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The Daily Beast: The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain

Hillary Clinton

There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Hide and Seek
Written by Alex Corse and Shane Harris
07.28.15 – 8:30 PM ET

Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

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Donald Trump

GOP elites are only making The Donald stronger.

Politico

By Matt Latimer
July 28, 2015

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably,” the great Homer Simpson once observed. “The lesson is: never try.”

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Politico: Fox lowers threshold for early debate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 16:  Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes as the January 21, 2012 primary day approaches.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – JANUARY 16: Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes as the January 21, 2012 primary day approaches. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Politico

The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.
By Mike Allen
7/28/15 6:39 PM EDT
Updated 7/28/15 8:24 PM EDT

Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event, removing a requirement that participants reach at least 1 percent in polling.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum joins the show to talk about the latest Planned Parenthood video that was released, which graphically showed what happens at Planned Parenthood facilities. There are 11 videos still to be released.

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Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Rodham Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is underwater on trust, 39 percent to 55 percent.

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InlandPolitics: Leaked memo hits Clinton hard

Barack Obama+Hillary Clinton

Monday, July 27, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A few months ago we discussed how plausible it was for the Obama Administration to move to put a knife into Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Well it may actually be happening.

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Debate Stage

The first GOP Presidential Debate, moderated by Fox News, will be held on Thursday, August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Hill

By Jonathan Easley
07/27/15 – 06:00 AM EDT

The race is on for the final spots on stage for the first Republican debate.

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Donald Trump

(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Kurtis Lee
July 27, 2015 – 6:40 A.M.

Donald Trump, the provocative reality television star who for much of the last month has upended the 2016 Republican primary, is still doing well in polls in a pair of early nominating states despite recent rhetoric that many party leaders have denounced.

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Hillary Clinton
The Fix

By Philip Bump
July 26, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Recent surveys suggest that Hillary Clinton may be more reliant on the non-white vote in November 2016 than you might have assumed.

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InlandPolitics: Playing the Trump Card

Trump Card

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

One thing is becoming abundantly clear.

Republican presidential contenders have no clue how to handle Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump

His comments about Arizona Senator John McCain seem not to have deterred voters.

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Bloomberg Politics

By the Numbers

Jul 26, 2015 – 7:06 AM PDT

New polls out Sunday show presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump still ahead among Republican hopefuls, even amid fallout from his controversial comments about Arizona Senator John McCain a week ago.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 25, 2015

  • Two proposed ballot measures use same strategy
  • They are aimed at voter approval for pensions, Delta tunnels
  • Opponents would be forced to argue public shouldn’t have a vote

It’s no secret that the Legislature’s dominant Democrats want to make it more difficult to place initiative measures on the statewide ballot.

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Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos calls accusations ‘made-up lies,’ says he would never embarrass himself or his family. (Frank Bellino, Staff Photo)

Published: July 24, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Two days after being named in a claim against the city, Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos denied sexually harassing a Ramona woman earlier this year, calling the allegations “made-up lies.”

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

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees to look into allegations raised by House Democrats | Damian Dovarganes AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the nonprofit organization behind controversial Planned Parenthood videos violated state law, her office said in a letter Friday.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins the show to talk with Lou about the mayor Murrieta who has been accused of sexual harassment. Then, a cyclist started a fire. How it happened may surprise you. After that, are food trucks being suppressed in the Inland Empire?

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Hillary Clinton

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled.

Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo
The New York Times
Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

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Donald Trump

The GOP candidate visited Laredo, Tex., maintaining his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration with a border crossing as a background.

Trump takes campaign to the border
By James Hohmann
July 23, 2015 at 8:05 PM

LAREDO, Tex. — A defiant Donald Trump, visiting the U.S. border with Mexico here Thursday, said again that he will not apologize for his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration or back away from his plan to build a wall between the two nations.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 23, 215 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins us to talk about The Boot Campaign, which he is holding a fundraiser for this weekend. Then, Ralph Rossum joins the show to talk about the young man exposing Planned Parenthood. He is a former student of Ralph’s, and is making big news.

