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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – Today, Al Muratuschi, candidate for Assembly for the 66th District, joined women’s rights activists Gloria Allred and Sandra Fluke as well as prominent women’s groups such as the National Abortion Rights Action league (NARAL) and the National Organization for Women (NOW) outside the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. They denounced Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s behavior and comments against women, including allegations in a lawsuit against Trump National Golf Club that he fired women who weren’t “pretty enough.”
“We want our daughter to grow up in a country that respects women, that does not discriminate against women based on their gender, age or appearance. A country with a President that supports equal pay, family leave and child care. A President who supports a woman’s right to choose,” says Muratsuchi.
Rafu Shimpo - J.K. YAMAMOTO
Former Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, the Democratic candidate in the 66th Assembly District, and his wife, Hiroko Higuchi, were joined by former Assemblymember Warren Furutani, a candidate in the 35th State Senate District, and his wife, Lisa Abe, at a rally, barbecue and precinct walk in Torrance that launched Muratsuchi’s general election campaign on Sept. 10. The theme was “Take Back the 66th,” referring to the fact that the Republican incumbent, David Hadley, unseated Muratsuchi in 2014. Furutani is running against a fellow Democrat, former Assemblymember Steven Bradford, for the seat being vacated by Democratic State Sen. Isadore Hall, who is running for Congress.
Several elected officials came to show support for Muratsuchi’s return to the Legislature, including Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles and Mike Gipson of Carson and Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro and Ted Lieu of Manhattan Beach. Hahn is running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc
A couple years ago, a nationwide Republican tidal wave that gave the GOP control of Congress showed up on a smaller scale on California’s shores: A handful of Republican incumbents wrested away swing districts from Democrats, blocking them from a supermajority in the state Legislature.
This year, those first-term GOP lawmakers are facing the prospect of losing their seats in what their opponents hope will be a move in the opposite direction spurred on by a focus on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
California Playbook - POLITICO
-- AD-66 -- Campaign: Democrat Al Muratsuchi’s campaign to retake the 66th Assembly District seat got a boost Thursday with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s endorsement of his bid to represent the South Bay.
Daily Kos - MikeYoung
California Assemblymember David Hadley says voters are stupid. Can you believe he said that? It’s in the news. Look it up!
This is how a cynical campaign trick works:
Now, to be clear: Hadley’s never actually said this about voters (at least not that we know of). The claim is false, but left unchecked it’s effective because it feeds off voter cynicism about politics.
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Torrance, CA - Al Muratsuchi’s campaign to retake the 66th Assembly District seat continues to gain momentum as California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom endorses him in his bid to represent the South Bay.
“I am proud to endorse Al Muratsuchi for Assembly for the 66th District. I know he is the best candidate to represent the South Bay because he will bring the fight for good jobs, women’s reproductive choice and funding for schools to Sacramento. Most importantly, Al Muratsuchi votes his conscience and I know he will work aggressively to ensure that the air quality is safe for a region that has been too exposed, for too long, to polluting industries,” said Lieutenant Governor Newsom.
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Torrance, CA - Just like Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, the 66th District's Republican and Tea Partier Assemblymember David Hadley is trying to trick voters by hiding his true record. And, just like his party's nominee, he'll say anything to get elected, whether it is true or not.
Contrary to Hadley's lies, for example, Al Muratsuchi, candidate for Assembly for the 66th District, never took any oil money or donations. The truth is that David Hadley has taken $50,000 from rich oil donors, including the Koch Brothers, and even supported fracking. He also never voted against oil drilling.
What else has he lied about?
Torrance – On Sept. 19, outside a EPA and SCAQMD meeting held in Torrance, Al Muratsuchi, Congressman Ted Lieu and environmental advocates called for more oversight of Torrance Refineries.
They presented an oversight and safety plan that includes a ban on modified hydrofluoric acid and a commitment to work toward alternatives. On Friday, the ACAQMD released a report that outlined safer alternatives to the use of hydrofluoric acid, a chemical that, if accidentally released through another explosion, would have catastrophic effect on the community and could kill thousands of people.
"The refinery's use of the highly toxic modified hydrofluoric acid, a chemical that can be accidentally released and threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents is of great concern," said Muratsuchi. "As the AQMD's report indicated, there are safer alternatives."
Easy Reader News - Ryan McDonald
Eighteen months after an explosion hit the oil refinery in Torrance, shockwaves are still being felt.
The blast energized Torrance residents, prompting families to organize into dedicated advocacy groups. Now, with regulators and politicians paying increasingly close attention, critical changes to the refining process at the facility — ExxonMobil at the time of the blast, now Torrance Refining Co. — may be on the horizon.
Drawing particular attention is the refinery’s use of modified hydrofluoric acid. While effective in the gasoline production process, hydrofluoric acid is also dangerous, and regulators examining the facility have indicated that the February 2015 incident could have been far worse had the explosion breached the acid storage area, threatening residents all across the South Bay.
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Torrance, CA – Al Muratsuchi, candidate for Assembly for the 66th Assembly District, testified this morning at the EPA/SCAQMD meeting in Torrance about the safety of the Torrance Refining Company. He spoke about the urgent need to make the refinery safe for the people who live around the refinery and throughout the South Bay. The meeting focused on a report released Friday that called for alternatives to Modified Hydrofluoric Acid.
He also gave details of his six-point Refinery Safety Plan to help ensure that the people in Torrance are safe from dangerous emissions from the refinery, including a ban on Modified Hydrofluoric Acid.