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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.

Really

By Patrick McGreevy
April 23, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday shot down a proposal that would have required all California state legislators to get their health insurance from Covered California, the benefits exchange set up to implement Obamacare in the state.

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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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California Money

By Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati Staff Writers
Posted: 04/15/2015 – 11:19:11 AM PDT
Updated: 04/15/2015 – 01:02:59 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A bill that would force California’s public officials to reveal more about their wealth, property and business interests easily passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. The two briefly discuss the Masters and the story of Jordan Spieth’s caddy. Then, they talk about Hillary Clinton’s announcement. Apparently she has spent her career fighting families.

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The Sun: Officials get earful on water needs of Inland Empire

By Ryan Carter, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15, 7:32 PM PDT

They can’t take a vote and make it rain, but as they began their spring session last week, Inland Empire legislators were listening to a chorus of local water leaders in their districts, who say they need tools and money to enforce unprecedented water restrictions, build new water infrastructure and preserve the region’s fair share of funding from recent water legislation.

Why should people care?

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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.

Gavel

By Matthias Gafni, Bay Area News Group
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 04/06/15 – 8:16 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a first of its kind decision for open government, a Sacramento judge ruled last week that the public has a constitutional right of access to California state Legislature meetings and writings of public officials.

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Debt

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
04/07/2015 – 12:05 AM

To get to the California state Senate, Temecula Republican Jeff Stone survived a $3 million blitz of mailers, TV ads and other campaigning last year by Sacramento-based groups opposing him or supporting his GOP rival, former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia.

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U-T San Diego: Utilities chair took trip to Singapore

Singapore

A man sits by a Water Lily pond at the Marina Bay Sands in which a reflection of the financial skyline of Singapore is seen (AP file/Wong Maye-E, File)

Same nonprofit group funded Poland trip that affected San Onofre deal
By Jeff McDonald
April 6, 2015 – 5:27 p.m.

The group that funded the 2013 trip to Poland where former utilities regulator Michael Peevey sketched out plans to charge customers most of the costs of the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant also paid last week for the chairman of the Assembly utilities committee to travel to Singapore.

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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: PUC president opposes reconsidering San Onofre cost agreement

San Onofre

An agreement to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station assigns approximately $3.3 billion of the costs to ratepayers in Southern and Central California and $1.4 billion to two utilities.

By Marc Lifsher
April 3, 3025

The president of the scandal-rocked Public Utilities Commission has rejected a call from a powerful lawmaker to reopen a financial settlement that apportioned nearly $5 billion in costs for the June 2013 permanent closure of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Gas Prices

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
Posted: 03/24/15 – 3:52 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California’s gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 8:44 PM

As its 24.6 million licensed drivers know all too well, California gas prices have been going up and down like a supercharged yo-yo in recent months.

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Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

California employers would be required to pay their employees double for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas under a bill advancing at the state Capitol. The measure passed its
first committee vote Wednesday.

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U-T San Diego: Committee grills CPUC on San Onofre

CPUC

By Jeff McDonald
March 16, 2015 – 5:41 p.m.

State lawmakers grilled the new California Public Utilities Commission president Monday, asking why utility customers are being charged billions of dollars for the failure and premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 – 9:12 PM

Do as we say, not as we do.

Over the decades, the California Legislature has passed numerous “sunshine laws” to bolster government transparency.

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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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SacBee: Opinion: ‘Reality lag’ plagues our politicians

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 12:01 AM

It’s customary to attach the honorific “leader” to those who hold high political office, implying that they are drum majors at the head of the civic parade.

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Gas Prices

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The reasoning that oil companies are giving as an excuse to squeeze California Driver’s at the gas pump looks more and more like fantasy.

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DailyBulletin: Assemblyman introduces Ontario Airport transfer legislation

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/27/15, 6:39 PM PST

A bipartisan Assembly bill introduced Friday would allow Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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UTSanDiego: Bumpy road ahead for transportation financing plans

taxes

Proposals starting to form in Sacramento and San Diego County
By Chris Nichols
Feb. 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO — With a shrinking pot of money to fix California’s roads, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has vowed to push the state into “the next generation of funding” through a $52 per year “Road User Charge” for all drivers.

