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SacBee: Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Resignation

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 7:32 am

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

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Vote

The Fix
By Philip Bump
September 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

As voter registration deadlines before the November general election begin to pass, new disputes over voter registration efforts have erupted. In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrats launched a voter registration effort, angering some local Republicans. More recently, a registration effort led by a Democratic Georgia state representative — which has turned in a number of new voter applications — is being investigated by the Republican secretary of state.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums coming this week

Campaigns

ELECTION 2014

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 14, 2014 @ 10:05 am
Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

VICTORVILLE — Partnering with Victor Valley College and its Associated Student Body, the Daily Press will facilitate forums on back-to-back nights this week to provide voters a chance to hear from candidates in various races impacting the High Desert.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

Those entering old age – psychologically, not necessarily chronologically – often embrace rose-tinted nostalgia, a yearning for times past when, they believe, life was better.

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Barack Obama

President Obama has found his economic message drowned out by events abroad. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The White House didn’t plan to spend the summer consumed by foreign policy.
By George E. Condon Jr.
September 14, 2014

White House hopes for the summer were sky-high as plans were made for a messaging blitz the administration hoped would buoy struggling Democratic candidates across the country. But now, after yet another week dominated by foreign policy messes, missiles, and mayhem, President Obama has been reduced to looking for new ways to slip his preferred message into any openings he can find—even if it doesn’t seem to fit.

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The Atlantic

Russell Berman
Associated Press
Sep 14, 2014 10:00AM ET / 2014 Midterms

As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Taxes on rich closed the state budget deficit

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:18 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:33 pm

As Jerry Brown seeks his fourth term as governor this year, he’s crowing about balancing the state budget after years of deficits that piled up a “wall of debt.”

Certainly Brown deserves some of the credit.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

Scales of Justice

Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Father Time

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

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SacBee: Six Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm

A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Peterson may have best shot at GOP win this year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 – 10:39 pm

If Republicans have any chance this year of winning statewide office in this blue state, it probably rests on the shoulders of Pete Peterson, who’s running for secretary of state, or Ashley Swearengin, the GOP candidate for state controller.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Police reports filed over signs?

Teardrop

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has filed two police reports over his signs being vandalized.

Really?

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Mark Takano

Takano

Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 9:52 a.m.

Two media outlets popular with conservatives are reporting that Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, said during a recent town hall in Jurupa Valley that the meeting wasn’t a public forum.

The Washington Times and World Net Daily quoted Beth Baumann’s account of what took place. Baumann is described by WND as “a conservative activist in a number of fields.”

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

Perris

BY SARAH BURGE / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 8, 2014 Updated: Sept. 9, 2014 9:52 a.m.

More than two months after his arrest on suspicion of drug charges, Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez isn’t slinking quietly away.

Quite the contrary.

To read story by Sarah Burge in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Campaign signs for Congressional candidate Paul Chabot vandalized

Paul Chabot

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot this week filed police reports over vandalized campaign signs in Redlands.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/09/14, 11:09 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Some campaign signs in Redlands and San Bernardino supporting Congressional Republican candidate Paul Chabot have been vandalized.

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By Melanie Mason
September 9, 2014

A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state’s ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year’s ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jerry Brown’s two big legacy projects, a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are approaching points of no return.

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Webster Guillory

Official didn’t personally witness signatures being collected, though he signed the form saying he did, according to the DA.

BY SEAN EMERY and TONY SAAVEDRA / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Prosecutors charged Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory on Tuesday with filing false nomination papers, alleging that during his re-election bid, he claimed to have personally collected signatures on petitions that were circulated by an associate.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were convicted in July of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for a seat on the council. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
September 9, 2014

Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in County Jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

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Barack Obama

By Sebastian Payne
September 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s support among younger Americans has dropped again, matching his all-time low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The president now has a 43 percent approval rating among adults 18-29, which is nearly half of what it was at the beginning of his presidency.

