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Sharon Ito's blog: Congressional candidate Ami Bera's turn

Sharon Ito's blog: Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Ami Bera brought a congenial style to his studio interview on News10 at 9 a.m., though the last campaign with Republican incumbent Dan Lungren was a bruiser.

The way Lungren remembered it when he was our show the week before, Bera's campaign was "mostly attacks." Bera told us there were "attacks on both sides," but like Lungren he wants a higher level of dialogue this time around. Maybe when the men debate on our show in the coming months, we'll see a civil exchange. Their ad campaigns may be a different story.

This is a high profile and highly competitive race; both parties are heavily invested in this election since it could change the balance of power in the House. The 7th Congressional District has been redrawn and includes a greater swath of Elk Grove, and as a result leans more independent and democratic.

Sharon Ito's blog: Lungren on Gingrich, drilling, and Bera


With Dan Lungren’s rematch opponent, democrat Dr. Ami Bera, appearing on Monday’s (March 19) talk show News10@9,  I want to recap last Monday’s conversation with the congressman.  


On the GOP presidential race, Lungren said he’s endorsing his former House of Representatives colleague Newt Gingrich.  “I’m realistic, I know it’s a long shot,” he told us.  


Cultural Series Presents an Evening with Two Presidential Advisers: Ari Fleischer, Paul Begala

Cultural Series Presents an Evening with Two Presidential Advisers: Ari Fleischer, Paul Begala

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Presidential advisers Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer will share the same stage on Monday, April 16 in Sacramento, discussing their insights as California moves toward its June presidential primary and the 2012 presidential election.

The engaging team of Fleischer and Begala will appear at the Scottish Rite Temple in Sacramento for the 90-minute event that starts at 8 p.m.

Fleischer and Begala are the latest installment in the “Cultural Series,” organized by Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale.

VIDEO: One word reactions to State of the Union

SACRAMENTO, CA - People share their thoughts on the state of the country and the president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

COMPARE: What was emphasized in 2010 and 2011 in the State of the Union 

Hear and see what they had to say about the speech in a word.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

Twitter: @suzannephan

Facebook: SuzannePhanNews10

Calif. members clash over debt reduction panel's failure

by Paul C. Barton
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - California Republicans and the state's Democratic senators disagreed sharply Monday about who is to blame for the failure of the deficit-reduction supercommittee to come up with $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years.

Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein pinned the collapse of negotiations on the insistence of Republicans to keep the 2001-2003 tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush while cutting programs vital to middle-and lower-income Americans.

"These talks failed for one reason: Republicans refused to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share," Boxer, D-Rancho Mirage, said in a statement. "Now we must follow the example of the Clinton years, when we balanced budgets and created 23 million new jobs by cutting smartly, investing wisely and ensuring that the wealthiest did their part."

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Federal Grant Will Provide Funding for 50 Positions

SACRAMENTO, CA – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced Thursday that over $19.4 million in federal funding for local law enforcement, enabling the hiring, re-hiring or retaining of 50 first responders to protect and serve the Sacramento community.  The grants provide 100 percent funding for the entry-level salaries and benefits of newly-hired, or rehired, full-time officer positions over a 3-year period.  The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department was awarded $11,306,450 for 25 deputies; the Sacramento Police Department will receive $8,102,450 for 25 officers.

The federal grants are made available through the U.S.

Constituent: Vice Mayor Pannell humiliated her

SACRAMENTO, CA - A citizen who says Sacramento Vice Mayor Bonnie Pannell called her an ass**** during a city council meeting this week wants a public apology.

Margo Rose-Brunson said Pannell demeaned and insulted her in a verbal exchange. In video of the meeting, Pannell can be heard saying the derogatory term.

According to Rose-Brunson and the video shows, the exchange went:

Pannell: "If you guys don't like the changes I've made, I'm going to be on the ballot in 2012."

Rose-Brunson: "We'll see you there."

Pannell: ""I'll see you there."

Rose-Brunson: "You bet."

Pannell: You bet. Thank you, ass****."