<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Sat, 30 May 2015 13:39:00 -0700 Sat, 30 May 2015 13:39:00 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lincoln Chafee to Join 2016 Fray]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 02:22:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/72123949.jpg

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is set to announce his campaign for president next week, according to NBC affiliate WJAR.

Chafee will announce his run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Virginia, a campaign spokesman told the television station.

He has already visited New Hampshire twice, and is scheduled to speak to Democrats in Portsmouth on May 31 and in Lebanon on June 4.

Chafee served in the Senate from Rhode Island as a Republican from 1999 until 2007. He became an independent that same year. He then served as the 74th governor of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015, during which he switched to the Democratic Party in 2013.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits NH Brewery]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:21:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/Hillary+Clinton+smuttynose+2.jpg

Hillary Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on US Diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

It's new information that came to light about the former Secretary of State as she campaigned at the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, her second visit to the state as a presidential candidate.

Clinton says she wants people to be able to see all of the nearly 300 emails that have been released

"I'm aware that the FBI has asked that portion of one email be held back - that happens in the process of FOI responses," she said. "But that doesn't change the fact that all of the information i the emails was handled appropriately."

No laws were violated. But Friday's redaction shows that Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server, which came to light just as she was beginning her presidential campaign.

Clinton also seemed to give a more definitive answer when asked about her views on the future of US Policy in Iraq.

"This has to be fought by and won by Iraqis," said Clinton. "There is no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back other than as trainers and advisers."

The candidate got an earful from small business as she spoke in defense of the Export Import Bank which guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters - opposed by some Republicans.

On the subject of the controversial Trans Pacific Trade Partnership, Clinton says she is still deciding her position.

"I do have concerns," she said. "I have concerns that the standards will not be tough enough. They will not be enforceable."

The Clinton Campaign has announced that her official announcement rally will be June 13. The location has not yet been announced.



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<![CDATA[Jim Kenney Wins Philly Mayoral Bid]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 21:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/AP142050022358.jpg

Jim Kenney is poised to become Mayor of Philadelphia after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Tuesday's primary.

"I am honored and forever humbled by the coalition of support that made me the Democratic nominee for mayor of the City of Philadelphia," the 57-year-old former at large city councilman proclaimed during his victory speech surrounded by family, former council members and key supporters.

Kenney was declared the winner at 9:03 p.m. with 62 percent of the vote. Only 24 percent of precincts had reported when the race was decided. The numbers narrowed as more votes were recorded, but he still carried the vote 2-1 or 56 percent.

Kenney bested five other opponents — Anthony Hardy Williams; Lynne Abraham; Nelson Diaz; Doug Oliver; and Milton Street — but his victory is far from a surprise. Heading into May, a poll of 600 likely voters showed Kenney had a huge 42 percent lead over his opponents. The survey was the only independent poll of the primary race and was conducted for NBC10/Telemundo 62, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.

Williams and Abraham each had 15 percent of pie while the others had 5 percent or less.

Kenney had the most endorsements including vital support from former colleagues on city council and several unions including the electricians, FOP and teachers. Some of the most important backing came from prominent African-American politicians from Northwest Philadelphia including Councilwomen Cindy Bass and Marian Tasco and state representative Dwight Evans.

"Our campaign was a broad and unprecedented coalition of diverse groups many of whom came together for the first time to support me," Kenney said.

Known for his big personality and sometimes brash comments in person and on Twitter, the South Philadelphia-native said he'd like to provide universal prekindergarten education, raise minimum wage to $15 an hour and banish stop-and-frisk. They're all topics that were of top importance to voters, our polling showed.

Kenney spent 23 years in council and was seen for being progressive on issues like the environment, ethics and marijuana decriminalization. He's long supported the LGBT community, police and firefighters as well.

But he has walked back on comments about police's use of force, which some likened to brutality, and, years ago, distanced himself from former state senator Vince Fumo, who was convicted of corruption.

Kenney will now face lone Republican challenger Melissa Murray Baily in the November general election, but he's expected to win as Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-1 in the city. He said he'll be spending the next six months earning every vote.

"We need this coalition to grow even larger," he said "Together I know we can achieve even greater things, so let’s get to work."



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<![CDATA[Should College Be Free? Bernie Sanders Says So]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 16:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/471658670.jpg

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, announced a proposal Tuesday that would make undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free to students. The idea would be largely funded through new fees on Wall Street.

“It'll strengthen our economy and give us a better-educated workforce,” said Sen. Sanders, who is also running to the left of Hillary Clinton in seeking the Democratic nomination for the White House.

The Wall Street speculation fee would be levied on investment houses, hedge funds, and other speculators, according to a summary of the legislation posted on the website of Sen. Sanders. The fees would amount to $.50 on every $100 of stock. A .1 percent fee would be tacked onto bonds and a .005 percent charge would be levied on derivatives.

It is estimated that the fees could raise hundreds of billions of dollars a year, Sanders said. Through that, the federal government would cover two-thirds of the free college tuition, with states responsible for the remaining third, according to the legislation summary.

Nationally, total tuition at public colleges and universities amounts to about $70-billion a year, according to the office of Sen. Sanders.

The Independent, who is a self-described Democratic Socialist and admirer of how several European nations provide free higher education, also wants lower interest rates on student loans. The legislation Sanders introduced would give borrowers the ability to refinance student loans at lower interest rates, as homeowners can currently do with their mortgages.

“It is totally absurd that in America today, we have hundreds of thousands of bright young people who can no longer afford to go to college,” Sanders told necn.

Other reforms the College for All Act would implement include expanding the federal work study program, which offers part-time employment to students, and simplifying the student aid application process, Sanders added.

As for Sanders' proposal to tax Wall Street to make college free, many observers believe the GOP-controlled Congress will pay little or no attention. Still, Sanders said Washington has to do a better job of listening to families struggling to pay for education.

Separately, education leaders in Vermont announced Tuesday that high schoolers can continue taking up to two college courses free.

“This is really quite a big deal,” said Jeb Spaulding, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. “It’s really a major economic advancement tool for many students who wouldn’t otherwise get to post-secondary education.”

A state law was about to make towns kick in half the costs, possibly stifling participation in the so-called “dual enrollment” program which more than 1,000 Vermont students took part in in the past year, according to Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

A new fix means the state education fund will now cover the costs of that coursework, Shumlin announced, noting he would like to see more students apply to dual enrollment programs before upcoming deadlines.

Kenyan-born Lule Aden, 18, a senior at Burlington High School, said she enjoyed taking University of Vermont classes well before she even graduated high school. She said she will be the first in her family to go to college when she heads to UVM in the fall, planning to study communication sciences and disorders.

“Taking these courses, getting a feel of how college feels, and how the courses are, and how long classes are, I feel more prepared for it,” Aden said, describing how her dual enrollment experience left her more ready for college. “And I'm going to be able to do it and hopefully be successful.” 

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<![CDATA[It's Ryu vs. Ramsay in City Council District 4 Runoff]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 13:36:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tally1.jpg

Part of Hollywood will go to the polls Tuesday to elect its next Los Angeles City Council representative, leaving the city's governing body more diverse no matter who wins.

The residents of Council District 4 will choose between David Ryu, a community health administrator, and Carolyn Ramsay, who worked for outgoing councilman Tom LaBonge. The district encompasses parts of Hollywood, North Hollywood, the Miracle Mile and all of Griffith Park

Tuesday's result will tip the scales of City Council's demographics. If Ryu were to replace LaBonge, he would be the only Asian councilmember, while Ramsay would be one of two women in the 15-person council.

Tuesday's election is a runoff; Ryu and Ramsay each grabbed about 15 percent of the vote in March, topping a crowded field of 14 candidates running for the seat.

LaBonge served 14 years as the District 4 councilman, but was termed out of office.



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<![CDATA["Hello, Twitter!" President Obama Gets His Own Account]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg

President Barack Obama has joined the Twitterverse. 

With his second term more than halfway through, the president sent his inaugural tweet from a new @POTUS Twitter account on Monday. 

The verified account, which attracted more than 146,000 followers within 30 minutes of posting the first tweet, carries the bio "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."

