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California Wildfires Headed to Capitol Hill
Funding fire suppression a looming issue

A firefighting helicopter drops water as the Holy Fire burns near homes on Friday in Lake Elsinore, California. Wildfires continue to burn in the state. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lawmakers thought they fixed the U.S. Forest Service’s “fire borrowing” problem earlier this year. But the breadth and intensity of fires scorching the West this year is likely to prompt the agency to raid other accounts one last time before budgetary changes go into effect in fiscal 2020.

The issue could come to a head once again on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks and months, as lawmakers and the administration weigh the need for another infusion of taxpayer dollars ahead of the midterm elections — and California’s devastating fires have already become a campaign issue.

Democratic Group Launches Wildfire Ads Against California Congressman
Red to Blue CA is targeting GOP Rep. Tom McClintock in NorCal district

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is a DCCC target this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group is launching a new ad campaign against California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, accusing him of voting against wildfire assistance last year. The launch comes as the largest wildfire in the state’s history rages in northern California.

Red to Blue CA is coming out with mailers and a digital ad on Facebook linking the congressman from the largely rural 4th District to the wildfire. The group cites his December 2017 vote against an emergency spending bill that offered additional funds to communities recovering from hurricanes and wildfires. The measure did pass the House.

Duncan Hunter Challenger Hires Veteran Adviser Trippi
Former Dean campaign manager says Campa-Najjar can do same thing Doug Jones did in Alabama last year

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Democratic candidate for California's 50th Congressional district, announced Democratic consultant Joe Trippi was joining his team. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

California Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Democratic challenger announced Howard Dean’s former campaign manager would help him unseat the incumbent Republican.

Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign said it hired Joe Trippi, who also advised Sen. Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s Senate race last year, as lead strategist. 

Ron Dellums, Antiwar Activist-Turned-Armed Services Chairman, Dead at 82
Former Oakland mayor died Monday of cancer

Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., a former chairman of the Armed Services Committee who later served as Oakland mayor, has died. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, a Marine-turned-antiwar activist who represented Oakland in the House and went on to chair the Armed Services Committee, died of cancer early Monday in Washington. He was 82.

Known for championing progressive social movements before they became popular, his career in politics spanned over 40 years, 27 of them in Congress and four as mayor of Oakland.

Internal Poll Shows Hunter Challenger Within Single Digits
Incumbent faces criminal investigation into allegedly using campaign funds for personal expenses

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., finished first in the state’s top-two primary in June with 47 percent of the vote, the first time he failed to win a majority in a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from embattled California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar showed the 50th District race in single digits.

The Tulchin Research poll found the five-term congressman ahead of his Democratic opponent, 51 percent to 42 percent. 

Waters’ L.A. Office Evacuated After Anthrax Scare
Fire department says package was addressed to ‘Anne Thrax’

The Los Angeles office of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was evacuated after a suspicious package was delivered there. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Internal Poll: Republican Harkey Has Slight Lead Over Levin in Race for Issa’s Seat
California’s 49th District is a top target for Democrats in November

Republican Diane Harkey will face Democrat Mike Levin in November in California’s 49th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

The open-seat race in California’s 49th District is already close, according to an internal poll from Republican Diane Harkey’s campaign, obtained by Roll Call.

Harkey, an elected member of the California State Board of Equalization that oversees taxation, led Democratic environmental lawyer Mike Levin, 46 percent to 43 percent. Nine percent of respondents were undecided. 

As Rohrabacher Defends Trump and Russia, Re-Election Bid Looks Murky
California Republican narrowly trails Democratic challenger in new poll

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., faces a tough re-election bid against Democratic challenger Harley Rouda in the 48th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the 2018 election might be his toughest bid yet.

The longtime Republican congressman narrowly trailed Democratic challenger Harley Rouda in a Monmouth University poll of registered voters in California’s 48th District released Tuesday.

Man Who Threatened Rep. Maxine Waters Gets 6 Months House Arrest
Anthony Scott Lloyd faced 10 years in federal prison

A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was sentenced Monday to six months of house arrest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A California man who left a voicemail for Rep. Maxine Waters threatening to kill her was sentenced to six months of house arrest.

Anthony Scott Lloyd, 45, pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of threatening a U.S. government official. He faced up to 10 years in prison, but a federal court judge on Monday handed him down three years of probation and 100 hours of community service in addition to his home detention.

California Democratic Party Endorses Dianne Feinstein Opponent Kevin de León
De León took 65 percent of the delegate vote

California state Sen. Kevin de León is challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the all-Democratic general election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The California Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kevin de León over Sen. Dianne Feinstein, backing a challenger who is taking on a longtime incumbent.

The endorsement came after Feinstein had encouraged party leaders not to endorse either candidate for Senate in the name of party unity. But on Saturday, de León won 65 percent of the delegates’ votes, surpassing the 60 percent threshold necessary to secure the endorsement.