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The Press-Enterprise: CONGRESS: Indio mayor to challenge Raul Ruiz in 2016

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Published: April 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:52 a.m.

The mayor of Indio is planning to challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz for his Riverside County congressional seat in 2016.

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

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, speaks at the Democratic Foundation of Orange County’s luncheon at the Hilton in Irvine on Monday. (KYUSUNG GONG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

April 20, 2015 – Updated 9:19 p.m.
By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER

Sounding like she’s on the verge of declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez encouraged donors in Orange County to pony up Monday and explained why she would be a better choice than Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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Daily Bulletin: Reps. Aguilar, Torres reflect on first 100 days in Congress

Norma Torres

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, greets UPS drivers as they file out of their morning meeting on March 9 at their distribution center in Ontario. Torres, who was elected to Congress in November, was on a “jobs listening tour” of her district to help craft her legislative agenda in Washington. Beau Yarbrough — Staff file photo

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

After 100 days on the job, freshmen Reps. Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres unveiled their plans this past week for creating more jobs in the Inland Empire.

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U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
April 17, 2015

Despite optimistic talk from Democrats and Republicans about overhauling the tax code, General Electric Co. recently showed that corporate executives aren’t holding their breath for a bipartisan deal any time soon.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
April 16, 2015

Hoping to inoculate themselves against challenges next year, most of California’s vulnerable House members already are building campaign war chests.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: April 14, 2015 – 9:43 a.m.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, has raised more than $400,000 for his re-election campaign since Jan. 1, newly filed federal records show.

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

The Hill: New York, California Dems square off over Iran

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
04/11/15 – 11:34 AM EDT

Democrats are badly split on geographic and political lines over whether to support or oppose a bill allowing Congress to review and possibly vote on a nuclear deal with Iran.

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Contra Costa Times: House members tell DOJ to back off on marijuana

Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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Daily Press: Cook delivers address on Middle East’s volatility

Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook spoke at the Victorville Rotary Club on Tuesday. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 9:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Fresh from a recent trip to Tel-Aviv where he toured Israeli missile defense systems, Rep. Paul Cook on Tuesday reiterated his concerns about the emerging Iranian nuclear deal in a speech dominated by his thoughts on the volatility facing the Middle East.

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Pete Aguilar

Congressman Pete Aguilar

Published: April 2, 2015 – 10:26 a.m.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, was one of four Democrats and 43 first-year representatives to sign a letter to House Speaker John Boehner this week urging him to repeal a tax on medical devices tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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

Reuters: Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server

Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting award in Washington

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Politics | Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:53pm EDT

Washington —

(Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy defends House request for Hillary Clinton emails

Kevin McCarthy

Photo by John Shinkle (Politico)

Politico

By Katie Glueck
3/22/15 – 11:47 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday defended a move by House Republicans to urge Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server to an independent third party for investigation.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
March 21, 2015

The Gallup organization recently recorded another dreary milestone in American politics. For the first time since the polling organization began tracking public impressions of the Republican and Democratic parties back in 1992, neither party has a favorability rating above 40 percent.

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Noah Bierman
March 20, 2015

After 14 years in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank is finally getting the kind of coverage that ambitious politicians crave: CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC and NPR have all come calling in recent weeks.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Hicks
March 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could mean far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, further alarming government workers and their unions already upset about hits they have taken in recent years.

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Debt Limit

By Jim Puzzanghera
March 13, 2015

The Treasury Department has started taking steps to extend the federal government’s borrowing ability as the U.S. hits its debt limit again Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told lawmakers Friday.

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SacBee (AP): Lew tells Congress of emergency measures to avoid debt limit

Debt Limit

By Martin Crutsinger
AP Economics Writer
03/06/2015 – 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Friday that he will start using the package of emergency measures he has used in the past to keep the federal government from going over the debt limit next week.

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SFChronicle: Bibi’s speech is the Dems’ box canyon

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 3. Behind him are House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post)

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published 4:39 pm – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Photo: BILL O’LEARY / Washington Post

Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States” and “saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran.”

