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InlandPolitics: CNN/Fox News: What a difference!

CNN

Fox News

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

I had the opportunity to watch the entire ABC/WMUR GOP debate on Saturday Night, and honestly there’s wasn’t much to speak about.

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By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz
Feb. 6, 2016 – 11:44 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 7:17 PM

  • More than $2.5 million in contributions reported in month leading up to Sept. 11 recess
  • Members of Assembly raised almost all of the money
  • Despite Senate rules restricting fundraising, some members took money

California’s campaign finance disclosure calendar means the public only now is getting a look at elected officials’ fundraising and spending during the second half of 2015.

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Calculator

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 2:06 PM

  • Finance reports show lawmakers have $40 million to spend in election year
  • Legislators collectively had about $3.4 million in outstanding debt Dec. 31.
  • Searchable database shows how much each member has

Members of the California Legislature began the election year with more than $40 million cash on hand after raising about $39 million last year, according to campaign reports filed this week.

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Los Angeles Times: Another Republican jumps into race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar

Sean Flynn
Congressional candidate Sean Flynn. (Sean Flynn for Congress)

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

Another Republican has entered the race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), a first-term congressman whose Inland Empire seat is considered vulnerable this fall by both national Democrats and Republicans.

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Capital Public Radio: California Senate Race Fundraising Mirrors Polls

Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Monday, February 1, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

New fundraising reports show two Democrats lead the field in California’s U.S. Senate race, just as they do in recent polls.

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InlandPolitics: Iowa Caucus: Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Carson, Paul and Bush earn delegates

Election Results

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 p.m.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (27.7%) took first place in the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening.

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Election 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The Iowa Caucus is finally here.

Thank God!

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

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U.S. News and World Report

By Jeff Horwitz and Jack Gillum, Associated Press
Associated Press
Jan. 31, 2016, at 11:56 p.m.

  • Trump’s personal loan accounted for much of his fundraising during the last few months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign filings show the billionaire show the Republican front-runner spent just $6.8 million in the final three months of last year. The outlay is less than half of what Ted Cruz, his nearest rival in the polls, spent during the same period.

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Money

Bloomberg Business

By Adam Pearce and Mira Rojanasakul
January 31, 2016

On Jan. 31, presidential candidates reported how much they raised and spent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Super-PACs also filed their third and fourth quarter fundraising and spending. Here are the latest standings.

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Bloomberg: How Trump Carved Up Cruz’s Support in Weeks Before Iowa Caucus

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

New data from the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll, and interviews with the candidates’ campaign managers, shed light on the clash that could decide the Monday’s winner.

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Bloomberg Politics

Joshua Green and Sahil Kapur
January 31, 2016 — 9:09 AM PST

Over the last several weeks, the story of the Iowa caucuses has become the battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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The newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is escorted by Chief Justice John Roberts, as they step outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, for photos following an investiture ceremony with their colleagues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.

The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.

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Primary Schedule - 2016

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 01/30/2016 – 01:24:46 PM PST

After months of nonstop cable TV chatter and a political story line worthy of an Aaron Sorkin parallel universe, it’s finally time for the country to start picking its presidential nominees. But this time might be different — Californians’ votes could really count for the first time in decades.

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Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.

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InlandPolitics: Trump-Fox News Feud Highlights Need for Fox News Alternative

Fox News Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

The ongoing dust-up between GOP front runner Donald Trump and Fox News is highlighting the schism that is developing between Fox News and its conservative viewers.

After Fox News put out a childish and unprofessional press release mocking Trump and his concerns about the impartiality of debate moderator Megyn Kelly, he announced he would boycott the Thursday’s debate. The network then spent the entirety of Tuesday night lampooning Trump and attempting to stake out the moral high ground.

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InlandPolitics: The Big Mo! – Trump juggernaut continues

Polls

Tuesday, January 26, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Trump train has left the station and it’s gaining steam.

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The Hill: Seven-day sprint to Iowa

Campaigns

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The Hill

By Niall Stanage
01/25/16 – 06:00 AM EST

The 2016 presidential candidates are entering the final sprint to the Iowa caucuses, which take place one week from today.

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InlandPolitics: Sunday polling dump has Trump up big in all early voting states

Donald Trump

New polling data suggests that Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump is building new momentum in early voting states, including Iowa.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

A large polling data release on Sunday morning has GOP Front-runner Donald Trump fully in the lead in all early voting states.

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InlandPolitics: New ‘uber conservative’ attack on Donald Trump is rich

Panic Button

Friday, January 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The attack on GOP Front-runner Donald Trump by the editor’s of the National Review is, well, to be blunt, quite rich to say the least.

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Politico: Major GOP donor launches pro-Trump super PAC

Donald Trump

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Politico

By Alex Isenstadt
01/21/16 – 11:15 PM EST

Donald Trump, riding a wave of momentum with less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, is about to get the backing of a cash-flush super PAC funded by a major GOP donor.

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Politico: National Review aims to take down Trump

National Review - Trump

The National Review issue features anti-Trump essays from more than 20 conservative thinkers, leaders and commentators. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Shane Goldmacher
01/21/16 – 09:04 PM EST

  • The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.

For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, one of the conservative movement’s most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy pulled in $11 million in 2015

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy’s successful fundraising year was, in some part, due to the idea that he could become the next speaker of the House.

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Politico

By Jake Sherman
01/20/16 – 05:18 AM EST

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised more than $11 million last year, a sum that places him near the top of the Republican fundraising pyramid on Capitol Hill, according to sources familiar with his operation.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump maintains polling advantage

Polling

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

In less than two weeks the presidential primary cycle will commence and GOP front-runner Donald Trump has maintained or expanded his lead in the polls.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump in a December Republican debate. (Robyn Beck / AFP-Getty Images)

Stephen Battaglio
January 19, 2015

The Republican National Committee has made good on its promise to cut NBC out of its primary debate schedule.

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Politico: Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay

Marco Rubio

“I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people,” Marco Rubio said. | Getty

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Politico

By Isaac Arnsdorf
Published: 01/17/16 – 09:05 AM EST
Updated: 01/17/16 – 12:30 PM EST

Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.

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The Hill: Trump taunts Cruz over citizenship lawsuit: ‘I told you so’

The Hill

By Elliot Smilowitz
January 16, 2016 – 07:11 am

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took aim at rival Ted Cruz in a series of Saturday morning tweets, taunting Cruz over challenges to his citizenship and reports that he did not disclose campaign loans.

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InlandPolitics: Ted Cruz steps in it!

Ted Cruz

Friday, January 15, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

GOP Presidential Contender and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has stepped in it.

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Donald Trump+Ted Cruz

“I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump,” Ted Cruz said after his rival questioned the senator’s eligibility to serve. (Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

By Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy
January 14, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas sharply attacked each other on Thursday night over the Canadian-born Mr. Cruz’s eligibility to be president and Mr. Trump’s “New York values,” shedding any semblance of cordiality as they dominated a Republican debate less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Debate: Shrinking debate field should be more volatile

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Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Another GOP presidential primary debate is on tap for Thursday night.

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Politico: Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan in 2016 faces an uphill battle for his ideas to become law. | Getty

As presidential hopefuls slug it out in a nasty primary, the speaker is trying to build a different identity for House Republicans.

Politico

By Jake Sherman
01/10/16 – 03:50 PM EST
Updated: 01/10/16 – 05:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Paul Ryan talked about the ills of the criminal-justice system. He quizzed GOP presidential hopefuls at a forum here about what they’ve done to help the impoverished and vowed that Republicans, if they put their minds to it, could “make breakthroughs” in the war on poverty.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Jeff Stone set to challenge Raul Ruiz

Jeff Stone

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Published: Jan. 9, 2016 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

  • The 36th Congressional District race now features two well-funded politicians

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9, setting up a heavyweight contest between a veteran Inland lawmaker and a well-financed Democratic incumbent.

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

Fred Aguiar

Fred Aguiar

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/09/16 – 3:12 PM PST |

Longtime political heavyweight Fred Aguiar will join the staff of County Supervisor Robert Lovingood as senior policy adviser, Lovingood announced Friday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Punditry grounded in myths

George Deukmejian

Republican Gov. George Deukmejian and his wife, Gloria, are seen at his 1983 inaugural ball. The election defeat of his 1982 Democratic rival, Tom Bradley, has been blamed, says Dan Walters, on an imaginary “Bradley effect” in which white voters were supposedly reluctant to admit to pre-election pollsters that they opposed Los Angeles Mayor Bradley, who was black.

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Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 9, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Canards abound among out-of-state observers
  • ‘Bradley effect’ one oft-cited example
  • Latest myth deals with Pete Wilson’s 1994 election

One of the more entertaining aspects of covering California’s politics is monitoring the clumsy attempts of out-of-state pundits to explain its proclivities.

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Politico: Donald Trump’s big tent

Donald Trump

Every one of 10 recent Iowa, New Hampshire, and national polls of Republicans shows Trump with more male support than female support. | Getty

–The GOP should stop fooling itself. Trump is reaching more than just undereducated, angry white men.–

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Politico

By Scott Bland
01/08/16 – 06:35 AM EST

Republicans explain away their unwelcome poll-leader by dismissing his supporters as a loud but narrow network of angry white men and celebrity chasers.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

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

Daily Press: Obernolte named to leadership position

Jay Obernolte

Obernolte

By Staff Reports
Posted Jan. 5, 2016

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia, was named Tuesday to a leadership position in the state Assembly.

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InlandPolitics: In 2016, it’s still all Donald Trump, all the time

Polls

Tuesday, January 5, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

It’s January 2016, and it’s still Donald Trump firmly in command.

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Donald Trump - Massachusetts Rally

The Fix
By Chris Cillizza
January 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Donald Trump went to Lowell, Mass. — a town about five miles south of the New Hampshire border — for one of his now-trademark big-arena rallies on Monday night.

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Jeff Stone

State Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula.

Published: Jan. 4, 2016 – Updated: 10:01 p.m.

There will be no attempt, at least for now, to recall state Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, following his support of a bill that requires vaccinations for almost all of California’s schoolchildren.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 3, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Democrats lost legislative supermajorities in 2014
  • Party hopes to recover lost seats in 2016
  • However, moderate bloc is more important factor

Democrats won supermajorities – more than two-thirds of the seats – in both houses of the Legislature in 2012.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump addresses thousands of supporters last Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
January 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then comes a U.S. battleship launching a cruise-missile strike. It moves swiftly through an explosive montage: The suspects in the recent California terrorist attack. Shadowy figures racing across the U.S.-Mexico border. Islamic State militants.

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The Wall Street Journal: Will the New Year’s Tumult Trump the Old?

Donald Trump

The biggest question for 2016 is whether the Republican Party splits apart.

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Wall Street Journal

By Peggy Noonan
Dec. 31, 2015 – 6:18 p.m. ET

In 2016—soon, in just about a month—we’ll find out if Donald Trump voters vote. They say they’re voters and not just rally-goers. In Iowa on Feb. 1 and New Hampshire on Feb. 9, we’ll know if it’s a movement or a moment.

We are going to learn a lot pretty quickly.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Elections will top New Year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 – 2:26 PM

  • U.S. Senate race will be top contest
  • California could play presidential role
  • High-dollar ballot measures abound

Since 2016 is a number divisible by 2, this is also an election year, and that biennial fact will dominate – and perhaps distort – California politics in the forthcoming months.

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The Sacramento Bee: California politicos to watch in 2016

Loretta Sanchez

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate during a news conference on May 14, 2015, in Santa Ana. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 6:00 AM

  • Sanchez, Newsom are elected officials on the list
  • Senate race, initiatives the focus in 2016
  • Taxes, plastic bags among key issues

As 2016 dawns in California, politics looms large. Dozens of initiatives have been filed for what could become a November ballot of record size. State political parties are calculating their odds in nearly 175 legislative and congressional races. Some candidates for statewide office in 2018 are already campaigning.

