Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and hip-hop artist will.i.am on Wednesday joined efforts to support a California ballot measure that would abolish the state death penalty.
At a campaign event in San Francisco, Branson urged voters to vote yes on Proposition 62, saying the United States should lead by example.
"You might ask why an English man is here talking about the death penalty," he said. "About 45 years ago the last person was executed in England and that person turned out to be innocent. And I think everyone in Britain hung their head in shame."
The moderator in Wednesday's U.S. Senate debate had a no-nonsense approach to time limits, but when it came time for Rep. Loretta Sanchez to wrap up her closing, it took him a good 10 seconds before he could quiet her enough to move on to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
After being interrupted by the moderator several times, Sanchez finally stopped, pausing to strike a pose as Harris looked on.
The issue of for-profit colleges resurfaced in the second half of the Senate debate Wednesday night, with Rep. Loretta Sanchez again accusing state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris of failing to pursue an investigation against Trump University because she'd received campaign contributions from Donald Trump in the past.
Harris was one of four state attorneys general named in a New York Times article highlighting accusations that Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi was engaged in pay-to-play politics.
In 2005, Rep. Loretta Sanchez voted in favor of legislation that shielded the gun industry from liability for the criminal or negligent acts of gun owners, with certain exceptions.
The law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, was approved by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush. The bill superseded existing laws in California and other states that allowed victims of gun violence to sue gun makers and dealers.
Sanchez said the measure protects lawful businesses from being hit with frivolous lawsuits, comparing it to allowing a person injured by a drunk driver to sue a car manufacturer.
During Wednesday's debate, the moderator asked Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris which Senate committees they wanted to serve on if elected. Sanchez said she wanted to continue to focus on national security. Harris said she was focused on the election and hadn't thought about it.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules and Administration, and Intelligence committees.
Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer is on the Environment and Public Works, Foreign Relations and Ethics committees.