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Jose Antonio Meade

Mexican secretary of state Jose Antonio Meade discusses illegal immigration at the San Francisco Chronicle in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle (Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle)

By Carla Marinucci
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: July 22, 2015 8:56pm

After weeks of presidential candidate Donald Trump lobbing sharp criticism and insults at America’s southern neighbor, Mexico’s secretary of state delivered his country’s first response Wednesday, saying that Trump’s views are rooted in prejudice and “have no place in politics.”

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Bob Huff

Sen. Bob Huff says Republicans in the California Legislature are open to raising motorist fees to pay for road repair and construction. But GOP lawmakers will demand reforms in exchange.

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 – 1:48pm PDT
Updated Jul 22, 2015, 3:58pm PDT

When the California Legislature reconvenes next month for a special session on road funding, Republicans will be in the front seat — because Democrats need GOP support to impose new taxes or fees.

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Scott Walker

FILE – In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. Walker is scheduled to address an annual showcase of conservative activists, Thursday, July 23, in San Diego. | John Locher AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 22, 2015

  • Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate a conservative firebrand
  • GOP chairman says Walker an ‘inspirational voice’ for California

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose successes curtailing the political might of labor unions have earned him admirers in solidly blue California, will address the state Republican Party at its fall convention, officials announced Thursday.

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By Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
July 22, 215

Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 21, 2015

  • Democrats won legislative supermajorities in 2012
  • However, they vanished in subsequent elections
  • Big legislative duels now Democrat vs. Democrat

Three years ago, in new districts drawn by an independent commission, Democrats won – barely – two-thirds supermajorities in both legislative houses.

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CNN

By Eric Bradner, CNN
Wed July 22, 2015 – Updated 8:40 AM ET

Washington (CNN): Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new survey shows.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight, Vince from Bullseye Sport joins the show to talk about the finding of 1,200 guns at a man’s home. Then, how would Hillary and Bernie handle gun ownership?

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Marc Steinorth

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

Published: July 20, 2015 – Updated: 4:07 p.m.

It’s a supercalifragilisticexpiali-political fundraiser.

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is using the Tuesday, July 21, production of “Mary Poppins” at the Redlands Bowl to raise money for his 2016 re-election campaign. Donors will join the first-term assemblyman for a dinner prior to the performance.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 20, 2015

  • Labor biggest donor to legislative campaigns
  • Dozens of union-backed bills await final action
  • One major measure would enhance contract secrecy

Only a sixth of California’s wage earners are members of labor unions, but they carry a very big stick in politics.

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InlandPolitics: Testing Trump’s polling numbers

Donald Trump

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

We’re going to see just how solid support for billionaire republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 19, 2015

  • Media reports on budget’s size vary widely
  • Their numbers are correct up to a point
  • Official numbers far less than total spending

It’s time again for some more fun with numbers – big numbers.

They’re the numbers associated with the 2015-16 state budget, which the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown enacted last month.

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USA Today: Trump: I don’t need to be lectured

Donald Trump

McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Donald Trump
July 19, 2015 – 6:46 p.m. EDT

John McCain has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.” No one in the news media or the establishment, including the Republican National Committee, criticized the senator for those comments.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
July 18, 2015

  • California Teachers Association faces a major test in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Conservatives shift their assault on CTA and other unions to the courts
  • Same-sex marriage, Democratic politics are implicated in Friedrichs v. CTA

For decades, organized labor, particularly the union that represents public school teachers, has been checking off boxes in California.

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Donald Trump

By Philip Bump
July 18, 2015 – 1:25 PM

This post has been updated.

At Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Donald Trump may, at last, have crossed a line with Republican voters from which he can’t walk back.

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Gas Prices

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anyone notice the price of gasoline this week? Of course, if you are like most Californians who have to drive to live (instead of living to drive like the car ads), you have noticed that the price of gas is up 80 cents a gallon in many locations. In some locations, the price is above five dollars a gallon!

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 17, 2015

  • Various campaign committees collected about $102 million in 2013-14
  • Labor unions were top category of giver, mainly to Democrats
  • Fundraising filings for the first half of 2015 are due July 31

California’s 120 lawmakers reflect a variety of life experiences, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and types of districts they represent. There also are differences in where they raise their campaign money.

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The Washington Post: Worse than we could have imagined

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
July 16, 2015

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

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InlandPolitics: Time for California legislators to give up free gas cards

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Friday, July 17, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

California legislators apparently could give a gee-whiz about the sky-high gasoline prices sucking millions out of their constituents pockets.

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Steve Knight

Rep. Steve Knight (shown at right in 2014, when he was in the state Legislature, with State Sens. Andy Vidak, left, and Jerry Hill) has raised $432,640 as of June 30, much more than his three Democratic challengers. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
July 16, 2015

The elections are more than a year away, but already, front-runners are emerging in some key California congressional contests, and most endangered incumbents are well ahead of their challengers in fundraising, campaign filings show.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 16, 2015

  • Kamala Harris has nearly $3 million, tripling Loretta Sanchez
  • Sanchez needs to step up to mount sustained TV ad campaign
  • Consultant says Republican stumbles could send her into runoff, anyway

Kamala Harris fortified her front-runner status this week when her latest report showed she’s raised $4.1 million since entering the U.S. Senate race in January, bringing her cash on hand to nearly $3 million roughly a year ahead of the primary.

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The Washington Post: Donald Trump claims he’s worth more than $10 billion

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes up speaking before a crowd of 3,500 people Saturday in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
July 15, 2015 at 7:39 PM

In the year before Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, booming real estate markets increased the celebrity mogul’s wealth by more than $1 billion, Trump said Wednesday.

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Donald Trump

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The Hill

By Scott Wong
07/15/15 – 06:35 PM EDT

Conservatives on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump has tapped into the right’s growing frustration with Washington, propelling him to the front of the GOP’s 2016 presidential pack.

But no one’s rushing to endorse him.

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AP: AP-GfK Poll: Clinton’s Standing Falls Among Democrats

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By Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson
Associated Press
Jul 16, 2015 – 7:59 AM ET

WASHINGTON —

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Kerri Condley running again in 42nd district

Yawn

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 1:11 p.m.

The 2016 election is shaping up as a rematch of 2014 in California’s 42nd Congressional District, with the same Democratic challengers taking on Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona.

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

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. (Reuters/Max Whittaker)

Politics | Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 7:17am EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | By Sharon Bernstein

After years of fiscal and policy restraint by California Governor Jerry Brown, a new crop of legislative leaders are trying to push the state further to the left, with mixed results.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million this year

Kevin McCarthy

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after a leadership election at a House Republican Conference meeting June 19, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Getty

Politico

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
7/14/15 – 5:25 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million for Republicans since the beginning of the year, a hefty haul for the No. 2 Republican, according to an aide.

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Politico: Donald Trump leads GOP field in latest poll

Politico

By Nick Gass
7/14/15 – 3:38 PM EDT

Donald Trump continues to resonate with likely Republican primary voters, coming out on top in the latest Suffolk University/USA Today poll, out Tuesday.

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The Sun: Candidate filing period for November consolidated election opens

Elections

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/13/15 – 5:08 PM PDT |

Candidate filing is now underway for the November consolidated election and will continue through Aug. 7, the San Bernardino County Elections Office announced on Monday.

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Darrell Issa

By Jake Sherman
7/13/15 – 3:51 PM EDT
Updated 7/13/15 – 9:51 PM EDT

Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the richest members of Congress, is worth as much as $768 million, according to a financial disclosure report he filed last week.

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Campaigns

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/13/2015 – 05:00:54 PM PDT
Updated: 07/14/2015 – 07:27:33 AM PDT

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign launch Monday means 15 GOP candidates now are seeking the White House with at least two more on the way, leaving California Republicans with an embarrassment of riches — or maybe just embarrassment, in some cases.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 13, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins the show. Up first, air tankers battling a fire near Yucaipa were forced to halt operations because of drone. Then, Beaumont spent money without proper documentation on just about everything.

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Scott Walker

Monday, July 13, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announced his entry into the GOP republican primary field on Monday morning.

