Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked the courts to lift an order that blocks California’s ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, which was approved in November by voters when they passed Proposition 63.
In June, a federal judge in San Diego ruled in favor of a request by the National Rifle Assn. to temporarily delay the magazine ban until the court could make a final decision on the law.
U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez wrote then: “If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property.”
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte kicked off the state GOP’s fall convention with a speech to delegates that outlined why he thinks Democrats will be vulnerable in the upcoming 2018 elections.
Brulte zeroed in on the new gas tax and policy declaring California a “sanctuary state” — both approved by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature and both, he said, unpopular with California voters.
He said Democrats have tried to deflect voter attention from these issues, as well as California’s high poverty rate and an uptick in crime, by continually attacking President Trump.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she needs to keep her leadership position so there is a "top" woman at the table when decisions are made.
Pelosi made the comment on ABC's "The View" while recounting being interrupted by Cabinet officials during a recent White House dinner with President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
"I was the only woman at the table, and that's why I have to stay there, to be one of the top women, top people, at the table," she said.
Billionaire environmentalist and megadonor Tom Steyer has launched a nationwide TV and digital campaign asking Americans to petition their members of Congress to impeach President Trump.
"He's brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in direct violation of the Constitution has taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth. If that isn't a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become?" Steyer says in the video, which identifies him as simply "American Citizen."
"Join us and tell your member of Congress that they have a moral responsibility to stop doing what’s political and start doing what’s right," Steyer says in the ad.
Right-wing blogger and provocateur Chuck C. Johnson gave Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) a $5,400 campaign contribution weeks after he said he helped arrange a meeting between the Orange County congressman and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The donation, the maximum amount allowed by law, came in the form of bitcoin, a virtual currency.
Johnson, who previously was banned from Twitter after soliciting donations toward "taking out" a prominent black activist, is listed on campaign finance forms as a self-employed investor who lives in Rosemead.
"Hamilton" fever has caught at least two Los Angeles area members of Congress who’ve used campaign funds to purchase tickets to the hit musical’s run at the Hollywood Pantages.
Rep. Tony Cárdenas' campaign and his political action committee Victory by Investing, Building and Empowering PAC spent $105,500 in April buying tickets to the show, which is playing in L.A. until Dec. 30.
Two fundraisers using the approximately 400 tickets have raised more than $300,000, a spokesman for the congressman’s campaign said. For both Cárdenas’ campaign and the PAC, the tickets were the single most costly expense of the year.
The California Republican Party is ramping up security at its weekend convention in anticipation of protests at the Friday night keynote speech by Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Trump and the executive chairman of Breitbart News.
“Part of providing a good experience for our convention goers is assuring your safety,” state party Executive Director Cynthia Bryant wrote in an email to attendees on Thursday describing the security measures.
Attendees will pass through metal detectors and their property is subject to be searched before they are allowed to enter the ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott, where the speech and dinner are taking place. Weapons, noisemakers and signs are prohibited.