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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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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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SacBee: Rep. McCarthy’s rise could be golden for the Golden State

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

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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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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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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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Politico: Kevin McCarthy backs path to legal status

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McCarthy has expressed support for legal status before. | AP Photo

By SEUNG MIN KIM | 1/22/14 9:34 AM EST

The third-ranking House Republican is offering support for a path to legal status that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants in the country to work and pay their taxes.

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LATimes: Rep. Kevin McCarthy is a leader for the new GOP, for better or worse

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The House majority whip from Bakersfield has often been unable to corral the tea party lawmakers he helped elect. But he defends the chaos, saying Congress no longer operates like it used to.

By Evan Halper
October 4, 2013, 9:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — For the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Rep. Kevin McCarthy traveled the country recruiting and coaching anti-establishment, tea party-backed candidates for the 2010 election.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy targeted by pro-immigration groups

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Labor unions are trying persuade McCarthy to support a pathway to citizenship.

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/13 4:49 PM EDT

Labor unions say they are going to flood House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield, Calif., district on Wednesday, in an attempt to persuade him to support a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants.

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SFChronicle: ‘House of Cards’ hooks power players

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Kevin Spacey plays a high-level politician in “House of Cards.” (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon, Associated Press)

Carla Marinucci and Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 10:37 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2013

There are the old standbys of sex, money and power in politics. But lately there’s a new addiction in the halls of power: a video series – fictional, of course – that stars power-hungry politicians, unethical journalists and a wily political insider who always seems to get what he wants.

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SacBee: Rep. Kevin McCarthy says California GOP fortunes ‘can only go up’

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By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 – 5:45 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 – 12:25 am

California’s highest-ranking House Republican has a message for fellow members of the GOP still reeling from November losses: “We can only go up.”

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SFChronicle: California politicians to watch in 2013

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Carla Marinucci
Updated 11:22 pm, Sunday, January 13, 2013

While California did not determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, the state had no shortage of political dramas last year, from the state’s budget woes to the debut of the “top two” primary election ballots that send candidates with the most votes, regardless of political party, to the general election in November.

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LATimes: GOP leader suggests pulling the plug on California’s high-speed rail

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December 6, 2012 | 4:06 pm

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), the third-highest-ranking Republican in Congress, suggested on Thursday that the federal government should “cut its losses” and not provide any more money for the state’s high-speed rail program.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Meaning of Waterloo debated in San Bernardino

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Published: 20 July 2012 07:26 PM

It’s been a grim couple of weeks for San Bernardino as city officials decided to declare a fiscal emergency and file for bankruptcy due to a cash-flow crisis and budget deficit. Still, even amid serious discussions, the council found a few moments to debate 19th Century military history at its July 10 meeting.

Echoing a phrase used by one public speaker, Councilman Fred Shorett suggested that this could be a “Waterloo opportunity” allowing the city to get its financial house in order.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy’s finishing school for Republican politicians

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By ALEX ISENSTADT | 4/3/12 11:30 PM EDT

As a fast-rising lawmaker early in his congressional career, Kevin McCarthy vigorously cultivated friends in the 87-member Republican freshman class, an effort that catapulted him into one of the most powerful positions in the House.

Now the ambitious California congressman is setting his sights on his home state, looking to rebuild a Republican Party in desperate need of repair.

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The PE: HOUSE: GOP’s No. 3 bullish on Inland races

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BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.co

Published: 09 January 2012 08:26 PM

SACRAMENTO — Republicans are well-positioned to win two newly drawn congressional swing seats in Inland Southern California this fall, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said Monday.

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January 9, 2012

With less than six months to go until the June primary, viable Republican challengers to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein aren’t exactly rushing to file nomination papers.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, suggested Monday that fellow House Republican David Dreier could be a formidable challenger.

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LATimes: Congressional Republicans want to take back high-speed rail funds

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By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2011

California’s proposed bullet train, the nation’s largest public infrastructure project, has become the focus of an intense federal funding battle that could undermine its survival, as Republican leaders in Congress attempt to claw back as much as $3.3 billion in federal grants already approved for the start of construction next year.

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The PE: Inland House members united against ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase

By PE Politics
June 1, 2011 12:40 PM

Inland Southern California’s five-member House delegation voted last night against a measure to lift the nation’s national debt ceiling.

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BY VIC POLLARD, Contributing writer | Sunday, Mar 20 2011 08:11 PM

Last Updated Sunday, Mar 20 2011 08:15 PM

SACRAMENTO – The California Republican Party dealt a major blow Sunday to an effort by the Kevin McCarthy-Mark Abernathy political organization to prevent a merger of two groups of young GOP activists.

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SacBee: Losses on key votes embarrassing for GOP’s new D.C. leadership

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy is a youthful-looking, silver-haired gent still finding his way as California’s highest-ranking GOP lawmaker.

Following some embarrassing new smudges on his Capitol Hill won-loss record, the Republican representing Bakersfield, in California’s southern Central Valley, must demonstrate anew the vote-wrangling skills demanded of him as House majority whip.

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SacBee: California’s clout shifts with new Congress

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

WASHINGTON – Bakersfield is in, the Bay Area is out. But California as a whole could hold its own in the new Congress that starts Wednesday.

The shifting Capitol Hill currents are summed up in the demotion of soon-to-be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ascension of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, as the next House majority whip.

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Posted By: Joe Garofoli | January 04 2011 at 05:56 PM

Bakersfield — As we told you the other day in our profile, Bakersfield’s own Rep. Kevin McCarthy becomes the House Majority Whip at 9 a.m. (Left Coast time) Wednesday — the No. 3 Republican position. You can watch the swearing-in festivities streamed live here.

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The PE: Governor hasn’t talked to Lewis on anti-stimulus bill

By PE Politics
on November 30, 2010 4:11 PM

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains a big supporter of the $787 billion federal stimulus legislation passed by Congress in early 2009.

But many of the governor’s fellow Republicans in Congress, including members of the California delegation, don’t share his enthusiasm.

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SacBee: The Buzz: Redistricting panel selection nears end — almost

Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It’s not exactly Mega Millions or even Fantasy Five, but it will be a lottery-type atmosphere today when the first eight members of California’s new redistricting commission are chosen.

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LATimes: Californian well-prepared to be GOP House whip

Kevin McCarthy went out of his way to campaign for colleagues, something they aren’t likely to forget.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2010

Reporting from Washington —

Rep. Kevin McCarthy wasn’t content to stay in his Bakersfield district this campaign season. Instead, he traveled to Frog Jump, Tenn., Lake Oswego, Ore., Sioux Falls, S.D., and dozens of other places to help elect fellow Republicans.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: McCarthy’s star rises rapidly in House

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By Dan Morain, Senior editor
dmorain@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Page 1E

Visit Kevin McCarthy in his hometown of Bakersfield, and he might take you to one of his favorite lunch spots, the diner at the Westchester Bowl.

Chez Panisse it’s not. But the fish and chips aren’t bad, and Rep. McCarthy is no rube.

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LATimes: California Republicans seek top posts in GOP-led House

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield is eyeing the post of majority whip. Others are expected to chair key panels. These moves could boost Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new majority.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2010|5:25 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield launched a bid Wednesday for majority whip, the third-ranking job in the new Republican-controlled House, as Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton kicked off a campaign for the chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee.

If successful, the moves could further strengthen Democratic-leaning California’s clout among the new GOP majority.

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