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Donald Trump

“Don’t worry — we’ll take our country back,” Donald Trump said to cheers at the Phoenix Convention Center. (Charlie Leight / Getty Images)

By Kurtis Lee
July 12, 2015

For Mark Ulatowski, the opportunity to see Donald Trump — brash, fiery and unapologetic as ever — was well worth the three-hour drive north from his home near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump displays a document showing his net worth during his presidential campaign announcement last month in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By Philip Rucker
July 13, 2015 at 5:00 AM

PHOENIX — It is common for political candidates to go on the attack. But it is almost unheard of for a presidential candidate, in a single speech, to slam as many people and institutions — and with as much disparaging, colorful gusto — as Donald Trump did here on Saturday.

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IE Business Daily: California: Coming for Your Pocketbook Again!

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 11, 2015

The State of California just passed a $125 Billion State budget which increases funding for education, welfare programs, and expands Medi-Cal.

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Immigration

Supporters with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles gather outside the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Bel-Air on Friday evening to protest GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan
July 11, 2015

More than two decades have passed since Republican Gov. Pete Wilson aired a television ad showing Mexicans scurrying across the border as an announcer declared, “They keep coming: 2 million illegal immigrants in California.”

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Delta Tunnels

An aerial photo from 2013 shows the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. | Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file
Water & Drought

By David Siders and Ryan Sabalow
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 11, 2015

  • Wealthy Stockton-area farmer’s initiative expected to qualify for 2016 ballot
  • Measure would force vote on some projects costing more than $2 billion
  • Initiative backers have poured $2 million into effort, alarming tunnels proponents

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a rally before a crowd of 3,500 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Bob Christie and Kim Pierceall, Associated Press
Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Updated 7:13 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized U.S. immigration and trade policies on Saturday in speeches that veered from accusing Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border to professing respect for the Mexican government and love for its people.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series. To thinking Republicans who don’t want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors — soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves — pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary into a pain-inducing referendum on the Dark Lord.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at Trident Tech on June 17, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina.(Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Old friends wonder what happened to the Clinton “we once knew.”

By Ron Fournier
July 11, 2015

The following is a faux memo, although its contents are based upon my interviews with people close to Hillary Clinton, including some I’ve known since my years covering the Clintons in Arkansas. These sources spoke on condition of anonymity because attempts to make their case directly to the Democratic front-runner and her campaign team were icily received. Like my December 2013 memo titled “You’re the Problem,” this represents their point of view.

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InlandPolitics: Trump drains oxygen from GOP field

GOP

Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

Billionaire Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is doing the unexpected.

He’s sucking the oxygen from the other GOP candidates.

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Hmmm

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 10, 2015

  • The attorney general approved title and summary Friday
  • Three-quarters of the money would go to healthcare programs
  • The initiative says raising reimbursement rates should be a priority

A tobacco-tax initiative proposed for the November 2016 ballot would raise as much as $1 billion to increase reimbursement rates for healthcare providers, about three-quarters of the estimated revenue that would be generated by the $2-per-pack tax hike.

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trump

By Kate Linthicum, Richard Winton and Kurtis Lee
July 10, 2015

Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to Los Angeles on Friday, unrepentant over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants that have drawn national ire and pushback from businesses and fellow party members.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, July 10, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to discuss Jeb Bush and some comments of his that the left has taken out of content. Then, Ed and one of Lou’s listeners try and convince Lou that Donald Trump is going to make a great president. Finally, is America actually a “white supremacist country,” as some commentators have said?

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Taxes

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 9, 2015

  • Jerry Brown, Democratic lawmakers seek funding for roads, health care
  • Billions of dollars in unfunded maintenance plagues California roadways
  • Health funding more politically difficult than roads, but both efforts uncertain

Inheriting a budget deficit when he took office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown tried for months – and failed – to reach agreement with Republicans to put a tax measure on the ballot. He finally bypassed the Legislature and went directly to voters himself.

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The Hill

By Neetzan Zimmerman
July 9, 2015 – 12:48 p.m.