The official @WhiteHouse account retweeted the message and posted confirmation of its own.

The tweet wasn't the first 140-character missive sent from the 44th president. The White House's existing practice was to sign tweets from the president on the @BarackObama handle with his initials, "-bo." That @BarackObama account, launched in March 2007, is run by the staff of Obama's non-profit Organizing for Action group. 

The new account followed all major Chicago sports teams except one — the Cubs. 



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<![CDATA[NewsConference: Debating Raising LA’s Minimum Wage]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 08:18:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_SEG_2_MINIMUM_WAGE_051715_1200x675_446467651513.jpg This Tuesday, Los Angeles City Council is expected to ask City Attorney Mike Feuer to draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 within the next five years. The unprecedented move is still open for debate. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks to both side of the issue: Representing the employees is Kathy Hoang, Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of LA (ROC-LA), and representing the business side is Ruben Gonzales, senior VP of Public Policy and Political Affairs at the LA Chamber of Commerce.]]> <![CDATA[NewsConference EXTRA: Increasing LA's Minimum Wage]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 08:10:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TLA_NCXTRA_MINIMUM_WAGE_051715_1200x675_446466115715.jpg The City of Los Angeles is one step closer to increasing the minimum wage. On Tuesday, City Council is expected to ask the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that would do just that. One of the groups that would be greatly impacted is the restaurant community. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Kathy Hoang, Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of LA (ROC-LA) and Ruben Gonzales, senior VP of Public Policy and Political Affairs at the LA Chamber of Commerce.]]> <![CDATA["SNL" Heralds the Summer of Hillary Clinton]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 03:37:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton-SNL-Louis-CK-16-May-2015-2.jpg

Summer is only a calendar page away. But nevermind the sunny skies and balmy breezes: the season of straw polls and caucuses has arrived, and Hillary Clinton was in campaign mode on "Saturday Night Live."

In the musical opening sketch, the former senator and secretary of state (portrayed in her latest "SNL" incarnation by a manic, delighftully unhinged Kate McKinnon) took to beaches and sand castles to introduce herself to a younger generation.

"May I have just a moment of your summer? I'm Hillary Clinton and I'm running for president of these United States," said Clinton, clawing at the air, her hands like pincers.

"But that's not for a long time," one (Kenan Thompson) said. "Now it's summer vacation."

"My last vacation was in 1953," she replied. "I played one round of hopscotch with a friend. I found it tedious. Why hop when you can march — straight to the White House."

She then issued her percussive laugh — something like "ah HA HA haaaaaa" — as her mouth curled into a snarling rictus.

She spoke with some kids (Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson), whose parents remained resolutely against her political aspirations.

"I like your sand castle," she said.

"Thanks," Bryant's character replied. "It's our dream house."

"That's nice. This is my dream house," Clinton said, embracing a massive, sandy model of the White House.

Also on the campaign trail were a few surfers (Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah and Beck Bennett).

“Hey there, 18-to-25-year-olds," she said, stiffly hula-twisting up to a surfboard. "How does it hang?”

Blank stares.

"You know what's cool? In two years I'll be 69," Clinton said. (More blank stares). "You like that? Bill told me to tell that to young males."

The former president made a brief appearance himself (in the person of longtime "SNL" impersonator Darrell Hammond), if only to help a young woman (Sasheer Zamata) apply sunscreen.

"Billary Rodham Clinton, what are you doing?" the former first lady hissed at her husband.

"Sorry," Mr. Clinton told Zamata's character. "It's my mom."

The Clintons weren't the only political dynasty to take some flak on Saturday night. On "Weekend Update," co-host Colin Jost skewered Jeb Bush for his fumbled responses to questions related to his brother's record in Iraq.

"Jeb Bush said in an interview this week that, like his brother, he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq," Jost said. "But he wouldn't have done it for the same George did: to capture the genie from Aladdin."

Jost also noted that Jeb Bush faced criticism during a Nevada town hall meeting, where a college student said George W. Bush "created ISIS."

"But that's really not fair," Jost said. "It's more like he co-created it," as a photo of Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared.



