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

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

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

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Reuters: Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CapitolWeekly: Kevin McCarthy: Political skills trump policy

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By MIA SHAW
July 1, 2014

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

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LATimes: Gallup poll: Confidence in Supreme Court falls to 30%

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There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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

Elections

June 26, 2014

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

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

Recount

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

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

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RollCall: Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

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By Daniel Newhauser Posted at 5:11 p.m. on June 24

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.

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Politico: Takeaways from a wild primary night

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

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

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

Recount

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Philip Bump
June 20, 2014

Gallup released a new poll on Thursday revealing that only seven percent of Americans have any real confidence in Congress. It’s an historic low, and probably one that 93 percent of Americans think is still higher than it should be.

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Recount

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

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

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Richard Simon
June 19, 2014

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

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Kevin McCarthy

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

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

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InlandPolitics: McCarthy elected House Majority Leader

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

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

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

Elections

June 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LATimes: Kevin McCarthy blasts bullet train funding in California budget deal

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

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

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

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Friday, June 13, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s official!

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

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

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

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy makes his move

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

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

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

Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Robert Costa
June 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Republican Paul Chabot left. Democrat Pete Aguilar right.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

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

What a choice!

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

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

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IEBusinessDaily: Democrats Survive in the 31st Congressional Seat

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By IE Business Daily
June 7, 2014

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

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The PE: ELECTION: Recounts possible for close Inland races

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 04:05 p.m.

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

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RollCall: California Democrat Endorses Republican Opponent

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

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

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Politico: White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash

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

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

It didn’t work.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

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

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

But no one expected it to be this low.

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InlandPolitics: Will GOP score in CD-31?

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Monday, June 2, 2014 – 05: 30 p.m.

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

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IEBusinessDaily: 31st Congressional District Crap Shoot

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday, May 31, 2014

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

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

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

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

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

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Friday, May 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Conservative Democrat Veronica Franco (D) lashes out on Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) on The Lou Desmond Show, broadcast on San Bernardino-based KTIE-AM 590, Thursday evening (5/29/14).

To hear the interview in the second segment of the podcast, click the following link: The Lou Desmond Show

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May 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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May 24, 2014

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

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

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

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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.

LATimes: Pete Aguilar’s campaign surpasses $1 million in House race

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Jean Merl
May 22, 2014

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has raised more than $1 million in his race for an open Inland Empire congressional district seat, his campaign reported Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Democrats in a circular firing squad

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Monday, May 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The race to represent the 31st Congressional District continued on a heated trajectory last week.

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Politico: The unemployment insurance graveyard

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There are 3.5 million people who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks.

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By BURGESS EVERETT | 5/18/14 5:05 PM EDT

Senate negotiators toiled for months to revive long-term unemployment benefits in a manner that could draw the support of both centrist Republicans and liberal Democrats.

But in a few days, that effort will be all for naught.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Could Inland Democratic nightmare repeat itself?

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May 14, 2014

One of Democrats’ biggest electoral embarrassments in 2012 could repeat itself this year, according to a pollster who recently surveyed a hotly contested Inland congressional district.

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

Highway Construction

Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli
May 15, 2014

Without quick action by Congress, the U.S. Transportation Department may begin scaling back or halting work on thousands of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at the height of the construction season this July, when the nation’s Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry.

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The PE: Calvert, Cook benefit from incumbent advantage

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Fundraising ability, name recognition will give decisive lift to the two members

BY DAVID HOOD AND ELIZABETH HELD / WASHINGTON BUREAU
Published: April 24, 2014 Updated: May 13, 2014 7:28 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Incumbency and established fundraising are two of the most powerful advantages two Inland congressmen have over their challengers in the June 3 primary battle.

Reps. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, and Ken Calvert, R-Corona, both have amassed war chests that outstrip their respective challengers by hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Federal Election Commission filings released April 15.

To read story by David Hood and Elizabeth Held in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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May 12, 2014; 10:10 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert is expected to ride his name recognition and other advantages of incumbency to one of the top two spots in the June 3 California primary.

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

Politico: John Boehner bans a return to earmarks

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Speaker John Boehner

By BURGESS EVERETT | 5/12/14 2:43 PM EDT Updated: 5/12/14 3:37 PM EDT

An earmark revival may be causing a stir in the Capitol — but John Boehner said there’s no way the House is going back to that “nonsense” under his leadership.

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The PE: POLITICS: Hunter ‘a lock,’ but challengers plan spirited attack

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Duncan Hunter (Frank Bellino/Staff Photographer)

 

May 07, 2014; 10:36 PM

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter is broadly expected to cruise to re-election in November, but that’s not keeping his two opponents from planning spirited, grassroots campaigns. James Kimber, a Democrat, and Mike Benoit, a Libertarian, are both working to end Hunter’s congressional career.

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

NSA

By Brian Fung
May 7 at 6:05 pm

A key House committee has approved a package of NSA reforms that would end the spy agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, nearly a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program’s existence.

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House Republicans on Wednesday voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings.

By Josh Hicks and Ed O’Keefe,
May 8, 2014

The House voted Wednesday to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress and request a special prosecutor to investigate the agency’s targeting of advocacy groups during the past two election cycles.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Reyes hits Aguilar

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Clueless Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), the Democrat Party’s preferred candidate to replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), continues his head-in-the-sand approach to campaigning from two years ago.

Two years ago when he unexpectedly failed to make a runoff.