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Politico: House GOP offers stopgap funding

Politico

By DAVID ROGERS | 9/9/14 8:38 PM EDT Updated: 9/9/14 9:12 PM EDT

House Republicans rolled out a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 but also reshaping the budget landscape in a manner that tilts toward the GOP if it should win control of the Senate in November.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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Barack Obama

By Aaron Blake
September 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama’s tenure to be a “failure,” according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.

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RollCall: Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

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By Stuart Rothenberg
Posted at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2014

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

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LATimes: Legislature passes three of top four bills backed by organized labor

Unions

By Marc Lifsher
September 7, 2014

Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

The Democrat-dominated Legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills. And Gov. Jerry Brown has already indicated he’ll sign at least one of them.

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No Money

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

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50 Richest Members of Congress - 2014

The 50 Richest Members of Congress in 2014 hail from both parties.

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By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay Hunter
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City could overhaul ethics code again

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A 2010 review resulted in big changes to the decade-old rules of conduct, but a council committee suggests another look is necessary.

Published: Sept. 6, 2014 Updated: 5:23 p.m.

Of the 33 complaints filed and resolved under Riverside’s decade-old ethics code, none has been upheld.

To some residents, that’s a problem.

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

The Sun: Term over, Tim Donnelly says he was voice of people in Assembly

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/14, 11:07 PM PDT |

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, bet all his chips on his failed bid to face Jerry Brown for the governorship on Nov. 4 instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.

Donnelly’s successor will be sworn in Dec. 1, making this past legislative session Donnelly’s last, at least for now.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:41 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sacramento —

Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she is battling severe depression that has left her physically unable to go to work many days as she waits for the darkness to ease.

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Barack Obama

Despite a promise to act on immigration policy by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay taking action on the issue until after the November congressional elections.

By David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
September 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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InlandPolitics: A few takes, questions from California Governor debate

Jerry Brown

Brown

Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The debate between California Governor Jerry Brown and republican Neel Kashkari, held Thursday night, was somewhat entertaining.

Brown, in his elderly style, routinely patted Kashkari on the head, while Kashkari kept raising Brown’s blood pressure, by poking at him on issues.

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VVDailyPress: McMahon pulls out of roast

John McMahon

Sheriff aims to avoid appearance of conflict of interest

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 5, 2014 @ 6:37 pm
Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Organizers announced Friday that a fundraising “roast” of San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon planned for later this month at Sunset Hills has been canceled.

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/14, 1:15 PM PDT |

A day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee debuted its television ad attacking his opponent, congressional candidate Pete Aguilar debuted his own television ad — the first of the general election — on Thursday morning.

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Ontario City Council

From left, Paul Avila, Jim Bowman and Mayor Paul Leon chat awkwardly at the end of the Ontario City Council’s third recess of the night. (David Allen/Staff)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/04/14, 3:39 PM PDT |

Extraordinary things happened at Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting. For starters, the closed session grew so unruly that police were called in.

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debate

By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. Thu Sep 4, 2014 11:36pm EDT

(Reuters) – The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state’s election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 4, 2014

With the fall election season shifting into high gear, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday launched cable-TV ads in two of California’s contested House races.

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Field Poll

Published: Sept. 3, 2014 Updated: 9:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama has hit a new low in job performance rating among California voters, reflecting his falling popularity among some of his strongest constituencies, according to a new Field Poll.

To read story by Martin Wicksol in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Healthcare.gov

The hack is not expected to affect the start of the second enrollment period.

By BRETT NORMAN | 9/4/14 5:00 PM EDT Updated: 9/4/14 8:36 PM EDT

The HealthCare.gov insurance portal succumbed to a cyberattack this summer, the government said Thursday, prompting an eruption of GOP finger-pointing and demands for hearings into the administration’s security policies for the site, where millions of Americas have registered to purchase insurance.

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Paul-Chabot

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a TV ad that attacks Republican 31st Congressional District candidate Paul Chabot for collecting a $108,167 annual salary as a hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings in 2007.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/03/14, 1:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Although Election Day is Nov. 4, the date many campaigns are worrying the most about is Oct. 6, when vote by mail ballots begin to be sent out.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/02/14, 11:18 PM PDT | Updated: 17 mins ago

ONTARIO >> From calling Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada “unattractive” to threatening to report City Attorney John Brown to the California State Bar, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila unleashed torrents of insults and accusations in council chambers again this week.

