership isn’t going to push forward on any of them.

By Sam Baker
November 12, 2014

Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will never die, and yet it is not really alive. It is the undead—and it has risen again.

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The Sun: Election 2014: Colton, Rialto races still too close to call

Election Results

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/11/14, 10:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

With more than 15,000 ballots still left to count countywide, races in Colton and Rialto have some candidates still hoping to steal back top spots that had appeared to be theirs early in the race last week.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/10/14, 1:49 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to all 30 counts against him as part of a deal that will result in a sentence of 180 days.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick Wright, with his attorney Winston Kevin McKesson, left, listens to a judge after jury convicted him in January of fraud and perjury for living outside his Senate district. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
Novembver 10, 2014

Attorneys for former state Sen. Roderick Wright said Monday they have filed a notice of appeal of Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud for lying about living in his district.

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Democratiec Assemblyman Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income.

By Patrick McGreevy
November 11, 2014

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Alan Long

Teen Cheerleaders Sue Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Over Alleged DUI Crash

By Veronica Rocha
November 11, 2014

Melissa Reynolds, a cheerleader from Murrieta Valley High School, may not be able to rally crowds of students again, her attorney said.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote checks to Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, as well as House GOP leader John Boehner and Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi. | AP Photo

By Tony Romm
11/11/14 5:05 AM EST

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

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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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Voters across the Inland Empire take to the polls Nov. 4, to vote on a variety of candidates to various ballot measures.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:29 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Record-low voter turnout throughout the state, including San Bernardino County, had an anomaly Tuesday — significant turnout growth in the city of San Bernardino.

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Joe Baca

Then-state Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for a House seat on Nov. 16, 1999, in San Bernardino. Baca says he is retiring from politics after losing the Fontana mayoral race. (AP Photo)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:21 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

After 34 years of public service, three consecutive failed elections, including one in Fontana that raised hopes for a comeback, veteran politician Joe Baca said he’s calling it quits for now.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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Politico: The Democrats’ lost generation

Bill Clinton, Michelle Nunn, Jason Cater

Former President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Jason Carter, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn. | AP Photo

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/6/14 5:01 AM EST

As Democrats take stock of their grievous losses in the 2014 elections, party leaders are confronting a challenge perhaps even more daunting than their defeats in the House and Senate: the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.

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WSJ: Opinion: A Message Sent to a Grudging President

Barack Obama

At the post-election White House news conference, Nov. 5. Reuters

Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Updated – Nov. 7, 2014 7:02 p.m. ET

The drubbin’, thumpin’, poundin’ was a two-part wave, a significant Republican rise in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic collapse in the governorships.

It was one of those nights neither party ever forgets.

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U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (Left) and Dianne Feinstein (Right).

By Seema Mehta
November 7, 2014

Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California’s most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Bonnie Garcia

Republican state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia.

Published: Nov. 7, 2014 10:36 a.m.

Republican Bonnie Garcia on Friday conceded defeat in the 28th Senate District race.

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Obama Post Election Meeting

The House Majority Leader says it would be difficult for the GOP and President Obama to work together if he follows through with his plans to take executive action on immigration. (AP)

By Ed O’Keefe
November 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy announces run for majority leader

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is pictured. | AP Photo

By LAUREN FRENCH | 11/7/14 10:19 AM EST

Kevin McCarthy has announced his intention to seek his first full term as House majority leader.

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Paul Chabot + Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar and R-Paul Chabot debate Oct. 20 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 5:48 PM PST |

Two days after the election and with an additional 15,834 votes counted, Republican Paul Chabot has conceded to his Democratic rival Pete Aguilar in the race for the 31st Congressional District.

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LATimes: Brown brushes off GOP opposition to bullet train


By Michael Finnegan
November 6, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state’s $68-billion bullet train, saying that “they’re going to join the chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum.

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SacBee: Opinion: Low-voting election sets new pattern

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/06/2014 9:22 PM

This week’s election may be establishing a new pattern in California politics that could exacerbate the state’s already high level of polarization.

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InlandPolitics: Red covers Congressional map, six years later

114th Congress - House Map

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 08:00 a.m.

Nothing is as descriptive of Tuesday’s midterm election results than the national map of the projected makeup of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2015.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly not ruling out state Senate run

Tim Donnelly

Posted Nov. 5, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Updated Nov 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Wednesday was open to the idea of running for the state’s 21st Senate District seat that suddenly became vacant with the incumbent’s victory late Tuesday in a Congressional battle, and said he is leaning toward making a decision “sooner rather than later.”

