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ALERT: @johnmyers - "Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ trip to Sacramento tomorrow is the morning’s buzziest California political news. Billed as “a major sanctuary jurisdiction announcement” in a speech to the CA Peace Officers Assn., which opposed early versions of #SB54 last year."
This morning, engineer TJ Cox (D) confirmed that he will be running in CA21 (Kings) against Congressman David Valadao (R).
Also, former San Diego councilmember and gas tax opponent Carl DeMaio (R) pulled papers to run against Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) in CD50--already a crowded race. Hunter has been beleaguered with allegations of using campaign funds for personal purposes. Hunter sold his house and paid back the campaign. Politico reported last month that opponents from his own caucus were trying to get him out of the race, citing the campaign finance investigations and a freewheeling DC lifestyle. I already had De Maio listed as a probable candidate, so I don't list him above as a district update.
Outgoing Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA49) has been reportedly considering running for the CA50, but only if Hunter bows out. Three days before the filing deadline (in districts where the incumbent does not run), Hunter has completed his filing and it doesn't appear that anything will be coming down from the FBI or federal prosecutors, which are reportedly still looking into the use of campaign funds by both the congressman and his wife.
When Issa is out of office in January, someone else gets to be the wealthiest member of Congress, report Iris Lee and Christina Bellantoni for the Times. Next in line is Montana's Greg Gianforte (R), who arrived in Congress through a special election this year. Gianforte is worth $135.7 million, reports Roll Call, much lower than Issa's $283.3 million.
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In the other corner are the panels, comprised of self-selected individuals who agree to take surveys for money or for some other kind of incentive, such as Target gift cards.
MEMO TO TONY MENDOZA: A court ruled yesterday that SF supervisor London Breed may not use "Acting Mayor" as a ballot label in her campaign for mayor in June, report Rachel Swan and Dominic Fricassa in the Chron. Former state senator Tony Mendoza filed as "State Senator" to regain the SD32 seat he quit on February 22, when he was about to be expelled following a harassment investigation. Candidates may not use "Former" proceeding an office, so he probably has to use "Teacher."
Cristina Garcia filed for re-election to AD58 as "Math Teacher/Assemblywoman." She is on an unpaid voluntary leave of absence, so that ballot label likely holds up.
AD40 (Redlands): Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-AD40), who had already made it clear that he wasn't returning to the Assembly, instead has pulled papers to run against incumbent Janice Rutherford on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In AD40, Democratic registration has increased by 2.53% since 12/31/2013, while GOP registration has dropped -3.44%. Steinorth served two terms in Sacramento. Hillary Clinton won the district by 14.1% in 2016
Current Supervisor James Ramos (D) is favored to take over AD40, flipping the district to the Democrats. Ramos was previously on the San Bernardino Community College District board, and is the immediate past chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which operates the San Manuel Casino, with an estimated $188 million (Hoovers) in revenue.
It's a major player in California politics, spending $589,600 in political expenditures and an additional $301,100 in lobbying in 2017. It sponsored the California Democratic Party (CDP) Convention last month at the $50,000 level. The tribe is bipartisan providing $25,000 to the California Republican Party and large donations to candidates of both parties last year.
Ramos earned the CDP endorsement through a local caucus. No Republican has filed and the district is now Safe Democrat.
HOUSING: In the Times, Liam Dillon reports that experts believe that it may not be possible to achieve the new housing pledges that are a key part of the gubernatorial campaign promises of Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa. "Without specific plans to transform how housing gets approved in California, said Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Los Angeles-based consulting firm Beacon Economics, Newsom and Villaraigosa's promises are empty."
GUNS FOR GIFT CARDS: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) wants to prohibit public agencies who offer a voluntary gun buyback program from offering gift cards for participants to companies that sell guns--mainly targeted at Walmart, reports Billy Cobin at the Bee. The bill is AB 1903.
LAW AND DISORDER: The LAT’s Patrick McGreevy reports “The state Fair Political Practices Commission said it collected more than $1.1 million in fines from elected officials, lobbyists, political donors and others in 2017 for issues that included failing to properly report contributions.” That’s a record 340 settlements.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robert Baird, Melissa Hurtado, and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago!
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