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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.

The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 5

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Congressman Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 23, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and Republican challenger Brian Nestande will participate in a televised debate at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5.

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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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
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

Calculator

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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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bid to shift power fails

Politics
Legislation to transfer appointment authority to Riverside County supervisors is stalled in a state Senate committee

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

The latest attempt to let Riverside County supervisors fill vacancies in their ranks appears to be dead, potentially giving the governor the chance to appoint a supervisor by year’s end.

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

Ethics Reform

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/05/2014 04:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2014 06:47:14 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After state Sen. Leland Yee’s stunning arrest earlier this year, the Legislature’s highest-ranking member urged his colleagues to finally fix a long-standing problem in California politics — the corrupting allure of money.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

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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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:15 am

Eighty years ago, California voters tightened up the state’s weak civil-service system to counter the corrupt practice of politicians padding public payrolls with family members, friends and political supporters.

However, the Legislature was exempted from the ballot measure’s provisions.

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SacBee: California voters remain unhappy with Legislature, survey finds

Field Poll

By Daniel Rothberg
drothberg@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 6:54 am

Fueled by partisan and geographic differences, satisfaction with the Legislature continued a downward swing that began after a state senator was arrested on corruption charges earlier this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

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SacBee: Pay panel gives California officials 2 percent raise

Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown, California lawmakers and other elected officials will be getting a two percent raise this year.

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SFChronicle: California GOP can only watch as Democrats control spending

GOP

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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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 7:16 am

The political infighting over the next state budget began Sunday night, just minutes after the Legislature passed one that would spend $156.4 billion – $200 billion-plus when federal funds are included – in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Two bills would undermine California initiative process

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

The state constitution bans changing voter-passed initiatives unless voters agree, or the initiatives themselves allow legislative amendment.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, legislative leaders tout budget agreement

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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Schools

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

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California Seal

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 6:13 am

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Ignored issues undercut Legislature’s better image

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am

Approval ratings of the California Legislature, as measured in periodic polling, were in the teens a few years ago but have since improved.

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

Dan Walters

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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SacBee: Democratic supermajority in spotlight after California primary

State Capitol

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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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

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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SacBee: California lawmakers paid most, national survey confirms

California Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 27, 2014

California’s legislators have seen their incomes go up and down in recent years due to decrees by the state’s salary commission, but remain the highest paid in the nation, according to a new survey by Stateline, a Pew Charitable Trusts website.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Police chiefs dropping endorsements of Zellerbach

Campaigns

Also, Bonnie Garcia accuses a rival of comparing her to a prostitute and a Democrat gets a very late start in an Assembly race

Published: May 25, 2014 6:58 p.m.

Law enforcement leaders across Riverside County, including Sheriff Stan Sniff, have withdrawn their endorsements for District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the wake of Indio police recommending six criminal charges be filed against Zellerbach in a campaign-sign tampering case.

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

The PE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Outside money pours into Inland races

Money

Candidates for a state Senate seat in Riverside County and a congressional district in San Bernardino County get the most help

Published: May 23, 2014 Updated: 6:28 p.m.

As the June 3 primary election nears, two Inland races are becoming money magnets attracting special committees with distant addresses and deep pockets.

Independent expenditure committees have spent almost $800,000 as of Wednesday to help or hinder two feuding Republican candidates in the 28th state Senate District, which will represent southwest Riverside County and the county’s desert communities.

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

VVDailyPress: Ambrozic rally scheduled for Saturday

Michelle Ambrozic

May 22, 2014 7:43 PM
STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • Michelle Ambrozic, candidate for 33rd Assembly District, will host a rally Saturday at the corner of Apple Valley and Bear Valley roads, according to her campaign team.

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LATimes: California Senate approves ban on many gifts to officials

free tickets

Patrick McGreevy
May 19, 2014

California officials would have to say “no” if offered free tickets to a Beyoncé concert, Dodgers game or Disneyland, under new gift rules approved Monday by the state Senate.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Dem duels echo an old conflict

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of several dozen bills it calls “job killers,” targeting them for defeat or severe amendment.

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SFChronicle: Brown doubles down on high-speed rail amid calls for restraint

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:23 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Preparing for looming budget battles with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Friday that lawmakers must balance “desire and need” for expensive social programs – even as he defiantly doubled down on support for the increasingly unpopular high-speed rail system, saying it remains emblematic of his passion to “build great things” in his final term as governor.

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LATimes: Plan for rainy-day fund heads to ballot after legislative approval

California Seal

Chris Megerian
May 16, 2014

The Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a new proposal to help cushion the state from economic downturns and pay off billions of dollars in debt and long-term costs.

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LATimes: Budget talks won’t be easy for governor

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly said there won’t be enough money to fund every worthy program.

Chris Megerian
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state’s reserve fund.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, California lawmakers reach deal on rainy-day fund

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:36 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:46 pm

An agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on a rainy-day fund Thursday came uncharacteristically early in the state’s annual budget-making process, with none of the public rancor that seemed likely only recently.

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SacBee: Lobbyist home fundraiser ban passes Assembly

Wine Rack

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 8, 2014

Responding to a campaign finance transgression that produced an unprecedented fine, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to ban fundraisers at the homes of lobbyists.

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Campaigns

April 29, 2014 10:30 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

A supporter of 33rd Assembly District candidate Scott Markovich recently filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that a research group made disparaging remarks about three other candidates during a phone call last week and refused to disclose who was paying for its services.

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SacBee: Tim Donnelly says lead in polls is proof of ‘something in the air’

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 27, 2014

ANAHEIM – Tim Donnelly said Sunday that his frontrunner status among Republicans running for governor is evidence “people want a fighter,” and he blamed the media for what he said is negative coverage of controversies that have riddled his campaign.

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DailyBulletin: The ABC’s of ethics in the Golden State

By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/26/14, 5:05 PM PDT |

Californians are not a judgmental lot.

Unless we’re judging lunatic legislators in Florida, Texas, and those other Red States. Then judge away.

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State Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 7:33 am

Al Muratsuchi took a traditional path to the state Capitol, serving as a prosecutor and school board trustee before his election two years ago to the Assembly. When Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu announced his bid for Congress, Muratsuchi considered launching a campaign for the seat covering coastal Los Angeles.

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DailyBulletin: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly proposes new handgun law

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/24/14, 8:33 PM PDT |

Gun enthusiast, Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, has introduced a bill that would standardize the requirements for residents to get a handgun carry license.

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The PE: FPPC: Gift of 49ers tickets costs former Inland assemblyman $1K

San Francisco 49ers

April 24, 2014

A state agency has fined a former Corona assemblyman $1,000 for accepting tickets to a San Francisco 49ers football game arranged through a lobbying firm, a penalty the ex-lawmaker called politically motivated.

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

VVDailyPress: Rifle-toting woman campaign sign sparks interest

Michelle Ambrozic

April 22, 2014 10:14 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

Assembly candidate Michelle Ambrozic on Tuesday said she’s received a mostly positive response to her campaign signs depicting the silhouette of a woman aiming a rifle equipped with a scope, but she also revealed that her staff was forced to file a police report after two men in Apple Valley were spotted taking them down.

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VVDailyPress: GOP Assembly candidates speak at luncheon

GOP

Crowded field jockeys for votes in June primary
April 22, 2014 6:05 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Hosting GOP candidates in local races on Tuesday, leaders of Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated, stressed the importance of showing support for the party in general as the June primary looms.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 22, 2014

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics.

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LATimes: Assembly’s tea party firebrand, Tim Donnelly, cools his rhetoric

Markley's Gunrange

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly says he is working to be less confrontational in the Assembly. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / February 11, 2014)

By Melanie Mason
April 21, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO —Tim Donnelly arrived at the Assembly in late 2010 with big plans.

First on his list: a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration. A plan to dismantle the state’s air quality board was close behind.

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DailyBulletin: California lawmakers face divisive bills, special session

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By Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press
Posted: 04/20/14, 11:32 AM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California politicos admit failures in seeking rainy day fund

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

When you get past the political fuzz and buzz, the Capitol’s quest for a new rainy-day fund to store excess state revenue is an admission that politicians have failed in the past and can’t be trusted in the future.

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SacBee: FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly’s PAC

fppc logo

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 18, 2014

The state agency overseeing campaign finance rules in California says Republican Tim Donnelly has failed for more than a year to file campaign finance statements for a political action committee he formed in 2012.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 10:47 pm

When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown calls special legislative session on rainy day fund

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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SacBee: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said.

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The PE: STATE ASSEMBLY: Four candidates seek 40th district seat

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Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Marc Steinorth (R), is one of four candidates competing in the 40th Assembly District.

April 11, 2014; 04:59 PM

The 40th Assembly District wasn’t supposed to be an open seat this year.

That changed when incumbent Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, ran in a special election to serve out the unexpired term of state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands. Morrell won in March, leaving the district covering all or parts of Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone and the city of San Bernardino without an assembly member.

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

AP: Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

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Apr 10, 7:51 PM EDT
By FENIT NIRAPPIL
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

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Dan Walters

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 – 9:56 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 – 12:01 am

When the Legislature’s 2014 session began about three months ago, the Capitol’s dominant Democrats and their allies had high hopes that it would bear legislative fruit – with good reason.

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SFChronicle: Field Poll: Yee scandal dents opinion of Legislature

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 7:01 am, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sacramento– Public opinion of the California Legislature has taken a sudden, negative turn since a San Francisco senator was charged with corruption and arms trafficking, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

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LATimes: Munger helps launch Republican Assembly candidates

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 here in 2008, is helping Republicans campaign for Assembly seats in Democratic districts. (Brian Baer / Associated Press / February 22, 2008)

By Chris Megerian
April 9, 2014, 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Charles Munger Jr., one of California Republicans’ biggest donors, is chipping in some of his wealth to ensure his party has candidates on the ballot in more Assembly districts.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Sarcasm was the mother of this “intervention”

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April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

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