Leading this morning's roundup is the news that the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC exclusively devoted to electing Republicans to the House of Representatives, has dumped $193,000 in the 24th Congressional District race with broadcast and Internet ads attacking Democratic incumbent Lois Capps.
That infusion brings total independent spending in the district to $2.2 million, almost all of it on behalf of Republican Abel Maldonado. Independent spending benefiting Capps has amounted to just $400,000.
The Congressional Leadership Fund has vowed to spend $13.5 million on House races in the final weeks of the campaign. Its biggest funder is Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who put $5 million into the pot. It also got a big check recently from TV star and one-time wannabe presidential contender Donald Trump.
CLINTON TO RALLY FOR BROWNLEY, BUT IN IRVINE -- Former President Bill Clinton will be making his second visit to California in as many weeks to rally support for Democratic House candidates in competitive races. Two weeks ago he was at the UC Davis campus to try to boost support for four Northern California candidates.
Tomorrow, he is scheduled to be at another UC campus -- UC Irvine -- for a rally on behalf of five Southern California candidates, including Julia Brownley in Ventura County's CD 26.
A LATINO PUSH IN 26th CD -- Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles, the highest-ranking Latino in the House of Representatives, was in Santa Paula over the weekend to canvass with Brownley and to join in an announcement of a "Latinos for Julia" committee.
The campaign released a list of local, state and federal Latino elected officials who have signed on to the effort, including Supervisor John Zaragoza, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, County School Board President Ramon Flores, Oxnard City Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez, former Oxnard Mayor Manuel Lopez and former Santa Paula School Union High School District Superintendent David Gomez.
Latino voter turnout could well be the key in determining the outcome in the ultra-competitive 26th District. Brownley will need not only a large Latino turnout, but also for Latino voters in the county to maintain the strong Democratic preference of Latino voters statewide, who four years ago favored President Barack Obama by a 3-1 margin.
THE DEADLINE IS IN 14 HOURS -- If you know of anyone who isn't yet registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election, or if they were registered and have moved since the last election, let them know that they have only until midnight tonight to take care of that.
E-mail them, or post on Facebook, or send them a Twitter message with the link to California's new online voter registration site, RegisterToVote.ca.gov. The sooner in the day they take care of it the better. Although Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she's confident the site won't crash from overuse late tonight, that has happened in other states.
John Zaragoza, Ventura County Supervisor
Jess Herrera, Oxnard Harbor Commissioner
Dr. Ramon Flores, President of the Ventura County Board of Education
Carmen Ramirez, Oxnard Councilmember
Veronica Robles-Solis, Oxnard School District Board of Trustees President
Maricela Morales, Former Mayor of Port Hueneme
Dr. Manuel Lopez, Former President of Oxnard Harbor Commission and Former Mayor of Oxnard
Irma Lopez, Oxnard Community Activist*
Marisa Lopez, Oxnard Small Business Owner*
David A. Gomez, former Superintendent of Santa Paula Unified High School District and President of the Association of California School Administrators
Martha Hernandez, Ventura County Office of Education Director of Curriculum and Instruction*
Hank Lacayo, Congress of California Seniors President
Leah Lacayo, CSU-CI Foundation President*
Laura Espinosa, Former Santa Paula Vice-Mayor
Roberto Juarez, CEO Clinicas*
Ana Maria Valle, Ventura County Community College District Coordinator EOPS*
Federal and State elected officials:
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Linda Sanchez
Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Congressional candidate and LA City Councilman Tony Cardenas
Assemblymember Das Williams
Assembly Latino Legislative Chair Ricardo Lara
Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Assemblymember Nora Campos
Assemblymember Gil Cedillo
Assemblymember Ben Hueso
Assemblymember Henry Perea
Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez
* For identification purposes only