<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:20:02 -0700 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:20:02 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CA Drought Not Fault of Democrats]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:27:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_193078422826.jpg


California’s historic drought is flowing into new terrain: The Republican Primary.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this week, Carly Fiorina told moderator Chuck Todd that climate change isn’t the only culprit costing California it’s precious water resources.
“You know what’s also made it worse?” she said. “Politicians. Liberal politicians who stood up for forty years as the population of California doubled and said you cannot build a new reservoir, and you cannot build a new water conveyance system.”
A quick tour through the history books—from the 1970’s to today—shows Fiorina’s claim is one-sided; both political parties have played a role in blocking reservoir construction in the Golden State.
In 1972, then-governor Ronald Reagan signed the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which protected many of the state’s rivers, namely the Eel River, from dam construction.
“Ronald Reagan is a very central figure in the water supply in California,” said Jeffrey Mount, a water policy expert at the Public Policy Institute of California. “He influenced the direction we went in both the seventies as well as the eighties, and we still see some of that today.”
Flash forward to today and Fiorina’s claim carries a little more weight.
Construction on two major projects—the Sites and Temperance Flat reservoirs—has been stalled by California Democrats.
In April, Democrats in the legislature defeated AB 311, which would have “streamlined environmental reviews of water storage projects,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Plans for the two reservoir projects would have boosted the state’s storage capacity by trillions of gallons. Take into account a lack of rainwater, though, and the real impact of the projects will be much less significant, says PPIC’s Mount.
“The problem is, you can’t fill those dams,” he said. “You have other dams that already take the water.”
The Sites and Temperance Flat projects are just two of five proposed reservoir projects in California, Mount said. The total amount of water yielded by all of those projects combined would only increase statewide yield by one percent, he added.
That’s a drop in the bucket, he said.
NBC Bay Area’s political analyst Larry Gerston adds that even without political parties blocking dam construction, new reservoirs would have little impact this drought because dam projects take time, decades in some cases.
“You don’t just build a dam as if you’re building with Lego’s,” he said. “It’s an extraordinarily complicated project, the last part of which is the dam itself.”
The reality is, there are a lot of stakeholders involved when it comes to the construction of reservoirs, and both parties have helped build or block those water projects.
So, too, have voters, Gerston added.
Everyday citizens who exercise their right at the polls play a major role in the success of water bonds, like Governor Jerry Brown’s water bond proposal that voters approved last year.
One third of the money from that bond foes for storage projects, like dams.

<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 

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<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."

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<![CDATA[Will Gov. Brown Have Impact on Presidential Election?]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:05:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jerry_brown_california11.jpg Where does the governor stand on the race and will his voice matter? NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston examines the topic.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg

Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's ever been." 

The crowd filled about half of the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, NBC News reported. It was a hot night, and humid. Trump looked upwards and joked: "If it rains I'll take off my hat and prove, I'll prove, once and for all, that its mine," while stroking his hair.

Trump repeated his tough stance on immigration, vowing "we're going to build a wall," and saying Congress could end the guarantee of being granted citizenship upon being born within the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Santorum Slams Cruz on Visas, Immigration]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:31:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_457237193995.jpg

Things are heating up in the Republican primary, and the gloves are coming off when it comes to immigration.

Rick Santorum took a jab within his own party on Thursday, calling out Ted Cruz in a speech at the National Press Club.

Santorum told the crowd that as president he would prioritize giving jobs to Americans, not foreign workers.

"Again, this is in stark contrast with other Republicans, particularly Ted Cruz, who seeks to increase H1-B's five-fold," he said.

Where does Cruz line up on the visa issue?

Santorum is right.

The 2013 Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act was an immigration reform effort that included a plan to increase the federal cap for H-1B visas from 65,000 to 180,000.

That same year Cruz filed an amendment to the bill, which would further increase the cap to 325,000, or five times the base federal level.

But the immigration bill was a bipartisan effort, so Cruz wasn’t crossing party lines. In fact, the bill was sponsored by the so-called “Gang of Eight” which included current GOP presidential candidates Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Those two names were noticeably absent from Santorum's speech on Thursday.

An increase in the cap for H-1B visas could have a significant impact in Silicon Valley, where many companies rely on the visas to hire skilled foreign workers.

Applications for H-1B visas have increased significantly in the past several years. There were 124,000 applications for fiscal year 2014. That number nearly doubled for fiscal year 2016.

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<![CDATA[Examining Google's Impact on Election]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/google12.jpg Is Google powerful enough to sway the presidential election? A researcher says yes. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:20:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump appears on the cover of the magazine under the headline "Deal with it.”

In an interview with the publication, Trump sounded off on undocumented immigrants, Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, and taxes.

When pressed on how feasible it would be to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S., he did not detail specifics but said, "it'll all work out."

“It’s called management,” Trump said. “Politicians can’t manage; all they can do is talk. It’s called management. And we’ll do an expedited system. Because I agree with you, there are some very, very good people here who they are here illegally. But they are illegal.”

He also discussed the controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

“She’s going through something that for me, for me is Watergate,” Trump said. “Her only hope is that because the prosecutors are Democrats she doesn’t get prosecuted. That’s the only hope she’s got.”

Trump also said that as president, he may decide to change laws around taxes. 

“Well I’m thinking about it but I have a problem because I may want to switch taxes around,” Trump said. “I want to save the middle class.”

Trump’s Time magazine cover issue hits newsstands Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Martin O'Malley Makes First Campaign Stop in SF to Talk Tech]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:52:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/FullSizeRender+%281%292.jpg

Clean energy, better wages for restaurant workers and faster alerts to locate missing children— these were some of the civic tech pitches Martin O'Malley listened to during his first presidential campaign stop in San Francisco Wednesday night.

The former Maryland governor, who is trailing far behind Hillary Clinton in polls, called Clinton's email use a huge distraction for the Democratic party at a campaign stop earlier today in Las Vegas. 

O'Malley joked that San Francisco's unusual warm weather was nothing compared to the heat in Las Vegas, where he spoke in front of Donald Trump's hotel. 

On Wednesday, the pitches flew fast at The Hall, a food court in the former Hollywood Billiards building in the Tenderloin, located just a few blocks from Twitter's headquarters, a stretch of San Francisco that's increasingly getting gentrified as more tech companies open shop in the area.

A panel of tech execs, that included Kimerly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, and Sam Lessin, former vice president of product at Facebook, declared John Guydon, CEO of the Lassy Project, as the winner of the best pitch.

The Lassy Project allows parents and guardians to start looking for missing loved ones with the click of a button. "In a matter of seconds, because every second counts," Guydon said. The company is currently partnering with law enforcement and cities across the U,S, to look for missing children. Last week, the app was crucial in helping to find a local special needs child who was missing, Guydon said.

On Thursday, O'Malley will be talking with Guydon and other tech industry leaders at Brigade, Sean Parker's nonpartisan tech startup. Net neutrality, patents and tech innovation are on the agenda.

"I've been active as a presidential candidate for just 74 days, we've just begun our fight," O'Malley said to loud cheers from a standing-room only crowd. O'Malley stressed open data and civic engagement can improve government. "Our government doesn't belong to the Koch brothers, it doesn't belong to super PACs, it belongs to us," he said.

O'Malley ended his speech by saying: "Our economy is people. We are on the threshold of a new era of American progress and we are in need of renewed faith and a new leader."

He then asked the audience to join him for a beer.

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<![CDATA[Examining Big Issues Facing State Legislature]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:48:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/capitol84933556.jpg The state legislature returned Monday with one last opportunity to deal with some thorny issues before its adjournment for the year on Sept. 11. Larry Gerston reports.

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<![CDATA[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:17:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, said Monday that he agrees with Donald Trump's idea that the United States should end the practice of allowing children of undocumented immigrants who are born in this country to gain citizenship as a birthright, NBC News reported

Asked by msnbc if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: "Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country. And I've been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it's important to send a message that we're going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we're going to enforce the laws."

Walker's comments came hours after front-runner Trump released an immigration plan that calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the construction of a large wall along the border with Mexico, an increase in trade tariffs with Mexico and fees on NAFTA workers visas. 

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<![CDATA[Sanders Draws Big Crowds at Iowa State Fair, Town Hall]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:12:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_331484957977.jpg

Bernie Sanders may not leave Iowa as popular as the pork chop on a stick or fried PBJ — but the Democratic candidate rolled into the Iowa State Fair to a crowd that wrapped around to the back of the soapbox stage to hear him speak on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Vermont senator spoke at a town hall in Boone, a town about an hour outside of Des Moines.

