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Earlier this month, Feinstein came in for immediate criticism when, following the firing of FBI Director James Comey, she released a brief statement indicating only that Trump had called to inform her of the ouster and stating, “The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee.”

Feinstein offered a far more critical assessment the following day, and she was one of the first Democratic senators to call for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor or resign. But her initial statement “really hit people the wrong way,” said Eddie Kurtz, president and executive director of the liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign. “It seemed like business as usual, and we’re not in a business as usual place.”

And Eddie Kurtz, president and executive director of the liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign, said it is “my job to make sure [the health care vote] isn’t a flash in the pan, that it is hung around these folks’ necks every way possible.”

The revelation comes from the Washington Post having obtained a transcript of a conversation between leaders of the House, including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), who drops this bombshell: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

Nyet, says Ryan and McCarthy, you are not supposed to take it literally because—now that the chat has gone public—they claim it was just a joke between the girls, pointing to the laughter that broke out among leaders (while failing to mention McCarthy's sober "Swear to God."). Not buying that explanation is California-based Courage Campaign Executive Director Eddie Kurtz, who says, "For once, it appears McCarthy told the truth."

Kate Connor, who leads the local Courage Campaign efforts, said numerous Valley residents have tried to meet with Nunes about local and national concerns, but have been met with resistance – so the group created a resistance of their own.

They’ve marched on Nunes’ offices in Clovis and Visalia since the November election.

“It is frankly pathetic that California Republicans are too afraid to meet with their constituents and discuss their concerns,” she said. “If our democratically elected representatives don't have the guts to stand face-to-face with their constituents and explain their decisions, then they shouldn't be voting to destroy our access to affordable healthcare or launch a war against our immigrant communities.”

 

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) devoted his first online ad in the 2018 race to depicting Trump as anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-healthcare and a climate change denier. Lara urged voters to support his campaign for insurance commissioner so he can protect California from Trump’s reach.

Lara is one of three Democrats who has officially declared an intention to run for insurance commissioner, joining Assembly member Henry Perea and Paul Song, a Santa Monica radiation oncologist and former leader of the California progressive group Courage Campaign.

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.

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