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Los Angeles Times: Another Republican jumps into race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar

Sean Flynn
Congressional candidate Sean Flynn. (Sean Flynn for Congress)

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

Another Republican has entered the race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), a first-term congressman whose Inland Empire seat is considered vulnerable this fall by both national Democrats and Republicans.

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Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: congress.1018.kjs --- Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register -- 10/17/15 Coverage of a debate for candidates seeking to replacing outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange. 10/17/15

Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. (Kevin Sullivan – Staff Photographer)

By Teri Sforza
Feb. 1, 2016
Updated Feb. 2, 2016 – 12:07 a.m.

The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

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The Sacramento Bee: Loretta Sanchez: ‘We need a Latina in the U.S. Senate’

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 20, 2016 – 5:43 PM

  • Rep. Sanchez takes aim at rival Kamala Harris
  • Republicans also pile on with critiques of front-runner
  • Harris aide says her approach is resonating with Californians

Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, campaigning Wednesday in Sacramento, again put aside conventional political subtleties and cut right to the point: “I think we need a Latina in the U.S. Senate.”

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy pulled in $11 million in 2015

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy’s successful fundraising year was, in some part, due to the idea that he could become the next speaker of the House.

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Politico

By Jake Sherman
01/20/16 – 05:18 AM EST

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised more than $11 million last year, a sum that places him near the top of the Republican fundraising pyramid on Capitol Hill, according to sources familiar with his operation.

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Politico: Top Dems want Pelosi to stick around till 2018

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi has given no signs she’s headed for the exit, saying only that she’ll continue to serve as minority leader for the foreseeable future. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Lauren French
01/20/16 – 05:14 AM EST

  • The party has talked about new blood at the leadership table, but changes don’t seem imminent.

A group of senior House Democrats is pushing for Nancy Pelosi to stay on as minority leader until 2018 — a nod to the California Democrat’s leadership and fundraising prowess, despite growing tension in the party around the need to elevate younger members.

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Cadiz

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California Water News

By California Water News Daily
January 15, 2016

Before leaving Washington for Christmas break, nine Members of Congress sent a letter to Neil Kornze, the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encouraging him to reconsider the agency’s recent guidance regarding the Cadiz Water Project.

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Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 – Updated: 3:11 p.m.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, to donating $17,600 in campaign donations he received from actor Sean Penn to heroin treatment clinics in Ruiz’s district.

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

Politico: Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan in 2016 faces an uphill battle for his ideas to become law. | Getty

As presidential hopefuls slug it out in a nasty primary, the speaker is trying to build a different identity for House Republicans.

Politico

By Jake Sherman
01/10/16 – 03:50 PM EST
Updated: 01/10/16 – 05:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Paul Ryan talked about the ills of the criminal-justice system. He quizzed GOP presidential hopefuls at a forum here about what they’ve done to help the impoverished and vowed that Republicans, if they put their minds to it, could “make breakthroughs” in the war on poverty.

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The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Jeff Stone set to challenge Raul Ruiz

Jeff Stone

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Published: Jan. 9, 2016 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

  • The 36th Congressional District race now features two well-funded politicians

Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone announced his candidacy for Congress on Saturday, Jan. 9, setting up a heavyweight contest between a veteran Inland lawmaker and a well-financed Democratic incumbent.

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

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/16 – 8:21 PM PST |
REDLANDS >> There’s political experience, and then there’s political experience.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, spent eight years on the Redlands City Council, including six years as mayor, but his first year on Capitol Hill was a brand-new experience, starting with his swearing-in one year ago.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

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

Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 6, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Two Democrats still hold top-two places
  • Twice as many GOP voters remain undecided
  • Harris does well with liberals, while Sanchez leads among Latinos

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez continue to lead the contest to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, but the all-Democratic dynamic could change once more Republican voters begin engaging in the race, according to the new Field Poll.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Elections will top New Year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 – 2:26 PM

  • U.S. Senate race will be top contest
  • California could play presidential role
  • High-dollar ballot measures abound

Since 2016 is a number divisible by 2, this is also an election year, and that biennial fact will dominate – and perhaps distort – California politics in the forthcoming months.

