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  • California Legislature
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) speaks at the Capitol in 2017.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) speaks at the Capitol in 2017. (Rich Pedroncelli)

Two Democratic state assemblymen want to raise the state’s business taxes in response to President Trump’s federal tax overhaul.

Assemblymen Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and Phil Ting of San Francisco introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22 Thursday that would raise corporate taxes on California companies with revenues higher than $1 million. The state tax hike would be for an amount equivalent to half what they received from the federal tax cut.

“I’ve seen enough billionaire justice in the first 11 months of this presidency to last my lifetime,” McCarty said in a statement. “At a time when reckless federal tax policy favors billionaires over middle-class workers, ACA 22 will help ensure that California can continue to grow and support middle-class families throughout the state.”

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses delegates at general session at the California Democratic Party convention.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses delegates at general session at the California Democratic Party convention. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Two of the biggest names in California Democratic circles implored party faithful to fight to win in the midterms as Democrats try to seize back control of the U.S. House.

“Standing in the way of the American Dream are Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “They are in the way of equality of opportunity, public education and debt-free college. They are in the way of affordable healthcare.”

Despite intractability on issues such as gun control, immigration and sexual harassment, “We don’t agonize, we organize!” Pelosi said. The same slogan was plastered on posters that bore her name and likeness imposed on the classic image of “Rosie the Riveter.”

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Antonio Villaraigosa was endorsed by the United Farm Workers at the California Democratic Convention on Saturday, a counterpoint to claims the previous night that he is not a friend to labor unions.

“Antonio has consistently stood with and worked with farmworkers in good times and tough times over the course of many years,” said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the union, saying Villaraigosa’s efforts stretched from picketing on behalf of striking grape pickers as a teenager to his days as an elected leader and beyond. “He made calls to legislators, he walked picket lines and he sought to use his influence to help farmworkers get better lives.”

Villaraigosa noted that while he had never worked in the fields, he felt a responsibility to stand up for farmworkers and other Californians to have rewarding work that allows them to provide for their families.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center left, meets with supporters after a breakfast at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center left, meets with supporters after a breakfast at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego. (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein stuck to core Democratic themes in a speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego on Saturday, saying President Trump has disgraced the White House, and highlighting her decades-long support for the assault weapons ban and protecting immigrants.

The senator, who is running for her fifth full term, also indirectly touched on the intraparty challenge she faces from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles. 

De León lags far behind in the polls and fundraising but has picked up strong support from labor unions and has at least an outside shot at nabbing the state party’s endorsement this weekend.

Ingrid Gunnel must feel like the most popular voter in Southern California.

Text messages from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely pop up on her cellphone. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for attorney general, penned her a handwritten letter. Entreaties from dozens of other politicians have appeared in her mailbox and Facebook timeline for weeks.

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