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<![CDATA[CA Governor, Other Top Officials Get 3 Percent Raise]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 13:51:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jerry_brown2.jpg

A panel of appointed citizens has approved 3 percent raises for California Gov. Jerry Brown, top statewide elected officials and state lawmakers.

The Citizens Compensation Commission on Monday approved the salary increase, which continues restoring pay to pre-recession levels. The increase was approved unanimously on a 4-0 vote by the panel, all Brown appointees.

Rank-and-file California lawmakers will now make six-figure salaries of $100,113. They are already the nation's best-compensated legislators. The commission previously cut lawmaker pay 18 percent and eliminated access to state-owned vehicles during the recession.

Brown will make $182,789 after the commission's vote. That's still well below the peak salary set for his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, of $212,179 in 2008.

The commission also approved higher state contributions for health and dental benefits, to the same level as state managers.



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<![CDATA[GROSS: Rand Paul Staffer Licks Super PAC's Camera]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 16:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP759153459907.jpg

A New Hampshire staffer for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul's campaign licked the camera of a Democratic super PAC trying to videotape the candidate on Monday.

A YouTube video posted by the group American Bridge, which is tracking GOP candidate on the trail, shows David Chesley, Paul's New Hampshire political director, staring into the video camera for several seconds before giving the lens a big lick.

Boston Globe political reporter James Pindell was at the event - a Town Hall in Londonderry - and asked Chesley afterward what the lick was all about, but said he got no answer.

Necn has an email in to the Paul campaign seeking comment.



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<![CDATA["SNL" Skewers GOP Presidential Candidates]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 04:33:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Ted-Cruz-Bobby-Moynihan-SNL-9-May-2015.jpg

The 2016 presidential election cycle has officially begun — and in the comedy world, that means it's open season on the high-profile politicians clamoring for a shot at the Oval Office.

"Saturday Night Live" skewered Republicans running for the presidential nomination in a skit featuring the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, but Hillary Clinton didn't exactly escape unscathed.

In the cold open sketch, GOP leaders emerged onstage at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference accompanied by over-the-top shoutouts from a DJ (Cecily Strong).

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Beck Bennett) promised to shred the Obamacare and the IRS like his basslines, while Dr. Ben Carson (Kenan Thompson) likewise promised to do the same.

"Put this guy in prison, because he's about to steal your vote!" the DJ said. "But be careful, because if sexuality works the way he says it does, he might turn gay in there." (For the record, Carson apologized for saying that being gay is a choice.)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) entered and ripped off his suit jacket, revealing a fluorescent shirt. Former HP executive Carly Fiorina (a loony Kate McKinnon) one-upped that, riding in on a motorcycle flanked by pyrotechnics.

"Her maiden name is Snead, and she's just got what you need — unless it's foreign policy experience," the DJ said over the blaring hip-hop.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (Kyle Mooney) rode in a skateboard as the DJ explained his stance on pro-marijuana legalization: "He's a small man who loves small government and fat blunts."

And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (Taran Killam), who apparently eschewed an undershirt in favor of tanning oil, entered with a bevy of dancers to a background track from Miami rapper Pitbull.

"Won't it be fun to watch all these guys lose to Jeb Bush?!" the DJ says as the candidates gather onstage.

But Weekend Update co-hosts took a few jabs at Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, too.

"A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton's poll points have dropped two points since she made her campaign official," Michael Che said. "Because for some reason, once a woman tries to make it official, we suddenly lose interest."

And then there was this, also from Che: "Hillary Clinton reportedly met with potential donors for her presidential super PAC, three weeks after she criticized that practice. The super PAC's name is Hillary's Political Action Committee for Democracy, or HiPACracy."



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<![CDATA[Ex-Christie Aides Plead Not Guilty]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:56:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kelly-Baroni.jpg

Two former political allies of Gov. Christie entered not guilty pleas Monday after they were charged for their alleged involvement in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and his former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni, entered the pleas through their attorneys in the nine-count indictment unsealed Friday after a yearlong investigation.

"I would never risk my career, my job and my reputation for something like this," Baroni said after the brief court hearing. "I am an innocent man."

Kelly didn't talk to reporters Monday, but said she was also innocent at a news conference on Friday.

Bail for both was set at $150,000 and U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton set a tentative trial date of July 7.

David Wildstein, who went to high school with Christie and later became a top official in the Port Authority, pleaded guilty Friday to two criminal counts. He admitted that he helped plot lane closures in Fort Lee on an approach to the world's busiest bridge as political payback against that community's Democratic mayor for failing to support Christie's re-election campaign.

"If David Wildstein was willing to repeatedly lie to settle a petty political grudge, nobody should be surprised at his eagerness to concoct any story that he thinks will help him stay out of federal prison," said Baroni's lawyer Michael Baldassarre. "We're confident that everyone will see this desperate ploy for exactly what this is."

Kelly's attorney, Michael Critchley, said that the case was built solely on information from Wildstein. He said that her brief appearance with Baroni in court Monday was the longest Kelly and Baroni have ever spent together.

Christie has not been implicated in the criminal case.

The charges provide mixed news for Christie as he tries to regain momentum in support of an expected presidential bid.

Christie appears to have been cleared of any allegations that he personally participated in the scheme, but the charges brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey still hit close to home.

A Monmouth University poll of 500 New Jersey residents conducted from Friday through Sunday and released on Monday found that half believe Christie was personally involved in the decision to close the toll lanes. Sixty-nine percent don't believe he's been completely honest about what he knew.

Less than one in 10 believe the three individuals who've been charged in the scheme were the only ones involved. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Several recent polls have found Christie's job approval rating in the state has also sunk to an all-time low.

Christie's aides and backers hope the developments will allow the governor to put this chapter behind him less than a year before the first presidential primaries, even as legal proceedings have just begun. In many ways, the outcome was the best he could have hoped for — little new information and no names mentioned beyond those Christie had already cut ties to.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Sanders Announces White House Bid]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:21:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sanders-announce.jpg U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses his plans to run for the White House in 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Sen. Marco Rubio Speaks in Downtown LA ]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:02:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/469613970_594_screen.jpg

Presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a speech and answered questions from Southern Californians at a nonpartisan town hall Tuesday afternoon.

Angelenos heard the Florida senator speak for about an hour with Town Hall Los Angeles at the City Club Los Angeles downtown.

"If we become globally competitive again, if we equip our people with the skills they need for the 21st century, if we exercise American leadership on a global stage, the 21st century won't be just as good as the 20th Century but it will be better," Rubio said.

Though he took no questions from reporters, the audience asked the politician several, ranging from regulatory reform to improving roads and bridges.

"I was impressed but I'm a Democrat," said Hilary Norton, executive director of a transportation nonprofit. "But I'm glad we are adding new ideas into the conversation."

The junior senator also had the chance to reiterate his opposition to lifting the embargo on Cuba.
"We should not cozy up to a government that sells arms to North Korea or denies basic human rights to its citizens," Rubio said.

Rubio announced his candidacy for president April 13 in Miami and has traveled throughout the country to raise money and support.

Rubio has the challenge of setting himself apart from the two Republican candidates who are officially running, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, along with a pool of other potential contenders.

He's the youngest candidate in the race at 43 years old.

Rubio will also hold private fundraisers in LA and San Francisco on his first trip to the Golden State since he announced his run for higher office, The Associated Press reported.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Obama Jokes at Correspondents' Dinner]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:09:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Obama-White-House-Correspondents-Dinner-1.jpg President Obama poked fun at politicians, government officials and himself at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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<![CDATA[Terry Tornek Voted Pasadena's New Mayor]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:09:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/150421-pasadena-generic.JPG

Terry Tornek has been voted the city of Pasadena's first new mayor in nearly two decades. 

He beat fellow City Council member Jacque Robinson after winning 55.5 per cent of votes in a runoff election on Tuesday. He took a total of 7,652 of the counted votes. 

According to City Clerk Mark Jomsky, there remains approximately 1,300 mail in ballots to be counted, plus whatever additional vote-by-mail ballots are received by Friday.

Tornek will serve as the city's first new mayor in 16 years. Current Mayor Bill Bogaard announced his retirement last fall, after serving as Pasadena's mayor for four terms.  

