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Politico: McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

Politico

By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 7:29 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporter Mary Jo Pitzer at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.

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NationalJournal: Why an Indictment Could Be a Blessing for Perry

Rick Perry

It lets him play victim, among other things.
By Lucia Graves
August 18, 2014

After the schadenfreude surrounding news of Rick Perry’s indictment subsided on Friday night, America awoke this weekend to a general consensus that the case against the Texas governor was overblown. Obama adviser David Axelrod deemed it “sketchy,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz dubbed it “outrageous,” and MSNBC’s Tim Noah tweeted, “I’m no fan of Rick Perry & I’m no lawyer. But this indictment looks pretty thin to me.”

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OCRegister: California GOP finding new life under Chairman Brulte

Jim Brulte

A path above superminority status seem well-lit, but either way, party leader Jim Brulte sees to have a formula for rebuilding the party one voter at a time.

By MATTHEW FLEMING / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.

When Jim Brulte ran for California Republican Party chairman, he campaigned on three things: Help maintain the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, eliminate the Democrats’ supermajority in the Assembly and rebuild the party from the ground up.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Inland congressional races a referendum on 2012 results

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

Politico: The (maybe) trial of Rick Perry

Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New Orleans

Perry has been trying to remake his image in apparent anticipation for a presidential bid. | Getty

By TARINI PARTI | 8/16/14 8:22 PM EDT

Rick Perry is in trouble — or is he?

Even for Texas, a state that prides itself on super-sizing everything, a grand jury’s decision to indict the governor was a big deal, shocking political observers and raising questions about the Republican’s 2016 plans.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

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Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

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

SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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NRCC Screen Shot

A screen shot of an NRCC-created website meant to look like a local news site.(National Republican Congressional Committee)

By Shane Goldmacher
August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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Politico: House GOP to combine energy, jobs efforts

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/14 4:13 PM EDT Updated: 8/8/14 5:05 PM EDT

House Republicans will package together all their energy and “jobs” legislation and send it to the Senate, an election-year move to try to highlight a contrast with Democrats.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Endorsement war in 28th Senate District

Elections

August 8, 2014

The race for the 28th state Senate District has turned into a game of anything you can do, I can do better.

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

The PE: ELECTION 2014: National GOP steps up Chabot support

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

August 6, 2014

Paul Chabot is getting some help in his bid to keep the 31st Congressional District in Republican hands.

The National Republican Congressional Committee recently gave Chabot “On the Radar” status in its “Young Guns” program, which seeks to help GOP candidates win House races.

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

SFChronicle: CA GOP bars media from Q&A with party chairman

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Wednesday, August 6 at 2:12pm | By Carla Marinucci

California Republicans are billing a big moment at their upcoming fall convention in Los Angeles as an “Ask Anything!” question-and-answer session with state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte.

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WashPost: GOP lawmakers follow the money — to California

California Money

Politics
Al Kamen
By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz August 6 at 7:21 PM

If you’re forced to spend a weekend hobnobbing with donors, do it up right. And don’t host the event in your district (where the local economy could surely use the boost). Go somewhere fabulous.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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Politico: Obamacare opponents seek message to drive midterms

A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance in Miami

By KYLE CHENEY and SARAH WHEATON | 8/4/14 7:20 PM EDT

Three months before the mid-term elections, political operatives and activists are groping for an anti-Obamacare message that sticks — or 57 of them.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Negativity enters Adams/Takano race

Elections

August 4, 2014

The campaign between Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams has been relatively civil. Until now.

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

OCRegister: New House Majority Leader gives state new muscle in D.C.

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, last week became one of two people who primarily shape the legislative agenda for the Republican-controlled House. He raises big funds for GOP election campaigns around the country and will try to tape up a sometimes-fractured Republican Party.

BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy marked the start of his tenure as the No. 2 in House leadership with a prayer and a tweet: “Humbled & blessed to have my friend Pastor Roger Spradlin of Bakersfield deliver the opening prayer this morning.”

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Mitt Romney

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hitting the stump for Republicans this fall — which reminded us of some of his most memorable moments during the 2012 campaign. Here’s a look at some of Romney’s gaffes and a few predictions he got right.

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
August 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

President Obama thumped Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, but now their political standings seem reversed. During a summer in which Democratic candidates are keeping their distance from an unpopular president, Romney is emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most in-demand campaign surrogates.

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NYTimes: Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

U.S. Capitol

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
AUG. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 – 9:27 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 – 12:06 am

Kevin McCarthy may be a one-man refutation of the old adage that “nice guys always finish last.”

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TheWeek: Americans really wish they had elected Mitt Romney instead of Obama

Romney+Obama

July 27, 2014

Mitt Romney 2014?

Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they’d overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor’s bid. That’s just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That’s an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: How Adams, Takano spent their summer vacations

Elections

July 25, 2014

Riverside City Councilman and Republican congressional candidate Steve Adams went to the U.S./Mexico border this week to learn about border security.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Takano, the Democratic incumbent Adams hopes to defeat in November, is doing without to learn what life is like for minimum-wage earners.

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

LATimes: Democrats to host GOP candidates in House race to succeed McKeon

Buck McKeon

A local Democratic club is hosting a forum featuring the two Republican candidates vying to succeed Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, shown above. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state’s top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

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LATimes: Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20-point lead over challenger Kashkari

Polls

By Melanie Mason
July 23, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state’s landmark global warming law.

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NYPost: Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

Young Republicans

By Kyle Smith
July 19, 2014 | 12:28pm

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

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The PE: POLITICS: Ruiz reports stunning $1.9 million war chest

Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, reported a stunning $1.9 million cash on hand as of June 30, more than eight times the war chest of his challenger, Republican Brian Nestande, who had $234,632, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: ELECTION 2014: California Republicans hosting Chabot fundraiser

GOP

July 16, 2014

California’s Republican congressional delegation is doing its part to help Paul Chabot win in November.

Congressmen including House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, are scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Chabot on Thursday, July 24 in Washington, DC. Others listed on the invite include reps. Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine and Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

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

The PE: ELECTION 2014: Aguilar, Chabot seek front-runner status

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) Right.

July 14, 2014

Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot each are making the case for favored candidate status in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

SacBee: Hour after hour after hour, Neel Kashkari is on the air

Neel Kashkari

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 9:21 am

Another radio station cranked up for news talk, and Neel Kashkari chewed pizza outside the studio, ready to go on air.

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InlandPolitics: AD-40: Steinorth’s strong primary numbers

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

All the attention given to the over-hyped drama in the 31st Congressional District contest has admittedly been a distraction. But that contest is over and decided. Now CD-31 is likely to shift from republican to democrat hands in November.

But the numbers in another supposed democrat-contest of a republican-held seat appear to tell a different story.

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DailyBulletin: 31st Congressional District candidates weigh in on border crisis

Chabot+Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/11/14, 9:44 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

The crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant young people and mothers with children from Central America crossing over the border into the United States has provided a source of widely differing views among the candidates running for the 31st Congressional District in November.

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Reuters: Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington, July 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
WASHINGTON Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:02am EDT

(Reuters) – A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve’s long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

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SFChronicle: How GOP hopes early convention will help its 2016 nominee

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:32am | By Carla Marinucci

Republicans get an edge not only with the party’s choice of Cleveland as the site of the party’s 2016 nominating convention, but also in their plans to hold the convention in early summer, says Shawn Steel, a former chair of California GOP and a member of the Republican National Committee site selection committee.

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Politico: Behind Harry Reid’s war against the Koch brothers

Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 7/7/14 9:00 PM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 5:41 AM EDT

At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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OCRegister: SoCal has D.C.’s ‘workhorse,’ ‘showhorse’ for GOP

Top Stories
GOP leaders Ed Royce and Darrell Issa handle Congress very differently.
BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: July 7, 2014 7:22 a.m.

They couldn’t be more different: the stiletto who aims for targeted foreign policy legislation and the sledgehammer who pounds away at big domestic investigations.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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Fox&Hounds: California’s New Republican Boss

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By Tony Quinn
Political Analyst
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Neel Kashkari is the Republican candidate for governor because of the efforts of a mild mannered, bow-tied Stanford University physicist named Charles Munger Jr. Munger is also responsible for the defeat and retirement of several powerful California members of Congress, and he is the major funding source keeping the California Republican Party afloat. Not bad for a guy almost no one has ever heard of.

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WashPost: Obama’s annoyance with Congress boils over

Barack Obama

President Obama speaks in front of Key Bridge in Washington, D.C. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

Politics
By Dan Balz
July 2 at 1:08 PM

President Obama’s displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.

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CapitolWeekly: Kevin McCarthy: Political skills trump policy

Capitol Weekly

By MIA SHAW
July 1, 2014

Kevin McCarthy, the newly minted House Majority Leader, rose speedily through the GOP ranks during his time as a California legislator – and used political instincts he honed in Sacramento to achieve power in Congress.

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AP: Politics Brings Romney Back to New Hampshire

Mitt Romney

BOSTON — Jul 2, 2014, 3:06 AM ET
By STEVE PEOPLES
Associated Press

He insists he’s not running for president a third time, but Mitt Romney is campaigning again in New Hampshire.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Looking ahead in the 31st Congressional District

Elections

June 26, 2014

Now that Lesli Gooch has dropped her request for a recount in the 31st Congressional District, Republican Paul Chabot and Democrat Pete Aguilar can now focus on the Nov. 4 general election.

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

Recount

By Staff Report
Posted: 06/26/14, 12:00 AM PDT |

Republican candidate Lesli Gooch, who finished third in the 31st Congressional District primary race earlier this month, decided late Wednesday to discontinue pursuing a recount of the ballots that began earlier in the day.

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Calbuzz: Field Poll: Gov. Gandalf Crushing Tyrion of Kashkari

Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
June 25, 2014

Democrat Jerry Brown has little to fear from his GOP challenger, Neel Kashkari, according to the latest Field Poll that finds the governor leading by 20 points – 52-32% — including 13% among Republicans.

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Politico: Takeaways from a wild primary night

Campaigns

Politico

By JAMES HOHMANN | 6/25/14 1:16 AM EDT Updated: 6/25/14 7:22 AM EDT

Tuesday night was bad for Democrats, good for the GOP establishment and great for incumbents of both parties.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Recount proceeds — But don’t hold your breath!

Recount

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

A recount of select voting precincts, in the close 31st Congressional District contest, will start Wednesday.

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Campaigns

Published: June 22, 2014 Updated: 6:26 p.m.

Paul Chabot has Rancho Cucamonga to thank for his win, and southwest Riverside County came through for Jeff Stone, according to a detailed breakdown of results from the June 3 primary.

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

OCRegister: California’s clout in D.C. gets lift

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McCarthy’s promotion to House majority leader means more state influence.

BY DAVID HOOD / WASHINGTON BUREAU
Published: June 21, 2014 Updated: 9:18 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite the coming exodus of three stars from California’s delegation, Kevin McCarthy’s elevation to the second-most powerful position in Congress marks a historical peak in the Golden State’s political clout.

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Kevin McCarthy

As GOP leader in the Calif. House, Kevin McCarthy gave flowers to spouses and rewarded lawmakers for touch votes. (Drew Angerer/EPA)

Politics

By Aaron C. Davis
June 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM

During his first year as the Republican leader in the California State Assembly, Kevin McCarthy sent flowers to the wife of a fellow GOP lawmaker in honor of the couple’s anniversary. The woman called her husband gushing over the bouquet — only to learn that he did not deserve the credit.

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Recount

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/18/14, 8:24 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

Redlands Tea Party Patriots board member John Berry on Wednesday called for a recount in the 31st Congressional District primary race on behalf of Republican Lesli Gooch, who finished 209 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, according to the certified election count.

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Richard Simon
June 19, 2014

Republicans are challenging the president’s characterization of the surge in young immigrants from Central America across the southern border as an unforeseen crisis, accusing his administration of contributing to the influx and demanding that he deploy National Guard troops and other resources to secure the border.

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Kevin McCarthy

By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Published: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 – 3:17 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 – 10:27 pm

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday elected Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin McCarthy as majority leader, giving California’s Central Valley a leg up on Capitol Hill.

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InlandPolitics: McCarthy elected House Majority Leader

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McCarthy

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), as expected, was selected Republican Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, Thursday afternnon.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: How Paul Chabot and Jeff Stone won

Elections

June 17, 2014

Paul Chabot has Rancho Cucamonga to thank for his win and southwest Riverside County came through for Jeff Stone, according to a detailed breakdown of results from the June 3 primary.

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

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, walks outside the Old Governors Mansion on election night in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Brown easily advanced to the November general election with early returns showing him with 57 percent of the vote. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Josh Richman, jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/17/14, 9:04 PM PDT |

Gov. Jerry Brown in a steamy political scandal? Unlikely.

Another national economic collapse? Also a long shot.

After this month’s primary election, the real question is: Does a rookie Republican like Neel Kashkari have any chance of toppling a popular governor in an ultrablue state?

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SFChronicle: California GOP can only watch as Democrats control spending

GOP

Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:39 am, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

(06-16) 18:47 PDT Sacramento — Republican state lawmakers had a lot to say about the state budget, saying it contained “insidious” back-room deals, spent too much and saved too little. But, their opinions were all they had. Their votes weren’t needed.

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy is confident going into Thursday’s election for House Republican majority leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By Matt Fuller
Posted at 5:50 p.m. on June 16, 2014

Raúl R. Labrador is gunning to make Thursday’s House GOP majority leader contest an electoral upset on par with Eric Cantor’s primary loss last week to Dave Brat. But Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is not just trying to win the race — he wants to make a statement.

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Politico: Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight

David+Charles Koch

The new super PAC is an evolution for billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. | AP Photos

By KENNETH P. VOGEL and DARREN GOODE | 6/16/14 8:20 PM EDT Updated: 6/16/14 11:28 PM EDT

During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund.

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DailyBulletin: Local tea party members encouraged by primary win in Virginia

Politics

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 45 secs ago

After a stinging defeat for conservative gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly in the June 3 primary, the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election has provided Inland Empire tea party conservatives some level of encouragement.

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LATimes: Romney says he’s not running but criticizes Clinton like a candidate

Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, here greeting supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May, told a conference of donors in Park City, Utah, on Friday that he will not attempt a third presidential run in 2016. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Maeve Reston
June 13, 2014

Mitt Romney insisted Friday that he would not attempt a third presidential run in 2016. But he sounded very much like the candidate he once was as he sharply criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton’s record and denigrated the “Obama-Biden-Clinton” foreign policy as a “monumental bust.”

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Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leading contender to be the next House majority leader, slammed Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Friday for striking a budget deal that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the controversial high-speed rail project.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: It’s official! Aguilar to face Chabot

Election Results

Friday, June 13, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s official!

Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in a November runoff to decide who will replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Matt Fuller
Posted at 8:29 p.m. on June 12

Updated 9:49 p.m. | Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas has dropped out of the race to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, helping clear a path for Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California to ascend to the No. 2 post in the House.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Bonnie Garcia widens lead over Glenn Miller

Update

June 11, 2014

Republican Bonnie Garcia has added 92 votes to her lead over rival GOP candidate Glenn Miller in the race for second place in the 28th state Senate District primary.

To read update by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Politico: Kevin McCarthy makes his move

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy has already solidified support for the majority leader position. | AP Photo

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN, JOHN BRESNAHAN,
ANNA PALMER and LAUREN FRENCH
6/11/14 – 8:09 PM EDT Updated: 6/12/14 – 8:44 AM EDT

On June 19, Kevin McCarthy was scheduled to headline a birthday fundraiser for his friend Eric Cantor on the rooftop of 101 Constitution, a swank office building with sweeping views of the Capitol.

Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Chabot credits grassroots approach for primary win

Paul-Chabot

The Navy veteran from Rancho Cucamonga garnered the most votes among seven candidates – many of them more well funded than him – in advancing to the general election in November in the 31st Congressional District.

