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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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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 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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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
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
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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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

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
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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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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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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U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (Left) and Dianne Feinstein (Right).

By Seema Mehta
November 7, 2014

Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California’s most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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SJMercuryNews: California watches and waits as Senate’s fate is decided


By Josh Richman
Posted: 10/17/2014 03:16:45 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2014 06:34:14 PM PDT

Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize — the reins of the U.S. Senate.

But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty


By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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LATimes: Letter shows Edison anticipated problems with San Onofre generators

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2013, 10:52 p.m.

A letter from a Southern California Edison executive shows the company became concerned about the potential for serious design flaws in replacement steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant as early as 2004.

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LATimes: Officials rejected some changes to crippled San Onofre generators

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

Southern California — this just in
March 8, 2013 | 3:52 pm

A report on the root causes of problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant shows that officials considered making design changes to the plant’s new steam generators before they were installed but rejected some fixes in part because they would require further regulatory approvals.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Obama nominates Jesus Bernal to federal bench


Published: 25 April 2012 05:56 PM

President Obama has nominated Jesus Bernal, who heads the Inland-area public defender’s office in Riverside, as a judge for the vacant federal court bench in Riverside, Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office announced Wednesday.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: “Lady Liberty” crashes the party

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley/The Press-Enterprise

Published: 22 January 2012 07:52 PM

Workin’ It

When Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. visited Riverside last week, a lot of the discussion was about the jobs created by goods movement and related construction projects such as the Magnolia Avenue underpass.

Add Laurence Parker to the job-creation list. Parker, waving an American flag and dressed as the Statue of Liberty, crashed Boxer’s presser to get a little attention for Liberty Tax Service, which has an office on Magnolia just north of the underpass. Usually he just stands in front of the office to draw the attention of drivers, much like a sign-spinner.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Boxer touts Magnolia underpass as priority project

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer


Published: 18 January 2012 06:35 PM

Riverside’s Magnolia Avenue underpass served as the backdrop Wednesday for a push by Sen. Barbara Boxer to encourage more federal investment in local projects that create jobs, ease traffic and get trucks and trains to their destinations quicker.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Tax cut extension plans split Inland delegation

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona./The Press-Enterprise

The region’s politicians in Washington are split along partisan lines about how to extend tax cuts and jobless aid

Published: 13 December 2011 08:28 PM

WASHINGTON — As the debate over extending a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut and benefits for the unemployed nears a crescendo in Congress, few corners of the nation have more at stake than does economically battered Inland Southern California.

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The PE: CONGRESS: How Inland representatives voted

Published: 03 December 2011 05:25 PM

Here is how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Dec. 2.


RULES FOR UNION ELECTIONS: Voting 235 for and 188 against, the House on Nov. 30 passed a Republican bill (HR 3094) to block a proposed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule to quicken the pace of union elections. Now before the Senate, the bill targets a labor-relations rule that could take effect by year’s end. Under the rule, elections on whether to form into a collective-bargaining unit could be held as soon as 10 days after the NLRB certifies the election petition. The bill would require a wait of at least 35 days to give employers more time to attempt to persuade workers to reject unionization, and it would give employers more say in determining which workers are eligible for the bargaining unit.

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The PE: POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Issa tops congressional wealth list


Published: 27 November 2011 07:24 PM

Once again, Inland Rep. Darrell Issa has been placed atop a list of the richest members of Congress.

Issa, R-Vista, whose invention of the Viper car alarm helped him amass a fortune, is worth at least $195 million and possibly more than $700 million, according to a report released this month by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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SacBee: Consulant Dave Gilliard’s attack on Sen. Barbara Boxer paid off

Administrators Note: Gilliard is consultant to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, a registered democrat.

The Swarm
Mix it up with The Bee’s editorial board.
October 7, 2011

At this time last year, an obscure shell of a corporation called Taxpayer Network aired an attack on Sen. Barbara Boxer.

