The California Legislative Women's Caucus appealed to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, to maintain abortion rights, protect Planned Parenthood and uphold gender equity laws in a video released Friday.
The video comes as Gorsuch is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week for his confirmation hearing.
"Since the campaign and even now, as women, we've felt like our rights have been under attack. And our Supreme Court justices have a lot of power," Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), the chair of the women's caucus, said in an interview.
With less than three weeks left in the race to replace Xavier Becerra in Congress, campaigns are rolling out some of their biggest endorsements.
Actor Danny Glover announced Wednesday that he's supporting Arturo Carmona, a former campaign aide for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Glover was one of the most visible Sanders surrogates during the Democratic primary last year and stood with Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson and other celebrities to protest the Democratic Party's treatment of Sanders delegates.
"We need bold, progressive leaders like Arturo who are willing to fight with conviction for the well-being of working-class families," Glover said in a statement released by the Carmona campaign. "Bernie is doing just that, day in and day out. And I know for a fact that Arturo is cut from the very same cloth."
California school districts would get $100 million to help build housing for their teachers under proposed legislation from a Bay Area lawmaker.
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) said the state’s housing affordability crisis has made it hard for districts to attract and retain qualified teachers. In the Bay Area, Los Angeles and other high-cost regions, the problem is home and rental costs, Thurmond said in a release, and in rural areas, the issue is a lack of available housing, His Assembly Bill 45 would allow school districts to receive state money to partner with developers to build teacher housing.
“When educators are forced to live outside of the community they serve, they are severely limited in their ability to participate in many after-school programs, establish crucial parent-teacher bonds or respond to localized student needs, all factors in providing an enriched learning environment for students,” Thurmond said.
President Trump's proposed federal budget would dramatically shrink the nation's role in solving important issues in California, according to an early analysis by advisers to Gov. Jerry Brown.
"It's hard to know where to begin," said Brown's budget director, Michael Cohen. "The president's budget proposes a complete withdrawal of the federal government's commitment to working with states to solve the critical issues of the country, from environmental protection and emergency preparedness to transportation and other infrastructure."
In a rare bipartisan agreement, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the state Senate and Assembly have united to fight a proposal by the state’s campaign watchdog agency to change the test for when a candidate controls a political committee.
The rule change considered Thursday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission was opposed in a letter from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Senate Republican leader Jean Fuller of Bakersfield and Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, all on behalf of their caucuses.
“Our collective opposition is based on our view that the proposed regulation is inconsistent with the current statutory definition of a controlled committee, creates a vague and uncertain test, and will likely result in unintended consequences that could actually undermine the purposes of the Political Reform Act,” the four leaders said.
An unidentified man entered Rep. Alan Lowenthal's Capitol Hill office Wednesday upset about the display of a gay pride flag and pulled it from its stand outside the office to forcefully and repeatedly step on it, the Long Beach congressman said Thursday.
The incident occurred after the man told Lowenthal's staff that it was “immoral” and “disgusting” to fly the flag associated with the gay rights movement near the American flag, Lowenthal said.
“The fact that someone would grab a flag that they didn’t like and not just throw it on the ground, but stomp all over it ... it’s certainly shocking,” he said.
Seven California Republicans are among the 23 Republicans nationwide who represent House districts that chose Hillary Clinton for president. Now they find themselves at the center of the debate over the proposed House GOP healthcare bill.
While Republicans hold a large majority in the House, more than two dozen GOP defectors would be enough to keep the bill from passing. And after an independent analysis found 24 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2026 under the GOP plan, support for the bill seems shakier than ever.
Support was already wobbly among far-right Republicans who say the bill doesn’t really overturn President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, and some centrist Republicans are nervous about fallout because of the millions of people expected to lose insurance.