Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster), who is facing a tough race against Democrat Bryan Caforio in the 25th Congressional District in north Los Angeles County, was called on by Caforio"to disavow his party’s nominee’s comments immediately and without reservation." The district is almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with 21% of voters listing no party preference.
Caforio said it was "disappointing" that Knight remains "silent about Trump’s inability to serve as commander in chief while his party’s leader attacks our fallen heroes."
Late last week, after the dust had settled on the Republican and Democratic national conventions, Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) made an announcement: He won't vote for either party's presidential nominee.
"Here is the bottom line: I am not voting for either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump," Hadley wrote in an op-ed in the Daily Breeze. "Both have shown themselves unfit for the highest office in the land. Neither reflects the South Bay values that this citizen legislator is trying to bring to Sacramento."
Nearly a half-century after tobacco ads were kicked off television in the United States, an initiative in California would take a first step toward allowing TV commercials promoting pot to air alongside advertisements for cereal and cleaning products.
Proposition 64, which is on the November ballot, would allow people age 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana and would allow pot shops to sell cannabis for recreational use.
The initiative also includes a provision that could someday allow cannabis sellers to advertise their products in print ads, on digital sites and on radio and television stations.
California's largest teachers union has given more than $13 million to the effort to extend income tax hikes on California's highest earners, according to newly released state campaign finance reports.
The report shows the California Teachers Assn. gave $3 million between April and June this year, in addition to the $10 million the union donated last month.
Before the $10-million contribution, supporters of the Proposition 55 campaign reported having $14 million in the bank. Also supporting the measure are the California Hospital Assn., Service Employees International Union and the California Medical Assn.
Campaign contributions poured into dueling death penalty campaigns in California, reaching more than $6 million as of June 30, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
The highest total amount of contributions -- $3.6 million so far in 2016 -- has flowed to Proposition 62, which seeks to abolish capital punishment and replace it with life in prison without parole. The Nov. 8 ballot measure reported raising $1.3 million in donations during the latest reporting period, which spanned from April to June.
But campaign efforts to stop Proposition 62 and pass Proposition 66, which seeks to speed up executions through limited and expedited appeals, have not been far behind, pulling in $2.4 million in total contributions this year. Of that, $2.2 million came in during the latest reporting period.
Opponents of a ballot measure that would limit how much pharmaceutical companies can charge state agencies for prescription drugs had nearly $66 million on hand in June.
The campaign against Proposition 61 reported Monday it had $65.9 million in cash as of June 30. That far outpaced supporters of the measure, whose own campaign filing reported a little more than $7 million.
Proposition 61 would prevent state agencies from paying more for a drug than the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tapping some high-profile donors, supporters of a California gun control initiative on the November ballot have a huge head start over opponents in campaign fundraising, according to financial reports filed Monday with the state.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safety for All Committee reported it has raised $3.8 million so far, compared with $467,000 raised by two committees opposing Propostion 63.
Proposition 63 would ban possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks for Californians buying bullets, create a process for getting felons to relinquish firearms and mandate reporting of lost or stolen guns.
Embattled San Gabriel Valley state Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina), who was stripped of his committee assignments earlier this summer after a judge issued a domestic violence restraining order against him, was out on medical leave as the state Legislature reconvened Monday.
John Casey, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), said Hernández submitted a note from his doctor seeking to have him excused from work for a week and a half.
Dayana Partida, Hernández’s deputy district director, would not disclose the cause for the medical leave, citing privacy concerns.