Three top California Republicans sent a letter Friday urging party members to retain state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte as the party looks toward statewide elections in 2018.
"It's no secret that California's demographic trends present challenges for the GOP," read the letter, signed by Tim Clark, California director for the Donald Trump campaign; Ron Nehring, a former state GOP chairman; and Steve Poizner, who as state insurance commissioner from 2007 to 2011 was the last Republican to hold statewide office.
"Chairman Brulte understands that Republicans must focus, in the short term, on winning battles where we can, while also making permanent, long-term growth into California's diverse communities," the letter continued.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Friday certified a record-breaking count of 14.6 million ballots cast statewide, calling the November 2016 election "smooth" and free of compromises or breaches.
Padilla, a Democrat who endorsed Hillary Clinton during the primary season, once more refuted a claim by President-elect Donald Trump of rampant voter fraud statewide, saying it was "absolutely false" and without basis or evidence.
He declined to speculate as to what could happen Monday, when the members of the electoral college across the nation cast their votes for president. But he said he hoped that process in California would go as smoothly as the general election.
California may have overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump still has passionate supporters from the state.
Shirley Husar, a Republican National Convention delegate from Pasadena, visited Trump Tower on Friday to talk about urban renewal with Omarosa Manigault, a Trump advisor and former "Apprentice" contestant.
Husar, who is African American, helped nominate Trump at the convention, calling him a "candidate that can provide for my boys and all Californians the hope and opportunity of the true America."
The 2016 presidential campaign will finally come to an end Monday when the members of the electoral college across the nation cast their votes for president, reflecting the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.
While that action will officially seal the win for Donald Trump, in California, the ceremony will be decidedly centered around Hillary Clinton, whose decisive victory here helped power her lead in the nationwide popular vote.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who will certify the results of the Nov. 8 election this week, said it's wrong to consider overhauling some parts of federal voting law without also weighing the merits of the electoral college in the modern era.
"Is it past time to revisit the electoral college? Absolutely," Padilla said Thursday in a meeting with The Times Editorial Board.
State Sen. Richard Pan on Monday said all California children should have a basic right to quality childcare, early education and health and dental services no matter where they live or the income of their parents.
At a news conference held in the playground of the Discovery Tree School, the pediatrician and Sacramento Democrat unveiled the Children’s Bill of Rights, stating all children have the right to live in a just, safe, healthy and supportive society.
The proposal, sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action, states the Legislature's intent to expand and formalize the rights of children and to work on legislation that aims to help families provide and care for their children.
As other potential candidates have been weighing whether to jump in to the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), L.A. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has been busy rolling out endorsements from state and national Latino leaders.
Five members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have endorsed Gomez so far: Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk), Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), Filemon Vega of Texas and Arizona's Ruben Gallego.
Gomez already has support from state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Contradicting claims made by President-elect Donald Trump, the state Assembly's top Republican said Wednesday that he doesn't believe there was rampant voter fraud in California on Nov. 8.
"I don't think there's widespread fraud in California," said Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) in an interview with The Times in Sacramento.
In a Nov. 27 tweet, Trump alleged "serious voter fraud" in California and two other states — an allegation without any evidence to support it. It was the president-elect's first and only comment about the results in California, which he lost to Hillary Clinton by almost 4.3 million votes.