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InlandPolitics: Will low voter turnout impact results?

Campaigns

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The big question this week is will voter turnout affect results in close California contests?

The answer is probably yes.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Wednesday morning.

We’re back to ten states in-play.

New polling isn’t giving Democrats much solace, with just five days remaining before Election Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Redlands

By Toni Momberger, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/28/14, 7:47 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> The third City Council candidate forum of the season will be tonight at the University of Redlands.

The event will be free and open to the public.

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Virginia Marquez

Councilwoman Virginia Marquez and Bill Sandefeur campaign for Measure Q by Perris Hill Park on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Carla Velarde)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/28/14, 4:57 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An organizer opposed to the proposed charter reform Measure Q plans to report Councilwoman Virginia Marquez for allegedly using a city-sponsored park clean-up to campaign for the charter change.

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Hesperia Unified School District

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Oct. 28, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Fair Political Practices Commission acknowledged receiving a complaint against the Hesperia Unified School District in an Oct. 20 letter to a Hesperia resident, but advised him to contact the Attorney General over allegations that the district has misused public funds in support of a bond measure.

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SacBee: Opinion: Californians are blue but also centrist

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

10/28/2014 6:44 PM

While Republicans may make some legislative and congressional gains this year and have an outside chance at a statewide office, Democrats will continue their dominance of what has become a solidly blue state.

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton at an event in Aurora, Colo., to promote that state’s Democratic candidates in the upcoming general election. (David Zalubowski / AP)

By Jean Merl
October 28, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will headline two get-out-the-vote rallies Wednesday for some Democratic House candidates in spirited California races.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Tuesday morning.

Nine states now remain in-play.

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Campaigns

By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/27/14, 9:46 PM PDT | Updated: 52 secs ago

Jobs and economic opportunities are among the issues on the minds of attorney Christina Gagnier and state Sen. Norma Torres, two Democrats seeking to represent the residents of the 35th Congressional district.

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Jerry Brown

By Carla Marinucci
Monday, October 27, 2014

Emphasizing what he called the Democratic Party’s commitment to frugal governing, Gov. Jerry Brown downplayed the chances Monday of returning to the voters to renew sales and income tax increases when they expire starting at the end of 2016.

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DesertSun: Why the 36th Congressional District is a toss-up

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

Hank Plante, Special to The Desert
October 25, 2014

Election Day has already come and gone for you if you’re one of the half-million Riverside County voters who requested an absentee ballot. In fact, we don’t have “Election Day” anymore, we have “Election Month” because of all the voting by mail.

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Capitol Weekly

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 10.27.2014

Californians’ reliance on TV for their political news is declining, while an increasing number of people are using the Internet for political coverage, according to a report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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InlandPolitics: Help coming to Aguilar in CD-31

Pete Aguilar

Aguilar

Monday, October 27, 2104 – 02:00 p.m.

Guess who’s coming to lunch?

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

lawsuit

Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Monday, October 27, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Monday morning.

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Joe Baca

Joe Baca

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/26/14, 8:20 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

FONTANA >> At first blush, it may appear that political veterans such as former Rep. Joe Baca have a slam dunk chance at winning local races like the mayoral seat he is vying for, having served at the federal level.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/26/2014 5:00 PM

With Election Day just a week away and mailed ballots already pouring into election offices, California’s biggest political unknown is the balance of power in the Legislature.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
October 26, 2014

In many close election contests, candidates run to the middle. Not Paul Chabot.

The Republican military veteran vying for a congressional seat in an increasingly Democratic Inland Empire district is trumpeting his conservative views. He is embracing endorsements from gun-rights advocates and anti-abortion groups.

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Politico: White House ponders life with a Republican Senate

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 10/27/14 5:02 AM EDT

Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.

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Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 10/26/14 8:22 PM EDT

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy landed here from Los Angeles with a bang: he bluntly warned that Republicans will blow the presidency in 2016 if they don’t make some radical changes – and quick.

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The Sun: Paul Chabot, Pete Aguilar to keep campaigning up until election

Chabot+Aguilar

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/25/14, 6:41 PM PDT | Updated: 21 secs ago

The 31st Congressional District candidates are donning comfortable walking shoes and hitting the pavement over the next week to gain any last-minute votes leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

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Campaigns

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/25/14, 2:49 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

As candidates for the 40th Assembly District make their final campaign stops, speak to voters and gain endorsements, one local expert said the Nov. 4 turnout will be a factor in how competitive the race will be.

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Money

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/25/14, 6:31 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

REDLANDS >> The amount of money flowing into the City Council race at this point has nearly reached $180,000, of which $18,528 was raised this month, according to campaign finance reports.

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NYPost: Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama

CBS THIS MORNING

By Kyle Smith
October 25, 2014 | 5:12pm

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.

When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Saturday morning.

If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 52-48. Read the rest of this entry »

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IE Business Daily

October 25, 2014

Who knew that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians had significant interest in the quiet little town of Redlands? The tribe, which has a large casino on reservation land North of San Bernardino is taking great interest in the Redlands City Council election, and spending big money too.

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Neil Derry

Derry

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/24/14, 5:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

REDLANDS >> Former county Supervisor Neil Derry has been endorsed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association for the City Council.

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OCRegister: Senate race to decide Democrats’ Capitol muscle

Balance of Power

BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
Published: Oct. 24, 2014 Updated: 6:43 p.m.

When you get past the nasty ads, a key issue in the state Senate race between Janet Nguyen and Jose Solorio is whether the district would be better represented by a member of the Legislature’s Democrat majority or by a Republican who would give the minority party a stronger position.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare impacting mid-terms

Money

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

We’ve been saying it for a year that the President’s healthcare law would impact this years electoral contests..

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InlandPolitics: Speaking of crust!

Crust

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 06:00 p.m.

It’s been interesting to watch the Redlands City Council campaigns finally play out.

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Menifee Seal

BY SARAH BURGE AND TOM SHERIDAN / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 Updated: 7:23 p.m.

Menifee Councilman Thomas Fuhrman was arrested on suspicion of corruption charges Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

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

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By THY VO
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 pm | Updated: 8:55 pm, Thu Oct 23, 2014.

Six donors to County Supervisor Janet Nguyen admitted to illegally receiving reimbursements for campaign contributions, according to court documents filed by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Thursday morning.

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League of Women Voters

Group leaders say they were called ‘liberal’ by Steve Adams’ campaign, which denies the allegation.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

For years, Riverside’s League of Women Voters has partnered with other community groups to host election forums on issues and candidates, but they won’t be part of Thursday’s event featuring 41st Congressional District candidates Mark Takano and Steve Adams.

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

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 – Updated: 3:36 p.m.

Cars have become an advertising theme in the race for California’s 36th Congressional District.

The pro-Democrat House Majority PAC is paying for a 30-second TV spot that portrays Republican and state Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert as a career politician who mooches off taxpayers for expenses as well as gas and maintenance for his family car and enjoys trips paid for by special interests.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sun: Election 2014: Measure Q fiercely debated in San Bernardino

San Bernardino Police

A measure to set police and firefighter salaries by collective bargaining in San Bernardino, rather than as the average of 10 like-sized cities — a policy that for decades has been enshrined in San Bernardino’s charter and no one else in the state — is a lighting rod in the city. (Staff file photo/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/14, 7:29 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A decades-old provision in a city charter rarely attracts this kind of passion, but then rarely is there a history like the one surrounding Measure Q’s attempt to reform Charter Section 186.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Inland congressional incumbents favored on Election Day

Campaigns

Two Democrats are mounting their first re-election campaigns as GOP Rep. Ken Calvert seeks a 12th term.

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Some are defending their seats for the first time. Others have been in Congress for years.

Regardless, incumbents in the 2014 Inland congressional races are favored to win re-election to two-year terms. They’ve raised more money than their challengers and, with one exception, represent districts friendly to their parties.

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

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to their debate Monday evening in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester — Staff photographer)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/20/14, 9:10 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

Congressional candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot debated the issues of the state’s 31st District in front of a lively crowd Monday at the University of Redlands.

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Murrieta

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested Thursday after crashing his car into a vehicle carrying teens from Murrieta Valley High School.

By Matt Stevens
October 20, 2014

The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/20/2014 6:54 PM

It’s virtually certain that California voters will be asked in 2016 to extend – perhaps permanently – the temporary increases in sales and income taxes that they approved in 2012.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Aguilar-Chabot race draws national spotlight

Campaigns

The campaign for the seat is a key battle in the larger war for control of the House of Representatives.

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 – Updated: 11:45 p.m.

The race for California’s 31st Congressional District is not just about who represents part of San Bernardino County on Capitol Hill.

From a national perspective, the seat is a strategic chess piece in a larger battle for control of the House of Representatives. It’s been described as the most Democratic-friendly district in the nation to have a Republican congressman.

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

Gloria Negrete-McLeodCurt Hagman

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/19/14, 11:50 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Two experienced Inland Empire politicians are vying for San Bernardino County’s 4th District supervisor’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is open because Supervisor Gary Ovitt is not seeking another term.

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Campaigns

Two political actions committees have raised thousands of dollars in an effort to keep the former San Bernardino County supervisor off the City Council

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 Updated: 10:13 p.m.

Two political actions committees have been established and have raised thousands in an effort to keep Neil Derry off the Redlands City Council.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/20/2014 12:00 AM

More than 24 million of California’s 38 million residents are legally eligible to vote this year – that is, they are 18 years or older and U.S. citizens.

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SJMercuryNews: Jerry Brown’s investments belie monastic image

Jerry Brown Real Estate

By Thomas Peele and Josh Richman, Staff writers
Posted: 10/19/2014 06:37:18 AM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2014 08:00:08 AM PDT

Throughout his political career, Jerry Brown has cultivated an almost monastic image, famously sleeping on a mattress on the floor during his first go-round as governor and flying for peanuts on Southwest during his current term.

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Mitt Romney

Republican former presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event for Senate candidate Scott Brown at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., earlier this month. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz
October 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

When Mitt Romney managed to get about 25 percent support in the early polls against his 2012 Republican rivals, everyone asked, “What’s wrong with Mitt?” He was, after all, the presumed front-runner. Today, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing something similar about 2016, the question could be, “What’s wrong with all the others?”

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Chabot calls on Aguilar to renounce special interest money

Paul Chabot

Chabot

Published: Oct. 17, 2014 – Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Republican Paul Chabot is trying to use his rival’s words against him.

In a news release issued Friday, Chabot, who is running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat, called on his opponent, Democrat and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, to honor a City Council resolution Chabot said Aguilar offered in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s handling of CalOptima has drawn scrutiny from the county grand jury. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:41 pm | Updated: 11:23 pm, Fri Oct 17, 2014.
By THY VO and NICK GERDA

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating nearly a dozen people for political money laundering in connection to campaign contributions to county Supervisor and state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen.

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By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/17/2014 03:16:45 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2014 06:34:14 PM PDT

Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize — the reins of the U.S. Senate.

But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Friday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Published: Oct. 16, 2014 – Updated: 4:59 p.m.

House Speaker John Boehner made a quiet visit to Riverside County last week to raise money for Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

democrat_donkey

Posted: 10/16/14, 5:32 PM PDT |

The Redlands Area Democratic Club will meet Saturday at Napoli Restaurant, 24960 Redlands Blvd., Loma Linda.

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Chabot+Aguilar

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/16/14, 10:37 AM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The venue and time for Monday’s congressional debate hosted by the Redlands Daily Facts has been changed to accommodate a larger audience.

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Money

By Jean Merl
October 16, 2014

Paul Chabot and Elan S. Carr have some things in common. Both are Republicans and first-time candidates, running this fall for open seats in Congress. Both are military veterans and they have the same campaign strategist.

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Barack Obama

By Juliet Eilperin
October 16, 2014 – at 10:46 PM

President Obama has canceled campaign trips, convened high-level meetings with his top security and health advisers, and consulted with seven heads of state around the globe in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. All in the past two days.

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InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

Campaigns

Thursday, October 15, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s a funding drought for Inland Empire republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this case the numbers speak for themselves.

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Politico: Koch donors uncloaked

Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL and MIKE ALLEN | 10/14/14 5:04 AM EDT Updated: 10/15/14 4:46 PM EDT

The deep-pocketed political network created by the billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch this summer quietly launched a super PAC that can buy explicitly political ads supporting Republican candidates rather than the issue-oriented ads they‘d been airing for years.

The catch: For the first time, the network’s donors would be publicly identified if they gave to the super PAC.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Derry PAC’s raising eyebrows

Raised Eyebrow Emoticon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Little ole Redlands, California is becoming the hot bed of local politics this cycle.

The simmering, by a handful, over Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry vying for one of three seats up for election on the Redlands City Council is taking the spotlight. One has to admit the contest is more interesting than the sleepy 31st Congresssional District race.

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money

Published: Oct. 14, 2014 – Updated: 4:53 p.m.

Since last year, more than $2 million in outside money has been spent in California’s 28th Senate District, where two Republicans are waging a bitter campaign for an open seat representing much of Riverside County.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar (D) left. Paul Chabot (R) right.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Naval officer Paul Chabot offered different approaches to soaring education costs Tuesday inside San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Country Club.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Tuesday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Aguilar, Chabot to get late exposure

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R) left. Pete Aguilar (D) right.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Both candidates running in the 31st Congressional District contest will finally have some face time together.

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Bonnie Garcia+Jeff Stone

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

There weren’t boxing gloves or dueling swords. In fact, a forum in Lake Elsinore last Friday for a contentious state Senate race was pretty civil.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Four years ago, the Inland Empire was a battleground in the struggle for Sacramento.

