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Emergency room physician Raul Ruiz is running against Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack in a Coachella Valley district.
The Federal Elections Commission just released the latest report on campaign contributions. It's mind numbing stuff. But the numbers provide a snapshot of just which industries and individuals are willing to put up big dollars for candidates.
The 36th Congressional district in the Coachella Valley is currently held by eight-term Republican Mary Bono Mack. She's being challenged by a political novice, Democrat Raul Ruiz. Big money is being spent on this race. So far, more than $3 million has been raised by the two candidates. In this past quarter, Ruiz took in $156,000 more than Bono Mack.
Because Ruiz is an emergency room doctor, it's not surprising that most of the individual contributors to his campaign are medical professionals — surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists, even a veternarian. He's also gotten money from attorneys, Harvard professors (he's a Harvard grad), and real estate developers. Hollywood is represented: actress Valerie Bertinelli kicked in $2,500. A senior VP at Warner Brothers kicked in another thousand.
The congressional battle between two Democrats in the Western San Fernando Valley that some call “the ugliest race in America” is now playing out on TV with new attack ads.
One from Congressman Howard Berman focuses on his physical confrontation with Congressman Brad Sherman during last week’s debate at Pierce College. The ad shows Sherman swinging his arm around Berman. It also cites a Washington Magazine article that said Sherman was one of the meanest members of Congress.
“Ineffective. Mean. And Too Angry,” proclaims the ad. “Brad Sherman is just not fit to represent us.”
Sherman has expressed regret for the debate outburst. “This was not wise.”
The Sherman attack ad features cardboard cutouts of Berman in a Hawaiian shirt traveling the world. It accuses him of taking 146 trips “paid for by taxpayers, corporations, and special interests” during his 40 years in elected office in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
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County Assessor John Noguez was arrested on 24 felony counts for allegedly accepting bribes from a tax consultant in exchange for lowering the assessed values on properties owned by the consultant's clients.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez was arrested on charges of bribery, conspiracy and perjury for allegedly accepting $185,000 in bribes in exchange for lowering the assessed values on Westside properties. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC, LA Weekly.
Which Way, L.A.? looks at Silicon Beach and follows up on the John Noguez arrest.
The director of a Los Angeles recreation center was arrested on charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds for allegedly stealing $15,000, including funds that were intended for children's lunches, reports the Los Angeles Times. The case was referred to the district attorney by the controller's office.
It's that time of year again — when the folks at the California Voter Foundation puts out its latest version of "The Proposition Song." It's designed to help voters navigate the eleven ballot measures on the November ballot.
Kim Alexander, founder of the non-partisan organization, calls it a "labor of love" with a "short shelf life." She wrote the lyrics, which are set to a traditional folk melody, and recruited five musician friends to perform the ditty. They've performed it at several Sacramento establishments.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama talk to each other during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.
Tuesday night's presidential debate was more contentious than round one, with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both hitting hard at their opponent. Also hitting hard? Twitter commenters.
Along with the usual Twitter jokes, according to social media security firm Impermium, three topics made social media users lose it. (The following tweets have been censored for your perusal.)
F--- Romney & Obama. This s--- is too stressful. Just give me a raise & lower the gas prices. #Debates— Jason Ainsworth (@King_Jason23) October 17, 2012
Gas prices? Who gives a s---? #debates— Daniel Uffelman (@danielu) October 17, 2012
Holy s--- tonight's drinking game word: economy! #debates— Beth(@mshollywood1978) October 17, 2012
Very vague answers so far. "We need to improve the economy and grow jobs". No s---. #debates— Rachael Nichol (@RachaelNichol) October 17, 2012