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  • Poll: Who should run against Dianne Feinstein in 2012? {FReep for McClintock!}

    09/21/2011 6:46:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/21/11 | Dan Smith
    Michael Reagan has ruled out a candidacy, and Republicans are still looking for a challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year. . . . Could the GOP have a chance, even in this bluest of blue states?
  • Michael Reagan: I'm 'not crazy enough' to run for U.S. Senate

    09/21/2011 12:56:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/21/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Republican Michael Reagan has shot down speculation that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012, saying he has no plans to jump in the race. "I am not crazy enough to run..No I am not considering a run for senate," Reagan wrote in an email to The Bee.
  • Michael Reagan a No-Go to Challenge Feinstein in California

    09/21/2011 12:35:21 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 21 September 2011
    Contrary to news report, Michael Reagan, the son of the former president, told Fox News on Wednesday that he is not running for the Senate seat in California currently held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein and hasn't considered the idea. Reagan added that he doesn't know how that news got reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, which is in Feinstein's hometown. "I never even spoke to anyone at the Chronicle and I am not running for Senate in California," he said.
  • Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet

    09/19/2011 12:11:12 PM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    SF Gate ^ | September 16, 2011 | Joe Garofoli
    Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings. This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year - and no major candidates have stepped up. But the landscape may change soon, analysts said, given Feinstein's recent campaign money problems...
  • Feinstein Swindled

    09/19/2011 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 19, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Some 200 California Democrat clients have fallen victim to a Madoff in their midst. Could it turn the state light blue? It's said that word-of-mouth advertising is the best kind. It certainly worked for Ms. Kinde Durkee for more than 12 years. It would still be working if she hadn't helped herself to some of her clients' bank accounts once too often. Durkee's nearly 200 clients weren't stores and small factories. They were California Democratic office holders, candidates, and committees. For all those years she was the go-to person to be treasurer for any Democrat's campaign accounts. Campaign treasurers serve...
  • California 'birther' leader Orly Taitz considering U.S. Senate bid

    09/19/2011 7:11:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 17, 2011 | Torey Van Oot
    A leading figure in the "birther" movement is mulling returning to the California ballot in another bid for statewide office. Republican Orly Taitz, who ran in the GOP primary for secretary of state last year, said today she is "absolutely" considering challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. "I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew," Taitz told The Bee after attending a town hall-style event on Latino issues at the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles.
  • Dianne Feinstein needn't worry about poll results

    09/18/2011 7:37:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Willie's World ^ | 9/18/11 | Willie Brown
    <p>Everyone is asking about President Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's approval ratings taking a dive in the latest Field Research Poll.</p> <p>Let's see: Obama has dropped to 44 percent and Feinstein is down to a 41 percent approval rating.</p> <p>Give me a break. I would have been happy to have those kinds of numbers when I was heading out of office.</p>
  • Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet (Michael Reagan May Challenge Her)

    09/16/2011 12:33:42 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 09/15/11 | Joe Garofoli
    Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings. This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year - and no major candidates have stepped up. But the landscape may change soon, analysts said, given Feinstein's recent campaign money problems...
  • What? California's Dianne Feinstein in poll trouble too?

    09/16/2011 6:36:24 AM PDT · by tje · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012. And from California already? A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein is -- how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? -- approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year. Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012. In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake. The same poll finds that only 41% approve of Feinstein's job in Washington, while...
  • In wake of quake, Californians would benefit most from ‘Affordability Act’

    09/15/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    With the East Coast earthquake still a fresh memory, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing a bill designed to cut rates so more homeowners can afford quake insurance coverage, but the scope of the plan remains a big question mark with critics arguing that California would be the big winner at the expense of the rest of the nation. The nonprofit California Earthquake Authority is pushing the “Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act” that it says would cut rates by as much as 20 percent for homeowners. It also could leave the federal government on the hook for up to $5 billion...
  • Feinstein, Sanchez caught in Solyndra for Dem donors

    09/13/2011 12:52:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 9/13/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Dianne Feinstein told Politico that her campaign was "wiped out" by Democratic political operative Kinde Durkee, whom the FBI arrested last week. DiFi explained that Durkee worked on her 1992, 1994 and 2006 campaign. And: "I trusted her implicitly." Worse: Feinstein said she and her campaign staff have been unable to access all their bank records at this point because Durkee alone controlled access to the account, which has made it difficult for them to assess how much money is gone. Two other similarly dissatisfied clients are California Democratic Reps. Susan Davis, who called Durkee "the Bernie Madoff of campaign...
  • Feinstein: 'Wiped out' by scandal

