California Democrats gather in LA for convention


LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's top Democratic officials, and thousands of their followers, have gathered in Los Angeles for their convention.

Headlining Saturday's meeting is Gov. Jerry Brown, who appears to be on track for re-election this fall.

The party has plenty to celebrate. Democrats control of every statewide office and both chambers of the Legislature.

But there are simmering problems as well, including in the Senate, where one lawmaker was recently convicted of voter fraud and another faces federal bribery charges.

Party leaders have warned against complacency and said that they'll need strong voter turnout in a nonpresidential election year to maintain their dominance in the state.

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