President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally last year in Hershey, Pa. (Evan Vucci AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 4, 2017 – 4:42 PM

With his party solidly out of power in Washington, a Democratic state lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill that would again move up the presidential primary in California.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco said his legislation would bump up the state’s 2020 presidential primary from June to March. Mullin announced his intentions on Twitter, about six months after President-elect Donald Trump won what was essentially an unopposed primary in California.

Democrat Hillary Clinton was well on her way to vanquishing Bernie Sanders by the time June rolled around, despite the senator’s late burst of activity here.

“We feel like California becomes more relevant the earlier in the process we hold the primary election,” said Mullin Chief of Staff, Hugh Bower.

California and its glut of wealthy donors has long helped sate the appetites of money-hungry presidential candidates – even when its voters have exerted little influence over choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees.

California sought to correct its lack of bearing in the primaries by shifting it to February in 2008.

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