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  • Presidential elections

    Primary buzz already growing amid Trump political struggles

    NEW YORK >> Mark Cuban isn’t ready to launch a formal campaign to challenge President Donald Trump. Yet Cuban, an outspoken Texas billionaire who describes himself as “fiercely independent” politically, sees an opportunity for someone to take down the Republican president, who is increasingly viewed as divisive and incompetent even within his own party. “His base won’t turn on him, but if there is someone they can connect to and feel...

    By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press|

  • Gubernatorial elections

    Candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa stops by Riverside, calls the Inland Empire an area of ‘strivers’

    Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said during a stop in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he wants Inland cities such as Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Fontana to be known as “Villaraigosa country.” “All these areas have ‘strivers,’” Villaraigosa said. “Some of them, they wanted to buy a home, build a business, and L.A. was too expensive.” “They’re searching for the ‘American...

  • Presidential elections

    LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for president? Twitter users say yes, please

    LOS ANGELES — A Twitter group that sought to draft former Vice President Joe Biden to run for president in 2016 has started a campaign to support Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to run for president in 2020, and has over 5,600 followers as of today. The campaign -- #DraftGarcetti -- involves no fundraising and has only “an audience of one” meant to convince Garcetti he has popular support, said Mike Weber, an organizer of the group who lives in New...

    City News Service|

  • Correctional systems

    Landmark Prop. 47 saved millions. But is it just ‘a drop in the bucket’?

    Nearly three years after voters passed a state law intended to save money by keeping low-level offenders out of jail, $103 million in savings has been accumulated and will be distributed to two dozen California cities and counties for related programs. But as local leaders prepare to spend their share of the money, some say Proposition 47 destroyed law and order. Others say in time, the law will help people. Known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, Proposition 47 allows...

    Susan Abram
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  • Presidential elections

    Pence slams report on possible 2020 presidential groundwork

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. >> Vice President Mike Pence has pushed back against a news report suggesting he is laying groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2020 if President Donald Trump does not run. In a statement released by the White House, Pence said Sunday’s story in The New York Times “is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.” He added that “the allegations in this article are categorically false.” Pence...

    By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press|

  • Gubernatorial elections

    Gavin Newsom leads California governor candidates in fundraising

    With a little less than a year until the primary in California’s race for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom leads the field in fundraising — and has more cash on hand than the other three Democratic candidates combined, campaign finance reports filed Monday show. Newsom raised $5,329,682 during the first six months of 2017, while State Treasurer John Chiang raised $2,560,963, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa raised $2,291,747, and former state superintendent of...

    By Casey Tolan ctolan@ bayareanewsgroup.com @caseytolan on Twitter|

  • Elections

    Venezuela’s leader casts unusual vote, decries ‘terrorism’

    CARACAS, Venezuela >> Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked for global acceptance on Sunday as he cast an unusual pre-dawn vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that his opponents fear he’ll use to replace his country’s democracy with a single-party authoritarian system. Accompanied by close advisers and state media, Maduro voted at 6:05 a.m. local time, far earlier and less publicly than in previous elections. The run-up to the vote has been marked...

    By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated Press|

  • Elections

    One candidate has filed in Fontana Unified school board race

    FONTANA >> The president of the Fontana Democratic Club has become the first candidate to file for a vacant seat on the Fontana Unified School District Board of Education. Kareem Gongora, 29, filed paperwork on Friday for the seat vacated when Jesse Armendarez was

    Jim Steinberg
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  • Gubernatorial elections

    Governor hopeful Villaraigosa offers vision for improving California

    While gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa displayed his Democratic colors on key issues during visit to Orange County Wednesday, he also took several positions more commonly associated with Republicans. Villaraigosa pointed out that the number of charter schools tripled in Los Angeles while he was mayor there, advocating a aspect of school choice embraced by many in the GOP. And he blamed over-regulation for stymying the progress of a host of issues, including small businesses...

    Martin Wisckol
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