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California Republicans fighting over how to endorse a candidate in Newsom recall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to trigger an election, but California Republicans are already fighting about how they might endorse someone to replace him. California Republicans at an organizing convention this weekend will debate a change to party bylaws around candidate endorsement that has some delegates fuming it could diminish the power of grassroots activists in the recall. The amendment proposed by Sacramento GOP Chairwoman Betsy Mahan could allow the party's roughly 100-member executive committee to endorse a candidate in a recall election. That's a...

California Democrats move to ban fracking by 2027. Can their bill reach Gov. Newsom?

California would ban hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, by 2027, under a bill introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, also would prohibit the issuance of new permits for fracking, acid well stimulation treatments, cyclic steaming and water and steam flooding beginning in 2022. The bill's authors say that it is necessary to fight the existential threat of climate change. "Extracting massive amounts of oil — particularly with destructive techniques such as fracking — is totally inco...

Still serving at 87, Dianne Feinstein brushes off calls to resign over memory issues

WASHINGTON — The left wing of the California Democratic Party might want Sen. Dianne Feinstein to step down and make way for a younger leader, but for the time being President Joe Biden’s agenda depends on the 87-year-old lawmaker keeping her seat. Feinstein last week filed fundraising paperwork under a committee that suggested she was thinking of running for reelection in 2024, when she would be 91. She has not actually made that decision, but the paperwork set off a new round of calls for her to resign and allow California Gov. Gavin Newsom to choose a successor. “What has been raised about ...

As COVID-19 deaths surge, these California politicians gathered to call for reopenings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, elected officials from across California gathered for a conference this weekend in Rancho Murieta to protest coronavirus-related restrictions and discuss ways to reopen the state’s economy. The conference, in its second of three days, was held inside a covered horse arena at the Murieta Equestrian Center, and featured talks from U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican representing areas of the Northern Sierra Nevada and foothills; Republican state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley; and Republican state Assemblyman James Gallagher, all of w...

Do cellphone records prove Sacramento ISIS terror suspect is falsely accused of murder?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For more than a year, federal defenders in Sacramento have been working to get records out of Turkey that they say will prove their case that Omar Ameen, a Sacramento truck mechanic arrested in August 2018 and accused of murdering an Iraqi police officer in 2014, is innocent. Now, as Ameen sits in the Sacramento County Jail awaiting word on whether he will be extradited to face trial in Iraq and, possibly, executed, his lawyers have what they've been waiting for: cellphones records from Turkey that they say prove he could not have been in Iraq the day police Major Ihsan Ab...

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