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Kate Connor, who leads the local Courage Campaign efforts, said numerous Valley residents have tried to meet with Nunes about local and national concerns, but have been met with resistance – so the group created a resistance of their own.

They’ve marched on Nunes’ offices in Clovis and Visalia since the November election.

“It is frankly pathetic that California Republicans are too afraid to meet with their constituents and discuss their concerns,” she said. “If our democratically elected representatives don't have the guts to stand face-to-face with their constituents and explain their decisions, then they shouldn't be voting to destroy our access to affordable healthcare or launch a war against our immigrant communities.”

 

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) devoted his first online ad in the 2018 race to depicting Trump as anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-healthcare and a climate change denier. Lara urged voters to support his campaign for insurance commissioner so he can protect California from Trump’s reach.

Lara is one of three Democrats who has officially declared an intention to run for insurance commissioner, joining Assembly member Henry Perea and Paul Song, a Santa Monica radiation oncologist and former leader of the California progressive group Courage Campaign.

After business-aligned Democrats successfully blocked efforts to slash oil consumption, ban fracking and double workers’ pay on holidays, the Courage Campaign, an advocacy group, decided to scour legislators’ voting records to see who, in their eyes, wasn’t sufficiently liberal.

“It was painfully clear that despite being this deep-blue progressive state with a progressive electorate, we were unable to enact the significant progress we feel is so desperately needed,” said Eddie Kurtz, the group’s president.

The latest scorecard, released this week, features nine legislators — five of them Democrats — in a “Hall of Shame.” The group also notes that seven legislators dramatically improved their scores — a sign, its organizers claim, that increased scrutiny is working.

After business-aligned Democrats successfully blocked efforts to slash oil consumption, ban fracking and double workers’ pay on holidays, the Courage Campaign, an advocacy group, decided to scour legislators’ voting records to see who, in their eyes, wasn’t sufficiently liberal.

“It was painfully clear that despite being this deep-blue progressive state with a progressive electorate, we were unable to enact the significant progress we feel is so desperately needed,” said Eddie Kurtz, the group’s president.

Vern here, and yes, it’s THAT exciting day of the year, the time that the Courage Campaign releases its California legislature Hall of Shame winners. [hat-tip Paul Lucas] And THIS glorious year, TWO of the nine distinguished miscreants hail from our illustrious county – Republican State Senator Janet Nguyen and Democrat Assemblyman Tom Daly. I pass you on to…

City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali struck back Wednesday at a group of veterans who called on him to withdraw from the race, saying the attack was politically motivated and based on online comments about flag-burning that the group is taking out of context.

Bray-Ali has vowed to fight through election day even though his comments have been denounced by City Controller Ron Galperin, Equality California, the Courage Campaign and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network. Seven sitting City Council members have called on him to drop out of the race.

With Congress on the brink of a vote to repeal Obamacare, California is pushing back on the GOP’s agenda on both health care and immigration with a proposal by health advocates to extend Medicaid benefits to undocumented young adults up to the age of 26.
The plan builds upon a California law that went into effect last year that expanded comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage to children under the age of 19 regardless of immigration status, making it the fifth state in the country to do so. With this new proposal, California could be the first state to expand coverage to young adults.

On April 26, LAist reported that Bray-Ali had made online comments on a website called Voat targeting the black and transgender communities, along with mentally disabled and overweight people.

Bray-Ali lost the endorsements of The Times and O’Farrell as a result of the comments. Seven City Council members also called for him to withdraw from the race, as did the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. City Controller Ron Galperin denounced his comments, as did Equality California, the Courage Campaign, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network and some LGBT leaders.

Ginter, who is a member of the Courageous Resistance, asked how the Border Patrol identifies who is a criminal and who isn't.

In the context of immigration enforcement, anyone who is in the country illegally is subject to arrest, Kim said.

"If you’re deportable, meaning you don’t have the right to remain in the United States as provided by law, then we have the obligation to take that person into custody and then at that point it’s out of our hands, really," he said. "I mean the legal system takes over right? We are just the enforcers. We don’t control what happens to somebody, that’s the judge's role."

City Controller Ron Galperin held a news conference with LBGT leaders at the Placita Olvera Kiosk several blocks from City Hall, where he called on the challenger Bray-Ali to drop out of the race.

Galperin was joined by Richard Zaldivar, president and CEO of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Richard Corral, board member of Honor Pac, and Justine Gonzalez of the city's Transgender Advisory Council. Equality California, a statewide LGBT civil rights group, and the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization, also denounced Bray-Ali and called for him to withdraw from the race.

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