Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez's campaign for the U.S. Senate lobbed a new attack at front-runner Kamala Harris on Wednesday, this time criticizing the landmark $25-billion national settlement Harris helped wrestle from the nation’s five largest mortgage firms.
The settlement is one of the California attorney general's biggest victories: A recent ad from Harris' campaign featured President Obama praising the settlement. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has too.
Some members of California's congressional delegation aren't satisfied with a Defense Department plan to verify whether thousands of California National Guard members fairly received bonuses for enlisting during the height of the Iraq war or must repay the money. They said Wednesday that they want a detailed plan by the time Congress returns in mid-November.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) organized a call so that California's 53 House members could question the Defense Department about how it plans to fix the problem, which was first reported Sunday by The Times. Members weren't sure exactly how many of their colleagues were on the call.
A majority of California's likely voters continue to favor legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, but the level of support has dipped from a reported 60% a month ago to 55% this month, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday night.
The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found 38% of those surveyed oppose Proposition 64 and 6% are undecided. But the basic finding is that the initiative would still pass with a majority vote if the election were held today, according to Mark Baldassare, the institute's pollster and president.
“The numbers have been favorable, consistent, and exactly where we expected and wanted to be at this point,” said Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign.
With ballots already being cast, State Atty. General Kamala Harris leads by a more than a two-to-one margin over her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The survey showed that 42% of likely voters supported Harris, compared to 20% who favored her opponent, Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Among the remainder, 20% of voters were undecided and 18% said they will not vote for either candidate by election day on Nov. 8.
The results are dramatically different that those in a PPIC released on Sept. 21, when Harris had just a 7-point lead over Sanchez.
Latinos make up the largest ethnic group in California, but are often underrepresented at the polls.
This year, however, experts say they expect good Latino turnout in November, thanks largely to the heated presidential election that is motivating many Latinos to vote against presidential candidate Donald Trump and his anti-immigration rhetoric.
They stand to have considerable impact on many down-ballot races in California, as well as on the outcome of many statewide propositions.
The Spirit of Democracy California, an independent expenditure committee backed by Republican mega-donor Charles Munger Jr., has dropped more than $1.4 million on a single Assembly race this year between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat.
The matchup is one of the most closely watched this cycle, attracting more than $2.6 million in state and local party spending on both sides.
Munger's group has spent more on the coastal Los Angeles County race than all other races it has spent on combined.
Billionaire Tom Steyer is now the largest donor in the effort to raise the state's cigarette tax by $2 a pack.
With a $3.5-million donation to the Yes on Proposition 56 campaign Tuesday, Steyer's total spending on the race has reached $11.3 million.
That's more than a third of the $31 million the primary Yes on 56 committee has raised and more than all the money raised during a similar, but failed, effort to increase the tobacco tax four years ago.
Earlier in the week, a senior California National Guard official said it told the state’s members of Congress two years ago the Pentagon was trying to claw back reenlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid may be history, but his supporters in California are banding together to help GOP candidates locked in tight down-ballot races.
Ron Nehring, the former state GOP chairman who was a top Cruz booster, said the focus will be turning out Republican voters and recruiting volunteers to work on a list of hotly contested congressional and legislative races selected by the California Republican Party.
Among those pinpointed are Vista Rep. Darrell Issa, who faces his toughest challenge since being elected to Congress in 2000, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove.