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InlandPolitics: It’s death by a thousand cuts for Robert Lovingood

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood finds himself in an unexpected and problematic struggle for a second term.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood can’t catch a break these days.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/16 – 11:03 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A close race for second place in California’s 8th Congressional District just got a little less close.

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Abby Sewell
June 24, 2016

The latest round of vote-counting released by the Los Angeles County registrar shows an outsider candidate maintaining his lead over a state senator in a close contest for a runoff spot in the race to replace retiring county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

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The Orange County Register: Hot-button initiatives fill November ballot

Ballot Measures

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 23, 2016

A list of 20 or so ballot measures can turn into a mind-numbing journey to obscure corners of government financing and bureaucracy.

Not this time.

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InlandPolitics: Great Britain citizens vote to leave EU

Brexit text with British and Eu flags illustration

Thursday, June 23, 2016 – 11:30 p.m.

Great Britain citizens have voted to leave the European Union.

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U.C. Irvine

By Roxana Kopetman / Staff Writer
June 22, 2016 – Updated 10:38 p.m.

IRVINE – The College Republicans at UCI was banned from meeting on much of the campus – hours after university administrators learned that the Republican youth plan to bring back a controversial speaker to campus before the November election.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
June 22, 2016 – 2:20 PM

  • Ex-Los Angeles mayor calls her an ‘independent thinker’
  • Sanchez: ‘I will work with leaders across the aisle’
  • Harris has strong support from Democrats and leads in poll

Democrat Loretta Sanchez’s gambit to attract dissident Republicans to her U.S. Senate campaign received a shot of encouragement Wednesday with the endorsement of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

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Los Angeles Times: Democrats back pot legalization, repeal of death penalty

Medical Marijuana

Phil Willon
June 19, 2016 – 2:05 P.M.

The California Democratic Party on Sunday stayed true to its left-leaning political ideals, voting to support ballot initiatives to legalize pot and repeal the death penalty.

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The Sun: Highland, Yucaipa set for by-district council elections in November

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:04 PM PDT |

It’s official. The cities of Highland and Yucaipa will hold district-based elections in November.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 18, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Harris vs. Sanchez will be first statewide top-two test
  • What happens will set template for future contests
  • Sanchez hopes Republicans, independents help her

California has had its brief moment of semi-relevance in this year’s wild and woolly presidential contest and Hillary Clinton can now safely count on its 55 electoral votes.

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Rialto-Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/15/16 – 6:12 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> A majority of city council members said they want voters to decide on Nov. 8 who will replace former Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell, who died from a medical issue June 5 in Loma Linda.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 14, 2016 – 3:52 PM

  • Capitol politicians sneak measures through process
  • Ballot measure would require waiting period
  • Legislature responds with its own proposal

The timing could not have been more perfect.

As dozens of state budget “trailer bills” were being given their first public airing Monday, in another part of the Capitol legislators were mulling whether the public should be given more time to review legislation before it is passed.

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Bob Huff

Bob Huff, candidate running for the 5th District LA County Supervisors seat.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/14/16 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A week after California’s primary election, the race for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s seat continued to be too close to call Tuesday, with more votes still to be counted.

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InlandPolitics: Robert Lovingood vote total shrinks again

Robert Lovingood

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood now faces a battle for reelection to a second term.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Things don’t look so hot for County Supervisor Robert Lovingood after updated election results were released Monday evening.

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Tim Donnelly

8th Congressional District candidate Tim Donnelly. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 13, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

  • Former Assemblyman behind 847 votes to Ramirez as of Monday

Former Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly carved ever so slightly into Democrat Dr. Rita Ramirez’ second-place edge Monday in the 8th Congressional District race, but the window to catch up continued to tighten.

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InlandPolitics: 1st District Election: Let the games begin!

Fred Aguiar

Former Fourth District Supervisor Fred Aguiar is reportedly trying to raise money to oppose his bosses challenger.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It didn’t take long for the chess match to start in the runoff election for San Bernardino County First District Supervisor.

