Calling himself the only “true conservative” in California’s race for governor, Republican Travis Allen revived up a crowd of supporters at the state Capitol Sunday with praise for President Trump and calls for cutting taxes and securing the border.
A few hundred people showed up to hear Allen, an assemblyman from Huntington Beach, at his “Take Back California” rally Sunday afternoon, an event peppered with patriotic chants and signs slamming Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and calling for the repeal of the gas tax.
Allen rattled off a list of “day one” policy changes he would make if elected governor: repealing the newly approved gas tax; scrapping plans to replumb the state water supply system with the Delta tunnels; nixing the high-speed rail system and tossing out California’s so-called “sanctuary state” law.
Garcetti calls on Democrats to unite, saying Republicans, internet trolls & Vladimir Putin want them to be divided. Gives a thumbs up hen someone shouted “Eric Garcetti for president” pic.twitter.com/T8yfrXjiLZ
Does this logo look familiar? Supporters of Kimberly Ellis wore sinmilar shirts during the contentious race for @CA_Dem chair last year. This year, a group of activists aligned with Ellis' vision is pushing for changes to the state party's rules pic.twitter.com/nNNwFq8R7h
Two rules change proposals they're speaking on today are 1) to make the members of the party's compliance review commission, which examined the Ellis/Bauman votes, elected instead of appointed 2) to ban party executives from making money from lobbyists/campaigns/PACs pic.twitter.com/sWWFcSN2Jl
Fliers they're passing out urge party officials to "make the Democratic Party democratic." Another proposal they've floated: ending the consent calendar system for party endorsements. More on that from @jpanzar: https://t.co/nK0wA7aU1F
Former Trump campaign aide Richard W. Gates III is expected to plead guilty today to conspiracy and lying about a 2013 Ukraine-related meeting between his former business partner Paul Manafort, a lobbyist and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).
The meeting became public in the summer when Manafort belatedly filed a disclosure form for his work as a foreign agent on behalf of Ukraine. Rohrabacher at the time called it a “nice little dinner” and said that Russia and the Baltic states probably came up, but it wasn't the focus of their conversation.
Three days after the dinner, Manafort contributed $1,000 to Rohrabacher's reelection campaign. Gates was Manafort's deputy on the campaign and continued to serve as a senior advisor through Trump's inauguration. He is expected to testify against Manafort if his case goes to trial.
Thousands of California Democrats are gathering in San Diego today for their annual convention, where potential presidential contenders will make appearances and state candidates will battle for endorsements from the party faithful in advance of the June primary.