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InlandPolitics: Let the game begin!

Donald Trump

While his rivals attack each other. Donald Trump remains the clear GOP front-runner at the start of 2016.

Friday, January 1, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s just ten months and eight days away and counting!

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InlandPolitics: Trump base expanding?

Donald Trump

Data is starting to show Billionaire Businessman Donald Trump is making larger inroads into ethnic and gender voting blocks.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The political pundits appearing on talk shows this holiday week are starting to take on a somewhat sanguine and dejected tenor.

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Trump Freeway Sign Hack

Published: Dec. 28, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 29, 2015 6:58 a.m.

Motorists driving the 15 in Corona on Christmas Day were given a political directive from a roadside construction alert.

To read article Anne Millerbernd in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Rasmussen Reports: Clinton vs. Trump: Still A Dead Heat

Rasmussen Reports

Monday, December 28, 2015

Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain all tied up in a hypothetical matchup heading into 2016.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Primary — Recent poll an outlier

Donald Trump

Billionaire Businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has skyrocketed in recent national polling numbers.

Saturday, December 26, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

You have to hand it to the so-called mainstream media, and cable network news for that matter.

Anytime a national presidential primary poll emerges showing Donald Trump declining, and anyone else ascending, and I mean anyone; Three groups, 1.) the mainstream media; 2.) the so-called establishment and finally, 3.) the political pundits, all ooze with glee.

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The Hill: Fury of the right falls on Ryan

The Hill

By Scott Wong
12/26/15 – 12:02 PM EST

Outside the Beltway, the right is livid with new Speaker Paul Ryan’s trillion-dollar spending deal with Democrats.

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The Hill: It’s a very Trump Christmas

The Hill

By Lisa Hagen
12/24/15 – 06:00 AM EST

Donald Trump may be getting the best gift of all this holiday season, as he enters 2016 firmly on top in the Republican race for the White House.

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CNN Politics: Trump dominates GOP field heading into 2016

CNN

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Wed December 23, 2015 | Updated 6:25 AM ET

  • Donald Trump has been a constant atop the polls since his ascent to the lead in July
  • This new poll marks the first time Ted Cruz stands significantly apart from the other candidates vying for the nomination

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year’s Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear — yet distant — second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has found.

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Jeff Stone

It’s the third penalty since 2006 for longtime Inland politician Jeff Stone.

Published: Dec. 22, 2015 – 2:58 p.m.

For the third time since 2006, a state agency has fined Jeff Stone’s campaign thousands of dollars for breaking California’s campaign finance rules.

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

InlandPolitics: Graham departure drops GOP field to 13

Fallen Chess Piece

Monday, December 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has dropped out of the GOP presidential nominating contest.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on May 16. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

David Lauter
December 20, 2015

Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential field in polls of Republican voters nationally and in most early-voting states, but some polls may actually be understating his support, according to a new study.

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Bernie Sanders+Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at Saturday’s debate. Donald Trump was attacked by name nine times during the debate, including five times by Clinton. (Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

By Abby Phillip and John Wagner
December 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The day after the Democrats met here for their third presidential debate, much of the attention shifted to a candidate who wasn’t on the stage: the boisterous Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

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Bernie Sanders+Hillary Clinton+Martin O'Malley

Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, from left, greet one another after their New Hampshire debate. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

Cathleen Decker, Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
December 19, 2015

  • Disagreements on Mideast and taxes mark Democratic debate

After two days of intense Democratic infighting, Bernie Sanders apologized for his staff’s snooping into Hillary Clinton’s campaign files at the opening of a cantankerous presidential debate Saturday that underscored sharp differences among the candidates on foreign policy, combating terrorism and raising taxes.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Lisa Mascaro
December 17, 2015

By approving a massive package of tax breaks Thursday, House Republicans — who have made deficit-slashing the holy grail of their majority — just piled on nearly $650 billion in red ink.