Media coverage of Donald Trump’s controversial immigration remarks have lifted the GOP presidential candidate to the top of the Republican field, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

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Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall meeting in Hudson, N.H., on July 8. (Jim Cole / Associated Press)

By Kathleen Hennessey
July 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush may have inadvertently given the Democrats their first attack ad of the presidential campaign this week when he inartfully detailed a prescription for economic growth that included the phrase “people need to work longer hours.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 9, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins the show to give a recap of the ever-entertaining city council meeting in San Bernardino.

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Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to a debate on October 20, 2014 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Staff file photo by Will Lester)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15, 3:26 PM PDT |

Nothing will be decided until Nov. 8, 2016, but Election 2016 is already underway in the 31st Congressional District.

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Campaigns

Latinos made up 39% of California’s population last year, but a new report says just 10% of county supervisors and 15% of city council members are Latino.

By Michael Finnegan
July 8, 2015

Latinos’ emergence as California’s largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco’s refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, “The city made a mistake not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported. So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.”

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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InlandPolitics: Final cut coming for first GOP Presidential Debate

Fox GOP Republican Debate Chart - 07072015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

The Washington Post has setup a link to their website showing the averages of the latest national polling in the Republican Presidential Primary contest.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, July 6, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. First on the show: an Al Jazeera video that criticizes America. So why does every major broadcaster carry the network? After that, a columnist had hard words for the Moreno Valley Logistics Center, but failed to take into account some facts.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 5, 2015

  • Capital appreciation bonds accumulate interest costs
  • Los Angeles district wants to change low-bid rules
  • Leaseback court ruling could undo deals

One might think that school construction would be about as simple and straightforward as anything government does.

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Donald Trump

Real estate mogul Donald Trump speaks June 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

By Janell Ross
July 5, 2015 at 5:08 PM

A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of challenges around race, ethnicity and inclusion with which right-leaning politicians must contend.

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InlandPolitics: Ouch! Did PR stunt backfire?

Mike Ramos

Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Did the cute stunt backfire?

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos might have expected to draw the same nationwide press coverage he received from his months-ago attack on Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, flanked by campaign staffers and Secret Service agents and blocked by a rope keeping the media at a distance, marches in the July 4 parade in Gorham, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe
July 4, 2015 at 8:57 PM

GORHAM, N.H. — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, walking in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in this mountain hamlet was supposed to showcase the sometimes-stiff candidate as accessible and in touch with the people — a champion for everyday Americans, as the Democratic presidential front-runner likes to put it.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers.”

By Ryan Parker
July 3, 2014

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers,” again blasted border security in the wake of the slaying of a California woman and the news that the suspect was deported five times.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a grass-roots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College on Friday in Hanover, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker
July 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her partisan rhetoric to appeal to Democratic primary voters here Friday by issuing a dire warning: President Obama’s health care law would disappear if a Republican wins the White House in 2016.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter School prosecution will see ninth year

Scales of Justice

Friday, July 3, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Friday.

The result was, as expected, another continuance.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina addresses the Western Conservative Summit in Denver last week. (Theo Stroomer / Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
July 2, 2015

When it was Carly Fiorina’s turn to take the stage at a presidential forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a break.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting story in The Sun

Magnifying Glass

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 09:10 a.m.

There’s an interesting article published in Thursday’s edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the story, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: High court case hits union dues

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 30, 2015

  • Orange County teacher challenges California Teachers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case in next term
  • Were CTA to lose, it would affect its political power

California figured prominently, albeit indirectly, in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent high-profile decisions on Obamacare, same-sex marriages and congressional redistricting.

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The Washington Post: Jeb Bush’s taxes, by the numbers

Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush talks to reporters after speaking to voters at the Derry Opera House on June 16 in Derry, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Fix

By Philip Bump
June 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign. When he first started talking about running for the presidency, he released his e-mails from his time as governor of Florida; like the tax documents, they required a bit of digging through to extract useful information.

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Hillary Clinton Email

The previously private messages highlight Team Clinton’s focus on her image and press coverage.

Jennifer Epstein
Ben Brody
Jun 30, 2015 – 6:29 PM PDT

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her staff fretted over her press coverage, celebrating favorable stories and trying to tone down others, some 3,000 e-mails released late Tuesday by the State Department showed.

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