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Javier Panzar - Los Angeles Times

We know Democratic candidates have been using Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a sort of boogeyman to scare voters and pry open donor checkbooks.

But can his vice presidential pick Mike Pence scare donors into chipping in some dough for Democratic candidates too?

Congressional candidate Bryan Caforio hopes the answer is yes.

Caforio, an attorney and first time candidate who is challenging Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) for his North Los Angeles County seat, is using Pence's scheduled visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Thursday to try and raise $5,000.

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Rafu Shimpo

RANCHO PALOS VERDES — Democratic Assembly candidate Al Muratsuchi held an anti-Donald Trump rally at Founder’s Park, adjacent to the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, on Aug. 24.

Muratsuchi is running in the 66th Assembly District, which includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He represented the district for one term before being defeated by Republican David Hadley two years ago.

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California Playbook - POLITICO

-- AD-66 – Democrat Al Muratsuchi for Assembly announced formation of a new group called “Women For Al,” with endorsers including Rep. Maxine Waters and Congresswoman Janice Hahn, former Manhattan Beach Mayor and City Councilwoman Amy Howorth, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember (and Republican) Stacey Armato, and Terry Ragins, Torrance Unified School District Board Vice President.

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Politico California - Carla Marinucci

With the luxurious Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes as his backdrop, Democratic state Assembly candidate Al Muratsuchi found the perfect setting Wednesday for a campaign rally to needle his Republican opponent, incumbent David Hadley.

“We’re not going to stay on the sidelines and let that man become the next president of the United States,’’ Muratsuchi said during an event that referenced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump dozens of times.

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Torrance Daily Breeze - Al Muratsuchi

With a historic presidential election rapidly approaching, it is time to take a real stand for the South Bay and our country.

Our next president of the United States is going to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, with all due respect to third-party candidates. The choice between Clinton and Trump could not be more clear. The stakes could not be higher — for our children, our families, and our nation.

This is no time to stay on the sidelines of this historic election with your finger in the wind. We cannot afford to sit this one out or cast a protest vote. This election is too important.

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Christine Mai-Duc
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.

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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.

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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.

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The Trump nomination makes things tricky for candidates back home

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.

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By The Associated Press

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: