Los Angeles Times
The California Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed it is investigating allegations that Assemblyman David Hadley illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee supporting him.
By JORDAN IKEDA, Rafu Contributor
July 26, 2016 - Rafu Shimpo
An entire spectrum of liberal Asian Pacific Islander American voices gathered together on Wednesday night in Little Tokyo at Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar.
Co-hosted and organized by the California Young Democrats Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CYD API) and the Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC), the Summer Kickoff Reception was a chance to bring diversity across API generations together.
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Random Length News
Candidate for the 66th District Assembly, Al Muratsuchi, came out on top in the June 7 primary, but turnout, as in the 2014 race, will decide whether or not he takes the seat back from incumbent Assemblyman David Hadley in November.
Muratsuchi won the primary by 4 percentage points—4,540 votes—by carrying Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Gardena and West Carson by healthy margins of 5 percent. He won Lomita and Torrance by 2 and 3 percentage points respectively. Muratsuchi lost Manhattan Beach by a slim margin. He lost the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Hadley by wide margins.
By ALLYSIA FINLEY
The Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2016 3:13 p.m. ET
One optic trick Republican party leaders in Cleveland are using to present a unified image for TV audiences is to put California’s 172 delegates front-and-center on the convention floor for the four-day gathering.
All 80 seats up for grabs in the California Assembly and half the 40 Senate positions, but the interest is focused most intensely on a handful of races with the potential to alter the balance of power in Capitol.
Among the most interesting legislative races:
Donald Trump’s anticipated crowning next week as the Republican presidential candidate will amount to Christmas in July for California Democrats.
They’ll gleefully use their priceless gift in an effort to regain supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature. Maybe even pick up a seat or two in Congress.
And their chances of success are pretty good, given the extreme unpopularity in California of the GOP standard-bearer.
Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc
Claims of campaign law violations are already flying in the closely watched rematch between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and Democrat Al Muratsuchi in coastal Los Angeles County Assembly District 66.
Muratsuchi's campaign says it filed an official complaint with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday, alleging that Hadley's strategists may have illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support him. The commission confirmed that it received a complaint against the Hadley campaign Wednesday, but is barred from releasing details of the complaint for five days.
Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc
Although California’s top-of-the-ticket races were said to be decided before voters even walked into the polls Tuesday, the show had to go on for the many legislative races at stake.
Voters sorted through an array of candidates, in some cases choosing from half a dozen or more, to set the stage for matchups in November.
With 26 seats up for grabs this election cycle, interest groups stepped up spending in hopes of influencing the competitive landscape.
Outside groups including oil companies, education advocates, unions and business groups have spent nearly $29 million, a record for the June primary that far outstripped the $16.7 million in spending two years ago.
Al Muratsuchi with wife Hiroko and daughter Sophia await Tuesday night election results at the 66th District Assembly candidate’s headquarters in Torrance.
Easy Reader News - Caroline Anderson
After Tuesday’s primary, the race for the 66th district State Assembly seat started looking like it might be as tight as the last time Democrat Al Muratsuchi and Republican David Hadley faced off in 2014.
Hadley, the incumbent, had 45.4 percent as of Wednesday, and Muratsuchi, who lost his seat to Hadley in the last election, got 48.4 percent. Mike Madrigal, a Torrance Democrat, got 6.2 percent of the vote. The top two winners will move on to compete in the November election.
Rafu Shimpo - Rafu Staff Report
Several Asian Pacific American candidates ran for congressional and state legislative seats in the June 7 primary.
A number of them will advance to the November general election under the current system, in which a runoff is held between the top two finishers even if they are from the same party.
Following are some of the California results as of Wednesday afternoon: