The final certified list of candidates is expected to be released next week.
In the meantime, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the results of the "random alphabet drawing" — a ritual that occurs for every election in which the agency's staff literally pulls letters from a bingo-style cage. See this example from last year's election season:
California expanded its legal attack on federal immigration policy Friday, for the first time challenging practices not part of President Trump's travel ban.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra joined an amicus brief Friday supporting a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the authority of federal immigration officials to detain noncitizens without providing them a hearing on their removal from the U.S.
Two previous friend-of-the-court filings supported lawsuits challenging Trump’s travel ban order. The new case, joined by seven states, does not involve that order.
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I’m alarmed by reports of immigration enforcement in homes and workplaces in California. President Trump has already ignited widespread fear and confusion in our immigrant communities with his executive order and divisive campaign rhetoric.
California Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) on Friday called on federal immigration officials to release more information about a series of recent raids that authorities called routine, but have left immigrant advocates feeling rattled.
Appearing at a Los Angeles news conference, De León denounced the raids as actions that "tear apart at the fabric of who are are as a nation and as a state."
Federal authorities have said the raids were routine and not reflective of a new, more aggressive enforcement strategy under the new Trump administration.
The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), said President Trump's national security advisor, Michael Flynn, should be fired if he warned Russian officials about the details of U.S. sanctions against the country related to their attempts to influence the 2016 election.
“The allegation that General Flynn, while President Obama was still in office, secretly discussed with Russia’s ambassador ways to undermine the sanctions levied against Russia for its interference in the Presidential election on Donald Trump’s behalf, raises serious questions of legality and fitness for office," Schiff said in a statement about the former Army lieutenant general. "If he did so, and then he and other administration officials misled the American people, his conduct would be all the more pernicious, and he should no longer serve in this administration or any other.”
The report that Flynn discussed the sanctions with the Russian ambassador, and may have indicated that Trump would lift them, while Obama was still in office came from the Washington Post on Thursday. The report directly conflicts with statements made by Trump administration officials who characterized the conversations as cordial holiday greetings or normal administrative calls between government aides.
A solid majority of Californians believe their state and local governments should make their own policies and take action to protect the rights of immigrants illegally in the state, according to a new statewide survey released Tuesday.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California also found that an overwhelming majority of state residents, from across party and ethnic lines, believe there should be a way for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to stay in the country if they meet certain requirements.
Researchers said the poll results stand in sharp contrast to the position of President Trump both during and after last year's campaign, but are rooted in views long held in California.