If the ad’s intended effect was to defeat Boxer, it failed. Boxer won reelection. But the ad did help line a few pockets, a document released a year later shows.

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The PE: TRANSPORTATION: Congress eyes bill vital to Inland area

TRANSPORTATION: Congress eyes bill vital to Inland area

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 1, 2011


California would lose more than $4.6 billion and as many as 164,000 jobs if Congress fails this month to extend federal transportation legislation that funds road, bridge and rail projects around the country, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday.

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SacBee: Field Poll says Feinstein backing is below 50%



By Michael Doyle
Published: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 8:01 am

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein remains more popular among California voters than her colleague Barbara Boxer, a new Field Poll shows.

But Feinstein can’t rest easy as she prepares for another re-election bid next year. For the first time since her initial 1992 election, less than half of the Californians surveyed consider themselves leaning toward Feinstein.

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DesertSun: Debate heats up between Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Mary Bono Mack


Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Sen. Barbara Boxer


10:36 AM, Mar. 4, 2011 |
Written by PAUL C. BARTON
Desert Sun Washington Bureau

As the crow flies, the hometowns of Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Sen. Barbara Boxer — Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage — lie within 10 miles of each other.

But when it comes to challenges facing the federal government, Bono Mack and Boxer might as well hail from different planets.

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DailyBulletin (AP): Health care repeal fails in Senate

By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 02/02/2011 05:22:19 PM PST

As expected, the Senate has rejected a Republican attempt to repeal the year-old health care law.

The ultimate fate of the controversial law is expected to be determined by the Supreme Court. But congressional Republicans emboldened by gains in last fall’s elections have made a priority of trying to wipe it off the books.

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The Sun: Boxer, Feinstein call for chromium limit

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 03:11:01 PM PST

California’s U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

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InlandPolitics: Republican wave starts early

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 – 5:30 p.m.

This evenings early election results so far have a good night in store for republicans, who are slated to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and cut democrats to a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans will also take over a majority of statehouse governorships.

A dramatic drop in democratic turnout in California leaves the races for Governor and U.S. Senate uncertain at this hour.

InlandPolitics: Post-election poll analysis will prove interesting

Sunday, October 31, 2010 – 5:15 p.m.

Regardless of who wins or loses on election night, it will be interesting to hear the excuses from the pollsters about their prognostications.

The Field Poll and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll, California’s two most widely-used, gave everyone an eye full the past two weeks with what appear to be wildly off-base polling numbers.

The number almost deserved the mocking endured by the Times/USC Poll.

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The PE: Inland region looms as election wild card

10:09 AM PDT on Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

SACRAMENTO – In 2006, the last time candidates for governor and U.S. senator shared a ballot, large majorities of voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties helped re-elect Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

Leading into Tuesday’s election, the economically battered two-county region is a big piece of the campaigns by Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina to win hard-fought contests for governor and Senate.

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Brown opens a 13-stop caravan in Oakland as Whitman courts independents and women in San Diego and Orange counties. Fiorina is in Seal Beach as a Boxer spot featuring President Obama hits the air.

Meg Whitman traveled to San Diego and Orange counties Saturday trying to appeal to independents and women. “We have a chance to … put the first woman governor in California in office,” she said. (Lenny Ignelzi, Associated Press / October 30, 2010)

By Cathleen Decker and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2010

Reporting from Los Angeles and Fresno —
Buffeted by advertising, besieged by phone calls, buried in campaign mailers, California voters on Tuesday will close out an election for the history books, its massive outlay part of a Republican effort to ride a national wave of enthusiasm and a Democratic attempt to turn out voters less motivated this year than in the landmark presidential election of 2008.

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By Rob Hotakainen
Published: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Kicking off a three-day get-out-the-vote tour with a visit to Sacramento, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina urged Californians Saturday “to finally retire” Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, calling the incumbent a career politician who has not done enough to bring new jobs to the state.

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LATimes: Michelle Obama campaigns for Barbara Boxer in L.A.

The first lady tells about 1,000 supporters that Boxer, who is seeking a fourth Senate term, is an important advocate for the middle class and the Democratic Party agenda in Washington, D.C.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama lent her considerable star power to Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday, telling hundreds of supporters in the Mid-Wilshire area that the three-term senator was a critical advocate for the middle class and the Democratic agenda in Washington, D.C.

Obama described Boxer as passionately supportive of members of the U.S. military and their families, as well as small businesses.

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SFChronicle: Carly Fiorina surging as Meg Whitman falls back

Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

(10-26) 04:00 PDT Washington – —

The Republican woman who has the best chance to win in California on Nov. 2 is not billionaire Meg Whitman, who has spent more than $140 million of her own money to make sure every living thing knows who she is. It’s Carly Fiorina, another former Silicon Valley CEO with thinner pockets but a looser campaign style who has drawn incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer into a dead heat.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 25, 2010 | 8:04 am

With outside groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce already pouring in millions to defeat California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced a $3-million independent expenditure for television ads in the final week of the campaign.

The committee, which rarely makes major expenditures in California, had already spent the maximum allowed — $4.8 million — in coordinated expenditures with GOP nominee Carly Fiorina’s campaign in what it views as a highly competitive race.

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CaliforniaWatch: Boxer once profited from exclusive IPOs


California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

October 25, 2010 | Chase Davis

For all of the ink and airtime devoted to criticizing Republican Meg Whitman’s stock deals, she’s not the only top-of-the-ticket candidate who benefited from early access to initial public offerings, or IPOs.

At least twice during her political career, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer turned quick profits on IPOs that were unavailable to the general public, records and published reports show [PDF]. The transactions, which were made public in 1994 and 2000, allowed her exclusive access to several lucrative investments.

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By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer,

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 3:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Buoyed by polls that show a tightening race, Republican Senate challenger Carly Fiorina says she is hopeful California voters will make national news on Nov. 2 by ousting incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina greeted volunteers at Republican headquarters in Sacramento on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: LATimes/USC polling becomes more laughable

Sunday, October 24, 2010 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Updated: October 24, 2010 – 03:30 p.m.

This weekend we were all treated to another LA Times/USC poll.

However, instead of being disgusted, I rolled on the floor laughing.

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In Santa Monica, Boxer urges backers to ‘volunteer’ or ‘give another five bucks.’ In Silicon Valley, Fiorina peps up phone bank workers. In L.A. and San Jose, Whitman targets Asian American votes. Brown is out of sight.

By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2010

Candidates for California’s statewide offices worked to drum up support Saturday, touting their own records and proposals as they sought to blunt any movement by their opponents.

With early voters already able to cast ballots, what used to be a last-minute flurry to get out the vote has been extended dramatically, and the candidates were vying for any advantage Saturday.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 23, 2010 | 1:33 pm

Sen. Barbara Boxer, in the toughest reelection battle she has faced in decades, on Saturday painted her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina as an extremist on environmental issues who supports new offshore oil drilling.

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OCRegister: Making sense of pre-election political polls

October 21st, 2010, 1:41 pm · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

At least five public polls have been released in the past week, some of which have different candidates ahead in the governor and U.S. Senate races. And there’s good reason why their results vary.

“They all have a different view of who the likely voter will be,” said election handicapper Allan Hoffenblum. “Nobody has the foggiest idea what the turnout will be.”

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LATimes: Fiorina presents a sharp contrast in images

By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

One night a few years back, a California communications executive named Deborah Bowker was worried about her husband, who was sick and hospitalized. An old friend told her she shouldn’t be alone, that she should come over and stay the night.

The guest bedroom at the friend’s house was used most often by grandchildren, and contained two tiny beds. That night, Bowker was crying herself to sleep in one of them when the door cracked open. Without a word, Carly Fiorina padded across the room and crawled into the other bed.

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OCRegister: PPIC poll: Brown, Boxer lead

October 20th, 2010, 9:00 pm · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California gives Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer larger leads than other recent polls, but also continues trends of other major polls.

PPIC shows Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Brown leading Republican Meg Whitman, 44 percent to 36 percent among likely voters. Last month, PPIC had Whitman up by 1 point.’s aggregation of polls shows Brown taking the lead in most surveys since mid-September, and now holding an average of a 3.8-percentage point lead.

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Calbuzz: PPIC Poll: Why Jerry and Babs Lead Meg and Carly

October 20, 2010

Propelled by his standing among Democrats, Latinos, women, liberals and especially moderates, Jerry Brown is leading Meg Whitman 44-36% in the latest survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, which also finds Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina 43-38%.

Despite her massive spending – which is expected to reach $180 million – Republican Whitman has been unable to break away from Democrat Brown except among Republicans, conservatives and Southern Californians outside of Los Angeles.

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By Jack Chang
Published: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Top state Democrats acknowledged Wednesday that they’ll face an uphill climb to turn out voters next month given the sour national mood and a massive Republican get-out-the-vote operation financed by billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

California Labor Federation head Art Pulaski said the GOP’s turnout advantage could give Republican candidates an extra percentage point or two of voter support on Election Day.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 20, 2010 | 3:45 pm

Candidates may be running away from President Obama elsewhere, but not in California. Earlier this week, the president cut a new radio ad for Barbara Boxer. And on Friday, Obama is heading to California for an appearance to help boost the Democratic ticket, which finds itself on uncertain political footing less than two weeks before Election Day.

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WilsonResearch: California – Whitman and Fiorina take lead in ‘live’ poll

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 05:25 p.m.

Both republican nominees for California Governor and U.S. Senate took narrow leads over their democratic rivals in a rare live telephone poll conducted for the period October 13-14.

The poll conducted by Washington D.C.-based Wilson Research Strategies (WRS) sampled 800 likely voters on their preferences.

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Barbara Boxer (left) is trying to paint Carly Fiorina as too conservative for traditionally Democratic California.


By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 10/19/10 2:51 PM EDT Updated: 10/20/10 6:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California’s Senate slugfest has turned into a battle of extremes as both candidates play to their political bases while still trying to entice support from the moderate middle.

Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer’s campaign is using red-meat rhetoric against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, calling her way too conservative for this traditionally blue state — so extreme that she’d become a key Senate vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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SacBee: Fiorina says she wants to bring jobs back to U.S.


By Susan Ferriss
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, under campaign fire for outsourcing jobs as a CEO, showcased an economic platform Tuesday that includes a tax break for businesses that bring jobs home.

Speaking to female business owners at a Sacramento-area restaurant, she called for a five-year tax holiday for startup businesses and a 10-year tax holiday for existing businesses that repatriate jobs that were exported.

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Hon. Willie Brown

Politics Blog

Posted By: Joe Garofoli | October 19 2010 at 12:08 PM

Just got back from Willie Brown’s annual pre-election breakfast in San Francisco — a place for donors and pols to schmooze. Even Guv Schwarzenegger showed up (to a standing O, no less).

After we fought through the line of folks there to kiss Willie’s ring afterwards, we asked the Da Mayor about something one of the morning’s speakers, former Gov. Gray Davis campaign czar Garry South, said about the lack of a Democratic ground operation.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Carolyn Lochhead | October 19 2010 at 08:41 AM

As promised to our intrepid Joe Garofoli, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has unloaded an estimated $1.25 million in new ads aiming to knock out incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, October 18, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina touted her job-creation plan Monday at a shuttered San Bernardino car dealership and slammed Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer for failing to work harder to stem rising unemployment.

“This election is about her record,” Fiorina said in the former showroom of the closed Mitsubishi dealer. “This election is about jobs.”

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Carly Fiorina                  Barbara Boxer

By Rob Hotakainen
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 – 1:25 am

WASHINGTON – They may not agree on much, but Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and her GOP rival, former businesswoman Carly Fiorina, are eagerly airing the federal stimulus program in this fall’s red-hot Senate campaign.

Both have been using human examples to argue their case.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Carolyn Lochhead | October 18 2010 at 05:02 PM

As prelude to President Obama’s actual arrival for private fundraisers in the Palo Alto area Thursday and a rally and fundraiser in Los Angeles Friday for incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, the prez is featured on a new radio ad for Boxer.

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Politico: The Democrats’ brutal weekend

Two members of a Republican rally in Anaheim, Calif. | AP photo

In the eyes of the experts, the House Democratic majority most likely won’t survive Nov. 2

By JAMES HOHMANN | 10/17/10 6:10 PM EDT Updated: 10/18/10 5:06 AM EDT

More bad polls. More bad fundraising numbers. More dreary talk on the Sunday shows.

It added up to a brutal weekend for Democrats, as the consensus among election analysts, already bearish on the party’s prospects, took a turn for the worse over the past 48 hours.

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On politics in the Golden State
October 16, 2010 | 1:40 pm

Former Republican presidential contender John McCain reunited with his onetime advisor Carly Fiorina on the campaign trail Saturday in San Diego, offering a blistering indictment of Barbara Boxer’s record on military issues and calling her the “most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today” — an assessment he said he’d made while having “the unpleasant experience” of serving with her.

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InlandPolitics: New poll has Whitman, Fiorina closing gap

Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

The latest poll released Friday afternoon has the races for California Governor and U.S. Senate tightening.

A poll released by Reuters/Ipsos has democrat Jerry Brown leading republican Meg Whitman 48% to 44% in the race for Governor. Democrat Barbara Boxer is only edging republican Carly Fiorina 46% to 45%.

Fiorina has been steadily closing in on Boxer over the past ten days, while the Whitman-Brown polling numbers appear to have become more fluid.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Carolyn Lochhead | October 15 2010 at 02:19 PM

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the race between incumbent California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a dead heat — with Boxer just one point ahead, 46 to 45 percent of likely voters — and 18 days to go to election day.

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RasmussenReports: CA – U.S. Senate: Boxer (D) 49%, Fiorina (R) 46%

Barbara Boxer                  Carly Fiorina

Election 2010: California Senate

California Senate: Boxer (D), Fiorina (R) Remain Close
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer continues to hold the slightest of leads over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in California’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California shows Boxer with 49% support and Fiorina with 46%. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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By PE Politics
on October 12, 2010 5:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer voted early today in Riverside, and likely cast her vote for a host of statewide propositions on the November ballot.

But after dropping off her ballot, Boxer did not say how she weighed in on five of those measures — propositions 21, 22, 24, 25 and 26. She already has taken a public stance on propositions 19, 20, 23 and 27.

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LATimes: U.S. Senate candidates share little common ground

Boxer                           Fiorina


Barbara Boxer is a staunch supporter of President Obama’s policies. Carly Fiorina sees tax cuts and lower federal spending as the way to fix the economy.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2010

In an election year when voters have soured on their leaders and are deeply anxious about the glacial pace of economic recovery, the two candidates vying for California’s U.S. Senate seat have offered sharply different visions for the federal government’s role in guiding the country out of recession, as well as disagreeing on almost everything else.

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LATimes: Fiorina steps up efforts to reach out to Latinos

The Republican Senate candidate says she plans to make sure Latino voters ‘understand who I am’ while making the case that Sen. Boxer is ‘no friend of the Latino community.’

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina shakes hands with officials at a trucking company during a campaign appearance. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / October 1, 2010)

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2010

Reporting from San Diego —
Although she has struggled to capture the support of Latinos in her race against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina said Tuesday that she was mounting an aggressive campaign to reach that key segment of voters before election day.

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LATimes: Fiorina and NRSC air new ad attacking Boxer

On politics in the Golden State
October 4, 2010 | 4:11 pm

The campaign of Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have joined forces to air a new ad that accuses Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of presiding over a state that has fallen into disrepair.

