Though most races for the California Legislature require winning tens of thousands of votes, the state's relatively new primary election rules mean candidates can earn a spot on the November ballot with far less.
In fact, the June 7 primary saw some candidates advance to the fall election with the support of fewer voters than would fill a community swimming pool.
In Los Angeles County, seven write-in candidates for legislative races qualified for the Nov. 8 general election with a combined 456 votes. Most of those candidates had only a few dozen votes, but one write-in candidate moved on to November after receiving just seven votes.
Former Democratic Rhode Island Rep.Patrick Kennedy on Thursday endorsed Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) for U.S. Senate, praising her work in Congress to protect people with mental illness.
Kennedy, the youngest son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, served in Congress with Sanchez for 14 years.
“I have worked side-by-side with Loretta Sanchez in Congress and I know first-hand her strong commitment to supporting mental health equity policy and helping Americans and their families who are struggling with this disease,” Kennedy said in a statement released by the Sanchez campaign.
Former Facebook President Sean Parker has put another $1.25 million into the campaign for Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California, bringing his total contributions so far to $2.5 million, according to records released Thursday.
The latest donation by the billionaire tech titan was reported to the secretary of state by the initiative campaign committee, Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana While Protecting Children.
If approved by voters Nov. 8, the ballot measure would allow adults 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and would allow individuals to grow as many as six plants. The measure would also impose a 15% tax on retail sales of the drug.
House Democrats are one by one stepping up to the microphone in the chamber, asking Republicans to bring up a bill to expand background checks for gun sales.
The House is supposed to be debating the rules for what can be added to a bill funding treatment for opioid addiction, and Republicans have refused to bring up HR 1217, the background-check bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena).
Before the House broke for the July 4 recess, Democrats held a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor, repeatedly demanding a vote on gun control legislation. Thursday's action took place during normal House business, with Democrats using up the time set aside for them to debate the rule.
Dems are asking to pull up the background check bill, holding up photos of gun violence victims. House is debating a rule and won't allow it
California Republican Rep. Steve Knight is among the targets of a new ad campaign from national Democrats as they aim to tie presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to GOP lawmakers.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says the seven-figure national cable television and digital ad campaign is an attempt to gain footing in 10 districts where the electorate is particularly shakable. The spots launch Monday and will run through Republican National Convention. Knight is the only Californian on the list.
Dubbed “Standards” and “Sidekick,” the commercials are aimed at women 25 and older. One shows a bully and suggests that the "sidekick" is just as bad. The other shows citizens criticizing Trump over his vitriolic statements against women and communities of color. Each suggests that GOP members of Congress shouldn't stand by Trump as the party nominee. Knight, a freshman from Lancaster, has been called the most endangered incumbent in California.
The two-decade-long career of Marian Bergeson was praised by lawmakers and political insiders on Wednesday, after news spread that the Orange County legislator had died at the age of 90.
Bergeson was the first woman to serve in both the state Assembly and Senate, a 17-year run that ended as the era of term limits arrived in Sacramento and her election as an Orange County supervisor in 1994.
"Using a mostly low-key, tactical approach, Bergeson gets a lot done for her district," reported the former California Journal in a 1988 profile.
Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez on Wednesday announced her support for a statewide ballot measure to repeal the death penalty in California.
Sanchez, an Orange County Democrat first elected to Congress in 1996, said that the “death penalty in California remains an ineffective deterrent and does not meet the constitutional standards of due process.”
“That is why, after careful consideration and 20 years experience in public office, I have concluded that we must end the fruitless attempts at reform and simply end the death penalty in California," Sanchez said in a statement Wednesday morning.
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday blamed a surge in hate crimes in California on the increasing political rhetoric against Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities.
Harris, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, didn't mention presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, but she did refer to his call to prohibit Muslims from entering the country in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
Harris made the comments during an address to members of the Islamic Center of Southern California, who gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday morning to mark the end of Ramadan.