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

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By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
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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LATimes: CIA apologizes, admits it improperly searched Senate computers

CIA

By Kathleen Hennessey
July 31, 2014

The CIA acknowledged Thursday that its employees had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program, apologized to key senators and abandoned its previous insistence that it had done nothing wrong.

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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

Politico

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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By Dustin Volz
July 20, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein: I seem to be out of the loop now

Politico

By BURGESS EVERETT | 6/9/14 8:26 PM EDT – Updated: 6/10/14 6:28 AM EDT

She stood beside President Barack Obama through the politically damaging revelations over NSA data-mining, but Dianne Feinstein can’t seem to stay on the White House’s call list.

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WashPost: Feinstein, Chambliss criticize White House over Bergdahl secrecy

By Josh Hicks
June 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee suggested Sunday that the White House has done a poor job of sharing information with Congress about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his recent release from Taliban captivity.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein: No threat to Bergdahl

Senate Democrats Speak To The Media After Their Weekly Policy Luncheon

Feinstein says the administration is obligated to investigate Bergdahl’s capture. | Getty

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 6/6/14 1:32 PM EDT

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she has not seen any evidence that the Taliban would have killed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if details of an agreement had leaked, contrary to what Obama administration officials have said.

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RollCall: Feinstein Shifts Slow-Burning Anger From Guns to Spies

David Hawkings

By David Hawkings
Posted at 5:50 p.m. on March 12

Few senators wait until their 80s, or the start of their third decade in office, to have their breakout moment. But that’s what this past year has been for Dianne Feinstein.

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Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
Posted: 03/11/14, 8:21 AM PDT | Updated: 20 secs ago

WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. She said the CIA’s own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department.

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LATimes: Feinstein laments retirements of those who ‘get it done’ in Congress

By Seema Mehta
February 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.

Without offering a hint as to her plans, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday lamented the departure of longtime congressional colleagues from California — including retiring Reps. Henry Waxman and George Miller –and said their institutional knowledge and ability to compromise in Washington would be missed.

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LATimes: Sen. Dianne Feinstein defends NSA and need for intelligence gathering

By Seema Mehta
February 19, 2014, 10:19 p.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government’s collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties.

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Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. wants the Los Angeles World Airports to work with Ontario to bring an end to the decline of the Ontario airport, which the Inland Empire city contends is due to the LAWA’s lack of support. The Associated Press

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:07 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Los Angeles should work with Ontario to improve passenger traffic numbers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein charged in a letter this week sent to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The letter dated Wednesday did not address a lawsuit filed in June by the city of Ontario, which is seeking to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles, the facility’s manager since 1967. Earlier this month, the two sides agreed to put the suit on temporary hold as they work out a solution.

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SFChronicle: Politics Blog: Why Feinstein’s approval is sinking in new poll

Joe Garofoli

Political news, election updates, for San Francisco CA and national politics
Posted on December 14, 2013 | By jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com (Joe Garofoli)

It’s no surprise that only 11 percent of California registered voters who represented in the new Field Poll think Congress is doing a good job. (Who are THOSE people, and will they share their happy juice?)

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SFChronicle: Dianne Feinstein joins effort to change Affordable Care Act

Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California)

Posted on November 12, 2013 |
By clochhead@sfchronicle.com (Carolyn Lochhead)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday joined the ranks of worried Democrats demanding that President Obama allow people to keep their current insurance policies. Feinstein’s move is bad news for an administration desperate for good news following the roll-out debacle of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange on Oct. 1, which has been plagued by technical problems.

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Dianne Feinstein

California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013
By Michael Doyle | McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Some secrets don’t faze Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She keeps plenty, after all, as the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But the 15-member panel that the California Democrat has led since 2009 is scrambling to catch up with the latest public revelations about government spying.

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RollCall: Feinstein Endorses in Contested House Primary #CA31

Dianne Feinstein

California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

By Emily Cahn
Posted at 1:16 p.m. on July 10, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar for the Golden State’s 31st District on Wednesday, becoming the most high-profile Democrat to endorse in the state’s most contested congressional primary this cycle.

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WSJ: People’s Locations Could Be Tracked

U.S. NEWS
June 7, 2013, 6:49 p.m. ET
By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES

Data collected by the National Security Agency’s program that monitors Americans’ phone calls could be used to track millions of people’s locations through their mobile devices at any given time, according to people familiar with cellphone systems.

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LATimes: Feinstein’s assault weapons ban loses this round

Dianne Feinstein

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban to keep it from jeopardizing the passage of more popular measures in Democrats’ gun legislation.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

WASHINGTON — To advance a cause that has defined her political career, Sen. Dianne Feinstein brought the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School to Capitol Hill, where he talked about the last time he saw his first-grader alive. She brought in police officers to press her case against her law-and-order opponents.

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VVDailyPress: SB County Supervisor sees mining threat

Robert Lovingood

Superisor Robert Lovingood wants discussion on Feinstein’s desert protection bill

March 17, 2013 9:04 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Desert Protection Act is kicking up more dust in the High Desert as the pending bill threatens to shut down future mining prospects, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said.

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Politico: Assault weapons ban loses steam

FEINSTEIN GLOBAL WARMING

Dianne Feinstein says she’s concerned, yet mindful of the speaker’s decision.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN and MANU RAJU | 3/18/13 8:10 PM EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.

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SFChronicle: Newtown massacre renews assault gun fight

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci
Updated 11:06 pm, Monday, December 17, 2012

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who led the charge for a federal assault weapons ban after a San Francisco massacre left nine people dead two decades ago, is again at the forefront of the battle over guns with her call for new legislation in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut.

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By Mark Glover and Kevin Yamamura
mglover@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 – 7:38 am

With gas prices hovering near $5 a gallon in California, the state’s politicians are simultaneously pressing for relief and questioning whether the oil industry is manipulating the market.

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LATimes: Carcinogen in Mojave groundwater could require costly treatment

High levels of hexavalent chromium, a toxic heavy metal, add to the hurdles Cadiz Inc. faces in its plan to ship water to the Southland.

 

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2012

The Mojave Desert groundwater thatCadiz Inc.wants to sell to Southland suburbs contains hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, in amounts that are hundreds of times greater than the state’s public health goal for drinking water.

The presence of the toxic heavy metal, which occurs naturally in the aquifer Cadiz proposes to tap, could force the company to undertake expensive treatment, driving up the cost of the project and ultimately the price of its water.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some information moving across the transom Tuesday morning.

Feinstein says no to debate challenge

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has rebuffed an election debate challenge from Republican Elizabeth Emken.

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By Rob Hotakainen
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 – 6:24 am

WASHINGTON – After buying a chunk of land 50 miles north of San Francisco, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria just broke ground on a new, Las Vegas-style casino. It will be the largest in the Bay Area, with 3,000 slot machines, 200 hotel rooms, a spa, bars, restaurants and parking for more than 5,000 cars.

In New York, the Shinnecock Indian Nation is considering Long Island as a site on which to build the Big Apple’s first tribal casino.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Feinstein to Brown: ‘I was here first’

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Published: 26 February 2012 07:45 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a few words for Gov. Jerry Brown when she visited the Inland area last week.

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SacBee: McCarthy floats David Dreier as possible Feinstein challenger

U.S. Rep. David Dreier

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 9, 2012

With less than six months to go until the June primary, viable Republican challengers to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein aren’t exactly rushing to file nomination papers.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, suggested Monday that fellow House Republican David Dreier could be a formidable challenger.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Lawmakers to look local in election year

Lawmakers will take on legislation sure to please most constituents and unlikely to alienate many at election time

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
ben.goad@yahoo.com

Published: 08 January 2012 08:26 PM

WASHINGTON — Entering a contentious 2012 election season, Congress isn’t expected to tackle many of the nation’s most divisive issues.

Inland lawmakers hope to take advantage of the void left by shelved debates over immigration reform, health care, climate change and other battles by pressing forward with less controversial legislation focused on improving the region.

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The PE: CONGRESS: How Inland representatives voted

ROLL CALL REPORT SYNDICATE
Published: 03 December 2011 05:25 PM

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

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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

Issa

FROM STAFF REPORTS
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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LATimes: Democrats scramble to replace cash

With funds missing or frozen, a campaign treasurer facing charges and an election 14 months away, many go looking for money.

By Richard Simon and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2011, 6:29 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Sacramento— A suspected embezzlement scheme that has ensnared hundreds of campaign accounts of Democrats has sent candidates scrambling for new cash as they prepare for an election season that could reshape California’s political landscape.

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SFChronicle: Feinstein sues bank over alleged embezzlement

Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Staff Writers
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Washington — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaign filed suit Friday against a small Los Angeles County bank and the Democrat’s former campaign treasurer, alleging that Kinde Durkee and her associates “stole millions” in funds from Feinstein campaign committees in the last two years.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein takes double whammy in stride

Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks during John Bryson’s confirmation to Secretary of Commerce in Washington. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

By DAVID CATANESE | 9/22/11 11:04 PM EDT

Dianne Feinstein has had one of the worst weeks imaginable. Her campaign coffers were cleaned out, forcing her to dip into her own pockets to replace more than $5 million in stolen funds. Then the respected Field Poll piled on, reporting that on the eve of her 2012 reelection campaign, her approval ratings had hit a career low.

The good news? Despite all of it, almost no one thinks she can be beaten.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein donates $5 million of own money to her campaign

By JOHN BRESNAHAN & MANU RAJU | 9/20/11 11:53 PM EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is up for reelection in 2012, will put $5 million of her own money into her race, the latest sign that a mega-fraud case involving a top Democratic campaign treasurer is roiling California politics.

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Politico: When campaign funds go missing

A California Democratic treasurer stands accused of the ultimate political betrayal.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN | 9/14/11 11:37 PM EDT

A California Democratic treasurer stands accused of the ultimate political betrayal: stealing from campaign accounts that she was entrusted with overseeing.

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LATimes: Feinstein says campaign may be ‘wiped out’ by Durkee

Senator employed treasurer accused on fraud charges, but her office is unable to access accounts to see how much might be missing. Rep. Davis calls suspect ‘the Bernie Madoff of campaign treasurers.’

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2011, 10:38 p.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said her campaign is among those that may have been “wiped out” by a Burbank-based Democratic campaign treasurer who was arrested on federal fraud charges earlier this month.

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OCRegister: FBI arrests prominent Democratic campaign treasurer

Published: Sept. 3, 2011 Updated: Sept. 4, 2011 9:27 a.m.
By BRIAN JOSEPH / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SACRAMENTO – A prominent Democratic campaign treasurer who works for federal, state and O.C. lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Assemblymen Lou Correa and Jose Solorio has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of mail fraud, The Orange County Register has learned.

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The PE: Inland area suffers recent setbacks at state, federal levels

10:35 PM PDT on Saturday, July 23, 2011

By JIM MILLER, BEN GOAD and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Making public policy often produces its share of winners and losers, but Inland Southern California has had a decidedly bad run of luck the last few weeks.

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SacBee: Field Poll says Feinstein backing is below 50%

Feinstein

 

By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
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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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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The Sun: Feinstein calls for review of Barstow’s groundwater

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/03/2010 06:46:36 PM PST

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter Friday to the state Water Resources Control Board calling for a review of the perchlorate groundwater contamination in Barstow.

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

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

WASHINGTON

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.

House

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OCRegister: Fiorina sees wedge between Feinstein, Boxer

Carly Fiorina

June 29th, 2010, 3:19 pm · posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Republican Carly Fiorina is in Washington, D.C. this week doing what all candidates who come to the nation’s Capital do – she’s raising money.

With just a few days before the June 30 closing of this fundraising quarter, Fiorina is here helping to beef up her contribution totals.

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SBSun: SB County officials worry about economic impact of environmental bill

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2010 07:23:29 PM PDT

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which requires the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, has San Bernardino County officials concerned about its impact on the region’s future economic growth.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors, at the urging of Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, unanimously voted to support the California Jobs Initiative, which calls for the suspension of the law, also known as AB 32, until the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

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OCRegister: It’s official: Feinstein not running for governor

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

February 16th, 2010, 3:43 pm
Posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a group of two dozen Democratic bigwigs at a lunch today at the Balboa Club in Newport Beach that she’s not going to run for governor this year.

Feinstein’s office confirmed that she said that but wouldn’t give any details about the exchange.

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Calbuzz: Palin Channels DiFi, Meyer Takes on Boss eMeg

February 9, 2010

When Sarah Palin wrote a cheat sheet for an interview on her hand, liberal pundits gleefully bashed her. But only Calbuzz* will tell you that the ex-Republican veep candidate in doing so was simply following in the, uh, footsteps of California senior Senator Dianne Feinstein.

