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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election

There’s a new billboard outside a bar named Jimbo’s in Clovis, Calif.

It depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin holding leashes attached to children’s bodies with the faces of local GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and President Trump.

The Nunes child is holding an ice cream cone.

“You have been a good boy Devin,” the billboard says.

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Chris Keena feels obliged to explain: He really is a Republican — honest! — before launching his critique of the Republican tax bill that just passed the House.

“I don’t believe in trickle-down theory,” said the 70-year-old retired attorney from Irvine. “The money they save — I’ve seen it in business — the money they save at the top, they keep at the top. It doesn’t trickle down.

“I hate to sound like a radical,” he went on, “and I guess it doesn’t go with being a Republican, but it’s a reality. There are a lot of people struggling here. The image is everyone is fat and happy. They’re not. They’re not.”

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in a celebratory mood after GOP tax plan passed.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in a celebratory mood after GOP tax plan passed. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

California’s House Republicans took another tough vote Thursday, with most opting to approve a tax overhaul expected to cost many Californians more in taxes. Several of the Republicans said they supported the bill because they think a compromise with the Senate will make it better.

“I don’t know if they’re going to make it better, but we’ll see,” said Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), who is among the Republicans considered vulnerable in next year’s election and voted in favor of the House bill. “There are some things in the Senate bill I like, there are some things in there that I don’t like.”

Supporting a bill in hopes that the Senate will improve it is similar to the tactic the Republicans tried in the spring when they attempted to push through a controversial effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. But the Senate never mustered enough support to pass a healthcare bill, leaving all 14 California Republicans with a “yes” vote on their record and nothing to show for it.

  • California Legislature
Sen. Tony Mendoza
Sen. Tony Mendoza (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Facing an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior with women who worked in his legislative office, state Sen. Tony Mendoza on Thursday criticized the current system of review as “opaque and unjust” and said he supports reforms.

The Democratic lawmaker from Artesia also acknowledged in a statement that in 2010 he faced concerns about his behavior from a female aide. He did not provide details about those concerns.

The Sacramento Bee later reported that a former aide named Haley Myers brought forward concerns that year about what she considered sexual harassment, including late-night text messages and invitations to one-on-one dinners.

  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
(Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

Insisting on a "unified course of action" on sexual harassment and abuse allegations in Sacramento, women in the California Legislature on Thursday suggested a broad investigation by outside experts and a town-hall style meeting to air the concerns in public.

"Our actions must be bold, transformative and unified," said the statement issued by the Legislative Women's Caucus. "Now is not the time to play politics."

In the wake of last month's open letter signed by dozens of women calling out a "pervasive" culture of sexual harassment, legislative leaders have scrambled to understand the scope of the problem and the best solutions. On Sunday, the state Senate announced that all abuse complaints will be handed over to outside investigators. An Assembly committee will hold the first public hearing on the issue of statehouse sexual harassment on Nov. 28.

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  • California Legislature
UC President Janet Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

State lawmakers reacted angrily on Thursday to an investigation that found University of California President Janet Napolitano approved a plan that led her top aides to interfere with a state audit into her office’s finances.

The audit of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) had been requested by legislators including Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

 “The action of UCOP in interfering with the Legislature’s attempt to provide greater financial transparency is not only deeply disappointing but also undermines the Legislature’s trust in the University of California’s leadership,” he said.

  • State government
Cannabis sprouts on display and for sale on Nov. 6, 2014.
Cannabis sprouts on display and for sale on Nov. 6, 2014. (Los Angeles Times)

California officials proposed new rules Thursday for the growing, transporting and sale of marijuana when the state begins issuing licenses in January, and industry officials said the regulations and hefty fees are a mixed bag.

The regulations, which are subject to public hearings before they are finalized, do not limit the size of cannabis farms, but require every plant to be traced from farm to sale. Security will be required at farms, trucks and pot shops, and cannabis cannot be marketed toward minors.

The license application fee for sellers and others will be $1,000 annually, but there are additional license fees of $4,000 to $72,000 charged to retailers based on how much they sell.

  • State government
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
  • 2018 governor's race
Scott Baio gives two thumbs up during his speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Scott Baio gives two thumbs up during his speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Actor Scott Baio endorsed Republican John Cox for governor on Thursday, saying Democratic rule of California is destroying the state.

