Harris, Newsom urge Democrats to drive change

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Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 9:05 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Democratic Party's biggest rising stars, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, are using their party's annual convention to push for bold political changes.

They spoke to about 2,000 delegates Saturday during the party's weekend meeting in Sacramento. Both are considered likely candidates to run for governor in 2018.

Harris told delegates they should not accept Republican arguments to wait for change on gay marriage, gun control and climate change.

Newsom urged repeal of the death penalty, tackling joblessness and said he supports legalizing and taxing marijuana, which drew loud applause.

The lieutenant governor also joked about his "magical" six days serving as acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission to China.

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