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The Sacramento Bee: California politicos to watch in 2016

Loretta Sanchez

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate during a news conference on May 14, 2015, in Santa Ana. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 6:00 AM

  • Sanchez, Newsom are elected officials on the list
  • Senate race, initiatives the focus in 2016
  • Taxes, plastic bags among key issues

As 2016 dawns in California, politics looms large. Dozens of initiatives have been filed for what could become a November ballot of record size. State political parties are calculating their odds in nearly 175 legislative and congressional races. Some candidates for statewide office in 2018 are already campaigning.

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The Hill: Fury of the right falls on Ryan

The Hill

By Scott Wong
12/26/15 – 12:02 PM EST

Outside the Beltway, the right is livid with new Speaker Paul Ryan’s trillion-dollar spending deal with Democrats.

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Los Angeles Times: What California stands to gain from Congress’ budget deal

California Money

By Christine Mai-Duc
December 18, 2015

The sweeping budget deal — a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — tackles a number of policy areas, including making some $650 billion in tax breaks permanent, adopting new cybersecurity rules and repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Lisa Mascaro
December 17, 2015

By approving a massive package of tax breaks Thursday, House Republicans — who have made deficit-slashing the holy grail of their majority — just piled on nearly $650 billion in red ink.

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Politico: 2,200 pages, $1.8 trillion, dead of night

U.S. Capitol

Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night. | AP

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Politico

What’s really in the year-end tax and spending bill?

By Bernie Becker
12/16/15 – 04:24 PM EST

Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night — containing $1.1 trillion in spending, about $680 billion in tax cuts and a string of other policy changes.

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Roll Call: Winners and Losers in the Omnibus and Tax Bills

Roll Call Logo

By Roll Call Staff
Posted on Dec. 16 at 10:52 a.m.

Both Democrats and Republicans won a few and lost a few in the $1.1 trillion spending bill and package of tax extensions that congressional negotiators agreed on late Tuesday.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan announces the bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)

Michael Hiltzik
December 16, 2015

When Congress legislates at night and in haste, you can be sure mischief is being done. Sure enough, the budget deal announced late Tuesday by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), takes an ax to efforts to limit the torrent of big money into politics.

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Los Angeles Time: Rep. Loretta Sanchez responds to criticism over comment on Muslims

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), shown in November, is facing criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate. (Tomas Ovalle)

Phil Willon
December 11, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is trying to beat back criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate — the establishment of a strict Islamic state — to defend and advance their religious ideology.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who upended Orange County politics by ousting Republican Bob Dornan from Congress in 1996, announced in May she was running for U.S Senate. Mark Boster TNS

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 10, 2015

  • Sanchez says they are willing to use terrorism to target ‘our way of life’
  • Her office issues statement seeking to clarify remarks to Larry King
  • Sanchez adds: ‘I strongly support the Muslim community in America’

California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said as many as 20 percent of Muslims desire to form an Islamic caliphate, “to institute that in any way possible,” and go after Western norms, “our way of life.”

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Politico: Tax deal swelling into $800 billion blowout

Politico

By Brian Faler
12/02/15 – 05:37 PM EST

  • Budget hawks cry foul as Democratic and GOP wish lists find their way into a developing year-end bargain on tax breaks.

Congress is eyeing a year-end budget-busting tax cut blowout.

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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Lawyer, former Marine to challenge Raul Ruiz in 2016

Dwight Kealy

Kealy

December 1, 2015 – 3:09 pm

An attorney and former Marine Corps intelligence officer has announced plans to run against Inland Rep. Raul Ruiz in 2016.

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

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to California Democrats at the state party’s convention in May. Although the favorite to win a U.S. Senate race next year, she faces opposition from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who could benefit from independent and Republican voters. (Damian Dovarganes/AP File)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 30, 2015

  • California’s system has changed legislative dynamics
  • Could it also affect statewide races?
  • U.S. Senate contest will be a test

Six years ago, to pass a state budget, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders agreed to place a major change in primary election voting before voters.

They’ve regretted it ever since.

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The Orange County Register: Sanchez expands base in U.S. Senate race

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D- Santa Ana, announced her candidacy for the United States Senate at the Santa Regional Transportation Center Thursday morning. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: loretta.0515 8 p.m. Ð 5/14/15 Ð SAM GANGWER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange (Sam Gangwer/Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
Nov. 29, 2015 – Updated 12:00 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.

