In three online ads released Friday, Sandra Friend tells California voters they should fix the state's death penalty system, not end it.
The 43-year-old mother has been a crime victims advocate since Robert Boyd Rhoades sexually abused and killed her 8-year-old son, Michael Lyons, two decades ago. She is now serving as one of the main voices behind a campaign that is working to defeat Proposition 62, which would repeal the death penalty, and in favor of Proposition 66, which seeks to speed up executions.
Voters will weigh the dueling capital punishment initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot. Both would require current death row inmates to work and pay restitution to victims, but would take opposing approaches to what the measures both call a broken system.
Former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was sentenced in Los Angeles on Friday to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case.
The Montebello Democrat, who served in the state Senate for eight years ending in 2014, admitted in a plea deal in June that he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a hospital executive in return for official favors.
Federal prosecutors had asked for a five-year sentence for a charge where the maximum possible penalty was 20 years.
Questions about character have been dominating the congressional race between Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Both candidates have been plagued by allegations of wrongdoing. Bera's father was recently sentenced to jail for illegally funneling money to two of his son's past campaigns. Jones faces allegations he sexually harassed a subordinate at the Sheriff’s Department more than a decade ago, which he denies.
They're competing in a divided district that leans Democratic, but not by much. In 2014, Bera beat his Republican challenger by less than a percentage point.
Harris also is prominently featured on a slate mailer being sent out to voters by the party that also features Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and local Democrats endorsed by the party.
U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez on Thursday urged ROTC cadets at UCLA to have the courage to challenge politicians who call for “ill conceived” uses of military force such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“We need military leaders that understand the limits of our military power,” said Sanchez, who has served in Congress for two decades and sits on the House Armed Services Committee. “Why is it that every generation and every president has to learn that all over again?”
The Orange County congresswoman made the comments during an address to ROTC cadets at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
“They even exempted themselves from the new audit requirements,” the ad states. “They can use the new revenue to enrich their top executives, and there’s no requirement to treat even one more patient.”
Nazarian, a two-term legislator, won 99.6% of the votes in the June primary. But the Daily News says Rupert, who won just 131 write-in votes, "has the potential to be a better Assembly member" than Nazarian.
Despite political differences with its author, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday endorsed Proposition 63, which would expand California’s already tough gun control laws.
Proposition 63 was proposed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and would outlaw large-capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks for those buying bullets, require lost or stolen guns to be reported quickly, make stealing a firearm a felony and provide a process for newly convicted felons to relinquish their guns.
De León and Newsom have both been working on gun control issues for years and both have aspirations for higher office. Newsom is running for governor in 2018. Some in the De León camp thought when the initiative was proposed last year that it was being used to try to take over an issue on which the senator has been a leader.