California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris dominated Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election, beating Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) among all major age groups, education levels and ethnicities — including among Latino voters, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times post-election poll.
According to the survey of Californians who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, 48% of Latino voters backed Harris compared with 40% who supported Sanchez. Sanchez, who has served in Congress for two decades, was relying on Latinos to be one of her major bases of support.
Harris also won in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire, areas where she was considered vulnerable.
Speaking with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) should stay in leadership because it benefits Republicans.
"I kind of like Pelosi staying around. As long as she’s there I think we stay in the majority," McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said. "If I’m being selfish, I truly believe as long as she’s leader we keep the majority."
Pelosi has held a House Democrat leadership position for 16 years, including two terms as the first female speaker of the House, making her a rallying point for both Democrats and Republicans. Speculation about how long she plans to stay in Congress has made for a steady stream of gossip for years, especially with a bevy of younger House members waiting for a turn.
After President-elect Donald Trump, in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," promised to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants in the country illegally who “have criminal records,” the leader of California's state Senate called for Trump to walk back his statement.
In a Sunday statement, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) promised to defend, if needed, the rights of immigrants here illegally.
Trump’s estimate of how many immigrants have criminal records far exceeds what others have found. About 820,000 people in the U.S. illegally have criminal convictions, according to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, a group that is funded by Fortune 500 companies, major foundations and the U.S. and more than a dozen foreign governments.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said late Sunday that he will be a monthly donor to the American Civil Liberties Union to combat any unconstitutional actions President-elect Donald Trump may take after he is sworn in.
In a tweet using an expletive, Lieu said he's going to begin donating to the ACLU "because the resistance to any unconstitutional crazy ... from President Trump starts now."
Lieu has a law degree from Georgetown University, is a colonel in the Air Force Reserve and was just elected to serve a second term in Congress.
The initiative that legalized recreational use of marijuana in California found its strongest support among those who voted for Hillary Clinton for president, African Americans and voters ages 18 to 29, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times post-election poll.
Proposition 64 passed with 56% of the overall vote, but was supported by 68% of Clinton supporters and Democratic voters while it was opposed by 59% of those who voted for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to the poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.
A breakdown of the vote by race found the ballot measure drew support from 64% of African American voters, 58% of whites and 56% of Latino voters.
California's role in the national political discussion could be changing: the place where top leaders are the "resistance" to President-elect Donald Trump.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a full look at Tuesday's election results. The presidential surprise outcome has important implications for the state but so too do the choices voters made on the 17 ballot propositions.
We also discuss the outcome in the U.S. Senate race, as well as our takeaways from congressional and legislative races across California.
California needs protection from the "dystopian worldview" of President-elect Donald Trump, a leader of the state's Democratic Party said Friday.
Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, called on Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders to lead an effort on statutes and constitutional amendments to "safeguard" the state from any effort by Trump to roll back existing federal policies on healthcare, immigration and climate change.
"Several months ago, I facetiously called on Governor Brown to build a wall around California to keep Donald Trump out," Bauman wrote in a statement on Friday night. "Today, on a more serious note, I sincerely call on Governor Brown and our Legislature to build a metaphorical legal wall to keep our residents safe from the grim and cynical vision that Donald Trump has laid out for America."