<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Politics and Political News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:26:53 -0700 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:26:53 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SD Explained: Lilac Hills]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:45:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/lilac_hills_18.jpg

A huge swath of rural land currently filled with citrus and avocado groves could eventually be filled with almost 2,000 new homes if developers get their way.

Lilac Hills Ranch is a giant proposed housing project in Valley Center. More than 10 years in the making, the project’s developers, Accretive Investments, have run into a slew of controversies over the years.

The developer has clashed with community members and local agencies and the massive development goes against zoning laws and restrictions set by the county itself. But, county planners have recommended Lilac Hills be approved.

Wait, what?

Andrew Keatts digs into the perplexing development in anticipation of the County Supervisors' vote this fall. It's this week's San Diego Explained.

<![CDATA[Trump Signs Pledge to Back GOP's 2016 Nominee]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:56:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_173815961848.jpg

Presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party's next presidential nominee — whoever it may be.

The billionaire businessman announced his decision in a raucous news conference at Trump Tower, the gold-hued skyscraper in midtown Manhattan where he launched his surging and front-running campaign for president.

"The best way forward ... to win, is if I win the nomination and go direct against whoever (the Democrats) happen to put up. So for that reason, I have signed the pledge," Trump said.

"So, I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands, and we will go out and we will fight hard and we will win," he said.

Trump's decision comes weeks after he roiled the race for the GOP nomination when, in response to the first question at the opening debate of the 2016 campaign, he refused to promise to back the party's nominee if he fell short.

He was intensely lobbied by Republican National Committee leaders, who have struggled to rein in the unpredictable former reality television star. Trump announced his decision shortly after meeting privately with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

The decision puts an end — for now — to the nervousness felt inside the GOP about the prospect of Trump holding firm and keeping his options open. At the debate, he said that gave him "a lot of leverage."

The pledge is not legally binding. Trump could always change his mind, particularly if GOP establishment leaders take aggressive steps to thwart his candidacy in the coming months.

"I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge," Trump said Thursday.

If not for Trump, the need for such a loyalty oath probably would not exist. There were no doubts about the intentions of the GOP's other major presidential contenders headed into the debate, and they quickly lined up Thursday to sign.

"The RNC clearly felt it had to box Trump into a decision," said Doug Watts, a spokesman for fellow candidate and retired surgeon Ben Carson. "We just sort of shrugged our shoulders, and that's the end of that."

A third-party bid by Trump could harm the GOP's efforts to take back the White House after eight years of Democratic President Barack Obama. He leads the Republican field in what are still very early polls.

"Ross Perot ended up giving us the first Clinton, and I think if Trump does this, he could give us another Clinton," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on "CBS This Morning," referring to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

RNC officials have been working with Trump's campaign to avoid such a scenario. In recent days, Trump hinted the lobbying was beginning to work. "I think a lot of people are going to be very happy," he said Saturday in Tennessee.

The RNC's pledge asks candidates to promise to "endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is." Further, it asks them to pledge "that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate, nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party."

"It is, more than anything, your word," former technology executive Carly Fiorina said Thursday on CNN's "New Day." ''And I would presume that somebody running for president would like to signal to the American people, and most especially right now to Republican primary voters, that their word can be trusted."

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<![CDATA[Beluga Whale Photobombs Connecticut Governor's News Briefing]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:46:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/juno+gov+malloy+mystic+whale.jpg

Juno the beluga stole the show Wednesday at a press event with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The governor visited Mystic Aquarium to discuss travel in Connecticut ahead of Labor Day Weekend, touring the facility's Animal Rescue Clinic, Arctic Coast and Pacific Northwest exhibits before addressing the crowd in front of Juno's tank.

As the governor speaks, Juno appears behind him, swimming up to the governor and hovering over his shoulder. At one point, the beloved beluga presses his forehead to the glass, seeming to know he has an audience.

It's not the first time Juno has been playful with visitors or the camera.  He interacted with a mariachi band in 2011 and checked out the work of a sketch artist in 2012.

Watch Juno ham it up for the camera in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Poway Inches Closer to Drone 'No-Fly Zone']]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DRONE7.jpg

The Poway City Council voted 4 -1 Tuesday in favor of a temporary ordinance limiting drone activity during local emergencies like wildfires while asking the city attorney to review a permanent fix.

The ordinance has support of many local homeowners, but some worry the temporary fix over reaches and was hastily written and approved.

The current law, passed as an “interim emergency ordinance”, which means it’s only good for 45 days, is vague by design giving law enforcement “discretion” to crack down on drone operators within city limits.

Mayor Steve Vaus, who came up with the idea after seeing high profile news events of drones interfering with firefighters, says the final law will be more detailed.

“There is no chance someone is going to be busted for flying a drone that is not truly interfering with a significant public emergency” said Vaus. “The Sheriff’s Department has a clear understanding of what the intent of this is and when it is to be applied.

Several homeowners, who admitted confidence in the mayor and council said the temporary law still makes them nervous. “I generally do not like to see laws written when somebody in government says ‘trust me, we’re not going to enforce this except when we want to. Laws should be passed and uniformly enforced” said Steve Sarviel.

Vaus ultimately wants to establish a two-mile, no-fly zone around local emergencies which would carry a $1,000 fine for anyone who breaks the rules.

Vaus isn’t aware of any other local municipalities who’ve tackled the issue with these kind of local rules and fines, but he believes it will easily pass through city council at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Hopefully as the word goes out that we have this ordinance in place and we’re taking it seriously, somebody is going to think twice about whether all those YouTube views will be worth the fine and losing your $1,000 helicopter," the mayor said.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:02:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

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<![CDATA[Encinitas Mayor to Run for Dave Roberts' Board Seat]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kristin+gaspar+mayor+encinitas+08312015.jpg

 Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar has announced she will run for embattled Dave Roberts' Board of Supervisors seat representing the 3rd District. 

“I’ve been deeply involved in our community, and as an elected official over the last five years, and recognize the importance the Board of Supervisors plays in our region,” said Gaspar in a statement. “I made the decision to seek the 3rd District seat because I want to play a more active role in the important investments we need to make in our roads, infrastructure, and core county services. My experience in a private sector company and as an elected official has prepared me to work successfully with the group of Supervisors representing diverse districts.”

Gasper has served as president of the San Dieguito Water District Board and was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2010. In 2014, she became the mayor of Encinitas. She is also the chief financial officer for Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, a practice she runs with her husband. 

In the past, she has also been involved with the Encinitas Rotary as their president and the Encinitas Wastewater Authority Board as a chairwoman. She founded the North County Leadership Council and served on the board. 

Gaspar lives in Encinitas with her husband, Paul, and three children. 

"As a mother of young children, I want to work to make our community safe, healthy, and prosperous for our families,” Gaspar said in a statement. “I believe my experience as a small business owner, who understands the challenges of managing and growing a business; and my experience in local government will allow me to make a positive impact on the region."

In recent months, Roberts has been involved in some controversy. Three former Roberts’ staffers have filed claims against San Diego County claiming he misused county funds. In a separate claim filed against the county, Roberts’ former Chief of Staff Glynnis Vaughan alleges the supervisor’s office attempted to pay for a consultant through nefarious means.

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<![CDATA[Strawberry Company Owner Speaks About Development]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/agua+hedionda+7.jpg

The owner of the Carlsbad Strawberry Company is speaking out about the controversial Agua-Hedionda development plan in hopes that residents in the area will not try to overturn a recent vote to develop the area. 

“The 85-15 plan is a good plan. It’s good for my family, it’s good for continuing strawberry farming in this community and it’s good for Carlsbad,” said owner Jimmy Ukegawa. “It’s that simple.”

The project, a fancy outdoor shopping center slated for 2016 construction, overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon where the Carlsbad strawberry fields once grew. The shopping center will now be built on about 30 acres, leaving some 170-acres of the fields preserved, according to the developer.

Developer Rick Caruso said he plans nature trails, amphitheaters, places for people to enjoy the view and an outdoor classroom. The retail portion of the project would include a "farm-to-table" restaurant.

The developer was able to bypass the special election process after collecting enough signatures from Carlsbad residents in favor of the project.

If the council hadn't approved the project, it would have been put it on a special elections ballot, or they could have delayed the decision.

Citizens for North County is pushing for a special election on the project after the group says the center will “change the look and character of Carlsbad forever.”

The group says all of their signature gatherers are volunteers and are hoping to get 10,000 signatures to make it possible for people living in Carlsbad to vote on the project.

