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With crushing housing costs in California showing no sign of easing off, a measure that would give cities far greater leeway to impose rent control is shaping up to be one of the hardest-fought initiatives on the November ballot. The California Democratic Party voted over the weekend to endorse Proposition 10, which would repeal a 1990s law called the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act that barred... [Read More]
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Democratic Party leaders and progressive groups portray Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights, and they hope the fight over President Trump's Supreme Court nominee will energize voters in California races that could decide who controls the House next year. Those races, however, are playing out in districts where support for abortion rights isn't the given that it is in the bluest parts of California, such as the Bay Area. Democrats running in the more conservative House districts that the party is trying to seize from Republicans aren't rushing to make abortion their issue. For the party's... [Read More]
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California's gubernatorial candidates are having a hard time agreeing on debates, and their disagreement is boiling down to the choice that divides much of the country: Do you prefer CNN or Fox News? On Thursday, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom accepted an invitation to debate his opponent, Republican businessman John Cox, on CNN on Oct. 1. Newsom campaign officials said they had accepted CNN's offer not because of the national exposure it offered, but because the cable network reaches 80 percent of Californians — more than any other media outlet in the state that offered to host a debate.... [Read More]
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Unable to travel from Washington to San Francisco for Mayor London Breed's inauguration Wednesday, California's two U.S. senators and two members of its House delegation sent congratulatory video messages that were shown at the ceremony. But one big name didn't send a video congratulation: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco. Instead, she took note of the occasion in the annals of Congress. "She made a presentation in the Congressional Record, which the new mayor knew about this weekend and graciously received today," a Pelosi spokeswoman said. [Read More]
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