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  • California Legislature

Calling on Washington to pass sensible gun-control laws after the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school, California lawmakers on Monday underscored their own efforts to tighten access to firearms across the state.

New bills this year would extend lost or stolen firearm reporting requirements to all state law enforcement agencies, expand gun violence restraining orders against people who pose a serious risk of harm and prohibit purchases of guns by people who have been convicted of domestic violence. Another would bar city, county and state agencies from giving out gun or ammunition store gift cards in exchange for voluntarily returning old weapons.

“The parents thought that their children were in a safe environment,” Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) said of the massacre in Parkland. “Those children would come home, do homework and eat dinner. Unfortunately, that was not the case… We are here to say enough is enough.”

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  • 2018 election
  • U.S. Senate race
(Los Angeles Times)

Far-right radio host and author Michael Savage says that “very important people” have asked him to run for U.S. Senate in California.

“Some very important people have come to me and said ‘Savage, would you like to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate in the state of California against the esteemed Dianne Feinstein?’” Savage said on his show, “The Savage Nation,” Friday. “I’m asking you should I run or not run?”

The 76-year-old who lives in Mill Valley said that the political establishment and the media would come after him if he decides to run.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Silverman is co-hosting a fundraiser at the home of a Hollywood executive Tuesday to benefit four women running for Congress in Southern California.

Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock is also listed as a host for the event, which is being held at the Hancock Park home of MGM film division president Jonathan Glickman and his wife, writer Christy Callahan.

Tickets start at $250 for guests and go up to $2,700. 

Actress Stacey Dash speaks onstage during the Academy Awards in 2016.
Actress Stacey Dash speaks onstage during the Academy Awards in 2016. (Kevin Winter)

Conservative commentator Stacey Dash has opened a federal committee to raise money to challenge freshman Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro), who represents a Los Angeles district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, 61% to 10%.

Dash filed federal paperwork Monday morning declaring her intent to run in the 44th Congressional District as a Republican and set up a campaign committee dubbed “Dash to DC.” The “Clueless” actress has not yet submitted the paperwork with the Los Angeles County Registrar. She has until the March 9 deadline to get herself on the June 5 primary ballot.

Dash’s representatives and the committee treasurer did not respond to calls. Her website shows only the “Dash to DC” logo.

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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Republican Doug Ose dropped out of the California governor’s race on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the former congressman.

The move comes as Republicans fear being shut out of the gubernatorial race entirely because the top candidates are all Democrats and no prominent Republicans are running for Senate.

Attempts to reach Ose, who entered the race in early January, were unsuccessful.

California Democrats overwhelmingly decided not to endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein this weekend, an embarrassing rebuke of a party icon who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
Dave Min, left, lobbies California Democratic Party delegates on the convention floor, asking them to support his endorsement.
Dave Min, left, lobbies California Democratic Party delegates on the convention floor, asking them to support his endorsement. (Javier Panzar / Los Angeles Times)

In a moment of high drama, California Democrats on Sunday finalized the list of candidates who will get the official state party blessing. The race that was uncertain as the convention began its final day's business was the 45th Congressional District.

Dave Min had received 60% of votes in a meeting of Democrats from the district Saturday, but his opponents banded together to try to block his endorsement by gathering more than 300 signatures from convention-goers.

Min campaign supporters followed some of the signature-gatherers around, causing a couple of late-night confrontations in the convention center halls.

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  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and supporters walk in the hallway during the California Democratic Convention in San Diego.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and supporters walk in the hallway during the California Democratic Convention in San Diego. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The California Democratic Party on Saturday opted to forgo endorsing either of the two candidates in the running for state attorney general.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to the post in early 2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown, is running against two-term state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to become California’s top law enforcement official.

To win the party endorsement, one of the candidates needed to nab 60% of the votes cast by delegates at the party’s convention in San Diego this weekend. Jones received 56% and Becerra got 42%.