Public support for the state’s battle against global warming remains strong and growing, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
Seventy-two percent of California adults back last year’s law requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Fifty percent said climate policies would create more jobs, the highest level since the question was first asked seven years ago.
A majority of Californians said they didn’t know anything about the state’s cap-and-trade program, which lawmakers recently voted to extend until 2030. But once they were read a description of cap and trade, 56% said they supported the program, another record high for the poll.
For the second time in less than a month, California's chief elections officer has refused to hand over data to President Trump's voter fraud commission, arguing on Wednesday that the inquiry is still part of an "illegitimate" exercise.
"I still have the same concerns," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. "I can't in good conscience risk the privacy of voters in California with this commission."
Protesters have been showing up at GOP Rep. Darrell Issa's Vista office weekly in the months since President Trump took office. Though Issa has come out to greet them a few times, he's also made some phone calls and sent a letter to the city to complain about the protesters, records uncovered by the San Diego Union-Tribune and CBS 8 show.
A leader of California’s marijuana industry warned Wednesday that the state’s cannabis growers produce eight times the pot that is consumed in the state so some will face “painful” pressure to reduce crops under new state regulations that will ban exports after Jan. 1.
Some marijuana growers will stay in the black market and continue to illegally send cannabis to other states, which is also not allowed under federal law, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers’ Assn.
Amid speculation about a potential future presidential bid, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is headlining a Los Angeles fundraiser for her reelection campaign on Sunday.
Donors are being asked to contribute up to $5,400 to attend the afternoon reception at the Brentwood home of Andy Spahn, an advisor to some of the entertainment industry’s biggest political contributors, and his wife, Jennifer Perry.
Paul Begala and James Carville, former top advisors to President Bill Clinton, are billed as special guests.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made a political career out of not toeing the party line of his fellow Republicans, said it's largely a function of having grown up in a country with very different views on social and economic policy than those in the United States.
"I mostly argue with myself," Schwarzenegger said on the Politico "Off Message" podcast that published on Tuesday. "There's the Austrian Arnold and the American Arnold, right?"
The two-term governor said his embracing of after-school programs, which he convinced voters to fund with taxpayer dollars in a 2002 ballot initiative, did not necessarily fit with his otherwise Republican principles about families taking care of their own children.
Schiff responded on his official House Twitter account, saying the comment was "beneath the dignity of the office." Within hours, his campaign Twitter account was promoting an ad asking people to "chip in" and "Stand with Adam."