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Political Landscape: 48th Congressional District candidates forum in Costa Mesa will focus on senior-related topics

LA Times

A forum Wednesday morning in Costa Mesa will feature candidates for the 48th Congressional District seat discussing issues related to senior citizens and people with disabilities, such as healthcare, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Written Community in Conversation: The Business of Politics

The Stanford GSB Experience

Getting an MBA doesn’t always lead to a lifelong career in business. Some alumni are turning to politics in hopes of making their message heard and creating change. We caught up with two candidates to ask them more about the intersection of business and politics.

Rachel Payne, MBA ’04, is the CEO and cofounder of Prizma and FEM inc. She is a Democrat running for U.S. Congress in Orange County, California. Payne has a 20-year technology background at companies including eBay and at Google, where she was a senior executive for eight years. At Google, she helped build a technology ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa and led a team to create mobile apps for the poor.

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Meet the Former Google Executive Challenging Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Congressman

, The Observer

The race to dethrone Vladimir Putin’s favorite congressman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), unfolds across a California district charred by Cold War disinformation. As the Russia investigation enraptures the American psyche, 16 Orange County candidates are jockeying for Rohrabacher’s seat ahead of the 2018 midterms—all lambasting the longstanding representative for his disconnect in a world now governed by transparency.

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Tech-Savvy Candidate Earns Backing of Women’s PAC

, Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper

Rachel Payne, the most recent challenger to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in the 48thCongressional District, recently received a high-profile endorsement from the political action committee Emily’s List, which backs pro-choice Democratic candidates.

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PRIMARY WATCH — EMILY’s List wades into CA-48, CA-10:


EMILY’s List jumped into the crowded primary to take on GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher by endorsing Democrat Rachel Payne, a technology company executive.

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Emily's List announces two more endorsements in California House races

, LA Times

The group announced Wednesday that it’s endorsing Rachel Payne’s candidacy against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Orange County... In a statement announcing the endorsements, President Stephanie Schriock highlighted Payne’s leadership in the tech industry.

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Candidates Debate Women’s Issues

, Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper

"Rouda and Payne by far outranked other candidates on women’s issues and their breadth of knowledge... "Payne, of Aliso Viejo, one of the lesser-known District 48 candidates, last week proved a debate stand-out, delivering answers in an impassioned torrent... "The technology executive and entrepreneur listed economic growth, equal pay and health care as her top priorities. She called for ending forced arbitration agreements and for mandatory paid family leave."

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Tech executive is latest Democrat to challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

, LA Times

Rachel Payne, a former Google executive who now heads up two Southern California-based technology firms, announced Monday that she’s running against the 15-term Republican from Costa Mesa.

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