Billionaire environmentalist and megadonor Tom Steyer has launched a nationwide TV and digital campaign asking Americans to petition their members of Congress to impeach President Trump.
"He's brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in direct violation of the Constitution has taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth. If that isn't a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become?" Steyer says in the video, which identifies him as simply "American Citizen."
"Join us and tell your member of Congress that they have a moral responsibility to stop doing what’s political and start doing what’s right," Steyer says in the ad.
"Hamilton" fever has caught at least two Los Angeles area members of Congress who’ve used campaign funds to purchase tickets to the hit musical’s run at the Hollywood Pantages.
Rep. Tony Cárdenas' campaign and his political action committee Victory by Investing, Building and Empowering PAC spent $105,500 in April buying tickets to the show, which is playing in L.A. until Dec. 30.
Two fundraisers using the approximately 400 tickets have raised more than $300,000, a spokesman for the congressman’s campaign said. For both Cárdenas’ campaign and the PAC, the tickets were the single most costly expense of the year.
The California Republican Party is ramping up security at its weekend convention in anticipation of protests at the Friday night keynote speech by Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Trump and the executive chairman of Breitbart News.
“Part of providing a good experience for our convention goers is assuring your safety,” state party Executive Director Cynthia Bryant wrote in an email to attendees on Thursday describing the security measures.
Attendees will pass through metal detectors and their property is subject to be searched before they are allowed to enter the ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott, where the speech and dinner are taking place. Weapons, noisemakers and signs are prohibited.
A California state senator says she intends to introduce a bill next year to ban confidentiality provisions in monetary settlements stemming from sexual harassment, assault and discrimination cases.
“Secret settlements in sexual assault and related cases can jeopardize the public — including other potential victims — and allow perpetrators to escape justice just because they have the money to pay the cost of the settlements,” Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) said in a statement Thursday. “This bill will ensure that sexual predators can be held accountable for their actions and ideally prevent them from victimizing others."
The measure comes after revelations of decades-long alleged sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Some of those incidents were obscured from public view thanks to monetary settlements whose terms required confidentiality.
Nancy Pelosi knows what it feels like to have to prove herself in politics simply because she’s a woman. She says she experiences the pressure every day.
But “it’s your problem if you don’t recognize that women are ready to do any job,” the House minority leader said in an interview before a Summit event hosted by the Los Angeles Times and the Berggruen Institute on Wednesday night.
When she decided to run for a leadership position in Congress, Pelosi said a man questioned her move.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) spoke Wednesday about her view of national news, working with the Trump White House and the future of the Democratic Party. The event was co-hosted by The L.A. Times and the Berggruen Institute.
Following that conversation, Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers hosted a panel discussion about the view from California. Joining him were state Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Republican strategist Luis Alvarado, UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck and Alma Hernandez, executive director of SEIU California. Watch that here.
Oct. 18, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
You know, my whole life, I’ve been told to wait my turn and know my place. Well, it’s California's turn to lead. And California's place to be a shining example for the world and a stark contrast to the failures of Washington.
State Senate leader Kevin de León, kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign