Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) just got a nod from California's top state official in his race for Congress. Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Gomez on Thursday, saying he has "made a difference for California's families."
In a statement released by Gomez's campaign, Brown lauded Gomez's work to expand California's paid family leave program, a policy win Gomez often speaks about on the campaign trail. "Jimmy will be an outstanding Congressmember and I urge Angelenos to support him on June 6," Brown said.
Gomez, who will face attorney Robert Lee Ahn in a June 6 runoff to replace Xavier Becerra, has garnered the lion's share of endorsements from the Democratic Party establishment, including dozens of local, state and federal elected officials. His other endorsements include L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Becerra himself.
May. 4, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
California in Congress
Most people don't even know who their congressperson is in many places. And now they'll find out. They will find out that their congressperson voted to take away their healthcare.
Nancy Pelosi, with a warning to Republicans a couple of hours before a scheduled vote on the Republican healthcare plan to replace Obamacare.
Former California Assemblyman Richard Gordon said Wednesday he is dropping out of the 2018 race for the state’s scandal-plagued tax board because he believes setting it up as an elected panel has contributed to its problems, including multiple investigations.
A Democrat from Menlo Park, Gordon was a high-profile candidate in the field of three vying for the 2nd District seat on the state Board of Equalization.
His decision to end his candidacy comes a few weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown stripped the board of its contracting and hiring powers and asked state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to launch an investigation into allegations that the board misused state resources.
California's two Democratic senators filed legislation Wednesday that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship.
“Everywhere I travel in California, I hear from farmers, growers and producers from all industries — wine, citrus, fruit and tree nuts, dairy — that there aren’t enough workers,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement. “Farm labor is performed almost exclusively by undocumented immigrants — a fact that should surprise no one."
A 30-year-old investor will challenge the Central Valley's Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) in 2018.
Turlock native and Democrat Josh Harder announced a bid for the 10th Congressional District on Wednesday.
Harder is a vice president in Bessemer Venture Partners' San Francisco office, where he focuses on investment in software, mobile and telecommunications. He moved back to the district, where he grew up, a month ago and will step away from his role with the company during the campaign, he said.
In his first 100 days in office, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has filed a flood of legal briefs challenging Trump administration orders on immigration, the environment and other issues, and he said Wednesday he expects much of his future to be taken up by fighting new attacks on the state’s policies.
Becerra told reporters during an appearance to mark the completion of 100 days in office that he will also pursue other priorities, including a crackdown on nonprofit groups that scam consumers or improperly spend their money on political campaigns.
“I am tired of seeing people abuse the not-for-profit status for their own benefit or for someone’s benefit except for those they say they are trying to help when they ask you for charitable contributions,” Becerra said. He condemned "veterans organizations that are out there doing anything but helping veterans, or those folks who say give them 15 bucks and they will help you get your Social Security checks in the mail.”
Eight of California’s 14 GOP members of Congress haven't taken a position on the Republican bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, making them the target of opponents, supporters and House GOP leaders who need a few more votes.
News outlets that have polled the entire GOP caucus say they've found 19 to 22 Republicans who will vote against it. That’s focused attention on roughly two dozen undecided members, including the Californians.
An outside group funded almost exclusively by Korean American entrepreneur Myung Ki "Mike" Hong is backing Robert Lee Ahn in Los Angeles' 34th Congressional District race.
On Tuesday, it reported spending $8,000 on legal services to support Ahn. It's the first outside money being spent in hopes of influencing the contest between Ahn and Gomez, who are both competing to replace Xavier Becerra in Congress in the June 6 runoff election.
The group, which calls itself Citizens for a Better Government, was formed before Ahn came in second in the crowded April primary. But it wasn't until last week that Hong dropped $50,000 into the account. Another donor, accountant Robert L. Hymers, contributed $4,000.