california

Hunter Trying to Set Up Legal Defense Fund
Comes as he faces federal investigation over use of campaign funds

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces a challenge from two other Republicans, three Democrats and an independent in his bid for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter is trying to set up a legal expense fund as he faces a federal criminal investigation for misuse of campaign dollars.

The legal defense fund would allow people to contribute more than the limits set for campaign contributions, the San Diego-Union Tribune reported.

Young Kim Launches First TV Ad in California’s 39th District
Kim is the first Republican in the crowded race to go on the airwaves

Former California Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim is running for the open 39th District seat. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Congressional hopeful Young Kim is the first Republican to go on the airwaves in the crowded race for California’s 39th District, launching a television ad Thursday. 

The spot, shared first with Roll Call, highlights the former assemblywoman’s ties to the man she is hoping to replace — retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Kim worked for the congressman for two decades 

Trump: ‘High Crime’ Likely in California After Gov. Brown Rejects Border Troops
Nonpartisan group rejected president’s claim about barrier being built near San Diego

Members of the Kentucky National Guard 206th Engineer battalion arrive on a C-130 Hercules transport plane in July 2006 in Tucson, Arizona, to support Border Patrol agents maintaining the U.S.-Mexican border. (Gary Williams/Getty Images file photo)

Donald Trump slammed California’s Democratic governor Tuesday, contending “high crime” will rise in the state after Jerry Brown rejected the president’s request for National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brown last week indicated he would deploy California Guard troops to the border — but not for the immigration enforcement mission Trump requested. Instead, the governor told the Trump administration in a letter guardsmen and women would focus on combating transnational crime groups.

Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Drops $152,000 for First TV Ad
Ad goes after Trump in district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016

Democratic candidate for California's 48th District Hans Keirstead released his first ad. (Keirstead campaign via YouTube)

One of the Democratic challengers to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is spending $152,000 on his first ad in California’s 48th District.

Hans Keirstead never mentions Rohrabacher by name in the ad.

McClintock Challenger Announces $359,000 Fundraising Haul
Both Democrats outraised incumbent Republican rep in last quarter of 2017

A Democratic challenger to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., announced she raised $359,000 in her race to unseat him. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jessica Morse, a Democratic challenger to Rep. Tom McClintock announced she raised $359,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter.

Morse’s campaign also said in a statement that she had $717,000 in cash on hand at the beginning of the second fundraising quarter of the year.

Republican Rocky Chavez Tops Poll for Issa’s Seat
Democrat Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Issa in 2016, is second

Democrat Mike Levin finished third in a poll in the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

A new public poll shows Republican state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez leading the race to replace outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District.

Chavez leads the race with 16 percent, followed by Democrat Doug Applegate, who was favored by 12 percent of those surveyed in the San Diego Union Tribune/10 News poll.

Internal Poll Shows No Front-Runner in Race for Royce’s Seat
Possibility that two Republicans or two Democrats could emerge from June primary

Andy Thorburn's campaign released an internal poll showing him ahead of fellow Democrats including Sam Jammal, pictured, in California's 39th District. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo).

An internal poll from Democratic candidate Andy Thorburn’s campaign shows the race to replace Rep. Ed Royce in California’s 39th District is still wide open, with more than a third of those polled undecided.

Democrats have concerns that their four candidates could split the vote and allow two Republicans advance to the general election. California’s primary is June 5th and the two candidates with the most votes advance to November regardless of party.

Man to Plead Guilty to Threatening Maxine Waters
Andrew Scott Lloyd faces 10 years in federal prison

A man in San Pedro, Calif., is expected to plead guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man charged with threatening to kill California Rep. Maxine Waters is expected to plead guilty next week.

Andrew Scott Lloyd is expected to plead guilty to one count of threatening a public official, according to the Daily Breeze.

California Democratic Candidates Feud Over Website
Duncan Hunter challengers in beef over ‘fake news’

Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign says it has nothing to do with a website that says rival Democrat Josh Butner was recruited to run by Republicans and that his father has ties to the Ku Klux Klan.  (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Two Democrats hoping to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter in California’s 50th District are in a public spat about a website

The row between Josh Butner, a retired Navy SEAL, and former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar is centered around a website called DuncanButner.com.

Opinion: Is Pelosi Still the Gift that Keeps on Giving for Republicans?
Democratic leader’s value as a GOP political target may be fading

Relying on attacking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, here with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer last month, as a campaign strategy won’t be enough to carry the day for Republicans, Winston writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Is Nancy Pelosi all she’s cracked up to be or a political conundrum? I’m not talking about her control of the House Democratic Caucus or her ability to raise enormous sums of money for House Democratic candidates. She seems to have a pretty good track record in both areas.

I’m talking about the nearly legendary notion in the GOP consulting community that Pelosi is the gift that keeps on giving to Republican candidates and campaigns.