John Chiang’s campaign for California governor may be gaining some steam.
Campaign finance reports released last week showed that Chiang, California’s treasurer, raised $4.2 million in 2016, almost matching the money raked in that year by Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
On Tuesday, Chiang snagged the early endorsement of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). Rendon may not be a household name in California, but the speaker is one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the state.
Two new candidates have entered the race for the 34th Congressional District ahead of the candidate filing deadline Thursday.
Dr. Jason Ahn and Mark Edward Padilla are the latest candidates to file with the Federal Elections Commission, joining a long list of candidates hoping to succeed former Rep. Xavier Becerra.
Ahn, whose age could not be confirmed, is a doctor who is part of the National Clinician Scholar program at UCLA. He received his medical degree from Harvard University and also directed a documentary called "Divided Families," which explores how the Korean War separated family members for decades. He is running as a Democrat.
Public defender's offices across California are in need of immigration law training and resources, a demand that a state lawmaker says has been made more pressing under President Donald Trump and his threat of massive deportations.
Speaking before members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Monday, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) urged support for a bill that he said would provide critical immigration resources to criminal defense lawyers working on the front lines. His legislation seeks to create regional and statewide resource centers to provide immigration law training and advice for court-appointed criminal defense attorneys.
"We all know that sometimes worse than the criminal consequences for a defendant can be the immigration consequences," he said. "Families can literally be torn apart."
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) has endorsed Democrat John Chiang in his 2018 bid for governor, praising Chiang for fighting for all Californians during his years in public office.
Rendon said he was confident that Chiang, the state treasurer, will stand up to the “intolerant and irresponsible agenda of the Trump administration,” according to a statement released by Chiang’s campaign Tuesday morning.
“As governor, Mr. Chiang will take a different road and make California a national model for progressive legislation providing a contrast to Trump’s dystopian society,” Rendon said.
California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is among the Democratic senators who participated in a planned all-night debate on the Senate floor to fight against President Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education secretary.
Both Harris and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein have said they'll vote against DeVos. It's not clear if Feinstein will speak as part of 24 hours of speeches meant to draw attention to the vote on DeVos' nomination.
Though two Republicans have defected and said they'll vote against DeVos, opponents of the nomination still need one more vote against her to prevent Vice President Pence from breaking a tie and confirming DeVos.
A couple of years ago, Doug Todd went to a town hall meeting for Republican Rep. Tom McClintock in the Northern California town of Lincoln. It was a laid-back affair, with muffins and a small group of constituents asking the congressman questions.
But over the weekend, Todd helped organize some of the hundreds of people who showed up to another town hall McClintock was hosting, this time to protest the congressman's support of President Trump's executive actions.
Republican and Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist John Cox is considering a run for governor, a campaign he said would focus on combating government corruption in Sacramento.
Cox, an attorney and certified public accountant who moved to San Diego County from Chicago about nine years ago, said he plans to jump start his campaign with $1 million of his own money. But said he has no plans to self-fund his bid to succeed Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018. The Sacramento Bee was the first to report that Cox had formed an exploratory committee for governor.
Cox also is pushing a proposed ballot initiative to overhaul Sacramento by establishing a “neighborhood legislature,” which would add thousands of new “citizen legislators” to the 80 assembly members and 40 senators who currently make up the California Legislature. To pass, bills would require approval from all of those representatives.
Reacting to President Trump's threat to hold back funds from California if it becomes a so-called sanctuary state, Atty. Gen Xavier Becerra said Monday that he is willing to do legal battle over the issue if necessary.
“There is no state that provides more funding to the federal Treasury than the state of California,” Becerra said at a press conference in Fresno. “We have a right to receive some of that funding back.”
Becerra said California will work with Congress and the federal government to properly serve citizens.