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Capital Public Radio: California Senate Race Fundraising Mirrors Polls

Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Monday, February 1, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

New fundraising reports show two Democrats lead the field in California’s U.S. Senate race, just as they do in recent polls.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: AG Harris ducks big betting bill

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 28, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Kamala Harris silent as Legislature weighs sports betting
  • It should be a bedrock issue for an attorney general’s input
  • Her passivity raises doubts about her being a U.S. senator

California’s attorney general has responsibilities and powers second only to those of the governor, and the office’s occupant is always in position to climb the political ladder.

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The Sacramento Bee: Loretta Sanchez: ‘We need a Latina in the U.S. Senate’

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 20, 2016 – 5:43 PM

  • Rep. Sanchez takes aim at rival Kamala Harris
  • Republicans also pile on with critiques of front-runner
  • Harris aide says her approach is resonating with Californians

Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, campaigning Wednesday in Sacramento, again put aside conventional political subtleties and cut right to the point: “I think we need a Latina in the U.S. Senate.”

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Kamala Harris

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris campaigns Sunday at the L.A. headquarters of the Building and Construction Trades Council, an organized labor group that has endorsed her U.S. Senate bid to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Kathleen Decker
January 11, 2016

The upsides of California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ political ambitions have been apparent as she’s climbed in politics: She charms an audience like few candidates do, speaks knowledgeably about criminal justice-related issues and stays relentlessly on message.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 6, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Two Democrats still hold top-two places
  • Twice as many GOP voters remain undecided
  • Harris does well with liberals, while Sanchez leads among Latinos

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez continue to lead the contest to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, but the all-Democratic dynamic could change once more Republican voters begin engaging in the race, according to the new Field Poll.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Elections will top New Year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 – 2:26 PM

  • U.S. Senate race will be top contest
  • California could play presidential role
  • High-dollar ballot measures abound

Since 2016 is a number divisible by 2, this is also an election year, and that biennial fact will dominate – and perhaps distort – California politics in the forthcoming months.

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The Sacramento Bee: California politicos to watch in 2016

Loretta Sanchez

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate during a news conference on May 14, 2015, in Santa Ana. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 6:00 AM

  • Sanchez, Newsom are elected officials on the list
  • Senate race, initiatives the focus in 2016
  • Taxes, plastic bags among key issues

As 2016 dawns in California, politics looms large. Dozens of initiatives have been filed for what could become a November ballot of record size. State political parties are calculating their odds in nearly 175 legislative and congressional races. Some candidates for statewide office in 2018 are already campaigning.

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Los Angeles Times: What California stands to gain from Congress’ budget deal

California Money

By Christine Mai-Duc
December 18, 2015

The sweeping budget deal — a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — tackles a number of policy areas, including making some $650 billion in tax breaks permanent, adopting new cybersecurity rules and repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.

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Los Angeles Time: Rep. Loretta Sanchez responds to criticism over comment on Muslims

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), shown in November, is facing criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate. (Tomas Ovalle)

Phil Willon
December 11, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is trying to beat back criticism over a comment she made about the percentage of Muslims who support a caliphate — the establishment of a strict Islamic state — to defend and advance their religious ideology.

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Politico: Tax deal swelling into $800 billion blowout

Politico

By Brian Faler
12/02/15 – 05:37 PM EST

  • Budget hawks cry foul as Democratic and GOP wish lists find their way into a developing year-end bargain on tax breaks.

Congress is eyeing a year-end budget-busting tax cut blowout.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to California Democrats at the state party’s convention in May. Although the favorite to win a U.S. Senate race next year, she faces opposition from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who could benefit from independent and Republican voters. (Damian Dovarganes/AP File)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 30, 2015

  • California’s system has changed legislative dynamics
  • Could it also affect statewide races?
  • U.S. Senate contest will be a test

Six years ago, to pass a state budget, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders agreed to place a major change in primary election voting before voters.

They’ve regretted it ever since.

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The Orange County Register: Sanchez expands base in U.S. Senate race

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D- Santa Ana, announced her candidacy for the United States Senate at the Santa Regional Transportation Center Thursday morning. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: loretta.0515 8 p.m. Ð 5/14/15 Ð SAM GANGWER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange (Sam Gangwer/Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
Nov. 29, 2015 – Updated 12:00 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.

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The Hill: Obstacles imperil budget deal

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 11/25/15 06:01 AM EST

Congressional leaders face several hurdles to getting a budget deal done by the Dec. 11 deadline, including a fight over health funding that is holding up the omnibus spending package.

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The Hill: Eyebrows rise in Calif. as Kamala Harris makes changes to staff

Kamala Harris

The Hill

By Amie Parnes and Jonathan Swan
November 21, 2015 – 03:46 pm

Turmoil and lackluster funding in California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s Senate campaign has some Democratic operatives wondering what’s gone wrong.

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Los Angeles Times: Kamala Harris cleared in state ethics inquiry

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is pictured at an event in Los Angeles in September, has been cleared by the FPPC. Harris was cleared after cutting a $10,245 check back to the gift-or, after an inquiry was opened. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
November 20, 2015

A state ethics agency has determined that California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris did not violate state laws when she received gifts from a company owned by San Francisco interior designer Ken Fulk.

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The Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris changes campaign managers, moves to cut costs

Kamala Harris

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to California Democrats at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
November 17, 2015

  • Announcement comes after heavy spending in recent months

U.S. Senate frontrunner Kamala Harris is changing campaign managers and making moves to reduce costs, her campaign said Tuesday, after unusually heavy spending in recent months.

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Politico: Democrats look to ride Clinton wave to Senate control

Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid pictured here. | AP Photo

Politico

By Burgess Everett and Kevin Robillard
11/08/15 – 01:36 PM EST

  • The party is angling to expand the electoral map by fielding strong recruits in red states like Missouri and Arkansas.

For months, Missouri barely registered in the 2016 battle for Senate control: It’s a conservative state with a solid Republican incumbent in Sen. Roy Blunt. But an unexpectedly strong Democratic recruit, Jason Kander, has put the state in play — prompting a Karl Rove-backed group to spend $800,000 to keep the seat in GOP hands.

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The Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris spending big chunk of money raised for Senate race

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris is raising a lot of money for her Senate campaign, but she’s spending it at an unusually high rate. (Damian Dovarganes/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
October 29, 2015

  • The front-runner for seat is grappling with high overhead costs
  • Harris raised $1.8 million over the past quarter, but spent $1.4 million
  • Campaign says early investments are paying off

Democrat Kamala Harris is developing a spending problem that has nagged front-runners before her.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is trailing Democratic rival Kamala Harris in her bid for the U.S. Senate, polls show. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 29, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat famous for bumping ultra-conservative GOP Rep. Robert “B-1 Bob” Dornan from office in Orange County two decades ago, may need a little Republican love next year.

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Politico: Obamacare repeal hits resistance from conservatives

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell can’t afford to lose any more votes. | Getty

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
10/25/15 – 05:29 PM EDT

  • McConnell is having a hard time getting a simple-majority bill through the Senate.

Senate Republicans’ carefully-laid plans to use a powerful fast-track tool to send an Obamacare repeal to President Barack Obama is running into fresh resistance, with new opposition from high-profile conservatives and bubbling concerns from moderates.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) speaks during a news conference at the California Democratic Party’s 2015 convention in Anaheim in May. She reported raising almost $1 million for her 2016 Senate bid. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 15, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez reported raising almost $1 million in contributions this year for her U.S. Senate campaign, well behind the $6 million that her chief Democratic rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, has collected for the race, according to financial filings released Thursday.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
October 8, 2015

  • Poll shows general election voters could choose between two Democrats
  • It’s early: 34 percent of likely voters remain undecided

Two Democrats – state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez – hold the top two spots in the contest to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, according to a new Field Poll.

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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
Oct. 2, 2015 | 6:11 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.

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Reuters: Treasury’s Lew says U.S. will hit debt ceiling around November 5

Debt Limit

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal government will hit a legal debt limit and be unable to borrow more money around Nov. 5, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday.

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National Review: GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell ‘Next Guy in the Crosshairs’

John Boehner

By Joel Gehrke
September 25, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will be the next target of conservatives frustrated with party leadership, according to one of the conservative representatives who pressured House speaker John Boehner in the weeks leading up to his resignation.

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The Sun: Taking a look at record of Inland Empire Congressional representatives

Pete Aguilar

As of Friday, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, center, has sponsored two bills in the House of Representatives during the 114th Congress. Staff File Photo

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/15 – 8:30 PM PDT |

When the House of Representatives and the Senate return to work in Washington on Tuesday, all of the legislators representing the Inland Empire have something in common: None of them have had any bills signed into law this year.

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The Sacramento Bee: Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to an overflow crowd following a rally and picnic, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Politics
By David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
July 31, 2015

  • No final action on budget, highways, debt ceiling
  • House plans no votes until Sept. 8
  • Trump, Sanders draw big crowds with fix-Washington message

WASHINGTON — In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: See how they run: Democrats from sanctuary cities

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco’s refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, “The city made a mistake not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported. So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.”

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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National Journal: The Next Budget Conflict Has Begun

National Journal

The dispute over defense vs. domestic funds means spending bills will pile up until September. What happens then?

By Fawn Johnson
June 7, 2015

The message from Senate Democrats this week will go like this: Serious talks should begin now on avoiding a government shutdown. Why force us to carry out our threat of blocking all spending bills until we hit September, the last few days of the fiscal year, to come up with a panicked back-against-the-wall solution? We all know that’s where we’re heading.

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Calbuzz: Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt

Calbuzz

Political news, analysis, commentary and more about California and beyond
By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez greets paradegoers during a Veterans Day celebration in Fullerton in 2008. Some say Sanchez’s lack of restraint could work to her advantage. (File: Michael Goulding / Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
May 18, 2015
Updated: May 19, 2015 – 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

The contours of California’s U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance.

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Xavier Becerra

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. | Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
May 15, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

Veteran congressman questions where she stands
“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?”

Anaheim — Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, hugs her half-brother, Stephen Sanchez, after announcing she will run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was surrounded by family and supporters at the Santa Ana train station on Thursday. | Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Orange County, rocked the political world nearly two decades ago when she narrowly ousted a sharp-tongued Republican congressman and then defended the seat in a rematch.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Senate competitor may reveal the real Kamala Harris

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/22/2015 – 7:43 AM

It’s always perilous for politicians to tell the truth, as President Barack Obama discovered when he commented on Kamala Harris’ good looks in 2013.

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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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Orange County Register: Rep. Sanchez set to announce decision on Senate bid

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana

April 19, 2015 – Updated 10:06 p.m.
By Martin Wicskol, Staff Columnist

Before heading back to Congress after a two-week Easter recess, Rep. Loretta Sanchez stoked the buzz that she’ll be challenging Attorney General Kamala Harris next year in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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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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SFChronicle: Kamala Harris talks federal issues, but not Clinton endorsement

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about her 2016 Senate run in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

By Carla Marinucci
April 16, 2015
Updated: April 16, 2015 – 10:26pm

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris tackled some national issues Thursday, expressing support for President Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iran and for authorizing military force against the Islamic State, but she declined to take stands on Internet privacy and easing restrictions on marijuana.

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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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The Sacramento Bee: Loretta Sanchez jabs Kamala Harris as inexperienced

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, talks with supporters Friday evening at Don Ramon’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. (Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
04/11/2015 – 9:18 AM

SAN FRANCISCO

Venturing far outside her Orange County district, Rep. Loretta Sanchez gave a passionate, campaign-style talk here Friday evening, offering the strongest indication yet that she intends to enter the sleepy contest to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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Carla Marinucci

By Carla Marinucci
Friday, April 3, 2015 – Updated 9:15 pm

When U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris held a campaign kickoff in San Francisco this week, the media was barred — an unusual move that has some people complaining she’s shielding herself from the press.

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InlandPolitics: Harry Reid calls it quits

Harry Reid

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

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GOP

By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Roll Call: Voting Marathon: More Test Marketing Than Attack Ads

David Hawkings

By David Hawkings
Posted at 5 a.m. March 26

Senators readying their patience, their reading material and even their bladders for the annual ritual known as the “vote-a-rama” may rightfully be getting ready to ask, “Will it be worth it?”

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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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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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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Dr. Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation, joins Lou to talk about the sudden ousting of San Bernardino’s financial director in the midst of the city’s financial woes.

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Come Clean

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Hillary Clinton’s silence on the controversy over her e-mail use is likely to “hurt her” going forward.

By Sean Sullivan
March 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Sunday on Hillary Clinton to “step up and come out” to explain in more detail why she used a personal e-mail account to conduct government business during her time as secretary of state.

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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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SacBee: Republican Rocky Chávez launches bid for U.S. Senate seat

GOP

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/05/2015 7:46 PM

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday, offering himself as a pragmatic leader focused on strengthening national security, educational opportunities and the state economy.

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LATimes: Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline

Veto

By Lisa Mascaro
March 4, 2015

The Senate failed Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, ending for now attempts by Congress to speed up approval of the controversial energy project.

