CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California Democrats traveling to the Democratic National Convention are scheduled to hear from major names in national politics during daily breakfast briefings for the state delegation.
The list of speakers for the breakfasts at the Blake Hotel features some of the state's top elected Democrats, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Los Angeles Mayor and convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Gov. Jerry Brown decided this week not to attend the convention, citing a need to stay in California to review the hundreds of bills sent to his desk in the last week and the recent death of his father in law.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, senior adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law school student who became a nationally-known women's health advocate after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut on air, will also address California's delegation throughout the week.