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The Golden State’s A+ gun laws + Courage California snubs Sylvia Rubio + Who’s electable?

Still figuring out who to vote for? Courage California has some suggestions for you.

The progressive group this morning released its statewide voter guide, offering recommendations for federal-, state-, county- and city-level races across California.

“California needs a straightforward, reliable resource to learn how to vote their values and bring progress to our communities. The 2020 Courage California Voter Guide is the solution for those who want to vote courageously, and hold our elected officials to the same standards,” said Courage California Executive Director Eddie Kurtz in a statement.

Though Courage California has yet to offer an endorsement in the race for Assembly District 57, the group has some questions about candidate Sylvia Rubio’s political sympathies.

In a strongly worded letter to Rubio, Kurtz demanded to know who Rubio voted for in the 2016 primary election; Politico recently reported that Rubio was a registered Republican from 2010 to 2017.

“Should we assume you voted for Trump in the 2016 Republican primary? And if not, for which Republican presidential candidate did you cast your vote?” Kurtz wrote in his letter. “You have stated that you now share Democratic values, which we applaud, but this does not explain your voting history. In fact, it raises more questions than answers. At what point did your values change? What happened in 2017 that caused you to register as a Democrat?”

Rubio’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Rubio, whose sisters Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio and Sen. Susan Rubio already serve in the Legislature, is running against Lisa Calderon to fill the seat which is being vacated by outgoing Assemblyman Ian Calderon.

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez