Stephen Jaffe entered the cafe with a small grin, a riotous print shirt and the blithe confidence of someone who doesn’t much care if people think he’s crazy.
The 71-year-old employment attorney, a political novice, was one of many Democrats swept up in the fist-shaking presidential crusade of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Thus inspired, he’s now fixed his sights on winning a seat in Congress.
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Citing the House vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report has shifted the race ratings evaluating the electoral fortunes of four vulnerable California Republicans toward the Democrats.
While the election is 18 months away, and a lot can and will change in that time, potential challengers and donors consider such rankings when deciding which members of Congress to challenge or where to spend their money. Multiple candidates have already announced bids against incumbent Republicans across California.
Cook political analyst David Wasserman explained the move (which included 20 districts across the country) as happening because Democrats have a new vote to hold against Republicans, much the way the Affordable Care Act was used against Democrats in 2010 when they lost the majority.
Veteran San Francisco politician Mark Leno, who was termed out of the state Legislature in the fall, announced Thursday he would run to become the city’s mayor in 2019.
“It’s time for a new direction,” Leno said at a news conference at San Francisco City Hall, according to a statement. “I’m ready to lead with a progressive vision for our city, grounded in a commitment to affordability and civil rights.”
San Francisco is booming because of the technology industry, but the successes have come at a cost — soaring property prices that make housing unaffordable for a large part of the population, and friction between the city’s longtime residents and the well-paid recent arrivals.
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.
May. 4, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
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.