Political Advocacy News: This is how close the Pasadena council race is between Hosp and Wilson

This is how close the Pasadena council race is between Hosp and Wilson
Pasadena Star-News

In the final run-off for the Pasadena District 7 City Council race on Tuesday, newcomer Phil Hosp leads Councilman Andy Wilson by a mere 20 votes. The razor-thin margin makes the race too early to call with more than 300 votes that remain to be counted. A final tally is expected to be certified on April 26th. Hosp received 1,602 votes to Wilson’s 1,582.

Former Sacramento developer opens committee to run for lieutenant governor in 2018
Sacramento Bee

Eleni Kounalakis, a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, opened a committee to raise money for a possible lieutenant governor’s bid. Kounalakis, the daughter of prominent Sacramento developer and Democratic donor Angelo Tsakopoulos, was previously president of AKT Development. Kounalakis now lives in San Francisco and is involved in several academic and charitable programs. She wrote a 2015 memoir about her three years as ambassador. Opening a committee does not guarantee a statewide campaign but it does allow the potential candidate to begin raising money and lining up support for a serious campaign.

White House turns up heat on Congress to revise the Affordable Care Act
Washington Post

President Trump is pushing Congress toward another dramatic showdown over the Affordable Care Act, despite outstanding obstacles to a revision plan and a high-stakes deadline set for next week to keep the government running. The new pressure was met with skepticism by some Republicans who were humiliated when their bill failed to even be brought up for a vote, indicating that there was a lack of unity inside the GOP on the bill. Little has changed to suggest a new attempt would fare any better. The effort reflects Trump’s urgency to score a victory on Obamacare replacement and move on to other legislative objectives, notably tax reform and a major infrastructure bill. Passing a health care revision would allow the president to show progress toward a major campaign promise as he completes his 100 days in office.

Schiff could use Russia probe as Senate springboard

Congressman Adam Schiff’s breakout role may be investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia – and it may lead to a seat in the Senate. As the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, the California congressman has become a daily, sometimes hourly, fixture on cable news, winning rave reviews from Democrats for his lawyerly and occasionally devastating takes on the Russia probe’s latest developments.

How California Gave Us Trumpism

Politico sketches a profile of prominent California conservatives who’ve had an outsized role in creating Trumpism – a set of defining principles and priorities for President Trump who, uniquely in American history, has never held an elected political office or military command before becoming chief executive of the nation. These California conservatives largely share a common worldview born out of their long-time opposition to the liberal, Democratic hegemony in the Golden State.