Hoping up to conjure up the same momentum that led to a 1986 tax overhaul under President Reagan, Republican leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee traveled to the Reagan Ranch on Wednesday to pitch an equally ambitious tax plan.
They were thousands of miles from Washington, but the congressmen couldn't avoid commenting on President Trump's remarks about the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.
They were peppered with questions from reporters about the incident, and asked if they remained confident in the Republican president.
Ross Johnson, a former Republican legislative leader from Orange County who later served as chairman of the state ethics panel, died Wednesday in Sacramento after a fight with cancer. He was 77.
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said Johnson was a “principled conservative and a man of great integrity,” who also served as one of Brulte’s mentors when he was elected to the Assembly.
“While Ross had the courage of his convictions, he was always willing to listen to opposing points of view,” Brulte said in a statement. “He never took political disagreements personally; and was admired, respected, and loved by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Our prayers are with his wife Diane and his children as they grieve their loss.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi comments on Trump's Charlottesville statements. (Video by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
On Wednesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) had hoped to focus on Los Angeles County's transportation needs as it prepares for the 2028 Olympics.
So in a discussion that included Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pelosi and local leaders gathered at Union Station to discuss the need for federal money to complete major road, highway, bridge and transit projects, and highlighted the fact that Trump has not unveiled his promised $1-trillion infrastructure investment plan.
But afterward, Pelosi was pressed by reporters mainly to respond to the president's assertion that "there is blame on both sides" for the weekend violence that erupted during white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his swing through Central Valley for his 2018 bid for governor Tuesday, courting a packed hall of supporters and the merely curious with vocal support of water storage, single-payer healthcare and California's bullet train.
Those issues resonate in this swath of inland California, a place still limping out of the recession where voters often complain of being ignored by Sacramento politicians except at election time.
Newsom ditched his microphone in favor of pacing up and down the aisles inside Tuolumne Hall in downtown Fresno. He took questions from the about 200 people for close to 90 minutes.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield was among Republicans nationwide who again tried to distance themselves from President Trump, who on Tuesday blamed "both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend when neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered.
Multiple California Republicans, including Reps. Darrell Issa,Ken Calvert and Steve Knight, renewed statements condemning white supremacy, Nazism and hate after the president on Tuesday repeated his weekend comments that all sides were responsible for the violence.
Citing concern over violent clashes at a Charlottesville rally of white nationalists last weekend, a group of California lawmakers called Tuesday for the National Park Service to rescind a permit issued for a pro-Trump rally scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco.
The conservative Patriot Prayer rallies have been organized by blogger Joey Gibson. He says he condemns white supremacists. but members of the white nationalist movement have spoken at and attended the rallies.
The event is scheduled at Crissy Field, a park popular with families and tourists, wrote three San Francisco Democrats, state Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymen Phil Ting, and David Chiu in a letter to the service.
An embattled state senator could face a recall election as soon as this fall after an appeals court on Monday delayed enforcement of a law crafted by Democrats to slow down the process.
The new law was written with hopes of delaying a recall election for state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) until next year, but his opponents have wanted a special election this year. They targeted the freshman lawmaker after his vote in favor of gas and vehicle taxes as part of a $52-billion transportation plan.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday donated $100,000 to help a Los Angeles-based group’s effort to fight hate, saying he was “horrified” by anti-Semitic and racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
“While these so-called ‘white nationalists’ are lucky to live in a country that defends their right to voice their awful, incorrect, hateful opinions, the rest of us must use our voices and resources to condemn hate and teach tolerance at every opportunity,” he wrote on Facebook Sunday. “My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder and stronger.”
Schwarzenegger announced the donation to the Simon Wiesenthal Center as President Trump was under fire for failing to quickly speak out against the racist and anti-Semitic protests that resulted in three deaths.
A judge’s recommendation that former state Sen. Ronald Calderon be considered for early release from prison over a corruption case drew criticism Monday from one state legislator, while a federal prosecutor downplayed the action.
The possibility of early release for Calderon, sentenced in a bribery case, drew outrage from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), whose district overlapped with Calderon’s.
“Former California Sen. Ron Calderon needs to be kept in prison,” she said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that he walked away with a mere 42 month sentence when his crimes dictated 396 years. Granting his request for early release — after only serving seven months in a white-collar facility — is an added insult to my community and a void of justice in our democracy.”