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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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unemployment

By Tiffany Hsu
November 21, 2104

The California unemployment rate held steady at 7.3% in October, even as the state generated the largest increase in jobs in the nation.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

Pat Morris

Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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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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$3.3 Billion

That’s how much customers must pay for nuclear power plant’s closure.

BY AARON ORLOWSKI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 11:24 p.m.

Electricity customers will pay $3.3 billion for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to a settlement approved Thursday.

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University of California

Tuition going up at University of California

By Larry Gordon
November 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low

CCPOA

by SCOTT SORIANO
Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 19, 2014 – 2:16pm PST Updated: Nov 19, 2014 – 3:06pm PST

Incoming tax dollars are predicted to climb about $2 billion above estimates in this year’s state budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday. But lawmakers could not spend the windfall on anything but public education, due to funding formulas guaranteed under state law.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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SacBee: UC regents move tuition increase plan forward

University of California

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/19/2014 11:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California regents moved forward with a controversial plan Wednesday to raise tuition if the state does not give the system more money, with the proposal expected to be finalized Thursday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Big pension gap won’t vanish soon

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 10:15 PM

State Controller John Chiang performed an admirable public service by publishing a detailed report on the finances of California’s public employee pension systems.

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San Bernardino Sign

The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown lets state Supreme Court vacancy linger

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

Campaigns

Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

BY MARTIN WISCKOL AND KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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SacBee: California tax revenue beating estimates

Tax Reform

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/17/2014 1:19 PM

Tax revenue to California’s general fund is running more than $1 billion above estimates since the July 1 start of the fiscal year, the state said Monday, as Gov. Jerry Brown prepares for another round of budget talks next year.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown to campaign donors: Keep on giving

Money

By Michael Finnegan
November 16, 2014

Less than two weeks after winning a fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to collect more money for his reelection committee Monday at a Sacramento reception with lobbyists and their clients.

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DailyBulletin: ACLU: Southern California cops are putting spy tools in place quietly

Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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DailyBulletin: Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres learning the ropes in Washington

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/14/14, 9:29 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Democrats Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres, the Inland Empire’s newly elected congressional members, will spend the next few days learning the ins and outs of Washington during the new member orientation.

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Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert

November 14th, 201 – 9:25 am

Rep. Ken Calvert is headed back to Washington. And once again, he’s doing it as head of California’s Republican congressional delegation.

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

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/14/2014 9:52 PM

The state’s political ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the California Republican Party violated campaign finance rules in the Central Valley’s 21st Assembly District.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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SacBee: California officials ponder all-mail voting

Absentee Ballot

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 8:20 AM

When all the ballots are finally tallied from last week’s election, the proportion of Californians voting by mail is expected to break the record set in 2012, the first time more than half of the state’s electorate voted absentee.

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Field Poll

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

California was an exception to the Republican wave that swept the nation in Nov. 4’s low-turnout midterm election in part because Californians are happier than the rest of the nation with how things are going, according to a new Field Poll memo.

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SacBee: CalPERS drops nearly 15,000 from state health rolls

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/14/2014 1:44 PM

CalPERS has dropped health coverage for nearly 9,000 people over the last year after a sweeping audit revealed they weren’t eligible for benefits received through state-worker and state-retiree health plans.

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LATimes: California pension funds are running dry

John Chiang

New data on California public pensions from a website created by state Controller John Chiang come at a time of growing anger from taxpayers over the skyrocketing cost of public workers’ retirements. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
November 13, 2014

A decade ago, many of California’s public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers’ retirements.

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California-Bar-Association

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/13/2014 12:54 PM

Former Democratic state Sen. Joe Dunn is suing his former employer, the State Bar of California, alleging that the bar’s board wrongfully fired him as executive director after he reported illegal activities and ethical breaches by high-ranking officials in the quasi-governmental agency.

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SacBee: California pollsters fret about future turnout

Vote

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/12/2014 3:15 PM

California’s premier public opinion gurus on Wednesday offered some sobering thoughts about possible continued voter apathy in non-presidential elections. But first, an observation about a pair of Democratic statewide officeholders believed to harbor ambitions of even higher office.

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Forbes

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 12, 2014 – 2:37pm PST

Although the state’s political stage is still filled with bickering over whether the California comeback is real, another economic snapshot has reinforced some optimism: California has advanced two slots to No. 37 on the Forbes ” Best States for Business and Careers” list.

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For Sale

After years of boom and bust, home prices and sales in Southern California are now responding to the very thing they should: job and income growth, not loose lending standards or investors, economists and real estate analysts say.

By Andrew Khouri
November 12, 2014

The Southern California housing market took a step back last month, as home sales fell and price gains slowed. But homeowners shouldn’t despair and would-be buyers might even rejoice, analysts say.

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DMV

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
11/12/2014 1:45 PM

On the verge of granting hundreds of thousands of drivers licenses to immigrants in the country unlawfully, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will extend its hours and offer more appointments next year.

