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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."

More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.

Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state.

The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.

Legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was short in votes Thursday. President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care and said if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed Friday, it will stay.

 A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.

"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said. It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence. "Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act. 

Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care. "The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."

Watch the video to see the Courageous Resistance in action!

A series of demonstrations are planned across the state to protest House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement proposal, which could lead to heavy financial losses for California and leave more than 5 million uninsured, according to the state Department of Health Care Services and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff DenhamDavid ValadaoDevin NunesSteve KnightEd Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.

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