Claims of campaign law violations are already flying in the closely watched rematch between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and Democrat Al Muratsuchi in coastal Los Angeles County Assembly District 66.
Muratsuchi's campaign says it filed an official complaint with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday, alleging that Hadley's strategists may have illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support him. The commission confirmed that it received a complaint against the Hadley campaign Wednesday, but is barred from releasing details of the complaint for five days.
State law allows such committees to spend unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose a candidate, as long as they don't coordinate with a candidate's official campaign. Last year, the state's top ethics watchdog approved a slew of tougher regulations on independent expenditures, including the presumption of coordination when candidate committees and independent expenditures share a consultant.
On Nov. 8, California voters will weigh both sides of the death penalty, the merits of a statewide ban on plastic bags and fees on replacement bags, even the role of money in congressional and national elections.
Seventeen propositions in all, with the potential for lawmakers to add on a few more, are now officially set for the statewide fall ballot.
"I’m pleased that the governor took meaningful action to reduce gun violence," Newsom said. "Now, with the Safety for All initiative, voters will finally have a chance to take matters into their own hands and keep the momentum going with bold reforms that build on these achievements and go well beyond."
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed six gun-control bills into law, including a requirement that ammunition purchasers undergo background checks. The governor vetoed five other measures, including an expansion of the use of restraining orders to take guns from people deemed to be dangerous.
“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Brown wrote in a message.
Brown approved bills that would ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with bullet buttons allowing the ammunition magazines to be easily detached and replaced.