“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.
Business groups often make up a triumvirate with Republicans and taxpayer advocates against tax increases.
But on the two tax hikes on the 2016 California ballot, major business leaders are mostly staying away from the fight. They tend to dislike the income tax extensions promised by Proposition 55, but aren't campaigning against them. And some are even backing Proposition 56's cigarette tax increases.
There are certain duties that come with being a leader nearing the end of his presidency. It would seem sitting down in front of a camera and recording multiple ads supporting down-ballot candidates is one of them.
President Obama cut at least five ads wearing the same dark suit and purple-striped tie in what appears to be in the same room. Most of the candidates are in hotly contested races that could help Democrats win control of Congress, or they have personal ties to the president.
The latest is an ad supporting California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, a longtime political ally of the president, in her campaign against Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez for the U.S. Senate.
Signaling that his gubernatorial campaign will shift into higher gear after next month’s election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he is working on a plan to double spending on roads and other infrastructure since the Legislature failed to act this year.
"This is going to be something you will be hearing a lot more from me on over the course of the next number of months, a very aggressive infrastructure proposal," Newsom said in a speech to the Sacramento Press Club.
The former San Francisco mayor is running for governor in 2018. He noted that the governor and Legislature did not reach an agreement on a transportation funding program in the face of a $130-billion backlog in state and local road repairs.
When Michael Weinstein launched his AIDS Healthcare Foundation in the late 1980s, he had a coffee can for donations and a $50,000 budget to provide end-of-life care to those dying of the disease.
Today, he's grown the nonprofit into a $1.2-billion operation that manages hundreds of clinics and pharmacies globally, and has quickly become a major political player in California, and, he hopes, nationally.
Early Saturday morning, Yamilex Rustrian sat with her mother and other janitors assembled at long tables in the old mortuary that is home to the SEIU United Service Workers West. They ate ham, cheese and bean sandwiches as they waited for the final workers to get off the late shift. At least one came still dressed in her blue smock.
The group of janitors and their children made a quick trip to Las Vegas over the weekend to knock on doors for Hillary Clinton, and got home Sunday just in time for the late shift.
Each had their reasons to join the more than 150 union members who made the trip.