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Rep. Ami Bera, seen in 2012, voted for a bill requiring explanations when laws aren’t enforced. A GOP mistake said he voted against it.

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    Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver has declared that he will at least partially finance his Los Angeles County supervisorial campaign with family money, prompting former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl to put out urgent fund-raising pleas for her campaign. One appeal harkens back to the1960s, when she played lovelorn “Zelda” on the TV comedy, “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.” Kuehl is staging “A Night at the Movies with Zelda” on April 5 to raise money, including screenings of old episodes.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: National Republicans target Ami Bera for a vote he didn't take

Published: Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

Freshman Rep. Ami Bera has been fielding attacks from a trio of Republican rivals on everything from his jobs record to his support for the federal health care overhaul.

Now Bera, D-Elk Grove, is being assailed for something he didn’t do. On Thursday, the National Republican Congressional Committee issued a news release accusing Bera of voting against HR 3973.

“Bera’s failure to support a common-sense check on this administration shows that he’s putting Washington loyalties and special interests before his constituents,” the NRCC said in the release.

In fact, Bera voted to support the Faithful Execution of the Law Act, which requires the attorney general to provide Congress with an explanation when agencies decide not to enforce the law.

Both the NRCC and its Democratic counterpart frequently issue news releases that feature identical or nearly-identical wording attacking a wide swath of candidates. Similar versions of the NRCC’s release targeted at least three-dozen other Democrats across the country.

“It was a staff error that was corrected once we noticed the mistake,” NRCC spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton said of the anti-Bera release.

– Christopher Cadelago


CAMPAIGN WATCH

Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver has declared that he will at least partially finance his Los Angeles County supervisorial campaign with family money, prompting former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl to put out urgent fund-raising pleas for her campaign. One appeal harkens back to the1960s, when she played lovelorn “Zelda” on the TV comedy, “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.” Kuehl is staging “A Night at the Movies with Zelda” on April 5 to raise money, including screenings of old episodes.

– Dan Walters


WORTH REPEATING

“I do like him, I do believe in him, that he can do a good job, but there have been some issues that we need to just sit down and discuss.”

MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO, actress and supporter of Tim Donnelly’s gubernatorial campaign.



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