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Politico: Furious GOP donors stew over Trump

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

Donald Trump’s fundraisers, who acknowledge the challenge they face, are also taking steps to expand their candidate’s limited donor network.

By Alex Isenstadt
06/11/16 – 03:01 PM EDT

  • At an exclusive Park City retreat, some of the Republican Party’s top financiers lashed out at their nominee.

PARK CITY, Utah — Donald Trump is trying to win over a skeptical Republican donor class, but they’ve closed their wallets — and they’re angry.

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InlandPolitics: A few Presidential Election observations

Election 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The Ringling Brothers Circus, I mean presidential race, is in full swing before each major party’s nominating conventions even take place.

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Daily Press: Experts: Lovingood may have early edge, but Valles has opportunity

Angela Valles

Angela Valles speaks at a candidate forum earlier this year. (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press)
1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM
Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Anticipation of the November face-off between Robert Lovingood and Angela Valles officially started Wednesday, even though Valles, a former Victorville City Councilwoman, would likely argue it had been growing since February, planted when she announced her candidacy.

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Janice Hahn

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn checks the video screen as election returns come in late Tuesday in her race for Los Angeles County supervisor. She faces a November runoff with Steve Napolitano. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell and David Zahniser
June 8, 2016

A political newcomer running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors staged an election-night surprise, inching past several better-known and better-funded opponents and possibly securing a spot in the Nov. 8 runoff, according to initial results.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
June 8, 2016 – 5:51 PM

  • Harris more than doubled Sanchez’s vote percentage
  • Sanchez will have to increase fundraising clip to compete
  • Republican donors are considering financial support

State Attorney General Kamala Harris carried at least 50 of 58 California counties in the U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, collecting twice the percentage of votes that went to fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood to face Valles in November runoff

Angela Valles

Former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles will challenge San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood in a runoff election this November.

June 7, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

We said it was a possible election outcome that could indeed happen, and it did.

Former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles will face San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood in November.

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Campaigns

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 10:45 a.m.

It’s semi-official.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the cage match of the modern political era this November.

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Kevin Jeffries

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries has won another term.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Riverside County First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries easily won reelection Tuesday night.

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The city’s next mayor will serve a four-year term an earn an annual salary of $82,764

By Alicia Robinson – Staff Writer
Published: June 6, 2016
Updated: June 8, 2016 7:31 a.m.

UPDATE (7:26 a.m.): Vote count updated.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey won re-election Tuesday evening, defeating Councilman Paul Davis and five others for a second term, based unofficial election returns.

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The Sun: Recall of San Bernardino councilman called off

Fred Shorett

Fred Shorett

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/06/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The recall campaign against Councilman Fred Shorett is over with none of the required signatures delivered by Friday’s deadline.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 06/06/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

Former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering as part of a plea deal in a federal corruption case before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder. Calderon also implicated his brother, who still faces federal corruption charges.

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Daily Bulletin: Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell found dead in Loma Linda

Rialto-Seal

By John M. Blodgett, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/16 – 6:26 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> Shawn O’Connell, 48, of Rialto, a current city councilman and retired Rialto police sergeant, was found dead Sunday morning in Loma Linda, according to law enforcement news releases. There were no signs of foul play.

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The Sacramento Bee: Citizens United critics soaked in hypocrisy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Pending bill aimed at overturning Supreme Court ruling
  • However, it denounces practice that California allows
  • Politicians rail against campaign money, but take it

State legislators – more precisely, Democratic legislators – worked themselves into a lather last month over what one called “the pernicious and pervasive role of money in politics.”

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InlandPolitics: Primary election outcomes into focus

United States presidential election, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 03:30 p.m.

Well the much talked about California Primary Election is before us.

