California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is refusing a demand from her Senate rival to participate in three additional debates.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Tuesday called for four debates. The proposal was a counter offer to the two debates that Harris announced she would participate in last month.
“As we've said for weeks, our campaign is done debating debates and has closed the door on new debate invitations,” said Harris political consultant Sean Clegg. “If Sanchez is serious about debating, we'll see her at KABC on October 5."
Flanked by alleged sexual assault victims and their supporters, state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday to end California's statute of limitations for rape.
The Legislature sent Leyva's bill, SB 813, to Brown last week. He has until Sept 30 to sign the bill, which would end the time limit in California for prosecuting rape, child sexual abuse and other felony sex crimes.
"This bill does not abolish the very high burden-of-proof standard," Leyva said at a state Capitol news conference. "[SB] 813 simply ensures that the door does not slam in the face of victims."
The Democratic congresswoman from Orange, the underdog in the race, demanded more in her counterproposal. She also made clear she was declining to participate in the Sacramento debate. Carrick said one of the Senate primary debates was held in Stockton, the same media market as Sacramento.
Lawmakers left Sacramento this week bleary-eyed after a late-night race to pass bills before the legal deadline of midnight Wednesday. And those final actions capped a very busy two years under the state Capitol dome.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a look not only at the final big deals — including an agreement on spending the proceeds of the state's auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits — but at the overall record of the Legislature since it convened in December 2014.
That record includes a raising of California's minimum wage and new laws designed to reduce gun violence. It also includes the failure to craft a solution to the state's transportation woes.
San Jose -- National and state lawmakers on Friday called on voters to recall Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, saying he had a pattern of bias in favor of white and privileged offenders in sex crimes against women.
Persky first spurred international outrage when he sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in Santa Clara jail for the rape of an unconscious woman. Turner, who has become the face of a national movement against sexual assault, walked out of that facility this morning after serving three months of his sentence.
“Today, Brock Turner is a free man,” said U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, standing across from the Santa Clara County jail with more than a dozen lawmakers, advocates and local leaders. “And yet women who have been sexually assaulted are still prisoners of fear.”
Two months after an overhaul to the state's energy regulator was announced to great fanfare, lawmakers failed to push through the legislation that would have made those changes.
Gov. Jerry Brown and a trio of legislators had wanted to increase transparency and safety rules and shrink the responsibilities of the California Public Utilities Commission. But key details remained undecided as legislative deadlines ticked away, and bipartisan support for the package ended up collapsing.