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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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money in hand

By Patrick McGreevy
August 26, 2014

With two of its members accused of accepting payments for favors, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the restitution fines for legislators and city council members convicted of accepting a bribe in exchange for influence on official action.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Ex-councilman details accusations against former colleagues

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City Council members denounce Jeff DeGrandpre’s allegations as “lies” and “falsehoods”

Published: Aug. 22, 2014 Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Former Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre has detailed allegations that some of his former colleagues took part in “back-door dealing” and met illegally – accusations they denounced as lies.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino charter change arguments set

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/14, 6:30 PM PDT | Updated: 6 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The statements voters will find on their ballots arguing for and against changing the city charter are decided.

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Paul Chabot

Chabot

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/25/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose 31st Congressional District seat was considered the most vulnerable in the upcoming election, has formally handed the baton to candidate Paul Chabot, announcing his endorsement in a news release on Monday.

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VVDailyPress: Trial close for former Barstow mayor

Joe Gomez

CRIMINAL COURTS
After long delays, sexual battery case looms next week
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Delayed for years by attorney changes, ongoing investigation and scheduling conflicts, the misdemeanor sexual battery trial for former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez is expected to finally get underway next week, the case’s prosecutor said Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 11:11 pm

As the 2012-14 biennial legislative session entered its final week Monday, it was evident – with very few exceptions – that big public policy issues have given way to conflicts among moneyed interests.

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CPR: Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Mixed Drink

Katie Orr
Monday, August 25, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

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National Journal

Financial reports filed this week detail the people—almost all of them men—who gave the most money to super PACs last month.

By Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
August 22, 2014

Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names.

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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

U.S. House of Representatives

Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:31 am

It’s no secret that quite a few state legislators actually live outside districts they represent even though state law and constitution require them to reside in their districts.

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SJMercuryNews: DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow

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By JULIET WILLIAMS and FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press
Posted: 08/23/2014 10:57:42 AM PDT
Updated: 08/23/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

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WashPost: Why so many Americans hate politics

I Hate Politics

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

In a time of political polarization, one thing still unites left, right and center: the disdain people have for Washington, their elected leaders and the political system.

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InlandPolitics: Political (water) consultant candidate for O.C. water board

waterdrop

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

From political/campaign consultant to water consultant! Really?

The political blogs down in the O.C. are buzzing this week over the new candidacy of campaign consultant Dave Ellis.

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IEBusinessDaily: Political Whispers

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IE Business Daily

Political Whispers
August 23, 2014

The City of Highland has decided, under threat of litigation, to place a measure on the November Ballot that requests the voters of Highland to determine whether or not they want the City Council broken into district representation.

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Ben Hueso

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:22 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand.

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The Hill: White House defends Obama on golf

The Hill

By Justin Sink – 08/22/14 03:44 PM EDT

Leisure activities like golf “are a good way for release and clearing of the mind,” the White House said Friday, amid criticism over the optics of President Obama hitting the links just minutes after delivering a speech on the death of journalist Jim Foley at the hands of Islamist militants.

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NYTimes: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics

Barack Obama

President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats have said his vacation is ill timed. (Credit Steven Senne/Associated Press)

By PETER BAKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
AUG. 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

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SacBee: Assembly passes constitutional amendment to suspend lawmaker pay

California Assembly Seal

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 8:45 pm

The Assembly on Wednesday deferred for two years the public’s vote on a constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to strip wayward colleagues of their salaries.

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mail-in-ballot-voter

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 7:00 am

Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento.

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Politico: McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

Politico

By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 7:29 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporter Mary Jo Pitzer at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.

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Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll.

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LATimes: Measure to withhold pay from suspended legislators misses 2014 ballot

too-late

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:16 am

When schoolchildren visit the Capitol, they often receive sheets of paper purporting to describe how a legislative bill becomes law.

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calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.

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free tickets

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

The state Assembly on Monday approved a measure that would lower the gift limit to elected officials from $440 to $200 and prohibit them from accepting free entry to professional sports and entertainment events, golf tournaments, spa treatments and amusement parks.

