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  • Governor's race
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative
John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox told supporters on Wednesday that he was putting another $1 million of his money into his campaign, adding to his significant financial advantage among Republican candidates in the race.

“While we have gathered nearly 5,000 individual donors across California, it's also important that I show continued investment in my campaign,” Cox emailed supporters.

The move brings the Rancho Santa Fe businessman’s total investment into his bid to $4 million — $1 million more than Republican Neel Kashkari spent on his primary and general election campaign in the 2014 governor’s race.

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  • Ballot measures
  • California Legislature
A motorist prepares to gas up her vehicle in San Rafael, Calif., in 2015. The state's gas tax increases are expected to remain controversial throughout 2018.
A motorist prepares to gas up her vehicle in San Rafael, Calif., in 2015. The state's gas tax increases are expected to remain controversial throughout 2018. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Likely voters are divided over a proposed initiative that would repeal recent increases in California’s gas tax and vehicle fees to pay for road and bridge repairs and mass transit improvements, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.

The repeal of the gas tax is supported by 47% of likely voters and opposed by 48%, according to the statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Repeal is supported by 61% of Republican voters and 52% of independents, but by only 39% of Democrats.

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Candidates for statewide office in California
Candidates for statewide office in California (Associated Press / Getty Images / Los Angeles Times)

With less than four months to go until the June 5 primary, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are running practically neck and neck in the 2018 race for governor, according to a new poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

California’s U.S. Senate race is a much different story. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking a fifth full term, leads by a wide margin over her most formidable challenger, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles, the survey found.

All four of those top candidates are Democrats, showing just how dismal the prospects are for a Republican Party that has not won a statewide election in California since 2006.

The woman gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom had an affair with when he was mayor of San Francisco spoke out about their relationship on Wednesday after questions about the liaison emerged in the governor’s race.

Supporters of single-payer healthcare march to the Capitol in Sacramento in 2017.
Supporters of single-payer healthcare march to the Capitol in Sacramento in 2017. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

A months-long series of informational hearings on achieving universal health coverage in California culminated Wednesday with experts voicing widespread praise for creating a single-payer system, but starkly different opinions on the pace of such an overhaul.

The Assembly convened hearings in the face of activist outrage with last year’s shelving of SB 562, an ambitious bill that would establish a state-funded healthcare system to cover nearly all of Californians’ medical costs without requiring premiums or co-pays.

Proponents of SB 562, including its sponsors, the California Nurses Assn., continued their call for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) to advance the bill Wednesday, rolling out a new analysis finding that between 60% and 80% of denials for care issued by insurance companies were overturned by state regulators. The data, they argued, underscored the need to dramatically reduce the role of private insurance companies in Californians’ healthcare.

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At 10:04 a.m. Washington time, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood up in the House chamber and began speaking. For more than eight hours, she stood in four-inch heels, reading the stories of people brought to the country illegally as children, the people known as “Dreamers.”

  • California Legislature
  • Sexual harassment
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The decision by leaders of the California Legislature to voluntarily disclose some records related to sexual misconduct investigations could, under a new proposal, become state law.

On Tuesday, the Assembly Judiciary Committee introduced legislation to codify the guidelines unveiled last month for releasing records. Those rules were announced in the wake of conversations between Los Angeles Times attorneys and legislative officials, but do not have the force of law if future lawmakers reverse course.

“We are faced with a unique opportunity to fix some policies that should have been fixed a long time ago,” said Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), the committee chairman.

  • California in Congress
  • 2018 election

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been speaking on the House floor since 7:04 a.m. Pacific time, pushing for House Republican leaders to promise to hold a vote on a legislative fix for the status of people brought to the country illegally as children.

The San Francisco Democrat is now nearing hour eight, having blown past the previous record for the longest House speech anyone can remember, which occurred in 1909 when Champ Clark of Missouri held the floor for 5 hours and 15 minutes to speak against a tariff overhaul.

Unlike Pelosi, who has spoken nearly without interruption, Clark was repeatedly interrupted during his remarks.

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  • State government
A video provided by the ACLU shows men being arrested in an ICE raid.
A video provided by the ACLU shows men being arrested in an ICE raid. (ACLU)

The California Department of Justice on Wednesday took its federal counterpart to court, seeking an order to release documents that would explain the rationale of a threat to withhold law enforcement grants unless agencies in the state cooperate with immigration enforcement.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed the lawsuit in San Francisco against the U.S. Department of Justice and its Office of Justice Programs, following up a Freedom of Information Act request in September for information about new conditions placed on law enforcement grants under the Trump administration. 

The new conditions were set by the federal government as California declared itself a sanctuary state that is restricting how local law enforcement agencies cooperate on immigration enforcement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, wants House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to commit to holding a vote on a legislative fix for people brought to the country illegally as children, and she has been speaking on the House floor for hours.

The Senate appears close to a two-year spending bill that would avert another government shutdown, provide tens of millions of dollars in disaster assistance and increase military and domestic spending.

Pelosi sent out a statement earlier saying she wants a commitment from Ryan to bring a bill for so-called Dreamers to the House floor in exchange for her support for the massive bipartisan spending package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made such a promise to Senate Democrats as part of a deal to end the last shutdown just weeks ago.