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  • California in Congress
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher downplayed the effect of the lower mortgage interest deduction in the GOP tax bill Tuesday, saying that people who buy homes in the future will make up a small number of voters.

The Costa Mesa Republican told The Times that because the change only affects future home purchases it “makes it pretty irrelevant as a political issue.”

The tax bill caps the mortgage interest deduction at $500,000 for new mortgages, half of the current $1 million cap. It's supposed to have an outsized effect on California, where home prices frequently exceed half a million dollars.

  • California in Congress
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Rep. Ted Lieu walked out of the House chamber Monday night when Speaker Paul D. Ryan called for a moment of silence for the 26 victims of a shooting at a Texas church.

"It wasn't something I planned. I just felt angry. I've been to so many of these, and then nothing happens. I just thought, I can't do another one," the Democrat from Torrance said Tuesday.

Lieu, who is Catholic, said he prayed for the victims Sunday after hearing about the shooting, but he couldn't stomach another moment of silence that isn't followed by congressional action. He called it a spectacle and said he doesn't plan to stand for another one, joining other members of the California delegation who don't participate in such moments of silence.

  • California Republicans
Doug Ose attends a fundraiser in the Tahoe City area during an unsuccessful 2008 campaign for Congress.
Doug Ose attends a fundraiser in the Tahoe City area during an unsuccessful 2008 campaign for Congress. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Former Republican Rep. Doug Ose said Tuesday that he is considering running for governor of California because of grave concerns about state's future.

“There’s no other way to describe it – we’ve gone backwards. I don’t care whether you’re talking about housing or quality of jobs that are available or road maintenance or the homeless question. There’s nobody in office today that’s doing anything about it,” Ose told the Times. “I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines watching these people take their salary and do nothing.”

Ose, a Sacramento-area resident and developer, served in Congress for six years and left in 2005 because of a self-imposed term limit pledge. He ran unsuccessfully to return to Congress in 2008 and 2014.

  • California in Congress

Rep. Jimmy Gomez flew across the country on Monday with a suitcase full of the ingredients for French dip sandwiches from Phillipe's packed in dry ice.

On Tuesday, the rabid Dodgers fan who represents downtown Los Angeles used a cart decked out in Dodgers gear to deliver the sandwiches to the office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who represents the Houston area where the Astros' stadium is located.

"My goodness, I am hungry. I am Astros hungry," Jackson Lee said as Gomez dropped them off.

  • California in Congress
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said Tuesday he can’t vote for the current version of the GOP tax bill.

“I think that we can do better than this,” Issa said.

While some of the other 13 Republicans in the California delegation have said they are still reviewing the bill, Issa was the first to indicate he would vote no on the tax overhaul championed by leaders of his party unless changes are made.

  • 2018 election
  • 2018 governor's race
Portrait of John H. Cox, Republican candidate for governor, at the the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim.
Portrait of John H. Cox, Republican candidate for governor, at the the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox is attacking one of his rivals in the race – but not the candidate one would expect.

Rather than critiquing the record of the other main Republican in the race, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, Cox is blasting Democratic front-runner Gavin Newsom in a fundraising plea.

Cox sent voters mailers urging them to send a “pink slip” to Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, and tied Newsom to termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown.

  • California Democrats
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California and the European Union will begin discussions together with China about possibly creating a common carbon market to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday at a conference in Brussels focused on combating climate change.

“The European Union is definitely a leader, if not the leader, in coping with climate change. That’s why I’m here to link up with the European Union to encourage even greater efforts,” Brown said at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Brown met leaders from EU institutions as part of a 10-day European tour that includes a United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany. On Saturday, he spoke at an event with scientists at the Vatican.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election

Plenty of California congressional challengers have invoked the name and face of President Trump in their early ads, but not many have waded into the debate over whether the president should be impeached.

That's starting to change.

A new ad released by Orange County Democrat Andy Thorburn says explicitly that Trump should be impeached "for obstruction of justice" and "repeatedly lying to the American people." The 30-second ad, which will run online over the next few weeks, also criticizes "Silent Ed" Royce, the GOP congressman Thorburn is running to unseat, for not commenting on the issue.

  • 2018 governor's race
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom applauds for Gov. Jerry Brown after a State of the State speech.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom applauds for Gov. Jerry Brown after a State of the State speech. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

State flags in California will be flown at half-staff Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in a shooting at a Texas church over the weekend.

"Jennifer and I offer our deepest condolences to the families, the Sutherland Springs community, and all those grieving following the horrific mass shooting at a house of worship in Texas, yesterday," Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement, referencing his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Newsom, who is running for governor, also called for broader federal action on gun control in the statement.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election