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Rick Perry

It lets him play victim, among other things.
By Lucia Graves
August 18, 2014

After the schadenfreude surrounding news of Rick Perry’s indictment subsided on Friday night, America awoke this weekend to a general consensus that the case against the Texas governor was overblown. Obama adviser David Axelrod deemed it “sketchy,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz dubbed it “outrageous,” and MSNBC’s Tim Noah tweeted, “I’m no fan of Rick Perry & I’m no lawyer. But this indictment looks pretty thin to me.”

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Spending in recall, upcoming election detailed

Moreno Valley seal

Spending in the recall election against former Mayor Tom Owings was around $86,000 while four candidates have begun campaign spending for the fall race.

Published: Aug. 17, 2014 Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Candidates and committees spent a combined $86,000 in the June recall election in which former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings lost his seat, according to the latest campaign finance statements.

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

Jim Brulte

A path above superminority status seem well-lit, but either way, party leader Jim Brulte sees to have a formula for rebuilding the party one voter at a time.

By MATTHEW FLEMING / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.

When Jim Brulte ran for California Republican Party chairman, he campaigned on three things: Help maintain the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, eliminate the Democrats’ supermajority in the Assembly and rebuild the party from the ground up.

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Politico: Poll: Reelection rating at 20-year low

Gallup

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 8/18/14 6:17 AM EDT

Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.

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The PE: FONTANA: Joe Baca’s comeback bid in politics continues

Joe Baca

Baca

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 6:31 p.m.

The man they call “Working Joe” is working on another comeback.

Joe Baca is running to become mayor of Fontana, where he and his wife bought a home two years ago. The campaign follows an unsuccessful bid earlier this year to return to Congress, where the Democrat served seven terms representing part of San Bernardino County.

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

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

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Politico: The (maybe) trial of Rick Perry

Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New Orleans

Perry has been trying to remake his image in apparent anticipation for a presidential bid. | Getty

By TARINI PARTI | 8/16/14 8:22 PM EDT

Rick Perry is in trouble — or is he?

Even for Texas, a state that prides itself on super-sizing everything, a grand jury’s decision to indict the governor was a big deal, shocking political observers and raising questions about the Republican’s 2016 plans.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

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Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: November ballot contests

Politics

The fall ballot will feature a contest for county supervisor between two longtime legislators and more than a few political comeback attempts.

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature a battle between a state legislator and a member of Congress plus a few political comeback attempts in San Bernardino County.

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

money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 3:27 pm

With the fall campaign season fast approaching, candidates and ballot measure campaigns will raise money as fast as they can spend it in the coming weeks.

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The PE: REGION: November ballot complete

Elections

In some districts, an insufficient number of candidates filed, which will lead to appointments of new governing board members.

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

The fields are complete for the Nov. 4 ballot and several competitive races have developed for Inland elections.

Wednesday was the last day for candidates to qualify for the ballot in city council, school board and specials district races throughout Riverside County. Friday was the initial deadline, but races in which incumbents chose not to run were extended to allow challengers to join.

To read story by Gail Wesson and Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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InlandPolitics: LGBT Group slams Takano

Mark Takano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Can you say ouch!

The LGBT website Queer Nation NY is scorching Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside).

The issue is also covered on the P-E Political Empire Blog.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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NRCC Screen Shot

A screen shot of an NRCC-created website meant to look like a local news site.(National Republican Congressional Committee)

By Shane Goldmacher
August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino unions waste little time

Police - Fire Logo

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

Last week the San Bernardino, California City Council, on a split 4-3 vote, agreed to place a charter reform measure on the November ballot. A measure aimed directly at its public safety employees.

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Elections

Prospective candidates have until Wednesday to get their names on the November ballot in locations where incumbents did not file by the Friday deadline.

Published: Aug. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

Local elections for Nov. 4 in Riverside County are shaping up, but the field for several city council races, six of 18 school board elections, a community college and eight special districts will not be know until later this week with extension of candidate filing deadlines.

The extension to 5 p.m. Wednesday occurs because incumbents did not file by a Friday deadline.

To read story by Gail Wesson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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San Bernardino Seal

Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Only in backwards and bankrupt San Bernardino can this type of politics continue unabated.

Once again the city council, under new Mayor Carey Davis, is split down a 4-3 divide. A decades-long problem affecting the beleaguered city’s government.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, Augusr 10, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Unemployment claims drop by 18,000

First-Time Jobless Claims dropped by 18,000 to 289,000, according to Thursday’s report by the Labor Department. The four-week moving average of 293,500 is the lowest since 2006. The claims estimate was for 305,000.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City Hall tiffs hamper council

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Published: Aug. 9, 2014 Updated: 9:33 p.m.

It’s looking less and less likely that Riverside officials will be able to quickly work through their differences, now that Councilman Paul Davis has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.

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

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am

Attorney General Kamala Harris will not lose re-election in November, and shouldn’t.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:55 pm

The Sacramento Suburban Water District, which supplies water to some older neighborhoods outside the city, is engaged in a decades-long project to replace its aged, undersized water mains and install meters as required by a new state law.

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Barack Obama

By Jeff Mason
OAK BLUFFS Mass. Sat Aug 9, 2014 7:06pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.

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Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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IEBusinessDaily: Here we go again.

Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

By IE Business Daily
August 9, 2014

The City of San Bernardino voted Thursday to place two city charter amendments on the November ballot.

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Politico: House GOP to combine energy, jobs efforts

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/14 4:13 PM EDT Updated: 8/8/14 5:05 PM EDT

House Republicans will package together all their energy and “jobs” legislation and send it to the Senate, an election-year move to try to highlight a contrast with Democrats.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Endorsement war in 28th Senate District

Elections

August 8, 2014

The race for the 28th state Senate District has turned into a game of anything you can do, I can do better.

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

V Manuel Perez

Perez

August 7, 2014

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez has set his sights on another public office in wake of his unsuccessful campaign for Riverside County supervisor.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Mixed rulings in Colonies case

Scales of Justice

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge left bribery and misuse of public funds charges intact, but threw out tax fraud and perjury charges in the Colonies case.

BY IMRAN GHORI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A San Bernardino County judge delivered mixed rulings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, with both sides notching victories.

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Colonies

Prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case make their way to the courtroom on July 28 at San Bernardino Superior Court. )Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 11:36 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the defendants in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case can stand trial for bribery but dismissed some charges alleging conflict of interest, failure to report income and perjury.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: National GOP steps up Chabot support

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

August 6, 2014

Paul Chabot is getting some help in his bid to keep the 31st Congressional District in Republican hands.

The National Republican Congressional Committee recently gave Chabot “On the Radar” status in its “Young Guns” program, which seeks to help GOP candidates win House races.

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

SFChronicle: CA GOP bars media from Q&A with party chairman

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Wednesday, August 6 at 2:12pm | By Carla Marinucci

California Republicans are billing a big moment at their upcoming fall convention in Los Angeles as an “Ask Anything!” question-and-answer session with state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte.

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WashPost: GOP lawmakers follow the money — to California

California Money

Politics
Al Kamen
By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz August 6 at 7:21 PM

If you’re forced to spend a weekend hobnobbing with donors, do it up right. And don’t host the event in your district (where the local economy could surely use the boost). Go somewhere fabulous.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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DailyBulletin: Election season begins for Inland Empire municipal positions

Vote

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/05/14, 8:51 PM PDT | Updated: 29 secs ago

Across the Inland Empire, residents are filing papers to run for city councils.

