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Calbuzz: Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt

Calbuzz

Political news, analysis, commentary and more about California and beyond
By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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Karl Rove

Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists started American Crossroads, the “super PAC” that has been among the single most powerful forces in national politics. But its pre-eminence is being tested. (Credit Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

By Eric Lichtblau and Maggie Haberman
May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun to talk specifics about fire outsourcing. What does the city hope to accomplish and what outcome can be expected from the organization they choose?

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The Sacramento Bee: Calderon corruption trial pushed back more than six months

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. | Manny Crisostomo The Sacramento Bee file

Capitol Alert
May 19, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

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California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Left: European Pressphoto Agency; Right: AP)

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
May 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Despite the blur of activity by innumerable candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign so far is a mostly shapeless enterprise, save for one dominant factor: the prominence of money in the narrative. More than anything, money has been the defining characteristic of the race, highlighted by the political and private activities of the brand names of Clinton and Bush.

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Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez greets paradegoers during a Veterans Day celebration in Fullerton in 2008. Some say Sanchez’s lack of restraint could work to her advantage. (File: Michael Goulding / Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
May 18, 2015
Updated: May 19, 2015 – 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

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Supreme Court of the United States

By David G. Savage
May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy dealt a speedy setback Monday to conservative advocacy groups that had sought to shield the names of their major donors in California.

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The Sacramento Bee: Drought could spell trouble for California Democrats

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the “bad news” at a party gathering over the weekend.

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is in favor of ending temporary taxes under voter-approved Proposition 30.

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/18/2015 – 05:50:33 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget late last week, the news that California is swimming in black ink rightfully stole the show.

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George Stephanopoulos

ABC’s anchor much closer to Hillary’s foundation than he told his viewers.

Peter Schweizer
May 18, 2015 – 10:36 a.m. EDT

Fact-driven, fair, aggressive journalism animates American politics. As an investigative journalist, I am accustomed to asking tough questions. When I publish, I expect tough questions in turn,

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The Washington Post: Wide GOP field has party leaders anxious about ’16

GOP

By Philip Rucker and Jenna Johnson
May 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

DES MOINES — To take back the White House after eight years in the political wilderness, Republicans think they must soften their image and expand their appeal in particular to women and Latino voters. As Jeb Bush, a leading presidential contender, puts it, “We’re going to win if we show our hearts.”

But the GOP’s strategic imperative is running headlong into its structural reality.

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

The contours of California’s U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance.

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Xavier Becerra

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. | Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
May 15, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

Veteran congressman questions where she stands
“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?”

Anaheim — Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 03:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about national headlines. But first, they start in San Bernardino, where the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy was released yesterday. In it, the city says it’s planning to pay its creditors 1% of what they are owed.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, hugs her half-brother, Stephen Sanchez, after announcing she will run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was surrounded by family and supporters at the Santa Ana train station on Thursday. | Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Orange County, rocked the political world nearly two decades ago when she narrowly ousted a sharp-tongued Republican congressman and then defended the seat in a rematch.

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Bill Clinton+George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos, right, interviewing former President Bill Clinton last year for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Credit Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Politics
By Jeremy W. Peters and John Koblin
May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even after more than a decade as an analyst, anchor and public face for ABC News, George Stephanopoulos has never been able to shake the image that many Republicans have of him: Clinton hatchet man.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Pete Aguliar, D-Redlands, and his wife recently spent a week spending no more than $4.73 a day per person on food to call attention to hunger in the Inland Empire.

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

Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC fines San Bernardino County D.A. Mike Ramos for third time

Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 3:18 PM PDT |

A prominent Rancho Cucamonga political action committee could be fined $6,000 by the state’s ethics watchdog for failing to timely file two campaign statements, and failing to timely disclose contributions it received and made during the 2010 election.

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Perris

Julio Rodriguez agrees to a deal that will remove him from the Perris City Council immediately.

Published: May 11, 2015 – Updated: 10:18 p.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug charge and has resigned his council seat.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (Right) and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

By Adam Elmahrek
May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has agreed to pay $13,000 in fines to the state’s political watchdog for several violations of state law related to a real estate deal he conducted with a city contractor.