Baio, best known for playing Chachi on the TV show “Happy Days,” made his endorsement in a 13-minute Facebook video.

“Google him. He’s a good guy. He’s a businessman; he’s not a politician. He wants to fix this stuff,” Baio said. “We gotta fix stuff in California, folks. It’s like communism here.”

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  • 2018 governor's race
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa joined former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Mickey Ibarra, former director of intergovernmental affairs for former President Bill Clinton, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Wednesday evening to read excerpts from the book “Latino Leaders Speak: Stories of Struggle and Triumph."  

Villaraigosa and Molina are contributors to the book co-edited by Ibarra, which includes 33 keynote addresses delivered as part of the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series.

In his speech, Villaraigosa reflected on losing the Los Angeles mayoral race in 2001 and said he was told he couldn’t win because the support for him wouldn’t be there. He later was elected mayor in 2005 and reelected in 2009.

Most California Republicans joined House colleagues Thursday to approve a GOP tax overhaul. Several said they supported the bill because they think the Senate will make it better.

Republican Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove and Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa joined Democrats in opposing the bill.

  Representative Party District Vote
  RepresentativeDoug LaMalfa PartyRepublican District1 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJared Huffman PartyDemocrat District2 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJohn Garamendi PartyDemocrat District3 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTom McClintock PartyRepublican District4 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMike Thompson PartyDemocrat District5 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDoris Matsui PartyDemocrat District6 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAmi Bera PartyDemocrat District7 VoteNo
  RepresentativePaul Cook PartyRepublican District8 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJerry McNerney PartyDemocrat District9 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJeffrey Denham PartyRepublican District10 VoteYes
  RepresentativeMark DeSaulnier PartyDemocrat District11 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNancy Pelosi PartyDemocrat District12 VoteNo
  RepresentativeBarbara Lee PartyDemocrat District13 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJackie Speier PartyDemocrat District14 VoteNo
  RepresentativeEric Swalwell PartyDemocrat District15 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJim Costa PartyDemocrat District16 VoteNo
  RepresentativeRo Khanna PartyDemocrat District17 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAnna Eshoo PartyDemocrat District18 VoteNo
  RepresentativeZoe Lofgren PartyDemocrat District19 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJimmy Panetta PartyDemocrat District20 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDavid Valadao PartyRepublican District21 VoteYes
  RepresentativeDevin Nunes PartyRepublican District22 VoteYes
  RepresentativeKevin McCarthy PartyRepublican District23 VoteYes
  RepresentativeSalud Carbajal PartyDemocrat District24 VoteNo
  RepresentativeSteve Knight PartyRepublican District25 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJulia Brownley PartyDemocrat District26 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJudy Chu PartyDemocrat District27 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAdam Schiff PartyDemocrat District28 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTony Cardenas PartyDemocrat District29 VoteNo
  RepresentativeBrad Sherman PartyDemocrat District30 VoteNo
  RepresentativePete Aguilar PartyDemocrat District31 VoteNo
  RepresentativeGrace Napolitano PartyDemocrat District32 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTed Lieu PartyDemocrat District33 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJimmy Gomez PartyDemocrat District34 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNorma Torres PartyDemocrat District35 VoteNo
  RepresentativeRaul Ruiz PartyDemocrat District36 VoteNo
  RepresentativeKaren Bass PartyDemocrat District37 VoteNo
  RepresentativeLinda Sanchez PartyDemocrat District38 VoteNo
  RepresentativeEdward Royce PartyRepublican District39 VoteYes
  RepresentativeLucille Roybal-Allard PartyDemocrat District40 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMark Takano PartyDemocrat District41 VoteNo
  RepresentativeKen Calvert PartyRepublican District42 VoteYes
  RepresentativeMaxine Waters PartyDemocrat District43 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNanette Barragan PartyDemocrat District44 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMimi Walters PartyRepublican District45 VoteYes
  RepresentativeLou Correa PartyDemocrat District46 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAlan Lowenthal PartyDemocrat District47 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDana Rohrabacher PartyRepublican District48 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDarrell Issa PartyRepublican District49 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDuncan Hunter PartyRepublican District50 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJuan Vargas PartyDemocrat District51 VoteNo
  RepresentativeScott Peters PartyDemocrat District52 VoteNo
  RepresentativeSusan Davis PartyDemocrat District53 VoteNo

Source: ProPublica's Represent API