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TIME: Obama’s Approval Rating at All-Time Low in New Poll

Thumbs-Up-Thumbs-Down

Denver Nicks @DenverNicks
Aug. 5, 2014

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to a new low—40%—according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Sen. Norma Torres’ anti corruption bill clears Senate

Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/14, 2:26 PM PDT | Updated: 10 mins ago

The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved legislation prompted by the Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino County and proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would change the statute of limitations for certain bribery offenses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 10:19 pm

The water squeeze is on. A few sprinkles fell on the Capitol Monday as the Legislature reconvened, but they didn’t relieve either a severe drought or pressure on members to respond.

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Reid+Obama+McConnell

From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The outlook is grim for Obama nominees awaiting confirmation from the Senate, which went into recess Friday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

High anxiety is gripping scores of Obama administration nominees who were left dangling above the Senate floor as that distinguished body took off for a five-week recess. (That’s vacation for most of the lawmakers and nonstop campaigning for a few facing tight races.)

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A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance in Miami

By KYLE CHENEY and SARAH WHEATON | 8/4/14 7:20 PM EDT

Three months before the mid-term elections, political operatives and activists are groping for an anti-Obamacare message that sticks — or 57 of them.

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DailyFacts: Neil Derry to run for Redlands City Council

Neil Derry

Neil Derry is the former Third District supervisor for San Bernardino County.

By Toni Momberger, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/04/14, 12:08 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Redlands >> Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry announced Monday that he will run for Redlands City Council.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Monday, August 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom from the week of August 28, 2014. In case you missed it!

U.S. Gross Domestic product climbs 4.0% in Q2

The second quarter initial reading on U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came in at a healthy 4.0%.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Negativity enters Adams/Takano race

Elections

August 4, 2014

The campaign between Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams has been relatively civil. Until now.

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

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am

Among some fans, the rap on professional basketball is that players run up and down the court for 45 minutes, exchanging buckets, but games are often decided in the final three minutes of intense physicality.

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usps

Mail remains an indispensable tool for many campaigns.

Politico

By TARINI PARTI | 8/3/14 4:59 PM EDT Updated: 8/4/14 9:02 AM EDT

Its obituary has been written over and over, but the political direct mail industry isn’t just still alive; it’s thriving.

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Barack Obama

Post Politics
By Katie Zezima
August 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that because of inaction by Congress on immigration, President Obama must act alone on the issue and will decide by the end of the summer exactly which steps he will take.

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OCRegister: New House Majority Leader gives state new muscle in D.C.

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, last week became one of two people who primarily shape the legislative agenda for the Republican-controlled House. He raises big funds for GOP election campaigns around the country and will try to tape up a sometimes-fractured Republican Party.

BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy marked the start of his tenure as the No. 2 in House leadership with a prayer and a tweet: “Humbled & blessed to have my friend Pastor Roger Spradlin of Bakersfield deliver the opening prayer this morning.”

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Mitt Romney

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hitting the stump for Republicans this fall — which reminded us of some of his most memorable moments during the 2012 campaign. Here’s a look at some of Romney’s gaffes and a few predictions he got right.

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
August 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

President Obama thumped Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, but now their political standings seem reversed. During a summer in which Democratic candidates are keeping their distance from an unpopular president, Romney is emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most in-demand campaign surrogates.

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Legal

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: Water leader Kip Sturgeon mourned

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Published: Aug. 1, 2014 – Updated: 10:15 p.m.

Inland resident and long-time East Valley Water District board member Kip Sturgeon died this week. He was 50.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lobbyist

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 – 12:00 pm

Business was good for California lobbying firms during the first half of this year. They brought in $92.6 million between January and June, disclosure reports released Friday show, an uptick of nearly 7 percent over the same period last year.

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NYTimes: Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

U.S. Capitol

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
AUG. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.

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SacBusinessJournal: Treasurer Lockyer: Push to extend Prop. 30 taxes inevitable

Bill Lockyer

Lockyer

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Jul 31, 2014, 2:46pm PDT – Updated: Jul 31, 2014, 3:04pm PDT

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Thursday he predicted an inevitable political push to extend the 2012 tax hike known as Proposition 30, but he expects the measure will return to voters before it expires in two years.

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