Gov. Jerry Brown is making a rare cameo at an Assembly Democratic caucus gathering on Wednesday, giving an in-person sales pitch for his $52-billion transportation plan. But he'll be facing a wary audience of fellow Democrats.
Brown's visit comes one day after tensions flared at the caucus' regular Tuesday lunch, where fears about a tough political vote were compounded by complaints about the short turnaround between the deal's unveiling and Thursday's scheduled vote.
"Part of the frustration that you're hearing is that it's a self-imposed deadline," said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). "My perspective is that people want to be reflective about how we handle a big change, and so we want to make sure we're checking in with our constituents and this doesn't leave much time."
Inspired by the November election of Donald Trump, UC Irvine associate law professor Dave Min will challenge Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County's 45th Congressional District.
“It was a call to action, really,” said Min, a Democrat. “After the election my wife and I went through our seven stages of grief.”
Min, 41, is a mortgage and housing finance expert who has worked as an enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and a financial policy advisor for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Shy of the support they need on the eve of a possible vote on a gasoline tax increase, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made a final public appeal Wednesday to the many lawmakers who are on the fence, saying courage is needed to stand up against political fallout from supporting new money to fix the state’s roads.
Democratic sources say they are two or three votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass SB 1 in the Senate, as one Democrat, Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino, joined the ranks of the undecided Wednesday because of concern over how it will effect air pollution.
Brown has been working on getting the vote of Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres in case all 27 Democrats do not vote for the bill.
Apr. 5, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
You've got to pay as you go, that's been the tradition in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who pushed for his transportation plan at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday
Jimmy Gomez is already honing his strategy against Robert Lee Ahn as the two appear headed to a June runoff for the 34th Congressional District.
That Gomez prevailed in the primary election to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. Xavier Becerra became attorney general shouldn't be too big of a surprise. He is the Democratic Party's pick, as well as Becerra's choice for a replacement.
Speaking with The Times during his election night party, Gomez gave some insight into how he views the likely runoff match-up between Ahn and himself.
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez will advance to a June 6 runoff in the 34th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. With all 192 precincts reporting, Gomez was leading with 28% of the vote in a crowded 24-person field.
Robert Lee Ahn, a former L.A. city planning commissioner, was in second place with just under 19% of the vote.
Both Democrats claimed victory early Wednesday morning, as they positioned themselves for what could be a costly general-election contest.
It's looking like it will be a long night of vote-counting, but with just a few precincts reporting in the special election, two Democrats led the race for the 34th Congressional District in Los Angeles.