The California Democratic Party on Friday came closer to adopting a new policy that would require party leaders to fully disclose any compensation they receive to advocate for a statewide ballot initiative or candidate for state office.
The push for transparency comes after Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and a candidate for state party chair, faced criticism after his political consulting firm was paid by opponents of Proposition 61, which voters rejected on Nov. 8.
The contract has become a pivotal issue in the party's contentious race for party chair between Bauman and Kimberly Ellis, a Democratic organizer who has become the favored candidate among many Bernie Sanders supporters.
Supporters of a bid for California independence are again submitting plans for a 2018 statewide ballot measure to potentially leave the United States.
Members of the California Freedom Coalition gathered outside the state Capitol on Friday before turning in their proposed initiative to the state attorney general’s office for review.
Cindy Sheehan, who gained international attention as an anti-war protestor after her son died during the Iraq war in 2004, told the Los Angeles Times at the gathering that the state should stop subsidizing a federal government that she characterized as out of step with California values.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher laughed when a reporter from The Hill newspaper asked Friday whether he is getting paid by Russia.
"Am I getting money from Russia? No," the Huntington Beach Republican said.
The question stemmed from a Washington Post story this week that disclosed an audio recording from last year in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said he thought Rohrabacher and then-candidate Donald Trump were being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and his wife Brittany announced the birth of their first child Friday, a boy.
The couple named their son Eric Nelson Swalwell and plan to call him Nelson, according to the congressman's Instagram. He was born in San Ramon, Calif. Swalwell reports that mom and baby are healthy and well.
Swalwell is serving his third term in Congress and is head of the Future Forum, a group of younger House members focused on issues millennials care about, such as student loan debt.
The official record will show that the state Assembly passed all of the bills related to a new state budget on Thursday, almost a month before the constitutional deadline to do so.
But the record will also show those bills were devoid of any language related to the budget. They were, like ones passed last week by the Senate, empty legislative vessels.
As in, one-page bills with placeholder language: "This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2017," reads one. "It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2017," reads another. That's all that is in Assembly Bill 137 and 39 other bills that will ultimately carry the contents of a fiscal plan negotiated between Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.
Thousands of California's Democratic activists, party leaders and others on the front lines of the "resistance" against President Trump are gathering in Sacramento this weekend for their spring convention.
The annual confab, which runs Friday to Sunday, is expected to help chart the course for one of the nation's most influential state political parties at a time when California seeks to be a liberal bulwark against the Trump administration.