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U-T San Diego: Supervisor had staff do political work

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts’ county staff chased endorsements, attended political events, monitored political groups

By Joshua Stewart
Updated: May 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO — In a busy schedule packed with public appearances, meet-and-greets and speeches, county Supervisor Dave Roberts had his staff make sure they not only kept him abreast of his civic duties, but he also had county employees do political work on his behalf.

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Hillary Clinton

In this April 29, 2015 file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush fundraises for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t personally ask for money. | Mark Lennihan, File – AP Photo

By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
May 11, 2015

When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.”

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money

By Cathleen Decker
May 11, 2015

Thursday’s radio report danced with anticipation — rain was on the way — and then anchor Dick Helton broke in with news of another sort.

“Hillary’s in town,” the KNX mainstay chortled. “She’s here for the money.”

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Charles Washington

Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington

Published: May 8, 2015 – Updated: 2:18 p.m.

Chuck Washington went from gubernatorial pick to Riverside County supervisor in less than week. His campaign to retain his seat is off to a fast start as well.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 9, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

California’s Silicon Valley may be the world capital of hubris, where 20-somethings with the right idea at the right time can become instantly wealthy.

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Daily Press: GOP leader talks strategy; Runner announces re-election bid

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party gives the keynote address at the Victor Valley Republican Club and the High Desert Republican Women Federated at the ‘Dinner with Senator Jim Brulte, (RET)” event at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, in Victorville. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

POLITICS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted May. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated at 11:10 PM

VICTORVILLE — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte urged fellow Republicans on Thursday night to remain patient as the party seeks to build on gains made last year. He also made no bones about the party’s nationwide goal: defeating Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.

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Campaigns

Politics
May 9, 2015
By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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Gavin Newsom

In this photo taken Monday, April 20, 2015, Lt. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Californians for Safety and Justice conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, have teamed up with computer scientists at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a web-based video search engine that they hope will democratize government by using the latest in voice- and face-recognition software to allow people to see, hear and read what their representatives are doing in the state capital. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Melody Gutierrez
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Updated 12:23 pm

SACRAMENTO — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new online search tool Wednesday that he said will open up the way the California Legislature does business and radically transform state politics “from a world of promises to a world of participation.”

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Palmdale Seal

By Jean Merl
May 7, 2015

Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Calderon

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 5, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

What began as a push by two California newspaper groups for the calendars of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee may ultimately broaden public access to legislative business and change the way lawmakers operate at the Capitol.

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Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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Recall

By Emily Foxhall
May 4, 2015

A group behind the effort to recall an Orange County Superior Court judge filed the necessary paperwork Monday with the county’s Registrar of Voters to get the process underway.

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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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Money Printing Press

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/02/2015 – 04:17:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/02/2015 – 04:26:59 PM PDT

Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn’t mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart.

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Politico: Hollywood bundlers are losing the spotlight

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 12:  In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Clooney;Barack Obama

Washington – October 12 : In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Politico

Power shifts to those who write giant checks, rather than collect many smaller ones.

By Todd S. Purdum
5/3/15 – 7:50 AM EDT
Updated 5/3/15 10:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES – In the wide-open, Wild West world of political fundraising spawned by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, a once-bright liberal star has dimmed a bit in the current presidential election cycle: The Hollywood bundler.

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Politico: Hillary Clinton’s big-money dilemma

Democratic Presidential hopeful and former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton participates in a small business roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15, 2015 in Norwalk, Iowa. Mrs. Clinton has spent the last two days in Iowa to focus on smaller communities in Iowa and have discussions about how to make the economy work for everyday Americans.  AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS        (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Clinton campaign’s go-small political message is butting up against 2016’s big bucks reality. / Getty

Politico

By Glenn Thrush and Anna Palmer
5/1/15 – 6:23 PM EDT

There is a growing realization inside Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters and among the wider circle of Democratic operatives that coming up with the requisite $1 billion to $2.5 billion in campaign and super PAC cash for the 2016 campaign will be a lot tougher than anticipated — and demands a more aggressive approach to out-of-the-gate fundraising.

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Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland governor and potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands on Tuesday, May 5, for a talk at Esri. (Winn McNamee/Getty Images)

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

Former Maryland governor and potential presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands next week as he faces questions about his political future following turmoil in a city he led for eight years.

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

gavel

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/01/2015 – 01:23:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/01/2015 – 03:05:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A groundbreaking tentative court ruling that orders the release of two disgraced state lawmakers’ appointment schedules has sparked “great consternation” at the Capitol, an attorney for the Legislature told a judge Friday.

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Money

By Maura Dolan
May 1, 2015

California may require charities that raise money in the state to disclose the names of major contributors, a federal appeals court decided Friday.

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GOP

By Jean Merl
May 1, 2015

The GOP has added two more Californians to its list of House members it considers most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Hillary Clinton

By Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson, Associated Press
May 1, 2015

Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Philip Bump

The Fix
By Philip Bump
May 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The last time Barack Obama ran for president, he had overwhelming support from Hispanic voters. According to exit polling, Hispanics backed the Democratic president by a 44-point margin. And with one out of every 10 votes coming from Hispanics, that helped Obama trounce Mitt Romney.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Baltimore, Hillary and the NFL Draft

Lou Desmond

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about Baltimore. After a week of unrest, six officers were charged this morning in the death of Freddie Gray. But can the prosecutor make the case?

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
April 30, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gambling and liquor interests wielded a big stick in the state Capitol during the mid-20th century.

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Politico: Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Politico

Donors are having second thoughts about big giving as accusations fly about Hillary Clinton’s role.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
4/30/15 – 6:02 AM EDT
Updated 4/30/15 11:42 AM EDT

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton problems worsen

Smoke and Mirrors

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is rapidly becoming the GOP dream opponent.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Tom Del Beccaro joins the show to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Find out his platform and how you can be part of his campaign. Then Lou and Tom discuss the situation in Baltimore and what the community needs to truly move forward from this.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is photographed during a round-table discussion in Keene, N.H., on April 20. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

By Cathleen Decker
April 26, 2015

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks both boosted and complicated by the veneer of inevitability.

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Politico Magazine: Bill and Hillary’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

For four years the Clintons roamed the world separately, she for the State Department, he for his foundation, talking the whole time. Does that add up to scandal?

Politico

By Michael Hirsh
April 25, 2015

To get to the bottom of the latest incarnation of Clinton-gate, you’re going to have to get inside one of the most impenetrable marriages ever. Good luck with that.

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San Francisco Chronicle: A properly predicted Clinton campaign conflict

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Opinion
By Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Published Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 10:19 pm

My prediction that Hillary Rodham Clinton was inviting nothing but trouble by announcing early that she’s running for president is starting to come true.

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Christina Gagnier

Democratic Assembly candidate Christina Gagnier

Published: April 24, 2015 – Updated: 9:17 a.m.

Former congressional candidate Christina Gagnier has set her sights on an Inland state Assembly seat next year.

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

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, visits a Century City bank branch in July 2013 with Steven A. Sugarman, president and chief executive officer of Banc of California, Inc. Villaraigosa is an advisor to the bank. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan
April 24, 2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, voiced concern Friday that the Democratic Party was “kind of stuck in last year,” saying he expected the former secretary of state to face “a very close election” for president.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Jim Renzas, a site selector from the RHS Group, joins Lou to talk about business prospects in California. Businesses don’t want to come to California right now. What does that mean for our economy?

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Daily Bulletin: Hagman to hold Open House event

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

Hagman

Posted: 04/22/15, 5:49 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman will hold a “meet and greet” open house for the public on April 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Really

By Patrick McGreevy
April 23, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state.

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BloombergPolitics

David Knowles
Apr 24, 2015 – 2:00 AM PDT

How Hillary Clinton’s new campaign reacted to a brutal morning in the press.

To run the risk of understatement, Thursday did not begin well for the Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign.

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New York Magazine: The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency

Clinton Global Initiative

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton listens to the speech of U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Sheraton New York Hotel on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Chait
April 23, 2015

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss all kinds of government corruption. They start at home with the FBI corruption probe in Beaumont. What’s going on there?

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Campaigns

Published: April 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:52 a.m.

The mayor of Indio is planning to challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz for his Riverside County congressional seat in 2016.