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The Hill: Obstacles imperil budget deal

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 11/25/15 06:01 AM EST

Congressional leaders face several hurdles to getting a budget deal done by the Dec. 11 deadline, including a fight over health funding that is holding up the omnibus spending package.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Lisa Mascaro
November 19, 2015

Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terrorist attacks, House Republicans — joined by many Democrats — rebuffed President Obama on Thursday and overwhelmingly approved legislation that would in effect halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S.

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Bloomberg Politics: Ryan Favors Legal Status for Immigrants Trump Wants to Send Home

Paul Ryan

Representative Paul Ryan leaves a House Republican Conference meeting on Oct. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington. (Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Kasia Klimasinska
November 15, 2015 — 4:00 PM PST

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. without gaining citizenship, and that he doesn’t believe mass deportation, an idea promoted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, is feasible.

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Politico: McCarthy looks to rebound from failed speaker bid

Kevin McCarthy

His rapid rise in House leadership has stalled, but allies including Paul Ryan are standing by him.

By John Bresnahan
11/05/15 – 02:56 PM EST
Updated 11/05/15 04:16 PM EST

For the first time in his political career, Kevin McCarthy has tasted defeat. And for the first time, the House majority leader, who rocketed to No. 2 in leadership faster than many members land a committee chairmanship, is going to have to be content to stay where he is, possibly for years.

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Paul Ryan

Newly sworn-in Speaker of the House Paul Ryan waves to colleagues after his election to the leadership position on Oct. 29. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
November 1, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will not consider or negotiate an immigration reform bill during President Obama’s tenure, ruling out calls to revive the issue in an effort to broaden GOP appeal to Latino voters before the 2016 election.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is trailing Democratic rival Kamala Harris in her bid for the U.S. Senate, polls show. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 29, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat famous for bumping ultra-conservative GOP Rep. Robert “B-1 Bob” Dornan from office in Orange County two decades ago, may need a little Republican love next year.

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The Washington Post: Congressional leaders, White House reach two-year budget deal

U.S. Capitol

House Republican leaders struck a budget deal with the White House just before midnight on Oct. 26 to avert a government shutdown and forestall a debt crisis.

By Kelsey Snell
October 27, 2015 at 1:30 AM

House Republican leaders introduced legislation just before midnight on Monday, finalizing a two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House. The introduction sets up a vote as early as Wednesday on the bipartisan budget deal which would increase military and domestic spending and avert a potentially catastrophic default in exchange for long-term spending cuts.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, October 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou today on the show. They discuss local members of congress and their ideas for the economy. Rep. Mark Takano says that it’s not moral for anyone who works to live in poverty. Then, Rep. Pete Aguilar has ideas for businesses. But will they work?

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Politico: GOP moneymen: Ryan a fundraising juggernaut

Paul Ryan

Politico

By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
10/25/15 – 01:10 PM EDT
Updated 10/25/15 05:14 PM EDT

  • His cash network will more than compensate for weekends at home, allies say.

Paul Ryan has been abundantly clear: As speaker of the House, he won’t spend all of his time jetting across the country to keep the National Republican Congressional Committee flush.

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Campaigns

California Open Congressional Seats
Jean Merl
October 24, 2015

California so far has only three congressional contests without incumbents, and at least two — perhaps all three — appear likely to stay in Democratic hands next year.

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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Republican Doug Shepherd to run against Mark Takano

Doug Shepard

Republican congressional candidate Doug Shepherd.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015- Updated: 9:53 a.m.

Rep. Mark Takano officially has a 2016 opponent.

Riverside Republican Doug Shepherd announced Thursday, Oct. 22, he would run against Takano, D-Riverside, for the right to represent the 41st Congressional District, which includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley. He’s already filed papers with the Federal Election Commission.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Ryan wins GOP hard-liners’ backing for speaker of the House

Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Ryan, seeking unity in a place it’s rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week’s end as their consensus candidate. (Carolyn Kaster AP)

By William Douglas and Tori Whitley
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 21, 2015

  • Ryan wins GOP hard-liners’ backing for speaker of the House
  • Ryan meets with Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Committee
  • “Motion to vacate the chair” procedure a potential sticking point
  • Republican Study Committee expected to decide on Ryan Thursday

WASHINGTON —

The conditions have been laid out and the dates have been set. Now that Rep. Paul Ryan has spelled out his terms to run for House speaker, what will his Republican colleagues do?

