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CALQuiz: California enacts new laws, de León mulls a bid for party chair, and LeBron joins California’s 1 percent

CALQuiz: California enacts new laws, de León mulls a bid for party chair, and LeBron joins California’s 1 percent


After losing a bid for a U.S. Senate seat against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León is considering running for the chair of the California Democratic Party. What did he tell political reporter Ben Christopher about his potential bid?

“My phone has been blowing up” with calls from “a lot of activists and elected officials.”

"Let's just say I'm getting a lot more support than I did for my Senate campaign."

"Supporters tell me my Senate leadership and progressive politics are perfect for the party."

"It's time party leadership represents the grassroots supporters."

If de León runs for the position, he will be seeking a job previously held by Eric Bauman, who resigned from the post in late November after sexual harassment allegations surfaced. During the Senate primary, the executive council of the California Democratic Party endorsed de León, but he still lost to Feinstein by 8 percentage points.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who's made a name for himself suing the Trump administration whenever he can, is leading a group of 17 Democratic attorneys general in an appeal against a federal judge who ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional. In what state did the judge make his ruling?



North Carolina


Legal experts on both sides of the political spectrum have predicted that the ruling by the federal judge in Texas will be overruled. Read more details from Ben Christopher and Elizabeth Aguilera on the lawsuit, a legal battle that pits red states against blue.


Which of the following state laws was not enacted on Jan. 1, 2019?

Straws can only be provided at sit-down restaurants per customers' request.

Selling homemade food is now legal — with a permit, and certain exemptions, of course.

Nonbinary is now an option for gender on California driver's licenses.

Skateboarding becomes the Golden State's official sport.

Wrong board, dude. Surfing is the correct answer. If you're not already subscribed to WhatMatters, which, if you aren't, you're probably bombing all of these weekly news quizzes and wondering why, sign up here and then check out Dan Morain's entry on all the new California laws for 2019.


Los Angeles is thankful for LeBron James joining the Lakers, but all of California should be grateful to their newest resident for an entirely different reason: his state income tax bill. According to Judy Lin's math, how much could the star basketball player end up paying in California state income taxes?

$5 million

$10 million

$20 million

$23 million

Contributions from LeBron and fellow members of California's 1 percent make up 46 percent of revenue generated by state income taxes. But relying on top earners for so much of the state's income tax revenue can lead to volatility in down times. For more, read Judy's excellent report that makes tax law incredibly interesting because of, well, sports!


Bay Area teen Crista Ramos has become the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from rolling back a policy that has granted humanitarian protections to immigrants. What is the name of this policy?

Temporary Protected Status

Immigrant Relief Program

Human Rights Act

All Welcome Policy

If the Trump administration were to end Temporary Protected Status, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan could face deportation. Complicating matters is that some 273,000 children who are U.S. citizens have at least one parent protected under TPS. Ramos, one of these children, faces a dilemma: If the protections are revoked, she either has to grow up in America without her mom, or move with her mom to El Salvador, a country stricken with poverty and violence.

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