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Tony Cardenas

Campaign reports show that Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has spent $306,470 of his reelection fund on legal services from five area firms. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah D. Wire
May 5, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has poured more than $300,000 from his reelection campaign fund into legal services with five Los Angeles law firms in the last year, but his attorney says there is no indication the congressman is the subject of a rumored federal investigation.

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John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich drops out Wednesday. (Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle)

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 5:00 pm

When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his primary campaign, it was not a fatal blow to the Stop Trump movement. Many Republicans who opposed Donald Trump — because he’s a self-serving unreliable conservative likely to alienate huge swaths of the American electorate — weren’t particularly strong on Cruz, a staunch conservative in his own right, but also a craven opportunist who hurt the GOP brand with such kamikaze stunts as his push to shut down the government in a bound-to-fail (and it did) bid to defund Obamacare.

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InlandPolitics: Maybe nut-job Glenn Beck will go away

Glenn Beck

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Who’s had enough of Glenn Beck?

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InlandPolitics: Cruz drops out, Kasich set to do same

That's All Folks

Wednesday, May 4, 3016 – 09:00 a.m.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race for the republican nomination after a drubbing by Front-Runner Donald Trump in the state of Indiana.

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Paul Chabot

Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot meets with volunteers in Rancho Cucamonga in 2014. Although he lost that election to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, Chabot has essentially kept campaigning for the 31st Congressional District for the past two years. Both the San Bernardino GOP and the Redlands Tea Party Patriots have endorsed him for the upcoming June 7 primary. (File photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/03/16 – 6:42 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County conservative organizations like Paul Chabot, the once and future challenger to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino but are split on whether they should endorse Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley or former assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

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Robert Lovingood

1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

By Shea Johnson ,Staff Writer
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Posted:     May. 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM
Updated: May 3, 2016 at 5:27 PM

  • On core issues, incumbent touts progress; armed county workers idea being assessed

VICTORVILLE — County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has touted 2015 dips in overall crime and homelessness as two building blocks for his next four years should he win re-election.

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GOP

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
May 3, 2016 – 7:17 PM

  • State Republicans had hoped to play a decisive role in presidential race
  • “It was fun while it lasted,” Republican consultant says
  • Consultant working on anti-Trump effort in California says campaign will proceed

Marty Wilson, a Republican political consultant, was at a poolside reception at a GOP gathering in Burlingame over the weekend, analyzing paths forward for Ted Cruz and John Kasich in California. He offered one major caution.

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Phil Willon
May 3, 3016 – 7:51 P.M.

A competitive California presidential primary had all sorts of potential to scramble the other races on June 7. One possible outcome: A surge in Republican turnout could have dashed Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s hopes of making it past the primary and to the general election.

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InlandPolitics: Wilson endorses Cruz…Game Over!

Game Over

Monday, May 2, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The 2016 California republican party Convention is in the books.

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Joe Garofoli

By Joe Garofoli
Published: April 30, 2016
Updated:   April 30, 2016 – 9:37 pm

White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz looked into the sea of 600 key activists at the California Republican convention Saturday and said, “I have to say, this has been a remarkable week.”

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Fresno Bee: Trump takes off gloves in aggressive state GOP convention speech

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he is introduced by State Sen. Joel Anderson before speaking at the California Republican Party 2016 convention in Burlingame Friday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Political Notebook
By John Ellis
jellis@fresnobee.com
April 29, 2016 – 5:22 PM

  • After appearing more ‘presidential’ recently, Trump reverts to attack mode
  • Without teleprompter or notes, Trump careened from one subject to another
  • Hundreds of protesters delay Trump, try to rush entrance to convention hotel

BURLINGAME —

After winning the New York primary and following it up with a five-state string of victories last week, it was noted that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was acting more presidential.

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KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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InlandPolitics: Trump needs 49 percent of delegates from “in-play” states

GOP

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The sky looks clearer by the day for Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump.

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Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood received some bad news last night.

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The Sun: Chabot accuses Aguilar campaign of stealing signs

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar, left, and Paul Chabot.

