Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday morning that she'll consider returning or donating decades-old donations from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, though she seemed unaware she had received them.
The New York Times on Thursday reported allegations of sexual harassment by Weinstein over decades, prompting some Democrats to say they will give away money equal to donations they have received from the Hollywood mogul. Those who have not have been criticized by the Republican National Committee.
According to federal records, Weinstein gave Feinstein $375 in 1992 and $1,000 in 1994. Feinstein was asked by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" how she planned to respond to criticism from the California Republican Party about the donations.
“I don't know that I've received any. I'll certainly take a look, and then I'll make a decision," the California Democrat said.
A recent poll found half of California's likely voters don't think the 84-year-old senator should run again. Feinstein has also been under pressure from liberal activists, and speculation continues that she may face a Democratic challenger in 2018. Among the potential challengers is state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, who lashed out at Feinstein after she said in early September that people should have "patience" with President Trump.
Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has spoken out about her experience with embattled Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein following a New York Times report about the producer's alleged history of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with women and related legal settlements.
“Based on my years in the industry and unfortunately, my own personal experience with Harvey Weinstein, I can tell you that I believe every single word that was written in the extremely disturbing, but not all that shocking, New York Times piece published yesterday,” she wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. “Not all that shocking because very similar things happened to me.”
Siebel Newsom did not disclose the exact details of her interactions with Weinstein. But she described the circumstances of her experiences with him, which were similar to those described by actress Ashley Judd and others.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Saturday that would have forced tougher restrictions on young California drivers.
Assembly Bill 63 from Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) would have blocked Californians under 21 from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and prohibited them from transporting those under 20 without supervision in the first year of having their license — restrictions that are now only reserved for those 18 and under.
Frazier had argued that the bill would increase road safety. But in a veto message, Brown said such rules should only apply to minors.
A sweeping effort designed to give Californians more information about the biggest donors to ballot measure campaigns was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, a major victory for groups that insist the current system fails to help voters make an informed choice.
The law will simplify the wording on political advertisements that discloses the top three donors of $50,000 or more to a campaign. It also changes existing state regulations on when and how to disclose “earmarked” donations in campaign finance reports — donations that are bundled together by a group such as a labor union or other membership organization.
“Transparency in elections is critical to our democracy and AB 249 brings that transparency to California, giving our voters the opportunity to make informed decisions based on honest information,” said Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), the bill’s author, after it was sent to Brown in September.
Republicans may have abandoned their latest effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but some advocacy groups aren't letting the issue go so easily.
A couple of groups started running ads in the districts of GOP members of Congress this week, encouraging voters to call their representatives and demand that they reject the concept of a healthcare repeal altogether.
Save My Care, a left-leaning healthcare advocacy group in Washington, began running a series of digital ads this week taking aim at California Reps. David Valadao (R-Hanford), Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Darrell Issa (R-Vista).
California sued the Trump administration Friday, claiming it unlawfully discriminated against women in its decision to limit an Obama-era rule that requires employers to provide for contraceptives in their health insurance plans.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco says the new rules jeopardize the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide coverage of birth control for employees with no out-of-pocket costs, according to state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who filed the lawsuit seeking to block the change.
“Therefore, millions of women in California may be left without access to contraceptives and counseling and the state will be shouldering the additional fiscal and administrative burden as women seek access for this coverage through state-funded programs,” the lawsuit says.
Just months before shops can begin selling marijuana for recreational use, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a measure that aims to prevent marketing pot edibles to minors, saying it conflicts with a similar law previously approved by the state.
The bill by Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) would have banned the sale of marijuana edibles shaped like animals, fruit, people and other shapes that appeal to children.
The Legislature last month approved a law more generally prohibiting the marketing of marijuana to minors. That law said marijuana sold cannot be “designed to be appealing to children or easily confused with commercially sold candy or foods that do not contain cannabis.”
Thousands of Californians will be allowed to take their names off the state’s registry of sex offenders as a result of action Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Brown signed legislation that will end lifetime listings for lower-level offenders judged to be at little risk of committing new crimes. Offenders can file petitions to be removed from the registry beginning in 2021.
The measure was introduced at the request of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and other law enforcement officials who said the registry, which has grown to more than 105,000 names, is less useful to detectives investigating new sex crimes because it is so bulky.