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Eddie Kurtz, the executive director of Courage Campaign, a progressive advocacy group that campaigned for Prop. 63 in 2016, said the ammunition regulation is a step in the right direction. 
 
“These incredibly modest steps are meant to help save lives,” Kurtz said in a phone interview. “It’s just not right to oppose them because they’re inconvenient.”
 
California voters have shown they're in favor of gun regulations aimed at reducing gun violence — demonstrated by the landslide support for Prop. 63, Kurtz said — and his organization is supporting further regulation.

Policy battles between industry lobbyists and activists often leave lawmakers in the middle, and money makes a difference. The liberal nonprofit Courage Campaign said dollar signs influenced an Assembly vote last week that left only one of two tenant protection measures alive.

In its Renter Relief project, the campaign tracked direct and indirect contributions from realtor and landlord groups to lawmakers who declined to vote or voted against Assembly Bill 1482, which caps annual rent increases to 7 percent plus inflation. The group identified vulnerable members based on voting records from a 2018 just cause eviction bill, and it also targeted the lawmakers in Facebook ads.

State legislators are debating a measure that proponents said would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire (SB 230 - Caballero).

But opponents said the law-enforcement-backed bill doesn't go far enough because it would enshrine current rules that allow police to kill if they reasonably believe that they or others are in imminent danger. They are backing competing legislation sparked by last year's shooting of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark that would set the first statewide policy allowing police to kill only if they have exhausted non-lethal methods of resolution or de-escalation (AB 392 - Weber).

The progressive advocacy group Courage Campaign, which ran ads promoting Ms. Weber's bill, criticized Ms. Caballero for accepting nearly $12,000 from law enforcement organizations.

Opponents said the law-enforcement-backed bill doesn't go far enough because it would enshrine current rules that allow police to kill if they reasonably believe that they or others are in imminent danger. The bill carried by Democratic Sen. Anna Caballero of Salinas has 17 Democratic and four Republican co-authors in the 120-member Legislature.

Opponents countered with two Capitol rallies backing the competing bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego that would toughen the legal standard for using lethal force. The progressive advocacy group Courage Campaign, which ran ads promoting Weber's bill, criticized Caballero for accepting nearly $12,000 from law enforcement organizations.

Courage Campaign launched two police use-of-force ads this week urging lawmakers to pass Assembly Bill 392 before the controversial bill is scheduled to withstand its first committee hearing on Tuesday.

AB 392 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, could revolutionize the way police officers use deadly force on the job. The proposal updates the “reasonable” deadly force standard to a “necessary” requirement, with a criminal liability aspect attached to it.

Courage Campaign is launching TV spots in Sacramento and Los Angeles urging passage of a measure that would toughen the standard for when use-of-force is allowed. Here’s the Courage Campaign’s Sacramento spot.

Voters made California a one-party state because they believe Democrats have the values and vision to take on our most intractable problems. And yet, too often in the past, Democratic leaders have backed down when holding large majorities in Sacramento.

This is why it is so imperative, now more than ever, to draw a clear line in the sand – with numbers, grades and facts – for the world to see who in Sacramento is doing their job, and who isn’t.

CourageScore.org gives legislators annual grades on their political courage. It reveals how well they stand up for their constituents over corporations or interest groups that exploit Californians, particularly the poor, the disadvantaged and communities of color.

The activists, who are associated with ACCE and Courage California attempted to deliver the poster that acted as a report card on Cooper's vote. The grade Cooper earned according to standards established by both groups was an F. 

Speaking to the group assembled, Tim Molina of Courage California said the third term Democratic legislator representing the state's 9th assembly district did not reflect votes by constituents on several ballot measures. 

Senator Feinstein has refused to support the legislation which aims to address climate change. California-based Courage Campaign raised money for this ad.

Courage Campaign Executive Director Eddie Kurtz said it was “news to me” that Feinstein was not dropping her more moderate climate change proposal, and had scathing words for the senator, saying going forward with something like her draft proposal instead of supporting the Green New Deal was “unconscionable.”

“It offers comfort to the Joe Manchins of the world, who get a lot of funding from the fossil fuel industry, and allows them to pretend they care about climate change without doing something that matters,” Kurtz said, referencing the Democratic West Virginia senator who has called the Green New Deal a “dream” that he doesn’t support.

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