Archive for April 1st, 2014

The Sun: San Bernardino charter reform committee members chosen

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nine men tasked with studying the city charter that some blame for the city’s financial woes and political dysfunction have been chosen, and they have until May 19 to recommend any changes to the City Council in order to get those on this November’s ballot.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/31/14, 3:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An Upland attorney who in 2007 contested San Bernardino County’s $102 million settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga-based real estate investor group that triggered a far reaching public corruption scandal is now opposing a defense attorney’s request to dismiss the criminal case due to lack of evidence.

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Bob Egelko
Monday, March 31, 2014

Leland Yee’s lawyer, in his first public response Monday to the charges against the now-suspended state senator, questioned the time and money the government spent on a three-year investigation but gave no indication of his planned defense against corruption and gun-running allegations.

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NationalJournal: Buckle Up for More Gridlock

National Journal

Off to the Races
Majority status in the Senate could swerve back and forth over the next few elections.

By Charlie Cook
March 31, 2014

By a quirk of fate, we may be in for some pretty turbulent Senate elections, not only this November but in 2016 and 2018 as well. Majority status could resemble a rubber band as much as anything else. It is entirely plausible that the Senate will tip back into GOP hands in 2014, return to Democrats in 2016, and then flip again to Republicans in 2018. It’s all about how many—and which—seats on each side are up and exposed to losses, not to mention whether it is a presidential or midterm election. Obviously other factors could come into play, chiefly the political environment over the next four years, but also what the presidential tickets will look like in 2016, who will be in the White House come 2018, and how that person is doing.

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The Democratic Party is tackling a historical weakness: the failure of Democratic voters to show up for midterm elections.

By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
March 31, 2014, 3:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party’s big weaknesses: voters who don’t show up for midterm elections.

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