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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

Antonio Villaraigosa+Fabian Nunez
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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Politico: Barack Obama threatens to veto attacks on his immigration policy

Politico

He also took aim at Republican arguments that a lapse in DHS funding would not be ‘the end of the world.’

By Lauren French
1/29/15 8:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama vowed to House Democrats on Thursday night that he would “happily” veto any legislation that would “compound” the country’s immigration problems — posing yet another challenge to Republican efforts to pass a Homeland Security spending bill by next month’s deadline.

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WashPost: Democrats stall Keystone bill in Senate, dealing blow to GOP

Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/Files)

By Sean Sullivan
January 26, 2016 at 6:18 PM

**This post has been updated**

Senate Democrats stalled the Republican-led push to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline on Monday, dealing the first significant blow to the new Republican majority less than three weeks after being sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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LATimes: Tom Steyer’s exit shifts Senate race focus to Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, shown in Sacramento in 2013, is weighing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan
January 22, 2015

With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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SacBee: Opinion: U.S. Senate race sees a big pullout

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 8:18 PM

For two weeks, ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer declared she would not run for a fifth term in 2016, hedge fund billionaire/environmental activist Tom Steyer had conducted a Hamlet-like soliloquy.

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SacBee: Tom Steyer will not run for Boxer Senate seat

Tom Steyer

Steyer

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 1:10 PM

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will not be a candidate to succeed U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer and instead will continue his focus on helping Democrats and working to reverse the effects of global climate change.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa(Ethan Miller)

National Journal

Kamala Harris is getting national buzz, but there’s a counter-movement building on behalf of a potential rival.

By Andrea Drusch
January 21, 2015

With only weeks gone but years left in California’s Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris’ candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner.

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Politico: Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats

Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa

Attorney General Kamala Harris , right with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks at a news conference regarding criminal and civil responses to mortgage fraud in Los Angeles Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Politico

The rush by Democrats in Washington to back California’s Kamala Harris for Senate raises hackles.

By Alex Isenstadt
1/21/15 – 8:03 PM EST

The procession of prominent Washington Democrats who lined up last week to sing the praises of California Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senate had the feel of an anointment. Sen. Cory Booker said he was “so excited” about her candidacy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Harris, a favorite of the Obama White House, “smart” and “tough.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told supporters she needed Harris “by my side.”

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SacBee: Steyer outlining one-term objectives for U.S. Senate

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist weighing a run for U.S. Senate in California, in San Francisco, Feb. 13, 2014. (Jason Henry/The New York Times)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/18/2015 4:50 PM

Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate change activist weighing a run for U.S. Senate, is telling potential supporters he would commit to serving only one term if he can’t reach goals dealing with the environment, economy and education within six years.

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SacBee: Villaraigosa making moves ahead of possible Senate run

Antonio Villaraigosa

Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greets customers at Pink’s Hot Dogs as part of a farewell tour before leaving office in 2013. His next move could be to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. That would require him to defeat Attorney General Kamala Harris, an ally in previous campaigns. (Nick Ut/Associated Press-file)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 11:12 PM

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa planned to use the year to, as he put it recently, continue on a journey of reflection.

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CCTimes: Tom Steyer looks good in his own Senate 2016 poll

Josh Richman

By Josh Richman
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 12:13 am

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday he’s considering whether to run for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016, but apparently he’s been mulling this for a while: A polling memo shows he commissioned a survey on his chances in mid-December.

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George Skelton

George Skelton, Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2015
george.skelton​@latimes.com
@latimesskelton

Who will be California’s next U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer?

It’ll be another Democrat, bet on that.

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Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement could set up a nightmare election scenario for Democrats.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

National Journal

Or the way Republicans could find themselves shut out of the general election altogether.
By Scott Bland
January 13, 2015

Democrats are far-and-away favored to keep Sen. Barbara Boxer’s California Senate seat when she retires in 2016. They may even be able to shut Republicans out of the general election altogether. But, with both parties still feeling their way through recent and radical changes to the state’s rules for primary races, Democratic insiders see a nightmare scenario in which they fumble away the seat before the general election even begins.

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InlandPolitics: Constitutional office vacancies filled by Governor

Question Mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

To answer a question from several readers.

In the event California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) takes the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), Governor Jerry Brown (D), not voters, will pick her successor.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 11:29 PM

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate dissipates some of the fog that has been obscuring California’s political landscape.

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InlandPolitics: Harris to run for U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

Monday, January 12, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, who announced last week that she would not seek another term in 2016.

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Joe Garofoli

By Joe Garofoli
January 8, 2015 – 12:51 PM

Nothing like a political power vacuum to elicit the quality present in all politicians: the innate ability to suck up.

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SacBee: Opinion: Sen. Boxer’s retirement opens door

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 11:32 PM

Feeding frenzy. Musical chairs. Horse race. Free-for-all.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Senate: Barbara Boxer retiring

Barbara Boxer

Thursday, January 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) has announced she will retire at the end of her current term, which ends in December 2016.

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Politico: Obama’s year of the veto

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President Barack Obama is pictured. | Getty

President opposes first legislative move by GOP-controlled Congress.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
1/6/15 8:51 PM EST

President Barack Obama’s Keystone veto threat Tuesday was the opening gambit in his fight with the new Republican majorities in Congress looking to derail his post-midterm momentum.

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WashPost: New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary

Mitch McConnell

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview Dec. 17 in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Politics
By Paul Kane
January 4 at 7:26 PM

Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be “scary.”

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Politico: GOP leaders staring at cliffs

Boehner And McConnell Address The Media At The Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 29: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) answer questions at the U.S. Capitol February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Boehner and McConnell spoke about their luncheon with U.S. President Barack Obama and the topics discussed, including energy prices and a pending jobs bill in the House of Representatives. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boehner, McConnell have big plans and big obstacles.
By Jake Sherman and Burgess Everett
1/4/15 5:28 PM EST
Updated 1/4/15 5:34 PM EST

Republican leaders think 2015 is their year.

They just won control of the Senate and have a historic majority in the House. The presidential election hasn’t yet begun. President Barack Obama says he wants to engage with Capitol Hill. For the first time in a while, there seems to be a genuine thirst for getting something done.

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Politico: Chief congressional budget post gains new power

PoliticoPro

By Brian Faler
1/2/15 – 4:01 PM EST

The question of who will be Congress’ next chief number-cruncher has suddenly gotten a lot more important.

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Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

PoliticoPro

By Andrew Restuccia
1/2/15 – 2:48 PM EST

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to vote on legislation approving the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday.

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The Hill: Budget war looms for Obama, GOP

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 01/01/15 – 06:00 AM EST

The federal budget is almost certain to be the central battleground between President Obama and the new Republican Congress in 2015.

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U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
December 31, 2014

The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation’s capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown.

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Politico: Obama nominees in doubt

Politico

Democrats pushed through dozens in December, but Republicans have all the leverage now.
By Burgess Everett
12/29/14 9:02 PM EST

Democrats are still dancing in the end zone after running up the score on dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees during the lame duck.

They should enjoy the moment, because Republicans are about to step up their goal-line defense.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Marijuana
Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

SFChronicle: New law could affect criminal sentences in marijuana cases

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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Bloomberg: The 113th Congress Was the Second Least Productive in History

U.S. Capitol

By David Knowles
Dec 21, 2014 – 3:50 PM PST

If not for President Obama signing 61 bills into law late last week, a new heir to the title of “Do-Nothing Congress” would have been named.

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Affordable Care Act

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

Republicans say they have the will to bring down Obamacare — and many are eyeing a little-known, little-used budget too called “reconciliation” to do so.

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SFChronicle: The opposite of intelligence: Spy versus DiFi

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 10:11 am, Saturday, December 20, 2014

The needle already was in the haystack. That essentially is the message embedded in the Democrats’ Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on CIA interrogations and detentions, approved without a single Republican vote and released by committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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Politico: Ted Cruz apologizes for weekend flap

Republican Senators Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Hold News Conference On Immigration

By Manu Raju
12/16/14 3:25 PM EST
Updated 12/16/14 4:27 PM EST

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo

Politico

By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Politico

Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
By DAVID ROGERS
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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WashPost: In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal

U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare gambit

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to local lawmakers behind closed doors during a news conference at the Warren County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday, June 17, 2011. McConnell is disputing the Justice Department’s defense of prosecuting terrorism suspects in Kentucky, saying the case is unique. McConnell wants the two Iraqis tried in Guantanamo Bay rather than in civilian court in Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)

Politico

Behind closed doors, Republicans are plotting one last tilt at the Affordable Care Act.
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Manu Raju
12/8/14 8:15 PM EST

In high-level strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Republicans are going through reams of historical information and sitting through marathon slide show presentations, trying to figure out how to gut Obamacare through a complicated budget process that requires only a simple majority — a sign of how seriously they’re taking their best shot yet at dealing a long-term blow to the health care law.

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BloombergPolitics
An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

GOP

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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pensions

By Michael A. Fletcher
December 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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Reuters: Republican knives out for Obama’s medical devices tax

repeal

By Kevin Drawbaugh
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:53pm EST

Washington–

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday.

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ObamaCare

Individual party members are refloating their proposals, but leadership isn’t going to push forward on any of them.

By Sam Baker
November 12, 2014

Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will never die, and yet it is not really alive. It is the undead—and it has risen again.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!

ObamaCare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote checks to Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, as well as House GOP leader John Boehner and Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi. | AP Photo

PoliticoPro
By Tony Romm
11/11/14 5:05 AM EST

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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Politico: The Democrats’ lost generation

Bill Clinton, Michelle Nunn, Jason Cater

Former President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Jason Carter, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn. | AP Photo

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/6/14 5:01 AM EST

As Democrats take stock of their grievous losses in the 2014 elections, party leaders are confronting a challenge perhaps even more daunting than their defeats in the House and Senate: the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.

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