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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.

InlandPolitics: Inland Empire stays blue

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Inland Empire voters returned Democrat and Republican incumbents to their respective congressional offices, and also elected a Democrat to a GOP-held seat on Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down (Final Update)

Vote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

This is the final update of absentee ballot returns. The data shows voters, Democrats in particular, are disengaged.

Depending on Election Day turnout, Raul Ruiz (D) could be ousted by State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R) in CD-36. In CD-31, the battle between Pete Aguilar (D) and Paul Chabot (R) is a toss-up. But the numbers currently don’t favor Aguilar. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout still down

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Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 p.m.

Election Day is here, and absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, hasn’t improved whatsoever.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains low

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Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

With just one day remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, is at a dramatically low level.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire turnout remains in the tank

Elections 2014

Note: This report will be next updated on Tuesday morning.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.

With just 4 days remaining until Election Day, absentee voter turnout in the Inland Empire, and California as a whole, remains pathetic.

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LATimes: Bill Clinton leads rallies for House candidates in tight races

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democratic congressional candidates at a rally Wednesday at Oxnard College. From left are Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert, Clinton and Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 30, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for Democrats on Wednesday in some of California’s most hotly contested House races.

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InlandPolitics: Will low voter turnout impact results?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The big question this week is will voter turnout affect results in close California contests?

The answer is probably yes.

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Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton at an event in Aurora, Colo., to promote that state’s Democratic candidates in the upcoming general election. (David Zalubowski / AP)

By Jean Merl
October 28, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will headline two get-out-the-vote rallies Wednesday for some Democratic House candidates in spirited California races.

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DesertSun: Why the 36th Congressional District is a toss-up

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U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

Hank Plante, Special to The Desert
October 25, 2014

Election Day has already come and gone for you if you’re one of the half-million Riverside County voters who requested an absentee ballot. In fact, we don’t have “Election Day” anymore, we have “Election Month” because of all the voting by mail.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Hitting the gas on TV ads in the 36th Congressional District

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

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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.

InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

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

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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

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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.

LATimes: California congressional races heat up as parties look ahead to 2016

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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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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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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.

The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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: 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.

The PE: POLITICS: Ruiz reports stunning $1.9 million war chest

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, reported a stunning $1.9 million cash on hand as of June 30, more than eight times the war chest of his challenger, Republican Brian Nestande, who had $234,632, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.

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

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

Dan Walters

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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Ruiz

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.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Ruiz out-raises rivals in congressional race

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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.

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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LATimes: 4 Democrats in state, all freshman House members, facing tough elections

Rep. Raul Ruiz

With a short history in elected office, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) is going to have to work especially hard to let residents of his 36th District know what he has done for them. All four embattled Democrats will need to figure out ways to win voters outside the party without alienating those within it to the point that they stay home on election day, a strategist said. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2012)

By Jean Merl
March 17, 2014, 10:05 p.m.

At a recent reception in their honor, four of California’s Democratic freshman House members posed for photos and beamed at well-wishers. But signs of the battles they face were hard to miss.

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The PE: POLITICS: Inland area has two hot contests for 2014

Gary Miller

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, meets with Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, left, and Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Affairs for the Union Pacific Railroad, during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Colton Crossing in August 2013. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

February 05, 2014; 04:02 PM

WASHINGTON — Two of the hottest 2014 Congressional races in California and the nation will go down in the Inland area.

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

InlandPolitics: CD-36: Ruiz, Nestande building war-chests

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Raul Ruiz at left. Brian Nestande right.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The race between Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-La Quinta) and State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), to represent the 36th Congressional District, is looking to be an all out battle.

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The PE: FARM BILL: Five of seven Inland representatives vote no

Ken Calvert

Calvert

January 29, 2014; 10:26 PM

Most of the Inland Empire’s congressional representatives voted against a compromise farm bill Wednesday, Jan. 29, with some objecting to food stamp cuts and others critical of what they saw as wasteful spending.

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

The PE: OBAMACARE: A 2014 liability for Inland Democrats?

Mark Takano

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, has defended Obamacare during his first term in office. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

January 19, 2014; 01:23 PM

Republicans hope a steady dose of Obamacare-bashing will lead them to victory in the 2014 congressional races.

But will a full-on assault against the national health care law work in the Inland Empire, where two Democratic House incumbents are defending their seats for the first time?

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

SacBee: Ray Haynes considers challenging Rep. Raul Ruiz in 36th district

Mimi Walters, Ray Haynes

Former State Senator Ray Haynes.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 6, 2014

Republican Ray Haynes is weighing a run for Congress in the Southern California desert.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Two issues put California House seats in crosshairs

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am

Two sagas have dominated national politics this year – the federal government’s partial shutdown because of a partisan stalemate and the very rocky launch of the national health care program.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Is there a doctor on board? Yes – Raul Ruiz

Politics

October 25, 2013; 05:23 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz’s day job came in handy thousands of feet above the air.

Ruiz, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, came to the aid of a stricken passenger during an Oct. 24 flight from Washington to Fort Worth, Texas. Ruiz and a fireman tended to a man in his 60s who fainted in his seat about 30 minutes into the American Airlines flight, The Desert Sun reported.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Alicia Robinson and Dayna Straehley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: CONGRESS: Nestande makes his candidacy official

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Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert

October 14, 2013; 05:52 PM

SACRAMENTO — After months spent lining up a campaign team and raising money, Riverside County Assemblyman Brian Nestande will make it official Tuesday: he’s running for Congress.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SHUTDOWN: Calvert, Ruiz among Inland reps refusing salary

U.S. House of Representatives

October 03, 2013; 07:45 PM

At least four members of the Inland congressional delegation are refusing to be paid until the federal government shutdown ends.

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

The PE: SHUTDOWN: Report – Raul Ruiz votes for GOP-sponsored amendment

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October 2, 2013

UPDATE: Ruiz is denying his vote represents a flip-flop.

“I am being pragmatic here, and I want pragmatic solutions,” he told The Desert Sun. “Saying that I want a clean (continuing resolution) is not saying that I’m not going to vote for anything other than a clean CR. I voted consistently with things I supported in the past.”

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

The PE: Political Empire Blog: CONGRESS: Latest forecasts for Inland seats

U.S. Capitol

September 16, 2013

The latest political insider forecasts of how the 2014 races will shape out have slightly differing opinions on a couple Inland House of Representatives seats.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Republicans victorious in legislative softball game

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September 08, 2013; 04:00 PM

California Republicans have had a rough go of it in recent elections, but there’s one place where the GOP brand remains dominant: the softball field.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Erin Waldner and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: CONGRESS: Making the rounds during recess

Gary Miller

Gary Miller steps off the stage after speaking during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Colton Crossing on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

August 30, 2013; 06:54 PM

For members of Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation, summer recess means time to tour businesses in their districts, meet with local elected officials and even journey to the border of war-torn Syria.

To read story by Imran Ghori, Jim Miller and Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Heading to the Holy Land

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August 02, 2013; 06:42 PM

Two Inland congressmen are spending next week in the Holy Land.

Reps. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, and Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, will be in Israel Aug. 5 through 11 as part of a tour sponsored by a foundation with ties to a pro-Israel lobbying group.

To read column by Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: CONGRESS: Ruiz’s re-election chances rated a toss-up

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June 16, 2013
by Jeff Horseman

I just blogged about Rep. Raul Ruiz playing in the annual congressional charity baseball game. But his chances of suiting up for future games are shaky, according to a political forecast.

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

Campaigns

June 16, 2013; 02:15 PM

Fear not, sports fans. Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation has a hot new rookie to replace the departed Joe Baca.

To read column by Jim Miller and Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: A “Game of Dems” in congressional district

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Rutherford

June 07, 2013; 07:55 PM

San Bernardino County Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has hired a former aide to disgraced ex-Assessor Bill Postmus as a policy advisor.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Democracy in (in)action in Senate ballot

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March 17, 2013; 06:35 PM

Turnout in last Tuesday’s special election in Inland Southern California’s 32nd Senate District stands at a whopping 9.6 percent.

To read the Political Empire column in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Documentary to focus on Takano’s campaign

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March 10, 2013; 06:18 PM

As Mark Takano waged an ultimately winning campaign for Riverside’s congressional seat, an independent film crew was there.

Now the crew is putting the finishing touches on “How to Get Elected in America,” a documentary on Takano’s fight to become the first openly gay member of an ethnic minority to be elected to Congress.

To read column in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Derry fine with being GOP “second-in-command”

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Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry/THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

February 09, 2013; 12:33 PM

While former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry lost his bid for chairman of the San Bernardino County Republican Party, he plans to remain active as its vice-chairman.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Alicia Robinson and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

SFChronicle: California politicians to watch in 2013

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci

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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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: House website whizzes botch Ruiz’s name

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
January 06, 2013; 06:33 PM

You’ve spent more than a year running for Congress, endured millions of dollars in attacks from your opponent and shadowy Super PACs, and yet still prevailed.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Nestande still pushing anti-deferral measure

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December 23, 2012; 08:00 PM

It didn’t get a single hearing last time around, but no matter: Assemblyman Brian Nestande is back with legislation that would prohibit the state from postponing required payments to schools from one fiscal year to the next.

To read column, by Ben Goad, Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.