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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

By Joe Garofoli
May 13, 2016
Updated: May 13, 2016 – 2:57pm

California’s U.S. Senate race has been overshadowed by the high-profile presidential campaign but that might change a bit Friday when Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez launched TV commercials.

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U.S. Senate Debate - 051016

Phil Willon, John Myers
May 10, 2016

U.S. Senate hopeful Kamala Harris found herself under attack Tuesday night during a fiery debate where she was accused of putting her political ambitions ahead of serving Californians as state Attorney General and pressed about why she hasn’t investigated police shootings.

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Southern California News Group: Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate: Endorsement

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) shares remarks at Girl Scouts At 100: The Launch of ToGetHerThere at Capitol Hill Cannon House Office Bldg, Caucus Room on Feb. 1, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of America)

By The Southern California News Group, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 05/06/16 – 4:50 PM PDT |

California in November will elect a new U.S. senator for the first time in 24 years. To replace four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer, who decided not to seek re-election, we endorse Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, because she has demonstrated incredible judgment on the most crucial issues of our generation, taking tough stands in the face of tremendous opposition.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: No wounds inflicted by California Senate debate

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 26, 2016 – 3:50 PM

  • 34 Californians running for U.S. Senate this year
  • Which two will finish 1-2 in primary and face each other?
  • Monday’s debate among five candidates left Sanchez still standing

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire has inspired 34 men and women to seek her U.S. Senate seat this year.

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The Sacramento Bee: U.S. Senate candidates’ styles emerge in first debate

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 25, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

Stockton–

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez offered contrasting styles Monday in the first televised debate of the U.S. Senate contest, while a trio of Republicans leapt at the chance to participate in a bipartisan skirmish.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez gestures on the steps of a congressional office building in Washington during orientation week for new members of Congress. (Alex Garcia / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon and Noah Bierman
April 22, 2016

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s easygoing, neighborly style has won over Orange County voters for two decades, but that blessing has come with a nettlesome curse: the occasional, stinging political gaffe.

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Los Angeles Times: Female politicians are losing ground in California

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, from left, talks with Democratic U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro, Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio on the steps of the Capitol. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Phil Willon
April 13, 2016

The calls to Encino attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik came every few weeks, pleading for her to run for the California state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Fran Pavley.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 8, 2016 – 1:00 PM

  • 48 percent of likely voters don’t have a candidate in mind
  • Harris, Sanchez continue to hold down top two positions
  • Pollster describes ‘extremely quiet’ contest

Californians have the rare opportunity to vote for a new U.S. senator in two months – but nearly half of likely voters still haven’t settled on a candidate, according to the latest Field Poll.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 3, 2016 – 8:01 AM

  • Democrats Harris and Sanchez running 1-2 in polls
  • If primary ends that way, they will face each other again
  • Republican and independent voters may be decisive

Bill Carrick, the veteran political consultant who advises U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, was obviously elated last month by a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, and Sen. Richard M. Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, at a meeting on Capitol Hill in February. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Cathleen Decker
March 31, 2016

Don’t ask Dianne Feinstein just yet whether she plans to run for a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate, a seat that will be on the ballot in 2018.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), left, and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. (AP)

Phil Willon
March 28, 2016

California’s U.S. Senate campaign appears stuck in a political stasis, with nearly a third of voters still undecided about who to support in a race lost in the shadow of the nation’s presidential contest, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
March 23, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

With just over three months to go before the state’s June primary election, Democrats Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana have more voter support than their Republican rivals in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Loretta Sanchez

I’m the most qualified for the U.S. Senate, says Rep. Loretta Sanchez. The 20-year veteran of Congress is running against California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the June 7 primary.

By Sean Cockerham
scockerham@mcclatchydc.com
March 22, 2016 – 10:50 AM

  • Sanchez is running in the June primary to replace Barbara Boxer, who’s retiring
  • A rare elected Democrat from Orange County, she’s served in Congress for two decades
  • Statements have stirred controversy, but she’s gained respect on military issues

WASHINGTON —

Whether she’s sending out cat Christmas cards, mimicking a Native American war whoop, or suggesting that up to 20 percent of Muslims might resort to violence to overthrow the Western way of life, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California is known as much for her personality as her policy.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Kamala Harris makes campaign stop at union office

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hosts a forum at Service Employees International Union Local 721 in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Milka Soko)

Published: Feb. 21, 2016 – Updated: 5:38 p.m.

  • California’s attorney general is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate.

It makes sense, financially and otherwise, to spend on measures to prevent children from becoming criminals as adults, California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said during a campaign stop in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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

Politico: GOP keeps door ajar on SCOTUS consideration

Scalia Chamber Seat Draped

The draped seat of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away Saturday.

By Burgess Everett
Published: 02/16/16 – 07:24 PM EST
Updated 02/16/16 – 08:38 PM EST

  • Some Republicans are getting queasy over the optics of barring a Supreme Court nominee from even a courtesy hearing.

Mitch McConnell’s message to the White House after Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday seemed unequivocal: Don’t even bother sending a Supreme Court nominee to Congress, we won’t act on it.

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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