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/27/16 – 5:54 PM PDT |

Redlands police are investigating a report from Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot that one of his campaign signs was stolen and replaced with a rival’s sign.

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Donald Trump

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 10:24 PM

  • Republican presidential candidate touches off campaign in California with rally in Orange County
  • Trump pins rising crime in Los Angeles area to illegal immigration
  • Thousands rally, while protesters demonstrate outside

COSTA MESA–

Donald Trump, touching off his presidential campaign in California ahead of the state’s critical primary, said Thursday that California has suffered more than any other state from “open borders,” while pinning crime in the Los Angeles area to illegal immigration.

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CAGOP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 6:26 AM

  • It’s been five decades since state GOP had such a chance
  • Trump, Cruz convention speeches sold out quickly
  • Party leaders call for unified message to defeat Democrat

Celeste Greig of Northridge said she will be sitting at a VIP table when Donald Trump gives his address Friday to Republican activists in Burlingame.

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Duncan Hunter

A photo posted on Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Facebook page about the time his campaign paid expenses on his trip to Italy.

By Morgan Cook |
April 28, 2016 – 7 a.m.

  • CREW also has concerns about oral surgery, video games, other expenses

An ethics advocacy group has filed complaints with two federal oversight agencies, asking officials to investigate what the group describes as a pattern of questionable campaign spending by Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine.

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InlandPolitics: Trump will get first ballot nomination

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump is firmly in the driver’s seat in reaching a first ballot GOP convention nomination.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte addresses the group’s fall convention in Anaheim in September 2015. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
April 27, 2016

Lost in the excitement over the top three GOP presidential candidates dropping by this weekend’s California Republican Party convention in Northern California is a proposed rules change that could have a big impact on the party’s leadership.

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InlandPolitics: Trump in Costa Mesa Thursday night

Donald Trump

Thursday, April 27, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Orange County on Thursday night.

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Ted Cruz

Wednesday, April, 27, 2016 – 10:15 p.m.

The Ted Cruz Campaign is coming to San Bernardino County.

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Campaigns

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00 p.m.

The race for the First District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is heating up as the June Primary approaches.

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Campaign 2016

GOP and Democratic presidential campaigns see gold in state’s high number of delegates.

Published: April 26, 2016
Updated: April 27, 2016 6:41 a.m.

Campaigns for the three remaining Republican presidential candidates are recruiting local delegates and keeping in touch with Inland GOP leaders as they plot strategies to win convention delegates in what has become a pivotal California primary.

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

Daily Press: On Lovingood’s record, a controlled attack

Tim Donnelly+Rick Roelle+Angela Valles

Tim Donnelly, Rick Roelle, and Angela Valles talk with each other during a break of the Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated meeting at Spring Valley Lake on Tuesday. Valles and Roelle are married, yet running against each other in the 1st District Supervisor race. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |
Five Supervisor contenders pitch candidacy at luncheon

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM
Updated at 7:22 AM

SPRING VALLEY LAKE — Former Apple Valley mayor Rick Roelle launched a controlled attack of San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s four-year term Tuesday, criticizing the incumbent’s record on public safety and special interest groups.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 26, 2016 – 3:50 PM

  • 34 Californians running for U.S. Senate this year
  • Which two will finish 1-2 in primary and face each other?
  • Monday’s debate among five candidates left Sanchez still standing

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire has inspired 34 men and women to seek her U.S. Senate seat this year.

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U.S. Supreme Court

A Supreme Court ruling protects public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors. (AFP / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
April 26, 2016

Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened the rights of the nation’s 22 million public employees to protect them against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.

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NBC News: Poll: Trump Reaches 50 Percent Support Nationally for the First Time

NBC

By Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos
April 26, 2016

Donald Trump has reached 50 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the beginning of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll in late December. This milestone is significant as the 2016 primary heads into its final few weeks of contests, as there has been intense speculation that Trump’s support has a ceiling. Though his support has hovered in the high 40s since mid-March, the front-runner had yet to secure half of Republican voters.

