The California Democratic Party will no longer accept political donations from oil companies or their representatives in Sacramento.
The decree was handed down by Chairman John Burton and announced at the party’s executive committee meeting in San Diego on Saturday.
“I felt that big oil was just swaggering around the Capitol,” said RL Miller, president of Climate Hawks Vote Political Action and chair of California Democratic Party’s Environmental Caucus. “They just have too much influence in Sacramento.”
The Senate race between Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and Democrat Josh Newman has narrowed significantly, making the Democrats' chances of securing a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature suddenly much more likely.
As of Friday afternoon, as outstanding votes continued to be counted, Chang's lead over Newman had been cut to just 187 votes in the 29th Senate District, which includes parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
The day after the election, Chang enjoyed a nearly 3,900-vote advantage, but that lead shrank dramatically as mail and provisional ballots were tallied this week.
California’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, saying he holds views that are “incompatible with constitutional guarantees.” She pointedly referred to GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama by his given name: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.
Sessions is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, and in the 1980s his nomination to become a federal court judge was blocked over allegations he made several racially offensive remarks.
She has until Dec. 7 to submit at least 500 nominating signatures for her campaign. Lopez would be running to replace Monica Ratliff, who is raising money for a possible City Council run. Ratliff represents the LAUSD board's 6th District, which includes much of Lopez's current Assembly district.
Ellison, a progressive Democrat who was the first Muslim American elected to Congress, will be speaking to members of the California Democratic Party’s executive committee at their weekend conference in San Diego.
Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, and how the party should respond, is expected to be a primary topic at the meeting.
As California turned blue on election night, state political leaders found themselves at odds with an incoming presidential administration some see as an existential threat to the progressive work they have accomplished.
In the days since, California's Democratic leaders have rushed to set up the state as a liberal counterweight to President-elect Donald Trump, laying the groundwork for four years of battles with Washington.
The posture is out of character for a state that in recent times has not tended to view federal power with hostility. But it seems to be taking a cue from a perennial rival: Texas playing the role of chief antagonist to President Obama.
Want to be there in person to see Donald Trump sworn in as the nation's 45th president? It's time to start talking with your member of Congress.
Each congressional office receives a limited number of tickets for the swearing-in ceremony held on the Capitol's west steps on Jan. 20. The tickets are normally standing room only, and there are some spaces in the area to glimpse the new president taking the oath even if you don't get a ticket.
It's not yet clear how many tickets each office will get this year, and a few offices have already started talking about giving them away. The majority of California's 55 members (39 of whom are Democrats) haven't put out a public call for takers yet.