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The PE: POLITICS: Assembly Melendez criticized for ‘Islamic savages’ tweet

Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Feb. 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is facing criticism from Islamic groups after she tweeted with the hashtag “Stand Up Against Islam” while lamenting the death of an American aid worker.

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

LATimes: Top-two primary system hasn’t worked as proponents promised

Campaigns

By Mark Z. Barabak
February 8, 2015

Reinvention is part of California’s credo, the inalienable right of every man, woman and child to make of themselves and their lives what they will — and do it over again, if they’re not happy the first time.

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SacBee: Opinion: Election law changes aid politicians

U.S. Supreme Court

Self-serving gerrymanders had become so common in California that the state’s voters finally shifted the power over legislative and congressional districts from the Legislature to an independent commission. The Legislature could recapture its district-drawing power over congressional districts if the Arizona Legislature wins a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (pictured) that challenges the legitimacy of that state’s redistricting commission. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/02/2015 12:01 AM

When politicians tinker with the laws governing their own elections, one should view their proposals with a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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Jerry Brown

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume between Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Juliet Williams | AP
January 25, 09:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Prop 47 & 2016 Candidates

Mic

Friday, January 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to discuss AB 150, which would amend Prop 47 to make the theft of a firearm under $950 a felony.

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Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:41 a.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, has been named to a board post for an organization that trains Republican leaders nationwide.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: Opinion: ‘Oversight’ needed, but rare today

Kevin de Leon

Former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, created a crew of former reporters to delve into thorny issues, and it generated some noteworthy reports, but Steinberg’s successor, Kevin de León, has disbanded it. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./pkitagaki@sacbee.com)

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/19/2015 7:39 PM

Legislative leaders occasionally proclaim that they want to do more “oversight” – looking into how well state government agencies are serving the public interest.

At best, however, it has been spotty.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutgkueck
Posted on January 17, 2015

(January 14) — In local Democratic Party circles there is already peripheral discussion of the need to mount a challenge of Marc Steinorth in the 40th Assembly District in 2016.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors, state reps talk of improving region

SBCO

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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Sacbee: Opinion: California Democrats may clash on spending

 

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/04/2015 12:01 AM

It’s a new year and the Capitol’s Democrats should be singing Franklin Roosevelt’s old campaign song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

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THE PE: POLITICS: For state’s Democrats, session’s a bit less super

State Capitol

Published: Jan. 1, 2015
Updated: Jan. 2, 2015 – 8:26 a.m.

Before November, “super” described the Democratic advantage in Sacramento.

Democrats still have a firm grasp on California state government, controlling 52 of 80 Assembly seats and 25 of 40 Senate seats along with the governorship and other statewide offices. But Republican victories in several key races ended the Democratic supermajorities in the new Legislature, which convenes Monday.

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

SacBee: Opinion: California’s ‘top-two’ primary has major impact

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/29/2014 12:01 AM

This year was the second cycle of California’s experiment with the “top-two” primary election system, under which all candidates appear on the same ballot and the No. 1 and No. 2 vote-getters, regardless of party, face each other in the November election.

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SacBizJournal: State Republicans take another jab at cap-and-trade

Allen Young, Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 1, 2014 – 12:35pm PST

Stressing the hit to small businesses and motorists in rural areas, Republicans from both houses of the state Legislature lined up another offense against California’s cap-and-trade program Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/01/2014 5:37 PM

The Legislature returned to Sacramento on Monday – or, as a dystopian might say, to the scene of its previous crimes.

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SacBee: Former lawmaker Anthony Adams charts different course

Anthony Adams

Mendocino County deputy public defender Anthony Adams is a former member of the state Assembly. (Jim Miller jmiller@sacbee.com)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/29/2014 9:30 PM

Four years ago this month, then-Assemblyman Anthony Adams had cleared out his Capitol office following two terms in the Legislature defined by a middle-of-the-night tax vote.