Sanders called for expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income, creating a single-payer healthcare system, and pushed back against the government's use of an unemployment rate figure that does not include those who gave up on looking for work and those who are working part time but would like to work full time.

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<![CDATA[Trump: Undocumented Immigrants 'Have to Go']]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:17:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_879695016320.jpg

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.

"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

Trump said, to begin, "we have to" rescind Obama's executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama's unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.

The comments are certain to further inflame already fierce opposition from Latino activists and advocacy groups. They've been critical of Trump's candidacy from the start, when he kicked off his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending "criminals" and "rapists" to the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls Boston Mayor a 'Clown']]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:57:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Michigan.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire on Friday after a recent poll showed his numbers in the state are slipping.

Trump hosted a packed rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton Friday night. He also held an unexpected question and answer session before the event.

While at the rally, Trump didn't cover much in terms of specific policies, but his audience loved it.

"It's the summer of Trump," he said.

Trump described elected officials in Washington as "stupid leadership," then added that foreign leaders are "smarter, and sharper, and more cunning than our leaders."

Trump also turned on the Republican opposition.

"Nobody ever attacked me like Sen. Lindsey Graham. I mean, what he said. And he went from 1 percent to nothing," he said.

In classic Trump fashion, he attacked everyone, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

"He's a clown, Marty Walsh. I don't even know who he is," he said. "This guy Marty Walsh, he spends all of this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid and then he goes out and, and he's talking about Ice Bucket Challenges. Get a real mayor."

He currently leads the GOP field in New Hampshire and nationally.

This is his first visit to the Granite State since last week's GOP debate and his controversial remarks about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Video Juxtaposed Obama with 'Jihadi John']]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:44:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_464150734673.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday showing a masked ISIS executioner, accusing Democrats of "having fun" as foreign policy crises erupt around the globe.

The footage of "Jihadi John" — who featured in ISIS propaganda videos featuring the beheadings of Western hostages — and a scene from the deadly September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was interspersed with a photo showing a smiling President Obama in a golf cart and video of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton dancing amid confetti with her husband.

The words "politicians are having fun on our dime while the world is burning" conclude the video before Trump's campaign slogan is displayed. 

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<![CDATA[Gore Not Considering 2016 Run, Source Says]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:19:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/al+gore+serious.jpg

Former presidential candidate Al Gore will not seek a presidential run in 2016 despite rumors to the contrary, a top Democratic Party source told NBC News. 

A BuzzFeed report Thursday claimed that Gore's supporters have begun trying to figure out whether there is a path for the former vice president in the race. But the top Democratic source told NBC News there was nothing substantive happening along those lines. 

Gore has faced speculation about a second presidential run since he lost the election to George W. Bush in 2000. 

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<![CDATA[Joe Biden 'Calling Around' About 2016 Run]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:43:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-451068965.jpg

Joe Biden has been calling close friends to discuss the possibility of becoming a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, a longtime Democratic operative, and a source close to the vice president told NBC News. 

"I think he is doing the analysis and homework," the source who got a call from Biden said.

Aides are also "calling around" to Democratic operatives about a 2016 run.

Biden is not calling to ask "if" he should run, but saying, "I am thinking about it but I'm also thinking about Beau," the source said. Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son and former Delaware attorney general, died in May after battling brain cancer.

The vice president would need to get through the grief of losing his son before running, however, he is not there yet, the source said.

<![CDATA[Trump on Megyn Kelly: 'What I Said Was Appropriate']]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 08:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_244099086617.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasn't backing away Sunday morning from his "blood" comment regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, that prompted the host of the conservative gathering RedState to withdraw his invitation to the event over the weekend.

Trump said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he "doesn't mind apologizing" when he is wrong — but insisted he's not wrong. He claimed his controversial statement criticizing Kelly's questioning during Thursday's Fox News primary debate was justified.

Asked to clarify on whether he realized he was making a "demonic or animalistic" comments, or references to hormones, Trump said his statement was taken out of context.

"All I said is there is blood pouring out of her eyes and there was blood. And then I said you know what, I'm going to get on to the next sentence because frankly I don't have to talk about the blood coming out of her ears and her nose. It's a very common statement," Trump said.

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<![CDATA['Bulletproof': Female Trump Staffer Dismisses Critics]]> Sun, 09 Aug 2015 06:18:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_7695882324921.jpg

The female co-chair of Donald Trump's Iowa campaign slammed those who have criticized the real estate mogul's remarks about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as sexist and inappropriate.

Trump sparked outrage when he said Kelly, who moderated Thursday's GOP debate, had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." The remarks also cost him an appearance at the conservative gathering RedState.

Tana Goertz, Trump's Iowa co-chair, said she did not interpret the comment in the same way critics have, and was not offended. "I've always been treated with dignity and respect," she said.

Trump has said the questions at the debate were unfair, and he bristled at Kelly's questions about remarks he has made about women.

Goertz dismissed the critics and said Trump "is bulletproof" and that he is projecting his strength during the campaign.

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking the GOP Debate]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:55:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/WEB+6P+BROCK+RC+-+000030051.jpg

Republican presidential candidates faced off in a Fox News debate Thursday night.

The event set a ratings record and launched a number of claims as each of the 10 candidates selected for the primetime festivities fought to stand out in the crowd and appeal to the American people.

NBC Bay Area looked into a few of those messages to separate the facts from the fibs.

Claim No. 1

"If I ask them, if I need them, you know, most of the people on this stage I’ve given to, just so you understand, a lot of money." – Donald Trump

Donald Trump has directly given money to only two of the nine candidates that shared the stage with him during Thursday's debate. According to research by the independent fact-checking site PolitiFact, which compiled 25 years of state and federal campaign finance contributions by the real-estate mogul, Trump made a $10,000 donation to Scott Walker in 2014, and gave $500 to Jeb Bush back in 2002.

Melinda Jackson, a political scientist at San Jose State University, says Trump’s claims are likely intended to play up stereotypes about deal-making in Washington, D.C.

"A lot of Americans do feel quite cynical about that and are resonating with that claim that politicians can be bought and sold," she said.

Claim No. 2

"To agree with the career politicians in both parties, who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interest — then I ain’t your guy!" – Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz was outspoken during the debate regarding his campaign’s separation from special interest groups.

However, Congressional contributions tracked by Open Secrets tell a different story. More than half a dozen of the senator’s "Top 20 Contributors" from 2011 to 2014 are financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, major law firms like Sullivan and Cromwell, and oil companies.

Claim No. 3

"How is she going to lecture me on student loans? I owed over $100,000 in student loans just 4 years ago." – Marco Rubio

The Florida senator struck a chord when he told the audience that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton should not play up class differences when criticizing Republicans.

And a look at Rubio’s 2011 financial disclosure form seems to shed some light on the truthfulness of his student loan claim. That year’s form lists a "liability" of between $100,000 and $250,000 described as a "student loan" owed to Sallie Mae. However, that liability does not appear on his form for 2012, meaning it’s likely Rubio paid his debt off that year.

Claim No. 4

"ISIS rides around in a billion dollar’s worth of U.S. humvees. It’s a disgrace. We’ve got to stop…we shouldn’t fund our enemies, for goodness sakes." – Rand Paul

A number of news reports from earlier this summer state that ISIS actually stole the military vehicle — sold by the United States to Iraqi security forces — when the group invaded the city of Mosul in June 2014. This information is attributed to a televised interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

It’s estimated that the 2,300 humvees stolen by ISIS are valued at about a billion dollars brand new.

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<![CDATA[Pennsylvania AG Accused of Grand Jury Leak to Turn Herself In]]> Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:06:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kathleen-Kane-Resized.jpg

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will turn herself in Saturday afternoon on criminal charges linked to a grand jury investigation, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office told NBC10.

Kane, a Democrat, was charged with perjury, obstruction and other crimes for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information to punish two former staffers, who she thought were critical of her.

She is scheduled to go to the Montgomery County Detective Bureau in Norristown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for processing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the charges against Kane Thursday.

Kane says she is innocent and refuses to step down. 

The 49-year-old lawyer, who won the post 2012, is the first woman and the first Democrat elected to the position.