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  • Sexual harassment

A slate of California bills meant to combat sexual harassment in the workplace got a high-profile plug on Hollywood’s biggest night. 

Mira Sorvino, an actress and leading figure in the Times Up movement taking on harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, highlighted a number of measures making their way through the state Legislature during a red carpet interview at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.

“I want people to know that this movement isn’t stopping,” Sorvino said in an interview on ABC. “We’re going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women.”

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  • Governor's race
Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Getty Images / Associated Press)

Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday challenged his top rival in the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, to a one-on-one debate over the viability of a state-sponsored single-payer healthcare system in California.

The issue has divided the Democratic field of candidates. Newsom and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin have expressed strong support for the proposal, while Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang have expressed doubt that the state can afford it.

“Enough with the slogans — it’s time to show real leadership and have a serious in-depth discussion,” Villaraigosa said in a statement sent to the news media Monday. 

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Come January, California will lose the distinction of being home to the richest man in Congress. More than a third of the lawmakers in the state’s congressional delegation are millionaires, and Rep. Darrell Issa’s wealth dwarfs them all.

  • California in Congress

A group of Oakland-area students this weekend stood alongside major civil rights figures as part of the Faith and Politics Institute Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage tied to the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was among those beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, asked the students for the first time to play an active role in the events by giving speeches and presentations. 

“Especially as a young person, we don’t get this type of exposure just in school,” Laelah Jackson, 16, of Berkeley said in an interview.

  • Governor's race
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the California Democratic Party convention.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the California Democratic Party convention. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Wealthy Hollywood producer Steve Bing is teaming up with other entertainment bigwigs to host a fundraiser this month for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for governor.

The event’s co-hosts include Peter Chernin, producer of the blockbuster movie “Black Panther,” and Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. The fundraiser is being held March 14 at the Crossroads restaurant in Los Angeles.

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The lone candidate for a U.S House seat the Democrats consider a prime pickup opportunity for the midterms is ending his congressional bid.

“You clearly love Sacramento,” says the Catholic nun and high school principal as she looks over the college essay written by one of her students.

  • Politics podcast
  • 2018 election
  • California Democrats

The leading Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate want to draw a sharp contrast with each other, but they don’t want to be seen as throwing the first punch.

On this week’s California Politics Podcast, we take a look at the pitch each candidate made to delegates at the recent California Democratic Party convention in San Diego.

We also discuss the decision by former Rep. Doug Ose to drop out of the race for governor, winnowing the field of Republicans to two prominent hopefuls as candidate filing season comes to a close.

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  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
  • California in Congress
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic Thursday that the Republican-controlled Congress can pass comprehensive gun legislation, but said she doesn’t expect an assault weapons ban to be part of such a measure.

“It might not be [an] assault weapon ban, but practically anything short of that is what we would expect,” Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said at her weekly news conference. “That might take longer. We need to have the best package we can get done now.”

President Trump seemed to embrace a variety of bipartisan proposals to address gun violence at a White House meeting Wednesday, and urged Republicans to consider adding an assault weapons ban to a popular bipartisan Senate background check bill. The moment left the author of the ban, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, outwardly showing glee. She’s pushed to reinstate the ban since a GOP-controlled Congress let it expire in 2004.