Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California
February 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California

Palm Springs, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel Friday to California and announce a new federal initiative aimed at helping farms and communities there in the grips of a devastating drought.

The President will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who told reporters Thursday that the program will include $100 million in livestock disaster assistance for California farmers and producers, along with funding for water conservation projects, and aid for states across the country affected by the drought.

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Filed under: California • Jerry Brown • President Obama • Tom Vilsack
California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire
February 12th, 2014
04:16 PM ET
7 months ago

California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire

Washington (CNN) - California Republican Rep. Gary Miller announced Wednesday he would not run for re-election in November, giving Democrats a good chance to pick up his seat in the midterm election.

"It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families. While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton.  I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of this term," Miller said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2014 • California
San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal
February 11th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal

(CNN) - David Alvarez is hoping to make history.

If the 33-year-old first-term Democratic San Diego city councilman wins Tuesday's special election, he'll become San Diego's first Hispanic mayor.

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Filed under: Bob Filner • California
Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat
February 5th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
7 months ago

Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - After considering a run for a Congressional seat in California, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced Wednesday she'll run for a state Senate seat instead.

"I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community," Fluke said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate."
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Filed under: California • Congress • Sandra Fluke
February 4th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
7 months ago

A tale of two Republicans: A story of the GOP and immigration reform

Washington (CNN) – The similarities are plentiful.

Both congressmen are Republican. Both represent central California - their districts share a border. Both are recently elected to Congress. Both have outspoken positions on immigration reform.

And that's where the similarities end.

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Filed under: California • House Republicans • Immigration • Republican Party
Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement
February 4th, 2014
10:34 AM ET
7 months ago

Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement

Washington (CNN) - Sandra Fluke has asked the California Democratic Party for their endorsement in the race for an open 2014 congressional seat, but a spokeswoman for the women's rights activist says Fluke is still on the fence about a bid.

"It is not the same as filing to run or declaring that she is running," said Abigail Gardner, Fluke's spokeswoman, in an email. "It was something she felt she had to do on Friday to keep her options open due to CA Dem Party deadlines."
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Filed under: 2014 • California • Congress • House • Sandra Fluke
First lady says girls aren’t interested when President gets his ‘butt kicked’
January 30th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
7 months ago

First lady says girls aren’t interested when President gets his ‘butt kicked’

Washington (CNN) - The end of 2013 may have been rough going for President Barack Obama, but political strife over Obamacare’s botched rollout and NSA spying didn’t cross over into his family life, according to the first lady.

When Obama got his “butt kicked,” his daughters didn’t offer too much sympathy, Michelle Obama told Ryan Seacrest Thursday in a radio interview.

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Filed under: California • Michelle Obama
Rep. Waxman to retire at end of term
January 30th, 2014
11:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Waxman to retire at end of term

Updated 3:51 p.m. ET on 1/30/2014

(CNN) - Rep. Henry Waxman, a longtime Democrat from California, announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election to a 21st term this November.

“In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress," he said in a statement. "Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year."
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Filed under: 2014 • California • Henry Waxman
Hillary Clinton set for California swing in April
January 22nd, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton set for California swing in April

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a multi-day swing through California in April, speaking at events in San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego that are sure to spark more talk about whether the former first lady will run for president in 2016.

The trip, which has Clinton appearing in front of an array of business and corporate groups, will likely happen behind closed doors, however, as all three appearances are closed to the press.
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Filed under: 2016 • California • Hillary Clinton
House Armed Services Committee chairman to retire
January 15th, 2014
05:20 PM ET
7 months ago

House Armed Services Committee chairman to retire

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Washington (CNN) - Longtime Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will announce Thursday that he won't seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term, a Republican source with knowledge of McKeon's thinking tells CNN.

McKeon's office neither confirmed nor denied reports about retirement. But  it put out an e-mail release saying the 11-term Republican from California would make a statement before cameras at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Buck Mckeon • California
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