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debate

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 25, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

Stockton–

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez offered contrasting styles Monday in the first televised debate of the U.S. Senate contest, while a trio of Republicans leapt at the chance to participate in a bipartisan skirmish.

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U.S. Senate Sample Ballot - 060716

Sample ballot for the June 7 California Senate primary. (Los Angeles County)

John Myers
April 24, 2016

If elections officials could send just one message to California’s 17.2 million registered voters about the U.S. Senate primary in June, it would probably be this: Read the instructions carefully.

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Politico: Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump

Ted Cruz+John Kasich

The agreement is an acknowledgement by the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns that neither candidate can overtake Donald Trump before the convention, but that they can still deny him a first-ballot victory. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney
Published: 04/24/16 – 10:21 PM EDT
Updated:   04/24/16 – 11:09 PM EDT

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

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Campaigns

By Lisa Mascaro
April 24, 2016

A retired middle school principal was so moved by Donald Trump that he switched his Democratic Party registration so he can vote for the Republican billionaire in next Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.

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The Hill

By Jonathan Swan
04/24/16 – 10:30 AM EDT

Republican mega-donors, increasingly fed up with their party’s circus-like presidential primary, are sitting on their checkbooks until the nominee is decided.

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InlandPolitics: Trump gets large bounce out of New York win

Donald Trump

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald J. Trump has the wind at his back, according to recent polling, and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz knows it.

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Kurtis Lee
April 23, 2016

In his quest to win the GOP presidential nomination and avoid a contested party convention this summer, Donald Trump is banking on California.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez gestures on the steps of a congressional office building in Washington during orientation week for new members of Congress. (Alex Garcia / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon and Noah Bierman
April 22, 2016

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s easygoing, neighborly style has won over Orange County voters for two decades, but that blessing has come with a nettlesome curse: the occasional, stinging political gaffe.

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Donald Trump

(Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Kurtis Lee
April 22, 2016

Donald Trump has a message for people who are not registered with a political party in California: switch your affiliation to Republican in order to vote in the June 7 primary.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a San Diego news conference. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
April 21, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

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Capitol Weekly : Poll: Trump leads in GOP primary

Capitol Weekly

By Jonathan Brown
Posted 04.21.2016

Perhaps all attention on primary night in California should be on the 33rd Congressional District – home to the Trump National Golf Club. After all, in New York, the only Congressional District that Donald Trump didn’t win was the one in which he lives.

Trump is likely to do well in California, too.

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illegal-immigrant-sign

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 10:00 AM

  • Immigration remains major issue for Republicans in Riverside County
  • Republican presidential candidates’ focus on immigration elevates debate
  • Candidates gearing up for critical primary in California on June 7

MURRIETA– Morning light filtered into the doughnut shop in Murrieta’s old downtown, and Bob Swinford lingered over coffee, longing for a revolution.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump celebrates his win in the New York primary on Tuesday night with family and friends at Trump Tower. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
April 21, 2016 at 7:17 PM

  • The next primary is April 26, when five states vote. Stay caught up with the race.
  • Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the state with nine points over Bernie Sanders.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — As the Republican presidential race heads toward a possible contested convention, the three remaining candidates have begun considering vice-presidential picks — with a much different set of calculations from a normal political year.

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PPIC

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Surtax on high-income Californians, school bonds headed for November ballot
  • Unions support tax extension, education groups and developers want bonds
  • Gov. Jerry Brown has not endorsed either, critical of bond issue

California voters are inclined to extend extra taxes on the state’s high-income residents to support public education and pass a new school construction bond issue, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

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Chevron - Cheryl Brown Campaign Mailer

A campaign mailer, underwritten in part by Chevron, touts Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, as a champion of the environment. She failed to support major climate-change legislation last year. (Dan Smith dssmith@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:29 PM

  • California Environmental Justice Alliance condemns campaign mailer that lauds Brown’s environmental record
  • Brown’s camp defends the Democrat’s depiction as environmental advocate
  • Independent expenditure committee to support Brown’s re-election, largely supported by Chevron, paid for the advertisement

A California environmental group is crying foul after Chevron helped fund a campaign mailer casting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown as an “environmental champion for us all.”

