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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Local groups pull out of 41st District forum

League of Women Voters

Group leaders say they were called ‘liberal’ by Steve Adams’ campaign, which denies the allegation.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

For years, Riverside’s League of Women Voters has partnered with other community groups to host election forums on issues and candidates, but they won’t be part of Thursday’s event featuring 41st Congressional District candidates Mark Takano and Steve Adams.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 – Updated: 3:36 p.m.

Cars have become an advertising theme in the race for California’s 36th Congressional District.

The pro-Democrat House Majority PAC is paying for a 30-second TV spot that portrays Republican and state Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert as a career politician who mooches off taxpayers for expenses as well as gas and maintenance for his family car and enjoys trips paid for by special interests.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Inland congressional incumbents favored on Election Day

Campaigns

Two Democrats are mounting their first re-election campaigns as GOP Rep. Ken Calvert seeks a 12th term.

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Some are defending their seats for the first time. Others have been in Congress for years.

Regardless, incumbents in the 2014 Inland congressional races are favored to win re-election to two-year terms. They’ve raised more money than their challengers and, with one exception, represent districts friendly to their parties.

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

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to their debate Monday evening in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester — Staff photographer)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/20/14, 9:10 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

Congressional candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot debated the issues of the state’s 31st District in front of a lively crowd Monday at the University of Redlands.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Aguilar-Chabot race draws national spotlight

Campaigns

The campaign for the seat is a key battle in the larger war for control of the House of Representatives.

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 – Updated: 11:45 p.m.

The race for California’s 31st Congressional District is not just about who represents part of San Bernardino County on Capitol Hill.

From a national perspective, the seat is a strategic chess piece in a larger battle for control of the House of Representatives. It’s been described as the most Democratic-friendly district in the nation to have a Republican congressman.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Chabot calls on Aguilar to renounce special interest money

Paul Chabot

Chabot

Published: Oct. 17, 2014 – Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Republican Paul Chabot is trying to use his rival’s words against him.

In a news release issued Friday, Chabot, who is running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat, called on his opponent, Democrat and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, to honor a City Council resolution Chabot said Aguilar offered in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: John Boehner raises money for Brian Nestande in Palm Springs

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Published: Oct. 16, 2014 – Updated: 4:59 p.m.

House Speaker John Boehner made a quiet visit to Riverside County last week to raise money for Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande.

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

Chabot+Aguilar

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/16/14, 10:37 AM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The venue and time for Monday’s congressional debate hosted by the Redlands Daily Facts has been changed to accommodate a larger audience.

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Money

By Jean Merl
October 16, 2014

Paul Chabot and Elan S. Carr have some things in common. Both are Republicans and first-time candidates, running this fall for open seats in Congress. Both are military veterans and they have the same campaign strategist.

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InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

Campaigns

Thursday, October 15, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s a funding drought for Inland Empire republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this case the numbers speak for themselves.

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DailyBulletin: 31st Congressional District hopefuls share plans for education reform

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar (D) left. Paul Chabot (R) right.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Naval officer Paul Chabot offered different approaches to soaring education costs Tuesday inside San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Country Club.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Aguilar, Chabot to get late exposure

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R) left. Pete Aguilar (D) right.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Both candidates running in the 31st Congressional District contest will finally have some face time together.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:06 am

In most states, being elected to Congress is a big political deal – a major step up the political ladder to higher office.

In California, it’s pretty much a political dead end.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Political veterans battle for supervisorial seat

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

Money

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Why won’t Aguilar, Chabot debate?

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.
While some congressional candidates enjoy facing their opponents, others in high-profile races see the forum as risky.

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:47 p.m.

The candidates in one of the Inland Empire’s most competitive and closely watched political races have not debated since the primary, and there are no plans to do so any time soon.

The lack of a debate between Democrat Pete Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional District frustrates some voters. The San Bernardino County seat on the Nov. 4 ballot is open after the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Sparring from Ruiz/Nestande debate continues

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 7, 2014 Updated: 4:53 p.m.

