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Former Rep. Doug Ose, shown here in 2008, is one of four Republican congressional candidates with challengers from the right to skip the state party’s recent convention.

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  • AT THE CAPITOL

    Public Utilities Commission President Michael R. Peevey is among the scheduled witnesses for Tuesday’s informational hearing on the PUC by the Senate Energy, Utilities And Communications Committee. The appearance by Peevey, who angered some lawmakers last year after rebuffing requests to testify to legislative panels, follows a recent state audit that found that the PUC had not reviewed large energy utilities’ balancing accounts containing $37.6 billion. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3191.

    – Jim Miller

The Buzz: Key House races for GOP take shape

Published: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Moderate GOP hopefuls

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Major California Republican congressional challengers steered clear of the state party convention last weekend, but the event’s activism helped bring definition to some of the state’s most contested House races.

Republicans Doug Ose of Sacramento, Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, Jeff Gorell of Camarillo and Carl DeMaio of San Diego stuck to the trail rather than rubbing elbows with the delegates gathering in Burlingame.

Their absence underscored a dynamic taking place through the races: The four contenders each have more conservative challengers running to their right – in addition to the freshmen Democrats they hope to unseat in November.

Ose, the moderate former congressman, has focused much of his public attention on Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove. Yet the 7th District primary also features a pair of conservative GOP candidates – Elizabeth Emken and Igor Birman. Both attended the convention.

“This is far from the district, but it’s important to inspire activists and volunteers to assist in what is shaping up to be one of the most contested races in the state,” Birman said Saturday.

– Christopher Cadelago

Worth repeating

“It’s just been very exciting trying to manage this excitement.”

Tim Clark, Sacramento-based Republican consultant, noting that Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s nascent campaign for state controller is receiving offers of help from donors and activists.



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