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Politico: John Boehner ends stalemate

John Boehner

He bucks conservatives to pass a ‘clean’ Homeland Security funding bill. M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO)

By Lauren French, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
3/3/15 8:57 AM EST
Updated 3/3/15 5:01 PM EST

The House approved a nine-month funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday, breaking a lengthy stalemate over President Barack Obama’s immigration policies that exacerbated the rift between Speaker John Boehner and the conservative wing of his conference.

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SacBee: Legislature may regain mapmaking

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/02/2015 9:53 PM

One can read too much into questions and comments from appellate judges during oral arguments, but with that caveat, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to erase the redrawing of congressional districts by independent commissions created by voters through the initiative process.

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U.S. Capitol
Democrats could use the rules to force a clean funding bill through the House, unless the GOP decides to stop them.

By Daniel Newhauser
March 2, 2015

House Republican leaders still don’t seem to have a plan to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at the end of the week. But they may have an escape hatch—one that could technically keep the department open without GOP fingerprints, but might infuriate conservatives in the process.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Lisa Mascaro
March 1, 2015

House Republican leaders flooded the Sunday TV talk shows, seeking to battle widespread criticism after an internal revolt by the party’s most conservative wing nearly cut off funding Friday for the agencies that protect the nation’s borders, ports, airports and other key areas.

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SacBee (AP): GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
02/28/2015 – 4:54 AM

WASHINGTON —

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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SacBee: GOP lines up to take on California Reps. Peters, Ruiz

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/26/2015 12:38 PM

Three months after being elected to their second terms, a pair of California Democratic congressmen are already hearing footsteps.

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SFChronicle: Ex-Reagan speechwriter Dana Rohrabacher a big backer of legal pot

Dana Rohrabacher

By Joe Garofoli
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Published 4:40 pm

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

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McClatchy: Internal report: Dems have lost their way

DNC

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
02/21/2015 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON — Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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DailyBulletin: Rep. Aguilar meets with regional business community

Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 8:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Rancho Cucamonga, held a roundtable discussion with the area’s business community on Wednesday at a job center where they shared issues relating to regulatory difficulties, and the need to train young people for important sectors of the Inland Empire economy, among other concerns.

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Roll Call Logo

By Matt Fuller
Posted at 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 18

Two days after a Texas judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, nothing seems to have changed in the congressional showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Rancho Cucamonga Republican announces he’ll run again

GOP

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Looks like two losses isn’t enough for the county’s preeminent wannabe elected official.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats complain about Obamacare penalties

ObamaCare

Monday, February 16, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks as if Congressional Democrats have figured out what we’ve been saying here for over a year.

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U.S. Capitol

By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
February 15, 2015

After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama’s veto threats outnumber the bills Congress has been able to send him.

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LATimes: Democrats list their House members most at risk in 2016

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By Jean Merl
February 13, 2015

Getting an early start on shoring up at-risk members, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday released a list of 14 it deems most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talks to the media on Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Paul Kane
February 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, less than six weeks into unified GOP rule on Capitol Hill, is on the verge of seeing his most adamant pledge go up in smoke.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Published: Feb. 11, 2015 – Updated: 9:40 a.m.

Republican Paul Chabot believes a lack of money and GOP support hampered his campaign for an Inland congressional seat. He might have a point, at least on the money part.

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

Politico: House sends Keystone bill to White House doom

Politico

The measure doesn’t appear to have enough votes to survive a presidential veto.

By Elana Schor
2/11/15 – 5:39 PM EST – Updated 2/11/15 – 9:14 PM EST

The House easily passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up President Barack Obama to issue the third veto of his presidency.

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Politico

Democrats would fold if Homeland Security shuts down, some House and Senate Republicans argue.

By Manu Raju and Jake Sherman
2/11/15 – 8:14 PM EST – Updated 2/12/15 8:17 AM EST

A faction of House and Senate conservatives is pushing Republican leaders to take the battle over the Homeland Security Department to the brink, arguing the party would win the public relations war with Democrats if a standoff over immigration led to a shutdown of the agency.

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InlandPolitics: New Obamacare taxes just beginning

ObamaCare

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

First it was the “If you like your plan you can keep it” debacle.

