Los Angeles voters in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, East Los Angeles and Chinatown are heading— again — to the polls Tuesday, this time to vote for their next Assembly member.
For many of them, this is the fifth election they've been asked to vote in since March, when L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection. Then came a hotly contested L.A. City Council runoff and two separate elections to fill the congressional seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, who moved on to become state attorney general. (Jimmy Gomez, California's newest congressman, won that race, leaving his Assembly seat open and setting things in motion for Tuesdays' election.)
If none of the 13 candidates on the ballot gets more than 50% of the vote Tuesday, voters can expect to be seeing mail about a sixth one soon.
A court filing on behalf of state Sen. Josh Newman said that the California Legislature acted properly in adopting new rules for a recall campaign against him, and it charged a lawsuit challenging the rules is politically motivated.
Republican activists said they launched the recall because Newman, a Democrat from Fullerton, voted to raise gas taxes.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. filed a lawsuit alleging it was improper for the Legislature to retroactively require a recall campaign against Newman to go through additional steps, including a financial analysis of the election and a period during which people can remove their signatures from petitions.
Yona Barash, a Republican surgeon seeking his first elected office, is getting his congressional campaign rolling with a conservative commentator who has stoked controversy in California.
Barash invited Ben Shapiro to his Tuesday evening fundraiser as he tries to build a war chest to unseat Sacramento-area Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat from Elk Grove. General admission tickets are $150, while attending the VIP reception costs $1,000.
Shapiro runs a website called the Daily Wire and previously worked at Breitbart News, although he's since become an outspoken critic of Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump. He was a frequent target of anti-Semitic harassment during last year's campaign.
The fundraiser is not Shapiro's only event in Sacramento on Tuesday. He also was invited by state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) to a Capitol hearing on 1st Amendment issues titled "Combating Hate While Protecting the Constitution." Shapiro is expected to speak during the public comment period of the hearing.