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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

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

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

Yawn

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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InlandPolitics: Trump drains oxygen from GOP field

GOP

Saturday, July 11, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

Billionaire Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is doing the unexpected.

He’s sucking the oxygen from the other GOP candidates.

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trump

By Kate Linthicum, Richard Winton and Kurtis Lee
July 10, 2015

Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to Los Angeles on Friday, unrepentant over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants that have drawn national ire and pushback from businesses and fellow party members.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, July 10, 2015 – 05:00 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 Lou to discuss Jeb Bush and some comments of his that the left has taken out of content. Then, Ed and one of Lou’s listeners try and convince Lou that Donald Trump is going to make a great president. Finally, is America actually a “white supremacist country,” as some commentators have said?

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The Hill

By Neetzan Zimmerman
July 9, 2015 – 12:48 p.m.

Media coverage of Donald Trump’s controversial immigration remarks have lifted the GOP presidential candidate to the top of the Republican field, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

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Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall meeting in Hudson, N.H., on July 8. (Jim Cole / Associated Press)

By Kathleen Hennessey
July 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush may have inadvertently given the Democrats their first attack ad of the presidential campaign this week when he inartfully detailed a prescription for economic growth that included the phrase “people need to work longer hours.”

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Daily Bulletin: Election 2016 already underway in 31st Congressional District

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to a debate on October 20, 2014 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Staff file photo by Will Lester)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15, 3:26 PM PDT |

Nothing will be decided until Nov. 8, 2016, but Election 2016 is already underway in the 31st Congressional District.

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Campaigns

Latinos made up 39% of California’s population last year, but a new report says just 10% of county supervisors and 15% of city council members are Latino.

By Michael Finnegan
July 8, 2015

Latinos’ emergence as California’s largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives.

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InlandPolitics: Final cut coming for first GOP Presidential Debate

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

The Washington Post has setup a link to their website showing the averages of the latest national polling in the Republican Presidential Primary contest.

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Donald Trump

Real estate mogul Donald Trump speaks June 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

By Janell Ross
July 5, 2015 at 5:08 PM

A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of challenges around race, ethnicity and inclusion with which right-leaning politicians must contend.

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InlandPolitics: Ouch! Did PR stunt backfire?

Mike Ramos

Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Did the cute stunt backfire?

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos might have expected to draw the same nationwide press coverage he received from his months-ago attack on Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, flanked by campaign staffers and Secret Service agents and blocked by a rope keeping the media at a distance, marches in the July 4 parade in Gorham, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe
July 4, 2015 at 8:57 PM

GORHAM, N.H. — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, walking in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in this mountain hamlet was supposed to showcase the sometimes-stiff candidate as accessible and in touch with the people — a champion for everyday Americans, as the Democratic presidential front-runner likes to put it.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers.”

By Ryan Parker
July 3, 2014

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers,” again blasted border security in the wake of the slaying of a California woman and the news that the suspect was deported five times.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina addresses the Western Conservative Summit in Denver last week. (Theo Stroomer / Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
July 2, 2015

When it was Carly Fiorina’s turn to take the stage at a presidential forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a break.

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The Washington Post: Jeb Bush’s taxes, by the numbers

Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush talks to reporters after speaking to voters at the Derry Opera House on June 16 in Derry, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Fix

By Philip Bump
June 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign. When he first started talking about running for the presidency, he released his e-mails from his time as governor of Florida; like the tax documents, they required a bit of digging through to extract useful information.

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Jeb Bush

(Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg)

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

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

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

Thief

By Michael Finnegan
June 24, 2015

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

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
June 20, 2015

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

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Politico: Seven Reasons the GOP Should Fear Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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

Politico

By Matt Latimer
June 16, 2015

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

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InlandPolitics: Trump entry shakes up GOP Presidential Field

GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday it was Jeb Bush.

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

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

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

Lou Desmond

Monday, June 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

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Jeb Bush

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

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

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

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 13, 2015

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

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

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

Joe Baca

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

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

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Kevin McCarthy

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

By Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
June 5, 2015

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

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The Sacramento Bee: California Republicans moving HQ to Sacramento

California Republican Party

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

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

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

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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

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

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

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

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Joe Nelson, writer at the San Bernardino Sun, joins Lou to talk about a recent development in the Colonies Corruption case. It’s a very interesting story with interesting consequences.

