California voters Wednesday night get their only chance to see the two Democrats running for California's first open U.S. Senate seat in 24 years go head-to-head in a debate.
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez take the stage at Cal State Los Angeles at 7 p.m. The one-hour forum will be aired live by KABC-7 TV and CSPAN, as well as webcast by the college. We'll be covering it live here on Essential Politics.
Harris remains the solid front-runner and has won endorsements from President Obama, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Tuesday criticized her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, for drafting a “misleading” ballot summary of Proposition 57, a measure that offers a chance of early release to more prison inmates.
Sanchez said the summary of the measure makes it appear that only nonviolent felons would be eligible for early release. However, she said, eligible inmates include those convicted of raping an unconscious person, human trafficking that involves a sex act with a minor and providing guns to gang members.
“It’s irresponsible and dangerous, and it will soften our laws at a time when crime is on the rise in California,” Sanchez said at a news conference in Los Angeles, joined by opponents of Proposition 57.
A barrage of television and radio ads has been launched by the campaign for Proposition 64, arguing that the measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has restrictions to keep pot out of the hands of minors and will generate $1 billion in new tax revenue.
The campaign has reported this week that it has spent $6.8 million of the more than $14 million it has raised so far on broadcast, cable television and radio ads throughout the state.
One of the ads provides a flow chart for the initiative’s provisions, saying it “bars advertising directed at kids,” and “bars edibles that appeal to children.”
In the ad, the doctor says he tries to prevent people from smoking, but doesn’t support Proposition 56, which would raise the cigarette tax by $2 a pack. He says it’s because not enough of the money would go to anti-smoking efforts and instead the lion’s share would go to “wealthy special interests.”
“I do everything in my power to stop people from smoking,” the doctor says. “But that’s not what Proposition 56 is really about.”
The Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Darrell Issa on Tuesday released a new television ad slamming the Vista congressman for his controversial comment about giving more financial aid to workers who responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center.
Could Donald Trump prevent two Southern California Republicans from keeping their seats in the state Legislature? Their Democratic opponents hope so.
Sharon Quirk-Silva and Al Muratsuchi are both former state legislators who were ousted from their seats in 2014, when a mini-wave of Republican candidates was able to win back state Assembly and Senate seats and block Democrats from a super-majority.
This time, the ex-lawmakers are hoping that tying the Republican incumbents to Donald Trump will help push them over the edge to victory in swing districts.
Parents who said their sons and daughters had mental health problems or committed suicide after using marijuana rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol against Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of cannabis.
Speakers included Lori Robinson, whose son, Shane, committed suicide at age 25 after bouts of psychosis she said occurred when he smoked marijuana.
“These kids don’t realize that marijuana has been linked to triggering psychiatric harm for some brains,” said Robinson, who lives in Thousand Oaks.
Tom Steyer, whose political activism on national and state Democratic causes continues to expand beyond environmental issues, on Tuesday endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot measure to revamp prison parole rules.
"Proposition 57 is a common sense measure that will reduce the burden on California taxpayers and will implement proven methods of rehabilitation that reduce the likelihood of reoffending," Steyer said in a written statement.
Prop. 57 would allow some prisoners serving time for a nonviolent crime to be considered for early release, expanding their ability to earn credits for good behavior and educational programs. Critics, led by the California District Attorneys Assn., argue that some of those who would be eligible for parole are not nonviolent felons.