Politics, government and public life for Southern California

PHOTOS: Anti-Prop 8 gallery of CA members of Congress for National Coming Out Day

Congressman Joe Baca

Adam Bouska

Congressman Joe Baca

Congresswoman Judy Chu

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Judy Chu

Congresswoman Susan Davis

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Susan Davis

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Lucille Royball-Allard

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Adam Bouska

Congressman Sam Farr

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congresswoman Lois Capps

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Lois Capps

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

Adam Bouska

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey


Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, the anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington, D.C. in favor of gay and lesbian rights.

To mark the day, more than half a dozen of the state's congressional Democrats posed for pictures to show their opposition to California's Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Democrat Adam Schiff of Burbank hosted the photo shoot last month for a campaign called “NOH8 on The Hill.” Schiff said "our friends, neighbors and family members deserve to have their commitment recognized, and the NOH8 campaign is on the forefront of that important battle.”

NOH8 campaign photographer Adam Bouska took the snapshots.

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Election year twist: LA Democrat touting GOP endorsements in House race

In a year when Democrats and Republicans agree on almost nothing, it's strange to see a campaign strategy that has a Democrat touting his Republican support.

But this isn't a normal election year. California's new "top two" election system has Democrats running against Democrats and Republicans running against Republicans in the November general election.

So in the highly competitive San Fernando Valley race pitting veteran House Democrats Brad Sherman and Howard Berman against each other, Berman says he's received the endorsements from a majority of California’s Republican congressional delegation. The list includes David Dreier (who's retiring), Darrell Issa, Mary Bono Mack, Ken Calvert, Jerry Lewis (retiring), Ed Royce, Dan Lungren, Wally Herger (retiring), Elton Gallegly (retiring) and Buck McKeon.   

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That's My Issue: Access to health care

U.S. Awaits Supreme Court Decision On Affordable Care Act

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People for and against the administrations health care act protest in front of he U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles about two years ago and had a month of time when I was not covered by health insurance. I'm a healthy person — a couple of minor little health problems.  I could not buy private health insurance for myself. I am a healthy, adult person with a good job that just had this month of not being covered. And that shed a new light on healthcare. If I did have a pre-existing condition, that people—they can’t buy health insurance. It’s eye-opening.

I appreciate ObamaCare in a new way that. I have paid attention to the details of ObamaCare, and I’m concerned that Romney would repeal that with no specifics about how he might possibly replace it. 

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Watch and discuss the Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate here live and listen at 89.3 FM

Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

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A composite of Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan go head-to-head Thursday night in the only vice-presidential debate of the 2012 campaign, following Obama and Romney's faceoff last week. You can come back here at 6 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Eastern) to watch the live video stream of this evening's debate, or listen in at 89.3 FM.

Something they said got you fired up? Join the discussion in the comments below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter (just "@" mention @KPCC if you'd like us to share your tweet).

Also, here's a link to our live audio stream if you won't be near a computer, radio or TV. You can also listen on our iPhone or Android apps.

And don't forget our live viewing party at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there's still time to RSVP.

Biden and Ryan won't be the only ones getting competitive tonight: KPCC's Take Two has churned out a debate bingo card for your gaming pleasure.

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Eric Garcetti pulls ahead — slightly — in mayoral money race

Mayoral Candidates

Photos courtesy of candidates' campaigns

Candidates running to be Los Angeles' next mayor, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Both Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti report $2.8 million in their latest campaign reports, according to the Ethics Commission.

Money just keeps rolling in for the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles, and it appears hopefuls Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are staying neck-and-neck when it comes to donations. 

In his quarterly campaign finance report, Garcetti reported $2.87 million – about $71,000 more than Greuel. Councilwoman Jan Perry reported $1.3 million, while attorney Kevin James had $275,000 and former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emanuel Pleitez, had $110,000.

Those figures are for the period ending Sept. 30. Of course, the question hanging over the race is whether billionaire developer Rick Caruso will run for mayor. Caruso has the power to significantly outspend whatever the declared candidates could raise from donors. (It costs an estimated $1.4 million to do a week’s worth of television ads in Los Angeles.) 

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