    09/12/2011 4:18:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 127 replies
    Politico ^ | September 12, 2011 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a well-connected California Democratic political operative who served as treasurer for hundreds of state, local and federal campaign committees.Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 2 on allegations of fraud surrounding the diversion of more than $670,000 from the reelection committee for a California state assemblyman, and a growing list of California Democrats, including Feinstein and Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez, now appear to victims as well.“I was wiped out too, we don’t know how much,” said Feinstein, indicating the losses in campaign funds could run...
  • Guess How Much of Dianne Feinstein Campaign Cash ($5 million total) was Embezzled

    09/10/2011 6:52:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies
    Self | September 8, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, here is a weekend fun challenge: Guess how much of Dianne Feinstein's campaign cash was stolen via embezzlement by her treasurer Kinde Durkee. We already know that Durkee WIPED OUT the campaign cash of Loretta Sanchez so it is hard to believe that she wouldn't have touched at least some of the $5 million of Di-Fi cash. This little BLURB from the L.A. Weekly doesn't make it look too good for Di-Fi: Feinstein's re-election campaign had about $5 million in the bank as of June 30, according to the disclosure forms Durkee submitted. Durkee has been accused of filing...
  • Diane Feinstein Applauds Energy Department’s $535 Million Solyndra Loan

    09/08/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 11 replies
    Senator Diane Feinstein Press Release ^ | September 4, 2009 | Senator Diane Feinstein
    - Solar manufacturing facility is expected to generate up to 3,000 clean energy jobs in Fremont, CA --- San Francisco, CA – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s decision to finalize a $535 million loan guarantee to a California-based solar company, Solyndra. The Department of Energy announced the initial selection of Solyndra as a conditional loan guarantee recipient in March and formalized the decision today at a ground-breaking ceremony in Fremont, California. “This is a major milestone for California’s solar industry,” Senator Feinstein said. “This federal loan guarantee of $535 million will enable Solyndra...
  • FBI arrests campaign treasurer for Democratic politicians (suspicion of mail fraud)

    09/04/2011 8:38:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/3/11 | LAT
    The Orange County Register is reporting that federal authorities have arrested a Burbank-based campaign treasurer for a number of Democratic politicians, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove.
  • FBI arrests prominent Democratic campaign treasurer

    09/04/2011 4:57:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | September 3, 2011 | BRIAN JOSEPH
    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. U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek confirmed Saturday afternoon that Kinde Durkee of Burbank-based Durkee and Associates, was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. Special Agent Steve Dupre of the bureau’s Sacramento office said she was arrested in connection with her position as a...
  • Not Safe - Inside A California Independent Handgun Test Laboratory

    09/01/2011 1:53:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Handgunner ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Scott “Mac” MacGregor
    A decade ago the State of California enacted a law mandating virtually any handgun model sold in the state must undergo testing by an Independent Handgun Test Laboratory before it would be allowed on the market. This is the story of one of those laboratories. The Justification The 1990s saw a rise of gun-related legislation at the municipal and county level throughout California. “Enlightened” politicians passed ordinances banning the sale of “Saturday Night Specials” within their jurisdictions. While varied and confusing to the extreme, these laws all had something in common: they tried banning something that couldn’t be adequately described....
  • Feinstein sees a Senate debt solution (Let's see this "Senate plan" in Legislative writing)

    07/24/2011 8:37:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 7/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein said a deal to raise the debt ceiling is being held hostage by Republican politics, but that she can envision an agreement in the Senate to prevent default. The California Democrat said on Sunday there are currently 39 senators who support the so-called “Gang of Six proposal” put forward by three Democrats and three Republicans that would include a combination of spending cuts and revenues to reduce mounting budget deficits and bring Republican support to raise the limit on how much money the government can borrow. “It’s a big step forward for the Senate,” Feinstein said on...
  • Obama to Back Repeal of Law Restricting Marriage

    07/19/2011 10:53:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 July 2011 | Helene Cooper
    President Obama will endorse a bill to repeal the law that limits the legal definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, the White House said Tuesday, taking another step in support of gay rights. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Obama was taking the additional step away from the Defense of Marriage Act — which the administration said earlier this year it would no longer defend in court — in order to “uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections...
  • Feinstein Pushes Bill to Repeal DOMA, Ensure Federal Benefits to ‘Married’ Gays

    07/19/2011 8:19:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 19, 2011 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [2] (DOMA) and replace it with the Respect for Marriage Act [3], which would recognize “married” same-sex couples in the same way as married men and women and ensure those gay couples are eligible to receive federal benefits. Feinstein’s bill would not, however, require states without homosexual marriage laws to recognize those legally sanctioned in other states. “The bill [4]is simple,” Feinstein said at the National Press Club on Tuesday. “It would strike the Defense of Marriage Act from federal law and it...