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LATimes: Gay group wins formal recognition from state Republican Party

Republicans

A gay GOP group’s application for formal recognition by the California Republican Party has been approved on a 861-293 vote. (Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
March 1, 2015

In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized a gay GOP group.

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Jim Brulte

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/01/2015 9:31 AM

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, a former state legislator who took over the party at a low point two years ago, was overwhelmingly reelected to another term on Sunday.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Lisa Mascaro
March 1, 2015

House Republican leaders flooded the Sunday TV talk shows, seeking to battle widespread criticism after an internal revolt by the party’s most conservative wing nearly cut off funding Friday for the agencies that protect the nation’s borders, ports, airports and other key areas.

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Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses delegates at the California Republican Party Spring 2015 Organizing Convention in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Associated Press Feb. 28, 2015 | 9:57 p.m. EST
By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors.

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GOP

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/28/2015 6:11 PM

Population trends have been working against the Republican Party for so long in California that a workshop on “changing demographics” came with an air of exasperation at the state party’s biannual convention Saturday.

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SacBee: Opinion: State GOP’s new motto: ‘We get it’

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/28/2015 5:08 PM

The theme of Friday night’s state Republican Party convention dinner was “Celebrating Our Successes,” which would seem to be an oxymoron.

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LATimes: California Republicans gather for biannual convention

GOP

By Seema Mehta
February 27, 2015

Hundreds of California Republican leaders and their guests gathered Friday in Sacramento for their biannual convention, with plans to celebrate their legislative victories in 2014 that blocked Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature and to hear from a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
02/28/2015 – 4:54 AM

WASHINGTON —

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Live from Bullseye Sports in Riverside

Lou Desmond

Friday, February 27, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight The Lou Desmond & Company Show comes to you live from Bullseye Sports in Riverside.

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The Sun: Initiatives topic for Redlands Tea Party meeting

Redlands Tea Party Patriots

Posted: 02/26/15, 3:01 PM PST |

Pasadena TEAPAC founder Mike Alexander will discuss 2016 ballot initiatives at the March 5 meeting of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.

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Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Conservative Political Action Conference. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press / AP)

Politics
By Carla Marinucci
February 26, 2015
Updated: February 26, 2015 – 4:22pm

Not so long ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the brash, rising star of the Republican Party who felt confident enough to pick a fight with the governor of another big state, Jerry Brown, dismissing him as “an old retread” who would deliver a “failed record” for California.

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Campaigns

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/26/2015 12:38 PM

Three months after being elected to their second terms, a pair of California Democratic congressmen are already hearing footsteps.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, reporter Katy Grimes from Flash Report joins Lou to discuss the drought in California. Katy explains a recent article she’s written about the facts behind California’s drought.

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks about efforts to end a standoff over funding for the Homeland Security Department. (Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro
February 25, 2015

Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Obama declared his administration would curtail deportations of immigrants in the country illegally despite losing a court fight on the issue this month.

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SacBee: California GOP senators choose Jean Fuller as next leader

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 4:38 PM

Republicans in the California Senate have chosen a new leader – Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield – and she will become the first woman to hold a top leadership post in the Senate, Democrat or Republican, the caucus announced Tuesday.

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SacBee: Republican David Dreier urged to run for U.S. Senate

David Dreier

Rep. David Dreier, then-chairman of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team, at a press conference in 2003. (John Decker The Sacramento Bee)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/23/2015 5:19 PM

Add his name to the list of Republicans possibly contemplating what would be an uphill run for the U.S. Senate.

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Politico: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time

U.S. Senate

Senate Democrats will mount their fourth filibuster on the bill Monday afternoon.

Politico

By John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
2/22/15 – 6:17 PM EST

Late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force the fourth vote in three weeks on a bill to fund the massive agency that protects Americans from terrorists, floods and incursions across the borders. Senate Democrats will almost certainly block it again.

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LATimes: A rare sighting: Republican presidential prospects come to California

Fiorina+Perry+Jindal

Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Scott Olson/Getty Images; Eric Gay/AP Photo; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

By Cathleen Decker
February 21, 2015

California has stood as a bright-blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories.

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Dana Rohrabacher

By Joe Garofoli
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Published 4:40 pm

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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Jindal+Perry+Fiorina

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/20/15, 8:38 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Three nationally known Republicans will descend on Riverside Saturday, speaking to the conservative faithful and padding their campaign war chests in advance of a 2016 presidential run.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Unite IE Conference Special Edition!

Lou Desmond

Friday, February 20, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Today on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman, president of Wholesale Capital Corporation and host of the Main Event, and Ann-Marie Murrell, CEO and National Editor of PolitiChicks, join Lou to discuss the Unite IE Conference.

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WashPost: Abolish the filibuster

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By Charles Krauthammer
Opinion Writer
February 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: How ISIS Thinks & Hospice Care in America

Lou Desmond

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 05:00p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party joins Lou to discuss ISIS.

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Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/19/2015 12:05 AM

More than a year before the presidential primary reaches California, this much can be said about the voting public: Democrats like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republicans like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, and a lot of people still haven’t made up their minds.

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By Matt Fuller
Posted at 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 18

Two days after a Texas judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, nothing seems to have changed in the congressional showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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KQED: Kamala Harris Strong, But Not Dominant, In New U.S. Senate Poll

Field Poll - U.S. Senate 2016

By John Myers
Feb 18, 2015

Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

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By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Rancho Cucamonga Republican announces he’ll run again

GOP

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Looks like two losses isn’t enough for the county’s preeminent wannabe elected official.

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LATimes: Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working

U.S. Capitol

By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
February 15, 2015

After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama’s veto threats outnumber the bills Congress has been able to send him.

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GOP

By NANCY BENAC Associated Press
02/16/2015 12:33 AM

WASHINGTON — If you’re an aspiring presidential candidate, says professional crisis manager Eric Dezenhall, right now is “a great time to take a pratfall because it’s so far away from anything major.”

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The PE: POLITICS: Assembly Melendez criticized for ‘Islamic savages’ tweet

Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Feb. 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is facing criticism from Islamic groups after she tweeted with the hashtag “Stand Up Against Islam” while lamenting the death of an American aid worker.

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

Politico: The war on Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

His fast start has reordered the Republican 2016 race, and put a bull’s-eye on his back.

By Alex Isenstadt
2/12/15 – 6:07 PM EST

The war on Jeb Bush is on.

Rand Paul is attacking him as a hypocrite on marijuana who’s indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz is questioning whether Bush’s stands on education and immigration will fly with primary voters. Conservative outside groups are going after him, with one airing a TV ad declaring, “We do not want dynasties in our White House.”

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talks to the media on Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Paul Kane
February 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, less than six weeks into unified GOP rule on Capitol Hill, is on the verge of seeing his most adamant pledge go up in smoke.

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Lou Desmond

Desmond

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/12/15, 8:10 PM PST |

It looks like Inland Empire host Lou Desmond landed on his feet, then jumped up.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Published: Feb. 11, 2015 – Updated: 9:40 a.m.

Republican Paul Chabot believes a lack of money and GOP support hampered his campaign for an Inland congressional seat. He might have a point, at least on the money part.

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

Politico: House sends Keystone bill to White House doom

Politico

The measure doesn’t appear to have enough votes to survive a presidential veto.

By Elana Schor
2/11/15 – 5:39 PM EST – Updated 2/11/15 – 9:14 PM EST

The House easily passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up President Barack Obama to issue the third veto of his presidency.

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Politico

Democrats would fold if Homeland Security shuts down, some House and Senate Republicans argue.

By Manu Raju and Jake Sherman
2/11/15 – 8:14 PM EST – Updated 2/12/15 8:17 AM EST

A faction of House and Senate conservatives is pushing Republican leaders to take the battle over the Homeland Security Department to the brink, arguing the party would win the public relations war with Democrats if a standoff over immigration led to a shutdown of the agency.

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InlandPolitics: New Obamacare taxes just beginning

ObamaCare

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

First it was the “If you like your plan you can keep it” debacle.

Now everyone is just starting to get the second dose of Obamacare.

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GOP

By Seema Mehta
February 9, 2015

Unless a surprise GOP candidate emerges, the U.S. Senate race in California will mark the third straight election with the party’s top-of-the-ticket state candidate given virtually no chance of victory, even by fellow Republicans.

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SacBee: Party committees move millions in California elections

California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
02/06/2015 11:42 PM

Eureka, on California’s North Coast, is at least a seven-hour drive from Fresno, the northern tip of the Central Valley’s sprawling 14th Senate District. It’s even farther from Santa Ana, the Orange County city at the heart of Southern California’s 34th Senate District.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore, Vice President at Reason Foundation and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman join the program.

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Ann Coulter: Three generations of Imbeciles are enough

Ann-Coulter

By Ann Coulter
February 4, 2015

It’s good to see conservatives have gotten back to letting The New York Times choose their nominees for them.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party and author of The Divided Era, joins Lou to discuss an array of topics.

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Andrew Do

Andrew Do on his first day on the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Do beat former state Sen. Lou Correa for the seat by a 43-vote margin; an official recount is underway. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

By Anh Do and Matt Hamilton
February 4, 2015

A former state senator who lost a special election for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors said he has asked for a recount because of concerns over “voting irregularities.”

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Politico: Democrats learn to love the filibuster

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Party leaders change tune now that they are in minority.

Politico

By Burgess Everett
2/3/15 – 7:30 PM EST

Senate Democrats are falling back in love with the filibuster.

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Campaigns

By Sean Sullivan
February 3, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday continued their assault on President Obama’s signature accomplishments and his ambitious budget proposal. But they faced stiff resistance from Democrats.

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LATimes: Correa seeks recount after 43-vote defeat in O.C. supervisor race

Recount

By Matt Hamilton
February 2, 2015

Former state Sen. Lou Correa — who lost his bid for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to Andrew Do by a 43-vote margin — has officially sought a recount of last Tuesday’s special election.

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Bloomberg: Walker Surging in Iowa Poll as Bush Struggles

Iowa Poll - Jan 2015

Hillary Clinton is running away from the potential Democratic field.

John McCormick
Jan 31, 2015 – 3:00 PM PST

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is surging, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is an also-ran and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dominating in a new poll of Iowans likely to vote in the nation’s first presidential nominating contest.

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Andrew Do
Republican Andrew Do defeated well-known Democrat Lou Correa by a razor-thin margin in Tuesday’s special election for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

By Christopher Goffard and Anh Do
January 31, 2015

Few Orange County politicians command the name recognition of Lou Correa, who has held seats in both houses of the California Legislature and on the county’s Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: GOP needs to find right candidate in 2016

ObamaCare

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

We’ve said it here many times.

If there’s one group who can routinely shoot itself in the head, it’s the GOP.

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InlandPolitics: No third run for Romney

Breaking_News

Friday, January 30, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

News outlets are reporting that Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will not make a third run for President of the United States.

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Politico

He also took aim at Republican arguments that a lapse in DHS funding would not be ‘the end of the world.’

By Lauren French
1/29/15 8:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama vowed to House Democrats on Thursday night that he would “happily” veto any legislation that would “compound” the country’s immigration problems — posing yet another challenge to Republican efforts to pass a Homeland Security spending bill by next month’s deadline.

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WashPost: Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Karen Tumulty
January 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

They’re over her.

Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.

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David Koch+Charles Koch

Koch brothers David (left) and Charles Koch. (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press)

By Carla Marinucci
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Updated 9:40 am

The billionaire Koch brothers’ intention to spend nearly $900 million on conservative candidates and causes in the 2016 election cycle will unleash a tidal wave of cash that will swamp the political landscape even in solidly blue California, experts said Tuesday.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: 2016, School Choice & Homelessness

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party and Georgine Trujillo, Lou’s favorite Democrat, join the program.

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SFChronicle: That other Bush steps in the ring

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco on Friday. Bush is considering running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / © 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP)

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 26, 2015 – Updated 5:01 pm

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents, who can tap into their vaunted fund-raising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

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NationalJournal: The Rise of Dark Money and the Koch Party

National Journal

It’s time for 21st-century campaign finance reform: No limits, instant disclosure.

By Ron Fournier
January 27, 2015

This week may be remembered as the birth of the Koch Party. A usurper of the GOP and a rival to Democrats, the network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch pledged Monday to spend $889 million on the 2016 election.

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WashPost: Democrats stall Keystone bill in Senate, dealing blow to GOP

Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/Files)

By Sean Sullivan
January 26, 2016 at 6:18 PM

**This post has been updated**

Senate Democrats stalled the Republican-led push to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline on Monday, dealing the first significant blow to the new Republican majority less than three weeks after being sworn in.

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money

Charles Koch and David Koch are backing a network of advocacy groups that plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 presidential election.

By Matea Gold
January 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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WashPost: Charles Koch calls on fellow conservative donors to expand their commitment

Charles koch

FILE: Charles Koch in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

By Matea Gold
January 24, 2015 at 9:33 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.— Conservative benefactor Charles Koch on Saturday called on other wealthy donors to expand their commitment to promoting free-market ideas and shrinking government, saying they would only succeed if the cause was “a central part of our lives.”

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, middle, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2015

Former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster, who rebounded after receiving a double lung transplant three years ago, was the only candidate to file papers by Friday’s deadline to run in a special election to fill a Senate seat vacated when Steve Knight was elected to Congress.

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SacBee: Chris Christie to keynote California GOP convention

Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during an inaugural ceremony at the statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/23/2015 10:03 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a reliable source of entertainment – and inspiration – for California Republicans, will keynote the state party’s spring convention, organizers said Friday.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Prop 47 & 2016 Candidates

Mic

Friday, January 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to discuss AB 150, which would amend Prop 47 to make the theft of a firearm under $950 a felony.

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Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:41 a.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, has been named to a board post for an organization that trains Republican leaders nationwide.

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

SFChronicle: Obama croons: ‘I did it my way’

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:41 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to “middle-class” values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it.

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The PE: POLITICS: Potential White House hopefuls to headline Riverside event

GOP

Published: Jan. 20, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Three potential contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are expected to be in Riverside next month for a gathering of Inland conservative activists.

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

Politico: 4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event

Politico

The invitees are all potential 2016 presidential contenders.
By Kenneth P. Vogel
1/19/15 11:24 PM EST
Updated 1/20/15 8:44 AM EST

Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO.

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Bloomberg: Almost 60 Percent of Republicans Say Romney Should Run: Poll

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A CBS News poll finds enthusiasm for the once—and future?—nominee.
Ali Elkin
Jan 18, 2015 10:18 AM PST

GOP leaders appear skeptical about Mitt Romney’s prospects if he seeks the White House for a third time in 2016, but according to a new poll, everyday Republicans’ message to the former governor is: Come on in, the water’s fine.

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Politico: Poll: Run Hillary. Run Mitt.

Politico

They fare much better than Christie and Perry in a survey of would-be contenders.
By David Cohen
1/18/15 6:48 PM EST
Updated 1/18/15 11:02 PM EST

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are the would-be candidates that Americans most want to run for president in 2016, while solid pluralities would prefer that Chris Christie and Rick Perry sit this election out, according to a new CBS News Poll released Sunday.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutgkueck
Posted on January 17, 2015

(January 14) — In local Democratic Party circles there is already peripheral discussion of the need to mount a challenge of Marc Steinorth in the 40th Assembly District in 2016.

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Hillary Clinton

FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University, in Washington. Neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Mitt Romney have yet said they’re running for president. But within a few hours on Friday, the likely candidates previewed a 2016 campaign that appears headed to a debate over who is best able to boost the paychecks of every day Americans. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

By DAVID SCOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press
01/18/2015 9:27 AM

CORONADO, Calif.

Not yet in the presidential race, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney already are previewing the likely focus of the 2016 campaign, a competition over who’s better able to boost paychecks for working Americans.

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UTSanDiego: Romney focused on poverty in possible bid

Ann Romney+Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for President, and his wife Ann Romney mingle with the crowd after Mitt Romney spoke while on board the USS Midway Museum in San Diego on Friday. (Hayne Palmour IV)

Former presidential candidate speaks to Republican leaders aboard Midway
By David Garrick9:27 p.m.Jan. 16, 2015

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Mitt Romney stressed the need to sharply reduce poverty in America Friday night during a speech to members of the Republican National Committee.

