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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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The Washington Post: For GOP, ‘Stop Hillary’ campaign begins in earnest

Hillary Clinton

By Robert Costa
April 11, 2015

The deluge of derision this weekend from Republicans responding to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential launch is the start of a highly coordinated effort by national GOP leaders and conservative groups to effectively begin the general-election campaign against the likely Democratic nominee.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Libertarian-ish Rand Paul is good for the GOP

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 5:02 pm

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

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GOP

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
April 8, 2015 – Updated April 9, 2015 – 7:03 a.m.

Presidential candidates continue to parade into town to meet Orange County’s famously wealthy and generous Republican donors – seven hopefuls so far this year, including three this week alone.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 7, 2015 – 05:15 p.m.

Tonight on the show Tim Donnelly, former gubernatorial candidate and former assemblyman, joins Lou to talk about the California drought.

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Campaigns

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 1:12 p.m.

Palm Springs Democrat Gregory Rodriguez, former district director for Rep Raul Ruiz, D-Yucca Valley, has announced his intent to run for the 42nd Assembly District next year.

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

Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook spoke at the Victorville Rotary Club on Tuesday. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 9:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Fresh from a recent trip to Tel-Aviv where he toured Israeli missile defense systems, Rep. Paul Cook on Tuesday reiterated his concerns about the emerging Iranian nuclear deal in a speech dominated by his thoughts on the volatility facing the Middle East.

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Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky waves to the crowd of supporters during the kickoff of his presidential campaign April 7. (Michael B. Thomas / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
April 7, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul’s jump into the 2016 presidential contest underscored the challenges ahead for the Kentucky Republican as he tries to move beyond his libertarian niche to find a foothold in the campaign for the White House.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/06/2015 6:23 AM

As improbable as it may seem, there are some major issues in the California Legislature that attract bipartisan interest and cooperation.

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Los Angeles Times: GOP donor Charles Munger Jr. finds wealth buys few friends

In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger Jr., pictured in 2008. (Brian Baer / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan and Maloy Moore
April 4, 2015

A month after Charles Munger Jr. wrote his first $100,000 check to a political campaign, he got a taste of the chronic rejection familiar to California’s big Republican donors: The 2005 ballot measure he backed lost by a landslide.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
03/31/2015 2:06 PM

Republicans’ voter registration ranks continue to slip, with no-party preference voters now outnumbering Republicans in 13 counties and more than a third of the state’s cities, state numbers released this week show.

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Jeb Bush

An ally of Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, has created a tax-exempt organization that would be closely intertwined with Bush’s political operation. The group would serve as a policy hub for the campaign, its founder said. (Randall Hill/Reuters)

By Ed O’Keefe and Matea Gold
March 31, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Jeb Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected White House bid.

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Rick Perry

He will be paid $45,000 to speak and answer audience questions at the 24th annual Western Riverside Council of Governments General Assembly and Leadership Address. (Stan Lim/File Photo)

Published: March 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Former Texas governor and possible presidential candidate Rick Perry will return to Riverside County in June to be the keynote speaker for an annual gathering of local elected leaders.

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

Campaign 2016

By Matea Gold
March 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush kicked off a four-day, five-city fundraising tour through California Monday with a luncheon at San Diego’s luxury Grand Del Mar resort.

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National Journal

By Shane Goldmacher
March 30, 2015

Jeb Bush previewed his plans Monday to attack one of Hillary Clinton’s supposed strengths, criticizing her foreign policy record and blaming current global unrest in part on her term as secretary of State.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina speaks during a forum on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2015, in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Josh Hicks
March 29, 2015

Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, said her chances of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are “very high.”

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 Campaign 2016

By David A. Fahrenthold
March 28, 2015 at 9:37 PM

There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns.

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Orange County Seal

By Emily Foxhall, Doug Smith and Anh Do
March 27, 2015

On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa’s to win.

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Washinton Post: The GOP racing form: First edition

charles-krauthammer

Opinion
By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
March 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

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The New York Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

GOP

By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, shown last week in Atlanta, will be in California next week for fundraising stops in Newport Beach, Bel-Air and San Francisco. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

By Alice Walton
March 25, 2015

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won California since 1988 but that doesn’t stop GOP candidates from visiting the Golden State. That’s because it’s home to so many wealthy donors. (Remember the stat that California has more billionaires than any other state — and almost any other country?)

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David Hawkings

By David Hawkings
Posted at 5 a.m. March 26

Senators readying their patience, their reading material and even their bladders for the annual ritual known as the “vote-a-rama” may rightfully be getting ready to ask, “Will it be worth it?”

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 05;00 P.M.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou’s favorite liberal Georgine Trujillo is on the show to talk about the Middle East. After that the two will talk about automatic voter registration in California. Is it a good idea? Then they talk about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comments on Sen. Ted Cruz. What kind of leadership is the Republican Party looking for?

