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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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U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in Washington, where justices on Monday ruled that independent citizens’ commissions were allowed to draw electoral district lines. California’s districts are set up by its citizens’ commission. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

By Cathleen Decker
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court redistricting decision benefits Republicans in California, the opposite of its impact elsewhere

Like so many political events, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld the right of independent citizen commissions to draw district lines inspired a different reaction in California than elsewhere in the nation.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court validates Arizona’s independent commission to draw congressional lines
  • Arizona Republicans wanted to regain their power to draw districts
  • California’s top-two primary system could have been at risk

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

But the fun – months of chattering by political cognoscenti about the possibility that the Legislature could regain its power to redraw congressional districts – ended Monday.

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Jeb Bush

(Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg)

By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Tom Hamburger
June 28, 2015 at 7:06 PM

In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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Barbara Boxer+John Burton

John Burton, California Democratic Party chairman, introduces U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, during a California Democratic Party’s convention in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 17, 2010. | hamezcua@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Executive Director Shawnda Westly steps down, takes role of ‘senior strategist’
  • Chairman John Burton confirms he will leave office in 2017

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton confirmed Saturday he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2017, and the party’s executive director, Shawnda Westly, has stepped down in anticipation of his departure.

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Los Angeles Times: Rohrabacher accuses campaign treasurer of stealing $170,000

Thief

By Michael Finnegan
June 24, 2015

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Thursday that a former treasurer of his reelection committee had embezzled more than $170,000 from the campaign.

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InlandPolitics: We really are flattered!

Blog

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos, planning on a reelection bid for a second term, has been out polling his constituents.

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Capitol Weekly: 2016 ballot a fight over everything

Ballot Measures

By Dorothy Mills-Gregg
Posted 06.22.2015

Bottled water, immigration, condoms, hospital fees, plastic bags, statehood, alimony – those are just a smattering of the issues on or trying to get on California’s 2016 statewide ballot.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 09:55 a.m.

We almost missed it!

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy indictment was in court two weeks ago, on June 12 to be exact, and guess what?

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
June 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush laid out ambitious agendas in their announcement speeches over the past eight days. If they are as good as their word, the coming months of the presidential campaign could be remembered for something unusual: a summer of substance.

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The Sacramento Bee: This time for real: Legislature passes (another) budget

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 19, 2015

Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached agreement on a $115.4 billion general fund state spending plan, lawmakers in both houses on Friday ratified the deal.

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The Sacramento Bee: Fact check: Jerry Brown was asked about tax pledge last year

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 28, 2015. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
June 16, 2015
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com

  • Brown says he wasn’t asked about keeping tax pledge in fourth term
  • He was asked, but ducked the question

Gov. Jerry Brown, asked Tuesday if he would now be willing to sign tax increases without voter approval, said that is an “open question.”

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Politico: Seven Reasons the GOP Should Fear Donald Trump

Donald Trump

He’s a nuisance, a hothead and totally unqualified. But that’s what they said about Ross Perot.

Politico

By Matt Latimer
June 16, 2015

Donald Trump, you’ve already performed one campaign miracle. You’ve cheered me up.

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InlandPolitics: Trump entry shakes up GOP Presidential Field

GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday it was Jeb Bush.

Today it’s Donald Trump that’s entered the GOP primary contest to determine who will challenge Hillary Clinton.

Interestingly, everyone is talking about Trump, not Bush, this morning.

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California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Vote meets deadline, ensuring lawmakers continue to be paid
  • Spending plan comes despite ongoing negotiations with governor
  • Republican lawmaker: ‘It’s the legislative paycheck protection act’

The budget California state lawmakers passed Monday did not reflect a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and, for that reason, has almost no hope of being enacted.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. is joined by, from left to right, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as they head to a press conference at the state Capitol. | Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Budget passage meets constitutional deadline
  • Actions set stage for negotiations with Gov. Brown
  • Legislature’s leaders can blame governor for blocking their programs

Some years ago, a state senator publicly accused a colleague of uttering “mindless blather.”

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Moreno Valley, The Pope, Jeb Bush

Lou Desmond

Monday, June 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou joins the show from Washington State, where he is enjoying his new vacation home. He is joined on the newsmaker line by Jay Prag and Roy Bleckert to discuss the dueling recalls in Moreno Valley.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Chris Megerian
June 14, 2015

The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California’s economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years.