From Arianna Huffington to Andrea Mitchell, lefty pundits pounced on Palin, after photos showed that she’d scribbled brief talking points on her palm – “energy, budget tax cuts, lift American spirits” – before sitting for questions during last weekend’s big Tea Party convention. It’s notable, of course, that the words are among her most important, fundamental principles and so, presumably, might not need to be written on her palm. If she had fundamental principles.

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RivPE: Gov. Schwarzenegger goes to Washington in search of funds

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, January 21, 2010

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – After repeatedly criticizing California’s congressional delegation for failing to procure more funding for the cash-strapped state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a different role this week when he met with the same federal lawmakers in Washington.

It was a kinder, gentler Schwarzenegger who spent the last two days making his pitch to federal officials for an additional $6.9 billion in federal money to help close the state’s $20 billion budget gap.

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SacBee: Schwarzenegger renews push for U.S. aid

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

NEW LETTER USES FEINSTEIN QUOTES TO BOLSTER HIS CASE

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent another letter to California’s congressional delegation Wednesday asking for help in securing $6.9 billion, this time including past quotes from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the governor implies were contradictory to her criticisms of him last week.

In his budget plan and his State of the State address, Schwarzenegger attacked the federal health care overhaul and blamed Washington for not paying California its fair share in reimbursements and for overburdening the state with Medicaid regulations. Feinstein said in return, “California’s budget crisis was created in Sacramento, not Washington.”

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WSJ: Report Challenges California Budget

By STU WOO

California lawmakers and analysts are challenging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s days-old budget proposal, which relies on billions of dollars in emergency federal aid.

A report released Tuesday by the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst said the Republican governor’s spending plan, which would close a $20 billion budget shortfall over 18 months, is built on risky assumptions — including agreement by Washington to rescue the state.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget plan has drawn criticism.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger reverts to fantasy with budget proposal

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Arnold Schwarzenegger achieved fame and fortune by starring in celluloid fantasies, so it may be fitting that his final state budget proposal would be so disconnected from economic and political reality.

With the state still facing huge deficits, the governor bases his 2010-11 budget on such fanciful elements as persuading the federal government to cough up an extra $7 billion, asking voters to reverse themselves and shift money from protected pots for mental health and children’s programs, overhauling transportation financing, and persuading state employee unions to accept pay cuts and increases in workers’ pension and health care costs.

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SFChronicle: Feinstein, Boxer lash out at governor’s demands

Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Saturday, January 9, 2010

(01-09) 04:00 PST Washington – — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s demand Friday that the federal government plug a $6.9 billion hole in the state budget, two days after he charged that the federal health care bill is unfair to the state, struck a nerve with California’s Washington delegation.

Schwarzenegger is demanding that the administration fix what he calls flawed federal formulas and unfunded federal mandates that short-change the state on Medicaid, foster care, special education and the incarceration of illegal immigrants.

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SFChronicle Online: Feinstein to Schwarzenegger: dream on

Capitol Insider
By Marisa Lagos

Doesn’t look like California is going to get much financial help from its Senate delegation.

Just hours after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made an impassioned argument for more federal funds — noting that the state gets back just 78 cents for every dollar it sends to Washington, D.C. — Senator Dianne Feinstein fired back. And she didn’t mince words.

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LATimes: Senate passes healthcare overhaul

Democrats win the vote 60-39 over Republican objections. It must be reconciled with the House’s legislation in the New Year before President Obama can sign off on his top domestic priority.

By James Oliphant

December 24, 2009 | 5:32 a.m.

Reporting from Washington – Senate Democrats this morning passed a sweeping healthcare overhaul bill, setting the stage for reconciliation early next year with similarly historic legislation passed by the House last month.

The vote was 60-39. It came after months of bitter partisan warfare, culminating in a series of votes this week that thwarted a threatened Republican filibuster.

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SBSun: Schwarzenegger cool to health bill

Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/23/2009 10:16:35 PM PST

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has long championed national health care reform, but now that it is finally advancing, he is raising concerns about the $3 billion annual price tag he says it will cost California.

But reform supporters, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, say the benefits of reform for the state far outweigh the costs.

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