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Paul Chabot+Charles Krauthammer

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

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

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

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

Jeb Bush

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

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

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

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tax

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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Daily Bulletin: Paul Chabot publishes book on failed Congressional bid

Paul Chabot

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

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

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

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Karl Rove

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

By Eric Lichtblau and Maggie Haberman
May 21, 2015

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

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The Washington Post: A 2016 theme emerges: Money, money, money, money, money

Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

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

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

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

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Supreme Court of the United States

By David G. Savage
May 18, 2015

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

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The Sacramento Bee: Drought could spell trouble for California Democrats

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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The Sacramento Bee: Super PACs rise in influence in 2016 campaign

Hillary Clinton

In this April 29, 2015 file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush fundraises for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t personally ask for money. | Mark Lennihan, File – AP Photo

By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
May 11, 2015

When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.”

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money

By Cathleen Decker
May 11, 2015

Thursday’s radio report danced with anticipation — rain was on the way — and then anchor Dick Helton broke in with news of another sort.

“Hillary’s in town,” the KNX mainstay chortled. “She’s here for the money.”

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Daily Press: GOP leader talks strategy; Runner announces re-election bid

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party gives the keynote address at the Victor Valley Republican Club and the High Desert Republican Women Federated at the ‘Dinner with Senator Jim Brulte, (RET)” event at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, in Victorville. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

POLITICS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted May. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated at 11:10 PM

VICTORVILLE — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte urged fellow Republicans on Thursday night to remain patient as the party seeks to build on gains made last year. He also made no bones about the party’s nationwide goal: defeating Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.

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Campaigns

Politics
May 9, 2015
By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

GOP

By Jean Merl
May 1, 2015

The GOP has added two more Californians to its list of House members it considers most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Philip Bump

The Fix
By Philip Bump
May 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The last time Barack Obama ran for president, he had overwhelming support from Hispanic voters. According to exit polling, Hispanics backed the Democratic president by a 44-point margin. And with one out of every 10 votes coming from Hispanics, that helped Obama trounce Mitt Romney.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Tom Del Beccaro joins the show to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Find out his platform and how you can be part of his campaign. Then Lou and Tom discuss the situation in Baltimore and what the community needs to truly move forward from this.

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Christina Gagnier

Democratic Assembly candidate Christina Gagnier

Published: April 24, 2015 – Updated: 9:17 a.m.

Former congressional candidate Christina Gagnier has set her sights on an Inland state Assembly seat next year.

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

The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Indio mayor to challenge Raul Ruiz in 2016

Campaigns

Published: April 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:52 a.m.

The mayor of Indio is planning to challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz for his Riverside County congressional seat in 2016.

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

Politico: Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016

Politico

Documents detail plans to beef up the network’s state-of-the-art data system and pay hundreds of staff embedded in local communities across the country.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
4/22/15 – 1:09 PM EDT
Updated 4/23/15 12:11 AM EDT

The Koch brothers’ political machine is expanding into new states and recruiting new donors as it seeks to shape the Republican Party — and its presidential field — headed into 2016, according to interviews with multiple sources, as well as confidential donor briefing documents obtained by POLITICO.

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Politico: Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

Politico

By Mike Allen
4/21/15 – 7:06 AM EDT

Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable.

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Bloomberg Politics: David Koch Praises Scott Walker But Says It’s No Endorsement

BloombergPolitics

Julie Bykowicz
Apr 20, 2015 – 2:46 PM PDT

The world’s fifth richest person has regularly donated to the Wisconsin governor.

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker moves toward a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen and biggest political influencers, David Koch, had high praise for him on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Presidential Campaigns – 2016

Campaigns

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s a few takeaways from the 2016 Presidential campaign trail.

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Question Mark

By Patrick McGreevy
April 16, 2015

After leaving the state Senate in 2013 for health reasons, and before returning to the Senate in a special election last month, Sharon Runner was kept on the Senate payroll by her Republican colleagues as an aide.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
April 16, 2015

Hoping to inoculate themselves against challenges next year, most of California’s vulnerable House members already are building campaign war chests.

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Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

By Jose A. DelReal
April 13 at 6:30 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement Monday that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination makes him the fourth major candidate to announce a White House bid in the last three weeks — and he could be the last big candidate to join the fray until late May.

Here’s what we know about several candidates’ timelines:

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