With the election behind us, California Democrats are focused on a new contest: Attempting to one-up each other in statements denouncing Donald Trump.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla released a 237-word statement mid-day Monday joining a chorus of critics condemning the appointment of Steve Bannon, former chairman of Breitbart News, as Trump’s chief strategist. Padilla said Trump “is effectively giving white supremacists and anti-Semites a seat at the table.” It was his second email sent out through his state account questioning the president-elect.
The statement followed an email from California Senate President Kevin de León saying “Trump confirmed some of our worst fears” on Sunday by saying he would immediately deport up to three million undocumented immigrants.
De León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon sent out a joint statement the day after the election affirming their commitment to uphold California ideals and touting that state voters “overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.” Gov. Jerry Brown sent a similar message of resistance, while doubling down on climate change.
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Rebuking Donald Trump is good politics in a deep-blue state, where most voters favored Clinton, and will likely become a theme in the four years ahead. So, what does Trump’s victory mean for the state GOP?
Jim Brulte, chair of the California Republican Party, will attempt to answer that question and more in a talk at the Marin Country Club in Novato at 11:30 a.m. today.
WORTH REPEATING: “I implore President-elect Trump to reconsider and retract his preposterous statement.” – Senate leader Kevin de León, on Trump’s statement that up to 3 million undocumented immigrants are criminals
NEWSOM ON TOP: The Field-IGS Poll out late Monday shows Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom leading a cluster of Democratic rivals by wide margins. Sure it’s early, but here’s why it matters in the 2018 contest to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. Newsom and his Democratic rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Treasurer John Chiang, are busy raising money, and institutional donors like to know their choice is viable. Newsom can use the early results, which show him way out ahead with Democrats, to cast himself as a veritable lock to advance to the fall runoff. He also could point to another favorable sign: Should either of the rising Republicans, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer or Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin run, it would make it that much tougher for Villaraigosa or Chiang to join Newsom in the November election.
SEX WORK: Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 1322 prohibiting law enforcement from arresting anyone under the age of 18 for prostitution in September. Under SB 1322, lawmakers subscribed to the idea that young sex workers are often victims, not criminals. Now sex workers of all ages are descending on the Capitol to ask the governor to decriminalize prostitution across the board. Several organizations will hold a rally and deliver a petition with nearly 25,000 signatures requesting a sit-down with Brown to discuss state prostitution laws at 10:30 a.m. on the north side of the Capitol.
BY THE NUMBERS: Several tight races have yet to be called as California officials count an estimated 4.4 million ballots that were received on Election Day or through the mail in the days following. Here are the latest tallies on congressional races as of Monday:
Congressional District 7 (Sacramento suburbs): Rep. Ami Bera, (D) 50.6 percent, Scott Jones (R) 49.4 percent
Congressional District 49 (San Diego County): Rep. Darrell Issa (R) 50.9 percent, Doug Applegate (D) 49.1 percent