Now everyone is just starting to get the second dose of Obamacare.

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Campaigns

By Sean Sullivan
February 3, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday continued their assault on President Obama’s signature accomplishments and his ambitious budget proposal. But they faced stiff resistance from Democrats.

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SacBee: Opinion: Election law changes aid politicians

U.S. Supreme Court

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

Dan Walters

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

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

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InlandPolitics: GOP needs to find right candidate in 2016

ObamaCare

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

We’ve said it here many times.

If there’s one group who can routinely shoot itself in the head, it’s the GOP.

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Politico: Barack Obama threatens to veto attacks on his immigration policy

Politico

He also took aim at Republican arguments that a lapse in DHS funding would not be ‘the end of the world.’

By Lauren French
1/29/15 8:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama vowed to House Democrats on Thursday night that he would “happily” veto any legislation that would “compound” the country’s immigration problems — posing yet another challenge to Republican efforts to pass a Homeland Security spending bill by next month’s deadline.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

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

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The PE: CONGRESS: Aguilar, Torres get committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

Published: Jan. 16, 2015 –  Updated: 9:26 a.m.

The newest members of the Inland House of Representatives delegation now have committee assignments.

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

By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
January 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Senior Democrats, dissatisfied with the party’s tepid prescriptions for combating income inequality, are drafting an “action plan” that calls for a massive transfer of wealth from the super-rich and Wall Street traders to the heart of the middle class.

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The PE: CONGRESS: NRCC continuing to go after Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz

Congressman Raul Ruiz

January 9th, 2015 – 9:35 am

The election is over. But the heat remains on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, as he starts his second term.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has issued at least three news releases this month attacking Ruiz, who ousted GOP incumbent Mary Bono in 2012 and represents a district where Republicans hold a slight edge in voter registration.

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

DailyBulletin: Rep. Pete Aguilar moves into Rancho Cucamonga district office

 Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/07/15, 8:54 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Despite the giant plaque with former Rep. Gary Miller’s name on it, a staff member of newly sworn-in Rep. Pete Aguilar greeted visitors with a large smile.

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Politico: House GOP plots immigration strategy

U.S. Capitol

Republicans could make their first moves as early as next week.

By Seung Min Kim
1/7/15 8:14 PM EST

House Republicans are ready to fire the opening salvo in the war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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Politico: Obama’s year of the veto

US President Barack Obama speaks after t

President Barack Obama is pictured. | Getty

President opposes first legislative move by GOP-controlled Congress.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
1/6/15 8:51 PM EST

President Barack Obama’s Keystone veto threat Tuesday was the opening gambit in his fight with the new Republican majorities in Congress looking to derail his post-midterm momentum.

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The Sun: Inland Empire’s two newest members of Congress to be sworn in

U.S. House of Representatives

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:50 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

The Inland Empire’s newest members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be sworn in today as members of the 114th U.S. Congress.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Inland delegation lacks seniority

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 4, 2015 – Updated: 6:39 p.m.

The Inland Southern California congressional delegation arrives in Washington this week with an overall lack of seniority and a number of members in a diminished minority party following historic Republican victories in November.

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

Politico: GOP leaders staring at cliffs

Boehner And McConnell Address The Media At The Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 29: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) answer questions at the U.S. Capitol February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Boehner and McConnell spoke about their luncheon with U.S. President Barack Obama and the topics discussed, including energy prices and a pending jobs bill in the House of Representatives. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boehner, McConnell have big plans and big obstacles.
By Jake Sherman and Burgess Everett
1/4/15 5:28 PM EST
Updated 1/4/15 5:34 PM EST

Republican leaders think 2015 is their year.

They just won control of the Senate and have a historic majority in the House. The presidential election hasn’t yet begun. President Barack Obama says he wants to engage with Capitol Hill. For the first time in a while, there seems to be a genuine thirst for getting something done.

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Politico: Chief congressional budget post gains new power

PoliticoPro

By Brian Faler
1/2/15 – 4:01 PM EST

The question of who will be Congress’ next chief number-cruncher has suddenly gotten a lot more important.

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Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

PoliticoPro

By Andrew Restuccia
1/2/15 – 2:48 PM EST

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to vote on legislation approving the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday.

