House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) spoke Wednesday about her view of national news, working with the Trump White House and the future of the Democratic Party. The event was co-hosted by The L.A. Times and the Berggruen Institute.
Following that conversation, Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers hosted a panel discussion about the view from California. Joining him were state Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Republican strategist Luis Alvarado, UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck and Alma Hernandez, executive director of SEIU California. Watch that here.
Oct. 18, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
You know, my whole life, I’ve been told to wait my turn and know my place. Well, it’s California's turn to lead. And California's place to be a shining example for the world and a stark contrast to the failures of Washington.
State Senate leader Kevin de León, kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an emergency temporary restraining order to block the Trump administration from cutting off cost-sharing subsidies that help reduce the price of healthcare for millions of Americans.
A week after California and 17 other states filed a lawsuit challenging the decision on its merits, the same attorneys general requested a restraining order to avoid immediate harm to millions of people who get subsidized healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, Becerra said.
“The actions of the president of the United States to deny people affordable healthcare insurance, or make it so they will pay more money out of pocket for that health insurance, is not only irresponsible but it is illegal,” Becerra said at a news conference.
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox said Wednesday he will donate a “substantial” amount of money — in the “six figures” — to a campaign to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal increases in gas taxes and vehicle fees in California.
Cox, a wealthy businessman, was named Wednesday as honorary co-chairman for the campaign, which needs to collect 584,000 signatures to qualify a constitutional amendment for the November 2018 ballot that would repeal the tax increases and require action by voters to raise taxes in the future.
“In my travels across the state, I am finding working Californians who are questioning whether they can even stay in a state that the politicians are making even more unaffordable, even as we speak,” Cox said at a news conference at California Republican Party headquarters in Sacramento. “You also can’t keep making it unaffordable for businesses to be in this state.”
Republican Justin Fareed has tried to be coy about whether he'll make a third run for Congress against Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara).
He filed in August for the 2018 election cycle but hasn't made any announcements on social media or elsewhere about his plans. He told a local TV news station that he's "been encouraged by friends, family and countless voters" to throw his hat in the ring again. An email to supporters this week said he's still "exploring" whether to run.
But his campaign fundraising tells a different story.
Marco Gutierrez, the founder of Latinos for Trump, gained overnight notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign when he warned against the spread of his culture.
"If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner,” he said on national television.
On Tuesday, Gutierrez and a handful of conservative activists from Fresno filed a referendum to allow voters to block the implementation of California's landmark "sanctuary state" law. Supporters would have to collect 365,880 voter signatures by early January to qualify the measure. The law would then be on hold pending the results of the November statewide election, when voters would be asked whether to keep or reject the law.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is on the defensive this year, with three Democrats already jumping in to challenge him fresh off a narrow 1,621-vote victory in 2016.
One of them, environmental attorney Mike Levin, has raised more than $918,000 since the beginning of the year, the most of any challenger facing Issa. Nearly all of that money has come from individual donations, campaign finance records show, and Levin posted the biggest fundraising numbers of any California challenger last quarter.
Another challenger, real estate investor Paul Kerr, outraised Issa during the third quarter of 2017, pulling in $504,327 in his first campaign finance report thanks to more than $262,000 of his own money.
A blunt open letter on a culture of sexual harassment and mistreatment in the Capitol has prompted Democratic leaders to pledge to review the Legislature's policies on handling abuse complaints.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said the scandal over Harvey Weinstein's treatment of women has prompted introspection in the California statehouse.
"When women stand up to point out those abuses, I applaud their bravery and I cringe for their pain. My discomfort is for what they have gone through, not for how it reflects on the institution I represent," he wrote in a Huffington Post blog post Tuesday afternoon.