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar and professor, to discuss voter ID laws in Wisconsin, joins Lou. After that, the two discuss freedom of speech and the Confederate flag.

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Tim Donnelly

Donnelly

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 – 6:36 PM

Tim Donnelly, the former assemblyman and tea party stalwart who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, is turning to talk radio.

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Kevin McCarthy

Photo by John Shinkle (Politico)

Politico

By Katie Glueck
3/22/15 – 11:47 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday defended a move by House Republicans to urge Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server to an independent third party for investigation.

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Politico Magazine: Jeb’s Talk Radio Problem

Jeb Bush

Forget Meerkat and Snapchat. For the GOP front-runner, the medium that matters was invented in 1895. Lead image by Illustration by POLITICO / Getty Image.

Politico

By Michael Kruse
March 22, 2015

“He’s not a conservative.” That’s Rush Limbaugh talking about Jeb Bush. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” That, too.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
March 21, 2015

The Gallup organization recently recorded another dreary milestone in American politics. For the first time since the polling organization began tracking public impressions of the Republican and Democratic parties back in 1992, neither party has a favorability rating above 40 percent.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by his favorite liberal, Georgine Trujillo. They talk about Janet Napolitano’s comments in regard to student protestors.

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Kevin Jeffries

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

Published: March 18, 2015 – Updated: 5:21 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is the target of a recall campaign that accuses him of “bullying tactics” and abusing his power.

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

 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York, on March 16, 2015. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

By Anne Gearan and Robert Costa
March 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running her presidential campaign — against the Republican Congress. And the GOP is only happy to oblige.

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Sharon Runner

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

By Patrick McGreevy
March 17, 2015

Voters on Tuesday sent Republican Sharon Runner back to the state Senate three years after she underwent a double lung transplant. She was the only candidate on the ballot for a special election in a district representing parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

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National Journal: It Had To Be Hugh

Hugh Hewitt

Conservative radio personality Hugh Hewitt in his California studio. (Slav Zatoka)

National Journal

Why Hugh Hewitt is suddenly the Republican establishment’s go-to pundit.
By Shane Goldmacher
March 14, 2015

Before Hugh Hewitt would answer my questions, he had a condition: Through the producer of The Hugh Hewitt Show—his 15-year-old radio program that touts 2 million weekly listeners—he informed me that I would need to first answer his questions, on air.

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Daily Press: Special election could cost $300K locally, registrar says

Special Election

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The state’s 21st Senate District special election Tuesday is likely to cost taxpayers in San Bernardino County between $200,000 to $300,000, despite only one candidate appearing on the ballot, Registrar Michael J. Scarpello said this week.

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American Flag

An American flag and an Army windsock fly at a home in Walla Walla, Wash. (Michael Lopez / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 9, 2015

Outraged by an attempt to ban the United States flag from a lobby at UC Irvine, Republican state legislative leaders on Monday proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect Old Glory from being banished from state-funded colleges and universities.

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Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a right-to-work bill into law Monday in Brown Deer, Wis. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

By Philip Rucker
March 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

President Obama, in a rare move that inserted himself directly into Republican presidential politics, issued a statement Monday night sharply criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a right-to-work bill into law that marks a major blow to organized labor.

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SFChronicle: State’s Republicans seek rebranding as power, image erodes

GOP

By Carla Marinucci
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – Updated 7:53 pm

Republicans are down on their luck in California. They don’t hold a single statewide office, and their image isn’t getting any help from their colleagues in Washington, who seem unable to get anything done in Congress.

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LATimes: Veteran politicians vie for California Senate vacancies

Campaigns

By Patrick McGreevy
March 8, 2015

Voters will soon cast ballots in special elections to fill three state Senate seats vacated by lawmakers who were elected to Congress last fall.

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McClatchy DC: Clinton loses ground against GOP in hypothetical 2016 matchups

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton signs her new book “Hard Choices,” at the Common Good Books store in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s troubles are costing her politically, as potential Republican presidential rivals have inched closer to her in 2016 matchups, a new McClatchy-Marist poll found Friday.

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McClatchy DC: Jeb Bush makes Iowa debut

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 27, 2015. (Carolyn Kaster – AP)

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 7, 2015

URBANDALE, Iowa — Jeb Bush made his Iowa debut Friday night, pitching himself as a conservative governor, while taking a swipe at President Barack Obama and his “former Secretary of State” Hillary Clinton.

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SacBee: Republican Rocky Chávez launches bid for U.S. Senate seat

GOP

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/05/2015 7:46 PM

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday, offering himself as a pragmatic leader focused on strengthening national security, educational opportunities and the state economy.

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LATimes: Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline

Veto

By Lisa Mascaro
March 4, 2015

The Senate failed Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, ending for now attempts by Congress to speed up approval of the controversial energy project.

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SFChronicle: Bibi’s speech is the Dems’ box canyon

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 3. Behind him are House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post)

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published 4:39 pm – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post

Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States” and “saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran.”

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