Today, attention and money are going elsewhere, leaving a relatively subdued set of California state Assembly races on the Nov. 4 ballot in Riverside County. Much of the intrigue is in the 28th Senate District contest between Republicans Bonnie Garcia and Jeff Stone.

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

James Ramos

San Bernardino Third District Supervisor James Ramos

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/13/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A second political action committee has entered the Redlands City Council race in opposition of a candidate.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:06 am

In most states, being elected to Congress is a big political deal – a major step up the political ladder to higher office.

In California, it’s pretty much a political dead end.

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U.S. Senate

Senate control looks tantalizingly close for the GOP, but Democrats still have a fair chance to hold the line.

National Journal

By Scott Bland, Andrea Drusch and Alex Roarty
October 13, 2014

Three weeks before Election Day, Republicans are on the brink of winning the Senate. But their advantage is so slight that a morale-sapping defeat is still very much possible.

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Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his way through supporters of Iowa State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (David Greedy/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
October 13 at 5:10 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Officially, Mitt Romney returned to Iowa, the quadrennial presidential proving ground, to give a boost to Joni Ernst. But at a closed-door breakfast fundraiser here Monday, the first question from a donor had nothing to do with Ernst’s Senate campaign.

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RedlandsDailyFacts: City councils vulnerable to being forced to use districts

Highland District Boundaries

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/12/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

Cities across the state have been voluntarily complying with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001—while others, such as the city of Highland, are forced to consider changing their election system to avoid potentially costly litigation.

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OCRegister: Turnout isn’t only poll issue

I Voted

BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Oct. 12, 2014 Updated: 3:33 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills this month intended to boost flagging voter engagement and participation.

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George Skelton

George Skelton
Los Angeles Times
george.skelton​@latimes.com
October 12, 2014

About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they’re being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They’re handy stage props for the governor’s reelection campaign.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Jim Newton
Los Angeles Times
jim.newton​@latimes.com
October 13, 2014

As California’s Republican Party contemplates its way out of the political wilderness, most of the public debate has focused on questions of ideology: Can social conservatives stomach moderation on issues such as abortion or gay marriage in exchange for election victories?

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The PE: POLITICS: Party’s over for many

vote

Fed up with the two-party process, scores of Inland voters are filing as independents.

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

The percentage of independent voters statewide has hit an all-time high, the California Secretary of State’s Office recently reported. Almost 1 in 4 voters is not registered with a political party, up from 20 percent in 2010.

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

The PE: REDLANDS: 6 vie for 3 seats on City Council

Redlands

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Redlands City Council. The election is Nov. 4.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 6:27 p.m.

Three of five seats on the Redlands City Council are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Moreno Valley seal

Supporters and opponents differ over whether measures to elect the mayor directly and impose term limits on the November ballot are the best way to put those changes in place.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Four years after Moreno Valley voters overwhelmingly backed an advisory measure to make the mayor a directly elected position, they will have the opportunity Nov. 4 to actually make the change.

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

Jerry Brown

By Juliet Williams, The Associated Press
Posted: 10/11/14, 12:20 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SACRAMENTO >> Mandarin Restraint and steady progress don’t necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California’s fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown’s central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

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RollCall: Record Disapproval for Obama in Gallup Poll

Barack Obama

Obama hasn’t had a Gallup approval rating over 50 percent since before his State of the Union address in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roll Call Logo

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 8:57 p.m. on Oct. 11

Updated 10:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama lodged his worst-ever disapproval Saturday in the Gallup tracking poll — another ominous sign for Democrats scrambling on defense ahead of the midterm elections less than a month away.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 11, 2014

For months, voters have been barraged by claims and counterclaims from Republicans and Democrats about the degree to which the landscape is shifting in the race for control of the Senate, which polls are correct and who has the best voter turnout operation. Get ready for more, and be wary about what you hear.

Two narratives have competed for attention since Campaign 2014 got underway.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

San Bernardino - No on Q

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

Money

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Why won’t Aguilar, Chabot debate?

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.
While some congressional candidates enjoy facing their opponents, others in high-profile races see the forum as risky.

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:47 p.m.

The candidates in one of the Inland Empire’s most competitive and closely watched political races have not debated since the primary, and there are no plans to do so any time soon.

The lack of a debate between Democrat Pete Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional District frustrates some voters. The San Bernardino County seat on the Nov. 4 ballot is open after the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

Montclair

Posted: 10/09/14, 10:15 AM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

The Montclair Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Committee will sponsor a Candidates Forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 5111 Benito St., Montclair.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Two years ago, Democrats won what were quickly dubbed “supermajorities” in both houses of the Legislature, but in the ensuing months, they lost the Senate supermajority.

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