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Absentee Ballot

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 14, 2015 – Updated 10:42 p.m.

The latest Sacramento proposal to spur voter turnout would radically reduce the number of polling places and would send ballots to every registered voter. Voters could then mail them back, drop them off or vote at one of the remaining polling places

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Jeb Bush

Former US Governor of Florida Jeb Bush speaks to journalists during his visit in Tallinn, Estonia, Saturday, June 13, 2015, the once-bleak Soviet state of Estonia, that is now a growing free-market economy. Jeb Bush will be spending a week traveling through three nations, as he considers his widely anticipated announcement of his candidacy for the Republican candidate to run for president. | Liis Treimann AP Photo

By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press
June 14, 2015

PARK CITY, Utah — When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he’s running for president, he’ll begin the campaign with much to prove.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 13, 2015

  • Anthropologist would find Legislature fascinating
  • Its two houses have distinct cultures
  • Senate now the bastion of bad behavior

Anthropologists probe the evolution of primitive societies, which makes the Capitol a perfect laboratory.

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IE Business Daily: California Legislature’s continuous insanity

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
June 13, 2015

Nearly every two year legislative cycle in the California Legislature, among the thousands of new laws proposed by its 120 inhabitants, there are always a few to micromanage local governments. You see, many of the undereducated people that somehow get elected to the State Assembly and State Senate, often think that because they got elected, they know better than the other 32 million of us how things should be.

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The Sun: Former ‘Blue Dog’ Rep. Joe Baca goes Republican

Joe Baca

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/15 – 11:25 PM PDT |

Joe Baca, a longtime Democrat who represented San Bernardino County citizens for more than 30 years as a trustee for the San Bernardino Community College District, an assemblyman, state senator and congressman, is now a registered Republican.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Updated 3:08 pm

“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin (Kurt Miller/File)

Mike Hestrin is getting some pretty powerful help in erasing the debt from his victorious 2014 campaign for Riverside County district attorney.

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

California Roads

Efforts to chip away at the estimated $59 billion in upgrades needed for California highways and bridges would become more difficult if the state faces new shortfalls. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

Even as California’s leaders prepare a new state budget that is flush with cash, Gov. Jerry Brown has increasingly raised the specter of another recession that could undo years of hard-won financial progress.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Updated 5:40 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new crusade. The Democrats’ only name female candidate for president sees “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.”

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The Sacramento Bee: California ‘job killer’ strategy a big success

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 9, 2015

  • State Chamber of Commerce fights with four liberal groups
  • Most of its targeted bills fall by wayside
  • Top-two primary system helps business win

The Capitol’s longest-running conflict pits business against four liberal groups – labor unions, consumer advocates, personal injury attorneys and environmentalists.

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Capitol Weekly: FPPC gets new enforcement chief

fppc logo

By John Howard
Posted 06.09.2015

Galena West, a veteran lawyer at the Fair Political Practices Commission, has been named chief of enforcement at the agency, which serves as the state’s campaign ethics watchdog.

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The Press-Enterprise: ASSEMBLY: Sabrina Cervantes to run in 60th district

Campaigns

Published: June 8, 2015 – Updated: 11:48 a.m.

The district director for Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, has declared her candidacy for a neighboring Assembly district.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 8, 2015

  • Legislature supports ‘sunshine laws’ for others
  • However, it exempts itself from those laws
  • Mild reform is shelved without vote

California legislators are steadfast champions of transparency in government – until it comes to themselves.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Probe led to his recall, former mayor says

Tom Owings

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings, center, hands political literature to city resident Victor Beechman as he campaigns against his recall on Saturday, May 24, 2014. (David Bowman / File)

Published: June 5, 2015 – Updated: 7:16 p.m.

Former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings has no doubt that the political corruption probe that included raids on his home and offices of prominent developer Iddo Benzeevi in 2013 was the undoing of his brief political career.

To read story in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
June 6, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

  • Unemployment drops, state revenue soars
  • But California’s recovery is not even
  • Gov. Jerry Brown worries about another recession

California’s economy is recovering from its worst recession since the Great Depression – more or less.

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The Weekly Standard: The Coming Democratic Panic

The Weekly Standard

Watch what happens if Hillary Clinton falls behind in the polls.

Jun 15, 2015 – Vol. 20 / No. 38 • By Fred Barnes

When a CNN poll last week showed Hillary Clinton leading Rand Paul by a single percentage point (48-47) and only three points ahead of Marco Rubio (49-46) and Scott Walker (49-46), it was mildly shocking. In April, her lead over the three Republican presidential candidates had been in double digits: Paul (58-39), Rubio (55-41), and Walker (59-37).

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By Matthias Gafni
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/05/2015 03:24:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/05/2015 04:05:25 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate announced Friday that his legislative body will not appeal a Sacramento Superior Court judge’s order to turn over key calendar information for two suspended senators, saying he supports the ruling on a lawsuit filed by Bay Area News Group, publisher of this newspaper, and Los Angeles News Group.

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Proposition 13

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 5, 2015 – Updated 11:39 p.m.

Activists are again agitating for a ballot measure that would end Proposition 13 protections for commercial buildings. But while a poll last week shows a bare majority support such a “split roll” plan, a decent campaign by opponents could quickly erode that advantage.

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Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield last month in Washington. At the time of his election last summer to the No. 2 post in the House, McCarthy had spent fewer than four full terms in Congress. He was the most junior person to reach a top leadership post since the early 19th century. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
June 5, 2015

Rep. Kevin McCarthy celebrated his first election to Congress at an In-N-Out Burger, sipping sodas from paper cups at Formica tables with his wife and children. The understated evening fit perfectly into the Bakersfield Republican’s image as the son of a firefighter who started his first business, a deli, with proceeds from a winning lottery ticket.

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Los Angeles Times: Support dwindles for changing Proposition 13

Proposition 13

By Phil Willon
June 3, 2015

Support has dwindled for removing commercial properties from tax limits imposed by Proposition 13, the landmark property tax initiative approved by voters in 1978, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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California Republican Party

1001 K St., soon to be the home of the California Republican Party headquarters, will be named the Ronald Reagan California Republican Center. | Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
  • $1.6 million paid for fourth floor in 1001 K St. building
  • Burbank headquarters sold for $2.1 million
  • New HQ will be dubbed Ronald Reagan Center

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 3, 2015

After three decades with a Burbank mailing address, the California Republican Party is moving its base to downtown Sacramento.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, at the San Bernardino Sun, and Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino, to discuss San Bernardino’s recent trip to Sacramento to lobby the Governor for assistance in the bankrupt city.

After that, Heidi Harris, radio host in Las Vegas, joins to program discuss about several topics. On the list: “White Privilege” training in St. Paul, pot in Riverside, and Pools vs. Lawns.

Then, Phil Naman, host of the Firing Line Radio Show, joins Lou to discuss political goings-on in Sacramento. Healthcare will be extended to illegal immigrants. And the state Senate voted to raise the minimum wage. How does that work out?

To listen to the full show, click here.

Follow Lou on Twitter @WiseGuyLou and on Facebook at “The Lou Desmond & Company Show.”

 

 

Case Closed

Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 2, 2015

  • Capitol and its grounds are abuzz with activity this week
  • But Legislature’s appearances can be deceiving
  • It’s just practice for the real business ahead

Anyone who wandered into the state Capitol this week might conclude that important business was being done.

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Hillary Clinton

Her favorability numbers have tumbled since March and hit their lowest level since 2001. (Luis Acosta/AFP/GettyImages)

By Emily Schultheis
June 2, 2015

The honeymoon is over for Hillary Clinton, according to two new polls.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: When politics corrupts the justice system

scales-of-justice

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

In America, politics can and does infiltrate the justice system. It happens more than people realize.

Right now Orange County, California is front and center.

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InlandPolitics: Story of interest in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s an interesting article in The San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper, published over the weekend.

To read the story by Mark Gutglueck in The Sentinel, click here.

National Review: When District Attorneys Attack

National Review

by Kevin D. Williamson
May 31, 2015 4:00 AM
@kevinNR

The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct.

As the old Vulcan proverb has it, “Only Nixon can go to China.” And only Nixon’s political heirs can fix the persistent — and terrifying — problems that continue to plague this country’s law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices.