NRSC officials initially said they planned to spend at least $1.75 million to help Fiorina during the final week of her campaign to unseat the three-term senator. But after several weeks in which Fiorina has slid behind Boxer in the polls, the NRSC has moved up the timing — devoting $2 million to reinforce the message of the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive.

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SacBee: Boxer faces her toughest Senate race ever


By Rob Hotakainen
Published: Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

WASHINGTON – Few would deny that Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is a polarizing figure in Washington and a power broker in Congress.

As she navigates her most difficult race in years, however, her record is on trial.

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The PE: How They Voted for week ending October 1st

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, October 2, 2010


From Roll Call Report Syndicate, ©2010, Thomas Voting Reports, Inc. Here’s how area members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes in the week ending October 1.


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Calbuzz: PPIC: Brown, Whitman Tied; Boxer Leading Fiorina

September 29, 2010

A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California finds the races for governor and Senate just about where the Field Poll had them – with Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in a dead heat for governor and Barbara Boxer leading Carly Fiorina in the race for U.S. Senate.

About the only significant shift PPIC found was a movement among those they identified as independents, who shifted 10 points in favor of Whitman, with Whitman now at 38% and Brown at 30% compared to July when Brown had 30% and Whitman had 28%. More on this odd finding later.*

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By Jack Chang
Published: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 – 6:23 am

PASADENA – The second debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina erupted Wednesday into charges that each candidate was too extreme for California.

The two women took contrasting stands on abortion, health care reform and climate change legislation.

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LATimes: Boxer, Fiorina plan public radio debate Wednesday

Barbara Boxer                Carly Fiorina

The hourlong confrontation may be the Senate candidates’ last before the Nov. 2 election.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2010

As they head into what could be their final debate, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, are appealing to voters on parallel tracks, each chipping away at the other’s character on the airwaves and each trying to persuade voters that she has a superior approach to turning the economy around.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Two tight California races loom once again

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

On election night in 1982, California Democrats gathered in downtown Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel for what they hoped would be victory celebrations in two intense, very tight contests for governor and U.S. senator.

Supporters of outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrats’ Senate candidate, and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, their gubernatorial hopeful, filled adjacent ballrooms. And as the election closed at 8 p.m., the state’s leading pollster, Mervin Field, appeared on a local television station with results from “exit polls” of the day’s voters.

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InlandPolitics: Democrat-leaning poll numbers skew averages

Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.

Over the last seven days we have been treated to a series of interesting poll numbers in the races for California Governor and U.S. Senate.

At times, polling results can generate public perception as to who the anointed-one will be. Sometimes they don’t. Never-the-less it’s a powerful suggestion.

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LATimes: Brown leads Whitman 49%-44% in poll

Administrator’s Note: You can always tell which candidate the newspaper favors by the photo expression.


Boxer leads Fiorina 51%-43% in Senate race, survey finds. Both Republicans are hampered by voters’ negative impressions of them, poll says.

Whitman, Brown, Boxer, Fiorina

Whitman has given a record $119 million to her campaign but is losing popularity. Brown leads among women and Latinos; but younger voters are only narrowly in his corner. Boxer led 44% to 35% when voters were asked who best understood them. Fiorina’s biggest headwind may be her opposition to President Obama. (Lucy Nicholson, Reuters; Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times; Justin Sullivan, Getty Images; Justin Sullivan; Pool Photo)

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2010|9:43 a.m.

Democrat Jerry Brown has moved into a narrow lead over Republican Meg Whitman in their fractious contest for governor, while his party colleague Barbara Boxer has opened a wider margin over GOP nominee Carly Fiorina in the race for U.S. Senate, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll has found.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer widens lead over Fiorina in poll

Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 24, 2010

Although her job performance ratings are at an all-time low, Sen. Barbara Boxer has increased her lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in California’s U.S. Senate race, with the three-term incumbent leading the former Hewlett-Packard CEO 47 to 41 percent, according to a Field Poll released today.

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September 23rd, 2010, 7:44 pm · posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

Carly Fiorina takes a swipe at Barbara Boxer’s “arrogance” in Fiorna’s first television ad of the general election.

Entitled “Sir,” the ad replays the now-infamous exchange between the Democratic U.S. Senator and Army Corp. of Engineer Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh in June 2009 at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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Politics Blog

Posted By: Carla Marinucci | September 23 2010 at 10:00 PM

Talk about your political throwdown: there were moments during Thursday’s Bay Area Council debate between GOP blogger, strategist and party vice chair Jon Fleischman and Democratic consultant Garry South when you needed a flak jacket just to watch the action.

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SFChronicle: Fiorina rips ‘millionaire’ Boxer

Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, September 17, 2010

Carly Fiorina talks to the Chronicle Editorial Board in the publisher’s conference room at the San Francisco Chronicle in San Francisco on Thursday, Sept 16, 2010.

(09-16) 20:09 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling a combative round in the California U.S. Senate contest, Republican Carly Fiorina on Thursday defended her new attack ad on “millionaire” U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, charging that the Democrat has consistently tried to “play class warfare” on the issues.

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FOXNews/POR: CA Gov 10′ – Whitman(R) 49%, Brown(D) 43%

Fox News Polls Track Midterm Election Races in 5 Key States

By Chris Stirewalt
Published September 14, 2010

Florida GOP Senate nominee Marco Rubio has jumped to a 16-point lead over independent Charlie Crist, according to the latest Fox News poll, as Republicans make gains across the country on dissatisfaction with President Obama’s agenda.

In the first round of Fox News battleground surveys for the 2010 election, Republican candidates for Senate and governor in Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California all kick off the election season in contention or ahead.

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The three-term incumbent is spending more than $2 million to air the 30-second spot that highlights her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a center for wounded soldiers.

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2010

Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer dipped into her formidable war chest Monday to air the first ad of the general election campaign for U.S. Senate, one that reintroduces her to California voters by highlighting her efforts to secure federal funds for clean energy jobs, day care centers and a San Diego-based care center for wounded soldiers.

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By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A key moment in “The Candidate,” a 1972 film about California politics, involves a wildfire near Malibu.

Democrat Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is desperately battling with Republican Sen. Crocker Jarmon, and when the fire breaks out, a McKay aide declares that “it’s perfect.”

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OCRegister: Polls: Governor, Senate races neck and neck

September 13th, 2010, 11:07 am · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

California’s governor and U.S. Senate races are both a virtual tie, according to the latest CNN-Time poll as well as the polling trends aggregated by

The CNN poll conducted Sept. 2-7 showed Republican Meg Whitman with a 48 percent to 46 percent lead over Democrat Jerry Brown. That’s within in the +/- 3.5 percent margin of error, but continues the general trend showing the two in a dead heat for the past two months, as charted by RealClearPolitics.

Recent polls by Rasmussen and Survey USA showed Whitman up by 3- and 7-percentage points respectively. While those two polls are sometimes criticized for leaning GOP, the CNN poll supports the idea the thinking that the race is deadlocked or that Whitman has a bare lead. However, Brown just began advertising last week and actively campaign the previous week, so we’ll see if that helps his numbers in upcoming polls.Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, barely led Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in the CNN poll, 48-44. This reflects the RealClearPolitics chart showing Fiorina closing slowly but steadily.

LATimes: Boxer assails Fiorina over global warming law rollback

The Democratic senator says Fiorina is ‘in the pocket of big oil,’ while the Republican says the state’s climate change law ‘isn’t the right answer.’ Each accuses the other of endangering jobs.

Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2010

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday that rival Carly Fiorina’s recent embrace of a November ballot measure that would roll back the state’s landmark global warming law was evidence that the Republican was “in the pocket of big oil” and “dirty coal.”

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