Then things will get dull until the presidential nominating conventions. One can expect more policy speeches and sniping between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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Elections 2016

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
June 3, 2016 – 6:17 PM

  • More than 646,000 people added to rolls since early April
  • Democrats represent three-quarters of increase as Clinton and Sanders battle for state’s support
  • Republicans also showed an increase, but party’s proportion of the electorate fell to 27.29 percent

Almost 18 million Californians can participate in Tuesday’s election, according to updated registration numbers released Friday, which show that the state’s voter rolls grew by almost 646,000 in the weeks before last week’s registration deadline.

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Melanie Mason
June 3, 2016

Two standbys of Hillary Clinton’s stump speech — riffs on guns and national security — assumed added resonance in San Bernardino, the city that was shaken by a terrorist attack six months ago.

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The Sun: Hillary Clinton to visit Cal State San Bernardino on Friday

Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives an address on national security on Thursday in San Diego. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/16 – 6:07 PM PDT |

Hillary Clinton will be on campus at Cal State San Bernardino this evening to spend some time with San Bernardino-area residents.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 2, 2016 – 5:35 PM

  • Early hopes of California impact on GOP race faded
  • But then Democratic duel became too close to call
  • Were Clinton to lose here, it would be a major blow

A month ago, it seemed that California’s voters might play an unaccustomed role in choosing a Republican presidential candidate.

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InlandPolitics: District Attorney pulls records from High Desert agencies

Investigation

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney has requested records from at least three High-Desert public agencies.

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Money

Phil Willon and Maloy Moore
June 1, 2016

The top two Democrats in California’s U.S. Senate race have raised more than a combined $12 million for their campaigns, but many of the state’s most generous and loyal campaign donors have yet to crack open their wallets.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is in favor of renewing the ban on assault rifles. She addresses a crowd of about 120 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Laguna Beach. Harris and Loretta Sanchez are campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Harris.0129.cy 01/28/16– CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Attorney General Kamala Harris hugs supporters as she makes a campaign stop in Loretta Sanchez's backyard at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship in Laguna Beach.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai. (Cindy Yamanaka – File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 1, 2016 – Updated 10:10 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Updated 4:23 pm

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly — in jail.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

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The Orange County Register: Rackauckas, Spitzer feud heats up over robocall

Todd Spitzer+Tony Rackauckas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference inside where he accused Supervisor Todd Spitzer of impersonating an OCDA assistant district attorney. Rackauckas said Spitzer failed to identify himself as a ‘former’ assistant district attorney in an automated call supporting Measure A that went out to voters last week. (Jeff Gritchen / Staff Photographer)

By Sean Emery / Staff Writer
May 31, 2016 – Updated 11:03 p.m.

SANTA ANA – A dispute over a robocall urging voters to support a local ethics commission had Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and an Orange County supervisor on Tuesday accusing each other of wrongdoing.

The insults continued a yearslong feud between the two.

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InlandPolitics: The Bill Kristol conservative tantrum

Bill Kristol

Newly-minted Whack-job Bill Kristol, publisher of The Weekly Standard, is one of the last remaining republicans still unhinged over the pending nomination of Donald Trump.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Hats off to the all-knowing Bill Kristol.

The dead-wood neoconservative is in the midst of a full-blown tantrum over Republican Front-runner Donald Trump’s impending nomination.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 29, 2016 – 3:05 PM

  • Initiatives must now go on November ballot
  • Top-two primary system also reduces impact
  • Next week’s ballot has just one statewide proposition

Incremental changes in California’s electoral system in recent years have had the effect – intended or inadvertent – of making its June primary elections less decisive.

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Daily Bulletin: Hillary Clinton campaign office opens in Colton

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By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/16 – 6:41 PM PDT |

COLTON >> One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empire’s first campaign office.

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LA County BOS-5 Candidates

Candidates for LA County Supervisor, from top left, Kathryn Barger, Elan Carr, Mitchell Englander, Bob Huff, Raj Kahlon, Billy Malone, Ara Najarian and Darrell Park.

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/27/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

Political observers are hedging their bets in the high-stakes race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who is being forced out of his 36-year post due to term limits.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump continues march to the Presidency

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

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

Billionaire GOP Presumptive Nominee Donald Trump is storming his way to the nominating convention.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Deputies pay situation a tragedy

Sheriff

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies have fallen into the ranks of some of the lowest compensated in Southern California.

