Politics, government and public life for Southern California

California ballplayers sparkle in Congressional baseball game

Team Sanchez

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Fans of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood), the only female playing in the Congressional Baseball game

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)

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Huffman was scheduled to play shortstop, but separated his shoulder at practice.

A rainy end to the Congressional Baseball game

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Annual charity game ended early due to thunderstorm.

Team Cardenas

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Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-San Fernando Valley) poses with staffers and supporters

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding) poses with his equally athletic son Kyle at Congressional Baseball game


Every year, you can count on Democrats and Republicans fighting it out with balls and bats instead of ballots and bills. For the past 53 years, politicos on Capitol Hill have competed in a charity baseball game.

For the sixth straight year, the Democrats won. The score was a lopsided 15-6 in a rain-shortened game at Nats Park, the home stadium for the National League's Washington Nationals.

California lawmakers were some of the brightest stars.

Freshman Raul Ruiz, facing a tough re-election battle in his Palm Springs district, was named the Democrats' most valuable player for both his hitting and sparkling play at second base.

Lakewood Democrat Linda Sanchez — the only female ballplayer on either squad — came in in the fifth inning and promptly hit a line drive to left field, scoring a run. She wears "IX" on her jersey, in honor of the Title IX ruling that outlawed sex discrimination in education and opened the door to dollars for girls' sports. Staffers from her office waved signs — one reading (baseball) "diamonds are a girl's best friend."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff's runoff confirmed, Congressional recount ends, questions posed over hotel subsidies

McDonnell Election Party

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Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell will face Undersheriff Paul Tanaka in the November runoff. He fell just 0.65 percent short of winning outright in the primary.

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Today is Thursday, June 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The runoff for L.A. County sheriff is confirmed for the November ballot, according to the Daily News. Final vote tallies show Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell finished just 0.65 percent short of the 50 percent plus 1 mark needed to win in the primary. He will face former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Republican Lesli Gooch has ended the recount in the 31st Congressional District, reports KPCC. "This was an important process and a critical election. I am comfortable that we have done our due diligence for the voters of the 31st District," she said in a statement. Gooch placed third in the San Bernardino election, behind Republican businessman Paul Chabot and Democrat Pete Aguilar.

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FAQ: Recount begins in Inland Empire congressional primary

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Lesli Gooch at a pre-election meeting of Redlands Tea Party Patriots members.

The recount in an Inland Empire congressional primary race began Wednesday, with the third place finisher hoping to pick up enough votes in a manual tally to move up into the top two places and make it a two-Republican runoff election in November.

The 31st Congressional seat primary was won by Republican Paul Chabot, securing the businessman the number one spot in the race to represent the Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Redlands areas. Redlands' mayor, Democrat Pete Aguilar, came in second — just 209 votes ahead of Republican Lesli Gooch.

RELATED: Tea Party wants recount in Inland Congressional primary

Gooch supporter John Berry of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots requested the recount. Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) is retiring in the district that leans Democratic and has a majority Latino population.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Senate committee blocks ethics bill, LA councilmen go after wage theft, Mayor Garcetti kicks off Summer Night Lights

FBI Raid San Francisco

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A state Senate committee blocked an ethics bill Tuesday that would have imposed the toughest restrictions since three Democratic senators were suspended for alleged criminal activity. In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested on federal corruption charges, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, while Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier in the year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Today is Wednesday, June 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A state Senate Committee blocked an ethics and campaign finance bill that would have imposed the toughest restrictions since three Democratic lawmakers were suspended for criminal charges, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The Republican proposal would have required faster public disclosure of campaign contributions, prohibited lawmakers from paying their spouses and children with campaign funds, barred the use of certain political funds for criminal defense expenses and doubled the penalty for bribery convictions," per the Times.

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California calls for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) drafted California's request to Congress that it overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling

The California Legislature this week asked Congress to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in the controversial Citizens United campaign spending case and curb the influence of corporate money in politics.

If 34 states ask, Congress would be required to hold a constitutional convention to draft an amendment.

In Citizens United, the court ruled that corporations have free speech rights under the First Amendment to independently spend unlimited amounts supporting candidates and measures. The 2010 ruling unleashed larger bouts of spending in national, state and local campaigns by corporations, unions and nonprofit organizations.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was among the many voices denouncing the Citizens United ruling. Both houses of the state legislature approved his Joint Assembly Resolution 1, in which California asks Congress to draft a law overturning Citizens United.

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