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The Sacramento Bee: Chad Mayes tapped to lead California Assembly Republicans

Chad Mayes

Mayes will take over Jan. 4 after transition with current leader Kristin Olsen

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
September 1, 2015

California Assembly Republicans chose first-term Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, to be their next leader in a closed-door vote Tuesday.

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Huey Long+Barry Goldwater+George Wallace+Ross Perot

From left are Huey Long, Barry Goldwater, George Wallace and Ross Perot. If Donald Trump falls short of the White House too, will he leave a lasting political legacy? (Associated Press)

By Mark Z. Barabak
September 1, 2015

Suddenly, we’re all living in Donald Trump’s one-man reality show.

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Donald Trump+Mitt Romney

Donald Trump announces his endorsement of Mitt Romney at Trump Resort in Las Vegas, NV on February 2, 2012 (Photo: RD/Kabik/Retna Ltd./Corbis)

By Gabriel Sherman
September 1, 2015

As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race, frustration and panic have become high enough to make some inside the party Establishment pine for a candidate they roundly rejected as recently as January: Mitt Romney. Romney himself has become one of Trump’s most vocal detractors inside the party. “He’s someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him,” a close Romney adviser told me — and some Romney-ites are only too happy to talk up the prospect of their man jumping into the race if the Establishment fails to stop Trump, whose support in Iowa and New Hampshire is currently greater than Jeb Bush’s, Scott Walker’s, Marco Rubio’s, Chris Christie’s, and John Kasich’s combined.

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CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 19: Podiums for this evening's debate between the four remaining Republican presidential candidates stand ready at the North Charleston Coliseum on January 19, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. The debate, hosted by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, will be the final debate before South Carolina voters head to the polls in their primary January 21. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Politico

By Hadas Gold
09/01/15 – 05:18 PM EDT
Updated 09/01/15, 06:55 PM EDT

CNN announced on Tuesday that it has changed the criteria for its upcoming debate, making space for Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on the primetime stage.

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The Sacramento Bee: Democratic hopes for California tax increases hinge on GOP votes

Taxes

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
August 31, 2015

  • GOP lawmakers last supported a tax deal in 2009
  • Gas, cigarette taxes on the table this year
  • ‘Shaming’ and recall threats are part of anti-tax arsenal

Jon Fleischman, the conservative activist, blogger and political consultant with the ear of many at the Capitol, was giving another interview to a right-leaning talk radio show one recent afternoon when he was asked about the possibility of Republican lawmakers supporting a tax increase.

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Chad Mayes

Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), center, appears at a Assembly Republican caucus news conference on transportation funding on Monday. (Chris Megerian/Los Angeles Times)

By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
August 31, 2015

Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he’s seeking the leadership post.

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Politico: Trump Is Setting the GOP Agenda

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions from reporters at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Every Republican presidential contender is playing Trump’s game. And losing at it.

Politico Magazine

By Matt Latimer
08/30/15 – 08:52 PM EDT

Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush?

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Donald Trump+Jorge Ramos

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spars with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday. Ramos was removed from Trump’s news conference. (Ben Brewer/Reuters)

By Janell Ross
August 30, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos called Donald Trump, a top Republican presidential candidate, “dangerous” in an interview Sunday on ABC News’s “This Week.”

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The Washington Post: Iowa poll finds Trump and Carson surging as Walker collapses

GOP Debate

Fellow Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (2nd L) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) laugh as fellow candidate and businessman Donald Trump (2nd R) reacts near the end of the debate after realizing that a slew of criticisms spoken by fellow candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (not pictured) were not aimed at him but at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. (© REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

David Weigel
The Washington Post
Sunday, August 30, 2015

One of politics’ most reliable polls has found first-time candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson galloping to big leads in the Iowa caucuses. The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, released Saturday night, also finds one-time front-runner Scott Walker, governor of neighboring Wisconsin, losing the dominance he’s had all year.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, seen here speaking in Iowa on Aug. 14, is trying to assure nervous Democrats that she would be the party’s strongest presidential nominee in the general election. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By Dan Balz and Philip Rucker
August 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — The Democratic Party, whose presidential race has been mostly overshadowed by Donald Trump and the Republicans, heads into the fall with its nomination contest far less certain than it once appeared and braced for a series of events that will have a significant effect on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign.

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Donald Trump+Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush at the first G.O.P. presidential debate. (Credit Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

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Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
SundayReview | Op-Ed Columnist
August 29, 2015

Washington — PITY Poppy.

When I went down to Houston a few years ago to eat pizza with the former president, he was his usual gracious self, speaking fondly about President Obama and his new pal Bill Clinton.

But there was one person who got dismissed with a brusque obscenity: Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

The Hill

By Mark Hensch
August 29, 2015 – 12:27 pm

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he is leading the GOP race because he represents Americans who have had it with their nation coming up short.

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ANKENY, IA - AUGUST 13: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at Dennis Albaugh's Classic Car Barn during the Polk County GOP Annual Summer Sizzle event August 13, 2015 in Ankeny, Iowa. Bush is scheduled to attend the Iowa State Fair tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move comes amid weak poll numbers and concerns that Bush’s torrid fundraising pace has slowed.

Politico

By Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo
08/29/15 – 06:26 AM EDT

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.

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The Wall Street Journal: America Is So in Play

Donald Trump+Jorge Ramos

Donald Trump and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos face off in Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 25. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

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Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Aug. 27, 2015 – 6:41 p.m. ET

  • Donald Trump’s staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus.

So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated.

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Donald Trump

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The trend continues to favor Billionaire Candidate Donald Trump.

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Ann-Coulter

Published: Aug. 26, 2015 – Updated: 11:42 a.m.

Before Donald Trump, Ann Coulter received accolades from conservatives and condemnation from liberals for her comments about immigration and Latinos.

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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 25, 2015 (Charlie Neibergall—AP)

Politics 2016

Jill Colvin and Sergio Bustos / AP
Aug. 26, 2015
Updated: Aug. 27, 2015 1:36 AM ET

“I think I handled that well. I got a lot of credit for it”

(PENSACOLA, Florida) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s proud of kicking one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference — the latest in a series of clashes with the media.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

By Kurtis Lee
August 25, 2015

Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos unceremoniously evicted from a news conference Tuesday as the immigration issue continued to dominate the Republican presidential primary.

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The Sacramento Bee: On talk radio, recovering politicians seek second act

Microphone

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
August 23, 2015

  • Several former elected officials host their own shows
  • Republicans see forum as counterbalance to mainstream media
  • Hosts can stay relevant in their areas even while out of office

For nearly 30 years, former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock hosted a talk radio show, weaving his trademark sarcasm into defenses of limited government and riffs on liberals to become perhaps the most accomplished past politician on the airwaves.

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InlandPolitics: Is the new Reuters poll an outlier, or is it for real?

GOP

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The new Reuters/Ipsos poll covering the republican presidential primary contest has opened some eyes this weekend.

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Border Patrol

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Republican Primary race for President was supposed to be a low-key, grinding, policy heavy and uneventful affair. Just two months ago, the crowded field of governors, senators, and a few outsiders wasn’t making many waves.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters as he is driven away following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters as he is driven away following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015.
(Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Politics | Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:44pm EDT
WASHINGTON | By Emily Stephenson

Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party’s U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.

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Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump, leading the Republican field in recent polls, drew a crowd on Friday for an event in Mobile, Ala. (Credit: Jeff Haller for The New York Times)

By Michael Barbaro, Nate Cohn adn Jeremy W. Petersaug
August 22, 2015

In the command centers of Republican presidential campaigns, aides have drawn comfort from the belief that Donald J. Trump’s dominance in the polls is a political summer fling, like Herman Cain in 2011 — an unsustainable boomlet dependent on megawatt celebrity, narrow appeal and unreliable surveys of Americans with a spotty record of actually voting in primaries.

A growing body of evidence suggests that may be wishful thinking.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

US | Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:08pm EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio | By Emily Flitter

While thousands streamed into a football stadium Friday evening in Mobile, Alabama to see Donald Trump, a much smaller crowd of committed conservatives unwound at a bar and mused over the good, the bad and the unknown of the unlikely Republican presidential front-runner.

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Jeb Bush+George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, right, with his father, former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Published: Aug. 21, 2015 – Updated: 5:39 p.m.

Those who don’t regularly follow politics might not be familiar with George P. Bush. But they’ve surely heard of his father, uncle and grandfather.

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

Donald Trump

Bloomberg Politics

William Leitch
Aug 21, 2015 – 5:03 PM PDT

(Updated 8:18 a.m. ET)

Donald Trump’s juggernaut: Meet Friday night lights.

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InlandPolitics: New poll shows Trump believed to be likely GOP nominee

Donald Trump

Friday, August 21, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

A new poll shows that a large majority of likely GOP voters believe that Billionaire Businessman Donald J. Trump will be the likely nominee for President of the United States.

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Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown represents California’s 47th State Assembly district and is seeking reelection in the June primary elections. (Courtesy photo)

By Beau Yarbrough and Ryan Hagen, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/19/15, 12:57 PM PDT |

California’s legislators returned to work in Sacramento on Monday, poised for the battle to get their legislation approved before the 2015-16 session ends on Sept. 11.

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CNN Politics: Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition

CNN

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 12:31 PM ET

Story highlights:

  • Donald Trump maintains his lead over the GOP presidential field, according to a new CNN/ORC poll
  • Jeb Bush comes in second place and Ben Carson in third place, the poll says

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump has won his party’s trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

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InlandPolitics: Fox News Poll: Trump 25, Carson 12 and Cruz 10

Election 2016

Monday, August 17, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Donald Trump remains on top in the latest national poll, this time conducted by Fox News.

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Pothole

A backlog of highway repairs is just one of the funding challenges that have state lawmakers looking for new revenue sources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy
August 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers will start tackling some of the state’s toughest challenges this week, and the solution to many of them may be new taxes and fees for Californians.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Clear Lake, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By Anne Gearan, Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz
August 15, 2015 at 9:03 PM

It was supposed to be different this time. After the wounds of 2008, many of them self-inflicted, Hillary Rodham Clinton rebooted for 2016 with a new message, new advisers and new energy.

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Donald Trump

The billionaire businessman stumps in the Midwest as he leads the field of candidates in the Republican presidential race.

By David Weigel
August 15, 2015

FLINT, Mich. — A few hours before Donald Trump’s plane landed, 20 minutes south of where he would speak, people gathered outside the Flint Assembly Plant to take a peek into the past. Some of them were retired, reuniting with friends. All of them remembered how there used to be more to the place.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today, Dr. Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation joins the show. He and Lou talk about the rise of “tiny houses” for the homeless in San Pedro. Why are these a bad idea?

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Campaign 2016

By Philip Bump
August 12, 2015 at 5:06 PM

In the first major-outlet non-Internet poll since the Republican primary debate last week, it’s almost not surprising that CNN/ORC finds Donald Trump retaining the lead in Iowa. Almost. It’s still a bit surprising, given Trump’s wobbly handling of criticism during the event.

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The Sacramento Bee: Could Donald Trump actually win GOP nod?

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland. Despite stirring controversy, he continues to be the party’s front-runner. (John Minchillo AP)

Politics
By David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
August 11, 2015

  • Expands lead in post-debate poll
  • ‘Solid ground game’ in Iowa
  • Angry voters eventually turn away from protest candidates

WASHINGTON

Donald Trump could win the Republican presidential nomination.

Really.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Road taxes must clear GOP’s bar

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 10, 2015

  • California has nation’s second-worst pavement conditions
  • New coalition wants $6 billion a year for maintenance
  • Republicans hold key, generally oppose added taxes

Special legislative sessions aren’t bound by the time limits of regular sessions, so one on financing road maintenance could run another 15-plus months.

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Donald Trump

By Alan Rappeport
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Updated: 8:04 a.m. |

Donald J. Trump’s feud with Fox News came to a close on Tuesday morning when the billionaire tycoon called into the network for a friendly interview, declaring “we’ve always been friends.”

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Politico: Trump camp in crisis

Donald Trump. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room after the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) URN:23754238

 Donald Trump. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room after the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By Ben Schreckinger and Katie Glueck
8/8/15 – 5:29 PM EDT

  • Republicans question whether the laws of political gravity have finally caught up with him.

Fallout from a crude attack on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and the departure of a top political adviser roiled Donald Trump’s campaign Saturday, leading Republicans to question whether the laws of political gravity have finally caught up with the real estate mogul.

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GOP Debate

Donald Trump, center, speaks during the Republican presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland. (Andrew Spear / For The Times)

By Andrea Chang and Samantha Masunaga
August 8, 2015

  • Social media are key in presidential campaign

Donald Trump, as expected, stole the show at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate. Less dramatic, but more profound, observers believe, was that Facebook co-sponsored the event with Fox News.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate: Trump still dominates discussion

GOP Debate

Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 12:30 a.m.

The GOP debate may have turned into a winner for Billionaire Donald Trump. All courtesy of moderator Megyn Kelly.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, August 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show. First, LA has agreed to turn over control of the Ontario Airport to the Inland Empire.

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Politico: How Jeb and the GOP Got Trumped

Donald Trump

The establishment wanted a sweet ’16, not a 17-candidate pileup. Here’s what happened. (Illustration by POLITICO/AP and Getty.)

Politico Magazine

By Glenn Thrush and Alex Isenstadt
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Jeb Bush, the man who would be frontrunner, was as surprised as anybody when Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential race in June. His instinctive first reaction was to hold his tongue, and his advisers agreed the best option was to keep his distance from an interloper who wanted to drag him into a reality-show shouting match.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate: It’s all about Trump

Donald Trump

Tuesday, August 5, 2015 – 08:15 a.m.

With the GOP debate field now set. It’s the Donald Trump show.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate field solidifies, Trump climbs, while Perry is out

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 07:30 a.m.

The debate field has been set in the first GOP presidential debate to be hosted by Fox News in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate field forming

Debate Stage

Monday, August 3, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The top ten field of candidates, who will make the cut for the first Republican Primary Debate, is essentially formed, with the exception of the last three positions.

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InlandPolitics: Apologist presses forward

The Sun

Monday, August 3, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

The Apologist, oops we mean The Sun newspaper, was hard at work supporting one of its favorite politicos this weekend.

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Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush spoke at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday, part of an effort to go to “places where Republicans haven’t been seen in a long, long while.” (Credit: Melissa Lyttle for The New York Times)

By Jonathan Martin
August. 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — It may be the Summer of Trump, but the publicity-hungry real estate magnate is not the only Republican presidential candidate relishing all his attention.

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Charles koch

Charles Koch

Associated Press
Aug. 1, 2015 | 9:28 p.m. EDT

By JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles Koch welcomed a group of roughly 450 like-minded fundraisers to one of his twice-annual conferences Saturday by challenging them to advocate for ending “corporate cronyism” – even if those policies help their businesses.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to an overflow crowd following a rally and picnic, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Politics
By David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
July 31, 2015

  • No final action on budget, highways, debt ceiling
  • House plans no votes until Sept. 8
  • Trump, Sanders draw big crowds with fix-Washington message

WASHINGTON — In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

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GOP

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
mwisckol@ocregister.com
July 31, 2015 – Updated 9:45 p.m.

When the billionaire Koch brothers and several hundred mega-donor allies roll into Dana Point this weekend, the conservative coalition will have more on its agenda than the usual screening of favored presidential candidates and discussions about policy.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump: The other shoe is about to drop!

Donald Trump

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

If the Washington D.C. political establishment, which is now all lathered up over billionaire candidate Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, is in a panic, just wait until Thursday.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Dr. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. First up, San Bernardino has reached an agreement with the police department, but details are sparse. Then, Hillary got fired from her “favorite summer job” after just one week.

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Donald Trump

By David Martosko
US Political Editor For Dailymail.com and Reuters
Published: 17:19 EST, 29 July 2015 | Updated: 07:02 EST, 30 July 2015

  • Trump picked up nearly 10 points in the national poll of Republican voters since Friday
  • He’s risen to 25 per cent support, with Jeb Bush in a distant second place at 12 per cent
  • Trump is leaving the U.S. Wednesday night for Scotland, where his Trump Turnberry Resort will host the Women’s British Open golf tourney
  • Trump flies to Glasgow Prestwick Airport aboard his private Boeing 757 and returns on Saturday
  • Separate poll released earlier Wednesday shows Trump leading in Florida, where Jeb Bush was governor

Billionaire Donald Trump is leaving the country on a high note, flying from New York to Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday night as a new poll gives him a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination.

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Politico Magazine: Trump Schools the Republican Establishment

Donald Trump

GOP elites are only making The Donald stronger.

Politico

By Matt Latimer
July 28, 2015

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

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Politico: Fox lowers threshold for early debate

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

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

Politico

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

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

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The Hill: Two weeks to go: Republicans scramble to make debate stage

Debate Stage

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

The Hill

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

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

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Donald Trump

(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Kurtis Lee
July 27, 2015 – 6:40 A.M.

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

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InlandPolitics: Playing the Trump Card

Trump Card

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

One thing is becoming abundantly clear.

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

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Donald Trump

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

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Bloomberg Politics

By the Numbers

Jul 26, 2015 – 7:06 AM PDT

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

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Lou Desmond

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

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

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

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Donald Trump

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

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

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

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Jose Antonio Meade

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

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

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

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Bob Huff

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

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

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

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Scott Walker

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

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

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

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

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CNN Politics: Poll: Clinton trails top Republicans in battleground states

CNN

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

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

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Marc Steinorth

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

It’s a supercalifragilisticexpiali-political fundraiser.

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

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InlandPolitics: Testing Trump’s polling numbers

Donald Trump

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

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

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

Donald Trump

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

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

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

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Donald Trump

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

This post has been updated.

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

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

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Friday, July 17, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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Steve Knight

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

By Jean Merl
July 16, 2015

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

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

Donald Trump

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

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

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

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Donald Trump

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The Hill

By Scott Wong
07/15/15 – 06:35 PM EDT

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

But no one’s rushing to endorse him.

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

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

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

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

Politico: Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million this year

Kevin McCarthy

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

Politico

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

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

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Politico: Donald Trump leads GOP field in latest poll

Politico

By Nick Gass
7/14/15 – 3:38 PM EDT

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

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Darrell Issa

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

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

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Campaigns

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Wisconsin’s Walker enters GOP presidential field

Scott Walker

Monday, July 13, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

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

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Donald Trump

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

By Kurtis Lee
July 12, 2015

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

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Donald Trump

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

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

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

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Immigration

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

By Michael Finnegan
July 11, 2015

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

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Donald Trump

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

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

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

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Donald Trump

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

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

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