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The lone candidate for a U.S House seat the Democrats consider a prime pickup opportunity for the midterms is ending his congressional bid.

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“You clearly love Sacramento,” says the Catholic nun and high school principal as she looks over the college essay written by one of her students.

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  • Politics podcast
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats

The leading Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate want to draw a sharp contrast with each other, but they don’t want to be seen as throwing the first punch.

On this week’s California Politics Podcast, we take a look at the pitch each candidate made to delegates at the recent California Democratic Party convention in San Diego.

We also discuss the decision by former Rep. Doug Ose to drop out of the race for governor, winnowing the field of Republicans to two prominent hopefuls as candidate filing season comes to a close.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
  • California in Congress
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic Thursday that the Republican-controlled Congress can pass comprehensive gun legislation, but said she doesn’t expect an assault weapons ban to be part of such a measure.

“It might not be [an] assault weapon ban, but practically anything short of that is what we would expect,” Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said at her weekly news conference. “That might take longer. We need to have the best package we can get done now.”

President Trump seemed to embrace a variety of bipartisan proposals to address gun violence at a White House meeting Wednesday, and urged Republicans to consider adding an assault weapons ban to a popular bipartisan Senate background check bill. The moment left the author of the ban, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, outwardly showing glee. She’s pushed to reinstate the ban since a GOP-controlled Congress let it expire in 2004.

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  • California in Congress

Even though they didn’t visit President Trump at the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA Finals win, the Golden State Warriors got a face-to-face with two California lawmakers in Washington.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) waited to congratulate the Warriors outside the locker room after their 109-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Pelosi wore her Warriors gear (a golden scarf with a map of the UC Berkeley campus) during her weekly news conference at the Capitol to celebrate the win.

President Trump on Wednesday threatened to delay building border barriers in California until his long-promised wall goes up elsewhere, seemingly slinging another arrow in his running battle with the nation’s most populous state.

For a party halfway in the grave, the news thudded like another shovelful of dirt — thwack! — heaved atop its coffin: The Republican Party may soon slip into third place among registered California voters, trailing Democrats and self-declared independents.

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Nearly two years after California lawmakers approved a $2-billion bond to help finance new housing for the state’s homeless, not a penny has been spent, and it’s unclear when any of the money will be available.

Three months after Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment, an Assembly investigation has found the Pacoima Democrat likely engaged in “unwanted conduct” toward three subordinate employees while he worked as a legislative staffer.