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CCTimes: New bill would tighten public officials’ disclosures

By Josh Richman jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 11/28/2014 04:19:17 PM PST
Updated: 11/28/2014 04:22:54 PM PST

California’s public officials would have to reveal more about how rich they are and the businesses they’re involved in, under a state Assembly bill to be introduced Monday when the Legislature returns for its traditional one-day December session.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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LATimes: Assemblyman Ian Calderon faces fines for not disclosing income

fined

Democratiec Assemblyman Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income.

By Patrick McGreevy
November 11, 2014

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

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SacBee: Opinion: Low-voting election sets new pattern

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/06/2014 9:22 PM

This week’s election may be establishing a new pattern in California politics that could exacerbate the state’s already high level of polarization.

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SacBee: California Democrats, Assembly margin still in doubt

Janet Nguyen

In this undated handout photo is Republican Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who won the 34th District state Senate seat.

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
11/05/2014 2:19 PM

Two years after California Democrats swept to commanding two-thirds majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, they were unable to again claim the same margin in the Senate and the Assembly remained in doubt with key races too close to call.

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InlandPolitics: Election notes

Election Results

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some area election results of note.

In San Bernardino, voters dumped charter reform Measure Q. The measure would have removed wage-setting provisions from the city charter to collective bargaining. The city’s police and fire unions easily tubed the measure. The result is a blow to novice Mayor Carey Davis and backers, who put very little effort in support of the measure.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down (Final Update)

Vote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

This is the final update of absentee ballot returns. The data shows voters, Democrats in particular, are disengaged.

Depending on Election Day turnout, Raul Ruiz (D) could be ousted by State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R) in CD-36. In CD-31, the battle between Pete Aguilar (D) and Paul Chabot (R) is a toss-up. But the numbers currently don’t favor Aguilar. Read the rest of this entry »

credit-card-debt

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 4:53 PM

California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains in the tank

Elections 2014

Note: This report will be next updated on Tuesday morning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.

With just 4 days remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, remains pathetic.

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Jim Brulte

These are two mailers in the 21st Assembly District race. The mailer on the top is an attack on California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, paid for by the campaign of Assemblyman Adam Gray. The mailer on the bottom was paid for by the California Republican Party and attacks Gray as he campaigns for re-election.(Laurel Rosenhall/lrosenhall@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
10/31/2014 9:11 PM

Last year’s lobbying violations by the high-profile California Strategies public-affairs firm have emerged as a point of attack in the increasingly nasty campaign between Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced and his Republican challenger, Jack Mobley.

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InlandPolitics: Dismal Inland Empire turnout will likely affect races

Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:35 a.m.

New data indicates turnout in the Inland Empire is dismal this year.

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InlandPolitics: Will low voter turnout impact results?

Campaigns

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The big question this week is will voter turnout affect results in close California contests?

The answer is probably yes.

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SacBee: Opinion: California Legislature’s partisan balance a big question

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/26/2014 5:00 PM

With Election Day just a week away and mailed ballots already pouring into election offices, California’s biggest political unknown is the balance of power in the Legislature.

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DailyBulletin: Election 2014: 40th Assembly District race seen as competitive

Campaigns

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/25/14, 2:49 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

As candidates for the 40th Assembly District make their final campaign stops, speak to voters and gain endorsements, one local expert said the Nov. 4 turnout will be a factor in how competitive the race will be.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Riverside County Assembly races feature lower-key affairs

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Four years ago, the Inland Empire was a battleground in the struggle for Sacramento.

Today, attention and money are going elsewhere, leaving a relatively subdued set of California state Assembly races on the Nov. 4 ballot in Riverside County. Much of the intrigue is in the 28th Senate District contest between Republicans Bonnie Garcia and Jeff Stone.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Political veterans battle for supervisorial seat

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

Money

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Two years ago, Democrats won what were quickly dubbed “supermajorities” in both houses of the Legislature, but in the ensuing months, they lost the Senate supermajority.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: GOP candidate embraces voter registration trend

Marc Steinorth

Steinorth

September 25th, 2014, 12:06 pm

A recent voter registration trend has a Republican state Assembly candidate feeling optimistic.

