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.
Poizner could try to win the traditional way: Collect 90 percent of the Republican vote, then amass a majority of independents to offset the Democratic advantage in voter registration. That worked for him in 2006. It won’t in 2018, which is why he’s running as a no party preference candidate.
Gov. Jerry Brown should use his big State of the State speech in January to go big on the sexual harassment issue hovering over the Capitol. He should appoint a blue-ribbon panel to examine the treatment of women beyond the confines of Sacramento.
Starting next year, California voters will automatically receive their ballots by mail four weeks before the election. But early voting deprives citizens of being more physically and spiritually involved in the democratic process.
The culture inside the Capitol likely won’t change because much of what the public would deem outrageous and sickening has a hard time escaping the Sacramento bubble. And for that, you can partially blame Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor.
The billionaire activist flirting with a challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but if he truly wants to buck the establishment, a Senate run is a waste of our time and his considerable resources. Steyer should redirect his outrage and run for governor instead.
Voters may not like paying more at the pump. And perhaps in our car culture, there’s a knee-jerk reaction to making driving more expensive. But being on the “no” side of better roads is a bad place to be when voters are sick of potholes, gridlock and seeing their estimated time-of-arrival soar like the stock market.