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Fox News

Published: April 20, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton regained their stride in the presidential race Tuesday night, winning their respective primaries in New York — and sending a message to their rivals that their campaigns are back on track after recent stumbles.

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Politico: Trump’s real magic number is less than 1,237

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign is ready to pull out all the stops to woo unbound delegates if the nomination comes down to it. | Getty

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Politico

By Eli Stokols
04/20/16 – 12:13 AM EDT

  • GOP elite whisper about a lower threshold for the front-runner to clinch the nomination.

Even before Donald Trump’s big win in New York Tuesday night, the conversations among party officials and high-level operatives about a contested Republican convention were already shifting dramatically.

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High Speed Rail

A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
April 18, 2016

A key state legislative committee on Monday unanimously approved a Republican-led bill to strengthen oversight of the California bullet train, a sign of growing bipartisan concern about the project.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 17, 2016 – 12:05 PM

  • Legislature micromanages horse racing, liquor trade
  • Approving Arabian horse races rates an ‘urgency’ bill
  • Important issues languish in preoccupation with minor matters

One might think – or at least hope –that the men and women who occupy the state Capitol would devote themselves tirelessly to resolving complex issues of a very diverse and difficult-to-govern state.

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InlandPolitics: Trump, Clinton lead in new California poll

California - CBS 041716

CBS - California 041716 Dem

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have double-digit leads in a new CBS/YouGov poll  of California voters released Sunday.

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AIP Check Off

The American Independent Party is California’s largest third party. A poll shows 73% may be in it by mistake. Are you one of them?

By John Myers, Christine Mai-Duc and Ben Welsh
April 17, 2016

With nearly half a million registered members, the American Independent Party is bigger than all of California’s other minor parties combined. The ultraconservative party’s platform opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage, and calls for building a fence along the entire United States border.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who is leading a U.S. Congressional delegation to the Russian Federation speaks during a news conference in U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who led the six-person delegation this week, said at a press conference Sunday that there was “nothing specific” that could have helped April’s bombings, but that the U.S. and Russia needed to work more closely on joint security threats. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, lashed out at former county GOP chief Scott Baugh for raising money to campaign for his congressional seat, expressing concern Friday that his longtime friend would run against him. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP File)

By Martin Wisckol
April 15, 2016
Updated April 16, 2016 – 3:20 p.m.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lashed out at former county GOP chief Scott Baugh for raising money to campaign for his congressional seat, expressing concern Friday that his longtime friend would run against him.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton at Los Angeles Southwest College

Kurtis Lee and Evan Halper
April 16, 2017

There may have been just one place that could draw Hillary Clinton away this weekend from the electoral brawl in New York, where the Democratic front-runner faces a defining moment in just a few days when voters there decide whether to clear the path for her nomination or send her campaign a destabilizing jolt.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump regains momentum, Cruz fades

Donald Trump

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 04:30 p.m.

Following a bumpy two-week period in his campaign, GOP Front-runner Donald Trump is flying high again.

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Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

How does a prosecutor build a case if she’s representing a potential witness in her investigation?

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The Wall Street Journal: Opinion: Let Me Ask America a Question

Elections

Photo: Getty Images/Blend Images

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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

Opinion Commentary

By Donald J. Trump
April 14, 2016 – 7:18 p.m. ET

How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.

On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown laughs on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (Andrew Seng)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 14, 2016 – 12:24 PM

  • Brown under fire for environmental record
  • Faces election challenge from fellow Democrat
  • A California Democrat facing a rare challenge from the left over her environmental record has gotten a $1 million boost from Chevron.

The independent expenditure on behalf of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, should sharpen the divisions in a race showcasing liberal discontent with business-friendly Assembly Democrats. Environmental and labor groups angered by Brown’s stance on climate legislation last year have backed a challenger and fellow Democrat, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump has not taken independent expenditure money and does not have the kind of war chest typical for a general election campaign. Above, Trump in Rome, N.Y., earlier this month. (Mike Groll / AP)

Stephen Battaglio
April 14, 2016

GOP bigwigs aren’t the only ones worried about Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

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Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders square off in Brooklyn on April 14, 2016.