The GOP now leads the Democratic Party by 152 voters in the 40th Assembly District, which includes Rancho Cucamonga, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands and part of the city of San Bernardino. Democrats held a 1,467-voter edge over Republicans as of May.

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

InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod

SEIU

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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The PE: HEMET: Assemblywoman to meet with constituents

Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Sept. 22, 2014 Updated: 4:33 p.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez will meet with constituents at a community coffee from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Seven Hills Golf Course in Hemet.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly reflects on Assembly term, critics, future

Tim Donnelly

Outgoing State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly talks about his experiences in Sacramento and his campaign for governor during one of his last visits to the High Desert before he leaves office. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 20, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated Sep 20, 2014 at 9:34 PM

One booming voice could be heard over all others reciting the Pledge of the Allegiance during a recent Hesperia Chamber of Commerce luncheon as if the pledge were his personal mantra.

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SacBee: End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:53 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 10:50 pm

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Three obscure bills show how big policy gets buried

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 10:53 pm

The Legislature was in full sausage-factory mode during the last days of the biennial session that ended on Aug. 30, spewing hundreds of bills onto Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

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LATimes: Legislature passes three of top four bills backed by organized labor

Unions

By Marc Lifsher
September 7, 2014

Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

The Democrat-dominated Legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills. And Gov. Jerry Brown has already indicated he’ll sign at least one of them.

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The Sun: Term over, Tim Donnelly says he was voice of people in Assembly

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/14, 11:07 PM PDT |

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, bet all his chips on his failed bid to face Jerry Brown for the governorship on Nov. 4 instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.

Donnelly’s successor will be sworn in Dec. 1, making this past legislative session Donnelly’s last, at least for now.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Legislature’s marathon finale a time-dishonored ritual

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 4:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

Rituals – some formal, some unspoken – are intrinsic to any society, even if they may be unfathomable to outsiders.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: An era ends with lots of action but uncertain results

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – 12:00 am

The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders.

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InlandPolitics: California Legislature bans free ski outtings?

Skiing

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

The California Senate and Assembly concluded their 2013-2014 legislative sessions early Saturday morning. The end was met with the usual flurry of last minute votes and arguments over the passage of bills covering a wide spectrum of issues.

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sign - no gifts

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Legislature turns to special interest battles in final week

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 11:11 pm

As the 2012-14 biennial legislative session entered its final week Monday, it was evident – with very few exceptions – that big public policy issues have given way to conflicts among moneyed interests.

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CPR: Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Mixed Drink

Katie Orr
Monday, August 25, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

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Ben Hueso

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:22 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand.

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SacBee: Assembly passes constitutional amendment to suspend lawmaker pay

California Assembly Seal

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 8:45 pm

The Assembly on Wednesday deferred for two years the public’s vote on a constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to strip wayward colleagues of their salaries.

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LATimes: Measure to withhold pay from suspended legislators misses 2014 ballot

too-late

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:16 am

When schoolchildren visit the Capitol, they often receive sheets of paper purporting to describe how a legislative bill becomes law.

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free tickets

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

The state Assembly on Monday approved a measure that would lower the gift limit to elected officials from $440 to $200 and prohibit them from accepting free entry to professional sports and entertainment events, golf tournaments, spa treatments and amusement parks.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

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SacBee: Water bond headed to voters

water-dam

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 – 9:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 12:15 am

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

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

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

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: As clock ticks, chances for water bond fade

Dan Walters

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

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Politicians often ignore California’s aging infrastructure

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:55 pm

The Sacramento Suburban Water District, which supplies water to some older neighborhoods outside the city, is engaged in a decades-long project to replace its aged, undersized water mains and install meters as required by a new state law.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Drought ramps up pressure on Legislature to write water bond

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 10:19 pm

The water squeeze is on. A few sprinkles fell on the Capitol Monday as the Legislature reconvened, but they didn’t relieve either a severe drought or pressure on members to respond.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am

Among some fans, the rap on professional basketball is that players run up and down the court for 45 minutes, exchanging buckets, but games are often decided in the final three minutes of intense physicality.

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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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