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  • California in Congress
  • California Republicans
Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford).
Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford). (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

California Reps. David Valadao and Jeff Denham are joining House Republican colleagues in pushing Speaker Paul D. Ryan to find a legislative fix before the end of the year for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children.

Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor and Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse are the lead writers of a letter to Ryan that stresses that the signers support border enforcement and fixing a “broken” immigration system, “but in this moment, we must address the urgent matter before us in a balanced approach that does not harm valuable sectors of our economy nor the lives of these hard-working young people.”

California is home to an estimated one-third of the 750,000 people who were granted work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, giving the Golden State an outsized stake in resolving their legal status. President Trump announced in September he would end the program and gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix for DACA recipients.

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  • 2018 election
(Katie Hill campaign)

Emily's List, the national abortion-rights advocacy group focused on electing women, is endorsing Katie Hill in her campaign against Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) for the 25th Congressional District.

In a statement, the group called her “a fighter for California families with lifelong roots in north Los Angeles County.”

Hill is the executive director and deputy CEO of People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH, a statewide organization that provides homeless services and develops housing.

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Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) questions Assemblyman Ken Cooley, unseen, how the Legislature handles sexual harassment complaints during this week's first committee hearing.
Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) questions Assemblyman Ken Cooley, unseen, how the Legislature handles sexual harassment complaints during this week's first committee hearing. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Two Republican assemblymen are asking that past leaders of the Assembly Rules Committee be called to testify before the group of lawmakers tasked with overhauling the way the chamber tracks and investigates sexual harassment claims.

In a letter to Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) and Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) argue their subcommittee’s first hearing this week on sexual misconduct policies left unanswered important questions about historical data on the number of complaints, investigations and settlements.

The lawmakers said prior leaders of the Rules Committee would be able to provide the information and a better understanding of why the chamber has not tracked complaints since policies were first instituted in 1980. 

As Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia explained why he was endorsing Gavin Newsom for governor on Thursday, he recalled two key moments in his life.

The first was in 2004, soon after Garcia graduated from college and was trying to figure out how to tell his family that he was gay.

“I remember clearly watching the TV and seeing Gavin Newsom as the mayor of San Francisco telling the country and the world that gay people, that the LGBTQ community were equal and should be allowed the right to marry,” Garcia said. “It impacted me. It left a piece of my heart really, really touched by that moment.”

  • State government
  • California Legislature

Republican opponents of a recent increase to the state gas tax have launched a television ad campaign aimed at getting California voters to sign petitions for an initiative that would repeal the new levies.

The ads have started running on broadcast and cable television stations in the San Diego area and on YouTube. They are part of a $400,000 first-week launch for a drive to collect more than 587,000 signatures to qualify a measure for the November 2018 ballot that would repeal the increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees approved by the Legislature in April.

“Sacramento politicians did it again,” one of the ads says. “They forced a massive hike on our car and gas taxes while raiding our road funds.”

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Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square.
Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

From its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don’t like who you are, or your place in life, start over.

Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance.

Tom Steyer has no end of wealth, a measure of fame and a seeming appetite for political office.

  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

Two Orange County congressional seats are now considered more vulnerable by one of the country’s top campaign handicappers.

Analysts for Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics moved the 39th Congressional District held by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and the 45th District held by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) from the “likely Republican” category to the “leans Republican” category, signaling they think Democrats have a better chance of winning them.

  • California in Congress
  • California Republicans
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, front left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan talk with reporters about the GOP tax plan.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, front left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan talk with reporters about the GOP tax plan. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

House leaders are considering keeping a version of the state and local tax deductions used widely in California in order to get the state’s Republican members on board with the final GOP tax bill.

Three California Republicans voted against the House version of the tax bill in October, and several others said they voted to advance the bill with the hope that their concerns would be fixed in a final compromise with the Senate.

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina told Roll Call on Tuesday that the potential deduction tweak would be made to appease lawmakers from California.

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  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale)
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Top staff members in the California Assembly sought to offer information Tuesday on how sexual harassment allegations are reported and investigated, but some key elements of the process seemed to leave lawmakers still confused about the process.

“This has to end,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), the chair of the subcommittee that discussed the problem of sexual misconduct in the Capitol during the afternoon hearing. "It's my commitment to you that we’re going to do our best to end that culture."

Lawmakers asked the Assembly’s top staffers, the chief administrative officer and the human resources director, for information on how complaints are filed and how frequently complaints are made. The Los Angeles Times requested similar information last month. The records requests were only partially granted.

  • California in Congress

Sen. Kamala Harris wore an Astros shirt under her suit jacket Tuesday afternoon and donned an Astros World Series hat as she took a deep breath and knocked on Sen. Ted Cruz’ office door.

“This is one of the most painful moments of my life,” she said with a laugh.

It was time to settle a bet over which state’s hometown team would win the 2017 World Series, which the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros in seven games. Los Angeles-area House members settled their own bets earlier this month.