In a debate that both sides agreed was largely symbolic, the California Assembly on Monday ratified a resolution criticizing President Trump's contentious executive order imposing new limits on refugees and other immigrants.
"I believe that this executive order does not improve our national security, but actually weakens it," said Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), the resolution's author.
Constituents of Reps. Mimi Walters and Dana Rohrabacher are hoping a few snide "love" notes might help open the door to a meeting with the Republican members of Congress.
Children delivered hundreds of valentines and cookies to Walters' Irvine office after school Monday as part of an event organized by a group calling itself the 45th Congressional District of California Constituents.
Some of the valentines remind the members that they can be replaced and include rhymes like, "Roses are red. Our District is Blue. We demand a town hall but a new rep will do."
State lawmakers should take more control over California’s signature program to combat climate change, the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst said in a new report Monday.
The analyst recommended the Legislature vote to extend the cap-and-trade program, an auction system where companies purchase credits to pollute, as the primary mechanism to meet the state’s aggressive goal of reducing emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
Right now by law, all revenue from cap-and-trade has to go toward programs directly related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. But the analyst said lawmakers should broaden their authority to allow spending on efforts to offset increased costs for residents and businesses to meet the environmental targets. To do so, the Legislature should secure a supermajority vote on extending the program to ensure that effort is insulated from legal challenge, the state legislative analyst said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on Monday joined other California Democrats who have called for President Trump to fire his national security advisor, retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn.
Flynn has been in hot water since the Washington Post reported he misled Vice President Mike Pence and others in the administration about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador about U.S. sanctions prior to the inauguration.
The FBI is looking at Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to determine whether Flynn tried to undermine the Obama administration’s move to toughen sanctions against Moscow after concluding that Russia had tried to influence the outcome of the U.S. election, according to multiple news reports.
The final certified list of candidates is expected to be released next week.
In the meantime, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the results of the "random alphabet drawing" — a ritual that occurs for every election in which the agency's staff literally pulls letters from a bingo-style cage. See this example from last year's election season: