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NARAL Pro-Choice California criticizes pro-Valladares mailer


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Is Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, pro-reproductive rights?

The Republican assemblywoman, locked in a heated race with Democrat Pilar Schiavo, voted in favor of sending Proposition 1 (the ballot measure enshrining a right to an abortion in the California Constitution) to voters.

However, she voted against other abortion-related bills, including AB 2223, which shields pregnant people from criminal investigations into pregnancy outcomes in the event of a miscarriage, stillbirth or self-managed abortion.

A recent mailer sent to Assembly District 40 voters, paid for by the California Medical Association and the California Apartment Association, describes Valladares as supportive of reproductive freedom.

NARAL Pro-Choice California begs to differ.

“To be crystal clear, Valladares earned an ‘F’ on NARAL Pro-Choice California’s Reproductive Freedom Legislative Scorecard,” said Shannon Olivieri Hovis, NARAL Pro-Choice California director. “The mail piece is dangerous and entirely misrepresentative of Valladares’ dismal record on reproductive freedom.”

The abortion rights group has endorsed Schiavo.


Republican California Controller candidate Lanhee Chen — fresh off of a debate with an empty podium because his Democratic opponent Malia Cohen, who chairs the California Board of Equalization, turned down an offer to appear — has released a Spanish-language ad slamming Cohen’s personal financial history.

The ad, “Un Desastre,” points out that Cohen lost both a business license and her home.

“‘Un Desastre’ highlights Malia Cohen’s record of financial failure,” Chen said in a statement. “The Controller is supposed to be the state’s independent fiscal watchdog and CFO, yet Malia can’t even manage her own finances. Californians deserve better.”

You can watch the ad for yourself here.


“This heinous assault is yet another example of the dangerous consequences of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that is putting lives at risk and undermining our very democracy and Democratic institutions. Those who are using their platforms to incite violence must be held to account.”

– California Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a statement following the attack on Paul Pelosi.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for The Sacramento Bee. He has covered crime and politics from interior Alaska to North Dakota’s oil patch to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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