The Democratic primary appears to have narrowed in California, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.
The poll showed a statistical tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic voters. Clinton had 46% support, Sanders had 44%, and the margin of error was plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.
A previous poll, released in March, had Clinton leading 48% to 41%.
Lawmakers have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to stash away an extra $2 billion in budget reserves, but Democratic leaders are gearing up for a showdown with the governor over spending levels for welfare and child assistance programs.
Passage of a spending plan by the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday turns the focus to a conference committee of the two houses.
The Senate's budget writers approved their own proposal on Tuesday.
The House voted 247 to 169 Wednesday to keep to a measure affecting California's drought in an appropriations bill.
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) had moved to strip the measure from the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017. He and other Northern California Democrats argue it would have a severe effect on the Endangered Species Act and Clean Air Act.
The House passed Hanford Republican Rep. David Valadao's bill almost a year ago, but the Senate has refused to take it up, and many state Democrats object to it. His legislation focuses on funneling more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount used to support endangered fish populations.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in her office Wednesday.
"I was truly impressed by his brilliant legal mind and his quiet pursuit of justice," she said on Facebook after the meeting.
On his way to the meeting, Garland passed a framed photo taken the day Boxer and several other then-House members stormed to the Senate to demand that Anita Hill's sexual harassment claims be heard before voting to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
Elections officials across California are doing more than just preparing for the fast-approaching June 7 presidential primary. They are also making key decisions that will determine the size of the statewide ballot six months from now.
Backers of 10 potential propositions are watching as county elections workers check hundreds of thousands of voter signatures gathered over the past few months, most of which were submitted last week.
In doing so, there are two key questions: Did the campaigns -- on issues ranging from gun control to the salaries of hospital executives -- collect enough valid signatures? And can local officials make that determination through a random sampling of the signaures submitted?
Tommy Chong is a big Bernie Sanders guy. He regularly tweets out love for the senator from Vermont. Earlier this year he and some volunteers got together and made a video supporting Sanders for president.
So he was kind of bummed when he was disinvited from introducing Sanders before a rally in East Los Angeles on Monday.
"It's lip service to get the votes, but they don't want to endorse what I stand for and what I've stood for all my professional career," Chong told The Hollywood Reporter after he was uninvited to the rally. "It was an insult."
House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to two pieces of legislation headed to the Senate.
The House passed Valadao's bill almost a year ago, but the Senate has refused to take it up. His legislation focuses on funneling more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount used to support endangered fish populations.
A proposed ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana could generate more than $1 billion annually for state and local governments, but also would likely lead to more cannabis use, requiring additional money to be spent on drug treatment, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office said Tuesday.
The report was presented to state lawmakers who held a hearing on the measure, which was proposed for California's November ballot by a coalition that includes former Facebook president Sean Parker.
The measure would allow adults ages 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes and place a 15% tax on retail sales of the drug.
Lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate are continuing to push Gov. Jerry Brown to spend money on affordable-housing programs.
Assembly Democrats are asking for $650 million in subsidies to pay for rental housing for low-income workers, tax credits and farmworker housing. That amount, which advanced out of a budget hearing Tuesday, is half the $1.3-billion request a dozen Assembly Democrats made last month. Senators renewed their request for $200 million in funding to combat homelessness during their own budget hearing.