According to campaign finance disclosures that cover the first six months of 2017, Newsom raised nearly $5.4 million since Jan. 1, and ended June with $13.1 million cash on hand. The bank balance reflects the fact that he entered the race in early 2015, far earlier than his rivals.
California’s 2018 race for lieutenant governor, likely to be lost in shadow of the governor’s race, could turn out to be a pretty competitive contest.
Money is pouring into the race for multiple candidates, according to a batch of campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state this week. That's interesting in part because the current lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom once dismissed the job as a “largely ceremonial post ... with no real authority.”
State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa), the favorite of many establishment California Democrats, leads the field in total fundraising with nearly $1.6 million on hand in his campaign account as of June 30. Hernandez raised nearly $1.2 million in 2017.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that would have required school districts that have zero tolerance policies toward drugs or alcohol use to hold community-wide conversations on whether expulsions related to substance abuse deter students from seeking help for mental health problems.
How are California lawmakers spending their month-long summer break from legislative action? A contingent of state senators has jetted off to Japan to discuss trade and efforts to combat climate change with that country's leaders.
Senate leader Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles), along with seven other Democratic senators, met Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and toured the National Diet of Japan, the country's legislative body.
Among the items on the agenda, according to De Léon's office, were trans-Pacific trade and fighting climate change. In an echo of Gov. Jerry Brown's climate-focused trip to China in June, lawmakers sought to differentiate their efforts to confront global warming from the Trump administration, which pulled out of the Paris climate accord this spring.