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  • State government
  • California Legislature
  • California Democrats
Sen. Tony Mendoza.
Sen. Tony Mendoza. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

California Senate leader Kevin De León has drafted a resolution for a vote Thursday that would allow the Rules Committee to extend a paid leave of absence for Sen. Tony Mendoza until a sexual harassment investigation is complete.

Mendoza originally announced that he would take the leave until Feb. 1, but the Senate Democratic Caucus wants him to stay away from the job until a probe is completed in mid-February.

On Wednesday, De León threatened to suspend Mendoza if he returned before the completion of the investigation.

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

Republican candidate for governor Doug Ose will once again be left off the debate stage as six hopefuls square off at UCLA on Thursday.

The former congressman was excluded from the race after he was not included in recent polling by the Latino Community Foundation because he entered the race earlier this month, the candidate said on Wednesday. He described his exclusion as based on “a legitimate reason.”

“You guys took your poll before I got in the race. I mean, I’m respectful,” Ose said. “I’m just trying to communicate with voters. That’s all I want to do.”

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

There’s very simple wins for America that because somebody’s asking for them from the wrong state or city seem to move extremely slowly. Or maybe in the more pro-White House areas they move just as slowly, I don’t know. I can’t tell if it is malice or incompetence or both.

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

Amid reports that he is considering running for Congress in a neighboring district, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said Wednesday that he was looking at “taking a different role” and “being back in the community.”

Issa, who announced two weeks ago that he would not seek reelection for his 49th Congressional District seat, told KUSI-TV that he decided “it was the right time” to leave his post.

“A lot of the things I’m working on I don’t need to be in government to work on,” Issa told the station. “Taking a different role, probably some government boards or commissions, but being back in the community, it seemed like it was the right time.”