local politics and government

Prosecutors Say Congressman Duncan Hunter Paid For Affairs With Campaign Cash

Jun 26, 2019
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say.

A government court filing late Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an indictment last year charging Hunter and his wife with misspending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on trips and other personal expenses.

Politifact - California Democratic Convention

Jun 3, 2019

At the California State Democratic Convention in San Francisco this past weekend, some presidential race contenders made attacks on President Trump and claims about their own records.  PolitiFact reporter, Chris Nichols was there from Cap Radio and produced this report.


The local political advocacy group IE United is suing the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors over the process that four superviors used to appoint a fifth supervisor to a vacancy.  IE United contends the process supervisors used violated state law.  Who is this group, IE United?  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has this profile.

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San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis is refusing to concede the election... although he has reportedly applied for a new political job.  KVCR's Katy Trojano has more.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

1. Inland Empire Congressional Races
2. Inland Empire Assembly Races
3. Mid Term results for Riverside County Sheriff
4. San Bernardino Mayor's Race
5. Other Local Races and Results


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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?


There are a lot more women running for elected offices all over the nation in this year's political season  than in the national election 2 years ago.  This morning, we begin a series of profiles of many of these candidates as told by audio campaign diaries.  Our series, "The Long Run" begins with a profile of self-described "immigrant lesbian" Betty Valencia, running for the Orange City Council in Orange County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


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.

Some Big Surprises In Inland Empire Election Results

Jun 6, 2018
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Election results for the June 5th primary are in, and KVCR has the results. KVCR's Benjamin Purper gives an overview of how the Inland Empire's major races played out.

UPDATE: Here are a couple of updates and corrections to the following report:

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

The political rivalry between the two candidates running for Riverside County Sheriff - incumbent Stan Sniff and challenger Dave Brown - is heating up toward this fall's election.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The San Bernardino City Council continues to defy the will of the city's voters by once again extending a moratorium on the legal sale of recreational and medicinal marijuana within the city.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


A panel of high-profile conservatives is slated to talk about the Trump presidency on Sunday at a downtown Riverside Venue where anti-Trump protests are also expected to gather.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The former mayor of Menifee was one of two public officials issued fines for campaign violations by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Field Poll Founder Mervin Field Dies At Age 94

Jun 9, 2015

The founder of a respected California political poll has died.  Mervin Field died yesterday (Monday) in Marin County.  He was 94.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.


Latinos make up 40 percent of California's population, but just about 15 percent of the state's mayors and city council members.  A bill backed by the state's legislative Latino caucus is seeking to make city governments more representative.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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.


The Western Riverside County Council of Governments has once again picked a prominent Republican to be the guest speaker at its annual conference this summer.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this news item.