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  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
(Los Angeles Times)

Sexual harassment investigations by the Calfornia Legislature cost taxpayers $294,271 from early 2006 through the end of last year, according to a document provided Friday to the Los Angeles Times.

Most of the money was spent by the Assembly in 2017 in the wake of intense scrutiny of misconduct under the state Capitol dome. The document marks the first time legislative officials have revealed the cost of outside investigators in examining claims against lawmakers, staff members and others.

Of the total amount, almost $144,000 was spent by the Assembly last year to investigate eight allegations. The Senate, which reported hiring no outside help on investigations from 2006 to 2016, spent slightly more than $47,000 last year in examining seven allegations.

  • California Democrats
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center left, meets with supporters after a breakfast at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center left, meets with supporters after a breakfast at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego. (Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein stuck to core Democratic themes in a speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego on Saturday, saying President Trump has disgraced the White House, and highlighting her decades-long support for the assault weapons ban and protecting immigrants.

The senator, who is running for her fifth full term, also indirectly touched on the intraparty challenge she faces from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles. 

De León lags far behind in the polls and fundraising but has picked up strong support from labor unions and has at least an outside shot at nabbing the state party’s endorsement this weekend.

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Ingrid Gunnel must feel like the most popular voter in Southern California.

Text messages from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely pop up on her cellphone. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for attorney general, penned her a handwritten letter. Entreaties from dozens of other politicians have appeared in her mailbox and Facebook timeline for weeks.

Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring.

But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is courting Democrats this weekend in hopes of winning the state party’s endorsement for her reelection campaign.

She is trying to beat back a challenge from the left by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles. It could be a major blow to Feinstein if she fails to land the party nod after representing California in the Senate since 1992.

She received a warm welcome at a women’s caucus meeting Saturday morning. 

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  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer plans to unveil a new minute-long television ad Saturday focused on Russian interference in the presidential election as he addresses California Democrats gathering for their annual convention.

The spot, which will air on cable channels nationwide, is part of Steyer’s $40-million effort calling for the impeachment of President Trump.

“What would our founding fathers want us to do about this president,” Steyer asks, standing in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

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  • Governor's race
  • California Democrats
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