IE Congressional Delegation


Inland Empire Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) visited three immigration detention facilities in El Paso, Texas Monday, and spoke to KVCR about what he saw.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Congressman Pete Aguilar was part of a congressional delegation that visited three facilities: an Office of Refugee and Resettlement Facility, an El Paso border station, and a facility which handles unaccompanied children.

Amtrak is closing a call center in Riverside and laying off more than 550 workers.  That's prompting union leaders, local members of Congress, and even California's 2 U.S. Senators to voice their support for the embattled workers.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Two-term Inland Empire incumbent Congressman Pete Aguilar is in a close race with challenger Sean Flynn, who boasts he is a moderate Republican and says he would vote to impeach President Trump.  But is Aguilar's 31st Congressional District seat really in trouble?  KVCR's Benjamin Purper spoke to both candidates, and has this report.

In the June primary, Republican Sean Flynn came within a thousand votes of incumbent Democrat Pete Aguilar. Aguilar is a well-liked, two-term incumbent – so why was it so close?

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California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is disputing charges that he and his wife misused a quarter-of-a-million dollars in campaing donations.  From San Diego public station KPBS, Matt Hoffman reports Hunter is also accused of trying to conceal his actions.

In spite of criminal indictmetns filed against him and his wife this week, Congressman Duncan Hunter's name will be on the November ballot.  On NPR's Morning Edition this morning (Thursday), Rachel Martin talked with the Republican who lost to Hunter in this year's primary election, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter  will be removed from his congressional committees as he and his wife prepare to appear in federal court Thursday to respond to charges of criminal campaign finance violations.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how Hunter's legal probelms could affect his re-election effort.

In 2016, Yucca Valley Republican Congressman Paul Cook faced a re-election challenge from the far left.  Now he's facing one from the far right wing of his own party, in fellow Republican former state legislator Tim Donnelly.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

After leaving the California Assembly, Tim Donnelly’s political future was unclear. He ran unsuccessful campaigns for governor in 2014 and Congress in 2016. 

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Republican Member of Congress Duncan Hunter - who represents a slice of the Inland Empire in his inland Southern California district - said he was paying President Trump a compliment when he used a profanity to praise the President's combative demeanor while speaking to an IE crowd of supporters.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Democratic Congressman Mark Takano of California’s 41st district, which includes Riverside and Moreno Valley, re-affirmed his support for the immigrant and undocumented community at an event last Thursday.

After barely winning re-election to his Inland Empire-adjacent congressional seat last year, longtime Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is again being targeted for defeat next year by the Democratic party in both San Diego and Orange Counties.  "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep introduces this report from NPR's Scott Detrow.

Has one of the Inland Empire's Republican members of Congress gone missing?  That's what the political activist group called "Indivisible" would lead you to believe.  In an interview with her colleague - Victor Valley Daily Press political reporter Shea Johnson - Daily Press reporter and KVCR contributor Charity Lindsey explains the regional impact of this political trend.

A group of protestors demanding Inland Empire Congressman Ken Calvert hold a town hall meeting rallied outside a Calvert fundraiser in Riverside yesterday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have chosen an Inland Empire congressman to join the House Democratic Leadership team.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

With election season upon us, local politicians are gearing up for November.  KVCR sent reporter Natalya Estrada out to cover California's 35th Congressional district, comprising several Inland Empire cities, including Chino, Fontana, Ontario, and Pomona.  She spoke with incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Norma Torres and her opponent,

Republican Tyler Fischella.

Inland Empire Member of Congress Norma Torres - a Democrat representing the IE's 35th District - was among the representatives who participated in a member "sit-in" in the House chambers a few weeks ago.  The sit-in participants were demanding that the majority Republicans in the House allow a vote on stalled gun safety legislation.  Congresswoman Torres -- whose district includes parts of Chino, Pomona, Ontario, and Fontana -- spoke with NPR's David Greene on "Morning Edition" about the future of gun control legislation in Congress.

IE Freshman Member Of Congress Pete Aguilar, Part 2

Apr 21, 2015

Yesterday we heard former Redlands mayor -- now freshman Member of Congress -- Pete Aguilar discuss his transition to life in Washington, D.C., and outline his roles on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.  Aguilar also touched on the Inland Empire's expanding logistics industry.  He Says manufacturing, rather than warehouses, provides more bang for the buck.  We rejoin the conversation now between Congressman Aguilar and KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

This is Part 2 of a 2-part interview.  Part 1 was also posted on this website yesterday.

IE Freshman Member Of Congress Pete Aguilar, Part 1

Apr 20, 2015

In November, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar flipped the seat of the Inland Empire's 31st Congressional District from Republican to Democrat with his election to the U.S. House.  While Aguilar was involved in local government for years, the 35-year-old father of two is a freshman in the minority party, and still adapting to his new job.  Aguilar stopped by the KVCR studios when he was in the district, and spoke to KVCR's Matt Guilhem about his transition to Washington and what he plans to do in D.C. for the IE.