Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) is seeking an initiative to repeal gas tax and vehicle fee increases signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that will raise $5.2 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit.
Allen filed papers with the state attorney general Thursday to prepare a ballot title and summary so he can work to collect 365,000 signatures from registered voters in 150 days to put the measure on the ballot.
He noted that the bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will raise taxes on a gallon of gas by 12 cents on Nov. 1, while adding 20 cents per gallon to the tax on diesel. It also will create new vehicle fees.
Gov. Jerry Brown landed a last-minute jab at California House Republicans who backed the GOP bill to replace Obamacare, which narrowly passed the House on Thursday.
In a statement released just before the vote, Brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three House Republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the Affordable Care Act — Reps. David Valadao of Hanford, Jeff Denham of Turlock and Steve Knight of Lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk.
"Our California congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," Brown said.
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) just got a nod from California's top state official in his race for Congress. Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Gomez on Thursday, saying he has "made a difference for California's families."
In a statement released by Gomez's campaign, Brown lauded Gomez's work to expand California's paid family leave program, a policy win Gomez often speaks about on the campaign trail. "Jimmy will be an outstanding Congressmember and I urge Angelenos to support him on June 6," Brown said.
Gomez, who will face attorney Robert Lee Ahn in a June 6 runoff to replace Xavier Becerra, has garnered the lion's share of endorsements from the Democratic Party establishment, including dozens of local, state and federal elected officials. His other endorsements include L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Becerra himself.
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California in Congress
Most people don't even know who their congressperson is in many places. And now they'll find out. They will find out that their congressperson voted to take away their healthcare.
Nancy Pelosi, with a warning to Republicans a couple of hours before a scheduled vote on the Republican healthcare plan to replace Obamacare.
Former California Assemblyman Richard Gordon said Wednesday he is dropping out of the 2018 race for the state’s scandal-plagued tax board because he believes setting it up as an elected panel has contributed to its problems, including multiple investigations.
A Democrat from Menlo Park, Gordon was a high-profile candidate in the field of three vying for the 2nd District seat on the state Board of Equalization.
His decision to end his candidacy comes a few weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown stripped the board of its contracting and hiring powers and asked state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to launch an investigation into allegations that the board misused state resources.
California's two Democratic senators filed legislation Wednesday that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship.
“Everywhere I travel in California, I hear from farmers, growers and producers from all industries — wine, citrus, fruit and tree nuts, dairy — that there aren’t enough workers,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement. “Farm labor is performed almost exclusively by undocumented immigrants — a fact that should surprise no one."
A 30-year-old investor will challenge the Central Valley's Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) in 2018.
Turlock native and Democrat Josh Harder announced a bid for the 10th Congressional District on Wednesday.
Harder is a vice president in Bessemer Venture Partners' San Francisco office, where he focuses on investment in software, mobile and telecommunications. He moved back to the district, where he grew up, a month ago and will step away from his role with the company during the campaign, he said.
In his first 100 days in office, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has filed a flood of legal briefs challenging Trump administration orders on immigration, the environment and other issues, and he said Wednesday he expects much of his future to be taken up by fighting new attacks on the state’s policies.
Becerra told reporters during an appearance to mark the completion of 100 days in office that he will also pursue other priorities, including a crackdown on nonprofit groups that scam consumers or improperly spend their money on political campaigns.
“I am tired of seeing people abuse the not-for-profit status for their own benefit or for someone’s benefit except for those they say they are trying to help when they ask you for charitable contributions,” Becerra said. He condemned "veterans organizations that are out there doing anything but helping veterans, or those folks who say give them 15 bucks and they will help you get your Social Security checks in the mail.”