The most prominent super PAC dedicated to helping Democrats regain control of the House is reserving nearly $8 million worth of television ad time in California in the final weeks of the 2018 campaign.
Flipping a few of California’s Republican-held congressional districts is a big part of Democrats’ strategy to retake the House, and candidates, outside groups and political action committees are expected to flood the state’s airwaves.
California’s expensive media markets are getting nearly a fourth of the $43 million House Majority PAC is spending across 33 media markets. The PAC, which has close ties to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is reserving $5.2 million in ad time on cable and broadcast in Los Angeles, $1.5 million in Sacramento and $1.2 million in San Diego.
Sessions, who was speaking at a law enforcement conference where he announced the federal government’s lawsuit against California over “sanctuary state” policies, accused Schaaf of warning about impending immigration raids in Oakland and helping criminals who are in the country illegally avoid apprehension.
“Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you,” Sessions said. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open-borders agenda.”
Several of California’s Republican representatives are openly challenging President Trump’s plans to impose steel and aluminum tariffs. The tariffs are a rare source of disagreement between congressional Republicans and the White House, and the opposition in California comes from several lawmakers who face difficult reelection bids this fall.
Reps. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove, Ed Royce of Fullerton, Mimi Walters of Irvine and David Valadao of Hanford were among the 102 House Republicans who wrote a letter to Trump on Wednesday urging him to narrowly tailor tariffs rather than impose them worldwide. House and Senate GOP leaders also have pushed Trump to change his mind, or at least narrow the tariffs to avoid retaliatory tariffs or a trade war.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the president would sign a proclamation on new steel and aluminum tariffs by the end of the week, and indicated exceptions could be made for Canada and Mexico.
Donald Trump and California have long been at odds on the issue of illegal immigration. The president wants to deport those who are here illegally, while many Californians and their leaders want to protect them.