A ballot measure in Carlsbad could cost between $450,000 and $550,000, a city spokeswoman said.

"I think that the people of Carlsbad need to vote on this. I think the city council's fair, but I also believe that Caruso is underestimating the people that don't agree with this, and I say, 'Time to meet the family,'" said Carlsbad resident Sue Igoe.

The project got before the City Council for a vote without the typical extensive environmental review, known as CEQA. The process allows for a substantial public input and often involves concessions or mitigations to be made by the developer. 

The group opposed to the shopping center will need to get 10 percent of Carlsbad's registered voters signatures by Sept. 24th to qualify for that special election.

<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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[Carlsbad City Council Approves Agua Hedionda Lagoon Project]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:20:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lagoon-Paddleboard-0609.jpg

The Carlsbad City Council approved a controversial retail development Tuesday after protesters gathered at City Hall to ask officials to deny it.

The project, a fancy outdoor shopping center slated for 2016 construction, overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon where the Carlsbad strawberry fields once grew.

If the council hadn't approved the project, it would have been put it on a special elections ballot, or they could have delayed the decision.

A ballot measure in Carlsbad could cost between $450,000 and $550,000, a city spokeswoman said.

"I think that the people of Carlsbad need to vote on this. I think the city council's fair, but I also believe that Caruso is underestimating the people that don't agree with this, and I say, 'Time to meet the family,'" said Carlsbad resident Sue Igoe.

Many residents gathered at City Hall to make a public comment, so the 4 p.m. meeting went late into the night. A decision was not made until after 10 p.m.

The shopping center will now be built on about 30 acres, leaving some 170-acres of the fields preserved, according to the developer.

Developer Rick Caruso said he plans nature trails, amphitheaters, places for people to enjoy the view and an outdoor classroom.

The retail portion of the project would include a "farm-to-table" restaurant.

The project got before the City Council for a vote without the typical extensive environmental review, known as CEQA.

The developer was able to bypass that process, which allows for a substantial public input and often involves concessions or mitigations to be made by the developer. He did that by running a signature drive. Caruso gathered enough citizen signatures for the council to simply sign off on the project.

If successful, the same strategy may be used by other developers hoping to skip the lengthy and time-consuming CEQA process.

"I can't speak to what other developers might do," said Bryce Ross with Caruso Development Corp. "We've done everything the right way. We provided the city with a comprehensive environmental analysis. The city did their own impartial review of that analysis and found it to be consistent with the city's planning and development standards."

Opponents believed if they could put it to a vote, they would have been able to stop it at the ballot box, which would send the developer back to the beginning of the process.

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.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[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.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[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:20:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.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[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:17:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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.nbcsandiego.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[Gov. Brown Commends San Diegans for Conserving Water]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gov+jerry+brown+san+diego+mayor+kevin+faulconer.jpg

California Governor Jerry Brown visited San Diego Tuesday to meet with local water officials, city and county leaders to talk about the statewide drought. 

"There's nothing more important in California than water and making it available and using it wisely," Brown said at a news conference with reporters. 

Brown commended San Diegans for cutting their water use in compliance with the 25 percent cut required but said the region has to keep up with whatever conservation goals and investments are required going forward. 

"We have to stay vigilant and we have to be prepared to make the investments needed so that we have the water when we need it and we protect ourselves from forest fires or other fires that are connected to the drought," Brown said, referencing California's nearly year-round wildfire season. 

Brown met for an hour and a half with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and spoke with representatives from the Water Authority at City Hall downtown.

Brown said though water rates are rising even amid San Diegans meeting their conservation goals, it is important for residents to continue to conserve.

"It's really important that we conserve and that we create additional water supply," Brown said. "When I say conserve, that also includes wise, efficient use of the water we have."

He said it would take the state a long time expand its system of reservoirs and delivery facilities, as well as bring more desalinization plants and recycling technology on line. 

"The state will be helping us out to pay for some of our conservation programs, recycling programs, potable re-use programs," said Maureen Stapleton, the general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. "We're looking forward to working with the state to get our share of the funds."

Brown visited San Diego in October to urge voters to pass two ballot measures to help state officials cope with the drought.

Tuesday’s visit is the first since the governor mandated unprecedented water reductions across the state on April 1.