california

Internal Poll: Republican Harkey Has Slight Lead Over Levin in Race for Issa’s Seat
California’s 49th District is a top target for Democrats in November

Republican Diane Harkey will face Democrat Mike Levin in November in California’s 49th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

The open-seat race in California’s 49th District is already close, according to an internal poll from Republican Diane Harkey’s campaign, obtained by Roll Call.

Harkey, an elected member of the California State Board of Equalization that oversees taxation, led Democratic environmental lawyer Mike Levin, 46 percent to 43 percent. Nine percent of respondents were undecided. 

As Rohrabacher Defends Trump and Russia, Re-Election Bid Looks Murky
California Republican narrowly trails Democratic challenger in new poll

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., faces a tough re-election bid against Democratic challenger Harley Rouda in the 48th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the 2018 election might be his toughest bid yet.

The longtime Republican congressman narrowly trailed Democratic challenger Harley Rouda in a Monmouth University poll of registered voters in California’s 48th District released Tuesday.

Man Who Threatened Rep. Maxine Waters Gets 6 Months House Arrest
Anthony Scott Lloyd faced 10 years in federal prison

A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was sentenced Monday to six months of house arrest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A California man who left a voicemail for Rep. Maxine Waters threatening to kill her was sentenced to six months of house arrest.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 45, pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of threatening a U.S. government official. He faced up to 10 years in prison, but a federal court judge on Monday handed him down three years of probation and 100 hours of community service in addition to his home detention.

California Democratic Party Endorses Dianne Feinstein Opponent Kevin de León
De León took 65 percent of the delegate vote

California state Sen. Kevin de León is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the all-Democratic general election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The California Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kevin de León over Sen. Dianne Feinstein, backing a challenger who is taking on a longtime incumbent.

The endorsement came after Feinstein had encouraged party leaders not to endorse either candidate for Senate in the name of party unity. But on Saturday, de León won 65 percent of the delegates’ votes, surpassing the 60 percent threshold necessary to secure the endorsement.

As Trump Officials Are Heckled at Restaurants, Lieu Boasts About Free Dessert
Democratic rep highlights contrast over migrant family separation policy

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., received a free slice of baklava at a Greek restaurant recently. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Apparently no one’s chanting “Shame!” at Rep. Ted Lieu when he dines at Mexican restaurants, to the point he feels compelled to leave without finishing his dinner. Bartenders aren’t following him out onto the street from sushi bars to flash him middle fingers and curse at him.

Nope.

Feinstein Decides Not to Seek California Democratic Party Endorsement
Pushing unity, senator calls for no formal endorsement by state party post-primary

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will face fellow Democrat Kevin de Léon in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has decided not to seek her state party’s endorsement, calling for party unity ahead of the November election. 

Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Léon, a fellow Democrat, advanced to the general election after finishing first and second respectively in the state’s top-two primary last month. The four-term incumbent wrote an email Tuesday addressed to the party’s executive board members — that also appeared to also be sent to her campaign fundraising list — calling for no formal endorsement. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Feinstein did not win the party’s backing prior to the June 5 primary.

Supreme Court Sides With Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case
California law had required centers to provide information about abortion

Abortion opponents demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on Monday, a day before it overturned a California law that required pregnancy centers to provide information about free or low-cost abortions offered under state programs. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a California law that required medical centers that primarily serve pregnant women to inform patients about free or low-cost abortions under state health care programs — a decision that some lawmakers warned could cause problems for similar health and safety laws.

In a 5-4 opinion, the court’s five conservative justices sided with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and other centers with religious affiliations in the case that pitted free speech against regulations that require disclosure of health laws.

House Candidate Sabato Calls Waters ‘Hustler of Hate’
Calls for California congresswoman to be ‘put behind bars’

Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has been criticized for her comments about confronting members of the Trump administration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file phot0)

Republican House candidate and soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr. called California Rep. Maxine Waters a “hustler of hate” in response to her remarks about harassing members of President Donald Trump’s administration.

Sabato’s remarks came after Waters, a Democrat, told supporters on Saturday that if they saw members of the administration in public “you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Opinion: Where Have You Gone, Aunt Maxine?
Moderates and independents want to reclaim their country and they are looking for a way to do that

California Rep. Maxine Waters should stick to “Aunt Maxine” and show voters the way amid President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oh, Aunt Maxine. You had us at “Reclaiming my time.”   

There was something so totally brilliant, inspiring and boss last August when Rep. Maxine Waters, sensing that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was trying to roll her during a Financial Services Committee hearing, decided she wasn’t having it. “Reclaiming my time,” she said once.

Trump Escalates Rhetoric, Attacking Rep. Waters and Dems
President repeats false statement about 5,000 new immigration judges

President Trump on Monday lashed out at Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump continued ratcheting up his rhetoric Monday, warning a Democratic lawmaker to “be careful what you wish for” and declaring Democrats “don’t care about crime.”

The president was on the offensive, both on Twitter and during remarks in the Oval Office, just two days after making the remarkable claim that Democrats want to open the southern border so the violent MS-13 gang can spread “all over our country.” He also over the weekend said undocumented migrants want to "infest" and "invade" the United States.