With the turmoil over the cap-and-trade debate behind him, newly elected Assembly Republican leader Brian Dahle said Friday he is looking ahead to the 2018 elections and his party’s efforts to end the Assembly's Democratic supermajority.
The passage of controversial gas tax increases has already led to one recall campaign against a Democrat, and Dahle believes it will help Republican candidates running against Democratic incumbents who voted for the tax hikes.
“I know when I go to the gas pump it hurts,” Dahle said. “So I am assuming for everybody else who is going to the pump, it’s going to hurt. If we can communicate that story I think it will be to our advantage.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown urged President Trump on Friday to keep a federal deportation protection program for people brought to the country illegally as children.
"To uproot these young people from the only country they have known as home is to turn our back on the future," Brown wrote in the letter. "It is cruel and it runs counter to the ideals this country was founded on."
Facebook security chief Alex Stamos says the social media network has massively expanded its team to target the threats of cyberwarfare that trickle down from countries like Russia and China.
But it is increasingly focused on the subtle ways in which attackers can manipulate digital propaganda and misinformation to affect the outcome of elections around the world — a new risk that requires little or no traditional expertise on information security.
With potentially hundreds of activists from other states coming to California for rallies and protests, a state lawmaker called Friday on federal officials to reject proposals that would allow people with concealed weapon permits in other states to bring their weapons to the Golden State.
State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) introduced a resolution in the state Legislature in response to two measures in Congress that he said would allow out-of-state gun owners with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into California and ignore this state’s tougher permit laws.
He said he was alarmed by news footage of the violence at the Unite the Right rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists openly carried firearms, including assault rifles.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday stalled an ambitious bill that sought to overhaul how courts award criminal defendants bail while their cases are pending, saying he and the authors of the legislation will continue negotiations through the fall and revisit the issue early next year.
“I believe that inequities exist in California’s bail system, and I look forward to working this fall on ways to reform the system in a cost-effective and fair manner, considering public safety as well as the rights of the accused,” Brown said in a statement.
The announcement came after days of rallies and heavy lobbying efforts by supporters of the bill, including a free concert by music artist and activist Common in Sacramento. Behind the scenes, bail agencies and lobbyists for prosecutors and law enforcement associations were raising concerns about its cost and the strain on resources it could place on its agencies.
Six weeks after helping Democrats revamp California’s landmark climate change policy and facing a torrent of anger from conservative critics, the Republican leader of the state Assembly agreed Thursday to step down and allow a rural Northern California lawmaker to lead the GOP’s fractured caucus.
The shuffle, which saw Chad Mayes replaced by Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) as leader, comes as the California Republican Party’s numbers continue to shrink among registered voters and in elected office. Republicans make up just over a quarter of the state’s total voters, while Democrats in the last election won supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), who has faced rowdy protesters and sharp barbs at town halls this year, received a kinder if not exactly warm response in a remote town in the Sierra foothills Thursday evening.
Most of the hostility from the crowd inside the Foresthill High School gym focused on McClintock’s support for President Trump.
The congressman faced multiple questions on Trump’s controversial comments about the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, prompting McClintock to disavow the hate groups and defend the president.
A lawsuit filed in a California appeals court on Thursday alleges the ballots of as many as 45,000 voters weren't counted in November because of the state's flawed rules for verifying the signatures of those who vote by mail.
The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on behalf of a Sonoma County voter who said his ballot wasn't counted after his signature on the ballot envelope was deemed to not match the one that elections officials had on file.
"People should not be denied their right to vote because a government official doesn't like their penmanship, but that’s exactly what is happening in California," said Michael Risher, an ACLU staff attorney, in a written statement.