The candidates the 36th Congressional District continued to use Sunday night’s debate to attack each other and declare victory in the televised forum.

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

The PE: DECISION 2014: Ruiz, Nestande clash during debate

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Ruiz, (D-Palm Desert) at left, is running for re-election against Nestande, a Republican state assemblyman

Published: Oct. 5, 2014 Updated: Oct. 6, 2014 1:07 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz tried to project a moderate image while Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande tried to tie him to an unpopular president during a televised debate Sunday night.

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

InlandPolitics: Why are people so shocked over “Inbred Inland Empire” label ?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl contact
October 4, 2014

Both major political parties and groups of their deep-pocketed supporters are playing big in the handful of fiercely fought congressional races in California this year.

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WashPost: A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Aguilar goes after Chabot in latest TV ad

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 – Updated: 5:44 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Pete Aguilar is taking on his Republican opponent directly in his latest TV ad for the 31st Congressional District seat.

Up until now, Aguilar, who is mayor of Redlands, has let the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launch negative ads against Paul Chabot while his campaign aired spots highlighting his working-class roots.

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

Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Most Americans view the country moving in the wrong direction and don’t see their financial futures getting better anytime soon, attitudes likely to make it harder for Democrats to do well this fall, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

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DailyBulletin: Chabot holds press conference denouncing attack ads

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/01/14, 7:46 PM PDT | Updated: 44 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO>> Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, surrounded by friends and supporters at the TVC Mas Latino Studios in San Bernardino, spoke out against a recent rash of political mailers which he called “racist” and “sexist.”

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The PE: ONTARIO: ‘Inbred Inland Empire’ not aimed at region, airports exec claims

Ken Calvert

Calvert

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert wants a Los Angeles airport executive fired for using the term “inbred Inland Empire” and calling improvements at Ontario International Airport “a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.”

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot a Republican candidate for the 31st Congressional District, which represents part of San Bernardino County, poses for a picture at Starbucks in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Monday, April 28, 2014. (Photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:51 PM PDT |

Colton >> Republican candidate Paul Chabot believes his military and public safety background will give him the edge among voters in the 31st Congressional District this fall.

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Pete Aguilar

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has his portrait taken on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. Aguilar is running as a Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 31st district. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:46 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

Redlands >> After eight years on the Redlands City Council and four years as its mayor, Pete Aguilar wants to take tackle the issues facing the Inland Empire from a national perspective, including improving education and the economy.

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

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Congressman Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

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

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

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InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod

SEIU

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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Money

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is making it clear it’s spending to win in CD-31.

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Published: Sept. 22, 2014 Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot is demanding that Time Warner Cable pull a Democratic ad that portrays him as do-little state bureaucrat who earned a six-figure salary while advocating for cuts to school spending.

To read story in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

InlandPolitics: National Democrats ramping up on Chabot

DCCC

Monday, September 22, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

The heat is slowly inching up in the race between Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands). Both men are vying to represent the 31st Congressional District.

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VVDailyPress: Cook, Conaway differ on water rules

By WIRE & STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 21, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A bill approved this month blocking the federal government from asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands was heralded by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, for protecting control of local waters.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Analysis shows path to victory for Paul Chabot

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot(R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.

Published: Sept. 19, 2014 – Updated: 1:48 p.m.

The race for the 31stCongressional District in San Bernardino County is a toss-up, according to a Virginia-based government and public affairs consulting firm.

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

Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns

Campaigns

Democrats believe that the election outcome remains unpredictable just 46 days out.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/19/14 5:41 PM EDT Updated: 9/19/14 9:05 PM EDT

House Democrats are considering taking out a $10 million loan to help fund TV ads and get-out-the-vote operations in the run-up to Election Day, according to Democratic sources.

