Politics & Government

The Buzz: All three GOP hopefuls in Sacramento congressional race get party help

GOP panel won’t pick among 3 foes of Bera

The National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t want to pick sides – not yet, at least.

In three identically worded emails, the organization announced that Elizabeth Emken, Doug Ose and Igor Berman had been selected for the candidate-boosting “On the Radar” program. Each of them, according to the emails, is “certain” to be “a strong contender this election cycle.”

But all three candidates are vying to unseat freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, in California’s 7th Congressional District. Emken, Berman and Ose may share a party affiliation, but for the purposes of the 2014 election they remain rivals.

The program is intended to provide advice and guidance to promising candidates without elevating one Republican over the others, NRCC spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said. Candidates must provide regular updates on whether they are meeting benchmarks in areas like campaign fundraising and media planning.

“We don’t endorse a candidate in the primary, but if we have someone that is meeting these thresholds, we are helpful to them,” Marre said.

Bera’s district is a competitive target for both parties.

– Jeremy B. White


California officials need to focus on restoring the ailing Salton Sea or else the state faces hundreds of millions of dollars in new costs as early as 2025, according to a new state audit. The sea, the state’s largest body of water, has been steadily shrinking, exposing the polluted seabed to desert winds. Experts say air-quality risks will increase beginning in 2017, when the sea stops receiving extra water as part of a 2003 pact that reduces the flow the state receives from the Colorado River.

– Jim Miller