Published: June 10, 2014 Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Six other candidates and the more than $2 million they raised stood in the way of Paul Chabot and a spot on the November ballot for an Inland congressional seat.

Nonetheless, the 40-year-old Navy veteran from Rancho Cucamonga won first place with almost 27 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary for the 31st Congressional District.

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

CCTimes: House votes to cut off money for high-speed rail

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By Josh Richman
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Rep. Jeff Denham’s amendment to would cut off federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project was approved by the House on Tuesday.

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Kevin McCarthy

California’s Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is a top contender to replace Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)

By Robert Costa
June 11, 2014

Midnight had long since passed, but the lights were still on at the Capitol, where House Republicans were already planning — and tensely arguing about — how to move ahead amid the chaos of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Democrats’ congressional seats at risk in California

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 12:49 am

Months ago, without saying it publicly, Democrats gave up hopes of regaining control of the House of Representatives and began concentrating resources on saving their command of the U.S. Senate.

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The Sun: Despite loss to run against Gov. Brown, Tim Donnelly vows to fight on

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Donnelly

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/08/14, 8:06 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, may have lost his campaign to run against Gov. Jerry Brown, but he says the fight isn’t over.

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By Josh Hicks
June 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee suggested Sunday that the White House has done a poor job of sharing information with Congress about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his recent release from Taliban captivity.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: The worst of both worlds?

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Republican Paul Chabot left. Democrat Pete Aguilar right.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will now face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in the runoff election to decide who will represent the 31st Congressional District.

What a choice!

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At the Races — Roll Call’s Politics Blog
By Emily Cahn Posted at 8:22 p.m. on June 6

In California’s 31st District, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar maintained a 181-vote lead over Republican Lesli Gooch Friday, after the San Bernardino County Elections Office released an updated vote tally.

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IEBusinessDaily: Democrats Survive in the 31st Congressional Seat

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By IE Business Daily
June 7, 2014

Democrat Pete Aguilar survived the race for second place to make the runoff against Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional Race.

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The PE: ELECTION: Recounts possible for close Inland races

Election Results

Pete Aguilar still holds second in the 31st Congressional District; the same goes for Bonnie Garcia in her state Senate campaign. Their rivals aren’t conceding.

Published: June 6, 2014 Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Two of the tightest Inland races from Tuesday’s primary election could be headed for recounts, as candidates hoping for a coveted November ballot spot have yet to concede.

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

Pete Aguilar

Aguilar

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/06/14, 7:50 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Another batch of votes added to the total Friday made it less likely though still statistically possible that Republican Lesli Gooch will knock Democrat Pete Aguilar out of the 31st Congressional District race, but already the campaigns are moving to the next stage.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: FPPC clears Bonnie Garcia

Bonnie Garcia

Bonnie Garcia

June 6, 2014

A state agency has cleared Inland state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia of any wrongdoing after a complaint alleged a phony nonprofit funneled about $100,000 to her from a police union.

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

Money

Seema Mehta, Phil Willon
June 6, 2014

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who struggled to raise money in his primary bid, said Friday he would need to raise at least $20 million to compete with Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Election indicates GOP may be coming back

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 – 9:58 pm

It’s risky – perhaps even foolhardy – to read much into the results of an abysmally low turnout primary election.

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Neel Kashkari

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari addresses supporters during a primary-night party June 4 in Newport Beach. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
June 5, 2014

California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday challenged Gov. Jerry Brown to a series of debates, echoing a tactic Brown deployed four years ago against then-rival Meg Whitman.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Recount possible in close congressional race!

Recount

Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 04:05 p.m.

Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will likely be the candidate, who will face Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga), in a November runoff to decide who will represent the 31st Congressional District.

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GOP

Maeve Reston
June 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari launched his general election campaign Wednesday by charging that California Gov. Jerry Brown had failed the middle class, and insisting that he could win his uphill race by expanding the appeal of the Republican Party — creating “the biggest tent you’ve ever seen in your life.”

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