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The Hill: Budget war looms for Obama, GOP

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 01/01/15 – 06:00 AM EST

The federal budget is almost certain to be the central battleground between President Obama and the new Republican Congress in 2015.

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U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
December 31, 2014

The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation’s capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown.

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

Dan Walters

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

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

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SacBee: California’s Kevin McCarthy leads emboldened congressional Republicans

Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s list of policy goals in the coming year includes stopping high-speed rail and pulling Obamacare “out by the roots.” (Toby Jorrin/McClatchy Washington Bureau)

Californians to Watch in 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
12/26/2014 9:38 PM

Eight years ago, then-Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy was leading fellow Republicans in Sacramento, clawing for relevance in a Capitol dominated by Democrats.

Now McCarthy is the second most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Marijuana
Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

Bloomberg: The 113th Congress Was the Second Least Productive in History

U.S. Capitol

By David Knowles
Dec 21, 2014 – 3:50 PM PST

If not for President Obama signing 61 bills into law late last week, a new heir to the title of “Do-Nothing Congress” would have been named.

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Affordable Care Act

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

Republicans say they have the will to bring down Obamacare — and many are eyeing a little-known, little-used budget too called “reconciliation” to do so.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Politico

Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
By DAVID ROGERS
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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WashPost: In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal

U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy

By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

A conservative super PAC is trashing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, for helping pass the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, which some say doesn’t do enough to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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WashPost: What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

Federal Omnibus Spending Bill 2014-15

A copy of the fiscal 2014 spending bill is arranged for a photograph in Washington Jan. 14. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Ed O’Keefe
December 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

{This item has been updated and revised.}

The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.

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Political: Budget bill shows GOP’s new muscle

House Speaker John Boehner Holds Weekly News Conference

Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By David Rogers
12/9/14 8:41 PM EST
Updated 12/10/14 8:51 AM EST

Capping weeks of backroom talks, House Republicans filed a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill Tuesday night — a giant package that’s both a last marker for this Congress and first step toward GOP control in the next.

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By Matea Gold
December 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

{This post has been updated.}

The end-of-year spending bill deal crafted by congressional leaders Tuesday would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul.

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Paul Chabot

Republican candidate Paul Chabot speaks with a supporter on the phone as he waits for election returns to come in Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot lost to Pete Aguilar. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:23 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

On Nov. 6, Republican Paul Chabot lost his bid for the 31st Congressional District, ending up 3,460 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, out of nearly 100,000 votes cast. But it didn’t have to be that way, Chabot writes in a report posted Monday afternoon on his website: Financial support from the national Republican Party could have made all the difference.

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National Journal

By Billy House
December 8, 2014

As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

GOP

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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pensions

By Michael A. Fletcher
December 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.

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Tax Cut

By Jim Puzzanghera
December 3, 2014

The House overwhelmingly approved a one-year extension of $45 billion in tax breaks, mostly for businesses, after bipartisan efforts on a longer-term extension fell apart close to deadline.

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LATimes: John Boehner suggests leaving immigration out of 2015 budget talks

By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Joseph Tanfani
December 2, 2014

Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama’s immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

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Politico: John Boehner makes sales pitch to GOP

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Votes on a year-end congressional deal hinge on Rep. Yoho.
By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
12/1/14 9:51 PM EST / Updated 12/2/14 10:09 AM EST

Top House Republicans agree on a two-part plan to keep the government from closing in nine days. Now comes the hard part: selling it.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Sarah Mimms
November 30, 2014

Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown.

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LATimes: GOP congressional majority likely to change way it crunches numbers

By Jim Puzzanghera
November 29, 2014

The incoming Republican majority in Congress is preparing to give number-crunching a controversial twist, and the new math could make it easier for the GOP to cut taxes.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

Election Results

November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 12:01 AM

Going into the Nov. 4 election, Republicans appeared to have an excellent chance of recouping several congressional seats they’d lost in 2012, and their optimism was bolstered on election night.

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Reuters: Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

U.S. House of Representatives

David Lawder
WASHINGTON
Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 7:11pm EST

(Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

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