Top candidates to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown will gather at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention later this week, giving the most crucial speeches of their campaigns to date, courting activists and wooing donors and powerful party leaders.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin will each address thousands of delegates and guests on Saturday in Sacramento. Though the candidates are well-known among Democratic insiders, the speeches mark the first time the four of them will address the same influential crowd — a critical benchmark in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
They will also court the party faithful with food, drinks and parties. Chiang is co-hosting a “United for California” late-night reception on Saturday. Newsom is headlining a street party featuring rapper Common and DJ Jazzy Jeff the same night, as well as a couple of gatherings earlier in the day.
Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) is making a personal plea to every Republican in Congress in the form of a letter asking them join Democrats and create an independent, nonpartisan commission to look at Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.
House Republican leaders have largely said that existing oversight and investigatory committees are sufficient to look at the issue, but ongoing controversy spilling from the White House, including allegations that President Trump asked the FBI to drop the investigation, has made some rank-and-file Republicans leery.
Peters, who is considered one of the most moderate members of Congress, said he's hoping that a direct invitation can sway those thinking about an independent committee.
The California Legislature has readily embraced its status as vanguard of the "resistance" against President Trump. Now, a Silicon Valley Democrat is ramping up that opposition with a formal measure calling for Trump's removal from office.
Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) introduced a resolution on Wednesday asking the president to resign from office — and if he doesn't, calling on Congress to impeach him.
The nonbinding measure would not have the force of law, as only Congress has the authority to undertake impeachment proceedings. Low said he was compelled to introduce the provocative, if symbolic, measure in the wake of a series of controversies facing Trump in the last week, including the firing of James B. Comey as FBI director and recent reports that Comey documented in a memo a request by Trump to halt the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Trump met with then-FBI Director James B. Comey in mid-February and asked him to end the bureau’s investigation into ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn.
The Times is keeping track of how politicians have responded to the news here, where you can see which members of California's congressional delegation have spoken out about today's developments.
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The state panel that gives annual pay raises to the governor and legislators has canceled its meeting set for Wednesday because Gov. Jerry Brown has not filled four of the seven seats on the panel, leaving it without a quorum, officials said.
The governor appoints the members of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets elected officials’ salaries and was created in 1990 through the voters' passage of Proposition 112.
However, the panel recently lost its chairman and fourth member, labor leader Tom Dalzell, when his term expired, and Brown has not filled any of the vacancies. Joe DeAnda, a spokesman for the panel, said the meeting will be reset during the coming weeks. Aides to Brown declined to comment.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) called Tuesday for state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to drop the prosecution of an 86-year-old Republican activist for electioneering after the woman was videotaped allegedly making calls to voters within 100 feet of a polling place.
The attorney general’s office has filed two misdemeanor charges of electioneering against Edith Knight of Atascadero for actions during the June 7 presidential primary election. Knight is a delegate to the California Republican Party.
“I urge you, as Attorney General, to focus on issues that will benefit California and its citizens,” Melendez wrote in a letter to Becerra. “Your office can do good and important things. Prosecuting senior citizens for minor and unintentional infractions, however, does neither. I urge you to forgo the prosecution of Edie Knight in this case and refocus your priorities to protect and serve the people of California.”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, announced Tuesday that he is supporting Kimberly Ellis' run to become the new chairperson of the California Democratic Party.
Newsom endorsed Ellis’ rival, Eric Bauman, last year and said that he still supports him in an email to state party delegates.
“California Democrats have two strong choices,” Newsom wrote on Tuesday. “… I believe both Kimberly and Eric have the vision and experience to lead our party into the future. Let’s have a civil race, unite our party, and focus on the vital work ahead.”