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SacBee: California post-recession tax revenue growth exceeds U.S. average

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/11/2014 2:42 PM

Despite dropping during the first three months of the year, state government tax revenue continued to surpass pre-recession levels through the end of June, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick Wright, with his attorney Winston Kevin McKesson, left, listens to a judge after jury convicted him in January of fraud and perjury for living outside his Senate district. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
Novembver 10, 2014

Attorneys for former state Sen. Roderick Wright said Monday they have filed a notice of appeal of Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud for lying about living in his district.

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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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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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InlandPolitics: Turnout numbers speak for themselves

I Voted

Monday, November 10, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

California and Inland Empire voter turnout was dismal last Tuesday.

Even though Election day voting somewhat bolstered the numbers. The result was still miserable.

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Chiseling Into Rock

By Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Sunday, November 9, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels.

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SacBee: CalSTRS pensions grew faster than pay, inflation

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Ed Mendel
Monday, November 10, 2014

A new look at how CalSTRS members changed during the last 15 years shows the average teacher working fewer years, retiring at an older age and collecting a pension that grew faster than pay or inflation.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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Boxer+Feinstein

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (Left) and Dianne Feinstein (Right).

By Seema Mehta
November 7, 2014

Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California’s most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Bonnie Garcia

Republican state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia.

Published: Nov. 7, 2014 10:36 a.m.

Republican Bonnie Garcia on Friday conceded defeat in the 28th Senate District race.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy announces run for majority leader

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is pictured. | AP Photo

By LAUREN FRENCH | 11/7/14 10:19 AM EST

Kevin McCarthy has announced his intention to seek his first full term as House majority leader.

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Paul Chabot + Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar and R-Paul Chabot debate Oct. 20 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 5:48 PM PST |

Two days after the election and with an additional 15,834 votes counted, Republican Paul Chabot has conceded to his Democratic rival Pete Aguilar in the race for the 31st Congressional District.

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LATimes: Brown brushes off GOP opposition to bullet train

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By Michael Finnegan
November 6, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state’s $68-billion bullet train, saying that “they’re going to join the chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum.

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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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VVDailyPress: Donnelly not ruling out state Senate run

Tim Donnelly

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 5, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Updated Nov 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Wednesday was open to the idea of running for the state’s 21st Senate District seat that suddenly became vacant with the incumbent’s victory late Tuesday in a Congressional battle, and said he is leaning toward making a decision “sooner rather than later.”

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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 stays blue

Campaigns

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Inland Empire voters returned Democrat and Republican incumbents to their respective congressional offices, and also elected a Democrat to a GOP-held seat on Tuesday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Jerry Brown’s fourth term still fuzzy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/04/2014 11:06 PM

Jerry Brown, a political wunderkind who morphed into California’s crusty elder statesman, entered the record books Tuesday by handily winning a fourth term as governor.

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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 »

SacBee: California’s election may set record for apathy

Voter Apathy

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/04/2014 12:07 AM

California voter turnout will likely sink to just 46 percent on Tuesday, a new record for apathy in a statewide general election, according to Field Poll estimates.

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Hmmm

By Matier & Ross
Updated 6:42 pm, Sunday, November 2, 2014

Here’s an eye-opener: With the election Tuesday, a whopping 4 out of 10 voters don’t even know Gov. Jerry Brown is running for another term.

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Lobbying

Lobbying
Nov 3, 2014, 1:32pm PST
Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal

Spending on lobbying rose in the third quarter of 2014, the final months of legislative session when companies and interest groups across California hustle to get bills approved or shot down.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down

Vote

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 p.m.

Election Day is here, and absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, hasn’t improved whatsoever.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: SD-34 may go to Nguyen

Jose Solario+janet Nguyen

Jose Solario (D) left. Janet Nguyen (R) right.

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 p.m.

The heated contest between Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R) and State Assemblyman Jose Solario (D) has been hard hitting to say the least.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains low

Vote

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

With just one day remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, is at a dramatically low level.

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I Voted

Betty Sandoval, of Fontana, shows off her “I voted” sticker after voting at Oleander Elementary School in Fontana June 3, 2014. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff photographer, File)

By Josh Richman, and Julia Prodis Sulek , Staff writers
Posted: 11/02/14, 2:39 PM PST | Updated: 53 secs ago

California has tried to make casting a ballot as easy as ordering a pizza online.

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Vote

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/02/2014 11:34 PM

Four years ago, Republican then-Rep. Dan Lungren bested Democrat Ami Bera by 75 votes in a precinct covering the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County. Two years later, Bera won the precinct by 66 votes on his way to unseating the veteran politician.

