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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra (Los Angeles Times)

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra complained in a speech to journalists Wednesday that the Trump administration is failing to release documents that might explain its decisions on immigration and environmental issues.

Addressing the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Becerra said he was outraged that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has not responded properly to Becerra’s Freedom of Information Act request for documents on possible conflicts of interest within the agency.

California has had to sue for the records, Becerra said. Refusing to provide the documents, he said, "is, I believe, an absolute abuse of power and discretion."

  • Congressional races
  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election
Protesters pose for photos in the hall outside Rep. Ed Royce's district office in Brea.
Protesters pose for photos in the hall outside Rep. Ed Royce's district office in Brea. (Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times)

Protests over the GOP tax bill continued Wednesday, with several dozen opponents picketing outside Republican Rep. Ed Royce’s district office in Brea.

Some of them donned black blazers and top hats — one had a monocle — echoing widespread criticism that the measure is primarily designed to benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. They chanted, “Shame on you!” and held signs denouncing the “GOP tax scam,” before filing in, a few at a time, to fill out comment cards with Royce’s district office staff.

Royce, one of 11 California Republicans who voted for the House version of the tax bill last month, has stayed mum about whether he’ll support the final bill, which still needs to be crafted by negotiators from both houses of Congress.

  • California in Congress

The onslaught of anti-tax reform ads aimed at vulnerable California Republicans continues Wednesday with a six-figure television ad targeting Rep. Steve Knight.

The ad calling on the Palmdale Republican to vote “No” will run on broadcast and cable channels in the expensive Los Angeles media market, and will also appear on Spanish-language channels. It is funded by Not One Penny, a coalition of progressive groups.

“Knight sided against California once, but he’s got one more chance to get it right,” the ad states.

(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

A political action committee aimed at overturning Citizens United says it plans to spend millions in the 2018 midterms to elect Democrats who support campaign finance reform. 

On Tuesday, it announced that its top 20 targets include Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine). All four are on a watchlist for next year’s most vulnerable California House members.

“California represents some of the best opportunities and, frankly, some of the most egregious examples that we have seen,” said End Citizens United executive director Tiffany Muller in a call with reporters. Muller noted the fact that Hunter is currently under investigation for potential misuse of campaign funds, and the campaign contributions Issa has received from telecom companies.

  • California Legislature
  • California Democrats

Assembly candidate Luis López said he called Wendy Carrillo Tuesday night to concede the special election for Assembly District 51. With 100% of precincts reporting, Carrillo led López Tuesday evening 52.83% to 47.17% — a 943-vote margin. 

“It did not happen for us, tonight,” Lopez told the crowd at his election night party.

Wendy Carrillo led with about 53.27% of the vote while Luis López claimed 46.73% as the first results from Tuesday’s special election to replace Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez came in. 

John Sennick
John Sennick (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)

John Sennick has lived in Mount Washington since 1959, and he wants his California Assembly member to know his neighborhood.

“Luis López knows the area,” he said. “You’re not in some place he’s never heard of.” 

So Sennick chose López over his fellow Democrat Wendy Carrillo on Tuesday in a special election to fill the Assembly District 51 seat recently vacated by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez.