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(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. 

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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.

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(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Republican Doug Ose dropped out of the California governor’s race on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the former congressman.

The move comes as Republicans fear being shut out of the gubernatorial race entirely because the top candidates are all Democrats and no prominent Republicans are running for Senate.

Attempts to reach Ose, who entered the race in early January, were unsuccessful.

California Democrats overwhelmingly decided not to endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein this weekend, an embarrassing rebuke of a party icon who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century.

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Dave Min, left, lobbies California Democratic Party delegates on the convention floor, asking them to support his endorsement.
Dave Min, left, lobbies California Democratic Party delegates on the convention floor, asking them to support his endorsement. (Javier Panzar / Los Angeles Times)

In a moment of high drama, California Democrats on Sunday finalized the list of candidates who will get the official state party blessing. The race that was uncertain as the convention began its final day's business was the 45th Congressional District.

Dave Min had received 60% of votes in a meeting of Democrats from the district Saturday, but his opponents banded together to try to block his endorsement by gathering more than 300 signatures from convention-goers.

Min campaign supporters followed some of the signature-gatherers around, causing a couple of late-night confrontations in the convention center halls.

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and supporters walk in the hallway during the California Democratic Convention in San Diego.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and supporters walk in the hallway during the California Democratic Convention in San Diego. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The California Democratic Party on Saturday opted to forgo endorsing either of the two candidates in the running for state attorney general.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to the post in early 2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown, is running against two-term state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to become California’s top law enforcement official.

To win the party endorsement, one of the candidates needed to nab 60% of the votes cast by delegates at the party’s convention in San Diego this weekend. Jones received 56% and Becerra got 42%.

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De León and Feinstein
De León and Feinstein (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The California Democratic Party decided not to endorse in the U.S. Senate contest on Saturday, an embarrassing rebuke of veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, who has represented California in the Senate for a quarter-century, is facing an insurgent bid by a fellow Democrat, state Senate leader Kevin de León.

He earned nearly 500 more votes than the senator, who was first elected in 1992.

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats

One of the top tasks for California Democrats at the convention is settling whether the state party will endorse in some congressional races. Some of those endorsements were decided at the local level in January.

Some races with crowded fields were left for small meetings among district activists at the convention Saturday.

Races for which Democrats didn’t agree will be decided Sunday on the convention floor. Some campaigns are attempting to challenge initial results. Here’s what we know so far:

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Former state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) casts his vote for a Democratic party endorsement
Former state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) casts his vote for a Democratic party endorsement (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Two days after state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned his post following a sexual misconduct investigation, he arrived at the California Democratic Party convention to confirm he’ll seek the seat again.

Party activists in his district rebuffed his attempt to win the Democrats’ endorsement by a sizable margin.

The vote on Saturday evening capped off a wild week for the Democrat from Artesia, who faced a potential expulsion vote by his colleagues on Thursday after an independent investigation found it was likely he made unwanted advances toward six women during his tenure as a lawmaker, including four women who worked as his staffers.