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Consumer and health care groups launched a campaign Wednesday, "Brown's Last Chance," calling on Governor Brown to freeze all new oil and gas drilling in California, and phase out current production.

"We're here to tell the governor that climate leadership means ... standing with us and stopping oil drilling," said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, which is leading the campaign with a broader coalition that includes the California Nurses Association and the California-based Courage Campaign.

Today, members of Courage Campaign, Ultraviolet, and Daily Kos are holding a rally at Visa's headquarters in Foster City, demanding major credit card companies stop doing business with retailers who sell assault rifles.

The group will also deliver petitions with more than 144,000 signatures. They say payment processors like PayPal and Apple Pay have already banned using their services to buy firearms.

About two dozen people rallied outside of Visa headquarters, calling on the credit card company to stop doing business with stores selling assault weapons.

“I think they will have to face the consumers who are disappointed by their inaction,” said William Winters with the Courage Campaign.

The protesters said the issue may ultimately be decided by the marketplace.

Courage Campaign's organizer, Mary Lizardi, discusses the gun violence epidemic and what California can do to combat it.

Courage Campaign annually ranks California Senators and Assembly Members, and for 2017 Courage Campaign gives Senator Glazer a letter grade of “F,” along with a numeric score of 32 out of 100.

The “Courage Score” as it is called, grades California legislators on political courage, how well they stand up for their constituents.  While 16 percent of the all California Senators received an “A” grade, 40 percent received an “F” grade in 2017, including Sen. Glazer.

Caballero received an “F” grade in the third annual “Courage Score” report card for voting against environmental protection, criminal justice reform and gun control legislation.

The report card, which can be found at www.couragescore.org/people/anna-caballero/, claims that her votes on those issues go against the grain of regional voters in California's 30th Assembly District.

Democratic state Assemblywoman Anna Caballero—a state Senate candidate this year—faced criticism last week after a California-based progressive advocacy group announced her inclusion in a “Hall of Shame.”

“Assemblymember Caballero is part of the problem in Sacramento,” Courage Campaign Executive Director Eddie Kurtz said. “Courage Campaign will make sure her constituents know she cares more about policies favored by corporate lobbyists than about their best interests. With Washington broken and with Trump pursuing a reckless and bigoted agenda, now more than ever it is urgent that California lead the way, and people like Anna Caballero are an obstacle to that progress. Assemblymember Caballero: we’re putting you on notice.”

Just when Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, was flying high because Luis Alejo, her would-be competitor for the 2018 race for State Senate, decided not to run, bad news came in another form this week: a failing score and “Hall of Shame” status on the third annual People’s Report Card of California

Caballero received an “F” grade in the third annual “Courage Score” report card for voting against environmental protection, criminal justice reform and gun control legislation.

The report card is published by progressive advocacy group Courage Campaign in partnership with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action (ACCE), another state advocacy group with a focus on worker and housing justice. The report card ranks legislators on their votes and how they represented constituents against corporations. It is endorsed by such groups as California Calls, Democracy For America, Dolores Huerta Foundation, DailyKos, and California Immigrant Policy Center.

THE BUZZ: COURAGE CAMPAIGN'S "HALL OF SHAME" STRATEGY -- Amid ongoing tension between the Democratic Party’s liberal and more progressive wings, the Courage Campaign plans to spend money for the first time this year in legislative primaries.

-- The liberal advocacy group plans to use its annual scorecard on state lawmakers — and a “hall of shame” for Democratic politicians out of step with its liberal agenda — as a basis for its primary involvement. The group told POLITICO it is making an initial commitment of $100,000 to play in California primaries.

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