In a private meeting with Republican colleagues last year, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and California congressional colleague Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) were being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said in the recording of a June 15 exchange obtained and published by the Washington Post. At that point, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) cut off the conversation and swore those present to secrecy.
Amid concern over management problems at California's state tax board, a legislative panel recommended Wednesday that next year’s budget scale back an expansion of the agency's staff and supported limits on the budgets of each of the four board members.
The panel noted the state Board of Equalization has 600 vacant positions, so it recommended to cut in half a proposal for 134 new positions in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. BOE officials agreed to the scaling back of the proposal.
“It would seem from the controversies at the BOE that there are a number of excess positions there,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration.
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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