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Last-minute mailer lists Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson as Republican; campaign calls it 'dirty politics'

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, face each other in the race for Congress' 44th District.

Just days before Tuesday's election, a California congresswoman has changed political parties — or at least that's what mail from a former councilman landing at voters' homes says.

Rep. Laura Richardson's campaign was outraged Monday after residents in her Los Angeles-area district received mail labeling her a Republican in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn.

Richardson is — and has been — a Democrat.

Spokeswoman Jasmyne Cannick tells the Los Angeles Times the mailers amount to "dirty politics."

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The mailer lists several offices with recommendations.

Under the section labeled "44th District," it lists Hahn as a Democrat and Richardson as a Republican.

The ads were sent by a former Los Angeles councilman who once worked for Hahn's late father. Nate Holden tells the newspaper the error was unintentional and he regrets it.


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UPDATE: Groups behind anti-Prop 30 donation revealed

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a rally of UCLA students on campus, Oct. 16, 2012
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UPDATE 5:43 p.m.: After giving up an intense legal battle, the Arizona-based group Americans for Responsible Leadership has revealed the sources behind an $11 million donation it made to a campaign involved with two hot-button propositions on Tuesday's ballot.

California's Fair Political Practices Commission, which has been seeking the identity of the donors, says the money came from Virginia-based Americans for Job Security, through a second intermediary, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights.

The FPPC is characterizing the tangled donation as a form of money laundering.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says further investigation is “absolutely necessary”  to unearth any possible violations of civil or criminal laws.   

"It’s a bit outrageous for folks who are out of state to pour $11 million into California with the intent of manipulating the outcome," Harris said.


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Ads for Palm Springs Congressional race flood LA airwaves

Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack and her Democratic opponent, Raul Ruiz, have been buying ad time in both the Palm Springs and L.A. TV markets.
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Seen enough political ads? The glut has been added to by a Congressional candidate who is running TV spots in L.A. — far away from her Coachella Valley district. 

You’d expect ads from Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack to show up on TV stations in Palm Springs — the heart of her district. But they’re also showing up on L.A. stations, where the cost of a commercial is anywhere from five to ten times as expensive.

Alison Hendrix, general sales manager at Palm Springs station KMIR, says this has been the busiest — and most expensive — political ad season in her memory.  But she says her station didn't sell all its available airtime. TV stations, Hendrix says, are "like the airline industry" —  there's always a spot available for someone willing to pay the price.

But the Bono Mack campaign decided to spend their extra money on TV ads in L.A.


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That's My Issue: Immigration

Adam Edgerly talks to KPCC about his thoughts on immigration. He is concerned about justice, respect and dignity regarding the issue.
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This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

There is this ignoring of the immigration problem and barking back and forth at each other without coming up with compromised solutions that actually allow people to be here legally and yet don’t put undue burdens on our education system, on our hospitals. 

The Federal government controls the border and who gets to come in, but local governments have to bear the burden of the expense, and corporate interests gain from having cheap labor, but they don’t have to provide the healthcare and the education.

I think you have to treat people with respect and dignity. That means they need to be able to be here legally.

I have a lot of friends who are here from a wide variety of countries. I pastor a church of fifteen to sixteen ethnic groups alone in our congregation. Not to mention, anybody living in Los Angeles or in California, you’re affected by the wave of immigration because you are in relationship with people who are documented as well as undocumented.


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Forget Prop 32, Costa Mesa’s Measure V is the real union fight


Labor unions are spending upwards of $70 million to defeat California’s Proposition 32.  But they’re spending more per voter to stop another anti-union measure in Orange County.

Organized labor and its supporters are spending nearly $500,000 to defeat Measure V in Costa Mesa.  That’s about $8.50 per registered voter, compared to $3.80 against Prop 32.


Measure V, placed on the ballot by conservative members of the City Council, would change Costa Mesa from a general law city to a charter city governed by its own constitution.  The switch would free Costa Mesa from state laws that limit its ability to privatize jobs.  Labor unions worry that other cities would follow suit.

“One of our biggest concerns is that it would spread to other cities,” said Jennifer Muir, assistant general manager of the Orange County Employees Association.


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