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UTSanDiego: Walker among GOP hopefuls in town

Scott Walker

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in West Allis, Wis. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what’s shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Wisconsin governor says his reform agenda could sweep nation
By David Garrick
Jan. 15, 2015

CORONADO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Republican National Committee members on Thursday night that the success he’s had cutting public employee benefits and lowering taxes could sweep the nation and help Republicans take back the White House in 2016.

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VVDailyPress: Runner will vie for state Senate seat

Sharon Runner

Former assemblywoman, state senator officially announces candidacy

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 14, 2015 @ 8:26 pm
Updated at 8:32 PM

Former Assemblywoman and state Senator Sharon Runner made it official Wednesday, declaring that she will run for the recently vacated state 21st Senate District seat, which includes the Victor and Antelope valleys.

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SFChronicle: Carly Fiorina, no longer deadbeat candidate

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
January 14, 2015 10:08 AM

This just in: Carly Fiorina paid off the debt from her losing 2010 Senate campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer. As I wrote last month, the former HP head is mulling over a 2016 presidential run — which made her failure to pay off her handlers and vendors rather puzzling. Losing candidates often owe money, but she’s a rich candidate, who was partially self-funded. Nonetheless, she left behind debt just under $500,000. As I wrote:

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Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement could set up a nightmare election scenario for Democrats.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

National Journal

Or the way Republicans could find themselves shut out of the general election altogether.
By Scott Bland
January 13, 2015

Democrats are far-and-away favored to keep Sen. Barbara Boxer’s California Senate seat when she retires in 2016. They may even be able to shut Republicans out of the general election altogether. But, with both parties still feeling their way through recent and radical changes to the state’s rules for primary races, Democratic insiders see a nightmare scenario in which they fumble away the seat before the general election even begins.

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UTSanDiego: Romney to speak at RNC meeting Friday

Mitt Romney

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, hugs N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston before inaugural ceremonies for Charlie Baker. A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. It appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

By Michael Smolens
Jan. 13, 2015

Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s strongly considering a third run for president, plans to speak at the Republican National Committee winter meetings in San Diego this week.

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WashPost:

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has hired a campaign manager for his likely 2016 White House run. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By Robert Costa
January 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced the hiring of a campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential bid, part of an aggressive effort to build a national political team as the race for the White House heats up.

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WashPost: Romney moves to reassemble campaign team for ‘almost certain’ 2016 bid

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, is eyeing a third run for the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Politics
By Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
January 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign.

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WashPost: A signal of distaste for dynasties bodes ill for Bush, Clinton

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
January 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

AURORA, Colo. — It’s been a good few weeks for Jeb Bush, who has been setting the pace among prospective 2016 presidential candidates — at least in the view of some in the elite world of political donors, strategists and commentators. But even before the news that Mitt Romney is thinking about a third campaign, a dissenting view on Bush was registered here Thursday night.

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Jeb Bush+Mitt Romney

Jeb Bush, left, was a guest on Mitt Romney’s plane during Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, foreground right, and then-Rep. Connie Mack, foreground left. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Politics
By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
January 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have much in common. Both were pragmatic as governors, mild-mannered as candidates and more comfortable balancing budgets at their desks than clinking glasses at a political dinner.

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The PE: CONGRESS: NRCC continuing to go after Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz

Congressman Raul Ruiz

January 9th, 2015 – 9:35 am

The election is over. But the heat remains on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, as he starts his second term.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has issued at least three news releases this month attacking Ruiz, who ousted GOP incumbent Mary Bono in 2012 and represents a district where Republicans hold a slight edge in voter registration.

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WashPost: Romney to GOP donors: ‘I want to be president.’

Mitt Romney

In this July 2, 2014, file photo, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters in New Hampshire. Romney told a small group of donors that he’s considering a third run at the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

By Philip Rucker,, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
January 9, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Mitt Romney forcefully declared his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of powerful Republican donors Friday, disrupting the fluid 2016 GOP field as would-be rival Jeb Bush was moving swiftly to consolidate establishment support.

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