Like February weather in California, temperate and frigid likewise apply to what Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sen. Dianne Feinstein encountered this past week with a pair of visits outside their comfort zones.
California may be America’s most defiantly Democratic state, but the land hasn’t been kind to the party’s national hopefuls. Kamala Harris may end that, but can her ‘cool’ and ‘fresh’ approach win over the nation?
California Republicans appear likely not to win a single statewide office on Nov. 6, 2018. That would continue a long losing streak, and a new poll suggests there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel.
Republican John Cox could use Gov. Jerry Brown as a wedge against Democrat Gavin Newsom by highlighting the concept of the governor as the last line of defense against an over-ambitious and big-spending Legislature.
For decades, attorneys generals, both Democrats and Republicans, have played fast and loose with initiative titles and summaries. Proposition 6 on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot is the latest example. California should give the job to a nonpartisan panel.
With the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight, the federal judicial confirmation process may have hit rock bottom. It brings to mind the confirmation saga of Janice Rogers Brown to the California Supreme Court and then the federal Court of Appeals.
Underdog Republican John Cox shouldn’t count on much face-time with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom between now and Election Day. That’s too bad because there are many big issues that voters deserve to hear them debate.
Sen. Kamala Harris sits on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, which allows to her grill Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. And grill she will, raising her national profile and delighting progressives.
The French like to take a break during July and August – and that wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to American politics. Or perhaps you’d like another two months of arguing the moral equivalence of a White House press secretary denied restaurant service versus a gay couple denied a wedding cake.
Forty years ago, Jerry Brown, the product of Vietnam and Watergate, embodied a new politics of austerity. In 2018, Gavin Newsom, the product of anti-Trump discord, wants to expand government programs for health care, housing and more.
Delaine Eastin, a former assemblywoman and state superintendent of public instruction, is one of four women vying to replace Jerry Brown. On paper, she’s a progressive’s dream. But powerful interest groups are supporting men in the June 5, 2018 primary.