Exhibit A: Orange County, California.

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The New York Times: Hooray for Hillarywood?

Maureen Dowd

Opinion
Maureen Dowd
MAY 30, 2015

IS Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production?

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Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks during an event to announce that he is entering the Democratic presidential race, on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, as his wife Katie, right, looks on. O’Malley joined the Democratic presidential race with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination. “I’m running for you,” he told a crowd of about 1,000 people at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, where he served as mayor before two terms as governor. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
Posted: 05/30/15 – 8:41 AM PDT |

BALTIMORE >> Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

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Politico: Dennis Hastert charges cast light on 2013 lawsuit

Politico

Was this was tipped off the feds?

By Josh Gerstein
5/29/15 – 9:22 PM EDT

How did federal authorities get onto Dennis Hastert?

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Roll Call: Hastert Indictment Details Hush-Money Scheme (Updated)

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is in the Illinois delegation at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

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By Hannah Hess
Posted at 6:07 p.m.
May 28, 2015

Updated: 9:28 p.m. | The Justice Department’s indictment of former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert details a sordid tale of the Illinois Republican paying $3.5 million of hush money in small increments to cover up “his past misconduct” and seeking to conceal the acts, including lying to federal agents.

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Paul Chabot+Charles Krauthammer

Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot, left, with conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer.

Published: May 27, 2015 – Updated: 9:29 a.m.

Photos with high-profile conservatives and a focus on national security are major components so far of Paul Chabot’s bid for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the top ranking Latino legislator in California, speaks at a immigration rally last November in downtown Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
May 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known.

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Jeb Bush

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush answers questions from reporters in Salem, N.H. on May 21. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Post Politics
By Ed O’Keefe
May 27, 2015 at 10:44 PM

With the field of Republican presidential contenders expanding quickly, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sought to cast himself as a seasoned leader while faulting other candidates for shifting course to fit public opinion.

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California Capitol

By Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/26/15 – 9:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO ­>> With less than a month to go until the deadline to pass a new state budget, Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday released dueling spending plans that are oddly far apart on key issues such as child care and higher education.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 26, 2015

  • California gets most revenue from income taxes
  • Capital gains by the wealthy provide big chunk of revenue
  • Financial forecasts serve the interests of those making them

Marty Block, a state senator from San Diego, recently asked a question in public that many in and around the Capitol have been mulling for years.

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By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
May 27, 2015

In recent years, California voters have backed a series of changes to the state’s elections system to reshape its political landscape. Now, potential upheaval is brewing again, this time from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC a bigger bang for San Bernardino County’s buck

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 5:12 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County appears to be getting its money’s worth out of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 24, 2015 – Updated: 8:29 p.m.

The statistics rattled off by San Bernardino’s bankruptcy experts last week were startling:

San Bernardino is the poorest large city in California, and the second poorest in the nation, after Detroit.

To read entire column, click here.

Paul Chabot

Republican Paul Chabot has self-published an ebook, “Against All Odds,” about his failed bid for the 31st Congressional District seat against Democrat Pete Aguilar. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/24/15 – 7:35 PM PDT |

Although voters decided against having Paul Chabot represent them in Congress last November, they can choose to have him on their Kindle, if they so choose.

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InlandPolitics: Sentinel newspaper wins adjudication

The Sentinel

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sentinel Newspaper, a publication that’s been an irritant to many Inland Empire local governments and politicos, has been granted legal adjudication.

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Hillary Clinton

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Post Politics
By Robert Costa
May 22, 2015 at 4:50 PM

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sought to distance herself somewhat from both her husband, a previous president, and Barack Obama, the current White House occupant who defeated her in 2008.

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

Calbuzz

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

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

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Karl Rove

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

By Eric Lichtblau and Maggie Haberman
May 21, 2015

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

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

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

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

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

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

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

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

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California Money

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

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

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

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Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

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

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

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

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Loretta Sanchez

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of the United States

By David G. Savage
May 18, 2015

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

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The Sacramento Bee: Drought could spell trouble for California Democrats

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

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

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Jerry Brown

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

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

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

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George Stephanopoulos

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

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

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

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

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Xavier Becerra

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

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

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

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

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 03:30 p.m.

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

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Loretta Sanchez

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

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

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

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