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The Sacramento Bee - Christopher Cadelago

President Barack Obama, delivering on a promise to assist legislative hopefuls across the country, swooped in Thursday to offer a rare endorsement to a trio of Democratic candidates for the California Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, in a congratulatory message posted on social media, said Obama is backing former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, and fellow Democratic challengers Abigail Medina, a school board member in San Bernardino, and ex-Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio.

“Thanks to (Obama) for his support of Democrats up and down the ballot,” Rendon said. “As he recently reminded us, ‘Our progress is on the ballot.’”

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

President Obama has thrown his support behind three Democratic candidates running in races the party is targeting for the California Assembly. 

Obama endorsed the following Democratic challengers, according to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee:

  • Cheryl Cook Kallio, challenging Assemblywoman Catherine Baker (R-San Ramon) in Assembly District 16
  • Abigail Medina, who's running against Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) in Assembly District 40
  • Al Muratsuchi, a former assemblyman in a rematch against Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) in Assembly District 66

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog is taking a state lawmaker to court for failing to comply with an investigation into his re-election campaign.

A Sacramento judge has ordered Assemblyman David Hadley to explain why he has not turned over all the communications requested by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The FPPC says the documents could help it determine whether the Torrance Republican's campaign illegally coordinated with an independent committee in the June primary.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

The Spirit of Democracy California, an independent expenditure committee backed by Republican mega-donor Charles Munger Jr., has dropped more than $1.4 million on a single Assembly race this year between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat.

The matchup is one of the most closely watched this cycle, attracting more than $2.6 million in state and local party spending on both sides. 

Munger's group has spent more on the coastal Los Angeles County race than all other races it has spent on combined.

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Los Angeles Times - Christine Mai-Duc

The campaign of Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) has delayed turning over documents related to an official investigation into his campaign practices, according to court documents filed by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

The investigation grew out of a complaint from Hadley's opponent, Democrat Al Muratsuchi, that claims Hadley's campaign was illegally coordinating with an independent expenditure committee that also supported Hadley.

In a letter to the FPPC, Muratsuchi claimed Hadley's campaign and Spirit of Democracy, a group funded mostly by Republican donor Charles Munger, Jr., shared consultant Steven Presson during at least part of the primary campaign for Assembly District 66.

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Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred -- who represents women alleging attacks by Bill Cosby -- was a star figure Tuesday at a rally outside the Rancho Palos Verdes Trump National Golf Course, where she slammed the GOP presidential candidate as a "real and present danger" to American women in the workplace.

"I have never seen a candidate for President who seems to revel so blatantly in denigrating women,''' said Allred, who was joined other women's leaders, including attorney Sandra Fluke, in a rally to support 66th Assembly District Democratic candidate Al Muratsuchi in his race against Republican incumbent David Hadley. "If Mr. Trump were to be elected president, he would be the employer of the largest workforce in the country,'' the federal government, she said. The message would be that "sexual harassment in the workplace would be acceptable...thereby creating and condoning a hostile workplace."

Allred said that on TMZ, Trump suggested she "would be very very impressed" with the size of his penis. "No, Donald, I wouldn't,'' she said. "What would impress me would be Hillary Clinton in the White House."
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  1. Make a bald face claim that will grab a reader’s attention like “Assemblymember David Hadley says voters are stupid”
  2. Provide zero actual proof that the claim is true, but emphatically make it sound like it could be true. “Can you believe he said that?”
  3. Pretend to have proof by asking the readers to do some research that you know doesn’t really exist, but you’re betting that the readers won’t actually bother to do the research to figure it out: “It’s in the news. Look it up!”

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.