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DCCC Launches Joint TV Ad With California’s Harley Rouda
Democrats work to avoid getting shut out in 48th District jungle primary

California Democrat Harley Rouda attends a campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is teaming up with businessman Harley Rouda on a joint television ad two weeks before the critical California primary.

Rouda is the DCCC-backed candidate in the 48th district held by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. The ad, shared first with Roll Call, is part of a Democratic push to mobilize voters to vote in the June 5 primary.

Pelosi Confident on Possible Speakership, Won’t Speculate on Minority Scenario
On some Democrats’ calls for new leadership: ‘If they have to do that to win the election, I’m all for winning’

“I can't even think of not winning” control of the House in November, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told a Washington audience on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence Tuesday in her ability to be elected speaker if Democrats retake the majority in November but wouldn’t say whether she’d stick around and run for minority leader if they fall short of that goal.

“I can’t even think of not winning,” the California Democrat said at a Politico Playbook event. “And you have to believe.”

Internal Poll Shows Campa-Najjar Best Positioned Against Hunter
Quarter of voters remain undecided

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Democratic candidate for California’s 50th Congressional district, is interviewed by CQ Roll Call at their D.C. office, March 27, 2018. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

A Democratic candidate challenging embattled Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter says his internal polling shows he is best positioned to take on the incumbent.

Former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign released an internal poll showing him in second place behind Hunter in California’s 50th District ahead of next month's primary.

Cárdenas, Member of Democratic Leadership, Denies Allegations of Child Sex Abuse
California congressman admits he’s unnamed defendant in lawsuit

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., has denied allegations of child sex abuse raised in a lawsuit filed last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Tony Cárdenas, a junior member of Democratic leadership, is denying through a lawyer allegations of child sex abuse raised in a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County. 

The lawsuit did not name Cárdenas, describing the defendant, John Doe, as “an elected politician in Los Angeles County.” California law prevents the naming of the defendant in court filings for civil cases involving child sex abuse “until there has been a showing of corroborative fact as to the charging allegations against that defendant.”

Feinstein Drops Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana
Says federal government should not interfere with California's marijuana market

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., dropped her opposition to legalized marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Sen. Dianne Feinsteindropped her longtime opposition to legalization of marijuana as her party moves in a pro-legalization direction.

The federal government should not interfere with California’s legal marijuana market, the California Democrat told McClatchy on Tuesday.

EMILY’s List Looks to Boost California Candidates
The group endorsed 6 women candidates in California

Protesters hold signs along Independence Avenue in Washington during the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EMILY’s List is looking to bolster its candidates in California as the crowded primaries threaten Democratic chances in key pickup opportunities.

The group’s independent expenditure arm, Women Vote!, announced Thursday that it was launching a new initiative to educate voters about former Riverbank mayor Virginia Madueño, who is running in the 10th District in the Central Valley. The program is similar to one launched for Sara Jacobs last month, who is running in the 49th District in southern 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.