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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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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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LATimes: Kamala Harris the ‘prohibitive favorite’ for Senate, which has drawbacks

Kamala Harris

Uncertainties abound as state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris emerges as the clear early front-runner in the 2016 election for an open U.S. Senate seat. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan and Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2015

With Antonio Villaraigosa no longer a threat to her campaign for U.S. Senate, some Democratic leaders see state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris as Barbara Boxer’s inevitable successor.

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks about efforts to end a standoff over funding for the Homeland Security Department. (Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro
February 25, 2015

Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Obama declared his administration would curtail deportations of immigrants in the country illegally despite losing a court fight on the issue this month.

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InlandPolitics: Villaraigosa won’t make U.S. Senate run

No way

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

We won’t belabor the announcement by wasting time placing any media stories up on the blog.

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SacBee: Republican David Dreier urged to run for U.S. Senate

David Dreier

Rep. David Dreier, then-chairman of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team, at a press conference in 2003. (John Decker The Sacramento Bee)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/23/2015 5:19 PM

Add his name to the list of Republicans possibly contemplating what would be an uphill run for the U.S. Senate.

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Politico: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time

U.S. Senate

Senate Democrats will mount their fourth filibuster on the bill Monday afternoon.

Politico

By John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
2/22/15 – 6:17 PM EST

Late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force the fourth vote in three weeks on a bill to fund the massive agency that protects Americans from terrorists, floods and incursions across the borders. Senate Democrats will almost certainly block it again.

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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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WashPost: Abolish the filibuster

charles-krauthammer

By Charles Krauthammer
Opinion Writer
February 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

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Roll Call: Despite Court Injunction, DHS Shutdown Continues to Approach

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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KQED: Kamala Harris Strong, But Not Dominant, In New U.S. Senate Poll

Field Poll - U.S. Senate 2016

By John Myers
Feb 18, 2015

Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

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CapitolWeekly: A battle plan to ease the Democrats’ divisions

Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
Posted 02.16.2015

ANALYSIS: There are rumblings beneath the surface about the danger of a race-tinged political war breaking out within the California Democratic Party.

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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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Calbuzz: Among Latinos, Tony V Thumps Kamala for Senate

Kamala Harris+Antonio Villaraigosa

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
February 13, 2015

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris may be leading the field statewide in 2016 race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer – we won’t actually know until we see some public polling data – but it appears that among Latino voters who say they’re likely to vote, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio “Tony V” Villaraigosa is the clear favorite.

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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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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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SacBee: In California, a golden political opportunity carries risks

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02/09/2015 – 11:44 PM

WASHINGTON — A rare open contest for a U.S. Senate seat in California next year presents a long-awaited opportunity for some of the state’s more politically ambitious House members.

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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 Mark Z. Barabak
February 8, 2015

Reinvention is part of California’s credo, the inalienable right of every man, woman and child to make of themselves and their lives what they will — and do it over again, if they’re not happy the first time.

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GOP

By Seema Mehta
February 9, 2015

Unless a surprise GOP candidate emerges, the U.S. Senate race in California will mark the third straight election with the party’s top-of-the-ticket state candidate given virtually no chance of victory, even by fellow Republicans.

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LATimes: All signs point to Villaraigosa Senate run, Nuñez says

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Antonio Villaraigosa, left, then mayor of Los Angeles, with Fabian Nunez, then speaker of the Assembly, in Sacramento in 2006. (Rich Pendroncelli / AP)

By Michael Finnegan
February 5, 2015

One of Antonio Villaraigosa’s closest friends and advisors said Thursday that all signs were pointing toward the former Los Angeles mayor declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate within the next two weeks.

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LATimes: All-powerful Democrats find new adversaries: each other

George Skelton

George Skelton
February 4, 2015

Latinos feel insulted by blacks. Angelenos are suspicious of San Franciscans. Democrats are squabbling. It’s inevitable.

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SFChronicle: Ethnic battles brewing in 2016 California U.S. Senate race?

Carla Marinucci

By Carla Marinucci
February 3, 2015 4:31 PM

Could California’s open 2016 U.S. Senate race turn into a a tussle between two powerhouse Democratic ethnic voting blocs — Latinos and African Americans?

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Capitol Weekly

By John Howard
Posted 02.03.2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, pondering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, has slightly better name recognition than rival Democrat Kamala Harris and could benefit from an energized Latino electorate, according to a survey released by the Legislative Latino Caucus.

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Politico: Democrats learn to love the filibuster

democrat_donkey

Party leaders change tune now that they are in minority.

Politico

By Burgess Everett
2/3/15 – 7:30 PM EST

Senate Democrats are falling back in love with the filibuster.

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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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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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