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  • California in Congress
(Julia Schmalz / Bloomberg)

California Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena is trying to get support for a rarely successful procedural move that would force a vote on a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases.

Thompson, a lifelong hunter who leads the Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced the bill with Republican Rep. Peter King of New York in November. It has been sitting in committee since.

The bill would expand the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for guns that are purchased online and at gun shows.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

In case you missed it, the Democrats running to unseat Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County had some major drama at the state party convention this weekend. Up for grabs was the official California Democratic Party endorsement, and UC Irvine law professor David Min nabbed it. 

As his opponents raced to try to challenge the endorsement, accusations flew that Min and his camp engaged in “intimidating” behavior in the convention halls, while his supporters urged others not to overturn a vote of local activists.

Asked Monday about the fracas, Walters sounded pretty confident.

  • 2018 election
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rep. Devin Nunes’ high-profile role in the House Russia investigation has prompted one state political action committee to focus its attention on his Central Valley seat.

The committee, Red to Blue California, was created to steer money to the seven Republican-held districts in the state that backed Hillary Clinton for president, but Nunes’ Tulare district backed Trump by 10 percentage points.

Committee spokesman Andrew Feldman said the group added Nunes’ seat to its target list because it has received a lot of requests to focus on the race, and fundraising emails that mention the House Select Intelligence Committee chairman’s name bring in three times more donations than emails that don’t. Nunes has several Democratic opponents.

Standing in a darkened room, California’s most powerful politicians were peppered with catcalls. “Hey beautiful! Why aren't you smiling?” “You're too fine to be walking out here alone!” Those were the mild ones. Many more were sexually explicit or profane.

  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will headline an event to debut a new group seeking to reform the California Republican Party.

The pair will deliver speeches and participate in panels on March 21 in Los Angeles at an event for New Way California, a group formed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley).

“They will be focused on reminding the Republican Party we need them to be successful, but in order to be successful, they need to choose policies and messaging that helps them grow rather than continue to shrink,” said Daniel Ketchell, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger.

  • 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.”

  • 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.