National: Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential pick. Trump tweeted Thursday mid-morning ‘I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate.’ #TrumpPence?

More bad news for Rep. Ami Bera — the Sac Bee tells us that he has been snubbed by the California Labor Federation, and has officially lost their endorsement this cycle. Bera needed all the help he could get in 2014 to sqeak across the finish line by fewer than 1500 votes. Now he will not have the financial or organizational support he needs in November as he continues to battle a campaign finance scandal that raises questions about his entire operation...

#SwipeRight: We agree with The Press Enterprise — it is sort of like dating. The first step to winning local races is finding the right candidate to articulately deliver the CAGOP message to their community- at kitchen tables and in living rooms. Second, we love a strong local candidate with a solid life, work, and educational background that shares common values, interests, and experiences; who doesn’t? Candidates that fit this profile will continue to get elected locally. Like we said, it’s like Bumble, but for candidates.

We loved the article in the Times of San Diego that talked about Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s ‘Politics of Inclusion.’ Mayor Faulconer continues to demonstrate that there is a #BetterWay — a way for Republicans to represent all Americans & it is taking hold right here in California. #Boss

Yesterday, the people of California lost a great friend. Our hearts remain heavy as we mourn the loss of State Senator Sharon Runner. Our prayers go out to her husband George, her children, and grandchildren at this difficult time. Our Chairman, Senator Jim Brulte (Ret.) issued the following statement.