A wild Republican presidential nominating season will reach its conclusion this week at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which begins today.
Donald Trump staved off more than a dozen competitors and a failed delegate rebellion on his road to victory. After this week, the “presumptive” will drop out of his title, and he will become the nominee. Here’s a schedule for the week.
A McClatchy-Marist poll released last week found that Trump has pulled within 3 percentage points of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in a head-to-head race.
Take a look at the Bee’s list of both parties’ convention delegates from the Sacramento area. A Sacramento native professional golfer who made an appearance on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” will be speaking on Tuesday at the four-day event.
Bee Capitol Bureau reporters Christopher Cadelago and David Siders will be in Cleveland covering the Republicans this week, followed by the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next week.
The California delegation relaxed Sunday after a festive arrival Saturday night (Hint: there was a BBQ sauce fountain) – that included a high-profile GOP plaintiff – and a trip to Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Sunday night. As the convention’s official curtain rises today, Trump’s California delegates relish their role as a sort of firewall for the nominee and have a variety of reasons for supporting him.
Check for updates on Capitol Alert.
GIRL (PURCHASING) POWER: U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, will speak at San Francisco City Hall about H.R. 5686 –the Pink Tax Repeal Act – to make it illegal to charge different prices for “substantially similar” products and services based on the gender of the intended buyer. The conference starts at 10 a.m.
Earlier this year, state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, introduced a bill that would have banned gender-based pricing in California. He later withdrew the bill in June after coming under fire from business groups.
MONEY TALKS: The CalPERS Board of Administration will meet in Sonoma County wine country to discuss its investment returns from last fiscal year and brainstorm on investment in the future. Bee columnist Dan Walters wrote that CalPERS’ investment portfolio has seen flat earnings for the past two fiscal years. The board will also publicly recap the selection process for its new CEO, Marcie Frost.
Anshu Siripurapu of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.