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NYTimes: Republicans Switch Firm Handling Obama Suit

Legal

Politics
By ASHLEY PARKER
SEPT. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande ad portrays Ruiz as tax-and-spend liberal

Published: Sept. 18, 2014 – Updated: 10:07 a.m.

A TV ad from Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande portrays his Democratic opponent as a liberal lover of big government in contrast to Nestande’s belief in the free market economy.

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

Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 18, 2014

Adding to events that have buffeted state Sen. Stephen Knight’s campaign for Congress in recent days, the former rival Democrat who had endorsed him pulled his support on Thursday.

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The Hill: House approves $1T spending bill

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 09/17/14 05:35 PM EDT

The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11.

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The Atlantic: All the Reasons Democrats Are Screwed This November

The Atlantic

Russell Berman
Associated Press
Sep 14, 2014 10:00AM ET / 2014 Midterms

As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Police reports filed over signs?

Teardrop

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has filed two police reports over his signs being vandalized.

Really?

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Mark Takano

Takano

Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 9:52 a.m.

Two media outlets popular with conservatives are reporting that Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, said during a recent town hall in Jurupa Valley that the meeting wasn’t a public forum.

The Washington Times and World Net Daily quoted Beth Baumann’s account of what took place. Baumann is described by WND as “a conservative activist in a number of fields.”

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

DailyBulletin: Campaign signs for Congressional candidate Paul Chabot vandalized

Paul Chabot

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot this week filed police reports over vandalized campaign signs in Redlands.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/09/14, 11:09 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Some campaign signs in Redlands and San Bernardino supporting Congressional Republican candidate Paul Chabot have been vandalized.

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Politico: House GOP offers stopgap funding

Politico

By DAVID ROGERS | 9/9/14 8:38 PM EDT Updated: 9/9/14 9:12 PM EDT

House Republicans rolled out a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 but also reshaping the budget landscape in a manner that tilts toward the GOP if it should win control of the Senate in November.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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RollCall: The 10 ‘Poorest’ Members of Congress for 2014 (Video)

No Money

Roll Call Logo

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

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50 Richest Members of Congress - 2014

The 50 Richest Members of Congress in 2014 hail from both parties.

Roll Call Logo

By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay Hunter
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/14, 1:15 PM PDT |

A day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee debuted its television ad attacking his opponent, congressional candidate Pete Aguilar debuted his own television ad — the first of the general election — on Thursday morning.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 4, 2014

With the fall election season shifting into high gear, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday launched cable-TV ads in two of California’s contested House races.

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Paul-Chabot

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a TV ad that attacks Republican 31st Congressional District candidate Paul Chabot for collecting a $108,167 annual salary as a hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings in 2007.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/03/14, 1:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Although Election Day is Nov. 4, the date many campaigns are worrying the most about is Oct. 6, when vote by mail ballots begin to be sent out.

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LATimes: Low turnout in California in November could lift prospects for GOP

Campaigns

By Michael Finnegan
September 2, 2014

The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot

Campaigns

Politicians wade into tight California races with troops, cash.

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 8:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON – If you feel like congressional campaigns started early – a candidate’s knock on your door, a political ad on TV – you are right.

This year, the long knives of campaign battle came out almost as soon as the last California primary vote was counted in June, especially in a handful of tight races where Democrats or Republicans see an opportunity to nab a seat in the House of Representatives.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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InlandPolitics: GOP committment for Chabot?

GOP

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Will the GOP commit resources into the campaign of Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga)?

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 3

debate

Published: Aug. 29, 2014 – Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 3.

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

DailyBulletin: Miller passes GOP torch in 31st Congressional District to Chabot

Paul Chabot

Chabot

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/25/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose 31st Congressional District seat was considered the most vulnerable in the upcoming election, has formally handed the baton to candidate Paul Chabot, announcing his endorsement in a news release on Monday.

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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

U.S. House of Representatives

Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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WashPost: Why so many Americans hate politics

I Hate Politics

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

In a time of political polarization, one thing still unites left, right and center: the disdain people have for Washington, their elected leaders and the political system.

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Politico: Poll: Reelection rating at 20-year low

Gallup

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 8/18/14 6:17 AM EDT

Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Inland congressional races a referendum on 2012 results

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

debate

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

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

InlandPolitics: LGBT Group slams Takano

Mark Takano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Can you say ouch!

The LGBT website Queer Nation NY is scorching Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside).

The issue is also covered on the P-E Political Empire Blog.

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NationalJournal: NRCC Launches Fake News Sites to Attack Democratic Candidates

NRCC Screen Shot

A screen shot of an NRCC-created website meant to look like a local news site.(National Republican Congressional Committee)

By Shane Goldmacher
August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

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

Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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Politico: House GOP to combine energy, jobs efforts

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/14 4:13 PM EDT Updated: 8/8/14 5:05 PM EDT

House Republicans will package together all their energy and “jobs” legislation and send it to the Senate, an election-year move to try to highlight a contrast with Democrats.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: National GOP steps up Chabot support

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

August 6, 2014

Paul Chabot is getting some help in his bid to keep the 31st Congressional District in Republican hands.

The National Republican Congressional Committee recently gave Chabot “On the Radar” status in its “Young Guns” program, which seeks to help GOP candidates win House races.

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

WashPost: GOP lawmakers follow the money — to California

California Money

Politics
Al Kamen
By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz August 6 at 7:21 PM

If you’re forced to spend a weekend hobnobbing with donors, do it up right. And don’t host the event in your district (where the local economy could surely use the boost). Go somewhere fabulous.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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TIME: Obama’s Approval Rating at All-Time Low in New Poll

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Denver Nicks @DenverNicks
Aug. 5, 2014

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to a new low—40%—according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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Politico: Obamacare opponents seek message to drive midterms

A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance in Miami

By KYLE CHENEY and SARAH WHEATON | 8/4/14 7:20 PM EDT

Three months before the mid-term elections, political operatives and activists are groping for an anti-Obamacare message that sticks — or 57 of them.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Negativity enters Adams/Takano race

Elections

August 4, 2014

The campaign between Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams has been relatively civil. Until now.

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

OCRegister: New House Majority Leader gives state new muscle in D.C.

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, last week became one of two people who primarily shape the legislative agenda for the Republican-controlled House. He raises big funds for GOP election campaigns around the country and will try to tape up a sometimes-fractured Republican Party.

BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy marked the start of his tenure as the No. 2 in House leadership with a prayer and a tweet: “Humbled & blessed to have my friend Pastor Roger Spradlin of Bakersfield deliver the opening prayer this morning.”

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NYTimes: Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

U.S. Capitol

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
AUG. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Matt Berman

July 30, 2014 — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed.

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Politico: House approves VA reform bill

Politico

By LAUREN FRENCH | 7/30/14 4:44 PM EDT Updated: 7/30/14 9:38 PM EDT

The House on Wednesday approved legislation 420-5 to drastically reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 – 9:27 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 – 12:06 am

Kevin McCarthy may be a one-man refutation of the old adage that “nice guys always finish last.”

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: How Adams, Takano spent their summer vacations

Elections

July 25, 2014

Riverside City Councilman and Republican congressional candidate Steve Adams went to the U.S./Mexico border this week to learn about border security.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Takano, the Democratic incumbent Adams hopes to defeat in November, is doing without to learn what life is like for minimum-wage earners.

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

InlandPolitics: Steve Adams tours U.S.-Mexico Border

Steve Adams

Adams

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 06:00 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman and congressional candidate Steve Adams spent yesterday morning touring the U.S.-Mexico border with Chris Harris, Vice President for Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council. Adams made the trip to the San Diego Sector of the border to get firsthand knowledge of the situation at the border.

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Buck McKeon

A local Democratic club is hosting a forum featuring the two Republican candidates vying to succeed Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, shown above. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state’s top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

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