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Politico: 2,200 pages, $1.8 trillion, dead of night

U.S. Capitol

Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night. | AP

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Politico

What’s really in the year-end tax and spending bill?

By Bernie Becker
12/16/15 – 04:24 PM EST

Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night — containing $1.1 trillion in spending, about $680 billion in tax cuts and a string of other policy changes.

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Roll Call: Winners and Losers in the Omnibus and Tax Bills

Roll Call Logo

By Roll Call Staff
Posted on Dec. 16 at 10:52 a.m.

Both Democrats and Republicans won a few and lost a few in the $1.1 trillion spending bill and package of tax extensions that congressional negotiators agreed on late Tuesday.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan announces the bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)

Michael Hiltzik
December 16, 2015

When Congress legislates at night and in haste, you can be sure mischief is being done. Sure enough, the budget deal announced late Tuesday by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), takes an ax to efforts to limit the torrent of big money into politics.

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Politico: Trump hits a new high in national poll

Donald Trump

The billionaire businessman surges to 41 percent after releasing proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

Politico

By Nick Gass
12/14/15 – 12:00 PM EST
Updated 12/14/15 – 12:48 PM EST

Donald Trump just got a little more vault in his ceiling. Nationwide, the polling-obsessed Manhattan multi-billionaire and leading Republican presidential candidate broke into the 40s on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Primary: New flavor of the month — Ted Cruz

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas gestures as he takes questions from members of the media during a news conference with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is the new leader in the latest Iowa polling.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

The media, political class, political establishment is all lathered-up again over the new GOP flavor of the month in Iowa.

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Donald Trump

An audience member listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College on Nov. 12 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 12, 2015

  • Trump deserves criticism for intolerance
  • However, he’s not the only offender
  • Liberals ignore key American principles when it suits them

Someday, we may know what truly motivated real estate tycoon Donald Trump to seek the presidency.

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Politico: Ben Carson blasts RNC, threatens to leave Republican Party

Ben Carson

‘I will not sit by and watch a theft,’ he says.

By Nolan D. McCaskill and Kyle Cheney
12/11/15 -09:53 AM EST
Updated 12/11/15 – 06:09 PM EST

Ben Carson on Friday blasted the Republican National Committee following a Washington Post report that nearly two-dozen establishment party figures were prepping for a potential brokered convention as Donald Trump continues to lead most polls.

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OC Republican party

In the latest milestone of Orange County’s shifting political milieu, Republicans’ share of voter registration has fallen below 40 percent for the first time in the county’s history.(Register Photo)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
Dec. 9, 2015
Updated Dec. 10, 2015 – 7:54 a.m.

In the latest milestone of Orange County’s shifting political milieu, Republicans’ share of voter registration has fallen below 40 percent for the first time in the county’s history.

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Donald Trump

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. (EFE/File)

By Beto Alvarez | 11:26 a.m. Dec. 9, 2015

  • A slight majority of 500 San Diego residents polled strongly or somewhat agreed with Donald Trump’s statements on Muslims

San Diego Union-Tribune/10News poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, has a margin of error of +/– 3.2 to 4.5 percentage points. A look at the results:

To read poll in The San Diego Union-Tribune, click here.

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigns in Iowa in September. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Mark Z. Barabak
December 8, 2015

Donald Trump may be an imperfect candidate — he is coarse, impetuous, antagonistic — but he presents the Republican Party with a perfect dilemma.

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Politico

The statement represents the most aggressive comments yet from the billionaire Republican presidential candidate.

By Eli Stokols and Daniel Strauss
12/07/15 – 04:48 PM EST
Updated 12/07/15 – 08:07 PM EST

Donald Trump on Monday said there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a surprising escalation of rhetoric—even for him.

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Politico: Trump turns to general election mode

Donald Trump

Donald Trump can’t resist denigrating his current GOP opponents. | AP Photo

Politico

By Ben Schreckinger
12/07/15 – 05:18 AM EST

  • On the campaign trail, the billionaire is showing less interest in his Republican rivals and more in Hillary Clinton and November 2016.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Donald Trump is over the Republican primary and he’s ready for the main event.

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Donald Trump

“People want strength,” Republican front-runner Donald Trump said at a rally Saturday in Davenport, Iowa. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

David Lauter and Evan Halper
December 6, 2015

The massacre in San Bernardino, now being investigated as a terrorist attack, has reshaped the political debate in an election that strategists in both parties had thought would be fought primarily over domestic policy.

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InlandPolitics: What do the U.S. and France have in common?

Donald Trump

French far-right National Front (FN) member of parliament Marion Marechal Le Pen poses on January 14, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen are shaking up politics in their respective countries.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

I know it may sound weird. But the U.S. and France have something in common right now.

Politically that is.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, who was beaten by incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in the 2010 Senate race, moved to Virginia, the home base for her current presidential run. (Photo: John Raoux, Associated Press)

By John Wildermuth
December 5, 2015
Updated: December 5, 2015 – 8:10pm

In what could be a sign of California’s growing partisan tilt, high-profile Republican candidates are fleeing the state’s Democrat-heavy political landscape after losing campaigns.

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Donald Trump

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Wall Street Journal

By Aaron Zitner and Dante Chinni
Dec. 4, 2015 – 6:38 p.m. ET

  • Celebrity businessman appeals to nonreligious voters who don’t believe politicians can get U.S. back on track

Donald Trump has built his leading position in the Republican primary race by bringing together an underappreciated segment of the GOP—blue-collar voters who aren’t especially animated by social issues—and who may be setting the stage for an unusual, three-person sprint to the nomination.

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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Lawyer, former Marine to challenge Raul Ruiz in 2016

Dwight Kealy

Kealy

December 1, 2015 – 3:09 pm

An attorney and former Marine Corps intelligence officer has announced plans to run against Inland Rep. Raul Ruiz in 2016.

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

The Hill: GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination

The Hill

By Jonathan Swan
November 29, 2015, 07:00 am

When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: “I would probably go find a deserted island.”

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The Hill: GOP in panic over Trump

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The Hill

By Niall Stanage
11/27/15 – 06:00 AM EST

The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.

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Money

Joseph Tanfani and Maloy Moore
November 25, 2015

Before he entered the race for the White House, Ben Carson signed on to a campaign to raise money to fight Obamacare. When Juanita McMillon saw his name, she was eager to get out her checkbook.

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The Hill: Obstacles imperil budget deal

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 11/25/15 06:01 AM EST

Congressional leaders face several hurdles to getting a budget deal done by the Dec. 11 deadline, including a fight over health funding that is holding up the omnibus spending package.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump’s simplistic effective campaign message

Chess Board

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump continues to defy the self-proclaimed political establishment experts.

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InlandPolitics: Trump moves higher in polls, Rubio new flavor of the month

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Monday, November 23, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Billionaire Candidate Donald Trump has, once again, resumed in ascent in new polling.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Ratings trump respect and dignity at NBC

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Friday, November 20, 2015 – 1:00 pm

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you’ve kissed, you can never wipe off his saliva. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Lisa Mascaro
November 19, 2015

Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terrorist attacks, House Republicans — joined by many Democrats — rebuffed President Obama on Thursday and overwhelmingly approved legislation that would in effect halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S.

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The Wall Street Journal: Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave

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Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working-class.

By William A. Galston
Nov. 17, 2015 – 6:34 p.m. ET

The biggest surprise of the presidential election so far is the emergence and persistent strength of Donald Trump. Although Ben Carson is remarkable in many respects, he is the latest iteration of a familiar figure in Republican primary campaigns: the favored candidate of conservative evangelicals.

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Reuters

Politics | Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:07pm EST

WASHINGTON | By Ginger Gibson

American voters are evenly split between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as their top choice to address the issue of terrorism following the Paris attacks, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

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