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May 5, 2014, 1:46pm PDT
Kathy Robertson
Senior Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

Almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court approved the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation gets a shot in appeals court this week at unwinding the mandate based on how it was enacted.

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David Lauter
Monday, May 5, 2014

Six months out from the November midterm election, Republicans have a strong advantage which, if it holds up, would likely translate into significant gains in Congress, a new nationwide survey indicates.

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RollCall: Another Ugly Poll for Obama

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 12:21 p.m. on May 5, 2014

These aren’t the poll results President Barack Obama is looking for. A new USA Today/Pew poll has ugly numbers for the president’s Democratic Party ahead of the midterm elections and even uglier figures for the president.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Candidate’s business ventures raise questions

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

Information, or the lack thereof, may haunt one of the republican candidates running in the hotly-contested 31st Congressional District.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: No surprise here! — Aguilar hits Working Joe Baca

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Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The race to replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) is really heating up.

A few assumptions, previously discussed here, appear to be materializing.

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

May 02, 2014; 06:50 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz has more than $1.5 million in cash on hand as he defends his congressional seat for the first time, campaign finance records show.

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

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Takano

May 02, 2014; 11:11 PM

WASHINGTON — Freshman Democrat Mark Takano of Riverside, boosted by Democratic Party support and armed with far more money than his three challengers, is expected to successfully defend his seat.

To read story by David Hood in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Unemployment Benefits Application

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 5:36 p.m. on April 29

Updated 6:20 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner talked to the leading Republican pushing for an unemployment insurance extension, telling Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Tuesday that he won’t budge from demands for add-ons that would create jobs before he will put the measure on the House floor.

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LATimes: Two Democrats battling to succeed Rep. Gary Miller launch TV ads

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Two of the candidates hoping to replace Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) are launching cable TV ad campaigns. (May 7, 2008)

By Jean Merl
April 28, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

Two of the four Democrats vying to succeed Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) on Monday announced cable TV ads in the Inland Empire district.

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President Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Washington Post (ABC News polls. Charles Dharapak/AP)

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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WashPost: Boehner takes over response to Obama, focuses on jobs and health care

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By Ed O’Keefe
Sunday, April 27, 2014

President Obama’s record is “littered” with promises — ranging from an economic stimulus plan to a new health-care law — that have not panned out, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) charged Saturday as he touted measures passed in recent months by the House meant to spur job creation.

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SacBee: Mitt Romney backs Tony Strickland in California House race

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April 23, 2014

As part of his return to politics, Mitt Romney is choosing sides in the contest to succeed retiring Rep. Buck McKeon in Southern California.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Raul Ruiz outpaces GOP rivals in fundraising

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

April 19, 2014

Rep. Raul Ruiz has more than $1.5 million in cash on hand as he defends his congressional seat for the first time, campaign finance records show.

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

SacBee: Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

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

In politics, it’s never too early to plan.

A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the general election in California.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Money flows into congressional race

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Money continues to flow into the contest to replace Gary Miller in the 31st Congressional District.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Calif. voters deeply skeptical of Congress

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field Poll.

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The PE: CONGRESS: More on Lesli Gooch

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April 14, 2014

Here are a couple noteworthy blogs on Lesli Gooch, one of the Republicans running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

SacBee: Darrell Issa: Relentless watchdog or over-the-line?

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Rep. Darrell Issa (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By William Douglas
wdouglas@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — From the plush chairman’s seat on the dais in the cavernous hearing room of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Darrell Issa peered down at Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and offered a rhetorical pat on the shoulder, followed shortly by a swift verbal kick in the pants.

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DailyBulletin: GOP House candidates to debate April 23

Debate

Posted: 04/08/14, 7:04 PM PDT |

A debate between the two Republican candidates for the 31st Congressional District will be held April 23 by the Chaffey Community Republican Woman, Federated.

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

Politics

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.

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KPCC: In the Inland Empire, a Congressional candidate returns to her roots

Leslie Gooch

Gooch

Sharon McNary | April 5th, 2014, 6:00am

When Republican Congressional candidate Lesli Gooch Tweeted her pride at voting in last week’s special state senate election in San Bernardino County, it was the first time she’d ever cast a ballot in the area that she hopes to represent in Washington.

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GOP

More than 150 Southern California conservatives gathered in Mentone on Thursday night for the April meeting of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots. The group unveiled its endorsements for the June 3 primary election.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/04/14, 8:48 PM PDT |

MENTONE >> In one of the most closely watched congressional races this summer, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots are endorsing … no one.

More than 150 Southern California conservatives crowded into a restaurant banquet hall on Thursday night for the group’s monthly meeting, which featured the group releasing its voter guide for the June 3 primary.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/04/14, 8:54 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Trust and experience were key themes at Thursday night’s forum at the University of Redlands for Democratic candidates in the 31st Congressional District.

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Money

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/02/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

Southland residents could see even more campaign mail, even more TV ads and, generally, even more money poured into this November’s congressional races thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday that further loosens the spending reins on wealthy donors to federal campaigns. Individuals once limited to contributing no more than $123,200 in a single election cycle can now donate millions of dollars.

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Politico: John Boehner hails Supreme Court ruling

John Boehner Holds Media Briefing At The Capitol

John Boehner is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 4/2/14 10:41 AM EDT

Speaker John Boehner praised the Supreme Court for knocking down aggregate limits on campaign donations, saying “freedom of speech is being upheld.”

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