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

Politico: Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016

Politico

Documents detail plans to beef up the network’s state-of-the-art data system and pay hundreds of staff embedded in local communities across the country.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
4/22/15 – 1:09 PM EDT
Updated 4/23/15 12:11 AM EDT

The Koch brothers’ political machine is expanding into new states and recruiting new donors as it seeks to shape the Republican Party — and its presidential field — headed into 2016, according to interviews with multiple sources, as well as confidential donor briefing documents obtained by POLITICO.

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InlandPolitics: Body cameras and $650,000

SBCO

Spin Zone

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders are working overtime trying to put out fires caused mainly by its Sheriff’s Department.

Fires that have, and will, cost the county’s taxpayers dearly.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/22/2015 – 7:43 AM

It’s always perilous for politicians to tell the truth, as President Barack Obama discovered when he commented on Kamala Harris’ good looks in 2013.

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Orange County Seal

April 22, 2015
Updated April 21, 2015 – 7:36 p.m.
By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / STAFF WRITER

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally called for Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly to resign because of his decision to sentence a child rapist to 10 years instead of the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

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Politico: Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

Politico

By Mike Allen
4/21/15 – 7:06 AM EDT

Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, speaks at the Democratic Foundation of Orange County’s luncheon at the Hilton in Irvine on Monday. (KYUSUNG GONG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

April 20, 2015 – Updated 9:19 p.m.
By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER

Sounding like she’s on the verge of declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez encouraged donors in Orange County to pony up Monday and explained why she would be a better choice than Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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BloombergPolitics

Julie Bykowicz
Apr 20, 2015 – 2:46 PM PDT

The world’s fifth richest person has regularly donated to the Wisconsin governor.

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker moves toward a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen and biggest political influencers, David Koch, had high praise for him on Monday.

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Daily Bulletin: Reps. Aguilar, Torres reflect on first 100 days in Congress

Norma Torres

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, greets UPS drivers as they file out of their morning meeting on March 9 at their distribution center in Ontario. Torres, who was elected to Congress in November, was on a “jobs listening tour” of her district to help craft her legislative agenda in Washington. Beau Yarbrough — Staff file photo

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

After 100 days on the job, freshmen Reps. Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres unveiled their plans this past week for creating more jobs in the Inland Empire.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana

April 19, 2015 – Updated 10:06 p.m.
By Martin Wicskol, Staff Columnist

Before heading back to Congress after a two-week Easter recess, Rep. Loretta Sanchez stoked the buzz that she’ll be challenging Attorney General Kamala Harris next year in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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Pete Wilson+Gray Davis

Former Gov. Pete Wilson, left, and Gov. Gray Davis with moderator Jim Newton at a Town Hall Los Angeles luncheon on Wednesday. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
April 19, 2015

Two former governors sat before a crowd of civic leaders last week, a serene 51 floors above the lunch-hour cacophony of Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were doing what politicians do, debating the fine points of policy.

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Clinton Cash

By Amy Chozick
April 19, 2015

The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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InlandPolitics: Presidential Campaigns – 2016

Campaigns

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s a few takeaways from the 2016 Presidential campaign trail.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case continued again

Scales of Justice

Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

The nearly nine-year old prosecution of the California Charter Academy criminal case has been delayed again.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: April 16, 2015 – Updated: 4:04 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley’s chief of staff wants to succeed his boss in 2018.

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

U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
April 17, 2015

Despite optimistic talk from Democrats and Republicans about overhauling the tax code, General Electric Co. recently showed that corporate executives aren’t holding their breath for a bipartisan deal any time soon.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, April 17, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation. They discuss the caring, down to earth Hillary Clinton that Iowa saw this week. Do you buy it?

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Question Mark

By Patrick McGreevy
April 16, 2015

After leaving the state Senate in 2013 for health reasons, and before returning to the Senate in a special election last month, Sharon Runner was kept on the Senate payroll by her Republican colleagues as an aide.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about her 2016 Senate run in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

By Carla Marinucci
April 16, 2015
Updated: April 16, 2015 – 10:26pm

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris tackled some national issues Thursday, expressing support for President Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iran and for authorizing military force against the Islamic State, but she declined to take stands on Internet privacy and easing restrictions on marijuana.

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