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Schwarzenegger says he's not running for US Senate

March 12,2017 18:32

He said Sunday that he is not interested in running for the U.S. Senate, after rumors bubbled last week that he was considering a campaign for the seat held by Dianne Feinstein. “I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about ...

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:California's voting age in all elections would be 17 under a proposal introduced Tuesday in the state Assembly.The state's climate change goals are out of reach without a major boost in the density of urban housing.Gun purchases in California would be limited to one per month under legislation introduced in the state Senate.Our February archived news feed is here.Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the California Politics Podcast. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t be back.He said Sunday that he is not interested in running for the U.S. Senate, after rumors bubbled last week that he was considering a campaign for the seat held by Dianne Feinstein.“I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Facebook page early Sunday morning.Redistricting reform – or changing how districts are drawn for members of Congress and state legislatures to avoid gerrymandering – is a normally dry subject that Schwarzenegger has been trying to draw increased attention to in recent weeks. He has also been sparring with President Trump.“Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “Thank you for your kind messages and all of the support and I hope you'll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm.”The rumors about a potential Senate run went into overdrive last week after a report in Politico cited anonymous GOP insiders who said Schwarzenegger was mulling a run, potentially as an independent. Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times

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