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Pension-Fund

By Marc Lifsher
November 2, 2014

Stockton employees and retirees avoided pension cuts when a federal judge last week approved the San Joaquin Valley city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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Balance of Power

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

For the past few weeks, Inland Empire newspapers have been on some punch drunk trip, spouting off about how a few local U.S. House of Representatives contests are somehow pivotal to Congressional control.

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IEBusinessDaily: 31st Congressional Race Down to the Wire

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Question: What do low voter turnout, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Bill Clinton all have in common?

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The Sun: Election 2014: San Bernardino County highlights

Joe Biden+Pete Aguilar

Vice President Joe Biden, left, with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic candidate in the 31st Congressional District race, at a Get Out the Vote rally Saturday at Colton High School. (John Valenzuela — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/14, 9:56 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

San Bernardino County voters have a part Tuesday in deciding who will represent them in offices from governor to Congress to school board, as well as directly deciding policies in some cities.

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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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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 5:00 PM

State Controller John Chiang dropped a political bomb the other day, although he was so quiet about it, one could say it was a stealth bomb.

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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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Vote

By John Myers, KQED
Nov 1, 2014

Political parties continue to shrink in California, with voters who state no party preference edging ever closer to being the second-largest subset of the state’s overall electorate.

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Voter Apathy

BY FENIT NIRAPPIL / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: Oct. 31, 2014 Updated: 6:04 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – California appears on track for another low-turnout election as elections clerks and analysts report that the number of voters mailing in their absentee ballots has declined compared with previous election cycles.

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Roderick Wright

Then-state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, on right, listens to the judge on Jan. 28, shortly after a jury convicted him on eight felony counts. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 31, 2014

Former Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright showed up late Friday to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence but was released almost immediately due to jail crowding, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

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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)

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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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Steve Adams Campaign Mailer

Steve Adams’ flier warns of Islamic extremism and Ebola. Adams, a Republican and Riverside councilman, is running against Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

Published: Oct. 30, 2014 Updated: 10:30 p.m.

An Islamic State militant points a knife at the head of a doomed British aid worker. Workers in biohazard gear carry what appears to be a coffin. Protesters hold signs, one of which reads, “Behead those who insult Islam.”

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

Gavel

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 9:20 PM

Government pensions in California remain untouchable, at least for now, after a bankruptcy judge approved Stockton’s plan to repay its creditors Thursday without reducing the city’s pension obligations.

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The Sun: Election 2014: Conaway, Cook square off in 8th Congressional District

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 10/29/14, 4:16 PM PDT |

Like the immortal words of Han Solo, never tell Bob Conaway the odds.

The 8th Congressional District, which represents the eastern desert border of California, including portions of San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties, leans to the right — as of Sept. 5, almost 40 percent of the 299,581 registered voters are registered Republicans, more than 7 percent more than registered as Democrats.

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California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At the request of San Francisco’s district attorney and police, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether prosecutors must examine officers’ confidential personnel files for evidence of misconduct that could help the defense in a criminal trial.

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SacBee: Half of California voters getting mail ballots

Absentee Ballot

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
10/29/2014 2:15 PM

More than one-half of California’s 17.6 million registered voters have requested vote-by-mail ballots for Tuesday’s election. The question now is: Will they use them?

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democratic congressional candidates at a rally Wednesday at Oxnard College. From left are Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert, Clinton and Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 30, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Democrats on Wednesday in some of California’s most hotly contested House races.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Marc Lifsher and Melody Petersen
October 29, 2014

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues.

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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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Virginia Marquez

Councilwoman Virginia Marquez and Bill Sandefeur campaign for Measure Q by Perris Hill Park on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Carla Velarde)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/28/14, 4:57 PM PDT | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An organizer opposed to the proposed charter reform Measure Q plans to report Councilwoman Virginia Marquez for allegedly using a city-sponsored park clean-up to campaign for the charter change.

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Hesperia Unified School District

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Oct. 28, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Fair Political Practices Commission acknowledged receiving a complaint against the Hesperia Unified School District in an Oct. 20 letter to a Hesperia resident, but advised him to contact the Attorney General over allegations that the district has misused public funds in support of a bond measure.

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SacBee: Opinion: Californians are blue but also centrist

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

10/28/2014 6:44 PM

While Republicans may make some legislative and congressional gains this year and have an outside chance at a statewide office, Democrats will continue their dominance of what has become a solidly blue state.

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton at an event in Aurora, Colo., to promote that state’s Democratic candidates in the upcoming general election. (David Zalubowski / AP)

By Jean Merl
October 28, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will headline two get-out-the-vote rallies Wednesday for some Democratic House candidates in spirited California races.

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DailyBulletin: Election 2014: Economy, jobs are 35th Congressional district issues

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By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/27/14, 9:46 PM PDT | Updated: 52 secs ago

Jobs and economic opportunities are among the issues on the minds of attorney Christina Gagnier and state Sen. Norma Torres, two Democrats seeking to represent the residents of the 35th Congressional district.

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