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Janet Nguyen

In this undated handout photo is Republican Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who won the 34th District state Senate seat.

By Jeremy B. White
11/05/2014 2:19 PM

Two years after California Democrats swept to commanding two-thirds majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, they were unable to again claim the same margin in the Senate and the Assembly remained in doubt with key races too close to call.

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Alan Long

Alan Long, seen here during a town hall meeting in July, received 5,339 votes to win a seat on the Murrieta City Council. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Veronica Rocha
November 5, 2014

Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta after being accused of a DUI crash that injured four high school cheerleaders, has been reelected.

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Barack Obama

At a news conference Wednesday, President Obama deflected suggestions that he bore personal responsibility for Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter
November 6, 2014

President Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell talked of cooperation Wednesday in the aftermath of the huge GOP election victory, but the two sides prepared for renewed conflict on issues that have dominated the campaign and national debate for the last two years.

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SFChronicle: Opinion: U-turn at America’s ballot boxes

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:03 pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats, and won governor’s races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.

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Politico: How the Democrats lost the Senate

Bush Meets With Senators On Immigration Bill

Harry Reid and Barack Obama are pictured. | Getty


11/5/14 9:02 AM EST – Updated: 11/5/14 1:07 PM EST

At a late October lunch, President Barack Obama looked across the table at Sen. Chuck Schumer. Wasn’t there anywhere else he could go to campaign?

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InlandPolitics: Election notes

Election Results

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some area election results of note.

In San Bernardino, voters dumped charter reform Measure Q. The measure would have removed wage-setting provisions from the city charter to collective bargaining. The city’s police and fire unions easily tubed the measure. The result is a blow to novice Mayor Carey Davis and backers, who put very little effort in support of the measure.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire stays blue


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Inland Empire voters returned Democrat and Republican incumbents to their respective congressional offices, and also elected a Democrat to a GOP-held seat on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:55 a.m.

Note: Post was modified to reflect a GOP pickup in the state of Alaska.

It wasn’t just a wave. It was a tidal wave.

The country sent President Barack Obama and his Democrat Party a strong message on Tuesday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Jerry Brown’s fourth term still fuzzy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/04/2014 11:06 PM

Jerry Brown, a political wunderkind who morphed into California’s crusty elder statesman, entered the record books Tuesday by handily winning a fourth term as governor.

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InlandPolitics: Election Day

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s finally here. Election day!

We’ll know by 5 p.m. (Pacific), whether or not it’s going to be a GOP wave.

Republicans are likely to gain control of the U.S. Senate and also increase their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a GOP wave materializes back east, it may suppress Democrat turnout on the West Coast, and in Alaska and Hawaii, which have late poll closings


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

This is the final update of absentee ballot returns. The data shows voters, Democrats in particular, are disengaged.

Depending on Election Day turnout, Raul Ruiz (D) could be ousted by State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R) in CD-36. In CD-31, the battle between Pete Aguilar (D) and Paul Chabot (R) is a toss-up. But the numbers currently don’t favor Aguilar. Read the rest of this entry »

SacBee: California’s election may set record for apathy

Voter Apathy

By Christopher Cadelago
11/04/2014 12:07 AM

California voter turnout will likely sink to just 46 percent on Tuesday, a new record for apathy in a statewide general election, according to Field Poll estimates.

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By Matier & Ross
Updated 6:42 pm, Sunday, November 2, 2014

Here’s an eye-opener: With the election Tuesday, a whopping 4 out of 10 voters don’t even know Gov. Jerry Brown is running for another term.

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Nov 3, 2014, 1:32pm PST
Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal

Spending on lobbying rose in the third quarter of 2014, the final months of legislative session when companies and interest groups across California hustle to get bills approved or shot down.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down


Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 p.m.

Election Day is here, and absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, hasn’t improved whatsoever.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: SD-34 may go to Nguyen

Jose Solario+janet Nguyen

Jose Solario (D) left. Janet Nguyen (R) right.

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 p.m.

The heated contest between Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R) and State Assemblyman Jose Solario (D) has been hard hitting to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains low


Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

With just one day remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, is at a dramatically low level.

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