Independent expenditures exceed California candidates’ fundraising in a dozen races on Tuesday’s ballot. The disparity is highest in the fight for superintendent of public instruction and the Sacramento-area 6th Senate District.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is so far ahead in his re-election bid that he only recently started campaigning, has been asked any number of times why he hasn’t done more to lay out an agenda for a fourth term. On Wednesday, he appeared to have had enough, challenging a reporter to “print half of what I say.”
Fifty percent of California’s electorate has received vote-by-mail ballots for Tuesday’s election, according to the latest data compiled by the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. Tuesday was the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he may use stockpiled campaign funds to “finish with a flourish with some major ballot measure battle” in his final term, though he said he does not know what that might be.
Republican Doug Ose is personally adding to his campaign war chest in one of the nation’s most expensive congressional contests with Democratic Rep. Ami Bera. California’s 7th congressional district spans Sacramento’s eastern and southern suburbs.
Incumbent Tom Torlakson had slightly more cash on hand than challenger Marshall Tuck heading into the final weeks of the heated race for state superintendent of public instruction, but the close contest could come down to massive outside spending, which dwarfs that in any other state race on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The California Department of Public Health is stumbling in its oversight of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, weighed down by a backlog of more than 11,000 open complaints – and no clear path to dig its way out, the California state auditor has concluded.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican group affiliated with House Speaker John Boehner, is wading into the heavily targeted 7th Congressional District, hitting Sacramento-area Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for his support of the federal Affordable Care Act. The ad opens with a video snippet of Bera, a medical doctor, addressing GOP challenger Doug Ose at the pair’s recent debate.