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VVDailyPress: Ex-Barstow mayor pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Joe Gomez

Gomez ordered to serve 3 years probation, stay away from victim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 12:56 pm
Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge, ending four years of criminal proceedings drawn out by attorney changes and ongoing investigations.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP rival Neel Kashkari hold their only debate Thursday night. (Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am – Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari wasn’t even in grade school when Jerry Brown – in his first-ever televised gubernatorial debate – engaged in what one newspaper account described as a “slashing style of accusations and innuendo” during a “political street fight lacking even the thin veneer of courtesy.”

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CallBuzz: Can Neel Beat the Spread? Plus New Poll Numbers

Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
September 4, 2014

California’s most prosaic election in memory, our Department of Spectator Sport Politics and Insensate Choices is girding its loins (ow!) for the fall campaign by reviewing the words of the late Senator Gene (Not Joe) McCarthy:

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council heats up with potential sanctions on councilman

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/02/14, 11:18 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Councilman Paul Vincent Avila took center stage again at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. From calling Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada “unattractive” to threatening to report City Attorney John Brown to the California State Bar, Avila unleashed torrents of insults and accusations against the rest of the council.

To read entire story, click here.

Campaigns

By Michael Finnegan
September 2, 2014

The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 4:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

Rituals – some formal, some unspoken – are intrinsic to any society, even if they may be unfathomable to outsiders.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot

Campaigns

Politicians wade into tight California races with troops, cash.

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 8:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON – If you feel like congressional campaigns started early – a candidate’s knock on your door, a political ad on TV – you are right.

This year, the long knives of campaign battle came out almost as soon as the last California primary vote was counted in June, especially in a handful of tight races where Democrats or Republicans see an opportunity to nab a seat in the House of Representatives.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Field Poll

By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 9:10 am

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.

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money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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InlandPolitics: GOP committment for Chabot?

GOP

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Will the GOP commit resources into the campaign of Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga)?

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State Capitol

By Chris Megerian
August 30, 2014

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – 12:00 am

The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders.

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InlandPolitics: California Legislature bans free ski outtings?

Skiing

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

The California Senate and Assembly concluded their 2013-2014 legislative sessions early Saturday morning. The end was met with the usual flurry of last minute votes and arguments over the passage of bills covering a wide spectrum of issues.

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IEBusinessDaily: Interesting Race for Redlands City Council

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The City of Redlands will elect three council members on November 4th. Seven candidates have successfully filed for the race including two incumbents, a former county supervisor, a former public information officer, an insurance agent, a tattoo parlor owner, and a “domestic engineer.” Council member Bob Gardner decided not to seek reelection leaving an open seat.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 3

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Published: Aug. 29, 2014 – Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 3.

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

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

Lawmakers early Saturday approved a measure that would prohibit elected officials from soliciting contributions for nonprofit groups controlled by the official or a family member and that would limit the personal use of campaign funds.

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Money

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter, instead of the current semi-annual filing schedule.

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sign - no gifts

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 8/29/14 4:51 PM EDT Updated: 8/30/14 7:26 AM EDT

DALLAS – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a Friday afternoon speech that sounded a lot like presidential red meat, accused President Barack Obama of overstepping his constitutional authority and abdicating national defense at home and abroad.

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SacBee: California senators’ final-month fundraising down from 2013

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 12:07 pm

The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have Capitol lobbyists.

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Handcuffs

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 10:22 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 8:57 am

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California’s 25 largest cities.

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The Hill: Could Romney really run?

Mitt Romney

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The Hill

By Peter Sullivan – 08/27/14 06:29 PM EDT

Mitt Romney is in demand, and it’s raising speculation about another White House run, however far-fetched that might seem.

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Politico: Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa

Mitt Romney

According to the poll, 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for him if he ran. | AP Photo

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ and KENDALL BREITMAN | 8/27/14 3:05 PM EDT Updated: 8/27/14 3:29 PM EDT

The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters.

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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

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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

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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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