Planned Parenthood and its supporters held a “Pink Out” on Wednesday night, June 21, 2017, to show their opposition to the new Republican health care bill. The rally at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium, one of the 50 events held in 20 states, was aimed at drawing attention to the federal measure’s impact on Planned Parenthood funding. The bill, released Thursday, would defund Planned Parenthood for one year. The organization's opponents say it is the nation's largest abortion provider.
Rep. Tom McClintock held a town hall meeting on June 19, 2017, in Jackson, California, and opposing sides brought their voices, views and signs to greet him. Some women even dressed as red-robed handmaids of the dystopian novel "The Handsmaid's Tale" in protest (as seen around the 30-second mark). The event was held at Argonaut High School Gym.
As the California Senate approved a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Republicans complained that the process was less than transparent. Majority Democrats praised the spending plan.
Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and others on June 13, 2017 demonstrated how to break into a hot car to free an animal at risk from heat-related death. Steinorth's bill in 2016 allowed the break-ins under certain circumstances.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on June 13, 2017 likened the suggested firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller to the Watergate scandal, where then-President Richard Nixon fired a special prosecutor.
Sen. Josh Newman arrived on stage in a bear costume at the California Democratic Convention in May, then described how surprised he was to learn his vote for a gas tax increase had prompted a recall effort. Video courtesy of California Democratic Party.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, urges passage of SB 582, a measure aimed at establishing a new universal health care system in California. Instead of private insurers, state government would be the “single payer” for everyone’s health care through a new taxing structure.