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Randon Lane

Published: May 26, 2016 – 12:09 p.m.

The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association has not endorsed anyone in the race for the Third District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. But it’s pretty clear who they don’t like.

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

Bloomberg: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, Inspector General Finds

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Ben Brody
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Published: May 25, 2016 — 7:51 AM PDT
Updated:   May 25, 2016 — 9:39 AM PDT

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state violated State Department rules, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report that will hand Republicans an additional line of attack as the general election campaign gets under way.

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Daily Bulletin: Bernie Sanders visits San Bernardino

Campaigns

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise,
Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/24/16 – 3:33 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his campaign of unity and diversity to a crowd of more than 5,200 supporters Tuesday at the National Orange Show Events Center.

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Politico

By Carla Marinucci |
May. 24, 2016 – 7:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes?

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gets a round of applause during a rally at Lincoln Park in East Los Angeles. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Cathleen Decker
May 23, 2016

California, the state with a well-earned reputation for disinterest in things political, has been overrun by a vast and historic burst of new voters.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members at the union’s 2016 International Convention, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio – AP Photo)

National Politics
By Will Lester – Associated Press
May 23, 2016 5:29 PM

  • Sanders ‘Disturbed’ Clinton Won’t Debate

WASHINGTON —

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state’s June 7 primary.

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Daily Bulletin: Election 2016: Bill Clinton on campaign trail in Pomona

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton spoke in support of his wife, Hillary, Saturday before approximately 300 people at Ganesha High School in Pomona. The rally was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/21/16 – 8:48 PM PDT |

POMONA >> The 42nd President of the United States was on the campaign trail Saturday, hoping to help his wife become the 45th.

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he walks onto the stage during a rally May 17 in Carson. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/21/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire will be the center of the political universe Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both holding separate public rallies.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 21, 2016 – 1:59 PM

  • Governor reveals concerns about how he will leave
  • Budget looms as the greatest threat to his legacy
  • He shuns tax reform, pins hopes on a small reserve

Obliquely and perhaps unwittingly, Jerry Brown has acknowledged that as his remarkable political career nears an end, he’s concerned with how history will remember him.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood’s Pension Fairy Tale Continues

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has developed a new penchant for deceiving voters.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood for doubling-down on his fantasy pension crack down spin.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to her official campaign website.

Published: May 20, 2016
Updated:   May 21, 2016 12:05 p.m.

UPDATE (Saturday, May 21): Members of the public can now RSVP for the event.

The Inland Empire is getting its first visit from a 2016 presidential candidate and members of the public will have a chance to attend.

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to a campaign press release Saturday, May 21. The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination will attend “an organizing event” at the Johnson Family Practice Center, the release read.

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

Ballot Measures

John Myers
May 20, 2016 – 10:56 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown, still awaiting word on the legality of his plan to revamp the state’s parole laws, nonetheless submitted petition signatures on Friday to earn the measure a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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California Voter Registration Form

John Myers
May 19, 2016

A new analysis finds nearly 32,000 voters in California’s American Independent Party changed their official registration and left the party in the two weeks after a Los Angeles Times investigation identified widespread confusion among the party’s members.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 3:19 PM

  • Those who don’t follow popular opinions face harassment
  • Rush to enact new gun laws shows trend
  • Another bill would punish free speech

Those who, by word and deed, are out of sync with California’s deeply blue political ethos risk social ostracism.

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Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 11:59 AM

  • The former legislator admitted his part in a campaign finance scheme
  • The Fair Political Practices Commission lowered Strickland’s fine to $40,000
  • Strickland currently serves as the California chairman of the Committee for American Sovereignty, a new pro-Trump super PAC

Former Republican lawmaker Tony Strickland will pay a $40,000 fine under a settlement with campaign finance regulators approved Thursday, with the former lawmaker admitting that he arranged for supporters to bypass voter-approved contribution limits during his 2010 race for state controller.

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Sad Emoticon

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Organizer of anti-Trump effort in California laments Trump’s success
  • Of “Stop Trump” movement, Rob Stutzman says, “It’s not really ‘stop’ anymore. It’s just ‘never.’”
  • California votes on June 7

On a panel next to emissaries from the Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns on Thursday sat Rob Stutzman, the Republican political consultant who had been organizing a “Stop Trump” movement in California.

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Capitol Weekly: Politico sets sights on Sacramento

Politico

By John Howard
Posted 05.18.2016

Politico, a Washington, D.C.-based news outlet, plans to expand its California presence by adding 34 full-time employees by the end of next year and an additional seven by 2020, according to state business officials.

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Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Candidates for the Los Angeles County 5th Supervisorial District seat prepare to debate at the Community Church in Pasadena in April. From left are Kathryn Barger, Elan Carr, Mitchell Englander, Bob Huff, Ara Najarian and Darrell Park. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
MAy 16, 2016

Unions representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have pumped at least $800,000 into an independent expenditure committee supporting Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in her bid to replace him.

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Tim Donnelly

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly goes over strategy of campaigning door to door on April 23. Donnelly is now running for Congress. (Photo by Sarah Alvarado)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/15/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HESPERIA >> On a recent Saturday morning, former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly rallied the troops — in this case, seven volunteers — just off the 15 Freeway.

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Campaigns

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/15/16 – 11:45 AM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> In a three-car garage, about a dozen people drank wine and ate cheese and crackers — and waited.

Finally, a smiling Paul Chabot hurried up, yard signs advertising his congressional campaign tucked under one arm. His wife, and three of his four children (the fourth was at gymnastics practice) had arrived a few minutes before. They munched on snacks while they watched their father, who’s been running for the 31st Congressional District seat much of their lives, addressed the dozen or so residents gathered there, many of whom had worked to help defeat a proposed citywide tax in 2015.

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Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state visits key states in her quest to become the Democratic nominee for president.

By Anne Gearan and Dan Balz
May 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Hillary Clinton’s declining personal image, ongoing battle to break free of the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders and struggle to adapt to an anti-establishment mood among voters this year have become caution signs for her campaign and the focus of new efforts to fortify her position as she prepares for a bruising general election.

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Politico: State GOP leaders crush ‘Never Trump’ rebellions

Donald Trump

Across the country, state party leaders are pushing activists to get in line.

Party leaders this weekend encouraged, coaxed and even browbeat their rank-and-file into a message of unity behind Donald Trump. | AP Photo

Politico

By Kyle Cheney
05/14/16 – 10:56 PM EDT

Republican activists chose party unity over “never Trump” resistance Saturday, with party leaders in one state after another pressuring their members fall in line behind the presumptive nominee — and even punishing those who refused.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2016 – 1:54 PM

  • State’s economic recovery is beginning to cool off
  • Governor cuts revenue estimate in revised budget
  • ‘Very resolute’ attitude means conflict with liberals

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget on Friday the 13th, which implies that he’s not superstitious.

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Kamala Harris

At this past week’s Senate debate, Kamala Harris said of the utilities commission, “We are concerned about what’s going on there, that’s why there’s an active criminal investigation. And the bottom line is this: We are going to go where the facts lead us.” — (Hayne Palmour IV)

By Jeff McDonald |
May 14, 2016 – 8 a.m.

  • Reports of missed deadlines are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ Harris says

Eighteen months ago, when the Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant on the California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco, agents carted away computers, files and other materials by the armful.

It was more than a raid. It was a dramatic message to utility regulators: Attorney General Kamala Harris was serious about investigating government corruption.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

Published: May 13, 2016 – 4:01 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Friday, May 13 that he has returned all campaign contributions from a donor whose chain of auto repair businesses was fined six figures after state officials said customers paid for faulty and unneeded work.

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

Kevin Jeffries

Incumbent Kevin Jeffries faces Britt Holmstrom and Debbie Walsh for the First District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Published: May 13, 2016
Updated: May 14, 2016 8:45 a.m.

It’s not uncommon for Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries to be on the losing end of a 4-1 vote.

But the former Republican state assemblyman hopes to be on the winning end of the June 7 primary and retain his First District seat on the Board of Supervisors. His opponents are two Mead Valley women, activist Britt Holmstrom and Debbie Walsh, who served as an aide to Jeffries’ predecessor.

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

Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

By Joe Garofoli
May 13, 2016
Updated: May 13, 2016 – 2:57pm

California’s U.S. Senate race has been overshadowed by the high-profile presidential campaign but that might change a bit Friday when Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez launched TV commercials.

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The Sun: Donald Trump looks to cash in with California fundraisers

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By David Montero, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 05/12/16 – 9:47 PM PDT |

California is about to take on the role of general election ATM for Donald Trump.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Public records show that Brown has financial ties to a company that could profit greatly from shipping coal through Oakland.

Mike Rosati
May 12, 2016

During a high-profile speech last July in Vatican City, Governor Jerry Brown told Pope Francis that “90 percent of the coal” reserves worldwide “can never be taken out of the ground” if the planet is to avoid a climate catastrophe. Brown’s remarks, which are posted on the governor’s official website, were hailed by climate change activists around the globe and further positioned Brown as a world leader in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cheryl Brown

Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 11, 2016 – 6:45 a.m.

Critics of San Bernardino Democrat Cheryl Brown have a new nickname for the Inland assemblywoman – “Chevron Cheryl.”

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U.S. Senate Debate - 051016

Phil Willon, John Myers
May 10, 2016

U.S. Senate hopeful Kamala Harris found herself under attack Tuesday night during a fiery debate where she was accused of putting her political ambitions ahead of serving Californians as state Attorney General and pressed about why she hasn’t investigated police shootings.

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The Associated Press: Some big-name California Republicans among Trump delegates

GOP

By Michael R. Blood
Associated Press
May 10, 2016 – 12:26 AM EDT

Mitt Romney, John McCain and other prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump, but the billionaire businessman’s list of delegates from California released Monday includes Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House.

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Patrick McGreevy
May 9, 2016 – 2:01 P.M.

California enforcement officials are proposing $80,000 in ethics fines against former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Camarillo).

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David Brock

David Brock, once a prominent part of what Hillary Clinton described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to undermine her husband’s presidency, is now a driving force in the effort to get her elected to the White House.

By Evan Halper
May 10, 2016

When the Internet’s legions of Hillary hecklers steal away to chat rooms and Facebook pages to vent grievances about Clinton, express revulsion toward Clinton and launch attacks on Clinton, they now may find themselves in a surprising place – confronted by a multimillion dollar super PAC working with Clinton.

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GIZMODO: Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Facebook

Michael Nunez
May 9, 2016 – 09:10am

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

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IE Business Daily: Republican Elite Losing Their Collective Minds

IE Business Daily

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Republican Primary voters have spoken. Barring some disastrous, last-minute attempt to steal the Republican nomination at the convention, Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President.

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Southern California News Group: Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate: Endorsement

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) shares remarks at Girl Scouts At 100: The Launch of ToGetHerThere at Capitol Hill Cannon House Office Bldg, Caucus Room on Feb. 1, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of America)

By The Southern California News Group, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 05/06/16 – 4:50 PM PDT |

California in November will elect a new U.S. senator for the first time in 24 years. To replace four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer, who decided not to seek re-election, we endorse Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, because she has demonstrated incredible judgment on the most crucial issues of our generation, taking tough stands in the face of tremendous opposition.

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San Manuel Gaming Chip

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has increased it’s lobbyist spending by 74-percent from two years ago.

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
May 6, 2016 – 5:07 PM

Trade associations, unions and other lobbyist employers spent more than $74.3 million during the first three months of 2016, recent state filings show, with some groups spending significantly more compared to the same period in the last legislative session.

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Fox & Hounds

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Friday, May 6th, 2016

As they say about opera, “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

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