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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, 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.

Cooper, who is in his second term representing the state's 9th Assembly District was recently added to one group's "Hall of Shame." Cooper and eight other California legislators earned that distinction from California-based Courage Campaign, in partnership with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action.

In the past 72 hours, two of California’s longest-serving Republicans in Congress announced they are not seeking re-election this fall, scrambling state politics and dealing a blow to their party’s chances of hanging onto the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nine-term Rep. Darrell Issa, of San Diego County, became the latest incumbent to announce his retirement Wednesday morning.

Several liberal political groups celebrated Issa and Royce’s departure as a bellwether for Republican incumbents nationwide. “Districts in California like Issa’s – where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump – will start the wave that will roll across the country,” predicted Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo hosted state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon in a news conference outside City Hall yesterday morning to introduce a new net neutrality bill, proposing blocking internet service providers from using deceptive and discriminatory business practices in California.

Organizing director Tim Molina of the Courage Campaign was among the speakers at the conference. Molina discussed a petition in favor of SB 460 that was created last week and already has over 10,000 signatures. It asks all California legislators to support the bill in an effort to lead the pursuit for unimpaired access to free internet.

Orange County Congressman Ed Royce, a targeted Republican, announced Monday he will not run for re-election in one of several seats Democrats hope to capture in 2018.

Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the left-leaning Courage Campaign, painted Royce’s announcement as a reflection of the political danger ahead for California Republicans.

“Rep. Royce knows that if he ran for re-election in 2018, he would lose,” Kurtz said in a statement, adding that it is “proof positive that Democrats are gaining momentum and ready to retake the House in 2018 with a wave election ... Let this be a clear message to all remaining members of California’s Republican congressional delegation: Your days are numbered, and come November, you will be out of a job.”

Nestle’s longstanding bottled-water operation in California sprang a leak this week after state regulators warned the Swiss business giant to drastically cut the water it pipes from the San Bernardino National Forest.

The notice follows a 20-month investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board sparked in part by public outcry over Nestle piping millions of gallons of Southern California spring water for its Arrowhead brand during a historic drought.

In 2016, a federal judge ruled that Nestle gave the U.S. Forest Service proper notice of its intent to renew a 1988 permit in a case brought by the Courage Campaign Institute and Story of Stuff Project.


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