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RNC 2016: Latino attendees speak in support of Trump

With his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants and his announced plan to build a border wall, Donald Trump has provoked strong opposition among Latino voters, according to many polls.

Still, there are Latino delegates in Cleveland determined to support Trump. Reporter Matt Artz spoke to two of them about their support for Trump and how they think he can rally Latino voters behind him for the November election.

Antonio Amador, a delegate from Lodi and former LAPD union president:

Marco Gutierrez, a Discovery Bay resident and member of Latinos for Trump:

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RNC 2016: California delegates will be seen, but rarely heard

The seating chart is out for the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland, and California’s 172 delegates will be right up front with their peers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

 

Not a bad consolation prize given that California delegates were placed at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH, which is nearly halfway between Cleveland and Toledo — about an hour’s drive from the action.

Why such good seats? For one, Trump handpicked the delegation, so even though a few of them are recent converts, they won’t be caught on camera giving him the stink eye or cooing for Ted Cruz. Also, they are a diverse lot, especially when compared to Trump’s prime time speakers.

That diversity is on display here in Sandusky, home of the GOP elephant towel:

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I shared a bus over here with an Indo-American”Rockerfeller Republican” entertainment lawyer from LA, a Latino “law and order” couple from Rialto an the leader of tea party group in Fontana, who literally was dressed patriotically from head to toe.

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The delegates I’ve met so far have been friendly, but most are following orders not to talk on the record to reporters. The Trump campaign wants its California delegates to be on message at all times (unlike their candidate) so they’ve picked who they want talking. Here is the memo that went out to delegates in June from Time Clark, Trump’s California state director.

 

 

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Barbara Lee will help draft Democratic platform

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee might find herself playing the role of peacemaker at July’s Democratic National Convention. Lee has been named to the 15-member committee that will draft the party’s platform.

To assuage Bernie Sanders, the party gave him five picks for the committee and Hillary Clinton six picks.  Lee, who hasn’t endorsed in the race, is one of four people selected by the Democratic National Committee to also sit on the committee.

Typically, the party chairperson makes all the selections, but that would not have gone down well with Sanders supporters who think establishment Democrats have rigged the nominating process in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Among Sanders’ picks are James Zogby, a pollster and advocate for the rights of Palestinians, Rep. Keith Ellison, the lone Muslim-American in the House and Professor Cornel West.

 

 

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No Clinton vs. Sanders debate in California

Fox News, San Francisco and Bernie Sanders — not exactly the best debate recipe for Hillary Clinton. And today she officially rejected Fox’s offer for one last Democratic debate in the progressive capital of the nation.

From Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri:

“We have declined Fox News’ invitation to participate in a debate in California. As we have said previously, we plan to compete hard in the remaining primary states, particularly California, while turning out attention to the threat a Donald Trump presidency poses.”

“We believe that Hillary Clinton’s time is best spent campaigning and meeting directly with voters across California and preparing for a general election campaign that will ensure the White House remains in Democratic hands.”

Sanders had been pushing for a debate, and his campaign has long said that he and Clinton had agreed to an expanded debate schedule including one in California. Here is what he said today:

“I am disappointed but not surprised by Secretary Clinton’s unwillingness to debate before the largest and most important primary in the presidential nominating process.

“The state of California and the United States face some enormous crises. Democracy, and respect for the voters of California, would suggest that there should be a vigorous debate in which the voters may determine whose ideas they support. I hope Secretary Clinton reconsiders her unfortunate decision to back away from her commitment to debate.

“I also would suggest that Secretary Clinton may want to be not quite so presumptuous about thinking that she is a certain winner. In the last several weeks, the people of Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon have suggested otherwise.”

 

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John Chiang raising money for gubenatorial bid

John Chiang

Treasurer John Chiang has been upfront about his interest in running for governor in 2018, and Monday, he filed paperwork to start raising money to take on a potentially star-studded field.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is already a candidate. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire activist Tom Steyer are also rumored candidates.

See below for Chiang’s announcement:

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