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Dan Walters

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

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

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

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July 27, 2014

Mitt Romney 2014?

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

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

Elections

July 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

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

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

Polls

By Melanie Mason
July 23, 2014

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

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

Young Republicans

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

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

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

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

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

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

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

The PE: ELECTION 2014: California Republicans hosting Chabot fundraiser

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July 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2014

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

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

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

Neel Kashkari

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

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

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

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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Reuters: Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

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

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

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

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

Carla Marinucci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

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

Official unemployment rate falls in June

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

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Fox&Hounds: California’s New Republican Boss

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

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

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WashPost: Obama’s annoyance with Congress boils over

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

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By Dan Balz
July 2 at 1:08 PM

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

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CapitolWeekly: Kevin McCarthy: Political skills trump policy

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By MIA SHAW
July 1, 2014

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

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AP: Politics Brings Romney Back to New Hampshire

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

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

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

Elections

June 26, 2014

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

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

Recount

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

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

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

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
June 25, 2014

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

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Politico: Takeaways from a wild primary night

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

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

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

Recount

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

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

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Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kevin McCarthy

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

Politics

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

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

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Recount

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

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

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Richard Simon
June 19, 2014

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

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Kevin McCarthy

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

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

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InlandPolitics: McCarthy elected House Majority Leader

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McCarthy

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

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

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

Elections

June 17, 2014

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

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

Jerry Brown

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

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

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

Another national economic collapse? Also a long shot.

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

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SFChronicle: California GOP can only watch as Democrats control spending

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

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

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

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

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

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

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Politico: Kochs launch new super PAC for midterm fight

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

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

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

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

Politics

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

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

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

Mitt Romney

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

Maeve Reston
June 13, 2014

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

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Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

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

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

Election Results

Friday, June 13, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s official!

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

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

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

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

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June 11, 2014

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

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

Politico: Kevin McCarthy makes his move

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

Politico

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

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

Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.

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

Paul-Chabot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kevin McCarthy

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

By Robert Costa
June 11, 2014

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

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

Dan Walters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Republican Paul Chabot left. Democrat Pete Aguilar right.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

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

What a choice!

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

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

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IEBusinessDaily: Democrats Survive in the 31st Congressional Seat

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By IE Business Daily
June 7, 2014

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

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The PE: ELECTION: Recounts possible for close Inland races

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

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

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

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

Pete Aguilar

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

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

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The PE: STATE SENATE: FPPC clears Bonnie Garcia

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Bonnie Garcia

June 6, 2014

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

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

Money

Seema Mehta, Phil Willon
June 6, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Neel Kashkari

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

Seema Mehta
June 5, 2014

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

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

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 04:05 p.m.

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

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Maeve Reston
June 4, 2014

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

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RollCall: California Democrat Endorses Republican Opponent

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By Emily Cahn
Posted at 11:52 a.m. on June 4

With two Republicans advancing to the general in California’s 25th District open-seat race, the losing Democrat conceded the race on Wednesday and backed one of his two former GOP opponents.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 4, 2014

Last election cycle, the main story was Democrats claiming a decisive two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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Politico: White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash

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By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 6/4/14 7:07 PM EDT Updated: 6/5/14 10:31 AM EDT

President Barack Obama’s Rose Garden appearance Saturday afternoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents was an attempt to humanize the prisoner swap to deflect potential criticism of letting five Taliban leaders out of Guantánamo Bay, White House aides say.

It didn’t work.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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Campaigns

Melanie Mason, Patrick McGreevy
June 3, 2014

Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.

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The Sun: Low voter turnout expected for primary election in Inland Empire

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:27 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

While it’s anyone’s guess who will move on past today’s primary election, local political analysts do know one thing for certain – voter turnout will be low this year.

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InlandPolitics: Will GOP score in CD-31?

Campaigns

Monday, June 2, 2014 – 05: 30 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hit Lesli Gooch (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in mailboxes again today.

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Elections

In poll, Republican Neel Kashkari makes gains against GOP rival Tim Donnelly

Seema Mehta, Michael Finnegan
June 1, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday’s election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide.

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OCRegister: Which little-known Republican will oppose governor?

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BY LAURA OLSON / SACRAMENTO BUREAU
Published: May 31, 2014 Updated: June 1, 2014 7:56 a.m.

SACRAMENTO – At a diner blocks from the state Capitol, Tim Donnelly is a familiar face.

He likes the place for its oversized pancakes and its retro furnishings, and as he chats with a visitor a waitress walks over, hands him a card the staff has signed and says she’s talked up his run for governor.

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IEBusinessDaily: 31st Congressional District Crap Shoot

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday, May 31, 2014

What a difference a week makes, and a million dollars in independent campaign expenditures. Apparently, with the low returns on vote-by-mail ballots and expectations of even lower turnout on election day, no one is certain about what will happen in Tuesday’s California Primary.

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Republicans once touted Orange County as “America’s Most Republican County” and the area was known nationwide as a GOP stronghold and fundraising Mecca. Could it one day be blue?

BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
Published: May 30, 2014 Updated: 7:12 p.m.

Republicans once touted Orange County as “America’s Most Republican County” and the area was known nationwide as a GOP stronghold and fundraising Mecca.

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Vote

Patrick McGreevy
May 30, 2014

Just days before the June 3 primary, California’s chief elections officer reported Friday that the percentage of voters registered with no party preference has increased while the percentages for registered Republicans and Democrats declined.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Congressional “free-for-all” intensifies

Leslie Gooch

Democrats are reacting to Republican Lesli Gooch’s rise in recent polling numbers.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The anticipated record low turnout for the June 3 Primary Election has made the contest for the 31st Congressional District seat an absolute “free-for-all”.

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Paul-Chabot

Chabot

May 29, 2014

The mailbox isn’t just a weapon for Democrats in the 31st Congressional District.

Paul Chabot is furious about a mailer sent by a rival GOP candidate that portrays him as a fake Republican who pocketed taxpayer money and went easy on violent criminals.

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

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Wednesday, May 28 at 11:35am | By Carla Marinucci

With Democrat Jerry Brown still holding a commanding lead in the California governor’s race, the Republican contest for second place remains lively — with Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly enjoying a 7-point advantage over former Treasury official Neel Kashkari, according to a new Golden State Poll by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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The PE: POLITICS: Stepping from behind Capital’s curtain

Leslie Gooch

Lesli Gooch, Republican candidate in the 31st Congressional District.

Published: May 27, 2014 Updated: 10:10 p.m.

Lesli Gooch talks about her experience on Capitol Hill as she campaigns to replace retiring Rep. Gary Miller of Rancho Cucamonga in next week’s primary, yet Gooch has never been elected.

To read story by Elizabeth Held in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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, shown in 2008, is supporting GOP candidate Neel Kashkari’s bid for California governor. (Brian Baer / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 28, 2014

With a week to go before the primary, a glossy new mailer funded by GOP establishment forces began hitting mailboxes, trying to boost Neel Kashkari’s gubernatorial bid by telling voters about Republican rival Tim Donnelly’s criminal past.

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LATimes: Donnelly’s guerrilla campaign captivates ardent GOP members

Tim Donnelly

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is communicating with people by social media, talking to groups and campaigning via the grapevine — an effective strategy in a low-turnout election. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)

Seema Mehta
May 27, 2014

As GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly concluded an address to activists in Riverside recently, alongside such conservative stalwarts as firebrand Ann Coulter, he explained why he chose education as his subject.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Dems battling it out to face Chabot

Campaigns

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

No matter how you slice it, the contest to replace Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), in the 31st Congressional District, has all the ingredients of fiercely competitive contest.

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Elections

May 24, 2014

Today’s episode of “Inland Attack Ads” takes us to the 31st Congressional District in San Bernardino County, where four candidates are greedy lobbyists and another is a tax deadbeat if you believe what’s in your mailbox.

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

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received nearly $2 million from donors who gave to the GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2010. That’s more than three times what these donors have given to Brown’s 2014 Republican rivals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 25, 2014

With Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown expected to romp to reelection this year against little-known rivals, many donors who gave Republican candidates more than $37 million in the last gubernatorial contest are now keeping their hands in their pockets.

But those who are writing checks are largely giving them to … Jerry Brown.

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money

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 7:43 am

Bill Bloomfield, a businessman and real estate developer from Manhattan Beach, spent more than $7 million of his own money two years ago in a losing attempt to win a seat in Congress.

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