This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:
- Gun control advocates Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly endorsed state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate Thursday in Beverly Hills.
- A Santa Barbara TV station has threatened legal action against congressional candidate Justin Fareed after his campaign used a news clip in an attack ad without its consent.
- Gov. Jerry Brown continues to make his way through hundreds of bills facing a Friday night deadline to be vetoed or become law. On Tuesday, he signed legislation to crack down on "doctor shopping" through more use of a database of drug prescriptions. On Wednesday, Brown signed a bill to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape in California.
New poll finds Kamala Harris' lead growing in California's U.S. Senate race
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