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Money

Published: Oct. 16, 2015 – Updated: 2:37 p.m.

The latest congressional fundraising totals are rolling in. And not surprisingly, the incumbents are rolling in it.

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

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) speaks during a news conference at the California Democratic Party’s 2015 convention in Anaheim in May. She reported raising almost $1 million for her 2016 Senate bid. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 15, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez reported raising almost $1 million in contributions this year for her U.S. Senate campaign, well behind the $6 million that her chief Democratic rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, has collected for the race, according to financial filings released Thursday.

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The Hill: Issa considering running for Speaker

The Hill

By Jesse Byrnes and Scott Wong
10/08/15 – 08:25 PM EDT

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is considering a bid for Speaker, a source close to the congressman told The Hill.

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Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Lisa Mascaro
OCtoer 8, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s stunning decision to drop out of the race to become the next speaker left Republicans in disarray Thursday, threatening to deepen long-standing fractures in the party just as Congress faces a string of fiscal and legislative deadlines.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: McCarthy Bows Out, Trey Gowdy Digs In

Lou Desmond

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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InlandPolitics: McCarthy drops bid for House Speaker

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) the front-rummer to replace outgoing Speak of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) has withdrawn his name from consideration.

McCarthy had been struggling to amass the necessary 218 republican votes necessary to assume the top spot in the House.

The news comes as an unexpected surprise.

Kevin McCarthy

In a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Thursday, Kevin McCarthy expects to secure his party’s nomination as speaker of the House of Representatives. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)

By Michael Doyle and William Douglas
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 7, 2015

  • Congressional Republicans vote Thursday on House speaker nomination
  • A political gaffe undermines McCarthy’s early leadership stature
  • Conservatives maneuver for advantage amid leadership changes

Washington —

California’s Kevin McCarthy is poised to become a leader on a short leash, the wounded general of a querulous army.

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Politico: McCarthy in command

Kevin McCarthy

The majority leader believes he’s closing in on the 218 votes he needs to succeed John Boehner as speaker.

Politico

By Jake Sherman , Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan
10/06/15 – 08:08 PM EDT

With the rest of the House Republican Conference in a state of turmoil, Kevin McCarthy is projecting a sunny sense of confidence going into his first battle for speaker.

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Jason Chaffetz

Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, at a hearing last week, hopes to benefit from a push for new leadership in the House. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

By Jennifer Steinhauer
October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, said Monday that he presumed that Representative Kevin McCarthy would be nominated as his party’s candidate for House speaker, but would fall short of the votes needed when all lawmakers cast ballots to replace John A. Boehner.

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Politico: Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

U.S. House of Representatives

The last-minute move underscores frustration among some members of the Republican Conference with the current choices.

Politico

By Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
10/02/15 – 01:46 PM EDT

House Oversight and Government Affairs Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources.

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Politico

By Nick Gass
10/02/15 – 08:07 AM EDT

Donald Trump is not sold on Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker of the House, calling into question the California Republican’s negotiating skills and his statement earlier this week regarding the House Select Committee on Benghazi and its effect on the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
Oct. 2, 2015 | 6:11 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.

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Reuters: Treasury’s Lew says U.S. will hit debt ceiling around November 5

Debt Limit

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal government will hit a legal debt limit and be unable to borrow more money around Nov. 5, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday.

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Kevin McCarthy

As House speaker, Kevin McCarthy would need to be cautious when using his clout to help California, an expert says. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

Politics
By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
October 1, 2015

  • Bakersfield native poised to become second Californian in top House post
  • Bringing home the bacon made harder by earmark ban
  • Some California clout can be exercised quietly, behind the scenes

WASHINGTON — Bakersfield, Calif., native Kevin McCarthy will get a better salary, a bigger staff and a lot more clout on his state’s behalf when he becomes House speaker, as all in Congress now expect.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Kevin McCarthy off to a rough start

Kevin McCarthy

By Carolyn Lochhead
September 30, 2015 at 8:40 AM

House Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield put his foot in his mouth in a big way Tuesday night in an interview with Sean Hannity in which he directly tied the Benghazi hearings — the longest in congressional history — to Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

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Kevin McCarthy+John Boehner

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield listens as Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters Tuesday after a House Republican Conference meeting. McCarthy is widely expected to succeed Boehner as speaker next month. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

By Noah Bierman
September 29, 2015

When Kevin McCarthy spoke at a California Republican convention a few years ago, he regaled the crowd with stories about his tense relationship with Nancy Pelosi: The Democratic leader, he said, greeted him with a sneering “he-llo Kevin” every time she saw him, the way Jerry Seinfeld used to greet his nemesis, Newman.

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The Washington Post: Kevin McCarthy, speaker-in-waiting, lays out foreign policy vision

Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy before speaking about foreign policy at the John Hay Initiative on Monday. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By Karoun Demirjian
September 28, 2015 at 5:11 PM

The heir apparent for speaker of the House delivered his vision for America’s foreign policy future Monday afternoon and it boils down to this: America should be tougher.

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Politico: McCarthy faces tricky path to speakership

John Boehner+Kevin McCarthy

House Speaker John Boehner flanked by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
09/28/15 – 05:12 AM EDT

  • He’s the overwhelming favorite to replace John Boehner but the Freedom Caucus still presents a big hurdle.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has glided to victory in each of his leadership races — one for majority whip, and two for majority leader — by simply winning the support of more than half the members of the Republican Conference.

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John Boehner

After 13 years, House Speaker John Boehner is set to resign.

By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell
September 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

House Speaker John A. Boehner’s stunning resignation throws the congressional agenda into disarray, with short-term hope for passing crucial items offset by the long-term fear that old battles will only be repeated.

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The Washington Post: Meet Kevin McCarthy, the potential next speaker of the House

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)

By Amber Phillips
September 25 at 12:48 PM

Today is John Boehner’s day. Tomorrow could very much belong to Kevin McCarthy.

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Politico: Behind Boehner’s decision to call it quits

John Boehner

A long session with his top aide, 45 minutes in solitude, and an escape to Trattoria Alberto’s on Capitol Hill.

Politico

By Jake Sherman , Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan
09/25/15 – 07:28 PM EDT

Mike Sommers was the only one John Boehner trusted with the news.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, September 25, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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InlandPolitics: Congress: Boehner calls in quits

John Boehner

Boehner

Friday, September 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

No one expected this announcement on a low news Friday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign the end of October.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, left, and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. (Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan
September 14, 2015

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is holding her lead in the race to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, but strong support among Latinos has enabled Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County to establish herself as a serious rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Los Angeles Times: Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed

Barack Obama

President Obama speaks at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday. A federal judge has ruled that congressional Republicans have legal standing to sue his administration over spending related to the Affordable Care Act. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

By David G. Savage
September 9, 2015

House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

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GOP

The strategy has never worked for the GOP’s right flank, but they’re going down the same path anyway.

Russell Berman
September 9, 2015

Conservatives in Congress are mounting what will likely be a futile fight to defund Planned Parenthood, even if it means shutting down the entire federal government.

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The Sun: Taking a look at record of Inland Empire Congressional representatives

Pete Aguilar

As of Friday, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, center, has sponsored two bills in the House of Representatives during the 114th Congress. Staff File Photo

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/15 – 8:30 PM PDT |

When the House of Representatives and the Senate return to work in Washington on Tuesday, all of the legislators representing the Inland Empire have something in common: None of them have had any bills signed into law this year.

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The Press-Enterprise: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Pete Aguilar announces his support

Pete Aguilar

Aguilar

Published: Sept. 2, 2015 – Updated: 4:57 p.m.

Cross one Inland Democrat off the list of congressional representatives who are undecided about the Iran nuclear deal.

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

Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz

Published: Aug. 12, 2015 – Updated: 9:58 a.m.

The lack of a big-name challenger to Rep. Raul Ruiz has convinced one professional observer of political races to put the Palm Desert Democrat in the “Safe Democrat” category.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to an overflow crowd following a rally and picnic, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Politics
By David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
July 31, 2015

  • No final action on budget, highways, debt ceiling
  • House plans no votes until Sept. 8
  • Trump, Sanders draw big crowds with fix-Washington message

WASHINGTON — In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

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Steve Knight

Rep. Steve Knight (shown at right in 2014, when he was in the state Legislature, with State Sens. Andy Vidak, left, and Jerry Hill) has raised $432,640 as of June 30, much more than his three Democratic challengers. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
July 16, 2015

The elections are more than a year away, but already, front-runners are emerging in some key California congressional contests, and most endangered incumbents are well ahead of their challengers in fundraising, campaign filings show.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 16, 2015

  • Kamala Harris has nearly $3 million, tripling Loretta Sanchez
  • Sanchez needs to step up to mount sustained TV ad campaign
  • Consultant says Republican stumbles could send her into runoff, anyway

Kamala Harris fortified her front-runner status this week when her latest report showed she’s raised $4.1 million since entering the U.S. Senate race in January, bringing her cash on hand to nearly $3 million roughly a year ahead of the primary.

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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Kerri Condley running again in 42nd district

Yawn

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 1:11 p.m.

The 2016 election is shaping up as a rematch of 2014 in California’s 42nd Congressional District, with the same Democratic challengers taking on Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona.

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

Politico: Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million this year

Kevin McCarthy

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after a leadership election at a House Republican Conference meeting June 19, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Getty

Politico

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
7/14/15 – 5:25 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million for Republicans since the beginning of the year, a hefty haul for the No. 2 Republican, according to an aide.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Andrew Taylor
Associated Press
Jul 14, 2015 – 1:13 PM ET

Washington, D.C. —

A GOP-controlled House panel has voted to block so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants.

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Darrell Issa

By Jake Sherman
7/13/15 – 3:51 PM EDT
Updated 7/13/15 – 9:51 PM EDT

Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the richest members of Congress, is worth as much as $768 million, according to a financial disclosure report he filed last week.

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Daily Bulletin: Election 2016 already underway in 31st Congressional District

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to a debate on October 20, 2014 in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Staff file photo by Will Lester)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15, 3:26 PM PDT |

Nothing will be decided until Nov. 8, 2016, but Election 2016 is already underway in the 31st Congressional District.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court validates Arizona’s independent commission to draw congressional lines
  • Arizona Republicans wanted to regain their power to draw districts
  • California’s top-two primary system could have been at risk

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

But the fun – months of chattering by political cognoscenti about the possibility that the Legislature could regain its power to redraw congressional districts – ended Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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Los Angeles Times: Rohrabacher accuses campaign treasurer of stealing $170,000

Thief

By Michael Finnegan
June 24, 2015

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Thursday that a former treasurer of his reelection committee had embezzled more than $170,000 from the campaign.

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National Journal: The Next Budget Conflict Has Begun

National Journal

The dispute over defense vs. domestic funds means spending bills will pile up until September. What happens then?

By Fawn Johnson
June 7, 2015

The message from Senate Democrats this week will go like this: Serious talks should begin now on avoiding a government shutdown. Why force us to carry out our threat of blocking all spending bills until we hit September, the last few days of the fiscal year, to come up with a panicked back-against-the-wall solution? We all know that’s where we’re heading.

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Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield last month in Washington. At the time of his election last summer to the No. 2 post in the House, McCarthy had spent fewer than four full terms in Congress. He was the most junior person to reach a top leadership post since the early 19th century. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
June 5, 2015

Rep. Kevin McCarthy celebrated his first election to Congress at an In-N-Out Burger, sipping sodas from paper cups at Formica tables with his wife and children. The understated evening fit perfectly into the Bakersfield Republican’s image as the son of a firefighter who started his first business, a deli, with proceeds from a winning lottery ticket.

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Contra Costa Times: Marijuana reform advocates win 3 of 4 in House

U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the top ranking Latino legislator in California, speaks at a immigration rally last November in downtown Los Angeles. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
May 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Economist Jay Prag joins Lou to discuss LA’s new, $15 minimum wage. What effect will it have on business owners? And, a Moreno Valley developer wants $100 million from the city to build infrastructure for his warehousing projects. Where is that money coming from?

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Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 3:56 PM PDT |

The former mayor of Redlands has introduced his first piece of legislation at his new job.

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Daily Bulletin: Paul Chabot publishes book on failed Congressional bid

Paul Chabot

Republican Paul Chabot has self-published an ebook, “Against All Odds,” about his failed bid for the 31st Congressional District seat against Democrat Pete Aguilar. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/24/15 – 7:35 PM PDT |

Although voters decided against having Paul Chabot represent them in Congress last November, they can choose to have him on their Kindle, if they so choose.

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