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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)

Some vulnerable California House Republicans can thank House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Vice President Mike Pence for at least a fifth of the money they have raised for this year’s midterm elections.

A joint fundraising committee connected with Pence and McCarthy gave Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale $133,000, or almost 28% of the money he’s raised in the last six months.

Central Valley Rep. David Valadao of Hanford isn’t far behind. He got $137,350, or 23% of the money he’s raised.

Ingrid Gunnel must feel like the most popular voter in Southern California.

Text messages from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely pop up on her cellphone. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for attorney general, penned her a handwritten letter. Entreaties from dozens of other politicians have appeared in her mailbox and Facebook timeline for weeks.

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Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring.

But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is courting Democrats this weekend in hopes of winning the state party’s endorsement for her reelection campaign.

She is trying to beat back a challenge from the left by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles. It could be a major blow to Feinstein if she fails to land the party nod after representing California in the Senate since 1992.

She received a warm welcome at a women’s caucus meeting Saturday morning. 

  • 2018 election
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Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer plans to unveil a new minute-long television ad Saturday focused on Russian interference in the presidential election as he addresses California Democrats gathering for their annual convention.

The spot, which will air on cable channels nationwide, is part of Steyer’s $40-million effort calling for the impeachment of President Trump.

“What would our founding fathers want us to do about this president,” Steyer asks, standing in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

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An East County congressional candidate is calling for a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis after a Tel Aviv newspaper published a story about his grandfather's ties to a terrorist group.

Ammar Campa-Najjar, 28, of Jamul, says he never met his grandfather, Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, who died in 1973.

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