Archive for February 12th, 2012

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Bagley entry in supe race a red herring


Sunday, February 12, 2012 – 02:00 p.m.

So former TwentyNine Palms City Councilman Jim Bagley is running for county supervisor.

Yes, Bagley has decided he can win a seat on the county board since his residence now sits in the Third District instead of the First.

Not really.

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DesertDispatch: Derry meets with Barstow voters

February 09, 2012 3:47 PM
By SAM PEARSON, Staff Writer

BARSTOW • San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry talked about his accomplishments in office at a town hall meeting at Quigley’s restaurant Wednesday evening, telling Barstow residents he had made progress in creating greater transparency in government, completing key public works projects and cutting politicians’ salaries.

Derry, who is running for reelection to represent the county’s 3rd District — recently redrawn to include Barstow — said he would work with city officials to create greater synergies between county and city-run construction projects.

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Published: 12 February 2012 08:25 AM

SAN DIEGO — Longtime Rep. Joe Baca narrowly failed Saturday to get the official support of the California Democratic Party in an increasingly bitter race against state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod in the Inland area’s redrawn 35th Congressional District.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors face political backlash

Riverside County supervisors John Benoit, at left, and Marion Ashley go over their notes during the Jan. 30 hearing on Liberty Quarry in the Riverside Convention Center.(KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)


Published: 11 February 2012 04:03 PM

A political rock-and-a-hard-place scenario faces Riverside County supervisors as they decide the fate of a proposed Temecula-area quarry.

Approve Liberty Quarry, and the five supervisors will anger a wide range of opponents, including a politically active Indian tribe. Deny the open-pit mine, and they risk the wrath of business groups and union members desperate for jobs.

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By David Siders
Published: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 – 9:40 am

SAN DIEGO – Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged Saturday that his tax proposal for the November ballot has a “few issues,” but he sidestepped the controversy in a high-profile speech at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 – 9:41 am

Shannon Grove, a Republican assemblywoman from Bakersfield, is sponsoring an embryonic ballot measure to return the Legislature to a part-time body, which it was before 1966.

It’s one of dozens of proposals for the November ballot and, like most, faces an uphill struggle to qualify and win. But it could resonate with voters because of chronic dysfunction on the budget, water and other issues, and lawmakers’ very low stature in polls.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 11, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said today she is “doubling down” on prosecutions of predatory lending and other cases of lender misconduct in the wake of the $26 billion mortgage settlement announced last week.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown tax plan has competition

Willie Brown

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It looks like Gov. Jerry Brown will not get his wish, and his tax plan will not be the only one on the November ballot.

Multimillionaire Molly Munger, with her income-tax increase for education, and the California Federation of Teachers, with its millionaires tax, show no signs of backing down.

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Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon received a $315,000 mortgage refinance in 1998 on preferential terms, congressional investigators allege. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press / February 3, 2010)


By Abby Sewell and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2012

Four years after Countrywide Financial became a symbol of the mortgage meltdown, the company and its questionable dealings have become a potent political issue in the Santa Clarita congressional district held by Republican Howard “Buck” McKeon.

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Roll Call: Mitt Romney Goes Two for Two With Maine Win

By Lauren Whittington Posted at 7:02 p.m. on Feb. 11

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the non-binding Maine presidential caucuses today, capping off a day on which he also won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll.

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