While both mayoral candidates have been involved in Pasadena politics for years, the two had different visions of how to shape Pasadena's future.

Candidate Tornek, a real estate developer and former city planning director, believes building upon local health care institutions bodes well for Pasadena. 

"We've got all kinds of proposals to build additional health care stuff and that's great for the city in terms of employment opportunity, in terms of the quality of care that is offered. That's the reason that Pasadena plays big," Tornek said. 

Tornek hopes to create more opportunities at locations like Pasadena Community College and the California Institute of Technology, which he believes "really impact Southern California and the world." 

Robinson is a Pasadena native. If she had been elected she would have been the first city-wide elected African American and female mayor. She told NBC4 that she, in part, supports an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

Twenty percent of registered voters turned out during the city's March primary. 

The city of Pasadena, located in Los Angeles County, is home to the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade. 



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<![CDATA[Clinton Has Qualms on Trade Deal]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/l_apclintonburritox1200.jpg

The second day of her first 2016 campaign visit to New Hampshire found Hillary Clinton at another roundtable, this one at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

Clinton says community colleges need to reinvent themselves and better market what they offer.

"It's one of the reasons why I really support President Obama's efforts to try to raise the visibility of Community Colleges and make it even more affordable for even more people to go," said Clinton.

Obama's proposal calls for community college to be free.

In contrast, Clinton expressed qualms over the trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Pacific nations.

Clinton's campaign previously said she would be closely watching efforts by the administration to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Her comments Tuesday were her first on the subject on the campaign trail.

"We need to build things, too," she said. "We have to do our part in making sure we have the capabilities and skills to be competitive," while getting back to "a much more focused effort, in my opinion, to try to produce those capacities here at home."

Even so, she stopped short of rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership - an agreement opposed by many manufacturing unions.

The next stop for Clinton is the Concord home of 94-year-old Mary Louise Hancock, a New Hampshire Democratic Party stalwart who has hosted dozens of Presidential candidates in her living room over the years.

In keeping with Clinton's no media strategy, reporters were held at bay. And it's not just reporters frustrated by the lack of access.

"She is being insulated to the degree that she should not be as a candidate," said independent voter Brian Blackden. "We don't run campaigns in New Hampshire, never have, with one candidate from the party, and it's wrong."

The Clinton campaign doesn't disclose most of her stops - but Hillary Clinton is not difficult to find. Just look for the crowd of people, motorcade of cars and secret service.

Another stop, not on the public schedule, a visit with Democrats at party headquarters where Clinton is warmly supported - though the progressive wing of the party is listening closely and Clinton is responding.

Political analyst Dean Spiliotes says, "She's sounding much more populist, much more progressive. Wall Street supporters for now seem to be kind of okay with that . They see it as a strategic choice that she has to make."

Besides free community college, Clinton now supports same sex marriage as a constitutional right and she is talking about limiting "unaccountable money" in politics.

 

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<![CDATA[2016 NH Primary Candidate Tracker]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 13:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/candidate-tracker-NH.jpg

The candidates included in the tracker are individuals identified by necn as potential 2016 presidential contenders. The list will change as the race develops. Information about candidate stops was collected from media reports, candidate schedules and plans confirmed by necn.

For more coverage of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary and politics throughout New England, check out necn.com's "Politics First" section.


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<![CDATA[Former RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Exploring Presidential Bid]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:59:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/72123949.jpg

Lincoln Chafee, the former governor and U.S. senator from Rhode Island, announced Thursday that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

His launch was made on his website, Chafee2016.com.

Chafee will spend the next few months in New Hampshire, Iowa and other key battleground states, according to a statement issued Thursday morning. 

"Throughout my career, I exercised good judgment on a wide range of high-pressure decisions, decisions that require level-headedness and careful foresight," Chafee said. "Often these decisions came in the face of political adversity. During the next weeks and months I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts about the future of our great country."

Chafee served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1999 until 2007. That same year, he left the Republican Party and became an independent. He switched his affiliation to Democratic in 2013.

He served as governor until 2014. He did not seek re-election.



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