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Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square.
Tom Steyer's drive to impeach President Trump includes a billboard in New York's Times Square. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

From its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don’t like who you are, or your place in life, start over.

Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance.

Tom Steyer has no end of wealth, a measure of fame and a seeming appetite for political office.

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  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

Two Orange County congressional seats are now considered more vulnerable by one of the country’s top campaign handicappers.

Analysts for Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics moved the 39th Congressional District held by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and the 45th District held by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) from the “likely Republican” category to the “leans Republican” category, signaling they think Democrats have a better chance of winning them.

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  • California in Congress
  • California Republicans
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, front left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan talk with reporters about the GOP tax plan.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, front left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan talk with reporters about the GOP tax plan. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

House leaders are considering keeping a version of the state and local tax deductions used widely in California in order to get the state’s Republican members on board with the final GOP tax bill.

Three California Republicans voted against the House version of the tax bill in October, and several others said they voted to advance the bill with the hope that their concerns would be fixed in a final compromise with the Senate.

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina told Roll Call on Tuesday that the potential deduction tweak would be made to appease lawmakers from California.

  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale)
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Top staff members in the California Assembly sought to offer information Tuesday on how sexual harassment allegations are reported and investigated, but some key elements of the process seemed to leave lawmakers still confused about the process.

“This has to end,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), the chair of the subcommittee that discussed the problem of sexual misconduct in the Capitol during the afternoon hearing. "It's my commitment to you that we’re going to do our best to end that culture."

Lawmakers asked the Assembly’s top staffers, the chief administrative officer and the human resources director, for information on how complaints are filed and how frequently complaints are made. The Los Angeles Times requested similar information last month. The records requests were only partially granted.

  • California in Congress

Sen. Kamala Harris wore an Astros shirt under her suit jacket Tuesday afternoon and donned an Astros World Series hat as she took a deep breath and knocked on Sen. Ted Cruz’ office door.

“This is one of the most painful moments of my life,” she said with a laugh.

It was time to settle a bet over which state’s hometown team would win the 2017 World Series, which the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros in seven games. Los Angeles-area House members settled their own bets earlier this month.

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Posted by California Legislative Women's Caucus on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Members of the California Assembly are meeting to review how the chamber handles reports and investigations of sexual harassment claims, the first hearing by either legislative house on reporting processes that some women in state politics say leaves victims with little recourse and fearful of retaliation.

The Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention and Response is headed by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), a former Hollywood producer. The vice chair is Marie Waldron (R-Escondido).

Other subcommittee members are Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) and Assemblymen Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield), Timothy Grayson (D-Concord) and Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo).

  • State government
  • Sexual harassment
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Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima). left, quit and Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) has lost his leadership posts amid harassment claims.
Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima). left, quit and Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) has lost his leadership posts amid harassment claims. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Members of the California Assembly will meet Tuesday to review how the chamber handles reports and investigations of sexual harassment claims, the first hearing by either legislative house on reporting processes that some women in state politics say leaves victims with little recourse and fearful of retaliation.

The public hearing comes a day after one Democratic legislator announced his immediate resignation and another was stripped of key posts by his colleagues.

The focus on sexual harassment was sparked by high-profile allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo social media movement. At the Capitol, it was propelled with an open letter from more than 140 women denouncing a "pervasive" culture of misbehavior in state government.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), center, wants the Legislature to reexamine how it pays out harassment settlements.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), center, wants the Legislature to reexamine how it pays out harassment settlements. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

As the California Assembly prepares to have its first public hearing Tuesday afternoon on how it handles sexual harassment and discrimination complaints, one Democratic lawmaker says he wants to see changes in how settlements from Capitol complaints are paid.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) is urging his colleagues to examine how to decrease the burden of settlement payments on taxpayers.

“Why should taxpayers be on the hook for sexual harassment payouts, while wrongdoers walk away with no financial accountability? The State Assembly and the Joint Rules Committee should consider ways to recover financial damages from proven violators directly,” McCarty said in a statement.