Michael A. Memoli and Evan Halper
April 14, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders was anxious to land some tough blows during a debate against Hillary Clinton in his native Brooklyn on Thursday night as he strove for an upset victory over a front-runner whose roots in the crucial electoral state also run deep, but Hillary Clinton came to the matchup prepared.

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Conventions - 2016

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 13, 2016 – 10:38 AM

District-level Democratic delegates run in pre-primary caucuses; Republicans chosen by presidential candidates

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Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, from left, talks with Democratic U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro, Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio on the steps of the Capitol. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Phil Willon
April 13, 2016

The calls to Encino attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik came every few weeks, pleading for her to run for the California state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Fran Pavley.

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Donald Trump

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 13, 2016 – 1:43 PM

  • Republican frontrunner joins Ted Cruz and John Kasich at gathering

Donald Trump will address California Republicans at the state party’s spring convention, joining Ted Cruz and John Kasich at the Bay Area gathering ahead of the state’s critical primary, the party announced Wednesday.

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Mike Hestrin

The DA is returning contributions from an auto repair business that’s been penalized for fraud.

Published: April 12, 2016 – Updated: 11:02 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin on Tuesday, April 12, said he would return donations made to his campaign by Certified Tire & Service Centers and its owner, Jeffrey Alan Darrow, after news surfaced of past penalties for defrauding customers that cost the company at least $750,000.

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

Politifact CA: A Look At Ted Cruz’ Record With The Truth As He Visits California

Ted Cruz

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a campaign event at Mekeel Christian Academy on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Scotia, N.Y. Cruz is scheduled to campaign in California on Monday.

By Chris Nichols
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.

Republican Ted Cruz will bring his conservative campaign for president to California on Monday, with stops scheduled in Orange County and San Diego.

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CNN Politics: Polls: Trump, Clinton lead big in NY, PA

CNN

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Sun April 10, 2016 – Updated 10:13 AM ET

(CNN) — Donald Trump is leading his rivals for the Republican nomination by more than 20 points in the upcoming primary contests of New York and Pennsylvania, according to a pair of Fox News polls released Sunday.

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John Moorlach

Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), second from right, bids farewell to fellow lawmakers at the end of the Senate floor session in Sacramento on Sept. 11, 2015. Moorlach is a leading voice in the Legislature against skyrocketing debt being piled up by public pension systems. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 10, 2016

Republican state Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa has emerged as a leading voice in the Legislature against skyrocketing debt piled up by public pension systems.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 8, 2016 – 1:00 PM

  • 48 percent of likely voters don’t have a candidate in mind
  • Harris, Sanchez continue to hold down top two positions
  • Pollster describes ‘extremely quiet’ contest

Californians have the rare opportunity to vote for a new U.S. senator in two months – but nearly half of likely voters still haven’t settled on a candidate, according to the latest Field Poll.

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Mimi Walters

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
April 7, 2016

Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

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Conflict of Interest

Patrick McGreevy
April 7, 2016

The state Senate voted Thursday to expand a law that requires public officials to disclose when they have a conflict of interest and to recuse themselves from voting on a government contract involving a relative.

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InlandPolitics: NY Daily News exhibits some humor on Cruz thud

Ted Cruz

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

Hats off to the New York Daily News.

The New York City daily newspaper laid into Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday afternoon.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino

April 5th, 2016 – 11:10 am ·

The signing of a bill that will gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was a cause for celebration among the state’s Democrats on Monday, April 4.

But in the race between two Democrats for an Inland Assembly seat, the new wage provided more fodder for attacks. Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, voted for the minimum wage legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

Kamala Harris

Her office’s criminal investigation of the nuclear plant’s closure has drawn scrutiny as she runs for U.S. Senate.

By Amita Sharma
Evening Edition
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

When criminal investigators with the California Attorney General’s Office searched the home of a former top utility regulator early last year, they uncovered evidence that upended a story state officials and a major electric utility had been telling consumers about the deal to pay for the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Wage hike a classic Jerry Brown act

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Brown signs a minimum wage bill at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Al Seib – Los Angeles Times)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 4, 2016 – 2:58 PM

  • Governor opposed minimum wage boost, then embraced it
  • It’s similar to his 1978 flip-flop on Proposition 13
  • The consequences won’t be known until he’s exited

Gov. Jerry Brown joined other political figures one evening last week to raise money for a Capitol internship program and deliver a paean to political compromise.

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U.S. Supreme Court

Courts & Law

By Robert Barnes
April 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM
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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on the total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests that wanted the districts based only on the number of people eligible to vote.

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InlandPolitics: The hyped Wisconsin Primary and Trump voters

Wisconsin Flag

Monday, April 4, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Tuesday is the Wisconsin Primary.

The supposed make or break contest for Front-runner Donald Trump and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Yes I know. Wisconsin make or break? Really???

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United States presidential election, 2016

Published: April 1, 2016
Updated:   April 3, 2016 – 10:52 p.m.

Four years ago, Republicans and Democrats at the national level used California’s 41st Congressional District to fight the ongoing war for control of the the House of Representatives.

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

Elections

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 3, 2016 at 3:21 PM

The California Secretary of State and San Bernardino County Election’s office released their lists of certified candidates Friday, detailing the make-up of six pivotal local races. The lists show not much changed in recent weeks with the exception of some fringe candidates not qualifying for the ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 3, 2016 – 8:01 AM

  • Democrats Harris and Sanchez running 1-2 in polls
  • If primary ends that way, they will face each other again
  • Republican and independent voters may be decisive

Bill Carrick, the veteran political consultant who advises U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, was obviously elated last month by a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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LA County Seal

Abby Sewell
April 3, 2016

While the contentious presidential contest has drawn most of the spotlight in the lead-up to California’s June primary, the election also marks the next phase of a sea change in Los Angeles County government.

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Do The Math

Guest Post by Jim Hoft
Apr 2nd, 2016 – 11:20 pm

Based on current delegate counts and poll numbers Ted Cruz will be mathematically unable to reach the delegate count required for him to win the Republican Presidential nomination.

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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

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa sat down with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Here’s how the interview went.

Politics
By Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
April 2, 2016 at 6:51 PM
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Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession” and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts.

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Election 2016

The field of candidates for Republicans and Democrats is narrowing down in the 2016 presidential race. These front-runners have different campaign styles and carry with them their own special rally atmospheres and celebrity supporters.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 2, 2016 – 5:45 AM

  • Trump, Cruz and Kasich joined by Carson and Gilmore
  • Rubio, Bush, Fiorina and Christie all removed from ballot
  • Clinton, Sanders to appear with five unknown challengers

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified the final list of candidates appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

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InlandPolitics: Pro-Trump Super-PAC takes off in Wisconsin

Friday, April 1, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump has the world in another tailspin, once again playing the media and sucking all the oxygen out of the air for his opponents.

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Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, and Sen. Richard M. Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, at a meeting on Capitol Hill in February. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Cathleen Decker
March 31, 2016

Don’t ask Dianne Feinstein just yet whether she plans to run for a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate, a seat that will be on the ballot in 2018.

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Politico: Trump takes back pledge to support GOP nominee

Politico

By Kyle Cheney
Published: 03/29/16 – 09:48 PM EDT
Updated:   03/29/16 – 10:47 PM EDT

Donald Trump has rescinded his pledge to support the Republican nominee for president.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), left, and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. (AP)

Phil Willon
March 28, 2016

California’s U.S. Senate campaign appears stuck in a political stasis, with nearly a third of voters still undecided about who to support in a race lost in the shadow of the nation’s presidential contest, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Raul Ruiz

Democratic incumbent Raul Ruiz faces a challenge from Republicans Jeff Stone and Steven Wolkowicz.

Published: March 25, 2016 – 6:03 p.m.

California’s 36th Congressional District reflects how much Riverside County’s political landscape has changed.

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